Page 1


PO Box 595, Stockbridge, MI 49285

Volume 2, Issue 15

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Published Weekly

Waterloo Area Historical Society Hosts a Victorian Christmas What must it have been like in the 1800’s, to live on a farm in the sparsely settled area of Waterloo Township when Christmas came? The small village of Waterloo was a three-mile journey away by sleigh; the Village of Chelsea a half-day trip. Most friends and neighbors were descendants of German immigrants. Families worked hard to maintain immaculate and productive farms. There was no real break for the holiday season – the animals had to be fed and milked, the baking and washing done, the meals prepared on the wood-burning stove, the wood chopped and carried, the water pumped, and the butter churned – and daylight lasted such a short time. Visitors will have the opportunity to step into that Christmas world of the 19th century when the Waterloo Area Historical Society welcomes them to a “Christmas on the Farm”, Saturday, December 5th, 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, December 6th, Noon to 4 pm at

the Waterloo Farm and Dewey School Museums. Throughout the grounds, Log House and Farm House there are docents to narrate the activities in each area amid the decorations common to the GermanVictorian farm setting of the past century. This year the decoration are by Gi Gi’s Florists, and The Evening Primrose Garden Club both of Chelsea and many volunteers. Smells of Christmas cooking will waft from the wood-burning cook stove in the kitchen, and the table will be spread with Christmas treats for the “family”. The Woodshed will be filled with scrumptious baked goods, jellies and jams for you to purchase. The Ice House has the traditional “Greens” to decorate your home inside and out. And don’t forget your Christmas list. The Museum’s “Unique Gift Shop” is brimming with gifts for that special person on your list. Visitors will be treated to hot cider, coffee and cookies. There is a small fee to enter the event.

Stockbridge Community Outreach Does Just That By Julie Glair, Freelance Writer

Reaching Out is just what they have done and what they do best. The Stockbridge Community Outreach packed and delivered 70 baskets of food, including turkeys to families that could use a little help this holiday season. “You would think when times are hard for everyone, donations would be down,” stated Evelyn Kaye, Director of Stockbridge Outreach. “It seems to be just the opposite this year. We have had incredible donations that really made a difference. Many groups and individuals donated and a couple of the biggest ones were Stockbridge High School and Millville Methodist Youth Group. The High School even sorted it all before it came to us!” Their increase in donations, coupled with an increase in volunteer hours to handle the work, made the perfect balance to reach more community members than ever. Now, with Thanksgiving over, it’s

time for the Outreach to focus on Christmas. “We gather items year-round for the families and seniors we help around Christmas time,” said Evelyn Kaye. “We will have over 100 families in our ‘Adopt-a-Family’ program. Originally, we only gave gifts to the children of each family. Then we added the parents. This year some of the community has requested some seniors to buy for, too.” The Stockbridge Outreach is open: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week from 9am – 12noon and 1pm – 3pm. Feel free to call (517) 851-7275 or stop by for information about registering to receive gifts or to adopt a family.

AP MHSAA Division 5/6 Football Honors The MHSAA Football Finals held at Ford Field in Detroit this past weekend concluded the 2009 Michigan High School Football season. As part of Finals week the Associated Press releases their All-State teams. The AP in Michigan is a collection of 10 sports writers from across the state that select All-State teams for Division 1/2, Division 3/4, Division 5/6, and Division 7/8. The divisions are determined by the MHSAA based upon

The Forgotten “Thank You” - Mary Myer by Julie Glair, Freelance Writer

Have you heard the term: “Professional Student”? They are the kind of people that enjoy learning so much that they stay in college for years and years, because they love it. They don’t make money doing it. In fact, it generally costs them money. Keeping that in mind, I believe I have found a “Professional Volunteer”. Her name is Mary Myer and she lives in Stockbridge, Michigan. To say Mary is busy would be an understatement. She is a very active member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Unit 510 in Stockbridge. In fact, Mary and six other women started the Women’s Auxiliary in 2001 and are now ranked first in Michigan for highest membership numbers, currently at 40. She has been an officer with the Legion up to this year (Continued on page 3)

HS enrollment as counted each spring at all high schools in Michigan. This season Stockbridge was honored with two Honorable Mention All-State representatives in Junior Quarterback Jeff O’Brien (above) and Head Coach Jeremy Killinger (inset). Stockbridge High School bounced back from a 1-8 season last year to post a 9-2 record this past season in which they one the first league title in 30 seasons. (see page 4 for more accolades).

Volunteers Needed for December Stewardship Workdays in Southeastern Michigan The Department of Natural Resources today announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship workdays to be held throughout December in southeastern Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Volunteers are needed to cut invasive shrubs in natural areas. This activity will help protect and restore the unique natural areas in southeast Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GOGet Outdoors, get some fresh air and a little bit of exercise between the holidays. Dates, times and locations of the workdays are as follows: -- Saturday, Dec. 5, Island Lake (Continued on page 7)



Mondays - Free Play Group - ages 1-4 from 10-11am 3rd Annual Winter Saturday, December 5th Leslie First Baptist Church, 202 E. Bellevue St. Wonderland as organized by the Stockbridge Area Mondays - Support Group for Taking Off Pounds Chamber of Commerce. Holiday Sales at local business, Sensibly. Weigh in from 5:15-5:45pm at the First free concert, and lighting of the Christmas tree - 10am Baptist Church in Leslie. Meeting from 6:00-6:45pm Dusk Contact Coleen, 589-8145. Saturday, December 5th - The Clothes Closet at Thursdays - Free Play Group - ages 1-3 from 10-11am Gregory Community Church, 126 Church Street, 734- Stockbridge Heritage Elementary Gym, 222 Western 498-2591. Open 10am-12noon. All items free, winter items now available. Ave - Contact Wendy Moncada, 517-372-9411 ext.6. Fridays - Reformers Unanimous Christ Centered Addiction Recovery Program - Jeruel Baptist Church, corner of Neu Rd and M-106. 7:00-9:30pm. “Jesus is the truth, so let the truth make you free.”

