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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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Heartwarming Story About a Sheriff Deputy’s Car and His Son [Video]

Get the hankies out because you're going to need them.

I found this story about Sheriff's deputy Sam Brownlee, who was killed in the line of duty while working as a deputy in Colorado’s Weld County in 2010. His son, Tanner, was 15 at the time.

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Movie Preview of “The Intern” [Video]

It's difficult to find good 'adult' movies playing these days. Typically, Hollywood make movies for the somewhat younger crowd because they are the ones buying the tickets. And that can cut the rest of us out. By-the-way, I don't mean that kind of adult movie.

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New Latin Restaurant Opening This Summer in Downtown Arena District

A new concept in Latin cuisine will soon be added to dining options in Grand Rapids’ Arena District. Luna is scheduled to open at 64 Ionia Avenue during the summer of 2015. The menu will feature contemporary Latin foods while embracing the rich culinary heritage of Latin America.

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Mom Lip-Syncs Her Daughter’s Temper Tantrum [Video]

This is an adorable video for moms everywhere.

We all know that being a mom requires a lot of patience and a lot of skill. Let's face it, moms put up with so much. When the kids are little, even big, dealing with your kids' moods is tough. But, this mom may have a very creative answer.

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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
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More Fun at Civic Theatre as “Avenue Q” Opens May 29 [Video]

Avenue Q, opening at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre May 29, features a delightful blend of a cast of humans and puppets in a plot that tackles subjects such as dating, racism, internet porn, being gay and finding a purpose in life. In short, Avenue Q is about community, and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts’ is the first community theatre in Grand Rapids to produce this (2004) Tony Awarding Winning piece.

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"Kinky Boots"/Broadway Grand Rapids
"Kinky Boots"/Broadway Grand Rapids
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Tony® Award Winning Musical ‘Kinky Boots’ Opens June 2 at DeVos Performance Hall

Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), opens at the DeVos Performance Hall on June 2, 2015, with tickets starting at just $32.50.

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