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HAVE YOU BEEN TO OUR WEBSITE RECENTLY? www.TheWeeklyPride.com Local Early Childhood Education Programs Hurt by State Budget Cuts Trent Courter, Stockbridge, is shown here pitching during the U14 vs. Mason game.

Leslie American Legion to host Cooling Station

15th Annual Stockbridge Athletic Golf Scramble The annual Stockbridge Athletic Golf Scramble has been scheduled for July 31st at Hankerd Hills Golf Course. Check-in will begin at 7:00am with an 8:00am shotgun start. All participants need to pre-register. This event is a 44 team scramble full of fun and excitement. All proceeds go to support athletic programs at Stockbridge High School. There are a number of sponsorship options available to satisfy everyone. You can find the registration form elsewhere in this paper or contact Jeremy Killinger by emailing him at football@panthernet.net or calling 517404-5163 for more information.

The American Legion Post 491 in Leslie will host a cooling station on all days when the temperature reaches 90 degrees or above. The American Legion will be open from noon until 5 or 6pm and will have cold water, ice tea, newspapers, cards. Soon there will be a tv as well. If you have any questions, please call Roy McClain at 589-9122.

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Across the region, services providers and advocates in the early childhood education field are concerned about the impact of further budget cuts to programming for young children and their families. A number of programs, including the Teen Parenting Network, Fatherhood/Marriage and Parenting Programs, and Infant Mortality Prevention lost all funding for the final quarter of the current fiscal year due to the Executive Order that was issued in May 2009, and there is deep concern that funding will not be restored in the fiscal year 2010 budget. If the funding cuts for the 2010 budget recently approved by the Michigan Senate are enacted, a minimum of 1,200 children throughout Ingham County will lose access to preschool, quality child care, necessary health services, and other services that keep them safe. More children will arrive at kindergarten unprepared for learning, which, in turn, will cost more dollars in services and remediation. The Senate action also jeopardizes the receipt of over $207 million in federal funds because Michigan will be out of compliance with maintenance of effort and quality requirements tied to the Child Care Development Fund grant and prohibitive reductions in contributions tied to the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These actions are in direct conflict

What is 2-1-1? by Julie Glair, freelance writer

The phone number 2-1-1 is now the health and human service line to get help or give help. It is spearheaded by United Way and calls are free to the user, answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. “Professional Information and Referral Specialists” are

After 35 years working for the State of Michigan, retirement for some may be the time to buy an RV and travel. But for Margaret Brown, volunteering her time to enrich the community was what she chose. “I learned, as a tax collector for the State, how important it is to treat all people with respect,” Margaret began. “After all, anyone can have problems.” That’s what makes her the “perfect fit” as the President of the all volunteer Dansville Food and Clothing Bank in Dansville, Michigan. Margaret has been there for five years with a hard working Secretary and Treasurer assisting her. The location is in the old fire barn in Dansville which is paid for by the generosity of the Village of Dansville. They are open every Thursday 9 – noon and the 1st and 3rd Thursday 6pm – 8pm also. “We are providing a good service to the community. All clothing and house

extensively trained and nationally certified before answering calls. All 2-11 Call Centers are required to become nationally accredited. Also, 2-1-1 can be reached via landline or wireless. So, with that information, let’s look at some possible reasons we might want to call 2-1-1. Laid-Off Workers: 2-1-1 can provide referrals to employment agencies or social service agencies for help finding a job, and finding out about other possible help with housing, food and other needs. Disease Epidemic: 2-1-1 can help during an epidemic such as SARS; with information about West Nile virus; threats of anthrax or smallpox. For example, they can let people know how to get groceries while quarantined. Flu Shots: 2-1-1 provides information about how to get flu shots and how to pay for them. Evacuation Routes: 2-1-1 can provide information about emergency shelters and evacuation routes during natural and man-made disasters. Traveler’s Aid: 2-1-1 can help people who are stranded by finding possible temporary housing. Reliable, Comprehensive Human Services Database: 2-1-1 provides a comprehensive, continuously updated human service web-based database for everyone, including social workers, doctors, and others trying to help people. Parent Support and Education: 2-11 gives parents immediate access to parenting information. 9-1-1 Relief: During a disaster, 2-1-1 provides an outlet for the non-

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

Margaret Brown still hasn’t slowed down.

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Mondays - Free Line Dance Classes - Hankerd Hills Tuesdays, June 30th-July 16th - Weight Loss Golf Course - 7:00pm Challenge Stockbridge Heritage Elementary Library 6:00pm Mondays - Support Group for Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Weigh in from 5:15-5:45pm at the First Wednesday, July 1st - Leslie Economic Development Baptist Church in Leslie. Meeting from 6:00-6:45pm Corporation (EDC) Meeting - City Hall - 8:00am Contact Coleen, 589-8145. Monday, July 6th - Stockbridge Village Council Thursdays - Free Play Group - ages 1-3 from 10-11am Meeting - Veterans Memorial Park - 7:00pm - Stockbridge Heritage Elementary Gym, 222 Western Ave - Contact Wendy Moncada, 517-372-9411 ext. 6 to Tuesday, July 7th - Leslie City Council Meeting - City Hall - 7:00pm register.

Sunday, July 12th - Stockbridge PigSkin Meeting SHS Library - All Football Parents Encouraged to Attend - 6:00pm Monday, July13th - Stockbridge Board of Education Meeting - Smith Elementary - 7:00pm Monday, July 13th - Leslie Board of Education Meeting - LHS Board Room - 7:00pm Friday, July 17th - Leslie’s 5th Annual 5-K Run. All proceeds to benefit Leslie Outreach - 6:30pm

Saturday, July 18th - Leslie’s 6th Annual Softball Tournament & Street Dance. Contact Pete Zamora - 517 -589-0324 or 517-896-3651, or e-mail pete_zamora@hotmail.com. There is also a food and Fridays - Summer Activities in the Park - Sponsored by Thursday, July 9th - Stockbridge Outreach Board Stockbridge Community Education and Friends of the meeting - Stockbridge Middle School, Rm 117 - 4:45pm beverage tent in downtown Leslie during the street Library - Veterans Memorial Park playground pavilion dance from 5:00pm-midnight. Stories, Crafts, Games for kids - 10:00am-Noon

