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The Park Theatre was the center of the Augusta community for almost 50 years. Locals fondly recall the smell of hot, buttered popcorn, cars packing the village streets, a fire crackling in the fireplace and the owners, dressed in their finest, patrolling the aisles by flashlight to keep noise and unruly behavior in check. David Eli Frank (known as Eli) and his wife, Dorothy, built the Park Theatre in 1949. The theater opened on November 22nd with a showing of “The Red Pony,” a story by John Steinbeck featuring Robert Mitchum and Myrna Loy. The owners carefully selected the films with entertainment for the whole family in mind. They ran primarily G & PG rated films, with an occasional R rated film when a shortage of family films weren’t available. The theatre was not a first run house but on occasion they had a film at the same time as the “big city” theatres in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. I was lucky enough to see the Apollo 13 movie at the Park Theatre in 1995 – a space docudrama film directed by Ron Howard, starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Kathleen Quinlan. A fabulous movie that I would highly recommend! The Park Theatre is located on the village square at 108 E. Clinton Street in Augusta. The long and narrow theater seats 430 patrons and is an Art Moderne inspired structure (a style popular from the 1925 through the 1940’s).

The theatre is a Quonset hut (formerly a USO Hall for members of the U.S. Military) attached to a masonry lobby. Most patrons came from around Augusta, but the theatre attracted viewers from Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Eli, the youngest of six Frank children, owned an automobile agency in Wayland in the 1930’s, before he and Dorothy moved to Galesburg in early 1941 and opened the Gale Theater that operated from 1941-1956. Eli was the youngest of six children and came from a family of small town theater entrepreneurs. In 1911 his mother, Lena, a single parent who was sewing to make ends meet, eventually borrowed a movie projector, a 1893 hand-operated Edison Kinetoscope, from the old tent show era (still on display at the Park Theatre) and created a makeshift movie house in a wooden building that her estranged husband, George, had constructed in Wayland, naming the theatre, the Wayland Opera House. Eli’s brothers were also theater owners – Morris (Mort) Frank owned the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs and Naman Frank and his wife Jessie, built the Wayland Theatre, both in the late 1930’s. Eli’s son, Dave, and his wife Barb, became the third generation owners of the Park Theatre and were longtime owners. Many former patrons have posted their fond memories on the Vanished

Kalamazoo Facebook page, including the following, “ My mom and I visited the cinema multiple times a month. The concession stand sold treats for reasonable prices and they served paper straws with your pop. The ladies’ bathroom was more like a closet.” “Most Veterans who served at Fort Custer saw a few movies there.” “When I was a kid, Mr. Frank would have big Christmas celebrations every year. He would fill the stage with tons of presents and if he called the number on your ticket, you would win a gift. I went to movies there all of my growing years. I miss it terribly.” “It reminded me of the theaters on military bases. Also, they played Nat King Cole songs prior to the feature.” During their heyday, hundreds of small Michigan towns had movie theatres that were open 7 days a week. The popularity of the television caused a decline in the movie industry, causing many theatres to shorten their hours or eventually close. The Frank’s economized the Park Theatre operation, only opening Friday – Sunday, except during their weeklong special showings. They also cut down to three staff members - a projectionist, a cashier and a counter person selling refreshments. Dave took tickets and could also run the projection equipment in a pinch, while Barb was the ticket booth attendant.

The Park Theatre closed for regular business in 1996, but remained open for occasional special events. When the theater opened, admission was 85 cents, eventually increasing to $1.25 (1/2 of what other movie houses charge), and just $3 for special events such as for their Silver Anniversary (50th year). The Silver Anniversary 3-hour show was “A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” by Stanley Kramer and considered by many one of the funniest films made, loaded with some of the best known comedians and movie stars of the 1960’s. The Park Theatre was designated by the State of Michigan as a Historic Site, and is one of the last single-screen theaters in Kalamazoo County. It is also likely the only theater in Michigan with a woodburning fireplace in its foyer. The box office and lighted sign are still intact. The classic old theatre brings back special memories of days gone by. Jackie Merriam Information gathered from Kalamazoo Gazette 10/9/00 article, Battle Creek Enquirer 11/24/74 article,,

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the fall, mulch can provide many benefits to your garden. Here is a list of pros and cons to help you decide if mulching in the fall is right for your garden. Pros: Suppressing Weeds. Mulch is very effective with helping to keep the weeds at bay. Insulation. Mulch provides the heat to keep earth worms and other life active to keep improving the soil. It also insulates the roots of new plantings.

Nourishing the Soil. When applied in the fall, organic mulches will have several months to begin to decay and provide more nutrients to the soil. Cons: Rodents. A thick layer of mulch could attract unwanted rodents to burrow under. Self-Sowing Perennials. Fall mulching will prohibit self-sowing perennial seeds from germinating in the spring.

