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Argus-Press Staff Writer OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare officials broke ground Wednesday to kick off construction of the new fiber optic venture with Arialink that will connect Memorial to 12 rural health-care facilities in the area with Heathcare ONE (Optical Network Exchange). “This is a special morning,” Owosso mayor Benjamin Frederick said of the event. “It’s one to be remembered for years to come.” “This is an exciting time for Memorial Healthcare,” Memorial President and CEO Jim Full said. “This project is continuing to allow us to be recognized as a national model. This community deserves the best. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be the best and be a national model.” Full said the hospital is striving to be a national leader in technology. Memorial Healthcare applied for the grant in 2010 and will provide 10 percent of the funding for this $2.46 million project, Full said. “This is exciting big city technology in a small rural community,” Arialink president Jason Schreiber said. With a connection to the Healthcare ONE system, patient records can be can be accessed instantaneously across the Memorial Healthcare network. Information that otherwise might take hours to obtain will be sent and received instantly. Memorial Healthcare branches will have the fastest, most innovative technology in the world, regardless of location, a press release stated. Arialink’s Healthcare ONE will use fiber optic cable to connect Memorial and several other sites via about 100 miles of cables. Arialink partnered with Owosso service provider DayStarr Communications to help with the expansion that will connect 12 facilities. The locations include Memorial’s main campus in Owosso and satellite locations in Chesaning, Corunna, Durand, Ovid,

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By CHRISTINA GUENTHNER Argus-Press Staff Writer PERRY — Physical education teachers in Perry are hoping to offer yet another fitness option to students and the community with the addition of a fitness trail. The half-mile long, 8-foot-wide asphalt trail would be located in the high school athletic complex. It would contain fitness stations along the way.

Teacher Mary Huhn said in addition to using the trail with her gym classes, she sees it as a community asset. “We want to do anything that we can to promote fitness in the community,” Huhn said. Her vision is that the trail will be used for bicycling, in-line skating and walking. “Hopefully it will also encourage a little bit of family time,” Huhn said. Students are hoping to raise the funds

through a fundraiser called Rambler Rope Frenzy. Over the next two weeks, students will be collecting donations from family, friends and neighbors, before holding a jump roping event March 12-15. In addition to the fitness trail, funds from the Rambler Rope Frenzy also support the general needs of the physical

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Gould Street bridge to receive repairs in ’14 By CURTIS WILDFONG Argus-Press Staff Writer OWOSSO — The city is considering a more-than $300,000 rehabilitation of the Gould Street bridge that likely would shut down the northsouth street for a period of time during the summer of 2014 because a study showed the bridge is in need of repair. The project is estimated to cost $343,890 — 95 percent of which would be paid for through a Michigan Department of Transportation grant — will, among other things, replace an expansion joint and beams underneath that have rusted as a result of water leaking through the joint. The bridge— which was built in the late 1970s to replace the historic truss bridge on Oakwood Avenue, now the walkway — has not received any major repair since it was built, Owosso City Manager Don Crawford said. He added the work needed is due

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PERRY — Elementary students in Perry are learning some non-traditional ways to stay physically fit. Currently, students are learning the basics of archery, but other lessons utilize snowshoes and a rock climbing wall — all equipment purchased through an annual fundraiser called Rambler Rope Frenzy. Physical education teachers Travis Rockafellow and Mary Huhn say it is beneficial to offer the students a variety of ways to stay active. “Mrs. Huhn and I both feel that it’s best if we can give the kids as many unique physical activities as possible,” Rockafellow said. “They’re doing something they can enjoy for years to come outside these walls.” Huhn agreed. “It just exposes them to one more thing they can do outside of school,” she said. Both teachers say it is exciting to watch kids who aren’t necessarily very good at the more physical sports to excel at archery. Last year, one student in a wheelchair was even able to participate. “For those kids that aren’t into basketball or football, it’s something that they can do,” Huhn said. “It makes them feel good

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WEATHER STATS In the Shiawassee area Wednesday, the high was 42 and the low 32. The area received 0.55 of an inch of rain. At 6 a.m., the Shiawassee River was at 5.02 feet and the temperature was 31. In February, the area received 1.57 inches of precipitation. The average is 1.31. For the year, the totals are 3.79 and 2.84. In February, snowfall totaled 9.2 inches. The average is 6.2. For the season, snow has totaled 28.2 inches. The average is 31.9. The February high was 50 on the 1st and the low was 3 on the 11th.

OWOSSO — Last week, the Michigan Senate passed a bill aimed at shutting down self-service cigarette shops, but Rollin’ Smokes owner Rob Bitz said he isn’t even close to giving up the fight. The bill, which would subject roll-your-own shops to the same hefty taxes levied against the big tobacco companies, still has to be approved by the state House of Representatives and signed by the governor to become law. “This isn’t about smoking it’s about freedom,” said Bitz, who owns roll-your-own shops in Flint Township and Lansing, as well as at 201 W. Main St. in downtown Owosso. “This is about America and the rights of small businesses.” On Feb. 22, 36 state senators said yes to SB 930, with only two voting against. State Sen. Joe Hune,

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Age 57, of Owosso, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Memorial Healthcare. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2012, at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating and burial to follow at St. Robert Catholic Cemetery in Flushing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Arthur was born May 14, 1954, in Flint, the son of Anthony and Violet Gewirtz. He attended Corunna Public Schools and was always willing to help anyone out. Arthur enjoyed crop farming; especially strawberries, helping on dairy farms and cutting wood. He is survived by his sisters Louise Gewirtz, Lois L. Mead, Carole (Dale) Koan, Mary McPhiliny, Anna (Steve) Anderson and Shiela (Barry) Clark; brothers Edward Gewirtz, Robert Gewirtz and Bruce

Age 63, of Owosso, passed away Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility in Corunna. She had worked as a cashier at Bill’s, now Riverside Market, in Durand. Janet later worked for and retired from the Meijer Store in Corunna as a greeter. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, at Hillcrest Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. Ray Strawser officiating. Final rest will be at Gewirtz; and several nieces and nephews. Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Violet Gewirtz, brother Joseph Gewirtz and brother-in-law Lanny McPhiliny. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.



Richard ‘Rick’ Arnold Ward Age 52, of Austin, Texas, passed away Feb. 23, 2012, at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House, following a lengthy illness. Rick was born Feb. 1, 1960, in Owosso, to Emma Lou (Carter) Ward and John A Ward Jr. He graduated in 1978 from Owosso High School and in 1985 from Lansing Community College with a degree in digital electronics. Rick was a talented and passionate musician, playing drums, guitar and bass. He enjoyed playing professionally in his earlier years as well as playing whatever instrument was needed in his church band. Rick was a very well-loved and respected member of his church and developed a large circle of friends who loved him. He was described by his church family as someone who could be counted on to always be there when he was needed by anyone. Rick was a devoted and proud father to his son, Josh who is

currently serving in Afghanistan as a member of the United States Air Force. Rick is survived by his son Joshua Ward of Georgetown, Texas; very special friend Kathy Fender of Austin; father John (Avis) Ward; sister Kelley (Jim) Sterk of Traverse City; brother Dave Ward of Owosso; sister Rebecca Barette (Paul) of Ovid; sister Jackie Mueller (Eric) of Laytonsville, Md.; brother John Ward Jr. (Kellie) of Ashley; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a very special aunt Carol (Bert) Inhulsen of Owosso and uncle Bob Carter of Napa, Calif. He was preceded in death by his mother Emma Lou Ward and maternal grandparents Avis and Harry Carter. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. at Calvary South Austin in Austin. Memorials may be directed to Calvary South Austin and Hospice Austin.

DEATH NOTICES Thomas L. Good Age 60, of Owosso, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. He formerly worked for Globe Union and was a former truck driver with Central Transport. A memorial service will be held at Community of Christ Church Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 2 p.m. with Elder Richard Hawks officiating. The family will receive friends one hour

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Today’s Trivia ■ Anniversary — In 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.

President Ulysses S. Grant signed an act creating Yellowstone National Park.

■ Anniversary — In 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five ■ Anniversary — In 1565, congressmen, including Rep. the city of Rio de Janeiro was Alvin Bentley of Owosso. founded by Portuguese knight ■ Anniversary — In 1961, Estacio de Sa. President John F. Kennedy ■ Anniversary — In 1790, signed an executive order estabPresident George Washington lishing the Peace Corps. signed a measure authorizing ■ Anniversary — In 1962, the first U.S. Census. the first Kmart store opened in ■ Anniversary — In 1809, Garden City. the Illinois Territory came into ■ Anniversary — In 1981, existence. Irish Republican Army member ■ Anniversary — In 1867, Bobby Sands began a hunger Nebraska became the 37th state. strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 ■ Anniversary — In 1872, days later.

VAAA names board members FLINT — Two Shiawassee County Commissioners were recently elected to the Valley Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors. Shiawassee County Commissioner Ron Elder will chair the board; Lapeer County Commissioner Linda Jarvis was selected as vice chair; Shiawassee County Commissioner Gerald Cole was named treasurer; and city of Flint Senior Representative P. Doris Buckner will serve as secretary.

CORUNNA — This month, the following veterans affairs service officers will be available for appointments: ■ VFW state service officer Gary Putinsky is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7, 14, 21 and 28. ■ Marine Corps League state service officer Bill Traylor is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 27. If you would like to meet with any of the service officers, contact the Shiawassee County Veteran Affairs office at 743-2231 for an appointment. The appointments are held at the new VA office on the third floor of the Surbeck Building, 201 N. Shiawassee St. in Corunna. Also, Nathan Pierpont, from the AMVETS, will be taking walk-in appointments from noon to 5 p.m. March 7 and 21 at the Durand AMVETS post. Bankruptcy

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DETROIT — Chrysler’s U.S. sales jumped 40 percent in February, kicking off what is expected to be another strong month for automakers. The company sold nearly 134,000 new cars and trucks as all of its brands showed at least double-digit increases. Chrysler is the first automaker to report sales on Thursday. Analysts are forecasting a 3-percent increase for the industry, and all major automakers except General Motors Co. are expected to post higher sales. Smaller cars are expected to lead sales rise because gas prices spiked 30 cents during the month. But if Chrysler Group LLC is any indication, larger cars and pickups will see sales rise, too. Sales of the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan more than quadrupled from a year earlier, while sales of its 300 full-size sedans rose more than five times. Ram pickup sales climbed 21 percent. Chrysler’s tiny Fiat 500 had its best sales month ever. The company results were helped by an easy comparison with last February. Sales back then were relatively low because many of its revamped models were just arriving in showrooms. Overall, industry analysts expect all automakers to sell nearly 1.1 million cars and trucks in the U.S. in February. The consulting firm LMC Automotive raised its forecast for annual sales to 14 million from 13.8 million based on strong sales in the first two months of 2012. That’s up from 12.8 million last year. After hitting a 30-year low in 2009, sales have risen the last two years. And the auto industry sees several trends that could lift sales further. The average car on U.S. roads is now a record 10.8 years, so there is an increasing need to replace older vehicles. Credit availability is improving, bringing more people back into the market. Japanese automakers have largely recovered from last year’s earthquake and now have more cars to sell. And consumer confidence rose dramatically in February, making people more likely to consider a new car. Including February, Chrysler has posted nine straight months of year-over-year gains of at least 20 percent. Gas prices — which are up 45 cents since Jan. 1 and now average $3.73 a gallon — are causing a pronounced shift to smaller cars.

Scholarship offered to students OWOSSO — Scholarship applications are due March 15 for the Harry W. and Olive E. Harder Memorial Scholarship Fund administered by the Shiawassee Community Foundation. Candidates for the scholarship may be completing their freshman, sophomore or junior year at Durand Area High School and money may be used for band camp or an FFA program. The student may not be a senior as it is desired that benefits gained from the program be shared with classmates. The successful candidate shall have demonstrated scholastic aptitude and be interested in the lifelong pursuit of instrumental music and/or the leadership program of the FFA. Financial need will be considered and a student may receive one scholarship from this fund during their high school career. Contact Carol Soule at 725-1093 or email her at to obtain an application form.

Plans for welcome center delayed PORT HURON (AP) — A proposed international welcome center to be built near the Blue Water Bridge that links the U.S. and Canada at Port Huron is on hold until at least 2015 because of a lack of funding, officials said. Port Huron officials recently were told about the Michigan Department of Transportation’s decision, the Times Herald reported Thursday. The former welcome center was demolished last spring as part of a highway project and a temporary one opened in October in Capac, about 25 miles west of Port Huron.

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Gerald Bartram; Larry Judson, Worshipful Master of Byron Lodge 80; and Ray Ayotte. On Feb. 8, five Byron Masons traveled to Durand’s North Newburg Masonic Lodge 161 to award honorary membership in the Byron lodge to Gerald Bartram for his work and support of Byron. Bartram is a longstanding member of North Newburg lodge, including being 2011 Mason of the Year for both his lodge and District 18.


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Board, will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the administrator’s office. The public will have one opportunity for comment during the meeting. The public is invited to attend and ask questions and offer suggestions. The SCDHS Board reserves the right to limit the amount of time for public comments to 5 minutes. The Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility is handicap accessible. Enter by the front door, go through the door leading into the office area, and follow the curve around to the office.


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Maple River Friends to meet March 21 OVID TWP. — The Friends of The Maple River (FOMR) will hold its bimonthly meeting at 7 p.m. March 21 at the Ovid Township Hall, 1015 Baese Court. The featured speaker will be Kristin Esch from the Michigan Department of

Agriculture, who will give an overview of Michigan’s Right to Farm program. Gary Fritz, executive diresctor of the Clinton Conservation District, will present an update on the the Upper Maple River Management Plan.

The FOMR’s annual river cleanup program is scheduled for April 14. Call Jack Nutter at (989) 862-5541. The FOMR is also sponsoring a special training session for volunteers to help the FOMR conduct a vegetation assessment

of areas within the Maple River State Game Area in Clinton and Gratiot Counties. For information, check out their website at, or look them up on Facebook.


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A GROUND-BREAKING ceremony took place Wednesday to launch the new fiber-optic network through Arialink at Memorial Healthcare. In back, from left, are Memorial Healthcare senior networking engineer Todd Wyzyanjtys, Arialink president Jason Schreiber, Arialink vice president Tim Lebel and Daystarr Communications president Collin Rose. In front, from left, are Memorial Healthcare president/CEO Jim Full, Memorial Healthcare vice president of information services Frank Fear, Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce president/CEO Renita Mikolajczyk and Owosso mayor Benjamin Frederick.


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Laingsburg and Perry. DayStarr intends to expand the fiber even further into the communities to reach more businesses. “This is an infrastructure that is necessary (for Memorial) to compete and maintain a modern infrastructure,” Schreiber said. “You can’t grow up in this community and not realize that Memorial Healthcare doesn’t wait to be a follower in the latest innovation for health care,” Frederick said. “I’m excited for the fact that this has such an implication to become a hub for growth for our job providers all around the county.” “Our Healthcare ONE system will be such an asset to patient care at Memorial Healthcare,” Schreiber said in the press release. “With the increased reliability and security provided by fiber optics, Memorial connections will be able to transfer high-definition X-rays and real-time records while ensuring patient privacy and security.” “Many of us talk about what wonders we can accomplish if we have 24 more hours in the day, but look at what you are accomplishing today, the extra day we only get every four years,” Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce president/CEO Renita Mikolajczyk said. “What a great commitment to this community, you’re laying a new foundation for secure and high speed communication and connectivity that will not only impact the clients that you serve, but the community as a whole.” The Federal Communications Commission funded a Rural Health Care Pilot Project grant, also known as the “fiber-build” project to stimulate deployment of the broadband infrastructure necessary to support healthcare, officials said in a press release. The project helps rural hospital systems and other types of rural healthcare provider networks build fiber to their eligible satellite sites and/or to help major health care system networks link rural hospitals together. “This is going to impact and move Shiawassee County forward in the future,” Mikolajczyk said.

TOBACCO R-Howell, was among those approving the measure. “It appeared fixed,” said Bitz, who has claimed the bill is driven by pressure from large tobacco companies. “Although some senators took the time to speak with us, to my knowledge not one actually stepped foot in a store.” Bitz said he and fellow rollyour-own retailers — there are 31 across the state — are moving full-steam ahead with an opposition effort that includes talking to state representatives, testifying at House committee hearings, collecting petition signatures and organizing rallies in Lansing. As the proposed law makes its way to a House tax policy committee, Bitz said he appreciated a recent 45-minute visit to Rollin’ Smokes by state Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso. “I wanted to be familiar with this business, to learn how it operates and what their perspective is,” Glardon said. “I was extremely impressed with their business model.” The state representative said the visit was useful in helping to answer the pivotal question of whether roll-your-own shops or their customers are manufacturing cigarettes. However, he has not yet taken a position on SB 930. “I’m still looking at the whole thing,” Glardon said. “My hope is that we can come to an agreement on this. The last thing I want to do is hurt a business.” At least one legislator appears to have made up her mind. On Wednesday, state Rep. Joan Bauer, R-Lansing, expressed concerns that SP 930 “represents undue interference by tobacco companies who would like to see roll-your-own retailers shut down...At this time, I have no intention of sup-

about themselves,” Rockafellow said. Many of the students, like fifth-grader Jacey Christopher, have started using their skills at home. “Actually, I do shoot at home with my dad,” Jacey said, adding that she likes having time in school to practice. “He thinks I could do a little better.” Archery was completely new to Portia Maudlin-Hanson before she started the unit in school. “It’s a fun new thing to try,” Portia said. There was so much interest in archery, Huhn said, they were able to start an after-school archery club this school year. Thirty-seven students regularly attended the meetings, which were filled with shooting games and a year-end tournament. When going into the archery unit, Rockafellow said the first lessons he teaches are about safety, and the entire time students are shooting he feels like a “drill sergeant,” keeping constant watch for potential safety issues. He said out of all the schools who participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program, there has never been an injury.

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PERRY elementary physical education teachers Mary Huhn and Travis Rockafellow stand with a rack of bows purchased from a previous year’s fundraiser. Also shown are fifth-grade students Jacey Christopher, Gracie Ohlmer and Portia Maudlin-Hanson. The kids understand why Ohlmer said. there need to be such strict safePortia and Jacey agree. ty precautions. “I think it’s very safe,” Portia “If his rules weren’t there said. then someone would get injured “I think parents would for sure,” fifth-grader Gracie approve,” said Jacey.

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Continued from Page 1 porting SB 930.” Bitz’s shops have $32,500 machines that roll 200 cigarettes in eight minutes, cutting the cost of a carton’s worth to $30, about half the price of those sold elsewhere. Roll-your-own cigarettes are cheaper because customers operate the machines. Thus, the shops are not considered manufacturers and don’t have to pay the $2 state tax and $1.01 federal tax levied on a pack of manufactured cigarettes. SB 930 would make roll-yourown shops “manufacturers” subject to full taxation. Several states have adopted a similar approach, aiming to close what they see as a giant loophole the roll-your-own shops are slipping through. But just last week, state courts in Connecticut and Wisconsin found in preliminary rulings that self-service cigarette retailers are not “manufacturers,” a finding echoed by a federal district court in 2010. Jennifer Lighthill of Owosso, a Rollin’ Smokes customer since October, said she strongly opposes the law proposed in Michigan, which would probably put the roll-your-own shops out of business. “Since I’ve been coming here, I’ve cut my costs in half,” Lighthill said. “I don’t want this law. I’ve found my new favorite store, and I don’t want to lose it.” Bitz, who has invested more than $400,000 in his shops, said he is going keep fighting to keep them open. “I’m optimistic,” he said. “This is David and Goliath. For the record, David won.”

CORUNNA — The Corunna Public Schools Board of Education has begun the process of selecting a new superintendent to fill the position of Dr. Mark Miller, who recently resigned due to health issues. The board contracted with the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) to conduct a statewide search for Miller’s replacement. The first step is for MASB to gather information from community members, employees and the board to create a profile of characteristics in a superintendent the community feels are important. Candidates also establish a profile. From the profiles submitted, MASB will arrange interviews determined by the best match between the Corunna Schools District and the candidate. Additionally, focus group meetings are planned by MASB at which various school groups and community members are invited to share their thoughts. Focus meetings will be held Tuesday and March 8. A complete schedule of meetings can be viewed on the Corunna website Another way you can have input into the search process is to complete the online survey, also posted on the website. This survey will be available online until March 9. If you have questions about the survey, the meetings or other concerns, contact the administrative office at 743-6338.

