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Fowlerville News & Views Online Edition March 10, 2013

DECA Regional Winners will be traveling DECA Regional winners will be traveling to Grand Rapids to compete in the State Competitions. Winners from these competitions will then be eligible to compete at the International competitions in Anaheim, CA. Best wishes and good luck to the following Fowlerville DECA students who will be competing this year: Aaron Evanoff, Kayla Horton, Shane Nitz, Breanna Thumudo, and Connor Pryde.


Restoration is the goal of Drug Court, says Circuit Court judge By Steve Horton Restoration is the goal of the Drug Court, said Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hatty. “It reduces drug abuse, restores the lives of the user, restores families, and is more affordable alternative for the county and state.” That was the message Judge Hatty offered to members of the Fowlerville Business Association last week. He was the guest speaker at the group’s monthly meeting, held March 5 at the Woodshire Place. The Drug Court is a sentencing option used by the county judges for persons convicted of illegal drug possession or use or of drunk driving. An eight-member panel, headed by Judge Hatty, decides if a person is “a good candidate” for this rehabilitation effort as opposed to placing them in jail. “The prosecutor is normally the gatekeeper for whether someone is recommended or not,” he explained. “Usually, they get together with the defense attorney and this is offered as part of a plea agreement. Then the person meets with the panel, and we make a decision.” The approach, as explained by Judge Hatty, is a carrot-stick one. The team meets the first and third Wednesdays to decide on new candidates for Drug Court and to review existing cases. “It’s a majority vote,” he noted, “although I have the final say. I don’t often overrule the decisions because I want it to be a collaborative effort.” A person sentenced to Drug Court is put on probation and meets with Judge Hatty twice a month along with needing to adhere to other treatment and probation requirements. If a person violates their probation, particularly if they revert to using alcohol and/or an illegal drug, then they can be jailed for three, five, or even 35 days or they can be removed from the Drug Court and face the longer jail sentence.


“This is a chance to intervene and return people to a more productive life,” he said. “It can keep families together, it keeps someone at their job, and is less expensive then putting someone in jail who might otherwise be a good candidate to turn their life around. “The key is that the person wants to be sober,” he said. “Some don’t buy into the program and end up in jail despite this opportunity.” The review team includes a probation officer, a sheriff deputy, a defense attorney, an assistant prosecuting attorney, a Community Health counselor, a representative from the Catholic Social Services, a representative from Corrections, and a private counselor. Judge Hatty said that the success rate is about 66 percent. “It would be over 80 percent of people who stay clean after going through Drug Court if not for the heroin users,” he added. “Heroin addiction is a tough monkey for someone to get off of their back. “We’re seeing more and more illegal drug use in the county,” Judge Hatty said, adding that misuse of powerful prescription medicines is a problem with young people. Judge Hatty said that a person sentenced to Drug Court remains for a year. “We average about 50 people at a time,” he noted. “When each of them meets with me on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, I ask them a number of questions. I’ve got a long leash and it can be elastic, and we’re always trying different things to make the program successful and improve our success rate. “But I’ve also got rules and if they violate them or if they break the sobriety rule, then they suffer the consequence,” he said. “I try to make it easy going, but like President Reagan said, ‘Trust, but verify.’ I can usually tell if someone’s trying to pull a fast one. If they don’t stay clean, then that’s a bond violation and they’re in civil contempt. When that happens, they usually agree to the three, five, or 35 day penalty.” Judge Hatty noted that the Drug Court was started in 1986 by Judge Burress, and he is now the fourth county circuit court judge to oversee it.

Smith Elementary Citizens of the Month Back row L - R: Callie Yuergens, Kathryn Brumm, Noah Doane, Ethan Smith, Lucas Anderson, and Gavin Tschirret. Middle row L - R: Clayton Wroblewski, Brennan Sinift, Tanner Camps, Isabelle Potter, Jonathon Terrill, Hunter Arledge-Teran, Amy Brandt, and D'Avon Bolton. Front row L - R: Dylan Harvey, Ben Durbin, Logan McKeown, Molly Lamar, Kalvin Gasche, Abraham Garcia Garza, Rylee Turner, and Nathasha Lanza. Missing: Tyler Greer, Lillian Slayden, Everet Redman, Sibley Falconer, Mason Kirby, and Lennox Reason


Sequestration causing OLHSA to reduce services & hours By Cheryl Poch I often thought it would be fun to drive a bookmobile! Take route and stop off at places and pass the pleasure of reading on to those who could not otherwise get to a library. The first bookmobile in the United States was introduced in Washington County, Maryland, in 1905. Mary L. Titcomb, the first librarian of Washington County Free Library, had the task of getting books in homes throughout the county. In April of 1905, the first book wagon came into being. It was filled with an attractive collection of books and drawn by two horses. The wagon, driven by Joshua Thomas, covered many miles over the county roads delivering books to remote houses. Unfortunately in August 1910, the original book wagon was destroyed. While crossing the Norfolk and Western Railroad track at St. James, a freight train ran into it leaving literally nothing but fragments! Hmm...wonder if the driver was taking a break and forgot he was parked on a railroad track?! Reading further on this subject I find that there were Pack Horse Librarians. How cool is that? Kentucky had pack horse libraries funded by the federal Works Progress Administration program. This program paid carriers to deliver books and other reading material to isolated Appalachian homes, schools, and community centers during the Great Depression from 1936 to 1940. The librarians, mostly women, traveled routes that were impassable by cars and modern bookmobiles to deliver library material by horse and mule. That would be so cool except I do not like heights and my experiences with horses have not been all that great! My style is taking a river cruise and docking at a landing and offering books and refreshments! Well there you have it, a little historical information on librarians of times gone by. Hmm...I’m sure my family will have fun and trivial information on their Aunt and how she too delivered books to her patrons – to their cars in the parking lot! Till next week: “If your ship hasn’t come in-Swim Out to it!”

As a result of the federally mandated sequestration that is now in effect, OLHSA, A Community Action Agency, will lose five percent of its federal funding, equating to over $800,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year. To minimize disruption of services provided by this nonprofit to local residents in-need, OLHSA will take the following measures, effective beginning Monday, March 11. All of OLHSA’s non-union employees will see their work hours and pay reduced from a full-time 40-hour week to 36 hours per week. Three employees will be laid off. Ten vacant positions will remain open. OLHSA will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and closed on Fridays. This includes the main office in Pontiac, the Livingston office in Howell and partner locations across Oakland County. All OLHSA services will be available during the adjusted office hours, however the capacity for programs to provide assistance may be reduced. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program hours will not be reduced. All WIC locations will be open and available as usual. For hours, locations and WIC information please call 877-526-2438. “The sequestration affects OLHSA’s ability to provide assistance to those who need it most,” said Ronald B. Borngesser, OLHSA CEO. “Just as everyone in our nation feels the pain of these cuts, so will OLHSA and our clients. Our hope is that a resolution is made swiftly so our loyal and dedicated employees can get back to supporting the community in every way possible.” If the federal government does not resolve these cuts and agree on a long-term budget solution, OLHSA may take further cost-reduction measures, which are yet to be determined. For more information contact OLHSA at 248.209.2600. OLHSA is a Community Action Agency improving the quality of life for people facing crisis while strengthening families, communities, seniors and youth since 1964. Over 300,000 services were provided in 2011 in the pursuit of helping people and changing lives. www.olhsa.org


guard. Twenty-seven local children play the roles of munchkins, poppies, and flying monkeys. An additional twenty-four adults play the Ozians, Winkies, crows, trees, and dancers. Musical numbers include Somewhere over the Rainbow, Ding, Dong the Witch Is Dead, Follow the Yellow Brick Road, We’re off to See the Wizard, and many more. Fowlerville Community Theatre is delighted to have the support of so many community members joining the theatre as cast members, backstage and technical crew, and orchestra members. We hope that you will support the theatre by attending the show. It is great for all ages.

