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After a 10 year hiatus from the corner of US 12 and M 52, Lance Underwood returned Monday as the general sales manager for Suburban Chevrolet.



CAC News with Nancy Grott


Around the Town with Joyce


Community Calendar


Clinton Sports

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Winter Homecoming


Here and There with Sue Salcau


Book Nook w Megan McLaughlin


Outdoor Ricochet with Joe Roth


Artist of the Week



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LANCE UNDERWOOD RETURNS Lance Underwood has a long history of helping Clinton area residents find the right new vehicle. After 10 years at Chelsea Chevrolet, Lance is now settling back in at the familiar store on the corner of US12 and M52. The store, now owned by The Suburban Collection, was once owned by the Underwood Family. As of February 1, Lance is now the retail manager for Suburban Chevrolet. Though it was not to be announced until this Monday, Lance found himself inundated with welcoming, congratulatory calls. “So far the support has been really overwhelming,” Lance said. “From my phone to my emails, everything just lit up. It traveled so fast!” According to Lance, his grandfather started the first Underwood Family car dealership in 1939 in Downtown Clinton, where the Clinton Township Library now stands on Brown Street. “We used to call it ‘Underwood’s down on Brown,’” said Lance. Coming from a family-owned background as he does, Lance admitted to being nervous about making the move to join such a large company. The Suburban Group, headed by David Fischer, is the largest auto dealer in the state for all makes and models. It is the 18th largest in the nation, according to Underwood. “I have been very impressed. It was only my second day, I was nervous, I heard all the different stories you can hear -- and none of them were true,” Lance said. “I get there, and they are just really, really down to earth people.” Lance was impressed by the structure of Suburban, especially when it comes to customer satisfaction. He said the Clinton store ranks high in customer satisfaction. “This is a company that puts their customers first,” said Lance. The question on most minds is probably, “Will Lance be too busy to personally help me buy a new car?” “If I couldn’t get with them right away, I would have someone help them, but I would do all the numbers,” Lance said. “I would do everything to make sure the deal was still a Lance Underwood deal.” The cooler in his office is stocked with soda, and Lance Underwood is ready for you to come down and talk.

WINTER HOMECOMING KING & QUEEN (Left) Clinton High School seniors Kristi Wenk and Anthony Stockdale were named Winter Homecoming King and Queen during the halftime of last Friday’s basketball game. More homecoming and basketball photos are inside this issue.

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Around the Town with Joyce Lancaster

HIS *BLEEP* DON’T STINK! Kieran Mulcare is kind of a big deal. Like Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Peter Dinklage, Cindy Crawford and Peyton and Eli Manning, the New York based actor starred in a Super Bowl 52 ad that was seen by an estimated 103.4 million viewers and cost north of $5 million for 30 seconds of airtime. Plus, “his bleep don’t stink”...or at least his ad character’s doesn’t. Kieran was cast as Dave in the Proctor and Gamble/Febreze ad that aired in the second quarter on Sunday. Kieran, who has the recurring role of Reuben on Netflix/Marvel’s Jessica Jones series, has appeared as the White Rabbit on Gotham, and has had guest roles on The Blacklist and Law and Order. He is good friends with my cousin Jessica Koch McCollough (whose family used to have a summer cottage at Wampler’s Lake). Through her I was able to contact him and get his autograph (pictured), and ask him about filming the ad. “I’m so impressed with how this turned out,” he said. “Working with (Oscarnominated) director Bryan Buckley was a real dream. The whole crew was wonderful, and you can see how great the cast is. We improvised A LOT on the theme, so it was interesting to see what they were able to fit into a 30-second and minute long spots. I decided to say Febreze oddly since, well, it was supposed to be the first time reading it.” Early reviews of the commercial praise it for it’s deadpan humor, fine acting, and Kieran/Dave scores off the charts in like-ability. Cousin Jess agrees, saying, “He is amazing and sweet. I am so proud of him.” You can see both versions of the ad on youtube #bleepdontstink



by Nancy Grott The Clinton Arts Center welcomed Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator Special Projects for the Detroit Institute of Art. Ms. Heller was inspecting the Clinton Arts Center’s gallery and facility to ensure it meets the national standards set by the American Alliance of Museums. This designation will allow Clinton Arts Center to host traveling art exhibitions of national merit that require museum standards for security, climate control, dry fire suppression system, and controlled UV light entering the facility. Clinton Arts Center looks forward to welcoming the public to its first exhibition in June, 2018. The Regional Fiber Arts Exhibition which will be an invitational juried by Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Fiber Artist, Sally Rose, and will include the exhibition and a gallery talk by Ms. Rose. Details to follow regarding this exhibition.


The Clinton Little League will hold registration Saturday, February 10, 2018 in the Clinton Middle SChool from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Registration forms are now available in the Village Office for Clinton Youth Soccer. Teams must be registered by February 15, 2018. Questions? Call Dino at 517-403-3282.


Pictured from Left to right: Stephen Wilson, Architect, OX Studio, Craig Duppong, Project Manager, Contracting Resources Inc., Nancy Grott, Executive Director Clinton Arts Center and Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator Special Projects Detroit Institute of Art. Photo submitted.

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by Norleen Hicks, Historical Society of Clinton (Taken from the Clinton Local in 1904): Tecumseh may be passing Clinton in the number of homes. Percy Slayton is recovering from the fever caused by eating ice cream at Alma College. Miss Edith Chase reports a very pleasant trip to the old country. Aaron Norcross and John Rogers have been busy deliverying for Jean. Don’t forget the chicken pie supper at the Town Hall next Saturday night, serving 20 cents. Fred Tag has been troubled smiling with the big boil on his right cheek. The Blackman’s have a cement walk in front of their property on Jackson St. L.W. Kimball brought home a string of fish from Wamplers Lake. Conductor Robb is back on the freight office after an attack of measles. Misses Gertie Anglemyer and Ella Jacob are home after visiting around Jackson. Ray Ellis has move to Blissfield. Jas Marin stopped by The Local to renew his subscription and show off a fine span of new horses. Local News continued on PAGE 4

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LOCAL CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 CHS Coed Varsity Bowling Home (Ten Pin Alley) 4 p.m. Rotary Club of Clinton UCC basement 6 p.m. Preschool Story Time Clinton Library 11:30 a.m.

Veggie Mobile Clinton UCC 9:30 a.m.

Lion’s Club Meeting Clinton Coney Island 6 p.m.

Senior Center Clinton United Church Christ 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Senior Center Clinton United Church Christ 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Preschool Story Time Clinton Library 11:30 a.m.

Valentines Day

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 CHS Girls Basketball Home 5:30 & 7 p.m. Senior Center Clinton United Church Christ 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Book Club Meeting Clinton Township Public Library 3:00 p.m. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 CHS Boys Basketball Home 5:30 & 7 p.m. Blood Drive Suburban Chevrolet of Clinton 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 CHS Coed Varsity Wrestling MHSAA Individual Districts Home 9 a.m. Clinton Little League Registration CMS 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 CMS Girls Basketball Home 4:30 p.m. Village of Clinton Council Meeting 7 p.m.

CHS Coed Varsity Bowling Home (Ten Pin Alley) 4 p.m.

Rotary Club of Clinton UCC basement 6 p.m.

CMS Girls Basketball Home 4:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Senior Center Clinton United Church Christ 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Rotary Club of Clinton UCC basement 6 p.m.

Knitting & Crochet Clinton Library 4 p.m.

Preschool Story Time Clinton Library 11:30 a.m. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Senior Center Clinton United Church Christ 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 CHS Boys Basketball Home Parent’s Night 5:30 & 7 p.m.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 CHS Girls Varsity Basketball District #70 playoffs begin River Raisin Stitchers Guild Clinton Library 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lenten Fish Fry (Every Friday thru 3/23) St. Mary’s of Manchester 4:30 to 7 p.m.

WED., FEBRUARY 28 Rotary Club of Clinton UCC basement 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 17 Daddy Daughter Dance CES Gym

Preschool Story Time Clinton Library 11:30 a.m.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Clinton Community Schools Board Meeting CHS Library 6:06 p.m. Clinton Library Board Meeting 7 p.m.

Township of Clinton Trustees Board Meeting 7 p.m. River Raisin Stitchers Guild Clinton Library 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. CES Math & Science Night 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 CHS Boys Basketball Home 5:30 & 7 p.m.

River Raisin Stitchers Guild Clinton Library 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 CMS Girls Basketball Home 4:30 p.m. Veggie Mobile Clinton UCC 9:30 a.m. SKCC Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Clinton High School vs. Whitmore Lake High School Basketball and Detroit Pistons Game Little Caesars Arena starts 11:30 a.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Clinton Clothes Closet Clinton Baptist Church 9 a.m. - Set Up 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Senior Center Clinton United Church Christ 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CHS Coffee House music, art, writing collaboration with baked goods and beverages for sale FRIDAY, MARCH 2 Clinton Clothes Closet Clinton Baptist Church 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GINGER-CRUSTED SALMON WITH MELON SALSA Spicy and fresh, this easy dinner of rich salmon and melon-hot pepper salsa is healthy and anything but bland. 2 cubed cantaloupe cut into 1/3-inch pieces 1 cubed honeydew, cut into 1/3-inch pieces 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves 1 jalapeno chile 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger 2 teaspoons curry powder Salt Pepper 4 piece skinless salmon fillet 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1. In medium bowl, combine cantaloupe, honeydew, cilantro, mint, jalapeno, lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring until well-mixed; set aside. 2. In small bowl, stir together ginger, curry powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Spread mixture evenly all over nonskin side of each fillet. 3. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium 1 minute. Add salmon, ginger side down, and cook 10 minutes or until salmon just turns opaque in center, turning over once. Serve salmon with melon salsa. Serves 4. STRAWBERRIES WITH AMARETTO 2 pints strawberries, hulled and each cut into quarters, or halves if small 2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh orange peel 1. In large bowl, toss strawberries with liqueur, sugar and peel. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon strawberries with their juice into four dessert bowls. Makes 4 (1 1/4 cup) servings. * Each serving: About 95 calories, 1g total fat, 2mg sodium, 20g carb., 3g dietary fiber, 1g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at (c) 2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved



Registration forms are now available in the Village Office. Teams must be registered by

FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Questions? Call Dino at


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CLINTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Second Marking Period Honor Roll



ALL A’S – Shawn Baughey, Tiana Hernandez, Morgan Huggins , Avery Loftis, Broden Manchester, Jacob Pizio, Kaylin Sposite, Ronan Stelzer, Zoey Utz All A’s and B’s – Peter Baker, Isabella Bannon, Aiden Blom, Owen Buckmaster, Elizabeth Cameron Abbigail Carter, Gabriella Cordova, Lucas Coughlin, Kelsey Covell, Connor Cureton, Louis Della-Badia, Harper Doyle, Amy Erismann, Jordan Funchion, Dacari Garrison, Jacob Halchishak, Kyra Hendrick, Annabelle Howard, Jacob Jeffrey, Jonah Jeffrey, Hailey Kastanis, Chance Maddox, Abigail Martinez, Anders McClelland, Emma Pask, Kyler Pawlowski, Samuel Quintana, Mitchel Reiser, Penny Robison, Brandon Ruhl, Jimmy Schaffner, Rillie Shepherd, Austin Strand , Lola Szczesniak, Caleb Tabbert, Abigail Ureche, Peyton Young, FOURTH GRADE ALL A’S –Mia Calucci, Camdenne Kruse, Christopher Maylone, Kiya Maylone, Zoe Ostermyer, Anusha Sachin, Elijah Turner, Ava VanTuyle, All A’s and B’s - Korynn Allen, Delilah Buckmaster, Taylor Demetriou, Natalie Ernst, Finnley Faulkner, Layla Freeman, Jayden German, James Harrison, Elijah Jones, Boston Lawler, Kaden Maddox, Kiya Maylone,Robert McDonald, Layla McDowell, Madison McWilliams, Emma Neff, Lydia Ormsby, Alexander Packer, Colt Perry, Annabell Preston, Austin Putnam, Bryce Randolph, Jaden Romero, Jaren Settles, Devon Trent, Lillian Trubiano, Genevieve Urban, Ginger Wahl, Elizabeth White Fifth Grade All A’s – Katelyn Baker, Marcus Blaze, Madilyn Bowles, Preston Cruz, Chase Gillman, Ryan Handy, Mason Harden, Kaylee Kranz, Ashlyn Lehman, Mattis Riddle, Ava Roesler, Zoey Sierer, Jalen Stelzer, Brodie Stipe, Soren Stockmyer All A’s and B’s – Raven Aldridge, Gage Blackburn, Mason Brodie, Andrew Fair, Ruby Faulkner, Jacob Felts, Reese Fox-Nix, Eden Frederick, Abyona Freeman, Maya Freeman, Joshua Funchion, Xavier Gibbs, Michael Gout, Taryn Hernandez, Griffin Howe, Sharon Huizenga, Calen Keith, Sara King, Alexander Kuebler, Broderick Long, Savannah Marston-Wilkerson, Hamza Rafferty, Michael Ruhl, Samson Schaffner, Annika Schmittlein, Lauren Sheneman, Blake Sloan, Danny Stewart, Kamryn VanSickle, David Wegner, Grace Welch, Logan Wright

6th grade – Allison Bowles, Alissa Duford, Lucas Goodman, Maximillian Hampel, Brandon Johnson, Jacob Kirk, Monicka Maslak, Amy McDonald, Nicole McDonald, Theodore Pizio, Zoe Rymanowicz, Anna Schaffner, Nalani Schanz, Michael Schmenk, Emma Shankland, Paige Shankland, Ava Snelling, Samantha Starnes, Stella Starnes, Anna Vincent, Aiden Weaver, Mia Yakubesan, Connor Younts. 7th grade – Caden Arntz, Joseph Blaze, Lara Boike, Kelly Bowles, Landon Busz, Jeffrey Dudek, EmmaLee Fair, Griffin Faulkner, Brynn Frederick, Ella Graves, Pierston Gregg, Elise Kruse, Lexington Lawler, Bradyn Lehman, Cassandra McNatt, Leanna Mercier, Ava Ormsby, Audrey Owen, Abigail Robinson, Mallory Roesch, Sydney Schuler, Zackary Shadley, Sophia Sheneman, Ruby Sierer, Ethan Washburn, Ethan Younts. 8th grade – Payton Blaze, Dylan Bowles, Alexa Brockway, Ryan Doty, Rachel Duford, Weston Fortney, Joseph Gillman, Brianna Goel, Zander Hernandez, Samuel Hoffman, Matthew Johnson, Kent McCombs, Levi Mercier, Taylor Randolph, Kaden Settles, Derek Tomalak, Rachel Ureche, Davia Welch. B- or better Honor Roll 6th grade – Emmet Bodmer-Claussen, Samantha Coots, Michael Czinski, Kailyn Demetriou, Emma DesJardins, Chloe Drew, Jacob Funchion, Righley Holcomb, Tennessee Lawler, Marriah Montgomery, Robin Mull, Unity Nelson, Kendall Phillip, Jaclyn Rickabaugh, Logan Roberts, Chainge Robison, Seth Root, Jacob Rothman, Nikolas Shadley, Emerald Sierer, Nicholas Spicer, Jordan Wakefield, Jacob Welch 7th grade – Makalynn Adams, Jerry Adams, Aaliyah Allen, Michelle Arntz, Zachary Berns, Connor Busz, Alissa Crick, Nathan Desbrough, Lahna Drew, Zachary Duford, Alexander Ferrell, Jacob Gilson, Abby Gragg, Riley Hack, Raiven Hanson, Jordan Howard, Lilli Howe, Madison Huggins, Keegan Huston, Hailey Ketchum, Riley Kniffen, Nolyn Maslak, Nicholas McAllister, Brandon McLaughlin, Katherine Monell, Sylas Montgomery, Dawson Mull, Xavier Ostermyer, Victoria Pace, Breanna Ramos, Noelle Riley, Brynn Ruhl, McKenna Schmittlein, Nathan Smith, Mia Struck, Ethen White, Catherine Young, Caden Zbikowski. 8th grade – Autumn Barnes, Jonathan Baughey, Adin Becker, Joseph Bohnett, MacKenzie Brandvold, Mykell Brodie, Devon Curry, Savana Dudek, Jessica Gout, Ethan Herington, Cameron Johns, Carter Keith, Carson Moore, Eric Neff, Josilyne Schanz, Ashlyn Schmidt, Brennan Schnaidt, Tyler Stump, Clayton Washburn, Thomas Yang.


by Ally Schmidt The Clinton High School “Rachel’s Challenge” group, along with Student Government, are proud to present the “Shamrock Shindig,” a free event for seniors at the high school on Saturday, March 17, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. The event will be a “prom” for senior citizens, but will include a meal, entertainment from the CHS Jazz Band and “Lady Reds” vocal group, as well as shuffleboard, bingo, card games, and more! The idea originated with Superintendent Jim Cracraft, who oversaw a similar event as the principal of a middle school in Northville. The “Rachel’s Challenge” group has been visiting local seniors once a week at the United Church of Christ, but was looking for a more special way to honor its local senior citizens. Any local seniors interested in attending the “Shamrock Shindig” should RSVP with Mr. Fielder at, or should call (517) 456-6511.


By Fire Chief - EMTB Dennis Keezer JANUARY 2018 TOTALS Structure Fire 0 Alarm-Fire / CO 3 Mutual Aid Given to other Departments 0 Motor Vehicle Crash 6 Medical/EMS Run 23 Citizens Assist 2 911 Responses for 2018 Total 34 Meeting 4 Trainings 3 Truck Check - Training 1 WCHM Team Training 2 School Drills (Cert. Teams) 0 Vehicle Maintenance 2 Annual Awards Banquet 1 Total Department Activities for 2018 13

Tecumseh Times MOM2MOM SALE

by Nance Schlanderer St. Elizabeth CCW is sponsoring their 12th Annual Mom2Mom Sale Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Center at 506 N. Union Street, Tecumseh. The event is open to the public. Rental spaces are available for $10 per eight foot table and $2 per additional hanging rack space – you supply the rack. Large item area space is free with table rental, plus 10% of large item sales. Without a table rental, a one-time fee of $5.00 will be charged. Refreshments will be available, and donations will be accepted. Strollers are allowed. Admission/donation is $1.00 per person. continued on page 6

Tecumseh Sweeps County Bowling Tournament

Julian Liuska and Elliot Discher of Tecumseh won first and second places, respectively.

Liza Verrier and Kendall Herron of Tecumseh won first and second places, respectively.

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FAITH The Lenten Season


1. Is the book of Valentin in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From 1 John 3:18, “Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in ... .”? Hope, Abundance, Touch, Truth 3. Solomon and who exchanged the memorable line, “For love is strong as death.”? The Shulamite, Delilah, Queen of Sheba, Rachel 4. From Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all ... .”? Sins, Beings, Creation, Enemies 5. What couple’s tragic death was comparable to Romeo and Juliet’s fate? Samson/Delilah, Annanias/Sapphira, Jacob/Rachel, Hosea/ Gomer 6. From Hebrews 13:4, what is honorable in all? Love, Trust, Marriage, Worship ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) Truth; 3) The Shulamite; 4) Sins; 5) Annanias/Sapphira; 6) Marriage Comments? More Trivia? Visit (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

The Lenten season begins next week. It is a time for Christians to fast, abstain, and do penitence in commemoration of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness prior to the beginning of His ministry. Lent lasts forty weekdays and runs from Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2018 to Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018 -- the day before Easter Sunday. Many Christians will celebrate next Tuesday, February 12, 2018, a day called “Fat Tuesday,” “Mardi Gras,” Shrove Tuesday,” “Pancake Day,”or “Carnival.” On this day, Christians traditionally eat fatty or rich foods, which they then must forgo during Lent. Typical foods for Fat Tuesday include Pączki, deep fried doughnuts typically filled with jelly, fruit, or pudding and often topped with powdered sugar, icing, or a frosting. Your local Busch’s Fresh Food Market carries a wide variety of these seasonal favorites.

