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Occupy Ypsi hosts first general assembly By Krista Gjestland Heritage Media

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More than 35 Ypsilanti-area residents gathered at Community Records Saturday for the first Occupy Ypsilanti general assembly.

More than 35 Ypsilanti residents gathered Saturday at Community Records for Occupy Ypsilanti’s first general assembly. The general assembly was the first time the group met since its first teach-in last month. The Occupiers gathered to begin setting goals for what they want to achieve in Ypsilanti. In various forms, the group decided they want to focus on urban agriculture, community outreach, education, health care, foreclosure and homelessness and form smaller working groups to

tackle these issues. How they are going to tackle these issues remains uncertain, however. The Rev. JoAnn Kennedy Slater, who serves as pastor at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, which houses Community Records, wanted to be sure the group doesn’t tread on some of the work that’s already being done in Ypsi, such as Ozone House, Food Gatherers and SOS. “We don’t need to invent the wheel, we just kinda need to help push it,” she said. “I just hope we can help what’s already out there.” PLEASE SEE OCCUPY/3-A

Committee has big plans for 2012 By Sean Dalton Heritage Media

With a full calendar year at their back, Ypsilanti’s Non-Motorized Advisory Committee has big plans for 2012. The committee, formed in late 2009 by the city’s planning commission, outlined nearly two dozen potential priorities for its 2012 business year. The adoption of the Complete Streets ordinance last September and the ongoing Border-to-Border Trail have been big victories, but the committee is looking to help enhance those achievements. In the case of Complete

Streets, roads that undergo reconstruction are enhanced with features such as sharrows (indicating shared bicycle-car lanes), signage indicating non-motorized compliance, and mid-block pedestrian crossings. NMAC Chairman Bob Krzewinski said that the addition of sharrows and signage on Michigan Avenue were a great start, but some of the $5,000 federal grant money awarded for adopting the ordinance should be used to enhance Cross Street near the intersection with Huron Street leading into Depot Town. “The biggest problem I see is west of Huron by

the fire museum. People are going west on Cross Street and … they’ve got the straight-ahead lane and the turn lane and people leaving that intersection keep going straight, right into the bicycle lane,” Krzewinski said. “The standard bike lane is 5 feet and this one is 10, which is what the problem could be –- motorists assuming that it’s their lane based on width.” Many of the NMAC and the city of Ypsilanti’s governing bodies in general are concerned about addressing public awareness and education so nonmotorized road-share can be a viable possibility – one

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Trustees Gregory Myers and Bobby Stevens took the oath of office at the first Willow Run Board of Education meeting of 2012, and board members unanimously re-elected their four officers. “I’m very looking forward to this year, to keep pressing forward and to become a better board and a better district,” said President Don Garrett. “Thank you for allowing


me to be your president again,” he said. Garrett individually acknowledged each of his fellow officers and Superintendent Laura Lisiscki, for all the work they do. “I was a conference two years ago and they said, ‘Can you see trust?’” he said. “And I can actually see trust on this, because every position that we nominated is only one person and it was a 7-0 vote. So that speaks a lot.” Lisiscki and board mem-

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bers also previewed the district’s involvement in a couple of collaborations beginning this year. Secretary Mark Wilde discussed the formation of a new county-wide organization to address legislative issues. “There’s a consortium being built right now… called the Washtenaw Education Alliance,” Wilde said. The group plans to meet once per month, and involve schools from all of the county’s districts.


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“The 11 districts are agreeing to meet…for the purpose of talking to our legislators and letting them know what we, as the public schools in Washtenaw County, feel, either for or against some of the legislation that’s coming up,” Wilde said. Each district will have three representatives, but only one vote in decisions. “It’s in the early development stages right now,” Wilde said, “Its intent is to represent what the county wants.”


Wilde said he would pass along more information when it is made available. These meetings will be different from the periodic meetings already in practice, when legislators visit with board members, he said. “It’s totally separate,” Wilde said. “Those legislative breakfasts will continue to happen, “he said. “This will also help on focus what we want to discuss at those meetings.” PLEASE SEE BOARD/3-A

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Before the Michigan House passed Senate Bill 618, which will lift all caps on charter school expansion by 2015, the Republican delegation fought for, and won, the creation of a bipartisan, bicameral working group tasked with making quality recommendations for both

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traditional public and charter schools. Signed last month by Gov. Rick Snyder, Senate Bill 618 has become Public Act 277 of 2011. During the debate on SB 618, House Democrats proposed a number of amendments concerning the quality and the stability of charter schools. Republicans rejected all of them, but passed several amendments that acknowledged the quality concerns regarding charter schools. One of those amendments created a bicameral, bipartisan Workgroup on School Quality. The workgroup’s mission, starting when the Legislature returns in January and continuing until it sunsets in late March, is to pass down “measures to be taken to improve educational quality in all public schools for all pupils,” which includes charter schools, or public school academies as they are also known. Charter schools can receive a maximum foundation allowance of $7,110 per-pupil from the state. Washtenaw County will have a voice on the workgroup in Rep. David Rutledge, a Democrat who represents Ypsilanti. In addition to serving on the House Education Committee, Rutledge was

Republican from Marshall, near the end of the legislative season and was “quite surprised” by the opportunity. Rutledge is still in his first term. Rutledge declined to delve into specific goals or talking points because he wants to enter the committee’s work with an open mind. “If people think I have

group. Pavlov also chairs the Senate Education Committee. The workgroup is more bicameral than bipartisan. While the seats are divided 50-50 between House and Senate, only two of the eight seats on the committee, those of Rutledge in the House and Hopgood in the Senate, are held by Democrats. Rutledge isn’t concerned with labels or party affiliations. “Some things ought to be apolitical,” Rutledge said. “Education should be one of them.” Rutledge said he was approached by Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, a



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State Rep. David Rutledge of Ypsilanti is among eight members of the Workgroup on School Quality, which will report back school quality recommendations by March 30. a trustee of Washtenaw Community College when it founded its own charter school, Washtenaw Technical Middle College, which opened in fall 1997. There are four members of each chamber of the Legislature on the workgroup. On the House side, Rutledge will join Republicans Bill Rogers of Brighton, Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake, and Ken Yonker of Caledonia. On the Senate side, Democrat Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor joins Republicans Bruce Caswell of Hillsdale, Patrick Colbeck of Canton and Phil Pavlov of St. Clair, who will chair the work-

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Representatives from all 11 districts would have to sign any statements agreed upon by the consortium, Wilde said. “It’s in the beginning phases, and it’s going to be entertaining…when we finally get things worked out,” he said. School officials also provided a brief update on a proposed cooperative transportation agreement between Ypsilanti and Willow Run Schools. Progress is being made at the Willow Run Collaboration Communication Task Force meetings, board members said. “Both boards of education are going to give a little update,” Lisiscki said. “We are going to be having, actually next week, some consultants come out and survey the facility,” she said. “We’ll just make sure that the staff…is aware that there will be consultants or surveyors poking around,” Lisiscki said. Trustee Myers said things are moving forward and the meetings are efficient. “I think that the taskforce has done a good job at brainstorming and really discussing the possibility that the two districts will combine services for transportation,” he said. Vice President Kristine

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Slater said the work done by these groups shouldn’t be overlooked, and though they have restrictions Occupy Ypsi should work them with. “I know they all struggle,” she said. “They are good people doing good work struggling. I wouldn’t want to dismiss any of their efforts or any of their humanity.” Ypsilanti resident Max Abuelsamid, 16, agreed with Slater, saying that working cooperatively with other organizations in order to be successful. “I feel that we really need to build relations with as many other friendly groups and just groups in general as possible,” he said. “We are just one small group; we cannot change the whole system. We need to build relationships with other groups so that we can start gaining power and start disseminating knowledge and start bringing more people into this group and similar groups so that we can change.” University of Toledo professor Peter Linebaugh said he believes the movement should push toward destroying what they believe to be corrupt groups, like Wall Street, through foraging ahead and creating new systems instead of old. “I would like this spirit of righteousness in all of our small groups, and not to forget there are big groups that we are trying to destroy,” he said. Occupier Nathaniel Romero agreed with both sides, saying moving forward successfully would require the group to walk a fine line. “On the one hand we want to be independent from these corrupt structures and it seems like building is a good way of doing it,” he said. “We build our own communities and institutions to render these destructive, violent, corrupt ones redundant. We are walking this very fine line. We want to build community and build solidarity with the people who have common goals and common values who are in our community.” Occupy Ypsilanti will meet again at Community Records at 3 p.m. Jan. 14 to continue their discussion of how to successfully move forward with their goals. For more information on Occupy Ypsi, visit, or follow them on Twitter @OccupyYpsilanti. Krista can be reached at, 734-429-7380 or on Twitter @kgjestland. Text HERNews and HERWeather to 22700 to receive news and weather alerts to your cellphone. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.

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Volunteers needed for watershed project By Amy Bell

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he Huron River Watershed Council is looking for volunteers to help with a project designed to survey the health of the watershed. Volunteers are needed to assist with the organization’s annual Winter Stonefly Search, set to take place at 10:30 a.m. and again at noon Jan. 28, beginning at the Huron River Watershed Council’s building, 1100 N. Main St,, Ann Arbor. Stoneflies are used to determine the health of the watershed as the insects are extremely sensitive to change in habitat and pollution levels. Jason Frenzel, stewardship coordinator with the watershed, said it’s a family-friendly event and those who come should remember to dress for the weather, taking into account they may be outdoors for a few hours. “It’s a good afternoon of being outside, traveling around the watershed and learning something about the Huron River,” he said. Between 150 and 170 volunteers are needed to participate in the event, which encompasses 60 sites within the rivershed. The organization began conducting similar studies, which are held throughout the year, on other insects 20 years ago. Volunteers will travel to two different sites -- one

Volunteers search for stoneflies at the Huron River Watershed Council’s annual Winter Stonefly Search, which is set for 10:30 a.m. and noon Jan. 28.

that has been slightly impacted by erosion or development and another that is more severely impacted. While at the site, a trained volunteer will wade into the stream and remove debris with a net. The volunteers will search through the debris for the stoneflies. If the stream is frozen, volunteers will have equipment to cut into the ice. However, the areas the participants will visit are on quickly flowing streams, which tend not to freeze as readily in the winter, he said.

First-time volunteers should fill out a basicinformation form found at registration-for-first-timevolunteers and registration form at Returning volunteers can fill out the registration form at http://www.hrwc. org/volunteer/stonefly/ stonefly-survey-registration/. Registration deadline is Jan. 20. For more information, contact Frenzel at or visit Staff Writer Amy Bell can be reached at 429-7380 or Text HERNews and HERWeather to 22700 to receive news and weather alerts to your cellphone. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.

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Affordable Care Act helping students get insured By Amy Bell

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Approximately 600,000 more young adults now have health coverage in the Midwest, which includes Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas and Nebraska, according to Know Your Care. “This is one of the biggest factors that shows the Affordable Care Act is working,” said Lonnie Scott, communications manager for Know Your Care, a non-profit organization designed to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act. “We’re seeing a dramatic increase all across the country.” The Affordable Care Act allows young adults to stay on their parents’ coverage until age 26, which has resulted in 2.5 million young adults throughout the United States gaining

coverage, he said. The measure went into effect Sept. 23, but health plans were not required to adopt it until the following plan year, which for many began in January. Gavin Thole, 21, is one of those young adults. The University of Michigan senior said if it weren’t for him being able to stay on his mother’s insurance policy, he would have had to ask his parents for the money to pay for his medical treatment. Thole needs physical therapy to treat the back pain he’s been dealing with since high school. In the past, young adults didn’t have the option for coverage on their parents’ insurance policy. Opposition to the provision includes some business owners who don’t want to spend more money insuring young adults who don’t live at home or are married.

Gavin Thole is eligible for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. In addition, many don’t agree with the provision requiring the purchase of health insurance, thinking the government is overstepping its bounds. Scott said many young

adults had to forego taking a first job out of college or internship needed to break into the workforce because it didn’t offer health insurance. Instead, many purchased expensive coverage

or just took their chances on getting sick because they couldn’t afford it. As students coming right out of college, there are limited jobs available, especially in Michigan. By having health insurance coverage, it takes away the uncertainty, which could lead young adults to start their own business or be able to work in a small business where insurance is not offered, he said. Scott said the Affordable Care Act also helps keep the young people in our state who are talented and bright, help us in economic revitalization. “It’s more than just insurance, it’s about improving the economy and giving young people the opportunity to create jobs and take jobs normally they wouldn’t be able to in order to help us grow our economy,” he said. Scott said the Affordable Care Act is a way to switch

the system from “sick care” to “health care.” Currently, the system is focused on the sick when it should be focused on preventative services. The Affordable Care Act will also help to decrease health care expenses for everyone else, he said. Because more people will have health insurance, they will have additional access to doctors, he said. If less people visit emergency rooms, which have more expensive care that many cannot afford, fewer expenses will be passed onto those who do have health insurance, Scott said. Staff Writer Amy Bell can be reached at 429-7380 or Text HERNews and HERWeather to 22700 to receive news and weather alerts to your cellphone. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.

Couple purchase State Street Stucchi’s in Ann Arbor By Christy Vander Haagen Special Writer

Stucchi’s of Dexter owners Jim and Sarah Seta are now the proud new owners of their second Stucchi’s franchise, located at 302 S. State St. in Ann Arbor for the past 25 years. The Setas purchased the Ann Arbor store just recently. The space was in dire need of a makeover, which is currently under way, Jim Seta said. “The renovation is in process and will be done by the end of January,” he said. All of the store’s old, dim lighting has been replaced, which, Jim Seta said, makes the space much more inviting and cheery. The couple installed a 3-by25-foot chalkboard on the walls where customers are

invited to doodle, draw and write. The Setas commissioned local artist and sign maker Zeke Mallory to create an original and beautiful mural on the walls of their new store. The 13-by-7-foot tall mural, Jim Seta said, is going to be a beautiful depiction of life in Ann Arbor, including prominent Ann Arbor landmarks, Michigan Stadium, hot air balloons and an abundance of people enjoying ice cream. “This mural is going to be absolutely phenomenal,” Seta said. Mallory is best known in Dexter for the train mural at Stucchi’s, as well as several murals at Hackney Hardware. Stucchi’s on State Street will have a more diverse menu, including 32 flavors

of hand-dipped ice cream and frozen yogurts, as well as parfaits, sundaes, shakes and many other sweet snacks and goodies. The new store also will have the signature sprinkle station Dexter residents have enjoyed since 2007. Customers also soon may be able to enjoy coffee at Stucchi’s of Ann Arbor but, for now, Seta said they are concentrating on making sure the store’s renovations are completed with minimal interruptions. “Our primary focus is to make our customers happy,” Jim Seta said. “We will continue to expand our product menu. “This is going to be the place to be in Ann Arbor (for ice cream).” The State Street Stucchi’s will be open 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. during January and February.

