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Volume 2, Issue 2

Tuesday, September 2, 2009

Published Weekly

Football Gets Underway

Members of the Stockbridge High School football team celebrate their 20-7 victory over Jonesville last Friday night.

Let it Flow for the “Spirit of America”

Crime Spree Ends by Julie Glair, Freelance Writer

Looking to make a difference on this September 11th anniversary? Well, here’s an idea: it’s time for the 8th Annual Spirit of America Blood Drive, hosted by the American Red Cross and Michigan International Speedway. It will be held on Friday, September 11th at the Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Since its inception in 2002, the blood drive has grown from its 375 units donated in 2002 to 1176 units donated in 2008, with the potential of saving 3528 lives. The Spirit of America is now one of the largest 9/11 blood drives in our nation. “We are so proud that this event, dedicated to the victims and survivors of the 2001 terrorist attacks, continues to grow,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO of the

Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “The tremendous support we receive from Michigan International Speedway, volunteers, blood donors and the community, help us collect hundreds of pints of blood each year to help our hospitals serve their patients in need.” Donations for this blood drive are by appointment only and approximately 100 openings are left. Call 1-800-YOUGAVE or visit This is really an ‘event’ not just a blood drive. For example, donors will be privy to a breathtaking view of the track above the start/finish line in the MIS Champions Club where they will enjoy a complimentary meal. They will receive gifts from sponsors, take a stroll down the

MIS Walk of Champions and have a photo-op with the MIS show car in Victory Lane. Before leaving the grounds, donors will visit Unity Field – A Patriot Day Memorial. Its ten acres features 3000 American flags and the names of each innocent victim who lost their life as a result of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

The Forgotten “Thank You” - Ed & Jennifer Grumelot

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

This past week saw local high school football teams begin their quests for the elusive state championship. Last season the Leslie Blackhawks reached the state finals where they finished as runner’s up for that title, their greatest season in school history. It seems strange that school is another week away, but due to the MHSAA playoff schedule with the finals being played on Thanksgiving weekend, high school teams will have already played two games prior to cracking a book. Local teams saw mixed results as Stockbridge defeated Jonesville 20 - 7, Leslie fell to East Jackson 20 - 7, and Dansville lost 46 - 0. The teams will be in action again this week as they play Thursday evening due to the Labor Day weekend. You can find complete statistics, photos, and schedules elsewhere in the paper. Keep in mind that we encourage our readers to submit their stories and photos to us for publication. It isn’t possible for us to be everywhere at once, but with your help we can get out the news. Send your material to

Submitted by Chief Cottrell, Waterloo Township

A three day mini crime spree came to an end Friday morning, August 21st, with the arrest of Jeremy Mead, 21, formerly of Munith, on multiple felony charges. The road to the Jackson County Jail started for Mead when he failed to return a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer to a friend in Jackson last Wednesday. The black trailblazer was listed by Jackson Police as stolen in the police computer network and the information broadcast to all local police departments. This got the Waterloo Police on the case as they have had several previous dealing with Mead. Waterloo officers searched his familiar haunts on Thursday hoping to locate the stolen SUV and get (Continued on page 6)

A Midwest Civil War

by Julie Glair, Freelance Writer

by Alex Noffsinger, Student Writer

With a ‘prideful’ passion for the Lions and Lioness’ Clubs, Ed and Jennifer Grumelot of Gregory have a wealth of knowledge about the clubs. It has been their selfless years of service that helped them gain that knowledge. Ed has been an active member since 1984. He has served as Lions Club President three times, District Governor for two years, and has just relinquished his position as Secretary after several years of service. Jennifer has served as District President for one year of the Lioness Club and has been with that club since 1986 and an active part of the Lions Club since 1996. “The Lions Club is the largest service organization in the world,” stated Jennifer. “One of the reasons I like the group is because you can do so much more for others than you can individually.” Ed added, “Often people think the Lions Club is only about Leader Dogs for the Blind and

The Toledo War arguably started with the creation of the Toledo Strip which was part of Ohio. The Toledo Strip was a major economic land because of the Miami and Erie Canals. There was a barrier called the Great Black Swamp that made it hard to lead canals and other transportation projects to Detroit, but Toledo was well suited. In 1833, a few years after Ohio acquired state hood, Michigan filed for state hood, but was rejected because of the debate over the Toledo Strip. Ohio lobbied against Michigan becoming a state and urged other states to vote against Michigan entering the Union. Brigadier-General Joseph W. Brown was appointed commander of the state militia by Territory Governor Mason to act against Ohio trespassers coming into the Toledo Strip. It didn’t take long before Ohio’s militia commander along with 600 fully armed militiamen to arrive 10 miles

