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VOLUME 159, No. 44

BANNER Devoted to the Interests of Barry County Since 1856


Thursday, November 8, 2012

County voters hold to GOP NEWS leanings in Nov. 6 election BRIEFS DKHS band, choir performing Veterans Day concert today The Delton Kellogg Band and Choir will be presenting a Veterans Day concert Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1:30 p.m. The free performance will take place in the high school gymnasium. The band and choir will combine to perform “America the Beautiful” and “Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones.” The band will play a piece that includes “Amazing Grace” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” A slide show of Delton area service men and women and pictures of historic events also will be featured. “We would like as many veterans as possible to attend,” said Band Director Sara Knight.

Pierce Cedar Creek hosting artists Sunday Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is gearing up for its 10th annual Christmas Holiday Gift Show Sunday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the show is free. The Holiday Gift Show will showcase the work of more than 25 local artists and crafters. Nature photography, fused glass, jewelry, wood work, herbal gifts, and woven rugs are some of the unique gift items that will be available that day. The institute gift shop will also have items for sale, including nature guides, locally-made birdhouses, homemade dip and seasoning blends, fair-trade jewelry and children’s items. A soup and sandwich buffet lunch will be available. Pre-registration and payment are required for the luncheon and may be made online or by calling 269-721-4190.

Veterans Day Sunday will include ceremony, lunch The Hastings American Legion Post 45 will hold a remembrance ceremony Veterans Day on the Barry County Courthouse lawn. Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, is held on the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. American Legion Post 45 of Hastings welcomes the public and veterans from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces to the ceremony Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Legion member Barry Wood will speak about the value of military service and the sacrifices made for freedom. The program will conclude with a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps. After the ceremony, the public is invited to join at the American Legion post just south of Hastings on M-37 for a free bean soup and cornbread lunch. The meal will be served from 1 to 3 p.m.

Moose Lodge beginning stand-up comedy night The Hastings Moose Lodge will host a comedy night Monday, Nov. 12. “Moose Chuckles” is a free stand-up comedy open mic event featuring everything from firsttime comedians to professional comics in West Michigan. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. Host Emily Allyn will start the show at 9 p.m. Moose Chuckles is planned to be a monthly show on the second Monday of every month. The Hastings Moose Lodge is located at 120 N. Michigan Ave. Guests must be 21 to enter. Non-members are welcome; no cover charge is required.

Barry County voters followed their Republican Party heritage in Tuesday’s general election, despite the nation’s move to reelect Democrat Barack Obama to a second term as president. With 92.6 percent of county precincts reporting as the Banner went to press Wednesday, unofficial results showed that local voters gave the Republican Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket 58.46 percent of all votes cast while affording the Obama/Joe Biden choice just 39.87 percent. Total turnout checked in at 26,361 of Barry County’s 43,886 registered voters, a 60.1 percent participation rate, though it lags more recent presidential election numbers. In 2008, the voter turnout was 66.93 percent. In the 2004 presidential election, 63 percent of Barry County voters cast their ballots. “It was my first presidential election [as county clerk], so I don’t have any background on voter turnout,” said Pam Jarvis, reflecting on an election day that still had not ended for her and for her staff Wednesday afternoon. “The things we encountered were not insurmountable.” Ballot difficulties in Johnstown Township, in one precinct in Barry Township, and in a City of Hastings precinct necessitated “retabbing” of the ballots Wednesday. However, other than in Johnstown Township, where results were not available, the re-tabbing was not expected to affect outcomes, Jarvis said. In Hickory Corners, election officials ran

out of available ballots due to a miscommunication with the vendor provider. However, according to Jarvis, the vendor replenished supplies at all voting locations to avoid a similar depletion. “The clerk [in Hickory Corners] had some blank test ballots that were copied and which voters were allowed to fill in,” reported Jarvis. “Those ballot copies had to be duplicated later so the machine could read them, which was allowed under the provisions of the Bureau of Elections.” Barry County’s lean toward the Republican Party was also evident in the U.S Senate race, where Democrat incumbent and re-election winner Debbie Stabenow received 44.22 percent of county votes to Republican Pete Hoekstra’s 51.98 percent. County voters overwhelmingly returned Republican Rep. Mike Callton to his District 87 State House seat by a 62.7 percent to 33.5 percent margin over Democratic challenger Sherry Anderson. Barry County voters reflected the rest of the state in its defeat of all six proposals. The county’s perspective as a Republican stronghold was also evident in local races, most of which were already decided in the Aug. 7 Republican primary. Few Democrats challenged local Republicans Tuesday and four of the five who were elected had no chal-

See ELECTION, pg. 7

Community vibrancy attracts hotel investor to Barry County by Doug VanderLaan Editor A community that has worked to perfect culture and recreation, community events and fine dining gets the credit for Barry County’s latest economic boost, a 62-room Holiday Inn Express and Suites which has broken ground on State Street just west of Hastings and is targeted for a summer opening. “I was looking for a vibrant community that needed a hotel, and Hastings exceeded my expectations,” says businessman Mike Moyle of Rockford, who’s following a similar venture in Greenville. “There’s just so much going on, not only healthy and vibrant

businesses but different events like the jazz festival, the Gus Macker Tournament and the everything at the Barry Expo Center. Plus, there’s just some terrific restaurants.” For Moyle, it means a potentially successful business venture. For Hastings and for Barry County, he knows it will mean so much more. “We saw this in Greenville when we put the hotel up there in 2006,” relates Moyle, 52. “It changes the community from being a ‘drive through’ to being a destination. It helps local businesses, like the restaurants and the downtown, and just opens up the

See HOTEL, page 9

The Bradford White iTEC center is ready for hands-on training and offers 24-hour customer support service. Dustin Bowerman, director of technical services stands outside the center on Eagle Drive in Middleville.

Bradford White’s new iTEC facility provides training ground for excellence by Julie Makarewicz Staff Writer Bradford White’s new International Technical Excellence Center provides handson training and state-of-the-art technologies offering contractors, plumbers and wholesale distributors training and product knowledge. The center on Eagle Drive in Middleville hasn’t had a formal opening yet, but has already hosted more than 20 groups for technical training. “Everyone wants to see what we’ve got going on here,” said Dustin Bowerman, director of technical services. Once the facility is fully operational, he said he expects more than 50 groups from across the United States and Canada visiting each year for different training sessions lasting generally two or three days. Bradford White builds all of its products strictly for wholesale distribution, with company officials believing trained professionals should properly install and service the company’s water heaters. The training center was first considered more than 10 years ago, according to Bowerman. He said Bradford White acquired the property in 2006 and created the tech and warranty services department there in 2008. Two years later, the technical center was being planned as an addition. “We talked about it for a long time and it was just finally time to do it,” he said. The company broke ground for the facility in 2011

and completed it in 2012. Bowerman said a great deal of thought and planning went into the facility, making it a unique living demonstration of what Bradford White products can do for businesses, homes and industries. “The whole facility is really a working model – it’s our products in motion,” said Bowerman. No water is ever wasted at the facility. If it’s heated for demonstrations or training, an elaborate mechanical room recycles water into heating systems for the facility. Rainwater collected in containers outside is brought in for use throughout the facility. In-floor heating systems pipe water throughout the building. And outside snowmelt systems have been installed and demonstrated working under concrete, asphalt and stone. A technologically advanced classroom lecture hall has seating for 64 and includes a large projection screen that can be broadcast in other areas of the building. Digital recording capabilities also make it possible for sessions to be recorded. Cut-away examples of Bradford White water heaters give participants an inside view of the products. Additionally, a training room has 10 working stations geared toward groups of 15 to 20 participants. Here, participants get true hands-on learning experiences and close-up

See FACILITY, page 3

TK ladies show off their talents in return to Brooklyn by Brett Bremer Sports Editor Thornapple Kellogg varsity cross country coach Tammy Benjamin is convinced that over the past ten years she’s had a few teams that should have finished among the top ten in the state. Those teams just didn’t get the chance, because they were unable to finish in the top three in their brutal regional. The last time the TK girls made the trip to Michigan International Speedway was a team was 2001. This Trojan team did earn the chance and, after a runner-up regional finish, placed fourth at the Lower Peninsula Cross Country Finals Saturday. The Trojans were just four points out of third place. “We really felt like we were peaking at the right time,” said Benjamin. “We were running better every week and really today was no different than what we have been doing for the last six weeks. They ran great last weekend and I knew they were going to run great today and they did. I mean, they ran great.” Sophomore Melissa Winchester earned allstate honors with her 24th-place time of 18 minutes 38.2 seconds. Winchester had lots of people to give her advice heading into her first appearance in


The Thornapple Kellogg varsity girls’ cross country team, (from left) Janie Noah, Bryn Beyer, Shelbi Shepherd, Taylor Ward, Casey Lawson, Olivia Lamberg and Melissa Winchester, catches its collective breath as it heads through the chute following a performance which earned it fourth place at the Division 2 Lower Peninsula Cross Country Championship Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

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Chamber, Economic Alliance host annual Economic Summit

Bonnie Hildreth (from left), president of the Barry Community Foundation, developer Mike Moyle and Mark Kolanowski, president and CEO of Hastings City Bank receive a Building Communities Award for the Business Development Revolving Loan Fund from Valerie Byrnes, the president of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce. Attendees of the 2012 Barry County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Alliance’s Economic Summit, which was held Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Barry County Expo Center in Hastings, heard a presentation on the county’s economic outlook for 2013 and learned about how some communities have used local investing to improve their economy. George Erickcek from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research entitled his presentation “We will muddle through 2013.” “The national economy continues to muddle through at a pace that is disappointing to all,” said Erickcek. “The state economy continues to be driven by the car industry. Buy a car, it is the right thing to do,” he quipped before adding that, overall, Barry County is doing better than the state in terms of the economy. Erickcek said the state needs an additional 150,000 jobs per month just to break even, but only 114,000 jobs were created in September. “So far this year, employment gains have averaged 146,000 per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 153,000 [jobs] in 2011,” he said. “Nationwide, the unemploy-

Jim Carr, Rutland Township supervisor and chairman of the Joint Planning Alliance, receives the Building Communities Award from Barry County Chamber President Valerie Byrnes.

Barry County Chamber President Valerie Byrnes presents Bonnie Steinman and Jeff Steinman, owners of Hop Head Farms with the 2012 Economic Impact Award. Valerie Byrnes, president of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce, presents Scott Finkbeiner of ChemQuest of Middleville with a 2012 Economic Impact Award.

Amy Cortese, keynote speaker and author of Locavesting, addresses the Barry County Economic Summit. Michael Spezia from the Gilmore Car Museum receives a 2012 Economic Impact Award from Valerie Byrnes, president of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce.

State Rep. Mike Callton presents an award to Jeff Chaffin, CEO of Keltech of Delton, in recognition of his company being named one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.

ment rate dropped to 7.9 [percent]. However, the labor participation rate is down to 63.6 percent from a low of 64.1 percent last year.” Erickcek said consumer confidence appears to be on the rise, despite the tepid economic growth and stability. Citing information from the to the Conference Board, he said consumer confidence rose to 70.3 percent in September, up from 61.3 percent in August. Manufacturing is slipping; 16,000 jobs were lost in September, the second month of decline, he explained. “Still, [that is] up nearly 174,000 jobs in the last 12 months,” he said. Erickcek said the nation still teeters on the brink of a a fiscal cliff as the economies in Europe and China also founder. “We remain in unknown territory,” he said. “Too many people have been unemployed for too long, National banks are holding too much cash. Corporate profits are no longer tied to employment growth.” Erickcek added that income inequality continues to grow; and, while the housing market across the nation rose 2 percent during the past year, and 7.6 percent in Detroit, inflation

Barry County Chamber of Commerce President Valerie Byrnes presents Bob Davis and Carla Wilson-Neil from Pennock Health Services with a 2012 Economic Impact Award. also has increased by 2 percent and few, if any, forecasters are calling for a slowdown in the recession. According to Erickcek, if the Euro-zone collapses, the United States does not fix its economic situation, or a serious conflict develops, the nation’s economy would suffer. However, if corporations invest in the United States due to changing cost structures, it could improve. Closer to home, unemployment continues to grow in Michigan. Erickcek said that in the past 12 months, a total of 47,433 jobs were created in the state, which is an increase of 1.2 percent. Of those jobs, 17,663 were in manufacturing, an increase of 3.5 percent in 12 months. However, 437,000 people, or 9.3 percent, are still unemployed. “Despite the bounce back in employment since 2009, the state’s manufacturers employ only 40 percent of the workers they did in 2000,” said Erickcek, who added that while building remains low, housing prices have seen an increase. “Turning to Barry County, unemployment is dropping and employment is expanding but gain at a sluggish pace,” he said. “The county

remains highly dependent on the economic strength of its neighbors. Only 30 percent of county residents work in the county. Education achievement of the county’s workforce remains a worry.” Erickcek said the current unemployment rate for the county is 6.9 percent, with close to 2,000 people out of work. “Out-of-county earnings account for 39 percent of the county’s personal income,” he said. “More people have moved out of the county than in [to the county]; average out — 1,452, average in — 1,309.” In closing, Erickcek said it was not unreasonable to forecast that the local economy would be “ more of the same,” and, with only 30 percent of residents working in the county, it is also reasonable to ask why they are living in Barry rather than Newaygo, Allegan or Ottawa counties. After answering questions from the audience, Erickcek turned the podium over to keynote speaker Amy Cortese, author of Locavesting, who spoke about how communities and business people are investing their

See SUMMIT, page 8

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Hastings Mutual recognized as Elite Wellness Champion

FACILITY, continued from page 1

Cutaway views of samples of water heaters give participants a chance to see inner workings. looks at the specific models and water heaters available. “It’s like we’re able to offer on-the-job training. It creates a great comfort level for our contractors who get to learn by actually doing,” said Bowerman. “Our training here can just be expanded.” “Here they get to work with actual products. You can tell me how it works all day long, but it’s so much easier if you see how it actually works. It just provides so much more comfort for our contractors using our products.” The facility has about 18,500 square feet of usable space including the customer support and tech service call center that is staffed 24 hours per day, seven days a week. For those who can’t make it to Middleville, technology also offers the ability for video conferencing with multiple locations at once and provides interactive service calls with technicians on site. The building earned Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification recognizing its “green” initiatives. LEED certification is a green building rating system designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing negative environmental impacts. The system offers four certification levels with the Gold status being the third highest level. The Bradford White facility uses solar panels, in-floor heating systems, radiant heating outside melt systems, and even a 30,000-gallon rainwater collection system. There are bicycle racks, showers and special parking for alternative fuel vehicles. Bowerman said even the lighting fixtures in the facility are the most up-to-date, energy efficient models available. “When we started planning, these lights weren’t even available yet,” he said indicating lighting in the dining area where fixtures automatically calculate the amount of natural

Even the flooring greets visitors to the iTEC center. light available and dim or brighten to meet needs. The facility includes a conference room, dining area and full working kitchen where meals can be catered. Bowerman said in addition to being excited to show the facility to contractors and people in the business, he’s also going to be working with area schools and hoping to provide partnerships for students. Bradford White is the only water heater manufacturer that can say its products are entirely made and manufactured in the United States and provides support service in the United States. “We’re very proud of being 100 percent American-made and we’re very proud to be in Middleville,” said Bowerman. “People some-

times wonder where Middleville is, and we’re doing our best to let everyone know.” Bradford White Corporation is Barry County’s largest employer and one of the largest employers in the greater Grand Rapids area, with more than 1,400 employees working three shifts. The company produces a full line of residential, commercial and industrial products for water heating, space heating, combination heating and storage applications. The company is headquartered in Ambler, Pa. Bradford White acquired Niles Steel Tank in Berrien County in 2002 and Aero Environmental in Mississauga, Ontario, now known as Bradford White Canada. In 2005, the company acquired Laars Heating Systems in Rochester, N.H.

An on-site Pilates class is one of the programs that led to Hastings Mutual Insurance Company being named a Wellness Champion. Hastings Mutual Insurance Company was recently recognized as one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest Wellness Champions for 2012 by the Michigan Business and Professional Association. Newly launched this year, the Best and Brightest Wellness Champions awards program celebrates organizations that promote the health of their employees by making their workplace and community a healthier place to work and live. In addition to being named a Wellness Champion, Hastings Mutual was honored with the Elite Award in the Best of the Best Medium Business category. “Health and wellness programs are at the forefront of every business looking to retain a healthy workforce, said Jennifer Kluge, Michigan Business and Professional Association/Michigan Food and Beverage Association president. “This year’s winning companies represent high standards and an exceptional commitment to healthy employees, healthy families, and a healthy community.” Fitness and wellness is an integral part of the culture at Hastings Mutual. The company offers extensive employee wellness support, including Weight Watchers groups and onsite fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates and boot camp aerobics. In addition, Hastings Mutual brings in registered dietitians to help employees create personalized nutrition programs. Fees for these programs are rebated to employees who maintain weight loss and a healthy lifestyle over time. “The wellness initiatives of our employees have created a spirit of health and wellness at Hastings Mutual,” said Julie Hutchins, human resources manager at Hastings Mutual. “Employees are taking control of their lives by getting healthy and, as a result, the business is being transformed. We are thrilled to be recognized as an Elite Wellness Champion.” To determine the companies that would

take home the Elite category awards, the Best and Brightest Wellness Champions used the WellCompanies assessment, created and administered by Wellco, the nation’s leading wellness systems provider. Nominated companies were put through an examination based on eight criteria to benchmark and improve wellness program effectiveness: policies, environment, leadership, awarenessmotivation, assessment-intervention, incentives-integration, measurement and health care costs. This year’s elite winners excelled in all criteria required. The Best and Brightest Wellness Champions is an initiative that recognizes and celebrates quality and excellence in worksite health promotion. The program highlights companies that promote a culture of wellness and those that plan, implement and evaluate efforts in employee wellness promotion. This is the premier awards symposium that celebrates the companies that are making their business, their employees and the community a healthy place to live and work.

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Terpening awaits sentencing on criminal sexual conduct by David DeDecker Staff Writer Michael Terpening, 33, was found guilty on eight of 12 criminal sexual conduct charges against underage boys at the Bellevue group home he owned and supervised. A trial which began on Oct. 22, concluded on Nov. 2 with Terpening being led away by Barry County Deputies. Barry County Circuit Court Judge Amy McDowell cancelled Terpening’s bond citing he was a danger to the community and himself. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13. Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis won the case by proving to the jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Terpening had indeed committed the acts of which he was accused. Povilaitis told the jury Terpening had staffed the group home, “The House Next

Door” with family members and friends who depended on him for their livelihood. She said he knew they would support him and they would continue to support him no matter what occurred. She explained there were five known victims, all of whom were vulnerable young men placed under Terpening’s authority. Attorney Thomas Schaeffer and co-counsel Joseph Eldred represented the defendant by attempting to poke sufficient holes in the prosecution’s case. The defense diligently combined inconsistencies in witness memories, blurred event timelines, and tarnished victim histories to discredit testimony and weave doubt into the minds of the jury. Schaeffer named the five victims “accusers” to soften the legitimacy of their charges. He told the jury two main victims conspired to make accusations against Terpening. The

defense theorized victim’s wanted to squeeze money from the property-rich Terpening. In his closing statement on Nov. 1, Schaeffer said the accusations and trial was nothing but a “Witch Hunt” and hysteria has surrounded the case. He painted a picture of a innocent man pursued by an angry mob. Povilaitis attributed the guilty verdicts to the amount, and quality, of evidence presented. “He preyed upon the most vulnerable of victims, foster child after foster child, young person after young person,” she said in her closing arguments. “It was the number of victims and the number of people willing to testify despite the tremendous pressure not to do so.” Both attorneys did not return phone calls in the week following the verdict.