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* Did you know plants are still growing even after leaves drop? They still need deep root watering now through Thanksgiving! * Here’s how to avoid mouse & rabbit damage on valuable trees this winter: wrap trunks with tree wrap. Bonus - tree wrap will help protect against windburn, sunscald and severe frost. * Deer start foraging now. Avoid

I’m sure most of us have seen the Charlie Brown Halloween and Christmas animated television specials, but you may not have viewed the Thanksgiving special that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was the tenth animated television Special

based upon the popular Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on CBS on November 20, 1973, and won an Emmy Award the following Year. The opening iconic scene is of Lucy yanking away the football before Charlie Brown has a chance to kick it, while poetically speaking about the tradition of Thanksgiving football. The story promotes friendship, generosity, and gratitude. When Peppermint Patty invites everyone to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving. Charlie Brown is distraught because he can’t cook and he already has plans to go to his grandmother’s house for dinner. Linus saves the day by suggesting that Charlie Brown have two Holiday celebrations. Linus, Snoopy and Charlie

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Brown serve their friends a feast with foods that was on hand - buttered toast, pretzel sticks, popcorn and jellybeans. Although it wasn’t a proper feast, the Peanuts crew came to the realization that Thanksgiving is about being together and being thankful like the Pilgrims were. Although the Charlie Brown specials are no longer aired on network television, it is streamed exclusively through Apple TV+. In addition, DVD’s are available for purchase and can be borrowed from many local libraries. Happy Thanksgiving & Look Out for that Football, Charlie Brown! Jackie Merriam

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In Search of our Super-Powers A Mother and Daughter Adventure Series

These are a Few of My Favorite Things Jane: Ten years ago, Dean stood in front of the kitchen cabinet and said, “Why don’t we have more man mugs?” I was flummoxed. “More what?” He waved a pink flowered tea cup with gold trim. “I can’t fit my finger through this miniscule handle—how am I supposed to drink hot coffee out of it if I can’t use the handle?” I walked over next him and pondered the situation on the cupboard shelves. He was right—the handles were too small. I counted thirty-seven (but there may have been more in the dishwasher). Thirty-seven coffee mugs in my house is about two dozen more than we will ever need at any one single event. I do not collect mugs so I have no rational explanation of why we own so many of them. Some were certainly gifts—those are not my fault. And two of them were purchased for fund-raisers for a good cause. One is seriously ugly but my sister-in-law thought it was hilarious. Eight of them were brought home from vacation trips as souvenirs.

That’s understandable. And another ten were made by my favorite potter so I had to buy them because I use them every day. The rest of the mugs must have been snuck into the house by outsiders. It seems like every time we have guests over, more mugs and vases appear on the shelves. That was the moment when Dean took matters into his own hands. Ellen: A ping comes through to the family text group, a message from my dad: “Annual transition of summer/spring mug to fall/winter mug is complete.” Because he sent this message to the larger general family chat rather than the smaller family chat, the response to his announcement is varied. Those of us who have lived in the same house as him at any point in time are well aware of the seasonality of mugs. Those who have not are…confused. “Why does this rule exist?” “Those just look like regular mugs though?” “Wait… what about the rest of the mugs?” There is a strict classification/hier-

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archy of mugs in the Knuth Parent household. First are the two, previously mentioned mugs: My dad’s spring/ summer and fall/ winter cups. These must not be used by anyone else. The CERTAINLY must not be used at the incorrect time of year. If someone who doesn’t know the rules is visiting and accidentally picks one of these two off the shelf, they are gently corrected to something more appropriate. Secondly there are the fancy mugs. These are the mugs for guests. They come in varying levels of finery and practicality of handles, but they are nice. Too nice for daily use. If you are not a guest but using a guest mug you will get a strange look. Finally, there are the mom mugs. There isn’t really any danger of the wrong person getting their hands on them because they are nearly always in use. Two or three are almost always scattered about the house with various tea bags or coffee dregs floating

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Collecting Vintage & Antique Baskets


A Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit Drummond Island’s museum of history. The island sits in Lake Huron, off the eastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and close to the Canadian border. The museum houses a marvelous array of historical and cultural items that spans the timeline of settlers to the area. From Native arrowheads to Yankee household gadgets to Finnish snow gear, the museum presents a fascinating series of snapshots of the island community. Of particular interest to me were the baskets. Many of these testaments to the craftsmanship of earlier generations appeared sturdy enough

to continue their intended duties decades and even centuries later. While each culture had its own particular style, as time went on styles merged and intermingled. One of my particular favorites is the ash strip basket. These beauties are frequently embellished with fanciful “curlicue” or “porcupine twist” decorations. In September of this year, I watched artisans demonstrating the construction of ash strip baskets at the Allegan County Fair. Each process, from cutting the strips, to smoothing them, to weaving them together into a beautiful and functional work of art was done in much the same manner as the Drummond Island craftsman had used generations before.

