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In this issue Business Grand Blanc McDonald’s three-month renovation project is finally complete. See story on page 9.

Arts & Lifestyles A local organization is once again bringing Christmas cheer to area seniors. See story on page 13.

Sports Goodrich boys dropped by Flint Beecher. For more Sports, see page 23.

Christmas in any language Grand Blanc High School’s World Languages Club members Rebecca Chema (left) and Eryn Scannell (right) hand out sugar cookies the club made for residents of American House, located off of Holly Road, on Dec. 15. Along with making cookies, the club’s 25 members also serenaded those in the dining room with Christmas songs and gave a brief description on how others throughout the world celebrate Christmas.

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GRAND BLANC — With the hiring process under way for the Grand Blanc Fire Department, some city officials think the number of applicants were “light.” At the City of Grand Blanc’s Council meeting last week, Fire Chief Jim Harmes gave an update on the fire department stating the commission expects the department to be fully staffed by Feb. 6. Harmes said the department accepted applications through Dec. 16 with testing of each applicant taking place on Dec. 28. Harmes said test scores should be back by Jan. 6 with the first shift of new employees starting at 7 a.m. on Feb. 6. “It is a tentative schedule,” Harmes said during the

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GRAND BLANC TWP. — Grand Blanc Township officials remind residents to get their trash out on the regularly scheduled days. With Christmas and New Year’s falling on the weekend this year, trash pickup will follow its normal schedule. Residents are asked to have their trash out before 7 a.m. on the scheduled pickup days. Christmas tree pickup will run through Jan. 30. — A.B.

Free Christmas dinner offered at Le Grand Bistro GRAND BLANC — Bernice Mount, owner of Le Grand Bistro on S. Saginaw Street, in the Grand Mall, will be serving a free Christmas turkey dinner on Christmas Day from noon-4 p.m. for people in the community who are either unable to provide a dinner for themselves or their family, who are elderly or who will be alone this Christmas. Reservations: Call 810-344-9866 by 6 p.m. Dec. 24 to tell them how many will be in your party. It is important that you call first, to ensure the restaurant will have enough food for everyone. — G.G.

Town hall meeting with Robertson, Jacobsen set LANSING — State Sen. Dave Robertson, RGrand Blanc Township, and state Rep. Bradford Jacobsen, R-Lake Orion, announced a town hall meeting will be held Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. to discuss Senate Bill 52, which allows local units of government to lower speed limits on dirt and gravel roads. This event will take place at Brandon Middle School, 609 South Ortonville Rd. in Ortonville. It was previously scheduled for Jan. 11 but had to be rescheduled due to scheduling conflicts.

Lions Club tree sale GOODRICH — Beautiful Christmas trees are for sale at the Goodrich Lions Club, 9196 S. State Rd. The hours are Monday-Friday from 2:30-7 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. — G.G.

Scouts to hold tree sale GRAND BLANC — The 4th Annual Boy Scout Troop 106 Christmas Trees Sale is coming. The sale is at the corner of Grand Boulevard and Church Street in downtown Grand Blanc and continues each Saturday and Sunday through December. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Select from a variety of fresh cut, high quality trees such as Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce, White and Scotch Pine trees as well as the wonderful citrus scent of Concolors. Prices start at $19 and tree sizes vary from 5 to 12 feet. The proceeds from this event are used to support Troop 106 scouting activities such as program expenses, camping trips and replacement equipment. The Troop meets on Mondays at Kirkridge Presbyterian Church in Grand Blanc. — G.G.

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Each student was responsible for managing their own money to maximize on the number of items they could purchase with some students pooling their change at the end to buy more toys. Kearston Pearson said while the shopping felt like a math lesson, she did not mind because she knew she was helping others.

GRAND BLANC — Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law lifting the cap on charter schools in Michigan, but the Grand Blanc Board of Education says the law could be detrimental to the district. First introduced in Michigan in 1994, the state currently has 255 charter schools, which are independent public schools that offer parents and students options in education. At the time, a cap was set on charter schools because they were new to the state. The new law however, signed by Snyder on Dec. 20, will raise the cap to 300 charter schools by the end of 2012 and 500 schools through 2014. By 2015, the cap will be completely removed. “Charter schools play a critical role in providing Michigan students and parents with alternative educational options,” Snyder said in a press release. “This reform gives families who are trapped in failing schools more freedom to take control of their future.” The Grand Blanc Board of Education however was against lifting the cap on charter schools with Secretary Martin Ray stating the law is financially driven and does not take into consideration the best interest of public education for all students. “The gist of this in their minds is to allow the free market to determine what good public education is,” Ray said. “I hate to counter that, but I have to. I don’t think the free market has the best interest of our children at heart. It is a financially driven situation that also puts power into a handful of people who can actually steal our schools away from us.” Board President Debbie Hancock said she believes there is a place for charter schools, but that she too was against lifting the cap. “I do believe there is a place for charter schools. They are here and we are not against competition, but we also want to keep the control here,” Hancock said. “(We don’t want) to allow somebody mandating who is coming to our building if they don’t live in this district when we have a process in place for that.” Grand Blanc Township resident Craig

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Mason Elementary teacher Robin Allen and her fourth grade students show off the toys they purchased for Toys for Tots. Their gifts were dropped off to the American Legion Hall, located off of Grand Blanc Road, and were treated to hot chocolate and cookies for their efforts.

Giving to those in need Local schools raise money to help others BY AMANDA BRANIECKI 810-452-2647 •

GRAND BLANC — In the spirit of giving this holiday season, three local schools have been fundraising in an effort to help those in need. Last week, Walmart in Grand Blanc was filled with students from Mason Elementary, Myers Elementary and Woodland Park Academy as each were on a shopping field trip purchasing items for their respective organizations. The fourth grade Mason Elementary students from Robin Allen’s class and the entire student body at Woodland Park both directed their money donations toward Toys for Tots with Allen’s class raising $770.03 and Woodland Park raising more than $3,800. Whereas all four of Myers Elementary’s fourth grade classes chose to donate about $1,500 they collected to Grand Blanc’s FISH program. Allen said this was the second year her students had raised money to purchase items for Toys for Tots. “All the kids asked their family members for some money or they did chores around the house to earn the money to donate to the cause,” Allen said. With each of her 27 students spending about $28.50, Allen said the shopping trip was both fun and educational.

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NEWS HIRING from page 1 meeting. “I don’t see why we won’t make that though.” In November 2010, voters in both the city and township approved a 0.5-mill, 10-year levy to help fund the fire department which included funds to hire four full-time firefighters. At the Dec. 14 meeting, Harmes informed the council that 12 candidates had submitted their applications. In the days following, Harmes said five more applications were received before the deadline bringing the candidate pool up to 17 people. Councilman John Freel said while he did not doubt each applicant was qualified for the job, he was shocked by the low number of applicants. “It surprises me that in this economy that we only have 12,” Freel said during the meeting. “Maybe we haven’t advertised in a big enough area or made it publicly known (we are hiring). There are a lot of people out of work and I am sure there are a lot of fire people out of work.” As directed by the fire commission, Harmes said he advertised the open positions on both the city and township’s websites and offices, the police station, fire stations and staff break rooms.

“This was set up by the fire board in September as to how we were going to advertise. It was done exactly the way we set it up and suggestions were made from the city manager and township manager as well,” Harmes said. “This is how we advertised it and we thought it was very fair.” Harmes said the county was aware the fire department was hiring and stated the requirement that all hires must live within a 10 mile radius of the fire district may have

been a factor in the low number of applicants. Freel however said he did not think a radius restriction was the problem stating that the city also has similar restrictions for its positions and have had a healthy pool of applicants in the past for its police chief and more recently for the city manager position. “I don’t think we’ve explored the pool of people that would be necessary to start up full-time positions,” Freel said. “Only inter-

nally advertising is putting a narrow scope on the amount of people that even know the positions are available.” Councilman Lonnie Adkins agreed with Freel stating he too would have liked to see advertisements placed in the newspaper to increase the application pool. Harmes said he would share the council’s concerns with the fire commission, but said they did not extend the deadline for applications.

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Police Blotter Drunk driver causes three car accident GRAND BLANC TWP. — A 42-year-old Grand Blanc woman was cited for operating while intoxicated after rear ending another vehicle. On Dec. 16 at 4 p.m., police were dispatched to the intersection of Center and Hills roads for a three-vehicle accident. According to the police report, the woman was driving a 2002 Chevy Venture Van when she rear ended a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix. Due to the impact, the driver of the Grand Prix then hit a 2005 GMC pickup truck that was in front of it stopped at the traffic light. No one was injured in the accident. The woman was given a PBT and blew a .09 blood-alcohol level. The woman was arrested and lodged at the Genesee County Jail.

Police investigating theft GRAND BLANC TWP. — The Grand Blanc Township Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving a theft of storage units located off of Saginaw Street.

