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-Volume 1, No. 34 Tuesday, June 9, 2009

City to receive over $250,000 for downtown apartments A financial “pick me up” is in store for the City of Leslie. Leslie City Manager Brian Reed announced at the City Council meeting Tuesday night that the city will be receiving a $256,000 grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Reed said the grant money is to be used

in fixing up second and third level apartment areas in the downtown buildings of Leslie. “I think it’s a really great program,” Reed said. “It’s a win-win for us all.” Reed said a representative from MSHDA will be on hand at the council’s special meeting on Monday, June 29 to discuss the grant in further detail. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in city hall and will serve to conduct year end business for the fiscal year.

By Jennifer Shuster Publisher The Leslie Board of Education extended the contract for Leslie Public Schools Superintendent Corey Netzley at its regular meeting June 1. According to the contract, the board responded to her satisfactory evaluation conducted in March 2009 with an extension of her employment going all the way to June 30, 2013. LPS Financial Director Scott Blankinship said this is not out of the ordinary for the board to give a superintendent a contract up to three years. He said this is based on the previous LPS Superintendents, Bob Howe and Jerry Jennings, who according to Blankinship also had threeyear contracts with LPS. Although Blank-

inship said he could not make a comparison to other districts, he said he saw nothing wrong with this decision, even during the district’s difficult financial crisis. Netzley’s base salary for the school year 2007-08 was listed as $94,300 (this does not include the sheltered annuity and car allowance). According to her contract with the district, her salary cannot be any lower than this. While Netzley and ten other administrators had contracts extended or renewed at the June 1 board meeting, there are still 98 teachers listed on the Michigan Education Association’s critical list. As their contract has expired two years ago this month, it appears efforts to reach a common goal among the board and teachers has been unproductive.

By Jennifer Shuster Publisher

Job security for LPS Superintendent while teachers hang in contract limbo

Courtesy photo DOWNTOWN DIGS - The City of Leslie will receive a grant to restore its second and third floor apartment spaces in its historical downtown buildings.

City pool opens Thursday

By Jennifer Shuster Publisher The last day of school in Leslie also marks the first official day the city pool opens up to the public. This year, however, regular customers will notice a 50 percent hike in prices to use the pool. According to the Leslie City Council, this increase might be seen every year for a while. This year the pool rates are $4 for a resident daily pass, $6 for a non-resident daily pass, $75 for a season pass for a resident with 1-2 children and $105 for a season pass for a resident with 3-4 children. The children must live in the same household with the pass holder. The pool will be open seven days a week from Noon to 6 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays there will be a night swim from 79:30 p.m. Swimming lessons are offered when instructors are available. For more information, please call (517) 589-8236.

Hawks stir up some dust at regional semi-finals Crowe ties school record set by coach By Jeff Moss Sports Writer

GRANDVILLE- The varsity baseball team put on a clinic against the Hopkins Vikings in the first round of the regional playoffs on Saturday. Brendan Smith, Cody Manthei and Brian Bartman began the game by loading the bases on three consecutive hits. Nate Jansen batted in two runs with another single to start the scoring. On the mound for Leslie was left-handed pitcher Travis Crowe, who began the game with 120 strikeouts on the season—12 short of the school record. Crowe struck out all three of the batters he faced in the first inPhoto by Jeff Moss ning and the Blackhawks never looked back. YOU’RE OUT - Leslie’s Brendan Smith outs one of the Hopkins’ Vikings Saturday during the regional playoffs in Grandville. Continued with more photos on Page 8. AIR REP TS O S T I AU CIAL SPE

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Community Community Calendar *Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - The American Legion Post 491 located at 422 Woodworth Street in Leslie will now open its doors to anyone who would like to come down on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 10 a.m.-Noon to play games and enjoy coffee and cookies. *Wednesday, June 10 - The Leslie Township Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. at the Leslie Township Hall. *Wednesday, June 10 - Half day of school for Leslie Public Schools.

