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THE HASTINGS

VOLUME 159, No. 42

NEWS BRIEFS Free children’s concert planned Friday night Children and adults are invited to the free annual children’s concert by the Thornapple Wind Band and the Hastings Community Music School’s CMS Singers Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hastings High School lecture hall. Children are invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes and join in a costume parade during the concert. The CMS Singers will be performing “Here Comes Halloween” and “Have a Happy Halloween.” The band will be performing several pieces, including “Chillers and Thrillers” (themes of suspense by John Williams), “The March of Siamese Children” by Richard Rodgers, “Looney Tunes Overture,” a medley of Disney classics, and “Danse Macabre” by Saint Sans. The CMS Singers is made up of children in seconed through eighth grades from Hastings, Middleville and surrounding areas and is directed by Danielle Brower. The Thornapple Wind Band is directed by Dave Macquee and assistant director Sandi Wake of Middleville. All concert-goers are welcome to join the band members for refreshments at a reception following the concert.

Pennock Health Services Dirty Dozen this Sunday Anyone looking for some good “clean” fun and an opportunity to help a good cause is encouraged to participate in the Pennock Health Services Dirty Dozen— 12 obstacles starting at 12 noon, Sunday, Oct. 28, at the corner of M-37 and M-43 highways. All proceeds from the event featuring a one-mile mini mud run and obstacle course will benefit Barry County United Way. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the first of group of 12 participants will start the timed event at noon with the rest to follow in groups of 12 at two to five minute intervals. For more information call 269-838-4019. Pre-register online at www.pennockhealth.com.

‘Revelation to John’ topic of ILR classes “The Revelation to John” will be the topic of the next Institute for Learning in Retirement Class. Rev. Michael Anton will explore the final book of the biblical canon focusing on its original setting and literal or symbolic interpretation. The class will meet at the Kellogg Community College Fehsenfeld Center on West Gun Lake Road Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 31 through Dec. 12. (No class Nov. 21). Fee information may be obtained or registration made by calling the KCC Fehsenfeld Center at 269 948 9500, ext. 2803.

Fall leaf pickup begins Nov. 5 The Hastings Department of Public Services will begin its fall leaf pickup Monday, Nov. 5 in the Second and Third wards south of State Street. City crews will then finish the Second and Third wards north of State Street and move into the First Ward north of the Thornapple River. Crews will finish in the Fourth Ward from Broadway to the west city limits. Residents should place leaves near the curb, not in the street.

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Terpening trial begins over alleged criminal sexual conduct by David DeDecker Staff Writer Michael Terpening, 33, is accused of numerous acts of criminal sexual conduct with underage boys at the Bellevue group home which he directed. Terpening has been free on bond since August, pending his trial which began on Monday, Oct. 22. The trial is expected to last two or three weeks. The Michigan Attorney General’s Office, represented by Assistant AG Angela Povilaitis is the prosecution for the case. In her opening statement, Povilaitis told the 16-person jury that Terpening is responsible for his decisions and actions, nobody else. “He had sufficient authority in every sense of the word,” said Povilaitis. “They knew they had nowhere to turn and he knew that...the kids knew he was in charge. He controlled their money and privileges. He could get them into trouble with their foster care workers or probation officers. He controlled their visits to court and to their friends. He controlled when they would see their families. He knew their personal histories - why they were in the system. He knew their vulnerabilities.” Povilaitis told the jury Terpening had staffed the group home, “The House Next Door” with family members and friends who rely on him for their livelihood. She said they knew they would support him and they would continue to support him no matter what occurred. She explained there were five victims who will testify during the course of the trial, all of whom are vulnerable young men placed under Terpening’s authority. “Remember this phrase in the course of the next few weeks,” said Povilaitis. “You are here because of the choices and decisions that Mr. Terpening made. He will focus on the kids and their vulnerabilities and their troubles - their issues. Make no mistake, it is the People of the State of Michigan versus Michael Terpening. We are here because of the choices and decisions that he made. Keep that focus on him. “His predatory behavior at The House Next Door was kept a secret, quiet, and in the dark for years... he finally assaulted the wrong boy.” The AG explained how Terpening allegedly “groomed” his victims by slowly, and over time, bringing up the subject of sexual behavior, and gay sex. He would then take the boys to an isolated spot and ask to see their genitalia. He reportedly performed oral sex on victims, talked dirty and pleasured himself, then gave gifts such as cigarettes and ordered them not to say anything about the incident.

Povilaitis told the jury that the burden of proof, beyond a reasonable doubt, was the prosecution’s duty and she would provide conclusive evidence Terpening committed the acts of which he is accused. “I ask you lastly,” said Povilaitis, “to focus on Mr. Terpening. Focus on what he did. He will try to keep the focus on these troubled, vulnerable young men. He will put this on their behavior and their choices and their decisions. But, you ladies and gentlemen, are

here because of one thing - because of what this man did and the choices he made when he abused that position of authority and selfishly stole what he wanted from the victims for his own selfish, sexual satisfaction.” Attorney Thomas Schaeffer and co-counsel Joseph Eldred are charged with representation of the defendant Michael Aaron Terpening. Schaeffer told the jury that the AG would like the jury to believe only one side of the story.

“She says focus on what we are accusing the defendant of doing, and disregard other evidence you are going to hear,” said Schaefer. “And she knows what the other evidence is, in spite of that, she is saying to disregard it.” Schaeffer explained there are five alleged accusers and two of those accusers are main witnesses for the prosecution. He told the jury

See TRIAL, page 7

New York author says need for local investing critical to every community by Doug VanderLaan Editor For a gal from the streets of Brooklyn, New York, author Amy Cortese has a lot in common with residents of Barry County. Cortese, the author of ‘Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and how to Profit from It,’ will be the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s Barry County Economic Development Summit to be held at the Barry Expo Center. The presentation, scheduled with a lunch buffet beginning at 12 p.m., will be held in conjunction with the annual Business Expo that takes place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “I think the principles of local investing are pretty universal,” says Cortese, a former editor at Business Week whose book began with momentum from a small New York Times Magazine article about the market turmoil of 2008. “It does happen on a micro level here in Brooklyn because we’re very neighborhood-oriented, but the need sometimes is greater in more rural settings because, by nature, if you’re smaller you’re already more of an intimate community.” The intimacy of community is what fuels Cortese in her nationwide quest to mobilize localities to use small business and local investing as a defense against the overwhelming dominance of the country’s financial and political system on community life. “I grew up in the small town of Scotch Plains, New Jersey,” relates Cortese, during a telephone interview from her home, “and it was one of those quintessentially small, middle class towns where I walked to school and there was a great, little downtown. What made it special and gave it character was independent businesses, there were no big shops.

Author Amy Cortese will deliver a compelling perspective on local investing to the Barry County Economic Development Summit on Tuesday. “We did get a mall which siphoned people out of the downtown area, but that was the national trend. At the time, everyone thought it was great progress, capitalism. But now, after a few decades, we’re able to see the consequences of it. It’s not just malls, but globalization and a number of these trends that have hollowed out our communities.” It’s Cortese’s mission to build them back. As she traveled from New York, to Hawaii, and to places in between like Clare, MI while researching her book, Cortese found dozens of towns and cities that are engaging in grass-

roots efforts of collaboration and creative investing to rebuild their communities by fighting off the dominant influence of Wall Street and corporate fat cats. In nearly every case, Cortese was able to document the vital role of small business in those grassroots efforts to save their towns. Yet, her business reporting background convinced Cortese that the country’s financial and political system is stacked against small business -- despite the fact that small business generates 80 percent of jobs and half of GDP in America. “I’m seeing efforts on the part of a huge number of people to buy local,” says Cortese. “The ‘locavore’ movement is supporting local producers, moving food from the farm to our table. The next step is to invest locally, arguably, the most important piece to the movement.” Cortese is already at work on that piece, not only talking, as she will on Tuesday, about local stock exchanges, community-based funds, and social media “crowdfunding,” but also redesigning her www.locavesting.com website to help people connect their investable money with local entrepreneurs and small businesses. The challenge, Cortese concedes, will always be the engagement and the commitment of the local consumer who lives in an economy that has become so efficient it can consistently deliver the lowest price. “I’m a cost conscious shopper, too,” points out Cortese, “but there’s this perception that the big store is always going to be cheaper. The big store comes in with its lower price points but, once the local competition disappears, the lower price points disappear, too. That’s another assumption we need to ques-

See INVESTING, pg. 3

Hastings in top 7 at state for fourth straight fall by Brett Bremer Sports Editor Hastings varsity girls’ golf coach Bruce Krueger feels like his team has established a reputation as a team to be reckoned with in Michigan high school girls golf. The Saxons wrapped up their season with their fourth straight top seven finish at the Division 3 State Finals, which were held Friday and Saturday at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek. Hastings was third last year, second in 2010 and fourth in 2009. The Saxon team was in sixth place after shooting a 374 in the cold, wet conditions Friday, then dropped down to seventh with a 386 in the nicer weather Saturday. “I think some of our girls had very high, possibly unrealistic, expectations of themselves on Saturday and struggled to maintain their emotional composure when things started to go downhill, and this contributed to our higher score on day two,” said Krueger. “While the girls may have been temporarily disappointed, they should be very satisfied with their season.” The Saxons were shooting for a top five finish, and hoping to finally pass OK Gold Conference rival South Christian. They knew those were lofty goals though. That would be the mark of a great golf program: girls feeling a little disappointed in a seventh place finish at the state finals after a runner-up performance in the OK Gold and a Regional championship. Forest Hills Eastern won the state championship with a two-day score of 710. The

The ten medalists over the weekend at the Division 3 State Finals, hosted by Bedford Valley, included (front from left) Cranbrook-Kingswood’s Cordelia Chan, Clio’s Ayla Bogie, Dearborn Divine Child’s Natalie Blazo, Forest Hills Eastern’s Henna Singh, (back) Cranbrook-Kingswood’s Greer Clausen, Forest Hills Eastern’s Jordan DuVall, Detroit Country Day’s Ellie Miller, Hastings’ Kylee Nemetz and Grosse Ile’s Katherine Kuzmiak. Hawks were in fourth place after a 367 on day one, but rallied for a 343 on day two. Cranbrook-Kingswood, which led with a 355 on day one followed that up with a 357 to finish at 712. Detroit Country Day and Grosse Ile each shot a 713. Jackson Northwest was fifth at 743, followed by South Christian 754,

Hastings 760, Tecumseh 767, Chelsea 768, Lakewood 773, Grand Rapids Christian 774, Marshall 826, Big Rapids 839, Plainwell 844 and Cedar Springs 886. While it was the fourth straight year the Saxons were in the top seven at the state finals, it was the fifth straight in which the team had an individual finish in the top seven.

Kylee Nemetz did it for the first time, after four years of 2011 state champion Gabrielle Shipley winning state medals. Nemetz finished in a tie for seventh with her two-day score of 169. She fired an 85 Friday then came back with an 84 on Saturday. “Kylee got off to a fantastic start (Saturday) by being only two-over-par after twelve holes, but couldn’t maintain that level of play when adversity struck.” Katie Brown also improved her score from day one to day two for Hastings. She shot an 89 Friday and an 87 Saturday which was her best 18-hole round of the season. Krueger said Nemetz and Brown were both on top of their game Friday, and played with confidence throughout the round. Solid rounds from seniors Lindy Kloosterman and Amanda Sarhatt helped the Saxons to their strong day-one finish. Kloosterman shot a 96 and Sarhatt a 104. Both slipped a bit Saturday, with Kloosterman scoring a 106 and Sarhatt a 109. Courtney Rybiski was the fifth golfer for the Saxons each day, shooting a 126 and a 121. Lakewood got a 92-89-181 from Emily Barker and a 96-96-192 from Olivia Barker. Victoria Hager added a 103-97-200, Kennedy Hilley 102-100-202 and Bryonna Barton 11098-208. “I was very proud of the team’s improvement after the second round on Saturday,” said Lakewood head coach Carl Kutch. “The

See GOLF, page 18


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Students take field trip to Art Prize Lane Cooper brings art to the classroom by Shari Carney Staff Writer Art Prize may have ended, but students at Barry Intermediate School District in Hastings have been keeping it alive by creating versions of favorite pieces. The experience continued with a visit from Art Prize artist, Lane Cooper. A field trip to Grand Rapids earlier this month, Thursday, Oct. 4, had students, staff and volunteers trekking around the city visiting Art Prize entries. Besides interpreting the art pieces, students involved themselves in the voting process. Tie-ins were made to the upcoming presidential race. The two and a half hour field trip commenced from the Gerald R. Ford Museum and wove through various venues. “The only thing that stopped them was they were hungry,” said Amy Scoville, instructor. Back at the school the budding artists worked to create replications of favorite

Students at BISD get a close up view of a praying mantis created by visiting artist Lane Cooper, (front, from left) Matt Elliott, Steven Nagy, (back) CJ Brugh, Alicia Washburn and Michael Endsley.

Steven Nagy has found the piece he will replicate at Art Prize 2012. Nagy toured the event with his class Thursday, Oct. 4. (Photo by Amy Scoville)

Teacher Sally Shuster-Shoff shares a moment of art appreciation with Tasha Betzner. Artist Lane Cooper visited BISD Wednesday, Oct. 17 and brought found art creations for student exploration.

BISD student Alicia Washburn fashions an art project after a mosaic piece viewed at Art Prize. (Photo by Amy Scoville)

Steven Nagy reaches for the praying mantis created by Lane Cooper. Cooper is an award winning artist and contributer to Art Prize. He visited BISD Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Students, staff and volunteers from BISD toured Art Prize in Grand Rapids Thursday, Oct. 4, (front, from left) Robbie Spaulding, Bill Easey, Ray McKelvey Jr., (standing) Donna Schallhorn, Steven Nagy, Wanda Hartman, Keena Reid, Connie Summers, Drew Deming, Sally Shuster-Shoff, Derek Stiver, CJ Brugh, Alicia Washburn, Amy Scoville, Eric Daniels and Jan Day.

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Eric Daniels examines a figure with a door knob head, made by Lane Cooper. Cooper brought found art creations to show students at BISD Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Bill Easey wields a paint brush in the early stages of his art prize project. Each year the students at BISD choose a favorite Art Prize entry and recreate it for a display in the administration office. (Photo by Amy Scoville)

Steven Nagy carefully cuts the dog he has colored for his rendition of a favorite piece at Art Prize 2012. (Photo by Amy Scoville) pieces. The pieces are on display in the BISD adiministration office where they will be voted on by visitors and staff. Lane Cooper, an award winning artist from

Freeport, participated in Art Prize. He brought examples of found art creations to the students Wednesday, Oct. 17. A table was laden with sculptures including, a hockey player, horseshoe crab, flowers, praying mantis, lizard and a tractor. Using found art, Cooper sees potential in what most would consider junk. The horseshoe crab is made from an actual horseshoe, the tractor’s body from an old fashioned sewing machine, heads for a hockey player and skier from door knobs. Cooper shared that he suffered a closed

head injury, as the result of an accident, in 2003. The pain, while excruciating at times, has been helped by art therapy. Cooper learned welding as an employee at Amway. He would see items tossed away and would rescue them to create works of art. Students interracted with the pieces, touching them, turning them over and reaching for favorites. “It made my day to see these kids,” said Cooper who plans to come back and make a craft with the students.

Artist Lane Cooper visited the students at BISD Wednesday, Oct. 17. Cooper has learned to function with the challenges of a closed head injury sustained in 2003. Art has been therapy and now a full-time pursuit for Cooper.


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Pennock makes 2012 Quality and Culture Awards

The HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award is presented to (from left) Kenneth Merriman and Dave Heeringa, representing the Hastings Orthopedic Clinic, and to Joe Maurer and Lynda Lancamp, representing Pennock Health Services Surgical Services. Representing Pennock Health Services excellence throughout the area are (from left) Sarah Hardy - Clarksville Family Medicine, Anita Asadorian - Caledonia Family Medicine, Larry Hawkins - Gun Lake Family Medicine, Fred Bean - Nashville Family Medicine, and Diane Ebaugh - Hastings Family Medicine. Missing from the photo are Christina Reisinger and Sarah Verberg. As a group the team is honored with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Patient-Centered Medical Home Practice Initial Designation Award.

Maggie Coleman, chair of the Pennock Healthcare Board of Trustees, is the winner of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Fellowship Completion Award. (Photos by Rose Hendershot) The Barry Community Enrichment Center was the setting for the fifth annual Pennock Quality and Culture Awards on Thursday, Oct. 18. The awards represent a continued commitment to the organization’s mission to provide quality health services in a personal, professional, and progressive manner as a partner with the community. The “P” Award stands as a professional partner recognition to recipients who, in a variety of healthcare delivery areas, stood in 2012 as examples of the Pennock story.

Sharing the American Association for Respiratory Care Recognition Award are (from left) Shawn Wernette and Jon Anderson.

INVESTING, continued from page 1

Recognized by the American College of Radiology’s Nuclear Medicine and MRI Accreditation Program are (from left) Larry Winkler, Stacey VanDenBerg, Deborah White, and Scott Mayo. Not present for the photo are Melissa Mack, Dennis Bruce, and Eric Ward.

tion.” That lack of understanding is a frustration that carries over for Cortese into the polical arena, as well. “There’s just a lack of understanding of

“Our Main Streets and downtowns is where democracy thrives, where our town halls are the coffee shops. They’re the forum where people come together, where there’s an environment that promotes civic engagement. You don’t get that same civic understanding and engagement if you drive to the mall.”

halls are the coffee shops. They’re the forum where people come together, where there’s an environment that promotes civic engagement. You don’t get that same civic understanding and engagement if you drive to the mall.” The Economic Development Summit will also include a presentation on Barry County economic trends and issues by George A. Erickcek, senior regional analyst for the W.E. Upjohn Institute. Currently, Erickcek is leading a research team in a study and evaluation of Economic Development Association initiatives and their comprehensive planning documents. Thursday’s Business Expo is open to the public and free of charge. Registration fee for the Summit presentation is $10 which

“There’s just a lack of understanding of issues. People end up voting against their own best interests and that’s why education is so important. We need critical thinking.” Amy Cortese, author of “Locavesting” includes a lunch buffet. Registration is available online at www.mibarrysummit.eventbrite.com.

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Bob May loved being mayor of Hastings

Freddy Kietzman of Hastings shared this photo. She writes: “During the fall season, I love seeking out groups of birds that are gathering in preparation for their annual journey to warmer climates. This past late Saturday afternoon, I was driving south on Havens Road with the windows down. As I was passing Otis Sanctuary, I came upon a tree on the east side of the road and was surprised by an eagle sitting in the midst of dozens of [red-winged] blackbirds. My camera was standing by with exposure set. I grabbed it, aimed and shot.” Tom Funke, resident manager of the sanctuary, said they’ve had a flock of 750 to 1,000 red-winged blackbirds hanging around for the past week or so.

For more than 20 years, Bob May served the people of Hastings as council member and mayor with great pride and satisfaction. His gentle, quiet leadership style earned him the respect of so many who knew him, which was evident by the large crowd that filled the First Presbyterian Church at the Monday morning funeral celebration. A celebration of a great citizen, father, brother, friend — May will be remembered for his cheerleader leadership style that served him well as he led Hastings by “Preserving the past while planning for a beautiful future.” May was appointed as council member for the Second Ward in 1992 and was elected to the same in 1994, 1998 and 2002. He served as mayor pro-tem in 2001-03 and was elected as mayor in 2004, an office he held right up until his battle with cancer ended. In politics today we measure our leaders by their mistakes or their rhetoric rather than their values, actions and works. I read once that, “One of the marks of a gentleman is his refusal to make an issue out of every difference of opinion.” In all the conversations I’ve ever had with Bob, he always took the high road looking for the good in the people around him. He didn’t get caught up in opinions or controversy; his leadership style was about friendship, caring and concern to do the right thing for the people who relied on him. A couple of years ago, I wrote about another political leader for whom I always had a great deal of respect. Congressman Vern Ehlers served eight terms in congress before announcing his retirement in 2010. In an interview before he stepped down, Ehlers said, “In the good old days, they [congressional representatives] played golf together and had dinner at each other’s homes. It adds a lot to the civility — that just doesn’t happen any more.” Bringing civility and honor back to the political process is something that most Americans are looking for. Even though May’s role was local, he made getting things done possible because he was approachable, understanding and willing to do what was in the best interest of Hastings — his passion. The proof of his leadership style comes from the many accolades he received during his political career. During his years of public service, May was an active member of the Michigan Municipal League, a past board member of the Elected Officials Academy, EOA Certification. In 2007, he received the MML Special Award of Merit; in 2010 MML Exceptional Service Award; 2008 Michigan Association of Mayors Advocate of the Year and served on a number of their committees. Since being elected mayor in 2004, May served on the Hastings Planning Commission, Hastings Downtown Development Authority, Hastings Local Development Finance Authority and the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council. May was a member of the Hastings Kiwanis Club, the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings and was awarded the

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Since the FFA National Convention is being held this week in Indianapolis, it seemed a good time to run this photo. The young man seated on the left is wearing a jacket embroidered with the name Bob Case. Do you recognize the others? Do you know why or when this photo was taken? 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 photograph’s story, we want to hear from you. Mail information to Attn: Newsroom Hastings Banner, 1351 N. M43 Highway, Hastings, MI 49058; email news@j-adgraphics.com; or call 269-9459554. Last week’s photo, also of four men, but three in costume, drew several responses. Most people agreed that the man on the left was a Cleveland. Some said Denny Cleveland; some said Tom Cleveland. The man seated was Russ Hankins, owner of a jewelry store in Hastings. No one was certain of the identity of the other two. Do you know them, or do you know which Cleveland was in the photo?

