Saturday, October 24, 2020

Beaver Creek

Sparta’s Five Shovelmen (plus one) pose on the Love Lock Bridge in downtown Sparta after its dedication ceremony last Friday. They included, from left, Jerry Kast, Reinhard Mueller, Al Jenkins, Jim Cook, Kerry Schumann and Honorary Shovelman Abernnabi Bendris. Herald photos by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 10:41am
In what is becoming a frequent event, the city of Sparta last Friday celebrated the dedication of a new bridge compliments of the Five Shovelmen. The Love Lock Bridge, which spans Beaver Creek in downtown Sparta, was the sixth bridge built by the Shovelmen, who are led by Sparta businessman...
Sparta’s Five Shovelmen, plus one, took a break from working on their latest project, a new Love Lock Bridge in downtown Sparta, to pose for photo. They include, in front, from left, Jerry Kast, Al Jenkins, Reinhard Mueller, Jim Cook and Kerry Schumann. In back is Abdennabi Bendriss, who volunteered to help the crew. Contributed photo
Monday, June 8, 2020 - 10:11am
Anyone strolling through Sparta and glancing down at Beaver Creek will notice the absence of the Lovelock Bridge but the presence of a familiar group of volunteers creating their latest masterpiece. Sparta’s Five Shovelmen, led by Reinhard Mueller, removed the old arched, wooden viaduct on May 15...
The Five Shovelmen take a much needed break after finishing up a good day’s work on a new sidewalk project in Sparta’s Evans-Bosshard Park Friday afternoon. From left – Jim Cook, Kerry Schumann, Reinhard Mueller, Al Jenkins and Jerry Kast. Contributed photo.
Monday, May 18, 2020 - 9:33am
A sidewalk project that will provide additional access to areas of Evans-Bosshard Park in Sparta took a big step forward last week. Community volunteers, also known as the Five Shovelmen, have placed close to 400 feet of the 520-foot sidewalk outlined in the project, which is scheduled to be...
Pictured is the Love Lock Bridge that spans the Beaver Creek near Steph's Cakes & Bakes bakery on Water Street.
Monday, August 26, 2019 - 11:04am
Next year, Sparta's Five Shovelmen will be adding another bridge to their portfolio, when they replace the Love Lock Bridge over Beaver Creek in downtown next year. The Shovelmen, led by Reinhard Mueller, have five bridges, a sign and a bathroom under their belts already, but are apparently itching...
Sparta Chief of Police David Kuderer (left) recently presented Jeff Ruediger, a funeral director at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home with the Award of Honor – Life Saving for saving a 2-year-old child from drowning. Contributed photo.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 10:49am
August 27, 2018 was a fateful morning for both Jeff Ruediger, a funeral director at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home in downtown Sparta, and the child he saved from drowning. On that morning, Ruediger was working outside at the funeral home when he heard a child’s screams coming from the area of...

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