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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.

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.

Toys for Tots holds shopping spree

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A $10,000 grant from Toys"R"Us to Toys for Tots is helping give kids a happy holiday season.

Participants ran through the store Thursday afternoon to snag as many toys as they could off shelves.

Organizers say it's a great chance to shop for teenagers and babies for groups that get the least amount of donations.

They ask that you keep these kids in mind as your doing your own gift shopping.

Toys for Tots also has $10,000 to spend at Meijer, and they'll have another shopping spree on Sunday.

24 homes broken into in Kent County

24 homes broken into in Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The sheriff's department is warning residents to lock their doors following a rash of two dozen recent home invasions.

Investigators say since Nov. 1, 24 homes been broken into in Plainfield, Cannon, Ada, Cascade, and Grand Rapids townships.

The method of home invasion and times of break-in vary. In Cannon Township, the burglars made entry to the homes through side doors into garages, where vehicles were rummaged through.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department recommends residents use dead bolts on their doors and not leave valuables inside vehicles.

If you see any suspicious person or vehicle, report it at (616) 632-6100 or call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

Donor makes G.R. pools free for kids next summer

Donor makes G.R. pools free for kids next summer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A donation to the City of Grand Rapids will allow children to use city pools for free next summer.

Businessman Bob Sullivan is donating $50,000. Some of the money will be used to build a basketball court at Fourth Street Woods Park in Grand Rapids. The rest is for the city's swimming program, which should make admission free for children in 2015.

Four years ago, Sullivan donated money to have the Richmond Park pool open.

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Many roads in West Michigan are still snow covered or icy because of the relentless snow over the past couple of days.

But there's also concern about sidewalks not being shoveled.

We looked into the issue and learned that policies vary from community to community. In Grand Rapids and Alpine Township property owners are required to clean their sidewalks.

In East Grand Rapids the city will do it but they can't plow down to the pavement.

"With a snow plow plowing the sidewalks we have to keep it one or two inches above the sidewalk or we'll be chipping the sidewalk and actually wrecking the vehicles in doing that," says Brian Donovan the City Manager for East Grand Rapids.

The United Way says they have been flooded with calls from people who need help shoveling.