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    From left, First Congregational Church Pastor Nathan Dannison, KNAC Board President Dann Sytsma and First Baptist Church Pastor David Nichols talk in the First Baptist Church sanctuary, which doubles as a performing arts venue.

    © 2021 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Saving Space Historic Kalamazoo church finds new life as a community asset
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    Ice sheets on Lake Michigan near St. Joseph.

    © 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Revealed 2020 A glimpse at unseen photos from Encore and more
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    A row of custom-designed, colorful houses, each boasting a front porch, faces an open common area in Belle Meade.

    © 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    ‘All About the Front Porch’ New pocket development emphasizes neighborliness
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    Nature Center CEO Nathan Smallwood, left, walks one of the center’s trails with Luke Allison, KNC's landscape coordinator.

    © 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    ‘Certain Places Have a Magic' Kalamazoo Nature Center has been soothing souls for 60 years
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    An image of KSO musicians playing from the Prometheus Project video that was compiled by KSO Music Director Julian Kuerti.

    Celebrating a Century Through a war, the Depression and now a pandemic, the KSO plays on
  • encore-magazine-feature-sue-ellen-Christian-wmu-august-2020

    Sue Ellen Christian speaks to students in her journalism class.

    More Than Just Words Aspiring journalists give glimpses into how words reflect this moment in time
  • encore-magazine-feature-chuck-bentley-donna-kaminski-july-2020

    Chuck Bentley and his wife, Donna Kaminski, in their Kalamazoo home, which doubles as a film set for many of his movies. Kaminski plays a pivotal role in the logistics of Bentley’s movies.

    © 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    100 + Films and Counting Prolific Chuck Bentley keeps making movies
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    Things are looking up on the downtown Kalamazoo mall in this coloring page image created from a photo by Brian K. Powers.

    © 2018 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    A Lot of Local Color Paint the town red, yellow, indigo, periwinkle or whatever color you want
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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
encore-magazine-feature-revealed-ice-sheets-dec-2020

Ice sheets on Lake Michigan near St. Joseph.

© 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

Revealed 2020A glimpse at unseen photos from Encore and more
encore-magazine-feature-pocket-neighborhood-houses-nov-2020

A row of custom-designed, colorful houses, each boasting a front porch, faces an open common area in Belle Meade.

© 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

‘All About the Front Porch’New pocket development emphasizes neighborliness

What's Happening in SW Michigan

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Savor

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