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Sparta Village To Develop Central Park into Housing

Sparta Village To Develop Central Park into Housing

The Sparta Village Council recently voted to subdivide Central Park into 20 lots for new homes. This is the property of the former Central School that was demolished. The Council is hoping an area developer will come forward with an interest in this property.

The lots would sell for $6000 each and are 66 feet wide by 132 feet long. The Village president, Skip Meyer, states that he is pleased with the subdivision plans by Roosien Associates.  “We hope to build a walk able subdivision that will attract new residents to our village,” said Mr. Meyer.

Some residents are not too happy about this decision, saying their children frequent this park on a regular basis, but as Mr. Meyer pointed out, there are two parks within a block of this location, Bayleaf and Rodgers Park.

Puzzle Tournament Raises $373 for Relay For Life

Puzzle Tournament Raises $373 for Relay For Life

A Puzzle Tournament over the weekend had teams of two racing to see who could finish a 500 piece puzzle first. Each person paid $15 to enter for the event at Kowlton & McFall Dentistry in Sparta on Saturday.  The first place winners were the team of "Emily and Melissa," who finished in 1 hour 9 minutes Second went to "Joan and Carol," who finished in 1 hour 16 minutes, and third was "Ruth and Jeanne," who finished in 1 hour 43 minutes! Profits from the tournament raised $373 for Relay for Life.

 

 

Business Talk with Rep. Rob VerHeulen - April 15

Business Talk with Rep. Rob VerHeulen - April 15

74th District State Representative Rob VerHeulen will be part of a roundtable discussion in Sparta on April 15. The Sparta Business Roundtable is an opportunity to have important corporations and industry in the area discuss matters that affect business & economic development on a local level. This meeting will also be an opportunity to meet other businesses & industry leaders. Continue Reading →

Sparta’s Michigan Beer Cellar Successfully Sells Via Craigslist

Sparta’s Michigan Beer Cellar Successfully Sells Via Craigslist

Michigan Beer Cellar’s founder Dan Humphrey made the news last fall when he put his successful Sparta-based brew for sale on Craigslist with an asking price of over $500,000. After discussions with approximately 20 different interested parties, Michigan Beer Cellar has found it’s new owner. Chuck Brown, whose background experience includes many years in accounting and food service, has had owning and operating a restaurant as a goal. In the last couple of years, a home-brewing hobby fueled by a Mr. Beer kit leading to all-grain brewing has resulted in shifting priorities..

Angela's Italian Celebrates 30 Years in Sparta

Angela's Italian Celebrates 30 Years in Sparta

Angela's Italian Restaurant & Pizza at 240 E Division St in Sparta recently celebrated 30yrs. of business with a new menu & chef. The Sparta Chamber of Commerce is offering a prize to those who comment on their favorite Italian dish on its Facebook page.

2013 Mural Contest

2013 Mural Contest

The Art in SpARTa Street Art Review Committee, on behalf of the Sparta Downtown Development Authority, is now calling on artists to submit concepts for murals to be raised during the 2013 summer in downtown Sparta. Continue Reading →

Michigan apple crop outlook: Farmers hopeful

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan apple farmers are hopeful their crop will turn out better this year, after a devastating season last year.

At this time in 2012, the apple season was running a month ahead of schedule, because of the unusually warm winter.

"[The] buds were swelling up, things were starting to break," recalls Jim May of May Farms.

Everything went downhill from there. Subsequent frost destroyed nearly 90 percent of the state's apple crop.

Fast forward to March 2013, and snow still covers May's orchard. The only things breaking are tree branches being trimmed.

May says he could use more snow and water, but he's just happy to have the little snow covering the ground.

"A year ago we were on pins and needles, worrying about what was going to happen, and the inevitable did happen," he says.