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Volunteers needed as Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall returns

Volunteers needed as Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall returns

SPARTA, Mich.-- A group of people organizing the return of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall to Sparta will meet at the Sparta Fire House Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m.

The memorial will get a motorcycle escort from Westgate Bowl into Sparta on August 29.  The tribute will be available for public viewing at Balyeat Field, located at 182 Elm St., through September 2.

Volunteers are needed to line Sparta Avenue to Balyeat Field with American flags for the memorial’s move on August 29.  People are also needed to help set up the wall, set up and tear down seating in Rogers Park for the opening ceremonies and help people find names of veterans on the wall.  To sign up, email Bill Hayes at wbchayes@yahoo.com .

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

Spring storms: Share your photos and video

(WZZM) -- West Michigan may see some strong storms Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

You can send us your photos of the storms or the damage they leave behind by emailing news@wzzm13.com.

You can also track the storms from your home using our iControl Radar by clicking here or downloading the WZZM 13 app for your iPhone, iPad or Android phone by searching "WZZM 13" in the Apple or Google stores.

The strawberries are ready! Fruit Ridge Farm Market opens June 14

The strawberries are ready!  Fruit Ridge Farm Market opens June 14

SPARTA, Mich.—The Fruit Ridge Farm Market opens for the season on Friday, June 14.

The owners say the strawberries are ready for the picking.  Pre-picked quarts will be $3.50 and flats (eight quarts) will be $24, while supplies last.

Fruit Ridge Farm Market will host its first “u-pick” day on Wednesday, June 19.   “U-pick” strawberries will be $1.25 per pound.  Customers who plan to pick their own strawberries are asked to bring their own containers from home.

Fruit Ridge Farm Market is located at 9000 Fruit Ridge Ave. in Sparta.  For more information about strawberry picking, visit the Fruit Ridge Farm Market’s website here.

UPDATE: Missing woman found dead in Sparta

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sparta Police have found the body of Colleen Corrigan-Duncan. Her body was discovered late Tuesday afternoon a short distance from her home on 13 Mile Road.

The 51-year-old woman was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Monday night. She told someone at her home that she was going to McDonald's for a drink.

Corrigan-Duncan's family told police they were concerned about her wellbeing due to statements she had made in person and online.

'Real to Reel' Movie Exhibit in Lowell

Film critic, Stephanie Webb, takes you on a tour of the "Real to Reel" movie history exhibit at the Lowell Area Historical Museum.

Visitors can also rent out part of the exhibit - the theatre room - for private viewing parties! For more on this and the times/ticket info for the exhibit:

Lowell Area Historical Museum

325 W. Main Street, Lowell, 49331

616.897.7688

www.lowellmuseum.org

Exodus of migrant workers leads to teacher layoffs

Sparta, MI (WZZM) - Faced with a $2 million deficit, declining enrollment and increased expenses, the Sparta School Board is laying off teachers and reassigning staff.

That has some parents upset and worried.

"We are concerned about the cuts and changes at the school, not just the teachers we lost to layoff, but all the changes in the classroom," explains parent Jody Hyde.

To cut costs the district is laying off 16 teachers, transferring others and reassigning some administrative and support staff.

"It's an extremely difficult choice," says Sparta Board Of Education President Warren Hill. "Over the last few years we have tried to keep our reductions as far away from the classroom as possible. This year we have a $2.3 million deficit and we could no longer afford to keep it away from the classroom."