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July, 2012


Grass Lake Garden Club Meets August 8

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The first meeting of the Grass Lake Garden Club will be Wednesday, August 8th at 6:30 pm in the Busy Lizzies’ classroom.

Coming late summer/early fall, the garden shop will be stocking craft and scrapbooking supplies

FREE Puppet Shows in Downtown Window

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Bring the kids to marvel at the puppet shows in downtown Grass Lake Saturdays in August.

Grass Lake Lutheran Church, 121 E. Michigan Avenue,  will present “Noah and the Ark,” “David and Goliath,” “Daniel and the Lion’s Den” and “Zacchaeus.”
Shows are 10 minutes long, and performances are at 1 pm; 1:30pm and 2 pm.  Mark your calendar for August 4, 11, 18 and 25.

FREE admission, free water and popcorn!  Call 517-764-9791 with any questions.

Grass Lake Wrestler in National Meet

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Grass Lake Sophomore Samantha Cushard spent July 14-18 wrestling against future Olympians at the USA Wrestling National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.

The week long event included several tournaments for all the boy and girl high school age divisions.  These are the official development tournaments that lead directly to the USA Olympic program.

A highlight of Samantha’s week was pinning a girl who just graduated from high school and has a full scholarship to wrestle for the defending national champion college team. Following are Samantha’s individual and team results:

Cadet Women’s National Championships (15-16 yrs old) – National Runner-Up (Second Place) and All-American Status at 154 lbs.

Junior Women’s National Championships (18 and under) – 4th Place Finish and All-American Status at 159 lbs.

Junior Women’s National Duals Meet (18 and under, state vs state format) – Team Michigan placed 7th and was awarded a team trophy and each girl received a medal

Samantha wrestled all the matches at 159 lbs for the team.

Weber Earns Historical Society Scholarship

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The Grass Lake Area Historical Society has presented its fourteenth annual Alfreda Atkin Foust Memorial Scholarship to Erin Weber, Grass Lake High School class of 2012.

This scholarship, funded by a gift from Barbara Longstaff, daughter of Alfreda Foust and her husband, Dr. William Foust, long-time Grass Lake physician, is presented each year to a student who has excelled in history and/or social studies, and who has shown an ongoing interest in these disciplines.   Read More

Farmers Market Seeks Vendors

harvest art market 2011
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Local foods are available at the Grass Lake Farmers Market starting on Saturday, August 11, and every Saturday until the Fall Harvest Festival.  The market is between the Season’s car wash and Busy Lizzies, 128 Brown Street, Grass Lake.  Public welcome from 10 am until 2 pm.

To reserve a space, or for more information, contact Veronica Zick at 522-8121.

Warrior, Writer, PhD, New Church Leader

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A new pastor has taken the lead at the Grass Lake United Methodist Church.

Reverend Den Slattery, BS, MS, PhD, a Jackson native, Vietnam vet and author conducted an outside Sunday service in the shade recently  and introduced himself to over 200 worshippers.

Den is a retired Methodist pastor with thirty-two years in the ministry. For sixteen of those years Den served as an Army Chaplain. He also did two tours of duty in Vietnam-first with the Marines as a grunt, and then with the Army working on helicopter avionics. He has a BA Degree in Psychology from Spring Arbor University, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Anderson University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Anderson School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Den and his wife Karen have four children. Their youngest Holly (17) still lives at home, but  the others have all married and moved away.

Kristin, a Spring Arbor graduate, lives with her husband in Jacksonville, Florida.

Darcy has been working as a missionary seven years, the last four serving in India. She recently married.

DJ graduated from Spring Arbor University. He lives in Ludington with his wife Hannah and their son Benjamin and works for Gerber.

Karen is a teacher with a BA from Spring Arbor University and a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education from Ball State.

Slattery’s life has taken many dramatice changes. As a nineteen-year-old fresh Marine in Vietnam, he was pinned down in a rice paddy, only inches below direct fire. As bullets shredded rice stalks around him he wondered, What was the purpose of life? Is there a God? His questions persisted after surviving his baptism under fire. Weeks later, two men from his unit gave him a Bible, saying that the answers he sought were in it.  He began reading and studying the book and was moved by the truth it spoke to him.

Slattery’s passion is evangelism, he has done short term missions in a dozen countries. He also loves to teach Bible, history, writing, and outdoor survival. Den is the author of 11 books and hopes to write at least 21.

Jam’In August 3-4

Grass Lake Classic Car club kid during a show in Grass Lake this June.
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The Traffic Jam’in for 2012 is taking on a new twist in conjunction with the National Stock Outboard Races. It will be moving to a two day event with various activities taking place on Friday afternoon and evening with the main event taking place on Saturday evening.

Of course, native son Kris Hitchcock and his band Small Town Son, the headliner in 2011, is expected to return in 2012 to keep the street hopping, both inside the beer garden and out.

The Jam’in looks forward to late July and August of 2012 when the National Stock Outboard Races come back to Grass Lake.