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Happy New Year

Grand Ledge

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Vol. 160 - No. 52


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December 26, 2010

Kidney dialysis center takes a step By MARY JO WHITE

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The Grand Ledge football team makes a tradition of helping out at the Shopping Tour holiday party. Also pictured are Matt Bird and Sandy Sipes. More pictures, page 13.

Service with a smile: Shopping Tour brightens Christmas for needy kids GRAND LEDGE - Grand Ledge Shopping Tour volunteer chaperones took 140 Grand Ledge Elementary children shopping with $110 of donated money to buy school clothing at a few selected stores that gave a 15-30 percent discount on Dec. 15. They then returned to St. Michael’s Fellowship Hall to meet Santa Claus for their own personal gifts. Local businesses and Cub and Girl Scouts

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donated food served by the Grand Ledge American Legion and Lioness. The kids also got donated coats, hats, and mittens as well. On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank you, the whole community for your support in this project. Special thanks must go out to the Grand Ledge Public Schools and staff for their assistance as well as St Michael’s Church. Also a special thanks to Meijer for their

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generosity Thank you to the committee that include: Merit Grantham, Sandy Sipes, Michelle Vance, Sueann Sands, Carl Bartlett, Edyie Hazen, Heather Hufnagel, Bridget Lilly, John Dwyer, Ralph Smith, Thomas L. Weston, Carolyn Russell, Christine Strukel, Jessica Couch, Derek Couch, Diane Cudney, Brenda Fox and Mike Anderson. - Submitted by Dave Sands, President, 517-627-7974

DELTA TWP. - On Dec. 20 the Delta Township board approved water and sewer connections for a new medical building on Mall Drive East that will house the first kidney dialysis center in the township. Eight thousand square feet of the 10,000-squarefoot building now by being built by V E Construction of East Lansing will house the 16-station dialysis center, with the rest used for medical offices, according to township planning director Mark Graham. The center will be owned by West Mall Drive LLC, some of whose partners are doctors, according to Jim Vlahakis of Vlahakis Companies, Inc. “There’s no question there’s a great need for dialysis services in the area,” See

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News in brief bring your own and join Eaton County Parks Naturalist Jackie Blanc on a night hike through the winter wonderland in search of screech owls while looking for animal tracks and making a few tracks of our own. Snowshoe Owl Prowls will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on the following Wednesday nights: Jan. 5, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16, and March 2. All hikes will be held at Lincoln Brick Park located just north of Grand Ledge on Tallman Road. Program fee is $2 per person with your own equipment or $5 per person if you need to rent snowshoes (reduced youth group rates are available). If there is not sufficient snow cover for snowshoeing, a winter walk will be held instead for a cost of $2 per person or $5 per family. For more information or to register, visit or call the park office at 517-627-7351.

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GRAND LEDGE - The New Year’s holidays will shorten the work week for the Grand Ledge Independent and the Delta-Waverly Community News. Deadlines to submit news material and reserve display ads will advance one day to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 28. As always, submit to news editor Barb Modrack, For questions call 517-377-1084. For display ads call Tammy Beson, 517-377-1005, or e-mail Classified ad and obituary deadlines for the Jan. 2 paper will be 2 p.m. Wednesday. Dec. 29. Call 877-475-SELL. The newspaper office will closed on Jan. 31.

Dance club to host New Year’s Eve event

DELTA TWP. - Come to the Les Danseurs Ballroom Dance Club New Year’s Eve dance on Friday, Dec. 31 at the Grand Ledge Country Club, 5811 E. St. Joseph Hwy. 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Live ballroom music for dancing provided by The Bayou River Band. Bring an appetizer to share and your own beverage. Ice and cups provided. Visitors: $60 per couple, club members- cost is part of the membership. Advance registration is required even for club members. Contact Brian Franke, 67-507-4964 or see

Donations sought for Grand Ledge War Memorial

GRAND LEDGE - The Grand Ledge War Memorial Committee’s mission is to erect a memorial to honor veterans who served in the Vietnam War, and other Wars past and present. The memorial is now under construction in Oakwood Cemetery and will include the names of Vietnam veterans from the Grand Ledge area and the names of veterans killed in action from other wars. It will also include names of per-


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Illuminated ski, snowshoe fests on the schedule

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CASA fundraiser Kristen Hubbell of Sunfield (l) and Kris Fry from Delta Township fundraise for the Court Appointed State Advocate (CASA) program during the Jingle Belle Race Dec. 11 at the Delta Township District Library. CASA volunteers support foster children in Eaton and Barry Counties as they move through the court system. sons and organizations that sponsor the construction when they donate $1,000 or more. Organizers are urging area residents to support the war memorial by donating today. Tax-deductible donations for the memorial can be made payable to the City of Grand Ledge with a note in the memo line: “Vietnam War Memorial.” Mail to 200 E. Jefferson, Grand Ledge, MI 48837.

Granger holiday service changes and hours

All Granger offices and operations will remain open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, during the week of Dec. 27.

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There will be no delay in rubbish or recycling collections as a result of the New Year’s Day holiday. Granger’s Grand River Landfill, 8550 W. Grand River Road, Grand Ledge, will be closed for self-haul disposal on Saturday, Dec. 25. Granger Compost Services, 3125 Wood Road, Lansing, is closed for the season. or additional information, please call Granger at 517-372-2800 or 1-888-9GRANGER or visit

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GRAND LEDGE - Eaton County Parks invites everyone to come cross country ski or snowshoe under the stars on illuminated trails or enjoy the sledding hill (weather permitting) with family and friends during our night ski and snowshoe fests at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge. All night fests run from 6-9 p.m. on the following weekends: Friday, Jan. 7, Saturday, Jan. 8, Friday, Jan. 21, Saturday, Jan. 22, Friday, Feb. 4, Saturday, Feb. 5, Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19. Warm up throughout the night by the sledding hill stove or stop by the park office for a cup of hot chocolate. Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals are available on a first come, first serve basis at the Fitzgerald Park office for those who need equipment. Cost for event is $2 per person with own equipment (payable at park office) or $5 per person per hour to rent equipment. A picture ID is required for rentals. For more information, call the park office at 517-627-7351 or visit our website at


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Vlahakis said. Fresenius Medical Care, a forprofit German company with a network of over 2,7000 dialysis centers around the world, will operate the new center. Fresenius also runs a 25-station center on South Washington Avenue in Lansing and a 32-sta-

tion center on Coolidge Road in East Lansing, as well as centers in Charlotte, Owosso, Jackson and Marshall, according to its website. Dialysis involves filtering the blood of patients with advanced renal disease through a machine and returning it to their bodies. Left untreated, kidney disease can be fatal.

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Dialysis: New center in works in Delta Twp.


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School news in brief

Work has begun on a new 10,000-square-foot dialysis center next to Zap Zone on Mall Drive East in Delta Township.

School bus routes impacted by bridge closures

WACOUSTA - As of Jan. 3 there will changes to numerous Grand Ledge Public Schools bus routes in the Wacousta area due bridge closures. Those affected are the bridge at I-96 and Wright Road and the bridge on Herbison Road in between the Forest Hill Roads. All changes will be made by this date and information will be mailed to students affected by Dec. 28. Parents are welcome to call 517-925-5300 if they have questions or concerns. Staff will make attempts to contact parents by phone as well.

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Program set for parents of teens at YES Center

GRAND LEDGE - The YES Center is hosting Teen Solutions for Parents, a free program designed around parents who are struggling with their teen. It will be at the Grand Ledge High School, main office, Jan. 5 and

Jan. 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Learn how to face challenges set by your teen, set limits and mean it, communicate with your teen and know they understand you. Topics include: “normal” adolescent development, parenting styles and focusing on hotspots. To register or for info, call the YES Center: 517-627-0467

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I look at a lot of data. I can slice and dice the data in a variety of ways. The goal is to understand what is going on in our schools, to look for trends so that we can examine if we are improving. One of the reports I can access is a report on the grades our students earned. Grades are a part of a student’s life from kinderSuper’s garten through 12th grade. Grades are an indicator of corner how much a student is learning. Steve They do not tell us evMatthews erything that we need to know, but they certainly give us some insight into how well a student is learning the curriculum. During the past couple of weeks, I looked at summaries of how our students did during the first trimester at the high school. I asked for a report that identified for me how many of our high school students earned all “A”s or “A-“s during this year’s first trimester. We had 43 ninth graders earn all “A”s or “A-”s on their first report card in high school. Of those 43 students, 17 of

them earned all “A”s. We had 42 10th graders earn all “A”s or “A-”s during the first trimester. Of those 42 students, 24 of them earned all “A”s. We had 32 11th graders earn all “A”s or “A-”s during the first trimester. Of those 32 students, 13 of them earned all “A”s. The senior class had 40 students who earned all “A”s or “A-”s during the first trimester of this school year. Of those 40 students, 19 of them earned all “A”s. Overall, we had 157 students who earned all “A”s or “A-”s. Of that group, 74 earned all “A”s. The freshman class had the most students who earned all “A”s or “A-”s with 42 students. The sophomore class had the most students who earned all “A”s with 24 students.

