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Free Easter Egg Hunt - March 30

Free Easter Egg Hunt - March 30

Children age 3 & under, 4 to 7 and 8 to 11 are in for a real treat during this Free Easter Egg Hunt taking place on Saturday, March 30 from 10am to 12pm at the Howard Christian Nature Center located at 16190 Red Pine Dr. in Kent City, Michigan. Don’t forget your camera’s to catch your child’s happy moments, gathering Easter Eggs throughout the morning. Go to www.lilysfrogpad.com or e-mail cperski@lilysfrogpad.com or call: (616)675-3258 for more information.

Vietnam Wall Replica May Return To Sparta

Vietnam Wall Replica May Return To Sparta
In 2008, The Moving Wall came to Sparta. Now, the community is working to bring it back five years later. Many businesses and community members are contributing to the effort so the replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. can return to Sparta on August 29th and leave September 3rd , 2013. If you're interested in helping bring the wall to Sparta for a second time, the next community meeting is April 16 at 6:00pm at the Sparta Fire House. You can also like the Facebook page around the effort called "Sparta Vietnam Moving Wall."

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.