*Wednesday, June 10 - White Pine Academy “Popsicles with the Principal” Open House from 6:30-7:30 p.m. *Thursday, June 11 - Half day of school for Leslie Public Schools. Last day of school for students and staff. *Thursday, June 11 - The Leslie City Pool will open to the public at Noon. *Mondays, June 15 - Ongoing - TOPS-1466, Leslie. Support Group for Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Weigh in from 5:15-5:45 p.m. at the

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First Baptist Church on the corner of Bellevue & Church Streets in Leslie. Meeting from 6-6:45 p.m. Contact Coleen, 589-8145. *Wednesday, June 17 - Special Leslie Board of Education Meeting at 5 p.m. at the Ingham ISD. *Thursday, June 18 - The Leslie Historical Society will meet from 7 – 9 p.m. at Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church for a tour of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church, cemetery and schools. A history will be provided by Fr. Mike Petrowski.

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The Leslie Area Museum will be closed until further notice due to a recent flooding in the basement of G.A.R. Hall. Please call (517) 589-5220 for more information.

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Leslie’s DPW garage to receive a new roof cepted. “I have spoken with several of the references and they are all very happy with both the product and the company,” Owen said. The price comes in under budget as Leslie’s Finance Director Cheri Neu said that $23,000 was available in the

budget for the roof repair.

At the Leslie City Council meeting last week, it was decided the one of the garages being used by the Leslie Department of Public Works would receive a new roof. Leslie DPW Supervisor

Martha Owen said she received two bids last month on covering the DPW roof with a multi-ply roof system. She recommended to the council that the bid for $10,098.00 with a ten-year warranty from Thermal Tec/Michigan, Inc. be ac-

Also at the meeting, three people were re-appointed to city positions. Paul Schnipke was reappointed to the Leslie City Zoning Board of Appeals with a term to end June 30, 2012.

Barbara Winslow was reappointed to the Leslie Downtown Development Authority with a term to end July 1, 2013. Jeffrey Bell was also reappointed to the Leslie Downtown Development Authority with a term to end July 1, 2013.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to downtown Mason on Thursday evening, June 11, and enjoy "A Summer Serenade" of classical music from the Mason Orchestral Society's Mason Chamber Orchestra on the Ingham County Courthouse lawn. The orchestra, under the direction of Beau Benson, will play beginning at 6:00 p.m. in a free concert sponsored by Dart Container Corporation. That evening, the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce will be continuing their fifth season of "Thurs-

day Night Live!," a summer series of live musical entertainment presented by Independent Bank on select Thursday evenings. The seven remaining free outdoor concerts take place at 6:00 p.m. on the Ingham County Courthouse lawn in downtown Mason on June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, August 13 and 27, and September 17, weather permitting. The Mason Optimist Club will be selling hot dogs; chips and pop nearby, so families can enjoy a picnic dinner during the concerts or stop by restaurants and

stores in Mason afterwards. The Thursday, June 25 concert will feature the local Christian contemporary group Bits and Pieces on the Courthouse lawn for an hour of musical enjoyment at 6:00 p.m. A young local rock band called Pselsus will play on July 9. The Sea Cruisers, a popular oldies band; will play on July 23, sponsored by CP Federal Credit Union. On Thursday, August 13, another local group, the Backwoods Band entertains back for their fifth year - and again sponsored by CP Fed-

eral Credit Union. For the August 27 concert on the Courthouse lawn, sponsored by the City Limits Sports Grill at the Mason Bowling Center, the series will feature the finals of the second annual "Mason Area Idol" that is currently open to local entries from those 18 and over who live in the 48854 and 48819 zip codes. To enter, participants fill out an entry form (available online at and at the Chamber office) and submit it with a vocal audition cassette tape, CD, or MP3 file (one song) no later than Monday, Au-

gust 3, 2009 to: Mason Area Chamber of Commerce, 148 E. Ash Street, Mason, MI 48854. The entertainment series concludes with the Mason High School Band on Thursday, September 17, led by Beth Bousfield, MHS Band Director. The Mason High School Cheer Squad will join them in the program, sponsored by Dart Container Corporation. This last concert will also mark the beginning of Mason's "Down Home Days" weekend. All concerts are weather permitting.