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education programs at both elementarites in both Perry and Shaftsburg. In its third year, the event has raised money for numerous physical education items. The first year, the district purchased almost 100 foot of rock wall, fish-


ing equipment and other physical education equipment. Year two, the program purchased snow shoes, more rock wall, archery equipment and a 67-foot inflatable used for track and field and other school-related events. Donations can be made to any

Perry elementary student participating in Rambler Rope Frenzy. Checks — written out to Perry Public Schools, attention Project Fitness Trail — can also be mailed to the administration building at 2665 W. Britton Road, Perry MI 48872.

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grant in 2008, when the study that found the bridge was in need of repair was conducted. The city is now receiving those funds. The study was part of regular inspections mandated by the federal government on the structure and safety of bridges. Crawford said the city hires engineers to conduct studies on its bridges about every four years. The city Monday approved moving forward with hiring an engineering firm to do a detailed analysis on the bridge to determine what needs to be done. The necessary improvements to the bridge will be largely covered by the grant, but Crawford said the city may opt to do additional work on the bridge, including placing pedestrian accesses to the bridge from the trails below.

“It covers that portion of the project,” he said of the grant. “We may end up doing some more things.” He said he expects the project, in spring or summer of 2014, would close the street down dur-

ing construction. He could not estimate how long the street would be closed. The nearest crossing point over the Shiawassee River would be Washington Street in downtown Owosso.

MORRICE — A casino trip fundraiser will be held for Pat’s Earth Angels. The event includes a bus trip to two casinos, Greektown and Motor City. It will be held St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. The bus will leave from the Morrice High School parking lot at 9:15 a.m. and return at 11 p.m. The cost is $55 and guests will receive $20 back from the casinos. There will be giveaways, games and gift bags. Contact Patty at (517) 749- 0460 or Tina at (989) 400-9217 for tickets.


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Cringing with Mitt f he weren’t so smug, it would almost be possible to feel sorry for Mitt Romney. Beyond the flip-flopping, has any worse actor ever attempted the role of presidential candidate? It’s beyond Romney’s powers to persuade most people of his sincerity about things he does believe, much less the many tenets of contemporary GOP faith he probably doesn’t share — assuming, for the sake of argument, that anybody, including himself, knows which is which. There’s little doubt, however, that Romney believes he deserves to be president. It’s his inability to conceal that sense of entitlement that makes him such an awkward politician. The candidate’s cringeinducing attempts to present GENE himself as a Regular Joe almost invariably end in boasting. Campaigning in his native NEA Columnist Michigan, he assured voters that his wife drives not just one $50,000 Cadillac, but two — one at their Boston home, the other at their seafront mansion near La Jolla, Calif., as aides subsequently clarified. No word how Mrs. Romney gets around at their New Hampshire lakeside compound or their Park City, Utah, ski palace. Visiting the Daytona 500, Romney admitted he’s not a keen NASCAR fan, but does have friends who own racing teams. Defending himself on CNN from the perception that his wealth leaves him “out of touch,” he allowed as how “If people think that there is something wrong with being successful in America, then they better vote for the other guy, because I’ve been extraordinarily successful and I want to use that success and that know-how to help the American people.” On the “Today” Show, Romney explained that people concerned with income inequality are simply jealous. “You know, I think it’s about envy,” he said. “I think it’s about class warfare. When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on the 99 percent versus 1 percent — and those people who have been most successful will be in the 1 percent — you have opened up a whole new wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God.” Got that, peasants? God’s behind the 13.9 percent tax rate Romney paid on $43 million he earned in 2010 while technically unemployed. Anybody who thinks differently is merely eaten up with resentment. In my experience, the more money people inherit, the more they’re tempted to lecture others about talent and hard work. Romney’s air of personal superiority appears to be the one topic about which the poor dork is absolutely sincere. That’s what makes him such a terrible liar. He’s almost frantic with it, like a golden retriever with his ball. Look — modest, humble people don’t run for president. President Obama often appears to have trouble restraining his bemusement at the antics of less intelligent people. Nevertheless, Romney’s unrestrained egotism is the reason I think Paul Krugman (among others) has made far too much of an offhand remark the candidate made seemingly renouncing the central tenet of GOP economic dogma. “If you just cut, if all you’re thinking about doing is cutting [government] spending,” Romney told a group of Michigan voters, “as you cut spending you’ll slow down the economy.” To Krugman, Romney’s slip of the tongue revealed him as a “closet Keynesian” who “believes that cutting government spending hurts growth, other things equal.” The columnist added that, after all, “Mr. Romney is not a stupid man. And while his grasp of world affairs does sometimes seem shaky, he has to be aware of the havoc austerity policies are wreaking in Greece, Ireland and elsewhere.” Or, to be more precise, Romney can be perfectly aware and blithely unconcerned. Krugman left off the next sentence where Romney stipulated that cutting spending alone wasn’t enough. “You have to, at the same time, create pro-growth tax policies.” Translation: even lower taxes for multimillionaires. But I’d never presume to argue economics with Prof. Krugman. My point is that Romney’s tycoon capitalism has only partly to do with jobs, money and the real economy. It’s also about cultural revanchism, putting the right people back firmly in charge. Tycoon capitalists like Romney see a prolonged slump as an opportunity to render the workforce more docile and grateful. Remember, this is the same guy who opposed government loans to save Chrysler and General Motors. Better to crush the Auto Workers Union. Who said the best way to resolve the national foreclosure crisis would be to speed it up, so that “investors” could buy people’s houses cheaply and rent them out. In the end, it’s all about Number One.



IN YOUR OPINION Be aware of domestic violence in community On the evening of Feb. 23, police responded to a domestic violence call at a home on the 10000 block of Laingsburg Road in Woodhull Township, just south of Laingsburg. When deputies arrived at the residence, they found Dean Watkins had been fatally shot. His wife was taken into custody at that time, but was released the next day pending further investigation, autopsy results and a report from the Michigan State Police Lab. According to an article issued this past weekend, Det. Lt. David Kirk with the Shiawassee County Sheriff ’s Office said investigators are “looking into the possibility of it being a justifiable act.” It may be all too easy to shake our heads after reading this story and go about our daily lives without a second thought.

However, although no other details are being released at this time, two key words should catch our attention: domestic violence. Events such as this raise our awareness of the fact that domestic violence is happening in our community, in our neighborhoods and maybe in our very own homes. Domestic violence is not only physical, but can also be verbal, psychological, economic, emotional or sexual. And although domestic violence does not always result in the death of a person, the effects of it are often devastating for the victims and survivors. The statistics are astonishing and deem response from those us who are willing and able to take a stand against this nationwide epidemic that has now hit close to home. According to Futures Without Violence, nearly one in four women in the United

States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life and on average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. Being aware and being safe are instrumental in preventing domestic violence, as well as in dealing with the domestic violence one may experience and/or witness. If you or someone you know is being abused, please feel free to call SafeCenter, serving Clinton and Shiawassee Counties, at (877) 952-7283 or find us on the internet at Hannah Gottschalk Domestic Violence Counselor SafeCenter

Don’t give president any more power President Barack Obama has stated that he wants “to do more. I need more authority to do more... (and for Congress) to reinstate the authority that past presidents have had...” He wants Congress to “streamline and reform the executive branch...” to have the “same authority a business owner has to keep pace with the times.” President Obama promises to “only use this authority for reforms that result in more efficiency, better service and a leaner government.” This from the same man who gave us Obamacare.

I don’t know what “authority past presidents have had” that President Obama is referring to that he doesn’t have. The Constitution states the authority he possesses and the legislative branch can’t constitutionally give him more authority. The founders feared just such a centralization of power. The founders embedded the principle of the separation of powers in the Constitution by making the legislative, executive, and judicial branches separate and building in checks and balances purposefully to prevent the centralization of power that

President Obama is calling for. I will let the words of past great Americans speak: “It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” — Daniel Webster “In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” —

Thomas Jefferson “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” — Thomas Jefferson “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts....not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” — Abraham Lincoln “We the people” will decide Nov. 6 whose vision for America we want. Richard Ross Laingsburg

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Judge blocks cigarette ads RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing U.S. tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages later this year to show the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit lighting up. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled that the federal mandate to put the images, which include a sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs, on cigarette packs violates the free speech amendment to the Constitution. He had temporarily blocked the requirement in November, saying it was likely cigarette makers will succeed in a lawsuit, which could take years to resolve. That decision already is being appealed by the government.

Birth control vote scheduled WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is considering GOP legislation aimed at rolling back President Barack Obama’s policy on birth control coverage. At issue is a measure sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri that would allow employers and insurers to opt out of provisions in Obama’s health care law to which they object on religious or moral grounds. That includes the recently rewritten requirement that insurers cover the cost of birth control, even for religiously affiliated employers whose faith forbids contraception. “The word ‘contraception’ is not in (the legislation) because it’s not about a specific procedure,” Blunt said. “It’s about a faith principle that the First Amendment guarantees.” But Democrats, trying this election year to hold onto support from female and independent voters, said the measure was really an effort to erode women’s rights generally and access to contraception in particular.

Calif. hit by major snowstorm YOSEMITE (AP) — A late season storm is bringing heavy snows to California’s high country, a welcome influx after an especially dry winter. But snow storms are also creating avalanche conditions in Colorado and forcing some schools to close in New York. Forecasters predicted storms would keep hammering the Lake Tahoe area, the northeast part of the California and around Yosemite National Park well into today. Although sunny skies were forecast for the weekend, the storm was expected to pick up strength overnight before bringing another two feet of snow and the possibility of 100 mph wind gusts to the northern Sierra during the morning commute. Up to 5 feet of snow was predicted at the highest elevations of the northern Sierra Nevada.

Man guilty in canyon hike PHOENIX (AP) — A grandfather who forced his grandsons on two grueling hikes in the Grand Canyon in searing August heat was found guilty of child abuse after a trial in which the three boys described going without food and water and being choked and kicked during the long treks. Investigators said Christopher Alan Carlson of Indianapolis told them the boys were overweight and that he thought hiking the Grand Canyon would help get them into shape. But a criminal complaint said Carlson put his grandsons in circumstances “likely to cause death or serious bodily injuries,” and investigators said the boys — 8, 9 and 12 at the time — were covered in cuts, bruises and scars at the end of a 19-mile hike on Aug. 28. An Arizona jury on Wednesday found Carlson guilty of three of six charges of child abuse stemming from that hike and another one on Aug. 15. He’s scheduled to be sentenced June 1, but because the jury convicted him on the three lesser offenses, it was unclear if he could face up to life in prison.

Sailor innocent in rape case NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — In a rape case that focused on whether to believe a construction worker who works with Navy SEALs or a woman who taught children in Uganda about safe sex, a military jury has decided that the former Peace Corps volunteer’s story of being sexually assaulted multiple times wasn’t enough to convict the sailor. After three days of testimony, 27-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Camaren Walker was found not guilty of all charges against him. The case focused on whether a sailor who had won medals for good conduct and humanitarian service forced the woman to have sex in his hotel room in the East African nation’s capital after the condom he was wearing came off twice. The woman testified that she wanted Walker to stop, but that the first of four assaults occurred when he began choking her when she objected to unprotected sex. She described the early morning hours in his Uganda hotel room as a night of hell where she feared for her life.

Group demands memo on drones SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest call for the Obama administration to publicly release its legal justification for a drone strike that killed U.S.-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen last year came Wednesday in the form of a federal lawsuit. The First Amendment Coalition of San Rafael is demanding release of a reported U.S. Department of Justice memo that authorized the attack that also killed a second American, Samir Khan, who edited al-Qaida’s Internet magazine. The free speech advocates argued in the lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco that the American public has a right to know the “legal justification for the use of lethal force against al-Awlaki and potentially other U.S. citizens who join forces with foreign terrorist organizations that threaten U.S. interests.”

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Former U.S. resident pleads guilty at Guantanamo By BEN FOX Associated Press GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A former Maryland resident pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping alQaida plot attacks from his native Pakistan, reaching a plea deal with the U.S. government that spares him from a potential life sentence in exchange for helping to convict fellow prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Majid Khan, making his first appearance in public since he was swept into secret government confinement in 2003, appeared calm and confident as he was questioned by the judge to make sure he understood the plea deal. His lawyers said that he teared up at times as the case against him was reviewed and that he regrets his actions. “He is remorseful,” said Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, his Pentagon-appointed defense lawyer. “He wishes he had never been involved with al-Qaida, ever.” Khan, 32, is the first of what the military calls its “high-

Ex-mine chief gets 3 years in W.Va. blast BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A former security chief convicted of lying to investigators about the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at a West Virginia coal mine was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday. Prosecutors said it was one of the stiffest punishments ever handed down in a safety case. The sentencing of Hughie Elbert Stover was the first in what the government expects to be several cases in the investigation into the Upper Big Branch blast. So far, only one other worker has been charged. That employee testified at Stover’s sentencing as part of a plea. Stover, 60, was also convicted in October of ordering a subordinate to destroy thousands of security-related documents.

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by CHRISTIAN A JENSEN, a single man, original mortgagor(s), to MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., Mortgagee, dated September 29, 2008, and recorded on November 20, 2008 in Liber 1128 on Page 505, and assigned by said Mortgagee to Wells Fargo Bank, NA as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Shiawassee county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Five Thousand One Hundred Sixty-One and 94/100 Dollars ($105,161.94), including interest at 6.5% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Shiawassee County, at 10:00 AM, on March 21, 2012. Said premises are situated in Township of Rush, Shiawassee County, Michigan, and are described as:

Part of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 9, Town 8 North, Range 2 East, Rush Township, Shiawassee County, Michigan, described as beginning at a point that is North 89 degrees 55 minutes 43 seconds West on the South line of said Section 9 a distance of 962.65 feet from the South 1/4 corner of said Section 9; thence North 89 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds West 228.54 feet; thence North 01 degrees 27 minutes 35 seconds West 280.54 feet; thence South 89 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds East 228.88 feet; thence South 01 degrees 27 minutes 35 seconds East 280.54 feet to the point of beginning The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: February 16, 2012 For more information, please call: FC D (248) 593-1309 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #394825F01 (02-16)(03-08) Publish: February 16 and 23, 2012 and March 1 and 8, 2012

value” detainees to plead guilty and his cooperation could provide significant help to the U.S. as it seeks to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attack, and other accused terrorists held at the U.S. base in Cuba. Khan’s lawyers have alleged he was tortured while in CIA custody before he was transferred to Guantanamo in September 2006. He faced up to life in prison if convicted at trial on charges of conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, spying and providing

material support for terrorism. Prosecutors said Khan plotted with Mohammed to blow up fuel tanks in the U.S., to assassinate former Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and to provide other assistance to alQaida. Under his plea agreement, the Convening Authority, the Pentagon legal official who oversees the Guantanamo tribunals, has agreed not to approve a sentence that exceeds 19 years as long as Khan fully cooperates with authorities. If prosecutors determine he has not fully coop-

erated, the sentence is capped at 25 years. His sentencing has been postponed for four years, to give him time to cooperate, and he would get credit for time served until his sentencing but not for the nine years he already spent in custody. The judge, Army Col. James Pohl, told him there was nothing in the agreement that specifically prevents the U.S. from continuing to detain him after he completes his sentence, though there are no indications that would happen.

PUBLIC NOTICES Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by TONYA MARIE DAVIS AND ROBERT BILL RIDDLE, wife and husband, original mortgagor(s), to MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., Mortgagee, dated January 3, 2008, and recorded on January 9, 2008 in Liber 1118 on Page 616, and assigned by said Mortgagee to Nationstar Mortgage LLC as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Shiawassee county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Seventy-Nine Thousand Six Hundred Forty-Five and 92/100 Dollars ($79,645.92), including interest at 4.125% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Shiawassee County, at 10:00 AM, on March 14, 2012. Said premises are situated in Village of Lennon, Shiawassee County, Michigan, and are described as:

Lot 18, of Woodland Subdivision, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat, Liber 11, Page 151, Shiawassee County Records The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: February 9, 2012 For more information, please call: FC H (248) 593-1300 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #311887F02 (02-09)(03-01) Publish: February 9, 16 and 23, 2012 and March 1, 2012

Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by JUSTIN KUCISH, A Single Man, original mortgagor(s), to MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for Amera Mortgage Corporation, Mortgagee, dated November 17, 2008, and recorded on November 20, 2008 in Liber 1128 on Page 489, and assigned by said Mortgagee to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Shiawassee county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Forty-Six Thousand Six Hundred Sixty-Three and 79/100 Dollars ($46,663.79), including interest at 6.75% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Shiawassee County, at 10:00 AM, on April 4, 2012. Said premises are situated in City of Durand, Shiawassee County, Michigan, and are described as:

Lot 3 and 4, Block 11 of Steel's Subdivision of Lots J and K of the Durand Land Company's 4th addition, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Liber 1 of Plats, Page 47 of Shiawassee County Records. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: March 1, 2012 For more information, please call: FC S (248) 593-1304 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #391106F01 (03-01)(03-22) Publish: March 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2012

Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by LOIS A. MITCHEM, a married woman, original mortgagor(s), to MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., Mortgagee, dated October 27, 2005, and recorded on November 15, 2005 in Liber 1088 on Page 61, and assigned by said Mortgagee to Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Shiawassee county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Seventy-One Thousand Three Hundred Nine and 07/100 Dollars ($71,309.07), including interest at 6.5% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Shiawassee County, at 10:00 AM, on March 21, 2012. Said premises are situated in City of Owosso, Shiawassee County, Michigan, and are described as:

Lot 1, Block 17, City Assessor's Plat No. 3, according to the recorded Plat thereof, as recorded in Liber 1 of Plats, Page 43, Shiawassee County Records. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: February 16, 2012 For more information, please call: FC X (248) 593-1302 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #394294F01 (02-16)(03-08) Publish: February 16 and 23, 2012 and March 1 and 8, 2012

Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by BERT A. VANALSTINE AKA BERT A. VANALSTINE AND KATHLEEN L. VANALSTINE AKA KATHLEEN L. VANALSTINE, husband and wife, original mortgagor(s), to CHEMICAL BANK & TRUST COMPANY, Mortgagee, dated January 10, 2003, and recorded on January 14, 2003 in Liber 1027 on Page 785, in Shiawassee county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Seventy Thousand Two Hundred Twenty-Five and 21/100 Dollars ($70,225.21), including interest at 6.375% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Shiawassee County, at 10:00 AM, on March 14, 2012. Said premises are situated in Township of Caledonia, Shiawassee County, Michigan, and are described as:

Lot 18, 19, and 20, Block 3, of the Plat of Riverside Subdivision, Caledonia Township, Shiawassee County, Michigan, according to the recorded Plat thereof, as recorded in Liber 1 Page 24, Shiawassee County Records. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: February 9, 2012 For more information, please call: FC F (248) 593-1313 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #392031F01 (02-09)(03-01) Publish: February 9, 16 and 23, 2012 and March 1, 2012

SCHNEIDERMAN & SHERMAN, P.C., IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT (248)5397400 IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. MORTGAGE SALE – Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by DANIEL W. PRATT and RANEE C. PRATT, HUSBAND AND WIFE, to OLD KENT MORTGAGE COMPANY, Mortgagee, dated November 19, 1999, and recorded on November 24, 1999, in Document No. 3029004, Liber 968, on Page 525, and assigned by said mortgagee to MICHIGAN STATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, as assigned, Shiawassee County Records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Seventy-Two Thousand Ninety-Four Dollars and Two Cents ($72,094.02), including interest at 6.250% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public venue, at the front main entrance of the Courthouse in the City of Corunna, Shiawassee County, Michigan at 10:00 AM o'clock, on March 14, 2012 Said premises are located in Shiawassee County, Michigan and are described as:

LOT 36 OF THE SUPERVISOR'S PLAT OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP 7 NORTH, RANGE 2 EAST, OWOSSO TOWNSHIP, SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN, ACCORDING TO THE RECORDED PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN LIBER 11, PAGE 193, SHIAWASSEE COUNTY RECORDS. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale unless determined abandoned in accordance with 1948CL 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the above referenced property is sold at a foreclosure sale under Chapter 600 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, under MCL 600.3278, the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. MICHIGAN STATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY Mortgagee/Assignee Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C. 23938 Research Drive, Suite 300 Farmington Hills, MI 48335 USBW.001354 FHA (02-09)(03-01) Publish: February 9, 16 and 23, 2012 and March 1, 2012

Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by JOHN L. JOHNSON AND JOANNA L. JOHNSON, husband and wife, original mortgagor(s), to MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., Mortgagee, dated August 10, 2006, and recorded on August 17, 2006 in Liber 1100 on Page 98, and assigned by said Mortgagee to Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Shiawassee county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Thirty Thousand Eight Hundred Eleven and 66/100 Dollars ($130,811.66), including interest at 6.875% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Shiawassee County, at 10:00 AM, on March 21, 2012. Said premises are situated in Township of Woodhull, Shiawassee County, Michigan, and are described as:

A part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 33, Town 5 North, Range 1 East, Woodhull Township, Shiawassee County, Michigan, described as beginning on the West line of said section at a point which is 876 feet North of the Southwest corner of said section 33; thence North along said section line 180 feet; thence East 1328.5 feet to the West 1/8 line of said section; thence South along said 1/8 line 180 feet and thence West 1328.5 feet to the point of beginning The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: February 16, 2012 For more information, please call: FC X (248) 593-1302 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #393597F01 (02-16)(03-08) Publish: February 16 and 23, 2012 and March 1 and 8, 2012


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FLINT — A Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan seminar will be presented by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) at Kettering University, from 9 a.m. to noon March 13 in the Campus Center at the corner of University and Chevrolet avenues. For start-up or early stage businesses, a prerequisite to the course is attending the free “Fundamentals of Starting a Business.” The business plan seminar covers the specifics of business planning including market research, marketing, finance, legal, operations, and management. The workshop fee is $20 and advance registration and payment are required. Registration can be made online at 0320017.

