The Grosse Ile High School rowing program has been around since 1989, and despite being surrounded by water on all sides, it has a big problem. The team has nowhere to really call home.
Currently, the Grosse Ile rowing team operates out of the Wyandotte Boat Club, along with six other local high schools. The teams compete for use of the indoor rowing machines, weight room times and the tank room time, which causes competition for training time and water access.
The team has also run into problems with quicker wear and tear on equipment. Included in the fee that the school pays to the Boat Club, the equipment is used by any club member during the offseason, which causes premature wear on the equipment.
So the plan was put into place; raise funds for a Boat House and Training Center that the Red Devils could call home. (read more…)
Round the Island
There’s a lot of artwork hung in the halls of the Grosse Ile Township Schools’ administrative building. It’s worth stopping and admiring the artistic ability of students on the Island. When I asked about them, the secretary told me the art teachers select the art from their students’ work in class and they’re sent over to the administrative building. The parents are notified their student’s art is being featured in the administrative building and then they show up with a camera and can record the honor their child received. It’s a nice idea and provides a colorful addition to the building. (read more…)
BY FRANK KOOTSILLAS
When students graduate high school, they usually leave behind a picture in a school yearbook and a host of fond memories but, a school monument? How did this come about?
Frank Kootsillas Jr. (a.k.a. Frankie) and his family lived directly across the street from the old Slocom-Truax High School, built in 1921. The school later became the junior high school when the new high school was built on the west side of Trenton. (read more…)
By Ethel Yops
Grosse Ile Recreation Commission
New Year kicks off with several events
We just said “good-bye” to the year 2016 and rang in the New Year to say “hello” to 2017. May it be a year of good health, happiness and prosperity, looking forward with optimism and leaving pessimism behind; the chance for a new beginning in all things — faith, hope, love, charity, peace and renewal in spirit.
Recreation opportunities at all levels:
Community Skating and Hockey Rink-Water’s Edge Complex. Plan your skating party or special hockey time, weather permitting. Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Open Skate. 7-11 p.m. Open hockey and rentals. Saturday 9 a.m.-Noon open skate and 2-4 p.m. open hockey and rentals. Sunday 11-2 p.m. open skating and 4-11 p.m. open skate and rentals. If rink is unlocked during unscheduled time, you may skate. Rink closes daily at 11 p.m. (read more…)
BY FRANK KOOTSILLAS
The City of Cleveland III was a ship built in 1907 at the Wyandotte Ship Building Co. in Wyandotte. Her length was over 400 feet, making her the largest paddle-wheel steamer in the world and one of the most luxurious. She was built to carry 4,500 passengers, with sleeping accommodations for 1,500, with additional capacity to carry freight.
Unfortunately, just before her scheduled launch on June 30, 1907, she was heavily damaged by a fire while still in dry dock. Her elaborate interior was almost destroyed. After the reconstruction was completed in 1908, she made her first trial trip on April 22, 1908 and her maiden voyage on June 4, 1908 to Sault Ste Marie. She joined her sister ships of the D&C Fleet in Detroit. They were the Eastern States, the Western States, The Greater Detroit, The Greater Buffalo, and The City of Detroit III.
The City of Cleveland III traveled the Great Lakes profitably for 42 years, until that fateful day of June 26, 1950. On that day, she was heavily damaged in a collision with a Norwegian freighter, The Ravenfjell, in heavy fog off Harbor Beach, Michigan. There were eight fatalities and many injuries. Among the dead were the Benton Harbor Police Chief and the former Mayor of Benton Harbor. This was a special cruise chartered by the Benton Harbor Chamber of Commerce. It was headed for Detroit to watch the Detroit Tigers play the New York Yankees that afternoon. (read more…)
To paraphrase Henry Adams, “A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops.” The latest interview tells the stories of longtime teacher and Island resident, Ann Schiebner.
How long have you been a resident of Grosse Ile?
It was purely by chance that I ended up coming to Grosse Ile. I saw a listing on a bulletin board at Michigan State University that turned out to be a position I wasn’t seeking, that was in a place I had never been to, and for which I was not the employer’s first choice. Other than that, the position was a match made in heaven. (read more…)
Twenty-five students of all grade levels gathered in the Grosse Ile High School parking lot, coffees in hand, on a chilly December Saturday while most were sound asleep, to serve the community. After a 30-minute drive the students found themselves at the Delray Neighborhood House on the outskirts of Detroit. A quick look around at the decaying homes and curbside litter could tell you that the kids who lived here had it a lot worse. (read more…)
All too often, we read about animals being abused, so it’s heartwarming to hear of a 7-year-old girl who put the homeless animals before herself. Meet 7-year-old Gianna Lagina of Grosse Ile.
Gianna celebrated her birthday in November, but requested her friends not bring her a gift but rather bring a gift for the homeless animals at the Grosse Ile Animal Shelter. In exchange for gifts to the animals, Gianna created a pet adoption center at her party. Each partygoer received a stuffed animal of his or her choice, an adoption certificate, and a small box to keep the stuffed animal safe. (read more…)
Businesses along Macomb Street are encouraged by the Island Beautification Committee to plant flowers and keep their premises weed and litter free.
After walking the street this summer and evaluating the businesses, members of the IBC scored each one a 3, 2, 1, or 0. A 3 meant outstanding effort to beautify, a 2 good effort, a 1 little effort, and 0 no effort. Those awarded a 3 or 2 received a decal to place in their window for customers to see with the slogan, “This business is helping to keep Grosse Ile blooming and beautiful.” (read more…)
By Pamela A. Frucci
When I write this column, I remember reading H.C.L. Jackson’s column in the Detroit News back in the 1950s “Listening in on Detroit.” He lived on Grosse Ile and wrote about people and places in the metro Detroit area as if they were all his friends and neighbors. I try to imitate his style!
When our Grosse Ile Musicale celebrated its 85th anniversary on Dec. 9 at the G.I. Golf & Country Club, I had lined up an actress friend to portray Gretchen Jackson (Mrs. H.C.L.) who was at the meeting at Mrs. John Karmazin’s when she called together a bunch of Island women and founded the Friday Musicale in 1931. When my friend couldn’t do it, I stepped in. I found a 1930s dress, had my hair styled to look like it might in 1931, and portrayed Mrs. H.C. L. Jackson in a little skit I had written for the anniversary party. (read more…)