CHURCH DIRECTORY Bridge Baptist Church 112 E. Church St., Clinton Pastor Ron Kramarczyk Worship 2 p.m. Bible Study 7 p.m. Thurs. Clinton Assembly of God 13088 Clinton Rd., Clinton Pastor James Patterson Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:45 a./6:30 p.m. Clinton Baptist Church 11555 Clinton-Tecumseh Pastor Jon Turner Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Clinton Church of God  11204 N. Adrian Hwy, Clinton Pastor Gary Adams Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11:00 a.m. Clinton United Church of Christ 300 Tecumseh Rd., Clinton Reverend Diane White Worship 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m.  Clinton United Methodist Church 10990 Tecumseh Rd. Pastor Pam BeedleGee Sunday School 10:45 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Solid Rock Church 810 Tecumseh Rd., Clinton   Pastor Tim Richmond Sunday Worship 11:30 a.m. Prayer Service Thursday 7 p.m. St. Dominic Catholic Church 220 Brown St., Clinton Rev Fr. Daniel Wheeler, Pastor Mass Saturday 4:30 p.m./Sunday 9:15 a.m. St. John’s Episcopal 122 E. Church St., Clinton Pastor Susie Shaefer Sunday School and Worship 9:30 a.m. Macon United Church 11964 Macon Hwy, Macon Reverend Ruth Irish Worship 10:30 a.m. St. James United Church of Christ 11005 W. Michigan, Saline Pastor Rev. John Deuble Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School 9 a.m. Riverbend Friends

9500 Tecumseh-Clinton Hwy., Tecumseh Pastor Mike Dennis 10:45 a.m. Worship, Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist, 6795 Occidental Hwy., Tecumseh Pastor Nathaniel Oregon Sabbath School 11:00 a.m. Sat. Worship 9:30 a.m. Tecumseh Church of the Nazarene 1001 N. Union St., Tecumseh Reverend Gary Miller Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. Tecumseh Assembly of God M-50 @ Rogers Hwy. Pastor Tom March  Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. St. John’s Lutheran Village of Bridgewater Pastor Drex Morgan Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Tipton Community Church 9240 Tipton Hwy., Tipton Reverend Erik Hickman Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Emmanuel Lutheran 9950 Ridge Hwy., Britton David McCarty, Pastor Sunday School 9 a.m., Adult Bible 9 p.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Emanuel United Church of Christ 324 W. Main, Manchester Reverend David Williams Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Church of Manchester 210 W. Main St., Manchester Rev Father Bosco Padamattummal Sunday Mass 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Saturday 5:00 p.m. Manchester United Methodist Church 501 Ann Arbor St., Manchester Pastor Reverend Aaron Kesson Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Victory Baptist Church 419 S. Macomb St., Manchester Sharon United Methodist Church 19980 Pleasant Lake Rd., Manchester

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If you are interested in a table rental, please contact me t 517-423-6003. Tables will be reserved on a first come first served basis.

Lansing Update KAHLE INVITES RESIDENTS TO IN-DISTRICT OFFICE HOURS February 2, 2018: State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Clinton invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, Feb. 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. U.S 223 in Adrian. “I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people of Lenawee County,” Rep. Kahle said. “Anyone interested in discussing their state government are welcome and encouraged to stop by. I look forward to listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns and working through solutions for the people of Lenawee County.” No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@


Legislator testifies in Michigan House Tax Policy Committee January 31, 2018: State Rep. Bronna Kahle today testified on her legislation to fight tax-related fraud and identity theft by requiring employers to file their employees’ W2 forms with the state one month earlier than under current Michigan law. Kahle, of Adrian, said moving up the date to Jan. 31 will get important information to the state more quickly, helping investigators crack down on fraudulent returns filed by imposters seeking refunds under a real taxpayer’s name. It also will align Michigan’s due date with the federal government’s deadline for similar information. “This legislation creates another tool to fight fraud and help protect Michigan taxpayers,” Kahle said after testifying on her bill for the House Tax Policy Committee. “Tax-related identify theft is a growing problem. I am pleased to offer a plan that will help fight fraud, and also help ‘real’ taxpayers get their refunds in a timely fashion.” Michigan Treasury prevented more than $60 million in tax-related identify theft refunds for 2017. A Treasury official told the committee that Kahle’s legislation would assist efforts to fight fraud. Michigan law requires employers to send W2s to employees by Jan. 31. But employers aren’t required to send copies of those W2s to the state until Feb. 28. The delay gives criminals a head start in trying to file fraudulent returns seeking refunds. Kahle’s bill would require employers to send W2s to the state by Jan. 31 – the same deadline they have to send the forms to their workers and send information to the federal government. Some employers could be required to file information electronically. The state would be able to verify tax withholding amounts and other information more quickly, helping investigators better identify fraudulent refund requests. The majority of states already are moving their filing deadlines to align with the federal government’s Jan. 31 date. “This is a common-sense change to benefit Michigan taxpayers,” Kahle said. Kahle’s bill remains under consideration in the House Tax Policy Committee, of which she is a member.


Proposal aims to slash out-of-control rates for Michigan motorists February 1, 2018: State Reps. Jason Shep-

February 8, 2018

LOCAL NEWS pard of Temperance, Joe Bellino of Monroe and Bronna Kahle of Adrian today unveiled legislation repealing Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system to bring significant relief to drivers paying the nation’s most expensive insurance premiums. The legislation continues benefits for everyone already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The eight-bill package eliminates the no-fault system and moves Michigan to a full-tort system similar to other states such as Ohio. “We need to ask ourselves this – should Michigan continue to do nothing about having the highest insurance rates in the nation? Is that a logical way forward?” Sheppard said. “The answers are obvious to drivers across the state facing severe financial stress. We’ve got to do something to fix this broken system and lower rates for all drivers.” The plan still mandates that all Michigan drivers have insurance, but provides more choice and flexibility by eliminating the mandate to buy unlimited medical coverage. Accident victims will have the ability to sue at-fault drivers for economic damages and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. The legislation also includes a “legacy fee” to continue to fund the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) until it is no longer needed. The MCCA system will be closed to new entrants. “Auto insurance rates are so high, they are draining our neighbors’ bank accounts,” Bellino said. “As legislators, we cannot continue to let this happen. Our current rates are an unnecessary burden for families across the state.” Colorado abandoned its no-fault system in 2003. According to a 2008 governor’s study, the average car insurance premium in the state decreased 35 percent since the state moved to a tort auto insurance system. Michigan drivers could see greater savings by parting ways with its no-fault system, which is the only one in the nation mandating unlimited medical coverage. Florida, one of the 12 states operating with a no-fault system, is also debating repeal. “Our auto insurance is too expensive,” Kahle said. “Michigan’s unique no-fault system has led to the highest auto rates in the country. The hardworking families and seniors in Lenawee County deserve relief.” Sheppard noted that repealing Michigan’s no-fault system and replacing it with a tort system will draw more insurance companies to the state, which will in turn create more competition to even further drive down insurance rates. The bill package, House Bills 5517-23, will be formally read into the record next week.


January 30, 2018 (South Haven, MI) - Earlier today, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced a new partnership with Ohio, Ontario, and Wisconsin to stop Asian carp. Alliance for the Great Lakes Vice President for Policy Molly Flanagan delivered the following remarks at today’s press conference: “Thank you, Governor Snyder, for inviting the Alliance for the Great Lakes to join you today and for your leadership and personal commitment to keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Thank you as well to Ohio, Wisconsin, and Ontario for joining Michigan in the Great Lakes Partnership to Block Asian Carp. Asian carp pose a clear and present danger to the Great Lakes ecosystem. They also threaten the regional economy, especially our multi-billion dollar recreation, boating, and tourism sectors. The Great Lakes support a $7 billion a year fishing industry and a $16 billion a year recreational boating industry. The status quo on Asian carp is unacceptable. We are in a race against the clock to keep them continued on page 11


The Manchester Men’s Club is Hosting a FREE family themed Ice Skating Party Saturday,

February 17, 3:00 PM at Chi Bro Park. Hot Chocolate, coffee, Hot Dogs, and a bonfire. We will have music for your skating enjoyment. Please, no Hockey pucks. All ages welcome.


by Jean Robert For 8th grader Abby Diuble, volunteering and fundraising has become a very natural part of her life. Abby is a team member of Diuble Family Vision, which has been raising funds and awareness for the Foundation of Fighting Blindness and, recently, the Weather Hearing Impaired Program (WHIP) after the family survived a tornado. Diuble, who attends Manchester Schools, is following in the footsteps of her sister Lilly, who also won the award Abby Diuble Photo by JKB 3 years ago and went on as Robert. a top ten finalist in the nation in a ceremony in Washington DC. She will receive the 2018 Prudential Community Spirit award at a set school board meeting, a $1000 check, an engraved silver medallion and an all expenses paid trip for her and her family to the national awards. “I am super excited,” said Diuble, the daughter of Scott and Angela Diuble. “I set my goals and obtained them by winning this award.” The recognition letter that Diuble received stated that she was chosen as one of the two representatives from Michigan because the judges were so impressed with all the hours of volunteerism she recorded. “I am glad that this will bring additional attention to my cause (WHIP) throughout the state and now nationwide, “ said Diuble. “Most people just think of fire alarms for protection and do not think of severe weather notifications.” The honorees will be recognized in Washington DC April 28-May 1. Over the years, Diuble Family vision has raised funds for both girls causes and are slated to participate in the FFB Vision Walk May 19 at Kensington Metro Park.


by Jean Robert With going undefeated in the dual matches for the Cascade Conference, head coach Steve Vlcek felt solid going into the conference meet last Friday evening. With all 13 of his wrestlers in medal contention, that confidence grew a little, but until the final match of the evening was over, Vlcek had his wrestlers giving them their all every match. “This just shows the depth of our program. We graduate four or five every year, but have underclassmen waiting to fill in,” said Vlcek. Six champions were crowned for the evening and gave Manchester at 224 point advantage over second place Addison with 181, followed by Michigan Center with 106. Drew Gebhardt 103, Reese Fry 112, Jacob Shelby 119, Blake Belaire 130, Derek Guenther 152, and Charlie Depp were championship winners. Second place honors were won by Max Wagner 145 and Colin McCaffrey at 160. Jacob Kurgin 140 placed third and fourth place was earned by Grant Tungate 135, Nick Phillips 171 and Simon Lato at heavyweight. “The evening went as planned,” said Vlcek. “There were no upsets and all the number one seeds placed accordingly.” Saturday, three wrestlers participated in the Adrian Madison Tournament, and at 119 Adam Pringle earned third place and Jacob Snowden earned 6th place. Alex Farmer brought home fifth place honors for the Dutch Grapplers. Districts start this week with Manchester traveling to Dansville on Wednesday for team and New Lothrop on Saturday for individuals.

