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Man puts Sparta brewery up for bid

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) - The owner of a micro brewery in Sparta says he's getting lots of interest from potential buyers of his beer business.

Michigan Beer Cellar owner Dan Humphrey put an ad on Craigslist this week offering his brewery for sale.

"The whole brewery," he says. "All the equipment, the recipes. We've had a lot of interest."

Humphrey opened Michigan Beer Cellar two and a half years ago.

He says he's had fun building the brewery and perfecting the beer recipes, but now that he's got the business going he'd like someone else to take it to the next level.

"I enjoyed building it,  but running it is more than I want to do," he says. "Now it's time for someone else to grow it."

When they hear about a possible sale, many customers worry about the beer.

"They have some nice beers here," points out customer Michael Riley.

Animal shelter meets goal of 300 adoptions

Animal shelter meets goal of 300 adoptions

The Kent County Health Department is thrilled to announce the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) met its goal of 300 adoptions in the ASPCA/Rachel Ray $100K Challenge, which was held August 1-October 31, 2012.  That’s 174 adoptions more than last year.  In all, 674 pets were saved in the three month challenge – 137 more than last year.

The winning shelter will receive $100,000 in prize money.  KCAS did not save the most pets in the competition, but the contest helped build awareness about the KCAS and the thousands of animals that come through the doors every year.  “This competition brought in dozens of families who had never come to the Kent County Animal Shelter in the past,” said Cathy Raevsky, the Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department.  “Our dedicated staff worked incredibly hard to promote adoptions and return lost pets to their owners over the past three months.”

Write Michigan – 30 Days To Go!

Write Michigan – 30 Days To Go!

The word is out about Write Michigan, the short story contest sponsored by KDLSchuler Books & Music and the Grand Rapids Public Library.

As of the end of October, hundreds of Michigan residents had uploaded drafts to the Write Michigan website. We expect a deluge of entries as we approach the submission deadline on November 30.

Halloween safety tips from Kent County Sheriff Dept

Halloween safety tips from Kent County Sheriff Dept

To ensure this Halloween is safe for your children, Sheriff Stelma offers the following safety tips:

- Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping. Masks should not be too restrictive with adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision. Consider using cosmetics to create fun or scary faces instead of masks.

- Watch costumed children around pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
Avoid hard, sharp props, opting instead for items made of foam rubber which is soft and flexible.

- To help make the child more visible after dark, trick-or-treaters should carry a brightly colored bag, a flashlight or glow stick. Add reflective tape to your child’s costume.

From the Director: The Kids Are Alright

From the Director: The Kids Are Alright

Cue the Pete Townshend guitar stylings; we’re talking ’bout a new generation of library users.

Some may be surprised by the findings of a recent study that found that those age 16 to 29 are reading as much or more than the previous generation and are more likely to be using their libraries. And while they embrace eBooks, that generation does not want the technology to replace traditional print books.

At KDL, this is not news to us; it’s an assurance that our programs and resources aimed at young people are sought after, that we’re more relevant than ever to their needs and that they consider their libraries “their” spaces.

Recommend eBooks for KDL to Purchase

Recommend eBooks for KDL to Purchase

Lots of you have been taking advantage of KDL’s extensive collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks — we’ve recorded over 200,000 checkouts so far this year!

And now we have a great new feature on our ebooks.kdl.org site: you can search the entire catalog of digital materials offered by our OverDrive eBook/eAudiobook service, and with just a simple click of a button, recommendtitles that KDL doesn’t yet own!

Motorcycle crash involving semi truck near Sparta

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a semi truck Thursday.

The crash happened around 5:15 Thursday afternoon in the 2800 block of 13 Mile Road, east of Peach Ridge near Sparta.

Investigators say the rider was attempting to pass the semi while the truck was turning. The motorcyclist ran into the truck. 

The motorcycle rider lost control and drove off the road. He was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The semi-truck driver was not hurt.

Kent County deputies say the motorcycle rider was at fault in the accident.