Nancy Camden

Correspondent

For thirty years, Nancy Camden traveled the country selling her fabric art at juried art fairs, finding NPR from a laminated state-by-state station guide as she drove. Now, her curiosity and adventuresome spirit guide her in creating sound-rich human-interest stories for our Arts & More show. She graduated from Ball State University with majors in Art and Theatre.

Editor of the Paw Paw Courier Leader Robin Griffin
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.

Years ago, the only way to clean carpets was to sweep them off with a broom and to hang them on a line and use a wire carpet beater, to beat the dust out. The next development was a carpet sweeper.

The Kimball House Museum in Battle Creek
Nancy Camden

The Kimball House Museum in Battle Creek is a Queen Ann style house built in 1886 on what was once called Maple Street. It’s now Capitol Avenue, NE. At that point, it was the fanciest street in town.

Members of the Weaver's Guild of Kalamazoo. From left to right: Marta Williams, Judi Southwell and Anne Mehring
Nancy Camden

The Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo holds an annual sale with demonstrations each year at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center at the Fairgrounds. With free admittance, it begins Thursday afternoon, November 21st and runs for three days.

Nancy Camden / WMUK

When the City of Kalamazoo built its first wastewater treatment plant to handle the raw sewage that had previously been dumped directly into the Kalamazoo River, it used the simple process of allowing solid material settle to the bottom of collection tanks. But with residents and businesses using more chemicals these days, the process needed to clean up sewage water is much more complex. It is admittedly not something most people think about, or want to. But it is necessary to prevent pollution. 

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