No surprises in Hastings Board of Education election With three seats on the Hastings Area Schools Board of Education up for election and just three candidates, there were no surprises when voters re-elected incumbent board trustee Jon Hart for a partial term and newcomers Valerie Slaughter and Louis

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Wierenga for two six-year terms. Hart ran unopposed for a partial term ending Dec. 31, 2014, getting 5,279 votes. He had been appointed to that seat after trustee Scott Hodges resigned in November 2011. Valerie Slaughter secured her seat with 3,913

votes and Louis Wierenga brought in 3,407 votes. Although Steve Williams announced prior to the election that he was withdrawing from the race for health reasons, he still drew 2,480 votes.


Naturally bedazzled A crop of fungi makes sure this rotting elm stump is not left bare, standing in a woodlot in Hastings Township. We’re dedicating this space to a photograph taken by readers or our staff members that represents Barry County. If you have a photo to share, please send it to Newsroom Hastings Banner, 1351 N. M-43 Highway, Hastings, MI 49058; or email Please include information such as where and when the photo was taken, who took the photo, and other relevant or anecdotal information.

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Do you recognize this photo, taken in front of the old fire department and Hastings City Hall? Notice the bricks still showing in the street. Do you know these men or remember why this photo was taken by Barth Studios? What can you tell us about this photo? The Banner archives have numerous photographs from the middle of the past century that have no date, names or other information. We’re hoping readers can help us identify the people in the photos and provide a little more information about the event to reunite the photos with their original clippings or identify photos that may never have been used. If you’re able to help tell this

Economic development growing in small towns Last week, I attended the Barry County Economic Development Summit and Business Expo at the Barry Expo Center. The annual event is sponsored by the Barry Economic Development Alliance to bring together business and industrial leaders to discuss jobs and the economic outlook for the county. George Erickcek, senior regional analyst for the W.E. Upjohn Institute, was on hand again to discuss how Barry County is doing in relationship to other counties in the state. Erickcek reported that the national economy continues to muddle through at a pace that was considered “disappointing” to most, but Barry County is doing better than the state as a whole. Erickcek mentioned that jobs, or employment gains, averaged 146,000 per month, compared to 153,000 in 2011. Yet, to see significant gains, we need at least 150,000 jobs just to break even, he said, putting us on a course of regaining jobs lost in recent years. Erickcek went on to say that conditions are improving, especially with consumers whose confidence seems to be on the rise. In recent months, Barry County has shown signs that things are getting better — it’s just slower than most expect. In Middleville, Bradford White is preparing to hold an open house for its new training center, adding jobs and bringing outside contractors to Middleville to learn more about its products. Plus, a major expansion is underway at the plant, moving certain production within the plant to gain production efficiencies and to expand shipping areas, meaning more jobs in the future. Another bright spot in Middleville is the recent expansion of ChemQuest which moved into Middleville’s industrial park with larger facilities that will allow the company to grow and to add more staff in the future. New buildings at the Gilmore Car Museum — which is now open year-round — and at the Hop Heads Farms new commercial hops yard and processing facility are a welcome addition to that part of the county. In Hastings, Pennock Hospital recently held a grand opening ceremony for its new dialysis facility at the Baum Health Center. And, earlier this year, Pennock completed a new Gun Lake medical clinic just east of Patterson Road. Pennock is also working hard to complete a major renovation at the hospital, keeping up with the needs of the community. And, just west of Hastings, ground was recently broken for a new hotel project, that if all goes well, will open sometime in 2013 – just across the street from a new retail strip that was finished recently — home to a Biggby Coffee shop, to Jet’s Pizza and to San Marcos Mexican restaurant — all new to the Hastings landscape. If you’re traveling south on M-37, Dr. Carrie Wilgus just opened the Southside Pediatrics Center, a facility that she says is “caring for the community one child at a time.” Plus, she has additional space available for other businesses or medical specialties. At the former Seif Buick and Chevrolet oil change and detail shop, Sign and Drive Rent-A-Car and motor sales recently purchased and remodeled the building, offering newer, quality vehicles for rent or purchase. At one time, there were 16 new-car dealerships in the county. Today there are none, so we welcome this family-owned business to Hastings. In downtown Hastings, the Barry Community Foundation purchased the former Hastings Presbyterian Church on South Broadway, making space for several nonprofit organizations, bringing them under one roof for economic benefits while saving a landmark building and bringing more people to work in the downtown area. This Saturday, the Hastings Radio Shack will be celebrating its newly expanded store with more merchandise and space to better serve its customers. These are just a few of the things hap-

What do you photograph’s story, we want to hear from you. Mail information to Attn: Newsroom Hastings Banner, 1351 N. M-43 Highway, Hastings, MI 49058; email; or call 269-945-9554. Last week’s photo of a half-dozen fedora-topped men standing on a sidewalk drew a couple of responses. Dorotha Cooper recognized in the

background the window of the Coffee Shop, her parents’ business. And Bernie Weller knew that the name on the door was that of Dr. Caston, an optometrist, who prescribed a pair of glasses when Weller was in fourth grade (“I could not believe how good I could see once I got my glasses, he recalled”). Cooper said she thought the man second from the left was Howard Tredinnick and next to him was Richard Cook, then owner of the Banner.

pening in the area. One big project that has plagued those traveling in and around Hastings since April is the completion of the two bridges and roadways in downtown Hastings. The Michigan Avenue bridge project was recently completed and opened and, earlier this week, the barrels were picked up along M-43 going north from State Street to the city limits, acknowledging the completion of a road project lasting over eight months. So, as we talk about economic development, Barry County has lots to brag about. As part of his presentation at the economic summit last week, Erickcek mentioned a few signs of strength nationally and the potential of the fiscal cliff that still looms on the national scene. Yet, Barry County remains a shining example of what is still happening in small towns all across the nation: Small town development continues to move communities like Hastings up the ladder of growth. Since Erickcek has been keeping records on Barry County, we’ve continued to look better than most and healthier than the state, as a whole. During the summit, Bonnie Hildreth, president of the Barry Community Foundation, announced a new countywide revolving loan fund, supported by some local families as an economic tool to make the hotel project a reality and to make investment funds available in the future. This revolving fund gives Barry County another asset in its toolbox to promote growth for generations. In the wake of a financial crisis, investors are faced with a stark choice: invest in Wall Street or settle for anemic interest rates on savings, bonds and CDs. There’s a better way says, Amy Cortese, author Locavesting and featured speaker at last week’s summit. Cortese’s book, subtitled The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It, gives local business leaders inside information on how to invest locally rather than in “the faceless conglomerates.” By doing so, local investors can earn profits while building healthy, self-reliant communities. Cortese offered suggestions in her presentation at the summit and got business leaders thinking about how we can use these tools by investing in local businesses and in entrepreneurs with ideas to make our community grow. She gave several examples on how other communities across the country have come together to save businesses and help others grow and expand. The idea isn’t new to Hastings, but it’s certainly worth reconsidering. Looking back to the late 1800s, two local businessmen, Chester and Richard Messer, who were officers at Hastings City Bank, promoted an economic development fund that was reported to be around $30,000. When I asked Brad Johnson, a local accountant, how much would that be in today’s dollars, he answered, “Millions!” The Messers wanted the fund to be used to attract business and industrial expansion to Hastings. They realized more than a century ago the importance that focusing on local business expansion would have on our community by providing jobs for our citizens. Barry County’s Economic Development Alliance continues to seek out these kinds of tools and resources to create a climate of retaining and attracting business and industry to our community. In a global marketplace where communication and transportation is becoming easier and more affordable every day, it’s imperative that we continue to promote the choice to live and to work in small towns. We must educate our business leaders on the opportunities small towns across the county and the state have to offer. Our local economic organization is working hard to make the message loud and clear — just like the Messer brothers did more than 100 years ago and like Cortese advocated last week.


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2011 was bad year for nearly 1,200 cats

IURPRXUUHDGHUV Chief takes issue with candidate’s comments To the editor: I am submitting this letter regarding comments made by Barry Township challenger Greg Gay for supervisor. Regardless of the outcome of the election, I wanted to respond to Greg Gay’s comments. As Barry Township Police Chief, I take issue with Mr. Gay on two points. The first issue is in regard to the Hummer program. When I took over as chief of police in January 2010, I immediately identified the need for some type of utility vehicle equipped with four-by-four capability in order to handle all terrain as well as any in weather situations such as winter storms. Both Barry Township police cruisers are Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. I was familiar with a military program that provided reutilization of equipment for law enforcement at no cost, known as Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service Law Enforcement support office. At my previous employer, the Battle Creek Police Department, the Hummers came in quite handy during many facets of law enforcement, including major storms, and the maintenance costs for these vehicles were quite low. Through this program, the U.S. Military provided Barry Township Police Department with two Hummers at no cost. Both were in excellent shape with low miles and they were valued at around $37,000 each. They were not junk. Replacement parts for both of these Hummers were also available through LESO at no cost. During the past two winters, they provided assistance to a number of stranded motorists and in one case also provided service to rescue to a local resident; a mom who was trying to get to her children during a major winter storm. Our officers have used the Hummers from everything, including major accident scenes, traffic points during parade detail, tactical operations, training, to transporting large items of evidence. Prior to that, officers had to find other means to transport large items of evidence or property. Had Greg Gay asked

these questions, I could have told him all this and much more, but he never did ask. As a matter of fact, he never once stepped foot into the police station to introduce himself, let alone do any research. As of this date, except for fuel, municipal plate and standard fleet insurance costs, there has really been no major cost of repair. Should they require service in the future, the police vehicle maintenance budget can be used or I can use drug forfeiture funds at no taxpayer expense. If one of them goes bad, it can be turned back in to the U.S. Military and replaced at no cost. Check with any other agency that participates in this program and they will tell you it supplements patrol operations and is very cost effective. My recommendation to Mr. Gay’s, check facts first. Second, regarding the medical marijuana law, Barry Township Police Department has and will continue to respect those laws pertaining to it in the state of Michigan, but when an individual or group of individuals uses this law as a guise to operate illegally, you can count on the police department taking the appropriate action to shut it down. When making that determination. It is the police chief’s call or decision, not the township supervisor’s. In addition, the Barry Township chief of police reports to a governing board, not just the supervisor. There would have to be unanimous decision ordering me not to enforce a violation of the law, and even if that were the case, in the end, I could request enforcement actions be taken through Barry County Sheriff Department or Michigan State Police. The residents of Barry Township are not stupid. When they call and report illegally drug activity taking place, they are usually, 99.9 percent of the time, dead on. So when one wants to make the inference that Barry Township Police Department is somehow taking their freedom away by enforcing a violation of the medical marijuana law, I say that’s just a bunch of misinformation. Victor E. Pierce, Chief Barry Township Police Department

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Know Your Legislators: Michigan Legislature Governor Rick Snyder, Republican, P.O. Box 30013, Lansing, Mich. 48909. Phone (517) 373-3400. State Senator Rick Jones, Republican, 24th District (Allegan, Barry and Eaton counties). Michigan State Senate, State Capitol, Farnum Building Room 915, 125 West Allegan Street, Lansing, MI 48909-7536. Send mail to P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI, 48909. Phone: (517) 373-3447. E-mail:

To the editor: Our county has a problem that many people may not be aware of. I am referring to the number of unwanted cats and kittens that are brought to the Barry County Animal Shelter, either as strays or owner surrenders. Just last week, more than 50 cats and kittens came into our local shelter. The shelter has 16 cat cages in the cat room. The overflow of cats is being housed in movable cages placed in the shelter’s heated garage. Currently, adoption of cats and cats going to rescue groups barely makes a dent in the number of cats coming to the shelter. Sadly, the shelter is left with no other alternative but to euthanize so many of these cats, simply because there is no space for them at the shelter. (Our county shelter does not refuse any cat or dog.) Some of these cats are feral, or wild, cats and would probably never be able to successfully become pets. However, many of these cats have been pets that became lost or for assorted reasons are being given up by their owners. There are many ways the people of Barry County can help with this terrible situation. First, please be a responsible pet owner and have your cats spayed or neutered so they do not add to this problem. If you need financial help to pay for this surgery, call the Barry

U.S. Senate Debbie Stabenow, Democrat, 702 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, phone (202) 224-4822. Carl Levin, Democrat, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, phone (202) 224-6221. District office: 110 Michigan Ave., Federal Building, Room 134, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503, phone (616) 456-2531. President’s comment line: 1-202-456-1111. Capitol Information line for Congress and the Senate: 1-202-224-3121.

more cats to patrol your barn, remember there probably is someone you know who hasn’t been as responsible in having their cats fixed and would be glad to give you one or two of their extra barn cats. And being the responsible person you are, you would have these new cats fixed to make sure your barn does not become a breeding ground for unwanted cats. And, if you are considering adopting a new cat or kitten, please look at our local shelter first. You can view the wonderful available cats either at the shelter or online at the site. You will feel great, knowing you probably saved this special cat’s life and also made room for one more cat at the shelter. Cats should not be considered disposable. The number of cats euthanized at our local shelter in 2011 due to lack of space was 455. Sick and injured cats added another 357 euthanized cats. And 382 feral cats (including temperament reasons) made a total of 1,194 cats that were not adopted or rescued or returned to their owners. We need to understand that this horrible situation is not something new. It is preventable. It is up to all of us to help reduce this number for this year and for future years to come. Kathy Wiggins Chair, Animal Shelter Advisory Board

DNR story omits ‘elephant’ in the state game area To the editor: The most recent ‘DNR Showcase’ in the Reminder was interesting, but neglected to mention key information. The Gladwin Field Trial Area is slated for drilling exploration, and possible horizontal hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas. Michigan’s public lands continue to be under assault by major corporate industrial giants. The Barry State Game Area has had its mineral rights leased to the oil and gas industry also. What is coming to Gladwin will come to Barry County and the rest of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. At the Gladwin Forest late last winter, a vast swath of clearcut forest was created that ranges from 400 to 1,000 acres. It is possible that this massive clearcut is intended to support the ruffed grouse and American woodcock habitat for the field trials, however, it does not resemble any description of the required habitats of the ruffed grouse or American Woodcock described by biologists. Areas surrounding this clearcut host streams, wetlands and beautiful lakes. When you step out of the clearcut into the woods along a two-track trail, you will notice what I saw and recorded this summer, nestled in the beautiful understory plants; survey stakes that demarcate the ‘well’ and ‘pad corner.’ I’ve seen these exact kinds of stakes in other formerly Pure Michigan forests at the South Excelsior well (Encana Energy) in Kalkaska County, and at the Richfield well (Devon Energy) in the AuSable State Forest near Houghton Lake. I have walked on the fourplus acre thick industrial gravel pads with all their infrastructure; chemicals and more chemicals, tanks of all shapes and sizes, trucks, housing trailer units, hoses, pits, pipes, dozers, drill rig, lights, and on and on, in our state forests! I have seen small up-north cottage backwoods trails transformed overnight into large steep-edged gravel roads. It was really good to read that his Field Trial Area in Gladwin is known as “one of the country’s most outstanding field grounds for

Street closure benefited many To the editor: I want to commend the people who were involved in the closing of Green Street for trick-or-treat kids Halloween night. The evening was a huge success, and everybody had a great time. I am not sure who had the most fun, whether it was the people handing out candy and hot dogs, or the people who were receiving them. I hope we can do this again next year. Bill Redman, Hastings

cover dogs that work grouse and woodcock.” This is a prime example of the importance of Michigan’s public lands to our tourism and outdoor sporting economy. However, the health and safety of the many world-class dogs that run at 30-minute intervals through the Gladwin Forest, as well as the horses, and humans that track their movements, are in jeopardy When contamination of the air, soil and groundwater begins from application of this heavy-duty industrial process called fracking, good times at the field trials could all be adversely changed in a New York minute. A study on “Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health’ was recently completed by the head of veterinary sciences in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University, Robert E. Oswald and Michelle Baumberger. Results indicate that there are direct, consistent, adverse and lethal effects on wildlife, humans, domestic pets, livestock and horses when exposed to the toxic air, soil and chemically contaminated water produced by unconventional drilling. Reprints of this study can be obtained by emailing Professor Oswald at Michigan citizens have a chance to stave off the imminent despoiling of all of the public lands we have been entrusted to care for and

pass on to future generations if we choose to act now. The DNR is in business with the energy industry through the public land mineral lease actions they are conducting semi annually in Lansing. The Department o Environmental Quality is paid by citizens to protect the water, while they are issuing permits to the oil and gas industrialists to contaminate our water supply. Only the Michigan citizenry can reign in this oil and gas boom juggernaut and their unaccountable poison practices that are setting us up for statewide oil and gas fields, and, as a waste injection well depository state. We are capable of creating good jobs using clean energy technologies without falling prey to unscrupulous energy conglomerates. Clean, safe best practices are possible by industry but will only be implemented when Michigan citizens demand it. To this end, Michigan Land Air Water Defense has field suit in Barry County Circuit Court to reverse the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Sale of mineral leases (to oil and gas companies) for Yankee Springs Recreation, Barry State Game Area, and the Allegan Forest/state Game Area. Corinne Turner, Michigan Land Air Water Defense Orangeville Township


Social Security helps veterans and active duty military every day by Vonda VanTil Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Nov. 11 is more than just a national holiday; Veterans Day is a time to honor the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom. For those who return home with injuries, it will be our turn to help them. If you know any wounded veterans, let them know about Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website, The Wounded Warriors website answers a number of commonly asked questions and shares other useful information about disability benefits, including how veterans can receive expedited processing of disability claims. It is important to note that benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after Oct. 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.

Even active duty military who continue to receive pay while in a hospital or on medical leave should consider applying for disability benefits if they are unable to work due to a disabling condition. Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Receipt of military payments should never stop someone from applying for disability benefits from Social Security. A person cannot receive Social Security disability benefits while engaging in substantial work for pay or profit. However, the work activity is the controlling factor and not the amount of pay the person receives or military duty status. We at Social Security thank all veterans and members of the armed services for all that they do — not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year. Vonda VanTil is the public affairs specialist for West Michigan. You may write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email to

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State Representative Mike Callton, Republican, 87th District (All of Barry County), Michigan House of Representatives, N-1191 House Office Building, Lansing, MI 48933. Phone (517) 373-0842. e-mail: U.S. Congress Justin Amash, Republican, 3rd District (All of Barry County), 1714 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515-2203, phone (202) 225-3831, fax (202) 2255144. District office: Room 166, Federal Building, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503, phone (616) 451-8383.

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77572184 the church of your choice ~ Weekly schedules of Hastings area churches available for your convenience... GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH 8950 E. M-79 Highway, Nashville, MI 49073. Pastor Don Roscoe, (517) 852-9228. Morning Celebration 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Fellowship Time before the service. Nursery, children’s ministry, youth group, adult small group ministry, leadership training. SOLID ROCK BIBLE CHURCH OF DELTON 7025 Milo Rd., P.O. Box 408, (corner of Milo Rd. & S. M-43), Delton, MI 49046. Pastor Roger Claypool, (517) 204-9390. Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Nursery and Children’s Ministry. Thursday night Bible study and prayer time 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 1716 North Broadway. Rev. Timm Oyer, Pastor. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service 10:45 a.m.; Evening Service 6 p.m.; Wednesday Evening Service 7 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 309 E. Woodlawn, Hastings. Dan Currie, Sr. Pastor; Josh Maurer, Youth Pastor. Sunday Services: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages,10:30 a.m. Worship Service; 6 p.m. Evening Service: Jr. Youth Group 5-7 p.m. & Sr. High Youth Group 7-9 p.m.. Wednesday, Family Night 6:30 p.m., Awana, Bible Study, Praise and Prayer. Call Church Office 948-8004 for information on MOPS, Children’s Choir, Sports Ministries. WOODLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 203 N. Main, Woodland, MI 48897 • (269) 367-4061. Pastor Gary Simmons. Sunday Worship 9:15 a.m. PLEASANTVIEW FAMILY CHURCH 2601 Lacey Road, Dowling, MI 49050. Pastor, Steve Olmstead. (616) 758-3021 church phone. Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service 6 p.m.; Bible Study & Prayer Time Wednesday nights 6:30 p.m. WELCOME CORNERS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 3185 N. Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058. Pastor Susan D. Olsen. Phone 945-2654. Worship Services: Sunday, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. ST. ROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH 805 S. Jefferson. Rev. Richard Altine, Pastor. Saturday Mass 4:30 p.m.; Sunday Masses 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Confession Saturday 3:30-4:15 p.m. ST. CYRIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH Nashville. Rev. Richard Altine, Pastor. A mission of St. Rose Catholic Church, Hastings. Mass Sunday at 9:30 a.m. . WOODGROVE BRETHREN CHRISTIAN PARISH 4887 Coats Grove Rd. Pastor Randall Bertrand. Wheelchair accessible and elevator. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Time 10:30 a.m. Youth activities: call for information. QUIMBY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH M-79 East. P.O. Box 63, Hastings, MI 49058. Pastor Rev. Bryce Feighner. (616) 945-9392. Sunday Worship 11:15 a.m. GRACE BRETHREN BIBLE CHURCH 600 Powell Road, Hastings. Pastor Bob Wilson. Church Phone 269948-2330. Pastor’s Home 269-9454356. Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Worship Service 10:45 a.m.; Sunday Evening 6 p.m. Wednesday 7 p.m.

NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH OF GOD 502 E. Bond St., Hastings. Pastor J.C. Crank cordially invites you to come worship with us each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday evening Bible study 6 p.m. with Rev. Calvon Kidder. Interested in knowing more about our church? Please feel welcome to call one of these numbers. Pastor Crank 269-979-8618; (313) 610-5730 or; Ed Blankenship (Local) 269-945-3327. COUNTRY CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 9275 S. M-37 Hwy., Dowling, MI 49050. Rev. Ryan Wieland. Sundays - 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service; 11 a.m. Contemporary Service; Sunday School and Nursery available during both services (Summer Schedule - Adult Sunday School: 9 a.m., Worship & Children’s Programs 10 a.m.) Youth Group, Covenant Prayer, Choir, Chimes, Praise Band, Quilting Group, Community Breakfasts and more! Call the church office at (269) 721-8077 (M/W/F 9 a.m.-12 p.m.), e-mail or visit <> for more information SAINTS ANDREW & MATTHIAS INDEPENDENT ANGLICAN CHURCH 2415 McCann Rd. (in Irving). Sunday services each week: 9:15 a.m. Morning Prayer (Holy Communion the 2nd Sunday of each month at this service), 10 a.m. Holy Communion (each week). The Rector of Ss. Andrew & Matthias is Rt. Rev. David T. Hustwick. The church phone number is 269-7952370 and the rectory number is 269948-9327. Our church website is We are part of the Diocese of the Great Lakes which is in communion with The United Episcopal Church of North America and use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer at all our services. HOPE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH M-37 South at M-79, Rev. Richard Moore, Pastor. Church phone 269945-4995. Church Website: www. Church Fax No.: 269818-0007. Church SecretaryTreasurer, Linda Belson. Office hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 am to 2 pm. Sunday Morning: 9:30 am Sunday School; 10:45 am Morning Worship; Sr. Hi. Youth 5 to 7 p.m.; Sunday evening service 6 pm; SonShine Preschool (ages 3 & 4) (September thru May), Tues., Thurs. from 9-11:30 am, 12-2:30 pm; Tuesday 9 am Men’s Bible Study at the church. Wednesday 6 pm - Pioneers (meal served) (October thru May). Wednesday 6 pm - Jr. High Youth (meal served) (October thru May). Wednesday 7 pm - Prayer Meeting. Thursday 9:30 am - Women’s Bible Study. COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH 502 East Grand, Hastings; Floyd Hughes, Pastor; Myron Huebner, Music. Sunday Services: 10 a.m., Sunday School (all ages); 11 a.m. Worship Service; 6 p.m. Evening Service; 7 p.m. Thursday, Bible Study and Prayer. Call 269-948-2673 for additional information. ABUNDANT LIFE FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES A Spirit-filled church. Meeting at the Maple Leaf Grange, Hwy. M-66 south of Assyria Rd., Nashville, Mich. 49073. Sun. Praise & Worship 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.; Wed. 6:30 p.m. Jesus Club for boys & girls ages 4-12. Pastors David and Rose MacDonald. An oasis of God’s love. “Where Everyone is Someone Special.” For information call 616731-5194 .

HASTINGS ASSEMBLY OF GOD 1674 S. State Rd., Hastings, MI 49058 Phone 269-945-2285. Sunday morning service times: 9 a.m. with nursery and preschool available and 11 a.m. with nursery, preschool and kids’ church available. CHURCH OF CHRIST 541 N. Michigan Ave., Hastings. Pastor Collin Pinkston. Phone 269945-2938. Sunday School 10 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study 7 p.m. HASTINGS FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 209 W. Green Street, Hastings, MI 49058. Pastor Don Spachman. Office Phone (269) 945-9574. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to noon. Sunday morning worship hours: 8:45 a.m. Traditional Worship; 10 a.m. Refreshments; 10:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship. 5th Sunday Worship at 10 a.m. Sunday School for PreK-5th and Nursery Care (infants through age 4) is available during both worship services. Share the Light Soup Kitchen serves a free meal every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. HASTINGS FREE METHODIST CHURCH 2635 North M-43 Highway, Hastings. Telephone 269-945-9121. Pastor Daniel Graybill, Pastor Brian Teed, and Youth Pastor Eric Gillespie. Sunday: Nursery and toddler (birth through age 3) care provided. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. for children and youth, and a variety of classes for adults. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Children’s Junior Church, 4 years through 4th grade dismissed prior to offering. Junior and Senior High Youth Group 6:00 p.m. , and several adult small group opportunities. Wednesday Mid-Week Pioneers at 6:30 p.m.: Pioneer Club, 4 years through 5th grade. Adults: Marriage Enrichment class, Women’s Prayer Group and a Men’s Bible Study. Thursday: Senior Adult (50+) Bible Study at 10 a.m. and lunch at Wendy’s, 11:30 a.m. Third Thursday Brunch at 9:30 a.m.

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Discover God’s Grace with us! Holy Communion Every Sunday! Sunday, Nov. 11 - Worship Service 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 - Noisy Offering for Love, Inc.; Constitution Meeting aftger 2nd Service; Men & Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous 7 p.m. Nov. 12 - Adventurer Bible Study 7 p.m. Recovery Bible Study 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 - Grand Rapids Pastor’s Conference 9:30; Youth Committee 6 p.m.; Vision Team 7 p.m. Nov. 14 Wordwatchers 10 a.m. Nov. 15 Clapper Kids 3:45 p.m.; Grace Notes 5:45 p.m.; Adult Choir 7:15 p.m. Location: 239 E. North St., Hastings, 269-945-9414 or 945-2645, fax 269945-2698. Pastor Amy Luckey. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 405 N. M-37, Hastings, MI 49058. (269) 945-5463. Rev. Dr. Jeff Garrison, Pastor. Sunday Services: 8:55 a.m. Traditional Worship Service; 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service. Nursery and Children’s Worship available during both services. Visit us online at and our web log for sermons at: Friday - 9 a.m. Pickleball. Saturday - 10:30 a.m. Praise Team. Monday 4 p.m. Pickleball; 7 p.m. Knit Wits. Wednesday - 4 p.m. Pickleball.

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State troopers deployed to New Jersey to help in hurricane aftermath The Michigan State Police has deployed 24 uniformed personnel to New Jersey to provide additional law enforcement assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The MSP deployment is in response to a request from the New Jersey State Police for out-of-state support through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact . The convoy left the MSP Jackson Post Nov. 4 for a seven-day deployment, with patrols taking place from Nov. 5 to 9. Lt. Mike Krumm, Jackson Post commander, was selected to lead the mobilization, which consists of three sergeants and 20 troopers from the First, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh districts. (Hastings and Wayland are in District 5.) During the deployment, MSP members will provide law enforcement support and security for teams of emergency management officials in New Jersey as they assess the extent of damage in areas most severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. “I am proud our department is able to quickly answer the call from New Jersey for additional law enforcement personnel to help protect public health and safety following Hurricane Sandy,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP and State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “Our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by the hurricane and we stand ready to provide additional support and resources should it be needed.” Additionally, a member of the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is deployed to the National

Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C., providing assistance with coordinating requests for resources from states impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Search for state Christmas tree ends in Jackson The search for this year’s state Christmas tree has ended with the selection of the largest tree in the history of state Christmas trees in Michigan. Typically, the selected tree is 62 to 65 feet tall. The Department of Technology, Management and Budget has selected a 75foot beauty. The concolor fir was delivered to the Capitol lawn Saturday, Nov. 3 to serve as the 2012 state Christmas tree. After taking nominations from all across the state through the end of July, the evaluation process began, resulting in the selected tree from Jackson. The tree was harvested Nov. 2 at no cost to owners Anthony and Stephanie LaPorte, lifelong residents of Jackson. The tree was first nominated in 2009 and recently became accessible due to the removal of other nearby trees. This is the ninth tree to be selected from the Lower Peninsula; the other 18 tress have come from the Upper Peninsula. DTMB brought the tree to Lansing with help from the Michigan Association of Timbermen and the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association. The timbermen cut the tree and transported it to Lansing at no cost to the state. The DTMB crew will then work with Hi-Ball Company of Lansing, who volunteers a crane and crew to set the tree. The lighting of the tree will take place the evening of Friday, Nov. 16, as part of the 28th annual Silver Bells in the City celebration. Silver Bells in the City is highlighted by the Electric Light parade, which is immediately followed by the lighting of the state tree, and a fireworks display cascading over the capitol

Area Obituaries Marjory Jean Varney

Brian Leatherman

HASTINGS, MI - Marjory Jean Varney, age 87, of Hastings, died Friday November 2, 2012 at her family’s residence where she was cared for by her daughter Nancy . Marjory was born March 17, 1925 in Nashville, the daughter of Theron and Ruth (Hawthorne) Belson. She graduated from Nashville High School in 1942. She was employed at Tyden Seal Viking for 42 years, retiring in 1990. Marjory was married to Donald E . Varney in February of 1950. She met Don at a dance in Nashville and they continued for years dancing and racing their horses around Barry County. Don preceded her in death on November 19, 1979. Marjory was a member of the Eastern Star, enjoyed knitting, crocheting, collecting Coke memorabilia, and especially loved spending time with grandchildren. She loved to race horses and being involved with the Michigan Harness Association for 20 years. Marjory was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; sister, Edith Maurer; stepsons, Jim Varney, Larry Varney, Ronnie Varney; stepdaughter, Pattie Messcar; great granddaughter, Gracie Marie Patten. Marjory is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Mike ) Hallifax of Hastings; daughters, Marcia Straley and Janet Webb of Hillsdale; as well as many loved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sisters, Lucille Belson, Joyce Curtis, Della Keeler, Sharon Mead, Kathy Stout, Linda Dobson; many nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held Tuesday, November 5, 2012 at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Interment took place at Rutland Township Cemetery. Memorial co Ztributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at to sign the online guest book or to leave a memory or message to the family.

Brian passed away on November 3, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. He was born November 21, 1944 in Ypsilanti, MI to Franklin A. and Fanny M. (Nelson) Leatherman. He graduated from Caledonia Schools, attended New Mexico Highlands University where he played football until he was injured. He then transferred to Grand Valley State University, where he received his master’s degree. He was an educator and principal for 45 years in Caledonia Schools and then went on to teach at Grand Valley State University until his illness. He married Mary Ann Stephens in Grand Rapids on February 23, 1973. Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann of Nashville; children, Archie Leatherman of Bellevue and Stephanie Leatherman of Nashville; grandchildren, Logan, Moria, Maxwell and Ryan; brother, Nelson (Jeanine) Leatherman of South Carolina. Honoring Brian’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will take place on December 2, 2012 from 11a.m.-3 p.m. at Kraft Meadows Middle School, 9230 Kraft Ave. in Caledonia. Those who wish to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the needs of the family. Lauer Family Funeral Home-Wren Chapel, 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings is entrusted to care for the family’s needs. Please share a memory with Brian’s family at

LIFEGATE COMMUNITY CHURCH 301 E. State Rd., P.O. Box 273, Hastings, MI 49058. Pastor Scott Price. Phone: 269-948-0900. Website: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Wednesday Life Group 6:30 p.m.

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Air Zoo celebrating Veterans Day with free admission, open cockpits The Air Zoo is honoring those who have served and those who continue to serve the country with a variety of special activities and offers on Veterans Day. The Air Zoo will offer free general admission to veterans, active military, Guard and Reserve members and their immediate families Sunday, Nov. 11. Proof of military service is required. In honor of Veterans Day, the Air Zoo will also feature three open cockpit aircraft — the SPAD VII, North American B-25 Mitchell and North American T-28 Trojan, a walking tour of military aircraft throughout the history of war, and a scavenger hunt for kids. For more information about the Air Zoo’s Veterans Day celebration, call 269-382-6555 or visit

Public hearings set for city splash park, zoning amendments The Hastings Planning Commission will hold two pubic hearings during its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. One hearing will be for a special-use permit and site plan approval for a municipal spray plaza to be located on the northwest corner of State and Church streets. The second hearing will regard amendments to the zoning code that would expand the flexibility of criteria for setbacks in the B-3 and B-5, mixed use, and the A-2, apartment/mixed use neighborhood edge, zoning districts. Hastings Community Development Director John Hart said during Monday’s planning commission meeting that he will present the site plan for the city splash plaza to the Hastings Downtown Development Authority at its next meeting and the Hastings City Council during its Monday, Nov. 26, meeting. Hastings City Manager Jeff Mansfield said the proposed amendments to the building code would allow businesses in the B-3 and B-5 zoning districts the same flexibility extended to the developers for the new Walgreens store on the corner of West State and North Broadway. He noted that setbacks in the B-1, downtown business district, and B-2, M-37 and M-43 corridor zoning districts would remain unchanged. In other business Monday, the commission discussed updating the comprehensive community plan. Mansfield was directed by the commission to approach municipalities in the Joint Planning Alliance — the City of Hastings and Hastings, Rutland and Carlton townships — about increasing areas zoned for industrial development. “We need to be proactive in the communities and take advantage of job creation should opportunities come along,” Mansfield said. “We have to believe that the economy will improve sometime in the future, and we want to be ready when it does.”

HASTINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHEDULE Thursday, Nov. 8 — November Reading Club, “Get Fired Up for Reading,” continues for pre-K through 12th grades; Movie Memories celebrates Jeanne Crain with “Margie,” 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 — preschool story time enjoys apples, 10:30 to 11 a.m.; house concert featuring David Youngman, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 — computer classes learn email basics, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 — toddler story time enjoys stories about “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” 10:30 to 11 a.m.; young chess tutoring class, 4:30 to 5:30; open chess club, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 — Royal Readers continues “The Hysterical History of the Trojan War,” 4 to 5 p.m. Call the Hastings Public Library for more information, 269-945-4263.

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ELECTION, continued from page 1 lengers. Trustee Keith Murphy and Treasurer Jenee Phillips in Hastings Charter Township were unopposed Democrats. Clerks Penelope Ypma of Baltimore Township and Jennifer Goy of Orangeville Township also ran as unopposed Democrats. Only Vickie Ritchie, who won re-election as Orangeville Township treasurer, faced opposition, and it came from unaffiliated candidate Sharon Burgess. Democrat Robin Johnson was one of three candidates for two trustee positions in Johnstown Township. Results were still undetermined in that race as of press time. Results of all county, township, and village contests are listed in this issue of the Banner. Tabulations are based on unofficial reporting from the Barry County Clerk’s office as of Wednesday afternoon. In contested races at the county level, incumbent county commissioner Howard “Hoot” Gibson won re-election over Democratic challenger Tom Huis, in the newly redrawn District 1 by a 2,036-1,416 margin. Newcomer Joyce Snow outpolled Barb Cichy, 1,918-1,077 in District 3. In a “re-match” contest, Jim Dull, who won the Aug. 7 Republican primary over incumbent commissioner Jeff VanNortwick, had to repeat the performance when VanNortwick filed as a write-in candidate. Dull bested VanNortwick Tuesday by a 1,778-165 margin. A number of non-partisan races for school board positions and a millage request in the Delton Kellogg school system also dotted local ballots. Two road millage requests — one in Thornapple Township and one in Rutland Charter Township — both went down to defeat by approximate 2-1 margins. In Hastings and Lakewood school districts, candidates were elected without opposition. Incumbents Cynthia Ordway and Donald

Haney were re-elected to the Thornapple Kellogg Board of Education. In Maple Valley, incumbents Tim Burd and April Heinze were re-elected to the board of e ducation along with newcomer Brian Green. In Delton Kellogg, incumbent Jennifer Bever and newcomer Kelli Martin were leading challenger Steve Hook, with one precinct yet to be finalized. With 77.8 percent of votes counted, the school’s millage renewal also looked to be approved by a 59 percent-46 percent margin. Among township races that drew interest were: • Barry Township — incumbent Supervisor Wesley Kahler held a 455-236 vote margin over challenger Greg Gay with one of the township’s two precincts being “re-tabbed” Wednesday afternoon. No word was available before the Banner deadline on an official result. • Orangeville Township — In addition, to incumbent Ritchie’s win over Burgess for the treasurer position, Supervisor Republican Thomas Rook was returned to his position with a 858-622 vote decision over challenger Democrat George Williston. “I’m glad to be re-elected and hope to continue programs to protect the environment,” commented Rook. “I thank all who voted for me.” • Yankee Springs Township — A three-person race for two open trustee positions resulted in incumbent Mary Cook and first-time candidate Bruce Campbell, both Republicans, being elected to the board. Campbell led the ballot count with 1,526 votes, Cook followed with 1,439, and Democratic challenger Shanon Vandenberg recorded 936 votes. “This feels good,” commented Cook. “I can retire after this term with a clear conscience. I thank all who voted for me.” Campbell, reached on Wednesday at his place of business, simply responded, “Thank you to all who voted for me.”


Karl Frohlich to celebrate 80th birthday Karl Frohlich will turn 80 on November 22, 2012. Surprise him with a card and birthday wishes. Send to: 2150 Lacey Rd., Dowling, MI 49050.

Molly Hansen to turn 90 On Veterans Day, November 11, 2012, Molly Hansen will celebrate her 90th birthday! Cards and well wishes may be sent to her at: The Warm Friend, 5 East 8th Street Apartment 431, Holland, MI 49423.

Jacquelyn (Jackie) Bachman turns 91 There will be a birthday celebration for Jacquelyn (Jackie) Bachman on Nov. 17, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Woodlawn Meadows, 1821 N. East St., Hastings, MI 49058. Cards only. No gifts please.

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Serenity Corcoran, born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 22, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. to Crystal Rodriguez of Caledonia. Weighing 6 lbs. 7 ozs. and 20 1/2 inches long. ***** Carson Jay, born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 23, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. to Ashley Anderson and Beau Steinke of Hastings. Weighing 7 lbs. 15 ozs. and 19 1/2 inches long. ***** Levi Joseph, born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 24, 2012 at 7:59 a.m. to Mike and Kristine Bekker of Hastings. Weighing 7 lbs. 11 ozs. and 21 inches long. ***** Carson Jay, born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 23, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. to Ashley Anderson and Beau Steinke of Hastings. Weighing 7 lbs. 15 ozs. and 19 1/2 inches long. ***** Bryce Richard, born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 24, 2012 at 7:39 a.m. to Kayla Fox and Andy Robins of Hastings. Weighing 8 lbs. 10 1/2 ozs. and 21 inches long. ***** Autumn Lynn, born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 25, 2012 at 7:27 p.m. to Katy Wallace and Sam Bruce of Hastings. Weighing 6 lbs. 2 ozs. and 18 inches long. ***** Emily Elizabeth, born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 26, 2012 at 12 noon to Jonathan and Amy Kalkman of Wayland. Weighing 5 lbs. 9 ozs. and 18 1/2 inches long. ***** Patton Michael, born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 25, 2012 at 12:25 p.m. to Ashley Boomer of Hastings. Weighing 6 lbs. 1 oz. and 19 1/2 inches long.


