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Fowlerville News & Views On-Line Edition November 25, 2012

Barbara Dine will be the Grand Marshal for this year’s Fowlerville Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at 6 p.m.

Family Impact Center executive director, Barb Dine, to head parade By Steve Horton In the nearly 11 years since its founding, the Family Impact Center has helped thousands of area families and individuals with its food and clothing pantry, support groups, counseling, Bible studies, and other services. During that same time frame, Barbara Dine—who helped create the Christian-based outreach ministry in 2002 with

Stacy Shrader-- has served as the executive director and as secretary on its board of directors. In recognition of both her personal efforts and the good works of the Center, Dine has been selected by the Fowlerville Rotary as this year’s Grand Marshal of the Christmas Parade. The parade will step off at 6 p.m. from the parking area next to the Munn School building, head south on Hibbard Street and then move west along Grand River Avenue

through the downtown business district. Following this event, a reception will take place at the Village offices on South Grand Avenue for those wishing to stop by and congratulate Dine. “As of today, a total of 1,911 unduplicated families have been enrolled in our food program,” noted Dine, “the majority of them are being served several times a year. With these extremely difficult times, new families are being added weekly.” The pantry includes canned and dried goods, frozen meat, dairy products, fresh produce as well as cleaning, paper, and personal supplies. “An average of over five tons of items goes out each month to around 120 families,” noted Dine. To keep the pantry stocked, food drives are conducted throughout the year by area churches, businesses, service groups, and the Fowlerville Community Schools. Individual contributions of food and other products also help stock the shelves as do financial donations. But while helping feed and cloth those in need is a key and very visible part of the Center’s work, the overall goal (said Dine) is “to bring restoration to individuals and families in need.” To accomplish this wider aim, the Center sponsors support groups, workshops, and counseling that include GriefShare, Divorce Care, Divorce Care for Kids, Single Parent, and Love & Logic Parenting. In addition, Professional Christian Counseling is available, and Community-Wide Women’s and Men’s Bible Studies are offered. She said that the Center’s directors have plans to widen this “restoration” focus in the future. Part of Dine’s administrative duties is to oversee these various programs and classes. She also helps to coordinate the activities of over 50 volunteers who are essential to the Center’s operations and success. In addition, she teaches the Women’s Bible Study. She noted that Family Impact Center is completely volunteer drive. “No one receives a salary,” she added. “The work I do can be strenuous and stressful,” she said, “but I love it. I can’t imagine doing anything else. But I can only do this through God’s strength. I see this as His work.” This belief that she is doing God’s work, but also that she is following His guidance is the core principle in her faith and day-to-day activities. She sees her presence in Fowlerville, arriving as a recently-divorced mother with two school-aged children in the fall of 1979 and her decision to retire from teaching 20 years later and purse some form of mission work which led to her involvement in the Family Impact Center as prime examples. Barb grew up in Rochester and attended the Avondale Schools. Her parents are Fred and Eleanor Tuck, both gone now. “My dad worked as a plant manager for Ford Motor Company, while my mother was a homemaker,” she noted. “I have one sister, Carol.” While in high school, she played clarinet in the band, belonged to the National Honor Society, was very active with her church youth group, and planned on becoming a

teacher. “I was inspired by my English teacher,” she said of that career choice. “Also, my mothers’ parents were teachers and I had an aunt who taught, so there were those examples.” After graduating from Avondale High in 1962, she attended Central Michigan University with a major in English and minor in art for secondary education. She earned her bachelor’s of arts degree in 1966 and secured a job in Harrison where she taught both junior high and high school English for the next five years. Married between her junior and senior years at CMU, Barb left teaching in June of 1971 and gave birth to son, Erik. Sixteen months later daughter, Heather, arrived. “I wanted to be a stay-at-home mother,” she noted. “I did that early on, but in the 1975-76 school year I taught high school English at Roscommon as a permanent substitute for a teacher who was on a medical leave.” In September of 1976 the family re-located to Alaska and lived in the small town of Dillingham, located on Bristol Bay. “This is a prime area for commercial salmon fishing,” she pointed out. “But it’s an hour’s flight from Anchorage. At the time there were board sidewalks and dirt streets. I felt like I was living in the ‘Wild West’.” Dine worked as an assistant to the school superintendent, doing secretarial chores but also using her art background to design school publications. She remained for nearly three years. It was then that God brought her to Fowlerville, she said. “My parents lived in Farmington, so the kids and I flew back there,” she noted. “My goal was to find a home nearby, find a job, and give my children stability. I was praying about where to go and what I should do. “While still in Alaska, I kept looking at the map and seeing Fowlerville,” she continued. “I’d never been here. I asked my father to take me on Grand River and head west. I felt that I’d know where I should live when I got there. I didn’t feel comfortable when we drove through Brighton and then Howell. When we reached Fowlerville, we turned south on East Street and then west on Frank Street. There was a home for sale with a big back yard. Dennis Lintemuth, who’d just started Century 21 Realty with Riby Holmes, had it listed. I talked to him, he showed me the home, and I purchased it and moved in. It happened quickly.” Dine then met with both the Fowlerville and Webberville school superintendents and, taking their advice, began substitute teaching on a nearly daily basis at one or the other district. Four months later, in January of 1980, a vacancy occurred for an English teacher at the Fowlerville Middle School and she was hired. “Clearly coming here to live and work was met to be,” she said. The sailing wasn’t smooth at first. Financial difficulties faced by the district resulted in her being laid off a couple of times over the next few years, but eventually she gained enough seniority to avoid those interruptions.

She was active at the middle school as a yearbook and student newspaper sponsor, taught some after-school art classes, and served as the eighth-grade class sponsor for two years. Later she moved to the high school and taught classes in Ninth Grade English as well as Senior College English. She was the Student Council advisor for a few years, worked with the Gifted & Talented Program, and chaired the high school English department for a couple of years. Then at age 55 and after 20 years at the Fowlerville Schools, Barb decided to pursue a different, new direction in her life. “I felt led to do mission work,” she explained. “I began a ministry for Single Parents at the Fowlerville United Brethren Church. I knew that God had put me there. I was serving Him and He’d take care of me.” In time Shrader, a fellow member of the church, approached her with his vision of the Family Impact Center. The result, as they say, “is history.” From that concept and humble beginnings, the Center and its work has grown in the number of families it serves and widened its offerings.

The Center-- with its many volunteers, the support of area churches, and Dine’s administrative leadership-- has very much lived up its name… of having an “impact” on area families, particularly those facing difficult times and challenges. Barb wears another enjoyable hat these days. She has six grandchildren. Four of them are the offspring of Erik and his wife Rebekah. Erik is a pastor with Calvary Chapel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The other two belong to Heather and her husband Kirt Dibkey who reside in Hudsonville, near Grand Rapids. Heather is the owner and head instructor of Lakeshore Pilates in Holland. For the past six years Dine has been active with the Lansing branch of the Calvary Chapel. This involvement, along with regular visits to her family and the many hours spent at the Family Impact Center keep her busy with little time for other activities, she said. But it’s a full schedule she welcomes. “God led me to do this,” she said. “Number one, I love serving Him and secondly, I love helping those who are in need.”

Debbie, Kallie and Carey Allen

Fowlerville athlete to play for Lake Erie College’s basketball team Last Monday Fowlerville High School senior Kallie Allen and her parents signed a National Letter of Intent with Lake Erie College. Allen, who plays wing, will join that Ohio school’s women’s basketball team next year and will receive a partial scholarship. Lake Erie College, a Division 2 NCAA institution, is located northeast of Cleveland. Allen, who currently has a 3.42 grade point average, plans to major in Sports Management.

