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Michigan Blood encourages donations with free pizza

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan Blood says being closed on Thanksgiving increased the need for blood donations -- so anyone who attempted to donate on Friday received a coupon for a free Papa John's pizza.

Michigan Blood says whenever it's closed because of a holiday, volunteer blood donors are always needed the day after.

The Grand Rapids donation center at 1036 Fuller NE was open until 3:30pm.

The Grandville donation center at 3140 Wilson SW was open until 4:00pm.

Visit Michigan Blood's website at this link for more information about donating in the future.

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Kent Co. deputies respond to business break-in

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff's Department is investigating a break-in at a store on the northeast side of Grand Rapids.

Around 2:30 Friday morning, the Sheriff's Department responded to a burglary alarm at Radio Shack, 3525 Plainfield Ave. NE. Investigators searched the area with help from a Grand Rapids Police Department canine unit.

Authorities didn't say whether anything was taken from the store.

Anyone with information on the case should call the Kent County Sheriff's Department at 616-632-6100 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

Sweetland Candies features handmade candy canes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- With all of the commercialism surrounding the holidays, a local business is returning to its roots.

Sweetland Candies in Grand Rapids on Tuesday started making handmade candy canes for the holidays.

Family members use a recipe handed down four generations ago.

Tuesday, they gathered to pull and roll peppermint- and cherry-flavored canes.

They are on sale at both Sweetland Candies locations. For more information on Sweetland Candies, visit this link.

My Town: Kent County Health Department offers free testing for World AIDS Day

My Town: Kent County Health Department offers free testing for World AIDS Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and nearly one in seven doesn’t know they are infected.

On Dec. 1, health officials across the nation will work to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS during World AID’s Day.  Here in West Michigan, the Kent County Health Department will be offering free HIV testing at three locations.  Each test will consist of a single finger poke, with preliminary results available in about 20 minutes.  Each person who gets tested will receive a gift card, while supplies last.  No appointment is necessary.

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Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

This brings my CX running career at Syracuse University to an end except for Outdoor Track in the spring, so said Reed Kamyszek in a recent e-mail to me. Reed is in his 5th year at Syracuse on full scholarship & will go on to medical school next fall. He also tutors at Syracuse.

Reed was with the team at Nationals in Indiana over the weekend and Syracuse placed 5th in the Nation for the first time in 60 years and to quote Reed: “Who would have thought that a kid from Walker, MI would have been a part of taking the team to this level?” He is so proud of the entire team and has really enjoyed being a part of the team.

Reed is a graduate of Kenowa Hills High School, Class of 2010.

GRPD: Odor leads to drug arrest

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police say an unusual smell coming from a northwest Grand Rapids home led to one person's overnight arrest.

Officers were called to a home near 11th Street and Quarry Avenue NW around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, after neighbors smelled an odor coming from the house.

They say they found a man with methamphetamines inside the house.

Investigators were concerned about a possible meth lab inside the house, so they blocked off the area and called in fire crews for a haz-mat situation. But police this morning tell us the man may have only made enough meth for his own use.

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The snow piling up outside has kept Kent County Road Commission crews busy this past week, and with a warm up expected this weekend, their work is far from over.

During the week, 90 drivers worked each day and 30 drivers worked each night, clearing the snow from state highways, county roads and local streets and drives.  The Kent County Road Commission says all roads were cleared at least once between Tuesday and Thursday, but additional snowfall and drifting snow may give some roads the appearance of being neglected.  In Comstock Park and Grandville alone, Kent County crews spread 10,700 tons of salt and sand.  In Byron Center, crews used 58,000 gallons of liquid chloride to clear the road.  In all, the Road Commission estimates this first brush with winter cost it more than $1 million.