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Fowlerville News & Views Online Edition March 31, 2013 Nancy Roberts, left, place first and Kaitlyn Bennett finished second Junior High students compete in ‘American & Me’ Essay Contest Local Students Named Essay Contest Winners: Two 8th grade students from Fowlerville Junior High School have been named local winners in the 44th annual America and Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. This year’s theme was, “My Personal Michigan Hero.” The two students, who earned the first and second place awards for their school, are Nancy Roberts, who came in first, and Kaitlyn Bennett, second. Both received award certificates for their achievement. As the school’s first place winner, Nancy’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school. Nancy Robert’s first place essay now advances to the state level competition, from which the top ten essays in Michigan will be selected. The top ten statewide winners will be announced in April and a cash award of $1000.00 can be earned. In addition, the top ten essayists will be honored at a banquet in Lansing, meet with Michigan’s top governmental leaders, and be the featured guests at a Lansing Lugnuts baseball game, complete with a halftime ceremony honoring their academic success. Fowlerville Equestrian Team hosts “Just Horsing Around” program at Fowlerville District Library “Just Horsing Around” at the Fowlerville District Library was a lot of fun for the Fowlerville High School Equestrian team. They educated a group of young kids about horses. Team members brought in posters of themselves and their horses for the kids to look at and also read books about horses and helped to decorate recycled horseshoes into beautiful hanging ornaments that the kids took home. Thank you to Beth Byrne for setting up the program with the Equestrian team. Fowlerville Fire Report The department responded to 11 emergencies this week. Friday, March 22 at 11:39 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to a tractor fire on Mohrle Road in Conway Township. At 8:26 p.m. a medical emergency on Fowlerville Road in Handy Township was reported. At 1:56 a.m., Sunday, March 24 personnel assisted EMS on Sargent Road in Handy Township. The department responded to a medical emergency on Cedar River Drive in the Village at 11:47 a.m. At 6:43 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to assist with an animal rescue on Gregory Road in Handy Township. Monday, March 25 at 12:29 p.m. the department assisted EMS at a medical emergency on Kalamazoo River Drive in Handy Township. A medical emergency on Grand River Ave. in Handy Township was reported at 3:59 a.m., Tuesday, March 26. A second medical emergency, on Kam Court in Iosco Township, was reported at 8:27 p.m. At 11:07 p.m. the department received a dispatch to a reported fire alarm in a commercial building on Garden Lane in the Village. Wednesday, March 27 at 8:34 a.m. firefighters responded to a medical emergency on Van Riper Street in the Village. A car fire on Nicholson Road in Handy Township was reported at 3:11 p.m. Area Deaths— Katherine L. Kuderko Patricia A. Bartig Patricia A. Bartig, age 73, of Williamston, died Monday, March 25, 2013 at home. She was born Feb. 24, 1940 in Perry to James & Marjorie (Hoag) Hursh and married Bernard J. Bartig. She worked for Michigan Press in Williamston. Surviving are her husband: Bernard, 2 sons: Steve (Holly) Cassiday and Danny (Jennie) Cassidy and 3 grandchildren, sister: Suzy Meador and 3 brothers; James (Peggy Hursh, Mike (Evelyn) Hursh and Rick (Irene) Hursh. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home, Fowlerville. www.niblackfuneralhome.com Glenn Edward Myers II Glenn Edward Myers II was born on June 16, 1964 and died February 2, 2013 in an automobile accident in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He is survived by his daughter Corbyn and grandson Colby Myers of Goodwill, Oklahoma, his mother Ann Myers (Paul Krause) of Brighton, Michigan, brother Edward Thomas Myers III of Howell, sister Rachel (Brian) Mutch of Bancroft, nieces and nephews as well as family in the Fowlerville area. He was preceded in death by his father Glenn Edward Myers, Sr. A memorial luncheon is planned for April 13, 2013 at the V.F.W. Hall in Fowlerville. A memorial page has been made in honor of Glenn. Please visit www.foghorn.muchloved.com. Katherine L. Kuderko went to be with her heavenly family at 9:03 a.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2013. She succumbed to the battle with cancer she had so successfully fought for many, many months. Kathy, as she was known to her many friends and family, had fought this battle with humor, dignity and never-ending bravery. She set a standard for the rest of us that we will be hard-pressed to meet. Kathy was born September 25, 1944 in Bradenton, Florida to Dr. Frederick and Dorothy (Nourse) Hauer. They moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin when Kathy was about 4 years old. From Milwaukee, the family moved to Fowlerville, Michigan, and then to Howell, Michigan, where Kathy’s life took root. Kathy has led a full and involved life. She and her husband and best friend, Ted, were members of the Chemung Hills Country Club for 27 years. She served as President of CHCC for one year. They owned and operated Carpet Clinic from 1967 to 1999 when they turned the business over to their son-in-law, Timothy Coy. They opened Classic Carpet in Howell in 1986 and Kathy was very involved with the business from day one. She was an active member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Deerfield Township. She was a charter member, treasurer and auditor of the Daughters of Isabella, Circle 1419. She served on the board of directors of St. Vincent de Paul as well as Catholic Social Services. She had also done extensive volunteer work over her lifetime here in Howell. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Ted; a daughter, Katrina Kaye (Timothy) Coy; a son, Ted (LeeAnn) Kuderko, II; a sister, Celia Polack; a brother, Richard (Brenda) Hauer; four grandchildren, Ryan and Samantha Coy and Ted and Elizabeth Kuderko; ten ‘honorary’ grandchildren, Aaron, Jordyn, Jillian, Nolan (Todd & Deborah); Jason, Jon, Samuel (Steve & Tamy); Ben, Marjorie, and Patrick (Bret & Kay) all Coys; a niece, Bethany (Michael) Campbell, their children, Montana and Michael; a nephew, Andrew (Alisha) Hauer, their children, Adaira and Isabella; as well as many, many friends and extended family. Visitation for Katherine will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013 at Borek-Jennings Funeral Home, Howell and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Deerfield Township, Howell. The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday evening. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at St. Augustine’s with Father Greg Pleiness officiating. Cremation to follow. Obituaries continued Area Deathsâ€” Richard A. Dotts Richard A. Dotts, age 69, of Fowlerville, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at home, surrounded by his family. He was born June 17, 1943 in Ann Arbor to Raymond and Florence M. (Densham) Dotts and married Louise M. (Haddon) in Dexter. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past Saturday. He went to Dexter High School and got his GED from Brighton High School and worked for Ford Motor Co., retiring in 2003 after 38 years. He loved playing cribbage, deer hunting, fishing, quilting and spending time with his family. Surviving are his wife of 50 years: Louise, 4 children: Karen (Guy Seguin) Dotts of Fowlerville, Katrina (David) Bartosek of Perry, Keith (Kelly) Dotts of Fowlerville and Kristana (Richard) Thelen of Westphalia, 10 grandchildren: William Dotts, Alan & Nicole Dotts-Seguin, Richard & Jessica Lloyd, Deven, Brooke & Lauren Dotts, Alexander & Ryan Thelen and one great-granddaughter; Paityn Duke, 4 sisters: Barbara (Russell) Sofferdine, Sally (Robert) Schlupe, Nancy (Duane) Nagel and Wendy (Lenny) Arnston, 2 brothers: David (Gayle) Dotts and Raymond (Julie) Dotts. Funeral services were held on Friday, March 29, 2013 at Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel with Pastor Gary Griffin of Fowlerville Church of the Nazarene officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: Brighton Rotary in honor of Richard Dotts. www.niblackfuneralhome.com Livingston Historic Society to meet April 4 at fair office The next meeting of the Livingston Historic Society will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fair Office. Plans will continue to be made for fundraising activities in the coming months: a rummage sale to be held in the late spring/early summer and operating a booth at the Friday Fowlerville Farmer's Market beginning in May. Other agenda items include the historic building rental agreement; inclusion in the Historic Michigan Travel Guide, developing connections with other organizations for support and information, and additional fund-raising possibilities and advertisement. New members and ideas are always welcome in the committee's efforts to preserve remaining structures of early Livingston County. Michigan House Report Cindy Denby, 47th District Technology is constantly improving and has made many everyday tasks much easier. For parents in can be very worrisome. Young children are often times exposed to adult language and advertisements at a much younger age than previous generations. I know I am often inundated with many advertisements that are not age appropriate for minors and it unsettling to know that young children are exposed to these things. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program that stops those adult advertisements from reaching emails, mobile phones and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan's families and schools. To learn more about the registry or sign up visitwww.protectmichild.com. It is so important that we protect our children and grandchildren from things like this and I encourage anyone who is interested to sign up for this great free program. *** Teen drivers more distracted than experienced drivers. It is important that we do all we can to keep them safe as they take to the roads. In that regard a new law that will help teen drivers focus solely on their driving went into effect March 27, 2013. Kelsey's Law, which is named after a young Michigan girl who was killed in a cellphone related crash, will prohibit teen drivers with a Level 1 or 2 license from using their cellphone while driving. These license holders are between the ages of 14 and 9 months and 17 years old. A violation of this is a civil infraction with a $100 fine and there are no points associated with it. Exceptions will include using Bluetooth devices and in emergency situations. Kelsey's Law will help our young drivers develop safe driving habits without the added distraction of a cell phone. *** If you have any questions or need assistance with any state issues, please contact me toll free at ( 866) 828-4863 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Talk of Steelhead When stiffness first leaves the ground and the sky decides on rain instead of snow, the season is official. Some change in the water temperature, too subtle for a human finger to detect, reaches into chilly river flows then and beckons to the rainbow trout. Far down in the waters of Lakes Michigan and Huron and the rest, the great steelhead sense instead of see the arriving change. They stir and move to the first sources of the difference, the river mouths, and then put their blue-gray noses into the current and swim. Upstream, we know by the declining snow that they will soon arrive. We check our waders for holes; we put a drop of oil on a vital point in a reel, look at our rods and check our lines for frays. We know the great trout are on their way. And then the first cold voices of the toads speak out from half thawed ponds. Like wild sentinels, they tune to each degree of warmth, reporting on the promise that it brings. Nearby the optimistic red-winged blackbirds use a different tone and tongue to tell of nesting territories opening from the clutch of icy hands. Unconcerned with trout, they none the less cry out conditions of their arrival. And then one day we heed the signs of toads and redwinged blackbirds, and rivers swollen with the melted snow. We rise on a black cold dawn that makes us doubt the truth of yesterday. With stinging fingers that we wrap around a second cup of coffee before we go, we load the truck. But we drive the miles to the special place, reassured by the heater’s warmth and energy that comes with being fully awake. We park and turn off the lights and notice the first gray of morning. We notice too that a chilly mist hangs a threat over the river and surrounding swamp. Awkward in stiff waders, dangling net and lengthy rod, we start. The path takes us where slush and mud play tug-owar with our feet and willow limbs deliver stinging slaps across our faces. Predawn walks in icy swamps are forgotten in off seasons. A quarter mile from where we’d parked, our thoughts are interrupted by an explosive splash. Deer, we wonder? But it was a swirling sound and just one, not like the bound of an animal in the water. Steelhead! In the growing light of the morning we see that we are near the swift water of the river, where it gurgles over gravel runs and where the beds of spawning trout will be. We strain our eyes to see. Suddenly two great vee waves can be seen lifting the water’s surface. One wave settles near an overhanging shore bush while the other curves toward mid-river. A fishtail breaks the surface and a third and smaller vee hurries back downstream. The cold of the morning is forgotten. The tired legs revive and the pupils of the eyes pinpoint to take in every detail of the river, then quickly shift to focus on the shirt pocket arsenal of flies and other lures. The rainbows have indeed arrived. The season has begun. The talk of toads and blackbirds was not misunderstood. Crosaires wins 2012 Best Small Business Award from Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center Twelve companies from around the state of Michigan have been selected to receive the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center’s (MI-SBTDC) Best Small Business Award. These companies were chosen from over 13,000 small businesses that the MI-SBTDC provided with confidential counseling and training in 2012. The Best Small Business award recipients were identified based on their success in creating jobs, increasing sales, improving their business strategy and their involvement with the MISBTDC. These recipients will be honored at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony on May 2, 2013. “The Best Small Business Award provides the MISBTDC network with an opportunity to acknowledge exceptional small businesses that we’ve worked with the previous year,” says Carol Lopucki, State Director of the MI-SBTDC. “We are excited to celebrate their successes.” After working nearly 20 years in the assisted living care industry, Todd Walter knew that there was an alternative way to provide effective eldercare besides the institutionalstyle facilities people commonly resorted to. For many years he carried the idea of creating a “home” not “home-like” environment, where all emphasis was placed on the elders. This led him to develop Crosaires (Gaelic for ‘Crossroads’), a 2,800 square-foot home for aging adults in Williamston. Before beginning his business, Walter attended the MISBTDC’s 10-week FastTrac New Venture program. After completing the course, he met regularly with MISBTDC consultant Tom Donaldson to work on business planning and financing. Hard work, personal commitment and having a strong vision helped Walter open the doors of Crosaires to its first resident on April 4, 2012. The home is currently full and operates with a staff of eight employees. Because of the positive feedback and success of Crosaires, Walter plans to expand his current home to create room for additional residents. For more information about Crosaires visit www.crosaires.com. Fowlerville youth named to DNR Advisory Board OFFICE HOURS: Administration Office 7:00 am – 3:30 pm Counseling Office 6:00 am - 2:30 pm *** IMPORTANT DATES: April 8--Return to School April 11--½ day Conferences 1-4 & 5-7:30 *** The Fowlerville High School Art Department is pleased to announce 10 winners in this year’s Scholarship Alert Competition! Scholarship Alert is a prestigious juried art competition held at the Lansing Art Gallery for area high school students. The following students had their art work selected: Abigail Tipper, Michael Payton, Zella Patrick, Brandon Chandler, Sheridan Heath, Shelby Gregg, Savanna Reske, Alyssa Westlake, Isabella Sebastian, and Brendan Bowers, who won the William Davis Memorial Award for a $100.00. The artwork will be on display at the Lansing Art Gallery April 3-26 located at 119 North Washington Square, Lansing. *** On Friday, May 17 any Fowlerville High School Senior that has applied to LCC is invited to go on a field trip to West Campus to take all of their placement tests, meet with an advisor to schedule classes, take a campus tour, and enjoy a healthy lunch!! The LCC bus will pick students up at the high school at 8:00 am. Please contact Mrs. Petit in the Fowlerville High School Counseling Office if you have questions, or would like to sign up for the trip. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-223-6106. *** Senior parents to order your cap, gowns and announcements go to www.migradgear.com *** Parents having trouble using Zangle to view grades, email questions to email@example.com. *** Target – Take Charge of Education–Through Take Charge of Education, families, teachers and members of the community have an easy way to raise money for our school. When you sign up and designate Fowlerville High School, Target donates up to 1% of every purchase you make with your RED card (Target® Visa® Credit Card, Target Credit Card or Target check Card) to our school. If you shop at Target stores and use their cards, please consider designating Fowlerville High School to receive the Target 1% donation! *** Ordering Transcripts for College Now Online (Michigan eTranscripts) Please visit the Fowlerville High School website for more information. Last year, the Department of Natural Resources put out the call to find a cross-section of young people interested in Michigan’s great outdoors and in sharing their ideas about how to get new generations invested in the future of Michigan¹s natural resources. At this month’s regular monthly meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Saginaw, the DNR was proud to announce the first 18 people selected to serve on the Natural Resources Commission Youth Conservation Council. Ranging in age from 14 to 18 and hailing from all parts of the state, the first members of the Natural Resources Commission Youth Conservation Council include Garrett Nolan of Fowleerville. “It was an impressive pool of applicants that made the selection process difficult, but we finally chose 18 youths that represent a variety of backgrounds and experiences in outdoor recreation and community involvement,” said Raymond Rustem, DNR advisor to the council. Over the years the DNR has seen a decline in the number of residents taking part in hunting, angling and other outdoor recreation opportunities. “Kids are just not participating in outdoor activities as much as past generations have” Rustem said. “This has implications economically in terms of reduced funding for natural resources but, even more importantly the lack of interest could also erode support for important conservation actions in the future.” The council referred to informally as the NRC Youth Conservation Council was created in 2012 by NRC resolution to provide a forum where a diverse group of conservation-minded youth can share ideas and opinions about the best ways to 1) protect, promote and enhance the state¹s outdoor recreation, and 2.) create new opportunities for consumptive (e.g., hunting, fishing, trapping) and non-consumptive (e.g., hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking) uses of Michigan¹s natural resources. The NRC Youth Conservation Council will hold its first meeting in June 2013, with a recommendation report expected to be submitted by the end of the year. To learn more about the council, visit the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr, choose Education and Outreach, and then find Youth Conservation Council information under Programs for Families and Individuals. Project has been nothing short of amazing! She is a polite and positive young lady that has worked to grow herself into a professional and academic. She has always worked her hardest on every assignment all year.” When asked about being this week’s Fowlerville High School Student of the Week, Christina said that it makes her proud of her accomplishments. Congratulations Christina! Student of the Week--Christina Boyce By Christoffer Penny Congratulations to Christina Boyce who is this week’s Fowlerville High School Student of the Week! Christina is the daughter of Dean and Carol Boyce, and has two older sisters, Sarah Marley (30) and Shannon Young (36). She is a member of the National Honor Society. Christina is a senior this year, and when she graduates, she will be attending Lake Superior State University in Sault St. Marie for her pre-med degree. Christina is taking Advanced Placement Biology, Forensic Science, History through Film, Pre-Calculus, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and College-Prep English. Her anatomy course is her favorite because she believes that “the human body never runs out of ways to be interesting.” Her favorite teachers are Mrs. Pawloski, Mr. Shrader, Mr. Pettibone, and Mrs. Keider, because they challenge her to do her absolute best. Being a senior, Christina has been at FHS for some time, and over that time she has found that she loved all of the nice facilities that Fowlerville has to offer. Despite this, she wishes that Fowlerville offered more Advanced Placement classes for students hoping to accelerate. She looks forward to graduation day, but also says that she will miss getting the opportunity to see her friends every day. Christina’s friend, Kyle Evans, had this to say about Christina: “There are people in our lives that bring us joy and laughter; Christina however brings so much more to everyone that she encounters in life.” Mrs. Keider, one of Christina’s teachers, said this “The work on her Senior Kenneth & Ann Clemons II announce birth of daughter, Avery Dianne Kenneth and Ann Clemons II of Fowlerville joyfully announce the birth of their third daughter, Avery Dianne. Avery was born on February 18, 2013 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. She weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Marie Benson of Fowlerville and Kim Keys of Cheboygan. Great grandparents are Ralph Benson of Howell and L.D. Dickerson of Fowlerville. Avery was welcomed home by big sisters Adriann, age 9, and Kendra, age 7. Upcoming Programs at the Fowlerville District Library Follow us on Facebook & www.fowlervillelibrary.org. Registration usually opens 2 weeks prior to the event unless otherwise noted. If you have attended one of our quality children’s programs this month, please make sure to check the “Event Pictures” board by the front desk. If you see yourself there, please feel free to take your picture home! *** Skippyjon Jones Celebration: Wednesday, Apr 4 5:30pm Kids 4yrs-5th grade. Holy Jalapeno! We’re celebrating everyone’s favorite Kitty-Boy with stories, games, and a craft based on the beloved children’s book series!*You must register to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk. Registration opens March 20th. *** Girl’s “Spa Party” Lock-In: Saturday, Apr 6th 9pm-8am Jr. & High School. Enjoy a night of pampering at the library during an all-night spa party. We’ll watch fun romantic comedies, play “Just Dance” on the Wii, and make some cool take home projects! Late night pizza, pop, and snacks provided. *You must register to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk. Take a “What to Bring” list and make sure you have a program permission slip on file to attend. Registration is open. *** National Library Week: April 14-20 “Communities Matter” @ Your Library! Celebrate with us! We are doing a Food for Fines campaign for Gleaner’s Food Bank this week to celebrate. Bring in your nonperishable food items and we will take $1 off you overdue fines, with a limit of 5 items for $5 off your fines. *Not applicable to fines that are in collections. *** Discover the Tarot: Thursday, Apr 18 6pm Adults. Join Rev. Sherry for a Tarot reading workshop. Everyone will learn how to give a 3-5 card reading to another class member (you will receive a reading from someone too!). There will be a variety of Tarot Decks to use for class purposes, but feel free to bring your own deck if you have one! *Seating is limited to 8 attendees, so register early to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk beginning April 4th. There is a $5 refundable cash deposit at registration for this program. *** Teen Advisory Council: Monday, Apr 22 6pm Teens 6th-12th grades. Calling all teens! Join Miss Beth to assist planning the details of your Summer Reading Program. Details that we will discuss are program ideas, weekly prizes, end of the program prizes, and reading logs. Refreshments will be served. *You must register to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk or call 2239089. Registration opens April 8th. *** Announcing a New Lending Program: American Girl Dolls Kids 4 years-5th grade. Join us in celebrating the launch of our new program May 13-18th with tons of American Girl activities this week! The American Girl dolls will be available to borrow Saturday May 18th. Planned activities include a Name a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Contest beginning Monday with the winner drawn on Friday. American Girl books will be available to “Read to Duchess” on Monday at 3:30, followed by a screening of an American Girl movie at 5. Tuesday, join us for a super silly American Girl “Mad Libs” program at 4:30. Wednesday’s activity will be an American Girl “Tea Party” at 5. Thursday, create jewelry at our fun American Girl “Jewelry Craft” program beginning at 4pm. *There is limited seating for these programs. You must register to attend each program. Registration opens April 29th. Important Information for the 