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Urban Alliance to offer vocational training for students with disabilities

The one-day vocational training gave five students the opportunity to complete a three-day computer numerical control (CNC) operator certificate.

State Sen. Sean McCann will hold PFAS town hall in Parchment

State Sen. Sean McCann will hold a town hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25 on the latest efforts to protect drinking water from PFAS contamination.

PFAS response in Parchment discussed at town hall meeting

The state's response after PFAS were found in the municipal water supply in Parchment was the topic of a meeting on April 25.

1 person shot in Parchment during marijuana deal gone bad  WWMT-TV

Police were called to an area near the Parchment High School after a report of shots fired Thursday. Kalamazoo Township Police taped off an area around an ...

DEQ: Parchment wells test well above EPA advisory level for PFAS  Michigan Radio

Some Parchment residents might be using bottled water for longer than they had hoped. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality found high levels of.

7 schools compete in second 2019 Kalamazoo Gazette Prom of the Week poll

Plainwell High School students and their dates celebrated prom on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. (Malachi Barrett |

Parchment residents 'sold out' by bill limiting stricter PFAS standard

Parchment residents said HB 4205 is not in their best interest.

Parchment residents not surprised with PFAS water contamination

Some residents are more concerned than others after learning the chemicals were found at high levels in their water system.

Two Michigan communities on do-not-drink water alert after PFAS contamination  Detroit Free Press

More than 3,100 residents of two Kalamazoo County communities have been advised to stop drinking or cooking with municipal water, after testing found a ...

3M and Georgia-Pacific face federal class action suit over PFAS pollution in Parchment  Michigan Radio

Residents of a town near Kalamazoo join a federal class action lawsuit against 3M and Georgia-Pacific over PFAS contamination. The lawsuit alleges that.

Kalamazoo-area seniors honored for 'Excellence in Education,' receive $1K scholarships

The seniors will be honored Wednesday, April 17, at Western Michigan University Fetzer Center, according to a press release from Excellence in Education.

Parchment public water customers told to flush pipes, but don't drink water yet

PARCHMENT, MI -- Parchment public water customers are being asked to flush their pipes and plumbing systems as part of the switch to Kalamazoo City water ...

Test of Parchment water source finds PFAS at 26 times health advisory -

PFAS was found at a range between 279 ppt and 2150 ppt in the three wells.

The state isn't done finding PFAS in Kalamazoo County  Michigan Radio

Last summer, the state began investigating PFAS contamination is two sites close to Kalamazoo. Investigations of the former location of Production Plated.

Parchment residents can drink their tap water again  Michigan Radio

Parchment and Cooper Township residents can now safely drink their water. That's what state and local officials are saying after water tests found PFAS.

Parchment residents cautious to drink water after advisory lifted

While some residents on Parchment's municipal water are relieved to hear the water was deemed usable again after over a month under a "Do Not Drink" order, ...

2019 Academic State Champs honors Michigan schools where college is the norm  Bridge Michigan

Dearborn Public Schools has two early-college programs at Henry Ford College, helping the district's high schools snare Academic State Champs honors.

Parchment teachers unhappy with state of contract negotiations

PARCHMENT, MI -- Teachers in Parchment schools have been working without a contract as negotiations with the school district drag on. The Parchment ...

Georgia-Pacific will help DEQ investigate Parchment's PFAS contamination  Michigan Radio

The state will get help from Georgia-Pacific to help investigate the source of PFAS contamination in the city of Parchment. The Department of Environmental.

Michigan environment roundup: 13 water systems fail federal lead test.  Bridge Michigan

The latest can't-miss journalism about Michigan's natural resources.

Parchment will begin using Kalamazoo water – once State gives approval  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The City of Parchment recently was connected to the Kalamazoo city water system, but it's not safe yet for Parchment residents to drink ...

Search Michigan schools to see how they compare in sending grads to college  Bridge Michigan

Use this database to search for your Michigan high school and see how it compares in sending graduates to college to others nearby and of similar economic ...

Kalamazoo wastewater discharges "an early win" in effort to reduce PFAS  Michigan Radio

PFAS discharges from Kalamazoo's wastewater treatment plant are now under the state limit of 12 parts per trillion for surface water. That's down from a.

