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Volume 1, Issue 47

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Draft Horse Are Still Working by Cecil Darnell

Ken and Alice Marsh of Stockbridge (MI) host a collection of characters taking a generational step back a couple of times each year. They invite equine friends to break bread and the family farm sod with them. Memorial weekend 2009 was a coming together of those who enjoy farming with draft animals. Sounds that can be heard during this special time may include people chatting with others they enjoy and respect. One horse may call out to another. A mule might bray back. There is a sound of a shovel against a concrete floor as horse manure is scooped up. A fork makes a different sound when it does that same task. Tug chains may make the sound of a chain rattling. The plow point hitting a buried rock makes a teamster tense. The plow sliding through the soil makes a sound that farmers have enjoyed for years. With horses pulling the plow that subtle sound can be heard. One driver noted, “If all we wanted to do was plow, we could do that at home.” The conversations are an important part of this convocation. Both the horses and the people got a test this year when skidding some fresh cut trees. These were pulled out of a

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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.

Let’s Drum Up Some Fun by Julie Glair, freelance writer

Ken Marsh stream by Pure Michigan horsepower. Those logs were wet and heavy. There are a series of different equine skills that are tested and timed during the weekend. There were also a couple of young ladies (Continued on page 3)

If you are looking for something fun and unique to do, either on your own, on a date or as a family, here it is: go to a drum circle. Drum Circles are a form of recreational music making. The focus is not on performance, education or therapy, but rather on doing something interesting and fun. No specific level of musical skill is required to participate. People come together to form a drum circle and play improvised music with each other in a relaxed setting. Participants often come and go as they feel appropriate. Sometimes there may be a general theme, such as celebrating a place, person, or just to have fun. The music is all improvised and everyone contributes to it as they are able and comfortable. A drum circle may have a facilitator, someone who supports the group both

Gary Marsh plowing with Belgians and Ed Martin (St. Johns) checking his work.

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

It was his 27th year volunteering to set -up the Mason fireworks ground displays, firing them and cleaning up after. Fire Chief Tim Whipple admits he can’t remember ever seeing fireworks from a distance. “They (fireworks) are hard to look at when they are directly above you.” Chief Whipple has been with the Ingham Township Dansville Fire and Rescue for 28 years and has been the Chief for the last year and a half. “I do it because I want to help the community,” he began. “I really enjoy the camaraderie with the people, too.” “We cover 64 square miles and have 25 active Firefighters. Thirteen of those are also medically trained. The closest ambulance is in Mason so we have to be ready for anything. My goal Chief added, “is to keep everyone safe!” Chief Whipple was born and raised in Mason. He moved to Dansville 28 years Fire Chief Tim Whipple goal “is to keep everyone safe!”

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musically and socially. The facilitator might host the event, or be invited by the organizers. Often they provide many of the instruments, help with basic playing techniques, as well as playing a supportive role in the music making. Some facilitators have specific training but many are volunteers who simply enjoy music and people. Drum Circles are generally held in public spaces and open to all. They are often free or there may be a minimal fee. Tree of Life Studio at 6065 Sibley Road in Chelsea holds a Free monthly “Community Drum Jam” for all ages. July 24, August 28, Sept. 25 are the next three drumming events at their studio from 8pm – 11pm. Call them at (734) 433-0697 for more details. Don’t miss out on a fun experience you won’t soon forget – get drumming!

Leslie American Legion to host Cooling Station 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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PAGE 2 - THE WEEKLY PRIDE Mondays - Free Play Group - ages 1-4 from 10-11am Leslie First Baptist Church, 202 E. Bellevue St. Mondays - Free Line Dance Classes - Hankerd Hills Golf Course - 7:00pm Mondays - Support Group for Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Weigh in from 5:15-5:45pm at the First Baptist Church in Leslie. Meeting from 6:00-6:45pm Contact Coleen, 589-8145. Thursdays - Free Play Group - ages 1-3 from 10-11am - Stockbridge Heritage Elementary Gym, 222 Western Ave - Contact Wendy Moncada, 517-372-9411 ext. 6 to register. Fridays - Summer Activities in the Park - Sponsored by Stockbridge Community Education and Friends of the Library - Veterans Memorial Park playground pavilion 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

