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Happy New Year

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Vol. 47 - No. 49

December 26, 2010

Q&A with Vic Loomis

Mayor looks at city’s new year By DAWN PARKER |

This is the fourth year the Towne Courier has sat down with local government leaders to recap the year that is ending and anticipate the coming year. This week it’s East Lansing Mayor Victor Loomis, followed on Jan. 2 by Meridian Township Supervisor Susan McGillicuddy. Photo by Kevin W. Fowler

Members of the Okemos community walk a silent lap around the high school track at a candlelight vigil for Matt Kolstoe, 18, his girlfriend, 19-year-old Heather Comstock, and her longtime friend, 18-year-old Sarina Seger, who died in a car crash, Wednesday Oct. 13, 2010 in at Okemos High in Okemos.

Our acts of love, courage


A threat of burning the Muslim’s holiest book, the Quran, a hate group protesting against East Lansing High School students, the tragic deaths of five young people on a single day, the raising of money to move a library and coming together as one community to hear how one man dealt with incredible descrimination and injustice without losing hope — all were examples in 2010 of a community promoting high principles, trying to relieve the burden of the suffering and coming together to meet a community’s need. The Towne Courier’s top story for 2010 was these acts of kindness, generosity and principled actions.

Amazing response in the face of a profound tragedy

The loss of five young people on Sunday, Oct. 10 in separate car crash-

This is our annual Year in Review issue, a recapping of local events that made news in East Lansing, Okemos and Haslett. What was your top story for 2010? Send an e-mail to

es — three 2010 Okemos graduates, and a East Lansing High School senior and his sister, easily had the most powerful impact in 2010. Friends and relatives who knew — and loved — Heather Comstock, 19, Matt Kolstoe, 18 and Sarina Seger, 18, are not likely to forget the hours and days after the news spread about their deaths in a horrendous head-on crash on U.S. 23 near Brighton. The experience will remain vivid, not only because of the overwhelming grief but also the sharing personal See

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Photo by Rod Sanford

Humphrey Petersen-Jones smiles as he talks to his mother, Bryden Stanley, as he recovers in his room at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor Wednesday Oct. 20, 2010. Humphrey, an MSU freshman from Okemos, was seriously injured in the Livingston County car accident that took the lives of five people, including his friends Matthew Kolstoe, Heather Comstock and Sarina Seger.


Talk about some good things that have happened in the city this year.

MAYOR LOOMIS: From my perspective, the city of East Lansing – on a number of fronts – has had yet another good year. The city has just published our 2010 Annual Report that highlights a lot of those successes. I would suggest it’s a continuation of a lot of hard work and a lot of good planning that’s taken place within the city Mayor over an extended number of years. We continue to work those plans and see Loomis the fruition of all of those efforts on any one of a number of different fronts. The first thing I like to do is applaud the efforts of everyone that is involved. As you know, we have a number of boards and commissions in the city of East Lansing. This is a very participatory community, and they contribute an untold amount to the success of the city, through the volunteer hours and the expertise that they bring forward and the constructive conversation that we have at all of our boards and commissions. I’d like to thank our fellow citizens that they take of their time and lend their talents, their energies and their expertise to the city to help us as we continue to work the many plans the city has in place. All of this continues to happen in a contracted. I think the last couple of years I’ve used the word contracting economy – I’m using the word contracted this year because I hope that we are through some of that contracting of our economy, and the economy, both within the city and within the region and hopefully at the state, has flattened out and we can start to look to some expansion of the economy. Again this year, with the successes that we’ve had, we have done so in a contracted economy with a lot of uncerSee New Year/page 4

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News in brief Jr.Achievement Rock N Bowl fund-raiser will be held

Register now for snowball softball tournament Jan. 22

Supportes of Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan at ProBowl of Lansing on Jan. 22 for the annual Rock N Bowl fundraiser. Proceeds provide JA K12 curriculum to children in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. Each player on a five-person team bowls two games. The first is traditional, the second is “Rock N Bowl.” Call your local Junior Achievement office at (517) 371-5437 for more details on how to sign up.

CATA will provide rides home on New Year’s eve

Impression 5 to hold winter science camps next week

Winter break is on the way, and at Impression 5 Science Center, daylong science camps are available Dec. 27-31. From Chemistry Bonanza to Science for Pirates to seven more exciting themes, Winter L.A.B.S. (Learning About Basic Science) camps offer hands-on exploration of science all day long. Camps run 9 a.m.-4 p.m., but drop-off is available as early as 8 a.m. and pick-up is available as late as 5:30 p.m. Two snacks are served each day, so only a lunch is needed. Each day of Winter L.A.B.S. offers camps for five to 12-year-olds. Members pay $45 for each day; notyet-members pay $60. Weeklong packages are available for Impres-


Registration now open for Polar Bear 5K Jan. 30

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Holiday basket winner

The Capital Area Transportation Authority in cooperation with the Lansing Area Safety Council, will again offer curb-to-curb transportation on New Year’s Eve. Last year, CATA gave nearly 300 rides through the Safe Ride Home program. Those wishing a ride home should call CATA at 394.CATA (2282) between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Passengers will be picked up and taken home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Safe Ride Home buses travel as far north as Sheridan Road to Dobie Road on the east, Holt Road on the south and Waverly Road on the west. Regular $1.25 CATA fares apply to this service with discounted 60¢ fares for students, seniors, anyone showing a Medicare card, and persons with disabilities.


Meridian Township Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its 2011 1-Pitch Snowball Softball Tournament. This double elimination tournament will be held Saturday, Jan. 22. Entry fee is $125 a team, includes umpire fee. Registration deadline is Jan. 14. For more information, contact Greg Grothous, recreation specialist, (517) 853-4616,

Mary Ellen Jeffreys of Haslett is the lucky winner of the Friends of Haslett Library Holiday Foods from Around the World gift basket drawing. The Friends fill the library display case seasonally, and often have a theme-related prize drawing. The Friends’ generosity has a long reach this year, because Mary Ellen is a resident of Grange Acres and plans to share her food prize with others at the upcoming Grange Residents meeting. For information about joining the Friends, call the Haslett Library at (517) 339-2324. sion 5 members. Registration is required; call (517) 485-8116, ext. 32. For a full listing of camp offerings, visit

HHS band offers Christmas tree pick-up service Jan. 8

are cleaning closets, are asked to donate items to the Thrifty Sparrow. The shop accepts clean gently used clothing, as well as items mentioned above. Donations accepted during shop hours. The shop is located at the St. Lawrence Campus, 1210 W. Saginaw, in the Outpatient Bldg., lower level. Hours are 8 a.m.-noon, Mondays; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays and from 2-5 p.m. every Friday. All proceeds go to Sparrow Hospice Services.

The Haslett High School band program is again offering its annual Christmas tree pick-up service. Students will collect trees from Meridian Township addresses on Saturday, Jan. 8 (weather date Sunday, Jan. 9). The cost is $10 and all the profits will go MSU will off classroom to the band students who are participating in the service to use to- course ‘Your Music Business’ wards future band activities and trips. MSU will offer a new short course To participate, e-mail Larry Brown at for aspiring or practicing musicians or call (517) who want a better understanding of 655-3581 to obtain an order form. the business side of the industry. “Your Music Business” (MUS 491, SecSparrow Resale Shop raises tion 3) will meet Thursday evenings from 6-8:50 p.m. on Jan. 13 and 27; money for hospice services Feb. 3, 10, and 24 and March 3, 24, The Thrifty Sparrow Resale Shop and 31 at MSU. Enrollment is open will be selling winter selection of to the general public; registration as clothing, including plus sizes, and an MSU student is not required. The most priced at $2. The shop also course costs $400. CEU/SBCEU credfull of holiday decor, plus lots of jew- its are available. To register, contact elry, handbags, shoes, small applianc- Anne Simon in the MSU College of es, home accents, collectibles, books, Music at or (517) toys, videos and more. Those who 353-9122.

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Meridian Township Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations for the fourth annual Polar Bear 5K, scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 30. The event is co-sponsored by Playmakers and supported by the Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Cost is $15 if registered by Jan. 14; after is $20. Register online at meridiantwpparksandrec/servlet/ registrationmain.sdi or by contacting Meridian Township Parks and Recreation Department at (517) 853-4616 or Race packets may be picked up at Playmakers on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and on race day at the Meridian Municipal Complex, 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos, beginning at 9 a.m.

Fall/Winter Photo Contest in Meridian being conducted

Meridian Township, Okemos Photography Studio and Framers Edge are sponsoring a Fall/Winter Photo Contest for amateur photographers. There will be a Junior Division and an Adult Division. Photographs must be of nature or recreation and taken in Meridian Township Parks on digital or film. Photos may not be modified in any way. Prizes will be awarded to the first place in each division and to a Grand Prize Winner. Entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday March 25, in the Meridian Township Parks and Recreation Office, 2121 Gaylord Smith Court, East Lansing. Contact (517) 853-4616 or for contest rules and an entry form.


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Friends of Heather Comstock and Sarina Seger Photo by Rod Sanford relate stories about their A rose is taped to the locker lives at a candlelight vigil of East Lansing High School for Matt Kolstoe, 18, his 19-year-old student and football player girlfriend, Josh Eady as fellow students Heather Comstock, and her sign the locker in his memory longtime friend, 18-year-old Monday Oct. 11. Eady was Sarina Seger, who died in killed in a car accident with a car crash, Wednesday October 13, 2010. his sister on Oct. 10.

memories, tearful embraces, consoling words and a two community tributes that occurred the week after the deaths. Another passenger in that crash — Humphrey Peterson-Jones of Okemos — barely survived the accident, and after 10 surgeries at U of M Hospital returned home with no recollection of the devastating collision when the Toyota Prius they were all riding in crossed the median near Brighton. The crash also killed a 62-year-old Ohio grandmother, her 56-year male companion and hurt the woman’s three grandchildren. An identical emotional riptide struck those in East Lansing who knew football lineman Josh Eady, 17 and his sister, Whitney, 22, a 2005 graduate of East Lansing High School. The two died along with their father, Charles, in a one-car rollover crash in Missouri while the family was returning home from his grandmother’s funeral. In a three-day period an immense outpouring of support and affection took place in the football stadiums at both Okemos and East Lansing.

Several hundred of students, teachers, administrators and parents gathered for the two candle light vigils to share the heartfelt memories and convey their condolences.

Big protest against hate

Countering hatred with love -- and a generous dose of humor -- won the day Nov. 18 at several East Lansing locations. While three members of the Westboro Baptist Church came to town to picket East Lansing High School, hundreds of counter-protestors gathered to show their love, whether it was at the “Peace Party” at All Saints Episcopal Church or at the high school. The Topeka, Kan.-based church was reportedly responding to letters sent by ELHS students asking church members to stop picketing soldiers’ funerals. The church, characterized by many as a hate group, is well known for its stance that soldiers’ deaths in war are due to America’s tolerance of homosexuality. Whatever the reason, it brought people from near and far. Signs held aloft were abundant and silly, and by all appearance the sillier

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the better. Many drivers down the busy stretch of road honked approvingly. ELHS parent Julie Roy liked what she saw. “A lot of people argued that we should not have done anything. I don’t think that would have been grasping the teachable moment for our kids,” Roy said. A “teachable moment” was exactly what high school Principal Paula Steele had been hoping would happen.