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SUPERIOR TWP BRIEFS Three home invasions reported on New Year’s Day A Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation 3 were reported stolen the evening of Jan. 1 from a residence in the 1300 block of Congress Street in Ypsilanti Township. The theft is believed to have occurred sometime within the previous two days. Two Nintendo game consoles including a Wii were stolen from a residence in the 1200 block of Stamford Road in Superior Township. This home invasion is also believed to have occurred within the previous 48 hours. The residence was entered through a ground floor window. A kitchen stove, Sony TV, and a Microsoft Xbox were stolen from a house



to capitalize on. Some of the 2012 priority targets include the creation of a non-motorized page on the city’s website. Krzewinski said that in the coming weeks as Ypsilanti city government rolls out a new website design, a Non-Motorized Advisory Committee page disseminating information on nonmotorized transportation will be a goal. The Non-Motorized Advisory Committee will also study information through property tax statements and water bills, creating a bicycling and walking material collection at the Ypsilanti library with a prominent display, and creating a bicycling map so the growing population of cyclists knows which roads are accommodating so they can plan safe and effective routes through town. A map similar to the one in the Border-to-Border Trail brochure published by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission throughout the county would focus entirely on Ypsilanti and have detailed, color-coded ratings for every boulevard with different colors indicating varying levels of suitability for bicyclists and pedestrians. Ypsilanti DDA liaison Kevin Hill said that a map and several other goals would be difficult to achieve without more public involvement in the committee. “Putting a map together is not a huge expenditure. The problem right now is that we don’t have that synergy yet where there’s more than a couple of people dedicated (to the task).” Krzewinski suggested using the map to promote Ypsilanti bike shops and garnering support for the map project as a promotional tool to gather support and disseminate it to the public. “We have a lot of good things established and laid out already … it wouldn’t take a lot of time for someone who is into this topic to get involved,” Hall said, while on the topic of growing public support of the NMAC effort. This Saturday the group will host a Bike Ypsi Winter Bicycling Talk at the Corner Brewery, a change from holding the talks at Ypsi Cycle, in an effort to attract more attendees. The non-motorized community in Ypsilanti has held

in the 400 block of Greenlawn Street in Ypsilanti Township. The time the theft occurred is unknown. The house was entered through an attached garage.

Three vehicles stolen Superior Township sheriff deputies are investigating the theft of two vehicles reported Friday. A 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser was stolen from the public parking lot of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti. The vehicle was found missing several days after parking it. A 1995 black Chevy Trailblazer was reported stolen from the 8000 block of Nottingham Court in Superior Township.

a number of events throughout the year to build their numbers. Hall encouraged his fellow committee members to keep plugging away during the new year. “If this didn’t exist there would be far less talk about non-motorized transportation ... to people who don’t bike or are married to the automobile, this seems strange, but all surveys indicate that what makes a community viable are hiking, biking and walkability. “Just because people haven’t bought into that yet, doesn’t mean they won’t eventually.” Krzewinski added that better marketing is a major goal for 2012. “I’m seeing more young families and strollers downtown. Surely but slowly people are starting to realize that they can walk down here … and once you get someone biking one or two times they keep doing it.” The Non-Motorized Advisory Committee’s 2012 list of priorities are as follows: ■ Assist with completion of B2B Trail from Riverside Park to Ypsilanti Township, route planning on Frog Island to EMU, and trail improvements from Frog Island and Riverside Park. ■ Create a web presence on the new Ypsilanti city webpage. ■ Push for bus stop improvements geared toward non-motorized travelers, such as maps, waiting pads and bike racks. ■ A library book collection and prominent display at the Ypsilanti city library. ■ Information tables, events and general presence at EMU events to promote year-round bicycling in the city. ■ Promoting participation in Bike To Work Week in May as a push to grow the bicyclist community. ■ Educating students undergoing driver’s education instruction at Ypsilanti High School on bicycling and how to regard bicyclists as road partners. ■ Apply to the League of American Bicyclists as a Bike Friendly Community, which will be a year-long process in 2012 that doesn’t come to a head until 2013, but will provide feedback and guidance from LAB until that time. ■ Expand the number of bike racks in the city limits. ■ Create and promote an Adopt A Street program with the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission so the community takes owner-

ship of Ypsilanti’s aesthetic and makes it a community where walking and biking are safer and more positive experiences. ■ Start a sidewalk gap survey to gauge where pedestrians most need the sidewalks expanded. ■ Investigate the cost associated with a blue light emergency phone network so pedestrian and bicyclists have access to emergency contacts in the event of an injury or other serious situation. ■ More NMAC public

It’s believed to have been stolen sometime during the night of Jan. 5. On Jan. 2, a 2001 green Honda Civic was stolen from the 800 block of Forest Court in Ypsilanti Township. The owner discovered the theft after waking up in the morning to find it missing. Investigators were working to identify a suspect, a possible acquaintance of the owner.

Gun stolen from vehicle A Glock model 17 9mm pistol was reported stolen Sunday from inside a car in the 1000 block of Grove Road in Ypsilanti Township. The time of the theft is unknown. The owner told police the input sessions. ■ See the installation of non-motorized crossings at I-94 and revitalization of the non-motorized path from Grove to Huron Street. Sean Dalton can be reached at 734-429-7380, or on Twitter: @seankdalton. Text HERNews and HERWeather to 22700 to receive news and weather alerts to your cellphone. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.

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EDITORIAL What do you think of our mild winter, so far? A. Wish there was snow

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Life of a Giver blog: By Molly McIntire

Ozone House has right focus I’ve got a pretty nice life — clothes on my back, a loving, supportive family, and more than enough food. But as a student at a community college, I’m constantly surrounded by people who are less fortunate. Recently, it has started becoming apparent that I need to be doing something to help. I started looking around and found the Ozone House. With two locations in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, The Ozone House is a safe haven for children and teens who are abused, in an unstable home or are completely homeless. * * * What started as a seemingly endless trek down winding Ann Arbor roads, quickly turned into a day I will not soon forget. After corresponding with Ozone House’s executive director, Katie Doyle, I had the privilege to take a look into what, exactly, Ozone House does. I pulled up to the large white house on the hill and walked inside. As I stepped onto the porch, I was surprised. I expected something more clinical. But as I walked through the door, I was met with the overwhelming feeling of returning home. The front room was well lit and spacious. I signed in, and began my interview with Angela, Ozone House’s longest Crisis Line volunteer. Before anything else, Angela offered me coffee. I couldn’t get over the level of hospitality everyone was showing a total stranger. I filled my cup and started asking questions. Angela spoke of her experiences as a Crisis Line volunteer, their

four-hour shifts, and some of the calls they receive. Ozone House’s Crisis Line is open 24 hours a day, manned by volunteers ready to offer services, intervene in crisis situations, or just lend a listening ear. Crisis Line volunteers undergo extensive training three times a year, and receive about 1,200 calls annually. Angela talked about the privacy that the Crisis Line extends. Although volunteers don’t always know how the situation ends, the Ozone House is a “gateway to safety” and that “making the connection with the caller, whether a young person, school counselor, or concerned parent, lets us know they they’ll be safe.” Angela spoke of the resiliency of young people, and their families, calling it, “interesting, inspiring, and heartbreaking,” but went on to say that, “A little bit of the right help will turn them around to the point where they will help themselves. Ozone House hangs on over a long period of time; we want them safe.” At that point, she received a private call from the Crisis Line, giving me the opportunity to talk to Heather, OZone House’s development director. Heather led me to the conference room, where a huge table was still covered in donations from the holidays. It was becoming apparent that people in the community were recognizing what the Ozone House is doing, and were willing to extend a helping hand. We began talking about the history of the organization; in 1969, the Ozone House was started. People in

the Ann Arbor area started noticing a need and decided to take action. Homelessness and hunger were rampant, fueling a small group of people to turn an old frat house into a safe haven. Forty-two years later, in the same renovated frat house, the Ozone House offers more than 10 different programs, as well as two shelters. From LGBTQ support groups, hot meals, to providing teens a temporary safe place to stay, Ozone House has found a way to reach people in every situation. Throughout our interview, Heather kept mentioning the fact that Ozone House aims to reunite families. She says she was surprised at how many teens seek support because of family conflict. After taking a tour through their facility, I saw that not only are these volunteers providing a safe place, but are allowing the teens using their facilities to learn valuable life skills. Walk downstairs, and you’ll find a refrigerator full of food that the teens prepare themselves. In their dormitories are lists of nutritious meals and what it takes to prepare them. I found it interesting that the Ozone House isn’t a place where distressed teens can go to escape their problems; it’s an important tool that allows them to learn to cope with their situation, provides them the skills to provide for themselves, and offers services that will mend the situation that brought them there. With programs spanning across so many areas, I was in awe of how much this organization has been able

to do, all through donations and grants. Without charging for any of their services, Ozone House depends on donations from the community. Their major fundraiser, An Evening at the Farmers Market, allows the community to show their monetary support, while enjoying an evening out. Behind it all, however, are the volunteers. After seeing all that the Ozone House has to offer, and meeting the people who make the magic happen, a brighter future for this young generation seems more attainable. Going into this interview, I thought I already knew everything there was to know about the Ozone House. After just a short time with Angela and Heather, I can now see that my knowledge of the organization hardly scratched the surface. Ozone House is an organization run by people who have a heart for young adults. They have recognized the need in the area and are taking huge strides to help in any way possible. I feel honored to have been able to meet these two incredible women, and get a closer look into what this influential organization does. With people like the countless volunteers at the Ozone House, parents, teens, and anyone in need should feel a weight off their shoulders and begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Ozone House is there 24/7, ready to help and prepare you for the life ahead. Molly McIntire of Saline is creator of the blog “The Life of a Giver,” and a member of Heritage Media’s Community Media Lab.

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Right to Farm Act amendment deserves support


member of Detroit’s delegation to the state House of Representatives has offered an amendment to Michigan’s Right to Farm Act protecting the state’s largest cities if they choose to permit large-scale farming within their boundaries. It deserves support. The act specifically permits farming operations that would make most urban dwellers’ lives miserable, as it does to more than a few in the state’s rural areas. We expect our densely-populated cities and villages to protect us from noxious sounds, smells, dust and smoke. Farther out, amid the farms? Not so much. That can be a shock when urban folks move into the country. Powerful smells from several hundred pigs in a few sheds a mile away? Permitted. Foul odors when their manure is spread on a nearby field, enough to drive a person indoors? That’s OK. Dust raised by a tractor? No law against it. So what happens if the farm plans to move into the city? Up to now, more conflict, but on a different scale. Oak Park officials were unhappy with a resident growing crops in her front yard. Chickens are coming to roost in some back yards in the area. Detroit’s once viable residential neighborhoods, now growing meadowlands, have been eyed for commercial farming for a few years. The city’s officials have considered downsizing city services to protect its more viable neighborhoods, but not those most likely to turn into more abandoned eyesores and new meadowland. Legislation proposed by State Rep. Virgil Smith, a Detroit Democrat, and co-sponsored by Whitmore Lake Republican Joe Hune, would permit the state’s largest city to regulate farming operations. Detroit, so far, has blocked commercial farming because it would have no authority to regulate it. Strangely, to urban folks at any rate, the Michigan Farm Bureau is opposed to any change in the law. Earlier this year, the organization’s attorney said the city “should consider how the act could assist an urban farmer.” His example was that an urban loft dweller might object to use of organic compost in a community garden. That misses the point. Densely populated areas need protection from the worst nuisances we associate with modern farming, especially the noxious odors and pollution potential from, say, concentrated animal feeding operations. The proposed legislation, followed by some well-considered city ordinances, ought to do the job. —Courtesy of The Macomb Daily

Legislation proposed by State Rep. Virgil Smith, a Detroit Democrat, and cosponsored by Whitmore Lake Republican Joe Hune, would permit the state’s larest city to regulate farming operations.