Can we say that a grade earned in one class would be the same as a grade earned in another class? As a district that is our commitment. Regardless of who the teacher is or which building or classroom students find themselves in, we want to say with confidence that the student is having a similar experience and learning and mastering similar skills. Our students deserve to have an experience that is more similar than different in our schools. How can we tell if students are having a similar experience? Grades are one indicator, but only one. We need to look at test scores, survey our community, and get feedback and insight from a variety of sources. We are working at gathering that additional data so that we can have a clearer picture of what is happening in our schools. But for today I want to celebrate the achievement of Grades are one indicator these 157 students who earned all “A”s or “A-“s during the Grades are clearly one indicator that we have to look at first trimester of this school year at our high school. These students worked hard to earn high grades. to see how well we are doing. Grades help us answer the They deserve some recognition and I want to say to question - Are our students learning? But there are concerns associated with grades. Can we them, “Job well done!” ––Steve Matthews is superintendent of Grand Ledge say with confidence that it does not matter which English Public Schools. or math or science teacher you had?

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LANSING — Senate Majority Leader-elect Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, has announced that Senatorelect Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, will chair the Senate Judiciary Committee in addition to serving in leadership for the 96th Legislature, beginning Jan. 1, 2011. “I want to thank Sen. Richardville for the giving me the honor of leading such an important committee,” Jones said. “As chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will work tirelessly to protect our families. Whether it’s cracking down on identity theft, gang violence, or sexual predators, we must stay one step ahead of the criminals. That means working with law enforcement and local leaders to ensure they have all the tools necessary to keep our communities safe.” Jones was previously elected by his new colleagues as majority caucus chair and will also serve as vicechair of both the Senate’s Regulatory Reform and Redistricting committees. “It’s all about jobs. In my leadership role, I will re-

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Grand Ledge Kiwanis: Dictionary, Thesaurus Project Grand Ledge Kiwanis Club Vice President Preston Childs is assisting teacher Mike Richey handing out dictionaries to third-graders Emily Waybright and Kennedy Rogowski at Beagle Elementary School. The Grand Ledge Kiwanis Club has been providing dictionaries to all third-graders in the school district for a number of years. This year, for the first time, thesauruses were given to all Grand Ledge area fifth-graders also. Grand Ledge Kiwanis has a special focus on young people. About 384 dictionaries and 384 Thesauruses were distributed this fall to students in the Grand Ledge area.

Nelson of Grand Ledge. The sergeant graduated in 2001 from La YPSILANTI — Kim A. Gwilt of Grand Quinta High School, Calif. Ledge has been promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the Michigan Brown Army National Guard. Navy Seaman Apprentice Jonathan R. Gwilt, a Unit Maintenance Officer, is with the Ypsilanti-based 146th Multi-Functional Brown, son of Deborah and Joseph Brown Medical Battalion. He has been a member of of Lansing, was recently promoted to his the Michigan National Guard for 24 years. current rank upon graduation from recruit Prior to his Guard service, Gwilt served on training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. active duty for four years. Brown received the early promotion for During his military career, Gwilt has received numerous awards including two outstanding performance during all phases Army Commendation Medals, the Army of the training cycle. Training which includAchievement Medal, Non Commissioned ed classroom study and practical instrucOfficer Professional Development Ribbon tion on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and the Mechanic Badge. Gwilt and his wife, Cathy, have three and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. children Kyle, Nicole, and Justin. The capstone event of boot camp is Gwilt is the son of Ivan and Bernie Gwilt, “Battle Stations”. This exercise gives reof Dowagiac. cruits the skills and confidence they need Moore to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is MT. CLEMENS — Army Sgt. Edward J. designed to galvanize the basic warrior atMoore has arrived for duty at the Mount tributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the Clemens Recruiting Station. Moore, a recruiter with six years of mili- practical application of basic Navy skills tary service, is assigned to the U.S. Army and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly “Navy” flavor Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion. He is the son of Kelley Dailey, and step- was designed to take into account what it son of Thomas Dailey, both of Gillette, Wyo. means to be a Sailor. Brown is a 2004 graduate of Grand Ledge His wife, Kimberly, is the daughter of Kenneth Nelson of Banning, Calif., and Kathy High School.

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Christmas shop helps Eaton Community Hospice By RACHEL GRECO

CHARLOTTE - Christmas visits the Eaton Community Hospice Thrift Store every day of the year. “Every single day of the year we have Christmas dropped off,” said Juaise Peabody, manager of the store. At the thrift store donated new and used items are sold to benefit the county’s hospice house and operation. So it only made sense, said Peabody, that when the store began getting a large volume of holiday items that they find a way to market it. This fall the thrift store saved up its holiday offer-

ings and opened “The Christmas Shop.” The operation, part of the hospice thrift store, includes everything from artificial trees to ornaments, lights, knick-knacks and wreaths. Holiday items are affordable, at prices that range from 25 cents to $30, and popular. “Probably a third of the items that are out now will be gone by the end of today,” said Peabody. “We restock 10 to 20 boxes a day.” In fact, Peabody said the prices at the store are just right in tough economic times. “It helps people do what they need to do and what they can afford to do,” she

said. Other than Peabody, the shop relies on volunteers every day to help with customers and pricing. About 25 percent of what’s for sale in the shop is brand new too. “Even local businesses like the dollar store brought in cases and cases of bows,” said Peabody. The rest is gently used and cheerfully displayed during shop hours. What that means for hospice is more significant than you would think. Peabody estimates that this season’s Christmas Shop sales will net $40,000 for hospice. “It’s important,” she said.

Delta Recycling Center in good shape DELTA TWP. - With the loss of dejunking days as a budget cutting measure for 2011, some people are worried that the Delta Township Recycling Center is no more. Not so. The center is very much alive and continues to accept

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waste free of charge to the center on May 19 and 21 of next year. Winter hours for the center, 5717 Millett Hwy. are: Tuesdays, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Rachel Greco Wednesdays, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 2 Juaise Peabody is the manager of the Eaton Community Hospice Thrift Store, which includes the Christmas Shop. There shoppers can buy holiday decorations p.m. The center will be closed and items at affordable prices. on New Year’s Day.

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Three area students have received the 2010 Frank M. Fitzgerald Public Service Award, which honors dedicated young volunteers in the Michigan Legislature. Dominique Kemp, Colleen Hoch and Luke Wagner were recognized as Fitzgerald scholars during a ceremony in the Michigan Capitol. Above and beyond their legislative service, recipients also are singled out for their abilities in academics, communicating and volunteering. The award is named after the Grand Ledge lawmaker who served in the Michigan House from 1987-1998, including two terms as speaker pro tem. After his death in 2004, family and colleagues

established the honor in hopes of encouraging young people to follow Fitzgerald’s example as a public servant. Kemp interned with Rep. Kevin Green and also volunteered with Knight Consulting, a Lansing-based lobbying firm. He spent part of the summer of 2009 in Beijing, China studying global economics. Dominique, a freshman at Stanford University, is the son of Eric and Etta Kemp of Lansing. Hoch interned with Senator Mark Jansen and was a member of the Delta Township Government Youth Council. She also assisted at the Mother Teresa House, a

Church briefs Church sets New Year’s celebration

DELTA TWP. - Church of God International Outreach Ministries New Year’s Eve Celebration will be Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 4125 West St. Joseph Hwy. There will be praise, mime, dance, food, fun, and worship. Everyone welcome.

home in Lansing for people with terminal illnesses. Colleen attends Lansing Community College and is studying to be a nurse. She is the daughter of Matthew and Mary Hoch of Lansing. Wagner served as an intern with Senate Majority Floor Leader Alan Cropsey and has worked extensively with disadvantaged children at Youth Haven Ranch in Rives Junction. Luke now attends the Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. He is the son of William and Marilyn Wagner of Lansing.

