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July, 2014

 

A Traditional 4th of July in Grass Lake

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Great Tractors make Great parades in Grass Lake!

Great Tractors make Great parades in Grass Lake!

photo by April Scott Photography, llc

photo by April Scott Photography, llc

photo by April Scott Photography, llc

photo by April Scott Photography, llc

Momz up on a C Farmall

Momz up on a C Farmall

At the turn in town.

At the turn in town.

Grand Marshal Claude Low

Grand Marshal Claude Low

photo by April Scott Photography, llc

photo by April Scott Photography, llc

 

Kids of all ages enjoyed the beautiful day, parade and tossed candy during the 2014 4th of July parade in Grass Lake. Top left is Claude Low, parade Grand Marshal.                           Kids photos by April Scott photography, Grass Lake


Warrior Ball Players Named to All-Area Team

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Outstanding performances by Grass Lake athletes have earned them praises from the Jackson Citizen Patriot and MLive.com, an online news service.

Named to the All-Area baseball team were Stephen Niehaus and Michael Herendeen.

Selected for the All-Area Softball team were Lady Warrior stars Sami Husak as Player of the Year (17 home runs, 63 RBIs and a .575 batting average), Paige Huttenlocker, Abby Niehaus, Krystal Wirpio, and Theresa Rankin.


Bicyclists Coming to Grass Lake July 12

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The Ann Arbor Bicycling Touring Society will hold its annual bike ride on Saturday, July 12.

Their 100 mile route originates at the Chelsea Fairgrounds and will include a stop at Grass Lake Middle School, but the route will include bikers throughout Grass Lake and Leoni Townships and the Village of Grass Lake.
Go to http://www.aabts.org/ohr/ for more information.


Graffitti Ordinance Passed by Grass Lake Village Council. Parents Held Responsible

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VILLAGE OF GRASS LAKE
JACKSON COUNTY, MICHIGAN                   July,  2014

TITLE IX: GENERAL REGULATIONS

AN ORDINANCE TO SECURE THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELFARE OF VILLAGE RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS BY PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF GRAFFITI, LIMITING POSSESSION BY MINORS OF SPRAY PAINT AND OTHER IMPLEMENTS USED FOR GRAFFITI, AND PROVIDING FOR REMOVAL OF GRAFFITI.

THE VILLAGE OF GRASS LAKE ORDAINS:

CHAPTER 95: GRAFFITI
Sec. 95.01. Purpose
Sec. 95.02. Definitions.
Sec. 95.03. Prohibition.
Sec. 95.04.  Possession of graffiti implements, by a person under the age of eighteen years of age.
Sec. 95.05. Parent responsibility.
Sec. 95.06. Removal by perpetrator.
Sec. 95.07. Notice of removal to property owner.
Sec. 95.08. Removal by property owner.
Sec. 95.09. Failure of property owner to remove graffiti.
Sec. 95.10. Costs of removal of graffiti.
Sec. 95.11. Penalty.
Sec. 95.12. Severability.
Sec. 95.13. Inconsistent provisions repealed.
Sec. 95.14. Publication and effective date.

Section 95.01.   Purpose.  
The purpose of this article is to prevent the spread of graffiti as defined herein, to limit possession by minors of spray paint and other implements used for graffiti, and to provide for removal of graffiti.  The Village council hereby determines graffiti to be a public nuisance due to its detrimental effect on buildings, other real or personal property and the surrounding neighborhood.

Section 95.02.    Definitions.

For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply:
Aerosol paint container means any aerosol container which is adapted or made for the purpose of applying paint or other similar substance capable of marking or defacing property.

Graffiti means any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, painting, or other defacement that is written, etched, sprayed, drawn, painted, or engraved on any Village of Grass Lake owned or private real or personal property within the Village of Grass Lake by or using any graffiti implement.

Owner shall mean any individual, firm, association, society, corporation, partnership or group, including their officers and employees, who, alone or with any others, possess:

(1)  A freehold or lessor estate in, or a land contract vendee’s interest in, any real property, with or without accompanying actual possession thereof, or

(2)  Charge, care, or control of any real or personal property, either as agent, employee, representative, executor, administrator, trustee, or guardian.

Parent shall mean the natural or adoptive parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated minor.

Removal means the act or process of removing graffiti.

