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…)
BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
It’s another spring on Grosse Ile and another Red Devils girls soccer program is doing as the soccer programs do on the Island.
With districts on the horizon, the 2017 Grosse Ile girls team is moving swiftly to the post-season with no major hiccups along the way thus far. In fact, they’re skipping the hiccups and instead, notching major accomplishments as the years go on. (read more…)
BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
When one thinks of high school sports, the usual culprits come to mind: football, baseball, volleyball. The Grosse Ile athletics department does have a team for each of the usuals, but also one that most locals do not have — lacrosse.
The Grosse Ile lacrosse team was founded as a club team in 2002 and a few years later became a varsity sport for the school. The district currently has a middle school recreational team to go along with the high school program. (read more…)
Grosse Ile resident Brian Maghran has been unanimously selected by the Boy Scouts of America Mahican District as Scoutmaster of the Year.
Maghran has been the scoutmaster of Grosse Ile Troop 1261 for five years, and embraces the responsibility with skill and enthusiasm.
As he follows the boys from Cub Scout Crossover throughout their entire involvement in scouting, he works tirelessly to ensure every scout has a positive experience. Maghran watches the boys with a sharp eye and never tolerates bullying. He believes in developing leadership skills, and has initiated some bold ideas with amazing outcomes. (read more…)
The Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy held its annual Earth Day celebration on Earth Day, April 22, at Centennial Farm. Among the lessons learned:
Drop your drugs at the Grosse Ile Police Dept. Chief Joe Porcarelli noted that for years, the standard practice for disposing of old, leftover medications was to flush them down the toilet. The wastewater treatment system is unable to filter them from the water and they end up in the river, and surprisingly, in fish. The law enforcement reason for the collection, of course, is to prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands for illegal purposes, as well as to protect children from accidental poisoning. However, it also protects the environment from these dangerous chemicals. The GIPD is open 24/7, so
medicine drop-offs can occur any time. The department accepts prescription, over the counter and other drugs (no liquids, inhalers or needles). (read more…)
BY FRANK KOOTSILLAS
As I sit here on a rainy Saturday afternoon, I discovered an old Abbott and Costello movie on television. It brought back a flood of memories I had long forgotten.
Back in the “middle ages” (as the kids call my era — the 1940s, ’50s and early ’60s) Saturdays were special — a time when we sought out our favorite heroes on the big screen.
There were Roy Rogers and Gene Autry of the western serial scene. For comedy, we had Abbott and Costello and their hilarious meetings with the Mummy, the Wolfman, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man and … Abbott and Costello meet Abbott and Costello …lol. This was our Saturday afternoon matinee, our palace and our retreat. (read more…)
The “Bottoms Up Diaper Bank” has experienced great growth since its inception in November 2015. It was formed to fulfill a need for low income families with babies. Since WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and Bridge cards cannot be used to purchase diapers, purchasing diapers on a very tight budget is extremely difficult, diaper bank founder Elaine McElwaney said. With parents’ limited income going for rent, food, clothing, and utilities, many infants have to remain in one diaper all day. The lack of clean diapers is one of the leading causes of child abuse. (read more…)