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  1. DEQ: Parchment wells test well above EPA advisory level for PFAS  Michigan Radio
  2. Parchment bottled water pickup location to change Saturday
  3. 'What did we do?' Families anxious about chemicals found in tap water  CNN
  4. Michigan Families Concerned About Chemicals Found In Tap Water  CBS Detroit
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  1. BREAKING: Water Ban For Parchment, Cooper Township
  2. PFAS-laden water reaches Kalamazoo River during flush of Parchment system
  3. Two Michigan communities on do-not-drink water alert after PFAS contamination  Detroit Free Press
  4. 3,000 people offered bottled water after PFAS found in Parchment
  5. Residents line up for water in PFAs contaminated Parchment, Cooper Twp.  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan
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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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, ...

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 levels ...

50 photos tell the stories of 2018 in Kalamazoo

Revisit some of the key stories of the year from the Kalamazoo area, in 50 photographs.

Parchment water distribution resumes – but at a new location  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Residents of the City of Parchment and Cooper Township with contaminated well water can now pick up cases of bottled water at Haven ...

Kalamazoo will extend water system to Parchment in wake of PFAS contamination  Michigan Radio

Parchment residents now have a solution to the ongoing water contamination there. The Kalamazoo city commission voted unanimously to approve a contract ...

Parchment water station construction nearly complete  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

PARCHMENT, Mich. -- Progress is being made on new stations connecting Parchment to the city of Kalamazoo's water system. This after PFAS were found in ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Is your water safe? Harmful chemical found in many Michigan systems  Detroit Free Press

Under a Vermont standard, water at the Alto school district would be considered unsafe for human consumption. But in Michigan, it's considered safe.

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 ...

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

5 things to know: Friday, July 27, 2018

Each morning, 13 ON YOUR SIDE does the work for you and gathers the top five stories from overnight. Here's what people are talking about this morning: 1.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Michigan Senate OKs limits on seclusion, restraint of students  Detroit Free Press

The Michigan Senate has given final approval to legislation that bans the use of restraint and seclusion of students in Michigan schools — practices many say ...

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.

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-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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Loy Norrix, Vicksburg lead as Prom of the Week Poll continues

As of 10 a.m., Loy Norrix High School was about 400 votes ahead of Vicksburg High School, with Gull Lake High School in third place, Kalamazoo Christian ...

Michigan workers killed on the job in 2017

MIOSHA investigated 38 deaths in 2017. The majority of the deaths, 15, were caused by falls.

MTU announces spring semester dean's list | News, Sports, Jobs  Marquette Mining Journal

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, recently released its dean's list for the 2018 spring semester. Nearly 1600 students were ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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: 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: 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?

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: 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: 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: 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 ...

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 ...

Remembering Ron Jackson: K-Central, WMU Hall of Famer played first base for White Sox

Ever since his playing days at Kalamazoo Central High School, Ron Jackson was the type of athlete people always looked up to. Jackson, 74, who died Sunday ...

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