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PRESORT STANDARD US POSTAGEPAIDGRASS LAKE, MI PERMIT NO. 46www.thegrasslaketimes.com75¢Mar 14, 2019 15th annual Spring Expo 2019 © Vol. 152, Issue 11 First…
PRESORT STANDARD US POSTAGEPAIDGRASS LAKE, MI PERMIT NO. 46www.thegrasslaketimes.com75¢Mar 14, 2019 15th annual Spring Expo 2019 © Vol. 152, Issue 11 First published in 1863Toll-free: 844.GLTIMES(844) 458-4637The 2019 Spring Expo date is set for March 16, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Raymond Tucker Cordani rtc@thegrasslaketimes.comFri42/300%Sat34/250%Sun38/2630%Church Directory See page 3100 Years Ago See page 3See page 6See page 6See page 7Blood DriveMonday, March 28, 2019 7:15 AM - 7:00 PMFirst UMC Chelsea, MI 48118In any case, there is still plenty of space to showcase the wares of local businesses, whatever the type of business.Grass Lake Chamber Continues “Buy Local” Campaign Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tom Nolte presents a $100.00 Chamber gift certificate to Loretta Ryan of Grass Lake in November of 2018. Loretta Saint Patrick’s Day. Tom Nolte, the was one of the first recipients of the Executive Director of the Grass Lake Chamber’s aggressive and new “Buy Local” campaign, which works to Chamber of Commerce, said that there establish additional customer contacts is still space for booths for regional for Chamber members. The certificates businesses to highlight their products. are redeemable at any of the Chamber Booths cost $135. The 15th Annual members listed on the back of the certificate who are in good standing as Spring shortened Expo is just one a member of the Chamber eventually day rather than two, from 10:00 a.m. reimbursing the Chamber member for to 4:00 p.m. This format became a those redemptions. A new program established popular arpproach for most all the by the Chamber for the Shop Small vendors involved starting in 2015 & campaign on Shop Small Saturday last will continue into the future. However, November in the Christmas season, the If you go: check out the Grass Lake program will continue at the Spring Expo in this year's effort, craft booths have Regional Chamber of Commerce at on March 16, 2019, with the support not been added largely because too of the Michigan Retailers Association and its “Buy Nearby” program. The “Buy Nearby Guy” will be on hand at MILESTONE: COMPUTER SOURCE CELEBRATES 15 YEARS the Expo this year with the Chamber offering a $ 100.00 gift certificate at do.” Since hanging his sheepskin he has the “Buy Nearby” booth. Visitors to the Expo may stop by the booth and Raymond Tucker Cordani made his work in Grass Lake a priora. register for the drawing to be held on the To celebrate the support of customers, Monday following the Expo. As well, the Michigan Retailers Association will the Computer Source is offering 15% have Meegan Holland, Vice President This year, 2019, the Computer on products and service. for Marketing and Communication, on Source, Grass Lake’s Computer Source hand at the early morning presentation “Technology has come a long prior to the Expo on how local businesses owner Loveesh Thatai celebrates his 15 way,” Tai says. “It’s much faster and year milestone, as he has been working more user friendly.” Laptop computers can educate customers on the huge impact they can have if they keep their at a level that surpasses his own and smart phones are engaged in every shopping dollars in Michigan. “Indeed, expectations. there are certainly lots of opportunity to facet of human daily life. purchase on-line,” Nolte Said,” but the “I like to build quality Tai explains that he started out service question becomes of even greater products,” Thatai says, as is evident in Grass lake in what is now Production value when you discover that on-line with shelves full of the latest and “services” are often absent when you Reality, next to the Lions Club, and have a problem with a purchase. greatest technological buzz, morning, a vacant building adjacent to Ryan’s “Shopping Local has a number noon, and night. “If the weather holds Restaurant. Today’s customers, Tai of benefits for our community and we off, we just might pull off a barbecue expect to do this a number of times says “are savvy.” “I try to help people the year,” Nolte said, “with for the commemoration of 15 years,” as much as I can. It’s always nice when through the next opportunity coming up at the said Thai, who is all about the next best you meet a new customer.” Spring Expo on March 16, 2019.” Be development in addition to favorites, sure to stop by the Expo and register Not surprisingly, the products for the drawings with two opportunities laptops, and the installation of security in demand that are all the rage— for a total of $ 100.00 at each drawing. technology. gaming computers. Tai says that he has Registration can be made at the “Buy Thai, who comes from India, Nearby” Booth #8 and the “Shop Small” his process in place with the help of began his career at the tender age of employee Dakota Hanson, the voice on Booth #64 at the Expo. Just additional reminders to “Buy Nearby and Local.” 