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My Town Kalamazoo: Share your ideas for county parks Feb. 13

My Town Kalamazoo: Share your ideas for county parks Feb. 13

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- The Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation Commission needs the communities input and support in developing its parks and recreation master plan.

The commission is holding public workshops Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and  Friday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. to help identify issues and establish goals specific to parks and recreation. Community members are invited to attend this meeting to express their thoughts and ideas.

These workshops will be taking place in Room B at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 2900 Lake Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  For more information, call (269)383-8778.

My Town Kalamazoo: Rep. Hoardley applauds investment in Portage Creek Trail

My Town Kalamazoo: Rep. Hoardley applauds investment in Portage Creek Trail

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State Representative Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) said he welcomes the investment of $300,000 from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund into a local trail that is part of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail system. The funds will be used to construct a segment of trail along the east side of Portage Creek from Lake Street to Vine Street in Kalamazoo’s Upjohn Park. The city of Kalamazoo is providing the remaining $157,000 to complete the project.

“Places like these enrich the quality of life in a community, and investing in them makes our hometowns more livable and attractive to people looking for a place to put down roots and build a career,” Hoadley said. “I’m proud that the first bill I voted on the Legislature will invest $300,000 back into our community and make Kalamazoo an even better place to live, and I’m grateful that the state understands the importance of this project.”

My Town Kalamazoo: Share your ideas for county parks Feb. 12

My Town Kalamazoo: Share your ideas for county parks Feb. 12

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- The Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation Commission needs the communities input and support in developing its parks and recreation master plan.

The commission is holding public workshops Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and  Friday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. to help identify issues and establish goals specific to parks and recreation. Community members are invited to attend this meeting to express their thoughts and ideas.

These workshops will be taking place in Room B at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 2900 Lake Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  For more information, call (269)383-8778.

My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers turn to public to rename mascot

My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers turn to public to rename mascot

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A dispute within Minor League Baseball means the Kalamazoo Growlers will be holding another naming contest for its mascot.

The Growlers must change their mascot’s name, Barlee because it is similar to the Hillsboro Hopps mascot’s name, Barley.  The Hopps, a team out of Hillsboro, Oregon, have a trademark on the name.  The Growlers learned about the name conflict shortly after wrapping up its public naming contest in spring.  The team decided to change their mascot’s name “in the interest of maintaining a healthy working relationship” with the Hillsboro Hopps.

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU players trade basketballs for books

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU players trade basketballs for books

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Students at Paramount Charter Academy recently welcomed some special guests during reading time.

Eight members of the Western Michigan University Women’s Basketball team read to students Nov. 21, in honor of the school’s college day.  The athletes also shared their reasons for attending WMU and joining the team.  Each student took home a WMU sports poster.

Paramount Charter Academy serves students in young 5s through eighth grade, focusing on a college-bound curriculum.

My Town: Local lawmakers honor Kalamazoo native Derek Jeter

My Town: Local lawmakers honor Kalamazoo native Derek Jeter

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— Michigan lawmakers are celebrating Kalamazoo-native Derek Jeter’s legacy, as he continues his final season with the New York Yankees.

On Aug. 27, State Rep. Margaret O’Brien joined House Speaker Jase Bolger and Speaker Pro Tempore John Walsh in presenting a tribute to Jeter, who will be retiring after 19 seasons with the New York Yankees.  O’Brien says his commitment to Kalamazoo county is just as notable as his accomplishments on the diamond.

“Not only will Derek Jeter be remembered as one of professional baseball’s best players, but he has poured so much time and energy into giving back to our community,” O’Brien said. “His Turn 2 Foundation has directly impacted southwest Michigan, and we are extremely grateful for his generosity.”

Jeter took part in his final game against the Tigers at Comerica Park Aug. 28.

My Town: Local Little League team to play for state title Wednesday

My Town: Local Little League team to play for state title Wednesday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Western Little League Minors are following in the footsteps of the league's senior baseball team, with a run for the Little League State Championship title.

The 9/10 division beat South Portage Tuesday night in the state semi-final game, 11-4.  Western remains undefeated in the state tournament (5-0) with an overall record of 12-1.  Western will take on Essexville-Hampton for the state title  at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the Southern Little League’s East Field, located at 2525 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.

The 9/10 year old division of the Little League State Tournament began Friday, July 25 with 16 teams.  Detroit Red Wings’ Luke Glendening, who is a former Southern Little League player, helped kick off the competition.