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My Town: Eight pointers reign supreme in second annual Sparta Buck Pole

My Town: Eight pointers reign supreme in second annual Sparta Buck Pole

SPARTA, Mich.--  More than a dozen deer were on display as the Sparta Buck Pole returned to Rogers Hardware this past weekend.

It was an 8 pointer taken down by Tony Smolinski that took the top honor.  Becky Rogers with Rogers Hardware says each deer was judged based on its weight, number of points and the measurement between each antler spread.  Bob Simmons’ 8 point buck took second place; third place went to Dan Rodriguez with his 8 pointer.

This year’s event also featured a doe pole, which Gaetano Vallone won. Randy Lockard and Caleb Mustee placed second and third, respectively.

Rogers says a total of 13 deer were on display during this year’s event, which organizers plan to bring back again next year. 

The All New “Retro” Shasta Airflyte Arrives at TerryTown RV Superstore

The All New “Retro” Shasta Airflyte Arrives at TerryTown RV Superstore

The introduction of an ordinary new travel trailer model, while a big deal to RV enthusiasts, usually wouldn’t be considered newsworthy. But then, the 2015 Shasta Airflyte “Reissue” is no ordinary new travel trailer. The Airflyte is a brand-new faithful reproduction of Shasta’s 1961 design, from the birch-paneled interior with lantern-style LED light fixture to the distinctive canned-ham exterior profile right down to the wide whitewall tires. TerryTown RV Superstore, located on Division Avenue south of 68th Street, is proud to announce the arrival of the first models and welcomes customers to travel back in time as they travel the country.

Visitors to TerryTown’s showroom can’t walk by the Airflyte without poking their heads in the door. The trailer has been the subject of considerable Facebook buzz.

Varsity Football Game: Sparta vs West Catholic

Varsity Football Game: Sparta vs West Catholic

Sparta High School & West Catholic Varsity football teams take to the field tonight - Friday, October 3 at 7:00pm.  

Sparta High School Football field located at 465 S. Union Street in Sparta, Michigan comes alive tonight with athletes, cheerleaders, band members and fans. Concessions are available on the grounds. Don’t miss the fun & excitement!

Visit www.spartachamber.com or www.westcatholicsports.com for more information. 

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

by Stephanie Doublestein, photography by Adam Bird
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

The days are getting shorter, but don't resign yourself to settling in for a long, lazy season inside. One of Grand Rapids' greatest assets is the natural beauty that surrounds this mid-size city, with amenities that you won't even find in many big cities.

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center grand opening celebration Aug. 16

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center grand opening celebration Aug. 16

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Community members are invited to check out the newest sporting attraction now open in Kent County.

Phase I construction of the West Michigan Archery Center recently wrapped up.  The site includes a 10,000 square foot facility, parking lot, rain gardens and practice range.  Archers can also test their skills on a world-class 3-D range.

WMAC will host a grand opening celebration and community open house Saturday, Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome to try out shooting and meet the facility's coaches during the event. WMAC is located at 3500 10 Mile Road and shares a driveway with the Art Van Sportsplex.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County