Divorce Care for Adults & Kids offered by Family Impact Center

The Wizard of Oz lands in Fowlerville Fowlerville Community Theatre performs its first fullscale musical, The Wizard of Oz, March 15 & 16 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Alverson Center for Performing Arts at Fowlerville High School. Advanced tickets are $10 and are on sale now at the Chiropractic Health Center of Fowlerville (Dr. Tim) and the Fowlerville Community Recreation Office (former Munn Middle School). At-the-door tickets are $12. In this captivating musical by L. Frank Baum and adapted by Frank Gabrielson, Dorothy (Bronsyn Sacker) tries to save her dog Toto from a nasty neighbor by running away from her Kansas home. Unfortunately, a frightening tornado whisks Dorothy and her house up into the sky and deposits her in beautiful Munchkinland. Here she meets the helpful good witch Glinda (Rachael Cupples), and the very bad Wicked Witch of the West (Helen Epskamp). Wishing to return home, Dorothy sets out on a journey to meet the great and powerful Wizard of Oz (Christian Thompson) who resides in the Emerald City. Along the way Dorothy is helped by the Scarecrow (Brian Lauer) who needs a brain; the Tinman (Tyler Pilon), who wants a heart; and the Cowardly Lion (Tim Orr), who craves some courage. They all hope the Wizard of Oz can grant their wishes. Dorothy and her friends encounter many obstacles on the journey to learn that there’s no place like home. Kimberly Battjes and Ron Charette play the roles of Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. John Plumley plays the Emerald City

Family Impact Center will again be providing Divorce Care & Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K), a nondenominational program that features biblical teaching for those experiencing divorce or separation. Groups will meet weekly beginning on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Fowlerville (next to Curtis Grocery) and will run for 13 weeks. Divorce Care combines both a support group and video seminar that features 32 renowned experts on divorce and recovering. Participants will have a chance to discuss the information presented and learn to deal with the pain of the past while looking forward to rebuilding their lives. A workbook will be used for both note taking and reference between sessions. DC4K is designed for children ages 5—12. It meets at the same time as the parent group and combines games, crafts, activities, music and DVD dramas to help kids heal from the pain caused by their parents’ divorce or separation. For more information or to sign up, please call the Family Impact Center at 517-223-4428.

Livingston County Demolay holding meeting on March 20 in Fowlerville Livingston County Demolay invites you to an informational night at the Fowlerville Masonic Temple on March 20 at 7:00pm. The Temple is located at 7150 W Grand River. Demoly is looking for young men ages 8 to 21 who are interested in learning organizational and leadership skills. Come out and grasp the possibilities of meeting people around the state and around the world.


favorite book is Looking For Alaska by John Green. Jade is adored by her fellow students and Lea Faulkner had much to say regarding her, “Jade is one of the most understanding and down to Earth people I know. She’s genuine to the core and always knows what to say. She’s beautiful inside and out, and I’m proud to call her my best friend.” Overall, Jade is a wonderful candidate for Student of the Week and deserves the title. She is a tremendous student and is said to be really funny, too. If you happen to cruise by her in the hallway this week make sure to congratulate her on this stupendous accomplishment. Way to go Jade, relish in the glory!

Fowlerville Fire Dept. News

Student of the Week—Jade Bennett By: Ashley Mass Congratulations to the wonderful Jade Bennett for being nominated this week’s, Student of the Week at Fowlerville High School! Jade is the daughter of Laura and Chris Bennett. She has one younger brother, Tyler, who is 14 years old. Jade’s favorite thing about her family is simply how easy she’s able to talk to them. Jade is a junior this year and loving every minute of it. Her current schedule at FHS is Spanish IV, Algebra II, Government, College Prep. Chemistry, Junior Lit. and Comp, and Women’s Health. Jade has been recognized as a wonderful student throughout her high school career. Mrs. Tomassi had much to say about her, “Jade's personality shines every day. She works hard, is friendly, and is a great representation of the FHS student body.” Ms. Bennett enjoys her days here at FHS; she enjoys most of her classes, however, Women’s Health is her favorite. Jade says, “It is an hour of reflection on myself and very real.” Jade couldn’t decide on one teacher, however, she narrowed down her favorites to Ms. Curd, Mrs. Tomassi, and Mrs. Zemper because, “they are very understanding and down to earth.” The one thing she would change about Fowlerville High School is how, “judgmental and mean people can be.” Jade is looking forward to becoming a senior in her high school career, most of all. Jade spends her time outside of school doing an abundance of things; most of the time though, she is caught babysitting or hanging out with friends. Jade works at the Feedbag on occasion and she is also is a high quality babysitter; she spends 4 or 5 days a week babysitting two young ladies and the hours vary. Jade’s favorite movie is Hot Rod, her favorite band is Twenty One Pilots, and her

The department responded to 15 emergencies this week. Thursday, February 28th, at 5:30 a.m. a medical emergency on North Street in the Village was reported. At 7:26 a.m. the department responded for an assist to the police department at the North Street address. A medical emergency on Weller Road in Iosco Township was reported at 1:11 p.m. The department was dispatched to a medical emergency on Nicholson Road in Handy Township at 7:14 am. Friday, March 1st, with a second medical emergency being on Bull Run Road in Iosco Township at 8:37 a.m. Saturday, March 2nd, the department responded to five calls. At 8:40 a.m. the department responded with a tanker assist to Unadilla Township Fire Department at a structure fire on Lori Lane in Unadilla Township. Responding apparatus was cancelled while enroute. A medical emergency on N. Grand Ave. in the Village was reported at 2:24 p.m. A medical emergency on S. Grand Ave. was reported at 5:38 p.m. At 5:45 p.m. firefighters were called for an environmental cleanup at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Fowlerville Road in Conway Township. Personnel assisted at a medical emergency on Sober Road in Conway Township at 10:40 p.m. At 9:58 a.m., Monday, March 4th, firefighters responded to a Water Flow Alarm in an industrial building on National Park Drive in the Village. A second dispatch, to a medical emergency on Cedar River Drive, was received at 11:29 a.m. At 7:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 5th, the department assisted at a medical emergency on N. Ann Street in the Village. Wednesday, March 6th, at 9:42 a.m. a medical emergency on Second Street in the Village was reported. Personnel responded to a medical emergency on Mason Road in Handy Township at 9:58 a.m.


