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September 22, 2012 • Vol. 133 No. 38 514 S. Kalamazoo Ave. in Marshall, MI • Phone 269-781-5444 and FAX 269-781-7766 • www.advisor-chronicle.com

In The News: Calhoun County Board decides Road Commission’s fate Just over 24 hours before the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners was to decide the fate of the Calhoun County Road Commission, an informational meeting led by County Board Chair Art Kale and District 6 Commissioner Blaine Van Sickle was held Sept. 19 at Marengo Twp. Hall to give residents a last opportunity to express any concerns. “As county commissioners, roads are something we can’t address because we have no authority over the road commission,” Kale said. “At my very first meeting, I said, ‘I don’t know what we’re going to do about roads, but what we’re doing now ain’t working.’” See story on page 16

City to pay back Cronin grant to state After a recent state audit, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority has asked the city of Marshall to repay a Signature Building Project Grant for nearly $300,000, which the city used in 2006 for the purchase of the J.H. Cronin Building, 101 W. Michigan Ave. “There are definite advantages and disadvantages to the grant,” Councilwoman Kathy Miller said. “Now we don’t have to have so many jobs, and there aren’t as many hoops to jump through.” The city is now looking to work on the development details with Steve Eyke of LaFollete Custom Homes who has been working on the project since January 2011. See story on page 10

Calhoun County Fairgrounds to see changes in staff, approach The Calhoun County Fairgrounds will be seeing some changes in the coming months, according to Calhoun County Agricultural & Industrial Society President Bruce Bosserd. Earlier this month, the fairground lost Operating Manager Sam Tone, who was hired in October, and Office Manager Sandy Woods, who had been with the fairgrounds for nine years. But staff changes aren’t the only changes in the works. “We need to figure out how to make the fair more profitable and what we need to do to improve it,” Bosserd said. The CCAIS is looking at structural changes for the committee and has also began a six-month process to form a 10-15 year Master Plan for the fairgrounds. See story on page 44

Candidates share their goals at Sept. 18 forum The first of two Candidate Forums was held on Sept. 18 at Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub, sponsored by Marshall Business Association and the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce. Around 40 people attended the event to hear from candidates in local races in November including mayor, county commission District 6, county treasurer, county clerk, and Calhoun County water resource board. A second forum is scheduled for Sept. 25 at Schuler’s from 6-7:30 p.m. See story on page 26

‘Baker’s Dozen Beer Run’ to bring 1,100 to Marshall Last year’s popular “Baker’s Dozen Beer Run” will be back for a second go-round on Sept. 29 in Marshall. “The event was very well received last year, and we had multiple requests from participants for a second event,” said organizer Jessica Hackworth. Last year, more than 750 people took part in the event which drew hundreds of spectators. This year, more than 1,100 are registered for the run, which will begin at Louie’s Bakery with a donut and end at the Dark Horse Brewery with a beer. See story on page 33

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uring the Marshall United Way’s 2012-13 annual fund drive which continues through Nov. 13, co-chairs Diane Ramirez (left) and Annette Campau shown here standing with Executive Director Patty Franke, right, encourage donors to be champions for people in Marshall and Calhoun County who are assisted by United Way’s member agencies. See story on page 27


Word on the Street What are you looking forward to as fall begins? With today, Sept. 22 being the first day of fall, the ad-visor&chronicle asked these six people what their favorite thing is about the fall season.