She is beginning her fourth year as a starter on the Gladiator basketball team. She has earned All-League and All-County honors as well as Lansing All Area Honorable Mention in her first three seasons. After her sophomore year she was also an All-State Class B Honorable Mention. Her per-game averages during her junior year included scoring 12.15 points, grabbing 8.95 rebounds, making 2.8 steals, and having 1.55 blocks and .85 assists. Her teammates and coaches selected her as ‘Fowlerville’s Most Outstanding Player’. She was one of the team

captains last season and is serving in this role again for her senior year. Allen has also played in AAU competition. She was a member the Livingston Sting from 2006-2009 and the Michigan Mystics in 2010-12. The team accomplishments included: AAU D-2 12U State Champions in 2008, AAU

Fowlerville to celebrate ‘Christmas in the Ville’ this Saturday All sorts of activities are planned this Saturday, Dec. 1, when Fowlerville once again celebrates ‘Christmas in the Ville’. Those activities, organized by the Fowlerville Business Association, range from hot air balloons to a pet parade to the firemen’s chili dinner to the arrival of Santa Claus and the parade through the Downtown, followed by the lighting of the town’s holiday tree. The ‘Balloons Over the Ville’ features over 30 participants. Weather permitting, they’ll launch at 8 a.m. and again 2 p.m. from the elementary school parking area. In addition, they’ll maintain several warming stations in the Downtown in the late afternoon and will be part of the evening parade. A ‘Scavenger Hunt’, sponsored by Sweet Sensations, takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. During this same time frame Aleta’s Flowers & Gifts will offer a ‘Coloring Contest’. ‘Balloon Sculpting’ will entertain the young and old from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Flooring Finesse, 114 S. Grand Avenue. The artist will be blowing up balloons during the afternoon and using them for a sculpture of Santa and his reindeer. The Rotary Club’s ‘Gator Drawing’ will take place at the Edward Jones office at 1 p.m. with the lucky winner getting a new John Deere gator. The second and third place prize winners will receive cash prizes. The popular ‘Pet Parade’ will be held at Centennial Park, next to the Fire Hall, from 3 to 4 p.m. Also starting at 3 p.m. and continuing until 5:30 p.m. will be hay rides that go through the village. The rides will load up in front of the Fowlerville Hardware. The Fowlerville Fire Association will be serving its chili dinner, plus hot dogs, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the fire hall on North Grand Avenue. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. the ‘Story Time in the Window’ will be held at the side entrance of Harmon Real Estate on North Grand Avenue. Dave Kuehn, Pam Couling, and State Representative Cindy Denby take turns reading books to the area children during this time. Also from 4 to 5:30 p.m. ‘Santa’s Workshop’ will be held at the Fowlerville Hardware with children having the opportunity to create Christmas ornaments, while ‘Santa’s Bake Shop’ will be hosted by Curtis Grocery where the youngsters can decorate a holiday treat.

D-1 14U State Champions and AAU D-1 14U National Sweet 16 in 2010, and AAU D-1 15U State Champions in 2011. ___________________________________

The ‘Reindeer Petting’ area will be set up in the Downtown from 4 to 6 p.m., while Harmon Real Estate will be serving popcorn starting at 4 p.m. ‘Dashing Through the Snow’, which is put on by the Fowlerville Athletic Boosters and sponsored by Michigan Rehabilitation Specialists, features a 1-Mile Fun Run and Walk from 4:10 to 4:30 p.m., followed by the 5K Run at 4:30 p.m. The route will once again start on Grand River Avenue west of the Main 4 Corners and proceed to Potts Road and then back to the finish line at the Ann Street intersection. A new event is the ‘Best of the Fowlerville Idols’ and this starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Parade Reviewing Stand near the Main 4 corners. The arrival of Santa Claus will be a highlight of the afternoon. The ‘jolly old elf’ will greet area children from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the fire hall. He’ll then take part in the parade and, afterwards, returns to the hall for additional visits. The Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Fowlerville Rotary Club, steps off from the Munn School building parking area and proceeds down Hibbard Street to Grand River. It’ll then continue through the Downtown to the west end of the village. This year’s Grand Marshal is Barbara Dine, the executive director of the Family Impact Center. A reception for her will be held at the Village of Fowlerville office on South Grand Avenue after the parade. The traditional lighting of the town’s Christmas Tree occurs at the end of the parade. Along with these organized events, three area churches- the Fowlerville First United Methodist Church, the Fowlerville United Brethren Church, and the Fowlerville Church of the Nazarene-- have planned some special events to coincide with the celebration.

Leroy Township Fire Dept. to host Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1 The Leroy Township Fire Dept. will host Santa Claus at the fire station on Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at 7 p.m. A good bag will be provided for the youngsters. The members of the fire department will also be serving cookies, donuts, coffee and hot chocolate at the event. The fire hall is located at the corner of Elm Road and Walnut Street in Webberville.

OFFICE HOURS: Administration Office 7:00 am – 3:30 p.m. Counseling Office 6:00 am - 2:30 p.m. Nov. 26--Professional Development Day No School Nov. 27--Return to school Dec. 4--Senior graduation assembly Dec. 6--Fall play begins Dec. 15--ACT Prep Dec. 17--Progress Rpt 3 Dec. 24--Holiday Break *** Parents & Students- School policy is that if you are not staying after for athletics or academic events you need to go home. Students are not allowed to be in any hall other than the main hall after school unless you are here with a teacher, coach or administrator. *** Fall show: All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten! This show is a multi-media storytelling montage--full of music, laughs, and AH-HA moments. It's not really about kindergarten at all. It's about growing up, being a kid, being an adult, and about life and what matters most in life. People of all ages will be able to identify with different parts of it. Show dates: Dec. 6 - 9. *** Fowlerville High School Hosting an ACT Prep Workshop in December -An "ACT With Writing" Test Prep Workshop will be held at Fowlerville High School on Saturday, December 15th. The workshop will be run by Mr. Frank Bernier in the FHS Cafeteria from 8:30 am until 1:30 pm and the fee is $60. Students will take an authentic full-length ACT practice test and essay. You will receive your practice test scores at the workshop and the essay scores will be mailed home. Registration forms are available online at the Fowlerville High School web site or directly from Mrs. Glover in the Counseling Office. The form may be mailed to Mr. Bernier or returned to Mrs. Glover with payment by Thursday, December 13. This is an excellent opportunity to get some test taking tips prior to the Spring MME test! *** Do you need some extra help in your subjects? NHS is sponsoring DROP-IN TUTORING to help out students having trouble in classes. You do not need to sign up, just come in on Wednesdays in the HS library from 2:20-3:20. *** The Sophomore Class is collecting old cell phones and ink jet cartridges. Please donate them to Mrs. Tomassi (class sponsor) room D-207 at the high school. Help us raise money for prom and senior year! *** Parents having trouble using Zangle to view grades, e-mail questions to ***

Target – Take Charge of Education–Through Take Charge of Education, families, teachers and members of the community have an easy way to raise money for our school. When you sign up and designate Fowlerville High School, Target donates up to 1% of every purchase you make with your RED card (Target® Visa® Credit Card, Target Credit Card or Target check Card) to our school. If you shop at Target stores and use their cards, please consider designating Fowlerville High School to receive the Target 1% donation! *** Ordering Transcripts for College Now Online (Michigan eTranscripts) Please visit the Fowlerville High School website for more information. Helpful numbers 223-6080 ~ attendance hotline available 24 hours a day student will not be in school for the entire day 223-6000 ~ general building number message to your student call any of numbers please try to get a person 223-6044 ~ attendance secretary 7-3:30 student release during a school day homework requests ~ if you’re student has missed several days (we will request homework for a student missing 3 or more days and we have to give the teacher a 24 hour notice to get the work to the attendance office) loss of credit letters 223-6050 ~ counselor secretary 6-2:30 transcript request, questions to do with grades, arrange appointments with your students counselor 223-6061 ~ athletic secretary 8-12 Athletic events, Schedules, Registration, tryout dates 223-6060 ~ principal secretary 6:30-3 arrange appointments to meet with principal; other building/teacher issues

