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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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Finding out You’re Going to be a Father for the First Time is Very Special [Video]

Father's Day is this Sunday, and it should be a special day for all dads, everywhere. I've been a dad 7 times, no less. But the very first time you hear those words is, well, see for yourself.

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The Best, Most Fab Cartoons from the 70s

Ahh, the good old 70's. Wait a minute, that was 40 + years ago or so, yikes! A real blast from the past.

So, let's blast back there and dream about some of our favorite cartoons.

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Andy Rent River Golf Outing is just Two Weeks Away

It's coming fast, the Andy Rent River Golf Outing, presented by Car City, and I want YOU!

We have a few spots left for a fun day on the golf course, and I don't want you to miss your chance. You'll be supporting CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, who work with abused and neglected children in the Kent County Foster Care System.

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Jungle Book at Circle Theatre This Month

This month of June, Circle Theatre continues the 2015 season with the family Magic Circle production of THE JUNGLE BOOK, running June 24-28.

This is an action-packed children’s tale, loved by all, based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling and adapted by Monica Flory, precocious Mowgli is raised by caring wolves, befriended by Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear and threatened by Shere Khan the evil tiger. Very exciting.

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Grand Rapids to Host State Wide Launch of McDonald’s Education Strategy

Is flipping burgers a dead-end job for a teen, the uneducated, low-income person? Not at McDonald's!

Today, Monday, June 15, McDonald’s is set to lead the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry to promote workforce education to ensure that eligible employees continue to  grow while working at McDonald’s restaurants, both company- and franchisee-owned. The strategy called Archways to OpportunityTM is being launched in restaurants throughout Michigan and beyond.

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Is Opera Grand Rapids Reinventing Itself?

Opera Grand Rapids is changing the game. They are reaching out to current opera fans as well as hoping to introduce themselves to an entirely new audience, as they announce an exciting new season and experience. For the first time ever, Opera Grand Rapids is offering a collective opera experience with events staged closely together in the spring, getting their momentum from even more offerings throughout the year.

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West Michigan Hispanic Chamber Announces Program for Spanish-Speaking Entrepreneurs

The Education and Empowerment Committee of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  announced the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s launch of MedioDía- Infórmate y Actívate, a series of business educational workshops designed to provide a wide-range of business development resources for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs in the West Michigan region.

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