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Fowlerville News & Views Online Edition January 13, 2013

at the buzzer to end the 1st half and give the Glads the lead at the intermission 34-31. Kenny Ferris chipped in with 10 points and Ben Judd scored 7 big points in the 1st half.

Junior Varsity player Connor Collins (11) drives for a score in the third quarter.

Fowlerville JVs improve record with win over Mason on Jan. 8 The Fowlerville Boys JV Basketball team upped its record to 5-1 (2-1 CAAC Red) with a strong 71-54 victory over Mason on Tuesday night. Connor Collins played a terrific game as he paced the Glads with 33 points, including 5 3-point baskets and hitting all 8 of his free throws. Connor also contributed by shutting down Mason best player, who had scored 23 th points in the 1st three quarters and failed to score in the 4 as the Glads outscored the Bulldogs 18-7 to put the game out of reach. Drew Vielbig added 13 points and 12 rebounds as the team outrebounded them 36-17. Drew also hit a 3 pointer

On a fast break in the fourth quarter is Junior Varsity player Colin Callahan (13), scoring for the Gladiators.

Grief Share program reconvenes January 20 at Methodist Church Grief Share, which is sponsored by Family Impact Center and held at First United Methodist Church of Fowlerville, will be starting back up on Sunday, January 20 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. This 13-week faith-based seminar/support group is for anyone who is grieving the loss of someone close. For more information or to register, call Kathy at 51 7-2233239 or contact the Family Impact Center at 517-2234428.

In her free time after school, Ashley likes to spend time on the soccer field, sing and hang out with her family and friends. She was also in the Fall/Winter play, which took up a lot of free time. Being that it is Ashley’s last year at FHS, she will miss being a kid, making memories with her closest friends, singing at the talent shows, and soccer. When asked about Ashley, Hannah Hegberg stated, “Ashley’s a great person; she can always make me laugh when I’m down. She is the coolest person, and I love spending time with her.” If you see Ashley, make sure to congratulate her on being Student of the Week!

Student of the Week--Ashley Maas By Jake Lawrence Congratulations to this week’s Student of the Week, Ashley Maas! Ashley is a senior at Fowlerville High School, and is the daughter of Sabrina Ramey, a stay at home mom who has her own business called Simple Things, and David Maas, who works at Atreum. Ashley has a fifteen-year-old brother named Chris who is a sophomore at FHS, and two sisters, Abby (6) and Lilly (4). Mr. Jonas told us that, “She was in my Government and Econ classes last year and was a great student who got along with everyone and was just a joy to have in the classroom!” Ashley’s schedule consists of News Broadcasting, Theatre, Personal Relations, Newspaper, College Math and Trig, and AP Lit and Comp. Her favorite classes are Theatre, Personal Relations, and Newspaper, because, “I can express my opinion and be myself without thinking about it.” Ashley’s favorite teachers are Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. King, because they are both very accepting, and they give everyone a chance. After graduating, Ashley plans to go to college, but she is unsure of what to go for. Her favorite part of Fowlerville High School is the people. She has made many friends in her time here, all with diverse personalities, and these relationships are what make her appreciate FHS. If Ashley could change one thing about it would be the dress code, saying, “I think girls should know what’s okay and what isn't”, adding, “Also, considering the fact that I’m 5’8 with long arms, I don't get to wear everything I’d like to.”

Important Information for the 2012- 2013 School Year: January 18- End of marking Period No School K-8 January 21- No School Holiday-Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 24-25 –Hearing screening for 4th grade students January 24– KPTN Meeting 3:45 Kreeger Media Center February 1–No School -Teacher Professional Development February 15-18– No School – Mid Winter Break February 25-27- Hearing Re-Screening for 4th grade students March 6- Kreeger Spring Picture Day *** Box Tops, VG Receipts, Campbell Soup Labels: Remember to keep collecting Tyson A+ labels, Vg's receipts, and Campbell's labels, in addition to Box Tops! *** Meijer’s Community Rewards and Target Program: Kreeger Elementary is enrolled in the Meijer’s Community Rewards Program. When you apply for a Meijer’s Credit Card or Meijer’s Guest Card, be sure to use the Kreeger number 199139. The Meijer’s Corporation supports schools by returning a portion of qualified customer purchases to the school! When using the Target program remember to mention Kreeger Elementary. Remember, “Every little bit helps!” Thanks for your support. *** Frankenmuth Fundraiser Limo Rides: Limo rides have been scheduled for those students that have sold $200.00 or more in our Frankenmuth Fundraiser. Those students will have a limo ride and lunch at Wendy’s. We will send home notes, as the dates get closer.

By Cheryl Poch 2013! Can you believe it? What a long way the Fowlerville District Library has come in the years that I have been working here in the community! We have Ebooks, up-to-date computers for our patrons, a new circulation system coming very soon for faster checkouts and keeping important informational records. Our DVD and CD collections have grown way beyond what I could ever have imagined. We are ordering more books, magazines, doing more programs and offering the community so much more than 28 years ago. Times have changed and the library is trying to keep up with all the new technology and informational and recreational needs of our community. Once again our shelves are bursting at the seams – we may have to do some big time weeding again and probably have a book sale in the summer outside the library! Yes we have e-books – but we ask for your patience if you need help because this is new for us too and we are also learning the ‘ropes’ of how to make this an enjoyable library experience for our patrons. Speaking of new – here are a few NEW titles you may want to check out… THE LEGO ADVENTURE – Cars, Castles, dinosaurs & more. Nearly 200 models and 25 brick-by-brick breakdowns. The illustrations in this book are fantastic. It is just fun looking at the many models you can make with your Lego blocks. WOMEN HEROES OF WORLD WAR II – 26 stories of espionage, sabotage, resistance, and rescue. From France to Denmark, Germany to the Netherlands, this book is an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines. Women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis – a fascinating, eye opening read for all ages. YOUNG HOUSE LOVE – 243 ways to paint, craft, update and show your home some love. Tip number 195 – Think Outside the Vase – use items like soup cans, wine bottles and glass soda bottles to put your flowers in for display. Tip 231 – Paint your front door. I did and what a difference it made. I ‘stepped outside the door!” Till next week: “Kindness is like snow-it beautifies everything it covers.”

IMPORTANT DATES: January 16-PTC meeting 3:45 in the Smith Library January 18-No School January 21-No School January 24- Family Fun Science Night *** Please Help We Are In Need of Clothing Donations The office at Smith is putting a request out for clothing donations. We pass out a lot of pants and shirts to students for many reasons, and we are completely out of pants and could also use larger size shirts. Pants or sweat pants sizes 5/6, 7/8 and 10 are the sizes we use the most. Shirts in children’s size Medium or Large would be the best. We already have plenty of small shirts, socks and underwear. Thank you in advance for helping out the students at Smith. *** AFTER SCHOOL NOTES – Phoned in messages are for changes to your child’s schedule that will happen after 3:35. If you are picking up your child before 3:35 you do not have to call the office prior to arriving at school. Just come to the office and sign your child out and we will call them from the classroom. *** DISMISSAL REMINDERS: If there are changes to your child’s dismissal from the building at the end of the day you MUST notify the office with a phone call before 2:55 pm. Dismissal is one of our busiest times of the day and we want to make sure your child is safe and goes to the appropriate place. Thank you in advance for your assistance. *** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please contact our volunteer coordinator by emailing or send a note to your child’s teacher and she will pass it on the PTC. Once you are on our volunteer list, we can include you on our Volunteer Spot service to coordinate and remind you of events. Thanks for all you do for our kids! *** Reminder to Parents – Children are not allowed to carry any medication, and they cannot transport any medication. Please do not send in cough drops, aspirin, Tylenol, etc. with your child without going through the proper procedure, filling out the necessary forms, and bringing the medication to the office. A parent/guardian must transport medication to and from school. Students must be aware that they are not allowed to administer medication to other students. Medication must also be in its original container and include the physician’s instructions.