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nization since he was a high school freshman. The company already had said it would sharply reduce emissions at the plants or close them by 2015 and 2018, respectively. But the Chicago Clean Power Coalition and city officials pressured the company to close them sooner, complaining that heart- and lung-damaging pollution emitted by the plants disproportionately affected lowincome and primarily Hispanic neighborhoods. But those efforts got little traction until Emanuel took office last May and made it clear he expected the company to take action.

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city’s two aging coal-fired power plants several years earlier than expected. The company will close its Fisk Generating Station, in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood, by the end of the year and its Crawford Generating Station, in Little Village, by the end of 2014, the company and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. Chicago is the only large U.S. city with two coal-fired plants still operating within its borders. A coalition of environmental, health and community groups announced agreements with the company earlier in the day. “This is a great day for everyone — for the city, not just for me,” said Hurtado, who has been a member of the environmental orga-

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Foreclosures make smaller slice of sales LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bankowned homes and short sales last year accounted for the smallest slice of overall sales in three years but still made up nearly a quarter of all U.S. homes sold in 2011. Some 907,138 sales were made last year of foreclosed-upon homes and homes that were bought for less than what the previous owners owed on their mortgage. They represented about 23 percent of home sales in 2011, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said today. As a percentage of all homes sold, sales of foreclosures and other homes in some stage of the process last year were back down to 2008 levels. But they remained an outsize portion of total sales compared 2005, when sales of previously occupied homes peaked and foreclosure sales comprised less than 1 percent of all sales, the firm said. The sales peaked in 2009 at about 1.1 million.

Apple market value hits $500B, where few have gone BY PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer NEW YORK — Apple’s market capitalization topped $500 billion Wednesday, climbing to a mountain peak where few companies have ventured — and none have stayed for long. Apple was already the world’s most valuable company. The gap between it and No. 2 Exxon Mobil Corp. has widened rapidly in the past month, as investors have digested Apple’s report of blow-out holiday-season sales of iPhones and iPads. And, more recently, Apple has raised investors’ hopes that it might institute a dividend. The company’s market capitalization was near $506 billion at the market close. Shares rose $7.03, or 1.3 percent, to close at $542.44 Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Cupertino, Calif., company sent out invites to reporters for an event in San Francisco next Wednesday, apparently to reveal its next iPad model. The launch of the new model was expected around this time, a year after the launch of the iPad 2. Apple is in rare company. It is the sixth U.S. corporation to reach the $500 billion milestone, and the only one to be worth that much at current prices. Exxon, now worth $411 billion, was worth just over $500 billion for two short stretches at the end of 2007. Apple’s arch-nemesis Microsoft Corp. was worth just more than $500 billion briefly at the end of 1999, and again in early 2000. It even shot up

above $600 billion for one day. The company is now worth $267 billion. Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corp. and General Electric Co. also peaked just above $500 billion in early 2000. Cisco and Intel are now worth a bit more than $100 billion each, while GE is worth $200 billion. Exxon’s ascent to the $500 billion level was propelled by record oil prices. Cisco, Intel, Microsoft and GE were boosted by the general stock mania of 1999 and 2000, and the hunger for technology stocks in particular. Apple’s rise, by contrast, is powered by its mammoth sales and profits, which are growing at rates unheard of for a company its size. And despite its sky-high market capitalization, Apple’s shares aren’t expensive compared to its earnings. It’s worth 15 times its earnings for the last year. That compares to 21 times earnings for Google Inc. and 14 times for the S&P 500 overall. Yet few companies in the index grow their earnings as fast as Apple does: In its latest quarter, its earnings rose 118 percent from a year ago, to $13.06 billion. Analysts expect the Apple rally to have some legs. The 35 analysts who have reported to FactSet since Apple’s latest earnings report have set an average price target of $592 per share, or 8 percent higher than Wednesday’s level. That implies a market capitalization of $552 billion. Apple has been helped by a general recovery in the stock market after the doldrums of the financial crisis and the recession.


Gold plunges as Bernanke signals no bond buys By The Associated Press Gold plunged $77 per ounce Wednesday, the biggest one-day drop since September, as traders dialed back their expectations that the dollar would be weakened by another round of economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. Gold for April delivery settled at $1,711.30 an ounce, its lowest close since Jan. 25. May silver also fell sharply, giving up $2.563 an ounce, or 6.9 percent, to settle at $34.642 an ounce. Both metals fell after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave no hint in testimony before Congress that the central bank was planning more bond purchases. Bernanke also said the economy was bet-

ter than the Fed had expected and that inflation was subdued, suggesting that the Fed might back off its pledge to keep interest rates low through 2014. The dollar soared and precious metals plunged after Bernanke’s remarks. Investors tend to buy the metals as insurance against a weak dollar and against inflation. Bernanke’s remarks suggested that both of those scenarios were unlikely. Gold and silver have been climbing sharply this year after the Fed indicated in January that it was likely to keep interest rates low for another two years, implying that the dollar would remain weak. Gold is still up 8 percent this year, silver 24 percent. If anything, demand from individuals for gold appears to be waning, Nadler said. The

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Tuttle’s Thoughts “Never memorize something that you can look up.” - Albert Einstein Think about it—the information that we have today is exponentially greater than that of Einstein’s time. I would add to Einstein’s quote and say, “. . . Instead, fill your brain with ideas, ways to solve problems, invenAndrea Tuttle tions, questions, etc.” Superintendent There is a finite amount of time to educate during the school hours. Owosso Public Schools are in the midst of a conundrum. On one hand, we are raising expectations, reforming our curriculum, and changing our educational delivery system to engage students in a 21st century experience. On the other hand, we are stifled by a 20th century standardized test that does not assess problem solving skills, innovation, and creativity—the very skills that Governor Snyder, President Obama, and I believe are necessary for success in a global economy. In my opinion, standardized assessments and the consequences associated with performance on these assessments, squelch the type of teaching that develops thinkers and problem solvers that the United States needs to stay number one. Although the MEAP test scores are complex, I will do my best to explain in a concise and simplified manner. Many educators would argue that the pressure to have students score well on standardized tests forces teachers to “teach to the test” and I would agree. What does it mean to teach to the test? Teachers teach students how to correctly answer itemized questions that replicate a question that may appear on a standardized test. For example, a standardized test question may ask: Identify the numerator in the following fraction: 1/2. A student who has been immersed in a classroom of itemized teaching may answer this problem correctly. The instructor has probably provided many opportunities for students to solve such problems, study, and regurgitate a list of potential mathematical terms that may (or may not) occur on the test. Conversely, 21st century facilitators of learning focus their efforts on the full body of knowledge and skills. Facilitators work with students to understand what fractions are, know how to manipulate them mathematically, help students understand how to use them to solve more complex problems, and facilitate inquiry based learning, discussion, activities, etc. This approach takes more time than lessons that simply “drill in” the facts. The MEAP test is one assessment in our toolbox of measuring student achievement and an inadequate measure of student growth. In my opinion, it is not a predictor of how successful a student will be throughout their educational career and in life. Take, for example, the 3rd grade Reading MEAP test. A student can score a “1” (exceeds expectations) to a “4” (below expectations) and within each level, a student can earn a H, M, or L (High, Medium, Low). The best score a student could receive would be a 1H (indicating that he/she exceeded 3rd grade standards), and the lowest score would be a 4L (indicating that he/she is below 3rd grade standards).

OHS Athletes Earn Sports Scholarships to Michigan Universities Two Owosso High School student athletes are looking forward to playing football at Michigan universities after graduation in May. Michael Schutt, son of Michael and MaLissa Schutt and Barb Arnette, will attend Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. He has been offered a scholarship to play football for the Huskies and plans to study physical therapy with a minor in kinesiology. Matthew Thornton, son of Starr and Robert Ridenour, was also awarded a scholarship, and plans to play football at Eastern Michigan University. Matthew plans to study criminal justice at Eastern. Both young men were honored by the OHS administrative staff, their teachers and counselors, and Owosso’s Varsity Football Coach, Mr. Harkema, who offered words of encouragement including, “I wish you luck as you continue to play the game you love.”

The problem is, the test does not demonstrate how far above or below grade level the student is currently. Take the student who scored a 1H—this student may have the capability of reading at an 8th grade level. However, the test only shows that the student has exceeded 3rd grade reading expectations, but it does not state to what degree. The following year, the student is assessed on the 4th grade reading MEAP and earns a 1H again. It looks good on paper, but that student could have made no progress from 3rd grade to 4th grade and may remain at an 8th grade level. Due to the fact that he/she exceeded the 4th grade standards, the State of Michigan is satisfied. On the other hand, the student who scores at a 4L on the 3rd grade Reading MEAP may in fact be reading at a 1st grade level; however what the test reported was that the student was not proficient at 3rd grade. In fact, that student may only be reading at a 1st grade level. Even if that student makes significant gains in reading, moving up two grade levels to a 3rd grade proficiency, that student will score a 4L on the 4th grade reading assessment. Should we be satisfied with the progress? The State of Michigan is not satisfied and will report that the student made no gains which is not an accurate assessment (no pun intended). There is good news on the horizon! A new test is coming in 2015 called “Smarter Balanced Literacy” that is touted to be based on problem solving skills allowing students to maximize their abilities. We look forward to this new assessment that will closely align to our standards of empowering students with critical thinking skills, creativity, and ingenuity. Owosso is on the cutting edge of preparing students to be ready for life in a global world and hopefully this new test will assess students’ ability to be ready. Owosso Public Schools seizes opportunities, via instructional best practices, extra-curricular offerings, and engaging students with unique 21st century opportunities, to improve our students’ performance and their ability to succeed in life. I am proud to share just a few of our success stories: • 15 seniors in the OHS class of 2011 graduated with a 4.0 or higher Grade Point Average. • 19 seniors in the OHS class of 2012 will graduate with a 4.0 or higher Grade Point Average. • Nearly 70 current OHS seniors will graduate with a 3.5 or higher Grade Point Average. • OMS had 14 students qualify for Shiawassee Scholars by performing exceptionally on the SAT. • OHS has 21 clubs and 13 sports to enrich and enhance the educational experience. • In 2010, OHS graduating seniors received $779,525 in scholarships. • 19 students will be inducted into Owosso High School’s National Honor Society next week. • Class of 2011: 8 students attended U of M Ann Arbor; 6 students attended MSU; other colleges that welcomed OHS students were: Kendall College of Art, Kettering, Berkley, Yale, Northwood, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to name a few. Think about education and how we can improve for the sake of our kids and our country. If you have an opportunity, watch the movie Moneyball and compare the difference in thinking about basebball, as displayed in the movie, with what needs to occur in education. Additionally, if you are interested in reading any more of Einstein’s quotes, visit: quotes/9810.Albert_Einstein. There are some thought provoking quotes related to education and there are some that will just make you laugh. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein Proud to be a Trojan,


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March Emerson Kindergarten Registration 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. 5 Bryant Beehive 3:45-5 p.m. in media center all week Bryant LaMay’s Class at Hartley March 5-7 Emerson Student of the Month 9:15 a.m. LHS 3rd Trimester begins LHS Basketball @ Mott 4 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball v. Carman Ainsworth @ Flushing (Districts) 5:30 p.m.


TUESDAY Central Kindergarten Registration 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. OHS: Only 11th Graders attend school for Michigan Merit Exam Bryant Girl Scout Meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Bryant Hearing & Vision Screening Emerson Hearing & Vision Screening OMS Band Concert 7:30 p.m. in auditorium OHS National Honor Society Banquet 5:30-7 p.m. OHS National Honor Society Induction 7-8 p.m.




THURSDAY OMS Wrestling v. Mason/Grand Ledge 4:30 p.m. OHS Choir Concert 7 p.m. in auditorium




Bryant Kindergarten Registration 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Emerson Student of the Month 9:15 a.m. Emerson Detroit Pistons Assembly 2:30 p.m. in g ym

Bryant Spring Pictures Central Popcorn Sale Emerson Popcorn Sale


National Honor Society 3-on-3 basketball tournament at OHS


Kindergarteners Make it Rain Emerson kindergarten students in Mrs. Gray’s class made rain in a bag last week as part of a science unit. This interactive science experiment began with students scooping soil into a sandwich bag. Then they sprayed water into the bag, sealed it, and taped the bags to the classroom windows for direct sunlight exposure. A cloud was formed in the bag and when it could no longer hold moisture, the cloud burst and rain droplets formed inside the bag. Students learned the meaning of precipitation, evaporation, and condensation. Mrs. Gray further supported the lesson by reading “Who Likes Rain” and “The Water Cycle” to her students. Matthew Shattuck, Analisa Johnson, and Lincoln Older are pictured (left to right) with their rain bags they created while studying the water cycle. Owosso’s kindergarten curriculum is rich in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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“Rapunzel” Morgan Yerrick – K Emerson

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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Hunter Babcock – 1st Emerson

“Diary of a Spider” Mitchell Soukup – 1st Emerson

“A book about Abraham Lincoln” Kaden Gransden – 1st Emerson

OHS Band Students Earn Highest Honors Owosso High School band students performed at the annual District V Solo & Ensemble Festival held at Owosso High School on Saturday, February 18. 46 Students participated in 33 events and all of them earned blue or red medals for earning a I or a II score. 30 Students earned the top I rating therefore qualifying for State Solo & Ensemble Festival held in late March. 26 students earned the excellent II rating. Cameron Knipe and Kailey Grubb each earned three I’s. OHS Band Director Mr. Knipe reports the following students earned I’s and blue medals: Brooke Scott (2), Rachel Crawford, Andrea Knight (2), Colleen Morence, Cheyanne Poage, Ryan Weaver, Abigail Tolrud, Emily Meihls, Courtney Crawford (2), Larissa VanSice, Leah Jones, Gavin Trevorrow, Shelby Williams, Dalton Messman, Jon Howard(2), Ryan Willis(2), Aubrey Stechschulte, Angela Bonilla, and Kelvin Alderman. Earning II’s and red medals were: Rachel Crawford, Alyssa Freeman, Sascha Garrett(2), Hope Hooper, Ashley Woodworth, David Owens(2), Haley Schneider, Eric Locker, Samantha Traylor, Colleen Morence, Cailee Ragonesi, Logan Ellis, Ryan Comrie, Ryan Weaver, Barleigh Dankert, Thomas Horak, Sarah Lyon, Valerie Clark, Luke Lindquist, Matt McFadden, David Helmer, Eli Jenkinson, Rachel Nicevski, and Sam Beamish.

“Captain Underpants” Brionna Sarnik – 1st Emerson

“Beauty and the Beast” Mariah Brasseur – K Emerson

Congratulations OHS Band members!

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Owosso High School seniors Michael Schutt (seated left) and Matthew Thornton (seated right) have earned scholarships to play football at Michigan universities this fall. They are pictured with their families and OHS Varsity Football Coach Mr. Harkema.


“A ‘Barbie’ book” Reese Thayer – K Emerson

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Despite victories, Romney working to connect personally with voters By KASIE HUNT Associated Press FARGO, N.D. — His two latest victories aside, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is working to connect more personally with voters and refocus his campaign on the protracted fight for convention delegates as he tries to recover from a difficult month and answer key questions about the strength of his candidacy. Yet, even as Romney launched his effort to address his vulnerabilities, the former Massachusetts governor found himself creating a fresh controversy — and irking conservatives anew — by equivocating on a Senate bill on insurance coverage of birth control.

It was an ill-timed hiccup just as Romney — the nominal GOP front-runner for the past year — is trying to capitalize on twin victories in Arizona and Michigan and put to rest concerns within MITT the GOP establishment ROMNEY about his inability to wrap up the nomination quickly, his proclivity for self-made errors and his struggles to relate to his audiences. His efforts to improve on all those fronts were on clear display Wednesday, starting with a town-hall style meeting in Bexley, Ohio. “By far the most important thing in my life is my wife. All right? Ann and I

fell in love young, we’re still in love. We have a marriage that is still filled with love,” Romney told his rapt audience there after a sympathetic voter asked him to “show the American people you have a lot of heart.” It was one of the most emotional moments of his campaign, with Romney talking at length about his five sons and saying he didn’t think his “heart could get bigger,” until they married and his grandkids were born. He talked of other personal experiences before pivoting to the American public at large — and making this pitch: “This is a family crisis going on in America, and I think I can help. I can’t solve all the problems, but I can make a difference, and that’s why I am in this race.”

Behind the scenes, Romney’s aides — as well as a super political action committee supporting him — spent the day working to recalibrate the candidate’s approach to next week’s Super Tuesday contests, when 10 states will vote and Wyoming will begin its caucuses, and beyond. In almost all of the future contests in the nomination fight, delegates to the Republican Party’s national presidential nominating convention later this summer will be awarded proportionally among the candidates. Given that, Romney can’t rely on momentum alone to carry him to the nomination. His team must gird anew for a long delegate slog as well as the reality that his chief rivals — Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich — are

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Leader of ‘Texas 7’ gang put to death HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The leader of the fugitive gang known as the “Texas 7” was executed Wednesday for killing a suburban Dallas police officer during a robbery 11 years ago after organizing and pulling off Texas’ biggest prison break. George Rivas, 41, from El Paso, received lethal injection for gunning down Aubrey Hawkins, a 29-year-old Irving police officer who interrupted the gang’s holdup of a sporting goods store on Christmas Eve in 2000. The seven inmates had fled a South Texas prison about two weeks earlier. The gang was caught in Colorado about a month after the officer’s death. One committed suicide rather than be arrested. Rivas and five others with lengthy sentences who bolted with him were returned to Texas where they separately were convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die. Rivas became the second of the group executed. “I do apologize for everything that happened. Not because I’m here, but for closure in your hearts,” Rivas said Wednesday evening in a statement intended for Hawkins’ family. “I really do believe you deserve that.” The slain officer’s relatives were absent, but four officers who worked with him and the district attorney who prosecuted the case attended on his family’s behalf. They stood in the death chamber watching through a window just a few feet from Rivas. The inmate thanked his friends who were watching through another window.

showing no signs of dropping out as long as super PACs aligned with them keep running expensive TV ads on their behalf. Despite his challenges, Romney has emerged the leader in the fight for the 1,144 delegates needed to earn the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this summer. He has 167 delegates to Santorum’s 87. Gingrich has 32 and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, also a factor, has 19. Romney is visiting Ohio, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington state this week — and still may add other states if his team determines victories are in reach. He’s devoting time and money to places where he thinks he can amass the most delegates of the 419 up for grabs next Tuesday.

