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Keegan Crouch Fundraiser

What's better than dining out locally? Dining out locally AND for a great cause!

Keegan Crouch is a 4 year old boy from Sparta who has Leukemia. On Tuesday, September 30th from 5-9pm when you dine at The Garden Patch restaurant you can make a difference in this little boy's life. A portion of each order will be donated to his fund to help his mom cover every day living expenses while she is off work to care for Keegan. 

9/30/14 5-9pm at The Garden Patch Restaurant (Sparta Lanes) 125 N State Street

For more information or to just simply show some support, check out Prayers for Keegan Jay on Facebook

Time for a Corn Maze Walk

Time for a Corn Maze Walk

It's time to get out into the fields at Schwallier's Country Basket, located at 1185  9 Mile Rd. NW in Sparta, MI. For additional information call 616-785-9896.

The store has fresh donuts and cider along with other goodies. People can pick apples and pumpkins and there are pets around for kids to enjoy along with the adults. They also have hay rides, so there is something for everyone. What a wonderful time of year!

 

My Town: Harvest on the Ridge returns Sept. 20

My Town: Harvest on the Ridge returns Sept. 20

SPARTA, Mich.—  A celebration of West Michigan's agricultural Mecca returns to Sparta this weekend.

Harvest on the Ridge festival will unfold at Rogers Park Sept. 20. This year’s event includes a couch racing fundraiser, the Dirty Apple Obstacle Run, a cupcake baking contest, an apple pie eating contest, hay rides, corn mazes, kids’ activities and a farmers’ market.  Johnny Appleseed is kicking off the event with donkey rides and his tale of how  “The Ridge” became filled with apple orchards.

Linda Otterbridge pushes women in business to Hook A Sista Up

Linda Otterbridge pushes women in business to Hook A Sista Up

by Matthew Russell
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

There are many resources out there for those starting their first or newest business, but few of them cater specifically to the position and challenges women face in today’s world.

Grand Rapids plans new wayfinding signage to encourage more walking downtown

Grand Rapids plans new wayfinding signage to encourage more walking downtown

by Anya Zentmeyer
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

As organizers with Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. plan the installation of a new wayfinding system in the urban core of downtown Grand Rapids, they hope new signage will not only

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Dedicate Hand-Crafted Peace Pole

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Dedicate Hand-Crafted Peace Pole

GRAND HAVEN, MICH., SEPT. 18, 2014―In observance of United Nations’ “International Day of Peace” worldwide, the general public is invited to a local observance at St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish to join in the dedication of a hand-crafted Peace Pole on Sunday, September 21st at 4 p.m. on the outdoor south side of the church, at 920 Fulton Avenue in Grand Haven.

“Pope Francis has asked all people to observe the upcoming International Day of Peace no matter whether they attend church or not and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us as we dedicate this long-lasting monument to peace,” said Sally Moser, an International Day of Peace event organizer with St. Patrick-St.

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

by Stephanie Doublestein, photography by Adam Bird
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

The days are getting shorter, but don't resign yourself to settling in for a long, lazy season inside. One of Grand Rapids' greatest assets is the natural beauty that surrounds this mid-size city, with amenities that you won't even find in many big cities.