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My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town Sparta: Communities close in on park management agreement

My Town Sparta: Communities close in on park management agreement

SPARTA, Mich.—  Sparta Village Council members are expected to approve a resolution supporting a partnership with Sparta Township in maintaining a new park taking shape on North State Street.

The Sparta Sports and Recreation Park will include trails, restrooms and athletic fields. Village officials would like to begin construction in late 2014 or early 2015. For more information, visit the Sparta Area Recreation Association’s website.

Sparta Township previously approved the maintenance agreement on May 8.  Village council members will vote on the resolution during their regular meeting Monday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

My Town Sparta: Village to weigh in on new restaurant proposals Monday

My Town Sparta: Village to weigh in on new restaurant proposals Monday

SPARTA, Mich.—Sparta council members Monday night will weigh in on plans for a new restaurant in the village

Developers want to add a Subway restaurant to 313 S. State Street.  The plans would include a drive through.

On Thursday, May 8, the Sparta Planning Commission held a public hearing about the site plan.  The planning commission and attendants answered neighbor’s concerns about a possible traffic influx as well as light pollution before the commission unanimously recommended a special land use permit be granted for the development.

 Monday night, council members will also consider plans to build a three-tenant space at 275 S. State Street.  The space would include an orthodontic office and a Biggby Coffee.   The coffee shop is also requesting approval for a drive-through.

The village council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Sparta Township Chamber.

My Town: It must be summer - Rockford Farm Market opens Saturday!

My Town: It must be summer - Rockford Farm Market opens Saturday!

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Voted "America's Favorite Farmers Market" in a nationwide online contest in 2011, the Rockford Farm Market returns for its 13th season this Saturday, May 10.

"I am so looking forward to this farm market season," said Kim McKay, Rockford city treasurer and farm market administrator. "After the hellacious winter we have all survived, I'm eager for the Rockford Farm Market to usher in what hopefully will be another glorious West Michigan summer. Rockford is proud its downtown market offers up a complete cornucopia of strictly Michigan farm and orchard produce and prepared foods."

Embraced by the greater Rockford community since its inception in 2001, the Rockford Market has evolved into a true destination farm market for "foodies" and epicureans alike from near and far.

My Town Rockford: School bond proposal approved by voters

My Town Rockford: School bond proposal approved by voters

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Rockford Public Schools is getting the green light to borrow $76 million to refurnish and remodel its school buildings, purchase school buses and create and improve playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities. 

Tuesday night, voters approved the district's bond proposal,  3,473 votes to 1,646 votes.  Rockford Schools will have 28 years to repay the debt.  

For the entire election results, visit the WZZM 13 homepage here.

My Town Rockford: School bond proposal up for vote May 6

My Town Rockford: School bond proposal up for vote May 6

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Should Rockford Public Schools borrow $76 million to refurnish and remodel school buildings, purchase school buses and create and improve playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities?

That's the question voters within the school district will answer when they head to the polls May 6.  Rockford Schools would have 28 years to repay the debt.  For additional proposal information, click here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including: