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Volume 2, Issue 1

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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Leslie Teen Wins Gold in Junior Olympics By Corinda Hackworth

It seems impossible but THE WEEKLY PRIDE is now a year old. We have come a long way from our first edition last August, but the excitement of offering the communities we serve the stories that they want have propelled us on. There are a number of people that I should probably thank, but for fear of forgetting someone, I would just like to say “Thank You” to everyone that has given us a chance to serve you. Whether you are an advertiser, a reader, a writer, or someone who has submitted a story idea, your help has been a true blessing. Without each of you there would be no reason to do what we do. As we move forward into our second year I would like to ask a few favors. First of all, keep the encouraging words coming. Sometimes it seems as though there are a million other things that I should be doing, but it always seems to work out. Your encouragement feeds my desire to publish this paper. Secondly, please consider sending us your stories. Do you know of something positive going on in your community? Is there an upcoming event that needs to be

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Leslie resident Brandon Fifield, 16, recently won two gold medals in wrestling during the Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, IA, August 3-7. Fifield traveled to Iowa with 14 of his teammates from Team Michigan Red and brought the gold home to Michigan for the first time in seventeen years. Not only did Team Michigan place first, but Fifield shown here displaying his awards. Fifield personally brought his own gold medal home to Leslie. school. Just 68 pounds at that time, Fifield’s interest in wrestling began Fifield has worked long and hard to bring nine years ago when his cousin was a his weight up to the 103 division and his wrestling coach. Since then, Fifield has goal is to be in the 112 weight division been a dedicated and committed grappler. by next year’s Olympics. Fifield maintains a rigorous and Fifield, a member of the Leslie High disciplined training schedule. Besides School Varsity Wrestling Team, was training four times a week with personal invited to attend the Junior Olympics by trainer Jeff Therrian of Holt, Fifield his coach, who has been Fifield’s mentor travels twice weekly to Detroit for since childhood. practice. Fifield’s success in Iowa was not Fifield has been training with Therrian without struggle. Sick with food (Continued on page 4) for two years, ever since entering high

Beautiful Inside and Out by Julie Glair, freelance writer

It began over one year ago when Kimberly Lynch, owner of “The Dressmaker’s Shop” began studying the building she occupies at 130 S. Main Street in Leslie. The inside is set with bolts of reproduction fabrics, bonnets, jewelry, and patterns for styles of clothing from the Regency Period (1800 – 1825). As she has studied the clothing to be sure of historical accuracy in each garment she sews, she has also studied the style and colors of historical buildings such as hers. With her research of Leslie’s downtown history and a book of beautifully painted Victorian homes and buildings entitled Painted Ladies of San Francisco, she headed to her landlord and the Downtown Development

Authority (DDA) with her plans. Kimberly was well received by her landlord and an agreement was reached. The DDA was excited with her proposal and has given a generous historical restoration grant to help with a percentage of the costs. “The prep work is extremely important in this kind of project,” stated Kimberly. Part of that prep involved mortar work to secure loose bricks. It was Kimberly’s husband, Jim that put his skills to work and made the first leap of progress in the restoration. Then, with paint colors decided and purchased, the scraping began. “The top of the building is pressed tin, not wood. It was very rusty so we did a lot of work to get it ready. In (Continued on page 4)

More photos inside. The detail work shown here highlights the amazing intricacy in which Kimberly Lynch has painted the front of her shop located at 130 S. Main Street in Leslie.

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

Willow Creek Junior Golf Summer Program (l-r) "Coach" Dick Cronk, Hannah Glair, Wesley Hansen, Autumn Shingledecker, and Mark Twichell.

After 30 years with Ford Motor Company it was finally his time to retire. It was time to do what he wants, go where he wants to go. However, what came to Dick Cronk’s mind was what he shared with his wife three years ago: “I want to give back to the sport I love – golf!” And that’s exactly what he does. Most commonly known as “Coach” at Willow Creek Golf Course in Stockbridge, Dick along with Mark Twichell, the Teaching Pro, are finishing up the Junior Golf Summer Program this week. Coach also works with the high school senior boy’s team in the spring and the high school girl’s golf team in the fall. “Kids really want to learn,” said Coach. “We have the chance to show them something they can do and enjoy all through their lives. Hopefully they will come out for the school team, too. There are so many other extracurricular things for kids to do that it’s hard for (Continued on page 3)

