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50 photos tell the stories of 2018 in Kalamazoo  MLive.com

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



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.



Residents flock for bottled water in Parchment as PFAS concerns rise  MLive.com

Residents and business owners on the city of Parchment water system are adjusting to the switch to bottled water for drinking and cooking following elevated ...



3,000 people offered bottled water after PFAS found in Parchment  MLive.com

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Residents in the city of Parchment and Cooper Township will be provided bottled water Friday morning after elevated levels of PFAS were ...



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

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 ...



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 ...



Test of Parchment water source finds PFAS at 26 times health advisory  MLive.com

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



Parchment residents ‘sold out’ by bill limiting stricter PFAS standard  MLive.com

State Sen. Margaret O'Brien, left, and state Rep. Beth Griffin hand out free bottled water to residents at the Parchment High School, Friday, July 27, 2018.



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 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 ...



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.



Parchment residents grateful for bottled water distribution but questions still linger  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

PARCHMENT, Mich. — Charlotte Tinkey drove up to Parchment High School Monday morning to get two free cases of bottled water for her family. It was her third ...



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 ...



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.



Crews laying 2nd Parchment-Kalamazoo water main  WOODTV.com

Officials expect the first permanent connection between the Kalamazoo and Parchment water systems to be up and running by Monday.



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 ...



Questions remain for Cooper Township family in landfill's shadow  MLive.com

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 ...



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

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 ...



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 ...



Parchment teachers unhappy with state of contract negotiations  MLive.com

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



Portage shuts down three wells following trace PFAS detection  MLive.com

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 ...



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 ...



New organization aims to help girls shine in Kalamazoo County  MLive.com

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 ...



5 things to know: Friday, July 27, 2018  WZZM13.com

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.



81 high school seniors honored at Kalamazoo RESA awards breakfast  MLive.com

KALAMAZOO, MI - Eighty-one Kalamazoo County high school seniors were honored at the annual Kalamazoo RESA Seniors Awards Breakfast on Thursday, ...



PFAS testing expands in Richland Township  WOODTV.com

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



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.



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 ...



Excellence in Education recognizes 2018 seniors in Kalamazoo County  MLive.com

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



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 ...



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 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 ...



Kindleberger Summer Festival hits high gear with parade  MLive.com

The annual Kindleberger Summer Festival attracts hundreds on Saturday, July 15, at Kindleberger Park in Parchment.



Candidates seek partial-term seat on Kalamazoo Township board  MLive.com

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



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

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 ...



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

The Chapa family, from the left: Lydia, Andrew, Arius and Mary. Andrew is graduating next week from Parchment High School.Photo courtesy of Lydia Chapa.



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

In addition to Friday's funeral Mass, there will be visitations at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Westside Chapel, 3926 S. Ninth St., from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 ...



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 ...



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

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



Parchment basketball coach Larry Bailey retires 'for good' after 28 years  MLive.com

PARCHMENT, MI -- Larry Bailey, longtime boys basketball coach for Parchment High School, has retired and will not return next season. "It's been the honor of ...



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 ...



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

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  MLive.com

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



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 ...



Kalamazoo-area high school seniors recognized for Excellence in Education  MLive.com

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



Michigan workers killed on the job in 2017  MLive.com

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



13 On Your Sidelines - Week 9 results  WZZM13.com

Find highlights, scores and photos here from all the Week 9 action as 13 On Your Sidelines continues the 2016 season.



Kalamazoo 'Hidden Figures' are leading young women in computer science  MLive.com

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 ...



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

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



What's happening this week in Kalamazoo sports  MLive.com

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



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

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 ...



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

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.



What's happening in Kalamazoo-area sports  MLive.com

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



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

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



College financial aid: Kalamazoo-area workshops set to provide 1-on-1 help with FAFSA forms  MLive.com

A dozen workshops to help parents and students fill out college financial-aid forms will be held in Kalamazoo County next month.



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

"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 ...



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.



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

WMU looking to cap perfect season against Badgers program, which '88 Broncos beat to set tone for their championship run.



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."



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 ...



Select group receives top undergraduate honor for 2015 | WMU News  WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Forty-six students in Western Michigan University's 6,067-member senior class have been named a 2015 Presidential Scholar.



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: Marissa Uchimura of Kalamazoo Christian hopes to turn talent, love of music into a career  Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com

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



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 - MLive.com

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 ...



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

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 ...



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

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: Instead of college, Sarah Bertman of Kalamazoo is headed to Nicaragua  Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com

Sarah Bertman, who is graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School, has been accepted to University of Michigan but instead will be working next fall at a ...



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

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



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

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: Ray'Von Jones going from Kalamazoo's Northside to Notre Dame  Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com

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.



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