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February 1, 2014 • Vol. 135 No. 5 514 S. Kalamazoo Ave. in Marshall, MI • Phone 269-781-5444 and FAX 269-781-7766 • www.advisor-chronicle.com

In The News: Angela Semifero receives ATHENA Award at Chamber annual dinner At the 67th Annual Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce’s Dinner and Awards Banquet on Jan. 28, Marshall District Library Director Angela Semifero was named the recipient of the ATHENA Award and Board Chair Mark O’Connell completed his two-year term and passed the gavel to incoming Chair Vic Potter. The event, held at Schuler’s Restaurant and sponsored by Midwest Living Magazine, also featured several other award recipients in areas that included Tourism, Outstanding Project and Ambassador of the Year. See story on page 29

Missing Albion woman believed to be found dead On Jan. 20 it was reported to Albion Department of Public Safety that Donna Jean Frost, 42 of Albion, was missing. Based on the initial investigation, authorities believed Frost was in danger and activated the Calhoun County Major Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation. Her boyfriend, Jackie Dale McConnell, 47 of Albion, was found in North Carolina and arrested on Jan. 27, when he disclosed to police where Frost’s body could be recovered in Albion Twp. An autopsy was scheduled for Jan. 30. Also, on Jan. 30, the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for McConnell’s arrest for second degree murder and habitual offender in the fourth degree in the death of Frost. See story on page 17

Blues Jam & Chili Cook-Off raises $7,000 for the Haven The 22nd Annual Bill Russell Blues Jam & Chili Cook-Off, held on Jan. 25 at Marshall United Methodist Church in Marshall, was a “great success,” according to Event Coordinator Dee Russell. This year’s event exceeded last year’s donations, raising more than $7,000 for The Haven of Rest, a homeless shelter in Battle Creek. Hundreds of people poured into the church to support the Haven to hear a dozen bands perform and taste-test numerous bowls of homemade chilies, despite the cold temperatures. See story on page 34

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City Council approves six-year wish list The Marshall City Council approved its Capital Improvement Program, a six-year wish list and guide for the future needs of the city for 2014-2020. “The priorities all look reasonable to me,” said Councilman Brent Williams. “It’s a wish list until we have the money to spend. It’s a good list to help us prioritize our priorities.” A public hearing was held with no public comment at the council’s Jan. 21 meeting. See story on page 4

Reading Olympics wins big at Marshall Middle School A lively and successful series of writing workshops for Marshall Middle School students culminated in a Writing Olympics event for each grade level on Jan. 17. Celebrity guest judges listened to the collaboratively authored stories read by nationally knows author Alan St. Jean. Each language arts class worked with St. Jean to build and write a story using their own concept, characterization, conflict, resolution and illustrations. See story on page 36

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ce, Wine & Blues will be held in downtown Marshall Feb. 7 and 8. Many retail locations will be offering wine tasting and live music on Friday between 5 and 9 p.m and ice carvers will create sculptures from more than 25 blocks of ice on the sidewalks Friday night and during the day on Saturday. Marshall resident John Merucci, pictured above, is the owner of Icescapes, which coordinates the artists. See story on page 14


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Word on the Street Who will win the Super Bowl? Super Bowl XLVIII will take place Sunday outside New York City between the Denver Bronocs and the Seattle Seahawks. What team will be victorious and by what score?

Editor’s Corner by John Hendler Some of you may have seen the video and pictures out of Atlanta, where thousands of motorists were stranded upwards of 24 hours as the roadways became a sheet of ice after a rare snowstorm. And if you’ve been online and read comments on various social media, you may have noticed how nasty and vicious some of the comments have been about those who got tied up in that mess. Such nasty comments hurled at each other over the weather? Spring can’t come fast enough. I know we laugh at our southern friends when they complain about the mercury dropping below 50 degrees or when they freak out and run for the hills over the mere mention of snow. But, I believe even if you took the greatest driver in the snow among us and plopped us down on I-75 in Atlanta Tuesday, we would not have fared any better. A heavy burst of snow that melted and turned to ice while thousands of commuters and school busses hit the roads at the same time turned the city into something out of a horror movie. Thousands abandoning their cars in the road, thousands stuck in their car, including one woman who was forced to give birth in her car. Bumper to bumper at 3 a.m. I texted my friend yesterday asking how he survived the storm. Then, half-joking, I asked if he did, in fact, survive. Here is his response: “It was a total disaster. All traffic came to a complete stop through the entire city and suburbs. I couldn't make it home. I had to stay overnight at my office. It took my wife six hours to go 12 miles to pick up my son from school and then they had to stay there overnight. Some people were stuck in their cars for over 18 hours. Others abandoned their cars and walked three and four miles in the snow and ice in the middle of the night with single digit wind chills. It cleared up enough this afternoon and we all got home (slowly). Just crazy. No one thought it was gonna be this bad.” I can feel for him and for all those that got stuck. Twenty years ago, after moving less than four miles in over two hours on an icy Maryland interstate, I took the next exit, parked the car and walked the last six miles home in sub-zero wind chills and still beat a couple of friends home, who spent nearly eight hours on that highway. Unfortunately for me or fortunately for me, depending on you look at it, I wasn’t alone that night. My girlfriend at the time was in the car with me and wasn’t thrilled about walking. I told her it was only a couple miles and that we’d be home in no time. It took us almost three hours to walk home and we got back at 2 a.m. And she never let me forget it. She brought it up for weeks afterward and when she broke up with me, she actually said she couldn’t stay with someone who would make her “walk in the snow and cold like some animal.” You win some, you lose some, I said. Easy come, easy go. Stay warm, embrace the winter and remember, it won’t be long before we are complaining about the heat and the mosquitoes. So much to look forward to. Finally, my Super Bowl prediction: Denver 35, Seattle 17. Also, best of luck to Broncos offensive coordinator and MHS grad Adam Gase. Until next week, may the good news be yours.

