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March, 2011


Spring Breakers Spain Bound

Back row from left to right: Morgan Rowe, Megan Stark, Korrie Kempker, Juliana Paterra, Brittany Brugh, Trevor Murray, Makenna Burnett. Front row, Left to right: Mrs. Doctor, Allison Burg.
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Back row from left to right: Morgan Rowe, Megan Stark, Korrie Kempker, Juliana Paterra, Brittany Brugh, Trevor Murray, Makenna Burnett. Front row, Left to right: Mrs. Doctor, Allison Burg.


by Marissa Swartz special writer

The time for relaxation and fun has arrived for students within the Grass Lake School District.  Spring Break, 2011 is here.

Students are heading out of town; others to different states. Some are even staying right here in Grass Lake. But, for a few, Spain is the destination for this spring break.

Students from the Spanish Club at Grass Lake High School, along with other advisors and parents, began their spring break adventure after leaving Michigan to catch a flight to Barcelona, Spain this past Wednesday. The eight-hour overnight trip to Spain was not enough to stop the students from exploring Barcelona the minute they stepped foot off of the plane.

Staying in Spain for a week, the group will have the opportunity to explore Parque Guell (a local garden complex), Gran Via (an upscale shopping street in Madrid), and the Royal Palace (the residence of the king of Spain), in addition to many other tourist attractions.

A sophomore part of the Spain adventure, Korrie Kempker was asked about her plans for the trip. “Other than practicing my Spanish, I can’t wait to see the famous streets of Madrid,” she said,  “I am also so excited to see a bull fight,” she added.

Korrie is not the only one eager to see the bull fight; the entire group is as well. Mrs. Doctor, one of the advisors on the trip and also the Spanish teacher at Grass Lake High School, is especially excited. “This will be my third bull fight,” she replied after mention of the popular local attraction.

The group will be having the time of their lives in Spain until they return to the Grass Lake area on April 6.

1000 Third Grade Students Attend Rural Education Day

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Grass Lake Third grade classes learn about goats during Rural Education Day 2011.

Project R.E.D. (Rural Education Day) provides a hands-on, down-on the-farm learning experience for third grade students. Read More

Don’t Sign Away Mineral, Oil Rights Just Yet

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Michigan Farm Bureau News

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) is once again reminding farmers and landowners to proceed with caution before entering into a contract for mineral, oil, gas or wind rights. The best advice is to consult an attorney before signing any agreement. Read More

Go Ahead and Illegally Strike

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By Michael Van Beek, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

The Michigan Education Association is asking its members to authorize “crisis activities” that could result in a “statewide work stoppage.” Michigan Capitol Confidential broke this story last Wednesday.

Since government employees are forbidden by law to strike and can be fired for doing so, school employees participating in a strike would be risking their livelihoods. Read More

Pit Bulls Mauls Woman and Her Pet

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On Monday, March 28, 2011 at quarter after five pm, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division was dispatched to the 4000 block of Draper Road for a report of a lady being attacked by two Pit Bulls.

The victim, a 57-year-old Summit Township woman was walking her dog on Draper Road when two Pit Bulls ran into the street and attacked her and her pet.  Read More

Tasered Suspect Packing Heat

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Jackson County Undersheriff Tom Finco reports on Monday, March 28, 2011 at approximately 9:48 pm, Deputy Mark Easter observed a drug transaction on Francis Street near Wall Street in the City of Jackson. The suspect, a 28-year-old Jackson man, was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun. Read More

Champs Prevail Over Teams from Three States

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FRONT ROW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Scott Crutchfield, Max Beal, Nathan Sharkey, Donavan Beach, CENTER: Christian Foster. BACK ROW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Shaun Burk, Steven Grysko, Ryan Simmons, Noah Sweet

Last weekend, the Grass Lake fourth grade boys basketball team took first place honors at a basketball tournament held in Reading, Michigan.  The boys won all of their games as they defeated teams from Hillsdale, Reading, and Bryan, Ohio.  Teams representing schools from Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana competed in the tournament.

“What I have always said I liked about our team is that we are not dependent on one or two players to do the bulk of our scoring,” commented Head Coach Jason Foster.  “In our win on Friday night, eight of our nine players scored, and everyone played their best basketball of the season as they won their game by 31 points.   We had to go up against a pretty tall team from Bryan, Ohio to win first place.  But everyone on the team did something to help get the win.  Whether it was passing, scoring, rebounding, or playing tough defense, it was a team accomplishment.  The Grass Lake community should be very proud of these boys.”

Team also benefitted from the services of Steve Burk who served as the Assistant Coach.  Foster also mentioned that Coach Burk was a great asset whose input went a long way into help the team achieve success.