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 Ministers Bruce Harris and Larrel Whitaker Christ Episcopal Church 9900 N. Meridian Road, Pleasant Lake Sunday Morning 9:00 Youth Sunday School 9:00 Phone 517-769-2333 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 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 www.familytabernaclecog.net 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 www.1stbcs.org pastorb@1stbcs.org 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 9am-12 Pastor Shannon O’Leary Freedom Community Church “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 Leslie Public Middle School Cafeteria Kimball Road, Leslie, MI Pastor Wes Emmerson 517-676-3222 Sunday Worship – 10am Good Shepherd Mission 5050 E. M-36, Stockbridge (517) 851-9800 Morning Service 10:30 am Tuesday Bible Study Parson Billy R. Allen Grand River Community Church "Where Living Water Flows" 2443 Olds Rd, Leslie Pastor Bruce Crockett bruce_crockett@sbcglobal.net (517)589-5448 Sunday Worship 10:30 AM Gregory Community Church “A Caring Community” 126 Church Street, Gregory (734) 498-2591 Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Rev. Heidi DeMott-Shanes, Pastor gregcomchur@hotmail.com

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 Millville United Methodist Church 1932 N. M-52 Hwy, Stockbridge (517) 851 -7853 Pastor Robert Freysinger millvillechurch@hughes.net www.millvillechurch.org Sunday Services: Breakfast from 8:30 - 9:30 Blended Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study Class 11:00 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study - 1:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 6:30p.m. 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 S.S. Cornelius & Cyprian Catholic Church 1320 Catholic Church Road, Leslie (517) 589-8492 Weekend Masses: Sunday 8:00 am & 10:30 am Saturday Confessions 4:00-4:30 pm Father Mike Petroski

St Jacob Evangelical Lutheran Church 12501 Riethmiller Rd, Grass Lake (517) 522-4187 Sunday Worship 10:15 am Pastor Scott Schwertfeger www.stjacobgrasslake.org 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 Highest Praise Worship Center Putnam Township 5107 S. Clinton Street, Stockbridge 734-878-5977 (517) 851-7758 Pastor William Gatz Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Southwest Church of the Nazarene Sunday School 8:45 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm 14555 Holmes Road Sunday Worship 10:00 am Wednesday Family Enrichment Night PO Box 74, Gregory, MI 48137 Pastor: 7:00-8:00 pm Church : (734) 498-2682 Unadilla Presbyterian Church Bishop Jeffrey Lambert 20175 Williamsville Road, Gregory Pastor : (734) 395-9157 (734) 498-2348 Sunday Services: Heritage United Brethren Church Sunday School - 10:00am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Meets at Dansville High School Pastor John Qiu Morning Worship - 11:00am (517) 281-8931 Evening Service - 6:00pm Sunday School 9:00 am United Baptist Church Wednesday - 7:00pm Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am NETS (Teen Program) 2510 Heeney Road, Stockbridge Sunday Night HS Youth Group 7:00 Caravan for Grades 1 - 6 (517) 565-3121 Tuesday Night MS Youth Group Benson’s Buddies - Age 3 - K 7:00 Pastor Gary A. Slusher Monday Night Elementary Youth southwestnaz@charterinternet.com Group 3:00 pm www.hubchurch.weebly.com Pastor Cal Hodgson Email: DansvilleHUB@yahoo.com Pastor:

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wares are free to anyone that needs them. We just need verification of income and expenses to help people with food.” Margaret went on, “I really enjoy what I do. I’ve learned how to write grants and I meet a lot of great people. It’s important for people to realize we are here to help and we try to make it a comfortable experience for everyone.” Born in Lansing and raised with three other siblings in Mason, Margaret currently lives between Dansville and Mason with her husband, Don. They have been married 32 years and have two sons, Martin age 31 and Phillip, age 26. Margaret enjoys reading and has a ceramic business with her mother named “Ceramitastic” on Diamond Road in Mason. She also enjoys knitting, crocheting, gardening and canning. “I love a sunny day and spending time outdoors. We enjoy traveling on the back roads and really seeing what’s out there. We’ve found some great places, like Amish hardware stores and other cottage industries,” said Margaret. “I live in a rural area and our neighbors have been there all there lives. We take care of each other. It seems that too often people don’t even know who there neighbors are.” She continued, “I feel we need to get back to old time basics – help your friends and help your neighbors. I was taught ‘Charity begins at home.’” Obviously, Margaret is living the values she learned long ago. Thank you Margaret Brown, for all you do for all of us. If you know someone deserving of a Forgotten “Thank You”, please email me at forgottenthankyou@yahoo.com.

emergency calls that can flood the 9-1-1 centers. Inventory of Beds for the Homeless: 2-1-1 can provide an up-to-date, broad geographic inventory of shelter beds available to the homeless. Assistance to Local Governments: 2 -1-1 can provide an up-to-date official directory of detailed contact information so residents know who to call for nonemergency information such as tax information, to report a dangerous road condition, or to ask a question about codes and zoning. Crisis Counseling: 2-1-1 will provide crisis counseling for any crisis. Specialized lines that provide expert help to victims of rape and domestic violence serve most communities. People in need will be connected to these lines and other special crisis lines. 2-1-1 can also provide trained crisis counselors to help people regain emotional control and make a plan to defuse a personal crisis. Volunteer Opportunities: 2-1-1 can help callers identify community Volunteer Centers and help people find opportunities where volunteer placement services do not exist. Donations of Goods: Whether you represent a company wishing to donate or are a homeowner who is moving and would like to donate a large appliance, 2 -1-1 can be used to find an appropriate place to donate excess goods. As you can tell, 2-1-1 really can be helpful for any of us at different times. So, remember 2-1-1 next time you aren’t sure where to turn for help. They are there for you.

