Grand Ledge Historical Society features Farm to Table Exhibit

By Emily Cervone
Living In the Ledge

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Dinner’s ready! An old-fashioned table is set to perfection at the exhibit.

On a non-descript street in Grand Ledge is an old house that was set for demolition many years ago. However, instead of meeting its inevitable fate, a group of people decided that it was worth saving—and turned it into one of the most notable places in the town.

“The home was owned by the Methodist Church, and they were planning to tear it down in order to make way for a parking lot,” Grand Ledge Historical Society president Marilyn Smith said. “It was just too interesting to let go. So we bargained with the city, and they decided if we restore the building and kept it in shape for five years, we could keep it.”

Hence, in 1984, the Grand Ledge Historical Society was born. The house still retains much of its original structure and amenities, and the upstairs bathroom that is frequented by visitors has framed pictures of the restoration process, said Smith.

Warmer weather brings rise to missing pets in Grand Ledge

By Ani Stamboulian
Living In The Ledge

Since the beginning of spring on March 20, there have been seven dog and cat sightings posted by concerned residents on the Grand Ledge community Facebook page.

Seven more Facebook users also posted on the page about their missing pets, and only a couple of these owners have been reunited with their furry companions.

In regards to the rise of missing pets in the Grand Ledge area recently, Kristen Stalling, a veterinarian at Grand Ledge’s House Call Veterinary, is not shocked.

“With the weather becoming warmer, pets are going outside more,” Stalling said.

That “ice cream” time of year again

By Meghan Steingold
Living in the Ledge

Spring fever is in the air, and summer is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than getting ice cream at the local parlors? Between Corner Cone and Lick-ity Split, Grand Ledge residents have ample options.

The warm weather and the sunshine are getting people out of their winter hibernation and excited for the upcoming summer, and with summer there’s always ice cream. According to Ryan Ballore, of Beagle Elementary School, “I get ice cream almost every day in the summer, and my favorite is superman.”

You can never be too excited for your ice cream, which Ryan Ballore displays as he gets his much anticipated Razzle.

You can never be too excited for your ice cream, which Ryan Ballore displays as he gets his much anticipated Razzle.

Both ice cream parlors opened the first week of April, when customers were finally able to get their first treat of the season after a long winter.

Vigil Honors Grand Ledge High School Teen

By Emily Cervone
Living In the Ledge 

It would have been his 18th birthday on March 22, but his life was cut short.

Deven Guilford, a former Grand Ledge High School student who was shot to death by a police officer in February, was honored by his fellow community members through a vigil on that frigid March night.

“It started out as word-of-mouth,” said Faith Rutherford, friend of Guilford. “Then we made a Facebook event, posted it on the Grand Ledge Community Facebook page and it spread like wildfire.”

Rutherford purposely planned the event to be on Guilford’s would-be 18th birthday, inviting anyone in the community to come honor his life. Many of Guilford’s classmates also attended the vigil.

“He was just an all-around great kid,” said Rutherford. “I’ve known him since seventh grade and there was just something about him that was special.”

Social media keeps people informed in Grand Ledge

Checking out the Facebook Page

Checking out the Facebook Page

By Tanisha Edwards
Living in the Ledge

How do you stay updated on the latest things happening near you? For some Grand Ledgers, whether it is business or pleasure, they have adapted to the social media era and a city Facebook page was created.

Mayor Kalmin Smith created the page two years ago hoping that the page would “benefit the community by improving communication about the many positive and beneficial activities that affect the quality of life in our town,” said Smith.

Its purpose was to provide an additional tool for communication within the community. “Fewer and fewer people read newspapers and television and radio are really not reliable for coverage of the Grand Ledge community,” said Smith.

The Grand Ledge Community Pays Its Respects to Teen Shot by Police

By Meghan Steingold
Living in the Ledge

On Sunday, March 22, members of the Grand Ledge community came together to celebrate the life of Deven Guilford, Grand Ledge High School Junior who was shot to death by an Eaton County police officer earlier that month. An investigation is ongoing. The event was organized by his best friend Faith Rutherford to help show the Guilford family what they mean to the Grand Ledge community. With a vigil on what would be his 18th birthday, the residents of Grand Ledge paid their respects.

Cinderella will go to the ball (with a bit of community help)

Ani Stambo
Living In The Ledge

Spring has sprung. Shedding winter’s layers and a breath of fresh air, everything is new again. And, with the beginning of the transition into summer comes certain occasions: spring-cleaning, flooding, or breaking out the good old sunblock.

On a lighter note, there’s one tradition in reassurance to look forward to for some: prom.

Something many teen girls think about during her time in high school is prom night. Some go, and some don’t. For the girls that do go, though, there’s one thing on the top of the list to get: a dress.

It’s easy for a girl to make the style and color of the dress she wants appear in her head, but it’s not easy to make the money appear for some.

“It’s like a counseling office. The adults in the building pass the news, and they always let us know,” Nancy Folkertsma, secretary for the student services office at Grand Ledge High School said, “We have a very generous community.”

What Folkertsma is referring to is the beginning of a Grand Ledge student receiving a prom dress when they can’t afford one.

The queen of Grand Ledge’s wedding scene

Ani Stambo
Living In The Ledge

Heather Fulton, wedding coordinator for hair and makeup at Salon 219 on 219 S. Bridge St., is expected to be booked for an average of 22 weddings this season.

For the past eight years Fulton has been traveling throughout the state on location. Her and her team of a makeup artist and about five other hair stylists also provide services at Salon 219’s private bridal suite.

“Honestly, there’s a lot in Michigan about weddings. It’s kind of becoming one of those states where people now want to come here, because it is so pretty here,” said Fulton. “Fall weddings are becoming more and more popular than the summer and spring weddings.”

Grand Ledge Baby Boomers will be rocking the vote in the 2016 election

Ani Stambo
Living In The Ledge

Baby Boomers take up most of America’s population, so it makes sense that older adults are more likely to vote compared to younger adults.

When you’ve been voting your whole life your need to vote doesn’t stop just because you’ve decided to move into a senior citizen home.

The Sun Theater: 84 Years and Counting

By Meghan Steingold
Living In The Ledge

Located on the infamous Bridge Street, The Sun Theater has always been an emblem of the community.

Located on the infamous Bridge Street, The Sun Theater has always been an emblem of the community.

With one featured movie shown a week and its $2 seat prices, it’s a wonder how the Sun Theater can stay afloat after 84 years of business.

“It’s a cute small theater with really reasonable prices. It’s family-owned and very popular with the members of the community,” Grand Ledge resident Allison Osika said.

The theater’s owner of 26 years, Chuck Pantera, said that business has actually peaked recently due to the community’s desire to preserve the theater.

Opening in 1931, the theater at 361 Bridge St., hit its peak in the early years of being established, according to Pantera. However, it is a city emblem and one that is highly-recognized amongst the community.

“I go there typically once a month. It’s fun to have a movie outing every once in a while and we are always happy to support this historic business,” Grand Ledge resident Jay Miller said.