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Volume 1, Issue 50

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Published Weekly

Fall Sports Get Underway Next Week!

CAR WASH FUNDRAISER! The Leslie High School Cross Country Team will be holding a Car Wash Fundraiser at Gee Farms on Saturday, August 8th from 10 - 2. Stop out and support our local athletic teams!

It seems nearly impossible, but the school year is fast approaching and the fall sports season is here. Area high schools will welcome back its student-athletes as early as Monday, August 10th when football practice gets underway. All athletes are required to have a physical card completed after April 15th on file prior to participating. Physical forms can be picked up in your local high school office. For more information please contact your local high school office or visit

What’s Old is New Again by Julie Glair, freelance writer

With businesses closing and houses left empty, there aren’t many new businesses to explore these days. We did, however, find a new business in Stockbridge called Tina’s Treasures at 123 W. Main Street. Owner Tina Dowis is hopeful that she is bringing to Stockbridge the kind of business they need, at a time it is needed most. She opened a Resale Consignment shop on July 6, 2009 near the four-corners in downtown Stockbridge. Tina has always been a resale shopper herself and says she loves to find a ‘treasure’. Tina lives in Stockbridge and has always wished for a resale shop to open there. The things she looks for in a resale shop are the things she is focusing on at Tina’s Treasures: variety, great prices, and something for everyone. Although she has had to start out fairly small, her inventory and customer traffic are already growing. Tina accepts consignment items of good quality that are clean, in working condition, and clothes should also be on hangers. Tina explains that the only things she won’t take are guns, ammo, and large appliances. She currently has some antiques, tools, men’s and women’s clothing, children’s clothing, housewares, decorative items, and furniture. Tina feels strongly that this is how she is to give back to her community and

hopes to be successful enough that someday she might give a percentage of her earnings to a local charity. Tina’s Treasures is currently open Monday thru Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm, and closed on Sunday. If you have something Tina can sell for you, feel free to call her to make arrangements at 517 851-8393.

The Airbus A380 (inset) visited the "EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009" in Wisconsin, providing the first opportunity in North America for the global aviation community and the public to admire the world's largest passenger airliner on static display and in flight. The plane has a wingspan wider than a football field and space for more than 500 passengers. The A380 was flown by Terry Lutz, member of Mason's Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 55 headquartered at the Mason Jewett Airport. Terry is the son of Ernie Lutz (pictured above), a Mason resident and also a member of the Chapter. The Germany-based crew received cell phones and personalized flight bags from the Mason chapter. MACC Courtesy Photo


Tina Dowis offers interesting sales including her, “20% off any outfit that Annabel has on” display located in the Downtown Stockbridge store.

Young Eagles Aviation Day will be held on Saturday, August 8th, from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 55 hanger, Mason Jewett Airport, Mason, Michigan. Local pilots will be offering area youngsters ages 8 to 17 their first airplane flight FREE of charge. Young Eagles Aviation Day is part of the National EAA Young Eagles Program, created to spark aviation interest in young people. Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown over 1.5 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries. Local Chapter 55 pilots have flown over 2,000 youngsters from the mid-Michigan area. (Continued on page 4)

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

Rachel Wheaton (right) reviews final plans with co-director Rachelle Epperson for VBS at First Baptist Church in Stockbridge.

“The Breakfast Club” The Town Hall Players proudly announces their next production, “The Breakfast Club.” Taken from the hit movie, this presentation of 5 students’ discovery that they are more similar than they look during a Saturday detention is as topical today as it was in the 80’s. Performance dates are August 13, 14, 15 at 7 pm and August 15 & 16 at 2 pm. The Cast includes Michael John, D.J. Baker, Stephanie Pierce, Dean Kot, Zachary Zweifler, Nikki Clark and James Wireman. Directed by 16 yr. old Scott Crandall and assisted by Storm Boyer, this play is a diversion from other Town Hall Players theater as it will be performed in the Stockbridge High School Library in a natural setting for the story. Stretching even further, this play does contain profanity and sexual content, so the members of the audience must be 14yrs. old or accompanied by an adult. Suzin Greenway-Haenggi is producing the show and she welcomes advertisements in the program, and your questions and comments at 517-851-7437.

