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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.

My Town: Alpine Township to stick with residential farm animal rule

My Town: Alpine Township to stick with residential farm animal rule

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Alpine Township's rules about residential farm animals will remain unchanged for now.

Last week, the planning commission decided to keep its livestock-to-land ratio rule the same.  The ordinance came under question after Michael and Jamie Velting sent a letter to the township, asking for a change so they can raise more chickens to produce enough eggs for their family of seven.  The couple said based on the current ordinance, which allows only one farm animal per acre of property, they can only raise two chickens.  The Veltings said they do not understand how the space, housing and upkeep for two chickens can compare to larger livestock, like horses and cows; that’s why they were asking the township to increase the number of chickens allowed on residential property.

Planning Director Sue Becker says it's unclear if or when the issue will come up again, but it's not on the planning commission's agenda for next month.