By Jennifer Shuster Publisher

‘Thursday Concerts’ continue with Mason Chamber Orchestra

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Ticked Off? By Pastor Bruce Crockett

Grand River Community Church

It seems a lot of people are ticked off lately. Maybe you were hurt before and it happened again. Maybe you fear getting sick of the flu. And let's not forget our frustrating economy with GM filing bankruptcy and the impact that has had on our community. I've noticed that the more things don't go my way the quicker I get ticked off. In the 1976 film Network, actor Peter Finch flings open a window and bellows, “I'm mad as ___ and I'm not going to take it anymore!” Yes, he vented his anger but is that really the solution? Venting too often leads to violence or abuse in order to feel better but then comes the fall out and the guilt. More people just end up getting ticked off. So what is the answer? Can we “be angry but do not sin” as the Bible says? Anger usually follows hurt, fear, or frustration. If we can find the source of our anger and vent that constructively, we can control our anger instead of it controlling us.

Those around us are less apt to get hurt if we just say we're hurt, afraid or frustrated instead of lashing out in anger. Did you know that Jesus predicted that, in the end days, many people would be offended? Offense leads to betrayal and betrayal leads to anger. Offended people f quickly find their love growing cold. (Matt. 24:10,12) Jesus said, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”. When I get ticked off, I pray for people and give all the hurt, fear and frustration to God. He then helps me forgive and reconcile with the one who offended me. Try such prayer next time and you will find it easier to let go (of the offense) and let God (fill your heart with love for the offender). “For you shall go out with joy and be led out with peace” (Isaiah 55:12). Pastor Bruce Crockett

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Leslie Area Church Directory Bible Baptist Church 4691 S. Hull Rd. Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-9011

Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 5290 Churchill Rd. Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-8883

Bunker Hill Seventh Day Adventist 3820 Williamston Rd. Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-0659

Leslie First Baptist Church 204 E. Bellevue St. Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-8541

Children of Christ - Israelite Society 100 S. Main St. Leslie, Michigan 49251 (517) 403-4641

Leslie United Methodist Church 401 S. Main St. Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-9211

Child’s Bible Church 3985 Crain Rd. Onondaga, MI 49264 (517) 589-5731

Maple Grove Baptist Church 6508 Cooper Rd. Pleasant Lake, 49272 (517) 769-2220

Congregational United Ch. of Leslie 114 W. Bellevue Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-5226

Orthodox Monastery of Dormition 3389 Rives Eaton Rd. Rives Junction, MI 49277 (517) 569-2873

Faith Assembly of God 4020 N. Main St. Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-9121

Rives Baptist Church 2800 W. Berry Rd. Rives Junction, MI 49277 (517) 569-3147

Felt Plains United Methodist Church 3523 Meridian Rd. Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-0217

SS Cornelius & Cyprian Church 1320 Catholic Church Rd. Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-8492

Grace Lutheran Church 212 S. Sherman Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-0250

The Leslie Weekly Guardian provides this local church directory as a community service to local religious organizations. If you do not see your group listed, please send us an e-mail with the information.

Grand River Community Church 2443 Olds Rd. Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-5448

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Sports Leslie Blackhawks Spring Sports Awards Track:

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Most Valuable – Gareth Gose Most Improved – Tyler Harrison Coach’s Award – Zach Bliven

Most Valuable - Brad Millican and Jon Fifield Most Improved - Nick Sierminski


Most Valuable – Anna Rudd Most Improved – Hailey Willet Coach’s Award – Kristen Seburg

Most Valuable - Brittney Fancher Most Improved - Emily Kennedy Coach’s Award - Brittney Fancher



Most Valuable - Amy Kevorkian and Austin Davis (First Double Conference Champions) Most Valuable - Schalla Benedict (First Single Conference Champion) Most Improved Single - Chiaki Kajikawa Most Improved Double - Raelynn Ries and Autumn Barrett Coach’s Award Single - Katie Waskiewicz (Fourth Single Regional Champion) Coach’s Award Double - Shelby Butcher and Lindsey Digg

All-League Softball Team Members: 1st Team:

Kelsey Ries Brittney Fancher

(first baseman) (catcher)

2nd Team:

Ashley Perrin Katie Wilpse Paxin Stern

(pitcher) (shortstop) (third baseman)

Brittney Fancher and Ashley Perrin will play in the Lansing All-Star Game later this month.