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FLASHBACK By Mick Harper 1. Which artist released “Fraulein”? 2. Who actually recorded the 1962 hit song “He’s a Rebel”? 3. Who released “Dreadlock Holiday”? 4. Which artist released the album “Never a Dull Moment”? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: “Spread your tiny wings and fly away, And take the snow back with you, Where it came from on that day.”

Manchester Wrestling Team: 11th Consecutive Cascade Conference Championship Photo by JKB Robert.

Dutch Sports


John “Red” Stedman

Red is a 27 year Manchester resident, avid HS and college sports fan, and admitted basketball junkie!

The Lady Dutch traveled to Napoleon to face the Pirates on Tuesday and came home with the win, 60-29. Manchester came out smoking led by Juniors Mackenzie Pietrzyk and Avery Collins. Mackenzie lit it up scoring 10 in the first quarter and Avery scored 8 as they raced out to a 26-4 1st quarter lead. Fast break layups were the theme this night as the Ladies had many uncontested scores. The Dutch shot 56% from the field and 33% from three as they easily outpaced the Pirates. Everybody played a role in this one. Kenzie had a big game scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, shooting 4 of 5(80%) from the field and 2 for 3(67%) on treys; Avery played big also tallying 14 with 7 boards, 1 assist, and 3 steals shooting 57%; Jayden Humphrey had another super performance hitting 5 of 5 from the field for 10 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks. One highly audible block late in the first half brought ahhs from the crowd and set the defensive tone for the game. There would be no easy baskets for Napoleon as Manchester held them to 6 points in the 3rd quarter and 5 in the 4th. Megan Mann had 9 with 3 boards, a block, and a steal; Natalie Bargardi had 9 points hitting 2 three pointers, a deuce, a free throw, and a steal; Hanna Foltz scored 2; Taryn Fether had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal; Gillian Bross had 2 big rebounds and Mckenna Good had 1 of the teams 4 blocks. The JV team lost a close one, 3430. The second road game of the week saw the Lady Dutch travel to Addison where they prevailed 57-44. The final score doesn’t suggest the dominance of Manchester in the win but they were just that as the stats prove out. The Dutch scored on 12 of 22, 55% from the field, 8 for 24 33% from the three point arc, 27 team rebounds(that’s a lot of boards when you are making your shots), 11 assists, 9 steals, and 3 blocks. If it were not for the Gals suffering at the free throw line, 9 of 22 for 44%, the score margin would have been much larger. It was a night of grand performances led by leading scorer Natalie Bargardi who rained in 17 points on 5 of 10 (50%) from three point world and 1 for 1 from 2 point land. Add 2 steals and a rebound to the sharp shooter sophomore too. Jayden Humphrey had another double double scoring 11 points, ripping down 12 rebounds, handing out 3 assists, 1 steal, and a block. Avery Collins had 10 points on 4 of 5 (80%) from the field, 1 board, dishing out 7 assists, and 4 steals. Megan Mann had a huge game scoring 8, pulling down 8 rebounds, 1 steal and two blocks. Mackenzie Pietrzyk scored 6 points,

had 4 boards, an assist, and a steal. Taryn Fether had 5 points and Gillian Bross had a rebound. 9-4 Manchester hosts the top ten class B 12-1 Jackson Northwest Mounties next. Manchester Boys basketball began a challenging week facing the league’s number 2 and number 1 teams in East Jackson and Michigan Center. The East Jackson contest was a barn burner of a close game and the Dutch came up just a little short, 5246. Back and forth the pitched battle waged, 1310 after the 1st quarter, then 26-22 at the half. EJ stretched the lead to 9 points only the have Manchester close the gap to 2 with 21 seconds left in the game. The Dutch run came with a block by Devon Kelly and pass out to a streaking Ty Horky for a layup at 4:08 mark. Then another massive building shaking block by Devon on EJ star Daniel Poole with 1:37 left in the game that drew moans from the crowd. Then a stunning reverse layup by Reese Dresch with :50 seconds to go. With 21.2 seconds, Devon Kelly closed it to 2 points on a reverse layup. Manchester then went to the free throw line. And missed. Repeatedly. As in 2 for 10 for the game, many of them 1 and 1 opportunities. Leading scorer was Kelly with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 big blocks. Ty Horky had another good game with 15, 1 assist and 1 steal; Reese Dresch had 9 points, 4 boards, and 1 steal; Calvin Daniels scored 3 with 3 boards, 2 assists, 3 steals and a block; Braeden Caszatt 2 with 3 rebounds, 1 assist and a block. John Zagila had 2 boards, 2 assists, and 1 point. Leading scorer for East Jackson was EMU recruit Daniel Poole with a quiet 18 points. In doing so the Senior set his school record for scoring currently at 1,209 points(and climbing). The young man has set seven East Jackson records. In Friday’s match up, 9-1 Michigan Center came to town and came away with a victory, 72-56. Despite falling behind 17-8 after the first quarter, The Dutchmen kept pace with the league leading Cardinals. Center poured in 8 three pointers including 3 in the 1st quarter and 3 in the 3rd. Manchester equaled the three point show in the 3rd netting 3 plus 3 two pointers by Ty Horky. Ty scored 3 more buckets in the 4th but Manchester was outscored in the stanza 20-12. Horky was Manchester’s leading scorer with 14, John Zagila had 11 including 3 three pointers, Devon Kelly was held to 2 field goals and scored 6 of 8 from the line for 10 points as the Cardinals focused on the big fella. Calvin Daniels and Reese Dresch both scored 5, Paul Derheim netted 4, River Spitler 3, Jason Riske and Braeden Caszatt both scored 2. Jake Nichols led Center with 21 points.

ANSWERS 1. Bobby Helms, in 1957. Meant as a message from an American soldier, he sings about leaving his love, a German’s daughter, by the banks of the old river Rhine. 2. Not the Crystals, even though they got the credit. Producer Phil Spector was in a rush to record (one step ahead of Vikki Carr), and the Crystals were out of town. He snagged backup group singers the Blossoms, had them cut the record and put the Crystals’ name on it. 3. 10cc, in 1978. The video for this Jamaicareggae number was filmed on a beach in Dorset, U.K. 4. Rod Stewart, in 1972. 5. “Snowbird.” Anne Murray’s 1970 version was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the first time the American organization awarded a gold record to a Canadian female artist. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.


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By Allison Ruhl February 1, 2018: For the second time this season, Clinton and Morenci were locked in a tie at the half. A great press combined with terrific hustle by the entire team in the second half led to the victory. 8/10 players scored in the contest to make it a true team effort. Leading the way was Libbi Fair with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals. Bri Underwood had 11 points. Lena Korte scored 7, Eliana Dotson had 6, Rory Kelly had

Clinton’s Bri Underwood dishes a pass in Tuesday night’s close win over Whiteford.

3, Emily Kirk 2, Chloe Houghton and Kaylin Brown had 1 each to round it out. Their record improves to 10-3, 8-1 TCC January 31, 2018: The Lady

Libbi Fair (with ball) is supported by Lena Korte (behind) as the duo drives deep into enemy paint.

Redskins overcame a few different obstacles to come away with a victory facing the Summerfield Bulldogs for the second time this season. After starting out flat, trailing by a score of 12-2 after the first, the girls chipped away. Still trailing headed into the final quarter, the ‘Skins made an impressive comeback for the win, pouring in 21 points to edge out the visitors. Leading the scoring attack was Bri Underwood with 15. Lena Korte had 14 and 8 boards. Libbi Fair added 13, 10 rebounds and 3 steals. Tricia Sebby chipped in 4 while Rory Kelly and Emily Kirk had 2 apiece. The Redskins improve to 9-3, 7-1 TCC January 23, 2018: Traveling to Britton-Deerfield, the JV girls hustled their way to another W. A very strong 20 point 3rd quarter was the defining turn in the contest. 7 out of 10 players scored for the Redskins in a balanced attack. Rory Kelly led the way with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Libbi Fair added 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Bri Underwood scores 10 points, 4 steals and 3 assists. Lena Korte had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Eliana Dotson added 6 points and 6 rebounds. Tricia Sebby finished with 4 points and Kaylin Brown sank a free throw to round out the scoring. The Redskins improve to 8-3, 6-1 TCC

points and 5 rebounds with 3 assists. Brianna Burton had 4 points and 3 rebounds. Lindsey Burton had 3 points and 3 steals. Savanna Mott had 2 points and 2 rebounds. Sydney Amsdill had 1 point and 2 rebounds with 3 assists.


By Sue Cornish The 7th grade basketball team defeated Whitmore Lake by the score of 23-13. The girls put together their best offensive and defensive effort for our short season. Emma Fair led all scorers with 16 points. Noelle Riley added 6 points and Cassie McNatt added one free throw.


