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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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Sheldon the Cat Visits for Wet Nose Wednesday

Sheldon the cat, came calling today.

Sheldon visited with Andy Rent as he talked about her on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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National tour of Pump Boys & Dinettes makes a pit stop in West Michigan

More great theater is coming to West Michigan, Byron Center, actually.

On January 26th, 2017, Pump Boys and Dinettes, moves into the Van Single Fine Arts Center for a one-night only performance of the “friendliest, happiest show in town.”

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Lots of fun in Grand Rapids for the Kids and Family During Christmas Break

Are you looking for things for the family to do over Christmas break? This might be your answer. How about a Snowflake Break?

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is once again hosting family-friendly fun over this year’s holiday break! Now through January 3, the GRPM will celebrate Snowflake Break with additional hands on activities, all included with admission.

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A Beer Lovers Paradise at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Beer Lovers rejoice! The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) continues its very popular Beer Explorers program next year, actually just a few weeks away, on January 12, 2017. Held in partnership with Founders Brewing Company on Thursday evenings, it gives Grand Rapidians a new twist on a Founders beer tasting.

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Top Baby Names for 2016 From Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health just released their list of the top baby names for 2016, and the list of popular boys’ names underwent more changes in 2016 than an infant’s diapers.

Seven new names popped up in the top 10―including one with presidential gravitas.

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How About Some Fun for New Year’s Eve in West Michigan?

Christmas is almost hear and there is still so much to do. But, let's not forget the New Year follows close behind. Whether you chose to quietly ring in the new year, or blow it out, here are some ideas for you that the West Michigan Tourist Association has put together.

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping Online Still Possible

Are you still struggling to finish, or begin, for that matter, your Christmas shopping? Do you hate the crowds at the mall and stores, and the stop-and-go traffic just to get there?

Do not fret. It's still possible to shop online and have your gifts before Christmas. Now, if you intended to mail the gifts, that's another story, but you still should be able to get what you want delivered to your house before the big day.

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Free Hotel Rooms Offered Over the Holidays

I'm finding goodness in so many people and businesses this holiday. It seems, whatever that 'spirit' is, we get it, at least over the holidays. And, that goodness is spreading to people who have friends or family members hospitalized, in nursing homes or in treatment centers over the holidays.

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What’s Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert

Ahhh, Thanksgiving is almost up on us. It's always great to get together with family, right? Okay, most of the time. Me? I'm really looking forward to it.

And, when we think of Thanksgiving, we think of food! Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and, dessert.

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