Saturday, December 5th - Leslie American Legion Riders will be hosting a Chili Cook-off and Dance. Cook-off will run from Noon - 5:00pm with the Dance to follow from 7:30-Midnight. For more information call 517-589-9122

Bunkerhill 7th Day Adventist First Methodist Church of 3820 Williamston Road, Stockbridge Waterloo Territorial Road, Stockbridge 517-589-0659 (517) 851-7287 Church of Christ 4783 S. M-52 Hwy, Stockbridge First Presbyterian Church 101 S. Center Street, Stockbridge (517) 851-8141 (517) 851-7015 Sunday Bible Study 10:15 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Church Offices Open T-W-F 9am-12 Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 pm Pastor Shannon O’Leary Ministers Bruce Harris and Larrel Whitaker Freedom Community Church “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and Christ Episcopal Church 9900 N. Meridian Road, Pleasant where the Spirit of the Lord, there is Lake freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 Sunday Morning 9:00 Leslie Public Middle School Youth Sunday School 9:00 Cafeteria Phone 517-769-2333 Kimball Road, Leslie, MI Pastor Wes Emmerson Dansville Free Methodist Church 517-676-3222 1340 Mason Street, Dansville Sunday Worship – 10am (517) 623-0365 Pastor Amy Thompson Good Shepherd Mission SS 9:30-10:30 am 5050 E. M-36, Stockbridge Morning Worship 10:30-11:30 (517) 851-9800 Evening Worship 6:00 pm Morning Service 10:30 am Wednesday Prayer meeting 7:00 pm Tuesday Bible Study Parson Billy R. Allen Dansville United Methodist Church Grand River Community Church 1317 Mason Street, Dansville (517) 623-6591 "Where Living Water Flows" (517) 623-6594 2443 Olds Rd, Leslie Worship & Sunday School 9:15 am Pastor Bruce Crockett Pastor Don Fry (517)589-5448 Family Tabernacle Church of God Sunday Worship 10:30 AM 5115 Green Road, Stockbridge Gregory Community Church (517) 851-8327 “A Caring Community” Sunday Worship 10:30 am 126 Church Street, Gregory Wednesday Evening 7:00 pm at (734) 498-2591 Howlett School Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. 126 Webb St, Gregory Rev. Heidi DeMott-Shanes, Pastor Pastor Jeff Howard Highest Praise Worship Center 5107 S. Clinton Street, Stockbridge 950 S. Clinton Road, PO Box 64, (517) 851-7758 Stockbridge Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am (517) 851-7075 Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Sunday Worship 9:15 & 11:00 am Wednesday Family Enrichment Night Discovery Island Sunday 11:00 am 7:00-8:00 pm The best hour of every kids week (0-5) Bishop Jeffrey Lambert Wednesday 5th Dimension Youth Group 6:00 - 8:30pm Pastor Brian Johnson Youth Minister Tim Wheaton Angie Stolarz

First Baptist Church

“Who knew Church could be this FUN?”

Saturday, December 5th & Sunday December 7th Christmas on the Farm at Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum - Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday noon-4pm. Sunday, December 6th - Stockbridge Area Arts Council will sponsor a FREE Christmas concert Barons of Brass - starting at 4:00 pm at the Historic Stockbridge Township hall in downtown Stockbridge. Seating will start at 3:30pm Saturday, December 21st - Sons of the American Legion will be hosting Santa Days at the Leslie American Legion Post located at 422 Woodward Street in Leslie. Children are asked to bring a canned good to be donated to the local food panty. - 11am - 1pm

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

If your church is not listed please let us know! Email December 1, 2009


PAGE 3 - THE WEEKLY PRIDE Thank you (Continued from page 1)

since its inception. The women have just gathered and purchased food and toiletries for 100 boxes being shipped overseas to our military personnel. She also helps with Bingo at the Legion Hall once or twice a month. Soon, the women will put on their annual “Gift Wrapping Party” for the area Girl Scout troops to wrap their gifts for the Adopt-a-Family gift giving program. Mary also spends a lot of time at the Stockbridge Community Outreach and has been the Volunteer Coordinator since 2003. “It brought tears to my eyes when I walked in and saw all the food that had been donated to the Outreach just before Thanksgiving. It was great to be able to put together so many Thanksgiving baskets for area families,” explained Mary. She has been on the Board of Directors for the last two years and commented, “Our volunteers are terrific and very generous with their time in getting things done. We are all thrilled with some of the recent changes to the Outreach building. Many improvements have been made and things are much brighter, safer and more pleasant.” Mary is a member of the United Methodist Church in Stockbridge and is the Chairman of the Pastor Parish. She is also the V.P. of the United Methodist Women and for 4+ years has been singing with their Praise Band. Mary is part of the Initiative Team at the church that puts together the annual Talent Show and Auction and she also helps handle the kitchen during events at the church. In addition to her singing, Mary plays the dulcimer and belongs to a Mountain Dulcimer group. She and her daughter DJ at weddings and other events in the area. Mary uses her love of quilting to help others, too. She is part of a group named “Crazy Quilters” that sew lap quilts for the Great Lakes Hospice of Jackson to give to their patients. The Waterloo Needlework Club is another group she is involved with that make quilts for patients at the VA Hospital and Allegiance Pediatric Department. Mary also holds the Second V.P. position in the Needlework Club. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mary

