Growing up Grand Ledge

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Grand Ledge is welcoming to all ages. Growing up Grand Ledge is about why living in Grand Ledge and being raised in GL is so special. Every age group gives us a glimpse on why they love their small town and what makes this community special and fun for them! LINK to Growing Up GL VIDEO STORY!!

Community remembrance in Grand Ledge makes beautiful attraction

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Grand Ledge has offered a unique way to memorialize and honor loved ones in their community for years. Every April, the Grand Ledge garden club works with people in the area to sell geraniums, memorial plaques, and trees in honor of Grand Ledge residents. The purchase includes the tree, the planting, one year of maintenance, and insurance. “Memorializing a loved one really helps a family celebrate that life,” said Andrea Bregg, the manager and funeral director at McCabe’s Funeral Home. “You realize how fast time goes and I think it can really help the grieving process.

The mystique behind Grand Ledge

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Grand Ledge has been known for its long history. The buildings and architecture dating back over 100 years adds character and mystery to the downtown area. CLICK FOR FULL VIDEO STORY on the mystique that lies behind Grand Ledge. Take a tour with Kaitlin! The Historical Society has done an awesome job of laying out the years of history behind GL, make sure to check it out here.

Small town + big hearts = social capital in Grand Ledge

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

“I’ve worked in Grand Ledge for almost 30 years,” said Lynne Vermillion, a hairstylist at Talk of Town Hair Care. “Everyone is really close, and very supportive.”

That’s not an unusual assessment of Grand Ledge, primarily known for its long-time, small-town feel. Whether it is hosting several different parades each year, organizing community events for all ages, rooting on the Grand Ledge Comets, or just grabbing a bite with a neighbor; Grand Ledge is all about its community relationships. And that matters more than you’d think. “When people know each other they have a greater sense of what is called collectivism,” said Joel Stillerman, Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University.

YES Center, keeping kids out of trouble since ’04

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Grand Ledge’s YES Center has been welcoming kids to hangout after school since 2004. The YES Center was first established when the community and Rotary Club wanted to do something to not only occupy the dangerous free-time students have after school, but also to bring the younger generation of Grand Ledge together. CLICK FOR FULL VIDEO STORY

GL early evolvement and long-term effects

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

As of late, Grand Ledge City Hall isn’t just a place for legislating. It’s a home to learning, too. February through May, Youth Services Coordinator Ruth Thompson reads children stories to Grand Ledge’s preschoolers Tuesday mornings at City Hall. Parents and other family members accompany their 3- to 6-year-olds for a variety of stories and literacy enhancing activities. “It helps kids learn structure.

Local events aren’t just about keeping people busy but creating a sense of community

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Whether it is a warm summer day, or a cold winter night, Grand Ledge is working to bring its community and the surrounding areas together in a fun, interactive way. “It’s that sense of coming together, you may not even know the person, but you come together because that’s what this area is about,” said Jill Russell, the Executive Director at the Grand Ledge Area Chamber of Commerce. The city of Grand Ledge puts on events through the course of every season, with some of the oldest event traditions dating back to the ‘70s. It’s about more than just keeping people busy; such events are about building community. “I think community events function in two ways.

Church community joins together and creates everlasting brand

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Grandma Shirley’s Peanut Brittle has been circulating Grand Ledge and surrounding areas for almost 46 years. This famous peanut brittle receipt has brought in loyal customers from Lansing, East Lansing, Charlotte, and most importantly, Grand Ledge. Residents near by fell in love with Grandma Shirley’s Peanut Brittle years ago and don’t plan on giving it up anytime soon. CLICK FOR FULL VIDEO STORY

Where to find Grandma Shirley’s Peanut Brittle:
True Value Hardware: 1035 S. Clinton St., Grand Ledge
Waldrop’s Service: 505 N. Clinton St., Grand Ledge
Mysteek Salon: 11963 E. Andre Drive, Grand Ledge
Maybelle’s: 214 B South Bridge St., Grand Ledge

Charlotte Lithograph: 114 S. Cochran Ave., Charlotte
Paul’s Gun Shop: 210 S. Cochran Ave., Charlotte

Hair Designs: 1515 W. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing
Holden Reid Clothiers: 444 Frandor Ave., Lansing
Lansing City Market: 325 City Market Drive, Lansing
Willits Auto Supply: 4610 S. MLK Jr. Blvd., Lansing

Cutters Point East: 3320 E. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing
Harold’s Personal Design Group: 3040 Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing
Northwind Hair Styles: 4982 Northwind Drive, East Lansing