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August, 2011


4H Club Shines at Jackson Fair

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Grass Lake Farmer Comandoe 4H Club member Montana Sager and 2011 awards

The Grass Lake Farmer Commandoe 4H Club earned many awards last week at the 2011 Jackson County Fair. Among them was Montana Sager who  represented his club and hometown in a blue ribbon way . His accomplishments include: Best of Breed in Mini Rex Rabbits, Best of Class in Rabbits class 4, Grand Champion Reserve in Rabbits – second only to fellow Farmer Commandoe Mckenna Lynch. Sager won Best of Class for his oil painting,  3rd place in Juniors for Showmanship of Rabbits, 5th place overall in Juniors for Sweepstakes Showmanship (Rebecca Molmeister – Grass Lake- 2nd place in same class).  Twelve-year old Montana is the son of Roger and Rose Sager of Grass Lake who proudly provided this photograph.

Waterloo Golf Thursday Gentlemans League

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With only three weeks left in the Waterloo Gentleman’s League, “A”
flight teams battled for the right to be called “Champions.” Team 13,
consisting of Jeff Shepherd and Matt Murphy maintained their slim 4 point lead over a pack of closely matched competitors. Team Weddon, with the 8 points gained by Dane and substitute extraordinaire John Terrell propelled Team Weddon past Team Mason by half a point. Team Mason was held back to only six and a half points by tenacious play by Tim Day, after his partner was stricken by a horrible case of the dreaded “Three-Putts.” Tim Day’s team, the wildly popular “Team 6,”
regained the “B” flight lead, but have only a 1.5 point advantage over the trophy hungry Breijak brothers. After the grueling round Tim Day was quoted as saying “Dammit!”

The night garnered many individual triumphs; local golf pro Keith
Haglund shot Low Gross of 37 for the evening, with 5 pars, and a birdie and some other scores not worth mentioning. The birdie list was long for the night, with golfing prowess displayed by Dennis Price, Matt Mason, Mike Klimkiewicz, Chris Trevisan and of course, Haglund. A special shout-out goes to local painting entrepreneur Brian Bancroft, for a low net of 27. Way to go Brian!

A special message for those league members who heard the loud guttural screams gushing throughout the calm night on Thursday. It was not bigfoot caught in a beartrap, it was  Larry Jones making an unbelievably long chip through huge swales and other obstructions on hole number 12 for a spectacular par. His exuberant howls will haunt many a TNGL golfer for years to come.

Time’s running out to sign up for the 2011 Waterloo Match Play Championship.

Tournament officials will begin drawing up the brackets this week so make haste.

Open to everyone with a Waterloo golf course handicap, even you ladies out there.

Spelling Contest, Grass Lake Man Promoted at Newspaper

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Selections from
1911 Grass Lake News

Spelling Contest
The spelling contest in the high school resulted in some very interesting figures. The following is the list of students standing above 90 per cent: Alma Sova, Jennie Hoopingarner, Ruth Dwelle, Fadella St. John, Marion Close, Anna Wakeman, Etta Whipple, Esther McCall, Ethel Cowden, Ethel Krause, Ellen Wyer. The tenth and eleventh grades won against the twelfth and ninth grades.

The following words were spelled: reservoir, perspiration, nitrogen, vertical, laboratory, neutral, furnace, mosquito, hygiene, monkeys, consul, oriole, villain, pronunciation, illustrate, concede, parallel, balloon, atmosphere, similar, reprieve, rheumatism, statistical, heresy, reversible, gaseous, aqueous, synopsis, marine, clapping, prairie, avoirdupois, immigrant, orthography, anatomy, assessor, magnificent, preamble, tenure, monetary, equity, paregoric, metonomy, nuisance, syndicate, reciprocity, different, privilege, benediction, cavern, subterranean, comedy, vegetable, image, seize, rebellion, necessary, protoplasm, wintry, hibernate, coyote, fatigue, granary, intrinsic, science, chauffeur, gravitation, spirit, evolution, excuse, sieve, ventilation, parliament, musician, wrapped, equivalent, serviceable, lieutenant, pleurisy, promontory, pursuing, fissure, composition, area, oasis, cylinder, architectural, telephone, participle, factoring, medieval, migration, oxygen, scissors, origin, providence, syllable, indicative, article, orthodox.

Local and Personal –
Rafe S. Craft, who was with the late W. L. Henderson in the circulation department of the Citizen Press, has succeeded Mr. Henderson and will take general charge of that department, while Russell Harris will take charge of the carrier boys. Mr. Craft is a Grass Lake young man, son of S. D. Craft, the well known tinner of town. The many friends of Rafe here at home will be pleased to learn of his substantial advancement.

