Victims of female genital mutilation will have the ability to receive significant civil damages, should legislation sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin be signed into law. Griffin’s bill, part of an eight-bill and one-resolution bipartisan package, was overwhelming approved by the state House today to bring it one step closer to helping young victims. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls, which is intended to remove or damage the external female genitalia. READ MORE!
On April 12, Lakeside for Children officials announced the opening of a new Health & Wellness Center at their Kalamazoo residential treatment facility and school for abused and neglected teenagers. The 12,500 sq.-ft. structure houses three classrooms, a multipurpose room, and a regulation-size high school basketball court that can accommodate other activities. READ MORE!
Dr. Edward B. Montgomery, dean and professor of economics at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, will become the ninth president of Western Michigan University Aug. 1. READ MORE!
A chance encounter with a Boy Scout representative turned into a lifelong career as a professional Scouter for Don Shepard.
“At a National Jamboree in 1985 I ran into a loaned executive. He stopped a buddy of mine and I and asked if we knew about professional Scouting,” Shepard said. “My buddy and I joined Scouting after college as professionals.”
Shepard will take over leadership of the Michigan Crossroads Council (MCC) on May 1 as its new Scout Executive, replacing Matthew Thornton who stepped down in December to take a new assignment in Los Angeles, Calif. Shepard is currently Scout Executive for the Daniel Webster Council based in Manchester, New Hampshire. READ MORE!
Would you like gardens that are the envy of your neighborhood? How about bragging rights to growing the tastiest produce? Kalamazoo Master Gardener volunteers will gladly help you at the 10th annual Plant Sale. READ MORE!
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today issued an Order under the Public Health Code requiring McLaren Flint Hospital to immediately correct conditions in its facility to reduce the risk of future exposure to Legionella at the hospital. READ MORE!
Mae Jemison, M.D., the first woman of color in space, is the keynote speaker at Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s 2017 Community Meeting on March 23, 7 p.m., at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium. READ MORE!
Find out which high school band wins the competition to open for Drumline Live! at Miller Auditorium. READ MORE!
When 11-year-old Tori Bates boarded a plane from Sarasota, FL, to New York City with her family this summer, auditioning for the national tour of Annie was the furthest thing from her mind. READ MORE!
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging schools to participate in Michigan Schools CPR/Automated External Defibrillator Drill Week beginning today. The week is part of American Heart Month during February. READ MORE!