Beckner takes the win at Spartan Speedway

By Michelle Sprague Spartan Speedway Brian Beckner scored his first win of the 2009 season in the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock division, at the Spartan Speedway, on Friday, June 5th. Starting in

the 12th position, B. Beckner had a lot of ground to cover and on the last three laps, battled his brother, Wayne Beckner Jr., for the win. The field bunched up after the green flag flew and ran in a pack for the first

three laps, sometimes threeand four-wide. George Wyers took the lead from Brad Harbenski with Joe Bates issuing a challenge on lap three. Bates moved into first on lap six, as Rich Roberts joined the fight.

Back in the pack, B. Beckner was methodically picking off cars, making his way to the front. On lap nine, it was Bates, Roberts, Wyers, Edson Rowley III, and B. Beckner as the top five. Bates continued to lead as

Beckner picked off Roberts, and challenged for the lead after caution waved when Rowley and Roberts got together. Beckner took the lead on lap 16 but wasn’t alone. W. Beckner Jr. tacked Continued on Page 7.

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Youth Soccer Camp Leslie 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the Leslie Youth Soccer Field (across from Woodworth Elementary)

Cost: $80 Includes T-Shirt

For more information please contact: Matt Saul Phone: (248) 892-8811 E-mail: The camp will aim to develop the individual skill and awareness of each player, and can also be used to prepare teams for the up-coming fall soccer season.

We’d love for your child to join us at Beyond the Gold, Mega Sports Camp! All kids who attend will choose one of these sports to focus on – Soccer, Football, or Cheerleading. But, that’s not all. Kids will also enjoy upbeat rallies filled with energetic music, fun sports stories, object lessons, and Bible stories that will help them discover character traits that can help them excel in sports and in life. All this sports fun takes place from June 14th – 18th at: Faith Assembly of God 4020 N. Main St. Leslie, MI 49251 We’ll start off everyday at 6 PM with Registration. After a fun-filled evening, you will be able to pick up your child at 8 PM. We will end our week on the evening of the 18th with a cook-out for the whole family! Bring a friend and join the fun! Attend all 5 days or only those that fit your schedule! For more information please call 589-9121.

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‘Spartan Speedway’ from Page 6 himself on his brother’s bumper and the two went at it for the remaining three laps. Todd Metz Jr. and Patrick Denison made late race runs to the front, and at the checker, it was B. Beckner, W. Beckner Jr., Metz Jr., Patrick Denison, and Bates as the top five. Bates and Lex Jarecki won their heats. Matt Childers jumped out to the lead, as Justin Lewis, Ian Schafer, Mark Carson, Jordan Lechota and Jake Pearson all battled for position. Schafer moved into second around Lewis to challenge Childers for first, as Lechota made his way to the front. Lechota made the pass on Schafer on lap seven, Childers bobbled on lap eight, opening the door for Lechota to slip into first. It was a battle royale for position for the remainder of the eleven laps, but at the stripe, it was Lechota,

Childers, Schafer, Pearson, and Lewis. Lechota also won the heat. The Andrew’s Chevrolet Super Late Models ran their caution-riddled 40 lap feature, as caution waved 10 times during the event. A great race for the lead shaped up between Phil Bozell and Jimmy Gallagher after the green flag was displayed. Jon McNett sat in third and jumped to his signature outside line to take the lead on lap seven. P. Bozell and Gallagher duked it out for second as McNett pulled away from the field with Gallagher taking second on lap ten. Caution waved for a spin involving Andy Bozell in fifth and Chad Finley in fourth. Both were sent to the rear of the field, moving Dave Stehouwer and Donny Ritter into the top five. Caution waved on the restart, and

again on lap sixteen and once under green, McNett picked up where he left off, checking out on the field, leaving Gallagher, P. Bozell and Stehouwer to fight it out amongst themselves by lap 20. This three car battle raged on through lap 32 when A. Bozell joined the trio, just as Stehouwer moved around P. Bozell for third. A. Bozell followed Stehouwer through to sit in fourth. A. Bozell jumped to the outside of Stehouwer and took away third, as well as making short work of Gallagher to sit in second. A. Bozell went to work, reeling in McNett but couldn’t make the pass before laps ran out. At the line, it was McNett, A. Bozell, Stehouwer, Gallagher, and P. Bozell. Walt Obrinske Jr. and P. Bozell scored wins in their heats. The Performance NW

