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THE HASTINGS

VOLUME 159, No. 40

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Leadership his greatest gift, say those who remember Dick Guenther NEWS BRIEFS HHS cheer team going neon Friday A two-week drive to raise money for a chosen cause will culminate with Friday’s Saxon varsity football game against undefeated Grand Rapids Catholic Central. The second annual Neon Black-Out We Care celebration will feature complimentary hot dogs as well as face, hair or nail painting in neon by the Hastings cheer teams. Students have been raising money during a two-week polling competition to determine the recipient of funds raised through a penny war and sales of “We Care” logo T-shirts. In the field are Green Gables, MagnumCare nursing home, the Barry County Animal Shelter and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The winner will be announced between the first and second quarters, along with a surprise giveaway. Game time is 7 p.m., admission is $5.

CASA run/walk deadline nears Early registration for the Saturday, Oct. 27, CASA Superhero 5K run/walk and kids fun run in downtown Hastings is Oct. 15. Participant cost is $20 through Oct. 15, and $25 thereafter. Children under the age of 12 may register free of charge. T-shirts are guaranteed for participants and volunteers registered by Oct. 15 and then will be available on a first-come, first-served basis through race day. Registration can be completed online, www.runningfoundation.com/Superherorun .html, or by calling the CASA office, 517543-7500, ext. 1648.

Free workshop will help those ready to quit smoking A smoking-cessation workshop is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Barry-Eaton District Health Department, 330 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings “If you are trying to quit, have quit in the past and not had success, or are thinking of quitting, then this workshop may be for you,” said Jill Sambaer, health educator for the Barry-Eaton District Health Department. Sambaer said this no-cost program is a no-pressure, one-time workshop that shows individuals how they can be smoke-free. “We give you the tools you will need to be successful when you are ready to quit smoking,” she said. RSVP by calling 517-541-2610 or email jsambaer@bedhd.org. Included in the program will be helpful tips, information on medications, strategies and resources to help. Call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline for free information and help, tobacco treatment referrals or for round-the-clock support, 800-QUIT-NOW.

Exploring the Thornapple to be topic of program Joanne Barnard, executive director of the Barry Conservation District, will share experiences of the 2012 summer journey down the Thornapple River from Potterville to Cascade with the Institute for Learning in Retirement. The program will be Thursday, Oct. 18, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Kellogg Community College Campus on West Gun

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by Doug VanderLaan Editor Back when they made school superintendents out of concrete, Dick Guenther stood as steady and strong as an Atlantic coast lighthouse. “He was a straight shooter, he wasn’t going to slice or dice or pass the buck on to someone else,” recalls former Hastings High school teacher and fellow U.S. Marine Larry Gibson. “In the Marines, honor was your word, and if you had Dick Guenther’s word, it was the truth.” Guenther, who served the Hastings community as its school superintendent from 1961 to 1982, died Sept. 20 at the age of 87. Visitation and a memorial service have been

scheduled for Friday and Saturday to coordinate with what would have been Guenther’s birthday Oct. 13. The weekend observances will be attended by a host of family, friends and colleagues who will celebrate not only the life Guenther lived, but also the profound definition he provided to the position of superintendent of schools in any community in America. Friends and admirers concede that today’s political environment is a world away from what once was, but they all wistfully wonder what public education could be today if leaders like Dick Guenther were still at the helm. The mark the man left — on his community, on his profession and on anyone lucky enough to have crossed his path — is an indelible print

that is truly a paradigm for the power that passion and compassion can produce. The son of an Upper Peninsula mining superintendent, Guenther was raised with a natural sensitivity for the less fortunate, especially those with severe mental, physical or emotional impairments. “My first contact with him was in the late 1950s when he was just coming off an important study that he directed for the Kellogg Foundation,” recalls Tom Howard, 78, a retired Michigan Department of Education administrator, now living in Grand Haven. “This was a landmark study because it showed that trainable and severely impaired children could be served in the community. “There were state homes and training

schools filled with the severely impaired because there was nothing for them in the community, but, because of Dick’s study, those kids all came back to group homes or surrogate parents and communities that learned how to serve them. Now, today, none of those institutions exist — kids no longer need to be warehoused.” The study was a breakthrough for what became the special education movement in public education. For Dick Guenther, who had devoted his early career to the less fortunate and who never forgot them, the Kellogg Foundation study also became what those closest to the story say was a testament to his

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Hastings teachers head to factfinding with school board by Doug VanderLaan Editor An inability to agree on the depth and the length of a needed pay cut for teachers has brought the Hastings Board of Education and its teachers union to an impasse. The two sides are in the second year of a two-year contract that allowed for a “reopener” on wages only. The district had appealed to the union for relief on salary obligations due to a current school year budget which has the district operating with a deficit of between $600,000 and $800,000. The two sides had been working with a state mediator since August and reached a tentative agreement for a permanent 6 percent pay cut starting with the new school year. However, the agreement was not ratified by the entire Hastings Education Association membership, and the two sides will now enter non-binding factfinding with a state judge. “We made a good faith effort to resolve this contract and we’re sorry it was unsuccessful,” said Board President Kevin Beck in a news release issued late Wednesday. “Given that the district has a deficit budget and is obligated by the state to eliminate it, this really puts us in a tough position. We want to keep our district on a sound financial footing.” However, teacher representative Wendi McCausey says the tentative agreement would have provided just that. “We have nothing to hide because we believe we’re 100 percent in the right,” said McCausey. “We have a disagreement with the means of making up the difference.” McCausey said the teachers association is willing to absorb a 6 percent pay reduction — but only for the final year of the current twoyear contract. The board’s insistence that the cut be “off schedule” would make the 6 percent cut permanent. “ A 6 percent cut takes us back to 2006,” pointed out McCausey, “and in our minds, it

would take that long to get it back. We know the seriousness of the budget deficit, and we want to help, but now the argument that the board is making is pushing us to go to mediation and to factfinding. “We said we’d give the 6 percent, but all that’s left on the contract is one year. If they come back and we still have big hole next year, we’ll negotiate,” she added. “We’re not completely unreasonable like the board or the general public thinks we are.” The fact-finding process is expected to begin immediately to be followed by a 60-day “cooling off” period. If the two sides cannot

come to an agreement by then, the school district will be allowed to impose its final offer — an action that has taken place in several Michigan school districts. “They’re willing to take a pay cut, but it’s not large enough or long enough,” said board negotiator and consultant Tom White. “They have a lack of trust in the district’s finances and I understand that, but we’ve righted the ship.” White and Hastings Superintendent Todd Geerlings point out that, by their projections, a 6 percent salary cut could eliminate the current deficit and could even lead to a 4 percent

fund balance, a cushion that, Geerlings said, is not as large as auditors recommend but would at least ease the day-to-day anxiety. “Right now we’re worried about paper and pencil budgets,” said Geerlings. “If we had a boiler go out, we’d have no money for it. We’d have to take it out of the general fund.” And, with pressures of programs like Schools of Choice, charter movements and the natural decline of the school age population statewide, there’s no more room to cut. “We want to talk and work this out,” maintained Geerlings, “but the cuts need to be real and there needs to be permanent change.”

Rescuers honored by Hastings City Council by Sandra Ponsetto Staff Writer After a brief grand opening ceremony for the Michigan Avenue bridge earlier in the evening, the Hastings City Council recognized the 17 people, including 911 dispatchers, EMTs, paramedics and a police officer, who helped rescue a worker who nearly lost his life during the construction of the bridge Shortly before noon Friday, Aug. 31, Miguel Romarez stepped into a deep hole in the bed of the Thornapple River which he had entered to retrieve some painting equipment under the new Michigan Avenue bridge. The hip waders worn by the 57-year old Lansing man filled with water, and he was pulled under and downstream. After five minutes under water, his lifeless body was pulled out of the river about 100 feet downstream, according to Hastings Police Chief Jerry Sarver. “I gotta tell you, when Miguel went in the water and we knew he had been under for five minutes or so I said, ‘That’s guy is just an organ donor,’” said Sarver, who spoke briefly after Hastings Mayor Pro-tem Brenda McNabb-Stange presented the rescue workers with a proclamation recognizing them for saving Romarez’s life. “If he was 7 or 8 years

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Bridge construction worker Miguel Romarez of Lansing (front, center) who was pulled from the Thornapple River and resuscitated Aug. 31, is joined by his rescuers (front row, from left) Rob Neil, Hastings Fire Department; Bill Belson, Hastings Fire Department; Hastings Fire Chief Roger Caris; Joe Huebner, Hastings Fire Department; Hastings Assistant Fire Chief Rick Krouse; (back row) Joe Robertson, Hastings Fire Department; Rick Hilton, Nashville Fire Department; Cory Lutig, Mercy Ambulance; Cleon Brown, Hastings Police Department; and Bruce, Coenen, Hastings Fire Department. Absent from photo are: Lani Forbes, Freeport Fire Department; Chris Komondy, Mercy Ambulance; Larry Warren, and Bill Dooley, Hastings Fire Department; Joe Kramer, Allen Bross, and Dave Camburn, Barry County Central Dispatch.


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Politics dominates routine county board agenda by Doug VanderLaan Editor Politics put some life into a routine meeting of the Barry County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. Amidst approvals of an Oct. 23 public hearing for the 2013 proposed budget, the renaming of a local creek and preserved land acceptance, technical adjustments to the county retirement and pension plans and reorganization of a regional planning council, Commissioner Jeff VanNortwick leveled a challenge at the man who defeated him for the District 7 seat in the Aug. 12 primary. “My opposition is here, and I respectfully request that Jim Dull and I perhaps have an open debate in the county on District 7 issues,” challenged VanNortwick during a comment period for commissioners. VanNortwick announced last week that he would be a write-in candidate in the Nov. 6 general election for the seat that he lost to Dull in the primary, 538-445. Dull, who said he was in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting on VanNortwick’s “invitation,” following remarks by VanNortwick in the Oct. 4 Banner that Dull has been “absent” at meetings of county and township boards and committees, quickly accepted the challenge. An out-of-state family commitment won’t allow an immediate debate, said Dull in remarks following the meeting, but he promised that it would be scheduled soon because “people need to know.” Though he’d like to have it in Assyria Township, Dull said VanNortwick prefers Johnstown Township, which would be acceptable to him. “He believes in what he’s doing 110 percent,” said Dull, in complimenting VanNortwick but, perhaps, also laying down a future debate issue; “I believe it’s misplaced. In every election, he barely hangs on because people are unhappy. I just think there are more people unhappy [with him].”

In his public comments to the board following VanNortwick’s debate challenge, Dull was even more forthright about issues that differentiate the two. Dull called attention to VanNortwick’s comments at the Oct. 2 board meeting in which he questioned County Undersheriff Bob Baker about concerns county residents should have regarding ties that Sheriff Dar Leaf has to a nationwide sheriff’s organization that positions county sheriffs as the “last line of defense against an overreaching federal government.” “I believe he [Leaf] is right,” Dull began. “This needs to be brought to the front. The federal government is flexing their muscle on trying to control people ... and he is concerned about people’s rights to keep their guns. People need to contact Dar to see what he needs to help him along with this, to contact the Legislature and make sure the federal government doesn’t start pushing to make us give up our guns. “I believe everybody in Barry County likes their guns, and we don’t want anybody infringing on our rights. I just thought I’d bring that forward.” Though he may have a differing view, VanNortwick made it clear in a telephone interview following Tuesday’s meeting that Dull’s perspective should be welcomed. “It’s part of democracy,” summed up VanNortwick. “There’s a disturbing side of it to a lot of people, but, at the same time, it’s one of those inalienable rights. That’s the part we have to keep transparent, because if we don’t, it feels subversive. “The transparency needs to stay there, too, from Dar all the way down. I don’t know that that [federal government influence] is such a strange revelation. When we don’t talk about it seems alarming, but, when we do, it seems more manageable.” In other business, county commissioners: • Approved a proposal to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to name an un-named

Home-schooled students taking classes at Hastings schools Hastings Area Schools’ new home school partnership program is off to a modest, yet successful, start according to Hastings High School Athletic Director Mike Goggins and Hastings Area Schools Superintendent Todd Geerlings. During the October work session of the board of education, Goggins reported that the program, which the board approved in July, now has 63 part-time students enrolled in four none-core classes, which equals approximately three full-time equivalent students and an approximate $21,000 in state per-pupil funding. “At this point, we anticipate doing a little better than breaking even,” said Geerlings. “But, because two of the four [classes] are at the [Community Education and Recreation Center], we can direct some [per-pupil funds] back to that site to help cover some of the expenses there.” Goggins said the program offers a music class, with about 11 students enrolled, for first

through fourth grade students and art class for first through fourth grade students with eight students enrolled at Star Elementary. The other two classes — a physical education course focusing on field and court games, such as soccer and basketball, has about 20 second through sixth grade students enrolled; and, a swim and water safety class, with 24 students enrolled, are held at the Community Education and Recreation Center. “So far, all the comments from our new families that are participating have all been very positive, and they are hoping that we can develop this into a larger group for their community and expand some of the programing as time goes on,” said Goggins. “I see some benefits because we have 45 kids or so that normally would not have any exposure to Hastings Area Schools, in our schools on limited basis, and they are seeing public schools in a light that they may not have thought of. “It’s a nice start,” he said. ‘It’s modest, but it’s very workable.”

tributary of Glass Creek in Hope Township as Tyden Creek. • Accepted a Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program property from Stephen DeGroote of Carlton Township. • Scheduled a public hearing on the proposed 2013 budget for Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m. to be held in the commission chambers at the county courthouse. • Approved the following transfers and dis-

bursements: $34,803 in claims; $6,836,186 in pre-paid invoices; and $7,775 in commissioners payroll. • Approved a resolution to reorganize the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council with Commissioner Ben Geiger as a designee. • Approved two revisions to the Municipal Employees Retirement System, the first to increase the employee contribution for elected officials to the MERS defined-benefit plan

by 2.5 percent, and the second, a similar increase for department heads. • Received a proclamation display from Diane Dalm of the Disability Network of Southwest Michigan recognizing the county’s contribution to the organization. The county board meets next in a Committee of the Whole session Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 9 a.m. in the meeting chambers at the Barry County Courthouse.

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A small group, comprised mainly of city officials, employees and their families, gathers near the new Michigan Avenue bridge for a brief ceremony prior to the Hastings City Council meeting Monday evening. (Photo courtesy of Rose Hendershot). old, then maybe a cold-water recovery might be possible; but, he was under for at least five minutes. We didn’t give him much hope; we gave him a lot of prayers, and he’s a testimony today to the fine work that people do out there. These guys didn’t hold back. They jumped in the water and started working on this guy’s chest.” Emergency life support was performed on Romarez for about 20 minutes at the scene prior to him being transported to a landing zone at Hastings Middle School, where an emergency medical helicopter picked him up and flew him to the hospital. Prior to takeoff, Romarez was reported to be breathing on his own.

Romarez was at the council meeting Monday evening and, as his beaming wife looked on, he presented a thank-you card and shook hands with each of his rescuers after they received their citation from McNabbStange. In other business, the council: • Heard a report from Department of Public Service Director Tim Girrbach who said during a progress meeting regarding the North Broadway project, with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the contractor, he learned work would soon begin on Broadway south of State Street and Green Street east of Broadway to Hanover Street. He said the contractor intends to work

through November and December, weather permitting. Any work unfinished by the end of December will be completed in the spring. • Accepted the resignation of 1st Ward council member Waylon Black, who gave up his post due to scheduling conflicts with his new job. The council has 45 days from Black’s resignation date of Sept. 28 to appoint someone to fill the vacancy or a special election must be held to fill the post. Any 1st Ward residents who are interested in serving on the council are asked to submit applications at city hall. • Awarded a bid to Landmark Trucking for 2012 street trees in an amount not to exceed $17,190 for 90 trees, at $191 per tree.

Thornapple Players presenting Shakespeare play this weekend

The elves and fairies of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” include (front, from left) Griffin Seeber, Cameron Seeber, Jameson Riordan, Sage Winters, Amy Forsburg, (second row) Sierra Bentti, Steve Youngs, Kathy Conklin, Hayden Thompson, (back) Camille Van Dien, Michael Moray and Natalie Anderson.

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The Thornapple Players will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Leason Sharpe Hall Oct. 11 to 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. A special dress rehearsal Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. is open to the public at a reduced cost. Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, the play portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. “It has been a pleasure to work on this show,” said Norma Jean Acker. “The cast has worked well together and amazingly hard. They were up to the challenge of presenting our first Shakespearean play since the night they came to audition. This is a funny and beautifully written play. I think the audience will truly enjoy it. It is definitely the thing to see for an evening of laughter. “We are continuing to grow in every way as a group. I hope people will take the opportunity to come and see how much.” The cast includes Frank White, Erin Merritt, Val Van Meter, Mike Kasinsky, Danielle Brower, Kathleen Welch, Eric Anderson, Jeff Kniaz, Steve Youngs, Kathy

Conklin, Michael Moray, Sage Winters, Sierra Bentti, Hayden Thompson, Amy Forsburg, Natalie Anderson, Camille Van Dien, Jameson Riordan, Lucas Richards, Griffin Seeber, Cameron Seeber, Shirlee Holston, Doug Acker, Sarah Eddy, Angie

Greenfield, Michelle Pappas, Carol Satterly, Carol Swanson and Don Hampton Tickets are available at the door and at Progressive Graphics. Adult admission is $8, with tickets for seniors (age 62 and up) and students for $6.

Michael Moray as Puck (center) shares tales of his exploits with two fairies Natalie Anderson (left) and Camille VanDien.


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Bird migration signals return of CraneFest this weekend

The Thornapple Arts Council and Barry County Transit team up to transport 30 people to Grand Rapids ArtPrize on three consecutive Saturdays. The last group, shown here Oct. 6, dodged raindrops and the chill as they toured downtown Grand Rapids from the comfort of their bus.

Local residents tour ArtPrize HASTINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHEDULE Thursday, Oct. 11 — Movie Memories celebrates things that go bump in the night with “The Ghost Breakers” starring Bob Hope, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 — pre-school story time enjoys stories about hiccups, 10:30 to 11 a.m.; Friends of the Library used book sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 — Friends of the Library used book sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 — library board of directors meets, 4 to 6 p.m.; computer class tries to figure out “Where’s My Stuff,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 — toddler story time enjoys stories about “who’s in the zoo,” 10:30 to 11 a.m.; young chess tutoring class, 4:30 to 5:30; open chess club, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 — teen advisory board meets, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Call the library for more information about any of the above, 269-945-4263.

Cranes scour a corn field, seeking out leftover grain. (Photo by Tom Hodgson) It is time to celebrate Michigan’s tallest bird, the sandhill crane, as it prepares for its migration southward. Michigan Audubon invites everyone to the eighteenth annual CraneFest, Oct. 13 and 14, at the Battle Creek Kiwanis Youth Area. The festivities start at noon each day and last until sunset, around 7 p.m. The event is free and will feature several different activities such as a wildlife art show, nature walks, bird viewings and interactive activities with native wildlife species. The event is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek and the $3 parking fee goes to support the Kiwanis Club’s service projects. The cranes roost nightly in Big Marsh Lake, located in Michigan Audubon’s Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary which is overlooked by the Kiwanis Youth Area and provides viewing of the cranes’ fly-in. The fly-in begins slowly around 4, with the largest numbers of cranes observed between 5 p.m. and dusk. The festival also provides a wildlife art show with more than 20 artists in attendance displaying and selling their work. Also on display will be artwork cranes created by students at Bellevue High School. This year the festival will be visited by two well-known birders: The Big Year’s Greg Miller, who successfully observed more than 700 species of birds in one year, and Pamela Rasmussen, Ph.D., American ornithologist and expert on Asian birds.

Michigan Audubon has documented 10,000 sandhill cranes passing through during the birds migratory season, which runs from about Labor Day through late December, said Mallory King, marketing and communications coordinator. “The vast majority leave when weather turns and they run out of food, but as long as there is food, they will stay,” she said. The cranes travel from the Upper Peninsula down to Tennessee, Georgia and northern Florida to spend the winter. “An interesting side note,” she added, “they do not like to fly over large bodies of water, so you will find that a good amount of cranes from the UP fly all the way around Wisconsin. They are funning and interesting creatures.” Other activities available at CraneFest will include guided nature walks, educational presentations and hands-on activities provided by local environmental groups. Live birds of prey will be exhibited by the Michigan Hawking Club both days. Michigan native reptiles and amphibians will be on display by Nature Discovery Saturday, and live creatures of the night will be exhibited by the Howell Nature Center Sunday. The festival site is south of Bellevue on 15 Mile Road between T Drive North and Junction Road. Visit the event website at www.cranefest.org for additional information and directions.

