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PO Box 595, Stockbridge, MI 49285

Volume 1, Issue 14

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Published Weekly

ARE YOU “THANKFUL”? Jeremy Killinger - Publisher

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THE DREAM CONTINUES The Leslie High School Football Team poses at Withington Stadium after their 22-19 semi-final victory over Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central Saturday. The Blackhawks will be making their first appearance in the MHSAA State Final game. Leslie (12-1) will play Montague (12-1) on Friday at 4:30 in Detroit at Ford Field. Congratulations Boys! Go Hawks!

YOUR THANKSGIVING MENU by Julie Glair, freelance writer

The Thanksgiving menu of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans typically stays the same. However, there are two new food safety recommendations for cooking the meal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA) eliminated the recommendation for washing raw meat and poultry, including raw turkey, before placing it in the oven. The USDA also adjusted the cooked temperature to 165 degrees F. for all poultry products.

Blackhawks punch their ticket to the finals! The quest for a state title continues for the Leslie Blackhawks as they defeated Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central, 22 - 19, at Withington Stadium Saturday. Leslie advances to the finals for the first time in school history. They will play Montague at 4:30 Friday at Ford Field in Detroit. Montague (12-1) defeated Saginaw Nouvel last weekend 35-34 in overtime. The Wildcats only loss on the season was a 28-21 decision to Division 5 State-Finalist Muskegon Oakridge back in week seven of the regular season. Leslie’s (12-1) has rattled off nine straight wins after suffering their only blemish on the year in a 36-26 lose to league champion Hillsdale. For complete coverage of last weeks Semi-Final game and a Finals Game capsule check out page 6. GO HAWKS!

Waterloo Records Drug Arrest

It seems that every time I turn on the news, pick-up a paper, or have a conversation it eventually takes a turn for the worse. There are bad, unfortunate things happening to everyone. Each day seems to get just a little bit rougher as we navigate this existence that we call life. Many of us could decide to just quit, but we each have the opportunity to make the most of our circumstances. We can choose to keep on keeping on or to wallow in self-defeat. I don’t ever recall anyone promising me that life would be easy or fair, but I have been given the tools to succeed by my parents, my education, and my experiences, and for that I am thankful. I am thankful for my loving wife and daughters, my parents and extended family, my education, my job, my Team, and my health. I am thankful that I wake up each morning with the challenge to take the next 24 hours and do something productive with it. To impact my world! As you enjoy this holiday season with family and friends I ask that you ponder the question of what you are thankful for. Life is what you make of it. Don’t fear - persevere!

The Forgotten “Thank You” by Julie Glair, freelance writer

Her name is synonymous with Community Education, Jo Mayer has been working hard as the Director of Community Education in Stockbridge for the last 5 years. With a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Adult Education from Michigan State University she is as qualified as she is enthused about her job.

Jo Mayer is all smiles as she goes about her busy day. Photo Supplied by Jo Mayer

Submitted by: Chief Cottrell

Enjoy a safe and happy thanksgiving meal by following a few simple suggestions this year from the USDA. Eliminating the rinsing of the raw turkey reduces the risk of cross contamination from rinse water being splashed around the sink and on the adjoining counter. The heat during the roasting process will kill any bacteria present. (Continued on page 5)

Halloween night can be a frightening time for all the local ghosts and goblins. It became extra scary for a Munith man when he got arrested for possessing illegal narcotics in Coachman's Cove Mobile Home Park. The saga began when extra officers were assigned to monitor the mobile home park to ensure the safety of the trick or treaters.

When asked about the future of Community Education in Stockbridge Jo explains, “In addition to the hobby-type classes, I would like to offer classes that help others improve their job situation and pursue their own goals. Something like ‘how to start a business’, for example.” “One of the best parts of my job”, Jo continued, “is serving my community by making programs that people

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Church of Christ 4783 S. M-52 Hwy, Stockbridge (517) 851-8141 Sunday Bible Study 10:15 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 pm

Gregory Community Church “A Caring Community” 126 Church Street, Gregory (734) 498-2591 Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Rev. Heidi DeMott Shanes, Pastor

S.S. Cornelius & Cyprian Catholic Church 1320 Catholic Church Road, Leslie (517) 589-8492 Weekend Masses: Saturday 5 pm, Sunday 8:00 am & 10:30 am Saturday Confessions 4:00-4:30 pm Father Mike Petroski

Dansville Free Methodist Church 1340 Mason Street, Dansville (517) 623-0365 Pastor Amy Thompson SS 9:30-10:30 am Morning Worship 10:30-11:30 Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer meeting 7:00 pm