grew up in Arkansas due to a family move to accommodate her fathers work. She recalls her parents were both involved in music and her mother active in many groups in there community. Many years later they returned to Ann Arbor when her father bought a couple of farms in Hillsdale and Stockbridge. Mary attended Albion College where she prepared for her career in criminal justice. In 1970, Mary became one of the first four women to be employed by the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department and sworn in as full fledge deputies on the road. She served there for seven years until a health issue forced a career change. Real estate was Mary’s second career. For 17 years she managed low-income housing which gave her a close up look at the needs of many people. “I want to make things OK,” she explained. “I want to be there for people and I like making people happy!” Mary explained that she learned through the unfortunate passing of her previous husband that “you have to live so you know you lived”. She also discovered she has a gift of helping others deal with death. Because of this, Mary will often spend time with and comfort people with terminal illness. Mary enjoys living in Stockbridge and feels they put on a lot of great community events there, especially for a small town. She lives there with her husband of four years, Bud Myer. She has three grown children and Bud has two. Collectively they have the privilege of enjoying twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mary and Bud enjoy an annual trip to the warmer Florida weather. “We really enjoy sightseeing and try to find something new to see each year. We also get to spend time around loved ones,” Mary explained. “It’s really great!” Well Mary Myer, for the trails you have blazed, the lives touched, the hands held, and the blessings bestowed…. ….I thank you for all you do, for all of us! If you know someone deserving of a Forgotten “Thank You”, please email me at: GOT NEWS? We want to hear from you! Send us your community news at

If you need more information or have any questions, you may email me at RJSmithagent@AOL.comor call 888-333-3721, ext 2117, cell 734-4696420

SELF FUND OR NOT SELF FUND LONG TERM CARE The American Association for LongTerm Care Insurance has recently reported the two largest open claims for LTC have each surpassed $1 million. According to their director, Jesse Slome, there are two crucial points involved. 1.) Self-funding is not really an option for most people. 2.) Million dollar claims can strike at any time. Most people will read this and feel the company must have paid out claims for 50 years to reach that level. In reality, here are the numbers to date and counting: A.) Over $1.2 million in claims. A woman invested in her program at age 43, annual premium of $1,800 for three years when her claim started. She has received benefits for 12 years. B.) $1.02 million in claims. A woman invested in her program at age 72, annual premium of $12,766 for three years when her claim began. She has received benefits for nine years. As you can see, the younger and healthier you are the less the premium for a program like this is. According to Slome and AALTCI there were 180,000 Americans receiving $8.5 million in LTC benefits from their programs in 2008. Most people think they can self fund their long-term care. Most people can’t afford a $1 million plus bill for care. The Post Hospital Care lotto is not something you want to win but the peace of mind that you have a program in place to protect you can sure pay off. For thousands of people every year it increasingly is paying off. In 2008, over 1/3 of programs written were for people ages 45 to 54 with a daily benefit amount of $100 to $149 and over 2/3 of all programs written carried inflation protection to guard against annual increases in the cost of care. Please call me today to discuss your insurance needs.

Contact Info: The Weekly Pride

CHECK OUT THESE RATES! GIVE US A SHOT! Advertising Rates (Display)


PO Box 595 Stockbridge, MI 49285 Phone/Fax - 888-318-1766

Black & White

Jeremy Killinger - Owner/Publisher

Full Color


Business Card



2 col. x 2”

1/8 Page



2 col. x 4”

1/4 Page



2 col. x 8”

1/2 Page



4 col. x 8”

Full Page



4 col. x 16” Advertising Inquiries Editor Mail Sports Reports and Information Subscription Requests

Contract Discounts 4 Week Contract

Save 10%

13 Week Contract

Save 15%

26 Week Contract

Save 20%

52 Week Contract

Save 25%

December 1, 2009

Advertise with Us! We offer the most competitive rates around! Check us out!