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antique painted baskets. Contemporaneous paint work will show at least some fading and paint loss. White, mustard, and red are among the most common colors. Baskets may also have been dyed with natural materials which produce muted, earthy tones. Unpainted antique baskets will have oxidized to a rich, dark brown. Prices range from thousands of dollars for a Nantucket lightship basket, or very old Native baskets, to under fifty dollars for baskets from different regions, or of lesser vintage. Lightship baskets were first made by off-duty Nantucket fishermen and are of exceptional quality. Native baskets are more difficult to identify, as the basketry methods of different tribes influenced each other. With so many shapes and styles available, a collector may wish to focus on baskets from a particular region, such as the Midwest, or baskets of a certain type, such as picnic baskets. Whatever you decide, baskets will enhance and add warmth to the décor of any home. Bridget Klusman Owner, Retro Estate Sales A. Antique Nantucket Lightship Basket B. Sewing Basket With Curlicues On Lid C. Yanomami Gathering Basket

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Are You Lonely in Your Relationship? Is it Time to Consider Being Single? When you think of the word lonely, what comes to mind? Someone who has no one? Quite the contrary can occur, someone. Someone alone or feel lonely in a relationship or if they are single. If someone is feeling lonely, they could experience the feeling of being unimportant to those around them or not being cared for. Loneliness can occur when couples lose their emotional connections, drift apart, or feel distant from their partner. Sometimes people think they are lonely in their relationships because they don’t believe the relationship feels like it used to. A study found that 28% of people in relationships feel lonely, and people feeling lonely in their relationships is rising. The feeling of loneliness within a relationship is very painful. When couples can’t be vulnerable with each other and share their feelings, it can lead to loneliness and feeling like they are in a loveless relationship. When a couple can’t trust each other or fear being judged, one or both partners tend to shut down and feel isolated from the person who is supposed to love them the most. Social media can contribute to feeling alone if you scroll and compare your relationship to others. Comparing your relationship to others could put distance between you and your

partner, and you may not even realize it’s happening. Loneliness could come in droves or be an isolated feeling. However, when do you know if it is time to decide to become single versus staying in a relationship that causes that feeling of loneliness? No one person can create your happiness, which needs to come from within yourself, but if you feel alone in the relationship, would it be better for you to feel alone by yourself ? That is a question only you can answer as to how you want your next chapter to read. Also, consider whether the loneliness you feel stems from you or within your relationship is essential for you to reflect on.

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Communicating with your partner is the key. It is possible that if you are feeling alone in the relationship, your partner may also feel lonely. You may have grown apart and are looking for different things within your life than you once did. Loneliness has often been viewed as depression because those that are lonely tend to have higher levels of depression. Studies have shown that loneliness has been linked to mental and physical health issues such as cardiovascular, obesity, higher stress levels, day-to-day stress, chronic stress, and autoimmune disorders. Relationships that start with loneliness, chances are it will end

in loneliness because the relationship began with one person thinking someone could fill their happiness. If your relationship is the cause of your loneliness, you get to choose if you want to get that relationship back on track or if you decide being single is the best option. The best way to determine what is suitable for you and your partner is to self-reflect and communicate your feelings with your partner. Kalamazoo has daily activities you could do as a couple to rekindle your connection with your partners, such as a scavenger hunt or a hike in one of the area’s best hiking trails. On your walk, you could be creative and incorporate your love languages. If you aren’t sure what your love language is, take the fiveminute quiz online to discover your and your partner’s love languages. If you aren’t from the Kalamazoo area, look for things to do in your town. Additionally, look for happiness within yourself. Find things you enjoy doing alone that can create a feeling of satisfaction. Contact a local mental health provider if you are struggling with not knowing what direction to take. They are here to walk with you toward a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Julie Sorenson


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Parenting A Difficult Topic As parents we often have to talk about difficult topics: death, cancer, shootings, murder, hate, bullying. Here is a really tough one—race and racism. The reason this conversation is important is because “real progress toward an anti-racist society requires fostering the development of antiracism within children…” (Fostering Anti-Racism in White Children and Youth Development Within Contexts, American Psychologist, MayJune 2022, 7(4), 497-509). But how do we as individual parents create an anti-racist society? Let’s start with two understandings: 1. Race is a social construct not a concrete identifier. It is based on color of skin, hair texture, social norms and laws. In the 1900s, Arab, Jewish, Irish and Italians were not considered “White”. In the 2020 US Census, White includes those who identify as from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. So what “race” is shifts over time. 2. Unlike children of color (e.g., Black, Latinx) White children are less likely to include their race as a part of their identity. Rather, White children do not list their Whiteness as one of the top three social identifies whereas, 35% of children of color as young as preschoolers list race as a leading social identifier. Further, two narratives that uphold

racial inequality in the US include: 1. White supremacy; White people as the top of the racial hierarchy and Whiteness as superior; and, 2. Colorblindness; the idea that race does not matter. Talking with children, especially White children about their Whiteness as part of their identity is a first step toward educating the next generation. Next the influence of race in personal and social influence are important; this means talking about race openly in interpersonal interactions. As parents we have conversations about how boys

and girls might be different (or the same) in terms of things they like to do, how they play. Humans tend to like those people who are like them. This is a preference for the “ingroup.” At young ages, children often notice differences in skin color, hair, hair texture; parents can point out that this is a difference but just like being tall or short or having red hair, one is not “better” than the other, just different. As children move into late elementary and middle school, conversations about racial stereotypes and preju-