COMMUNITY CALENDER

Wednesday, July 22nd - Leslie City Planning Commission Meeting - City Hall - 107 E. Bellvue St. 6:00pm Tuesday, July 14th - Stockbridge Planning Commission Meeting - Village Offices - 134 E. Main St. Saturday-Sunday, July 25th-26th - 3rd Annual Gus Macker Tournament - Downtown Leslie - Contact Pete 7:00pm Zamora, 517-589-0324 or 517-896-3651, email: Wednesday, July 15th - Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority Meeting - Village Offices - 134 pete_zamora@hotmail.com E. Main St - 7:00pm Sunday, August 2nd - Sports Bike Day - Stockbridge Town Square - Shows by “Exotic Freestyle” and revel in Friday, July 17th - Leslie’s 5th Annual 5-K Run. All proceeds to benefit Leslie Outreach - 6:30pm the beauty and diversity of sport bikes. For more Saturday, July 18th - Leslie’s 6th Annual Softball information contact: stockholler46@yahoo.com Tournament & Street Dance. Contact Pete Zamora - 517 Monday, August 3rd - Stockbridge Council Meeting Village Offices - 134 E. Main St - 7:00pm -589-0324 or 517-896-3651, or e-mail Tuesday-Wednesday, August 3rd-4th - Stockbridge pete_zamora@hotmail.com. There is also a food and Touchdown Club Sign-Ups - Grades 3-6 - SHS Cafeteria beverage tent in downtown Leslie during the street - for more information contact Coach Killinger, (517) dance from 5:00pm-midnight. 404-5163 - 5:30-6:30pm Saturday, July 18th - Summertime on the Square BBQ Grillmasters competition. Stockbridge Town Square - activities ongoing all day.

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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Johnson Preserve to Open

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ago and will be celebrating his 28th wedding anniversary with his wife, Carol, in October. They have two sons, Brandon, age 27 and Craig, age 20 that both live in Dansville. They both chose to be Firefighters on the Dansville Fire Department. Just as his sons followed in his footsteps, Chief Whipple has worked with his father, Harlan Whipple at his construction company for 30 years. “I’ve learned a lot from my Dad. He taught me about work ethics and I’ve always been amazed at what he could do,” Chief said. Chief Whipple explained that his favorite thing to do when he isn’t working is playing with their two grandsons. At 16 months and 28 months old they love to get lawn mower rides from him. Chief also enjoys taking long weekends or holidays RVing with Carol in their fifth-wheel. “We like to see what’s out there. It’s important to have a chance to relax. My wife had trouble in the beginning being able to ‘do nothing’”, Chief said with a chuckle. “She’s got it down now!” When asked what he hopes for in the future, Tim quickly answered: “I would like to stay with the Fire Department for another 18 years and see if my grandsons might want to be Firefighters. It would be great to have three generations of Firefighters.” Chief Whipple has obviously been a good example for his own sons, and I would bet he will be for his grandsons, too. Thank you Chief Tim Whipple, 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.

A new name, and a new nature preserve! The Legacy Land Conservancy (the new name of the Washtenaw Land Trust) is pleased to extend a public invitation to the Opening Celebration of the new Johnson Preserve on Sunday August 2 at 2:00 p.m. At the Opening Celebration, attendees will be among the very first to visit this new nature preserve. Come see the unveiling of the new sign, enjoy light refreshments, and walk the soon-to-be trails! Serving Washtenaw and Jackson counties, the Legacy Land Conservancy (the new name of the Washtenaw Land Trust) protects the natural areas and working farms that make our community a great place to live. Since 1971, the Conservancy has protected 3,756 acres of land through 71 projects. For more information, please visit www.legacylandconservancy.org, or contact the Conservancy at info@legacylandconservancy.org or 734-302-LAND (5263).

Draft Horses

about the horses, the most plentiful draft animals in this country include Belgians, Percherons, Clydesdales, (The design on the roof of the Marsh barn is a team of Shires) and Suffolks, and in recent years the Haflinger has stepped up and taken on the load of a bit smaller animal. Identifying the animals at the Marsh Farm is an easy task. The black horses are Percherons, the brown ones are Belgians and the mules have the longest ears. Keep an eye out and see what breeds may be around your community. Remember Percherons may be a variety of different colors from black to white and all shades in between. Sometimes America at her best is Pure Michigan.

