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Sable Homes to build 20 new homes to help spur Sparta's economy

Sable Homes to build 20 new homes to help spur Sparta's economy

SPARTA, Mich. Rockford-based Sable Homes announced Thursday that construction on their newest development will begin in late September.

The land, located in the Village of Sparta near the intersection of North State and East Division, will feature 20 homes, along with a new model and housing design center which will help continue the economic growth in downtown Sparta. 

“Recently, Sparta has seen substantial growth in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors,” said John Bitely, president of Sable Homes. “We want to help stimulate this growth by bringing families downtown and boosting the village economy.”

Sable Homes reached out to the community via Facebook and Twitter to solicit help naming its new development opening in downtown Sparta.

Community invited to line route for Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

Community invited to line route for Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

SPARTA, Mich.—Community members are invited to line the street as the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall arrives in Sparta Thursday, August 29.

The 252 foot tribute is just over half the size of the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.  The memorial will be open to the public around the clock through September 2.

The wall will leave Westgate Bowl on Alpine Avenue Thursday morning.  The route will take the wall down Sparta Avenue to Division to North Union to Olmstead to Balyeat Field, where it will be set up.

Opening ceremonies for the wall will take place 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Rogers Park.  The Kent County Honor Guard will lead the public to Balyeat Field.

Show your Spartan Pride during concert series August 21

Show your Spartan Pride during concert series August 21

SPARTA, Mich.—The Sparta High School Marching Band is getting an early start on the season Wednesday, August 21.

The band will perform   at 6:30 p.m. as part of Sparta’s Concerts in Roger’s Park series.  The Sparta Alumni Valentiger will also take part in the performance.  The concert is free.  Visitors can also enjoy all-beef hot dogs on the grill, chips and pop for $4.  The proceeds will go to support the Sparta Area Recreation Association.

Roger’s Park is located at 75 N. Union St.  For more information, visit the Sparta Chamber of Commerce website here.

Members vote on whether to allow Village and Township to leave Metro Council

Members vote on whether to allow Village and Township to leave Metro Council

Two communities are trying to leave the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council.

Right now, members of the Metro Council are voting on whether to allow Sparta and Sparta Township to withdraw and Ada Township to join the group. Sparta officials say the city council decided to withdraw from the Metro Council about a year and a half ago. 

If all the changes are approved, 33 counties, cities, townships and villages will be members of the Metro Council, which is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.

Sparta prepares for a Celtic invasion August 10

Sparta prepares for a Celtic invasion August 10

SPARTA, Mich.—The banners are up in downtown, and now the community awaits a Celtic invasion.

Celts will take over Rogers Park this weekend as the Sparta Celtic Festival returns August 10.  This year’s event will feature performances by the Shannon Irish Dance Academy, kilt and clan contests, as well as art vendors, bag pipers and food and craft brews.

The 4th Annual Sparta Celtic Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Family Farm & Home opening a new store

 Family Farm & Home opening a new store

SPARTA, Mich.-- The former Pamida building located at 53 Applewood Dr. will be the location for the new Family Farm & Home store coming to Sparta.

The Muskegon-based Family Farm & Home business is expected to open this 27th store by late August 2013. The new facility is expected to include lawn and garden, hardware, automotive, agriculture, sporting goods, clothing, toys and pet departments. There will be something for everyone, giving the community a shopping alternative that has been missing from the area since Pamida closed its doors last year.

Check out www.familyfarmandhome.com for more information about the store coming to your town.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.