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Hunter Safety Class Time

Hunter Safety Class Time

It’s that time of year again and people are lining up to take a Hunter Safety Course to be prepared for hunting this fall.

Marne Conservation Club at 1719 Johnson Street in Marne, MI is offering this class that is limited to 24 students. Classes begin on August 22nd and run through the 24th. Students must attend all three classes to earn their hunter’s safety certificate. Classes on Thursday & Friday run from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday, 8am to Noon.

Registration available by contacting Bill Walters, 616-583-1968 or Harold Montgomery at 616-942-7784.

3rd Thursday Street Festival takes over downtown August 15

3rd Thursday Street Festival takes over downtown August 15

SPARTA, Mich.—Tonight is the perfect night to bring the family to downtown Sparta, as the final 3rd Thursday Street Festival of the year gets underway.

The event, hosted by Roger’s Hardware, runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The theme is “Touch-a-Truck Night.”   Visitors can check out local artists, musicians, entertainers, take a horse and trolley ride and enjoy specialty food served up by local restaurants.

For more information, visit the Sparta Chamber of Commerce website here.

Strike a pose at new studio in downtown Sparta

Strike a pose at new studio in downtown Sparta

SPARTA, Mich.— A new business in Sparta is inviting everyone to come in and strike a pose.

On Wednesday, August 7, members of the Sparta Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon to Soaring Kite Yoga (SKY), located at 147 E. Division. The new studio features foot-friendly bamboo flooring and walls covered in element-inspired murals created by David Marfia.

SKY's yoga instructor, who has taught internationally, offers one-hour sessions on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  For more information, visit SKY’s website here.

Deadline for new recreational park nears

Deadline for new recreational park nears

SPARTA, Mich.—Developers have just one more day to submit their proposals for Sparta’s new recreational park.

The Sparta Recreational Authority set a deadline of July 30 for contractor proposals.

The new facility will be located on more than 89 acres of land located on North State Street.  The finished site will include trails, baseball/softball fields, rugby/soccer/football fields and a Frisbee golf/sledding area.  The SRA hopes to have the entire park complete by 2015.

New president takes over Sparta Sports Boosters

New president takes over Sparta Sports Boosters

SPARTA, Mich.—The Sparta Sports Boosters group officially has a new president.

John Douglass handed over the keys and gavel to new President Amy Stoutjesdyk Miedzielec earlier this month.

According to the group’s Facebook page, Miedzielec was voted in to office during the June 18 meeting, along with Vice President Clary Cnossen, Secretary Irene Roberts and Treasurer Joann Yates.

West Michigan Archery Center closer to construction

West Michigan Archery Center closer to construction

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Algoma Township officials are reviewing bids from companies interested in building the West Michigan Archery Center.

The new facility will be part of a larger sports complex on 10 Mile Rd in Rockford.  The proposed 9,700 square foot archery center will feature an indoor range and a 90 meter national tournament range, as well as 3-D courses for all ages.  The deadline for construction bids was July 22.

The non-profit West Michigan Archery Center was established in June 2011, as more youth archery programs began popping up, and interest in the sport grew. The Easton Foundation was so impressed with the WMAC’s program and proposed facility, it donated $250,000 towards the project.  From there, state grants and local donations followed.

Mowers on the Move for Jim Keech Memorial Race July 20 & 21

Mowers on the Move for Jim Keech Memorial Race July 20 & 21

SPARTA, Mich.-- Bring your lawn chairs to this family-friendly benefit at the Paul C. Miller Airport on July 20 and 21.

Witness seven classes of lawn mowers, racing with all cutting blades removed, clipping along at 50 mph and above. Who will cross the finish line first?

The gates at the airport open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. The mowers start revving their engines at 5 p.m. It starts all over again on Sunday, July 21,  when the gates open at 11:30 a.m.  and  the mowers begin moving at 1 p.m.

The Paul C. Miller Airport is located at 9100 Vinton Avenue.  Proceeds from the race will go toward Huntington's Disease research and awareness programs. All race tickets are $5 at the gate; children ages 12 and under are free. Pit passes are available at the t-shirt tent for an additional $5. 

For more details, visit www.hdmowerraces.com.