Lane Cooper of Freeport and his ArtPrize entry “Dining on the Grand” were at the Amway Grand Plaza. Lane used 403 spoons minus handles to cover the framework, 15 knife blades for the tail and 235 forks to simulate water cascading over the falls.

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1971 Hastings graduate Tom Kaufmann talks about his “Junk Yard Music Box.” Kaufmann now lives in the Traverse City area. The Junkyard Music Box is a humanpowered, automated musical sculpture, made of recycled materials. The public is able to turn a crank that rotates an old fuel tank. The piece also includes instruments made from granite countertop, open-end wrenches and brake drums.

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see? County gets high marks for accountability

The sun sets amid haze hanging over the Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary in Rutland Township.

We’re dedicating this space to a photograph taken by readers or our staff members that represents Barry County. If you have a photo to share, please send it to Newsroom Hastings Banner, 1351 N. M-43 Highway, Hastings, MI 49058; or email news@j-adgraphics.com.

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Do you recognize anyone in this photo? If the man on the left looked like Monty Hall, this might pass for some version of “Let’s Make a Deal.” Is the lady about to trade a purse for a radio console? The banner on the wall and the tag on the cabinet are emblazoned with “Sparton,” which is a radio manufacturer in Jackson. The man second from the right has a Kroger patch on his sleeve. So why were these people gathered for a photo? Where and when was this 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. M-43 Highway, Hastings, MI 49058; email news@j-adgraphics.com; or call 269-945-9554. Art Steward, who was identified in the mystery photo published in the Oct. 4 Banner, wrote in to supply additional information. “Last week’s picture brought back many memories,” he wrote. “As director of the HHS band in the early 1960s, I was going over musical score with band members for a concert to be held that weekend. Pictured are (from left) Steve Working, Charles Baughman, me, Bill Smith. “Working became a band director and taught at the same school I did before coming to Hastings — Wayland Union School. Baughman became a band director and taught in the area. Smith went into business”

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Steward, 86, said he now has been retired for more years than he taught band. He became an assistant principal at Hastings Middle School a few years before retiring in 1981.

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Michelle Duits is a part-owner of the Coleman Agency in Hastings. Duits tries to do a variety of things in the community, including being on the United Way Board of Directors and works on the backpack and Christmas basket programs. She works with the Navigate program through the Barry Community Foundation to help young men and women go to college. Duits also cochairs the charity golf classic for the Barry Community Foundation. She continues to help the Commission on Aging by contributing time and gifts. “A lot of those things are raising money,” said Duits. “Like with the backpack program, it involves raising money, but also involves volunteer time to fill the backpacks. That’s important, because many people cannot afford to donate money, but they can afford some time. So, I try to do both. I am able to give monetarily, but I also have time to give, and that’s important, too. I would like other people to get involved, if not with money then with some of their time. It makes a big difference.” If you could give someone anything in the world, it would be: Independence. Because I see a lot of people who feel they need to be dependent, whether on another person or the government, something like that. To me independence is being able to be self-sustaining whether that be financially and emotionally. But, I would also like to say that if you are independent then you can, maybe, help the people who are not to become independent.” Favorite elementary school memory: I can remember in kindergarten, I was asked

Person you would most like to meet: Sarah Palin. I admire her. She has done a lot and I would just like to sit down and talk to her.

Michelle Duits by my teacher to help some of the kids in the class with their alphabet and colors. To me, that made me feel good. Even as a kindergartner, I understood that I was able to help people do better. Favorite book: The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I really enjoy his books. I have read those a couple of times. Favorite movie: I really like Sean Connery’s movies like “Hunt for Red October” and the James Bond movies.

If you were president: I would reduce the amount of government interference in business and people’s lives. I think they have way too much control over a lot of different things. I think it keeps businesses from thriving; it keeps people from thriving. Again, it goes back to the independence thing. People are totally dependent on a lot of things from the government, and I think that needs to stop. Best advice ever received: Work hard and do the best job you can. Do you believe in miracles: No. I don’t believe in miracles. I think people make their own luck and make things happen for themselves — sometimes with the assistance of other people. One of the closest things to a true miracle is conceiving and giving birth to a healthy child. Best thing about Barry County: The people, the network of people who really care about Barry County. There are so many people who live here and really have a passion for Barry County and seeing it prosper. Each week, the Banner profiles a person who makes Barry County shine. We’ll provide a quick peek each week at some of Barry County’s stars. Do you know someone who should be featured? Send information to Newsroom Hastings Banner, 1351 N. M-43 Highway, Hastings, MI 49058; or email news@jadgraphics.com.

At last week’s county board meeting, commissioners approved a $14 million 2013 budget by an 8-0 vote, pending a public hearing Oct. 23. This is good news for the citizens of Barry County. Looking back just three years ago, the county was facing cuts in revenue sharing that could have impacted its fund balance for years. Plus, much of the discussion coming from the county board at the time centered around cuts to important programs. In a November 2009 Banner article, then State Rep. Brian Calley said, “the 2009 revenue projections are in, and the numbers are pretty ugly.” Calley went on to say that the decline in state revenue was severe enough that it impacted virtually every area funded by the state — and that nothing would come out unscathed. Yet, in early 2009, Barry County still achieved a AA credit rating from Standard and Poor’s, which, at the time, was three grades higher than the county’s previous rating. According to the rating firm, “Barry County is financially sound,” with a general fund balance reported in excess of $2.1 million, with low debt levels and no immediate capital needs. County Administrator Michael Brown told commissioners in 2009 that the rating was significant not only to private individuals or companies who might invest in Barry County, but also to surrounding municipalities. According to Brown, at that time, 55 counties in the state were able to diffuse debt, but only four counties had a credit rating higher than Barry County’s. “I think the state needs to come to Barry County and see how it’s done, said Michael Callton, then chairman of the Barry County Board of Commissioners, who’s presently serving Barry County as a state representative. “It takes courage to take control of your budget,” Callton went to say. Some boards are weak; they wait until they’re in dire trouble because that gives them the kind of political will to make cuts. You need to make cuts before things get to that point, and that’s what Barry County is all about. County taxpayers can thank county commissioners and Brown for their hard work and dedication to maintain control over county spending, making it possible to weather the recent economic storm with a strong balance sheet. At last week’s county board meeting, commissioners complimented Brown and his staff for preparation of the budget and for the vision that led the county through the toughest fiscal challenges in recent years. Brown told county board members in mid-July 2009 that, “We’ve been able to have a budgeting philosophy in the county that’s not like a lot of other municipalities. We budget for what a department needs with input from department heads. They’ve shown a strong sense of responsibility, and, if they don’t need it, they return the money with the understanding that if they need it at a later time, we don’t just cut it from their budget.” Yet, some of the top economists across this country continue to warn us about the financial crisis our nation faces if we don’t get our spending under control. The United States is currently the largest economy in the world, but, if we continue to spend with little or no regard to our financial obligations, we’re headed for difficult financial times. And, unlike state governments, the federal government has

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no legal obligation to balance its budget. In fact, in recent years the president has failed to even propose a budget. According to experts, for the fourth consecutive year, U.S. spending will outpace revenue by a trillion dollars. Earlier this year, Standard and Poor’s downgraded the nation’s credit rating for the first time in our history, yet government hasn’t done anything meaningful to deal with the crisis. According to financial experts, our current debt adds around $4 billion a day to the national debt, which currently is in excess of $16 trillion. When the presidential candidates talk about cutting Medicare, Social Security or even the military, it’s just political rhetoric, because if we don’t get our economic house in order, every government program will be impacted when our house of cards begins to fall. Barry County got the message, and, with the help of an audit review by experts at Michigan State University, it helped create a blueprint for financial stability. Brown used the MSU information to get the county board to focus on how much and where cuts were needed to keep the county in a sound economic position. If our county commission would have continued to fund programs with little or no regard to what was happening in Lansing, then we would be in the same position today as the federal government — with lots of red ink. No matter who is elected president in a couple of weeks, the administration must present a plan to reduce the federal deficit by controlling costs and cutting budgets across government. If we don’t, the results could impact our country’s financial stability for generations. Or, as Calley said in 2009, the situation will get pretty ugly. It’s like the story about cooking frogs on the stove, as long as you increase the heat slowly, no one will feel the heat until it’s too late. So if we’re not ready to face the heat we should emulate county commissioners and adjust spending to match expected revenues. Using solid numbers, Brown was able to convince county commissioners to stay the course, by cutting budgets and unnecessary spending. It worked. Due to their efforts, Barry County remains one of the most financially sound counties in the state. But, things could change. Next year, the county board will be reduced by one commissioner and will have three new faces. All three have little experience with budgeting and cutting government. It’s imperative that Brown keeps the focus on spending control. Our biggest challenge in the coming year will be more than health care, jobs or legislative agendas — deficit spending must top the list in the new year. Maybe we should follow Callton’s suggestion by inviting Congressional leaders to Barry County to see what can happen when elected officials follow good financial principles in governing. “A penny here, and a dollar there, placed at interest, goes on accumulating, and in this way the desired result is attained,” said P.T. Barnum. “It requires some training, perhaps, to accomplish this economy, but when once used, you will find there is more satisfaction in rational saving than in irrational spending.”

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IURPRXUUHDGHUV Sheriffs still stand To the editor: “Upright and simple men are difficult to deceive, precisely because of their simplicity; … they are not, indeed, subtle enough to be dupes.” (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “Book IV,” The Social Contract, 1743). Rousseau’s vision of the ability of farmers to govern over themselves gave rise to our new nation. When we elect representatives (commissioners), we portion part of the public good away, choosing the comforts of an organized state over the ideals of true self-governance by citizen voices (old-fashioned town meetings). The fear of or respect for balancing powers guards the gates of tyranny in our representative democracy. Thank you to our sheriff for recognizing his duty to uphold this balance of power, though criticized. Anyone who has watched Sheriff Dar Leaf testify before the board can recognize his anticipatory trepidation at routine onslaught. Defamatory attempts of commissioners toward their rivaling power is nothing new. Rousseau described the manner in which the Roman senators (legislative

branch) would hurl insults, but then make such a clamor of sound that no one could actually decipher what they were saying. Teachers belong to teacher associations. Nurses belong to nursing associations. Conversing with peers on their own constitutionally guarded private citizen time clock, shows our sheriffs are doing their part to rise above mediocrity. The insinuation that the association is a radical one does not lessen the educational value of those viewpoints. Talking to other people can only improve understanding. The founder of the association has the right to a radical stance. The federal government commits treason by aiding and abetting the cartels in ongoing slaughter of law enforcement at the border. Those men could be your fathers, brothers and husbands; but we live on another border and don’t share their sufferings — yet. Let the commissioners respect or fear the office of the sheriff. Sheriffs still stand. Krista K. Jones, Nashville

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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) 2255144. 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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To the editor: Election season is here again, and in my opinion those that got beat in the primary should go out gracefully because the people have spoken and elected new ones to replace them. It’s politics. Accept it. and go home. It was time for some new faces and changes for the better to the county commission board anyway. Elden Shellenbarger, Hastings

47 percent are entitled To the editor: After hearing the remarks made by presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his $50,000 a plate fundraiser, I just could not let it go. Just who are these ignorant 47 percent who have no goals in life and are leeching off of the government. Well let’s see, they are the nursing home patients his vice presidential pick wants to cut off of Medicare. After all, they are just milking Uncle Sam. Let’s just forget the fact that they worked their entire lives paying into the Social Security system. They are also the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, and they are women who worked in the bomb factories, plane and tank factories. Silver spooners, who hide their money in the Cayman Islands or in Swiss bank accounts, should not be talking about people paying their way. They are like my father’s next-door neighbor, who left his ability to walk in Vietnam. Shame on that leech for using his VA benefits. He just doesn’t have any goals, and has an entitlement mentality. It amazes me the talk of patriotism that comes out of the mouths of people who have never served. It is easy to be a patriot when all you have to do is talk, and cut benefits to those who have sacrificed so much to earn them. So all you disabled, Gulf War veterans, Vietnam veterans, Iraq, Afghanistan vets, and the greatest generations of Americans, stop leeching off the government. Get rid of your entitlement mentality, and pull yourself up by your bootstraps. That is, if you are able to wear boots. Lance Fliearman, Hastings

Saxon fan provides power to popcorn wagon To the editor: The Hastings Lions Club has been selling popcorn at the Hastings High School football games for almost 50 years. With the addition of caramel corn, this has become our biggest fundraiser. At this week’s homecoming game, we were just getting ready to start popping when the power went out. The maintenance people from the school identified the problem, but nothing could be done to help us that night. Then someone noticed Luke Haywood and his family standing in front of our wagon wondering what was going on. A conversation ensued, he learned of our problem and offered the use of his generator, which was in the back of his pickup truck. He said he would be glad to bring it over so we could use it. So, in the second quarter, we were back popping corn and did so right into the fourth quarter. Thank you Luke and thank you to the folks who waited in line during halftime and the third quarter. John Warren, Hastings Lions Club member

To the editor: Top elected officials have to take responsibility for what their administrative departments are doing. Thus, candidate Mitt Romney blames President Barack Obama for the slow economic recovery and lack of jobs, whether fair or not. By the same logic, Gov. Rick Snyder gets the blame for the fact that his DNR has sold the mineral rights to thousands of acres of public land around Michigan. The Snyder DEQ has then permitted drilling and fracking for oil and gas on some of those public lands. In Barry County, the rights to over 20,000 acres of public land were sold by the DNR. More acres of public land in Barry and Allegan counties are to be sold. This affects the land around and under Fish Lake, as well as Stuart and other lakes and rivers. Rights to public land around Gun Lake have been sold right near Gov. Snyder’s home there. People’s way of life, health and safety are being risked by our state rather than protect-

ing public land and the long-term health of Michigan people. Drilling and fracking has in some places poisoned the air and people’s drinking water, making some people sick. Gas and oil pulled from below Michigan could very well be sold to China and other countries. Other countries own part or all of some Canadian and American — or international — oil companies, such as Devon and Chesapeake. Messing up state forests and state parks, fracking is against the interests of the people of Michigan. This crime against nature and maybe against people is only in the interest of the profits of oil and gas companies, and their stock holders. Is Michigan that broke that we this risk is needed ? George C Williston, Hastings

Principal updates board on new high school grading policy by Sandra Ponsetto Staff Writer Less than two months after taking the helm, new Hastings High School Principal Kevin Riggs has unveiled and implemented a new grading policy that will have little impact on students who are doing well in their classes but may give struggling students an opportunity to improve their scores. “Under the old system, the math would never be in the student’s favor; the student would not have the opportunity to pass,” Riggs told the Hastings Board of Education during its regular October work session Tuesday evening. Under the previous grading system, a student’s grade was based on the entire 18week semester (instead of a nine-week marking period) and the final exam accounted for approximately 20 percent of the total grade. Course work, tests and mid-term exam for the entire semester made up the other 80 percent. Riggs’ new grading system divides the semester into two nine-week marking periods each worth 43 percent of the student’s final grade, with the final exam contributing 14 percent of the final total. “An 18-week period is too long,” said Riggs. “A student can start getting into a hole over the first four, weeks, five weeks, six weeks and eventually, at some point, they might work themselves into a hole that they can never get out of.” He said having a nine-week marking period encourages students to improve as the end of the first marking period nears. “Research shows that if students have an end date to work towards they will pick up their game as they work towards that end time, and will improve their grade heading into that,” said Riggs. “If they have a Dplus and the marking period is coming to an end in a couple of weeks, maybe they will bump that to a C-plus, or a C-minus, a C, or even a B. Whereas, sometimes if a student is sitting in a class in September or October, January is a long ways away and there isn’t much of an incentive to work hard.” The grades students receive at parent/teacher conferences — which are halfway through the semester — will now mean something, said Riggs. “It will now be worth approximately three-sevenths of their grade for the semester, as a result. It is a fairer grade,” he said, adding that the new grading system will give teachers a better sense of student growth and progress. Riggs told the board that while some had questioned why he had implemented the new grading policy during the middle of the first semester, instead of waiting until the

beginning of the second semester or a new school year, he said he felt a sense urgency to get it in place as soon as possible. “I wanted to be able to make an impact for our students now,” he said. “We’ve had this [previous grading] policy in place for a number of years, and I thought it was something that we could do to help students now and really try to get them to raise the bar a little bit as we head into the new marking period at the end of this month and as we make it through the semester.” Riggs said he met with a group of teachers and a small group of parents recommended by the administration to go over the proposed grading change before it was distributed. “I think the feedback was really positive,” he said. “I think they understood what the purpose of this was, why we’re moving in this direction, and how important it would be for our students.” Since the new policy was distributed to teachers for implementation and to students and parents for their information, Riggs said he has not received any comments, positive or negative, just a few questions. To calculate a student’s final grade, Riggs said the points from the first marking period are multiplied by .43 as are the points from the second marking period. Those totals are added to the points from the final exam which is multiplied by .14 to get the final grade. The new grading policy states that in order to receive credit for a class, a students must take the final exam and pass two of the three grading components — first marking period, second marking period, and the final exam. A student who doesn’t take the final exam or pass two of the three components with an overall passing grade will receive and F for the course. Riggs said teachers are able to use their discretion in determining student grades. It is his recommendation to give a student the advantage of a passing grade in a component or class in borderline cases, particularly if the student has shown improvement throughout the semester. “Teachers still have the flexibility to look at grades and, if the grade does not accurately reflect what the student has achieved, still have the right to change that grade to what they feel is most appropriate,” he said. Riggs said the new policy, as he presented it to the board, was updated from what he sent home with students and posted on the district’s website, so he will be sending the updated policy home with the students and posting it on the website in the next few days. He said he is also available to answer questions and concerns from parents or students.

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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 14 - Worship Service 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 8:45 a.m. October 14 Men’s Alcoholics Anonymous 7 p.m. October 15 - Adventure Bible Study 7 p.m.; Recovery Bible Study 7:30 p.m. October 16 - Shepherd’s Committee 2 p.m.; Congregational Council 7 p.m. October 17 Wordwatchers 10 a.m. Location: 239 E. North St., Hastings, 269-9459414 or 945-2645, fax 269-9452698. 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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HASTINGS, MI - Richard J. Guenther passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012. He was born on October 13, 1924 in Crystal Falls, MI, the son of Charles and Annette Guenther. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, with whom he had nine surviving children, Tricia Reed, Annette (Bill) Markovich, Charles (Anne) Guenther, Greta (Bill Grover) Guenther, Kris Guenther, John (Sherry) Guenther, Bob Guenther, Jeff (Julie) Guenther, Buni (Marty) Stachurski. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce, and her three children, Jeff (Karen) Newhouse, Jill (Rich) Frieling, Joel (Pam) Newhouse. Along with their children, Dick and Joyce have 26 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren thus completing a wonderful family. Also surviving is his brother, Charles. Dick served in the United States Marines from 1942-1946 including overseas at Iwo Jima. Upon discharge, he attended Eastern Michigan University obtaining a B.S. degree in 1950. He completed his Masters at the University of Michigan in 1952. He taught special education children for three years at the Wayne County Training School following a three year term as Director of a Kellogg Foundation Research Study for handicapped children in Michigan. Dick served as a consultant in the Michigan Department of Education from 1956 to 1958. Dick joined the Hastings Area Schools January 1, 1958 and was appointed Superintendent of Schools January 1, 1961, serving in that capacity until his retirement December 31, 1982. Over a period of the next two years, he served as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. Locally, Dick was active in Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, and Community Friends. Statewide, Dick served on the State Committee for Special Education and the Committee for Financing Special Education serving as chairman three times, member of Hope United Methodist Church, American Legion, a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks. The family will receive visitors Friday, October 12 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Lauer Family Funeral Home-Wren Chapel located at 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings. A church service will be held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Hope United Methodist Church, 2920 S. M-37 Hwy, Hastings. Military honors offered by enlisted personnel and American Legion Post 45. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the Hasting Education Enrichment Foundation (HEEF), c/o the Hastings Area Board of Education, or to Hope United Methodist Church. Please share a memory with Richard’s family at www.lauerfh.com

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HASTINGS, MI - Georgia E. Otis, age 84, of Hastings passed away, Friday, October 5, 2012 at her residence. She was born June 28, 1928 in Hastings, the daughter of Burl H. and Celia B. (Curtis) Will. Georgia attended Hastings High School, graduating in 1946. She married Paul Otis, Sr. on June 19, 1948. Georgia was employed by Gerald Epley CPA, in Kalamazoo and also worked part-time for Jad Graphics in Hastings. She was a member of the Hastings First United Methodist Church, WIBC, Michigan 600 Club and a founding member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Portage. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts of America. In her younger years she played softball. Georgia enjoyed knitting, crocheting, word searches, puzzles, pinochle, euchre and bowling. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Georgia was preceded in death by her parents, Burt H. and Celia B. Will; husband of 52 years, Paul R. Otis Sr.; daughter, Linda A. Falconer; sisters, Grace (Robert) Howell, Barbara (Merle) Scott; brother, John (Thelma) Will. She is survived by her sons, Alan (Teresa) Otis of West Bend, WI, Paul (Denise) Otis Jr. of Towanda, IL, Thomas (Virginia) Otis of Gobles, Ronald Otis of Dripping Spring, TX; daughter, Elaine (Kevin) Hammontree of Hastings; son-in-law, Butch Falconer; 14 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sisters, Helen Green, Mildred (Duane) Jarman, Joyce (Dewey) Criddle and brother, Neil (Josephine) Will. Georgia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed by all. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Pennock Hospice. Visitation and memorial services were held on Monday, October 8, 2012 at the Girrbach Funeral Home. Rev. David Nelson, officiating. A luncheon followed the service at the First United Methodist Church. 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 to the family

Roy A. Wood HICKORY CORNERS, MI - Roy A. Wood, of Hickory Corners, formerly of Waterford, died October 7, 2012 at age 72. Beloved husband of Beverly; dear father of Bud (Joyce) Leinenger, Tammy (Jeff) Tomrell and Robert (Tammy) Leinenger. Loving grandfather of James, Mallorie, Tommy, Ali, Alexis, Angelina, Gage and Cole. Great Grandfather of Nathan. Also survived by his siblings Virginia (Russ) Lemorie, Shirley (Junior) Reed, David (Janet) Wood, Maybelle (Bill) VanHorn, Jean (the late Cleadus) Steffy, Ruth (the late Dan) Miller and John (Pam) Wood. Predeceased by his brothers James, Henrey, Willmonte, Jerry, Charles, Virgil and Danny. Roy worked for Schram Auto Parts, Rochester Twist Drill as well as many years as a skilled mechanic. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, 12-2 p.m. at Pleasantview Family Church, 2601 Lacey Road, Dowling. Arrangements entrusted to Coats Funeral Home - Waterford. To send a private condolence, go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/ Obituaries.