Down home country breakfast being served at St. Agnes Parish on Dec. 2 The Knights of Columbus Council 8605 of St. Agnes Parish in Fowlerville is hosting their Down Home Country Breakfast this Sunday, December 2. The menu features homemade buttermilk pancakes, both regular and blueberry. Made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage links, hash brown potato rounds, fruit cup, coffee, tea and juice round out this special treat. Grand Knight Jerry Corbat says, “This event may be Fowlerville’s best kept secret.” The Knights of Columbus help in supporting many projects within the community. Among the recipients are the Family Impact Center, Pregnancy Helpline, Gleaners Food Bank, and ARC of Livingston. Members of St. Agnes have been enjoying this breakfast for years. The community is invited to enjoy a great meal with their friends and neighbors. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 am until 12:30 pm inside the Parish Life Center just behind the church. St. Agnes Parish is located at 855 E. Grand River in Fowlerville.

Our Harvest Song Our Creator might have meant for November to be a time when we could check our senses. Just before the big rest of wintertime He may have thought it well to review those things which combine to make us aware. Surely it could be a proper time. November is a month with an attitude, at once capable of predicting winter or gently recalling summer. I can remember 27 inches of snow in the driveway one year, and a cluster of ripe, sweet blackberries, protected by a conifer limb, the next. More typically, I can recall the season’s first dusting of snow and the sound of the season’s first skim-ice breaking under the boots of a delighted child. November insists that you look at your surroundings, listen to them, breathe deeply, and then briskly rub your hands together before thrusting them far down into your pockets. There are still grinning pumpkin faces, but even more grotesque as they collapse, discouraged by the weight of frost. There are small flocks of nervous robins, feathers fluffed against the chill, quickly searching soft and leafy places in the yard. They seek a rest stop and a snake before they hurry on. And there are high, highflying wedges of southbound geese, some calling out like military noncoms at an Independence Day parade. In November, when all the others are on the ground, you can hear the continuing rustling complaint of the oak leaves. Like stained brass foil they argue with the wind. Sometimes they rattle with the sounds of frozen snow and sleet. Always on these autumn days there are woodlots where the buzz of saws and the ring of axes foretell wood smoke on the air. And when blended with the pastel tones of a rosy sunset behind a silhouette of barren trees, you can see November. Especially in the countryside. And you can feel it too. The heady smell that comes from windfall apples in the grass beneath the trees. The earthy scent, loosened by chilly, stiff fingers as they pluck walnuts and hickory nuts from the leafy tangles underneath those trees. Brown rabbits nibble at the edges of brown, grass hammocks, then hustle under brambles and brush pile limbs. The owls, already calling, glide across the fields, looking to catch a supper of their own. There is the raucous cackle of a pheasant, settling on his roosting place and paying final tribute to the setting sun. There is a whitetail buck deer chasing a doe across the

stubble of a bean field. Tomorrow’s dawn will find their tracks frozen in the ground by falling temperatures. Even at night you can recognize November. Listen to the distant whistle of a train, or much closer, the steady rumble of the engine as a tractor moves across the darkened field. The headlight’s beams reach to chart a path and fall upon the mist. Vapors loosed by wheels and season’s change, hover like the spirit of the harvest. The bulging cribs of yellow corn attest to what the farmer’s done. And later still the farm dogs barking adds to things that make the month. Not unlike his ancestor wolf, he reacts to a riot of smells born on winds from west and north. All together that’s November, a feast for the senses and a fitting finish for the harvest song!

Fowlerville Northern Neighbors 4-H group kicks off new season Fowlerville’s Northern Neighbor 4-H group kicked off the new season with a theme of ‘Helping each other learn and grow.’ To that end, veteran 4-H’ers assisted Cloverbuds in weaving hula-hoop rugs made from strips of t-shirts and weaving them in a circular pattern. Even Justin Bieber got in on the action, but his t-shirt was quickly looped into the rug design. Pictured here is Cloverbud Julie Pung with veteran Northern Neighbor Jessica Holiday. Photo taken by club reporter Jasmine Brake.

Important Information for the 2011- 2012 School Year: November 21-23-Thanksgiving Break November 26-Teacher Professional Development-No School for students November 29–KPTN monthly meeting 3:45 p.m. Kreeger Media Center Room Citizens Breakfast 8:10 a.m. Kreeger Cafeteria December 24-January 2– Christmas Break January 24-25–Hearing screening for 4th grade students February 25-27- Hearing Re-Screening for 4th grade students *** 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!

for teaching us how important Veteran's Day is! THANK YOU to all our veterans! We appreciate you! *** *** Frankenmuth Fundraiser Limo Rides: Limo rides will be scheduled for students who sold $200.00 or more in our Frankenmuth Fundraiser after we have collected all the money. Students who qualify will be taken in a limo for a free Wendy’s lunch. Special notes will be sent home with those winning the rides, as the date gets closer. *** PARENT/FAMILY INFO NIGHT! Ahoy! Parents who’s Kindergarten through Fifth grade child match any of this description: intense, high achiever, artistic, math whiz, future author, passionate, creative, devours books, gifted at…. Grab your spyglass and sea captain's hat and come to the Navigating the School System meeting. It will be Thursday, November 29 from 6:30-7:30 at Kreeger Elementary. The Parents will be in the library to learn, the children in the cafeteria for supervised fun activity stations. NOTE: There will be a pre-meeting pizza and drink in the cafeteria (donations accepted) from 6:00-6:30 pm. RSVP to Megan Tait at for your pre-meeting pizza count. This meeting is sponsored by FACTO (Fowlerville Academic Creative Talented Organization) Questions regarding the meeting contact Barb Parker at 517Kreeger Turkey Bowl Fun: Kreeger staff members 223-7871 or email: celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by having an early morning turkey bowl before Thanksgiving break. Each *** On Monday, November 12 Krista and John Belcher visited of the teachers and staff members has the opportunity to bowl Mrs. McGuire and Mrs. Harper's classes to talk about the with a frozen turkey in front of the Media Center before importance of Veteran's Day. Krista shared what it is like to school starts. Bowling pins are set up and away they go be a veteran, John narrated a slide show about memorials in bowling for the highest pin count. The winner gets to take Washington, D.C., and together they showed students how to home the frozen and slightly beat up turkey. This years’ th grade teacher Mr. Ken Damerow. properly fold an American flag. Thank you to John and winner was 4 Congratulations and happy cooking Ken. Krista Kreeger Elementary would like to thank all the students and parents for a successful Book Fair!!! A special thanks to Joan Thompson.

Area Deaths--

Crystal Joy Near LeRoy “Spike” Duke LeRoy “Spike” Duke, age 89 passed away on November 15, 2012. LeRoy was born on June 4, 1923 to Roy and Myrtle Duke in Grand Rapids, Michigan. LeRoy married his loving wife Lucille on September 21, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan and together they raised 4 beautiful children. LeRoy served our country during WWII in Italy with the 461st Bomb Group flying in B24’s. After the service LeRoy worked for Detroit Public Lighting until his retirement in 1978. He was a 42year member of the Model A Restorers Club, and was a member of the VFW Post 6464 in Fowlerville. He will be missed dearly by family and friends. LeRoy is survived by his children, Sherry, Vicki, Mark (Donna), Dale (Susan), grandfather of Lisa, Hugh, Jason, Heather, Jennifer, Stacy, Nicholas, Natalie, Blake, great and great great grandfather of 12. Preceding him in death is his loving wife of 64 years, Lucille, sisters, Lorraine and Paula. The family gathered with friends on Monday, November 19, 2012 at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel. A Healing Farewell was held on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Our WWII Veterans Please leave a Message of Comfort to LeRoy’s family by calling 877-231-7900 or sign his guest book at

Crystal Joy Near, age 35, of Fowlerville, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at home. She was born May 26, 1977 to Joyce Hutchins and James Raisigel and married Matthew R. Near at Fowlerville United Brethren in Christ Church on May 17, 2003; he preceded her in death in 2009. She was a 1995 graduate of Fowlerville High School and a member of Fowlerville United Brethren in Christ Church. Crystal worked at Phizer Pharmaceutical and as a Personal Assistant to Pastor Tim Flickinger. Surviving are her daughters: Matilyn Joy and Morgan Grace, parents: James Raisigel and Joyce Hutchins, cherished friend Chris Bonish, siblings: John Hutchins, Jennifer Hutchins, Charlene (Dave) Bramble, James A. Raisigel, her mother-in-law: Polly Near and many nieces and nephews. Her grandparents also preceded her in death. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at Fowlerville United Brethren in Christ Church with Pastor Tim Flickinger officiating. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Crystal Near Trust, established for her daughters: Matilyn and Morgan. Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel.

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Richard David Byrd, Sr.

Melissa Keniston Melissa Keniston, born on July 13, 1961, resident of Fowlerville for 18 years, passed on Saturday November 17,2012. She is survived by her son, Zack and daughter, Maggie, and will be reunited with her eldest son, David, and mother Peg Roberts. Melissa was a strong, beautiful, caring, smart, and independent woman who would have done anything for anyone. Her beautiful soul will live on through the many people whose lives she has touched. Being the best mother to her children was much more important to her than anything she could have done for herself. People like Melissa are truly one of a kind and everyone who has had the opportunity to meet her knows that we have lost a truly amazing woman. A memorial service will be held for Melissa at the Conway Township Hall on December 8, 2012 from 2-6pm for whomever would like to share in a day of remembrance for this especially phenomenal woman that has been the best mother, friend, daughter, sister, aunt, grandma, and niece to so many people.

Richard David Byrd, Sr., age 72, of Webberville, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 20, 2012 in Lansing after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was born August 4, 1940 in Wayne, Michigan to Frank and Hettie (Hackworth) Byrd. He was a 1958 Fowlerville High School graduate. He married Mary Thompson on August 12, 1961. He worked for UPS for 31 years. David loved to hunt, fish, camp and travel. He was an avid antique collector and history buff. Surviving are his wife: Mary, daughter: Sally (Courtney) Cook of Williamston, son: Richard David Byrd Jr. of Lansing, grandchildren: Brandon, Erin, Cassie, Abby, and Jessie, great-granddaughter: Ellie, 2 sisters: Nancy (Bob) Weber of Williamston and Betty (Jim) Stevens of North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Frank and William. Funeral services will be held at 11AM Monday, November 26, 2012 at Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel with Pastor Mark Wilson of Fowlerville United Brethren in Christ Church officiating. Interment will follow at Webberville Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel.

Fowlerville resident graduates from Army basic training

Army Reserve Pvt. Ethan Geppert has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, Carol L. Hudson armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, Carol L. Hudson, age 82, of Fowlerville, died Thursday, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot November 15, 2012 at home. marches, and field training exercises. She was born Dec. 21, 1929 in Howell to Harry & Carrie Geppert is the son of Craig and Anna Geppert Fowlerville. (Sprague) Smith and married George Hudson in Howell on He is a 2007 graduate of Webberville High School. Dec. 19, 1952. She worked at the Howell State Hospital and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are her husband George, son: Steve (Mary) Hudson of Fowlerville, 5 grandchildren: Kathryn, Lisa, Thomas, Emily and Sara and 2 great-grandchildren: Leah and Lucy, siblings; Helen, Florence, Beatrice, Violet, Gerald, Wesley and Russell and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her infant sister: Ruth and sister: Wave, 2 brothers: Gordon and Charles. Funeral services were held on Monday Nov. 19, 2012 at Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel. Memorials contributions suggested to Great Lakes Hospice.

This being Mike’s last year at FHS, he will miss all of the bonds he has created with his classmates, especially his soccer team. “I couldn’t imagine high school any other way without all the great people I’ve met and become friends with, together we created family.” Mike leaves this advice for the underclassmen; “Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and explore every option available to you including sports, clubs, and relationships all the students should make the years at FHS great and not take them for granted.” Mike was nominated by three teachers, Mrs. Hardenbrook, Mrs. Aldecoa, and Mrs. Conner who had tremendous things to say about him, such as: “he is pleasant and positive with his peers,” they explain him as a “super polite, respectful” student and that he is “one of the hardest working and conscientious” students they’ve had. A close friend to Mike is Gavin Mcgregor, who explained that Mike is, “the most down-to-earth, genuine guy I know. I couldn’t ask for a better teammate and friend.” Congrats again Michael Moran! You deserve it!

Rob Mills Family in concert at West Locke Wesleyan Church December 2

Student of the Week--Michael Moran By Ashley Maas

Congratulations this week to Michael Moran for being Fowlerville High School’s Student of the Week. Mike is the son of Mike Moran, manager of his own construction business, Protective Coatings and Epoxy, and Tanya Moran, registered nurse at Sparrow Hospital. Mike has two younger sisters, Taylor, a freshman, and Maddie, a sixth grader. When he isn’t working hard at school, he spends his time playing the guitar and piano, hanging out with friends, spending time with his family, exercising, and he also just finished his last season of Varsity Soccer at FHS. Once Mike’s high school career comes to an end, he plans to “attend a University to pursue a degree as a Physician’s Assistant and afterwards apply to medical school.” Being a senior, he doesn’t have much time left. Mike’s present schedule contains AP Biology, Advanced Conditioning & Training, Human Anatomy & Physiology, College Prep Chemistry, AP Lit & Comp, and Pre-Calculus. The class that he is most passionate about is AP Biology because it explains the “nature of living things and why everything plays a crucial role in the “cycle life of life.” His favorite teacher is Mr. Vanhorn, being categorized as a role model because of “his character and optimistic style of teaching and he inspired me to push myself in all areas of my life.” Mike’s favorite thing about FHS is the staff because they work incredibly hard to have the time here for students, allow kids to have adventures with all of their friends and create relationships throughout their time here.

West Locke Wesleyan Church will be hosting the Rob Mills Family in a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 pm at the church, 2652 Haslett Road in Williamston. The public is invited to the concert as well as the time of refreshments that will follow. The Rob Mills Family is a music ministry that seeks to fulfill a see people come to the life changing touch of Jesus Christ. Rob is celebrating his 25th year of sharing the gospel in song and now his family is involved in the ministry. Rob and Angie were married in 1992 and have three children, Levi, Jacob, and Emily. They have served as music ministers in the local church for the past 15 years. Their ministry is continuing to grow and as of June 2011, they launched out as “music missionaries” to minister at other churches, camp meetings, and concert venues. The Rob Mills Family has shared the platform with artists like The Booth Brothers, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Greater Vision, The Talley Trio, Mike Speck, and more. Rob has performed at Ministers Conferences, Youth Conferences, Missions Conferences, Dr. James Robinson Crusades, TBN, Camp Meetings, PTL, National Quartet Convention as well as numerous local churches across the country and around the world. Rob has also put together 30 voice choirs for country music superstars Reba McIntyre, The Judds, and has played guitar and sang back-up vocals for CMA award winner Anita Cochran. Rob has written songs for some of today’s top gospel artists like Gold City, Mercys Mark, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Mark Trammel Quartet and many others.