Physical Therapy Office Widens Opportunity for Leslie By Corinda Hackworth

Leslie welcomed its newest member to the downtown district. Located at 148 S. Main, Sam’s Physical Therapy, P.C. opened its doors Thursday. Born in Vellor, India to a family already in the medical field, Ranjjith Samson’s logical choice was to follow his parent’s (and grandparent’s) footsteps in the same direction. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree at M.G.R. Medical University in Chennai , India, Sam (as he prefers to be called) immediately began studying for his Advanced Master’s Degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, and finished with a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. (Continued on page 6)


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COMMUNITY CALENDER Mondays - Free Play Group - ages 1-4 from 10-11am Leslie First Baptist Church, 202 E. Bellevue St. 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.

Wednesday, August 26th - Leslie City Planning Commission Meeting - Leslie City Hall - 6:00pm Tuesday, September 1st - Leslie City Council Meeting - City Hall - 7:00pm Wednesday, September 2nd - Leslie Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Meeting - City Hall 8:00am Wednesday, September 2nd - Leslie Chamber of Commerce Luncheon - Leslie Township Hall - 12:00pm

Monday, September 7th - Leslie Lions Club Chicken BBQ - 107 Covert St (in front of Leslie Depot Diner) 11:00am-2:00pm Tuesday, September 8th - First day of School for Dansville, Leslie, and Stockbridge Community Schools. Tuesday, September 8th - Stockbridge Village Council Meeting - Village Offices - 7:00pm Wednesday, September 16th - Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority (SDDA) Meeting - Village Offices - 7:00pm

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

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

Christ Episcopal Church 9900 N. Meridian Road, Pleasant Lake Sunday Morning 9:00 Youth Sunday School 9:00 Phone 517-769-2333

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 Congregational United Church of Christ Kimball Road, Leslie, MI 116 W. Bellevue Rd, Leslie Pastor Wes Emmerson 517-589-5226 517-676-3222 Sunday Worship 10:30 Sunday Worship – 10am Christian Education opportunities every day of the week. Good Shepherd Mission www.lesliecongchurch.org/ 5050 E. M-36, Stockbridge thomhaha@sbcglobal.net (517) 851-9800 Rev. Dr. thom Bower, Pastor and Teacher Morning Service 10:30 am Tuesday Bible Study Parson Billy R. Allen 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 Thursday Weight Watchers - 5:30pm www.1stbcs.org pastorb@1stbcs.org Pastor Brian Johnson

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

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 www.hubchurch.weebly.com Pastor Cal Hodgson Email: DansvilleHUB@yahoo.com 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 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 Highest Praise Worship Center 1320 Catholic Church Road, Leslie 5107 S. Clinton Street, Stockbridge (517) 589-8492 (517) 851-7758 Weekend Masses: Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Sunday 8:00 am & 10:30 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Saturday Confessions 4:00-4:30 pm Wednesday Family Enrichment Night 7:00 Father Mike Petroski -8:00 pm Bishop Jeffrey Lambert

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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 southwestnaz@charterinternet.com 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 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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golf to compete.” It was his father that taught Dick to love sports like he did. “It meant a lot to have my dad at my sporting events growing up,” Coach explained. “I think it’s important for parents to be involved in what their kids do.” Dick credits his mother for being the example of how to live and instilling in him that he should never be afraid to take a chance. Dick grew up in Newberry, Michigan in the U.P. He did a lot of fishing there, and loved golf, hockey and softball. Dick currently lives in Gregory where he and his wife, Ellen have lived for the last 33 years. It was 43 years ago that they were married and they have two grown sons, John and Richard, Jr., as well as two grandchildren and one great-grandson. Dick says he loves the seasons in Michigan but has figured out that the best way to spend a Michigan winter is by going to Florida! Jenson Beach, Florida is where Dick and Ellen spend six month each year. They both are on golf leagues

there as well as in Michigan. Coach enjoys surf-fishing and playing shuffleboard, too. They have made a lot of good friends down south and look forward to spending time with them each year. “I really love being involved with a golf course! Willow Creek is great and I help out with the driving range, cutting down trees, or anything else I can. I golf an average of five times a week but I don’t usually keep score. I remind the kids that they are playing against the course, not each other. It’s not always about the score.” Coach continued, “I find that in coaching, when you talk to a student – you’re really talking to yourself. The things I remind them about help me keep my own game up. We never stop learning!” Well Coach, it’s that attitude and incredible patience for which I thank you, Dick Cronk, 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.