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who were working to introduce a dog show into the Sunday program. Monday is usually dedicated to a wagon train to Gee Farms to do some serious damage to their ice cream supply. One of the things that our legislators have not been able to tax is yet is the “dish to pass” potluck supper. This kind of eating is a great starting place for community communicating and Ken and Alice employ the concept to a high degree. Throw in a little music and mice weather and you have an agenda designed to remember those who have “given all.” For those who want to know more

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 734-475-3737 I have to say that things are starting to look up in the Real Estate Market. But we are not out of the woods yet, especially with foreclosures. There is a new law in Michigan that went into effect 7/5/09 regarding the foreclosure process. It may not prevent the foreclosure from happening but it may buy some time. Here are the details (source: Mlive/Michigan Legislature). Lenders must notify borrowers of foreclosure by mail (both 1st class and certified) Notification must include the name of a person who has the power to modify the loan, and a list of approved housing counselors. Borrowers desiring a meeting with lenders must contact a housing counselor first, who would then schedule a meeting with the lender. If a meeting is requested, foreclosure cannot proceed for 90 days after the original notice. Loan modifications would follow the federal workout program, with the goal of reducing payments to 38 percent of household income by lengthening terms to up to 40 years, reducing interest to a floor of 3%, and deferring up to 20 percent of the principal. Some other resources are:

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www.facingthemortgagecrisis.org www.fightmortgageforeclosure.com United Way is providing foreclosure assistance on their 24/7 help-line at 211

As I have said before, call your lender(s) and be persistent.

This parade of hitches plows across the Marsh Farm field.

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LIBRARY EVENTS This summer, Be Creative @ the Library! Our Summer Reading Program is for kids, teens and adults. Come in to sign up and start earning fun prizes. We also have free family entertainment all summer long. DANSVILLE ALL AGES Movies @ the Library Thursdays, July 16-Aug. 6 - 1 pm Join us every Thursday afternoon for family-friendly movies. Call (517) 623-6511 for titles. Classroom Critters Wednesday, July 15 - 2 pm Limited to the first 50 children who arrive. Amphibians, birds, mammals—maybe even a large snake—are among the exotic creatures that will invade the library! Held in Dansville Village Hall. Imagination Activities Wednesday, July 22 - 2 pm Dansville Village Hall See how a seemingly simple activity can bring your imagination to new heights! ADULTS Adult Book Discussion Tuesday, July 21 - 6:30 pm The lace reader by Brunonia Barry LESLIE All Ages Family Movie Nights Mondays, July 20 and 27 - 5:30pm Stop by the library or call (517) 5899400 for titles. Magician Jeff Wawrzaszek Tuesday, July 14, 1 pm This year, Jeff brings us Be Creative—It’s Magic!, a celebration of the arts using magic, humor, pantomime, music and creative reading routines. Loads of laughter guaranteed! Held in Woodworth Elementary Cafeteria. Remember When Wednesday, July 15, 10:00 a.m. Remembering Vacations: trips remembered and fantasized Children Children’s Crafts Wednesdays, July 15, 22, 29 3:30 p.m. Creative Expression – Crafts for Teens & Tweens Thursdays, July 16, 30, 3:30 p.m. STOCKBRIDGE ALL AGES Drummunity Wednesday, July 15, 10 am Drummunity is hands-on, high-energy fun: a community rhythm and drum circle emphasizing improvisation, cooperation and diversity. Lori Fithian brings hundreds of instruments so everyone can try their hand at percussion from around the world. Howell Nature Center Wednesday, July 22, 10 am Since 1982, the Howell Center has helped rehabilitate sick and injured wildlife. Hear staff discuss birds of prey and their importance to the environment, featuring some of the live hawks, owls, falcons and vultures currently in their care. CHILDREN Activities in the Park Every Friday through Aug. 14 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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114 N. Center Street, Stockbridge - 517-851-7785

Stop by the BackStreet for a “cold one” this summer. Just ask the bartender for the drink special of the day. Attention volleyball enthusiasts! Thursday nights 7pm @ the park or meet @ The BackStreet earlier for complete details. Everyone welcome to come and play! Kitchen Hours Mon - Thurs - 7am - 9pm Fri - Sat - 7am - 10pm Sunday 7am - 8pm

Medina’s Mexican Cuisine Monday 11-5 Wednesday 11-7 Friday 11-5

Paige Marshall gets a hit in U14 action for Stockbridge.

