Drinking water is fine, city officials say, residents disagree

The quality of drinking water for the City of Grand Ledge is an inconvenience, not a health risk, Public Service Director Larry LaHaie said. Many residents believe they are paying too much to be inconvenienced. The city has a multistep water treatment process that removes iron and adds fluoride, LaHaie said. “The treatment process, we pump it from wells and then it goes through an iron removal process, where actually it’s aerated and the dissolved iron in the water then bonds with the oxygen so that it can be filtered through, it’s like a sand filter almost,” he  said. https://soundcloud.com/user-185485168/larry-lahaie-1

“After that it is chlorinated for disinfection and we add phosphate for corrosion control,” he said.

Across the country, around the table: MSU students celebrate Thanksgiving

According to the National Turkey Foundation, approximately 46 million turkeys were consumed across the United States in 2015. Like those turkeys, Michigan State University students are preparing to scatter across the country this Thursday to end up stuffed. Taylor Rhelle, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering, is going home to Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin for Thanksgiving. She said seeing family is her favorite holiday tradition since she lives out-of-state and doesn’t get to travel home often. Rhelle said she’s looking forward to eating her grandmother’s crescent rolls, which are “definitely better” than Pillsbury.

“A Scout is a Scout”: Girls to be allowed full participation in Boy Scout programs in 2018

The Boy Scouts of America announced on Oct. 11, 2017, that they would begin allowing girls to join the Cub Scout program and eventually earn the Eagle Scout ranking. Girls in Grand Ledge may be able to join in 2018. Beginning next year, Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops will be able to decide whether or not they want to establish a separate ‘den’ or ‘patrol,’ respectively, for girls. The Boy Scouts made it clear that the groups would be single-gender, said a Grand Ledge Cub Scout committee chair.

In off-year election, voters address mayoral candidates, concerns about water quality

Voter turnout in Grand Ledge was slow, but expected, considering there was not much on the ballot, said City Clerk Gregory Newman. Newman said turnout on an off-year is typically between 10-15 percent of the approximately 6,000 people in the city who are registered to vote. “It’s been going off without a hitch,” said Newman on Election Day. Voters expressed interest in the mayoral race between incumbent Kalmin Smith, who has been reelected, and Michael Coll. Several mentioned concerns about water quality, including Kevin Shaw, who recently moved into the area.

New mural blends function, city pride

Artist Arlene Bragg has made it easier for residents and visitors to find Grand Ledge’s main points of interest, thanks to a recently installed mural on the downtown Ledge Craft Lane building. 

Bragg, who teaches art classes at Ledge Craft Lane, said the mural was funded by the Downtown Development Authority, whose only instructions were to include thirteen points of interest in the city, such as Ledge Craft Lane, the opera house and the library, along with a few annual events.  




“We entered into a public-private partnership, if you will, to create a mural that would serve as a wayfinding for significant points of interest throughout the community,” said Grand Ledge City Administrator Adam Smith. Bragg said the mural is 8-by-8 feet and made of two 4-by-8 foot panels, which were set on sawhorses for her to work on in a home owned by Mayor Pro-Tem Keith Mulder. “I’d go in there and I’d turn my XM radio on really loud and I’d just really get into it,” said Bragg.  

There was some last-minute stress caused by changes requested by the city a few weeks before the mural was set to be completed, said Bragg.