Highest Praise Worship Center 5107 S. Clinton Street, Stockbridge (517) 851-7758 Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Family Enrichment Night 7:00-8:00 pm Bishop Jeffrey Lambert

Southwest Church of the Nazarene 14555 Holmes Road PO Box 74, Gregory, MI 48137 Church : (734) 498-2682 Pastor : (734) 395-9157 Sunday Services: Sunday School - 10:00am Morning Worship - 11:00am Evening Service - 6:00pm Wednesday - 7:00pm NETS (Teen Program) Caravan for Grades 1 - 6 Benson’s Buddies - Age 3 - K Pastor Gary A. Slusher

Heritage United Brethren Church Dansville United Methodist Church 1317 Mason Street, Dansville (517) 623-6591 (517) 623-6594 Worship & Sunday School 9:15 am Pastor Don Fry Family Tabernacle Church of God 5115 Green Road, Stockbridge (517) 851-8327 Sunday Worship 10:30 am Wednesday Evening 7:00 pm at Howlett School 126 Webb St, Gregory Pastor Jeff Howard First Baptist Church “Leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ” 950 S. Clinton Road, PO Box 64, Stockbridge (517) 851-7075 Sunday Worship 9:15 & 11:00 am Discovery Island Sunday 11:00 am Wednesday 5th Dimension Youth Group 6:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday Exercise Class 9:00am Pastor Brian Johnson First Methodist Church of Waterloo Territorial Road, Stockbridge (517) 851-7287 First Presbyterian Church 101 S. Center Street, Stockbridge (517) 851-7015 Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Church Offices open T-W-F 9:00am-noon Pastor Shannon O’Leary Good Shepherd Mission 5050 E. M-36, Stockbridge (517) 851-9800 Sunday School 10:00 am Morning Service 11:00 am Tuesday Bible Study Parson Billy R. Allen

Meets at Dansville High School (517) 281-8931 Sunday School 9:00 am Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Sunday Night HS Youth Group 7:00 Tuesday Night MS Youth Group 7:00 Monday Night Elementary Youth Group 3:00 pm Pastor Cal Hodgson Email: Pastor: Jeruel Baptist Church 11400 Plum Orchard Road, Munith (517) 596-2128 Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Youth Clubs & Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm Pastor Bob Castle Asst. Pastor Jerry Gould PaPastor:Pastor: Millville United Methodist Church 1932 N. M-52 Hwy, Stockbridge (517) 851 -7853 Pastor Robert Freysinger Sunday Services: Traditional Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Christian Education Classes for all ages 9:30 a.m. Fellowship Time 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study Class 11:00 a.m. UMYF- Meet in His Crib Sundays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Connections ( Young Adults) Sunday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday - 6:30p.m. Potluck and Praise Munith United Methodist Church 224 N. Main Street, Munith (517) 596-2441 Worship Hour - 9:30 Rev. Larry Rubingh Plainfield United Methodist Church 17845 M-36, Gregory Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:15 am Minister Judi Darling

St Jacob Evangelical Lutheran Church 12501 Reithmiller Rd, Grass Lake (517) 522-4187 Sunday Worship 10:15 am Pastor Scott Schwertfeger Stockbridge United Methodist Church 219 E. Elizabeth Street, Stockbridge (517) 851-7676 Rev. Larry Rubingh Worship Hour - 11:00 am Trinity Pentecostal Church 4935 Freiermuth Road, Stockbridge (517) 565-3310 Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 10:45 am Wednesday Youth Group 7:00 pm Thursday Bible Study 10:30 am Pastor Mark Roark Trinity Lutheran Church Missouri Synod 5758 West M-36 Putnam Township 734-878-5977 Pastor William Gatz Sunday School 8:45 am Sunday Worship 10:00 am Pastor: Unadilla Presbyterian Church 20175 Williamsville Road, Gregory (734) 498-2348 Sunday Worship 11:00 am Pastor John Qiu United Baptist Church 2510 Heeney Road, Stockbridge (517) 565-3121

This Church Directory will be provided free of charge to our area churches.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS The Clothes Closet at Gregory Community Church is in urgent need of boys and girls clothing sizes 5 – 14. Please call for a drop-off appointment. 734-498-2591. Thursday - November 27th - 11:30am - 2:00pm FREE Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Heritage Elementary in Stockbridge. Delivery Service and Take Out Available. Phone 517565-3051 or email for more information. Saturday - November 29th Plainfield United Methodist Church will be having their monthly newspaper and bottle drive. Sunday - November 30th - 6:00pm Gregory Ministers Association and Southwest Church of the Nazarene will be holding the 6th annual Red Sweater Night. Call 734-498-2682 for more information.

