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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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Commemoration of President Gerald R. Ford’s Birthday to be Held on July 14

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library and Museum are once again joining together to commemorate the life and legacy of President Gerald R. Ford, Monday, July 14.

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(Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
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Jazz Trumpeter Rick Braun Headlines Third Annual GRand Jazz Fest August 16-17

Jazz lovers everywhere rejoice. The third annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is back. The dates are Aug. 16 and 17 in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Little Boy Learns to Walk is Heartwarming [Video]

Are you ready for a tear-jerking, heart warming story? Okay, here it is anyway.

A new jersey boy, amputee Kayden Elijah, 2, was born with Omphalocele, a birth defect in which organs stick out of the body. It was a tough go for his parents, as doctors had advised his mother to consider an abortion since they thought the baby wouldn't live after birth.

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Movies in the Park in Downtown Grand Rapids This Friday

This Friday, July 11, is the third night of Movies in the Park 2014 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, in front of the Ford Museum on the Grand River. Sponsored by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Friday's movie is Dreamgirls. It's a film about a trio of female singers’ rise to fame during the Detroit Motown era of the 1960s. (Can you say Supremes?)

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Courtesy Circle Theatre
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Summer Theater Fun at Circle Theatre

Summer theater in Grand Rapids is always the best. This month, Circle Theatre continues the Main Stage season with the comedy ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, running July 10 through 26. This hilarious comedy by Richard Bean is based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, and takes place in Brighton, England in 1963. It's full of gangsters, deception, murder, and complete hilarious confusion. ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, received 5-star reviews from every London newspaper and was the hit of the 2012 Broadway season.

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