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Volume 2, Issue 4

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Needed Service Opens in Stockbridge by Julie Glair, Freelance Writer

(l to r) Audrey

Spurrell, Lic. Vet. Tech., Dr. Shelly Rutledge-Walker, D.V.M., and Angie Flores, Office Manager pose in front of the newly opened clinic

Monday, September 14, 2009 was the day the Stockbridge Vet Clinic re-opened. The practice has been purchased by Dr. Tom Armstrong of Alma, Michigan who has a small animal practice he will maintain in Alma. He has staffed the Stockbridge Vet Clinic with an enthusiastic trio of professionals ready to give Stockbridge and area communities the type of Veterinary Service that has long been needed. Dr. Shelly Rutledge-Walker is the Veterinarian hand-chosen by Dr. Armstrong as the right fit for this practice. She is an M.S.U. graduate with eight years of experience at a small animal practice in Okemos. Dr. Rutledge-Walker and her husband, Dave, and their two children have lived in Stockbridge for 14 years and say they really enjoy the area. “Our goal is to offer quality medicine for the area with consistent hours and consistent care for the animals,” Dr. Rutledge-Walker explained. Office Manager, Angie Flores previously worked for Dr. Armstrong in Alma, is an M.S.U. graduate and currently lives in Lansing with her husband and three year old daughter. Angie is extremely

eager to get started and is pleased that they have scheduled appointments for their opening week. The third of the trio is Audrey Spurrell, Licensed Veterinary Technician. Audrey is a recent grad of the M.S.U. Vet. Tech. Program and is from the Webberville area. She completed 7 years with the Navy before deciding to put her love of animals to work in the Veterinary field. Stockbridge Veterinary Clinic is a fullservice clinic including X-ray and surgery capabilities. Located at 214 S. Center Street in Stockbridge, they will be open Monday – Thursday 8am – 6pm, and Friday 8am – 4pm. Call (517) 851-7100 with questions or to book an appointment for your pet. As new members of the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce, they will be holding an Open House, Thursday September 24th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. This will be a chance for residents to see the improvements to the building, and meet the staff while enjoying refreshments, door prizes and raffles. Welcome Stockbridge Veterinary Clinic!

Published Weekly

Panthers win 10 - 0 to break Hillsdale’s 30 game league winning streak.

Stockbridge Quarterback Jeff O’Brien leaps over a Hillsdale defender during last Friday’s Contest. The Panthers went on to defeat the Hornets 10 - 0 and improve their record to 3 - 0

Louie Shaw celebrates his 85th! By Cecil Darnell, Guest Writer

“COUNT THOSE CANDLES, THERE ARE ONLY 84 OF THEM…some bystander noted when Louie and Dorothy Shaw hosted his 85th Birthday Party at the new Shawhaven barn south of Mason. Those positioning and lighting the candles refused a recount suggestion… SEVEN CHILDREN ALL GIRLS BUT FIVE…This line follows the notation that they were married in 1945 on their Dexter Trail Hawley Cemetery marker. Louie Shaw is sometimes called a prankster, others say he is a story teller. He has even been referred to as a horse jockey from the old school. Farmer? Citizen? Wagon Master? Interesting citizen…these titles are aimed at Louie (Lewis) Shaw from time to time (and others) and sometimes titles less complimentary. Louie is a man who

The Forgotten “Thank You” - Chief Bob Delamarter by Julie Glair, Freelance Writer

With a team of five Police Officers, Leslie Police Chief Bob Delamarter knows they have what it takes to serve the City of Leslie. “I feel good about our team,” Chief Delamarter began. “We have a good mixture of experience and youth and maintain the common goal of public safety for the community.” Chief Delamarter started his career in law enforcement right out of Waverly High School in Lansing. He put in 28 years on the Lansing Police Department with positions from Cadet to Sergeant before retiring in 2001. It was early in 2003 that he began working with the Leslie Police Department. This October will mark three years as Chief of Police there. “My goal as Chief is to keep up the training and professionalism within the Department. Most important is to keep Leslie a safe and peaceful community.” Leslie Police Chief Bob Delamarter

