Wolf Lake Festival August 29

The 2nd annual Wolf Lake Festival will be held at the  Wolf Lake Yacht club on Saturday August 29 from noon-10pm. There will be a waterski show at noon performed by the Wolf Lake Waterski Club, free kids games noon-4pm, a corn hole tourney at 1pm, pig roast at 5pm and a live band “FLYTE” playing on the deck 6-10pm.

Off the Dock and to the Hospital from: Close Calls on the Farm: Off to School

by Alex R. Weddon, editor/publisher

The lake on our farm had a shifting muck bottom that swallowed objects. Eyeglasses, bottles of pop, a Browning shotgun and at least one switchblade lie in the murky deep. And broken cement blocks, once used as support of an oak slab that made a diving board.

When the two inch thick plank split, the blocks were tossed forward into the lake. Their sharp edges patiently lying in wait eight feet below the peaceful surface. A foot was gashed open on one during a  hot, sultry Fourth of July in the early 1970s. Two friends were with me on the dock in mid afternoon. We had shot our share of minnows with our BB guns, touched off various packs of firecrackers, and floated big explosives on a pie tin, covered in popcorn and pushed away from our  drifting boat. The noise and blizzard of flaming kernels brought lots of laughs. Then swimming to cool off. Jeff, as near a native as any of us, jack-knifed in and when he surfaced, announced he had hit something with his toes. Maybe a monster sturgeon or treasure chest. He dove for a closer inspection, surfaced and made the dock. Continue reading

Kids Swarm Favorite Camp

Davy Rothbart spent many happy summers living in a rustic cabin on a lake near Chelsea in the 1980s and 90s. Now Rothbart, a successful writer and magazine publisher, is sharing the fun with a cross country trek for less fortunate kids.

Rothbart, who turned 40 this year, and James Molenda are the editors of FOUND Magazine, and each summer – with the generous help of friends- they put together a camping trip for inner-city kids called Washington II Washington.

Washington II Washington is an annual hiking adventure taking city kids from Washington, D.C., Southeast Michigan, and New Orleans on a week-long camping and hiking trip to explore some of the country’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Along the way, these kids will see animals they didn’t know existed, swim in fresh, crisp lake water, tell stories around a campfire they’ve just learned to make, learn camping and wilderness skills, and explore the Great Outdoors.

Last year’s highlights include finding a hidden swimming hole deep in a forest and meeting new animal friends, both big (Deer) and small (Skunks!). This year’s  journey includes two of Michigan’s pristine wilderness areas — the Waterloo Recreation Area and Warren Dunes State Park. The kids will swim in Lake Michigan, canoe the Huron River, hike the summit of Mt. Randall, camp outdoors, and keep our eyes peeled for even more hidden treasures.

The trip was inspired by their friendship with D.C. native Emmanuel Durant, Jr. After his tragic death on New Year’s Eve, 2009, Davy and James teamed up with Emmanuel’s family to create these annual trips as a way to introduce inner-city kids to the magic of nature and pay tribute to Emmanuel.

“Our trips have no specific agenda — we seek only to introduce kids who have rarely left D.C., Detroit and New Orleans (or even their own neighborhoods) to the joys of nature and wilderness hiking and give them a chance to experience something brand-new and have an exciting adventure.  On past Washington II Washington hikes, we trip leaders have seen that look of accomplishment and inspiration that fills the kids’ faces when we’ve reached the top of a mountain.  It’s amazing!” offers Rothbart on his FaceBook page Facebook.com/Davyfound and also:
/Washington II Washington

Rothbart and over thirty kids will be at the Friends Retreat on Clark Lake, just north of Chelsea from Wednesday night, August 12, through the weekend. The time will bring back pleasant memories for the nationally known writer and recent Emmy nominee and make many more for his fearless travelers.

Check out Davy’s links:

Medora Theatrical Trailer — find the film now on Netflix Instant!
New FOUND Book — now available!
My Heart is an Idiot Book  http://www.MyHeartIsAnIdiotBook.com

Medora Documentary  http://www.MedoraFilm.com

Washington II Washington  http://www.washingtontowashington.org/
This American Life  http://www.thisamericanlife.org/contributors/davy-rothbart

21 Balloons Productions  http://21balloons.com/
AUGUST 2015 Fun Link:
My Heart is an Idiot: Venice Beach

Price Brothers Auction


*2-Day Estate Tag Sale*

A fine collection of pristine furniture, well-kept tools and equipment

Thu July 23rd * 12-6pm & Fri July 24th * 2-8pm

And  *Live Auction Saturday*

July 25TH * 10am

10 AM: Furniture, Antiques & Collectables, Household items.

12 PM: Lawn & Garden, Boats, tools, shop equipment

Visit our website “UPCOMING AUCTIONS” for details on currently consigned items.


Please call to make consignment arrangements!

Can’t be there? We accept absentee bids!!

Yes! We still sell real estate both at auction and by listing with our affiliate Coldwell Banker TC


Office: 517-851-8042 Mobile: 517-851-8555


From our weekly ‘Johnnies Juke Box Trivia’

If you think a couple of these answers are funny, then you think like me. I get a real kick out of putting excerpts and questions from Robinson’s book.  This week, just a couple….

