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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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Restaurant Week Grand Cocktail Competition Winners to be Announced Saturday

Restaurant WeekGR wraps up this week as the "Grand Cocktail Competition" winners will be announced at an outdoor Bourbon BBQ event at The B.O.B. in Downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 23 at 4:30 p.m. The Grand Cocktail competition is a part of Restaurant Week here in Grand Rapids, which runs through this Sunday, August 24.

Thirty-one restaurants and their mixologists / bartenders / management staff are currently participating.

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New Farmers Market Grocer may Open in Grand Rapids

The site of the former Michigan Athletic Club (MAC) at 2500 Burton SE in Grand Rapids is getting a new, healthy business that will provide “healthy food at healthy values.” Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, which offers an abundant produce department, hormone free meats, freshly baked goods, fresh seafood, organic foods, gluten and dairy free options, plus much more, will anchor the proposed 85,000-square-foot mixed-use retail development.

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Courtesy UICA
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Open Projector Night Showcase Celebrates West Michigan’s Film Community at UICA Friday

This Friday night, August 22, local filmmakers and their fans will come together to celebrate West Michigan’s growing film community at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts’ (UICA’s) second annual Open Projector Night Showcase. It all begins at 8 p.m.

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The Quilters are Coming…the Quilters are Coming…Next Week in Grand Rapids

American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, are coming back to town next week. The AQS QuiltWeek event here in Grand Rapids will run from August 20 to 23 at the DeVos Place.

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Sixteenth Annual Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford Is Saturday [Audio]

The 16th annual Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford, a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) run/walk and kids' fun run, is Saturday in downtown Rockford.

Proceeds from the benefit go to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a non-profit dedicated to expediting viable treatments and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic disorder that slowly robs those stricken with the disease of their muscle strength.

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Do Something Nice for Your Parents Day [Video]

I'm officially nominating today as "do something nice for your parents day."  Seriously, I think today, you should do something nice for your parents. It doesn't have to be a big thing.  It can be as little as a simple phone call, a visit, lunch, dinner, whatever. Do something that says I love you and appreciate everything you have done for me.

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Grand Haven’s Farmer’s Market has an Education Station This Morning

The Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Grand haven Farmer's Market today from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a special twist.

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