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My Town: Date set for 2014 Pink Dress Run through Sparta

My Town: Date set for 2014 Pink Dress Run through Sparta

SPARTA, Mich.— On men and on women, there will be pink dresses aplenty in Sparta again this year, as the Pink Dress Run returns for its sixth year.

This year’s event will be Saturday, May 24.  Tickets are already available for pre-order by calling Kelly at (616) 887-8277.  The Pink Dress Run is open to men and women not afraid to put on their best pink dress.  Participants enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks, fun, raffles, games and the battle for the traveling trophy.

Last year, pink dress participants raised just over $20,700 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Dates set and registration open for Downtown Sparta Farmer's Market

Dates set and registration open for Downtown Sparta Farmer's Market

SPARTA, Mich.--- As more snow continues to fall on West Michigan, the Sparta Chamber of Commerce is looking ahead to spring.

The Chamber says registration is now officially open for the Downtown Sparta Farmer’s Market.   The market will open June 11 and run through Sept. 24, 2014.  Hours will be 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

For registration and further instructions, visit the Chamber of Commerce website here.

New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  A new community center will officially open to the public this Saturday, Jan. 18.

The York Creek Community Center is located at 3999 Alpenhorn Dr. NW.  The center services as a meeting place where local organizations can provide a variety of classes, programs and community events, free of charge.

The new facility features meeting rooms, a common area, a kitchen and a computer room equipped with 10 computers. The center is provided by York Creek Apartments but all classes and programs are run by partner organizations, including:

Date set for Momber Pharmacy move

Date set for Momber Pharmacy move

SPARTA, Mich.--- The date is set for a longtime Sparta business to shift to its new location.

An employee for Momber Hometown Pharmacy says the business' owners are planning to officially move to their new location the night of Valentine's Day.  She says employees will be gradually moving over inventory ahead of that date.  On Feb. 14, the pharmacy at 133 E. Division St. will permanently close its doors as workers move the final items over.  Momber Hometown Pharmacy will reopen at its new location at the corner of Division and South State Street the next day.

New store takes over old Pamida space

New store takes over old Pamida space

SPARTA, Mich.—A former Pamida store is now buzzing with business.

Family Farm and Home moved into the former Pamida building, located at 53 Applewood Drive, about two months ago.  The owners of the store remodeled the space and repaved the entire parking lot.

Sparta’s Pamida was one of six stores that closed after the company merged with Shopko Stores last year.  The remaining Pamida stores were revamped and renamed Shopko Hometown late last year.

Longtime business moving to its own space

Longtime business moving to its own space

SPARTA, Mich.—A business that’s been in downtown Sparta for more than 50 years is moving.

Construction crews are in the process of building a new home for Momber Hometown Pharmacy.  The new facility is located at the corner of Division and South State Street, about a block down from the business’ current location, at 133 E. Division St.

Pharmacist Manager Steven DenBesten says the owners of Momber Pharmacy decided to move the business because the market conditions are right to own a facility, rather than rent.

Apples- from bust to boon

Apples- from bust to boon

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Michigan State University) --- This year’s Michigan apple crop runneth over.

 Last year’s crop was decimated by late frosts, and the feeble harvest yielded a mere 2.7 million bushels for growers. This year, however, is shaping up to be a record year, projected to top 30 million bushels.

“This year is a limb-busting crop; some of our branches are so full with apples that they snap with a little help from the wind,” said Adam Dietrich, Michigan State University graduate and grower at Leo Dietrich and Sons, based in Conklin, Mich. “A single tree from 2013 is producing more than an 8-acre block of trees did in 2012.”

The overabundance of apples is welcomed, but it presents its own set of challenges.