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November, 2014


Are There Angels in Grass Lake?

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Every year churches, businesses, and people of Grass Lake help families that are struggling financially to have a Merry Christmas.

Volunteers write the names of families in need on angel decorations and place them on Christmas trees around the community. Then people take that angel and purchase a gift.

The trees can be found at:
Franks Shop-Rite
Coppernoll Hardware
Grass Lake Pharmacy
Comerica Bank
KBS Hair Salon
Kelly’s Express Mart (Mobil)
Ryan’s Restaurant
Family Worship Center
Federated Church
Assembly of God Church
Grass Lake United Methodist

You can be an angel to someone and brighten their Christmas by taking an angel off our trees and purchasing a gift for that person or family.

We do hope that you will wrap the gift, tape the angel to it and then bring it to the Methodist Church in Grass Lake before December 13.

If you know of a family in need of assistance please have them call 522-8040 between 9:00-Noon Monday through Friday.

Please help support the Christmas Angel Tree Project. Thank you.


Small Business Saturday

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Shop locally on Saturday, your spending keeps the home fires burning!

November 29, 2014     11am to 4pm

LOVEN SPOONFUL in beautiful downtown Grass Lake

come in and buy from local representatives for:

Pampered Chef

Joolz by Julie


Mary Kay

and more!   for more information, click on  Joann Gould

One Vote Difference

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The general election of November 4, 2014 included council seats for Grass Lake Village residents to decide. The one name on the ballot for village trustee, Sharon Sherwood, garnered 265 votes. Write-in candidates accounted for the remaining two council member vacancies.   David Keener led the pack with 32 write-in votes, followed by David Wilcox with 24.

One single vote away were Cheryl Vicory and Carolyn Rees with 23 write-in votes and Kelly Shemwell earned 13.

Joe DeBoe ascended unopposed to village presidency from his council seat, leaving that to be filled by the next meeting of the village council.

If history is an indication, the council will pick the council member  from the next closest vote getters, Vicory and Rees, with Vicory having the edge in that she is already on the council.

Kiwanis Club Starting in Grass Lake

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“Kiwanis is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of children and we believe a new club can have a positive impact on Grass Lake,” said Larry Memmer, new-club member chair.

The Kiwanis Club of Jackson is  sponsoring the effort, and some of their members and members of other Kiwanis clubs will attend an informational meeting to answer questions and provide support.

Larry Memmer said “he is a long time member of Kiwanis, and selected Kiwanis as his service club because of the organization’s dedication to helping children and because of its longevity.”

Kiwanis International will celebrate its centennial in 2015.

Kiwanis does a number of projects to support the schools and community.  Some of the projects include giving a dictionary to every third grader in the district, working with the school on mentoring, helping the elderly with their needs, community flag project and other community projects.  All projects are dedicated to help children and communities thrive.”

The Grass Lake Kiwanis Club is one of several expected to open, following new clubs in other communities in Michigan and other states. These clubs join a global organization of clubs and members founded in 1915 and dedicated to serving the children of the world.

Kiwanis and its family of clubs-including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14-18, Builders Club for students age 11-14, Kiwanis Kids for students age 6-12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities-dedicate annually more than 18 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children.

For details on joining the Grass Lake Kiwanis Club, or for more information about Kiwanis International, please contact  Larry Memmer at 517-376-6813 or visit

An informational meeting will be held at 7 pm Thursday, November 20 at the Grass Lake Charter Township Hall,  373 Lakeside Dr., Grass Lake.

All community members are invited to attend.

Football Loss Ends Season

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by David Wright, special writer, special guy!

The Warrior football team suffered a season ending loss in the MHSAA playoffs at the hands of the powerhouse Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central Falcons on Friday night.

The wind-chill was dipping into the low 20’s, the rain was coming down in sideways sheets across the muddy dark field.

The Monroe team was just too much and the Warriors had no answer. The scoring for the Falcons was quick and fast. The lone TD for Grass Lake came on a short run by Cody Brown. Kyle Farley scores the two-point conversion.  Brown was the leading rusher for the Warriors  with 11 carries for 68 yards.

The season may be over and the pads are put away for another year.  But the 2014 football season has had its share of excitement.  The new no huddle offense that Coach Cole installed this season generated 4,363 yards and 315 points.

Junior QB Kyle Farley set the single season school record for the number of pass attempts and completions in a single season with 277 attempts and 165 completions, 14 TD’s for 2,005 yards passing Austin Cole’s mark set in 2006 of 230 attempts.

Senior wide receiver Freddie O’Hotzke set the single game reception record catching 12 passes in a single game this season breaking the old record of 11 receptions in set back in 1973 by Jim Walker. Freddie ended his season with 48 receptions for  591 yards and 5 TD’s.

All conference senior running back Justin Wright ended his season with 203 carries for 1,368 yards. Wright tied the single game TD scoring record with 6 in one game this season.  In is three years on varsity Justin has carried the ball 460 times and scored 44 rushing TD’s.  Wright has rushed for over +100 yards in 19 games putting him second all time on the  GLHS list for touchdowns, carries and  +100 yard games list for GLHS.  Justin finished his high school career with 3893 all-purpose yards.

I just wanted to say thank you  to the Fans, Coaches and especially the 18 seniors. It has been a pleasure watching you grow up and I’m proud of all of you. Thanks for the memories and Go Blue!     -DW

Waterloo Township meeting minutes of 22 October, 2014

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Waterloo Township Board Meeting Unapproved Minutes
22 October 2014   7:00 P.M.
11120 Musbach Road
Munith, MI 49259

Call to Order:  7:05 P.M. (meeting was moved to the gym because of such a large number of residents)

Present:  Lance, Walz, Kitley, Richardson and Parks.   Also present:  Chief Reznick, Officer Adam Long, Bruce Pindzia, Zoning Administrator; Charlie Barnum, Building Inspector; several reservists, Chris Patterson, lawyer from our law firm, approximately 45 residents and 2 reporters.
Public Comment:  Residents had an animated discussion regarding the road naming actions of the board and the Waterloo Police department.  A variety of perspectives were discussed with interested parties expressing both concern with and/or support for recent developments.  There were reports of using the police department fax machine to send documents to Jackson County regarding their “Support Our Police” political campaign registration which is in violation of the Michigan Campaign Finance law.  It was also stated that our officers were detaining people they had pulled over for 30 – 45 minutes and saying they would give no violation ticket it they voted yes to the millage.
Consent Agenda:  Kitley motioned with support from Walz to accept the consent agenda with corrections to number of reservists as presented.  There are 42 reservists with some being removed from the list.   Aye/all; No/none.   Motion carried.       Read More

Frosh Runner In Top Ten

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Congratulations to Grass Lake High School Freshman Sarah McEllis for her excellent showing at the Cross Country State Championships at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, November 1. Sarah, who was Grass Lake’s only State qualifier out of Regionals, finished 9th out of 44 Division 3 Freshmen runners in the competition, and 88th out of 246 overall Division 3 competitors.