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DANSVILLE LIBRARY EVENTS POLICY STATEMENT The Weekly Pride is independently owned and operated. Our mailing address is PO Box 595, Stockbridge, MI 49285. It is published as part of The Killinger Group. The Weekly Pride reserves the right to refuse any material submitted for publication. Advertisements published in The Weekly Pride do not necessarily reflect the views of it’s owners or staff. Advertising Deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday. All news, display advertising, and classified should be submitted and paid for prior to that time. Information can be submitted via email, phone, or in person. A member of The Weekly Pride will gladly schedule an appointment to discuss your advertising needs. Advertiser’s and Reader’s who feel that an error has been made are encouraged to contact The Weekly Pride immediately. When an item is found to be a mistake or misleading, a correction or clarification will be published. All advertisements will require final written communication prior to publishing. This communication signifies final approval and acceptance of the ad copy as well as constitutes an agreement for payment in exchange for publication. All cancellations of display or classified advertisements are due by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the scheduled publication.

Adult Adult Book Discussion Tuesday, Nov. 18 6:30 pm Nov. 18: Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian Teen Page to Screen Discussion Group Saturday, Nov. 22 2:00 pm Nov. 22: Movie and discussion of the series starting with the Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Refreshments provided. Children Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5) Thursdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 20 10:30 am Stories and crafts Movers & Readers (Ages 1-3) Tuesdays, Sept. 9-Nov. 18 10:30 am

STOCKBRIDGE LIBRARY EVENTS All Ages Holiday Open House Sunday, Dec. 7 1-3 pm We’ll have make-and-take crafts for the little ones, plus refreshments and live jazz for everyone provided by the Debbie Fogell Trio.

This policy is subject to change. Teens Teen Book Discussion Group Thursday, Dec. 18 2:30 pm

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Thanksgiving is almost here and we thought that this picture was appropriate. We really get excited about Thanksgiving because it means we get to go to Pennsylvania to see our cousins while daddy goes hunting. We hope you enjoy this weeks picture. Have fun!!!!!!!!!!! Mail it to us at: The Weekly Pride, PO Box 595 Stockbridge, MI 49285










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SUDOKU PUZZLE OF THE WEEK If you have never completed one of these you might be asking what the rules are. They are quite simple. Each column needs to contain the numbers 1 - 9, each row needs to contain the numbers 1 - 9, and each 3 x 3 set of squares needs to contain the numbers 1 - 9.





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enjoy and that pull people together to grow and learn.” Jo is quick to add, “I couldn’t do my job without the help of all the volunteers, especially the coaches!” In addition to being the Chairman of the Board for Stockbridge Outreach, Jo volunteers a helping hand to Town Hall Players and Friends of the Stockbridge Library whenever she can. Jo, with her husband, Paul Crandall, and their son, Scott, have recently moved from their home of 14 years in Stockbridge to a home with 10 acres in Munith. “We are really enjoying our property and our new chickens. We discovered a pear tree we didn’t realize we had so I learned to do some canning I hadn’t done before.” With a new garden plot and a pantry shelf lined with applesauce, pearsauce, and salsa, Jo is an example herself of how great it is to always keep learning. Thank you for all you do, for all of us. If you know someone deserving of a Forgotten “Thank You”, please contact me with info. By email at:

While officers were watching the munchkins, they also observed what appeared to be a drug transaction occur on the street in front of a home. The plain clothed surveillance officers then watched as the buyer, Paul "Herbie" L'Hillier, 48, who lives in the cove, walk toward his house. Surveillance officers had a marked patrol unit stop him and the illicit drugs were found on him. Officers also made contact with the "seller" and recovered the money "Herbie" spent to get "high". Officers interviewed both parties and sent the report to the Jackson County Prosecutor for a warrant. The prosecutor issued a warrant for Possession of Illegal Narcotics on L'Hillier, a two year felony. Now, this is where the plot thickens. Two weeks later, "Herbie" tracked down the other participant and threatened to "hit" that person if he was to go back to prison. And he added, "if I don't do it, I'll have someone else do it". The actual language used was much more flowery but the intent was made clear. Waterloo Investigators sent another report to the prosecutor who subsequently issued another warrant for "Herbie", this time three counts of witness tampering and threatening. "Herbie's" Halloween foray has landed him in the Jackson County Jail where he is being held on a $25,000 bond. He should have stuck to getting candy........

