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150 Years of Faith By Sarah Hemsworth

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t. James Episcopal Church has an inspirational background that started before it was designed and built in 1868. The church sits back on East River Road, with a beautiful view of the Detroit River. The gothic style, Episcopal church, was created from the wishes of a freed slave, Lisette Denison. Elizabeth (Lisette) Denison Forth was born into slavery in 1786 near Detroit. Lisette’s family was owned by William and Catherine Tucker; when William died, Lisette’s parents were fried, but Lisette and her brother were still slaves. After a newly instituted legal precedent, See FAITH on page 6

Red doors dedicated to Lisette. Photo: Rev. Phillip Dinwiddie

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By Sarah Hemsworth From the creative minds that bring Islandfest to life, this snowy season holds a new fair, Winterfest. On February 24, the winter themed festival will be held at Water’s Edge, from the 4:00pm until 7:00pm. It will be an event for all to enjoy. The director of the Grosse Ile Recreation Department, Kim O’Farrell, and Chad Novak have been planning to bring this exciting winter activity. It will help bridge the dead of winter for residents between Island Fest and Island Glow. In hopes of a white blanket covering the ground, winter time activities will include hockey on the outdoor ice rink, snowman building contests, and relay races. As the winter air bites the cheeks of all around, there will be a bonfire and the biggest feature of the event, a chili cook off. See WINTERFEST on page 4

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TELESCOPING THE TOWNSHIP WELCOME TO SAV-ON’S REPLACEMENT: CVS PHARMACY There is now a fourth drug store on Grosse Ile. CVS (which stands for Consumers’ Value Stores) bought out 21 Sav-On Drug stores in Michigan, including our drug store on Macomb. By Pamela A. Frucci The changeover was obvious when former customers stepped into CVS Pharmacy this January. The aisles were open wider and gone were all the tobacco products that once lined the shelves at the checkout counter in the front of Sav-On Drugs. (In fact, CVS removed all tobacco products from their 9,700 stores and pharmacies nationwide in September of 2014!) The company, whose headquarters are in Woonsocket, RI, actually owns 7,900 stores but their grand total includes pharmacies in Target stores across the country. I couldn’t talk to the store managers

which just this year was replaced by CVS. My contact in Woonsocket, RI listened to a proposal I had to cut back on childhood obesity as a major health problem. She gave me her contact info to send a copy of my proposal which she said she would share with their board of directors. I thought “What the heck? Since they’re interested in good health, why not address overweight Americans, starting with kids?!”

on Grosse Ile because they said all information has to come from their headquarters. They gave me a number to call in Woonsocket, RI. I found out that most of the former employees of Sav-On stayed on after going through CVS’s screening process. I also found out from talking to an Amy Lanctot in Woonsocket, that CVS has a main interest in promoting good health among their customers and have an active pharmacy department to communicate with those needing

prescriptions. Founded in 1963 in a town in Massachusetts, CVS opened its first pharmacy in 1967. Their sign will soon replace Sav-On on Macomb Street, the fourth in a line of drug stores. Being an old timer, I remember Brown’s Drug, located where the Hoy Pan Chinese restaurant now stands. There was Dashers which was located in a section of the Kroger Store and then moved across the street. Sav-On took over from Dasher Drug Store

GI NATURE & LAND CONSERVANCY PLANS WINTER WALK Now celebrating their 25th year as an active organization, the GINLC is inviting interested participants to the Gibraltar Bay unit of the International Wildlife Refuge to walk with naturalist Natalie Cypher to look for signs of winter wildlife. Scheduled for 1:00pm Saturday, Feb. 17, registration for “Winter Ways of the Bay” can be by email: GINLC.education@gmail. com or by phone at (734) 624-7993.

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If you could travel free to any place in the world, where would it be and why there? I like Mackinac Island, Michigan. I like to ride my bike around there. Michael J. Polite

I would go to Italy I have not been there, I would like the food, people and villas on the water. Cheryl Flynn

I would like to visit Germany. I grew up in what was called a German Catholic Parish years ago. Also, I would like to see the old buildings and churches. Richard Maurer

Greenland, because of the beautiful weather and beautiful landscapes Luke Holland

I would go to Oakland, CA. My two sons live there, Chris and Jack. Michelle Karl

I’d like to go to Ireland. I was born there, and I’ve only been back one time in the last seventy years. Patrick Coakley

I would go to New Zealand, beautiful adventures. Joyce Reedy

I would visit Rome, I would enjoy the beautiful art. Jan Connor

I would like to go to Hawaii, I wanted to go since I was a kid. Vincent Mc Shane

Return to Bahamas, our trip was cut short due to weather. Nicky Porter

I would go to Italy because It is somewhere I have never been, and they have beautiful beaches and there are many ancient ruins. Samantha Justusson