SCHOOLS from page 3 Banasiak however disagreed stating that the board’s concerns were unfounded. “Grand Blanc Schools are never going to be stolen unless you are doing such an abysmal job that 51 percent of the district thinks they need to take control,” Banasiak said. “This is


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On Dec. 16 at about 4:30 p.m., police were notified by the U Storage manager, a 65-year-old Allen Park man, that eight different units had been broken into after the pad locks had been cut. It was reported that numerous items totaling about $6,000 had been taken from the units sometime between Dec. 1 and Dec. 16. Police have no suspects at this time. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police department at 810-424-2611.

Woman cited for OWI, CCW GRAND BLANC TWP. — A Macomb woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated after a routine traffic stop. The 59-year-old was pulled over at 2:43 a.m. on Dec. 17 on southbound I-75 at Dort Highway after police observed the vehicle weaving back and forth between the lanes. The woman refused a PBT test and warrants were obtained for a blood draw. During a search of the woman’s 2004 Cadillac DeVille, police found a 9mm handgun on her front seat. The woman was lodged at the Genesee County Jail and cited for operating while intoxicated and for carrying a concealed weapon. — Compiled by Amanda Braniecki

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FLINT — While the campuses of Mott Community College are shut down over the holidays (Dec. 22-Jan. 2), Lennetta Coney is still taking phone calls. As president of the Foundation for Mott Community College, she knows that many people are making sizable year-end gifts to take advantage of the tax credits provided for such donations. One such call came this week with a $30,000 gift to Health Sciences. The Flintarea resident, who asked to remain anonymous, told Coney he had become successful, in part, through the education he received at Mott and simply wanted to give back to the community that helped him to achieve. Coney said such generosity is not uncommon through the holidays when people take time to reflect on the year and consider financial strategies to enhance their personal portfolios. She noted that this year has even more incentive for donors due to a new Michigan tax reform package that eliminates the state tax credit for gifts to public institu-


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NEWS FUNDRAISER from page 3 “I thought (raising money) was very kind and I am happy we did it,” Pearson said. “I tried to spend my money on toys for little kids and I tried to think about what other kids would want and not think about myself.” While Mason used the month of December to fund raise, students at Woodland Park have been raising money all year long to put toward their holiday donation. Woodland Park teacher Allyson Konen said every month the school allows students to pay a dollar to wear jeans to school with the money going toward their holiday collection. This year, Konen said they raised enough money to purchase gifts for 96 children. In addition, Konen said the first grade class at Woodland Park spent the last few weeks collecting coats, hats, gloves and scarves to donate to Coats for a Cause.

LESLEY from page 1 on the finance, public works, personnel and legal and legislative committees. In November, she was appointed to chair the finance and legal and legislative committees. “I know whoever gets my place is going to do a great job,” Lesley said. Lesley’s resignation will be effective Jan. 25. Mayor Sue Soderstrom said she has appreciated Lesley’s help and guidance over the years stating her presence from the council will be one that is sorely missed. “Connie and I came onto the board at the same time,” Soderstrom said. “It was nice. It was the first time there were two women on the council and it has been an honor and a pleasure for me. I will miss (Lesley) being here.” According to the city’s charter, Soderstrom

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In total, the first-graders collected more than 50 coats to donate to families in need. With others directing their collections to Toys for Tots, Myers Elementary teacher Lisa Pyrett said her school has a tradition of teaming up FISH to help those in need during the holiday season. Myers as a whole adopts a family from FISH, but Pyrett said in addition the fourth grade classes have been adopting families of their own. For the past two years, Pyrett said she and James Bowering’s fourth-graders have been adopting families as part of its economics class. “The kids actually provide services for their parents at home to raise ‘income’ that will be divided out for the students to shop with,” Pyrett said. “We then encourage them to use their mental math skills we’ve learned about and to budget their money.” This year, Pyrett said was the first year that both Julie Avery and Paige Sieloff ’s fourth grade classes joined the cause as well.

said it is up to the council’s to fill the vacancy and urged that the process begin immediately. “I am recommending that applications are taken for the open council seat as soon as possible,” Soderstrom said. Council voted to place an advertisement in the newspaper and on its website for the open position. Those interested are asked to send a letter of intent, resume and completed application to Clerk Beth Smith at City Hall, located at 203 E. Grand Blanc Rd., no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 9. Once all applications have been received, council will review the list of candidates and set up interviews for its top candidates. The new council member is scheduled to be appointed at the council’s 7 p.m. meeting on Jan. 25. For more information or to download the application, visit

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Genesys Physician Hospital Organization to participate in Medicare partnership FLINT — The Genesys Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) — a collaboration between Genesys Health System and Genesys Physicians Group Practice — today announced it has been selected as one of only 32 in the nation to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, a transformative new initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. Through the Pioneer ACO Model, the Genesys PHO will work with CMS to provide Medicare beneficiaries with higher quality care, while reducing growth in Medicare expenditures through enhanced care coordination. The Pioneer ACO Model is designed to encourage the development of ACOs, which are groups of doctors and other healthcare providers who work together to provide high quality care for their patients. As one in a diverse group of leading-edge health care organizations from around the country, Genesys PHO was chosen specifically by the Innovation Center to test the effectiveness of several models of payment in helping organizations make a rapid transition to higher quality care at a lower cost to Medicare. Under the Pioneer ACO Model, CMS will provide incentives for participating health care providers who form an organization to coordinate care for patients. Providers who band together through this model will be required to meet quality standards based upon, among other measures, patient outcomes and care coordination among the provider team. — G.G.


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Grand Blanc McDonald’s Owners Kirk and Marie Heath cut the ribbon during their restaurant’s grand reopening celebration on Dec. 15. The ribbon cutting signified the completion of a three month renovation to the restaurant’s interior and exterior design.

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GRAND BLANC — Nearly 20 years after first opening its doors, the Grand Blanc McDonald’s has a completely new aesthetic. In September, owners Kirk and Marie Heath kicked off a three-month long renovation project to their restaurant, located at 12237 S. Saginaw St. next to the Coach Stop Plaza, as part of the McDonald’s Corporation initiative to give its buildings a more modern and contemporary look and feel. “By the end of the year, 44 Michigan locations and 800 throughout the United States will have been remodeled,” Marie Heath said. “The goal is in five years all (McDonald’s) will support this look.” To celebrate the completion of the project, the Heath’s hosted a grand reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 15 showcasing the new exterior and interior updates. As part of the remodel, the restaurant now has side-by-side drive-through lanes, a new refacing of its exterior walls and an outdoor patio area. Kirk Heath said they have the furniture for the outdoor seating area, but that it will not be put in place until spring. Inside the restaurant, the Heath’s incorporated new wallpaper, new seating to fit all customers’ needs, a natural finish in the lobby, two flat screen televisions on its walls and free Wi-Fi service for its customers. “It absolutely meet our vision,” Kirk Heath said, adding that this year in Michigan, McDonald’s spent about $36 million locally in remodels and new construction projects. “We always felt that Grand Blanc is a very upscale community and we should be representative of that community and look that way so we keep our building fresh.” This is the restaurant’s second remodel in five years, with the first being a strictly indoor remodel. Restaurant Manager Laurie Pieniozek said the customers were all understanding and patient during the process as they did not close the restaurant during construction. “Things were definitely a little hectic

Sgt. Gary Stanley from Toys for Tots accepts a mini-grant from Kirk and Marie Heath. The Heath’s gave away six mini-grants for $250 to local organizations, which also included the Grand Blanc Optimist Club, FISH Inc., Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation Special Needs Program, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Grand Blanc Athletic Boosters, as a way to thank the community and its customers for their support over the years.

around here, but we did the best we could and we got creative,” Pieniozek said. “Our customers were great though and they were all very understanding.” Pieniozek said since the remodel, cus-

tomers have also been very complimentary of its completely new look. “Things here look more up-to-date in here and everyone has been telling us how much they like it,” Pieniozek said. “It has been very favorable amongst our customers.” As a thank you to the community and its customers, Kirk and Marie Heath also gave out six mini-grants for $250 each to organizations that help Grand Blanc’s youth and those in need such as the Grand Blanc Optimist Club, FISH Inc., Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation Special Needs Program, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Grand Blanc Athletic Boosters and Toys for Tots. “We are very proud to be a part of this community,” Kirk Heath said. “It has been a love for Marie and I to be here in this community...we have lovely customers day-in and day-out.” The Heath’s own four McDonald’s in the area. Marie Heath said they have no plans to remodel the other restaurants as they are already equipped with the modern design. For more information, call 810-694-6352 or visit the corporation’s website at

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GBHS student recognized by State Bank GRAND BLANC — The State Bank has honored Grand Blanc Community School Co-Op/Intern for the month of October to Celeste Church. Celeste has been working at Sorensen Gross in the front office answering phones, filing, data entry along with other office tasks. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help out wherever needed, said management at Sorensen Gross. Celeste plans on attending college to receive a bachelors degree she plans on working during college to gain on the job training. Students and businesses are recognized each month for their participation in the Grand Blanc Co-Op/Intern program. — G.G.

