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PO Box 595, Stockbridge, MI 49285

Volume 2, Issue 16

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Waterloo Area Historical Society Hosts Event

The Waterloo Farm Museum continued its excellent programming this past weekend as it hosted a “Victorian Christmas” event. This local attraction is a gem when it comes to hosting family

oriented events. You can visit their website at for more information on upcoming events. (Photos by Frazzini Photography


Published Weekly

Local Student Top 5 in the Nation Local Stockbridge resident, Marissa Klimkiewicz, a senior at Stockbridge High School, had qualified this past summer with her horse FRF Backtalk for a spot in the Grand National and World Championship Morgan horse Show in Oklahoma this past October. This has been her goal for the past three years. She had competed with top riders from all over the United States. Marissa has been training for the past three years under the supervision of Terry Thorpe, also from Stockbridge. She qualified and competed in Hunter Seat on the Flat Equitation 16, Hunter Seat on the Flat Senior Equitation, Hunter Seat on the Flat Gold Medal Preliminary, Hunter Seat on the Flat Gold Medal Finals, and Fitting and Showmanship. Marissa also participated in the judging contests this Marissa walks her horse, FRF Backtalk, on the trail. summer locally and in Oklahoma. This consisted of written Morgan Hunter Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor exams, oral presentations, reasons Division. She will be attending the division, horsemanship patterns, and MHSA banquet this December in judging an In-Hand Division and Frankenmuth for her performance this Performance Division class. past season. She continues her training Marissa and her horse FRF Backtalk this winter in hopes of doing well in both won recognition in 2009 through the hunt seat and western for the next show MHSA (Michigan Horse Show season. Congratulations on achieving Association) for the champion in the your long-term goal!

The Forgotten “Thank You” - Corey Baird

The EXPLORE Test by Julie Glair, Freelance Writer

by Alex Nofsinger, Student Writer

To most, placing a cardboard box in a school hallway labeled “Give to Community Outreach” would be enough. However, to Corey Baird it looked like a huge learning opportunity that shouldn’t and just couldn’t be passed up! Corey is a History Teacher at Stockbridge High School where he took his proposal to School Administrators seven years ago for a new “Leadership” class for juniors and seniors. “The teenagers have such potential!” explained Baird. “They just need to learn self-awareness, really find-out what they are capable of doing. This class helps them do that as well as learning to evaluate others for strengths and weaknesses; learn about goal setting; problem solving; budgeting; making resumes and portfolios; and learning about mass communications.” One of the tools Corey uses are service projects within the school or community, mainly chosen by the students. The Thanksgiving food drive for the Stockbridge Community Outreach is one of those projects. It is presented as a competition and uses the skills Baird listed above. This year was one of the most successful food drives and the Outreach and those they helped were extremely grateful. Corey started working at Stockbridge High in 2000. He is an Advisor to the Student Counsel and the Chairman of the Social Studies Department. He and his family have been members of First Baptist Church

“These are a bright group of students”, Stockbridge Middle School counselor Dennis Petsch commented on the 8th graders taking the EXPLORE test in September and recently receiving the results. The Stockbridge Middle School tested very high among other schools in science which made Dennis Petsch confident and proud of the class of 2014 that took the test and that will be moving on to high school. The EXPLORE test is just the first of three major test students take throughout their careers, the other two being the PLAN in 10th grade and the ACT in 11th grade and beyond. The EXPLORE test combines regular testing in the three major subjects (math, science, and English) and a section that finds the personal interest of the student. The two are combined to get a composite score on a scale of 1-25 that tells people where the student is in the educational system. The results of the EXPLORE test were given back this previous week to 8th graders at Stockbridge Middle School telling them where they are at in life, and what the future holds for them. Mr. Petsch will go online to career cruising websites with students to further educate them on future careers opportunities.