IMPORTANT DATES: November 26 – No School Teacher PD Day November 27 – School Resumes Tuesday November 29 – Navigating the School System: FACTO Meeting (6:30pm at Kreeger Elem.) December 7 – Christmas Dance (6:00 to 9:00 pm) December 18-2:00pm- 1st Grade Musical Program (The Alverson Center For The Performing Arts) December 19 – 10:00am & 7:00pm-1st Grade Musical Program (The Alverson Center For The Performing Arts) December 22 to January 2 – Christmas Break January 3 – School Resumes *** 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. *** News from the Smith PTC (Parent Teacher Club) COMING SOON!!! Smith Family Christmas Dance: SNOWBALL ALLEY: 6:00 to 9:00 pm, December 7. The highlights scheduled for that evening are a DJ, Photographer, Bake Sale and Basket Raffle. Come to this wonderful holiday event for Great Family Fun! *** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please contact our volunteer coordinator by emailing or send a note to your child’s teacher and she will pass it onto the PTC. Once you are on our volunteer list, we can include you on our Volunteer Spot service to coordinate and remind you of events. Thanks for all you do for our kids! *** Basket Raffle- Thematic baskets have been beautifully put together and will be raffled at the Family Fun Christmas Dance on December 7. Each student brought home 12 tickets to sell at $1.00 each or 6/$5.00. The tickets need to be returned with the money by December 6. Write on the back of the ticket which basket you are interested in winning. The baskets were on display at parent teacher conferences and photos of the baskets are available for viewing at the school. Please join us in raising funds for additional math materials for the students!!! *** Parent/Family Info Night! - Ahoy! Parents whose Kindergarten through Fifth grade child match any of this description: intense, high achiever, artistic, math whiz, future author, passionate, creative, devours books, gifted at…. Grab your spyglass and sea captain's hat and come to the Navigating the School System meeting. It will be Thursday, November 29 from 6:30-7:30 at Kreeger

Elementary. The Parents will be in the library to learn, the children in the cafeteria for supervised fun activity stations. NOTE: There will be a pre-meeting pizza and drink in the cafeteria (donations accepted) from 6:00-6:30 pm. RSVP to Megan Tait at for your pre-meeting pizza count. This meeting is sponsored by FACTO (Fowlerville Academic Creative Talented Organization) Questions regarding the meeting contact Barb Parker at 517223-7871 or email : *** Reminder to Parents – Children are not allowed to carry any medication, and they cannot transport any medication. Please do not send in cough drops, aspirin, Tylenol, etc. with your child without going through the proper procedure, filling out the necessary forms, and bringing the medication to the office. A parent/guardian must transport medication to and from school. Students must be aware that they are not allowed to administer medication to other students. Medication must also be in its original container and include the physician’s instructions.

Fowlerville Fire Report The department responded to 16 emergencies this week. Thursday, November 15th, at 7:43 a.m. personnel responded to a medical emergency on N. Grand Ave. in the Village. At 12:18 p.m. the department was dispatched to a natural gas leak on Grand River in Handy Township. A second medical emergency, reported at 1:51 p.m., was on N. Hibbard Street in the Village. A medical emergency on Van Riper Road in the Village was reported at 1:20 a.m., Friday, November 16th. At 6:56 a.m. firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident on I96 in Handy Township. Saturday, November 17th, at 9:18 a.m., the department was dispatched to an injury accident on I-96 in Handy Township. A medical emergency on Roberts Road in Iosco Township was reported at 4:44 p.m. Then, at 9:16 p.m. the department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Grand River Ave. in Handy Township. No Fire was found. A natural gas leak on Grand River in Handy Township was reported at1:04 a.m., Sunday, November 18th. At 9:25 a.m. personnel responded to an injury accident on Bull Run Road in Iosco Township. Monday, November 19th, at 12:04 a.m. a medical emergency on Grand River Ave. in Handy Township was reported. Firefighters responded to a structure fire on Nicholson Road in Handy Township at 3:02 a.m. with mutual aid assistance from Leroy Township and the Howell Area Fire Department. A medical emergency on Fowlerville Road in Handy Township was reported at 5:27 p.m. Then at 9:04 p.m. a medical emergency on Hogback Road in Handy Township was reported. At 3:14 p.m. Tuesday, November 20th, firefighters responded to extinguish a vehicle fire on Fowlerville Road in Handy Township. A second dispatch was for a natural gas leak on Grand River in the Village at 6:43 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: On Sunday, November 11—a memorable day for Veterans at the Fowlerville Wal-Mart—Store Manager Patrick Azzarello and Associates honored Veterans during a special “thank you” celebration. Veterans and guests received honored treatment in a patriotic decorated area set up for good food and fellowship; also an honored Veteran lapel pin and generous gift bag were received. Memorial “thank you” cards, sent to the Detroit VA Hospital and over seas, were available for signing. Within the store, a Wall-of-Honor has been reserved for photographs of Veterans; another way Wal-Mart is showing appreciation for military personnel (Veterans and Active Duty) who protect our country’s freedom. I am grateful to my son-in-law Anthony Hegberg, now serving in Afghanistan, to my husband Kenneth a Viet Nam Veteran and to Matt for willingly serving in the U.S. Army to Fowlerville Wal-Mart’s featured area dedicated as a protect America’s freedom. And “thank you!” Manager Wall of Heroes was launched on Veteran’s Day, Azzarello for your military service and for this memorable, November 11. honoring, generous Veteran’s Day celebration. God help America remain The Land of the Free and The Home of the Brave. Olivia Verfaillie

Capital Area District Library Events November 26 – December 2

WEBBERVILLE: NEW! Down Memory Lane Reminiscers: Adults Date: Nov. 27. Start Time: 2:00 PM. Description: Our new reminiscing group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month to share information, memories, fellowship and refreshments. Today's topic: Show and Tell—bring your vintage tools once common in the home or on the farm. Library: Webberville (WE) *** After School Special (Grade 3 & up) Date: Nov. 28. Start Time: 3:15 PM. Description: Join us after school for different activities each month. This month: Game Day! Play our new selection of Wii games. Library: Webberville (WE) *** Scrabble Club: Adults. Date: Nov. 29, Dec. 13, 27. Start Time: 6:30 PM. Description: Our informal club for adults welcomes players of all skill levels in a relaxed, lowGene Craine, on left, and Ken Verfaillie, are pictured key atmosphere. Library: Webberville (WE) here by the Wall of Heroes which is featured at the *** Fowlerville Wal-Mart. WILLIAMSTON: Gingerbread Decorating (Ages 8-12) * Date: Dec. 3. Start Time: 6:30 PM. Description: Come and celebrate the holidays during our annual gingerbread-decorating extravaganza! *Limited to 15 participants; registration required by calling 517-655-1191. Library: Williamston (WM) Holiday Open House & Reindeer Visit (All ages) Date: Dec. 3. Start Time: 6:30 PM. Description: Celebrate the holiday season with your friends at CADL Williamston! Along with refreshments, music and more, get up close and personal with live reindeer. A great time for the whole family! Library: Williamston (WM)

