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New flag pole erected in honor of Bill Bloom

This summer a group of Sparta residents and patriots worked together to replace the flag pole at the north end of the Spartans football field to honor the memory of Bill Bloom, a long time school district employee and community supporter. The long list of contributors, Troop 704 & several community businesses participated in this project, demonstrating the spirit of cooperation and community involvement. This is what makes Sparta a great place to live. 

2009-2010 Yearbooks arriving soon

From: http://www.spartaschools.org

Spartan students, the 2009-2010 yearbooks will be arriving any day now. Check out the book cover. A mock-up is hanging in the student store. Extra copies will be sold for $65, but supplies are limited. Get your money to VanDusen to reserve a copy. Extras will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Sparta Fire Department needs help for a $10K grant

Through the "Be Fire Smart Pledge", community members can take an online fire safety quiz to help the Sparta Fire department to win a $10,000 grant from the Liberty Mutual fire safety program.

The fire safety quiz can be found at www.befiresmart.com/.

Milestones on Mainstreet: Days of the Peach Ridge Apple Smorgasbord

1951 – The First Time

Harvest on the Ridge Scarecrow contest entries now being accepted

Entries will be displayed Sept 23-25 in Downtown Sparta.  Money prizes will be awarded!  Click on the link for all of the details.

http://spartachamber.com/coc/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/SCARECROW-CONTEST-ENTRY-INFORMATION-2010.pdf

Free tote from Sparta Farmers Market

From Sparta Chamber

Tonight began the Stamp Card at the Farmers Market in Downtown Sparta!

Spend $20 at the market throughout the month of September and receive a FREE Sparta shopping tote!

The Village of Sparta farmers' market runs Wednesdays 5 pm to dusk behind ChoiceOne Bank!

A Strange Foam Discovered at the Middle School

From: http://www.spartaschools.org
By Zac Curtis and Maddie Rummler

The Kent Intermediate School District had a few of their specially trained instructors from the Aeronautics Education Lab, stop by the 8th grade science classes at the Middle School and get things foaming with a chemical reaction that got students talking. The purpose of the lab was to teach these 8th grade students about the types of plastics that NASA uses in their rockets and shuttles and let them experience making them.

The plastics lab consisted of a few chemicals that when mixed together made a root beer looking foam. There were two plastics made: A higher tougher plastic and a softer lower one that the students enjoyed creating.