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Reading of holy book mattered

Whether it was the rain or for some other reason, the protestors stayed away from All Saints Episcopal Church on Sept. 11. Upwards of 350 people - parishioners, Muslim visitors and community members - did not. For two hours, the crowd - which filled the pews, folding chairs at the back of the sanctuary and the choir loft - heard verses from the Quran in both Arabic and English. The evening had special resonance for All Saints Rector Kit Carlson, who graduated from the University of Flor-

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New year: Many signs show economy on the mend Continued from page 1

a significant number of new business startups in our city last year speaks to the confidence they have in us.

Grand River Avenue, is very linear. It hasn’t depth to it. The west end for tainties. years – as long as I’ve been involved with We’ve been able to stay the course, conlocal government, which is pushing 20 years tinue to work the plans that have been in What are some things now – the west end has been challenged, place and end up with a year that we’re all to look forward to in 2011? and parking has been challenged on the proud of and hopefully a year that, across west end. MAYOR LOOMIS: We will continue to the board as a community, we can all celThere have been discussions about strengthen and enhance our relationship ebrate. What is the status building a parking garage for 20 years to with Michigan State University, and all of of City Center II? help stimulate growth at the west end. the partnerships we have with the univerAre there signs sity. MAYOR LOOMIS: It continues to be So the only money that has been spent of recovery? I like to focus some of our thinking in challenged by financing. You’ve heard me on City Center II has been to acquire propMAYOR LOOMIS: When I look at some the area of economic development. I still say this before – As have many other projerty, to warehouse that property for the poof our accomplishments … one of the get to every event on campus that a student ects in the area, some not similar in scope tential of the City Center II or some other many opportunities that whomever serves organization or student group invites me to, – the one that comes to mind is the Knapp similar type of project. as mayor has is to welcome new business to I do speak to the students. Center in downtown Lansing. Part of that property could be resold, the community and to celebrate investment The No. 1 question I am asked – “What That seems to take a couple steps forall of that property could be resold, dein the community. are you doing, and what is the city doing ward, and then a step back, then a step pending on what ultimately gets built on I had several opportunities to do that this to create employment opportunities for me? forward, then maybe a step back, but it that footprint and the parking needs or depast year, both large and small. I was able So that when I graduate, I can stay in the looks like there’s been more forward progmands. to be part of welcoming IBM into the commid-Michigan area, I can stay in East Lanress with the redevelopment of that site. Beyond that, the city hasn’t spent any munity. sing, I can stay around Michigan State UniEvery project of any scope has been money. We haven’t issued any bonds, we I had the opportunity to welcome – at versity. I don’t have to leave to look for challenged by this contracting and contract- haven’t obligated ourselves. The status of the other end of the continuum, but equally employment opportunities.” ed economic time. City Center II is that we continue to await as important – businesses like Wanderer’s I like to look at the success the city and As regards City Center II, there’s been a two documents: Teahouse and Café. Michigan State is enjoying in the area of lot of discussion about how much money A detailed financing plan on how City Two people who made an investment in entrepreneurship and innovation. the city has invested in (the project), and Center II would be financed, and a corour community – that’s equally as important The Technology Innovation Center … we haven’t. responding description of the legal properto us as investments being made by corpocontinued to demonstrate success last year. We have not invested millions of dollars ties that would be involved in that project rations and companies even larger than the Now as we look to 2011 and see the Hatch in City Center II. The Downtown Developand the financing plan. Until such time as mom-and-pop type of business. will come online – that, to me, again shows ment Authority acquired some property that we get that, by my terminology, we don’t I would like to thank them for having a level of confidence in the environment in could and would be used to develop a park- have a project. We have a concept, we have the confidence in the city of East Lansing the greater MSU-East Lansing community. ing garage at the west end of our business an approved site plan, (but) we don’t have that they are willing to make an investment, I’m really excited about the opportunities district. a project. put down some roots and start a business we will see as we move forward. To develop a parking structure that And so we wait. Could that happen in 30 enterprise in the city – I think that speaks We’ve created the partnership, we’ve could and would be part of any days? Yes. Could it be another six months? very highly about the type of community built the foundation – now we can busy redevelopment project on the west end Yes. We continue to have discussions with that we are. ourselves with building upon that. This firm of our business district – our principal that developer, that process is still chalThe fact that we had, by my definition, that recently announced itself (Force by De- commercial district, which runs along lenged, but there are some positive signs.


sign) that is looking to locate in East Lansing and hire MSU graduates – to me, that’s what this whole process has been about. 2010, I think, really solidified … many years of planning and effort, and has built that foundation that we can continue to grow upon.




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“Nature’s Enchantments”, Mackerel Sky Gallery of Contemporary Craft , 211 M.A.C. Ave. , East Lansing, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays through January. An exhibit of appliqued quilts by DeWitt artist Peggy Szasz. Info:


Call for community members to host international MSU student visits The International Friendship Program is seeking community volunteers interested in welcoming an international MSU student for an occasional home visit and cross cultural exchange. Visit the website or e-mail susanrussick@com for more information. Info: 353-1735, Call For Lansing-based Artists/Educators, Lansing Art Gallery, 113 S. Washington Square, Lansing, ongoing. In preparation for the Lansing Art Gallery’s upcoming expansion and relocation, plans are underway for educational programming at the Art Gallery and in the Lansing Public Schools. Interested artists/ educators should send a cover letter and resume to Catherine Babcock, executive director, 113 S. Washington Square, Lansing, MI, 48933. Info: 374-6400,

three-week, in-depth, interactive, hands-on class parents will learn about newborns: bathing, feeding, handling crying, infant CPR, massage, safe sleep, car seat safety, infant health and more. For more information contact Expectant Parents Organization at 337-7365 or visit for our upcoming schedule. Register early, space is limited. Info: 337-7365,

The HELO Club: New members welcome, The HELO Club is a social/philanthropic organization for women new to the area or newly retired. We offer a way to meet new friends, monthly luncheons with speakers and many activities (book clubs, walking group, bridge, etc) in which to participate. Info: Laurie at 339-0482.

Fitness classes, Parkwood YMCA, 2306 Haslett Road, East Lansing, winter session runs from Jan. 3-Feb. 2. Classes include Zumba, Bosu and Tabata. Call for details or to register. Info: 827-9680, Good Form Walking Clinic, Playmakers Athletic Footwear, 2299 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos, DANCES 6-7:15 p.m. Mondays. Participants Les Danseurs Ballroom will gain the necessary tools to Dance Club New Year’s be able to walk easier, faster and Eve Dance, Grand Ledge injury-free. Open to all. Space is Country Club, 5811 E. St. Joseph limited. Call or go online to register. Highway, Grand Ledge, 9 p.m. Info: 349-3803, Dec. 31. Featuring live music from " The Bayou River Band. Bring your Intermediate/Advanced own beverage and an appetizer to Tumbling Adult Class, share. Ice and cups provided. Open Spartan Dance Center, 217 Ann dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. St., East Lansing, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Advance reservations required, Wednesdays. A gymnastics class even for members. Info: 543-4941, learning skills such as somersaults, Cost: $60 rolls, and handsprings, performed per couple, club members - cost is without the use of specialized part of the membership. apparatus with an experienced instructor and spotter. Minimal EXHIBITS experience necessary, ages 16 and 12th Annual East Lansing older. Info: 999-5415, Elementary Schools’ Art Exhibit, East Lansing Public Cost: $10-$14, depending on class Library, North Foyer Gallery, 950 package purchase. Abbot Road, East Lansing, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 CLUBS AND p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Dec. MEETINGS 1-Jan. 3.. Showcasing a variety East Lansing Meridian of artwork from East Lansing Lions, Nancy Moore Park, 1960 students. Info: 351-2420, Gaylord C. Smith Court, Okemos, " 6 p.m. Dec. 28. Guests are


Senior Golf Clinics, Funtyme Adventure Park, Dome, 3384 James Phillips Drive, Okemos, 9:30 a.m. Mondays. By Hall of Fame golf coach Bruce Fossum. Info: 332-7944,



Mind-full Motivator’s Health & Nutrition Group, Presbyterian Church of Okemos , 2258 Bennett Road, Okemos, 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays. Find help cutting through the clutter of all the conflicting health and nutrition advice. Get motivated to

succeed in reaching your health and nutrition goals. This is not a weight-loss program. Led by Barb Geske, M.S. Info: 349-9536,


Holiday Open House, Bug House Open House, 147 Natural Science Building, MSU Campus, East Lansing, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 29. Info: 355-4662, Cost: donations appreciated. New Year’s Eve Party with Orquesta Ritmo and DJ Adrian “Ace” Lopez, Summit Christian Academy, 7868 Old M-78, East Lansing, 10 p.m. Dec. 31. Salsa dance lessons at 9:30 p.m. Cash bar, snacks provided, champagne at midnight. On-site sitter available for $5 per child. Make reservations early. Call or e-mail Info: 927-9384, Cost: $30 per person, $50 per couple.


Holiday Break Family Films, Capital Area District Library Okemos Branch, 4321 Okemos Road, Okemos, 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Dec. 21-29. Info: 347-2021,


Grand River Flute Ensembles, Okemos High School, Band/Choir Room, 2800 Jolly Road, Okemos, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Two all-volunteer flute ensembles, open to the public. First and third Tuesdays for advanced adults and high schoolers, second and fourth for intermediate flutists. Welcoming flutists of all ages from the mid-Michigan area to join us to rehearse, brush up your skills, and enjoy performing locally (optional). Flutists may join at any time. Piccolos welcome. Info: 898-6958, Grand_River_Flutes.html. Cost: Free, donations accepted.


Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, Habitat For Humanity, 1941 Benjamin Drive, Lansing, 6 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 20-April 14. Must register by Jan. 7. You will actually have fun as you learn about saving, budgeting, investing, insurance and more. Classes held weekly for 13 weeks. Info: 374-1313, Cost: $100 per family, scholarships and discounts available.


Active Senior Exercise, Prime Time Senior Program, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Leader Shirley Warner. Good all-around exercise using balls, bands, sliders and mats. Info: 337-1113. Cost: $4 for members and $9 for non-members. American Mah-Johngg, Meridian Senior Center, Chippewa Middle School (east wing), Okemos, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 29. Info: 706-5045. Cost: free for members, $2 for non-members.

Billiards, Meridian Senior Center, Chippewa Middle School (east wing), Okemos, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 29. All skill levels welcome. Come and play on the center pool table. Info: 706-5045. Bingo, Meridian Senior Center, Chippewa Middle School (east wing), Okemos, 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Info: 706-5045. Blood Pressure Checks, Meridian Senior Center, Chippewa Middle School (east wing), Okemos, 11:15 a.m.-noon, fourth Tuesday of the month. Info: 706-5045. " Bridge, Euchre and Bingo, Meridian Senior Center, Chippewa Middle School (east wing), Okemos, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call for times and cost. Info: 706-5045. Canasta, Meridian Senior Center, Chippewa Middle School (east wing), Okemos, Info: 706-5045. Cost: free for members, $2 for nonmembers. Chair Exercises, Bath Senior Center, 14480 Webster Road, Bath, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Info: 641-6728 ext. 126.

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ida in Gainesville, as did Rev. Sarah Midzalkowski, Canterbury MSU chaplain at All Saints. “We felt the entire event was an incredible blessing,” Midzalkowski said. “We felt a lot of love shared throughout the community. To me, it looked a lot like what I hope heaven looks like.”