I would go back to Australia to retrace my footsteps over 40 years ago. Jane Fijal


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Change of Watch at Grosse Ile Yacht Club On December 8, Grosse Ile Yacht club held its annual Change of Watch ceremony. The event celebrates the election of officers to Commodore, Vice Commodore, and Rear Commodore and all they have done to earn their respective positions. The 2018 Bridge includes Commodore Roy Baker and Lady Beth, Vice Commodore Gary Dust and Lady Tamara, and Rear (Left to Right) 2018 Grosse Ile Yacht Club Bridge: Commodore Todd Commodore Roy Baker and Lady Beth, Duffett and Lady Vice Commodore Gary Dust and Lady Tamara, Patti. The Bridge Rear Commodore Todd Duffett and Lady Patti. will be very active this year representing Grosse Ile Yacht Club at events hosted by the Detroit Regional Yachting Association, Inter-Lake Yachting Association, and the Associated Yacht Clubs. Founded in 1934, the Grosse Ile Yacht Club is located on Hickory Island, part of the magnificent chain of islands that make up Grosse Ile. The GIYC also boasts the sharing of international waters and coastlines between the United States and Canada on Lake Erie and four seasons of beautiful weather.

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Part of the historical tour on Feb. 4. Photo taken by Madeleine Jones.

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Continued from page 1 Lisette and her brother established residency in Canada to claim their freedom. 12 years after moving back to Detroit, Lissette married Scipio Forth, the owner of a freight business. At the passing of her husband in 1831, she joined the house of John Biddle, mayor of Detroit and founder of Wyandotte. Lisette purchased land and invested her savings in business ventures, growing her profits. The wife of John Biddle, Eliza, became close friends with Lissette, taking her to Paris and other places. In 1856 Lisette came back to Michigan, where William Biddle, son of John Biddle, employed Lisette at his estate on Grosse Ile. On August 7, 1866, Lisette passed away at 80 years old and willed a portion of her estate to her family; the rest, some $3,000, to construct a church on the island. Her money provided the bulk of the funds, while William Biddle contributed his money to finish the building. William Biddle and his brother James donated the land for the chapel. Gordon W. Lloyd hired out of Detroit designed the structure, and construction began the summer of 1867. The entrance to the chapel is a vibrant red double door, with a plaque that reads “these doors are given to the glory of God. In loving memory of Elizabeth Denison Forth, who willed her life savings that this church might be built.” James Biddle constructed an altar cross, a kneeling bench and reading stand for the minister. The first rector, Reverend Moses Hunter, began services in the spring of 1868. The chapel found

The original chapel building. Photo Credit: St. James Grosse Ile Archives

a new addition in 1898, a beautiful Tiffany Glass window donated by William Biddle’s son. The tall window depicts an angel right behind the altar, which sets a beautiful backdrop. A larger church was added to the chapel in 1958, with stain glass windows that match the chapel. “I moved to Grosse Ile with my family in 1976 and attended a St. James service, since then, the people there have become a second family to me. The groups and services at the church are inclusive and helpful,” said Joan Hemsworth. The church has an ECW and Men’s group, along with youth groups that go on mission trips, get closer to God and find ways to help others. St. James is partnered with the Spirit of Hope Soup Kitchen in Detroit and a high school El Holgar in Honduras, which a former parishioner built up. One thing the church is known for is their Rummage Sale, and Greens Market. “The best thing about Saint James is that our best days are not behind us — they are here today!” said

Reverend Phil Dinwiddie, “Our ministries affect thousands of people in the Detroit area and around the world. Our fellowship is strong, our worship is deeply satisfying, and our commitment to living the Christian life is as firm as ever. People really should come on a Sunday and check out this incredible Church. We were founded 150 years ago, but today we are a force for great teaching and meaningful action in the world.” Rev. Phil Dinwiddie also added, “It’s amazing to think that the singular vision of a single human being—our founder, Elizabeth Denison Forth, who was recently inaugurated into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame—could create something so wonderful that it touches so many.” On February 4, St. James held a tour after the 10 o’clock service which went over the history of the church. The music minister, will hold a music night on March 9 in the chapel at 7:00pm using the original organ.