Sportsmans lined up for their 25-lap feature, with Matt Kirchen taking the early lead over Dane Long and Jimmy Scavarda. Long went to the outside of Kirchen for the lead, while Damon Place charged into second from his sixth starting position on lap three. Scavarda and Ron Heeney jumped into the mix, with Heeney taking away the second spot on lap 11. Scavarda went to work on Place for third, but couldn’t get it done. After 25 laps, it was Long, Heeney, Place, Scavarda, and Kirchen as the top five. Long tallied the heat win for the division as well. Bubba Brooks took a commanding lead in the Valvoline Instant Oil Change 35-lap Modified feature, leaving Ron Parish and Bud Perry to duke it out for second. Parish was able to put a bit of distance be-

tween Perry and himself on lap 11, but caution on lap 12 closed up the field, effectively wiping out Brooks’ and Parish’s advantages. On the restart, Perry got a run on the outside of Parish, taking away second, as Brooks pulled away from him to hold onto first. Leroy Ellis, Wayne Haughton, and Earl Miles had a battle of their own going on, with Ellis breaking away to challenge Perry for second. Perry got a good run on Brooks on lap 19 and took the lead on lap 20, while Ellis took a look under Brooks as caution came out. Perry, Brooks, and Ellis ran one, two and three on the restart. Ellis moved into second but couldn’t reel in Perry for the win. At the checker, it was Perry, Ellis, Brooks, Haughton and Miles. Nyle Weiler, Ken Buchner and Haughton won their heats.

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‘Baseball’ from Page 1

The runs continued in the second inning. Kyle Bryson drove in a run on a bunt and safely reached first base when he beat the throw. After Smith and Manthei loaded the bases yet again on a bunt and a walk, and with Leslie already ahead 3-0, Hopkins pulled starting pitcher Garret Cornell and replaced him with Nick Brummel. Brian Bartman welcomed Brummel to the game with a single to right field that brought Bryson and Smith home. Before the inning was over Manthei scored from third base on a balk and the Blackhawks led 6-0. The Vikings put themselves in position to answer the scoring of the Blackhawks in the bottom of the second inning. With runners on second and third and no outs Hopkins’ second baseman Cameron Laautenschleger popped out to third. Jansen handled the slow hit ball and made the tricky play look easy. Crowe tossed two more strikeouts and kept the Vikings off the scoreboard. Bryson batted in another run in the third on a single to increase Leslie’s lead to 7-0. Crowe added two more strikeouts in the third. With Hopkins’ centerfielder Dan Bala on second base, Cornell came to the plate. Cornell singled to left field, bringing Bala home for a run. Cornell rounded first and tried to stretch his single into a double. Leftfielder Matt Cox, playing in the outfield for the first time all season, gunned the ball into second baseman Smith who tagged Cornell for the third out. In the fourth Hopkins’ Cornell balked again, this time with the bases loaded. Bartman scored on the play. Cox then drove Jansen and Korie Gray in from third and second with a pop up that dropped in for a hit and brought the Blackhawks’ lead to 10-1. Crowe accounted for all three of the Vikings’ outs in the fourth. After fielding two ground balls Crowe threw his eighth strikeout of the game. The fifth inning was the only hitless and scoreless inning of the game for Leslie. In the bottom of the fifth Crowe struck out Bala and Brummell for his ninth and tenth of the game. After Cornell walked Bartman to start the sixth inning, Hopkins sent in relief pitcher Brad Teusink. Ryan Masters batted in Bartman with a hard single up the middle to give the Blackhawks a ten run lead. In the bottom of the sixth with one out, Vikings pinch hitter Chad Althouse went down swinging for Crowe’s eleventh strikeout. Jordan Merren came to the plate, also pinch hitting, and he promptly went down swinging. Crowe’s twelfth

Photo by Jeff Moss PITCHIN’ - Travis Crowe pitches during the regional playoffs in Grandville Saturday.


