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Fowlerville News & Views Online Edition April 7, 2013

Spring Break fun at the Centennial Park Last Thursday the temperatures got above 50 degrees, prompting area residents to go outside and enjoy various outdoors activities. For area school children who were on Spring Break, it was a chance to have some fun before returning to classes. Among those taking advantage of the opportunity was Liam Trieskey, the six-year-old son of Adria Trieskey of Fowlerville. They were at the Rotary Centennial Park, along with other families. Liam is shown here climbing on the Tic Tack Toe playground equipment. He’s a kindergartener who says he “likes to climb.”

Jazzercise in Fowlerville holding Open House on Saturday, April 13 Are you looking for a fun and effective workout that will improve your health both inside and out? Jazzercise in Fowlerville may be just what you are looking for! Burn up to 600 calories in one fun and powerfully effective 60-minute total body workout. Every Jazzercise class combines dance-based cardio with strength training and stretching to sculpt, tone and lengthen muscles for maximum fat burn. Choreographed to today's hottest music, Jazzercise is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. Come to an Open House on Saturday, April 13, from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. for free trial classes and check out othe newly renovated aerobic dance floor! Jazzercise Fowlerville is located at 106 S. Second Street in the “old post office building”. “You will love the motivating and friendly atmosphere,” said the owner, Tonya LaMothe. “It is designed for all ages, genders, and fitness levels. Start dancing yourself fit and change the shape of your body today. You just might discover this is the workout you have been looking for.” Tonya took over ownership of the local Jazzercise last May. She is a first-grade teacher at Southwest Elementary in Howell. “We recently did some renovations to the facility including the installation of a new foam floor that lessens shock absorption,” she noted. “We’re holding the Open House to show off these improvements and to detail what we offer.” Fowlerville Jazzercise has 15 classes with Tonya teaching six of them. “Most of our classes are cardiovascular, but we also offer rehabilitative ones,” she said. “I also teach a Junior Jazzercise class for kids between five and 12 years of age. I love kids, so this is a special one for me.”

Plainfield United Methodist Church serving chicken dinner April 13 The Plainfield United Methodist Church is serving a chicken and biscuit supper on Saturday, April 13 starting at 5 pm. A free will donation will be taken and take outs will be available. The church is located at 17845 M-36, north of Gregory.

Avoiding a “Silent Spring” While assessing the work that needs to be done around the house this spring, I noticed two robins hopping about on the lawn. They and the exploding pussy willow out back are sure signs that basement, garage and yard all need some quick cleanup and maintenance before the growing season is upon us. But those robins also remind me of something else. I have been rereading Rachel Carsen’s “Silent Spring”, and I can remember those almost “birdless” days of the mid to late fifties when our “over serious” efforts with destroying Dutch Elm disease, Japanese beetles and mosquitoes, resulted in the massive destruction of birds, animals and friendly insects. We humans made unbelievably stupid decisions where the introduction of chemicals into our environment was concerned. If you like Stephen King novels they are pale in comparison to some of the catastrophes that we willfully exposed ourselves to back several decades ago. Now, of course, we’re smarter. At least I hope we’re smarter because there are a lot more of us to make mistakes and the products and services available for our use and to make mistakes with, have greatly increased. And we are accumulating waste materials in our basements, garages and yards like never before, waste materials begging to be correctly disposed of during these spring cleanups. Here in Michigan, experts tell us, we daily produce enough trash to fill the Pontiac Silverdome twice. How much of that is reusable and how much is potentially hazardous to our environment? Is it any wonder that existing landfill sites are becoming stuffed, and that the establishment of new ones is becoming increasingly difficult? Oh yes, and we’re importing more trash from Canada just to make the job even tougher. Here in Michigan and across America, experts also tell us that the average home holds three to ten gallons of hazardous chemicals in the kitchen, basement, shed and garage. Broken down, the term hazardous means toxic, harmful to human or aquatic life; corrosive, will corrode steel or alter skin tissue; reactive, has the potential to explode or give off poisonous gasses, and; ignitable, has the tendency to burn readily or has a low flashpoint. If we are still wondering about where three to five gallons of these kinds of materials might come from in our houses, consider the following. Is there any gasoline, kerosene, waste motor oil, antifreeze or an old car battery in your garage? How about floor polish, furniture polish, drain cleaner, oven cleaner,

chlorine bleach or toilet bowl cleaner? Do you have any latex oil or lead base paints or thinners, turpentine, mineral spirits or solvents? Do you have any wood preservatives, weed killers, insecticides, roach or ant killers? I do and suddenly the business of cleaning and preparing yard, garage and basement takes on a whole new set of dimensions. Fortunately there is assistance as close as the telephone when it becomes time to get rid of the remnants of these items. The Waste Management Division of the Department of Natural Resources is willing to help if we will just call (517) 373-9875. And the Michigan Department of Agriculture or the County Extension Agency can advise on either careful application of or alternatives to chemically spraying lawns and trees. We no longer have any good excuses not to be smarter than we were fifty or so years ago as we use or dispose of chemicals or hazardous materials. We just have to take the time to get involved and become part of the solution to the problem of environmental contamination. I’m selfish. I want to see the new life and hear the sounds of every new spring for a long time to come.

Fundraiser being held April 11 benefitting Livingston County Hunger Council On Thursday, April 11 a one-of-a-kind event will be held at the Lingenfelter Car Collection in Brighton, benefitting the Livingston County Hunger Council. Attendees will experience one hundred and fifty of the most exclusive cars in the United States, including the Lamborghini Reventon #12 – one of 20 ever made. Guests could win a ride in a car of their dreams – a Bugatti Veyron, or Ferrari Enzo! Some of the evening’s activities involve playing Car-Opoly, a twist on a classic game. Between the trivia, fun facts, top hats, prizes, networking opportunities, great food and drinks, and world-class cars, guests are assured to have a most memorable evening. Additionally, 10% of the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering clothing line sales will go to the Livingston County Hunger Council. Tickets are $50 per person, available at, or by calling 810-494-3000. Business or cocktail attire is requested. Help Drive Hunger Out of Livingston County!

bachelor’s degree. When he was asked how he felt about being nominated Student of the Week, Devon said, “I’m very surprised, but I’m proud that other people see that I should deserve this [award].” If you see Devon walking through the hallways, make sure to congratulate him for being such a stellar student and achieving greatness within his community. Congratulations Devon!

