BY TONY KRUKOWSKI
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
– Dr. Seuss
The latest interview tells the stories of 75-year-old Grosse Ile resident Jo-Anne Gronlund.
How long have you been a resident of Grosse Ile?
My husband, Bob, and I became acquainted with Grosse Ile in 1966 when we came to the Island to look at a boat that was for sale at the Ford Yacht Club. We were immediately impressed with the beauty of the Island, and that thought remained with us until we finally made the decision to buy a house on Grosse Ile in 1968. (read more…)
By Ethel Yops
Grosse Ile Recreation Commission
Spring has arrived —“April Showers” followed by “May Flowers,” as the old saying goes. Since I am writing this at the beginning of March it is difficult to predict and it is Michigan. Wait an hour and the weather will change. (read more…)
With any new idea, there is always the potential for failure. Grosse Ile High School Student Council President Kyle Desana will admit that he had no idea what he was doing when he started planning this year’s first ever Charity Week.
“No one in our school had ever attempted to plan something of this size,” he said. “There were no notes to read or people to ask for advice. Our council had to come together and learn what we could along the way.”
It seems their hard work paid off. After months of tedious planning, Charity Week kicked off March 13. Few high school students knew what Charity Week was on that Monday and there were many confused looks as the Student Council ran around during lunch trying to get others excited about it. (read more…)
BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.
Grosse Ile Rotary Club has begun its annual quest to find and honor the Island’s “Citizen of the Year.”
The effort will culminate Thursday, May 25, when the club will recognize its recipient during a banquet at the Grosse Ile Yacht Club.
Event Committee Chairman Ron Palmer said letters and nomination forms have been sent out to organizations through the township in search of award candidates.
At the 2016 event, longtime firefighter and community volunteer Robert Walters was recognized as Citizen of the Year, becoming the 56th person chosen for an honor that has a tradition stretching back to 1961 — and is intended to recognize those whose volunteer efforts make Grosse Ile “an event better place to live and work.”
The Grosse Ile Educational Foundation is gearing up for its major fundraiser of the school year. This year’s event is a Hawaiian bash, which will be held on Saturday, May 13, at Centennial Farms on Grosse Ile.
GIEF members and supporters are inviting the public to join it to help immerse the intimate island of Grosse Ile with the sights and sounds of “The Big Island.”
Guests will be greeted with a lei, served a Hawaiian-style meal, and be entertained by Polynesian Dancers followed by a live band. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine and a Signature Island Cocktail. Thousands of dollars in raffle prizes will be on hand as well as a grand prize raffle for $2,500.
All money raised from sponsors, donors and guests at the Hawaiian Bash goes directly to funding grants that enhance educational opportunities in the Grosse Ile schools and throughout the community. (read more…)
BY BERT URBANI
The Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy invites everyone to join in and “Make Every Day Earth Day!” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Centennial Farm at 25797 Third St. on Grosse Ile. An afternoon of fun and education is planned for those who attend.
We will celebrate Parke Lane Elementary School becoming Grosse Ile’s first Michigan Green School. Colleen Gimpel, a retired Parke Lane kindergarten teacher, will speak about the Michigan Green Schools program, what Parke Lane has done to achieve the designation, and how other GI schools can become Green Schools, too.
A big focus of Earth Day will be on fun projects with the next generation of environmental stewards, our children. Kids’ activities include a pond study, making an Earth Day pendant from a “tree cookie,” planting a flower, art projects, and more. (read more…)
By Gail Albin
Do kids volunteer? What do they like or want to do? Grosse Ile is a very beautiful and safe community. How about the lucky kids who live here? Let’s find out.
Thanks to teacher Amy Nielson, who arranged a recent visit for myself to the Meridian Elementary School of Grosse Ile, Nicole Phinney, president of the Grosse Ile Kiwanis Club, along with other Kiwanis members, Kelly Chambers and Nayrin Sarkisrian, a very well-planned after-school K- Kids program was conducted. It was fun watching the happy and energetic kids. This brought confidence and delight about our future.
K-Kids is a service club for students in elementary school. It’s led by elementary students and teaches the value of helping others by taking part in community service projects.
The defining statement of Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.
At this new monthly program there were about 40 students and the four women mentioned above. The meeting began at 3 p.m. The agenda for the meeting was posted: Snacks, Game, Election of club officers, Trust, Project. (read more…)
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
The owners of Smokies on the Water are ready to welcome back boaters, golfers and swimmers to the Water’s Edge clubhouse.
Business has been steady since October, but quiet enough for Scott McBeath and Tom Mercurio to assess their first year of operations and prepare to meet the desires and demands of the summertime crowds using the township’s golf course, pool and marina. (read more…)
By Gail Albin
A great way to meet wonderful people is to interview Grosse Ile volunteers. Betty Kane is known around Grosse Ile as a very active volunteer in so many ways. Just to mention what she does at Sacred Heart Church alone would fill this page.
Betty Kane has lived on Grosse Ile for 25 years. She likes the peaceful quietness and the active Catholic church. Before retiring, Betty worked as an administrative assistant in the automotive field.
“I have nine grandchildren who keep me hopping.” Betty said. “After retiring, I knew I needed to get out and meet people, do some good in my daily life while I am still physically able. At Sacred Heart, I help with Manna meals, Spirit of Hope (helping citizens of Detroit), Knights of Columbus, ChristNet (temporary shelter and meals) Donut Sunday, Eucharistic minister and Elizabeth Ministries (provide many types of support for young women who may need some temporary help) and Jammy/pajamas luncheon, where sleep wear is donated.” (read more…)
BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
When the Grosse Ile boys’ basketball team started the season with four losses in their first six games, they were not too thrilled. So, they went to work fixing it.
“Our biggest challenge this season was trying to figure ourselves out, trying to figure our strengths and weaknesses as a team,” Grosse Ile coach Mohamed Elhaj said.
Now, with the MHSAA post-season on the horizon, the Red Devils are sitting on a 10-7 record as of press time (9-4 in the Huron League), with the hopes of adding a back-to-back district title to their resume. It was all about learning from the struggles.
“I learned a lot from every game we’ve played so far,” Elhaj said. “We started off the season struggling…trying to figure ourselves out, but as we played more games, I got the chance to learn more about my team and make better adjustments.”
Those adjustments proved key for the Red Devils. (read more…)