Readers debate: Did Parchment High School staff help troubled girl, or do her a 'disservice'  Kalamazoo Gazette -

View full sizeThis is the contract signed by the young woman and Parchment High School counselor Becky Edds two years ago. The student is graduating from ...

Parchment High School announces top 10 students in Class of 2013  Kalamazoo Gazette -

Parchment High School has announced its top 10 graduates in the Class of 2013.

In West Michigan, PFAS contamination leaves fruits and veggies to wither  Bridge Michigan

Danger to the groundwater in the town of Parchment, Michigan, could mean trouble to vegetable gardens, prompting some to wonder if their soil is permanently ...

Questions remain for Cooper Township family in landfill's shadow

COOPER TOWNSHIP, MI -- An entrance gate to the former Crown Vantage landfill is yards from Garry Burnham's front door. Burnham, 57, who has lived in the ...

Water Issues in Kalamazoo | Opinion  Western Herald

The water in Kalamazoo hasn't been great at times. According to WXYZ News, last year, officials were warning residents to stop using their water due to high ...

Parchment names Jason Misner as new athletic director, middle school assistant principal  Mlive Kalamazoo

Jason Misner, a Parchment High School social studies teacher since 2006, has been named the new Parchment Middle School assistant principal and high ...

Governor Snyder visits Parchment to see progress on fixing PFAS issue  Michigan Radio

Residents of a southwest Michigan community could soon have a permanent solution to ongoing water contamination.

New organization aims to help girls shine in Kalamazoo County

Confident S.O.L.E., Strengthening Our Ladies in Excellence, is a new organization in Kalamazoo County designed to help young girls see their worth and teach ...

Kalamazoo County residents and local leaders tell EPA to fix PFAs issue now  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Tammy Cooper was one of the few Kalamazoo County residents invited to the EPA's roundtable discussion Friday afternoon. She told the ...

Class of 2013: Tough childhood turns into a sweet high school career for Parchment's Andrew Chapa  Kalamazoo Gazette -

Ten years ago, Lydia Chapa and her partner arrived home from the hospital after Chapa's knee surgery to find a child on their porch.

Minnesota has fought PFAS for years. Here's how its plan can help Michigan.  Bridge Michigan

Michigan is planning to sue 3M for manufacturing hazardous chemicals showing up in water systems. Minnesota sued the company years ago and is sharing ...

Unvaccinated student rates rise for third straight year in Michigan schools  Bridge Michigan

The unvaccinated rate is still lower than in 2014, but the increase comes as Michigan battles a measles outbreak. A bill that would require schools with higher ...

6 schools compete in May 5 Kalamazoo Gazette 2018 Prom of the Week Poll

Schoolcraft High School students attend their 2018 prom at Wind and James event center in Schoolcraft, April 28, 2018. (Rebekah Welch). Which of these six ...

John Thompson gets $40,000 in settlement with Parchment School District  Kalamazoo Gazette -

Almost exactly a year after his arrest in a drunken police-chase incident, John Thompson is getting $40000 in exchange for his resignation as Parchment Middle ...

Portage shuts down three wells following trace PFAS detection

The City of Portage shut down three wells in what it is calling a "proactive" response to traceable levels of PFAS contaminants detected in the well fields of three ...

81 high school seniors honored at Kalamazoo RESA awards breakfast

81 high school seniors were honored at the Kalamazoo Regional Educational *Service* Agency.(Kayla Miller). By KALAMAZOO, MI - Eighty-one ...

Excellence in Education recognizes 2018 seniors in Kalamazoo County

The 2018 Excellence in Education program on April 18 will honor 47 high school seniors and their significant educators.

Cooper Township daycare owner concerned about PFAs water crisis  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

COOPER TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The moment Tambra Craven heard the news that the town's water system contained elevated levels of polyfluoroalkyl ...

Parchment Superintendent Matt Miller issues statement about being with Athletic Director John Thompson on night of Thompson's DUI arrest  Kalamazoo Gazette -

Parchment High School Athletic Director John Thompson had dinner at a bar with Parchment Superintendent Matt Miller on the night that Thompson was ...