Early Childhood

Council for Maternal and Child Health and Michigan League for Human Services. “As any parent knows, providing for the needs of young children is not an optional activity,” said Nancy Moody, chairperson of the Children's Trust Fund. “The state must not fail to meet its responsibilities to Michigan’s youngest citizens and to its economic future, which those children will help create.” Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth, executive committee member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan, said: "We urge lawmakers to restore funding to the proven early childhood education and care programs that give kids the right start and keep them out of our prisons. Today, it costs as much to send someone to prison as it does to send them to Michigan State University or the University of Michigan. Preventing crime at the front end will save valuable taxpayer dollars, and it’s in the best interest of our children and communities." The Lake Research poll also found: • People across the state view investing in early childhood as necessary, with voters in Wayne County (83 percent), West Michigan (70 percent), the metro Detroit region (66 percent) and Central Michigan (66 percent) all strongly agreeing on their value. • Regardless of political affiliation, voters say these programs are vital, with 85 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of independents and 61 percent of Republicans strongly agreeing. • 74 percent favor investing in early childhood even if it raises their taxes. • 50 percent of likely voters said the state already spends “too little” on early childhood development and education. Only 6 percent of voters believe Michigan spends too much on early childhood. • 95 percent said the years from birth to age 5 were either “extremely important” (65 percent) to learning and development or “very important” (30 percent). Research shows that 85 percent

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with the results of a recent poll that showed three-quarters of Michigan voters want early childhood development and education programs protected from such cuts. Seventy-five percent consider it “extremely” or “very” important to spare Michigan’s youngest learners and their parents from the budget wrangling in Lansing, according to the poll released by the Early Childhood Investment Corp (ECIC). Similarly, 84 percent of those polled think early childhood development and education is “an absolute necessity” for their community, including 69 percent who strongly believe that. The poll of 500 Michigan registered voters, conducted by Lake Research Partners and paid for by the Kellogg Foundation, also found that support for early childhood efforts cuts across demographic and geographic lines (see details below). Voters also favored funding early childhood efforts even if it increases their taxes. “With times so hard and unemployment at 14 percent, Michigan families need early childhood programs and supports like pre-K, home visits and child care subsidies more than ever,” said Judy Samelson, CEO of ECIC, a public nonprofit corporation working on behalf of young families. “Legislators face truly horrible choices with this budget. But children, their future and the state’s future are not choices. They are necessities.” Samelson was backed by a broad coalition of state organizations opposed to the Senate’s cuts to early childhood programs. The coalition includes the American Academy of Pediatrics – Michigan Chapter, Children’s Trust Fund, Children’s Charter, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Early Childhood Investment Corp., Great Start Collaboratives, Great Start Parent Coalitions, Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children, Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, Michigan Association of United Ways, Michigan’s Children, Michigan Coalition of Children and Families, Michigan June 30, 2009

LIBRARY EVENTS DANSVILLE ALL AGES Movies @ the Library Thursdays, June 25-Aug. 6 - 1 pm Join us every Thursday afternoon for family-friendly movies. Call (517) 623-6511 for titles.

Capital Area District Library Common Ground Ticket Giveaway Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Common Ground, Lansing's premiere summer music event! This year's outstanding line-up includes Huey Lewis and the News, Sheryl Crow, Stone Temple Pilots, David Cook and more! Starting June 24, stop by any CADL location or become a fan of our Facebook page at cadl.org/facebook by July 1 to enter. If you're already a fan, then you are automatically entered to win! Winners will be selected on July 2. Some restrictions apply. The Capital Area District Library (CADL) is committed to the learning and enjoyment of the children and adults it serves. CADL operates 13 libraries and a book mobile which stops at various locations throughout Ingham County. CADL offers a wide range of community programs and special events throughout the year. For more information, visit our Web site: www.cadl.org. of a child’s brain architecture is formed by age 3. • 91 percent said ensuring that all children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn was either “extremely important” (56 percent) or “very important” (35 percent). • 54 percent said they would be “much more likely” or “somewhat more likely” to vote for candidates who come out in favor of maintaining funding. The poll comes as Michigan lawmakers are grappling to cut more than $2 billion in the 2010 budget. Since the beginning of the year, early childhood and development programs across the board have been targeted for elimination or significant reduction, including: • Elimination of pre-K programs for 30,500 Michigan 4-year-olds, totaling $103 million. • Reductions in child care supports for low-income working families ($135 million). • A reduction of $25 million to Medicaid providers for work with children 0-5. Elimination of three programs to prevent child abuse and neglect – 0-3 Secondary Prevention, Nurse-Family Partnership and Great Parents, Great Start – totaling $14 million. • Elimination of all funding ($14.3 million) for the Early Childhood Investment Corporation. Thirteen million of those dollars go for programs and supports that increase the quality of child care in Michigan. • A reduction of $750,000 for the ECIC’s 55 Great Start Collaboratives across Michigan. The collaboratives study local problems facing young learners and their parents then make a community plan to maximize resources, minimize waste, eliminate duplication of services and develop programs to “fill the gaps” in early childhood services.

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Juggler Joel Tacey Wednesday, July 1 - 2 pm Get ready for big fun and big laughs when books, art, music and fun come together at the library. Joel’s Circus Creatus Comedy Show is packed with creative new juggling and magic routines, plus lots of audience favorites. Held in Dansville Village Hall. Movies @ the Library Thursdays, July 2-July 30 - 1 pm Join us every Thursday afternoon for family-friendly movies. Call (517) 623-6511 for titles. Instrument Petting Zoo Wednesday, July 8 - 2 pm Here’s a great opportunity to see, hear, touch and learn about a variety of musical instruments. Held in Dansville Village Hall. LESLIE All Ages Science Alive * Tuesday, July 7 11 am & repeated at 1 pm A biologist and a collection of exotic critters invade the library, offering hands-on contact with parrots, turtles, snakes—maybe even a chinchilla. Registration is required. Held in Woodworth Elementary Cafeteria. ADULTS Adult Book Discussion Wednesday, July 8 - 1 pm Thunderstruck by Eric Larson STOCKBRIDGE ALL AGES *On Thursday, July 9, the library hosts Larry Guenther and Friends. They will be playing bluegrass, waltzes, and rags on guitar, mandolin and dobro. Open Mic, 5:30 pm Featured Performers, 6pm Acting Up Theater Company Wednesday, July 1 - 10 am Now celebrating 10 years of library performances, Acting Up presents a new show called Be c-READ-ative! Famous painter Paté Brushé will earn ten million dollars by painting a masterpiece, but when inspiration fails him, he is visited by a colorful cast of characters who help him through his “creativity emergency.” PALamazoo Puppets Wednesday, July 8 - 10 am This show will delight the senses with award-winning original songs, spiced with colorful puppet characters. Musical instruments and multicultural rhythms, mixed with a generous dose of humor and dance, add to the fun. Teens Duct Tape Workshop Wednesday, July 8 - 6 pm College student, duct tape professional and former David Letterman guest William Beacom is back with another great hands-on workshop. Come and get stuck at the library! Children Activities in the Park Fridays, June 26 – Aug. 14 (skip July 3) 10 am Come to Veterans Park for stories and games. Receive “Be Creative @ the Library” coupons that can be redeemed for prizes at the library (while supplies last.) Pre-registration appreciated by calling (517) 8518222. This program is a joint effort of Stockbridge Community Education and the Friends of the Stockbridge Library.

