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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.
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Courtesy Seyferth PR
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New Holland Brewing And Pabst Brewing Are Official Partners

This past Wednesday, March 29, was a big day in Holland and for the New Holland Brewing Company. Brett VanderKamp, president and co-founder of New Holland, along with Simon Thorpe, CEO of Pabst Brewing Company, made it official that as of Saturday,  April 1, New Holland begins it's partnership with Pabst Brewing, and all beers produced for the U.S. sale by New Holland Brewing Company will flow through the Pabst distribution and ordering systems.

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A Great Idea for Spring Break in West Michigan

Spring break for most public school kids is next week. Many will take off for a quick vacation, but many others won't. If you and your kids will be home-bound next week, you may be stumped on what to do. Can't have bored kids hanging around the house all week, so, how about this?

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Reed’s Lake “Back in the Day,” in 1946 [Video]

Reed's Lake is just one of the many gems in the Grand Rapids area that makes living here so special. "Back in the day," it was really something special. People from all over would flock to the lake.

Located in East Grand Rapids, we know Reed's Lake today as the home of Roses Restaurant, part of the Gilmore Collection, municipal buildings, a bustling East Grand Rapids downtown, the East Grand Rapids Middle School, the  Grand Rapids Yacht Club, several marinas, and many houses. But, a few...okay, many, years ago, things were very different.

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Jim Harryman Facebook post
Jim Harryman Facebook post
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Bozo’s Big Top Brings Back a lot of Memories

Here is more classic "live and local" TV from years past, and it's non other than Bozo the Clown!

Bozo's Big Top ran for many, many years on WZZM TV13, and was a part of so many children and their families lives. Who doesn't remember being on the Bozo Show and in the Peanut Gallery.

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Grand Rapids the 56th Happiest Large American City to Live In

Next Monday, March 20, is International Day of Happiness. So, in honor of that auspicious day, I thought it would be fun to see how we, Grand Rapids and the Greater Grand Rapids area, stacked up to other large metropolitan areas in the "happiness quotient." Well, I didn't have to go too far because WalletHub did it for me.

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Carol Rosegg, 2016
Carol Rosegg, 2016
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$20 Dollar Tickets for Broadway Musical “Rent” at DeVos Performance Hall

Here's some exciting and affordable news. Broadway Grand Rapids announced that seats in the first two rows of the orchestra section will be available for $20 for every performance of RENT, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical coming to Grand Rapids.

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