DANSVILLE ALL AGES Animals in Winter Saturday, Dec. 5, 2-3 pm Join us for this special live animal program presented by the Potter Park Zoo. Unlike us, animals cannot relax in a heated home or office in the winter. But you will be amazed by their physiological and behavioral adaptations such as coat changes, hibernation and migration. Registration required; call (517) 623-6511. Holiday Open House Wednesday, Dec. 16, 6:30-7:30 pm Enjoy live music by members of the Mason Orchestral Society and refreshments. CHILDREN Movers & Readers Storytime (Ages 1-3), Tuesdays, Dec. 1, 8 & 15, 10:30 am Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5) Thursdays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17, 10:30 am Stories and crafts Family Storytime Saturday, Dec. 5, 10:30 am Enjoy stories, crafts, singing and dancing, with a new theme each month. This month: Snow! Pizza & Pages Book Discussion Group (Ages 8-13) Monday, Dec. 7 , 6 pm We’ll talk about books we’ve recently read and enjoy a pizza dinner. ADULTS Book Discussion Tuesday, Dec. 15, 6:30 pm Dewey: The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron Beginning Crochet (Ages 12 & up) Tuesday, Dec. 15, 3:30-5:30 pm Learn to crochet by making an easy but colorful potholder! Registration required by calling (517)623-6511. LESLIE ALL AGES Holiday Open House Monday, Dec. 14, 2–8 pm Drop in for fellowship and refreshments. Harpist Veanna Bordeaux will perform from 6-8 pm. Reindeer Visit Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2:30–4 pm Meet Santa’s reindeer outside and enjoy refreshments and crafts inside. CHILDREN Drop-in Christmas Crafts Thursday, Dec. 17-Saturday, Dec. 19 Drop in during open hours to make a holiday craft. ADULTS Adult Book Discussion Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1 pm The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank Sit ‘n Knit: Hugs for Hospice Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, 6–8 pm Sit and knit or crochet projects for Heartland/ Hospice patients. Volunteers always welcome STOCKBRIDGE ALL AGES Holiday Open House Sunday, Dec. 6, 1-3 pm Make a Christmas card with Colleen Redfield and listen to live jazz from the Debbie Fogell Quartet. Partially sponsored by the Friends of the Stockbridge Branch Library. Refreshments provided by the Red Sky Coffeehouse. Live at the Library: The Manchester Community Brass Band Monday, Dec. 14, 7-8 pm This 7-piece band composed of trumpets, trombones, F Horn and Tuba will perform “Silver and Gold (and a bit of Brass) for Christmas,” an eclectic mix of sacred and secular Christmas and holiday music dating from the 17th century to contemporary tunes. Part of the library’s ongoing Live at the Library music program. TEENS & TWEENS Teen Book Discussion Group Thursday, Dec. 17, 2:30 pm ADULTS Seniors Outreach Friday, Dec. 4, 12 noon Books will be made available for checkout at the seniors’ luncheon in the Town Hall.



Stockbridge Football Team Reaps Rewards

The Stockbridge HS football team celebrated one of it’s most prolific seasons in school history this year as they completed a 9-2 campaign. This past week the AP released it’s All -State teams for Michigan High School teams by division. The Michigan AP list is made up of 10 Michigan sports writer’s. Stockbridge Junior Jeff O’Brien was named Honorable Mention All-State Quarterback. O’Brien passed for 1451 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1246 yards and 16 touchdowns. Stockbridge Head Coach Jeremy Killinger was named Honorable Mention All-State Coach as well. Stockbridge was well represented at the conference level as they earned 8 first team, 3 second team, and 1 honorable mention nod in this years SMAA. The Panthers completed the league schedule with a perfect 5-0 record. Jeff O’Brien-QB, Jeff Showerman-C, RJ Marshall-WR, Dominic Busen-DE,

Brad Kot-LB, Jacob Pace-Utility, and Dustin Noll-LB&K (the leagues only 2way first teamer) were honored. Nick Hoard-DE, Cody Fuller-DL, and Phil Balkus-DL were 2nd Team SMAA honorees, and Ryan Thiffault-WR was named honorable mention. The Panthers tied the record for most wins in a season with 9 (1978 and 2003) and qualified for the MHSAA playoffs for only the 4th time in school history, winning only their second playoff game ever in a 13-6 victory over Onsted in the first round of this season playoffs. Stockbridge also set a school record for offensive production, scoring 349 points on the season, eclipsing the 291 they scored in 2004. As a side note the Panthers only two losses this season came to MHSAA State Finalist Hudson and Lumen Christi. Lumen Christi, who knocked the Panthers out of the playoffs, won the Division 5 State Title.

DNR's E-Gift Certificates Make Great Holiday Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts New this holiday season, the Department of Natural Resources is offering online shoppers the opportunity to purchase DNR e-gift certificates. Available at, the e-gift certificates are redeemable for hunting and fishing licenses or snowmobile and off-road vehicle trail stickers. "If you're looking for the perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer for the outdoor enthusiast on your list, you can't go wrong with a DNR e-gift certificates," said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries. "Whether they're into hunting, fishing or snowmobiling, recipients will appreciate the convenience of being just a few clicks away from heading out into the field or forest." DNR e-gift certificates are available in $15, $30 and $50 increments, and can be used only to purchase licenses online.

They cannot be redeemed at retailers or DNR offices. Purchasers will receive an electronic certificate to print out and give to the recipient, who then may redeem it online at If the recipient does not want to redeem the entire amount at once, the E-License system will track the remaining balance. The E-License site accepts Visa, Mastercard and Discover. A valid Michigan driver's license, Michigan identification card or DNR Sportcard is required to purchase a license. "With the purchase of an e-gift certificate, you're also giving a gift to all Michigan residents by supporting the conservation of natural resources in our state," said Humphries. "The revenue from these sales supports the DNR's ongoing efforts to provide exceptional outdoor opportunities in Michigan."

