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GRASS LAKE, MI PERMIT NO. 46 December 5th, 2019

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The Beasts are Back. Reindeer reminisces... ‘to see if reindeer really know how to fly’... 22 shopping days until Christmas... Raymond Tucker Cordani

Rudolf and his posse paid a visit to Grass Lake Monday, to all their fans. Hundreds of Grass Lakers, out of towners too strong, assembled on the Whistle Stop Depot lawn— was which one knew the names of Santa Klaus’s reindeer. A viewing was set to have families get to watch and feed to the animals.

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Monday Night at the Depot, parents, children, and onlookers look to glance at the reindeer and to spend time with O’l Saint Nick. From Left to Right are Madeline Pulford, and her sisters Penelope and Katie. The girls had fun sitting on Santa’s lap, and hot coco was in no short supply.

The animals were more interested in the herbs, rather than curious onlookers. The grass on the Depot morphed into frozen spinach. The reindeer liked it that way. (How do such powerful animals manage subsist on flora, not fauna?) The handler, Nick Caraway, helped to set up the paddocks then led the animals on leashes across Michigan Avenue. “I think I still remember their names, but it’s been a long time, said Elizabeth Bloe. “I guess if I had to I could just goggle it,” she said with a laugh. Bloe, a dental assistant, said she has lost count of how many hot coca’s she’d had. “Too much, probably.” Well, it wasn’t time for the eggnog. Though there has been predicted that we will have a white Christmas. “I just know it,” said Merrill Hazard, a plumber in Sylvan Township. And if it does? “Leave the shoveling till next week.” The animals got lots of attention. There were two, a calf Mable, and her mate Buck. Both reindeer lowered their

noses toward the ground while munching grass beneath light snow showers and burning lights to brighten the dreary sky. The flood lights also helped voyeurs “see the light” —and the special guests. The reindeer, also known as the caribou in North America, is a species of deer with circumpolar distribution, native to Arctic, sub-Arctic, tundra, boreal, and mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America. This includes both sedentary and migratory populations. The reindeer had but one purpose: mowing the lawn and stowing away the spoils. Caraway said that the reindeers could grow as large as 500 pounds for a male and 200250 for females. Adults can grow as tall as five feet, almost as big as a moose calf. Hunting Season has concluded. “Don’t pull their antlers,” Caraway said. It was dark and difficult to see the animals behind paddock .Children clamored to touch Mable and and Buck. Kids, despite all manor of electronic things, still are interested in flesh and blood, and, of course, yore of magical beasts that tow the line to deliver the goods. In traditional lore, Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Pracner, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blixen with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion, and who outshined the rest of the team. No wonder he was so unpopular. In the outback, reindeer were used for milk, skins, furs and the sinews for their sleds. Sami use the antlers for knife handles and tools. Some people even ride Siberian reindeer, which are larger than other subspecies.

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT REINDEER T’is the season for reindeer to occupy people’s minds — and decorate their sweaters. But these charismatic cervines are more than holiday icons; they are culturally important yet bizarre arctic animals. Here are a few surprising facts about the peculiar creature that is the reindeer.

CHRISTMAS CARTOONS GOT THINGS ALL WRONG In the 1964 classic animated film, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is thin, brown and wimpy. Most Christmas decorations depict reindeer in a similar vein, but these portrayals are closer to an amalgamation of other deer species than they are to an actual reindeer.

Reindeer enjoy the frozen grass on the front lawn of the Depot. Fenced in beneath great lights of Christmas soon to come, the famous antelopes paid little to no attention to the oohing and aweing as slight precipitation chilled the deer

Reindeer come in 14 subspecies — two of which are extinct — and they look nothing like their cartoon counterparts. While their colors and size vary, reindeer are invariably stocky, with thick necks, big hooves and square noses. Source: CBS.

FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Raymond Tucker Cordani Is 2:1-5 The Lord will gather the nations into eternal peace in the kingdom of God Ps 122 Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord Rm 13:11-14 Our salvation is near Mt 24:37-44 Stay awake! that you may be prepared. Clear the decks! Stay awake! Be prepared! Don’t miss the boat, because a hard rain’s a-gonna fall. The season of Advent, which we now enter, is a time to prepare for the birth of the Messiah, but also to make ready for his return at the end of time. Which time? Real time? Kick-off time? Or Kairos time? Kairos is a Greek term used to describe when something important happens. When Christ was born on Christmas he was in the right place at the right time by the will of the Father. When he will return nobody knows —not even Jesus, but he will arrive on time. Advent—four weeks long—exists to

prepare the way of the Lord, but also to enhance his presence now. During Advent, we live the ancient expectancy of the Messiah; by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, we renew our desire for his second coming (CCC No524). The two go hand-in-hand. Advent isn’t Christmas in advance. It is an important preparatory period in its own right; like Lent, a time of fasting, charity, and prayer. If we believe in the birth of Jesus then we must believe in the Parousia. Jesus says: You, too, must also be prepared, for an hour that you do not expect, the Son of Man will return” (Mt 24:44). Advent gives us time to prepare. The birth of Jesus is familiar: we see the crèche on lawns and in church—sometimes still outside schools and town halls—and it reminds us of ‘the reason for the season.’ But to understand the Second Coming takes imagination, reaching into hearts filled with hope and wonder to help us understand the full meaning of Christ’s message: To his disciples he says: As it was in the days of the Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day when Noah

entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So it will be also at the coming of the Son of Man. (Mt 24:40)

on cellphone cameras and gone viral. Imagine how desperate the people were to get on board Noah’s Ark—destination: salvation—when the rain continued to fall.

In ancient days water symbolized chaos, that which had the power to destroy. The people in Noah’s day of which Jesus preaches feared the abyss because they had no mastery over it—only God did. They drew the wrong conclusions regarding the end times.

There is nothing wrong with enjoying the pleasures of this world—God made the world and found it good— but they should never take a back seat to the Word of the Lord. Today on this first Sunday of Advent we can be confident in the promise of God for the salvation of all time—our time and all who went before us and those yet to come. The storms of life will always happen.

They watched Noah constructing the ark beneath clear skies and ridiculed him but their laughter turned to terror when they realized that they missed the boat. They cared more about the things of this world than they believed in the promise of God for salvation. Noah listened to God. He prepared for rain. According to Saint Paul those who are saved have heeded Jesus’s warning to “stay awake”; they focused on their spiritual lives instead of going overboard for toys and tools and appliances at WalMart, Target, or Best Buy. Well, it isn’t a bargain if I don’t need it—unless I need a concussion. Our un-holy day season causes Christians to lose sight of the ‘reason for the season.’

To believe in the Second Coming can be like sailing into uncharted waters—either full steam ahead or half steam (the choice is ours)— but the end of the voyage lies just beyond the rainbow. Be prepared. Don’t miss the boat. The Advent Journey has begun. Prepare for rain and keep your eyes on the skies.

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Pay It Forward project Share the Warmth Drive Results! Brenda Cooper

God obviously knows I have a big mouth. He knows I am not afraid to share what He is doing in my life, how He’s growing me and how He challenges me. My annual Share the Warmth Drive this year was no different! I kicked off my annual coat drive a few weeks ago where I collect coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for local families and shelters here in Jackson Co. I have been doing this drive for over 10 years now and I've always loved doing it. Last year I had a great response from our community and we collected 13 bags of winter gear for our local shelter.

Saturday, 11/16 was the official collection day and my husband Colin, Sammy our dog, and I went to our drop off location at Frank’s to wait for people to show up. We had three wonderful ladies that stopped to donate items (some that were even homemade!). I was VERY grateful for the 3 ladies that collected items and took the time to meet me and donate, but honestly, I was a little bummed out because I was surprised there weren't more drop-offs like there was last year. Honestly, I was disappointed. I had written 3 columns in the paper about it and I know how charitable our town has been on things I have collected in the past so I left feeling a little deflated. I told Colin "How am I going to write a column in the paper showing the results of the drive when I hardly had any response from our local community". I thought about it and I told him I wasn't going to put it in the paper bc it was honestly a little embarrassing for our charming little town of Grass Lake. I wondered if people were struggling here themselves this year or maybe kids just hadn’t outgrown their coats enough or maybe people were just not feeling the spirit of giving.