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COMMUNITY CALENDER Mondays - Free Play Group - ages 1-4 from 10-11am Leslie First Baptist Church, 202 E. Bellevue St. Mondays - Support Group for Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Weigh in from 5:15-5:45pm at the First Baptist Church in Leslie. Meeting from 6:00-6:45pm Contact Coleen, 589-8145. Thursdays - Free Play Group - ages 1-3 from 10-11am - Stockbridge Heritage Elementary Gym, 222 Western Ave - Contact Wendy Moncada, 517-372-9411 ext. 6 to register.

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

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

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Bunker Hill Seventh-day Adventist 3820 Williamston Rd, Stockbridge (517) 589-0659 Sunday Worship 9:30am Sabbath School 10:45am Wednesday Prayer Meeting7:00 pm Pastor Gene Hall Church of Christ 4783 S. M-52 Hwy, Stockbridge (517) 851-8141 Sunday Bible Study 10:15am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm Ministers Bruce Harris and Larrel Whitaker Christ Episcopal Church 9900 N. Meridian Road, Pleasant Lake Sunday Morning 9:00am Youth Sunday School 9:00am Phone 517-769-2333

First Methodist Church of Waterloo Territorial Road, Stockbridge (517) 851-7287 First Presbyterian Church 101 S. Center Street, Stockbridge (517) 851-7015 Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am Church Offices Open T-W-F 9am-12 Pastor Shannon O’Leary Freedom Community Church “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 Leslie Public Middle School Cafeteria Kimball Road, Leslie, MI Pastor Wes Emmerson 517-676-3222 Sunday Worship – 10:00am

Good Shepherd Mission 5050 E. M-36, Stockbridge (517) 851-9800 Congregational United Church of Christ Morning Service 10:30am Tuesday Bible Study 116 W. Bellevue Rd, Leslie Parson Billy R. Allen 517-589-5226 Sunday Worship 10:30am Christian Education opportunities every Grace Lutheran Church day of the week. 212 S. Sherman St., Leslie Pastor Martin Schroeder Sunday Worship 10:00am Rev. Dr. thom Bower, Pastor and Teacher Sunday School & Bible Class 9:00am Dansville Free Methodist Church 1340 Mason Street, Dansville (517) 623-0365 Pastor Amy Thompson SS 9:30-10:30am Morning Worship 10:30-11:30am Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Prayer meeting 7:00pm Dansville United Methodist Church 1317 Mason Street, Dansville (517) 623-6591 (517) 623-6594 Worship & Sunday School 9:15am Pastor Don Fry Family Tabernacle Church of God 15901 M-36, Pinckney (517) 851-8327 Sunday Worship 10:30am Wednesday Evening 7:00pm Pastor Jeff Howard First Baptist Church “Leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ” 950 S. Clinton Road, PO Box 64, Stockbridge (517) 851-7075 Sunday Worship 9:15 & 11:00am Discovery Island Sunday 11:00am Wednesday 5th Dimension Youth Group 6:00pm Thursday Weight Watchers - 5:30pm Pastor Brian Johnson

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

Heritage United Brethren Church Meets at Dansville High School (517) 281-8931 Sunday School 9:00am Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am Sunday Night HS Youth Group 7:00pm Tuesday Night MS Youth Group 7:00pm Monday Night Elementary Youth Group 3:00pm Pastor Cal Hodgson Email: Pastor: Jeruel Baptist Church 11400 Plum Orchard Road, Munith (517) 596-2128 Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Morning Worship 11:0am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Youth Clubs & Prayer Meeting 6:30pm 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 - 9:30am Blended Worship Service 9:30am Adult Bible Study Class 11:00am Tuesday Bible Study - 1:00pm Wednesday Bible Study - 6:30pm Munith United Methodist Church 224 N. Main Street, Munith (517) 596-2441 Worship Hour - 9:30am Rev. Larry Rubingh