Student of the Week – Devon Wadsworth By Christopher Blum

Congratulations to this week’s Student of the Week, Devon Wadsworth! Devon, a senior, lives with his mom LeaAnn Starkel and his step dad Mark Starkel, who he loves spending time with. Outside of school, Devon participates in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and works at Fowlerville’s own The Grille in the Ville. Taylor Usery, one of Devon’s friends, said that Devon, “…gives his best effort 100% of the time.” This year, Devon’s classes consist of Nutrition, Advanced Conditioning, College Prep English, Yearbook, College Math & Trigonometry, and Automotive Fundamentals. He also takes a class on food through CO-OP. Out of all of these diverse classes, Devon says he likes Advanced Conditioning the most, and he enjoys benefiting his personal health. His favorite teacher is Mr. Schmitt because, as Devon says, “…he tells jokes and knows how to have fun, but he still teaches what we [the students] need to know.” Mrs. Hardenbrook, Devon’s Yearbook teacher, said that, “This year Devon has gone above and beyond in yearbook class. He has taken on more of a leadership role in the class than I expected from him, which is such a nice surprise. He is such a nice, polite student and we enjoy having him in class every day.” Devon’s favorite thing about FHS is that he gets to be around the friends that he grew up with, but he does wish that there wouldn’t be as much drama in the school. After high school, Devon plans on continuing his education in computer technology by attending Cleary College to get his

OFFICE HOURS: Administration Office 7:00 am – 3:30 pm Counseling Office 6:00 am - 2:30 pm *** IMPORTANT DATES: April 11--½ day Conferences 1-4 & 5-7:30 *** The Fowlerville High School Art Department is pleased to announce 10 winners in this year’s Scholarship Alert Competition! Scholarship Alert is a prestigious juried art competition held at the Lansing Art Gallery for area high school students. The following students had their art work selected: Abigail Tipper, Michael Payton, Zella Patrick, Brandon Chandler, Sheridan Heath, Shelby Gregg, Savanna Reske, Alyssa Westlake, Isabella Sebastian, and Brendan Bowers, who won the William Davis Memorial Award for a $100.00. The artwork will be on display at the Lansing Art Gallery April 3-26 located at 119 North Washington Square, Lansing. *** On Friday, May 17 any Fowlerville High School Senior that has applied to LCC is invited to go on a field trip to West Campus to take all of their placement tests, meet with an advisor to schedule classes, take a campus tour, and enjoy a healthy lunch!! The LCC bus will pick students up at the high school at 8:00 am. Please contact Mrs. Petit in the Fowlerville High School Counseling Office if you have questions, or would like to sign up for the trip. or call 517223-6106. *** Senior parents to order your cap, gowns and announcements go to *** Parents having trouble using Zangle to view grades, e-mail questions to ***

Michigan House Report By Cheryl Poch Keep your ‘eye’ out for our upcoming newsletter. It will be in COLOR! I can hardly wait. Our very first color newsletter. It will feature our summer reading programs and special events that will be going on during the summer months – plus much more information you will want to keep up on as the library will be a hoppin’ place this coming summer. National Library is Week is coming up and we would like to extend an awesome deal to those who have long overdue materials. Bring in your long overdue materials and there will be no fines! That’s right – NO fines. So dig under the blankets, look under the bed and search the back of your car, bring in your overdue materials – no questions asked – fines will be forgiven. This event will begin in another week – APRIL 14 through 21! This coming Friday is National Drop Everything and Read Day! Wow, I’ve always wanted an excuse to drop everything. Friday the 12th just might be that day. Here are some of the books I would ‘drop’ everything for: Mariana by Kearsley, Pillars of the Earth by Follett, Laura Levine mysteries, Lisa See novels, The Given Day by Lehane, Collected Verse of Edgar A. Guest, and many more. So come on in before this coming Friday and take out a book or two that you would drop everything for – just to read! Here are a few NEW non-fiction titles that just arrived...The Heartbeat at your feet – a practical, compassionate New Way to train your dog. The Icarus Deception by Godin. He states: “The old rules: Play it safe. Stay in your comfort zone. Find an institution, a job, a set of rules to stick to. Keep your head down. Don’t fly too close to the sun.” Then he goes on to say “The new truth: It’s better to be sorry than safe. You need to fly higher than ever.” Want to learn how to knit? Then try one of our how-to-library books called Learning to Knit! There are many more NEW non-fiction books located on our NEW nonfiction display rack by the circulation desk...Check them out. Till next week: “Youth isn’t a number; it’s an attitude!”

Cindy Denby, 47th District

As we move closer to summer and warm temperatures, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources would like to remind anyone who plans on operating a watercraft this year to take a boating safety course. Anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 1978 may operate a personal watercraft (PWC) without restrictions, but those born after that date must obtain a boater's safety certificate. The minimum age to operate a PWC in Michigan is 14 years old. Classroom and online options are available to those who are interested. Spring is the optimal time to take these courses, so that the safety information you learn is fresh in your mind for the duration of the boating season. For more information and resources, I encourage you to visit the DNR boating website at Happy boating! *** If you have any questions or need assistance with any state issues, please contact me toll free at 866-828-4863 or via e-mail at

MLB Pitch, Hit & Run being held on Sunday, April 28 at Howell The Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority will be hosting the Aquafina MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run competition on Sunday, April 28, beginning at 1 p.m. The event is being held at Three Fires Elementary School, 4125 Crooked Lake Road in Howell. Competitors will be divided into four age divisions: 7-8 / 9-10 / 11-12 / 13-14. Boys and girls will compete together. Age groups are determined based on birthday on July 17, 2013. Each participant will have the opportunity to show their skills at pitching, hitting, and running. Winners will move on to a sectional competition, with the chance to compete at the home of the Detroit Tigers – Comerica Park. And, ultimately, if they win there, they have a chance to compete at the 2013 MLB AllStar Game! This is a FREE event. For more information, or to register, please contact the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority at 517/546-0693 ext. 0 or visit

Area Death—

Eva J. Palmerton Eva J. Palmerton, age 94, of Howell, died Wednesday. March 27, 2013. She was born Aug. 20, 1918 in Howell to Russell & Ethel (Dean) Van Amberg and married Glen Palmerton in Howell. He preceded her in death in 1976. Eva loved cooking and baking for her family and helped her husband run Glen’s Standard Service for many years, washing cars, waiting pumps and picking up parts. In their early years, she loved going hunting and fishing with Glen, even coon hunting. Surviving are her son : Fred (Dottie) Palmerton of Howell, 2 daughters: Glenda (Tom) Heintz of Howell and Jane Ann (John) Mills of Fowlerville, 16 grandchildren and many greatgrandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and her sister : Ella May Aldrich. She was preceded in death by dear friend Bob Botko and 4 brothers. Services were held at 11a..m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Fowlerville Freedom Center Church (located in the Senior Center, former school on North Collins Street) with Pastor Dan Vander Velde officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Livingston County Salvation Army. Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home, Fowlerville