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A HeLa Story: Mother of Modern Medicine Kalamazoo Valley Museum Through February 27, 2023

Did you know we can thank a woman with familial ties to Kalamazoo for many medical breakthroughs of modern times, including the COVID vaccine? Her name is Henrietta Lacks. The “A HeLa Story: Mother of Modern Medicine” original play and mini exhibit chronicle the local connections and fascinating accomplishments of Lacks, whose cells were involuntarily taken more than 70 years ago and are still used around the globe in experiments to develop cures and therapies. Her story is told through the lens of her great nephew, Kalamazoo resident Jermaine Jackson, who has amassed an intriguing collection of

items about his late aunt in his quest to ensure she has a place in history. “Let’s honor her by educating other people about what she means to the world,” says Jackson in a specially commissioned oral history that is part of the exhibit. “I realized so many people didn’t know about her and her cells.” The exhibit showcases artwork of Henrietta Lacks by Southwest Michigan artists, family photos, a timeline, articles, and memorabilia, several pieces of which are on loan from Jackson, plus a heartfelt, informative interview with Jackson that provides valuable context to the items. Enlarged photos of Lacks’ immortal cells are on display, as are pictures of Jackson watching the miracle of those cells splitting under a microscope. The play, written by local playwright Buddy Hannah at Jackson’s request, gives a glimpse into Lacks’ personal side, including the unauthorized removal of her cells, as well

as Jackson’s journey from initial boyhood skepticism to his adulthood awe of his aunt’s cells. Jackson’s grandmother Bessie Lacks, of Kalamazoo, and Henrietta Lacks married brothers. Lacks, an African American mother of five, died on Oct. 4, 1951, at age 31, from cervical cancer. Researchers continue to utilize her cell line, known as HeLa cells, because, unlike other human cells, hers have the unique ability to multiply on their own outside of the body; they were the first to do so in a lab setting. Cells from Lacks’ cancerous tumor were taken for research purposes without her or her family’s permission when she sought treatment at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in 1951. The practice was common at the time. John Hopkins shared her cells with the scientific community worldwide. It never sold or profited from the discovery of HeLa cells, and does not own them. Among many things, Lacks’ cells led to the polio vaccine and AIDS and cancer treatments, and to Nobel Prizes to several

scientists for their discoveries. The “A HeLa Story: Mother of Modern Medicine” exhibit and theatrical production is jointly sponsored by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in collaboration with Jermaine Jackson, with support in part from the KVCC Foundation. An encore theatrical screening of “A HeLa Story: Mother of Modern Medicine,” will take place November 13th at 1:30pm at the Mary Jane Stryker Theatre. Visit the website: to reserve your tickets. (you can put this in purple) The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is located at 230 N. Rose St. in downtown Kalamazoo. It is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-noon and 1:303:30pm. Preregistration at is recommended. Walk-in slots are available, but entry is not guaranteed if capacity is reached. Face coverings required.

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Chinn Chinn’s, an Asian Bistro located in Mattawan, specializes in urban-style Chinese as well as Korean and other Asian cuisines. It’s been a popular restaurant destination for foodies for the past fifteen years. However, I discovered my ties to Chinn Chinn’s actually go back forty years. Chinn Chinn’s owner and chef, John Tsui, is the son of “S.T.” Tsui. The father went by the initials S.T. because his name in Korean would be too difficult for English speakers. The Tsui family opened Peking Palace on Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo in 1981. I had just started my advertising career at the Kalamazoo Gazette the year before. When it opened, Peking Palace was one of my accounts. The Gazette ran an article about the new restaurant and S.T. was delighted. That week I stopped by to work up an ad for the restaurant and he said to me, “You bring your friends and I will do lunch for you.” Of course, accepting any gifts or favors for articles in the Gazette was strictly off limits. I politely declined S.T.’s generous offer. However, I read his facial expression and realized then I did not want to offend or insult him. I said I would gladly bring my friends to his restaurant for lunch— thinking I would pay for the lunch on my own. Later that week, I returned for lunch with a group of colleagues. S.T. greeted us at the door with a broad smile and directed us to a table and sent our server to the kitchen. We weren’t given menus. Soon, platters of food began to arrive at our table—a Chinese banquet if I ever saw one. The food was absolutely delicious and the service we received was marvelous. As we left, I went to the register to pay and was told I could not pay – no matter how much I protested. At the time, I was not culturally aware of the custom of such a sincere and heartfelt gesture of generosity. And, accepting S.T.’s generosity also honored him and his family. I am so glad I did. When I related this story to a couple of staff members at Chinn Chinn’s, they said the Tsui family