This year, I opened it up a bit earlier to include all my friends & family near and far, and I had a HUGE response from them. I was sent coats, hats, gloves, and scarves from literally around the nation - states included Ohio, Iowa, Virginia, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, and I am positive I am missing a few more states in there! I seriously have the BEST tribe EVER!

A few of my friends had donated money towards the drive so I went shopping to buy some coats after the collection event at Frank’s. I went to Meijer and a few other local stores thinking I would get some good deals but I left every store empty handed because coats seem outrageously expensive this year. At Meijer, I could not find a winter jacket under $70! WHAT!? Could this be why people were hanging onto their coats this year?!

I wasn't sure the response I'd get from the local community here in Grass Lake or from Jackson, but again, last year I had a pretty good response so I posted it here in the paper for a few weeks and posted it all over our community FB page several times so I was hoping for a good turnout.

So, deflated once again, I drove home with nothing thinking I would head out again the next day to shop. I was passing our local Dollar General and whipped in there at the last minute thinking "Well, what could it hurt to stop in here and see if maybe they have anything".

Wouldn't you know, I found some great prices on winter coats there! I grabbed several until I reached the $130 in donation money that I had been given and went to the register. Here is where the story takes a turn. :) The cashier told me that on Saturdays they have a special coupon where if you spend so much money you get cash off your order. I had no idea about this and I had no coupons either. My cashier, Jennifer, said she had a few coupons so she split up my order so that I could use a few coupons, bringing my order down and saving me a ton of money. Plus, BONUS - the coats I grabbed were all on sale! The line started backing up and there were SEVERAL people at this point waiting in line behind me and I turned around to apologize to everyone and told them it was for charity. All of a sudden, people started whipping out coupons and throwing coupons at me! Then, the money started flying! People were tossing money at me (I felt a little like a stripper for a hot second):). With all the coupons, the coats all being on sale, and the extra money people were donating, I went back through the line 6 different times shopping and grabbing more coats, scarves, sweatshirts, vests, and hats! I collected more this year than I did last year and the back of my SUV is completely full. I literally started crying because I was so overwhelmed by the generosity of the cashier and the people here in our community!

"Oh you want something to write about?! No problem Brenda. Here is something you can write about"! The power of God never ceases to amaze me. He brought me through one of the worst times in my life losing our beloved dog Max just a few weeks ago and I didn't just get through that time - I GREW through that time. He provided for me and my family as He always does. Then, He showed His mighty hand at work with this "Share the Warmth" drive and it will not only help to keep others warm that truly need the help, but it sure warmed my heart to see my community step up in a different way than I thought they would. God showed me that I should always have faith and that He always comes through and just because things don't work out one way, they can still work out another way! To say my drive Share the Warmth drive was a success this year would be an understatement. It was not only a success in helping others but it GREW me, too! Thank you to Jennifer at the Dollar General and all the customers that gave so willingly! Happy Thanksgiving Grass Lake!

I told my husband, Colin that God probably said,

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Village of Grass Lake Synopsis of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting November 5, 2019 Minutes 1. Call To Order/Pledge of Allegiance- President Joseph DeBoe called the regular meeting of the Grass Lake Village Council to order at 7:00 p.m. and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. 2. Roll Call: Present: Quorum declared. Public present: David Trent Village Manager, Paul Lammers, Trudi Whitley, Jorge Acosta, Ron Bladen and Jane Fitzgerald. 3. Adoption of Agenda: Motion by Keener, second by Grimm to adopt the agenda as changed. Motion carried unanimously. 4. Minutes: Motion by Rees and seconded by Grimm to approve the minutes from the October 15, 2019 joint meeting as written. Motion carried unanimously. 5. Public Comment: Jane Fitzgerald asked how long it was going to take to get minutes on the website. Mead asked specifically what she was looking for and she would print them for her. Ms. Fitzgerald is interested in the history of the boat races. She has been talking to people on the lake and most are not happy the lake is closed during racing. The boat races at Grass Lake were started in the 70’s-80’s and Mead doesn’t think the minutes are going to reflect anything except council’s support that is sent to the parks dept. Jorge Acosta wanted to give kudo’s to the group that put together the Trunk & Treat on Halloween. He thought they would cancel Trick or Treating but lots of kids were at the Trunk & Treat event. 6. Disbursements-Clerk presented a bill list for the first of November total of $68,465.13. Motion by Rees to accept and pay the bills for the month of November 2019 totaling $68,465.13, second Keener. Motion carried unanimously. 7. Treasurer’s Report-Whitley was present and reported that the online bill paying is going well. Motion by Keener to accept the bank balances and cash summary for October 31, 2019 total of all funds $625,099.03, second Lammers. Motion carried unanimously. 8. Maintenance Report: Lammers created a powerpoint presentation on the DPW pay rates. He went on Zip Recruiter to get the information. He had a graph that showed Village pay is at the bottom of every level of employee. The MML provides some information but they tend to be more specialized and people who work for the Village have to have all kinds of skills. Water, sewer, snow plowing, and some construction experience is also helpful. They will be putting an ad in the paper for someone to fill the open spot but not sure how many will be interested based on the pay that will be offered. 9. Correspondence: Review Magazine was received. Newsletter from Fleis & Vanderbrink. Letter from WOW regarding increases to their rates $5-10. 10. Committee Reports. The senior center will be open on Friday’s beginning in November. They will not be open on November 30. Lammers told council anyone interested in helping out families for the holidays can contact Elizabeth Jenkins or Kim King at the elementary school. 11. Old Business. A. Sewer Collection and Transmission Operation/Maintenance Agreement and Sewer Contract