Real Estate Corner With Sandy Goetz, Realtor ® Greg Uihlein, Realtor ®

Mortgage Time Strong demand for the Treasury auctions, low inflation, and a Cautious economy were all positive for mortgage markets. As a result, mortgage rates dropped to the lowest levels since January. The consensus economic outlook is for a gradual recovery with low inflation, and the economic data released during the week was consistent with this view. Economic growth during the third quarter of the year was revised lower, but both the Fed and private economists raised their forecasts for future growth. This week's economic reports indicated that some sectors of the economy are improving, such as the housing market (see below), while others reflected weakness. Wednesday's data on Core PCE prices continued to show little inflationary pressure, which allows the Fed to keep rates low to assist the economic recovery. This week's home sales data far exceeded expectations across the board. October Existing Home Sales jumped 10% from September. Inventories of unsold existing homes dropped to a 7.0-

month supply, the lowest level since February 2007. October New Home Sales rose 6%, and inventories of new homes declined to the lowest level in decades. Extremely low mortgage rates, high affordability levels, and the firsttime homebuyer tax credit boosted sales in October. This information is a lot to be thankful for. Many folks ask us how we think things are doing in the real estate market, lately the answer is easier to convey. As we get into the Christmas shopping season and we monitor the consumer confidence the surprise will be in the relation of all the things mentioned in this article. Growth is dictated by the consumer. Whether it is buying toys or houses, it’s all up to us. Have a great week. Source of information “Mortgage Time”. If you need more information or have any questions, you can email us at, or call us at Reinhart Realtors, 734-475-9600.

Sports Enthusiasts - HELP! We would like to remind everyone that we endeavor to report on all local athletics. This includes all events from elementary through high school and beyond. If you have a sports report, photo, or score that you would like to submit for publication please email us at and we will get it in our paper.

Visit - for our online edition!

Area Sporting Events For The Week of December 1 - December 8 STOCKBRIDGE


Tuesday - 12/1 JV Girls Basketball @ Corunna - 6:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball @ Corunna - 7:30pm Wednesday - 12/2 MS Boys Basketball @ Leslie - 4:30pm HS Wrestling @ Michigan Center - 5:30pm Thursday - 12/3 No Events Friday - 12/4 JV Girls Basketball vs. Onsted - 6:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Onsted - 7:30pm Saturday - 12/5 HS Wrestling @ Corunna Invitational - 10:00am Monday - 12/7 No Events Tuesday - 12/8 Boys Freshmen Basketball @ Corunna - 4:30pm HS Wrestling @ East Jackson - 6:00pm JV Girls Basketball vs. Chelsea - 6:00pm JV Boys Basketball @ Corunna - 6:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Chelsea - 7:30pm Varsity Boys Basketball @ Corunna - 7:30pm

Tuesday - 12/1 JV Girls Basketball @ Webberville - 6:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball @ Webberville - 7:30pm Wednesday - 12/2 MS Volleyball @ Pewamo-Westphalia - 5:00pm HS Wrestling @ Williamston - 6:00pm Thursday - 12/3 No Events Friday - 12/4 JV Girls Basketball @ Pewamo-Westphalia - 6:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball @ Pewamo-Westphalia - 6:00pm Saturday - 12/5 HS Wrestling @ Haslett - 9:00am Monday - 12/7 MS Volleyball vs. Fowler - 5:00pm Tuesday - 12/8 JV Boys Basketball @ Webberville - 6:00pm Varsity Boys Basketball @ Webberville - 7:30pm

LESLIE Tuesday - 12/1 JV Girls Basketball @ Saranac - 6:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball @ Saranac - 7:30pm Wednesday - 12/2 MS boys Basketball vs. Stockbridge - 4:30pm HS Wrestling @ Hudson - TBA Thursday - 12/3 No Events Friday - 12/4 No Events Saturday - 12/5 HS Wrestling @ Springport - 9:30am Varsity Competitive Cheer @ Plainwell - 10:00am Monday - 12/7 MS Boys Basketball vs. Lansing Christian - 4:30pm Tuesday - 12/8 Boys Freshmen Basketball @ Potterville - 4:30pm JV Girls Basketball @ Vandercook Lake - 6:00pm JV Boys Basketball @ Potterville - 6:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball @ Vandercook Lake - 7:30pm Varsity Boys Basketball @ Potterville - 7:30pm is your contact for reporting all your sports results! Send us your news. December 1, 2009



BackStreet Steakhouse and Seafood is now on Facebook. Become a fan and receive the latest specials.

114 N. Center Street, Stockbridge - 517-851-7785

Stop by during Winter Wonderland on 12/5. Mention this ad and receive a free fountain drink with any lunch or dinner entrée purchase.

We will also have Dearborn brand hams available for purchase for your holiday dinners. Kitchen Hours Mon - Thurs - 7am - 9pm Fri - Sat - 7am - 10pm

Sunday 7am - 8pm Medina’s Mexican Cuisine Monday 11-5

Visit for more information. “A Simple Lifestyle with Nelva Jean” Hello everybody, it’s that time, all is well here and loving life. Winter is here, and if you’ve lived in Michigan very long and talked to many people, winter is not their cup of tea. It’s not really mine either, but I choose to enjoy it anyway. In my November article I wrote about being more accepting, and learning the art of accepting change, and I am. Today I’ll share with you my point of view of coming into the winter months and enjoying Christmas. This transformation, this acceptance includes every aspect of life. I came out of years of being depressed and wanting to experience real happiness and did not. Up to that point it was elusive, it was always out of my reach. I couldn’t find love; I didn’t even know what I was looking for. Maybe you understand, and you live your life out of lack. Well it doesn’t have to be that way, you can let it go and choose to believe. For many years of my life winter and Christmas was a time of depression. Like most people, I liked the first snow so the beginning was ok, but as we moved into January I felt like it was going to be too much and it would hang around too long and I would become more depressed. For me Christmas was a time to overspend, and it seems like I never had enough money, never got what I wanted, I experienced feelings of unworthiness, not fitting in, covering up the pain of being wounded, like I’ve got it altogether, and I got tired of trying to fit into my idea of who I should be. I have come to know that people, are not here to make me happy! Keep in mind most of what I December 1, 2009

