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My Town: See Sparta's newly-approved budget

My Town: See Sparta's newly-approved budget

SPARTA, Mich.-- The Village of Sparta has posted the official budget for the 2015 fiscal year.  

You can find the entire plan here.

My Town Sparta: Eyesores eliminated for restaurant's expansion

My Town Sparta: Eyesores eliminated for restaurant's expansion

SPARTA, Mich.-- An eyesore in downtown Sparta is no longer.

Crews are demolishing two dilapidated buildings on East Division Street to make room for the expansion of Downtown Trini's and Margarita Joe's Restaurant.  The project includes adding outdoor patio seating, a new fascade, a larger kitchen and restroom and more indoor seating.  The restaurant will retain its Mexican fiesta vibe.

“We’ve been honored to be part of the Sparta community for 20 years.  It’s been an opportunity and a blessing and we are looking forward to many more,” said brothers Joe and Trini Paiz, who own the restaurant.   

My Town: Shop Sparta and meet Santa Nov. 21

My Town: Shop Sparta and meet Santa Nov. 21

SPARTA, Mich.— Sparta will begin celebrating the holiday season with the flip of a switch this weekend.

Santa will light the village’s Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Friday, as part of this year’s Shop Sparta event.  Village merchants will be extending their business hours and offering dales and deals so visitors can get a head start on their holiday shopping.  ChoiceOne Bank will be offering free gift wrapping during the event, which runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.    Community members can sample roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate, snap a photo with Santa’s reindeer and hop aboard a horse drawn trolley for free.  Santa will also be strolling the streets, giving out glow sticks.

For a map of the deals and events, visit the Sparta Chamber of Commerce website.

Food For Thought Fundraiser

Food For Thought Fundraiser

Downtown Trinis is normally closed on Mondays but Monday, November 3 from 4pm thru 8pm, Trinis will be open for the Food For Thought fundraiser.

The Sparta Education Foundation invites the public to visit Downtown Trinis located at 148 E. Division in Downtown Sparta for dinner.

The All New “Retro” Shasta Airflyte Arrives at TerryTown RV Superstore

The All New “Retro” Shasta Airflyte Arrives at TerryTown RV Superstore

The introduction of an ordinary new travel trailer model, while a big deal to RV enthusiasts, usually wouldn’t be considered newsworthy. But then, the 2015 Shasta Airflyte “Reissue” is no ordinary new travel trailer. The Airflyte is a brand-new faithful reproduction of Shasta’s 1961 design, from the birch-paneled interior with lantern-style LED light fixture to the distinctive canned-ham exterior profile right down to the wide whitewall tires. TerryTown RV Superstore, located on Division Avenue south of 68th Street, is proud to announce the arrival of the first models and welcomes customers to travel back in time as they travel the country.

Visitors to TerryTown’s showroom can’t walk by the Airflyte without poking their heads in the door. The trailer has been the subject of considerable Facebook buzz.

Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility

Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility
Todd Wenzel announced today that they have purchased the 29th Street property where they will begin remodeling the 34,000 square foot building to house their Collision and Appearance Center; currently located at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC on 28th Street. The dealer group plans to also move their centralized Business Development Center or BDC to the second floor of the building. By relocating the current body shop to 2700 29th St., Todd Wenzel Buick GMC will be able to improve the dealership’s quality of customer service and increase work flow. “We have recognized for some time now that our Buick and GMC business is greatly expanding and the 28th St. facility is bursting at the seams,” Wenzel said, “This expansion will provide much needed relief and allow for additional mechanical service growth.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Dedicate Hand-Crafted Peace Pole

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Dedicate Hand-Crafted Peace Pole

GRAND HAVEN, MICH., SEPT. 18, 2014―In observance of United Nations’ “International Day of Peace” worldwide, the general public is invited to a local observance at St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish to join in the dedication of a hand-crafted Peace Pole on Sunday, September 21st at 4 p.m. on the outdoor south side of the church, at 920 Fulton Avenue in Grand Haven.

“Pope Francis has asked all people to observe the upcoming International Day of Peace no matter whether they attend church or not and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us as we dedicate this long-lasting monument to peace,” said Sally Moser, an International Day of Peace event organizer with St. Patrick-St.