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PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Grass Lake Charter Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the Grass Lake Charter Township Hall, 373 Lakeside Drive, on Thursday December 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of considering a rezoning request that was tabled from March 21, 2019 meeting. The rezoning is being requested by Tony Vigo at 12336 E. Michigan Ave. parcel #000-10-34-126-001-07. The request

Update – As reported above the committee met and hope to get a proposed contract to the Township by Jan. 1st. Trent has prepared a letter to be sent by certified mail to Mr. Stormont notifying them that the Village will be reviewing the contract and will have representatives from the Township and Village working on an acceptable agreement to both legislative bodies. The Clerk will be copying bills for utilities dealing with the sewer system effective Nov 1st and keeping track of her hours for administrative costs. B. Demolition of 841 Church St-The house has been removed and some clean-up of the lot still needs to be completed. The cost was $20,975 and the property owner will be billed for it. 12. New Business. A. Bond Refinancing- Trent provided council with some information on the possible refinancing of the bonds for the water line improvement and Michigan Ave repair from 2008. Currently the rate is 4.75 for this year and going up to 5% next year. They could refinance the balance at 2.85. Trent will have a resolution ready for the first meeting in December, if everything looks okay. B. LRUA Resolution- Trent had a resolution that if passed would allow Sylvan, Lynden, Cambridge, Hanover and Liberty Townships to become voting members of the LRUA. This resolution would have to be passed by the original 8 municipalities who formed the LRUA. Keener left at 8:51 p.m. Discussion. Motion by Crandall to table the resolution till the next meeting, second Grimm. All present in favor, motion carried. C. DPW Barn Repair- Lammers reported that when they put the salt in the barn the back wall broke. The barn is getting pretty bad but it is where they store the equipment and the salt for the roads. The rebuilding of the barn or a new barn should be a part of a capital improvement plan. Lammers asked for bids and three came back. One for $4582.82, $3,317.03 and one at $2337.77. Axtion Builders was the lowest. Discussion. Motion by Lammers to have Axtion Builders repair the barn at a cost not to exceed $3,300 in case the header needs to be repaired, second Crandall. All present in favor, motion carried. D. Staffing Committee- Due to the recent loss of Todd Scott, the council wants to set up a committee to look at replacing a DPW person. Crandall volunteered to look at contracts and job descriptions for everyone. Keener, Crandall and Grimm will serve on the committee. 13. Village Manager’s Report – Trent told council that an ad for a DPW worker will be in the paper next week. He also reported that the Michigan Ave project will probably be put off till next spring. He also reported what a great job the Chamber did on the Trunk and Treat. Todd Raehtz, Jill Klein and Dave and Kim Wright did an amazing job in a short period of time. The person who will be doing a rate study for the Village will be here the 2nd week in December. 14. Upcoming Events –Veteran’s Day November 11th.Check out further upcoming events at www. or 15. Public Comment-Ron Bladen asked just who is in control of Grass Lake? DNR is believed to be the agency who controls what happens at the lake. 16. Adjournment-Motion by Lammers, second by Grimm to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 p.m. with unanimous approval. Respectfully submitted, Estelle Mead, Village Clerk

