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My Town Kalamazoo: Motorcyclist collides with pickup truck

My Town Kalamazoo: Motorcyclist collides with pickup truck

BRADY TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- A motorcyclist who crashed into the back of a pickup truck is in the hospital.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff's deputies say a 67-year-old Vicksburg man signaled and slowed to turn into a driveway along Sprinkle Road when the motorcycle hit the back of his pickup truck.  The motorcyclist, a 59-year-old man from Vicksburg was wearing a helmet.  Deputies say his condition is stable.

Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C

Trailer spills cows onto highway

Trailer spills cows onto highway

PORTAGE, Mich.--   Portage Public Safety officers are investigating how two cows fell out of a cattle trailer and onto the highway.

Officers were called to southbound U.S. 131 north of W. Centre Avenue around 11:22 a.m. Tuesday.  A passerby told dispatchers a cattle trailer had opened and dropped two cows onto the highway.

One of the cows was injured and had to be euthanized at the scene.  The other cow was loaded back onto the trailer without incident.  Crews with the Michigan Department of Transportation removed the dead cow from the scene.

Bell's Brewery opening in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Bell's Brewery opening in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport may soon get a taste of West Michigan’s craft brewing industry.

The airport will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 18 to celebrate two new restaurants: Bell’s Brewery Bar and Greens.  The businesses will be operated by HMSHost.  Both are located before the security screening portion of the airport.

The ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 10 a.m.  The vice president of Bell’s Brewery and other business leaders are expected to attend.

Forum on Michigan's roads November 6

Forum on Michigan's roads November 6

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—How are Michigan’s road projects funded?

Representative Margaret O’Brien and Senator Tonya Schuitmaker plan to answer that question during a transportation forum Wednesday, November 6.

“Road funding has been a major focus for the last two years, and I’ve heard from numerous constituents about their concerns,” said O’Brien, R-Portage.

Fly in the world's first mass-produced airliner starting July 18

Fly in the world's first mass-produced airliner starting July 18

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--   Now is your chance to fly in a historic 84-year-old airliner.

Starting July 18, visitors to the Air Zoo can take a ride in a restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor.  The Ford Tri-Motor was the world’s first mass-produced airliner.  Between 1925 and 1933, Ford Motor Co. built 199 Tri Motors.  However, only 12 remain today.

Visitors can reserve a seat aboard the Ford Tri-Motor through July 21.  Tickets are $70 per person in advance, $75 at the gate and $50 for children 17 and younger.  The flight will last about 15 minutes.  To purchase tickets, visit www.flytheford.org or call 1-877-952-5395.

Corvairs invade Kalamazoo July 16 through July 20

Corvairs invade Kalamazoo July 16 through July 20

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—If you love Corvairs, Kalamazoo is the place to be this week.

The 43rd annual Corvair International Convention will take place at the Four Points Sheraton July 16 through July 20. Organizers estimate more than 250 Corvairs of all makes and models will be on display in the hotel’s lot.  The four-day convention is expected to attract more than 600 enthusiasts from all over the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands.

“This is only time that the general public will have the opportunity to view over 250 Corvairs of every make, model or year built in one place at one time,” said convention chair Dave Dykwell. “This is truly a unique event, and we encourage anyone who has an interest in the most uniquely-built American-made car to stop by the Four Points by Sheraton Tuesday through Friday.”