With an amazingly calm demeanor, Rachel Wheaton is able to talk about her five previous years of directing Vacation Bible School (VBS) at First Baptist Church of Stockbridge. With over 200 children expected again this year, you would think you would see some stress in the faces of the three Co-Directors, Rachel Wheaton, Rachelle Epperson, and Stacy Hastings but none can be found. They say it is by God’s grace that they can feel confident everything will fall into place. “We started the early plans for this year within a few weeks of finishing last year. It’s been about four months of consistent work to get us where we are today.” Rachel continued, “We will have a daytime session and an evening session again this year. Some kids come to both, but most choose one or the other. It takes (Continued on page 3)

D.J. Baker rehearses his part.


COMMUNITY CALENDER 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 Monday, August 3rd– Saturday, August 8th - Ingham County Fair - Fairgrounds, Mason, MI.

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

Tuesday, August 4th - Leslie City Council Meeting Leslie City Hall - 7:00pm Tuesday-Wednesday, August 4th-5th - Stockbridge Touchdown Club Sign-Ups - Grades 3-6 - SHS Cafeteria - for more information contact Coach Killinger (517)404-5163 - 5:30-6:30pm Wednesday, August 5th - Leslie Economic Development Corporation Meeting - Leslie City Hall 8:00am Monday, August 10th - Leslie Downtown Development Authority Meeting - Leslie City Hall 8:00am Monday, August 10th - Stockbridge Athletic Boosters Meeting - SHS Teachers Lounge - 6:00pm

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 Congregational United Church of Christ Leslie Public Middle School Cafeteria 116 W. Bellevue Rd, Leslie Kimball Road, Leslie, MI 517-589-5226 Pastor Wes Emmerson Sunday Worship 10:30 517-676-3222 Christian Education opportunities every Sunday Worship – 10am day of the week. Good Shepherd Mission 5050 E. M-36, Stockbridge Rev. Dr. thom Bower, Pastor and Teacher (517) 851-9800 Morning Service 10:30 am Tuesday Bible Study Dansville Free Methodist Church Parson Billy R. Allen 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

Grace Lutheran Church 212 S. Sherman St., Leslie Pastor Martin Schroeder Sunday Worship 10:00 am Sunday School & Bible Class 9:00 am

Dansville United Methodist Church 1317 Mason Street, Dansville (517) 623-6591 (517) 623-6594 Worship & Sunday School 9:15 am Pastor Don Fry

Grand River Community Church "Where Living Water Flows" 2443 Olds Rd, Leslie Pastor Bruce Crockett (517)589-5448 Sunday Worship 10:30 AM

Family Tabernacle Church of God 5115 Green Road, Stockbridge (517) 851-8327 Sunday Worship 10:30 am Wednesday Evening 7:00 pm at Howlett School 126 Webb St, Gregory Pastor Jeff Howard

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

First Baptist Church “Leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ” 950 S. Clinton Road, PO Box 64, Stockbridge (517) 851-7075 Sunday Worship 9:15 & 11:00 am Discovery Island Sunday 11:00 am Wednesday 5th Dimension Youth Group 6:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday Exercise Class 9:00am Pastor Brian Johnson

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

Monday, August 10th - Stockbridge Community Schools Board of Education Meeting - Smith Elementary - 7:00pm Monday August 10th - Leslie Community Schools Board of Education Meeting - Board Room - 7:00pm Thursday, August 13th - Stockbridge Community Outreach Board Meeting - Stockbridge Middle School Room 117 - 4:45pm Wednesday, August 19th - Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority Meeting - Council Chambers 134 E. Main St - 7:00pm Saturday, August 22nd - Sunday, August 23rd Stockbridge Summertime on the Square - All Sports Day - Downtown - 9:00am Wednesday, August 26th - Leslie City Planning Commission Meeting - Leslie City Hall - 6:00pm