New Life Fellowship “You’re Gonna Love your new life” 4691 Hull Rd, Leslie (517) 589-9011 Sunday School for all ages 9:45am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00am Sunday Eve Bible Study 6:00pm Wednesday Night Fellowship 7:00pm Highest Praise Worship Center Pastor Terry French 5107 S. Clinton Street, Stockbridge (517) 851-7758 Plainfield United Methodist Church Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am 17845 M-36, Gregory Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Family Enrichment Night 7:00 Sunday Worship 11:15am -8:00pm Minister Judi Darling Bishop Jeffrey Lambert S.S. Cornelius & Cyprian Catholic Church 1320 Catholic Church Road, Leslie (517) 589-8492 Weekend Masses: Sunday 8:00am & 10:30am Confessions 4:00-4:30pm Visit a local church today Saturday Father Mike Petroski

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

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 10:15am Pastor Scott Schwertfeger Stockbridge United Methodist Church 219 E. Elizabeth Street, Stockbridge (517) 851-7676 Rev. Larry Rubingh Worship Hour - 11:00am Trinity Pentecostal Church 4935 Freiermuth Road, Stockbridge (517) 565-3310 Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Worship 10:45am Wednesday Youth Group 7:00pm Thursday Bible Study 10:30am Pastor Mark Roark Trinity Lutheran Church Missouri Synod 5758 West M-36 Putnam Township 734-878-5977 Pastor Merelyn Snider Sunday School 8:45am Sunday Worship 10:00am Pastor: Unadilla Presbyterian Church 20175 Williamsville Road, Gregory (734) 498-2348 Sunday Worship 11:00am Pastor John Qiu United Baptist Church 2510 Heeney Road, Stockbridge (517) 565-3121


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getting eyeglasses for those in need. They do so much more on a national and local level. Locally we contribute to the areas libraries, ambulances and fire departments. We contribute each spring and fall to the Stockbridge Outreach Program and the annual 4th of July fireworks in Gregory.” In fact it was in 1987 while Ed was President, that the local Lions Club implemented several senior high school scholarships be awarded. Since the inception, $250,000 has been given to deserving students in our area. In addition to the Lions Clubs, The Grumelots spent many years helping to groom children through Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, each with their own troop. Also, they have invested fifteen years in the children’s program named “Cool Christian Kids” at the Stockbridge Presbyterian Church. Their love of children began early-on and influenced their career choices. Jennifer recalls, “I loved kindergarten and my teacher, Bunny Geirman. I knew right then that I wanted to teach kindergarten and that’s what I did! I put in 28 years and loved how much the kids enjoy learning. We focused on a handson type of curriculum.” It was also a teacher, Donavan Cronkite that inspired Ed to teach. “I learned a lot from him,” began Ed. “He was my agriculture teacher and taught us how to farm. We learned how to test soil, test milk, and many other interesting things.” Ed’s leadership skills grew at Stockbridge High School, too as he was the Senior Class President and also the President of Future Farmers of America (FFA). Ed chose to teach elementary children between second and fifth grade for 27 years before retiring.

Jennifer, originally from Wyandotte, Michigan and Ed, originally from Stockbridge met one another at Eastern Michigan University while earning their teaching degrees. They were married and began a family. They are the proud parents of eight very accomplished children living as close as Lansing and as far away as France. Their children range in age from 49 to 35 years old. They also have nine grandchildren. Jennifer and Ed have traveled worldwide in-part due to his involvement with the Army. He served five years active duty including one year in Vietnam and is currently a Retired Army Reserves Officer. Several of their children have also served in the Army. Traveling is one of the things both of the Grumelots enjoy doing together. Camping, canoeing, biking and reading are also at the top of their list. Ed has a passion for H.O. Model Trains and they have visited train museums all over the world. One of the most unique hobbies they share is their piloting of the Lions Air Force planes. You may have seen them at one of the Munith Halloween Parades or the Gregory 4th of July Parades. Having logged more than 200 hours each, they have ‘flown’ in parades in Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado and others. The planes were built in 1992 to symbolize the “War Against Blindness” that the Lions Clubs are fighting to win. The passion this couple exhibits for serving others must be comparable to the passion they have for their marriage. For that, an early Congratulations goes out for their 50th wedding anniversary on January 29, 2010, and……I thank you, Ed and Jennifer Grumelot for all you do, for all of us! If you know someone deserving of a Forgotten “Thank You”, please email me at

