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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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Halloween Can be Special for Children and Adults in Hospitals in Grand Rapids

Halloween is a memory maker for kids. The fun of dressing up in costumes, trick or treating, parties, they're all part of the fun of Halloween. But, what about the children in hospitals? What do they do? West Michigan organizations and parents are making sure that a hospital stay or wheelchair doesn’t get in the way this year.

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Courtesy GRNow.com
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Meijer Gardens Presents an Evening With Dietrich Klinge

For art patrons throughout Michigan, next Tuesday night, October 25, will be a most significant evening. Renowned sculptor and printmaker, Dietrich Klinge will make a rare public appearance as guest lecturer at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

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Help Take Care of Homeless, Sheltered Pets This Fall and Winter

Pets are a huge part of any family, but this fall, many of them are homeless and living in animal shelters. These animals awaiting their forever home sure could use the our support with food, toys, and everyday living essentials for these pets in need. What do you think? Want to help?

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"Richard Nephew"/Courtesy WACWM
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Iran and the Nuclear Deal, Saudi Arabia and More to be Discussed at Aquinas College

With sectarian rhetoric that continues to divide the region, proxy wars between Iran and Saudi Arabia intensifying, and the uncertain effects of the nuclear deal on U.S.-Iranian relations one year after its implementation, it is clear that American foreign policy in the Middle East has to adjust to the new realities on the ground in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Those hot topics will be discussed next Tuesday night at Aquinas College.

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Not a Lot of Color, But Fabulous Food in Traverse City

This past weekend, my wife, Kathy, and I decided to do a quick trip to Traverse City. After all, it's fall and we couldn't wait to see all the beautiful colors, the bay, Lake Michigan, all things northern Michigan.

This year has been just plain weird, and we found out the colors are just beginning. So, in the absence of a "colorful trip," what does man do? Turn to food!

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Sarah Suydam (Burch Partners)
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Downtown Market is a Halloween Paradise This Weekend

There's going to be a whole mess of fun at the Downtown Market this weekend. Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, because it's the Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree!

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Courtesy GRPM
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Classic Fire Truck has new Home at Grand Rapids Public Museum

This is really cool. The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today the newest acquisition to their Collections, a 1937 American LaFrance “Tiller” Fire Truck, originally from the City of Grand Rapids.

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North Shore Animal League America's Tour For Life Pet Adoption Event
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How Do You Know Your Dog Loves You

Dog love, of humans, is pretty much unconditional. We could yell at them for leaving a mess on the carpet, ignore them when we're busy, hopefully not, but possibly hit them when we're angry, but always, they come back. They truly are man's best friend. And, they love us, right?

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Whales are Coming to the Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is opening the new exhibit Whales: Giants of the Deep this Saturday, October 22, beginning with a special Opening Party. This exhibition will be really immersive with lots of hands on components, life-size skeletons, models and a whole lot more.

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