Live entertainment in Grand Ledge? You bet!

By Devinnia Moore
Living In The Ledge staff reporter

Alissa Ruckert outside the Sun Theater.

Alissa Ruckert and Allison Ramors are sitting outside the Sun Theater on a bench, chit-chatting before class. A conversation opens up about seeing their favorite artists.

“I would drive all the way out to Illinois to hear my favorite band,” said 19-year-old Ruckert.

Depending on the type of music you like, finding live entertainment can be a no-brainer in Grand Ledge, but others travel to Lansing, Detroit, or even further to see their favorite artists.

“There is plenty of live entertainment right here in downtown Grand Ledge,” said one of those live entertainers, Shawn VanSteeland.

What you’d gain and lose by disbanding the Grand Ledge Police Department (not that it’s likely)


The Grand Ledge Police Department is located in downtown Grand Ledge on the corner of Main and Greenwood streets, at 310 Greenwood St. Photo by Peter Nuttall

By Peter Nuttall
Living In The Ledge staff reporter

Ruth Creyts, Grand Ledge resident and owner of an antique store in downtown Grand Ledge, said that she would be very upset if the Grand Ledge Police Department was ever disbanded.

About 20 years ago that possibility actually almost became a reality.

“Some of the city council had talked to the sheriff’s office, just to see what it would cost,” Grand Ledge police officer Lt. Chris Blievernicht said. “Just solely as a peer cost saving measure.”

Blievernicht has been on the force for 17 years, all while serving the citizens of Grand Ledge. He said that the plan never went through because the city council realized it wouldn’t of saved Grand Ledge any money.

However according to Joseph Schafer, professor and chair of the Department of Criminology at Southern Illinois University, the option of cost isn’t the only reason towns disband their police department. The option for larger agencies to come in and operate as their police force is enticing as well.

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.


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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


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.”