Your Voice: Letters to the Editor Charter schools outperforming traditional public schools

GUEST COLUMN: By Richard Zeile

Your recent article on charter schools was very interesting. If a student in Ann Arbor attends traditional public school, the district gets $9,020, but if he chooses a charter school, they only get $7,110 for the student’s education. Why is there this difference in what a child’s educational is worth? Another fact that hasn’t But talk of performance been computed into this fails because it is unclear difference is that taxpaywhat competencies will be ers pay nothing to build a needed. Furthermore, Santorum’s charter school building, and they don’t have to buy rhetoric invites you to folbuses or hire drivers, etc. low him, while Romney’s Charter schools are outsuggests that he will performing traditional pubdo something for you; Santorum asks you to serve, lic schools; that’s why they have such long waiting lists Romney’s invites you to be to be able to attend there. served. I am on the board of Romney did close with South Arbor Academy, an appeal to our American values, quoting verses from which is run by National Heritage Academies. “America, The Beautiful.” But it seemed disconnected, Central Michigan has been authorized to check on our as did much of the speech. progress and is at every Richard Zeile is a memboard meeting to oversee ber of the state board of that the school is well run education and resident of academically. Dearborn. One question I have

Candidates a total contrast in political rhetoric On Jan. 3, my son Jacob and I watched the Michigan Wolverines win the Sugar Bowl in overtime, and then switched to the even closer Iowa caucus returns. Being political junkies, we did not go to bed after the post-midnight victory speeches until we had analyzed them thoroughly. Santorum spoke first, clearly overwhelmed by the virtual tie for first, congratulating the other candidates, thanking his supporters, giving tribute to his wife. Then he explained why he had announced his candidacy in the place where his grandfather had first worked. The grandfather

had come from Mussolini’s Italy for the freedom of America. He spoke of his grandfather’s big hands and the need to look out for those who work, a theme neglected by Republicans a large, but well-practiced by any senator from Pennsylvania. The rhetoric was personal, compelling and connected his story with America’s story, affirming values that compel our allegiance. By contrast, Romney’s speech, while containing many good elements, was not compelling. After congratulating Santorum on his tie for first and thanking his family and supporters, he

called attention to President Obama’s failed promises, followed by promises of his own. He spoke at one point of 25 million unemployed, “And these are real people.” But instead of giving an example, he went on to the next point. Chris Matthews of the TV news show “Hardball” said Romney was in sales mode, believing only 50 percent of what he said. Part of the contrast was that Santorum spoke of values, while Romney spoke of performance. In times of uncertainty, common values inspire trust because we cannot know what is ahead.

asked is why desperate parents are transferring their fourth-grade child from a public school to our schools because the child has never learned to read in the public school? Why aren’t public schools given the same scrutiny by the government that charter schools are given? Though we get less funding per student, we also have to spend a lot of time re-teaching fourth-graders who were never required to read proficiently before being promoted to the next grade in public schools. Charter schools have seen a 2,400 percent increase in 15 years and still have long waiting lists. At least the governor and legislators are at last providing what parents are demanding – more charter schools where they are sure their children will be better equipped to be productive citizens who can enjoy contributing their talents to their society. I know there are many good teachers in the traditional public schools, but too many kids are not being required to work harder and be more disciplined. Christine Crowner Saline


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Board of Education focuses on finances, shared services By Rachelle Marshall Special Writer

Kira Berman switched seats at the table on Monday and will serve as Ypsilanti School Board of Education Vice President in 2012. Berman took over the duties from former Vice President Floyd Brumfield, who did not seek re-election and whose term ended Dec. 31. All nominations were unanimously approved at the organizational meeting Jan. 9. “What certainly has not changed is the importance of how well we work together as a board this year. I don’t think it’s ever been more important,” said President David Bates, who was re-appointed at the meeting, as was Secretary Karen Allen. “We serve the public trust when we work to be sure that every single student has unfettered access to a high-quality, rigorous education,” Bates said. At the recommendation of Superintendent Dedrick Martin, the board

selected Accountant Cathy Secor to fill the position of Treasurer. Trustee Linda Horne joined the board for the first meeting of her new term. She won election in November and served previously from 2006-2010. “I was off for a year and got elected back, so this is my second term, but I did think I was going to be really nervous,” Horne said. “I know most of them so I…felt comfortable again after a few minutes.” January is Local School Board Recognition Month in Michigan. “I do have, on behalf of the district, our greatest gratitude for the immense time that all of you spend on making this a fine, quality district,” Public Relations Director Emma Jackson said. “We do thank you and appreciate all the time that you invest in our district on behalf of our students.” At the meeting, multiple board members said the financial status of the district is the primary challenge, going forward.

“Perhaps every other board meeting we should spend some time on the financial situation… because it’s so serious, and let the public have some input into our discussion,” Berman said. Although the district is facing financial difficulty, school officials said they are optimistic about several district initiatives, such as the New Tech program at Ypsilanti Middle School and a possible consolidation of transportation facilities with Willow Run Schools. The next Ypsi – Willow Run Collaboration Task Force committee meeting will be Jan. 12. “I’m really anxious to see what we come up with, personally,” Trustee Ellen Champagne said. The board must decide what to do with the existing location and is considering four options. Option one is to abandon the current Railroad Street location and collaborate with Willow Run by modifying their transportation center to house YPS operations.

“I think it’s safe to say at this point, after multiple conversations with the committee, they felt that ‘option one’ really is the best option, as it meets the goals of working across districts in ways that we can share resources and save money down the road,” Martin said. Option one breaks down to be the most cost efficient over time, he said. The second option is to purchase new property. Officials are considering a vacated car dealership location, which may also be available for lease, with the option to buy. The third option is to use the existing Railroad Street property as parking, but to move the maintenance facility to Willow Run. This would require additional construction and the costs would not be offset by the sale of assets because the Railroad Street property would still be in use. The last option is to demolish the existing Railroad Street facility and rebuild a new structure, which comes out to be the

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The 9 p.m. newscast — WADL’s first — will feature reporting and video coverage from reporters and videographers working at Heritage Media, The Oakland Press, Macomb Daily, Royal Oak’s Daily Tribune and Mount Pleasant’s Morning Sun, as well as national and international news. Antoniotti said another major change for the locally owned station will be the addition of “America Now,” a 30-minute news magazine hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic. “America Now” will be broadcast 7:30 p.m. with a fresh show at 9:30 p.m.

Gibbons worked as an anchor on “Entertainment Tonight” and hosted her own TV talk show. Rancic — winner of Donald Trump’s first “Apprentice” competition — is an author and financial expert, and is married to Giuliana Rancic. The newscast, which also will feature Bloomberg financial news and sports reporting, will be anchored by Makenzi Henderson, and Macomb County native and meteorologist Eric Garlick. Viewers in the region need a 9 p.m. newscast, Antoniotti said. That’s because many don’t arrive home in time to catch an early evening newscasts

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most costly option, according to the board packet. Berman said option one is the best to allow for future collaboration. Bates said option one could potentially have additional cost savings that may be available from the other options. The Board will consider site modifications in the next stage of the process, if an agreement is reached

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When you crawl up a rock face that seems almost straight up, or cross a stream knowing you’ll make it across if there are tire tracks on the other side, you realize that the pretty stuff is the icing on a very serious piece of cake.

Range Rover is a capable, comfortable luxury vehicle By David Schmidt Journal Register News Service

his isn’t the top-ofthe-line from Land Rover, but you’d be hard pressed to notice. There are no vehicles that promote more confidence and security off-road than a Land Rover. They’re all as happy off-road as on, in spite of whichever level of luxury in which they’re clad. For a car in this price range that’s this nice, lots of owners actually drive them like, well, a Land Rover. Its capability is as high as any production off-roader. When you crawl up a rock face that seems almost straight up, or cross a stream knowing you’ll make it across if there are tire tracks on the other side, you realize that the pretty stuff is the icing on a very serious piece of cake. Whatever Land Rover does in its future, there will be capability to do what people have been doing with Land Rovers for decades. While Americans see the Range Rover Sport as a luxury product, there are many places it’s sold where this is the vehicle that’ll get you home safely, whether it’s through a blizzard, desert or on a route that doesn’t include roadways— that security is what created Land Rover’s reputation. Then they gussied them up so they could satisfy even more people in the world. The combination is something like combining a Ferrari’s fire with a minivan’s moxie, but for the Range Rover Sport, it really works. Jeep Wrangler drivers will treat you as an equal if you meet up some distance from the pavement. The wealthy will understand your purchase and most Ute people will wish they could consider one. That’s fairly unusual, to be considered well by such a diverse groups of drivers. Even rarer is being top-of-the-mark at what appeals to each of those groups. The power comes from the standard 5.0-liter V8 with direct fuel injection and torque-activated variable camshaft timing. This naturally aspirated version of the engine produces 375 hp. and 375 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The up-mar-


The engine is attached to a six-speed adaptive automatic transmission with Normal, Sport and Manual shift modes and even has paddles on the steering wheel, in case you’re feeling like a Formula One driver. ket Range Rover Sport Supercharged is powered by a 510-hp. version of the same engine. I’ve always liked this engine since its first iteration in the Jaguar years ago. The company has kept it modern and the latest version is smooth, powerful and well mannered, but with plenty of growl when requested. This is currently the only powerplant for this vehicle in the U.S. market in supercharged and normally aspirated versions. But I’d love to see a diesel in this car. It comes with one in other markets, but it simply hasn’t been worth the cost of certifying that engine for use here. The engine is attached to a six-speed adaptive automatic transmission with Normal, Sport and Manual shift modes and even has paddles on the steering wheel, in case you’re feeling like a Formula One driver. The driver can shift gears manually with steering wheel mounted paddleshifters. This full-time four-wheel drive system features an electronically controlled infinitely variable locking center differential and an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case, which you can shift while moving. While Land Rover says the Range Rover Sport is really a road-focused, it’s engineered for off-road travel. It has all the electronic assists that make Land Rovers formidable off road. This includes their Terrain Response system, which sets up the Sport for specific situations. There are five settings: General Driving, Grass/Gravel/ Snow, Sand, Mud and Ruts and Rock Crawl. In the Supercharged mode, you also get a Dynamic Mode. This four-wheel drive system makes no compromises in capability. But in a week of driving it, I knew

it was an off-road truck, but it wasn’t an uncomfortable off-road truck. It didn’t shake and roll or even rock much, excluding the stereo, of course. For good reason, because for 2012, the standard Harman/ Kardon audio system has been upgraded from a 240Watt nine-speaker system to a 380-Watt, 14-speaker system. Or you can add the optional Harman/Kardon Logic 7 825-Watt, 17speaker audio system that includes HD and Satellite Radio. This system comes standard in the top Range Rover Sport Autobiography model. Speaking of stereos, did I mention how nice the interior of the Range Rover Sport is? There’s enough leather, and when you touch it, you understand immediately that there are varying grades and quality levels of leather. The wood trim is real, although to me, it’s so highly polished that it looks artificial. A hard-drive navigation system is standard on all models and features a 7-inch color touch-screen with updated graphics. In addition to getting updated traffic information, the navigation system gives you 4x4 and off-road navigation information. The 2012 Range Rover Sport is available in HSE ($60,895), HSE with Luxury Package ($65,595), Supercharged ($76,095) and top-of-range Autobiography ($86,795) models. No, it’s not inexpensive, but it’s not meant to be. The bottom line for this vehicle is, whether you’re climbing a rutted mountain track, racing over sand dunes trying to catch air, or cruising to a concert, you and your passengers will always feel both comfortable and confident in it. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please send them to comments

A hard-drive navigation system is standard on all models and features a 7-inch color touch-screen with updated graphics.

BOOTH, WILLIAM DAVID; Grand Rapids, MI formerly of Saginaw, MI; died peacefully on January 1, 2012, at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans; age 84 years. He was born December 23, 1927, in Boston, MA, the son of Hazel Marie Booth and Frank Murphy. He married Vera Arlene Hackett on August 23, 1953, after returning from service as a medic in Korea from 1950-52. After earning a pharmacy degree from Ferris State University, he served as a pharmacist in Saginaw, St. Charles, Hemlock and Owosso. After retiring, he lived in Chelsea and Grand Rapids. He is survived by his two children, David (Lynn) Booth of Chelsea, MI and Lisa Garner-Booth of Flagstaff, AZ; six grandchildren, Phoebe (Casey) Preuninger, Lindsay Garner, Maxwell Booth, Abram Booth, Kailey Kovach and Willa Booth, and three great grandchildren, Liam Preuninger, Killian Romani, and Yvonne Ford. He was preceded in death by his mother and dear wife. Visitation will be held at the Oakwood Mausoleum Chapel in Saginaw Saturday, January 14, 2011 at 10 a.m. with a family led Memorial Service following at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans or the Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements by W.L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Rd., Saginaw.

HULING, PATRICIA J.; Milan, MI; age 71; died Friday, January 06, 2012; at home. She was born October 3, 1940 in Toledo, Ohio. Patricia enjoyed her 53 year marriage to her high school sweetheart, Kenneth. In their younger years the pair could be seen hanging out at the roller rink and Whitehut Hamburger. Patricia enjoyed her horses and farming, she was known as "Garden Goddess" to all who knew her at the Ann Arbor West and Ypsilanti Farmers Markets. She also ran the popcorn stand for the winter sports at the Milan High School. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; 5 children; Judith J. (Jack) Wright, James J. Huling, John J. Huling, Jerry J. Huling, Jack J. (Kelly) Huling; 12 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 daughter, Jessica J. Huling, one brother and a sister. Visitation will be Monday, January 9, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan. Funeral services will be held Wednesday January 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Milan Free Methodist, Pastor John White presiding with a visitation hour starting at 10. Burial following at Marble Park Cemetery, Milan. Contributions may be made to Aid In Milan.

HEPBURN, MARJORIE R.; Chelsea, MI; age 86; died Friday, January 6, 2012, at her home. She was born October 31, 1925 in Monroe County, Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Mable (Petersen) Whipple. Marge lived in the Chelsea area all of her life. She graduated salutatorian from Chelsea High School in 1944. Marge was a member of First Congregational Church, the Chelsea Women's Club, the Red Hats, and was very active in the Chelsea Historical Society. She worked at U of M for many years, and helped develop tests for checking hormone levels in blood. Marge was an avid reader and fantastic seamstress, and she loved her pets. She was an amazing mother and grandmother. On July 28, 1945, she married Max G. Hepburn, who preceded her in death on May 4, 2003. Survivors include 1 son, Thomas (Teresa) of Swartz Creek; 3 daughters, Cynthia (Thomas) Harris of Chelsea, Alison Trevino of Chelsea, Nancy (Richard) Loftis of Jackson; a daughterin-law, Patricia Hepburn; a sister-in-law, Mary Whipple of Dexter; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and 2 special friends, Josephine Bennett and Peg Eaton. She was preceded in death by 2 sons, Philip and John; 2 brothers and 7 sisters. Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 13, 2012, 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Chelsea, with Pastor Jim Coyl officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Thursday 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. and at the church on Friday from Noon to 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

SPENCER, STEVEN T.; Ann Arbor, MI; age 34; passed on Sunday, January 8, 2012. The public visitation will be Friday, January 13, 2012 from 1 until 8 p.m. at Greater Shiloh COGIC, 1076 Jefferson, Ypsilanti. The Family Hour will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. with the funeral service to follow at 10:30 a.m. at Pentecostal Temple COGIC, 30101 Parkwood, Inkster. Burial will take place in United Memorial Gardens, Plymouth.

