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Friday, August 11th, 2017


9th Annual School Supplies Drive Begins

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Who doesn’t love a freshly opened box of crayons, Crayolas only for me, no RoseArt or store brands for me, I want the originals. The world of imagination is at your fingertips, albeit without Dan. D, otherwise known as the color Dandelion that was replaced earlier this year with a new shade of blue. I love to shop for school supplies, alas my kids are in college or done with college and don’t enjoy a box of crayons, fresh pack of pencils and some Sharpies as much as dad does. Thanks to Jason Bruneel and Lina Anuszkiewicz, you can still enjoy that yearly ritual and maybe even pick up a nice box of crayons and a coloring book for yourself.

For the 9th straight year Jason Bruneel, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones and Lina Anuszkiewicz Senior Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones are organizing a school supply drive for Grass Lake students. “Each year we collect numerous school supplies that are donated to the classrooms at George Long Elementary School in Grass Lake” said Anuszkiewicz. “This is not an Edward Jones program or sponsored event, this is something we want to do to help the community” she added.

The supplies are collected each year at their offices, then they call the schools and local teachers to let them pick-up the supplies they need. “We box them up and they come pick them up” Anuszkiewicz said. Each year, the entire collection is gone within days.

Help a child start the school year right. While just about any school supplies are welcome, including backpacks, these are the most commonly requested items by the teachers: Pencils— #2 , preferably Ticondaroga brand, pencil top erasers, glue sticks, dry erase markers, Lysol wipes, Kleenexes, masking tape, hand sanitizer- alcohol free, Scotch tape, Post-it notes, student scissors, reams of white copy paper, Ziploc bags, permanent markers (all sizes and colors)and  Band Aids.

School supplies can be dropped off through Tuesday, September 5th. The office hours are 8:30-4:30, Monday through Friday.

Their location is in the Grass Lake Professional Center at 12365 E Michigan Avenue Grass Lake, MI 49240.

Questions can be directed to Lina Anuszkiewicz 517.522.6269 or

In the Spotlight: Something to Crow About, LLC

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Antiques and More

Something to Crow About, Antiques and More, is a priceless vault that possesses the bearing of an Amish kiosk at Grass Lake’s Business Center.  The proprietor is Mrs. Ryan George who, with the support of her husband Shawn, a journeyman electrician, her four children, and other family members and friends, has hung her shingle in the suite that once housed Infinite Potential Chiropractor.  A team of loved ones has helped Mrs. George launch her new venture.  Much of the inventory comes from Ypsilanti and Nebraska, with items from Pennsylvania and Amish and Shaker artifacts.

A fireplace is set up, goldfish swim beneath a waterfall, and when you look up there are wooden ladders displaying antique baskets.  The shop smells like modern history but though items on the shelves are old they are anything but in the way.

Mrs. George said she wanted to name the store with something with the prefix of “copper” but quickly changed her mind.  “Nope,” she said in a recent interview.  “The Copper Nail, Coppernoll—too confusing.”

The Grass Lake Times: Can you give a rundown of how your shop was conceived?  How long have you been working on its opening?

Mrs. George: I decided to rent the space in June.  My mother has been an antique dealer for more than 30 years, a collector her whole life.  My maternal grandmother was also an antique dealer and had a shop in Nebraska.  The last couple of years I’ve kicked around the idea of starting another shop with the inventory my mother had left from her shop.

GLT: Where does your inventory come up and how do you select items to be showcased on the shelves?

Mrs. George: I do the purchasing for the newer items.  The toffee (its aroma fills the shop) is from R’ Candys in Bellevue, Mi, and the soaps are from Finding the Trail out of Jackson.  Along with my mom’s inventory, a good friend of hers, Brenda Painter, has many of her pieces here as well.  Brenda has been an avid dealer/collector for about 30 years.  Brenda will be opening her own shop in Ypsilanti in the future.  Until then she will have items here to sell.

GLT: You mentioned that your mother is an antique dealer in California.  Is that where you come from?

Mrs. George: Yes, I was born in California, but my mom had an antique shop in Dexter and in Nebraska.

GLT: Apart from Social Media—and hopefully the Grass Lake Times—how do you plan to market your inventory and advertise your shop?

Mrs. George: I will have info at the surrounding antique malls in Michigan and Ohio, and advertise in the Antique Trader.    (A top trade magazine that specializes in antiques, sites, and auction houses throughout the country.)

GLT: Any certain type of clientele in this area to market and sell your items?

Mrs. George: The antiques are something that is specific to clientele, but I’m hoping we can service our local residents with the gift items.

GLT: How is your family going to be involved in your new venture?

Mrs. George: My mom will be helping me when needed, mostly the later hours when the kids are out of school.  You’ll also find the kids here “helping” on the weekends when my husband is out of town.

Something to Crow About, LLC has opened its doors at the Grass Lake Business Center at 131 N. Lake Street, Suite 6.  517-522-5956.

Hours posted are:

Sunday 12-5

Closed Monday & Tuesday

Wednesday-Friday 11-6

Saturday 12-5

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Michigan Military Museum Honors WWII Veterans, Connects Survivor with Veteran

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After a successful Taste of the Trenches event in April, the Michigan Military Heritage Museum followed up with their second major event, A Summer Campaign this past Saturday.

The event was billed as a WWI commemoration, complete with a barbed wire trench “ribbon” cutting, snacks, beverages and period music performed by The Dugouts. Another highlight of the day was the recognition of Grass Lake’s WWII veterans.