By Jordan Kelly Our Score: 43, Their Score: 44 The Clinton Redskins hosted the Morenci Bulldogs on Friday for Homecoming, losing a tightly contested game, 44-43. The visiting Bulldogs hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left on the clock to take a 1 point lead. The Redskins final shot rattled in and out at the buzzer. “This was a heartbreaker,” said Coach Jordan Kelly. “We felt we had


By Nito Ramos The Lady Redskins traveled to Morenci to face the first place team in the TCC and left with a loss, 61-30. We had a good scouting report from the first game, but just struggled to stay with the game plan. We need to keep working hard. We have two home games next week, with Thursday’s game being SENIOR NIGHT. The loss leaves the team’s record at 3-11 overall and 2-8 in the TCC. Clinton 5 9 10 6 = 30 Morenci 19 15 14 13 = 61 Amand Schaare had 10 points and 11 rebounds with 5 blocks. Samantha Renaldi had 6 points and 5 rebounds. Mackenzie Amsdill had 4

thought we played well enough on that end of the floor to win. They just hit a big-time shot at the end.” Kelly stated. Clay Langer and Mitchell Drabicki both scored nine points to lead the Redskins on the offensive end. Overall record: 5-8 (TCC 4-5) January 31, 2018: Our Score: 48, Their Score: 46 The Redskins traveled to Summerfield last night for TCC game against the second-place Bulldogs. The visitors came away with a hardfought win, 48-46. Clark Nelson hit the go-ahead shot with 13 seconds left in the game. “That was a great win tonight. Summerfield is a tough place to win, and with us getting down early, we had to really fight to come back. We talked about being mentally tough in the pre-game, and we definitely showed some of that tonight.” Coach Jordan Kelly said. Clinton found themselves down 16-4 after the first quarter, but closed the gap to 24-22 going into the half. The second half was back and forth the whole way, until Nelson put the Redskins ahead for the final time. “We really buckled down and started doing the things we needed to do. We took much better care of the ball the last 3 quarters, played much better defensively, and knocked some shots down.” Coach Kelly added. Clinton held Summerfield’s two leader scorers Breeding (21ppg) and DaFoe (16ppg) to 5 and 8 points, respectively. Leading the way for Clinton was Mitchell Drabicki, providing a spark off the bench, with 12 points. Nelson had 11 points, Justin Felts and Steven Fortney each added 10 points. Robbie Campbell and Clay Langer were credited with strong defensive games, while Collin Stapnowski played well at the point guard position off the bench.

Senior Clark Nelson snaps of a three pointer during the Homecoming game last Friday night.

control of the game most the whole way, we just couldn’t get many shots to fall. 14-29 from the free throw really hurt, it’s tough to win these defensive battles shooting that percentage.” The game did not lack any intensity or effort, as both teams played tough and physical, to the tune of over 50 fouls being called in the game. “We knew what type of game it would be. Morenci is strong defensive team, and we feel that are a scrappy, hard-nosed team, as well. I was very proud of our defensive efforts, and

Freshman Matthew Langowski drives for a Homecoming night basket.

Clinton senior Joseph Hayes cranks a strike ball toward the pocket in last Saturday’s Lenawee County District Tournament, hosted by Clinton.

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Summer Norman escorted by her father and Dylan Settles

Libbi Fair escorted by her father and Brayden Randolph

Payton Hernandez escorted by her father and Keegan Degner

Molly Cardella escorted by her father and Michael Sprau

Kristi Wenk escorted by her father and Creed Ahrens

Renee Hoffman escorted by her father and Anthony Stockdale


By Jeff Rolland Wednesday, January 31, 2018: The number 2 ranked wrestling team improved to 28-4 this season on Wednesday night during Senior/ parents night. The redskins hosted a quad meet and took the mat against Columbia Central and Saline and got 2 more wins. Columbia was first and after losing the first match of the duel, the boys ripped off the next 13 weight classes to close the meet and win 73-6. The second match was against Saline and started with 4 straight wins. Saline was able to win the next 2 weights before the Redskins won 7 of the last 8 for a 56-15 win. The seniors: Anthony Stockdale, Eathan Hicks, Trent Sexton, and Don Stump combined to win 7 seven matches on their final night in front of the home crowd. AJ Baxter, Brandon Beach, Noah Comar, Jeffrey Konz, Garrett Phillips, and Brayden Randolph all added to wins each. Spencer Konz, Christian Minard, Riley Jeffrey, and Alex Paquin all won one match. Clinton next wrestles at Madison Saturday before the start of District week. Saturday, February 3, 2018: The varsity wrestling team competed at Madison Saturday and won the tournament with 311.5 points. Perkins in Ohio was 2nd with 241.5, Sand Creek 3rd with 115, Madison 4th at 101, and the Clinton B 5th with 97. Clinton had 8 champions for the day AJ baxter at 103, Christian Minard at 119, Noah Comar at 125, Brenden Keith at 140, Jeffrey Konz at 145, Brayden Randolph at 160, Trent Sexton at 215, and Don Stump at Heavyweight. Finishing 2nd was Spencer Konz at 130, Garrett Phillips at 152, and Eathan Hicks at 171. 3rd place finishers were Brandon Beach at 112, Landis Gillman at 130, Anthony Stockdale at 135, Riley Jeffrey at 140, and Cecil Rafferty at 171. Finishing 4th was Nate Darm at 112 and Ryan Phillips at 189. 5th place was Gabe Gibbs at Heavyweight and finishing 6th was Alex Paquin at 103 and Cole Brighton at 171. The team travels to Lutheran Westland on Thursday for the team district tournament and then hosts the individual tournament on Saturday.

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By Jason Perry Clinton Individual Tournament CWC had 49 wrestlers registered to compete. Using the top 10 scorers from each team Clinton was 2nd place with 186.0 points, behind Champions Monroe WC with 190.5 points, and ahead of 3rd place Plymouth Canton WC who had 132.0 points. Open Owen Claus Ryan Barbarino Evan Stephens Haiden Bennett Kane Gibbs Bronson Whelan Wyatt Cooley Braxton Randolph Jaxon Phillip Joe Hodges Jacob Halchischak Gradyn Whelan Kolton Pruss Lucas Goetting Colt Perry Annabell Preston Clifford Jones Tanner Bolton Bryce Barbarino Gage Blackburn Nathan Arntz

1st 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 2nd 1st 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 3rd 1st 4th 1st

Logan Roberts Brayden McIntire Connor Busz Coy Perry Maurice Ames Joey Preston Cade Brighton Faith Blackburn Xavier Gibbs Wyatt Hicks

3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 4th 3rd 4th

Bryce Rosacrans 3rd Ethan Younts 4th Nate Smith 2nd Brennan Schnaidt 3rd Also competing was Robert Spicer, Daniel Johnson, Christopher Scholten, Zander Urban, Cole Laraway, David Johnson, Emma Pask, Jack Flaten, Austin Putnam, James Flaten, and Aiden Weaver.

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What Women Really Want (on Valentine’s Day) On the morning of February 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob at dawn. He took a long, hard look around, smiled at the thousands of excited spectators gathered around him, and then turned to his handler and whispered, “Sorry, but I did see my shadow. I hate to disappoint the crowd, but I have no choice but to predict another six weeks of the winter cold.” Not the best of news for those of us who yearn for spring, but have no fear! There is another holiday looming on the horizon that is guaranteed to “warm the cockles” of your heart and put a significant dent in your pocketbook. Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, February 14, and according to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend 19.6 billion dollars this year - All in the name of love. Wow! Whoever said, “Money can’t buy me love,” was sorely mistaken. The National Retail Federation’s annual survey, conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, projects the average gift giver will spend $143.56 on tantalizing Valentine’s Day treats. According to the survey, the following are the top four gifts: Candy, cards, flowers, and an evening out. Every year, my husband asks me what I want for Valentine’s Day. When we were dating, we made a huge fuss over every holiday, including Sweetest Day and Valentine’s Day. I am sure that is the case for most people when they first meet. Since you are entrenched in the “getting to know each other” phase, an extravagant gift is often the easiest way to go. You don’t really know that person well enough to pick something of a more personal nature. A dozen roses, chocolate, dinner out, and some naughty lingerie are the choice ingredients for an evening to remember. Right? I think that once the relationship grows and matures, those kinds of gifts do not hold the same appeal as they once did. Most women LOVE candy, but candy does not love them. It

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tends to settle on the waistline and hips, causing all kinds of grief (and extra pounds.) I would like to think that my husband does listen to me from time to time, and knowing that I struggle with extra calories, he would take heed. A small box of Godiva Chocolates, as opposed to those huge heart-shaped boxes of waxy, cheap chocolate, is the way to go. Eating four delicious Godiva truffles won’t break the diet, whereas eating an entire box of Whitman’s chocolates will certainly result in gaining a couple pounds of ugly, unwanted fat, as well as tons of guilt. Flowers are beautiful, but once they fade and drop their delicate petals on the tablecloth, they are heaved in the trash. Roses are the traditional Valentine’s Day flower, but a spring bouquet with daffodils, crocus, and other spring blooms speaks to my heart more than a dozen long-stemmed roses. Now, let’s talk about the naughty lingerie. Come on guys, who are you really thinking of when you buy those sexy, wispy sweet-nothings? Most women over the age of 40 cringe at the thought of squeezing into them, and nine times out of ten, the outfit lives out the remainder of its days buried at the bottom of the underwear drawer - Never to be seen again. Now that I have gotten that rant out of the way, I am still pondering the question, “What do you want for Valentine’s Day.” One of the huge differences between men and women is how they view romance. Men are visual and tactile creatures. Romance and physical intimacy go hand and hand. Women, on the other hand, lean towards emotions when it comes to romance. We want tender words, thoughtful gestures, and most of all, we want to feel cherished and appreciated. In conclusion, my fantasy Valentine’s Day would go something like this: When I wake up and go downstairs, I find a single rose in a slender vase on the table. Propped in front of the vase is a hand-made card. When I open the card, I see that my husband has not only signed his name

with love, but that he has written a couple of lines expressing how he feels about our life together. It doesn’t have to be Shakespeare or Emily Dickerson caliber - Just something simple, from the heart like, “I’d be sad - I’d be blue - If my life did not include you!” Short, sweet, and it packs a real emotional punch. If getting the rose and card was the extent of my Valentine’s Day, I would be fine with that. However, let’s suppose that was just the beginning. Off to work we go - I am still basking in the warmth from that sweet little poem, and at this point, my husband can do no wrong. When we finish our workday and head for home, perhaps my husband says, “Let’s just order out and not bother cooking.” Cha-Ching! He hits the ball out of the park. After we eat and settle down to watch a couple of sappy, “feel good” movies, he hands me a gift bag emblazoned with pink and red hearts. Inside the bag, I find a small box of truffles and another tissue-wrapped gift. I gently tear off the paper to reveal a new set of rose-pruners just like my favorite ones I ran over with the car the summer before. What do those two thoughtful gifts say to me? They say that he listens to me when I bemoan my excess pounds. They say he notices when I tell him about the demise of my favorite garden tool. They say that he KNOWS me and that he CARES for me. They make me feel loved. That is really what women want on Valentine’s Day and every other day of their lives. Who knows - Perhaps I will dig through the drawer after all and pull out one of those naughty little wisps of nothing to culminate the evening. Better than that, knowing that those wisps will barely cover my Rubenesque derriere, I will hang them on the headboard and tell his to use his imagination!


