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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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West Michigan Hispanic Chamber Announces Program for Spanish-Speaking Entrepreneurs

The Education and Empowerment Committee of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  announced the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s launch of MedioDía- Infórmate y Actívate, a series of business educational workshops designed to provide a wide-range of business development resources for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs in the West Michigan region.

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Courtesy www.imbd.com
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Waterfront Film Festival Launches First Ever Film Competition at ArtPrize this Fall

It's brand new this year. It's ArtPrize OnScreen: Presented by Waterfront Film Festival, that will replace this year’s annual summer lakeshore event, for one year, in favor of its first ever film competition to be held during ArtPrize in September here in Grand Rapids.

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Courtesy LYNC
Courtesy LYNC
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Rock the Block Street Festival is This Saturday, June 13

This Saturday, June 13, Grand Rapids’ Madison Square neighborhood will be the site for the fifth annual Rock the Block (RTB) Street Festival hosted by LINC Community Revitalization, Inc.

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Michael Smith/Newsmakers
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Moose Playing on my Front Lawn? Only in Alaska [Video]

Our Alaskan cruise and tour is coming up in August, and I can't wait. I hear so many wonderful thing about Alaska. However, I haven't heard of family-friendly Moose before. You probably don't want to walk up to one, but imagine looking outside your front window and finding a family of moose playing in your lawn sprinkler. Welcome to Alaska.

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Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Challenge Triathlon
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Hundreds of Cyclists Converge on West Michigan for 2015 Great Lakes Break Away Bike MS Ride

This weekend, today and tomorrow June 6 & 7, hundreds of cyclists are converging on West Michigan this weekend to working to raise close to $500,000 to support cutting-edge research and life-changing programs and services for people living with MS. The event is one of four Michigan Rides hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Nationally, these rides are the premier fundraising cycling series in the U.S. for anyone seeking a personal challenge and a world free of multiple sclerosis.

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