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November, 2011

 

Community Pharmacy Celebrates One Year

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Grass Lake Community Pharmacy is celebrating its one year anniversary the week of November 28 through December 3, 2011.

As part of this celebration, Grass Lake Community Pharmacy invites the surrounding community to stop in and enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries as a thank you to their customers.

As a token of thanks for their customers, the popular retailer will be holding a drawing for a brand new Amazon Kindle at the end of the month. The Amazon Kindle allows you to buy books from the Amazon Kindle store and read them on the device. The battery lasts about a month between charges, and can be read in any light. Each Kindle holds approximately 1400 books, and you can even check out books for free from public libraries.

Simply come on in to the pharmacy and register for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank the residents of the Grass Lake community. It has been a great year and we are proud to serve the patients of the Grass Lake area. It’s been wonderful to make so many new friends. We look forward to serving your families for years to come. Thank you for supporting your local business.” said owner Todd Raehtz.

Customers are invited to visit www.grasslakepharmacy.com to register to win. The drawing is scheduled for  December 3, 2011 at 3pm in the pharmacy


Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor,
We would like to express our appreciation to Grass Lake Pizza Time and Mrs. Dick Clark.

When we were looking for an affordable way to obtain book boxes for our Kindergarten classes, Grass Lake Pizza Time gave us 65 pizza boxes, enabling each of our students to have an individual book box as our Daily 5 Literacy protram calls for.

Mrs. Dick Clark generously donated pumpkins for our students to examine and explore as the culminating activity to our unit on pumkins.

Thank you also to everyone in our community who donates their time and talent to our classrooms in so maay ways. We appreciate your investement in our students.

Sincerely,, Mrs. McEldery, Mr. Pittenger and Mrs. Sullivan, George Long Elementary.


Coe House Christmas Auction Dec. 6

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The Grass Lake Area Historical Society invites our friends to our 26th annual Christmas auction, to be held December 6, 2011 at the Coe House Museum.

We ask those planning to attend to arrive between 6:00 and 6:30PM, with the auction starting at 7:00 pm.

All guests are requested to bring a hand-crafted item, baked good or preserves, collectible, or other appropriate Christmas gift to be auctioned to the highest bidder.

Refreshments will be served and all are invited to admire our Christmas tree.

We ask attendees to come earlier than usual, not only to review the items to be sold and to enjoy the munchies and visit with their friends, but also to see the renovations on the second floor, the fruits of five months of labor! Feel free to bring a guest along.

The Coe House is located at the southeast corner of West Michigan Avenue and Wolf Lake Road, just west of the village of Grass Lake.”


G.L. Village Council Meeting Minutes

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November 1, 2011                                               REGULAR MEETING

President Rodney V. Walz called the regular meeting of the Village Council to order at 7:30 p.m. Members present Sherwood, Fearer, D. DeBoe, R. Walz, Shelhart, J. DeBoe and Jones. Also present Nolte and Dunham. Public present Rick Mead and Shannon Maynard.
Pledge by All.
Agenda- Motion by Shelhart to adopt the agenda, second Fearer. All in favor, motion carried.
Minutes- Clerk read the minutes of the October 18, 2011 regular meeting. Discussion of changes. Motion by D. DeBoe to accept the minutes of the regular meeting as changed, second Fearer. All in favor, motion carried.
Bills- Clerk presented the bills for the month of November. Discussion of the leak that was reported at the library, Nolte stated the roof is fine the problem is where the library comes in contact with the adjacent building. Lammers did some painting and caulking hopefully that helps.  Motion by Shelhart to pay the bills of $31,520.97, second J. DeBoe. All in favor, motion carried.
Maintenance- Dunham was present. He reported that they will be planting trees next week. The DPW is ready for winter.
Public: No comment.
Correspondence- Region 2 dinner info. Consumers Energy hearing Oct 11. Jackson District Library newsletter.
Committee Reports: The committee met on the proposed chicken ordinance. They reviewed the many examples and liked the one from Milwaukee. Discussion. Clerk will put together a draft for review. Parks committee will meet on Nov. 13, 1:00 p.m. at Ryan’s Café.
Old Business. None
New Business. None.
Village Managers Report- Nolte told council that WOW network has made an offer to buy Broadstripe. This will probably take place in the next few months. Nolte will be working on the budget for the next couple of months, if anyone has ideas for items for the budget let him know. Nolte is working on getting a pilot project for a system that would read the water meters electronically. The company is SLC Meter Service. They would install several units and let the village try them for a while. More to come.
Pending Business-Nothing at this time.
Adjournment- Motion by Sherwood to adjourn, second Fearer. All in favor, motion carried. 8:07 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted
Estelle Mead, Clerk


Chelsea Foundation Awards Grants

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The Chelsea Education Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded nearly $20,000 to 28 recipients in its Fall  2011 grant cycle.