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KOTUS, EDWARD; age 82; of Milan Township, Michigan; passed away on January 3, 2012, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. Edward was born November 23, 1929 in Milan, the youngest son of Stanley and Agnes (Rog) Kotus. On October 26, 1957, he married Mary Ann Bereczky in Wyandotte, Michigan and she survives. Edward lived all his life in Milan and was a longtime farmer. He retired from the Monroe County Drain Commission after 25 years of service. He was also a 55 year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Edward was a member of the Milan Congregation of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by six children, Janice (Thomas) Pack, Deborah (Gerald) Block, Sharon Kotus, David (Christi) Kotus, Connie Kotus, and Elizabeth Kotus all of Milan; four grandchildren, Barek Block, Joshua, Lauren, and Matthew Kotus all of Milan; a sister-in-law, Louise Kotus of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Stella (Joseph) Vince; four brothers, Chester, John (Hulda), Frank (Lydia), and Walter. In accord with his wishes, Cremation has taken place. Arrangements by the Cover Funeral Home in Dundee A Memorial Service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 11865 Carpenter Road in Milan on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3 p.m. Online condolences may be made at

PICKLESIMER, MAE; Chelsea, MI; age 85; died Monday, January 9, 2012, at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was born August 26, 1926 in Carver, Kentucky, the daughter of Casell and Minnie (Rowe) Bailey, and the granddaughter of Rev. Morgan Rowe. Mae retired from Chrysler. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Saline Chapter #311. Mae's heart was for her family. On March 6, 1948, she married Ishmael Picklesimer, and he preceded her in death on October 2, 1999. Survivors include her children, Castle Jerry (Mary E.) Picklesimer, Linda (Gail) Shears, Rita Gadnai, Ishmael (Debra) Picklesimer Jr., Samuel Picklesimer, and James Picklesimer; 13 grandchildren; 11 great greatgrandchildren; her siblings, June Walz, Markis Bailey, Hilord Bailey, Shirley Marshall, and Louise Clark; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Ted Picklesimer; son-in-law, Karl Gadnai; grandson, Ryan Shears; brothers, Mort, Harles and Harold Bailey. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Charlotte Craft officiating. A private Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice.


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Things looking up as NAIAS opens this week By Joseph Szczesny Journal Register News Service

The North American International Auto Show offers the world’s automakers a huge stage on which to display their products, and Asian and European automakers are planning to take full advantage of the opportunity this year. European manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which are locked in a fierce battle for the hearts of luxury carbuyers, are planning major introductions during the 2012 NAIAS. Meanwhile, after suffering through a subpar year in 2011 that saw both surrender market share in the U.S., Honda and Toyota are planning to unveil several vehicles during the previews for news organizations as they kick off their comebacks. Toyota’s luxury divi-

sion, Lexus, will show off a new design direction as it reveals the LF-LC 2+2 sport coupe this week. “Crafted from a clean sheet of paper at the request of Lexus headquarters in Japan, the LF-LC blends both high technology and organic shapes to connect the driver to the machine,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The clean lines of the vehicle emphasize motion, creating a distinctive look for this futuristic sport coupe.” Toyota will unveil the NS4, an advanced plug-in hybrid concept vehicle, at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It also plans to host the North American debut of the Prius “c” hybrid. Honda also plans to show off a concept vehicle that sets the styling direction for the next-generation 2012

Honda Accord Coupe. The Accord Coupe Concept will convey the dynamic profile of the ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord set to go on sale in the fall of 2012, according to John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of sales. A leader in style, performance, safety, efficiency and value since the introduction of the first generation model in 1976, the Accord remains one of the best-selling cars in America, Mendel noted recently. Nissan also plans to unveil a concept vehicle that is expected to foreshadow the next version of the Nissan Pathfinder. Acura, Honda’s luxury car division, announced plans to unveil three all-new vehicles this week, including an all-new compact sports sedan, a redesigned RDX crossover sport utility

vehicle and a concept version of the next generation Acura NSX super car. The Acura ILX Concept is a styling study of an allnew luxury compact sedan scheduled for launch in spring. To be positioned at the gateway to the Acura lineup, the ILX will feature three powertrains including Acura’s first-ever gaselectric hybrid. Acura also will unveil a prototype of the 2013 RDX, the second generation of Acura’s fivepassenger SUV. Finally, Acura will debut the NSX Concept, which represents the styling direction for the next generation of Acura’s super sports car. “Acura has a steady cadence of exciting new models coming to market and it will all begin in Detroit,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura sales and service.

“From the all-new Acura ILX at the gateway of the lineup to the pinnacle of performance with the Acura NSX Concept, Acura vehicles are being created for luxury customers who aspire to the highest levels of quality and value, with beautiful styling and the right balance of technology, performance and environmental responsibility,” Conrad said. The continuing battle for the high end of the market also will be highlighted by the introduction by BMW, which has elected to use the NAIAS to unveil the latest version of its most popular car, the 3 Series Sedan. Besides the redesigned 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan, also premiering in Detroit will be the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 and the BMW ActiveHybrid 5. Additionally, the automaker will showcase the first two concept cars from

its new line of electric vehicles. The BMW i3 Concept, or Megacity Vehicle, and the BMW i8 Concept are slated to debut during the NAIAS. Mercedes-Benz is also bringing the all-new 2013 SL to the Detroit show. For six decades, the letters “SL” have been synonymous with a blend of sport, style and comfort — infused with groundbreaking innovation. For the first time, the SL is being produced almost entirely from aluminum and weighs considerably less than its predecessor. The 2013 SL550 will make its global debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show and goes on-sale in the U.S. this spring. Contact Joseph Szczesny at 1-248-745-4650, email joe.szczesny@oakpress. com or follow him on Twitter at @opjoesez.

Many companies at auto show going digital By Scott Held Heritage Media

DETROIT — The plastic bags filled with brochures and automaker giveaways are almost as much a part of the North American International Auto Show as the concept cars and new model launches. They might become rel-

ics soon. As the world descended on Cobo Center for the first of two media preview days, most found they needed little more than a small bag to carry press kits and other materials. The USB flash drive has replaced the reams of paper once handed to journalists, and a Ford Motor

Co. spokeswoman said the same options could be in the future for showgoers, too. “People just shop for cars differently than they did before,” Kristin Kinley said. “Even here, you’ll see people using their smart phones to learn more about the cars.” QR codes — square bar-

codes smart phones can scan and link directly to a website — can be found on all Ford models on the show floor, and interactive kiosks at other automakers’ display areas offer the same convenience. Back at Ford, members of the media could load credit card-size “kits” and tap them at kiosks through-

out the exhibit. That option won’t be available to showgoers, but Kinley said there will be plenty of ways to incorporate today’s growing dependency on social networking and other popular media while walking the show, including the chance to star in a YouTube video. “It’s not unusual to see

people not set foot in a dealership until they’ve done all their research online,” she said. “That’s the way it’s going, so we’re just trying to stay ahead of it.” The NAIAS opens Saturday morning to the general public and runs through Jan, 22. Contact Scott Held at 734-246-0865.

Reporter reflects on first auto show experience attention, let alone being It’s that time of year among the first to photowhen friends from the graph and other side of the video a new state, or from model. other states for I was takthat matter, drive ing video of to Detroit for one Reid Bigland, reason — cars. Chrysler The press prepresident view days at the and CEO, as North American he went over International perks of the Auto Show were new compact Monday and car, which is yesterday. I was a resurrected privileged to version of the attend Monday. popular comI’ve attended pact Dodge the auto show ERICA Dart that was every year since PERDUE produced for before I had a 16 years durlicense. This was ing the 1960s and ’70s. I also my first year going as a took photos and tweeted member of the press, and with my phone. Luckily, the experience was comI’ve become fairly talpletely different. ented with juggling media I attended the Chrysler equipment in the past few press conference, where months! the 2013 Dodge Dart was I have never been surunveiled. The show to bring rounded by so many the car out was intriguing reporters in my life. It was enough to keep anyone’s


packed full in the walkways with groups of journalists speaking English, Japanese, German and other languages. Let me back up to when I first got there. While walking in, after waiting for what seemed like forever to park on the roof, I noted all of the out-of-state license plates that were there — Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia. It was so nice to see people traveling here, to Detroit. Once inside, it was instant mingling. I talked to a man with Real Detroit Weekly, a few people from out-of-state papers and some people from local radio and television stations. It was expected that more than 5,000 journalists would be there. I would definitely say so. After the Chrysler and Chevrolet press conferences, I started walking around to look at the other

showrooms. Ford, of course, had a large display. The hybrid Ford Focus seemed to be the big hit in that area. The bright-colored Mustangs were drawing people in, too, myself included. Cheli’s Chili Bar had a food truck in the Nissan area, which caught the eyes of several reporters for free chili dogs. MINI had a car hanging from the ceiling on a roller coaster track. BMW had cars on shelves so they could be seen from far across the room. Lincoln Mercury was behind white gates, with a unique light arrangement. These companies really go all-out for this event. It’s always different, no matter how many times you go, which makes it all that much more special. I had a lot of response from readers and followers on Twitter, so I started posting pictures on there. Rene

Cizio, The News-Herald’s Web coordinator, posted some of my pictures on the website and our Facebook. Our community engagement editor, Austen Smith, had the tweets feeding to the website so we could engage even more of our readers. Walking around and sharing step-by-step what I saw, what was being said about cars, which cars were being unveiled and which companies were doing press conferences was my favorite part. I probably did a total of three loops around Cobo Center, making sure I saw everything I needed to. (I’m sure glad I wore my comfy heels!) The pictures and videos are up on our website,, and on our Facebook and my Twitter (@EricaPerdue). It wasn’t the relaxing, slow-paced, “just going to look at cars” feel I usually have when I go to the auto

show. I found myself walking and tweeting, stopping abruptly to take a quick picture, and then just sending it off. Anything I found interesting, I shared — which, I admit, was a lot. So if you were with me on Twitter, I apologize for the massive number of pictures and comments. The press preview is fast-paced — one conference after another. Fighting to get close enough to the cars for a decent picture. Trying to find a seat to post some updates. It’s exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. I’m thrilled that I was able to attend the press preview. It was a new experience that I enjoyed, and I hope that some of you were able to see my pictures and enjoy it with me! Contact Erica Perdue at 1-734-246-0863 and

How do oil companies keep oil prices high? Q: How many gallons the amount of gasoline of gas can the oil comparefined from a barrel to nies get out of above 70%, a barrel of oil, but the costs and also why is are much heating oil so higher and the expensive? I’d quantity of the like a serious other (needed) explanation products will of how the be lower, thus oil companies increasing decide to refine their costs. oil and how Heating oil they keep pricprice is a troues high. Please blesome issue. give me some The oil itself is information I a “distillate,” can use instead which means LES of the “spin” it doesn’t have I always get JACKSON much priority from talking at the refinerheads on TV ies, where jet and in the newspapers. fuels command the most Thank you. — Paul in attention. Cold weather Minn. slows down the transportaA: A barrel of crude oil tion of the oil, which hurts refers to 42 U.S. gallons, the supply/demand cycle although barrels are no and contributes to a lack longer used to transport oil. of incentive to produce How much gasoline is availmore of it and lower overall able from a barrel is depenprices. dent upon the quality of the I remember when I was crude oil and the market a teenager and the price of needs at any given moment, fuel oil was about 4 cents per but generally speaking, the gallon, but those days are refiners put out about 47% gone forever. of the barrel as gasoline. Frankly, I think oil furThe rest is produced as naces are far more trouble fuel oil, jet fuel, lubricants, than they’re worth and treasphalt, feedstock oils and mendously inefficient. several other common Oil heat is now more industrial products. expensive than electric heat It’s possible to increase in some areas and far more


so than gas heat. It’s also dirty and needs frequent maintenance. If possible, get rid of it. You should contact your local propane supplier to see if there are programs to remove your oil furnace and replace it with a gas/propane unit. Many of these programs give the furnaces free in exchange for long-term contracts to supply the gas. Q: I’m looking for your professional expertise. Are you familiar with the Hyundai Santa Fe? I had a Viper remote car starter put on about two weeks ago. Unfortunately, the dome light was left on and the car needed a jumpstart, but we fried the remote car starter when we jumped it. My car is now completely dead, sitting at the train station. I’ve heard that the Hyundai’s electric system is very sensitive, and I’m wondering if you had any insight into this. — Jenn in Lodi, NJ A: Sorry to hear that happened, but the good news is that Hyundai electrical systems aren’t any more sensitive than other manufacturers’. The bad news, however, is that all of today’s systems are very

sensitive to any voltage spikes and reverse-polarity situations. Remote starters are notorious for failing, so I’d remove it before trying to do any repairs on the car. It will probably start if you

jump it or switch the battery out for another one. Most of the sensitive computer electronics are protected by fuses but when the starter fried, you might’ve taken out the full-wave

rectifier in the alternator, so don’t be surprised if you’re told that the alternator needs replacing. Also, the starter relay might have been damaged so have that looked at as well.

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Mittenfest raises $21,280 for local nonprofit By Krista Gjestland Heritage Media


psilanti’s annual music festival, Mittenfest , raised $21,280 for local nonprofit, 826Michigan during this year’s event. Mittenfest, which is in its sixth year, included 60 bands and ran Dec. 28 through Jan. 1 at Woodruff ’s in Depot Town. The festival is the brainchild of Brandon Zwagerman, who began Mittenfest in his backyard. “I had been a huge fan of local music for years while living in Ann Arbor and even did some grassroots show-throwing in my backyard house venue, Madison House, as well as a few fundraiser loft shows at Arbor Vitae,” he said. “I wanted to get together many of those favorite performers and friends together during the holiday season, while raising some money for a great organization. It was envisioned as sort of a cozy reunion; the name purposefully evoked both warmth and the famed shape of Michigan.” After the success of the first festival, Zwagerman decided to continue the following year. “The first time in December 2006 was so magical that we decided to do it again the next year, and it has organically grown from a small gathering of acoustic performers from

Washtenaw County before Christmas into an annual multi-day music festival during New Year’s weekend featuring bands from across the state,” he said Co-organizer Jeremy Peters said Mittenfest chose to fundraise for 826Michigan because of its creative roots. “There is a wealth of musical talent in Michigan, and that musical talent tends to be giving of their time for causes they feel are important,” he said. “Since 826michigan is by nature a creative non-profit, teaching kids how to write well and to write creatively, I think that the melding of a few nights of fun music and creative songwriting going to fund a creative cause just happened to be one of those magical perfect fits.” 826Michigan is a nonprofit tutoring and writing center in downtown Ann Arbor. The tutors work with students aged 6 to 18 to help them improve their creative and expository writing skills. Zwagerman said this year’s Mittenfest has been the biggest to date. “Mittenfest VI was the largest Mittenfest yet,” he said. “Performers came from across the state in addition to a few former Michiganders, and so did the audience. We’ve never seen so many new faces, and I think that’s a great thing.” According to Peters, more than 1,000 attendees came out this year.