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Today’s column illustrates the wild distributional swings that can happen in a hand of bridge. Look at the hands and decide where you would want to play this hand. Would you consider hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades, or no trump? As it turned out, no trump did not make three; hearts did not make four; spades did not make four; and diamonds did not make five. The only suit to make five was clubs and doubled at that. How did it happen? Point-wise, North and South have almost the same number. North opened with one heart, the higher of the two six-card suits, and she had 16 total points. South responded with one spade, and he had 15 total points. With 31 points between them, how was it possible to make only one game with such powerful numbers? Actually, a bidding war of sorts went on between North and South, with South prevailing to the five club level, only to be doubled by East. That was a good piece of information for South to know. The dangerous opponent would be on his right hand side, and South would always play after East had played. After all three passes, the contract was set at five clubs doubled in the South hand. West duly led a trump, the 7K, to her partner East who had doubled the contract. East took the first trick with the AK, then took the AN, for the first two tricks for East/West. Where would the setting trick come from? Hoping to set up the 9N as the setting trick, East led the 10N hoping that partner might have the KN or could provide a ruff. No such luck. In fact, East/West have a Golden Fit in spades with eight spades between them. South captured the 10N with the JN, and drew three rounds of trump, depleting East of any trump tricks. The 9M to the AM in the dummy was led next. The AL from the dummy took care of the singleton diamond in South’s hand. A diamond led from the dummy was trumped in the South hand. Playing the top spades, the KN, the QN, the good 8N, and a final trump brought home the contract of five clubs doubled for the North South team and a well-deserved 750 points on their side of the score sheet. Looking at the four hands in a post mortem, it is easy to understand why East/West thought they had a good chance to set the contract. With the North/South team struggling to find a trump fit, it seemed obvious to the East/West team that North/South were mismatched. This time, the North/South team had the right combination to make a difficult contract in spite of not having a good trump fit together. The wild distribution in the North/South hands paid off big dividends for them this time. Another time, a wild distribution might cause North/South to exclaim that no one can make anything with such wild distribution. We know better, however. It can be done. ***** (Gerald Stein, an Accredited Bridge Teacher for the American Contract Bridge League, teaches bridge classes at local schools and bridge clubs. You can visit his bridge blog at:


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Lake Odessa Financial FOCUS Furnished by Mark D. Christensen of by Elaine Garlock Tonight is the annual Memory Tree program at the Freight House with eight trees waiting to be decorated with the colorful round ornaments inscribed with names of departed. Family members are invited to hang the ornaments. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited. Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans’ Day. The Ionia County Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, with member James Moses of Lansing the speaker. This topic will be the history of money, its use and its evolution, especially on the American scene. The Tri-River Museum group will meet Tuesday, Nov. 13, a week earlier than usual, due to Thanksgiving the following week This meeting will be at the Blanchard House in Ionia, which is a real treasure, filled with period furniture, photos and other items from the Blanchard era of early Ionia. The women’s fellowship of First Congregational Church will meet Wednesday, Nov. 14. Tentative plans are for a field trip. Friends of the library are hosting Tea Time Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Lake Odessa Community Library. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The title of the program is Revive, Renew, Repurpose with the speaker from a new local shop, Consignments by Sherrie. Get tickets in advance at the library. Sunday evening, the King’s Choraliers of Grand Rapids gave a concert at Central United Methodist Church with an appreciative audience. The singers hail from several towns in West Michigan, most with Dutch names. They are a professional group with a wide range of sacred music. Their winter schedule ranges from Holland north to Fremont. The 30 men were dressed in identical fashion. An added bonus for local people was to see former resident Norwin Pierce singing. He was the son of the late Leonore (Shellenbarger) Pierce, longtime resident on Fifth Avenue. Another plus was the appearance of Ruth Bylsma of Grand Rapids who volunteered to play flute during the offertory. Ruth attends Central church during summers since and husband Gordon have owned a cottage here for more than 20 years. Several members of the Shellenbarger/Pennington family attended especially to see Norwin perform. Graveside committal services were held Nov. 2 at Lakeside Cemetery for Alice Hoffs, age 110, with a Hoffs nephew Rev. Bruce Weirks leading the service. The service included the group singing “Amazing Grace” and daughter

Louise Bartlett Peppel singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” favorite music of her mother. Local close relatives were members of the Klein and VanZyl families. Members and friends of First Congregational Church treated their pastor Rev. Mark Jarvie and wife Kathy to dinner at a Ionia restaurant Oct. 28 to celebrate National Pastor’s Week and also his Oct. 29 birthday. Mulliken Chapter 161 Order of Eastern Star held its installation of officers for 2013 Oct. 25 in the evening. Those installed were Marjorie Soderbery, worthy matron and Charles Hawlsey, worthy patron. Installing officers were Carol Upston, past grand matron; Rachel Florida PGO, installing chaplain Hope Smith, grand treasurer, installing Marshall and Nancy Wiers PGO the installing organist. Their next meeting will be Friday, Nov. 16. The Freight House was the scene of a gala dinner Friday evening, with more than 50 people attending. A gourmet meal was prepared by the food experts of the host LOAHS with table settings. The meal came in five courses with expert wait staff, mostly experienced waiters. Guests were seen from Sunfield, Ionia, Freeport and Lowell. Curried onion and apple soup, bourbon ham, chocolate raspberry trifle were among the tantalizing menu items. The railroad crossing on Jordan Lake Avenue is much smoother since the rebuilding that took place two weeks ago. The next crossing that needs repair work is on Tupper Lake Street. That, too, is a farm-to-market road, plus it gets dozens of semi-trucks with trailers bound for APEC, Franklin Metals, Lake Odessa Livestock Auction, plus trucks for local delivery. How many trick-or-treaters did people get? Good question. Those who live on a quiet side street such as Johnson Street might have anywhere from one to a dozen. If they live on Washington Boulevard they might have more than 170. How about Fourth Avenue, Fifth or Sixth Avenue? Those streets usually have far more than 100 youngsters knocking on the doors. Our telephones should be more quiet after Tuesday. We have been inundated with robocalls from all manner of prominent people urging us to vote in a certain way or visit Grand Rapids to see some notable with political purposes. Flyers are in the stores now for Christmas ‘Round the Town Nov. 23 and 24, with many homes open for sales plus the depot complex, the VFW, Pleasant Valley United Brethren Church and some Clarksville locations. One home is on Osborn Road in Carlton Township.

Still time to set up owner-only 401(k) for 2012 If you’re a small-business owner, with no full-time employees (except possibly your spouse or business partner), you’re probably used to taking care of just about everything on your own. So, if you’re thinking of establishing a retirement plan — and you should — you might also be attracted to “going solo” with an “Owner-only” 401(k). An Owner-only 401(k), sometimes known as an Individual 401(k), has been around for a few years now, and has proven quite popular — and with good reason. This plan is easy to establish, easy to administer and, most importantly, gives you many of the same benefits enjoyed by employees of a company that offers a traditional 401(k) plan. These benefits include the following: • Tax deferred earnings — Your earnings aren’t taxed as they accumulate. • Tax deductible contributions — An Owner-only 401(k) consists of two components — salary deferral and profit sharing contributions, both of which are generally 100 percent tax deductible. If you choose to make Roth salary deferrals to your Owneronly 401(k), your contributions aren’t deductible, but you won't pay taxes on your earnings, provided you don’t take withdrawals until you’re 59-1/2 and it's been five years since your first year of Roth deferral. • Variety of investment choices — You can choose to fund your Owner-only 401(k) with a wide range of investments. And you can construct an investment mix that’s appropriate for your risk tolerance and long-term goals. Furthermore, an Owner-only 401(k) can potentially allow you to make greater contributions, at an identical income level, than other small-business retirement plans, such as a SEP IRA. In 2012, you can defer up to $17,000, or $22,500 if you’re 50 or older (as long as you don’t exceed 100 percent of your income). Then, in addition, you can make a profit-sharing contribution equal to 25 percent of your income (slightly less if you are

SUMMIT, continued from page 1 money to improve their local economies. Cortese said small businesses generate 80 percent of jobs and 50 percent of the gross domestic product. She said small businesses also create a foundation for healthy, diverse neighborhoods and strong local economies across the nation. According to Cortese, just as buy-local campaigns help build communities and the local economy, so does investing in small, local businesses. During her presentation she gave examples from across the nation where groups of investors have pooled their money, invested in local businesses, both large and small, and improved their local economies. “Locally owned companies create jobs; the money stays local, and it adds to the local

color and diversity,” she said. Cortese outlined four types of local investing: local investment opportunities networks, which connects local investors with business owners in need of capital; direct public offerings, where businesses offer stock and investment opportunities directly to the public; crowd funding, which is a a collective effort of individuals or businesses that network and pool resources for business start-ups, or expansion; and finally, a return to local stock exchanges, which all but disappeared from the American economy in the 1960s. In addition to the presentations, summit attendees saw the Barry County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Alliance give the following awards and

recognition: Business Idea Pitch Winner, Tom Wilkinson. 2012 Liberty Bell Award recognition, J-Ad Graphics. Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, Keltech. 2012 Economic Impact Awards — Hop Head Farms, ChemQuest, Pennock Health Services, Gilmore Car Museum. Building Communities Awards — Barry Community Foundation, Barry County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Alliance, Hastings City Bank, Barry County Enrichment Center and Barry County Area Joint Planning Alliance.

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7:00 pm • Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 2012 Speaker: Pastor Larry Saunders Middle Villa Inn

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who left us far too soon on November 9, 2011. We have many fond “memories” that has helped us through this year.

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unincorporated). So, by combining the salary deferral and profit-sharing components, you can potentially contribute up to $50,000 to your Owner-only 401(k) in 2012, or $55,000 if you’re 50 or older. And these figures are doubled if your spouse also contributes to the Owner-only 401(k). However, you’re not obligated to contribute anything to your plan. So, if your business is slow one year, you might scale back your contributions, or put in nothing at all. Then, when business picks up again, you can get back toward contributing whatever you can afford, up to the maximum. Clearly, the Owner-only 401(k) can offer you some key advantages in building resources for retirement. But it’s not the only small-business retirement plan on the market, so, before you make a decision, you may want to consult with your tax and financial advisors to determine if an Owner-only 401(k) is indeed the right plan for you. But don’t wait too long. You’ll have to establish your Owner-only 401(k) by Dec. 31 if you want to receive any tax deductions for 2012. And in any case, the sooner you start putting money away, the faster the progress you will make toward the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. If you have any questions, contact Mark D. Christensen at 269-945-3553.


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The vital grid by Dr. E. Kirsten Peters Some say it’s the most complicated machine we’ve ever built. We rely on it not just each day, but each moment of each day. It reaches into our homes, factories, offices and stores. And at times, it’s surprisingly fragile and subject to massive failure. I’m talking about the electrical grid. We’ve recently seen it tested by Superstorm Sandy. And I’ve been reading up on it in several sources, including in an interesting book appropriately called The Grid by Phillip F. Schewe. I think of the grid as that miraculous machine that starts with energy sources like coal or water behind a dam and ends up with a highly flexible form of energy that we can use in myriad ways. We run our heating systems, lights, computers, stoves, washing machines and more on electricity, banking on the grid being up and running to meet our daily demands. Occasionally a downed limb of a tree takes out a power line in a neighborhood. Usually such an event is nothing more than a local and temporary inconvenience. But the complexity of the grid is enormous, and sometimes that complexity has led to cascading series of events from an initial small problem leading to major regional outages. And that’s been the case even without events like hurricanes. There are several different examples of major grid outages not related to megastorms. Their causes and history differ. But a recent one occurred Aug. 14, 2003. People in New York City, Cleveland, Detroit and Toronto learned just how fragile the grid can be. In total, residents in eight states and two Canadian provinces were plunged into a world without electricity when the grid failed. Everyone suffered, some more than others. Some people were stuck in elevators, some in subway trains. It was a hot day in many places, and air conditioners immediately stopped working. Many people in New York City who relied on the mass transit system couldn’t get home — some slept in public parks or on the steps of public buildings. Still, what may be most impressive about the grid is that so often it functions well. That fact, of course, makes it easy to increase our dependence on it. The story of the grid starts in the Big Apple, and Thomas Edison stands at the heart of the tale. He was the first person to

have a vision of what the grid could be and how much it could mean to our daily lives. Famous for inventing the lightbulb and phonograph, Edison also devoted a great deal of energy to the project of building the first grid. And I do mean building. A consummate inventor, Edison was also of necessity an industrialist. To make the first grid, he helped manufacture such things as circuit breakers, fixtures, wiring and conduits. Edison’s first major power station for the delivery of electricity to diverse customers was in Lower Manhattan on Pearl Street. The Pearl Street project was backed financially by the likes of J. Pierpont Morgan. On Sept. 4, 1882, Edison threw the switch that activated the Pearl Street system. Juice flowed down the wires from six sets of steam-generators, each large enough they were known by the nickname “jumbos.” The jumbos ran on coal (coal, it should be noted, still makes a lot of our electricity even today). Once the switch was thrown, the energy of fossil fuels was converted via steam to electrical energy flowing through wires Edison had connected. Edison’s grid worked, and he soon added many customers to the base he reached that first day. But Edison had used the type of electricity known as direct current or DC for his system. That’s the kind of electricity produced by batteries. In the end, it was shown that alternating current or AC power had advantages over DC for applications such as major power grids. In time, the national system was built using AC electricity. Still, the idea of the grid had been created by Edison. I would argue that that day in 1882 set the stage for the revolution in modern living the nation enjoyed throughout the 20th century and on to the present. Nothing is as transformative to our daily lives as a grid bringing electricity into homes, schools and businesses. As we have seen in the aftermath of Sandy, a world without a working grid is radically different from what we have come to expect in our daily lives. Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a native of the rural Northwest, was trained as a geologist at Princeton and Harvard universities. This column is a service of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University.

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difficulty is in getting out again. The second night they worked their way along, slowly and cautiously, not making more than a mile or two and when daylight came the white tents of the militia could be seen a half mile or so beyond. They rested a greater part of the day and matured their plans. About 3 o’clock in the afternoon, they struck the pike and boldly walked toward the camp. They stopped at an orchard and filled their haversacks with apples, crossed the field and engaged the nearest guard in conversation and shared with him their purloined fruit. He was a loquacious fellow and they cultivated his vanity and good will. It was not long before they knew as much about the camp, the number and location of each regiment, as he did. Many of the militia wore the regulation uniform of a soldier, which greatly aided in their enterprise. They told the guard they had been out for a lark and had forgotten the pass. They would saunter along down the line, and probably, would meet some of the boys on guard who knew them and would let them in without disturbing the corporal of the guard, who usually gets crotchety over such matters of

Pioneer school boy ran away and became Civil War soldier, part 3 way they approached the subject. Their reasoning satisfied their conscience and they acted accordingly. How to make a successful get-away was the problem they were then called upon to solve. The water supply was outside the guard lines, and soldiers with canteens passed without question, and, when the shades of evening began to fall, they gathered a few and passed the guard in the direction of the spring where they filled their own and left the balance of the canteens. When they arrived in Hagerstown about 10 or 11 o’clock at night, Busha expressed a desire and determination to board the train which was about to depart for the north. His comrade counseled otherwise, but he was determined to make the try that way and led on. Then walked bristly and boldly up to the train which was then well filled. An officer met the young military fugitives as they walked along beside the train looking for an opportunity to get on and sang out: “Boys! where do you belong?” – that question struck Busha dumb, since it was sudden, unexpected and unprepared for. The narrator saw the hesitation of his comrade and promptly came to his rescue and replied; “Oh! right down here!” – pointing to some tents near by. The officer then again questioned, “To the 144th?” “Yes!” was the reply, since there was no other plausible one – they were not posted. The reply satisfied the officer who ordered them to repair to their quarters. The two walked, crestfallen, in the direction of the camp, when out of sight of the officer, they changed their course and made for the suburbs and the open country and to the nearest woods where they carefully picked their way along through the underbrush. When daylight came, they sought the most obscure place in a thicket where they secured needed rest and sleep. When night approached, they were ready again for action. Busha lost his nerve and confidence. He began to see that they were up against the real thing, when they reviewed their experience with the officer who surely would have caught them if he had exercised his wit. He resigned his leadership and insisted that his comrade should engineer their get-away. When Lee raided into Maryland, about 80,000 Pennsylvania militia were rushed down to protect their border, where they remained in camp for some time after the battle of Antietam and until they were sure their presence would be needed no longer. Every precaution was taken to pick up those who could not give a good account of themselves, every stranger was looked upon with suspicion, and the roads and mountain passes were guarded night and day for 50 miles inland. Keen observation and careful study of the problem prepared them for the hazardous undertaking. They resolved to become mountaineers, when they reached the mountains, but a wellguarded valley and a line of encamped troops lay between. They nerved themselves to beard the lion in his den. It is an easy matter to penetrate a camp; the

This is a concept drawing of the future Holiday Inn Express and Suites to be built on State Road, just west of Hastings.

whole community to more opportunity.” Bonnie Hildreth, president of the Barry Community Foundation, which played a key role in Moyle’s entry to Barry County, has envisioned this kind of an opportunity for economic development for some time. “It just gives me goosebumps when I think of the capacity that the community foundation has to make a difference in this way,” says Hildreth. “Five years ago, we were looking at how to invest money and how to show we’re good stewards of the community. That’s when we started looking at data and how we were reinvesting our donors’ dollars. One area we lacked in was economic development.” What resulted was the establishment of an economic development fund in 2008 that, with 40 percent of grant-making dollars each year, grew to a $20,000 annual contribution. Additionally, the contributions of several area donors interested in creating sustainability for the economic development effort led to the

structure of a revolving loan fund that now tops over $1 million in investment. With the assistance of the Lansing-based Great Lakes Capital Fund, the community foundation is now in position to loan funds to worthy economic development projects that, with their success, will repay money to the revolving fund and maintain a perpetual source of support for economic growth in Barry County. “The first investment for this particular fund looks like it’s going to be assisting in the building of a hotel,” says Hildreth, who points out the additional asset of keeping funds close to home. “The revolving loan fund has the ability to continue to be reinvested in other projects in the community. We get the money returned to us, and the money continues to get reinvested. “Instead of investing on Wall Street, we’re investing locally.” Assistance from the community foundation

is one part of Moyle’s larger financial package for the hotel project, but it’s yet another example of community cooperation that convinced him to pursue the venture. “It didn’t look real promising,” recalls Moyle of those first days of consideration, “but it was just the amount of help we received from Rutland Township to make this work and from the city in those first meetings. The chamber of commerce was another key ingredient, and this will give them an opportunity to market the area.” Preliminary excavating work has been underway for several weeks, and Moyle says the race with the coming winter will determine the construction schedule and an exact opening date next summer. For Moyle and for all of the Hastings area, anticipation for the summer season has already begun.

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Notice is hereby given that two Council Members have called a special meeting of the City Council of the City of Hastings, as permitted by Section 5.9 of the City Charter, at 7:30 PM on Monday, November 19, 2012 in the second floor Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 East State Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058. The purpose of the meeting will be to consider an appointment to the position of Mayor until the next regular City election.