Heritage United Brethren Church Meets at Dansville High School (517) 281-8931 Sunday School 9:00 am Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Sunday Night HS Youth Group 7:00 Tuesday Night MS Youth Group 7:00 Monday Night Elementary Youth Group 3:00 pm Pastor Cal Hodgson Email: Pastor: Jeruel Baptist Church 11400 Plum Orchard Road, Munith (517) 596-2128 Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Youth Clubs & Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm Pastor Bob Castle Millville United Methodist Church 1932 N. M-52 Hwy, Stockbridge (517) 851 -7853 Pastor Robert Freysinger 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


Southwest Church of the Nazarene 14555 Holmes Road PO Box 74, Gregory, MI 48137 Church : (734) 498-2682 Pastor : (734) 395-9157 Sunday Services: Sunday School - 10:00am Morning Worship - 11:00am Evening Service - 6:00pm Wednesday - 7:00pm NETS (Teen Program) Caravan for Grades 1 - 6 Benson’s Buddies - Age 3 - K Pastor Gary A. Slusher St Jacob Evangelical Lutheran Church 12501 Riethmiller Rd, Grass Lake (517) 522-4187 Sunday Worship 10:15 am Pastor Scott Schwertfeger Stockbridge United Methodist Church 219 E. Elizabeth Street, Stockbridge (517) 851-7676 Rev. Larry Rubingh Worship Hour - 11:00 am Trinity Pentecostal Church 4935 Freiermuth Road, Stockbridge (517) 565-3310 Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 10:45 am Wednesday Youth Group 7:00 pm Thursday Bible Study 10:30 am Pastor Mark Roark Trinity Lutheran Church Missouri Synod 5758 West M-36 Putnam Township 734-878-5977 Pastor Merelyn Snider Sunday School 8:45 am Sunday Worship 10:00 am Pastor: Unadilla Presbyterian Church 20175 Williamsville Road, Gregory (734) 498-2348 Sunday Worship 11:00 am Pastor John Qiu United Baptist Church 2510 Heeney Road, Stockbridge (517) 565-3121


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about 90 – 100 volunteers and a lot of prayer to make it all work.” Rachel has a passion for children and uses her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education continually at church as well as home. Rachel is the proud mother of four children, Jared 11 yrs., Levi 8 yrs., Adam 6 yrs., and Chloe 2 yrs. old. Rachel and her husband, Tim, have been married for 14 years and have lived in Stockbridge for the last four years. Rachel was born and raised in Mason where they lived before coming to Stockbridge. “I’ve noticed something striking about this area,” Rachel said. “When someone in the community has a problem or urgent need, the rest of the community rallies around them to help. I’ve also noticed how gracious the businesses are when we’ve asked them to donate to the children at VBS. It’s a great feeling to be in a community like that.” Rachel also lends a hand in the church nursery and is part of a special group called “Treasured Women”. They put together events, such as baby showers, at the church. Rachel’s husband is the Youth and Music Ministry Coordinator and Rachel also helps with “The Fifth Dimension” Youth Group. Rachel and her family have been known to perform ‘random acts of kindness’ to others in the community, also. “It’s exciting to make a difference in someone’s life.” Rachel continued with a smile, “Hey, if it brings them one-step closer to God – that’s gravy!” Rachel loves to read, scrapbook, do beading and other crafts although she admits she doesn’t have much time to spend on her hobbies. Rachel hopes to go back to college one day to earn her Masters Degree in Special Education. “I believe that Becky Cornish and Jennifer Buskirk, both teachers in Mason, are the

ones that encouraged me to teach, saw potential in me, and we’re willing to invest in my life. They showed me how important it is to invest in the kids and let your ‘light shine’ through your work,” Rachel explained. “I know I’ve had a good day when I feel I’ve done what God wanted me to; to accomplish His purpose.” Rachel is a kind-hearted, loving, Godly woman others can look up to. She shared that her favorite passage in the Bible is: Matthew 5:16 (NLT) “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.” Rachel and her family are casting light within the Stockbridge area and for that…. I thank you, Rachel Wheaton, for all you do, for all of us!! If you know someone deserving of a Forgotten “Thank You”, please email me at

VBS is August 3 – 7

Real Estate Corner With Sandy Goetz, Realtor ®

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.