Parchment store owner Robert Bellisle served generations of customers, remembered as city's 'greatest ambassador'  Kalamazoo Gazette -

PARCHMENT, MI —. You have to wonder whether Robert Bellisle Sr. ever made much money at Bellisle's Cut Rate Store in. Parchment . One thing's for sure, ...

Vicksburg wins Kalamazoo area's 3rd Prom of the Week poll

Vicksburg High School's prom is Saturday, May 5 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Parchment cheerleader taking part in London New Year's Day Parade after being named All-American  Mlive Kalamazoo

Sadie Burghdoff, a 16-year-old junior at Parchment High School, was invited to participate in the London New Year's Day Parade as a result of her performance ...

Bob Verduzco hired as Parchment's new football coach  Mlive Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI — Parchment High School has hired Bob Verduzco as its new football coach. Verduzco, a 1991 graduate of Yale University where he played ...

Candidates seek partial-term seat on Kalamazoo Township board

Two township residents will face off this November for a single, partial-term seat on the Kalamazoo Township Board of Trustees.

Kalamazoo-area high school graduations kick off tonight

Plainwell High School is holding its commencement tonight, the first high school graduation among the the public and private high schools serving Kalamazoo ...

Parchment basketball's Kendall Griffin rising talent, reminiscent of late mother Shannon Pickell Griffin

PARCHMENT, MI -- When Shannon Pickell Griffin passed away last month from undisclosed causes, Western Michigan University lost one of the most ...

Officials warn people not to eat fish from Michigan waterway  Michigan Radio

Health officials are warning people not to eat fish from parts of a southeastern Michigan river because of chemical contamination. The emergency "Do Not.

DEQ expert who warned of PFAS risk in 2012 explains why it took the state years to respond  Michigan Radio

How well has the State of Michigan responded to the problem of PFAS contamination of our groundwater? That was the focus of a Grand Rapids hearing ...

See what's ahead for the 14 Kalamazoo-area football teams in the playoffs

Follow along for an early look at what the Kalamazoo-area's 14 playoff teams are up against this weekend.

Kalamazoo-area high school seniors recognized for Excellence in Education

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Nearly 50 high school seniors from the Kalamazoo area have been honored this year with Excellence in Education awards. Excellence in ...

Man dies following workplace fall weeks after becoming a dad

Wesley Harrington became a dad on April 13, and was injured 10 days later, according to a fundraiser.

Kalamazoo 'Hidden Figures' are leading young women in computer science

The group of young woman of the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center are proving once again, that it is possible to be a woman and be among ...

Schools in Mattawan, Portage and Vicksburg ranked in top 10 percent of schools statewide  Kalamazoo Gazette -

Seven public schools in the Kalamazoo area, including two in Mattawan, were ranked in the top 10 percent of Michigan public schools in terms of academic ...

Top 20 high school graduation rates in the Kalamazoo area

The state has released graduation rates for MIchigan's public high schools for 2014. This slideshow looks at the top-performing high schools among 37 school ...

36 Kalamazoo-area sites offering free lunch to children under 18

Kalamazoo County has 36 sites serving free lunch to children under age 18 during the summer.

Kalamazoo-area track qualifiers prepare for Saturday's state meets

Follow along to see which Kalamazoo-area athletes will look to cap their seasons with all-state finishes.

Meet top scholars at Kalamazoo-area high schools from the Class of 2016

The Kalamazoo Gazette is recognizing the Class of 2016's top scholars from Kalamazoo-area high schools.

What's happening this week in Kalamazoo sports

Follow along to see the Kalamazoo area's best performances from last week and the must-see matchups on deck this week.

Kalamazoo County Excellence in Education program honors top students in Class of 2013  Kalamazoo Gazette -

Almost 50 Kalamazoo County high school seniors were honored Wednesday at a reception for being in the top 2.5 percent of their graduating class.

Galesburg-Augusta picks Hamilton administrator, 33, as new superintendent  The Kalamazoo Gazette

Dania Bazzi, director of teaching and learning for Hamilton Community Schools, has been offered the job of superintendent of Galesburg-Augusta Community ...