would be to leave a portion of the parcel zoned General Commercial (GC) and a portion zoned R-2. Written comments concerning the rezoning may be sent to Grass Lake Charter Township Planning Commission, 373 Lakeside Drive, P.O. Box 216, Grass Lake, MI 49240, any time before the hearing. The request is on exhibit at the Township Office. Grass Lake Charter Township Office is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Doug Lammers, Zoning Administrator Jere Hinkle Chairman, Grass Lake Charter Township Planning Commission

100 Years Ago From the Archives What Happens When You Sell the Farm? Many farms are changing hands in Michigan this year. Farmers who have grown tired of hard work and bucking up against obstacle? are going to try a whirl of if in the uity. A considerable number of farmers who have come in contact with the giddy life of the city have soon lost their money in poor investments or speculations and find themselves without friends, funds or home. All sorts of troubles are ahead of the farmer who sells the old home and begins to take life “easy.” The first thing that happens now that didn’t happen before the war, the federal tax collector steps up and pockets a goodly share of ithe sale. Did you ever think about that? For instance: Back in 1913 your farm was worth, say $10,000. Your improvements and the natural increase in land values make its present worth $15,000, Suppose you sell it. Will you have §15,000 to salt away or invest? Oh No! $5,000 of the increase in value over 1913 is “income.” Moreover, it is net income, and the chances are

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that every penny of it is subject to the federal income tax. So if you sell the farm, make up your mind that you must divide part of your proceeds with Uncle Sam. —Michigan Business Farmer.

purchasing a pistol or revolver to first obtain permission of either the chief of police or the sheriff. The law but recently became effective. The officer from whom the permit is secured must he -satisfied that the intentions of the would he purchaser are not criminal. Tire salesman must note on the nermit a detailed description of the weapon sold, as well as the name, age, address and occupation of the purchaser. The permit then is filed with the authorities for permanent record.

Erma Theurer is out of school with whooping cough. Gladys and Florence Bailey are moving to Tecumseh. American history classes have finished studying the Mexican war and are working on maps of the same. The class in general science is: reviewing a study of the winds, and storms resulting from them. Junilor Red Cross campaign is on. Every one join! English IV are studying Dickens "A Tale of Two Cities.” They are preparing to write on its important episodes.

CAN’T BUY REVOLVER WITHOUT PERMISSION Authorities in many of the cities and counties of the stale, in an effort to prevent crime, are calling attention to the new state law which makes it necessary for a person

SCHOOL NOTES The sale of Christmas seals is on. Everyone help fight tuberculosis by buying the seals. The following pupils have returned to Miss Nichols room after being absent on account of whooping cough: Mildred Wiedmeyer, Wesley Dietiter, Esther and Margaret Vail, Bernice and Walter Braekel. Leigh Drake has returned to school after several days absence.

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Yo. The name’s Ray, and I’m one cool, lap-loving cat. I’m just about 6 months old. They say I’m gonna be a big boy when I’m done growing. In the meantime I’m just hanging out at CHS and waiting for my very own home. I’ve been neutered (sheesh!), microchipped and brought up-to-date on my vaccines. I’ve also tested negative for FeLV/FIV. My adoption fee is $60.

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Patty is a lovely, sensitive, 3-year-old, black and tan German Shepherd. Noisy shelter life tends to make her anxious. She came to CHS as a stray. It is obvious that she has some trust issues and takes a bit of time to warm up to new people. This sweet girl is so worth your time! She’s the kind of dog that takes more than one visit from a potential adopter in order to feel comfortable with a new person. Once that trust is formed, Patty is as loyal as can be. Patty has been spayed, made current on her vaccines, tested negative for Heartworm and is microchipped. Her adoption fee is $200. Please note: sometimes animals featured in the newspaper may have been adopted by the time the newspaper reaches the stand, but, at CHS, we always have more! You can check our website for up-todate available We’re open 12-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday.