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Book of Golden Deeds in 2008. As a cancer survivor, he participated in the local Relay for Life and was the first recipient of the Robert L. May Humanitarian Award from the American Cancer Society. May also took part in the local March of Dimes Walk for Babies. He started his life as a pre-term baby when his mother gave birth to two three-pound babies. His brother died the same day. Later, his sister was born prematurely, but was in the four-pound range. May said of his past, “When you think of what March of Dimes did back then, the big push was polio. Look what we did with polio — we hit it our of the ballpark — it’s gone for the most part. So there’s no reason March of Dimes can’t eliminate most premature births. One in eight births today are pre-term Let’s beat preterm births the way we beat polio.” For several years now, we’ve seen May with a tank of oxygen as his sidekick, allowing his the extra oxygen he needed to continue to do his special work. As part of the special ceremony, Dr. Jim Atkinson said he lived his life guided by the book, Power of Positive Thinking, written by Napoleon Hill and the lessons May learned from his time in the Navy. During his military career, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Meritorious Unite Ribbon. Returning home after his military service, May went to work for Pepsi as a route driver serving over 30 years before his retirement in 2000. Upon moving to Hastings, May became active in the local American Legion Post 45 where he was a past commander. He was a lifetime member of the Nashville VFW Post 8260 and Hastings Moose Lodge. During his earlier years, May was a Boy Scout, and throughout his life gave his time and talent serving the local Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs. May was a regular at local elementary schools, reading to the kids and telling them what it’s like to be mayor of Hastings As mayor of Hastings, he was on-call to tell his story to local organizations about how well the community was doing. He appeared in numerous parades and was honored as grand marshal – all in the line of duty. May was a dedicated servant to his constituents and lived life to the fullest. Included in the program handed out at May’s funeral was a poem titled “The Good Times and the Bad.’ The last paragraph sums up Bob’s life in just a few words. “No matter what the situation life throws at me, I will never worry. I will never be sad; Because God is with me always, Through the Good Times and the Bad. May struggled with a number of medical issues, but it never slowed him down. He awoke every day ready to face all the adversity life could throw at him – he forged on as though he didn’t have a worry in the world. We will miss May’s big smile, gentle ways and the dedication he brought to every challenge.

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Sheriffs should enforce laws, not interpret them

IURPRXUUHDGHUV Religious groups should not be forced to provide contraceptive coverage To the editor: Joe Biden managed once again to make a train wreck out of his open mouth during the Vice Presidential debate. Prime example: his assurance that the Catholic Church should in no way be forced to violate its teachings by complying with the now-notorious mandate by Health and Human Services. This mandate says that employers, including religious institutions, will be required to furnish contraception coverage as part of their health care plans. This mandate is a direct attack on the Catholic Church, which will be forced to violate its most deeply held beliefs in order to comply with governmental fiat. The Catholic Church sees this as an outrageious violation of religious liberty. “With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church,” said Biden, “let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution -Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic Social Services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy Hospital, any hospital -- none has to either refer contraception; none has to pay for contraception; none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact.” A fact, perhaps, in the weird Orwellian world of this administration, where fiction is fact, danger is security, economic hardship is economic growth, and truth always seems to go begging. It didn’t take the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops even 24 hours to contradict this “fact.” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, the chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ ad hoc Committee on Religious Freedom called Biden’s statement “inaccurate in the extreme.” Biden’s words are one more example of the

Democratic Party’s hustling the Catholic vote with soothing, but fundamentally worthless assurances. We have been told that the administration generously made an “accommodation” to allow religious institutions to get out of paying for contraception if it violates their teachings. Instead, the insurance providers would pick up the cost. The so-called “accommodation” amounts to nothing more than an accounting gimmick. By transferring it to the insurance providers, the cost of contraception has been placed one remove from the Church. But the Church will still pay. The insurance providers are not going to provide these services free, no matter how much the government insists that they will be. They will simply tack this cost onto the premiums and the religious institutions will pay for it. “Obviously, if there were no threat to religious liberty,” said Archibishop Lori, “if the HS mandate were not forcing us to fund and facilitate things we regard as immoral, we wouldn’t be in court seeking redress. It was both surprising and disappointing that something so blatantly inaccurate was said in such a public venue.” All this from a man who goes out of his way to assure us that he is a “faithful Catholic.” I’m waiting for a journalist with enough moxie to ask Biden just what he means by “faithful.” I’ll bet the answer would provide fodder for a very pointed discussion. Gary Coates Hastings

Write in Jeff VanNortwick for county commissioner To the editor: Jeff VanNortwick is a write-in candidate for Barry County commissioner for the townships of Assyria, Baltimore and Johnstown. I was very disappointed in the results of the primary in August. Although the vote was close, Commissioner VanNortwick did not prevail. I have had the opportunity to attend, with frequency the Johnstown Township Board meetings. It is rare if Commissioner VanNortwick is not in attendance to board meetings in all three townships in his district. Updates on events and county government

decisions are reported and questions answered. I have personally referred taxpayers to Commissioner VanNortwick for questions related to county government functions. The response is timely and helpful. I have worked with many governmental officials over several years and believe retaining Commissioner Jeff VanNortwick will serve the 7th District well. Joyce Foondle, Johnstown Township

Substance abuse is everyone’s problem To the editor: October is designated as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month by President Obama and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. National studies and surveys, along with local data collection, indicate substance abuse, including underage drinking and the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications, is a problem that affects many people. Among Barry County youths reporting recent substance abuse, the abuse of alcohol ranks first, followed by marijuana (second), tobacco (third), and prescription medicine abuse (fourth) (MiPHY survey, 2010). For adults in our community, trends are similar. Research shows prevention efforts work to reduce youth and adult substance abuse behaviors. Ben Franklin was correct when he said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Simply put, if we put our efforts into prevention, we need less treatment and intervention later on. The Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force, along with its many partners, is active throughout the community, spreading prevention messages to help make Barry County a safer, healthier place for all. These prevention messages and activities are everywhere. Look around, you’ll see prevention at work. Good community prevention includes individuals, parents and families, too. Everyone can do something to help prevent substance abuse — in their home, in their family and in their community. Here are some quick and easy prevention strategies: Talk to your children and grandchildren. Tell them you want them to make good choices to be free of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Research shows that talking works. Make your home a “safe” place by locking up and securing any medications — be sure to monitor your medications, too. Dispose of medications safely at one of three law enforcement locations or one of the eight local pharmacies participating in medication collection. If you’re driving, simply don’t drink any alcohol or take prescription medications that

can affect your ability to drive. Don’t provide alcohol to minors. It’s illegal. Plain and simple. Provide a smoke-free environment for yourself and your loved ones. Second-hand smoke is harmful to everyone. Need help quitting? Call 800-QUIT-NOW. If you see suspicious behavior that you believe could be drug-related, such as meth production, call 911 or Silent Observer at 800-310-9031 immediately. Learn more about preventing substance abuse for yourself and your loved ones. Visit our website at www.barrycountysatf.com for more information. Most importantly, if you or a loved one is experiencing problems related to substance abuse, please seek help. Help is available and is only a phone call away; local treatment is available at Barry County Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, 269948-8041. This October, please join me, and all the members of the Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force in doing our part to prevent substance abuse in Barry County. Let’s work together to make our community a better, healthier place. For more information, please feel free to call the SATF, 269-948-4200. Liz Lenz, coordinator Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force

To the editor: Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. I would like to thank Doug VanderLaan for the research and reporting in the October 4th Hastings Banner. It provided enough leads that anyone with internet access could easily find out more. There is so very much more to find. The CSPOA is not about law enforcement. Quite the opposite, it is about subverting the constitution, not defending it. It is a farfringe political organization somewhere out beyond the end of the legitimate political spectrum. The very existence of the CSPOA is based on the bizarre theory that a county sheriff has the constitutional right and duty to arrest federal law enforcement officers when, in the opinion of the sheriff, the feds are overstepping their authority. It is very troubling that Sheriff Dar Leaf and his Eaton County counterpart Mike Raines actually believe this baloney. Wow. Aren't you proud of your sheriff now? Dar Leaf claims that the CSPOA meetings that he attended in Las Vegas were “training and education.” Materials readily available on the internet indicate otherwise. There is no legitimate law enforcement related component. It is pure political indoctrination, nothing more, nothing less. Sheriff Leaf would like us to believe that the speakers at the CSPOA meeting were “constitutional scholars.” In the fantasy world of Las Vegas and in their own fertile imaginations, maybe they are. In the real world though, these people are nothing more than political crackpots. Nobody becomes a real “constitutional scholar” by self-proclamation. Under the real constitution, police enforce the law. The courts interpret the law and the constitution. A sheriff has never had the authority to decide constitutional questions. Under the CSPOA's fantasy version, what is “repugnant” to the constitution is left to the whims of the local sheriff. These two sheriffs truly believe that this is within their constitutional authority. It would be funny if it wasn't scary. Directly from the CSPOA website: “It is imperative that we educate all elected officials and the people they serve on the duties and authority of the sheriff to protect the people from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Sheriffs have the authority and duty to stop state and federal enforcement of laws repugnant to the constitutions. After all, they did take an oath to do so!” Did you get that? According to these cowboys, the courts no longer determine what is or is not constitutional. No need for due process anymore, the sheriff can take care of that just fine, thank you. The sheriff is the ultimate constitutional authority. Just ask him. Can you imagine that a sheriff might act beyond his/her authority? That is simply unthinkable, because our sheriff IS the authority. Just ask our very own sheriff. The best enigmatic quote thus far is this, from Sheriff Dar Leaf. “If you don't use the authority granted to you, you are, in a sense, taking it away from the public.” What in the world does that mean? Under what circumstances has Dar Leaf ever exercised that socalled “authority.” To my knowledge, he never has. Under what circumstances would Dar Leaf ever exercise that “authority.” I want to know. More importantly, to be an informed voter, I need to know. Federal and state law enforcement officials have traditionally had the cooperation of local law enforcement officers in conducting their investigations and arrests. Will that trust continue when the local sheriff has publically declared that his real loyalty might be with the other team? Probably not. The curious aspect of this is that none of these sheriffs are willing to actually exercise the powers that they proclaim they have. How do I know? Think about it. If any county sheriff anywhere actually physically interfered with a federal (or state) law enforcement official exercising their bona fide duty and authority, it would be front-page above-the-fold news in every newspaper across the country and, indeed, around the world. It would be the lead story of every news broadcast everywhere. If even one sheriff ever actually exercised the authority they claim for themselves, everyone would know about it. The reason you have never heard of a sheriff exercising these fantasy powers is that it has never happened. Yet. The apparent goal of the CSPOA is to prod some sheriff somewhere to do something profoundly stupid. Why have none done so? Who will be the first to actually cross that line? Will our sheriff be the hero of this group? Will our sheriff go where no swashbuckling sheriff has ever gone before? So, the CSPOA is an organization of county sheriffs that claims fantasy constitutional

President to blame for gas prices, economic troubles To the editor: Here are some facts and reminders of how things have changed following the Nov. 2008 Presidential election: At that time, the cost of a gallon of gasoline was $1.99; unemployment was 6.3%; Hastings had four automobile dealerships and we now have none; MetalDine, a factory in Middleville,

employed about 200 workers and that factory along with many other businesses has closed. I hope the voters remember this at election time this year. George Cullers Baltimore Township

powers for themselves that none of them are willing to actually use. Wow. Aren't you proud of your sheriff now? There are 3,142 counties or county-equivalent units of government in the United States. The sheriffs of only 160 or so have joined the CSPOA. So, 5% of the elected sheriffs have publically demonstrated their mental imbalance. We can take comfort that such a small percentage have done so. We should be very uncomfortable that ours is among the unbalanced 5%. How is it that so many sheriffs can be so thoroughly misled? I don't know for sure, but I have a theory. I believe the CSPOA is seducing these flawed human beings by whispering sweet words in their ears. “YOU are the last line of defense for the constitution.” YOU are the ultimate authority.” “YOU don't even have to obey the President.” They are playing on the vanity of some very vain people. Money, (and apparently lots of it) plays a part, too. Dar Leaf has readily confirmed that his expenses were entirely covered by the CSPOA. Think about that. Somebody with very deep pockets is paying the way, not for just our sheriff, but quite likely for many more. Who is that, and what is their real agenda? Dar Leaf has now made two trips to Las Vegas to rub elbows with other sheriffs who are equally vulnerable and vain. Why? So that he and the others can congratulate each other on their newly-found fantasy powers and duties. So that he and 127 other county sheriffs can solve problems that simply don't exist. Wow. Aren't you proud of your sheriff now? Our sheriff asserts that “The federal gov-

ernment doesn't have to follow normal procedures like I'd have to follow.” This is complete nonsense. All levels of government are subject to the constitution, and to federal and state laws and regulations. Sometimes federal (and state, and local) officials exceed their authority. When they do, the judicial system will rein them in. For every anecdote of official overreach, there are plenty of documented instances where courts have told the government, “You can't do that.” Our system works. Sheriff Leaf said, “We have a lot of people - even in our own community - who are scared about (the federal government).” Of course, he is right about that. I have spoken with many of those same people. While some of their fears might be out of proportion, they are not misplaced. We should all be vigilant. We should all be ready and willing to protect and defend our constitutional rights from any threat, federal or state. Or local. All law enforcement officers at every level of government have difficult and dangerous jobs. No officer anywhere deserves the distraction and implied threat of a second-guessing cowboy sheriff. Shame on Dar Leaf. Shame on Mike Raines. And shame on every other member of CSPOA. When it comes to clear and present danger of official overreach, I think the people of Barry and Eaton Counties have far more to fear from a delusional sheriff than from the federal government. I don't want to be alarmist about this, but aren't you more than just a little bit concerned about your sheriff now? Brian Reynolds Hastings

Bridge is Michigan’s future To the editor: Unfortunately, Proposal 6 doesn’t consider Michigan’s future. It preserves the lucrative monopoly enjoyed by the Ambassador Bridge owners, who are bankrolling the proposal and spending millions on deceptive advertising to stall Michigan’s progress. Proposal 6 supporters say there’s no such thing as a “free bridge.” Of course, the bridge will be paid for — but not by Michigan taxpayers. It will be designed, built and operated

by the private sector. Canada is graciously agreeing to foot the bill for Michigan’s share of the project and will be repaid by tolls on its side of the border. Our legally binding agreement makes this clear – Michigan taxpayers will not pay for this project. Don’t let Proposal 6 stand in the way of a more prosperous Michigan. Brian Calley, Lt. Governor

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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: senrjones@senate.michigan.gov 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: mikecallton@house.mi.gov 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) 225-5144. District office: Room 166, Federal Building, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503, phone (616) 451-8383. 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.


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Area Obituaries Patricia Burd

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...at 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. bjw1633@sbcglobal.net. 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 office@mei.net or visit www.countrychapelumc.org <http://www.countrychapelumc.org/> 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 http://trax.to/andrewmatthias. 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. hopeum.org. 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. LIFEGATE COMMUNITY CHURCH 301 E. State Rd., P.O. Box 273, Hastings, MI 49058. Pastor Scott Price. Phone: 269-948-0900. Website: www.lifegatecc.com. Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Wednesday Life Group 6:30 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Discover God’s Grace with us! Holy Communion Every Sunday! Sunday, October 28 - Worship Service 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. October 28 Men’s Alcoholics Anonymous 7 p.m. October 29 - Adventure Bible Study 7 p.m.; Recovery Bible Study 7:30 p.m. October 30 - Pastor Interfaith Dialogue. October 31 Wordwatchers 10 a.m. November 1 - 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 9452645, fax 269-945-2698. Pastor Amy Luckey. http://www.discover-grace.org 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 www.firstchurchhastings.org and our web log for sermons at: http://hastingspresbyterian.blogspot.com. 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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Patricia (Pat) (Shurlow) Burd passed from this life on October 17, 2012. She was born on May 10, 1928, the daughter of Clayton Shurlow and Frances (Scott) Shurlow. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1947 and worked at the Hastings Manufacturing Company before she married Robert Burd in October of 1948. All of their married life was lived in Assyria Township. He preceded her in death on July 9, 2000. She worked for a time at the Bellevue Middle School library and retired from what was then Community Hospital in 1988. She is survived by her daughter, Anna (Ron) Bender and sons, Tom (Gail) Burd of Elizabethton, TN and Jerry Burd at home; grandchildren, Matt (Christina) Bender and Nick (Melissa) Bender of Nashville and Nicole Burd and Josh (Miranda) Burd of Elizabethton; nine great-grandchildren;, two great-great-grandchildren; beloved nieces and nephews on both sides of the family; along with sisters-in-law, Bonnie Pierce of Pennfield, Thelma Burd of Hastings and brother-in-law Arden (Virginia) Burd of Nashville. Also surviving are her brother, Robert (Su) Shurlow of Hastings and sisters, Cathleen (David) White of Holly Springs, NC and Dorothy (Gene) Flint of Hastings. Her life centered on family, and her later life was further enriched by the music she played with the Nashville Strings and the Nashville Five Plus, among others, and the friends she made doing so. She was entirely self-taught, but she sang and played the banjo, guitar and piano joyously, and the importance in her life of those evenings making music cannot be overstated. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place, and a memorial service held on October 22, 2012 at the Baseline Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. Please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net for further details.

Timothy R. Koutz GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Timothy R. Koutz, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Sunday October 21, 2012 at Hope Network Assisted Living from complications of Huntington’s disease. He was born in Hastings on January 17, 1962 to Leonard and Evaline (Potter) Koutz. He weighed 8 pound 8 ounces and it was 8 degrees outside. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1980. He was employed in Colorado as a mechanic and later in Grand Rapids as a Water Proofer for a commercial contractor. Surviving are his mother, Evaline (Rev. Vernon) Macy of Hastings; siblings, Micheal of Kalamazoo, Cheryl (Jim) House of Grand Rapids and Ron (Glenda) of Hastings; three nephews and a niece; one great niece and one great nephew. Tim was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Leonard Koutz. Tim’s family received friends on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Hastings First Baptist Church, 309 E. Woodlawn Ave. in Hastings with a luncheon until time of services. Funeral services entrusted to Lauer Family Funeral Homes – Wren Chapel, 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings. For those who wish, the family would appreciate contributions to Hope Network Foundation, PO BOX 890, Grand Rapids, MI 49518. Please share a memory with Tim’s family at www.lauerfh.com.

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HASTINGS, MI - Omar Ray Cooper, age 73, of Hastings, passed away Monday, October 22, 2012 at Spectrum Health Butterworth in Grand Rapids. He was born April 26, 1939 in Charters, KY, the son of Minor and Jessie (Lewis) Cooper. Omar honorably served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked for General Motors Fisher Body for many years. Omar married Nancy (Gray/Morgan) on December 31, 1986. Omar was a member of the American Legion Post 45, Barry County Conservation Club and the NRA. He enjoyed trap shooting, camping with his family and traveling. Omar was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Darrell and Gayle Cooper. Omar is survived by his wife, Nancy Cooper, children, Kim Donaldson, Ivan Cooper, Deborah (Michael) Thompson, Tammy (Ron) Wilcox, Richard (Becky) Morgan Jr., Rodney (Nancy) Morgan; grandchildren, Ken (Kebbie) and Nick Thompson, Heather (Jake) Armour, Colby (Cede) Wilcox, R.J. (Ashley) Morgan, Jessica, Britney and Austin Morgan, Bo and Kassidy Morgan, Ashley (Josh) Michaels, Shayla (Dusty) Morgan; great-grandchildren, Arylana Michaels, Zoey Armour, Cooper Schofield, Tanner Morgan and Braelyn Dennis-Wilcox; siblings: Ivan (Suzie) Cooper, Earl (Judy) Cooper, Sue (Paul) Loos; and his loving companions, Pepper and Sugar. Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry County Conservation Club or the Humane Society. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net to sign the online guest book or to leave a memory or message for the family.

HASTINGS, MI - Ronald A. Richardson, Jr., of Hastings, passed away suddenly, October 18, 2012. Ronnie was born September 17, 1994, the son of Ronald and Tina (Lincoln) Richardson Sr. Ronnie was a senior at Delton Kellogg High School. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, hiking and cutting firewood. Ronnie also enjoyed working on cars. He loved making people happy, and will be remembered for his big heart. Ronnie is survived by his mother, Tina and stepfather John Farmer; brothers, Garold Richardson, and Tyler Farmer; a sister, Lynn Farmer; half brothers, Nicholas and Cody Conyers; maternal grandfather, Don Lincoln; maternal grandmother, Joan Green; paternal grandmother, Ruth Gray; four nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, and an uncle, Donald Richardson. A memorial service will be conducted, Friday, October 26, 2012, Noon, at Interlakes Baptist Church, Delton, Pastor Michael Fields, officiating. Those who wish to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the needs of the family. Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral. com to view Ronnie’s online guest book or to send a condolence message to the family.

DELTON, MI - Jack A. Tomlin, of Delton, passed away October 19, 2012. Jack was born March 5, 1931, in Detroit, the son of Frederick and Mildred (Seyould) Tomlin. While residing in Detroit, Jack worked as a mechanic. Jack was a veteran serving his country in the US Marine Corp. In 1965, Jack moved to Delton where he started Tomlin and Son Excavating and also owned and operated Stoney Point Trailer Park at Crooked Lake for over 50 years. Jack was a member of the Hickory Corners American Legion, and a member of the Delton Drift Dodgers Snowmobile Club. On March 4, 1951, he married the love of his life, Evelyn Mae MacLaren, and she preceded him in death on February 13, 2011. Jack is survived by a son, Ken E. Tomlin; a daughter, Kathy Ann Tomlin; a sister, Helen; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, and a brother Bud. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, November 3, 2012, 2 p.m. at Pleasantview Family Church. Interment will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery on March 4, 2013 Memorial contributions to Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice will be appreciated. Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to view Jack’s online guest book or to send a condolence message to the family.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley visits his home county of Ionia Monday to offer his perspective on the six statewide ballot proposals. by Bonnie Mattson Staff Writer Lt. Gov. Brian Calley was the guest speaker Monday, Oct. 22 at a luncheon sponsored by the Portland Area, Ionia Area, and Lakewood Area Chambers of Commerce. Calley returned to his home county of Ionia, to offer his perspective on the six proposals that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. “We wanted to provide a forum for local business people to have an opportunity to hear Brian’s point of view on the issues surrounding the six proposals,” said Marnie Thomas, director of the Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce. “Lynne Paridiso of Portland was instrumental in getting this together. Hats off to her for a fine job.” The event, which was put together over a 48 hour periold was a sell-out, according to Thomas. The location of the event, held at the Corner Landing restaurant, had special meaning for Calley, as he told the crowd of over 80 present, that it was in the very room where he announced his decision to run for state office seven years ago. Calley encouraged guests to read each proposal in its entirety before going to the polls, as the 100 word summaries that will appear on the ballot will not give a complete picture of what each proposal will or won’t do for the state. The first proposal, according to Calley, began as a grassroots effort. The other five were placed on the ballot through the efforts of “paid signature collectors”. Calley made it clear he was speaking only on the statewide ballot initiatives, and not on any local proposals. For more information on the six proposals, visit www.crcmich.org.