Editor’s Corner by John Hendler The Middle East embassy riots last week over some moronic online movie that Muslim extremists took offense to again ignited the debate about the Constitution’s First Amendment right to free speech with some suggesting (again) that free speech is fine to a point. But where do you draw the line? There’s no such thing a “little” free speech the same way a woman can’t be a “little” pregnant. The filmmaker apparently was brought in for “questioning” by the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The whole issue reminded me of the situation two years ago with the Florida pastor who wanted to burn the Quran and the whole free speech argument. What I wrote in 2010 applies to today’s latest flap as well: During the ruckus a few days back over whether a Florida pastor was going to hold his own Quran burning party on Sept. 11, I came across a wire service story about the issue online that I found troubling. The story's lead, in essence, explained how the government was attempting to apply pressure on the pastor to prevent him from exercising his First Amendment right to free speech. Let me just state that my point is not whether I agree or disagree with the burning of the Quran, although I will say this: Just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. For example, I felt I had the right on one particular occasion many years ago, to say something less than flattering to a family friend, who then burst into tears and left our house. (Hey, I was an obnoxious 14year-old. Shocking, but true.) Did I have the right to say what I said? Absolutely. Was it the right thing to say? Absolutely not, and looking back, I wish I hadn't. Now that we've got that straightened out, as a writer, the idea that the government would actively try to suppress one's right to free speech because the writer doesn't share the government's viewpoint doesn't bode well for our future as a free and open society, because once you go down that road, there's no turning back and you end up in places like Caracas, Havana and Beijing. Now, some might say that the pastor issue was a unique one and that burning a religious symbol of Islam put our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in danger, and I can totally appreciate that point of view and would have to say that I'm partially in agreement. Another example: Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to the health insurance lobby and warned insurance companies that there would be “zero tolerance” for those companies engaging in the issuing of “misinformation and unjustified rate increases.” Private companies, in effect, were warned that they would be punished if they didn't agree with the government's opinion of how they should run their business. That reminded me of what a co-worker in the radio business told me 20-plus years ago: “You have no right to your opinion.” As my mind tends to go off on tangents (round and round it goes, where it stops, nobody knows), when I heard about the Sebelius letter, it made me think of two things: The first being the Kurt Vonnegut short story, Harrison Bergeron that dealt with a future point in American history, the year 2081, where everybody was given handicaps to be equal and those with a creative or opposing point of view were subjected to loud, piercing noises in their head to ward off such thoughts. The second thing that came to mind was the Buffalo Springfield song, For What It's Worth: There's something happening here, What it is ain't exactly clear There's a man with a gun over there, Telling me I got to beware There's battle lines being drawn, Nobody's right if everybody's wrong Young people speaking their minds, Getting so much resistance from behind Paranoia strikes deep, Into your life it will creep It starts when you're always afraid You step out of line, the man come and take you away We better stop, hey, what's that sound Everybody look what's going down Until next week, may the good news be yours.

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Folder found with World War II ration books

To the Editor: Recently a friend found on the streets in Marshall a folder that contained a number of

World War II ration books. I have them in my possession. Initial attempts to find the owner have failed.

I am hoping that publishing this information will result in the owner contacting me. I would certainly like to return

them. Contact me at 269-7815204. Athol Hazen, Jr., Marshall

Using State Farm is a possible win-win solution To the Editor: We are sorry to see that one of the periodic conflicts between Oaklawn Hospital and members of the residential and business community is underway. We have witnessed such conflicts in the past; the latest has to do with the proposed Oaklawn overlay district. At the moment, it seems there is no win-win solution. We were wondering: has anyone suggested the former State Farm building on East Drive as a possible venue for hospi-

tal expansion? It might be worth considering. That building, empty for some time, offers all the parking space Oaklawn Hospital could ever need, a vast amount of interior floor space (easily partitioned into rooms of various shapes and sizes), a design that is one story in height (excellent for moving patients and equipment, if used as a treatment center), and a location only several blocks from the main campus. Such a solution (unless there are better

off-campus alternatives) could meet the needs of our growing and exemplary hospital, even as it preserves the integrity of the historic heart of the city. This is preferable, we believe, to continued expansion into an already crowded historic district in the center of town. Seems like a possible win-win solution for all concerned. Tom and Nancy Isham, Marshall

Eldon Vincent brings skill, expertise to Marshall To the Editor: It is with pleasure and delight that I can recommend Eldon Vincent for the candidacy for the mayor of Marshall. I have gotten to know Eldon both professionally and personally the last few years and found him to be a conscientious and thoughtful indi-

vidual involved in the wellbeing of our community. As many know, he is a local Marshall merchant, owner of Vincent Law and CPA Offices as well as Yippie Tax Services located in Garden Theater Shops on Michigan Avenue. Through his composed and poised behavior, I

believe Eldon brings a collaborative spirit for cooperation and support for the greater good and future of Marshall. With a broad range of experience and knowledge in the legal and accounting fields, Eldon brings skill and expertise to the position of mayor. I believe this is reflected in his

participation in community organizations in which he has taken the effort time to involve himself in the betterment of our community. Desmond H. Kirkland, Marshall

Thanks for making the Civil War Ball a success To the Editor: We would like to say ‘thank you’ for all the support we received putting the 11th annual Civil War Ball together. On the evening of Sept. 8, across from the Honolulu House, the street came alive with dancers in period clothing and many, many, many observers. We had guests from Grand Rapids, Novi, Jackson, Coldwater and even Los Angeles,

Calif. to name just a few locations. It is possible to offer this free event because of the supporters and donors of nearly 40 local businesses. We would also like to say thanks to Fred Priebe and Alan Elliot for their portrayals of President Lincoln and to the Golden Griffin Stringtet for their high stepping music. To our worker bees, Sandy Schulte,

Pam Munsie, Pam Sigren, Suze Fritz, Michael Willerick and Jeremy Dunn, we say your help was greatly appreciated from setting up to tearing down. We look forward to another ball in 2013. Michael Sullivan, Dan and Judy Babcock, Marshall


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Big win evens Marshall’s record at 2-2 MHS varsity football beats Battle Creek Central 46-18

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The Marshall High School varsity football team evened its season record at 2-2 after a 4618 win over Battle Creek Central on Sept. 14. Marshall hosted Gull Lake in the Homecoming game on Friday night (Sept. 21). With five games remaining, the Redhawks would have to go 4-1 to be assured of a playoff spot. Above: Jesse Bouwens, on a fourth quarter endaround, turns the corner on his way to the end zone. Bouwens also had an interception on the night as did Brice Banfield and Chase Bennett.

