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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: Date set for the Sparta Rodeo's return

My Town: Date set for the Sparta Rodeo's return

SPARTA, Mich.—Get your cowboy hats ready—the date is set for the return of the Sparta Rodeo.

This year’s event will take place Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 at 5 p.m. at the Sparta Rodeo Grounds, located at M-37 and 13 Mile Road.  Organizers plan to prepare the grounds beginning August 29.  No glass bottles or dogs will be allowed at the event.  All seating will be on the lawn.

Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for youth ages 6-17 and free for children up to age five.  Camping will also be available from Sept. 2 through Sept. 7; for rates, visit the event site here.

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

OKEMOS, Mich.-- As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, one of Michigan’s statewide virtual schools – Michigan Connections Academy – has scheduled a variety of information events throughout March.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

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: Search for Kent ISD's next superintendent down to two

My Town: Search for Kent ISD's next superintendent down to two

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The search for Kent Intermediate School District’s next superintendent is down to two people.

After the first round of interviews this week, the Kent ISD School board whittled down the pool of four finalists to two- Ron Caniff, superintendent of Grandville Public Schools; and Tom Martin, superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools.  Superintendents Dr. Curtis Finch of the Mecosta-Osceola ISD and Dr. Sara Magana Shubel of East Grand Rapids Public Schools were not selected for second round interviews.

Caniff and Martin will be interviewed a second time Tuesday, March 31.  The person selected for the job will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring on June 30, after nine years of leading Kent ISD.

Down to four: Where the search for Kent ISD’s next superintendent stands

Down to four: Where the search for Kent ISD’s next superintendent stands

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Leaders of the Kent Intermediate School District are narrowing their search for the ISD’s next superintendent.

Board members will begin interviewing the four finalists this week.  The candidates include Ron Caniff, superintendent of Grandville Public Schools; Dr. Curtis Finch, superintendent of the Mecosta-Osceola ISD; Tom Martin, superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools; and Dr. Sara Magana Schubel, superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Finch will be first up for questioning.  His interview will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday.  Shubel and Caniff will be interviewed Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m.; Martin will answer the Board’s questions on Thursday.  The second round of interviews will take place Tuesday, March 31.

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

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

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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.