Coach Cronk demonstrates the proper technique to one of his students.

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Second Quarter ExistingHome Sales Rise Existing-home sales in the second quarter showed healthy gains from the first quarter in the vast majority of states, and price declines have increased affordability in most metro areas, according to the latest survey by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Total state existing-home sales, including single-family and condo properties, rose 3.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.76 million units in the second quarter from 4.58 million units in the first quarter. However, they remain 2.9 percent below the 4.90 millionunit pace in the second quarter of 2008. Thirty-nine states experienced sales increases from the first quarter, and nine states were higher than a year ago; the District of Columbia showed both quarterly and annual rises. Distressed Sales During the second quarter, 129 out of 155 metropolitan statistical areas reported lower median existing single-family home prices in comparison with the second quarter of 2008, while 26 areas had price gains. Distressed sales – foreclosures and short sales – accounted for 36 percent of transactions in the second quarter, which continued to weigh down median home prices because they typically are sold at a 15 to 20 percent discount; first-time buyers accounted for one-third of transactions. The national median existing singlefamily price was $174,100, which is 15.6 percent below the second quarter of 2008. According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate on a 30-year conventional fixed-rate mortgage declined to a record low 5.03 percent in the second quarter from 5.06 percent in the first quarter; the rate was 6.09 percent in the second quarter of 2008. NAR President Charles McMillan said there are unique opportunities in the current market. “Housing affordability is hovering near record highs and there’s a wide selection of homes, but first-time buyers need to move quickly to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit because they have to finalize the transaction by November 30,” he says. “Various state, local, and nonprofit programs target first-time buyers, and a REALTOR® can help you identify the programs and financing options that are currently available in your area.” Price Gains and Declines “The sharpest price declines continue to be concentrated in metros with high levels of foreclosures, including areas in California, Florida, Arizona, and Nevada, where distressed homes comprise many of the transactions,” Yun said. Median second-quarter metro area single-family home prices ranged from a very affordable $55,700 in the SaginawSaginaw Township North area of Michigan to $569,500 in Honolulu. The second most expensive area in the second quarter was the San JoseSunnyvale-Santa Clara area of California, at $500,000, followed by San FranciscoOakland-Fremont at $472,900. Other affordable markets include the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area of Ohio and Pennsylvania at $71,500, and Lansing-East Lansing, Mich., at $81,200. “Recently sold homes are concentrated in lower price ranges. The median price may not be representative of overall values in a given area because many middlepriced homes are not on the market,” Yun says.

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 ADULTS Adult Book Discussion Tuesday, Aug.25 6:30 pm Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

LESLIE All Ages Family Movie Nights Monday, August 31 5:30 pm Stop by the library or call (517) 589-9400 for titles. TEENS & TWEENS Game Night @ the Library Thursday, Aug. 27 6–7:30 pm Join us for Wii and board game competitions.

STOCKBRIDGE ALL AGES Live at the Library Series Enjoy free performances featuring locally-based musicians. Past performances have included brass band to jazz to blues to country and bluegrass. Try out some tunes yourself at open mic sessions preceding the performances. Find details at the library, or give us your email address and we’ll add you to our Live at the Library list. We’re a great smoke- and alcohol-free venue— refreshments, too!

Sit and Be Fit ThursdayAugust 27, 11:30 am At the Stockbridge Library, CADL Personal trainer Joe Muscato will help you get into better shape gradually. Participants are invited to work out gently but effectively while still seated in their chairs. Stockbridge Library, 200 Wood Street, Stockbridge, MI 49285 517/851-7810

The “Wilie” Coyote – Facts and Fiction Wednesday, August 26, 7pm At the Stockbridge Library, CADL Have you been wondering about all those coyote tales you’ve been hearing in the press? Naturalist Beth Duman will present a lively program for all ages that will help you sort out fiction from fact about these “wilie” critters. Duman has lectured to over 1,000 groups, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Timber Wolf Alliance and the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers.

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Before and after photos of “The Dressmaker’s Shop” in Leslie.