If you need more information or have any questions, you can email me at Or call me at 734-475-3737

Buyers Shouldn't Wait on Falling Prices Fear of overpaying for property is common these days, especially in places like New York where prices continue to be unstable. If you encounter potential buyers who are frozen because they are concerned that they will pay too much, here are some factors to point out: • Waiting for the right time can be expensive. Some buyers would have more equity today, despite falling prices, if they had bought when they were first considering it, instead of continuing to pay rent. • Financing is fickle. Some people who were highly qualified last year can’t find financing this year because the credit market has tightened or their personal financial situation now makes them an undesirable borrower. • Interest rates are headed up. If prices decline by another 10 percent, but interest rates increase by 1 percentage point, the monthly payment will be the same. Source: The Wall Street Journal, Douglas Heddings (07/27/2009)/Realtor Magazine

MASON AVIATION DAY YANKEE AIR FORCE COMES TO TOWN Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 55 will host MASON AVIATION DAY on Saturday, August 15th, from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm. The Yankee Air Force will be coming to town with their WWII B-17 Bomber Yankee Lady , along with their Stinson V-77 Reliant Yankee Friend Ship . The public is invited to come and tour these meticulously restored World War II era aircraft. Better yet experience the flight of the lifetime on board either or both! Portions of the proceeds from the sale of their flights and memberships will support the rebuilding effort of the Yankee Air Museum that was destroyed by fire at Willow Run Airport on October 9th, 2004. There will be an All-U-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast (served with eggs, sausage, juice & coffee) from 7:30am to 11:30am; followed with a Grilled Steak Dinner from noon until 6:00pm. (Pork BBQ, Brats, and Hot Dogs will also be available. Weather permitting, there will be helicopter and warbird rides available for purchase, along with a variety of aircraft on display. EAA Chapter 55 invites all to come out to the Mason-Jewett Airport (corner of Kipp & Eden Roads in Mason) for a fun day of food and planes, planes, planes.


Acting Up Theater Company Wednesday, Aug. 5 2 pm Now celebrating 10 years of library performances, Acting Up presents a new show called Be cREAD-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.” Held in Dansville Village Hall Movies @ the Library Thursday, Aug. 6 1 pm Join us for a family-friendly movie. Call (517) 623-6511 for title. lLESLIE All Ages Family Movie Nights Mondays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 5:30 p.m. Stop by the library or call (517) 589-9400 for titles. CHILDREN Children’s Crafts Wednesdays, August 5 and 12 3:30 p.m. TEENS & TWEENS Crafts for Teens & Tweens Thursdays, August 6 and 13 3:30 p.m. ADULTS Adult Book Discussion Wednesday, Aug. 12 1 pm The Bath Massacre by Arnie Bernstein


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CHILDREN Activities in the Park Every Friday through 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.) Preregistration appreciated by calling (517) 851-8222. This program is a joint effort of Stockbridge Community Education and the Friends of the Stockbridge Library.

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Attention High School Girls Volleyball Players and Parents! It's time to get in shape for volleyball season. Pre-Try-Out Conditioning will be held at Stockbridge High School from 7-8PM on August 3rd, 4th, and 6th. Bring a water bottle! There will be a Parent/Player Meeting following conditioning on Tuesday, August 4 at 8PM in the high school gym. This meeting will provide you an opportunity to meet the Athletic Director, 9th Grade Coach, Junior Varsity Coach, and Varsity Coach. You will learn about the try-out procedures and have the chance to ask questions of the coaches. Try-outs for all three teams will be held simultaneously at the high school gym on August 12th, 13th, and 14th from 8 AM to 12 Noon. Remember, you will need a NEW Physical Form (dated after April 15, 2009) filled out by your doctor prior to participation in Try-outs. Physical Forms are available at the front desk of the High School Main Office.