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Beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, Trinity United Methodist Church will offer an eight-week “No Fear” Beginning Computer class, free of charge and open to anyone in the community. The weekly classes are each 90 minutes long and four class times are offered: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Attendees may bring their own laptop computer or may choose to use one of the computers in our lab. Subjects to be covered will include desktop navigation, file management, internet basics, intro. to e-mail, intro. to Microsoft Word and handling photos. The classes will be paced for beginners and the instructors will field any and all questions/problems that the attendees may have. Class size is limited, so pre-registration is required. To register, call the church office, 517-627-8388, or visit the church’s website, Trinity UMC is located at the corner of Canal Rd. and St. Joseph Highway. Questions?, contact Ed Gillette at (517) 627-8388, ext. 207

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GRAND LEDGE - Euchre will only be held on Tuesday, Dec. 28 and Thursday, Dec. 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The church is located at 227 S. Bridge St. in Grand Ledge. Bring $1 and a 2-liiter of pop or a snack to share. For some more information go to imagine this website: www.imaginethiscom or call (517)627-3526

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The Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting for the new Good Will Donation Center. The store at 514 S. Clinton St., Grand Ledge, is lined with large bins, ready for donations. The Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce is always pleased to be able to welcome a new business to our community. The Good Will Donation center is a drop off center not a retail store at this time. Their hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Good Will has been in existence for 100 years. They have 12 retail stores and 10 donation centers. Drop your used items off and receive your receipt for your tax deduction.


works for the past few years as a partnership between CAMW! and the Prima LANSING — Michigan State Police Di- Civitas Foundation, a Lansing-based nonrector Col. Eddie L. Washington, Jr. has profit. announced the promotion of Sherri Irwin Bio-manufacturing uses agricultural to director of the Departmental Services waste and byproducts instead of petroDivision. Irwin joined the MSP in 1999, as leum to create products for the pharmaan accounting specialist in the Forensic ceutical, automotive, plastics and other Science Division. Prior to that she worked industries. for the Office of the Auditor General for Maroney looks at bio-manufacturing as nine years. a way to diversify the Mid-Michigan reShe graduated from Western Michigan gion. University with a bachelor’s degree in “This is an exciting time to be Michigan business administration. She is also a cer- and to say ‘What’s next?’ The bio-econotified public accountant. my can be a core component of the MidIrwin lives in Grand Ledge with her Michigan region’s future economy,” said husband, John, and two sons. Maroney. Setting up shop at Prima Civitas, MaG.L. woman to head bio aliance roney’s efforts thus far have focused on The Greater Mid-Michigan Bio-Manugetting the word out about GMBMA. facturing Alliance (GMBMA), an initiative Organizations interested in becoming that is working to “green” Mid-Michigan’s a part of GMBMA are encouraged to conbio- manufacturing sector, has a new Extact Tracey at (517) 999-3382 ext. 303 or ecutive Director. Tracey Maroney, was recently hired by Maroney has a bachelor’s degree from the Alliance to facilitate the creation and Western Michigan University and Masters maintenance of a network that includes of Public Administration from Central auto-manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, Michigan University. A native of Traverse engineers, farmers, and educators. City, she currently resides in Grand The GMBMA is funded by a $250,000 Ledge. grant from the Michigan Department of For more information on GMBMA, Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth to please visit the Prima Civitas Foundation Capital Area Michigan Works! (CAMW!). website at: The GMBMA project has been in the

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Thought for the week: Falling in love is easy, but staying in love is something very special. Menu: Tuesday, Dec. 28 — Garlic chicken, mashed potatoes, European blend vegetables, wheat bread, peach slices. Thursday, Dec. 30 — CLOSED FOR NEW YEARS I wish for everyone Good Health and Prosperity in 2011. Leave message no later than 10 a.m. the day before you plan to attend or if you want to cancel your reservation for the senior lunch. Phone (517) 627-4866. —Jack Shimmin

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Students from Beagle had a successful ‘Pennies for Pajamas’ program.

Beagle kids raise ‘Pennies for Pajamas’ GRAND LEDGE - Recently the Beagle Elementary School student council, with the help of teachers Jamie McKennon and Jeff Sewick, developed “Pennies for Pajamas” in conjunction with Scholastic Books’ “Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.”

Last year, the Scholastic program donated 18,000 pairs of pajamas and books to kids in need and the students and faculty at Beagle wanted to join in this spirit of giving. But, they had no idea what a success “Pennies for Pajamas” would be.

Recreation brief Youth basketball spots still available

Registration forms are available on our website or at the Parks and Recreation OfDELTA TWP. - Spots are still available for the Delta fice at 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy. Township Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball League. Registration fee is $50 and the season begins Saturday, This program is for boys and girls ages 7-10 years old. Jan. 15, 2011. For more information, call (517) 323-8555.

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The students andfaculty raised $838 in change and purchased 82 pair of pajamas to donate to the needy. In the end, 60 pairs went to Scholastic Books and 22 pairs went to SIREN to make sure some local families got some “Beagle love.”

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News in brief Eaton Co. GOP meeting set Jan. 10

DELTA TWP. - The January Eaton County Republican Executive Meeting will be held in conjunction with the County Convention meeting of the elected precinct delegates and atlarge delegates on Mon., Jan. 10, 2011 at Tony M’s, 3420 S. Creyts Road in Delta Township. The 6:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting will be followed by County Convention delegate registration at 7 p.m. and call to order at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the Jan. 10 County Convention is to elect delegates and alternates to the 2011 Republican State Convention, which will take place on Jan. 28 and 29 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. For more information contact Linda Marquardt at (517) 323-6391.

azoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties. All are welcome regardless of their party affiliation. The first Eaton County Tea Party Patriots Town Hall meeting will be held at Tony M’s, 3420 South Creyts Road. A “You Are Not Alone” meeting will start at 6 p.m. for those that desire to purchase dinner, with the Tea Party meeting starting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2011. For more information call Paul at 269-209-6296.

Volunteer snow shovelers needed

DELTA TWP. - For a number of years Delta Township has coordinated volunteers to shovel the sidewalks of residential property owners physically unable to clear their own sidewalks of snow. Delta’s ordinance requires snow accumulations of 2” or greater to be reEaton County Tea moved from the sidewalks. Party forming This year the volunteer DELTA TWP. - A core Ea- pool has dried up. Presently Delta Townton County group announces the formation of the new ship has 14 individuals requesting assistance. Eaton County Tea Party If you or any organizaPatriots. Affiliation will be tion would be willing to with Southwest Michigan help clear the sidewalks of Tea Party Patriots [SWMI], one or more of these lojoining with Allegan, Calcations call Sue in Delta’s houn, Barry, Cass, Kalam-

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Delta Relay for Life sets kickoff

DELTA TWP. - Relay For Life of Delta Township invites you to learn more about how you can fight back in the battle against cancer. Join them at the Kick Off Party, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at Great Lakes Christian College, 6211 W. Willow Highway. For more information, visit deltatownshipmi or Contact Kristen Adams at 517-664-1423 The Relay For Life of Delta Township will be held on May 6 and 7, 1 p.m.–1 p.m. at Great Lakes Christian College.

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Bucks for books Grand Ledge Public Schools director of academic services Kathleen Peasley accepts a grant from Larry Fisk, representing the MEEMIC Foundation. The Foundation, celebrating its 60th year, selected 60 schools from 1,300 applications. The $500 grant will be used by teachers at Beagle Elementary to purchase books to supplement the curriculum.


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Jaclyn Magness has been selected to be the Grand Ledge Lion’s Club honored student for the month of November. Jaclyn is a senior at Grand Ledge High School and a member of the National Honor Society. She runs track and cross country and is in the band and drumline. She enjoys reading and hanging out with friends. She plans to run at LanJaclyn Magness sing Community College for two years and transfer to Michigan State UniversiJaclyn is the daughter of ty to become a teacher. Bob and Joan Magness.

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John Dwyer, a founding member of the committee celebrates his 83rd birthday Volunteers serve food at the 2010 Grand Ledge Shopping Tour party. the night of the Shopping Tour party Dec. 15 at St. Michael.

Letter to the editor True Christmas spirit evident at Grand Ledge Shopping Tour

Dec. 15th the annual Grand Ledge Christmas Shopping Tour for children took place. As in years past, Sue Ellen and Dave Sands contacted scores of adults to serve as helpers in taking children to local stores to shop for needed clothes. In addition, toys were donated or purchased, wrapped and readied for the children. Upon return to St. Michael’s Catholic Church basement, the children were treated by volunteers to pizza, hot dogs and

other treats. Santa Claus distributed gifts keyed to each child, ably assisted by Sandy Sipes, Grand Ledge High School football Coach Matt Bird and many members of the Comet football team. Dave and Sue Ellen Sands are annually helped by volunteers like Ms. Sipes and John Dwyer, and many anonymous donors. The true Christmas spirit of sharing is evident at each shopping tour; we are indeed lucky to live in such a generous community as Grand Ledge. Merry Christmas to all, especially the grateful children and the many volunteers! Jack Finn Grand Ledge


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Delta Patrol Friday, Nov. 26

• Malicious destruction of property: After the victim’s mailbox was destroyed in the 4800 block of W. Willow, he bought a new one. The new one was damaged by being struck with a stick or bat. • Malicious destruction of property: The victim’s mailbox was damaged in the 2300 block of Briarhill in a manner identical to the incident above. • Malicious destruction of property: Approximately 28 mailboxes were smashed in the Brookside area, causing $560 in damages.

