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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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Civic Theatre has Powerful Musical Comedy-Tragedy on Stage

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids Urban League, and Warner, Norcross and Judd have partnered to be the first to bring the Tony Award Nominated Musical "Caroline, or Change" to West Michigan audiences. Caroline, or Change shows the bittersweet world of a black maid and the hard life she knows and her community’s shifting hope in the 1963 Era of JFK, Martin Luther King, and Motown.

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Memorial Day is a Tribute to All Who Have Kept us Free [Video]

It's Memorial Day, 2016. Possibly, just another day for some, but for most of us, a day to remember, honor and salute the men and women of the armed forces who, so bravely, have worked and fought to keep us FREE.

I could go on and pontificate about how we should never forget, but I found a video on You Tube that does it much better.

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Mom, Where is my Fork? [Video]

This video is so sweet. Little kids are sweet anyway, but this little toddler is great. All he  wants to do is eat his bowl of mac and cheese. But he can't find his fork. He looks everywhere, but it's gone missing. Can someone please give him a "hand?"

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Free Admission to Grand Rapids Public Museum Offered to Active Duty Military and Families

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016.

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Dennis Van Kampen, CEO Mel Trotter Ministries
Dennis Van Kampen, CEO Mel Trotter Ministries
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Mel Trotter Ministries Does It! They’re Getting Their New Truck

I'm so happy to report that Mel Trotter Ministries will be getting a new truck!

Dennis Van Kampen, CEO of Mel Trotter, who was on "Andy in the Morning" discussing the urgent need for a new refrigerated truck, announced they exceeded their $34,000 goal and can now get the new truck they so desperately needed.

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Inner-City Youth Baseball Get Renovated Field, Now Needs Equipment

Inner-City Youth Baseball took a big step forward yesterday with the ribbon cutting and celebration of the newly renovated Ted Rasberry Field, 1010 Sheldon Avenue, SE, here in Grand Rapids.

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Baseball, Fireworks, Monkeys, a Dinosaur and a Salute to Veterans This Weekend at Fifth Third Ballpark

How about some baseball for a fun Memorial Day Weekend?

There will be a lot of fun at Fifth Third Ballpark. The West Michigan Whitecaps have announced they're adding Fireworks to Friday night’s game vs. the Dayton Dragons. There are now great Family Fare Fireworks shows on back-to-back nights to kick off the holiday weekend.

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47th Annual Festival of the Arts is Next Weekend

It's hard to believe, but Festival is just days away...next weekend!

2016 will be the 47th Festival of the Arts, making it one of the longest-running festivals in the state.

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This Memorial Day Don’t Forget the Military Animals who Served so Bravely

Military service animals have a longstanding history of taking care of our service men and women overseas without complaining even a titter. Maybe that’s because they don’t speak English, or maybe it’s because they’re the best darn soldiers the military has ever seen. Either way, they’re not only adorable little tramps, they’re also brave animals who risked life and limb to take care of the people that they loved.

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