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Are you sure there are 85? demands that people respond to him. This pleases some folks and intimidates others. A year ago at the Draft Horse Plow Day at the Ken Marsh Farm (Stockbridge, MI), Louie had to quit working on his horsepulling judging job, so he could go home where they were holding his 84th Birthday Party. Has another year slipped past already? Louie (Continued on page 4)

Community Education Soccer Kicks Off Stockbridge Community Education Soccer programs kicks off its fall season this Saturday, September 19th. Grades K-1 games will be held at 9:00am while grades 2-3 will play games at either 10:10am or 11:00am. K-1 Community Ed soccer fields are located at Smith Elementary and Stockbridge High School. Grades 2-3 fields are located being Stockbridge High School and also behind Heritage Elementary. Games are played every Saturday morning through October 24th. For more information and additional activities contact community education at 517-851-8222. Come out and support our young athletes!!

PAGE 2 - THE WEEKLY PRIDE 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, 5898145. 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 15th - Dansville Athletic Boosters Meeting - Dansville HS Room 132 - 6:00pm Wednesday, September 16th - Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority (SDDA) Meeting - Village Offices - 7:00pm

COMMUNITY CALENDER Thursday, September 17th - Leslie Historical Society Meeting - G.A.R Hall - 7:00pm Friday, September 18th - Leslie Local Dev. Finance Authority (LDFA) Meeting - City Hall - 8:00am Saturday, September 19th - Car Show “All American Role Models” - Rice Street, Leslie - 8:00am-4:00pm Sunday, September 20th - All You Can Eat Breakfast, $7 @ First Presbyterian Church of Stockbridge CE Building 8:00am-1:00pm. Proceeds to benefit the mission work of the Presbyterian Women’s Organization. For more info call 517-851-7015

Monday, September 21st - Dansville Board of Education Meeting - Elementary Library - 7:00pm Tuesday, September 22nd - Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical Society General Meeting Stockbridge Town Hall, 115 E. Elizabeth St. Presentation of “A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier” by Dennis Petsch - Social period @ 6:30, meeting begins @ 7:00pm. Visitors Welcome, no charge to attend. Wednesday, September 23rd-Friday, September 25th Orders for the October delivery of Great Food For All can be placed at Southwest Church of the Nazarene, 14555 Holmes Rd, Gregory. 10am-3pm. Distribution date is October 17th, 9:30am-11:30am

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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 Saturday Confessions 4:00-4:30pm 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

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Southwest Church of the Nazarene 14555 Holmes Road PO Box 74, Gregory, MI 48137 Church : (734) 498-2682 Pastor : (734) 395-9157 Sunday Services: Sunday School - 10:00am Morning Worship - 11:00am Evening Service - 6:00pm Wednesday - 7:00pm NETS (Teen Program) Caravan for Grades 1 - 6 Benson’s Buddies - Age 3 - K Pastor Gary A. Slusher 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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PAGE 3 - THE WEEKLY PRIDE Thank you (Continued from page 1)

Chief Delamarter continued, “I believe to do that we have to be ‘ever present’ in the community by actively patrolling. We don’t spend much time at the station. We find that this keeps us in touch with the people of Leslie and also helps deter mischief.” It was mischief that lead Delamarter onto the law enforcement career path. “When I was about eight years old,” he recalled “Some kids started harassing me and stole my coat. It was an Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputy that came. He handled things well, got my coat back, and made me feel that a kid really counts. I’ve admired Officers since then and decided that’s what I wanted to do.” Chief Delamarter has been married to his wife, Tammy for 18 years. They have four children, two grown daughters, Elizabeth age 31, Erin age 28, and two sons, Sam 15, and Brian age 12 still at home. They also have a two year old