Fowlerville Gymnastics Team Hosts Season Opener January 7th The lady Glad’s gymnastics team hosted their season opener against Haslett/Williamston/Bath on Monday, January 7th. Despite a tough loss, 127.3 to 131.25 the Glad’s had some nice routines to start their season off right. On the vault, Taylor Moran (8.25), Yana Damitio (8.35), Clarice Hibbard (8.35) and Jazmin Farmer (8.55) all had top scores that left Haslett/Williamston/Bath fighting for the top spot. The Glad’s had a tough night on the bars and beam due to falls during their routines. The Glad’s did not let that ruin their night as they brought the heat on the floor exercise. Top scores on the floor came from Taylor Moran (8.4), Courtney Christoson (8.5), Jazmin Farmer (8.5), Clarice Hibbard (8.55) and Carissa Bolling (8.7). On Wednesday, January 9th, the lady Glad’s gymnastics team traveled to Grand Ledge to compete against the 5 time state champions, the Grand Ledge Comets. On the vault, top scores came from Maddy Reppenhagen (8.3), Clarice Hibbard (8.35), and Jazmin Farmer (8.5). On the bars, Taylor Moran (7.6), Yana Damitio (7.7), and Clarice Hibbard (8.175). On the beam, Jazmin Farmer (8.05), and Clarice Hibbard (8.25). On the floor, Marissa Leonard (8.3), Courtney Christoson (8.3), Carissa Bolling (8.35) and Clarice Hibbard (8.6). The Comets outdid the Glad’s 139.5 to 129.3. The lady Glad’s host Parma Western on Monday, January 14th at Livingston County Gymnasts, Inc (760 McPherson Park Dr., Howell) and travel to East Lansing on Wednesday, January 16th.

Howell Senior Center to host “Jeopardy’ contest on Jan. 15 Have you ever wanted to be a contestant on Jeopardy? Now is your chance to play World War II Jeopardy on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:00am. Bring your friends and have a great time. Sign up at the Howell Senior Center. Don’t miss this FREE event sponsored by ComForcare Senior Services. Jeopardy is held at the Howell Senior Center within the Bennett Recreation Center located at 925 W. Grand River Ave. For more information, please call the Howell Senior Center at 517/545-0219. Contact us:

Michiga n House Report Now that winter is here and some snow is on the ground, it's important to make sure that we are remembering to practice good driving tips in winter weather conditions. Snowplows will be out in full force and the Michigan Department of Transportation and County Road Association of Michigan are urging drivers to remember that snowplows need "room to groom." Remember that snowplows have limited visibility and drivers cannot see behind their trucks. In addition, snowplows often throw up clouds of snow, reducing visibility around the truck as well, so be sure to be careful when driving near or around a plow. Motorists should never pass a moving snowplow on the right, as new wing-plow technology allows the blade of a plow to clear the shoulder and driving lane simultaneously. Michigan roads will be slicker so motorists should not use their cell phones while they are behind the wheel. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and can cause accidents, especially when adding icy and snowy conditions into the mix. As always, drivers should always wear a safety belt and allow extra time to reach destinations this winter. Rushing and being reckless on the road is a recipe for disaster. Winter is extremely beautiful in our state and while there is a lot to enjoy, not being careful and ignoring the rules of the road can have dangerous consequences. Stay safe out there! *** If you have any questions or need assistance with any state issues, please contact me toll free at (866) 8284863 or via e-mail at

‘Gills, From Lake to Pan Before I say another word, you’ll need a good sharp knife and little bit of patience. Just keep telling yourself that the results of your efforts will be well worth the time spent once those fillets get to your plate. Lingering autumn has given way to winter and cold weather sports can finally be enjoyed. Safe ice and fishing on it are what I’m thinking about right now. So, catching and preparing a dozen or so bluegills is next on my list, on the way to one of my very favorite meals. Winter pan fish, I think can be turned into some of the finest eating that nature can provide. Free of most of the algae that clings to their scales in warm weather, these swimming morsels need only be properly filleted and cooked to become a mouth-watering entrée. A big surprise to me is to find how many of my angling buddies really don’t know how to do this or just don’t want to be bothered. There are two easy ways to fillet a pan fish and I use both methods, depending on who I’m preparing the fish to please. Since many of the fish are in the seven inch size range, I prefer leaving the skins on. This method calls for scaling first, a very easy process on bluegills and crappies, a bit more difficult on perch. Next, using that sharp knife I spoke of, I cut down behind the head to the backbone, then down each side just behind the gills and front belly fins, leaving the head, body and innards still intact. Holding the fish in my left hand, head facing me, I next carefully cut along both side of the large back fin backbone. Just behind the rib cage, the knifepoint can then be inserted top protrude beside the front of the large belly fin and worked along the skeleton to the end of the fillet, ahead of the tail. The knifepoint is then carefully worked downward over the rib cage to the belly, being careful not to cut through at the bottom. Repeat the process on the other side of the fish and the result is a single “butterfly” shaped fillet with the narrow belly joining the two large sides. The second method of preparing winter fish for the pan is done nearly the same way. But since this involves skinning the fish, I don’t have to scale it. I don’t leave the “butterfly” in one piece either since it’s nearly impossible to skin it without cutting the meat into two pieces. The cut,

of course, is through the narrow belly part, leaving two almost triangular pieces, easy to skin, scales and all. In either event the next step I use is to rinse and soak the fillets in cold water for at least a few hours. They absorb some of the water and nearly double in thickness, leaving them ready for the pan. There are lots of ways to turn these little fillets into delicious supper fare. The main thing is not to overcook them. They can be dipped in egg and seasoned flour (my favorite), corn meal, bear batter or just into deep oil. The results will rival anything you can buy in a fancy restaurant. And best of all, there are no bones. You even prepared this delicacy from the results of the fun you had catching them. The next time you catch a mess of wintertime fish or someone gives you some, don’t decide preparing them is too much work. Instead, fillet them out and treat yourself to a delightful fish dinner.