Section 95.03.   Prohibition.

No person shall apply graffiti to any structure, trees, or private property, including, but not limited to, buildings, walls, fences, pools, vehicles, or signs on any public or private property within the Village of Grass Lake.

Section 95.04.   Possession of graffiti implements by a person under the age of eighteen (18) years of age.

No person under the age of eighteen (18) shall have in his or her possession any graffiti implement while on any public or private property, including any public or private school.  This section shall not apply to the possession of graffiti implements by minors attending or traveling to or from a school at which the minor is enrolled, if the minor is participating in a class at said school which requires the possession of said implements or to any minor who is required to possess graffiti implements in the course of lawful employment or other lawful uses with written proof from an employer, or parent, and provided said graffiti implements are not used or intended to be used for purposes of applying graffiti contrary to the provisions of this article.

Section 95.05.  Parental responsibility.

A parent having custody of a minor who violates any provision of this article shall be liable for all costs or expenses incurred by the Village of Grass Lake, any citizen, business, or organization incurred in connection with the removal of graffiti placed by said minor.

Section 95.06.   Removal by perpetrator.

Any person applying graffiti shall remove said graffiti.  A parent having custody of a minor shall also be responsible for such removal.  Failure to remove, provide for removal, or pay for removal shall also constitute a violation of this article.  Any removal of graffiti by a perpetrator shall be done only with the express consent of the owner of the property to which graffiti has been applied.

Section 95.07.  Notice of removal to property owner.

Whenever the Village of Grass Lake determines that graffiti on any structure is visible from the street or other public or private property, the Village Manager, or his designee, may serve notice to remove said graffiti upon the property owner via first-class mail.  The notice shall give the owner of the property thirty (30) days from the date of mailing of the notice of abatement to remove the graffiti.  The notice shall be addressed to the owner of the property as shown on the latest tax assessment roll at the owner’s last address.  In the case of obscene graffiti, the notice shall give the owner of the property fourteen (14) day from the date of the mailing of the notice of abatement to remove the graffiti.

Section 95.08.  Removal by property owner.

If the perpetrator of graffiti is not apprehended or fails to remove the graffiti, the owner of the property which has been the recipient of graffiti shall be held responsible to remove said graffiti after the Village of Grass Lake has served a notice pursuant to Section 95.07.   Any owner removing graffiti pursuant to this article shall be entitled to restitution from the perpetrator in an amount to be determined by the court for the cost of removing the graffiti.  Restitution is to be paid by the person found responsible for such graffiti.

Section 95.09.  Failure of property owner to remove graffiti.

Upon the failure, neglect, or refusal of any owner of property to remove the graffiti within thirty (30) days or (fourteen (14) days in the case of obscene graffiti) upon receipt of the notice provided in Section 95.07, the Village of Grass Lake or its authorized representatives are hereby authorized to enter upon such property for the purposes of abating the nuisance by removal or elimination of such graffiti by the Village of Grass Lake.

Section 95.10.  Costs of removal of graffiti.

(1)  Whenever the Village of Grass Lake or its authorized representatives enter upon property in order to abate a graffiti nuisance, the Village of Grass Lake is authorized and directed to keep an accurate account of all expenses incurred and issue a certificate certifying the reasonable cost involved for the work to remove the graffiti.  Within ten (10) days after the receipt of the certificate, the Village Treasurer shall forward a statement of the total charges, and the charges shall be payable within thirty (30) days from the date the statement is mailed.  The statement shall be filed with the Village Assessor and shall thereupon be assessed against the property and may be enforced as delinquent Village property taxes.

Section 95.11.  Penalty.

(1)  Any person who has violated any provision of the graffiti ordinance for the first time, in addition to being required to remove or pay for the removal of graffiti, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100) or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than ten (10) days, or both the fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the Court.

(2)   Any person who has violated any provision of the graffiti ordinance for the second time, in addition to being required to remove or pay for the removal of graffiti, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250) or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than thirty (30) days, or both the fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the Court.

(3)   Any person who has violated any provision of the graffiti ordinance for the third time, in addition to being required to remove or pay for the removal of graffiti, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than Five Hundred  Dollars ($500) or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than ninety (90) days, or both the fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the Court.

Section 95.12.  Severability.

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, or phrase of this article is for any reason held to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, the decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this article.

