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    Gabriel Giron in his Kalamazoo home.

    © 2021 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    A Storyteller’s Next Chapter After a year of devastating losses, Gabriel Giron forges forward with passion and purpose
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    Ian Gorman at the mixing board in the recording engineer's booth of La Luna Recording and Sound.

    © 2021 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    ‘Sonic Mad Scientist’ Ian Gorman helps artists make music and find their voice
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    Michelle Johnson stands on the brownfield on Kalamazoo’s east side that she and her Institute for Public Scholarship are aiming to rehabilitate and turn into a park for health and wellness.

    © 2021 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Creating Change History is at the heart of Michelle Johnson’s work toward inclusion, equality and social justice
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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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    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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Chris Killian's story, "The Father of Legal Pot," earned First Place honors for Feature Story from the Michigan Press Association.

Encore Stories, Photos Win MPA AwardsWriters, photographer recognized for outstanding work
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Michelle Johnson stands on the brownfield on Kalamazoo’s east side that she and her Institute for Public Scholarship are aiming to rehabilitate and turn into a park for health and wellness.

© 2021 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

Creating ChangeHistory is at the heart of Michelle Johnson’s work toward inclusion, equality and social justice

Up Front

Opening the door on favorite historic houses
Forgotten products that were once made in Kalamazoo
Historian highlights couples and their community contributions

Good Works

Sound therapists aim to ease stress and help bodies heal
Founder ‘argued with God’ before creating a school
Local club embraces history, stories of these mailed missives

Savor

Craving's Deli serves up authentic Asian foods
Former gallery owner finds the art in making chocolate
2021 to bring new craft breweries to region

Enterprise

Data and tech company expands during pandemic
Pandemic forces partners to ‘pivot’ to new enterprises
Unordinary times cry out for the desperately ordinary

Arts

Students’ winning poems to hit the road again
Ian Gorman helps artists make music and find their voice
Writing and illustrating feed the soul of Nerdy Babies creator

Back Story

Coordinator, Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo
Curator, Memories of The Upjohn Company (upjohn.net)
Director, Kalamazoo County Continuum of Care