The cooked temperature recommendation of 165 degrees F. standardizes the recommendations for cooking poultry. The USDA previously suggested different temperatures for poultry parts such as breasts, wings and thighs. The only sure way to tell if meat and poultry are cooked to recommended temperatures is by using a food thermometer. Meat thermometers are readily available at hardware, grocery, kitchenware, discount and department stores. Once the feast is served and enjoyed, and everyone is pushing away from the table, there are several safety tips to consider. Don’t allow cooked food it sit out at room temperature for more than two hours. Leftovers should be promptly refrigerated after the meal and any leftovers that won’t be eaten within a few days should be put in the freezer. It’s also a good idea to divide large amounts into smaller portions for quicker chilling. It’s recommended that leftover meat stored in the refrigerator should be eaten within three to four days. When reheating, use your thermometer to be sure the leftovers reach 165 degrees. Also, bring sauces and gravies to a boil for at least one minute. And, of course, never taste any leftovers that look or smell strange. Remember, “when in doubt, throw it out!”

OBITUARY Elizabeth Ann (Sullivan) Wright “Betty” Passed away at home under the loving care of her family on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at the age of 73. Loving wife of 55 years to Richard, precious mother to eight children, Richard Wright, Deborah (Roy) Conner, Kenneth (Barb) Wright, James Wright, Victoria (Ron) Jacobs, Darrell (Gina) Wright, Elizabeth Jessup, Dawn (Joe) Kobus; precious grandmother to 13, Richard, Heather, Heidi, Kenny, Jeremy, Ron, Brandon, Mariah, Kody, Joey, Leigha, Josh, Allison; precious greatgrandmother to six, Alaina, Dayna, Michael, AJ, Emilee, Aiden; brother, Robert Coleman and sisters, Agnes Watts and Helen (Kenneth) Mattoon, and numerous nieces and nephews, and was very well loved by many special friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Danny Boy, her parents, Coleman and Hannah Sullivan, her in-laws, Mary and Aylmer Wright, and siblings, Michael, Steve, Marie, Nora, Margaret, and Patrick. Betty served on the Leslie Area Ambulance Service Board for ten years, received a Certificate of Recognition from the Ingham County Sheriffs Department and volunteered for many other fundraisers within the Leslie Community. Services celebrating Betty’s life will be held at the Grand River Community Church on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Bruce Crockett and Bob Murphy co-officiating. Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends at the J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Leslie Chapel, on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to the Wright Family Cemetery or to the Grand River Community Church.

Ashley Gamblin, Alyssa Moore, and Tiffani Eilber of Girl Scout Troop 168 pose at their spaghetti dinner last week. - Photo Dawn Miller


Elizabeth Ann (Sullivan) Wright “Betty”

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The young ladies of Girl Scout Troop 168 hosted a spaghetti dinner this past week. The girls have worked for two months planning this event. They are fundraising to earn money for a trip to N.Y. City over spring break (April 09). The Girls would like to say a special thank you to all the supporters who came out on that rainy night November 14. Your attendance at their event was very much appreciated. Your donations will help them get to New York City.

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The Journey Continues The magical season continues for the Leslie Blackhawk football team as they move on to play for a MHSAA Division 6 State Championship on Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit. The team improved their record to 12-1 Saturday with a 22-19 victory over Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central at Withington Stadium in Jackson. Troves of people made the short trek down US-127 from Leslie to cheer on the hometown boys to victory. The game got started out on a bad note for the Blackhawks as SMCC took the opening kick-off and drove 68 yards in 12 plays to take the lead on a Chris Lebeau 1-yard plunge. Leslie jumped on the ensuing PAT forcing SMCC to rethink their options. SMCC figured that the two-point conversion would be a better choice, but the Blackhawks rose to the occasion and stuffed the conversion run holding SMCC to a 6-0 lead. Leslie only had the ball one time in the 1st quarter, but they responded with their own 68 yard touchdown drive, capped by a Travis Crowe 1-yard run to tie the score at 6 points apiece. Leslie’s conversion attempt failed and the score remained tied. Leslie’s defense was able to make just enough plays and SMCC was forced to punt. The Blackhawks made quick work of them scoring on a Devyn Twombley 32-yard run. Crowe converted on the 2-point attempt and the Hawks led 14-6 at the half. Leslie took the 2nd half kick-off and again ate time of the clock with a 71-yard touchdown drive resulting in a 1-yard touchdown run by Twombley. Crowe hooked up with fellow Senior Trent Page on the 2point conversion and the score was 22-6. It appeared that the game was in hand for Leslie, but SMCC had other plans. The Falcons only had the ball for three plays in the 3rd quarter, but made the most of their possessions in the 4th quarter. They drove for a score with 4:46 remaining in the game to close within 10 points. They then recovered the onside kick and pushed town the field to score with 2:03 to go. A LeBeau kick made it 22-19. LeBeau again executed a perfect onside kick and the Falcons were in business. The Hawks had toyed with them enough though and kept them out of the endzone securing their first State Finals in school history. Leading rusher for the Blackhawks was Devyn Twombley with 83 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Crowe rushed for 72 yards on 15 carries and a score. Page and Nate Jansen were 6 for 25yards and 2 for 11yards respectively. Crowe also completed 4 of 8 passes for 79 yards. Jansen was on the receiving end of 3 passes for 55 yards and Kaden Stern caught 1 pass for 24 yards. Leslie outgained the Falcons 293-270 yards on the day. Leslie has just a little more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving as they will take their 12-1 record on the road to Ford Field Friday for a 4:30pm match up with the 12-1 Montague Wildcats. We here at THE WEEKLY PRIDE would like to congratulation Leslie on a great season and encourage everyone to come and support this local school in their quest for a state title. GO HAWKS!