Michigan Senate Report By Joe Hune, 22nd District

Volunteering to improve communities With countless individuals and organizations giving their time and talents to improve the lives of others, Michigan is rich with a culture of volunteerism. I’d like to bring your attention to the myriad volunteer opportunities afforded to Michiganders. Many Michigan residents volunteer their time and effort to improve the lives of their friends, families, churches and other community organizations. Last week the Michigan Civil Service Commission sent me a form to nominate an individual from my district for the 2013 Governor’s Service Award, an award distributed to the individual that has provided a significant contribution to their community through service and volunteerism. Governor’s Service Awards nominee finalists will be honored this summer at an exciting recognition celebration. However, awards shouldn’t be the incentive for volunteering one’s time and effort. Volunteerism not only helps individuals in need and organizations that support the community, it also instills a sense of confidence, work ethic and accomplishment in the volunteer. Lessons like this can’t be taught in a classroom. So take a minute this spring and ask members of your local community about any opportunities to improve our great communities throughout Michigan. Furthermore, ask yourself: “What can I do to better my family, neighbors and community?” I think you might find the answer to be more fulfilling than any paycheck. Further information on volunteer opportunities can be found at michigan.gov/volunteer. *** Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.

Capital Area Library Events March 11 – 17, 2013 WEBBERVILLE “Paddle Now. Chores Later.” With Doc Fletcher Adults - Date: 3/12/2013 Start Time: 6:30 PM Description: Author and paddling expert Doc Fletcher will share first-hand stories of the Pere Marquette and other rivers, such as the Two-Hearted River in the U.P., an area that is still recovering from the third largest fire in Michigan’s history. Books will be available for sale and signing. A lucky participant will win a gift certificate good for a canoe or kayak day trip. Part of our spring "Journey" series. Library: Webberville (WE) Scrabble Club Adults - Date: 3/14/2013 Start Time: 6:30 PM Description: Our informal club for adults welcomes players of all skill levels in a relaxed, low-key atmosphere. Library: Webberville (WE) *** WILLIAMSTON Retro Saturday Morning Cartoons Date: 3/9/2013 - 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. Library: Williamston (WI) Drop-in LEGO Club (Ages 6-14) Date: 3/12/2013 - Start Time: 4:00 PM Description: Drop by the library to build brick creations with your friends. You supply the imagination, we provide the Legos! Library: Williamston (WI) Early Literacy Playtime (Ages 1-5) Date: 3/14/2013 - Start Time: 11:00 AM Description: Playtimes are designed to be more active than traditional story times. These sessions feature games and activities that help young children develop early literacy skills. Library: Williamston (WI)

Letter to the Editor: 4-H develops responsible and well-rounded individuals. For example, having animals teaches people how to make schedules because the animals have to be fed every day. In addition, there are many projects to participate in, so 4-Hers can learn lots of different skills. If you would like to join 4-H, go to http://co.livingston.mi.us/msuextension/ -Bridget Parker


Little Glad Center News Beverly Farmer, Director farmer@fvl.k12.mi.us 517-223-6480 www.fowlervilleschools.org Preschool Registration; Fall 2013 Enrollment for fall 2013 started March 1st. We offer full day and half-day sessions with a total of 5 sessions to choose from. We have sessions available for 3 and 4 year olds. Registration fee is $50.00 (non-refundable). We welcome parent volunteers in the classrooms. Call or visit the office for additional information. Children must be three or four by November 1, 2013 to participate in preschool. *** FULL-DAY SESSIONS Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday Three and Four year olds 9:00am – 3:00pm Total enrollment: 20 children Teacher: TBD Assistant: Mrs. Cindy Mathews HALF-DAY SESSIONS Monday, Wednesday & Friday Four year olds 8:30am – 11:30am Total enrollment: 18 children Tuesday and Thursday – AM Three year olds 8:30am – 11:30am Total enrollment: 16 children Tuesday and Thursday – PM Three and four year olds 12:30pm – 3:30pm Total enrollment: 16 children *** Year-End statements If your child attended the Little Glad Center in 2012, a billing statement with our tax ID # is available in our office. You may need this information for tax purposes. This information is not available over the phone. Our office hours are: 7:00am – 4:30pm M-F *** Winter Weather The Little Glad Center will be CLOSED if Fowlerville schools are CLOSED due to hazardous road conditions. We recommend listening to WHMI, 93.5 FM for school closing information. If you call our office @ 223-6480 the voice mail will have up-dated information as well any time after 5:00am or check Dynacal @ www.fowlervilleschools.org ***

Up-Coming Events March 29 – April 5 Spring Recess, Little Glad Center is CLOSED

Howell American Legion Events St. Patrick's Day Dinner: Join the Howell American Legion Post 141 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at their annual dinner held on Sunday March 17th from 2pm-5pm. Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner $8.50 or Corned beef sandwich $4.50. Featuring live entertainment by "Kabin Fever". *All Welcome* The post is located at the corner of M-59 and Grand River Ave Howell Twp. for more information call 517-546-2534. *** Broasted Chicken dinners: Fourth Tuesday of the Month, The American Legion Devereaux Post 141 at 3265 W. Grand River Ave. in Howell Township serves broasted chicken dinners from 5-8 p.m. Dinners include mashed potatoes and gravy and cole slaw. Cost is $7 per person. Call (517) 546-2534 for more information (This repeats the fourth Tuesday of every month). *** Friday Night Fish Fry: at the American Legion 5 - 8pm Cod, Walleye, Shrimp, Scallops & Wingdings Adult meals $5 to $9, Children $3.50American Legion Devereaux Post 141 M-59 and Grand River Howell Township for more information call 517-546-2534.

Fowlerville Garden Club meeting features speaker Gretchen Voyle The Fowlerville Garden Club’s next meeting is Wednesday March 13 and will feature guest speaker Gretchen Voyle, of the Livingston County Extension office. The topic of Gretchen’s presentation will be “weeds”. Identifying different sort of weeds will be discussed: annual, perennial and biannual types and ways to control them will also be covered. There will be a slide presentation along with question and answer time. Since we are getting closer to springtime and a new growing season, this is a timely topic. This meeting is open to the general public and is free of charge; you are cordially invited to attend. After the meeting, light refreshments will be available. Garden club meetings are held at the Fowlerville VFW Hall located at 215 Veteran’s Drive at 7:00 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, call 517468-3399.


