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PO Box 595, Stockbridge, MI 49285

Volume 2, Issue 17


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Published Weekly

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.

Victorian Carolers, decked out in authentic attire, visited various businesses to serenade them with the songs of Christmas’s past. (Photo by Brad Crews)

Leslie Lighted Christmas Parade a Success By Corinda Hackworth

Leslie held its annual Lighted Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 12th. Kicking off the event at 5:30 was the Chili Cook-Off at the Leslie Events Center, lasting long after the parade had commenced. The lighting of the community Christmas tree at Tuttle Park Gazebo was held at 6:45 just in time to kick off the parade, which had a start time 7:00. Leslie businesses stayed open to commemorate the event, offering a veritable pantheon of snacks, creamy hot chocolate, and strong, hot coffee, some free of charge, to help thank the Leslie community for their continued support. Baked goods and t-shirts were sold in front of Independent Bank on Main Street with proceeds to benefit the Leslie High Bowling Team. American Legion Post 491 hosted a S’mores Roast for $1.00 to benefit the Leslie Community Pool. Boy Scout Troop 779 sold various soft drinks and hot chocolate along with flashing necklaces ranging in price from $1.00 to $5.00 to help their organization. Various vendors sprinkled the streets selling cotton candy and flashing trinkets and toys for a variety of prices.

Throughout the celebration, Victorian Carolers, decked out in authentic attire, visited various businesses to serenade them with the songs of Christmas’s past. The parade route began at the corner of Hull Road and Bellevue Road, heading east down Bellevue. The route then turned right, heading South down Main Street, where it concluded. The big event of the evening for many was the Grand Marshal, WILX News 10 Anchor Jason Colthrop, who was first off in leading the parade. In between were floats of all shapes and sizes, representing local area churches, organizations and businesses, each decorated with brilliant, dazzling Christmas lights. Last but certainly not least was Santa’s sleigh, wishing everyone lining the chilly streets a Merry Christmas.

The Stockbridge Community Schools band and choirs performed an amazing concert this past Sunday in the high school gymnasium.

Stockbridge PTO Hosts Family Fun Night By Corinda Hackworth

The Stockbridge Parent Teacher Organization hosted their annual Family Fun Night last Thursday. Beginning at 5:30, local residents were invited to Smith Elementary for a two hour rendezvous of fun, family, food and, of course, Santa. Tickets sold for five for $1.00 or one free ticket in exchange for each nonperishable food item, to be donated to Stockbridge Community Outreach. Activities included a moonwalk, various crafts, tattoos, face painting and various games. Patient children who braved the long line were awarded a visit with Santa and a souvenir picture with him for $1.00. Cakes were kindly donated by parents of elementary students to assist with the success of the Cake Walk.

Hot dogs, potato chips and soft drinks were sold in the cafeteria along with various baked goods donated by parent volunteers. Each classroom at Smith paired up to collect variable items in order to compile a themed basket to be auctioned off during the Silent Auction. “A Taste of Italy”, “MSU/U of M” (which included tickets to basketball games of the rival schools) and “Taco Night” are just a few examples. Some proceeds from the auction went to the PTO while other winners specified their proceeds be contributed to the Stockbridge Community Outreach. Teachers, parent volunteers and the PTO worked hard to make the night a memorable success for everyone.

“Joy to the World”…

The Forgotten “Thank You” - Carol Palmer by Julie Glair, Freelance Writer

She’s always been around children. At first, it was because she was the middle child of six in her family. Then it was her in-home daycare which grew into a very reputable pre-school she owned for ten years. Now, if you’re looking for Carol Palmer, you can find her surrounded by first graders in Mrs. Davis’ classroom at White Pine Academy in Leslie, Michigan. “I just love children!” Carol began. “Kids are honest, they tell fun stories,… and those smiles!!” Carol is in her fourth year as a Teachers Aide at White Pine Academy. “My day starts by greeting the students, receiving and giving 4 or 5 hugs, and then I have the privilege of working one-on-one with several of the children and helping all of them stay on task. I love it!” Born and raised in Leslie, Carol (Continued on page 3)

By Julie Glair, Freelance Writer

As the Christmas Season is upon us, I’m told there will be an opportunity to see and hear some heart-warming Christmas Cheer within our communities. The Town Hall Players are meeting at the gazebo outside the Stockbridge Town Hall on December 20th between 3:30pm and 4:00pm to begin Christmas Caroling throughout the community. Anyone that would like to join them is more than welcome to meet at that time. So, dress warmly and join this time treasured fun. Let’s bring ‘joy to the world’ one community at a time. (They may even have some goodies to share – so look for them!)