Bobby Owens makes his way through the Bearcat defense. Owens gained 77 yards on five carries and scored two TDs.

Tony Wimberly has only one defender to beat on his way to the end zone during the third quarter. Wimberly gained 164 yards on 20 carries and scored three TDs.

Marshall’s Brett McDonald gets set to make the first quarter tackle. Nate Krsaka led Marshall with seven tackles.

Segeo Brown heads for the end zone after running through the BCC defense.

Quarterback Dan Welke gets set to take the snap from center Drew Maisner. Welke scored Marshall’s first touchdown and was 9-19 passing for 134 yards.


MHS Girls CC takes 2nd, boys take 4th at SMAC meet All 15 girls run season-best times; Coach Wissink: The girls ran spectacularly The Marshall High School girls cross-country team, ranked 14th in state placed second behind seventh-ranked Gull Lake at the SMAC East meet on Sept. 18 in Battle Creek. “The girls ran spectacularly,” said coach Steve Wissink. “We had a game plan to beat Lakeview for second and they followed it flawlessly. We knew we couldn’t beat Gull Lake, but we hope to catch up to them later this season.” Brianna Kalisz broke the 20-minute mark to lead Marshall, posting a time of 19:42. “Lauren Feasel continues to be an awesome number two runner for us, and Maya Williams is improving as much as anyone I’ve ever coached,” said Wissink. “Tristan Tobias, Anyah Preston, and Abbey Ufkes are all very young and will continue to improve giving us a very strong 4-5-6 group, and senior captains Kilee DeBrabander and Breanna Morgan continue to lead the team with improved times, a great work ethic, and excellent leadership.” The boys team placed fourth and were led by Kurt Swaton, who posted a time of 17:05. Parker Cruz was just behind Swaton at 17:11. “The guys raced very well in a tough league meet,” said coach Mary Hovarter. Weston Herman carried the team’s third spot at 18:11. He was followed by the pack of Jon Rose, Cam Ragan, Quinn Hovarter, Dakoda Laupp, and Stuart Murch who Hovarter said are “fighting hard” to fill the 4th - 7th place varsity positions. “This group is working well together as a team and is improving each race,” said Hovarter. “These are some of the best times the Marshall boys have run this early in the season in several years.”

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Brianna Kalisz eclipsed the 20-minute mark for the first time this season with a time of 19:42 at the Sept. 18 SMAC East meet.

Kurt Swaton ran a personal-best 17:05 and finished seventh overall at SMAC East meet.

photo by John Hendler

photo by Charmaine Hostetler

Coach Steve Wissink leads the girls team on a warmup run prior to the start of the SMAC East meet.

Lauren Feasel (20:17) had the second-fastest Marshall time on the day.

Weston Herman leads a group of Marshall runners at the start of the race Sept. 18.

photo by John Hendler

Parker Cruz had a personal-best time of 17:11.

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photo by Charmaine Hostetler

Tiffany Gross was one of 12 Marshall girls to post personal best times Sept. 18.


Boys varsity soccer shutout by Sturgis, 3-0

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The Marshall High School boys varsity soccer team saw its two-game unbeaten streak come to an end Sept. 18 following a 3-0 home loss to Sturgis. On Sept. 15 at Tecumseh, Marshall’s Pete Pratley scored the game’s only goal in Marshall’s 1-0 win. On Sept.13 at Harper Creek, Andrew Shippell scored Marshall’s goal in the 1-1 tie. The team’s record after the Sturgis game stood a 2-8-1. Above: Kyle Weck, with one of Marshall’s best chances in the second half versus Sturgis. Right: Matt Murphy takes a spill at Coldwater on Sept. 11.

Marshall swimmers compete at Sturgis Relays today

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The Marshall High School girls swimming and diving team competes today, Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Sturgis Relays beginning at 10:30 a.m. Above: Ashley Cole, competing in the 100yard backstroke at the Marshall Quad meet on Sept. 15.

Jessica Bush, during the backstroke portion of the 200-yard individual medley Sept. 18 at Harper Creek.

Kate Frazier, during the 100-yard breaststroke on Sept. 15.

Youth hockey open house takes place today in Battle Creek

Marshall divers Courtney Hounshell, left, and Maddie Rayner.

