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Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.

Cinco De Mayo Festivities Planned

Cinco De Mayo Festivities Planned

  Instead of on May 5th, a Cinco De Mayo party will be held on Saturday, May 4th in downtown Sparta in the parking lot of Downtown Trini's Restaurant. 

  The festivities run from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. and will feature three bands, food and drinks.  For more information contact Downtown Trini's at (616) 887-2500

Seeking Artists & Musicians

Seeking Artists & Musicians

The new Third Thursday Street Festival is scheduled for June 20 & August 15 from 5 to 8pm in downtown Sparta. This Festival will showcase new amenities & merchants through art booths, sidewalk sales, along with street entertainment like, artists, performers & musicians. The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) office encourages musicians, artists and street talent to participate in these Festival dates by visiting www.spartami.org for an application or by calling at (616)887-2454.

For more information on the Third Thursday Street Festival, go to www.spartachamber.com.

Enter the WZZM 13 'Made in Michigan' giveaway

(WZZM) -- WZZM 13 is highlighting companies that make products here in our state and you could be a winner. Friday we will announce the third winner of our Made in Michigan giveaway.

This week's prize package includes one box of Sweetland chocolate every month for a year, a premium twin mattress set from Jonathon Stevens, and makeup from Artistry cosmetics.

To enter the contest visit the WZZM 13 Grand Rapids Facebook page. You can enter the contest once each day. The winner will be announced Friday during WZZM 13 News at 6 p.m.

Click here for a list of all the

Rain Barrel Workshop

Rain Barrel Workshop

The Village of Sparta invites the community to take part in this educational workshop at the Sparta Civic Center on April 30 at 6pm. This workshop will give points to help decrease your irrigation water bill and learn ways to make differences in waters that flow into the Rogue River, along with how households in Sparta through a small way, can make a difference in the environment.

Call: (616)887-8251 to RSVP for a place in this workshop & to reserve a rain barrel for $20.00 with instructions for use.

Sparta Clean Up Days begin April 18

Spring is here, so let the cleaning begin!

Sparta’s Public Works Department will hold Clean Up Days April 18 through April 20 this year.  At that time, township and village residents may drop off household rubbish and yard waste at the Public Works building, located at  156 E. Division St.

Alpine Golf Club lodge gutted by fire

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters are on the scene of a structure fire on M-37 near 7 Mile Road NW.

Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, dispatchers received calls that the Alpine Golf Club lodge was fully engulfed in flames. The golf course is located at 6320 Alpine Ave NW.

"We arrived on the scene, and a lot of flames were showing," says Deputy Chief Mike Lasko with the Alpine Township Fire Department.  "It pretty much worked its way through the building before we got here."

Lasko says it's too soon to say what may have caused the fire.

The Alpine Golf Club opened in 1964, according to its website.  The owner was remodeling the clubhouse -- and preparing to open the course for the season on Thursday.