Student awarded prestigious Boren Scholarship for study abroad | WMU News  WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Western Michigan University student from Parchment will study Arabic in Jordan for the 2015-16 academic year through a prestigious ...

Coach's 'box not fight' mantra transcends ring, seeks to diffuse violence

"I'm trying to direct them towards something positive and basically diffuse the violence," Kalamazoo boxing coach Curtis Isaac said of the young fighters he ...

Kalamazoo-area robotics team places in top 3% of teams worldwide

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Stryke Force FIRST robotics team, made up of dozens of Kalamazoo-area high school students, had a successful competition season.

What's happening in Kalamazoo-area sports

Follow along to see the Kalamazoo area's best performances from last week and the must-see matchups on deck this week.

PFAS testing expands in Richland Township

More wells in Kalamazoo County will be tested for PFAS, an emerging contaminant that has recently been found in West Michigan.

Kalamazoo YWCA honors 26 with Young Women of Achievement Award  Kalamazoo Gazette -

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo YWCA will honor 26 women in its Young Women of Achievement awards this Thursday. The award is given to high school ...

Bands bring music, drama to Ford Field competition  Detroit Free Press

Nearly 50 Michigan high school marching bands will be in Detroit for Saturday's competition.

Class of 2012: Marissa Uchimura of Kalamazoo Christian hopes to turn talent, love of music into a career  Kalamazoo Gazette -

Marissa Uchimura has a talent and passion for piano. But can she turn it into in a vocation?

Western Michigan's 1988, 2016 teams linked by MAC titles, matchups with Wisconsin

1988 Wisconsin WMU image.jpg. The Sept. 4, 1988 Kalamazoo Gazette's report of Western Michigan's 24-14 victory at Wisconsin. (Cory Olsen, MLive/Courtesy ...

Post-Pixar, award-winning 'Brave' animator Brian Tindall discusses his move to Laika, future of 3D printing  Mlive Kalamazoo

"It's so new and so *fresh*. It's really fun. It's neat to be a part of," Tindall said. "It's the future."

Class of 2012: Davion Phillips says key to being a successful African-American male student is 'don't follow the crowd' (Julie Mack column)

During his middle-school years at Milwood Magnet School, Davion Phillips didn't care much about his studies and his grades showed it. But in high school, ...

Class of 2012: Instead of college, Sarah Bertman of Kalamazoo is headed to Nicaragua  Kalamazoo Gazette -

Academically, Sarah Bertman appears plenty ready for college: Her acceptance letter to University of Michigan is evidence of that. But college-ready mentally ...

Jeff Nordquist wins 2013 Borgess Run men's Half Marathon  Mlive Kalamazoo

The 23-year-old is a 2007 grad of Parchment High School, where he currently coaches cross country.

Class of 2012: Stephen John, son of missionaries, has one foot in Portage and another in Nepal  Kalamazoo Gazette -

The family of Stephen John, who graduated last Thursday from Portage Central High School, offers a unique twist on the American Dream.

Class of 2012: Mary Farner of Kalamazoo wins collegiate lottery -- admission to Yale  Kalamazoo Gazette -

Almost 29000 applied to Yale University this year. Only 1975 -- 6.8 percent -- were admitted. One of them was Mary Farner, who is graduating next week from ...

Class of 2012: Alex Bacik, 18, known for his Civil War flair, doesn't let autism delay graduation from Galesburg-Augusta High School  Kalamazoo Gazette -

Galesburg-Augusta High School senior Alex Bacik, 18, known for showing up to school in Civil War costumes and fedoras, graduates with a 3.5 GPA despite ...

Class of 2012: Ray'Von Jones going from Kalamazoo's Northside to Notre Dame  Kalamazoo Gazette -

This summer, Ray'Von Jones will make the transition from one of Kalamazoo's poorest neighborhoods to one of the nation's most prestigious universities.

West Michigan group bonds over Russian heritage  The Grand Rapids Press -

Most of the people who have gotten together through Russia West Michigan on Facebook come from within the area ranging between Muskegon and Grand ...

Michigan workers killed on the job in 2017

Mike Clark | file photo. By Shandra Martinez | MIOSHA investigated 38 deaths in 2017. The majority of the deaths, 15, were caused by ...

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