Real Estate Corner With Sandy Goetz, Realtor ® If you need more information or have any questions, you can email me at Or call me at 734-475-3737

Mortgage Delinquencies Hit Record High Mortgage delinquencies hit a record high in June with more than 13 percent of homeowners late with at least one mortgage payment or in foreclosure, according to a report released Thursday by the Mortgage Bankers Association. “As a sign that mortgage performance is once again being driven by unemployment, prime fixed-rate loans now account for one in three foreclosure starts. A year ago, they accounted for one in five,” says Jay Brinkmann, the association’s chief economist. Florida is at the top of the heap with a total of 22.8 percent of all mortgages delinquent by at least one payment or in the process of foreclosure. That’s twice the national percentage if the Florida numbers are excluded. The next highest states are Nevada, 21.3 percent; Arizona, 16.3 percent; and Michigan, 15.8 percent. “It is unlikely we will see meaningful reductions in the foreclosure and delinquency rates until the employment situation improves. In addition, in some areas where a number of borrowers have mortgages that are larger than the current value of their homes, any life events such a divorce or loss of a job are likely to translate into foreclosures until prices in those areas recover, not just flatten,” Brinkmann said. Source: Mortgage Bankers Association (08/20/2009)/Realtor Magazine 8/21/09

LIBRARY EVENTS This summer, Be Creative

@ the Library! Our Summer Reading Program is for kids, teens and adults. Come in to sign up and start earning fun prizes. We also have free family entertainment all summer long. LESLIE Adults Adult Book Discussion Wednesday, Sept. 9 1 pm “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer STOCKBRIDGE ADULTS Seniors Outreach Friday, Sept. 4 12 noon Books will be made available for checkout at the seniors’ luncheon in the Town Hall.

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The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors provided a ribbon cutting on August 21, 2009 for two anniversaries at the Mason Branch of Independent Bank. They are celebrating ten years in Mason and five years in their current location, 190 E. Kipp Road. Pictured assisting Steve Brown are Kelly Voss, Bonnie Root, Tom Lessa, Justine Finegan, Robin King-Fuller, and Malissa Richardson. MACC Courtesy Photo.

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Stockbridge Harriers Finish 3rd at Laingsburg The Men’s and Women’s cross country teams from Stockbridge both finished in 3rd place at Laingsburg last week. The top seven Women’s runners were: Jacquie Fillmore 20:45 12th place Kristen Fillmore 20:47 13th Place Storm Boyer 20:50 14th Place Kellie Rizzolo 21:54 24th Place Julia Snider 22:25 34th Place Cassie Lance 25:13 74th Place Madison McLelland 80th place. Members of the Men’s team include Kyle Losey, Tyler Graustein, Zack Olsen, Anthony Rickle, Chris Adams, Kyle Kramer, Tyler Carpenter, Mason Cutler, Alex Armstrong, Mason Cutler,

Stockbridge Senior LB Dustin Noll looks to the sideline for the defensive call last week.

Ian Bumpas, and Chad Elmer. Members of the Women’s Team include Breanna Baldridge, Madison McLelland, Morgan Ward, Emily Ten Eyck, Emily Armstrong, Jasmine Holloway, Storm Boyer, Kellie Rizzolo, Jacquie Fillmore, Kristen Fillmore, Micah Ward. Both teams are excited about the upcoming season. Men’s Coach Steve Allison and Women’s Coach Luke Thorburn have encouraged the runners to log numerous miles as well as participate in weight training sessions in preparation for the season.

Medal Winners (l-r) Right Storm Boyer, Kellie Rizzolo, Jacquie Fillmore, and Kristen Fillmore

Varsity Football

Stockbridge Football Kicks off Season with Win! The Stockbridge Varsity football team proved that all of it’s off-season training was worth it as they kicked off their season with a 20– 7 road win over the Comets of Jonesville. It may have been first game jitters or the need to get up to game speed, but the Panthers trailed 7-0 entering the fourth quarter before rattling off 3 touchdowns, including two in the last minute, to win. Jonesville got on the board in the second quarter with a 47-yard scoring strike from Spencer Neilson to Johnny Sigler. It was the longest play of the night for Jonesville as the Panther defense held the Comets to 159 yards rushing on 37 attempts and the one completion for 47 yards. The Panther offense got things going just 49 seconds into the 4th quarter as RJ Marshall hauled in his first of two touchdown passes with a 25 yard reception from Quarterback Jeff O’Brien.