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The guy who showed up today came to the wrong door: mine. I pegged him for a scammer before he even said a word. And I was right. The only thing I didn’t know was what kind of scam it was. Turned out it was utilities. The guy claimed he was at the door at the request of my electric company to update my records. Then he said he only needed to scan my previous utility bill. Wrong. I’d read about these guys. First, I knew that my electric company didn’t send him. Second, if I’d showed him my bill, he would have had my name and account number and would know what rate I pay. The scam works like this: With all that information, they would offer me a ridiculously low rate. If I signed up, before I knew it, my electric bill would have gone up 400 percent. I’d be locked into a contract and would have to pay a lot of money to get out of it. If I didn’t pay, they would send the bill to a collection agency, and it would show up on my credit report. So I shut the door in his face. This particular scammer has a long history in other states, and there are class- action suits and investigations. They’ve targeted seniors, saying the local utility company had


changed names and new information is needed, falsified signatures to sign up, come to the door again and again, misrepresented who they worked for, lied about rates and much, much more. If someone shows up at your door with a clipboard and a photo ID hanging from their neck, it’s probably a scammer. If they ask for any information, it’s probably a scammer. Just shut the door. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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out of the Great Lakes, with the fish continuing to creep ever closer to Lake Michigan. And current defenses are inadequate. Last summer, a silver carp was found just nine miles from Lake Michigan in the Chicago waterways. The fish originated below the electric barriers, which are the last line of defense before the lake. The US Army Corps of Engineers has identified Brandon Road Lock & Dam near Joliet, IL, as a critical location for implementing additional control measures to stop the movement of Asian carp. It is a logical choke point in the waterways connecting the Mississippi River Basin to the Great Lakes. Leadership from the state of Michigan and other jurisdictions will ensure that an actionable plan for Brandon Road is recommended to Congress for consideration sooner rather than later. The people of the Great Lakes have spoken clearly, and repeatedly, that they don’t want Asian carp in their lakes. Broad support exists for quick action at Brandon Road Lock and Dam. Thank you, Governor Snyder, for listening to the people of the region who are deeply concerned about the threat posed to the Great Lakes by Asian carp. And, thank you to Ohio, Ontario, and Wisconsin for joining with Michigan to be part of solving this problem. This partnership gives the states and province an important seat at the table to represent the region. Today’s partnership shows that some jurisdictions in the region are willing to commit resources to ensure that the Brandon Road study is complete. The final report should be delivered to Congress without further delay. Any additional delay by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in completing the Brandon Road Lock & Dam Study is unacceptable. We applaud Governor Snyder for his leadership and the leaders of Ohio, Wisconsin, and Ontario for coming together to address the threat of Asian carp. We look forward to working with you to block Asian carp and protect our Great Lakes.”


January 30, 2018: Washington, D.C.:Congressman Tim Walberg (MI07) released the following statement after President Trump’s first State of the Union address: “President Trump’s message of growing jobs and paychecks are welcome words for Michigan workers and families who need a break. Thanks to the landmark tax cuts and regulatory relief we enacted into law, the foundation is in place for a booming economy. Hardworking families are already starting to see the benefits—bonuses, pay raises, and increased job creation and investment in our communities. I am also encouraged by the President’s call to find common ground to tackle issues like combating the opioid crisis, improving infrastructure, and expanding rural broadband. Our work is just beginning as we build on these reforms to improve people’s lives and ensure America’s best days are ahead.” Congressman Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce

Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit


Monday, January 29, 2018: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today sent a letter to President Trump outlining important priorities for Michigan that should be included in any federal infrastructure package developed by Congress or the Trump Administration. Stabenow pointed to the critical needs of Michigan’s roads and bridges, water and sewer systems, broadband network, harbors on the Great Lakes and the Soo Locks. She also underscored that projects funded through any upcoming infrastructure proposal should follow Buy American requirements and include protections for American workers. “When we invest in Michigan’s roads, bridges, harbors, and communities, we invest in Michigan’s future,” said Senator Stabenow. “It’s time to get serious about investments that grow our economy, make sure our water is safe to drink, and help create good Michigan jobs.” The full text of Senator Stabenow’s January 29, 2018 letter to President Trump may be found below. Dear Mr. President, As you continue to develop an infrastructure package for Congress to consider, I write to offer recommendations on federal investments that would help Michigan’s economy, spur new high-paying jobs, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life in rural and urban communities throughout our state. Well-maintained roads and bridges are vital for people to work and to bring goods to market. Unfortunately, years of inadequate investment have left critical surface infrastructure in disrepair. In Michigan, 20% of all public roads are in poor condition, costing drivers $540 in annual repair costs to keep their vehicles running. At the same time, over 1,200 bridges in Michigan are structurally deficient. Any infrastructure proposal must include robust federal investments to fix our roads and bridges, not privatization schemes that benefit a few companies at the expense of taxpayers. Just as our roads and bridges need upgrades and repairs, so too does the water infrastructure system that we depend on for safe and clean drinking water. The Flint water crisis may be the most visible reminder of the serious public health consequences from neglecting drinking water infrastructure, but drinking water systems in communities of all sizes across Michigan require much needed capital investment. Over the next 20 years, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly $14 billion in investments is needed just to maintain drinking water systems in Michigan. Additionally, in 2017, Michigan had a $100 million backlog of clean water projects in line Continued on page 14

BLISTERS MAY NEED MEDICATION FOR LIFE DEAR DR. ROACH: A year ago, I broke out with pimples on my back, arms and thighs. They itched so badly I thought I would go mad. A dermatologist took a biopsy and told me it was an autoimmune disease called bullous pemphigoid. I was started on prednisone and doxycycline. When it cleared up, I would stop the medication, but it came back. The doctor said she thinks I’ll have to take medication for the rest of my life. I don’t like taking this medication, as it blurs my eyesight and I lose energy. I also have osteoporosis. I do take some vitamins. -- G.B. ANSWER: Bullous pemphigoid is an autoimmune disease that causes blisters, mostly in older adults. The blisters are large and tense (as opposed to pemphigus, an even more dangerous autoimmune disease, in which the blisters are soft). Bullous pemphigoid tends to come and go over months or even years. Diagnosis is confirmed by biopsy. The usual treatment for bullous pemphigoid is a corticosteroid, either topical or systemic. Since it was over such an extended area of your body, your dermatologist decided on systemic, at a moderate dose of 20 mg. Prednisone has many long-term side effects, including making your osteoporosis much worse. Further, I am concerned that the blurry vision could indicate the onset of diabetes or a cataract, as both are strongly associated with chronic steroid use. Your regular doctor should be testing you for diabetes and treating the osteoporosis, and should make sure that you see the eye doctor. Certain medications, such as the doxycycline she started you on, can reduce your need for steroids. Other medications used for autoimmune disease can further reduce the

need for steroids, but azathioprine, methotrexate, mycophenolate and others have serious side effects of their own. Nicotinamide, also called vitamin B-3, can make the doxycycline more effective. Although bullous pemphigoid sometimes does go away, I agree with your doctor that you are likely to need some medication long term; however, she may be able to reduce the dosages. *** DEAR DR. ROACH: My adult daughter contracted ringworm or some other fungus from her beautiful Border Collie. She has been using over-the-counter meds on the two of them for over 10 months! The dog is doing better than my daughter. Any solutions to get rid of this once and for all? -- E.B. ANSWER: Ten months is too long to treat something empirically. It’s time to find out what this fungus might be, and that means a visit to a dermatologist, who can do a culture of the infection to find out what it is. There are some unusual fungi that can be passed from animals (dogs, cats, pigs, horses, cattle) to humans and cause skin infection. Rarely is systemic treatment necessary. *** Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to To view and order health pamphlets, visit, or write to Good Health, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. (c) 2018 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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When archaeologists discovered the tomb of King Tut, one of the objects they found inside was a bronze razor -- and it was still sharp enough to use.


Did you ever wonder how the lollipop got its name? A man named George Smith first put the hard treat on the end of a stick, but candymaking wasn’t his only interest. It seems that Smith also had a keen interest in horseracing, and he named the candy after a popular racehorse of the time, Lolly Pop.


Those who study such things say that all mammals, from rodents to elephants, urinate for approximately 21 seconds. This is now known as the “Law of Urination.”

