By Paige Wester
Living in The Ledge staff reporter
Greg Shinnings, a Grand Ledge resident for many years, said that Grand Ledge has had its struggles with low unemployment, but with each passing year, employment is improving. Just like every other state in 2008 and 2009, Grand Ledge was hit with the Great Recession, but handled it as well as possible. “I do know that the city weathered the economic slowdown very well. Tax revenue increased each year, but at very low levels,” Grand Ledge Mayor Kalmin Smith said. “For a time there were quite a few empty houses, but that does not seem to be the case now.”
Smith has been the mayor since 2007, so he has seen it all when it comes to the up and downs of his city.
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. “During the Victorian times Grand Ledge was the second largest touring destination because of the ledges,” Melanie May, facility manager of Grand Ledge’s Opera House, said. “They also thought the water had healing properties.”
The water May is referring to is the several mineral wells that were drilled for the Seven Islands Resort, which was located on seven islands in Grand River.
By Eric Finkler
GRAND LEDGE, MI – The trickle-down effect may or may not create jobs, but the strife between Republican and Democratic Parties certainly trickles down into small communities following a presidential debate. On Thursday, Oct. 4, after the debate, both parties have made advertisements highlighting the negatives of their opponents and the positives of their candidates which reflected the feelings of Grand Ledge residents
“I was disappointed in the debate,” said Grand Ledge resident, Christine Walker. “I’ve been watching the debates since 64′ and this was probably the most tedious one I’ve seen.”
“Romney was well prepared; it felt like he had memorized and repeated stats the entire time. It lost my attention.