HASTINGS, MI - Patrick Joseph Loftus, age 79, of Hastings passed away October 3, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage. Born March 24, 1933 in Ann Arbor to Henry J. and Elizabeth G. (nee Baker) Loftus, Patrick lived most of his life in Middleville and Hastings. He served in the 3rd U.S. Air Force 1951-1955, stationed in England and Emporia, KS. He worked 33 years at Bradford White Corporation, retiring in 1994. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Iris (nee Horsley); daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Dean Garn of Jenison; son, Andrew of Annapolis, MD; grandchildren, Dornier, Banan, Mallory, and Ross Loftus; step- grandchildren, Ashlee, Lance, and Nolan Errthum; daughter-in-law, Debbie Loftus-Errthum and husband Scott, brother and sister-in-law, Austin and Marcia Loftus of Manistique; sister, Elizabeth Heidt of Hastings, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Patrick was preceded in death by son, Terrance in 2004. Patrick enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting prior to an illness in 1994, as well as watching sports and worldwide travel including several visits to family in England and Ireland. He was an avid fan of everything Irish, especially Notre Dame football. He loved being with family and friends, meeting new people and took an interest in genealogy. A funeral service was held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Fr. Richard Altine celebrant. Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society. 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 to the family.

Health department environmental director receives Adrounie Award The Barry-Eaton District Health Department has announced that Eric Pessell, environmental health director there for eight years, has received the V. Harry Adrounie award from the Michigan Association of Local Environmental Health Administrators. The association is a forum of the Michigan Association for Local Public Health. It’s mission includes strengthening all facets of environmental health delivery systems through effective and efficient administrative policies and procedures and coordination of administrative effort at the local level. The V. Harry Adrounie Award which is named after Lt. Col. V. Harry Adrounie Ph.D. is a founder’s award which recognizes inspiration, leadership, vision, compassion and compromise as an environmental health professional. Pessell, a two-time past president of the association, also served as secretary this past year. This is his 18th year in public health, 12 of which he served as an environmental health director. Pessell was the environmental health director for Jackson County before coming to the Barry-Eaton District Health Department in 2004. “I am very humbled to receive the V. Harry Adrounie award” said Pessell. “I feel very grateful and privileged to have personally known Dr. Adrounie.” Adrounie, who died in 2010, was a Hastings resident and one of the founding members of MALEHA. “We congratulate Eric Pessell and are proud to have him at the Barry-Eaton District Health Department” said Colette Scrimger, health officer.


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The Public Health Preparedness: 2012 State-by-State Report on Laboratory, Emergency Operations Coordination and Emergency Public Information and Warning Capabilities recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes Michigan is a leader in public health emergency preparedness and continues to improve Michigan’s response efforts by developing, exercising and improving emergency response capabilities. The state-by-state report describes the trends and progress made in three of 15 public health preparedness capabilities within state and local health departments across the nation: public health laboratory testing, emergency operations coordination, and emergency public information and warning. The report shows for all three capabilities that Michigan has met or exceeded target benchmarks in each of the three years included in the report; 2009 through 2011. “The health and wellness of Michigan citizens is our top priority,” said Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health James K. Haveman. “Our ability to protect the public’s health during emergencies relies on many factors, but having the capability to rapidly and accurately detect a potential health threat, effectively coordinate our response and quickly get critical information out to the public is crucial.” In 2011, the CDC identified 15 public health preparedness capabilities as the national standard for state and local preparedness. All state and local health departments funded

The Saugatuck-Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau was recently advised of its nomination of the Saugatuck-Douglas area as one of the prettiest painted places in the U.S. has won placement among the top 10 finalists in the north central U.S. region, ensuring a place in the final round of the competition where judges will select the top 12 Prettiest Painted Places in the nation. “We were invited to participate in this competition several months ago so I submitted 21 photographs that I shot of beautifully painted local residences and businesses which I felt represented the unique taste and creativity of our area,” said Felicia Fairchild, executive director of the Saugatuck-Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a press release issued Oct. 5. “Eight Michigan communities were originally nominated in the initial round of voting, including Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Frankenmuth, Petoskey, Howard City and Constantine, but only Saugatuck-Douglas and Bay View survived the first cut.” The search for the Prettiest Painted Places in America is now narrowing, with 10 finalists from the North Central U.S. named by the Paint Quality Institute, an informational entity whose mission is to educate the public about quality paints and coatings. The other eight finalists are Aurora, Ill.; Evansville, Wisc.; Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn.; Galena, Ill.; Grinnell, Iowa; Lowry Hill East, Minn.; Richmond, Ind.; and Stillwater, Minn. After further evaluation, two of the 10 will be named the prettiest painted places in the North Central U.S., alongside winners from five other regions, to make up the 12 prettiest painted places in America. The search for America’s prettiest painted places began in the spring, when the Paint Quality Institute contacted state departments of tourism, local chambers of commerce, and convention and visitors bureaus in all 50 states. Eventually, nearly 200 towns, historic districts, neighborhoods and Main Streets were nominated in the competition. Last week, a panel of judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting, and home

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HASTINGS, MI - Ronna K. Dove, age 75 of Hastings passed away October 2, 2012 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings. She was born February 2, 1937 in Hastings, the daughter of Roland H. and Doris Leone (Williams) Taliaferro. Ronna attended Hastings Schools. She married Benjamin Dove on February 15, 1963. Ronna was employed by Michigan Magnetics for three years, Hastings Manufacturing for two years, her and husband, Benjamin managed Camp Thornapple for 10 years and then built an adult "At Home" foster care home, which she ran from 1990 to 2006, until she retired. After retirement Ronna would spend her winters in Yuma and summers on Willitts Road in Hastings. She enjoyed working in her flowers, crocheting and going to the casino. Ronna especially enjoyed her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roland and Doris Taliaferro. Ronna is survived by her husband, Benjamin Dove of Hastings; son, Jeffrey Stanton of Hastings; stepchildren, Brian (Lee) Dove, Brenda (Daryl) Rummins; sisters, Meridee S. Burghdoff and Judith (Adolfo) Jacinto; three nephews and three nieces. Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry County Humane Society, P.O. Box 386, Hastings, MI 49058. Respecting Ronna's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held October 17, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Hastings. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at www.girrbach funeralhome.net to sign the online guest book or to leave a memory or message to the family.

Sean William, born at Pennock Hospital on Sept. 30, 2012 at 2:32 p.m. to Brian and Darcey Cotant of Hastings. Weighing 7 lbs. 10 ozs. and 20 1/2 inches long. ***** Royce Ryan, born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 2, 2012 at 4:48 a.m. to Jessica and Shawn Simon of Hastings. 20 inches long. ***** Jacee Malyn, born at Pennock Hospital on Sept. 29, 2012 at 6:03 a.m. to Linsey and Antonio Jacinto of Hastings. Weighing 6 lbs. 12 ozs. and 19 1/2 inches long. ***** Bentley James, born at Pennock Hospital on Sept. 27, 2012 at 11:37 a.m. to Kristy Matthews of Hastings. Weighing 7 lbs. 1 oz. and 19 inches long. ***** Cole Michael, born at Pennock Hospital on Sept. 27, 2012 at 7:57 p.m. to Michaela Shriber of Hastings. Weighing 8 lbs. 7 ozs. and 20 1/2 inches long. ***** Jaylee Blair, born at Pennock Hospital on Sept. 26, 2012 at 7:35 p.m. to Broc and Sarah Reaser of Hastings. Weighing 8 lbs. 0 ozs. and 20 inches long.

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Michigan received a special national award Oct. 1 for its dramatic growth in the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors who save and heal lives. Donate Life America presented the “Greatest Improvement in Donor Designation Rate” award to Michigan at the Donate Life National State Team Leader Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Michigan, one of four states to receive the special award, had the second highest growth in donor designations in 2011 among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 400,000 people joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2011, up from 320,000 the year before – a 25 percent increase. “The response from Michigan residents willing to give the gift of life has been incredible,” said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, who changed department policy so now branch office customers are asked, time permitting, if they want to join the donor registry. Johnson also put organ donation reminders on widely used Secretary of State forms and uses social media to promote the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. “I thank everyone who has taken a moment to join and all our employees who have made the new policy the success that it is,” she said. The donor designation rate is the percentage of people renewing a driver’s license or state ID who join the donor registry or who have already joined. In 2010, Michigan’s rate was 29.7 percent. In 2011, the rate jumped to 35.4 percent. So far in 2012, Michigan’s rate is estimated to be well more than 40 percent, and the state is on pace to have over half-amillion new donor registrations. The Secretary of State works with Gift of Life, the Michigan Eye-Bank, the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan, the Michigan Donor Family Council, the Michigan Health and Hospital Association and other partners to promote organ, tissue and eye donation. Together, they constitute the “state team.” To join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, anyone can sign up at any Secretary of State office or online, www.Michigan.gov/sos. Those who sign up receive a heart logo sticker to place on their driver’s license or ID card that indicates their wish to be an organ, tissue and eye donor. A new card with a permanent heart emblem is issued at renewal time. Customers also may call 888-767-6424.

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HASTINGS, MI - Blake Vincent Baird, of Hastings, passed away October 9, 2012. Blake was born August 4, 1991 in Battle Creek, the son of Vincent Baird and Tammy (Lee) Smith. Blake enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends, especially his Grandpa Lee. Blake was a sweet young man, was precious to many and could light up a room with his smile and laughter. In the past he had been a volunteer firefighter for the Freeport Fire Department which he enjoyed. Blake is survived by his parents, Vincent Baird, Tammy (Paul) Smith; brothers, Clayton Smith, Ricky Smith, Logan Smith, Brendon Baird and Parker Smith; grandparents, James (Sharry) Lee, David (Lynnie) Parker, Deb Baird, Diane McMillan and Paul Smith; great grandfather, Fred Spinney; aunts and uncles, Theresa (Brandon) Lewis, Nicole Baird, Troy Lee, Tracy Lee, Todd (Dawn) Smith and Wynn (Shawn) Wilkins; special cousins, Kaitlyn Addison, Brittney Lee, Dakota Healey, Triston Lewis; and several other cousins; stepmother, Becky Snyder. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Buster Baird and great grandmother, Beverly Spinney. Blake's family will receive friends Friday, October 12, 2012, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hickory Corners Bible Church, where a funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bernard Blair officiating. Interment will be in East Hickory Corners Cemetery. Those who wish to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the needs of the family. Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral. com to view Blake’s online guest book or to leave a condolence message for the family.

HASTINGS, MI - Teresa Sigurdson, age 48, of Hastings, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Metropolitan Health Hospital. She was born on October 16, 1963 in Hastings to Charles R. and Jean A. (Everett) Gamble. She was a family oriented person who dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She had a wonderful off-beat sense of humor and enjoyed music and flowers. She was a big-hearted person who was always willing to care for anyone, a person who was always approachable and you could go to for support. Her door was always open for anyone to stop by for a meal. She attended Bible Missionary Church in Hastings where she loved her church family. She is survived by her husband, David Sigurdson; sons, Jason Sager of Delton, Joshua (Melinda) Davis of Vista, CA and Justin Davis of Hastings; twin daughters, Jacqueline Davis and Jeannette Davis both of Hastings; stepson, Derek Sigurdson of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Robert Gamble of Hastings; sister, Denise (Chad) Ferril of Cadillac; grandchildren, Jason Sager Jr., Kalaiah McCrackin and Hunter Sivits. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jean Everett; sister, Janice Ritchie; and aunt, Janet Morgan; grandson, Noah. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012 from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. at Bible Missionary Church, 315 E. Marshall Street in Hastings, with Rev. Blaine Shaw officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville. Services are entrusted to Lauer Family Funeral Home – Wren Chapel, 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings. Please share a memory with Teresa’s family at www.lauerfh.com.

Michigan organic farmers sold $99.2 million worth of organic crops and livestock in 2011, according to Jay Johnson, director of the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office. Seventy-seven percent of sales were sold to the wholesale market, while 19 percent was sold directly to the retail market. The remaining 4 percent was sold directly to consumers. Organic field crop sales were the largest commodity group and accounted for $35.3 million in sales. The remaining top five commodity groups in order of sales were vegetables, $4.3 million; fruit and nuts (excluding apples and grapes), $1.8 million; apples, $1.5 million; and berries, $.7 million. Some commodity groups were not published to avoid disclosure of individual operations. California was the No. 1 state in organic sales, at $1.4 billion, followed by Washington ($297.1 million) and Oregon ($233.5 million). The remaining top eight organic producing states were Texas, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan. For a copy of the 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey, visit the website www.nass.usda.gov.

under the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement — including MDCH, Michigan’s 45 local health departments and 11 of Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribes — receive PHEP funding to achieve these capabilities. To view the report, visit www.cdc.gov/phpr/pubs-links/2012/documents/2012%20State-ByState_Preparedness_Report.pdf. For more information about the MDCH Office of Public Health Preparedness, visit www.michigan.gov/ophp.

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Lake Odessa Financial FOCUS Furnished by Mark D. Christensen of by Elaine Garlock The Lake Odessa Area Historical Society meets tonight. On the program will be a history of Central United Methodist Church, a church that had its start even before the town of Bonanza. The location was called Russells Corners which eventually became Bonanza, a hamlet with church, school, hotel, photo shop, grocery and several other businesses. Today, some of those buildings are in use in Lake Odessa. The church itself has had many changes in appearance over the 108 years of its existence. The Ionia County Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. The ICGS and the historical society have lost a valuable member for each in the death of Jacqueline Gilliland. Downtown was abuzz Saturday with events strung along Fourth Avenue in celebration of Fall Festival 2012. Central United Methodist Church had bounce houses spread across the lawn. The former site of Smith Elevator and the library near the railroad tracks was busy with pumpkins pelting across the graveled area. Side streets had walkers, joggers and runners following a prescribed course, complete with traffic cones to mark distances. The fun ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A man with a forklift was working yet on Sunday to return equipment used Saturday back to its rightful place. The fire prevention company that installed the 12-inch water main from Fourth Avenue to Twin City Foods sent a crew back last week to finish the paving project on Johnson Street. One adjoining neighbor had a six-inch wall of gravel while her neighbor had a fourinch drop-off on the curve. They did a fine job

on the repair and also smoothed the entire strip of easement from Fourth Avenue to the Twin City property on the Anderson farmland. The farm crop of soybeans was harvested by then, and the land was chisel plowed in preparation for the next crop. Harvest of soybeans has been at a steady pace for the past week. The week before last was an ideal time for bonfires. The sky was clear with a bright moon, greater each night. Youngsters at one neighborhood bonfire on Johnson Street kept busy counting the airplanes they could see approaching or department from Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. In the first hour they counted more than 20. Take note of the colorful window boxes at downtown stores. They are beautiful with their fall colors. The but planters along the streets replaced with either tall grass with waving seed pods or colorful mum plants. A few have small conical evergreen shrubs. The waterwagon made its nightly rounds for weeks, manned by business people or members of the arts commission. The Michigan grand chapter Order of Eastern Star convened in Battle Creek this week. This chapter is the oldest grand chapter in the world. Five members of the Mulliken chapter were among those attending. Lake Odessa members had joined the Mulliken chapter a few years ago. The Mulliken chapter will hold its open installation Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mulliken Masonic Temple. The Lakewood Class of 1967 held its 45th anniversary reunion Saturday at Centennial Acres with an evening meal and fellowship. About 50 classmates attended, along with spouses.

THE BARRY COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION will be taking sealed bids on the following home at 5030 Squire Lane, Middleville, MI 49333. Bids will be accepted at the Barry County Road Commission, 1725 West M-43 Hwy., PO Box 158, Hastings, MI 49058, until October 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM. Home is on 5.43 acres, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Minimum Bid $160,000. More info and photos at www.barrycrc.org. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids, or to waive irregularities in the best interest of the Commission. Envelope must be marked *SEALED BID*. BOARD OF COUNTY ROAD COMMISSIONERS OF THE COUNTY OF BARRY Frank M. Fiala, Chairman D. David Dykstra, Member 77571599 David D. Solmes, Member

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Financial moves for a growing family When you add a child to your family, either through birth or adoption, it’s obviously an exciting and joyful time in your life — and it’s also a busy one, as you deal with all the challenges and commitments faced by all parents. However, hectic as your life may be, you’ll still need to think about making some key financial arrangements to accommodate your new child. Here are some suggestions to consider: • Get a Social Security number. You’ll want to obtain a Social Security number for your child as soon as possible. • Speak with a tax advisor. If you’re adopting a child, you might be eligible for federal income tax credits. • Build an emergency fund. Obviously, a new child may mean a variety of new expenses. If you aren’t prepared for these costs, many of which may crop up suddenly, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investments. Such a move could slow your progress toward your important goals, such as a comfortable retirement. To avoid this potential problem, try to build an emergency fund containing six months’ worth of living expenses. Put the money in a liquid account so you can access it quickly and without

Marriage Licenses Chase Daniel Rairigh, Middleville and Krystle Jean Koning, Middleville. Stephen Edward Salsbury, Lake Odessa and Leah Ann Allen, Nashville. David Andrew Gay, Apopka, FL and Marian Mae Hart, Battle Creek. John Harold Price, Freeport and Kayla Marie Kermeen, Middleville. Sean Paul Gillum, Nashville and Leslie Ann Raymond, Nashville. Tom Michael Henney, Hastings and Maxine Elaine Stanton, Hastings. Thomas Alyan Shuman, Hastings and Elizabeth Ann Hill, Hastings. Robert Lee Fields, Nashville and Kayla Marie Napier, Vermontville. Brandon Michael Awrey, Hastings and Deanna May Haines, Hastings.

penalty. • Research options for a special needs child. If you have a special needs child, you may want to explore any available government benefits and consider speaking with an attorney about your legal options. • Consider disability insurance. You may want to purchase disability insurance, or review your current policy, to ensure your family’s needs are covered should you become ill or disabled and cannot work for a while. • Review your life insurance. It’s essential that you maintain adequate life insurance to cover your family’s future financial needs, including education costs. While your employer may offer you a group policy, it might not be sufficient to keep up with your growing family. There’s no one “formula” for determining the appropriate amount of life insurance, but a professional financial advisor can review your family situation and recommend suitable coverage. • Save for college. Given the high costs of higher education, it’s never too soon to start putting away money for college. You may want to consider a tax-advantaged account, such as a 529 plan, which offers high contribution limits and provides you with the flexibility to switch beneficiaries, if necessary.

