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West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Luncheon to Pay Tribute to United Sates Military Members

Students from across West Michigan are joining area business leaders to celebrate local members of the Armed Forces – past, present and future – during the 2nd Annual West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Appreciation Luncheon at the JW Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, May 5th. Military members will be in attendance for this event aimed at strengthening awareness and dialogue on the contributions our military personnel have made and continue to make on behalf of their families, their friends and their country.

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.

Some Interesting Facts about Pizza - 5, 5, 5, 5,5

Some Interesting Facts about Pizza - 5, 5, 5, 5,5

The Top 5 Pizza Franchises in the USA:
1. Pizza Hut with 15,605 Units
2. Domino’s with 11629 units
3. Papa John’s with 4700 Units
4. Little Ceasars with 4059 Units
5. Papa Murphy’s with 1425 Units

The Top 5 Pizza Sales Days:
1. Super Bowl Sunday
2. New Year’s Eve
3. Halloween
4. Night before Thanksgiving
5. New Year’s Day

The Top Fun Facts about Pizza:
1. 252 million pounds of pepperoni consumed every year
2. 100 acres of pizza eaten per day in the USA
3. 350 slices of pizza eaten each second
4. 70,000 pizzerias in the USA (9000 in New York)
5. 5 billion pizzas sold worldwide each year (3 billion in the USA)

The Top 5 Pizza Toppings:
1. Pepperoni
2. Mushrooms
3. Onions
4. Sausage
5. Bacon

The Top Most Expensive Pizza in the World:
1. $12,000 Luis XIII in Salerna, Italy
2. $ 8,200 Favitta’s Family Pizzeria, Henrietta, NY
3. $ 4,200 Domenico Crolla in Haggis, Glasgow, Scotland
4. $ 1,000 Nino Bellisima in New York City

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.

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Soup's On For All event benefits Catholic Charities' God's Kitchen


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Dozens of local restaurants served up their best soups for a good cause Monday night.

Soup's On For All took over the B.O.B. in Grand Rapids. More than 1,000 hand-painted bowls were donated by youth groups, churches, businesses and other organizations as a visual reminder of those who go hungry every day.

All the money raised is going to God's Kitchen, which provides free meals.

Jennifer Pascua, Laura Hartman, and Nick LaFave got to be some of the servers.

Diocese of Grand Rapids students, staff freed from blizzard


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sunday night, almost 100 people from West Michigan were able to make it home after being stranded for 26 hours along the Pennsylvania turnpike because of the blizzard that shut down the road.

The group was made up members of the Diocese of Grand Rapids who joined the "March for Life" on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade this week.

"We went to mass and we prayed. We went to the march and we prayed," said Justin Menno, a theology teacher at Catholic Central. "We then got stuck for 26 hours in the PA turnpike and then we prayed a lot."

The group left a day early to try to avoid the storm, but an accident brought the highway to standstill and eventually, the road was shut down.