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Orchard donates plentiful apple crop to local food pantries

Orchard donates plentiful apple crop to local food pantries

SPARTA, Mich.—Riveridge Producer Marketing, Inc. will welcome volunteers from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank this weekend to pick apples for hungry families.

The company, which represents 100 family-run apple orchards and managers 700 of its own acres, has provided apples to pantries statewide since 1998; however this will be the first year Feeding American West Michigan has gathered fruit from Riveridge’s trees directly.

“Being good neighbors is really important to Riveridge,” said company president Don Armock. “Meeting our neighbors’ hunger needs is near and dear to the hearts of Riveridge as a company.”

Agricultural leaders are expecting a historic apple crop in Michigan this year, with a 30 million bushel yield.  That’s 10 fold last year’s frost-stunted harvest.  It’s been such a good year that many growers may not be able to pick the entire crop before the frost takes over.  That’s where Feeding America West Michigan comes in.

Crafts on the Ridge on Saturday, October 26

Crafts on the Ridge on Saturday, October 26

One-of-a-kind handmade items created by local artisans can be found for the upcoming holidays at the Crafts on the Ridge event this Saturday, October 26 from 9am to 2pm.

Admission is $1 to this Craft event with lunch and a Bake Sale available at Mamrelund Lutheran Church located at 4085 Lutheran Church Road in Kent City, half way between 14 & 15 Mile Road, just off Fruit Ridge Avenue NW.

Call: (616)887-8873 for more information or visit www.mamrelund.weebly.com for more MLC event listings.

Belding routs Sparta, keeps playoff hopes alive

SPARTA (WZZM) -- Both Belding and Sparta are one win away from the postseason, after the Redskins beat the Spartans, 35-14.

Sam Beckett put the game away for Belding with a 60-yard TD run in the third quarter.

Both teams are 5-3. Belding plays Wyoming next week while Sparta plays Comstock Park.

West Michigan Geothermal

West Michigan Geothermal

8475 Sparta Line Rd.

Sparta, Michigan 49345

Phone: (616) 887-4030

Website: www.westmigeothermal.com

B&B Heating and Cooling

8475 Sparta Line Rd.

Sparta, Michigan 49345

Phone: (616) 887-1290

Website: www.bbheatandcool.com

For more information:

www.mygeoguys.com

 

Habitat for Humanity eyes empty lots in Sparta

Habitat for Humanity eyes empty lots in Sparta

SPARTA, Mich.—A lot that’s been an eyesore for years may soon be home to a new house.

The village is working on a deal with Habitat for Humanity to build a new home at 102 Martindale St.  The lot used to contain a vacant home, but Village Manager Martin Super says it was condemned and demolished two years ago. 

Habitat for Humanity is also interested in adding three more homes on Loomis Street, in addition to the three homes the organization already built in that neighborhood.  The new homes would be located on two existing lots—one is an old village right-of-way, the other is privately owned. 

Super says the new homes would help drive down water and sewer bills for all residents, in addition to increasing property values.  Super says demand for homes in Sparta is increasing; houses that took years to sell during the recession are now being bought in two to three months.

History uncovered: Renovations take downtown business back in time

History uncovered: Renovations take downtown business back in time

SPARTA, Mich.—The owners of a downtown business are discovering some historic treasures as renovations take their building back in time.

Before it was Dollar N’ More, the building at 112 E. Division St. was the Johnson-Smith Department Store. According to Downtown Development Authority Director Elizabeth Morse, a fire on March 19, 1941 destroyed the store and all of its contents. Four months later, the building’s owner told the Sentinel-Leader she would rebuild the facility as a tribute to her late husband, August Johnson. 

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Credit unions join cash mob to support local business

Credit unions join cash mob to support local business

Three West Michigan credit unions will take part in a statewide cash mob Tuesday, treating local business employees to lunch.

Community West Credit Union based in Wyoming, Rogue River Community Credit Union based in Sparta and My Personal Credit Union based in Wyoming are all taking part in the event, which is part of the CU Lunch Local program.

“Michigan credit unions are first and foremost rooted in their communities, and CU Lunch Local is a way for us to demonstrate that,” said Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates CEO David Adams. “Our credit unions support small businesses in so many ways, including business lending that is helping to create jobs and help move the state’s economy forward. CU Lunch Local is an opportunity to show everyone just how big the credit union commitment to small business really is.”