Sunday, Nov. 28

• Larceny from an auto: The victim’s Garmin Street Pilot was taken from his 2002 Chevy Trailblazer in the 10000 block of Saddlebrook. • Larceny: The victim’s $350 tree stand was taken from his hunting spot on state owned land around Canal Road and Davis Hwy. Also missing was a small camo bag of equipment include a bone handled knife and saw.

at $1,299 were taken from the back of the victim’s 2000 Pontiac in the 1000 block of Brookside.

Thursday, Dec. 9

• Larceny: The victim’s black Coach wallet with various ID, credit cards and checks was taken from a table in a room at the Hampton Inn on N. Canal.

Friday, Dec. 10

• Larceny from an auto: A shopping bag from Best Buy containing $74 worth of items was taken from the victim’s 1997 Dodge Caravan while she was in the Lansing Mall. • Larceny from an auto: The passenger window of the

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GRAND LEDGE - To winter registration is coming up for the Grand Ledge Swim Club. New and returning swimmers can register Mid-Michigan appointments: Monday, Jan.10 at 6 p.m. in the pool bleacher area. United States Military Academy Come prepared to swim • Alec Findlay – Mason; Kenneth Voet as this will be our first pracII – Ionia; Jack Bontekoe – Howell tice as well. United States Air Force Academy Visit the web site • Andrew Jones – Grand Ledge; for regispher Parsons – Fowlerville tration forms and more inUnited States Merchant Marine Acadformation or call Jennifer emy Thomas at 517-803-8080. • Jamie Hay – Holt; Jarrod Bennett – Parm

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• Larceny from an auto: A $200 Garmin GPS and $100 worth of baby clothes and toys were taken from the victim’s 2008 Subaru Outback Sport in the 4300 block of W. Willow. • Larceny: The victim noticed her purse was missing while she was at a Christmas party at Falsetta’s restaurant in the 100 block of S. Waverly. One of her credit cards was subsequently used at several Speedway stations. Restaurant management will check their video.

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• Larceny from an auto: A first aid kit, a computer zip drive and an ashtray with pennies were taken from the victim’s 2003 GMC Sierra in the 6600 block of Delta River Drive. The vehicle wasn’t locked. • Larceny from an auto: The victim’s $120 Magellan Roadmate GPS was taken from her unlocked vehicle in the Gander Mountain parking lot on Marketplace Blvd.

ination of their U.S. Senator, their U.S. Representative or the President. Students nominated by Senator Stabenow’s office went through a competitive application process that included interviews by community leaders. Now that the students have been nominated, they must await acceptance for admission by the academy to which they have applied.

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced today that she has nominated 34 Michigan students for placement at the U.S. Military Academy Wednesday, Dec. 1 at West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Naval Acad• Larceny of purse: When the victim returned to Meijer emy in Annapolis, M.D., the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, C.O., and seeking her black purse after leaving it in her shopping cart, it was gone. The purse contained $110 in cash as well the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. as a cell phone and various ID and credit cards. Included is Andrew Jones of Grand Thursday, Dec. 2 Ledge, appointed to the United States Air Force Academy. • Larceny from an auto: Taken from the victim’s 2005 “I am proud that so many exceptional Chevy Equinox in the 1000 block of Clark Road were a $100 Garmin GPS, 40 CDs worth about $400 and chargers students from our state are willing to serve our country through military service,” said and cords for her phone and MP3 player. Senator Stabenow. • Larceny: A man handed his jacket to the manager at “These individuals have demonstrated Vitamin World on W. Saginaw so he could show off his their excellence in and out of the classabs. When the manager retrieved the jacket from behind room, and I am confident that they will the cash register, $190 in cash was missing from it. represent Michigan well.” Students seeking appointment to a serSunday, Dec. 5 vice academy must first obtain the nom• Larceny: A set of reindeer and three candy cane ornaments were taken from a lawn in the 7400 block of Yellowwood.

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Memorial donation The Cole-Briggs Unit 48 American Legion Auxiliary presented a check for $2,045 to Linn Driver, member of the Grand Ledge Vietnam War Memorial committee, on Dec. 8. The project to build a War Memorial in Oakwood Cemetery is targeted for completion and dedication during the 2011 Memorial Day activities in Grand Ledge. The Auxiliary’s fundraising effort brought the collection goal to about 90 percent of estimated costs to build the Memorial. Pictured left to right are Memorial committee members: Graydon Briggs, Tom Dingler, and Linn Driver; Auxiliary officers: Corinne Lyon-President, Rose Hummel-Treasurer, and (front row) Sargent-of-Arms Philly Feldpausch and Joyce Lyon.

DELTA TWP. - The Delta Township District Library will be hosting its third annual Battle of the Books this winter. In the past two years, over 125 kids, teens, and adults participated. The program kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the library with an informational meeting and booktalks of the 2011 booklist. Battle of the Books is a fun trivia competition that tests participants’ book knowledge. Teams of four to five read the five selected Battle books in January and February. At the beginning of March, teams will compete in a series of battles to see which team knows the most about the books. Adults, teens, and kids (4th grade and up) are all welcome, and teams can be made up of participants of all ages. A team could be a family of four, grandparents and grandchildren, four teen classmates, five book club friends, or other combinations. The booklist includes books that are appropriate for young readers but will appeal to all ages.

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Families are encouraged to participate together; even children too young for the competition can be included in the fun by acting as team cheerleaders and reading books on similar topics and themes. Prizes are awarded to all Battle participants and bookstore gift certificates go to the winning team and runners up. Programs will take place throughout January and February, including a Game Night on Jan. 25, Team Spirit Night on Feb. 8 and a book discussion on Feb. 24. The preliminary battle for all teams will take place on March 3. Semi-finals and the final battle will both take place on Saturday, March 12. The public is welcome to attend the final battle to enjoy the exciting competition and support the teams. Registration forms will be available at the library starting in December or online at Participants who want to get a head start on reading can pick up copies of the Battle books in December as well. Call the Youth Desk at 517-321-4014, ext. 3 for more information. Interested participants are encouraged to attend the kick-off on January 6 to get more details about the program. The Delta Township District Library is at 5130 Davenport Drive in Lansing. For more information about Battle of the Books or any of the programs that the Library offers, visit or call 517-321-4014.

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The Greater Lansing Food Bank received a big donation from the Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies on Friday, Dec. 17, two checks totaling $6,000 to help feed hundreds of families in the Lansing area. The first check was for $5,000 and was donated on behalf of all the employees of Michigan Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Insurance. The second check for $1,000 represented the profits from the sale of a Farm Bureau cookbook containing recipes submitted by employees and agents.

“We know these are hard times for a lot of people in the Greater Lansing area,” said Jim Robinson, executive vice president of Farm Bureau Insurance. “So Farm Bureau decided to help families who are hurting in our community. These donations are made in the name of Farm Bureau employees all across Michigan.” Headquartered in Delta Township, the Farm Bureau Companies employ hundreds of residents from throughout the Mid-Michigan area.

“We’re an organization that cares about helping Michigan people, and making Michigan a better place to live,” said John VanderMolen, chief operating officer of Michigan Farm Bureau. “Many Farm Bureau employees volunteer in their communities and help local families have a brighter Christmas.” Terry Link, executive director of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, said the large contribution from Farm Bureau will help the food bank feed hungry area families throughout the year. The Farm Bureau cookbook, whose profits are earmarked for the Greater Lansing Food Bank, is still on sale and can be purchased from the receptionist at the Farm Bureau Center at 7373 W. Saginaw in Delta Township.

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Poverty’s rise in small towns ‘sobering’ Louise Knott Ahern

seen only modest population changes since 2000, the number of families living Mid-Michigan’s small beneath the federal poverty towns have not been spared level has risen drastically. the skyrocketing poverty In Williamston, for exrates that have plagued ample, the number of famlarger urban areas for the ilies living below poverty past several years, accordhas risen from 6.4 percent ing to data released Tuesin 2000 to an average of day. 15.5 percent over the past The American Communi- five years, according to the ty Survey by the U.S. Cenreport. sus Bureau showed that “It’s very sobering,” said even though towns such as Williamston City Manager Grand Ledge, Williamston Timothy Allard. and Eaton Rapids have “It’s no surprise given

the economy.” Tuesday’s data is from the American Community Survey and offers a fiveyear snapshot of several social and economic factors affecting life and public policy, including educational rates and housing occupancy across the nation. The survey itself is nothing new. But for the first time this year, it includes detailed data for communities with populations less than 20,000. That’s especially

important for a state like Michigan, where such communities represent nearly 95 percent of all municipalities. Though margins of error are high for some data because the populations are so small, this is the most accurate information available to understand how economic and social conditions are trickling down to small communities. “It’s important that we have this information so we can make decisions

about resources,” said Jane Zehnder-Merrell of the Michigan League for Human Services, which researches and analyzes safety net data such as poverty and Medicaid. “It helps to target interventions and scope out within a county where are we seeing the highest escalations (in poverty). I think there’s a perception that people are OK if they live in the suburbs or in small communities.” Consisting of about 11.1

billion individual estimates and covering more than 670,000 distinct geographies, the 5-year ACS estimates provide information on topics ranging from commute times to languages spoken at home to housing values. The survey is compiled and distributed by the Census Bureau, but the American Community Survey data is not part of the official 2010 Census. The first Census report was due out Dec. 21.

