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Kentwood Packaging Company Undergoing Renovations at Former Leer Plant

Kentwood Packaging Company Undergoing Renovations at Former Leer Plant

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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.

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.

Woman sought in Alpine Twp. break-in


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - The Kent County Sheriff is asking for help in finding a woman suspected in a break-in at a local grocery store.

The Plumb's Grocery Store at 1025 Four Mile Road was broken into during the overnight hours of March 4 and cash and lottery tickets were stolen. Later that same day, a woman tried to cash one of the stolen lottery tickets at a gas station on Michigan Street NE in Grand Rapids.

The surveillance photos show the woman wearing a unique jacket that they hope will help lead to her identity. Anyone with information should call Kent County Sheriff at 632-6357 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.