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Hudsonville teen's passion for weather attracts Twitter following

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A young man from Hudsonville has attracted a Twitter following by demonstrating his passion for weather.

Blake Harms tweets using the Twitter handle @hvillewxman. He's a self-proclaimed amateur weatherman, extreme weather enthusiast, and snow-day predictor.

Learn more about him in the video above.

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Celebrated Service: The top business picks by patrons

Celebrated Service: The top business picks by patrons

ADA, Mich.—Six small businesses that have won over patrons will soon be honored on the big screen.

Celebration Cinema recently announced the winners of its 2015 Celebrated Service Award.  The latest winners include Wolfgang’s Restaurant in Grand Rapids, Sweet Spot Disc Golf in Muskegon and Crow’s Nest restaurant in Portage.  Other honorees include Hair Innovations & Day Spa in Benton Harbor, Golden Harvest in Lansing and Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli & Market in Mount Pleasant.

Celebration Cinema says the public cast 36,400 votes for this year’s finalists. 

My Town Jenison: New store is for the dogs

My Town Jenison: New store is for the dogs

JENISON, Mich.—Pet owners in the Grandville area have a new place to shop.

Greg and Tyson Keane recently celebrated the grand opening of Chow Hound Pet Supplies, located at 7485 Cottonwood Drive.  The new store is the eighth location the Keanes have opened in West Michigan.  Tyson Keane is excited to open the store in his hometown.

We grew up in Wyoming and I have lived in Jenison for 18 years. I’m looking forward to providing a convenient location for my neighbors and friends to purchase premium pet food and products, many of which aren’t available in grocery stores,” said Tyson Keane. “We want to help them take great care of their pets and help make the pet-parent experience a positive one.”

The new Chow Hound Pet Supplies features a self-serve dog washing station, as well as pet food and other necessities.

Local hunters excited for firearm deer season

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firearm deer season starts Saturday, and hunters across West Michigan spent Friday getting ready.

Stores like Cabela's were filled with last-minute shoppers picking up guns, camo, and other hunting gear in hopes of bagging a big buck.

If you've never hunted before, you might not understand all the excitement.

WZZM 13 talked with some local hunters about why they brave the elements to try bringing home a deer.

"It's just a great experience, to be out in the woods," one hunter said. "It is a lot of fun."

Another told WZZM 13 that she finds it thrilling, and that "it's all about the chase -- all about waiting." She said it gets especially exciting, then, when you see a big buck come through the woods.

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More snow and traffic issues on the lakeshore

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Snow fell steadily for several hours Friday on the lakeshore, again slowing things down on the roads.

Driving conditions have been a mess, and if you haven't seen a slide-off, you probably haven't been driving much. Thursday, for instance, saw more than 400 accidents on Ottawa County roads.

And winter doesn't even officially begin for more than a month, on December 21.

Resident Tony Hardin says it's rare for him to run his snowblower this early, but that was the case on Friday.

After all, this is Michigan, he said, asking, "What can we do?"

We can at least prepare, and some people are doing that. Demand for salt is high already, not only for roads, but also for residents looking to keep their driveways and sidewalks free of ice.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids to Host College Financial Aid Informational Night

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids to  Host College Financial Aid Informational Night

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, is hosting a free college financial aid seminar on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. featuring a representative from Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). The event, which is open to the public, will help educate parents and students on financial aid, the FAFSA application, and scholarship options for any student considering college.

Families interested in learning more about the college application and financial aid process should RSVP for the event on the Nexus Academy of Grand Rapid’s event page.

The event will be held at the Nexus Academy campus in Grand Rapids, located inside the Clark Place building at 801 Broadway Ave. NW, Suite 225.

Girl Scouts partner with Goodwill for annual Every Dress Has a Story Campaign

Grandville, Mich. (WZZM) - Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore and Goodwill Industries have teamed up for a second year for the "Every Dress Has a Story" campaign. The agencies hope to collect 10,000 gently used dresses by November 15th. The dresses will be resold at local Goodwill Stores to help inspire new memories for someone else.

Gloria Lara, CEO for Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, says donating dresses will have a positive impact on the environment as well as allow someone else to create new memories for a very low cost.

Those interested in helping can do the following:

1. Gather any dresses (sundress, cocktail, maxi, etc.) from your closet that you'd like to donate to Goodwill on behalf of Every Dress Has a Story.