Michigan Sports Academy offering 3rd annual winter clinic beginning Jan. 20 Michigan Sports Academy-Livingston is proud to announce its 3rd annual winter clinic beginning Sunday, January 20. The clinic is perfect for area baseball and softball players who are looking for a chance to work on one of three specific skill sets (hitting, pitching and the position of catcher) or all three. Each area of emphasis (hitting, pitching, catching) comprises of five one-hour sessions held each Sunday from January 20 through February 17. Players can elect to participate in more than one session if they so desire. Total player slots available: Catching: 4 spots each age group; Hitting: 12 spots each age group; Pitching: 8 spots each age group. Sessions: 2:00-3:00 PM: Grades 1-5 Catching Grades 6-8 Hitting Grades 9-12 Pitching 3:00-4:00 PM Grades 1-5 Pitching Grades 6-8 Catching Grades 9-12 Hitting 4:00-5:00 PM Grades 1-5 Hitting Grades 6-8 Pitching Grades 9-12 Catching Costs: $100 for five one-hour sessions; Limited Space Available To register online but pay with cash or check, click our registration link here: To register and pay online, visit our Web Store here:

OFFICE HOURS: Administration Office 7:00 am– 3:30 p.m. Counseling Office 6:00 am - 2:30 p.m. Jan. 15--Senior Pictures Due Jan. 17-18 ½ Day Exams Jan. 18--Semester Close Jan. 21--No School Jan. 29-Financial Aid Presentation *** Get paid at your job and receive high school credit at the same time not a bad deal. Students, who have a job that is related to a class they are currently enrolled in, can sign up for the Work Based Learning or CO-OP programs. The forms for both programs can be picked up from your Counselor. *** If you have taken or currently in the Child Development class and would like to volunteer at Kreeger or Smith Elementary School 6th hour (and get credit) see your Counselor for a Child Care CO-OP form. *** Yearbooks are on sale now! The price is $60. Order now online at *** SENIORS: senior pictures are due by January 15. Please bring them in on a disc labeled with your name to Mrs. Hardenbrook, Room D214 by that date to be considered in the yearbook. OR you or your photographer can email them to as well. *** Senior parents to order your caps and gowns go to Packets for Fowlerville graduation invitations and announcements will be distributed in February for ordering. *** The Fowlerville High School Counselors are hosting a Financial Aid Presentation in the FHS Media Center on Tuesday, January 29th from 7-8:30 pm. Both parents and students are welcome to attend especially those that intend to enroll in some type of post-secondary education program in the fall of 2013. Ms Kelly Newell, Associate Director of Financial Aid for Cleary University, will be leading the presentation. Topics that will be covered are the FAFSA and various forms of financial aid available to students pursuing a higher education. Please RSVP to Mrs. Ann Glover at by 1-18-13 so that enough materials are available for those in attendance. *** ATTENTION CLASS OF 2012 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS - Local scholarship recipients from the Class of 2012 are reminded to turn in a copy of their 1st

semester college transcript and their 2nd semester proof of enrollment to Mrs. Glover in the Fowlerville High School Counseling Office. A current mailing address will also be needed in order to forward the scholarship funds. *** Pizza, Pizza...get your Little Caesar's Pizza kits just in time for Super Bowl! The freshman class is selling pizza kits from Jan. 7th - Jan. 22nd, they will be delivered on Jan. 29th!! Please contact class sponsors, Mrs. Brown 22306036 or Mrs. Hasseld 223-6118, if you'd like to help out or to place an order! *** Parents having trouble using Zangle to view grades, email questions to *** Target – Take Charge of Education–Through Take Charge of Education, families, teachers and members of the community have an easy way to raise money for our school. When you sign up and designate Fowlerville High School, Target donates up to 1% of every purchase you make with your RED card (Target® Visa® Credit Card, Target Credit Card or Target check Card) to our school. If you shop at Target stores and use their cards, please consider designating Fowlerville High School to receive the Target 1% donation!

Livingston Democrats celebrating President Obama’s inauguration President Obama will take his oath of office for a second term on Monday, Jan. 21, and Livingston County supporters of the president are invited to gather to watch. Supporters of President Obama are invited to an Inauguration Watch Party on Monday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at the headquarters of the Livingston County Democratic Party, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, in Brighton. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Suggested donation is $10 per person. “Many supporters of the president worked hard last summer and fall to help Obama carry Michigan and deliver the state’s electoral votes for him. The president’s swearing in for a second term is a great time for supporters to get together again and hear the president’s appeal to the nation,” said Judy Daubenmier, chair of the Livingston County Democrats. “Not everyone has the time or money to go to Washington to witness the event in person so we’re offering a substitute – a chance to watch the historic event with other people who helped make it happen.” President Obama was re-elected in November with 51.1 percent of the vote, the first president since Dwight Eisenhower to be elected twice with more than 51 percent of the vote and the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt. For more information on the watch party, call 810-2294212 or email

Michiga n Senate Report By Joe Hune d

Responsible government spending I’m excited to announce Senate Bills 21 and 802 have been signed into law in Lansing. These bills take another step in holding government accountable for their spending and efficiency. SB 21, now Public Act 535 of 2012, sponsored by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and SB 802, now PA 536 of 2012, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, require state agencies to develop spending plans for their budgets to enhance responsible use of funds and increased government transparency. The new laws also require state agencies to justify each requested increase in funding. This legislation will require each state agency to be more fiscally responsible in order to cut wasteful government spending. This package will also require that each state agency post the spending plan online for the public to view. This is just another example of the measures being taken by the Republican-led legislature in Lansing to save Michigan money and make our great state as competitive as possible for employers.

Howell Senior Center to host K-9 demonstration on Jan. 30 Don’t miss this great event! Come see Deputy Clayton from the K-9 Unit demonstrate how valuable dogs are to the community on Wednesday, January 30 at 11:00am. Watch him demonstrate how the dogs can locate drugs, missing people, and those who have fled from a crime scene. The event is held at the Howell Senior Center located within the Bennett Recreation Center at 925 W. Grand River in Howell. Please sign up at the Howell Senior Center by January 23. This is a free event. For more information, please call the Howell Senior Center at 517/545-0219. Contact us:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County honors Bigs & Volunteers during National Mentoring Month Celebration To celebrate National Mentoring Month 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County will host a special National Mentoring Month fundraiser for their volunteers and agency friends to which the public is invited. On Friday, January 25 from 7:00 – 11:00pm, Oak Pointe Country Club will host the agency’s Silent Auction and reception. Tickets are $40.00 per person or $75.00 per couple in advance. The event is sponsored by Blue Care Network of Michigan, 1st National Bank of Howell, and UAW Local 900 MAP Plant Chairman Bill Johnson. The public will join Big Brothers Big Sisters’ staff and board members to honor and recognize the many mentors and volunteers of the agency while enjoying great food and an open bar. Music will be provided by the Doc Brown Duo. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ hope is that by bringing our friends and mentors together and showing them how much the organization appreciates them, people who are already invested in the cause will want to ‘Start Something [Again]’ and others will see how mentoring helps kids succeed in school and life and want to become part of their mentoring success. Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully matches children of single, low-income or incarcerated parents or sons and daughters of military personnel in long-term professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. Independent studies find “Littles” are more likely than their peers to show improvement in school, their behavior and their self-esteem, and aspirations. You may call the office at 517-546-1140 to reserve your ticket. Go to to learn how to get involved and make a positive difference.

Fowlerville schools seeks input on sex education survey Fowlerville Community Schools Human Growth and Development Parent Survey: The Sex Education and Reproductive Health Advisory Board (SERHAB) would like to invite you to share your input on our semi annual survey. This survey focuses on content taught in grades K – 12th grade. Data collected from this survey is used in an advisory capacity for this school and community based board. Survey available Jan. 17 – Feb. 1, 2013 To access survey online please use the link below: Not able to access Internet? The main office of each building will have a paper copy of this same survey available. Directions for returning survey are at top of survey.

