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|Total population of residents||2,009|
|White resident population recorded||1,879|
|Black or African American resident population recorded||49|
|American Indian and Alaska native resident population recorded||10|
|Asian resident population recorded||7|
|Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander resident population recorded||1|
|Hispanic or Latino of any race resident population recorded||49|
|Resident population of some other race recorded||10|
|Resident population of two or more races recorded||53|
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| Readers report Sandhill cranes in Kalamazoo County|
"Sandhill cranes have been flying over my neighborhood (Westwood) for at least a week," one reader wrote.
KALAMAZOO, MI — After reporting yesterday that no Sandhill cranes had yet been reported in Kalamazoo County on Cornell Lab of Ornithology's site ebird.org, a Jan. 23 sighting of three Sandhill cranes on has been added by Kalamazoo Nature Center staff.
Readers were quick to respond that they have seen and heard the large birds, too.In the comments following the story, 10allclear reported seeing three of them airborne over the wetlands south of the Green Spire Apartment complex.Loongirl wrote: 'Saw a Sandhill Crane yesterday at U Ave and 131.'catx321 reports 'Sandhill cranes have been flying over my neighborhood (Westwood) for at least a week. You can hear them calling and greeting other groups coming back. When you see them you know Spring is following too. Finally!'DONTTREADONME3321 wrote: 'I had Sandhills flying over Kalamazoo County at least two weeks ago, and had some in a field off East Main yesterday, so they have been here.Readers Tweeted sightings, too, of two Sandhills seen Monday afternoon in Galesburg and two more at at Southridge Church.'I heard a group of sandhill cranes while going for a walk this past weekend, near Whites Lake, which is just south of the Kalamazoo Country Club, Ecomcon22 reported.And carlocd wrote 'I have seen several cranes in the swamp on Oakland drive south of Centre. A reader wrote to say she has seen them on Flowerfield Creek, and sometimes sees hundreds in the cornfields off 8th street, between U ave and Texas Corners. 'They are super easy to spot with their terridactyal like call, without that they blend in with the early Spring non-color in the fields. They are REALLY cool, masters of flight.'Michigan Audubon will be celebrating the Sandhill Crane in 2014 with a year-long campaign to raise awareness for the state's largest and oldest species of bird. In Southwest Michigan the Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary in Calhoun County has high quality stopover, nesting, and fall staging habitat, as does the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Bird Sanctuary in Jackson County.
Happening April 02 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/04/we_stand_corrected_readers_rep.html
| Police find meth lab, assault rifle during search of house in Comstock Township|
The search in the 600 block of North 33rd Street came after a two-day investigation that was prompted by reports to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office that meth was being made at the house, investigators said in a news release issued by the sheriff’s office.
Police found a meth lab, meth components and several guns, including an assault rifle Friday, March 14, 2014, during the search of a home in the 600 block of North 33rd Street in Comstock Township.MLive file photoCOMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI – Investigators found an active one-pot methamphetamine lab and several guns, including an assault rifle, during the search of a house Friday in Comstock Township, authorities said.The search in the 600 block of North 33rd Street came after a two-day investigation that was prompted by reports to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office that meth was being made at the house, investigators said in a news release issued by the sheriff’s office.On Wednesday, deputies stopped a vehicle that was seen leaving the house and found suspected meth on two people in the vehicle. At about 8 p.m. Friday, the Kalamazoo Metro SWAT Team executed a search warrant at the house and found an active one-pot meth lab in the kitchen. Several guns were found in the house’s living room, “including a large caliber assault rifle near the front door,” according to the news release.The SWAT Team also found suspected meth and other drugs, meth components and remnants from old meth labs inside the house.Investigators said they did not find the suspect, a 32-year-old from Galesburg, in the house during the execution of the search warrant. However, according to the news release, the sheriff’s office will be seeking “at least 5 charges” against the suspect when the case is forwarded to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office for review.Investigators also plan to seek charges against the two people who were in the vehicle that was stopped by deputies on Wednesday, according to the news release.Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the sheriff’s office at 269-383-8748 or contact Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.Rex Hall Jr. is a public safety reporter for the Kalamazoo Gazette. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter.
Happening March 15 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/03/police_find_meth_lab_assault_r.html
| Snow Day! Most Kalamazoo-area schools closed today|
With several inches of snow overnight, most Kalamazoo-area schools have closed Tuesday. Find out if your school is one of them.
Most Kalamazoo-area students have a snow day today.
MLive file photo With several inches of snow overnight, most Kalamazoo-area schools have closed Tuesday. Find out if your school is one of them. For a full listing, visit WWMT's Closings and Delays webpage.