TRIAL, continued from page 1 the two conspired to make accusations against Terpening, with a the motivation of getting out of the group home and going elsewhere. He said there will be witnesses who overheard the two making plans to accuse Terpening of inproper behavior. Schaeffer said one of the two confessed to making the plans. “These are not little children,” said Schaeffer. “These are either adults or 17-1819-20-year-old accusers. There was only one who was 14 or 15 years old at the time he said there was improper behavior.” The second motivation for the accusations, said Schaeffer, was the possibility of making money. “These are felons of offenses of dishonesty and larceny,” said Schaeffer. “You will hear that they said ‘We’ve got a chance to make some money. Michael Terpening is loaded and has all this property. This is an opportunity for us to make some money.’” The defense said the jury may hear of how the government pressured witnesses to testify in a certain manner, and said there are three video statements by one victim. According to the witness, he was coerced to say things that were not true. “You will hear that he was pressured by the government, by police, and by the prosecutor’s office from this particular county,” said Schaeffer. “That he was told not to have contact with anybody. That he was whisked away and put in a B-and-B [Bed and Breakfast] for about five days...he was also threatened to the point that he would be charged with purgery if he changed his testimony. “The government wants to believe that there is such a perverted history connected with the defendant that he has his people, himself, and he has influence over these young people. I submit you will hear testimony to the contrary.” The defense concluded by asking the jury to consider the evidence and find the defendant not-guilty on all charges. The Terpening trial continues in Barry County Circuit Court, with Judge Amy McDowell presiding, for the next couple of weeks. See upcoming issues of the Banner for continued coverage.

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Newborn Babies Ian Emerson Ansorge, 8 lbs. 6 ozs., 20 inches, born Sept. 14, 2012 at 12:06 p.m. to Eric and Janette (Jennings) Ansorge at Johannes Gutenberg-Mainz University Clinic; Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. ***** Chance Cameron, born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 8, 2012 at 6:45 p.m. to Crystal Svenson and Bruce Garber of Hastings. Weighing 6 lbs. and 20 inches long. ***** Ailyanna Sky, born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 14, 2012 at 9:29 to Mike and Lindsey Hamp of Hastings. Weighing 7 lbs. 4 ozs. and 18 inches long.

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McManaway celebrate 50th wedding anniversary Ed and Bev McManaway have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Oct. 20th at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. They enjoyed a relaxing week with Mickey and Minnie. They had dinner at the Coral Reef on their anniversary. Family and friends will gather on Oct. 27th to celebrate with the couple at a private party. Their children are Marshall and Kathee Pierce, Walter McManaway and Shawn and Terry McManaway.

Nelson Hine married the former Elaine Gaudio on October 27, 1972. Their children are: Patricia (Mike) Cox, Sherry (Andrew) Woodstock, John (Carrie) Hine, Kenneth (Susan) Foster, Steven Foster, Allan Foster (deceased); 11 grandchildren. Elaine is a retired nurse (worked at Thornapple Manor). Nelson still operates Hine Machine Repair. Both are members of Barry Antique Tractor Club and St. Joseph Valley Tractor Club. They enjoy traveling with camper. Enjoy bluegrass music. No gifts – cards welcome at 6640 Wilkins Road, Hastings, MI 49058.

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Deckers to celebrate 25th wedding anniversary David and Barb Decker of Hastings have been trick or treating together for the past 25 years. Married on Oct. 31, 1987 at the Hastings Free Methodist Church where they are still active members. David was employed by B.C.N., is a retired Army veteran and chaplin at American Legion Post 45. Barb is still employed at Seidl Veterinary Hospital. A great love of animals, gardening and helping others is shared. They have a daughter Casey Lynn (Aaron) Solomon, a 5 year old granddaughter Adelia Margaret and two step grandchildren Blake and Wendy all of Jackson, Mich. Their special verse Isaiah 40:31.

Don MacKenzie celebrated his 95th birthday on October 19th. He has five children: Doug (Judy) MacKenzie and Keith (Kay) MacKenzie both of Vermontville, Don (Marilyn) MacKenzie of Woodland, Den (Bonnie) MacKenzie of Hastings and Denise (Joe) Morgan of Naples, Florida. Don retired after many years at Hastings Manufacturing Company in Hastings. Cards may be sent to Don c/o Oakview Adult Foster Care, 2895 E. M-79 Highway, Hastings, MI 49058.

Marriage Licenses Nicholas Earl Bremer, Middleville and Stephanie Marie Hogan, Middleville. Randall Lee Groover, Wayland and Charron Renea Woodwyk, Wayland. Tyler Steven Walton, Delton and Samantha Murie Taylor, Delton. Thomas Carl Dettmann, Wayland and Danielle Jean Oscar, Wayland. Scott Lee Redman, Hastings and Kristen Marie Munro, Hastings. Timothy Allen Wilson, Bellevue and Kylee Lynn O’Heran, Bellevue.

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Every bridge player’s dream is bidding, playing and making a grand slam contract. While it is often possible to take all 13 tricks in the play of the hand, it is not so easy to reach that milestone of bridge nirvana by actually bidding and making the grand slam. When this feat happens so seldom in a bridge player’s life, it is worthy of note when the opportunity shows up. It is akin to a golfer getting a hole in one at the age of 75. Today’s hand illustrates the wonderful feeling of bidding, playing, and making the coveted 7NT contract, the highest level of bidding that a bridge player can attain. First, the bidding by the opener North was a standard opening bid of 1L. Everyone at the table knew that North had an opening hand of 13 total points and at least three diamonds. East and West are out of the loop on this hand. Between them, they have a total of eight high card points, but they are distributed equally between them. East and West pass each time that North and South bid to their ultimate goal. South has heard the opening bid of partner North, and with deliberate slowness, as there is no big hurry here, South bid 1M, promising, on this first round of bidding, at least four hearts, and at least six points. South was simply bidding up the line to see what more information she could gain from her partner North. The 1M bid was a forcing bid as it was a new suit, and South was an unpassed hand. North must bid again. With West passing, North bid the diamond suit again, promising five or six diamonds and extra values. North bid 3L, showing 15-17 points with a strong diamond suit. South bid strongly this time using the Blackwood Convention to ask for aces. This was a partnership agreement that 4NT would ask for aces. South bid 4NT, and North responded with 5L, showing one ace. South knew from her hand that her partner had the AL since she had the other three aces in her hand. So far so good. Not content with just an ordinary small slam, and with all four aces together, South next asked for kings from North by bidding 5NT. To bid and ask for kings, it is important that the partnership have the four aces first. North knew that her spades, heart, and clubs would be covered by South’s aces. North bid 6M, promising two kings. What South did not know was which kings her partner had. South did know that the partnership was missing one king, but which king was the missing one? At this point, South had to make a serious deliberate decision. South knew the following information: a small slam usually needs 33 points to make and take 12 tricks. A grand slam usually needs 37 points to make and take all 13 tricks. How close were they to the needed numbers? South recalculated her hand and counted 17 high card points and one length point in hearts for an estimated 18 total points. Trusting her partner to have what she said she had, South calculated that North had 15-17 total points, one ace, two kings, and a long diamond suit. South deliberated between bidding the almost sure small slam with 33 points between them, or going for the ultimate goal in a bridge player’s life: the grand slam. What would you have done? South reasoned this way: a grand slam opportunity does not come up that often. When it does, the need to bid it and play it and claim the highest prize in bridgedom is a rush of adrenaline. Bid the 7NT. That is exactly what South did. She bid 7NT and all passed. When South saw the dummy come down after the lead of the QN, South thanked her partner for such excellent bidding. The plan was easily understood. There were six diamond tricks, four club tricks, two spade tricks, and one heart trick for a grand total of 13 tricks and the coveted 7NT award. The only danger seen here was the play of the hand, and it was imperative that South take the AK first to unblock the club suit, and then all the cards were set for South to claim the rest. The need to play the AK from the short side first was soon apparent as it might be impossible to get back to the good clubs. With a feeling of giddiness and pleasure, North/South had reached that state in the bridge world that eludes many players. May you reach 7NT soon in your bidding world. Answer to last week’s bridge question: What is the Law of Total Tricks? Whole books have been written on this topic, but, basically, the idea is that the number of trump in both hands should equal the number of tricks able to be taken. For example, if you and your partner have nine hearts between you, you should be able to take at least nine tricks with hearts as trump. Try it and see if it works. ***** (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: http://betterbridgeinbarrycountymichigan.blogspot.com)

Kanes celebrate 70th wedding anniversary Daniel and Ruth Kane of Middleville will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on October 25, 2012. They were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Peters, MI. They have four children, 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. A dinner was held in their honor on Sunday, October 21. Join in celebrating this wonderful occasion by sending a card to them at 500 Lincoln St #103, Middleville, MI 49333.

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Green Street to be closed Wednesday for Trick-or-Treating A special Halloween trick-or-treating event will be held in Hastings on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Green Street, from Broadway to Cass, will be barricaded to allow only ghost and goblin traffic. Two police reserve officers will be on duty at each end of the barricaded area and volunteers will be redirecting traffic at all Green St. intersections. Although emergency traffic will be allowed, motorists are asked to avoid Green St. during trick-or-treating hours.

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Lake Odessa by Elaine Garlock The depot complex will be open this weekend along with its genealogy rooms. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Workers are making progress on the paving projects at railway crossings throughout town. The bumpy Jordan Lake Highway crossing has been closed this week, producing far more traffic on Fourth Ave. and Huddle Rd. The completed Fourth Ave. crossing is a much smoother improvement. Congregational members from eight area churches participated in the annual fall conference held this year at Central United Methodist Church. The local church hosted all visitors with refreshments following a business meeting transacted by the UMC District Superintendent. Churches represented were Peace, Freeport, Welcome Corners, Sunfield, Sebewa Center, Mulliken, Woodland, and Central. Pastor Susan Olsen, with six years service, was the most senior of church pastors. The Red Cross Bloodmobile was in town on Monday for the bimonthly blood collection which this month yielded a gift of 52 pints of blood. Garlock family members from Richland, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lake Odessa, Hastings, and Woodland drove to Big Rapids on Saturday to celebrate the retirement of Bruce Garlock from Baldwin High School after 41 years of service. His teaching companions came from a wide area stretching north to Ludington, to Reed City, and beyond. The museum at Edmore, housed in a former Lutheran church, was the setting for a meeting of approximately 30 members of the Tri River Museum group. Edmore’s musuem has some rare collections of items as does the FenceRider’s Museum nearby where the group visited after a downtown Edmore lunch. The latter museum was built especially to house museum items which began with one man’s collection of barbed wire. The trip home proved eventful, too, as travelers witnessed the smoldering ruins of a barn near the M-66 and M-57 intersection where, according to later news reports, the body of an unidentified man was found. The barn stood on land belonging to Phoebe Wilson, mother of State Senator Judy Emmons. Congratulations to Michael and Cindy Rankins of Traverse City who welcomed a second baby girl to the family on Sunday.

Bob and Ginny Kruisenga are the happy grandparents. Jean Hyde was recently spotted at the Mooville Ice Cream Shoppe near Nashville treating her 11 grandsons -- that’s right, no granddaughters for Jean and Dean. The corn crop is under full harvest as fields are turning from tall corn to stubble. Wagon loads of corn can be seen being hauled to the Eaton Highway Agronomy Plant. The Ionia Historical Society’s “Spirits of the Past” cemetery walk was well attended. Keith Bailey, a member of the county genealogy society, used his research of the Highland Park cemetery to entertain patrons with stories of Ionia’s past. Several Historical Society members played the roles of community characters including Cathy Haney, the daugher of Lois Peacock, who portrayed one of Ionia’s fine ladies, the wife of Governor Fred Greene. Free Thursday morning movies are always the attraction at the Ionia Theater. Today, the movie house will show San Francisco, Maui, and Australia. On Nov. 1, the featured film will be on the Copper Canyon and California. Sebewa Center UMC will hold an additional Election Day meal on Tuesday, Nov. 6 with a choice of two soups, hot sandwiches, cookies, and beverages. First Congregational Church in Lake Odessa is offering a new support group for those who have gone through any of life’s changes and challenges. The group will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. for its opening session. Call 269-367-4038 or 269-370-8138 for more details. Trick-or-treat time in Lake Odessa will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will also be free activities downtown in the 900 block of Fourth Ave. Check the Lakewood News for details. The Oct. 1 passing of former resident Neva Valentine was reported on the Lowell Ledger’s obituary page. She was preceded in deather by her husband, Buford “Boots,” her parents, and her sister, Eunice Eldridge. She is survived by her children, daughter Janet and husband Bill Pitman of California and son James and Cheryl of Lowell. A memorial gathering was held at St. Edwards Church Hall on Oct. 14. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery. The Woodland Women’s Study Club had a very successful home tour last weekend. The tour hostesses met for dinner on the evening previous to the event and held their own tour of the eight homes.

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by Sandra Ponsetto Staff Writer Monday evening, the Hastings City Council approved a motion to take the next step toward assuming ownership of Riverside Cemetery on West State Road, contingent upon voter approval of a one-mill levy to support the operation, maintenance and improvements to the cemetery. Earlier this year, a group of citizens and business people formed the Cemetery Action Group to look into working with the city to transfer the privately owned and financially struggling cemetery over to the City of Hastings. In September, the council asked the CAG to find funding for transitional costs, such as a boundary survey, title investigation, environmental assessment, preliminary legal work and the cost of a special election. CAG representatives told the council that the group had such funds available, which are being held by the Barry Community Foundation, and agreed to pay the following: boundary survey, $1,800 to $2,200; title investigation, $250; environmental site investigation and Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) if required, $3,000 to $15,000; preliminary legal work, $5,000 to $15,000; and, special election costs, $4,000, for total not to exceed $36,450. If, after the preliminary work is completed, the city council decides to proceed, a special election will be slated for Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The proposed ballot language would allow a potential levy of up to 1 mill for the operation, maintenance and improvement of the cemetery. If voters approve the millage, the city would assume ownership of the cemetery July 1, 2013, the start of its 2013-14 fiscal year. At that time, the funds in Riverside Cemetery’s perpetual care funds would be transferred to the Barry Community Foundation. In other business, the council: • Presented Deb May, the widow of Hastings Mayor Bob May, with a proclamation signed by members of the council, honoring May for his years of dedication and service to the City of Hastings, first as a council member then as mayor. • Approved the appointment of Hastings businessman Al Jarvis as the First Ward council member to fill the seat left vacant by Waylon Black, who resigned from the post in September. The appointment was approved by a 5 to 2 vote with mayor pro-tem Brenda

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October 21 through 27 is National Save for Retirement Week, established by Congress to remind Americans of the importance of — you guessed it — saving for retirement. So why not mark the occasion by considering ways in which you can boost your own financial resources for those years in which you’re officially a “retiree”? If you’re somewhat concerned about your financial prospects during retirement, you’re not alone. Check out a few of the findings from the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2012 Retirement Confidence

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Survey: • Just 14% of workers are very confident they will have enough money to live comfortably in retirement. • Sixty percent of workers report that the total value of their household’s savings and investment, excluding the value of their primary home and any defined benefit plans, is less than $25,000. • More than half of workers report that they and/or their spouse have not tried to calculate how much money they will need to live comfortably in retirement. In these challenging economic times, it can be challenging to pay your living expenses and still have money left over to save for retirement. But you can take some steps to help your cause. Here are a few to consider: • Pay yourself first. Every time you get paid, move some money — even if it’s only a small amount — from your checking or savings account into an investment. Make it easier on yourself by having your bank move the money automatically. • Boost your 401(k) contributions. Whenever you salary goes up, increase your 401(k) contributions. Your money can grow on a tax-deferred basis, which means it can accumulate faster than if it were placed in an investment on which you paid taxes every year. • “Max out” on your IRA. Even if you have a 401(k), you’re probably still eligible to contribute to an IRA — and you should. A traditional IRA can grow tax deferred, while a Roth IRA’s earnings are tax-free, provided you’ve had your account at least five years and you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re at least 5 1/2. For 2012, you can contribute up to $5,000 to your IRA, or $6,000 if you’re 50 or older. • Control your debts. It’s never easy, but try to reduce your debts as much as possible. The less money you need to devote to debt payments, the more you can add to your investments. • Build an emergency fund. Try to build an emergency fund containing six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses, kept in a liquid account. This fund can help you avoid dipping into your retirement accounts to help pay for unexpected costs, such as a big doctor’s bill, a new furnace or a costly car repairs.

• Create a retirement income strategy. It’s important to project your living expenses during retirement. Then, once you have at least a good estimate, you can create a long-term strategy — involving your investments, retirement accounts, Social Security benefits and all other financial resources — to help you achieve the retirement income you will need. To calculate these figures and develop such a strategy, you may want to work with a financial advisor. National Save for Retirement Week will come and go quickly. But your retirement could last for decades — so do everything you can to prepare yourself. 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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Pioneer school boy ran away and became Civil War soldier 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 ***** The following dispatch from Washington published in the Grand Rapids Press brings into the limelight one of our quiet inoffensive citizens who has resided in our city for the past 38 years, but nevertheless, he has a life history that reads like a romance. Washington, Apr. 15 – The story of 15year-old boy who enlisted in the army and fought in the battles of Antietam and South Mountain and then took “French leave” because he was slightly disciplined by his superior, lies behind a bill which passed the house this week. Because of this one mistake, due to boyish ignorance and despite the fact that he afterwards re-enlisted, Alonzo D. Cadwallader of Hastings, never drew a pension, while comrades of less distinguished service were more fortunate. After Cadwallader left his command he was arrested by an officer on a charge of desertion. Later he was taken away from the officials in a writ of habeas corpus and afterwards received from the War Department a Certificate of Honorable Discharge. There was some conflict in the records at the War Department, however, as to his service. One record showed that he left his command on Sept. 20, 1862, and the other Sept. 30, 1862. This date became very important, as unless it could be shown that he remained with the army until the latter date he could not draw a pension. Congressman Edward L. Hamilton took up Cadwallader’s case because he thought it was worthy. He secured ample evidence to show that Cadwallader did not leave his command until Sept. 30. The House has passed the bill correcting Cadwallader’s record and it is expected the Senate will likewise do him justice. Cadwallader had waited 50 years for this action. Mark Foote Being anxious to know more about the history of our warlike citizen, whom no one suspected of possessing such ferocious blood, a Banner representative wormed out the following condensed story from him and his records: On the 8th day of August 1847, in a little log cabin on a pioneer farm in or near what is now known as the city of Fostoria, Ohio, a little child for the first time exercised his vocal organs and commanded respect and attention. He was the son of Robert Cadwallader, who died when Alonzo was a year and four days old. He has two older brothers, now living at Hickory Corners, James M., who was elected County Clerk of Barry County in 1864, and Charles W., who resided many years on a farm at the northern end of Gull Lake. April 6, 1850, Mr. Cadwallader’s widowed mother, Hannah, whose maiden name was Whitmore, married Elijah B. Bowker and in the early 1850s moved to Barry County and located on a farm a mile south of Hickory Corners. Here the subject of our narrative spent his early boyhood and immensely enjoyed the woods. His brother James M. had a beautiful little muzzle-loading rifle, an heirloom from his father, on which, in early boyhood, Alonzo cast a covetous eye. As early as 10 years with the permission of his brother, he proudly shouldered that little instrument of destruction and penetrated the wilderness alone in quest of game. The result was that he became an expert marksman, as all country boys of those times were, and squirrels in the topmost trees seldom required a second shot to dislodge them. A squirrel that was not shot in the head was spurned with a feeling of chagrin at the poor marksmanship. He received his early education at a country school, but practically is a self-made man of a studious habit and desiring to learn, his spare moments were usually well improved. At school he lead a strenuous life with the other kids, and, among other things, to test courage and endurance, he would step into a circle with another “kid,” each taking the trim of a hat in their mouth and then kick one