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Two other bridges within the Township are also under immediate scrutiny which caused me to investigate their histories. sections were spared and relocated slightly downstream to form part of a temporary bridge. When the new Belle Isle Bridge (officially named the MacArthur Bridge in 1942) was completed in 1923 the truss sections became surplus and four of them were presumably scrapped. At the same time the Swan family had completed dredging a marshy area in southwest Grosse Ile and created Swan Island. The surviving 88’ pony truss section was floated to Grosse Ile on a Dunbar and Sullivan barge and installed in its present location, the bridge serving continuously since then – a 120 year old piece of engineering history. My column space in the Grand is limited, and I thank Mr. Evans for this opportunity to bring you information about our community. Historic Bridges.org provided much of the historical data and I have referenced. I will try to post some of their historic photos to my Facebook page, and you can let me know what you think about this and other Township issues. I’ll elaborate on the East River Road Bridge in a later column, its history not so intriguing but certainly as important – especially to the residents who rely on it daily. We do have weight restrictions posted for both of these bridges – not relevant for most in our passenger vehicles, but we also have a 5 MPH speed restriction. I am asking all to cross these bridges as slowly as possible – I never knew how much a vehicle’s speed could affect these structures, now we all know. And, if conditions permit, favor the east side of the East River Road Bridge, that side is more structurally intact. Please be careful out there! My best wishes to all!


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Tuesday, February 6 Open Space Commission Meeting, The Open Space Commission will be be meeting at Township Hall at 7:00pm. Thursday, February 8 Freshman Orientation, At 6:30pm the orientation for all incoming freshman to Grosse Ile High School will take place in the auditorium. All parents are encouraged to attend. Monday, February 12 Board of Supervisors Meeting, At 7:30pm the Board of Supervisors will have a meeting at Township Hall. Tuesday, February 13 Hoops for the Heart, Once again Hoops for the Heart returns courtesy of Grosse Ile High School Basketball. It is a national fundraising program, sponsored by both SHAPE America and the American Heart Association. The fundraiser promotes healthy living, physical activity and community service. The event will be held during the Boy’s JV and varsity basketball games on Feb. 13 and the girl’s freshman, JV, and varsity games on Feb. 15.

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Friday, February 16 Lenten Fish Fry, The Knights of Columbus will be putting on a Fish Fry each Friday at Sacred Heart Church during Lent. The dinner will run from 4:00pm to 7:30pm each week, and feature live music. Gluten free products and carry out will also be available. For more information contact the parish office at (734) 676-1378. Saturday, February 17 St. James Chapel Concert, The seventh in a series of concerts at the St. James Chapel will take place at 7:30 p.m. featuring a trio made up of Yi Chieh Anita Chiu on the violin and piano, Jon Moody on the cello, and the music director at St. James Church Bobbie

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Night. Each year the event generates funds for school athletics. The event will be held at Stony Creek Banquet Center in Flat Rock. Comedians Mike Green and Mike Bobbitt will be performing. For more information contact Lorri Milewski at (248) 7675602. Thursday, March 15 The Wayne County Bridge is scheduled to be closed. It will be closed from 9:00am until 3:00pm. This date is subject to be changed by Wayne County.

Monday, February 19 Commerce Park Commission Meeting, The Commerce Park Commission will be meeting at Township Hall at 7:30pm.

Saturday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Sunday, March 18 Grosse Ile Chorale Concert, At 3:00pm at the Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church the Grosse Ile Chorale will be putting on a concert.

Saturday, February 24 Island Winterfest, The 1st Annual Island Winterfest put on by our Grosse Ile Recreation Department will take place on Saturday, February 24. There will be a chili cook-off, ice skating, various winter sports, a snowman contest, bonfire, and much more! The center of events will be the Water’s Edge Ice Rink. Things begin at 4:00pm, with the chili cook-off judging taking place at 4:30pm. Come on down with your neighbors and friends.

Sunday, March 25 Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon & 5k, The 2018 Rivers Half Marathon will kick off at 8:00am from Grosse Ile Middle School and the 5k at 8:15am from the Grosse Ile Airport. Some major roads will be reduced to one lane to accommodate the race. For more information look forward to our March edition of the Grosse Ile Grand. They are still accepting runners and volunteers at letsrockcf.org.

