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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.
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
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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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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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Sexual Assault Documentary to be Shown at UICA September 15

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) will present a free screening of The Hunting Ground, a powerful documentary that underscores the widespread problem of campus sexual assault, along with a complementary panel discussion featuring West Michigan community leaders advocating for change, on September 15 at 8:00 pm. The screening is supported by the YWCA West Central Michigan.

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Restaurant Week’s “Grand Cocktail Competition” Begins

The Grand Cocktail Competition kicked off summer in the city in Grand Rapids this past weekend. You can gather at some of the 29 restaurants, meet their bartenders and mixologists competing, and enjoy some creative cocktails throughout the month of July through August 4.

The most votes gathered online by August 4 will decide the “People’s Choice” Grand Cocktail Competition winners in both categories.

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Purse Raised to $2 Million for Meijer LPGA Classic Presented by Kraft [Video]

A $2 million tournament purse certainly takes women's professional golf into the upper levels of women's golf.

That is exactly what the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft has done. The Grand Rapids tour stop is now one of the most notable tournaments on the women's tour.

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New Light Show Debuts at Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Chaffee Planetarium on April 3

The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced the opening of a brand new, original production at the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium titled Dark Side: The Light Show.

This all new light show will open in the recently-renovated Chaffee Planetarium on Friday, April 3.

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