Is this the end of the Grand Ledge Community Facebook group?

By Rachael Daniel
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

When Grand Ledge Mayor Kalmin Smith created a community Facebook group, he expected it would be an efficient way for members of the community to discuss Grand Ledge issues and to transport the town’s strong sense of community online. However, he did not expect the group to become a place for useless information, vulgarity and personal attacks. According to Smith, the Grand Ledge Community Facebook group has lost its original purpose and is now filled with information that does not pertain to the community. He also dedicates time to deleting disrespectful members and comments that do not encourage a positive community environment. Smith said he still thinks the bad outweighs the good and is thinking about giving up on the Facebook group all together.

L.A. composer makes big move to Michigan to help musicians in the community.

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter 

Twenty-two-year music veteran Brian Roth has made his work known around the world by composing music for over 10,000 commercials and having his work appear on FOX, ABC, MTV, plus many more outlets. However, this composer is making a big change. In late 2014 Roth moved back to his roots in Michigan to settle down with his family, but this did not slow down Roth’s career. He decided to opened up The Roth Academy of Music in Grand Ledge which features nine teachers, 40 students and lessons for 14 different instruments. “We realized that as our kids are getting older we wanted them to be around family.

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.

Who still rents movie videos? We do, apparently

By Rachael Daniel
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

There is arguably nothing better after a long week than melting into the couch and wasting a few hours binge watching Netflix. There are thousands of titles available as fast as the video can buffer. This convenience has surely made it tough for video stores to say open, though there are survivors. According to the Entertainment Merchant Association, Family Video still operates 775 stores in 19 states, including one in Grand Ledge at 615 S. Clinton St. Grand Ledge Family Video employee Andrea Parks said Grand Ledge’s small-town feel allows for a movie rental business to succeed even with the existence of video streaming companies.

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

Grand Ledge looks to keep roads and sidewalks clear through winter

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Michigan took another beating this winter, Grand Ledge being no exception. The city has received 23 inches of snow already this calendar year, according to wunderground.com. The snow plows and salt trucks were put to great use this season with back-to-back snowstorms in February. To ensure residents of how soon they can expect their roads to be cleared The City of Grand Ledge has developed a snowfall plan. “We summarized it into the public service announcement flyer for the general public to have a better understanding of our preplanned snow event response,” said Grand Ledge City Administrator, Adam Smith.

In the shadow of Kalamazoo, police hope to keep Grand Ledge safe

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

An act of violence can occur at any moment, place or time. This became all too real on Feb. 20 when a mass shooting in Kalamazoo left six people dead and two injured. This tragedy has the community of Grand Ledge
buckling down to stay one of the safest cities in Michigan. “We can take a lot of information from the shootings,” said Lt. Chris Blievernicht of the Grand Ledge Police Department.

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.

Grand Ledge officials pushing for revising 53-year-old city charter

By Rachael Daniel
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

The Grand Ledge City Charter is stuck in the sixties. It has not been updated since 1963, but the mayor and other city officials have a plan to bring it up to speed with the times. On Aug. 2 Grand Ledge voters will have the opportunity to vote on whether they want to see the charter revised, which will authorize registered voters to run for nine seats on the Charter Commission, the board that will ultimately make the changes to the charter. “The way the charter is written now, it gives the council a very strong say in the day-to-day running of the city instead of the council being a policy and directing board,” said Gregory Newman, the city clerk.