are still that way. They are proud and honored to respect their customers and friends. My wife and I recently enjoyed an evening dinner at Chinn Chinn’s. My wife ordered the Bibimbap—a classic Korean dish served in a large bowl with edamame, spinach, mushroom, carrot, kimchi, fried egg, rice, and a protein choice of Kogi seared-beef, chicken, tofu, pork or shrimp. She had tofu. I ordered Pad Thai, a traditional sweet and savory Thai dish of stirfried rice noodles, julienne vegetables, egg, aromatic herbs, roasted peanuts; I ordered it with tofu as well. Chinn Chinn’s menu offers a wide selection of Asian fare—all of which are served in generous portions and reasonably priced. The restaurant also offers occasional Indian dishes as daily features. We have found

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Dr. Hope Ramales, DC RDMS RVT I was introduced to Dr. Hope and her unique chiropractic approach through a mutual acquaintance, who said, “I met someone you might be interested in writing about. She’s a chiropractor with a holistic approach and offers 45 min appointments to really understand her patients needs.” This piqued my interest and I reached out to Dr. Hope to set up an interview. We decided to meet off-site at the new Factory Coffee in downtown Kalamazoo, where my health lesson began immediately. Dr. Hope ordered a Matcha Latte; a brightly colored green drink made with green tea powder and steamed milk. When I inquired about the drink, she told me that it had less caffeine and less acidity than the coffee version and that the drink is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. I enjoyed getting to know Dr. Hope – she is very upbeat and positive and is passionate about helping people with chronic pain to become

the healthiest version of themselves through chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic modalities, and lifestyle changes at her practice, Health with Hope Chiropractic. Dr. Hope studied Chiropractic care at the National University of Health Sciences located in Lombard, Illinois, graduating in April 2021. Upon graduation, Dr. Hope moved to Kalamazoo where she married her husband, Evan, and fell in love with the Kalamazoo community. While searching for a chiropractic home, she became aware that insurance company reimbursement practices limited the amount of time doctors could spend with their patients, often allowing just 5-10 minutes. With these limits in mind, she realized that she would need to start her own practice to provide the level of care she’s passionate about. Just six weeks later, Dr. Hope’s practice, Health with Hope Chiropractic, opened its doors. Dr. Hope understands first hand what it’s like to have chronic pain. She lives with multiple autoimmune

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ten. He believed in the value of art for everyone and aimed to increase public awareness and appreciation for the arts. November marks the 5 year anniversary of his passing and he will always be fondly remembered as an artist of the people. I have been enamored with Kirk


Newman’s “People” sculpture since discovering it back in the 1970’s. Having no previous education as to what Newman was portraying, I was fascinated by the paper bag on the man’s head and always thought it was delightfully amusing. So glad I can now share my new found knowledge with you. “People” was commissioned by Dorothy UpJohn Dalton (daughter of the founder of the UpJohn Company in Kalamazoo). It was dedicated to the KIA in 1974 to celebrate their 50 year anniversary. Made of bronze, it took one and a half years to complete. Upon its unveiling, “People” was controversial. The Kalamazoo Gazette even described it as comical, ample, ridiculous, absurd, political, enigmatic and appealing. The traditional role of sculpture is to evoke the eternal and unchangingness of the figure, rendering it timeless. Newman was interested in both the timeless aspect and the ephemeral nature of man’s existence. “An artist must examine his world intuitively, intellectually and create art as an expression of his knowledge of that world.”-K.N. Working in an era when sculpture was minimalistic, he chose the human form using history’s most permanent and heavy metal material, bronze. He emphasized movement and motion, playing with space and form. His work is realistic art in the best of American traditions; sarcastic, compassionate, shocking and a bitter reflection of our times. He believed people are the same everywhere and we can all

relate to the people in his work. “Art is supposed to be a leader, a spokesman for contemporary times.”K.N. “People” is ironic, expressionistic, witty, and meant to be noticed. With a bit of artificial elegance, Newman is caricaturing aspects of the human condition. He satires the moods of ordinary people by revealing their inner desires, social game playing and freedom from inhibitions. We are all camouflaged with ingrained insecurities, it’s the masks we wear while in public. This work of art illustrates the city dweller’s shallow sociability and their escapism from self-imprisoned cages. No sculpture he has done has been more important or dear to him than “People”. It was a new kind of art in the 1970’s, which helped boost his career. His social commentary has provoked and pleased audiences throughout the years, as it speaks for itself. Despite ongoing rumors, none of the characters in “People” are based on any Kalamazoo locals. Newman passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 91. As one of Kalamazoo’s most beloved creators of public art, he continues to enrich all of us who live, work or visit downtown Kalamazoo. xo -Bridget Email: Social: bridgetfoxkzoo