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then waited for evening shade to thicken. They wandered about as any soldier would off duty and when the time came for them to act, they leisurely approached the guard and told him they had planned a little raid for forage that night and did not mind sharing with him the net result – he proved a squealer and warned them off. They made a show of departure and they guard resumed his beat – suddenly they made a dash across his line. It was so unexpected they were lost in the timber before he realized what had happened. He did not fire or raise any outcry. He probably felt chagrined at being out-witted, and thought he would be blamed and perhaps punished, and that after all, it would result only in a raid on some chicken-roost. They passed to the south of Chambersburgh and soon struck the mountains and shaped their course in a general way toward Pittsburgh with nothing but the sun and the stars for their compass. They beheld some rugged scenery as they scaled the mountains. (Continued next week)

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The following is part of a series that began in the April 30, 1914, Hastings Banner regarding Hickory Corners native Alonzo D. Cadwallader, and his recollections as a boy soldier. He was assigned to Company K, 17th Michigan Infantry when he enlisted just shy of his 15th birthday. He reportedly said he was 18 and from Kalamazoo. This excerpt, from teh May 14, 1914, Banner, picks up just after the battles of South Mountain and Antietam. ***** The 17th bivouacked on the field so dearly won. During the two engagements the regiment lost approximately one-half of those engaged in killed and wounded. Company K mustered only 20 men. I would say here for the information of the lay, which every soldier knows, that Company C is the danger point in every regiment, since it carries the colors, and the enemy always tries to shoot them down and capture them if possible. It requires nerve to be the color bearer, and he is always held in high esteem and his trust a sacred one and one of honor, and the whole regiment guards the flag with zealous care. It is humiliating to allow their flag to fall to the ground in time of battle, and an unpardonable disgrace to allow it to be captured by the enemy. When the color bearer is shot, there are always willing hands to snatch the standard, ere it fall to the ground, and rear it aloft again, even to the last man, for it is the sacred emblem of their country which every soldier loves so well. The fiercest strifes always take place when the enemy charges and attempts to capture the regimental flag – then is when the shrill notes of the bugle are heard above the din of battle and calls: “Rally around the flag, boys, rally once again.” Sanitary conditions were promptly looked after – trenches were dug from three to four feet deep, about six feet wide, the length depending on the number near, and, in those trenches, dead soldiers were arranged crosswise, side by side, with their uniforms for winding sheets and a rail for a pillow, if handy by, where they were supposed to rest quietly and peacefully until Gabriel’s horn should sound on Resurrection morn. About two weeks after the battle of Antietam, the narrator and comrade, Eli Busha, of Company K, met one afternoon off duty and engaged in conversation – they were both of about the same age. Among other things discussed were ill treatment they had received from commissioned officers of the company. Capt. Thayer was the chief offender as they viewed them. He was wounded at South Mountain, but some wounds heal quickly, and they feared he would be more crotchety than ever when he again joined his command. Uncle Sam is not aware how tyrannical and domineering some of his officers are, who he elevates to power, especially the little fellows when epaulets are first assumed or he would raise a rumpus – their superiority must be demonstrated in some form or other, they seem to think and the poor soldier suffers in consequence. The soldiers expect and willingly yield to military discipline, since that is the only way to make military units effective and distinguish them from the rabble, but they do and have the right to expect that they will be treated like men with certain inalienable rights – not to be humiliated to gratify the vanity of an officer. Ill treatment is not a part of the contract when they enter military service. Whether the reasons the two soldiers had for leaving their command by the Frenchman’s route were adequate, will not be discussed – suffice it to say they thought so and acted on what they thought justifiable grounds. It requires nerve to take such a step, since the death penalty could be imposed in time of war – that was soon passed over in the discussion. The disgrace attached to the act was the serious matter of long debate and, nearly wrecked their plans, but as their object was not to evade military duty, they thought they could wipe that out by re-entering the service. The calm reasoning of the man they were not old enough to exercise, but the strong impulse of the boy they had in abundance. They were not used to ill-treatment at home – why should they endure it there – was the

mere form. The guard hesitated as they made a show of moving on and asked them where they belonged. They named his own regiment, but a different company. Well, said he, if you are one of our boys, come in, I will not put you to any trouble. They hesitated before entering. They did not wish to impose upon the good nature of a stranger, they said maybe it might be well to call the corporal of the guard, they would wait a little longer and see if they could not recall to mind the pass. When they were fully satisfied, they had eradicated every lurking suspicion, if, indeed, he had ever had any, they accepted his offer, passed the line and mingled with the militia. They were in no hurry, but gradually worked their way to the other side of the camp where they planned for their exit. Running the guard-line is a dangerous trick when troops are at or near the front – that, however, seemed to be the most feasible, as an attempt to secure a pass would lead them into the presence and under the scrutiny of officers, which they did not care to risk. They selected a place in the line near some standing timber they thought the most vulnerable, and

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Sealed proposals will be received at the office of the Barry County Road Commission, 1725 West M-43 Highway, P.O. Box 158, Hastings, MI 49058, until 10:00 A.M. Monday December 10, 2012 for the following items. Specifications and additional information may be obtained at the Road Commission Office at the above address or at our web site at Grass Seed Guardrail Cleaning Supplies Erosion Control Traffic Control Signs Nuts & bolts Scraper Blades The Board reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or to waive irregularities in the best interest of the Commission. BOARD OF COUNTY ROAD COMMISSIONERS OF THE COUNTY OF BARRY Frank M. Fiala Chairman David D. Solmes Member 77572302 D. David Dykstra Member

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Barry County Election Summary for Nov. 6 Unofficial results Straight Party Republican REP Democratic DEM Libertarian LIB US Tax UST Green GRN Nat Law NLP

7,983 4,327 88 57 39 19

President Romney Obama Goode Stein Anderson Write-in


15,330 10,454 141 139 30 127

U.S. Senator Hoekstra Stabenow Boman Matkin Mikkelson Litle Write-in


US D3 Representative Amash REP Pestka DEM Gelineau LIB Write-in

13,458 11,449 498 223 167 74 20 14,884 9,669 987 46

State D87 Representative Callton REP Anderson DEM Gillotte LIB Write-in

15,741 8,425 859 65

Prosecuting Attorney Pratt REP Write-in

19,273 397

Sheriff Leaf Write-in


20,166 391

D5 County Commissioner Geiger REP Write-in

2,743 48



Brown Write-in

Barry Township Clerk D. Knight REP Write-in

601 13

Hastings Township Clerk A. Mennell REP Write-in

1,036 14 1,035 12

D6 County Commissioner DeYoung REP Write-in

3010 67

Barry Township Treasurer Wooer REP Write-in

622 10

D7 County Commissioner Dull REP Write-in

Hastings Township Treasurer Phillips DEM 930 Write-in 13

1778 165

Barry Township Trustee Alden REP Lawrence REP Write-in

552 536 14

Hastings Township Trustee R. Mennell REP Partridge REP Wetzel REP Murphy DEM Write-in

842 816 835 763 13

Hope Township Supervisor Feldpausch REP Write-in

1,118 35

Hope Township Clerk Jackson REP Write-in

1,113 30

Hope Township Treasurer Tonkin REP Write-in

1,119 33

Hope Township Trustee Messelink REP Peake REP Write-in

973 998 33

Irving Township Supervisor J. Knight REP Write-in

1,244 18

Irving Township Clerk Ergang REP Write-in

1,267 15

Irving Township Treasurer Wingeier REP Write-in

1,307 8

County Clerk Jarvis REP Write-in

19,642 346

Assyria Township Supervisor Timmons REP 550 Staskus 252 Write-in 5

County Treasurer Vandecar REP Write-in REP

19,452 352

Assyria Township Clerk Massimino REP Write-in

682 63

County Register of Deeds Hurless REP Write-in

Carlton Township Clerk Erb REP Write-in

19,426 348

Assyria Township Treasurer E. Miller REP Write-in

716 8

County Drain Commissioner Yarger REP Write-in

Carlton Township Treasurer Forman REP Write-in

19,389 386

County Surveyor Reynolds REP Write-in

Assyria Township Trustee J. Miller REP Waterbury REP Write-in

647 613 9

19,249 351

Carlton Township Trustee Smith REP VandeCar REP Write-in

D1 County Commissioner Gibson REP Huis DEM Write-in

2,036 1,416 15

D2 County Commissioner Stolsonburg REP Write-in

3,189 49

Baltimore Township Treasurer Baker REP 676 Write-in 13

D3 County Commissioner Snow REP Cichy DEM Write-in

1,918 1,077 14

Baltimore Township Trustee DeFields REP Write-in

612 148

3,429 51

Barry Township Supervisor Kahler REP Gay

455 236

D4 County Commissioner Smelker REP Write-in


Baltimore Township Supervisor B. Miller REP 659 Write-in 17 Baltimore Township Clerk Ypma DEM Write-in

615 14

Carlton Township Supervisor Carpenter REP 958 Write-in 18 961 14 990 7 870 850 25

Castleton Township Supervisor Hartwell REP 927 Write-in 25 Castleton Township Clerk Wilson REP Write-in

932 22

Castleton Township Treasurer Semrau REP 934 Write-in 24 Castleton Township Trustee Trahan REP Wilson REP Write-in

829 847 39

Hastings Township Supervisor

Irving Township Trustee

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Notice is hereby given that the Barry County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing for the following: Tabled Case Number SP-6-2012 Dennis & Deborah Hutchings Location: A vacant parcel on the North side of Fruin Rd near the intersection of North Ave. in Section 13 of Johnstown Township Purpose: Requesting a special use permit for an adult foster care home per Section 2307 in the Rural Residential zoning district. Case Number SP-10-2012 Robert & Leah Berkimer (owner); Verizon Wireless (applicant) Location: 9645 S. M-66 Hwy in Section 34 of Maple Grove Township Purpose: Requesting a special use permit for a Wireless Communication Antenna per Section 2386 in the Rural Residential zoning district. Case Number SP-11-2012 Thomas and Doris Niethamer (owner); Verizon Wireless (applicant) Location: On a vacant parcel on Martin Road north of Carlton Center Road(M-43) in section 17 of Woodland Township. Purpose: Requesting a special use permit for a Wireless Communication Antenna per Section 2386 in the Agricultural zoning district. Case Number SP-12-2012 Doug and Mary Cisler Location: 10756 Carlton Center Road in Section 24 of Woodland Township. Purpose: To construct a new home and use the existing cottage as an Accessory Dwelling per Section 2305 in the Recreational Lakes zoning district MEETING DATE: November 26th, 2012. TIME: 7:00 PM PLACE:Community Room, Courts & Law Building at 206 West Court St, Hastings MI Site inspections of the above described properties will be completed by the Planning Commission members before the day of the hearing. Interested persons desiring to present their views upon an appeal either verbally or in writing will be given the opportunity to be heard at the above mentioned time and place. Any written response may be mailed to the address listed below, faxed to (269) 948-4820 or emailed to The special use applications are available for public inspection at the Barry County Planning Office, 220 West State Street, Hastings Michigan 49058 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed between 12-1 p.m.); Monday thru Friday. Please call the Planning Office at (269) 945-1290 for further information. The County of Barry will provide necessary auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered at the meeting to individuals with disabilities at the meeting/hearing upon ten (10) days notice to the County of Barry. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the County of Barry by writing or calling the following: Michael Brown, County Administrator, 220 West State Street, Hastings MI 49058, (269) 945-1284. Pamela A. Jarvis, Barry County Clerk 77572304

Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by Joseph A Lively, a married man and Laura Lively, his wife, original mortgagor(s), to Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems, Inc., as nominee for Centennial Mortgage and Funding, Inc. its successors and assigns, Mortgagee, dated December 14, 2007, and recorded on December 20, 2007 in instrument 20071220-0005400, and modified by Affidavit or Order recorded on June 27, 2012 in instrument 2012-001648, and assigned by said Mortgagee to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Barry county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Ninety-Four Thousand Four Hundred Sixty-Five and 36/100 Dollars ($194,465.36). Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Barry County, at 1:00 PM, on November 29, 2012. Said premises are situated in Township of Barry, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: Parcel 1: A parcel of land in the Southeast 1/4 of Section 18, Town 1 North, Range 9 West, described as: beginning at a point on the East and West 1/4 Line of said Section 18, which lies 1955 feet due West of the East 1/4 post of said Section 18, Thence South 225 feet; thence West 175 feet; thence North 225 feet; thence East 175 feet to the place of beginning. Parcel 2: Commencing at a point on the East and West 1/4 line of Section 18, Town 1 North, Range 9 West, which lies 1825 feet West of the East 1/4 post of said Section 18; thence South at right angels to said East and West 1/4 line 225 feet; thence West parallel with said East and West 1/4 line 130 feet; thence North 225 feet to said East and West 1/4; thence East 130 feet to the place of beginning. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: November 1, 2012 For more information, please call: FC S (248) 593-1304 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #379217F02 (11-01)(11-22) 77572109

Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by Michael J McGill, a married man, joined by his wife, Kelly McGill, who is waiving dower, original mortgagor(s), to Mortgage Plus, Inc., Mortgagee, dated October 18, 1995, and recorded on October 26, 1995 in Liber 643 on Page 586, and assigned by said Mortgagee to Nationsbanc Mortgage Corporation as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Barry county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Ninety-Eight Thousand Nine Hundred FortyOne and 97/100 Dollars ($98,941.97). Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Barry County, at 1:00 PM, on November 29, 2012. Said premises are situated in Township of Irving, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: A parcel of land located in the Southeast 1/4 of Section 32, Town 4 North, Range 9 West, described as: Commencing at the Southeast corner of said Section 32, running thence Due North 870.43 feet to the centerline of Irving Road; thence North 47 degrees 22 minutes 30 seconds West 390.25 feet; thence North 54 degrees 17 minutes 30 seconds West 1,021.63 feet; thence North 79 degrees 18 minutes West 567 feet to the point of beginning; thence South 15 degrees 15 minutes West 308.20 feet to the railroad right-of-way fence; thence Northwesterly along said railroad right-of-way fence 450.70 feet; thence North 10 degrees 42 minutes East 319.50 feet; thence South 79 degrees 18 minutes East 475 feet to the place of beginning. Except A parcel of land located in the Southeast 1/4 of Section 32, Town 4 North, Range 9 West, described as: Commencing at the Southeast corner of said Section 32 running thence Due North 870.43 feet to the centerline of Irving Road; thence North 47 degrees 22 minutes 30 seconds West 390.25 feet; thence North 54 degrees 17 minutes 30 seconds West 1,021.63 feet; thence North 79 degrees 18 minutes West 567 feet to the point of beginning; thence South 15 degrees 15 minutes West 208.20 feet to the railroad right of way fence thence Northwesterly along said right of way fence 225.35 feet thence North 12 degrees 58 minutes 30 seconds East 313.85 feet; thence South 79 degrees 18 minutes East 237.50 feet to the point of beginning. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: October 25, 2012 For more information, please call: FC X (248) 593-1302 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #413216F01 77571836 (10-25)(11-15)

Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by Sequoyah Stuk a married woman, original mortgagor(s), to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Amerifirst Financial Corporation its successors and assigns, Mortgagee, dated May 19, 2011, and recorded on May 27, 2011 in instrument 201105270005466, in Barry county records, Michigan, and assigned by said Mortgagee to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association as assignee, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Eighty-Seven Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty-Seven and 46/100 Dollars ($87,737.46). Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Barry County, at 1:00 PM, on November 29, 2012. Said premises are situated in Charter Township of Hastings, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: A Parcel Of Land In The North 1/2 Of The Northeast 1/4 Of Section 12, Town 3 North, Range 8 West, Which Commences At The Southeast Corner Thereof; Thence North 26 2/3 Rods For a Place Of Beginning; Thence North 220 Feet; Thence West 198 Feet; Thence South 220 Feet; Thence East 198 Feet To The Place Of Beginning, Hastings Township, Barry County, Michigan. Also: A Parcel Of Land In The North 1/2 Of The Northeast 1/4 Described As Beginning At A Point On The East Line Of Section 12, 24 Rods North Of The North 1/8 Line; Thence North 2 2/3 Rods On Said East Line Of Section 12; Thence West 12 Rods; Thence South 2 2/3 Rods; Thence East 12 Rods To Place Of Beginning, Hastings Township, Barry County, Michigan. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: November 1, 2012 For more information, please call: FC S (248) 593-1304 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #413723F01 77572044 (11-01)(11-22)

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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE SALE FOSTER, SWIFT, COLLINS & SMITH, P.C. IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF A MORTGAGOR IS IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. DEFAULT having been made in the conditions of a certain Mortgage made on September 19, 2006, by Daniel R. Welton and Judith Welton, husband and wife, as Mortgagor, given by them to MainStreet Savings Bank, FSB, whose address is 629 West State Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058, as Mortgagee, and recorded on October 17, 2006, in the office of the Register of Deeds for Barry County, Michigan, in Instrument Number 1171503, which mortgage was assigned to Commercial Bank by an Assignment of Mortgage dated November 15, 2011, recorded on December 1, 2011, in Instrument Number 201112010011202, Barry County Records, on which Mortgage there is claimed to be due and unpaid, as of the date of this Notice, the sum of One Hundred Seventy Thousand One Hundred Ninety-Eight and 08/100 Dollars ($170,198.08); and no suit or proceeding at law or in equity having been instituted to recover the debt or any part thereof secured by said Mortgage, and the power of sale in said Mortgage having become operative by reason of such default; NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon, at the Barry County Courthouse in Hastings, Michigan, that being one of the places for holding the Circuit Court for Barry County, there will be offered for sale and sold to the highest bidder or bidders at public auction or venue for purposes of satisfying the amounts due and unpaid on said Mortgage, together with all allowable costs of sale and includable attorney fees, the lands and premises in said Mortgage mentioned and described as follows: LAND SITUATED IN THE TOWNSHIP OF HASTINGS, COUNTY OF BARRY, MICHIGAN, DESCRIBED AS: Parcel “K”: Commencing at the North quarter post of Section 5, Town 3 North, Range 8 West; thence West along the North line of said Section, 1502.00 feet; thence South 47.67 feet to the centerline of Coats Grove Road; thence 335.05 feet along said centerline and the Arc of a curve to the left the radius of which is 358.10 feet and the chord of which bears South 38 degrees 08 minutes 10 seconds West 322.95 feet; thence continuing along said centerline South 11 degrees 20 minutes 00 seconds West 146.76 feet; thence continuing 169.62 feet along said centerline and the arc of a curve to the right the radius of which is 996.45 feet and the chord of which bears South 16 degrees 12 minutes 37 seconds West 169.43 feet to the true place of beginning; thence continuing 98.04 feet along said centerline and the arc of a curve to the right the radius of which is 996.45 feet and the chord of which bears South 23 degrees 54 minutes 20 seconds West 98 feet; thence North 73 degrees 30 minutes 34 seconds West 247.74 feet to an intermediate traverse line of the shore of Leach Lake; thence North 56 degrees 51 minutes 42 seconds East along said intermediate traverse line 137.21 feet; thence South 64 degrees 57 minutes 21 seconds East 86.06 feet; thence South 77 degrees 06 minutes 50 seconds East 86.58 feet to the place of beginning. Including lands lying between said traverse line and the waters of Leach Lake. Formerly Described as: A parcel of land in the Northwest fractional quarter of Section 5, Town 3 North, Range 8 West, described as: Commencing at the Southeast corner of Leach Lake Plat, according to the recorded Plat thereof, said point being 1376 feet West of the North quarter post of said Section 5; thence South 69 degrees 45 minutes West 326 feet; thence South 47 degrees West 69 half feet; thence South 36 degrees West 441 feet; thence South 21 degrees West 75 feet; thence South 16 degrees West 265 feet; thence Southwesterly along the highway 100 feet for the beginning; thence continuing Southerly along said highway 100 feet; thence West to the Shore of Leach Lake; thence Northerly along said Lake Shore to a point West of the place of beginning; thence East to the place of beginning. Commonly known as: 120 Coats Grove Road, Hastings, Michigan 49058-9509 Parcel Number: 08-06-005-042-00 The period within which the above premises may be redeemed shall expire six (6) months from the date of sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with M.C.L.A. Sec. 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the time of such sale. Dated: October 10, 2012 FOSTER, SWIFT, COLLINS & SMITH, P.C. COMMERCIAL BANK Benjamin J. Price of Hastings, Michigan, Mortgagee Attorneys for Mortgagee 313 S. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933 (517) 371-8253 (10-18)(11-08) 77571813