another’s shins, good naturedly of course, to see which one could stand the most punishment. He heard the first gun that was fired on Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861, when it was heard throughout every Northern state, and echoed and re-echoed until the close of the Civil War. On that eventful day he was 12 years old, eight months and four days old. His hearing was acute and understanding good, for he had kept himself well posted on the current events that led up to the firing of that gun. It had a sickening and ominous sound. Freedom’s soil was shaken as by an earthquake. Business was suspended and men talked of war. The first call for troops was made. The drums beat and bugle sounded. The plow was forsaken in the furrow, the cobbler left his bench, and the clerk ceased to measure gingham. With these raw and undisciplined troops the first battle of Bull Run was fought, and, if the confederates had followed up their victory with push and energy after that disastrous engagement, history might have read differently; but it seems that an overruling Providence had ordered otherwise. During those stirring events is there any wonder that the war fever ran high? The spirit of 1776 fired the land. Now Cadwallader claims no merit above other boys. It was a common heritage from patriotic sires. The great bulk of the army was made up of “kids” in their teens. The time came when he could restrain himself no longer and Jesse Newton, a neighbor boy, was similarly afflicted. They secretly connived to break away from parental restraint and get to the front. They thought that good squirrel hunters were needed there. In June 1862, the two boys had matured their plans and secretly left home, walked across country to Jackson, and there, on June 27, 1862, enlisted in Company K, Seventeenth Mich. Infantry, and were from thence transferred to Detroit where the Regiment was being organized. Camp life there consisted of strenuous exertions to convert the raw recruit into a disciplined soldier, and there, within the borders of their own state, the great State of Michigan, they experienced the first great battle of their lives – the body louse invaded the camp – that frisky little animal always at the fore front of all military activity. At the time of his enlistment, Cadwallader was, to be accurate, 14 years, 10 months and 19 days old. He was worried about being able to pass muster, but he ran the gauntlet and came out a full fledged soldier. The latter part of August the regiment left Detroit in the evening on two chartered steamers and arrived in Cleveland the next morning, where during the day, they were hustled into cattle-cars, packed in like sardines and moved on slowly, but surely, like freight express, toward the great capitol, where the regiment arrived weary and worn by the loss of rest and sleep after three days and nights transit. The regiment arrived in Washington at the time the second battle of Bull Run was fought and the fever of excitement ran high after the second disastrous engagement on that hoodooed field. The 17th, the next day after its arrival in Washington, armed with axes only, was detailed to aid in cutting standing timber to give free and unobstructed view and range for the guns of the forts and to impede the progress of the enemy should the fortunes of war bring our chivalrous but misguided southern brothers near the gates of the city – a soldier always pays tribute to a valiant foe. The regiment had been in Washington scarcely a week before it was on the road to the front. Day and night it plodded its weary way o’er hill and dale, stopping, occasionally a few hours for refreshment and repose. The men became so worn and weary it was hard for the bugle call to arouse them from slumber to review the march. No camp-fires were allowed night or day to apprise the enemy of their whereabouts. When in the foot-hills of South Mountain, Maryland, the regiment moved cautiously and under constant orders, as it was in the immediate vicinity of the enemy. While resting just before the advance up the mountain and off to the right in a valley, cavalry horses could be seen in charge of keepers, while their riders were employed on

foot o’er rugged ridges and the enemy were dropping shells into the valley to stampede them. The regiment did not have long to wait. The bugle sounded, and the men advanced rapidly up the mountain in four ranks and into “Turner’s Gap” while the enemy occupied the crest of the mountain on both sides in force, strongly posted behind stone fences and rocks. It was a craggy place and some 400 or 500 feet above the Gap, their artillery occupied commanding positions, it looked like the jaws of h--l. When the regiment was passing through the gorge changing its formation into line of battle, the fight was on. A shell which burst and took off the hands of two men just in front was Cadwallader’s first experience under fire. Brains and blood were scattered o’er the men near by, and the force of the concussion threw the dead men back against the living and dazed them – it was hard to realize what had happened for a moment – it was so sudden. He thought for a time that one of the dead men was his comrade, Jesse Newton. He thinks every soldier will concede the first crash of battle is trying to nerves, after that danger is partly forgotten in the excitement and desire to win. Cadwallader is a modest man and says that he was there with brave comrades whose heroic example gave him courage and support. They shared with him the same experiences. It was not an individual affair. It was the military regimental unit that won renown at South Mountain, where Lee received his first serious check in his advance on Washington. In “Michigan in the War” on pages 377 and 388, the following reports were found: General Wilcox, in his report of the part taken by the 1st Division, 9th Corps, at South Mountain, says of the 17th Michigan in that

engagement: “I planted a section of Cook’s battery near the turn of the road (Sharpsburg) and opened fire on the enemy’s battery across the main pike. After a few good shots the enemy unmasked a battery on his left, over Shiver’s Gap from a small field enveloped by woods. He threw canister and shell and drove Cook’s cannoneers and drivers down the road with their limbers; Cook gallantly remained with his guns. Cook here lost one man killed, four wounded, and two horses killed. The attack was so sudden, the whole division being under fire – a flank fire – that a temporary panic ensued until I caused the 79th New York, Lieutenant Colonel Morrison, and the 17th Michigan, Colonel Withington on the extreme left, to draw across the road facing the enemy, who were so close that we expected a charge to take Cook’s battery. The 79th and the 17th here deserve credit for their coolness and firmness in rallying and changing front under a heavy fire. “I received order from General Reno and McClellan to silence the enemy’s batteries at all hazards. Sent picket report to Reno, and was making disposition to charge-moving the 17th Michigan so as to cross the hollow and flank the enemy’s guns – when the enemy charged out of the woods on their side directly upon our front, in a long heavy line; extending beyond our left to Cox’s right. I instantly gave the command, ‘Forward!’ and we met them near the foot of the hill, the 45th Pennsylvania in front. The 17th Michigan rushed down into the hollow, faced to the left, leaped over a stone fence, and took them in flank. Some of the supporting regiments over the slope of the hill, fired over the heads of those in front,and after a severe contest of some minutes, the enemy was repulsed, followed by our troops to the opposite slope and woods, forming their own position.

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HASTINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING INTERNET SAFETY POLICY The Board of the Hastings Public Library will conduct a public hearing prior to their regularly scheduled meeting on monday, November 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room on the second floor of the Library at 227 East State Street, Hastings, for the purpose of hearing comment and making a determination on an Internet Safety Policy in advance of requesting Universal Service Fund reimbursement. The Policy is available for review at the Library during regular service hours. Comments may be submitted in writing until the time of the hearing or made in person at the public hearing. Citizen views and comments on the proposed policy are welcome. Evelyn Holzwarth Library Director

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The minutes of the meeting of the Barry County Board of Commissioners held October 23, 2012, are available in the County Clerk’s Office at 220 W. State St., Hastings, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or www.barrycounty.org.

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The Barry County Road Commission is accepting sealed bids for the purchase of a pre-owned rubber tired 15 ton roller. Full specifications can be obtained from the BCRC. Bids will be opened at 10 AM on November 1, 2012 at the offices of the BCRC. The BCRC reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to purchase comparable equipment at a lower price. Please clearly indicate on the outside of the envelope “Sealed bid enclosed - Rubber Tired Roller”. Please direct all questions Rob Richardson, Equipment Superintendent.

CITY OF HASTINGS REQUEST FOR BIDS SALE OF 1993 FORD SUPER DUTY DUMP TRUCK The City of Hastings, Michigan will accept bids for the sale of one (1) 1993 Ford Super Duty Dump Truck. This vehicle will be sold as-is without warranty of any kind and has approximately 50,000 miles on it. Arrangements to view this vehicle can be made by calling 945-2468 weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The City of Hastings reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any irregularities in any bid, and to award the bid in a manner that the City deems to be in its best interest, price and other factors considered. Bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk/Treasurer, 201 East State Street, Hastings, MI 49058 until 9:15 AM on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at which time they shall be opened and read aloud. The winning bid, if any, will be approved at the City Council meeting on November 26, 2012. Winning bidder must be prepared to take possession with certified funds between November 27 and 30, 2012.

“The 17th Michigan, Colonel Withington, performed a feat that may vie with any recorded in the annals of war, and set an example to the oldest troops.” Extract from General McClellan’s report: “General Wilcox praises very highly the conduct of the 17th Michigan in this advance, a regiment which had been organized scarcely a month, but which charged the enemy’s flank in a manner worthy of veteran troops.” Extract from the New York Press: “The enemy, as usual, sought every advantage, particularly that of numerous stone fences, behind which they assailed our men fiercely, but the impetuous charge of some of our regiments, particularly that of the 17th Michigan, but two weeks from home, carried everything before it, and the dead bodies of the enemy on that mountain crest lay thick enough for stepping stones. The greatest slaughter at this point was among General Drayton’s brigade, composing mainly of South Carolinians and some Georgians. Nearly the whole of this brigade was either killed, wounded or captured.” The battle of South Mountain was fought on the 4th day of September 1862, and the charge and taking of the stone walls behind which the enemy were strongly posted with batteries, gave to the 17th Michigan, the name of the ‘Stone Wall Regiment,’ by which it was known throughout the army, and which has gone with it into the history of the war. The regiment bivouacked that night on that field, so dearly purchased, and sank to rest from weary march and fatigue of battle to dream of mothers, sisters, wives and sweethearts, in distant homes fighting their patriotic battles without experiencing the stirring events at the front which, to those there engaged, robbed the war of half its horror. (To be continued)

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CITY OF HASTINGS REQUEST FOR BIDS The City of Hastings, Michigan is soliciting bids for the provision of one (1) year 2012 minimum 2500HD, 4WD Extended Cab Utility Truck for use by the Department of Public Services at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Complete specifications are available from the Office of the City Clerk. The City of Hastings reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any irregularities in the bid proposals, and to award the bid as deemed to be in the City’s best interest, price and other factors considered.

No formal bidding forms or documents are required, but all bids must be in writing and sealed. All sealed bids must be clearly marked on the outside of the bid package as follows: “SEALED BID - 1993 FORD SUPER DUTY DUMP TRUCK”.

Bids must be clearly marked on the outside of the submittal package - “Year 2012 4WD Extended Cab Utility Work Truck”. Bids will be received at the Office of the City Clerk/Treasurer, 201 East State Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058 until 9:00 AM on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud.

Thomas E. Emery City Clerk/Treasurer

Tim Girrbach Director of Public Services

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Page 10 — Thursday, October 25, 2012 — The Hastings Banner

LEGAL NOTICES SYNOPSIS HASTINGS CHARTER TOWNSHIP Regular Meeting October 9, 2012 Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. Pledge and roll call. Seven board members present. 4 guests attended. Approved agenda, Sept. 2012 minutes and various dept. reports. Standing reports approved. Draft received of Emergency Service Ordinance. Election Committee report. Software & Hardware for Treasurer and Assessor. Warrants approved for payment. Adjourned at 8:30 p.m. Submitted by Anita S. Mennell, Clerk Attested by Jim Brown, Supervisor 77572013

NOTICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF BARRY COUNTY Notice is hereby given that the Barry County Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct a public hearing for the following: Case Number V-8-2012 John Vandenbrink and Susan Kelly Location: On a Vacant lot on E Shore Drive on Crooked Lake in Section 7 of Barry Twp. Purpose: Requesting a variance to build a new home that has a rear yard setback of 15 ft (the minimum is 30 ft) and a front yard setback of 20 ft (the minimum is 30 feet for a home) per Section 1005 (5.)(a, c.) in the RL zoning district. MEETING DATE: Tuesday November 13, 2012. TIME: 7:00 PM PLACE: Community Room, Courts & Law Building at 206 West Court Street, Hastings MI Site inspection of the above described property will be completed by the Zoning Board of Appeals members before 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 email to: jmcmanus@barrycounty.org. The variance applications are available for public inspection at the Barry County Planning Office, 220 West State Street, Hastings MI 49058 during the hours of 8am to 5pm (closed between 12pm to 1pm) Monday - 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 77571993

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)

STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY OF BARRY NOTICE TO CREDITORS Decedent’s Estate FILE NO. 12- 26192 -DE Estate of RICHARD L. GRANT. Date of Birth: June 8, 1915. TO ALL CREDITORS: * NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, RICHARD L. GRANT, died August 12, 2012. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to RICHARD E. GRANT, named personal representative or proposed personal representative, or to both the probate court at 206 WEST COURT, SUITE 302, HASTINGS, MI 49058 and the named/proposed personal representative within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. October, 19 2012 DAVID H. TRIPP P29290 206 SOUTH BROADWAY HASTINGS, MI 49058 (269) 945-9585 RICHARD E. GRANT 4868 EAST CLOVERDALE ROAD HASTINGS, MI 49058 77571987 (269) 758-3079

STATE OF MICHIGAN COUNTY OF BARRY NOTICE TO CREDITORS Decedent’s Trust In the Matter of John W. Rodgers and Hildah I. Rodgers Trust u/t/a dated February 14, 2000. Date of Birth: December 2, 1928 – John W. Rodgers. TO ALL CREDITORS: NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, John W. Rodgers, surviving Trustee, died October 1, 2012 leaving the above trust entitled “John W. Rodgers and Hildah I. Rodgers Trust” in full force and effect. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the decedent or against the Trust will be forever barred unless presented to William J. Rodgers within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. Date: October 18, 2012 Law Weathers Stephanie S. Fekkes P43549 150 W. Court Street Hastings, MI 49058 (269) 945-1921 William J. Rodgers 2501 Ragla Road Hastings, MI 49058 77571923 (269) 945-3057

STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY OF BARRY NOTICE TO CREDITORS Decedent’s Estate FILE NO. 12-26220-DE Estate of Gail Richard Tandy. Date of Birth: December 7, 1937. TO ALL CREDITORS: NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, Gail Richard Tandy, died October 11, 2012. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to Gregory Allen Tandy, named personal representative or proposed personal representative, or to both the probate court at 206 W. Court Street, Ste. 302, Hastings, MI 49058 and the named/proposed personal representative within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. Date: October 19, 2012 Law Weathers Stephanie S. Fekkes P43549 150 W. Court Street Hastings, MI 49058 (269) 945-1921 Gregory Allen Tandy 1245 N. Norris Road Middleville, MI 49333 77571933 (269) 795-3878

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 PHIL W. HART, AN UNMARRIED MAN, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. ("MERS"), solely as nominee for lender and lender's successors and assigns, Mortgagee, dated June 16, 2011, and recorded on June 30, 2011, in Document No. 201106300006442, and assigned by said mortgagee to JPMorgan Chase 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 Ninety-One Thousand Six Hundred Forty-Five Dollars and Forty-Seven Cents ($91,645.47), including interest at 4.375% 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 8, 2012 Said premises are located in Barry County, Michigan and are described as: THAT PORTION OF THE NORTH 1 / 2 OF THE NORTH 1 / 2 OF THE NORTHEAST 1 / 4 OF SECTION 21, TOWN 2 NORTH, RANGE 8 WEST, LYING WEST OF THE HIGHWAY, EXCEPT 2 ACRES ON THE SOUTH SIDE, BALTIMORE TOWNSHIP, BARRY COUNTY, MICHIGAN. 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. JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Mortgagee/Assignee Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C. 23938 Research Drive, Suite 300 Farmington Hills, MI 48335 JPMC.000851 CONV (10-11)(1177571652 01)

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 ROBIN M. ELWEN, A SINGLE WOMAN, to EXCHANGE FINANCIAL CORPORATION, Mortgagee, dated July 17, 2003, and recorded on July 28, 2003, in Document No. 1109466, and rerecorded on September 9, 2003 in Document No./Liber 1112854 and assigned by said mortgagee to MICHIGAN STATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, as assigned, Barry County Records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Sixty Thousand One Hundred Seventeen Dollars and Thirty-Two Cents ($60,117.32), including interest at 4.500% 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 8, 2012 Said premises are located in Barry County, Michigan and are described as: THE NORTH 74 1 / 2 FEET OF LOT 4 OF BLOCK 4 OF H.J. KENFIELD'S, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN LIBER 1 OF PLATS, PAGE (S) 9 OF BARRY COUNTY RECORDS. 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. MICHIGAN STATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY Mortgagee/Assignee Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C. 23938 Research Drive, Suite 300 Farmington Hills, MI 48335 USBW.001780 FHA 77571657 (10-11)(11-01)

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

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 Daniel L. Kramer, a married man, and Patricia L. Kramer, a married woman, original mortgagor(s), to Union Federal Bank of Indianapolis, Mortgagee, dated May 8, 2003, and recorded on May 15, 2003 in instrument 1104418, and assigned by said Mortgagee to MidFirst Bank 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-Six Thousand Seven Hundred Nineteen and 15/100 Dollars ($96,719.15). 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 8, 2012. Said premises are situated in Hickory Corners, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: Land situated in the Township of Bary, County of Barry, State of Michigan: The West 443 feet of the South 1009 feet of the East 1/2 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 35, Town 1 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. 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 11, 2012 For more information, please call: FC C (248) 593-1301 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #403049F02 (10-11)(11-01) 77571498

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 Dianne L. Schwiegershausen, An Unmarried Woman, original mortgagor(s), to Centex Home Equity Company, LLC, Mortgagee, dated May 4, 2005, and recorded on May 11, 2005 in instrument 1146275, and modified by Affidavit or Order executed on March 31, 2010 and recorded on April 12, 2010 in instrument 201004120003830, in 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 Two Hundred Sixty-Seven and 19/100 Dollars ($124,267.19). 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 1, 2012. Said premises are situated in Township of Woodland, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: The North 12 rods and 10 feet of the Northeast one quarter of the Northeast one quarter of Section 7, Town 4 North, Range 7 West, except the East 12 Rod and 10 feet thereof. 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 4, 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 #188791F02 77571381 (10-04)(10-25)

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 77571391 48302 (248) 335-9200 (10-04)(11-15)

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 (10-18)(11-08) 77571824

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: Scott Edgerton, A Single Man to Ameriquest Mortgage Company, Mortgagee, dated September 1, 2004 and recorded September 13, 2004 in Instrument # 1133833 Barry County Records, Michigan Said mortgage was assigned through mesne assignments to: HouseHold Finance Corporation, III, by assignment dated February 24, 2012 and recorded February 27, 2012 in Instrument # 201202270001953 on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Seventy Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty-Two Dollars and Fifty-One Cents ($70,852.51) including interest at 8.30% 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 1, 2012 Said premises are situated in Township of Johnstown, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: Lot number eight (8) of Vickery's Lakeside Park, in the Township of Johnstown, Barry County, Michigan, according to the recorded plat thereof and Lot nine(9) and the East seventy-four (74) feet of lot number thirty-four (34), all of Vickery's Lakeside Park, in the Township of Johnstown, Barry County, Michigan, according to the recorded Plat thereof. Subject to conditions, restrictions and easements of record. Commonly known as 1173 Cottage nka 10144 Cottage and 857 Watts, Dowling MI 49050 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:10/4/2012 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: 12-66423 (10-04)(10-25) 77571435


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LEGAL NOTICES 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 Curtis M. Kenyon, A Married Man and Melisaa L. Kenyon, his wife, original mortgagor(s), to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., Mortgagee, dated August 2, 2005, and recorded on August 12, 2005 in instrument 1151038, and assigned by said Mortgagee to 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 2005-12 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 Eighty-One Thousand Five Hundred Sixty-Five and 25/100 Dollars ($81,565.25). 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 1, 2012. Said premises are situated in Township of Castleton, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: A parcel of land in the West one half of the Southwest one quarter of Section 28, Town 3 North, Range 7 West, described as beginning at the Southwest corner of said Section 28, thence North along the Center of the Highway 676 feet thence East 40 rods, thence South to the Center of Gregg's Crossing Road, thence West 40 rods to 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 4, 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 #412056F01 (10-04)(10-25) 77571376

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE SALE DEFAULT having been made in the conditions of a certain Mortgage, made by MADISON D. HOWELL AND LINDA L. HOWELL, husband and wife, whose address is 3070 Madilin Lane, Hastings, Michigan 49058, as Mortgagor, to MAINSTREET SAVINGS BANK, whose address was 629 W. State Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058, as assigned in the Barry County Register of Deeds to Daemeon Richards and Jennifer Richards, whose address is P.O. Box 53, Hastings, Michigan 49058, and securing that certain Note between Madison D. Howell and Linda L. Howell, as Debtor and MainStreet Savings Bank, as Creditor, dated September 16, 2005, November 29, 2005 and May 6, 2003, and pursuant to that certain guarantee wherein Mortgagor, Madison D. Howell and Linda L. Howell, guaranteed the Note mentioned above and secured the guarantee with Mortgage described above. There is claimed to be due thereon, at the date of this notice, for principal and interest, the sum of SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-NINE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR AND 25/100($729,854.25) Dollars with interest at the rate of 7.75%, as secured by the above-referenced mortgage as of this date. There also shall be attorney’s fees, unpaid real estate taxes and costs. And no proceedings having been instituted to recover the debt now remaining secured by said Mortgage, or any part thereof, whereby the power of sale contained in said Mortgage has become operative; NOW, THEREFORE, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that by virtue of the Power of Sale contained in said Mortgages, and in pursuance of the statute in such case made and provided, the above said Mortgage, will be foreclosed by a sale of the parcels of the premises therein described, or so much thereof as may be necessary, at public auction, to the highest bidder, at the Barry County Courthouse, County of Barry, Michigan, that being the place of holding the Circuit Court in and for said County on the 15th day of November, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, of said day and said premises will be sold to pay the amount so as aforesaid then due on said Mortgage, together with interest payable at the rate of 7.75%, together with late fees, legal costs, attorneys fees and also any taxes and insurance that said Mortgagee does pay on or prior to the date of said sale together with interest thereon as though on an open account at the rate of 5% per annum; which said premises are described in said Mortgage, to-wit: THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTHEAST 1\4 OF SECTION 30, TOWN 4 NORTH, RANGE 8 WEST, CARLTON TOWNSHIP, BARRY COUNTY, MICHIGAN. The period of redemption will be six (6) months from date of sale. Dated: October 9, 2012 Nathan E. Tagg, Attorney for Daemeon and Jennifer Richards Drafted by: Nathan E. Tagg (P68994) Tripp & Tagg, Attorneys at Law 206 South Broadway Hastings, Michigan 49058 (269) 948-2900 77571632