Meijer Donates $40,000 for 2013 Great Michigan Read

By Cheryl Poch

The last week in November – can you believe it? Where does the time go? I must say though, I am enjoying this weather. It can stay like this for a while – a little snow on Christmas Eve and all will be well with the world! This week marks the birthdays of at least four great authors: Marc Brown, Charles Schulz, C.S. Lewis and Lucy Maud Montgomery. And if you do not know what books these authors wrote – then stop by the library and check it out – a little hint – two are famous for writing children’s books! Did I tell you that soon the library will be on a new circulation system? It is called Verso and this new system will be faster, up-to-date, and more efficient for checking materials in and out, searching for materials through the ‘card catalog,’ and lots of patron and library statistics to help us ‘run’ the library in a thorough and again – efficient manner! Now is the time to start checking out our holiday reads – we have books, magazines, DVD’s, CD’s and more all to get you in the mood for a Merry Christmas. I always like to read a Christmas book – I am a seasonal reader! Whether it is a Christmas mystery or Christmas cookie recipes – you can find it at the Fowlerville District Library. Several of our ‘food’ magazines have great recipes for the holidays – cookies, desserts, main dishes and more. Need hints on decorating? Check out some of our magazines like country Sampler and more for great ideas on how to spruce up your house to look merry, merry! We have new DVD’s for your holiday viewing – adult and children’s movies. Like I said, we have a lot to offer our library patrons this time of year. Come in and enjoy the warmth and quiet (sometimes not so quiet) atmosphere of the library. Need help in picking out a Christmas read? Ask the staff – they are all great readers and may have a suggestion for what type of holiday book you might be looking for. Till next week – make it a GREAT week and “Be happy with what you have, and you will have plenty to be happy about. (Irish saying)

Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to announce that it was the recipient of a $40,000 award from Meijer to sponsor the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read. The donation will be used toward general program funding – such as books, program and promotion materials, and author tour costs. The Grand Rapids based super center has supported or participated in the program since it began in 2007. “Meijer is delighted to continue our partnership with the Michigan Humanities Council as it fosters appreciation and understanding of our great state,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “And what better way to achieve this than by offering an adventure for all ages through the Great Michigan Read.” The Great Michigan Read is a statewide reading and discussion program that aims to cultivate a shared understanding of who we are as Michiganians. Previous support from Meijer allowed MHC to provide book kits to nonprofit partners – kits include up to 30 copies of the selected title, along with reader’s and teacher’s guides. “Meijer has deep roots in Michigan, and its regular sponsorship of the Great Michigan Read reflects that history and sense of place that is explored and celebrated in all of the Michigan Humanities Council’s programs,” said Council Board Chair Timothy Chester. The bi-annual program and its discussions surround a single title – typically a book written about Michigan or by a Michigan author. MHC partners with hundreds of schools, libraries, religious organizations and other nonprofits to facilitate discussions, reading programs, lectures and much more. The 2011-12 Great Michigan Read drew 300 partners and reached 53 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Partnerships with MLive Media Group and the Detroit Free Press enabled MHC to reach more Michiganians through newspaper inserts, and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion presented a traveling exhibit that presented themes from that year’s title: Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle. MHC plans to announce the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read title in the Spring with program implementation in the Fall. *** About the Michigan Humanities Council: The Michigan Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit organization created to foster a better understanding of each other and our state through local cultural, historical and literary experiences for all. The Council was founded in 1974 and is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and individual donors. For more information on future programs, upcoming grant opportunities or how you can support these efforts, please visit or call (517) 372-7770.

Upcoming Programs at the Fowlerville District Library Follow us on Facebook & Registration usually opens 2 weeks prior to the event unless otherwise noted. *** Family Impact Center Food Drive: Help us help our community! The Family Impact Center needs our help! Bring is 5 non-perishable food items and check out a new DVD for free. Or bring in a food item and we’ll take a dollar off of your overdue fines, with a limit of five nonperishable food items for $5 off your overdue fines. *Not applicable to fines that are in collections. *** Retired & Refurbished Computer Sale: ONGOING. We are selling our retired computers. All systems are professionally prepped and set up. Ready to go to your home! Included in the price of a computer is the following: refurbished computer, keyboard, and mouse. Monitors and Microsoft Office software packages are available as add-on accessories and are separately priced. All purchased software package will be installed prior to delivery to the library and the purchaser will receive all of the discs for their computer. For more information, visit the library and see the Computer Sale Specification Sheet on display. *** Mixed Media Necklaces: Thursday, Nov. 29 6pm. Adults. Join us in creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry using a variety of materials. Visit the library to see the examples created to inspire your inner artist! *Register in person at the library. There is a $5 cash deposit for this program that is refundable at the program. *** Brick Building: Tuesday December 4 at 4pm. Kids 4-5th grade. Join your child in a special story time where they build a creation based on a theme. Seating is limited; register to attend. Registration is open. *Must be registered to attend. *** One Stroke Art: Tuesday, December 4 5:30-6:45. Join art instructor Donna Raskamp for a fun holiday ornament project using the One Stroke painting technique. Classes are $9 pre-registration or $10 the night of the program. Registration is open. *Must be registered to attend. *** Kindles, Nooks, & eReaders Oh My: December 5 5:306:30. Learn the basics in eReaders in a relaxed atmosphere, share tips and how-to amongst the group. Total newbie?... No problem, we can help you get started. *Must be 12 to attend, must be registered to attend. Limited to 8 attendees. There is a $5 refundable cash deposit due at registration. *** Scrabble Club: Monday, December 10 5:00-6:45. Adults. Scrabble enthusiasts play regardless of skill level.

Improve your game and make new friends while playing at the library. Seating is limited; register early to attend. *Must be registered to attend. *** Decorate Holiday Cookies: 2 Sessions Wednesday, December 12 5-5:30 or 6-6:30. Kids 4yrs-5th grade. Parents help their children decorate cookies to eat here or take home. Seating is limited; register to attend. Registration opens Nov 28. *Must be registered to attend. *** Be an Honorary Claus! Decorate Ornaments: Monday, December 17 5:30-6:45pm. Jr. & High School. Decorate ornaments to keep or share while enjoying a fun holiday movie! Seating is limited; register to attend. Registration opens Dec 3. *Must be registered to attend. *** Decorate Snowman Candle Holders: Thursday, December 13 6-8pm. Adults. Come turn wine or water glasses into adorable snowmen candleholders. *You must register to attend. Register in person at the Circulation Desk. There is a $5 refundable cash deposit payable at the time of registration. *** Computer Classes at the Library: Registration begins Monday December 3. For a full list of classes visit the library or our website. *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. There is limited seating available for all computer classes.

Webberville United Methodist Church hosting Parent’s Day Out Dec. 1 In celebration of the Christmas season Webberville United Methodist Church is hosting Parent’s Day Out on Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM for children all ages through 6th grade. Get your Christmas shopping done while your children eat lunch, play games, do crafts, and watch movies in a safe child friendly environment. There is no charge for this event. Pre-registration is required. Webberville United Methodist Church is located at 4215 E. Holt Rd. (corner of Holt Rd. & M-52). You may register for this event by calling the church office during business hours Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM-Noon at 517-521-3631 or Bonney Elzerman at 517-490-8039.

St. Mary Catholic Church hosting annual Christmas bazaar Dec. 1 St. Mary Catholic Church is hosting its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, December 1 from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free. Over 100 crafters and vendors are expected. The event will include a bake sale and lunch. This is an indoor show. The church is located at 10601 Dexter Pinckney Rd., in Pinckney. For more information call (734) 878-6563.