Upcoming Programs at the Fowlerville District Library Follow us on Facebook & Registration usually opens 2 weeks prior to the event unless otherwise noted. *** Announcing eBooks! As a gift from the Fowlerville District Library to our patrons, we are proud to announce that we now offer eBooks! Our eBook collection is supported by Axis 360 digital media and presented by Blio. This technology is new to us as well, please be patient with us as we do our best to assist you with this new technology. *** PRICES REDUCED Retired & Refurbished Computer Sale: ONGOING We are selling our retired computers at a reduced rate. All systems are professionally prepped and set up. Ready to go to your home! Included in the price of a computer is the following: refurbished computer, keyboard, and mouse. Monitors and Microsoft Office software packages are available as add-on accessories and are separately priced. All purchased software package will be installed prior to delivery to the library and the purchaser will receive all of the discs for their computer. For more information, visit the library and see the Computer Sale Specification Sheet on display. *** Did you get a new Kindle, Nook, eReader, or Tablet as a gift and wonder now what???? Monday, Jan. 14 5:306:30. Come to our special post-holiday workshops and learn about your new device! Bring your new device and questions! *You must register to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk. There is a $5 refundable cash deposit per class payable at the time of registration. Registration is open. *** Intro to eBooks at the Fowlerville District Library: Thursday, Jan. 17 5:30-6:30. Come learn how to check out our brand new collection of eBooks! Bring your device and library card. *You must register to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk. There is a $5 refundable cash deposit per class payable at the time of registration. Registration is open. *** Computer Basics: Tuesday, Jan. 29 2-3:30pm. Get a general overview of a computer; including powering on and off, how to manipulate the mouse and use the keyboard. *You must register to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk. There is a $5 refundable cash deposit per class payable at the time of registration. Registration is open. *** New Year Glow Party: Friday, January 18 5-8pm. 6th12th grades. Join us for our annual New Year’s celebration! We are adding a special “glow” element as we ring in 2013! Pizza, pop, and more provided! *Register to attend. Registration begins January 4.

*** Frosty’s Birthday: Wednesday, January 23 5:30pm. Kids 4yrs-5th grade. You’re invited to Frosty the Snowman’s birthday party! Enjoy Rick Morse’s cool magic and fun-filled show until Frosty shows up. Then meet Frosty the Snowman and get your picture taken with him before he returns to the North Pole! *Limited spaces available. Registration begins January 9. *** Scrabble Club: Monday, Jan 28 5-6:45. Adults. Scrabble enthusiasts are welcomed to join our 2nd season of Scrabble tournaments, regardless of skill level. Improve you game while playing at the library! *Seating is limited, register to attend. Registration is open.

The Community Theatre of Howell announces Barefoot in the Park For two special weekends in February: Friday, February 1at 7:30 pm Friday, February 8 at 7:30pm Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 pm Saturday, February 9 at 7:30pm Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 pm Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm Tickets are now on sale. Presale ticket prices are $13 adults, $11 seniors and students. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Group discounts are available. Tickets are $15 and $13 at the door. The theatre is located inside the Howell High School Freshman Campus building at 1400 W. Grand River Avenue in Howell. Tickets are available at The Bennett Recreation Center in Howell, The Parent/Teacher Tech Center in Brighton and Maria’s School of Dance in Fowlerville. Tickets can also be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 517-545-1290. Barefoot in the Park is a clever, hilarious and moving romantic comedy. It follows the lives of newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter as they adjust to married life in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment. Paul is a buttoned-down, straight-arrow lawyer who is wound a little too tight, while Corie is an effervescent free spirit who will not let anything disturb her romantic bliss. Aside from the fiveflight climb (if you don’t count the stoop), the hole in their skylight, and the lack of a bathtub, the Bratters must also contend with eccentric upstairs neighbor Victor Velasco, who gets to his apartment by going through theirs. Corie hatches a plot to get her mother together with Mr. Velasco, but the entire evening goes awry and even casts doubt on the viability of the Bratters' new marriage. The play features Justin Schnute as Paul Bratter, Madison Miller as Corie Bratter, Gloria Towns as Ethel Banks, David Hayes as Victor Velasco, Mark Trenkle as the Telephone Man and Jack Shepard as the Delivery Man. Barefoot in the Park is directed by Joanne Saoud and the Producer is Pam Medelis.


WEBBERVILLE SCHOOLS DISTRICT NEWS Board Meeting – The organizational and regular board meeting of the Webberville Community Schools Board of Education will be held on Monday, January 14 at 7:00PM in the Spartan Center Community Room. *** Half Days for Students – All students will have half days on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18. Students will be released at 11:30AM. *** Art Show in the Spartan Center - The Governor's Traveling Show of winning artwork from the 2012 Michigan Youth Arts Festival will be on display in the Spartan Center from January 21 through February 1. 30 pieces of high school student artwork from across Michigan, including a painting by finalist Kierstynn Holman, are included in the show. An opening reception will be held from 4:00PM until 6:00PM on Monday, January 21; parents and the general public are encouraged to attend. *** School of Choice Applications – School of Choice openings are available in K – 12th grade. Applications are available from the district website under the enrollment link. Applications are due by Friday, January 25. Second semester begins on Monday, January 21. *** Trivia Night – The Athletic Boosters are sponsoring “Trivia Night” on Saturday, January 26 in the Spartan Center. The doors open at 6:30PM and the trivia will start at 7:00PM. Teams of 8 will compete against each other with the cost at $10.00 per person. Cash prizes will be awarded. Snacks and beverage are available for purchase. To register your team, please call Janell at 517-376-0671. *** Webberville Basketball Pink Night – Join the participants of the Webberville Basketball Program as they present their 4th Annual Cancer Benefit Pink Night on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. The girls’ game will begin at 5:30PM with the boys’ game to follow. There will be cancer survivor recognition, a silent auction, 50-50 raffle and a bake sale. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Sparrow Breast Cancer Fund. Wear pink to the game and help to “paint the gym pink!”

WEBBERVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Daddy-Daughter Dance – The Webberville Elementary Boosters “Daddy-Daughter Dance” will be held on Thursday, February 14 in the elementary multi-purpose room. The dance will be held from 6:00PM – 8:00PM and the cost is $12.00 per couple, plus $3.00 for each additional child. Tickets can be purchased at the school and

order forms are available in the district newsletter. Volunteers are needed to help with the event. If you are available, please call Treva at 517-388-2761.

WEBBERVILLE SECONDARY SCHOOL Financial Aid Night - Seniors, and parents of seniors, are encouraged to attend Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:00 PM in the secondary LMC. You will have the opportunity to learn about the financial aid process, FAFSA, and ask questions about how to pay for college. *** MS/HS Final Exams – The final exams for first semester will be held Wednesday, January 16 – Friday, January 18. January 16 is 5th block exam, January 17 will be 1st and 2nd block exams, and January 18 will be 3rd and 4th block exams. A complete final exam schedule will be posted to the district website. Students and parents should check PowerSchool to make sure that all work is done and assignments are turned in before the semester ends. *** Middle School Dance – There will be a middle school dance on Friday, January 25 in the cafeteria. The dance will start right after school. *** Robotics Competition - The Webberville Robotics Club will be hosting the Webberville Autodesk VEX Robotics Tournament on January 26th in the Webberville Spartan Center. There will be 30 teams from around the state of Michigan that are competing in the all-day event. Doors will open at 8:00AM and the event should end by 5:00PM. The top team from this event will earn a spot at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, California. *** Winterfest Dance – The high school Winterfest Dance will be on Saturday, February 2. The dance will be in the secondary cafeteria at 7:30PM.