Haslett library to get new home

HASLETT - Lemon and strawberry rhubarb pies were on the menu at the Haslett branch of the Capital Area District Library Feb. 2 last year. Staff members celebrated with treats to mark a sweet victory, as Meridian Township trustees voted 5-0 to move the branch. The new home for the branch will be just down the street at the former Meridian High School, which closed to students in June 2008. The project’s cost is estimated at $367,919, with about two-thirds of that $245,466 - in renovation costs. “We are thrilled and we are grateful to the township board, to the school board and to the library board for following through on this,” Chapman said at the time. The Meridian Library Project, a fundraising committee headed by former Meridian Area Business Association president Malinda Barr, former township trustee Andy Such and local businessman Bill Gohier has set a goal to raise $100,000 toward the tab for the renovation. And they came through in a big way. On Nov. 7, the Towne Courier published a photograph on

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The Revs. Sarah Midzalkowski (left), Canterbury MSU chaplain, and the Rev. Kit Carlson of All Saints Episcopal Church in East Lansing look at a copy of the Quran in the church library. The church hosted a public reading of the Muslim holy book Saturday at the church, 800 Abbot Road.

its front page of Such and Kiwanis Club of Haslett president, Phil Deschaine with a symbolic check in the amount of $20,000 to help fud the library move. With the move, the Haslett branch - in its current location since September 1975 - will go from a crammed-full 3,500 square feet to spreading out in nearly 12,000 square feet. While it’s in the top five among 13 CADL branches in usage, it is one of the smallest buildings in the system.

Injustice, prejudice conquered

The couple at the heart of a nonfiction book about the heroism and injustice in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina spoke to a standing-room-only audience Sept. 19 at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center. 3145 W. Mt. Hope Avenue • Lansing, MI 48911 • 517.485.5966

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Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun talk about how they overcame injustice. Kathy echoed her husband’s sentiments, and said she tries to teach her five children to look toward the future with hope instead of bitterness. “I am not one to hold grudges or to hate,” she said. “Our government’s not perfect. ... Everybody makes mistakes, but the benefit from that is you learn from them.” She also said that readers, including many of the MSU students who showed up to hear her speak, had the power to change the government and society for the better. “You are the future,” she said. “God willing, you’ll be able to change things.”

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Fielding questions from the audience, Kathy and Abdulrahman Zeitoun said the fear and rage surrounding the events five years ago haven’t blotted out hope. It’s a message they hope others take from their tale. The Zeitouns are the subject of “Zeitoun,” a 2009 book by author Dave Eggers. The book recounts how Abdulrahman stayed in New Orleans during the hurricane and then used a canoe to rescue several of his neighbors. His rescue mission was cut short when he was arrested under suspicion of being a member of the al-Qaida terrorist group, a charge that was dropped after 20 days of detention. The book was selected this year to be featured in the One Book, One Community book reading project, a joint effort between the city of East Lansing and MSU. “What I hope people will come away (from the book) with is an open mind,” said Kathy, an American-born convert to Islam who wears the hijab, or head scarf. “Don’t stereotype us. We shouldn’t judge a whole people for what some of them do.” The Zeitouns’ message was especially poignant following the desecration earlier this month of a Quran on the steps of an East Lansing mosque. Abdulrahman, born in Syria, said that incident, along with the injustice he endured following Katrina, shouldn’t make Muslims resentful. “Hate doesn’t take us anywhere. It’s nothing like love,” he said in a heavily accented voice. “Each of us should look for ways to bring us together.”

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an ELPD school resource officer was attempting to escort Sharif off school grounds when Reid intervened. Reid, a junior, was listed on East Lansing’s varsity football roster at the beginning of the 2010 season. His name appears on another roster at, listing him as a 6-foot-3, 237-pound lineman, and he remained on the football team for the entire season. Sharif had been suspended from school but would not leave school grounds. Johnson said he was unfamiliar with the reason for the suspension. Johnson said Reid began wrestling with the officer outside the school, who then called for backup. A



Angry parents packed the East Lansing school board meeting Nov. 8 to protest what they argued was excessive force by authorities in the recent arrest of two students. Students Marcus Reid and Hodan Sharif, both 17, were taken into custody following the Nov. 4 incident, which took place just before noon outside the school. Reid was charged with two counts of hindering, obstructing and assaulting a police officer and one count of disorderly conduct, while Sharif has been charged with one count each of disorderly conduct and disorderly obstruction. in probate court. Reid’s mother, Dionnedra -- who alleges that her son was forcibly restrained by four officers while a fifth used a Taser -- spoke in a special comment time at the end of the meeting. “You are responsible for our children,” Dionnedra Reid told board members. Several parents and community members addressed the board, taking a total of approximately 30 minutes. “I reviewed the video-

tape with Ms. Steele, with you, Dr. Chapin, with my husband ... and we all saw the excess of force that officer was using on that young lady. We all saw my son being held down while he got Tased twice in his chest. Not one time in that video we saw did we see my son touch that officer -- not one time.” The video in question was taken by a school security camera. Emotions ran high in the packed meeting room. “It is no secret students and parents are livid,” said Darryl Pettway, president of the Black Parents Union at the high school. “We want to know it is being handled appropriately.” East Lansing Police Capt. Kim Johnson said

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Vigorous debate over good project

Triology Health Services, a large Midwestern provider of senior living facilities, sought permission last year to build a 94-bed, 57,464 square-foot assisted

7 living and skilled-care site on nine acres West Grand River not far from St. Martha’s Catholic School. Meridian Township’s officials said it a great project - but in the wrong location. The commission voted 6-1 to turn down a special use permit for the project on March 22, but an appeal was made to the township’s board of trustees in May. Among their reasons, the planners pointed out the site lacks sanitary sewers and is in the middle of an area zoned for residential use. The board on May 18 sided with the planning commission, and the praised project was rejected. Contributing to the decision was a long-standing belief among some board

members and many residents living east of Haslett Road that commercial development along West Grand River in the eastern part of the township is illadvised. Township Treasurer Julie Brixie argued that the project had merit . “This (land) use is allowed in residential areas. There is a thick packet of information on this, and I believe it should be thoroughly studied,” Brixie said.

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The Okemos School Board formally accepted the resignation of three-year board member Mary Graham on Sept. 27. Okemos school board president Ron Styka read the

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8 following statement during the board’s meeting: “It is with much sadness that I announce the resignation of Mary Graham from the Okemos School Board. “She was an excellent member. She truly cares about this district and every one of its students. Her dedication, thoughtfulness and creativity will be missed. “As an example, it was Mary who recently came up with the compromise on busing that kept the buses running beyond 1.25 miles for this semester. She understood the economic plight of the district, but also the concerns for safety of young students expressed by parents.

“As everyone knows, I have been on this board for over 20 years. I care about children and education and the Okemos community, so I have remained on the board for so long. “Most of those years it has not only provided me with a deep sense of public service and giving back to the community, but with a sense of enjoyment in serving. “However, in the last five years or so something has gone wrong in Okemos. A small vocal faction has appeared that – whether they realize it or not – does not come to meetings to share ideas and assist this board with its onerous task of man-

aging fewer dollars while maintaining the highest standards of education,” his stastement said in part.

SBS celebrates 50th birthday in E. Lansing When the Student Book Store opened its doors on Dec. 1, 1960, Harold and

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And Harold Ballein, at age 76, said he won’t be writing the final chapter of his entrepreneurial story any time soon, though he and his wife are getting some help from sons Greg and Brad, their daughtersin-law Tracey and Michelle, and one of their grandsons, Jason.

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YEAR IN REVIEW The death of Okemos High School student-athlete Adam Nevells on Sept. 24, 2009 as he was leaving the parking lot of Okemost High School continued to have an impact in 2010. A controversial proposal to lower the speed limit on Jolly Road from 55 mph to 45 mph from Hagadorn Road to Okemos Road was approved by the Ingham County Road Commission in April over the objections outlined in a Michigan State Police study. Also, Valeriano Acosta-Bautista, 22, was arraigned Sept.1 in 55th District Court in Mason in connection to the Nevells’ traffic death. He was charged with operating - license suspended, revoked or denied, causing death.

Okemos man in to National Teacher of Year competition

The 2009 Michigan Teacher of the Year Rob Stephenson, who has spent his entire 16-year teaching career at Wardcliff Elementary, was named as one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. The third-grade teacher one of eight other finalists - from California, Florida and Rob Iowa - will fly to WashStephenson ington in March and go through a battery of interviews, including one in front of

a 15-person panel. He did not win the honor. His school was closed at the beginning of the 2010 school year, and now he is teaching at Hiwatha Elementary in the Okemos school system.

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A year ago on Christmas Eve, Louis Stamatakos received an unusual package from the Department of the Army Among other things in the package was a letter that informed him he would be receiving the Silver Star, the third highest decoration the U.S. Army can bestow. On Feb. 17 last year at the State Capitol U.S. Sen. Carl Levin presented the medal with Stamatakos family in attendance. The Senator’s office issued this statement “On Feb. 28, 1945, Louis Stamatakos saved the lives of the entire crew of the B-17 bomber. Without regard for his personal safety, Dr. Stamatakos balanced dangerously over the open bay doors and, after several attempts, was able to free a live bomb. His heroic actions earned him the enduring respect.

Family loses home to blaze, but a community responds

In the midst of tragedy, Carl Suedhoff and his family found comfort. “He put his arm around me and said, ‘It’s going to be alright’,” Suedhoff said of Meridian Township Fire Department Chaplain Rick Stacy. The kindness of neighbors and strangers alike - including Stacy, the pastor of nearby Meridian Christian Church - is helping Suedhoff, his part-

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Carl Suedhoff and his family found comfort after a fire destroyed an Okemos home on Friday, Jan. 8 last year. ner Megan Bailey and their toddler son Evan recover from the loss of their Stagecoach Drive home to fire on Jan. 8. The young family had just purchased the home, their first, in July 2009. Suedhoff is a 2008 Michigan State University graduate, while Bailey is still attending MSU. Suedhoff said they left the house at 10:30 that morning to run errands and get some lunch. About 1 p.m., he received a phone call from a Meridian Township police officer telling him there was a “significant” fire at their home and asking whether anyone was inside. When they arrived home about 30 minutes later, Suedhoff said the house was “engulfed” in flames. See

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“There’s nothing left of it now,” he said. Several family heirlooms were found in the debris; a ring handed down from Suedhoff’s great-grandmother, a watch and a family Bible, charred around the edges but otherwise unharmed in the ash. But at least two of the family’s pets their dog, Chanel, and a cat named Lucy - did not survive the blaze. Charlie, their 4-month-old kitten, has not been accounted for. Cowper said his department’s fire investigator estimated the loss of the home and its contents at $200,000.