Although the vast majority of grants were made to projects within the Chelsea School District, CEF  grants also support educational projects that benefit groups of all ages.

For more than two decades, this local foundation has raised and managed funds in order to underwrite educational projects. Grant applications are solicited in September, reviewed by a committee of volunteer board members, and awarded in October.

This quick turnaround gives educators the capacity to do projects and fund programs that enrich the educational experience of students and citizens in and around Chelsea, MI.

This year’s grants ranged from as little as $225 up to $2,500 and funded a broad array of programs and projects. Whether it’s a field trip to a Civil War battlefield, an adopt-a-grandparent program, or an extra-curricular science competition, grants from CEF help foster lifelong learning.

From supplies and equipment that empower teachers, to inter-generational field trips that inspire learners, CEF serves a vital and unique role in this tight-knit community. Its grants fund programs and projects that enrich our children and our community, projects that would otherwise go unfunded.


Priceless Gift Store Open

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The Priceless Gift Toy Store — run by Jackson’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Together We Can Make a Difference — is a non profit organization that collects used and new toys, toiletries, and various items to help those in need in the surrounding area during the holiday season.

Many individuals and families are going through a rough time given the current economic state and often times their situations can feel worse around the holiday season.

Each year more than 7,500 children are expected to benefit from this organizations generosity. Families are able to come shop the store for FREE and collect gifts to give to their children for the holiday. Families are also provided with a care basket of toiletries.

Last year, 6,656 local children were reached through this program. This program can only be as successful as donators, volunteers, and surrounding charities are willing to help make it.

GRASS LAKE CHIROPRACTIC would like to invite you to help take part in this amazing program. This will be our second year participating and we hope to collect over 200 toys, etc to take to the drop off center. Existing patients who donate 3 toys will receive 25% off a massage and those who donate 6 toys will receive 50% off a massage. NEW patients who donate 3 toys will receive their initial exam and xray for no cost! (medicare patients, by law, are exempt from this new patient offer) If you are not a patient we would still LOVE to welcome your donation and invite you to our office. We would like to take this opportunity to come together as a community to help out a larger cause.

We believe the generosity of Grass Lake community members can help make a better holiday for hundreds or even thousands of children in the area by donating to the Priceless Gift Store of Jackson!

The Priceless Gift Store is looking for: gently used toys, new toys, batteries, ziplock bags of all sizes, grocery bags, baby wipes and/or Mr. Clean magic erasers (to clean the donated toys), and/or cash donations are always welcome.

Donations are being collected NOW- Christmas Eve and can be dropped off at Grass Lake Chiropractic Center.

Grass Lake Chiropractic is located at 125 West Michigan Ave directly across from the library. Our hours of operation are: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8am-12pm and 2pm-7pm, Tuesday from 2pm-6pm, and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am-noon. Our phone number is 517-522-8315.

Please feel free to stop by at any time to drop off donations and/or call if you have any questions or concerns. You can contact the director of the Priceless Gift Store, Wendy Wight at 517-740-8444.


Strange Animals

Fall Colors, the flush of a bird, being afield again
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Unusual animals attracted plenty of attention on the farm I grew up on and many left lasting impressions.

One crisp school day morning in late November my older sister Patrice came in from doing her morning chores. As she closed the door and looked back across the yard, she saw a red fox standing in the open and watching her. The fox was in the pasture, near the gate.

“Hey, look at that fox!” she announced to the rest of us. My twin sister Amy and I looked at each other across the dinner table and raised our eyebrows. Our father was at the end of the table, having his coffee and listening to Bud Guest on WJR radio.  He reached to the radio, turned down the volume and got up from his captains chair that creaked loudly in the sudden silence. “Let’s take a look, have the dogs seen it?” he asked. The fox was only yards away from the dog pen holding two of his bird dogs. Our yard dogs, left unleashed, were curled up outside by the same door Patrice came in. They had followed her up to the house and were waiting to escort us to the end of the driveway when the bus arrived. It was part of the regular routine on school days.

Dad looked out and sure enough, a red fox was standing there, tail down and head held low, just below the shoulders. “That’s not normal for a fox to do that, something’s wrong with it,” observed Dad.  Mom and the rest of us crowded behind dad to see it.

Being almost the end of deer season, it was not uncommon for a 12 gauge shotgun to be at the ready by the back door. The slugs were kept on a shelf above the coat rack, the brass, red and black shells lined up like soldiers waiting orders. No sooner had he finished speaking  when he grabbed two shells and loaded his Remington, closing the pump action in a smooth and fluid metallic “schlick.” Read More