Registration is now open for youth ice hockey in Battle Creek for boys and girls age 4 and up. Families can register at the "Try Hockey for Free" Open House today, Saturday, Sept. 22 from 3-6 p.m at Revolution Arena, also known as "The Rink," located at 75 Houston Street, across from the post office in downtown Battle Creeek. The open house will feature opportunities to try on the equipment, skate and play with a puck. Children age 4 and up can learn to skate and play hockey in programs held Saturday and Sunday mornings. Youth age 9 and up can

play on "travel teams" that practice twice a week after school and play weekend games around West Michigan. “Our programs are built on fun, hard work, and the best techniques from around the world,” said program director Ken Tomalka. For more information, call Tiffany Krummrey at 269-420-5633. Updates are also available by “liking” Battle Creek Ice Hockey on Facebook.


Marshall High School Homecoming 2012

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Marshall High School seniors take part in the Tug-O-War competition during the Homecoming Assembly Sept. 20.

Juniors Alex France, left, and Abei Adams won the pizza eating competition.

Sophomore participants in the 5X5 Square where teams try to fit as many people as possible in a 5X5-foot square.

Seniors Kenady Sykora and Ryan Carel celebrate their win in the Junk In The Trunk competition where participants had to get eight ping pong balls out of a Kleenex box attached to their backside.

Soccer skills challenge winners

Freshmen get set to start the Tug-OWar.

Sophomores Tyler Horn and Cassandra Barlow during the pizza eating competition.

On Sept. 15, Marshall AYSO and Boshears Ford hosted the Ford Escape Soccer Skills Challenge with more than 60 players taking part. Players were assisted by the Olivet College men’s soccer team. David Boshears, upper left photo, right, presents AYSO Commissioner Chuck Selinger with a $500 donation. Local winners (pictured) advanced to today’s final in West Bloomfield. Upper right: Cody Clapper and Colton Clapper. Lower left: Megan Husiman and Carson DeLong. Lower right: Ariana Johnson. Not pictured: Danielle Devine.


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15,988 $9,985 OR $109

$

MO.*

2007 HONDA ACCORD LX 2010 CHRY. TOWN & COUNTRY TOURING Fresh trade, driver today.

12,988 OR $149

$

MO.*

Loaded, stow-ngo.

18,900

$

2009 GMC SIERRA SL 2005 FORD EXPEDITION XLT 2 wheel drive.

14,955 OR $189

$

MO.*

3rd row, 4x4

$

6,955 OR $99

MO.*

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HERITAGE CHEVROLET #3373

350 W. Dickman Road

(269) 964-9431

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2013 SPARK (All New!) M.S.R.P. $15,420 SALE

#3169

$

14,990

2012 SONIC

M.S.R.P. $17,155

SALE #3411

Lease for

$

#3410

$

Lease for #3401

$

0%

16,900

FINANCING AVAILABLE

2012 CRUZE

169

00

MO. plus tax, 24/12K w/$1599 due

2013 MALIBU

256

00

ALL NEW!

MO. plus tax, 24/12K w/$1599 due

2013 ZL1 CAMARO $

#3313

58,830***

2013 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT Lease for

#9067

$

546

00

MO. plus tax 48.12K w/$4999 due

2012 SILVERADO EXT M.S.R.P. $27.810 SALE

$

21,499

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ROYAL

WE DELIVER TO BATTLE CREEK DAILY!

‘12 TERRAIN FWD SLE-1

‘12 ENCLAVE FWD

2.4L DOHC 4 CYL., 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC SALE

Sale 42,121 - $2,000 GM REBATE

25,534

P/SUNROOF W/2ND ROW SKYLIGHT, 3.6L SIDI V6, AUTOMATIC $

$

STK#T2157

‘12 SIERRA 1500 AWD EXT CAB SL VORTEC 4.8L V8, AUTOMATIC

‘12 LACROSSE 3.6L SIDI V6, AUTOMATIC

Sale 33,219 - $3,500 GM REBATE - $1,000 TRADE ALLOWANCE $

$

STK#T2159

28,719

Sale 34,567 - $1,500 GM REBATE $

STK#C2195

P/LOCKS, KEYLESS ENTRY, 4.3L V6, AM/FM/CD $ Sale 23,956 - $2,000 GM REBATE - $1,000 TRADE ALLOWANCE

SUNROOF, 2.0L TURBO 4 CYL., AUTOMATIC SALE

33,024

$

637 E. Chicago Rd., Coldwater, MI

517-279-8061 • 1-888-590-2349

33,067

$

‘12 SIERRA 1500 2WD REG CAB W/T

‘13 REGAL TURBO

STK#C3017

40,121

$ STK#T2328

STK#T2127

$

20,956

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*75down. months @ 6% + tax, fees, W.A.C. 0 down. *75 months @*Plus 6%tax, + title tax,and fees, W.A.C. MPG on fueleconomy.gov, highway mileage. Prices include rebates. fees. **39 month0lease, plus tax, title based & fees. 10,000 miles per year. $1,995 due at start. WAC. See dealer for details.

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