Assistant superintendent Catherine Ash was named to replace her last month Other retirements and changes: • Sylvia Marabate director of the East Lansing Library after 17 years who is being replaced by Kristin Shelley Jan. 18, of Worthington, Ohio; • Jane Church ended a 34 year career as East Lansing’s band director; • East Lansing police chief Tom Wibert left after 25 years with thedepartment, the last four as chief to take the chief’s job at New Braunfels, Tex. Juli Liebler as been named interim chief until Wibert’s replacemet is found in early 2011; • Mindy Emerson, principal of Red Cedar Elementary school, ended a 40-year in public education, all of it with the East Lansing School District; • Joan Smith ended a 40-year career with libraries, retired as the director of Okemos’ Hope Borbas branch of the Capital Area

wanis Organization. The Kiwanis Club, which undergoes several community service projects aimed at helping children in the community , still has a strong and active membership. One significant difference from the club’s inception is that the membership now includes several women. Kiwanis Club projects • For more than 30 years the club has sponsored scout troops for the mentally disabled individuals at Beekman Center.

• For more than 40 years the club has sponsored an annual Easter egg hunt at Patriarche Park on the day before Easter. • For more than 30 years the club has sponsored the World Kiwanis Relays at East Lansing High School on the first Saturday in May. • The club partners with the East Lansing Police Department for National Night Out every August to promote the health and See


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Long careers end for leaders for our schools, police, library

Okemos High School’s principal since 1992, John Lanzetta, retired last year. He celebrated his 65th birthday on Jan. 14 last year and announced that he would retire at the end of the school year. “I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a finer high school principal,” Okemos Superintendent Cheryl Kreger said at that time. “It will be most difficult to replace him, if not impossible.” He was replaced, however, Christine Sermak, who was Williamston’s Middle School principal and a former English teacher at OHS, took over his job. How much was Lanzetta appreciated by his students: He was grand marshal for the OHS homecoming this past fall. His daughter wrote a column to explain his importance to Okemos kids for 32 years. Superintendent Kreger surprised the Okemos School Board by announcing her retirement on May 24 to become the new president of Mercy High School, an all-girl school, where she was a graduated in 1966.

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Longtime member Kiwanis Club member Bill Sharp, a former East Lansing police officer who also served on the East Lansing City Council, was among Kiwanis members reminiscing about times gone by.

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District Library, due a liver ailment. •Ron Styka, retired as president of the Okemos Board of Education. He served for 20 years on the board.

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East Lansing Kiwanis Club’s 60th birthday marked with great pride

The Kiwanis Club of East Lansing chas elebrated the 60th Anniversary was celebrated during the club’s charter dinner on Jan. 1, 2010, at the Michigan State University Union. Eighty-one men became charter members of the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing on Jan. 11, 1950. A dinner was held in the Michigan State College Union Ballroom, where the first club president, Chief Charles Pegg of the East Lansing Police Department, accepted the Club Charter from the International Ki-



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Service to others in the East Lansing community is greatly prized. It’s importance is reflected every year with the presentation of the annual Crystal Awards. Last year on April 22, the city turned the spotlight on the East Lansing Meridian Lions Club, Art Korroch, Carol and Tom Luster and Creative Wellness. Lions Club members - many of whom have served for several decades - have contributed countless volunteer hours to many community events. In East Lansing, funds raised by club members have helped rebuild Parkwood YMCA gets a play equipment at Patriarche Park and $75,000 goodbye gift provide additions to the Splash Park at Charles Pearl wonders about the fu- the Family Aquatic Center. Club president Robert Engels modture of service clubs. As one of the few estly directed praise toward those lonremaining members of the Parkwood ger-serving members. YMCA Service Club , Pearl says his “They are the ones who really made group decided to disband last fall. the award possible,” Engels said. The club made it official at a Korroch, who recently joined the Wednesday, Jan. 6 meeting at the BurEast Lansing Seniors’ Commission, is a cham Hills Retirement Center, while longtime volunteer at the Prime Time handing off $75,000 in charitable gifts Senior Program known for fixing small to various Y units. “We can’t get anybody to join these broken appliances to help raise funds organizations,” said Pearl, an East Lan- for the Prime Time program. Korroch is also a 10-year cancer sing resident and the group’s treasurer. survivor who helps take patients to “Over the last 10 years our memdoctor’s appointments when needed. bership got older and older with no The Lusters were recognized for replacement.”



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Coffee and Friends Café — The new gathering place, occupying Cappucino Café’s old spot at Central Park Plaza in Okemos — celebrated a grand opening April 10. Events planned for the grand opening included a book signing by noted illustrator Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. and poetry readings by author Dee Freeman. Several of van Frankenhuyzen’s paintings, many drawn from the scenery around the family home in Bath, are hanging on the walls of Coffee and Friends. All are available for sale. Music was also on the menu, with Mystic Shake and Ritmo (Skinny) from 6 to 9 p.m. The four-piece Latin jazz combo features four members of the 11-piece Orquestra Ritmo, led by Haslett resident Mike Eyia. Coffee and Friends Café had been quietly open for about two months and is gradually catching on with patrons old and new. Owners DeAnn and John

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Art, architecture and interior design had always been part of Ric Anselmo’s life. These days, he has more room to show them off. Anselmo Gallery welcomed old friends and new ones with an open house on Oct. 2 last year. The new space is located just outside Macy’s in the Meridian Mall, 1982 W. Grand River. After 14 years in 3,000 feet of strip mall space on Lake Lansing Road in East Lansing, Anselmo has spread out into 12,200 square feet. “We established our identity, and then we established our reputation,” Anselmo said of the move. A longtime online presence has brought the gallery clients from as far away as Australia. Moving from its old location and setting up shop in a new site was trickey - and it took a month to complete. “To move everything here is not like moving a house,” Anselmo said. While the new gallery is located in a former Gap store, the only evidence of the previous tenant is spotless wood floors. The space has been transformed with large display area, high ceilings, wide aisles, walls sized to

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Reich of Bath have put the daily operation of the café in the capable hands of their daughters, Rebeka Hosford and Margaret Tufnell. All involved hope to create a gathering place for people to spend time with a book or a project, curled up with their laptop -- the café is WiFi equipped -- or enjoying a regular slate of visiting musicians, artists and poets. Adding to the community feeling is a shelf of books that’s intended for patrons to take from or leave behind. The sisters are keeping their money local by purchasing from numerous Michigan-based suppliers, including the East Lansing Food Co-Op for their nut butters and a Michigan-based coffee roaster. The wide selection of teas is all organic. “We’re proud of where we get stuff from. We want to keep Michigan people working,” Tufnell said.

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The popular Okemos outpost of fresh sandwiches, salads and desserts opened for business at 313 E. Grand River on Aug. 11 last year in East Lansing. Soka’s second location is in the former longtime home of Melting Moments, which closed for good in March last year. State Side does have its own selection of sweet treats, notably baklava and carrot cake. There’s also a full selection of Dr. Brown’s sodas, the 141-year-old brand required in delicatessens nationwide. Most importantly, there are numerous

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The third time was to be the charm for K2 Boutique, which held a grand opening celebration Feb. 26 at its new location at 1929 W. Grand River in Okemos. K2’s most recent move, from Northwind Drive in Meridian Township, gives the upscale consignment shop 6,000 square feet - 2,000 more feet than previously. Owner Krista Myles (front, in black) said the move gives her shop a “much better location in the shopping district”. The new store also gives K2 the opportunity to display a full range of sizes from 0 to 5X. to office space -- build up to 134,000 square feet on the site, he said. In contrast, the existing BCBS building is around 25,000 square feet. McGraw said he hopes to have that process initiated by February, with ground

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Reports of the death of the Travelers’ Club -- and of White Bros. Music --were, to borrow from Mark Twain, greatly exaggerated last year. Funding for the Lansing Area Economic Partnership While the two properties are indeed in foreclosure and (LEAP) set off a contentious debate as Meridian Township have been since mid-August, a buyer has yet to come considered its 2011 budget on Oct. 18. forward. The $30 milliion budget, with a $16 million general White Brothers Music opened in 1976 and Travelers fund, was passed 4-2, Monday, Oct. 18, with trustees Lynn Club debuted in 1982. Ochberg and John Veenstra dissenting. Sheriff’s sales are held each week for the properties at But funding for LEAP became a sticking point during the Ingham County Courthouse. Every week that goes by the meeting. without a sale means the six-month repayment clock for Following a presentation by Lansing Area Economic $834,634 to Comerica Bank has not begun ticking. Partnership (LEAP) CEO Denyse Ferguson, which the What that means for Will White’s businesses is staying board had requested, Veenstra introduced an amendment to delete the $15,000 in the budget for dues to the regional in their present locations until at least late May of 2011. White said he’s appreciative of any time he has to sell organization. Two local women open flooring business more restaurant meals and musical instruments, not to “We have a lot of budget shortfalls, and we have to Tracey Daigle and Yvonne Weaver opened the third lomention right his financial ship. be very careful how we spend our money. LEAP is an cally owned and operated American Flooring and Home “We’ll be around at least for the next Art Walk,” he said. Decor Store in Okemos’s Central Park Place on May 22. unnecessary expense,” Veenstra said. The event, which will mark its third year in 2011, has been “There is too much money in our budget, when we The partnership is based on Tracey’s long experience have very limited funds. We’ve already spent $105,000 (on held on the third Saturday in June. in the floor covering business and the sales education and LEAP), and I don’t know what we have to show for it.” experience of Yvonne, a native of Germany. In response to a question from Veenstra, Ferguson said Dog grooming service gets new leash on life Since this is not a franchise, the owners say the and she did not know how many jobs had been created in the The Meridian Township Board of Trustees on Sept. sales staff are focusing on excellent customer service, township as a result of LEAP’s work, but did promise to 21 last year, reversed a denial by the township’s planhigh-quality products and a wide variety of green and come back with an answer ning commission for a dog grooming and day-care serenvironmentally-friendly floor covering options. The organization reduced its dues from $35,000 annuvice. American Flooring is a full-service floor covering store ally to $15,000, in light of the area’s ongoing economic All Shapes and Sizes wasnted to open a 2,106 square which offers installation of all flooring types. struggles. McGillicuddy defended Meridian’s membership foot combination grooming salon/canine day care at 1640 Another goal of the business is to educate customers in LEAP, citing its importance to the township’s economy. Haslett Road in December. The business would operate on the importance of keeping the business local, for ex“We are at the table with other private and public secfrom 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and there would be no overnight ample: Of every $100 you spend locally, about $60 stays in tor (companies), and there’s a lot of information being boarding. your community, the owners point out. exchanged,” she said. “It’s critical we be at those meetings, and not left out as the region grows. It’s critical the world views us as working together, and not being divisive.” Ochberg likened the ongoing commitment to LEAP to In Loving Memory of . . . a poker game. “We cannot identify positive results from this investEdward Charles Such, 61 ment,” she said. “I believe it’s time to fold.”

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Above: Members of the Kiwanis Club of Haslett have presented a check for $20,000 toward the the Haslett Library Move, the fulfillment of a pledge made to a community fund-raising effort. The club’s gift will name the library’s Community Room in the Kiwanis Club’s honor. Pictured, from left, are Kiwanis Club president Phil Deschaine and club member Andrew Such, who is co-chairing the fundraising campaign to move the Haslett branch into the former Meridian High School.

