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October, 2011


Opening Day

Fall Colors, the flush of a bird, being afield again
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When I was eleven years old, there were two nights of the year when I was too excited to sleep. Christmas Eve and the night before opening day of pheasant season, October 20.

My uncle and his two hunting dogs would arrive early in the morning before the season officially started. He bred and raised the dogs for field trials and my dad owned a couple because he thought they would make good bird dogs. The difference being that field trial dogs worked entire fields before a judges stand, earning points for the number of pen raised pheasants or quail the dogs could locate and point within a set period of time. This kind of find’em fast hunting didn’t work on our farm, as the birds would not often hold tight, but run.

The crunch of gravel as he pulled his station wagon into our driveway triggered a standard series of events in our yard.  First, our family dogs would surround his car and bark like mad at his caged Brittany spaniels. Second, dad’s Brittanys would launch themselves up the wire fence of their pen and leap about hysterically at the sound of the two yapping in the car.

When my uncle would loose his two dogs they would immediately attack ours, snarling and fighting until he could wade into the boiling pack and boot the dogs apart. Read More

Halloween Trunk n Treat

1920 Grass Lake Pumpkin
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Christ Lutheran Church, 4250 Page Ave, Michigan Center, is hosting their second annual “Trunk n Treat” event Sunday, October 30, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Everything is free: Hay rides, bonfire, pumpkin carving, bounce house, hot dogs, popcorn, caramel apples, and lots of candy.

Invite all your friends, put on your Halloween costumes and enjoy an evening of family fun.

Grass Lake Cross Country

Cross Country
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Grass Lake runner Sydney Rubingh turned in a 20:56 time to win the ladies Vandercook Lake double dual on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

Emily McKay finished at 22:01, McKenzie Mahlmeister 23:28, Makayla Brunt right behind with a 23:32 performance and Rachel Mitchell crossed the finish line in 25:24 to add to the win over Michigan Center and Vandy.

The Warriors are now 4-3 in division three.

For the boys, it was a second place  finish to Manchester but a win over the Jayhawks. Grass Lake speedster Paul Rankin ran the course in 18:13, good for third overall. Kevin Allen came in at 19:24, Stephen O’Neill a whisker behind him at 19:29. David Sherwood ran a 19:43 and right behind him was fellow Warrior Anthony Fonzi at 19:48. Read More

Warrior Volleyball Team On Top

Grass Lake Volleyball
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After beating Vandercook Lake on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Grass Lake Volleyball coach Annie Malburg is pleased with her 15-7-1 team’s performance so far this season, the best since ‘03. The Lady Warriors are tied with Manchester, a team they beat earlier in the season, at the top of the Cascade Conference standings. Read More

From December 1911

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Correspondence (Samples from each district within the readership of the GRASS LAKE NEWS for 21 and 28 December 1911.) Read More

The Homecoming Sweep

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There is little written evidence of one of the most remarkable winning streaks in all of high school. I had the privilege of graduating with a class that won every homecoming float competition of my four year stretch in high school. How was it  that a lowly freshman class overcame obstacles and various sorts of legalities to win? And then to continue the streak in the face of facultative animosity warrants more than a  mention in the district’s school board minutes.

The football season coincided with a adolescent rut that a majority of my  classmates suffered during the days before CD’s and unleaded fuel. With the new class year came new shapes and interests for ninth graders. Middle school teachers will say that in today’s classrooms, they see it in 8th and even 7th grades. The CO2 from the constant chatter and small talk may explain the increase in global darkening this time of year.  Whatever the case, “A chance to impress was a chance,” we all felt, so when it came time for a pride filled activity like homecoming, volunteers were never a problem. Staying focused was the problem.   Read More