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    Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Police Chief Karianne Thomas, front and center, stands with some of the “people that make it happen”: Back row, from left: Public Safety Officer (PSO) Ellen Arnold, Sgt. Dave Juday, Assistant Chief David Boysen, PSO Alex Araujo, Captain Chris Franks and Lt. Scott VanderEnde. Front row, from left: Executive Lt. Rafael Diaz, Thomas and Lt. Danielle Guilds.

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    'And, boom, here I am' KDPS chief tackles a changing landscape
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    The Jet Set Siblings pilot the success of RAI Jets
  • encore-magazine-feature-poet-diane-seuss-august-2018

    Works by poet Diane Seuss draw much from her rural Southwest Michigan roots.

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    Full Life with Poetry Diane Seuss' rural roots and love of art infuse her new collection
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    See Your Town Like a Tourist Do what the locals do
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    The red glasses that artist Mary Hatch wears are nearly as memorable as her many paintings.

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    What’s going on here? Mary Hatch’s paintings tell stories and ask questions
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    Crowds stream their way into Chenery Auditorium during the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

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    'Magic that can only happen here' Gilmore Festival aims to make Kalamazoo a 'cultural destination'
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    Pianist Pierre can der Westhuizen has been playing piano for almost 30 years.

    Taking Chances New Gilmore director believes in serendipity
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    Local cosplayers, from left: Jennifer Smargiasso (Beauty), Jake Andrews (Deadpool), and Laura Schubkegel (Cinderella).

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    Cosplay on Display From stormtroopers to superheroes, this is serious dress-up

Junior pool league member Nyla Baker lines up a shot.

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Good SportsJunior pool players learn all the angles and good attitudes

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The Jet SetSiblings pilot the success of RAI Jets

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