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.

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.