School Board takeover of parks discussed

By Emily Cervone
Living In The Ledge

The Grand Ledge Public School Board late last month addressed the long-standing issue of the underutilized parks and recreation, said Superintendent Brian Metcalf.

“We want a good relationship to establish good programs,” said Kim Mulvenna, vice president of the Board of Education. “We are trying to get a partnership with Michigan National Resources to help further develop the Ledges.”

Grand Ledge’s Parks and Recreation have now been acquired by the school board, said Superintendent Brian Metcalf. The decision was made in order to integrate school programs so that sports like archery and baseball could utilize the parks, and it was the most viable financially for the town.

The Ravines: more than just a community

By Meghan Steingold
Living In The Ledge

Being a smaller community within greater Grand Ledge, the Ravines can be overlooked. Get to know abut the mobile home community and its people here:

 

Top 26 GLHS scholars recognized for academic excellence

By Meghan Steingold
Living In The Ledge

At the Sawdon Administration Building on April 28, 26 of the top scholars of the Grand Ledge High School Class of 2015 were recognized for their academic excellence. Families gathered in order to honor the students, with graduation less than a month away.

 

For the entire list, you can go to

http://www.glcomets.net/newsannouncements/

 

Unemployment in Grand Ledge may be deceptively low, mayor says

By Tanisha Edwards
Living In The Ledge

The rates of unemployment in Grand Ledge are lower than the rates of other areas in Michigan and nationally but they have increased over time.

“A lot of people in Grand Ledge are looking for work and many are underemployed working part time or at jobs beneath their level of education and training,” said Kalmin Smith, mayor of Grand Ledge.

Smith said he believes “many have stopped looking for work because of the dismal economy and inept leadership by Obama that unemployment numbers are deceptively low and very misleading.”

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 Stambo
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.