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www.countrycomputercare.com In Home PC Repair and Website Design Jody King (517) 414-1892 Email: jodyking@verizon.net Autism treatment plan approved

4-H Food Booth Open for 4th of July Fireworks As a fund raiser to support Ingham County 4-H Programs available for sale will be hot dogs, chips, popcorn, soda and water at the 4th of July Fireworks celebration 6:00 – 11 p.m. at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. The Ingham County 4-H Food Booth Committee manages and operates the 4-H food booth which provides the main source of funds for Council operations. In addition, the booth provides work and leadership experiences for 4-H youth, as well as funds for educational and training opportunities. The 4-H Food Booth is located beside the Shirley Clark Pavilion by the Rayner Park entrance of the Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 East Ash Street Mason MI.

Siblings, Paige and Dean Wooden pose for a photo together last week. June 30, 2009

In a win for the thousands of Michigan families who are dealing with the challenges of autism, the House voted to approve a plan that would require health insurance companies to cover the treatment and care of autism. It has been estimated that one in every 150 individuals is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer and diabetes combined. Unfortunately, most health insurance companies do not cover the treatment of autism, which can cost families $50,000 or more each year. In these tough economic times, that is a financial burden that no family should have to bear. Other states have enacted similar legislation and it has proved to be less costly for all in the long run. I was proud to vote for this plan that will end this discriminatory practice and give children with autism the chance to reach their full potential. As we celebrate this victory, we are reminded that the fight to ensure equal access to health care is far from over. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, an estimated one in five adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder and yet do not receive the same health care options that those with a physical disability receive. In the coming weeks, the House will take up a series of bills that will ensure that Michigan residents with mental disorders get the same health care coverage as someone with a physical disability. By putting mental health on par with other medical conditions, we can help Michigan families struggling to afford the costs of care.

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Real Estate Corner With Sandy Goetz, Realtor ® If you need more information or have any questions, you can email me at sgoetz@surovell.com Or call me at 734-4753737

Borrowers Struggle to Get Help Getting help through the Obama administration’s mortgage-assistance program has been an impossible challenge for thousands of applicants. Home owners who apply for mortgage modifications can expect to wait 45 to 60 days before hearing anything from their mortgage service company, according to a report from foreclosure-prevention counselor NeighborWorks America. Here is some other basic information: • The refinancing option is available only for certain loans owned or securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Home owners should contact their lender to see if they're eligible. Borrowers who are delinquent on their mortgage will not qualify. • To be eligible for a modification, borrowers must live in their property and be able to pay the mortgage after the modification. The first mortgage may not exceed 105 percent of the current market value of the property. The unpaid principal balance must be equal to or less than $729,750 for one-unit properties. The loan must have originated before Jan. 1, 2009. A borrower must have a payment (including taxes, insurance and homeowners association dues) that is more than 31 percent of the borrower's gross monthly income. Consumers can find more information about these programs at FinancialStability.gov. Source: USA Today (06/19/2009)/Realtor Magazine(6/23/09)

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Budget update In 2007, the budget for Michigan's general fund – the fund out of which most state programs are paid – was based on $9.4 billion in revenue. As we stand today, we have seen those funds decline by 26 percent, an unprecedented drop that has created a $1.7 billion hole in our budget. In May, the Governor issued an executive order which cut $300 million from this year's budget. These were painful cuts, which among other things, required state employees to take six unpaid furlough days, cut Medicaid by 4 percent, and lowered the amount of revenue sharing that went to local government. Here in the House, where our budget was unaffected by the Governor's executive order, we voted to cut our budget by 4 percent. This will be accomplished by reducing the office

budgets for each member, while requiring every employee at the House to pay more for their health care, among other cuts. I have also voted to make real costsaving reforms, including voting to cut the pay of state lawmakers, including my own, by 10 percent and voting to end the free lifetime health care provided to legislators. We are facing serious times here in Michigan, and we face some painful choices ahead. However, while we must make significant cuts, we must also keep in mind that Michigan families are the ones that are bearing the true cost of this recession. Here is where we stand on some of the important budgetary issues: Michigan Promise Scholarship Earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to completely cut the $140 million Michigan Promise Grant Scholarship that has

assisted Michigan high school students in achieving a post-secondary education. As we face this budget crisis, education must remain one of our top priorities. If we do not provide our children with the education that will prepare them for the 21st century economy, we have no hope of bringing businesses and jobs to our state. Cutting this important program is counterproductive and I will fight to restore this funding for our students. Early Childhood Education As a mother, I know the value of these programs, and the good they can do in preparing our children to succeed in school and later in life. Unfortunately, this is one of the programs that has been targeted to be cut by the Senate. Again, we cannot turn our backs on our children at a time when they need us the most. We can find areas to streamline and reduce the size of government without taking away from programs that work for our

kids. Revenue Sharing Revenue sharing provides funding for local governments, money that goes into police, fire and public safety programs. The Senate has proposed taking away even more money from these public safety programs, cutting more than $100 million. I believe that any cuts that we make to the state's budget must not threaten public safety, so when this plan came to a vote in the House yesterday, I voted to restore much of this funding. Because we voted to reject this Senate plan, this and many of the other budget cuts we have considered will go to a special conference committee made up of Senators and Representatives in order to work out differences in these bills. As we move forward with negotiations on this and other budget bills, I may have to support some cuts in order to achieve a balanced budget.

