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My Town Sparta: Faith's Walk May 3

My Town Sparta: Faith's Walk May 3

SPARTA, Mich.— The date is set for the annual Faith's Walk at Roger's Park.

Faith's Angels will hold the event May 3, with a pancake breakfast prior to the walk.  Of the funds raised, 80 percent will go directly to congenital heart disease research.

Faith's Angels was founded eight years ago,  in memory of Faith Goodfellow, who died two weeks after birth. Faith had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which meant she was born with no left ventricle in her heart.  The doctors at University of Michigan performed heart surgery on Faith just three days after her birth to reroute her blood flow so she could survive.  She was kept on transportable life support the next 11 days, but then passed away after surgery.

My Town Sparta: Faith's Angels reaches fundraising milestone

My Town Sparta: Faith's Angels reaches fundraising milestone

SPARTA, Mich.—Eight years after one of the youngest victims of congenital heart disease passed away, an organization founded in her memory has raised more than $7,000 in donations.

Faith’s Angels is named after Faith Goodfellow, who died two weeks after birth.  Faith had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which meant she was born with no left ventricle in her heart.  The doctors at University of Michigan performed heart surgery on Faith just three days after her birth to reroute her blood flow so she could survive.  She was kept on transportable life support the next 11 days, but then passed away after surgery.

Sparta offering Adult Education classes in four locations

Sparta offering Adult Education classes in four locations

Sparta Adult Education is offering classes in GED (General Education Development), ESL, (English as a second language) and ABE (Adult Basic Education) with classes being offered at four locations.

Open House and Registration is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22nd from 4-7pm at Sparta Middle School, 480 S. State St. in Sparta or at York Creek Community Center, 3999 Alpenhorn, Comstock Park from 5:30-8:30pm. Classes begin on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Class locations are located at:

Sparta Middle School, Peach Lutheran Church in Sparta, York Creek Community Center and Saints Peter & Paul Church in Grand Rapids.

Additional information available at 616-887-7321, Sparta Adult Education.

Volunteers needed as Santa Train rolls into the village

Volunteers needed as Santa Train rolls into the village

SPARTA, Mich.—The Santa Train is about to roll into Sparta.

The special trip will bring Santa to the village Saturday, Dec. 14.  The train is expected to arrive at 10:10 a.m.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with crowd control, keeping people away from the tracks as the train approaches. They’re also invited to walk in the parade, which kicks off at 10:30 a.m.

If you’re interested in helping, leave a message on the Sparta Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

'Reelin' in the Years' concert warms the heart

'Reelin' in the Years' concert warms the heart

SPARTA, Mich.-- This year's concert on Saturday, Dec. 7  is sure to be a good one.

Come join your colleagues, students, friends and community members for a night of music and fun. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the performance starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Sparta High School Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time in each school office for $9 until noon Friday. Tickets at the door are $10. 

Fred Thorne will be honored with this year's SEF Recognition Award presented by former Superintendent Mike Weiler.  The ceremony will be followed by a thank you song from music teacher Mollie Friederichs. (Come show your appreciation to Fred.)

Special musical guests include The Bimini Brothers, Valentiger, Jeff Schroeder and the Ridgemateers, Lee McFall, the Paul Owens Band, the SHS Choir and Jazz Band, GRCC Brass Quintet and a very special young guest performer.

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Republican Senator Mark Jansen says he will not join the race for Congressman Justin Amash’s seat next year.

“I have decided at this time my focus will continue to help Michigan find the road to recovery, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to the Upper Peninsula to our lake shores,” Jansen said. ”Right now I really feel the call to continue helping Michigan’s recovery as my Senate term ends in 13 short months.”

Jansen says he has been “strongly encouraged” to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat for the past two years.  He believes people want the same level of reform achieved in Michigan to happen in Washington.

Jansen represents the northern portion of Kent County.  The U.S. 3rd Congressional District includes Belding, Rockford, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Ada and Cascade, Alpine Township, Sparta, Plainfield Township and all of Grand Rapids.

Rep. Rob VerHeulen to hear community concerns Nov. 23

Rep. Rob VerHeulen to hear community concerns Nov. 23

SPARTA, Mich.—State lawmaker Rob VerHeulen will visit Sparta Saturday, November 23 to hear community concerns.

VerHeulen, who represents the Walker area, will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Maxine’s Family Restaurant, located at 370 N. State Street.           

"I always look forward to my office hours each month," VerHeulen said. "It gives me an opportunity to leave the office and meet residents in person."

Those who cannot attend VerHeulen’s office hours are encouraged to contact his Lansing office by calling (517) 373-8900 or emailing RobVerHeulen@house.mi.gov.