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News in brief SIREN shelter starts annual campaign

EATON CO. - SIREN/ Eaton Shelter’s annual appeal to raise funds for homeless families and domestic violence victims is underway.With record numbers of people requesting help, Eaton County’s only shelter is hoping to raise close to $50,000 between now and mid-January. SIREN typically has 25 to 30 families in the shelter each night. An average of 60-70 children, along with their parents, are generally in the program at any given time. As of November 30, the SIREN shelter had spent $23,400 more than they had taken in during 2010. The SIREN Board

of Directors hopes to resolve this deficit during the annual appeal. The Board members would also like to see at least an additional $25,000 come in to help the shelter get through the busy winter season. Contributions to the SIREN/Eaton Shelter are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Checks or money orders may be set to SIREN at PO Box 369, Charlotte, MI 48813, or they may be dropped off at the shelter office at 245 S. Cochran, Charlotte, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, or to get a copy of the shelter’s wish list and newsletter, please call the office at (517) 543-0748.

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SUNFIELD - Christmas came early to the Sunfield Library last week. Pete Wilford, who is soon-to-become President of the Sunfield District Library’s Friends group accepted for thelibrary from Americana Auction’s coowner, Linda Rairigh, an ancient Rembrandt etching from Americana’s private collection. The piece is from the Dutch master’s own School of Rembrandt vault. Linda and her husband, Glen Rairigh, have given the Friends group the go-ahead to use the priceless donation in any manner they decide upon, but stipulated that the piece be put on display at the library for the Lakewood community to enjoy before it is put up for auction as a fundraiser. A showing at the library will be arranged after the first of the year for the community. An auction is also expected to be scheduled. The Rairighs also hosted a Christmas open house on a recent Sunday on behalf of the library, which drew

a packed house and record donations to the cause. This was one in a long line of elegant holiday open house events that they have held over the years to benefit local charities. They chose the Sunfield library this year as the recipient of their generosity, and a record head count was the response. Over the years the Rairigh’s have established strong a commitment to share their talents and proceeds from their successful business at Americana Auctions with the local community. -From the Sunfield Library

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Rembrandt etching donated to Sunfield Library


Pictured are Pete Wilford, who is soon-tobecome President of the Sunfield District Library’s Friends group (left), and Americana Auction’s co-owner, Linda Rairigh, as Linda donates to the library an ancient Rembrandt etching from Americana’s private collection. Courtesy photo

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GRAND LEDGE - The City of Grand Ledge Board of Cemetery Trustees will sell, in the spring 2011, all unclaimed items removed from graves due to violations of the cemetery rules. All removed items have been marked as to their location when removed and can be picked up prior to the Spring 2011. All unclaimed items remaining in the Spring 2011 will be sold. Contact the City Clerk at (517) 627-2149 or for more information.

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GRAND LEDGE - Grand Ledge seventh and eighth grade girls PomPon Workshop is being offered. Only 40 spots are available so early registration is encouraged. Practices will be: Wednesdays from 5:30–7:30 for eight weeks (Jan. 19 – March 9) at a location to be determined instructed by former GLHS Pommer. Girls will be invited to perform at a Grand Ledge Varsity Basketball Game in February Cost: $25 per girl. Grand Ledge PomPon T-shirt: $10 (optional). Registration can be mailed to: Jamie Techentin, 11160 Lochgreen Drive, Lansing, MI 48917. Questions directed to Jamie at 517-627-3368

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DELTA TWP.— Our Savior Lutheran School is sponsoring its first Resolution 5K Run on Jan. 1, 2011 at 10 a.m. Playmakers and The Running Foundation are handling the registration and support of the race. Medals will be given to all the participants with special awards for overall and Master winners and prizes to the top three places in each age group. Age groups include 12 and under, 13-18, 19-24, 25-30, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 060+.The race starts at the school located at 7910 East St. Joe Highway in Delta Township. The runners will head east on St. Joe, north on Upton Road, east on Saginaw, south on Broadbent and back to the school. For more information visit or call the school at 517-882-3550 and ask for Jim Landskroener, Principal. The link to the Resolution 5K website is resolution5k.html.

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Members of this year’s squad include returning seniors Kelly Gwardzinski (G), Maddie Johnston (F), Michelle Thelen (G), and Kasey Trierweiler (G). Juniors on the roster are Beth Boman, Erin Koren, Krysta Kramer, and Ashley Priest. Freshman players are Kelli Combs, Hannah Orwat, and Lindsay Orwat. The team is coached by Dave Jones and assistant Jessica Denhartigh.

Comets down Vikings


GRAND LEDGE - Head coach Dave Jones Lady Comets set their goals early in the season and so far have kept or exceeded those goals. Last week the girls visited Lansing Everett and literally ran past the host Vikings with a convincing 72-38 win. “A lot of different people got to play and that was good for the team. So far their hasn’t been one specific player who has carried the team. Everybody is contributing and that’s great,” said Jones. After the first period the game was pretty much decided ass the girls struck for 15 first period points to take a 15-3 lead. They continued on their way as senior Maddie Johnston knocked down 16 of her team leading 18 points in the first half as the Comets led 39-16 at the break. “Maddie has a great first half. She was just great on the inside,” Jones added. An 18-10 scoring advantage in the thrid period gave Grand Ledge an even larger bulge at 57-26. Sophomore Beth Boman also played a solid game in the middle as she dumped in 10 points while yankking down 10 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season. For the remainder of the team is was scoring from every differnt angle and different player that aided in the win. Freshman standout Hannah Orwast added another double digit night with 14 points while Lindsay Orwat

“At this point in time I had hoped to be 4-1 and we are. We’ve progressed at a rapid rate and the girls are excited about the season and reaching our goals.” – Head coach Dave Jones came up with 9 of her own. Junior Ashley Priest also had a big night with 8 points while senior leader Kasey Trierweiler added 7. Senior guard Kelly Gwardzinski closed with 4 and freshman center Kelli Combs added 2. Grand Ledge was good from the free throw line but not as good as usual as they sank 22 of 34. The Vikings scored nearly half of their points from the line hitting on 17 of 28. “So far this has been really exciting. Every plasyer has been doing a very good job of stepping up and helping out. This game was really special because so many players added special play in different areas of the game,” stated Jones. “At this point in time I had hoped to be 4-1 and we are. We’ve progressed at a rapid rate and the girls are excited about the season and reaching our goals.” If 2011 goes as well as the end of 2010 they should easily do so.

Boys Basketball @ Okemos 6pm Girls Basketball @ Okemos 7:30pm Ice Hockey @ Eastside 8:30pm

Saturday, Jan. 8

Wrestling vs. GL Invite 9am Gymnastics @ EL Invite 10am Ice Hockey vs. Kzoo United TBA Competitive Cheer @ Novi Invite TBA

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Gymnastics vs. Fowlerville 6:30pm

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Boys & Girls Bowling vs. Lansing Everett 3pm Boys Basketball vs. Portland 7:30pm

Wednesday, Jan. 12

Wrestling @ Waverly 5pm Competitive Cheer vs. CAAC White Division Meet 6pm Gymnastics @ East Lansing 6:30pm

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Jr. Comet Wrestling Club to begin

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Dalton Kirkey of Grand Ledge takes down Justin Bigger (top) of Caledonia during their 140 lbs. championship match at the Bill Allen Wrestling Classic on Saturday, Dec. 18 in Lansing. Bigger would win the match in a decision.

Garrett Hubbell (right) of Caledonia attempts to fight off a hold by Maxx Ristow of Grand Ledge during their 145 lbs. championship match at the Bill Allen Wrestling Classic on Saturday, Dec. 18 in Lansing. Ristow would pin Hubbell moments later.

Comets compete in Bill Allen Classic By RYAN BORT

31-30 but was deducted one point for a coach misconduct. The misconduct was also the deciding tiebreaker and sent Caledonia to the finals. One of the advantages of tournaments is that they provide wrestlers the chance to wrestle as many as five times in one day, early in the season. Through most of the season wrestlers will wrestle once or twice a night in conference matches but tournaments allow them to prepare for the long days that come in the postseason. All the officials at the tournament were volunteers which allowed for $3,000 to be put toward

scholarships. Each coach nominated one senior to be entered in a drawing and four names were drawn. Brandon Fifield of Leslie and Chase Singleton of Caledonia each received $1,000 scholarships, and Josh Zoluga of Charlotte and Nabeel Kasim of Okemos each received $500 scholarships - all donated by the LWOA. Caledonia coach Shawn Veitch spent seven years as a referee in the Lansing area. “I think the LWOA needs to be thanked for doing this tournament and donating their time and money to the kids,” Veitch said. “They did a great job.”

