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Sports & Hobbies
9:51 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Family invents sport to help kids stay active

Cheryl and Donald Benson playing a net-less version of Eclipse Ball at their home in Newaygo County
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

“We think everybody should be able to be active, whether they’re athletically inclined or not. Cause when you’re having fun, you jump at it,” says Donald Benson, co-creator of Eclipse Ball.

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Hobbies
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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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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Hobbies
11:18 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Viking horse breed in Marshall turns heads

Anne Crandall of Nottawa Crossing Fjords riding Alena.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The Norwegian Fjord Horse is roughly 5,000 years old. Fjord horse bones have even been found at Viking burial sites. There are only about 20 Fjord herds in Michigan and Nottawa Crossing Fjords in Marshall has one of the largest herds. Anne Crandalll raises them with her mother Bernadine Karns.

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Fun for Kids
5:08 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Learn how to make a fairy house

The inside of a Fat Blossom Farm fairy house

Fat Blossom Farm is a family farm run by Jacob and Liz Quincy. They grow certified organic food and flowers in Allegan on green space that includes agricultural land and over 20 acres of woodlot. They teach workshops on gardening and harvesting wild food and Liz teaches children how to build houses for fairies.

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