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Piece by Piece Do you tend to see most people as ordinary or extraordinary? – From the book Fortuitous Encounters: Wisdom Stories for Learning and Growth As I reflected on what to write for November, a beautiful pileated woodpecker landed on a tree outside the window. I am blessed to observe a variety of birds outside the window on any given day. Each adorned in eye-catching colors. Even if I’m not directly observing, my attention can quickly be drawn to look up and out at a feathered flash that catches the corner of my eye. A few hours later I found myself needing to slow my vehicle for a family of turkeys crossing the road. I pondered how often people notice these feathered friends. Or appreciate them. Recently I attended an online

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voice of a stewardess as I was walking from the exit down the corridor to the terminal after I had just handed her a handwritten note thanking her for being a bright spot on the early morning flight. Someone just gave me a thank you note! She excitedly and loudly exclaimed to the passengers still exiting the plane. A consequential stranger who felt appreciated. If she only knew that her reaction began a tradition I follow to this day when I am traveling. As we begin to enter a month symbolic of thankfulness, may you find that when your path crosses with a consequential stranger, both of you walk away feeling blessed you met. Christine Hassing Https://

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Recipes Have a sweet and spectacular holiday experience this year by serving up easy and awesomely-flavored pear party treats! With all the biggest food holidays of the year right around the corner, I cannot think of a better time to tap into our local produce resources to add that fresh-picked flavor to our holiday spreads and nothing brings aroma, taste and even eye appeal the way pears can. Ranked as one of the world’s oldest cultivated fruits, pears came to us from France and Belgium by early colonists, which helped them find their way to ideal growing conditions in Washington and Oregon, and helped them flourish to this day! Today there are nearly 900 pear growers in Washington and Oregon that are shipping 35 percent of their


Pear Party! crop to more than 50 countries around the world- Go USA! Known for their unique texture and taste, pears possess an especially unique, slightly gritty texture, which is due to sclereid cells, which are miniscule bits similar in composition to peach pits and nut shells, giving the pear a “super fiber” not found in any other fruit. Boasting nearly 6 grams of their “super fiber” in each fruit, pears also possess a goldmine of phytonutrients which help reduce inflammation, mop up cell-damaging free radicals, and help thwart the development of certain cancers and other life-threatening diseases. Containing natural sugars in the form of fructose, pears have a surprisingly low glycemic index, which is due to the pear’s impressively high, “super fiber” content. We can thank it for slowing the release of its sugar into our bloodstream, which makes the pear ideal for those who have a

sweet tooth! Offering a good source of immuneboosting vitamin C, which helps keep us healthier, and potassium, which is a powerful electrolyte our body depends on to keep it running great, pears give us many good reasons to eat them, most especially because they taste so good! With well over 3,000 different pear varieties worldwide, the United States started out with just three European/French varieties: the Bartlett, Bosc, and Anjou. However, today the market has expanded, and now offers two different categories: Summer and winter. Summer varieties include the Bartlett (golden and crimson), Starkrimson, and Tosca. Winter varieties include the Bosc, Anjou, Comice, Concorde, Forelli, and Seckel. Asian pear varieties have also come to the United States, and while they tend to possess an apple-like texture,

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Perfect Pear bites 2 tablespoons solid coconut oil 2 ounces cream cheese 1/2-cup flour, plus more for dusting 1/2 cup sugar, divided use 1/8-teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 ripe pear 1/8-teaspoon ground Saigon cinnamon Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and move the rack to the center. Line a pizza pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a bowl of a food processor or by hand, combine the coconut oil and cheese thoroughly. Add flour, 1/4 cup of sugar and salt then blend until a sticky dough is formed. Use a spatula to remove dough and place in the center of the pizza pan. Cover with a sheet of wax paper then use your


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1/3 cup walnuts 1 tablespoon sugar 2 ounces goat cheese 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1 pear, cored Pinch black pepper, optional In a heavy skillet over mediumhigh heat, toss walnuts and oil, stirring constantly for 2 to 3 minutes or until toasted. Add sugar then continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute or until sugar caramelizes and coats walnuts. Transfer to a bowl, stir for one minute then, using

a fork, break walnuts into smaller pieces then set aside. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, chives, and thyme. Stir until well combined. Wash and dry the pear then, using an apple corer, remove only the core from the pear. Turn the pear on its side then cut into 1/4 –inch thick rounds. Place rounds on a serving plate then spread with goat cheese mixture and sprinkle with candied walnuts. Season with a dash of pepper, if desired. Servings per recipe: 2.