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Dems find Senate optimism By HENRY C. JACKSON Associated Press WASHINGTON — Back-toback surprises — Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe is retiring and former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey is running again — have given Democrats a burst of optimism that they can hold on to control of the Senate, a goal that seemed to be slipping from reach just weeks ago. The decisions this week by Snowe, a Republican, and Kerrey, a Democrat, put two seats Democrats were prepared to write off in 2012 back into play. Those developments, combined with positive indicators for Democrats like an improving economy and President Barack Obama’s higher standing in polls, have some sensing a shift in the environment. “Things have changed so much that Democrats’ prospects of keeping the Senate are at least 50-50 now, if not better than that,” said Geoff Garin, a

Democratic strategist and pollster. To be sure, Democrats must overcome challenges to compete aggressively in both Maine and Nebraska. Time is running short to recruit a strong Democratic candidate in Maine, and Kerrey will be forced to answer for his years away from Nebraska. Despite those hurdles, Democrats now see three clear pickup opportunities in 2012, in Maine, Nevada and Massachusetts. Party officials also hope races in Indiana and North Dakota could become competitive. Kerrey, a former governor, two-term senator and presidential candidate, gives Democrats a prominent candidate to put up for a seat they were prepared to concede when Sen. Ben Nelson announced his retirement. The overall playing field still favors Republicans, who are defending 10 seats to Democrats’ 23 in 2012. The GOP needs a net gain of four seats to take back




control of the Senate. Republicans said a week of positive developments for Democrats doesn’t change the broader picture. “Republicans have successfully expanded the map in states across the country and we’re well positioned to make gains in November,” said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, Senate Republicans’ campaign arm. Democrats’ positive developments also come with caveats. The latest Associated PressGfK poll showed Obama topping 50 percent when matched against each of the four remaining GOP candidates for president and holding significant leads. A strong presidential candidate often can help elect Senate candidates and influence other down-ballot races. But Obama’s improved standing is only likely to last as long as the economy continues to recover. And while Snowe’s retirement gives Democrats real hope in a state that wasn’t even on the map a week ago, it’s no lock. Democratic-leaning Maine has elected plenty of Republicans in recent years, including Gov. Paul LaPage.

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Warren Wood resigns as Chesaning AD By RYAN WEISS Argus-Press Sports Writer


CHESANING — Chesaning athletic director Warren Wood has stepped down from his position at the school after 18 months. Wood was approved by the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education as athletic director on July 27, 2011 and resigned last week to take on a job at Freeland Sports Zone. “It was short,” Wood said of his time with the Indians program. “I really enjoyed the people of Chesaning. The kids were phenomenal.”

Wood has been tabbed as the new director of the Freeland athletic facility, located on the northwest side of Saginaw where Wood resides. The previous Sports Zone director resigned in August, opening the door for Wood. “It happened so quick,” Wood said. I live in the Freeland community, it’s five minutes away. It gives me a chance to impact the Freeland community.” In the meantime, Chesaning has filled the vacancy left by Wood with Jan Krause. Krause is a former athletic director for the district as well as principal of Big Rock Elementary.

“I didn’t know (Wood) very well, I just understood he was kind of hoping to land something like what he did,” Krause said. “This is my third time coming out of just kind of came to me.” Krause is working on an interim basis until the end of the school year. Chesaning will then seek a new full-time position. “I had done the job 26 years ago for Chesaning and after I left the high school as the assistant principal and the AD I was elementary principals around the district here,” Krause said. Wood said while Chesaning

didn’t get many victories in his time at the school, he noted setting up an athletic facilities rental fee schedule as one of his accomplished goals. Wood said one of his proudest moments as part of the athletic department actually came from the student body when there was a sound issue with the national anthem. “Our student body jumped right in and sang the national anthem,” Wood said. “The fact they took the initiative to represent our school district and country was phenomenal.” Krause’s said his priority in

his temporary role will be fall and winter scheduling. Chesaning is also looking to build dugouts and a press box for the soccer field, in addition to fencing off the field itself. The project could start the second week of June and take about six weeks. Community member Troy Gorden said there were about 25 parent volunteers willing to help build the structures and sports boosters plan on paying about $9,000 in materials. Several local businesses have also expressed interest in donating to the project.

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Ramblers in district title game a year after going winless Perry defeats Durand 38-29, will face Corunna Friday at Ovid-Elsie By RYAN WEISS Argus-Press Sports Writer OVID-ELSIE — Perry’s girls basketball team failed to win a game a season ago. On Friday the Ramblers will play for a district championship. Michelle Billington scored 10 points and three other Perry players scored six points each as the Ramblers upended Durand 38-29 Wednesday in a Class B district semifinal at OvidElsie High School. Perry — 0-21 in the 201011 campaign — beat Durand 38-32 in the season opener on Nov. 29 for its first win

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since Feb. 2, 2010. Perry will seek its first district crown since 1992 Friday against Corunna after derailing Durand again. “Our motto was ‘Be the change’ and these girls are being the change this time,” said Perry (9-12) head coach Dawn Crim. “It was really rough for these seniors to go through last season. They made up their minds that they were going to be the change this year. Every single one of them worked hard and we’re where we are because of that.”

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Laingsburg senior Shelby Hurst led the way in a Class C district semifinal win over Bath. — See Page 11

Argus-Press Photo/Ryan Weiss

PAYTON BIRCHMEIER (12) tries to muscle a shot over Ovid-Elsie’s Brenna Fluharty (24) and Kaylee Davisson, left, Wednesday at Ovid-Elsie High School.

Summer ball College Baseball

Corunna defeats Ovid-Elsie 56-52 after four overtimes

■ The Big Ten is exploring options to breakaway from the traditional college season.

— See Page 12

Pistons win NBA ■ Detroit was too much for Charlotte to handle Wednesday night as the Pistons rolled.

— See Page 12

By RYAN WEISS Argus-Press Sports Writer OVID-ELSIE — Corunna head coach Ron Birchmeier told his team “This is why they call it March Madness,” during an overtime timeout in Wednesday’s district semifinal duel with Ovid-Elsie at Ovid-Elsie High School. Four overtimes and two gametying buzzer-beaters later, it’s hard to argue the point. Payton Birchmeier scored 21 points and pulled down 22 rebounds as the Cavaliers (15-6) outlasted O-E 56-52 in four overtimes, propelling them into the Class B district title game on Friday against Perry. “It’s the best time of year right here if you’re a basketball fan,” Ron Birchmeier said. “The girls enjoyed it. Hopefully we learned a lot and we

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The Argus-Press Argus-Press Sports Writer Jerome Murphy covers Potterville at Laingsburg boys basketball

her 22 rebounds after the fourth quarter. She said she just recently had regained her free throw shooting form. “We’ve been practicing (free throws) a lot, so everyone’s improved a lot over the year and I just fixed mine not too long ago,” she said. “So I was kind of happy I actually made them for once.” Marauders head coach Michelle Ott praised the Cavs sophomore. “Birchmeier is a hell of a player,” Ott said. “She’s got size, she can RON BIRCHMEIER shoot, she can do it all.” Cavaliers coach after Wednesday’s four Ovid-Elsie (8-14) trailed by nine at overtime 56-52 win over Ovid-Elsie. halftime but refused to go away in can carry on from this game to the front of their home crowd. Twice the finals on Friday.” Marauders hit a buzzer-beating shot Payton Birchmeier had a double- to extend the game: Kessey Beno’s double in the overtimes alone, scor- layup at the end of the first OT knoting 12 of her 21 points — including 8 of 8 free throws — and snaring 10 of See CORUNNA on Page 11


It’s the best time of year

right here if you’re a basketball fan. The girls enjoyed it. Hopefully we learned a lot and we can carry on from this game to the finals on Friday.

Argus-Press Photo/Ryan Weiss

DURAND’S Sara Dudzik, center, floats a second quarter shot over Perry’s Chasity Potter, left, and Michelle Billington, right, in a Class B district semifinal game at Ovid-Elsie High School.



Today in History 1988 ■

Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers becomes the NHL’s all-time assist leader, breaking the longtime mark of Gordie Howe. In his ninth season, Gretzky picked up assist No. 1,050 in a game against the Los Angeles Kings. Gretzky takes 681 games to break the record.

Friday Minnesota Joe Louis Arena Time: 7:30 p.m. TV: FSD

Saturday at Memphis FedExForum Time: 8 p.m. TV: FSD

Today at Illinois Assembly Hall Time: 6 p.m. TV: ESPN

Sunday Ohio State Breslin Center Time: 4 p.m. TV: CBS

Friday at Central Mich. McGuirk Arena Time: 7 p.m. Radio: 730 WVFN

BOYS BASKETBALL Burton Bendle at Byron, 7 p.m. Chesaning at Hemlock, 7:30 p.m. Corunna at Eaton Rapids, 7:30 p.m. Potterville at Laingsburg, 7:30 p.m. New Lothrop at Morrice, 7 p.m. Lansing Eastern at Owosso, 7:30 p.m. Ovid-Elsie at Swan Valley, 4:30 p.m. Perry at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Flint Beecher at Durand, 7 p.m.


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SPORTS IN BRIEF 92.5 to broadcast Lansing Eastern at Owosso tonight Argus-Press OWOSSO — Radio station WJSZ Z92.5 FM — The Castle has announced that it will broadcast the Lansing Eastern at Owosso boys basketball game live tonight starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. Ted Fattal will describe the play-by-play action. ‘The Castle’ will open next week’s “March Madness” district tournament by broadcasting the Corunna vs. Ovid-Elsie game at 7 p.m. at Durand High School.

Sign-ups slated for Owosso Youth Baseball The Argus-Press OWOSSO — The Owosso Youth Baseball organization will have two signup sessions


scheduled for youngsters interested in playing baseball this summer. Parents and guardians may sign up their child on Tuesday, March 6 or Friday, March 9, from 6-8 p.m. on both nights. The sessions will take place at the Baker College Welcome Center, located at S. M-52 (across from Tire Factory). Owosso Youth Baseball is an instructional baseball league for youths 6-17 years of age. The players will be divided into Midget, Minor, Major, Jr. Pony, or Sr. Pony depending on their age. Jr. Pony and Sr. Pony will play in a league with other cities in the area. The cost per player is $45, with practices beginning in April. The final game will be played the third week of July. For more information visit the web site, If you have any questions contact Dennis Carroll 4133618, Jerry Hebekeuser 7233932 or Brian Drake 723-5056.

Contact Us If you have sports news, statistics or other information to provide to The Argus-Press sports staff, please contact us in the following ways: We can be reached daily at 725-5136. Sports reporters are in the office during the evening Monday through Saturday from 7 p.m. They can be reached at the same number. Press releases and other information may be faxed to us at 725-6376. Also, we can be reached via email at — Coaches are encouraged to call in reports for events that we are unable to attend.

Sports on TV Today GOLF 3 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, first round, at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN — Michigan at Illinois ESPN2 — Teams TBA

9 p.m. ESPN — Georgia at Kentucky ESPN2 — Villanova at Rutgers

10:30 p.m. FSN — Colorado at Oregon

11 p.m. ESPN2 — New Mexico St. at Nevada

NBA 8 p.m. TNT — Oklahoma City at Orlando

10:30 p.m. TNT — Miami at Portland

High School


Tigers have 5th spot to fill in rotation LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has a pretty good idea who his four top starters are going to be this season. Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, of course. Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer and Doug Fister sure seem likely to make the cut, too. That leaves one spot, but don’t ask Leyland about it. He bristled when he was asked about it Wednesday. “I’ve made this perfectly clear,” Leyland said. “I’m not going to discuss it. I’m not going to waste my time talking about it. There’s no sense looking for hints because I don’t know anything. I have no clue who it’s going to be. It’s like beating a dead horse.” The Tigers open their spring season on Friday against Florida Southern and former second-round choice Andy Oliver will get the start, but Leyland said that means absolutely nothing. The top four starters will get the next four starts, but Leyland said whoever starts the following game doesn’t mean anything, either. “One kid has to start, so don’t read anything into anything,” Leyland said. “Whoever gets the starts means nothing.” Porcello went 14-9 last season after a rocky 2010 season. Scherzer went 15-9, and Fister was the biggest surprise of all last season, going 8-1 for the Tigers with a 1.79 ERA after coming over from Seattle for the stretch drive. He was 3-12 for the Mariners before the July 30 trade. Porcello is 23, Scherzer is 27 and Fister in 28, so the Tigers should have one of the youngest starting rotations in baseball to go with one of the most powerful lineups in the game. “Scherzer is a real talent,”

Leyland said. “He is only going to get better. He’s still young, but he has everything figured out. Scherzer knows how to pitch, but all four of our starters are very smart and very talented. They know themselves and know what they can do.” As for Fister, he’ll get the start in Saturday’s game against Atlanta. Again, Leyland said not to take that to mean anything because while mentioning the four starters, he said nothing is set in stone. Except, most likely, Verlander. “Fister is really talented,” Leyland said. “He went through some ups and downs last year and I think he learned a lot.” Fister said he became comfortable as soon as he reached Detroit last year. He was key during the stretch run and went 2-1 in the postseason, including a 3-2 win over the Yankees in the deciding game of the ALDS and a 5-2 win over the Rangers in the ALCS. He seems like someone who has been with the Tigers a lot longer than just three months last season. “Right now I am still getting into the mental side of the game, but it was fun last year, getting to become part of the tradition of this franchise,” Fister said. “I still have to learn the little things, but these guys made me so comfortable as soon as I got here, so it was an easy transition.” Fister’s spring training locker is next to Verlander’s and he watches the him both on and off the field. The two talk often and Fister, who is one year younger than Verlander, said he can learn a lot. “I see how he deals with pressure on the mound and how he is a leader on this team,” Fister said. “He’s the ace.”

GIRLS DISTRICT BASKETBALL CLASS C SEMIFINAL (at Laingsburg) LAINGSBURG 43, BATH 27 BATH (12-9): Amie Pumfrey 0 2-2 2, Kristen Kinsey 2 1-3 5, Alex Cender 2 2-2 8, Nicole Wahrer 2 0-0 4, Ashley Haltom 1 4-4 6, Sara Hawkins 1 0-0 2. Totals: 8 9-11 27. LAINGSBURG (18-3): Shelby Hurst 6 4-4 18, Jordyn Rouse 0 0-0 0, Katie Chalker 0 0-0 0, Madison Dingman 7 0-0 14, Katy Schauer 3 25 8, Brooklyn Dingman 0 0-0 0, Quincie Mitchell 1 0-0 3, Sara Hurst 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 6-9 43. Bath 13 7 5 2 — 27 Laingsburg 19 8 11 5 — 43 3-Point Goals: Bath 2 (Cender 2); Laingsburg 3 (Shelby Hurst 2, Mitchell). Rebounds: Bath 13; Laingsburg 24 (Schauer 7, Mitchell 5). Total Fouls (Fouled Out): Bath 13; Laingsburg 11. Assists: Laingsburg (Shelby Hurst 6). Steals: Laingsburg (Shelby Hurst 3). Turnovers: Bath 14; Laingsburg 8.

CLASS A SEMIFINAL (at Owosso) SAGINAW 88, OWOSSO 62 SAGINAW (9-12): Champagne Arthur 4 3-4 12, Nyasha Williams 4 0-2 11, Mercedes Willis 3 46 11, Andranay Beverly 10 4-7 26, Destiny Spinner 5 2-3 13, Veronica Perkins 1 0-0 2, Ashley Jackson 0 1-2 1, Daronda Turner 5 0-0 10, Keyonna McKnight 1 0-0 2. Totals: 33 1424 88. OWOSSO (7-14): Kendall Mallory 1 1-2 3, Brittany Damerow 3 2-4 8, Amanda Leftwich 4 2-2 11, Leslie McKee 1 1-1 3, Jordan Bannan 5 1-1 12, Chelsea Ardelean 5 3-6 14, Chelsea Michalec 2 2-2 7, Andi Lund 0 2-2 2, Delaney Springsdorf 1 0-2 2. Totals: 22 14-22 62. Saginaw 27 19 22 21 — 88 Owosso 13 14 20 15 — 62 3-Point Goals: Saginaw 8 (Williams 3, Beverly 2, Arthur, Willis, Spinner); Owosso 4 (Bannan, Leftwich, Ardelean, Michalec). Rebounds: Owosso (Bannan 4, Lund 2). Assists: Owosso (Lund 3). Steals: Owosso (Lund 3, Bannan 2).

CLASS C SEMIFINAL (at Genesee) NEW LOTHROP 60, GENESEE 33 NEW LOTHROP (19-2): Jade Gerber 1 0-0 2, Morgan Wendling 4 9-9 19, Erica Confer 1 0-0 2, Hannah Seibert 4 3-8 11, Emily Severn 7 33 18, Hailey Peterson 2 1-2 6, Brittany Severn 0 1-2 1, Aubree Mantei 0 1-2 1. Totals: 19 18-26 60. GENESEE (11-10): Laken Hammon 1 12-16 14, Chelsea Blough 1 0-0 2, Sara Walker 1 2-2 5, Hailee Bough 0 1-2 1, Alexis Terrell 2 0-0 4, Megan Hooper 0 1-2 1, Morgan Wilson 2 1-4 5, Andrea Saunders 0 1-2 1. Totals: 7 18-28 33. New Lothrop 16 16 18 10 — 60 Genesee 8 7 5 13 — 33 3-Point Goals: New Lothrop 4 (Wendling 2, Emily Severn, Peterson); Genesee 1 (Walker). Rebounds: New Lothrop 23 (Seibert 6, Confer 5). Total Fouls (Fouled Out): New Lothrop 19; Genesee 21. Assists: New Lothrop 18 (Wendling 7, Peterson 4). Steals: New Lothrop 11.

CLASS B SEMIFINAL (at Ovid-Elsie) PERRY 38, DURAND 29 PERRY (9-11): Liz Speaks 2 1-2 5, Amber Figueras 2 2-7 6, Chasity Potter 3 0-0 6, Allison Middleton 1 3-4 5, Michelle Billington 5 0-6 10, Katie Aldrich 1 4-6 6. Totals: 14 10-25 38. DURAND (9-12): Kristen Long 3 0-0 8, Jalynne Cunningham 2 1-5 5, Samantha Kingsbury 1 22 4, Ashley Kingsbury 0 0-2 0, Bonnie Emmerling 0 0-2 0, Jacqueline DeClerg 2 4-4 10, Sara Dudzik 1 0-0 2. Totals: 9 7-15 29. Durand 11 7 5 6 — 29 Perry 11 7 11 9 — 38 3-Point Goals: Durand 4 (Long 2, DeClerg 2); Perry 0. Rebounds: Durand (Samantha Kingsbury 8, Ashley Kingsbury 6); Perry (Potter

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10, Speaks 9, Middleton 8). Total Fouls (Fouled Out): Durand 20; Perry 15. Assists: Perry (Figueras 3). Steals: Durand (Long 3); Perry (Speaks 3). Turnovers: Perry 13.

CLASS B SEMIFINAL (at Ovid-Elsie) CORUNNA 56, OVID-ELSIE 52 (4OT) CORUNNA(15-6): Haley Sawyer 1 0-0 2, Payton Birchmeier 5 10-12 21, Lauren Ruess 3 2-5 11, Michaila Lawcock 4 0-3 8, Cheyenne Kersjes 2 4-8 9, Nicole Numerich 0 2-4 2, Morgan Cnudde 1 1-2 3. Totals: 16 19-34 56. OVID-ELSIE (8-14): Abagail Halm 4 7-9 15, Jordyn Crittenden 2 0-0 5, Brenna Fluharty 2 12 5, Kessey Beno 4 7-18 16, Kaylee Davisson 2 1-2 5, Brittni Tucker 2 2-6 6. Totals: 16 18-37 52. Corunna 3 8 14 8 7 5 6 5 — 56 Ovid-Elsie 3 8 14 8 7 5 6 1 — 52 3-Point Goals: Corunna 5 (Ruess 3, Birchmeier, Kersjes); Ovid-Elsie 2 (Beno, Crittenden). Rebounds: Corunna 52 (Birchmeier 22); OvidElsie 42 (Fluharty 10). Total Fouls (Fouled Out): Corunna 24 (Kersjes, Cnudde); Ovid-Elsie 26 (Davisson, Tucker). Assists: Corunna (Ruess 2); Ovid-Elsie 7 (Beno 3, Crittenden 3). Steals: Corunna (Birchmeier 2); Ovid-Elsie 11 (Halm 5, Beno 5). Blocked Shots: Corunna (Birchmeier 3); Ovid-Elsie 2 (Haley Montague, Tucker). Turnovers: Corunna 18; Ovid-Elsie 16.

AREA LEADERBOARD The area leaderboard will run in every Thursday’s sports section.To submit statistics for the area leaderboard call The Argus-Press sports department at 725-5136, fax at 725-6376 or email us at by 8 p.m. Wednesday of each week.

BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Name (team) GP Jordon Coffey (BYR) 19 M.J. Myles (COR) 19 Robbie Geoghegan (OW) 19 Greg Greenhoe (OE) 19 Josh Kunik (CHE) 17 Andrew Wade (LAI) 19 Griffin Lewis (MOR) 19 Mikhail Myles (COR) 15 Kyle Sweeney (CHE) 19 Larry Bogner (PER) 19 Jeff Long (DUR) 19 Michael Mucha (NL) 19 Jacob Zielinski (LAI) 19 Lukas Genther (LAI) 19 Shaun McKinney (LAI) 19 Connor Heminger (PER) 19 Ronnie Hubble (MOR) 19 Tate Coleman (OE) 19 Jake Gewirtz (OE) 18 Cody Greger (OW) 19 Leo Harris (NL) 18 Mitchell Poirier (COR) 19 Brandon Beckman (CHE) 19 Josh Stambaugh (MOR) 19 Austin Chludil (CHE) 19 Brad Liestenfeltz (PER) 15 Austin LePage (DUR) 19 Kyle Brugger (BYR) 19 Cody Macklin (BYR) 19 David Whaley (BYR) 19 Johnny Fattal (COR) 17 Dustin Karlik (OE) 19 Hunter Winans (OE) 18 Cayden Baese (OE) 19 A.J. Nietling (CHE) 19

Tot Pts 313 312 292 279 249 264 250 188 229 218 210 200 193 187 186 185 172 169 156 157 144 152 145 132 126 92 115 113 111 108 94 95 82 79 76

Avg. 16.5 16.4 15.4 14.7 14.6 13.9 13.2 12.5 12.0 11.5 11.0 10.5 10.2 9.8 9.8 9.7 9.6 8.9 8.7 8.3 8.0 8.0 7.6 7.3 6.6 6.1 6.0 5.9 5.8 5.7 5.5 5.0 4.6 4.2 4.0

Name (team) GP Tot Reb Griffin Lewis (MOR) 19 196 Kyle Sweeney (CHE) 18 184 Larry Bogner (PE) 19 159 Connor Heminger(PE) 12 97 Leo Harris (NL) 18 126 David Stohlin (BYR) 19 143 Ronnie Hubble (MOR) 19 130 Tate Coleman (OE) 19 126 Robbie Geoghegan (OW) 17 110 Mitchell Poirier(COR) 19 111 Jake Gewirtz (OE) 18 104 Josh Stambaugh (MOR) 19 101 Lukas Genther (LAI) 19 99 Austin Chludil (CHE) 10 92 Cody Macklin (BYR) 19 91 Jake Helms(OE) 19 87 M.J. Myles (COR) 19 80 Michael Mucha (NL) 18 72 Mikhail Myles (COR) 15 58 Shaun McKinney (LAI) 19 70 Jordon Coffey (BYR) 19 69 Derrick McAvoy (LAI) 19 65 Andrew Wade (LAI) 19 61

Avg. 10.3 10.2 8.4 8.0 7.0 7.5 6.8 6.6 6.5 5.8 5.8 5.3 5.2 5.1 4.8 4.6 4.2 4.0 3.9 3.7 3.6 3.4 3.2


OUT FOR SEASON Calla Bartlett (BYR)

GP 19 18 19 17 14 19 19 19 18 19 19 19 19 19 16 19 19 15 13

Tot Ast 89 90 74 55 44 57 55 53 45 46 45 39 38 35 31 34 33 19 17

Avg. 4.7 5.0 3.9 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.9 2.8 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.0 2.0 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.3

Tot St 70 57 49 44 35 41 32 29 33 32 30 31 29 28 27 27 24 23 30 24 19

Avg. 4.0 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.2 2.1 2.0 1.9 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.6 1.3 1.0

STEALS Name (team) GP Michael Mucha (NL) 18 Jordon Coffey (BYR) 19 Brandon Beckman (CHE)18 Johnny Fattal (COR) 19 Josh Kunik (CHE) 16 Dylan Lorenz (MOR) 19 Grant Renwick (COR) 16 Mikhail Myles (COR) 15 Andrew Wade (LAI) 19 Austin Dunn (PER) 18 Shaun McKinney (LAI) 19 M.J. Myles (COR) 19 A.J. Nietling (CHE) 18 Kyle Brugger (BYR) 19 Griffin Lewis (MOR) 19 Dustin Karlik (O-E) 19 Robbie Geoghean (OW) 17 Nate Hall (OW) 17 Greg Greenhoe (O-E) 19 Tate Coleman (O-E) 19 Jake Zielinski (LAI) 19

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORING Name (team) GP Tot Pts Chazsi Beckman (CHE) 19 326 Natalie Markell (MOR) 17 232 Morgan Wendling (NL) 21 271 Payton Birchmeier (COR) 21 270 Chelsea Wesley (MOR) 20 239 Emily Severn (NL) 20 232 Shelby Hurst (LGB) 16 177 Morgan Cnudde (COR) 21 226 Michelle Billington (PER) 20 213 Kessey Beno (OE) 22 213 Liz Speaks (PER) 18 167 Madison Dingman (LAI) 21 200 Amber Figueras (PER) 17 144 Brittany Severn (NL) 19 157 Abagail Halm (OE) 22 182 Amanda Leftwich (OW) 21 157 Sam. Kingsbury (DUR) 17 121 Cheyenne Kersjes (COR) 21 146 Chelsea Ardelean (OW) 21 139 Katy Schauer (LBG) 21 127 Andi Lund (OW) 21 123 Felicia Foster (BYR) 15 88 Erica Confer (NL) 21 120 Sara Dudzik (DUR) 19 100 Jade Gerber (NL) 14 67 Bonnie Emmerling(DUR) 18 86 Quincie Mitchell (LGB) 21 96 Jaly. Cunningham (DUR) 20 89 RETURNED FROM INJURY 2/2/12 Kristen Long (DUR) 6 95



GP Tot Reb 21 207 12 104 15 114 4 29 14 95 21 137 21 127 19 104 17 102 20 115 17 98 19 100 19 99 21 108 21 100 17 77 15 68 18 71 19 71 21 76 20 59 21 62 21 59

Avg. 9.9 8.6 7.6 7.2 6.8 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.0 5.8 5.8 5.3 5.2 5.1 4.8 4.5 4.5 3.9 3.7 3.6 3.0 3.0 2.8

REBOUNDS Name (team) Payton Birchmeier (CO) Marisa Osborn(BY) Liz Speaks (PE) Kristen Long (DUR) Michelle Billington (PE) Morgan Cnudde (CO) Katy Schauer (LAI) Chazsi Beckman (CH) Allison Middleton (PE) Emily Severn (NL) Natalie Markell(MOR) Brianna Clark(MOR) Chelsea Wesley(MOR) Madison Dingman (LAI) Cheyenne Kersjes (CO) Hailey Peterson (NL) Ashley Kingsbury (DUR) Sara Dudzik (DUR) Erica Confer (NL) Quincie Mitchell (LAI) Katie Chalker (LAI) Amanda Leftwich (OW) Brittany Damerow (OW)

ASSISTS Name (team) GP Morgan Wendling (NL) 21 Amber Figueras (PE) 14 Payton Birchmeier (CO) 21 Natalie Markell (MOR) 16 Shelby Hurst (LAI) 16 Chelsea Wesley (MOR) 18 Chazsi Beckman (CHE) 19 Morgan Cnudde (CO) 21 Cheyenne Kersjes (CO) 21 Hailey Sawyer (COR) 16 Sara Dudzik (DUR) 13 Jaly. Cunniingham (DUR) 12 Sara Hurst (LAI) 20 Quincie Mitchell (LAI) 19 Katie Chalker (LAI) 20 Amanda Leftwich (OW) 21

Tot Ast 119 50 53 35 36 37 38 34 31 23 18 16 23 20 16 21

Avg. 5.7 3.6 2.5 2.3 2.2 2.1 2.0 1.6 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.1 1.0 0.8 1.0

Tot St 67 43 48 57 46 56 42 51 37 26 34 40 34 26 26 24 30 32 29 23 23 22 12

Avg. 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.0 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.4 2.1 2.0 1.9 1.9 1.7 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.1 3.0

STEALS Name (team) GP Chelsea Wesley (MOR) 19 Felicia Foster (BY) 12 Shelby Hurst (LAI) 16 Chazsi Beckman (CHE) 19 Bonnie Emmerling (DUR) 16 Morgan Wendling (NL) 20 Natalie Markell (MOR) 16 Amanda Leftwich (OW) 21 Sam. Kingsbury (DUR) 18 Liz Speaks (PE) 13 Sara Dudzik (DUR) 18 Payton Birchmeier (CO) 21 Jordan Bannan (OW) 20 Katie Chalker (LAI) 20 Madison Dingman (LAI) 19 Jaly. Cunningham (DUR) 17 Madison Dingman (LAI) 21 Quincie Mitchell (LAI) 21 Lauren Ruess (CO) 21 Sam Lawcock (CO) 21 Michaila Lawcock (CO) 21 Cheyenne Kersjes (CO) 21 Kristen Long (DUR) 4 Name (team) Austin Severn (NL) Taylor Krupp (NL) Wade Erhardt (NL) Jacob Perrin (NL) Aaron Bauman (NL) Zane Perrin (DUR) Josh Wendling (NL) Cody Symons (NL) Jerry Mahar (CHE) Jorden Thomson (COR) Alex Benoit (COR) Nathan Philburn (BY) Beau Bremer (COR) Trent Devereaux (CHE) Tyler Coleman (O-E) Taylor Daher (BY) Ian Johnson (OW) Owen Wilson (NL) Ian Nemeth (PER) Tyler Pease (O-E) Clayton Simons (NL) Cody Chase (OW) Matt Guyski (OW) Matt Krembs (COR) Zach Glasco (BY) Miles Bartlett (OW) Brandon Nixon (COR)

WT 189 135 171 130 145 160 125 160 152 152 160 171 130 215 112 152 189 285 125 130 140 112 215 140 130 103 145

W-L 52-3 52-5 51-1 48-3 45-9 42-12 41-7 41-12 38-9 38-7 37-13 34-9 34-11 32-10 32-12 32-14 31-9 32-17 30-10 30-14 31-5 30-8 29-8 29-20 28-7 28-9 28-12

Pins 20 30 18 16 18 29 15 20 x 28 14 21 22 x x 12 12 16 10 x 10 11 12


College Basketball MENS BASKETBALL MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE East Conference W L Akron 12 3 Buffalo 11 4 Ohio 10 5 Kent St. 10 5 Bowling Green 9 6 Miami (Ohio) 5 10

All Games PCT W L .800 20 10 .733 17 9 .667 23 7 .667 20 9 .600 16 13 .333 9 19

PCT .667 .654 .767 .690 .552 .321

All Games PCT W L .600 14 16 .400 15 15 .400 12 18 .333 14 14 .267 9 20 .200 4 24

PCT .467 .500 .400 .500 .310 .143

West Conference W L E. Michigan 9 6 Toledo 6 9 W. Michigan 6 9 Ball St. 5 10 Cent. Michigan 4 11 N. Illinois 3 12

Wednesday’s Games Buffalo 74, Akron 70 Kent St. 68, Ohio 61 Bowling Green 56, Miami (Ohio) 51 Ball St. 71, Cent. Michigan 52 E. Michigan 54, W. Michigan 53 N. Illinois 65, Toledo 61

E. MICHIGAN 54, W. MICHIGAN 53 E. MICHIGAN (14-16): Harris 3-4 2-2 8, Janton 0-2 0-0 0, Thompson 4-9 0-1 9, Green 5-7 00 12, Lampley 4-16 6-6 15, Sims 2-5 2-3 7, Harper 0-0 0-0 0, Dailey 1-3 1-1 3, Strickland 0-0 0-0 0, Balkema 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-47 1113 54. W. MICHIGAN (12-18): Hutcheson 1-6 2-3 4, Whitfield 5-11 4-5 14, Stainbrook 0-1 0-0 0, Ward 2-8 0-1 5, Douglas 6-6 1-4 15, Pokley 13 0-0 3, Whittington 3-3 2-4 8, Richie 0-1 0-0 0, Conteh 1-1 2-3 4. Totals 19-40 11-20 53. Halftime—E. Michigan 26-25. 3-Point Goals—E. Michigan 5-14 (Green 2-2, Sims 1-2, Thompson 1-4, Lampley 1-5, Dailey 0-1), W. Michigan 4-18 (Douglas 2-2, Pokley 1-3, Ward 1-6, Richie 0-1, Whitfield 0-1, Hutcheson 0-5). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds—E. Michigan 25 (Harris 8), W. Michigan 29 (Douglas 6). Assists—E. Michigan 6 (Lampley 4), W. Michigan 11 (Ward 4). Total Fouls—E. Michigan 17, W. Michigan 17. A— 2,969.

NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W 21 17 18 11 11

Philadelphia Boston New York Toronto New Jersey

L 15 17 18 24 25

Pct GB .583 — .500 3 .500 3 .314 9 1/2 .306 10

Southeast Division W 27 23 20 7 4

Miami Orlando Atlanta Washington Charlotte

L 7 13 15 28 29

Pct GB .794 — .639 5 .571 7 1/2 .200 20 1/2 .121 22 1/2

Central Division W 29 22 14 13 12

Chicago Indiana Milwaukee Cleveland Detroit

L 8 12 21 20 25

Pct GB .784 — .647 5 1/2 .400 14 .394 14 .324 17

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W 24 21 21 20 8

San Antonio Dallas Houston Memphis New Orleans

L 11 15 15 15 27

Pct GB .686 — .583 3 1/2 .583 3 1/2 .571 4 .229 16

Northwest Division Oklahoma City Denver Portland Minnesota Utah

W 28 19 18 18 16

L 7 17 17 18 18

Pct GB .800 — .528 9 1/2 .514 10 .500 10 1/2 .471 11 1/2

Pacific Division L.A. Clippers L.A. Lakers Golden State Phoenix Sacramento

W 20 21 14 14 12

L 12 14 18 20 22

Pct .625 .600 .438 .412 .353

CENT. MICHIGAN (9-20): Barnes 0-1 0-0 0, Coimbra 7-14 2-3 16, Zeigler 7-19 0-3 14, McBroom 2-13 2-2 7, Jackson 3-9 0-0 8, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0, Craddock 0-3 0-2 0, Keel 02 1-2 1, Morris 0-0 0-0 0, Wiest 0-0 0-0 0, Mbaigoto 2-8 0-0 6, Harden 0-0 0-0 0, Saylor 00 0-0 0. Totals 21-69 5-12 52. BALL ST. (14-14): Bond 5-7 3-6 13, Jones 3-6 1-2 7, Davis 3-5 4-5 12, Robinson 4-7 2-3 10, Koch 1-3 3-5 6, Kamieniecki 1-2 0-0 2, Scaife 0-1 0-0 0, Adeoye 1-2 0-0 2, Sneed 0-1 0-0 0, Berry 5-6 2-2 15, Fields 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 2543 15-23 71. Halftime—Ball St. 32-26. 3-Point Goals—Cent. Michigan 5-21 (Mbaigoto 2-5, Jackson 2-7, McBroom 1-5, Craddock 0-1, Zeigler 0-1, Keel 0-2), Ball St. 6-11 (Berry 3-3, Davis 2-3, Koch 1-3, Jones 0-1, Scaife 0-1). Fouled Out— Coimbra. Rebounds—Cent. Michigan 37 (Coimbra 14), Ball St. 38 (Jones 10). Assists— Cent. Michigan 8 (Coimbra, Jackson 2), Ball St. 18 (Davis, Robinson 4). Total Fouls—Cent. Michigan 21, Ball St. 17. Technicals—Zeigler, Bond. A—2,964.


16 13 21

GB — 1/2 6 7 9

Wednesday’s Games Avg. 17.1 13.6 12.9 12.9 12.0 11.6 11.1 10.8 10.7 9.7 9.3 9.5 8.5 8.3 8.3 7.5 7.1 7.0 6.6 6.0 5.9 5.9 5.7 5.3 4.8 4.7 4.6 4.5

1-2 0-0 2, Russell Jr. 0-0 0-0 0, Macklin 0-0 00 0. Totals 42-84 24-32 109. Charlotte 23 20 26 25 — 94 Detroit 24 34 25 26 —109 3-Point Goals—Charlotte 3-9 (Williams 1-1, Augustin 1-3, Maggette 1-3, Diaw 0-1, Henderson 0-1), Detroit 1-10 (Knight 1-4, Prince 0-1, Stuckey 0-1, Jerebko 0-1, Gordon 03). Fouled Out—Jerebko. Rebounds—Charlotte 44 (Diaw 6), Detroit 62 (Monroe 20). Assists— Charlotte 24 (Augustin 10), Detroit 17 (Knight 5). Total Fouls—Charlotte 23, Detroit 25. Technicals—Henderson, Maggette, Maxiell, Stuckey. A—14,534 (22,076).


ASSISTS Name (team) Johnny Fattal (COR) Michael Mucha (NL) Tate Coleman, (OE) Nate Hall (OW) Jeff Long (DUR) Andy Price (PE) Shaun McKinney (LAI) Jordon Coffey (BYR) Austin Dunn (PER) Jacob Zielinski (LAI) Josh Stambaugh (MOR) Griffin Lewis (MOR) Greg Greenhoe (OE) M.J. Myles (COR) Grant Renwick (COR) Dustin Karlik(OE) Andrew Wade (LAI) Mikhail Myles (COR) Tate Coleman (OE)


Orlando 102, Washington 95 Oklahoma City 92, Philadelphia 88 Golden State 85, Atlanta 82 Boston 102, Milwaukee 96 Detroit 109, Charlotte 94 New York 120, Cleveland 103 Toronto 95, New Orleans 84 Memphis 96, Dallas 85 Denver 104, Portland 95 Utah 104, Houston 83 Chicago 96, San Antonio 89 L.A. Lakers 104, Minnesota 85

Today’s Games Oklahoma City at Orlando, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Miami at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

PISTONS 109, BOBCATS 94 CHARLOTTE (94): Maggette 5-11 6-10 17, Diaw 2-10 1-2 5, Biyombo 2-3 0-0 4, Augustin 3-8 1-1 8, Henderson 6-12 1-4 13, White 6-9 3-5 15, Mullens 1-2 0-0 2, Williams 6-7 1-1 14, Walker 2-8 2-2 6, Thomas 1-6 0-0 2, Brown 25 4-4 8, Diop 0-1 0-0 0, Carroll 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-82 19-29 94. DETROIT (109): Prince 7-11 0-0 14, Maxiell 17 1-4 3, Monroe 6-11 7-9 19, Knight 7-14 5-6 20, Stuckey 10-18 9-11 29, Jerebko 3-7 2-2 8, Wilkins 2-3 0-0 4, Gordon 5-11 0-0 10, Wallace

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP Rangers 61 Pittsburgh 63 Philadelphia62 New Jersey 62 Islanders 63

W 40 37 34 35 26

L 15 21 21 23 28

OT 6 5 7 4 9

Pts 86 79 75 74 61

GF 169 202 203 172 148

GA 124 166 188 170 187

GF 200 199 191 156 164

GA 140 192 200 180 177

Northeast Division GP 61 65 64 63 64

Boston Ottawa Toronto Buffalo Montreal

W 37 34 29 28 24

L OT 21 3 23 8 28 7 27 8 30 10

Pts 77 76 65 64 58

Southeast Division GP Florida 62 Washington 63 Winnipeg 65 Tampa Bay 63 Carolina 63

W 30 32 30 29 24

L OT Pts GF GA 20 12 72 158 172 26 5 69 172 178 27 8 68 166 186 28 6 64 176 213 26 13 61 166 190

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division St. Louis Detroit Nashville Chicago Columbus

GP 64 64 64 65 63

W 40 42 37 34 18

L 17 19 20 24 38

OT 7 3 7 7 7

Pts 87 87 81 75 43

GF 166 202 181 198 146

GA 128 151 165 193 212

L OT Pts GF 16 8 88 204 27 4 70 168 24 11 67 151 26 9 65 139 32 6 56 169

GA 156 173 173 167 189

Northwest Division GP Vancouver 64 Colorado 64 Calgary 63 Minnesota 63 Edmonton 63

W 40 33 28 28 25

Pacific Division GP W Phoenix 63 33 San Jose 62 33 Dallas 64 33 Los Angeles 64 29 Anaheim 64 27 NOTE: Two points for time loss.