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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. 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 12th - Holiday Homes Tour Sponsored by the Stockbridge Garden Club - Advance Tickets, $8, available at Stockbridge Pharmacy, The Sun Times, and Kim & Company - 2:00pm-6:00pm Monday, December 14th - Panther Cubs PTO Meeting - Heritage Elementary Art Room - 4:00pm Monday, December 14th - Stockbridge Athletic Boosters Meeting - Stockbridge High School Library 6:00pm Monday, December 14th - Stockbridge Board of Education Meeting - Smith Elementary Extended Learning Center - 7:00pm Monday, December 14th - Leslie Board of Education Meeting Leslie HS Board Room - 7:00pm

Tuesday, December 15th - Cub Scout Meeting(3rd Tuesday of each month) - Smith Elementary Cafeteria, Boys Grades 1-5 - 6:30pm Saturday, December 19th - Millville United Methodist Church Pizza & Movie Night - pizza @ 6:00pm (donation requested), movie to follow @ 6:30pm (“Christmas Child” by Max Lucado) in the sanctuary. Located at 1932 North M-52, 5 miles north of Stockbridge. For more info call the church @ 517-8517852. Monday, 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

Stockbridge High School Honor Roll STOCKBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL ALL “A” HONOR ROLL 1ST NINE WEEK MARKING PERIOD 12TH GRADE Emily Armstrong, Brooklyn Baldridge, Crystal Biddix, Sean Boyce, Justine Campbell, Zachary Fallot, Tyler Graustein, Danielle Hart, Meoshako Jones, Sarah Kalmbach, Nicole Kelly, Bradley Kot, Cassandra Lance, Robin Lange, Robert Marshall, John Mullins, Ashley Noffsinger, Megan Okorowski, Bram Ritsema, Kelsey Sawyer, Sarah Schaeffer, Jeffrey Showerman, Chad Snyder, Joseph Summers, Emily Ten Eyck, Sawyer Williamson, Megan Wright, Zachary Zweifler 11TH GRADE Nathan Badish, Ruth Bauer, Haley Boyer, Laurel Branstrom, William Casto, Scott Crandall, Marlee Croff, Ross Fallot, Jacqueline Fillmore, Kristen Fillmore, Jenna Frazzini, Zachary Galdes, Koltin Grammer, Victoria Hughes, Samantha Knepley, Elyse Loar, Madison McLelland, Jacob Nyfeler, Jeffrey O’Brien, Jacob Pace, Ashley Poszywak, Taylor Reilly, Raven Summers, Joseph Tekieli, Morgan Ward 10TH GRADE Tyler Adams, Eric Berry, Alex Boyce, Matthew Busen, Alyssa Caroen, Cody Chadwick, Clorissa Diedrich, Haley Eilers, Jill Engel, Lyndsey Lampe,

Robbie Lee, Emily Meier, Allison Minix, Ashlee Muscato, Cody Pierce, Anthony Rickle, Kelly Rizzolo, Hunter Royal, Julia Snider, Samantha Stephens, Scott Watson, Caroline White, Taylor Winnie 9TH GRADE Alec Armstrong, Kaila Arnett, Nicholas Boyer, Alexandra Brown, Austin Brune, Aaron Chappel, Lynsey Clark, Robert Cook, Olivia Decroix, Tiffani Eibler, Kayla Gallup, Audra Goodlock, Bobbi Heldt, Amber Kapeller, Conner Knepley, Jacob Krummrey, Tori Lambert, Barbara Lance, Riley Long, James McInnes, Sarah McLelland, Alyssa Moore, Lauren Nowak, Lindsay Poll, Michael Poszywak, Marcus Prigge, Amanda Rowley, Michael Samhat, Jennifer Spink, Colby Theaker, Melody Theut, Zachariah Torrey, Andrew Twining, Haley Van Schoiack, Mariah Ward, Micah Ward, Michael Weiland STOCKBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL 3.00 OR BETTER GRADE POINT AVERAGE 1ST NINE WEEK MARKING PERIOD 12TH GRADE Sara Al-Mansoor, Joshua Allen, Cody Allred, Daniel Baker, Philip Balkus, Nicolette Bickley, Anna Cady-Cook, Nichole Chapman, Michael Clark, William Cook, Gregory Cordero, Autumn Cox, Daniel Cutler, Holly Duncan, Amy Epperson, Lauren Fischer, Alicia Gaynor, Allen Gaynor, Ashton Havens, Nicholas Hoard, Ian Hohmann, Steven Horn, In Home PC Repair and Website Design