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Case No. 12-141-CH CIRCUIT COURT SALE In pursuance and by virtue of a Judgment of the Circuit Court for the County of Barry, State of Michigan, made and entered on the 17th day of July A.D., 2012 in a certain cause therein pending, wherein THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF THE CWABS, INC., ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-9 was the Plaintiff and Teresa Herlein and Duane T. Herlein were the Defendants. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that I shall sell at public auction to the highest bidder, at public venue, at the Barry County Courthouse (that being the place of holding the Circuit Court for said County), on the 29th day of November, A.D., 2012 at 1 pm o’clock in the forenoon, Eastern Standard Time, the following described property, viz: All certain piece or parcel of land situated in the Township of Thornapple, County of Barry and State of Michigan, described as follows: Lot 8, Near Lane Estates No. 1, as recorded in Liber 6 of Plats, Page 7, Barry County Records Tax ID: 14-140-0008-00 Commonly known as: 12942 Near Lane, Caledonia, MI 49316 This property may be redeemed during the six (6) months following the sale. Dated: October 4, 2012 Mark Sheldon Deputy Sheriff Randall S. Miller & Associates, P.C. Ronald S. Glaser (P46986) Attorneys for Plaintiff 43252 Woodward Ave., Suite 180 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 (248) 335-9200 (10-04)(11-15) 77571391

STATE OF MICHIGAN BARRY COUNTY 58B DISTRICT COURT PUBLICATION OF NOTICE OF SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT FILE NO. 12-557-GC In the matter of John Fechner v Allicia Lupnitz. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS including: Allicia Lupnitz whose address(es) are unknown and whose interest in the matter may be barred or affected by the following: TAKE NOTICE: A Summons and Third Party Complaint were filed on August 23, 2012 in the 56B District Court, 206 West Court Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058 before Judge Michael L. Schipper. Defendant has 28 days to file an answer with the court and serve a copy on the other party or to take other lawful action. If an answer is not file or other action taken within the time allowed, judgment may be entered against Defendant for the relief demanded in the complaint. Stephanie S. Fekkes P43549 Law, Weathers & Richardson, P.C. 800 Bridgewater Place 333 Bridge Street, N.W. Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504-5320 (616) 459-1171 77571989

STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY OF BARRY NOTICE TO CREDITORS Decedent’s Estate FILE NO. 12-26215-DE Estate of Gordon C. Strodtbeck. Date of birth: 07/09/1936. TO ALL CREDITORS: NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, Gordon C. Strodtbeck, died 08/07/2012. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to Judy Wanks, named personal representative or proposed personal representative, or to both the probate court at 206 W. Court Street, Hastings, MI 49058 and the named/proposed personal representative within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. Robert J. Longstreet P53546 607 N. Broadway Hastings, MI 49058 (269) 945-3495 Judy Wanks 1107 W. Chicago Bronson, MI 49028 (517) 518-9757 77572298

STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY OF BARRY NOTICE TO CREDITORS Decedent’s Estate FILE NO. 12-26219-DE Estate of Ruth V. Roush. Date of birth: 08/24/1931. TO ALL CREDITORS: NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, Ruth V. Roush, died 08/26/2011. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to Sue Roush, named personal representative or proposed personal representative, or to both the probate court at 206 W. Court Street, Hastings, MI 49058 and the named/proposed personal representative within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. Robert J. Longstreet P53546 607 N. Broadway Hastings, MI 49058 (269) 945-3495 Sue Roush 4490 Bird Road Hastings, MI 49058 (269)945-5406 77572300

Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by James Bradley and Nancy Bradley, Husband and Wife, original mortgagor(s), to Household Finance Corporation III, Mortgagee, dated October 28, 2004, and recorded on November 3, 2004 in instrument 1136631, in Barry county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Ninety-Five Thousand Six Hundred Fourteen and 30/100 Dollars ($95,614.30). Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Barry County, at 1:00 PM, on November 15, 2012. Said premises are situated in Township of Johnstown, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: A Parcel of land located in the Northwest 1/4 of section 21; Town 1 North, Range 8 West, Beginning at a point which lies North 05 degrees 20 minutes West 75.00 feet from the Northwest corner of Lot 10, Arnetts Resort; thence North 85 degrees 43 minutes West 273.82 feet, thence North 05 degrees 20 minutes West 70.16 feet for the place of beginning; thence South 05 degrees 20 minutes East 70.16 feet, thence North 85 degrees 43 minutes West 30.83 feet; thence North 89 degrees 9 minutes West 30 feet; thence North 5 degrees 20 minutes West to a point which lies North 83 degrees 34 minutes West of the plat of beginning, thence South 83 degrees 34 minutes East to the place of beginning. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: October 18, 2012 For more information, please call: FC H (248) 593-1300 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #409653F01 (10-18)(11-08) 77571662

FORECLOSURE NOTICE This firm is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for this purpose. If you are in the Military, please contact our office at the number listed below. MORTGAGE SALE – Default has been made in the conditions of a certain mortgage made by: Carl Forsythe, an unmarried man and Tammy L. Peters, an unmarried woman to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for America's Wholesale Lender its successors and assigns, Mortgagee, dated August 17, 2006 and recorded August 28, 2006 in Instrument # 1169197 Barry County Records, Michigan. Said mortgage was assigned to: BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP, by assignment dated March 29, 2011 and recorded April 15, 2011 in Instrument # 201104150004237 on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Seventy-Two Thousand Six Hundred Twenty Dollars and NinetyFive Cents ($172,620.95) including interest 7.125% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, Circuit Court of Barry County at 1:00PM on November 29, 2012 Said premises are situated in Township of Thornapple, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: The East 132 feet of the West 30 acres of the North one half of the Southeast one quarter of Section 32, Town 4 North, Range 10 West, except the North 583 feet thereof; also the South 208.71 feet of the West 181 feet of the East 313 feet thereof. Also a strip of land described as: The North one half of the Southeast one quarter of Section 32, Town 4 North, Range 10 West, except the West 30 acres thereof. Also except the East 50 acres thereof. Commonly known as 11377 Davis Rd, Middleville MI 49333 The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCL 600.3241 or MCL 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale, or upon the expiration of the notice required by MCL 600.3241a(c), whichever is later; or unless MCL 600.3240(17) applies. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, under MCL 600.3278, the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: 10/25/2012 Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP, Assignee of Mortgagee Attorneys: Potestivo & Associates, P.C. 811 South Blvd. Suite 100 Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 844-5123 Our File No: 12-69983 (10-25)(11-15) 77572033

STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY OF BARRY NOTICE TO CREDITORS Decedent’S Estate FILE NO. 12-26209-DE Estate of LARRY L. DURKEE, Deceased. Date of birth: 02/22/1936. TO ALL CREDITORS: NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, Larry L. Durkee, who lived at 5301 Barnum Road, Woodland, Michigan died 05/23/2012. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to Randy L. Durkee, named personal representative or proposed personal representative, or to both the probate court at 206 West Court Street, Suite 302, Hastings and the named/proposed personal representative within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. Date: 10/25/2012 Robert L. Byington P27621 222 West Apple Street, P.O. Box 248 Hastings, Michigan 49058 (269) 945-9557 Randy L. Durkee 5301 Barnum Road Hastings, Michigan 49058 (269) 838-6823 77572296

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF RIVERSIDE CEMETERY COMPANY OF HASTINGS, MICHIGAN A special meeting of the owners, partners, members, and stockholders of Riverside Cemetery Company of Hastings, Michigan will be held on the 7th day of December, 2012 at Three o’clock in the afternoon at 231 South Broadway, Hastings, Michigan for the purpose of authorizing the transfer of Riverside Cemetery to the City of Hastings. October 29, 2012 RIVERSIDE CEMETERY COMPANY OF HASTINGS, MICHIGAN 1003 West State Road Hastings, Michigan 49058 77572165

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE SALE FOSTER, SWIFT, COLLINS & SMITH, P.C. IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF A MORTGAGOR IS IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. DEFAULT having been made in the conditions of a certain Mortgage made on June 11, 2004, by Jeffrey L. Noteboom and Diane M. Noteboom, husband and wife, as Mortgagor, given by them to MainStreet Savings Bank, FSB, whose address is 629 West State Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058, as Mortgagee, and recorded on June 17, 2004, in the office of the Register of Deeds for Barry County, Michigan, in Instrument Number 1129483, which mortgage was assigned to Commercial Bank by an Assignment of Mortgage dated February 29, 2012, recorded on March 8, 2012, in Instrument Number 201203080002412, Barry County Records, on which Mortgage there is claimed to be due and unpaid, as of the date of this Notice, the sum of One Hundred One Thousand Five Hundred Fifty-Four and 56/100 Dollars ($101,554.56); and no suit or proceeding at law or in equity having been instituted to recover the debt or any part thereof secured by said Mortgage, and the power of sale in said Mortgage having become operative by reason of such default; NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon, at the Barry County Courthouse in Hastings, Michigan, that being one of the places for holding the Circuit Court for Barry County, there will be offered for sale and sold to the highest bidder or bidders at public auction or venue for purposes of satisfying the amounts due and unpaid on said Mortgage, together with all allowable costs of sale and includable attorney fees, the lands and premises in said Mortgage mentioned and described as follows: LAND SITUATED IN THE TOWNSHIP OF HASTINGS, COUNTY OF BARRY, MICHIGAN, DESCRIBED AS: Lot 17 and the West half of Lot 18 of East-Mar-Heights, according to the recorded plat thereof, as recorded in Liber 5 of Plats on Page 22, Hastings Township, Barry County, Michigan. Commonly known as: 1630 Boulder Drive, Hastings, Michigan 49058 Parcel Number: 08-06-225-017-00 The period within which the above premises may be redeemed shall expire six (6) months from the date of sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with M.C.L.A. Sec. 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the time of such sale. Dated: November 1, 2012 FOSTER, SWIFT, COLLINS & SMITH, P.C. COMMERCIAL BANK Benjamin J. Price of Hastings, Michigan, Mortgagee Attorneys for Mortgagee 313 S. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933 (517) 3718253 (11-08)(11-29) 77572291

SYNOPSIS RUTLAND CHARTER TOWNSHIP REGULAR BOARD MEETING OCTOBER 10, 2012 - 7:30 P.M. Regular meting called to order and Pledge of Allegiance. Present: Greenfield, Lee, Bellmore, Hawthorne, Hanshaw, Flint. Absent: Carr. Appointed Clerk Hawthorne to conduct the meeting. Approved the Agenda as amended. Approved the Consent Agenda with corrections to September meeting minutes. Appointed Election Commission members. Adopted Resolution #2012-155 by roll call vote. Approved a 3-year contract with Hallifax Services for Sexton/Grounds and Janitorial services. Meeting Adjourned at 8:05 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Robin Hawthorne, Clerk Attested to by, Jim Carr, Supervisor 77572288 THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. MORTGAGE SALE--Default has been made in the conditions of a Mortgage made by TIMOTHY LEE COLBURN AND JEANETTE ELLEN NORRIS, a single man and a single woman, Mortgagors, to NPB MORTGAGE, LLC, Mortgagee, dated September 13, 2005, and recorded September 19, 2005, Instrument Number 1153020, of Barry County Records, Michigan, which mortgage has been assigned by mesne assignments to First National Acceptance Company, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due as of the date of this notice $77,593.57, including interest at 12.95% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage, and pursuant to the statutes of the State of Michigan, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public auction to the highest bidder, on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, at the place of holding the circuit court within Barry County, Michigan. Said premises are situated in the Township of Hastings, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: Lot 16 of Sundago Park, according to the recorded Plat thereof, as recorded in Liber 2 of Plats, Page 71, Barry County Records; c/k/a 82 Sundago Park, Hastings, MI 49058 The redemption period shall be six months from the date of the sale, unless the premises are determined to be abandoned pursuant to MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days. Please be advised that if the mortgaged property is sold at a foreclosure sale by advertisement, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 you will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale, or to the mortgage holder, for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: October 18, 2012 LeVasseur Dyer & Associates, PC Attorneys for Mortgagee Assignee P.O. Box 721400 Berkley, MI 48072 (248) 586-1200 77571824 (10-18)(11-08) SCHNEIDERMAN & SHERMAN, P.C., IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT (248)539-7400 IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. MORTGAGE SALE – Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by ERIC W. BEADLE and JODI S. BEADLE, HUSBAND AND WIFE, to MORTGAGE PLUS OF AMERICA CORPORATION, Mortgagee, dated September 25, 2002, and recorded on October 8, 2002, in Document No. 1088998, and assigned by said mortgagee to U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as assigned, Barry County Records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Twenty-Four Thousand Four Hundred Twenty-Four Dollars and Forty-Nine Cents ($124,424.49), including interest at 6.250% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public venue, At the East doors of the Barry County Courthouse in Hastings, Michigan. at 01:00 PM o'clock, on November 29, 2012 Said premises are located in Barry County, Michigan and are described as: COMMENCING AT THE WEST 1 / 4 POST OF SECTION 28, TOWN 1 NORTH, RANGE 8 WEST, THENCE WEST 107.00 FEET TO THE CENTERLINE OF BANFIELD ROAD; THENCE SOUTH 28 DEGREES 00 MINUTES EAST ALONG SAID CENTERLINE 1414.00 FEET TO THE TRUE PLACE OF BEGINNING; THENCE SOUTH 28 DEGREES 00 MINUTES EAST, ALONG SAID CENTERLINE OF BANFIELD ROAD, 500.00 FEET; THENCE NORTH 62 DEGREES 00 MINUTES EAST 383.00 FEET; THENCE NORTH 28 DEGREES 00 MINUTES WEST 500.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 62 DEGREES 00 MINUTES WEST 383.00 FEET TO THE TRUE PLACE OF BEGINNING. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale unless determined abandoned in accordance with 1948CL 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the above referenced property is sold at a foreclosure sale under Chapter 600 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, under MCL 600.3278, the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Mortgagee/Assignee Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C. 23938 Research Drive, Suite 300 Farmington Hills, MI 48335 USB.002825 FHA (11-01)(11-22) 77572245

FORECLOSURE NOTICE This firm is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for this purpose. If you are in the Military, please contact our office at the number listed below. MORTGAGE SALE – Default has been made in the conditions of a certain mortgage made by: Russell W. Gleason and Wendy M. Gleason, husband and wife to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systms, Inc., as nominee for Regions Bank, its successors and assigns, Mortgagee, dated January 15, 2004 and recorded January 28, 2004 in Instrument # 1121392 Barry County Records, Michigan Said mortgage was assigned to: Household Finance Corporation III, by assignment dated March 15, 2012 and recorded March 19, 2012 in Instrument # 201203190002759 on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Eighty-Six Thousand Eight Hundred Ninety-Eight Dollars and Forty-One Cents ($86,898.41) including interest 7.45% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, Circuit Court of Barry County at 1:00PM on November 15, 2012 Said premises are situated in Township of Johnstown, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: That part of the Northwest one-fourth of the Northeast one-fourth of section 21, Town 1 North, Range 8 West, Described as: The East 12 Rods of the Northwest one-fourth of the Northeast one-fourth of section 21, Town 1 North, Range 8 West. Commonly known as 1801 Mill Lake Rd, Battle Creek MI 49017 The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCL 600.3241 or MCL 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale, or upon the expiration of the notice required by MCL 600.3241a(c), whichever is later; or unless MCL 600.3240(17) applies. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, under MCL 600.3278, the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: 10/18/2012 Household Finance Corporation III, Assignee of Mortgagee Attorneys: Potestivo & Associates, P.C. 811 South Blvd. Suite 100 Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 844-5123 Our File No: 12-67167 (10-18)(11-08) 77571792 IF YOU ARE NOW ON ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY OR HAVE BEEN IN THE PRIOR NINE MONTHS, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT 248-5021502. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by William G Mosher, Samantha L Mosher, husband and wife, to Fifth Third mortgage - MI, LLC, Mortgagee, dated September 16, 2005 and recorded September 19, 2005 in Instrument Number 1153026, Barry County Records, Michigan. Said mortgage is now held by Fifth Third Mortgage Company by assignment. There is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Four Thousand Eight Hundred Forty-Two and 90/100 Dollars ($104,842.90) including interest at 6% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue at the Barry County Circuit Courthouse in Hastings, Michigan in Barry County, Michigan at 1:00 p.m. on 11/29/2012. Said premises are located in the Village of Freeport, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: Land situated in the Village of Freeport, County of Barry, State of Michigan: Lots 3 and 4 of Block 11 of Samuel Roush's Addition to the Village of Freeport, according to the recorded plat thereof, being a part of the North 1/2 of Section 1, Town 4 North, Range 9 West. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA §600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. TO ALL PURCHASERS: The foreclosing mortgagee can rescind the sale. In that event, your damages, if any, are limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale, pursuant to MCL 600.3278, the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damage to the property during the redemption period. If you are a tenant in the property, please contact our office as you may have certain rights. Dated: November 1, 2012 Orlans Associates, P.C. Attorneys for Servicer P.O. Box 5041 Troy, MI 48007-5041 File No. 200.9462 (11-01)(11-22) 77572092

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Routine county agenda carries compelling community stories by Doug VanderLaan Editor Amongst the tedium of committee appointments, budget adjustments and contract renewals and approvals, Barry County Commissioners got a glimpse into the heart and soul of their community during their committee of the whole meeting Tuesday . Besides the encouraging report from a new corrections department education program that’s already recorded nine high school diploma/GED graduates, commissioners also heard the story of a local community agency coming to the financial rescue of a county child care program, and were delighted to meet a transplanted Kansan applying for an opening on the agricultural preservation board and gushing about “y’all’s sandy loam soil.” “I’m pretty salt-of-the-earth,” said Fred Kibler who, with his Michigan-native wife, moved to the state this summer, “and I’m not trying to change anything, I’d just like to help.” Though he was the lone applicant for the agricultural board position and was recommended for approval to next week’s official county board meeting, commissioners recognized the value of Kibler’s future contributions. Kibler’s company was responsible for large wetlands mitigation projects and creek channel relocations in Overland Park, Kan., just outside of Kansas City. He’s worked in turf management all of his life and is a strong believer in conservation as an education topic for individuals and communities. “The type of soil y’all have, that sandy loam, is such a good soil,” pointed out Kibler. “[Growing] human food is getting to be more and more of a problem. We’ve all seen what happens with large conglomerate farming when one little thing goes through the whole crop. If we did have a lot of smaller farmers, like you guys still have up here today, that doesn’t get through our whole food crop so quickly. It’s more localized.” Local care and cooperation was also the subject of a presentation by Family Court

Administrator Robert Nida, who informed commissioners that a $25,000 state grant that funds a “wraparound” program that seeks to keep financially at-risk families intact and children out of child care services had been reduced by $11,000 and threatened continuation of the program. “I was prepared to come to the board today and say ‘Look, I need $11,000 to make this program continue to run,’” said Nida. “However, Community Mental Health approached us and said, ‘There may be a way we can work this situation out. We feel some of the clients we serve are Medicaid-eligible and, if you work through us, we can make this program happen.’ “So, I no longer need to ask you for that $11,000,” said Nida, adding, “I’m so proud of the community we live in.” Commissioners felt some pride, too, in the request from Community Corrections Program Director Jeff Westra for approval of a renewal contract for educator Debra Kruse. “At the beginning of this calendar year, we started a new initiative of bringing our GED program into a better place,” reported Westra. “We instituted a new curriculum, a new testing system, and new overall technology to bring us up to par for students to get their GED or high school diploma. “With the changes we’ve made, we’ve had an 89 percent success rate in our test taking, and we’ve had nine students who’ve received their GED or high school diploma.” Commissioners unanimously approved a recommendation that the education contract renewal be forwarded for approval during next week’s county board meeting. The commission also received an update from County Administrator Michael Brown on the animal shelter initiative. Brown reported that 199 applications were received for the shelter director position and six have met job qualifications. All will be interviewed by Brown, who said he hopes to present the top qualifiers the Nov. 20 committee of the whole

COURT NEWS Letitia Rae Jordan, 23, of Nashville was sentenced for uttering and publishing Oct. 31. Jordan was ordered by Judge Michael Schipper to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for four days served. She must pay $1,943 in court assessments and serve 36 months on probation. Schipper ordered Jordan to attend drug court. The last 19 days of her jail will be suspended pending successful completion of drug court.

