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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 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 grand children. Andy and his wife Kathy have 7 children and 8 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.
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Winter Olympics: Built for Speed, U.S.’ Innovative Under Armour Skin Suits Hit the Ice

By Allyson Burger | BSU at the Games

Since the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, U.S. engineers in sports technology and aerospace have joined forces on a top-secret project.

What was it? Super-secret spy technology? A faster than the speed of light aircraft?

No.

The mission had one sole purpose: to make the fastest speedskaters in the world even faster.

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Meijer Winter State Games are This Weekend in West Michigan

This weekend, February 14-16, 2014 an estimated 2,000+ athletes from all corners of Michigan will come and represent 13 sports and compete in the inaugural Meijer State Games of Michigan - Winter Games.

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Griffins Great Skate Winterfest is This Weekend

The Grand Rapids Griffins are having a great season.

They're leading their division by at least 10 points, and continue great play, even though so many stars of the team continue to make the trip east and play with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.

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Grand Rapids Fire Department to Help With Smoke Dectectors

Most of us have smoke detectors in our homes.  At least I HOPE we all have smoke detectors.  The problem may be that we don't have enough.  One or two won't cut it.  You need more to protect you and your family.

If you live in Grand Rapids, a new survey says almost all Grand Rapids houses do not have enough working smoke detectors.

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The Legend of Zelda With the Grand Rapids Symphony Tickets On Sale July 22

If you're a video gamer of any sort, I'm sure you are aware of the game,The Legend of Zelda™.  The game has sold over 62 million copies and has entertained generations with more than 25 years of magic and adventure.

Now, Zelda comes to life at DeVos Performance Hall on October 19th, with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

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Police Officer Saves Man’s Life (video)

There are some heart-warming things happening in our world today.  They don't always get reported, however, so it is difficult to see sometimes with the Boston tragedy, flooding in West Michigan, etc.  News tends to focus on the bad stuff, but here is a wonderful video of a little incident that happened in the country of Columbia.

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Tulip Time is but Weeks Away and They Need Volunteers

Holy-shmoly...Tulip time is less than a month away.  Where did the time go.

Tulip Time in Holland, is one of the top, major festivals in the United State.  Maybe, international, since people do come from around the world.  It's a fabulous gathering in West Michigan.  But it doesn't happen without hundreds of volunteer putting in countless hours making it work.

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