12. “I like helping people,” he says. “In the telephone, who manages the store For those members and visitors 2004 I filed for my business and in ’05 when the owner is off to diagnose in the who are interested in hearing more on the expansion of the Chamber’s our location was in Ann Arbor. Now homes of the consumers. “Buy Local” campaign as it develops, we’re in Grass Lake.” In the end, Loveesh Tai looks Meegan Holland’s Starting from the ground up, presentation will forward to his omnipresent Bluetooth Tai worked for several months at that rings to alert him and his staff that take place in the Media Center of Meijer while he lived in a rented house. a service call is warranted. Grass Lake High The dream remained; the initiative School just prior to the Expo from 8:30 was there because Tai was hungry and a.m. to 9:30 a.m. recognized the need to fill the market. The Chamber will He knew that the iron in the fire needed have some coffee to be accessibly to customers. and sinkers on hand for the early morning “Starting out,” Tai said, “It felt The 15th Annual Grass Lake Spring Business Expo is one day shy ofWeekend Weathermany crafters left those booths empty.right for me. It was the right thing toPure homiletics: THE TRANSFORMATION OF PETER Fire on the Mountain Raymond Tucker Cordani Lightning struck! Kazam! Thunder clapped— KABANG! The disciples of Jesus, Peter, James, and John, buried their heads in their arms. What is happening? What is Jesus up to now? Another manifestation of the Spirit. We already know that Jesus is God and on this night offers another affirmation. How could we forget? Throughout his three-year ministry the Lord often reminded the disciples of who he was and of what he was capable. “Without me you can do nothing.” A bold statement, but not without the truth of the facts to back it up. The proof is on every page of the gospel. We all need to be reminded occasionally. To have our hope strengthened, our qualms calmed, our doubts dispelled. Lent is a long hike through the desert, a riddle to be solved, and a puzzle to be completed. The lighter the load the faster we reach our intended destination: Easter and the Resurrection. Keep movin’ on. As they climbed Mount Tabor, Peter, James, and John had no idea what awaited them at the summit. God transformed his son in angelic fashion to help prepare his friends for the remainderVillage of Grass LakeSynopsis of the Minutes of the Feb 19, 2019 Regular Meeting 1. Call To Order/Pledge of AllegiancePresident J. 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: Six present, absent Rees. Quorum declared. Public present: David Trent Village Manager, Treasurer Trudi Whitley, Sheila Martin Deputy Clerk/Treasurer, Paul Lammers, Liza Hamel, Christina Breed and Jorge Acosta. 3. Adoption of Agenda: Motion carried unanimously. 4. Minutes: Motion by Grimm and seconded by Shemwell to approve the minutes from the February 5, 2019 public hearing and regular meeting as written. Motion carried unanimously. 5. Public Comment: Christina Breed would like the council to review the water and sewer contract that was signed back in 2002. Liza Hamel agrees with the comments of Ms. Breed and thinks that the villages attorney may not be as well versed in municipal issue’s as he should be. 6. Disbursements: Motion by Keener to approve the bills of $36,655.91, second Grimm. Motion carried unanimously. Absent Rees. 7. Maintenance Report: Lammers reportedof a long journey to Jerusalem where he would fulfill his destiny, the time and place prepared for him by his faither who “Dwelleth in Heavens.” The Rock, the Reformer, and the kid witnessed many signs and wonders during the three years they traveled with Jesus. He cured the sick. He exorcised devils. He raised the dead. For the lepers he restored their skin. Difficulties and doubts are bound to occur in the mind of the sojourner. Two weeks earlier Peter confessed that Jesus was “the Son of the living God.” He spoke boldly. Jesus shocked him when he said, “The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners, who will mock him, spit upon him, have him scourged and be crucified and killed and on the third day be raised from the dead.” Peter went completely sideways. “This I will not let happen!” Jesus stared him down. “Be gone, you son of a devil. You are an obstacle to me.” Patiently he looked upon the crestfallen man with love but also with pity. Peter looked away. But the transformation of Jesus on Tabor Mountain really blindsided Peter. Bright light. The top two prophets, Moses and Elijah, representatives of the Law and the Prophets, respectively, appeared to endorse Jesus as Lord and Messiah. The stage was set. The primaryroles were cast. Peter sat spellbound. The mountain was the traditional site for theophany, the manifestation of