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In addition to stories generated by our news team, we’ve signed up a team of citizen journalists and local neighborhood organizations to post news reports, community bulletins, event announcements, photos and video directly to their community’s My Town website where the news can be viewed and shared by thousands of visitors to WZZM13.com.

If you live or conduct business in any of our My Town communities, and you have a nose for news, you can become a Community Content Provider today. Email mytown@wzzm13.com or call (616)559-1446. Our community website producer will get back to you with a username and password along with instructions for uploading your copy, photos and videos.

Snyder unveils Pure Michigan Fit Initiative

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Governor Rick Snyder unveiled the Pure Michigan Fit Initiative Wednesday at the Family Fare in the Metro Health Village in Wyoming.

The program is aimed at promoting health and wellness initiatives for all Michigan residents. The Pure Michigan Fit program has three parts that will be phased-in during the next three years.

The first will increase nutrition information found at grocery stores. Then the state will work to increase healthy food access and education for low-income families. The third is to jump start nutrition education and training for those in the medical field.

The State of Michigan spent nearly $3 billion on medical costs in 2008 and projects that amount will quadruple in the next 6 years.

The Best BBQ in Michigan is announced!

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - MLive Entertainment reporter John Gonzalez has announced his version of the best barbeque in Michigan.

Gonzalez spent last week on a mission to find the best BBQ in the state. Now he is sharing his opinion of the places with the best ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, or chicken.

Gonzalez and Michael Terry, president of the Great Lakes Barbecue Association, visited 27 barbeque joints, including five in West Michigan.  Gonzalez created a Top 10 list and named a "Rising Star."

Hey Teens — Free Subs at the Library!

Hey Teens — Free Subs at the Library!

Visit select library branches from June 12 to August 31  for our “Super Sub Sampler,” where you will get to taste submarine sandwiches from local restaurants and vote for your favorite! For teens grades 6-12.

Tuesday, June 12, 1:00 PM – Englehardt branch
Thursday, June 14, 3:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Tuesday, June 26, 1:00 PM – Walker branch
Tuesday, June 26, 3:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Wednesday, June 27, 2:00 PM – Byron Township branch
Wednesday, June 27, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch

Kids and Teens: How Crafty Can You Be?

Kids and Teens: How Crafty Can You Be?

Find amazing pieces of art, wonderful crafts and the most creative young people around at our Kids and Teens Craft Sale, at select branches from July 6 to July 26!

Kids and Teens: if you are interested in having a booth at the sale, stop by your library branch for an application. 

Friday, July 6, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, July 12, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch (held at John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Dr. SE) 
Monday, July 16, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial branch

Disappearing Soon at a Library Near You…

Disappearing Soon at a Library Near You…

Libraries can be magical places,  not to mention when you make room amongst the stacks for a magic show that’s fun, funny, educational and entertaining!

Beyond Magic with Tom Plunkard is a high-impact show loaded with masterful illusions, including many new tricks and silly stories. As always, birds and bunnies are bound to make an appearance and/or disappearance.

Thursday, June 14, 1:30 PM – Alto branch
Thursday, June 14, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Tuesday, June 19, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, June 21, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch

Father rescues 6-month-old son from burning home

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) -- Firefighters say a father saved the life of his 6-month-old son by rescuing the boy from their burning home.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Mark Samp was outside the house Wednesday night in the Grand Rapids-area community of Wyoming when he saw smoke. Unable to get into the home through the front door because of fire, Samp broke a window, climbed inside his son's bedroom and got the child out.

They were outside when firefighters arrived on the scene. The newspaper says the father's face was burned, and both suffered smoke inhalation. They were hospitalized for observation.

Wyoming Fire Chief Bob Austin says authorities believe the fire might have been fatal if the father didn't climb inside. The cause was under investigation, but it wasn't considered suspicious.