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My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows:

John Ball Zoo's Komodo dragon dies


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Precious, the Komodo dragon at the John Ball Zoo, has died.

Zoo officials released the news Wednesday morning that Precious died in his sleep Monday morning. Preliminary exams show the reptile died of natural causes.

Precious came to John Ball Zoo in Dec. 2003 from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

According to the zoo, President Ronald Reagan was presented with a pair of Komodo dragons from Indonesia during a visit to Bali in 1986. Those dragons stayed at the National Zoo and produced 13 eggs, which were the first Komodo dragons that hatched in the western hemisphere. Precious was the smallest of the first clutch.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.

My Town: Local First & Boxed GR showcase businesses in Local Treasure Holiday Box

My Town: Local First & Boxed GR showcase businesses in Local Treasure Holiday Box

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First and Boxed GR are collaborating this fall to offer the Local Treasure Holiday Box - a holiday gift box full of full-size and sample products and gift cards,  all from West Michigan retailers and specialty service providers.

The box’s contents are valued at more than $350, but only cost $32, making this limited edition gift a smart and easy way to give local goodies to those who love all things Michigan.

Unwrap the following items in the box:

GRPD investigating stabbing on city's northwest side


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a stabbing Tuesday afternoon on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.

It happened just before 3 o'clock in the 700 block of 6th St., near McReynolds Ave. The victim had non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The suspect fled the scene, heading west. He's described as wearing dark clothing and a black stocking cap.

Shortly after the incident, nearby Stocking Elementary was dismissing students for the day, so police tell WZZM 13 they advised the school of their investigation and sent an officer to be there during dismissal.


GRPD officers nab would-be business burglars


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Two people are facing charges for an attempted break-in at a southwest Grand Rapids gas station, and another unlawful entry of a house.

It happened around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, when officers were responding to a burglar alarm at the Marathon gas station at 331 Franklin Street SW.

The officers parked down the street and walked toward the station, finding two broken windows and a suspect on the lot. The officers caught the 42-year-old suspect behind the station.

Police then spotted a second set of footprints in the snow, following them to a vacant home nearby on Franklin Street. Another officer and a police dog were called in to search the house. A 25-year-old man surrendered and walked outside after police warned him the dog would be sent inside.

Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

This brings my CX running career at Syracuse University to an end except for Outdoor Track in the spring, so said Reed Kamyszek in a recent e-mail to me. Reed is in his 5th year at Syracuse on full scholarship & will go on to medical school next fall. He also tutors at Syracuse.

Reed was with the team at Nationals in Indiana over the weekend and Syracuse placed 5th in the Nation for the first time in 60 years and to quote Reed: “Who would have thought that a kid from Walker, MI would have been a part of taking the team to this level?” He is so proud of the entire team and has really enjoyed being a part of the team.

Reed is a graduate of Kenowa Hills High School, Class of 2010.