4th of July Concert Planned JEM Records recording artist JASON EATON performs in Gregory on July 4 at 1 p.m. following the 4th of July Gregory Parade. The worship and music event is hosted by the Gregory Ministers Association and will be held on the grounds of the Howlett Elementary School Park. This is a free concert. A free-will love offering will be received. For more information, call (734) 498-2682. Jason Eaton is a very talented JEM Records recording artist with a pop/contemporary style. Visit www.jasoneaton.org for a taste! LIVE IN CONCERT

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6/23 Lions Club Yellow vs. Lions Club Blue Chris Hall and Taylor Crockett each played well in the field. Hunter Fee and Joey Ballagh each had big hits for the yellow team. Lions Club Lime vs. Lions Club Orange Logan Connolly and Alexis Killinger had really good games. 6/2 Lions Club Yellow vs. Lions Club Green John Davis and Abbey Salyer played well defensively for the yellow team. Paige Brown belted a home run. Lions Club Lime vs. Lions Club Red Hannah Smith, Rachel Owen, and Paige Wooden played well defensively. CJ Boyer had a great hit!

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Dansville U12 Team Sweeps Pair from Holt The Dansville White U12 baseball team won two games against the Holt Jr. Rams White team on June 23 and June 24. In the heat of the week with temps in the low 90s for both games, the Aggies beat the Rams 10-9 and 10-5. The Aggies are 8-2 in league play and are in second place.

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”

At right Clay Soule, Dansville, works through the heat and his equipment at catcher for the Aggies. Below Dansville’s Chaz Kehres makes the tag at second base. The Holt runner was called safe.

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This year’s Green Machine coached by Anthony Adkins, Dan Wooden, and Jeremy Killinger would like to say a special thank you to the Stockbridge Lions Club for their sponsorship of all the Stockbridge Community Education Farm League teams this spring. They would also like to say thank you to the parents for their dedication throughout the season and the athletes for the hard work and good sportsmanship. Pictured (Row 1 l-r) Conner Marshall, Paige Wooden, Dakota Wright, Rachel Owen, Hannah Smith, Alexis Killinger, Zach Sawicki. (Row 2 l-r) Logan Connolly, Kaleb Adkins, Ben Quintinilla, CJ Boyer, Carson Robinson, and Wes Hansen. (Row 3 l-r) Coach Adkins, Coach Wooden, and Coach Killinger. Andrew Twining, Stockbridge, pitching during the U14 vs. Mason game.

Skeeter Ballagh ,Stockbridge, shown sliding home ahead of the tag to score a run. June 30, 2009

Stockbridge’s Cade Stowe making the catch at first base for an out.

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Michigan Citizens Warned on Risks Associated with Higher Temps

Volunteers Needed in July for Stewardship Workdays in Southeastern Michigan

Hot Weather and Vehicles can be a Deadly Combination for Kids As temperatures heat up, children are at serious risk for heat stroke when left alone even for a few minutes in a closed vehicle. Approximately 365 children across the United States have died from heatstroke caused by being left or trapped in a vehicle over the past decade. Heat is much more dangerous to children than it is to adults. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child's core body temperature may increase three to five times faster than that of an adult. This could cause permanent injury or even death. Heat stroke occurs when the core body temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit. A core body temperature of 107 degrees Fahrenheit is considered lethal. "Children are our most precious cargo and all drivers must be aware that these deaths and injuries are preventable," said Janet Olszewski, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, the lead agency for Safe Kids Michigan. "It is important to get this message out during these hot summer months because the heat can be deadly." Safe Kids USA and General Motors created the Never Leave Your Child Alone program to educate families about the dangers kids face in hot vehicles. According to research conducted by June 30, 2009

San Francisco State University, even with relatively cool temperatures outside - 70 degrees - the inside of a car can reach a dangerous temperature in just minutes. The research also revealed that more than half of these children were accidentally left behind in a closed, parked car by parents or caregivers while nearly a third of these children were trapped while playing in a vehicle unattended. Sadly, one in five children who died were intentionally left in the vehicle by an adult. Safe Kids suggests these tips for parents and caregivers: Teach children not to play in, on or around vehicles. 1. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open. 2. Always lock a vehicle's doors and trunk - especially at home. Keep keys and remote entry devices out of children's reach. 3. Place something that you'll need at your next stop - such as a purse, a lunch, gym bag or briefcase - on the floor of the backseat where the child is sitting. This simple act could help prevent you from accidentally forgetting a child. 4. Never Leave Your Child Alone is a component of Safe Kids Buckle Up, which was created by Safe Kids USA and General Motors in 1996 to teach families how to keep children safer in and around vehicles. Chevrolet became the lead brand in the partnership in 2004. Nationwide, more than 13 million people have been exposed to the program through hands-on educational activities, car seat checkup events and community outreach programs.

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers for stewardship workdays to be held throughout July in southeastern Michigan. Volunteers are needed to help cut and pull invasive, non-native plants. The best time to remove spotted knapweed, one such invasive plant, is in July just after flowering has begun but before seeds have started to form. These activities will help protect and restore the unique natural areas in these southeastern Michigan state parks. This is important work and it takes many hands. Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO-Get Outdoors, enjoy the summer and give back to your state parks. Dates, locations and times of the workdays are as follows: • Saturday, July 11, Bald Mountain Recreation Area (Oakland Co.), 9 a.m. to 12 noon • Sunday, July 12, Algonac State Park (St. Clair Co.), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Saturday, July 18, Waterloo Recreation Area (Washtenaw Co.), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Saturday, July 18, Waterloo Recreation Area (Washtenaw Co.), 2 to 4 p.m. • Sunday, July 19, Pinckney Recreation Area (Washtenaw Co.), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Monday, July 20, Highland Recreation Area (Oakland Co.), 9 a.m. to 12 noon • Saturday, July 25, Island Lake Recreation Area (Livingston Co.), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Sunday, July 26, Brighton Recreation Area (Livingston Co.), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers should bring appropriate clothing and items for outdoor work, including long pants, boots, gloves, drinking water and sunscreen. Longsleeved shirts should be worn for spotted knapweed removal at the Pinckney, Island Lake and Brighton Recreation Area workdays. For information about the specific tasks at each location and to obtain directions, visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and link to the Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays. All volunteers are asked to register using the form available on the Web site. Any questions should be directed to Laurel MalvitzDraper at (248) 359-9057 or malvitzl@michigan.gov. Join the DNR in celebrating the 90th anniversary of Michigan State Parks (1919-2009) this year. Events are being posted at www.michigan.gov/ dnrgogetoutdoors. Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Outdoors