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Diamond Howard, Jesse Hunter, Miles Hutchinson, Courtnee Katz, Angela Ledesma, Gerald Lindlbauer, Amanda Martin, Brandon Mason, Becca Maus, Stephanie Meier, Derek Moore, Colby Parks, Callie Penix-Wilson, Nicole Peters, Jacob Powers, Amanda Rowe, Michael Sanders, Lydia Seely, Richard Seely, Cody Steele, Jessica Stevens, Andrea Sutton, Jason Sweet, Ryan Thiffault, Jacob Titus, Hayley Walker 11TH GRADE Jordan Allen, Shelby Andrews, Ashton Baalaer, Amanda Ballagh, Michelle Barr, Amber Benson, Evan Brune, Dominic Busen, Kurt Carnahan, Heather Chapman, Tiffany Cordero, Alexander Diedrich, Holite Doxtator, Lori Engel, Michelle Gallup, Samantha Gardner, Daniel Graff, William Hickman, Joseph Hodges, Jeffrey Katz, Alecia Klann, Matthew Klann, Morgan Leighton, Emily Lewis, Alexander Lozon, Ashlyn Mancini, Emily McCalla, Krystal McInnes, Mallory McKimmy, Jacob Novak, Britney Page, Kristi Paton, Jedediah, Platte, Katlyn Risner, Caroline Rodriguez, Robert Sexton, Ai Lun Shen, Thomas Shepherd, Taylor Theaker, Samantha Van Atta, Samantha Wilson, Nicole Wisnewski 10TH GRADE Sami Al-Mansoor, Leslie Babbitt, Nicholas Balkus, Brody Batdorff, David Campbell, Tyler Carpenter, Kayla Caudill, Mitchel Clark, Patrick Crabtree,

Austin Doupe, Nathan Dunlap, Cassie Ejarque, Chad Elmer, Robert Fonseca, Ashley Gipson, Brittany Good, Jacob Hamblin, Austin Heinze, Michael Hoard, Jasmine Holloway, Brandon Johnson, Patrick Kimmel, Dean Kot, Michelle Larie, Kyle Losey, Paige Marshall, Amber Maschke, Kyle McNutt, Isaias Medina, Samantha Minger, Tavi Parker, Taylor Parks, Leah Payne, Blanca Pelayo, Cynthia Pelayo, Hannah Powell, Rebecca Powers, Paige Sawyer, Adam Sears, Lauren Sutter, Megan Sutter, Noelani Sweet, Bobbie Vitter, Breanna White, Marie Wood, Cassandra Wright 9TH GRADE Dylan Abel, Nicholas Adkins, Devin Allen, Keana Allen, Breanna Andrews, Jessica Andrews, Catherine Baker, Brianna Baldridge, Morgan Baldwin, Jordan Barnett, Mary Faith Barney, Tyler Beauchamp, Matthew Bell, Kaitlyn Bertl, Bradley Breslin, Austyn Brown, Christopher Chaney, Ashley Collins, Brianna Cool, Cody Corby, Robert Crider, Bryson Crockett, Liam Cyr, Jessica Davis, Tyler Davis, Joshua Ensign, Timothy Fullerson, Breanna Garner, Brooke Gipson, Lauren Haggerty, Michael Hession, Kristen Howard, Jonathon Mason, Justin McCarty, Jonathan McGauley, Mercedes Medina, Lindsey Millen, Hannah Morse, Trevor Nims, Jeremy Ritter, Shelby Scutchfield, William Shad, Courtney Smith, Taylor Smith, Courtney Tilkins, Evan Upshur, Eric Wagar, Kathryn Whitt,