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EAST LANSING - Coming home and hearing the cheers at Breslin Center brought back a flood of memories - and built a few new ones - for Sami Tucker. Her days of being a standout athlete at East Lansing High Sami now in the past, Tucker Tucker showed that she’s transitioning nicely into life as a college basketball player for the Milwaukee Panthers. “The thing about Sami is she wants to get better and is always asking, ‘What more can I do?’” Panthers coach Sandy Botham said of the 2009 East Lansing graduate after their 55-48 loss at Mich-

igan State on Dec. 8. “We know that, in time, that will happen.” For the season, 5-foot-11 forward Tucker has become a steady commodity for the Panthers basketball team. Through nine games this season, the sophomore is averaging 7.1 points and 4.7 rebounds a game. “You know, I’m just trying to work as hard as I can,” said Tucker, who has started every game so far this season for the Panthers and is a perfect 12 of 12 on free throws. “Obviously, I have a lot of areas to improve on, just like any other player. I’m just trying to focus on the team play and getting some wins under our belts.” Two weeks ago- against MSU and freshman Klarissa Bell - the first of three scheduled meetings in the next three years between the two former East Lansing teammates - Tucker made just 1

of 5 shots and finished with four points but did plenty of the little things to display her talent. Tucker had a team-high four steals and grabbed seven rebounds, six on the defensive end, while adding an assist. Two areas Tucker hopes to improve upon are playing with more aggression on offense and attacking the offensive glass better. She played a variety of positions for the Trojans in high school, predominantly at center, and is adjusting to playing more on the perimeter in college for the Panthers (3-6).

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Dec. 17 at East Lansing High. Kadijah Kalo added 12 points in her varJenna Johnston scored a game-high 15 sity debut as East Lansing won its CAAC points in Haslett’s 50-38 CAAC Gold victory Blue opener and improved to 3-1 overall. over Ionia on Dec. 17. Molly Duda added The Trojans will have some time off 11 points, and Jessica Ray and Miranda now before returning to action on Jan. 7, Rogers each scored nine points in the vicwhen they travel to Holt to play the Rams tory. in a CAAC Blue matchup. With the win, the Vikings improved to 3-3 overall this season. They are scheduled Trojan boys catch up for victory to return to action on Jan. 7 to take on When you have a running, up-tempo Charlotte. team like East Lansing does this season, Viking boys team rolls over Ionia not many deficits are going to be out of reach. The Trojans proved that was the After dropping their first game of the year to St. Johns, Haslett’s boy’s basketball case as they used a 22-12 fourth quarter run to record a 69-65 win over Jackson on team has been on a roll as of the late. Dec. 17 at East Lansing. The Vikings recorded their third consecuJunior Tracy Edmond had 13 points tive win with a 54- 34 victory over Ionia and six assists, while Devlin Bell added on Dec. 17 at Haslett. Zach Parker had 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and add- 11 points in the victory. Junior Efe ScottEmuakpor chipped in eight points and a ed four steals in the victory. Zach Porritt team-high 11 rebounds as the Trojans readded 11 points, five rebounds and four assists as Haslett improved to 3-1 with the mained undefeated on the season and 2-0 in league play. victory. East Lansing will get a short break beHoeksra hits for 20 in E. L. victory fore returning to the court on Dec. 28, Senior Deborah Hoekstra continued her when they are scheduled to take on Rockoutstanding play this season as she scored ford in the 10-team Meijer Holiday Hoops Tournament at Breslin Center. a game-high 20 points while leading the Tipoff for that game is schedule for 2 Trojans to a 74-24 victory over Jackson on p.m.

She scored a season-best 15 points in the Panthers’ opener against No. 13 Oklahoma and had 10 points against Chicago State and 12 against Western Illinois. Tucker’s sophomore numbers so far are on pace with her freshman season, during which she averaged 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds and had a career-high 20 last season against Butler - one of 10 games last year in which she scored in double digits en route to being named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer team. “Whenever we look at players in our program, you look for talent and skills and abilities,” Botham said. “But more importantly, you look for intangibles, and that’s what Sami brings - just a great work ethic, the desire to be the best she can be, she never gives up on things, she makes plays with her hustle and determination. “She’s a great team player and very unselfish, and she just keeps getting better. She’s just a pleasure to have on the court.”

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Firewood 100% SEASONED HARDWOOD 4’x8’x16’’ $65 face cord. Free delivery. 4 face cord $225; 10 face cord $500. 517-663-1006

JACK RUSSELL TERRIER PEMBROKE CORGI PUPS BORN 10/16/10, UKC, famiR eds/sables/tri’s. 1 yr. ALL SEASONED HARD ly raised. 20+ year breedhealth guar. $275. (H) 517WOOD Split & delivered. er. MANY happy custom784-5225/(C)517-392-0608 $65 per face cord. ers. Shots, wormed, ADORABLE POMAPOO 517-623-0416. dewclaws removed. $350. PUPS! Brn, White, fluffy, 7 COLLIE PUPS 6 wks old, 1st (989)621-7367 (989)772- PERSIAN CROSSES & (1) ½ Abyssinian. Inside only kit- YORKIE wks., Great pets, little 0353 PUPPIES ACA C H E R R Y , MAPLE & O A K shots, wormed, a good tens. $50, to good homes sweethearts! 8-10 lbs max Ready For Christmas. Seasoned firewood. Delividea for Christmas. $225 517-546-2487, for interview $350.00. (517)282-8285. Call & Reserve Now. ered & STACKED. 4’x8’x16" m, $250 fem. 989-587-3914. KITS/CATS, RESCUED; ALL 989-634-9701 ages; many declawed; $65. 517-651-5214 www.trinityacresrescue. POM-A-POO/YORKIE MIX AKC GOLDEN RETRIEVER Male. Vet checked, shots &; includes CHRISTMAS SPECIAL SEASPUPS! Pics at: wormed. Both parents on neuter/basic medical $45ONED hardwood site. $400. 517-482-5652 $135. (517)410-0074 WOOD for Dec. only. $60 989-315-1055. face cord with Free delivery. Call Jeff 517-719-1281; KITTENS 10 weeks to 6 mo. POMERANIAN AKC PUPS, BEAGLE PUPPIES 4 litters, Carol 517-507-7093. $300; Shih-Tzu AKC female old, shots, wormed, loving $125-$200. 7 wks.-3 mos. 20th Pup, $300. Shots, wormed. indoor family homes only. old, shots & wormed. Call year selling firewood! Guaranteed. 231-924-5090 $15 ea. 517-526-0095 anytime 989-560-6143. CORGI PUPS: AKC, Show, Merry Christmas. family. Small dog, big YORKIE PUPS $500 Shorkies LAB PUPPIES AKC Yellow POMERANIAN PUPS heart. $500-up. CHARLOTTE/ & Yorkie-Poos $300/up FIREWOOD 1st shots, wormed, dews 2 boys, $200 each. POTTERVILLE AREA $50 Shots No Shed, Toy Size removed, $275, parents on Call 517-887-2994. 313-550-4429 per facecord. 989.225.1367 site. 517-887-6205. 517-930-2153. PUGGLE PUPPIES CORGI PUPS, JUST in time LAB PUPPIES Pure b re d, 7 wks old, 1st shots & YORKIE PUPS 6 mo. & 1.5 for Christmas. For more inchocolate & black, vet wormed, small & loveable. yrs, both males. formation call: checked, shots & wormed. $150-250. 989-427-3205. 517-589-5844 989-763-2241 $250. 989-388-6150 BIEWERS - YORKIES MALTESE Show-Pet pups & DACHSHUND MINI MALERAGDOLL KITTENS BLUE adults, raised TLC, Vet rePointe mitted & Bi-color. YORKIE XMAS PUPPIES 8 ** FIREWOOD*** SPECIAL Black/tan, 14 wks. 1 yr. LAB PUPS Ready for Christmas. AKC, Chocolate & ferral $495 up 269-671-5390 CALL FOR OUR SPECIAL $175. 989-615-4686 health guar. $275. (H)517wks Ready now,Dew Black. Beautiful. $400. TakPRICING ON MIXED HARD784-5225/(C)517-392-0608 claws,parents on site, ing dep. 989-277-6494. WOOD FIREWOOD BY THE shots+wormed, CKC Reg. BLUE PIT BULL pups. 2 mos. ROTTWEILER AKC PUPS PULPCORD. (8FT Male $500 Female $600 old. Great Christmas pres- ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPS Champion bloodlines. $550 LENGTHS). CAN BE PUR( 5 1 7 ) 5 8 9 - 8 4 9 1 ent. $150-$250. Parents on AKC, ready for Christmas. LABRADOODLES & and up. Call 517-552-1912 CHASED BY THE 1/2 SEMI site. 517-484-4031 Health guaranteed. $1600. GOLDENDOODLES Top or 517-202-1128. OR FULL SEMI TRUCK989-252-6970. quality, wellness guaranLOAD. CALL FOR PRICING tee, shots, wormed, $400. BOSTON TERRIER BRINDLE, SAVE THIS AD CHRISTMAS IN YOUR AREA 8 MONTHS, Beautiful coat ENGLISH BULLDOGS AKC, 517-202-4119. PUPPIES HAVE COME TO (989)848-2100 females, 2 mos., $1800. 6 and markings, Good with TOWN. AKC Labrador mos. $1500. 3 yrs $550. children, house broken, pups, will be 8 wks old RUBY’S FIREWOOD 4X8X16, 517-569-3744, 517-879-6773 neutered, pure bred, shots, during holidays, perfect $65 face cord, hardwood. vet checked, male, playful, age for gift. Mother hip & Call 517-391-0914 or 517friendly to other animals. ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANelbow O.F.A. Pups - Vet 505-1983. $550. (517)256-4013 chkd., dewclaws removed, IEL Liver and White, born (517)285-1374 1st shots & wormed. $475. 11/24/2010, AKC RegisSEASONED HARDWOOD Call now to pick & reserve tered, Champion lines, $45/FACE cord. U-pick up. 989-593-2308 or cell 989BOXER PUPPIES AKC 2 fe$200.00. (616)761-3403 3 mi. NW of Charlotte. De640-2812. males, 1 male. Shots, ( 6 1 6 ) 9 0 2 - 3 9 6 4 1ST & 2ND 4x5 round bales, livery avail. 517-543-5749 wormed, dews, tails. stored inside & out, $30 & 967-4885 or 269-274-6155. SHIH TZU PUPPIES Ready up. Delivery avail. 517-726- WOOD PELLETS FOR pellet for Christmas. Males. 1135, 517-930-8255 GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPstove. $180/ton (+ tax). 517-589-8332. BOXER PUPPIES AKC 3 LABS AKC, Extra-stocky, PIES AKC, both parents on 40lb bags available. Stored fawn females, $350. Black & chocolate. English site, $600. Big & beautiful. inside. Cash. 517-623-6622 ALFALFA GRASSCall 517-647-7747 or OFA. Gorgeous! Health Call 810-516-8792. EXCELLENT Hay $4 & up. 517-526-3875. guaranteed. $800. SHIH-TZU PUPS Imperials, Can deliver. 517-641-6034 517-545-1649. multi-color, CKC, shots GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS, UTD, wormed, $350 cash. BOXER PUPPIES 1st shots, wormed. 8 989-236-5580/989-289-1902 FIRST CUTTING Hay. No CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! weeks. $275 each. rain. 50-60# sq. bales. MALAMUTES AKC 4 months AKC reg. Shots, etc. $450. 989-291-5028. $2.50 bale. Fowlerville BLACK FRIGIDAIRE MUST old, males, black and SIAMESE BLUE POINT kitCall 517-565-3630. area 517-223-8473. sell, purchased in 2007. white or red and white, GERMAN SHORTHAIR PUPtens. 8 wks. old, 3 males. $300/b.o. (517)977-5479 $300 limited registration. PIES A K C , 9 wks., 2 fe$100/each. 517-699-4125. BOXER PUPS AKC Flashy (269)275-8766 HAY 1st & 2nd cutting, sq. or males, UTD shots. $300. fawns & brindles. Parents round. Also wheat or oat 517-230-2306. on site. $300-$400. REFRIGERATOR, MALTESE PUPPIES 12 wks SIBERIAN HUSKY PUPPIES straw, sq. or round. Eagle MAYTAG 517-612-0338 WHITE, $200; Elec. stove, $350. Call 517-243-0524. old, 1st shots & wormed, area. 517-202-2371 GOLDEN DOODLE PUP CKC $100; Maytag Gas Dryer, little puff balls, $250. $850. Standard Poodle BOXER PUPS AKC- Ready $175; Kenmore 80 series 989-427-3205. Pup, AKC/CKC $250. Both 12/21. Vet checked, shots, TEDDY BEAR PUPPIES 2 washer, $150; GE dishblack males. Shots, dews, tails. Champion adorable black males, vet washer, $100; GE wormed. 517-996-2114 MINIATURE PINSCHER lines.$600. 517-902-7994 checked, shots & wormed, Spacemaker Microwave, PUPS 10 wks., black & tan. $275. 989-763-7202 $75. All in excellent condi1st shots, vet chkd. $300. GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPIES tion. Moving, must sell989BUYING GARDEN TRAC 517-803-9437/517-204-9217 vet checked, shots & 224-2615 or 517-204-0888. CAVALON PUPPIES 10 wks, TEDDY BEAR & SHI-POO TORS We buy garden tracwormed. Litter of 9. $475shots, Beautiful King pups, 8 wks., shots & tors in need of repair or in 525. 989-763-7202 MINIATURE PINSCHER Charles Cavalier/Papillon wormed. Adorable. $350. running condition. Prefer PUPS different ages & colpups. Ready for Christmas 989-427-3205 Allis Chalmers, Ariens, ors, $100-$250. Adults GOLDENDOODLE PUPS $500.00. (517)862-6196 Bolens, CASE/Ingersoll, small placement fee to vet checked, shots & Cub Cadet, John Deere, TERRIER/BEAGLE MIX pups right home. 517-857-3036 wormed, $300. FORD, Gravely, Sears, Sim- A AMISH LOG HEADBOARD CHIHUAHUA/POM PUPS, Ready for Christmas! 4 fe517-223-9239 plicity, Wheel Horse, and 6 wks. Shots, wormed, males, 1 male. $50/each. AND Queen Pillow Top MINI DACHSHUND 5 similar models. We pick small, adorable. $200. 269-749-9920 Mattress Set. Brand newMONTHS , AKC Registered, GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPup. (989)635-3648 517-490-6260 never used, sell all for parents on site, records, PIES AKC - OFA, call 989$275. 989-923-1278. shots, vet checked, TOY POODLE/SHIH-TZU 743-5145. wormed, ONE ALL BLACK, CHIHUAHUA PUP - Born CROSS Pups. Black/white JOHN DEERE LAWN TRACONE BLACK AND TAN DAPTOR, #325 series, V-twin A BED QUEEN PILLOWTOP Nov. 5th. Just in time for & Brown/white. Ready PLE. BOTH SMOOTH COAT Hydraulic lift, 54" cut. mattress set, new in plasChristmas! $250 or trade KITTENS - MANY ages, 8 12/29. Hypo-allergenic & MALES. $350.00. (989)661Snow plow, chains. Exc. tic, $195. Call 517-410-4921. for winter beater. no n- sh e d d in g. 61 6 -3 74 wks. & up. Litter trained 7943 RCFARM@4CLD.NET cond. $2,500. 517-285-5757. Can deliver. 517-699-7783 3286. $10. 517-819-5287.