With a over of hundred guests and volunteers in attendance, 6 special guests were recognized for their service during WWII. After a brief introduction, the flag folding ceremony was performed by the honor guard, and each WWII Veteran was presented with an American flag as a recognition of their service and dedication. Veterans Herbert Kohn- Army, Eugene Setlock- Navy, Lillian Campbell- Navy, Ralph Brown- Army Air Corps, Earl Roberts-Army, Phil Rosenberger- Army.

Another highlight was the first face to face meeting between Nico Ackerman and Ralph Brown. Akemann, who was a teenager during WWII, and his family were starving in the Netherlands during WWII. Akemann believes his family of 7 were less than two weeks away from starving to death under the Nazi occupation.

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ralph Brown was a navigator on B-17 bombers making humanitarian runs during this same time. The 3 million Dutch were desperate. Millions were starving. Operation Chowhound and its British counterpart Operation Manna dropped over 11,000 tons of food as part of the humanitarian missions. The food dropped was tinned food, dried food and chocolate. Brown remembers flying very low, 200-300 feet above the ground, unarmed along a narrow corridor. Flying outside of the corridor, they were likely to be shot down.

Akeman said “I just wanted to thank him for what he and the U.S. people did.”

The museum recently underwent additional renovations including a WWI trench through donations and a grant from Home Depot.

The Michigan Military Museum is operated by the Grass Lake Area Historical Connections and is located at 152 N Union St in Grass Lake.

Facebook: @mimilitaryheritagemuseum

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Bridging the Gap Between Generations

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A newspaper article from 100 years ago is helping to fill the gaps in one Grass Lake family’s history. Each week, the Grass Lake Times publishes a column called 100 years ago. These articles are gathered by Linda Lockwood Hutchinson, who has the original newspapers from 100 years ago in her hangar in Grass Lake. These newspapers were being thrown out several years ago by the library and Linda did not want to see them lost she once told me.
The June 29th edition of the Grass Lake Times was distributed to every household in Grass Lake and surrounding areas, including Matt Morrissey, who lives northwest of Grass Lake on Seymour Rd. Matt Morrissey was perusing the paper when he read through the 100 years ago column and noticed the names were quite familiar, those of his grandparents, Lola Updyke and William Morrissey.
The 100 years ago for that week, which was actually from the May 17, 1917 edition of the Grass Lake News, reported on a unique double wedding. “As interesting event as well as exceedingly pretty one was the double wedding which was solemnized at St.John’s Catholic church at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning when Miss Grace Glenn and Nereus Quigley and Miss Lola Updyke and William Morrissey were united in marriage, Rev. John Wall singing the nuptial mass. Both the brides reside in Leoni township and both grooms come from Grass Lake. Miss Glenn wore a fetching traveling suit of bronze cloth, while Miss Updyke was attired in a modish traveling suit of blue, and each carried an arm bouquet of roses in a delicate tint of pink. At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Updyke in Leoni township a large wedding reception was given for the brides and grooms Tuesday evening for 200 guests. The house was effectively decorated for the event and during the evening elaborate refreshments were served. Many beautiful gifts, including cut glass, silver and china were presented to the two brides. The couples left later for a short wedding journey.”
Matt Morrissey is one of 14 grandchildren of William and Lola. William and Lola had two children, Lola Ellen (Morrissey) Borener and James (Bill) William Morrissey. Each of the children married and had 7 children each. Two of the grandchildren still reside on the original Morrissey land on Morrissey Rd (off of Mount Hope) in Grass Lake. The grandchildren in order of age; Theresa Borener, Betty (Borener) Coppernoll, Bev (Borener) McEntire, Matt Morrissey, Laura (Borener) Sands, Ed Morrissey, Paulette (Borener) Pancerz, Mike Morrissey, John Morrissey, Patsy (Morrissey) Brundage, Marianne (Morrissey) Titler, Anna (Borener) Ramey, Marcia (Morrissey) Beerbower, Art Borener.
Matt’s sister, Marianne Titler has two of the wedding gifts mentioned in the original article. “I always knew they were my grandmother’s however I wasn’t sure they were from their wedding.” She has a cut glass vase as well as a Chocolate Set, or as Marianne referred to it as a Cocoa Set. The Chocolate Set included a pitcher and cups from Japan. For those, myself included, who have not heard of a Chocolate Set, they “harken back to a more elegant era and gracious time. After a formal dinner, the men would adjourn to the smoking room for cigars, whiskey and manly conversation while the ladies enjoyed a cup of rich and thick hot chocolate served in fine porcelain cups and the latest gossip” according to Tim, a Certified Fine Art and Decorative Art Appraiser. This particular set is decorated with the “Dogwood” design and was produced circa 1900. Matt keeps a turn of the century clock on his mantle that he also believes to be a wedding gift. The clock was his grandparents and he inherited it when his parents passed away.
William was a farmer along Morrissey Rd, farming over 500 acres that extended to south of where the current I-94 freeway exists. He farmed dairy cattle, hay and corn along with cutting wood. Marianne, who grew up next door and now lives on the other side of her grandparents home has lived on her family farm her whole life with the exception of when she went to Eastern Michigan University. “We always thought of our grandparents as simple, poor farmers, however the article seems to indicate that may not have been the case” she said. “Over 200 guests in attendance and an article in the paper. Quigley and Morrissey were cousins explained Matt, that is probably the reason for the double wedding of the couple.
The article generated more talk about our grandparents than we could have imagined said Matt. We have learned a lot in the last couple of weeks. William Morrissey Sr died in 1959, having lived his entire life on the land. Lola Morrissey died in 1973.

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