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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.

Six-car crash slows Lake Michigan Drive


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A crash involving six cars slowed traffic during the morning commute on Monday.

It happened on Lake Michigan Drive near Lincoln Lawns Drive. That's just south of Lincoln Country Club.

No one was hurt, but the crash did slow down traffic, closing one lane of Lake Michigan Drive in both directions during the investigation. Many of the cars involved took heavy damage.

Walker Police are still trying to figure out what caused that crash.

Litter inspires Walker woman's fight to ban plastic bags


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - Plastic micro beads are being phased out of some skin care products.  Now, a Walker woman wants to take it a step further by banning plastic bags. She took her crusade to the City of Walker.

"Lets for go for a run," Catherine Pearce says as she leaves her house for a favorite pastime for her and her dogs. While out two years ago, she began noticing plastic bags around her neighborhood. "It's usually along the trees along Richmond here."

Man hit, killed by vehicle on Wilson Avenue


Update: Walker police identified the victim as 84-year-old Walker resident Russell Schumaker. 

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- An 84-year-old man was hit and killed by a passing vehicle Tuesday evening on Wilson Avenue.

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, was struck just before 6 p.m. near the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Richmond Street, police at the scene confirmed. He was found in the roadway.

Authorities say the driver is a 19-year-old Walker resident. 

Wilson Avenue was closed between Remembrance Road and Richmond Street while police investigated.

Speed nor alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, police said. They added, however, that limited visibility at night might have played a role in the crash.

 


Trump rally draws supporters, protesters


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Outside of the DeltaPlex Monday night, it was quite the scene with protesters and supporters both voicing their positions.

"I came here because I don't promote hate," said one protester.

But there were many people who like Donald Trump and believe he would make a good President.

"I think it makes sense because he's a businessman and our economy is treated a lot like a business these days," said a Trump supporter.

Some people outside even saw the Trump visit as a business opportunity; they were selling hats, t-shirts, and buttons. After the speech, some said they didn't like some of the language used by the GOP front runner.

"There was kids in there and he would swear, I don't think our President should do that," said one man after the speech.

Others liked what he said about policy.

After 4 decades of police service, Walker police chief to retire


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Walker Police Chief Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom, who broke barriers when she became the first woman to head a city of Kent County police force, announced today she is retiring from the position she's held for 15 years.

"I feel really blessed for the time and experience I've had with the city and its residents,'' she said today. "I'm ready to move forward with a new chapter in my life.''

Her retirement, announced in a joint statement with the City of Walker, takes effect Feb. 1. Garcia-Lindstrom will remain as a consultant through 2016 to assist in the transition of leadership.

"Bottom line is we're moving forward and I'm waiting for the city to sign the documents,'' she said.