Animals Lost LARGE MALE BLONDE/YELLOW Tabby cat lost near Harper & Onondaga Rds. in Holt. $200, REWARD upon return, 517-202-7202

MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL USE! Michigan law allows people with certain condi- LOST Very small adult gray tions to qualify. We help cat, Fireside Dr., near Michigan residents, Live in Forest-Aurelius-Collins Rd. Michigan? Lansing. 517-242-4001. www.TheMedicalMarijuan 517-787-1206, 616-947-1206, 734-667-5960 MALE CAT BLACK, neutered and front declawed lost MM near Potter and Lake Drive in Haslett. If you have seen HEALTH CAREERS TRAIN him please call: ING. Start at the Blue Her517-339-0831/517-980-4923 on Academy—Medical Massage, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, Personal Training 888-285-9989 MM

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By Phone: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm Toll Free 877-475-SELL or 877-391-SELL By Email: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week By Fax: 24 hours a day 7 days a week 517-482-5476

TIGER CAT: IN tact adult male found on Center Rd. in Bath. 517-641-4013

Dogs-Cats-Pets (2) MALE CHIHUAHUAS 1 creme/brindle & 1 chocolate/tan. Shots & wormed.$200.517-231-6542


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TEMPERPADIC/ STYLE MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS SET Queen, newnever used, as seen on TV, with warranty. Cost $1,800, Sell $695. Can Deliver 989-832-2401. MM

Gold, Silver Jewelry 3/4 DIAMOND ROUND CENTER RING, 6 diamonds on each side. 14 ct. gold. Wt. 1 1/5 ct., high clarity. $3500. 517-668-6443

Miscellaneous PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS Free Estimates. Licensed and Insured. 2x6 Trusses. 45 Year Warranted Galvalume Steel. 19 colors. Since 1976 #1 in Michigan. Call Today 1-800-292-0679 MM POLE BARNS MICHIGAN’S Largest Pole Barn Company (Best Built Barns) Best Quality, Best Service, Best Price. This Week’s Specials Erected 24’x24’x8’-$5495.00 24’x40’x10’-$7995.00 30’x40’x10’-$8995.00 30’x48’x12’-$10,995.00 Licensed/Insured. 1-877802-9591 MM ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Paralegal, *Accounting, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 877-895-1828 WANTED: UNWANTED appliances, air conditioners, cars, trucks, vans, farm machinery, lawn mowers, campers, hot water tanks, aluminum or steel boats, aluminum windows or doors, aluminum toppers, any types of aluminum or steel siding, 4 wheelers, go carts, trailers, batteries. All picked up for Free. Call 517-628-2818

Musical Instruments WE BUY GUITARS, BANJOS, mandolins, ukuleles & accordions! Any condition! Fair, honest, reliable. Locally owned. Call Vintage City Guitars Now! 517-618-0120. MM

GunsAccessories (5) BROWNING RIFLES & 1 Shotgun, all Belgium made; REMINGTON 1100 410ga; WINCHESTER Model 88, 284cal. All guns like new or never fired. 517449-0859, St. Johns. Email the Lansing Community Newspapers 24/7 at:

A AARDVARK ANTIQUER paying cash for guns, jewlery, furniture, art & unusual & bizarre items. 517-819-8700 ALWAYS BUYING jewelry. All types & ages, costume & fine. Linda 517-331-1181 ANTIQUER BUYING FURNITURE, paintings, lamps, jewelry, musical instruments. Call: 517-886-9795. CASH PAID D iabet ic test strips. Area’s original, oldest buyer. Friendly & fair. 517-505-2726, 888-639-6179

Apartments For Rent

General Help Wanted

AIRPORT NEAR 2 bdrm, clean, $525. heat & water incl. $300 sec. dep. 517323-4164 or 517- 482-6079.

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ALISON HOUSE-SECTION 8 Subsidized barrier free apartments for persons w/ physical disabilities. Property built 2006, Free Heat & water. Large 1 & 2 Bdrms, Delta Township, Michigan, Call 517-323-4222 for an appointment. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Apartments Lansing

Apartments For Rent

209½ E. MT. Hope - 1 bdrm., outside terrace, newer appliances & drywall. Clean & well maintained. Can text pictures. $490+ deposit, includes util. Can be furnished. 517-285-4489.


4823 SOUTH PENNSYLVA NIA NEAR JOLLY, s p a cious 2 bdrm. $525 + dep. includes heat & water. References. 517-3395330/517-420-1514

3 Bed/2 Bath Homes, Payments starting as low as $599 mo! 3 Bed/ 2 Bath, All Appliances, W/D, Central Air, Holt Schools, Pet Friendly No Application fees ! All Credit Considered! New and Pre-owned Homes Available Call Sun Homes at Kensington Meadows TODAY! 1-888-259-3891 * Must close by 12-27-10*

Apartments Suburbs

Apartments Lansing P WESTFIELD CLUB



1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartment homes. Call for details. 517-886-4100

BEECHFIELD Efficiency thru 2 bedroom, $325-$540. Utilities included. Taylor Realty 517-272-1512.


MASON 2 & 3 bdrm. fireplace, central air, washer/ dryer. From $750. 517-282-9669 517-349-8000 MASON--FREE HEAT! 2 Bdrms Avail. Now! $300 Security Deposit. $645/mo. Vouchers accepted. Spacious 1,000 sq. ft. Water/Sewer/Trash incl. Pet-friendly. 517-244-0672

Duplexes Townhomes BLUE WATER VILLAGE Dimondale, near GM Delta plant. New 2 & 3 bdrms, 2 baths, starting at $700 & trash incl. all appliances, bsmt., pets welcome. Call 517-749-1714 or 517-372-6250 GRAND LEDGE LG. Newly remodeled, 2 bdrm Townhouse, 1.5 bath, full bsmt, garage, $695+ util. No dogs please. 517-339-2486

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OKEMOS, 2056 HAMILTON GRAND LEDGE: Updated lg. Near Meridian Mall behind 1200 sf., 2 BR., + bsmnt., laundry hookup. 1.5 bath, 2 story w/garage, lg. kitchen includes trash. No pets. & bdrms,. w/balcony. 517-410-7257 Fresh paint, newer carpet. No big dogs. Includes trash, lawn & snow. $730 + util. 517-853-6307

COOLEY/LCC NEAR: 1 bdrm Suburbs Meijers, near bus. 1 bdrm., ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz~!@#$%^&*()_+`1234567890-=,./?;’:”[]\{}| apt. Secure building, $300+ util., 1 mo. sec. dep.

WWII UNIFORMS- MEN’S or Women’s & military equipment. 616-916-8271.

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FRANDOR/CHESTER RD., MSU FREE HEAT-WATER! Spacious 2 bdrm. Quiet, clean, lg. closets, laundry, carport, storage area. Desirable neighborhood on bus route. $625. 517-641-7645

The Lansing State Journal is now accepting applications for an established Motor Route in the Dewitt/ Bath area. Delivery times are approximately 2 to 3 hours per morning between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. seven days a week. This is an excellent opportunity for a supplementary income. If you are interested, please contact Dustin Spenski by phone at 517377-1033 or by e-mail at

LANSING AREA- 1 & 2 bdrm, Starting from $400 + dep. Includes utilities. 517-372-6250

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Okemos OKEMOS/EAST LANSING: 2 bdrm., 2 full bath condo w/carport. Gas fp., AC. Quiet mature rear yard. Lg balcony. Walk to MSUshopping. GREAT BUY!! $78,900. Nena O. Bondarenko RE Grp. 517381-6362.