COMMUNITY CALENDER Mondays - Free Play Group - ages 1-4 from 10-11am - Tuesday, December 15th - Cub Scout Meeting(3rd Tuesday of each month) - Smith Elementary Cafeteria, Leslie First Baptist Church, 202 E. Bellevue St. Boys Grades 1-5 - 6:30pm Mondays - Support Group for Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Weigh in from 5:15-5:45pm at the First Thursday, December 17th - Stockbridge Middle Baptist Church in Leslie. Meeting from 6:00-6:45pm School 6th Grade Choir will present the mini-musical “Sleeping Beauty, The 100 Year Snooze” in the Middle Contact Coleen, 589-8145. School Cafeteria - Tickets are $3 at the door - 7:00pm Thursdays - Free Play Group - ages 1-3 from 10-11am - Stockbridge Heritage Elementary Gym, 222 Western Saturday, December 19th - Millville United Methodist Church Pizza & Movie Night - pizza @ 6:00pm Ave - Contact Wendy Moncada, 517-372-9411 ext.6. (donation requested), movie to follow @ 6:30pm Fridays - Reformers Unanimous Christ Centered (“Christmas Child” by Max Lucado) in the sanctuary. Addiction Recovery Program - Jeruel Baptist Church, Located at 1932 North M-52, 5 miles north of corner of Neu Rd and M-106. 7:00-9:30pm. “Jesus is Stockbridge. For more info call the church @ 517-8517852. the truth, so let the truth make you free.”

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 Grace Lutheran Church 1317 Mason Street, Dansville (517) 623-6591 212 S. Sherman St. (517) 623-6594 Leslie, MI. 49251 Worship & Sunday School 9:15 am Pastor Martin Schroeder Pastor Don Fry Ph. 589-0250 Worship Service 10:00 A.M. Family Tabernacle Church of God Bible Study 9:00 A.M. 5115 Green Road, Stockbridge Grand River Community Church (517) 851-8327 "Where Living Water Flows" Sunday Worship 10:30 am 2443 Olds Rd, Leslie Wednesday Evening 7:00 pm at Pastor Bruce Crockett Howlett School 126 Webb St, Gregory (517)589-5448 Sunday Worship 10:30 AM Pastor Jeff Howard First Baptist Church “Who knew Church could be this FUN?”

950 S. Clinton Road, PO Box 64, Stockbridge (517) 851-7075 Sunday Worship 9:15 & 11:00 am Discovery Island Sunday 11:00 am The best hour of every kids week (0-5) Wednesday 5th Dimension Youth Group 6:00 - 8:30pm Pastor Brian Johnson Youth Minister Tim Wheaton Children’s Ministry - Angie Stolarz

Gregory Community Church “A Caring Community” 126 Church Street, Gregory (734) 498-2591 Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Rev. Heidi DeMott-Shanes, Pastor Highest Praise Worship Center 5107 S. Clinton Street, Stockbridge (517) 851-7758 Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Family Enrichment Night 7:00-8:00 pm Bishop Jeffrey Lambert

Monday, 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

Wednesday, December 21st - Leslie City Planning Commission Meeting - City Hall - 6:00pm

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Heritage United Brethren Church Meets at Dansville High School (517) 281-8931 Sunday School 9:00 am Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am Sunday Night HS Youth Group 7:00 Tuesday Night MS Youth Group 7:00 Monday Night Elementary Youth Group 3:00 pm Pastor Cal Hodgson Email: Pastor: Jeruel Baptist Church 11400 Plum Orchard Road, Munith (517) 596-2128 Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Youth Clubs & Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm Pastor Bob Castle Millville United Methodist Church 1932 N. M-52 Hwy, Stockbridge (517) 851 -7853 Pastor Robert Freysinger Sunday Services: Breakfast from 8:30 - 9:30 Blended Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study Class 11:00 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study - 1:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Munith United Methodist Church 224 N. Main Street, Munith (517) 596-2441 Worship Hour - 9:30 Rev. Larry Rubingh Plainfield United Methodist Church 17845 M-36, Gregory Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:15 am Minister Judi Darling S.S. Cornelius & Cyprian Catholic Church 1320 Catholic Church Road, Leslie (517) 589-8492 Weekend Masses: Sunday 8:00 am & 10:30 am Saturday Confessions 4:00-4:30 pm Father Mike Petroski