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In light of higher temperatures expected to affect most of the Great Lakes area in the next several days, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is pointing out several preventative measures citizens can take to keep their families safe when the weather becomes unbearably hot. MDCH is offering several tips to help you beat the heat when temperatures reach 80 or above. High temperatures can create stress on the body and mind. Very hot days can cause the body temperature to rise, resulting in muscle cramps, dizziness, and can eventually make a person dangerously ill. "To prevent symptoms of heat stress, adults and children should stay completely hydrated by drinking water frequently, even when they may not be thirsty," said Dr. Gregory Holzman, state chief medical executive. "Stay clear of alcoholic and caffeinated drinks as they cause dehydration." The sun's rays can be very dangerous, especially from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so try to plan your daily activities accordingly. If you must do work outdoors, take frequent breaks in shaded, cool areas. Wearing light colored, loose fitting clothing will help you stay cool during the hot summer days. Fabrics like cotton are a good choice as they allow air to circulate through clothing and to your body. The use of sunglasses and suntan lotion (at least SPF 15) also can reduce the risk of damage from the sun. It is important to know the different signs of heat-related illnesses. Heatrelated illnesses target young children and the elderly, so it is important to monitor these citizens by checking them frequently. The first stage of heat-related illness is dehydration. Dehydration occurs when body fluids are lost, and not replaced, by sweating. Dry mouth, thirst, headache, dizziness, cramps, excessive fatigue and irritability are all symptoms of dehydration. If you are experiencing dehydration, move to a shaded or airconditioned area, replace fluids by drinking water, and consult a physician if symptoms persist or if there is an existing condition that could be complicated by increased fluid intake. The next, more serious stage of heatrelated illness is called heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a warm, humid place where body fluids are lost by sweating. This fluid loss can cause reduced blood flow to vital organs, which results in shock. Signs of exhaustion include headache, moist and pale skin, nausea, dizziness, weakness and exhaustion. To treat exhaustion, seek shade or cool, comfortable place, drink a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes, remove or loosen any tight clothing, and apply a cool, wet towel or compress. If symptoms persist or worsen, seek emergency medical treatment. Finally, heat stroke is the most severe stage of heat-related illness. A heat stroke, or also called sunstroke, is life threatening and immediate emergency medical attention is vital. During a heat stroke the body's temperature control stops working and temperature can rise very quickly. Seek emergency treatment immediately if symptoms such as vomiting, decreased alertness level or complete loss of consciousness, high body temperature (sometimes as high as 105 degrees Fahrenheit) or red, hot, and dry skin with a rapid, weak pulse are present. 888-318-1766


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Public Service Announcement Host Family Volunteers Needed International Student Exchange is seeking families, couples or single parents (with or without children at home) who are adventurous, fun-loving, responsible, and most of all caring, who are interested in hosting a high-school-aged foreign exchange student for the 2009-2010 school year. By hosting a student from another country, your entire family will discover a world of fun and an enlightening adventure. Students who spend a semester or school year in the US are fulfilling a lifetime dream. American culture plays an important role all over the world; the English language is the international language of our times. Share your home for a year; enjoy a friendship for a lifetime! To begin this exciting cultural experience, please call Dawn an ISE Representative, at 1.866-987-7935

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Open House, Open Wallet By: Corinda Hackworth chackworth@yahoo.com

As a lover of summer, there are so many things I look forward to. Picnics, afternoons by the lake, Fourth of July, my birthday; well, not my so much my birthday anymore. I don’t look forward to it nearly as much as I did, say, fifteen, or even ten years ago. But one thing I don’t anticipate so much are graduation open houses. So far, we have three scheduled. And I don’t know a single one of them. I remember (vaguely) my open house. Groves of relatives from Ohio came, most of whom I had seen maybe once and only when I was very small. I remember asking why we had to invite people I’d rarely seen and who probably had forgotten about me, anyway. But an older cousin of mine relayed that every person invited, or even more importantly showed up, were worth a ten,

“A Simple Lifestyle with Nelva Jean” Hello Everybody, All is well here and loving life. Our warm days are here, and filled with things to do. This year we planted some things in the ground and also in pots. We planted a couple different types of squash, bush beans, tomatoes, onions, red potatoes, and several different herbs. It’s exciting, to plant and harvest some of own food, and there’s nothing quite like green beans and new potatoes, when it’s time. I’m thrilled to plant seeds of intimacy with God into your life. The bible is a sufficient guide for how to live. In Deuteronomy 6:5-9 in the (Message Bible) it tells you. “Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder’ inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.” You may think this is fanatical, and out of balance, but it’s not. It’s only difficult because we have our way of

at least, maybe even a twenty. Being naive and thinking the world was made of money and it was all just a matter of time before it would be given to me anyway, it sounded reasonable (I’m still waiting, by the way). But what once made sense and sounded logical now seems, well, just plain annoying. Who are these kids that send me these invitations and see me only as a dollar sign? Honestly, friends, who really enjoys an open house? As we all know and remember, being seventeen-eighteen years old is a horrific time in life. You still feel like a kid, most of us were still treated like kids by our parents (much to our chagrin), yet we were thrust out into the real world and told to act like an adult. And most of us still had the Godawful teen angst raging through us. Yet we are expected to be nice to these “not-children-yet-not-adults”, who are only decent to us because they think we have brought them money. And let’s not kid ourselves. We are all expected to bring money. Lots of it. Especially when one of these manchildren is the offspring of someone superior to us. And by superior, I mean a boss, a