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

Mortgage Time For this week’s corner, we would like to give special thanks to all those folks who donated their coats during our November coat drive. We are proud of our community in their efforts as we collected over 50 coats and delivered them to Stockbridge Community Outreach. Also we would like to thank the folks at the Village offices and the Sun Times for allowing us use their facility to drop off and pick up. We also thought we would share some information that may answer some questions about “Short Sales”. Below are some bullet points along with a link that will give you more information if needed. We hope this will be useful to anyone facing these sorts of difficulties. As always we advise clients to seek legal council if possible. The US Treasury laid out guidelines for short sales under a government program on Monday, 11/30/09. This is a critical program, as it offers lenders and sellers incentives to agree to short sales under treasury guidelines. The guidelines include: 1. Lenders/Servicers must respond to short sale requests within 10 business

days. 2. Lenders MUST release borrowers from all future debt. 3. Short sale requests may be approved prior to property listing. 4. Lenders must first attempt to structure a loan modification for borrower. If borrower doesn't qualify, then the process moves to short sale. 5. Borrowers must agree to sign a deed in lieu of foreclosure if short sale does not consummate. Borrowers will receive up to $1500 for moving expenses, lenders up to $1000 to defray losses on short sales. The new program will take effect 4/5/2010, but lenders may use the program before then. It appears this program has the potential to revolutionize short sales. To review complete guidelines and forms go to: hamp_servicer/sd0909.pdf If you need more information or have any questions, you can email us at, or call us at Reinhart Realtors, 734-475-9600.

Jazzy Jen’s to perform “The Christmas Carol”, staring the 2009-10 Competition Team at the historic Stockbridge Township Hall. They will host two shows, Saturday December 19th at 5:00 pm and Sunday December 20th at noon. The tickets are $5.00.

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in Stockbridge for nine years. He was a Deacon from 2003 – 2006 and now is active in the Teen Ministries there. “I really love my job!” Baird began. “As teachers we take work home with us: paperwork and worrying about the students. It’s important to keep the balance between home and work. I never want to become complacent as a teacher, as a parent, or in my faith, my walk with God.” Corey earned his Bachelors Degree in History, and his Masters in Curriculum at Michigan State University. That is where he met his wife, Diane 12 years ago. They have a son, Paul they adopted from Guatemala who is now four years old. The couple is also expecting a baby girl to be born at any time. “We are both very exciting about the baby coming. She’s already a miracle – we had been told we couldn’t conceive.” When Corey isn’t at school or involved in family time he spends his time reading about history or current events. He is a huge college football fan and has held MSU season tickets for 20 years. When they are able to get away, Corey likes to go somewhere warm, just with his wife and do some sightseeing or nothing at all! Born and raised in Ionia, Michigan, Baird credits his parents for influencing him in many ways growing up. His mother was a caring, compassionate woman that taught him the value of strong morals. His father was a calm, even-keeled man with a good work ethic. Corey remembers his Uncle Alvin as ‘a Renaissance Man’. “He traveled the world and seemed to have knowledge about everything. He was very friendly and positive and a good sounding board for me,” he said. When asked why he chose to be a teacher, Corey explained confidently: “I want to make a difference. It’s great when the students have picked up on something they can use in their life. The only teachers I remember from school are the awful ones that everyone hated. These days, kids have so few positive adult role models, so I take it seriously that I need to be a good role model for them. We are teaching more than content here.” As a parent, I can’t help but love any teacher that realizes ‘they are teaching more than content’. It’s that gift, given so freely by exemplary teachers, like Corey Baird, that leave me with nothing more to say than…. …I thank you, Corey Baird for all you do, for all of us! If you know someone deserving of a Forgotten “Thank You”, please email me at:

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LIBRARY EVENTS DANSVILLE ALL AGES NEW 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 (1-3) Tuesday, Dec. 8, 10:30 am Stories, songs, and crafts Movers & Readers Storytime (1-3) Tuesday, Dec. 15, 10:30 am Stories, songs, and crafts Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5) Thursday, Dec. 17, 10:30 am Stories and crafts 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 NEW Holiday Open House Monday, Dec. 14, 2–8 pm Drop in for fellowship and refreshments. Harpist Veanna Bordeaux will perform from 6 – 8 pm. NEW 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 Drop in during open hours to make a holiday craft. Drop-in Christmas Crafts Friday, Dec. 18 Drop in during open hours to make a holiday craft. Drop-in Christmas Crafts 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 Monday, Dec. 14, 6–8 pm Sit and knit or crochet projects for Heartland/Hospice patients. Volunteers always welcome. STOCKBRIDGE All Ages NEW Live at the Library: The Manchester Community Brass Band Monday, Dec. 14, 7-8 pm The MCBB is a 7-piece band composed of trumpets, trombones, F Horn and Tuba. Tonight they’ll 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. This program is part of the library’s ongoing Live at the Library music program. TEENS & TWEENS Teen Book Discussion Group Thursday, Dec. 17, 2:30 pm



8th Grade Boys Improve to 6-1 Submitted by Coach Nichols

The 8th grade team played a disciplined game against Western on November 23rd to capture there 4th win. Kaleb Grammar led Stockbridge with 25 points. Skeeter Ballagh scored 11 points and did a magnificent job on defense. Stockbridge had a 20 point lead but let some of their lead slip away at the end. Stockbridge ended up defeating Western 60-50. On Monday night, Stockbridge was able to avenge two losses from last year by beating Lansing Christian 44-42. The Panthers were down 6 with two minutes to play and did a fantastic job of putting pressure on the Lansing Christian players. With 44 seconds to go, Evan Fletcher picked off a long pass to give Stockbridge another chance to get back into the game. Kaleb Grammer had the ball at the elbow in the last seconds of the game and was double teamed when he found an open Jesus Cordero who calmly hit the last second shot at the free HS Athletics

throw area. This was the only lead that Stockbridge had all night as they fought and clawed back from the tip off. Kaleb Grammar led the Panthers with 12, Lucas Showerman scored 9, Jesus Cordero 8 and Evan Fletcher 6. The 8th grade basketball team improved its record to 6-1 with a 54-32 win over Leslie. The team came out a little flat in the first half of play and were trailing by 3 at the half. The team rallied to put together its best quarter of the year by outscoring Leslie 22-2 in the third. The defensive pressure by the players created most of the scoring opportunities and the confidence that the team displayed allowed them to capitalize on the offensive end. Kaleb Grammar led all scorers with 25 points. Jesus Cordero added 10, Evan Fletcher had 5 points, Lucas Showerman scored 4, Skeeter Ballagh and Garrett Battle each had 3, and Tyler Patrick and Richard Newman had 2.

SHS Recognizes 59 Scholar Athletes

Stockbridge High School is proud to announce the 59 students who qualified for the honor of Scholar Athlete for the Fall 2009 Sports Season. 29 students qualified for the first time. To qualify for this honor, students must earn a varsity letter in their particular sport and have a current Grade Point Average of 3.50. The GPA was based on the 1st 9 week marking period. The students who qualified are: Varsity Cheerleading Lori Engel, Paige Marshall, Alyssa Moore, Taylor Winnie Varsity Boys Cross Country Alec Armstrong, David Campbell, Tyler Carpenter, Tyler Graustein, Anthony Rickle Varsity Girls Cross Country Emily Armstrong, Haley Boyer, Nichole Chapman, Jacqueline Fillmore, Kristen Fillmore, Jasmine Holloway, Cassandra Lance, Madison McLelland, Kellie Rizzolo, Julia Snider, Emily Ten Eyck, Melody Theut