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My Christmas tastes are a little offbeat Bob and Doug McKenzie’s Twelve Days of I love a good, down home Christmas as Canadian Christmas, Adam Sandler’s much as the next guy. Holiday traditions like giving gifts, getting together with fami- Hanukkah song and Christmas in Hollis ly and enjoying classic Christmas songs and by rappers Run DMC. Classic songs are wonderful and they movies are all part of the season. bring with them memories of Christmases But as much as I cling to these old tradiback when I was a kid, but the newer, tions, I have also found over the years I funny stuff or offbeat songs are a way have a penchant for embracing some of finding a little humor or some not-so typical Christmas offerings. individuality in musical selections. • My favorite Christmas movie is • I like comedy with my A Christmas Story — you know, Christmas. As I said about music, the one shown on that cable station if it can make me laugh it makes for 24 hours straight Christmas Christmas all that much better. Eve? But as much as the story of I love the old Cheech & Chong Ralphie’s quest to get an Official bit on the radio about Santa Red Ryder CarbineClaus and his “old Action Two-Hundredlady” living in the Shot Range Model projects (far out, Air Rifle warms my Gary Gould — Managing Editor man!). heart each year, I Any sort of parody have other more of the old Rankin & Bass Christmas unconventional Christmas favorites. There’s the warm-hearted holiday classic shows from the 1960s and ’70s (Rudolph, Frosty and Santa Claus is Coming to of Lethal Weapon, a cop-buddy movie set Town) will generally get a chuckle out of at Christmas which ends in a climactic me. MAD TV did a hilarious skit called fight-to-the-death scene between Mel “Raging Rudolph” a few years back, done Gibson and Gary Busey (may the more in claymation like the original holiday crazy celebrity win!). specials — only Santa Claus was a mafia Another holiday fav is Die Hard, an ’80s action-movie set at Christmas. In this kingpin and Rudolph was muscling in on his turf. movie, lovable Bruce Willis gets invited So yes, my Christmas favorites can range by accident to his estranged wife’s office from classic to strange, or sometimes just Christmas party. The holiday hijinks plain goofy. It may seem a bit unconvenbegin when terrorists take over the high rise where the party takes place and Bruce tional, but I think as much as we dwell on the comforting traditions we were raised (who still had hair) fights back like a on, it is important to create new ones we grown-up version of that kid from Home Alone. My favorite line: “I have a machine can pass along to our children. But no matter how we celebrate gun now. Ho-ho-ho!” Classic. Christmas, the reason for the season will • I like offbeat Christmas songs as well. always remain the same. So Merry The classics like White Christmas and Christmas to all — have a safe and enjoyRudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer are able time this holiday. great, but I also tend to like songs such as

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In brief Baker posts additional enrollment hours FLINT — Officials at Baker College of Flint have posted admissions hours for winter 2012 enrollment, which include the addition of Saturday and extended hours to accommodate busy schedules. To assist students with the registration process, the Flint admissions office will be open as follows: • Dec. 27-29, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. • Jan. 3-5, from 7:30 a.m-7 p.m. • Jan. 6, from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. • Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. • Jan. 9-12, from 7:30 a.m-7 p.m. • Jan. 13, from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. • After hours: appointments available upon request In observance of the holidays, Baker College is closed Dec. 23, 26 and 30, and Jan. 2, 2012. Classes for winter quarter begin Jan. 9, with registration continuing through Jan. 13. Many financial assistance opportunities are available. Details: E-mail or call 810-766-4000. — G.G.

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GENESEE COUNTY — Genesee County Community Action Resource Department will once again be able to provide its Meals on Wheels recipients with a special gift Christmas day due to the efforts of one local organization. For the past eight years, the Southeast

Genesee County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) has been a leading force in ensuring homebound, low-income senior citizens in Genesee County have a gift to open on Dec. 25. Each year as word of their mission spreads, Chapter Member Laura Parsons said the number of gifts donated has continued to increase. “Every year it grows,” Parsons said. “In the

Chapter members Suzanne Bankard (left) and Christine Lott (right) work together to finish wrapping up the gifts donated to those participating in the Meals on Wheel program.

beginning, a goal was set of collecting just a couple hundred gifts. As the demand grew, we increased our goal and the last couple of years we’ve gotten well over 1,000 gifts.” Parsons said they begin their collection in September receiving everything from home-

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In the market Fourth grade students inspired by true story help those in need BY AMANDA BRANIECKI 810-452-2647 •

GRAND BLANC — This holiday season the fourth grade students at Brendel Elementary elected to give the gift that keeps on giving to families in need. Drawing from Page McBrier’s book Beatrice’s Goat — a true story of a girl in Africa who is

able to pay for school by selling the milk produced by a goat purchased for her family — read in their economics class, all 76 fourth-graders at Brendel banned together to plan a fundraiser to help people in need. “A lot of the kids were sur-

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ART/THEATRE TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2012 An Actor's Showcase, Davison High School Drama, Thespian Society, and Davison's own Actors' Workshops will be doing a caberet night, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m., complete with singing, dancing, and short monologues and skits to raise awareness of our community's Fine Arts, to promote community involvment and support with our productions, and to fund our present and future endeavors. Details: Call 810-882-7988. The workshop will take place at Davison High School Auditorium, 1250 N. Oak Rd, Davison. Cost: $3/person SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2012 The Wizard of Oz at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley, Flint at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cost is $23 - $59. Details: or 810-237-7333.

CARDS AND GAMES EVERY 3RD FRIDAY Euchre tournament hosted by the Swartz Creek Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 4413 Morrish Rd., Swartz Creek. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $5. Details: 810-635-3684. Pond Hockey Tournament, The Davison Optimist Club has teamed up with Bubba O’Malley in Burton to present the 2011 Pond Hockey Tournament on Dec. 28-30. Four-onfour round robin, no contact, no goalie, multiple sheets of ice, divisions by age and skill, ladies teams welcome, a beer tent with a DJ. Registration forms are available at Bubba’s. There will be six person teams, $250 per team includes hockey jerseys.

CHILDREN WEDNESDAYS Kid’s Crafts for school-age children at Montrose Jennings Library, 241 Feher Dr., Montrose from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Details: 810-639-6388. THURSDAYS Storytime at Montrose Jennings Library, 241 Feher Dr., Montrose from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Details: 810-639-6388.

CHURCH TUESDAYS Knit/Crochet Out of Love (KOOL) ministry meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in room 219 of Grand Blanc Faith Lutheran Church. Details: Judy Caruso at 810-424-1566. Revolution, Teen Word of Life Clubs at the First Baptist Church of Grand Blanc, 6106 S. Saginaw Rd., from 67:30 p.m. Junior and senior high school students are welcome. Details/registration: 810-694-9136. WEDNESDAYS Word of Life clubs at the First Baptist Church of Grand Blanc. Club is from 6-7:30 p.m. Adult Bible study is available at the same time. Details/registration: 810-694-9136 or 810-694-7888.

COMMUNITY MON., TUES., THURS. Lunch and programs at noon at Temple Beth El, G-5150 Calkins Rd., Flint, hosted by Jewish Community Services and funded by the Genesee County Senior Millage. Cafe Shalom Namaste features Kosher and Asian Indian Food, along with educational and entertainment programs open to those of any faith or ethnicity. Details: 810-767-5922. TUESDAYS Twilight Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. in downtown Flushing. Entertainment and themes vary. Businesses will be open late. Details: 810-659-4141. THURSDAYS Harmony Gateway Chorus rehearsals from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Davison Assembly of God Church, 1234 S. Gale Rd., Davison. Details: 810-664-3552, 810-496-0516 or

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Country Breakfast hosted by the Davison DeMolay at the Davison Masonic Center, 9108 Davison Rd., Davison, from 8-11 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 years and younger. Details: 810-653-3831. SECOND SUNDAYS Breakfast buffet hosted by the Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 8, G-4323 W. Carpenter Rd., Flint, from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $7 for seniors, $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Details: 810-732-7010.

LIBRARY SECOND MONDAYS Coupon Club at Buton Memorial Library, G-4012 E. Atherton Rd., Burton, at 3 p.m. Details: 810-742-0674. TUESDAYS Writers Group at 4 p.m. at the Fenton Winegarden Library, 200 E. Caroline St., Fenton. Details: 810-629-7612. Quilting Group at 6 p.m. at Montrose Jennings Memorial Library, 241 Feher Dr., Montrose. Details: 810-639-6388. SECOND TUESDAYS Fiction Book Club at the Fenton Winegarden Library, 200 E. Caroline St., Fenton, at noon. Details: 810-629-7612. SECOND WEDNESDAYS Book Discussion Group at 6 p.m. at Davison Area Library, 203 E. Fourth St., Davison. Details/Book titles: 810-6532022. THURSDAYS Adult Craft at 3 p.m. at Montrose Jennings Memorial Library, 241 Feher Dr., Montrose. Details: 810-639-6388. THIRD THURSDAYS Poetry Group at 6:30 p.m. at the Fenton Winegarden Library, 200 E. Caroline St., Fenton. Details: 810-6297612. Teen Book Club at 3 p.m. at Montrose Jennings Memorial Library, 241 Feher Dr., Montrose. For ages 11-17. Details: 810-639-6388. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28 Crafts for Kids at 3:15 p.m. at Montrose Jennings Memorial Library, 241 Feher Dr., Montrose. For kids age 11-17. Details: 810-639-6388. THURSDAY, DEC. 29 Montrose Book club at 1:00 p.m. at Montrose Jennings Memorial Library, 241 Feher Dr., Montrose. Details: 810639-6388.


