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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.

Taste of my town: The Grilling Company


BELMONT, Mich. (WZZM) -- Barbecue is becoming the next big thing in West Michigan, and barbecue joints are popping up all around, each bringing unique flavors to the table.

Producer Matt Gard went to Belmont to check out The Grilling Company.

The owners are a husband and wife team that started out grilling in their backyard and has turned that passion into a successful catering company and restaurant.

They specialize in sliced beef brisket, pulled pork, grilled chicken, pork loin and ribs. They also make custom sauces and rubs.

The Grilling Company is located on West River Drive in Belmont, just west of M-44.

For store hours, menu options and catering options, please visit their website.


Authorities respond to armed robbery at Meijer


PLAINFIELD TWP. (WZZM) -- Kent County deputies have arrested a 24-year-old man they say robbed a woman with a BB gun at a Meijer store.

It happened around 7 o'clock Thursday night on Plainfield Avenue. Deputies say the man approached a woman in a bathroom and told her to give him her wallet. The BB gun looked like a real gun, so she handed it over.

With the help of witnesses, deputies eventually tracked the man to a nearby apartment complex where he was arrested. Many of the victim's belongings were recovered.

The suspect's name has not been released.

Patients concerned after med. marijuana businesses raided


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- There are new details about Wednesday's raid of three medical marijuana dispensaries in Kent County.

The Kent County Undersheriff tells WZZM 13 that state and county narcotics teams conducted several undercover operations and then seized marijuana and cash from the businesses in Plainfield Township.

 

Man faces armed robbery charges after hold-up


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The man who confessed to robbing two massage business employees last week has been charged with multiple counts of armed robbery.

The robbery occurred around 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Panacea Massage on West River Drive. Police say two workers were leaving the business a man pulled a gun on them and demanded money. 

Deputies searched the area and caught an individual nearby, who confessed to the hold-up.

 


Deputies: Man robs workers outside massage business


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County deputies say they have the man who robbed workers at a Plainfield Township massage business.

It happened around 9 p.m. Thursday outside Panacea Massage on West River Drive, just east of U.S. 131.

Two workers were leaving the business when a man pulled a gun on them and demanded their money.

Deputies searching the area after the robbery caught someone nearby, and they say he confessed to the hold-up.

No one was injured.

The name of the suspect is not being released until his initial court appearance.