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My Town Sparta: Former village clerk retires from retirement

My Town Sparta: Former village clerk retires from retirement

SPARTA, Mich.— Greta Heugel just can’t quit working.

The 90-year-old, who retired from her position as village clerk in May, is back at it—this time as Sparta’s deputy clerk.  Village Clerk Pam Buchanan says Heugel’s role is to fill in for her, recording meetings Buchanan cannot attend.  It’s a role-switch inside the clerk’s office; Buchanan previously served as deputy clerk under Heugel. 

Heugel began serving as village clerk at 72, an age when most people have already retired.

"I have retired more than once. I retired first at 63, but it didn't stick," Heugel told WZZM 13 earlier this year.

MORE: Sparta village clerk decides to retire at 90

Buchanan was officially sworn in as village clerk last month.  As a formality, the Village passed a resolution appointing her to the position Monday night.

My Town Sparta: New Community Education class offers side-by-side cooking lessons with chef

My Town Sparta: New Community Education class offers side-by-side cooking lessons with chef

SPARTA, Mich.-- Sparta Community Education will begin offering new culinary classes in January 2015.

Sparta resident Chef Mark Kingshott of All In One Chef will lead the six different culinary classes beginning Jan. 13 with a kick-off to a "Healthy and Tasty New Year."

Each class will be held at Sparta High School in room B108, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two hours.  A hands-on approach will help each person to truly learn by doing the chopping, measuring and cooking throughout the class.  Each participant will be given a recipe packet of everything made the night of the class. The best part? Everyone gets to taste the efforts of their labor.

My Town Sparta: Village DPW supervisor a welcome addition

My Town Sparta: Village DPW supervisor a welcome addition

SPARTA, Mich.—The village’s first Public Works supervisor is entering his second month on the job.

Douglas Kadzban took over the post in early November.  He previously served the City of Muskegon Heights in a similar role for eight years. Kadzban has also worked for the City of East Grand Rapids.

Village council members decided to create the Public Works supervisor position earlier this year to oversee maintenance to the village streets, water and sewage treatment plants- responsibilities previously delegated to the village manager.  Village Manager Julius Suchy says the addition of Kadzban gives him the opportunity to focus on other issues within Sparta.

My Town: Eight pointers reign supreme in second annual Sparta Buck Pole

My Town: Eight pointers reign supreme in second annual Sparta Buck Pole

SPARTA, Mich.--  More than a dozen deer were on display as the Sparta Buck Pole returned to Rogers Hardware this past weekend.

It was an 8 pointer taken down by Tony Smolinski that took the top honor.  Becky Rogers with Rogers Hardware says each deer was judged based on its weight, number of points and the measurement between each antler spread.  Bob Simmons’ 8 point buck took second place; third place went to Dan Rodriguez with his 8 pointer.

This year’s event also featured a doe pole, which Gaetano Vallone won. Randy Lockard and Caleb Mustee placed second and third, respectively.

Rogers says a total of 13 deer were on display during this year’s event, which organizers plan to bring back again next year. 

My Town Sparta: New council members take over this week

My Town Sparta: New council members take over this week

SPARTA, Mich. – Two new faces are joining the village council.

Gale Taylor and Jayne Paasch will take their seats on the council beginning Thursday, Nov. 20.  Kristi Dougan, who served on the council, took over as village president earlier this month.

Taylor and Pasch took the oath of office Nov. 10.

Keegan Crouch Fundraiser

What's better than dining out locally? Dining out locally AND for a great cause!

Keegan Crouch is a 4 year old boy from Sparta who has Leukemia. On Tuesday, September 30th from 5-9pm when you dine at The Garden Patch restaurant you can make a difference in this little boy's life. A portion of each order will be donated to his fund to help his mom cover every day living expenses while she is off work to care for Keegan. 

9/30/14 5-9pm at The Garden Patch Restaurant (Sparta Lanes) 125 N State Street

For more information or to just simply show some support, check out Prayers for Keegan Jay on Facebook

Time for a Corn Maze Walk

Time for a Corn Maze Walk

It's time to get out into the fields at Schwallier's Country Basket, located at 1185  9 Mile Rd. NW in Sparta, MI. For additional information call 616-785-9896.

The store has fresh donuts and cider along with other goodies. People can pick apples and pumpkins and there are pets around for kids to enjoy along with the adults. They also have hay rides, so there is something for everyone. What a wonderful time of year!