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Teachers to help serve up food for classroom grants November 4

Teachers to help serve up food for classroom grants November 4

SPARTA, Mich.-- This academic year is off to a good start for Sparta Area Schools, with staff pledging to donate more than $14,000 to the Sparta Education Foundation (SEF).

Since 1991, the SEF has given the community and school staff an opportunity to work together to provide the “extras for education.” Funds raised are used to award grants in November and February to teachers to benefit their students and also to build an endowment fund for sustained support of Sparta Area Schools.

The first fundraiser of the school year, "Food for Thought at Downtown Trini’s," will be held on Monday, November 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For the past decade, Trini and Joe Paiz have opened their popular Mexican restaurant at 148 E. State St. just for this event. They give all tips, plus a generous corporate donation, to SEF. School staff will be there to greet students and assist the servers.

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out


  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

Longtime business moving to its own space

Longtime business moving to its own space

SPARTA, Mich.—A business that’s been in downtown Sparta for more than 50 years is moving.

Construction crews are in the process of building a new home for Momber Hometown Pharmacy.  The new facility is located at the corner of Division and South State Street, about a block down from the business’ current location, at 133 E. Division St.

Pharmacist Manager Steven DenBesten says the owners of Momber Pharmacy decided to move the business because the market conditions are right to own a facility, rather than rent.

CORRECTION: Empty downtown lot to soon house new business

CORRECTION: Empty downtown lot to soon house new business

SPARTA, Mich. – An empty property in downtown Sparta will soon be transformed into a business complex.

A small driveway on the lot located at 313 S. State St. was previously owned by the village, with the thought that a public road may have been needed there.  Sparta officials say the driveway was abandoned by the village, but the county has no record of it, so the village had to formally re-abandon the driveway on paper so it could be taken over by the adjacent property owner for construction to proceed.

A dental or orthodontist office will be the first business to open in the space.  Developers also plan to create additional office space for other businesses.  

WZZM 13 My Town apologizes for confusion caused by incorrect information regarding the right of way issue.

HS football playoff pairings announced

EAST LANSING, Mich. (MHSAA) -- Here are the pairings for the 2013 MHSAA Football Playoffs, which begin with Pre-Districts in the 11-Player Playoffs and Pre-Regionals in the 8-Player Playoffs Nov. 1-2.

Qualifying teams for the Playoffs were divided into eight Divisions of 32 schools each. Within each Division are four Regions of eight teams each; and within those regions are two Districts of four teams each. Pre-District pairings are based on regular-season computer rankings, with the first-place team in each District hosting the fourth-place team; and the second-place team hosting the third-ranked team.

The weekend of Nov. 8-9 will have District Finals in the 11-Player Playoffs and Regional Finals in the 8-Player Playoffs, at the site of the highest-ranked team which was victorious in the previous round of play.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 26.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Comstock Park finishes perfect regular season

COMSTOCK PARK (WZZM) -- Comstock Park ended a perfect regular season with a 34-7 win over Sparta.

The win also gives the Panthers the outright O-K Blue title.

Sparta falls to 5-4 with the loss.