10th Annual Panther Football Camp The Stockbridge Football Program is happy to announce it’s summer camp opportunities for area youngsters. 7th and 8th graders are invited to the MS camp on August 29th from 10 12noon. Students entering grades 7 and 8 are invited to attend. Basic skills and techniques will be emphasized. Students entering grades 9-12 are invited to attend the 4-day camp being held from 6-9pm on July 26 - 29.

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You can find more information and registration form at www.stockbridgefootball.com. You can also contact Coach Killinger for more information.

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Leslie Community Schools 3rd Trimester Honor Roll *Denotes All A's

5th grade Nicole Anderson Kyle Barden Dillon Bell Josiah Bigg Morgan Bogart *Brendon Brown *Kristen Carroll Victoria Centeno Braiden Chappell Brittany Chmiel *Haley Dack Kyle Danko Troy Davis *Chloe DeBruler Courtney DeKett Valerie Eaton Kaylee Fedewa *Jacob Fifield Justin Harrington Seth Harrington Jacob Hicks Kylee Isham *Kylie James Leigha Kobus *Zachary Latter *Hunter Lewis Tamara Lovegrove *Katherine Maiville David Mays III Emily Mooney Annjel Moore *Carey Nichols *Jordan Pearsall Dakota Pier Allen Pranshka Danielle Roback Grant Schuen Presley Seavolt Sierra Simmons *Emily Smart *Krista Spear Emma Steckelberg Cordell Sweezy Aubry Thiede *Melissa Thornton Lindsey Willett

6th grade Evan Allard *Claudia Arnett *Kaitlin Arnett Zachary Ball Katelyn Bennett *Shelby Blackford Abigail Bowers *Evan Bunker Josie Burlison *Rachel Bushey Sara Campbell Jamie Carlson Katelyn Carroll Savannah Coltrain Brooke Corts *Shane Corts Collin Curtis Annie Davis Stacey-Alex Disbrow Alaina Dishman *Alyssa Droscha Joseph Durfee *Hailey Fajnor *Hannah Fajnor Hunter Fedewa Zoe Feighner Lauren Foltz Sydney Foreman Darby Fracassa Colleen Gilton Amber Goddard *Seth Halsted *Samantha Hamlin *Emily Hanson Allison Harrison *Brendan Hook Mitchell Kanik Kayla Kent Nicole Kibbey *Kayla Kint Celeste Levario *Cera Locke *Rachelle Locke *Micah Manthei July 14, 2009

Chelsea Mays *Ashley Medcoff *Conner Morrell *Matthew Moulton Trenton Mulnix Darian Newman *Taylor Ostrander Aneishka Padilla Jacey Place Levi Prater *Sarah Prieskorn Myranda Pugh Shayna Rakieten Caitlin Rathbun Dakota Riddle John Rivera II *Jacob Shuster *Kylie Smith *Sheyanne Smith Nicholas Teremi *Kaleb Weinstein Eli Westers *Daniel Wheeler Kelsea Wulff Cambrea Zimmerman

7th Grade *Joshua Babin *Emily Bean *Nicole Bliven Macayla Bogart Tyriek Bugbee Tye Cavin *Faith Craft *Jessica Croel Tyler Dack Gary DeKett Lindsey Denison *Lauren Doane Luke Dunsmore Austin Fajnor Virginia Gilton *Mackenzie Glassford *Kristi Grieb Steffanie Hampton *Britany Hanes *Kandra Harper Karen Haught *Joshua Hayes Noah Jansen *Kody Jessup *Justin Keller *Austin Latter Chase Leonard Mikayla Matthews Thomas McHugh Haleigh Moore Harley Moore *Katherine Navarro Rebecca Orrin Kelsey Phelan *Guy Procopio II Caleb Rice Carson Riehl Austin Seavolt Sierra Smith Emerly Starnes Branden Stetler Zehlin Storr Matthew Subject *Casey Swan *Carla Thomas *Stephen Tremaine Kendra Weeks Aaron Wilton Alyssa Zalewski

8th Grade *Trevor Alleman Paige Babin *Aaron Beson Haley Blake Brianna Bradley Jonathon Brown Chanler Carmer Robert Chesney III Cody Davis Gregg Davis Michael Dolbee Aron Dollarhite Shannon Duffey Savannah Duncan Kaleb Dunn Marcus Fields