strike gave him 132 on the season to tie the school record set in 1982 by current Head Coach Mark Frohriep. The ten run lead after six innings earned the Blackhawks the victory by Mercy Rule. Crowe’s two-hit performance and the team’s solid batting sent the Leslie Blackhawks to the Regional Final. Leslie’s Regional Final playoff game versus Grandville’s Calvin Christian High School (defeated Lansing Catholic 6-3 in the Regional Semi-Finals) gave Blackhawks baseball fans a glimpse into the future. Freshman Matt Cox started the game with impressive throwing power and retired all three batters he faced in the first inning, all on ground outs. Brian Bartman hit a single in the first, but was left stranded on base. Cox recorded the first out of the second inning by snagging a knee-high, screaming line drive. The Squires, playing on their home field, forged a four run lead in the second inning. They built their lead by finding the gaps in Leslie’s defense, with aggressive base running and by capitalizing on the inexperience of the young Leslie team. But, the Blackhawks would not lie down and fought their way through the inning. Cox struck out Squires’ batter Joseph Kosten. Catcher Cody Manthei combined with second baseman Brendan Smith to catch Jacob Vos on an attempted steal. The Hawks threatened but couldn’t score in the bottom of the second, leaving Korie Gray and Travis Crowe stranded on second and third. The Squires added three more third inning runs in much the same fashion as their four second inning runs. It was a theme that would haunt the Blackhawks for the rest of the afternoon. At the bottom of the third inning the Blackhawks showed the heart and determination that earned them the right to be playing in the regional finals. Manthei ripped a single into left field and later stole second base. Third baseman Nate Jansen’s double to deep center sent Manthei home and put Leslie on the scoreboard. Ryan Masters continued the rally and drove Jansen home with a single to centerfield. Masters advanced to second base on a passed ball. The inning ended with him stranded there, but Calvin Christian’s lead was cut to 7-2. Travis Crowe returned to the mound in relief of Cox at the top of the fourth. The second out of the inning came when Crowe struck out Torey Groen. It was Crowe’s 133rd strike out of the season, setting a new school record (with one more K in the fifth Crowe finished the season

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with 134 strikeouts). Manthei provided the throw and Jansen the tag for the third out of the inning when Kosten tried to steal third base. The inning ended with the Squires still leading 7-2. Calvin Christian padded their lead with four more runs in the top of the fifth. When Leslie came to bat in the bottom of the inning Alec Green came to the mound in relief of Austin Goodyke. Both Manthei and Bartman were robbed of hits as their solid drives to the outfield were each snagged by the diving gloves of left fielder Kosten and centerfielder Aaron Velzen. The fifth inning ended with Leslie behind 2-11. Masters moved to pitcher for the sixth inning. The Squires did not let up and added two more runs to increase their lead to 13-2. When Leslie came to the plate at the bottom of the inning they needed at least two runs to avoid being mercied and a chance to bat again in the seventh inning. Jansen started the bid in impressive fashion and hit the ball to deep center for a triple. Masters drove Jansen in when he grounded out to short. Gray then grounded out to second. Crowe came to the plated and doubled to left field. Cox showed he was not ready to quit and safely reached first base after hitting a grounder to third and beating the throw. With runners on the corners and two outs, Leslie’s outstanding season came to an end when Andrew Arras popped out. Final score 13-3, Calvin Christian. In the end it was the inexperience of the young Leslie team that was the difference in the game. Said head coach Mark Frohriep, “the little things killed us. We played a solid team and we showed our age.” Assistant coach Bill Durfee added, “We didn’t do bad. We just got outplayed.” Coach Frohriep summed up the season by saying they were, “a team that underachieved and caught fire at the end.” At the beginning of the season this squad was not expected to do much. They showed what they were capable of with three post season wins and an appearance in the regional finals. No Leslie varsity baseball team has ever advanced as deep into the State tournament before. The experience of four playoff games should pay dividends next spring when the four freshmen and three juniors return for the 2010 season. Coach Frohriep said, “Our four seniors will be hard to replace, but if 2 or 3 of this year’s JV players can join the varsity team and contribute, next year we should be right back where we were this year.” The glimpse of the future looks bright.

Photo by Jeff Moss BARTMAN’S UP - Leslie’s Brian Bartman is up to bat during the regional playoffs.

Photo by Jeff Moss READY FOR IT - Nathaniel Jansen gets ready to catch the ball Saturday.