Capital Area District Library Events January 14—20 WEBBERVILLE: Table Games (Adults) Date: Jan. 16. Start Time: 12:30 PM. Description: Bring a friend and join this casual group of adults who enjoy games such as Scrabble, cribbage, and more. Use our games or bring along your own. Library: Webberville (WE) *** LEGO® Club (Ages 5-10) Date: Jan. 17. Start Time: 3:00 PM. Description: Drop by to build and create with your friends. You supply the imagination--we supply the Legos®! Library: Webberville (WE

Area Deaths—

Alice “Jean” Dean Alice “Jean” Dean, age 86, of Hillsdale, formerly of Fowlerville, died Saturday, January 5, 2013. She was born Oct. 1, 1926 to John & Edith (Ebel) Hill and married Therlo Dean in Lansing in 1946. He preceded her in death in 1995. She worked at the Sears store in Frandor, was a life member of Fowlerville Order of the Eastern Star and Camden-Frontier Methodist Church. She loved to read and research family geneology. Surviving are 2 daughters: Sue (Duane) Herbert of Fowlerville and Judy Dean of Camden, her mother, Edith Thrasher of Nashville, 3 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren,1 great-great granddaughter, 2 brothers: Alfred Hill of Hastings and her brother in law: Harland Dean of Phoenix, AZ. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert and husband, Therlo. Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Niblack Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Miller of Trinity United Methodist officiating. Interment in Burt Cemetery, Hillsdale County. Memorials are suggested to: Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan.

James Alfred Wilkinson James Alfred Wilkinson, age 66, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at his daughter's home in Pleasant Lake, Michigan. He was born January 30, 1946, the son of George Wesley and Lillian Ann (Pierson) Wilkinson. Jim grew up on his family’s farms in the Fowlerville area and remained in Livingston County for the majority of his life. He served in the National Guard and was a volunteer firefighter in Howell. Jim was a Transport driver for the Pepsi Cola Company for over 30 years. Even after his retirement in 2000, he wore his uniform shirts every day, proud of his two million mile accident free shoulder patch. He was very much a people person and made friends all across the state. He had an extraordinary memory for the people he met, remembering not only their names and families, but even what they drove. Jim also enjoyed welding and was gifted at designing and building trailers. He is survived by his daughter, Jill Epperson (Steve Peterson) of Pleasant Lake; siblings: Anna (Rajiva) Tirtha of Fenton, Melvin, Sarah and Cindy Wilkinson of Millersburg; nephews: Richard Shettler, Logan Wilkinson, and Alec Tirtha; niece: Priya Tirtha; and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and niece, Jenny Murph. A memorial service will be held at a later date at his daughter's home. In memory of Jim’s generous nature, please find an opportunity to do something kind for a stranger. Arrangements by Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge.

Gary Lee Roberts Gary Lee Roberts, age 53, of Fowlerville passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013. He was born to Calvin and Carolyn (Bidelman) Roberts in Howell on December 10, 1959. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a Corrections Officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections. Gary loved fishing, camping and going to the casino. He is survived by three daughters: Mindy Roberts of South Bend, Indiana, Nicole Roberts of Fowlerville, Carrie Roberts of Sturgis; his father, Calvin Roberts of Fowlerville, fiancée Tracy Ernest of Fowlerville; three granddaughters; three grandsons; one sister; Lisa Roberts of Fowlerville; two brothers; Rick Roberts and Kevin Roberts both of Fowlerville. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Niblack Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

Area Deaths— Raymond E. Benjamin Raymond E Benjamin, born July 30, 1942 in Howell, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2012 at Dublin Methodist Hospital, Dublin, OH surrounded by his family. Surviving to cherish his memory: mother, Frances Cain (Mission, TX), sister, Charlene Cameron (Stan) (Hilliard, OH), brother, Ernest (Chuck) Benjamin (Las Vegas, NV), 1 niece, Tonya Curry (James), 3 nephews Todd Cameron (Sandra), Timothy Cameron (Terra), Troy Cameron (Roberta) and 11 great nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held in August in Fowlerville. Contributions may be made in memory of Ray to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute @ 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205 in hopes of someday finding cures.

Marlene E. Wenner Marlene E. Wenner, age 73, of Howell, passed away at her home Tuesday, January 8, 2013. She was born April 26, 1939 in Detroit, the daughter of Allen and Mabel (Crow) King. Beloved wife of Jerry N. Wenner whom she married June 5, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan. Dear mother of Gail Simpson, Gene Wenner, Kellie Powell, Marjorie (Charlie) Potter, Jerylann (Mark) Cornell and Karen (Johnnie) Schmidt. Loving grandmother of 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother. Marlene especially enjoyed quilting and petit point. Funeral services were held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at MacDonald’s Funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. Please sign the family’s guest book at

Ralph Lee Hall Ralph Lee Hall, age 68, of Oscoda, (formerly of Fowlerville) passed away Friday, January 4, 2013 in Howell. He was born to Ralph B. and Beverly (Brown) Hall in Taylor, Michigan on April 7, 1944. He married Chris Felton on August 20, 2004 in Fowlerville. Ralph was a member of the Fowlerville Masonic Lodge #164, enjoyed antique cars and car shows, being on the lake and going boating and fishing. His son, Damon Hall, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Chris of Oscoda; parents, Ralph and Beverly of Houghton Lake; son, Darin Hall (Vicki Peabody) of Glennie; daughter, Chelyn Poljan of Howell; step-daughter, Tracy (Terry) Shields and step-son, Chad (Cathy) McCoy; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Betty) Hall of Romulus. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 7, 2013 at noon at Niblack Funeral Home, with the family officiating the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association.

Webberville Woman’s Advance Club December Meeting The Webberville Woman’s Advance Club met at the home of Jill Moon’s on December 17, 2012. The members enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner. Some of the members made and brought traditional foods that their families enjoy each Christmas. Jill Moon presented the program on the life of Clement Clark Moore, the author of the poem, Twas The Night Before Christmas. Mr. Moore wrote the poem in 1822 for his small son. Jill presented several versions of this popular children’s poem she had collected over the years. Following the program, Nancy Webb, president, thanked the members for bringing 34 hats, 6 pairs of mittens, 27 pairs of gloves, 1 shawl and 9 scarves to be donated to the Webberville Food Bank. The Club voted to buy a set of five chapter books entitled, The Fable Haven series by Brandon Mull for the Webberville Elementary Library. It was decided to start an on going project for the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing. During the year, the members will collect personal needs items such as sample size shampoo, lotion, etc. These items will be placed in welcome baskets in the guest rooms at Ronald McDonald House. The next meeting will be March 14, 2013 at the home Lynn Reed. The members will bring paper products for the Webberville Food Bank. Nancy Webb will present the program on the 120 years history of the Webberville Woman’s Advance Club. New members are always welcome. Contact Nancy Webb at 517-655-3659 if you are interested in finding out more about this Club that was started in 1893.