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1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt 1 cup all-purpose or GF flour, plus more for flouring 1 teaspoon baking powder unrefined sea salt, as desired TOPPINGS 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 6 ounces Brie, Feta or Goat cheese shallots or green onions, thinly sliced 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary finely chopped, plus extra for garnish 2 tablespoons honey 2-3 pears, cored and thinly sliced 2 ounces chicken or turkey bacon, crisped and snipped 1/4 cup roasted walnuts chopped Freshly ground pepper Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place a pizza pan or baking sheet in the oven to heat up. To make crusts: In a large bowl, combine yogurt, flour, baking powder, and salt until a dough forms. Transfer dough to a lightly-floured surface and

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flatten into an 8-inch disk. Cut the disk into 2 equal parts then, on sheets of parchment paper, flatten each part until it’s about 1/4-inch thick. Very carefully transfer each thin dough on parchment paper onto a preheated pans in the oven. Bake each side of the flatbread just until it starts to lightly brown, flipping halfway through. Remove from the oven, keeping on baking sheets. To add toppings: Brush the top of the crust with a thin coating of olive oil then return to the oven to bake for 5 minutes to crisp the crust. Remove flatbread from the oven. Dollop the brie (cheese) around the flatbread and spread as evenly as you can. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Spread the shallots (onions) over the brie. Sprinkle with chopped

rosemary. Drizzle with honey. Arrange pear slices as desired. Top with prosciutto and chopped walnuts. Drizzle with remaining honey. Season with freshly ground pepper, to taste. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the pears soften, and the cheese melts. Let cool slightly. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and additional honey, as desired. Serve immediately.



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When one thinks about going to the theatre to see a play, a comedy, a musical production, or drama, it’s the entertainment aspect of that experience that probably comes to mind. Community theatre is accessible and affordable. The cast and crew are neighbors, coworkers, family members and friends. The venues are typically small and intimate. It’s a marvelous night out. My wife and I enjoy local theatre and none better than the New Vic located on the corner of Vine and John Street in downtown Kalamazoo. The New Vic was founded in 1966 by Ted and Mary Jo Kistler—two musically-talented performers who opened a coffee house which quickly transitioned into the New Vic. Mary Jo was a singer as well as Ted. Ted was particularly skilled at playing the banjo and a master of the twelvestring guitar. Mary Jo passed away in 2010 and Ted two years ago. Since then, family members have stepped in to run the non-profit organization.

The New Vic is a small, cabaretstyle theatre with many attributes that have evolved over the years. Perhaps the New Vic is best known for its annual run of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets go on sale well ahead of the holidays and quickly sell out—it has become a popular holiday event over several decades. The State of Michigan awarded “special recognition” in 1999 for the New Vic’s “A Christmas Carol” performances over the years. Another icon of the New Vic is its “Fuzzy” drinks available at the snack bar in the lobby. One of the most popular is the “Tootsie Roll Fuzzy”— a blend of Orange Crush Soda and chocolate syrup with a generous dollop of whipped cream and sprinkles on top. It is a ritual patrons relish— part of the New Vic’s character and vibe. But, beyond the entertainment and charm, the New Vic, and community theatre wherever it exists, offers so

much more – enlightenment and personal enrichment. The flat plate under a microscope’s lens is called the “stage” – it holds a slide to examine under magnification. When taking in a live performance, I reflect on the fact that small stage, where the performers act out their roles, is not much different than peering through a microscope to study a subject close up. That subject is human nature. Arguably, the most proficient playwright was William Shakespeare. His famous metaphor, “All the world’s a stage” is so true. Few have better understood human motivation and behavior than Shakespeare. Neema Parvini, author, and lecturer at the University of Surrey, states, “Shakespeare seems to have understood, implicitly, what modern psychology has found: that human beings have a habit of making decisions based more on their intuitions

and emotions than on their cognitive reasoning.” * Those dynamics, mimicked by performers acting out their characters’ roles, is a microcosm of the social interactions of the world we live in – and the roles we all “play” in this daily drama. Theatre is a study of human experience. We are fortunate to have many local community theatre opportunities. Others include the Civic Theatre, WMU Gilmore Theatre, Farmer’s Alley and Center Stage. Make it a point to attend and support these valued organizations. And if you’re lucky, you might be able to reserve a seat at this year’s New Vic production of “A Christmas Carol.” * “What did Shakespeare understand about the human mind?”, Neema Parvini; www.thisviewoflife. com James D. Coppinger




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Putting the Bees to Bed Many of my neighbors have watched me labor over my beehive these past months. I’m frequently out in the backyard, alone or with my mentor, Chris, who is like a bee god to me! Since early spring, we’ve split the colony into two, allowed the hive to establish a new queen, spent hours feeding the bees when pollen was scarce, and inspecting the bees for predatory mites and hive beetles. Now, as the nights have turned colder and the summer seems like a distant memory, come the culminating activities of the beekeeping year – putting the colony to “bed” for the long, cold winter. I must admit, like most people, until I started keeping bees, I never considered what they did during the winter. I didn’t think they died; I didn’t think they went south for a warm-weather vacation - I never even thought about it. Boy, have I had an education! Some of my 40 or so thousand darlings are about to enter the most challenging part of the hive cycle, and I have done all I can to aid them in their adventure. The ability of a colony to successfully over-winter depends not so much on how much bitter cold weather and snow we receive but on the hive’s ability to successfully produce a particular type of bee. Winter bees, also called “fat bees,” are genetically identical to summer bees, laid by the same queen. They are, however, specially adapted to support the most critical undertaking of any hive – to protect the queen and enable her to survive the frigid season. To complete the mission, these