Mary Patricia Dorin Mary Patricia Dorin, age 75, died at her Fowlerville home on March 26, 2013. She was born the daughter of Alden and Irene Arnold on March 15, 1938 in Marine City, Michigan and now rests in the arms of the Lord. She faced her battle against cancer with humor and bravery, never letting on how difficult her days may have been. Pat retired from the Fowlerville School system in 2001 where she worked as a custodian. During her tenure she indulged in her hobby of collecting pop cans and amassed over $12,000 worth in her 15 years of service to the school system. She was a member of the Friends In Focus Club in Fowlerville for over 40 years and enjoyed many outings with the group, all the while growing her circle of friends. Pat loved flowers and kept her property landscaped with beautiful flower beds, and was never without the company of her rottwielers, Winnie and Shatze, while she enjoyed her morning coffee. For many years she found enjoyment on the water in Port Sanilac. She is survived by her longtime companion of 30 years, Jim McDonald, her daughters Kellie (Dave) Hicks, Krystin (Mike) Rodoski, grandchildren Catherine Hicks, Cara (Ben) Idoni, William (Alicia) Hicks, Mitchell and Alita Clark, as well two great grandchildren, Marcus and Derek Pacheco. Her sense of humor lives on in her children and grandchildren. She was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Robert L. Paddock, Jr. Robert L. Paddock, Jr., age 52, of Howell, died Saturday. March 30, 2013. He was born May 31, 1960 in Detroit to Robert L. Sr. & Rita (Malek) Paddock. He married Joanne (Sperry) in Gaylord on May 17, 1984. Mr. Paddock was a machinist, enjoyed hunting and was a great husband and father who loved his children. Surviving are his wife: Joanne, 2 children: Bobby and Jessie, parents: Robert & Rita, 2 sisters: Rhonda & Rita and 2 brothers: Randy & Ricky. Memorial services were held on Wednesday. April 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 6481 Faussett Rd., Howell with Fr. Gregg A. Pleiness officiating. Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel, Fowlerville.

“I would like to thank Josh Depue, my family, and all of my friends for all of the help throughout high school, I will definitely miss the class of 2013 and our advisors,” said Sleight.

Senior Spotlight-- Brad Sleight By Derek Woodrow

You can find this week’s senior spotlight at Capital Area Career Center studying Automotive Technology. Brad Sleight came to Webberville in the fall of 2006 where he became friends with many new students and knew right then that he wanted to finish his educational career with Webberville Community Schools. “I remember when Brad came to Webberville we had the same teacher, Mr. Hernchark,” said fellow senior Trenton Hawley. Sleight is the son of Jeff and Heather Sleight; Sleight was there first-born son. Sleight also has a Step mom, Debbie Sleight who is married to his father, Jeff. Sleight has four siblings; Brittney, Tamara, and Lydin Sleight and Christian Lare. “The best memory I have from school is when Trenton Hawley, Derek Woodrow, and I went to Crystal Michigan for Aaron Driver’s birthday party, it was so much fun,” said Sleight. Sleight was involved with football and baseball for 1 year, golf for 3 years, and basketball for 4 years. Sleight has been very active in sports ever since attending Webberville. Mrs. Eileen Slider was Sleights biggest inspiration during school. “Mrs. Slider was a very fun and outgoing teacher. She was always there to help me and push me during school and make sure I did my best. She never let me off easy,” said Sleight. After high school, Sleight plans to get a job in the automotive industry.

IMPORTANT DATES: April 7 – Spring Break Ends April 8 – School Resumes April 8-12 – Book Fair: see times below April 9- Art Night 5:00-7:00 April 11 – Fundraiser Order Delivery Date: Pick up in the afternoon/evening April 11 – ½ Day of School For All Students K-12 (Dismissal time for Elementary is 12:18 pm) April 11 – Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 – 4:00 pm and 5:00 – 7:30 pm April 17-3:45 PTC Meeting: Nominations for 2013-2014 Board *** “The Goodies Factory” Fundraiser Info–Delivery Date is April 11, which will coincide with conference day. Remember to keep the PINK COPY so you know who ordered what. *** Kindergarten Tours-Once again we encourage local preschools (and parents!) to make arrangements with us to tour our school and visit Kindergarten classrooms. This opportunity assists the youngsters in making the transition in the fall. Please call the office to make an appointment for a visit! 517223-6430.

Howell Rec presents ‘Soccer Shots’, begining week of April 9 Soccer Shots sessions have been professionally designed and are led by trained instructors. The objective of each session is to introduce your child to the sport of soccer. Character development, physical skills, and fun are guaranteed in this exciting new program. Cost is $60 for residents of the City of Howell, Oceola, Genoa, and Marion Townships and $120 for non-residents. Soccer Shots sessions begin on Saturday, April 13 for ages 3-8, Tuesday, April 9 for ages 3-5, and Wednesday, April 10 for ages 6-8. For more information, or to register, please contact the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority at 517/5460693 ext. 0 or visit

Shown here from a previous shredding day are John Boris, Board Member, on the left, and Dale Fossee.

Recycle Livingston offering shredding day on Saturday, April 20 Recycle Livingston will be having a Shredding Day on Sat. April 20 (The Saturday after tax season), from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Recycle Livingston location, at 170 Catrell, Howell. No appointments are necessary. A box is defined as one- foot square by two feet long. There is a $3 gate fee for nonmembers. Non-members can bring three boxes included within the $3 gate fee. Members can bring three boxes for free. There will be a $1 charge for each additional box greater than 3. Persons with more than six boxes will need to go to the end of the line. The vendor will be General Shredding of Grosse Pointe.

Livingston Natural Parent & Great Cloth Diaper Change planned April 20 My Baby First, LLC, of Webberville, and Restored Life Health Center, of Howell, are partnering to host the Livingston Natural Parent Expo & Great Cloth Diaper Change 2013. The expo will provide information on local businesses, within Livingston County, who center around families, gluten-free foods, local produce, organic products, and resource information for families. The event takes place April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Restored Life Health Center, 4343 E. Grand River; Howell. Among the events are: cloth diaper donation collection, grab bags, grand prize & gift basket raffles (winners announced at 1 pm), organic skincare sampling, gluten-free snacks, henna & glitter body art, face painting and massages.

