“A Scout is a Scout”: Girls to be allowed full participation in Boy Scout programs in 2018

The Boy Scouts of America announced on Oct. 11, 2017, that they would begin allowing girls to join the Cub Scout program and eventually earn the Eagle Scout ranking. Girls in Grand Ledge may be able to join in 2018. Beginning next year, Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops will be able to decide whether or not they want to establish a separate ‘den’ or ‘patrol,’ respectively, for girls. The Boy Scouts made it clear that the groups would be single-gender, said a Grand Ledge Cub Scout committee chair.

Proposed Grand Ledge City Charter closer to implementation

The City of Grand Ledge is one step closer to getting rid of its 53-year-old charter and implementing a new one. Many of the sections are old and out of date, Charter Commission Chairman Robert Doty said. The proposed commission updates those things. “It definitely needed changes after 50 some years,” Charter Commission Member Lyle Clark said. “We wanted to get the procedures straight as far as policy and things like that.”

Little Free Pantries could be coming to Grand Ledge

A new initiative, called Little Free Pantries, which aims to help food insecure people, will be discussed by the Grand Ledge Planning Commission Thursday, Oct. 5 . Grand Ledge resident Kimberlee Klatt said the pantries are small wooden boxes where nonperishable food is left for people to take what they need, whenever they need it. The first step in bringing Little Free Pantries to Grand Ledge is discussing possible zoning ordinance changes at the 7 p.m. meeting. “We thought this would be great,” Grand Ledge resident Kimberlee Klatt said.

Living as a minority in Grand Ledge

Grand Ledge is a city where the predominant race is white. With only 5.56% of the population being minorities, Grand Ledge senior Desirae Storball said she doesn’t really fit in. “I’ll go to events, and I’ll feel like I’m apart of the picture of it but then when I think about it, I’m like oh, I’m not really standing and talking with all these people,” Storball, who is African-American and Caucasian, said. “But, you can feel that your presence isn’t really wanted sometimes.”

Storball said she has encountered uncomfortable experiences in class. “It just made me feel really uncomfortable because the way the people were talking about racism in the past, they were making jokes about it, and then I said something,” Storball said.

Free aviation program offered in Grand Ledge

Local business Grand Air Aviation Inc. is offering free opportunities and a low-cost program for youth interested in exploring aviation. Corporate Sponsor of ExploringPeter J. Kamarainen said the Young Eagles program also allows children eight-17 to take a free airplane ride. “Then, they will be allowed to have a free ground school which is a $200 value,” Kamarainen said. “Their first flight lesson is free as well.”

Kamarainen said the program is designed to get kids excited about aviation. “This program is designed to introduce the next generation of aviators, the next generation of aerospace engineers, or drone operators,” Kamarainen said.

Negatives giving back to the community

Ernst Floeter took interest in photography after he was repatriated. “He was caught by the Americans,” Floeter’s daughter, Dorothea Martin, said. “He was a POW over here for two years and sent back to Germany. He was treated very well. He loved America and he wanted to come back.”

Martin said she does not know what led Floeter into photography.

Teachers Wanted! Grand Ledge schools looking to add educators

Help wanted: are you looking to teach? Good news, Grand Ledge is looking to hire. Over the last few years Grand Ledge Public Schools has been consumed with a new problem, a lack of substitute teachers. The district is struggling to fulfill their need of 25-30 substitutes a day. “The lack of subs is causing a lot of problems in our building.