Varsity Equestrian Marlee Croff, Mariah Ward Varsity Football Sean Boyce, Koltin Grammer, Jeffrey Katz, Brad Kot, RJ Marshall, Jeffrey O’Brien, Jacob Pace, Jeffrey Showerman, Chad Snyder Varsity Girls Golf Crystal Biddix, Allison Minix, Lauren Sutter Varsity Boys Soccer Dylan Abel, Sami Al-Mansoor, Eric Berry, Nicholas Boyer, Matthew Busen, Scott Crandall, Brandon Johnson, Robin Lange, Michael Poszywak, Jacob Powers, Marcus Prigge, Joseph Summers, Zachariah Torrey, Andrew Twining Varsity Volleyball Laurel Branstrom, Justine Campbell, Nichole Chapman, Clorissa Diedrich, Alicia Gaynor, Samantha Knepley, Emily Lewis, Ashley Noffsinger, Samantha Stephens, Raven Summers

Nick Roberts (left) and Jesus Cordero play for the Stockbridge 8th Grade team. HS Wrestling

Grapplers Split Opening Dual Meet, Snyder 2nd

Stockbridge Panthers went 1-1 on their season opener at Parma Western. They won against Michigan Center 42-24 for their first match and lost 12-51 against Jackson for their second match. Wrestlers from SHS that earned team points are: 112 135 140 145 152 160 215 285

Gavin Dunham Joey Hodges Derek Moore Chad Snyder Kyle Kramer Brody Batdorff Phil Balkus Cody Fuller

Overall 1-1 Overall 2-0 Overall 1-1 Overall 2-0 Overall 1-1 Overall 1-1 Overall 1-1 Overall 1-1

The team will be relying on their (10) seniors for leadership this year and with (9) returning Varsity members they look forward to improved success throughout their very competitive schedule. The Team also traveled to Corunna this past week for an early individual tournament that includes state perennial powerhouses Caro, Corunna, and Chippewa Hills. The Panthers were able to pick up a few wins, but the only placer was Chad Snyder who went 2 - 1 on the day and placed 2nd at 145 pounds.

Chad Snyder works to pin his second round opponent at Corunna this past weekend. Snyder went on to finish second at the event losing in the final round 7-1 to the wrestler from Caro.

Quotes of the Week "If I could only give three words of advice, they would be, "Tell the Truth." If I got three more words, I'd add, "All the time."~" & "It's not about how to achieve your dreams, it's about how to lead your life, ... If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you." Randy Pausch Courtney Sharland, Stockbridge, brings the ball up the court.

Stockbridge’s Ashlynn Arnett drives around a Chelsea defender.

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with. We were lucky to only be down 11 at Submitted by Coach Mike Daily the half and we The Lady Panthers opened the 2009 that going in but we played much better season by dropping a game to Corunna by also knew we had to in the second half on a final score of Stockbridge 30 Corunna match their intensity both ends but 56. and we couldn’t do couldn’t get some It was a tough first game and the girls it. As a coach you crucial shots to fall. were nervous and scared. For 3 quarters try to point out the We continued to nothing went right and Corunna built a positives but in this foul sending Onsted big lead, in the 4th we finally outscored game there were to the line 46 times them 11-10 but it wasn’t against their way more negatives but overall a big starters. that we must correct improvement over Our focus was to play hard and we starting with our the way we played didn’t do that until it was too late. confidence. in Corunna. Corunna has a good team and we knew Kayla Caudill We did a nice job led the team with 8 moving our feet in points followed by the second half and Raven Summers our offense created with 5 points. Becca m o r e s h o t Powers and Emily opportunities, we Lewis each scored 4 just need to keep points. Katie working hard in Crockett and Becca practice to get better. Powers each Raven Summers grabbed 4 rebounds Stockbridge Sophomore Center, Becca played a great all and B r o o k l y n Powers, gets the home opener underway. around game with 12 Baldridge dished points, 7 rebounds, out 3 assists. and 3 steals. Emily Lewis had 8 points In the home opening against Onsted and Brooklyn Baldridge 6 points. Jasmine Stockbridge again got off to a slow start Holloway, Kayla Caudill, and Becca and fell 41-52. Powers each scored 4. Katie Crockett They could not get anything going grabbed a team high 11 rebounds. offensively and we couldn’t stop Overall - Our goal this year is to focus committing fouls on the defensive end of on team chemistry and playing each game the floor which forced us to have some as hard as we can. We need to find ways very strange line ups in the game and to score on the offensive end and limit players in positions they weren’t familiar our opponents chances on the defensive Senior Brooklyn Baldridge lays one in.