Mark Lewis Wellman Jr., 23, of Hastings was sentenced Oct. 31 for breaking and entering with intent. Judge Michael Schipper ordered Wellman to serve six months in jail, with credit for 83 days served. He must pay $2,763 in court assessments and serve 24 months on probation. Schipper ordered Wellman to attend mental health counseling and complete his GED while in jail.


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meeting. Brown also reported that he is working with staff and volunteers at the animal shelter on policies and procedures he hopes will lead to more efficient processing of animals that are brought to the shelter, specifically a large influx of cats that are still, by necessity, being dealt with largely through euthanasia. Protocol steps are currently being put in place to not only increase adoptions and placement of animals at other shelters, but also to cap the fees associated with spaying and neutering and the need to compensate veterinarians for shelter work that can someday be done by animal shelter staff and volunteers. “Some things happen slowly, but, in some regards, that’s by design,” said Brown, referring specifically cooperation with area rescue programs to save animals from euthanasia. “We don’t want to end up participating with a facility that has good intentions but bad outcomes.” In other business, the commission approved the following recommendations for consideration at its Nov. 13 board meeting: • Re-appointment of Frank Fiala to a sixyear term as a member of the Barry County Road Commission, beginning Jan. 1. Fiala and applicant Don Willcutt, a former Road Commission member and chair, were interviewed by the board Tuesday prior to the recommendation that Fiala be re-appointed. • The appointment of Sharon Zebrowski to the Charlton Park Village and Museum Board in a citizen-at-large capacity for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1. • The re-appointments of David Tripp to the building authority; Kenneth Radant to the transit board; Janet Lydy, Dave Logan and Rick Moore to the Charlton Park Board; and Don Bowers and Robert Nelson to the Commission on Aging Board. All appointments are for three-year terms to begin on Jan. 1. • The approval of home repair bids to homes at 435 W. Clinton St. in Hastings and at 11486 Lighthouse Court in Middleville as part of the Barry County Home Improvement program as administers under a Michigan State Housing Development Authority Grant. The $29,580 bid on the Hastings home went to McKeough Brothers Inc.; the $32,729 bid on the Middleville home to Varney Construction. The Middleville home was also recommended for approval of a $34,358 bid for housing quality standard rehabilitation by Brian Appel Builders, to be paid from the same MISHDA grant program. • Approval of grant contracts with the State Court Administrative Office for administering of the drug court programs at the county’s district and circuit courts. For circuit court drug court, the county’s contribution to the program will be $78,400. The district court drug court is a new program requiring a county match of in-kind funds to total $41,795. • An increase of $300 in cash drawer funds for the county clerk’s office. Following audit recommendations, each employee has an individual cash drawer. The increase will allow each cash drawer to have $100 with which to meet customer change needs. • Approval of a request from County Prosecutor Tom Evans to purchase five years of credited service through the Municipal Employee Retirement Service. The actuarialdetermined cost of $126,594 must be remitted by Evans prior to his departure from his position Dec. 31.

• Approval of a five-year auditing services contract with Rehmann Robson, the county’s auditor for the past five years. Annual costs increase from $30,200 for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31 to $34,000 in the final year of the contract Dec. 31, 2016. Abraham and Gaffney, county auditors for the seven years previous to the present Rehmann and Robson contract, also bid on the current award. After consultation with the county treasurer and

POLICE BEAT Reality television visits streets of Hastings Hastings Police responded to a home in the 800 block of to South Church Street after getting a report around 10:20 p.m. Nov. 3 of a suspicious item in the street. Officers spoke with the caller who said he had been watching an episode of “Alaskan State Troopers” where troopers were dealing with a blasting cap. The caller said he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette, looked toward the street and saw a shiny object in the street. The caller told officers he looked at the object and read the words “Blaster cap.” Officers looked at the item, confirmed it was in fact a live blasting cap and called the Michigan State Police bomb squad. The bomb squad responded, disarmed the blasting cap and disposed of it. A Michigan State Police K9 unit also searched the area, including the Hastings Middle School area, but found no other explosive devices.

Attempted entry foiled by glass The manager of Hometown Lumber in Nashville called police Nov. 3 stating someone tried to use a glass wheel cutter on the business’ front door. The culprit attempted to cut a square hole in the glass, but was unsuccessful. No entry was gained. Damage was estimated at $100.

Fence not enough to keep man upright Hastings Police were called around 6:15 p.m. Oct. 28 to a home in the 700 block of North East Street regarding a man who appeared to be intoxicated and staggering as walked north. Propped by a wooden fence and with the help of officers to maintain his balance, the man registered a .20 percent blood alcohol level. During the investigation, a small amount of marijuana and two knives were found. Charges of being a disorderly person and possession of marijuana were issued, plus a request for a carrying a concealed weapon charge. He was placed under arrest and a report has been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.

Suspect tracked and questioned

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local firm Walker Fluke and Sheldon on contract bid details, the recommendation to remain with Rehmann and Robson was made. • Approval of the 2013 health insurance plan for county employees. The four health plans in place for 2012 are recommended for continuation. On average, rates for the four plans have increased 9.4 percent. Employer contribution rates to employees will increase by 3.5 percent.

Hastings Police responded to a home in the 500 block of East Marshall Street on a report of a suspicious person Oct. 29. As officers arrived, they saw a man attempting to enter a vehicle parked in a driveway in the 600 block of East Marshall. The man took off running after he saw the officers. Police chased the man on foot, but were unable to locate him. A few minutes after the foot pursuit, a Barry County Deputy saw a man matching the description of the suspect walking near South Hanover Street. Hastings officers interviewed the 22-yearold Hastings man who said he was walking home from a relative’s house. A Michigan State Police K9 unit was able to track a scent from the area where the attempted breaking and entering occurred to the area where the man was found. A report will be forwarded to the Barry County prosecutor’s office for possible charges against the 22year-old.

Information wanted on pizza shop robbery According to Nashville Police, early morning Saturday Nov. 3, two people entered Good Time Pizza from the rear door using a crowbar. Officers responded after employees arriving for work called 911. Police surmised that suspects were familiar with the layout of the cameras and building. The cameras had been knocked around with the crowbar as the burglars moved about the business. Coins were taken from a machine and a box of deli meat from the cooler. A Michigan State Police canine unit was called in. The dog

tracked the suspects south along the river where eight empty money bags were found and returned to the business. No money was kept in the bags at the time of the break-in. This is the second break-in at the restaurant the past three weeks. Call Silent Observer or Nashville Police, 517-8529866.

Woman loses card a county away A woman told Barry County Deputies Oct. 19 that her debit card was missing and unauthorized charges were being made to the account. She reported last seeing the card when she paid for breakfast at a restaurant near Richland. The woman told deputies she suspected someone who uses the car. She provided a printout of her account charges and asked for a police report so she could dispute the charges with her bank. Since many of the charges were made in Kalamazoo County and that she probably had lost the card near Richland, deputies advised her to file a report with Kalamazoo authorities. The case is closed.

Dog taken by bearded man A resident on Eckert Road in north Irving Township noticed a late-model maroon Chevrolet Suburban pull into her driveway Nov. 3 and idle there for several minutes. She told deputies later the same day, her dog went missing. The woman said her nephew had seen a man with a beard in the maroon Suburban take the blonde female Shih Tzu from the side of the road and place it in the vehicle. A copy of the report was given to the Barry County Animal Shelter. The dog’s owner said she would make flyers and post them in the area. The case remains open.

Vacant home remains intact Deputies responded Oct. 30 to a kitchen alarm at a vacant home Waubascon Road in Johnstown Township. Deputies found the shoe prints on a dead-bolted front door. Officers entered the residence and called in the K9 unit, but no suspects were discovered. Nothing in the home was disturbed beyond the forced door. The homeowner agreed to secure the door, but no further action was taken. The case is inactive.

Man’s scrap gets listed and freely lifted Deputies were called to a home on Winchester Drive near Shelbyville Oct. 29 in reference to missing scrap metal. The caller told deputies he had come to a rental property to do some work and noticed two aluminum I-beams, two trailer axles and eight tires were missing from the property. The man said his neighbor told him the items were on Craig’s List over the weekend and were listed as “free.” The man told deputies he estimated the value of the items at $1,700, and they were not free. No contact information was included on Craig’s List for the items. When deputies checked Craig’s List, they were unable to find the items. There are no suspects in the case.

Minor fails test, pockets found pills Hastings Police observed two people walking in the 300 block of West Grand Street around 3 a.m. Oct. 31. Police made contact with the pair, due to the recent abundance of automobile break-ins. Officers reported an odor of intoxicants on the 20-year-old Hastings man. After the man admitted to drinking several shots, he was given a breath test which registered .09 percent. As police were placing the man under arrest for being a minor in possession of alcohol, they found two pills for which he did not have a prescription. The man said he found the pills on the ground. A report will be forwarded to the Barry County prosecutor’s office for review.

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Bittersweet end to running season for DK seniors by Brett Bremer Sports Editor “Molly, just dancing and singing,” said Delton Kellogg varsity cross country coach Dale Grimes. “No, more running.” Delton Kellogg senior Molly Egelkraut made her feelings clear though ... “No more cross country, bad! “No more running, yeah!” Delton Kellogg’s varsity girls’ cross country team saw its season end a the Division 3 Lower Peninsula Cross Country Finals for the third consecutive season. They finished 27th with 626 points Saturday at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn. It was Egelkraut’s first appearance in the state finals. Christi Boze ran in the state finals with the team each of the past three seasons. “It’s sad,” said Boze. “Yeah, it’s sad not being able to run with the team again.” The experience of having been to the finals before though did help Boze, and some of her teammates. Boze was 102nd in 20 minutes 30.7 seconds. She ends her career fourth on the Panthers’ all-time top ten list for cross country runners. Delton Kellogg’s Christi Boze (1513) and Maple Valley’s Jessica Rushford (1713) work their way through the pack a few hundred meters beyond the start Saturday at the Division 3 State Finals. (Photo by Brett Bremer) The Panthers’ Sarah Rendon stays on the outside of the crowd early on in the Division 3 girls’ race at the Lower Peninsula Cross Country Championship Saturday. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Delton Kellogg senior Molly Egelkraut races along during the first mile of Saturday’s Division 3 championship race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Delton Kellogg’s Jarryd Calhoun closes in on the finish line at the end of the Division 3 boys’ race at the state finals Saturday in Brooklyn. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Boze knew not to get too thrown off by the pushing in the crowd at the start of the race. She knew not to get too excited about having the finish line in view when she came into the stadium and across the race track at MIS. It’s still a long ways away at that point. “You just keep wanting to pass the person in front of you to get one step ahead,” said Boze. The carried that strategy throughout, making a couple moves up through the pack after the two-mile mark. Junior Sarah Rendon has some state finals experience too, and used that to help her to a 166th-place time of 21:27.1. “Sarah Rendon ran the best time of her life, so huge redemption there for her,” said Grimes. “Sammi Cleary, I didn’t even have to make her mad about anything to make her run well today. That’s been known to happen a time or two. So, we’re making progress there. She’s running really well. Her second time. She’s

only a sophomore and it’s her second time running at the state finals. I think that’s a big confidence booster for her also.” Cleary was 185th in 21:54.5. Delton also had junior Marcie Stevens 217th in 22:28.8, freshman Megan Grimes 223rd in 22:46.8, Egelkraut 236th in 24:10.0 and junior Danielle Morse 237th in 24:15.7. “We had Megan, and Dani (Morse) and Molly, three of them first time runners here at state. A little wide-eyed when we got here,” coach Grimes said. “I think the biggest thing, the most intimidating thing can be first of all the crowd that’s here and that start. It’s such a long start before you make the first turn and you’re almost a half a mile into it and you’ve been running straight, flat for the whole start. “The adrenaline is going and if you take off too fast there because it’s such a competitive crowd you can’t ever recover from that. If you take off too slow, you can’t get back into the race. It’s tough.” Macomb Lutheran North sophomore Gina Patterson seemed to have all the kinks worked out, racing to an individual state championship in Division 3 with her time of 17:43.4. Of the top eight runners in the race, six were sophomores. Runner-up Raquel Serna from St. Louis was the only senior. She finished in 17:59.8.

Panther junior Marcie Stevens nears the finish line at the end of the Division 3 State Finals Saturday at MIS. (Photo by Brett Bremer) Jackson Lumen Christi edged Calvin Christian for the Division 3 girls’ championship, 167 to 171. Caro was third with 201 points, followed by Benzie Central 204, Lansing Catholic 237, Hanover-Horton 241, Macomb Lutheran North 275, Bath 288, Shepherd 299 and Mason County Central 332 in the top ten.

Maple Valley senior Jessica Rushford ended her third trip to the state finals with a 45th place time of 19:39.8 - a new personal record. “I definitely improved from last year, and I was right on my pace,” said Rushford. “I had a lot of support from all my friends and family . I’m truly blessed to have them all. I just prayed the whole time that I could get through it and God provided me the strength.” Delton Kellogg also had senior Jarryd Calhoun running in the Division 3 boys’ race. He was 130th in 17:36.8 in his first trip to the finals. “He’s frustrated,” coach Grimes said. “He wanted to be in the 16s again, where he’s been a couple times this year. I think it comes back down to that calf that was bothering him. He missed a few days of practice, just nursing that a little bit and I think that set him back just enough to not recover and get into that competitive zone.” Things were very competitive at the top of the boys’ team standings. Jackson Lumen Christi took the title with 129 points. Marlette was second with 137 and Calvin Christian was third with 147. Benzie Central finished fourth with 187 points, followed by Freeland 196, Ithaca 216, Mason County Central 223, Watervliet 250, Stockbridge 261 and Lansing Catholic 312 in the top ten. Erie Mason senior Nick Raymond was the Division 3 boys’ individual champion with a time of 15:05.1. Hanover-Horton’s Bryce Stroede was the runner-up in 15:22.4.

Lions’ improvements TK/Hastings girls continue through last match

undefeated again It was a fast meet, and the Trojans were the fastest. The Thornapple Kellogg/Hastings varsity girls’ swimming and diving team finished off its second consecutive undefeated season by winning its second consecutive OK Rainbow conference Tier II championship Saturday in Hastings. The Trojans took the conference meet by 122 points over Grand Rapids Catholic Central and Calvin Christian who tied for second place. Conference records were set in half the events between Friday’s preliminary races and Saturday’s finals. Things went well from the get-go for the TK/Hastings girls. The team of Kayla Strumberger, Alexa Schipper, Hannah Bashore and Kayla Kroells set a new conference record, a new team and pool record in the CERC in Hastings in the 200-yard medley relay in the prelim’s. They finished in 1 minute 53.28 seconds, and came back to win the event with a time of 1:53.98 in the finals. The medley relay’s time was a state qualifying time. Those four Trojans earned all-conference honors, as did their teammates Libby Betcher and Jennifer Tuokkola for their performance at the conference meet. TK/Hastings’ Katy Garber was close, finishing just one point out of the final all-conference spot. Schipper had a great weekend, also winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.15, and setting a new team record with her runner-up time of 2:20.80 in the 200-yard individual medley. Catholic Central’s Taylor Vera won that race in 2:16.22. Strumberger also set a team record with a runner-up time of 1:03.27 in the 100-yard backstroke. That race was won by Wayland’s Sydney Hooker. Bashore set a conference record in win-

ning the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.57. Calvin Christian’s Tristyn Edsall had a big meet, winning the 100-yard freestyle in 54.30 seconds, after setting conference and pool records in the event in the prelim’s with her time of 54.04. Kroells was second in that finals race in 55.71. Edsall also set a new conference and pool record in the 50-yard freestyle prelim’s, with a time of 24.39, then won the finals race in 24.61. Kroells was third in that event in 25.83. TK/Hastings also had the team of Kroells, Garber, Kourtney Dobbin and Schipper place second to Calvin Christian in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Squire foursome of Ana Estrella, Erin Brink, Megan Fryling and Edsall finished in a pool record time of 1:44.29, while the Trojans came in at 1:44.99. Calvin Christian also won the 400-yard freestyle relay, with the team of Estrella, Brink, Kylie Wilson and Edsall finishing in a conference and pool record time of 3:47.37. TK/Hastings was third in that relay, with Bashore, Dobbin, Marissa Swanson and Strumberger finishing in 4:02.76. Betcher had a runner-up finish for TK/Hastings in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing only behind teammate Schipper, with a time of 1:11.69. Baily Sopjes from Wayland set a new conference record in the diving competition with a score of 359.60. Calvin Christian’s Ana Estrella won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:34.79. The TK/Hastings girls finished the day with 459 points. Catholic Central and Calvin Christian tied for second with 337 each. Wayland was fourth with 295 points, followed by West Catholic 187, Union 175, Creston/Central 167 and Ottawa Hills 121.

by Brett Bremer Sports Editor The improvements the Lions made throughout the fall didn’t always show up in wins. Sometimes they did. Maple Valley’s varsity volleyball team closed out the Kalamazoo Valley Association season with an seventh-place finish at the league tournament hosted by Pennfield Saturday (Oct. 27). The Lions knocked off two teams there, Constantine and Hackett Catholic Central, who had contributed to their 0-9 regular season in the league. “We have improved every step of the way,” said Maple Valley head coach Sarah Carpenter. “The teams we lost to by 2, 3, 4, 5 points during the season, we came back and showed our improvement.” Maple Valley started the day by topping Constantine 19-25, 25-9, 25-16, 25-21. That earned the Lions the chance to face the defending league champions from Delton Kellogg in the quarterfinals. The Panthers scored a 25-4, 25-23, 25-16 win there. The Lions then fell to Pennfield in a close match, 20-25, 25-18, 25-8, before ending the day with a 25-22, 21-25, 15-8 win over Hackett Catholic Central in the match for seventh place. That final Maple Valley victory put the Lions in a tie with the Irish for eighth place in the final league standings. Schoolcraft ended Delton Kellogg’s fouryear run atop the conference standings, beating the Panthers 19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-20 in the championship match. The Lion season came to an end Thursday, with a 3-0 loss to Potterville in the Class C District Semifinals at Maple Valley High School. The Vikings topped the Lions 25-17, 25-18, 25-16. “Throughout the entire season my girls kept getting better, and better and better,” Carpenter said. “That’s all you can ask. They improved with every step. They came to practice every day ready to work hard. I’m very

Maple Valley’s Kandys Larsen (left) and Loisa Larino leap up to try and block an attack by Potterville’s Katie Peterson Thursday. (Photo by Perry Hardin) proud of them.” The Lions continued to show improvements Thursday. Olivia Ricketts debuted her jump serve. Setters Timara Burd and Kandys Larsen had one of their best nights of the season setting balls up for the Lions’ top hitters - keeping them just far enough off the net. Potterville advanced take on Dansville in the district final Saturday morning at Maple Valley High School. The Aggies defeated Laingsburg in the first district semifinal of the

The Lions’ Timara Burd sets the ball up during her team’s Class C District Semifinal against Potterville at Maple Valley High School Thursday. (Photo by Perry Hardin) evening Thursday. Dansville topped Potterville 3-1 in the district final.

