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Become a Bone Marrow Donor; Save a Life

Become a Bone Marrow Donor; Save a Life

While volunteering this past weekend with WZZM13 and our “Make a Difference Day” event on the GVSU campus in Allendale, I was surprised to realize how little I really knew about bone marrow transplants. I’m sure a lot of you feel the same.

The main thing I learned was that 75% of the time, if you needed a bone marrow transplant, your immediate family would not qualify, meaning they would not be a match. That is when you turn to a place such as Michigan Blood. They are also connected to the National Registry.

Bars, restaurants prep for Michigan/Michigan St. game


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Like a sliced-up pizza, the state of Michigan is divided.

At Vitale's in Comstock Park Friday night, strangers could be seen disagreeing -- and sometimes, so were family members. Jim Bass is a Michigan fan, and his wife is rooting for Michigan State.

"State's going to walk all over Michigan tomorrow," she said.

"They're winning, undoubtedly -- they are 5 and 0 -- but they're not beating up on anyone," he responded.

The root of the conflict? "They don't have to beat up on anyone -- a win is a win! How many wins does Michigan have?"

WZZM 13 also found a waitress and a customer having a spirited debate.

"No Michigan fans!" the customer said to the waitress.

"Go blue!" she responded.

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

October is upon us and it’s that favorite time of year to experience the incredible flavors of fall. There are 20 farms throughout Kent County participating and it’s a great family opportunity to visit these farms & farm markets.

At The Barn - 8183 Herrington Avenue NE, Belmont, MI

Blok Orchard - 6365 4 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI

Bos Greenhouse & Farm- 1674 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - 3025 6 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Comstock Park salon raises money for cancer fight


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Comstock Park salon is raising money to help support people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

Pamper Me Pink was an event Monday night at Alpine Hair & Day Spa.

People at the salon could get special pampering services at a discount, and the money raised will go to Gilda's Club to help provide grief services to anyone touched by cancer.

Some took advantage of the event to treat patients who are fighting cancer.

This is the fifth year the salon has held a fundraiser for Gilda's Club.


Students practice safe driving techniques


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Within a safe environment, students jumped behind the wheel of their own vehicles to practice various driving techniques.

The goal: learning all about their cars' handling limits and what's best to control them in real-world situations.

Fifth Third Ball Park's parking lot played host to the Tire Rack Street Survival class Sunday morning. Some of the main components of the course included learning about the physics behind the wheel, paying attention to traffic and, of course, wearing a seatbelt.

For more information, visit the class' website.


Pilot motivated by twin daughters during emergency landing


Davie, Fla. (WZZM) - Twelve-year-old twins Carly and Ashley Richmond say they know their father is a good pilot.

"Yea, he's good," confirms Carly.

So the girls say they aren't surprised 58-year-old Scott Richmond of Comstock Park made a successful emergency landing Thursday morning on a busy Florida freeway.

"He's been flying for a while, and that is probably why he did so well," suggests Ashley.

While flying from Michigan to south Florida on a business trip, Richmond says his single engine prop plane ran out of gas.

"She sputtered and quit," he explains. "She ran out of fuel."

While looking for a place to land on the freeway jammed with rush hour traffic, Richmond says he thought about his twins back home.

"I got two beautiful, twin 12-year-old daughters," he told reporters. "They are not ready. They aren't ready to be alone."

Whitecaps wrap up a successful 2015 home baseball season


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich (WZZM) -- It was Game 2 of the Midwest League finals Thursday night, and win or lose, it was the season's last game in West Michigan.

"A lot of people come out here to have fun -- that's what we are selling, is fun," says team president Scott Jones. "If the team wins, it's a bonus."

"Whether or not we have a low-A or high-A or AA club, I don't think that's going to matter if we bring a good game day experience," says Steve McCarthy, the team's vice president of sales.

This has been a spectacular year for the Whitecaps, both on the field and on the concourse.

"Anytime we open a season, something new is at the ballpark and we've always strived for that," says Jones. "This year was the new office, on top is the Bud Bow Tie Deck which we sold 48 times out of 70 dates, and then finally the Founders Clubhouse which has been a huge hit."