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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.

5 Rockford students suspended for sexting


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Five students from North Rockford Middle School have been suspended for sexting.

Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Michael Shibler says the students had taken photos of themselves partially-clothed. The photos were taken off school property and shared with other students.

Because the photos were then brought to school, administrators became aware of it on Thursday; parents were notified, and police were called in Friday.

Shibler says the facts are not yet complete and it's an ongoing investigation. He says there were more students involved, including students at the second middle school in town, and there will likely be more suspensions.

Chimney fire to blame for damaged home in Cannon Twp.


CANNON. TWP. Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators say it was a fire in the chimney that started the blaze that destroyed much of a home in Cannon Township home Sunday.

The homeowner says he was in the basement of the home on Cannonsburg Road just before 2:30 p.m. when he and his girlfriend heard a noise upstairs. When he went up to check, he found the whole upstairs on fire. 

Both people were able to get out of the house unharmed. 

Jim Harbaugh visits Rockford, wooing Quinn Nordin


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's been a lot of buzz this week about whether or not University of Michigan head football coach, Jim Harbaugh would visit Rockford this week, hoping to woo Rams' kicker, Quinn Nordin to Ann Arbor.

Army mom returning to West Mich. surprises kids at school


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A member of the Kurek family had made it home for the holidays. Their mother, Elise, has been gone for seven months, training for a medical career in the Army.

The family planned to pick her up at the airport Friday night, but she surprised her two kids early, in the middle of a Valley View Elementary School assembly.

Elise will be home for the next two weeks. They plan to have a lot of visits from family.

North Rockford MS students become Santa's elves


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Every year at Christmastime, tradition turns North Rockford Middle School shop class students into Santa's elves.

In the video above, WZZM 13 photojournalist Bridgette Pacholka shows us what they built this year, and the reaction of the children who received the special delivery.