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July, 2011


Powell Earns 2011 Faust Scholarship

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The Grass Lake Area Historical Society is conferring its annual Alfreda Atkin Foust Memorial Scholarship on Paul Powell II, Grass Lake High School class of 2011.

During his high school years, Paul  was involved in weights and fitness, yearbook, symphonic band, Spanish I & II, advanced English, zoology, and anatomy, while maintaining a regular classwork load and a 3.889 grade point average. Read More

Chainsaw Attacker Outfoxed

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Early last week, Columbia Township Police Officers Kyle Ruge and Reserve Officer Bill Waker were sent to the area of River Street in the Village of Brooklyn for a domestic distrubance between two neighbors.

After arriving, the officers learned that the two male subjects had been in a verbal altercation, although no assault had yet occured. It was clear to the officers that alcohol was a contributing factor. One of the two lived upstairs and the other lived downstairs. The men each went back to their own apartments, and the officers cleared the scene.
Believing the issue between the two subjects would re-ignite, the officers left the residence, circled the block, and returned to the area, parking a short distance away. Officers left their vehicle and observed the residence from a distance. Shortly after taking positions, Richard Anthony Decker, 49, of Brooklyn, was seen and heard carrying a running chainsaw, heading for the lower apartment.

Decker lunged with the chainsaw at the Read More

Grandma’s Birthday Rocks

Grandma Alice and grandchildren Karly and Bessie Penhallegon and Irish exchange student Kayla.
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Grass Lake middle schoolers, left to right Karly and Bessie Penhallegon and Kayla, an Irish exchange student celebrated Grandma Alice’s birthday last week.

Trucker Death Closes I-94 Tuesday

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Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand reports that on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 6:30 am, deputies responded to a fatal traffic crash involving two east bound tractor trailers on I-94 near Race Road in Leoni Township. The crash happened in an active construction zone.

The preliminary investigation suggests that one semi appeared to be disabled in the left lane and was struck by a second semi, which was also east bound. David F. Lawson, 61-years-old from Watervliet MI. the driver of the second semi, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the disabled semi was transported to Allegiance with non-life threatening injuries.

The freeway’s  east bound lanes were closed, with traffic being routed off the freeway at Sargent Road  to Ann Arbor Road and onto the highway east bound at Race Road.

Thank You Grass Lake!

Op Art Fun
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We would like to extend a sincere thank-you to all who made the blood/bone marrow drive for Lance Mollenkopf a huge success!

People like you make Grass Lake a great town to live in! We appreciate all of your support and prayers during this time of recovery.

Lance and Denise Mollenkopf

Millage Election August 2

Sample Ballot of Millage proposal
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General Store in Norvell, Michigan

Ron on Jughead General Store's cool porch.
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Jugheads General Store, at the corner of Norvell Road and Sweezy Lake Road, in Norvell, is open for business.  The general store, a rarity in these days of convenience stores/gas stations, is open everyday. Visitors are invited to stop in and say hello to Ron, seen above on the shady porch.