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My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

HOLLAND, Mich.-- WTHS, the student-run FM radio station at Hope College, won four national awards during the 74th annual conference of the International Broadcasting System Inc.,  held in New York City March 7-9.

WTHS won first place among all college and university radio stations in the country for “Best Sports Talk Show,” with “Real Radio” by unior Nate Winter of Saugatuck and junior Tom Zahari of Canton, who is sports director and the news co-director.

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College Alumni Association will honor two graduates with Young Alumni Awards on Thursday, March 27.

The association is recognizing Maxine Gray of Seattle, Wash., who is a 2004 Hope graduate, and Matt Scogin of New York City, who is a 2002 Hope graduate.  The awards will be presented during a dinner at the college’s Haworth Inn and Conference Center at 6 p.m.

The Young Alumni Award was established to honor the talents and contributions that young alumni have made to their professions, their communities and to the college.  The award was first presented in 2007.  Criteria include having been a member of the Alumni Association for 15 or fewer years; notable prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement with the local or global community or the college; and demonstrating significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.

My Town: Award-winning NPR production comes to Kalamazoo

My Town: Award-winning NPR production comes to Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-  The popular NPR production, “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” is coming to Kalamazoo this week.

The fast-paced, humorous news quiz  will unfold at Miller Auditorium Thursday, March 20.  The production will be one of legendary newsman Carl Kasell’s last, after he announced his retirement earlier this month.   Host Peter Sagal will also be on hand for the Peabody Award-winning show, along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews, comedians Brian Babylon and Bobcat Goldthwait and newspaper columnist Amy Dickenson.

 It appears tickets to the show are sold out, but Miller Auditorium has been having problems with its ticket-selling site, so interested fans are encouraged to call (269) 387-2300 for more information.

The show will be taped and then air on March 22 at 10 a.m. ET on public radio stations nationwide.

Pure Michigan honoree to serve up his talents Feb. 26

Pure Michigan honoree to serve up his talents Feb. 26

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  A Pure Michigan Culinary Star nominee will serve up his talents during a special event in Kalamazoo this month.

Nate Shaw, Webster’s prime supervisor at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo, is up for the Pure Michigan 2014 Culinary Star of the Industry Award.  Before he finds out if he won, Shaw will showcase his signature style of local foods blended with Asian flavors at the Chef’s Table event Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Zazios Italian Restaurant at the Radisson in Kalamazoo.   The event, called “Sup with Shuko: An Homage to Bacha” will also feature beer, wine and sake pairings with each course.

Shaw was also nominated last year for the Pure Michigan Rising Culinary Star Award.  He’s known for his annual Farmer’s Appreciation Dinner, which has become a popular community-building event among local growers and vendors, and his beer vs.

Kalamazoo symphonies welcome world-famous violinist

Kalamazoo symphonies welcome world-famous violinist

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend with a performance by world-famous violinist Midori Goto.

The KJSO, in partnership with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, has been awarded a five-day orchestra residency with Goto.  It’s one of just two such opportunities given annually to youth orchestras in the United States as part of Goto's outreach program and foundation. The orchestra will accompany Goto during her solo performance on Sunday, Feb. 2, beginning at 4 p.m. inside the Chenery Auditorium.  Goto will also perform a duet with violinist Anna Nordmoe, the 2014 KJSO Concerto Competition winner.

Goto's schedule also includes a side-by-side concert with the KJSO Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chenery Auditorium and a performance with the KSO Saturday at Miller Auditorium.

Hope College Concerto and Aria Concert Rescheduled to Jan. 28

Hope College Concerto and Aria Concert Rescheduled to Jan. 28

HOLLAND – Hope College has rescheduled its annual Concerto and Aria Concert featuring student soloists performing with the college’s orchestra to Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

The concert will feature seven students who were selected through a competition held this past October.  The students and selections they will be performing with the orchestra are:

Rebecca Flinker, a soprano and junior from Leeds, Mass., singing “Art is Calling for Me (I Want to be a Prima Donna)” from the opera “The Enchantress,” by Victor Herbert;

Eve Panning, a violinist and junior from Holland, performing the first movement from the “Violin Concerto in D minor,” by Jean Sibelius;

West Michigan butchers heading to Florida for national meat-cutting competition

West Michigan butchers heading to Florida for national meat-cutting competition

KENTWOOD, Mich.— Two West Michigan butchers will put their skills to the test against nearly 90 other professionals from across the nation for a chance to be named Meat Cutter of the Year.

Shawn Foster of Kentwood and Marco Ruiz of Portage will travel to The Ice Factory in Kissimmee, Florida in late February for the competition.  The frigid conditions and large venue make it the perfect place to test the skills of master meat cutters.  Each competitor will be given 30-40 pounds of beef and a set amount of time to butcher it.  Cuts will be judged on quality, yield and speed.

The top eight meat cutters from the Feb. 25-26 matchups will move onto the final round, held on April 27 at Amelia Island, Florida.  The winner will get a grand prize of $20,000 and bragging rights.