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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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Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Knowledge Universe
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Today is ‘Count Day’ for Public Schools

Today, Wednesday, October 7 is one of two designated "count days" as required by the State School Aid Act to determine state funding for Michigan’s K-12 public school districts. Funding is based on the total student count/attendance on those two days. Obviously, it is vitally important that our schools have all of their students in attendance since their vital state funding counts the heads!

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“Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween on Ice” Will Have an All-Star Cast at VanAndel Arena

"Nancy Kerrigan's Halloween on Ice" is coming to the VanAndel Arena October 30th here in Grand Rapids. The show’s promoter, Jerry Solomon, announced today the final cast which is loaded with Olympic, World and National championship medalists.

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Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
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Sexual Assault Documentary to be Shown at UICA September 15

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) will present a free screening of The Hunting Ground, a powerful documentary that underscores the widespread problem of campus sexual assault, along with a complementary panel discussion featuring West Michigan community leaders advocating for change, on September 15 at 8:00 pm. The screening is supported by the YWCA West Central Michigan.

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Ellie Goulding performance
Ellie Goulding performance
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ArtPrize 2014: Music Hub is St. Cecilia Music Center

St. Cecilia Music Center is the official ArtPrize music hub for ArtPrize 2014.

St. Cecilia Music Center is again also organizing the ArtPrize music busking sites at public places, with expanded locations for this year.

The busking sites will be in action from Sept. 25 (Thursday) to Oct. 4.

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(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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Michael Buble Donates 100 Tickets to Clark Retirement Community for Grand Rapids Concert [Video]

Clark Retirement Community residents, particularly those who starred in an well-recognized lipdub, are feeling good as Canadian singer Michael Bublé has gifted the Grand Rapids senior living community with complimentary tickets to his July 25 concert at Van Andel Arena.

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(Photo by Mannie Garcia/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mannie Garcia/Getty Images)
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West Michigan Whitecaps Host First 3-D Printed T-Ball Game Tonight [Video]

Baseball is a sport that has been built on traditions for more than 150 years. Tonight, tradition will meet the future when the West Michigan Whitecaps host the first-ever game played by using equipment printed by 3D, or additive manufacturing, technology.

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Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
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Winter Olympics: Sochi Endures for its Celebrated Games

By Holly Demaree | BSU at the Games
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The Sochi Winter Olympics are 17 days of competition that ends Sunday.

For some spectators, getting to the Winter Olympics takes more than a day of constant travel, with the inconvenience and jet lag drifting away on arrival in the Black Sea resort city...

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics Offer Vision of Better World — If Anyone is Watching

By Adrianna Howell | BSU at the Games

Please raise your hand if you remember all the hype and hubbub of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

Please keep your hand up if you knew this year was also an Olympic year.

Why is it that the Summer Games seem to draw so much more of a crowd than the Winter Games?

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Ball State University student Dominique Stewart smiles while hanging out with a couple of new acquaintances from Russia in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
Ball State University student Dominique Stewart smiles while hanging out with a couple of new acquaintances from Russia in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
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Зимние Олимпийские игры: Сцены из Сочи (Winter Olympics: Scenes from Sochi)

By Taylor Irby | BSU at the Games

So it begins. #travelday #roadtosochi #ballstate #airport http://t.co/Wu3JpwQgLi

— Taylor Irby (@taylor_irby) February 4, 2014

 

@DavidPolaski I'm on my way to the Olympics. #boom

— Taylor...

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