Zazios Cooking Class

Zazios logo

Last month I took a cooking class at Zazios, one of the local restaurants in Kalamazoo. Having never taken this type of class, I crossed my fingers and hoped for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon. The small class of nine participants included two couples, a man with his teenage son, a group of three women, and myself. The executive chef and owner, John Korycki, was the instructor. The class ran from noon to 4:30 p.m. The experience was enjoyable and Chef Korycki was an engaging instructor. Things I learned: the correct way to hold a knife how to properly … [Read more...]

Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty Concert Poster

On February 13, I saw my favorite band in concert when Matchbox Twenty came to Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo on their 'North' tour. "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips opened for them.  I wasn't familiar with Phillips but I enjoyed his performance. His music didn't seem very Idol-like, but it's been years since I've watched the show. As usual, Matchbox Twenty and their lead singer Rob Thomas were AMAZING! Read MLive.com review. It's been ages since Matchbox Twenty has toured.  I'd seen them twice before and Rob Thomas' solo act … [Read more...]

Obituary: Rose (Strelesky) Weber

Obituary: Rose (Streletzky) Weber

Rose (Strelesky) Weber was born on December 20, 1873, in Mineral Point, Iowa County, Wisconsin. She was the second of nine children born to Frank and Fannie (Hainey) Strelesky.  (Other spellings: Streletzky and Streletsky) She was the sister of my great-grandfather, John Joseph Strelesky.  Her other siblings: Agnes, Marie, Amelia, Lavina, Albert, and Alexander. One sibling's name remains unidentified, being born between 1880 and dying before 1900. Rose married Joseph Christoph Weber on September 22, 1893, in Chicago, Illinois. Together they had nine children. I know … [Read more...]

Marriage: Ernest Edward Lightcap and Blanche Payne

Marriage: Ernest Edward Lightcap and Blanche Payne

My great-grandfather Ernest Edward Lightcap married his first wife, Blanche Payne, in St. Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan.  They married on January 2, 1900. He was 21; she was 20. She died of Bright's disease on December 29, 1903. Transcription of marriage record: Groom: Name: Ernest Lightcap Age: 21 years Color: White Residence: Indiana Birthplace: Indiana Occupation: Laborer Father: Geo L Mother: Ella Bride: Name: Blanche Payne Age: 20 years Color: White Residence: San Pierre, Indiana Birthplace: Indiana Occupation: At … [Read more...]

Obituary: Samuel Brooks

Samuel Brooks was married to Mary Jane Lightcap, the sister of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Mary Jane died in 1877, and in September 1878 he married Mary Wiest.  His obituary was published in the Tiffin Daily Tribune on January 20, 1914. Obituary: Samuel Brooks Melmore has been called to mourn the loss of one of her highly esteemed citizens, Samuel J. Brooks, who died Thursday, January 15, 1914. Mr. Brooks was born April 7, 1833, near Auburn, N. Y., and came with his parents to Seneca county, the family settling near Swander. He had been a resident of … [Read more...]

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration: Albert and Lucy Lightcap

Albert Lightcap 50th Wedding Celebration

I stumbled upon this newspaper article celebrating the wedding anniversary of Albert and Lucy (Waggoner) Lightcap.  Albert's parents were Robert and Lucretia Lightcap.  Robert was the brother of my g-g-g-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Albert was born in Fremont, Ohio, but spent a majority of his life in Michigan.  The Flint Daily Journal on Wednesday, August 16, 1916, published this article celebrating Albert and Lucy's golden anniversary. Transcription of article: MR. AND MRS. A. H. LIGHTCAP CELEBRATE THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. … [Read more...]

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