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Grandville thumps Jenison

JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grandville gave Eric Stiegel a win in his coaching debut as the Bulldogs rolled past Jenison, 50-14.

Grandville led 28-0 at the half after Brian Cappiello scored on touchdown runs of 34 and 49 yards.

Ben Sinclair added a 25-yard touchown run and Avery O'Brien had a 69-yard interception return.

Jenison avoided the shutout with a 4-yard run by Chris Mazure in the third quarter. Mason Ippel scored on a 40-yard run in the fourth.

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Funeral home urges people not to text and drive

JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Cook Funeral Home is launching a new effort to stop people from texting and driving.

They unveiled the effort Thursday night at the Jenison football game. Nearly everyone attending the game against Grandville was asked to put on a bracelet pledging not to text and drive.

"The statistics were showing texting and driving deaths among teens has surpassed drinking and driving," says Ron Cook from Cook Funeral Home. "It impacts the community in a way little else does."

The funeral home has produced a 2 ½ minute video to play on location and online depicting the potentially deadly consequences of texting and driving.

"I think this will work. I hope so," Cook said. "I hope people don't text and drive. We got enough drunk drivers out there already -- we don't need texting and driving."

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

My Town: Storms likely to blame for hundreds of power outages

My Town: Storms likely to blame for hundreds of power outages

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Summer storms were likely the cause for hundreds of power outages across West Michigan Monday.

According to Consumers Energy, as of 3:30 p.m., 225 homes and businesses between Alto and Clarksville were without power.  Approximately 212 customers in the Hudsonville and Georgetown Township areas were also affected, as well as 86 homes and businesses in between Kent City and Sparta.  In Rockford, the Krause Memorial Library was among the approximately one dozen homes and businesses left in the dark.  The library opted to close for the rest of the day, with plans to reopen Tuesday.

It’s unclear when power will be fully restored.

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New off-leash dog park considered by parks officials

New off-leash dog park considered by parks officials

  On Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30PM at Hager Park, Ottawa County Parks officials will propose a new off-leash dog park. The public is encouraged to attend and weigh-in on the plans for nearby Grand Ravines Park. Ottawa County Parks is planning many improvements at its 187-acre Grand Ravines County Park in Georgetown Township. Along with an off-leash dog area, plans call for trails for hiking and biking, ravine overlooks, a lodge along the Grand River, access for fishing and kayaking and more. Although the plan identifies an area for the future dog park, not all details have been determined. This meeting is intended to present a concept for the dog park and get input from the public.  

2 drivers injured in Blendon Township crash

BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County deputies this morning are also investigating a crash that injured two drivers near Hudsonville.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Bauer Road and 56th Avenue in Blendon Township.

The driver of a minivan stopped at the intersection, then pulled into the path of a westbound pickup.

The minivan driver is in serious but stable condition at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

The pickup driver is in stable condition at Mercy Health Saint Mary's.

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

If you are considering selling your home, finding the right real estate agent is critical.

You want to find the “get it done” agent in your area – the type of agent that lives and breathes real estate and has an intimate knowledge not just of your neighborhood but also with the surrounding community.  This agent will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to maximize the sales price and educate prospective buyers on why your home and community is the right place for them. 

Finding the "get it done" agent takes a little investment on your part,  but the payoff is huge.  You deserve a high level of service, investment and communication from the agent representing your most valuable asset – your home.  When you hire an agent they become a unique contractual extension of you, so you need to make sure the fit is right.