“I don’t have an exact count, but over the course of all five days I’d guess between 1,500 and 2,000 people came through the doors,” he said. “We hit capacity almost every night and had lines, a few

of them. Since the shows start at 4:30 p.m. each day and end at 2 a.m., a fair amount of people are able to come in and see different parts of the night.” This year’s fundraising was also larger by

almost $6,000 this year. Zwagerman says the success of the festival shows how fun fundraising can be. “We think Mittenfest has proven that fundraising doesn’t need to feel like a

chore or an obligation, but, rather, can happen through unexpected and painless means such as having a big New Year’s party with a few thousand new friends and songs that make your feet move or your heart explode,” he said. A booking committee sifted through about 200 applications to choose Mittenfest’s 60 bands, Zwagerman said. Bands are chosen based on skill, variety and how well it would fit in with the festival’s other bands. “We generally aim to spread different styles of music as well as performers from different local “scenes” across the days of the festival in a conscious attempt to cross pollinate both musicians and fan bases who might not have been exposed to one another before while still allowing a natural-feeling progression both within each night and across the five days of the festival,” he said. Peters says the booking committee will call for applications for Mittenfest VII this summer. For more information on Mittenfest, visit Krista can be reached at, 734-429-7380 or on Twitter @kgjestland. Text HERNews and HERWeather to 22700 to receive news and weather alerts to your cellphone. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.

Bike Ypsi members take first ride of 2012 By Krista Gjestland Heritage Media

While most people were spending time celebrating 2012 with libations and noisemakers at 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, a group of Ypsilanti bicyclists were gearing up for a four mile ride. The First Ride in the First Hour is something Bike Ypsi has been doing for the past four years. The ride began as a way to get riders participating more during the cold months, Bike Ypsi member

Bill Krzewinski, 52, said. “It was just something that seemed like fun to do,” he said. “It’s just a fun way to get some exercise.” The annual ride began at Corner Brewery and looped around the surrounding neighborhoods. “Its not really too long,” Krzewinski said. The ride usually brings in 10 to 15 bicyclists, he said, though some riders are cautious of biking on night notorious for drunk drivers. “The common thing we

hear from people who don’t ride is that it’s too dangerous,” Krzewinski said. “It isn’t dangerous; we hardly see any cars.” Bike Ypsi in 2007 after conversations between bike enthusiasts and Ypsilanti police officers showed there was no one advocating for riders. “There was nothing really around Ypsilanti, no real bicycling group,” Krzewinski said. So the group formed with the goal of promoting bicycling, encouraging safe

routes and advocating for local cyclists. In five years, the group has grown from a handful of riders to around 400 members, Krzewinski said. “It’s a very loose network of bicyclists in Ypsilanti, with no membership or dues,” he said. Bike Ypsi holds various weekly and annual events, including weekly Sunday and Friday rides and the spring ride, which usually draws a large group of cyclists. “I would say like on the

spring ride we have maybe about 100 people going on the road,” Krzewinski said. All of Bike Ypsi’s rides are set up informally, and bikers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. “We get people anywhere from 4 or 5-years-old to people up in their 70s,” he said. Ride lengths vary and usually range between 10 and 30 miles. The next big ride coming up for Bike Ypsi is the Worst Day of the Year ride on Jan. 22. The ride

includes several snow-covered trails at varied lengths from six to 40 miles. For more information on Bike Ypsi, visit their Facebook page or website, Krista can be reached at, 734-429-7380 or on Twitter @kgjestland. Text HERNews and HERWeather to 22700 to receive news and weather alerts to your cellphone. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.

Aubrees finds success in Michigan, looks to expand Aubree’s business model is geared toward securing vacant restaurant spaces in well researched locations. The cost is significantly less for build-out, and they help to revitalize a community by creating jobs in the local market. While perfecting their business model, Aubree’s has grown into four cor-

porate-owned units in Ypsilanti Township, Depot Town, Marquette and Northville. In July of 2011 Aubree’s opened its first franchise store in Dexter. The Dexter franchisee’s, Rob and Amy Bulszewicz and Ron Evangelista, received a start to finish process that helped them

navigate everything from the interior layout, supplies and equipment orders to hiring and training. “What did we know about the restaurant industry”, said Amy Bulszewicz. “But soon after meeting the Aubree’s team all of our concerns were put to rest”, she continued. The Aubree’s of Dexter

unit added approximately 80 new jobs to the local economy and has generated much needed foot traffic in the business district; helping many neighboring businesses. Projected sales for the first year are exceeding the most optimistic projections. “Truly we couldn’t have asked for anymore assis-

tance”, Bulszewicz said. “We took full advantage of Aubree’s years of experience so that no costly mistakes were made.” “We have a proven system that works well, even in hard economic times. We have diligently worked on perfecting our policies, procedures, corporate culture and training,”

said Andy French CFO for Aubree’s. “Our format allows us to work with the inexperienced, all the way through seasoned multiunit operators.” Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill is currently seeking partners through franchising to expand into local markets in Michigan, Ohio and Northern Indiana.

God will be there for you during dark days suffer persecuWhen I think tion. of all that’s I didn’t involved in the know about daily life of a Christian, the that one. Then the ups the downs other scripand the perils ture that says I understand that God sends why at times we rain on the become weary and worn. just as well I don’t know as the unjust, took another about other meaning for Christians, but me. I thought folI’ve come lowing Jesus CHRIS would make my to realize like WATKINS life easier and never before that some smoother, literally. very bad things happen Then I began to underto good people, especially Christians. stand the scriptures. One scripture says that A co-worker of mine they that live godly shall once told me that after I


became a Christian, she began to watch my life that much closer. She knew how I used to be and would tell others to marvel at the changes. When I faced opposition on the job or in my life, she would wait to see God move and deliver. But what do you say to the unbeliever or even to yourself when you expect God to deliver and he doesn’t? There have been times when some things I faced just seemed overwhelming and they had a train wreck effect on my life. Things looked very dismal and dark, especially for a Christian. I would say, God loves me

and I trust Him. I began to remember in several Bible classes they taught in-depth about the story of the life of Job. I was astonished by the fact that after God saw the devil going to and from seeking a victim, He recommends Job to be tested. I went into another level of understanding about things that happen in the lives of Christians when I realize all that Job lost in the process of proving. I was more than comforted when I read the compensation or reward he received from God for his trouble. I’ve learned after being a Christian for nearly 30 years that you have to be

persistent and focused. God never promised to hand things to me and make my life as a bed of roses. He did promise to never leave me nor forsake me and that I could do all things through Christ as He strengthens me. More importantly after 30 years of victories and some seeming defeats, I’ve learned that I’m involved in a much bigger picture that goes beyond me. Just as with Job, the Christian is on a stage to showcase the power of God. Through our troubles we prove our loyalty, love, and devotion to God, the world, and to the devil, and especially for the other Christians.

So be encouraged Christian and know that when you face that next dark hour of excruciating circumstance, God knows and cares and it’s all part of His plan. If we hold on and keep the faith, He will bring us out and give us double for our trouble, if not in this life, in the one to come. A reward of glory fit for a prince or princess, kids of a King, one created, especially for the Christian. Christanthenopia Watkins is a Romulus resident who routinely writes for Pentecostal Assemblies of the World quarterly Sunday School publication and aspiring grant writer.


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Thursday, January 12, 2012

‘Bernhardt on Broadway’ to hit the local stage


ow, a century after her last appearance in Ann Arbor — Feb. 13, 1917, at The Whitney, once located at the corner of Main and Ann streets — audiences can again experience dynamic presence of a famed French actress in the one-woman musical, “Bernhardt on Broadway.” Before mass media and modern travel, Sarah Bernhardt master-marketed her meteoric rise to superstardom. She was the world’s first superstar. Before Lady GaGa and Marilyn Monroe posed nude for national magazines and Janet Jackson “accidentally” bared one breast at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, Bernhardt shamelessly posed nude for renowned 19th century photographer Felix Nadar while still in her teens. Before Britney Spears and Madonna Frenchkissed at MTV’s 20th annual Video Music Awards, Bernhardt spread rumors

that she studied her parts in a coffin and played croquet with human skulls. Before Elizabeth Taylor was led to the altar seven times and Zsa Zsa Gabor sampled marital bliss with nine men, Madame Sarah received more than 1,000 proposals of marriage. Before Joan Crawford and Bette Davis endorsed Lucky Strikes, Bernhardt touted Ogden cigarettes as well as Vaseline, Pears soap and Guerlain perfume and got paid well to do it. She was an unrivaled success in the first full length silent film, “Queen Elizabeth,” before Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren offered their interpretations of England’s great queen. Before Richard Burton and Sir Lawrence Olivier performed “Hamlet,” Bernhardt played the young prince at Stratford on Avon in French. Mark Twain punctuated Bernhardt’s Avant Garde status when he identified five kinds of actresses:

Carol Dunitz portrays French actress Sarah Bernhardt in a one-woman show at Washtenaw Community College Saturday. Proceeds from the performance will benefit several area nonprofits. “bad, fair, good, great — and then there is Sarah Bernhardt.” Nicknamed ‘The Divine

Sarah’ by Oscar Wilde, Bernhardt was the undisputed queen of theater during her lifetime. It is said

she almost single-handedly revolutionized the place of women in the theater. “Bernhardt on Broadway” is a no-holdsbarred exposé about the daughter of a courtesan who overcame countless obstacles to become the most famous woman in the world. The show opens with Bernhardt welcoming the audience to her drawing room, a warm and cozy setting for the audience to listen to intimate self-disclosures via story and song about the actress’ legendary life. Playwright, composer, lyricist and lead Carol Dunitz read more than 100 books and articles on Bernhardt before writing Bernhardt on Broadway. An Ann Arbor resident, Dunitz holds a doctoral degree in speech communication and theater, and is author of several books in addition to “Bernhardt on Broadway.” She said her love of musicals dates to her child-

hood when her mother, who often told her she was “a little Bernhardt,” took her to see the play “Gypsy.” “Bernhardt on Broadway” will be performed 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building at the Ann Arbor campus of Washtenaw Community College. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Mast Shoes, or from all nonprofit sponsors who will receive a portion of the money raised from their ticket sales: • Omni Solutions: 3233822 • Girls Group: 994-6627 • Growing Hope: 786-8401 • Neutral Zone: 214-9995, ext.223 • Steps for Kids: 663-6835 • Ypsilanti Area Dancers: 477-9350 • Ypsilanti Community Choir (at Haab’s Restaurant): 483-8200 Individual and group tickets are also available by calling 864-3244.

Pay-what-you-can performance set today By Sean Dalton Heritage Media

Tony Award-winning show “God of Carnage” is coming to Ann Arbor’s Performance Network Theatre Thursday, opening with a “pay-what-you-can” performance. Yasmina Reza’s script tells the tale of two boys involved in a playground dispute that evolves into a melee, after which the boys’ parents sit down to discuss the matter civilly – or so they had hoped. The Michigan premiere of “Gods of Carnage” is being handled as a coproduction, which is concurrently running at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in West Bloomfield, through Feb. 19. David Magidson is directing the Ann Arbor version of the show, which opened in the West End at the Gielgud Theatre in March 2008. The Guardian review

said “All four actors are excellent and, in Matthew Warchus’s deft production, show the thin veneer of bourgeois pretence.” After some minor modifications to accommodate an American audience, a Broadway production opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in March, 2009, starring Chelsea native Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. It closed June 6, 2010, playing 24 previews and 452 regular performances, becoming the third-longest running play of the 2000s (after “The 39 Steps” and “August: Osage County”). It was nominated for six Tony awards and won for Best Play, Best Leading Actress in a Play and Best Direction of a Play. Performance Network’s production stars Joseph Albright (“Take me Out,” “It Came from Mars”), Sarab Kamoo (“Sonia Flew,” “The War Since

Eve”), Phil Powers (“The Drowsy Chaperone”), and Suzi Regan (“The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead”). As the children’s parents start digging into each other, the parental powwow turns to childish pissing contest, and from there the gloves are off on a wide range of subjects from racism, misogyny and homophobia. Weekly performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with 3 p.m. Saturday matinees on Jan. 28 and Feb. 11. “God of Carnage” contains adult language and themes and is not suitable for those under age 17 Tickets can be ordered at the Performance Network Box Office at 734663-0681, online at or by coming to the Performance Network Theatre, 120 East Huron

St., in Ann Arbor. Tickets are priced at $22 to $41, with discounts available for seniors, members, students and groups. There is a pay-what-youcan performance Jan. 12, with a suggested donation of $15.

Meet the cast Sarab Kamoo: Theater credits include: “9 Parts of Desire,” “Rabbit Hole,” “Consider the Oyster,” “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” and “Panache.” Select film credits include: “Stone,” “Conviction,” “Trust,” “The Giant Mechanical Man,” “This Must be the Place,” “Secrets in the Walls,” “Have a Little Faith” and the upcoming ABC Family movie, “Elixir.” Kamoo is also a part-time school social worker in the Rochester School District. Suzi Regan was last seen at Performance Network in “Time Stands Still,” as

well as the smash hit “The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead,” in which she played seven different men, women and children, earning her a Wilde Award for Best Actress. Regan has been an actor and director in the Metro Detroit area for nearly 20 years. 2010-2011 season credits include “While We Were Bowling” and “The Blue Door” at Williamston Theatre; and “Proof ” at Tipping Point Theatre. Other accomplishments include Signature Theatre’s NY premiere of Lanford Wilson’s Rain Dance, of which New York Time’s theatre critic Ben Brantley wrote “Ms. Regan’s Irene consistently summons that violent, tender mixture of rage and compassion that have animated Mr. Wilson’s best work, seamlessly melding the cosmic and the personal.” Joseph Albright has appeared on the

Performance Network stage in such productions as “It Came From Mars” (Wilde Award for Best Production of a New Script), and “Take Me Out” (Wilde Award, Best Play with LGBT Themes or Characters). Other acting and directing credits include Williamston Theatre, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, and the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. Phil Powers recently won a Wilde Award for his role in Performance Network’s “The Drowsy Chaperone.” He has appeared on many Michigan stages, and has done commercial and film work in the state. He had a small role in the film “Frozen Stupid,” which starred Ernest Borgnine and fellow “God of Carnage” cast member, Joseph Albright. Powers is also a sound designer, and an associate artist at Performance Network Theatre.


