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Religion & Culture
7:51 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Be part of pagan traditions at the Winter Solstice celebration

The 2001 Winter Solstice altar at People's Church in Kalamazoo
Credit courtesy of Diane Melvin

Saturday is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. To celebrate, People’s Church of Kalamazoo will do a solstice ritual based on pagan traditions. The event is Friday night at 7 p.m., with a potluck at 6 p.m.

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Health Care
8:16 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Events Thursday in Kalamazoo area offer help with Obamacare enrollment

File photo of the Healthcare.gov website
Credit The Associated Press

Interview with Shawn Dhanak

    

Free professional help is being offered Thursday for people who need assistance enrolling in health care plans. 

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Martin Luther King Jr.
8:14 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

WestSouthwest: A Coloma man remembers MLK and the March on Washington

Harold Bragg
Credit Melvin Earl Rutherford

    

WestSouthwest with Harold Bragg

Retired school teacher Harold Bragg was at the historic March on Washington in 1963. He was back in the nation's capital this past summer to mark the 50th anniversary of that march and Martin Luther King Junior's "I have a dream" speech. 

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Hobbies and Culture
10:23 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Handle ancient weapons...and learn about them too

Keith Nelson demonstrating a move with a knightly long sword
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

On Saturday, Keith Nelson of Southside Dojo will give an interactive demonstration of ancient weapons and fighting styles at the Kalamazoo Public Library. He’ll show off weapons like the katana, the kind of sword you might see in a Japanese samurai movie.

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Local History
9:25 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Small town newspaper is historic, but still relevant

Editor of the Paw Paw Courier Leader Robin Griffin
Credit Nancy Camden

In small communities, people depend on the weekly newspaper for local news. The Paw Paw Courier-Leader carries on a long tradition that dates back to 1843. These days, obituaries are posted on their website as soon as they get them, but otherwise the pace is slow.

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