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

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intends to always live there because, put quite simply “its home – it’s all I’ve ever known. It’s a beautiful small community. It’s safe, friendly, good schools – it’s almost like family.” Carol’s mother and father were both excellent role models for her and her siblings. She describes them as alwkays showing the value of a good work ethic and strong moral values. “My parents taught us that every day, all day, you simply do what’s right.” Carol had been married to Ron Palmer for 35 years before he unfortunately passed away three years ago. She has two children, Michael age 29 and Elizabeth who is 23 years old. Michael currently lives in Orange, California and Elizabeth lives with Carol in Leslie. “I was always very involved with the schools when my kids were there. I was involved in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. I was part of the Music Boosters and went on field trips and to all the school activities.” Carol continued, “It began as a way of knowing what my own kids were doing. Now I just know I belong there. I believe if you follow your heart and God you will know what you are supposed to be doing.” Carol has been an active member of the First Baptist Church in Leslie for ten years. She is on the City of Leslie Parks and Recreation Committee and most recently has become the Leslie City Pool Manager. “The pool manager job is perfect for me,” Carol stated with a huge smile. “It let’s me spend my summers with lots of kids, too.” In her spare time, Carol enjoys reading and walking. She likes to have coffee with friends and visits with her sisters often. “What I have learned is this: just do! When you feel bad for yourself – go do something for someone else. It works for me,” she shared. Well Carol Palmer, you are the kind of role model children need today. For demonstrating what a person can become if ‘every day, all day, you simply do what’s right’…. …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: Contact Info: The Weekly Pride PO Box 595 Stockbridge, MI 49285 Phone/Fax - 888-318-1766 Jeremy Killinger - Owner/ Publisher

LIBRARY EVENTS DANSVILLE ALL AGES 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 Tuesday, Dec. 15, 10:30 am Stories, songs, and crafts. Please note that there is no Storytime December 22. Preschool Storytime Thursday, Dec. 17, 10:30 am Stories and crafts. Please note that there is no Storytime December 24. Christmas Make & Take Crafts Monday, Dec. 21 Open hours Christmas Make & Take Crafts Tuesday, Dec. 22 Open hours Christmas Make & Take Crafts Wednesday, Dec. 23 Open hours TEENS & TWEENS Page to Screen Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1 pm Watch the 2007 movie based on J. K. Rowling’s book about the Order of the Phoenix. Free popcorn while supplies last. 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 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. TEENS & TWEENS Tweens & Teens Holiday Bash Tuesday, Dec. 22, 6-7:30 pm Holiday activities and refreshments for tweens and teens ADULTS 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. Sit ‘n Knit: Hugs for Hospice Monday, Dec. 21, 6–8 pm Sit and knit or crochet projects for Heartland/Hospice patients. Volunteers always welcome.

December 15, 2009



8th Grade Drop Close One Submitted by Coach Nichols

The 8th grade team suffered a disappointing loss on Wednesday night. After coming out ready to play and leading Lansing Christian 19-5 in the first quarter, the boys let their lead slip away and lost 52-50. Stockbridge won the first meeting with a last second shot. The boys knew that this was going to be a tough game. I knew when they started looking at the clock that we were in trouble. The boys wanted to win, but instead of playing the game, they were hoping the clock would expire and that they would still have a lead. This is a talented group of hard working young men. I have been very tough on them and they have responded each time. I know that they will learn from this and it will only make them better. Lucas Showerman led the team with 20 points and Kaleb Grammar chipped in 13. The 8th grade team is now 6-2 and will face a tough Columbia Central team on Monday at home.

