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Walk in Wednesday, November 1 for Tammy

Tammy Anderson, a special friend, wife, mother, nurse and a long time member of The Club Fitness & Tanning had surgery for a brain tumor on September 16, 2010, which showed she has a grade IV glioblastoma. Tammy's life will be challenging & not easy but she is strong-willed and a determined Christian, who has put her recovery in the one above.

The Club Fitness & Tanning organization at 285 S. State Street in Sparta is having a special day dedicated to Tammy. 100% of all walk-in fitness & tanning proceeds from that day, November 1st from 4:30am-10pm (and any other donations that come in) will be donated to The Anderson Family Benefit.

Where: November 1. 2010, 4:30am-10pm - The Club Fitness and Tanning at 258 S. State Street in Sparta, Mi 49345, Phone (616)887-1116   

Sparta 5th Graders Blast to the Past

Every year Sparta 5th graders take a tour of the historic sites in Sparta including the Myers Schoolhouse Museum and the Historic Railroad Depot.  The tours are led by Mr. Larry Carter to learn about the history of Sparta.  Historic Commissioners and Friends of the Commission were on-site during the tour last week to talk about Sparta's one room school house and share the history of Sparta with the students.  Sparta is lucky to have a teacher like Mr. Carter who goes above and beyond to educate our students!

Interested to learn more about the Myers School House Museum or Sparta's history?  Join the Sparta Township Historic Commission at the next Open House at the Myers School House Museum on Sunday November 7th from 2pm-5pm.  The Myers School Museum is located at the corner of 13 Mile Rd NW & Division Ave. 


Halloween activities in Sparta!

Saturday, Oct. 30

Dress up your pet and join in the 7th annual Pet Costume Contest!  Registration begins at 11 am with judging begining at Noon!  Entry is free!  Find a costume for Fido and bring them down to Rogers Park (75 N. Union, Sparta, MI 49345).  Awards for best costumes!  Microchipping will also be available for pets by the Humane Society for only $15. 

Sunday, Oct. 31

Kids Costume Parade!  At 4:45 Line up at Old Central Elementary School Grounds (200 Alma Street, Sparta) with your Halloween Costumes for Trick or Treating!  The kids parade begins at 5 pm as we walk down to the American Legion building on North Union and kick off the official trick or treat time in Sparta with cider and treats from the Legioners! 

Trick-or-Treating in Sparta will be on Sunday, Oct.

West Michigan teams in the High School football playoffs

Here is a list of West Michigan teams in the 2010 playoffs.

Traverse City West (6-3) 73.175 at Rockford (8-1) 103.889

Holland West Ottawa (7-2) 83.111 at Grand Haven (8-1) 102.889

Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills (6-3) 63.667 at Greenville (8-1) 88.000

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (6-3) 66.667 at Muskegon (6-3) 72.444

Lowell (7-2) 90.556 at Grand Ledge (9-0) 112.000

Portage Central (8-1) 95.778 at Portage Northern (8-1) 96.778

Cadillac (6-3) 65.111 at Petoskey (8-1) 91.222

Cedar Springs (6-3) 58.778 at Mt Pleasant (9-0) 108.444

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern (5-4) 59.556 at St Johns (7-2) 85.889

Fruitport (7-2) 77.222 at Zeeland East (9-0) 97.778

Stevensville Lakeshore (7-2) 80.667 at St Joseph (7-2) 82.333

Byron Center (6-3) 65.000 at East Grand Rapids (9-0) 106.667

2010 MHSAA Football Playoff Pairings

All Games Times Eastern - Dates, Times and Fields to be announced throughout the day Monday, Oct. 25

Division 1

R1-D1: Traverse City West (6-3) 73.175 at Rockford (8-1) 103.889
R1-D1: Holland West Ottawa (7-2) 83.111 at Grand Haven (8-1) 102.889

R1-D2: Brighton (6-3) 68.333 at Howell (6-3) 80.444
R1-D2: Hartland (6-3) 71.000 at Holt (6-3) 76.222

R2-D1: Ann Arbor Pioneer (5-4) 61.556 at Canton (9-0) 120.000
R2-D1: Saline (6-3) 74.000 at Plymouth (7-2) 89.444

R2-D2: Detroit Mumford (5-4) 63.889 at Detroit Catholic Central (7-2) 93.778
R2-D2: Livonia Franklin (7-2) 84.222 at Northville (8-1) 92.444

R3-D1: Davison (7-2) 79.556 at Lake Orion (8-1) 100.444
R3-D1: Grand Blanc (6-3) 81.000 at Clarkston (7-2) 89.444

R3-D2: Rochester (6-3) 69.667 at Utica Eisenhower (8-1) 97.667
R3-D2: Utica (7-2) 81.667 at Romeo (8-1) 94.667

And a Cup of Tea, Too.

I wasn’t expecting to find a gift idea yesterday when I stopped by the Sparta Township Library to return a book, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the perfect gift for the next person on my list! Typically, I only think about borrowing things from the library, and I know they wouldn’t appreciate me giving away my rented books as gifts! However, the gift packages I stumbled upon were just perfect for that “hard to buy for” person!
They’re perfect gifts for a teacher, co-worker, or an aunt that may enjoy curling up on the couch with a good book and a cup of hot tea or cocoa.
Lois, the librarian, told me all about the custom-made gift packages that support the Sparta Library. The gift package includes a book, tea cup or coffee mug, tea or hot chocolate, and other goodies. The newer infant gift packages were very cute and those sets included kids books and a treat like animal crackers.

Holy Family Holiday Bazaar

Get a jump on your holiday shopping on November 6, 2010 from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Holy Family Church Holiday Bazaar at 425 S. State Street in Sparta, Michigan. Check out numerous local handmade crafts & gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season!