Stockbridge got the go ahead score after their defense stopped Jonesville on a 4th down and 2 yards to go from their own 35 yard line. Matt Klann capped the ensuing drive with a 6-yard touchdown run with :48 to go in the contest. Jacob Pace intercepted the next play from scrimmage and O’Brien connected with Marshall from 33 yards out to put the game away. O’Brien finished the day with 92 yards passing and 146 rushing to lead the Panthers offensively. Marshall was the leading receiver with 2 catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Klann finished 57 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown. Dominic Busen, Jacob Pace, and Nick Hoard each caught passes. Stockbridge travels to Dundee this Thursday for a 7:00 kick-off.

Jeff O’Brien (l) Stockbridge Quarterback, runs a drill at the 7th and 8th grade football camp this past weekend. 7th and 8th Grade football season got underway Monday.

Stockbridge Varsity receiver, RJ Marshall evades the tackle as he scores the second of his two touchdowns Friday night. Marshall caught touchdown passes of 25 and 33 yards in the Panthers 20 - 7 win over Jonesville.

#5 Jeff O’Brien tries to evade the Jonesville tacklers Friday night. O’Brien finished the evening with 146 yards rushing and 92 yards passing to lead the Panthers offensively. The Panthers return to action on the road Thursday evening at Dundee. It is a 7:00 kickoff. September 2, 2009

The Junior Varsity Cheerleaders from Stockbridge take a moment between plays to pose for the camera. They had lots to cheer about as their football team won 34-0.

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Re-opening September 14, under new ownership!

Dr. Shelly Rutledge-Walker, D.V.M. 214 S. Center St., Stockbridge 517-851-7100 Varsity Football

Junior Varsity Football

Stockbridge JV Dominate in Win The Stockbridge Junior Varsity football team got things started out right as they rolled to a 34 - 0 win over the visiting Jonesville team last Thursday night. Joe Martinez led the team offensively with 95 yards rushing and 89 yards receiving on the night. Mitch Clark commanded the potent attack from his Quarterback position . Devin Allen fooled everyone with his 37 yard scamper on a reverse late in the game. Scott Watson, John Grassmeyer, Justin Gipfert, and Anthony Gipson led the defense in the shutout victory. The team will put it’s 1-0 record on the line this week against the visitors form Dundee in a 6:30 Wednesday evening affair. Stop by Boyd Stadium for some midweek entertainment. Stockbridge JV running back, Joe Martinez, runs down the sideline for a score last Thursday.

Varsity Volleyball

Leslie Drops Season Opener to East Jackson

Stockbridge Volleyball Defeats Grass Lake

The Blackhawks, off a record setting season, where unable to overcome a 200 first half deficit Friday night against East Jackson. Leslie was able to intercept 3 EJ passes, but the Trojans were still able to complete 13 of 28 for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Blackhawks held the Trojans to just 84 yards rushing on 25 carries. Leading the Blackhawks offensively were Brendon Smith, who complete 1021 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Kyle Bronson was on the receiving end of 3 of those passes for 64 yards. He also caught the touchdown pass. Smith was also the leading rusher with 39 yards on 14 carries. Leslie travels to Sand Creek for a 7:00 kickoff this Thursday evening.

The Stockbridge Varsity Volleyball Team had a quick win over Grass Lake Thursday night. The Panthers' sets went 25-12, 25-22, and 25-17 to win the best three of five match. The Warriors struggled with SHS's tough serves. The Stockbridge team earned 9 service aces, led by Ashleigh Noffsinger with 3. Noffsinger also led the team in assists with 11, followed by Raven Summers with 10. Alicia Gaynor scored 9 kills for the night. Other strong offensive contributers were Nichole Chapman, Justine Campbell, and Emily Lewis. Katie Crockett dominated on defense with 15 digs and good serve receive passing came from both Crockett and Summers. The Varsity team's record is now 1-21.