Steve Washburn, Marshall

Dale Rosene, Marshall "Denver 24, Seattle 21.”

"Seattle 30, Denver 23.”

"Denver 21, Seattle 6.”

"Denver 28, Seattle 7.”

"Seattle 28, Denver 24.”

Claudia Murch, Marshall

Katie Mains, Marshall

Tom Waidelich, Marshall

Mark Gilbert, Marshall

"Seattle 21, Denver 14.”

Letters

Hauxwell chooses a healthy quality of life

To the Editor: When I read the article “Making the Change” in Jan. 25’s ad-visor&chronicle, I was so thrilled for Tim Hauxwell. Not only is he losing weight and getting his blood pressure under control, but he is extending the quality

of his life. My nephew visits me from Canada. He is very educated in nutrition and exercise routines. He is appalled when he comes to America with the amount of overweight, dare I say “fat” people in America. Tim has shown us that

working out regularly and moderating diet can make a huge difference in his life. I do not mean one has to give up fast food, but consider restricting those fatty choices to once a week or less. I do aerobics and weight training three days a week and yoga

on opposite days. I do not want to live to be 100. But I chose a quality of life that is healthy and disease free. I hope more people will be inspired by Mr. Tim’s success. Whitney Jonas, Marshall

Local businesses show professionalism, courtesy To the Editor: As a customer of our downtown Marshall merchants, I don’t believe we necessarily appreciate their professionalism. We tend to take them for granted and expect they will be thrilled to wait upon us or thrilled that we chose to shop in their establishment. I’m sure they are appreciative of our business, but I don’t think we, as customers, always appreciate them. I had on occasion, last week, to return an item for exchange, to the Mole Hole and I was treated with the most possible respect and courtesy by owner Kristin Holbrook

and her staff. I was made to feel most welcome and comfortable from the complete staff as I took my time and chose replacement items. I want to thank Kristin and her staff for making this experience a pleasurable one. Next time you are downtown Marshall, stop in to The Mole Hole and get acquainted with this very professional retailing staff. I also recently spent the day at Oaklawn Hospital on Jan. 8 waiting for my son’s surgery to be completed. I cannot possibly thank the nurses and Dr. Thakor enough for

the wonderful care they gave my son. We are so fortunate to have Oaklawn Hospital and the doctors in such a proximity to our home. I also want to thank “Grover,” the young man at the valet parking station for his kindness. He went above and beyond his duties to be of assistance to me. He is a wonderful example of kindness and courtesy to the visitors of Oaklawn Hospital. Phyllis Gill, Marengo

Community is truly supportive of the arts To the Editor: The 2014 Marshall Community Follies have wrapped up after an exciting couple of performances this past weekend at the beautiful new Marshall High School Auditorium for the Performing Arts. This was truly a community-wide production, from the talented performers to the hard-working and all volunteer production team. This was the fourth time we have served as the producers of this biennial event and the challenges were many this year. Even with the inclement weather that delayed or cancelled various rehearsals and publicity photo shoots, the audience would not have been

aware that this year, this production came off with less prep time than normal. We have the following production team to thank in making that possible: Director Kim Byrens spun her artistic vision throughout the production, bringing acts to put forth a polished performance; Keith Morgensai once again headed up the technical team of Alan Elliott (lighting), Greg Reitsma (sound), Robert Poley and Bill Veale (spotlights), and a backstage crew consisting of Annette, Wayne and Alex Campau, Ian Baby, Trish Hongisto, Olivia Surber and Andrew Warriner. The tech team had about one week to learn all of the new aspects of the auditorium while rehearsals were going on

throughout that time. They were assisted by auditorium technician, Steve Serra, and auditorium manager, Jeremy Root. Many others also stepped forward to help with the Follies, including Dr. Laura Gilbertson, who accompanied many acts on piano. Digital Designs (Dennis and Chris Gorsline) provided beautiful press photos and an updated look to the Follies Posters and tickets. Our MC’s, Luanne Miller and John Coulter, kept the evening rolling along between the acts. Countless parent volunteers worked the box office, ushered, served as greenroom supervisors and helped get the cast where they

needed to be on time. With a cast of more than 250, that is a quite an accomplishment. This production would not be possible without these volunteers and we thank them for their many, many hours of assistance. With their help, the Marshall Music Boosters are able to raise funds to assist the music students of Marshall Public School. We also thank the Marshall community for their support in attending the Follies and the many sponsors, both individual and corporate, who financially contributed to the production. The Marshall community continues to be truly supportive of the arts. Greg and Kathleen Warriner, Producers


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