DELTA TWP. - Registration is now open for all adult sports leagues offered at the Westside Community YMCA located at 3700 Old Lansing Road. Stop by to register, register over the phone or register online at The phone number is 517-827-9665. You do not have to be YMCA members to play in our leagues. Adult Basketball The Captain’s meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The league will begin play on Monday, Jan. 24. The fee is $400 per team

and it is due by the Captain’s meeting. Space is limited to the first 10 registered teams. Coed Volleyball The Captain’s meeting is on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. The league will begin play on Sunday, Jan. 16. Games will start between 2 and 9 p.m. The fee is $275 per team and it is due by the Captain’s meeting. There is both a recreational and competitive division. Women’s Volleyball The Captain’s meeting is on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. The league will begin play on Thursday,

Jan. 13. Games will start at 6:30 p.m. The fee is $275 per team and it is due by the Captain’s meeting. There is both a competitive and recreational division. 30 and up Inline Hockey The Captain’s meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. The league will begin play on Monday, Jan. 24. Games will begin at 7:30 p.m. The team fee is $500 per team and it is due by the Captain’s meeting. Individuals may sign up and be placed on a team. Members are $80 and non members are $90 for individuals.

18 and up Inline Hockey The Captain’s meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. The league will begin play Wednesday, Jan. 19. Games will begin at 7 p.m. The team fee is $500 per team and it is due by the Captain’s meeting. Individuals may also sign up and be placed on teams. The fee is $80 for members and $90 for non members for individuals. For more information contact Fred Thomas, Sports Coordinator at 517-827-9665. Or e-mail at

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Snap Fitness Charity Challenge begins

GRAND LEDGE - The Snap Fitness Charity Challenge is a pound’s for dollars campaign. For each pound entrants loose, Jan. 1–Feb. 28, Snap Fitness will donate $1 to the Charity Champion chosen by voters on the Facebook page for the Grand Ledge and Charlotte locations. The Charity Challengers for the Grand Ledge location are: Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter; Ryan Woodward Scholarship Fund; YES Center and Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue. For the Charlotte location, challengers are: Eaton County Animal Shelter, Siren – Eaton Shelter and Eaton County United Way. To vote for your favorite charity go to our Facebook pages entitled: Snap Fitness – Grand Ledge or Snap Fitness – Charlotte, MI. Go to the Charity Challenge Event and “Like” your favorite charity. Voting will take place now through Christmas Eve and the winning charity will be announced on Jan. 1. The campaign will run through Feb. 28. For more information visit Facebook page or go to

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In what has been labeled a rebuilding year, Eaton Rapids showed Saturday, Dec. 18 it can still enter a large area tournament and bring home some hardware. The Greyhounds took second place out of 18 teams in the Lansing Wrestling Officials Association (LWOA) Bill Allen Classic at Eastern’s Don Johnson Fieldhouse. Eaton Rapids was the top finisher of 16 area teams but fell to Caledonia in the championship match, 46-27. Eaton Rapids won its pool,

finishing 3-0 with victories over Eastern, Okemos and Portland to qualify for the semifinals where it beat league rival Fowlerville. Fowlerville and Eaton Rapids are expected to compete for the CAAC Gold championship, a title that has belonged to Eaton Rapids in recent history. Eaton Rapids took the first meeting between the teams Saturday, 46-36, in a match that included 11 total pins - six for Eaton Rapids and five for Fowlerville. The third area team in the semifinals was Grand Ledge, which lost to the eventual champion to Caledonia by criteria. Grand Ledge would have won

GRAND LEDGE - Junior Comet Wrestling Club begins Monday, Jan. 10 and runs every Monday night for four Mondays. Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, and Jan 31. Time is 5:30-6:30 p.m. Location: Grand Ledge High School Wrestling room Ages: 7 and under. Must be out of diapers and must be able to walk or run. Cost: $10 for all four weeks. Questions contact Steve Delaney at or phone 517-256-0821

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On Friday, Dec. 17 the Comets trailed by just two points after the first period 13-11 before cutting the lead to one point at the half, 26-25. GRAND LEDGE - The old saying woulda, coulda and The third period wasn’t kind to the Comets as the shoulda are part of the curse of the Grand Ledge varsity Vikings outscored the visitors 22-15 to head into the final basketball team so far this winter. period of play with the Vikings leading 48-40, After playing host Lansing Everett stride for stride for Fourth period baskets kept the Comets close but it was most of the game the Comets fell short for the fourth too little too late as the team is now 0-2 in CAAC Blue straight game as they fell to 0-4 for the year after suffering play. Jimmie Cotter again led the Comets attack as he a 67-58 setback. dropped in 18 points including 10 field goals and 2 for 2 Three of the four games were winnable and went to the from the free throw line. last few minutes before the winner was decided. Dalton Reust was right behind with 14 points and Ja-

son Morrall also hit double figures with 11 points. Joe Little came in with 4 points and Blake Dahlstrom, Jordan Loredo and Nate McCrumb all added 2 points each. Adam Gulick also had a free throw in the game. Morrall drilled three-three point baskets while Reust drained two. Grand Ledge was whistled for 23 fouls while the Vikings were whistled 13 times. Loredo and Reust both fouled out. Everett scored on 25 of 32 from the line while Grand Ledge hit on 7 of 8. The win was the first for Everett who is now 1-2 for the year.

GL-Waverly icers win their own invitationl DIMONDALE -- The Grand Ledge-Waverly hockey team bounced back from its first loss of the year by winning their own annual GL-W Invitational on Dec. 17 and 18. The Comet-Warriors faced the Tri-City Chiefs, a team of combined school of Durand, Lake Fenton, and Linden, in the opening game of the tournament, advancing to the tournament final by beating Tri-City by a score of 3-1. There was no scoring in a close-checking game through the first period until Tri-City found the back of the net with 2:42 remaining in the first period. The Chiefs held their lead with the help of a tough goalie until 3:53 of the second period, when junior Vince Gessler found the net on a rebound of a shot taken by Drew Isaacson, Gessler’s first career varsity goal, to even the score at 1-1 after two periods. In the third it was all Comet-Warriors who struck at 11:36 on a goal by Treven Fech, assisted by Gessler and Dylan Deatsman. Just a 1:26 later Gessler found the back of the net on the power play to give the Comet-Warriors a 3-1 lead, assisted by Isaacson and Angelo Barnes. GL-W goalie Austin Hull made several key saves, including a breakaway, to seal the victory and send the team to the Championship game on Saturday, when the Comet-

Warriors faced The Unity Knights from Wayland. Jack Klingbiel opened the scoring at 14:25 of the first period on a beautiful passing play from Gessler and Barnes. In the second period it was all Comet-Warriors. At 8:43 Gessler found the net as he deflected a pass from Barnes on a power play. At 5:11 Fech made it 3-0, taking a pass from Isaacson and beating the Knights defensemen. Isaacson then found the net himself on a blast from the blue line at 4:40 of the second period assisted by Barnes and Klingbiel to make it 4-0 after two. Klingbiel scored shorthanded at 12:11 of the third period unassisted and Barnes finished out the GL-W scoring with 2:12 remaining assisted by Blake Opie. The Unity Knight scored 3 straight goals in the last 3 minutes to make it interesting, however the CometWarriors held on for a 6-3 win and their second tournament championship of the season. The team is currently 9-1-1 on the season and Coach Clifford is pleased with the effort of the team to this point. “I thought we were a little flat Friday Night, but the players stuck together and played hard,” Clifford said. “As a group, we need to continue to work hard to improve over the next two months.” Other than another trophy this past week, two former

players were named to the Lansing State Journal’s All-Decade team. Comet-Warrior alumni Robby Jaglowski (Class of 2008) and Evan Olds (‘09) both made the All-Decade team for the CAAC. “I am so proud of Robby and Evan,” Clifford said. “You could not pick two better all -around players. They are great hockey players, great students and great people, it was a privilege for me to have had the opportunity to coach such fine young men.” Olds is currently playing at Grand Valley State University and Jaglowski is studying at Michigan State University. The team’s next home game will be Saturday Jan. 8 against Kalamazoo United at 7:00 p.m. That game will be the team’s 4th annual Military Appreciation Night. The team will honor all military personnel with free admission to the game and the team will wear their nowfamous camouflage uniforms. “We are so proud to honor all of the branches of the military,” Clifford said. “It is important for our young people to understand what our military does on a daily basis to keep our country safe and free. It is an privilege to honor our troops.” --Submitted by Grand Ledge-Waverly hockey.