Painted Lady (Continued from page 1)

a lot of places, the paint was peeling off in sheets. It’s been over 20 years since the

Fifield (Continued from page 1)

poisoning the night before his first match, Fifield was still determined to wrestle, and not only won his match the next morning but also beat out five state champions throughout the week. Fifield’s and Michigan Red’s record are at a stunning 15-0, making Fifield eligible for the coveted All-American. Because of his perfect wrestling record, Fifield will be attending the Junior Olympics for the next two years with Team Michigan, until his eligibility ends upon graduating high school. But graduation will not stop Fifield. He plans to continue with wrestling throughout his college career. Fifield is grateful to Therrian, who was been a patient and enthusiastic coach all the way. Some of Therrian’s protégé’s include US Nationals Champion Nick Simmons and Andy Simmons.

building was last painted. All of the ornate tinwork was just painted over with white. I could tell there was a lot of character under that old paint,” Kimberly explained. It’s been a two month long labor of love. Kimberly dons her sunhat and

Stockbridge Travels to Galesburg-Augusta The Stockbridge High School football team traveled to Galesburg last week for

climbs the scaffolding nearly every day. She paints and shades the morning glories, sunbursts and other exquisite details making them seem dimensional and alive. “Once I got over the scary part of the shaking scaffolding, it became fun.” Kimberly continued, “I’m pleased with how it has turned out so far. We’ve been blessed with cooler weather lately and that’s been helpful. However, I have to stop for three weeks and get busy sewing! The Cascades 25th Anniversary of the Civil War Muster in Jackson is August 28 – 30th and I need to be ready. We will be finishing the bottom of the building after

Labor Day.” “Plus,” she continued with a smile, “I promised my husband three weeks off!” Kimberly has made it clear that she cares about the city of Leslie, and equally clear that she feels the town has been very supportive of her. She shared, “Each day, many people holler comments and encouragement up to me while I’m painting. It’s nice to hear that people appreciate the effort we’re making.” We’ve known that Kimberly is the person to go to if you need to get dressedup, but who knew she could do it to a building, too?

a 4-way scrimmage with Galesburg, Quincy, and Hudson. The event allowed the Panthers to gauge their preparation in game situations as they head into this weeks season opener at Jonesville. The Panthers faired well as a number of

athletes were able to demonstrate their athletic abilities. It looks to be an exciting season for the Panthers who are coming off a disappointing 1-8 campaign last year.

Above at left, the Stockbridge Varsity team arrives to cheer on the JV team at the Galesburg scrimmage. Due to unplayable field conditions the scrimmage was moved to a practice field where the only place to film from was this scissor lift. Don’t blow away!

Friday Night Thrills For hundreds of Michigan High School students, football got underway August 10th, the rest of us finally get to join in this week as spectators as football games commence this week with JV games on Thursday night and the Varsity following suit Friday. It seems so strange that football is upon us even as some families are trying to get in that last long weekend before school starts. This year area teams will be playing their third game of the season as the rest of their classmates return to the classroom. Sacrifices are made for the thrill of Friday Night Lights by these area athletes, but I bet not to many of them will think much of it as they step on the field this week. Good luck to all area teams. Stockbridge will travel to Jonesville Friday night for a 7:00 kick-off. Dansville will play host to PewamoWestphalia, also at 7:00 and Leslie will travel to East Jackson, as they open up their season against the Trojans at 7:00.

“To me, no coach in America asks a man to make any sacrifice. He requests the opposite. Live clean, come clean, think clean. Stop doing all the things that destroy you mentally, physically, and morally, and begin doing those things that make you keener, finer, more competent.” -Fielding H. Yost August 25, 2009

At left, Stockbridge Senior Nick Hoard and Junior Matt Klann (right) run the ball during the Galesburg-Augusta Scrimmage. Both Klann and Hoard had exciting nights as they each scored rushing and receiving touchdowns.

Stockbridge JV Quarterback, Sophomore, Mitch Clark, (left) keeps the ball around the left side of the line in a scrimmage last Thursday at Galesburg-Augusta. (Right) Senior Jeff Showerman prepares to snap the ball during the same scrimmage. www.theweeklypride.com

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Stockbridge’s Summertime on the Square Events from All Sports Day Saturday, August 22, 2009 included a 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament. Although team registrations were low, the fun and level of competition was high. Pictured above are the teams of Arby Shepherd (left) and Byron Pratt (right) that battled against one another in competition. The Shepherd team outscored the Pratt team 33-25.

