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Ryan Fischer's jersey hung from ice arena rafters


Grandville, MI (WZZM) - The number 11 jersey worn by Grandville High School hockey player Ryan Fischer now hangs above center ice at the Georgetown Ice Arena.

There was a little snag getting the curtain off at ceremonies Friday night, but once it
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s uncovered, everyone who enters the arena will see Fischer's jersey.

"He would be humbled and proud to see his banner hanging over center ice," Grandville athletic director Brian Parsons told the crowd during a ceremony before a game between Grandville and Grand Rapids Christian. "Ryan loved everything about Grandville High School, especially Bulldog hockey."

Fischer was the team captain when he died from an enlarged heart last March, just before the Bulldogs were to play in the state semi-finals.

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Ryan Fischer's jersey now hanging above home ice


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)— He's gone, but the memory of Grandville High School hockey captain Ryan Fischer now hangs above the team's home ice.

Friday night, the Bulldogs hang Fischer's No. 11 jersey from the rafters of the Georgetown Ice Center. The ceremony didn't go exactly as planned—the drop cloth didn't fall-- but the sentiment was there.

"I think Ryan is laughing now," said the announcer. "Ryan's legacy is the love and leadership he showed everyone. Ryan's spirit will be with us forever."

Fischer died in his sleep from an enlarged heart in March. His jersey is the first to hang from the rafters of the Georgetown Ice Center.

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Stores differ on being open on Thanksgiving


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The holiday shopping season is underway, and some stores are getting a head start with their Black Friday deals by being open today.

RiverTown Crossings mall opens to the public at 5:30 p.m., and many stores there will be open.

Some major national retailers are pushing back. Stores like DSW, Costco, Nordstrom, and Barnes & Noble wont be open at all on Thanksgiving. Store representatives say they understand the Thanksgiving holiday is special to everyone, inlcuding their employees.

"I think it's really important to be closed for some of the biggest holidays," said Barns & Noble assistant manager Scott Hutchings. "I think it's good for employee morale and any extra sales we might get would hurt us in the long run."

My Town Grandville: RiverTown Crossings Mall opening even earlier for Gray Thursday deals

My Town Grandville: RiverTown Crossings Mall opening even earlier for Gray Thursday deals

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  RiverTown Crossings Mall is opening even earlier for Gray Thursday/Black Friday shopping.

Stores inside the mall will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to accommodate retailers who are beginning their holiday deals even earlier.  The mall will open its doors to shoppers round 5:30 p.m. so they do not have to wait outside in the cold.

You can find a list of the individual store hours inside RiverTown Crossings Mall here.

RiverTown's senior general manager, Randy Zimmerman, says stores will not be obligated to open on Thanksgiving.  He says the only requirement is that stores are open by 6 a.m. on Black Friday.

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My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The snow piling up outside has kept Kent County Road Commission crews busy this past week, and with a warm up expected this weekend, their work is far from over.

During the week, 90 drivers worked each day and 30 drivers worked each night, clearing the snow from state highways, county roads and local streets and drives.  The Kent County Road Commission says all roads were cleared at least once between Tuesday and Thursday, but additional snowfall and drifting snow may give some roads the appearance of being neglected.  In Comstock Park and Grandville alone, Kent County crews spread 10,700 tons of salt and sand.  In Byron Center, crews used 58,000 gallons of liquid chloride to clear the road.  In all, the Road Commission estimates this first brush with winter cost it more than $1 million.

My Town: Predicted weekend warm-up raises flooding concerns

My Town: Predicted weekend warm-up raises flooding concerns

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.— A predicted weekend warm-up is leading to flooding concerns in Ottawa County.

Although flooding along the Grand River is not anticipated,  The Ottawa County Emergency Management team says the melting snow and rainfall could be a challenge for some county drains, which may be clogged by leaves and other debris.  Emergency managers are  asking residents to clear driveway culverts, drains and rain gutters once the warmer temperatures melt away the ice and snow, possibly preventing clogs that can lead to damaging ice dams. 

“Being proactive now may save a lot of inconvenience next spring,” said Beth Thomas, Ottawa County Emergency Management director. “No one knows for sure what the weather will be like when spring arrives and as always, it’s best to be prepared.”

My Town Hudsonville: Dec. 4 tree lighting event to include freebies

My Town Hudsonville: Dec. 4 tree lighting event to include freebies

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.— Hudsonville’s Christmas tree will light up the night Dec. 4, kicking off the holiday season downtown.

The Re/Max Grand Valley event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. between Keegstra’s Dollar Store, Gemmens Hardware and Family Fare Supermarket.  All community members are invited to enjoy the free entertainment and activities, including horse drawn carriage rides, refreshments, pictures with Santa (bring your own camera) and ornament making.  At 6:30 p.m., Mayor VanDoeselaar will flip the switch to the tree lights.

For more information, visit HudsonvilleTreeLighting.com.