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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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Free Hotel Rooms Offered Over the Holidays

I'm finding goodness in so many people and businesses this holiday. It seems, whatever that 'spirit' is, we get it, at least over the holidays. And, that goodness is spreading to people who have friends or family members hospitalized, in nursing homes or in treatment centers over the holidays.

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What’s Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert

Ahhh, Thanksgiving is almost up on us. It's always great to get together with family, right? Okay, most of the time. Me? I'm really looking forward to it.

And, when we think of Thanksgiving, we think of food! Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and, dessert.

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Families And Volunteers Greet U.S. Troops At Dallas Fort Worth Airport
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West Michigan Troops Will Get Warm Welcome at Ford Airport Over Thanksgiving

We owe all of our troops a huge thank you for all they do. West Michigan is known for it's love and compassion, that will go without saying. And this Thanksgiving holiday, a big welcome home and other festivities are on tap for the returning men and women in the military, at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

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Annular Solar Eclipse Observed
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A Complete Solar Eclipse is Coming

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse is coming, and you'll want to make plans now to see it.

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Opera Grand Rapids presents The Student Prince
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Opera Grand Rapids Gets Excellence Nominations for Student Prince

Congratulations to Opera Grand Rapids. They received word that their June production of “The Student Prince” was recently nominated for five awards by Broadway World Detroit, a leading resource for news on Broadway, theatre, and entertainment.

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Whitecaps Making a Few Changes to Fifth Third Ballpark

The players have all packed up and returned home for the off-season. Road construction season is winding down with the coming freeze, but that never stops the West Michigan Whitecaps, because construction season at Fifth Third Ballpark is just beginning.

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Country Star Miranda Lambert Coming to Grand Rapids

More concerts keep being announced for Grand Rapids, and this week we find another.

Country superstar Miranda Lambert announced a stop in Grand Rapids on her Highway Vagabond Tour.

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Behind the Scenes at Civic’s Beauty and the Beast

It's opening one week from tonight, Friday, November 18 at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, and the excitement is bubbling. Beauty and the Beast, based on the Academy Award®-winning, Disney animated feature, can't wait to hit the stage, and the West Michigan audience can't wait, either.

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