Important Information for the 2012- 2013 School Year: April 11– ½ day school Parent/Teacher Conferences April 26– No School Teacher Professional Development May 2- 4th Grade Play 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Alverson Center for Performing Arts May 1 & 2– Limo rides for Kreeger students that sold $200 or more during the Frankenmuth Fundraiser May 23- Volunteer Tea May 27– Memorial Day No School *** Box Tops, VG Receipts, Campbell Soup Labels: Remember to keep collecting Tyson A+ labels, Vg's receipts, and Campbell's labels, in addition to Box Tops! *** Meijer’s Community Rewards and Target Program: Kreeger Elementary is enrolled in the Meijer’s Community Rewards Program. When you apply for a Meijer’s Credit Card or Meijer’s Guest Card, be sure to use the Kreeger number 199139. The Meijer’s Corporation supports schools by returning a portion of qualified customer purchases to the school! When using the Target program remember to mention Kreeger Elementary. Remember, “Every little bit helps!” Thanks for your support. *** Frankenmuth Fundraiser Limo Rides: Limo rides have been scheduled for those students that have sold $200 or more in our Frankenmuth Fundraiser for May 1 and 2. Those students will have a limo ride and lunch at Wendy’s. We will send home notes, as the dates get closer.

Stiltwalker arriving in Howell On Saturday, April 13 Join the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority as it cheers on Neil Sautier, the Michigan Stiltwalker as he walks 400 miles on stilts in 18 days! He is working to raise $90,000 in donations for United Cerebral Palsy. Neil is coming to Howell on Saturday, April 13, and you’re invited to help cheer him on at the Cobb-Hall Insurance Courtyard at 223 W. Grand River in Howell at 12:00pm. Neil will give a brief presentation about his 400 mile stiltwalk across Michigan. Snacks will be provided by the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority and Buffalo Wild Wings of Howell. Join us at this FREE event! To donate to United Cerebral Palsy, visit, there you can download a flyer that you can take to Bob Evans of Howell, who will donate 15% of proceeds. For more information please contact the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority at 517/546-0693 ext. 0.

WEBBERVILLE SCHOOLS DISTRICT NEWS School will resume on Monday, April 8. *** Board Meeting – The next board meeting of the Webberville Community Schools Board of Education is on Monday, April 15 at 7:00PM in the Spartan Center community room. *** Mobile Dentists – The Mobile Dentists will be at Webberville Schools on April 17 and 18 from 8:00AM – 3:00PM. Children ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years old may be seen. They accept Medicaid and private insurance. There are also grants available as well as subsidized fees. If you have any questions, or need the registration forms, please contact Kerry Frawley at 521-3071 ext: 204 or *** Senior Citizen & WCS Retiree Breakfast – The spring breakfast is scheduled for Friday, April 19 at 8:30AM in the elementary multipurpose room. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Barbara Weathers at 521-3422 ext: 106 or by Wednesday, April 10. *** WJAA Registration - WJAA Baseball and Softball registration is open for players and coaches. Please go to and register today! Practices will begin in April for both sports. *** LTBF Memorial Day Run - The Lest They be Forgotten 5K run/walk and 10K run is on Monday, May 27, 2013. The entry fee for adults is $20.00 and for children under 14 it is $12.00. For more information contact Dan McCoy, Race Director, 517468-1644, email: or visit our website at: You may also register on line at: *** Trivia Night – The Webberville Athletic Boosters are sponsoring a Trivia Night on Saturday, April 20 at Oak Lane Golf Course. Doors open at 6:30PM and trivia begins at 7:00PM. Tables of up to 8 people will compete with other groups to answer trivia questions. The cost is $10.00 per person and cash prizes will be awarded. Please register your team by calling Janell at 517-376-0671.

WEBBERVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Elementary Spring Pictures – Spring pictures will be taken on Tuesday, April 9th. *** Kindergarten Round-Up – Calling all members of the Class of 2025! Kindergarten Round-up is scheduled for Friday, April

12. If your child turns 5 on or beforeNovember 1, 2013, they can enroll in kindergarten. Parents are encouraged to call the elementary school office at 521-3071, ext 200, to reserve a time on Friday, April 12. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization record, social security number and proof of residence (utility bill). We look forward to welcoming our new Webberville STARS! *** Talent Show – The Webberville Elementary Talent Show will be held on Friday, April 26 at 1:30PM. If any student would like to participate in the show, the application is due to Ms. Filipiak by Monday, April 15. *** Elementary Carnival – It’s time for the Webberville Elementary Spring Carnival sponsored by the Webberville Elementary Boosters. The carnival will be held on Friday, April 19 from 5:30PM – 7:30PM. Throughout the school you will find games, tattoos, popcorn and other activities including dinner for a dollar! Tickets are 4 for $1.00. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Treva at 517-388-2761.

WEBBERVILLE SECONDARY SCHOOL MS/HS Yearbooks – Yearbooks are now on sale. They are full color and cost $50.00 each. If you would like to order one, please see any journalism student or Ms. Scott-Keiser. Checks should be made out to Webberville Community Schools. *** Middle School Spring Sports – Practice for middle school students participating in a spring sport begins on Monday, April 8. All athletes must have a sports physical before they will be allowed to participate in practice. *** Middle School Musical – The middle school musical theater students will perform “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” on Friday, April 12 for one show only at 6:00PM. Tickets will be available at the door for $5.00 each. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this performance! *** NHS Induction Ceremony – The new members of the National Honor Society will be inducted on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00PM. The ceremony will take place in the high school cafeteria and will be followed by a dessert reception. *** Special Education Transition Night – Information regarding post-secondary options will be presented on Thursday, April 18 in the Spartan Center from 4:30PM – 6:30PM. Please RSVP to Ms. Griswold at 521-3447 ext: 324 if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Panozzo-Jones at or Tiffany Wright at

Michigan Senate Report By Joe Hune, 22nd District

Support bills to streamline prescription forms The term “health insurance” is very likely a point of contention in most conversations these days due to the cost, red tape and proposed reforms. For instance, many health insurance companies require what’s called “prior authorization” before they cover certain prescription drugs or medical procedures. Currently, there are more than 150 separate health insurers in Michigan, each with its own form for prior authorization requests. This just adds another level of bureaucracy to an already-lagging health care system. I recently supported Senate Bills 178 and 179 to streamline the process by requiring one standardized form for use by all medical insurers in Michigan. Under this common sense legislation, a group comprised of prescribers, insurers, pharmacists, hospitals and others would work together to develop the form. The reform would cut through mounds of bureaucratic paperwork and allow health care providers more time to spend with their patients – the best medicine for anyone waiting to see their doctor! SBs 178 and 179 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

St. Mary’s in Williamston holding rummage sale April 12—14 St. Mary’s Parish in Williamston is holding a rummage sale on April 12 (10 am to 7 pm), April 13 (9 am to 4 pm) and April 14 (10 am to 2 pm). Items for sale include clothing, books, toys, household items and much more! A bag sale and ½ off all prices will begin at 2 pm on Saturday and be offered all day Sunday. The church is located at 220 Cedar Street in Williamston.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University comes to Calvary Baptist Church, starting April 21 Financial Peace University is a life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money. You'll be empowered with the practical skills and confidence needed to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace! Each of the nine video lessons deals with a different topic that will change the way you think about personal finance. With humor and energy, Dave teaches about how to save money, live on a budget, communicate about money, eliminate debt, find bargains, and experience the joy of giving. Since its inception in 1994 FPU has helped more than 1.5 million families positively change their financial future. Through common-sense principles and small-group accountability, FPU gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially. On average families who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days. Following the class nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly. This course will be held on Sunday nights from 6:00 – 8:00 PM starting April 21. The cost is $89 per person or couple. Each registrant will receive a workbook, audio cd’s and access to online tools. To register, contact Calvary at 521-4700. Calvary is located at 500 N Howard Street in Webberville; three blocks north of Grand River and three blocks west of Main Street.

