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Sparta Village spring clean-up on Friday

Sparta Village spring clean-up on Friday

Sparta residents are invited to take part in the Spring Clean-up on Friday, April 25.

Residents can visit the DPW Garage at 276 Division in Sparta from 9:00am through 3pm to bring their clean-up items with proof of residency.  

“Yard waste, rubbish (maximum of 4 tires), metal, appliances, batteries, propane tanks, and electronics will be accepted. Hazardous waste including paints, oils, and other liquids will not be accepted. Residents are expected to unload their own yard waste, rubbish etc. Village and township personnel will assist with unloading as much as possible. Workers are checking identification to verify residency.

Visit http://spartami.org/ for more calendar events.

My Town Sparta: Free photos with the Easter Bunny April 4

My Town Sparta: Free photos with the Easter Bunny April 4

SPARTA, Mich.—The Easter Bunny will take a break from hiding eggs to hop into Sparta this weekend.

Families are invited to visit the Easter Bunny Saturday, April 4 at Sparta Community House, 80 N. Union Street. Children can pose for free pictures taken by the North Kent Camera Club.  Family Farm & Home will have baby chicks and ducks available to entertain the kids while they wait to visit the harbinger of spring. 

The Easter Bunny’s visit will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking is available in the library lot.

My Town: Spring Church Bazaar returns Saturday

My Town: Spring Church Bazaar returns Saturday

KENT CITY, Mich.-- Spring is here, which means it's time for the Spring Church Bazaar.

The event showcases booths filled with one-of-a-kind gifts made available by artists and vendors.  The bazaar is open Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will also have the opportunity to check out delicious baked goods and experience lunch during this spring craft show. Proceeds from the luncheon and bake sale will benefit the Adopt-A-Family program.

Admission is $1.  The Spring Church Bazaar will take place at Mamrelund Church located on 4085 Lutheran Church Road in Kent City.  For more information, call (616) 887-8873 or visit www.mamrelund.weebly.com.

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

HBA of Greater Grand Rapids announces winner of $10k giveaway for home renovations

HBA of Greater Grand Rapids announces winner of $10k giveaway for home renovations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– A homeowner in Eastown is getting $10,000 to renovate her place.

Cami Estep won the giveaway contest by the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids and Option 1 Credit Union.  The two groups launched the contest in February, during the Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Home Show. 

“Our home is more than 100 years old, so the possibilities for projects are endless,” said Estep. “We were already planning on redoing an upstairs bathroom, but our furnace has been making some interesting noises lately, so we may choose to replace our aging heating and cooling system instead!”

Although she may not know exactly how to invest the money yet, one thing is for certain-- Estep and her family are very grateful for the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids.

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

---NEWS RELEASE---

Comstock Park Rotary is hosting the annual Interclub dinner, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Pepsi Stadium Club at Fifth-Third Ball Park.  The event will feature a sneak preview of a new documentary which tells stories from the all-American girls’ professional baseball team. 

Dr. Jim Smither, Grand Valley State University, Veterans History Project, tells how the league was part of the home front during World War II and how this led to the documentary on baseball. The collaborators participated in two reunions of the whole girls’ professional baseball league and did 48 interviews with former players including the Grand Rapids Chicks. 

This documentary is a collaboration of Professor Jim Smither, GVSU, Professor Frank Boring, GVSU Film & Video program, producer working with the editors, Professor Janet Coryell, Western Michigan University History Dept. who wrote the script, and a student editor.

My Town: Author of “How to Walk to School” addresses need for strong neighborhood schools

My Town: Author of “How to Walk to School” addresses need for strong neighborhood schools

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Jacqueline von Edelberg will tell the story of how she and other neighborhood moms galvanized their community to transform a struggling neighborhood school into one of Chicago’s best at an event on Thursday, March 12 at Congress Elementary School.

Von Edelberg co-authored the book “How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance,” which inspired East Hills Loves Congress and the Congress neighborhood/school initiative.