L OT Pts GF 21 9 75 166 22 7 73 178 26 5 71 168 23 12 70 138 27 10 64 161 a win, one point for

GA 156 159 175 137 180 over-

Wednesday’s Games Pittsburgh 4, Dallas 3, SO Chicago 5, Toronto 4 St. Louis 5, Edmonton 2 Buffalo 2, Anaheim 0

Today’s Games New Jersey at Boston, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Montreal, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 7 p.m. Florida at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. Columbus at Colorado, 9 p.m. Calgary at Phoenix, 9 p.m. St. Louis at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Transactions HOCKEY National Hockey League TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING—Assigned F Pierre-Cedric Labrie, F Trevor Smith and D Evan Oberg to Norfolk (AHL). Recalled D Keith Aulie from Norfolk.

BASEBALL Major League Baseball MLB—Suspended free agent minor league LHP Justin Dowdy 50 games for refusing to take a drug test.

National League ST. LOUIS CARDINALS—Agreed to terms with C Bryan Anderson and RHP Mitchell Boggs.


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Hurst steers Laingsburg into the finals with win over Bath beaten us both times (36-27 and 37-24) we have played them. They’ve given us two of LAINGSBURG — Senior point guard our three losses.” Shelby Hurst scored 18 points with six assists and three steals and Laingsburg Class C District at Genesee defeated Bath 43-27 Wednesdsay in a Class C district semifinal basketball New Lothrop 60, Genesee 33 game. GENESEE — New Lothrop had no trouble The Wolfpack (18-3), also received 14 points and five in getting past Genesee, 60-33, Wednesday rebounds from Madison and will now turn its attention to a Class C Dingman and eight points district championship game rematch vs. and seven rebounds from Saginaw Valley Lutheran, which stunned previously-unbeaten and No. 7 Reese, 54-51, Katy Schauer. Laingsburg built a 19-13 Wednesday in its district semifinal. The Hornets (19-2) will try to avenge last SHELBY lead after one quarter and year’s 75-52 defeat at the HURST then used its lock-down hands of Valley Lutheran defense the rest of the way. Friday at 7 p.m. at Genesee The Bees (12-9) scored just 7, 5 and 2 points in High School. each of the last three quarters, respectively. Valley Lutheran (19-2) Laingsburg, which committed just eight ended Reese’s season at 21-1 turnovers on Wednesday, stretched the lead behind Samantha Shafer’s 22 to 27-20 by halftime and 38-25 after three points. quarters. “It should be a good MORGAN “Both teams got off to great starts offensively,” said Laingsburg coach Brandon WENDLING game,” said New Lothrop coach Jim Perry. “They like Woodworth. “I told the girls (after the first to push the ball up the floor and play aggresquarter), ‘We’re a much better defensive team than this.’ We took care of business for sive defense.” Senior point guard Morgan Wendling led the final three quarters. It was a matter of the way for the Hornets on Wednesday, rackbeing a little quicker.” ing up 19 points including 9-for-9 free-throw Laingsburg advances to Friday’s 7 p.m. district championship game against shooting, and handing out seven assists. Emily Severn followed with 18 points and Pewamo-Westphalia (16-5). Woodworth was asked if he thought it Hannah Seibert delivered 11 points and six rebounds. Hailey Peterson supplied six would be a good game. “I hope so,” Woodworth said. “P-W has points and four assists. The Argus-Press

Genesee (11-10) was topped by Laken Hammon’s 14 points which included 12-for-16 free-throw accuracy. New Lothrop led 16-8 after one quarter and 32-15 after two. The Hornets closed the door with an 18-5 third-quarter run.

Class A District at Owosso Saginaw 88, Owosso 62 OWOSSO — Owosso scored a season-high 62 points but it wasn’t enough to slow down Saginaw Wednesday in a Class A district semifinal. “My girls played their hearts out,” said Owosso coach Devon Burzynski. “We hit 62 points for the first time this year. They left everything on the floor and it was the best we’ve played all season. Saginaw was on fire tonight. I don’t think they missed a single 3-point shot.” Saginaw sank eight treys for the night. Chelsea Ardelean scored 14 points with two steals for Owosso (7-14) while Jordan Bannan scored 12 points with four rebounds, two CHELSEA steals and two assists. ARDELEAN Amanda Leftwich added 11 points for the Trojans. Brittany Damerow scored eight points and Chelsea Michalec added seven points. Saginaw (9-12), which took a 27-13 lead after one quarter and led 46-27 at halftime, was topped by Andranay Beverly’s 26 points.


Dempsey scores, U.S. beats Italy 1-0 in friendly GENOA, Italy (AP) — The United States and its latest coach have a signature victory. Against four-time world champion Italy, no less. Gaining a rare win over a soccer power, the United States beat Italy 1-0 Wednesday night on Clint Dempsey’s goal in the 55th minute for the Americans’ first win over the Azzurri in 11 games spanning 78 years. “It’s just a confidence builder,” Dempsey said. “We’re just trying to move in the right direction and trying to get as sharp as we can for the summer and the World Cup qualifying games because the goal is to qualify for the World Cup. It’s important to come to places like this and play big teams on their own soil and get results. At times it wasn’t pretty, but we

grounded out the result tonight.” American players applauded each other and their fans, who cheered loudly and proudly waved the red, white and blue after Jurgen Klinsmann’s biggest win as U.S. coach. Klinsmann, the former German national team star player and coach who has lived in California for more than a decade, replaced the fired Bob Bradley last summer. The Americans won their fourth straight match with their third consecutive shutout to improve to 5-4-1 under Klinsmann. “It’s historic for us beating a team of Italy’s level,” Klinsmann said. “If you beat Italy on their own soil then that means a lot. ... Obviously as a coach you’re pleased because

CORUNNA Won in four overtimes ted the score at 40 and Abagail Halm rattled in another as time expired in the second extra session to deadlock the teams at 45. “I’ve never in all my years of playing been a part of something like that,” Ott said. “The girls played well, they played their hearts out, they left everything out on the floor. If we had to lose, I’d rather lose that way than any other way.” Beno and Halm combined for 31 points. Halm scored 14 of her 15 after halftime — including nine in the fourth quarter and extra sessions — and Beno had eight of her team-high 16 in bonus periods. The Cavaliers played most of the stretch run without two of their biggest players, 6-foot forwards Morgan Cnudde and Cheyenne Kersjes, who both fouled out. Cnudde went out with 1:13 left in regulation and Kersjes picked up her fifth personal with 2:37 left in the second overtime. But the Cavs still had 6-foot-1 Payton Birchmeier, who picked up her fourth foul with 2:28 left in the third overtime and was able to avoid fouling out. “I just to managed to stay away from the ball, make sure I didn’t make any contact and if I did I was careful,” Birchmeier said. “And I knew we needed the points so I made sure I made my free throws.” Lauren Ruess, who scored 11 points, said she knew Corunna could hold the lead in the final period. “We just buckled down at the end and made sure we got the stops that we needed and didn’t let them get into the paint,” Ruess said. “We knew if we got the lead we could hang onto it and we finally stopped their penetrations from getting buzzer-beaters.” Corunna controlled most of the first half, finishing on a 6-0 spurt that gave it a 20-11 lead heading into the break. OvidElsie slowly chipped away at the deficit, tying the game at 25

you see them progressing, you see young players stepping up and playing against these amazing, experienced Italian players who have won the World Cup and played big tournaments year in and year out. Obviously it was a big step for us.” Dempsey has made a habit of taking big steps recently, for both his national team and for Fulham in the English Premier League. The Texan put a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty area past an outstretched hand of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Fabian Johnson had crossed to Jozy Altidore, who with his back to the goal against Italy’s Andrea Barzagli touched the ball back toward the top of the area.

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CORUNNA STUDENTS congratulate the girls basketball team after the Cavaliers pulled out a 5652 four overtime win over Ovid-Elsie in a Class B district semifinal at Ovid-Elsie High School Wednesday. To the left are Corunna players Michaila Lawcock (22), Morgan Cnudde (34), Samantha Lawcock, far left, and Cheyenne Kersjes (obscured). near the end of the third quarter before Kersjes banked in a 3pointer at the buzzer to grab a 28-25 edge. The Marauders continued to push in the fourth, taking their first lead of the contest 31-29 on a pair of free throws by Halm with 3:28 to go. O-E increased it to four 50 seconds later on a Kaylee Davisson layup. Corunna didn’t buckle under the pressure. Cnudde split a pair of free throws and Ruess drilled a 3-pointer with 2:08 left to tie the game at 33, closing out the scoring in regulation. Corunna led 39-36 with 19.3 seconds left in the first overtime, but Beno quickly got down the court and scooped in a layup with 7.8 seconds on the clock. Ruess was fouled and split a pair of free throws, leaving O-E 6.3 seconds to get back down the floor. Beno did just that, flipping up a shot at the horn to

force a second overtime. The next overtime followed a similar script. Birchmeier hit two free throws to break a 43-all tie with 15.5 seconds left, but Halm rolled home another shot as time expired and the game continued. Beno hit 1 of 2 free throws to start the third overtime — the first time O-E led at any point in the extra frames. The teams battled back and forth, with O-E taking a 51-49 lead on Halm’s jumper with 29 seconds to go. Birchmeier responded with a layup 12 seconds later to tie it at 51. Birchmeier hit a jump shot at the 2:41 mark of the fourth overtime to break the deadlock and Corunna held on the rest of the way, finally sealing the outcome on Ruess’ free throw with 5.7 seconds remaining that extended the advantage to four. “I’m extremely proud, we

didn’t let the deficit get in our way,” Ott said. “They were on a mission to come back and battle back each time. “They did everything I asked and I’m extremely proud of them.” Corunna will face Capital Area Activities Conference White Division rival Perry in the district final Friday. The Ramblers beat Durand 38-29 in the other semifinal. The two teams have played twice this season; Corunna triumphed 5037 on Jan. 27 and 45-35 on Dec. 9. “I’m sure they’re going to do what they can to counter what our strengths are, just like we’re going to do for them,” Ron Birchmeier said. “Playing a team three times is little scary, I’d rather have somebody that we haven’t played before. I think tonight is a sign of our girls and they’ll be ready to play.”


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Obama gives college football playoffs a thumbs up “Every year,” Obama said. “And it hasn’t happened yet, but President Barack Obama it will happen.” He later said he has “another gives his seal of approval to a college football playoff, plans to wel- five years” to welcome them, come his hometown Chicago though he stands for re-election. The President says he would Bulls to the White House as NBA champions sometime in the next prefer to see an eight-team major “five years” and says he’s “been college football playoff rather on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon than the four-team one that is being considered, but called four for a while.” In an interview with Bill “a good place to start.” As for Lin, Obama says Simmons of, Obama was asked how often he Secretary of Education Arne hoped to welcome the Bulls as Duncan tipped him off while the two played basketball together. NBA champions. The Associated Press

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DURAND players Kristen Long (10) and Bonnie Emmerling (22) fight Perry’s Michelle Billington (32) for a rebound Wednesday in a Class B district semifinal game at Ovid-Elsie High School. Perry won 38-29. Also visible are Durand’s Samantha Kingsbury (14) and Perry’s Michelle Billington, far right.


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The Railroaders (9-11) played that season-opening loss without the services of AllState guard Kristen Long, who tore her ACL in last year’s district title game. Long was in the lineup Wednesday after missing most of the season but was held to just eight points. Ramblers senior guard Katie Aldrich was the main defender on Long most of the night. “The whole day I’ve just been focusing,” Aldrich said. “I put 100 percent effort into going after her.” Fellow senior Billington said it was a bit intimidating at first going up against an AllState player. “We talked about her as a superstar, we seen her coming in we were like ‘Oh there’s Long, there she is, we got to get her,” Billington said. “But then we got her.” Amber Figueras, Chasity Potter and Aldrich each contributed six points as the Ramblers and Railroaders were deadlocked 11-11 after the first quarter and 18-18 at halftime. Durand scored only 11 points in the second half, which head coach Phil Partlo attributed to not being aggressive. “I felt like we had a great game plan, we just got in panic mode quickly when shots weren’t falling for us,” Partlo said “We weren’t as aggressive as I thought we’d be. Instead we just kept shooting from the outside.” Jacqueline DeClerg, also coming back from ACL surgery, scored 10 points for the Railroaders. Other than Long’s eight points, no one else tallied more than five. “What’s successful is when others are aggressive and that opens things up for Kristen,” Partlo said. “Without others being aggressive it’s tough for your key players in basketball

to really do that much.” Durand nabbed the first lead of the third quarter on Jalynne Cunningham’s runner 19 seconds into the period. Figueras then hit a free throw and Billington nailed back-to-back shots for a 23-20 edge. Durand wouldn’t lead again. “She had a wonderful offensive game,” Crim said of Billington. “She is really good when she needs to be from those set shots.” DeClerg tied it back up at 23 with a 3-pointer at the 3:10 mark of the third, but Allison Middleton put back Figueras’ missed foul shot with 2:47 left — the start of an 8-0 run that gave the Ramblers a 31-23 lead early in the fourth quarter. Durand cut the deficit to six with 1:58 remaining in the game but it would get no closer. Perry takes on Corunna — a 56-52 winner in four overtimes over Ovid-Elsie Wednesday — in the district championship on Friday at Ovid-Elsie. Corunna, a Capital Area Activities Conference White Division rival of Perry, has beaten the Ramblers twice this season. Aldrich was in awe of the situation after the struggles of last year. “It’s amazing,” Aldrich said. “I don’t even know. It’s awesome.” Billington felt the same. She fell and hit her head on the floor in the final seconds, leaving her a bit disoriented. She insisted on staying in the game, but was taken out and was emotional on the bench afterwards, wanting to see the win through to the end. “I was like ‘I don’t want to come out,’” Billington said. “It’s awesome, we haven’t won at districts in 20 years and we finally won as a team. It’s great.”

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Big Ten might take look at summer baseball By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Imagine a warm June night, a packed baseball stadium and two of the biggest names in college athletics battling for a championship. The College World Series comes to mind, right? How about Michigan and Ohio State with the Big Ten title on the line? Minnesota’s John Anderson, the winningest baseball coach in Big Ten history, is pushing for his conference to break away from the NCAA’s traditional February-to-June schedule and play when the weather in the northern climes is more favorable. In short, the Big Ten’s boys of summer would be on the field in summer. Such a move would cost the Big Ten schools any shot at playing in the NCAA tournament. That doesn’t bother Anderson. “There were four SEC teams in the College World Series last year. We’re never going to catch those people,” he said. “The system works for them, and they’re not going to want to change it. People are going to criticize this idea, but we need to get people talking about it.” Big Ten leadership has spent the last decade trying to provide northern teams greater access to an NCAA tournament usually dominated by schools from the South, Southwest and West. Big Ten deputy commissioner Brad Traviolia said he and Commissioner Jim Delany don’t dismiss Anderson’s idea, even though it would be hard to imagine breaking away from the traditional NCAA baseball format. “But there may be a point in time where we’ve felt like we’ve exhausted all the options we felt were reasonable,” Traviolia said, “and that may be the case.” The Big Ten is instead working on a proposal that would allow teams across the nation to play up to 14 non-conference games in the fall. The results of those fall games would carry over to the spring for consideration in the NCAA tournament

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MINNESOTA BASEBALL COACH John Anderson, center right in gray, talks to his players during practice in the Metrodome in Minneapolis on Tuesday. Anderson is pushing the possibility of his Big Ten conference and other northern leagues breaking away from the NCAA’s traditional February-to-March schedule and playing when the weather is more favorable. selection process. A team choosing to play in the fall could resume its season later than the current mid-February start date and avoid those expensive trips to the Sun Belt. Proponents say northern teams could build a stronger RPI, the key component weighed by the selection committee, because they would have more home games. Purdue coach Doug Schreiber, who came up with the fall-spring model, said the fall games would be optional and the trick would be to lure teams from the power conferences to come north in the fall. Unlike Anderson’s proposal to play in the summer and forfeit the opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament, Traviolia said, Schreiber’s wouldn’t “upset the whole apple cart.” NCAA rules don’t prohibit conferences or individual schools from playing in the summer, as long as they don’t exceed 56 regular-season games. “They can do what they

want,” NCAA vice president for baseball and football Dennis Poppe said. “Obviously, they’re diminishing their chance for selection into the (NCAA) tournament.” The Big Ten hasn’t had a team make it to college baseball’s biggest stage — the eight-team College World Series — since Michigan in 1984. The conference’s last national champion was Ohio State in 1966. Last season, Michigan State won the Big Ten regular-season championship, was runner-up in the conference tournament and had a league-best RPI of 82. The Spartans were passed over for an at-large bid. Illinois, with an RPI of 118, received the Big Ten’s only bid by virtue of winning the conference tournament. There’s been a league-wide push for coaches to strengthen their schedules, but that requires games against elite teams early in the season. So that means road trips -- lots of them. Michigan State has made sep-

arate trips to Florida and South Carolina the first two weeks of this season. The Spartans will head to Texas this week, then back to Florida. In all, they’ll play 17 games before their home opener March 23, while Illinois will play 25 away or neutral-site games before its home opener March 30. The home-field advantage is undeniable, and early losses hurt the Big Ten’s RPIs beyond repair. Coaches are hopeful a new RPI formula that goes into effect next year, one that will give more weight to road wins, will help. “At the beginning of the year we’re completely different than at the end of the year,” Michigan State coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “The fact we play where we play, that difference is more dramatic. I’d be happy to play anybody anywhere at the end of the year, and I’d roll the dice and feel pretty good about what we have. Right now I sit here in my office and look out the window and it’s snowing. It’s not easy.”


The real victim in the Ryan Braun saga ne thing that’s always struck me about elite athletes is the great sense of entitlement many of them seem to have. Tiger Woods certainly had it while cavorting around the world and winning majors by the handful, and Barry Bonds displayed it even as his head swelled up along with his home run count. And then there’s Ryan Braun, whose performance — and, yes, it sure seemed like a performance — before reporters last week in Arizona could be used in future textbooks on the subject. In just a short period of time he reminded everyone that he’s the National League MVP and the guy with the new $105 million contract, and to question what he has to say about anything would be foolish. He declared himself innocent, despite scientific evidence to the contrary. Said the truth was on his side, when there was no evidence of that at all. Then he threw a poor urine collector under the bus because, well, he was just a poor urine collector and he was the National League MVP and the guy with the megamillion contract. Well, guess what? The urine collector isn’t going to go easy. Dino Laurenzi Jr. has never been paid a penny to hit a baseball. Dozens of fans don’t line up to get his autograph every time he comes out of a big league locker room toting yet another cardboard specimen box with tamper resistant seals. It’s something he’s done hundreds of times before. But he’s got a reputation to protect, too. A family that, like Braun’s, is proud of what he does. A career as a former teacher and athletic trainer and, currently, the director of rehabilitation services at a health care facility. To infer, as Braun did last


RYAN BRAUN waits for his turn to take batting practice at spring training in Phoenix on Feb. 25.


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week, that Laurenzi did something fishy with the urine sample wasn’t just wrong. It was a despicable attempt to divert attention from the sample itself to the collector of the sample. Equally troubling — that it was mentioned when there was no suggestion from anyone, other than Braun, that there was tampering. And it targeted the wrong guy. “He’s a straight shooter. Never been in trouble,” his father, Dino Laurenzi Sr., said last week. Dino Jr. came to his own defense Tuesday, issuing a statement because his only other alternative would be to idly sit by while his reputation was shattered by Braun. “This situation has caused great emotional distress for me and my family,” Laurenzi said. “I have worked hard my entire life, have performed my job duties with integrity and professionalism, and have done so with respect to this matter and all other collections in which I have participated.” The rest of the statement detailed how the sample was collected, and what steps were taken to make it secure. Laurenzi said he took samples from three players late on a Saturday afternoon at Miller Park after Milwaukee opened the playoffs last season with a 4-1 win over Arizona, and took them home to his basement rather than leave them unattended at a FedEx drop off location until the following Monday.

