NowKalamazoo original story It’s always the season for the ‘Kitchen Witch’

A local mixologist has a newly-released book of both cocktails and “don’t call them mocktails” – just in time for the holiday season.

NowKalamazoo original story School kids to face higher COVID-19 risk, despite vaccine access

Many school districts are removing the protection that masks have provided as hospitals raise red flags and local and state leaders decline to intervene.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

November 30, 2021

More people than ever are being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in Michigan and Kalamazoo County. At the same time, the state’s positivity rate has also reached a new high.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

November 23, 2021

Deaths are still half what they were a year ago, but rising. School outbreaks surge again ahead of holiday.

a group of people playing chess at tables

November 22, 2021

Chess club returns to Urban Alliance in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood for fun and outreach intended to last a lifetime.

craft soil company co-owners in front of their store

November 19, 2021

The Craft Soil Company has opened up a new gardening store, focusing first on artisan soil as more supplies come in.

a crossing guard with a stop sign ahead of a group of school children

November 18, 2021

That’s a question parents and the crossing guard at King-Westwood Elementary have been asking of a bureaucracy slow to answer.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

November 17, 2021

The single-day positivity rate hit highest ever on Saturday. But vaccination numbers jumped as kids became eligible.

Ralph Humes standing in front of trees

November 16, 2021

When he’s not cooking for pop artists on tour, R. Stanley’s restaurateur and local chef Ralph Humes’ kitchen plans are low key. But the pandemic has made it difficult to decide what’s next.

medical worker putting a bandage on a child after giving a vaccine

November 10, 2021

The first data covering children ages 5 to 11 shows that vaccinations are off to strong start in Michigan. But total vaccination rates still have a long way to go.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

November 9, 2021

The positivity rate climbed above 14% in Michigan while case numbers rose. Deaths remain relatively low compared to last fall, but still rising. School outbreaks reach new highs.

co-owners sipping drinks behind the bar

November 8, 2021

Downtown cocktail lounge Stamped Robin expands globally-inspired esthetic to next door coffee and food spot Café Robin, which officially landed last week.