God in the material world. The ancient Greeks believed that the gods walked the earth and displayed their glory before mortals. Men built shrines to house the gods but in Hebrew literature the domicile of the divine was a tent. The Israelites called this the meeting tent and inside Moses met God and conversed. Outside the tent flap a column of cloud stood watch. When the sun set the column rang like fire on the summit and the people glimpsed the splendor of God. Moses was God’s own prototype. Jesus chose Peter to be his second in command because Peter was real. Just folks. So when Peter offered to erect three tents, “one for you, one for Moses, and another for Elijah,” he was calling to mind his Exodus and his Numbers that he studied in the synagogue in addition to being catatonic with fear. It was a night that the Rock would never forget.He detailed his encounter with Christ on Tabor in his posthumous memoir, The Second Letter of the Apostle Peter (c. AD 120). Peter, who wrote, “We ourselves heard the voice from heaven while we were with him (the Lord) on that blessed mountain.”Christian tradition holds that the Transfiguration of Jesus, whitehot lightning, a fragile peal of thunder, occurred forty days prior to Jesus’s resurrection. In the season of Lent this gospel exists to remind the pilgrim why they pray, work hard, fast, and walk step by step through the wilderness to the mountain that is called Easter. This truth was not lost on Paul, whose faith in Christ tended to be heartier than the bull-in-the-chinashop temperament of the man that Jesus ironically named Rock. “Christ Jesus it is who died, or rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.” This is not to say that Peter had second thoughts about the Lord’s divinity. How could he be? He worked hard to brand the notion into his mind. The fire on the mountain that he and James and John witnessed empowered him walk with Jesus step for step, more or less in line, as they journeyed toward Jerusalem where the Lord would fulfill his destiny. “I have fixed my eyes on your hills, Jerusalem, my destiny!”that the village equipment is taking a beating as far as this year goes. There has been a lot of snow that had to be removed from the downtown. There is an issue with the lift station on Wolf Lake Rd. that is a part of the township system. 8. Treasurer’s Report- Whitley told council that they are working on the reconciliations and they will possibly be changing the look of the reports to council. 9. Correspondence:FleisVanderbrink newsletter was received by council members. 10. Committee Reports.Senior Center is open and doing well. Ping pong is on Monday nights at the senior center. The 5 Healthy Towns Foundation is looking for organizations who are willing to take on projects that can benefit the Grass Lake Community. They would be willing to help with funding if organizations will take on the projects. Trent and DeBoewill be working with the Foundation on the Safe Routes to School program for additional sidewalk projects in the village. 11. Old Business A. Joint Village/Township Office Location Committee-This can be taken off the agenda until the township decides what they are going to do. B. Website Update- Trent and Keene will be having a conference call with 3 different website companies, he will update council next meeting. C. Truck Purchase Update-Trent reported that the village was the highest bidder for the service truck they approved at the last meeting. They picked up the truck and drove it home. A new truck like it would cost $80,000 new.12. New Business A. Heritage Day Festival Street ClosureJoyce Sager was present to ask about closing Michigan Ave for Heritage Day September 7th, 2019. The Heritage Day committee would like to close Michigan Ave from the Depot to Lake St. from 7:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. Mrs. Sager is okay with what she has requested and if she needs to she will come back to council. Council is okay with the street closure. B. BS &A Software Proposal-Trent received a revised proposal that includes the necessary upgrades for the Badger reader. Laveesh at the Computer Source will talk with BS & A regarding the villages server and whether the village may need to upgrade the server as well. Total cost of $28,280 includes set up and training, 11 days total . Keener suggested using a hosting server that would not require the village to upgrade their server and they would take care of necessary backups, Keener suggested checking with IT Right as they may do server hosting. Tabled for more information. C. IT Right Proposal-Tabled. D. MML Elected Officials Seminar-J. DeBoe, Grimm and Shemwell all attended the new officials training. Grimm reported the changes from the last time he attended. E. Lawyer- Tabled F. Sewer Agreement-Tabled G. 2018-2019 Budget Amendments- Trent reviewed all of the proposed budget amendments. Discussion of the shortfall in the water fund and how to handle