Join us for our open house! Date: Thursday, December 12 Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm Location: Grass Lake Town Hall Senior Center 373 Lakeside Dr, Grass Lake, MI 49240 This will be an opportunity for folks to learn more about our project, ask questions, and share their thoughts in an informal ‘one-on-one’ setting. Interested individuals can come anytime between 6:00-8:00 p.m. Letts Creek Solar is a 15 MW solar energy project that is proposed for Grass Lake Charter Township, Jackson County. This low-cost, low-impact, environmentally sensitive form of energy is building a cleaner future and creating economic benefits for Michigan and the local community.


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Pay It Forward project

Reminder for the Reverse Advent Calendar Collection Brenda Cooper

drop off hours. I will also be doing a community wide collection to make it easy on you on Saturday, 12/14 from 12-1pm at Frank’s! I will park in the back of the lot near the steel clothing bin in a white SUV that will be dressed like Rudolph! You can drop off your donations to me and my husband and we will personally deliver them for you. I hope you enjoy participating in this give-back event this year! It’s a great way to share hope and love with others this holiday season! Merry Christmas Grass Lake and thank you for paying it forward and spreading joy in our community!

Hey Grass Lake! Just a friendly reminder of the Reverse Advent Calendar Pay it Forward Project happening right now! Get with your office, teacher friends, or family and everyone can pitch in to collect non-perishable food items for families in need right here in our own community. All donations can be dropped off at the Grass Lake United Methodist Church located at 449 E Michigan Ave. Call 517-522-8040 for

When the first snow falls, I think of sleds and mittens and afternoons of fun. My brothers and I would go out for hours on end. Our sled was an old stone boat. Steering that heavy beast was out of the question. Hop on and hold tight and join me as we fly down the hill on my blog, Lynn’s Musings at www.lseckerle.wordpress. com.

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Join us for the 10th annual Grass Lake Festival of Lights!

Her Legacy… Anis Marie Lowe, 74, passed away suddenly at her home on November 24, 2019. She was born on December 17, 1944 in Kenton, Ohio to Henry Clay and Bertha (Reffitt) Bradley. Anis married Bobby Poe in August of 1961, he preceded her in death in March of 1962. After the loss of Bobby, she met a wonderful man, Dean Lowe. On September 14, 1963 in Peru, Indiana, Anis and Dean were married enjoying 56 devoted years together and raised three children. Anis worked 25 years at ITT Hancock in Jackson, MI and was a member of the UAW Local 670. Following her retirement, she loved to travel and go camping. She enjoyed Blue Grass Music and going to Blue Grass Festivals. Anis was known for going “garage-sale-ing” and gifting her newfound treasures. She loved her family, those near and far; she especially loved her grandchildren and great-“grandbabies”. Anis’ was known for her loving and caring nature as well as her smile and laughter that could contagiously light up a room. She will be missed by all those who knew her and loved her.

This years theme is "Christmas in the Galaxy". The Cookie Quest will begin at Whistlestop Depot at 10am, where you will pick up the passport to collect stamps along with cookies from participating community businesses. The Quest will end at 1pm, or whle cookies last!! We will have raffle baskets, a silent wreath auction, and great photo ops in the Depot with Santa. Lunch with Santa details also to come, as we finalize with our event partners, reservations will be required again for Lunch with Santa from 2-3:30pm. The Parade will kick off at 6:30pm headed East through downtown, ending at Lake Street. We can't wait to celebrate "Christmas in the Galaxy" with you! This event is brought to by the Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Christmas Centerpiece! Your Table not complete without a bouquet of flowers! Grave blankets and Wreaths now available. Christmas Open House and Cookie Tour December 7th. Open Sun. 10-4 for the Holiday Season