Classes offered for the winter term at FYT FLINT — Flint Youth Theatre Drama School offers exciting and challenging dramatic arts classes for students age 3 through grade 12. The winter term presents a variety of opportunities for students to explore their imaginations, build confidence, have fun and Get into the Act with eight-week classes beginning Jan. 10. Class fees range from $40 to $95. Tuition assistance is available. Registration and information are available by calling 810-2371530. Registrations are also accepted in person at FYT, 1220 East Kearsley St., in the Flint Cultural Center. Complete class descriptions and registration forms are available at From creative dramatics to advanced scene study, young actors can develop their spirit, imagination and acting techniques. Students gain valuable life skills of confidence, creative problem solving, teamwork and personal responsibility while having fun working as part of an ensemble. During the Winter Term, students age 3 to grade four participate in the Creative Drama curriculum encouraging a uniquely personal creative response in each child. Creative play and process drama activities nurture imagination, self-expression and confidence while developing individual willingness to participate as a respectful and contributing member of a group.


was an absolute beautiful gray Angora female kitten, with four white socks, with a very pretty white bib and as you can see, she had a cute white nose to accent all the beauty, intelligence, gentleness, personality and was full of love. She always had unconditional love that made no difference how I was feeling or how busy I might have been my Honey always seemed to understand and was always there for me. My honey was born in the early spring of the year 2007. She came to me unexpectedly by two little girls who weren’t able to keep my Honey; I was more than happy to receive her. When she was handed to me the very first thing I saw was her stunning beautiful honey colored eyes. I brought my honey home only to find out that she had unreal athletic ability. Honey and I would play floor ball with a semi soft ball that she could and would hit the ball right to me 98 to 99% of the time. She made her trip to Thorpe Animal Hospital on July 17, 2007 for her first annual checkup and shots. Life for Honey and Myself was like nothing, that in my almost 75 years, had ever experienced and I am sure will never happen again. She was the complete kitty.

EVERY TUESDAY Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Tuesday at Growth and Opportunity, 525 S. Court St., Lapeer, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dues are $5 per month. Details: Vickie, 810-397-6589.

MEETINGS MONDAYS Greater Davison Area Toastmasters meetings at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 8192 Davison Rd., Davison. Details: 810-610-6102. Song of the Lakes Sweet Adelines chorus is looking for female singers for membership openings. Rehearsals are at Davison Senior Center, 10135 Lapeer Rd., Davison, from 7-10 p.m. Details: 810-742-0977 or

I would never let her be declawed or neutered for with all that she was and had to offer. For my Honey full grown was a very small almost miniature kitty; 8 pounds of beauty bubbling out all over. With all of my efforts, I was never able to find a mate for her. Almost from day one she rode on my shoulder or would lay across my back/shoulders for hours at a time. She had a buddy named Bear. When Honey and I were not doing something together, Honey would be found cuddled up with Bear on my bed.

SECOND MONDAYS Coupon Club at Burton Memorial Library, G-4012 E. Atherton Rd., Burton, from 3-4 p.m. Bring coupons and online deals to share and trade. Details: 810-742-0674. FIRST TUESDAYS Genesee Area Bead Society meetings at the First Baptist Church of Swartz Creek from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Meetings include speakers, demonstrtions, potlucks and more. Membership is $10 per year and includes 3 make and takes and more. Details: Linda Wernette, 810-230-8580, 810-964-1926 or GFWC Swartz Creek Women’s Club meeting, 1 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Swartz Creek. Details: 810-635-3569.

Students in grades five through 12 learn and practice the fundamentals of acting. The Acting and Dramatic Arts curriculum is designed to help them develop as an individual artist and an effective member of a creative ensemble. Eight-week classes culminate in a demonstration for family and friends on the final day of class. Each year, FYT Drama School provides students with opportunities to have fun while telling great stories, meeting new people, developing confidence, learning how to present themselves and discovering what it is like to act on stage. With small classes and one-on-one coaching, FYT’s professionally trained and educated faculty nurtures creative minds while teaching the practical skills of performing on stage. FYT Drama School classes are offered throughout the year. During the Winter Term eight-week classes begin Jan. 10. The Spring Term offers a four-day session beginning March 10 and two-day workshops on March 17 and 24 with eight-week classes beginning March 27. Students may register for a term at any time before the term begins. Need-based tuition assistance is available for each term. Both a registration form and a tuition assistance application may be obtained by calling Flint Youth Theatre at 810-237-1530. — G.G.

She was an easy keeper; demanding or asking for nothing. She slept with me at night. Life could not have been any better, no matter how hard I might have tried, but, didn’t need to. My Honey was the complete package and then some. Life for Honey and I continued until I noticed my little girl having a difficult time breathing. I rushed my Honey to Pierson Animal Hospital on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. I left my little girl with all the expectations that she was going to be ok. I received a call from the vets office in late afternoon Dec. 8, 2011. I was told that she took a change for the worse. At that point I drove like I never drove before. I ran into the examination room only to be told my sweetheart, my girl, my love was gone. My God had called her home. My life will never be the same for every place I look and walk and lay or sit, she is there in my mind and my heart. I can see my little girl, my Honey, my life, and my love. I love you my Honey more than anything in this entire world, more than life itself. May God hold her in his arms and may Heaven be much richer because of my Honey. I miss you my love, my Honey. You will be on my mind and in my heart. Until one day when God calls me home may we be together again, with Beau.

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Now open in the Grand Mall in Grand Blanc Join Us For Our Open House Sat. Jan. 7th 10am-6pm ombining her passion for all things fashion and beauty with her drive to succeed, Manira Galanter has opened up a new salon shop in the Grand Mall. After studying at Maroc University in Morocco and immigrating to the United States, Galanter said she was looking for a way to make a living. As she began looking around, Galanter said she did not see many ethnic hair styling salons around and felt she finally had a niche market to serve. “I owned a salon in New York and I noticed my clients liked the way I was doing their hair,” Galanter said. “Today, I’ve been in the industry for 18 years.” Although not new to the industry having also owned salons in Maryland and Texas, Galanter said she felt there was a need for a new type of beauty shop in Grand Blanc. “I want to help these people,” said Galanter, adding her new business, Unlimited Beautik, is more than just a salon. Unlimited Beautik, located at 12809 S. Saginaw, Suite 113 in the Grand Blanc Mall across from Ace Hardware and next to Kumon Math & Reading, specializes in weaves, braids, hair extensions, infusions and skin care, though staff is available to cut and color hair as well. As the store’s name alludes however, there is also a wide variety of beauty accessories too that include wigs, jewelry and handbags. Galanter also does henna tattoos. “You hear about boutiques, but this is more,” Galanter said. “This is a ‘beautik’ because of all the beauty (merchandise) here and it’s unlimit-


ed because I don’t want women to come in and see the same thing. (I want women to) find something different.” Still building inventory in her shop, Galanter said before the end of December she hopes to have a selection of products from not only Africa, but France and India as well. “I have computer bags from South Africa and I have some bracelets and keychains from West Africa,” Galanter said. “I picked up a lot of things in Morocco and I bring them here.” As a thank you to those who have supported her in the three months it took her to set up her beauty shop and those that have sought out her services since opening just three weeks ago, Galanter said she will be running grand opening specials now through Jan. 31. “I have 10 percent off any services provided as my grand opening special,” Galanter said. “The first Saturday in Owner, Manira Galanter in her January, January 7th, new salon. 10am-6pm I will be hosting an open house, with prizes and food, everyone is invited!” During the open house, Galanter said she will be demonstrating her hair styling services. Those unable to attend the open house are welcome to stop in to Unlimited Beautik for demonstrations or ask any questions they may have for Galanter at any time. “I will always do my best to be available to my clients around me,” Galanter. “I want to excel here.” Unlimited Beautik is open from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sunday by appointment. For more information, call 810-771-7735.

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ARTS & LIFESTYLES GIFTS from page 13 made blankets to socks, decks of cards, candy and various toiletries. This year, Parsons said they had 1,200 clients utilizing the Meals on Wheels service that were in need of a gift. Through the generosity of its chapter members, local businesses and community members, Parsons said they were able to exceed their target number. “I’d say we have about 1,500 gifts collected,” Parsons said. “We wrapped about 600 gifts at our annual wrapping party and more gifts keep getting

dropped off. ” All the gifts were presented to the GCCARD on Dec. 8 during a morning breakfast meeting. GCCARD Senior Nutritional Program Director Laura Rahmaad was unable to be reached for comment. At the meeting with all the gifts placed in one room, Parsons said seeing it all come together for another year was “overwhelming.” “It is tremendous to know we helped make someone’s Christmas for them,” Parsons said. “Some of these people only get this gift for Christmas because they don’t have family or whatever the

Mary Bidleman said she came up with the idea of attaching fake poinsettia plants onto pencils from a suggestion list of products her teacher, Kari Robinson, distributed to the class. The fourthgraders raised $1,040 to help families in Africa by selling everything from baked goods to duct tape wallets, bookmarks and pencils.