NEWS BRIEFS Continued from page 1 Lake Road, Hastings. Barnard will overview the six-day, five-night expedition to explore the river’s biodiversity and the benefits the watershed brings to Barry County and other counties through which it travels. A box lunch will be provided for participants in the program. Fee information may be obtained or registration made by calling the KCC Fehsenfeld Center at 269-948-9500, ext. 2803.

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• Review/add beneficiary designations. You may want to change or add beneficiaries to your IRA, 401(k), life insurance, annuities and other accounts. • Explore a custodial account. You might want to consider a custodial account, such as an UGMA or UTMA, that allows you to transfer assets for the benefit of a child under 21. (Consult with your tax and legal advisors before making this move.) Of course, you don’t have to take care of all these items at once. But by methodically working your way through this list, you will eventually adjust your overall financial strategy to include your new child — which means you’ll be helping your growing family make progress toward its important goals. 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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GUENTHER, continued from page 1 character. Guenther, who was working toward a doctoral degree at the University of Illinois while working for the Kellogg Foundation and integrating the study’s findings into his graduate work, was denied the degree by the university’s review committee because he had been “paid” for his doctoral work. “He didn’t get his Ph.D. due to a technicality in being employed by the Kellogg Foundation,” marvels retired Hastings special education teacher Dave Wilcox, 62. “I’d ask him, ‘Dick, why didn’t you appeal it?’ and he would just smile and say, ‘It doesn’t matter, I earned it.’” Wilcox was another admirer attracted to Guenther’s groundbreaking reputation in special education who wanted to be part of the team. Following college graduation, Wilcox was treated to breakfast by Guenther and provided a flat-out refusal to be hired because Wilcox had married Cindy Lang, a daughter to Guenther’s assistant superintendent, Lew Lang. Guenther felt the close professional association and Wilcox’s inexperience was too great a risk. After a year of teaching special education in Plainwell, Wilcox relates, Guenther believed Wilcox had proven his commitment to special education and hired him in Hastings. The association became a lifelong one fed, Wilcox says, by Guenther’s support of creative special education, his loyalty to his employees and — above all — his sense of humor which he maintained and used through his final days as a rehabilitation patient at Thornapple Manor. “He was having trouble sleeping during the night,” relates Wilcox, who was a frequent visitor of Guenther’s, “so they wanted to give him a psychological exam. They sent in an assistant, she introduced herself, then told Dick she was going to give him five words to recall after a short conversation they were going to have. “So they have this conversation and, after a while, she says, ‘Mr. Guenther, could you repeat those five words I gave you a few minutes ago?’ Dick waits, looks right at her and then says, ‘You go first.’” Wilcox says he’ll always value the time he had with his mentor and believes his time visiting with Guenther at Thornapple Manor was much like the well-known story told by Detroit writer Mitch Albom called Tuesdays with Morrie. “I’m doing these visits with him, and I’m still learning from him,” tells Wilcox. “He always reminded us of the importance of respect for everybody, and, just watching how he interacted with people told you all about that.” Cindy Wilcox saw that respect in Guenther’s early morning coffee sessions at the bus garage, in the cafeteria and in the custodians’ supply rooms. “He wanted to know who was working for him and he wanted them to know what they were working for,” marvels Cindy, who saw the same respect even in Guenther’s last days. “There were times he had to have his blood drawn and the nurse would be having a difficult time finding a vein,” relates Cindy. “The pain was just excruciating for him, but, when

Above all else, Dick Guenther was an educator, especially to those most in need. Here, operating in the mid-1950s under a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, he piloted studies in Hastings, Grand Haven and Kalamazoo to explore teaching methods for the severely impaired. Pictured with him (from left) are Ernestine Wall of Grand Haven and Esther Breeze, Juanita Phelps, Audrey Marr and Bethanna Van of Kalamazoo. The student and his aide are not identified in this photo from the Kalamazoo Gazette. the nurse would apologize, he’d just say, ‘That’s alright, you’re doing the best you can.’ He just knew how to make people feel good.” Even the people who, in some school superintendent circles, might be foes were brought in and felt the inner warmth of Guenther’s presence. “He called us his ‘mafia,’” chuckles retired teacher Tom Maurer who, in many school years was the chief salary negotiator for the teaching staff. “It was a sentimental thing because he was a teacher advocate — he didn’t want any school system in the state of Michigan to be better than ours. Dick had a personal vision for what made a staff great, and we all wound up being part of his ‘mafia.’” Maurer does remember one particularly difficult negotiating session that was resolved in the Maurer kitchen over coffee and doughnuts “just the way he liked it.” Though negotiations may not have occurred, the foundation on which they were built often came through a friendly round of poker or over a round of drinks, activities which Guenther was adept at using as “equalizers” after a difficult negotiating session or especially honest evaluation. Poker was a game of which Guenther was especially fond, though it had to be stag because Guenther maintained women “talk too much,” laughs retired high school principal Bob VanderVeen, who now lives on Wall Lake. Guenther was hardly a chauvinist. When he arrived in Hastings, he expressed consternation over a dual salary structure in which women teachers were paid less than their male counterparts. With little more than the

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Delton Kellogg Schools is ACCEPTING BIDS For installation of a water well for the 2012-2013 Building Trades House complying with the requirements below. Bids must be received by 2:30 p.m. November 1, 2012. The Delton Kellogg Schools Superintendent will review all bids submitted and select a winning bid. No late bids will be accepted. All bids must be in sealed envelopes with the wording “Well for the Building Trades Home." No oral proposals will be accepted. The Board of Education reserves the right to accept any item in the bid; to accept or reject any bid or all bids; to waive any informality therein; or for reasons of establishing uniformity, to award the contract to other than the low bidders. If either a unit price or extended price is obviously in error or the other is obviously correct, the incorrect price will be disregarded. Please send all bids to: Delton Kellogg Schools Attn: Paul Blacken, Superintendent 327 N. Grove St. Delton Kellogg Schools “Well for the Building Trades Home." 77571616

For questions regarding this RFP, please contact Rollie Ferris at rferris@dkschools.org or 269-998-1664

The minutes of the meeting of the Barry County Board of Commissioners held October 9, 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 proposed budget of the Barry Conservation District for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2012 will be presented to the District Board for final approval at the regular monthly meeting on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. at the Deckside Room of Pennock Hospital, Hastings. The Public is invited to comment on the proposed budget at this time. Copies of the proposed budget are available at the District office located at 1611 S. Hanover, Suite 105, Hastings (Secretary of State Building) 77571614

was in his last year,” relates John Fehsenfeld, who’s now retired but still living in the area to which he moved more than 30 years ago. “He had signed a five-year contract in which teachers received an annual cost of living allowance and, when the economy turned, the bottom fell out. “My observation is that it was the union — not the teachers — that did not want to renegotiate the contract. It was kind of the end of an era. The negotiating end of education changed the perspective of teachers from aligning with their superintendents and their boards of education to the unions.” Though the only year in which they worked together was a difficult one for Guenther, Fehsenfeld says he still had ample opportunities to see the brilliance in the man. “He was strong, but compassionate,” recalls Fehsenfeld. “He was able to make difficult decisions, and he tried very much, when a decision had an adverse effect on a person, to soften it. Dick had the ability to see another person’s point of view.” Sometimes that ability worked to Guenther’s personal advantage as he calculated another’s perspective and used that framework to accomplish the goal he sought. Dave Wilcox still laughs about the encounter he had with Guenther when Wilcox asked about the three-mile-per-day walking regimen Guenther’s doctor mandated after detecting some possible heart issues. “I asked him how he was feeling and how

he was doing with the walking program,” says Wilcox, “and he says ‘I’m feeling great, better than ever.’ ‘So,’ I said, ‘the walking program is really helping then,’ and that’s when he told me, ‘No, I changed doctors — I don’t have to walk any more.’” As a fellow Marine, Gibson is certain that Guenther was moving at a different pace when he was among the American serviceman storming the famous island of Iwo Jima during World War II. “He was probably in the lead at Iwo Jima,” says Gibson of an image that many who knew him liken to the leadership he brought to his profession and to his community. “Some people have it, some don’t have it, and the rest try to fake it.” For anyone lucky enough to have known Dick Guenther, there’s no doubting what he had.

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Dick Guenther established a reputation for the Hastings Area Schools as a prized system in which to work. Here, he’s pictured with 1976 retirees (from left) Irene Babcock, Grace Shirkey, Helen Kessler, Stanley Stauffer, Dorotha Cummings and Vaughn Lydy.

stroke of a pen, Guenther had that changed — and again created a paradigm by which districts all over the state were measured. His loyalty to the people who worked for him and to the people of the community for whom he worked was not a job requirement, it was a Dick Guenther lifestyle. As this Saturday’s birthday approached, Guenther realized that his driver’s license would expire and, without a legal identification, he would not be able to vote in the upcoming Nov. 6 general election. Guenther insisted that his wife, Joyce, drive him to the secretary of state’s office where, with great difficulty, he walked in and was properly registered. It was his last official act as a citizen. Returning to the car, he collapsed and was driven to Pennock Hospital where he died. “He made me want to stay in Hastings and teach for 30 years,” says Gibson of Guenther’s inspiration and loyalty. “You’ll never find another superintendent that will welcome you to that point. He was always positive, always working for the common good and always able to persuade normally selfish people toward that goal.” Retired Hastings businessman Richard Groos was on the Hastings board of education in the 1970s and early 1980s, while Guenther was superintendent. “I served on the school board with him in the early 1980s, which proved to be a pivotal time for him,” recalls Groos. “There was a rather strong union movement with talk of a strike at the time. He and I arranged a gathering whereby we invited everyone in town to the high school gym to ask questions about the school district and its operations. The place was packed. We spent the next five hours answering all the questions the people had. At the end, only Dick Guenther and I were there.” During that meeting and on other occasions, Groos says Guenther was a natural mediator. “He was extremely diplomatic. I was much more direct,” relates Groos. “I would say something and get myself into trouble, and he would ease me out of it. He was very diplomatic.” Groos says that through their professional relationship they developed a friendship that lasted over the decades. “He was a very, very apt administrator and also a great friend,” concludes Groos. Ironically, some believe, it was the teachers he held in such high esteem who, after being allowed by the state to form into powerful negotiating bloc associations, began the concluding days of not only Guenther’s career but that of the traditional school superintendent, as well. “I came to Hastings in 1981 as the intermediate school district superintendent and Dick

When he was left a widower with nine children after first wife, Linda, died, Dick Guenther gave up smoking because of the responsibility he felt in seeing his family to adulthood. When he married Joyce, the two added three more children to the mix, making 12 children, 36 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren between them.

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NOTICE OF HEARING ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE The Rutland Charter Township Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct a hearing on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, commencing at 7:30 p.m. at the Rutland Charter Township Hall, 2461 Heath Road, Hastings. • To act upon a request for a variance on the property located at 251 N M-37 Hwy, Hastings, to construct an addition to a pole barn closer to side property lines than zoning setbacks allow. Property is described as: RUTLAND TWP BEG AT PT ON W LI LOT 11 SUPERVISOR PLAT GREEN MEADOWS # 1 221 FT S 0F NW COR SD LOT TH N 221 FT TH SELY AL SWLY LI HWY M-37 TO NELY COR LOT 10 TH S 207 FT AL E LI LOT 10 TH NWLY TO POB. You are invited to attend this hearing. If you are unable to attend, written comments may be submitted in lieu of a personal appearance by writing to the Township Clerk at the Township Hall, 2461 Heath Road, Hastings, MI 49058, at any time up to the date of the hearing and may be further received by the Zoning Board of Appeals at said public hearing. The application for the above request is available for inspection at the Rutland Charter Township Hall during regular business hours. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that upon reasonable notice to the Rutland Charter Township Clerk, the Township will provide necessary, reasonable auxiliary aids and services at the hearing to individuals with disabilities. Individuals requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the Township Clerk at the address or telephone number listed below. All interested persons are invited to be present for comments and suggestions at this public hearing. ROBIN HAWTHORNE, CLERK RUTLAND CHARTER TOWNSHIP 2461 HEATH ROAD, HASTINGS, MI 49058 77571566 (269) 948-2194


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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 Monte K. Sauers, a married man and Joy A. Sauers, his wife, original mortgagor(s), to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for lender and lender's successors and/or assigns, Mortgagee, dated October 25, 2006, and recorded on November 13, 2006 in instrument 1172609, and assigned by said Mortgagee to CitiMortgage, Inc. as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Barry county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Fifty-Eight Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety-Two and 15/100 Dollars ($158,992.15). 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 October 25, 2012. Said premises are situated in Township of Assyria, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: The East 30 acres of the South 1/2 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 10, Town 1 North, Range 7 West, Except beginning at the Southeast corner of said Section, thence West on the South Section line 511 feet 3 inches; thence North parallel with the East Section line 255 feet 6 inches; thence East to East Section line 511 feet 3 inches; thence South on East Section line 255 feet 6 inches 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: September 27, 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 #290314F02 77571185 (09-27)(10-18)

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 Erin E. Hall and Gary N. Hall, wife and husband, original mortgagor(s), to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., Mortgagee, dated March 23, 2004, and recorded on April 1, 2004 in instrument 1124511, and assigned by said Mortgagee to Flagstar Bank, FSB as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Barry county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Ten Thousand Six Hundred Seventy-Three and 80/100 Dollars ($110,673.80). 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 October 25, 2012. Said premises are situated in Township of Thornapple, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: Part of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 19, Town 4 North, Range 10 West, described as: Beginning at a point on the North Section line; thence North 89 degrees 20 minutes 58 seconds East, 800 feet from the Northwest corner of said Section; thence South 00 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds West, parallel with the West line of said Section 289.00 feet; thence North 89 degrees 20 minutes 58 seconds East, parallel with the North line of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 19, 256.00 feet; thence North 00 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds East 289.00 feet; thence South 89 degrees 20 minutes 58 seconds West on said North line 256.00 feet to the Place of Beginning. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: September 27, 2012 For more information, please call: FC J (248) 593-1311 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #408547F01 77571151 (09-27)(10-18)

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 77571435 (10-04)(10-25)

NOTICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF BARRY COUNTY Notice is hereby given that the Barry County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing for the following: Tabled Case Number SP-6-2012 Dennis & Deborah Hutchings, (property owners) Location: A vacant parcel on the North side of Fruin Road near the intersection of North Avenue in Section 13 of Johnstown Township Purpose: Requesting a special use permit for an adult foster care home per Section 2307 in the RR (Rural Residential) zoning district. Case Number SP-8-2012 - Robert Bender Sr., (property owners) Location: 5524 Barryville Road in Section 7 of Maple Grove Township Purpose: Requesting a special use permit for a Cemetery per Section 2317 in the A (Agricultural) zoning district. Case Number SP-9-12 - Curtis and Joan Petrak, (property owners) Location: 3790 Grange Road in section 27 of Irving Township Purpose: Requesting a Special Use permit for an accessory dwelling per Section 2305 in the RR (Rural Residential) Zoning district MEETING DATE: October 22, 2012. TIME: 7:00 PM PLACE: Community Room, Courts & Law Building at 206 West Court St, Hastings MI. Site inspections of the above described properties will be completed by the Planning Commission members before the day of the hearing. Interested persons desiring to present their views upon an appeal either verbally or in writing will be given the opportunity to be heard at the above mentioned time and place. Any written response may be mailed to the address listed below, faxed to (269) 948-4820 or emailed to jmcmanus@barrycounty.org. The special use applications are available for public inspection at the Barry County Planning Office, 220 West State Street, Hastings Michigan 49058 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed between 12-1 p.m.); Monday thru Friday. Please call the Planning Office at (269) 945-1290 for further information. The County of Barry will provide necessary auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered at the meeting to individuals with disabilities at the meeting/hearing upon ten (10) days notice to the County of Barry. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the County of Barry by writing or calling the following: Michael Brown, County Administrator, 220 West State Street, Hastings MI 49058, (269) 945-1284. 7757157599 Pamela A. Jarvis, Barry County Clerk

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: James E. Richard and Tammy A. Richard, husband and wife to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Flagstar Bank, FSB, its successors and assigns, Mortgagee, dated April 30, 2008 and recorded May 8, 2008 in Instrument # 20080508-0004963 and modified by agreement recorded May 23, 2012 in Instrument # 2012-000475 Barry County Records, Michigan. Said mortgage was assigned to: Flagstar Bank, FSB, by assignment dated September 30, 2011 and recorded October 13, 2011in Instrument # 201110130009587 on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Sixty Dollars and Two Cents ($125,060.02) including interest 3.875% 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 October 18, 2012. Said premises are situated in Township of Carlton, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: Part of Lots 11 and 24 of Culberts Plat No. 3, and land adjacent to Culberts Plat No.3 in Section 33, Town 4 North, Range 8 West, Carlton Township, Barry County, Michigan, commencing at the North one fourth post of said Section 33, thence South 00 degrees 51 minutes West 501.87 feet (501.87 measured) thence North 88 degrees 51 minutes West 440 feet (North 88 degrees 55 minutes West 439.91 measured) thence South 00 degrees 51 minutes West 312.50 feet (312.72 measured) the South line of said Lot 24, thence North 88 degrees 51 minutes West 96.21 feet (96.40 measured) to the Southwest corner of said Lot 24, thence North 12 degrees 21 minutes West 238.55 feet (238.23 measured) to the Northwest corner of said Lot 24, thence North 24 degrees 40 minutes West 50.24 feet (North 24 degrees 38 minutes West 50.34 measured) along the Easterly line of said Lot 11, thence South 80 degrees 42 minutes West 185.65 feet (185.70 measured) to the Westerly line of said Lot 11, thence North 24 degrees 40 minutes West (North 24 degrees 36 minutes West measured) 71.79 feet to the Northwest corner of Lot 11, thence North 65 degrees 20 minutes East (North 65 degrees 16 minutes East measured) 9.90 feet thence South 88 degrees 51 minutes East (South 88 degrees 55 minutes East measured) 377.18 feet to the place of beginning, Barry County Records. Commonly known as 39 Culbert Dr, Hastings MI 49058 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: 9/20/2012 Flagstar Bank, FSB, Assignee of Mortgagee Attorneys: Potestivo & Associates, P.C. 811 South Blvd. Suite 100 Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 844-5123 Our File No: 12-68521 (09-20)(10-11)

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: Judy A Gray Loy, An Unmarried Woman to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for American Sterling Bank its successors and assigns, Mortgagee, dated October 29, 2007 and recorded November 13, 2007 in Instrument # 20071113-0004079 Barry County Records, Michigan. Said mortgage was assigned to: BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P., by assignment dated August 4, 2010 and recorded August 9, 2010 in Instrument # 201008090007410 on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Eighty-Two Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety-Seven Dollars and Ninety-One Cents ($82,997.91) including interest 3.375% 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, Circuit Court of Barry County at 1:00PM on October 25, 2012 Said premises are situated in Village of Nashville, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: The North 50 feet of Lot 82 of Mix Addition to the Village of Nashville, Barry County, Michigan, according to the recorded plat thereof; also commencing 23 feet North of the Southeast corner of said Lot 82, Mix Addition to the Village of Nashville; thence East 28 feet; North 50 feet; West 28 feet; South 50 feet to the place of beginning. Subject to and together with; an easement for the purposes of ingress and egress over the following portion of Lot 82 of the Mix Addition to the Village of Nashville, Barry County, Michigan, according to the recorded plat thereof, beginning at the Northwest corner of said lot and thence Easterly along the lot line 100 feet, Southerly 6 feet parallel to Phillips Street, thence Westerly 100 feet to the West line of said lot, and thence Northerly 6 feet to the place of beginning. This easement intended for the purposes of establishing a joint driveway, for the purpose of ingress and egress only between Lots 82 and 83 of Mix Addition, without the rights to park or otherwise block this easement. Also subject to and together with; an easement for the purposes of ingress and egress over the following portion of Lot 83 of the Mix Addition to the Village of Nashville, according to the recorded plat thereof, beginning in the Southwest corner of said lot, thence Easterly along the lot line 100 feet, thence Northerly 6 feet parallel to Phillips Street, thence Westerly 100 feet to the West line of said lot, and thence Southerly to the place of beginning. This easement intended for the purpose of ingress and egress only between Lots 82 and 83 of the Mix Addition, without the rights to park otherwise block or use this easement. Commonly known as 116 Phillips St, Nashville MI 49073 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: 9/27/2012 Bank of America, N.A. successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P., 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: 12-68833 (09-27)(10-18)

