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Alpine Festival at Holy Trinity Parish

Alpine Festival at Holy Trinity Parish

Holy Trinity Parish of Comstock Park, MI is hosting their Alpine Festival on Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th.  The parish is located at 1200 Alpine Church Rd, just off Alpine Ave.

Festivities begin at 7:00pm Saturday, for adults only, with a Las Vegas Party. On Sunday, the day of activities begins at 11:00am and goes until 5:00pm with many things to do for children and adults alike. Games, Food and Prizes on both days.

A BBQ Chicken dinner will be available on Sunday from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

There are tickets available for raffles throughout the festival.  Sunday Bingo also from 12:30 – 4:30pm.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Sable Homes to build 20 new homes to help spur Sparta's economy

Sable Homes to build 20 new homes to help spur Sparta's economy

SPARTA, Mich. Rockford-based Sable Homes announced Thursday that construction on their newest development will begin in late September.

The land, located in the Village of Sparta near the intersection of North State and East Division, will feature 20 homes, along with a new model and housing design center which will help continue the economic growth in downtown Sparta. 

“Recently, Sparta has seen substantial growth in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors,” said John Bitely, president of Sable Homes. “We want to help stimulate this growth by bringing families downtown and boosting the village economy.”

Sable Homes reached out to the community via Facebook and Twitter to solicit help naming its new development opening in downtown Sparta.

Family escapes Sparta house fire

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters are investigating a fire that forced a Sparta family out of their home.

It happened around 3:15 a.m. Friday in the 400 block of East Gardner.

Crews say the fire in the basement sent smoke throughout the home.

No one was injured, and firefighters put the blaze out within 30 minutes.

Crews from Algoma Township and Kent City assisted Sparta firefighters.

Sparta 6, Fremont 0

SPARTA (WZZM) -- It took a while, but the Sparta Spartans broke through in the fourth quarter to break a scoreless tie and beat the Fremont Packers, 6-0.

Sparta faces Cedar Springs next week, while Fremont battles Fruitport.

Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall coming to Sparta

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall is in West Michigan, and you're invited to tour the tribute to America's fallen servicemen and women from the war.

The Wall will be escorted to Sparta by motorcycles.  Anyone wishing to be part of the escort is asked to meet at Westgate Bowl in Comstock Park between 8 - 8:30 a.m. Thursday.   The procession will go north on M-37 to Balyeat Field.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, organizers of the Wall's visit will hold opening ceremonies at Rogers Park, behind the civic center at 75 North Union.  An honor guard will march to the wall at Balyeat Field.

The wall will be open for display 24 hours a day through September 2.

The wall is 252.4 feet -- just over half the size of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Rodeo returning to Sparta, MI this Weekend

Rodeo returning to Sparta, MI this Weekend

It’s coming back to Sparta!! The long awaited Rodeo is returning to Sparta, MI once again after a 13 year absence of the Klein Rodeo. The Klein Rodeo was a Labor Day weekend event for 50 years and once again the new owners hope to restore the excitement of this special time.

Arlene Klein, widow of Ken Klein, the original founder of this Rodeo, will be on hand before the first event takes place. To quote her, “Wild horses couldn’t keep me away.”

Campers started arriving on Wednesday of this week and the camping area will remain open through Monday, September 2nd. The Rodeo will be held on the Old Rodeo grounds located at M-37 & 13 Mile Road in Sparta.

The Rodeo will feature all the classic rodeo events for an audience of at least 5000 people expected with that number going even as high as 10,000 if e-mails and phone calls are any evidence.