38th Crop Hunger Walk being held on April 28 for area food banks Our community still needs help with the tough economic times. The CROP Hunger Walks are designed to support our local food banks with 25% of the funds collected. Monies will go to support the Webberville Food Bank under the direction of Dorthy Hart, as well as the Williamston, Dansville and Stockbridge food banks. The CROP Walk will begin at 2 pm at the Williamston United Methodist Church and the route will walk around Williamston. This year we will also be holding a canned food drive to support local food partners. They also assist disadvantaged people at home and around the world. CROP funds are used for local and international hunger needs, medical care, disaster relief, and self-help development efforts. We can help the CROP Hunger Walk by working with pledge sponsors, giving on-line and praying. If you can find a way to help contact Bonnie Elzerman at (517) 490-8039, Janice or Bill Wheeler at (517) 521-3111. Let’s make this the BEST CROP WALK EVER!

Important Dates: April 8—Return to School April 11—1/2 Day of School/Parent Teacher Conferences April 12—Black & White Dance 2:30-4:30 pm *** IMPORTANT: Student pick up and drop off is to be in the circle drive only. We've had many vehicles driving through the staff parking lot and it's causing a significant safety concern. Thank you for helping us to make these busy times as safe as possible! *** AIRBEADS! A neat air freshener item in your favorite 2-color combination is for sale by 7th & 8th grade athletes. This hanging item is made in Michigan & is NOT sold in stores. Athletes are taking orders; match up the decor in your home, the camper, the car, or display your favorite school colors or college loyalties. The hanging AIRBEAD sells for $7 or 3/$20. Monies raised will help with items useful for the FJH athletic program. Questions can be directed to Judy Recker, A.D. at 223-6179. All orders are due back to Mrs. Recker by Wednesday, April 10. *** Questions about Field trips? Please contact the following for each grade. 6th grade……Mrs. Sinke/Mrs. Messner………223-6259 7th grade……Mrs. Mathis…………………….223-6171 8th grade……Mrs. Miller……………………..223-6221 *** Vision Screening for all 7th grade and Special Education students will take place Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday April 17. Any child not scheduled for screening may be referred to the technician. Referrals my come from parents and/or teachers and will be accepted on the first day of screening. If you do not want your child screened please call Mrs. Nygren at 517-223-6202.

*** Local Students Named Essay Contest Winners: Two 8th grade students from Fowlerville Junior High School have been named local winners in the 44th annual America and Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. This year’s theme was, “My Personal Michigan Hero.” The two students, who earned the first and second place awards for their school, are Nancy Roberts, who came in first, and Kaitlyn Bennett, second. Both received award certificates for their achievement. As the school’s first place winner, Nancy’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school. Nancy Robert’s first place essay now advances to the state level competition, from which the top ten essays in Michigan will be selected. The top ten statewide winners will be

announced in April and a cash award of $1000.00 can be earned. In addition, the top ten essayists will be honored at a banquet in Lansing, meet with Michigan’s top governmental leaders, and be the featured guests at a Lansing Lugnuts baseball game, complete with a halftime ceremony honoring their academic success. Several thousand eighth grade students from nearly 450 Michigan schools participated in the first round of the essay contest, so a huge congratulations goes out to Nancy and Kaitlyn for their success. Best of Luck to Nancy as her essay continues on in the competition! *** Reality Store: Fowlerville Jr. High School will be hosting a REALITY Store for all the eighth graders, April 19. This event helps students to take a look at a career of their choice to determine what income they will be earning as they begin to look at the choices they have as they enter the real world of work. Over fifteen community businesses will be participating in this event by assisting the students in their choices. They will be purchasing/renting a house or apartment, purchasing transportation, utilities, etc. We will also have all the fun items students want such as cell phones, Internet etc. This gives the students a REALITY CHECK in what is being provided for them by their parents, as well as what costs are involved in their lives as adults.

Swim with the Mermaids, Sharks & Dolphins…Oh My! being held April 14 Do you have a deep love for the sea? Do you dream of being a mermaid? How about a shark? Realize your dreams and swim with The Little Mermaid at the Howell Area Aquatic Center (1224 W. Grand River) on Sunday, April 14. Our mermaid will swim in the shallow and deep ends of the pool, splash and play, and answer your questions. Kids will be able to try on a mermaid or shark tail. If you’re looking for something unique, this FIN-tastic event is for you! Bring your kids for a swim they will definitely remember from 1:00pm3:00pm for $9 each. Come early if you would like a unique underwater photo of your child for purchase through Treasure Images Photography from 12:00pm-2:00pm for an extra fee. For more information, or to register, please contact the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority at 517/546-0693 ext. 0 or visit

