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Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Kentwood police: Man exposes himself to woman on sidewalk


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kentwood police are looking for the man accused of exposing himself to a woman Monday afternoon.

Just before 3 o'clock, officers were called to the area of Heathwood and West Grove, a little southwest of the East Paris Ave. SE & 52nd St. intersection.

A woman there told police she'd been walking on the sidewalk when a completely naked man exposed himself to her. She described him as white, heavyset, with brown hair, and in his late 20's or early 30's.

The woman ran away. Police said it was reported the suspect may have driven away in a black Toyota.

1 person taken to hospital after being hit by car


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- One person is hospitalized after being hit by a car on 28th Street in Kentwood, Saturday night.

The accident happened at 8:41 p.m. between Patterson Ave. and E. Paris Ave.  

Kentwood Police say the vehicle was going west on 28th Street when it hit a 21-year-old woman, who was crossing the road. 

The woman was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. The driver was not hurt.

Man, 42, in critical condition after being hit


Update: Police identified the man as Amir Zahidic of Grand Rapids. He remains in critical condition as of Tuesday, Jan. 12.

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man was hit while crossing the street Saturday evening.

The victim, identified as a 41-year-old man, was crossing 29th Street just east of Shaffer Avenue when a passing car hit him, according to a Kentwood Police Department news release.

The collision happened around 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.

Paramedics took the man to a Grand Rapids-area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle was not injured, police say.

Cancellations, delays at Gerald R. Ford airport


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holiday travel started to slow down Monday afternoon when the Gerald R. Ford International Airport reported mounting delays and cancellations due to bad weather sweeping across the middle of the country and into West Michigan.

Over a dozen arriving and departing flights at GRR were cancelled by 3 p.m., according to the airport's website.

Anyone flying Monday or Tuesday should stay in touch with his or her airline and confirm the flight status before heading to the airport.

For real time flight information, visit GRR.org.

West Mich. group goes for board game record


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A group in Kentwood is trying to set a record for the longest time playing a board game.

They're at Out of the Box, a board game store on South Division Ave. near 52nd St.

They're planning to play for 62 hours; they started at 8 o'clock Monday morning and intend to keep going until Wednesday night around 10 o'clock.

The game they're playing is called Descent: Journeys in the Dark. It's similar to Dungeons and Dragons.