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Cara Lieurance
6:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

David Lockington exchanges baton for cello to benefit KJSO

David Lockington
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The 6th annual Beethovenfest! to benefit the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will feature two soloists who are partners in music and life: violinist Dylana Jenson and cellist David Lockington, best known as music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.

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We Are One
7:53 am
Tue December 24, 2013

WestSouthwest: E-book explores race past and present in Battle Creek (rebroadcast)

Cover of We Are One
Credit Battle Creek Enquirer

WestSouthwest with Justin Hinkley and J.R. Reynolds

This week's WestSouthwest is a rebroadcast from October. It features the Battle Creek Enquirer E-book We Are One

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Authors
6:38 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Blush: Mennonite girl grows up to be successful academic

As a young girl, Shirley Showalter never thought she would go to college, let alone become president of Goshen College in Indiana. Showalter grew up as a Mennonite in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 

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Illustrator and Author
1:54 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Fantastic Rumpus: Illustrators in the vein of Maurice Sendak

From 'The Monster Who Ate My Peas' by Danny Schnitzlein. Illustration by Matt Faulkner.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is showing an exhibit called “Fantastic Rumpus” featuring more than 30 illustrators influenced by the late Maurice Sendak—the author of the popular children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. The exhibit is up until February 9th. 

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Holidays
1:29 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Pearl Harbor parachute becomes beautiful Christmas gift

Mary Gansen's granddaughter Angela Keene-Kennedy in the parachute robe in 1989

On Christmas Eve, 1959, in a small apartment in Cleveland, Ohio, the foot pedal on Mary Juratovac Gansen’s old treadle sewing machine was steadily being rocked forward and back, driving the belt that made the needle go up and down into the night. Some women would get fancy electric sewing machines that Christmas. Each of Mary’s two young daughters would be gifted a priceless heirloom made out a WWII parachute. 

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