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First Graduates of Kenowa Hills Middle College - 2015

First Graduates of Kenowa Hills Middle College - 2015

The Board of Education of Kenowa Hills Public Schools is pleased to announce the savings of college expenses valued at $512,126 by the first Kenowa Hills High School/Davenport University Middle College graduating class. The first students scheduled to complete the program this spring have participated in classes valued from $30,361 to $35,076.

From Allison Polkowski, a student who will be graduating in May. “For the past three years, Middle College has impacted me in a way I had never considered. Taking a blended schedule of high school and college classes simultaneously has challenged, driven and progressed me more than many students the same age. I am incredibly confident in the interpersonal, professional and medical skills that I have gained in this period of time. I have also discovered possibilities for future careers with no college debt.”

Rain clears, Whitecaps start season with win


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - After rain kept the West Michigan Whitecaps from holding Opening Day festivities Thursday, the team went into a rain delay ahead of Friday's game, too.

Shortly after 8 p.m., though, the Whitecaps and the Dayton Dragons lined up for the national anthem and the game got underway.

Gates opened at 5 p.m., and mittens were given away to the first 1,000 fans. Post-game fireworks are scheduled, too. The game itself was scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. start, but rain moving into the area prompted the grounds crew to pull out the tarps shortly after 6 p.m.

By about 11 p.m., the Whitecaps won, 5-4.

Palm Sunday tornado outbreak: 50 years later


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- April 11, 1965 is remembered as one of the worst tornado outbreaks in Michigan history. 53 people were killed and hundreds hurt when a dozen tornadoes touched down across the state, including Kent County.

Like so many early April days in West Michigan, the morning of Sunday, April 11, 1965 was cool and quiet; the morning observations taken by the Grand Rapids office of the U.S. Weather Bureau reported several hours of fog. Only the day before, a strengthening low-pressure system in the Plains was heading towards the Great Lakes region.

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill announced the Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund check-off will fund projects totaling over $155,500 for 26 registered shelters in 2015. 

The Michigan Animal Welfare fund was established under Public Act 132 of 2007 as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. This year’s awards will go to the spaying and neutering of animals, fund registration fees for anti-cruelty training conferences, and help cover costs for protecting and caring for Michigan animals subjected to cruelty or neglect.

“Thanks to the generous support of Michiganders, local shelters will be able to train more staff on anti-cruelty, care for animals looking for their forever home, and conduct spay and neutering programs in their communities,” said Averill.

Whitecaps prep for Opening Day


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The West Michigan Whitecaps kick off its season on Thursday and crews are spending their final days cleaning up the ballpark before the home opener.

It's been more than a year since part of the Fifth Third Ballpark burned down, forcing officials to update the facilities sooner than expected. A new viewing deck and craft beer shop are just some of the new additions to the ballpark. Sixteen Michigan beers will be on tap and on opening day, one keg of KBS will be served.

What else is new? The food. The organization is rolling out several new dishes this year, including the Hot-to-Tot the fan food vote winner and beer-a-Misu.

The Whitecaps will face off against the Dayton Dragons with the first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.


Meet the Whitecaps' new play-by-play announcer


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- April 9 is opening day for the West Michigan Whitecaps and it will be the debut of their new radio announcer, Dan Hasty.

Dan Hasty gave WZZM 13 a behind the scenes tour of his broadcast booth in the suites behind home plate. In the booth he wears a headset and looks out at the field. "You can't beat that view," says Hasty, wearing a headset. "This is the most fun type of job you can ever ask for."

Hasty is a Central Michigan University graduate who started as an intern for the Great Lakes Loons baseball team in Midland nearly 10 years ago. His first game pitted the Loons against the Whitecaps, so now his broadcasting career has gone full circle.

He is excited to start calling plays for his new team. "I am real passionate guy. I really get into baseball, I love baseball," he explains. Listening to Hasty announce, you can hear the excitement in his voice.

Whitecaps' craft clubhouse to feature local beer


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Founders Brewing has teamed up with the West Michigan Whitecaps to create a new bar featuring all Michigan brews.

The craft clubhouse is still under construction, but Whitecaps organizers said it will be ready by the April 9 home opener.

"The whole idea is that people ask for it and we give it to them-- they love these Michigan craft brews and Grand Rapids is a place that is known for their craft brews," explained Matt Timmon, director of food and beverage for the West Michigan Whitecaps. "It is a perfect opportunity to bring Founders in with some other craft brews and do something cool."

The craft clubhouse will have16 craft brews on tap from the following brewers: Founders, Mitten Brewery, Saugatuck Brewing Company, New Holland Brewing Company, Brewery Vivant, Arcadia Brewing Company, Bell's Brewing Company, Mountain Town Brewery, and Perrin Brewing Company.