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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.

Some Interesting Facts about Pizza - 5, 5, 5, 5,5

Some Interesting Facts about Pizza - 5, 5, 5, 5,5

The Top 5 Pizza Franchises in the USA:
1. Pizza Hut with 15,605 Units
2. Domino’s with 11629 units
3. Papa John’s with 4700 Units
4. Little Ceasars with 4059 Units
5. Papa Murphy’s with 1425 Units

The Top 5 Pizza Sales Days:
1. Super Bowl Sunday
2. New Year’s Eve
3. Halloween
4. Night before Thanksgiving
5. New Year’s Day

The Top Fun Facts about Pizza:
1. 252 million pounds of pepperoni consumed every year
2. 100 acres of pizza eaten per day in the USA
3. 350 slices of pizza eaten each second
4. 70,000 pizzerias in the USA (9000 in New York)
5. 5 billion pizzas sold worldwide each year (3 billion in the USA)

The Top 5 Pizza Toppings:
1. Pepperoni
2. Mushrooms
3. Onions
4. Sausage
5. Bacon

The Top Most Expensive Pizza in the World:
1. $12,000 Luis XIII in Salerna, Italy
2. $ 8,200 Favitta’s Family Pizzeria, Henrietta, NY
3. $ 4,200 Domenico Crolla in Haggis, Glasgow, Scotland
4. $ 1,000 Nino Bellisima in New York City

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.

FBI: Bank robber made small-talk during hold-ups


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Federal agents say a convicted bank robber who held up two more banks in the Grand Rapids area made small talk with tellers as he was waiting for their money.

Michael Winbush, 53, is now being held for November robberies in Grand Rapids and Wyoming. He has a prior conviction for a Flint-area bank robbery.

In court documents, an FBI agent says Winbush talked to a teller about her Thanksgiving holiday as he was robbing a credit on South Division in Grand Rapids on November 27.

The agent says three days later, he apologized to a teller as he robbed her bank on 44th Street in Wyoming.

School holds Right to Life event


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WZZM) -- 43 years ago Friday, a decision by the Supreme Court on the Roe vs. Wade case legalized abortion in the United States.

On this 43rd anniversary, students at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School lit luminaries to remember the victims of abortion.

This is the 16th year the school has held their peaceful protest. School leaders say just because abortion is legal, it does not make it moral. 

"It's a serious event but there's joy in our hearts because we have hope. And hope says someday we wont have to do this," said Colleen Lowe, Marketing and Recruitment Director at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School.

Men hurt in explosion identified


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department has released the names of two men hurt in an explosion at a marijuana grow operation.

Five cars involved in chain reaction crash


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Five cars were involved in a crash on Knapp Street, west of East Beltline Thursday.

Witnesses say a Rapid bus had pulled out from Celebration Cinema in front of a car, causing that car to swerve and crash into another vehicle, which caused a chain reaction.

The bus driver did not stop but witnesses believe the bus driver probably did not see the car.