it.Much discussion. Motion by Keener to adopt the amended 2018/2019 budget as proposed, second Crandall. Five members in favor, one opposed (Crandall), motion carried. H. 2019/2020 Budget- The proposed budget for 2019/2020 was reviewed. Trent had made some changes to reflect the increase to his salary. He had also given council the bank balances from Feb. 2018 and Feb. 2019 that indicated a $50,000 increase in the 2019 figures. Discussionof the anticipated shortfall in the water fund. Trent suggested raising the water fee’s for the meter replacement and the water tower maintenance both to $3 which would be an increase of $1.42. Discussion of the need to purchase a new watermeter reading device.Motion by Keener to adopt the proposed budget for 2019/2020, second Lammers.More discussion. Five members in favor, one opposed (Crandall). Motion carried. 16. Village Manager’s Report – Trent reported that Senator Tim Wahlberg will be in Grass Lake on March 20th at 10:00 a.m. at the Depot. Mr. Trent has taken a position on the Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Trent reported that he has signed the contract with Jackson County Transportation for the Michigan Ave. project. South Union St will not be included in this project this year, possibly next year. Sheila is working on the report for the work done for the township by the village as council requested. She presented what she has so far. 17. Upcoming Events –Spring Expo March 16, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. at the High School. Check out further upcoming events at or 16. Public Comment-Christina Breed told council she has confidence in them and that the village is moving in a positive direction. Hamel stated the proposed $1.42 increase for water is not a big deal and if it makes the water fund selfsustaining it’s a good move. J. DeBoe reported that Deputy DeLand is doing good and he thanked council for the card. J. DeBoe thanked the members of public for coming! 17. Adjournment-Motion by Lammers, second by Shemwell to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 p.m. with unanimous approval. Respectfully submitted, Estelle Mead, Village Clerk Minutes approved with changes 3-5-2019.The Grass Lake TimesA weekly publication of The Grass Lake Times P.O. Box 189, Grass Lake, Michigan 49240CONVENIENT We have hours that support your busy lives. We know many of our patients live in Grass Lake, but work in other communities. We are open after work, to help you with your busy lifestyle.517.522.4100 or 866.481.5199 M-F 9am-7pm • Sat. 9am-2 pm • Closed SundayPage 2www.thegrasslaketimes.comPhone: 844-458-4637 Email: Published by The Grass Lake Times, a Michigan NonProfit Corporation. Editor and Chairman: Raymond Tucker Cordani Published every Thursday and delivered to homes via the USPS. $40.00 per year home delivery (in Grass Lake) and .75 for Single Copy Always online at Let us hear from you! Your ideas, events, feedback, and story ideas. Your Town - Your Papertoll-free© March 14, 2019Update your church information news@thegrasslaketimes.comCHURCH DIRECTORY Crusade for Christ MinistriesHouse of Prayer 6288 Mt. Hope Rd., Grass Lake Pastor Melvin L. Parker Sunday Worship-10 a.m. Monday Bible School -­ 7 p.m. ---------------------------Christ Lutheran Church 4250 Page Ave. Michigan Center Sunday Worship - 9:45 am Pastor Ryan Prondzinski ---------------------------Divine Wings Spiritual Fellowship 7446 Cain Road Jackson Fellowship Service @10:30AM Sundays Facebook @ Divine Wings Fellowship ---------------------------Faith Baptist Church 4030 Kalmbach Rd. - Chelsea Pastor Adam Summers Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship - 11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. ---------------------------Family Worship Center 1901 Mt. Hope Rd., Grass Lake Pastor James Bryde 522- 4062 website: email: pastorjames@grasslakefwc.comSunday Worship 10:00 AM Youth Ministries (6th -12th grade) Sunday 6:30 P.M ----------------------------Waterloo Village UMCVillage of Waterloo Rev. Mary Barrett Coffee/Adult Sun. School Sunday Worship – 11:00 a.m. Visit Creator’s Closet Free Store Open Mon. & Sat. 9-NoonFirst Waterloo UMC Corner of Parks and Territorial, Waterloo Township Rev. Georgie Dack Sunday Worship – 9:30 a.m. Sunday School – 10:15 a.m. ---------------------------Grass Lake Assembly of God 2900 Mt. Hope Rd., Grass Lake Sunday Worship – 10:30 a.m. Sunday School – 9:30 a.m. Youth Programs, Wed., 6:30 p.m. Senior Chapel, Fri. -- 10:15 a.m. ---------------------------Grass Lake Baptist Church 939 E. Michigan Ave., Grass Lake Pastor Tim Butterfield Sunday Worship – 11:00 a.m. Sunday School – 10:00 a.m. Sun. Evening Worship – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. ---------------------------Grass Lake UMC Pastor Gunnar Carlson 449 E. Michigan Ave., Grass Lake Sunday Worship - 10:00 a.m. Sun. School 10:30 a.m. -------------------------
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