AP Photo The samples arrived at a Montreal lab with all the seals intact, and no evidence that anything was amiss. There was something amiss with Braun’s sample, though — it reportedly showed a ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone in excess of 20-1, when a ratio in excess of 4-1 triggers a positive test. If you believe Braun’s protestations of innocence, you have to believe that somehow, some way, someone entered Laurenzi’s basement with some synthetic testosterone, broke the seal on both the box and Braun’s sample to contaminate them before finally rearranging the tamperproof seals in such a way that they didn’t appear to have been tampered with. If so, you’ll be happy with the basket of candy you’ll be getting in April because it means you believe in the Easter Bunny. “If he really believed this guy contaminated it, then it’s an assault with a controlled substance,” said Travis Tygart, who heads the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. “And with all the retired FBI agents employed as baseball investigators they would be all over it.” Apparently a lot of Milwaukee fans do believe it. How else do you explain the loud cheers greeting Braun at every turn in Phoenix as

he casts himself as the true victim in the case. His buddy, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers, is among the cheerleaders, saying on Twitter that baseball “tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man.” A plot by baseball? A rogue urine collector? Next thing you know, Braun is going to blame the sausage vendor at Miller Park for selling him a tainted bratwurst. I can’t say Braun is guilty of juicing because I don’t have the facts. I do know his test wasn’t overturned because of scientific reasons, but because of chain-ofcommand issues, and that MLB officials are furious about it. I also know that testosterone is easily available to anyone through a couple clicks of the mouse or a doctor’s prescription. It’s common knowledge that increased amounts of testosterone can help sluggers be sluggers, especially toward the end of a season when their bodies are run down. Here’s one more thing I know: Braun needs to apologize to Laurenzi, and he needs to do it publicly. Yes, it may undermine the basis of his claim to innocence, but if Braun wants to paint himself as a victim, it’s important for him to understand there’s another victim here, too.

DETROIT PISTONS’ Jonas Jerebko drives to the basket against Charlotte Bobcats’ Derrick Brown in the second half Wednesday in Auburn Hills. The Pistons defeated the Bobcats 109-94.

Pistons too much for Bobcats, 109-94 AUBURN HILLS (AP) — The Detroit Pistons rebounded in a big way against the Charlotte Bobcats. One night after Tayshaun Prince said his team was “still on vacation” during a 29-point loss to Philadelphia, the Pistons beat the Bobcats 109-94 Wednesday. “I think we clearly invested more in tonight’s game than we did last night,” Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. “We all knew what happened last night, but we put that behind us and we made progress tonight. That’s the important thing for us right now.” The game was dominated by Pistons center Greg Monroe and the starting backcourt of Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight. Monroe had 19 points and a career-best 20 rebounds, while Stuckey (29) and Knight (20) combined for 49 points. “When Brandon is playing north-to-south and attacking the rim, it is vital for us,” Frank said. “When he and Rodney are both doing that, it means Greg is going to get rebounds and he’s going to get some easy shots.” Monroe easily topped his previous high of 16 rebounds, but came out of the game before he got a chance at a 20-20 night. “We were focused on attacking the glass, and the ball was falling into the right places,” Monroe said. “This was definitely a big game for us, because we needed to build some momentum after what happened last night.” Corey Maggette had 17 points for Charlotte, which has lost 19 of 20 and is 4-29 on the season. “This all started with our defensive rebounding,” Gerald Henderson said. “Monroe had 20 and we got outrebounded 5537. That’s unacceptable. We need to get tougher.” Henderson returned after

missing nine games with a hamstring injury, scoring 13 points. “I felt fine,” he said. “It’s just tough to come back and lose — I want to help the team win.” Bismack Biyombo got off to a quick start, winning the opening tip, hitting the game’s first shot and blocking Detroit’s first attempt. Biyombo strained his left shoulder later in the first quarter and did not return. Charlotte coach Paul Silas said that Biyombo will have an MRI tomorrow to determine if there is any serious problem. His absence let the Pistons dominate the paint in the rest of the first half. The Pistons had more offensive rebounds (10) than Charlotte had defensive rebounds (nine), and held an 18-3 edge on second-chance points. “Bismack was the one that was playing tough and rebounding for us and blocking shots,” Silas said. “Those were all things we needed, and when we lost him, it was hard to make it up.” Biyombo’s absence helped Detroit build a 58-43 lead at halftime, with Stuckey and Knight combining for 29 points. Monroe finished the first half with nine points and 11 rebounds, and picked up his 19th double-double in the first minute of the third quarter. The Pistons led 83-69 at the end of the third, and while the Bobcats got as close as 12 in the fourth, they never seriously threatened Detroit’s lead. Notes: Maggette picked up a first-quarter technical after official James Capers ruled he shoved Jonas Jerebko out of bounds, while Gerald Henderson got one for arguing a third-quarter call. Stuckey and Jason Maxiell picked up secondhalf technicals for minor altercations. ... The second half was delayed briefly when the arena lights were slow to come back on after the halftime show.

MAC ROUNDUP Western led for most of the first half, but Eastern went ahead just before the halftime buzzer 26-25 on J.R. Sims’ 3KALAMAZOO (AP) — pointer. Darrell Lampley’s layup with a second remaining gave Eastern Ball State 71, Michigan a 54-53 victory over Central Mich. 52 Western Michigan Wednesday night. MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Jesse Lampley led the Eagles (1416, 9-6 Mid-American) with 15 Berry scored 15 points and points and Antonio Green fin- Chris Bond 13 as Ball State ished with 12 points. Eastern defeated Central Michigan 71Michigan clinched the outright 52 on Wednesday night. Randy Davis added 12 points MAC West championship and the Eagles are guaranteed to and Tyrae Robinson 10 for the host a first-round game in the Cardinals (14-14, 5-10 MidAmerican), who snapped a MAC tournament next week. Flenard Whitfield’s three- nine-game conference losing point play had given the streak. They clinched no worse Broncos (12-18, 6-9) a 53-52 lead than the No. 10 seed in next with 16 seconds to play. week’s MAC tournament. Andre Coimbra had 16 Whitfield had 14 points and Mike Douglas led Western points and 14 rebounds and Michigan with 15 points and six Trey Zeigler 14 points for the Chippewas (9-20, 4-11). rebounds.

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Entertainment OWOSSO — The Shiawassee Arts Center is offering another “Collage for the Soul” workshop with Jessica Kovan of Okemos from 1 to 5 p.m. March 18. Collage art is full of potential and limitless possibilities in materials, themes, compositions and expression. By combining textures, patterns and different mediums with color and feelings students will explore the process of layering which creates mixed media. No matter your skill and experience with collage, there’s bound to be something that appeals to your sense of creativity. The cost is $35 for a SAC member or $40 for a non-member. There is a supply list. The Shiawassee Arts Center is located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive. For registration or questions about classes, call the arts center at 723-8354.

OWOSSO — The Owosso Community Players is having an open casting call for its next production, “You Can’t Take It With You.” Auditions will take place at the Studio Theater, 114 E. Main St. at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Parts are available for 16 men and women (ages late teens to 70s). In the comedy, the Sycamore family seems mad, but it is not long before you realize that if they are mad, then the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. Tony, the attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore house on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores find it hard to understand Alice’s view. Tony knows the Sycamores live the right way with love and caring for each other, while his own family is the one that’s crazy. In the end, Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores after he happens in during a visit by the ex-Grand Duchess of Russia, Olga Katrina, who is currently earning her living as a waitress. “You Can’t Take It With You” is being directed by Dennis Bohac and will have six performances May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. For further information or tickets, call the OCP Box Office, 114 E. Main St. (723-4003) or go online to the website,

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THIS 1966 photo shows The Monkees, singing group. Shown from left, are, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith. Jones died Wednesday in Florida. He was 66.

Davy Jones dies at 66

Drawing session offered at library CORUNNA — Arianna Norton will conduct a free pencil drawing class at the Corunna branch of the Community District Library from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. March 13. Participants must be 10 years or older. All supplies will be provided. Norton will help with any problems the artists may have and will also instruct in figure and animal drawing. Call 743-4800 to register as class size is limited. The branch is located at 210 E. Corunna Ave.

Bat program scheduled OWOSSO TWP. — DeVries Nature Conservancy will host an education program by the Organization for Bat Conservation at 1 p.m. March 10 to experience these unique flying mammals. This program will be held at the Baker College of Owosso Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52. There will be one free show starting at 1 p.m. DeVries Nature Conservancy members get reserved front row seating. Non-member seating is first-come, first-serve and is limited to 150 people. Bat houses, posters and books will be available for purchase. For more information, contact DNC at 723-3365 or email

Tarot classes set in Bancroft BANCROFT — Leisa Shewalter will present a “Tarot for Personal Development” workshop at the Bancroft branch of the Community District Library. Shewalter is a member of the American Tarot Association. She also has a background in education and psychology. She provides tarot readings professionally online and also as a volunteer. This three-session workshop will cover the basics of tarot including making meaning and understanding images, problem solving and personal development. Handouts will be available and each session will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The materials needed are the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck and a notepad for taking notes on the various exercises. Space is limited and preregistration is mandatory. Participants must be 18 years or older. Those needing decks of cards may purchase them for $13 when they register. Classes are March 27, April 3 and 10. Call the library at 634-5689 for more or visit 625 Grand River Road to register.

TV made heartthrob out of Monkees’ Davy Jones By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Before there was MTV, before “American Idol” made overnight stars of people you never heard of, there was “The Monkees,” a band fronted by a diminutive singer named Davy Jones who was so boyishly good looking that teenage girls swooned the first time they ever saw him. That was at the end of the summer of 1966, when Jones and his three Monkee cohorts, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz, arrived on weekly television, portraying a carbon copy of another band called the Beatles. Each Monday night for the next two years, people would tune into NBC to see the comical trials and tribulations of four young musicians who tooled

Free massages offered LENNON — Cindi Horak will offer free 10-minute chair massages at the Lennon branch of the Community District Library from 5 to 7 p.m. March 8. Call (810) 621-3202 to register. The monthly book club will take place at 7 p.m. March 26. Contact the library to learn which book it will discuss. The branch is located at 11904 E. Lennon Road.

Band festival scheduled PERRY — Perry High School will host the 2012 District V MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival Friday and March 16 and 17 with Perry’s Bands scheduled to perform March 17. Bands from across the district will receive ratings based on their performance of three prepared pieces of music before a trio of adjudicators, followed by a piece of sight-read music (music the band has not previously seen) before a fourth judge. Perry’s seventh-grade band will take the stage at 8 a.m. March 17. The eighth-grade band will perform at 11:15 a.m. The Perry High School band will be the final performance of the day, and are scheduled to take the stage at 3:50 p.m. The Perry bands are under the direction of Garret Ernst. To

obtain a schedule of bands and performance times, contact your local school band director or call the Perry Instrumental Music Department at (517) 625-0051. All performances will be held in the Jacklyn Hurd Auditorium and are free to the public.

OWOSSO TWP. — DeVries Nature Conservancy announced this week the winner of the “Owl Prowl Chili Cook-off.” Jim Hamlin of Corunna swept the competition winning “Best Chili” and “Most Unique.” Additionally, organizers say the owl prowl was a success. “We saw several pairs of owls that were very curious about our

OWOSSO — Several students from the Perry High School Band participated in the MSBOA District V Solo & Ensemble Festival Feb. 18 at Owosso High School. Earning First Division ratings were Adam Stackpole, alto saxophone solo; Vince Kelly, French horn solo; Claire Ernst, alto saxophone solo; Amelia Feuka, trumpet solo; Rebecca Ross, piano solo and oboe solo; Claire Ernst, Brittany Vachon, Brianna Scanlon and Adam Stackpole, saxophone quartet; and Cassie Alford, trumpet solo. Earning Second Division ratings were Taylor Fuhrman, tuba solo; Alisha Anderson and Miranda Lewis, alto sax and French horn duet; Adam Stackpole and Amelia Feuka, alto sax and trumpet duet; Leah Reichstetter; and Wes Cords, bassoon duet. All of the students who received First Division ratings

Sunday, March 4th 11:00am - 2:00pm

Menu Includes: Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Red Skin Mashed Potatoes, Rolls, Vegetables and Dessert

Stone’s Encyclopedia of Rock ‘n’ Roll has called “the first and perhaps the best of the ‘60s and ‘70s prefabricated pop groups.” Their songs were melodic, catchy, and many have endured over the years. The first two they released, “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer,” became No. 1 hits. So did “Daydream Believer,” on which Jones sang the lead and which Dolenz told The Associated Press four years ago remains the Monkees’ most requested song at concerts. Born in Manchester, England, on Dec. 30, 1945, Jones had been a child star in his native country, appearing on television and stage, including a heralded role as “The Artful Dodger” in a London production of the play “Oliver.” When the show came to Broadway, he earned a Tony nomination at age 16 for the role, a success that brought him to the attention of Columbia Pictures/ Screen Gems Television, which created “The Monkees.”

presence and kept flying overhead. We also heard many pairs calling to one another throughout the woods.” says DNC Educator Tracy McMullen. DeVries hosts the Owl Prowl and Chili Cook Off each winter during the owls mating season. “Owls are nesting this time of year and are very active. What better way to get people interest-

ed in nature than to let them see these charismatic creatures.” said McMullen. “Screech owls are very commonly heard in our area. Some people classify their calls as sounding like puppies in the woods, or babies crying. They are very unique.” Other common owls that can be seen and heard in our area are barred owls, great horned

owls and snowy owls. Along with the owl hikes, DNC has a large winter bonfire and a chili cook-off and potluck dinner. Look for the 2013 Owl Prowl to be scheduled on the DeVries website in December. For more information, contact DNC at 723-3365, or email

Perry band members receive district honors


around in a tricked-out car called the Monkeemobile. When they weren’t introducing two or three new songs per show, they would be busy rescuing damsels in distress or being chased by bumbling outlaws in a comical display of slapstick that has sometimes been compared to the work of the Marx Brothers. Although all four members handled the lead vocals during their music videos, it was Jones, the onetime child star of the British musical stage, who quickly became the group’s heartthrob. Jones died Wednesday of a heart attack near his home in Indiantown, Fla., just months after he, Tork and Dolenz had completed a tour marking The Monkees’ 45th anniversary. He was 66. The Monkees had been created to cash in on the Beatles’ popularity, and although they never came close to achieving the critical stature of their counterparts, they did carve out a permanent niche in music as what Rolling

Owl Prowl chili cook-off winner announced

Library plans movie night BYRON — The Byron branch of the Community District Library will host a free family movie event at 5 p.m. March 15. Moviegoers are welcome to bring their own refreshments. Contact the branch librarian at (810) 266-4620, ext. 445, to learn which movie will be showing. The branch is inside Byron High School, located at 312 W. Maple St.


OCP seeks actors for new play

Collage class planned at SAC

CORUNNA — Participants at 2nd Chance Wood, 503 S. Shiawassee, will learn to make benches from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The session willl show design ideas to fit individual needs, and then present a specific construction project step by step to completion. Some of the techniques and considerations demonstrated, with reclaimed material from the 1800s, will include material choice, joining, cleating, exterior mortise and tenon, stability, leveling and finishing. For more information, call Theo or Tadd at 472-4488.

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will perform at the state level March 24 at Okemos High School. The Perry seventh-grade, eighth-grade and high school

bands, under the direction of Garret Ernst, will participate in the MSBOA District V Band & Orchestra Festival March 17 at Perry High School.

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NEED CASH — In Hand? Classified can! Call today to advertise your no longer needed items, 725-5136.

Business 155 Services Offered DO YOU HAVE A SERVICE TO OFFER? Place your ad in this classification! Call 989-725-5136 HIGH-SPEED INTERNET Powered by Excede. Call for details. 989-723-1138. VENDORS WANTED– Tables Available. 989-413-5502. Best rates in town. Buy, Sell Trade.

Yard Sales


YARD SALE - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10 to 5. Friday, 10 to 6. Sunday, 11 to 4. 725-9737. Owosso Trade Center, 108 W. Mason St. With over 50 vendors. Largest and cleanest thrift store in downtown Owosso. Something for everyone. Come and check us out.

SELL IT NOW! You may not want it, but you can bet that someone else does! Find your buyer the fast, easy way through the Classifieds. We’ll be happy to help you. Call today, 725-5136.

BUNDAY ESTATE SALE– 401 E. North St., Lansing. Thursday & Friday, 10-6. Sat. 10-2. See details at: OPEN NOW!! Owosso Flea Market tables available for vendors or in-door yard sale. 989-413-5502 R & J RESALE CONSIGNMENT - We buy, sell, trade. 976 Corunna Ave., corner of Gould St. We have spaces available for rent. We will beat any competitor’s price. 989-743-0316.

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Formal Wear

WEDDING BELLS IN your future? Beautiful size 8 dress! Chapel train, veil and headpiece. You’re going to fall in love again when you see this dress. Was $1500, now $300. 517-525-1651

200 Automobiles 1998 HONDA CRV– 4X4. 5 speed. Air, drives nice! $2800. 517-488-7248 1998 OLDS 88LS. 3.8V6, 198k. No rust, very clean, new tires. AC, power everything, loaded. $3000. 989-845-7922 2002 SATURN 3 door sport coupe. 4 cyl auto, leather, power windows, locks, sunroof with cruise, tilt, cd. Nice driver, silver. 27.2mpg avg . $3900 obo. 989-277-4275 2007 CHEVY COBALT– Low mileage, brand new tires, brakes and front end. $7000. Call 989-723-1376 or 989-277-6862 AUTOS WANTED – For scrap. $50 -$600 Will beat competitors. 725-8062. DID YOU KNOW that one shop can do state of the art: alignments, advanced diagnostics, custom exhaust fabrication, quality brake service with anti-lock diagnostics and repairs, complete front end service on all vehicles? Did I mention electrical troubleshooting? Power windows and locks, cruise control and charging systems? Dicks Auto 989-725-9016 NEED A SECOND CAR – Fast? Race to classified’s list of new and used vehicles. SHOP 24/7 LaClair Sales, Chesaning 1 800 882-4563

Licensed Contracting


GARY’S DRYWALL – “Hang, finish, repairs” (517)927-3853 LENON ELECTRIC & SON – Free estimates. 989862-5157, 989-640-5169 ROOFING, VINYL SIDING – Replacement windows. Specializing in pole barns and garages. Free estimates and References. Ed Pierce, Licensed Builder. 288-5496. TONY SUTTER, BUILDER New Construction, remodeling, roofing, siding, pole barn, additions. Free estimates. Licensed/ insured. 989-845-2322.


General Repair

STEVE GLASSBURN - Carpenter, 25 years experience. Rough framing and finish carpentry. Ceramic tile. Hardwood floors. Decks and pole buildings. Windows, siding, roofing. (989)413-1667.

Painting Decorating


QUALITY Interior Painting for Le$$ – Same day call back, Roger.989-845-3114 ANNIE’S PAINTING- Quality Affordable Painting. 989 288-4601 -810 423-7511

Help Wanted


CDL-A. 1 year OTR. Good pay, bonus, vacation pay, home weekends. Call 989-666-4725. CLASS A CDL OTR DRIVERS NEEDED - For immediate positions. Medical and dental benefits included. Inspection bonus and other bonus opportunities available. Call 866-610-3275. LICENSED REAL ESTATE assistant needed. Horrible hours, good pay. Call John Beilfuss 989-725-5246. The Home Office Realty LLC. EOE MOTEL RESIDENT– Front desk receptionist. 1 bedroom apt. No smoking. Call 517-625-7500

Program Coordinator Non-profit agency serving people with developmental disabilities and/or mental illnesses seeks a manager to oversee operations in Shiawassee County. Duties include supervision of direct-line supervisors and oversight of quality, personnel, budget, and policy adherence. A Bachelor degree and previous management experience in the mental health field are preferred. Compassion and professionalism a must! Competitive wages and full benefits available. Send resume and wage history to Attn.: Sheena Manual 5370 Miller Rd. Suite C-32 Swartz Creek, MI 48473 or fax to (810) 733-3659.


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Licensed Contracting


BRAD’S HOME IMPROVEMENT – Roofing Siding-Home Repairs. NO JOB TOO SMALL. Licensed & Insured. 725-2975.

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STEEL YARD ART– Seeking motivated individual for clean up and painting. Driver’s license a must, crafting experience a plus. Detail oriented. Bring resume to 500 Smith St., Owosso




DRIVERS NEEDED – OTR. Full-time, adding new units, expanding fleet. Minimum 1 year exp. required. Health insurance. 800-336-2458, Mon-Fri 8-5. Ask for Jim or Randy

Sales 390 Help Wanted NOTICE – Listings within this category may require payment of a fee for the services offered. Often times fee is requested in advance of providing service and may be non-refundable. We advise readers to obtain all the facts first, prior to payment.