HS Wrestling

Blackhawk Grapplers win Pool D at JAWS Submitted by Coach Stern

The Leslie Blackhawk wrestling team had a good weekend of wrestling. On Saturday the team participated in the Jackson Area Wrestling Showdown (JAWS) and came home with a plaque for winning their pool, they were champs of pool D. In the early rounds before pool matches Leslie lost to Napolean 63-18 and narrowly lost to Jonesville 42-39. After these to matches Leslie was then put into pool play where they wrestled East Jackson, Concord, and Stockbridge. The hawks defeated East Jackson 4336, Concord 66-12 and Stockbridge 48-

30. On the day Kaleb Hartman at 103lbs was 5-0, Brandon Fifield at 112 was also 5-0, and at Hwt Ryan Kemplin was 3-0. A couple of other hawks also had good days as Dillon Allen was 4-1, and Corey Bunker was also. It was a total team effort as many of the other team members won two or three matches and as a whole they all wrestled their tails off! The wrestling team would like to send their condolences to the Olney family as we lost one of our big supporters in Rolly, he will be greatly missed.

HS Wrestling

Panthers go 1-4 at JAWS Submitted by Coach Mills

The Stockbridge High School Panthers traveled to Jackson for the JAWS XIV tournament Saturday. The competition was fierce and with (4) voided weight classes SHS came out with a 1-4 record for the day. Grass Lake 48 vs Stockbridge 27, Northwestern 42 vs. Stockbridge 33, Stockbridge 54 vs. Concord 18, East Jackson 54 vs. Stockbridge 21, Leslie 48 vs. Stockbridge 30. The Stockbridge Panthers season record to date 4-6. The SHS Panthers scoring team points today: 119 – Robert Fonseca 125 – Patrick Kimmell 135 – Joey Hodges 140 – Derek Moore 145 – Chad Snyder 152 – Kyle Kramer 160 –Brody Batdorff 215 – Phil Baukus 285 – Cody Fuller

overall – 4-6 overall – 3-9 overall – 11-2 overall – 6-6 overall – 10-3 overall – 4-8 overall – 8-6 overall – 5-5 overall – 7-5

HS Basketball

Freshman Split Games Submitted by Coach Rehmann

The Freshmen team opened the season playing a hard fought battle against Corunna. Unfortunately, they came up a little short with the score of 51-42. "I'm extremely proud of our effort and hard work. I thought we played hard." The defense was led by a team effort of strong paressure d ending with 12 steals. Rebounding leaders were Marcus Prigge with 10, Devin Allen with 6, Evan Upshur with 5, Alex Armstrong with 5, and Dylan Abel with 5. Scoring leaders included Prigge with 12, Abel with 13, and Conner Knepley with 7. The Stockbridge Freshmen Basketball Team played hard as they dominated Jackson Northwest (61-37). The defense was led by Devin Allen with 5 steals, Marcus Prigge with 4, Conner Knepley with 3 and Dylan Abel with 3. Rebound leaders were Prigge with 10 and Allen with 5. Abel dished out 5 assists while Allen had 4 of his own. Leading scorers were Allen with 19, Prigge with 15, Knepley with 10, Abel with 8, Noah Frazzini with 7, and Alec Armstrong kicked in with 7. Evan Upshur and Jake Krummery played great defense to top of the night.

Stockbridge Competitive Cheer Team in action during last weeks Jamboree.

Ian Bumpus, Stockbridge, drives against Northwest. Stockbridge won 57-44.

Stockbridge’s Maddie Battle

Stockbridge Freshman Noah Frazzini goes to the rim in last weeks win over Northwest. Frazzini scored 7 points.

Stockbridge Sophomore Jake Hamblin shoots over the outstretched arm of a Mountie defender last Friday night.

Makayla Gradowski looks to pass.

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SMS Quiz Bowl

Lady Panther’s Showing Great Improvement Submitted by Coach Daily

The varsity girls basketball team lost a close game to Chelsea Tuesday night 3938. Stockbridge got off to a slow start and was trailing 21-15 at the half. A better 3rd quarter left them only down 3 going into the 4th quarter. With 4 minutes to play the Panthers took their first lead of the game and from there it was back and forth to the end. Some crucial turnovers and some costly fouls in the final minutes ended any chances of victory. The girls played hard which for the most part are doing in every game but not doing the little things at key moments in each game are making it tough to win. We are having a tough time scoring so making lay ups and free throws are a must. We had 36 turnovers and thankfully Chelsea probably had close to the same but normally we wouldn't even be close turning the ball over that many times. Fouls have been another issue that we are working on, putting teams to the line 35-40 times a game makes it tough to win so we must keep learning from our mistakes and focus on getting better. Jasmine Holloway led the way with 10 points followed by Raven Summers with 7. Katie Crockett scored 6 points and had 6 steals while Emily Lewis, Brooklyn Baldridge, and Kayla Caudill each scored 4. Becca Powers grabbed a

