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Weekend Adventure: Local marching band prepares for state championship


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's the end of the high school fall season, and the Grandville varsity marching band continues to work hard leading up to their biggest event of their season - the 2015 state championship competition. Laura Hartman heads to the field to learn more about marching in this Weekend Adventure.

The competition is hosted by the Michigan Competing Band Association at Ford Field in Detroit. The competition starts shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, November 7th, and continues all day. For more information, head to the MCBA website here.


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Buzz-cut challenge helps local veterans


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A buzz-cut challenge took place in Grandville Wednesday night at the American Legion.The event was organized by Great Clips, and the concept was simple: a $10 donation got you a buzz and supported a great cause. All of the money raised is going to local veterans and their families.

Buzz cuts were the style of choice at the event, since they're a right of passage for those joining the armed forces.

And it wasn't just men that participated in the challenge; 68-year-old Catherine Buckley -- a Navy veteran who was so inspired by the event -- decided to get her head buzzed, too.

Several hundred dollars were raised through the event, and more than a dozen haircuts were given.


Cause identified in Grandville apartment fire


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grandville fire marshal has determined the cause of a fire at the Wimbledon Apartments.

She says electrical wiring in the attic above a third-floor apartment started that fire on Monday.

More than a dozen apartments were damaged by the flames.

A specialized fire investigator will take a closer look at the wiring next week.


Fundraiser to help 9-year-old marrow recipient


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A young girl we told you about a few months back is making amazing progress in her cancer fight.

Lola DeYoung,9, recently received a bone marrow transplant after a third cancer diagnoses.

A massive bone marrow registration drive recently attracted more than a thousand people to her Grandville church.

Now, she's recovering in Ann Arbor, as we wait to see the effectiveness of her transplant.

"She's a lovely, amazing little girl," said Harbor Life Church Pastor Tanner Smith. "She brings joy to everybody that meets her. She's got a wonderful family. A very important part of our family and the Grandville community."

There is a fundraiser for Lola and her family this Saturday from 9 to 12:30 at Fair Haven Church in Hudsonville. There will be vendors, food, raffles, and auctions. All proceeds to go help the DeYoung family.

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Synchronized swimming championship in West Michigan


JENISON, MI (WZZM) - You may have watched synchronized swimming during the Olympic games, but you can see the sport more often than just every four years. For the next three days, West Michigan is hosting a synchronized swimming championship.

At the Jenision Aquatic Center, swimmers from all over the nation are getting judged on their execution, artistic impression, and difficulty of their synchronized swimming.

"Synchronized swimming is a beautiful sport; it's an artistic sport," explained Becky Thompson, a competitor. "This one combines a lot of sports, including dancing, gymnastics, tumbling, swimming, and water polo."

Many think synchronized swimming involves people moving in water together, but synchronized swimming has a number of solo events, too, where participants are synced to music.

No injuries in Grandville apartment fire


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters extinguished flames at Wimbledon Apartments in Grandville Monday afternoon. Crews attacked the fire from both sides of the building, dousing flames with water from ladder trucks.

There are no reports of any injuries, with all residents and pets able to get out safely.

Crews say the fire started in the upper-left unit and spread to several apartments in the three-story building. The fire was eventually stopped by a firewall. It is estimated that residents of 15 units are displaced. Crews were initially looking into whether the fire started on a stove, but authorities now say they've ruled that out since the flames most likely started in the southeast corner of the attic. The property owners say no one was in the unit below the attic there at the time the fire started. It was first reported around 12:30 p.m.

RiverTown Crossings to host job fair


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- More than 35 stores will be looking for new employees at a job fair this weekend.

It's from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday at RiverTown Crossings mall, on the lower level near Macy's.

Job openings include everything from sales to management, with both seasonal and permanent positions.

Candidates should bring an up-to-date resume and a Michigan driver's license.

Some of the jobs will have interviews right at the job fair.