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Jarett Coy
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His article, Chasing the Rainbow, is Jarett’s debut as a feature writer for Encore. While chronicling the rise of Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, Jarett found the band’s members to be remarkably humble and continually grateful to those who have supported them along the way. Jarett is an indie music fiend and sports aficionado. An intern with Encore, he previously worked in media relations for the Kalamazoo Growlers. He’ll graduate in May with a B.A. in public relations from Western Michigan University.

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Margaret DeRitter
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During her two decades at the Kalamazoo Gazette, Margaret edited the health and science sections and covered the coming of the new WMU medical school. Therefore, she was perfectly poised to explore the impact the school will have on the community for our insightful cover feature. Margaret also works her editorial magic on Encore copy and serves as the publication’s poetry editor. A poet herself, she is working pieces for a local art and poetry exhibit.

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Carolyn Diana
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Carolyn graduated in April from Western Michigan University with degrees in journal-ism and Spanish. She wrote for the Western Herald and is currently a newsroom intern at WOOD TV8 in Grand Rapids. Carolyn found that her love for talking to people and storytelling and her natural curiosity were a perfect fit for writing about the Invisible Need Project at WMU. She also contributed to the package of stories on dorm decor in this issue and on how technology has changed college life.

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Andrew Domino
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Andrew is freelance writer who has written for various publications and as a copy writer. He's covered stories for Encore on everyrhing from arts and business to fun and games. You can see more of his writing at dominowriting.com.

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Ron Dundon
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Ron Dundon was Encore Publications office manager and Guy Friday for 14 years. He is a photographer, traveler, music lover and budding theatrical star.

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Sharon Ferraro
Tiffany Fitzgerald
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As Encore’s staff writer, Tiffany writes — a lot. She is responsible for our Upfront, Savor, Enterprise and Good Works features every month, as well as other stories in the arts. If that wasn’t enough, she is also the editor of FYI, our new family magazine that debuted last month. When we aren’t working her to death, she hangs out with her husband and two sons and dreams of having the time to complete Pinterest-worthy projects.

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Julie Ford
Ann Garrett Bennett
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Ann Garrett Bennett is a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo. She attended Kalamazoo College and Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. She and her late husband, Tom (pictured with her above), raised four children: Kathryn Bennett Solley and Betsy, Charles and Tim Bennett, the last three of whom still live in Southwest Michigan. Ann turns 91 this month and has been a member of the Reminiscence Writing Group at the Fountains of Bronson Place for more than a decade.

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Deborah Goodknight Hanley

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