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ASSEMBLE MAGNETS & CRAFTS from Home! YearRound Work! Excellent Pay! No Experience! Top US Company! Glue Gun, Painting, Jewelry, More! Toll Free 1-866-844-5091 MM

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Apartments For Rent ACCORD PROPERTIES Studios, 1 & 2 Bdrms. Lansing /E. Lansing Area. 517-337-7900

DOWNTOWN 408 W. Ionia, 1 bdrm., garage, basement. Close to LCC and Cooley. $575 per month utilities included. 517-749-3890

OLD TOWN - 1228 N. Washington. lg. 1 bdrm., office, lg. clean bsmnt. w/washer & dryer hookup, 1 blk. from Riverwalk & park. Can text pictures. $575+ util. for 1 or $600 + dep. & util. for 2. 517-285-4489. Email the Lansing Community Newspapers 24/7 at:

Quiet community with spectacular lake views. Move in specials. Located btwn E. Lansing & Jackson. Off US-127 in Mason!


GRAND LEDGE 2 bdrm. fireplace, garage, central air, washer & dryer, $750$775. 517-282-9669 or 517-349-8000

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S. SIDE very nice, clean, quiet 2 bdrm., $475, washer/dryer hookup. 517-388-0584.

For Free Estimate Call 517-669-8066

Email the Lansing Community Newspapers 24/7 at:

Mr. Natural’s Wood Floors • Refinishing • Repairs • Installation

FREE Estimates 393-0660 or 490-8696 Since 1988

Hauling-Trucking 517.322.4131 Trash removal Appliances, brush, carpet, wood, etc. Senior disc. Eavestrough Cleaning. TRASH, BRUSH, APPL. hauled Yard & build. clean up, trees & bushes trimmed. Low Prices! Mike 393-4664

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LARGE 1 BDRM APT. in Grand Ledge, overlooking the park & river, includes heat & water, $530 mo. + dep. No pets, no smoking. Call 517-242-4867. Email the Lansing Community Newspapers 24/7 at:

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Duplexes For Rent

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EAST LANSING Upperscale duplex in Whitehills area. 3 bdrm., 1 1/2 baths, plus W/D, new windows, insulation R39, $1050 + deposit. Call Jill at 517-410-6750 or Mary at 517-347-1127.

Call us today! 517-694-8975 conditions apply

GRAND LEDGE - 4/plex. EXCELLENT NEIGHBORHOOD, walk to downtown shops & parks. Lg. fenced yard, no pets. 2 bdrm. $700 Incl. all util. Dennis: 517-348-6124

Condominiums For Rent

HOLT CLEAN! 3BR,1.5BA, Air, Dishwasher, W/D hookup, Private Drive, Yard & Shed. No smoking H A S L E T T : 2 B D R M S , 1.5 or pets. $750/mth incl. wabaths, air, washer/dryer ter & sewer. (517) 507-3887 deck. On Golf Course/lake, avail now. 517-663-1287 HOLT Large 2 bdrm. duplex. HASLETT Lakefront on Nice yard. W/D hookup. Lake Lansing w/dock, $650 water & sewer includgazebo, beautiful view. ed. No pets. 517-694-1899. patio. Luxury 2 bdrm w/ office, condo/ apt. New maple kitchen, black/                   stainless appliances, car-  WEBBERVILLE- 2 bdrm.  pet, central air, granite.  duplex, 2 car garage,  W/D. No big dogs, incl  $725/mo. 517-521-3242   lawn, trash, snow. $930.  or 810-923-0910.   517-853-6307. 

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APT 1-3 BED NEWLY REMODELED 50 FEET FROM LCC from $535 517-204-5550

DOWNTOWN remodeled 2 bdrm., laminate wood floors, large kitchen, available midJanuary. $550+ heat & water. 517-719-5600

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DO YOU EARN $800 IN A DAY? Your Own Local Candy Route. 25 Machines And Candy All For $9995. All LOG HOME reduced from Major Credit Cards Ac$187K to $144K. 3 bdrm., cepted 877-915-8222 MM 1430 sq. ft. on 5 acres. Pole barn. 40 mi. NW of Lansing 989-855-3069 (cell) 989SEMI TRUCK 640-1677, 989-640-1393. Owner—Operators needed to deliver loads of RV trailers and tent campers across the U.S. and Canada. CDL A and passport required either with your COMPUTER REVIVER: own trailer or leasing one Upgrades, internet repair, virus, of ours. Call 1-866-764-1601 spyware removal, data rec. 30 day wrnty. Erik 517-484-6364. Housecalls. m RELOCATE YOUR MM HOME AND SAVE! Up to $8,500 in relocaNOW HIRING: Companies tion Expenses, PLUS Desperately Need EmployDiscounted Site Rent. ees to Assemble Products $199*/mo. for 3 yrs. at Home. Electronics, CD Call Kensington Stands, Hair Barrettes, Gary’s Drywall Finishing Meadows Many More. No Selling, "Hang, Finish and Repair" (888)-605-2237 Any Hours. 1-985-646-1700 517-927-3853 Dept. MI-1530 *Annual market MM

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Snow Removal ALL SEASONS PROPERTY CARE Commercial & residential snow removal & lawn care. Fully lic. & insured. Prompt & free estimates w/senior cit. discounts. Will meet or beat any competitors price on comparable work. Family owned & operated for 10 years. Call 517-303-4259


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or 517-993-2052 Reliable Free Estimates Since 1986


Snow Removal RESIDENTIAL SNOW REMOVAL Great Rates! 517-652-9802

Stump Removel BENJAMIN STUMP REMOVAL (Formerly Bill’s Stump Removal). Prompt service, free estimates. Insured. 517 285-7831, 517 625-5652

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ST.JOHNS-INCOME BASED 2 BDRM. TOWNHOMES. Beautiful Park setting. Close to schools & shopping. Laundry hookup. SUNTREE APARTMENTS 1100 Sunview Dr. 989-224-8919 EHO

WAVERLY/WILLOW Large 2 bdrm, air, appliances, carpeting. Heat pd. $560 mo. Call 517-3519321 or 517-694-8988.

DOWNTOWN LOFT 1 bdrm. loft, 1000 sq.ft., wood floors, stainless appliances, laundry, secured garage parking. $950/mo. 517-482-8771 or 517-7195600.

COLONIAL VILLAGE AREA: 1 bedroom Quiet Area. No Smoking, No Pets. Call 517-485-4300

HAND HEWED BROAD Axe made, 100-150 yr. old barn beams. Reasonable. Call: 989-224-7374 no Sun. calls.

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1st Month Rent FREE when you sign a 12 mo. lease! Forest View Apts, Haslett * Immediate Occupancy * Cozy 1 bdrm apts $560 * PET WELCOME * Single level bldg w/ private entries * Washer/Dryer hook ups in utility room * Vaulted ceiling in living room * Storage access * Lovely wooded setting * Close to everything Call today for info and tour! 517-349-2250 Conditions apply.


WANTED TO BUY older motorcycles, snowmobiles & ATVs, running & nonrunning cond. 810-394-2577

FRANDOR AREA 1400 sf., 3 bdrms., 2 baths, formal liv. & din. rms, spacious kitchen, rent includes heat, wa- OLD TOWN - LCC - Lansing ter, carport, trash pickup. Twp. Beautiful clean 1 & 2 Safe secure bldg., on-site bdrms., hardwood floors, owner. No pets. $775 per $525-$675, heat included. mo. 517-881-2049. 517-896-8732

CARY APTS. S. LANSING. 1 & 2 bdrms., $470-$570 mo., heat, water, sewer & trash included. 517-202-3964.


GENERAL MOTORS VOUCH ER WANTED. If you would like to sell your GM voucher, call John 616-889-2056

$510/mo. + $250 security deposit. 517-347-0314.


CASH PAID for diabetic test strips. Up to $15 per 100 strips. Ph. 517-292-0991

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TL 3.2 TYPE S 2003 $6500 Loaded, Lthr, 137000 hwy mi., runs exellent, nice. 517-488-8881

KIA AMANTI 2005 $9995 4 dr. Luxury Sedan, loaded, new brakes/battery, 91K mi. Dave 517-285-6626

Mini Vans HANDICAP VANS USED, BOUGHT & SOLD Mini & full size 5751 S. Cedar - Call Dale 517-882-7299

Toyota CAMRY LE V6 1998 $2,500 6 cyl, A/T, Dual Airbag, ABS, 172400mi., Blue 517-355-9958

Buick LESABRE CUSTOM, 1998 166K mi., 3800-V6, runs great. Good condition.

Vans HANDICAP VANS USED, BOUGHT & SOLD Mini & full size 5751 S. Cedar - Call Dale 517-882-7299

$2800 517-927-9901


Automobiles Wanted

DTS, 2003 $5,900 150K+ hwy. mi., Diamond white, moon, well maint. Excellent condition 517-204-4343


2005 MALIBU MAXX $7495 Loaded, black, sharp, clean. 77K mi. Mint City Auto, St Johns 989-640-1899 COBALT LT 2007 COUPE $7900 52500mi, 4cyl, Red, Auto start, nonsmoker, CLEAN 517-719-8765

Chrysler-Plymouth PT CRUISER TOURING, 2003 117K hwy. mi., Custom paint. Excellent condition.


KIA SPECTRA 2002 $4500 80K+ mi., 35 mpg., 2 yr. warr. Clean carfax. Excellent cond. 517-525-4444

Lincoln CONTINENTAL 2002 $5,950 8 cyl, AM/FM/Cassette/CD, Lthr, 98500mi., Gold 517-712-8341

Mercury MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS 1997 $1500 190,000 mi., dependable car Call & lv msg 517-482-6623

Mini Vans


TOWN & COUNTRY LXI, 2001 $4800 130+K hwy. mi., Immpecably maintained, spotless Excellent condition. 517-525-4444

CHEVY VENTURE LT VAN 2001 $5650 7 pass., loaded, elec. sliders, Burg/lt grey, 98K mi. Excellent cond. 517-230-4745

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VEHICLES WANTED DEAD/ALIVE Top $$ paid, Free towing. Same day pickup. 7 Days. 517-487-8704

Saturn SATURN ION COUPE 2004 $6000 1 owner, auto, brand new trans. by GM, new brakes, 98K mi., lthr, clean 248-640-6448

Sport Utility Vehicles RAINIER SUV, 2004 $10,900 80K+ mi., AWD, NAV, moon, leather. $45K new. Excellent condition 517-204-4343 CADILLAC ESCALADE 2007 12 cyl, Lthr, 50000mi., Off White

$27,000 732-485-2438

Subaru LEGACY OUTBACK AWD, 1998 $3500/OBO 175K mi. New eng. & tires, 2 sunroofs, auto, loaded, leather, Great cond. 517-487-5326

CAR DON’T WORK Or is crashed! Tired of spending money? Will pay you Cash Today & tow away free! Call 517-505-2098

Junk Cars Wanted CARS & TRUCKS WANTED Paying cash. 7 days a week. BUYING JUNK CARS 7-days per week!!!

