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    Helen and Bob Coleman, of Portage, encourage togetherness.

    © 2020 Brian Powers

    Porch Portraits Encore Photographer Brian K. Powers creates a little joy during COVID-19 restrictions
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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

Comedian, blogger, author and fairly recent Kalamazoo resident Samantha Irby released her third book, Wow, No Thank You, last month.

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‘Wow, No Thank You’Samantha Irby’s new book serves up lighter tone

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 LessonsHigh school teacher helps aspiring vets learn by doing

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