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Monday, December 16th, 2013


Grass Lake Sophomore Carlie Murdock Named “Volunteer of Year”

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Congratulations to Grass Lake High School sophomore Carlie Murdock, who was nominated and named “Youth Volunteer of the Year” by the United Way of Jackson County.

Carlie is a key component to Jackson County’s “Most Teens Don’t” substance abuse prevention program and has given many hours  in service to her school (e.g. painting the middle school band room) and community.


Carlie and Family

Waterloo Farm Christmas A Cold One

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Waterloo Farm Museum and grounds, December, 2013.A cold front moved in and clamped the Waterloo Farm Museum in a frosty grip for the annual “Christmas on the Farm and at the Dewey School Museum” over the past weekend, December 7-8, 2013.

The weather inside was delightful and the old farm house walls were ringing with laughter and good cheer. A number of stoves in the farmhome were cooking and baking, adding delicious aromas to the memories exchanged by old friends.  The homestead took on an authentic look of Christmas past from over one hundred years ago.

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Grass Lake Festival of Lights Sets Holiday Spirit

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The Whistlestop Depot and special guests.The annual Festival of Lights on Saturday, December 7, 2013 included the popular cookie tour.  Cookie judges had a good time sampling and deciding, see picture below of the judges at “work” in the village offices.

The Coe House and Whistlestop Depot were warm and filled with holiday revelers. Parade photos welcome for next week! email to
thegrasslaketimes@gmail.comIAbbey Heckaman and Exsis Grace. IMG_4017

Grass Lake Girl Scouts Sikoya, Jessica and Heaven helped serve cookies.

Hometown Son Honors

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Singer/Songwriter, Kris Hitchcock, a graduate of Grass Lake High School, will receive the ASCAP Foundation Leon Brettler Award at the Foundation’s annual awards gala in December in New York City.

This award is presented to an outstanding songwriter-performer participating in an ASCAP Foundation Songwriters Workshop. ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Read More

Grass Lake Grad Pizza Biz Whiz

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Congratulations to Grass Lake High School graduate Justin Klavon who has found great success in the pizza business in Jackson. At the young age of 16, Justin took a pizza delivery job at a local pizza shop in Grass Lake.

Beginning with Justin Tyme Pizza in Grass Lake, then expanding to other areas, Justin now owns and operates Klavon’s Pizzeria and Pub.

His first store is located in the northwest area of Jackson, 6010 Clinton Road. Justin is building a second store at the intersection of US-127 and M-50 at 1361 Old McDevitt Road.

His hard work is paying off. Klavon’s was recently picked as having the best pizza in Jackson, and the ninth best pizza in the state.

Notably Justin chose to have a day during which he turned over all of the sales to his employees as a Christmas bonus.

“I hear a lot of good things about our pizza, but I know the reason behind our success is our great employees,” Klavon offered. “Passing on all of the proceeds from a full day’s sales is a unique and meaningful way to show appreciation for all they do to provide an excellent experience to all of our loyal Jackson County customers.”

Wrestlers Take Second

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Grass Lake High School wrestling team won second place at the Onsted Invitational on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

The Warrior team finished in second despite voiding six weight classes.
Finishing undefeated (5-0) on the day were Robert Grysko, Seth Radabaugh and Chad Decker.

A fine showing for the grapplers!

Landline Phones Hanging Up

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Senate Bill 636, Facilitate “land line” phone service transition to cell phones has passed in the Michigan senate, 31-4.  The bill is designed to streamline regulations on “landline” telephone service providers to facilitate transitioning customers to a wireless (cell phone or VOIP) system, and allow phone companies to discontinue landline service after 2016.

The bill authorizes appeal procedures for individual customers for whom the replacement service does not work well.

Jack McHugh with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.