landlord, teller at a bank. People who could do us great harm and damage should we choose to abstain from these festivities. I used to console myself that while these parties were indeed inconvenient at best, there was always food-and cakereadily available for my utilization. But how many more drippy pasta salads can we possibly be expected to ingest? How many times have we been expected to hold a conversation with compete strangers, while trying to maintain our dignity as a baked beansoaked paper plate sags and tips under the weight of our consumption? And for once, the only time in our lives, the tables have turned on us and now these angst-ridden teens are now the ones holding the power. We must be nice to them, for it is their party. This is their day. This is their time to celebrate what we have already achieved. We all con“grad”ulate (excuse the pun) them at their success and assure them that the world is indeed their oyster. We stand face to face, look them straight in the eye and lie to them that if they work hard, anything they want will be theirs. We must endure the smugness they

hold, while they eye us and comfort themselves in the fact they will indeed be more successful in life than we, ourselves, have been. And as we walk away with our plates heaped high with warm potato salad and cold sloppy joes, they will ascertain whether we are good for a ten or a twenty. And if we disappoint with a ten instead of the expected twenty, we are sent an impersonal thank you note, more aloof than the invitation itself. After all, they got what they wanted from us. They need not be so cordial anymore. Until their next big party, when we are invited to celebrate their engagement, then ultimately their wedding, then in due course the impending baby who will eventually graduate high school, and the vicious cycle starts once again. Okay, okay. In the end, I’m jealous that these young, care-free adults have their whole lives ahead of them. I hope their lives hold successes and dreams and that they may achieve each and every one of them. I wish them nothing but happiness in the hopes that they may have fewer regrets than I do. And to all the graduates out there, I’m always good for at least a twenty.

thinking and God has His. Living simple is accepting that you’re loved by God, forgiven and living life with the belief system you have, but willing to examine your belief system. You see God doesn’t want you to jump through any more hoops of trying to be loved, you are loved. Remember when the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with them (this is my version) and the prostitute came to Jesus in Luke 7 with the perfume and was anointing him, and kissing his feet. One of the Pharisees thought if this man knew who was touching him and what kind of woman she is he would not be doing this. I’m leaving a few things out about the parable but you can read it for yourself. He said to the Pharaisee she was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal. This speaks volumes; Jesus Christ broke the power of sin’s dominion over us. What does this mean? Love paid a price for you and me. The bill has been paid; we can dine at the Masters table, we can sit at his feet. We don’t have to look for love anymore. Wow, I’m sure I’m not the only one with a big smile on my face and saying Hallelujah! It’s good to shout to the heavens. We can think right, eat right, and exercise because we trust God’s plan for our lives. He has never hurt you and he never will. We can be healthy, joy filled, have good relationships and be happy, no matter

what our situation is. I must say this is good psychology, and great living, if you accept it as yours. Shalom Peace Nelva Jean

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. C. S. Lewis

Welcome All! I would like to organize a vegetarian-vegan one time a month meet. It will consist of fellowship, fun and food, if this is of interest to you, email me @ simplelivingnjl@yahoo.com Until next time enjoy the clean humor! My granddaughters and I were eating lunch when I asked them about going to church. Seven-year-old Christa perked up and proudly proclaimed, “Oh, I’m homechurching myself!” Linda Murphy, Richmond, Kentucky

JULY 4TH DID YOU KNOW? Independence Day commemorates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. However, it was not declared a legal holiday until 1941.

The first 4th of July party held at the White House was in 1801.

Over an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed today. That's roughly 1 dog for every two people in the U.S.

SUDOKU PUZZLES 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. Last weeks solutions at right.

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Leslie Area Historical Museum Closed due to Sewer Backup The recent rains on top of a problem within the sewer main caused several sewer backups over the weekend. This was the second backup in City Hall in three weeks. The City is investigating the issue and hopes to resolve the issue quickly. We thank everyone for their patience. The Historical Museum will be closed indefintely until further notice. If you have any questions, please call Brian Reed at the City at 589-8236 or Steve Hainstock at 589-0179.

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Thank you to the festival committee for “A Day In The Village” 2009: Jon Fillmore, Linda Inman, Kim Killinger, Marcus McKissic, Mike Klimkiewicz, Amy Smith and Steve Sheppard. You are all great to work with and the months of planning paid off. It was a great festival! Thanks for all your hours of dedication, Donna Lippens

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To my husband, Mike, who has helped with all the years of “A Day In The Village”. Thanks for sticking by my side through all the hours of work. Donna Thank You! to Doug Mills of the Stage Stop Diner and Ice Cream Treatery for sponsoring our Drill & Dance Girls-they looked marvelous! Stockbridge Community Education would also like to thank those who donated items to our Rummage Sale and Janice Armstrong, Cady Bauer, Dawn Clark, Lori Cook, Andrea McKimmy, Doug Mehrhof, Colleen Redfield, Amanda Risner and Mary Whitaker for helping to make it happen. Special thanks to those who came and bought things! You all put the "community" in Community Education.

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Stockbridge Community Education thanks the following sponsors for their support of our travel baseball and softball teams: Gregory Market, Abacus Accounting, Stage Stop Diner and Ice Cream Treatery, Big Chuck’s Pizza, Stockbridge Bowl, B Diff. Motorsports, Town Hall Players, Tin Roof & Family Fun Center, Doug*s Flooring, and State Farm Insurance.

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A BIG thank you to the Stockbridge Lions Club for sponsoring the Stockbridge Community Education Tball and Farm Leagues this year. We had a great season!

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Notices DANSVILLE FARMERS MARKET: Held every Thursday 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Located on the corner of Dakin and M-36. Vendors space still available. Seasonal and weekly rates. Call (517) 6524524. Parents of Teen Drivers Can Earn $30 The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute is conducting a focus group about internet resources for parents of teen drivers ages 14-18 years of age. Each eligible participant will earn $30. For more information or to sign up for this focus group, please call toll free 1-877-615-6124 or email: teendriving@umich.edu. Stockbridge Athletic Golf Scramble Now registering. $300/team includes 18holes, cart, breakfast hot dog at the turn, lunch buffet, door prizes, and more! Contact Jeremy Killinger @ football@panthernet.net or look for a registration form in today’s paper.

