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August, 2013


Summer Slipping By

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It’s August.  How did that happen?
Driving home from church with my wife on Sunday morning, I made the observation that it was August 4, and then I said, “When did that happen?”

Has the summer flown by for you too?  I know I did a lot of stuff in July, but somehow it doesn’t even seem like the 4th has passed yet!  But it has.  It most certainly has.

The Gospel reading at many churches this past Sunday was Luke 12:13-21, the parable of the rich fool.  He had a fortunate harvest, and decided to horde it all for himself and his family, building larger barns to hold all of his gain, ready to eat, drink and be merry.

Do you know anyone like that?

Then Jesus continues:  God decided to call that man home tonight, to call his soul to account.  Imagine that.  One minute you’re sleeping, dreaming of the future and the next you’re standing face-to-face with the Almighty Creator of the universe.  We should all be so fortunate to die in our sleep, but the waking up facing God part should terrify us every bit as much!  “Fool!” says Jesus.  You’d better not miss out on being rich toward God for the sake of worldly gain!

The summer is flying by, are you using it to build up wealth that will disappear when you are gone, or for eternal purposes?  That’s a tough question for all of us to balance.  “Father, forgive us for focusing only on this world.  Teach us to focus on the things from up above – on you.  By the power of your Spirit, Amen.”

Pastor Mike Hanson
Grass Lake Lutheran Church

Care Provider Rips Off Elderly

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On Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Sergeant Tom Schuette of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a home in Summit Township for a larceny complaint.  The victims, a Summit Township couple, had discovered cash along with a credit card missing from their place.  Further investigation revealed the stolen credit card had been used at several Jackson businesses shortly after a visit by a home care worker.

With the assistance of Sheriff’s Office Detective Andrew Sullivan, a 57-year-old female home care worker employed by Evergreen Home Care was identified as the suspect.

The woman had been at the residence providing care shortly before the items were discovered missing.  Through the investigation evidence was recovered indicating the suspect. Sheriff Investigators allege the female then proceeded to go on a spending spree mere moments after the larceny.

Report will be forwarded to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for review on charges of larceny from building, fraudulent use of a transaction device and possession of a stolen transaction device.

No Major Damage After Hummer Strike

The Grass Lake lift station located on Mt. Hope Road and Portage Street, August 5, 2013
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The Grass Lake lift station located on Mt. Hope Road and Portage Street, August 5, 2013

The Grass Lake lift station located on Mt. Hope Road and Portage Street, August 5, 2013

An evening crash on Sunday, August 4, 2013 took down a section of the fence around the Grass Lake Village lift station on Mt. Hope Road.  The H-3 SUV narrowly missed causing greater damage to the equipment near the intersection of Mt. Hope Road and Portage Street, just across the railroad tracks. The woman driver was going east bound on Portage Street and shot across Mt. Hope Road and into the fenced equipment around 10 pm. The driver was arrested for drunk driving and taken to jail and faces additional charges.

Lost Keys Found After Wild Search

Verna Rehahn, downtown Grass Lake
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Verna Rehahn, downtown Grass Lake

Verna Rehahn, downtown Grass Lake

The Jam*in excitement from last weekend was not restricted to the event. Verna Rehahn, a volunteer for the wet but well attended bash, misplaced her keys Saturday night. “We were looking for my keys everywhere, it was late, the fun was winding down and I had to go home. So many wonderful people helped, what a relief to find them in my zipped apron pocket!” she laughed. “Thank you to all the kind people that helped!” she said on Tuesday, August 6.

June, 1913 Grass Lake News

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June, 1913, The Grass Lake News
Chas. Pease and family, who recently moved to Grass Lake from Ft. Wayne, are occupying the Carleton house. It is said that Mr. Pease will work on the seed farm.
A.L. Scott, who has been working for Wm. Brady, the contractor on Kendall’s barn, fell through the scaffold and struck on his head. He was in a serious condition for a time but recovered sufficiently to return to his home in Jackson.
Dr. Lake wishes to announce that he has a telephone in his residence which is one the same line as the office phone. Office phone is No. 8-2 rings. Residence phone is 8-3 rings.
Rev. C.B. Wilcox, Ph. D., the new editor and publisher of the Grass Lake News, has taken charge of the office and extends greetings to all the patrons of the paper.

Horses Blinded   June 1913
That a large number of horses in Chicago have been deliberately made blind to make them more easily managed is the report of agents of Anti-Cruelty society, whose curiosity was aroused.             “These horses have been blinded by men who guarantee to purchasers that they will not shy and will not need blinders,” said Hugo Krauss, superintendent of the society.
“A needle has been jabbed through each retina. The wound is scarcely noticeable, but a horse so treated will never see again.             Peddlers in particular desire horses which are quiet, and the blinding of the animals has been put on a commercial basis.” In South Water street market 50 horses were found that had been blinded, presumably by this method.     Read More