Section 95.13.  Inconsistent provisions repealed.  

Ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this article are hereby repealed.

Section 95.14.   Publication and effective date.
This ordinance shall be published as required by law and shall become effective on and after the earliest date permitted by law.

MEMBERS PRESENT:_Sharon Sherwood, Esther Fearer, Rodney V. Walz, and Joseph DeBoe.

MEMBERS ABSENT:_Diane DeBoe, Joel Mead and Cheryl Vicory.

MEMBERS VOTING IN FAVOR OF ADOPTION: All Present

MEMBERS VOTING AGAINST ADOPTION: None

Dated: July 2, 2014                        Rodney V. Walz
Village President

Dated: July 2, 2014                        Estelle I. Mead
Village Clerk

Adopted:   July 1, 2014


1914 Grass Lake News, A New Town Clock, C.L.Hall obit

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April, 1914
The Grass Lake News

The ladies of LeRoy, N.Y., the native town of some of our own people, have raised a thousand dollars with which they will buy a new town clock. Why cannot our Grass Lake ladies do the same thing? A good town clock pealing forth the hours day and night would be a decided and most valuable acquisition to our village. For the LeRoy clock, people who were former citizens sent in their contributions from all parts of the country and that Grass Lake old timers in other sections would do the same thing, there can be no doubt. Read More


1914 Grass Lake News, April

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April, 1914
The Grass Lake News
A handsome Holstein cow from the Grey Tower herd was shipped to an Eaton Rapids purchaser a few days ago.
Several people attended the Knight Templar services at the first M.E. church in Jackson Sunday evening: Mr. and Mrs. J. Martin Rohrer, Vera and Inez Haven, Mr. A.W. Dwelle, Mr. and Mrs.W.K. Crafts, Dr. and Mrs. C.B. Wilcox and son, Harold.
The News regrets to learn that Geo. Bowen, one of our oldest citizens, is in critical health. He is unable to leave his residence and is gradually yielding to the infirmities of age.
We are informed that the announcement in last weeks issue that John Sager and Lawrence Walker took their first communion in the Catholic church was not correct as both boys are Protestants.
A representative of the Indian Refining Co. was trying to deliver gasoline in Grass Lake Wednesday evening by the light of a lantern. The wagon caught on fire from the lantern and caused great excitement for a time. They fought the fire with blankets and fortunately put it out before the tank exploded but the wagon was seriously burned.
Claude Soper has purchased an imported Belgian Stallion from W.B. Otto & Co. of Charlotte. This horse is a fine individual, 3 yrs. old and weighs about 1700 pounds. Read More


Son of God and Son of Man

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People spend a lot of time, money and effort to get a title after their name.

Masters, doctorates and other post-graduate programs are in high demand. The appeal is understandable. Titles such as Doctor, Professor and a host of others provide opportunities to better ourselves and our circumstances. They also demonstrate to others that the person has some extra knowledge and training that can benefit them or their child.

There was one who had the highest of all titles already at his birth. The Bible describes it this way: “The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Jesus is holy. He is the true Son of God. The titles “Holy One” and “Son of God” indicate that all power, wisdom and authority belonged to Jesus at birth because as true God he possessed them from eternity. His name is above every name and over every title and authority that can be given.

But that did not stop Jesus from seeking another title. This one was decidedly a step down. It did not require a four-year graduate program or many evening classes. Rather, it required humble service.

When Jesus became true man by being born of Mary, he came to live on this earth and face the same temptations we face – with one major difference. We have one who can sympathize with our weaknesses, because “we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). The Bible teaches, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

Jesus, who took the title Son of Man, did not come from heaven to earth to be waited on hand and foot. Rather, he came to take up our cause and to die a humble death on the cross — a death that should have been ours.

Give thanks that out of love for us, the one with the title Son of God was also willing to take the title Son of Man, in order to die for us on the cross.

Our Savior Jesus is both true God and true Man. He is the perfect Savior we desperately needed—one who is holy and lived in our place and one whose innocent death counted for the whole world.

Because Jesus loved us enough to do that for us, now through faith in him we have been given a new title as well: Child of God!

Bear that title proudly and learn more about this Son who made you a child of God.

Thrilled to be God’s child,
Pastor Kurt Uhlenbrauck