FUNDRAISER from page 13 prised this was a true story,” said Kari Robinson, the student’s economics teacher. “After, they all wanted to buy a goat for a family in Africa. They realized how this goat gave the family nourishment and helped pay for books and school for Beatrice.” To help accomplish their goal, the students spent weeks preparing homemade goods of their choice to sell at a student-run marketplace held in the school’s hallway with the consumers being their fellow schoolmates. While some parents and students used their own money to produce their goods, Robinson said they were also the recipient of a mini-grant to help cover costs. The mini-grants dispersed to teachers was afforded through a Learn and Serve Grant that the Michigan Community Service Commission had awarded earlier to the Grand Blanc Office of Career and Technical Education. Selling everything from baked goods to bookmarks, duct tape wallets, magnets and pencil’s with flowers attached, the students raised $1,040. “Everyone was shocked,” Robinson said. “We figured if every student in the school spent at least $1 we would have almost $500, but we said we would worry about what we would buy after.” With the grand total in hand, Robinson said her students voted to purchase a goat, cow, pig, water buffalo, flock of chicks and honeybees through Heifer International. Heifer will then use their resources to determine which families are in need of the gifted species. Mary Bidleman, who attached fake red poinsettia flowers to 32 pencils for her contribution to the project, said she really enjoyed the marketplace. “I feel glad to be able to help somebody in need,” Bidleman said. “I see people on the street without food or water so doing something like this will Thursday, December 22, 2011

reason may be. It is just nice to spread some holiday cheer.” With the organization exceeding its gift goal, Parsons said the extra gifts will be given to various Genesee County senior centers and distributed to seniors as part of the GCCARD’s senior nutrition program. In addition to Meals on Wheels, the GCCARD’s Senior Nutrition Programs include congregate, kosher meal and liquid nutrition supplement programs. For more information on the senior nutritional programs, visit

Teacher Kari Robinson said her students came up with the idea of hosting a marketplace in the school with their fellow schoolmates being the consumers after reading the true story by Page McBrier called Beatrice’s Goat.

LegalNotice HADLEY TOWNSHIP BOARD 4293 PRATT RD, P.O. BOX 227, HADLEY MICHIGAN, 48440 • (810) 797-2117 SYNOPSIS OF MEETING MINUTES December 13, 2011 REGULAR MEETING Meeting called to order at 7:30 p.m. Members present: Daly, Monroe, Tippen, Hartwig, and Brandt. Items approved: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Agenda Board meeting minutes Treasurer’s Report Auditor reported that the township is in good financial shape. Open bids for 1994 Ford Chassis Payment of the bills and Payroll Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Prepared by Clerk, Cindy Daly. Approved by Supervisor, Ernie Monroe. Copies of meeting minutes are available upon request from the Township Clerk and also on the Township website at

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE OF INTENT TO VACATE A PORTION OF UNION STREET BE IT RESOLVED, that pursuant to Section 7 of Chapter 14 of the Charter of the City of Grand Blanc, it is the intention of the City Council of Grand Blanc, by resolution or ordinance, to declare a portion of Union Street described in the Boundary Survey prepared by Fleis and Vandenbrink for the City of Grand Blanc on file at the City of Grand Blanc be vacated. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that a public hearing on such resolution or ordinance shall take place on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. at Grand Blanc City Hall.

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF GRAND BLANC ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Charter Township of Grand Blanc Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Hearing will be conducted at the Charter Township of Grand Blanc Government Center located at 5371 S. Saginaw Street, P.O. Box 1833, Grand Blanc, MI 48480-0057. The purpose of the Hearing is to receive Public Comment on: ZBA #11-1944 - Request for variance from the Zoning Ordinance, by petitioner Christopher and Christyn Scott. Swimming Pools, Section 4.70.2: Setback: The ordinance states: Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, similar facilities and surrounding decks, walks or similar accessories shall be at least fifteen (15) feet from any lot line. The Applicant is proposing to construct a swimming pool five (5) feet from the rear property line. The address is 7223 Andrea Court. ZBA #11-1945 - Request for variance from the Zoning Ordinance, by petitioner Tony Deck. Automobile Sales, Section 4.17.2: The ordinance states: In the General Commercial District used automobile sales are permitted as a special land use when located at least five hundred (500) feet from any single family residential district. The Applicant is proposing 55' (feet). The address is 5388 S. Saginaw Street.

help them.” Robinson praised her students stating they really took the reins and made this event their own utilizing the help of adults when needed. “These kids are a really good group of fourth- graders,” Robinson said.

“They all worked hard to do this and it shows.” With the success of the marketplace and positive feedback from fellow teachers, Robinson said she plans to make this a yearly event at the school.

Pertinent information is available for review in the Planning and Zoning Department at the Grand Blanc Township Government Center during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 am. to 5:00 pm. or our website at Written comments may be submitted to the Planner by 4:00 p.m. on January 17, 2012.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

In SPORTS Lady Bobcats down Walled Lake Central

Martians, Bobcats drop road games

BY SPORTS STAFF BY DAN NILSEN GRAND BLANC— It was a tight contest, but the Lady Bobcats pulled away from Kensington Lakes Activities Association rival Walled Lake Central in a 39-28 win last Friday, improving Grand Blanc’s record to 3-1. The Bobcats picked up the victory with multiple starters out of the lineup. Kara Puidokas tossed in 17 points for Grand Blanc, while Taylor Garner recorded 11 of her own. “Our season feels as if we’ve already played in a few playoff games,” said coach Megan Noll. “We are getting a lot of experience with late-game, time/score situations. Our team has proven that it will fight to the end no no matter what.” The Bobcats hope to keep rolling with their impressive start. “We’ve done a wonderful job so far with the in-and-out game,” continued Noll. “Our posts are playing extremely well and the guards are feeding off of their play. Teams become really hard to beat when they offer multiple threats.” — B.P.

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GOODRICH The Martians remain undefeated on the season with two Photo by Dan Nilsen dominating performances over Grand Blanc’s Sydney Denicolo looks for the inside-pass the past week. Goodrich ran opportunity earlier this season against Carman-Ainsworth. past Flint Beecher, 71-27, on Dec. 20. Goodrich started the game ry. Goodrich led, 20-5, after the first quarter strong, out-scoring the Bucs, 17-4, in the first quarter and, 23-2, in the second quarter and held the Railroaders to zero points in the second quarter while scoring 17 to lead, to lead, 40-6, at the break. 37-5, at the half. The third quarter saw the Martians with a The Martians out-scored Durand, 26-12, 17-11 edge and the fourth quarter was much in the second half to seal the victory. of the same as they out-scored Beecher, 14Leading the way for Goodrich was Sevillian 10. Goodrich spread the ball around with nine with 13 points, Frankie Joubran added 12, Taylor Gleason and Tania Davis had eight players on the scoring sheet led by Kelly and Destiny Stephens chipped in with six. Belanger with 18 points, KeKe Sevillian Goodrich, 5-0 overall, 3-0 GAC, is off on with 12 points and Tania Davis added 11 holiday break and does not return to the points. court until Jan. 10 when it hosts Montrose. Against Durand on Dec. 15, the Martians’ — E.H. defense suffocated Durand in a 63-17 victoThursday, December 22, 2011

FLINT — Two games into the Genesee Area ConferenceRed Division basketball season, Goodrich High has some ground to make up. The Martians are one of the top two teams in the league, but there’s a 23-point gap between them and Beecher after Tuesday night’s 82-59 loss to the Buccaneers at Beecher. Goodrich slipped to 1-1 in the Red, 1-2 overall, and will get another shot at the Bucs on Jan. 24 at home. Nathan Landsgaard scored a game-high 21 points and Mitch Rubio added 11, but Goodrich was out of it after getting outscored, 42-23, in the middle two quarters. The Martians were within 21-19 after one quarter, but Beecher pulled away with a 15-6 second period and a 27-17 third. Monte Morris and Jequarius French led the Bucs with 19 points each. Goodrich is in the midst of an early-season stretch where it plays five straight tough oppoPhoto by Maggie Gregory nents, in and out of the Red. The Martians dropped a two- Goodrich’s Nathan Landsgaard drops in a one-handed baspoint overtime game at Grand ket in recent action. Blanc a week before the Beecher game and now will head for the Roundball Classic next week after the first quarter, but pulled ahead at Detroit Country Day. They will face into a slim one-point margin, 24-23, at the Gabriel Richard on Dec. 26 and Cincinnati half-way point. Central regained the lead Withlow on Dec. 28. with a 16-11 third-quarter effort and held Goodrich will play its first home game the Bobcats at arm’s length with a 19-15 Jan. 6 against Flint Northwestern. The final stanza to preserve the win. Dec. 16 game against Durand was postJake Daniels led Grand Blanc with 18 poned. — D.N. points, while Bart Williams chipped in with 13 points and six boards. KJ Miller nearly reached double digits with nine GRAND BLANC points. The Bobcats had to swallow their first Grand Blanc is off the slate until after loss of the season, falling, 58-50, to the holiday break when it faces former Big Kensington Lakes Activities Association Nine rival Flint Carman-Ainsworth at crossover rival Walled Lake Central last Carman-Ainsworth on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Friday. — L.P. Grand Blanc trailed the Vikings, 17-9,

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Sports Shorts Roundball for children in kindergarten-second grade GRAND BLANC — The large gym at McGrath Elementary will host the Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation Department’s Bambino Basketball program for boys and girls in grades K-2 for six weeks from Jan. 21- March 3 on Saturdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Cirriculum includes drills and scrimmaging with a focus on the fundamentals of the game. Class will not take place on Feb. 18 and a free T-shirt is included in the $67 fee. The Dept. is also offering a First Step basketball program for children ages 3-5 in the gym at Mason Elementary for six weeks from Jan. 18- Feb. 22 on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-6:45 p.m. or 6:557:55 p.m. for $65. A parent is required for each child wanting to participate and issued equipment players are allowed to keep include a skill manual, jersey, four cones and a mini-basketball. Details: or 810-695-6720. — M.S.

