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Arctic winter weather delays Relay For Life kickoffs

Arctic winter weather delays Relay For Life kickoffs

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The winter weather is putting a kink in kicking off many Relay For Life campaigns.

The Caledonia Relay for Life kickoff event scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28 has been canceled. Organizers of Sparta’s Relay For Life have also rescheduled their kickoff event to Feb. 4.

Hundreds of other organizations, businesses and schools have also posted cancelations, which you can find on the WZZM 13 homepage here.

Turkey trotters help families in need

Turkey trotters help families in need

SPARTA, Mich.—Athletes will help feed and clothe families in need during the Sparta Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving.

The 5k event is open to runners and walkers.  Strollers and leashed pets are also welcome.  Registration is $15 plus two non-perishable food items and/or new or gently used coats, hats or gloves.  The donations will go to the Peace Lutheran Church food pantry and the Mamrelund Lutheran Church clothing bank.  The first 150 people registered will also get an event t-shirt; all will get refreshments after the event.  Raffle tickets are also available for purchase.

Comstock Park- get ready to Relay For Life!

Comstock Park- get ready to Relay For Life!

My name is Jaime Counterman and I am happy to introduce myself as your new American Cancer Society Staff Partner for 2014. 

While I am new to the Comstock Park event, I am not new to Relay; this will be my fourth season as an ACS staff partner and I love all things purple.  I have been lucky enough to attend your event every year that I have worked at ACS, so I am thrilled that I get to work with you for my fourth Relay season along with the Relay events in Wyoming, Sparta and Lowell.  I live in Sparta with my husband, our dog Riley and our soon to be first little girl (I am expecting on January 7, so I will be back with time to spare for Relay....you'd think I planned that or something.)

Lady hunter wins inaugural Sparta Buck Pole

Lady hunter wins inaugural Sparta Buck Pole

SPARTA, Mich.-- A female hunter is the winner of Sparta’s inaugural Buck Pole.

According to the Sparta Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page, Corrine Toth took first place with her 175 pound buck, which had a 20-inch spread and 11 points.  Ryan Luckard placed second, with a 175 pound, 10 point buck with a 17.5 inch spread.  Third place went to Jeff Kutzli, who bagged a 154 pound, 12 point buck with a 17.5 inch spread.

At least ten bucks were on display during Friday’s competition, which the village hopes to bring back again next year.

Bring your prized buck to Sparta's inaugural Buck Pole Nov. 16

Bring your prized buck to Sparta's inaugural Buck Pole Nov. 16

SPARTA, Mich.—An event celebrating hunting will make its debut in downtown Sparta Saturday, November 16.

Hunters are invited to bring their bucks for judging during the inaugural Buck Pole, which starts at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $10 and each buck will be judged based on weight, inside measurement and number of points. The winners will be announced at 8 p.m.  The top prizes include a taxidermy mounting package, valued at $500 and a $100 gift card to Sparta Sport Shop. There will also be an Antler Shed Contest, with prizes going to the top entries.

The Buck Pole will also feature a variety of family friendly events, including venison chili tasting, children’s activities and a community campfire. Visitors are encouraged to dress up in their favorite camouflage or blaze orange outfit. 

'Rock City BMX' track to take shape in Plainfield Township

'Rock City BMX' track to take shape in Plainfield Township

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new BMX track in Plainfield Township will begin taking shape as early as next week.

Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says on September 3, the Plainfield Township Board unanimously approved plans for West Michigan BMX’s new track, dubbed "Rock City BMX".  The track will sit on approximately 2.5 acres located within 10 Mile Park, adjacent to the Art Van Sports Complex.   

Van Wyngarden says West Michigan BMX plans to begin sculpting the track next week before bringing in a professional track designer around September 23.West Michigan BMX would like to finish most of the work on the track this fall so it will be operational by spring 2014.  

Construction begins on West Michigan Archery Center

ROCKFORD, Mich.--   The West Michigan Archery Center is beginning to take shape in Kent County.

Project Manager Arn McIntyre says construction has begun on the $1.2 million facility, located on 10 Mile Road, adjacent to the Art Van Sports Park.    Crews with Rockford-based McIntyre Builders began working on the entrance drive as well as grading, filling and leveling the site for a building pad about two weeks ago.