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Algoma Township's new fire chief takes over December 1

Algoma Township's new fire chief takes over December 1

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Algoma Township will start December ­­­­­with a new fire chief.

Township officials have selected Troy Guerra to take over the post.  Guerra was one of approximately 15 people who applied for the fire chief position. A committee narrowed it down to three finalists, who were all from the Algoma Fire Department.  Township Supervisor Dennis Hoemke says a committee originally selected Ron Tennant to become fire chief, but he declined due to family priorities.

The township board of trustees unanimously approved Guerra’s appointment in October.  He’ll take over as fire chief December 1, when Fire Chief Steven Johnson leaves.

Two Cooley faculty members among 'Best Law Teachers' in the nation

Two Cooley faculty members among 'Best Law Teachers' in the nation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Thomas M. Cooley Law School has the distinction of being the only law school in the country with two members of its faculty featured in the recently published book, "What the Best Law Teachers Do" (Harvard University Press, 2013).

The book names Associate Dean Nelson Miller and Professor Phillip J. Prygoski as two of the 26 “best law teachers” in the United States.

Authored by Professor Gerry Hess of Gonzaga University School of Law; Professor Sophie Sparrow of the University of New Hampshire School of Law; and Michael Hunter Schwartz, dean and professor of law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, the book is the culmination of a four-year study that sought to identify extraordinary law teachers. The study details the attributes and practices of professors who have a significant, positive and long-term effect on their students.

Rodeo returning to Sparta, MI this Weekend

Rodeo returning to Sparta, MI this Weekend

It’s coming back to Sparta!! The long awaited Rodeo is returning to Sparta, MI once again after a 13 year absence of the Klein Rodeo. The Klein Rodeo was a Labor Day weekend event for 50 years and once again the new owners hope to restore the excitement of this special time.

Arlene Klein, widow of Ken Klein, the original founder of this Rodeo, will be on hand before the first event takes place. To quote her, “Wild horses couldn’t keep me away.”

Campers started arriving on Wednesday of this week and the camping area will remain open through Monday, September 2nd. The Rodeo will be held on the Old Rodeo grounds located at M-37 & 13 Mile Road in Sparta.

The Rodeo will feature all the classic rodeo events for an audience of at least 5000 people expected with that number going even as high as 10,000 if e-mails and phone calls are any evidence.

Sparta Library offers free site to Geneology

Sparta Library offers free site to Geneology

The Sparta Carnegie Township Library has temporarily installed the “NewsBank” genealogy program on the library’s computers for residents to use through Monday, August 12th, free of charge.

If demand for the program is great enough, the library will consider installing the program on a full time basis, to allow residents to look up family history at no charge instead of going to subscription sites and pay a fee. The cost of the annual license is $1500.00 but would make it available to people on a full time basis.

New president takes over Sparta Sports Boosters

New president takes over Sparta Sports Boosters

SPARTA, Mich.—The Sparta Sports Boosters group officially has a new president.

John Douglass handed over the keys and gavel to new President Amy Stoutjesdyk Miedzielec earlier this month.

According to the group’s Facebook page, Miedzielec was voted in to office during the June 18 meeting, along with Vice President Clary Cnossen, Secretary Irene Roberts and Treasurer Joann Yates.

Shadow Run for Afghanistan in Sparta July 20

Shadow Run for Afghanistan in Sparta July 20

SPARTA, Mich.--"Shadow Run for Afghanistan" is a new race taking place during Sparta Town & Country Days this coming Saturday, July 20.

Anyone participating is asked to wear red, white & blue in support of American troops. Each person who runs or walks in this race will be given the name of a service member who will also be taking part in a race in Afghanistan that same day.

Kristy Caine, a member of the Sparta Area Fair Board Association, said they are so thrilled to take this opportunity to show their community support and love for all troops and what they do for all of us.

For more information about all activities, please go to: www.spartafair.com

Liz & Bob Sanford, long-time volunteers at Food Bank

Liz & Bob Sanford, long-time volunteers at Food Bank

Bob & Liz Sanford of Sparta have spent 30 years of their 62 years of marriage, helping out at North Kent Community Services, located at 10075 Northland Dr in Rockford. They say the need for helping people is greater than it has ever been.

People who work certain jobs that only pay minimum wage are still in need of help with food and personal items. Bob said, “We are the only food bank in the area where people can come and pick out what they need rather than just having a bag of items given to them.” Most organizations advertise for food during the Holidays but food banks are in need of everything year around.

Gently used clothing and bed linens and used household items along with food are all needed. This time of year, the shelves get pretty bare, according to Liz & Bob. People are urged to go through their closets and home and donate items they no longer need or very seldom use and pass them along to places such as this.