2012- 2013 School Year: March 29– April 5– Spring Break April 11– ½ day school Parent/Teacher Conferences April 26– No School Teacher Professional Development May 2- 4th Grade Play 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Alverson Center for Performing Arts May 1 & 2– Limo rides for Kreeger students that sold $200 or more during the Frankenmuth Fundraiser May 23- Volunteer Tea May 27– Memorial Day No School *** Box Tops, VG Receipts, Campbell Soup Labels: Remember to keep collecting Tyson A+ labels, Vg's receipts, and Campbell's labels, in addition to Box Tops! *** Meijer’s Community Rewards and Target Program: Kreeger Elementary is enrolled in the Meijer’s Community Rewards Program. When you apply for a Meijer’s Credit Card or Meijer’s Guest Card, be sure to use the Kreeger number 199139. The Meijer’s Corporation supports schools by returning a portion of qualified customer purchases to the school! When using the Target program remember to mention Kreeger Elementary. Remember, “Every little bit helps!” Thanks for your support. *** Frankenmuth Fundraiser Limo Rides: Limo rides have been scheduled for those students that have sold $200 or more in our Frankenmuth Fundraiser for May 1 and 2. Those students will have a limo ride and lunch at Wendy’s. We will send home notes, as the dates get closer. Michigan Senate Report By Joe Hune, 22nd District Women veteran’ annual Day of Caring event I am proud to announce my support for the second annual Women Supporting Women Veterans’ (WSWVETS) ‘Day of Caring’ event taking place Saturday, April 13. Congressman Mike Rogers and I have the pleasure of sponsoring this great event. The day connects service women with benefits from the military and their local communities. This event is open to women in all branches of the military, including the National Guard, as well as veterans, and it will take place at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center, 9525 Highland Road (M-59), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for the event and workshops include: • Discussion and the option sign up on site for Veterans Affairs (VA) and optional Benefits • Housing/Homeless Programs • Resume Building – Convert your Military Experience into Business • Discussion on VA Resources for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)/ military sexual trauma (MST) • Justice Outreach Program for Veterans • New Diagnosis and Treatment for PTSD Created in 2011 from a group of civilian women wanting to support women in service, WSWVETS supports women who are currently in the military or are veterans of the military in anything from job placement to continued education, and everything in between. Lunch will be provided at the event. Child care can also be arranged (3 years and up and potty trained) during preregistration. Entertainment will be provided by Laingsburg Community Choir. Registration, although not required, is recommended as space is limited. To register, go to www.wswvets.org or call Arlene at (810) 599-6014. *** Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason. Fowlerville teacher receives March Innovative Educator Award Anne Hasseld, Technology teacher at Fowlerville High School and Fowlerville Junior High School, was recently awarded the Innovative Educator Award for the month of March! The Innovative Educator Award recognizes school staff who use creative approaches every day in order to reach all types of learners. Anne was nominated for her spirited efforts in creating the Teacher Technology Club, a place where teachers can learn about new technologies that can be used to increase student learning and make the lives of teachers easier. The recipient of this award is chosen monthly by Livingston Educational Service Agency’s Fowlerville Innovation Team from nominations submitted by school staff members across the Fowlerville School District. Each recipient of the Innovation Tree trophy is asked to add his/her own special ornament to the tree. Plainfield United Methodist Church serving chicken dinner April 13 The Plainfield United Methodist Church is serving a chicken and biscuit supper on Saturday, April 13 starting at 5 pm. A free will donation will be taken and take outs will be available. The church is located at 17845 M-36, north of Gregory. Booth would like to thank his parents for pushing him to do well in school and would also like to thank the teachers that have taught him well and have pushed him to succeed. Fowlerville High back to Class B in sports competitions for next school year Senior Spotlight--Brandon Booth By Carley Eades “Brandon Booth is a great student with a compassion for helping others and has a huge heart and smile,” said paraprofessional Kari Mayville. Booth transferred to Webberville schools in first grade from Swartz Creek. Booth is the son of Mickey Robertson and Tina Robertson. He has two older sisters, Stephanie Robertson and Heather Leland, an older brother Dustin Robertson, and younger brother Curtis Robertson who is in 7th grade, also attending Webberville Schools. “Brandon is very good about identifying academic goals for himself and then working very hard to reach those goals,” said teacher, Tiffany Wright. “I will miss his leadership in our classroom.” Booth has been a part of Capital Area Career Center in Mason, MI for two years studying and worked for Peckham and the Webberville FFA. In Booth’s spare time he likes to work, hunt, fish, spend time with friends and most importantly with his family. “I have been good friends with Booth for about 12 years,” said fellow senior Max Crandall. “The best memory I have with Booth is hooking a sled up to my mini bike. If I had to describe Booth in one word it would be a friend, because we have been friends for such a long time and I just like hanging out with him.” After Booth graduates he’s not sure if he plans on attending college right away but knows he will be working. “I am mostly excited about this year because it is over as we know it and I can start the new chapter of my life,” said Booth. Classifications for Michigan High School Athletic Association elections and postseason tournaments in traditionally classified sports (A, B, C, D) for the 2013-14 school year have been announced. Fowlerville High School will be going from Class A back to Class B. Classifications for the upcoming school year are based on a second semester count date, which for MHSAA purposes was February 13. The enrollment figure submitted for athletic classification purposes may be different from the count submitted for school aid purposes, as it does not include students ineligible for athletic competition because they reached their 19th birthday prior to September 1 of the current school year and will not include alternative education students if none are allowed athletic eligibility by the local school district. After all the counts are submitted, tournament-qualified member schools are ranked according to enrollment, and then split as closely into quarters as possible. For 2013-14, there are 756 tournament-qualified member schools and 189 schools in each class. Effective with the 2013-14 school year, schools with 893 or more students are in Class A in MHSAA postseason tournament competition. The enrollment limits for Class B are 429-892; Class C is 207-428; and schools with enrollments of 206 and fewer are Class D. The break between Classes A and B decreased 18 students from 201213, the break between Classes B and C decreased 20 students, and the break between Classes C and D is 10 students fewer than the current school year. The new classification breaks will see 24 schools move up in class for 2013-14, while 20 schools will move down. Fowlerville boy’s track travels to Mt. Pleasant last week After the beautiful drive to Mt. Pleasant last week the Fowlerville men’s track team had some great performances on the track and in the field. Cameron Bronokowski placed 6th in the high jump, Jakob Kolleck made it to the finals in the 60M, Adam Coon took 3rd in the shot and Trevor Webb placed 8th in the 200. Great Job guys!!! IMPORTANT DATES: April 7 – Spring Break Ends April 8 – School Resumes April 8-12 – Book Fair: see times below April 9- Art Night 5:00-7:00 April 11 – Fundraiser Order Delivery Date: Pick up in the afternoon/evening April 11 – ½ Day of School For All Students K-12 (Dismissal time for Elementary is 12:18 pm) April 11 – Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 – 4:00 pm and 5:00 – 7:30 pm April 17-3:45 PTC Meeting: Nominations for 2013-2014 Board HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK! *** “The Goodies Factory” Fundraiser Info–Delivery Date is April 11, which will coincide with conference day. Remember to keep the PINK COPY so you know who ordered what. *** Kindergarten Tours-Once again we encourage local preschools (and parents!) to make arrangements with us to tour our school and visit Kindergarten classrooms. This opportunity assists the youngsters in making the transition in the fall. Please call the office to make an appointment for a visit! 