Submitted by Coach Avis

Junior Varsity Volleyball

Stockbridge JV Volleyball Results Submitted by Coach Knepley

Last Thursday the Panthers traveled to Grass Lake night where they defeated Grass Lake in a very close match 26-24/26-24. The Lady Panthers were lead in points by Clorissa Deidrich with 8 points followed by Sarah McLelland with 6 points. Panther JV Volleyball Tourney The Panthers fought hard Saturday in pool play but were not able to advance to the playoffs. The Panthers scoring in pool play were:

Andrew Arras, 36, runs the ball for Leslie during their battle with East Jackson in Friday night competition. SMAA Football Standings

Dalton Cardwell, 50, puts a block on East Jackson during Thursday night’s Junior Varsity game.

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Collin Martian,2, in action for Leslie JV vs. East Jackson Thursday night.




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The Panthers were led in points by Clorissa Deidrich with 17 points with 8 aces; Audra Goodlock with 10 points, and Jenny Spink with 10 points and 3 aces. The Panthers were led in kills by Samantha Stevens with 6 followed by Jenny Spink with 5 and Krista Gaynor with 4. The Panthers were led in assists by Jenni Gradowski. In the back court, the Panthers were led by Clorissa Diedrich, Tiffani Eibler and Lyndsey Lampe. The Lady Panthers next challenge will be on 9-15 vs. Columbia Central.



A Little Help from My Friends  By Corinda Hackworth I’ve been noticing a common thread in the books I’ve been reading lately. They’re all new fiction, most are on or have been on the New York Times Best Seller List and they’re all comedies with a twinge of realistic drama (and romance, naturally). But the universal link is that they all rely on a group of girlfriends, or even just one BFF, to get them through their trauma. Now I know without a doubt that your spouse is supposed to be your best friend. Whether they are or not, is a whole other article. And while I agree that your spouse is supposed to know you better than anyone and you should share all (okay, most) of your hopes and dreams with them, there is still a “block” between men and women that keeps us mysterious to one another.

And I’m not saying this to get on my soapbox of femininity or “equality for women” or any of that other stuff; I’m saying it because it’s true. My point being, in all of my books whenever there is a problem, the women all drop whatever they are doing and rush to the heroine’s side, vowing to do anything for her, (which they always do) and everything is tied up with a big pink bow at the end, and the heroine swears she doesn’t know how she ever survived without her girlfriends! Mostly, the women have at least one girlfriend that they have known since childhood and have remained closerthanthis through thick and thin, marriage and babies. I do have some women whom I am very close to. And while I love them all, they all know different parts of me. Some know the dark me, others know the not-quite-so-dark me (Notwithstanding “Lucy”, my friend in Las Vegas; she, poor dear, knows everything there is to know about me) Obviously with her being so far away,

I’m unable to include her in my daily woman-to-woman contact. So I figured the way to enrich my stagnant relationships are to include the women I do see on a day to day basis in every aspect I can (almost every aspect; I’d really hate to scare someone away and it is a possibility!). I’ve often planned time to get these women together and have some bonding time (I hate the phrase “girl time” or “girls’ night out”). Sometimes these dates are actually pre -meditated while other are just “We’ll meet for lunch or coffee sometime and ladi-da”. But inevitably, it all ends the same. No one follows through, myself included. Which always kind of depresses me. I mean, all women take time to get our hair done, which is not a requirement (well, for me it is), yet we schedule times to do it and manage to carry it out. Yet when it comes down to spending time with our girlfriends, we often deem it inconvenient or we just plain old don’t feel like it. A woman I greatly admire is a teacher of troubled teens. I remember her telling me about one of the fights the girls were having and it had drawn all of the girls in

the class against one another. She concluded that if the girls stood with as much unity as they do diversity when they’re fighting, they could conquer just about anything. So why don’t we? Why do we often put other menial tasks ahead of our friendships? There is a quote that says, “There are not many things in life so beautiful as true friendship and not many things more uncommon.” That being said, I think many women would be a lot happier in most areas, if they felt they had a support team behind them. And as I’ve mentioned, spouses are supposed to be your number one fan. But how much better would it feel, knowing you had at least an extra one, or even more, people pulling for you? All relationships take work. We work on making our marriages thrive so why not friendships, too? Ancient Roman writer and scholar Marucs Tullius Cicero was right on when he said, “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.”

