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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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The Olympics are Coming to the Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) will open a new mini exhibit An Olympic View, this Saturday July 23rd. With the Summer Olympics arriving soon, this exhibit celebrates the history of the Games, athletes from Grand Rapids, as well as the Brazil, the 2016 host.

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Nintendo Fans, the Classics are Coming Back

Are you a gamer? Love to play video games, or you just try to keep up with the kids?

Now, it's your turn. Nintendo, a partner in this new Pokemon Go craze, is bringing out something pretty slick.

According to the website brobible.com, they are bringing back the classic NES gaming system.

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Windmill Island at the Height of Beauty Next Week

Next week, July 24-30, Windmill Island Gardens will celebrate Peak Week, the period of summer when the gardens are at the height of their beauty! The week will be filled with flowers and fun for all ages. As an added incentive to enjoy the gardens during Peak Week, an accompanying child can enter for free with every purchase of an adult ticket!

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Where’s the Best Gin Made in the Country? In Grand Rapids!

Who needs all those high-priced, name-brand bottles of booze out there when, especially if you like Gin, Aquavit or Vodka, you can have the best in the country made right here at home.

Congratulations to Grand Rapids distillery, Long Road Distillers. It was just announced that they have been awarded three awards from the world's largest consumer tasting competition. At this year's SIP Awards, the distillery won a Platinum Medal, the highest honors, for Long Road Gin, and added two new Gold Medals for Long Road Aquavit and Long Road Vodka.

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Air Force Band ‘Starlifter’ Plays at Ford Museum on Thursday August 4th

Thursday evening, August 4, will be a special evening at the Ford Presidential Museum. The USAF Band of Mid-America’s Starlifter will present a free concert open to everyone with no tickets required for admission. In addition, the Amazing Clark Magic Show begins at 6:30 p.m. and Starlifter takes stage at 7 p.m.

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Parking Your Car is no Problem With This Invention [Video]

Parking your car in a tight space is mind boggling. You're in a parking lot or ramp, and that space you want to squeeze into is just that, a squeeze. Well, there is a new invention that could solve your problem.

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Help! There’s a Bear in My Car and He Wants Out [Video]

This isn't exactly how I'd like to start my day with a bear in my car.

Seems these folks started to get into their car and noticed there was already a passenger.....a bear.  What do you do when you see a bear IN your car? Call the cops!

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First Ever Sailplane Grand Prix Happening in West Michigan

West Michigan is set to host the first ever FAI Sailplane Grand Prix USA. The Sailplane Grand Prix is international aviation’s ultimate aerial racing competition. Fifteen of the top pilots from the United States and Canada will compete over seven days for two coveted qualification spots for the Sailplane Grand Prix (SGP) World Championships (South Africa, November, 2016).

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Their Bikes Were Stolen so Police to the Rescue [Video]

We have had some awfully bad news of late, Police shootings, people shooting Police officers. We have hit a turbulent time in America, seemingly with bad news after bad news. However, there is some good news out there, and it comes with some very big hearts.

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UICA Hosts “superusted: The 4th Midwest Biennial” Beginning in August

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) will play host to a very interesting traveling art exhibit, superusted: The 4th Midwest Biennial. It will be on exhibit from August 18 - October 23. Superusted presents the work of seventeen artists from five states across the Midwest including; Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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