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New discovery made during Dollar N' More restoration

New discovery made during Dollar N' More restoration

SPARTA, Mich.—A downtown business renovating its way through history is gaining ground.

One  of the owners of Dollar N’ More says workers have finished painting the back of the building, removed the front west windows, and plan to install windows to the east of the front door on Monday.  Crews are also repairing the exterior brick wall.

The owner says crews have also uncovered a thick glass block wall at the top of the building while taking off the siding.  Workers plan to strip the interior dry wall so the glass block will be visible, allowing natural light to shine into the store.

The owners of Dollar N’ More are expecting even more significant changes next week.

Dollar N’ More will remain open for business through the renovation process, which is expected to wrap up by Thanksgiving.

Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall now moves library visitors

Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall now moves library visitors

SPARTA, Mich.—The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall has left Sparta, but its memories remain.

Seven photographers with the Sparta Camera Club captured images of the wall as it visited the village August 29 through September 2.  The group then put those photos together for a display now open to the public at the Sparta Carnegie Township Library.

The collection of 46 images is posted on the library’s east wall.  Camera Club President Brenda Christensen says the display will likely remain up through the end of the month.  She says the group is also planning to do something special with the display for local veterans.

Visitors can look through the images during the library’s regular business hours, which are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Auditions for 'Titanic, the Musical' November 4 and November 8

Auditions for 'Titanic, the Musical' November 4 and November 8

SPARTA, Mich.-- The Sparta Community Theatre welcomes  community members who like to sing and perform in front of a crowd to audition for “Titanic, the Musical.”

The auditions will take place on Monday, November 4 and Friday, November 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sparta Middle School cafeteria, located on 480 S. State St. Call backs will take place on Saturday, November 9, from 9 p.m.

25th Annual Holy Family Holiday Bazaar on November 2

25th Annual Holy Family Holiday Bazaar on November 2

Holy Family Parish located at 425 South State Street in Sparta is hosting their Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

There is Free admission to visit 35 booths of one-of-a-kind craft items, the chance to win handmade quilts , a bake sale, door prizes, along with lunch items like hotdog’s & BBQ’s. A whole lot of fun for everyone!

Call: (616)887-8222 or visit www.holyfamilysparta.catholicweb.com for more event listings.

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.

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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Artists add outdoor flair to downtown businesses

Artists add outdoor flair to downtown businesses

SPARTA, Mich.—Some fresh murals are beginning to grace the outer walls of businesses in downtown Sparta.

The first of three murals went up on the old Wolff’s Drugs building at Union and Division a few weeks ago.  In the next few weeks, a second piece will be installed on the exterior of the Historic Commission Offices at 71 N. Union; the final mural will grace the wall of Freeland Chiropractic at Division and Maple.

The pieces are the work of three finalists in this year’s “Art in Sparta Mural Review,” organized by the Downtown Development Authority.  The artists painted their work on a piece of material, which is then mounted onto the walls.  DDA Director Elizabeth Morse says the pieces are guaranteed for 10 years, but the village is willing to work with business owners who are concerned the artwork will inhibit selling their space.