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Andy Rent

Starting out as a weatherman/TV-Radio host for TV8 in the 70's, Andy also played "Captain Woody" on the TV8 afternoon kids show, and probably is the most recognized personality in the West Michigan area having been on radio and TV for the better part of three decades. Andy is originally a "Hoosier" from Muncie, Indiana and always wanted to be in “show biz”. After graduating from Ball State University, Andy stayed in Indiana, working in radio and TV in Richmond, Muncie and Indianapolis. He moved to Grand Rapids to work at WOOD-TV where he met his wife Kathy. Andy is deeply involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. He has served on the board of directors of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the Metropolitan YMCA, and Easter Seals-Michigan. He also assists the Salvation Army, DeGage Ministries, JDRF, Disability Advocates, Hope Network, and various other non-profit organizations. Interests: I love golf, travel, reading, dining out, theater and movies. And, of course my children and grandchildren. Andy and his wife Kathy have 7 children and 13 grandchildren. They have a busy life. Music: I love all kinds - especially jazz, blues, and classical, rock and pop hits. The best part about my job: The ability to make a difference in the community.
Courtesy Feeding American West Michigan
Courtesy Feeding American West Michigan
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Drive to Stamp Out Hunger is This Saturday

This Saturday, May 14, the Grand Rapids letter carriers will once again take part in the nationwide Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Their goal: to collect 70,000 pounds of food, a roughly 10 percent increase from last year.

Saturday, May 14, letter carriers here in West Michigan and around the country will be going door to door collecting food for local hunger-relief charities. In Grand Rapids, that food will be donated to Feeding America West Michigan.

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Courtesy CASA Kent County
Courtesy CASA Kent County
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Pinwheel Garden Planted Monday to Recognize Children in Foster Care in Kent County

To recognize and bring awareness to the 1,059 children in foster care in Kent County in 2015, today, Monday, April 18, CASA of Kent County will be placing 1,059 blue pinwheels in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids to honor each of these vulnerable children.

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Diana Ross/Courtesy Meijer Gardens
Diana Ross/Courtesy Meijer Gardens
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Diana Ross Coming to the Meijer Gardens Summer Concerts

Is there a headliner for the Frederik Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series this summer? I don't know, how about Diana Ross!

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park just announced their Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert lineup, and it's another fantastic lineup. There are 30 shows in the super eclectic, high quality lineup, packed with so many stars it's hard to know who to be excited about the most.

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Pop Up Urban Drive In Movie Theater Opens In Miami's Wynwood Neighborhood
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West Michigan Drive-In Theaters – Where are They Now?

Do know what these are?

If you grew up in the 50's and 60's, you remember the Drive-In movies. They were so much fun to go to. You'd pack the family, or pals, into the car and off you'd go for at least a double feature.

Back in those days, there were more than a hundred outdoor theaters operating within the state of Michigan. Since that time, 90% of them have gone dark or have been demolished, and presently, less than 10 Drive-ins remain today. What about West Michigan? Yep, we have one left.

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Courtesy Coopersville & Marne Railway
Courtesy Coopersville & Marne Railway
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The Bunny Train in Coopersville is Ready to Roll

It's that time of year again with Spring and Easter just around the corner. It's time to hop aboard the Bunny Train!

This is always a family favorite when the Coopersville & Marne Railway presents their annual Bunny Train. This year, the 13th, the train will run on Saturdays, March 12, 19 and 26 and on Sundays March 13 and 20. Saturday train departures are at 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. On Sundays, the trains leave at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The friendly Conductor will call “All Aboard” at 20 minutes before each departure.

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CNN Heroes 2015 - Red Carpet Arrivals
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Anderson Cooper to Speak at Davenport Excellence in Business Gala in May

Anderson Cooper, anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360˚ and host of AC 360˚, will be in Grand Rapids this coming May as featured guest speakerat the Davenport University
19th Annual Excellence in Business Award Gala.

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Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Knowledge Universe
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Today is ‘Count Day’ for Public Schools

Today, Wednesday, October 7 is one of two designated "count days" as required by the State School Aid Act to determine state funding for Michigan’s K-12 public school districts. Funding is based on the total student count/attendance on those two days. Obviously, it is vitally important that our schools have all of their students in attendance since their vital state funding counts the heads!

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