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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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Tragedy in Downtown Grand Rapids

It's a sad, somber time in downtown Grand Rapids as someone lies dead on a sidewalk.

A man fell, or possibly committed suicide by jumping, from the Ottawa/Fulton Parking ramp early this morning, sometime we believe between 7 and 7:30 a.m.

Paramedics, and Grand Rapids Police worked on the man for quite awhile to no avail.

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LaughFest Adds More Comedy Shows and Events

Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever, community-wide festival of laughter, has announced the return of The Blue Late Night Comedy Series and three returning showcases: Best of the Midwest, Stand-up Comedy Competition and the Clean Comedy Showcase for this year’s celebration designed for everyone.  Other major entertainers who will

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The Price Of Thanksgiving Dinner Is Going Up… But Not By Much

Prices go up everywhere, and food for Thanksgiving will be no different.  It looks like it will be up about 30 cents from last year.

That is according to the American Farm Bureau, which says "the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.48, a 28-cent price increase from last year's average of $49.20."

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Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham Bringing his Comedic Sidekicks to Van Andel Arena

Next month, November of 2012, Jeff Dunham kicks off his all new “Disorderly Conduct” worldwide tour, and it's coming to Grand Rapids, too.

The new tour brings a brand new show packed with more laughs than ever before. Dunham’s famed troupe of sidekicks are back: Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the spicy pepper from south of the border José Jalapeño, and Peanut’s own ventriloquist dummy Little Jeff, a mini-version of the ringmaster himself.

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Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women Conference
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Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women Conference October 17th

GROW, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, is a 24-year old, non profit organization that provides education, connections, and resources that create and strengthen women-owned businesses.  Every day GROW counsels, and mentors local entrepreneurs to help local business grow.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not Buys Art at ArtPrize…Believe It!

As ArtPrize continues to roll along for 2012, one thing is very clear.  It truly is a community event.  And it's wide reach is noticed around the country, if not the world.

At ArtPrize, you'll find remarkable work, and some unbelievable work

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Great Back-to-School Clothing Bargains This Weekend in Grand Rapids

Back-to-school shopping can wear anyone out.  School supplies, shoes, and clothes.....whew.....I'm tired just thinking about it.

It's tough to get it finished before school starts, and for most, you probably weren't able to get everything completed.

If you're in the "I'm-not-finished-yet" category, I have two, great ideas.  They are mega, gently-used-clothing sales this weekend.  Yep...a bargain hunters dream.

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Annual Eastown Street Fair is Tomorrow, Saturday, September 15

Look out everybody.  Tomorrow, Saturday, September 15th, around the Wealthy and Lake Drive, SE area, everything will come alive with the annual Eastown Street Fair, running from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Still don't know where it is?  If you’ve ever been to Yesterdog, you’re in the right spot, Eastown.  With restaurants, coffee houses, entertainment venues and businesses catering to the needs of area residents and visitors, it's a "must visit" place to be, and especially tomorrow.

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