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a hold of Mead, who was wanted on two felony warrants. Waterloo officers spoke with numerous associates of Mead while attempting to generate a lead to his whereabouts. On Thursday evening, Waterloo officers received a tip that Mead was at the house of a friend on M-52 in Waterloo Township and the stolen SUV was hidden behind a barn there. Waterloo officers obtained a search warrant and with the assistance of the State Police surrounded the property and began the search. Mead saw the patrol cars approaching and fled on foot into the corn field behind the house. Officers gave chase but soon lost sight of Mead as the field of corn was over 7' tall and the rows densely packed. A local tracking dog was called to the scene and attempted to track Mead but that effort was thwarted by the friend Mead was staying with running into the search area and contaminating the scene. That 24 year old man was arrested for interfering with the search and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on a felony charge of resisting an officer. Officers continued to search the area until 10:30 that night but were unable to locate Mead. The following morning, Friday the

21st, Waterloo Police received a phone call from a local farmer who reported seeing a man hiding in his semi truck behind his house. Waterloo Police responded to the farm on M-52, and with the assistance of State Police, Leoni Public Safety, and Sheriff Deputies, surrounded the truck and the attached grain trailer. Mead saw the swarm of police cars converging on his hideout and he quickly locked the doors of the cab. As officers ordered Mead to come out of the truck, Mead figured out how to start the truck. He revved the engine, threw it gear, popped the clutch, and began spinning the drive tires in forward. Luckily, Mead forgot to release the parking brake on the trailer and the truck wasn't able to move. Officers broke the driver’s side window and were able to convince Mead to surrender. Mead was jailed on the two previously obtained felony warrants and two additional felony charges were added to his docket by the Jackson County


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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He sent Jesus, who became your sin, died the death you should have died, went to the abode of the wicked in your place, he rose from the dead, conquered your sin, breaking all of its power over you, and set you free. What a love story! This is the transformation you need. As you can see it’s not about what you do or don’t do, it’s about what Jesus Christ has done for you. When you live with this kind of belief system, and every day do something to feed your spirit, you will live a simple lifestyle.. Most people think that transformation begins with what you do, and we do need self discipline while we are being transformed on the inside. But real spiritual awakening is when you take part in the process and decide I’m going to accept this finished work and experience for the first time in my feelings that God loves me therefore, I am loved. I have a few suggestions for you to participate in your own spiritual awakening, being a Believer in Jesus Christ, and accepting His finished work is for you and I to be in a state of peace and joy. 1. Get quiet and talk to God, tell him everything, he knows everything anyway, he wants to bring you into peace and for all of us emotional healing is a process, we are supposed to be lead by peace. 2.We all resist new, life is always

changing and we are continuums making choices all day long. While you’re being still and talking to God, if you have a thought of something you don’t like, simply say out loud I am a child of God, and I accept the finished work of Jesus Christ in my life, and I release this thought and I let it go. Now picture it as a helium balloon going right out of the top of your head. There is absolutely nothing insurmountable for a Christian to face, we are over comers. 3. Read your bible, this is the good news. Read it not for information, but to get to know the Author of life. I started reading Matthew, but I skipped over the genealogy and started with the birth of Jesus Christ, and continue reading something encouraging almost every day. I love the bible, it’s so good, and you will to, it will prove to be life for you! It will give you more energy then you could imagine. 4. Enjoy being in love with life, and loving to self, see yourself enjoying life. Even if you do enjoy living, we can all come up higher in living in love. Think of things you would be doing if you did enjoy life? 5.God said you’re already whole, this means you have no lack, accept it, embrace it, enjoy it, let this be a thought that continues to work and work inside you, until you become a believer in this

supposed to care for them. This abuse can be emotional, physical or financial, and too often, goes unreported. Michigan's Adult Protective Services received more than 16,300 reports of adult mistreatment in 2008, but based on estimates of how often this kind of abuse is State not reported, it is Representative estimated than more than 70,000 Michigan adults are abused every year. The following is an editorial written by State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). If you That is why I recently joined my have questions about this commentary, please colleagues in passing the Elder Abuse contact Rep. Byrum's office by calling (517) 373Protection Plan, which takes aim at elder 0587. Our golden years should be times of abuse here in Michigan by creating tough relaxation, filled with laughter, love and new penalties for predators, strengthening family. After decades of working to our lax consumer protection laws, and provide for our loved ones, retirement is giving people the tools they need to help well-deserved. Unfortunately, these times prevent abuse. Clearly, Michigan's laws are not of joy too often turn into tragedy at the hands of unscrupulous caregivers and con strong enough when someone who abuses a senior can still profit from their victim's artists. Every year, thousands of seniors suffer estate. Even if someone tortures, neglects abuse at the hands those who are or exploits a senior, Michigan law allows

