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My Town Sparta: Celebrate Earth Day by helping Howard Christensen Nature Center

My Town Sparta: Celebrate Earth Day by helping Howard Christensen Nature Center

KENT CITY, Mich.—Celebrate Earth Day early by helping Howard Christensen Nature Center clean up its grounds during a volunteer day April 19.

Visitors are needed to pick up trash on Red Pine Drive, paint, rake, sweep, fixing boardwalks, building animal sanctuaries and other beautification projects.  From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants can check out exhibits, displays and take part in activities aimed at raising awareness about protecting the environment.  Family-friendly activities include flower and seedling planting.

For more information, visit the Howard Christensen Nature Center website here.

Earth Day is April 22, 2014.

My Town: Sparta Education Foundation Board openings

My Town: Sparta Education Foundation Board openings
SPARTA, Mich.-- The Sparta Education Foundation is looking to add to its board.The Sparta Education Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 to help provide educational opportunities for students and staff, which are beyond the normal operating budget of the school district.

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich.—A music tour aimed at preventing bullying among teenagers is making its rounds in West Michigan.

The Teen Nation Anti-Bullying Music Tour kicked off Monday morning at Sparta High School.  The 90-minute performances feature young Top 40 recording artists who are also speaking out against bullying.  This tour’s headliners include  former ‘X Factor’ contestant J Ryan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas; and Tristan Blaine, 14, of Frisco, Texas.  Additional guest performers include Faith Marie Shirley, 15 of San Antonio, Texas; Collin Kozola, 17, of Naperville, Illinois, Radio Disney star Celeste Kellogg, 18, of Smithville, Virginia; and Branden Mendoza, 20, of New Carney, Texas.

The school concert assembly schedule is as follows:

Deadly Sparta crash shuts down M-37

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM)-- A woman is dead following a crash on M-37 in Sparta.

The crash happened before 6 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of 13 Mile Road. Michigan State Police troopers say the woman turned left onto southbound M-37, and into the path of an oncoming SUV. The female driver died at the scene.

Troopers say the SUV driver had the right-of-way.

As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, M-37 was down to one lane of traffic.

Gym roof torn off Kent City High School

Kent City, Mich. (WZZM) -- More than 60,000 West Michigan residents were in the dark as of 11 pm., with 16,000 living in Kent County. Kent County Emergency Management Coordinator Jack Stewart says Northern Kent County was the worst hit part of the county.

80-mile-per-hour winds ripped part of the roof right off Kent City High School's gym.

Stewart say rain was pouring into the school gym and multi-purpose room for a few hours afterwards.

"If you're standing in the gym, you can see right to the outside, and the multi-purpose room, part of the roof was completely blown off," he said. "Most of the school was not affected, but those areas that were, the damage was substantial."

Stewart says he doesn't know what the status of school will be on Monday. He says his emergency crews are mostly finding structure damage in Northern Kent County, but they're seeing down power lines and trees everywhere.

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.

Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.