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Better Bites: Butternut, Honey Crisp Apple Soup with Chorizo Crouton

From Mark Kingshott, owner of All In One Chef

Mark is offering classes atSparta Community Education. Click here for details.

Butternut, Honey Crisp Apple Soup with Chorizo Crouton

2 TB Butter

2 Cups diced onion

4 cloves chopped garlic

3 cups peeled and cubed honey crisp apple

5 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash

6 cups chicken or vegetable stock

6 sprigs thyme and 3 medium stalks of sage tied by string

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 Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.


St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.


The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.


“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St.

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance






GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.

Cedar Springs gains another impressive win

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Cedar Springs grabbed a commanding 22-0 lead in the first quarter and defeated Sparta 44-6.

The Red Hawks, who upset Comstock Park in Week 1, led 36-0 at the half.

Five different players scored touchdowns for Cedar Springs.

Sparta farm celebrates milestone with apple donation

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM)—Some of the first Michigan apples of the season are going to feed families in need.

Staff members of Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank joined a dozen local children and their grandparents Wednesday to harvest Gingergold apples at Riveridge's home farm in Sparta. The apple-picking event was in celebration of the grower's 25th year in business.

Michigan is the third largest apple producing state in the country. Nearly 60 percent of the state's apple crop comes from Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.

State grants to help Byron Twp., Sparta companies expand

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Byron Township company is planning to add to its factory and create new jobs.


Flow-Rite designs, makes, and markets fluid control devices for lead acid batteries and other industrial and consumer uses.


The company is investing $6 million on upgrades to Flow-Rite's existing facility and new high-speed assembly equipment. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is giving a $224,000 grant to help with the project.


Flow-Rite was established in 1981. It currently employs a little more than 100 people, and the company plans to add 64 more jobs as part of the expansion.


The Right Place announced Flow-Rite's plans Wednesday, Aug. 6 and also announced a planned expansion by General Formulations in Sparta.