Webberville School Board members honored in January

Sun Theater hosting Relay For Life kickoff on January 17

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Webberville Community Schools is joining 552 local and 56 intermediate school districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their untiring dedication to public education. “Serving on a school board has been described as the ‘toughest volunteer job in America.’ Yet Michigan’s public school board members dedicate countless personal hours to attending meetings, school functions, and hours of preparation for the decisions they make,” said Brian Friddle, Superintendent. “On top of that, many pursue their own professional development to stay on top of the everchanging education landscape. Collectively, school board members in Michigan have spent about 7,000 hours attending training and professional development. They’re dedicated individuals who are committed to the continuing success of our schools and students.” It’s an exciting and challenging time in public education. School board members in Webberville Community Schools develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system. “We proudly join educators and community members in saluting these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities,” said Friddle. “They preserve the core of our democracy— public education.” The men and women serving Webberville Community Schools and their years of service are: Mike Chase, 5 years Matthew Kulaga, 3 years Chris Hondzinski, 2 years Dan McMillen, 2 years Bill Rozema, 1 year Amy Coe, 1 year Jennifer Lycos, Recently elected Scott Sparkia, Recently retired – served 4 ½ years

Once again it is time to attend the Williamston/Webberville Relay For Life Kickoff! This year the theme is "Red Carpet Relay" and kickoff will take place from 5 to 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 17 at the Williamston Sun Theater, 150 W. Grand River Ave., Williamston. This is a great time for you to get any questions answered that you may have about Relay For Life, such as find out how monies raised are used, what programs are available to patients and their families and how you can help. You will also be able to sign up your team or join an existing team. Theater style refreshments will be served and multiple chances to win a Relay "Swag Bag" will be available for registering your team during kickoff. You can attend just to see what Relay is all about without joining. Let's all get together and fight this fight! If you have questions about kickoff you can call Kelly Feinberg at (517) 664-1438.

Webberville Community Schools ROOTS dedicated to teen safety


Project ROOTS is a teen leadership group dedicated to Reaching Out for Other Teens’ Safety. ROOTS takes on a variety of school-wide initiatives throughout the year including improving school spirit, Spartans of the Month, safe prom, drug/alcohol awareness, making smart decisions, anti-bullying, etc. Project ROOTS had their first mini-retreat in December. During this mini-retreat, guest speakers Aaron Harris and Laura Patterson lead the ROOTS members through a variety of teambuilding and leadership activities. This experience equipped ROOTS members with the tools that will allow them to make positive choices and develop the leadership potential that drives them to share those choices with their peers.

“Splash & Dash’ triathlon being held Feb. 17 at Howell Aquatic Center This indoor triathlon is held at the Howell Area Aquatic Center and is presented in partnership by the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority and the Howell Area Aquatic Center. Come swim, bike, and run all indoors! Whether this is your first ever or your motivation for the summer season, this event is for you! Scoring will be determined based on laps swam, miles biked, and miles ran with each discipline being timed for 20 minutes. Awards will be handed out based on age group. Awards to the top three places in each men’s and women’s group: 7-8 / 9-10 / 11-12 / 13-14 / 15-18 / 19-24 / 25-29 / 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70+. All early registrants will receive a race packet and t-shirt so please indicate t-shirt size when registering. Late registrants are not guaranteed a t-shirt. Event is held at the Howell Area Aquatic Center located at 1224 W. Grand River in Howell. Cost is $25 for early registration, $30 day of the event. Early registration and online registration end at 12:00pm on February 15, 2013. Registrations after this date are subject to late fees. On-site registration will begin at 8:00am on February 17 if openings remain. Registration is limited to the first 108 people, so register early to guarantee a spot! Participants will be divided into one of three start times: 8:30am, 10:00am, or 11:30am. Please indicate desired start time when registering. For more information, or to register, please contact the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority by calling 517/546-0693 ext. 0,, or stop by the Bennett Recreation Center at 925 W. Grand River in Howell. Contact us: 517-546-0693 ext. 0

For his achievements, Wickizer has been pushing himself to work hard because he really wants to be successful in life and go far. Wickizer’s advice to the underclassmen is, “Stay in school, it goes by fast, and to my younger sister Abby, I wish the best of luck to you in everything you do. Good luck in your high school career.” Wickizer attends Capital Area Career Center where he studies Auto Tech and intends to further his studies in the area. In the future, he plans

Williamston Theatre begins New Year with End Days performances

Senior Spotlight—Zack Wickizer By Beverlyn Salva Zack Wickizer is son of Amy and Ryan Wickizer. Wickizer transferred into Webberville High School his freshmen year. “Zack is a kind person who truly seems to care about others. He is always very verbal which can be a great thing for him,” said Mrs. Kerry Frawley, Social Worker at Webberville School. “He is a hard worker who has continued to push forward. He is the kind of person you can always count on. He will help you in any way he can to get the job done.” Wickizer has three siblings: the oldest, Jeff; his twin sister, Meagann; and his youngest sister, Abby. Wickizer enjoys watching tractor pulls, cars, and anything that is Auto-Tech related. In his spare time, he works odd jobs in Williamston, spends time enjoying the outdoors exploring, and spends time with his friends and family. In addition he participated in the Webberville FFA. “Zack is a very good worker and has been very helpful in managing the agriscience facilities,” said FFA Advisor Colleen Scott Keiser. “I am pleased that he is attending the Auto Tech program, this year. It will serve him well in his future.” According to Wickizer’s classmates Wickizer is fun to be around and a good friend that one can count on. “He is always there for his friends and easy to get along with,” said fellow senior Jarred Roby. He advises, “Always be careful of what you are doing, and always be yourself and never change.”

Mid-Michigan’s award winning professional theatre company, Williamston Theatre, located at 122 S. Putnam Street in downtown Williamston, is collaborating this season with the MSU Department of Theatre on End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer. Tickets are now on sale for this funny, yet poignant story about the power of family. End Days begins with five Preview performances starting Thursday, January 24. During the first four Previews audience members will have the opportunity to take part in the process of creating a show by participating in a talkback session with the director following each performance. The Official Opening Night is Friday, February 1 with the show scheduled to run through Sunday, February 24. Performances will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at eight o’clock and Sunday matinees at two o’clock with additional three o’clock matinees on Saturdays starting February 2. It’s 2003, and sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-yearold Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming on Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all. Hilariously funny and achingly poignant, End Days takes us on a wonderful journey exploring love, loss and the healing power of family. End Days is a co- production with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in West Bloomfield. Please be aware this show does contain mature language and themes. The cast of End Days consists of John Manfredi (Oedipus), Emily Sutton-Smith (The Usual, The Smell of the Kill) and MSU students Eric Eilersen (The Dead Guy), Andrew Head and Lydia Hiller. The Director is Williamston Theatre's Artistic Director, Tony Caselli (boom, The Usual). The production team includes Set Design by MSU faculty member Kirk Domer (Dead Man’s Shoes, While We Were Bowling), Lighting Design by Ryan Davies (The Usual, Eleemosynary), Costume Design by MSU faculty member Lane Fragomeli, Sound Design by MSU faculty member Jason Painter Price and Prop Design by Alex Gay. The Stage Manager is Stefanie Din. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can for Thursday, January 24. Remaining Preview tickets are $15.00! Starting Opening Night, tickets prices are $25.00 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $22.00 for Saturday and Sunday

matinees and $20.00 for Thursday evenings. Discounted rates are available for senior citizens (65 and older), students (with a valid student ID) and groups of 10 or more (booked at least 1 week in advance). Tickets can be ordered by calling (517) 655-SHOW (7469) Tuesday – Friday from 12 – 6pm or by visiting our website The Williamston Theatre and the Michigan State University Department of Theatre have entered into a partnership that will ensure collaborative projects between the two producing units like this production of End Days. The purpose of this alliance is to continue the successful mingling of academic and professional theatre artists. End Days is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Williamston Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional live theatre company, dedicated to producing plays that excite, engage and entertain our audiences. The theatre opened its doors in 2006 and has received a number of local awards including the 2008 Robert Busby Award for extraordinary overall contribution to theatre in the Greater Lansing Area. Williamston Theatre patrons will find ample parking on the street and in several municipal lots throughout the city. The theatre is located in downtown Williamston (exit 117 off of I-96) just south of Grand River Avenue. Additional information about the company and the 2013 Season is available online at or by calling (517) 655-SHOW (7469).

