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Sparta puts Ambulance Barn up for sale

Sparta puts Ambulance Barn up for sale

SPARTA, Mich.—Sparta’s old Ambulance Barn is back on the market.

Village Manager Martin Super says the Village added the property to real estate listings last week.   The facility, located at  E. Gardner and Washington streets, is no longer used to house ambulances, but serves as a storage facility for community event supplies.

Super says the building could be better used by a company; he says the space is ideal for businesses like a car detail shop or a heating and cooling service.

Super says the Village will build a new facility near the Department of Public Works garage at 276 West Division, which will be large enough to house trailers for Sparta Town & Country Days.  Work on the new facility will likely begin in spring.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 12.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford. The county will also accept drop-off items on October 26 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.

Allendale tops Sparta, 38-7

ALLENDALE (WZZM) -- The Allendale Falcons are back in the playoffs following a 38-7 win over Sparta.

The Haiden Majewski to Nate Couturier combination led the way again for the Falcons, who are now 4-1 in the O-K Blue.

Sparta falls to 5-2 overall.

Michigan Works! looks for hard workers to honor

Michigan Works! looks for hard workers to honor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Michigan Works! is looking for employees in Kent and Allegan counties who go above and beyond to make customers happy.

This is the sixth year the agency has honored important yet sometimes undervalued workers during the Essential Service Awards. 

“While all employees contribute to the growth of our community and the efficiency of their organization, we tend to recognize those in leadership or highly visible positions,” says Dave Smith, chair of the Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties Workforce Development Board.  “We often overlook the significant contributions that a virtually invisible workforce – the support workers within the various sectors – makes to our community by passionately performing less visible tasks.  The Essential Service Awards recognize exceptional individuals performing these necessary and essential jobs.” 

Sparta begins leaf pick-up October 14

Sparta begins leaf pick-up October 14

SPARTA, Mich.—It’s fall, which means leaves are littering the yards in Sparta.

The village will begin wide leaf pick-up for fall Monday, October 14.  Residents are asked to rake their leaves into piles between the curb and sidewalk area or near the street.   Leaves should not be raked into the streets, where they can clog storm drains.  Leaves contaminated by pet waste or trash will not be picked up.

Leaf pick-up service runs through the end of November. 

Artists add outdoor flair to downtown businesses

Artists add outdoor flair to downtown businesses

SPARTA, Mich.—Some fresh murals are beginning to grace the outer walls of businesses in downtown Sparta.

The first of three murals went up on the old Wolff’s Drugs building at Union and Division a few weeks ago.  In the next few weeks, a second piece will be installed on the exterior of the Historic Commission Offices at 71 N. Union; the final mural will grace the wall of Freeland Chiropractic at Division and Maple.

The pieces are the work of three finalists in this year’s “Art in Sparta Mural Review,” organized by the Downtown Development Authority.  The artists painted their work on a piece of material, which is then mounted onto the walls.  DDA Director Elizabeth Morse says the pieces are guaranteed for 10 years, but the village is willing to work with business owners who are concerned the artwork will inhibit selling their space.

Fall Harvest Festival 2013

Fall Harvest Festival 2013

KENT CITY, Mich.-- The 125-year-old farm, located at 11966 Fruit Ridge NW, is all about good old fashion fun through October 27.

Fall Harvest Festival features many activities for the whole family to experience, along with the opportunity to ride a wagon led by draft horses through the tranquil orchards, woods and a pumpkin patch. Visitors are encouraged to stop and  pick apples or pumpkins during the ride without worrry-  the next wagon will shuttle you back to the barns for refreshments and more fun.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday through Thursday by reservation
  • Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, go to http://www.fruitridgehayrides.com/ or call (616) 887-5052.