*Randall Fields Kevin Gorman Bruce Hall, Jr. *Olivia Hanson Rodger Hector Abby Herman Jacob Howard Sydney Kandell Victoria Kinney Crystal Klinger Chelsey LaRock Jessica Lindsay Kelsi Martin Kayley Monroe Harvey Morrell Samantha Olney Nicole Orrin Lynn Ostrom *Shannon Przygocki *Skyleigh Rathbun *Connor Rosier *Zachary Schiller *Huei Sears *Colin Skromme Rickie Stierley Wyatt Streeter Sarah Subject Melissa Tindall Jay Tropf *Kara Weinstein Nickole Wixson Samantha Wood th

9 Grade Andrew Arras Alsatia Blaisdell-Lohr Christopher Brown *Emma Bunker *Richard Bushey Leah Carey Michael Carey Kelsey Carroll Jacob Chaban Raquel Ciucci *Christopher Coppernoll Jason Cox Gregory Culver Justin Dunlap Madison Every Faith Harrington Nolan Hook *Erica Howland Jamie Huff *Danielle Isham Brooke James *Nicholas Jansen *Jamie Klinger Alec Kruscke Kraig Lindsey Jordan Lorencen (Garman) *Carolyn Manning *Kayla Martin Kenisaw Millikin Rachelle Motes Taylor Murphy Jenna Piper *Brooke Prieskorn Micaela Procopio Courtney Ramsay Austin Rhoades Ashleigh Rickman Ryan Sibson Brendon Smith *Rachel Sonnenberg *Joshua Steckelberg Audrey Tremaine Vanessa Vogt *Hailey Willett Jacob Wilton Kayla Wulff

10th Grade *Autumn Barratt Alexandra Bennett *Ashley Blanchard Sarah Charles Chase Collins Meaghan Farley Jacob Gould Tiffany Hardin *Hannah Harrington *Keri Heath Ariel Hector Trevor Hodd www.theweeklypride.com

Steven Howe Garrett Kanik *Emily Kennedy Amanda Knauff *Olexiy Kryvych Jeremy Kunze *Victoria Malkowski Megan Martin *Caitlin McVay Taylor Oliver Abigail Orrick Mary Pulliam Dakota Riehl *Kelsey Ries Jenna Roark Currin Robinson-Lowry *Mariah Rudd Soila Sauceda *Kayla Smith *Victoria Stetler Audrey Stoner Sydney Tremaine *Chase Tropf Taylor Ward *Kaitlyn Weinstein Samantha Welhusen Marlee Wetzel *Katherine Wilson *Kaitlyn Wixson Ryan Wright Devin Young

11th Grade Schalla Benedict *Hannah Beson *Kelsey Blake *Jeremiah Cameron Ethan Couling Rachel Cruth *Linzee Evans Susan Gardner Crysta Harper Rachele Hayes James Herman Joe Huff Olena Kalachova Essa Knoblauch Tylyn Lamphere Allison Littlefield Kassey McClymont Cortnie Preston Ben Rickman *Lee Rumler *Miranda Sherrell Austin Sinderman Lindsay Stanfield Paxin Stern Cam Teague Elaney Toy Laura Turcotte Jason Willsey Kate Wiltse Mariah Wright

12th Grade Rachael Alcenius Holly Alleman Samantha Allen Wayne Ambs *Monique Baer Thomas Barratt Tyler Barratt Abbey Benn Kalla Berlin *Ashley Besey Eric Beyer Lindsey Bigg Emily Brink Hannah Budd *Audreya Cavender Nicole Chesney Jaimee Clark Eric Conklin *Brandon Coppernoll Kelsie Cox Tyler Cox Robert Craft Brooke Crosby Austin Davis Daniel Davison Aaron Denison *Damon Disbrow Brittney Fancher Erika Fedewa

