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June, 2011


Museum Quality Work

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by Alex Weddon, editor

Grass Lake Historical Society members are watching history unfold with the remodeling going on at the popular Coe House Museum. The upstairs electrical has been upgraded, shelving installed and painted and the walls are done and waiting for wall paper.  Repairing windows and frames is the current project and is being handled by Joe’s Glass, owned by Cary Push of Ann Arbor.

“I’m taking extra care on these windows- so many people will be looking through this glass.  I want them to look perfect, just as they did over a hundred years ago,” said Push on Monday, June 20.

The glass and trim specialist is volunteering his time for the window work. He also has some hard to find non-tempered glass that he is donating for use in replacing a split pane.

Marilyn OLeary was busy painting an upstairs entrance/exit door on Monday.  Ed Fuller had installed heavy duty closet shelves and she was painting the door to match them.
The “new” upstairs will have one room for family history research.

The Society is scheduling various themed open houses for the year.

$1,000 Winner at Coppernoll’s Hardware

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Cynthia Wentworth (at left with Phil Coppernoll) and her husband have lived in Grass Lake for two years and are still fixing up around the house. The work will be going  a bit smoother now that her name was drawn as the Grand Prize winner in Do-It Best hardware’s Spring giveaway contest at Coppernolls Hardware.

“Oh yeah, we’re getting some tools and materials to help finish some projects, this is going to really help,” said Cynthia on Tuesday after accepting the “big” check from store owner, Phil Coppernoll.

Norvell Man Arrested for Hit and Run

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Early Saturday evening, June 18, 2011 deputies from the Jackson County Office of the Sheriff responded to a Hit and Run  traffic crash on US-127 near Blue Ridge Road.  The suspect vehicle had fled the scene.  A Be on the Lookout (BOL) was put to area law enforcement.  Napoleon Township Police with the assistance of a witness stopped the suspect vehicle on Liberty Road in Liberty Township.

Deputies took custody of a  31-year-old Norvell Township man for leaving the scene of a Personnel Injury Accident, Driving on a Suspended License and Reckless Driving. Read More

Motorcyclist Slams Tree in Henrietta Township

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Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand reports that early morning, Saturday, June 19, 2011, deputies responded to the intersection of Bunkerhill and Coonhill Roads in Henrietta Township for a motorcycle that had crashed.
Sheriff Rand reports that Deputies determined the driver of the motorcycle was severely injured when his cycle left the road and struck a tree.

The victim was flown by Survival Flight to the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor MI.

Sheriff Rand reports that alcohol my be a factor in this crash.  The crash remains under investigation.

False ID Leads to Booking

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Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand reports on Saturday, June 18 about 7pm, Deputy Mark Easter conducted a traffic stop on I-94 east bound near the 130 mile marker on a vehicle that had been reported to the Sheriff’s Office Emergency dispatch center as driving erratically and  recklessly.

During Deputy Easter’s traffic stop, it was determined the vehicle was stolen out of Wayne County and the driver had several outstanding warrants, including a warrant for a Auto Theft  out of Kalamazoo County.

The driver, a 55 year old Ann Arbor man, initially attempted to identify himself using a United States passport under a different name.

Located in the vehicle were multiple United States Passports, several international calling cards and multiple license plates from different states.

The driver was lodged at the Jackson County Jail for receiving and concealing stolen property.

The investigation into this incident and the subject’s fraudulent activities is ongoing.

School Out, Lake Fun In

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Stranded Wife, Fatal Carriage Accident in 1911 Grass Lake News

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From the 1911 Grass Lake News

Abandoned by her husband four days after she had been led to the altar in December, 1904, when he started with his parents on a tour of Africa, and forgotten ever since, Mrs. Carolyn Mitchell was recently granted a divorce. According to the records in the suit, Mitchell, four days after the wedding, departed for Africa, promising to send for his bride. Read More