By Ethel Yops
Grosse Ile Recreation Commission
It’s November already. The year 2017 has been a time of extreme changes in weather patterns. What will this month bring us as we begin thinking of the holiday season?
Thanksgiving is a day of feasting on turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and more, topped off with pumpkin pie, a far cry from the pilgrims with corn and wild fowl. All of us giving thanks for what we have, taking care to remember those less fortunate by sharing with food and warm clothing.
Veterans Day is Nov. 11. Fly your flags, pray for those now serving in the Armed Forces and for their safe return and give thanks for all who have served and those who have given their lives to keep our country free. We must never forget their sacrifice. (read more…)
All runners and walkers are invited to the 4th Annual Thanks+Giving Fun Run on Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, Nov. 23. Now an annual tradition, the chapel bell will send off racers on a 1-mile KIDS DASH at 8:30 a.m. and a 5K walk/run at 9 a.m.
Santa will be present, dressed in full Santa gear as he and his helpers give out water and lots of encouragement en route. Pumpkin pies are given as prizes to first place, second place, and third place finishers. All participants will receive handmade Thanksgiving “medals” at the finish line. Entry fees are free-will donations. (read more…)
Most residents of Grosse Ile realize that we live on “A little piece of Heaven.” There are local angels who put on their work clothes, outdoor shoes and garden gloves to help make Grosse Ile the beautiful community that it is. These angels are volunteers from the Grosse Ile Garden Club.
There are several areas of beauty that we admire as we drive or walk past. The hanging flower baskets all along Macomb Street, the gardens at Centennial Farm and four Corners are just a few of the garden sites.
Go on your computer and check out the several garden and memorial sites. There is information on activities, club projects, a list of officers and how to join. It would be a great way for a person who is new to Grosse Ile or loves gardening to join and meet like-minded people, get exercise and provide even more beauty to our community. (read more…)
The following Trenton and Grosse Ile area holiday shopping directory includes a multitude of ideas for holiday gifts, including many creative, “outside the box” possibilities designed for those hard-to-shop-for people on your gift-giving list. Please consider a local store or restaurants to pick up a unique, clever or quick item for everyone on your list — all without having to drive too far. Make sure to tell them the “Trib” sent you! (read more…)
“My great strength is knowing who I am and where I come from — my island.”
— Oscar de la Renta
This latest interview gives us an insight into the life of 82-year-old Grosse Ile resident, Pete Coan.
How long have you been a resident of Grosse Ile?
I have lived on Grosse Ile since 1937. My parents built a house on Parke Lane at the north end of the Island, and we moved here from Wyandotte when I was 2 years old.
What is your first memory of living on the Island?
The thing I remember most is how sublimely quiet it is on Grosse Ile. At the time I moved to the Island, there were not more than 1,500-2,000 people living here. I am still cognizant of it today — once you cross one of the bridges to the Island you hear the sounds of nature, and not much else. (read more…)
BY RICK SCHULTE
Many of the world’s oldest churches are known for their ornate works of art. While that is not too unusual, St. James Episcopal Church offers an opportunity to find some more modern works of art throughout its church and complex.
Erica Chappuis (pronounced ‘Shap-wee’) not only brings an artistic touch to one of the Island’s oldest churches, she also brings an infectious enthusiasm recognized by the church’s longtime rector, the Rev. Phil Dinwiddie.
“Erica brings an artist’s eye to everything she does,” Dinwiddie said. “Whether it is creating a thoughtful painting of the Holy Family or organizing a group of liturgical dancers for the Palm Sunday procession, or even a conversation or Bible Study, Erica identifies the joy inherent in the moment and brings it into bloom.” (read more…)
Inspections of the piers will be conducted until ongoing repairs to the footing of the bridge are completed, according to Wayne County’s Department of Public Services, which oversees maintenance of the structure, one of two bridges connecting the island to the mainland.
County officials said the inspection has been planned around rush hour traffic to reduce impact on motorists, who will need to use thee privately-owned toll bridge near the north end of the island to enter and exit during the closure times. (read more…)
BY RICK SCHULTE
If the idea of the Grosse Ile Educational Foundation (GIEF) is to provide funding above and beyond traditional methods, there’s no doubt about this: The organization has the ‘above and beyond’ part down pretty well.
The GIEF is a non-profit organization geared toward providing additional funding for “creative and exemplary educational opportunities,” which benefit Grosse Ile Township Schools students of all grade levels. Over the years, more than $1 million has been raised by the foundation.
“Yes, we do want to go above and beyond,” said Kurt Kobiljak, who serves as president of the GIEF. “It’s important we help provide the extras that are important to our school and all of our students, but we want to also benefit the community, too. I think we will be doing more of that.” (read more…)
BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
When Grosse Ile students reported to school on Sept. 5, they walked into some changes to their respective buildings.
After a bond was passed in May of 2016, funds were allocated for renovations to the school buildings in the city.
The bond first went to vote for the community in May of 2015 but was turned down by 42 votes. A year later, it was supported and passed by the Grosse Ile community.
This summer, five million of the 10 million allocated funds were used on technology infrastructure, building renovations and two athletic programs. (read more…)
By Ethel Yops
The season of football games, tailgating and the last of backyard barbecues is upon us. Terrific colors of the changing leaves on the trees are so amazing. Enjoy taking a walk in the brisk autumn air. Enjoy the wonders of a pumpkin patch, visit a farmer’s corn maze or a cider mill. Did you know that Michigan apples are the best in the world? Enjoy a McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Gala, Ginger Gold, Jonathan or others.
Below is just a brief preview of some of our happenings for October and don’t forget easy registration at grosseilerecreation.com.
Octoberfest Luncheon: Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 12:30 p.m. at Centennial Farm Activity Room. Live entertainment and great food. Advanced tickets only. Those 55 and up are encouraged to sign up. (read more…)