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Plumb's store changing hands


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids-area grocery store will shut down Tuesday night and return later this week under a new name.

The Plumb's on Four Mile, just west of Alpine, will remain closed Wednesday so crews can change signs.

The business will reopen later this week as part of the Duthler's Family Foods company.


Local businesses form Alpine Township Business Association


On March 26, 2015, over forty Alpine Township Businesses met at the Alpine Township Hall. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss crime prevention and the development of a Business Association. As a result of that meeting the Alpine Township Business Association (ATBA) was established.

ATBA is a business organization comprised of area businesses who are looking to promote their business, receive valuable education on topics such as social media and small business regulation, collectively contribute to the community as well a serve as a voice for the business community to the Alpine Township Board.

G.R. area's second-biggest brewer adds canning line


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - A Colorado company has bought the second-largest brewer in West Michigan, Perrin Brewing in Comstock Park. Now, the new owners have announced a big change: the brewery will for the first time can its beer.

Keith Klopcic is the new president of Perrin Brewing Co. and says adding cans to the Perrin lineup is good for business.

"Well, it is really significant when the majority of the beer is sold in stores," explained Klopcic. "A lot of people think that the majority of it is sold in bars."

Having canned beers will mean Perrin will expand the reach of its product. Perrin cans will go into stores in the greater Grand Rapids area September 14th.

Klopcic says taste won't be impacted by the aluminum cans, "Today's technology, with the linings they have, is actually a better vessel for beers," said Klopcic. "It protects the beer from light from and oxidation."

Celtic Festival in Sparta on Saturday, August 8th

Celtic Festival in Sparta on Saturday, August 8th

Whether you are Irish or not, Sparta, MI is the place to be on Saturday, August 8th for their Celtic Festival. The party begins at 10:45am at Rogers Park with the blessing of the Bagpipes!

The Festival will feature 5 Irish Bands, one of them being Pet in the Creel with Toby Bresnahan, five Dance Troupes, Celtic Food & Craft Vendors and a children’s area from noon until 5pm. At 9pm, Paddy’s Road takes the stage to close the festival.

Rogers Park is located at 75 N. Union St. Events will also take place at Balyeat Park, located at 208 Olmstead St.

Del Shannon Days Celebration this Week

Del Shannon Days Celebration this Week

The 25th Annual Summerfest Celebration featuring Del Shannon Days in Coopersville, MI unofficially started on Saturday, August 1st with “Quilts and their Stories” Show. There are more than 140 different quilts to view on display. Officially the festival was renamed the “Del Shannon Days” in 2014.

Antique tractors go on display at the Farm Museum on Tuesday, August 4th. Del Shannon Days officially kicks off from 4 – 8pm Wednesday, the 5th with “Kids Fest,” held at the corner of Main & Mason St.  The Teddy Bear Parade starts at 5pm. There will be plenty of different games and events for children throughout the celebration.

Friday Night, the 7th, features the Annual “Car Cruise” starting at 6pm throughout the Village ending at Keyser Manufacturing for the after-cruise party. Saturday, the 8th will feature more than 600 show cars, trucks and motorcycles. The show runs all day beginning at 7am.

Fifth Third Ballpark hosts YMCA all-star game


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- It wasn't the West Michigan Whitecaps who took the field at Fifth Third Ballpark Monday afternoon.

Instead, it was the first-ever all-star game for the YMCA inner city youth baseball and softball program.

The players are in 6th through 8th grades. The all-star game was an end-of-season celebration, said volunteer coach William Bryant.

"It gives them the feel of what the players actually go through, the same lineup, the same refreshments," said Bryant. "We're enjoying it. We're superstars tonight."

About 1,900 kids play baseball and softball in the summer program.

The all-star game was hosted by the Whitecaps Community Foundation.


Summer Festival at St. Joseph Church in Conklin, August 9th

Summer Festival at St. Joseph Church in Conklin, August 9th

It is Festival Time once again at St. Joseph’s Church in Wright Township on Sunday, August 9, 2015  from 12 Noon until 5:00pm.

A great Country Style BBQ Chicken Dinner will be served from Noon until 4:00pm. Dinner is $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children ages 5 – 12 years of age. Under 5 will eat FREE!

Along with live music, there will be games for children through teenagers, a Grand Raffle, quilt and mini raffles, craft booths, bake sale, a grocery wheel with home grown produce as prizes and a Vegas Tent.  A little bit for everyone!

St. Joseph’s Church is located at 18760  8th Ave, Conklin, MI.  Take I-96 West to the 8th Ave. Exit #25 and proceed North for 5 miles.  Ph: 616-899-2286