269-838-5895 $50-$500 269-420-2676

BENJAMIN & SON A1 TOWING WANTED Junk cars, vans & trucks. Top $ paid . 517-372-9737 CAR DON’T WORK Or is crashed! Tired of spending money? Will pay you cash Today & tow away free! Call 517-505-2098

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2 & 3 bdrm., newly rennovated homes. New carpet, newer appliances. No pets. Section 8 welcome. Available immediately! $625-$775 + deposit & utilities. 517-819-3082. 2 BDRM., 2200 1/2 N. East St., Lansing. $525 mo., $525 deposit. Heat & water incld. References. Call 517290-2425. 2 BDRM. FILLEY ST. Enclosed front porch. Very nice. $395 plus utilities. Call 517-203-0873.


3603 Gale Rd., 2 bdrm., 2 full bath, 1130 sq. ft. ranch style home. Slab bsmnt., no garage. $650+ deposit. 517-622-6059 www.sundancefamilyhomecenter. com


Homes For Rent LANSING HOME 2 to 3 bdrm., neat & clean, fresh paint. Just remodeled. Call Terry 517-641-7271 or Tom 517-214-7648.

MASON 600 E. Columbia. 2 bdrm., 1.5 bath, deck, garage. $700+ util. Call 719-5600 OKEMOS B eautiful ope n foyer & floor plan, 5 BRs + den, 4 full baths, 2 whirlpools, 3 car garage, 3 season room, deck, fin. bsmt., lg yard & woods. No pets. $2495 mo. + utils., dep. & ref. 517-337-1007.

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CANADIAN FISHING CAB- LEASE TO OWN O f f i c e INS for RENT. Walleyes, /Warehouse. 5000 sf total. jumbo perch, big 2000 sf office. All heated & northerns. Call Hugh or air conditioned. Located in Doris toll free 800-426-2550 Rensen Center. Jollyfor free brochure. Or look Pennsylvania area. Rate as at our website low as $1250/mo. 331-1734 M-F 8-5 for more details. MM

Mobile Homes For Rent

Legals Robert E. McCarthy (P28450) 411-B W. Lake Lansing Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 337-2000 Judd W Wise 6110 W Willow Hwy Lansing, MI 48917 517-896-8304 TC-887763 12/26/10





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Homes For Rent

If you have UNFINISHED BUSINESS Legals positions to 1. ZBA CASE NO. 10-12-08-2 DEBBIE KEYWORTH & ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz~!@#$%^&*()_+`1234567890-=,./?;’:”[]\{}| STATE OF MICHIGAN FRANK LOFORESE, 2684 MANSFIELD DRIVE, EAST LANSING, fill...we can PROBATE COURT MOBILE HOME FOR rent COUNTY OF INGHAM MI 48823 SOUTH LANSING Deposit required, no pets. help! Very clean 3 bdrm., Sec. 8 welcome. NOTICE TO CREDITORS DESCRIPTION: 2684 Mansfield Drive

4229 CHICKORY Lansing SE. Newer 3 bdrm. ranch, full basement, new carpet & vinyl, very nice. $800/mo. Call Ron 323-4106. AFFORDABLE HOMES 1-4 bdrms, Section 8 OK. Pets OK. Move in special! Flexible terms available. $395-$1095. 517-651-1374 AFFORDABLE HOMES 1-4 bdrms, Section 8 OK. Pets OK. Move in special! Flexible terms available. $395-$1095. 517-651-1374

BE A HOME OWNER Rent to own. Owner will finance. Land Contract available. Call 517-202-3121.


7143 E. Saginaw Hwy., 3 bdrm., 1 bath, 1668 sq. ft. ranch style home. Full bsmnt., attached garage. $800+ deposit. 517-622-6059 www.sundancefamilyhomecenter. com

HASLETT- (2) HOMES. 2 bdrm. w/pond/wildlife & 3 bdrm. Both incl. appliances, washer/dryer. Both close to schools, many extras. Immediate occupancy. $800-$900. 517-339-3038. LANSING 230 Francis, Small 1 bedroom, 1 bath home. Storage shed. 517-622-6059 or www.sundancefamilyhome


4285 Matthews Rd. 3 bdrm., 2 bath, 1300+ sq. ft. ranch home. Full bsmnt., 2 car garage. 517-622-6059 or www.sundancefamilyhomecenter. com DAKIN, 1022 3 bdrm., new vinyl windows, oak floor in living/dining rm., kitch. appl., full bsmt. w/WD hookup, enclosed front porch, garage, fenced yard. $700 + util. Also, 2706 W. Jolly. 4 BR. 517-372-4504

LANSING- 231 S. Francis, 3 bedroom, dishwasher, washer/dryer. $650.00 + deposit. Call 517-204-4451

LANSI NG - 2, 4 & 5 bdrm houses and 2 bdrm apts. & duplexes. $575-$800. Local owner cell 989-550-1181.

1 bath home in nice neighborhood. $725+ deposit & utilities (517)694-4730


Florida Property For Rent

ST JOHNS 3 bdrm./bath. 1792 sq.ft. Rent to own!! Only $369 NASCAR SPEED WEEK 2 bdrm. condo for rent, per mo. Brand new carpet February 12-19, 2011, & appliances. Contact The at Daytona Beach, on the Meadows of St. Johns, beach. $1500. (989) 224-7707. Please call 517-676-4453 if interested. WEST LANSING Waverly schools. 2 bdrm. ranch 1 full ba., 1 car gar., fenced backyard, shed, Sec. 8/MSHDA ok, nice quiet subd., busline, pets ok. $500 mo. + utils. . DOWNTOWN 408 W. Ionia, Call 517-410-7257. furnished, close to LCC and Cooley. $335 per month utilities incl. WILLIAMSTON 3 BDRM., 517-749-3890 1 bath, home on the river. 2 car garage, $750 mo. + utils. Call 517-881-8776.

Room For Rent

Flats 1027 HICKORY ST., Lansing 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1 car garage, Basement. Lg. fenced yard. $800. Pets welcome for small fee. 810-577-1102 810-397-3026



CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF MERIDIAN LEGAL NOTICE Special Use Permit #11-71231 (Aver Sign Co.) Public Hearing


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Decedent’s Estate FILE NO. 10-1016-DE

Estate of Gloria G Klumpp, deceased Date of birth: 11/07/1934 TO ALL CREDITORS:* NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, Gloria G. Klumpp who lived at 2995 Pine Tree Road, Lansing, MI died 7/24/2010. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to Judd W Wise, named personal representative or proposed personal representative, or to both the probate court at 313 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI 48933 and the named/proposed personal representative within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice.

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BATH CHARTER TOWNSHIP SYNOPSIS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING OF DECEMBER 20, 2010 Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor Schneider. Members present were Supervisor Schneider, Clerk McQueen, Treasurer Garrity, Trustees Clark, Curtis, Pett and Puttler. Also present were Superintendent Feltman, County Commissioner Stacey and several township residents. ACTION: 1. Approved the agenda as printed. 2. Approved the consent agenda to receive and file the Mud Creek Drain Notice and Chateau In The Pines Drain Notice from the Drain Commissioner, Liquor License transfer Request from Liquor Control for Mack’s, C2AE Progress Report for LS 201 Force main Project, Clinton County letter in reference to Road Commission Board Appointment, City of East Lansing Non-Motorized Transportation Plan. Approved the payment of the General Fund vouchers #38603-#38654, voids #38603-#38634 in the amount of $33,208.872, Sewer Fund vouchers #2733-#27329 in the amount of $139,687.61 and Payroll vouchers #20240-#20265, Direct Deposits #775-#787 in the amount of $53,020.04, ACH/MERS in the amount of $17,017.46. 3. Approved the regular Board meeting minutes of December 6, 2010. 4. Recessed the regular meeting at 7:32 p.m. to go into Executive Session to discuss collective bargaining issues. Regular meeting called back to order at 7:45 p.m. 5. Approved an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption Certificate for BS&A Software for 12 years. 6. Approved the 2010 Budget Amendments. County Commissioner Report given. Superintendent’s Report - Written and Verbal report given. Meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Kathleen B. McQueen, Clerk DBR/TC-887837


TAX PARCEL: 17-455-003 ZONING DISTRICT:RA (Single Family, Medium Density) The applicant has installed an accessory structure (carport) which does not meet the required side yard setback at 2684 Mansfield Drive; therefore the applicant is requesting a variance. 2. ZBA CASE NO. 10-12-08-5 ARIKE & DELE DAVIES, 4383 HEARTWOOD DRIVE, OKEMOS, MI 48864 DESCRIPTION: 4383 Heartwood Drive TAX PARCEL: 29-278-044 ZONING DISTRICT:RA (Single Family, Medium Density) The applicant intends to add onto a non-conforming residential structure at 4383 Heartwood Drive; therefore the applicant is requesting a variance. NEW BUSINESS 1. ZBA CASE NO. 11-01-12-1 RAY STUBBLEFIELD, 345 RIVERVIEW SUITE 200, WICHITA, KS 67203 DESCRIPTION: 5110 Times Square Drive TAX PARCEL: 15-400-025 ZONING DISTRICT:CS Commercial) The applicant is requesting to install a second wall sign at the Walmart store located at 5110 Times Square Drive. 2. ZBA CASE NO. 11-01-12-2 BRET STOREY, 6229 E. LAKE DRIVE, HASLETT, MI 48840 DESCRIPTION: 1589 Lake Lansing Road TAX PARCEL: 10-228-025 ZONING DISTRICT:C1 (Commercial) The applicant is requesting to install awnings on the front building façade which do not meet the required front yard setback; therefore the applicant is requesting a variance. 3. ZBA CASE NO. 11-01-12-3 VLAHAKIS COMPANIES, 4900 MONTROSE AVENUE SUITE 100, OKEMOS, MI 48864 DESCRIPTION: 2650 Grand River Avenue TAX PARCEL: 17-460-018 ZONING DISTRICT:C-2 (Commercial) The applicant is requesting to install an additional wall sign in a multi-tenant building. Information regarding the request may be examined at the Department of Community Planning and Development, 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos, Michigan 48864-1198, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Comments may be made in writing addressed to the Zoning Board of Appeals at 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos, MI 48864 or may be made at the hearing. MARY M.G. HELMBRECHT, CMC TOWNSHIP CLERK TC-887505


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Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the Charter Township of Meridian will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., in the Meridian Municipal Building, Town Hall Room, 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos, MI, 48864 (phone: 517-853-4560), to hear all persons interested in a special use permit request. Aver Sign Company is requesting a special use permit for a changing message sign at a C-2 (Commercial) zoned gas station located at 1619 Haslett Road. The subject site is located south of Haslett Road and east of Marsh Road. Information regarding this request may be examined at the Department of Community Planning and Development, 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos, Michigan, 48864-1198, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Comments may be made in writing addressed to the Planning Commission at the above address or at the hearing. Please note that the Planning Commission may make a decision regarding SUP #11-71231 on the same night as the public hearing. Mary M.G. Helmbrecht, CMC Township Clerk TC-887524

GRAND LEDGE: 1, 2 & 3 bdrm., $420 to $535 + sec. dep. No pets. Call 517-627-2391, or 517-896-3285.

BATH 6067 Park Lake Rd. close to highways. Unique 3 bdrm. w/lakefront lot, firepit, dock, home has stove, refrig., WD hookup, air cond., deck & shed. Must see to appreciate. $850. 517-243-0554.

6288 Nye Hwy., 3 bdrm., 1.5 bath, 1531 sq. ft. ranch style home. Propane heat. 517-622-6059 www.sundancefamilyhomecenter. com

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