Fowlerville Rotary Club hosting ElvisJersey Boys tribute concert February 9 The Fowlerville Rotary club is planning an Elvis-Jersey Boys tribute concert on Saturday, February 9 at 7 pm at the Alverson Performing Arts Center located at Fowlerville High School. This Las Vegas type entertainment will be a great show by entertainers Dave King, Jonathan Dunn, Steve Roberts and Mark Smith, taking you back in time. Tickets are $10 in advance for adults and $7 for students. They are available from all Rotarians and at Edward Jones Steve MacDermaid, Harmon Real Estate, Paul Harmon; State Farm Insurance, Katie Pikkarainen, and Fowlerville News & Views. So plan to come for a trip down memory lane and some great songs from the 50’s and 60’s.

Fowlerville Fire Report The department responded to 14 emergencies this week. Thursday, January 3rd, the firefighters were dispatched to four medical emergencies. At 10:14 a.m. personnel responded to N. Grand Ave. in the Village. The second was at 11:47 a.m. on Hibbard Street in the Village. Personnel assisted the ambulance on N. Grand Ave. at 3:01 p.m. Firefighters responded to I-96 near the scales at 10:15 p.m. A medical emergency on Fowlerville Road in Handy Township was reported at 11:10 a.m., Friday, January 4th. Firefighters responded to a chimney fire in a residence on Sober Road in Conway Township at 12:13 a.m. Saturday, January 5th. At 9:07 a.m., Sunday, January 6th, a medical emergency on Layton Road in Handy Township was reported. Then at 7:18 p.m. the department was dispatched to investigate smoke alarms that had activated in a residence on Elliott Road in Iosco Township. Personnel responded to a medical emergency on Hazelnut Street in the Village at 10:15 p.m., Monday, January 7th. Tuesday, January 8th, at 9:53 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to assist EMS on Deacon Hill Road in Iosco Township. A second medical emergency, on Samantha Drive in Handy Township, was received at 2:56 p.m. Personnel responded to three medical emergencies Wednesday, January 9th. At 7:45 a.m. the department was dispatched to Brookdale Dr. in the Village. The second call was to Allan’s Drive in Handy Township and at 8:44 a.m. Then, at 2:08 p.m., a medical emergency on Grand River in the Village was reported.

Former Homemaker of the Year passes away in Australia The best friend of Fowlerville area resident Ardis Lelito, and former area resident Ruth Affleck, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2013 in Briskan Queens Land, Australia. Ruth was the owner of Alpaca Heaven and loved to spin and share her talents. She was the 2005 Livingston County Fowlerville Family Fair “Homemaker of the Year”. “She always encouraged you to think outside of the box and always made you feel you were a part of her big family,” said Ardis. “She was just an amazing friend.” “Ruth loved gardening and her herbs, but most of all her alpacas,” Ardis added. She is survived by a daughter and two brothers of Australia. Cremation has taken place in Australia and friends are planning a memorial here at a later date.

Around the House By Andy Lekarczyk

Last week we spoke of installing recessed lights without causing any drywall damage. This week let’s discuss switching these new fixtures. We have discussed the X-10 wireless controlled switching devices in past articles. I have been asked to list specific switches ‘I would use’ in a given lighting scenario. This will at least give you a starting point to address your individual needs. I welcome questions via web inquires at and would gladly answer any questions by phone 810-632-4837. First, you must know the safety rules when working with electrical wiring. Make sure the power is off and you understand what is needed to safely connect your devices. Call for the help of a friend versed in the trade if needed. Let’s say you want to add kitchen-recessed lights; two over an island, one each over the stove, refrigerator, sink, and finally one in each corner of the kitchen work area. You could wire all the lights together (if your circuit wiring can handle the added bulb wattages) and dim the lights as needed, but there is a better choice. I would suggest you wire the two island lights together, the sink, refrigerator, and stove light together, and finally the four corners together. We discussed ‘fishing’ wires last week; the article is achieved on our website Currently you only have one wall switch in your kitchen, so how are you going to control these lights? Let’s say you had a single light, surface mounted in the kitchen. Above that light is a box. If you can…. either position a recessed light in that area and route these wires into the junction box on the new light, or fish into this box and use a decorative cover on the old box. You will feed power, which will always be live from this box to the first light in the new wire runs. The recessed cans are removable thru the installation openings. It is not like a new construction recessed can light, which is permanently nailed in place. These ’clip’, once installed in the opening, to the ceiling drywall. X-10 manufactures a relay switch box designed to be installed in a junction box. Always check with your local inspector for their acceptance of devices you are using, read the specific directions with the parts and follow the local codes for a safe installation. These X-10 switches, or their style of wireless switch, will be hard to find locally. They may require an Internet purchase. Basically, you are feeding a live wire to this electronic switch (one electronic switch for each of the three areas). The old wall switch location

should have a live feed, a white neutral, and switch wiring going into the ceiling. There are different ways this could be wired, consult a pro if needed. X-10 also manufactures several different switch types; 2, 3 and 4 switch devices, which are also dimmable! The switch works wirelessly once powered to ‘talk’ to the relay switches remote. So everything has power and is waiting for a command. If you turn on the lights over the island using your wall switch, the other two areas remain off. If you’re baking and want the kitchen to have maximum lighting you can activate all three areas. Dimming is available with the proper switch. This allows multiple switching without ‘fishing’ wires into walls, allowing the use of your existing wiring. This example will give you an idea of the possibilities these devices offer. Consult your local electrical inspector or the manufacture for proper installation practices. Never work on live wires, and don’t guess. If you don’t know, hire a pro. Let’s say you want a garage exterior floodlight. You could find a live feed wire, add a motion wireless controlled light and control this light from your vehicle or anywhere in the house using a wireless hand held switch remote. No need to run wires into finished areas. The possibilities are limited by your own imagination! Hope this helps inspire you to make those improvements Around The House!