Leslie Quarterback Travis Crowe works up the field for a few of his 72 yards Saturday. Crowe also threw for 79 yards as the Blackhawks defeated SMCC 22-19 to advance to the Finals. Photo: Brian Frazzini -

Blackhawk Hall of Fame Nominees Sought Nominations are being sought for the Blackhawk Hall of Fame. Nominees can be former Leslie athletes, coaches, teams or "at large" program contributors who have exemplified character, pride, and spirit and have attained a significant level of Leslie High School athletic success. Athletes must be a Leslie High School graduate out of school for at least 10 years. If the nominee is a coach, he or she must have coached in the Leslie system for at least 10 years and if a team is nominated, they must be nominated 10 years after the year they played together. "Atlarge" nominees must have made significant contributions to the Leslie athletic program. Nomination form available on page 9.

GAME TIME 4:30 FRIDAY AT FORD FIELD DETROIT STATE FINAL’S GAME CAPSULE Leslie Coach - Scott Farley Record - 12 - 1 Colors - Black/Orange Nickname - Blackhawks Points Scored - 481 - 37.0 points per game Points Against - 219 - 16.8 points per game Week 1 East Jackson 47-6 Week 2 Sand Creek 40-20 Week 3 Stockbridge 22-9 Week 4 Hillsdale 26-36 Week 5 Western 36-12 Week 6 Albion 42-0 Week 7 Columbia Central 36-14 Week 8 Durand 34-20 Week 9 Michigan Center 44-14 Pre-District Hanover-Horton 46-28 District Laingsburg 49-34 Regional Kalamazoo Christian 37-7 Semi-Finals SMCC 22-19

Montague Coach - Pat Collins Record - 12 - 1 Colors - Royal/White Nickname - Wildcats Points Scored - 459 - 35.3 points per game Points Against - 182 - 14.0 points per game Muskegon Orchard View 31-21 Week 1 Mason County Central 63-21 Week 2 Week 3 Whitehall 41-0 Week 4 Ravenna 42-14 Week 5 Hart 44-0 Week 6 North Muskegon 42-7 Week 7 Muskegon Oakridge 21-28 Week 8 Shelby 35-28 Week 9 Muskegon Heights 19-6 Pre-District Kingsley 40-0 District Clare 13-10 Regional Iron Mountain 33-13 Semi-Finals Saginaw Nouvel 35-34

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MS Basketball Results Stockbridge vs. Western Alex Noffsinger - Student Sports Writer

On Thursday the Panthers of Stockbridge went up against the Panthers of Parma Western. Stockbridge has had it’s woes against Western this year in all athletics, but this was a chance to get back at those pesky Panthers. Stockbridge struggled coming out of the gates in the 1st quarter while Isaiah of Western (the coach’s son) was playing like the Isaiah we all know. Stockbridge was barely able to tie it up at fifteen before the end of the 1st. The 2nd quarter was a shootout with the game being very close going into the locker rooms. The scoring was spread out a lot between Stockbridge, but Isaiah had an amazing 15 points at the half. In the second half the Stockbridge defense stiffened up allowing the Panthers to take a lead into the 4th. A couple highlights were only giving up 2 points in the 3rd. In the fourth Stockbridge built on their lead to only watch it go away. Coach Allison gathered the troops though and prevented a disaster giving the Stockbridge Panthers a win to move to 4-1 on the season. Zach Runciman led all scorers with 17 points. The 8th grade team faced off against Parma Western too losing a tough one 35-45.. They fell behind 18-5 and were never able to recover from the early deficit. The team battled back contesting every Western shot and hustling to every rebound. In the end it fell short. John Mason led all scorers with 20 points. Devin Allen chipped in 9, Austin Brown had 4 and Dillon Able added 2. Overall, It was a good day for the Panthers. Editors Note: We thank Alex for his submission of MS basketball action in Stockbridge this week. If you would like to be a Student Writer please contact us. We are looking for writers in Dansville, Leslie, and Stockbridge to help represent your schools sports teams.

