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March, 2013


Representative Shirkey Monday Morning Meeting at Ryan’s Cafe, Grass Lake March 11, 2013

The coversations get lively during Representative Mike Shirkey's Monday morning visit.
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It was a packed house when Ryan’s Restaurant in downtown Grass Lake hosted Representative Mike Shirkey, MI-65 Monday morning, March 13. Grass Lake Township supervisor Jim Stormont noted “There are a lot of  people here, this is a good location.”  Stormont had just had a few words with Shirkey and was at his table away from the crowd. A chair waited for the state representative, at another sat  Sue Lackey of Chelsea.  She would be covering the recent achievements  regarding economic development with the two men. RepShirkeyMar13 008 RepShirkeyMar13 009 RepShirkeyMar13 012 RepShirkeyMar13 011 RepShirkeyMar13 001

Bigger Every Year

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The eighth Annual Community & Business Spring Expo sponsored by the Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce gets underway on Saturday, March 16 in the Grass Lake High School gymnasium at 10 am to 5 pm, and runs through Sunday, March 25, from noon to 4 pm, with even more exhibitors to explore and plenty of entertainment, food, drawings and grand prize drawings taking place between 3:15 and 3:45 p.m. on Sunday.

With more than 90 booth spaces and an additional 10 new exhibitors this year, the Expo remains a popular outlet for relieving cabin fever and getting a look at what’s new this year on the market.

Just about every exhibitor offers some variety of door prize drawing with winners being announced almost every hour. As well, the Chamber has some serious incentives for the visitors in a 32 inch flat screen TV, Blu Ray player and an Xbox 360 game console provided by The Grass Lake Downtown Development Authority. You’ll want to visit the various registration spots to get in on all the big door prizes.

Check out the various pieces of recreation equipment coming in from Holiday Powersports of Michigan Center, and, bicycling equipment offered by Aberdeen Bicycle and Sports from Chelsea.

Don’t miss the “pizza eating contest” taking place on both days as hearty visitors take on a 2 foot round pizza sponsored by Grass Lake Pizza Time. Whether you’re in on the contest or not, take a break in the food court and enjoy the various offerings of good eats from the local businesses while demonstrations and entertainment make the food court a good breakpoint while wandering the show.

For the business community, an educational seminar takes place in the auditorium of Grass Lake High School at 8:30 am on Saturday morning where business owners can find out how to do even more business online.  For both business owners and employees, South Central Michigan Works will have on hand their mobile laboratory “Mach 1” for tours every hour and on both days.

Again, whether you’re looking for more business, or looking for a job, drop by the High School on Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and Noon to 4 pm on Sunday.

The family friendly event is free, with lots of free give-aways too!

Warriors Pound Manchester 86-79

KJ Neibaur up for a pair. He had 13 points and 19 rebounds in the 71-66 battle.
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Coming off a string of losses, The Grass Lake Warrior Basketball team caught fire on Thursday, February 28, 2103.

Down by three at the half, the team stuck to the sports adage of feed the hot hand, resulting in Stefan Saunders (at top left)  having a career best night, blistering the twine for 37 points and adding a dozen rebounds in the win. Brothers Jeremy (pictured below) and Jared Lazarz added 16 and 17 points respectively, with Jared having eleven assists, most of them to Saunders. Logan Konopka snagged a career high fourteen rebounds.

On Monday, March 4, the Warriors (4-16) fell to Homer, 60-87

Warrior Chad Decker #2 in State

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Chad Decker of Grass 8428 ChadDecker1Lake High School (looking calm, above) came within 15 seconds of winning a Division 4 state championship at 140 lbs. last weekend.

The junior advanced to the Michigan High School Athletic Association state individual final in his weight class on Saturday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills by winning three matches on Thursday and Friday. He was leading Jacob Perrin of New Lothrop 6-5 in the final 15 seconds of the match, but Perrin slipped out of Decker’s hold to win the match 7-6.

Decker — who has qualified for the MHSAA state individual final for the past three years — finished with a 51-3 record.


Grass Lake Twirlers Going to Nationals

Twirlettes National Team
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Twirlettes National Team

Pictured – Haley Alvarez (center); Lizzie Branch (3rd from right); Sabrina Beiring (far right)
On Thursday, February 28, George Long Elementary students 5th graders Lizzie Branch and Sabrina Beiring and 2nd grader Haley Alvarez performed with the Saline Twirlettes National Team at the University of Michigan Women’s basketball game halftime. The girls made the commitment to join the national team and will be heading to their first nationals this summer.

Hovis Graduates Army Basic Training

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Army Pvt. Matthew W. Hovis has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills.
Hovis is the son of Thomas Hovis of Fairlane Drive, Grass Lake, Mich., and Paula Conn of Rodburn Hollow, Morehead, Ky.

From the November, 1912 Grass Lake News

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November, 1912 Grass Lake News

Of Course, He Kicks, December 5, 1912
My father says the paper somehow ain’t got up just right,
He finds a lot of fault with it when he reads it at night.
He says there ain’t a gol dum thing in it worth while to read
And that it doesn’t print the kind of news the people need.
He tosses it aside and says it’s strictly “on the bum-”
But you ought to hear him holler when the paper doesn’t come!

Train Problems, December 5, 1912
Wednesday was a busy day for the Michigan Central in the line of trouble. About noon a freight train going west derailed at Chelsea, throwing out three cars. No sooner had the wrecking train returned to Jackson when it received a call to go to Ann Arbor where the switch engine had upset the steam shovel on the main track. Before the crew could leave Ann Arbor the air brakes on the local pick up west failed to work, breaking one car in two and telescoping two others. The next call was at Grass Lake. The engine that picks up the stock cars, spread the rails and went down into the dirt near the stockyard. This happened about 4 p.m. and it was after 9:30 p.m. before this wreck could be cleaned up. From here the wrecking crew went to the Michigan Center side track where an engine had left the rails. Considering all the trouble there was very little damage done and no one hurt.

Humorous Sayings, December 5,  1912
Kissing spreads microbes. Well, give the microbes a chance.

Love it blind-that is why it gets along just as well without a light.

There is only a transposition of two letters between the words “united” and “untied.”

Women may be the wine of life, but they would strenuously object to being put on the shelf until properly aged.

It does not sound reasonable to say that matches are made in heaven when all the sulphur is in the other place.

There should be some method devised for conserving the energy wasted by some people in keeping away from work.

Thanks to
Linda Lockwood Hutchinson