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 Cathleen S. Tibble, an unmarried woman, to Option One Mortgage Corporation, a California Corporation, Mortgagee, dated January 17, 2003 and recorded January 24, 2003 in Instrument Number 1096135, Barry County Records, Michigan. Said mortgage is now held by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee for Option One Mortgage Loan Trust 2003-2, AssetBacked Certificates, Series 2003-2 by assignment. There is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Ninety-Four Thousand Two Hundred Four and 24/100 Dollars ($94,204.24) including interest at 8.15% 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 10/18/2012 Said premises are located in the Township of Carlton, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: CR/A parcel of land in the Southeast 1/4 of Section 14, Town 4 North, Range 8 West, Described as: Commencing at the Southwest corner of the West 1/2 of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 14; thence North 166 feet; thence East 400 feet, more or less, to the Shore of the Lake; thence South to the South side of said Northeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4; thence West to the beginning, except the South 24 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. 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: September 20, 2012 Orlans Associates, P.C. Attorneys for Servicer P.O. Box 5041 Troy, MI 48007-5041 File No. 356.4378 (09-20)(10-11) 77571101

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 (10-11)(11-01) 77571607

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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 Steven Hard, a married man and Patricia Hard, a married woman, to CitiMortgage, Inc., successor by merger with ABN Amro Mortgage Group, Inc., Mortgagee, dated April 1, 2002 and recorded April 4, 2002 in Instrument Number 1077672, Barry County Records, Michigan. There is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Ninety-Three Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty-Four and 80/100 Dollars ($93,854.80) including interest at 6.5% 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 10/18/2012 Said premises are located in the City of Hastings, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: Land situated in the City of Hastings, County of Barry, State of Michigan, described as follows: Lot 937 of the City, formerly Village of Hastings, according to the recorded plat 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. 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: September 20, 2012 Orlans Associates, P.C. Attorneys for Servicer P.O. Box 5041 Troy, MI 48007-5041 File No. 671.3827 (09-20)(10-11) 77571122

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 April 23, 1996, by David C. Wingeier and Nancy M. Wingeier, husband and wife, and Ronald D. Berg and Carolyn P. Berg, 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 April 25, 1996, in the office of the Register of Deeds for Barry County, Michigan, in Liber 658, Page 131, which mortgage was assigned to Commercial Bank by an Assignment of Mortgage dated July 20, 2012, recorded on July 26, 2012, in Instrument Number 2012-002579, Barry County Records, on which Mortgage there is claimed to be due and unpaid, as of the date of this Notice, the sum of Fifty-Two Thousand Six Hundred NinetyFour and 53/100 Dollars ($52,694.53); 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, October 25, 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 ORANGEVILLE, COUNTY OF BARRY, MICHIGAN, DESCRIBED AS: Commencing at the Southwest corner of the Northeast quarter of the Northeast quarter of Section 9, Town 2 North, Range 10 West, running thence Northerly 450 feet along the East one-eighth line of said Section 9; thence Easterly 10 feet at right angles; thence Northerly 232 feet parallel with said East one-eighth line for the true place of beginning; thence continuing Northerly 232 feet parallel with said East oneeighth line; thence Southeasterly to a point in the centerline of Lindsey Road which lies 779 feet Northeasterly from the intersection of said centerline and the North one-eighth line of said Section 9; thence Southwesterly 220 feet along the centerline; thence Northwesterly to the place of beginning, Orangeville Township, Barry County, Michigan. Commonly known as: 5180 Lindsey Road, Delton, Michigan 49046 Parcel Number: 08-11-009-013-75 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: August 22, 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 29293:00117:1414250-1 (09-20)(10-11) 77571087


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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 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 SALE FOSTER, SWIFT, COLLINS & SMITH, P.C. IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF A MORTGAGOR IS IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. DEFAULT having been made in the conditions of a certain Mortgage made on June 23, 2008, by Daniel P. Buerge, a single man, as Mortgagor, given by him to First National Bank of America, whose address is 241 E. Saginaw Hwy., Suite 600, P.O. Box 980, East Lansing, Michigan 48826-0980, as Mortgagee, and recorded on June 27, 2008, in the office of the Register of Deeds for Barry County, Michigan, in Instrument Number 20080627-0006666, which mortgage has been assigned to Rose Acceptance, Inc., on which Mortgage there is claimed to be due and unpaid, as of the date of this Notice, the sum of Forty-Two Thousand One Hundred Ninety-Seven and 33/100 Dollars ($42,197.33); 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, October 25, 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 HOPE, COUNTY OF BARRY, MICHIGAN, DESCRIBED AS: Lots 12 and 13 of Oakridge Shores, according to the recorded plat thereof, as recorded in Liber 3 of Plats on Page 89, being a part of the Northeast fractional quarter of Section 19, Town 2 North, Range 9 West, Hope Township. Commonly known as: 322 Lakeside Drive, Delton, Michigan 49046. Tax parcel number: 08-07-240009-00. 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: September 19, 2012 FOSTER, SWIFT, COLLINS & SMITH, P.C. ROSE ACCEPTANCE, INC. Benjamin J. Price of East Lansing, Michigan, Mortgagee Attorneys for Mortgagee 313 S. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933 (517) 371-8253 (09-20)(10-11) 77571111

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

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 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

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) 77571583

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 Richard J. Meade and Shawnda L. Meade, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for lender and lender's successors and/or assigns, Mortgagee, dated September 26, 2006 and recorded October 2, 2006 in Instrument Number 1170796, Barry County Records, Michigan. Said mortgage is now held by The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York as successor trustee for JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Trustee for the benefit of the Certificate holders of Popular ABS, Inc. Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Series 2006-E by assignment. There is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Fifty-Five Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty-Two and 14/100 Dollars ($155,832.14) including interest at 8.38% 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 10/18/2012 Said premises are located in the Village of Nashville, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: That certain parcel of land situated in the Village of Nashville, Castleton Township, Barry County, Michigan, more particularly described as: A parcel of land in the Northwest 1/4 and the Northeast 1/4 of Section 36, Town 3 North, Range 7 West, Village of Nashville, Castleton Township, Barry County, Michigan, the surveyed boundary of said parcel described as: Commencing at the intersection of the East line of Lentz Street and the North line of Reed Street; thence East along said North line 255.00 feet to the point of beginning of this description; thence North perpendicular to said North line 168.15 feet to a point on an intermediate traverse line, said point being South 18 feet more or less from the water's edge of the Thornapple River; thence N64ø34'49"E along said intermediate traverse line 108.73 feet to a point South 23 feet more or less from said waters edge; thence South perpendicular to said North line 41.46 feet; thence East parallel with said North line 3.80 feet; thence South perpendicular to said North line 173.36 feet; thence West 102.00 feet to the point of beginning; including lands lying between the intermediate traverse line and the water's edge of the Thornapple River. Together with a non-exclusive easement for the purposes of ingress and egress over a parcel described as: Commencing at the intersection of the North line of Reed Street with the East line of Lentz Street in the Village of Nashville, Barry County, Michigan; thence East 357 feet for a place of beginning; thence North 180 feet; thence East 20 feet; thence South 180 feet; thence West 20 feet to the place of beginning. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA §600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. 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: September 20, 2012 Orlans Associates, P.C. Attorneys for Servicer P.O. Box 5041 Troy, MI 48007-5041 File No. 189.4797 (09-20)(10-11) 77571106

SYNOPSIS ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING October 2, 2012 Meeting called to order at 7:00. All board members present. Approved minutes from the September 4, 2012 minutes. Treasurer’s report read and put on file. Fire report read and put on file. County Commissioner’s report read. Library report read. Parks and Recreation report read. Public Comment received. Approved motion to establish an ordinance to regulate truck traffic. Approved motion to hire Taffee Painting to paint the township hall. Approved motion to purchase property at 6841 Boulter Rd., in the amount of $12,000. Approved Motion to pay the bills in the amount of $11,146.28. Approved motion to adjourn. Respectfully submitted, Jennifer Goy, Clerk Attested to by Thomas Rook, Supervisor 77571450

FORECLOSURE NOTICE RANDALL S. MILLER & ASSOCIATES, P.C. MAY BE A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. IF YOU ARE A MILITARY SERVICEMEMBER ON ACTIVE DUTY NOW OR IN THE PRIOR NINE MONTHS, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE. Mortgage Sale - Default has been made in the conditions of a certain mortgage made by Dennis J. Coughlin and Lucinda A. Coughlin, Husband and Wife to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Amerifirst Financial Corporation, Mortgagee, dated March 19, 2009, and recorded on March 25, 2009, as Document Number: 200903250002673, Barry County Records, said mortgage was assigned to Bank of America, N.A. by an Assignment of Mortgage dated April 23, 2012 and recorded May 08, 2012 by Document Number: 201205080005351, , on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of Two Hundred Seventy-One Thousand Nine Hundred Five and 34/100 ($271,905.34) including interest at the rate of 5.00000% 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 place of holding the Circuit Court in said Barry County, where the premises to be sold or some part of them are situated, at 01:00 PM on October 18, 2012 Said premises are situated in the Township of PRAIRIEVILLE, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: A PARCEL OF LAND IN THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 26, TOWN 1 NORTH, RANGE 10 WEST, DESCRIBED AS: BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE NORTH AND SOUTH QUARTER LINE OF SAID SECTION 26, DISTANCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST, 1582.46 FEET FROM THE NORTH QUARTER POST OF SAID SECTION 26; THENCE CONTINUING SOUTH 00 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST ALONG SAID NORTH AND SOUTH QUARTER LINE, 330.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 90 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST, AT RIGHT ANGLES TO SAID NORTH AND SOUTH QUARTER LINE, 660.00 FEET; THENCE NORTH 63 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 33 SECONDS WEST, 493.85 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 90 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST, 660.00 FEET TO THE CENTER OF NORRIS ROAD; THENCE NORTH 19 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 53 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID CENTERLINE OF NORRIS ROAD, 940.00 FEET TO A POINT WHICH LIES SOUTH 00 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST, 805.2 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 90 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST, 2070.19 FEET FROM THE NORTH QUARTER POST OF SAID SECTION 26; THENCE NORTH 90 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST, 660.0 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 43 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 05 SECONDS EAST, 1080.24 FEET; THENCE NORTH 90 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST, 660.00 FEET TO THE PLACE OF BEGINNING. EXCEPT: A PARCEL OF LAND IN THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 26, TOWN 1 NORTH, RANGE 10 WEST, DESCRIBED AS: BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE NORTH AND SOUTH QUARTER LINE OF SAID SECTION 26, DISTANT SOUTH 00 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST, 1582.46 FEET FROM THE NORTH QUARTER POST OF SAID SECTION 26; THENCE CONTINUING SOUTH 00 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST, ALONG SAID NORTH AND SOUTH QUARTER LINE, 330.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 90 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST AT RIGHT ANGLES TO SAID NORTH AND SOUTH QUARTER LINE, 660.00 FEET; THENCE NORTH 00 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECODNS WEST, 330.00 FEET; THENCE NORTH 90 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST, 660.00 FEET TO THE PLACE OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER WITH AN EASEMENT NON-EXCLUSIVE FOR INGRESS AND EGRESS OF THE NORTH 66 FEET OF ABOVE DESCRIPTION. Commonly known as: 14604 LOCKSHORE ROAD If the property is eventually sold at foreclosure sale, the redemption period will be 6.00 months from the date of sale unless the property is abandoned or used for agricultural purposes. If the property is determined abandoned in accordance with MCL 600.3241 and/or 600.3241a, the redemption period will be 30 days from the date of sale, or 15 days after statutory notice, whichever is later. If the property is presumed to be used for agricultural purposes prior to the date of the foreclosure sale pursuant to MCL 600.3240, the redemption period is 1 year. Pursuant to MCL 600.3278, if the property is sold at a foreclosure sale, the borrower(s) 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. TO ALL PURCHASERS: The foreclosing mortgagee can rescind the sale. In that event, your damages are, if any, limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. If you are a tenant in the property, please contact our office as you may have certain rights. Dated: September 20, 2012 Randall S. Miller & Associates, P.C. Attorneys for Bank of America, N.A. 43252 Woodward Avenue, Suite 180, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, (248) 335-9200 Case No. 12MI02876-1 (09-20)(10-11) 77571136


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In today’s column, let us take a look at the bidding as well as the play of the hand, the two

aspects of playing bridge successfully. A bridge player must not only bid well, but must also play the hand well. In today’s hand, check to see if North/South both bid the hand correctly and then check to see if North made a good plan to make the 4N contact After two passes, South opened the bidding with a strong one no trump bid, promising his partner North that he had a balanced hand with 15-17 high card points. While South does have all four suits stopped in this hand, it is not necessary to have that kind of control. Usually having three suits blocked with a balanced hand and the requisite points is enough to open the bidding at one no trump. After all, what is a partner for if not to be there for the fourth suit? After a pass from West, North used the Jacoby Transfer Convention, a partnership agreement between North and South, to transfer his five spades to his partner by bidding one suit under the spade suit. North bid two hearts, informing his partner that he had five spades and required South to bid the spade suit immediately. It is a forcing bid, and a good partnership honors the agreement. The benefits of the Jacoby Transfer Convention are most obvious: North was able to tell his partner South about his five spades, knowing that South must have at least two spades in his hand to make the opening one no trump bid. (No voids or singletons for a no trump bid, and only one doubleton.) South bid the 2N bid as requested, and it was back to North who revealed more information about his hand. In this case, bidding 2NT now informed partner South that he had 8-9 high card points and was inviting South to consider game in either no trump or spades. With three spades and at the top of the no trump range with 17 high card points, South readily bid 4N, and the bidding was complete. So far, the North/South team had done everything right, but this is only one-half of the bridge game. The play of the hand is next. The lead was up to West who had listened to the bidding as all defenders must do. West picked the 10M as her lead. This was an excellent lead, the top of an interior sequence, suggesting to her partner East that she had the 9M below the ten and that she might have something above the ten. In this case, the KM was the missing card. South surveyed the dummy hand and duly thanked his partner North. Pausing for time to make a plan was second nature to South by this time in his bridge career. Instead of counting winners as is the case in a no trump contract and trying to figure out how you can win addition-

al tricks, in a trump suit, the opposite approach is the way to make the plan. South must count not the winners, but the losers in both hands and figure out how to make those losers go away if there are too many or how to take enough tricks to make the contract. South knew his objective was to take ten tricks with spades as trump. He could afford only three losers, or the contract would be defeated. South counted the losers before he called for even one card. What were his losers? With an eight-card trump fit, South knew that a bad trump split of 41 or 5-0 would be disastrous. Hoping for the normal percentages of a 3-2 trump split, South counted one spade loser, the AN. Looking next at the hearts, it was easy to see that there was one heart loser as well. The diamond suit was very solid, and there were no apparent losers in the diamond suit. There was a sure club loser of the AK for the third loser. If everything behaved as planned, North could be confident that he could bring home the contract of 4N for the partnership. With his plan in place, South was now ready to call for the play of the cards. Taking the AM first, and then crossing to a good diamond, South led a small spade toward his KN. The spade suit split 3-2 as hoped, and South lost the AK, the AN, and a heart. West’s good lead of the 10M paid off, as she used the KM immediately after East took the AN to limit the North/South team to their 10 tricks and no overtricks. Both teams played well on this hand. North/South bid and made their 4N contract through good bidding, a good plan, and a good play of the hand. East/West defended properly with an excellent defensive lead of an interior sequence, and they kept the North/South team to just what they deserved and no more. Answer to last week’s bridge question: Can the North/South team pick up another setting trick to defeat East/West even one more? The answer is yes if North does not lead out his AL and KL so quickly. North must lead a heart back to his partner who had a singleton. Then a trump on the heart lead from North puts East/West at minus 1400 points, a mighty score. ***** (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)

LEGAL NOTICES STATE OF MICHIGAN COUNTY OF BARRY NOTICE TO CREDITORS In the matter of: Jack S. Wood, deceased. Date of Birth: 10/31/1931. TO ALL CREDITORS: NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, who was the grantor of the Jack S. Wood Trust established on January 21, 1997, (as first amended in part on November 19, 1997, amended in part on July 31, 1998, and amended in part on April 13, 2006), and who lived at: 7635 W. Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060, died September 18, 2012. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the decedent and the decedent’s Trust will be forever barred unless presented to: Shirley A. Wood, Trustee, 7635 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, MI 49060 within 4 months after the date of publication of this Notice. This Notice is being published on Thursday, October 11, 2012. LENNON, MILLER, O’CONNOR & BARTOSIEWICZ, PLC Andrew J. Vorbrich P43943 900 Comerica Building Kalamazoo, MI 49007 77571595 (269) 381-8844

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 TO CREDITORS Social Security Number of Decedent: XXX-XX0114. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Your interest in the estate may be barred or affected by the following: The decedent, Jimmie Lou Kroes. Date of birth: 9/6/1927 whose last address was 9736 Brickyard Road, Delton, MI 49046 died on 5/25/2012. The decedent was the settlor of the Leonard G. Kroes & Jimmie Lou Kroes Living Trust dated 12/18/1997. There is no personal representative of the settlor’s estate to whom Letters of Authority have been issued. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the trust estate will be forever barred unless presented to the current acting trustee (whose name and address appear below) of the Trust within four (4) months of the date of publication of this notice. The current acting trustee is: Harriet Olson, 4301 Harrington Road, Delton, MI 49046. Notice is further given that the trust estate will be thereafter assigned and distributed to the persons entitled to it. Dated: 6/29/2012 Attorney for Trustee: David G. Ledbetter, P43671 Law Office of David G. Ledbetter 1695 Service Road NE Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 77571578 (616) 459-3333

STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY OF BARRY NOTICE TO CREDITORS Decedent’s Estate FILE NO. 12-26119-DE Estate of Doris Keller-Robbins, Deceased. Date of birth: 01/24/1932. TO ALL CREDITORS: NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, Doris Keller-Robbins, who lived at 2166 Parker Drive, Wayland, Michigan died 05/06/2012. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to Robert E. Lee, named personal representative or proposed personal representative, or to both the probate court at 206 West Court Street, Suite 302, Hastings and the named/proposed personal representative within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. Date: 09/25/2012 Robert L. Byington P27621 222 West Apple Street, P.O. Box 248 Hastings, Michigan 49058 (269) 945-9557 Robert E. Lee 1520 Yekley Road 77571593 Hastings, Michigan 49058

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)

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: Donald E Garrett and Autumn Garrett, Husband and Wife to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc. its successors and assigns, Mortgagee, dated September 22, 2006 and recorded September 26, 2006 in Instrument # 1170548 Barry County Records, Michigan. Said mortgage was assigned to: Bank of America, N.A. successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP, by assignment dated June 21, 2012 and recorded July 2, 2012 in Instrument # 2012-001791 on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Fourteen Thousand Nine Hundred Thirteen Dollars and Eighteen Cents ($114,913.18) including interest 7.25% 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 venue, Circuit Court of Barry County at 1:00PM on October 18, 2012 Said premises are situated in Township of Maple Grove, Barry County, Michigan, and are described as: A parcel of land located in the North one-half of the South one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 16, Town 2 North, Range 7 West, described as follows: beginning at a point on the East line of Section 16, which lies 983 feet North of the Southeast corner of said Section 16; thence South 88 degrees 23 minutes West 154 feet; thence South 323 feet parallel to the East section line; thence North 88 degrees 23 minutes East 154 feet; thence due North 323 feet to the place of beginning. Commonly known as 6810 Assyria Rd, Nashville MI 49073 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: 9/20/2012 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: 12-68444 (09-20)(10-11)

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)

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 77571498 (10-11)(11-01)

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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. MORTGAGE SALE – Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by Gregory Young, a married man and Brandi Young, F/K/A Brandi Miller, his wife to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. , Mortgagee, dated October 8, 2008, and recorded October 28, 2008, in Barry County Records, Michigan. Said mortgage is now held by GMAC Mortgage, LLC by assignment. There is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of $142,942.14 (one hundred fortytwo thousand nine hundred forty-two and 14/100) including interest at 3.75% (three point seven five) percent 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 Courthouse in Hastings, MI at 1:00:00 PM on October 25, 2012. Said premises are located in the City of Hastings, Barry County Michigan, and are described as: Land situated in the City of Hastings, County of Barry, State of Michigan, is described as follows: Situated in the City of Hastings, County of Barry and State of Michigan: Lot 57 of HASTINGS HEIGHTS, as recorded in Liber 3 of Plats, Page 41 of Plats. Also the East 1/2 of vacated alley adjacent to said parcel on West side. Commonly known as: 1524 N. Jefferson Tax Parcel No.: 55-055-028-00 The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCL §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 a foreclosure sale, 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. If you are a tenant in the property, you may have certain rights. Dated: September 27, 2012 By: Foreclosing Attorneys Attorney for Plaintiff Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A. 2155 Butterfield Drive Suite 200-S Troy, MI 48084 WWR# 10104638 77571232 (09-27)(10-18) 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 (10-11)(11-01) 77571510


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Differences with state stops admissions at Thornapple Manor by Doug VanderLaan Editor For the second time in two years, Thornapple Manor has been banned by the State of Michigan from new admissions due to differences it has with the state over reporting and record-keeping requirements. “Unfortunately, there is a ban in effect that began on Sept. 2,” said Thornapple Manor Administrator Don Haney. “We were visited by a surveyor who provided us two citations, one for timely reporting of incidents and the second one having to do with their ability to understand our care plans. Haney was adamant in stating that neither of the citations had anything to do with the quality of care the facility provides its patients and residents. He also reported that a surveyor has made a second visit, cleared the two citations, and is now preparing a report

that, with state endorsement, will allow new admissions to resume. “We reported everything, but we missed a deadline,” said Haney of the first of the citations, explaining that incidents at all facilities in the state must be reported with an 24-hour period followed by an investigative report within five days. “In one case, we made the 24-hour report with the five-day report,” said Haney. “In the other case, there was confusion over the fiveday period because it fell on the Labor Day weekend.” Of greater frustration has been the state surveying team’s inability to read reporting data compiled by Thornapple Manor. Because the facility has upgraded its records to electronic storage and because state surveying teams insist they be in paper form, clarification issues have arisen.