Thanks to the Coe Museum and Linda Lockwood Hutchinson.

Motorcycle Rally Saluting Veterans in Grass Lake, Michigan August 19-20

Wheels of Thunder Biker Rally in Grass Lake Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20.
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Schedule of Events, things may change without notice!
All activities will be held outdoors, along the streets in downtown Grass Lake
Friday Schedule
3:30-5:00 pm. – DJ Music (Crazy Larry)
5:00 – 5:40 pm. Band #1 – All Rights Reserved
6:00 – 6:40 pm. Band #2 – Thee Unknown
7:00 – 7:40 pm. Band #3 – Vital Tones
8:00 – 8:40 pm. – The Winner Plays

Saturday Schedule
10:00- 11:30 am. – DJ Music (Crazy Larry)
12:00 – 12:30 pm. – National Anthem & Presentation of Colors
12:30 – 1:00 pm. – Stunt Show

1:00 – 1:40 pm. Band #1 – Jo Jo and the Beerhogs
1:40 – 2:00 pm. – Stunt Show
2:00 – 2:40 pm. – Band #2-Still Runnin
2:40 – 3:00 pm. – Stunt Show
3:00 – 3:40 pm. Friday’s 2nd place Band Winner
4:00 – 5:00 pm. – Presentations to the Armed Forces & Bike Show
5:00 – 5:40 pm. – Band #3 – Skelton Krew
5:40 – 6:00 pm. – Stunt Show
6:00 – 6:40 pm. – Band #4 -The Elder Beer Men
6:50 – 7:30 pm. – Friday’s 1st Place Band Winner
7:40 – 8:20 pm. – Band #5 – Massaauga
8:45 pm. – Battle of Bands Winner Plays

*Schedule is subject to change at any time without notice

Heritage Day: A Grass Lake Tradition

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There will be lots to see and free activities will be taking place during Grass Lake’s annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, September 10, 2011 in downtown Grass Lake from 10:00 to 4:00.

Artists and crafters will feature their specialties for sale in booths on the street and in the park adjacent to the Whistlestop Park Depot. A silent auction will take place inside the Depot and live entertainment, a vintage car cruise-in (all those with vintage cars are welcome!) and food vendors will round out the festivities on the east side of downtown Michigan Avenue.

Free wagon rides will be available to ferry visitors from the Depot to the Coe House Museum. Because, on the west side of Michigan Ave., the Coe House Museum will showcase their newly renovated second floor by offering free tours while traditional crafts, demonstrations and a reenactment group will fill the yard. Kids can “make and take” projects and play old fashion games coordinated by our local 4-H Club. A beautiful handmade quilt will be tied that day in preparation for the quilt raffle, and antique tractors from the Jackson Antique Tractor Club will line the street.

Join us and celebrate the Grass Roots of Grass Lake, It is a FREE, fun day for the whole family.

For any questions please call 522.8838 or

Flare Spares Earth

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An extremely powerful solar flare, the largest in over four years, rocked the sun early Tuesday (Aug. 9), but is unlikely to wreak any serious havoc here on Earth, scientists say.

“It was a big flare,” said Joe Kunches, a space scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Space Weather Prediction Center. “We lucked out because the site of the eruption at the sun was not facing the Earth, so we won’t get the full effect.” The eruption caused a temporary blackout of high frequency radio transmissions on the side of Earth covered in daylight. Navigation signals can be degraded in these instances. Read More

Parade, Plaque Thanks

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Let Freedom Ring!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who took part in the Fourth of July parade. We had a great turnout of veterans to march and to ride in it. And what a privilege it is to lead the parade and watch with pride as we take the colors by and hear the applause of the crowd and watch their faces as they stand to honor our flag, our country and our veterans.

I want to thank those who carried all the flags and the rifles and all the men and women who have served and came to march and to the young lady and young man who joined us while they were yet on active duty and are home on leave.

It is always great to see so many people lining the parade route. There seemed to be a better turnout of spectators this year. So it makes it all worth the effort.

I would also like to invite everyone to stop by the Veterans Memorial downtown and see the new addition to the memorial honoring all the veterans from the Vietnam War, Lebanon/Grenada, Panama, Gulf War, War on Terrorism, Iraq/Afghanistan.


This plaque was made possible by Chris Sherwood and Sherwood Funeral Home. We thank Chris for all the work he did  and his generosity in making it all possible, and for getting Kurt Wissman from Go Anywhere Stone Masonry to come and install it for us.

How blessed we are to live in such a great little community, where people still care for others. May God continue to bless you and yours.

Bud Freysinger, Commander, Anthony Steble Post 252, Grass Lake, MI.  July 11, 2011.