Grand Ledge Oakwood Cemetery

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Oakwood Cemetery

 11041 Oneida Rd., Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Cemetery Hours: Monday though Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

(517) 627-9090

Oakwood Cemetery is owned by the City of Grand Ledge and is governed by the Board of Cemetery trustees. It was founded on less than an acre of land in 1856 by the Grand Ledge Burying Ground Association. The cemetery is now close to 20 acres of land, and holds memorials for those who lost their lives in the Civil War, World War I and World War II.

Grand Ledge School District

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Hayes Middle School

12620 Nixon Rd., Grand Ledge, MI 48827

School Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

(517) 925-5680

Hayes Middle School, which serves the Grand Ledge community, offers a nurturing environment for all 7th and 8th graders that walk through it’s doors. One of the main foundations of the school, Comet P.R.I.D.E., encourages students to “be Positive” and “Respectful”, “have Integrity” and “Determination” and to “give our best Effort.”

“[P.R.I.D.E] is our positive behavior system that we have throughout the school,” said Ken Wright, the interim vice principal for Hayes Middle School. “We teach kids the way that they’re supposed to behave, our expectations that we have, and we reenforce the good behaviors… The big part here is that we teach them how you should be acting when you’re in the hallways, how you should be acting when you’re in the cafeteria or class… and we believe that that carries over into other areas of our community. So when [the students are] leaving here, they’re going out and they are still understanding those general ways of behaving, [and] we think that has an impact on the community.”

City Parks

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Fitzgerald Park

133 Fitzgerald Park Dr., Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Park Hours: Every day, 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

Daily Motor Vehicle entrance fee: $3 resident or $5 non-resident.

(517) 627-7351

Home to Grand Ledge’s famous sedimentary rock “ledges,” Fitzgerald Park is a hidden gem of the community. Boasting a playground, baseball field, basketball court, bike path, an 18-hole disk golf course, various hiking trails, a sledding hill in the winter and several shaded areas to rent, this park can provide fun for the whole family.

“You can go forward in time or back in time [at this park],” said Jackie Blanc, who is the Naturalist and Operations Manager for Eaton County Parks. “Some of these ledges themselves are 250 million years old like the dinosaurs during the Pennsylvanian time period.”

Renewing contract with City of Grand Ledge

By Jiabin Liu
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE – Olson Farm renewed its leasing contract with City of Grand Ledge to rent tillable acreage at the Grand Ledge Abrams Municipal Airport.

Olsan Farm's Location on Google Map Photo by Jiabin Liu

Olsan Farm’s Location on Google Map
Photo by Jiabin Liu

Agreement

The Abrams Municipal Airport is on the edge of the City and has tillable vacant airport land.

Olson Farms has rented this tillable acreage at the Grand Ledge airport for the past three years and the Council renewed the contract for three more years on 14 April 2014.

Network would support more technology at Grand Ledge High School

A teacher at GLHS helps a student set her schedule for the next school year.

A teacher at GLHS helps a student set her schedule for the next school year.

By Mayara Sanches
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

Technology in schools video

GRAND LEDGE — Grand Ledge High School is working on its network system to expand the use of technology in classrooms.

While the high school’s network is not yet able to support a system, it offers many Apple products, like iPads and Macs, that rotate between the classes that need it.

“When the students are using the school network, we have to be careful so they don’t bring virus into our network,” said Brody Boucher, Grand Ledge School Board president. “We have the ability to block some content.”

Innovations

Since new cellphones and portable technological gadgets became popular, school officials believe that students should be able to find information quickly and have it at their fingertips.

Boucher said the high school wants to partly implement the “flipped classroom” model, in which the students find the information they need, and the teachers assist them in that area.

“We’re not there yet and we don’t know if we want to be like that all the time, but it’s a way for teachers to facilitate the learning,” he said.

Grand Ledge residents believe in the Second Amendment

By Mayara Sanches
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

Gun control video

GRAND LEDGE — Although no major issues have happened in the city of Grand Ledge, the city’s police department continues to enforce the state laws about gun ownership and control.

The police chief together with the police officers patrol the city to make sure every resident is abiding to the laws when they are dealing with drugs. When citizens want to buy guns, background checks are conducted at the department building as well.

“The state laws are the state laws, there’s nothing special about firearms laws — they’ve been on the works for years, they’ve changed,” said Police Chief Martin Underhill.

History

The state laws are the local laws, Underhill said, and the police does its job to keep the citizens safe and out of harm from an object that is a lethal weapon — a gun.

“If people are abiding by the laws, then it’s not an issue for us, and if they’re breaking the laws then we’ll take action — perhaps their actions are inappropriate for arrest if the law requires,” he said.

Green infrastructure projects improve Grand Ledge recreation and quality of life

By Hannah Watts
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE — Green infrastructure is increasingly relevant to Michigan, the region and the country. With five Great Lakes and two peninsulas, Michigan represents connectivity.

“Many people think green infrastructure has to do with just energy, but really green infrastructure is any infrastructure that is sensitive to the environment,” said Jon Bayless, Grand Ledge city administrator.

With green infrastructure improvements well underway in Grand Ledge, such as possible dam deconstruction, recreational trail extensions and rain gardens, community support is essential.

“The community has been very supportive of locally-initiated and state-mandated efforts to build and maintain a green infrastructure,” said Kalmin Smith, mayor of Grand Ledge. “The primary green interest of Grand Ledgers is to protect and improve the quality of water in the Grand River which flows through the city.”

Grand Ledge: Not your typical small town

By Melissa Delekta
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE – When Mayor Kalmin Smith and his wife moved in 1996 from Okemos to Grand Ledge, they were looking for a small town feel. They found exactly what suited their style, and so have many others.

Grand Ledge residents enjoy Lick-ity Split on a spring day. Photo by: Melissa Delekta

Grand Ledge residents enjoy Lick-ity Split on a spring day. Photo by: Melissa Delekta

Same sex married couples will remain ineligible for state benefits

By Halie Woody
Grande Ledge Gazette staff writer

When Ann Arbor resident Paula Weber got legally married in March, along with 300 plus couples, her celebration was quickly met with despair when a stay was issued.

Washtenaw County is just one of the counties that opened up to marry same sex couples

Washtenaw County is just one of the counties that opened up to marry same sex couple

The immediate stay placed Weber and her partner in a legal limbo. The couple was now eligible for federal benefits but no state. Both of the two are self-employed and this put the future of their business in jeopardy.

“Our home is the location of our business, and is our primary investment for the last 18 years as homeowners,” Weber said. “Even though we have joint ownership of our home, if one of us dies our share would not pass to the surviving owner (spouse) without an inheritance tax.”

Despite being legally married the couple would not be treated the same way a heterosexual couple would under the circumstances of death.

Mental health in teens at Grand Ledge High School

By Ariel Rogers
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

Students at Grand Ledge High School often are not aware of the counseling options available. Photo by Ariel Rogers

Students at Grand Ledge High School are often unaware of the counseling options available. Photo by Ariel Rogers

GRAND LEDGE — Grand Ledge High School has a student population nearing 1,800 ninth through 12th graders. Students are often overwhelmed with the stress of becoming an adult and planning the future.

Kathy Coscarelli is a licensed counselor in the Grand Ledge area. She receives referrals from GLHS for further counseling options for the students.

“Kids are so stressed about the future,” Coscarelli said. “They have no hope. Mom and dad are fighting.”

A study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration surveyed people ages 12 through 17 if they experienced a major depressive episode in the past year. (In 2011, 8.2% of the people interviewed) experienced a depressed mood or loss in interest in daily activities that lasted more than two weeks in the past year.