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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.
Courtesy Humane Society of West Michigan
Courtesy Humane Society of West Michigan
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A Happier Home for Cats Opening at Humane Society

Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 11, to dedicate the Cattery Expansion Project and the BISSELL Cattery Enrichment Center on Thursday, June 11th at 11 am. This ceremony is to thank Mark & Cathy Bissell and all of the generous donors who helped make the project a success. With the amazing support of donors, they were able to add two more cattery living spaces built in the HSWM lobby, a window placed in cat holding, and larger cages for cats in the medical room.

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Saying Goodbye to Your BFF is Tough Especially When You’re Two [Video]

Everyone looks forward to Friday because it's the start of the weekend, but two-year-old Deacon Ross of Dallas has a different reason to look forward to it. Friday is garbage collection day, and that means a visit from his friend.

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Kelly Clarkson Sings Karaoke With 10-Year old [Video]

Would you have the nerve to do this? I'm pretty sure I wouldn't. Do what, you say? Ask Kelly Clarkson to sing with me.

Too intimidated? Not this 10-year old at Sam's, a Nashville Karaoke club. Seems Kelly walked into the club with family, and Ava Davis went right up to her and asked if she would sing The B-52s' "Love Shack" with her.  Kelly said YES!  Watch!

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Outdoor Movie Night Event Connects Summer Interns with Business Community

 

Hello West Michigan, the regional talent attraction and retention initiative behind West Michigan Intern Connect, is hosting an outdoor movie night and a volunteer service week this June for local interns. The program, now in its second year, is aimed at helping interns connect with the community, their peers and local employers. 

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DeVos Place Convention Center to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

This year marks the tenth anniversary since the opening of the DeVos Place convention center. DeVos Place will be hosting a celebration Open House on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10AM – 5PM with a variety of fun activities for the whole family. The Open House is free and open to the public. Plus, parking will be free in the DeVos Place ramp, so you won’t have to worry about finding a parking spot.

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Funny and Heartwarming Commercial of a Man and a Dog [Video]

This is a terrific commercial in full story mode. A stray dog becomes the ultimate wing man after a kind stranger gives him a snack.  It's for a bank in Thailand, and not in English, but that doesn't make any difference.  You'll get the message.  Enjoy!

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