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Chelsea Fair August 24-28

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The seventy-third Chelsea Community Fair opens its gates on Sunday,  August 22.

Sunday, August 22
9 am-5 pm – Tractor Dead Weight Pull

Monday
10 am – Antique Tractor Pull

Tuesday
livestock judging
Horse show
children’s parade
Demolition Derby at 7 pm

The Midway rides and games start on Tuesday, August 24.

Wednesday, rides start at 1 pm.
Youth horse show all day
Livestock judging
Demo Derby at 7 pm.

Thursday
rides start at 1 pm
Horse show
kiddie tractor pull
livestock auction
Chains saw wood carvers
Figure 8 Demo Derby 7:30 pm.

Friday
Ladies Day!
Horse shows
Fair Queen pageant 7 pm.
Tractor pull 7 pm

Saturday
Fair parade at 1 pm.
4-wheel and 2-wheel drive drive pull.

The popular fair draws over 40,000 visitors to the city.

“Ruthie” the cow, that is normally at the State Fair, will be in Chelsea this year.  Ruthie is a milking simulator sponsored by Country Fresh Dairy.  There is a combine simulator for the kids.  Both Ruthie and the combine will be set up near the “Nature’s Creation” event.

click to www.chelseafair.org for more information.


Recent passings

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Jeffrey Howard Flintoft of Grass Lake. December 28, 1945- August 14, 2010.
Louis Christian Schumacher of Waterloo Township, MI, September 16, 1919-August 8, 2010.
Pauline E. Clark of Munith, MI,  January 24, 1922-August 6, 2010.
Jamie M. Stewart Sr. of Grass Lake, MI,  January 7, 1943-August 7, 2010.


Accidental Shooting

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On Monday August 16, 2010 at 7 pm, Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accidental shooting in a home in the 2200 block of Maute Road in Grass Lake Township.

An 80-year-old Grass Lake man had a bullet wound to the hand and was taken to Chelsea Community Hospital.

The man was holding the handgun when it discharged, striking him in the hand.  Based on evidence and the weapon it appears the handgun may have malfunctioned when the owner was “clearing it” to clean the gun.

The minor injuries were treated and the man was released from Chelsea Community Hospital.

The handgun involved in the incident was seized because it was not registered.


Susan Campbell’s Kitchen Talk

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WATERMELON SLUSHIE

One happy result of preparing Watermelon Rind Pickles, as we did last week, is an abundant supply of bright pink fruit from the melon. There are several ways to use this fruit, including fruit salads, jellies, and chilled kebobs, but SLUSHIES are a favorite with my family. Watch for a good sale on this flavorful fruit, and enjoy its cool freshness in a new way. Let’s make SLUSHIES!

Begin by testing for ripeness, by “knocking” on the firm rind of the melon. A ripe melon will sound slightly hollow, and should smell sweet and not overripe at the stem end. Next step is to place the washed melon on a large baking sheet or tray, prior to cutting the rind from the chosen watermelon. Save the rind for pickles, remove all seeds including immature white ones, and place the juicy chunks into a large bowl. Use a potato masher to reduce the volume, leaving a few chunks.

I love making treats in our ice cream maker, but find that too much dairy does not agree. SLUSHIES are the solution, for times when a frozen treat is called for. I pack about four cups, or one-half gallon of mashed fruit into the machine, and let it go. A pinch of salt allows the natural sweetness of the melon to remain, but boosts sodium levels during extremely hot weather such as we have experienced this year.

To make up for the single simple ingredient-fruit-used in this recipe, it is easy to devote extra attention to presentation. Tall parfait glasses, or champagne flutes would elevate this fruity treat. Conversely, for a family presentation by the pool, sturdy plastic cups offer a safe method of presentation that kids will love, along with their parents.

Cute color coordinated cups set in a bed of ice will help SLUSHIES retain their chill longer. Long-handled spoons or wide straws offer both convenience and utility.

If you do not own an ice cream freezer, you can also prepare SLUSHIES in the freezer. Simply pour the crushed melon into a deep metal baking pan, cover with a lid or plastic wrap, and freeze for one hour.

Remove from freezer and stir, from the frozen outer edges to the still-liquid center. Re-cover, and return to freezer. Repeat this stirring process once each hour until the mixture begins to have an airy “Sno Cone” appearance, when it will be ready to serve. Use a metal pan, as frozen SLUSHIES bring out the best in kitchen gadgets aimed at removing the product. A glass bowl could  easily shatter under the hand of an overanxious server.