Stockbridge Girls Off to Slow Start

end. If we play as a team and everyone finds ways to contribute then we s h o u l d improve as the season goes on. We will concentrate on one quarter at a time and try and eliminate mistakes. It might take 10 games to find our identity but with hard work and most importantly discipline, we will get there.

Katie Crockett looks to pass the ball

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Joe Hodges of Stockbridge works against his opponent from Ithaca Saturday.

Area Sporting Events For The Week of December 1 - December 8 STOCKBRIDGE Tuesday - 12/8 Freshman Boys 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 Wednesday - 12/9 MS Boys Basketball vs. Lansing Christian - 4:30pm Competitive Cheer - SMAA Jamboree - 6:00pm Thursday - 12/10 HS Wrestling @ Dansville - 6:00pm Friday - 12/11 Boys Freshman Basketball @ Northwest - 4:00pm JV Boys Basketball @ Northwest - 5:30pm JV Girls Basketball vs. Columbia Central - 6:00pm Varsity Boys basketball @ Northwest - 7:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Columbia Central - 7:30pm Saturday - 12/12 HS Wrestling - JAWS @ Jackson High School - 9:00am Monday - 12/14 MS Boys Basketball vs. Columbia Central - 4:30pm Tuesday - 12/15 Freshman Boys Basketball vs. Chelsea - 4:30pm JV Boys Basketball vs. Chelsea - 6:00pm JV Girls Basketball @ Hillsdale - 6:00pm Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Chelsea - 7:30pm Varsity Girls Basketball @ Hillsdale - 7:30pm December 8, 2009

DANSVILLE Tuesday - 12/8 JV Boys Basketball @ Webberville - 6:00pm Varsity Boys Basketball @ Webberville - 7:30pm Wednesday - 12/9 MS Volleyball @ Portland St. Pats - 5:00pm JV Girls Basketball vs. Fulton - 6:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Fulton - 6:00pm Thursday - 12/10 HS Wrestling @ Dansville - 6:00pm JV Girls Basketball @ Bath - 6:00pm JV Boys Basketball @ Bath - 7:30pm Friday - 12/11 Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Bath - 6:00pm Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Bath - 7:30pm Saturday - 12/12 HS Wrestling @ Delton Kellogg Invitational - 9:00am Monday - 12/14 MS Volleyball @ Fowler - 5:00pm Tuesday - 12/15 JV Girls Basketball @ Portland St. Pats - 6:00pm JV Boys Basketball @ Portland St. Pats - 7:30pm is your contact for reporting all your sports results! Send us your news.

LESLIE Tuesday - 12/8 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 Wednesday - 12/9 MS boys Basketball @ Webberville - 4:30pm Competitive Cheer @ Stockbridge - 6:00pm HS Wrestling @ Maple Valley - 6:00pm Thursday - 12/10 No Events Friday - 12/11 JV Girls Basketball vs. Lansing Christian - 6:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Lansing Christian - 7:30pm Saturday - 12/12 HS Wrestling - JAWS @ Jackson High School - 9:00am Competitive Cheer @ Ovid Elsie Invitational - 11:00am Freshman Boys Basketball vs. Vandercook Lk - 4:00pm JV Boys Basketball vs. Vandercook Lk - 5:30pm Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Vandercook Lk - 7:00pm Monday - 12/14 MS Boys Basketball @ Albion - 4:30pm Tuesday - 12/15 HS Bowling @ Parma Western - 3:30pm Freshman Boys Basketball vs Jackson Christian - 4:30pm JV Girls Basketball @ Ida - 5:30pm JV Boys Basketball vs. Michigan Center - 6:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball @ Ida - 7:00pm Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Michigan Center - 7:30pm 888-318-1766