POLICE BEAT BEA Car abandoned at high school Hastings Police were called to Hastings High School Oct. 8 for a vehicle abandoned and sitting on the east side of the school with its driver door open and interior lights on. When officers arrived, they noted tire marks on the grass near the 1997 Jeep Cherokee. Officers contacted the Jeep’s owner who lives on West Green Street and asked why it was at the high school. The owner said she thought her vehicle was still home. Officers later found evidence that the Jeep had been in an accident on South Montgomery Street. Anybody with information about the stolen vehicle is encouraged to call the Hastings City Police Department, 269-455-5744.

Concern for safety leads to arrest Hastings officers were dispatched Oct. 2 to the construction site near the North Broadway bridge where they found an intoxicated man who appeared to be looking over the bridge. The caller was afraid the person was going to jump off of the bridge. As officers arrived, they confronted the man who was urinating behind a tree. The same man had been arrested Sept. 15 for the same behavior and a .403 percent blood alcohol content. He simply told officers “I had to go.” He was placed under arrest for being a disorderly person. He registered .393 percent blood alcohol level.

Customer doesn’t pass ‘go,’ goes straight to jail Hastings Police went to McDonald’s Oct. 4 on a report of an irate customer at the drive-through window. The person was reportedly intoxicated. Officers were given the vehicle description prior to their arrival and saw the vehicle leaving the restaurant as they arrived. Officers followed the vehicle east on Apple Street at a very slow rate of speed and watched as the vehicle swerved back and forth. Officers stopped the car and spoke with the 52-year-old Hastings man. He was arrested after registering .19 and .20 percent blood alcohol level and then jailed under the state’s Super Drunk law.

Double-lane driving alerts police Hastings officers on South Hanover Street Oct. 9 watched as the driver of a 2002 Ford Expedition heading north crossed into the southbound lane. Officers followed the vehicle as it continued to swerve and made a stop as it pulled into the

Shell Gas station. Officers spoke with the 27-year-old Hastings driver who told police he and his passenger had just left a party. Officers could smell intoxicants coming from the vehicle and asked the driver how much he had been drinking. He said three to five beers. A portable breath test registered .24 percent. He was arrested and given another test in jail that registered .22 percent. The man was lodged at the Barry County Jail on charges of operating while intoxicated, third offense; driving with license suspended, second or subsequent offense; and transporting open alcohol.

Rented computer searched for porn Hastings Police recently wrapped up an investigation of a 45-year-old Hastings man and charged him with possession of child abusive material and being a fourtime habitual offender. The man admitted he had viewed child pornography on a rented computer. Hastings Police obtained a search warrant and seized images of the child abusive material from the computer. Hastings Police were assisted by the Michigan State Police computer crime lab. The man has two previous convictions for criminal sexual conduct.

K9 unit brought in to search package The Barry County Sheriff’s K9 unit was requested Sept. 27 to sniff a Fed Ex package detectives had taken to the sheriff’s department. Police Service Dog Graham gave a positive alert on the questionable package after it was placed among many other packages. The box was heavily taped. A search warrant was granted to open the package. A Barry County Jail inmate’s cell phone was the only thing in the package. The case is closed.

Deputies search for a South Carolina truck Barry County deputies were contacted Sept. 29 by Wyoming Police in an attempt to locate a red GMC Sierra in the Middleville area. The vehicle was allegedly involved in a civil dispute. The sales agreement between two parties originated in Fairfield, S.C. Deputies also discovered there was no registered vehicle identification number in either Michigan or South Carolina. Deputies were unable to locate the vehicle until Oct. 1, where they spotted it on Robin Road near Middleville, at the residence of the 46-year-old man involved in the civil dispute. Wyoming Police were informed the vehicle had been located.

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“They had trouble navigating our care plans because they were all electronic,” said Haney. “We printed them out for them but the way things look on paper can look completely different than how they look on a computer. We do what we can to assist, showing them how to use the equipment and the data. We make everything and anything available and that’s all we can do.” Ironically, Haney spoke to the Banner one day after attending the signing of Senate Bill 884 by Gov. Rick Snyder. The new legislation will require all state surveyors to use technology in their assessments of nursing care and rehabilitation facilities such as Thornapple Manor. “Health care providers in the state have been very frustrated over the years until the passage of SB 884,” said Haney. “I’m not sure how immediate the impact might be, but there’s some comfort in knowing that we’re not the only facility having these issues.” The difficulty in 2010 which shut the facility to new admission for two months was similar in the issues over the survey process, but somewhat different in the timing, said Haney. “We’re into this [ban] for one month and a week,” said Haney of the current ban, “but, if we get the report we’re hoping for, we’ll be back soon.”

LEGAL NOTICES 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)(1101) 77571652

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)

COURT NEWS Anthony Ray Marshall, 38, of Plainwell was sentenced Oct. 4 in Barry County Circuit Court for delivery or manufacture of a Schedule 4 substance. Judge Amy McDowell ordered Marshall to serve six months in jail, with credit for five days served. He must pay $698 in court assessments. The balance of his jail time was suspended and probation will be terminated upon payment of court assessments. Mark Robert Smith, 30, of Grand Rapids was sentenced in Circuit Court Oct. 3 for breaking and entering with intent. Judge McDowell ordered Smith to serve 27 to 120 months in prison, with credit for 30 days served. There was no objection to boot camp. Smith must pay $198 in court assessments. Dora Jean Beilby, 41, of Delton was sentenced in Circuit Court Oct. 4 for uttering and publishing. Judge McDowell ordered Beilby to serve 90 days in jail and 24 months on probation. Beilby must pay $3,749 in costs and restitution. She also must pay $175 per month toward court assessments and will be discharged from probation upon payment of court assessments. The balance of her jail

time will be suspended upon successful completion of probation. Two more charges of uttering and publishing, habitual offender, were dropped. Shane Scott Haugen, 23, of Grand Rapids was sentenced Oct. 4 in Barry County Circuit Court for fleeing police, fourth offense; and assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer. Judge McDowell ordered Haugen to serve six months in jail, with credit for 11 days served. He must pay $1,048 in court assessments. A second charge of assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer; and a charge of operating a vehicle with driver’s license suspended, revoked or denied, second or subsequent offense, were dropped. William James Anders, 39, of Delton was sentenced in Circuit Court Oct. 4 for possession of marijuana, second or subsequent offense; refusing to obey a traffic order from police; and operating with license suspended, revoked or denied. Judge McDowell ordered Anders to serve nine months in jail and pay $548 in court assessments. Charges of fleeing an officer, third degree; and habitual offender, fourth offense, were dropped.

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Saxons’ Straube earns top 10 finish at Portage Invite

Guns seized from a Barry County home are mostly long guns — shotguns and rifles. (Photo by Laura Adams)

400 guns seized near Bellevue

Several handguns are confiscated during the search of a Barry County home. (Photo by Laura Adams) Multiple law enforcement agencies converged on a home in the southeastern most corner of Barry County Oct. 5. What they found at the home on M-78 near Bellevue was nearly 400 allegedly stolen shotguns and rifles, as well as several handguns. At another home, they found stolen boats, electronics and tools. The raid stemmed from the capture of two alleged thieves in a home on Morgan Road

Oct. 2. One of the burglars was shot in the buttocks by the homeowner using a .410 shotgun. The two men admitted to committing home invasions and larceny in both Battle Creek and southern Barry County. The Battle Creek Police Department believe many of the stolen items come from Urbandale neighborhoods in Battle Creek. Barry County Animal Control was called in by Michigan State Police to remove two pit-

bulls on the property. In all, authorities from six law enforcement agencies — Battle Creek Police, Calhoun County Sheriff, Emmett Township Public Safety, Springfield Public Safety, Michigan State Police and the Barry County Sheriff’s departments — were involved in the operation. The investigation is ongoing.

Trista Straube had the fastest front runners to chase. The Hastings sophomore finished ninth in the Division 2 girls’ race Saturday at the Portage Invitational, finishing the race in 18 minutes 40 seconds. The top two runners in the Division 2 girls’ race were the two fastest girls’ of the day across all four divisions. Grand Rapids Christian’s Julia Bos won the race in 17:29 and Cedar Springs’ Kenzie Weiler was second in 17:47. Forest Hills Eastern won the Division 2 girls’ championship with 97 points. The Hawks were led by Clara Cullen’s fifth-place time of 18:25. The Hawks had five runners in the top 30. Spring Lake was second with 123 points, followed by Grand Rapids Christian 155, East Grand Rapids 177 and Forest Hills Northern 189 in the top five. Hastings was 21st with 578 points. Behind Straube, Ariel Moore was 91st in 20:49, Maria Palacio 137th in 21:49, Rachel Rimer 147th in 21:59 and Kaitlin Allen 194th in 23:32. Hastings’ boys were 32nd with 829 points in the Division 2 boys’ meet. Jake Miller led the way in 109th place with a time of 17:34. Ronnie Collins was 125th in 17:43, Garrett Bowers 185th in 18:20, Chance Miller 202nd in 18:37 and Jacob Pratt 208th in 18:50. St. Clair won the D2 boys’ race with 89 points. St. Joseph was second with 106, followed by Linden 128, Cedar Springs 137 and

Ionia 215 in the top five. Cedar Springs’ Connor Mora was the individual champ in 15:18, with Ludington’s Luke Johnson second in 15:40. Delton Kellogg competed in the Division 3 races at Portage West Middle School Saturday, with Jarryd Calhoun leading the Delton boys’ team with a 27th-place time of 16:58. The Panther boys’ team was 36th with 953 points. Brock Mueller was 232nd in 20:52, Carson Mursch 238th in 21:13, Austin Tamez 242nd in 21:31 and Eric Hoeberling 246th in 22:24 . The Division 3 boys’ championship went to Marlette, which finished with 143 points. Marlette’s Andy Bowman was the individual champion, finishing in 15:30. Freeland was second with 150 points, followed by Jackson Lumen Christi 151, Stockbridge 157 and Calvin Christian 161 in the top five. Calvin Christian finished first in the Division 3 girls’ standings, with 122 points. Benzie Central was second with 130 followed by Lumen Christi 166, Hanover-Horton 185 and Shepherd 239 in the top five. Manistee’s Annie Fuller was the individual champion in 18:10. Delton Kellogg was led by Christi Boze’s time of 20:17. She was 37th overall. The Panther team also had Marcie Stevens 111th in 22:18, Megan Grimes 112th in 22:21, Sarah Rendon 127th in 22:46 and Sammi Cleary 157th in 23:33.

Nevins gets hole-in-one on course her dad helped build Wendy Nevins fired her first hole-in-one on the 100-yard number two in the Blarney Stone League at Gun Ridge Golf Course Aug. 22. She used her pitching wedge to score the ace on the par-3 hole. The feat came on the course her father Jack Fowler built in 1977 along with Ed Schnurr. Nevins is joined in celebrating her hole-in-one by Mike Schnurr.

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Saxons beat TK with three goals in early flurry by Brett Bremer Sports Editor The Trojans have been slow starters this season, and Hastings made them pay for that. Hastings’ varsity boys’ soccer team topped visiting Thornapple Kellogg 4-1 Thursday on Pierce Field in Hastings. Four of the game’s five goals were scored in the first 20 minutes. Hastings took a 2-0 lead on goals by Ian Beck and Matt Johnson in the first ten minutes of action. The Trojans answered a couple minutes after Johnson’s goal with a score by Rudi McWhirr. Hastings responded quickly though, getting a goal from Adam Hyrsl off an assist from Stephen Kendall. Hyrsl also tacked on a second goal, the only goal of the second half, with 9:36 left in the game by knocking in the rebound of a shot from Beck. “We’ve got some talent. We’re working on trying to get that talent to play soccer at the beginning instead of just at the end,” said Thornapple Kellogg head coach Larry Jachim. “They’re out there just doing something in the beginning, but they’re not playing soccer. At the end they turn it around and they start getting hungry and start playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played.” After the flurry of scoring, the Trojans controlled much of the rest of the first half, possessing the ball a bit better than the Saxons who were kicking the ball long and chasing it a bit more than their coach would have liked. “From that 3-1 point on they controlled a lot of the play until half-time,” said Hastings head coach Ben Conklin. “I would say second half was pretty even. Neither one of us had it for very long, but we each had our chances. We just fortunately got on the better end of it. Travis (Matthews) made some awesome saves.” Matthews finished with seven saves in goal for the Saxons. TK’s Andrew Rhoades had 11 saves of his own at the other end. The Saxons outshot the Trojans 15-8. Hastings did a great job of firing hard shots towards the Trojan net. They had a number of chances that flew just wide of the goal that aren’t included in those shots on goal numbers. “We’ve had some games where we haven’t done that, and it hasn’t turned out the way we

Hastings’ Chris Feldpausch (7) reaches back with his right foot to try and knock the ball away from Thornapple Kellogg’s Rudi McWhirr in the midfield Thursday. (Photo by Brett Bremer) would have liked it,” said Conklin. Jachim said that the idea of taking shots whenever they present themselves was key in McWhirr getting his team’s lone goal. It didn’t even come on the Trojans’ best chance of the night. “(McWhirr) took hard shot from 35 yards out, a line drive towards the net. It hit the ground and must have hit a bump because the keeper went down to get it and it went right over his head,” said Jachim. “You’ve got to take those shots. That’s just a learning experience for the team. Don’t be afraid to take those shots if you have them.” The Trojans, who have three wins on the season, will try and continue learning as they close out the regular season this week. They’ll host Wayland Monday and visit Ottawa Hills

Wednesday in the final two O-K Gold Conference games of the season. The Trojans are currently 1-7 in the conference. Jachim said that in his team’s couple big victories this season, over Gull Lake and Holland Christian, his team came our fired up and ready to play soccer from the beginning and carried that enthusiasm and effort through the full 80 minutes. The team is still trying to figure out how to bring that attitude to the field each time out. Hastings is now 7-2 in the league and 11-71 overall. The Saxons followed up that win by knocking off Grand Rapids Catholic Central in Grand Rapids 3-1 Monday. The Saxons were scheduled to close out the conference season against South Christian Wednesday.

The Saxons’ Maxwell Clark scans the field as he dribbles past Thornapple Kellogg’s Eric Jachim during Thursday’s O-K Gold Conference contest on Pierce Field in Hastings. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

TK girls follow up Gold win by taking Allegan Invitational

Vikings go for two, win by one by Brett Bremer Sports Editor Coaches always talk about their team needing to learn how to win at some point while trying to build a program. The Vikings figured it out Friday. Lakewood’s varsity football team earned its first victory of the season, and first under head coach Nick Boucher, besting Stockbridge 22-21 at Stockbridge High School. Doug Suntken plowed into the end zone from a yard out with 7 minutes and 50 seconds left in Friday’s Capital Area Activities Conference White Division contest, pulling the Vikings within a point at 20-19. “I said, ‘we’re going to get this.’ They all told me, ‘yes we are,’” said Boucher. The Vikings decided to go for two and the lead. “We ran (Zach) Kilbourn right behind Lars Pyrzinski and Charlie Reiser. They drove their guys right into the end zone and Kilbourn ran over one guy to get it in. I think everybody knew how big of a play that was at the time.” Then the Vikings just had to keep the Panthers from scoring over the final 7:50, and they did it - barely. Stockbridge managed to move into position for a 35-yard field goal attempt by kicker Marcus Prigge. “I saw him make a 50-yarder in warm-ups, so I was a little nervous,” Boucher said. The kick flew wide right and the Vikings took over with about two and a half minutes left. They were able to kill the clock with one last solid offensive drive.

“It was a good feeling,” said Boucher. “We’re going to celebrate tonight, because we’ve earned it and we deserve it.” The offensive line deserves a lot of the credit for the Vikings’ success. Lakewood rushed the ball for 274 yards. Kilbourn had 22 carries for 130 yards and Suntken added 13 rushes for 108 yards. “Our line dominated,” Boucher said. “Every time I looked up I saw a wall of white just moving everybody. Our backs continued to run hard. We’re getting better at reading our blocks and we’re getting better at running our offense every game.” Viking quarterback Alex Potter was 5-of15 passing for 55 yards. Tyler Rush had four receptions for 53 yards. Lakewood had a 14-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but saw the Panthers get a seven-yard touchdown run by Josh Ensign and a two-point conversion pass to go up 2114 early in the fourth quarter. “I said, ‘all right, let’s go score again,’” Boucher said. “We went down and just drove the ball five, ten yards at a crack (to get the game-winning touchdown).” The teams traded touchdowns all evening. Quarterback Kaleb Grammer scored the first points of the game on a five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Prigge then added the extra-point kick. Kilbourn answered with a three-yard touchdown run for Lakewood in the second quarter, but the kick was no good leaving the Panthers up one. Stockbridge then extended its lead to 14-6 at the half on a 65-yard touchdown run by Ensign and another Prigge extra-

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DK football takes on KVA’s top team Friday Barry County’s two Kalamazoo Valley Association teams are the only ones with a chance to stop Schoolcraft from winning the conference championship in 2012. The Eagles, who are 7-0 and ranked second in the state in Division 6, come to Delton Kellogg High School Friday night to take on the 0-7 Panthers. Schoolcraft will then close out its regular season by hosting the Maple Valley Lions. Delton Kellogg fell to 0-7 with a 43-27 loss at home against Parchment Friday night. Pennfield and Constantine are tied for second place in the league standings at this point, with 6-1 records. They’ll meet in the final week of the regular season.

Thornapple Kellogg’s varsity girls’ cross country team celebrates its Orange Division championship at Saturday’s Allegan Tigershark Invitational. The event was broken up into a Division 1 race for the fastest girls and a Division 2 race for the next group of girls from each team. The Trojans have three girls finish in the top five in both races. The Trojans took on Ottawa Hills in O-K Gold Conference action at the South Christian Sports Park Wednesday. The Bengals didn’t have anyone to run in the girls’ race, and had just three boys compete, giving the TK teams conference victories. David Walter won the boys’ race in 16:54.92. Daniel Vannette was second in 18:22.93. TK also had Leach fourth in 18:31.65, Austin LaVire fifth in 18:33.75 and Joe Gaikema sixth in 18:43.05. Aron Stewart led Ottawa Hills with a thirdplace time of 18:25.98. The TK girls team had Melissa Winchester finish in 19:35.82, Casey Lawson in 19:39.39, Olivia Lamberg in 20:07.85, Janie Noah in 20:45.61 and Taylor Ward in 21:14.72. The Thornapple Kellogg girls improved to 4-0 in the O-K Gold Conference with that victory. They were scheduled to take on South Christian in their final league dual yesterday afternoon in Wayland. TK’s followed up that performance at the South Christian Sports Park by winning the Orange Division at Saturday’s Allegan Tigershark Invitational. The Trojan team had three runners finish among the top five in both the Division 1 and Division 2 races. Faster runners took part in the Division 1 race, with Winchester second in 19:25.9, Lawson third in 19:26.4 and

Lamberg fifth in 19:52.7. Sturgis’ Peyton Boughton was the individual champion in 19:18.9. In the Division 2 race, TK had Noah first in 20:26.9, Shelbi Shepherd second in 20:47.7 and Ward fourth in 20:58.4. TK’s girls finished the day with just 17 points. Sparta was second with 45 followed by Zeeland East 63, West Ottawa 85, Lowell 100, Mattawan 106, Northview 134, Sturgis 139, Holland 164, Creston NTS and Plainwell NTS. The Thornapple Kellogg boys were seventh as a team. Walter was the top finisher for TK, placing sixth in the Division 1 race in 16:49.6. Vannette was 26th in 18:25.8 and Conor Leach 27th in 18:33.6. Northview’s Esrom Woldemichael won the Division 1 race in 16:26.3. Sturgis, which took the Orange Division title on the boys’ side had the second and third runners in the Division 1 race and the champion in the Division 2 race, with Daniel Steele winning in 17:26.1 TK had LaVire 11th in the Division 2 race in 18:12.5, Gaikema 19th in 18:39.6 and Wyatt DeLeeuw 28th in 19:14.9. Sturgis finished the day with 27 points. Northview was second with 59, followed by West Ottawa 69, Zeeland East 69, Sparta 84, Mattawan 90, TK 113, Plainwell 131, Lowell 147, Holland 180 and Creston NTS.