by Alex Nofsinger, Student Writer

team high 9 rebounds. The varsity girls basketball team lost there league opener to Columbia Central Friday night 55-42. The Panthers again got off to a slow start and trailed 26-17 at the half. The 3rd quarter was a different story as the girls fought their way back and made it 37-36 going into the final quarter. The first 4 minutes of the quarter were close but Columbia made some big plays down the stretch and the panthers were unable to match them. This was probably our best game of the season, we only had 16 turnovers and we played great defense. Columbia was picked to be first in our league and we were picked last so we proved we could play with them we just have to learn how to finish. The girls are getting better everyday, we have to keep working on our confidence and eventually were going to win some games. Rebounding probably hurt the worst in this game because our defense forced some bad shots but we forgot to box out and finish the play and Columbia made us pay. Katie Crockett led the way with 11 points followed by Jasmine Holloway with 8. Becca Powers added 6 points and 6 rebounds while Kayla Caudill and Emily Lewis each scored 5 points.

Megan Martin, Leslie, goes on the offensive against Lansing Christian in Varsity action.

The Stockbridge Middle School quiz bowl team finished up their fall season in Hartland for the third and final tournament. Stockbridge was 3-3 before recording a win against Lakewood who couldn’t show up for the tournament, so by the forfeit, Stockbridge improved their overall record to 4-3. The eight teams in the three month tournament finished up and were given their final places in the standings. Out of eight teams, Hartland won 1st place going 7-0, Mason took 2nd going 5-2, and Stockbridge took a very good 3rd place with a record of 43. The fall season was very successful for Stockbridge. The Stockbridge Quiz Bowl team, Cody Thurston, Peter Niefler, Alexander Wilson, Connor Knight, Micheal Kultner, and Alex Noffsinger, would like to thank the Wilson and Knight families and Coach Jeff Boyer for greatly contributing to the success.

MS Basketball

JV Lady Panther’s Struggle With Early Season Shooting Submitted by Coach Hejnal

JV Lady Panthers played hard, but came up short in the first week of action. The opening week for the Stockbridge junior varsity girls' basketball team was a tough test as they played at Corunna and then hosted Onsted. In both contests the girls played extremely well, but had difficulties scoring points. They traveled to Corunna and found themselves down by 13 at halftime, but a 20 point third quarter brought them back to within five. The end result was a 49-23 loss. Stockbridge ended the game 9-41 from the field. Freshmen Marie Rogers led the team with 7 rebounds, while Briannna Baldridge had 8 points. They then saw a very similar game as again the offense struggled as they shot 8 -52 from the field. Onsted won 45-21. Melody Theut led the team with five points and Rogers again led the team with 8 rebounds. "This team plays as hard as any team I have ever coached. They have taken a lot

of good shots, when they start falling, we will star putting up some nice offensive numbers." The second week say the JV Lady Panthers shooting woes continue as they dropped both games this past week to Chelsea and Columbia Central. On Tuesday Chelsea came to town and the Lady Panthers were defeated 5813. On Friday they hosted the Golden Eagles of Columbia Central and were defeated 56-29. Sam Stephens, Audra Goodlock, and Kaila Arnett had good solid all around games for the Panthers. Coach Hejnal is very optimistic about the remainder of the season. "We are just struggling shooting the ball right now. We play extremely hard and do a lot of good things, we just can't seem to find a way to put the ball in the basket right now. When we do we will become very competitive very quickly." For the week the Panthers shot 15-94 from the field.

Kyle Neff #42 JV. Leslie puts up shot.

Leslie JV, Chris Coppernoll drives the lane.

Jay Tropf #42 , Leslie Freshman

Leslie Freshman Zachary Schiller shoots.