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Turkey Day Safety! To help make this Thanksgiving as fun and safe as possible, think about the following tips: • Don’t feed turkey bones to your 4 legged family members. They might taste good to them but the bones are hollow and therefore splinter easily. This can cause a pet to choke or even damage their digestive system. • Always use oven mitts or pads when touching hot pans, pots, or dishes. If you do burn yourself, run it under cold water and then cover with a clean dressing (not stuffing, I’m talking band-aids or gauze). If the burn blisters, causes severe pain, or is over a significant portion of your body, call 911 or seek medical attention immediately. • Never thaw your turkey at room temperature. The safest way is to thaw it in the refrigerator. The second best way is to place it under lukewarm running water and make sure it isn’t sitting in the water that has run off it. A good estimate for the time it will take to thaw a frozen turkey in the fridge is about 1 day per 4lbs. of turkey. • Wash everything that gets raw turkey on it. Don’t use a wood cutting board for cutting raw turkey (or even to set it on while you’re stuffing it). • Your turkey must reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees before its safe to eat. Eating undercooked poultry is extremely dangerous. • Place turkey left-over’s in fridge within 2 hours of eating. Turkey in the fridge (cooked) is safe to eat for 3 – 4 days.

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Would you like to see your stories published and represent your school at the same time? We are looking for freelance writers willing to cover their respective schools athletic events from Middle School to High School. Contact us at 517-404-5163 or email for more information.

As the winter sports season get’s into full swing this week, we will be busy putting together our Winter Sports Previews for all your favorite teams. Keep your eyes open in the next couple of weeks to see how well your favorite team looks to fair against the competition this season.

Leslie Linebacker Devyn Twombley stops the SMCC runner in his tracks during Saturday’s semi-final game. Photo: Brian Frazzini -

SMCC lineman can just look on as the Blackhawks dislodge the ball on a vicious hit by Trent Page. Leslie recovered the ball. Photo: Brian Frazzini -

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Help Wanted

Accounts Payable Position Stockbridge Community Schools is accepting applications for a 12month Accounts Payable position. Work hours are flexible and will range from 10 to 30 hours per week. Computerized accounts payable experience is required. A minimum educational level of an Associates Degree or equivalent is preferred. Pay is $12 per hour with sick and vacation days. Interested candidates should send a letter of application with attached resume by December 1, 2008 to Tracey Wooden, Business Manager, at

DEPUTY CLERK/TREASURER The City of Leslie is now accepting applications for a full-time Deputy Clerk/Treasurer. Starting pay range is $12.00/Hr. - $15.00/ Hr. DOQ. Generous fringe benefit package. Pre-employment physical & drug screen required. No phone calls, please. Applications available online at or during regular business hours 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday, Leslie City Offices, 106 E. Bellevue Street, Leslie. APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 5, 2008.


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SHS Sprit Wrap Blankets for Sale! The Stockbridge High School and Middle School choirs are selling Spirit Wrap Blankets in time for Christmas. Each blanket is Black, Orange, White and Grey and sports the image of an awesome panther. The image is surrounded by the words “Stockbridge Panthers”. The blankets are 60” x 80” and are very warm and snugly. The price is $50 per blanket. Proceeds from the sale of the blankets will go to benefit the vocal music department at both schools. Supplies are limited. Please see your favorite Stockbridge Choir Student or contact choir director Carol Hatch for more details at 517-851-7770.