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So last week, I was moaning about how frumpy I feel and was wondering when I would feel better. Well, it’s not this week, friends, I can tell you that much! While I was thinking about last week’s article and contemplating this one, my memory was jogged by an old issue of People magazine that was on stands earlier this spring. Making her appearance on the cover of said magazine in a skimpy purple bikini was Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star). She was ecstatic to lose 42 pounds without surgery or fad diets. Now those of you who know me, know how I feel about the whole Hollywood thing. How the unnecessary hype about them earning 2.6 gazillion dollars per picture is sheer waste and about them being “just regular people” is sickening and how their antics to get publicity is complete boredom to me and when they…..

Sorry, I digress. But I hope you follow my general idea; I’m not a fan of Hollywood. Usually, Hollywood is totally unrelatable to me. Even when I discovered that Fergi (the singer, not the ex-Duchess) wore the same perfume as I did, I was completely detached (“Amarige” by Givency, if you’re interested). Anyway, about Melissa… There she is, happy as can be in her tiny bikini, showing off her new bod. And I thought, for the first time that maybe, just maybe, I could relate to someone out there. We both have young children, we both have Himself as an admirer and are roughly the same age and height. Now Himself will argue I am shorter than 5’ 2”, but I have it in actual documentation at my doctor’s office that my actual height is indeed 5’ 2”. Nearly. Melissa was lamenting that just because she has two kids didn’t mean she needed to be “heavy” and out of shape. So she decided to shed those extra baby pounds. Now if we can re-cap to last week, I had said I am on medication that slows down my metabolism, which is true.

However, I am still a sucker to try nearly anything that will reduce my weight. I just vow to work harder and am sure those pounds will come off. Eventually. Maybe. Right. Back to Melissa. So, as I stared at her petite frame, I imagined my head on her body. Yeah, I know, but it’s all I’ve got at this point. And can I just mention how HOT I looked? Curious, I read about her “struggle” to lose weight after having her second son. Seems normal enough, right? Well, after trying the “regular” diets of exercise and eating healthy and eating less, Melissa was getting nowhere in her quest for weight loss, just like me. Now here comes the part where she lost me… She hired a personal nutritionist and a personal trainer! I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed that made me! It was like finding your parents putting presents under the tree on Christmas morning. Completely disheartening! And that little bit about the nutritionist and trainer lumped her into the category reserved for all of the Hollywood mogul types. A personal trainer? What person who touts themselves as a “regular” person has a personal trainer and a personal

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finalized his lifelong dream of becoming his own boss while attending to his patients in the manner he feels they deserve. Many years of frustration of seeing patients denied proper care have helped mold Sam into the passionate doctor he is today. Not only does Sam promise to take time for his patients and guarantee them one on one attention, but to be their advocate as well. “Patient advocacy and case management are of supreme importance,” Sam said purposefully. “If I can’t help you personally, then I will be your advocate to find a doctor who can.” “The human being is the most complex machine,” Sam continued. “I take time to talk to each person and find out their specific symptoms. I learn so much just by taking the time to listen to them.” A problem, he says, is that most doctors don’t (or can’t) take the time to listen. “You can’t find out everything there is to know about a patient in a 15 minute time slot,” he said. “You can’t involve yourself in patient care with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question.” Sam stresses that educating yourself about your condition is one of, if not the most, important thing you can do for yourself. “Physical therapy is very personal,” he

said. “Even though people may share the same symptoms and pain in the same area, that doesn’t mean their therapy will be the same.” Sam also stresses to his patients to “maintain what you’ve gained”, a simple, yet crucial point on the road to recovery. “I do what I can for my patients,” he said simply. “But once the patient leaves my care, if they aren’t educated on how to help themselves once they leave the office, it’s like starting over the next time.” Sam also realizes that being accessible to patients is another important factor. “I’m open from 7 AM to 7 PM.” Why the long hours? “How can I have a 9 to 5 job, when that is the time my patients are at work?” Sam also wants to be available before or after that, if necessary. “If I have a patient call my office and I’m not here, they need to know that they won’t reach a recording,” Sam stated firmly. “I will have it ring over to my cell phone. I need to be there whenever I am needed.” As for the layout of the new office in Leslie besides the three exam rooms, Sam also has a weight area and a large gym in the back of the building. As patient clientele builds, Sam is hoping to include various classes for the entire community, including Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi, starting hopefully as

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Ranjith “Sam” Samson After 10 years of practicing medicine throughout the state of Michigan, Sam became frustrated and restless with the bureaucratic laws and guidelines. He felt people were not getting the attention or care they deserved from their doctors, be it to insurance red tape or just plain over-scheduling of doctor’s time. So Sam stepped out on a limb and has