experienced was what I had come to believe about myself and others. Because I was hurt, I was blaming the world for all of my pain. My fear was that this wounded little girl would come out of this adult woman and she would have a horrible tantrum in front of God and every one, and you may not be able to handle it. So I carefully kept my guard up. I wanted so much to be nice, and treat you with kindness, and I did pretty well for a while. But honestly the holidays were depressing for me. I felt like there was pressure inside me driving me to act out bad behavior in word or deed. At the time I didn’t know I could take captive every thought, if it was not from God. I’ve had a lot of relationship issues. I knew my life was out of control, I was hurt and so I labeled life as being a cheap trip!!! Life is bittersweet. That’s how it is; it’s part of the journey. I know this now but this might be your first time hearing it! The good news is we don’t have to stay stuck. We can all choose to believe different about the finished work of Jesus Christ. The bill has been paid; we don’t have to give Satan anymore of our life. We all can be victorious, and enjoy our moments. This is what it means to be an over comer! Healing only comes to us when we’re willing to seek his face, and become responsible to love Him, self and everyone else. The good news is Jehovah is my provider, and has interrupted my thinking with his truth, his point of view. I don’t

know about you but God said we can enjoy life, so it’s up to you and me. I choose to believe it! All you and I have is right now, and that’s all we need. We all need a heart change. I had to stop trying to figure it all out. I don’t have the ability to figure it all out anyway. I couldn’t trust anymore. I’ve had lots of fears of being with people, and I lived in a continued state of being ornery. But thanks be to God I’m no longer this way, I have accepted the grace of God I said yes to His peace, love, joy, and rest. Everyone around me is happy about this transformation also. You and I can stop sabotaging our life. We can stop blaming and accept responsibility for where our decisions have taken us. We can let go of the lie we’ve held onto of being afraid of being whole. We’ve been duped!!! But there is a condition none of us know what being whole looks and feels like apart from an active relationship with Jesus Christ. In my search for happiness, apart from Christ I became more self centered, and so will you. Everything we’ve experienced in our search for real love up until now is a copy, it’s not pure. God is not twisted, that would be our crazy thinking. This is why we need a Savior, to save us from anything we need to be saved from. All God has ever wanted is to have a relationship with you and me and to take the limits off too experience a peace, love and joy we’ve not known. To experience an intimacy we’ve never had. So let’s remember, Christmas is only one day of the year, but you and I can experience love every day, and having no lack emotionally. So we do have control, and can enjoy our day.

If you would like you can contact me at Until next time enjoy the clean humor! Grandmother and granddaughter, a very precocious ten-year-old was spending the evening together when the little girl suddenly looked up and asked, “How old are you, Grandma?” The woman was a bit startled at the question, but knowing her granddaughter’s quick little mind, she wasn’t completely shocked. “Well, honey, when you’re my age you don’t share your age with anybody.” “Aw, go ahead, Grandma….. You can trust me.” “No, dear, I never tell anyone my age.” Grandmother got busy fixing supper and then she suddenly realized the little darling had been absent for about twenty minutes—much too long! She checked around upstairs in her bedroom and found that her granddaughter had dumped the contents of her grandmother’s purse on top of her bed and was sitting in the midst of the mess, holding her grandmother’s driver’s license. When their eyes met, the child announced: “Grandma, you’re seventy— six.” “Why yes, I am. How did you know that?” “I found the date of your birthday here on your driver’s license and subtracted that year from this year, so you’re seventy—six!” “That’s right, sweetheart. Your grandmother is seventy—six.” The little girl continued staring at the driver’s license and added “you also made an F in sex, Grandma.” Laugh Again - Charles Swindoll 888-318-1766


Do You See What I See?

And from those thoughts I progressed to this one: if we don’t know how food tastes from one person to another, then how do we know if we all see the same thing? Let me explain. When we are taught our colors, people point to the grass and tell us it is green, because that is how everyone has been taught. The sky is blue, the grass is green, and clouds are white and so on. But how do you know that what I see as “green” is the same color that you see? Maybe we are all telling each other the grass is “green”, but what I see as “green” you might see as “blue”, but call it “green” because that is how we are taught. Can we attribute that to some people not being able to match colors? I know one woman who wears hot pink and purple together. A lot. (Even Himself can cringe whenever he is privy to it.)

By Corinda Hackworth

I was looking through a web page of fun facts (if you can believe it) and came across one that I found vey intriguing. While some people have as many as 500 taste buds per square centimeter, others have as few as five per square centimeter. Which made me wonder if the things I taste the same to you? Is that why some of us can eat tripe (cow stomach) or brains

and pronounce it to be delicious? (I’m not one, however.) Does cake taste the same to me as it does to you? My Grampa says of my Gramma (fondly, I think) that she would eat garbage if it was served to her on a plate. (Yeah, it’s mean, but I still laughed.) Does this mean she has an over abundance of taste buds and can savor each flavor individually? Or does it mean she is one of the people that only has a few taste buds per square inch and can’t taste much at all? Is that why some of us can smell cookies baking and politely refuse and some of us will resort to violence to get one tiny morsel? (No one got hurt, I swear!) Maybe that could be a reason some of us have such a hard time with our weight and others don’t have to worry about it.