© 2010 by Susan Campbell


Grass Lake Village Council Meeting Minutes

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July 20, 2010
Grass Lake Village Council
REGULAR MEETING

President Pro tem Diane DeBoe called the regular meeting of the Village Council to order at 7:30 p.m. Members present Sherwood, Fearer, D. DeBoe, Shelhart, and J. DeBoe. Absent R. Walz and Leitert. Also present Tom Nolte. Public present Christina Breed, Cheryl Buchler, Brian Sturgill, Rick Mead, Mike Fearer and Shannon Maynard.
Pledge by All.
Agenda: Motion by Shelhart to adopt the agenda as written, second J. DeBoe. All present in favor, motion carried.
Minutes: Clerk read the minutes of the July 6, 2010 regular meeting. Discussion. Motion by J. DeBoe to accept the minutes as changed, second Sherwood. All present in favor, motion carried.
Zoning Administrators Report- Mike Fearer was present; Affordable Design Solutions completed a temporary sign permit and paid the appropriate fee. The original banner was too big but he took off enough to bring it into compliance with the sign ordinance. He also has more forms so if someone would like a new banner he can provide it to them. Someone asked about removing the sign on the side of 112 E. Michigan. The Mt. Hope Bible Camp sign is too big but it will be down in a week. Fearer also reviewed and approved the plans for a pole barn on Lk Heights.
Treasurer’s Report-Marilyn Troyer is on vacation she will present a report next meeting.
Police Report: Deputy Sturgill was present and council reviewed his written report. Deputy Sturgill reported no problems during the boat races. Motion by Shelhart to pay the bill of $4,536, second Fearer. All present in favor, motion carried. Absent R. Walz and Leitert.
Correspondence: Clerk had copied to council info from the state on the upcoming village election. The petitions need to be turned in by 4:00 p.m. August 10, 2010.
Public-Cheryl Buchler was present. She noted that she had received the letter asking for a completed application for a temporary sign. She did not believe that she had been told to do anything else and did not think she should have to pay the fee. The council also wanted the letter from the property owner where the sign is placed. Discussion. Motion by Shelhart to allow the real estate sign with the letter from Ms. Iuni, a completed sign application and waive the fee, second Sherwood. Discussion. Roll call vote, Sherwood, Fearer, Shelhart, yes, D. Deboe and J. DeBoe, no, motion carried.
Christina Breed was present to make a few comments. She wanted to let the DPW know that the village is looking good thanks to them. She talked about the different issue’s that come to council and the importance of training.  D. DeBoe thanked her for her comments.
Maintenance- Dunham was not present. Nolte gave council updates on the parking lot behind the Copper Nail.
Committee Reports-Nolte will work with the parks committee to set up a date for the next meeting.
Village Managers Report-Nolte reported on the recent boat races. Heritage day will be Saturday, Sept. 4th. The community service person will be painting the guard rails in town. D. DeBoe asked if they could possibly do some mowing for seniors who are unable to do their own. Discussion.
Old Business. None
New Business.  None
Pending Business-Nothing at this time.
Adjournment: Motion by Sherwood to adjourn, second Fearer. All present in favor, motion carried. 8:24 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,                               Estelle Mead, Clerk
Minutes approved with changes 8-3-2010.


Village of Grass Lake

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Village of Grass Lake
132 W. Michigan Avenue, P.O. Box 737
Grass Lake, Michigan 49240

VARIANCE HEARING NOTICE

TO ALL INTERESTED CITIZENS IN THE VILLAGE OF GRASS LAKE:

Please take notice that a public hearing will be held by the Grass Lake Village Council (Zoning Board of Appeals) in this hall on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. The purpose of the hearing is to take public input with respect to a variance request submitted
on the below listed property:

340 N. Lake St. (See legal description below)
Tax Parcel No. 032-10-32-402-006-00

THE S 81 FT 4 IN OF THE N 313 FT 4 IN OF BLK 4 EXC PCL DESCD AS—BEG IN W LN OF N LAKE ST AS NOW RELOCATED AT A PT 313.33 FT S OF N LN OF SD BLK 4 TH DUE W 89.33 FT TO A PT WH IS PL OF BEG OF THIS EXCN TH N 79DEG W TO SHORE OF GRASS LAKE TH SLY ALG SD SHORE LN TO A PT DUE W OF BEG TH DUE E TO BEG. ALL IN SMITH’S ADDITION TO THE VILLAGE OF GRASS LAKE

The request is for a variance to grant an exception to the height of a fence, all those interested are encouraged to attend. Written comments may be directed to the Grass Lake Village Council, P.O. Box 737, Grass Lake, MI  49240.                            Posted:  08/16/2010   Star Mead, Village Clerk


Hendrickson Reunion

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5 Generations
Long-time Grass Lake resident Eileen Hendrickson (seated) at her 90th birthday party takes a moment for a photo showing five generations. Her family held the party last month.
L to R: Jean Dalton (Eileen’s daughter), Erin Barnes (great grand daughter), Mackenzie Barnes ( great great grand daughter in her mother’s arms), and Tracie Salyer (grand daughter).