Swim-a-Thon fundraiser planned Jan. 31 at Howell Aquatic Center The Swim-a-Thon is Howell Sea Serpents one big fundraiser each year. Swimmers have a maximum of two hours to swim up to 200 lengths of the pool at the Howell Area Aquatic Center (that’s about 2.84 miles!). The Swim-aThon is set up to be tons of fun for swimmers with activities, competitions, and prizes. Help support the Howell Sea Serpents reach their 2013 goal of raising a total of $10,000. Last year, the fundraiser helped fund a new swim clinic as well as purchase new timing equipment, an underwater camera, swim equipment, swimmer awards, t-shirts, a travel meet, and much more! Come support the Howell Sea Serpents on Thursday, January 31 at the Howell Aquatic Center (1224 W. Grand River in Howell) from 4:30pm-6:30pm. If you’re interested in volunteering at any of the events, email the Howell Sea Serpents The Howell Sea Serpents is a year-round, competitive USA Swimming team. The program is designed for swimmers ages 5-18 who want to reach their individual potential in age-group competitive swimming. The experienced, USA Swimming-certified coaches encourage fitness, safety, and teamwork in helping to develop and refine a swimmer’s skill. The Sea Serpents participate in USA Swimming sanctioned meets throughout the year in Southeast Michigan. Experienced swimmers have even competed in both State and National competitions! Contact us: 517-546-0693 ext. 0

IMPORTANT DATES: January 17-Full Day of School January 18--NO School—End of 1st Semester Any students with High School courses need to coordinate their exams with their High School teachers. January 21--NO School – Martin Luther King Holiday *** With Gladiator Olympics coming up February 8 we are meeting every week this month! Here are the dates: PAC Meetings---Tues., Jan 15 from 5:30-6:30 in the JH Library Thur., Jan. 24 from 5:30-6:30 in the JH Library Tues, Jan. 29 from 5:30-6:30 in the JH Library Tues, Feb. 5 from 4:00-5:00 in the JH Library Student council meeting…… February 4. *** SPORTS FOR WEEK OF JAN. 14: Monday, Jan. 14 wrestling for 7th & 8th graders will begin. Practice is in the FHS Auxiliary gym from 2:304:30 pm daily. Wrestlers should report to the FHS athletic locker room to change for practice. Wed., Jan. 16: Girls Basketball vs Jackson Parkside-7th H, 8th A; 4:30 Bus 2:45 Due to the low number of girls out for 7th girls' basketball, this team will be playing 1 game only for each date. Mrs. Recker continues to collect VG receipts for the athletic program. Receipts may be dropped off anytime at the FJH office. THANK YOU to those who have contributed in the past. *** Thursday, January 17.....Junior High National Honor Society is hosting a Winter Dance from 2:30-4:00pm. *** Let It Snow: The Fowlerville Snow Club is anxiously awaiting the first snow! The club is open to 5th through 12th grade students. We ski/board at Mt. Brighton every week through February. If you have any used equipment you would like to sell, please feel free to bring it to the meeting. For further information, please contact Ms. DeLuca at (517) 223-6250. *** Magazine Orders……If you would like to check, go to and look up your order or call our customer care line at 1-800-251-1542 and they will look up your order for you. Magazines take about 8-10 weeks to start to deliver and depending on the magazine they may start at different times. *** The FJH Friends of Rachel is gearing up to hold the annual Maison Wilkinson Fundraiser. Last year's event was a HUGE success, but it wouldn't have been as successful without the help of you. For those of you who are unaware of the situation with Maison, his life

was tragically cut short in the fall of his third grade year. He would have currently been a freshman. This fundraiser is used to help raise money for the annual soccer scholarship given to a Fowlerville High School male and female athlete each year. This scholarship helps keep Maison's memory alive, as well as assist our very own students to further their education. We will be holding this event on Saturday, March 23 in the Junior High gym. The garage sale, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and bake sale will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are able to donate any items to be sold or auctioned off, Please call 223-6225. As always, thank you for being part of a community who knows how to rally around its neighbors. Fowlerville is a great place to work and/or raise your family. *** The Fowlerville Junior High Drama Club proudly presents this year’s play, Spy TV. In a society obsessed with television, YouTube and reality shows, Spy TV is a spoof on what happens when a school becomes a “camera crazed” atmosphere for students, parents and teachers. You won’t be disappointed! Ticket prices are $3 for students and adults with a 7:00 p.m. performance on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26. Tickets will be available starting Monday, January 14 in the main office, and will be sold at all student lunches beginning Tuesday, January 22. Tickets will also be available at the door, but get them early to avoid a sold out performance! Any questions can be directed to Carla Smith at or at 223-6226. *** The Junior High Lunch Program is looking for donations of any type of games (board games, ping pong, fooseball, air hockey, etc.) and also playground type equipment (footballs, basketballs, volleyballs, jump ropes, soccer balls, etc). *** The Livingston Community Prevention Project and Project SUCCESS would like all parents and community members to join us in our 2013 Prescription Drug Awareness Campaign to help prevent youth prescription drug abuse. The campaign will provide information to students, parents, and the community starting January 28 through school displays, posters, fliers, and media outlets. Did you know…1in 4 teens has abused a prescription (Rx) medication. This means they have used their own or someone else’s Rx medication to get high or change the way they feel. Here are some simple things you can do: • Keep all prescription drugs in a secure location and monitor their use • Talk to your teens about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs • Learn and notice signs of prescription drug abuse • Access resources and support from the Smart Moves Smart Choices website or from your school staff and Project SUCCESS Counselor • Visit to learn more, and join us in our efforts to promote the health and safety of all Livingston County youth. For more information, or if you would like to get involved in

any substance abuse prevention efforts, contact Kris Nelson,

Fowlerville wrestlers on winning track Fowlerville High School’s wrestling team has three wrestlers that are still undefeated and one with only one loss. Adam Coon, Brian Moran and Dean Roberts are presently undefeated and Austin Cottongim has only one loss. The Team is undefeated in duals (5-0) and is leading the CAAC Red division for the conference championship. The Glads have won the Lansing Eastern tournament and the ICL Throwback tournament. On December 29 the team placed fourth in the star-studded tournament at Goodrich, the highest team placing ever. It is hard to pick out the most improved wrestler at this time because so many have improved. There are 16 wrestlers that have winning records against some pretty good competition.

Fowlerville Wrestling Results The Fowlerville wrestling team finished with a 4 win, 1 loss record at the Bendle tournament. The team lost the opening dual of the day to Capac, then woke up and went on to beat Lutheran Westland, Saginaw Valley Lutheran, New Boston Huron and Pinconning. Undefeated wrestlers were Anthony Ziegman, Jordan Jabara and John Russo. At the Detroit Catholic Central Tournament, the wrestling team had six placers in the top eight, with two of them being champions, Brian Moran and Adam Coon. The Glads finished 5th overall of the 19 teams and the highest Division 2 team beating some higher ranked teams.

Livingston Acoustic Music Society offering jam sessions to the community The Livingston Acoustic Music Society (LAMS) jam sessions are open to interested musicians, singers and listeners. We include many different instruments, styles of music and levels from beginners to accomplished. Time: The third Saturday of the month; 7-11 p.m. Location: Fowlerville Church of the Nazarene; 8040 Country Corner Dr, Fowlerville. In the strip mall just south of the I-96 (over pass) bridge on Fowlerville Rd. We are a fun, no obligation, family friendly, music sharing, relaxed, informal group. The next jam session is scheduled for January 19 from 711 p.m.

Knocking down the J in the second quarter of the Varsity game is John Grable (32) catching the pass.

Fowlerville boy’s varsity basketball team loses to Mason Jan. 8, 69-54 The Fowlerville Varsity boy’s basketball team lost its first contest of 2013 by a final score of 69 to 54 to Mason on Tuesday, January 8. The Gladiators were ahead by 32 at the half, but a poor third quarter with Mason outscoring them 26 to 8 was their downfall. Patrick Harmon led the team with 14 points. Carter Collins fell just shy of a double-double, scoring 10 points and dishing out nine assists. Garret Brigham pitched in six rebounds.

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