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN BANKRUPTCY OR HAVE RECEIVED A DISCHARGE IN BANKRUPTCY AS TO THIS OBLIGATION, THIS COMMUNICATION IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT IN VIOLATION OF THE AUTOMATIC STAY OR THE DISCHARGE INJUNCTION. IN SUCH CASE, PLEASE DISREGARD ANY PART OF THIS COMMUNICATION WHICH IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE FOREGOING. OTHERWISE, FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES US TO ADVISE YOU THAT COMMUNICATION FROM OUR OFFICE COULD BE INTERPRETED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND THAT ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. IF YOU ARE NOW ON ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY OR HAVE BEEN IN THE PRIOR NINE MONTHS, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AS YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO THE BENEFITS OF THE SERVICEMEMBERS' CIVIL RELIEF ACT. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by Virgil D. Walters Jr and Judy L. Walters, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for lender and lender's successors and/or assigns, Mortgagee, dated October 22, 2004 and recorded November 15, 2004 in Instrument Number 1137258, Barry County Records, Michigan. Said mortgage is now held by Wells Fargo Bank, NA by assignment. There is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Ninety-Three Thousand Nine Hundred Forty-Three and 90/100 Dollars ($93,943.90) including interest at 6.25% 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 11/08/2012 Said premises are located in the Township of Hope, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: Barry County, Michigan: The South 209.00 feet of the North 627.00 feet of the East 365.00 feet of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 25, Town 2 North, Range 9 West, Hope Township, Barry County, Michigan. subject to the right of way over the East 33 feet thereof for Gurd Road. 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: October 11, 2012 Orlans Associates, P.C. Attorneys for Servicer P.O. Box 5041 Troy, MI 48007-5041 File No. 326.9846 77571607 (10-11)(11-01)

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN BANKRUPTCY OR HAVE RECEIVED A DISCHARGE IN BANKRUPTCY AS TO THIS OBLIGATION, THIS COMMUNICATION IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT IN VIOLATION OF THE AUTOMATIC STAY OR THE DISCHARGE INJUNCTION. IN SUCH CASE, PLEASE DISREGARD ANY PART OF THIS COMMUNICATION WHICH IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE FOREGOING. OTHERWISE, FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES US TO ADVISE YOU THAT COMMUNICATION FROM OUR OFFICE COULD BE INTERPRETED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND THAT ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. IF YOU ARE NOW ON ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY OR HAVE BEEN IN THE PRIOR NINE MONTHS, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AS YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO THE BENEFITS OF THE SERVICEMEMBERS' CIVIL RELIEF ACT. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by Shane S.A. Gerard, a single man, to NPB Mortgage, LLC, Mortgagee, dated August 27, 2007 and recorded September 12, 2007 in Instrument Number 20070912-0001949, Barry County Records, Michigan. Said mortgage is now held by Cenlar FSB by assignment. There is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Fourteen Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty-Four and 79/100 Dollars ($114,834.79) including interest at 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 at the Barry County Circuit Courthouse in Hastings, Michigan in Barry County, Michigan at 1:00 p.m. on 11/01/2012 Said premises are located in the Township of Yankee Springs, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: The East 85.27 feet of Lot 27, and the West 23 feet of Lot 28, Supervisor's Plat Number 1, Yankee Springs Township, Barry County, Michigan, as recorded in Liber 2 of Plats, Page 77. 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: October 4, 2012 Orlans Associates, P.C. Attorneys for Servicer P.O. Box 5041 Troy, MI 48007-5041 File No. 275.0708 (10-04)(10-25) 77571445

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. ATTENTION 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 by Theodore Smith, a single man, original mortgagor(s), to Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union, Mortgagee, dated April 15, 2009, and recorded on April 21, 2009, at Instrument No. 20090421-0004312, in Barry County records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Eighty-Seven Thousand Three Hundred Forty-Nine and 34/100 Dollars ($187,349.34), including interest at 6.0% 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 lobby of the Barry County Circuit Court, 220 West State Street, Hastings, MI 49058 on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Said premises is situated in the Township of Johnstown, County of Barry, Michigan, and described as: Commencing at the center of Section 34, Town 1 North, Range 8 West, Johnstown Township, Barry County, Michigan; Thence South 21 rods to the center of M-37; Thence Southerly in the center of highway 16 rods to the point of beginning; Thence East 968 feet; Thence Southerly parallel to the center line of highway 732 feet; Thence West 968 feet to the center of the highway; thence Northerly along the center of highway 732 feet to the point of beginning. PPN: 09-034-017-10 More Commonly Known As: 15591 S M-37 Hwy, Battle Creek, MI 49017 The redemption period shall be six (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 thirty (30) days from the date of such sale. Dated: October 1, 2012 For more information, please call: KELLOGG COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Mark D. Hofstee (P66001) Bolhouse, Baar & Lefere, P.C. Grandville State Bank Building 3996 Chicago Drive SW Grandville MI 49418-1384 77571339 (616) 531-7711

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE SALE DEFAULT having been made in the conditions of a certain Mortgage, made by MADISON D. HOWELL AND LINDA L. HOWELL, husband and wife, whose address is 3070 Madilin Lane, Hastings, Michigan 49058, as Mortgagor, to MAINSTREET SAVINGS BANK, whose address was 629 W. State Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058, as assigned in the Barry County Register of Deeds to Daemeon Richards and Jennifer Richards, whose address is P.O. Box 53, Hastings, Michigan 49058, and securing that certain Note between Madison D. Howell and Linda L. Howell, as Debtor and MainStreet Savings Bank, as Creditor, dated September 16, 2005, November 29, 2005 and May 6, 2003, and pursuant to that certain guarantee wherein Mortgagor, Madison D. Howell and Linda L. Howell, guaranteed the Note mentioned above and secured the guarantee with Mortgage described above. There is claimed to be due thereon, at the date of this notice, for principal and interest, the sum of SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-NINE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR AND 25/100($729,854.25) Dollars with interest at the rate of 7.75%, as secured by the above-referenced mortgage as of this date. There also shall be attorney’s fees, unpaid real estate taxes and costs. And no proceedings having been instituted to recover the debt now remaining secured by said Mortgage, or any part thereof, whereby the power of sale contained in said Mortgage has become operative; NOW, THEREFORE, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that by virtue of the Power of Sale contained in said Mortgages, and in pursuance of the statute in such case made and provided, the above said Mortgage, will be foreclosed by a sale of the parcels of the premises therein described, or so much thereof as may be necessary, at public auction, to the highest bidder, at the Barry County Courthouse, County of Barry, Michigan, that being the place of holding the Circuit Court in and for said County on the 15th day of November, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, of said day and said premises will be sold to pay the amount so as aforesaid then due on said Mortgage, together with interest payable at the rate of 7.75%, together with late fees, legal costs, attorneys fees and also any taxes and insurance that said Mortgagee does pay on or prior to the date of said sale together with interest thereon as though on an open account at the rate of 5% per annum; which said premises are described in said Mortgage, to-wit: THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 30, TOWN 4 NORTH, RANGE 8 WEST, CARLTON TOWNSHIP, BARRY COUNTY, MICHIGAN, EXCEPTING THEREFROM THE FOLLOWING: PART OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 30, TOWN 4 NORTH, CARLTON TOWNSHIP, BARRY COUNTY, MICHIGAN, DESCRIBED AS: COMMENCING AT THE EAST 1/4 CORNER OF SAID SECTION; THENCE NORTH 00°37’24” EAST 542.33 FEET ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE NORTH 89°22’36” WEST 309.60 FEET; THENCE NORTH 00°18’04” WEST 265.03 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 89°22’36” EAST 313.87 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 00°37’24” WEST 265.00 FEET ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; NOW BEING A PART OF RED OAK ESTATES CONDOMINIUM, ACCORDING TO THE MASTER DEED RECORDED IN DOCUMENT NO. 1136354, AND AMENDMENTS THERETO, EXCEPTING THEREFROM UNITS 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 AND 13. The period of redemption will be six (6) months from date of sale. Dated: October 9, 2012 Nathan E. Tagg, Attorney for Daemeon and Jennifer Richards Drafted by: Nathan E. Tagg (P68994) Tripp & Tagg, Attorneys at Law 206 South Broadway Hastings, Michigan 49058 (269) 948-2900 77571637

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 Arthur W. Moredick and Dianne M. Weers, husband and wife, original mortgagor(s), to ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc., Mortgagee, dated March 18, 2005, and recorded on April 15, 2005 in instrument 1144932, in Barry county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Sixty-Five Thousand Seven Hundred Six and 19/100 Dollars ($165,706.19). 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 8, 2012. Said premises are situated in Charter Township of Rutland, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: Lot(s) 3, Algonquin Shores Plat, according to the recorded plat thereof, as recorded in Liber 3 of Plats, Page 55. 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 11, 2012 For more information, please call: FC C (248) 593-1301 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #411228F01 77571510 (10-11)(11-01)

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

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

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT; ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW. Notice under MCL 600.3278: Pursuant to MCL 600.3278, if the property is sold at a foreclosure sale under MCL 600.3201 et. seq., the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. ATTENTION POTENTIAL PURCHASERS AT FORECLOSURE SALE: In the case of resolution prior to or simultaneously with the aforementioned foreclosure sale, U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for Manufactured Housing Contract Senior / Subordinate Pass-Through Certificate Trust 1999-2, by Green Tree Servicing LLC, as Servicer with delegated authority under the transaction documents, may rescind this sale at any time prior to the end of the redemption period. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited to the return of your bid amount tendered at the sale, plus interest. Default having occurred in the conditions of a Mortgage made by Ruth A. Eggleston and Terry L. Eggleston ("Mortgagor"), to Green Tree Servicing LLC (f/k/a Green Tree Financial Servicing Corporation), dated October 9, 1998, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for the County of Barry in the State of Michigan on October 12, 1998, in Document Number 1019220, et. seq., said Mortgage being last assigned to U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for Manufactured Housing Contract Senior / Subordinate Pass-Through Certificate Trust 1999-2 ("Green Tree"), by Mortgage Assignment dated April 2, 2012, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for the County of Barry in the State of Michigan on April 11, 2012, in Document Number 201204120004425, et. seq., on which Mortgage there is claimed to be due as of the date of this Notice the sum of $120,631.10, which amount may or may not be the entire indebtedness owed by Debtors to Green Tree together with interest at 6.75 percent per annum. NOW THEREFORE, Notice is hereby given that the power of sale contained in said Mortgage has become operative and that pursuant to that power of sale and MCL 600.3201 et. seq., on November 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., on the East steps of the Circuit Court Building in Hastings, Michigan, that being the place for holding the Circuit Court and/or for conducting such foreclosure sales for the County of Barry, there will be offered at public sale, the premises, or some part thereof, described in said Mortgage as follows, to-wit: LAND SITUATED IN THE TOWNSHIP OF RUTLAND, COUNTY OF BARRY, STATE OF MICHIGAN, IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE SOUTH LINE OF SECTION 9, TOWN 3 NORTH, RANGE 9 WEST, DISTANT SOUTH 89 DEGREES 07' 54" WEST, 439.05 FEET FROM THE SOUTH 1/4 POST OF SAID SECTION 9; THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 07' 54" WEST, 439.06 FEET ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE; THENCE NORTH 02 DEGREES 49' 32" WEST, 791.67 FEET; THENCE NORTH 89 DEGREES 13' 22" EAST, 439.35 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 02 DEGREES 48' 24" EAST, 790.97 FEET TO THE PLACE OF BEGINNING; SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT FOR PUBLIC HIGHWAY PURPOSES OVER THE SOUTHERLY 33 FEET THEREOF. which also includes any interest Green Tree may have in the 1998 MFGD Housing Mobile Home, Serial Number M0308512. The redemption period shall be six (6) months unless the property is established to be abandoned pursuant to MCL 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be the later of thirty (30) days from the date of sale or fifteen (15) days from the date the notice required by MCL 600.3241a(b) was posted and mailed, or unless under MCL 600.3240(17), prior to the foreclosure sale the borrower follows the procedure set forth in that section to establish the presumption that the property is used for Agricultural purposes, in which case the redemption period shall be one (1) year from the date of the sale. Dated: October 4, 2012 U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for Manufactured Housing Contract Senior / Subordinate PassThrough Certificate Trust 1999-2, by Green Tree Servicing LLC, as Servicer with delegated authority under the transaction documents By: DONALD A. BRANDT (P30183) BRANDT, FISHER, ALWARD & PEZZETTI, P.C. Attorneys for Green Tree 1241 E. Eighth Street, P.O. Box 5817 Traverse City, Michigan 49696-5817 (231) 941-9660 File No.: 6140.1100 Ad #39457 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/01/2012 77571568


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State News Roundup The class of 2011, the first group of students exposed to the Michigan Merit Curriculum for their entire high school careers, saw mixed results. The introduction of the merit curriculum reduced graduation rates slightly for students who entered high school with weak academic skills, according to an analysis released Monday by the Michigan Consortium for Educational Research. For those who entered with strong skills, the curriculum did not have an impact on their high school completion rates. The consortium is a partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the State of Michigan. The results of the research were presented at a conference at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing Monday. Performance on standardized tests rose slightly for students who entered high school with strong skills. The impact on test scores was small or negative for those who entered high school with weak skills. The best-prepared students saw better performance in science, reading and math. All students experienced declines in writing scores. Results show that the merit curriculum reduced the five-year graduation rate among lower-achieving students by approximately 4.5 percentage points (from 49 percent to 44.5 percent). The merit curriculum also appears to have prompted some students to extend their stay in high school beyond the traditional four years, perhaps in an effort to meet the more rigorous curricular requirements. In 2006, Michigan adopted the merit curriculum, a set of high school graduation requirements that emphasize math and science. The goal was to increase the rigor of high school courses and better prepare students for college. The first students covered by the curriculum started ninth grade in fall 2007 and would have been scheduled for an on-time graduation in spring 2011. “These findings are for the first set of students subject to the new requirements. The results may change as schools and teachers gain experience with the curriculum,” said Susan Dynarski, a professor at U-M’s Ford School of Public Policy, School of Education and Department of Economics. “As more students complete their high school years, we will find out whether the curriculum boosts college attendance and success, a key goal of the reform.” Additional findings indicate large gaps across income groups and Michigan’s districts in high school graduation and college attendance. Four-year high school graduation rates range from less than 50 percent to over 90 percent across Michigan’s largest school districts. Fifty-seven percent of low-income freshmen graduate high school within four years, compared to 85 percent of students with higher incomes. And 31 percent of lowincome students attend college within five

years of entering high school, compared to 61 percent of students with higher incomes. The merit curriculum also appears related to some personnel changes. Additional results released at the conference showed that the teaching staff at Michigan’s high schools has shifted toward merit curriculum subjects, with those teaching these topics rising from 58 percent in 2004 to 71 percent in 2011. “Between 2004 and 2011, the overall number of high school teachers in Michigan fell. However, with the introduction of the MMC it appears that schools and districts focused their limited resources on teachers who taught core academic subjects,” said Kenneth Frank, a professor at MSU’s College of Education. The merit curriculum requires that students take algebra 1, geometry and algebra 2, as well as biology 1 and either chemistry or physics. Students must take four years of English language arts and complete two years of a foreign language. The study used data from 700,000 students enrolled in Michigan’s public high schools to examine the effects of the merit curriculum. The research was funded by a grant by the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. The reports are available at the MCER website, www.michiganconsortium.org.

New law gives disabled veterans free hunting and fishing licenses The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that new, free hunting and fishing licenses will be available for disabled veterans beginning in March. House Bill 5292, signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder last week, will allow a disabled veteran to obtain any resident hunting or fishing license for which a lottery is not required, free of charge. The veteran will be required to provide proof of eligibility and carry this proof when using any license obtained under this legislation. Under provisions of the law, the new licenses become available at the beginning of the next license year, which is March 1, 2013. Licenses cannot be obtained before that date. The law defines “disabled veteran” as a resident who either has been determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100-percent rate, for a disability other than blindness; or is rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as individually unemployable. “Providing free licenses for disabled veterans is just a small token of our deep gratitude for their sacrifice for all of us,” said Denise Gruben, manager of licensing and reservations for the DNR. “We want veterans to be full participants in outdoor sports. We’re pleased to make these licenses available to qualifying veterans beginning next March under this new law.”

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Michigan vendors not selling tobacco to minors The Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services have reported that a 2012 statewide survey during indicated that 89.3 percent of retailers did not sell tobacco products to youth under age 18. This is the sixth consecutive year in which Michigan vendors have been in compliance with the federal minimum rate of 80 percent. “Reducing tobacco use is a top priority for our state [since] it a major contributor to health issues, and in turn, chronic diseases,” said James K. Haveman, director of the MDCH. “Ensuring that Michigan tobacco vendors are not selling to youth is critical in preventing this addictive behavior and improving the overall wellness of our youth as they become adults.” All states and territories must conduct the survey using a scientific random sample study protocol, approved by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and must demonstrate that its tobacco vendor compliance meets or exceeds the federal minimum compliance rate of 80 percent. During the summer of 2012, BSAAS conducted a statewide buying survey, with a sample of 558 from 9,498 establishments, to measure the rate of illegal sales of tobacco to Michigan youths. The survey involves visiting randomly selected outlets that sell tobacco products, either over-the-counter or through vending machines. A youth inspector will enter the outlet, attempt to make a tobacco purchase, and record the results. An adult chaperone drives the youth inspectors and oversees the purchase attempts. States that fall below the 80 percent minimum compliance rate are subject to a penalty of 40 percent from their federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funding. For Michigan, this could be more than $23 million. “The business community and statewide partners are to be commended for not selling to minors, and for conducting high quality inspections,” said Haveman. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mdch-bsaas.

Vandalism suspected at state fish hatchery On the morning of Friday, Oct. 5, Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division staff at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery in Beulah arrived for work to find 5,700 coho salmon dead in one of the maturation ponds. While under investigation, all signs indicate the loss was from a late

Thursday night vandalism act, as it appears the fish were forcibly crowded into a small area which blocked water flow through the screens and created conditions in which the dissolved oxygen concentrations became lethal. “This is the first time in 45 years where we have had this type of incident at this facility,” said Gary Whelan, DNR fish production manager. “It could have put our entire coho salmon program in serious jeopardy. The loss of this program would cost the state economy millions of dollars in revenue. We were exceptionally fortunate to have an above average coho salmon spawning run this year and will still have enough adults to fully meet our coho salmon egg take needs.”

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Expert answers questions on retirement, fast track and benefits I’m doing more things online, including shopping and paying bills. What are some things I can do at www.socialsecurity.gov? Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to take a look at your Social Security statement, which allows you to check your earnings record and get an estimate of your future benefits. Revisit your statement annually, around your birthday, for example. If you’re ready to apply for benefits, you can do that online as well. Applying for Social Security retirement benefits online can take as little as 15 minutes. Once you’ve submitted your electronic applications, in most cases, you’re done. Also online, you can find more than 100 publications with information about Social Security and its programs. Most of these publications are also in Spanish, and some of the most popular are available in 14 other languages. You also can estimate your future retirement benefit using our retirement estimator, which allows you to get personalized estimates based on different retirement ages and scenarios. The possibilities are endless at www.socialsecurity.gov. I usually get my benefit payment on the third day of the month. What if the third falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday? Will my payment be late? Just the opposite. Your payment should arrive early. For example, if you usually get your payment on the third of a month, but it falls on a Saturday, like it does this November, we will make payments Friday, Nov. 2. Find more information about the payment schedule for 2012 online at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/calendar.htm. If you do ever miss a payment, be sure to wait three days before calling to report it missing. Of course, if you get your payments electronically, you’ll get your payment without having to wait for the mail. Find out more about electronic payments at www.godirect.org. I’m trying to decide when to retire. Can Social Security help? The best place to start is with a visit to the online Social Security statement. The statement provides you with estimates of benefits for you and your family as well as your earnings record and information you should consider about retirement and retirement planning. Find out more about the statement — and get yours — at www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement. The “right” time to retire is different for everyone and depends on your individual situation. To help you make your own decision, we offer an online fact sheet with some of the factors to consider. Find it at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10147.html. I’ve decided I want to retire. Now what do I do? The fastest and easiest way to apply for retirement benefits is to go to www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. Use our online application to apply for Social Security retirement or spouses benefits. To do so, you must be at least 61 years and 9 months old; want to start your benefits in the next four months; and live in the United States or one of its commonwealths or territories. My only income is Supplemental Security Income. My sister recently died and left me a little money. Will this extra money affect my SSI benefits? It depends on the amount. You must report the inheritance to Social Security by calling 800-772-1213. SSI is a needs-based program for people 65 or older, blind or disabled who have limited income and resources. We consider your inheritance as income for the month you received it. Accordingly, we may have to adjust your benefit for that month. If you keep the money into the next month, the money then becomes a part of your resources. A person with more than $2,000 or a couple with more than $3,000 in total resources cannot receive SSI, although there are exceptions. For more information, visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov.

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All of the dead coho salmon, which included 5,130 adult and 570 small jacks (yearlings), were salvaged by the AmericanCanadian Fisheries Inc., the contractor for the surplus salmon carcasses from DNR salmon weirs that are used in the fish meal industry. Additional security measures have been put in place to protect the remaining fish at this key egg take facility. “We would appreciate any information on this incident to assist us with our investigation. This information can be provided to any conservation officer or to the RAP hotline at 1-800-292-7800,” said Edward Eisch, Northern Lower Peninsula fish production manager.

My mom receives Supplemental Security Income. She soon will be coming to live with me. Do we have to report the move to Social

Security? Yes. She must report a change in living arrangements within 10 days of moving. The change may affect her benefit amount, and she could be penalized if she does not report the change on time. Also, we need her correct address so we can send correspondence, even if she receives her payments electronically. Please have your mom call Social Security, 800-772-1213. Visit our website for more information at www.socialsecurity.gov. I need to apply for disability benefits. Where do I start? Begin by looking at our Disability Starter Kit. You can find it online at www.socialsecurity.gov/disability/disability_starter_kits.ht m or you can request a copy by calling 800772-1213. The kit will help you prepare for your application and interview. When you are ready, you can apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability or make an appointment to apply in person at a local Social Security office. Our online disability application is convenient and secure. Don’t stand in line, go online, at www.socialsecurity.gov. My husband has been in poor health for some time, and doctors have recently diagnosed him with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. I’ve heard Social Security has a “fast track” for some people who are disabled. Can you tell me about it? We have two processes to fast track applications for disability benefits. Our Compassionate Allowances initiative allows us to fast track certain cases of individuals with very severe disabilities. There are 165 different types of disabilities that qualify for this expedited decision, including ALS, and that list continues to expand. Learn more about Compassionate Allowances and see the full list of conditions at www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances. Another way we speed up decisions is with our Quick Disability Determinations initiative, which uses technology to identify applicants who have the most severe disabilities and allows us to expedite our decisions on those cases. Read more about Quick Disability Determinations at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityresearch/qdd.htm. My aunt is considering applying for Extra Help with Medicare Part D prescription drug costs, but she has about $10,000 in the bank. Would she still be eligible with this much money? Based on the resources you mentioned, it sounds like she may qualify. However, there are other factors to consider. In most cases, recipients of Extra Help are limited to $13,070 (or $26,120 if married and living with a spouse) in resources in 2012. Resources include the value of the things you own, such as real estate (other than the place you live), cash, bank accounts, stocks, bonds and retirement accounts. To learn more, visit the Medicare link, www.socialsecurity.gov, or call us, 800-772-1213. 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 vonda.vantil@ssa.gov.