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Westside YMCA youth leagues set to begin LANSING TWP. - Registration is open for all youth sports programs through the Westside Community YMCA 3700 Old Lansing Road. You can also register online at, or call 316-9622. # Youth Inline/Roller Hockey The player evaluation is Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. The first games are Tuesday, Jan. 25. The league will end on March 1. The fees are $40 for members and $50 for non members. The fee includes a team T-shirt. Goalies who sign up to play full time are free. Age groups are 8 and under, 11 and under, and 14 and

under. Players practice Friday nights at 6 p.m. and have games on Tuesday nights after 6 p.m. Call with any questions regarding required equipment. # Youth basketball It will start the week of Jan. 24.The mandatory coaches’ training will be Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. The first games are Saturday, Jan. 29 and the program ends Saturday, March 12. The fee is $50 for members and $60 for community participants. The fee for 6 and under is $40 for YMCA members and $50 for community participants. If they don’t already have one, players must also purchase a reversible jersey at the

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Undefeated Grand Ledge Tri-County National Division team for seventh grade girls basketball were undefeated in their regular season and finished with a first place medal in the tournament championship. The tournament was played Dec. 18 and 19 at Okemos High School.They were coached by Chris Masonand assistant coaches were Becky Mason and Mindy Wood.Front Row: Rachel Kisnonsky, Laura DeLaGarza, Ayverie Giller, Katie Simon, Bernie Garibay, Elizabeth Wood.Back Row: Asst. coach Becky Mason, Erin Joseph, Megan Koren, Taylor Kehren, Coach Chris Mason, Ellie Dionise, Samantha Eckhardt, and Asst. coach Mindy Wood (not pictured: Chrissy Jurkovic).

EATON CO. - Eaton County Parks is again offering beginner cross-country ski and snowshoe clinics this winter, weather permitting. Beginner clinics are designed to teach novices the basics of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Participants need only attend one of the following classes: Saturday, Jan. 8, Ski Clinic, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Saturday, Jan. 8, Snowshoe Clinic, 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 5, Ski Clinic, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Saturday, Feb. 5, Snowshoe Clinic, 1-3:00 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, Ski Clinic, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, Snowshoe Clinic, 1-3 p.m. All clinics are held at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge. Cost for each two hour clinic is $15 for those who need to rent equipment or $10 for those with their own equipment. Mastercard, Visa, and Discover cards accepted. Class size is limited and advance registration is required. Call the park office at 517-627-7351 to sign up.

Woldumar sets Winter Break Camp sessions for children

DELTA TWP. - Woldumar Nature Center is hosting two sessions of Winter Break Camp with the remaining session: Dec.

27-30. Let your child explore the winter wonderland while discovering all about survival in the snowy season. Each session will feature different activities including animal tracking, snow shelter building, visiting with Woldumar’s resident animals, and visiting the Moon Log Cabin. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with extended care available. Call to reserve your spot at 517-322-0030. Cost is $108/members; $136/nonmembers (per session).

Photo classes offered at local nature centers

DELTA TWP. - A photography class is being offered by Grand Ledge-area photographer Ron St. Germain. New or old cameras invited. Class covers most aspects of digital or film photography. Cost is $55, includes all four sessions Classes are Monday nights, Feb. 7, 14, 21 at Woldumar Nature Center from 6:30-9 p.m. Register at Woldumar by calling 517-322-0030; and Wednessday nights, Feb. 9, 16, 23, at Harris Nature Center from 6:30-9 p.m. Register at Harris Nature Center by calling 517-349-3866. Both classes will combine on Saturday Feb. 12, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Wrapping it up Sisters Caroline (l) and Suzanne McLaren of Grand Ledge meet up with family friend Dotti Shonkwiler at the Lansing Mall Dec. 20. Shonkwiler, also of Grand Ledge, had spent the day wrapping gifts, with the proceeds going to the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program. RIF raises money to buy books for local school children.

G.L. Relay for Life sets Jan. 12 kick-off


participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups, people from all walks of life, all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Relay For Life began in 1985 with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year, Relay For Life will take place in nearly 5,100 communities in the United States and 20 other countries and will raise funds to support the Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back. For more information call: 517-664-1423 or visit


A Complete Rental A Piece O’ Cake All Grand Events American Laser Centers Arocha Photography Bancroft Flowers R.L. Designs Banquet & Conference Center of Dewitt Beauticontrol Spas Becker’s Bridal Becky Beauchine Kulka Diamonds & Fine Jewelry Bed Bath & Beyond Bogart’s Photography Bridge Street Wedding Chapel Cameron Rautmann Photo Center Ring Photography Charlar Place Complete Music & Video Complete Nutrition Crystal Lake Golf Club Dan Johnson Photography David’s Bridal Doves in Flight Decorating & Chair Covers of Lansing Edwards Photographic Studios Events to Rent Fantastic Finds Bridal Salon For a Song and Dance

Grand Ledge Opera House Hampton Inn East Lansing Hampton Jewelers Holmes Photography Studio Jewel Occasions Jos. A. Bank Jump Start DJ’s Lansing Courtyard Marriott Lett’s Bridal, Inc. Lexington Lansing Hotel Lia Sophia Jewelry Martin Video Mary Kay Skincare & Cosmetic Co. Matrimony and More Mike Lester Photos Millennium Entertainment & Photography Miller Studios Mirror Image Productions Mission Point Resort Northern Light Studio Occasions Paradise Getaways Perfection Limousine Perspective2 Pierre’s Bridal Pottery Barn / WilliamsSonoma Prairie Creek Golf Course & Banquet Center Pure Romance

Push Play DJ’s Quality Suites Hotel Radisson Hotel Lansing Ramada Lansing Hotel Roma Bakery Royal Prestige Salon Meridian ShutterBooth Silpada Designs Solace Spa at Boyne Mountain Sound Productions Spartan Hospitality Group String Theory Summit Community Bank Sunshine Products T2 Music Productions The Knot The Lansing Center The Limo Company The Men’s Wearhouse & Tuxedo Timber Ridge Golf Club Tomie Raines, Inc. Trips Ahoy! Twiggies Uptown DJ’s Vibrance Productions Weddings by Nicole, Inc. Younker’s

Sunday • January 9th 2011 • Lansing Center Doors open from 11am - 4:30pm • Tickets are $6 at the door or $4 in advance from Fantastic Finds. For info. call 517.347.7288 Stay for the

HONEYMOON GIVEAWAY DRAWING at the 3pm fashion show!

Brides can pre-register online at for a chance to win a

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December 26, 2010

GRAND LEDGE - AT 6 p.m. on Jan. 12, , the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Grand Ledge will officially get underway as event volunteers and participants gather in the Beagle Elementary School Cafeteria, 600 South St., for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year. The rally will feature speakers from the community who have benefitted from the funds raised at Relay and will honor cancer survivors. This also will be an opportunity to register a team for the overnight event to be held on May 13-14 from 4 p.m.-4 p.m. at Beagle Elementary School. The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide

The Bridal Event of the Year!


“A Family Place, A Community of Grace”




Traditional Service 9:30am Sunday School 10:00am Contemporary Service 11:15am


Rev. Molly Turner Rev. Betty Smith Rev. Greg Lawton – Youth Pastor


Church of Christ of Grand Ledge 4980 Burt Ave. Corner (M-100) & Burt St. (Seventh-Day Adventist Church Bldg.) Sunday School-AllAges Worship Services Sunday Evening Bible Study

9:30 am 10:30 am 6:00 pm

All Are Welcome • For More Information Call (517) 321-3549 ~ Bill Horton

December 26, 2010




Pastor David Stephens Senior Pastor Douglas Stephens


3048 Strange Hwy. Grand Ledge • 627-7112

Sunday School ~ 9:15 am Worship ~ 10:30 am Larry Schrauger, Pastor

Wed. Bible Studies & Awana - 6:30 pm

323-2272 Wednesday Eucharist 6:30 pm

Robert Talley, Pastor LJ-0000882038-01


7910 East St. Joe Hwy, Lansing Corner of St. Joe and Broadbent

St. Michael Roman Catholic Church 345 Edwards St., Grand Ledge Parish Office (517) 627-8493 School - Preschool 3yr - 8th grade & Childcare (517) 627-2167,

Mass Schedule: Saturday, 4:30 pm, Sunday, 8:30 & 11:00 am


Delta Presbyterian Church Sunday Worship Sunday Worship 10:00am 9:00am Adult Education Adult Education 11:15am

Worship: 9:30




Rev.Pastor Wendy S. Swanson Pratt Herb

6100W.MichiganAve.•Lansing,MI48917 517-321-3569


To have your Church Listed Call Suzi Smith at 517-377-1172

Proclaiming Timeless Truths to a New Generation

Sunday Services: 9:45 & 10:45am

Sunday Worship 8:00 a.m. Traditional 10:45 a.m. Contemporary


5505 W. St. Joe ~ 323-3691


Ph. (517) 622-4722 • Fax (517) 622-4220 Email: Website:



1519 Elmwood, Lansing 7/10 mi. north of Lansing Mall Sunday Eucharist • 8:00 am & 10:30 am


1000 S. Canal Rd. @ I-496 Lansing, MI 48917

“Passion for Christ, Compassion for Others”


Friday Eucharist 9:00 am Rev. David Pike, Rector

5250 Cornerstone Dr Lansing 517.322.2000

SUNDAY WORSHIP: 9:25 & 10:55 AM - Creative Worship 9:35 & 11:05 AM - Balanced Worship 6:00 PM - Evening

Phone: 517-627-9434

Bible Studies throughout the week



Service Times: Sunday: Worship Service – 11:00 am Worship Service – 6:00 pm Wednesday: Bible Study – 7:00 pm

Website: 12745 Georgia Ave., Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Pastor Jeff Dowell •



Wacousta Community United Methodist Church 9180 W. Herbison Road, Eagle Across from Wacousta Elementary School Lyle Heaton, Parish Pastor Worship & Sunday School at 9:30 am

Rev. Richard D. McKenzie

Sabbath School Saturday 9:15 am Worship Service Saturday 11:00 am


Web Site:


Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church

Harrison St. at Scott St. 627-3256 Open Minds Open Hearts Open Doors

Worship Service 10:45 am

Richard W. Hand, Pastor • Phone: 627-6608

1120 W. Willow Hwy. ~ Grand Ledge

Food Bank (Tuesdays 10-5,Thursdays 10-3)

Sunday School 9:30 am



3432 W. Jefferson (at M-43) LJ-0000882054-01

Willow Hwy.