STOCKBRIDGE TD CLUB REGISTRATION August 4th and 5th 5:30 - 6:30 pm Stockbridge HS Cafeteria All students entering grades 3 - 6 that wish to participate in tackle football or cheerleading are invited to register for the upcoming season. The first practice will be held on August 17th at 6pm More information is available at or by contacting Coach Killinger, 517-404-5163 or

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Flights will be on a first come, first served basis; approximately 20 minutes in length. A parent or guardian MUST be present or provide a signed permission slip. Advance reservations for large groups are encouraged. Following the flight, each young person will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the World’s Largest Logbook, which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI. The Logbook is also accessible on the internet at For additional information call Doug Koons 517-676-5001 or Bill Bezdek 517 -351-0448 or visit

Contact Info: The Weekly Pride PO Box 595 Stockbridge, MI 49285 Jeremy Killinger - Owner/Publisher Advertising Inquiries Editor Mail Sports Reports and Information Subscription Requests As the school year gets underway consider sending your local news and sports information to us for publication. We want to get the news out. To promote the positive events happening in out local communities. Help us - Help you spread the word. August 4, 2009

Front Row (l-r) Dillon Bell, Jamie Cox, Zach Robinson, Brendon Schartzer, Aaron Siegert, Nathan Wilkinson, Kyle Beachey, Justin Kaimon, Gunner Fogg, and Jordan Hill. Back Row: Coach Dewey Kunkel, Coach Jason Wilkinson, Dylan Patton, and Coach Kevin Kaimon, Not Pictured: Emma Wilkerson and Xavier Mendez.

Leslie Tigers win League Title! Summer 2009 Will be one the Leslie Tigers-U10 baseball team won’t soon forget. The Tigers completed their regular season with 10 wins, no losses, and 1 tie to become league champions for their division.

At seasons end they went undefeated at the U10 tournament wining 1st place and coming home with their second trophy of the summer. Team members and coaches alike worked very hard to accomplish this feat.

The Leslie Tigers would like to congratulate the U12 Leslie Thunder team on going undefeated though the league and also winning their U12 tournament.

Stockbridge Soccer Kicks Off Stockbridge Soccer is going strong this summer. Mike Kitley former Stockbridge soccer player has been meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 to 10:30 a.m and 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. with any intersted players to keep in shape and play soccer. Soccer try outs will be August 12, 13, and 14th 6 to 8 p.m. Any boys in grades 9th thru 12th interested in playing soccer this year should be on the high school practice field at 6p.m.



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August 8th from 1pm-4pm at The BackStreet Celebrating the life of our long time friend and patron, Larry Titus. Everyone who knew Larry is welcome to come join us for the memorial. Also on August 8th we will be closing at 5pm for a private party and reopening at 9pm with Backup Solution performing. Kitchen Hours Mon - Thurs - 7am - 9pm Fri - Sat - 7am - 10pm Sunday 7am - 8pm

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Huntoon Creek Cleanup August 21, 2009 The Ingham Conservation District is organizing a cleanup of Huntoon Creek in Leslie as part of the Upper Grand River Implementation Project (UGRIP), a project designed to improve water quality in key areas of the Upper Grand River

Watershed. Please contact Michelle Beloskur at the Ingham Conservation District by August 7, 2009 for more information and to register ( 5 1 7 ) 6 7 6 - 2 2 9 0 o r

2009 "Summer Slam" Tournament Champions

Team members: Loren Laux, Meagan Kelley, Taylor Hoefling, Hailey Mays, Rachell Lilly, Ciara Sundermann, Camri Grace, Tori Tkaczyk, Meagan Risch, Taylor Heisler, Erin Shafer and Kim. Absent Players: Amber Morton and Ellen Launstein. Coaches: David Laux, Brett Kelley and Mike Heisler The Aggie Gold team completed in the Vandercook Lake Summer Slam Softball Tournament and finished 6-0, earning the right to be crowned tournament champs. The Aggies having completed 4 games prior to the tournament know that the action was could be tough, but this is a very special group of girls. They play to win and take their softball very seriously. This is the first year Aggie Gold has August 4, 2009

started to compete in Softball Tournaments outside of their community. This season they played a total of 37 games between league play and tournaments. They ended their season 26 - 9 - 2. The parents are very proud of all of them, and wish to give a special thank you as well to the coaches; Dave, Brett, Mike, your dedication and commitment to

this group of girls is indescribable. The team would like to Thank all the team sponsors who have supported us throughout the year: DP Roofing, Shafer Bros. Concrete, Wooden Nickel, Mike and Teresa Heisler, Brett and Lisa Kelley, All of the parents and the Aggie Gold C o n c e s s i o n S a l e s . We look forward to 2010!