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HASTINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHEDULE Thursday, Oct. 25 — So Many Books … book club discusses Vicious Cycle by Terry Blackstock, 1 to 2 p.m.; Movie Memories celebrates things that go bump in the night with “Bell, Book, and Candle,” starring James Stewart, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 — preschool story time enjoys stories about Halloween, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 — toddler story time enjoys “blanket stories,” 10:30 to 11 a.m.; young chess tutoring class, 4:30 to 5:30; open chess club, 6 to 8 p.m. Call the Hastings Public Library for more information, 269-945-4263.

LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE TO CREDITORS RE: CLARENCE H. WHITE and ALETHA J. WHITE FAMILY REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST. TO ALL CREDITORS: NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, Aletha J. White, as sole surviving Grantor and Co-Trustee of said Trust, who lived at 1821 North East Street, Hastings, Michigan died July 30, 2012. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the Trust will be forever barred unless presented to Cynthia J. Wade, Successor Trustee, 5167 Nellies Lane, Charlotte, MI 48813 within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. Date: October 17, 2012 David L. Smith P20636 133 South Cochran, P.O. Box 8 Charlotte, MI 48813 517-543-6401 Cynthia J. Wade 5167 Nellies Lane Charlotte, MI 48813 77571926 (517) 645-7831

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To the Qualified Electors of BARRY COUNTY, MICHIGAN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A REGULAR ELECTION WILL BE HELD IN THE COUNTY OF BARRY, STATE OF MICHIGAN ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012 The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Voting Precincts – Barry County, MI DELTON KELLOGG SCHOOLSs BALTIMORE TWP. 3100 E. Dowling Rd, Hastings Baltimore Township Hall

BARRY TWP PRECINCT 2 155 E Orchard St, Delton Barry Township Hall

JOHNSTOWN TWP 13641 S M37 Hwy, Battle Creek Johnstown Township Hall

PRAIRIEVILLE TWP PRECINCT 1 10155 S Norris Rd, Delton Prairieville Township Hall

YANKEE SPRINGS TWP PRECINCT 1 284 N Briggs Rd, Middleville Yankee Springs Twp Hall

BARRY TWP PRECINCT 1 14505 S Kellogg School Rd Hickory Corners - Fire Station

HOPE TWP 5463 S M43 Hwy, Hastings Hope Township Hall

ORANGEVILLE TWP 7350 Lindsey Rd, Plainwell Orangeville Township Hall

PRAIRIEVILLE TWP PRECINCT 2 11351 Lindsey Rd, Plainwell Pine Lake Fire Department

YANKEE SPRINGS TWP PRECINCT 2 1425 S Payne Lake Rd Wayland MI 49348

Electors who wish to receive an Absentee Voter ballot for the election by mail may submit an AV application by 2:00 p.m. on November 3, 2012. Electors qualified to obtain an Absentee Voter Ballot for the election may vote in person in the Township/City Clerk’s office up to 4:00 p.m. on November 5, 2012. PENELOPE YPMA Baltimore Township Clerk 3100 E Dowling Rd Hastings MI 49058 Phone: 269-721-3502 Office Phone: 269-945-3228 Home

DEBRA KNIGHT Barry Township Clerk 155 E Orchard St. P O Box 705 Delton MI 49046 Phone 269-623-5171

DEBBY JACKSON Hope Township Clerk 5463 S M43 Hwy Hastings MI 49058 Phone: 269-948-2464

JUNE DOSTER Johnstown Township Clerk 1815 Lacey Rd, Dowling MI 49050 Phone: 269-721-9905

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the following offices will appear on the all the ballots:

JENNIFER GOY Orangeville Township Clerk 7350 Lindsey Rd Plainwell MI 49080 Phone: 269-664-4522

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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 77571989 (616) 459-1171

JANICE LIPPERT Yankee Springs Township Clerk 284 N Briggs Rd Middleville MI 49333 Phone: 269-795-9091

Judge of Court of Appeals (partial term) Judge of Circuit Court (partial term) Judge of District Court Judge of Probate Court

President/Vice President U. S. Senator U. S. Representative 3rd District 87th District State Representative State Board of Education Regent of the University of Michigan Trustee of Michigan State University Governor of Wayne State University County Prosecutor County Sheriff County Clerk County Treasurer County Register of Deeds County Drain Commissioner County Surveyor County Commissioner Justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan Justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan (partial term) Judge of Court of Appeals

THE FOLLOWING OFFICES WILL APPEAR on the various township ballots: Township Supervisor Township Clerk Township Treasurer Township Trustee Prairieville Township Parks Commissioner Yankee Springs Constable Baltimore: Dowling Public Library Board Director Johnstown: Dowling Public Library Board Director IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING WILL APPEAR ON THE APPROPRIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT BALLOTS: Delton Kellogg Schools

two (2) members for four (4) year terms expiring 12/31/2016 PROPOSAL 12-4

THE FOLLOWING PROPOSALS will appear on all ballots:

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH THE MICHIGAN QUALITY HOME CARE COUNCIL AND PROVIDE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR IN-HOME CARE WORKERS

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Case No. 12-109-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 23rd day of August, 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 CWABS, Inc., Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2004-10 was the Plaintiff and Stephen Vandermade, Tracy Vandermade, Household Finance Corporation III the Defendant(s). NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that I shall sell at public auction to the highest bidder, at public venue, at the Barry County Circuit Court (that being the place of holding the Circuit Court for said County), on the 6th day of December, A.D., 2012 at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon, Eastern Standard Time, the following described property, viz: All certain piece or parcel of land situated in the City of Hastings, County of Barry and State of Michigan, described as follows: Lot 80 of Hastings Heights, according to the recorded Plat thereof as recorded in Liber 3 of Plats on Page 41. Tax I.D. 08-55-055048-00 Commonly known as: 1527 North Michigan Avenue, Hastings, MI 49058 This property may be redeemed during the six (6) months following the sale. Dated: October 11, 2012 Sheriff Dar Leaf Randall S. Miller & Associates, P.C. Ronald S. Glaser (P46986) Attorneys for Plaintiff 43252 Woodward Avenue, Suite 180 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 (248) 335-9200 (10-11)(11-22)

TED DEVRIES Prairieville Township Clerk 10115 S Norris Rd, Delton MI 49046 Phone: 269-623-2664

A REFERENDUM ON PUBLIC ACT 4 OF 2011 – THE EMERGENCY MANAGER LAW Public Act 4 of 2011 would:

This proposal would:

• Establish criteria to assess the financial condition of local government units, including school districts.

• Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC). Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws.

• Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financial emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials. • Require EM to develop financial and operating plans, which may include modification or termination of contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services, and use of assets until the emergency is resolved. • Alternatively, authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a local government approved consent decree. Should this law be approved?

• Require MQHCC to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who pass background checks, and provide financial services to patients to manage the cost of in-home care. • Preserve patients’ rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC registry who are bargaining unit members. • Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment. Should this proposal be approved?

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A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO LIMIT THE ENACTMENT OF NEW TAXES BY STATE GOVERNMENT

This proposal would:

This proposal would:

• Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions.

Require a 2/3 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, in order for the State of Michigan to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers or expand the base of taxation or increasing the rate of taxation.

• Invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees’ financial support of their labor unions. Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking. • Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict with collective bargaining agreements.

This section shall in no way be construed to limit or modify tax limitations otherwise created in this Constitution. Should this proposal be approved? PROPOSAL 12-6

• Define “employer” as a person or entity employing one or more employees.

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

Should this proposal be approved? PROPOSAL 12-3

This proposal would:

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH A STANDARD FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY This proposal would: • Require electric utilities to provide at least 25% of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources, which are wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower, by 2025. • Limit to not more than 1% per year electric utility rate increases charged to consumers only to achieve compliance with the renewable energy standard. • Allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25% standard in order to prevent rate increases over the 1% limit.

• Require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election and in each municipality where “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” are to be located before the State of Michigan may expend state funds or resources for acquiring land, designing, soliciting bids for, constructing, financing, or promoting new international bridges or tunnels. • Create a definition of “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” that means, “any bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of January 1, 2012.” Should this proposal be approved? THE FOLLOWING PROPOSAL WILL APPEAR on all ballots in the Delton Kellogg Schools’ district: DELTON KELLOGG SCHOOLS OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL EXEMPTING PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE AND OTHER PROPERTY EXEMPTED BY LAW 18 MILLS FOR 2 YEARS

• Require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment and employment of Michigan residents. Should this proposal be approved?

Full text of the ballot proposal may be obtained at the administrative offices of Delton Kellogg Schools, 327 North Grove Street, Delton MI 49046. Telephone: 269-623-9246. An absent voter ballot by mail may be applied for any time before 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Electors qualified to obtain an Absentee Voter Ballot for the election may vote in person in the Township/City Clerk’s office up to 4:00 p.m. on November 5, 2012. Please contact your Township or City Clerk for further information.

QUALIFICATIONS TO VOTE

STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY OF BARRY NOTICE TO CREDITORS Decedent’s Estate FILE NO. 2012-26178-DE Estate of CARL MAYNARD RANDALL. Date of Birth: November 10, 1925. TO ALL CREDITORS: NOTICE TO CREDITORS: the decedent, CARL MAYNARD RANDALL, died January 10, 2012. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to GLORIA TIPTON, named personal representative or proposed personal representative, or to both the probate court at 206 WEST COURT, SUITE 302, HASTINGS, MI 49058 and the named/proposed personal representative within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. Date: 10/18/12 DAVID H. TRIPP P29290 206 SOUTH BROADWAY HASTINGS, MI 49058 (269) 945-9585 GLORIA TIPTON 511 EMERALD NE GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49503 (616) 980-6647 77572011

Citizen of the United States At least 18 years of age on or before November 6, 2012 Resident of Michigan and the township/city where you are registered to vote. *************************************** Persons with special needs, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, should contact the Township Clerk. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may place a call through the Michigan Relay Center TDD#1-800-649-3777. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED TO QUALIFY AS A VOTER! Pamela A. Jarvis, Barry County Clerk

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Area Halloween events begin Saturday Various churches and other organizations are planning Halloween-related activities in the coming days. Below is listed information that has been sent to J-Ad Graphics. Dowling/Lacey area • Country Chapel United Methodist Church in Dowling will host its annual Trunk-orTreat Children’s Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. Costume pictures, prizes, games and snacks are planned for the event at the church, 9275 S. M-37 Highway, Dowling, MI. For more information, call 269-721-8077 or check the website www.countrychapelumc.org. • Pleasantview Family Church, at 2601 Lacey Road, also will host a trunk-or-treat, beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 27. The Johnston Township Fire station will be a site for trunk-or-treating Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. The station is at 13641 M-37 Highway. Hastings Green Street between South Broadway and Cass Street from 4:45 to 8:15 will be closed to all major vehicle traffic from 4:45 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 to allow children and families to safely trick-or-treat. Volunteers will man the barricades at each intersection along that portion of the street to allow Green Street residents and emergency vehciles access to the street as needed. The First Presbyterian Church of Hastings

will host Fall Fun Day Carnival (formerly trunk-or-treat) Saturday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 3:30 in the fellowship hall at the church. The public is welcome to this free event, which will feature goodie bags (supplies limited), many game booths, prizes, snacks, a craft and Stormy the Magician’s balloon twisting antics. The Barry County Sheriff’s Posse will also be present providing fingerprinting/ID card services for children. Dressing up in a Halloween costume is not required, but is encouraged. All children are invited, but must be accompanied by an adult. First Presbyterian Church is located at 405 N. M-37 Highway, Hastings, just north of Airport Road. For more information, call Tracy Solmes, 269-945-5463 ext. 3009. • Hastings Baptist Church’s AWANA program will host trunk-or-treat Halloween night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, 309 E. Woodlawn Ave. The public is invited to trunk-or-treat in the parking lot and see AWANA and church volunteers dressed up as biblical characters. AWANA volunteers also will be available for children involved in the program to say their memorized Bible verses. AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, and is a reference to 2 Timothy 2:15 found in the New Testament of the Bible. This program helps children memorize Bible verses through games and rewards

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Estate Sale ESTATE SALE: FRIDAY, October 26th, 9am-5pm, Saturday, October 27th, 9am2pm, numbers at 8:30 Friday. 415 N. Taffee Drive, Hastings. The Living Estate of Mrs. Donna Kinney, long time Hastings resident. A charming, immaculate nonsmoking home full of beautiful, quality furniture with lots of fun smalls and antique treasures tucked in everywhere. Beautiful, like new Berne sofa and 2 side chairs, plaid chair with matching ottoman, vintage side chair from 1947, Ethan Allen end and coffee tables and china cabinet, full bed with matching dresser and full size sleep set, antique side table, beautiful wicker chair and matching stool from 1860’s, set of 4 needlepoint chairs, antique wash stand, vintage dinette table with 6 chairs, computer desk and file cabinets. Flow Blue dishes from late 1800’s, lovely cranberry antique pickle castor, vintage Fiesta ware, Club aluminum cookware, service for 16 set of china and lots of kitchen miscellaneous. Fabric and notions, lots of holiday and home decor and smalls. Hitching post, wheel barrow, yard spreader and garden tools. Large Craftsman shop vac, ladders, storage shelving, humidifier and garage miscellaneous. We are still uncovering treasures. Much more to be found. This will be a nice, fun sale for everyone. Photos can be seen at EstateSales.net after October 22nd. Sale by: The Cottage House Estate and Moving Sales, (616)901-9898. ESTATE/MOVING SALES: by Bethel Timmer - The Cottage House Antiques. (269)795-8717 or (616)9019898.

Garage Sale BARN SALE, OCTOBER 24th-25th-26th, 9am-5pm, 1505 N. Irving Road, Hastings. Something for everyone!

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for memorizing verses. Children also participate in other activities and listen to stories as part of the program. AWANA is a regular program Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hastings Baptist Church. For more information, call the church, 269948-8004. • Historic Charlton Park will host an afternoon of family-friendly fun at the All Hallows Eve event Saturday, Oct. 27. From 3 to 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy trickor-treating at 15 locations in the historic village. There will also be games, crafts, balloons and a scavenger hunt. Prizes will be awarded for best costume in a variety of categories. Guests can take a hayride and view the park in its fall splendor and see if they can spot the headless horseman. Free refreshments will be served, including popcorn balls, doughnuts and cider. Cost is $3 for anyone age 13 and up. Children 12 and younger are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Those who plan to go trick-or-treating should bring their own bags. For additional information, visit www.charltonpark.org or call 269-945-3775. Historic Charlton Park is located between Hastings and Nashville, north of M-79 at 2545 Charlton Park Road. Maple Valley area • The Vermontville Lions Club, with the support of local businesses and organizations, will be hosting the annual trunk-or-treat activities in the village Saturday, Oct. 27. The festivities will take place on Main Street and the village square. The event will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Free hot dogs, chips, hot chocolate and apple cider will be provided. Children may participate in a variety of games in the park next to the festival stage. A pumpkin decorating contest will be conducted with prizes awarded. Parents and local residents are invited to bring a decorated car, truck or wheeled vehicle into town and park it on Main Street and by the village park. Three prizes will be awarded; first prize will be a $75 gift certificate. Participants who will be decorating vehicles are asked to check in upon arrival with a Lions Club member and plan on arriving no later than 4 p.m. In addition to the activities in the park, Ace Auto Repair will have its haunted garage again this year. Trick-or-treating in the village of Vermontville will be Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31. • The leadership class from Maple Valley High School and the Maple Valley Education Association are partnering to make sure area kids have a safe and happy Halloween. Students will be in costume and positioned in the Hastings City Bank parking lot in Nashville from 5:30 to 8 p.m., handing out treats and collecting for United Nations Children’s Fund. Trick-or-treating hours in the village of Nashville will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, as well. Middleville • Scarecrows and costumes, pumpkins and treats will highlight two family-friendly fall events hosted by the Middleville Downtown Development Authority incoming weeks. The annual scarecrow contest will be judged on Monday, Oct. 22. Entries must be submitted by Oct. 20 and all scarecrows must be family-friendly. Scarecrows should be whimsical, humorous, mischievous, or lovable and not frightening. The Fall Festival on the Riverbank will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors may register for the costume judging contest at 2 p.m. There will be categories for pets, children and adults. Visitors may also bring a pumpkin that’s been carved and enter it in the pumpkin carving contest. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a costume parade in the downtown area. Many local businesses will be providing treats. Awards will be given out for costumes and pumpkins at 3 p.m. For more information, contact the village hall at 269-795-3385. • Saturday, Oct. 27, Morning Star Church in Middleville will host a family harvest party from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church’s ministry center. Organizers will be screening the movie “Monster House” and providing free popcorn,

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candy and cider. All ages are invited to this community event. The church is at 640 Arlington Court, next to Tires 2000, on the north side of Middleville. Clarksville Clarksville’s trick-or-treating will be Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fire barn will open at 7 p.m. and costume judging will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Lake Odessa The Halloween party for Lake Odessa will

be Oct. 31 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The event will include costume judging, cider and doughnuts. The party will be on 4th Avenue in front of the Central United Methodist Church. Costume categories will include: neatest costume, funniest costume, best witch, animal costumes, most gruesome, most unusual and best ghost. Trick-or-treating will start at 6 p.m. after the judging. The Lake Odessa Police Department will be on hand all evening for the candy check.

POLICE BEAT Employee assaulted by shoplifters Hastings Police were dispatched to Kmart on Oct. 16 for a complaint of two male subjects who had just left the store after assaulting the loss prevention manager. When officers arrived at Kmart they spoke with the loss prevention officer who told them he had observed two male subjects take several bottles of cologne and attempt to leave the store without paying for the items. When the loss prevention officer attempted to stop the suspects, he was assaulted by each subject as they fled the store with the merchandise. A customer outside of Kmart directed officers to the wooded area behind the store where the two suspects were apprehended. The stolen merchandise was also recovered in the wooded area behind Kmart.

Man’s station is not for play Hastings Police responded to Kmart on Oct. 17 and were informed that loss prevention officers had watched a group of people enter the store and began watching the group on security cameras. Loss prevention officers watched as a man went to the electronic area, opened up a wireless PS3 controller, and placed it into the pouch of his hoodie. Loss prevention officers watched as he attempted to leave the store without paying for the item. When confronted, the man handed over the stolen merchandise without incident and was then arrested.

Boyfriend gets the boot Hastings Police were dispatched to North Michigan Avenue on Oct. 22 to a reported fight in progress. When officers arrived, they spoke with a male subject who told them he had just been kicked on his backside by his girlfriend as he was attempting to obtain some of his personal property. Police spoke with the woman who told them that her boyfriend had come over to get some of his belongings and that she wanted him to sign a piece of paper. She told officers when her boyfriend refused to sign the piece of paper she felt like kicking him, and did as he walked away. The woman was arrested for domestic violence.

Father pushes daughter too far Barry County Deputies responded on Oct. 14 to a reported domestic assault on Keller Road. A 17-year-old Shelbyville woman said she had moved out of her father's house approximately five weeks ago. According to her, when she stopped at the house to pick up her remaining property, her father started yelling at her. She said he then grabbed the back of her neck and pushed her into furniture. He then told her to leave the house. When she left the house, she called police. The father told deputies his daughter had pushed him during an argument and he had grabbed her shirt and told her to leave the house. Reportedly, there were no injuries. The report was forwarded to the prosecutor's office for review.

Denied driving leads to table flipping Deputies responded to a reported domestic assault on Oct. 13 at a Hutchinson Road residence. A woman had called 911 and reported she was having a verbal and physical dispute with her boyfriend. She said the man was abusing her and had trashed her car. The woman reported her boyfriend had thrown her to the ground and beat her. Both parties were reportedly intoxicated. When deputies arrived, the woman was in

the driveway of the residence and her 53year-old boyfriend had fled on foot. She told deputies the man was drunk and he intended to drive. She took his wallet to prevent him from leaving. The Dowling man allegedly flipped over the living room table and threw the woman. The report has been turned over to the prosecutor's office.

Theft of morphine leads to ejection from workplace On Oct. 10, a man filed a theft of morphine complaint at the Barry County Sheriff's Department. The man and his roommate believed a third roommate had taken the morphine when she moved out of the residence. The man said he had placed his medication of seven 60 mg morphine tablets in the medicine cabinet behind the 30 mg tablets of morphine. When asked about the medication, the 20-year-old female roommate denied taking the morphine and said she didn't go to the other side of the house, since she had a bathroom near her bedroom on the opposite side of the residence. She also told deputies the two roommates came to her place of work and started making trouble, then were escorted from her workplace by security. The case is inactive pending more information.

San Francisco resident lives large A man met with a deputy on Oct. 9 to report he had been contacted by a collection agency about a credit card payment past due. He told the collection agency he did not have that particular credit card. The company told him to file a police report. He told deputies he had already filed a fraud complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, and contacting credit reported agencies about ID theft. When he received a copy of the credit card bill it showed a balance of $13,000 with no payment ever made. His "address" was in San Francisco, CA. The case is closed.