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nutritionist? Friends, I can honestly say that if I had a personal ANYONE or ANYTHING I would not look the way I do today and that’s a fact! How can people put themselves in our group as “normal”, when they have the money and power to buy what they want, or whom they want and have them do what they want them to do? It’s unproblematic to look glamorous all the time when you have your personal stylist following you wherever you go! It’s simple to look so svelte and lithe when you have your own personal trainer work out with you for an hour a day! It’s effortless to say that you’re a vegetarian or “eat only organic” when you have someone to do your shopping for you and then prepare elaborate dishes just for your specific needs! What about us, friends? I’d love to eat organic only. But my wallet says, “No!” And the nearest Whole Foods store is in Ann Arbor or Lansing. I don’t have the time, energy or gas money to drive that far on a weekly, sometimes biweekly basis. My point being: it’s easy to be anyone you want to be, as long as you have the money and the power to carry it through. Myself, I have neither one. And that’s why I am a “regular” person.

soon as this winter. “I look around and wonder ‘What do people in Leslie and the surrounding areas have to do for fun?’ There are beautiful trails to bike or walk, but what about when winter comes?” Sam asked. “I want to accommodate the community.” Sam says his main goal in opening his physical therapy office is to enable a patient to return to work, recreation and functional activities through manual therapy, hands on treatment and education. Sam reiterates that his mission statement is “to reach out to provide high quality, cost effective service in an atmosphere of personalized attention and motivation.” “We’re passionate about your health and happiness,” Sam concluded. “We love our work!”   

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commercials, trying to mislead the public and convince people that they are not hurting consumers when they put profits over people. But tell that to Kecia Milliner, who watched as a speeding car left her daughter clinging to life, and has been fighting to State get her insurance company Representative to make good on its promises ever since. Tell that to Jerry and Heather The following commentary was written by State Sarazin, the Capac couple forced to drain Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). If you have any questions, please call (517) 373-0587. their 401(k) and re-mortgage their house If you have been reading the editorial because Jerry suffered a traumatic brain pages lately, you have probably seen the injury in an automobile accident and their insurance company mouthpieces bashing insurance company refused to pay. These me for supporting a plan that cracks down are real people, our friends and neighbors, on "bad faith" insurance practices. Make whose insurance companies have turned no mistake about it – the insurance their backs on them, when they needed companies have brought the big guns to them the most. this fight. They have spent hundreds of Sadly, they are not alone. Many thousands of dollars on high-priced insurance companies postpone or reject lobbyists, ad agencies and radio legitimate property, auto and worker's

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Roger E. Wagner… By: Cecil E. Darnell cecildarnell@aol.com

Roger E. Wagner, (November 11, 1923-July 16, 2009) Members of the Michigan Draft Horse Breeders Association (MDHBA) will know that Roger scheduled his earthly exit to mesh with the MDHBA State Show which he chaired for a couple of decades. Howard McCalla brought Mally and Impression, a team of two year old Belgian mares to power Roger’s last earthly ride in the majestic, time darkened horse drawn hearse those final miles to Munger

Cemetery north of Eaton Rapids. Roger must be so proud. Roger had developed a host of different skills which served him and his colleagues well. He learned about horses from his dad who was an old time “horse trader” in a time when horses powered American Farms. Roger learned how to work with both good and poor horses. Their family farm might have a nice team to begin the new farming season. Then when a neighbor would need a horse, one of the good ones would be sold, replaced with one not so good. After three of four replacements, the Wagner Farm team would not necessarily be the very best animals. But they still had to work with them to run their farm. Roger Wagner was one of those people that many rural folks had a story memory about. Billy Crego shared a long ago horse trade at St. Peter Catholic Church where the funeral was held. In their working days, Roger delivered bread and baked goods. Billy delivered milk. It was from these working tasks that their friendship evolved. Friends or not, people trading horses or needing or wanting to, do not plan to lose money on a deal. Billy and Roger dickered and finally, after lending Roger a horse to haul a hearse, Billy finally sold Roger the coveted Belgian horse This deal worked to Billy’s advantage because his milk company had changed ownership and he had been directed to get a black horse for the milk wagon anyway. When Roger borrowed that hearse

