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Local Music
11:39 am
Tue February 19, 2013

An operetta of scandal and waltzes

Western Michigan University majors in vocal performance have been working under the direction of Susan Anthony for weeks to prepare performances of Act Two of Die Fledermaus this Thursday and Friday at the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Ms. Anthony returned to Kalamazoo after a successful career as an opera singer, mainly in European opera houses. The work she's preparing with the WMU Opera Workshop, a Strauss operetta, is one in which she’s played a role many times. 

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Saugatuck-Douglas Merger
10:49 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Opponent of Saugatuck-Douglas consolidation says savings can be found without a merger

File photo of path in the Saugatuck-Douglas area
Credit The Associated Press

Petition signatures will be turned in Tuesday that will likely place a proposed merger of Saugatuck and Douglas on the ballot this year. 

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Saugatuck-Douglas Merger
10:39 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Supporter of Saugatuck-Douglas consolidation says it could save money, improve service

File photo of path in Saugatuck-Douglas area
Credit The Associated Press

Voters in Saugatuck and Douglas could decide this year if the two cities will consolidate. Petition signatures to put the issue on the ballot are to be submitted Tuesday.

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History
9:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

How Mary went blind: A 'Little House on the Prairie' investigation

This book of the series contains the shocking news that Mary Ingalls has gone blind.
Credit Little House Books

Hear a longer interview with Sarah Allexan

The Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder have entertained kids for almost seventy five years, while teaching them a little about what life was like for pioneers during the late 1800s. While the books were published as fiction, most of the story was taken from Wilder’s own childhood. One of the biggest turning points in the books is when Laura’s older sister Mary goes blind after getting scarlet fever. But an article recently published in the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that scarlet fever did not cause Mary’s blindness at all. 

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Culture
7:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Cutting wood for lumber in the winter months

John Donaldson using a forklift to carry wood to the sawmill.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The month of January frees most farmers from field work, and if the snow is deep enough, even my husband, John and I stop pruning our blueberry bushes. Some farmers plow snow for extra cash, but traditionally, others head to their woods for a winter paycheck.

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