517-223-6430. *** Kindergarten Round Up Continues For 2013/2014 School Year–If you missed the two day event for Kindergarten Round Up don’t worry, that doesn’t mean we are finished “Rounding Up” Kindergarteners for this coming school year. You may still enroll your child Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Smith Office. You may pre-enroll your child on line. Go to fowlervilleschools.org click on the “New Student Enrollment” link. You must print a complete copy of the pre-enrollment section and the enrollment section after entering your information. Bring that copy with you to the office. We cannot retrieve the enrollment later so you must print it right after you finish entering the information. There are 2 sections of entry (approximately 14 + pages total). If you do not have access to a computer or printer you are welcome to enroll at the Smith office. Please come prepared to enroll with your child’s Birth Certificate (*see the revised school code regarding age eligibility below), Current Immunization Record, Vision Screening after 3 Years of Age and Proof of Residency (Proof of Residency items should include a Driver’s License and 2 additional pieces, such as a bill, statement, lease or purchase agreement, etc.) If you would like to have your child’s vision screening done at the Livingston County Health Department, call 517-546-9850 after May 13 to schedule an appointment. FREE Vision Screening Appointments are available June, July and August 2013. If you have any questions regarding Kindergarten enrollment please call Laura at 517-223-6430. *** *Please take note of the revised school code regarding new age eligibility for Kindergarten Round Up below: For the 2013-2014 school year, a child may be enrolled in kindergarten if the child is at least 5 years of age on or before November 1, 2013. If a child is not 5 years of age on or before November 1, but will be 5 not later than December 1, the parent or legal guardian of that child may enroll the child in kindergarten for that school year if the parent or legal guardian notifies the school district in writing not later than June 1. *** Remember that Smith Elementary Loves Box Tops and VG Receipts! - There are contest run throughout the school year for Box Tops and students should turn in their box tops to their classroom teacher so they can keep track of the running totals. The Office is the collection area for VG Receipts. Please stop in anytime to drop off your receipts, we would love to see you! Central Michigan men’s basketball offering affordable camps The Central Michigan men’s basketball program is offering the best bang for your buck basketball camps this summer. From June 17 through June 19 CMU basketball will be running an “Elite Camp”. This camp is open to any boy entering grades 6 through 12. The cost for the camp is $249 for an overnight camper and only $199 for a commuter. Campers will be instructed on a college practice atmosphere and compete against top-level competition. From August 1 through August 2, CMU basketball will be running a “College Exposure” basketball camp. This camp is open to any boy entering grades 6 through 12. The cost for the camp is $199 for an overnight camper and only $149 for a commuter. The camp is designed to prepare players to play at the next level. An emphasis will be placed on developing the individual skills and knowledge that will help players to reach their full potential. Sessions will consist of workout stations, competitions, games and video analysis. These camps are by far the lowest multi-day summer basketball camp admission fees hosted by a university in the state of Michigan. To register please go online to www.cmubasketballcamp.com. Please call (517) 881-2929 if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you this summer! Fire Up Chips! WEBBERVILLE SCHOOLS DISTRICT NEWS Spring Break – Webberville Community Schools will be on spring break from Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5. School will resume on Monday, April 8. *** Board Meeting – The next board meeting of the Webberville Community Schools Board of Education is on Monday, April 15 at 7:00PM in the Spartan Center community room. *** Mobile Dentists – The Mobile Dentists will be at Webberville Schools on April 17 and 18 from 8:00AM – 3:00PM. Children ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years old may be seen. They accept Medicaid and private insurance. There are also grants available as well as subsidized fees. If you have any questions, or need the registration forms, please contact Kerry Frawley at 5213071 ext: 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org. *** Senior Citizen & WCS Retiree Breakfast – The spring breakfast is scheduled for Friday, April 19 at 8:30AM in the elementary multipurpose room. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Barbara Weathers at 521-3422 ext: 106 or email@example.com by Wednesday, April 10. *** WJAA Registration - WJAA Baseball and Softball registration is open for players and coaches. Please go to wjaasports.com and register today! Practices will begin in April for both sports. *** LTBF Memorial Day Run - The Lest They be Forgotten 5K run/walk and 10K run is on Monday, May 27. The entry fee for adults is $20 and for children under 14 it is $12. For more information contact Dan McCoy, Race Director, 517468-1644, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at: http://www.webbervilleschools.org/funrun. You may also register on line at: http://www.active.com. WEBBERVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Elementary Spring Pictures – Spring pictures will be taken on Tuesday, April 9. *** Kindergarten Round-Up – Calling all members of the Class of 2025! Kindergarten Round-up is scheduled for Friday, April 12. If your child turns 5 on or before November 1, 2013, they can enroll in kindergarten. Parents are encouraged to call the elementary school office at 5213071, ext 200, to reserve a time on Friday, April 12. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization record, social security number and proof of residence (utility bill). We look forward to welcoming our new Webberville STARS! *** Talent Show – The Webberville Elementary Talent Show will be held on Friday, April 26 at 1:30PM. If any student would like to participate in the show, the application is due to Ms. Filipiak by Monday, April 15. *** Elementary Carnival – It’s time for the Webberville Elementary Spring Carnival sponsored by the Webberville Elementary Boosters. The carnival will be held on Friday, April 19 from 5:30PM – 7:30PM. Throughout the school you will find games, tattoos, popcorn and other activities including dinner for a dollar! Tickets are 4 for $1.00. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Treva at 517388-2761. WEBBERVILLE SECONDARY SCHOOL MS/HS Yearbooks – Yearbooks are now on sale. They are full color and cost $50.00 each. If you would like to order one, please see any journalism student or Ms. Scott-Keiser. Checks should be made out to Webberville Community Schools. *** Middle School Spring Sports – Practice for middle school students participating in a spring sport begins on Monday, April 8. All athletes must have a sports physical before they will be allowed to participate in practice. *** Middle School Musical – The middle school musical theater students will perform “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” on Friday, April 12 for one show only at 6:00PM. Tickets will be available at the door for $5.00 each. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this performance! *** NHS Induction Ceremony – The new members of the National Honor Society will be inducted on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00PM. The ceremony will take place in the high school cafeteria and will be followed by a dessert reception. *** Special Education Transition Night – Information regarding post-secondary options will be presented on Thursday, April 18 in the Spartan Center from 4:30PM – 6:30PM. Please RSVP to Ms. Griswold at 521-3447 ext: 324 if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Panozzo-Jones at email@example.com or Tiffany Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org. FFA State Convention, Nick Webster became the Region IV State Vice President. “This has been a great honor, I am super excited for what the next year has to offer me through FFA and I would like to thank everyone who helped me get here,” said Webster. Livingston County Hunger Council holding fundraiser on April 11 Webberville FFA’s Nick Webster elected as Region IV State Vice President By Kelsei Hull An exciting tradition in the Webster family continues as Nick Webster follows exactly in his father’s, Jim Webster’s, footsteps, by becoming the Region IV State Vice President. Jim Webster was an officer in 1981, and Nick was just recently elected to the 2013-2014 FFA State Officer Team. Webster joined the Webberville FFA Chapter in 9th grade where he started participating in almost every event including; leadership contests, the State broiler contest, AGstravaganza, the Chicken BBQ and Tractor Pull, National and State Convention, and showing at the Ingham County Fair. Nick’s goal through the FFA was to become a State Officer one day. “I wanted to become a State Officer because my dad was a previous State Officer and I thought it would be a really cool thing,” said Webster. Webster has worked hard for many years to achieve his goals. He has been a part of the Webberville FFA Officer team for two years. Junior year he served as the sentinel and for his senior year he is currently serving as the President of the Webberville FFA Chapter. “Nick is an individual of strong character and is highly motivated to succeed, said FFA Advisor Colleen Scott Keiser. “He will serve as a great role model for fellow FFA members around the state of Michigan” In January, the State Officer applications were due. With Webster’s goal in mind, he applied for Region IV State Vice President. He had to prepare for many interviews for a month leading up to State Convention, where he would find out the results of the election. In March, at the Michigan On Thursday, April 11, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., you are invited to one of the most élite events of the year in Livingston County: an exclusive showing of the Lingenfelter Car Collection to benefit the Livingston County Hunger Council. Experience the rarest and most exotic cars the world has to offer – right here in Brighton. Even better, you could win a ride in your dream car: all you have to do is “Pay or Play” as you embark on a Car-Opoly adventure, a twist on a classic game. About the Livingston County Hunger Council: The Livingston County Hunger Council is a coalition of diverse individuals, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, municipalities, and non-profits, committed to finding sustainable solutions for hunger in Livingston County, because all people deserve enough food for a healthy, active life. Over the last few years, the Council has significantly: ♦ Reduced the Hunger Gap by over 5 million meals ♦ Improved access to fresh produce ♦ Increased enrollment in government food programs ♦ Promoted nutrition education and healthier food choices ♦ Increased capacity and coordination throughout the food pantry network Take a stance against hunger – help us drive hunger out of Livingston County. Business or Cocktail Attire requested Tickets are $50.00 per person, available at: (810) 4943000 www.LivingstonHunger.com Ten percent of the Lingenfelter clothing line sales will go to the Livingston County Hunger Council. Ingham County Genealogical Society meeting on Thursday, April 11 The Ingham County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7pm at the Vevay Township Hall, 780 Eden Road, one mile south of Mason. The program will feature Bill (Randy) Carr speaking on "Civil War Uniforms". The goal of the presentation is to help people be sure that the photograph of their ancestor in his Civil War uniform is in fact a Civil War image. People should be encouraged to bring photographs of men and women in uniform to the presentation and I will attempt to verify it is an American uniform and date the image based on the uniform. For more information call Diane Bishop, President (517) 676-7140. Webberville Library News By Head Librarian Peg Mawby What comes to mind when you think about your library? Books? Movies? Computers? How about “community gathering place”? This phrase is cropping up more and more in the library world. Basically, it means a welcoming place where members of the community can come together for many different reasons. In Webberville, the library is already a popular gathering place. Two Wednesdays a month, we host a group of enthusiastic cribbage players who come in to challenge each other to a game or two. Once a month on Tuesday evenings, a dozen or so members of our book discussion group meet to discuss titles they’ve read. Then there is the Thursday night Scrabble players and the Tuesday knitters. All of these people from the Webberville community meet here in the library, to enjoy each other’s company, have fun, maybe learn something new. These gatherings are all open to new folks, and you don’t have to join any groups to get in on the fun. In addition to library-sponsored meetings, the library can also be a gathering place for many different people and groups. This past summer, a 4-H teacher and her two students met here for several weeks to finish up their projects for the fair. It was convenient and comfortable for them, and we all enjoyed seeing the final results. Stop by soon to relax in one of our comfy chairs and read the newspaper. Meet a couple of your friends here after work. If you have little ones, they can meet friends at our preschool story times on Wednesday mornings. In the summer, our story times are for all ages, so your older children can get together with friends, too. If you aren’t already a regular, start taking advantage of our community’s gathering place—the library. Capital Area District Libraries’ Webberville branch is located at 115 S. Main Street in Webberville. For information about our hours, services or events, call 517521-3643 or visit cadl.org. Friends of Webberville Library holding Euchre Fundraiser April 13 The Friends of the Webberville Library is sponsoring a euchre tournament on Saturday, April 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Webberville Cultural Center. The entry fee is donation only. Prizes will be awarded. There will be a 50/50 raffle and books to purchase on the used book cart. Snacks and beverages will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Please join us for this very first Webberville Library euchre tournament. Fred Moon counts up the points in a game of cribbage at the Webberville Library. The library hosts games on st rd the 1 and 3 Wednesdays of the month. Capital Area Library Events April 1 – 7, 2013 Events WEBBERVILLE Stitchin’ Time Drop-in Needle Arts Group Adults - Date: 4/2, 16 Start Time: 6:00 PM Description: Beginners and experts alike are welcome to this local circle. Share ideas and conversation while working on your needle art projects in good company. Library: Webberville (WE) *** Table Games (Adults) Date: 4/3/2013 - Start Time: 12:30 PM Description: Bring a friend and join this casual group of adults who enjoy games such as Scrabble, cribbage, and more. Use our games or bring along your own. Library: Webberville (WE) *** Spring Break at the Movies (All ages) Date: 4/3/2013 - Start Time: 2:00 PM Description: Join us for a family-friendly film in the Webberville Community Center. Call or stop in for title and other information. Library: Webberville (WE) *** Drop-in LEGO Club (Ages 5-10) Date: 4/4/2013 - Start Time: 3:00 PM Description: Kids will love getting creative with our LEGO® collection! Imaginative play with building-type toys helps them develop skills used for reading. Library: Webberville (WE) Fowlerville students compete at Baker College Competitive Olympics The following students represented Fowlerville at Baker College Competitive Olympics on Friday, March 22. The following students placed and all others participated! Kudos to all of them! 1st place Automotive Pit Crew & 3rd place Automotive Tool ID- Kyle Moulton, Ben Perry, & JJ Evens, 2nd place Anatomy Individual- Susek Uziemblo, 2nd place Math- Calculus Team- Stephanie Harper, Jake MacDowell, & Suzek Uziemblo, 3rd place Speech Impromptu- Jake MacDowell. 