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As a twelve year resident of Stockbridge, I eagerly awaited the arrival of the second annual Winter Wonderland. Being out of town the first year, I was unsure of what a Winter Wonderland consisted of. Yet I maintained high hopes of Christmas merriment and good cheer. And food. There must always be food. Of course, I was not alone in this trek. My husband and my two younger daughters accompanied me. Upon arriving in town, Pachelbel’s “Cannon in D” was amplified over the loudspeakers. My daughters both looked up at me, their eyes wide with excitement. “Mom! Listen! It’s your favorite!” my older daughter announced. Actually, with her Bostonian accent it was more like, “Mom! Wisten! It’s yoe fave-wit!” Coming through the west side of the Town Square, a jolly woman wearing a Santa hat was standing at the curb. She told us that there was a horse and buggy ride taking place, and informed us that the horse would be back in just a minute, as he was taking a small break. So while we waited, we popped across the street to Red Sky and enjoyed the warm, fragrant air as we stepped inside. Hot chocolate and Hot Carmel Apple Cider was exactly what was needed. As we watched inside for the horse to arrive across the street, I was suddenly aware of how cold it had been outside. Really cold. Being a Winter Wonderland event, with emphasis on winter, one cannot expect 60 degree weather. However, in Michigan….. Too soon after sitting down on the plush leather couch and enjoying our hot drinks, we watched as a dapper Haflinger, whom we later learned was named Jake, came trotting up to his designated spot in front of the Town Hall. Jumping up, we dashed across the street to get our ride. Mind you, there was no line and we were, at that time, the only ones around. But hey, why take a chance? Jake was decked out in festive fashion, donning dark blue bows on his tail and ears. Sleigh bells adorned his bridle and they jingled merrily as Jake happily trotted through town. A warm lap blanket was draped over our legs as the icy cold breeze blew in our faces. After our too-short ride, we stood on the sidewalk in the same spot we had started.

By this time in late afternoon, there wasn’t a lot open. The pharmacy was closed, and the town seemed almost deserted. Yet off we went up the street and over to Country Petals, where we were again greeted by warm, spiced air. I was delighted to see Fat Free Butter Rum Coffee for customers, along with iced Christmas sugar cookies. Munching my cookie and looking around, I noticed only three other customers. I was disappointed. I love Stockbridge and all of its home-town quaintness, and feel almost let down when people don’t take advantage of its attributes. However, I was elated to find that on the back of the aisle were more cookies, (yes, I took another) and what else, but Hot Spiced Apple Cider. Leaving the store, we once again braced ourselves against the frosty air. While standing in front of Kim & Company, Jake trotted by pulling his owners in the buggy. The Mrs. waved at us and called, “Back to the barn!” We waved her off and the sound of Jake’s jingle bells grew faint. By now the town was empty and there seemed nowhere else to go. We trudged towards home, vowing to come back at 5:00 to hear the Middle School Choir and watch the lighting of the Christmas tree. And when we did come back, it seemed colder and more frigid than before. I must congratulate Carol Hatch, the Middle School Choir director, for enthusiastically encouraging a cluster of selfconscious teenagers to sing Christmas carols in the freezing cold. As I looked around at the on-lookers (who sadly appeared to be mostly parents and grandparents of the choir), I found that even though the day was cold and the crowds were meager, there’s nothing like hearing a choir singing Christmas songs to help with the festive atmosphere. After the choir commenced, Ms. Hatch invited the crowd for donuts and-yes, you guessed it, cider! Unfortunately by that time, the sun was gone and the air was so crisp it nearly crackled. We climbed inside the warm car and watched as the Stockbridge Christmas Tree was lit. Again, I felt disappointed for all of those who, be it weather or other reasons, decided to eschew. Yes, it was cold, and there didn’t seem to be a whole lot to do, but the spirit was merry, and there were cookies involved… and maybe a little too much cider.

GO! FIGHT! The Stockbridge 7th Grade Cheer Team performs at halftime of a recent game. Photo courtesy of K. Otter



City of Leslie Has Open Board Positions The City of Leslie has announced that they are accepting letters of interest for two vacant board positions. Currently the Downtown Developmental Authority and the Economic Development Corporation have openings. For the next two weeks, the City will accept these letters of interest for these two positions. These positions are appointed by the City Council. If you have any questions, please call Brian Reed, Leslie City Manager, at 517-589-8236

WOODWORTH FALL MILEAGE CLUB TOPS 2,000 MILE MARK “Around and around and around we go and where we stop, nobody knows…” Leslie’s Woodworth Elementary School students went around and around their school “track” during recesses this fall to the tune of 2,004 total miles (or to be more exact: 8,016 laps)! The ever-popular Mileage Club ran for six weeks during recesses this fall at Woodworth. Students could voluntarily choose to run laps and get mileage club cards punched for every lap they completed. After the completion of each card (20 laps/4 miles), students would receive a prize from Mileage Club program coordinator Jim Hanson who has directed the activity for nine years now. “It’s pretty low-key in the fall,” Hanson said. “I like to say that in the fall our kids do the Mileage Club just for the ‘health’ of it. The big school-wide push occurs in the spring where every teacher and class gets involved. We normally top 10,000 miles in the sevenweek spring program. But in the fall, it’s pretty much kids who just love to run that are involved—there’s no big deal made. So, I think it’s pretty cool that so many of our kids choose to run laps day after day when they could be playing on our playground equipment or kicking a soccer ball or football around.” Amazingly enough, Woodworth’s first grade class led the entire school this fall tallying 1,024 miles in their grade alone. The second grade rooms were next with 420 total miles. Leading the entire school this fall was Mrs. James’ second grader Dylan Mills who completed 16 cards (64 miles) in six weeks of recesses. First grader Jarrett Brown and third grader Ethan Schuen were next with 12 completed cards. First grader Haylee Rivera from Mrs. Dietz’ room led all Woodworth girls this fall, finishing 11 cards. Other top runners in the program included first graders Nathan Beachey (11) and Trevor Huttenlocker (10) cards. Trevor Willard, in the second grade, finished 11 cards. Cullen Cox (3rd grade) and Murrissia Hampton (4th grade) both completed 10 cards. “Now we have a big break until spring when our children will all be refreshed and ready for the real Mileage Club push,” Hanson explained. “I don’t want them to get burned out. By April they are all anxious to get going again. Things get pretty exciting around here then!”