them to inherit the victim's money and property. Our plan closes this loophole and will deter this unconscionable behavior. Seniors are also exploited by scammers, who encourage seniors to add that individual to their bank accounts. In doing so, the scammer is given equal access to their account and the right to withdraw all of their money. Our plan requires financial institutions to provide anyone looking to open a joint account with a written summary of their rights to ensure that seniors are aware of the potential hazards of doing so. The plan also requires employees of banks and other financial institutions to be vigilant and report suspected cases of elder abuse. We will also establish means through which concerned citizens, including nursing home workers or other private care workers, that suspect abuse can file a complaint on behalf of any senior. In addition, our plan will toughen penalties for those who financially exploit our seniors. Anyone who obtains a senior's signature through fraud or coercion will be charged with a felony

“A Simple Lifestyle with Nelva Jean” Hello Everybody, It’s that time, all is well here and loving life. Our summer is coming to an end, but it’s been good and fun but not with a few challenges. Most people in Michigan like the summer activities. My husband and I like to walk, ride bikes, pick our herbs, and shop at the farmer’s mkt. for fresh produce and sit on our front porch and have a healthy vegan meal, and enjoy each other’s company. Today I’m writing about change. You already know that change is hard to do; it requires that you do something unfamiliar, it means letting go of something you’ve been doing and now doing something new. This does take work. In comparison to transformation which is much simpler and more restful. What does it look like for you to be the person God said you already are? Transformation always begins by feeling uncomfortable about what’s going on with you. I’ve mentioned in previous articles about living in peace and enjoying you. It took years for me to settle down in my soul and be at peace with God and self.. None of us like the unknown, we want to know all the steps, but we all know that’s our own fantasy world. You see God said walking by faith is to trust. God said you were made in His image.

Capitol Notes

Barb Byrum

September 2, 2009

new idea, irrespective of what’s going on in you or around you. 6. Learn to rest and be at peace, this takes practice every day, so practice, practice, practice. This is Simple Living, it’s learning to be at peace with you and being content with where you are on your journey, no matter what you or situations look like, decide to be happy! If you would like to say something in regards to this article e-mail me at Until next time enjoy the clean humor! Once upon a time there were three sisters, ages 92, 94, and 96, and they all lived together. One night the 96 year old ran a bath. She put one foot in and paused. “Was I getting in the tub or out?” she yelled. The 94 year old hollered back, “I don’t know. I’ll come and see.” She started up the stairs and stopped. She shouted, “Was I going up or coming down?” The 92 year old sitting at the kitchen table having tea, listening to her sister’s shook her head and said, “I sure hope I never get that forgetful,” and knocked on wood for good measure. Then she yelled, “I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door.”

punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a heavy fine. Finally, our plan will establish the "Mozelle Alert." Much like the Amber Alert, this will notify the public when seniors are missing from their homes and are believed to be incapable of returning without assistance. The alert is named in honor of Estella Mozelle Pierce, who tragically perished from exposure and a lack of needed medication after she left her Southwest Detroit home and was unable to return. Elder abuse is a despicable crime that too often goes unreported. Unfortunately, many seniors that are victims of this abuse do not report it, either because of embarrassment or fear of retaliation. With the Elder Abuse Protection Plan, we will give seniors and concerned citizens the tools they need to end this mistreatment and abuse and ensure that our parents, grandparents and loved ones are protected. If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, please contact 1 -800-996-6228. To report child abuse, please contact 1-800-942-4357.



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STOCKBRIDGE Tuesday - 9/1 Varsity Soccer vs. Dansville - 5:30pm Wednesday - 9/2 Girls Golf - Jamboree @ Hillsdale - 12:00pm Varsity Soccer @Columbia Central - 5:30pm JV Football vs. Dundee - 6:00pm Thursday - 9/3 Girls Golf @ East Jackson Invitational - 9:00am Varsity Football @ Dundee - 7:00pm Friday - 9/4 No Events Saturday - 9/5 No Events Monday - 9/7 No Events - LABOR DAY Tuesday - 9/8 Girls Golf - SMAA Jamboree - 5:30pm Boys/Girls Cross Country @ Grass Lake - 4:30pm September 2, 2009

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