Howell District Library Events Hands-Only CPR: Wednesday, April 10 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Learn this easy-to-use method of CPR and how to operate an AED (automated external defibrillator) in just one hour. Children age12 and over are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Call the Reference Desk at 546-0720 x106 to reserve a spot. *** Pride & Prejudice - Xtreme Book Talk, Featuring a Pride & Prejudice Dessert Table by Jodie Valenti, of Party NV. A Livingston Reads event. Wednesday, April 17 - 7:00pm 8:30pm. Presented by Jodie Valenti (Party NV) Passion never gets old! Join Jodie Valenti, CEO of Party NV, party stylist and party designer, while we celebrate all things Pride & Prejudice. Jodie will create and share a Pride & Prejudice dessert table and share her insights. You can prepare by reading Pride & Prejudice for the 1st.... or the 3rd time. Or branch out to a more contemporary version or watch the movie! We will top off the eventing by enjoying Jodie's creatively yummy interpretation via her fabulous dessert table. Contact the Reference Desk at 546-0720 x106 to make your reservations. Limited seating! *** Quick Resume Review with Patty Sudbay: Monday, April 22 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Livingston County Michigan Works! Employment Counselor, Patty Sudbay will be at the Howell Carnegie District Library conducting quick resume review sessions at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30pm. These one-on-one sessions will be 30 minutes in length and provide quick suggestions only. To schedule an appointment please email Patty Sudbay at and provide your name and phone number. An appointment will be emailed back to you. Or, call Patty at 517) 552-2106 during regular business hours. The library will not be taking appointments for the review sessions. *** Be a Money SMARTY! Wednesday, April 24, - 6:30pm 8:00pm. Presenter: Mark B. Robinson. 40 Tips: Identity Theft, Annuities, Retirement, & Credit As part of the Federal Reserve Bank's Money Smart Week, the 'Be a Money SMARTY!' presentation brings together recognized experts to present on today's four hottest moneyrelated topics. In this entertaining and informative 'lightning round' format, each expert will 'leave it all at the podium' by presenting their 'top 10 in 10 minutes.' Get smart quick! By attending you'll get the latest up-to-date information on: Identity theft and fraud, Annuities and long-term care, Pre and post-retirement planning, Credit and debt A one-page recap of each topic, complete with additional resources, will be provided. Arrive at 6:30 to take advantage of the resource fair! Free to attend and free from sales pitches, you'll receive topnotch information from a source you can trust; and no one will

try to sell your anything! presented in-person by Mark B. Robinson. Made possible by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, theInvestor Protection Trust in Washington D.C., and MSU Extension. Contact the Reference Desk at 546-0720 x106 to make your reservations. Limited seating!

Downtown Howell Historic Tour & Lunch takes place Wednesday, April 24 Enjoy a leisurely walk down the path of history in the company of Jeri McKeon Andersen, co-author of “A Walk Through Time, Seven Walking Tours of Howell.” The tour will focus on the architecture and history of Howell’s 14 historically significant buildings. The Howell Downtown Historic District is one of less than 50 towns in Michigan listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Washington D.C. The National Trust states that the high quality and variety of Howell’s Victorian architecture is unique among small towns in Michigan. Also included are interior tours of the Howell Opera House, the Livingston County Courthouse, and the Train Depot Museum. Lunch is included and will take place at Cleary’s Pub on Grand River. Tour begins at 10am on Wednesday, April 24 at the Howell Opera House (123 W. Grand River). Cost is $25 for residents of the City of Howell, Oceola, Genoa, and Marion Township, and $35 for non-residents. For more information, or to register, please contact the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority at 517/546-0693 ext. 0 or visit

Fowlerville Class of 1973 searching for members for reunion The annual Fowlerville High School alumni dinner is scheduled for June 8 at the high school. Planning committee contact person is Thelma Rossetter (517) 223-8795. Dinner tickets are just $15. The Class of 1973 is searching for class members for their 40 year reunion. Even with the Internet, email and Facebook, we are still in need of the public’s help in locating people. If you are, or know a member of the Class of 1973, please contact John Kane (517) 655-3771 or by email: Your help is needed to make this reunion a success.

World Tai Chi Day being celebrates in Howell on Saturday, April 27 World Tai Chi Day is being celebrated in Howell on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. The annual Day is officially recognized by the United Nations World Health Organization and aims to promote and educate the world to the benefits of practicing Tai Chi. Research has shown that the relaxed, slow, graceful, balance, and coordinated movements of Tai Chi can increase the flow of Chi (energy) and reduce anxiety, depression, and chronic pain conditions. It can boost the immune system, improve respiratory function, burn calories, dramatically improve balance, improve cardiovascular benefit, provide powerful stress management tools, and slow aspects of the aging process. This celebration is the perfect opportunity for practitioners of all skill levels to meet other practitioners in their areas and become more aware of Tai Chi and all the benefits it has to offer. It also presents the perfect opportunity for those who are unfamiliar with the art, but would like to learn more. The morning program will include free demonstrations and lessons from Paul Christensen who has 28 years of martial arts experience and over 15 years of teaching Tai Chi. This is a FREE event! World Tai Chi Day 2013 is held at the Bennett Recreation Center located at 925 W. Grand River in Howell. For more information, please call 517/546-0693 ext. 0 or visit

Adult Kickball League begins May 8 at Howell baseball field Do you remember playing kickball as a child? Why not gather a group of friends, family, or co-workers and join our kickball league. League will run for 10 weeks with one game scheduled per week. A minimum of four teams is required for league play. Games times are at 6:00pm and 7:00pm and will take place at the Howell High School Freshman Campus Baseball Field. Fees include a $155 team fee and players fees ($25 for residents of the City of Howell, Oceola, Genoa, and Marion Townships, and $50 for non-residents). Player’s fees can be paid online after team has registered. For more information, or to register, please contact the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority at 517/546-0693 ext. 0 or visit

Fowlerville Fire Report The department responded to 12 emergencies this week. Friday, March 29th at 9:31 a.m. a medical emergency on Chase Lake Road in Conway Township was reported. Firefighters were dispatched to Fowlerville Road in Conway Township for a grass fire at 12:09 p.m. A second medical emergency, on Van Riper Street in the Village, was reported at 6:19 p.m. At 6:46 p.m. personnel responded to investigate an open burning complaint on Fowlerville Road in Handy Township. The department was dispatched to a rollover auto accident on Mason Road west of Truhn Road in Handy Township at 4:31 a.m., Saturday, March 30th. At 8:43 a.m. a motor vehicle accident with injuries was reported on Mason Road in Handy Township. At 10:28 a.m. the department was dispatched with an Engine to assist Howell at a structure fire on Chase Lake Road in Cohoctah Township. Two medical emergencies were reported Sunday, March 31st. The first, at 9:21 a.m. was on Addison Circle in the Village with the second being on Frank Street, also in the Village, at 10:12 p.m. The department responded to a medical emergency on Grand River in Handy Township at 2:41 a.m., Tuesday, April 2nd. At 10:36 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to an injury accident on I-96 in Handy Township. Wednesday, April 3rd, at 4:33 p.m. personnel responded to a grass fire on Mason Road in Iosco Township.