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Portage Public SchoolsGull Lake Community Schools
Climax-Scotts Schools Comstock Public SchoolsKalamazoo Christian Schools
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Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools Parchment Public SchoolsVicksburg Community SchoolsSchoolcraft Community SchoolsAllegan CountyOtsego Public SchoolsPlainwell Community SchoolsAllegan Public SchoolsMartin Public SchoolsSt. Joseph CountySturgis Public Schools
Three Rivers Community Schools
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Mendon Community Schools
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South Haven Public Schools
Hartford Public Schools
Lawrence Public Schools
Lawton Community Schools
Gobles Public Schools
Decatur Public Schools
Happening February 18 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/02/snow_day_kalamazoo-area_school.html
| Southwest Michigan schools are running out of snow days, but not snow|
This year's snow days are the 'most I've dealt with as a superintendent in my entire career,' said Patrick Bird, superintendent of Mattawan Consolidated Schools.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- With Southwest Michigan socked by almost
double the average amount of snow this January -- as well as some of the coldest
temperatures it's seen in 20 years -- the snow days have piled up along with
On Wednesday, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Portage Public
Schools, Gull Lake Community Schools, Galesburg-Augusta and Climax-Scotts were
among the Kalamazoo County school districts closed for a third day this week,
thanks to the bitter cold and icy road conditions. Many area schools also closed Friday, Jan. 23, as well as for three days earlier this month, during the first polar vortex.
Under Michigan law, school districts can cancel a total of
six days before they're required to make up the time. Districts must offer
170 days of instruction and 1,098 hours of class in order to receive all their per-pupil funding from the state.
Kalamazoo Public Schools officially went over its allotment
this week, according to Alex Lee, executive director of communications for KPS. For Portage Public Schools, Wednesday marked the sixth snow day, said Sarah Baker, community relations manager for Portage Public Schools.
'This winter is gripping the whole state and affecting many
school districts. We're not out of it yet, so we don't know how much time we'll
have to make up,' Lee said in a phone interview.
So far, 80 inches of snow have fallen in Kalamazoo –
compared with 75 inches during a typical winter, according to local weather
expert Ray Hackman. The 40 inches that have fallen so far in January are almost
double the average 23 inches, he said.
In Van Buren County,
Mattawan Consolidated Schools is also beyond six closures. The high school, middle school and later elementary schools have closed nine
days already this school year, while the early elementary has closed 10. In addition to January
snow days, the district closed for two days last fall after a power outage,
explained Superintendent Patrick Bird.
'It's been a very frustrating winter and extremely
challenging for sure,' said Bird, who has been a superintendent for 15 years. This
year's snow days are the 'most I've dealt with as a superintendent in my entire career.'
Bird said he could empathize with parents scrambling to make
child care arrangements as this week's closures extended into a third day.
'I'm sure it's very frustrating for everyone. We would love
to have school. We understand the burden it puts on families when we have to
call off school,' he said. 'The last thing we want to do is call off school.
But our No. 1 priority is child safety.'
Right now, it's likely that Mattawan will
need to extend its school year to make up the missed class time.
'We're in a situation where, in all likelihood, we'll need to
add days,' Bird said.
Originally, the last day of school was going to be Friday, June
6, but the district may end up extending into that next week, he said.Paw Paw has had seven snow days so far this year, but there is one day in February that could serve as a make-up day, said new Superintendent Tony Habra. This week marks his first week in the district and so far, it's been a snowy welcome.'I've been in the district three days, and we've had three snow days,' he said.Habra, who previously served as superintendent of Rudyard Area Schools on the Upper Peninsula, noted that so far, the U.P. hasn't been socked with the extreme cold Southwest Michigan has experienced this January.'It's all about the safety of the kids and that's what we have to
keep in mind,' he said. 'If we have to have Battle of the Bands in July, that's what we'll have to
do. All you can do is keep kids and their safety in the
forefront of your mind and make the best decisions you can based on that.'However, a proposal sponsored by state Rep.
Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, would allow school districts to lengthen the days that they are
already in school, rather than add additional days. Last year, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a similar bill, which only applied
to the 2012-13 school year. Potvin's bill would make
the change permanent, giving schools the choice of whether to add days or
lengthen the school day.Vicksburg Community Schools also has had seven snow days this year, said Superintendent Charles Glaes. How the school makes up the class time will depend on negotiations with the teachers' union, he said. In Vicksburg's case, he said, the contract calls for a minimum of 178 days of instructional time.
'It depends on what your contract says, how you approach
that,' Glaes said. 'It's likely we will be adding days. However, all these things are
subject to consulting and negotiating with the association.'
If Portage does need to call another snow day, 'really, the answer before us is to add days at the end of the
school,' Baker said.While there is still a mid-winter break and spring break, 'it has not
been our practice to alter that schedule,' Baker said.
One reason, she explained, is that many PPS students are involved in countywide programs, such Education for the Arts, Education for Employment, the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center, the Advanced and Talented Youth Program, or have dual enrollment at Western Michigan University or Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
'That's where the common calendar comes into play,' Baker said. 'We cannot make this decision in isolation, because of the
complexity of working together in the county.'
Given the uncertainties, and the fact that -- no matter what the groundhog may see on Sunday -- there's still plenty of winter left, KPS is still weighing its
options, Lee said.
'At this point, we've gone over our allotment and, once we
figure out what our options are, we'll put a plan in place,' Lee said. 'This
has not been a usual winter, by any stretch. And we're not through the winter
yet. We have to continue to make our decisions based on the safety of the kids
and see where we end up.'
