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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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Snickers Super Bowl Ads Are Always the Best [Video]

Super Bowl commercials are usually among the best created ones of the year. With millions of people watching, advertisers pull out all the stops in hopes of rising to the top, and, sell lots of product.

Snickers has always been one of my favorites, year after year using celebrities, old TV shows, and movies. Last year it was the Brady Bunch, "Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!" Before that, Betty White got trampled on the football field, and so on.

This year, it's Marilyn Monroe, and it's a classic!

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Bing Goei to Speak About Migration to Michigan for World Affairs Council

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan continues their fascinating series on Michigan and it's economic growth this coming Monday, February 8 with Bing Goei.

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You can Kiss the Blarney Stone on our Trip to Ireland

According to legend, whoever kisses the Blarney Stone will be gifted with eloquence and persuasiveness. So, how about you? Get ready to "pucker up!"

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West Michigan Regional Art Competition in Lowell This March

LowellArts! announces a Call for Entries to the 30th Annual West Michigan Regional Art Competition. The competition is open to all visual art media by artists, 18 years and older, who currently reside in one of the following Lower Michigan Counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, Saint Joseph, and Van Buren.

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Rosa Parks – An American Legacy Exhibit Opening at Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today a new mini-exhibit titled  - An American Legacy will open this Thursday, February 4, 2016. In this new exhibition, visitors will learn about Rosa Parks’ impact on the Civil Rights Movement and its connection to Grand Rapids.

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Hollywood’s Best Picture Oscar Winners From the Beginning [Video]

The Academy Award nominations are in, we know who may win the coveted Oscar this year, and on Oscar Sunday, February 28, at 7 p.m., we will know the winners. The excitement is building.

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A Victorian Tea at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) kicks off its 2016 Fashion and Tea programming on Saturday, February 13.

Learn about fashion, customs and culture from the Civil War Era into the 20th Century and explore the Museum’s Education Collection of vintage clothing, down to the tiniest detail.

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Father of Four Girls About to Be a Papa Again. Will it Be a Boy or Girl? [Video]

This is a really cute video.

A father of four girls is about to become a dad for the fifth time, but doesn't know the sex...boy? girl?

What's the best way to find out? Throw a party, of course, and make the cake either pink, or blue. The trick is, you have to cut into it, through the frosting, to see the color.

And the baby is.....

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A Piano in a Lansing Mall Draws a Fabulous Player [Video]

This really a cool video from Lansing. This kid is talented.

It seems there was a piano set up at a mall in Lansing to encourage players to sit down and tickle the ivories. One teen, with a backpack on his shoulders, stunned shoppers when he sat down and performed a beautiful rendition of "River Flows In You" by Korean composer Yiruma.

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