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Parade Line Up!

Parade Line Up!

The 2012 Parade line up for Sparta Town & Country Days is set!  Check out who is participating in the parade this year!  Also, see the special note about our Grand Marshall Tom Dupont!

Reminder: Sparta Town & Country Days starts Wednesday

Reminder: Sparta Town & Country Days starts Wednesday

Sparta's Town & Country Days starts Wednesday with plenty of events for all ages. The festival runs through Sunday, July  15th and includes everything from a parade to carnival rides.

Click Here to see a full line-up of the festival's events.

Nature Trail Work Days

Nature Trail Work Days

If you haven't visited the Sparta Nature Trail, this is the perfect time to see the work of volunteers in the community in the 100 acres of woodland on the Rogue River.

Sparta Boy Scouts and volunteers are working together to extend the trail to the edge of the river on work days this summer. Work dates include trimming brush, clearing pathways and maintaining the existing trail.

Kent Equipment of Casnovia is sponsoring the work days by providing equipment to extend and maintain the pathway.

Waterproof boots, pants, and bug spray are highly recommended for volunteers.

Trail access is across from the BP Gas Station on Division Avenue, next to Tom's Hometown Bakery.

Friends of Sparta Trails invites you to join in on the work dates and enjoy the great outdoors and nature trail in Sparta! Volunteer dates:

Monday, July 23, 6:00pm
Monday, August 20, 6:00pm

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Become a Community Content Provider and join the WZZM13 team

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Man dies after fall at Federal Mogul in Sparta

SPARTA, Michigan (WZZM) - Police are investigating a man who fell from or through a roof in Sparta.

38 year old Brian Tarachanowicz fell about 10:20 am Monday at 200 Maple in Sparta, which is a Federal Mogul facility.

Sparta Police say Tarachanowicz worked for Black River Builders and was contracted to do some work on the facility. Police say he fell about 30 feet from the roof and landed on the concrete floor below. Investigators say it appears he stepped on a weak part of the roof and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say it appears to be a construction accident and nothing more.

West Side Soul Surfers to perform in Rogers Park

West Side Soul Surfers to perform in Rogers Park

West Side Soul Surfers are headlining July 11th's installment of the Concerts in Rogers Park series. The band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at 75 N. Union Street, Sparta, MI.

Rogers Park's weekly concert series continued last Wednesday with Main St. West Side Soul Surfers will look to entertain everyone who comes out on the 11th with their repertoire of classic rock tunes.

This free, family-friendly series will continue every Wednesday (except July 4) at the same time and place through August 22.

Help available to beat the heat

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- The Group Seniorneighbors.org is asking for donations to help people deal with the heat. The group has installed 18 air conditioners and given away 60 fans in the Grand Rapids community. A manager says the group has exhausted 75 percent of its funding.

Meanwhile the Red Cross says cooling shelters are standing by should they be needed in the heat wave. Those centers are located in Lowell, Sparta, Grandville, Walker and Grand Rapids for seniors age 60 and up.60 AND UP.