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Police department updating digs, getting new vehicles Special Writer

The Pittsfield Township Board approved several changes and updates to the Public Safety Department. The public safety building next to the Administration Building will see more renovations in addition to what’s being done with a current project. The extra work will cost $23,710. The additions came about as work progressed on the previously approved renovations to the police station. Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger requested the new items as part of an overall upgrade. The items include three officer standalone workstations at a cost of $3,228; interview rooms and photo-area modification at $2,611; seven data drops at terminals at $4,702; exhaust fan for

the evidence room at $504; added safety and security features to the detention cell at $3,144; adding two lockers to the women’s locker room at $446; adding a new mailbox and a wall to separate the dispatchers from the main hallway at $2,826; and new flooring in the men’s locker room at $1,822. The builder is Hileman Construction. The additional work brings the total project cost to $83,561. With the addition of the detention cell and the need to monitor other areas of the facility, the Public Safety Department will be installing new video cameras. According to a report by Harshberger, the project includes 11 new cameras and a digital video recorder. The cameras will be installed to allow roundthe-clock monitoring of the detention cell, four public

safety facility entrances, rear parking area, prisoner processing area, property/ evidence rooms, interview/ interrogation rooms, and hallway approaching the dispatch center, and public lobby. The current system is outdated, Harshberger stated in the report. The new system can store information for up to 30 days. The cost will not exceed $27,185. In addition, the department will buy five new Chevy Tahoes and a Ford Fusion for its fleet. The cost will not exceed $192,100. Of the current fleet, one vehicle has more than 100,000 miles and three others have more than $75,000 miles each. Another vehicle used by Investigative Services has more than $85,000. It’s estimated in the next 6 months, the vehicles will travel between 5,000 and 7,500 miles.

The department went with the Tahoe as the best use of township money. Township documents state it offers the safety and use of the SUV with a policepursuit package. It has a better depreciation than the Ford Interceptor, the Dodge Charger and the Chevrolet Impala and better city-use mileage. Other local agencies that use the Tahoe include the Michigan State Police, Washtenaw County Sheriff ’s Office, Ypsilanti Police Department and the University of Michigan Public Safety Department. The Tahoes will be purchased from Shaheen Chevrolet at a cost of $26,848.90 each. The unmarked 2011 Ford Fusion will come from Varsity Ford at $20,758. Setup and changeover costs for the new vehicles will total about $37,000.

South Harbor Charter Academy to host open house Jan. 20 South Arbor Charter Academy will host an open house meeting for prospective parents 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20. The meeting will be held at the school, located at 8200 Carpenter Road in Ypsilanti. Staff members will be on hand to present information about the school. The meeting will include an informal question and answer period. South Arbor Charter Academy, founded in 1999, is a tuition-free public charter school managed by National Heritage Academies that serves over 750 students in grades K-8. South Arbor Charter Academy features a commitment to hard work, good citizenship and personal responsibility in a safe and secure environment where achievement thrives in preparation for success in high

school and college. For more information, visit www. National Heritage Academies partners with community groups to build and operate K-8 tuition-free public charter schools. NHA partners with 71 schools in nine states serving more than 44,000 students. NHA schools are designed to eliminate the achievement gap and provide school choice to families while preparing children for success in high school, college, and beyond. During the last five years, NHA schools have ranked in the top 25 percent of U.S. schools of in academic growth. For more information about National Heritage Academies, visit To RSVP for the meeting, please call 734-528-2821.

Subdivision residents should watch for suspicious activity following recent burglaries By Ben Baird Heritage Media

A neighborhood watch alert was posted the evening of Jan. 3 for multiple subdivisions following a burglary reported in the afternoon, the third reported to have occurred during the day in the area. Township police are advising residents of the Clubview II, University Palisades, Crystal Creek and Silverleaf subdivisions to be cautious of suspicious activity in the area. At about 1:17 p.m. Jan. 3, the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety received a report of a home invasion in the 3200 block of Hillside Drive. Two suspects knocked on the front door of a house and then went around to the back and gained entry. A resident observed the suspects’ actions but didn’t contact police immediately. The suspects were also seen carrying a black duffle bag from a residence. An undisclosed amount of jewelry was stolen.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR THIS WEEK ■ Erickson Elementary: The Erickson Excellence Song Flute and Vocal Arts Ensemble will be performing at the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti and Vicinity Ministers Alliance Celebration at 9:45 a.m. Monday. This year’s program will take place at the Second Baptist Church at 301 S. Hamilton in Ypsilanti. That evening, the Ensemble will be performing at 6:30 p.m. at the Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road. ■ Sing along: The Annual Erickson Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sing Along will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at the school. Third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes will each lead a freedom, patriotic or inspirational song. Erickson staff members will also perform. Lyric sheets will be provided. ■ Christmas tree pickup: Christmas tree pick-up will continue through Jan. 27. Remove all decorations and lights and place at the curb for pick-up. No plastic bags or tree stands. ■ Winter Warmth Drive: Ypsilanti dentist David Schmidt is sponsoring Winter Warmth Drive now through Feb. 29 at 1900 Packard Road in Ypsilanti. Gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves of all sizes are requested and can be donated during regular business hours. In exchange for a donation, those donating will be entered into a drawing to win a free gift basket. For more information, visit www. or call 734-485-2200.

COMING UP ■ Symphonic Evening: The Ypsilanti Band Association presents “Symphonic Evening,” 6 p.m. Feb . 25 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Ann Arbor. This fundraiser supports the Ypsilanti Public Schools’ band program and helps defray the cost of concerts, musical theatre, festivals, parades and more. The evening includes dinner, entertainment and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $50. Details: 734 7141033. ■ Coaches needed. The Special Olympics Basketball Team needs volunteer coaches to help prepare players for competition. The group meets Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. at Ypsilanti Middle School. 105 N. Mansfield St. Players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate. Players must have a physical and qualify for Special Olympics competition. ■ “Half an Hour”: The Lincoln High School Drama Department will present “Half an Hour” by J.M Barrie at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 in the high school auditorium, 7425 Willis Road. Admission is $5 for student age audiences and $10 for adults. ■ Recovery is Everywhere: Recovery is Everywhere will be presented 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 17 Jill Kent, CRC (Certified Recovery Coach,) Dawn Farm Detox Counselor; and Ross Zini, Dawn Farm Detox Counselor and Recovery Support Specialist. The recovering community is a diverse group of individuals from many backgrounds, cultures and experiences who support each other in becoming and remaining well. This new program will discuss the variety of ways in which people recovering from alcohol/other drug addictions find a niche in the recovering community, differentiate their own identity from the identity they assumed while living in the culture of addiction, integrate an identity as a recovering person into their personal identity, and sustain their recovery long-term. The event is free and held at the St. Joseph Mercy

Hospital Education Center Auditorium (ground floor), 5305 Elliott Drive in Ypsilanti. ■ Spirituality and Recovery From Addiction: Spirituality and Recovery From Addiction will be presented 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 by Edward Conlin, BSEd, CADC; Addiction Counselor, Detroit Capuchin Service System. This program will describe how spirituality relates to recover from chemical dependency,

Jan. 31 by Dr. Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW; MSW Program Director, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University. Current research highlights the relationship between chemical use, addiction and trauma. This presentation by an award-winning trauma expert will review events involved with trauma exposure, trauma specific symptomology, the impact trauma has on the brain and on coping and subsequent substance use.

explore personal spiritual needs and life choices, and discuss the Twelve Steps as a spiritual program which can benefit anyone (recovering or not.) The event is free and held at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium (ground floor), 5305 Elliott Drive in Ypsilanti. ■ Trauma and Chemical Use and Addiction: Trauma and Chemical Use and Addiction will be presented 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday,

PUBLIC NOTICE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE January 30, 2012 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. FOR STATE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF City of Ypsilanti: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Ypsilanti City Clerk, Frances McMullan will be in her office, located at Ypsilanti City Hall, One South Huron Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan, to register qualified electors and amend the registration records on Monday, January 30, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. IF YOU HAVE MOVED RECENTLY YOU MUST AMEND YOUR REGISTRATION RECORD If you have any questions regarding your voter registration or the upcoming election contact the City Clerk at (734) 483-1100.

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U of M finishes with ‘sweet’ win My kids can’t get enough If you were told he would sugar. Apparently, Michigan only have 13 rushing yards and Virginia Tech also enjoy on 13 attempts you would extra sugar. have run to Las Vegas with your It was fitting mortgage and this game would go into overtime. first born in tow. The teams were And today evenly matched. you would be Both made a sleeping in the street – alone. few spectacular Robinson threw plays and both for 117 yards, made a few miscompleting takes. So let’s play only 9 of 21 TERRY JACOBY a little longer to attempts, and the Wolverines determine the had just 184 yards of total winner. offense. But two of those The Wolverines officially throws went for touchgave the Rich Rodriguez era the boot with a kick in overdowns. And the Wolverines won the game. time to defeat Virginia Tech Big plays and bigger 23-20 early Wednesday morning in the Sugar Bowl in New moments are always part of Orleans. The venue can now the bowl experience. And make way for the “varsity” Michigan enjoyed its fair share of both. game between Alabama and None better than Junior LSU on Jan. 9. Hemingway’s catch in the “I’m proud of the seniors and all they’ve done for back of the end zone for the Michigan football,” Hoke Wolverines’ third-quarter said. touchdown. Robinson basiNeither of these teams can cally tossed a jump ball and asked his receiver to make a claim to be the best in the play. He didn’t make a play, nation. But the Wolverines took a huge step this year he made a spectacular play. in at least trying to get back The wideout went as high into that conversation. There as he could, putting both hands on it and bringing it is no point lamenting on in while keeping one foot in the previous three seasons the end zone. because Brendan Gibbons kick officially put that era Hemingway also made where it belongs – in the a great play on Michigan’s past. first touchdown. He simply How fitting was it that reached over the defensive back and snatched the ball a kicker would dot the “I” away on a 45-yard TD play in Michigan’s resurgence. Gibbons was 1 for 5 last year to give the Wolverines a 7-6 on field-goal attempts. He lead with just 49 seconds to made both attempts to help play until halftime. win the Sugar Bowl. There also were big plays on the other side of the ball The Wolverines came into for the Wolverines. the game 13th ranked in the For example, Jordan country in the AP poll and could move up a few spots in Kovacs’ big open-field tackle the final rankings. Michigan to prevent a first down for ended up 11-2 overall in Virginia Tech deep in UM territory to force the Hokies Brady Hoke’s first season as to kick a field goal in the head coach. third quarter. Overall, it was nothing Jake Ryan made some huge short of amazing. It wasn’t plays both on defense and on that long ago that Hoke was special teams. Mike Martin handed a mess left behind by a coach out of his eleand Ryan Van Bergen also ment and finally out of time came up big on the defensive in Ann Arbor. side of the field. Hoke flew in from the The Wolverines also got some help from an unlikely West Coast riding a surf source – the referees. board of optimism, enthusiasm and promises. He had There was the apparent only a few weeks to hit the interception early in the recruiting trail and try to fill third quarter the officials reversed on a poor pass from the holes. Robinson. Then he threw He won 11 games with playit up for grabs on the same ers brought in by another coach to run another drive and was picked off by system. That says a lot Virginia Tech. But again the officials stepped in and about Brady Hoke, honored recently as Big Ten Coach of called defensive pass interference. the Year. So two interceptions Some might say it means reversed, keeping the Rich Rod left behind some diamonds in the rough. And drive alive and resulting in Michigan’s second TD. that may be true but credit Then there was the apparHoke for getting those players to shine. ent touchdown catch along One of those players was the sidelines in overtime Denard Robinson. He’s an that was reversed. amazing athlete. But he’s It’s a game of inches. But flawed. His weaknesses are Michigan took huge strides almost as noticeable as his in getting back to the proud strengths. But he’s our quar- tradition that is the Maize and Blue. It was a sweet terback – flaws and all. way to end an even sweeter He clearly didn’t have his best game on Tuesday night. season.

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Lincoln senior Eddie Nuttal is undefeated so far this season at 16-0 in the 152-pound weight class.

Wrestling Royalty Lincoln’s Nuttal among state’s elite By Kevin Doby Heritage Media


t Lincoln High School, third year head coach George Betts is trying to create a program full of top-notch wrestlers. Right now he’s got a few, and the star at least right now is senior Eddie Nuttal, who is undefeated so far this season at 16-0 in the 152-pound weight class. At the high school level, wrestling is a team sport, with schools competing against each other for local glory. But at its heart, wrestling is an individual sport, a match between two athletes giving each other all they can in a battle of strength and strategy. Nuttal started wrestling in the fourth grade when a fried’s dad started a club team. “My favorite part about wrestling is probably the intensity, and the individuality of the sport,” Nuttal said. The senior seems to thrive of the knowledge that it really comes down to a battle between him and another guy. On top of that, Betts feels that Nuttal has little to no fear when it comes to the sport. “I don’t think there’s a single person that Eddie would be afraid to step on the mat with,” Betts said. However, one doesn’t just get to be undefeated by hav-

ing no fear; A wrestler also have to have some abilities, and a strong work ethic to get better. “Eddie just works so hard sometimes I feel like I don’t have to worry about him at all,” Betts said. “There are a few other kids with his work ethic but if I had three or four more Eddie’s it would be amazing.” Nuttal himself doesn’t see much to his work ethic being outstanding other than knowing in order to get better; he’s got to put in the time. “In practice I just ry to put in as much work as possible so I can get better,” he said. “Get better in practice, and my conditioning will keep me going.”

But one problem with Nuttal working so hard and being very talented, is that it can be hard to find guys who can provide him a stiff challenge on the mat in practice. As a result, Betts and one of his assistants end up being the ones taking it to him on practice days. “He’s helped my technique a ton,” Nuttal said. “He’s tougher than most of the guys I practice with and he knows how to use his more. He also gives me more trouble than anyone which makes me work harder.” With Betts’ help in his senior year, Nuttal has two goals to finish his high school career: to go undefeated and to win the state

championship at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Though coach Betts feels it wouldn’t be a horrible thing for Eddie to lose a match at some point during the regular season. “Sometimes I feel like we need a loss to wake us up,”” he said. “I also think a loss early in the year doesn’t hurt. It’s a lot better than in regionals.” After high school, Nuttal wants to go onto to college and major in biology or something pre-medical, and wants to continue wrestling. He said he is not sure where he wants to go to school, because he is waiting to see what kind of scholarship opportunities he may receive.