Woman not happy with boyfriend’s sleeping habits A man called from his home in Mulliken on Oct. 15 to report he was assaulted by his 30-year-old girlfriend in Woodland. He told deputies he had been out with friends drinking and then went to his girlfriend's house to sleep. The girlfriend had also been out drinking with her friends and came home to find the man sleeping. He told deputies she woke him up and assaulted him. The case is closed until the man comes into the Sheriff's Department for a sit-down interview.

Thief gets no cash or cigarettes, but may get lucky On Oct. 15, the Speedway on Saddlebag Road near Lake Odessa reported a breaking and entering and had the suspect on video. Security said a subject wearing a brown hoodie and dark pants broke into the store and appeared to be stealing cigarettes. The suspect was wearing gloves and a white mask. Deputies and Nashville Police arrived on the scene to find the front windows of the store smashed. Investigation showed the suspect did not take many cigarettes, but damaged two cash registers, credit card machines, and monitors in a search for cash. The suspect then took lottery tickets. While the investigation was being conducted, Nashville Police were dispatched to another two possible breaking and enterings. The case is closed pending video updates.


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Ironside recognized for 60 years of service by David DeDecker Staff Writer Gordon Ironside and other members were honored for their continued service to the community during the Hastings Kiwanis Club annual dinner Oct. 17. Held in the community room of Hastings City Bank, with catering from Seasonal Grille, members of the club were given certificates for 25, 30 and 35 years of service. Ironside topped them all with 60 years in the club, with many years serving as club treasurer. 25-year service awards were presented to John Fehsenfeld, Stacey Garrison and Ron Holley. Dave Tripp and Russell Solmes received awards for 30-years of service. At the 35-year mark were Larry Poll, Jim Fisher, Mike Hallifax, Glen Hahn and Gordon Sheldon. Neil Braendle was recognized for 40 years of involvement. “This truly is amazing,” said new Kiwanis President Deb Hatfield. “When I went back and looked at other Kiwanis Clubs, to have this many people means they started together, stayed dedicated as a group, and we hope we can have you for many years to come.” Reverend Gretchen Weller gave the invocation and said a prayer for the late Bob May who was also a Hastings Kiwanian. Lt. Gov. of Michigan Kiwanis Region 14 Vince Weiss was a guest speaker at the annual meeting. Weiss inducted new officers and explained the officers’ roles in efficiently running the club. Hatfield welcomed Hastings Rotarian Carl Schoessel to say a few words about his friend Gordon Ironside. “I have known Gordon, admired and respected him since I came to town in 1983,” said Schoessel. “Gordon has done wonderful things for Kiwanis and the community, but I have been asked to focus on what Gordon has done for the school system and the youth of our community.” Schoessel spoke of the role Ironside undertook as a member of a committee to build the “new” Hastings High School in the late 1960’s. He said Ironside’s support for the new building was very strong right from the outset. “Many people,” said Schoessel, “had strong opinions that the new building was not needed, and the current high school (now the

Pennock Health Services CEO Sheryl Lewis Blake (left) presents Medical Assistant Jerry Owens and Executive Assistant Linda Gasper with Pennock Professional Partner Awards, along with Human Resources Director Anita Henderson (right).

60-year Hastings Kiwanis Club member Gordon Ironside is recognized at last week’s annual meeting by presenter Deb Hatfield.

Pennock Health Services presents Partner Awards Two Pennock Health Services employees were recognized Oct. 16 for their outstanding work. The Pennock Professional Partner Award is designed to provide formal recognition for continuous excellence in demonstrating the core values, mission, and customer service principle of Pennock. Linda Gasper, executive assistant for the CEO and COO, began at Pennock in 2009. According to Human Resources Director Anita Henderson, Gasper performs in a vary complicated, multi-faceted position with a smile, poise, efficiency and sincerity. “Gasper provides exceptional support of and coordination to the board of trustees and its committees,” said Henderson. “She is very thorough in communicating procedures and processes to assist the board, if necessary.” Gasper is a lover of creatures great and small. She is also an accomplished clarinetist,

performing in Europe and Hawaii. “It is a real joy to work with her,” said Pennock CEO Sheryl Lewis Blake. Jerry Owens, certified medical assistant in urgent care and occupational medicine, began at Pennock in 2011. Owens worked for JC Penney for more than 20 years and continues do so, when possible. He decided to branch out and become a certified medical assistant. Owens said he loves taking care of patients. “He is positive, friendly and caring,” said Henderson. “When he is discharging patients, I always hear him say ‘Thank you for letting us take care of your today.’ He is very professional, personable and compassionate, and such a pleasure to work with.” “Jerry has been working for us just over a year, and he has made quite an impact,” said Lewis Blake.

Vince Weiss (left) and Deb Hatfield present John Fehsenfeld and Stacey Garrison (right) with service awards.

The 35-year service recipients (from left) Judge Jim Fisher, Gordon Sheldon, and Larry Poll with presenter Deb Hatfield.

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Russ Solmes accepts his 30-year Kiwanis award from Vince Weiss (left) and Deb Hatfield.

middle school) was ample enough for the community. Thank goodness Gordon, and people like him, prevailed. Then the focus shifted to the building was way too fancy for what the community needs. Now, the ‘new’ high school is nearly 50-years-of-age and has been an necessary part of a quality education in this community.” Ironside has been a strong supporter of bond and millage issues over the years, according to Schoessel. He also spoke about Ironside’s outstanding support of the local Athletic Boosters. “Gordon has not missed very many football and basketball games over the years,” said Schoessel. “He is a super fan and attends many other sporting events. “I want to congratulate Gordon and thank him for the generations of young people who have gone through the Hastings Area School System.” Schoessel presented Ironside with an official Hastings Saxon football jersey and read a certificate of appreciation for his service. Hatfield then presented the honoree with a plaque and 60-year Kiwanis pin. “When I ordered the pin, they (the pin maker) called me and asked if the 60 years was correct,” said Hatfield. “Then it took three months to get the pin. I was told they have only ever made about seven of them. I cannot pin down how many years he has been treasurer of the club. It’s somewhere between 40 and 45 years as treasurer. “He has been a true leader for our club and continues to be a true leader. He goes to the Inter-clubs and is at the Key Club meetings. We all want to thank you and it has been a real joy to work with you.” Ironside said, “I remember when I was asked to join Kiwanis by Tom Stebbins and Marsh Cook. They were neighbors and they thought I should be in Kiwanis. I appreciated them thinking of me and thought if they had the confidence in me, I could stick it out. I don’t know if I will be around another 60 years or not. Thank you.”

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County commission approves 2013 budget with an added surprise by Doug VanderLaan Editor Sometimes being lucky is better than being good. Being both, though, is double reason to celebrate. That’s exactly what all of Barry County can do following Tuesday’s report to the County Board of Commissioners that Monday’s refunding of $13 million in bonds for the 2006 improvement and expansion of the Thornapple Manor Medical Care Facility will mean a $1.4 million saving to taxpayers. “The market was very good to us,” County Administrator Michael Brown told commissioners of the refinancing of the remaining principal on the 2006 bond issue. “We’ve gone from an average interest rate of just shy of 4.5 percent to an average interest rate of 2.42 percent, a savings of $1.4 million over the next eight years.” The astute opportunity to lower interest costs was accompanied by a report from investment rating agency Standard & Poor’s which not only reaffirmed its AA rating on the Thornapple Manor bonds, but also awarded another AA rating to the County’s long-term and general obligation debt. The ratings were based on Standard & Poor’s opinion of the county’s residential economic base with access to employment in nearby Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek, on the County’s “strong reserves” and annual budget surpluses, and on the County’s moderate debt levels and limited future capital needs. “The county’s financial position and performance remains stable and steady in our view,” state the Standard & Poor’s ratings report. “The stable outlook reflects our expectation that the county will maintain its favorable reserve levels by continuing to actively manage the budget and make spending adjustments as needed.” Thornapple Manor Administrator Don Haney was part of a telephone interview with Standard & Poor’s that led to the reaffirmed credit rating, presented in part, according to Brown, because of the impressive response Haney was able to provide to the questions of analysts. “We were looking at savings, but nothing this large,” said Haney of the $1.4 million final number as opposed to the $865,000 savings that Brown and investment consultants had been estimating in March. “Michael and the commission deserve the lion’s share of the credit. It’s really the story of Barry County and its financial stewardship over the years.” Haney’s assistance in securing the AA rating follows the careful reporting and political positioning he needed to prepare

Thornapple Manor’s response to a state citation of the care facility that caused a nearly six-week ban on new admissions which ended Oct. 11. “The report that came back was even a little bit better than we had hoped for,” said Haney during a later telephone interview of the differences the facility had with the state over reporting and record-keeping requirements and which has produced meaningful change for the industry in Lansing. “The staff feels wonderful about it and I’m pleased for them and our for residents.” In other business, the board: • Provided unanimous approval for the 2013 budget following a public hearing that drew no public comment. The budget was approved unanimously. In presentation comments, Brown pointed out that the $14,005,232 budget is down from last year’s $15,573,817 because the 2012 budget reflected an unusual $1.7 million added to revenue to pay down accrued liabilities on existing pension program debt. Brown went on to point out that a steady downward budget trend is expected to bottom out in 2013 and, with a projected increase in property tax revenues in 2014, hopes are that “we’ll start to grow. “The challenge is how do we maintain rising costs with revenues that may not rise at that level. I think you’ve made some changes with health insurance and with pension that will take us down that road.” • Approved transfers and disbursements of $158,979. • Approved a resolution to honor Register of Deeds, Darla Burghdoff, upon her retirement. • Approved a resolution to honor the memory of recently deceased Hastings Mayor Robert L. May. • Approved a Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program transfer from Jeffrey and Stacy Morton of properties located in Hastings Charter Township, Castleton Township, and Carlton Township. • Approved the 2012 Apportionment Report, confirming the level of all local tax rates and providing the authorization to collect those taxes. • Approved Barry County winter tax rates and authorized copies of the tax rate be sent to all townships and once city within the county. • Approved the awarding of a three-year maintenance contract to Hurst Mechanical for HVAC equipment located in the Courthouse, the Courts and Law Building, the Friend of the Court, the Sheriff’s Department, the Animal Shelter, the Health Department, and the Commission on Aging buildings.


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Lakewood boys’ soccer wins its first district title by Brett Bremer Sports Editor Most teams just get to put numbers up on a banner. The Vikings get to put up the whole banner. They didn’t have anything to put on one until Saturday. Lakewood’s varsity boys’ soccer team won its first ever district championship, knocking off fellow Capital Area Activities Conference White Division member Stockbridge 2-0 in the Division 3 District Final at Fuller Street Field in Nashville Saturday. “I told these seniors if they stuck with it when they were freshmen that they could be district champions,” said Lakewood head coach James LeVeque. “I saw the skill that they had, even though they had a really bad, bad freshman year on the JV.” It’s unlikely any team in the state experiences the highs and the lows in its final week of the season that the Vikings did. They won the district championship, but lost senior midfielder Dylan Durkee to a concussion in the final minute. Coach LeVeque and his wife had their first child Monday. Tuesday, Lakewood’s season came to an end

with a 4-0 loss to Otsego in a down pour in the Division 3 Regional Semifinals at the South Christian Sports Park. It was raining hard enough Tuesday that South Christian decided to push its regional semifinal with South Haven, which was supposed to be the night cap, to Wednesday. Otsego’s Austin Hutchinson scored twice in the second half, and the Bulldogs used their possession to limit the Lakewood boys to only a couple of chances at the other end of the field throughout the evening. “They’re the better team,” LeVeque said. “They’re a good team. Solid. We played hard. Nothing to hang your hat onto. They moved the ball well. They’re fast. Speed hurt us again. I think a couple times our guys didn’t mark up and that led to a couple of their goals and that was probably the big difference overall. Defensively, we played all right when we marked up.” While the final score was 4-0, the score could easily have been closer. Two of the Bulldogs’ goals went off the crossbar and a third came on a clearing attempt that was deflected backwards into the net.

Joardan Kinning chipped a shot over Lakewood keeper Brady Forman and off the cross bar and in in the 19th minute. The Bulldogs then pushed their lead to 2-0 in the 26th minute, Zak Schurkamp took a drop pass about 25 yards out in front of the Lakewood net and ripped another shot off the crossbar and in. The toughest moment for the Vikings came in the first minute of the second half. The score went from 2-0 to 3-0 when a clearing attempt by a Lakewood defender clipped the back of Hutchinson’s heel and flew back into the Viking goal. Hutchinson then made it 4-0 with his second goal, in the 59th minute. The ball rebounded back and forth in front of the Lakewood net and eventually trickled out the left to Hutchinson who blasted a shot past Forman who was trying to scramble back that way in the mud in front of his net. “I think the first half we played not to get whooped, instead of playing to play,” LeVeque said. “We had nothing to lose coming into this game. We weren’t expected to make it this far. We’ve never made it this far.”

Viking defender Jake Waldron does his best to contain Otsego’s Cody Hulbert during Tuesday’s Division 3 Regional Semifinal at the South Christian Sports Park. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Lakewood’s varsity boys’ soccer team celebrates its first ever district championship after beating Stockbridge 2-0 in the Division 3 District Final at Fuller Street Field in Nashville Saturday.

The Vikings were that far thanks to their district triumph. Stockbridge had beaten the Vikings during the CAAC-White season. Kalib McKinney scored off an assist from Drew Durkee midway through the first half, then with 16 minutes left in the game Drew scored an insurance goal off an assist from brother Dylan. “The celebration was great. The seniors were happy, but they were thinking in the back of their head ‘how’s Dylan doing?’” LeVeque said. Forman earned the shut out in net, making eight saves. LeVeque said that none of them were really challenging though. Lakewood fired 11 shots on goal at the other end. The Viking coach was especially pleased with the defensive effort against Stockbridge’s most talented player. “We marked him up with David Bibbler,

who’s had an up and down year, and David completely shut him down. When David wasn’t in Kalib (McKinney) marked up on him and completely shut him down.” While getting a first ever district title was great for the Vikings, overall LeVeque thought the Vikings might have left a few wins out on the field this fall. “That’s kind of a learning point to them in life,” LeVeque said after Tuesday’s regional defeat. “You’ve got to work hard to get where you want to be and that’s kind of a tough way to learn it but I think they’re going to take onto that. They’re good young men. We didn’t have one cancer on this team. That was a pleasure. You can’t say that with many teams.” Otsego will play in the regional final at South Christian Thursday (Oct. 25), against the winner of Wednesday’s second semifinal

TK/Hastings girls shooting for another league title The Thornapple Kellogg/Hastings girls varsity swimming and diving team has two more competitions before diving regionals and the state finals, and they are hoping to finish off another undefeated regular season. The Trojans improved to 6-0 in the OK Rainbow Conference with a 104-75 victory over Grand Rapids Creston/Central Thursday. The Trojans are 10-0 overall after a 169-131 non-conference win over Eaton Rapids Tuesday. They’ll travel to Grand Rapids for a league dual with Ottawa Hills tonight (Oct. 25), then host the conference meet next weekend in Hastings where they’ll be competing for their second conference championship in a row. The first race was the only one the TK/Hastings girls didn’t win Thursday against Creston/Central. Eight different girls won the nine individual events for TK/Hastings. Alexa Schipper was the only one to win twice, taking the 100yard breaststroke in 1 minute 11.24 seconds. She also won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.45 seconds. Jennifer Tuokkola got TK/Hastings’ first win of the night, taking the 200-yard freestyle

Thornapple Kellogg/Hastings’ Libby Betcher pulls her way through the water during the 100-yard butterfly race Tuesday evening against Eaton Rapids. (Photo by Dan Goggins) in 2:19.34. Kayla Kroells then won the 200yard individual medley in 2:31.55. TK/Hastings had the top three scorers in each of those two races.

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The Trojans took the top three scoring places in the diving competition as well, with Brieanna Sheldon winning with a score of 173.10 points. Hannah Bashore won the 100-yard butterfly for TK/Hastings in 1:04.21, Marissa Swanson the 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.68, Katie Beauchamp the 500-yard freestyle in 6:25.87 and Kayla Strumberger the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.17. In the two freestyle relays, TK/Hastings had the team of Bashore, Kourtney Dobbin, Strumberger and Kayla Kroells win the 400yard race in 4:12.26 and the team of Libby Betcher, Swanson, Tuokkola and Dobbin win the 200-yard race in 1:54.46. The TK/Hastings girls closed out their win over the Eaton Rapids Greyhounds on Pink Night at the CERC in Hastings by taking the top two places in the 400-yard freestyle. Lauren Ricketts, Betcher, Swanson and Dobbin won the race in 4:21.91, and the team of Bashore, Katy Garber, Alicia Czarnecki and Strumberger was second in 4:28.27. TK/Hastings won two of the three relays, with Strumberger, Schipper, Bashore and Kroells taking the 200-yard medley relay in 1:57.52. Kroells won two individual events, taking the 50-yard freestyle in 26.63 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle in 58.02. Schipper won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:26.75, Bashore the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.27 and Strumberger the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.83. TK/Hastings also had Swanson win the 200-yard freestyle in 2:17.78, Sheldon take the diving competition with a score of 167.40, and Tuokkola win the 500-yard freestyle in 6:18.54. In between those two duals, the Trojans won their third invitational of the year Saturday. They took the Ottawa Hills Invite with 577 points. Wayland was second with

433, followed by Grand Rapids Catholic Central 326, Muskegon Catholic Central 294, Ottawa Hills 206 and Union 180. One of TK/Hastings most impressive performances came in one of the events the Trojans didn’t win - the 200-yard freestyle. TK/Hastings had Swanson win the event in 2:15.05, then had Tuokkola place third, Strumberger fourth and Beauchamp place fifth. Wayland’s Sydney Hooker won that race in 2:10.87. TK/Hastings won all four relays. Kroells, Dobbin, Ricketts and Schipper won the 200yard freestyle relay in 1:48.12 and Bashore, Swanson, Strumberger and Dobbin won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:12.48. The Trojans started the day with Strumberger, Schipper, Bashore and Kroells winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:58.12. Schipper won two individual events, taking the 200-yard individual medley in 2:24.31 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.83. She had a teammate right behind her in each event. Bashore was second in the 200 IM in

TK/Hastings’ Christian Stayton holds in the pike position as she spins in the air during the diving competition at her team’s meet with Eaton Rapids Tuesday in Hastings. (Photo by Dan Goggins) 2:28.45 and Betcher was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.60. Bashore followed up that runner-up finish with a win in the 100-yard butterfly thanks to a time of 1:02.95. Kroells added a win in the 100-yard freestyle (58.16 seconds) and Strumberger took the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.91.

Traveling senior softball team looking for new players The Southwest Michigan 65 years plus senior softball team is looking for players for the 2013 softball season. Players must be 65 to 70, with their 65th birthday falling in the 2013 playing year. This is a traveling tournament and league team, playing league games every other weekend in Grand Rapids, and playing 7-9 tournaments in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, Nevada and Utah. Tournament dates and locations are chosen by the players and dependent on player avail-

ability. “This is extremely fun and competitive play,” said Tom Daum. He would encourage those who used to hit with power or high average, can run and catch, and are willing to meet a great bunch of guys, you are encouraged to contact him for more information. Daum can be reached at 269-430-1034. The team is also looking for sponsors and a responsible person willing to manage/coach.


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Bulldogs score a lot of points late to beat Vikes by Brett Bremer Sports Editor Things went from not so bad to worse Friday night for the Vikings. Ionia’s varsity football team scored 20 points in the final 6 minutes and 2 seconds to top rival Lakewood 33-7 at Ionia High School. “We kind of shot ourselves in the foot and then had that snowball effect,” said Lakewood

head coach Nick Boucher. “One thing goes bad and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. You can’t win football games when you self destruct at the end of the game.” The Bulldogs led just 13-7 at the half, and after a missed field goal in the third quarter by the Bulldogs the Vikings connected on a big play to move into position to try and get a goahead touchdown. Lakewood quarterback Alex

in the first quarter, and also had a 50-yard touchdown run to put his team up 13-7 4:10 before the half. Lakewood’s only touchdown came in the first quarter when Potter hit Tyler Rush for an 8-yard score. Rush then added the extra point to tie the game at 7-7. The Vikings had a good chance to even things up or take the lead in the first half, after the Bulldogs made it 13-7. Potter completed a screen pass to Suntken who ran 69 yards before being knocked out of bounds at the Bulldog 1yard line. The Bulldog defense stuffed three Lakewood runs from inside the 2-yard line, then smothered a sweep on fourth down after the Vikings had been pushed back to the 6 by a false start penalty. Lars Pyrzinski led the Lakewood defense with 16 tackles. Jacob Darling had 14, Andrew Wisecup ten and Jack Tromp nine. Things got a little testy before the end, with an player from each side being ejected, but a few players shook hands at the line of scrimmage after the final kneel down by Gregory Lakewood quarterback Alex Potter fires a pass ahead during Friday’s contest at Ionia High School. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Lakewood’s Austin Kietzman (32) and Lars Pyrzinski team up to bring down Ionia’s Mike Cory during the second quarter of Friday’s season finale at Ionia High School. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

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Potter hit Tyler Oesch over the middle and Oesch raced 56 yards before the Bulldogs’ Brandon Serna jumped on his back from behind and pulled him down. The Vikings only managed another seven yards though on the drive. The Bulldogs turned things around and marched 82 yards on 16 plays, starting in the final minute of the third quarter. The drive ended midway through the fourth quarter, with Kyle Parks driving into the end zone from 9 yards out on a fourth-and-2 play. Parks’ two-point run was no good, and Ionia led 19-7. Lakewood tried a trick play after the kickoff, with the ball being snapped in the middle of the field while the linemen were out wide to the left. The snap got over the head of Doug Suntken though, and Ionia’s JD Zammaron recovered at the Vikings’ 10-yard line. Just 21 seconds after the previous score, Bulldog quarterback Austin Gregory rolled to his left and hit Mike Cory in the end zone. Chris Ahmed’s extra-point kick was good for a 26-7 Ionia lead. Cory intercepted a pass to get the ball back for Ionia a minute later, and the Bulldogs moved down the field for a 2-yard touchdown plunge by Jordan Miller with 1:39 left to go. Ahmed’s kick made it 33-7. Gregory was 5-of-11 passing for 73 yards, and rushed 12 times for 66 yards. Parks was the workhorse for the Bulldogs, rushing 34 times for 171 yards and three touchdowns. He scored the first points of the game on a three-yard run

Dave Joppie has a new job this fall. The 1984 Lakewood High School graduate has worked his way up through the ranks over the past 20 years and is now one step away from the Majors. He was named the hitting instructor for the Pawtucket Red Sox last month. Pawtucket is the Boston Red Sox AAA team in the International League. Joppie had spent each of the last five seasons as the hitting instructor for the AA Portland Sea Dogs in the Eastern League, and is currently out in Arizona coaching for the Surprise Saguaros - a fall league team made up of Red Sox, Cardinals, Mets, Rangers and Royals prospects. Joppie was born in Hastings, and currently resides in Grand Rapids. After graduating from Lakewood, Joppie played four years of baseball at Aquinas College, then had various American Amateur Baseball Congress and high school coaching jobs between 1989 and 1994 until he landed a chance with the Oakland A’s. He became the hitting instructor for the A’s AA Texas League team, the Huntsville Stars in 1995. In 2004, Joppie took over the Kane Count Cougars of the Midwest League and was named the league’s Manager of the Year. He

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Dave Joppie managed one more year for Kane County before moving over the Red Sox organization and becoming the hitting instructor for the Wilmington Blue Rockets of the Class A Carolina League.