PAGE 6 - THE WEEKLY PRIDE Messing with Mr. InBetween By: Corinda Hackworth

Time magazine recently ran an article that caught my eye: “Yes, I Suck: Self-Help Through Negative Thinking”. The article begins by introducing a study of late published in Psychological Science by three authors who begin with the common-sense approach that if people hear something they don’t believe they will ultimately stick to their original opinion, with the stronger belief they are right. It goes on to say that after numerous studies, trying to get people to think more positively can actually have the opposite effect. It stresses how unhappy they are. For example, if you reiterate to me how well I can draw, I’ll disbelieve your contradictory theory, put my drawing under more intense scrutiny and end up more convinced than ever that I am unable to draw (And rightly so, I might

August 2009 “A Simple Lifestyle with Nelva Jean” Hello everybody, all is well here and loving life. It’s raining outside, and we get to enjoy the fresh mountain smell after the rain, the earth takes it in and the Robins enjoy the worms. Isn’t God good to give us everything we need to sustain life and live in joy? Father God continues to give to his children, and he never stops? He never stops loving us, and He never will. For some people weather can be a real downer, but even with the weather, we can still choose how that will affect us. Ever since I was a child I’ve always liked Michigan’s thunderstorms. When I hear the thunder rumbling, lightning, snapping, and the rain splashing on the earth, it seems so big, in comparison to humanity. What can I say but great and mighty is He! We’re already enjoying the benefits of the herbs and seeing small green tomatoes on the vine, the zucchini squash is flowering, quite a few green onions, and I think the bunnies are eating the strawberries; we haven’t gotten any yet.

add). The article concludes with the idea that many of us are reluctant to revise our self-judgment, especially for the better. We are creatures of habit. After reading that article, I laughed. Well, that’s not accurate, I thought. Who doesn’t love compliments? But something about that piece stuck in my mind and I have been mulling it over ever since. And I came to the conclusion that they’re right. Week after week, I present what I consider to be fairly decent material to my editor at The Weekly Pride. However, if no one comments about said article, I begin to doubt how well it was received, if at all. Maybe no one likes what I write. Yet when I do receive compliments, I am compelled to go back and read what I have written. Horrified, I am aghast at the grammar I have used, embarrassed by the examples I’ve written down and wonder what on earth possessed me to submit such rubbish, let alone think it was “decent” enough to print. Then I spend the rest of the week verbally berating myself and vowing to do better the next time.

And then the stress begins. What if I can’t do better? The responsibility to deliver something worthy for you to read is overwhelming. And back to paragraph seven. Honestly, friends, it’s exhausting being me. For years, friends have (lovingly) criticized me for having such low selfesteem. But now I wonder how low my selfesteem really is and just how normal I may really be, contrary to popular belief. Norman Vincent Peale was considered to be the Champion of Positive Thinking. He was the author of several books, and most widely known for his 1952 best seller, “The Power of Positive Thinking”. Mr. Peale made his entire living and legacy built on the fact that thinking positively can change our lives. Was he wrong? Is positive thinking a thought of the past? One of the songs I love from 1944 is called, “Accentuate the Positive” by Johnny Mercer. One lyric is as follows: “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and latch on to the affirmative. Don’t mess with Mister InBetween.” But maybe we should mess with

Mister In-Between. Obviously, being the argumentative species that we are, we cannot please ourselves. Thinking too highly of ourselves can result in many disasters and is highly advised against (see Proverbs 16:18). And as I have just mentioned, trying to help raise our esteem can result in the opposite. Where else is there to go, but Mister In-Between. One of the famous quotes by Norman Vincent Peale says, “Change your thoughts and you can change your world.” Maybe if we stick with mediocrity, we will be pleasantly surprised when we succeed and not too disappointed should we fail. After all, we are humans. We make mistakes; we fail. But if we keep our expectations with Mister In-Between, we won’t be setting ourselves up for hopes too high for us to achieve. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have goals; just keep them realistic and reachable. And in the meantime, I’ll mess with Mister In-Between.

