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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town Kalamazoo: Downtown detours Thursday for Girls on the Run

My Town Kalamazoo: Downtown detours Thursday for Girls on the Run

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Drivers can expect detours through downtown Kalamazoo Thursday night, as thousands of girls take over the streets.

Nearly 2,000 third, fourth and fifth grade girls will be participating in this year’s Girls on the Run 5k, presented by Eaton Corporation.  The starting horn will sound at 6:30 p.m. at Waldo Stadium.  All athletes will then race down Lovell Street, through downtown, then back onto West Lovell before crossing the finish line at Oakland Drive.

During the run, traffic will be detoured around downtown to the east.  The following streets will be closed up until 8 p.m.:

My Town Kalamazoo: Junior League hosts Touch-A-Truck May 10

My Town Kalamazoo: Junior League hosts Touch-A-Truck May 10

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. The Junior League of Kalamazoo with generous sponsorship from their friends at Eaton Corporation will hold its 3rd annual Touch-A-Truck community fundraising event on May 10 at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds.

Touch-A-Truck is a family-friendly event where kids of all ages can touch and learn about unique vehicles such as National Guard trucks, race cars, large construction equipment, and other vehicles from those who build, protect and serve our community.

“With over 50 unique vehicles at Touch-A-Truck, there will be something here for everyone,” said Karla Kaczmarski, JLK special events chair. “We encourage families to come spend the day with us and see all of the different vehicles, enjoy Bounceland, Kids in the Kitchen Activities, movement and music activities with Small Sounds, arts and crafts station, and more!”

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.