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Friday, July 13th, 2012


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.

Walz “A Mother’s Love” Quilt in Grand Rapids Competition

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Grass Lake area quilter  Sue Walz has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2012 AQS Quilt Show & Contest.

Walz has been chosen to display her quilt, A Mother’s Love in the first year of this contest. Winners will be announced prior to the opening of the show on Wednesday, August 22 in the Exhibit Hall at the DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI.
Cash awards totaling more than $44,000 will be granted, with prizes including $10,000 for the Best of Show and $5,000 each for the Best Hand, Machine, and Longarm Workmanship.

A Mother’s Love will be on display along with 357 other quilts at the show, which is expected to draw more than 20,000 people.

AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder says, “Those attending the show will enjoy seeing these beautiful works of art, and be impressed with the creativity and technical skills of the quiltmakers.”

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 40 U.S. states and 6 other countries.

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Chamber Golf Outing Fun

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The 2012 Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing had 35 teams competing in the annual fundraiser. Shown above are volunteers Brenna Wrozak and Janelle Sherwood (L-R) with red ticket ribbons and players (L-R) Matt Horodeczny, Dave Bargesser, Jill Plensdorf, Jen Cicalo, Chris Plensdorf, Mike Stapleton and Tony Vigo in the white shirt.


Heat Victim Thanks Parade Watchers

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I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the thoughgtful individuals who kindly aided me from too much sun and heat at the 4th of July parade.

We were on the SW corner of Mt. Hope and Mich. Ave. in front of the Old H.S. Apartments.  It is a pleasure to visit such a kind and caring community.

It’s reasurring to know there is still old fashion values in todays environment.

It’s adds to the enjoyment of our summer stays with our daughters family.

Thank you so much,
Alan Buckmaster

Public Notice, Bids for Seal Coating

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The Grass Lake Charter Township Board is now taking Bids for the Seal Coating of the Township Hall and Fire Station Parking Lots.  The Bid is for approximately 20,000 square feet at the Township Hall and approximately 40,000 square feet at the Fire Station.  Bid shall include cleaning and fill of all ¼ inch and larger cracks, Specify what would be used to fill the cracks, Apply the seal coat by hand (not sprayed) and repainting the parking lines, both regular and handicapped.

Bids must be sealed and delivered to the Office of the Township Clerk by
July 23rd at 4:00 p.m.  The Township Board has the right to reject any or all bids.

Grass Lake 14u Baseball Team 12-1

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Congratulations To The Grass Lake 14u Baseball Team of the SCL.  The Warriors finished the season tied at the top with a 12-1 record.
Players from L to R Top: Nick Latka, Micah Coffey, Nathan Lockridge, Josh Jaskolski, Kyle Farley Players from L to R Bottom: Luke McMullen, Paul Grysco, Brandon Sherwood, Dave Rowe and Devan VanDeRyt

Coaches – Latka, Lockridge, Jaskolski, Farley.  Not Pictured Tom Coppernoll