Bell-Lincoln hockey falls By Kevin Doby Heritage Media

Brady Hoke helped lead U-M to a Sugar Bowl win.

The Belleville/Lincoln/Willow Run hockey team was back in action on Thursday night when they took on visiting Crestwood, and the team lost a high-scoring affair 7-5. The already short bench was less two players after they suffered concussions in the previous game, leaving head coach Scott Heister with about eight players beside his goalies. “We had another guy get injured

during this game, and by the end we had a guy in the box and no one on the bench to sub,” Heister said. “But considering that fact, we still played a really OK game.” The scoring started quick, with Crestwood scoring on the first shot of the game 45 seconds into the first. But Bellville/Lincoln answered quickly with a goal of the own a mere 25 seconds later scored by Zay Crawford from Mike Mobley and Matt Eller. They scored again 2 minutes later on a goal by Travis Adkins from

Brendan Pfieffer and Eller to take a quick 2-1 lead. However, Crestwood evened the game up with 6 minutes to go to finish out the first period at 2-2. The second period started the same as the first with Crestwood taking a quick lead with a goal less than a minute into the period. Belleville/ Lincoln evened the game up again with a goal by Pfieffer from Crawford three minutes later. Crestwood stepped out in front again with six PLEASE SEE HOCKEY/3-C


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A Look Back!

Outdoors writer recaps an amazing year on the hunt


wrote allow them to many stobe together but ries this they defied culyear, starttural taboos and put their love ing with above everyice fishing and 20 more stories thing else. Truly, a wonsince then. I’ve derful story. covered many I knew my outdoor advenfriend was tures and thought it dying and wantmight be fun to ed to interview Norm before do a “Year In Pancreatic Review” and briefly discuss Cancer took my favorite him away. Norm RICK stories of the O’Connor and I TAYLOR year. worked together at the Charles Of course, Reinhart Co. you can do a search on my stories and for many years before he pick your favorite or most finally retired. Sadly, he controversial. was fighting a loosing Speaking of controbattle and we were loosing precious time. versial, let’s start with a I asked Norm and his story, in which, I discussed the Michigan gun laws. wife Erma if I could interview Norm on his many This was not meant to be an opinion piece; rather, it outdoor adventures. I’m so grateful he said yes! was simply designed to go over the existing gun laws We did the story in Michigan. and finally got it out I received more comthere for everyone to ments on this story. I was read—including Norm. accused from both sides Erma told me how happy of the political isle of her husband was to see being partisan to hunting his story for everyone to and anti-hunting groups read. Norm passed away alike. Wow, who knew the very next morning that defining the gun laws and I can’t believe how in Michigan could be so blessed I was to know inflammatory? such a wonderful human One of my favorite stobeing. ries came to fruition when One of the toughest I met Heather O’Neal, decisions I’ve ever had to owner of “Of Global make as a parent was to decide if my 10 year old Interest.” son should hunt for the Heather and my wife are lifelong friends and we first time. met during a party honorI’m very proud of this ing clients of Heather’s. story because I openly disThere, I met Pemba and cuss the pros and cons of Moni Sherpa who were the such a call. My son has been huntfirst to get married at the ing with me since he was summit of Mt. Everest. 2 and knows more about Their story is inspiring wildlife behavior than and why it hasn’t been turned into a movie yet is many adults. He did get beyond me. a wild turkey this spring and he’s still the sweet, Pemba is from Nepal intelligent and funny and Moni from India. young man I’ve loved since Their cultures don’t


Rick Taylor had quite the year while chasing fish, elk and deer all around the country. the day he was born. My wife received her master’s from U of M and has been going to Camp Michigania for years. We went this last summer and had a wonderful time sailing, shooting skeet, trap, and I had the pleasure of winning the coveted “Golden Arrow.” Finding Petoskey stones in a nearby quarry and then polishing them at Camp was arguably my favorite past time at camp. It was nice to feel like a kid again and put my worries away for a week. I took my two boys on a salmon fishing charter in Frankfurt this summer. They had the times of their lives and I can honestly say it was the best time they ever had together. Their smallest king salmon was 17 pounds and we’re still enjoying the

salmon to this day. There’s just something special about taking kids fishing that we can all relate to. I shot two does during the archery season and wanted the public to see how much meat I got from it. I discussed the actual costs of the deer licenses, butcher bills and other associated costs like arrows, bow, etc... and showed off the multiple packages of meat prepped for my freezer. People talk about “organic meat” and I couldn’t agree more that venison is about as good as it gets. This next story was so epic that I had to write it in three segments.

Yes, I’m talking about my elk hunt in Wyoming hosted by Stu Phillips. Stu read my column and also knew a mutual friend of mine by the name of Gary Zenz. Stu invited me on this amazing hunt on his 14,000 acre ranch and we witnessed amazing things every single day. The rainbow and brook trout I caught were legendary, as was the experience of being pinned down by 300 elk less than one hundred yards away from us. We all shot elk and I was fortunate enough to capture these experiences on video and hope you take the opportunity to look it

up on Youtube. Yes, 2011 was a good year for me personally and professionally. I sold 25 homes this year, I married my beautiful wife in February, our daughter Ava turned 1 this fall and my son Ricky has been seizure-free this year. Finally, I was able to say goodbye to my mother just three hours before she passed away from lung cancer on Dec. 18, 2011. I hope this new year allows me to write many more stories that entertain and inspire you to enjoy our beautiful state we call Michigan! Your story ideas and comments are warmly welcomed.

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Sugar Bowl win just part of Wolverine resurgence


f course it came down to the kickers. It had to. The story was there to be written. Justin Myer, Virginia Tech’s third-string kicker missed on his only chance in overtime, a 37-yarder, after connecting on each of his first four. On the other end, Michigan’s Brendan Gibbons made the best of his 37-yard attempt in OT to give Michigan a 23-20 Sugar Bowl victory Tuesday night; the Wolverines’ first BCS victory since 2000. It was the conquering heroes from Ann Arbor that claimed victory in a game that both teams seemed poised to let slip away. Michigan didn’t appear all too interested in stopping the Hokies on third down, while Virginia Tech didn’t seem to want anything to do with offense in the red zone. The Wolverines’ secondary went AWOL for much of the first half, the Hokies couldn’t hang on to the ball at any major impasse. And full disclosure, Michigan got some help from the officials. So what? Surely, Virginia Tech wouldn’t be apologizing Wednesday morning if they were aided by a few blown calls or a few calls that went unmade. Michigan did what it had to when it needed it most. Regardless of how it happened: a false-starting kicker, a botched fake field goal that panned out, taking the first 29 minutes of the first half off, the Wolverines finished the job when the Hokies couldn’t. Of course, the Maize and Blue aren’t going to win any bowl game beauty pageants, but they’ll gladly put that Sugar Bowl Championship trophy on display when they get



back to Ann Arbor. There’s been hesitation to anoint Michigan as “back” all season. Maybe it’s time to redefine the term. The Wolverines made it back to a BCS game. For the first time since Jan. 1, 2008, they got back to winning bowl games. They beat Ohio State. They beat Notre Dame. Seems like an awfully good argument for staking their claim back among the Big Ten’s elite.

where they want to be, but that’s a heck of a foundation. Good thing too, the 2012 schedule is nothing to sneeze at. Michigan opens the season against Alabama in Dallas, remember? The same Crimson Tide team that just won its second national title in three years Monday night? The Wolverines pay visits to South Bend, Lincoln and Columbus next season. And of course, the calendar is already pointing to Oct. 20, when the Spartans and their four-game winning streak over the Wolverines come to Ann Arbor. Safe to say, a second straight 11-win season will be a tall order. There again, nobody expected the Wolverines to be this successful, this fast. As Michigan will soon find out, the hardest thing about success is learning to handle and duplicate it. No, a successful 2011 doesn’t equate to a promise of more of the same in 2012; the Wolverines are set to lose a lot of key pieces, particularly on both the offensive and defensive lines. Even factoring in the possibility of a slight regression next year, the program appears to be on solid footing and heading in the right direction. When’s the last time anyone could say that? As the celebration overtook the Superdome Tuesday night, Michigan players could be heard chanting something that has been part of Wolverine lore for years, but has rung hollow in recent years. While they may not be where they want to be yet, one thing is certain after the 2011 season. “It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine.”

Coach Brady Hoke led Michigan to 11 wins in 2011. Michigan might be “back,” but it can do better, says one Buckeye blogger.

Michigan is better, but is it enough for fans? By James Dickson Heritage Media


s Michigan football “back” after the fifth 11-win season in school history? You won’t find many in the Ann Arbor area who would say otherwise. But Tony Gerdeman, a columnist for the O-Zone, which covers Ohio State sports, wrote in his post-Sugar Bowl column that Michigan being “back” isn’t all that it’s Except they’re not. Not yet. cracked up to be. Until Michigan can get Outsiders, and especially rivals, can back to beating Michigan see things from a vantage point that State, or finding a way fans raised on Maize-and-Blue football Saturdays don’t. to compete for a Big Ten What Gerdeman and other national critchampionship, they’re still ics see is a tradition built on winning — but on the road back to glory. only up to a point. They see a program Even Brady Hoke would that has won a lot of games over the years tell you that. — more than any other college football proThere’s excitement gram, actually — but hasn’t put the wins regarding the Wolverines, together in a way to produce more than one and deservedly so. But national championship since 1948, the start for a program that prides of college football’s “modern” era. itself on such a rich hisEven if Team 132’s success represents a return to the salad days of the Lloyd Carr tory, being left out of the era, Gerdeman writes, that’s still a long conference title conversaway from the pinnacle. tion despite bringing the “There’s very little question that Brady Big Ten its only BCS game Hoke has Michigan on their way to being victory this year is a little, where they were in Lloyd Carr’s heyday,” for lack of a better term, Gerdeman wrote. “But keep in mind, Carr’s bittersweet. teams had three or more losses in 10 of his But who ever said 13 seasons.” that tradition had to be Although Brady Hoke’s 11-win perrestored overnight? formance puts him in rare air with only Fielding Yost in terms of first-season sucAn 11-2 mark under a cess at Michigan, it is the Lloyd Carr days first-year head coach, a that most Michigan fans under 40 rememtop-10 recruiting class, a ber as the good times. BCS victory all in one seaUnderneath the great regular seasons son. The Wolverines may and the immortal quotations and the not be all the way back to pageantry of the Bo Schembechler era is a program that choked in the postseason and brought home zero national championships in a 21-season span (1969-1989). Schembechler lifted the program from the doldrums, though. Prior to his arrival, Michigan had won one Big Ten championship since 1951. The winning tradition Schembechler and his successors, Gary Moeller and Carr, established taught Michigan fans to expect Big Ten championships at a regular clip. The failures of the Rich Rodriguez era reminded Michigan By Terry Jacoby fans how special that accomplishment Heritage Media really is. Dexter rallied from as many as 14 points But it took the 1997 national championdown to tie the game at 51-51 in the fourth ship season to validate the Schembechler fourth quarter and only one turnover to quarter before eventually falling to host way. 1997 was special for Michigan fans tie the game at 51-51. But Pinckney then Pinckney 59-53 last week in a non-league because it proved that winning didn’t regained the lead and the game at the foul game at Pinckney. line (converting 13 of 15 fourth-quarter free have to come at the cost of NCAA heat The host Pirates are a quick bunch and (Oklahoma during the Bud Wilkinson and throws). created 16 Dexter turnovers through the first Barry Switzer days; Ohio State in the Woody Jay Lewis and Steve Miller led Dexter three quarters of the game. Dexter finally with 12 points apiece. Miller also grabbed a Hayes and Jim Tressel days; at both schools, adjusted in the fourth quarter, turning the the violations were committed decades career-high eight rebounds. ball over only once in the final period. apart) or significant player arrests (Florida Zack Byron had 10 points, Derek Seidl The Dreads had trouble stopping the under Urban Meyer; Switzer at Oklahoma). dribble drive of Kyle Slotnik, who scored all scored eight and Jacob VanHoof seven for As author John U. Bacon wrote in the Dreads. 24 of his points in the first three quarters. “Three and Out,” his chronicle of the Rich Dexter hosts SEC powerhouse Ypsilanti Dexter rallied behind a hot shooting Rodriguez era at Michigan, “I’ve never on Friday.

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seen any fans ask more of their team than Michigan football fans ask of theirs.” That desire for winning, but only up to a point, is a great way of describing the Michigan fan’s mindset. If winning comes at the cost of breaking the rules to pay athletes, Michigan fans aren’t interested. If it comes at the cost of lowering standards, Michigan fans aren’t interested. If it requires “money handshakes” from alums or using co-eds to lure recruits to campus, Michigan fans aren’t interested. Transfers from the junior college system take starting jobs at programs like USC or Alabama, but are rare at Michigan. There’s only so much the Michigan fanbase is willing to sacrifice to win. And the line is drawn at character. Not that winning isn’t important. Hardly a football Saturday in Ann Arbor escapes without mention that Michigan is the winningest college football program of all time. The school song is called “The Victors,” and players, coaches and fans sing it after every win. Every coach to win a national championship at Michigan, save for Lloyd Carr, is immortalized by either a building or, in the case of Harry Kipke, a service drive, on the athletic campus. And as every on-the-fence player has been told since the 1969 season, Those Who Stay Will Be Champions. But more than a mere return to greatness is available to Michigan under Brady Hoke, Gerdeman writes. “The ultimate goal shouldn’t be to simply get ‘back,’” Gerdeman writes, “because ‘back’ wasn’t really as great as many may remember. The goal should be more. It should be larger.” The goal should be to reach the pinnacle. To win a national championship. Under Hoke, Michigan has found the nexis between tradition and winning. Whereas Rich Rodriguez was brought in to break from the ways of Schembechler and Carr era, apparently by losing as many Big Ten games as possible, Hoke represents not only a return to those days but a step forward past them. An era in which special seasons need not be marred by losses to lesser opponents. An era in which good regular seasons need not be marred by postseason embarrassment. Even if the team takes a step back in 2012, which is likely in a season when Michigan hits the road to face Alabama, Notre Dame, Nebraska and the Urban Meyer-led Buckeyes, Hoke has had success as a recruiter and has the coaches who can turn true freshmen into contributors. Fans will be talking about “special seasons” in 2013 and beyond. “The goal should be to make Michigan better than it has ever been before,” Gerdeman writes. “However, to acknowledge that would be admitting that it hasn’t been as great as Michigan Men want to believe it has been.” Staff Writer James David Dickson can be reached at



minutes left but Crawford answered 40 seconds later to tie it up with assists from Mobley and Pfieffer. With 2 minutes to go and on the power play, Crestwood scored the final goal of the period and took a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. “On offense, we did a good job keeping control in the zone. We had some of our best cycling of the season so far,” Heister said. “But with a short bench, our penalty kill is just suffering.” Crestwood scored two goals in the final period, but Crawford locked up a hat trick with his team’s only goal of the final period with 4 minutes to go with an assist from Adkins. “Zay had a good game,” Heister said. “When he decides that he wants to go for it, he’s the best skater on the ice.” However, Crawford is one of the players who suffered

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Zay Crawford had a hat trick for Belleville-Lincoln in a 7-5 loss to Crestwood. a mild concussion earlier in the season, so Heister says he has noticed some hesitancy on Crawford’s part. “He seems kind of timid out there right now, but when he wants to, he’s dominant because he’s just a really fast skater,” Heister said.