It was 19th-century French novelist and poet Victor Hugo who made the following sage observation: “Men hate those to whom they have to lie.” If you’re planning to visit the Hawaiian island of Kauai, you might want to trek up to Mount Waialeale. If you do, though, be sure to take an umbrella, as that mountain holds the distinction of receiving more rainfall than any other place on Earth, with an average of about 40 feet -- yes, feet -- of rain annually. According to the National Chicken Council’s annual Chicken Wing Report -- yes, there is such a report, and it is strategically timed for release just before the Super Bowl -- 1.35 billion wings were consumed during Super Bowl weekend this year. That’s an all-time high; the number crunchers have determined that if all those wings were laid endto-end, the resulting line of poultry would stretch 394 million feet. That

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By Megan McLaughlin Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke is the story of a 17-year-old girl who has an existential crisis and is expelled from high school. To finish her diploma, she enrolls in a community college. There she decides to participate in a Big Brother-esque campus reality show called House of Orange. For the first half of the book it is unclear why Jane is so notorious in her hometown and why she was expelled from high school. What we do know is that Jane was raised in the church but has lost her belief and feels alienated from her family because of her questions. This is a topic not often seen in young adult literature, so Nice Try, Jane Sinner feels original and profound. While the thematic elements gave me something to think about, the House of Orange game show plot kept me turning the pages. I wanted to see what the next ridiculous challenge was, who would win, and how Jane would deal with living in a house with no doors and five other people. I was surprised by how invested in Jane’s story I became because the book is written like a diary. This means we are getting recaps of everything that happened from Jane’s point of view. Most conversations are written like a transcript or screenplay. I’m not usually one for the diary entry story-telling, but Oelke does a good job of connecting the reader to the other characters besides Jane. I feel like I’m downplaying how much I enjoyed Nice Try, Jane Sinner. I couldn’t stop reading it. I gasped aloud at a plot twist near the middle and laughed aloud at a couple other parts. There is a subtle romantic storyline, but the Jane’s relationships with her family and friends take precedence. Finally, because this is a diary, Jane’s voice is the strongest element. She is sarcastic, ironic, and hilarious. Why I liked it: The hilarious sarcastic voice, original plot, and how Oelke dealt with issues of faith or lack thereof. There was also lots of diversity. Jane grew as a character and figured out what was important even if she didn’t believe in God or the church. Why other people might like it: The foregrounding of family relationships. The romance, and high school/college age readers might identify with Jane’s struggle to transition into the college life. NICE TRY, JANE SINNER For people who enjoy Big Brother, By Lianne Oelke reality TV, and books about family relationships. 420 pp. Clarion Books. $17.99 Overall, Nice Try, Jane Sinner is a funny, surprising, and profound story Published January 9, 2018 centered around a ridiculous college Young Adult - Contemporary reality show.

Outdoor Ricochet with Joe Roth Joe is an avid hunter and fisherman who loves bringing the outdoors to your living room every week. Write to him at Well, this recent fluctuating weather has messed up most of the ice fishing for a bit. This week rush of a couple of “clippers” is going to firm up the ice, but the resulting snow cover will affect the ice thickness and quality, as related to SAFETY out fishing. So use common sense when heading out. So, good warm weather did start the steelheads running over on the western side of the state, according to a review of the MIDNR weekly fishing report. There was an interesting article I read in the October issue of “Field & Stream” where a gentleman who is restricted in movement from a ATV accident decided to keep squirrel hunting, but decided to increase his radius of action by using a “.17 Mach II” rimfire cartridge [basically is a .22LR case, necked to take a jacketed .17 calibre bullet with newer powders]. When he sights-in @ 25yds, the rises, one-half inch, @ 50 yards and tops out just a little higher @ 75 yards, then drops to zero passing 100 yards. With this setup and a top notch scope, he hunts squirrels out to 100 yards. While I understand his reasoning and requirements, there is nothing more satisfying than quietly walking through the woods. (The only exception is trying to sneak through freshly fallen CRUNCHY leaves, which sound like stomping on potato chips!) I find myself listening for the sound of falling shells from a squirrel discarding it after eating the innards. I hope to catch a swish of leaves/branches as a squirrel scampers in search of better nuts, or perhaps my ears will catch the scratching of the squirrel’s nails on the tree bark. Is this what hunting will evolve to -- just sitting and shooting from a long distance? There was a skill that had to be developed for understanding the quarry. Another article from that magazine recommended the perfect squirrel pistol for handgun hunting; it’s a current Ruger .22LR auto-loader, complete with scope and sound suppressor. It’s NICE if you have the money for such toys, but for me, I enjoy using either my Woodsman or M-17 S&W .22lr sidearms for squirrels. The one piece of advice is this; the best day to hunt squirrels is when it is cool, cloudy, and there is a light drizzle falling. Also, when the leaves have fallen and sound like potato chips when you walk, enjoy the crunch! The squirrels make the same amount of noise! Enjoy the incoming weather, the outdoors, and BE SAFE! ~J.R.


DISCHARGE UPGRADES HAVE GOTTEN EASIER Veterans who want to upgrade their military discharge now have help. The Department of Veterans Affairs, working with the Department of Defense, has created a new online tool. There are any number of reasons why a veteran might end up with a less-than-honorable discharge. Events that occurred due to traumatic brain injury, assault or harassment due to sexual orientation, and mental-health conditions such post-traumatic stress disorder are on the list. For those veterans who wonder if it’s worth the bother trying to upgrade, the answer is yes. You’ll be eligible for the benefits you earned. Go online to to the How to Apply for a Discharge Upgrade page. Based on your answers to questions, this tool will walk you through whom you need to contact, provide the forms and give tips on appealing your discharge. To begin, click on Get Started and answer all the questions. There are a number of choices under why you want to upgrade your discharge. Undiagnosed PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury are likely to be the most common reasons. At the end of the questions you’ll get an initial reply. If it says you need to fill out a DoD Form 149, just scroll down to download it. If you did apply and were approved, you’ll be issued a DD215. But you’ll want a new DD214 to reflect the changes. Check the instructions for how to get one. If you never did get a DD214, apply at the Get Started link. Even if you don’t get an upgrade, you might be able to have your record changed via a Character of Discharge review process to “honorable for VA purposes.” But be aware, it can take nearly a year. Meanwhile, you still can ask for help for service-related conditions. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

If you’re looking for indoor artful fun with the kids this week, put a heartfelt stamp on homemade Valentine’s Day cards, gift tags, lunch bags, stationery, you name it, using printing stamps you make together. First hunt for craft supplies and recycled items from around the house, and then make the stamps. You might even peek in the pantry and decide to carve a potato stamp. Set out paper, paint or a stamp inkpad, and get in the rhythm. Stamp, stamp, stamp. A pink heart here, and a red or violet heart there. And why not print a few X’s and O’s in between to add to the love? Here’s what you’ll need: --Wooden toy blocks or lumber scraps in sizes easy to hold when stamping --Self-adhesive craft foam sheets --Scissors --Pencil --Plain sheets of stationery, cardstock and/or construction paper in white or favorite Valentine’s Day colors --Acrylic paints in Valentine’s Day colors, or stamp inkpads --Paper plates and a small paintbrush, if using paint --Markers for outlining the stamped shape (optional) Here’s the fun: First, make your printing stamps.

Draw hearts, designs or alphabet letters on the foam sheet using a pencil. Cut out, peel off the paper and press foam shapes on the blocks or wood scraps. (If you only have plain foam sheets, use household glue on the backside and let dry completely.) On a newspaper-covered table, pour a puddle of acrylic paint on a paper plate. With a small brush, paint the extended design portion of the stamp. Blot on a paper towel, and then stamp the design on the paper. Continue stamping more sheets and cards, adding paint to the stamp as necessary. Let paint dry. Alternate method: Use stamp inkpads. If you wish, use a marker to outline the shapes to make them “pop” on the paper. I like to use a fine-tip black marker. Extra ideas:

* Make a stamp with a potato: Cut a potato in half. On the cut side, an older child or adult may carve out everything you don’t want in the design. Sop up extra moisture from the potato with a paper towel before printing. Poke a fork in the opposite side of the potato for a handle to make stamping easier for small hands, then stamp away. * Make your own stamping pad: Set a clean, damp standard kitchen sponge on a plastic plate and pour paint on the sponge, making sure not to oversaturate it. When not in use, store for a few days in a container with a tightly fitting lid. ***

Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2018 Donna Erickson

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with Nate Adams

Nate Adams is a 2013 graduate of Clinton High School. Nate Adams is a Michigan based professional critic for film, television and theatre. He is the former Editor in Chief for Siena Heights University’s Odyssey outlet based in New York City and the former Entertainment Editor and lead film critic for Siena Heights newspaper Spectra. Nate has also been featured on various sites including: Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster and You can get all of his reviews and more at and follow him on twitter @TheOnlyCritic

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is great balls of fun at The Encore Throw on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and get ready for a hoot and a holler down at The Encore Theater in Dexter MI, where they’ve just put on a fantastic rendition of the iconic and timeless production of “Million Dollar Quartet,” a rock and roll musical about how, at one point in time, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash all sang under one roof. As they might say in 1956, “that’s groovy.” Under the set design of Thalia Schramm and Greg Brand, with help from the Dexter Builders, the production does look like a million bucks. Lifelong fans of this iconic group and those new to the show will find themselves well invested in where the story is going. Director Tobin Hissong has struck gold with his pitch perfect casting. Specifically, Marek Sapieyevski stepping into the shoes

While this is moreso a show about the men of rock and roll, Kaitlyn Weickel does sneak into the spotlight playing Dyanne, and she propels songs like “Fever” and “I Hear You Knocking” forward beautifully, even if her character is created solely for dramatic purposes. And Jim Walke handles the daunting task of narrator and head honcho Sam Phillips -- the lead executive and founder of Sun Records -- wonderfully. He has to keep the story moving, while orchestrating the guys on stage. The creative components are all in place with The Encores production, and singing along with the entire audience to hits like “Hound Dog” and “See You Later Alligator” is a rare treat to experience in theatre. You’ll likely want to buy your tickets early, as The Encore only seats about 100 patrons. It’s very worth the price of admission; this isn’t just another show, it’s an ode to the pioneers and dreamers that made this genre of music a reality. One last note: I’d like to give accolades to the performance of the song “Down By The Riverside,” which involves the entire company -- clapping, stomping, and harmonizing oh so eloquently that it’s impossible not to feel giddy and excited. There isn’t a better feeling when viewing a musical like this in its entirety. IF YOU GO: “Million Dollar Quartet” continues its run at The Encore Musical Theatre Company through February 25. To purchase tickets and find out showtimes you can call 734-268-6200 or visit

