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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.
(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Announces new Chairman

Steven Ford, son of former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford and first lady Betty Ford, announced that he has concluded his term as chair of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. Ford will be succeeded by Red Cavaney who served on the White House staffs of Presidents Gerald R. Ford, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

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(Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Challenge Triathlon)
(Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Challenge Triathlon)
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Rockford Group to Bike 300 Miles for Haitian Orphans

This coming Monday, June 23, 26 people will take off on a 6-day, 300-mile bicycle ride from Rockford, Michigan to Harrod, Ohio.  It's not just a 'fun ride,' it has a serious purpose.  The riders are raising funds and awareness for H.I.S. Home for Children, an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti. This is one of three groups that will converge in Harrod, Ohio on June 28.

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Courtesy Meijer Gardens
Courtesy Meijer Gardens
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Tuesday Evening Music Club Begins July 1 at Meijer Gardens

It's hard to believe that July is but a couple of weeks away.  And yet, that's an exciting time when the summer's best family entertainment value, the Tuesday Evening Music Club kicks off.  The Music Club brings talented local and regional musicians to the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater stage free to Meijer Gardens members—throughout July and August.

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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Grand Rapids Restaurant Week Coming in August

 

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014 will burst on the scene in August again during the peak of the summer harvest in West Michigan. This year Restaurant Week GR will include 12 days of creative local 3-course menus at over 60 restaurants – from Wednesday, August 13 through Sunday, August 24 – adding an additional day for the event, which since 2010 has been 10 to 11 days.

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