Area Sporting Events For The Week of December 1 - December 8 STOCKBRIDGE 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 Wednesday - 12/16 MS Boys Basketball vs. Parma Western - 4:30pm Thursday - 12/17 HS Bowling @ Columbia Central - 3:30pm Boys Freshmen Basketball @ Lansing Christian - 4:00pm Friday - 12/18 Boys Freshman Basketball vs. Onsted - 4:30pm JV Boys Basketball vs. Onsted - 6:00pm Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Onsted - 7:30pm Saturday - 12/19 HS Wrestling @ East Jackson Dome Inv. - 9:00am Monday - 12/21 No Events Tuesday - 12/22 No Events

DANSVILLE Tuesday - 12/15 JV Girls Basketball @ Portland St. Pats - 6:00pm JV Boys Basketball @ Portland St. Pats - 7:30pm Wednesday - 12/16 MS Volleyball @ Potterville - 5:00pm HS Wrestling @ Columbia Central - 6:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball @ Portland St. Pats - 6:00pm Varsity Boys Basketball @ Portland St. Pats - 7:30pm Thursday - 12/17 JV Girls Basketball vs. Saranac - 6:00pm JV Boys Basketball vs. Saranac - 7:30pm Friday - 12/18 Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Saranac - 6:00pm Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Saranac - 7:30pm Saturday - 12/19 HS Wrestling - Dansville Team Tournament - 9:00am Monday - 12/21 No Events Tuesday - 12/22 No Events is your contact for reporting all your sports results! Send us your news. December 15, 2009

LESLIE 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 Wednesday - 12/16 MS Boys Basketball @ Hillsdale Davis - 4:30pm HS Wrestling @ Manchester - 6:00pm Thursday - 12/17 JV Girls Basketball @ Bellevue - 4:00pm Friday - 12/18 No Events Saturday - 12/19 HS Wrestling @ Lansing Eastern - 8:00am Monday - 12/21 No Events Tuesday - 12/22 Freshman Boys Basketball @ Napoleon - 2:00pm JV Boys Basketball @ Napoleon - 3:30pm Varsity Boys Basketball @ Napoleon - 5:00pm


PAGE 6 - THE WEEKLY PRIDE of my life living the Worst Decade? By Corinda Hackworth Instantly, I began to panic at the thought that and 2010 the beginning of the I was living the lowest point and new decade or is 2010 the end of didn’t even know it! the old decade and 2011 the So, I thought back over the beginning? last ten years of my life and Anyway, several weeks ago, decided that while I’ve not had I trudged out the mailbox on a the most exciting decade ever it Saturday and was excited to see certainly wasn’t my lowest, my new Time Magazine had either. arrived. While there were some really The weird thing is I don’t low points, I mean low, LOW read Time for the political points, I’ve achieved some articles and propaganda’s. I like pretty high points. to read about all of the other All three of The Muppets junk. have been born in this last I know, I know. But it’s not decade. like when men say they read And as far as I’m concerned, Playboy for the articles; I’m those are three of the most really telling the truth. exciting, most treasured Plus, it’s always high accomplishments I’ll ever reach. expectancy to see what or whom And no matter what I’ve is on the cover. gone through, those three I reached into the box, giddy reasons are why this decade was with anticipation and was definitely the most productive disappointed to see the cover (no pun intended) thus far. blaring the words, “The Worst My low points? That requires Decade Ever!” (It was barely a little more thinking. December.) Maybe I have to work so Instantly, I was suicidal. hard at remembering because The Worst Decade? Really? I’ve tried to block them out. I’ve spent the last ten years Or maybe because there are

A Load of Rubbish

This is not the article I had planned. I had started out on a completely different note, discussing that no matter how old we are we all want to please our parents. But somehow along the warped walls of my brain, my idea morphed into talking about all of the “Year in Review” programs and articles that are now thrust upon us. And how it’s going to be worse this year because it is also the ending of the decade. Almost. Depends on who you ask, I guess. Which is an article in itself: is 2009 the end of the decade

so many, I’ll have to sift through and pick out just a few. But why hold on to the past? The article I wrote last New Year’s only scratched the surface about looking back. If we’re told to make new plans, new resolutions and start over, why do we want to look back? In my humble opinion, the things that really matter the most will leap out as us with a huge flag, screaming, “Hello! Over here! Remember me?” And while they may not all be Brady Bunch memories, they are lessons to learn from. And if we have to dig through a decade’s worth of garbage, is it really worth going dumpster diving for? That’s not to say there aren’t some things I’ll be glad are gone and won’t be back. Like those ridiculous glasses that people wear on New Year’s that have the eyes for the zeros. I really hate those! And all of the drama that went with a new millennium that never came to fruition. But now we have the whole Mayan calendar debate that will

