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A new fund has been set up to help students and employees at Western Michigan University who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Courtesy of Kzoo Makers

People are looking for ways to help during the COVID-19 crisis. That includes members of a group called the Kzoo Makers.

Courtesy photo / Scott Dumas

It might be hard to tell during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Kalamazoo’s Vine Neighborhood is usually a popular place for live music shows. Often they’re held at informal house venues. You might assume that these are out-of-control parties, and in some cases, you’d be right. But many musicians and fans are working hard to create a different, more respectful culture – one that’s centered on the music.

A close-up picture of a thermostat with a digital display
Kevin P. Casey / AP Photo

A Portage house with very low net-energy use doesn’t have to be the exception to the rule, say the builders who worked on it. The house recently won the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association’s Residential Project of the Year award.