Tonight we can enjoy sitting in the back and having a salad with lots of fresh vegetables, and a toasted cheese sandwich. Like most people our trees are full with a variety of color and the flowers are beautiful. Most of what we have is wild, although some we planted. Summer is great, but in life you can enjoy the season you’re in, you can enjoy living right where you’re at. Maybe things are not what you would like them to be? Most people have situations they would like to see change, but we all can be content no matter the situation we find ourselves in. Take time to listen, If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5) As you’re listening are you teachable, do you have a teachable spirit? You can be honest with God, he’s not surprised by your unbelief, and none of us have experienced all of God’s grace. Did you know your life is supposed to shout with victory? And I don’t mean hilarity or silly stuff either, although we need to laugh and be silly, but not in this vein.. You see living in the now requires giving up the way you think, feel and do, and accept a higher way of thinking, feeling and doing. It means don’t worry. What’s wrong with loving life, and

enjoying self and those around you? Notice I did say self; we are extremely blessed, loved and forgiven, so now we can give. We can listen; if you don’t make a deposit you won’t get a return. The seeds you sow are what you will get! Learn how to become a lover of life, live in the now. Believe the love that’s been given to you. Let me tell you something, once you’ve been persuaded of God’s love in your emotions, nothing will stop you from finding out that you are in Christ. Simple living is nothing more than living in him, letting him lead you, and this is proven success. We can be who God says we are, children of the King, a royal priesthood, a chosen people, loved, accepted and forgiven. No longer having to jump through hoops or conforming to a standard of life that only brings defeat, and negative results. We have the ability to choose life, think the way God thinks, and live the way God lives. Yes God lives through you and me. Right now you may not be experiencing a healthy joy filled life, but as long as you’re breathing; you still have the opportunity. Choose life, become a believer, let go of the past, accept all of God’s gifts. You and I are free. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ your sins are not just covered, they don’t

exist anymore, “Vamoose, they’re gone.”This is the good news, the war is over for the Christian who becomes a believing Christian and accepts their freedom to live, think, feel, and do what Christ does. We can grow in our understanding of him. Start reading the bible, that’s God speaking to you, talk to him all the time, and learn to worship him. Then you to will have unshakable faith!!!! I would like to organize a vegetarianvegan one time a month meet. It will consist of fellowship; fun and food, if this is your interest contact me @

Until next time enjoy the clean humor! I took my 7-year old grandson, Evan, to his doctor’s appointment. In the waiting room, a friend asked about my husband. I told her that my husband wasn’t feeling well. Surprised, Evan asked, “You have a husband, Grannie?” After a good chuckle, I replied, “Yes, Evan. Papaw is my husband, “I could tell he was so relieved. Grace Pharr Jefferson, North Carolina

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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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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.

As lawmakers in Lansing and Washington, D.C. continue to debate reforms to our health care system, one fact continues to go woefully underreported – the severe shortage of nurses. Nurses provide an invaluable service to patients, often acting as the liaison between doctors and patients – meaning that nurses are the ones who put a human face on the health care that patients receive. They speak with families, check in on patients, and provide the care and compassion that families need at the most difficult of times. The price for being on the front lines of August 4, 2009

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.

medicine is steep. Nurses often do the thankless and tiring jobs that have to be done. The toll this work takes is harsh – long, stressful hours, along with the unique stresses and difficulties that are involved in working in the health care industry. Simply put, nurses are the backbone of our health care system, and they deserve both our respect and admiration. Sadly, Michigan is currently suffering a dramatic nursing shortage. By 2010, estimates suggest that our state will be short 7,000 nurses, and that number could rise to 14,500 by 2015. The demands placed on nurses because of this shortage – increased workload, unscheduled overtime and staffing concerns – have left many nurses feeling that they are undervalued, overworked and underpaid. We are in danger of seeing the high quality of care that we rely on falter. As a result, patients could suffer as hospitals and health care providers require nurses to take overtime to meet staffing requirements, which places even more pressure on nurses. Even worse, our system for producing topnotch nurses is turning away qualified applicants because we simply do not have the resources to educate them. With rising costs causing colleges and universities to shy away from expanding their nursing programs, it is clear that we need all hands on deck to fix this growing problem.