granddaughter named Abby in Lansing. Chief enjoys spending time with his family, including all the sporting events his sons are a part of. He also enjoys hunting and fishing and hopes that his sons at their ages will be the excuse needed to do more of both. Although Chief Delamarter continues to live in south Lansing he feels very much a part of the Leslie community. “Leslie is really a nice place. The hometown feel is great and everyone knows and cares about each other,” Chief explained. “There are so many places, these days, where people don’t even know their next door neighbors. It’s sad.” Well, Chief Bob Delamarter it’s the efforts of you and your officers that keep the friendliness in Leslie by keeping it a safe community. For that Chief, 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:

Stockbridge Classroom News: Submitted by SCS Staff

As we begin this new school year we have some new and exciting changes in our teaching staff and programs that will continue to provide our students with an excellent educational experience here in Stockbridge Community Schools. With the concessions that our staff agree upon during recent negotiations, our district was able to hire, rather than lay off many new teachers. We would like to welcome Travis Sparks, Shannon Harrigan, Kathryn Farr and Michelle Duffey to Heritage Elementary School. Lori Zemke is new at the Middle School and Brian Tasior will be teaching at the High School. It is exciting to be able to welcome more great teachers to our wonderful teaching staff. We are also implementing new programs to help individualize instruction for many students at the elementary level. Kristi Ross and Corey Pena attended training and will be working individually with students for reading and math support. Editors Note: Teachers: Do you have something you want to say? Is there an event coming up that the community needs to know about? Do you just want to share some “good” news? Please send us your story to us at Be sure to include your contact information should we need to call you.

Get Your Study “Groove” On. by Julie Glair, Freelance Writer

It’s always hard to get back in the ‘groove’ of studying after a long or seemingly not-so-long summer break. There are several methods of studying. Here is one that helps give you an accurate perception of how well you know the material, and forces you to think about it, rather than just look it over. First, review your notes and readings frequently, so the material is ‘fresh’. Also, as you are reading the text or reviewing your notes, write down questions about the material. Imagine you are teaching the class – what questions would you ask? Next, keep track of any terms you need to know. The index card system is very effective: • Write each question or term on the back of an index card. • On the front of each card, write an answer. Use your notes or text as a reference, but write the answer in your own words. • Shuffle the index cards so you can’t figure out any answers by their place in the deck. • Look at the card on the top of the deck: Try to answer the question or explain the term. If you know it, put the card on the bottom of the deck and kudos to you! If you don’t know it, look at the answer, then put it a few cards down in the deck so you’ll repeat it soon.

September 15, 2009

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 734-475-9600.

More Waiting in Store Before Prices Head Up Real estate forecasting service Local Market Monitor, which predicts housing market trends for investors and banks, forecasts that housing prices will decline an average of 5 percent through 2010. This prediction includes double-digit decreases in Phoenix, Miami, and Las Vegas. But then the worst could be over, says CEO Ingo Winzer. As the recession eases, “We’ll see good price increases in many markets,” he reports. In the following markets, home values are expected to remain level this year but increase in value next year: • Baton Rouge, La. • Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y. • Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas • Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas • Little Rock-North Little RockConway, Ark. • Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa • Pittsburgh, Pa. • San Antonio, Texas • Syracuse, N.Y. Here are the 10 largest markets where prices are expected to continue to decline through 2010: • Fresno, Calif. • Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev. • Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. • Orlando-Kissimmee, Fla. • Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. • Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, Ore.-Wash. • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. • Stockton, Calif. • Tacoma, Wash. • Tucson, Ariz. Source: Local Market Monitor (09/09/2009)/ Realtor Magazine 9/10/09

Continue through the deck until you know all the information. Here are some extra tips to make this method really work for you. • Carry your cards with you everywhere. Use small chunks of time throughout your day whenever you may be waiting. • If you think you know an answer but can’t put it into words, you probably don’t know it well enough. • Test yourself someplace where nobody can see you and recite the answers out loud. Study with a friend from your class. You can help each other out with concepts and share ideas. You can also use each other to make sure you are explaining your answers adequately. Everyone struggles at the start of a new school year, even teachers I’m told, but stay positive and remember you have to put in the effort in order to get the grade. Also, you will have a lot less test anxiety if you study and are prepared. Now, bring on the books!

