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Andy Rent

Starting out as a weatherman/TV-Radio host for TV8 in the 70's, I also played "Captain Woody" on the TV8 afternoon kids show, might be the most recognized personality in the West Michigan area having been on radio and TV for the better part of three decades. I'm originally a "Hoosier" from Muncie, Indiana and always wanted to be in “show biz”. After graduating from Ball State University, I stayed in Indiana, working in radio and TV in Richmond, Muncie and Indianapolis. I moved to Grand Rapids to work at WOOD-TV where I met my wife Kathy. I'm deeply involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. I've served on the board of directors of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the Metropolitan YMCA, and Easter Seals-Michigan. I also assist 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. My wife Kathy and I have 7 children and 13 grandchildren.We 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.
"Diamond-Place"/courtesy Clark Communications
"Diamond-Place"/courtesy Clark Communications
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The Medical Mile Continues to Grow With the $42million Diamond Place project underway in Grand Rapids

Ground was officially broken Tuesday for another new development in Grand Rapids. City of Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss joined Third Coast Development and PK Development Group leaders as well as other project partners in officially getting the $42 million Diamond Place project on Michigan Street in Grand Rapids started.

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"Ai Weiwei"/courtesy Meijer Gardens
"Ai Weiwei"/courtesy Meijer Gardens
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New Art Exhibition at Meijer Gardens Like Nothing Before

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the nation’s premier botanic and sculpture experiences, is opening a landmark exhibition featuring internationally renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Opening on January 27, 2017, Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State is the first of its kind for the artist at a botanical garden or sculpture park anywhere in the world. More than 30 works will be sited in galleries, conservatories, public spaces and the auditorium.

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High Five Burger/West Michigan Whitecaps
High Five Burger/West Michigan Whitecaps
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Fan Favorite Food Contest is ON With the Whitecaps

Before the first pitch of Spring Training flies (just four weeks away!) the West Michigan Whitecaps, along with their partner Zeeland Food Services, Inc., makers of Zoye Premium Vegetable Oil, are looking for the next star on the Fifth Third Ballpark menu! Whitecaps fans can submit ideas for what new food items they would like to see served at Fifth Third Ballpark this summer.

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Courtesy Michigan Adventure Race/Jamie Geysbeek Photography
Courtesy Michigan Adventure Race/Jamie Geysbeek Photography
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Cancer Will not Keep Sara From The Michigan Adventure Race

The Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition returns to Camp Roger in Rockford on Saturday, January 28, 2017, and Sara Bard and her daughters will be ready for it.

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Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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No More “Greatest Show on Earth” in Grand Rapids

Very sad news hit hard around the country this past weekend. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will end "The Greatest Show on Earth" in May, following a 146-year run.

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Polar Bears At San Francisco Zoo Get 10 Tons Of Fresh Snow
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Everything has fun in the Snow [Video]

I can't resist sharing this with you today. It's Saturday, and you need a "feel good" story. So, let me take you to the Oregon Zoo.

Animals playing in the snow just may be the only thing you need to watch today!

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Edward White, Virgil Grissom And Roger Chaffee
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50th Anniversary of the Apollo 1 Spacecraft Commemorated With Vatican Observatory Director Coming to Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) just announced some exciting news. The Director of the Vatican Observatory, Brother Guy Consolmagno is coming to Grand Rapids for a  presentation of “Discarded Worlds, Astronomical Ideas that were Almost Correct" on Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m. Tickets are on sale now!

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Former President Gerald Ford Laid To Rest In Michigan
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Grand Rapids Suburbs Score Best Places to ‘Raise a Family’ in Michigan Titles

An article in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, two Grand Rapids suburbs are considered to be among the 10 best communities for families in Michigan.

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