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.

Legendary Bar has 100 years of History

By Emily Cervone
Living In the Ledge

“I swear, you could make a made-for-TV movie with the stuff that comes out of this place.”

Butch Bates, the day shift bartender at legendary Preston’s Bar in Grand Ledge, excused himself as he greeted his co-worker with a and bear hug. The bar just celebrated its centennial in 2014.

“The best thing about this town, and bar, is that no one has a real name,” said Bates. “I guess Grand Ledge is a cliquey town. I feel like people might be intimidated when they come in here. But they shouldn’t.”

Local Non-Profit is Anchor for Artist Community

Classes are held weekly at Ledge Craft Lane by multiple community artists

Classes are held weekly at Ledge Craft Lane by multiple community artists

By Emily Cervone
Living In The Ledge

Little did the citizens of Grand Ledge know, Marilyn Smith’s spring break of 1973 would forever change their town and the fate of an 130-year-old building waiting for demolition.

“It was a disaster,” said Smith. “There was plaster falling off the walls, it had been vacant for four years. It was unbelievable.”

Yet Smith had a dream after traveling to Grand Rapids for her spring break, where she met a few artists and took painting classes. Born and raised in Grand Ledge, that was the “only thing that was missing” from the town—a place to cultivate and support the arts.

“I was a full-time teacher, but I was interested in art,” said Smith. “I called people, got an attorney, a journalist, an artist, some volunteers and went to the city to reach an agreement on this building.”

Eventually, after some negotiating, Ledge Craft Lane was founded in 1975 by Smith, who is the current president of the non-profit business. Smith also is on the Grand Ledge Historical Society Board.

Yoor Mom Skate Shop: A Little Shack Doing Big Things

By Meghan Steingold
Living In The Ledge

Although largely unknown to the general public, the Yoor Mom Skate Shop is a unique business to the Grand Ledge community, with little recognition.

Being a little shack next door to the Sun Theater, the store at 320 S. Bridge St. exhibits very unique attributes that differ from those of the surrounding businesses. With old skateboards bolted up on the sides of the entrance, and graffiti along the side of the building, the shop is clearly geared toward the youth of Grand Ledge.

Shop owner Jerry Norris keeps the skateboards nailed up on the wall at all times for purchase and also for people to stop in just to gaze. The store also sells other skateboarding equipment.

Shop owner, Jerry Norris keeps the skateboards nailed up on the wall at all times for purchase and also for people to stop in just to gaze. The store also sells other skateboarding equipment.

Jerry Norris, the owner of the skate shop, opened the business May 13, 2012 because of his son Rain Norris and his friends.

“We are an incubator for skateboarding companies, so any kid that has an idea to start a skateboarding company whether it be t-shirts and apparel or making decks or being a photographer or videographer, they can come here and sell through here. We’re a skate shop, but we’re really a hang out for these kids,” said Jerry Norris.

Grand Ledge: what used to be the most popular resort destination of Michigan

By Ani Stambo
Living In The Ledge

Grand Ledge is one small town in Michigan that has been blessed in the geographical lottery department. The most important aspect of Grand Ledge is without a doubt its sandstone cliffs along Grand River. Most natives to Grand Ledge already know of this town’s golden age starting in the 1870s.

YES Center Slowly On the Rise

 By Meghan Steingold                                                                                    Living In the Ledge

Grand Ledge’s own YES (Youth Enrichment Services) Center is growing minimally but still intends to expand and continue to inspire the youth of the community with the help of Executive Director Jay Miller.

Ward 3 council member running unopposed this November

By Seth Kinker
Grand Ledge Gazette

GRAND LEDGE – Ward 3 City Councilwoman Sue Roberts wasn’t going to run for re-election — but when nobody stepped up to replace her, she changed her mind, according to Council member Thom Sowle.

Roberts could not be reached for comment, but Sowle said on Wednesday that Roberts would run as a write-in candidate, just as she did when she was re-elected two years ago.

This year Council member Roberts did not circulate a nominating position, nor did anyone else. A few weeks ago she informed Council Members that she would not be a write in candidate.

“I think it is a shame when no one makes an effort to qualify on the ballot,” said Mayor Kalmin Smith. “Knocking on doors and soliciting signatures is a good way for new candidates and incumbents to meet voters and gauge the mood of the community.”