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Capitol Notes Barb Byrum State Representative The following commentary was written by State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). If you have any questions, please call (517) 373-0587.

In this new economy, the jobs of the 21st century demand a highly educated, highly trained workforce. Today, it is rare where someone can graduate high school and move directly into a good-paying job. We need to be sure our kids have every opportunity available to them, and that means going to college. Unfortunately, many families have not been able to June 30, 2009

keep up with the rising costs of higher education. The average tuition increase at public universities across Michigan was between 3 and 13 percent. For this year's class of college freshmen, college costs have doubled or even tripled during their lifetimes, leaving too many on the outside looking in. The state of Michigan offers two programs to help families with the price of tuition, room and board, and other education expenses: the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) and the Michigan Education Trust (MET). The MESP is an educational investment plan in which you contribute money over time. These earnings are allowed to grow tax-deferred, and the withdrawal of the earnings when used to pay for qualified educational expenses is free from federal and state income taxes. There are no charges, start-up or maintenance fees to pay, only an annual fee of .45 percent of the average assets of your MESP. This means that if you had $1,000 in the plan, you'd only pay $4.50! In addition, the program may qualify you for a tax deduction, up to $5,000 for single-filers and up to $10,000 for joint filers. For more information or to sign www.theweeklypride.com

Letter to Editor Dear Weekly Pride, A few weeks back you published a little article about Lulu Firestone being a State Finalist for National American Miss Pageants, and about her seeking out sponsors to help her get to the finals. The Stockbridge, Mason, and Williamston communities were very generous and Lulu would like to thank the following for sponsoring her so generously during these challenging economic times: • 52 Landscape Supply • The House of Neon • Stockbridge Antique Mall • Focus on U Salon • Napa Auto • Sheppard Auto • Ransoms Grocery • Red Sky Coffee • Dollar General (several employees) • Abbott & Filmor • The Backstreet Club • Christians Greenhouse & Nursery • IT Computer Repair (Williamston) • Top Flite Financial (Williamston) • Wares Pharmacy (Mason) • Mason Frame Shop The community support was amazing and Lulu and Family would like to offer our heartfelt thank you... Warmly, Lulu Firestone Destiny Fogle (Lulu's Mom)

up, visit www.misaves.com. The MET is Michigan's guaranteed tuition program. With the rising costs of tuition, the MET allows families to lock in today's tuition prices by purchasing credit hours for one or more semesters. There are three program options available for Michigan residents. The Full Benefits Plan provides tuition and fees at Michigan's public universities and community colleges for a four-year undergraduate degree. The Limited Benefits Plan is the same as the full benefits plan, but with fewer credit hours at a lower contract cost – up to 105 percent of the weighted average tuition of all of Michigan's public universities. The Community College Plan provides for in-district tuition for up to four semesters at any Michigan community college. The program also may qualify you for a tax deduction as well. For more information or to sign up, visit www.michigan.gov/setwithmet. Michigan's students – our kids – deserve only the best. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities and give your kids the gift of a great education. 888-318-1766


PAGE 12 - THE WEEKLY PRIDE             It is so wonderful at the amount of support "A Day In The Village" receives from community residents, local businesses and community groups. Thank you to each and every one of you. A Day In The Village Festival Committee: Jon Fillmore (Abbott & Fillmore Insurance Agency), Linda Inman (Creative Learning), Kim Killinger (The Weekly Pride), Mike Klimkiewicz (Stockbridge Bowl), Donna Lippens (SSBBank), Marcus McKissic (SDDA), Amy Smith (Farmers State Bank), Steve Sheppard. Steve Allison, Jen Baghdoian, Matt Baghdoian, Jared Beduhn, Jean Bliss, Jamie Bloom, Sheri Canfield and Boys, Paul Crandall, Scott Crandall, Dan Dancer, Linda Dault, Aaron Gerisch, Matt Haines, Alexis Hannewald, Alissa Inman, Sandra Kay, Jeremy Killinger, Mike Lippens, Tom Lovachis, Jack Marshall, Jo Mayer, Doug Mills, Samantha Minger and Friends, Richard Mullins, Becky Pena, Steve Powell, Merri Reilly, Paul Risner, Darwin Snider, Brandon Weinman, Dave Wilson and Bloodhounds. M-52 Landscape, Abbott & Fillmore Agency, Adiska Family Dental, Backstreet Steakhouse and Seafood, Big Chuck's Pizza Plus, Boyer Family, Byrum Hardware, Carney's Complete Auto Service, Carquest Auto Parts, Caskey Mitchell Funeral Home, CG Lantis & Daughters, Chelsea Milling Company, Collins Electric, Country Petals, Emerald Valley Sod Farm, Farmers State Bank, Fast Track Marathon, Focus on U, Friends of the Stockbridge Library, Generations Trio, Glenn Brooke Realty, Gormley Law Office, Happy Hustlers Horses 4H, Ingham County Animal Control, Jazzy Jen's School of Dance, Jerrold's Quality Flooring & Paints, John & Dave's Stoney Creek Car Company, Kim & Company, Kitley's Custom Exhaust, McCalla Family, McDonalds of Stockbridge, Michigan Tractor Pullers Association, Mid Michigan Rubbish, Mugg & Bopp's Subway of Stockbridge, Munith Lions Club, NAPA Auto Parts, Paul Dobos,DDS, Planet Video, Ransoms Food Center, Red Sky Coffee House, SAESA, Shepherd Family, Shepard's Auto Plus, Short Stories of Tall Tales, Specialty Satellite, SSBBank, Stockbridge Auto Care, Stockbridge Bowl, Stockbridge Community Education, Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority, Stockbridge Drill Cheer Team, Stockbridge Lionness Club, Stockbridge Lions Club, Stockbridge Pharmacy, Stockbridge Police Department, Stockbridge Shell, Stockbridge Township, The Sun Times, The Weekly Pride, Tin Roof Ice Cream, Tony V & the Swingin' 4, Town Hall Players, Tracy Graphics, Village Barber Shop, Village of Stockbridge & DPW, Waterloo Explorers, Wheatfield Soul, Wild Sanitation, Wilson's Hardware.

A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. George William Curtis

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