Coping with the Changing weather Newspaper and magazine articles, TV specials, and even my doctor, all have been showing some concern about it. We just aren’t spending as much time outdoors as we once did. Well now, do you suppose the goofy, unpredictable weather we’ve had lately has had anything to do with it? We’ve had intermitent rainstorms, temperatures as high as the 60s, strong winds and even tornadoes during these times when winter was supposed to be taking place. The ground hasn’t frozen as deeply as usual and, as for ice on the lakes, well, just be careful. And now, here it is the last of February and early March and lake ice has just become safe enough to allow for some fishing. But this is one of the most difficult times for fishing for another reason. The metabolism of these fish that live under the ice has slowed to a point where convincing them to bite is a much tougher task. This is not the kind of predictable winter we older guys grew up with. Buy some vitamin “D” my doctor says! But I still want to get some sunshine, some natural vitamin “D” so what can I do? Fortunately, there are activities we can turn to even if they’re not what you’d call “mainstream”. How about looking for abandoned whitetail buck racks, learning a bit more about tracks in the snow, looking for hawk and owl nests, or even looking for early signs of spring? After the middle of February, most whitetail bucks will have lost their head gear, and if you saw a couple of good animals during deer season and feel they are still roaming a certain area, tracking them could lead you to a good set of rattling antlers for next season. But get out there soon or the mice and porcupines will find them first and make short work by chewing them up. Tracks are another thing. We’ve certainly had adequate snow just lately for good tracking. While looking for that discarded rack you might learn a lot about other area wildlife. Coyotes are becoming more numerous every year and if you’re a rabbit hunter that has noticed a decline in the bunny population, coyotes could be a main reason. And noticing the locations of rabbit tracks in new locations could lead to increased success during the remaining month of the season. Studying tracks is an enjoyable way to learn about

any area in the wintertime, especially if you take a youngster with you. Did you know that many of our owls and hawks are about to or already involved with nest making? Their presence, if more than previous years, could be another reason for a shortage in rabbit, squirrel, and pheasant populations where you’ve previously been hunting. Check it out! Watching for early signs of spring could be an interesting way to spend an outing. Just about now the first pussy willows will be popping their casings. Although in this changeable weather my bush has yet to show a sign, the maple out back is beginning to display those fuzzy, swollen buds that will soon explode onto my patio and will later become the first leaves to rake next fall I’d still rather be ice fishing, mind you, than spend most of my time in these suggested pursuits, but they do get me outdoors and they can help me deal with the “cabin fever” that persists about now. Try them out for yourself.

Lansing area ‘Take Back the Night’, a stand against sexual and relationship violence, planned April 16 The Lansing area ‘Take Back the Night’ offers an environment for survivors of sexual and relationship violence to empower themselves, the public to learn about the issue, and the community to stand up against this type of violence in their city, county, state, country, and world. Starting with the SpeakOut! featuring spoken word artist Andrea Gibson at 3:30 p.m. in Beaumont Field at the Michigan State University campus, ‘Take Back the Night’ will culminate with a march from Beaumont Tower to Lansing Capital Building at 6:30pm and a vigil at 7:30pm on Lansing Capital Building’s east steps. One in six women and one in thirty-three men will be the victim of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women These types of violence occur everywhere. Survivors are everywhere. The prevalence of this violence is why the Greater Lansing Community needs to stand up and say, “United we fight.” Event Details: Who: Everyone What: Educate (resource tables), SpeakOut!, march, and remember (candlelight vigil) When: 3:30pm-8:30pm Where: Beaumont Tower at MSU and Lansing’s Capital Building Participators with disabilities, please contact lansingtbtn@gmail.com with any accommodations required. Lansing area Take Back the Night’s webpage can be found on Facebook


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Michigan House Report Cindy Denby, 47th District

Nationally, March is a month to draw attention to the agriculture industry in our country. I am happy to say that Gov. Snyder announced that March will be "Food and Agriculture Month" in Michigan to raise more awareness for the agriculture industry in our state. As the vice-chair of the House Agriculture Committee, the agriculture industry is a big focus of mine. This month is a great time to appreciate the amazing things Michigan's farming industry accomplishes. Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation; it is home to more than 10 million acres of farmland and 55,000 farms. Michigan farmers are the leading producers of 18 commodities including tart cherries and blueberries. Agriculture, food processors, and related businesses employ 22 percent of the state's workforce. I am happy that the agriculture and food processing industries in our state are getting the recognition they deserve. They work hard to provide us with safe and abundant food products so I encourage you to use Michigan products and support our agriculture industry whatever way you can. *** Disabled veterans can now obtain a free hunting or fishing license, thanks to a new law that went into effect March 1. To qualify veterans must provide proof of eligibility at the time of purchase and carry this proof when using any license. The licenses will be available at the same time as the regular hunting and fishing licenses, certain licenses are offered at different times based on different season openings. A recently passed House bill that is awaiting consideration in the Senate would help veterans obtain these licenses. House Bills 4287 and 4037 creates an optional designation on a driver's licenses and state IDs for Michigan veterans that will eliminate some of the hassle they encounter when identifying themselves as a veteran.

Our veterans put their lives on the line to protect us, and many times they suffer injuries that change their lives forever. I am happy that we are able to provide them with these benefits that will make their lives easier and provide them with the enjoyment. It is the least we can do after all they have sacrificed for us. *** If you have any questions or need assistance with any state issues, please contact me toll free at 866-828-4863 or via email at cindydenby@house.mi.gov.

‘Easter at the Farm’ being held March 23 & 30 in Webberville Northfork Outback is hosting ‘Easter at the Farm’ on two Saturdays, March 23 & 30, with bookings starting at 2 p.m. Northfork Farm is located at 3637 Morrice Rd., Webberville. Events include an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, Pony or Horse Rides, a Puppet Show, Snacks, a Kids Train Ride, the Petting Zoo, and Animal Nursery with animal feed available. Cost is $10 for children and $3 for adults. Reservations are required. Contact Christie Showerman at 517-881-9142 or email her at: Christie@northforkoutback.com. For additional information go to www.northforkoutback.com

The Livingston Acoustic Music Society 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 (3rd) Saturday of the month; 7-11 p.m. Location: Fowlerville Church of the Nazarene; 8040Country Corner Dr.; Fowlerville, MI: 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. Due to a temporary schedule change this month, our March LAMS Jam Session is re-scheduled for March 23, 2013: 7-11 p.m.

Livingston Health Department cancels Immunization & WIC Clinics The Livingston County Department of Public Health will not be open for immunizations, TB tests or WIC benefit pick up on Wednesday, March 27, due to staff training. Regular immunization clinic hours and WIC benefit pick up hours will resume on Wednesday, April 3. For questions call the Health Department at 517-5469850.


WEBBERVILLE SCHOOLS DISTRICT NEWS Dodgeball Tournament – The Webberville Girls Basketball program is sponsoring a Dodgeball Tournament on Saturday, March 23 in the Spartan Center. Teams of 6-7 people will compete; the number of games will depend on the teams that sign up. The divisions are 3rd-5th grade, 6th8th grade, and 9th grade – adult. The deadline to register your team is Friday, March 15. To have the registration materials emailed to you, please contact Coach Tennant at dreambig88@tds.net. *** Board Meeting – The next board meeting of the Webberville Community Schools Board of Education will be on Monday, March 18 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. Information with sign-up and permission slips will be arriving the first week of March, so watch for more details! *** WJAA Registration - WJAA Baseball and Softball registration is open for players and coaches. Please go to wjaasports.com and register today! Practices will begin in April for both sports.

WEBBERVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Spelling Bees – Join the elementary students as they compete to win the elementary spelling bees! The 1st – 3rd grade will compete on Tuesday, March 12 and the 4th and 5th grade will compete on Wednesday, March 13. Students can begin practicing and preparing for this fun competition by returning a signed permission slip. Both competitions will take place in the multi-purpose room beginning at 6:00PM. *** Elementary Yearbooks – Webberville Elementary yearbooks are on sale until March 15. Yearbooks are full color and will cost $15.00. Please send an envelope to your child’s classroom teacher with the student’s name, teacher’s name and money. Checks should be made out to WES. This is the only time yearbooks will be on sale. ***

Mother-Son Night Out- The Elementary Boosters are sponsoring, “Boyer the Magic Guy” on Friday, March 15. All Moms and their boys are invited to come and enjoy a magical night together! The event will take place in the elementary multipurpose room from 6:00PM – 8:00PM. *** Elementary Musical – The 4th and 5th grade students will perform “101 Dalmatians Kids” on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22. Both shows will take place in the high school cafeteria and will begin at 6:30PM. Tickets are available at the door for $3.00 each. *** Mini-Relay for Life – The annual Mini-Relay for Life will be held on Thursday, March 28 at 3:15PM in the elementary multi-purpose room. Students will walk and raise money to help support the American Cancer Society. *** Family Reading Night – Family Reading Night will take place on Thursday, March 28 in the elementary school. Families are encouraged to attend and spend some time reading books together and listening to special guest readers read their favorite book. The evening is from 6:00PM – 7:30PM and begins in the elementary gym.

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. *** Student Testing – The student testing schedule will be as follows: ACT Explore will be the 7th grade students on Tuesday, March 12 and 8th grade students on Wednesday, March 13. ACT Plan will be the 9th grade students on Thursday, March 14 and 10th grade students on Friday, March 15. Students should come to school prepared to start promptly at 8:00AM. *** Winter Sports Recognition Night – Student-athletes who participated in a winter sport will be recognized on Wednesday, March 13 starting at 6:30PM in the cafeteria. *** Concert Band Festival - Middle school and high school music students have been working hard to prepare for concert band festival performances. Both groups will perform on Saturday, March 16th at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center on the campus of Charlotte High School. The middle school concert band will be performing at 9:00 am. The high school concert band will be performing at 1:00 PM. *** FFA Banquet – The annual FFA Banquet will take place on Thursday, March 28th at 6:00PM in the secondary cafeteria.


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. petitj@fvl.k12.mi.us 517-223-6106

Fowlerville High SCHOOL NEWS OFFICE HOURS Administration Office 7:00 – 3:30 p.m. Counseling Office 6:00 - 2:30 p.m. *** IMPORTANT DATES: Mar 12-13 Michigan Grads here at lunch Mar 21 Senior Project Fair Mar 29 Holiday Break *** The Fowlerville High School Bands will be participating in the MMEA band festival at DeWitt High School on Saturday, March 16th. The concert band will take the stage at 12:15 and the Wind Ensemble at 1:40. All performances will take place in the auditorium at DeWitt High School. After performing, the bands will receive constructive criticism as well as a clinic by band directors from Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, and Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Good luck, bandos. *** 2013 Senior announcement order packets were delivered the week of March 4 to senior English classes. Michigan Grads will be here at lunches March 12 & 13 to take orders, you can also order online or via mail, addresses included in the packet. *** The Baker College Competitive Olympics will be held Friday, March 22nd, 2013. It went so well last year, we are hoping to take 40 students to compete this year! If your student might be interested, we'd love to have them join us! Please have them see Mrs. Brown (Room C207) for an entry form if they are interesting in attending! All entry forms are due next Thursday, March 14th. *** Local Scholarship information and applications for graduating seniors in the Class of 2013 is available online at the high school Counseling Department web page. Mrs. Glover presented local scholarship information to all seniors during their English class period at the end of February. The majority of the local scholarship applications are due by 2:30 pm on Friday, March 22, 2013 to Mrs. Glover in the Counseling Office. *** On Friday, May 17th, 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

Any seniors who would like to earn their "RED" cord for graduation, make sure you give blood at a local blood drive before March 23rd. Log on toredcrossblood.org to check out local blood drives in the area. The next blood drive at the high school will be Friday, May 17. Seniors need to donate blood at least 3 times and have their donor card stamped to receive a cord. See Mrs. Hardenbrook if you any questions. *** Senior parents: to order your caps and gowns go to www.migradgear.com. Packets for Fowlerville graduation invitations and announcements will be distributed in February for ordering. *** Parents having trouble using Zangle to view grades, e-mail questions to connect@fvl.k12.mi.us *** 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! *** Ordering Transcripts for College Now Online (Michigan eTranscripts) Please visit the Fowlerville High School website for more information.

Central Michigan University announces local Honor Roll Students The following students made it onto the December honor roll at Central Michigan University. They are: Sophomore Megan Elizabeth Baldus of Fowlerville, Sophomore Kara Shea Gagnon of Fowlerville, Junior Kyle Robert Kaminski of Fowlerville, Freshman Grace R Mills of Fowlerville, Junior Alan Jean-Louis Seguin of Fowlerville, Junior Chelsea Elizabeth Shreve of Fowlerville, Sophomore Katherine Marie Woodruff of Fowlerville, Senior Melissa J McGregor of Gregory, Junior Kathleen Marie Goke of Webberville, and Sophomore Aaron Jeffrey Verhelle of Webberville.


Area Deaths— Dorothy Douglass Dorothy Douglass, age 99, of Fowlerville, diedThursday, March 7, 2013. She was born Sept. 12, 1913 to Cleve &Dora Eckhart in rural Fowlerville. She was a 1931 graduate and orchestra clarinetist of Fowlerville High School. After Lansing Business University, she was employed by the State of Michigan and later at Michigan State in the Horticulture Dept. Married to Stirling Douglass on June 20, 1937, they had 3 children: Jacquelyn, John and Jerry. They were avid gardeners, travelled most of the states and throughout Canada, wintering in Florida. Loyal MSU fans, they had season football tickets for over 50 years. As a member of Fowlerville First United Methodist Church for most of her life, she was treasurer of the Women’s Society for many years. In recent years she had enjoyed many activities and friends at her residence in Town Commons in Howell. Surviving are 2 children: Jerry (Jackie) Douglass of Howell and Jackie Mackay of Ridgetown, Ontario, daughter-in-law: Debi Douglass of Howell, 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. Also, her sister: Helen (Richard) Reyhl of Royal Oak, and sisters-in-law: Bobbi Eisele and Betty Douglass. She was preceded in death by her father: Cleve, at age 6, her mother and step-father: Dora & George Stow, sister: Pauline (Sherman) Lillywhite, husband of 67 years, Stirling, son: John and granddaughter: Mellissa Sue Douglass, son-in-law: John Mackay, in-laws: Wendell Douglass, Treva and Russell Risdon and Ed Eisele. Services are being held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at Fowlerville First United Methodist Church with Pastor Thomas Tarpley officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation was on Saturday 1-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Fowlerville First United Methodist Church.www.niblackfuneralhome.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for March 16 in Pinckney Pinckney's St Patrick's Day Parade is Saturday, March 16th at noon on Main Street. The event includes a Best Legs/Kilt Contest for men, the Cutest Leprechaun Contest for children ages 5 and under & Irish Dancers. Don't miss the 5th annual Paddy Wagon Bed Race from Marion St. to Mill St. along Main at 11:30am. For further information and parade entry forms call 810-599-5884.

