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Sundaes at the Park

In August, Tim & Lynn Driscoll along with their daughter's and Sparta Chamber members celebrated the Grand Opening ribbon cutting of Sundaes in the Park. This new ice cream & more shop is located at the edge of Rogers Park, across from Sparta Lanes. There is a "Dog House"in Sundaes in the Park that features four different sizes of all beef dogs. The Puppy Dog (kid size),  the Hot Dog (normal size), the Top Dog (1/5-pound pure Angus beef) and the Big Dog (1/2-pound of pure Angus beef). There will be Deli sandwiches, paninis, wraps, soup and salads coming soon. You'll find 16 flavors of Hudsonville hard ice cream & more than 30 flavors of soft ice cream and shakes. This delectable shop will be open year-round!    

Thursday Music at Peace, Fall Concert Series

Peace Lutheran Church presents "Thursday Music at Peace" debuting three fall concerts taking place the first Thursday of each month from 12:15pm to 12:45pm at 1225 12 Mile Road NW in Sparta, Michigan. A free will offering will be accepted for a soup & salad lunch beginning at 11:30am for those who would like to partake.

October 7 - pianist, Stephen Pinkous & saxophonists, Caleb Hugo will entertain with jazz-inspired music

November 4 - Christine Schut will delight all with seasonal organ music

December 2 - baritone soloist, Randy Posthumus will perform Christmas music

Rodeo grounds to be site for Halloween event

The old Sparta rodeo grounds on the corner of 13 Mile & M-37 has sat vacant since the closure of the rodeo. Robert Preston, president of The Stable Group, Incorporated and John Kunz of Arrowhead Productions and a Sparta resident have taken interest in the property and work is in progress to convert the land into a Festival of Fear for the month of October. This goulish project will consist of family friendly activities from pumpkin patches, face painting, mazes and haunted trails. The 100-plus acres will be Michigan's largest outdoor Halloween venue, offering something for the entire family! Hours of operations are Friday through Sunday from noon to midnight and most week days from 5pm to midnight. Check out the website at www.festivaloffear.net for detailed hours of operation.

If you're interested in volunteering for this event e-mail: haunting.michigan@gmail.com

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/.

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