PAGE 6 - THE WEEKLY PRIDE And how the caterer didn’t prepare the sushi By Corinda Hackworth to their liking. And how when they’re And weren’t we all good at it? chauffeured home again after Haven’t we all imagined earning their million for the day, scenarios that led us (and if they’re so tired they can hardly you’re like me, others) to work out with their personal believe a variation of the truth? trainer in their own personal Where’s my gazillion dollar gym. paycheck? And because of this special Hollywood takes “ordinary” treatment that is lavished upon people, shines them, buffs them, them every single day, they polishes them and operates on think that we not only adore them to make them into “stars”. them like no other, but that we But what’s underneath? As honestly care what their Himself likes to pronounce, thoughts on politics are. “You can’t polish a turd.” We will pay nearly $10.00 to We contribute to these see them on an enlarged screen people’s multi-million-dollar-a- for barely two hours, so we must movie paychecks and continue really worry about which to feed in to their already politician they’re choosing to bloated egos. endorse. Then we have to listen to Because if they like that their lament about how hard politician, or clothes designer, or their lives really are. carry that handbag or donate a About how exhausting it is to mere pittance of their salary to play pretend for ten hours a day. the charity of their choosing, we And gross about a million must be do the same. dollars in that ten hours. And if we don’t like the same And how tired they are when things they like, they’ll tell us at they get up at 5:00 in the every opportunity why we need morning when the limosene to endorse what they do and arrives to chauffer them to why. “work”. But the thing that really

Here’s a Quarter...

I guess you’d have to be a Bedouin to not know what’s been going on this week in the media. Yes, I’m referring to the Tiger Woods drama. (Actually, I heard Tiger was changing his name….to Cheetah!) And after all of the allegations and speculations have surfaced and more and more drama unfolds, I can’t help but think, “Who cares?!” Why are we so interested in “celebrities”? Let’s look at it. Here are grown-ups who get paid an obscene amount of money to play pretend. Haven’t we all played pretend when we were kids?

makes me want to swallow my own head is how they moan about their lack of privacy. “I’m just a regular person,” is the favored statement among the jet set. But what really lies behind that statement? Let’s take a look, friends. To say that they are a “regular person” is to infer that being “regular” is not really what they want to be. To be construed as “regular” is humbling for them. Also, it seems like almost an insult for someone to refer to me as regular. What makes me regular? Not having any of the amenities that they do? And to that end, do “regular” people have nannies for their children? How many houses does the average “regular” person have? Cars? Spouses? And in times of peril, they revert to the “Privacy, please” mode where they pretend that having their entire life as an open book is so intrusive and not at all fair. But how many celebrities have decided enough is enough and leave the Hollywood scene? When was the last time we heard that someone valued their



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privacy and family more than the millions of dollars they pull in? We’ve heard of people talking about leaving, but since money is such an aphrodisiac, they return to the lifestyle they cannot give up and boast upon their “comeback” that will boost their career back to where it was. And the “regular” people that think some celebrities are so generous because of the gifts they give away, we overlook a few words: tax write off. If we were walking down Hollywood Boulevard on fire, I would be willing to bet my “regular” salary that if we come upon a celebrity they wouldn’t even spit on us. No one approaches stardom without having any idea of what the “job” entails. On the contrary, it’s what makes it so appealing. So to the stars who whine and cry that they had no idea it would all be so taxing (pun intended), I say to you: Here’s a quarter…call someone who cares.




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Capitol Notes

Barb Byrum

December 8, 2009

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