Sparta Middle School Russian Student Leaves Her Mark

June 27, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Middle School Russian students left their mark on the wall of the school before leaving for the summer.  Suzanne Jouravlev’s students have a history of signing the blocks in the classroom, leaving messages of encouragement to future Russian students the teacher explained.

One student decided to go a bit farther and create a mural on the wall outside the ...

Shark Parties at Your Local Sussex County Library

NEWTON, NJ – Shark parties will be held at every Branch of the Sussex County Library System June 26-28. Targeted to kids entering pre-Kindergarten through third grade, the parties will feature shark-themed stories, games, crafts and snacks. For dates, times and registration stop by your local Branch or go through the Events Calendar link at

Miss Sparta 2017 Crowned

SPARTA, NJ – An 80-year-old tradition continued last week as nine young ladies vied for the title of Miss Sparta 2017.  The Lake Mohawk Country Club was decked out for the event that crowned Sparta High School senior Isabella Candeloro. 

Sparta High School junior Hannah Fagersten was the first runner up and senior Jacqueline Hoffman was named second runner up.

Three past ...

Sparta's Helen Morgan Music Students Perform on the Town

SPARTA, NJ - Music filled Greene’s Beans Café last week as the talented strings students of Helen Morgan serenaded its customers once again. The audience enjoyed a mix of classical and movie songs, each picked and prepared by the students themselves.

The café hosted two evenings of music. Thursday’s performers were Skylar Gialanella, Madison Loewrigkeit, Tristan ...

Sparta Outdoor Movie Night Postponed

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta's first summer outdoor movie scheduled for today, Saturday, June 17 has been postponed until next Saturday, June 24 due to inclement weather.  

Sparta Elks Announce July 4 Parade Grand Marshal, Parade and Fireworks Schedule

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Elks have announced former Sparta Police Chief Ernest Reigstad will be the Grand Marshal of the Fourth of July parade. 

Reigstad's retirement was announced in January 2017.  He was honored at the March township council meeting for his 28 years of service to the Sparta Police Department and community. 

The Elks club is holding their ...

Sparta Families Invited to First of Four Dykstra Park Summer Movie Nights

SPARTA, NJ— With the school year coming to an end, Dykstra Park will kick-off the quickly approaching summer with the Summer Movie Season beginning this Saturday.

This weekend the featured film will be “The Secret Life of Pets” beginning at dusk, approximately 8:00pm. Families can gather around to win door prizes, have their faces painted, and enjoy DJ music prior ...

The Season Begins for Sparta's Lake Mohawk Ski Hawks

SPARTA, NJ – If you did not come out in rain on Memorial Day, you missed the first Ski Hawks show.  The team, made up of skiers of all ages, put on a show of skill and strength on two skis, one ski, off a ramp and up onto the beach.  The show culminated in a double three high pyramids, successfully executed on their first try according to Ski Hawk Donna Jenkins.

If you would ...

It's Sparta High School Prom Night

SPARTA, NJ – If you were out and about around 4 p.m. on Thursday you could probably guess it was the day of the  Sparta High School prom.  With 20-30 cars or more parked on both sides of the street in some neighborhoods, limos and party buses driving around and gowned girls, boys with boutonnieres and parents with cameras swarming the Lake Mohawk Country Club board walk, the clues ...

Sparta's Celebrates a Soggy Memorial Day

SPARTA, NJ – While many towns across the state canceled their Memorial Day celebrations, rain could not stop Spartans from marching.  The crowds were a bit smaller but people lined the route with good size crowds in the White Deer Plaza and up Mohawk Avenue. 

Daisy, Brownie and Girl Scouts, Cubs and Boy Scouts all marched.  Baseball and softball teams marched.  Sparta ...

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Free Dance Classes Offered by Girl Scout

June 29, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta student is offering free dance classes again this summer for children in first through fourth grade.  As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project Erica Hvizdos has studied dance from the age of three.

The classes are offered from July 10 to 13 in the Hillside Barn in Andover.  Classes are not limited to Andover residents. 

Additional information ...