Joseph Harkness Ethan Hartnett Bradley Hoedeman Victoria Howe Nathaniel Jansen Amy Kevorkian Brent Kruscke Lacey Leonard John Lohrke *Daniel Lynch Cody Manthei *Courtney Matz Andrew McEachin Jessica McKay Amanda McLain Chad Miner Trent Page Jennifer Parks Andrea Porter Michael Porter Raelynn Ries Anna Rudd Kaitlyn Ruthig Kaden Stern Austin Streeter Justin Swab Cree Swanchara Eric Tippin *Devyn Twombley Katelyn VanAndel Jenna Waite Taylor Wardowski Kaitlyn Waskiewicz John Wheeler Danielle Winslow Eric Wright-Dorosk Allen Young Leslie High School 3rd Trimester Improved Honor Roll Students whose trimester GPA improved at least .5% from the previous trimester 9th Grade Anthony Avitable Corey Bunker Jennifer Catt Christina Disbrow Jeffrey Follick Katherine Gorney Tyler Harrison Lynn Lehnert Kyle Neff Karlie Rall Zachary Strahle Trevor Vogt 10th Grade Jacob Budd Ben Doane Aaron Freeland Scott Hager Tiffany Hannay Jared Hansen Bryan Hicks Andrew Hills Jordan Miller Zachary Mireles Neicey Pennell Brian Western Tori Wirtjes Tiffany Wood 11th Grade Ben Burke Jennifer Dack Michael Loomis Trevor Mooney Kimberly Munn Steven Ryan, Jr. James Simmons Aaron Stoner

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The “Lost Weekend” By: Corinda Hackworth chackworth@yahoo.com

This past week brought an unexpected surprise. My inlaws invited the Muppets to go camping on Tuesday and return home on Friday. Admittedly, I was hesitant. Not because there was a trust issue, but because I knew that while in theory it sounded great, I knew I would be completely lost. Whereas the Muppets have all been away from home at different times for various periods, the four of us have not been separated for more than, say, two days, max. And while they do have aunts and uncles, they are what one might call “absentee”. That is to say that while aunts and uncles exist, they are not the “let’s have the kids stay with us for a bit” type. So at 10:20 on Tuesday morning, my three little Muppets, happily packed away in the car, left me standing at the end of our driveway.

Fall Turkey Application On Sale Through Aug. 1 The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that applications for fall turkey hunting licenses are on sale through Aug. 1. A total of 59,050 licenses are available through a lottery for the units open to hunting -- 12,350 general licenses that may be used on public or private land and 46,700 licenses for private land only. Twelve wild turkey management units totaling 34,976 square miles are open to fall turkey hunting during the Oct. 5-Nov. 14 season, including most of southern Michigan, five counties in the northern Lower Peninsula and the entire wild turkey management area in the Upper Peninsula. Regulations are virtually identical to last year. "We are in the third year of a threeyear period of stabilized regulations that were developed by working with turkey hunting groups," explained Al Stewart, the DNR's upland game bird specialist. "After this season, we intend to fully evaluate the regulations and make changes where appropriate." Hunters may apply for a turkey hunting license at any authorized license dealer, at DNR Operations Service

Being the dork I am, I waved until the vehicle was long gone. Then, I just sort of stood and looked around, unsure of what to do next. As I’ve said, it’s not like I haven’t been left alone before. But knowing I had the rest of the week to do as I pleased, while exhilarating, was also a little unnerving. Could I do it? I looked at Friday, who was sitting beside me, wagging his tail in a cloud of dust. “Okay, what first?” I asked him. He snorted, sneezed, then rolled over onto his back. Right. Well, I would do what I know. I showered and took a leisurely amount of time playing with my hair and actually applied some makeup. After passing what must have been at least an hour, I looked at the clock. Twenty minutes had elapsed. I obviously was used to a faster-paced environment. It was going to be a long week. I determined to enjoy my time alone and bask in the fact that for four days, I need not live on warp-speed. So, I took a slow walk to get a steaming hot cuppa and took my time getting home. Usually, my coffee is down in three gulps, as I’m juggling three loads of laundry, making breakfast and sewing on a button, simultaneously (Yes, I am that good). The first minor hiccup happened while

I was strolling up my street. As I inhaled the warm, summer morning, working to enjoy my freedom, I looked down to see the Muppets chalk artwork displayed up and down the sidewalk. The crooked, hopscotch pattern that had no fewer than 107 tiles just about broke my heart. I sighed heavily and rolled my eyes at my own melodramatics. I would have to stop this if I was ever going to make it through the week, let alone the first day. Determined to start afresh and plow boldly forward with my newly gained independence (did I mention I possess a flair for the dramatics?), I stepped inside the quiet house. And so began my lost weekend. I’d decided that if John Lennon could have a “lost weekend” that lasted 18 months back in 1973 when he was separated from Yoko Ono, I, in turn, could adopt the phrase to describe the four days separated from my Muppets. As I’ve mentioned before, I am an avid reader and nothing gets done while I am “in” a book. So off I went to the library and returned home with three books for four days. It also occurred to me that I could take a walk with Friday anytime I wanted to now. I didn’t have to wait on Himself to be around to stay with the Muppets.