Saturday, March 3 Grosse Ile Athletic Boosters Comedy Night, The Grosse Ile Athletic Boosters will again be holding their Comedy

Letter to the Editor In response to the article “Something to Smile About” in the January issue. In addition to echoing all of Cameron’s words, I’d like to add a few of my own. I have been going to Dr. Morris for about five years now and I couldn’t ask for better personal dental care. She made a complete upper denture for me and it fits perfectly and I have haven’t had any problems

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THE BOSS OF ME Not so very long ago there was the sound of a little girl’s footsteps rushing to and ‘fro within “the Gables.” Today however, that tyke is all grown and has two podlings of her own. But despite the happy realities of the past, still I tend to hark back to odd moments of By Mark McPherson that former time we shared together. I also found myself recalling something Kristen once said to us when she was about eight. A tad belligerent, halo slightly askew, I remember her adamantly stating to her mother and I, “You’re not the boss of me!” Reflected upon now, that childish comment, echoed or paraphrased by an undoubted legion of Kristen’s youthful peers (and nearly a generation of others since), carried with it an almost archetypal weight. For apart from all else, it represented a resounding rebellion of sorts expounded by every daughter (or son) since Adam and Eve. Consider then the impact of the words, “You’re not the boss of me.” Humorous to a degree when uttered by a child, something of its like has probably been either spoken or mentally uttered by just about anyone who’s ever felt oppressed. And the supreme irony of the thing is, usually when someone seemingly oppressed accuses their Oppressor with not being in charge of them, they probably are. Just as moms and dads are—just as one’s employer is—just as our elected or appointed leaders are—and all of them are “in charge” of Us, like it or not. But now I’ll shift gears to this month’s topic. It applies directly to the statement I’ve belabored—but this time it has more to do with my own Inner Voice. Yes, that same Providential, soulful, most confidential of small retinues which speak to us daily. But to say what? Well I’ve heeded what I’ve chronically called my “Big” or “Small” Voice for a score of items. Often the agenda here concerns a matter of conscience or key decisionmaking. You know, the sort we’re all confronted by daily at home, at work,

We begin as those little ones being told which way to turn, even as we test the waters on our own.

or out there in the wide world. But I’ve noticed something odd throughout the course of my “retirement years.” This has to do with the fact that often enough, my “voice” now gives me the option to pay heed or not. Which is to say, “it” allows me the chance to ask, “who’s in charge here?” Only for me to learn that I am. So curiously and in my supposed dotage, I’m more aware than ever that I might indeed be “the boss of me.” And apart from the extent that I feel my Creator accords me the free will to turn “left” or “right,” it could have divinely predicted my direction before the question was asked. Ergo, I am, to a limited extent at least, “in charge.” Which means, say, even as I head across the Free Bridge to leave our happy isle, I might ask, “why do I want to do this?” And often enough— and with greater frequency, the Greek Chorus between my ears says, “well, you thought we ought to cross over. But we don’t have to.” Result: I often turn around and head for home. So I guess we’re all in the same boat, really. We begin as those little ones being told which way to turn, even as we test the waters on our own. And sometimes to the point of youthful defiance. Then as we grow older we learn to accept Authority, and to submit, best as we can. And then, much older still, we often question Those In Charge, if only to learn the Great Epiphany: it’s us in charge. Which seems to imply and after so long, that “I am the boss of me.” Anyway, that’s my thinking. Perhaps I’ll send this column to Kristen as a token of our mutual long agos. Or better, so she can unfold and re-read it whenever six-year old Bella or her two-year-younger brother Christian get rebellious. Hopefully then memory and acceptance will make the difference. I know it has for yours truly.

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and hugged me. She asked me to kiss her and I did, right there in school and right on the lips. Alice Cole was the first girl I ever kissed. After Jackson she must have gone to a different high school. I never saw her again but she has remained in my memory my entire lifetime. That was my first. There may have been a few in between but this is about my first and last. It was thirty five years later or thirty three years ago. I am now seventy nine. In my book “From Darkness to Light”, I wrote a story titled “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” It begins with Webster’s definition of the words beauty and beautiful. I whittled his words down to three little words of my own. “Those being: “My Wife, Janet.” The ending is rather unique Since I am not being graded on my grammar I decided to close with one single sentence. I will contain some punctuation but you will not see a single period. My reasoning is that I treasure each word and inserting a period anywhere will not do it justice. Here it is: Janet you have not only become the love of my life, you have given completely of yourself to become such a terrific mother, you began to read to David-Scott six months before he was even born, this practice became a ritual that would continue nightly for several years, I’m sure this was the beginning of whatever it was that instilled such a love of reading into David-Scott, a love that would in turn allow him to be so successful in his academic life, I credit you entirely for all of what he learned right up until the time he became more intelligent than either of us, I am so proud to say that DavidScott has recently graduated from the very prestigious Alma College, now as this never ending sentence continues, the following words go much deeper than what appears on the surface, as our Silver Anniversary approaches and as I look into your eyes today, I continue to see and feel as Webster so eloquently defined, but again in my own words, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, Whenever I read back those words, chills run up my spine, I’ve never felt so honored and proud, to be your Valentine Love, David


