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April, 2011


Lockwood Honored by Grass Lake Library

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by Alex Weddon, editor
The Jackson District Library, Grass Lake branch, celebrated lifelong resident of Grass Lake Lewis Lockwood’s 98th birthday on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Light refreshments were offered for those gathered to see Lewis’ portrait now on display in the library.

Guest of Honor, Lewis Lockwood and his bride of 65 years, Louise.

“He’s a regular, coming in on Wednesdays to read a best seller or two, we just love having him here,” said Susan Weible, Grass Lake librarian. Read More

Grass Lake Business Showcased at State Convention

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Jackson County experienced a couple of enhancements to its image last week as the Copper Nail in Grass Lake was highlighted by the Rural Partners of Michigan as one of 6 unique and successful businesses from around the state of Michigan. Read More

Grass Laker’s Death in Chicago, Linen Shower

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From the 1911 Grass Lake News.
Local and Personal Items
On last Friday evening Mrs. H. J. Knight gave a linen shower at her home on East Main street in honor of her cousin, Cora Giltner. The home was tastily decorated in red and white hearts and cupids being prevalent. The evening was spent in guessing contests and writing telegrams. Miss Giltner and her mother will leave next week for Oakland, Cal., where she will become the bride of Moran E. Tover, a chief draftsman in a manufacturing concern in that city.

South Fishville:  Chauncey Koch and family and Mrs. Harry Coppernoll were in Read More

A Quick Shot of Warrior Sports

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The Lady Warriors placed second in their own invitational softball tourney last weekend. They lost to undefeated Springport, 9-4 on Saturday, April 23, 2011. The Spartans posted 15 hits to the Warriors 7.

Slugging away for Grass Lake in the last game were Kendall Wolfinger with three hits
and Christy Broderick with two.

The boys baseball team also hosted a tournament on April 23. The Warriors cruised  past Springport in the semi-finals, 8-0, then in the finals against the top rated Bath Bees, came up way short, 1-10.  Of note was the twelve strike out pitching performance of KJ Neibauer against the Spartans of Springport.

The girls soccer team continued their winning ways, scoring late in the game to put away Clinton, 3-1. Kelsey Stadnikia scored first and second for the Warriors, and Maddy Sabo added the third.
The boy’s Varsity Golf team lost two matches last week. Players Zach Niehaus, Kevin Allen, Jeremy Grant and Josh Kulwicki tallied a 244 total, way back of winner Hanover-Horton’s 151.

The boys and girls track teams  dropped matches against Vandercook Lake on Thursday, April 21.  Two days later, the girls finished in seventh place at he  Pittsford Invitational.  The boys team came in eleventh out of the 17 teams in the contest.

Next week,
Golf: Michigan Center, then Western.
5/4 at Napoleon
5/6 Hudson
5/9 East Jackson
5/4 at Napoleon
5/6 Hudson
5/9 East Jackson

Students UN Debate Goes On and On

Grass Lake students during the mock UN session at Spring Arbor University
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Story and photo by Marissa Swartz

Students from Grass Lake High School participated in the mock Model UN Security Council at Spring Arbor University this past Friday.

The university hosts a high school Model UN Security Council every year, where various schools around Jackson County meet to represent particular countries of the United Nations.

Students and faculty at Spring Arbor University organize and manage the event. After the dismissal of the mock Model UN Security Council, the faculty judges the students as to how well they portrayed their country.

Miss Kovach, the History and AP English teacher at Grass Lake High School, had the privilege of gathering students to portray the United States, Germany, India, South Africa, and Columbia as the school supervisor for Model UN.
The high school Model UN Security Council discussed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty because of the growing awareness of nuclear weapons throughout the world. The countries at the event conversed about the peaceful use and transfer of nuclear technology in regards to the treaty.

The Model UN Security Council began discussion of the treaty at
approximately 9:00 a.m. and did not adjourn until well after 3:00
p.m.-a clear representation of the long hours of discussion in the
actual United Nations.

Students left the event with knowledge of just how the Model United
Nations Security Council protects the safety of citizens around the

Crews Clean Rec Area Roadways

Waterloo Hunt Club Earth Day 2011 Clean Up Volunteers
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A chilly and rainy morning greeted over 70 volunteers last Saturday at the 22nd annual Waterloo Hunt Club Earth Day Cleanup.

The event, coordinated by Waterloo Hunt Club members Sally McAlinden and Jeff Stommen, was a huge success. Over 30 miles of Waterloo Recreation Area roadways were picked clean of the litter and dumping that accumulated since last year’s cleanup.

Volunteers included Waterloo Hunt Club members, 30 Grass Lake 4-H club Farmer Commandoes and Read More

School District Cuts Cause Concern, Alarm

Grass Lake Volleyball
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The State of Michigan Executive Budget and the impact on school districts across the state were reviewed by the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) recently. Some of their findings include the following:

The percentage cut to the School Aid budget is the second largest at 7.3 percent and when the increase in the MPSERS rate is included, that number jumps to 10.3 percent, tying School Aid with the Department of Education for the largest percentage cut to any budget.

According to the Michigan School Business Officials the number of deficit districts in Michigan would quadruple from just over 40 to over 160 Read More