In a state with over 15 percent unemployment, it is clear that we must do all we can to support nurses and provide them with the staffing they need to continue their remarkable efforts. We need to sit down with health care providers and come to a solution that improves working conditions and brings more nurses into the health care field. That is why I am holding a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Delhi Charter Township Community Services Center, 2074 Aurelius Road in Holt. This community forum will focus on nurse-to-patient ratios, and the steps we can take to improve them. I invite members of the community, and especially workers in the health care industry, to come and share your opinions on this vital issue. With our nation facing a shortage of more than 1 million nurses in less than five years, any discussion on health care must include a solution to this pressing issue. People are not going to stop getting sick, and they are not going to stop seeking treatment. We need to make sure that their quality of care does not suffer as fewer nurses are forced to work more and longer hours. Working to fix this problem now will prevent this health care problem from becoming a health care crisis.



Men’s Division 1 Champions

Men’s Division 2 Champions

Crow Bro - Casey Ralko, Kellen Crow, Dave Crow, Keenan Crow.

Kruger/Mulder - Dave Mulder, Jeff Mulder, Warren Kruger, Tessa Kruger,

Mixed Division Champions

Senior Division Champions

Ted Watters & Sons - Judy Crandall, Cal Brown, Beth Elliott, Jeff Brown.

Mid-Michigan Rubbish - Bob Clear, John Turner, Ed Zick, Glenn Gauss.

Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1 Mens 1

Crow Bro Ransoms - 2 The Coaches Bowling Team Defending Champs Team Trestain Wakin Balls 9 Hole Wonders 98 Guys Bro Hejnal Bradford Bunch Clear Jr. Ransoms - 1 State Farm Insurance The Victors Unadilla Store

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Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2 Mens 2

Kruger/Mulder Friends of McLellan O'Brien Crew Abbott & Fillmore The K Team B&B Farms Lion's Airforce Team 2 SSBBank Chamber of Commerce Farmers State Bank The Throwbacks White Cane Lion's 1 Gee Farms Gipfert Construction

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Seniors Seniors Seniors Seniors Seniors Seniors Seniors Womens Womens Womens Mixed Mixed Mixed Mixed Mixed

Mid-Michigan Rubbish Jim's Team H Construction A King & 3 Jokers Misfits Garden City Connection Trinity Luthern Church Driving Duffers Tuesday Morning Ladies STR-->'s Ted Watters & Sons Inc. The Beauties & The Beasts Coffey Plumbing Howlett-Schmidt Adiska Family Dental

61 63 65 66 66 67 71 75 76 77 60 68 70 70 72

August 4, 2009

Women’s Division Champions

Driving Duffers - Carol Brown, Sandra Brady, Susan Daily, Diane Tandy.

15th Annual Stockbridge Athletic Golf Scramble The 2009 version of this annual event was much like all those before it. Great weather, renewed friendships, and some friendly competition combined in an event that raised over $6,000 for Stockbridge Athletic Programs. Team Crow Bro, consisting of Casey Ralko, Kellen Crow, Dave Crow, and Keenan Crow set the pace with a round of 56 to win the event. They broke a tie with second place team Ransoms - 2, and won the only skin of the day on their final hole with an eagle on hole number one. Next years event will be held Inch starts the day! on July 30th. Coaches Darren Hejnal (Softball), Jeff Trapp (Women’s Track), Luke Thorburn (Women’s Cross Country), Chuck Bumpus (Men’s Track), Steve Allison (Men’s Cross Country), Jeremy Killinger (Football), and Steve Powell (MS Track/Cross Country) would like to thank all the participants and sponsors that make this event such a huge success. Without your support this event would not be possible. Gee Farms team tracks a putt.

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