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The Recipe Exchange 1 c thinly sliced red onion 2 garlic cloves, minced Dear Lynn, 12 lasagna noodles, cooked 1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella I’m looking for some good old-fashioned relish recipes for the holidays. Would you 3/4 c grated Parmesan cheese ask everyone to share their family’s favorites? Maria from Morenci. DIRECTIONS: Place asparagus and mushrooms in a shallow roasting pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss to coat. Roast at 450 degrees for 9 minutes, until Ron from Hillsdale treats his family every year that he gets a deer, with his Venison vegetables are browned. Remove from oven and set aside. Melt butter in a large Casserole. Pat from South Ottawa says her Asparagus Lasagna is a great way to get saucepan. Mix together flour, salt, pepper and cloves. Whisk into melted butter. her kids to eat vegetables. Faye from Battle Creek is always asked to make her Corn Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove Casserole for the family holiday dinners. Please stop by my blog, Lynn’s Musings at from heat and set aside. In a skillet, sauté onion and garlic until tender in remaining Send recipes and requests to The Recipe Exchange olive oil. Remove from heat. Add asparagus and mushrooms. Layer four noodles at in the bottom of a greased 9x13x2 inch baking dish. Spread 1/3 of the asparagus mixture over top followed by 1/3 of the white sauce, 1/2 cup VENISON CASSEROLE of Mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. 2 1/2 lbs venison steaks 1/2 c flour Repeat layers twice more. Cover and bake at 350 degrees 1/2 t salt 1/8 t pepper for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer. Let 1/8 t paprika Vegetable oil stand for a few minutes before serving. 2 yellow onions, sliced 1 t sugar 1-4 oz can mushrooms 1-10.75 oz can tomato puree CORN CASSEROLE 1 1/4 c hot water 1 green pepper 1/2 c finely chopped onion 1/4 c butter 1/4 c flour DIRECTIONS: Wipe venison with a vinegar soaked lint-free cloth to pick up any hairs. 1 t salt 1/2 t dry mustard Cut meat into serving sized pieces. Flatten with a meat pounder. Mix together flour, 2 c whole milk 2-15.25 oz cans whole kernel salt, pepper and paprika in a shallow dish. Dredge venison through mixture on both 1 c packaged herb-seasoned corn, well drained sides. Fry in oil in a large skillet until browned. Add onions and turn venison to brown stuffing croutons 2 eggs on the other side. Place in a lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with sugar then add mushrooms, tomato puree and hot water. Bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours, until DIRECTIONS: Slice two rings off the green pepper. Remove seeds and pith then tender. finely chop the rest of the pepper. Melt butter in a large skillet. Sauté green pepper and onion until soft. Add flour, salt and dry mustard, ASPARAGUS LASAGNA stirring constantly until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir 2 lbs asparagus, cut into 1 c sliced mushrooms until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in corn and croutons. Beat 1 inch pieces 2 T olive oil, divided eggs slightly and stir into corn mixture. Pour into a greased 2 quart 2 T butter 3 T flour casserole. Arrange green pepper rings on top. Bake at 350 degrees 1/4 t salt 1/8 t pepper for 55 minutes, until top is golden. Makes 8 servings. Dash of ground cloves 1 1/2 c milk

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Euchre THIS Friday night December 6th at the Wolf Lake Yacht Club. 357 Highland Dr., Jackson. Starts at 7:00 and you don’t have to be a club member to play. $5 to play, 25 cents a euchre. Bring a snack to share and BYOB. Euchre is every other Friday night.

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Al-Anon meeting 10:30 am. 12 step program for anyone afflicted by another’s alcoholism. Location: First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. 517937-9503.


10th annual Festival of Lights. Theme: Christmas in the Galaxy. Saturday December 7th 10:00 a.m. at the Whistle Stop Depot in Grass Lake Village. Lunch with Santa at 2:00 p.m. at the Grass Lake Senior Center. Check out details on Facebook @ GrassLakeFestivalofLights/ Road Runners meet every Saturday at Roaming Goat at 7:50 a.m. Check out their Facebook page @GLRoadRunners for more information.

Lost Railway Museum meets on the second Saturday of each month. Open to the public; volunteers welcome.


Music Academy Jackson School of the arts. 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 634 N Mechanic Street in Jackson. For more details call 517-784-2389 Sunday Brunch at N. Kitchen and bar from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Full breakfast, beers, spirits. 2115 Bondsteel Dr. Jackson.


Grass Lake Yoga Intermediate Flow 6:30-7:30PM at Grass Lake Medical Center. $5 donation goes to GL Farmer's Market.


Grass Lake Village Council meets the first and third Tuesdays at 119 N. Lake Street at 7:00 p.m. Grass Lake Charter Township meets the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall. American Legion Post 252 meets at Ryan’s Restaurant on the second Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.