Yvonne Zipp is a staff writer at the Kalamazoo Gazette. Email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter.
Happening January 29 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/01/southwest_michigan_schools_are.html
| Portage, Kalamazoo and most other Kalamazoo-area schools cancel classes for third day in a row|
It's still dangerously cold and the roads are still really, really icy.
'I'm surprise they were closed today,' Jacob White said about Kalamazoo schools as he uses a snow blower to clear the walkway around Parkwood Upjohn Elementary School. KALAMAZOO, MI -- It's still dangerously cold and the roads are still really, really icy. That combination is enough to have many Kalamazoo-area schools canceling classes for Wednesday, the third day in a row. Students have been out of school since Dec. 20, the start of winter break. They were scheduled to return Monday, Jan. 6, but a severe storm that hit the area beginning Sunday led to widespread cancellations.One of the concerns: The area remains under a wind-chill advisory until 9 a.m. Wednesday, with wind chills of 15 to 25 below zero in the forecast. Also, the extreme cold has hindered the ability to clear roads, which remained snow-covered and icy Tuesday night.Here's a list of school districts that have canceled classes. It will be updated through the evening:Bangor Public Schools;Bloomingdale Public Schools;Burr Oak Community Schools;Climax-Scotts Community Schools;Centreville Community Schools;Colon Community Schools;Comstock Community Schools;Constantine Public Schools;Decatur Public Schools;Delton Kellogg Schools;Gagie School;Gobles Public Schools;Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools;Gull Lake Community Schools;Hartford Public Schools;Hopkins Public Schools;Kalamazoo Public Schools;Kalamazoo Christian Schools;Kalamazoo Catholic schools;Lawrence Community Schools;Lawton Community Schools;Marcellus Community Schools;Mattawan Consolidated School;Mendon Community Schools;Parchment School District;Paramount Charter Academy;Portage Public Schools;Paw Paw Public Schools;Schoolcraft Community Schools;South Haven Public Schools;Sturgis Public Schools;Three Rivers Community Schools;Vicksburg Community Schools;White Pigeon Community Schools.
Happening January 07 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/01/portage_kalamazoo_and_most_oth.html
| Nellie VanEck, 92, of Kalamazoo 'was the best tailor in town'|
VanEck, who died Nov. 20 at Sojourner House in Kalamazoo, worked for Libin's for 53 of the 60 years the store has been in business, retiring five years ago at the age of 87.
KALAMAZOO, MI — For more than half a century, Nellie VanEck — needle and thread in hand — provided customers at Libin's with a comfortable fit of the clothing they purchased from the store.
Nellie VanEck works at Libin's clothing store in this file photo from 1999.Kalamazoo Gazette file
Known throughout town for her skillfulness as a tailor, VanEck even assisted walk-ins who had purchased their clothing elsewhere.
'We used to have people come into the store from other stores and ask Nell to do the alterations,' store owner Fred Libin recalled. 'We were glad to do it.'
'Nell,' he explained, 'was the best tailor in town.'
VanEck, 92, who died Nov. 20 at Sojourner House in Kalamazoo, worked for Libin's for 53 of the 60 years the store has been in business, retiring five years ago at the age of 87.
VanEck took a tailoring class at Kalamazoo Central High School while she was a student there, but the rest of her training came from her mother and from reading books, said Brenda Pierce, Van Eck's daughter.
'I guess I was born with a needle in my hand because it's always come natural,' VanEck said for a Kalamazoo Gazette story about her in 1999.
As head tailor at Libin's, VanEck hired and trained others in the fine art of tailoring, both by hand and on a sewing machine.
'She demanded much from the people she hired,' Libin said. 'She was very demanding of quality. … If it wasn't exactly done right it went back and was done again.'
'She had an eye for detail,' Pierce said. 'She could point out how items don't fit right and how to fix them.
'She was pretty driven as far as getting things done, and she was extremely detailed, very particular about the way things were done. If she was going to do a project … it was going to be done right.'
Pierce, who began working for her mother as a seamstress at Libin's when she was 14 and is currently store manager, said she and her siblings were beneficiaries of their mother's ability to replicate articles of clothing that she saw.
'One time she saw a coat in Gilmore's (store) window,' Pierce said. 'She went home and made it for my brother.'
Her creativity extended to other areas of her home as well.
'She enjoyed decorating her house,' Pierce said. 'She made a lot of things for the interior. She could do draperies, she could do bedspreads, a lot of the accent pieces — if she couldn't find it she could make it.'
VanEck is survived by Pierce and her husband, Dallas, of Galesburg; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Janet VanEck, of Grand Junction; a grandson, Kevin Butler; and a brother, Yoris Zweedyk, of Kentucky.
VanEck was married to Henry VanEck for 47 years before his death in 1987. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Arlene Butler, brothers Mike, Gabriel, William and Cornelius Zweedyk, and a sister, Martha Levering.
Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home handled arrangements for a graveside service that was held at Portage South Cemetery.
Happening December 31 2013
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/12/nellie_vaneck_tailor_libins.html
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