A musical based on a beloved children's book, The Secret Garden will open this week at Farmers Alley Theatre. 

Kathy Mulay directs a cast that includes her daughter, Denene Mulay Koch (Lily Craven), her son-in-law Jeremy Koch (Archibald Craven), and her grandson Jason Koch (Colin Craven). Cara Lieurance leads the three family members in a discussion about playing their roles in real life and on stage. 

The Portage City Council is set to consider five final candidates for its open city manager seat. Council members plan three interviews for Wednesday and two for Thursday.

The candidates include acting Portage manager Laurence Shaffer, as well as Sturgis city manager Michael Hughes. Two others, David Mackie and Paul Brake, are municipal officials in eastern Michigan. Mary Lou Brown is a city administrator in Nebraska.

Portage has not had a permanent city manager since Maurice Evans retired in April.

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The Director of a campaign finance watchdog group says voters in Kalamazoo County should prepare for a barrage of political advertising this fall. 


Most people associate medical school with white lab coats and anatomy lessons. But students in the first class at Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine got a much difference experience Tuesday. They got a taste of what they could face as a doctor in the real world.

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New York Fashion Week ended a few days ago, saying good-bye to a runway of elegant outfits, some too fancy for a day at the office. But a new event now in progress in Kalamazoo seeks to change that image and to involve the community in the process.