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My Town Happy Hour: The Sparta Bow Tie

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM)- For the My Town Happy Hour contest we're visiting the top five nominees this week.  We will announce the winner on Friday.

WZZM 13's Lee Van Ameyde takes us to our first stop -- The Sparta Bow Tie.

Please watch his attached video report.

Classes FIT for All at the Expo on Saturday!

Classes FIT for All at the Expo on Saturday!

Ever wonder if a workout class might be right for you?  Check out these different workout style classes for free held at the Expo on Saturday, March 3!  Classes include: Zumba, Yoga, P90X, and more!  Check out which class would work for you as these free classes are open to the public to try during the Sparta Business Expo!

Milestones on Mainstreet: Sparta Builders

Milestones on Mainstreet: Sparta Builders

By Jayne Heath Paasch
Sparta Township Historical Commission


A few months ago someone left an envelope on the doorstep of the Meyer School House Museum. Among the items included in the envelope was a certificate from the State of Michigan incorporating “Sparta Builders” on the 7th day of September, 1945. Also included are stock certificates issued to the original eight members of the corporation. This interested me because while doing research for the book “Sparta Township” I found a photo copy of an article written about this group of men and their desire to build houses, not only for one another, but to address the need for affordable housing in post WWII Sparta.

Star Gazing

Star Gazing

If you’re interested in Astronomy, come out to the Howard Christian Nature Center at 16190 Red Pine Dr. NW in Kent City, Michigan on March 3 from 7-9pm to learn more about the stars above and how to see objects in the night sky. This class reveals information about the planets, earth, moon & stars, from the insight of the difference between stars to creating a scale model. Basics will be presented on how to use the provided binoculars for viewing the night sky & natural surroundings. You’re invited to visit the Planetarium, which seats 15.

Cost: $8/person, $6/senior’s, $25/Family of four or more

Sparta Co-Op Preschool Open House

Sparta Co-Op Preschool Open House

There will be a Preschool Open House on Tuesday, March 6 from 6pm-8pm at the Sparta Co-Op Preschool located at 75 N. Union in Sparta. Pre-school teachers will be on hand to meet with parents & children, along with the school building open for tours.

Registration for Preschool is Tuesday, March 21 from 6pm to 7pm.

13 Investigation: Creveling's Restaurant

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Sparta restaurant is under investigation by the state for not paying at least one employee or recording workers hours.

A former employee at Creveling's Restaurant called 13 On Your Side -- and we've found other employees who have the same complaint.

We followed the paper trail and found the Michigan Wage and Labor Board fined Creveling's for not paying at least one worker. We have also confirmed the restaurant didn't pay its 2011 village taxes.

Former workers say they want their money and for the restaurant to be held accountable.

"I'm hurt, I'm angry, I'm disappointed," says Amelia Pylman, 24.  She says she's a struggling student who took a job at Creveling's last June.

"When I first got there I thought it was a wonderful place to work-- and was really impressed with the employees there," says Pylman.

Lions Club Eye-Glass & Newspaper Drive

Lions Club Eye-Glass & Newspaper Drive

The Sparta Lions Club accepts used or no longer needed prescription glasses, donations. Lions Club members will be at the Sparta Expo at the Sparta High School at 475 W. Spartan Drive on Saturday, March 3, accepting eye-glass donations. These used glasses are redistributed to needy people around the world through the Lions Club International.

There is also a semi-trailer at 108 N. State Street in Sparta provided by the Sparta Lions Club to drop of newspaper donations. These Lions Club fundraisers and efforts make it possible for local children in need to receive new glasses. Help make a difference with your eye-glass and newspaper donations!