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What’s Your Guess?

What’s Your Guess?

We can’t wait to see the big Christmas Tree sparkling after the Tree Lighting Countdown Friday, November 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm as part of the Shop Sparta Event! Santa will be leading the official countdown to the Christmas Shopping Season for Downtown Sparta!

On Friday evening, stop by to look at the lighted tree at 201 E. Division and post your bulb count guess on facebook.  The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to any Shop Sparta Event participating business of your choice!  To enter, simply post on facebook your guess of the amount of LED light bulbs on the Christmas Tree that sits in the center of downtown Sparta.  The closest facebook post will be contacted to choose their business of choice.  (Tie breakers will be decided by random drawing).  Visitwww.facebook.com/sparta.michigan to post your guess!

KDL - Some Services Unavailable Tues. Nov. 13

On Tuesday, November 13, our patron database system will be upgraded. Unfortunately, this means that a host of our services will be unavailable during this “downtime.”

Library services that WILL NOT be available:

There is some good news! These services WILL still be available:

UPDATE: Deer, driver following too close lead to deadly crash

UPDATE AT 4:00 P.M. (WZZM) -- Deputies are identifying the woman killed in a chain reaction accident involving a deer as a Stanwood resident, but say it appears the driver who rear-ended her vehicle was following too closely.

They say Anneke Jacoba Marek, 32, was killed when her car was hit from behind by a car driven by a Walloon Lake man.

According to deputies, Marek was southbound on U.S. 131 south of Post Drive around 9:15 a.m. Monday when a deer ran in front her car.  Marek either slowed or stopped on the freeway to avoid the deer.

Another car, driven by Gary James Rende, 70, ran into the back of Marek's car, pushing it off the freeway.  Marek was killed in the collision.

Rende was not injured, but his wife, Barbara, 66, suffered multiple non-life-threatening injuries.  She was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon.

Flag Retirement Services

 Flag Retirement Services

The American Legion are hosting, Flag Retirement Services on Sunday, November 12 at 6:00pm at the Sparta Civic Center. The community is invited to bring their old, tattered, worn & faded flags to be retired in the proper manner.

Go to www.spartachamber.com for Sparta event listings.

Veterans Day Deals

(WZZM) We have compiled this list of businesses, both local and national, that are offering specials to veterans on Veterans Day.  You are advised to check with the business BEFORE going there, as some national businesses may be subject to local manager's decisions or have other qualifying restrictions.  Also, different restaurants are asking for different means of identification. 

The list is compiled with deals on About.com and themillitarywallet.com and are only for businesses in West Michigan.

If you have a deal to be included for Veterans Day, please send it to news@wzzm13.com.

Make a Difference - give blood

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - In the wake of Super Storm Sandy and the recent Nor'Easter, the American Red Cross and Michigan Blood are asking you to give.

Here is a list of upcoming blood drives:

American Red Cross & Michigan Blood


  • Wyoming -  MiBlood: Car City Supercenter, 1515 28th Street SW - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


2nd annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning in Sparta!