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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."

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.


Reed Kamyszek competes in his First Professional 15k Race

Reed Kamyszek competes in his First Professional 15k Race

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13th annual World's Largest Dog Wash at Fifth Third Ballpark


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sunday is probably the only day you can get your dog washed while checking out a West Michigan White Caps game.

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids is hosting the 13th annual World's Largest Dog Wash at Fifth Third Ballpark during the Whitecaps "Dog Days" game on July 12.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features dog washes, doggy bag giveaways and a number of pet contests.

The cost is $10 per dog. That money goes to the Children's Cancer and Grief Program.

Admission to the game is not included with the dog wash, but dog wash attendees can park at the ballpark for free during the event.

Dozing Hummer driver strikes Kent Co. deputy's cruiser


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- No one was seriously hurt was hurt when a Hummer SUV collided with a Kent County Sheriff's deputy cruiser Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. at Lamoreaux Dr. and Stony Creek Ave. NW.

Authorities say the driver of the Hummer fell asleep at the wheel and struck the deputy's vehicle at a stop sign.

The deputy was taken to a hospital for a health evaluation as a precaution.