Michigan Senate Report By Joe Hune, 22nd District

The Holiday Season I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and got to spend as much time as possible with their loved ones. It’s official: It is now the Holiday Season! Fortunately, we in the Livingston County area have many events and celebrations to look forward to this year. Specifically, I would like to draw your attention to the “Christmas in the ‘Ville” celebration taking place in downtown Fowlerville on Dec. 1. The celebration will feature a balloon launch, hayride, parade and the tree lighting ceremony, among many other special events. A complete listing of events can be found at: Of the many events to take place, I would like to draw particular attention to the 7th Annual Dashing Through the Snow 5K Run/Walk and the Fowlerville Dashing Through the Snow 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. I know many of us have all packed on a few pounds after our annual turkey feast, and the events above will help remedy that. Promoting good health through our communities is very important, and I encourage people to participate. Entry forms for both races can be found at the website. As usual, I hope all the residents can get out and enjoy this great event as well as the many other events taking place throughout Livingston County communities. ***

Fowlerville youth wins junior category in local buck pole contest Tyler Roddy, age 11, of Fowlerville was the winner of this year’s Fowlerville Buck Pole junior category. He harvested his 8-point buck early on opening day with an 80-yard shot using his grandpa’s .50 cal muzzleloader. His buck scored out at 113” and earned him the 1st place prize, a Traditional ‘Junior’ .50-caliber muzzleloader donated by Anna’s Lawn Prep. He even won a case to carry it in, along with several other nice prizes, donated by area merchants. Tyler and his family want to thank the Fowlerville Fire Department and other volunteers and merchants that made this event possible. Tuesday night, November 20, Tyler also gave thanks and praise to God at the annual Thanksgiving “Pie and Praise” night at Antrim Baptist church.

Fowlerville boy bags rare 10-point doe Fowlerville youth bags first buck Andrew Goodwin, age 13 of Fowlerville, bagged his first deer, a 5 point buck on Saturday, November 17. Andrew was accompanied on the hunt by his dad Maurice Goodwin and grandpa Maurice Goodwin. The animal was shot on his grandfather’s property in Glennie, Michigan. Andrew is a 7th grader at Fowlerville Junior High School.

Friends of Webberville Library annual mitten, glove, hat, & scarf drive The Friends of the Webberville Library is sponsoring their annual Children's Mitten, Glove, Hat and Scarf Drive from November 26 through December 12. All donations will be given to the Webberville Area Food and Clothing Bank. You may bring your new items to the library during the following times: Monday or Friday 2 to 6 p.m., Tuesday or Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your donations will help some Webberville area children to stay warm through this winter.

James Anderson, Jr., age 9 of Fowlerville, shot a rare 10point doe while hunting with his grandfather Harold Anderson on Saturday, November 17. He hunted the animal on his grandfather’s property on Cedar Road in Fowlerville. A representative from the DNR was called in to confirm the kill. A doe with antlers is very rare with such a chance being 1 in 6,000 to 10,000. James is the son of Jim and Tonya Anderson. He is a 4th grade student at Kreeger Elementary.

be stressful and drawing makes it a little better,” said Bedwell. Bedwell enjoys playing basketball and running track. “I really like sports, they help me to release stress and just in general relax.” said Bedwell who has participated in both since 9th grade. Bedwell likes going to the mall with her friends to shop for clothes. “I really like going to the mall with her because she is such a fun person to be around,” said fellow senior Beverlyn Salva. Bedwell’s creativity and artistry carries over to her future career and schooling plans. She hopes to apply this to her love of cooking. “I really like cooking because I like learning about all the different kinds of food,” said Bedwell. She really enjoys making pastries like cakes and chocolates. She has loved cooking since she was in 6th grade. “I just really fell in love with it,” said Bedwell. After completing high school Bedwell plans on attending Baker College to study culinary arts in hopes of becoming a pastry chef. “It is my dream to grow up and be a pastry chef,” said Bedwell.

Detroit Tigers Minor League instructor performing clinic at Michigan Sports Academy

Senior spotlight--Jacquelyn Bedwell By Dmitri Glover

Jacquelyn Bedwell has really enjoyed spending her high school career at Webberville High School. “I am really glad that I decided to attend Webberville. I really like the small town atmosphere,” said Bedwell. Bedwell transferred to Webberville at the beginning of 9th grade year. She transferred from Memorial Lutheran in Williamston. Since then, she has had a chance to participate in sports, make lifelong friends and make important decisions that will affect her future. Bedwell is the daughter of Kenneth and Amanda Bedwell. She is the oldest of four children. “My family really helps me to stay focused and remember to do my work, “said Bedwell. Bedwell has three siblings Whitney in 10th grade Trevor in 1st grade and Cecilia who is 3 years old. Bedwell’s most inspirational teacher is Mr. Dean Wilson. “I really like how he helps me focus on my drawing and to just improve in general,” said Bedwell. Bedwell has had Mr. Wilson as a teacher for 2 years. “She is hardworking, helpful, and always working to improve her art skills,” said Mr. Wilson. She has also grown as a person. “Her drawing skills have really improved since I first started working with her,” said Wilson. Bedwell likes drawing because it helps her relax and keep from getting stressed about school. “School can

Michigan Sports Academy – Livingston is proud to announce a hitting clinic conducted by Detroit Tigers Minor League Hitting Instructor Bruce Fields and his sons Aaron and Dan. Coach Fields, after spending the last two seasons as the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians, recently returned to the Tigers and will serve in his new role in 2013. The clinic is a two-day clinic with two sessions each day (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.) and players can participate in one session or two sessions (one each day). The cost is $80 for one session or $140 for two sessions. Additionally, players can have their session videotaped for an additional $30. The video will be analyzed and uploaded to the All Fields Hitting website where players can access to learn more about their swing. To register, visit the MSA-Livingston website at For more information, interested registrants can call (517) 552-9000. Prior to joining the Indians major league team in the 2011 season, Coach Fields was the hitting coach for the Tiger’s parent club from 2003 through 2005. Coach Fields played parts of three seasons in the major leagues: one with the Tigers in 1986 and two with the Seattle Marines in 1988 and 1989. Dan Fields was drafted by the Tigers in 2009 and spent last year with Lakeland (A) and Erie (AA), while Aaron was drafted by the Indians in 2010 spending two seasons in their system.



NHS Blood Drive-The National Honor Society will sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, December 6th in the MS Gym. You can stop in and donate blood from 8:30AM to 2:15PM. Appointments are available, but are not necessary. Please call Sandy Judd at 521-3447 ext 340 to make an appointment. *** Band Booster Bingo–The Band Boosters will be sponsoring a BINGO night on Friday, December 7. The games will begin at 5:00PM in the HS café. *** Board Meeting–The next board meeting will be on Monday, December 17 at 7:00PM in the Spartan Center community room. *** Christmas Break–Students will be on Christmas break from Monday, December 24– Friday, January 4. School will resume on Monday, January 7, 2013. *** Spartan Yard Signs–The varsity volleyball team is selling customized yard signs for the low, low price of $20 per sign. The sign will be created using your child’s name and their chosen sport or musical interest. Order forms are available in the district and secondary offices, or you can download a form from the homepage of the district website. Buy a sign and support your Spartan volleyball program!

Webberville Spirit Shirt–The Athletic Department will be selling Webberville spirit shirts to MS and HS students. If you buy a spirit shirt you are able to enter ANY high school winter sport for free! The cost of the t-shirt is $25. If your family already has an athletic season pass, the cost of the t-shirt is only $10. Order forms are available in the secondary office. Return the order form and payment to the office. *** Toys for Tots Drive–The annual Toys for Tots Drive begins on November 26. Helping community members during their time of need is rewarding for all ages. The joy you feel from helping out is immeasurable. Please donate a new, unwrapped toy. Donation boxes are located in the secondary school. With your support, we can help make a difference in our community. *** Band Concert–The 6th -12th grade bands will perform a concert on Monday, December 3. The concert will take place in the middle school gym at 7:00PM. *** Choir Concert–The 6th – 12th grade choirs will perform their holiday concert on Wednesday, December 12. The concert will take place in the HS café starting at 7:00PM.

