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6:44 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Community gardens grow in Kalamazoo

The Roots of Knowledge Community Garden at Woodward Elementary School.
Credit Maggie Kane

The city of Kalamazoo has become a hotbed for community gardens, with over 35 on record. Neighbors look to gardening for outdoor entertainment and relationship building – and as a way to get everyone eating their veggies.

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Fine Art
6:06 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Think paper is boring? The Paper Guild might change your mind

Handmade paper by Joan Khaled. (This photo has been edited to make details more visible)
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Though we’ve become a digital society, there’s still probably at least a few pieces of paper in your desk or a receipt in your car. In some ways, paper reminds us of the drudgery of daily life: memos, school papers, to-do lists. But spend just a few minutes with The Paper Guild in Kalamazoo and paper might amaze you.

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Hobbies
3:50 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Kids learn bike independence through Open Roads

Two boys grab a tire at the Fixapalooza workshop
Credit Nancy Camden

The Open Roads Bike Program teaches kids how to work on their bikes. Through a Kalamazoo Community Foundation workshop, Ethan Alexander created the five-year-old program. 

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SW Michigan
3:20 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

West Nile virus strikes Saint Joseph County

Credit WMUK

State health officials say they've confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Michigan so far this year. The Department of Community Health in Lansing says the case involves a man in Saint Joseph County. It says eight birds from around the state have also tested positive for this virus that it is spread by mosquitoes.

West Nile infected more than 200 people in Michigan last year and 17 died of the disease that can lead to serious complications like meningitis and encephalitis.

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WMUK News
2:52 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Kalamazoo library to become a "Family Place"

KPL's current Children's Room
Credit Farrell Howe / Kalamazoo Public Library

The Kalamazoo Public Library’s main branch downtown is poised to become a “Family Place Library”. A renovation project that starts later this month will turn the library’s Children’s Room into a place where young children and their parents can learn together.

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