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Traditional Bowhunters Expo comes to Kalamazoo Jan. 24-26

Traditional Bowhunters Expo comes to Kalamazoo Jan. 24-26

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Embrace your inner Katniss this weekend when the Traditional Bowhunters Expo comes to Kalamazoo.

This is the 19th year for the expo, which features nearly 100 of the nation’s top traditional bow hunting bowyers, dealers and crafters.  The expo runs Jan. 24-26 at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds.

“If you’re a hardcore traditional archery person, you wouldn’t want to miss it,” says show organizer Sharon Brumm. “There’s traditional archery equipment, wood arrows, many custom-built bows and self bows, which is a bow made from one piece of wood. There are leather goods, wool hunting clothing, broadhead displays, and so much more.”

Ottawa Hills hosts Floyd Mayweather Classic Jan. 18

Ottawa Hills hosts Floyd Mayweather Classic Jan. 18

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Ottawa Hills High School will host Saginaw Arthur Hill  this Saturday, Jan. 18 as part of the Floyd Mayweather Classic.

Five games will play out on the basketball court, starting with Lansing Sexton vs. River Rouge at noon.  Kalamazoo Central will take on Lansing Eastern at 2 p.m., followed by East English Village vs. Flint Southwestern at 4 p.m. and the Muskegon Big Reds vs. Chicago Orr at 6 p.m.  Ottawa Hills will close out the classic at 8 p.m.

Tickets to the Floyd Mayweather Classic are $10 and are good for all five games.  Children age 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door or at the Ottawa Hills Athletic Office Wednesday through Friday, from 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.   OK Conference, Golden Age and Grand Rapids Public Schools staff passes will not be accepted at the event.

Red Wings legend on hand as Kalamazoo Wings take on the Toledo Walleyes

Red Wings legend on hand as Kalamazoo Wings take on the Toledo Walleyes

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--Wings Stadium will come alive on Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21 as the Kalamazoo Wings take on the Toledo Walleye in a back-to-back games.

Be on the lookout  for Red Wings legend Darren McCarty, who will be in the house signing autographs and interacting with fans!

Wings Stadium is located at 3600 Vanrick. Each game begins at 7:30 p.m.  For more information, call (269) 345-1125 or visit www.discoverkalamazoo.com for event listings. 

New baseball team's name pays homage to city's beer culture

New baseball team's name pays homage to city's beer culture

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—   Kalamazoo’s new baseball team now has a name.

The Kalamazoo Growlers will play their first game at Homer Stryker Field next year.  The Growlers announced their name Friday, following an online contest.  The new name pays homage to the city’s rich history of craft beer breweries.

More than 3,000 votes were cast for the five finalists, which also included the Cabbies, the Clutch, the Kangaroos and the Krakens.  Kalamazoo native Joe Weinstein, who came up with the Growlers’ name, will get season tickets for life.

The Kalamazoo Growlers are part of the Northwoods League, which recruits top college players from North America.  Western Michigan University’s Brent Sunde and Jared Kujawa will play on the team, which will be managed by former Ohio University head coach Joe Carbone.

K-Wings celebrate 40 years with students at Paramount Charter Academy

K-Wings celebrate 40 years with students at Paramount Charter Academy

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- The K-Wings staff and mascot visited Paramount Character Academy on Wednesday, October 30, to record a video commemorating the team’s 40th anniversary. The video will be displayed during the K-Wings game on Sunday, November 3.

Also during the morning assembly, Slappy and Paramount Principal Jodi Donkin held a raffle for 15 lucky students who will be able to sit on the bench during the K-Wings game on Sunday. Other students will share a section in the stands together.

Paramount Charter Academy, operated by National Heritage Academies, is a tuition-free public charter school that serves students in young fives through eighth grade.

Bassmaster champion visits the Capitol

Bassmaster champion visits the Capitol

LANSING, Mich.--  Michigan lawmakers welcomed four-time Bassmaster champion and Kalamazoo native Kevin VanDam to the state Capitol Tuesday.

VanDam met the governor and lawmakers.  He also met with Bassmaster officials to discuss ways to strengthen the partnership between Bassmaster and Michigan. 

“Kevin is arguably the best angler in the world and he chooses to call Michigan home,” said Senator Tonya Schuitmaker. “We are really excited to honor a Michigan native who has achieved so much success in the world of professional bass fishing.”

Last month, Bassmaster held its 2013 Elite Series Toyota All-Star Week and Evan Williams Bourbon Championship on Muskegon Lake and White Lake in Muskegon County.

WMU: More people working out at work

WMU: More people working out at work

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Western Michigan University & WZZM)-- More Americans are standing, walking and even cycling through their workdays thanks to new office equipment that lets them stay active.

The new workstations include standing desks with treadmills, physio balls instead of chairs and cycling equipment that fits under the desk, says Dr. Timothy Michael, a WMU professor of human performance and health education.

"There are lots of suggestions of ways we can increase our physical activity," Michael says. "A lot of jobs, where you're sitting at a desk all day in front of your computer, we know that that encourages bad behaviors in general. We also know that sitting all day long is starting to become a risk factor for heart disease. It's really getting close to where cigarette smoking is.