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My Town Sparta: Meet the five finalists for village manager June 6

My Town Sparta: Meet the five finalists for village manager June 6

SPARTA, Mich.— The search for Sparta’s next village manager is now down to five finalists, and community members are invited to meet them.

The village received roughly 40 applications for the position, which was vacated by Martin Super on March 28.  Over the past several weeks, council members have whittled down the number of applicants to five finalists.  The list includes Timothy Brown, Michael Stampsler, Robert Layman, Patrick Reagan and Julius Suchy.

A community meet-and-greet for the finalists will take place Friday, June 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sparta Area Schools Administration Building, 465 S. Union Street.  A hiring committee will hold another round of interviews with all of the finalists the next day.

For additional information, contact Sparta Village Hall at (616) 887-8251.

My Town: Governor names Michigan Tree Fruit Commission

My Town: Governor names Michigan Tree Fruit Commission

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LANSING, Mich. (State of Michigan)– Gov. Rick Snyder today announced nine appointments to the newly created Michigan Tree Fruit Commission.

The nine-member commission was established by growers in 2014 to improve the economic position and competitiveness of the Michigan tree fruit industry.

“The food and agriculture industry is one of the pillars of Michigan’s economy,” Snyder said. “I am confident that this group of appointees will work hard to grow this sector of our economy.”

Initial terms expiring March 1, 2015:

Patrick Goodfellow, of Sparta, is the owner of PG Orchards LLC. He previously worked as a plumbing apprentice and maintenance worker which is beneficial in the day-to-day operations of a farm. Goodfellow graduated from West Catholic High School. He will represent fruit growers in District 2.

My Town Sparta: Search for new village manager down to ten people

My Town Sparta: Search for new village manager down to ten people

SPARTA, Mich.—Sparta is one step closer to swearing in a new village manager.

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange says the village has narrowed down its search to ten applicants, whose resumes will be reviewed by council members Thursday night.  DeLange says the village received roughly 40 applications for the position, which was vacated by Martin Super on March 28.  Super served the village for three years, before deciding to focus on his family’s business in southwest Michigan.

DeLange says the village expects to schedule interviews beginning June 7.  The finalists will be invited to an open house the day prior, to tour the village and meet council members and other community leaders.

My Town Sparta: Be Nice campaign includes flyover at Appleview Elementary

My Town Sparta: Be Nice campaign includes flyover at Appleview Elementary
SPARTA, Mich.-- Appleview Elementary has become one of the 30 schools in Kent County who have adopted the "Be Nice" positive anti-bullying campaign. The Mental Health Foundation designed Be Nice to spread awareness surrounding the issues of bullying and importance of encouraging kindness and treating people with civility community-wide.  The Be Nice campaign strives to educate students and community members about how simply “being nice” is an effective way to promote a safe and civil environment within the school and community.    To promote their pledge to Notice, Invite, Challenge and Empower ourselves and others, a helicopter fly over has been arranged and scheduled for Sparta Area Schools on Thursday, May 1.  Appleview will be joining all Sparta Spartans K-12 at the Spartan Stadium for this exciting event.

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.

My Town Sparta: Search begins for new village manager

My Town Sparta: Search begins for new village manager

SPARTA, Mich.—Sparta is looking for a new village manager.

After three years of serving the village, former manager Martin Super stepped down from the post on March 28 to focus on his family’s business in southwest Michigan.

The village is accepting applications for the position until May 16.  For additional information, visit the Michigan Municipal League’s website.