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My Town Sparta: Downtown Development Authority Office upgrades approved

My Town Sparta: Downtown Development Authority Office upgrades approved

SPARTA, Mich.—Visitors to Sparta’s Downtown Development Authority offices will soon be able to peek inside to see what’s going on.

During its regular meeting last week, the Sparta Village Council approved replacing the DDA’s front tinted windows with clear glass, so window displays for businesses can be displayed. 

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange says the project will not exceed $10,000.  The DDA director will determine when the project work will start.

My Town Sparta: Village to hire additional DPW employees

My Town Sparta: Village to hire additional DPW employees

SPARTA, Mich.—Sparta is looking to hire seasonal employees for its Department of Public Works.

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange says the village council last week approved plans to allow the DPW to hire three to four part-time employees to help with seasonal grounds work, including cleaning up the village parks and maintaining the landscaping at the Sparta Airport.

DeLange says the village plans to put job opening information on its website sometime this week.  Those interested can apply for the openings now by visiting the village office, located at 156 East Division.

My Town Sparta: Council backs altering village boundaries

My Town Sparta: Council backs altering village boundaries

SPARTA, Mich.—The Village of Sparta is poised to become slightly larger.

During its regular meeting last week, the village council approved a resolution to incorporate 1.24 acres of township property on Sparta Avenue into the village.  The property is adjacent to Cascade Die Casting Group, Inc.  The company purchased the property to expand its facilities, but it needs the section of land included within the village limits in order for it to be eligible for tax incentives.

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange says the resolution must be approved by the village attorney before it is sent on to the Kent County Board of Commission for final consideration.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

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.



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My Town Sparta: Homeowners begin cleaning up after storm

My Town Sparta: Homeowners begin cleaning up after storm

SPARTA, Mich.— Chainsaws have been busy this week, as property owners continue to clean up for last weekend’s storms.

Straight-line winds are being blamed for  uprooted trees and downed power lines throughout West Michigan.  Sparta, Kent City and Muskegon Heights were among the hardest hit communities.

In Sparta, Kim Powell opened her door to find a massive tree that had crashed down within feet of her home.  Powell says rain throughout the week slowed down the cleanup efforts, but her house was not damaged.

To share your storm photos, email them to mytown@wzzm13.com.

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.