Area product goes big FLINT — On the strength of two goals by Grand Blanc native Cody Damon, the Flint Junior Generals of the NA3HL beat the Metro Jets at Iceland Arena on Sunday in a shootout, 7-6. After the Jets jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period, it was Damon who knotted things back up for Flint at 2-2, scoring at 12:18 with help from Andrew Lay and Kenneth Simmons and at 19:12 on passes from Richard Jansson and Lay. What that created was a tsunami-sized turn in the momentum that saw the Junior Generals blaze their way to a 6-2 lead off the sticks of Hayden Hanson, Anthony Terzo, Luke Dmytro and James Odom, only to see Metro shoot back with four goals of its own in the second and third periods to force overtime. Once both teams failed to end the contest during the extra session, it all came down to the shootout, where Flint connected on three of its four shots on goal compared to a 1-for-4 showing by the Jets to help lock down the decision. Defensively for the Junior Generals, Benjamin Myers swatted aside 26 of the 32 shots he faced to earn the decision. Now 28 games into the current season, Flint is 196-3-0, placing them second in the East division behind Cleveland at 24-5-1-0, but ahead of Metro and Pittsburgh with records of 15-11-0-1 and 13-150-1, respectively. Leading Flint offensively for 2011-12

with 38 points on 15 goals and 23 assists is Edward Osowski, Jansson has 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points, and coming through with seven goals and 25 assists for 32 points is Lay. The Junior Generals are off for the rest of the year and return to the ice on Jan. 6 and 7 at the Michigan Ice Dogs and Metro. — M.S.

Area product goes big TOLEDO — With a roster that includes Genesee County products Tyler Schofileld, Schuyler Ferguson, David Salazar and Marshal Helton and Lapeer County natives Zachary Collins, Kyle Parker, Kyle Barden, John Arms and Kade Morrison, the Michigan Mountain Cats of the NA3HL are currently 15-15-3, placing them third in the North Division behind the Port Huron at 21-11-2 and Kalamazoo with a record of 18-12-1, but ahead of Traverse City at 14-7-4 and Jamestown at 11-18-2. Since downing Battle Creek at home by a score of 7-0 on both Nov. 18 and 19, the Mountain Cats are on an eight-game losing streak that includes a 5-3 defeat at the Toledo Ice House on Sunday. Scoring for Michigan were Arms, Gary Soulliere and James Koonce on assists by Helton, Schofield, Koonce and Schofield, respectively. In goal for the Mountain Cats, Jordan Wood made 37 saves on 42 attempts to get pinned with the decision. Michigan is off for the rest of the year and begins 2012 on its home ice at the Farmington Ice Arena by hosting Flint, on Jan. 8 the squad travels to the Perani Arena and Event Center in Genesee County for the rematch. — M.S.

“Toughest Sport on Earth” coming to Wayne County DETROIT — With the 2012 season opening on Jan. 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Ford Field will host Professional Bull Riding on March 10, 2012. Details: 1-800-745-3000, or — M.S.

Hone your softball skills DETROIT — Wayne State University head coach Gary Bryce will host a softball hitting clinic on Jan. 15 for $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Sessions take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m. The Warriors are also offering a Sundays-only Pitching and Catching Clinic from Jan. 22- Feb. 12 for $100 with sessions taking place from 9-11 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 12:30- 2:30 p.m. Details: 586864-4233 or 313-577-7513. — M.S.


Bobcats cooled off by Flushing Raiders BY BRANDON POPE 810-452-2651 •

FLINT TOWNSHIP— The red-hot Bobcats were put on ice last Saturday by the Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing Raiders hockey squad, 5-3. The Raiders took little time getting on the board, as Mickey Montpas scored from the top of the crease, with assists from Andrew Sanborn and Jordy Makranyi. The Bobcats would draw even by the end of the frame when Graham Jackett and Gabriel Neil picked up helpers on a Mitchell Tomczak goal. Flushing regained the lead with the lone goal of the second period, a tally from Dewey Miller. Montpas picked up his second goal of the game early in the third, extending the Raiders lead, 3-1. Hunter Moran would soon cut the deficit to just one, followed by a Trevor Gardner goal, knotting the game, 3-3. The Raiders would sever the tie once again, as Sanborn scored with helpers from Makranyi and Montpas. Makranyi would ice the win with an empty net goal, 5-3. “It was a big win for us,” said CarmanAinsworth/Flushing coach John Jepson. “Probably the biggest win we’ve had since I’ve taken over the program, playing a very good Grand Blanc team. They’re very deep.” With only 17 skaters, the Raiders attribute the victory to hard work. “It was a full team effort,” continued Jepson. “All three lines contributed, and the defense played well with the return of Joe Anderson. He really solidified that defensive core.” Grand Blanc was victorious last Wednesday with a Kensington Lakes Activities Association win over Walled Lake Central, 4-2. Trevor Gardner opened the scoring when a pass from

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Grand Blanc’s Gabriel Bowen skates up ice against Flushing.

Alex Porter found its way to Gardner’s stick at the top of the crease, as Gardner fired it into the open net. An assist was also credited to Jack Clary. The Bobcats increased their lead to two when Porter fired a wrist shot from the blue line, ending up in the top corner of the net, with assists to Gardner and Ryan McElroy. Matt Kraemer and Raurie Petrich would assist on Hunter Moran’s second period goal, with Clary and Graham Jackett getting the helpers on Porter’s second tally of the night, securing the 4-2 win. “Great team effort,” said coach Mike Schunot. “Another win against a team that beat us last year.” Jake Niel was solid between the pipes, picking up 16 saves. Now 4-2-1, the Bobcats played yesterday against Milford at home at Ice Mountain.


The Ice Mountain Figure Skating Club raised over $1,000 on Dec. 9 during its event to benefit the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and “We Skate For You” scarves for breast cancer patients currently receiving chemotherapy. 24

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Goodrich’s Rocky Hatton sends the puck into the zone against the Tri-City Titans last Saturday.

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The Martians were shut out, 8-0, by the Tri-City Tritans, the co-op Swan Valley, Bullock Creek, Hemlock, Sanford Meridian squad, at the Polar Palace in Lapeer last Saturday. Tri-City led, 3-0, after the first period and never looked back. Goodrich hosted Fenton yesterday at the Polar Palace. Fenton and Goodrich, along with Grand Blanc, Davison and Flint Powers Catholic, are the lone standalone hockey programs this season. — L.P. Thursday, December 22, 2011



Secret Santa As you all get an early read on this col- return, donated freshly-wrapped gifts for kids, who because of circumstances umn, I’m looking ahead to the big day beyond their control find themselves in where it’s all about the gift of giving, large or small. Food, presents, family tra- unfamiliar surroundings, and general good cheer will make for an unexpectedditions and all that comes with the holily happy day for many of our readers. days will replace all the angst, deadlines We hope so, anyway. and pressures we all face each week. We’ve been part of the secret alliance As morning breaks on at the View Newspapers offices for Christmas Day, over the past several seasons now, and we once couple years especially, I’ve again adopted a family this year and found myself comfortable and have watched daily as the Toys for warm in my new Christmas Tots drop bin in our lobby area pajamas, for what is Christmas has been filled to overflowing without a new pair of PJs or on the floor. Just the mere robe, right? A cup of hot thought of the dozens of tea or hot chocolate in kids and families whose a mug will sit nearby, day will take a muchas I devour just one needed turn in the more of my grandLisa Paine — Sports Editor positive direction mother’s-recipe fresh pecan rolls. I’ve been making these should put a smile on all of our faces, as every Christmas Eve for more than a few we watch our own families, young and old, take part in our own holiday tradidecades now, first helped by my mom in tions. Just picturing all the kids with my teenage years, then picking up the their unexpected gift of a new baby doll, family wooden spoon to make them package of hot wheels, a warm stuffed myself for some time now, and just you never mind how long that has been! The animal, or new clothes can’t help but make us all smile. Only a sour-faced smells, the taste, the anticipation of those coming out of the oven all hot and Grinch could begrudge anyone that litgooey all means Christmas in our house. tle bit of cheer. Our collective heart-felt good wishes Not everyone has such great holiday go out to all of our readers, taking into memories. And, even now, as I know account their many differing circumseveral of my close friends are struggling stances, celebrations and life’s ups and with the recent passing of loved ones downs. As you go about your day, take that will make this a somber holiday just a moment to think about those much like many of us have all experihelped by the generosity and kindness of enced at one time or another, this will others and also, for those hurting right be a not-so-easy day for them. now who could use a little good cheer. A So, too, many families struggling to simple gesture of a plate of cookies, a make ends meet, dealing with life’s warm shoulder to lean on, or an unexunwanted pressures and unexpected pected toy for a child feeling alone in tragedies will find their day brightened this seemingly big, bad world could just by the kindness of strangers and the litbe the greatest gift you give today. tle things in life. Free food given with Happy Holidays to you and yours! no questions asked and nothing asked in