Howell Adult Soccer begins week of May 6 Come out and put together a team of your friends, family, or co-workers and join our 18 & Over Co-Ed Soccer, Women’s 30 & Over Soccer, or Men’s 30 & Over Soccer leagues. It’s a great way to stay in shape and play in some competitive but fun games. League winners will get a sponsor trophy and t-shirts for the players. Fees consist of a $225 team fee, $76 forfeit fee (fully refundable if team does not forfeit), and players fees ($25 for residents of the City of Howell, Oceola, Genoa, or Marion Townships, and $50 for non-residents). Players fees can be paid online after your team has registered. Game times at 6:45pm, 8:00pm, and 9:15pm. Co-Ed soccer plays on Mondays starting May 6, Women’s 30 & Over plays on Tuesdays starting May 7, and Men’s 30 & over plays on Thursdays starting May 9. For more information, or to register, please contact the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority at 517/546-0693 ext. 0 or visit

Capital Area Library Events April 8 – 14, 2013 WEBBERVILLE Scrabble Club Adults - Date: 4/11/2013 Start Time: 6:30 PM Description: Our informal club for adults welcomes players of all skill levels in a relaxed, low-key atmosphere. *** WILLIAMSTON Drop-in LEGO Club (Ages 6-14) Date: 4/9, 23 - Start Time: 4:00 PM Description: Kids love getting creative with our LEGO® collection! Imaginative play with building-type toys helps them develop skills used in reading. Early Literacy Playtime (Ages 1-5) Date: 4/11/2013 - Start Time: 11:00 AM Description: Playtimes are designed to be more active than traditional storytimes. These sessions feature games and activities that help young children develop early literacy skills. Retro Saturday Morning Cartoons Date: 4/13/2013 - Start Time: 9:30 AM Description: Kids can wear their pajamas to enjoy classic cartoons from the 1980s and 1990s and a cereal breakfast. We’ll even have coffee available for adults.

Sierra Club Events BRIGHTON STATE RECREATION AREA HIKE Join the Crossroads Group of the Sierra Club on Saturday, April 20th for a hike on one of the less travelled trails in the west end of the Brighton State Recreation Area. The three mile trail is hilly but not difficult to hike. Wear appropriate hiking boots as the trail may be muddy. This free outing is open to both members and nonmembers but requires a Michigan State Parks entry fee. Meet at the Chambers Road trailhead, midway between Swarthout and Schafer Roads at 1PM. For more information on Crossroads Group outings contact John Wilson at 734-954-0429 or at *** WATERLOO-PINCKNEY TRAIL HIKE Join the Crossroads Group of the Sierra Club on Saturday, April 27th for a 2-5 mile hike on the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. This beautiful section of the trail starts with beautiful open meadows and transitions into heavily wooded, glaciated terrain with steep hills. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended for this hike. Both members and nonmembers are welcome. Meet at 1PM at the Green Lake Campground, just off of M-52, north of Chelsea, MI. and south of North Territorial Road. For more information contact John Wilson at 734-954-0429 or at

Heavenly Scent’s Annual Faerie Festival Spring Celebration coming May 4-5 Let’s celebrate the arrival of spring. The festival will be held on May 4, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and May 5, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Heavenly Scent Herb Farm, 13730 White Lake Road, Fenton – (810) 629-9208. This event will be held rain or shine! Admission is $1.00. The two-day event includes FREE ACTIVITIES: story-telling on Saturday at 11:30 and Sunday at 1:00, Morris Dancers from Ann Arbor performing Saturday only at 12:30, 1:45, and 4:00, Faerie Parade/May Pole Celebration both days at 12:00, 2:15 and 4:30. Special faerie food will be for sale. This year, to celebrate 25 years in business, world renowned watercolor artist, Peggy Abrams has created a special Dandelion Wish Faerie just for us. She will be signing prints of her artwork on Saturday only, 11-1:00p.m. Also for sale will be Dandelion Wish Faerie T-shirts, and greeting cards. Our faerie workshops this year will feature a Faerie Garden, Butterfly Faerie Wand, Faerie Beaded Headband and Faerie Dream Catcher. Visit the shoppe to find over 100 faeries from the Cicely Mary Barker collection for sale, hand-crafted, colored mushrooms, castles, statuary, and faerie garden accessories. Faerie gardens are a growing trend! Visit our greenhouse to find miniature plants, for your own tiny garden as well as annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, herbs, and more. Let us treat you to a sweet springtime that you will treasure for years to come. For more information call Kathy Mathews, event coordinator, at (810) 629-9208, or go to

Friends of Webberville Library holding Euchre Fundraiser April 13 The Friends of the Webberville Library is sponsoring a euchre tournament on Saturday, April 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Webberville Cultural Center. The entry fee is donation only. Prizes will be awarded. There will be a 50/50 raffle and books to purchase on the used book cart. Snacks and beverages will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Please join us for this very first Webberville Library euchre tournament.

Around the House By Andy Lekarczyk We spoke last week about home inspections. Whether you’re checking out your own home or looking to purchase a home, all this information will be useful. Many want to ‘hire a home inspector’ when purchasing a property. Review your contract with them; most say ‘they are not responsible if they miss anything’. Secondly, what are their qualifications? Many ‘home inspectors’ never even worked in any of the building trades. If they are ‘certified’ what does that mean? Who certified them? Were they taught in a classroom, or seasoned by years in the field? You decide what works for you. If the home you are purchasing comes with a warranty, read that carefully. Usually deductibles are in place, and your ‘warranty’ may not be all covering or fully protecting. Last week we discussed the outside of the house. Before we go inside, let’s finish a few more points outside. Check the windows; are the screens in place or somewhere on the property? Is the trim tight and caulked? Are the windows vinyl, wood, or aluminum? Wood will require painting. The windows may be all vinyl, wood with vinyl or aluminum covering (either style would be ‘newer’) or all aluminum, which is probably an older upgrade or original. Look at the glass, do you see two panes of glass? If so, these are a thermal insulated window. The trapped air or inert gas installed at the time of manufacture provides insulation value. While looking at the window does the glass appear ‘yellowish green’ tinted? This is a coating on the glass for UV light protection. This helps deflect some heat in summer and protect your carpet and furniture from fading from sunlight exposure. On the outside, look for the hose connection valves; are they frost free or standard? A frost-free valve will have a round cap at the top valve assembly. Under this cap is a check valve that allows air to enter the valve and drain the water from the faucet. A standard valve may have a larger screw open/close ring at the point of connection. When you’re done using the hose you turn the attachment device and again air is allowed into the valve, draining the water. The valve may just be a standard on/off valve. This type could freeze in winter, and typically has a shut off valve inside the home to turn off water inside during winter allowing the valve outside then to be opened and drained. All are ok, but know what you have. There should be a dryer vent outside.