Alcoholics Anonymous Grass Lake Group meets weekly at 7:30 p.m. at Grass Lake Federated Church 519 E. Michigan Ave.

Teen Center at Christ Lutheran Church, 4250 Page Avenue in Michigan Center. Games and activities. Thursday 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and

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Potter Center Season at Jackson College. Multiple music groups scheduled from September to May 2020. Season kicks off with The Guess Who and many contemporary recording artists.

Holiday Cheers Trivia Night - December 6th

Time to get in the Holiday Spirit at the Friends of Grass Lake Township’s Holiday Cheers DJ Trivia Night on Friday, December 6, from 6:00pm-10:30pm, at the Dale Fisher Gallery / Eyry of the Eagle Farm, (1916 Norvell Rd, Grass Lake, MI, 49240).


Doors open at 6:00pm; White’s Chicken is catering the dinner which is served at 6:30pm. DJ Trivia begins at 7:30pm. Guests may bring their own team of 8 or can join others for fun.

Notice is hereby given that the Grass Lake Charter Township Board will hold a Public Hearing on the tentative proposed Township budget for the 2020 fiscal year on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Township Hall, 373 Lakeside Drive. The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be subject of this hearing. Any or all interested persons or their duly appointed representatives will be heard.

Tickets may be purchased in advance (online) or will be available at the door. Advance ticket price: Adult-$15, Children under 10-$5. At door: Adults- $20 Children- $10. It’s ok to BYOB-Bring Your Own Beverage!

The Township Board will hold the Regular Scheduled December Board Meeting after the Public Hearing. James Stormont, Supervisor Catherine Zenz, Township Clerk

Please bring a non-perishable food item or paper product. In addition to the delicious food and entertaining Trivia games, there is a huge selection of silent auction items. Some of the available items include: Home Theater Speaker System, Boys & Girls Bikes, 55” TV, Virtual Reality Goggles, Drone...

God’s Encouraging Word…

When I wonder if I will go to heaven “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -- John 3:16 I saw my name on Santa’s list! I was so excited. I didn’t think it would be there. I got mad and hit my sister on Thanksgiving Day. I admitted my fault. Since then, I was very well behaved. After all, Santa brings good things to good boys, right? I saw MY name! I was getting a puppy for Christmas! I did it! I made up for my sin. Christmas came and no puppy. I was crushed. I thought I deserved one. I thought Santa loved me. Was the name on Santa’s list someone else with the same name as mine? Did Santa think my apology was insincere? Was hitting my sister such a horrible thing that he would totally reject me? No puppy that Christmas. (It would be another 29 years before I got a puppy.)

The food / items collected will be donated to the Grass Lake United Methodist Church’s food pantry. Proceeds benefit Friends of Grass Lake Township, a non-profit organization comprised of a group of concerned citizens and taxpayers of Grass Lake Charter Township. Our mission is to preserve the quality of life that make Grass Lake safe, beautiful and “A great place to call home.”

What if God treated us like that? We would never be sure we are going to heaven. But God does not treat us like that, and we can be sure we are going to heaven. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” Notice what God did not say. “God so loved the ones that don’t hit their sisters…” “God so loved the good ones… the top 50%... those who help themselves.” No, God loves sinners, all sinners, you and me. He loves the whole world. But God also loves Kurt or Virginia or Lloyd or (insert your name). God gave us the greatest gift of all. Jesus, God’s Son, came at Christmas to save the world from sin and hell. God gave us a gift only he can give—eternal life. God did that by sending Jesus into this world to live a life without sin. Jesus never hit his sister. He never even thought angry or insulting thoughts about anyone. Jesus was punished for all our sins, in our place. “By that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”(Hebrews 10:10). Jesus rose from the dead to guarantee our sins are paid for. He did this for the whole world. That includes you. Jesus is the greatest gift ever given. “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)Trusting him as your Savior, you can be certain you will go to heaven. Enjoy God’s gift of Jesus this Christmas.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10194 meets on the third Thursday of the month at Grass Lake United Methodist Church. 449 E Michigan Avenue.

Grass Lake Masonic Lodge meets the first Wednesday of the month at Village office building - 119 Lake Street

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The Grass Lake Times December 5th 2019 Vol 152 Issue 49  

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