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GRAND BLANC — The Bobcats hosted Saginaw Heritage on Tuesday and lost, 99-87. Heritage clinched the meet with a victory in the last event, the 400 freestyle relay. The 200 medley relay team of Dillon Duquette, Matt Rizik, Michael Latimer and Zach Maxwell took second in 1:52.42. Dylan Cook finished fourth in the 200 freestyle in 2:04.46. Ryan Scannell was first in the 200 IM in 2:08.49 and Kent Kubani was third in 2:25.00. Alex Cashman took first in the 50 free in :28.89 and Caleb Clor was second in :29.54. Logan Powers took third in diving with 125.40 points. Scannell and Latimer were second and third in the 100 butterfly in :59.50 and

1:02.10, respectively. Jacob Sandrock touched the wall first in the 100 free in :58.75 while Austen Davis was second in :59.81. Cook earned third in the 500 free in 5:25.93. The 200 free relay team of Scannell, Evan Berger, Nick Sivosky and Dan Sullivan finished first in 1:36.11, while the team of Collin Olson, Justin O’Connor, Phil Boyd and Maxwell were second in 1:42.15. Duquette took second in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.29. Kubani and Rizik were two and three in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.18 and 1:12.35, respectively. The 400 free relay team of Scannell, Berger, Sivosky and Sullivan took second in 3:41.02. The Bobcats are off on holiday break and do not return to the pool until Jan. 5 when they welcome Fenton.


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Comeback kids past Sunday. The Packers lost a game and the The Detroit Lions are the comeback kids of the NFL here in 2011. Yes, it was another dou- Colts actually won a game. The Colts’ loss made me sad, as Detroit's 0-16 record will ble-digit deficit outcome for the victory. This remain an NFL record. Thanks, Millen and is the fourth time, and unbelievably, three of Marinelli, for that one. It was ironic that them have come on the road. The Lions Dan Orlovski was the Colts’ winning looked dead in the water with seven minquarterback as he was part of the Lions’ utes left in the fourth quarter trailing by 0-16 debacle. The Packers’ loss might 13 points. One thing we learned this seahelp Detroit, as they might rest starters son, is the Lions are never dead in a footon the last week of the season. Detroit ball game (except the Chicago game). plays Green Bay in week 17. The Matthew Stafford led a drive for a score last two weeks of the NFL and the Lions trailed by six. The season should be great, as Lions’ defense held the Raiders numerous playoff spots and forced a punt that landare up for grabs. The ed on the Lions’ two-yard games of interest this line with around two week feature the minutes left. Mr. Stafford Giants/Jets, drove them 98 yards to Jeff Day — Sports Columnist Eagles/Cowboys, and victory with a touchdown Falcons/Saints. There are too many playoff scepass to Calvin Johnson with thirty-nine seconds left. Oakland goes for a field goal and the narios to go over right now. The NFL 2011 MVP race is a three way between Aaron suspended one— Ndamukong Suh—back Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. Who from suspension, blocks the field goal. would have thought that a month ago? Jubilation on the Lions’ sidelines erupts along with Lions’ fans living rooms across the state of Nobody! We all had Rodgers winning it easily. Michigan. I almost hit the ceiling fan with my head. Bidding war How about Calvin Johnson? The past five The Texas Rangers have won the bidding games he has had no 100-yard receiving games rights to Japan pitcher Yu Darvish. They paid and just one touchdown. This game, he had $51.7 million, and that’s all. The Rangers have nine catches for 214 yards and two touch30 days to negotiate a deal. I believe they will downs. Matthew Stafford's fabulous season get it done. Do we all remember when the Red continued with four more touchdown passes. Sox paid $51.1 million for Dice K? I do. The "Year of the Cats" record sits at 9-5 and a Darvish's record in Japan was 93-38 with a playoff berth is like a piece of meat inches from 1.99 ERA. Pretty solid numbers, I would the Lions mouth. admit. I believe Texas made the move based on The Lions have exceeded expectations on the moves made by the Angels last week. the field this season. We all thought improveThe Fat Guy is headed to the Little Caesars ment was on the horizon! However, none of Bowl to root on the Western Michigan us realistically thought a playoff berth would Bronchos. Go Western! I can't wait. be a possibility. If you did, you had on Happy Holidays to all of you and to all, a Honolulu and Blue colored glasses or you’re good night! Here are this week's NFL winthe worst "Homer" ever. The fairy tale ends ners... with the princess kissing the frog and turning it Houston -6 over INDIANAPOLIS into a prince. The Lions’ fairy-tale ending for KANSAS CITY -1 over Oakland Lions fans is a victory at Ford Field on BUFFALO +3 over Denver Saturday afternoon. The San Diego Chargers - 7.5 over Jacksonville are red hot and looking for a playoff berth, too. TENNESSEE CINCINATTI -4 over Arizona Detroit, don't let this decade of frustration Miami + 10 over NEW ENGLAND linger on any longer please. Let's end the fairyBALTIMORE - 13 over Cleveland tale season correctly by clinching a playoff N.Y. Giants +3 over N.Y. Jets berth in front of all the die-hard Lions fans at WASHINGTON - 6.5 over Minnesota the game and at home watching. Christmas is Tampa Bay + 7.5 over CAROLINA Sunday, but for many of us, it's Saturday afterPITTSBURGH - 16 over St. Louis DETROIT - 2.5 over San Diego noon at four o'clock. Detroit, bring the Fat SEATTLE +3 over San Francisco Guy his present a day early, please, and I'll Philadelphia + 2.5 over DALLAS return all my gifts I get on Sunday. Go Lions! GREEN BAY - 12.5 over Chicago Prediction: Playoff Drought Over 30 Dead NEW ORLEANS - 6.5 over Atlanta Batteries 27. Is this a dream? One more side LAST WEEK 10-5-1 ( FINALLY) SEASON 104-108-9 ( note: I think the electricity at Ford Field will NEED TO GET TO .500) be electric and the electricity will kill the volts LOCK 6-10-1 ( NO HOPE) LOCK GREEN BAY of the San Diego Chargers. The NFL had a few goose eggs removed this the 26

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Grand Blanc’s Noah Gosner wrestles Davison’s Jacob Madrigal at 103 lbs. last Saturday during the Genesee County Meet at Davison.

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DAVISON — Goodrich senior Isaac Jewell came into last Saturday’s 30-team Genesee County varsity wrestling meet looking to make his last appearance at this event a memorable one. It showed, as the 103 pounder went 3-1 with victories over Beecher’s Berry Holstein in :41, Davison’s Hunter Fifield in 1:56 and Birch Run’s Jerry Fenner by major decision 12-4 to come in second for his weight class. Jewell also lost to Davison’s Lincoln Olson, 5-2, as the Martians posted 74 points to finish 11th as a squad. Winning the event with a score of 288 was the host Cardinals, Birch Run was second with 215 points and scoring 177 to come in third was Lapeer West. That allowed Carman-Ainsworth to claim the fourth slot with 153.5 points, Clio and Lake Fenton were fifth and sixth at 124.5 and 123, respectively, and sliding in at seventh was Kearsley with 105.5. Millington, Linden, and LakeVille then rounded out the top 10 with 101.5, 99 and 93 points. Also placing for the Martians individually was Jack Waters at 112 lbs. in the third spot with wins over Birch Run’s Drew Cox in 3:48, Lake Fenton’s Jarred Corcoran, 4-0, and Birch Run’s Adam Bishop, 4-2, which came after losing to Lapeer West’s Dean Somers by major decision,10-0. Conner Wood wasn’t far behind for Goodrich at 160 after downing Grand Blanc’s Alex Baird in :52, Carman-

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Ainsworth’s Jack Baker in :54 and Durand’s Zane Perrin, 4-2, to take the fourth slot with a record of 3-2 for the event. Jacob McKervey came in sixth at 140 with wins by pin over Bentley’s Jeremiah Osterhout in 1:46 and Carman-Ainsworth’s Cameron Martin in :18 and grabbing single victories were Brandon Deszell at 171, Remington Berger at 152 and Nick Fisher at 125. The Martians also had a host of non-scoring competitors that took the mat at this event, including Hannah Jewell and Carson Henrie at 112, Coltan Hadsell and Kris Couvillion at 125, Tyler Henrie at 130, Brendan Calverle at 140, MaxJanikowski at 160 and Andrew Riley at 189. Goodrich competes at the Tournament of Champions on Dec. 30 against a field that includes Napolean, Fowlerville and St. Johns.

