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January, 2013


Hundred Year Old News, October 8, 1912,

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October 8, 1912 Grass Lake News
Little Chandler Whipple was accidentally hit in the forehead with a stone while playing in the schoolyard in the Miller district, Leoni. Dr. Lyons was called and dressed the wound and the boy is doing nicely.

First we have housecleaning, then the screens must be packed away, the storm door dusted off and a curtain put up around the piano while the microbes are parading out of the windows.

An order forbidding the importation of absinthe into this country went into effect Tuesday according to official announcement. The drinking of absinthe will cease in America as soon as the present stock is exhausted. The available supply, it is said, will not last over two months.

A firm in Detroit has established a cream station at R.C. Ordway’s at Sharon Hollow. They take cream every Thursday.

Cora Smith fell down the cellar steps recently and is suffering with a very sore ankle.

Rev. H.Z. Davis preached in the Fishville schoolhouse Sunday afternoon to an attentive audience.

Big Oil Gusher Is Struck
Saginaw, Mich. Sept. 30-One hundred quarts of nitro-glycerine was exploded when Hugh Easton of Bradford county, Ohio, sent the “go-devil” down the shaft of the Saginaw Development Co.’s oil well. The fluid shot out over the top of the derrick 75 feet. A few minutes later the gas which had formed at the bottom of the shaft exploded and the second charge threw the oil over the top of the derrick.

Mr. Easton said the well will produce from 25 to 50 barrels a day. He also asserted that the product was as good as No. 1 Pennsylvania oil, which sells for $150 a barrel.

The well will be cleaned out, pumping apparatus installed and work started to determine the question of whether there is sufficient oil to warrant commercial operations.

The city of Saginaw is all astir as a result of the shooting of the well. Old citizens are predicting that a bigger boom is in store for this city, far greater than the lumber days.

Thanks to
Linda Lockwood Hutchinson

Grass Lakers Open Brewpub in Chelsea

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Chris and Aubry Matinson are happy to finally open their Chelsea Alehouse Brewery. The brewery, located in the Chelsea Clocktower complex, officially opened January 3, 2013 and the business soon had a packed house.

Chris had been making home brew for years and his friends loved his products and urged him to open a big time operation in Chelsea. The brewpub has a beer garden, and offers pub games and food.

The Chelsea Alehouse is open three days a week. Guests welcome 3 to 10pm on Thursdays, 3 to 11pm Fridays and Saturdays., or call 734-433-5500.

Winter River Dippers Wanted

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Learning about the environmnent around you is just one reason to volunteer for the Adopt-A-Stream Winter Stonefly hunt in the Upper Grand River Watershed on Saturday, February 9, 1 pm to 4 pm.

Volunteers work in teams to search for one of the watershed’s most sensitive aquatic insects. These stoneflies grow, feed and find their mates during the coldest months when fish are too sluggish to catch and eat them. Volunteers can wade in the river and collect samples, or stay on land and help sort and fill out paperwork. No experience is needed and all training and equipment is provided. Children 12 and up are welcome if with an adult.

Sites monitored will be in Jackson County and southern Ingham County. Volunteers should meet at the Dahlem Center at 7117 S. Jackson Road and dress for being outdoors for about an hour.

Volunteers are asked to RSVP to:
Kandice Karli at 517 784-2800, ext. 208 or by January 25. Backup date is Feb. 16.

Grass Lake Spring Expo March 16-17

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The Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce has rolled out invitations for the popular Spring Expo in their January newsletter.

Registration forms and maps have been mailed. The booths go pretty quick. Last year, the 91 spaces sold out, with some businesses waiting on deck. This year the chamber is offering 97 booths.

Set for March 16 and 17, setup for the Expo takes place on Friday, March 15. Check  website for further information.

The Annual Chamber Dinner is set for Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Dale Fisher Galleries, 1916 Norvell Road, Grass Lake. It’s a great spot to network, meet new board members, and usher in the new year with a good dinner, drinks and

Stayin’ Toasty with Free Furnace

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Grass Lake citizen Pam Havens and Aspen One-Hour Heating and Air Conditioning specialist Trevor take a last look at part of her 40-year-old steam boiler used for heat in her East Street home.

For more than ten years, the business has given away and installed two furnaces during the Christmas season. This year, thanks to efforts by the Grass Lake Lutheran Church, Havens has a new, much more efficient furnace installed and couldn’t be happier, or warmer, with the blessing.

Middle School Writers Noted

1920 Grass Lake Pumpkin
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Grass Lake Middle School Eighth graders recently participated in the University of Michigan’s International Poetry Guild.

The gathering provided the pupils many opportunities to interact with university writing students and middle schoolers from around the world.

The following students were acknowledged for their creative writing for fall, 2012.

Most Rhythmic Poem
Jonathan Lutchka

Best Poem About a Memory
Angela Musser

Best Poem About a Gruesome Process
Zakery Greiner

Best Childhood Snapshot
Jacob Rapp

Best Sound Use
Jacob Tietsema

Most Suspenseful
Hannah Speck

Best Creepy-Crawly-Slimy Poem
Paige Porter

Walberg on Fiscal Cliff ‘NO’ Vote

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US Representative Tim Walberg released the following statement on his vote against the year-end tax plan passed earlier this week.

“I am extremely disappointed after all the negotiations and effort that went into avoiding the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’, the president and Congress again put off meaningful action to reduce spending and secure the future for our children and grandchildren. Again, with our economy struggling, it’s clear that Washington missed an opportunity to promote tax and spending policies that will grow our economy over the long-term.

I believe the federal government needs to live within its means, because trillion-dollar deficits threaten our economy and opportunities for future generations. I will continue to support immediate spending reductions, reforming our tax code and a Balanced Budget Amendment to hold Congress accountable and require fiscal responsibility. It is my hope that this will begin in the next Congress and lead to a long-term solution.” Read More