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This summer the Waterfront Film Festival is opening a permanent place to show movies in Holland. The facility will have 200 seats for either a theater or classroom as well as office space for Waterfront staff.

The building on Columbia Avenue near downtown Holland used to be an auto-body shop. It was converted with the help of a Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs grant.

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On Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, Kalamazoo Valley Community College hosts the Kalamazoo Foodways Symposium, and the keynote speaker is Toni Tipton-Martin, an award-winning food and nutrition journalist and activist who runs a foundation dedicated to food-justice issues and healthy living. She speaks at 6 p.m. Friday at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. It is free, open to the public and does not require registration. (Click on the icon to hear an interview with her now, with a longer version below it.)

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The State of Michigan is poised to approve new standards for public defense lawyers. Those rules will apply to all counties including Kalamazoo.

For a long time counties have set their own standards. But that’s led to claims that some courts have fallen short of their duty to provide effective counsel.

Right now in Kalamazoo the district and circuit courts handle public defense, but as the county considers the new state requirements it could create a separate public defender’s office.

Commissioner Julie Rogers is among those who thinks that might be the way to go.

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All seven commissioners voted against allowing drinking on “pedal pubs," at least for now; Kalamazoo’s summer youth programs are getting a big boost; Burdick Street will soon have bike lanes; and if your car is seized in a drug bust and you want it back, you'll have to pay a fee.

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Carl Bussema, who turns 93 in May, remembers things about Kalamazoo most of us only know as history.

Bussema, who grew up on G Avenue north of the city, studied at Central High School, now Chenery Auditorium. He worked a few months at the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company. His grandparents on one side farmed celery – and their native language was Dutch.

He also served in the army in Europe in the last year of World War II. At one point Bussema was assigned to the Netherlands, his grandparents’ homeland.