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Grand Rapids, Sparta hold Relays for Life

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- It was a beautiful night to spend under the stars, and that's what many people in West Michigan Friday night to raise money for cancer research.

Two Relay for Life events were underway Friday. In Grand Rapids, 40 teams are taking laps around Ah Nab Awen Park. Sparta was also holding its relay behind the middle school.

Relay for Life is a 24-hour walk held every year in communities across West Michigan as a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Participants say it helps in the battle against cancer.

"We're here to support them and to support everybody that's down here," says Mandee Rick, event chairwoman for the Grand Rapids relay. "It supports our cancer survivors, our caregivers, and just anyone whose been affected by cancer."

Sparta Relay For Life starts today at noon

Sparta Relay For Life starts today at noon

On Friday June 8th Sparta will host their 6th Annual ACS Sparta Relay For Life event at the Sparta High School Track, 480 S. State Street, Sparta from Noon Friday to Noon Saturday, June 9, 2012.

In addition to 24 hours of walking for pledges, ceremonies honoring Survivors, Care-Givers, and those who succumbed to Cancer, this year Sparta has been chosen to serve as an enrollment site for ACS Cancer Prevention Study-3. Participants in this study will help the American Cancer Society better understand ways to prevent cancer. People wishing to enroll can sign up from 5pm to 9pm on June 8th, at the event.

To find out more about this study and how you can help spread the word, email us at CPS3.Sparta@yahoo.com or call 1-888-604-5888.

 

William Tell Archery Competition

William Tell Archery Competition

From the Village of Sparta Facebook page:

The William Tell Archery Competition is going to be on September 15th, 2012 during Harvest on the Ridge. We really need help getting the word out! We have created a FB page and have flyers made. If you know anyone interested in Archery go to the FB page and join!

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Sparta competes in track state finals

Sparta competes in track state finals

From: http://www.spartaschools.org

Saturday at the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals, the boys track team had 9 All-State athletes.

The 400 relay team of Terry Bulloch, Adrian Garza, Nate VanPatten and Roger Krum were State Runner-up finishing 2nd. The 3200 relay also earned All-State honors with the team of Austin Jacobson, Nick Hosmer, Adam Birkeland and Tom Willet finishing 5th.

Clay Weidenhamer was All-State in the shot put with 8th. Roger Krum was also 6th in the 200. Also representing the Spartans were Kyle May, Dan Antor and Luke Bradford in the 1600 relay and Brandon George in the 3200.

The Spartans finished 15th overall in Division 2. Congrats to all the All State athletes on a fine season!

Great American Backyard Campout

Great American Backyard Campout

Families are brought together to enjoy nature, as part of this National Wildlife Federations nationwide event at Howard Christian Nature Center in Kent City. From 4pm on Saturday, June 16 to 10am on Sunday, June 17, families of all ages (with a minimum of 1 adult per family, required) can discover the fun of pitching a tent and camping in the Howard Christian Nature Center area. 

This is a great chance for families to experience nature-based programs, campfires, dinner, breakfast & more!. At night, there will be the chance for hotdog & marshmallow roasting over an open fire and a morning pancake breakfast in the Camp Lily’s building at 520 – 20 Mile Road in Kent City (1/4 mile from the Interpretive Center).

Donations of $30 per family! No family will be turned down if donation cannot be afforded – please call for details. Pre-registration is required.

“Morning Mingle” coming up this Wednesday

“Morning Mingle” coming up this Wednesday

The Sparta Chamber of Commerce is presenting the new “Morning Mingle” program that will take place four times per year giving chamber members the chance to network with other businesses with refreshments and a round table topic or speaker presenting important topics to small businesses.  The Morning Mingle will host its next meeting at the Meadowlark Retirement Community located at 65 Ida Red on Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00 am.  Why the new format, one might ask?  “This is a fantastic new way for the Sparta Chamber businesses to participate in a networking series that also provides another benefit for their membership!”  The Chamber Board of Directors had been researching and reviewing what would bring a new fresh perspective on networking for Sparta businesses, and the Morning Mingle was the result.