This group was originally known as “The Alan Price Combo.”
a. Hollies
b. Animals
c. Searchers
d. Denny’s Grand Slam Breakfast

Formed in 1959, this group had a majority of their bigget hits in the 1970s.
a. Guess Who
b. Bread
c. Three Dog Night
d. Teamsters Union

Who Flopped? A week after The Association drew over 5,000 to a Des Moine, Iowa venue in 1967, this group took the stage and played to thirty four.
a. Doors
b.Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
c. Iron Butterfly
d. Fruminous Bandermarch

John Robinson is currently a radio DJ on Lansing’s 99.1 FM.
John has been a  rock n roll expert since playing in his first long hair band in Stockbridge, Michigan during the 1960s.

His book, Johnny’s Jukebox Trivia is available on Amazon.com 270 pages, $14.95

Rev. Dr. Den Slattery, Grass Lake’s Interesting Person of the Month

Our Interesting Person of Grass Lake this month is Den Slattery, of the Grass Lake United Methodist Church located at 449 E. Michigan Avenue.

After being introduced to God’s word while serving in the Marines during the Vietnam war, Den would study the Bible in the daytime but still lived  like the devil at night.

While home on leave, he heard of a free concert in Ella Sharp Park and after hearing the praise and singing by The Good News Circle, he answered the call to come forward and give his life to Christ.

Den felt called to become an Army Chaplain but was told he did not have the education or training. He left the service still determined to serve the Lord in uniform. He enrolled in nearby Spring Arbor College and while working on his degree in psychology, met a beautiful young woman named Karen. The two hit it off right away, and in 1979 became man and wife. She wanted to continue her education at Ball State University in Indiana. Den enrolled at nearby Anderson School of Theology and earned a Masters in Psychology and a Masters of Divinity.

For his Master’s Thesis on demonic possession,  he   interviewed thirty five psychology professors at various colleges in the state of  Indiana area. Most of them discounted the belief of demon possession, even though none could site empirical evidence to support their claims. He recalled a number of unusual and evil incidents that happened even as he worked on that project.

As he and Karen were continuing their education, Den was part of the Army Reserves. With his degree in psychology, he was qualified to work at a VA Hospital on the mental ward, which he enjoyed very much. However, he soon discovered that he was not eligible to be a Chaplain Candidate while serving in that capacity.. He finished his two year commitment and then applied with the Army National Guard and in 1982, became a Chaplain Candidate.

Karen and Den welcomed their first daughter, Kristen soon after. Following graduation from seminary, Den entered Fort Monmouth, New Jersey’s Army Chaplain School.  He was on his way to one more of his goals.

Soon another daughter, Darcy Joy arrived and two years later, a son, Derek James (DJ).

The family was now in Michigan and Den was pa storing two churches and in the National Guard when he felt called to go active duty. He applied to the US Army, was accepted and soon the family was on their way to Fort Hood, Texas.

This assignment was a real blessing for the family. Den was a Battalion Chaplain and loving it, Karen and the kids were making friends and life was great.

Yet almost two years into his stint Den learned that the Army was cutting back and that a number of the seventy plus chaplains at Ft. Hood would be asked to take an ‘early out’ of the service.  He prayed for guidance and soon was impressed that he was to leave and earn a doctorate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

A series of events that could only come from God made it possible and the family left Texas for Michigan. Den earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2001.

Dr. Slattery turned to another item on his “”Bucket List” as he published his first book, “From the Point to the Cross” in 1992. That book became the basis for two other books, “Changed by War” and “Transformed by Christ” both are selling well around the country. Den has since published ten more books and has taught other people how to get published at writer’s conferences.

In 1998, Major Slattery retired from the military after 26 years of service. Then in 2012, Den retired from the Methodist ministry, but his journey with God around the world and our country wasn’t completed. Soon he was asked to come back and take over the ministry of the Grass Lake United Methodist Church.  “God has worked miracles in my life, almost daily, and His Spirit can do the same for everyone,” he concluded.


Help Needed in Cold Case File – Body Found in 1986 in Norvell, Near Grass Lake

Help Needed in Identifying a
Found Body from 1986 Cold Case
On August 25, 1986 Norvell Township Police Department was dispatched to the scene of a body found in a field in the area of Wamplers Lake Road, (M-124) and Deer Ridge Lane. This case was later turned over to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in December of 2008 when Norvell PD was disbanded.
At this time DNA samples along with dental records have been collected and entered into a Law Enforcement Database.

artists conception

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Norvell John DoeB
The victim is described as:
– White male
– 23-35 years of age
– 5’8” to 6’ tall
– 150-170 pounds
– Medium length blonde hair
At the time of this incident he was wearing:
– Tie dyed short sleeve t-shirt
– Tan corduroy trousers/pants
– Black leather belt with red design
– White socks
– Black & White tennis shoes with Velcro closures
The following drawings/sketches were composed by a member of the Michigan State University Forensic Anthropology Lab.
Anyone with information as to the identity of this man is encouraged to call Detective Tom Jaakkola at (517)768-7934.