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April, 2013


January, 1913 Grass Lake News

Whistlestop Depot, Grass Lake Michigan
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Polish Babe is Cremated
January 16, 1913
Walter Colando, the 18-month old babe of Mr. and Mrs. John Colando, was burned to a crisp in a fire that broke out at their home Wednesday, and a still younger babe, Barney, aged 7 months, was nearly suffocated from smoke that filled the adjoining room in which a crib the little one was lying.

The smoke was so dense, and the child being unconscious, its presence was not discovered until after chemicals were being used in extinguishing the flames.

The dead babe was carried down stairs and wrapped in a sheet, while the surviving infant was hurried to open air, where it later revived. Both infants were thought to be dead when first discovered. The babes had been left alone by the mother while she went to a store on Page avenue to do some trading.

The family had been to dinner and the husband and father had started for his work at the Junction. How the fire originated no one knows. The only stoves in the apartments were a heating stove and a cook stove.

Local and Personal
January 16, 1913
Anson Updike recently returned from a hunting trip in Montmorency county bringing some find specimens of fox and coon hides with him. Read More

At the Grass Lake Library

November Morning Grass Lake Water Tower_4726
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Mondays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm: Variegated Stitches Knitting Group. Bring in your favorite project to work on with a friendly group of crafters. New faces always welcome!

Fri. May 17, noon – 5 pm: Mini-Golf Day.  Who loves to play Mini-Golf?  We know you do, so join us at the Grass Lake Branch where we will have 3 holes set up for you to show your skill.  All ages are invited to play.  The putting arrangement is provided with compliments of Port-a-Putty.

Mon. May 13, 6:00 pm: Grass Lake Literary and Chocolate Society Book Discussion Club. The club will be discussing Cellist of Sarajevo by Stephen Galloway. There will also be a chocolate treat!

Wed. May 22, 6:00 pm: 5 Healthy Towns Series: Herb Wellness Gardening. Judy Wollet, Designs by Judy, will explain how to plant and maintain an herb garden in an eaves-trough planter using chemical-free techniques.

The herbs planted at this event will be used later in the season, when matured, in an August program featuring herb cooking and preservation. You will have a variety of plants to choose from to individualize your wellness needs.

Please call 517-522-8211 to register as space is limited to 20.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation.

Market Offers FREE Space for Vendors

Farmers Market on Brown Street along the railroad tracks in Grass Lake
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The Grass Lake Farmer’s Market is encouraging vendors of any age to bring your produce/products to the market this summer!

There is no charge for space, and Veronica Zick who coordinates the market, would be happy to help get you started.  Produce from the garden, flowers, syrup, baked goods from the kitchen, honey, eggs and almost anything else can be set up and sold.  (Produce/products must be fresh and home made.)

The market is located on Brown St between the car wash and Busy Lizzies and will be open every Saturday throughout the summer beginning May 25 to October 26 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

For questions, or information call Veronica at 517.522.8121.

Important Things

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It’s 11:03 on Monday as I begin typing this message.  I like to have them done by 9:00 Monday morning, so as you can tell, I’m running a bit behind today.  I imagine you’ve had days that have begun similarly to mine.  Maybe you’ve gotten to the office and had some voicemails that have been sitting on the machine for a couple days, and you need to respond to them.  Perhaps you’ve had appointments fill up your calendar and you get lost in the busyness of the tasks at hand, your normal activities take a backseat to the pressing.

This leads me to another commandment – the third (or fourth) “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”  The original hearers of this commandment, Exodus-traveling Hebrews, would have had no trouble comprehending what God was saying to them:  “Remember how I rested on the seventh day of creation?  Keep it holy by doing likewise!  Rest is my gift to you.”  One day a week, take it off, and remember God – your center who has created you.  This worked well, until the Pharisees began to make laws about what could and could not be done on the Sabbath, making the day a day of difficulty, a law unto itself, instead of a day of rest and God time.

So, what about you, me, and today?  As Christians, we are no longer obligated to keep the Sabbath.  The early church treated Sunday as the new Sabbath, as that’s the day that Jesus was raised from the dead on.  Sunday then became, as much the Sabbath had, a day where we could do certain things, but not others (Remember the blue laws?  That’s where they came from!) because we needed to remember to rest.  I’m not convinced that that is the best interpretation of the commandment either.  Let me propose this:  the third commandment means “that we should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and his word, but hold it sacred, and gladly hear and learn it.”  That’s how Martin Luther presented it in the 1500s.

What then of rest?  Well, first, it clearly still matters – God did it, commanded us to do it, and has given it to us as a gift.  So take time to rest, that way when the busyness of the week comes, be prepared.  I originally meant to have this message take a “time management” bent, but I see I’ve gone elsewhere.  Let me suggest refocusing our whole days, and weeks (also called Sabbaths) around the gifts of God, including time.

With the Lord begin your task; Jesus will direct it

For His aid and counsel ask; Jesus will perfect it

Every morning with Jesus rise, and when day is ended,
In His name then close your eyes; Be to Him commended.  (LSB 869)

Suspect Driver Strikes Cop Car

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On Saturday, April 20, 2013, at approximately 6:30 A.M., Officer Rick Rodden was on general patrol when he observed a vehicle speeding on Constitution near Marshall St.  He initiated a traffic stop, and the lone male occupant of the vehicle initially exited, then returned to his vehicle to obtain his license.

While Officer Rodden was standing in front of the suspect vehicle, the suspect placed the vehicle in drive, and began driving off, striking Officer Rodden.  Officer Rodden returned to his patrol car and gave chase, into the Village of Brooklyn.

At one point, the suspect drove directly at Officer Rodden’s stopped patrol vehicle, striking it on the driver side.  Read More

May 10 Rummage and Bake Sales

Snowy Egrets in pond near Willis Road, Grass Lake.
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Christ Lutheran Church is having a Rummage and Bake Sale on Friday, May 10, 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday, May 11, 9 AM to Noon in their Community Center at 4250 Page Ave., Michigan Center. Many good used items and homemade baked goods will be available for sale.

Tea Time at the Copper Nail

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The Third  Annual Copper Nail Fashion Show & Tea is coming in May.

The Copper Nail, a community resale shop of Grass Lake, is hosting a Fashion Show & Tea on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 2–4 pm. at the Whistle Stop Depot in Historic Downtown Grass Lake.

Reservation seating only.  $5.00 per person.  Tickets on sale now at the Copper Nail.

The Fashion Show & Tea will feature merchandise for sale from the Copper Nail.

Carolyn Rees is the Fashion Show Coordinator, and volunteers from the Copper Nail will be modeling some very fashionable outfits.

During the Fashion Show, tea in elegant teapots and cups will be served along with some very delicious desserts for you to enjoy.  Punch will also be available.

Come and enjoy a delightful afternoon and who knows what you might go home with.