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Eclipsed In Missouri

Aug 21, 2017
Russ Robins

People in southwest Michigan saw only a partial eclipse of the sun on Monday, if clouds didn't get in the way. About 82-percent of the sun's surface was hidden by the moon. But other parts of the country were treated to a total eclipse and many Michiganders took to the road to witness the spectacle. I was one of them. My brother Russell and I drove an hour south of Saint Louis, Missouri, to experience “totality” for the first time with some friends.

Protesters with Kalamazoo For Revolution stand outside city hall. The group says allowing donors to restrict funds to specific uses in the Foundation for Excellence favors the wealthy.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo has approved what is to become a half a billion dollar endowment through the Foundation for Excellence. The money will be put towards city improvements as well as a property tax cut. 

Andrea Johnson and Jake Larsen watch the eclipse at Kazoo Books on Parkview Avenue in Kalamazoo.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

A few people in Kalamazoo took time out of their day to view Monday’s partial solar eclipse. The eclipse took place between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the afternoon. The moon covered the sun the most around 2:20 p.m. 

An Elkhart, Indiana Material Recovery Facility
Recycle Works

The city is moving to single-stream recycling starting October 1st. Residents will now throw all of their recycling into one large cart that will be picked up every other week. The City of Kalamazoo will host an open house at the Community Room in City Hall to discuss the new program on Wednesday, August 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

The sun and moon during a partial solar eclipse

Not traveling to see the big solar eclipse? Here's how to enjoy it in Southwest Michigan.