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Kindergarten Extended Childcare Services Change Locations

From: http://www.spartaschools.org

Beginning with the 2010-11 School Year, all Kindergarten Childcare services will no longer be part of the Smart Start Childcare at the White Early Childhood Center. Childcare services for all Kindergarten through 5th grade students will be part of the Before and After Care (BAC) Program. All Kindergarten childcare services during the school day (7:55 a.m.-3:20 p.m.) will be held at Ridgeview Elementary with extended day services (6:30 a.m.- 8:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) will
be provided at Appleview Elementary School. Transportation to and from the extended day services at Appleview will be provided by the district.

Kenowa Hills @ Sparta

SPARTA, MI (WZZM) - Separated by only a few miles, Kenowa Hills and Sparta kicked off the season at Spartan Field.

With Kenowa Hills leading 21-14, Sparta quarterback Cameron Cooper connected with Daniel Konkle to pull within one.

But Sparta missed the point after attempt.

Kenowa hills went on to score two more touchdowns to win by a final of 35 to 26.

Downtown Sparta Farmers Market

From: http://spartachamber.com

The Sparta Farmers Market is Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – Dusk beginning July 7 through October 20, 2010.  The Market will be set up at ChoiceOne Bank Parking Lot in downtown, Sparta!  (72 N. Union, MI 49345)

Upcoming Special Events:
Wed. Sept. 8th  – Mini Horses Onsite!
Wed. Sept. 22nd – Alpacas!
Wed. Oct. 2nd  – Kids Safety Night!

Sparta Area Schools - Welcome Back

From: http://www.spartaschools.org/District/Bellringer
By Kent Swinson, Superintendent

The beginning of a new school year holds the promise of opportunities for all students. It is normal that each fall brings a certain amount of change, and certainly 2010-11 will be no exception. What does remain constant is the Sparta Area Schools’ focus and commitment on putting “students first”. On behalf of the Board of Education, it is a pleasure to welcome back both new and returning students...

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State election officials certify Michigan primary results

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- State officials have certified the results from Michigan's August primary election.

The Board of State Canvassers certified the Aug. 3 election results on Monday. The certifications include the results of several Michigan's U.S. House primaries, including a relatively narrow victory in the 2nd District for Bill Huizenga in the Republican race over Jay Riemersma and five others.

Huizenga won by 663 votes and faces Democrat Fred Johnson in the November election for the western Michigan congressional seat.

Election officials earlier had certified a narrow victory for Dan Benishek in the Republican primary for the 1st Congressional District in northern Michigan. Benishek faces Democrat Gary McDowell in November.

Volunteers fixing home of Kent County couple whose daughter was murdered

ADA, Mich. (WZZM)-Some community members in Kent County are pitching in to help a couple whose daughter was murdered.

Julia Dawson was killed by her husband, Tim, in 2004. For years, her parents fought to gain custody of the couple's children. It was an expensive battle, so the Keenans haven't had money to fix up their home in Ada. That's why friends and volunteers are now trying to recruit others to help rebuild the house.

"The foundation has crumbled and they're working on replacing that now, and the roof caved in a few weeks ago in their kitchen," says volunteer organizer Dwin Dykema. "So my idea is well, if the big home makeover TV show won't come and do their makeover, then why don't we just all band together as a community and we'll do a community makeover. We can do that here."

Harvest on the Ridge Apple Festival

From http://spartachamber.com/

September 24 & 25, 2010
The Sparta Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the annual Harvest on the Ridge Apple Festival the last weekend in September. The Apple Festival is a family oriented event celebrating the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables in grown in Sparta, Michigan.