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point. Lakewood took the lead for the first time with the only touchdown of the third quarter. Jack Tromp scored on a one-yard run, then Kilbourn ran in the two-point conversion. On defense, Kilbourn had seven tackles and an interception. Pyrzinski led the Vikings with nine tackles. Defensive end Austin Darling also had a big night for the Vikings, making a handful of tackles, pressuring Grammer all evening long and making sure he didn’t make too many plays rolling out of the pocket. Grammer finished 10-of-21 passing for 129 yards, and did rush 11 times for 52 yards. Ensign led the Panthers on the ground with 13 rushes for 108 yards. Lucas Showerman had five receptions for Stockbridge, covering 98 yards. Lakewood ends the CAAC-White season in fifth place with a 1-4 record. The Vikings will close out the season with non-conference contests against Charlotte and Ionia. Friday’s game with the Orioles will be Lakewood’s final home contest this year.

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Saxons have fun beating Kelloggsville in final dual by Brett Bremer Sports Editor Saxon singles players Drew White and Ryan Thornburgh thought it’d be fun to play some doubles. Since the Saxons were heading to Wyoming for a non-conference dual with Kelloggsville, Hastings varsity boys’ tennis coach Ed von der Hoff said okay. Even though it was a “fun” doubles match, the Saxon duo still had to do some work. They played the longest match of the afternoon, topping the Rockets’ Nate Kies and Michael Hang 7-5, 2-6, (10-5). Meanwhile, the Saxons’ regular first doubles team of Mac Clisso and James Isola cruised to easy singles wins. Clisso won 6-1, 6-0 at third singles and Isola took a 6-0, 6-0 win at number four. Those three points helped the Saxons to a 7-1 victory over Kelloggsville. It was smooth sailing for the Saxons throughout the singles line-up. Connor von der Hoff scored a 6-0, 6-1 win over Brad DeWater at first singles, and Chris Doxtader beat Emmanuel Sosci 6-1, 6-2 at number two.

Hastings’ Jaleel Richardson leans back to hit a forehand return during the second doubles match against Kelloggsville Tuesday afternoon in Wyoming. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Monday night league makes history at Lakeview Lanes

Darren Bosworth throws his fourth perfect game in the Monday Night Lions League at Lakeview Lanes, Sept. 24. It had been 16 years since his last perfect game in 1996. by Bonnie Mattson Staff Writer Hurling a ball 60 feet down a lane 12 times, knocking over 10 pins each time, will put a bowler on the map — or at least on the wall of the bowling alley where the pinnacle was reached. Often compared to the golfer’s dream of a hole-in-one, the perfect game in bowling is the achievement of a lifetime for amateurs in the sport. To have teammates reach the pinnacle, or at least come about as close as possible in the same series, is an event worthy of recognition, according to Rod Gregg, owner of Lakeview Lanes in Lake Odessa. Monday, Sept. 24, two members of Stowell Builders team in the Monday Night Lions League did just that. Thirty-nine-year-old Jeff Stowell started the evening with a 299 game, missing the perfect score on the 12th ball by leaving the No. 3 pin. Not to be outdone, the second game saw Darren Bosworth, also 39, knock over 120 pins to reach the height of perfection — a score of 300. After seeing his teammate take down all

Saxon second doubles player Brad Smith hits a backhand shot back at his opponents from Kelloggsville Tuesday afternoon in Wyoming. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Jeff Stowell throws two games of 299 Monday, Sept. 24, at Lakeview Lanes, missing the perfect game by one pin twice in the same series. the pins, Stowell said he decided to up his game and shoot for the stars in the third game of the series. His second bid matched his first: one pin short. Stowell once again came as close as a bowler can come to the perfect game and not reach it with his second 299 of the evening, this time leaving the lone No. 10 pin standing. Stowell, who began bowling at age 9, has reached perfection in the recent past, bowling his first 300 game Feb. 6. Bosworth’s 300 game was his fourth, the last one happening 16 years ago, in 1996. He has been bowling since age 4. All four of Bosworth’s perfect games have been reached at Lakeview Lanes. “It was an unbelievable night,” said Gregg. “In the 65 plus-years this bowling alley has been here, that’s never happened before.” The Stowell Builders team has a history of above-average bowling, winning the Grand Rapids City Tournament last April. Team member Derek Desgranges put his place on the team in perspective. “I’m here for the fellowship,” he quipped.

Bowling Scores Tuesday Trios SAM 19-3; Wash King 16-8; Team Turkey 15-9; CB’s 12-12; Lu’s Team 11.5-8.5; Look Ins. 11-13; Coleman Ins. 11-9; Blair Landscaping 9.5-14.5; Classic Trio 6-18; Ghost Team 0-24. High Game - Ruth 199; Renee B. 196; Shirlee V and KimC. 194. High Series - Ruth 544; Shirlee V. 519; Renee B. 503. Tuesday Mixed Boyce Milk Haulers 16.5; B.C. Red Cross 16; Hometown Lumber 15; Hurless Machine 13; J-Bar Antique Tractors 11. High Games - D. Blakely 200; D. Benner 199; K. Beebe 195; G. Hause 187; M. Snyder 171; B. Smith 168; B. Ramey 163; D. Wilkins 160; R. Gross 151; B. Norris 134. High Series - D. Benner 560; K. Beebe 552; D. Blakely 521. Monday Mixerettes Dewey’s Auto Body 15-5; Kent Oil 13-7; Nashville Chiropractic 11-9; Dean’s Dolls 1010; Creekside Growers 10-10. Good Games and Series - E. Ulrich 166; L. Elliston 200-515; B. Anders 152; S. Nash 159-390; B. Hathaway 155; K. Eberly 190-

The Saxons’ Adam Schaefer stretches to the backhand side to hit a volley during the third doubles match at Kelloggsville Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

518; DE. Snyder 169; S. Dunham 183; K. Fowler 236-528; P. Fowler 156. Senior Citizens Sun Risers 15-5; Three Gals and a Guy 137; Usedtobe #1 11-9; Butterfingers 10.5-9.5; Just Having Fun 10.5-9.5; Early Risers 10-10; Kuempel 8-12; King Pins 8-12; M&M’s 7-13; Ward’s Friends 7-13. Women’s Good Games and Series - G. Meaney 175; M. Kingsley 116-270; N. Frost 151-403; E. Dunham 173-459; Y. Markley 162-410; R. Murphy 167-438; P. Shellington 150-398; G. Scobey 170; N. Boniface 174; M. Wieland 162-448. Men’s Good Games and Series - B. Akers 189; D. Murphy 137-384; G. Bennett 171447; K. Schantz 178-456; B. Terry 206-553; R. Boniface 200-522; M. Saldivar 176. Wednesday PM Court Side 17-3; Boniface Construction 128; Hair Care 11.5-8.5; Delton Suds 11-9; Eye & ENT 85.-11.5 Good Games and Series - N. Boniface 169; B. Smith 172-453; N. Potter 152-420; J. Pettengill 135-365; S. Stevens 127; Y. Cheeseman 158.

“I guess overall, it seems like the team is improving,” said coach von der Hoff. “The doubles groups are even showing more improvement. Singles are hanging in there and staying confident even though over the weekend it was pretty tough with some of the teams that they played.” Hastings finished third at the O-K Gold Conference tournament hosted by South Christian Saturday. South Christian and Catholic Central shared the league championship thanks to the Sailors victory in the tournament. The Sailors and Cougars met in all eight flight championship matches. Hastings players were third at all four doubles flights and at third and fourth singles. Scott Garber and Adam Schaefer showed off some of their improvement in a 6-4, 6-3 win over the Rockets Tuesday at third doubles, while the team of Zach Carlson and Mitchell Sarhatt won 6-0, 6-0 at number four for Hastings. The Rockets got their only team point at second doubles, where the team of Kasey Kale and Stephan Trang edged the Saxons’ Jaleel Richardson and Brad Smith in a thirdset super tie-breaker 6-3, 4-6, (10-4).

South Christian won Saturday’s conference tournament with 45 points. Catholic Central was second with 43, followed by Hastings 28, Thornapple Kellogg 22, Wayland 19 and Ottawa Hills 5. White at third singles and Thornburgh at number four both finished third, as did the first doubles team of Clisso and Isola, the second doubles team of Richardson and Marshall Cherry, Garber and Schaefer at third doubles and Ben Anderson and Smith at fourth doubles. Catholic Central Joey Ellis earned the title of the league’s top player, beating South Christian’s Anthony Vroon 6-2, 6-2 in the first singles championship match. That was the only singles flight where the Cougars finished ahead of the Sailors. South Christian also won the top two doubles flights, with the Cougars winning at number three and four doubles. The Saxons end the league season in third place overall, after going 3-2 in the conference duals. Hastings will be back in action at its Division 3 Regional Tournament hosted by Holland Christian Friday.

Nemetz finishes as Gold’s top golfer There were no surprises in the team standings at The Meadows Thursday during the OK Gold Conference Tournament. South Christian won with a 367. Hastings was second at 380. Wayland was third with a 383. Catholic Central was next with a 415 followed by Thornapple Kellogg with a 462. That was how the standings looked four out of the five league jamborees as well. The Sailors clinched the conference championship by putting four golfers in the top ten. Hastings’ Kylee Nemetz was the day’s individual champion though, and the best golfer over the course of the entire season in the O-K Gold, with a score of 84. South Christian’s Bridget Hemingway and Wayland’s Ali Martus tied for the runner-up spot Thursday with 86s. “Kylee got off to a solid start and had her only birdie of the day when she missed a hole-in-one on the 7th hole by about a foot,” said Hastings head coach Bruce Krueger. “Her only major stumble was a triple bogey on the ninth hole, for a seven-over-par 44 on the front nine. “She didn’t let that rattle her at all and responded with three straight pars to start the back nine and shot four-over-par 40 on the back. She managed her game well and played with confidence, determination and great emotional control.” Nemetz and teammate Katie Brown both earned all-conference honors this year, and Lindy Kloosterman earned all-conference honorable mention. Behind Nemetz for the Saxons, Brown was fifth overall with a 92 and Kloosterman was eighth with a 97. The Saxons also got a 107 from Courtney Rybiski. “The team’s goal was to beat Wayland and finish second in the conference and every player contributed to meet that goal,” Krueger said. “The top three were steady and dependable, as they have been all year, and we could have counted any of the other golfers as our fourth score and placed second because they all turned in solid rounds. (sophomore) Courtney Rybiski and (freshman) Samantha Slatkin performed well under the pressure of their first conference tournament, which is encouraging for the future. ” South was the only team with four golfers under 100, and it had five. Megan Wierenga fired a 90, Kelsey Ballast a 94, and Jordan Tucker a 97. The Sailors’ fifth score was a 99 from Grace Elenbaas, who was tenth individually. Maria Pamplona led Thornapple Kellogg with a 113. TK also got a 115 from DeeJay Minor and a pair of 117s from Sandra Gerou

and Hannah Lamberg. Wayland had two in the top ten, Martus and Makayla Holloway who was fifth with a 92.

Catholic Central was led by Celeste Headley’s 101.

Lakewood girls finish as league runner-up The league tournament standings match the final overall standings in the Capital Area Activities Conference White Division this fall. Lansing Catholic ran away with the title, winning Thursday’s 18-hole conference tournament at Wheatfield Valley in Williamston by 52 strokes over runner-up Lakewood. The Cougars fired a 305. Lakewood scored a 357, followed by Stockbridge 362, Portland 387, Williamston 389 and Corunna 432. Olivia Barker led Lakewood with an 80. Emily Barker added an 89, Victoria Hager a 92 and Mariah Krikke a 96. Olivia was fourth overall on the day, behind the top three golfers from Lansing Catholic. Emily was seventh and Hager eighth. “Olivia had an excellent round today, especially on her front nine,” Lakewood head coach Carl Kutch said. “She shot +2 on the front with two birdies and just 12 putts. We work so hard on short game and she transferred that to the golf course with four up-

and-downs.” Olivia was fourth, Emily sixth and Hager seventh in the overall individual standings for the season. The top three Lakewood golfers all earned all-conference honors, while Kennedy Hilley, Bryonna Barton and Krikke were all honorable mention all-conference. Kutch said that Emily had a “real nice consistent back nine, with four pars. Kutch added, “Victoria put together another good round and has been steady all year at the number three spot. She is so close to breaking 90.” Krikke is a little ways from breaking 90, but her 96 was her best 18-hole score. “She struck the ball well and had no real trouble holes,” Kutch said. Jaqueline Setas led the Cougars with a 2under-par 68. Danielle Crilley shot a 75 and Janie Fineis a 76. They were the day’s top three individuals. Their teammate Lauren Burnett was fifth with an 86.

Hastings girls beat Wayland by having first four to finish The tightest race was for third, and it was between teammates. The Saxons’ Rachel Rimer edged Olivia Rose by just over half a second, 22:13.00 to 22:13.62 to place third during their team’s 1837 victory over Wayland’s varsity girls’ cross country team at the South Christian Sports Park Wednesday. Rimer and Rose were the third and fourth Saxons to cross the finish line, with Trista Straube winning in 19:34.69 and Ariel Moore second in 21:12.54. Hastings’ fifth scorer was Maria Palacio, who was eighth overall in 22:34.78. Wayland’s girls were led by Abby

Wykoski, who was fifth in 22:14.76. Hastings also had the fastest boy, but the next three finishers in the boys’ race were from Wayland and the Wildcats scored a 2532 win over the Saxons. The Saxons’ Ronnie Collins won the race in 17:35.77. Wayland’s Ian Carter was second in 17:49.82. Hastings’ number two and three were about 50 seconds behind Collins, with Jake Miller fifth in 12:24.81 and Chance Miller sixth in 18:28.45. The Saxon team also had Garrett Bowers eighth in 18:54.01 and Jacob Pratt 12th in 19:31.13.


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Last-minute TD propels Lions to homecoming win by Brett Bremer Sports Editor It was one heck of a homecoming for Maple Valley’s Tyler Hickey. He’s got the crown and the bruises to prove it. With his team down 10-6 at the half, Hickey was named the 2012 Maple Valley High School Homecoming King. He scored a touchdown on the Lions’ first possession of the second half, his second TD of the night, helping lead the Maple Valley varsity football team to a 28-24 victory over Hackett Catholic Central. Brandon Erwin ran in the game winning touchdown on a fourth-and-2 play from the Fighting Irish 5-yard line with 45 seconds left in the game, and Garrett Miller ran in the twopoint conversion to make sure the Irish would need a touchdown to get back in front. It was Hickey who carried the load though, rushing 33 times for 153 yards, even outgaining Hackett workhorse GeoVante Weston who

Maple Valley’s Tyler Hickey looks for a way through the Hackett defense as defensive back Evan Wenzel (41) tries to line up for the tackle during Friday’s KVA contest at Maple Valley High School. (Photo by Perry Hardin)

The Lions’ Anthony Mahler runs through the Fighting Irish defense during Friday night’s homecoming contest at Maple Valley High School. (Photo by Perry Hardin)

Maple Valley head coach Brian Lincoln celebrates Friday night’s 28-24 homecoming victory over Hackett Catholic Central with senior Garret Mater. (Photo by Perry Hardin)

finished with 21 rushes for 139 yards and two touchdowns as well. Maple Valley improves to 3-4 in the Kalamazoo Valley Association with the victory, while the Irish fall to 2-5. “After the handshakes I told them to go celebrate with the student section,” said Maple Valley head coach Brian Lincoln. “They were all down on the field. The band played at the end, with the student section. Our school spirit is coming back, slowly. It’s exciting again, of course it always helps when you win a few games.” “It was a lot of fun.” The Irish focused on taking away the Lions’ sweeps and stretch plays to the outside. Hickey found his yards running off tackle,

especially on the left side through the blocks of tight end Tommy Mudge, tackle Dayton Ashley, guard Brandon Ripley and center Jeremy Fisher. The Lions put together a few big drives in the game. On the last one they ate up more than five minutes with 12 plays, not wanting to give Weston much time to touch the football again. Austin Gonser had a big run with about three minutes left, sweeping around the end for a gain of six and a half on a fourthand-6 play near midfield. The Irish led for much of the evening, taking a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a 38yard touchdown pass from Jake Buday to Dan Thayer and a 38-yard field goal by Brian Aldrich. The Lions got some of that back

before the half on a one-yard touchdown run by Hickey. It was 10-6 at the intermission Hackett extended its lead quickly in the second half, with Weston racing 44 yards for a touchdown a minute and a half into the third quarter. The Lions cut the Irish lead from 17-6 to 17-14 with a drive that lasted more than seven minutes in that third quarter, finishing it off with a two-yard Hickey touchdown run and then a two-point run by Hickey. Maple Valley forced a three-and-out on Hackett’s next possession, but instead of punting the Irish went with a fake and Mudge was there to knock down the fourth-down pass allowing the Lions to take over at the Irish 33-yard line. The Lions moved over the short field quickly, getting a three-yard touchdown pass from Beau Johnson to Anthony Mahler for their first lead of the game with 9:51 left to play. It was Johnson’s first touchdown pass of his varsity career. The PAT was no good, and the Lions led 20-17.

The Irish took the lead back at 27-20 with a drive that ended in a two-yard touchdown run by Weston with 6:07 left to play and the third of Aldrich’s extra-point kicks. Erwin led the Lion defense on the night with 15 tackles. Johnson had eight and Garrett Mater had five. The Irish had two turnovers. Gonser intercepted a pass and Mudge picked up a fumble. Maple Valley piled up 259 yards of offense, 237 of which came on the ground. Erwin had five carries for 35 yards and Miller 13 for 33 yards. Johnson was 4-of-7 passing for 22 yards. Thayer completed just one of his eight pass attempts, for 38 yards. He added six rushes for 56 yards though. The Irish had 233 total yards of offense, with 195 coming via the rush. Maple Valley goes on the road now for its final two games of the season, at GalesburgAugusta Friday and then at Schoolcraft in week nine.

Lions and Saxons team up to raise nearly $2,000 the Saxons will be at home facing Thornapple Kellogg. The Saxons saw the Trojans in league action last Thursday, falling 3-0, and at Saturday’s Hopkins Invitational where TK took the championship. Hastings fell 25-17, 25-15 to the Trojans in the championship semifinals, after an opening round 25-22, 23-25, 15-10 win over Hopkins. Hastings was 2-2 heading into bracket play. The Saxons topped Delton Kellogg 25-16, 2520 to start the day then fell to Allegan 25-19, 25-21. In the power pool, Hastings beat Gobles 25-22, 25-13 and fell to Delton Kellogg 26-24, 25-10. Slaughter said her girls did a good job of playing as a team, and played good against the good teams it faced throughout the tournament. Quillen led the team in kills with 24, while Osterink had 22. Goggins finished with 57 assists. Ally Owen had eight aces.

by Brett Bremer Sports Editor Only one stat mattered to Maple Valley varsity volleyball coach Sarah Carpenter Thursday, $1,040. That was the take from the gate during Monday’s Pink-Out game against Hastings at Maple Valley High School, which will go to Relay for Life team Angel Wings, and eventually to the American Cancer Society. Hastings head coach Val Slaughter reported Tuesday that over $1,900 was raised at the event once T-shirt sales and raffle ticket proceeds were included. Carpenter and Slaughter began planning the event while seeing each other at the annual Relay for Life event in Hastings. Slaughter has participated with a group that includes members of the HYAA, while Carpenter has included her volleyball team in the fundraising and the walk with her mother-in-law Sandy Carpenter’s team Angel Wings for the past four years. The Lions also hold a garage sale and a car wash during the year to help raise funds for the team. “It was a night about fundraising and a benefit,” Carpenter said. “It wasn’t really about volleyball. I played every single one on my

The Saxon defense passed the ball well. Nikki Redman had a team-high 21 digs for the day, while Taylor Warner had 18 and Becky Barnard had 12. Bosma had a good day too, finishing with 14 blocks and 11 assists. The Lions saw one of the toughest attacks they’ve seen all year and didn’t back down Wednesday. Maple Valley fell 3-1 to Schoolcraft in Kalamazoo Valley Association action by the scores of 25-9, 25-9, 21-25, 259. “These girls did not give up – they continued to fight and believe in themselves,” said Maple Valley Carpenter. “Schoolcraft is a very good team – running a fast tempo offense the best we have seen all season. I am proud of this team and their attitudes tonight.” Hadley Joppie led the Lions with eight kills and Olivia Ricketts chipped in five. Courtney Walker and Timara Burd had nine digs each. Marissa Pierce led the Lions at the service line with two aces.

