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My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The search for Kent Intermediate School District's next leader is over.

Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring.  Caniff was the lone finalist left after West Ottawa Superintendent Tom Martin withdrew his application for the job.  Caniff's final interview with the Kent ISD Board was held Tuesday.

“The Board is thrilled to welcome Ron Caniff as the next leader of Kent ISD,” said Kent ISD School Board President Claudia Bajema. “He brings 15 years of experience and the strong support of his peers.

“We are confident that the transition from Kevin to Ron will be very smooth, and that Ron will lead with the talent, energy, and interpersonal skills that we have enjoyed for the past nine years under Kevin’s leadership. We also wish Kevin all the best in the next phase of his life,” she added.

Buyers: No intention to change Perrin


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- A brewery in Comstock Park is now under the ownership of Oskar Blues, a brewing company in Colorado.

Perrin Brewing announced the sale last week. The two companies worked together in December to create a special beer called Cornlaboration.

We spoke with Oskar Blues marketing director Chad Melis, who says Perrin brews great beer, so the buyers hope to bring the brewery to the next level.

"At Oskar Blues we kind of joke that the pirates run the ship," Melis said. "There's no intention from us to go in from Colorado and change what Perrin is doing. The part that's engaging and very exciting for us to work with Perrin is who they are and what they bring to their community, and we're just going to help them do that and get to the next level."

Oskar Blues is known for selling their craft beer in cans.

My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District will continue screening its lone finalist for superintendent.

Monday, West Ottawa Schools Superintendent Tom Martin announced he is withdrawing his application for the job.  Martin was one of two finalists for the position with Kent ISD. 

In a statement released to WZZM 13 Monday, Martin said, “After talking with West Ottawa’s board president who urged me to stay and hearing the same support through numerous emails, notes and phone calls, I’ve decided to withdraw from the Kent ISD search. We have come so far in this district, and with the continued support of staff and community, we can and will build on that improvement for all of our students. College, career and life ready is a vision that’s becoming a reality, and I look forward to continue being a part of that success.”

My Town: 'Sew Hungry' a perfect fit for helping those in need

My Town: 'Sew Hungry' a perfect fit for helping those in need

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A stitching savant from Rockford is using her talent to feed West Michigan’s hungry.

Seamstress Kay Hawn is behind “Sew Hungry.”  The sewing and alterations business donates all of its income to Feeding America West Michigan.

Hawn can take on any project, from creating pillows and repairing quilts to fixing zippers and altering pants.  To contact Hawn, call (616) 560-3547 or email hahnk57@gmail.com

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

Colorado brewery buys Perrin Brewing Company


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan craft brewery is being sold to a brewing company in Colorado.

Perrin Brewing Company of Comstock Park opened in 2012. Our partner the Grand Rapids Business Journal reports Oskar Blues Brewing Company of Longmont, Colorado, will buy Perrin.

The Business Journal also reports the two companies worked together in December to create a special beer called Cornlaboration.

Just last month, Oskar Blues announced its intent to buy smaller craft breweries across the country.


'Hot-To-Tot' wins 2015 Whitecaps food vote


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The votes have been counted, and the winner of the sixth annual Whitecaps food contest is Hot-To-Tot. In a tight race, the buffalo chicken and bleu cheese covered tater tot dish received 17% of the fan votes.

Hot-To-Tot will be on the menu at Fifth Third Ballpark this season. It will make its debut on Thursday, April 9 at the Whitecaps' home opener and will be served at the Mac and Cheese cart located on the concourse behind home plate.

The Whitecaps narrowed down a list of hundreds of menu ideas submitted by fans in January. The top 10 items were announced last month and fans voted for their favorite online.