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STOCKBRIDGE QUIZ BOWL FIRST GAME RESULTS Round One SMAA League Results - November 10, 2008 Submitted by Jay Langone

VARSITY RESULTS Game 1 Varsity Western 37 Albion 3 Columbia 22 Stockbridge 12 Hillsdale 29 Leslie 7 Game 2 Hillsdale 22 Columbia 20 Stockbridge 17 Albion 4 Western 43 Leslie 3 Game 3 Western 28 Columbia 15 Albion 15 Leslie 3 Hillsdale 24 Stockbridge 13 JV RESULTS Game 1 Western 33 Stockbridge 12 Hillsdale 18 Game 2 Hillsdale 23 Stockbridge 16 Western 15 Game 3 Western 22 Leslie 15 Hillsdale 16

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Albion 5 Columbia 9 Leslie 0 Columbia 8 Albion 3 Leslie 10 Columbia 8 Albion 4 Stockbridge

Standings (after 3 games) Varsity Hillsdale 3 0 Western 3 0 Albion 1 2 Columbia 1 2 Stockbridge 1 2 Leslie 0 3

JV Hillsdale Western Stockbridge Leslie Albion Columbia

3 3 2 1 0 0


0 0 1 2 3 3

Stockbridge bowl weekly league results

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STOCKBRIDGE Sporting Events This Week November 25 - December 1 Tuesday - 11/25 Varsity Girls Basketball Scrim. @ Fowlerville - 4:30 JV Girls Basketball Scrim. @ Fowlerville - 4:30 Monday - 12/1 MS Boys Basketball vs. Leslie - 4:30

DANSVILLE Sporting Events This Week November 25 - December 1 Monday - 12/1 MS Volleyball vs. Saranac - 5:00

LESLIE Sporting Events This Week November 25 - December 1 Tuesday - 11/25 MS Boys Basketball @ Lansing Christian - 4:30 Friday - 11/28 Varsity Football @ Ford Field vs. Montague - 4:30 Monday - 12/1 MS Boys Basketball @ Stockbridge - 4:30

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Shown here are some true Hawks fans at Saturday’s semi-final contest at Withington Stadium. As temperatures hovered around freezing these guys were the craziest in attendance by shedding their shirts. It won’t be so bad this week as they will get to watch their beloved Hawks from the warmth of Ford Field in Detroit as the Blackhawks play for a state title Friday at 4:30pm. Photo: Brian Frazzini -

Stockbridge Football’s PigSkin Club The Stockbridge Football Program announces the formation of the new PigSkin Club. The club is open to parents of current and former players as well as Football Program Alumni. This group is being formed for the support of the Football Program both on and off the field, in-season and out-of-season. There will be many areas that individuals can use their talents to help further the program. From coordinating team dinners, to organizing community outreach activities, to fundraising for program needs, there will be a place for you to help. Please go to for more information and to register your intent to JOIN THE CLUB! The first meeting will be held December 7th at 6:00pm in the SHS Library.

Photo Policy We have received many requests for the photos that have been published in The Weekly Pride and we have some exciting news for you! In most cases they are available for purchase in hi-resolution glossy photos to add to your collection. Most of the pictures are printed with a website address on the bottom and some are not. Regardless, if you see a photo that you would like for your collection send us a note to and we will help you get a copy. Costs vary based on picture size and photographer.



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Weekly Pride Volume 1 Issue  

Photo: Brian Frazzini - The Forgotten “Thank You” Enjoy a safe and happy thanksgiving meal by following a few si...

Weekly Pride Volume 1 Issue  

Photo: Brian Frazzini - The Forgotten “Thank You” Enjoy a safe and happy thanksgiving meal by following a few si...