1st place Foreign Language Spanish and 1st place Spelling Bee- Stephanie Harper. Partcipants included: Ashley Bielous, Rachael Egnash, Kyle Bragg, Bailey Brown, Evan Clark, Scout Sparks, Katie Foldenauer, Connor Pryde, Emily Harper, Molly Borroughs, Tori Baughan, James Huey, Jacob Jarvis, Melissa Hart, Shawn O'Connor, Kyle Henrikson, Alexis Peeling, Crystal Whittaker, Kaitlyn Dorey, Chloe Harden, Kelly Killen, Kaili Brite, Christian Thompson, Kayla Brockway, Miranda LeMond, Kayla Rodgers, and Rachel Clewley. Trinity United Methodist Church men’s club serving pancake supper April 6 The Men’s Club of the Trinity United Methodist Church is serving a pancake supper on Saturday, April 6 from 5 to 7 pm. This will be an all-you-can eat menu which includes pancakes and sausage. A free will offering will be taken. There will also be a bake sale. Please join us for an evening of food, fun and fellowship! The church is located at the corner of Bull Run and Iosco Roads. For more information please call the church at (517) 223-9601. Little Glad Center News Beverly Farmer, Director email@example.com 517-223-6480 www.fowlervilleschools.org Preschool Registration; Fall 2013 Enrollment for fall 2013 started March 1st. We offer full day and half-day sessions with a total of 5 sessions to choose from. We have sessions available for 3 and 4 year olds. Registration fee is $50.00 (non-refundable). We welcome parent volunteers in the classrooms. Call or visit the office for additional information. Children must be three or four by November 1, 2013 to participate in preschool. *** FULL-DAY SESSIONS Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday Three and Four year olds 9:00am – 3:00pm Total enrollment: 20 children Teacher: TBD Assistant: Mrs. Cindy Mathews *** HALF-DAY SESSIONS Monday, Wednesday & Friday Four year olds 8:30am – 11:30am Total enrollment: 18 children Tuesday and Thursday – AM Three year olds 8:30am – 11:30am Total enrollment: 16 children Tuesday and Thursday – PM Three and four year olds 12:30pm – 3:30pm Total enrollment: 16 children Teacher: Mrs. Laure Frechette Assistant: Mrs. Penny Brettelle *** Year-End statements If your child attended the Little Glad Center in 2012, a billing statement with our tax ID # is available in our office. You may need this information for tax purposes. This information is not available over the phone. Our office hours are: 7:00am – 4:30pm M-F *** Up-Coming Events April 11 Half-day of school, K-12. Little Glad Center is OPEN Thursday preschool is in session April 26 No school, K-12. Little Glad Center is OPEN, preschool is in Friday session Important Dates: March 29 – April 5—Spring Recess April 8—Return to School April 11—1/2 Day of School/Parent Teacher Conferences April 12—Black & White Dance 2:30-4:30 pm *** IMPORTANT: Student pick up and drop off is to be in the circle drive only. We've had many vehicles driving through the staff parking lot and it's causing a significant safety concern. Thank you for helping us to make these busy times as safe as possible! *** SPORTS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 31: (NO FJH ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES DURING SPRING BREAK...Week of April 1.) TRACK PRACTICE continues for both 7th & 8th grade boys & girls. Practice is daily, 2:30-4:30 in the FJH gym. Weather permitting, athletes will practice outside. ALL athletes should have sweats, gloves, & a hat to prevent getting chilled when practicing outdoors. TRACK SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE. Coaches should distribute. Parents, please take care of the athletic participation fee before the first meet on April 17. Volunteers are always needed to assist at home track meets. Let a coach know if you are available. AIRBEADS! A neat air freshener item in your favorite 2color combination is for sale by 7th & 8th grade athletes. This hanging item is made in Michigan & is NOT sold in stores. Athletes are taking orders; match up the decor in your home, the camper, the car, or display your favorite school colors or college loyalties. The hanging AIRBEAD sells for $7 or 3/$20. Monies raised will help with items useful for the FJH athletic program. Questions can be directed to Judy Recker, A.D. at 223-6179. All orders are due back to Mrs. Recker by Wednesday, April 10. *** Questions about Field trips? Please contact the following for each grade. 6th grade……Mrs. Sinke/Mrs. Messner………223-6259 7th grade……Mrs. Mathis…………………….223-6171 8th grade……Mrs. Miller……………………..223-6221 *** Vision Screening for all 7th grade and Special Education students will take place Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday April 17. Any child not scheduled for screening may be referred to the technician. Referrals my come from parents and/or teachers and will be accepted on the first day of screening. If you do not want your child screened please call Mrs. Nygren at 517-223-6202. *** *** Reality Store: Fowlerville Jr. High School will be hosting a REALITY Store for all the eighth graders, April 19. This event helps students to take a look at a career of their choice to determine what income they will be earning as they begin to look at the choices they have as they enter the real world of work. Over fifteen community businesses will be participating in this event by assisting the students in their choices. They will be purchasing/renting a house or apartment, purchasing transportation, utilities, etc. We will also have all the fun items students want such as cell phones, Internet etc. This gives the students a REALITY CHECK in what is being provided for them by their parents, as well as what costs are involved in their lives as adults. *** Team Princeton--Who’s Your Tiger? Audrey Trinka Audrey Trinka is the “Tiger of the Week” for Team Princeton. She lives with her parents, Ken and Stacy. She also has two sisters, Jade and Kendall who are really talented and gorgeous! She adores her family! She loves to sing and can often be found practicing, especially during chores and in the shower. She is very dedicated to her soccer team, the Fowlerville Fusion. Audrey’s favorite part of school is science and even though math is challenging, she likes that as well. Her future career goals are wide open! She knows she wants to be a leader but hasn’t decided what field she’d like to focus on. She is very proud of being the soccer captain for the Fowlerville Fusion for the past three years, her participation in student council, leadership academy and the fact that she was Student of the Month at least once every year in Smith Elementary. We, teachers, love that she gets along with everybody. If there is someone new, shy, or struggles with friendships Audrey is our go-to girl to sit with them. Her ability to make others feel comfortable is amazing at her age and we frequently hear positives from students and adults alike complimenting and appreciating her. She gives wholly to everything she does, it doesn’t matter if it’s sports or academics. She has a big, huge smile and a great attitude! When asked what makes her unique, Audrey immediately chose her personality and that she tries to be kind to everyone. Her parents are so proud of her and impressed by her willingness to help others. She is such a good person and not afraid to be an individual or to stand up for what she believes is right, even if she stands alone. They also love her passion for music and soccer! Thanks Audrey and congratulations!! Fowlerville’s Landen Blixt performs perfect score in gymnastic state meet Fowlerville’s local gymnast Landen Blixt competed in a State meet at the Lake Fenton High School on Saturday, March 23. He scored a perfect 12.0 on both the rings and parallel bars, helping him get six gold medals and one silver, as well as winning the meet. Landen’s all around score was 67.9, which is now his personal best qualifying him for regionals in Chicago. His team was undefeated this year, winning eight out of eight meets. Spring break, a new home & more By Jordan Fuller Spring Break! I might be the only person that doesn’t mind this cold weather in March. Last year was horrific when it was already mid 80’s and just never stopped until October. I have hope for this summer that it won’t be sweltering hot and maybe I won’t be crazy! Our Webberville Spartans have been busy just being plain awesome. Our boys are in a hundred different awesome sports teams at once. Ezra started Varsity baseball –we have not had anyone play baseball above the rec level - Leo just finished 8th grade basketball, Oscar finished 5th grade basketball where his team went undefeated and took first in the tournament and Abram is almost graduated from his swim lessons and will join the Goldfish rec swim team. Let’s not forget Daisy who is a self taught cheerleader for all those games/events we watch! The always fun dodge ball tourney was last weekend where Oscar’s team, Dream Team and Leo’s team, Average Joe’s took first. Abram played for the first time and right away it was Oscar against Abram. We enjoyed the High School Musical and 101 Dalmations shows, the kids got on that stage and spelled their hearts out at the spelling bee, the Webberville Bands did awesome at festival AND our Webberville FFA chapter was named first in the state! March is crazy but I love being a Spartan! Somewhere in all this chaos we bought another house. A beautiful big glorious farmhouse that has been owned by Joe’s Grandparents for the last 50 years. It holds many memories and we cannot wait to start making our own in it. We will add on/renovate it and turn it into our dream home. Hopefully before Ezra graduates! I catch myself staring into space and fantasizing about things like an island or a huge kitchen sink or a mudroom. Ahhhhhh. It’s shameless self-promotion time for me again. I came across a brand spanking new company that I couldn’t resist and here I am a designer for Origami Owl. They