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Andrew Elliott is a Boy Scout in Troop 1234, a resident of Grosse Ile and a senior at Grosse Ile High School. He recently received the title of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank of the Boy Scouts program. Only approximately 4% of Boy Scouts ever attain this prestigious honor. Andrew’s Eagle Scout project consisted of creating and holding a three-day Introduction to Lego Robotics Workshop that was held at Grosse Ile Middle School over the summer. As an outcome from this workshop, the Grosse Ile middle school went on to form a robotics team which competed this past fall in the FIRST Tech Challenge. Elliott also helped assist the

new team as they started building their robot. For those unaware, when applying for the title of Eagle Scout and individual must hold at least 21 merit badges and complete an Eagle Scout project. This project is always something that is deemed a great value to the community. Elliott’s scouting adventure started as a Tiger Cub Scout in first grade with Grosse Ile Pack 1261. “Being in the scouting program since first grade, I’ve helped with many environmental and nature projects. When planning my Eagle project, I wanted my project to focus around a STEM activity because I’ve always had an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.” said Andrew.

High School Coach Strives to Improve Rowing Community By Cameron Colwell Scott D. Sitek, Grosse Ile Native and Head High School Rowing Coach, has dedicated many years to the development of junior level rowing. His latest endeavor in improving the lives of young athletes, took shape in the form of an educational coaching clinic. On January 20 a total of 85 individuals from throughout the Midwest, as far away as Milwaukee, attended the Inaugural SRAM Coaching Clinic at the Wyandotte Boat Club. This event was coordinated by Sitek in conjunction with SRAM (Scholastic Rowing Association of Michigan) and other coaches. The coaching clinic saw presentations from Bart Thompson of Adrian College, John Bancheri and Costas Ciungan from Grand Valley State University, Gregg Hartsuff of the University of Michigan, Kemp Savage from Eastern Michigan University and Matt Wiese of Michigan State University. Since rowing is not an MHSAA sport, SRAM was formed to hold a State Championship 10 years ago. At that time there was discussion of

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eventually offering an educational opportunity to local coaches, to help improve recognition of the sport in Michigan. Working closely with Pat Hickey, current SRAM president, Sitek decided to launch the clinic alongside the annual SRAM winter meeting. In terms of the actual planning, things went smoothly. Probably the most important part of coordinating the event, was obtaining presenters. Seeing such support from many

outstanding collegiate coaches in the State of Michigan helped make the clinic a reality. “Our rowing community is a little more spread out than other areas, but we knew a clinic would provide a great opportunity to bring everyone together.” said Sitek “Good coaches are good teachers and are always looking for opportunities to learn, share and improve. Events like this are a good opportunity to network with other coaches and spend time

with people who have similar passions and interests.” Sponsorships from H2Row, Vespoli, and Boathouse Sports helped make the clinic affordable for all who wished to attend. When asked if he planned on coordinating the event again, Sitek said “Yes. We think the interest and support is there to make this an annual event. We’ve surveyed the attendees and are looking at what we can do better next year.”

Grosse Ile High School Spanish Club Clothing Drive By Alex Melhorn The Grosse Ile High School Spanish Club set up a clothing drive for the Latino Family Services over the holiday season. The drive went from November 22 - December 22. The club had boxes set by the office for students and teachers to donate. The drive was a huge success as they collected about 800 donations over the one month period. This is the second year the Spanish Club has done this drive and last year they got about 150 donations

so this year was outstanding. The drive was set up by President Lindsay Miles, Vice President David Ameriguian, Treasurer Lucas Kopp, and Secretary Ryan Cuddy. The donations were delivered to the Latino Family Services of S.W. Detroit and were sent to local children in need from Detroit churches and schools. “We are so pleased and humbled by the outpouring of support for Latino Family Services. This year after speaking with Lidia Reyes, they asked us for help getting coats

and clothing. Nearly 800 items were donated thanks to the Grosse Ile High Schools community,” stated President Lindsay Miles. This has been one of the best clothing drives the school has ever had. “It is amazing that we received nearly 800 clothing donations from our drive. We got many brand new coats and pajamas to be donated,” stated Secretary Ryan Cuddy. The Spanish Club appreciates all the donation they have received and look to continue to give back to the community in the future.


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James Okler, Athletic Director for Grosse Ile Township Schools, headed the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) Hall of Fame inductees, as the 2018 Charles Sweeney Award recipient. The Sweeney Award is named after one of the MITCA founding fathers, Charles Sweeney, and is the highest honor presented at their annual track clinic. Coach Okler has a lengthy list of service to the track association. He has served on several committees, five years as a member of the Executive Board, and MITCA president in 1999. Jim is the current Executive Director of the Michigan High School Coaches Association

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