Situations Wanted

WANTED– A MANAGER type person that enjoys running craft classes like scrapbook, art and consignment projects. Drop informal resume in door slot at 221 N. Washington St., Owosso

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ALL METALS WANTED– Cash paid. Call Bill or Deb. (989)-661-7860 ALTERATIONS– DONE IN a timely manner, reasonable rates. Call Lynne at 989-627-6610 AT SELLECKS – We give your car the look that sells it, or makes you want to keep it. Complete auto detailing. 723-7299 AUTOS WANTED – For scrap. $50 -$600 Will beat competitors. 725-8062. CARPET CLEANING 4 Rms $85, couch $60. Chair $25, Stairs $2 each. 725-5484 CORDS LAWN CO. Snow Plowing. Comm. or residential. 989-723-2571

Apartments for Rent


Country Village Apartments Minutes from I-69

FIBERGLASS PICKUP TOPPER – Fits 1987 to 1998, short box Chevy. $125 Or best. 277-9904.

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NEED GARAGE DOOR REPAIR? – 23+ Years, sales & service. Lake State Door LLC. 989-277-9698. INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY OF OWOSSO, Inc. - Monday thru Friday, 8:30 to 5:00 Saturday, 9 to 12. 989725-7185. Everything for the professional welder. PUBLIC WELCOME WEDDING BELLS IN your future? Beautiful size 8 dress! Chapel train, veil and headpiece. You’re going to fall in love again when you see this dress. Was $1500, now $300. 517-525-1651

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HOME, OFFICE AND carpet cleaning. Call Clean as a Whistle. 989-721-6199 MONROE LAWN CARE– Snow plowing. Residential, commercial. 277-8137 PAUL STEWART HANDYMAN – Roofing, siding, drywall, electrical and plumbing. Reasonable. 989-413-8013 RELIABLE HANDYMAN Remodeling. $17\hr. 15 yr. exp. Plumbing, DW, decks, electric, painting, trash hauling, moving, lawn mow, tear down. Almost anything (989)640-9328

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DAYCARE HAS OPENINGS Infant and older. Call (989)723-3053.

480 Pets ANIMALS TO LOVE – Find them every day in the Argus-Press Classifieds. BABY LUTINO COCKATIELS - $30. Also, breeding pair with cage and breeding box. 729-6992. GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY - 9 Weeks old. (989)721-9745.

Antiques 580 - Collectibles BUYING U.S. COINS GOLD AND SILVER Paying top dollar. Call Scott, 989-714-2623.

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BILL’S – Jonsered Chain Saws. Country Clipper Zero Turns. Repair lawn equipment and chain saws. 723-7961. 2nd Location: 1500 Corunna Ave., 725-2533. Pickup/delivery.

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SEASONED HARDWOOD $50 face cord, delivered TWA Construction 810 691-4454.

680 Musical CONSOLE PIANO– $1200 value, Make an offer! 989-723-6564 MUSICALLY INCLINED? – List your instruments, lessons or services in this category for great results!

760 Manufactured Homes

MINI-PIN/TERRIER MIX PUPPIES. Great, small family pets. Smooth coat & friendly. 1st shot. $150. 517-897-7005. Durand.

Fresh 490 Produce - Meats QUALITY FREEZER BEEF Texas Long Horn steersready for processing. $1.85 Per lb. hanging weight. (989)666-2503.

560 Miscellaneous ARIENS 20 IN. SNOWBLOWER - 2 Stage. Excellent. $150. (989)413-6148.

Country Rates

INSIDE CITY LIMITS 2 Bags/wk. . . . $5.99/mo.

6 Bags/wk. $9.99/mo. 8 Bags/wk. $11.99/mo. 10 Bags/wk. $13.99/mo.

Lock these rates in for up to a year! After initial payment, All curbside garbage services regular rates apply. include curb cart upon request. 2 Thru 10 Yard Commercial Dumpsters Available! PUBLIC DROP-OFF SITE. 6 thru 12 yard easy containers. 20 thru 50 yard roll-offs for any waste removal projects.

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RENT TO OWN. 1230 Adams St., Owosso. $700 rent, $3000 deposit. No pets. 989-729-1044

RARE TRIPLE-WIDE HOME in Maple Leaf Community in Ovid! Fabulous 1,780 sq. ft. home at a shockingly low price. Family room with gas fireplace, all appliances, 2 large decks, central air, extra parking, corner site, and so much more! Owner must sell quickly. Call 989-245-2117 or 989-729-9644 today.

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529 EAST MAIN Street, 2nd Floor, Owosso: 2 bedroom, including trash, water and sewer. $450/mo plus utilities and $450 security deposit. We accept Sec. 8 MISHDA. 723-8166 Mon-Fri btw. 8 am & 5 pm

INVEST YOUR TAX REFUND! You can OWN a home in beautiful Maple Leaf Community in Ovid or Woods & Fields Communities in Owosso. Use your refund to buy a real home with a yard! Why rent a cramped apartment when you can buy a home for less than you pay right now! We have everything from clean starter homes to luxury homes with sunken family rooms and 2-car garages! Financing available for qualified buyers and programs for “bruised” credit too. Just call Randy at 989-729-9644 or 989-245-2117 today.

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HICKORY MANOR – 2 Bedroom townhouse, 1.5 bath, basement, W-D hook-up. No pets. $675 Month. 989-725-5477. KENSINGTON ARMS-Spacious 2 bedroom. No pets. New move-In special. Call 989-413-1476

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MUST SEE COUNTRY HOME– $130,000 value, asking $90,000. Chesaning Schools. 7180 N. State Rd. Spacious kitchen and living room, 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Full basement with drop ceiling. Appliances included. FIreplace and AC. Attached 2 car garage, 40X80 steel shed, ready to move in! 989-277-1931 or 989-277-9374


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Today’s Horoscope

BLONDIE - by D. Young and J. Raymond

ARLO AND JANICE - by Jimmy Johnson

SHOE - by Chris Cassatt and Gary Brookins

DUSTIN - by Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker

It behooves you to do everything in your power to increase the number of your business contacts in the coming months. The friends you make through your workaday activities are likely to turn out to be of enormous help to you. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Your chart indicates an inclination to overindulge to your detriment if you’re not careful. Go ahead and have fun, but try to keep moderation in mind at all times. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Personal gains are likely to come about in a sporadic fashion. Thus, you may have to act at the exact moment they hit, because in the next second your chance could vanish. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You catch on to things pretty quickly and, as such, you’ll have the ability to employ the good ideas of others to your own ends. Use this gift wisely. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Watch out, because material conditions are likely to fluctuate for you. You can be fortunate one minute, but unless you immediately take advantage of it, you’ll lose out when things take a turn for the worse. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Provided you don’t let negative companions convince you otherwise, something that you’ve longed for can be achieved as you envision. Stay positive at all times. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Follow your instincts when events are telling you that trends are running in your favor. If you wait too long for verifiable information, the tides may shift against you before you know it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Avoid getting involved with friends who only have commercial matters on their mind. If you begin to deal with them, you could come out on the short end of the stick. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — If you feel the luck of your companions is superior to your own and you have an opportunity to ride their coattails, latch on with everything you’ve got. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Whenever someone whose judgment you trust regarding social matters offers you advice, don’t be insulted and let it go in one ear and out the other. You could benefit greatly from it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Don’t rock the boat in a joint endeavor if your counterpart already has the situation well under control. Your input could be disruptive instead of constructive. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Be supportive when your mate is making a presentation to others. If you disagree with any of what she or he says, discuss it privately and let your spouse make the corrections if needed. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You could be fortunate in developments that require you to subordinate your interests on behalf of others. You?re smart enough to know that thinking solely of yourself can produce paltry benefits.

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Q: When I was in grammar school (many years ago), we often sang from a songbook. One song I remember was “Reuben and Rachel.” The first verse was sung by girls and went: “Reuben, I have long been thinking, what a good world this might be/ If the men were all transported far beyond the Northern Sea.” The boys sang the second verse, but I don’t recall the words. Can you tell me how it went? J.C., Bechtelsville, Pa.


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A: The boys sang in response: “Rachel, I have long been thinking, what a fine world this might be/ If we had some more young ladies on this side the Northern Sea.” The song was written by Harry Birch (words) and William Gooch (melody), and it was published in Boston in 1871.

Q: What is a trouser suit? I have an idea, but I’ll let you tell me. G.K., Sedona, Ariz.

DID YOU KNOW? George Clooney unsuccessfully tried out for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team in 1977. He was only 16 at the time.

A: No, not at all. On March 8, 1854, the official name of the post located near El Paso, Texas, became Fort Bliss, in memory of Lt. Col. William Wallace Smith Bliss. Bliss was Maj. Gen. (and future president) Zachary Taylor’s chief of staff during the Mexican War. Fort Bliss comprises approximately 1.12 million acres of land in Texas and New Mexico.

A: A trouser suit is a suit consisting of trousers and a matching or coordinating coat or jacket worn by women, mostly in Britain. In the United States, a trouser suit is known as a pantsuit, but I have a feeling you knew Q: If weather conditions are that already. right, snow can evaporate without becoming a liquid. What is Q: Omar N. Bradley, a fivethis process called? star general of the United States S.D., Cortland, N.Y. Army, passed away in 1981. He lived and worked at Fort Bliss, A: Sublimation is the pro- Texas. Bliss is an unusual name cess of a solid changing for a military base. Was the directly into a gas without Army attempting a bit of trickpassing through the liquid ery in trying to recruit soldiers? state. A.B., Jackson, Mich.

Q: I saw a picture of a goodlooking pickup truck that had a handwritten, stick-on label with the name The Great Wingle. Well, I think that was the name. Is this enough for you to figure out what brand of truck this was? K.L.U., Webster City, Iowa

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DEAR ABBY: For years, I suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes. I never had a clue that they are the two leading causes of kidney failure. After reading in your column about National Kidney Month, I decided to take your suggestion and go to the National Kidney Foundation website at When I attended their free screening through the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), I found out that high blood pressure can damage the kidney’s filtering units, that diabetes is the No. 1 risk factor for kidney disease and how important it is to keep them both under control. That screening was a wakeup call for me. I now take insulin for my diabetes and medication for my blood pressure. I have cut out salt and starch, added lots of vegetables to my diet, and 30 minutes on the stationary bike to my daily routine. My efforts have paid off. Last year when I was screened again at the KEEP, I learned that my kidney function has increased. Tens of millions of Americans are at risk for kidney disease. Won’t you please remind your readers again how important it is to be screened? For me it was a lifesaver. JERRYDEAN QUEEN, NEW ORLEANS DEAR JERRYDEAN: I’m pleased that my column


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alerted you to your risk for kidney disease, and that you caught it in time. Readers, March 8 is World Kidney Day. The National Kidney Foundation is again urging Americans to learn the risk factors for kidney disease and be screened so you can prevent damage to these vital organs. For advice on how to stay healthy and a schedule of free screenings — not only during March but also throughout the year — visit the National Kidney Foundation online at DEAR ABBY: Someone gave a very inappropriate eulogy for someone my family cares about dearly. Is it worth it to say something to him? “Alton” lost his mother, a really good person who was loved by many, and he attacked her during his eulogy. Alton shared quite a few details about his mother’s life that no one needed to know. But the bottom line is, she was a good person who made some mistakes toward the end of her life. Alton is arrogant and mean

and has a long history of verbally attacking family members. People are still talking about the eulogy. There were individuals at the service who called him names, and a few walked out in tears. Word spread to people in other states within minutes after the service ended. Is it worth pointing out to an arrogant jerk that his eulogy was appalling and has caused a lot of anger? Should one of us step forward and say something to him, or just chalk it up to “once a jerk, always a jerk”? COULDN’T BELIEVE MY EARS IN ARIZONA DEAR COULDN’T BELIEVE YOUR EARS: I vote no, because I seriously doubt that anything you could say would shame an arrogant, mean jerk into admitting he made a mistake by speaking disrespectfully of his mother at her funeral. A better way to handle it would be for those who were offended to avoid him. A deafening silence may convey the message more loudly than words. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


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Views Syrian opposition forms council IN THIS photo taken Tuesday New York-born Yisrael Medad, a resident of the Jewish West Bank settlement of Shilo, stands in the vineyard of the settlement, near Nablus.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s main opposition group formed a military council today to organize and unify all armed resistance to President Bashar Assad’s regime, pushing the conflict another step closer to civil war. The Paris-based leadership of the Syrian National Council said its plan was coordinated with the most potent armed opposition force — the Free Syrian Army — made up mainly of army defectors. “We wanted to organize those who are carrying arms today,” SNC president Burhan Ghalioun told reporters in Paris, saying any weapons flowing into the country should go through the council. “The revolution started peacefully and kept up its peaceful nature for months, but the reality today is different and the SNC must shoulder its responsibilities in the face of this new reality,” he added.

Snow leopards spotted in India AP Photo Dan Balilty

Israel tightens hold on West Bank Israel legalizes unsanctioned settler enclave By KARIN LAUB Associated Press SHVUT RACHEL, West Bank — Israel has legalized one of the oldest and largest of the unsanctioned settler enclaves dotting the West Bank, a step denounced by the Palestinians and Israeli activists as a show of bad faith ahead of talks next week between the Israeli leader and President Barack Obama. The dispute over settlements has confounded Washington’s attempts to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, mostly on hold since 2008. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to stop construction and the Palestinians say they won’t negotiate while Israel determines the borders of their state through settlement-building. Now, the question of outposts Israel has not formally sanctioned is coming to a head: The government is under Supreme Court orders to evacuate residents from Migron, a relatively large such enclave, by the end of March. Aware that doing so could badly unsettle the ruling rightist coalition, officials have

attempted to avoid a confrontation by persuading residents, so far unsuccessfully, to move to a nearby sanctioned settlement. The stalled talks and dispute over settlements is bound to come up when Netanyahu meets Obama on Monday. Shvut Rachel, home to 95 Israeli families, was established 21 years ago on a hilltop in the heart of the West Bank — an area Israel would likely have to withdraw from to make way for a Palestinian state. The settlers grabbed the land without government permission. Now that approval seems at hand. A planning committee last week retroactively legalized 115 apartments already built or under construction in Shvut Rachel, according to government officials and the community’s acting mayor, Yaakov Moshe Levi. The move apparently resulted from pressure by peace activists to stop construction there. In its decision, the panel also approved in principle nearly 500 more apartments, though a construction start would require further permits and could be years away, government officials said. Hagit Ofran of Israel’s Peace Now group says this amounts to establishing a new settlement, contrary to pledges by successive governments over the past two decades not

to do so. Israel’s Defense Ministry rejected that characterization, saying Shvut Rachel is a neighborhood of the nearby government-sanctioned settlement of Shilo. Ghassan Khatib, a Palestinian spokesman, said setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel is becoming “practically impossible” because of such construction. He denounced the Shvut Rachel decision as an escalation of Israel’s practices. The Palestinians want to set up their state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. However, half a million Israelis already live on war-won land, in more than 130 government-sanctioned settlements and some 100 unauthorized outposts set up by settlers who are open about their desire to impede any partition. There is little discussion of Jewish settlers remaining in a Palestinian state and Israel has a history of using the location of settlements to stake claims on West Bank land in the context of negotiations. On the other hand, Israeli government officials note that Israel has proven in the past that it can and will dismantle settlements. They point to the removal of Sinai settlements when the area was returned to Egypt some 30 years ago.

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Conservationists have caught a pair of rare and reclusive snow leopards on camera wandering a remote, mountain region once ravaged by conflict between India and Pakistan. Infrared camera traps set up months ago by World Wildlife FundIndia filmed the adult snow leopards in Kargil district just a few miles from the heavily militarized Line of Control that runs through the disputed territory of Kashmir. WWF-India says it is the second photo sighting of endangered snow leopards in Kargil, after one was photographed hunting a herd of Asiatic Ibex in 2009. The recent sighting has encouraged environmentalists as it suggests the big cats were not scared away from the Kargil mountains by the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict that killed hundreds of soldiers on both sides before a cease-fire was established with U.S. mediation.

Gunmen kill NATO troops KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen, including one believed to be an Afghan soldier, killed two NATO troops today in southern Afghanistan, just hours after the top NATO commander in the country allowed some foreign advisers to return to work at government ministries. The shootings were the latest in a series of attacks by Afghan security forces — or militants disguised in their uniforms — against Americans and other members of the international alliance. Six NATO service members have been killed in this way in less than two weeks as tensions rise over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base. Two U.S. military advisers were found dead of gunshot wounds to the head on Feb. 25 inside their office at the Afghan Interior Ministry. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the ministry shootings, saying they were conducted in retaliation for last week’s Quran burnings, but no one has been arrested in the case.

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In Seychelles, scary moments described aboard ship By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press VICTORIA, Seychelles — Hot and tired passengers disembarking from a disabled cruise ship today in the Seychelles said they had prepared to abandon ship when fire broke out in the engine room three days ago, causing smoke to billow from the vessel that was suddenly adrift in waters prowled by pirates. Life boats were lowered, passengers said. Austrian Thomas Foaller said some passengers began to panic. Couples that were separated were calling out to each other, he said.

Among them were American couple Gordon and Eleanor Bradwell of Athens, Georgia. They were separated when Eleanor went to the couple’s room to get a life vest. A crew member had handed the 72-yearold Gordon his own as dark smoke rose from the ship. “Those were the worst moments,” said Gordon. But the fire that broke out Monday was brought under control and the more than 1,000 passengers and crew wound up staying aboard the Costa Allegra, which suddenly had no engine power, no air conditioning and no running water for showers or

toilets. Eleanor Bradwell said that the initial response to the alarm seemed to be disorganized but overall she and her husband felt the shipping line had handled the emergency well. “It could have been worse than it was,” said Gordon. “It could have been disastrous ... we’re here, we’re alive.” The couple ate cold sandwiches for three days and moved their bedding onto the deck to escape the stifling heat after the fire left the Costa Allegra without power. “The toilets were running over, there was no electricity. It was very hot,” said Eleanor.

Foaller, the Austrian, said after the fire was contained the situation was fairly calm, if not comfortable. “It was not dramatic. It was quiet. After (the fire was out) it was just boring,” he said. The fire came only six weeks after the Costa Concordia, owned by the same company, hit a reef and capsized off Italy, killing 25 people and leaving seven missing and presumed dead. “I know it was bad luck for these guys but they are doing the best they can,” Albert said. “They have a lot of image building to do right now but I’ve seen a very professional team.”

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A remote-controlled bomb mounted on a motorcycle exploded in Turkey’s largest city today, wounding 15 police officers and one civilian, the prime minister said. The blast occurred in an area of Istanbul close to the office of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, where one policeman had been killed in a bomb attack last year. today’s attack wrecked a police bus and nearby vehicles. “We will never bow to such attacks,” Erdogan told a televised news conference. “We will continue our struggle against terrorism and the culprits will be captured as soon as possible.” Gov. Huseyin Avni Mutlu of Istanbul said none of the injured are in serious condition. He said the bomb was made of plastic explosives and mounted on a motorcycle.. There was no claim of responsibility, but Kurdish rebels and Islamic militants are active in Istanbul.

Pirates fail to board tanker KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An international maritime watchdog says pirates have attacked a ship off the coast of Nigeria for the second time in as

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many days, but this time the attackers were thwarted by a quick-acting crew. Noel Choong, a Malaysiabased official with the International Maritime Bureau, says pirates opened fire Wednesday on a Nigerian-owned oil tanker about 80 nautical miles off Port Harcourt. He says the ship managed to escape after crew members enforced antipiracy measures and increased vessel speed. On Tuesday, eight Nigerian pirates robbed a cargo ship anchored at Port Harcourt and kidnapped at least two crew members.

Tibetan: China blocks her from award BEIJING (AP) — An outspoken Tibetan writer said Chinese authorities prevented her from receiving a cultural award today at the Dutch ambassador’s residence and are keeping her under virtual house arrest. Poet Tsering Woeser said state security agents told her Wednesday they would not let her attend the low-key, private event to receive the Prince Claus Fund of the Netherlands award for courage in speaking on behalf of the rights of Tibetans. She also said four or five security agents were stationed at her apartment building this week and she had to ask permission to go anywhere. She said officials have not explained their actions. China’s annual legislative session starts in the coming week, and security in the city tightens.

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