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Saturday, March 29th, 2014


Historic Rail Car Gets New Steel, TLC

Cliff McCormick grinds and matches body work on old Car 29.
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Cliff McCormick grinds and matches body work on old Car 29.

Cliff McCormick grinds and matches body work on old Car 29.

New Steel, new life for railcar #29, now being restored in Grass Lake. Cliff McCormick, above, grinds a body panel of the coach Wednesday, March 26, 2014. McCormick and Brandon Buckland have been working long hours in the Village DPW barn containing the sixty-foot car. Special rivets, matching the 100 year old fasteners used throughout the car were made by local talent John Flannery.

Stormont in Race for State House Seat

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Grass Lake Township supervisor Jim Stormont announced on Monday, March 24, 2014 that he is in the race for state representative, 65th district. The seat is currently held by conservative Mike Shirkey, who recently tossed his hat in the ring for state senator.

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State Representative Mike Shirkey and Grass Lake Charter Township Supervisor James Stormont during a recent meeting at Ryan’s Restaurant, Grass Lake.

Stormont had been called by Republican party affiliates to consider the postion early this month, when  Shirkey was leaning in for a senate run.  “There was a lot to consider,” said Stormont on Monday after his announcment.

After discussions with his family in the weeks that followed,  he agreed to a sit down with party organizers and committed to the race.

Having served on the township planning commission before being elected  supervisor in 2004 and re-elected two more times, Stormont is well known in the Grass Lake area, located in the north eastern tip of the 65th district.

“I’ll be visiting other townships and  communities right up to the primary election August 5 then on through the November 4 general election” Stormont predicted.

Jim Stormont and his wife, Paula have two grown children and two grandchildren. They have lived in Grass Lake most of their lives.

Heerema Swims at Peak in Championships

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Grass Lake Middle School student Justin Heerema had a solid showing at the Great Lake Zone Championships on March 22-23 at Ohio State University, swimming four personal best times.

Heerema, a member of the Jackson YMCA Orcas swim team, finished 25th in the Boys (13-14) 200 IM in 2:13.48, ninth in both the 100 Fly and 100 Free and 11th in the 50 Free (23.67).

Copper Nail Fund Day Doubles $$ to Lions Club

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Shoppers at the Copper Nail Community Resale store, downtown Grass Lake, will be  helping the Lions Club of Grass Lake on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

The resale store donates all proceeds and then matches the amount with a donation to the non-profit organization selected for the Fund-day.

Abandoned Puppies Fill Shelter

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During the last few weeks twenty-one newly-born puppies were abandoned by their owners and brought to Cascades Humane Society (CHS).

Noting the unprecedented number of puppies, CHS is seeking the community’s help in caring for and finding good homes for each puppy.

In three separate instances, the puppies were brought to CHS.  The first, an abandoned pregnant female (husky mix), gave birth to seven puppies just days after her arrival. No one has stepped forward to claim her or the puppies.

The second, three four-and-a-half week old puppies (Border Collie mix) – too young to be separated from their mother – were brought in.  Undernourished and Read More


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Lost Beagle:
Bailey a 5-year-old medium build dog with white legs and a white and brown face.

When: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Where:  13255 Sportsman Ridge (Sager and Kalmbach Rds)
Grass Lake, MI 49240


Contact: 517-522-4543 or

Think You have it Bad? Grass Lake News from 1914

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MARCH 5, 1914 Grass Lake News
Fierce Fire Near Grass Lake    March 5, 1914
The splendid farm home belonging to Mrs. J.B. Cadwell situated just west of Grass Lake was completely consumed by fire Sunday afternoon. A fierce gale was blowing from the northwest and men, in groups, were saying what a terrible thing a fire would be when the whistle blew and a mad rush was made through the storm to the scene. The fire had started in the kitchen part of the house, which, fanned by the fierce gale, was soon beyond control. Men had to be satisfied with removing the furniture most of which was saved. The Cadwell family moved into this house on the first of March thirty-two years ago and it burned on the first of March. $1,600 insurance was carried but the house could not be built to-day for twice that amount. Nothing but the favorable direction of the wind saved the large barns.

Michigan News In Brief    March 2, 1914
The elevator at New Hudson was burned to the ground in a fire that threatened the entire village Saturday. The loss is $6,000.
Deputy Attorney General A.B. Dougherty, in an opinion rendered, has decided there is no state law prohibiting the feeding of table refuse to hogs. Read More