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Red Wings legend on hand as Kalamazoo Wings take on the Toledo Walleyes

Red Wings legend on hand as Kalamazoo Wings take on the Toledo Walleyes

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--Wings Stadium will come alive on Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21 as the Kalamazoo Wings take on the Toledo Walleye in a back-to-back games.

Be on the lookout  for Red Wings legend Darren McCarty, who will be in the house signing autographs and interacting with fans!

Wings Stadium is located at 3600 Vanrick. Each game begins at 7:30 p.m.  For more information, call (269) 345-1125 or visit www.discoverkalamazoo.com for event listings. 

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UPDATE: Retailer taking over two empty stores now hiring

UPDATE: Retailer taking over two empty stores now hiring

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The new business moving into two empty storefronts in Jenison and Kalamazoo is now hiring.

Garden Ridge is currently looking for five managers and associates for its store, located at 334 Chicago Drive in Jenison. The space is currently being renovated.  Garden Ridge store manager Christopher Scholle expects to hold a soft opening in mid-January 2014.  

Scholle says the Jenison store will hire approximately 20-25 new employees. The first openings can be found on    the company’s main website now.

Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—They aren’t all on the big screen.

Michigan Blood is getting ready to reward life-saving superheroes right here in the Grand Rapids community. The organization is teaming up with Celebration Cinema to offer a free movie pass and a bag of popcorn to each to person who attempts to donate blood during the holidays.

Michigan Blood needs to collect more than 2,200 units of blood every week to supply patients and hospitals around the state.  Donations traditionally drop around the holidays as people travel.

Days and times for the “Be a Star” donation deal vary around the state.  To find the location near you, visit the Michigan Blood website here.  In Grand Rapids, the following donation drives will take place in Michigan Blood’s Main Donor Center at 1036 Fuller Ave. NE:

Masked men rob Kalamazoo Dollar General

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kalamazoo Police are searching for two men wanted for holding up a discount store.

It happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Dollar General Store on East Stockbridge Avenue just east of South Park Street.

Employees of the store told police two men entered the store -- one was armed with a gun and took money from the workers, while the other stood by the door acting as a lookout.  They left after the clerk handed over the money.

An officer with a police dog followed the men's tracks in the snow to a nearby side street, where they apparently left in a vehicle.

Police say both suspects were black men of unknown ages who wore white masks over their faces.  They both wore hooded jackets or sweatshirts.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

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Gun Lake Casino helps fill struggling families' plates

Gun Lake Casino helps fill struggling families' plates

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of struggling families will be able to fill their plates this holiday season, thanks to a $15,000 donation from Gun Lake Casino.

On Monday, Dec. 15, the casino awarded $1,500 each to 10 food pantries, including Degage Ministries in Grand Rapids, Community Action House in Holland,  Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, Hopkins Community Food Pantry, Christian Neighbors Inc. Douglas, Martin Area Resource Center, Wayland Area Christian Neighbors, Plainwell Christian Neighbors, Allegan Ministerium Central Food Pantry and Project Hope in Dorr.

“We deeply appreciate the generosity of the casino as they partner with us to help those in need in Northeast Allegan County. At this time of the year, it is a special blessing to our families,” said Mary Barnes, executive director for Project Hope. “This $1,500 donation will purchase over 9,000 pounds of food from Feeding America.”

Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A West Michigan business is tapping into the Christmas spirit, one dollar at a time.

Throughout the holiday season, West Side Beer Distributing is teaming up with the businesses it supplies to sell paper Christmas ornaments for $1 each. All of the proceeds will go to God’s Kitchen; Love, Inc.; Montcalm County Food Bank; Ionia County Food Bank; South Central Michigan Food Bank in Kalamazoo; and the Lansing Area Food Bank.

West Side Beer Distributing has been donating paper Christmas ornaments for the fundraiser for 19 years.  In that time, the business has collected more than $175,000 in donations to local food banks.

City workers find missing Portage girl

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Update: Portage police say 16-year-old Marissa Barry went missing around two o'clock Thursday afternoon.  Two city workers found her in a wooded area along Marylynn Court around 3:30 p.m. Friday.

They say she was in fair condition, alert, and talking to emergency personnel when she was taken to the hospital. 

Police are still investigating the circumstances around her disappearance.



(WZZM) - Portage police are looking for a missing teenager who walked away from her home Thursday.

Marissa Barry, 16, was last seen around 2 p.m. Thursday.  Investigators believe she walked away from her home on East Osterhout near Portage Road.

Barry is 5'4" and 130 lbs.  She was last seen wearing turquoise pants, a Christmas style sweater, and a black Portage Central Band jacket.