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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

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. 


File photo of Governor Rick Snyder signing criminal justice reform bills into law during event in Kalamazoo
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation into law designed to reform Michigan’s criminal justice system.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Ever since the City of Kalamazoo received a $70 million private donation last year, leaders have said they want to use some of the money to fight poverty – a major issue in a city where 36 percent of children are poor.

Those leaders have also said it would take a while to work out the details. On Monday commissioners got a start, with a three-hour discussion on how to move from ideas to concrete steps in the “Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo” initiative.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

​The Trump administration’s proposed federal budget poses a serious threat to the environment locally and globally, two elected representatives and a Western Michigan University political science professor say.

60th House District Representative Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo City Commissioner Shannon Sykes who’s also with the League of Conservation Voters, and WMU’s Paul Clements spoke at the Northside Association for Community Development Monday.

Ed Kolenovsky / AP Photo

Former space shuttle astronaut Mae Jemison brought her campaign to improve science literacy to Kalamazoo Thursday night. Jemison was the keynote speaker at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s annual meeting.

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