I could leave anytime I wanted and be back whenever I wanted. I could eat whatever I wanted or not at all. I could meander downtown every morning to get a cuppa, and needn’t hurry back! The bathroom door could be left open at all times should I so choose (I didn’t; it was just too creepy) and I could dance all I wanted and not worry about embarrassing anybody! All in all, I walked eleven miles last week. Himself and myself took long bike rides that lasted no fewer than 45 minutes. We went to a movie and out to dinner and no one was inconvenienced! Friday finally arrived and with it, my Muppets. Now some of you may be thinking how pathetic I must seem, but let’s look at the bigger picture. Here are these little treasures, these gifts, we’re entrusted with; something to put our entire heart and soul into. They are our entire reason for being and thinking, then suddenly those reasons are gone. What then, friends? While I was sometimes lonely and often bored and missed my Treasures terribly, I learned to enjoy the little things, like taking my time and being alone. And I still have two-and-a-half books to read.

Centers, or online at www.michigan.gov/ dnr using the E-License system. The application fee is $4. Drawing results will be posted online beginning Aug. 17. If any licenses remain after the drawing, unsuccessful applicants may purchase one leftover license in person at any license dealer on a first-come, firstserved basis for a one week period beginning Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. (EDT). Any licenses that remain as of Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. (EDT) will be available for purchase over the counter by any hunter. The licenses will be sold until the quotas are met. The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

Hartwick Pines to Host Annual Wood Shaving Days July 18-19

programs at Hartwick Pines State Park. Upcoming events include Vintage Baseball games on Aug. 2 and 23 and Sept. 6; Forest Fest on Aug. 8; and Black Iron Days on Aug. 22-23. For more information about Wood Shaving Days or other programs at Hartwick Pines, please call (989) 348-2537. There is no charge for attending Wood Shaving Days, but a 2009 Michigan State Park Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the park. Permits are available at the park entrance, and cost $6 for a Michigan resident daily or $24 for an annual. Out-ofstate visitors can purchase permits for $8 for a daily and $29 for an annual. For more information about this event, Hartwick Pines State Park, accessibility or park amenities, contact the park at (989) 348-2537 (TTY/TDD 711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired), or visit www.michigan.gov/hartwickpines. Camping reservations can be made online at www.midnrreservations.com, or by calling the DNR central reservation system toll-free at 800-447-2757. Join the DNR in celebrating the 90th anniversary of Michigan State Parks (19192009) this year. Events are being posted at www.michigan.gov/dnrgogetoutdoors.

Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling will host its annual Wood Shaving Days Festival on July 18-19 at the park's Logging Museum. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, visitors can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the historic steam-powered sawmill cutting logs into pine boards; listen to traditional music played by "The Cousins Music Group;" and enjoy the art of wood carving, wood burning and other woodcrafters. Also included at Wood Shaving Days are demonstrations by blacksmiths, weavers, and wool spinners and a historic surveying reenactment. There will be a match of "Vintage Baseball" with the home club Hartwick Pines Swampers taking on the Petoskey Moss Backs at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at the park's picnic area. This is a chance to see baseball as it was played in the mid1800s, without a glove and a few different rules than today. Wood Shaving Days will be held on the grounds of the Logging Museum at Hartwick Pines State Park. The Logging Museum is a field site of the Michigan Historical Museum and interprets the white pine logging era of 1840-1910. Wood Shaving Days is sponsored by the Friends of Hartwick Pines and all proceeds go toward the interpretive and educational

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Hello, Dolly! Rehearsals for the July 24 opening of Chelsea Area Players' summer musical Hello, Dolly! are well underway. With vocal direction by Bill Hohnke, accompanied by Lester Castellana on piano, and choreography by Robin Tyler, this promises to be a lively musical indeed. Jared Throneberry will direct the orchestra, and June Weiland is producing and providing overall artistic direction to this cast from virtually every community in the area. The show will be performed on July 24 and July 25 at 8:00 p.m. and on July 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Chelsea High School, 740 Freer Road. Tickets are $15 general admission, and are available online www.chelseaareaplayers.org, by phone 1-800-8383006, and at Chelsea Pharmacy; as well as at the door.

Choreography by Robin Tyler as cast members practice performing. July 14, 2009

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