GRAND BLANC With a score of 51.5 the Bobcats placed 17th at the 30-team Genesee County Meet last weekend, as Noah Gosner stepped up to knock down three of the four opponents he faced at 103 lbs., including pins in 1:29 and 4:36 against Flint Northwestern’s Jalvin Williams and Swartz Creek’s Tyler Bencheck. Gosner also edged out Lapeer West’s Dakota Carie, 5-4, and lost to Davison’s Jacob Madrigal, 6-1. Sitting ahead of Grand Blanc in 12th place was Swartz Creek with 71.5 points, Beecher was 13th with 71 and placing 14th with 70.5 was Montrose. Lying just

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Bobcats shine on Bay City lanes

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BAY CITY — Grand Blanc bowlers got a sneak preview of state tournament competition last Saturday and acquitted themselves well. The Bobcats traveled to Bay City’s Monitor Lanes for the Bangor John Glenn Invitational, an annual test of some of the best squads on this side of the state that uses a format similar to the state team finals. The Grand Blanc boys’ team bowled just well enough in qualifying to grab the 16th and final qualifying spot for match play, then knocked off No. 1 seed Davison in dramatic fashion. Grand Blanc won the first game, 209-191, lost the second, 175158, and tied the third at 191. That forced a two-frame roll-off, which the Bobcats won, 37-28, on the strength of two strikes by anchor bowler Ryan Photo by Dan Nilsen Witucki. Ryan Witucki led Grand Blanc at Bay City with a 667 Grand Blanc then bowled Lake Orion in the quarterfinals, but lost both games in series. a close match. Witucki led the Bobcats freshman Andrea Sykes a 172. with a 667 series on 200-257-210, Nick Piotrowski bowled 221-209-192-622 and Lucas Dixon supplied 192-214-167 for a 573 GOODRICH set. The Grand Blanc girls also qualified for In the battle to the top of the Genesee Area match play, earning the 13th spot. The Lady Conference standings, the Martians varsity Bobcats lost both Baker games to Kearsley in boys team beat Beecher last Saturday at the af ternoon round, 162-137 and 181-131. Colonial Lanes after losing to Durand on Dec. Team captain Samantha Handa led Grand 10 and opening the season on Dec. 3 by posting Blanc with 177-200-171-548, missing only two a win against Genesee. With the victory, the spares for all eight Baker games. Goodrich boys are now 2-1 and are led by Jake Last Thursday, the Bobcats dropped both Luettke with a six game total of 1,200 pins for a sides of a Kensington Lakes Activities 200 average, Jared Zuwala has knocked down Association match with Waterford Kettering at 1,007 pins in six games for a 167 average and Grand Blanc Lanes. The boys team bowed, 18rolling a 157 average on 628 pins in four games 12, while the girls lost, 19-11. is Lowell Severson. Nick Ross led the boys with a 223-193 and As for the Lady Martians, they lost to Dixon contributed 202. Kettering had all five Beecher that same day to fall to 0-3 on the year, bowlers over 200 in the first game to win, yet hold high hopes for the rest of the season 1,048-941, and took the second game, 858now that Rachel Girling has taken out 544 pins 822. The teams split the Baker games, Grand during her first five games of 2011-12 for an Blanc losing, 205-157, then winning, 205-177. average of 108. Holly Slagle has also held her The Lady Bobcats lost both Baker games, but own this season with a 166 average on 465 pins then made things interesting in the regular in four games, Olivia Ramirez has taken out games. Down 90 pins entering the ninth frame 614 pins in four contests for a 153 average and of game one, Grand Blanc forced Kettering’s posting an average of 89 after rolling over 447 anchor to mark in the 10th for a 776-756 win. pins in five games is Claire Kazentis. Both teams substituted freely in game two, and Goodrich is off for the rest of the year and Grand Blanc hung close again before losing, starts anew of Jan. 7 at Richfield Bowl against 748-723. Handa led the Lady Bobcats with New Lothrop and on Jan. 14 the Martians are 186, Jazzmyn Newman bowled a 178 and at Galaxy Lanes to face Mt. Morris. Thursday, December 22, 2011

ahead of the Bobcats in the 15th and 16th spots with 53 and 52 points were Lapeer East and Flushing, Bendle was 18th with 46 and Fenton and Durand rounded out the top 20 with 46 and 33 points. Placing third for Grand Blanc with a record of 4-1 at 160 was Carson Whaley after beating Lake Fenton’s DJ Melton by major decision, 12-0, Bentley’s Thomas Curley in 2:33, Kearsley’s James Davis, 4-2, and Goodrich’s Conner Wood 7-3. Brandon Marable took out Powers’ Justin Goodwin and Bendle’s Jacob McDaniel at 215 to go 2-1, and winning two of his four matches at 189 was Eveon Deloney. Pellumb Kurtaga also went 2-2 for Grand Blanc at 130 after besting Clio’s Kyle Lasley in 2:41 and teammate Kennan Alkeik by technical fall, 16-0. Grabbing single wins were Klye Adams at 119 and Justin Underwood at 125m and also competing were Alex Baird at 160 and Nathan McField at 171. Israel Mardlin and Alkeik competed for the Bobcats in a non-scoring role at 119 and 130. Grand Blanc is at Adams today.

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Goodrich’s Tyler Henry gets his hand raised after a victory at the County Meet at Davison.



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2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Express Crew Cab 4X4 6-Speed Auto, 5.7 Liter V-8 HEMI, 20” Aluminum, Chrome-Clad, Wheels Stk# L-2D041 • MSRP $35,684

24 & 36 Month Options Employee Lease General Lease $0 DOWN

SALE $23,750


$2000 DOWN

14994/mo. $ 9921/mo.


Coupon - Rocko Bucks

2012 Chrysler 200 Touring

2012 Dodge Journey SXT

SALE $15,367

SALE $18,656

27355/mo. $ 18598/mo. $

$500 Premium Cloth, Bucket Seats, 6-Speed Auto

Premium Cloth, Bucket Seats, 6-Speed Auto

Stk# L-25003 • MSRP $22,120


Must present coupon at time of sale on any in stock unit. Prior sales are excluded


24 & 36 Month Options Employee Lease General Lease $0 DOWN $2000 DOWN

15922/mo. $ 9987/mo.


18441/mo. 12851/mo.

$ $

Stk# L2Z016 • MSRP $25,295

24 & 36 Month Options Employee Lease General Lease $0 DOWN $2000 DOWN

18800/mo. $ 9977/mo.


22972/mo. 14405/mo.

$ $

Pictures may not reflect actual vehicle. Chrysler Employee and General public prices stated. Sale Price includes all available factory incentives, does NOT include special offers (TDM) from the factory that are available to a select group of qualified people and does NOT include military rebate. Payments are based on the sale price, A+ credit rating at 4% for 84 mos. Buy payments and sale prices are plus tax, title, plate, and destination. * Zero down lease payments are plus tax, title, plate, destination, and requires security deposit waiver and must qualify for S/A Tier credit. Lease payments are based on 10,000 miles per year for 24, 36, 39 mos. Lease term. Prior purchases/leases excluded, must take delivery out of stock on this specific day 12/22/11-1/3/12, see sales associate for details. Advertised specials in this ad are good for at least 48 hours after the printed date unless stated differently in the ad, but could go longer. Thanks for reading with us, call or come into our Lapeer location.


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Public Notice Take Notice PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Hadley Township Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on the 17th day of January 2012, beginning at 7:30p.m. at the Hadley Township Office Building located at 4293 Pratt Rd, Hadley Michigan. The purpose of the public hearing will be to consider the application by Robert Hale to use an existing 36’ x 48’ barn as a dwelling unit, thereby creating 2 principle buildings on 1 lot of record. The property is located at 3315 W Brocker Rd, tax parcel #44-010025-003-00. The subject property is zoned AR, Agricultural Residential. All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing to ask questions or to make comments as to the application. Written comments may be submitted to the Hadley Township Clerk at P.O. Box 227, Hadley MI, 48440 at any time prior to the public hearing. Cynthia Daly Hadley Township Clerk VACANT CITY COUNCIL SEAT The City of Grand Blanc is seeking applicants to fill an open City Council seat (per the City Charter). The term of service for this seat will expire November 2013. All applicants must be a resident of the City of Grand Blanc, a registered voter, citizen of the US and have reached the age of 18. Application forms will be available on the City website at or can be picked up at City Hall. Submit a letter of intent, resume and completed application to the City Clerk by Monday, January 9, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Application packets can be mailed or delivered to the City Clerk at 203 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc, Michigan 48439. The City Council will narrow the field of candidates at a meeting following the deadline. Further, finalist will be invited to interview at a meeting (to be scheduled). The final decision will be made at the City Council Meeting of January 25, 2012.

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