The Leslie Weekly Guardian - Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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Daniel Todd Gallaway Daniel Todd Gallaway, 39, of Mason, died Friday. Graveside services 2 p.m. June 15 at Felt Plains Cemetery, Leslie. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel, Mason.

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Shuster looks forward to eighth wedding anniversary My wedding anniversary to my husband Trav is fast approaching. We have been married for eight years this month. To some people, this may not seem very long, but when I look back at all of our memories, set backs and accomplishments, it almost seems twice as long! I can honestly say that second to parenting, being married is one of the hardest jobs you’ll ever have. On the other hand, the rewards you will reap from this never-ending hard work will greatly be worth all of the sacrifice. I am so grateful to have the love of my life in my life, every single day. There is no one else who knows me as well as Trav. There is no one else who shares my wicked sense of humor, flavor for music or deals with my temper. So while I look forward to our special day and the traditional viewing of the wedding video with the kids, I go over the memories that live in my mind. I can still picture myself standing in the church facing my husband-to-be, while the pastor tells

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us how much work marriage will be. Now after eight years and four kids, I now know exactly what he was talking about. I also remember how he told us no matter how old, wrinkly, callused or stiff our hands got, to ALWAYS hold hands. Well, our hands have gotten older (and Trav’s are callused), but we still hold hands. It may just be a gentle rub on the knuckles when one of us tries to “apologize” for a foolish argument. It might be a loose grip during a walk on the campus of MSU. It also could be a tight grasp during the birth of our children. Whatever the reason, we hold hands and we will ALWAYS hold hands. I love you, “Bunny!”

Our wedding day back on June 23, 2001.

Fifth and sixth graders enjoy annual ‘Olympic Day’ at LMS

It was that time of year again; the fifth and sixth grade students had Olympic Day. On May 29, the students enjoyed a fun-filled day of activities. They broke into 16 teams (two per class) all named after different cities of the world. The By Matthew Moulton teams included: Mrs. Phillips – Toronto/Paris, & Shane Corts Mrs. Stock – Madrid/Detroit, Mrs. Reynolds – Leslie Middle School Baghdad/New York City, Mrs. Fenger – AtStudents lanta/Moscow, Mrs. Murphy – Rome/San Francisco, Mrs. Crawford – Hong Kong/Nashville, Speed Bowling, Raging River (they had to get across the gym using plungers, ropes and scootMr. Corts – Los Angeles/Berlin. Some of the activities included Team Walk, ers) and the Great Divide (teams used cardboard

mats to travel across a distance). The teams were scored on teamwork and how well they played the games. Now it’s time for a drum roll… The team that won in fifth grade was Mrs. Stock’s Detroit team. The sixth grade winner was Mrs. Fenger’s Atlanta team. It was a fun day and everyone had a good time. Several Leslie Middle School Students have volunteered to take turns writing a weekly column during the school year for The Leslie Weekly Guardian.

The following is an editorial written by State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). If you have questions about this commentary, please contact Rep. Byrum's office by calling (517) 373-0587. We recently learned the sad news that General Motors – a staple of our community for 100 years – is filing for bankruptcy due in part to the global economic crisis, which likely means tough times ahead for all of us. Cities throughout Michigan have been built because of plants opened by GM, Ford and Chrysler. GM was the world's top manufacturer of vehicles for over 75 years, and at its peak, employed close to a million people. Because the automobile industry has been so important to Michigan's economy, our community is feeling the brunt of the bankruptcies of Chrysler and now, GM. It will be up to all of us to work against the potential negative effects as the auto industry

we can do to help our local economy. One of the best ways we can reinvest in our state and communities is to buy local. It is important that we make our purchases from locally owned businesses to not only protect and create local jobs, but also stimulate local economic growth. When we shop at the local stores that make up the heart of our downtowns, we support our community and keep it thriving. That is because small and locally owned businesses account for more than 90 percent of our state's employers. By providing business to our local stores, we keep our neighbors employed and allow them to put food on the table and help pay their mortgages. If we can work together as a community, we can help reverse the negative effects the recession has had on our state. By buying local and reinvesting in our state, we can all have a part in making our community a better place to live, work, do business and raise a family.

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