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Donor makes G.R. pools free for kids next summer

Donor makes G.R. pools free for kids next summer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A donation to the City of Grand Rapids will allow children to use city pools for free next summer.

Businessman Bob Sullivan is donating $50,000. Some of the money will be used to build a basketball court at Fourth Street Woods Park in Grand Rapids. The rest is for the city's swimming program, which should make admission free for children in 2015.

Four years ago, Sullivan donated money to have the Richmond Park pool open.

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Many roads in West Michigan are still snow covered or icy because of the relentless snow over the past couple of days.

But there's also concern about sidewalks not being shoveled.

We looked into the issue and learned that policies vary from community to community. In Grand Rapids and Alpine Township property owners are required to clean their sidewalks.

In East Grand Rapids the city will do it but they can't plow down to the pavement.

"With a snow plow plowing the sidewalks we have to keep it one or two inches above the sidewalk or we'll be chipping the sidewalk and actually wrecking the vehicles in doing that," says Brian Donovan the City Manager for East Grand Rapids.

The United Way says they have been flooded with calls from people who need help shoveling.

Early storm leads to run on snowblowers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Anyone fed up with shoveling their driveway is probably out of luck.

The winter storm has led to a run on snow blowers.

At Alpine Rent-All, the entire stock of snow blowers quickly disappeared off the showroom floor by Tuesday.

"We spoke with a person just five minutes ago -- we said, Come on down, we have three' -- and by the time he got here, we had one left," said manager Bob Cegelis. "To be sold out by November 30 or sooner is unprecedented for us."

Alpine Rent-All still has some snowblowers to rent and hopes to have more blowers to sell in the weeks to come.

Morning commute hazardous due to snow

Morning commute hazardous due to snow

(WZZM) - The morning commute around West Michigan was treacherous to say the least.

Dozens of slide-offs and accidents were reported around the area. Most area highways were running well below posted speeds.

Trash pickup has been canceled in the city of Grand Rapids today. It is delayed one day.

US-131 has been closed southbound at Howard City. SB I-196 is also closed after Blue Star Highway in Allegan County. I-94 in Calhoun County has a lane closure due to a hazmat spill. Other highways have had lane blockages or short closures.

Click here for the latest WZZM Traffic Map: http://www.wzzm13.com/traffic

The Mitten Brewing Co. celebrates 2 years

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids brewery is celebrating a milestone on Saturday.

The Mitten Brewing Company, built in an old fire station on Leonard St. reached their two year anniversary.

Fifteen special brews were on tap: the most they've ever had available to customers.

Since its first anniversary The Mitten's taproom has doubled in size, including the addition of a second floor and a patio.

West Catholic routs Reed City to win regional crown

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- West Catholic collected its fifth straight Division 5 regional title Friday, Nov. 14, after defeating Reed City 56-28.

The Falcons (12-0) scored 28 points in the second quarter and led 42-14 at halftime.

Senior quarterback Travis Russell threw for six touchdowns and rushed for two scores in the victory.

West Catholic will play the winner of Saturday's game between Menominee and Freeland in next Saturday's semifinals.

More-Self-Less needs sponsors for Christmas celebration

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - More-Self-Less, a West Michigan non-profit organization devoted to encouraging community involvement, is hoping to give Christmas to those who otherwise couldn't afford it.

An event called I Dream Beautiful is a dinner and celebration to be held at NorthPointe Christian School.

More-Self-Less founder Brady Schmitz says the group invited 267 kids this year and their guardians. Supporters can help the effort in several ways; learn more in the video above and clicking