plague us until, well, until 2013 at the latest. Sooner if the Mayan’s are correct. I’m certain the next ten years will hold some high points and some low points, but I don’t think it’s fair to dub an entire decade the “Worst Ever” just because the media thinks so. If you analyze each decade from the media’s standpoint, can’t each decade be construed as the “Worst Ever”? Is this something they throw at us every ten years in an effort to endorse the next ten as being better? Is this supposed to encourage us? Because I really wasn’t encouraged. My opinion on New Year’s hasn’t changed. And, in fact, aside from being overjoyed at never having to see (pun intended) people wearing those dumb glasses and make a spectacle (pun intended again) of themselves, I still don’t care for New Year’s.

Stockbridge Middle School Honor Roll STOCKBRIDGE MIDDLR SCHOOL ALL “A” HONOR ROLL 1ST NINE WEEK MARKING PERIOD 8th Grade Bradley, Brian M Chapman, Jenna R Duke, Joseph A Huebner, Elizabeth R Knight, Connor M Lewis, Sara L Mergler, Lauren E Noffsinger, Charles A Noll, Victoria K Ostrander, Courtney R Rickle, Laura E Roberts, Nicholas D Salyer, Hope A Santos, Carlos A Watters, Madyson P 7th Grade Canfield, Dakota L Cook, Kyle R Cool, Jamie L Fillmore, Austin L Hastings, Shelby L Hypes, Chloe J Kruger, Karly A Leatherberry, Sheridan L McCleer, Philip M Nyfeler, Peter T Spink, Jeremy J Tolson, Ryan A Twining, Audrey M

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SUDOKU PUZZLES OF THE WEEK If you have never completed one of these you might be asking what the rules are. They are quite simple. Each column needs to contain the numbers 1 - 9, each row needs to contain the numbers 1 - 9, and each 3 x 3 set of squares needs to contain the numbers 1-9. Last weeks solutions at right.













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As a consumer, I expect that when I go to the store, the products that I buy will be safe. Unfortunately, consumers can no longer afford to make that assumption. With more and more of our products coming from foreign countries with lax consumer protection laws, State such as China, we have Representative sadly seen a record number of recalls over the past few years, including The following is an editorial written by State poisoned dog food and contaminated Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). If you have questions about this commentary, please toothpaste. contact Rep. Byrum's office by calling (517) 373Even more alarming is the recall of 0587. millions of popular toys made with With the holidays approaching, many dangerous chemicals that may cause of us are scrambling to finish shopping serious harm to our children. The before the big days. As a mother, I know materials used in toys like plastics, paints how wonderful it is to see that look of joy and fabrics may contain toxic chemicals on our child's face when they open that and many toys that are still on shelves perfect gift. That is why we brave the may contain undiscovered dangers for crowded stores and cold weather, to find children. the toy that will brighten our children's If children put these toys in their faces. mouths, the chemicals enter their bodies.

Capitol Notes

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December 15, 2009

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Leslie Senior Ryan Masters elevates to the basket and lays one in against Vandercook Lake during Varsity action last week. Masters scored 7 in the 55-43 loss.

Letter to Editor Dear Family and Friends The Jazzy Jen’s School of Dance Competition Team is performing “A Christmas Carol.” The team is performing two shows one on Saturday December 19th at 5:00 pm and another on December 20th at 12:00 –noon. These shows will be performed at the Stockbridge Town Hall. This performance is a fundraiser helping to build an addition to our dance studio and help the children with costumes. We would appreciate any and all December 15, 2009

donations you are willing to contribute. Please join us for the show or donations can be made to Jazzy Jen’s and mailed to Po Box 594 Stockbridge MI. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at the Studio for $5.00. The studio is located by Next Carneys Auto across the street from the library. Receipts will be given for tax purposes. Thank-You From All the Dancers at Jazzy Jen’s And Jennifer Hamlin, Owner and Artistic Director of Jazzy Jen’s School of Dance


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