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Fundraiser Friday in honor of Grandville hockey player


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)— Celebration Cinema Rivertown will host a fundraiser Friday in honor of a Grandville hockey player who died in his sleep.

Ryan Fischer died from an enlarged heart last month. A scholarship has been set up in his name, with the goal of raising $100,000 in the next six months.

Friday in Grandville, people can buy tickets for a 7 p.m. showing of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and make a donation to the scholarship. Tickets to the event are $20 and include the movie, pop, popcorn and an $8 donation.


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2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings


(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.



Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

My Town Grandville: Chiropractic taps high school design students for new logo

My Town Grandville: Chiropractic taps high school design students for new logo

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—  A chiropractor coming to Grandville has turned to high school students to help adorn her new business.

Dr. Courtney Acton challenged Mrs. Kreuyer’s graphic design class to create a new logo for Acton Family Chiropractic.  She says what the students came up with was so amazing, it was difficult to pick just one.  In turn, the students got real-life experience in their field. 

Last month, Dr. Acton returned to the high school to announce the first, second and third prize winners.  She actually picked two first place winners because she liked combining the logo created by Ryan Hufnagle with the type design by Carlos Rivera.  Ashtyn Nichols’ entry also earned her a gift card.

Acton Family Chiropractic is expected to open within a couple weeks.

My Town Grandville: Korean War veteran receives bravery honor 61 years later

My Town Grandville: Korean War veteran receives bravery honor 61 years later

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—A Korean War veteran who refused to leave his post during seven days and nights of brutal assaults is finally being honored.

On Monday, April 14, Congressman Bill Huizenga visited Cambridge Manor in Grandville to present a Bronze Star to Corporal Thomas E. Dracht.  From June 10, 1953 to June 16, 1953, Dracht volunteered to stay and defend Outpost Harry after his unit was relieved by another Company.  When that Company was relieved, Dracht remained a second time, fending off “brutal nightly assaults by a numerically superior enemy force… for seven days and nights, Corporal Dracht ran back and forth to the ammunition hut to bring back much needed mortar and machine gun belts. His actions are in keeping with the finest military traditions and reflect great credit upon himself, Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment and the United States Army." 

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My Town Grandville: School district restores long holiday weekend

My Town Grandville: School district restores long holiday weekend

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  Students of Grandville Public Schools are getting back their long Memorial Day weekend. 

In a letter sent to parents Monday, Superintendent Ron Caniff said he has reversed his decision to make up classes on Friday, May 23, because of the spate of winter snow days.  Caniff says he made the change after Governor Snyder signed the School Aid Supplement Bill into law last week.  The measure gives districts with more than 174 school days on their calendar additional snow day relief, provided they meet the required 1,098 hours of yearly instruction.  Caniff says Grandville Schools built additional class hours into their school calendar, so the district has exceeded the minimum state requirement for instructional hours. Therefore, Grandville students will not have classes on Friday, May 23.

Cross-dressing robbery suspect out of hospital


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)—A man who witnesses say dressed up like a woman to rob an Ottawa County bank is out of the hospital and in jail.

Todd Kooiker, 51, has been formally charged with bank robbery and fleeing and eluding. Witnesses say the Georgetown Township man put on a blue dress, blond wig and bra before walking into the Community West Credit Union in Hudsonville on Friday. Captain Mark Bennett says Kooiker threatened tellers with a BB gun and demanded money.

Shortly after the robbery, an officer spotted Kooiker ditching a wig while speeding off on a motorcycle. Officers followed him on a chase that topped 100 miles per hour. Bennett says Kooiker eventually crashed while trying to turn, and police recovered his gun, disguise and the money.

Kooiker was treated at a hospital then moved to the Ottawa County Jail, where he remained Sunday night on a $200,000 cash bond.

Credit Union robbery ends in motorcycle crash


OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - A motorcycle crash near Allendale may be the end result of a credit union robbery in Hudsonville.

Ottawa County Sheriff and the FBI are still investigating both scenes.

The crash happened at 92nd Avenue and Fillmore. There is no word there on the conditions of the driver or if the crash involved another vehicle.

The credit union robbery was at the Community West Credit Union on 32nd Avenue in Hudsonville.

We have crews at both scenes and we'll have more details when they become available.