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Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Man crashes into snowbank, dies at hospital


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 54-year-old West Michigan man is dead after driving through the median of East Beltline and crashing into a snowbank. 

The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

Kirk DeHaan, from Ada, was heading north on East Beltline near Leonard St. when he had a heart attack and lost control of his vehicle.

Million dollar Powerball ticket sold near G.R.


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Unless you bought your Powerball ticket in California, Florida or Tennessee, you're likely not the winner of the record $1.6 billion jackpot -- but someone in the Grand Rapids area is still a new millionaire.

Michigan Lottery officials say five Powerball tickets matching five of the winning numbers were sold across the state, each worth $1 million.

The Rapid extends into Cascade Township


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Riders of the Rapid can now get to Cascade Township.

The system has extended Route 28 to Cascade destinations including the YMCA, with a loop from Patterson to Burton, to Kraft Avenue, and back to 28th Street. The Rapid says this extension is not a permanent change just yet. It will go through a three-year trial period first.

"I think it should be very successful, and it does open up the community and other communities to Cascade Township," said Cascade Twp. supervisor Rob Beahan. "It's something that's very needed, public transportation."


Meijer Gardens sees record attendance in 2015


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park says 2015 saw the largest attendance in the western Michigan attraction's history.

Meijer Gardens says Monday more than 775,000 guests visited during its 20th year, up from about 650,000 in 2014.

In 2015, many programs centered on the theme "Welcoming the World." In April, Meijer Gardens celebrated its 20th anniversary with the dedication and installation of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's outdoor sculpture "Iron Tree."

Patients evacuated when car hits medical building


Ada TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) – About 40 patients and health care providers were briefly evacuated after a car crashed into an Ada Township medical building Tuesday afternoon.

They stayed outside until it was certain there was no structural damage to the building at 5060 Cascade Road SE and it was safe to occupy.

Police say a 74-year-old woman arriving for an appointment pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake.  Her station wagon jumped the sidewalk and smashed the building.