Rosemary Lena (Koch) Ackerman Rosemary Lena (Koch) Ackerman moved to heaven on Saturday March 2, 2013. Rosemary was born in Detroit on October 7, 1937, the daughter of Lucy and John Koch. She was the devoted wife to Robert Wayne Ackerman and beloved mother to Cheryl Lee (John) Rathjen, Robert Russel Ackerman, John Allen (Sue) Ackerman and James Patrick Ackerman. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Nena Lousie Blanton, and her sister Lenore Catherine Dryer. She has one surviving brother John Fredrick (Rene’) Koch, and her surviving sisters are Judith Anne (William) Loose, and Christine Ora (Albert) DeCroix. She was a loving grandmother to Bailey Sue Ackerman, Timothy Graig Wedge, Callie Jean Ackerman and Kim Rose Rathjen. While she enjoyed caring for her family she also worked many years and retired from Bent Tube in Fowlerville. Rosemary was a dedicated member of her church. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Memorial Services were held on March 9, 2013 at 11am at Calvary Baptist Church in Webberville.

Thomas D. Fear Thomas D. Fear, age 44, of Howell, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. He was born June 11, 1968 to Thomas W. Fear, Jr. & Margaret (Collar). Tom enjoyed deer hunting, snowmobiling, working on cars & trucks and enjoyed his guns. He is survived by his children: Jena and Dylan, mother: Margaret, wife, Tammy, many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father: Thomas in 2007. Services were held Tuesday, March 5, at Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel with Pastor Diane Greble of St. John’s Lutheran Church officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the family for his children. www.niblackfuneralhome.com

‘The Little Mermaid Jr. to be performed The Hartland Players' Encore Youth Theater is putting on a magical performance of Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. is March 15th & 16th. Performances will be at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center, 9525 E. Highland Rd, Hartland. For more information visit the website. Hpencoreyouththeater.weebly.com


Around the House By Andy Lekarczyk When you’re hiring a contractor you must be very careful these days. I recently spoke with a friend that was hearing ‘noises’ in his attic. They called an animal removal company and the report they received was scary and shocking. They had chipmunks, squirrels, and hundreds of bats. They were told the insulation was damaged as well as the drywall. The bottom line was twelve thousand dollars’ worth of damage. Then the scare of the diseases these animals can carry and what do you do? Well, you call another contractor and get a second opinion! He did and the second contractor said they had squirrels, but he didn’t see any bats. Furthermore, it appeared the previous owners had done some bat prevention and had repaired several areas already. The idea is, don’t let a contractor scare you into a purchase. Electrical and furnace repairs can be serious, so don’t disregard a suggestion for improvements of repair, but make the contractor give you the exact reasons in detail. You can also pay the county for a safety inspection. If you have something that an inspector is going to write up for safety reasons, you probably need to have it fixed for your own good! We discussed several times the importance of Carbon Monoxide sensors to protect you and your family from this deadly gas that can be produced by a malfunctioning furnace. If you hire a contractor, keep in mind it is advantageous to develop a relationship. We ‘sell’ certain products and perform warranty repairs. When a warranty repair is preformed, the manufacture pays for the repair. They only pay a given amount. SO if a difficult problem exists, keep in mind the contractor is losing money on your repair. You may have family budget issues, but don’t think the contractor is ‘rolling in cash’. Take your family budget issues and multiply it by several additional dependents, vehicles, and property payments. When you call a contractor for an emergency after hours, you are pulling that person away from his or her family.

That means the family dinner, school, function, or even restful sleep. You aren’t being routed into other repairs to save fuel costs; someone is making a special trip for you. This unfortunately comes with a cost. We recently had a generator repair that the tech was so focused on the repair he spent two Saturdays and part of a Sunday on his own time on the project. Another service company was called first and couldn’t find a solution. After all this effort and speaking with the manufacture about covering an engine replacement which was slightly out of warranty, the customer complains about a bill which covered only his time and travel at a straight time rate. Are you kidding! The customer was screaming how he wasn’t going to pay the bill. As an employer, how can I keep employees motivated to ‘care’ when customers treat them this way? Here are the facts: The dealer that sells a product is not the owner of the parent company that built the unit, whether that is a car, a snowmobile, a generator, or a furnace. We are not part of their profit sharing program, so keep that in mind when you’re upset with a product and feel the need to take it out on your contractor. Everything you own will eventually need service. Start and foster good relationships with hard working contractors that care about you and things will be easier to manage Around The House. *** As always past articles are archived on our website www.power24hrs.com and we welcome your questions at JustAskHandyAndy@hotmail.com.

Alverson Center for Performing Arts Upcoming Events Fowlerville Community Theater presents. "The Wizard of Oz" on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16 7:30pm and Sunday, March 17 at 2:30pm. Advance tickets on sale now at Fowlerville Community Recreation Center and Chiropractic Health Center of Fowlerville (Dr. Tim's Office). Advance Discount Tickets: $10 each. Tickets at the door: $12. All shows general seating. Coming in April: FHS Thespians presents: "Five Americans, Three Murders, and a Poisoning" on Thursday thru Saturday, April 18-20, at 7:00pm & Sunday April. 21 at 2:00pm FHS Student Show: April 17th Matinee. Students Only Advanced Tickets Required. Ticket prices $8 adults and $5 student/child. Children 3/under free. Join FHS Thespians for a classic murder mystery set in merry old London of the 1920s. When Lord Gratham is murdered, everyone is a suspect, from the butler, to the Italian chef, to those 5 pesky American relatives who just happen to be arriving for a visit. It will take one of London's top detectives and the help of a psychic medium to get to the bottom of the case!


