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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 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.
Photo: Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
Photo: Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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Weidenaar Exhibit at Grand Rapids Public Museum Closing July 5

Your time is almost gone to catch a wonderful exhibit.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum’s (GRPM) exhibition, Through the Eyes of Weidenaar will close on Sunday, July 5, 2015. The exhibit commemorates the works of local artist, Reynold Weidenaar, whose work earned international acclaim.

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Photo: Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
Photo: Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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Grand Rapids #3 in the U.S. for Economic Growth

A new report was published last week that is very exciting for Grand Rapids, and West Michigan.

Bureau of Labor and other national data places Grand Rapids at #3 for economic growth on list of 373 of the nation’s metropolitan statistical areas.

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Photo: Spectrum Health
Photo: Spectrum Health
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Spectrum Health Breaks Ground to Expand Rehab and Nursing Center

Health care in Grand Rapids, and West Michigan just keeps getting better.

Spectrum Health is holding a ceremonial groundbreaking event today, Tuesday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at its Rehab and Nursing Center at 4118 Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids. The facility, which was originally built in 1964, is being expanded and renovated to better serve patients.

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Nigel Roddis/Getty Images Sport
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15 Bicyclists on 300-Mile Ride From Rockford to Raise Money for Haitian Orphans

This morning between 7:30 and 8am, a group of 15 Rockford area residents left the Cannon Township Offices for a 6-day, 300-mile bicycle ride to raise awareness and money for an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

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Courtesy St. Cecilia Music Center
Courtesy St. Cecilia Music Center
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St. Cecilia Music Center’s Great Artist Gala and Concert Tickets are on Sale

St. Cecilia Music Center’s 2015 / 2016 Single Tickets go on are on sale now for the Great Artist Gala and all concerts in their new upcoming season.

Quick information about St. Cecilia Music Center’s new season is available on Facebook. More information and online tickets are available at www.scmc-online.org and can also be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224.

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Chuck Royce Sr. (Photo: St. Cecelia Music Center)
Chuck Royce Sr. (Photo: St. Cecelia Music Center)
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Charles (Chuck) Royce Passes Away at the age of 90

One of Grand Rapids’ longtime and dedicated leaders, Charles (Chuck) Lund Royce, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 20, 2015. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday at St. Cecilia Music Center surrounded by hundreds of well-wishers, family, friends, artists, students and others from a wide range of organizations whose lives he touched through his philanthropy and community involvement.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images News
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“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” Comes Alive at the Airport [Video]

Many of our hero's of WWII have been flying to Washington D.C. for visits to the WWII Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and other points of interest. I had the honor of Emceeing an event several weeks ago here in Grand Rapids just before several of our WWII Veterans boarded flights to DC. I'll have to admit, I sure didn't see anything like this happen.

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Tim Boyle/Getty Images
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12th Annual Beach Survival Challenge Happening This Weekend At Grand Haven State Park

The popular Beach Survival Challenge event is coming back to the Grand Haven State Park tomorrow, Saturday, June 20. The event was started 12 years ago in honor of Andy Fox who lost his life in a rip current. The event was created to raise awareness of water safety along Lake Michigan in a fun, educational atmosphere. Since its inception, over 3,000 kids and adults have participated.

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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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