To that end, maybe the way I perceive things is not the same way you do. We all point to our eyes and call them eyes. But maybe the construct of faces is not the same way you see them. Maybe you have “ears” where your “eyes” should be, but it is “normal” to you because you assume it is the same thing that I see. Honestly, the more I thought about these things the weirder and more whacked out I felt. So I turned to Himself for self-assuredness. “Yeah, I know,” he agreed. “Everyone’s thought about it.” Good, I breathed a sigh of relief. “But it sounds like you’ve thought about it a little more in depth than most,” he offered. Really, I thought dryly. Then when I began doubting my sanity, another thought popped into my already overwracked brain. I remember in high school English class that someone suggested they’d heard that what

we dream is real and what is “real life” is actually a dream. Okay, that kid really liked to smoke pot-a lot-and was usually stoned (and I had the biggest secret crush on him all through high school, but that’s not why). But what if that is true, too? How do we know what is real and what’s not? And for that matter, who are we to decide what is construe what is “normal” and what isn’t? Society makes rules for us to adhere to and when we don’t (or won’t, like Himself) we slap the label “abnormal” on them. (I read somewhere that “normal” is just a setting on a washing machine.) While I don’t have any answers to these questions, I do know this: whenever I hear the Christmas Carol, “Do You See What I See?” this holiday season, I’ll definitely be singing it with renewed gusto and appreciation for a deeper meaning. If you know what I mean.

Kim & Company Visit Us During Our

Salon & Wellness Spa Saturday, Annual Holiday Open House December 5th There’s no place like Stockbridge for this holiday season!

Shop in our town

Receive a makeup lesson with an Aveda expert and learn the latest trends & techniques to update your look with Aveda Makeup. *Requires a $10 reservation fee that is redeemable in makeup purchases. Space is limited.

Call Today for an Appointment 10% OFF (517) 851-7062

20% OFF Retail Purchase (excludes Aveda holiday gift sets)


Gift Certificate Purchases

Register NOW to Win a Holiday Gift Basket ×Refreshments Drawing at 3pm ×Hourly Drawings ×Complimentary Chair Massage

Visit our web site for specials:

124 E. Main Street Stockbridge, MI 49285 517 851-7062

Support your Community this Holiday Season by Shopping Locally! In Home PC Repair and Website Design

Jody King (517) 414-1892 Email: 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.

6 8

9 4 8





1 5

December 1, 2009


7 4


6 3





2 7

5 3

4 9


4 4


8 7













9 6

9 7

4 8


6 2

6 5 8 2 9 7 1 4 3

7 1 3 4 6 5 9 8 2

9 2 4 8 1 3 5 7 6

5 3 7 1 4 8 6 2 9

4 9 2 7 3 6 8 1 5

1 8 6 9 5 2 7 3 4

3 7 9 5 2 1 4 6 8

2 4 1 6 8 9 3 5 7

8 6 5 3 7 4 2 9 1

7 5 3 6 8 2 4 9 1

2 8 9 1 4 3 5 7 6

4 6 1 7 9 5 2 3 8

8 1 7 5 2 4 9 6 3

5 4 6 9 3 7 8 1 2

3 9 2 8 6 1 7 4 5

9 7 5 3 1 8 6 2 4

1 2 8 4 7 6 3 5 9

6 3 4 2 5 9 1 8 7



The Classifieds We offer the lowest rates around! Email - or call - 888-318-1766 to place a listing. Rates are $5 for the first 25 words and $0.10 per word thereafter. Add $1 to get your ad stylized with bold letters and fancy boxes!

For Sale


SKS Semi-Auto Rifle & Shells $300.00


Mathews Solo-Cam Bow $200.00 9” Ford Rear End - Complete $150.00 300 cu in, Ford, 6 cyl Head (Jasper recon) $100.00 Performance 351 M Intake & High Energy comp cpm - New in box $200.00

Call 517-851-4102 for information


Fall Clean-Up Storm Damage/Insurance Work Gutter Cleaning Tree Trimming, Cutting, Planting Landscaping Plumbing Electrical Carpentry Mel & Chris - 734-389-3880 (Members of BBB)

880 S. Grand Ave, Fowlerville, MI 48836 Sales: (517) 219-4082 Service: (517) 219-4102

Contact Certified Sales Person Kellie Morland

Guitar and Banjo Lessons - Individual or groups. Call Vic 517-589-9933 Transmission repair start at $495. Check out low prices on transaxles and overdrives. 30 years experience. Free towing. Phone Pierce Auto 517-6236277 Buying disabled cars and trucks. 1998 and newer. Will pay up to $1000. Free Towing. Phone Pierce Auto 517-6236277

Daycare/preschool – Offering before and after school, all day, and part-time care. Located in Northwest School District. Licensed, food program, and teacher schedule offered.

Call for an appointment. 517-499-7043.

1997 Ford Taurus Wagon Red, Leather, Roof, Loaded, 95K miles


2005 Checy Silverado Ext. Cab LT, Red, 4x4, Power Pkg., 102K miles


2010 CAMARO’S IN STOCK! *Payments & prices quoted after GMS and Manufacturer's rebate and GM Loyalty. *PRICE includes destination charges, subject to pre-sale, just ad 6% sales tax, dealer retains all rebates and/or incentives. **Special APR on selected vehicles only, with approved credit. Customers may not be eligible for all rebates. All prices and payments plus taxes, and state fees. See dealer for details. Vehicles may not be exactly as pictured. Used for advertising purposes only. *See dealer for details. 39 month lease, 10,000 mile per year with approved credit.