Upcoming Programs at the Fowlerville District Library Follow us on Facebook & www.fowlervillelibrary.org. Registration usually opens 2 weeks prior to the event unless otherwise noted. The Library will be closed Friday, March 29th in observance of Good Friday. We will be open Saturday, March 30th from 10am-2pm. *** FINAL CLASS OF THIS SEASON Intro to the Kindle Fire: Monday, Mar 11 at 5:30 Come to our special workshops and learn about your device! Bring your device and questions. Do you have a Nook or similar eReader; then call the library to schedule a specialized one-to-one tutorial.*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. *** FINAL CLASS OF THIS SEASON Intro to eBooks at the Fowlerville District Library: Wednesday, Mar 13 at 5:30 Come learn how to check out our brand new collection of eBooks! Get an overview of how the “Magic Wall” works. Download the Blio app. Everyone with a Kindle Fire or Tablet will be able to check out an eBook at this class. Bring your device; know your email, and have a valid Fowlerville District 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. *** Teen Advisory Council: Monday, Mar 18 6pm 6th-12th grade. The Summer Reading Program “Beneath the Surface” is just around the corner…. Do you want your ideas to be heard? Do you want to give input on teen reading logs or program suggestions? Themes and programming for the summer will be under discussion at this meeting. *You must be registered to attend. Registration begins Mar 6th. Register at the Circulation Desk or call 223-9089. *** Just Horsing Around Event: Saturday, Mar 23 11:30am Kids 4yrs-5th grade. Come to an extra special event and meet Fowlerville High School’s Equestrian team. We will have horse related stories and a super special craft recycling horseshoes into beautiful ornaments! *You must be registered to attend. Registration begins Mar 8th. Register at the Circulation Desk or call 223-9089. *** Great Library Egg Hunt: Wednesday, Mar 27 5:30pm

Kids 4yrs-5th grade. Listen to bunny related stories, and then find eggs and prizes hidden around the library! The hunt will be outdoors, depending on the weather, please dress accordingly! *You must register to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk. Registration opens March 13th. *** Skippyjon Jones Celebration: Wednesday, Apr 4 5:30pm Kids 4yrs-5th grade. Holy Jalapeno! We’re celebrating everyone’s favorite Kitty-Boy with stories, games, and a craft based on the beloved children’s book series!*You must register to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk. Registration opens March 20th. *** Girl’s “Spa Party” Lock-In: Saturday, Apr 6th 9pm-8am Jr. & High School. Enjoy a night of pampering at the library during an all-night spa party. We’ll watch fun romantic comedies, play “Just Dance” on the Wii, and make some cool take home projects! Late night pizza, pop, and snacks provided. *You must register to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk. Take a “What to Bring” list and make sure you have a program permission slip on file to attend. Registration is open.

Perry FFA and Alumni are hosting 21st Annual Farm Toy and Craft Show The Perry FFA and Alumni Chapter will be hosting their 21st Annual Farm Toy and Craft Show. The show will be held at the Perry High School, which is located at 2555 Britton Rd, Perry MI 48872. The high school is located at the intersection of I-69 and M-52 (exit 105). The date of the show will be Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:30am to 2:30pm. They will be having a concession stand this year. This year they will be having pork roast sandwiches and complete pork roast meals. The concession stand will be put on by the Perry FFA Alumni. As a new attraction the Alumni Chapter is hosting a Pedal Pull contest. The Pedal Pull registration ends at 1:30 with the contest taking place from 10:00-2:00. Children ages 410 are allowed to participate. As always, all money made at the Toy and Craft show will go to the FFA and Alumni Chapter. With this money they will be able to send FFA students to various leadership conferences, State and National Conventions. If you have any questions pertaining to the toy show please contact Brian Kiesling at 517-625-3104 ext. 0030.


Adam Coon - 285 Pounds - 4-0 4X Champion – American flag bearer for the Finals.

Brian Moran - 215 Pounds - 4-0 Champion

Two Fowlerville wrestlers earn state titles; two others place

Adam Coon - 285 Pounds - 4-0 4X Champion - Adam throws Hurd to his back for a championship fall at 1:13. A total of 4 minutes 49 seconds on the mat for the 4 matches of the tournament.

By Steve Horton Two Fowlerville High School wrestlers earned state titles at the recent Division II tournament held at the Palace of Auburn Hills, while two others placed in the Top 7 of their respective weight classes. Adam Coon won his fourth state championship and his second as a heavyweight, while Brian Moran captured his first title by winning the 215-pound class. Mason Litz finished in fourth place at 171 pounds, while Austin Cottongim placed seventh in the 140-lb division. The other state qualifier, Jordan Jabara, lost both of his matches in the 180-lb class. The win for Coon was another laurel in an already stellar career. He finishes his prep career with an overall record of 211-3 and a senior year mark of 55-0. His only losses came when he was a freshman. At Auburn Hills, the Gladiator pinned all four opponents he faced. On Thursday night he won in a minute against a Warren Lincoln foe. On Friday morning he needed 1:59 to win, while in the semi-finals that evening he beat Ben Proctor of St. Johns in 38 seconds. It was his third victory over Proctor this season. In the finals on Saturday, Coon faced Trent Hurd of Eaton Rapids, another competitor he’d faced twice before in the


District semi-finals and in the Regional Finals. Coon won this final match at the 1:13 mark. “The four years have gone by so quickly,” he said later. “While in high school, I’ve been able to accomplish a number of goals. I’ve been truly blessed by what God has allowed me to accomplish over the years.” A special honor for Coon was to lead the procession of wrestlers for the awards ceremony and carry the American flag. Only four-time state champions are given that special designation of holding the flag, and he is the 17th one in Michigan High School wrestling history and the first heavyweight. Coon is heading to the University of Michigan this fall where he was awarded a scholarship to join the Wolverine wrestling squad. He’ll be redshirted his freshman year. Meanwhile, he plans to concentrate on the upcoming track season. “I’ll be competing in the shot put and discus as well as some track events,” he noted. “I qualified for the state finals in the shot both my sophomore and junior years and placed sixth last spring. I’m aiming to do better this season.” He also plans to compete in freestyle and Greco wrestling events on the national level this spring and summer with the hopes of earning additional titles and the goal of qualifying for another overseas trip. Coon won the world title in the FILA Cadet World Championships in the summer of 2011 for the 14 to 16 year old bracket. That event was held in Hungary. A couple of weeks before that he won the Pan American championship held in Mexico. Last year he earned three national titles in the USA Wrestling Triple Crown competition, capturing first places in freestyle, folk style, and Greco. Coon, who’s father Dan Coon is the head wrestling coach at Fowlerville High and has also organized after-school wrestling programs for area kids, started competing when he was five-to- six years old in the TNT program. He then joined the WOW Program (started by his father) when he was sixth grade. Brian Moran had set his sights on a state title after finishing second in the Division II finals his sophomore year (losing to teammate Coon) and placing fourth last year. He was undefeated this past season with a 56-0 record and finishes his prep career at 188-17. “I thought I did well in the finals,” Moran said afterwards. “I wrestled to the best of my ability and thought I was well prepared.” On Thursday night he dispatched his opponent from Lapeer East with a 13-1 decision. “I got those first-round jitters out-of-the-way and got more comfortable,” he noted. On Friday morning he won the match with a pin in 41 seconds and that evening took the semi-finals against Blake Cooper of St. Johns with a major decision. “That was the third time we competed against each other this season and was the closet match,” Moran pointed out. In the championship round, he beat Taylor Kornoely of Lowell by an 11-5 score who was undefeated going into the match. “Winning the title is definitely been a goal of mine throughout high school,” Moran said. “I tried to put in the

hard work needed. This year I decided to just wrestle and let things happen rather than try to get too far ahead of myself like before.” He started wrestling when he was a fourth grader. “I took part in a program offered in Dansville for two years and then joined the WOW Program offered by Coach Coon when I was a sixth grader,” he said. Moran, who is also an outstanding football player, will now concentrate on getting ready for the upcoming fall season. He has been awarded a scholarship to play that sport as a tight end at Grand Valley State University. “I’ll be lifting weights and working out to get in shape and also preparing for classes,” he noted.

