Jon Towne

Between the Lines: Eating Organic in Michigan

We see the "Certified Organic" label everywhere these days. It's in little food co-ops and big supermarkets. But what does it mean? And how did it all begin? Maynard Kaufman and Julia Christianson supply some answers in the book they edited, The Organic Movement in Michigan . It's a collection of 19 essays by different Michigan authors that's published by Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance, or MOFFA. The essays tell the story of the organic movement from its first days and consider its future.

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Jesse Smith And Sean Gavin To Play A 'Pure Drop' Irish Concert

Just a fiddle, and a flute. And rhythm, ornaments, breath accents, and stories. In the tradition of Irish folk music, two players is enough for an evening's entertainment, harkening back to the days when resources were scarce but social music-making was prized. On Thursday at First Congregational Church, fiddler Jesse Smith (Danu, The Tap Room Trio) and flutist Sean Gavin (Bua, Teada) will perform, highlighting their new album, Music From The Lost Continent , which was called "straight-up trad at its best" in a Tradconnect review . Cara Lieurance spoke with Jesse Smith about his love of the music and his admiration for players of the past, including Michael Coleman, who was famous in the 1920 for his cylinder recordings.

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The City of Kalamazoo will hold two public forums July 26 and 27 on new ordinances to regulate medical marijuana. Kalamazoo City Attorney Clyde Robinson says they would affect different aspects related to medical marijuana facilities in the city.

State Senator Colbeck Joins Governor's Race

Jul 21, 2017
Courtesy photo

A state Senator is entering the Republican race for governor.

Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) hopes to succeed term-limited Governor Rick Snyder. He will formally announce his campaign Saturday at noon, at the Yankee Air Museum near Ypsilanti.

Jon Towne

We see the "Certified Organic" label everywhere these days. It's in little food co-ops and big supermarkets. But what does it mean? And how did it all begin? Maynard Kaufman and Julia Christianson supply some answers in the book they edited, The Organic Movement in Michigan. It's a collection of 19 essays by different Michigan authors that's published by Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance, or MOFFA. The essays tell the story of the organic movement from its first days and consider its future.


Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office / AP Photo

A group called the Coalition for Common Ground will hold a public forum on gun violence in Kalamazoo on Monday, July 24. It will feature Sandy Phillips, the founder of Jessi's Message. It's named for Phillips' daughter, who was killed during a mass shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012.

An old photo of Bob Rowe performing for seniors in Calhoun County
courtesy of Bob Rowe

Longtime singer-songwriter Bob Rowe has finished his first folk album in over a decade. It’s called “Higher Ground" and it’s a return to Rowe’s roots after almost 30 years of playing country and gospel - and running his own non-profit. 


Portrait of Horace Holley from the Wilson Family Photographic Collection at the University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky, Wikimedia Commons / Wikimedia Commons

On WestSouthwest, a rebroadcast of an interview from earlier this year about the history of higher education and the creation of the American West. 


Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, via Facebook

Drew Le, pianist and co-director of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck with his wife, violinist Jennifer Walvoord, says that for the 30th season of the festival, they stuck to their successful combination of concerts featuring west Michigan musicians, with two exceptions - the New York-based Claremont Trio and Chicago-based Kontras Quartet. Some quaint traditions, such as cash-only admission, linger as well. Free admission for students with ID on Fridays is a new feature.

A task force appointed by Governor Rick Snyder says state-appointed experts should review the retirement plans of local governments in Michigan. The task force has been looking for ways to help cities, townships, and counties manage their pension and retiree healthcare obligations.

The Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit claiming the state wrongfully accused thousands of people of unemployment fraud.  

In 2013, the state started using an automated system to flag fraud cases. But the system wrongly identified tens of thousands of people – and some of them sued to get their money back, plus fees and interest.

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State lawmakers have formed a task force to look for ways to improve mental health treatment in Michigan. It’s called the House C.A.R.E.S task force. C.A.R.E.S stands for Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety.

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