DNR Workday (Continued from page 1)

Recreation Area (Livingston Co.), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Sunday, Dec. 6, Brighton Recreation Area (Livingston Co.), 1 to 4 p.m. -- Saturday, Dec. 12, Bald Mountain Recreation Area (Oakland Co.), 9 a.m. to noon -- Saturday, Dec. 12, Highland Recreation Area (Oakland Co.), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Sunday, Dec. 13, Pinckney Recreation Area (Washtenaw Co.), 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers should dress appropriately for winter, outdoor work, including long pants, boots, gloves and drinking water. For information about the specific tasks at each location and to obtain directions, visit the DNR Web site at and link to the Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays. All volunteers are asked to register using the form available on the Web site. Any questions should be directed to Laurel MalvitzDraper at or (248) 359-9057.

Notices Elvis Tribute Show

Starring Matt King Saturday, December 12th, 2009.

Leslie American Legion, 422 Woodward St. Leslie Show starts at 7:00pm doors open at 6pm. Tickets $20/ Adult, $10/kids 12 and under.

For ticket information call 517-676-1721. Forest & Land Management Buyer of Standing Timber For a Free No-Obligation Estimate of Your Timbers Value, Please Call (517) 243-4996

to help keep you and your family safe this season. One of the things I enjoy least about winter is having to wake up a bit earlier each morning in order to scrape the frost and snow off my windshield. However, it is vitally important that this be done to all of your windows before you set State off for your destination. Representative Spending an extra minute or two in the cold making sure your windows are clear of ice and The following is an editorial written by State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). If you snow is far more preferable than getting have questions about this commentary, please into an accident. Remember, "peephole" contact Rep. Byrum's office by calling (517) 373driving is unsafe at any speed. 0587. When you get out onto the road, err on We had a nice run of warm weather the side of caution – even if the road these past few weeks, but with the holiday season now upon us, the snow looks clear, winter temperatures can and the cold will not be far behind. With create black or glare ice, which is nearly winter weather on its way, I wanted to transparent and can cause you to lose remind you of some important safety tips control of your car. At very low

Capitol Notes

Barb Byrum

December 1, 2009



Blues Medicare Sales Presentation Due to demand, Jon Fillmore, Authorized Independent Agent, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, will have another sales presentation with overview and help with enrollment of BCBSM and BCN Medicare Advantage plans. Tues 12/1/09 and Thur 12/3/09 Heritage Elementary Art Room; 7PM. Contact Abbott & Fillmore – 517-8517777 to register. You may also set appointment to have Jon enroll you electronically at his office.

TO ABBOTT & FILLMORE AGENCY CUSTOMERS: Please stop in the office and pick up your 2010 calendar. Thank you.

ATTENTION SENIORS Medicare Plus Blue SM and BCN Advantage Open Enrollment is 11/15 to 12/31/09 Contact Jon Fillmore, Authorized Independent Agent, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan at Abbott & Fillmore – 851-7777 as soon as possible so you don’t miss the deadline. temperatures, salt on the roads becomes ineffective, as the melting rate slows and the refreezing process of the ice accelerates, so be mindful even on heavily salted roads. In cases of high winds, slow your speed. Blowing snow can impair your vision and create hazardous road conditions by packing snow on top of even heavily salted roads. Ice will pack down on top of the salt, diluting its effectiveness and creating unsafe driving conditions. In high traffic conditions, be even more careful than usual of maintaining a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you, as icy roads increase the time it takes to stop your car. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds residents that Michigan's basic speed law requires motorists to follow a "careful and prudent" speed in all conditions, which will allow them to safely stop their vehicle even in heavy traffic. This may be

NEED CHRISTMAS MONEY? Call Abbott & Fillmore Agency, Inc. at 517-851-7777 to have us give you a quote on your home and auto insurance. We are finding that we are saving a lot of people hundreds of dollars (some over $1000) and improving their coverage at the same time! We can compare companies for you including AAA, Auto-Owners, Allstate, Progressive, Fremont and more without you having to call 6 different places! Call us or go to our website at: much lower than the posted speed. MDOT also reminds residents to: • Always wear your safety belt and ensure that children are properly buckled up. • Be cautious of bridges and overpasses, which may be icy when approaching pavement that is clear and dry. • Do not talk or text on your cell phone while driving. • Accelerate and brake slowly, and avoid abrupt steering. • Do not pump anti-lock brakes. SLOW DOWN when visibility is low or road conditions are poor. Winter is a beautiful time here in Michigan, and with these winter driving tips, we can ensure that it is a safe and happy time, as well.



3rd Annual Winter Wonderland Organized by the Stockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce

Lighting of the Tree on the Town Square at Dusk

Shelly Rutledge-Walker, D.V.M. 214 S. Center St. PO Box 758, Stockbridge


Christmas Concert in the Town Hall Starring The Barons of Brass, Sunday, December 6th at 4pm






Stockbridge Area Arts Council


Help us help others this holiday season

Support Angel Food Ministries!





December 1, 2009

Housecall services available. Call us for details.

Sponsored by the

For every appointment seen between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a donation will be made to Angel Food Ministries to help struggling families right here in midMichigan.

Please call for an appointment today! "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve..." Mark 10:45 An additional way that people can support Angel Food Ministries is by purchasing an ornament at the clinic to decorate for 3.00 to honor their pet or in memory of their pet. The entire purchase price of the ornament will go to Angel Food ministries.


Volume 2, Issue 15  

The Weekly Pride Volume 2, Issue 15d