September is a big month for the Grosse Ile Garden Club, as the group finalizes its plans for “Anything Goes IV” Tablescape fundraiser, set for Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Stone Creek Banquet Center in Flat Rock.
The event will feature 30 unique tablescapes showcasing collectible glassware and fine and casual china, each in keeping with the “Anything Goes” theme. Tablescape “designers” include club members, florists and friends. Attendees will have an opportunity to view the designs and bid on raffle baskets before being served lunch.
The Grosse Ile Garden Club was organized in 1927 and is affiliated with the Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc., through which it became a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. The Grosse Ile group supports several community gardens, sponsors an annual Christmas Charity Auction, and provides a $1,000 educational scholarship to a Grosse Ile student. The tablescape event is the Club’s major fundraiser.
Tickets are priced at $40. For ticket information, contact Sue Lowery, (734) 675-0417 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsors are also being sought. Interested businesses or individuals may contact Pat O’Brien, (734) 671-2985 or Lee Shade, (734) 676-4347 for more information on sponsor and donor opportunities.
Stephanie Kearney’s “Island Girls” honey recently was named No. 1 in a contest of more than 20 entries at the Monroe County Fair.
Kearney is from Grosse Ile and has been a beekeeper for more than five years. She is a member of the Monroe Beekeepers Club.
This past year, Kearney placed five hives at Westcroft Gardens on Grosse Ile. After harvesting the honey she decided to enter in Monroe County Fair for her very first time. The judges all agreed that her honey was No. 1. It has a light flowery flavor with a hint of peach. Her “Island Girls,” which is the name she chose for her bees, went within their five mile radius and brought the pollen back to produce this fine honey.
Being a nurse, Kearney has always looked for ways to eat healthier. She has raised chickens and bees and has a true organic garden in her yard. Westcroft Gardens has all of the beautiful flowers, trees, and bushes they sell and, in addition, Garden of Hope has chemical free vegetables on the premises as well.
Kearney knew that this was the place she would like to add to her bee farming. Honey is now available at Westcroft Gardens.
By Ethel Yops
Grosse Ile Recreation Commission
Hello Friends of the Trenton Trib. As I prepare this article on Aug. 14, it’s my birthday and the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II. I am a little incapacitated this month and recovering.
Unfortunately (as life would have it), I had an incident that caused me to injure my arm. But, with the help of a friend, I was still able to get this month’s article ready. I just wanted to thank the Grosse Ile EMS and how quickly and carefully they got me over the one-way bridge during construction. Words of caution to those who live in a condo or apartment — carefully watch the water in the bath tub! It can cause a lot of inconvenience and long term repairs for everyone involved. Life is full of ups and downs, keep a good attitude.
September is the first month of the autumn season. On Labor Day, Sept. 4, we celebrate American workers and how hard work has helped this country to do well and prosper, and Sept. 10 is Grandparents Day, celebrating a day to honor your grandparents as well as the contributions made to society from all seniors. (read more…)
Do you know where this is?
The business location pictured above can be found some-where within the boundaries of Trenton or Grosse Ile. Do you think you know what it is?
If you do, please email your answer to email@example.com. All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will receive a $20 Round House BBQ gift card. The entry deadline is 9 a.m., Sept. 14. Last month’s Mystery Location was Sav-On Drugs, 8900 Macomb, Grosse Ile. The winner of the gift card was John Stoker of Grosse Ile.
BY BRIAN RZEPPA
Started in 2015 as a way to encourage physical fitness and showcase the sights of Grosse Ile, the Tour de Ile has continued to grow and this year’s event will be bigger than ever.
Kicking off Sunday, Sept. 24, the Tour de Ile has been made part of the “Paint The Town Red” weekend in honor of Grosse Ile’s Homecoming game that will take place on Friday the 22nd.
John Burgan, the chairman of the Tour de Ile and President-Elect of the Grosse Ile Rotary Club, has played a vital role in the event’s organizational process and noted how well the event has gone year-in and year-out. (read more…)
Suzi and Matt Honkala are a young couple who are outstanding volunteers from Grosse Ile. Suzi, whose parents are Roberto and Sylvia Sanchez, formerly of Grosse Ile, described how she and Matt began volunteering and became involved with the Rotary Club.
How did you get started volunteering?
Suzi: Our parents have always been very service oriented, so I guess we learned from their example. My parents were always doing things in the community, at church, etc., so I learned to participate and do things as well. My dad has been a member of the Rotary Club of Grosse Ile since we moved here, so growing up, I noticed and when I was asked to get involved I always said yes. Matt and I became official Rotarians a couple of years ago, and from July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018, Matt will be the president of our club. Matt’s parents were also involved in activities; his dad served on some township commissions and boards and his mom coached GIYRA sports when we were kids. (read more…)
BY MELANIE YOUNG
Pat Sabat is a proud Island resident with lots of stories to tell. She even took a couple of those stories and turned them into children’s books.
Sabat isn’t a lifelong resident, but has grown to love the community and the schools. She moved to Michigan from the Bronx, New York, when her husband took a job at a pharmaceutical company. They moved to Grosse Ile from Lincoln Park in 1976 mainly for the school system and her children did very well there. (read more…)
BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
The numbers may have been small this season, but the heart was big. The Grosse Ile lacrosse team had some challenges with numbers in the 2017 campaign, but some key players stepping into leadership roles helped to pave the way for a new light on the program. (read more…)
FRANK KOOTSILLAS When thinking back on Monroe, Michigan, in the 1960s, most people would think of a landscape dotted with small farms and dense clusters of large trees that surrounded a quaint city. It had that small town atmosphere. In 1965 that all changed.
It began on a summer evening in 1965. Several motorists, traveling the back roads of Monroe County, encountered a beast-like creature in the brush, along the side of the road. It stood seven foot high with long black hair and projected a gruesome image. As time progressed many other sightings were reported.
Word spread quickly, even without the benefits of the Internet. It was soon printed in the local newspapers in Detroit and Toledo. Television stations in Detroit soon picked up the story. This brought the quiet farming area of Monroe into a scary limelight. (read more…)
BY YI-CHIA SCHMAEMAN
In the fall of 2014, 10 high school students became charter members of Wired Devils, Grosse Ile’s FIRST Robotics Competition team. FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an international organization for youths.
An old woodshop turned storage room was home to the Wired Devils. These youths were enticed by robots. They were attracted to learning by doing. They looked forward to challenges. They also were not afraid of hard work and long hours.
Under the tutelage of mentors, they learned about safety and many used hand and power tools for the very first time. Gradually, they became proficient in using engineering principles to design and prove-out a robot. Once knowledge was shared with students, the mentors stepped aside. The mentors became enablers and staunch cheerleaders of the team. With encouragement from the mentors, the team matured into a student-run operation. The day-to-day organization is planned by the student leads, who are responsible and held accountable by their groups and the mentors. (read more…)