Winchester: The House The Ghosts Built: C This gothic horror film takes place inside the most haunted mansion on the planet, the “Winchester” in South Carolina. (Yes, based on the gun dynasty that’s heard all over the world). It has all the elements in place to try and be something different: after all the setting is inspired, but even the great Helen Mirren (doing her best to sell this obnoxious material) can’t wither away at the cheap scares. In fact, the film hardly explores the house, which is supposed to be this huge labyrinth. This is a classic example of a film that wastes it’s performers, and checks all the boxes of clueless haunted house troupes. Whichever way you shoot it, this film is a misfire.


of Jerry Lee Lewis. It’s one thing to have an actor that can exemplify all the best mannerisms and qualities of one of the greatest piano players of all time, it’s another to have an actor that controls the keys and flow of the musicality so ceaselessly. The same can be said for the rest of this cast: Stephen Shore has been “everywhere man,” playing Johnny Cash (a part that isn’t necessarily the biggest role, but I’d wager the hardest to cast). Then you have Josh White playing a musician you might’ve heard of -- one by the name of Elvis Presley. The key for this role is to not overdo the theatrics of Elvis, which means you can’t just do an impersonation. Thankfully, White has the knack down with all the charisma and charm you’d expect. He’s fun to watch. And rounding out the quartet is Alex Canty playing the legendary Carl Perkins and thus completing the chemistry full circle. The story, which follows the rise of these four inside an abandoned auto parts store turned recording studio called Sun Records, is equal parts engaging and lively, and should be attributed to Hissong’s spitfire direction and R. MacKenzie Lewis’s solid musical direction. You’ll be able to spot Lewis on stage the whole time occupying a bass instrument, as this show doesn’t necessitate a full blown orchestra accustomed for most musicals. All you need is an ensemble that can play their instruments like their lives depended on it -- and this cast defiantly has the chops.


Photo courtesy of Michele Anliker/Encore Theatre

PICKS AND PANS: The Cloverfield Paradox: C+ In a move that shocked the world, Netflix released a big-budget sci-fi tent pole with nothing but one 30 second TV spot during the Super Bowl stating the movie was available immediately after the game. Once the buzz of this surprise release wears off is where things get stingy. Paramount originally slated to release the film theatrically in April, but word got out that the streaming giant was taking hold of the film. It loosely ties into JJ Abrams “mystery box” monster film that started in 2008 and again in 2016 with “10 Cloverfield Land” - but “Paradox” connections are less obvious and more convoluted and annoying than beneficial. Since it won’t cost you anything to screen it with your Netflix subscription, it’s worth a click: hence why it’s probably a good thing it never went to theaters to begin with. That’s the Netflix paradox.

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GRIEVING CAT NEEDS COMFORTING DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My 3-year-old cat, “Rascal,” is having a terrible time adjusting since my other cat, “Fresca,” died just a few weeks ago. He roams the house at night, meowing for hours, and doesn’t always eat his food. What can I do to help him? -- John C., El Paso, Texas DEAR JOHN: I’m sorry to hear about the loss of Fresca. It can be surprising to learn that many animals go through a grieving process after losing a companion -- whether human or animal. And, just as with humans, grieving can take time. The best thing to do is to be supportive of Rascal. Recognize that you’re both missing Fresca, and give Rascal plenty of attention and cuddles. However, don’t change his routine. Mealtimes should stay the same, playing and socialization times should stay the same (though you can extend the length of that play time). If Rascal starts eating less or stops eating altogether, try encouraging him to eat by adding a little bit of warm (not hot) broth to his food. Stay in the room while he eats -- many cats don’t like being petted while they eat, but they often don’t mind owners sitting nearby. It may take as long as six months for Rascal to recover from the loss of his friend. Be as supportive as possible without changing his routine, or feeding him too many treats. If he stops eating for more than three days, still won’t sleep or doesn’t seem to be improving after a couple of months, contact the veterinarian. Send your questions, comments and tips to (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. MOVIES: What was the title of the first James Bond movie? 2. MUSIC: How old was Sid Vicious of the “Sex Pistols” when he died? 3. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the birthstone for the month of February? 4. U.S. PRESIDENTS: What were the names of President Barack Obama’s family dogs? 5. TELEVISION: Who played the lead in the TV series “The Rockford Files”? 6. TRANSPORTATION: What is the large airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic? 7. MEASUREMENTS: How many acres are in a hectare? 8. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of Iceland? 9. LANGUAGE: What does the word “cognoscente” mean? 10. HISTORY: “The Summer of Love” in 1967 is associated with which U.S. city? ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK’S TRIVIA 1. Dictionary

5. Conduction

8. Tulips

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for USDA’s Rural Development water programs. Robust funding for EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and financing programs administered by USDA Rural Development is critical to ensuring clean and affordable drinking water. Significant federal investments are also needed to address our aging sewer and wastewater networks. On Christmas Eve in 2016, a sewer pipe leak resulted in a 100-foot wide, 250-foot long sinkhole in a neighborhood in Macomb County. The rupture resulted in the evacuation of 22 homes and the closure of roads for months. Across Michigan, many sewer lines are rapidly aging, and according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, more than $2 billion in upgrades are needed to maintain the state’s wastewater infrastructure. Moreover, failing wastewater infrastructure in Michigan and in states across the region results in tens of billions of gallons of raw or poorly treated sewage flowing into the Great Lakes. Additional resources are also required to maintain the Great Lakes navigation system, which encompasses 140 federal harbors, over 600 miles of navigation channels, and three locks and dams – including the critically important Soo Locks complex in Sault St. Marie, Michigan that requires $115 million in maintenance and nearly a billion dollars to ensure its long-term viability. According to a recent study by the Department of Treasury, a $600 million investment to modernize the Soo Locks could provide an economic benefit of more than $1.7 billion. At the same time, funding is needed to dredge Michigan’s shallow-draft harbors that are critical to recreational navigation, public safety, and the economies of Michigan’s local communities. As we fund projects to maintain and improve waterway navigation, it is equally important to provide federal resources to protect the Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species such as Asian carp. This starts with funding to upgrade the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, a critical choke point in the Illinois River, with measures to stop Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan. Proactive efforts to stop Asian Carp at Brandon Road will prevent catastrophic damages to our multi-billion dollar recreational fishing and boating industries, and in the long term, save the federal government untold amounts of money to fight Asian carp if they are allowed to populate our Lakes. In addition, as we

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improve our infrastructure, we should not roll back protections for the Great Lakes, which provide drinking water for 40 million people, contribute $10 billion in tourism each year, and support hundreds of thousands of jobs across the region. Another infrastructure priority that is often overlooked is broadband access. Over 34 million Americans, including 23 million rural Americans, do not have internet service available to them at an adequate speed and quality. In Michigan, over 1 million people do not have access to high-speed internet. Broadband is not a luxury – every Michigan business owner, farmer, student, hospital, and family deserves access to high-speed internet. Any infrastructure proposal must include robust funding for high-speed internet. All infrastructure projects funded through this proposal should also adhere to strong Buy America requirements and include protections for American workers such as prevailing wage. These steps will ensure that taxpayer dollars are used to create jobs in Michigan and across the country. Thank you for your consideration of these requests. I stand ready to work with you in a bipartisan fashion to help fund infrastructure investments that are critical to the State of Michigan and the entire country.


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MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2018 BROOKLYN, Mich. (Feb. 5, 2018) – Michigan International Speedway is marking its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a season-long celebration. Lawrence H. LoPatin’s vision of building a speedway in Michigan became reality on September 27, 1967 when he broke ground on Michigan International Speedway in Cambridge Township just south of Brooklyn. The Detroit-area land developer designed the facility along with City Engineer Charles Moneypenny, who designed Daytona International Speedway. The inaugural race was a 250-mile open wheel event won by Ronnie Bucknum on Oct. 13, 1968. “The track has a long history and we are planning a season-long celebration to commemorate all the historic moments and great drivers,” track President Rick Brenner said. “Fans will want to stay tuned as we continue to rollout different highlights to showcase the history of our sport and the automobile in Michigan.” Some ways fans can currently enjoy the memories include: •

Website – The track will post videos and photos that celebrate the history of the two-mile speedway at In addition, fans can follow along with a special timeline chronicling the key historical events.

Car and Memorabilia Display – The track will create a special car and memorabilia display that features the history of racing at MIS for fans to enjoy both race weekends in the New Holland Fan Plaza.

Iconic Drivers and Moments – Throughout the season the track will feature all the great drivers and moments on its social media channels and website.

Pace Car – As part of the celebration, the track is incorporating fan photos on the promo pace car in 2018. Fans can submit their favorite photo to during the submission period until Feb. 23, 2018.

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February 8, 2018


A Michigan State Trooper vehicle was hit by semi truck on M52 near Adrian last week. Photo by Joyce Lancaster.

ARTIST OF THE WEEK Sponsored by Clinton Community Schools

*Small Town Schools * Small Town Values* Endless Possibilities

KIRA ROSS, GRADE 10 By Ashley Kendrek Kira Ross is a CHS Sophomore just brimming with talent. She has a passion for many forms of art. From physical drawings and sketching to digital art on her Kindle, Kira is seemingly always working on artwork. She is a student who has lots of determination and works very hard on every project that she sets out to complete. The image shown is a Surrealism project that she worked on for her Drawing class. She was challenged to use charcoal to create imagery that is not real, but rather quite dream-like. These delicate lips—dripping wax like the candle that they are made from, bite down on this little poisonous frog in a scene that is most definitely Surreal. Her attention to texture and value in this piece and all of her work is beautiful.

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