4980 Burt Ave. Corner M-100 & Burt Ave.

Church Phone: 627-4917

In Grand Ledge located at 517-627-9056

Seventh-Day Adventist

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:30 am Sunday School 9:15 am for all ages


Church of the Nazarene

Visit our website or call for ministries, times and more details. . .



(next to Family Video)




web: Email: AA-Tues & Thurs 8am • NA-Tues 8pm


Our Savior Lutheran Church & School

501 S. Clinton Grand Ledge

Sun. Eucharist: 8am & 10am Church School 9:45am

7832 W. Mt. Hope Highway Grand Ledge

grand ledge


across from City Hall


“Imitating Christ to Reach Our Community”


201 E. Jefferson

Pastor Timothy Jackson

Now In Our New Home

Immanuel Lutheran Church


Sunday 8:30 am Traditional Worship 9:45 am Sunday School 11:00 am Contemporary Worship

Worship Trinity Episcopal

Happy New Year!

Immanuel Community Reformed Church

3200 Delta River Dr. Lansing, MI 48906 517-321-2495





Grand Ledge Independent


Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship Worship Service 210 W. Saginaw 10:30 Grand Ledge Child Care Provided 517.627.2336

Pastor Nicolette Siragusa




Fax: (517) 543-3677 Mail: 239 S. Cochran Ave. Charlotte, MI 48813

or in a large group experiencing a guest speaker. Child care is offered on site allowing you to enjoy a Friday morning with other moms just like you. Meet most Fridays, please contact us to confirm. Info: 627-9056,


Finley’s American Grill ART GALLERIES “Great Holiday Food Artist of the Month: Drive”, Lansing area, Lansing, Bridgette Cochran, Ledge through Dec. 31. Non-perishable Craft Lane, 120 S. Bridge St., Grand food items are being collected at Ledge, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays Lansing area Finley’s restaurants to through Saturdays in December. support the City Rescue Mission Exhibit of paintings. Info: 627-9843 , of Lansing. Patrons who donate " food items will receive $5 gift certificates. Participating New Artists at Ledge Craft restaurants are located on South Lane, Ledge Craft Lane, 120 S. Cedar Street in Lansing and West Bridge St., Grand Ledge, ongoing. Saginaw Highway in Delta Featuring handcrafted jewelry by Township. Info: 485-0145. Mary Kyle, paintings by Debra Butler, hand-carved walking canes CHILDREN’S by Tom Kirby, painter and illustrator Rick Cunningham, all of Grand ACTIVITIES Ledge; photography by Neil Weaver Children’s art classes, of Portland; and water colorist and Ledge Craft Lane, 120 S. Bridge pen and ink artist Alan Coggan St., Grand Ledge, ongoing. Art of Lyons. Info: 627-9843, classes for children ages 7 and older. Call Arlene Bragg to enroll. Info: 627-3795, BIBLE STUDY Moms and More, Grand Ledge Baptist Church, 1120 Willow Winter Break Camp, Woldumar Nature Center, 5739 Old Highway, Grand Ledge, 9:15-11 a.m. Lansing Road, Lansing, 9 a.m.-4 Dec. 31. A support group for women p.m. Dec. 20-23 and 27-30. Let of any age that offers support, your child explore the winter encouragement, and relationships. wonderland while discovering all Your time at M&M could be spent about survival in the snowy season. in a small group studying the Bible, Each session will feature different

activities including animal tracking, snow shelter building, visiting with Woldumar’s resident animals and visiting the Moon Log Cabin. Registration is required. Info: 322-0030, Cost: $108 members; $136 nonmembers per session.



DTDL Critics Corner, Delta 39ers Book Club, Delta Township District Library, 5130 Township District Library, 5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing, 5-8 p.m. Davenport Drive, Lansing, Dec. 27. Stop in for our new Critics 10:15 a.m.-11:15 p.m. Dec. 28. Corner event to discuss great Anyone interested in reading and movies, both past and present. This friendly discussion is welcome to month we will be discussing Tim attend this book group. This month Burton’s “Big Fish.” Come to the is reader’s choice. Info: 321-4014 CLUBS AND movie, the discussion or both. Info: ext. 4, " MEETINGS 321-4014 ext 4, " Stephen E. Ambrose: The MOMS (Mothers of Many World War II Lectures, HOLIDAY Seasons), St. Michael Church, Delta Township District Library, Christmas Light Show, Light 345 Edwards St., Grand Ledge, 5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing, Show, 7352 E. Saginaw Highway, 9:15-11:15 a.m. Mondays. A weekly 6-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays in December. Grand Ledge, 5-10:30 p.m. Nov. support group for mothers of all Watch “Stephen E. Ambrose: The 26-Dec. 31. Christmas lights ages and faiths. All moms in the World War II Lectures.” Following synchronized to music celebrate area are invited to attend. Childcare each lecture there will be a the holiday in a unique way. The is available. For more information, discussion of the material. Info: lights display is fun for all ages. call Molly (881-9091) or e-mail 321-4014 ext. 4, Tune the radio to 102.1FM to hear Alison ( Info: " the music and park in the driveway 627-2201. or on the side of the road to OPEN MIKE DANCES watch the lights dance to the Anti-Venom Open Mike music. This is three shows in one, Les Danseurs Ballroom Night, West Windsor United a Disney show for the kids, rocking Dance Club New Year’s Brethren Church, 7275 Windsor Christmas for some upbeat fun, Eve Dance, Grand Ledge Highway, Dimondale, 7-10 p.m. and then a traditional show set to Country Club, 5811 E. St. Joseph Fridays, April 23, May 21, June 18, Christmas tunes. " Highway, Grand Ledge, 9 p.m. July 30, Aug. 27, Oct. 22, Nov. Dec. 31. Featuring live music from 19, Dec. 31. Positive music in the Wonderland of Lights, The Bayou River Band. Bring your basement of the church. There Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. own beverage and an appetizer to is a PA system, drum set, and Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, 5-8 share. Ice and cups provided. Open guitar amps in place. The church p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. also has wi-fi, and video games. 26-Dec. 26, closed Christmas Eve Advance reservations required, Complimentary coffee will be and Christmas Day. Activities even for members. Info: 543-4941, available. E-mail include crafts and cookie Cost: $60 for decorating, storytelling, holiday per couple, club members - cost is more information. " music, animal presentations and part of the membership. appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus every Friday and Saturday evening. Info: 342-2710,


Newspaper Drive, St. Michael Church, Parking Lot, 325 Edwards Street, Grand Ledge, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, 8-10 a.m. Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to noon Sundays through mid-May. The St. Michael School eighth-grade class is collecting newspapers and phone books for recycling. The collection trailer will be parked in the northeast corner of the church parking lot. Newspapers and phone books may be delivered loose, in brown paper bags or bound with string or twine. Please do not bring magazines, plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Please separate newspaper and glossy paper (magazines). Info: 627-2201.

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Divorced, Separated, Widowed Group, St. David’s Episcopal Church, please use rear entry, 1519 Elmwood Road, Lansing, 7:30 p.m. Mondays. For those who have gone through loss of a spouse due to death or divorce and are ready to “move on” with their lives. Info: 323-8175. Overeaters Anonymous, St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1519 Elmwood Road, Lansing, 7 p.m. Mondays. Info: (989) 587-4609. Overeaters Anonymous, Grand Ledge Baptist Church, 1120 Willow Highway, Grand Ledge, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 256-6954.

Benjamin L. Cwayna Attorney at Law

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517.622.1900 • LJ-0100057298

Walk-Ins welcome • Evening & weekend appointment times available

December 26, 2010

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