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Trojans finish off football season with pair of victories by Brett Bremer Sports Editor High school football is over for the Thornapple Kellogg seniors. But senior captain Grant Allison had something to share with the underclassmen who will return to the field for the Trojans next fall after their team’s 32-0 win over Ottawa Hills in Bob White Stadium in Middleville Friday. He stood up in front of the team on the 50-yard line. “He challenged our young guys,” said TK head coach Chad Ruger. “His career is over and he told them not to waste a rep, not to waste an opportunity. I believe he believes that’s how they should look at it. I know he wishes someone would have told him that a year ago. It goes by fast.” The Trojans end the year with a 3-6 record. They were 2-3 in the OK Gold Conference, getting their two league wins in the final two games of the season. While the ending was bittersweet, the game was a lot of fun for the Trojans. TK had nine different players carry the football and 22 different players in on a tackle. The defense scored a touchdown. The Trojans pulled off a trick-play for a score. A lot of players were in on the action, but senior Dan Dykstra was the Trojans’ top offensive gainer. He rushed ten times for 77 yards and scored the only touchdown of the

second half in the third quarter. Senior CJ Bronkema had four rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown, and added a second touchdown in the second quarter as the Trojans pulled off their hitch-and-pitch play. Allison completed a pass to junior Israel Torres who then flipped the ball to Bronkema who finished off the 45-yard scoring play. Senior Jeremy Bird also recovered a Bengal fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter for TK. Allison was 3-of-4 passing for 63 yards, and ran in a two-point conversion in the second quarter. Senior Aaron Ordway was perfect on his three extra-point kicks for TK, and scored the only points of the first quarter with a 27yard field goal. Ordway added five rushes for 63 yards on offense. Addison Schipper chipped in nine rushes for 45 yards. Senior Cole Gahan and junior Gabe Space each had and interception, while junior Kaleb Amon added a fourth turnover by recovering a Bengal fumble. Gahan had a team-high seven total tackles. Senior Ben Jazwinski added six and senior Austin Sensiba had five. The Bengals finish off at 3-6 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the OK Gold.

DK second heading into KVA tourney If Delton Kellogg’s varsity volleyball team wants to extend its string of Kalamazoo Valley Association championships to five, the Panthers or somebody else is going to have to beat Schoolcraft Saturday. Schoolcraft knocked off Delton Kellogg 31 in Delton last Wednesday, and the Panthers closed out the Kalamazoo Valley Association regular season with a 3-0 win over Pennfield Tuesday. Those two matches leave Delton Kellogg in second place in the league standings behind Schoolcraft. The Panthers were 8-1 in KVA

duals this year, the Eagles 9-0. They’ll be the top two seeds at the KVA Tournament Saturday at Olivet High School. Schoolcraft beat Delton 25-16, 25-15, 1725, 25-17 Wednesday. Kari Feddema led Schoolcraft with 12 kills, while Marianne Douglas and Kara Craig added seven each. Camille Biacobone had 27 assists. Douglas led the Eagles in aces with six and digs with 14. Alisha Vanderwoude had a solid all around night, with 11 kills, five aces, three blocks and nine digs. Faith Ferris chipped in nine

Delton Kellogg’s Hannah Walker sets the ball up during her team’s contest with Schoolcraft Wednesday. (Photo by Perry Hardin)

Lions last of nine KVA teams to fall to Schoolcraft It was a first for both sides. Schoolcraft’s varsity football team finished off its undefeated Kalamazoo Valley Association championship season with a 40-0 victory over visiting Maple Valley Friday night. The Eagles earned their first shutout of the season in the win, and the Lions were shutout for the first time all season long. Maple Valley managed just 135 yards of offense, and only 50 yards on the ground. Lion quarterback Beau Johnson spent a lot of time firing the football around, but was able to complete just 8-of-25 pass attempts for 85 yards. He was intercepted once, and so was teammate Austin Gonser on his one pass attempt. Charlie Schultz had the two interceptions for the Eagles. Gonser did have five receptions for 56 yards. Garrett Mater added two catches for 18 yards for the Lions. Dylan Kennedy led the Lions on the ground, with four rushes for 20 yards. Gonser carried it four times for 18 yards. The Eagles jumped on the Lions early, scoring three touchdowns in the opening quarter. Schoolcraft quarterback Jeffery Scott had a hand in each of the first four touchdowns for his team. He opened the scoring with a 12-yard run four minutes into the game. Nick Cakmakci hit on the first four of

his six extra-point attempts. Scott then added a 5-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill and a 60-yard touchdown pass to Benny Clark before the end of the first quarter to put his team up 21-0. Scott and Hill hooked up again three and a half minutes into the second quarter, this time for a 67-yard score. Clark then closed out the first-half scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run 1:36 before the break. Hill closed out the scoring for the night with a 30-yard touchdown run 1:11 into the second half. Hill had three receptions in the game for 104 yards, and Zack Decker added two catches for 89 yards. Scott was 7-of-14 passing for 250 yards. Clark led the Eagles’ rushing attack, with eight carries for 69 yards. Blake Zenek added three rushes for 49 yards. Maple Valley’s defense was led by Kennedy and Brandon Erwin who had eight tackles each. Diego Pesina added six. Tyler Hickey had one fumble recovery. The Schoolcraft defense got eight tackles from Matt Abl and seven from Dakota Stanfill. Schoolcraft is one of four KVA teams headed to the postseason. Pennfield (8-1), Constantine (7-2) and Olivet (6-3) will join Schoolcraft in the playoffs.

Delton Kellogg’s Kanoe Chaffee passes the ball as teammate Rachel Parker looks on in the back row during Wednesday’s KVA contest with Schoolcraft at Delton Kellogg High School. (Photo by Perry Hardin)

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entire team back next year.” Hastings will have three of its five back next year as well. The tournament’s individual championship went to Dearborn Divine Child’s Natalie Blazo, who shot an 81 Friday and a 76

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Hastings’ Katie Brown watches her tee shot fly on number eight during the Division 3 State Finals Friday at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

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Hastings’ Amanda Sarhatt chips a shot up towards the green on number eight at Bedford Valley Friday during the Division 3 State Finals. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

The Saxons’ Lindy Kloosterman sets up a putt on the eighth green Friday during the Division 3 State Finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course. (Photo by Brett Bremer)


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Playoffs start with home game against Plainwell

Hastings lineman Eric Hart leads the way around the corner for teammate Kenny Cross during Friday’s OK Gold Conference contest against South Christian in Byron Center. (Photo by Dan Goggins) 85 yards and the one touchdown. South Christian ends the OK Gold season in second place thanks to its 4-1 mark.

Hastings’ Zach McMahon (3) does his best to make sure a South Christian receiver can’t catch the ball inbounds during Friday night’s game in Byron Center. (Photo by Dan Goggins) of-2 on his extra-point attempts for the Sailors in the fourth quarter, and 3-of-4 overall. Hastings was able to cut into that South Christian lead one more time before the clock read 0:00, finishing off a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run by Huisman. The two-point try was no good again, leaving the Saxons down two scores late. Hastings outgained the Sailors on the evening, 385 yards to 299. Shaffer led the way, rushing 24 times for 138 yards. Cross

had eight carries for 100 yards, and French added 17 rushes for 65 yards. Huisman was 3of-8 passing for 52 yards. Cross, French and Michael Eastman had five tackles each for the Saxon defense. James Lee and David Pierce had four each. One of Lee’s was a sack. Zach McMahon and Jake Swartz each picked off a Sailor pass. Wassink led the Sailor attack, completing 16 of 24 passes for 192 yard and rushing 16 times for another 65 yards. Diekevers was his top receiving option. He caught six balls for

LHS spikers head to DeWitt for Gold Cup final Thursday Lakewood’s varsity volleyball team will play in the CAAC Gold Cup championship match at DeWitt tonight after a 25-22, 25-17, 25-15 win at Mason Tuesday. Viking head coach Kellie Rowland called Mason a “hustling, hard-playing” team, a team that her Lakewood girls needed to play good defense against because of its strong attacks. The Lakewood defense responded. Beth Tingley had 15 digs, Olivia Davis eight, Emily Kutch seven, Karly Morris six and Jordan Kietzman five. Taylor Shook led the Viking block with five. Kutch had two and Brooke Wieland and Charlie Smith had one each. Kutch was dominant offensively at the net, finishing with 19 kills. Wieland kept the Bulldogs on their toes, hitting ten kills herself. Olivia Davis had seven kills and Shook six. Wieland set up her teammates with 31 assists. Davis led the Vikings at the service line with 13 points and two aces. Tingley and Kutch both had an ace as well. The Vikings got off to a great start, relaxed a bit, and then when their backs were against the wall in the third set they powered through for the win to start CAAC Gold Cup play Thursday. They knocked off East Lansing 2515, 25-16, 25-22 at Lakewood High School. “We knew going in we would face a big athletic group of girls from East Lansing,” said Rowland. “All the players needed to step up and play well. They did that.” She said that Kutch didn’t have her best performance, but managed to come up big over the course of the final few points to help the Vikings close the match out in three sets. Kutch sill led the Vikings with 13 kills and 12 digs, and added two blocks.

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Wieland had nine kills and 21 assists. She also added nine digs. Sunshine Young had a team-high two aces for Lakewood. Olivia Davis added eight kills and three digs and Charlie Smith helped out

with two kills. “Our defense won the game for us, with Jordan Kietzman not allowing any junk tips to hit the floor or allow any cross shots from East Lansing to score,” Rowland said.

Hastings was third at 3-2, falling only to the Sailors and the undefeated league champions from Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

LHS girls finish in a pack at final CAAC-White jamboree There were three champions in the Capital Area Activities Conference White Division this fall. Lansing Catholic’s varsity girls’ cross country team clinched a conference championship by winning the third conference jamboree of the season Saturday at Stockbridge. The host Panther boys’ team, with the help of Corunna, was able to make up a two-point gap in the overall team standings and catch Lansing Catholic to share the conference title with the Cougars. The Cougar girls won Saturday with 34 points. Stockbridge was second with 58, followed by Corunna 63, Williamston 67, Portland 122 and Lakewood 182. Lansing Catholic’s Emma Frost ran away with the league’s individual championship, taking Saturday’s race in 19 minutes 32.53 seconds. Corunna’s Brooke Bremer was second in 20:15.94. Frost’s Cougar team had five girls finish in the top 11. Lakewood’s top runner was Lindsey Tooker, who was 34th in 24:03.16. She was in a pack of three Vikings that finished within 15 seconds of each other. Anja Gimse was 35th

in 24:12.78 and Olivia Louthan 36th in 24:17.99. The Viking team then had Mycah Ridder 38th in 25:12.14, Emily Wilson 39th in 26:05.69, Ellie Reynolds 40th in 26:42.55 and Lora Lee Burrus 41st in 26:51.03. Lakewood’s varsity boys’ team did not compete in the final jamboree. With a few runners out, head coach Jim Hassett had his two varsity freshmen run in the JV race instead. Stockbridge edged Corunna by three points Saturday, 58 to 61 in the boys’ race. Lansing Catholic was third with 59 points and Williamston fourth with 62. Lansing Catholic had the league’s individual champion, and the only guy to finish in under 16 minutes Saturday, Keenan Rebera. He won in 15:58.85. Williamston’s Aaron Baumgarten was second in 16:24.03. Stockbridge was led by Alec Armstrong’s third-place time of 16:45.58. Lakewood will head to Carson CityCrystal for its Division 2 Regional Meet Saturday afternoon, then will be at Thornapple Kellogg Monday for the Barry County Meet.

Olivet secures playoff spot by shutting out Panthers

Delton Kellogg junior Brady Mills unleashes a pass down field during Friday’s KVA contest at Olivet High School. (Photo by Perry Hardin) Being that the Eagles finished the season with the second fewest playoff points among the qualifiers for the Division 5 state playoffs, they couldn’t leave anything up to chance in their regular season finale Friday. They didn’t. Olivet improved to 6-3 on the season with a 49-0 Kalamazoo Valley Association victory over visiting Delton Kellogg. The Eagles scored 28 points in the first quarter to take control of the ball game early. Nick Coolidge ran ten times for 212 yards and four touchdowns, and also added a 63yard punt return for a score to lead Olivet. The Eagles amassed 433 yards rushing as a team. Nate Paton added eight caries for 140 yards, and Cash Flower had five rushes for another 52 yards. Flower and Paton each scored a touchdown. The Eagles got their 28 first quarter points,

then tacked on two more scores in the third quarter and one in the fourth. Delton Kellogg had just 117 yards of offense, and quarterback Brady Mills was picked off twice. Cole Ritchie carried most of the load for Delton, rushing 12 times for 51 yards. Zach Leinaar added six rushes for 26 yards. Mills was 2-of-9 passing for 32 yards, with Zach Meyers hauling in the two receptions. Delton Kellogg ends the season with an 09 record. The Eagles travel to Holt Junior High School Friday night to face Lansing Catholic in a Division 5 pre-district contest. The winner of that game will meet the winner of Friday’s pre-district game between Leslie and Portland in the district championship game next weekend.

Delton Kellogg’s Zach Meyers (right) leaps up to grab a tipped pass as Olivet’s Joseph Barr swats at the ball Friday night. (Photo by Perry Hardin)

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The Saxons wanted to win and the Sailors needed to. South Christian and Hastings both finished off the varsity football’s regular season with 6-3 records. The Sailors got the sixth win they needed to guarantee themselves a spot in the state playoffs by topping the Saxons 27-18 in Byron Center Friday. Hastings still managed to earn itself a home playoff date. The Saxons will host Plainwell, in a battle of old preseason rivals, Friday at 7 p.m. in a Division 3 Pre-District match. South Christian travels to Paw Paw for its Division 4 Pre-District game. The winner in the match-up between the Saxons and Trojans will play for the district championship next week against the winner of the Pre-District contest between Charlotte and Harper Creek which is happening in Battle Creek Friday. An 83-yard interception return for a touchdown by the Sailors’ Chad Sterk in fourth quarter all but finished off the victory for South Christian, which led throughout most of the evening after an 8-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jon Wassink put his team up 7-6 in the second quarter. Hastings marched 90 yards on a ten-play drive in the opening quarter to take a 6-0 lead on an 8-yard touchdown run by Jon French, but the two-point run by Kenny Cross came up short of the goal-line. Another missed two-point attempt prevented the Saxons from tying the ball game in the fourth quarter. South Christian extended its lead to 14-6 in the third quarter, on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Wassink to Austin Diekevers. The Saxons got within two points when Stephen Shaffer broke free for a 25-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, but Saxon quarterback Chase Huisman’s twopoint pass fell incomplete. Wassink answered with a 10-yard touchdown run and then Sterk followed that up by picking off a fourth-down pass from Saxon quarterback Chase Huisman and returning it for the final Sailor TD. Brandon Haan was 1-


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TK volleyball falls to top two teams in the Gold by Brett Bremer Sports Editor South Christian beat the Trojans, then turned around and started rooting for them. The Trojans didn’t give the Sailors a reason to celebrate though. Wayland’s varsity volleyball team clinched the outright OK Gold Conference championship by knocking off Hastings and then Thornapple Kellogg Thursday at the conference quad hosted by the Sailors. The Wildcats clinched a share of the title with their 25-22, 25-13, 25-23 win over Hastings, then topped the Trojans 25-18, 2325, 25-17, 25-16 to end the conference season with a 9-1 record. The Sailors were 8-2 in the league, with both their losses coming to the Wildcats. South beat TK their first match of the night, 25-13, 25-11, 19-25, 25-19. The Trojans finished third in the league standings with a 6-4 record. Overall, TK head coach Patty Pohl didn’t feel like it was a great night for her team, but there were bright spots. The Trojans passed the ball well in the tight sets with South Christian and the set they won against Wayland. TK battled back from a 21-15 deficit in that one set they won from the Wildcats. “I think when our passing is on, we’re able to run our offense. When our passing is not on, we can’t set the ball up like we’d like to,” coach Pohl said. “We can’t run all the plays we want to play. Comparatively, us with the other teams, they passed better than us over-

all. We had our moments where we passed great.” While there were some struggles, Pohl saw some girls step up as well. “Jessica Morgan she played really well all around. I moved her in different positions. I thought she played really well. “Holly Dahlke and Erin Scheidel both went in at different times and played really strong in the back row. That was nice.” Sydney LeMay had a big match against South Christian, with 13 kills, but couldn’t get on track against the Wildcats. Jessica Ziccarello put up a solid attack in both matches, getting nine kills against South and six against Wayland. Setter Alaina Pohl had 70 assists on the night, 30 against Wayland and 40 against South. Molly Lark had 19 digs against South and 16 against Wayland. Coach Pohl said Lark made some great defensive plays throughout the evening. Alaina Pohl chipped in seven digs against the Sailors and nine against the Wildcats. Nicole Schondelmayer added six kills in the loss to Wayland. The Trojans host a quad tonight in Middleville to close out the regular season.

Thornapple Kellogg’s Nicole Schondelmayer rises up to try and push an attack by the block of Wayland’s Marissa James during Thursday’s OK Gold Quad at South Christian High School. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Trojan setter Alaina Pohl puts the ball up during the fourth set of her team’s contest with Wayland Thursday at South Christian High School. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Gold’s best both beat Saxons by Brett Bremer Sports Editor The Saxons had their moments Thursday, but couldn’t pull out a set against the two best teams in the OK Gold Conference at the league quad hosted by South Christian. Hastings’ varsity volleyball team finished off the conference season with a 2-8 record, falling to South Christian and league-champion Wayland 3-0. Thornapple Kellogg also lost to the Sailors and Wildcats on the night, 3-1 in each match, to finish third in the conference. The Saxons put up a fight against the Wildcats, who clinched a share of the league championship with the win and clinched the outright title over the Sailors by beating the Trojans. Wayland topped Hastings 25-22, 2512, 25-23. “We just can’t seem to pull out those last three points,” said Hastings head coach Val Slaughter. “We were up against Wayland in both that first and the third game.” Rachel Quillen had seven kills and four blocks for the Saxons, and Corrie Osterink added four kills. Erin Goggins had two aces to go along with her 16 assists. Taylor Warner had six digs and Nikki Redman five. “They just played good. They were passing good. They were serving good,” said Slaughter.

South Christian then knocked off the Saxons 25-9, 25-14, 25-14. “They were blocking our hits,” Slaughter said. (South Christian hitter Olivia DenHartigh) was killing us on our hits. She was blocking us and kind of shut us down. We couldn’t tip around them, they were covering it.” DenHartigh led the Sailor attack for the night, recording a total of 25 kills in her team’s two matches. “They’re tough. They don’t have any holes anywhere on the court. Offensively, there’s not much to pick apart on their defense. You’ve just got to hit it hard, and they hit it harder,” Slaughter said. In the loss to the Sailors, Quillen had four kills and two blocks. Grace Bosma had three blocks as well for Hastings. After a night like that it would have to get easier for the Saxons, but it’s not going to. Hastings opens postseason play with a district game against top ranked Lakewood at Wayland High School Tuesday at 5 p.m. The winner of that match plays the host Wildcats in the district semifinals Thursday, Nov. 1. Portland and Thornapple Kellogg meet in the other opening round match Tuesday, with the winner of that game advancing to take on Ionia in the district semifinals.

Hastings’ Ali Owen sets the ball up as South Christian’s Olivia DenHartigh protects the net during the third set of their contest at Thursday’s OK Gold Quad. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

The Saxon block, which includes Rachel Quillen (8), can’t quite stop an attack by South Christian’s Olivia DenHartigh during Thursday’s OK Gold Quad at South Christian High School. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

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HYAA Football The Hastings eighth grade Gold football team defeated the previously unbeaten and unscored upon Three Rivers Wildcats 26-22 Oct. 13 in its final game of the season, which was played at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo. The Saxons improved their record to 5-1 on the year, finishing with five consecutive wins. The Saxon offensive line combined for 277 total yards including 212 yards rushing on 33 carries and were led by offensive ends Kip Beck and Ryan Smelker and guard Austin Stephens. Running back Billy Smith led the Saxon rushing attack with 117 yards on 15 carries scored two touchdowns. Quarterback Calvin Cappon was 2-of-3 on passing attempts both to end Skyler Brower for 65 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Saxons worked hard to contain the Wildcats, which included two sacks and three forced fumbles. Outside linebacker Ethan Hart finished with ten tackles including one for loss. Outside linebacker Devin Planck also had four tackles including a 10-yard tackle for loss on a Wildcat reverse.

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