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Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.

Rodeo returning to Sparta, MI this Weekend

Rodeo returning to Sparta, MI this Weekend

It’s coming back to Sparta!! The long awaited Rodeo is returning to Sparta, MI once again after a 13 year absence of the Klein Rodeo. The Klein Rodeo was a Labor Day weekend event for 50 years and once again the new owners hope to restore the excitement of this special time.

Arlene Klein, widow of Ken Klein, the original founder of this Rodeo, will be on hand before the first event takes place. To quote her, “Wild horses couldn’t keep me away.”

Campers started arriving on Wednesday of this week and the camping area will remain open through Monday, September 2nd. The Rodeo will be held on the Old Rodeo grounds located at M-37 & 13 Mile Road in Sparta.

The Rodeo will feature all the classic rodeo events for an audience of at least 5000 people expected with that number going even as high as 10,000 if e-mails and phone calls are any evidence.

Three local filmmakers make the cut for Blue Water Film Festival

Three local filmmakers make the cut for Blue Water Film Festival

The works of three West Michigan filmmakers are among the 20 films selected for this year’s Blue Water Film Festival in Port Huron.

The film finalists come from Canada and all over Michigan. Their movies fit a variety of formats, from full-length features to animated short films. They’ll be screened at McMorran Place Theatre Saturday, September 28.  The festival will culiminate that evening with an awards ceremony.

This year’s selections include:

Abed - Ryan Lieske (Bryon Center)

Bone Yard - Scott Galeski (Wyandotte)

Broadcasts from Voyager Prime - Matthew Winne (Ferndale)

Dayplanner of the Dead - John Wisniewski (Farmington)

Dog Tag - Mark Finnell (Ferndale)

Downriver - Tinisha Brugnone (Warren)

Fifth Third Ballpark to host Midwest League All-Star Game

Fifth Third Ballpark to host Midwest League All-Star Game

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—A game that’s attracted the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder will be played again at Fifth Third Ballpark next year.

The West Michigan Whitecaps will host the 50th annual 2014 Midwest League All-Star Game, scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 17.  It will be the third time the Whitecaps have hosted the game since 1995.

Many of the Major League’s best players have taken part in past MWL All-Star Games, including Cabrera (Kane County, 2001),  Fielder (Beloit, 2003), Goose Gossage, Vida Blue, Carlton Fisk, Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer.

Professional chefs needed for benefit in honor of late chef

Professional chefs needed for benefit in honor of late chef

Four more chefs are needed to help with a scholarship fundraiser in honor of the late Chef Mark Noseda .

Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  A fundraiser brunch will take place September 22, from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave. NW in Comstock Park.  The brunch and auction will be hosted by local chefs Jenna Arcidiacono, Randy Finch and Tommy FitzGerald.  Additional chefs are needed; if you would like to help, email info@flavor616.com.  

Young chef passes away while preparing to open new restaurant

Young chef passes away while preparing to open new restaurant

A scholarship fund is being set up in memory of a local executive chef who died while preparing to open a new restaurant.

Chef Mark Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  A fundraiser will take place September 22, from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave.

Sparta Library offers free site to Geneology

Sparta Library offers free site to Geneology

The Sparta Carnegie Township Library has temporarily installed the “NewsBank” genealogy program on the library’s computers for residents to use through Monday, August 12th, free of charge.

If demand for the program is great enough, the library will consider installing the program on a full time basis, to allow residents to look up family history at no charge instead of going to subscription sites and pay a fee. The cost of the annual license is $1500.00 but would make it available to people on a full time basis.