essential workers have evolved some remarkable adaptations critical to their task. The bees that have been the target of my adoration over the last six months are summer bees. From the laying of their eggs to their final foraging flights, these ladies (yes, they are all female) have had a very rigidly defined life cycle and definition of their roles. From the time the egg is laid, they emerge in 21 days. After hatching, they tidy up their brood cell and become “hive” bees, feeding developing larvae, then building comb and other colony resources for the next three weeks. Only then do they leave the hive for the first time to forage for pollen and nectar, bringing back these resources for processing into honey. Six short, work-filled weeks is their entire lifespan. Unlike these lovely summer bees, winter bees must live much longer and under extremely harsh conditions. Winter bees must hold on, constantly active, for almost six months! The life cycle of winter bees usually begins in late summer. It’s not temperature that signals nurse bees to feed the developing larvae a special diet that produces these special “sisters,” but a reduction in available pollen. Deficient in the high pollen protein content that would be a staple of the nutrition of a summer bee, this diet promotes the development of bees that are notable for the presence of enlarged fat bodies in their abdomen. In addition to having an extra layer of resources to help them survive the winter, the fat bodies enable winter

bees to produce a hormone that allows them to synthesize proteins to supplement the honey stores in the hive. The same hormone appears critical to the bee’s immune system, dramatically reducing its susceptibility to microbial pathogens in its crowded environment. Winter bees must take every advantage to keep the colony (and the all-important queen) alive during the frosty, cold months. How they keep the queen warm and cozy is a miracle of coordinated effort. When the temperature drops, the winter bees form a cluster around the queen. According to Michigan State University›s resident expert, Megan Milbrath, they heat themselves similarly to Emperor penguins, who form a tight cluster that keeps the inside individuals warm, and constantly rotates members from the outside to the inside as they get cold. And who do you think is right in the middle, all snug and toasty? That›s right! The queen herself. This highly synchronized ballet requires a tremendous store of energy on the part of the hive. All summer, the forager bees have brought pollen and nectar to the colony for conversion to honey, stored in a honeycomb, secreted and molded by the worker bees. A healthy colony will require approximately 100 pounds to feed the overwintering bees. Many beekeepers, myself included, will supplement this with cakes of granulated sugar that the bees can access if needed. Within the next several weeks, I will be preparing my winter bees for their

all-important task as temperatures continue to slip into frosty territory. I›ll be checking and treating them, one more time, with miticide so that they enter their journey as free from parasites as possible. I›ve been supplying them with sugar syrup to enable them to make just a bit more honey. I›ll wrap the hive with thick tar paper to keep out the cold winds, and my sugar cake is ready to go. In short, like any good parent, I hope I›ve given them the tools they need to survive in the cold, cruel world. Even given the best care, about half of all colonies do not survive the winter. I hope my hive will sustain itself, but I›ll just have to keep my fingers crossed. Sleep tight, my little bees! I long to see you in the spring! Cheryl Hach Retired Science Teacher Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center References: Milbrath, Meghan. “Beekeeping Basics: The Greatest Generation: Winter Bees.” American Bee Journal, January 2020. The Greatest Generation: Winter Bees - American Bee Journal Retrieved 10/7/22. Burlew, Rusty. “What are winter bees and what do they do?” 2017. What are winter bees and what do they do? - Honey Bee Suite Retrieved 10/7/22.

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Museum to Host March 6 Through December Wonder Media: Ask the Questions, Kalamazoo Valley Museum Through February 27 Exhibit: A HeLa Story: Mother of Modern Medicine Kalamazoo Valley Museum Thursdays, Nov. 3,10,17,24 Open Mic on the Vine, 5:306:45pm, Satellite Records, Kalamazoo Thursday, November 3 Holiday Sip & Shop, 6-9pm Lake Doster Golf Club, Plainwell Thursdays, Nov. 3,10,17,24 12 String Memories with Tom Noak, 8-10:30pm Final Gravity Brewing, Kal. Thursday, November 3 Memoir: Poetry & Prose with Michigan writers Richland Library, 7-8pm Thursday, November 3 WMU Guest Artist: Tony Romano, Guitar, 7:30pm Dalton Center Recital Hall Friday, November 4 Memory Café for people with mild Dementia & their care partners, Paw Paw Library, 10:30amNoon Friday, November 4 Art Hop, Downtown Kalamazoo & Vine Neighborhood, 5-8pm Saturdays, November 5,12,19 Kalamazoo Farmers Market 7am-2pm, 1204 Bank St. Saturday, November 5 Garage Sale, Bazaar, Lunch, BakeSale, 9-2, United Methodist Church, 8458 Wallene, Scotts

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Fri., Nov. 18 – Sat., Nov. 19 49th Annual Holiday Art Sale Nov. 18 5-8pm, Sat. 9am-3pm Kalamazoo Institute of Art

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