have the most beautiful lockets that you can make your own. Check out www.jordan.origamiowl.com and see for yourself. They are just so cool and gorgeous. Things that I should have been mad about but I thought were funny: • -Leo drinking out of a massive glass jar of applesauce with a straw • -Oscar filling out Abram’s Valentine’s for the school party so he could play the X-box. • -Oscar and Abram trying to talk to me about the Skrillex goat remix they saw online while we are in mass. • -Leo throwing a plain bitten tortilla out of his bedroom at Abram who was sitting in the living room minding his own. I’ll leave you with this vision – I went in to kiss Daisy goodnight and she was sleeping with a pair of underwear on her head. There was a leg hole on her forehead. My kids are just going to love that I write this article! Around the House By Andy Lekarczyk Well, let’s hope winter has finally left the building! While you’re doing your weekend shopping pick up some fuel stabilizer for your snow blower. This will save you time and aggravation next fall. You can run the unit completely out of fuel as well, but the stabilizer may be the easiest approach. Make sure after you add it into the fuel tank you operate the machine to let it circulate thru the entire fuel system. As the weather improves several of you may be looking to purchase a home or know someone looking. We have a friend searching for a home, and it is quite disturbing how many repossessed home are in our communities. If your searching for any listed home you must learn to inspect these properties. As you approach a home, look at the roof. Is the surface flat? If not, you may have rafter or roof sheathing issues. If the shingles look worn or curling you can expect to need a roof. Look at the chimney, is it masonry? Do the bricks look sound? If the furnace is a high efficient type the exhaust gas is cooler than old style furnaces. This means moisture accumulates in the chimney and makes its way into the brick, this moisture than damages the bricks. Typically in these installs, a metal chimney liner may have been installed. Look for a small metal ‘roundish” cap at the top of the chimney. If the furnace is a 90 percent or greater efficiency, the unit probably uses a PVC plastic vent and intake pipe exiting the side of the home. Look at the electric meter, are the cables entering from a pipe coming from the top of the meter or where you can see the power cables coming from a nearby utility pole? Or is the top of the meter box flat and a pipe entering from the ground below? Obviously, the first is an overhead service the second is an underground. Don’t think that an underground service connection means no power outages. Aesthetically, it may look better, but at some point down the road the feed cables are on an ‘above ground’ pole. Don’t try and open any electrical boxes or panels, simply look. On an overhead service look at the cable or pipe installed up the side of the home, if it’s a cable, does the cable’s outer jacket look sound? If a pipe, is the pipe rusty? Does it pass thru the roof? If so, can you see the boot style fitting on the roof and does it look sealed? Finally, as you look at the overhead wiring where the house cable meets the pole wiring, are the connections taped or jacketed? Are they clear of the roof and side of the home? Are they clear of any trees in the yard? Cables that pass thru trees outside the utility easement will most likely be the homeowner’s responsibility to keep clear. This is not a homeowner solvable problem! A qualified and experienced tree trimming company will be required to clear this foliage. Several people are killed each year trying to work around trees and power lines. Look at the gutters and downspouts, do they look secure and do they drain away from the house? Is the grade around the house pitching away from the home? Look at sidewalks, driveway, and stairs. Cement is expensive. Any cracks? If downspouts were placed near the cement ways, tap on the cement surface and if they sound ‘hollow’ the sand beneath the slab has washed away. If it’s cracked, that’s why, if not it probably will be soon. In a pinch you can find a small rock and simply drop it and listen. Look at the underside of the eaves. There should be vented panels for proper air circulation. The roof should also have either a vent across the entire length of the top (which raises the cap shingles and be noticeable from the ground), or metal roof vents. This allows air to enter the eves, pass along the underside of the roof sheathing and exit at the top vent. Carry a small pair of binoculars to look at roofs. Since we’re speaking about the roof structure, try and carry a ladder on visits. There should be an attic access point inside the home. Open the hatch and with your flashlight look at the underside of the roof. Any water stains? This could indicate an active leak. Look at the nails protruding to the inside, any signs of water entering around them? Does the attic have blown in insulation? Make sure the insulation was not blown over the eve vents, this is a common mistake by do it yourselfers. Shut off your flashlight, typically you can see light coming from outside at the eve vents. A foam board should be placed at the end of the rafters to hold the insulation from the vents. Next week more info on the interior Around your ‘potentially new’ House. Livingston County Genealogical holding next meeting on April 4 The Livingston Genealogical Society will hold its next meeting on Thursday, April 4. The meeting will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 1230 Bower Street in Howell and begins at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. The topic for the evening will be “The Voyageurs of New France” with guest speaker Dakota Star. For more information please call (517) 546-2730. “Ease on Down the Road” Dance Express announces 2012-13 competition results The Dance Express directors and instructors are proud to announce the final results of the 2012 – 2013 competition season. Dance Express team members from Maria’s School of Dance have completed another competition season with impressive results. Dancers began learning their dances in September and rehearsed through the winter. The competition season ended in March with dancers competing in Detroit, Fowlerville and Troy, Michigan. Scores ranged from Gold to Diamond, with overall Top Score Honors (Dance) for: “Arabian Love”, “Charlie Brown Ballet”, “Ease on Down The Road” “Dear John” Additional Overall Top scores were awarded too: “On My Own” and “The Wizard and I” (vocal solos). Additional honors include: “Ease On Down The Road” Best Costume Most Entertaining Nominee for: Best Choreography, Best Sr. Musical Theater, “Charlie Brown Ballet”, Creative Concept Award, “What’s A Girl Gotta Do”, Nominee Best Teen Group, “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better”, Nominee: Best Acting/Vocal Duet Debut Division “Wild Horses” Beautiful Energy Award Claire Blauer: Winner Best Jr. Vocalist Debut Division Title Winners – Miss Access Broadway Split Division: 3rd Runner up Emelia Frederick 4th Runner up Anna Zanin During the competition season, dancers also compete for dance scholarships. Each dancer attends master classes and auditions for scholarships on both the local and national level. We are very proud to announce this year’s scholarship recipients: Hollywood Vibe: Scholarships: Kara Kiefer Access Broadway: Scholarships: Claire Blauer, Calvin Dowker, Emelia Frederick, Marissa Leonard Auditions for next year’s competition season will be held on June 24. In addition to the competitions, each number is showcased in the annual Dance Express Spring Recital that is set for Friday, April 26 at 6:30 in the beautiful Alverson Center for Performing Arts (formerly Fowlerville PAC). Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For information regarding tickets or auditions, contact Maria’s School of Dance. “Respect” St. John’s Episcopal Church holding spring rummage sale Apr. 26 & 27 St. John’s Episcopal Church is holding their spring rummage sale on Friday, April 26 from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, April 27 from 9 am to 1 pm. There will be all sorts of treasures including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, household items, books, furniture and even a plant sale! The church is located at 504 Prospect Street in Howell. For more information please call (517) 546-3660. Fowlerville tennis team opens season with match against Lansing Catholic The Varsity girls Tennis team kicked off its season by playing Lansing Catholic Central indoors at MSU on Monday March 25. The LCC team is currently ranked 5th in the state. Fowlerville lost 8-0, with Paige Helms losing a close 1st set 6-4, and Emily Harper losing 2 close sets 6-4 7-6 (7-5 tie break). The team is off until April 11.