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    From left, students Brianna Petersen, Jordan Woodrum and Hailee Larabee practice their animal first aid as teacher Noreen Heikes observes.

    © 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Life Lessons High school teacher helps aspiring vets learn by doing
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    Aaron Shafer, with his cat, Ushikawa, in his Texas Township studio, and his signature pyrography work, Meet Me at the Mountaintop. Ushikawa, like Shafer, has unusual eyes (the cat’s are different colors).
    Photo by Eric J. Shaeffer

    'My Imagination Is 2020' The Art of Aaron Shafer
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    Martin Chilcutt on the deck of his Kalamazoo home.

    © 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    The Father of Legal Pot Martin Chilcutt helped make marijuana mainstream
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    Despite the cold, Mattie Jordan-Woods proudly poses outside affordable senior housing the NACD built in the Northside neighborhood.

    © 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    'I’m Not Going Anywhere' After 32 years, Mattie Jordan-Woods is still a force for the Northside
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    Members of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of the Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, pictured here at the tribe's annual pow wow, are descendants of the original indigenous people who lived in Southwest Michigan. Courtesy photo.

    'We're Still Here' Recognition of Kalamazoo’s indigenous roots has been ‘a long time coming’
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    The former paper mill in Vicksburg offers 420,000 square feet of building space.

    © 2019 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    'Going in Big' With plans for event spaces, breweries, museums and more, a hometown boy takes on the revitalization of Vicksburg mill
  • Encore-Magazine-Feature-Seven-Generations-Hive-August-2019

    The “hive” area of Seven Generations' office proudly displays the company’s
    ownership by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, which influences the architecture and engineering firm’s philosophy.

    © 2019 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Seven Generations Design firm sees projects as ‘opportunity to heal the land’
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Comedian, blogger, author and fairly recent Kalamazoo resident Samantha Irby released her third book, Wow, No Thank You, last month.

© Eva Blue

‘Wow, No Thank You’Samantha Irby’s new book serves up lighter tone
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Aaron Shafer, with his cat, Ushikawa, in his Texas Township studio, and his signature pyrography work, Meet Me at the Mountaintop. Ushikawa, like Shafer, has unusual eyes (the cat’s are different colors).
Photo by Eric J. Shaeffer

'My Imagination Is 2020'The Art of Aaron Shafer

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Kalamazoo City Commissioner and WMU Director of Events