Webberville High School kicks off Operation Christmas Cheer! By Kelsei Hull

WEBBERVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL November Awards Ceremony–The November Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 30 at 2:15PM in the elementary gym. *** Boots and Shoes Available-New boots or shoes are available for your children, compliments of Old Newsboys of Greater Lansing. If you’re in need of footwear, stop in the office and pick up an application! Call Sue Douglas at 521-3071, extension 216 with any questions. *** Elementary K-2nd Grade Concert–Join the lower elementary students as they perform their holiday concert on Tuesday, December 18th. The kindergarten will perform at 6:00PM and the 1st and 2nd grade will perform at 6:45PM. Both concerts take place in the MS gym.

Operation Christmas Cheer is an event sponsored and coordinated by the high school journalism class and their adviser, Colleen Scott Keiser. It is a school wide project in which all students 6th-12th participate. Operation Christmas Cheer is a project in which the Webberville High School collects personally signed cards from students and distributes them to the medical care facilities in the area, plus over 400 residents of the Lansing area Meals on Wheels. Last year over 1,000 cards were collected, everyone going to someone in need of some cheer. This project is very important to the students of Webberville. “Sending cards makes me feel like I am doing good for the community, I love to do it!” said journalism student Alyssa Arnold. “Knowing you’re making someone happy this holiday season is just an amazing thought and feeling.” In order to keep Operation Christmas Cheer going, the journalism students of Webberville High School need your help. While brand new boxes of Christmas cards are greatly appreciated, many donated cards are from partially used boxes from previous years, and are also completely welcomed. If you would like to donate used or new Christmas cards, or cash donations, these may be left for Colleen Scott Keiser in the high school office. All the support given for the success of this project by students and residents is very appreciated by the journalism staff.

volunteers will gladly unload these items during normal site hours.” Beckwith also stated “The new electronics program is a tribute to Gene Richardson, retired Board President, who worked tirelessly to make this new program possible.” Mr. Richardson passed away on Friday, November 16, 2012. Recycle Livingston is located at 170 Catrell, about one mile east of downtown Howell. Hours of operation are Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recycle Livingston will be open on all of the winter holiday weekends this year, though site operations will be suspended during periods of extreme cold or heavy snow. Call the office (517-548-4439) or check the Recycle Livingston Facebook Page when the weather is marginal to determine if the site is open.

Fowlerville junior high boy’s basketball results

Recycle Livingston kicks off new Electronics Recycling Program Recycle Livingston has announced a new and improved electronics recycling program that provides significant benefits for its members and provides all Livingston County residents and businesses with the opportunity to participate. Effective immediately, members can bring all their electronics, big and small, to Recycle Livingston for no charge. Non-members can either join instantly at the gate or, for the normal $3.00 per visit non-member gate donation, drop off their electronics as well as their other recyclables. Acceptable electronics include laptops, computer towers, keyboards, printers, monitors, routers, all televisions, stereo equipment, VCR’s, DVD players, microwaves, and all small household appliances. Recycle Livingston also accepts cassette tapes, videotapes, DVD’s, and all household batteries. All electronics are sent to various certified recycling facilities for responsible processing and recycling. Recycle Livingston has made another important addition to their electronics program. In addition to washers and dryers, Recycle Livingston will now accept refrigerators, air conditioners, and other equipment containing Freon as part of their program. Rodney Beckwith, Board President of Recycle Livingston said ”This new electronics program is a major achievement and a significant benefit for our members, county residents and businesses, as it is sometimes very difficult and expensive to dispose of these items.” Beckwith added that “at Recycle Livingston

8th Grade Boys Defeat Mason Bulldogs: The 8th Grade Boys Basketball Team traveled to Mason and defeated the Mason Bulldogs in two exciting games! Both games were close and came down to the final minutes, but the Glads walked away victorious. The B Team was led by Josh Shroyer and Jarod Miller with 6 points apiece, while Dilan Schroeder scored 5 and Tyler Heick and Will Coe chipped in 4 points each. Bryant Martin added 3 points in the victory as well. Josh Nabozny and Will Coe were very aggressive defensively and dominated the boards. Although they didn’t score, the team saw quality minutes from Cody Persons, Logan Borland, Josh Nabozny and Jarrett Gawel. The A Team sealed their victory when Eric Fritz and Cameron Brigham converted their free throws in the final minutes. Cameron Brigham led all scorers with 14 points, including 2 3pointers and was 4 for 5 from the free throw line. Nick Semke and Eric Fritz added 4 points apiece while Nate Leonard chipped in 3 free throws for 3 points and Steven Quigley hit a 3pointer to contribute 3 points in the victory. Bryce Bertl, Chad Hacker and Scott Riley all added 2 points each. Although they didn’t score, Tommy Quaine and Andrew Spalding gave great minutes in the victory and were instrumental in the win defensively. The Gladiators created many turnovers and ran the floor very well in the victory! The Glads have the weekend off and will face Okemos on Tuesday, November 27 at home.

Michigan House Report Barb Byrum, 67th District

The following is an editorial written by State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). If you have questions about this commentary, please contact Rep. Byrum’s office by calling (517) 373-0587. *** It is that time of year again! Home heaters are cranking up as the temperature drops. These winter expenses can make it tough for seniors living on a fixed income and working families who have lost a job or seen their hours cut back to make ends meet. It is important to discuss energy efficiency so that hard-working residents in Ingham County can save more of their hard-earned dollars. In Michigan's tough winters, we need to make sure that nobody is left out in the cold. When the temperatures drop below freezing, it can literally be a matter of life and death to keep the heat on. No one should ever have to choose between paying their utility bill and buying food for their kids. Thankfully, there are a number of assistance plans available for residents to help cut heating costs and ensure that residents do not have their heat turned off. The Winter Protection Plan allows customers to work with their utility companies to budget their utility payments to avoid shutoffs. For information about this program, including finding out if you qualify, contact the Michigan Public Service Commission at (800) 292-9555 or your local natural gas or electric utility company. For year-round assistance, the state also helps working families pay part of their heating or electric bills in the event that they are facing shut-off, through the State Emergency Relief Program. It also can help families keep their utilities on or have their service restored. For more information, or to apply, call the Ingham County branch of the Department of Human Services (DHS) at (517) 8879400. If you are concerned that you will be unable to pay your utility bill, contact your utility provider right away to make arrangements. You can contact the Michigan DHS Energy Assistance Hotline at (800) 292-5650 or visit You also can visit for more information on how to cut energy costs or about any of these programs. No one should be forced to go without heat this winter. If you are facing a shutoff, help is available. ***

Here are some tips you can use to save energy while also saving money this winter. Install a programmable thermostat that dials down at night and when nobody is home. You can save 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills by doing this. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs, which last 10 times longer and use up to 75 percent less energy. Set the hot water heater for 120 degrees. Insulate the hot water heater and pipes according to instructions. Clean or replace your furnace air filter every 30 days. Check and maintain your furnace each year. Wash clothes in cold water. Check heating ducts for leaks. Check for drafts around doors and windows that can be caulked or weather-stripped. Close your curtains at night.

2011 Fowlerville graduate visits junior high, speaks about Air Force training Christopher Parsons, a 2011 Fowlerville graduate received one of approximately 1,100 scholarships to train to be a lieutenant in the Air Force. He is currently attending the Air Force Academy in Colorado and was home on break last week. Fowlerville Junior High students received the honor of having him talk to them in their Social Studies classes about integrity, hard work and what it takes to receive the honor of being in the Air Force. He also talked to students about what his college degree and cyber warfare will be like. It was an amazing experience for our students to see someone five to seven years older achieve such an honorable opportunity.

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