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My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The snow piling up outside has kept Kent County Road Commission crews busy this past week, and with a warm up expected this weekend, their work is far from over.

During the week, 90 drivers worked each day and 30 drivers worked each night, clearing the snow from state highways, county roads and local streets and drives.  The Kent County Road Commission says all roads were cleared at least once between Tuesday and Thursday, but additional snowfall and drifting snow may give some roads the appearance of being neglected.  In Comstock Park and Grandville alone, Kent County crews spread 10,700 tons of salt and sand.  In Byron Center, crews used 58,000 gallons of liquid chloride to clear the road.  In all, the Road Commission estimates this first brush with winter cost it more than $1 million.

My Town: Eight pointers reign supreme in second annual Sparta Buck Pole

My Town: Eight pointers reign supreme in second annual Sparta Buck Pole

SPARTA, Mich.--  More than a dozen deer were on display as the Sparta Buck Pole returned to Rogers Hardware this past weekend.

It was an 8 pointer taken down by Tony Smolinski that took the top honor.  Becky Rogers with Rogers Hardware says each deer was judged based on its weight, number of points and the measurement between each antler spread.  Bob Simmons’ 8 point buck took second place; third place went to Dan Rodriguez with his 8 pointer.

This year’s event also featured a doe pole, which Gaetano Vallone won. Randy Lockard and Caleb Mustee placed second and third, respectively.

Rogers says a total of 13 deer were on display during this year’s event, which organizers plan to bring back again next year. 

My Town: Shop Sparta and meet Santa Nov. 21

My Town: Shop Sparta and meet Santa Nov. 21

SPARTA, Mich.— Sparta will begin celebrating the holiday season with the flip of a switch this weekend.

Santa will light the village’s Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Friday, as part of this year’s Shop Sparta event.  Village merchants will be extending their business hours and offering dales and deals so visitors can get a head start on their holiday shopping.  ChoiceOne Bank will be offering free gift wrapping during the event, which runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.    Community members can sample roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate, snap a photo with Santa’s reindeer and hop aboard a horse drawn trolley for free.  Santa will also be strolling the streets, giving out glow sticks.

For a map of the deals and events, visit the Sparta Chamber of Commerce website.

My Town Sparta: New council members take over this week

My Town Sparta: New council members take over this week

SPARTA, Mich. – Two new faces are joining the village council.

Gale Taylor and Jayne Paasch will take their seats on the council beginning Thursday, Nov. 20.  Kristi Dougan, who served on the council, took over as village president earlier this month.

Taylor and Pasch took the oath of office Nov. 10.

It's time to get your Tires Checked for Winter Weather

It's time to get your Tires Checked for Winter Weather

I know winter is near; I keep getting wrong number calls here at WZZM13 when people are trying to call Discount Tire on Alpine. The numbers are different by one digit.

It’s that time of year again, time to either check or get your tires on your vehicle checked for the winter conditions we will soon have. It is a fact that many, many accidents that happen soon after the first few snowfalls, are the result of bad tires with very little tread on them. Below are three ways you can test your tires for tread to see if it’s time to get them replaced.

There are several popular ways to check your tire tread depth. One easy way is the penny test. Simply insert a penny into your tire's tread groove with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it's time to replace your tires.

Better Bites: Butternut, Honey Crisp Apple Soup with Chorizo Crouton


From Mark Kingshott, owner of All In One Chef

Mark is offering classes atSparta Community Education. Click here for details.

Butternut, Honey Crisp Apple Soup with Chorizo Crouton

2 TB Butter

2 Cups diced onion

4 cloves chopped garlic

3 cups peeled and cubed honey crisp apple

5 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash

6 cups chicken or vegetable stock

6 sprigs thyme and 3 medium stalks of sage tied by string

Food For Thought Fundraiser

Food For Thought Fundraiser

Downtown Trinis is normally closed on Mondays but Monday, November 3 from 4pm thru 8pm, Trinis will be open for the Food For Thought fundraiser.

The Sparta Education Foundation invites the public to visit Downtown Trinis located at 148 E. Division in Downtown Sparta for dinner.