hauling horse, Roger was pulling Ralph McCalla from that Cheasea Church to the local cemetery. Ralph was Howard’s father. Howard was pulling that same hearse that Roger had used for Ralph McCalla. Between those two funerals, Roger had worked at some restoration needs on that old hearse that has been serving this function since about 1878, according to those who study such things. Roger never charged for that hearse work. His efforts were traded for that final ride. Everyone agreed that it was a good deal for everyone involved. Roger’s skills were well known when it came to folks who needed work done on horse drawn equipment. He built wagons, carts, trailers from scratch as well as repairing them from any stage of deterioration. Since he was so well known for his skills, that is how Roger was enabled to tackle that old hearse in the first place. The MDHBA State show has been held in Mason (Ingham County, MI) in recent years when Roger took over the event. One of the talents that Roger gave easily was his understanding of horses and people. New folks often have many questions and fears when they tackle new

adventures like buying and working horses. In the beginning people do not know the answers to the simple questions. Roger was comfortable for folks to talk with when they needed answers to such questions. Of course, his willingness to help also helped him sell a lot of wagons and carts that he had made and repaired as well. Roger enjoyed auction sales, horse shows, talking with folks, and watching people work with animals. Perhaps his circle of friends are what best describe Roger Wagner. Gert and Mary Kronenberg are long time friends of Wagner’s, Roger and Norma. Gert remembered a recent visit just a couple of days before Roger died. He had mentioned that final pair of Haflingers that he had owned. Roger became a Belgian Horse guy after a lot of research, but any horse was a good one to have around,

according to Roger . Before deciding Belgians were the best animals for him Roger had already tried a number of different horse breeds. He also worked with mules, donkeys and about everything equine, but he never did get as excited over bovine. For a time he owned and rented out donkeys to different schools and local organizations for donkey basketball games. Gert and Mary are appropriate folks to speak of Roger’s animal interests because they also have 2 Norwegian Fjords, a couple of goats, three mini-donkeys, 7 llamas, 5 alpacas, 1 steer and 2 dogs. Mary adds, “we have never had any pigs.” Gert mentioned that he always needed a couple of hours to call on Roger because there were always so many things that had to be discussed. Gert added, “I miss that old guy already.” We have the animals because our doctors want us to. They say it is good for us and also for the animals. As this is being written, Roger Wagner has been buried after that final horse drawn ride. The mares pulling the hearse have returned to the State Show and completed their competition in the arena. Long time friends of Roger’s have remembered him with stories and experiences. There was talk about his trailer that he once parked next to the show arena.

The fact that he provided a canvas to keep the sun and any rain off the folks sharing the picnic table set up for spectators. Someone mentioned that if Roger had all the different wagons, carts, and other horse drawn vehicles that he had worked on or built lined up, there would have been a long and impressive parade following that hearse that provided his final ride. What a guy. What a force. What a friend. What a memory. What a guy. The State MDHBA show that Roger saved continues for another year. The horses exhibited at this event look better and better trained each year… And Howard McCalla hitches to the next wagon at the MDHBA State show held at the Ingham County Fairgrounds.

Area Sporting Events For The Week of August 25 - September 1

STOCKBRIDGE Tuesday - 8/25 No Events Wednesday - 8/26 Girls Golf - Jamboree @ Columbia Central - 12:00pm Varsity Soccer vs. Covenant Christian School - 5:00pm Thursday - 8/27 Boys/Girls Cross Country @ Laingsburg Inv - 4:30pm JV Volleyball @ Grass Lake - 5:30pm Varsity Volleyball @ Grass Lake - 6:30pm JV Football vs. Jonesville - 6:30pm Friday - 8/28 Varsity Football @ Jonesville - 7:00pm Saturday - 8/29 JV Volleyball - Stockbridge Invitational - 9:00am Monday - 8/31 No Events Tuesday - 9/1 Varsity Soccer vs. Dansville - 5:30pm August 25, 2009

DANSVILLE Tuesday - 8/25 Varsity Soccer vs. Portland - 6:00pm Wednesday - 8/26 No Events Thursday - 8/27 Varsity Soccer @ Maple Valley - 5:00pm JV Football @ Pewamo Westphalia - 6:30pm Friday - 8/28 Varsity Football vs. Pewamo Westphalia - 7:00pm Saturday - 8/29 Freshman Volleyball @ Williamston Inv - 8:00am JV Volleyball @ Stockbridge Invitational - 9:00am Monday - 8/31 Varsity Soccer vs. Perry - 6:00pm Tuesday - 9/1 Varsity Soccer @ Stockbridge - 5:30pm

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