Mason Litz - 171 Pounds - 3-2 4th Place - Litz sets up a turn to pin Kanon Dean of Lowell for a pin at 3:25.

Austin Cottongim - 140 Pounds - 3-2 7th Place – Cottongim works for control over Khannor Kaercher of Warren Lincoln on his way to a win by fall at 3:27 in the medal match.


Jordan Jabara - 189 Pounds - 0-2 DNP - Jabara works to control Garett Stehley of Lowell before losing a major decision 12-3.

Garrett Brigham (20) scores in the third quarter.

Photos by Dawn Gawel

Brian Moran - 215 Pounds - 4-0 Champion - Moran finishes a take down of Taylor Kornoely of Lowell for a 11-5 Championship victory.

Wrestling Photos by Brad Johnson Central Michigan University announces local-area Graduates The following students have graduated from Central Michigan University in December 2012: Kimberlee Breeding of Fowlerville graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Anna Elliott of Fowlerville graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and Cheryl Rons of Fowlerville graduated with a Bachelor of Science.

Fowlerville Varsity Basketball team loses to Howell in Districts Fowlerville’s varsity basketball team finished its season on Monday, March 4, with a 56-37 loss to Howell in the opening round of the Districts held at Milford.

More Basketball Photos on Next page


SMITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS

Joey Ackerman (12) drives past a defender in the fourth quarter.

Patrick Harmon (24) for two in the first quarter.

IMPORTANT DATES: March 14 – Spring Pictures (See More Information Below) March 18, 19, 25 & 26 – Hearing Screening For Kindergarten & 2nd Grade (See More Info Below) March 28 – End of 3rd quarter March 29 – Spring Break Begins April 7 – Spring Break Ends April 8 – School Resumes April 11 – ½ Day of School For All Students K-12 (Dismissal time for Elementary is 12:18 pm) April 11 – Parent Teacher Conferences From 1:00 – 4:00 pm and 5:00 – 7:30 pm *** Spring Pictures – Spring Picture Day will be held on March 14th. Schoolpictures.com photographers will begin taking photos at 9:15 am. You should have received an order form in your child’s last Friday folder. Remember you can place your order online at schoolpictures.com using our school ID# AA4804. Only students who have a paid order ON OR BEFORE picture day will have their picture taken. *** Kindergarten Round Up For 2013/2014 School Year – Kindergarten Round Up is done, but that doesn’t mean we are finished Rounding Up Kindergarteners for this coming school year. You may still enroll your child Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Smith Office. You are encouraged to pre-enroll your child on line. Go to fowlervilleschools.org click on the “New Student Enrollment” link. You must print a complete copy of the pre-enrollment section and the enrollment section after entering your information. Bring that copy with you to the office. We cannot retrieve the enrollment later so you must print it right after you finish entering the information. There are 2 sections of entry (approximately 14 + pages total). Please come prepared to enroll with your child’s Birth Certificate (*see the revised school code regarding age eligibility below), Current Immunization Record, Vision Screening after 3 Years of Age and Proof of Residency (Proof of Residency items should include a Driver’s License and 2 additional pieces, such as a bill, statement, lease or purchase agreement, etc.) If you would like to have your child’s vision screening done at the Livingston County Health Department, call 517-546-9850 after May 13th, 2013 to schedule an appointment. FREE Vision Screening Appointments are available June, July and August 2013. If you have any questions regarding Kindergarten enrollment please call Laura at 517-223-6430. *Please take note of the revised school code regarding new age eligibility for Kindergarten Round Up below For the 2013-2014 school year, a child may be enrolled in kindergarten if the child is at least 5 years of age on or before November 1, 2013. If a child is not 5 years of age on or before November 1, but will be 5 not later than December 1, the parent or legal guardian of that child may enroll the child in kindergarten for that school year if the parent or legal guardian notifies the school district in writing not later


than June 1 before the beginning of the school year that he or she intends to enroll the child in kindergarten. If a child described above becomes a resident of the school district after June 1, the child’s parent or legal guardian may enroll the child in kindergarten for that school year if the parent or legal guardian submits this written notification to the school district not later than August 1 before the beginning of that school year. A school district that receives this written notification may make a recommendation to the parent or legal guardian of a child described above, that the child is not ready to enroll in kindergarten due to the child’s age or other factors. However, regardless of this recommendation, the parent or legal guardian retains the sole discretion to determine whether or not to enroll the child in kindergarten under this new revised school code. *** Remember that Smith Elementary Loves Box Tops and VG Receipts! - There are contest run throughout the school year for Box Tops and students should turn in their box tops to their classroom teacher so they can keep track of the running totals. The Office is the collection area for VG Receipts. Please stop in anytime to drop off your receipts, we would love to see you! *** Information Regarding Bus Transportation – During inclement weather, we may have to use a “Main Road Only” bus stop plan. Your bus driver has established a designated road/stop for you to meet the bus. When this announcement has been made it will be posted VIA, Fowlerville Schools Website, WHMI radio station, Phone Master and Mass Email. Please make sure that your information is up to date. Your child will be bringing home a note with the information for times and stops. Thank you for your support and effort to help us safely transport your children to school. Doreen Redinger – Transportation Supervisor 517-2236122. *** Hearing Screening Kindergarten & 2nd Grade – The Livingston County Health Department will be at Smith Elementary to do Hearing Screenings of all Kindergarten and 2nd Grade Students on March 18, 19, 25 & 26. Please read the information below to see if it applies to your child. Please call the School if: You have a concern and it is not your child's scheduled year for screening. You do not want your child screened. Call (517) 223-6430 and ask for Laura Please call the Health Department if: Your child has a programmable shunt. Call (517) 546-9850 and ask for the Hearing & Vision Coordinator. *** Enroll Now For The 2013/14 Early Childhood Programs - Livingston Educational Service Agency Early Childhood Programs are enrolling for the 2013-2014 school year. Head Start and Great Start Readiness offer no cost comprehensive preschool for children who are between the ages of 3 and 5.Families meeting eligibility guidelines have

access to educational, medical, and other community resources. Children of all abilities are encouraged to apply. For info, an application, or to schedule an appointment, please call (517) 548-2100. *** Please Help We Are In Need of Pants - The office at Smith is requesting donations of boys and girls pants or sweat pants. The sizes we use the most are 6, 7, 8 & 10. Thank You in advance for helping our students. *** 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.

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