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March, 2012


Two Die in Sunday Night Crash

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Two people from Grass Lake were killed in a two car accident on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm, on Mt. Hope Road, just north of Reithmiller Road in Grass Lake Waterloo Township.

The two cars were traveling northbound on Mount Hope Road when one of the vehicles attempted to pass the other.  Preliminary scene assessment revealed the two northbound cars collided in the process of one passing the other. It is possible that another vehicle, possibly a pick-up truck, pulled into the southbound lane from Andry’s Drive. The passing car swerved suddenly back into the rightlane clipping the front left corner of the other car.This minor collision caused the two cars to spin off the road to the right, striking a telephone pole and trees.

One vehicle, a Chevrolet Aveo struck a tree and the other vehicle, a Pontiac Grand Prix, left the road and struck a utility pole and overturned.

The driver of the Aveo, Dylan Robert Briningstool, 20, of Grass Lake and the front seat passenger, Icy Krystal James, 18, of Grass Lake were pronounced dead at the scene.  A back seat passenger in the Aveo, Aaron Briningstool, was ejected from the vehicle.  Aaron Briningstool, 18, was transported to University of Michigan Hospital with injuries to his face and leg. He was listed in stable condition on Monday morning. Read More

Barntrained, #60 in the series “Close Calls on the Farm”

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True stories of a free-range childhood.      by Alex Weddon, editor.

Riding a runaway horse is a dangerous situation. Both my sisters had to deal with runaway horses and ponies during their riding years on our farm in the 1960s and 70s.

Patrice and my twin sister Amy both rode Western and English styles and often rode bareback. The two knew how to handle horses and this talent at  training an animal with the social skills of a four-year-old came in handy when dating and beyond. Show me a girl that can ride, and I’ll show you a girl that doesn’t have a lot of boy problems.

The two created a steeple chase course through the woods that included jumps over logs of wind blown trees and stacked limbs. The horses got a good workout over trails and hills during the hours my sisters explored the unfenced areas between neighboring farms. They always rode at a walk when getting close to home. The horses knew that relief from their burden, food and water waited. Unless they were controlled, the horses would increase their speed until the animal went into a mental zone and bolted. It could be a wild ride back to the farmhouse.  A horse that has this nasty habit is referred to as being “Barn Trained.” Read More

Death Notices, Ruth Crouch Obituary

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Doris J. Newstead of Grass Lake. May 16, 1923 – February 13, 2012.

David P. “Spike” Slayton of Wolf Lake. February 3, 1939 – February 14, 2012.

Crouch, Ruth E., age 78, of Grass Lake, passed away February 20, 2012 at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.  She is survived by eleven children;  Larry (Karen) Crouch, John Crouch, Nancy Spink, Judy (Kevin) Wollet, Donna Kent, Linda Crouch, James (Lori) Crouch, Daniel (Heather) Crouch, William (LeeAnn) Crouch, Michael (Jen) Crouch, Brian (Lisa) Crouch, thirteen grandchildren; Nathan, Sam, Tom, Joshua, Jenna, Megan, Chance, Amethyst, Jacob, Ally, Cooper, Jordan, Molly, one great-granddaughter and her brother Paul (Darlene) Wahr.  She was preceded in death by her husband Dale, grandson Sebastian, and her parents, Paul and Marjorie Wahr.

Ruth earned her Registered Nursing Certificate from Jackson Community College in 1954 and was married to Dale Crouch in 1958.

Ruth was a loving and devoted mother, who never missed the many sporting and school events of her eleven children.   She and her late husband owned and operated DaRue Dairy Farm for many years and she worked for 30 years at Designs by Judy Flower Shop.

She served several terms as a member of the Grass Lake School Board, volunteered as a 4-H leader and was a longtime member of the  Michigan Farm Bureau, the Michigan Milk Producer’s Association, and Christ Lutheran Church (4250 Page Avenue, Michigan Center), where services will be held Friday 11 am with Pastor Jim Watson officiating.

Interment Oakwood Cemetery, Grass Lake.  The family will receive friends at the church Thursday 1-4 and 6-8 pm.  Nichols-Arthur, Michigan Center.

Grass Lake Students Win Poster Contest

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Eighteen posters were submitted at the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for the Most Teens Don’t countywide poster contest.

Winning Poster:  $100 gift card
Don’t Let Drugs Control You – Clara Rollan, Grass Lake High School (Exchange Student from Spain)
Runner Up Posters:  $25 gift cards               Clear Your Mind – Rylee Wolfrom, DaVinci High School

Don’t Let Them Pull You Under – Carlie Murdock, Grass Lake Middle School

Stop, Drop and Roll! – Ashley Maldonado, Hannah Bradley, Korrie Kempker, and Danielle Lee, Grass Lake High School  

The 18 posters were judged based on creativity, poster requirements and message.  The posters were first judged by United Way staff and a few employees of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The winning entry will be printed as a 18″ x 24″ poster as well as modified for a spring billboard.  The runners up will also be printed as posters for Jackson County schools.

The top four posters were chosen and taken to a group of teens who work with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Lady Warriors Win Overtime Thriller

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Cool hand Clara Waidley tied the game when she drained a three point shot from the top of the key as time ran out against a tough Onsted team on Tuesday, February 21, 1012.

Waidley went on to make four of six free throws in the overtime to help the Lady Warriors win 64-62 on their home court.  Sydney Cook made six of six from the charity stripe as part of her blazing 26 point and ten rebound game. Elyse Rohloff grabbed a dozen rebounds and added 5 points.  Waidley and Sydney Rubingh put up 12 points, Rubingh making 3 three-pointers.

At 17-2-0, 12-1 in Cascades Conference play, coach Jeremy Davies Lady Warriors travel to Manchester on Thursday for the final game of league play. The girls beat the Manchester team in January at home and expect a tough team.

The girls won a share of the conference title last week, and can win it outright on Thursday.  The February 21, 2012  AP poll has the team ranked 16th in the state.