Does it exit the home thru a modified window or the wall directly? Does it look secure, caulked, and clean of lint? Clean the dryer vent after purchase. Lint is a huge fire risk. Kits are available in the hardware and home center for cleaning. A flexible hose will hold lint in the ribs of the vent; a solid pipe connection is the best. Never use a vinyl flex pipe. Basement windows, are they single pane glass, two-pane glass, or glass block? The glass block is good for insulation and security issues. A standard basement window is ok, but is a source of heat loss in the winter. Is the basement finished? More importantly is it finished with a bedroom? If a bedroom is being advertised in the basement, an egress widow is supposed to be located in this room. This is a code issue and safety concern. You don’t want someone unable to escape a fire. Are the doors wood, steel, or fiberglass? All require some type of maintenance. Look the door over. When you open the door a few inches and let go of the handle, does it keep opening? If so, the door was either not hung properly, or the house may have settled. We will discuss the basement later and what to look for in this area. Is the garage attached or separate from the home? Use the same ideas as above to look over the garage. The garage door can be aluminum or wood. Wood is ‘heavier’ to lift. Aluminum can be simply an outer skin or a formed piece outside with insulation and an inner skin. These doors add obvious insulation value to the garage. Next week we will finish the garage and get inside the home. Enjoy your (hopefully warm) weekend Around The House! As always past articles are archived on our website and we welcome your questions at

St. John’s Episcopal Church holding spring rummage sale Apr. 26 & 27 St. John’s Episcopal Church is holding their spring rummage sale on Friday, April 26 from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, April 27 from 9 am to 1 pm. There will be all sorts of treasures including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, household items, books, furniture and even a plant sale! The church is located at 504 Prospect Street in Howell. For more information please call (517) 546-3660.

Howell Library selected for ‘Bridging Cultures’ Book & Film Collection The Howell Carnegie District Library is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The Howell Carnegie District Library was one of 46 libraries in Michigan to be selected for the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf. In addition, the library will offer Arab World, an in-depth look at Arab Americans at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the library’s Meabon Room. Guest speaker David A. Serio, an educator from the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, will discuss Arab culture, countries of origin of Arab Americans, immigration patterns and cultural characteristics. The evening is sponsored by First National Bank, Livingston Diversity Council, Bob Maxey Ford as part of Building Communities Through Civility and Compassion. This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As part of being selected the library received a collection of 25 books, four films and a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online (January–December 2013) and Islamic Art Spots, seven illustrated video essays written, developed, and presented by Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles and produced by Twin Cities Public Television as part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys project. “This collection complements what we have to offer at the Howell Carnegie District Library and provides an insight into the lives and history of Arab culture,” said Donna Olson, HCDL Reference Librarian. “Many of us have friends and neighbors with roots in the Arab community. Because of current events, we tend to shy away from topics we think may be controversial. This collection offers a glimpse into a rich, diverse culture which we all share.” The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf includes the following titles, organized by theme: American Stories: • A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed • Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford • The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV • Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel • The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson Connected Histories: • The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili • In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh • When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon • Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett • The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal Literary Reflections • Minaret by Leila Aboulela • The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy • The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi • Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi • Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely Pathways of Faith • Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown • The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson • The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters • The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter • Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson Points of View • In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar • Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi • House of Stone by Anthony Shadid • Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie Art Architecture and Film • The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter • Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair • Islamic Art Spots (short films designed, written, and presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles, and produced by Twin Cities Public Television) • Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011) • Prince Among Slaves (2007) • Koran by Heart (2011)

Upcoming Programs at the Fowlerville District Library Follow us on Facebook & Registration usually opens 2 weeks prior to the event unless otherwise noted. If you have attended one of our quality children’s programs this month, please make sure to check the “Event Pictures” board by the front desk. If you see yourself there, please feel free to take your picture home! National Library Week: April 14-20 “Communities Matter” @ Your Library! Celebrate with us! We are doing a Food for Fines campaign for Gleaner’s Food Bank this week to celebrate. Bring in your non-perishable food items and we will take $1 off you overdue fines, with a limit of 5 items for $5 off your fines. *Not applicable to fines that are in collections. Look under the couch, behind the bed, in the car, and around your house! If you have overdue materials, bring them in this week and we will forgive your fines! Discover the Tarot: Thursday, Apr 18 6pm Adults. Join Rev. Sherry for a Tarot reading workshop. Everyone will learn how to give a 3-5 card reading to another class member (you will receive a reading from someone too!). There will be a variety of Tarot Decks to use for class purposes, but feel free to bring your own deck if you have one! *Seating is limited to 8 attendees, so register early to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk beginning April 4th. There is a $5 refundable cash deposit at registration for this program. Teen Advisory Council: Monday, Apr 22 6pm Teens 6th-12th grades. Calling all teens! Join Miss Beth to assist planning the details of your Summer Reading Program. Details that we will discuss are program ideas, weekly prizes, end of the program prizes, and reading logs. Refreshments will be served. *You must register to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk or call 223-9089. Registration opens April 8th. Announcing a New Lending Program: American Girl Dolls Kids 4 years-5th grade. Join us in celebrating the launch of our new program May 13-18th with tons of American Girl activities this week! The American Girl dolls will be available to borrow Saturday May 18th. Planned activities include a Name a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Contest beginning Monday with the winner drawn on Friday. American Girl books will be available to “Read to Duchess” on Monday at 3:30, followed by a screening of an American Girl movie at 5. Tuesday, join us for a super silly American Girl “Mad Libs” program at 4:30. Wednesday’s activity will be an American Girl “Tea Party” at 5. Thursday, create jewelry at our fun American Girl “Jewelry Craft” program beginning at 4pm. *There is limited seating for

these programs. You must register to attend each program. Registration opens April 29th. “Dig into Reading” with the Summer Reading Program: Registration begins Wednesday, May 29th at 9:30am. Register in person only. There are Summer Reading Programs for all ages from 2-142years! Remember that there are limited seating for weekly programs, so if your child will not be attending regularly, please save that seat for a child that can attend weekly. While there is limited seating for weekly programs, there are reading only logs available for every resident of the Fowlerville School District area. *This program is intended for the residents of the Fowlerville School District Area.

Hune announces 2013 Hunting and Fishing Guides available LANSING, Mich.–Sen. Joe Hune announced Thursday that the 2013 Boating and Fishing Guide is available on his website. One is often reminded that in Michigan, you are never more than six miles from a lake or stream, or a short drive from one of our magnificent Great Lakes. There are few better ways to enjoy summers. “I spent many years as a youth both on boats and fishing in our many lakes and rivers,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “This guide is a great resource for more information, including safety and licensing tips, for all Michiganders.” Along with providing outdoor adventure, boating and fishing contribute billions of dollars to the state economy. Spending your vacation dollars here in our great state also helps keep countless family businesses and communities afloat. The guide provides information of interest to boaters and anglers, along with legislative news–including our work to keep Michigan waterways accessible in light of low water levels–this newsletter provides safety tips and a resource guide. The guides can be found under the ‘Publications’ tab at or call the office at 855-JOEHUNE.

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