Heister and his squad take to the ice twice this week, at home in Canton against Dexter on Friday at 9:30 p.m. and on the road against Our lady of the Lakes on Saturday at 5:50 p.m. “We’ve gotten beat up a

couple times, but it’s been a great season because of the kids. They are very coachable,” Heister said. “Plus I’ve definitely noticed us getting better, in terms of the learning process, but so far it’s been a real fun season.”

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DNR conservation officers: Public safety officers, too


o a lot of people, conservation officers are perceived as “fish cops” – men and women who go around measuring fish, checking licenses and otherwise enforcing the game and fish laws of the state. But COs are fully empowered peace officers with the same powers and responsibilities as police. That includes public safety. And though that part of the job may not be visible to the casual observer, COs take it seriously. In the last several years, a number of Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have been cited for meritorious service for their life-saving actions. Need an example? Let’s start with Sgt. Marc Pomroy and CO Dave Painter in Iron County. The pair received a call about a missing elderly gentleman, who had gone on his usual morning walk, but failed to return by early afternoon. Painter and Pomroy contacted the fellow’s sister (who’d reported him missing) and went out to look for the man. He was not where his sister said he usually walked, but the pair noticed some tracks – recently made, but rapidly disappearing in the blowing snow -- and commenced following them. Long story short, the pair located the man, who was down in the snow, unresponsive and bleeding from both wrists (apparently a suicide attempt). The officers began first aid and carried the man – who was suffering from severe hypothermia -- back to the truck and drove him out to the road where an ambulance awaited. The fellow was treated for hypothermia and was spared loss of life and limb. (He also agreed to seek psy-







and out of his clothes, and warm him up. Fortunately, he’d only been in the water about 10 minutes. The hunter thanked the officers profusely for saving his life. Less than a year later, Hobkirk was involved in another near-drowning incident, this time with conservation officer Chad Foerster. The pair was on patrol when they came across an apparently intoxicated young male who was trying to swim across the Saginaw River. When the officers asked him if he needed help, he declined it – and immediately disappeared beneath the surface. When the swimmer bobbed up, Hobkirk was able to grab his hand and the pair hauled him into their boat. According to Mobile Medical Response employee Anthony Ronaldo, who met the officers and victim on land, the man would have drowned had not the officers intervened. Alcohol and water sports also figured into a rescue

chiatric care.) According to a letter from Sgt. Wade Cross of the Iron County Sheriff ’s Department, “the ‘heads up’ work of Painter and Pomroy saved this man’s life.” Sometimes, life-saving intervention is matter of being in the right place at the right time. Conservation Officers Scott Brown and Robert Hobkirk were at a launch ramp at Saginaw Bay, trying to determine the best course of action for patrol on a cold, windy, wet day, when a pair of duck hunters came in to the dock in a nearly swamped 18-foot boat. They reported that the third member of their party was out in a now-untended layout boat. The officers went out to look for the hunter and found him out of the boat and in the water with waves crashing above his head. He was too cold and weak to move, but the COs managed to pull him into their boat, get him to shore






and assisted some others in pulling the 40-year-old male – who was not breathing and had no pulse – to shore. Vanderwall immediately assisted with CPR until EMS arrived on the scene, but the victim did not survive. Vanderwall was cited for meritorious service. Often the interventions do end happily. Officers Jonathon Sklba and Mark Ennett responded to a report of a capsized vessel in high seas on Lake Erie. Ennett located the boat from shore and Sklba accompanied a Monroe County marine rescue patrol out into the lake, where two subjects were plucked from the water. They were pulled aboard the rescue boat and taken to shore for treatment of hypothermia. Officers Joe Molnar, William Webster, Richard Stowe and Sgt. Greg Drogowski teamed up to search for a boater whose boat sunk more than two miles off shore in Lake Huron north of Alpena. One of the boaters was able

on the St. Clair River during the annual Float Down event. Conservation Officers Todd Szyska and Ken Kovach were assisting the U.S. Coast Guard on a safety patrol when they responded to a call for help from a young male who was holding onto a tube and a female companion. The female passed out and submerged, came up, and submerged again. The male – who turned out to be her son – managed to grab her and Szyska was able to grasp her by the torso and haul her into the boat. The victim, who was incoherent, combative and extremely intoxicated, was turned over to emergency medical personnel. Of course, not all attempts at life-saving end happily. Conservation Officer Carl Vanderwall was performing maintenance on his watercraft at Petoskey State Park when he was told a swimmer was struggling nearby in two- to three-foot waves. He raced down to the beach

to swim to shore but the other couldn’t. All officers searched for the victim for almost two hours before Molnar, who was in his 16-foot boat along with a paramedic, spotted an orange object (a life jacket) bobbing on the surface. Molnar alerted the nearby Coast Guard vessel and the victim was hoisted aboard the larger boat as Molnar dropped off the paramedic to treat the victim. The victim was very near death from hypothermia when he was rescued. Molnar received a LifeSaving Award and the three other officers were given Meritorious Service Awards. In each of these cases, the DNR conservation officers involved went far beyond measuring fish when called upon. Michigan’s conservation officers are much, much more than fish cops. They are public servants who make public safety – up to and including saving lives – a big part of their job.


Thu. night







Cloudy, flurries; colder

Colder with some snow

Cloudy with snow showers

Mostly cloudy, flurries

Mostly cloudy

Partly sunny

Cloudy; snow at night

Mostly cloudy and cold

37° to 43°

18° to 24°

26° to 32° 14° to 20°

25° to 31° 10° to 16°

27° to 33° 20° to 26°

30° to 36° 16° to 22°

24° to 30° 9° to 15°

21° to 27° 3° to 9°


Temperatures 1/12 - 1/18



Precipitation 1/12 - 1/18

Statistics for the week ending Monday, Jan. 9

Temperatures: High/low for the week .................................. 54°/15° Normal high/low ............................................ 31°/16° Average temperature ......................................... 31.4° Normal average temperature .......................... 23.5° Precipitation: Total for the week ............................................... trace Total for the month ........................................... 0.09” Total for the year ............................................... 0.09” Normal for the month ...................................... 0.38” Normal for the year .......................................... 0.38”

Flint 36/23

Durand 39/24 Lansing 39/22 Mason 36/23


Pontiac 39/23

Howell 37/23

Sterling Heights 41/26

PAST WEEK’S TEMPS Temperatures



35 42

15 19 21 Tue. Wed. Thu.


45 38 43

34 32


Dexter 37/22



Chelsea 39/22

Jackson 38/21

Manchester 39/21

20 18


Ann Arbor 39/21 Ypsilanti 39/22

SALINE 40/21 Milan 39/22

Tecumseh 40/21















Sat. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. The higher the UV Index™ number, the greater the need for eye and skin protection. 0-2 Low; 3-5 Moderate; 6-7 High; 8-10 Very High; 11+ Extreme. The patented RealFeel Temperature is an exclusive index of effective temperature based on eight weather factors. Shown are the highs for the day.

RIVER LEVELS As of 7 a.m. Monday

Flood Current stage stage Ecorse Creek Dearborn Heights ........................... -- .......... 2.38 ft Huron River Ann Arbor ................................... 16 ft ......... 13.10 ft Mallets Creek Ann Arbor ........................................ -- .......... 3.40 ft Mill Creek Dexter .......................................... 12 ft .......... 6.91 ft River Raisin Manchester ...................................... -- .......... 3.72 ft

LAKE LEVELS Lake Normal Current Lake Erie ............................. 580.11 ft ...... 571.77 ft Lake St. Clair ........................... 575 ft ...... 574.12 ft

Windsor 39/26

Dundee 41/23 Monroe 39/24


Weekly UV Index and RealFeel Temperature®


Detroit 37/24

Belleville 38/22

Sun. Mon.

Hillsdale 37/21

Shown is Thursday’s weather. Temperatures are Thursday’s highs and Thursday night’s lows.


Adrian Ann Arbor Battle Creek Bay City Detroit Flint Grand Rapids Kalamazoo Lansing Livonia

Wed. Hi/Lo/W

44/38/pc 47/37/pc 46/35/pc 44/36/pc 46/35/pc 45/35/pc 46/33/pc 46/35/pc 44/34/pc 48/35/pc

Thu. Hi/Lo/W

39/21/sf 39/21/sf 37/21/sf 36/24/sf 37/24/sf 36/23/sf 38/24/sf 36/21/sf 39/22/sf 37/24/sf

Fri. Hi/Lo/W

29/17/sf 29/17/sf 25/17/sf 28/17/sf 29/19/sf 28/17/sf 25/17/sf 24/17/sf 25/17/sf 29/21/sf

Sat. Hi/Lo/W

29/15/sf 28/13/sf 28/15/sf 24/14/sf 27/17/sf 28/14/sf 28/16/sf 29/16/sf 27/15/sf 29/18/sf


Manistee Midland Muskegon Pontiac Port Huron Saginaw Sault Ste. Marie Sturgis Traverse City Warren

Wed. Hi/Lo/W

42/29/c 43/36/pc 44/33/pc 46/35/pc 44/34/pc 43/34/pc 39/28/sn 47/35/pc 40/30/c 45/35/pc

Thu. Hi/Lo/W

38/24/sn 38/24/sf 37/24/sf 39/23/sf 40/25/sf 36/24/sf 31/13/sn 36/19/sf 39/23/sn 38/26/sf

Fri. Hi/Lo/W

25/16/sf 27/17/sf 25/18/sf 28/18/sf 26/19/sf 30/17/sf 17/-2/sf 22/15/sf 24/14/sf 29/21/sf

Sat. Hi/Lo/W

23/14/sf 25/17/sf 28/18/sf 28/15/sf 26/16/sf 24/14/sf 8/4/sf 27/15/sf 22/14/sf 27/20/sf

Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice.

SUN AND MOON The Sun Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Rise 8:03 a.m. 8:02 a.m. 8:02 a.m. 8:01 a.m. 8:01 a.m. 8:01 a.m. 8:00 a.m.

Set 5:24 p.m. 5:25 p.m. 5:26 p.m. 5:28 p.m. 5:29 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:31 p.m.

The Moon Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday


Rise 9:34 p.m. 10:44 p.m. 11:54 p.m. none 1:06 a.m. 2:18 a.m. 3:29 a.m.

Set 9:41 a.m. 10:10 a.m. 10:39 a.m. 11:10 a.m. 11:44 a.m. 12:23 p.m. 1:09 p.m.





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Feb 7

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Atlanta Boston Chicago Cincinnati Cleveland Dallas Denver Honolulu Houston Kansas City Las Vegas Los Angeles Miami Minneapolis New Orleans New York City Orlando Philadelphia Phoenix Pittsburgh St. Louis San Francisco Seattle Wash., DC

Thu. Hi/Lo/W

58/28/pc 46/36/r 27/14/sn 43/19/sh 43/24/sh 48/29/pc 44/16/s 80/67/sh 56/32/pc 28/11/c 59/42/s 74/50/s 79/63/pc 12/3/pc 62/33/pc 50/38/r 74/54/s 54/38/r 68/46/pc 45/22/sh 33/16/sf 61/42/s 43/28/pc 57/38/pc

Fri. Hi/Lo/W

Sat. Hi/Lo/W

45/27/pc 44/28/c 22/15/c 31/18/c 32/19/sf 55/33/s 49/21/pc 78/66/pc 55/33/pc 31/16/pc 59/41/s 78/53/s 79/61/pc 17/8/pc 51/35/pc 44/27/c 68/45/pc 44/27/pc 68/46/s 29/19/sf 31/18/pc 63/41/s 43/31/pc 46/27/pc

50/30/s 36/21/pc 25/20/pc 33/18/sf 28/19/sf 58/35/pc 48/28/s 78/67/pc 61/41/pc 40/24/s 61/41/s 73/50/pc 72/57/pc 26/15/pc 58/39/s 36/27/pc 66/42/pc 37/24/pc 68/46/pc 28/17/c 36/25/pc 60/41/s 47/35/pc 40/25/pc

Fri. Hi/Lo/W

Sat. Hi/Lo/W


Athens Berlin Buenos Aires Cairo Calgary Hong Kong Jerusalem Johannesburg London Mexico City Montreal Moscow Paris Rio de Janeiro Rome Seoul Singapore Sydney Tokyo Warsaw

Thu. Hi/Lo/W

52/37/pc 45/33/r 77/59/s 59/46/s 36/22/c 64/61/c 46/40/pc 80/62/t 52/41/pc 73/43/pc 28/25/sn 32/24/sf 46/38/c 88/73/sh 57/37/s 30/25/sf 84/77/t 75/61/s 45/36/pc 42/34/r

56/41/s 37/28/sh 81/61/s 62/48/pc 45/28/pc 64/61/r 46/39/r 80/60/t 48/36/pc 76/45/pc 28/10/sn 33/22/sn 46/30/c 90/74/s 57/40/pc 36/19/s 84/75/t 79/63/pc 50/37/s 38/29/t

59/43/pc 34/24/s 82/64/s 63/46/pc 31/11/pc 66/63/r 50/40/sh 74/58/t 45/34/pc 74/45/s 12/-11/pc 27/16/c 39/28/s 89/75/c 57/41/sh 37/21/s 86/75/t 79/64/sh 48/36/pc 32/23/sn

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