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CROSS COUNTRY, continued from page 1

Thornapple Kellogg sophomore Melissa Winchester nears the finish line, in 24th place, at the end of the Division 2 girls’ race Saturday at the cross country state championships. (Photo by Brett Bremer) the state finals, her senior teammate Casey Lawson who was an all-state runner as a sophomore, her big sisters Rebecca and Allyson who were both all-state runners themselves, as well as her coach. “Just to get out and then not to sprint too soon at the end because it looks a lot closer than it is,” were the two biggest pieces of advice said Winchester. She managed to take advantage of both pieces of advice. She was able to run with the rest of the all-state girls near the front for the whole race. When the competitors passed the two mile mark and eventually came back inside the race track at MIS Winchester fought the urge to take off, and saved some

Thornapple Kellogg’s David Walter (center - 483) races along in the crowd at the start of the Division 2 boys’ cross country championship Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. (Photo by Brett Bremer) energy to pass a big pack of girls in the final few hundred meters before the finish. That group included South Christian sophomore Alexis Miller, who Winchester battled throughout the O-K Gold Conference season and hadn’t beaten before. Miller was 26th in 18:39.5. “It was good to see her get all-state, especially since her sister just won the regional over in Wisconsin three hours before we ran,” Benjamin said. Allyson, a sophomore at Grand Valley State University, won the Division 2 Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Saturday morning leading the GVSU girls to their 12th straight regional title. The greater Grand Rapids area showed off its strength with the top six teams at MIS Saturday being the top three teams from regionals hosted by Allendale and Carson City-Crystal.

Forest Hills Eastern won the Division 2 girls’ championship with 93 points. Spring Lake was second with 150, followed by Grand Rapids Christian 182, Thornapple Kellogg 186, East Grand Rapids 231 and Forest Hills Northern 233. Two other teams from the west side of the state were seventh and eighth, with Gull Lake finishing with 236 points and Cedar Springs 275. Warren Regina and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood rounded out the top ten with 277 and 332 points respectively. All seven Trojans ran their best times of the season, and six of them seven had career personal records. Lawson just missed all-state honors, which went to the top 30. She was 37th in 18:58.7. The final medalist was Byron Center freshman Karin Lee, who was 30th in 18:46.8. TK also had freshman Olivia Lamberg 61st in 19:30.9, Shelbi Shepherd 90th in 19:51.3,

The Trojans’ Shelbi Shepherd (1344) works to get by Grosse Ile’s Christina Hoelzle (1314) as they near the finish line Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. (Photo by Brett Bremer) Janie Noah 95th in 19:53.7, Bryn Beyer 152nd in 20:32.4 and Taylor Ward 167th in 20:49.0. Grand Rapids Christian’s Julia Bos won the division’s individual title, running away from the field early and winning in 17:20.4. Cedar Springs’ Kenzie Weiler was second in 17:49.1 and Hamilton’s Molly Oren third in 18:03.3. Forest Hills Eastern was led by Clara Cullen’s sixth-place time of 18:10.6. FHE had two medalists, with Mary Kostielney 28th in 18:42.8, and the Hawks also had Lauren Allard 38th in 18:58.9, Abagail Bowman 44th in 19:11.2, and Angela Ottenwess 52nd in 19:20.1. Junior David Walter from the Thornapple

Kellogg boys’ team placed 87th in the Division 2 boys’ race, hitting the finish line in 16:39.1, a time he said he thought was a personal record by a couple tenths of a second. “It didn’t go as good as I obviously planned for it to go, but I’m happy to be here,” Walter said. St. Clair took the boys’ team title with 114 points. Linden was second with 128, followed by St. Joseph 153, Cedar Springs 200, Mason 240, Chelsea 242, Gull Lake 260, Grand Rapids Christian 271, Otsego 282 and Ionia 304 in the top ten. Connor Mora was the individual champion, finishing in 15:04.2, outlasting Mason’s Tanner Hinkle who was second in 15:09.8.

Vikes survive scare at Wayland; Trojans top Ionia by Brett Bremer Sports Editor Head coach Kellie Rowland called it being “very tight.” Senior outside hitter Olivia Davis called it “sketched out.” Whatever the lingo, the Lakewood varsity volleyball team wasn’t quite ready at the start of its Class B District Semifinal against Wayland Thursday. The host Wildcats raced out to a 17-6 lead in the first set. One thing that doesn’t hurt in that situation is having seven seniors on the roster, four who have four seasons of varsity experience. “We were through that last year (in the district finals with Thornapple Kellogg),” Davis said. “We always seem to, when we have our backs up against the wall we usually tend to push more and play well. I think we really

took the opportunity when we needed to and pushed through it.” The Vikings got their seventh point thanks to some miscommunication on the Wayland side, then added their eighth on an ace by senior Jordan Kietzman. Pretty soon it was 1913, then 20-19, and eventually the Vikings tied the set at 21-21. Finally Emily Kutch blasted a kill and Brooke Wieland and Taylor Shook teamed up for a block that gave the Vikings a 26-24 win. They went on to a 3-1 victory over the Wildcats, earning a spot in today’s (Nov. 3) District Final against Thornapple Kellogg who beat Ionia 3-0 in the second semifinal at Wayland Thursday. The Vikings beat the Wildcats by the scores of 26-24, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20. They fell behind big in the second set too, trailing 17-6, and nearly came back thanks to

a big service run by Sunshine Young, which pulled her team as close as 23-18. “We were very tight, very up tight,” Rowland said. “Being number one, seven seniors, I couldn’t calm them down at first, but when they calm down they do amazing things.” “They know point by point, by God, you’ve got to give us your best. They did some good things, at very crucial times.” Lakewood broke a 19-19 tie in the third set, with Wieland setting up Charlie Smith for a big kill. It was back to back tips for points by Kutch that broke a 16-16 tie in the fourth set, and Young added a couple of aces to help the Vikings pull away. Davis had a huge night attacking for the Vikings, finishing with 21 kills. Kutch added 15. Wieland had 39 assists to go with her five kills and 16 digs.



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Beth Tingley and the Viking defense along the back line responded to play well after a shaky start. Tingley finished with 24 digs. Kutch ended up with 11, as well as a teamhigh three blocks and three aces. “We knew they’ve been a powerhouse for a long time,” said Wayland Union head coach Kim Getty. “They built a program. We did everything we could to prepare, did a lot of scouting, a lot of dedicated practices to play against them, and had a game plan. They executed it well tonight, it just came down to who was going to hit the last ball in. That’s tough.” The Wildcats got 14 kills each from Krissy Dill on the outside and Haley Obetts in the middle. Alli Getty added 12 kills. Obetts and Getty did a solid job of limiting the Vikings in the middle at the net. Obetts, the Wildcats’ only senior, finished with seven blocks. Dill also led her team in digs with 18. Rachel Vanderbaan and Sam Merren each played well for Wayland, finishing with 16 digs each. Sam Geivett had 46 assists. Vanderbaan and Merren had four aces each. It was the first tough match of the postseason for the Vikings, after a 3-0 win over Hastings in the district opener Tuesday. “I feel like once we start getting it going, we always want to do better do more,” said Davis. “Our goal is always beat them by more, so I’m sure that will play a big role Saturday as well as revenge if TK comes through.”

The Vikings wanted to beat Thornapple Kellogg by more last year in the district finals, but were pushed to five games by the Trojans. TK did advance to Saturday’s district final. The Trojans didn’t have much trouble topping Ionia in the district semifinals Thursday, scoring a 25-13, 25-23, 25-12 victory. Sydney LeMay had 12 kills for the Trojans, while Nicole Schondelmayer had six and Jessica Ziccarello had five. Crystal Smith led the Trojans in digs with ten. Alaina Pohl added nine, Lark eight and Jessica Morgan seven. Pohl also passed up 27 assists. TK got everyone involved against the Bulldogs. Holly Dahlke had four assists and a couple of nice attacks. Erin Scheidel came off the bench to knock a couple of aces. TK head coach Patty Pohl thought after Thursday’s match that her team could absolutely compete with the top ranked team in the state in the district final, if they played better than they did in the second set against Ionia. “That second game, they just were too relaxed,” said coach Pohl. “That middle game never should have been 25-23, and that’s what sets us apart from these other teams. They’re just not consistent. That doesn’t mean we can’t be on Saturday, but I hope they are.”





Sunday Night Mixed Comebacks 91; Street Bowlers 19; You’re Up NShit 15; H2O 14; Sunday Snoozers 13; Straightliners 12; Heath Gang 5. Women’s good games and series - M. Daniels 187-530; J. Rice 201-492; A. Hubbell 161-464. Men’s good games and series - A.Miller 257-656; B. Rentz 242-648; B. Hubbell 214577; C. Santana 201-549; J. Shoebridge 181; B. Heath 164; S. Jewell 162; J. Craven 159. Tuesday Trios Washking 31-9; Sam 30-10; CB’s 22-18; Look Ins. 21-19; Classic Trio 19-21; Team Turkey 19-21; Coleman Ins. 18-18; Lu’s Team 15.5-20.5; Blair Landscaping 13.5-27.5; Ghost Team 0-40. High Game - Tammy D. 191; Paula R. 190; Sandi 180. High Series - Tammy D. 554; Paula R. 574; Shirlee V. 480. Monday Mixerettes Dewey’s Auto Body 30-6; Dean’s Dolls 2412; Kent Oil 22-14; Creekside Growers 1719; Nashville Chiropractic 14-22. Good Games & Series: T. Redman 143; C. Hurless 192-449; N. Potter 166-455; K. Fowler 234-553; P. Fowler 169-456; M. Rodgers 167; K. Eberly 186-541; V. Carr 189; S. Nash 162; D. Anders 178-491; E. Ulrich 161; P. Shellington 137-361.

Senior Citizens Sun Risers 24-12; Butterfingers 21.5-14.5; M&M’s 21-15; Usedtobe #1 19-17; King Pins 19-17; Three Gals & A Guy 18-18; Ward’s Friends 18-18; Just Having Fun 15.5-20.5; Kuempel 14-22; Early Risers 10-26. Women’s good games and series: Y. Markley 139; E. Ulrich 169; G. Meaney 173; B. Maker 170. Men’s good games and series: J. Miller 178-515; J. Kleinbrink 155-450; P. Gasper 233-569; W. Talsma 190-503; R. McDonald 228-603; M. Saldivar 188-511; L. Brandt 224567; W. Mallekoote 161-425; H. Gibson 161; G. Waggoner 188-480. Wed PM Court Side 27-9; Boniface Construction 2214; Hair Care 21-15; Eye & ENT 20-16; Delton Suds 17-19. Good games & series: S. Stevens 138-391; Y. Cheeseman 160; E. Ulrich 179-464; G. Meaney 177-450; J. Shurlow 149-401; L. Elliston 187-479. Sat Majors (Youth League) Walking Dead 11.5-4.5; Grimm Reapers 115; Kit Kats 10-6; Leones 8-8; Saxons 5.510.5. Boy’s good games & series: W. Arnold 188; J. Ulrich 134; K. Kavanagh 140.

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Vikes go for first win in three tries against FHE by Brett Bremer Sports Editor Four teams ranked in the top ten in the state in Class B entered play in the regional tournament hosted by Thornapple Kellogg High School Tuesday. Two are left - No. 1 and No. 3. Lakewood, ranked first in the state in Class B, will look to advance to the Class B state quarterfinals when it takes on Forest Hills Eastern in Middleville tonight at 6 p.m. The top ranked Vikings have just four losses all season long, but two of those came against the Hawks they’ll face tonight. The Lakewood girls fell 2-1 to the Hawks once in two different tournaments at East Kentwood High School throughout the course of the season. “The one thing we have to do is outhustle them,” said Lakewood head coach Kellie Rowland. “We seriously have to outhustle them. We have to get into our offense. We went one set with them 31-29, so it has always been, we’ll kill them and then they’ll beat us. We’ve never played three out of five sets. It’s always been at a tournament, two our of three, and we’ve gone three every time. It’s been tight all the way.” The Vikings are one step further than they went in the state tournament a year ago, thanks to their 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 24-26, 15-5 regional semifinal victory over No. 6 Holland Christian Tuesday in Middleville. “It feels good,” said Lakewood senior Emily Kutch. “People keep saying its our year to win it all, so we’re just trying to do our best to do that.” Kutch and teammate Olivia Davis blasted cross-court kills off sets from teammate

The Vikings get fired up as Olivia Davis is introduced before the start of Tuesday’s Class B Regional Semifinal against Holland Christian at Thornapple Kellogg High School. (Photo by Brett Bremer) Brooke Wieland to score the first two points of the fifth set against the Maroons, and after a back and forth semifinal someone finally started dominating. Holland Christian head coach Katie Harvey used each of her two time-outs in the first eight points, a stretch in which the Vikings built a 7-1 lead. “We passed the ball. If you pass the ball, errors don’t happen. If you don’t pass the ball you can’t get everybody in the offense,” said Rowland. She credited libero Beth Tingley stepping up her game.

“That’s what made the difference in the fifth set. She pulled it together and it was a fairly easy set to win,” Rowland said. Tingley had a team-high 24 digs in the match. While the Vikings’ passing improved, the Maroons’ suffered “I totally thought we had the momentum,” said Harvey, “and we know what we have do in fifth games. We’ve been in a lot of them this season, but we just got too emotional, and had too much adrenaline. We just fell apart.” Kutch had 18 kills and five blocks and Davis added 11 kills.

Vikings top TK for district title again

Lakewood’s varsity volleyball team shows off its district championship trophy after scoring a 3-1 victory over Thornapple Kellogg in the Class B District Final at Wayland Union High School Saturday. Team members are (front from left) Emily Kutch, Brooke Wieland, Olivia Davis, (back) coach Kellie Rowland, Beth Tingley, Taylor Vantland, Charlie Smith, Madison Neustifter, Taylor Shook, Sunshine Young, Jordan Kietzman, Gracie Shellenbarger, Vanessa Reynhout and Karly Morris. (Photo by Perry Hardin) Lakewood’s varsity volleyball team defeated Thornapple Kellogg for the second fall in a row in the Class B District Finals. The Trojans pushed the Vikings to five sets a year ago, but Saturday at Wayland Union High School TK managed to steal just one set from the top ranked team in the state. Lakewood earned a spot in this week’s Class B Regional Tournament in Middleville by outscoring the Trojans 25-17, 20-25, 2511, 25-8. Passing troubles hurt the Trojans much of the morning, especially on the serve receive. Lakewood’s Olivia Davis had six aces in the three sets. Brooke Wieland added three and Emily Kutch two. “Without the passing, we were not able to run our offense as usual,” said Thornapple Kellogg head coach Patty Pohl. The Vikings did their best on the other side of the net to limit the offense the Trojans did get going. They focused on taking away the Trojans’ attack through the middle. Vanessa Reynhout had six blocks, that head coach Kellie Rowland said “changed the game.” Wieland also had four blocks to go with her 38 assists. Many of those passes went to Kutch and Davis. Kutch led her team with 14 kills and Davis had ten. Reynhout finished with four kills. In the back defensively, the Vikings got 14 digs from Beth Tingley and 11 from Kutch. Jordan Kietzman and Wieland added six digs each. Sydney LeMay found enough space at the net to lead the Trojans with nine kills and nine blocks. Jessica Ziccarello added nine kills for TK too. Setter Alaina Pohl finished with 25 assists and eight digs. “I had an outstanding group of young ladies, who have great integrity and character,” said coach Pohl. “What more could a coach ask for?” “That's definitely what I told them after we lost. I said nothing about the match itself, except that sometimes when you want something really badly, it’s hard to just relax and play with confidence.” TK ends the year with a 44-12-2 record.

Lakewood’s Emily Kutch (left) winds up to blast an attack past the block of Holland Christian’s Alyssa Garvelink and Hope Leppink early on in the second set Tuesday. (Photo by Brett Bremer) Wieland helped out the defensive effort with 17 digs and also had 34 assists. Freshman Charlie Smith did a solid job of passing while Wieland was helping out in the back. Lakewood nearly avoided the fifth set, taking a 23-21 lead, but the Hawks rallied with a couple of kills and an ace by big junior middle Alyssa Garvelink. Garvelink finished with 28 kills, but Rowland was pleased with the defense her team played against her at the net forcing her to hit from the right side and getting hands on attacks that allowed teammates to pass the ball up. Holland Christian also got 39 assists from setter hope Leppink and 20 digs from libero Michelle Busscher. “Everybody played well as a team,” Kutch said. “We knew we had to take it one point at a time. We just brought it all together.” Forest Hills Eastern brought it all together in its semifinal as well, topping No. 9 South Christian 25-19, 25-17, 25-16 in its regional semifinal in Middleville Tuesday. “Our young girls have matured (since the last meeting with FHE), and we have probably more young girls than they do,” Rowland said. “That’s a key for us, that everybody comes in and plays hard and does their very best. That’s what we’ve got to have. We’ve been No. 1 and No. 2 back and forth all year.” The winner of Thursday’s regional final advances to the Class B State Quarterfinal,

Thornapple Kellogg’s Nicole Schondelmayer (left) and Lakewood’s Vanessa Reynhout meet above the net during Saturday’s Class B District Final at Wayland Union High School. (Photo by Perry Hardin) Lakewood improved to 48-4 with the win. The district championship is the 21st for the

Vikings in the past 24 varsity volleyball seasons. 77571580

Lakewood’s Jordan Kietzman sets herself to pass a Holland Christian serve during Tuesday’s Class B Regional Semifinal in Middleville. (Photo by Brett Bremer) which will be played at Allegan Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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News on M-43/M-37 project is good and bad

Traffic moving and barrels on the side of the North Broadway waiting to be picked up by construction crews Tuesday morning.

This former Bank of America branch in Marshall is expected to be the newest branch of Hastings City Bank.

Hastings City Bank expanding to Marshall Construction barrels funnel traffic on Green Street east of South Broadway to allow workers to work on sewers near the intersection. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good news/bad news situation for Hastings, according to Michigan Department of Transportation communications representative Nick Schirripa. First the good news: The project is 99 percent complete. Paving is finished, barrels have been removed, and traffic is now flowing freely on the reconfigured portion of M43 from State Street north to the city limits. Schirripa said the only thing that needs to be finished on that portion of the project is a lit-

tle sidewalk, ramp and seeding work. Now for the bad news: the M-37 portion of the project will not be completed until the spring of 2013. Contractors have barrels in place on Green Street between South Broadway and Hanover Street while crews do intersection and sewer work. However, due to the lateness of the season and falling temperatures, that portion of the project will not be repaved until the spring. However, Schirripa said the utility and intersection work is slated

to be completed and barrels removed within another week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have everything buttoned up before the snow flies, and the road will be open until the spring,â&#x20AC;? he said. Schirripa said the entire project was scheduled to be completed by mid-November, but engineers and contractors were slowed when they ran into problems with underground utilities on the M-43 portion of the project.

HCB Financial Corp. announced Wednesday plans to open the seventh branch office of its subsidiary Hastings City Bank in Marshall. Pending regulatory approval, the office is scheduled to open in first quarter 2013. The company recently completed the acquisition of a former bank branch facility located at 124 W. Michigan Ave., in downtown Marshall. The facility served as a branch office of Bank of America until September. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This investment demonstrates a further commitment to our community banking model that has served us well for 126 years,â&#x20AC;? said Mark A. Kolanowski, president and CEO of HCB Financial Corp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This acquisition expands our geographic footprint and provides an important opportunity for us to

enhance our growth.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The availability of this particular property created a unique opportunity for us to not only enter the Marshall market, but to enter in a historically significant banking facility dating back to 1930 that is front and center in the community,â&#x20AC;? added Kolanowski. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a fantastic opportunity for our organization. We were drawn to Marshall by its wonderful past and promising future and are excited to bring our brand of community banking to the area.â&#x20AC;? HCB Financial Corp. is a privately held bank holding company headquartered in Hastings. Hastings City Bank offices are located in Hastings, Middleville, Nashville Bellevue, Caledonia and Wayland. As of Sept. 30, the company had total assets of $257 million.

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