Hastings’ Rachel Quillen dives down in front of teammate Nicole Redman to try and pass a Lion serve during Monday’s Pink-Out game at Maple Valley High School. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

The Saxons’ Ally Owen hits an attack against Maple Valley Monday evening. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

bench. Hastings is always a great program. It is what it is. “Before the game, we talked to the girls about remembering why we’re here. There are the survivors and we’re here to raise money to find a cure. We do that garage sale and we do the car wash. We actually walk, and yes it is fun and yes we have a good time, but we’re trying to give back to this world that we live in.” The Lions’ rowdy student section, that was nearly entirely dressed or painted in pink, was happy to cheer for its team to come out with the win. Football and cheerleading teams let their athletes out of practice early to join in the festivities. The Lions did come up a bit short on the court though, falling 25-17, 2624, 25-14 to the Saxons. Both teams wore pink T-shirts, in slightly different shades of pink. The Lions’ shirts were designed by coach Carpenter’s daughter. The teams are looking forward to making it an annual event, whether or not it is always hosted by the Lions or if it alternates between the two schools. “I love it,” Slaughter said. “(Coach Carpenter) said we’re going to do it every year. Good. I love it. Hopefully (athletic director Mike) Goggins is okay with that. I

told him we’re in.” The Saxons were a bit better at passing the pink and white volleyball around than the Lions Monday, and took advantage of a strong service game. Slaughter said that serving has been one of her team’s strengths all season long. Sophomore setter Erin Goggins had eight aces as well as 15 assists. “We have a few girls that are jump serving and they’re doing very good at it,” Slaughter said, “very consistent for the most part and hitting it hard.” Hastings got a big night from Corrie Osterink, who had ten kills and two blocks. Grace Bosma added five kills and Rachel Quillen four. Slaugther was happy with the way her girls were swinging when they were attacking at the net, and with a nice back-row attack from Taylor Warner. Carpenter did say her team needs to work on its passing, especially keeping sets close to the net for attackers to hit. Loisa Larino had one of her best games of the season for the Lions, and freshman Taylor Medina stepped up and did well at setter in her first varsity action of the season. Hastings is back in action today hosting a conference quad, where it will take on Catholic Central and Ottawa Hills. Tuesday

The Saxons’ Corrie Osterink tips the ball over Maple Valley’s Loisa Larino during the first set of their contest at Maple Valley High School Monday. (Photo by Brett Bremer)


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Saxons score seventh straight win over TK boys by Brett Bremer Sports Editor Hastings’ win in Middleville Friday night puts the Saxons in the playoffs for the fifth time in six years. Grand Rapids Catholic Central is in the playoffs with seven wins after topping South Christian Friday. Caledoina is in the playoffs after beating Forest Hills Central Friday. South Christian, Byron Center and Hamilton need two wins each to get to six wins and to get guarenteed spots in the state’s postseason tournament. Thornapple Kellogg’s opponents have a combined record of 34-15 so far this season. In other words, it’s been a tough schedule for the Trojans. Thornapple Kellogg’s varsity football team fell to 1-5 with a 37-7 loss to Hastings inside Bob White Stadium Friday. The Trojans are now 0-3 in the O-K Gold Conference. “It’s been tough,” said Thornapple Kellogg head coach Chad Ruger. “Any time you have

The Saxons’ Miguel Arjona (28) makes sure a pass to Thornapple Kellogg’s Dan Dykstra falls incomplete during the fourth quarter Friday. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

a season like this where the guys believe they can do more than what they’ve done and they’re capable of more then it’s painful. And the investment these guys make throughout the year, it’s painful. It’s just the way that it is. Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t.” The Saxons have now won seven straight against the Trojans. They are 5-1 on the year and 3-0 in the league. Hastings has some of its toughest tests ahead, hosting Grand Rapids Catholic Central this Friday and then going to Byron Center to take on South Christian in week nine. TK stopped the Saxons’ first drive of the game, them marched down the field to take a 7-0 first quarter lead on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Grant Allison to Nate Stahl and Aaron Ordway’s extra-point kick. With the help of a short field though, Hastings scored 22 unanswered points to close out the half. The Saxons tacked on a quick TD drive early in the third quarter, then ran out the clock with two more long drives. “I think we just settled in. I think we came out a little flat to be perfectly honest,” said Hastings head coach Fred Rademacher. “That’s a good football team over there. They’re much better than their record indicates.” “You look at the schedule they play. We’ve played two teams with winning records and we lost to one of them. I think now five teams they’ve played are in the playoffs, or are going to be in the playoffs. So, their record is not any indication of the talent on that team.” Hastings showed off some talent on the offensive line, gaining 352 yards on the ground. Stephen Shaffer rushed 26 times for 108 yards and Jason Slaughter added 16 rushes for 105 yards. The Saxons also had Logan Clements step up big in their backfield. He rushed 11 times for 62 yards. “They have got a nice offensive line. They push. We didn’t get much push up front ourselves,” Ruger said. “If you have to give the line of scrimmage to somebody, for them offensively they won it and for them defensively they won it.” Hastings answered TK’s opening touchdown with a 14-play, 80-yard drive that took five minutes and ended in a 5-yard touchdown run by Shaffer. The two-point run was

Hastings’ Mitchel Brooks chases after Thornapple Kellogg running back Dan Dykstra during a play in the first quarter Friday night at Bob White Stadium in Middleville. (Photo by Brett Bremer) no good and TK still led by one, 7-6. That’s when the Trojans’ troubles started to creep up. Penalties stalled the ensuing TK drive. Punter Aaron Ordway had the option of trying to run for a first down on fourth-andnine from the Trojans’ own 27-yard line and came up a couple yards short, giving Hastings the ball at the TK 32. Seven plays later Hastings quarterback Chase Huisman snuck in to the end zone from a yard out. Shaffer added the two-point run for a 14-7 Hastings lead. On TK’s next drive, the Trojans faced a fourth-and-one at their own 43-yard line and came up just short on a run by CJ Bronkema. With less than half the field in front of it again, Hastings moved 44 yards in eight plays, getting a 1-yard TD run by Shaffer and a two-point run from Huisman to go up 22-7.

Hastings pushed its lead to 30-7 with an 8yard touchdown run by Slaughter and a twopoint run by Kenny Cross on its first possession of the second half. The Saxons only had the ball two other times in the second half. The next drive used up almost five minutes with 11 plays before the team’s only punt of the game. The final drive took just over eight minutes to cover 48 yards, and ended in a 25-yard touchdown run by Mike Mansfield on a fourth-and-17 play. Nate Pewoski then tacked on the extra-point. The Trojan offense got into Hastings territory just twice after the opening touchdown. TK had 172 yards of offense, 131 yards on the ground and 41 yards passing. Allison wsa 3-of-8 for 41 yards. Aaron Ordway had six rushes for 31 yards for TK. Allison rushed four times for 29 yrds.

Hastings’ Stephen Shaffer plows through the Trojan defense during a 1yard touchdown during Friday night’s OK Gold Conference contest in Middleville. (Photo by Brett Bremer) Peter Westra had 14 tackles to led the TK defense, while Ben Jazwinski added 13 and Gabe Space ten. Hastings got seven tackles from Michael Eastman and five from Eric Hart. While those two seniors led the way, Rademacher said he’s been very pleased with his juniors as well, with nine juniors out on the field for some big plays at times. “We’ve got a lot of guys who are stepping up who have really matured and become varsity football players over the course of this year. That’s good to see,” said Rademacher. Juniors Miguel Arjona, Mitchel Brooks and James Lee had four tackles each.

Lions better, but Delton earns another shutout by Brett Bremer Sports Editor Improvements didn’t show up on the scoreboard for the Lions, but they showed up on the field in Delton. Delton Kellogg’s varsity boys’ soccer team topped Maple Valley 5-0 in the second round of the Kalamazoo Valley Association (KVA) Tournament Wednesday. Two and a half weeks ago when the teams met for their KVA regular season contest, the host Panthers scored a 3-0 victory. “Scorewise I think it was a step backwards but we played better than we did last time,” said Maple Valley head coach Andy Roush. “We moved to get open for passes a lot better. The passes were there the first time, we just weren’t moving for them. We were doing a lot of ball watching, and we definitely improved that. We strung some passes together.” It’s been a gradual improvement throughout the course of the season for the young Lion team which includes as many freshmen and sophomores as it does seniors. Roush was especially pleased with the way sophomores Lucas Robles and Samuel Bonney were able to move the ball through the middle of the field. “They’re starting to come together. They’re starting to think soccer, they’re not just playing, they’re thinking it a little better,” Roush said. Senior defender Robbie Welch and senior goalkeeper James Burd did their best to keep the score as close as they could. Burd did have some trouble though corralling a wet, slippery ball throughout the evening though.

“Get it outside take it up and then put it in the middle and then they’ll be open for a pass. We definitely saw that.” Delton Kellogg closed out the KVA Tournament with a sixth-place finish, falling 3-2 to visiting Galesburg-Augusta Monday. Kyle Hoyt scored the only goal of the second half, breaking a 2-2 tie to get the Rams the victory. Josh Saggio put his Galesburg-Augusta team up early on, scoring in the second minute Round 3 KVA tournament. The score went back and forth from there. Brandon Robbins knotted the score for the

Panthers midway through the half, but 15 minutes later Andy Gregg put the Rams back on top with a goal. Delton managed to even things up before the half, with Mark Ordway scoring a minute and a half before the break. In between those two conference contests the Panthers scored a 3-0 non-conference win over Comstock Thursday in Delton. Logan Hansen scored midway through the first half, then Ordway and Robbins added goals in the second. The Panthers outshot the Colts 16-4 in the contest. Delton Kellogg is now 5-10-1 overall this season.

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Delton Kellogg’s Logan Hansen (21) carries the ball past ample Valley defender Nils Wulf and into the box during the first half of Wednesday’s KVA Tournament game in Delton. (Photo by Brett Bremer) Delton scored three of its goals by putting in rebounds off of the Lion keeper. “We did well today with passing and crashing the net. I think more than half our goals came from the second attempt getting in there, which is something we’ve been work-

Delton Kellogg’s Mark Ordway (7) finds enough space next to Maple Valley defender Robbie Welch to fire a shot off during Wednesday’s KVA Tournament contest in Delton. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

ing on a lot lately,” said Delton Kellogg head coach Alan Mabie. Roush would like to see his team get betting at limiting opponent’s momentum. The game went from 0-0 to 3-0 in less than three minutes in the middle of the first half. Delton Kellogg got its first goal in the 18th minute, as Evan Curtice took a corner kick from teammate Cole Mabie and knocked it into the corner of the net. In the 19th minute, Delton Kellogg’s Lucas Hansen sent a shot skipping towards the net from about 20 yards out. The rebound got away from Burd and Delton’s Keith Malachowski was there to put it in. Then in the 20th minute, Malachowski and Hansen broke through the center of the Maple Valley defense with Hansen putting the final touch past Burd. “Once that first one goes in you’ve got to shut that door and lock them down. We’ll progress. We’ll learn how to do that,” Roush said. The score stayed that way until the 63rd minute when Burd deflected a couple of close in shots by the Panthers before Hansen finally put a third by him. The Panthers closed the scoring with Tucker Onderlinde scoring his first goal, knocking it away from Burd in a crowd in front of the Lion goal. Delton showed some growth as the game went on, relying a little less on trying to penetrate through the center of the Lion defense and working the ball from the outsides in. “We talked about that at half because out outsides were so wide open,” Mabie said.

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TK/Hastings girls win a dozen events in victory over Fremont The Thornapple Kellogg/Hastings girls’ swimming and diving team is striving for another unbeaten season. The Trojans improved to 7-0 in duals on the season with a 101-70 victory over visiting Fremont Tuesday evening in Hastings. The TK/Hastings girls won every event, starting with a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard medley relay and a sweep of the top three scoring places in the 200-yard freestyle. The TK/Hastings team of Kayla Strumberger, Alexa Schipper, Hannah Bashore and Kayla Kroells won the 200yard medley relay in 1:58.01, with their teammates Marissa Swanson, McKayla Sheldon, Lauren Ricketts and Kourtney

Dobbin second in 2:16.66. TK/Hastings then had the trio of Jennifer Tuokkola, Katie Beauchamp and Kaitlyn Telfor finish 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle. Tuokkola was first to touch the wall, in 2:21.34. TK/Hastings also had the top three divers. Brieanna Sheldon won with a score of 170.60. Raelee Olson was second at 143.95 and Christian Stayton third at 134.90. The other wins were spread out amongst the TK/Hastings swimmers. Libby Betcher was the only one to take two individual events, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1:16.58 and the 100-yard freestyle in 1:03.19.

Delton girls perfect in KVA with two matches remaining

Emma Anderson took the 200-yard individual medley in 2:37.85 and Dobbin won the 50-yard freestyle in 28.50. After the diving competition, Bashore won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.93, Schipper the 500-yard freestyle in 5:57.40 and Strumberger the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08.03. In the two freestyle relays, the 200 was won by Kroells, Beauchamp, Katy Garber and Schipper in 1:52.89 and the 400 was won by Bashore, Swanson, Strumberger and Kroells in 4:12.59. The TK/Hastings girls swim at Grand Rapids Union tonight looking to improve to 8-0.

TK spikers score wins over Saxons, will meet again soon Thornapple Kellogg’s varsity volleyball team improved to 30-7-2 overall this season and 3-2 in the O-K Gold Conference with a 30 win over visiting Hastings Thursday. The Trojans won by the scores of 25-10, 25-12, 25-16. “The whole team contributed to the win and it was a great night for the girls,” said Thornapple Kellogg head coach Patty Pohl. Sydney LeMay and Jessica Ziccarello had 11 kills each to lead the Trojan attack. TK setter Alaina Pohl had 33 assists as well as 15 digs. Molly Lark chipped in ten digs and three aces. Erin Scheidel had ten digs too. Jessica Morgan played well for TK, finishing with six kills and a team-high 16 digs. Hastings had three players with three kills each, Corrie Osterink, Christine Maurer and Ali Owen. Setter Erin Goggins had seven assists and two aces. The Trojans and Saxons are seeing a lot of each other during this stretch of the season. Both teams took part in the Hopkins Invitational, which the Trojans won Saturday. Both teams will also be in Hastings this Thursday for the first O-K Gold Conference Quad of the season, but they won’t face each other on the court. They’ll both play contests against Ottawa Hills and Grand Rapids Catholic Central. The two teams will meet for their second head-to-head match up in league play in Hastings Tuesday. The Trojans were 7-0 Saturday at Hopkins, knocking off Covenant Christian 22-25, 2515, 15-7 in the championship match. “It was another great team effort today,” said coach Pohl. Lark, Crystal Smith, and Sydney Krol played well defensively, tallying 74, 40, and 31 digs respectively. Lark also had ten aces

while Krol had nine. Alaina Pohl set well, finishing with 159 assists to go along with 35 digs and 12 blocks. LeMay had 60 kills and 22 blocks, while Nicole Schondelmayer had 28 kills and 14

blocks. Ziccarello had 43 kills and Paige Eyk added 24 kills. TK reached the finals with a 25-17, 25-15 win over the Saxons in the semifinals. TK’s overall record improved to 37-7-2.

DK girls third at jamboree to hold onto second in KVA Delton Kellogg’s girls were third last week at Gilmore Classic Car Museum, but they still have a hold of second place in the Kalamazoo Valley Association. Hackett Catholic Central’s varsity girls’ cross country team won the Oct. 2 KVA Jamboree which the Panthers hosted with 60 points to stay in first place in the overall league standings. Schoolcraft edged the Delton girls 94-102 for the second spot, with Olivet’s girls a close fourth with 103 points. Pennfield was fifth with 127 points, followed by Kalamazoo Christian 129, Parchment 171, Maple Valley 187, Galesburg-Augusta 214 and Constantine 221. Pennfield’s Audrianna Bornamann was first in 19 minutes 18 seconds, and Kalamazoo Christian’s Kate McLain second in 19:42. Hackett had five runners in the top 18 to win the girls’ race, led by Lucy Ankenbauer’s fourth-place time of 20:00.2. Maple Valley’s Jessica Rushford leaned ahead of her at the finish line for third place, finishing in 20:00.1. Delton Kellogg was led by Christi Boze who was sixth in 20:38. The Panthers also had Sarah Rendon tenth in 21:27, Marcie Stevens 21st in 22:44, Megan Grimes 28th in

22:59 and Sammi Cleary 37th in 23:33. The Lion team also had Hannah Kyle 36th in 23:30, Lamance 46th in 24:30, McGlocklin 50th in 24:42 and Elizabeth Wetzel 52nd in 24:57. Schoolcraft took the boys’ title on the day with 46 points to stay in first place in the league. Hackett Catholic Central was second with 60 points followed by Kalamazoo Christian 74, Maple Valley 82, Constantine 110, Parchment 182, Delton Kellogg 195, Olivet 201, Pennfield 249 and GalesburgAugusta NTS. The Lions had their top five all among the top 21 runners. Kyle Brumm again led the team, placing tenth in 17:48. Andrew Brighton was 13th in 18:09, Austin Rood 18th in 18:20, Micah Bromley 20th in 18:24 and Sam Benedict 21st in 18:30. Schoolcraft’s Zach Wehner was the day’s champion, finishing in 16:06. Christian’s Doug Hollett was second in 16:16, and third went to Michael Meyers from Hackett who came in at 16:56. Delton Kellogg had Jarryd Calhoun sixth in 17:30, Dylan Kelly 43rd in 20:25, Alex Stevens 44th in 20:36, Brock Mueller 49th in 21:04 and Austin Tamez 53rd in 21:31

Delton Kellogg’s Kanoelani Chaffee (left) and Alisha Vanderwoude go up to try and slow down a Fighting Irish attacker during their team’s 3-0 win over Hackett at Delton Kellogg High School Wednesday evening. (Photo by Perry Hardin)

Delton Kellogg’s Rachel Parker goes down to pass the ball during Wednesday’s KVA contest with Hackett Catholic Central. (Photo by Perry Hardin) Delton Kellogg’s varsity volleyball team improved its Kalamazoo Valley Association record to 6-0 with a 3-0 win over visiting Hackett Catholic Central Wednesday. The Panthers were scheduled to take on

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Olivet on the road last night and will finish off the league matches with their two toughest tests of the KVA season. Delton hosts Schoolcraft Wednesday, then will be at Pennfield Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Delton girls took care of business against the Fighting Irish, winning 25-17, 2512, 25-15. Alisha Vanderwoude led the Delton Kellogg attack with 13 kills. She also had six blocks and four aces. Freshman Hannah Walker came on to add four aces as well. Kanoe Chaffee set up 14 assists on the night. Rachel Parker had a team-high six digs. Catherine Harding had 12 assists for the Fighting Irish. Delton Kellogg followed that up with a trip to Hopkins’ Switek Memorial Volleyball Tournament Saturday. The Panthers reached the tournament semifinals, where they fell to Covenant Christian. Thornapple Kellogg then knocked off Covenant Christian 22-25, 25-15, 15-7 to win the tournament championship.

HYAA Football The Hastings eighth grade Gold football team improved its record to 4-1 on the season Saturday, defeating Comstock Colts 34-26. The game featured four lead changes with the Saxons each time responding to Comstock touchdowns. Running back Billy Smith had three rushing touchdowns on 23 carries for 167 total yards for Hastings. Running backs Devin Planck and Ethan Hart each scored touchdowns with Planck finishing with 105 yards on 15 carries. Quarterback Calvin Cappon added 67 yards rushing on six carries and twelve yards passing. The Saxon offensive line led by guard Danny Koneska and center Trevor Ryan led the rushing attack for 372 total yards on 51 carries. Defensively, the Saxons created three turnovers, two in the fourth quarter and were led by inside linebacker Derek High’s and outside linebacker Ethan Hart’s five tackles each. Corner Skyler Brower added five tackles and had one fumble recovery. Corner Sam Dakin finished with three tackles, including a key fourth quarter tackle on a Comstock QB sweep.

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