Woodworth PTO Fall Ball The Woodworth PTO will hold its Fall Ball on October 17, 2009 at the Leslie Event Center. The event will begin at 6pm and last until midnight. Tickets are $25 and include dinner. There will be dancing, a 50/50 raffle, cash bar, and jeans to jewels. For more information, please call 517-878-8006.

Civil War Life The Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical Society will hold its general meeting, Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at the historic Stockbridge Town Hall located at 115 E. Elizabeth Street in downtown Stockbridge. This month local history teacher Dennis Petsch will present a program concerning a day in the life of a Civil War soldier. The meeting begins at 7:00pm with a social period beginning at 6:30pm. Anyone interested in local history or genealogy is encouraged to attend. Visitors are always welcome and there is no charge to attend.

LIBRARY EVENTS DANSVILLE CHILDREN Movers & Readers Storytime (Ages 1-3) Tuesdays, Sept. 15-Nov. 17 10:30 am Stories, songs, and crafts for ages 1-3 Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5) Thursdays, Sept. 17- Nov. 19 10:30 am Stories and crafts for ages 3-5 ADULTS Adult Book Discussion Tuesday, Sept. 15 6:30 pm The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs LESLIE CHILDREN Preschool Storytime Tuesdays, Sept. 15 - Nov. 24 11 am Stories, songs and crafts for preschoolers “Back to School” Storytime (Ages 3-7) Wednesday, Sept 23 7 pm TEENS & TWEENS Game Night @ the Library Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 pm Enjoy board games, card games and Wii competitions. Runs to 7:30 pm. Adults “Hugs for Hospice” Knitting Mondays, Sept. -Nov. 30 6-8 pm Knit or crochet projects for Heartland-Hospice. Remember When Wednesday, Sept. 16 10 am Our topic will be “Remembering Advertisements:” slogans, tunes, pictures and endorsements Flower Arranging with J Schwanke Saturday, Sept. 26, 2 pm J. Schwanke, flower design expert and host of the world’s first web broadcast flower design show, JTV!, will demonstrate techniques for arranging flowers and fun ways to use a single flower to create gorgeous centerpieces for your home or special occasions. STOCKBRIDGE CHILDREN Elementary Student Welcome Week * Monday, Sept. 21-Thursday, Sept. 24 11 am Homeschoolers with elementary school-aged children and teachers with classes are invited to sign up for a time to visit for a story, a craft and an introduction to the library. Appointments are available from 11 am-3 pm each day. Registration required by using the form or calling (517) 8517810. TEENS & TWEENS Teen Book Discussion Group Thursday, Sept. 17, 2:30 pm Refreshments provided.


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and Dorothy are also celebrating 65 years of wedded bliss soon. Louie is often spotted checking out the competitive plowing at the Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show. But things are always changing and no single generation does it alone. He is out of step, yet he will not falter, When he bridles up he removes the halter. Louie has a rather extensive collection of stories. Give him a group of people (two people is a large enough group) as an audience and a shelter (from tent to blue sky) and he is off and running, sharing experiences with anyone within earshot. Everyone knows Louie and Dorothy, and she does the very best she can to keep him straight. Louie just completed his corn shocks, and he did them just like his dad taught him to, by “making the bundles as large as he could handle because it uses less twine that way”, but Louie notes “dad was as tight as the bark on a basswood tree.” Where does that orneriness come from? It must be passed on from one generation to the next. For years and years they’ve used these tools, Their wagons pulled by horse and mules. Rural people can often see right through the bluster of pretentious things. Someplace within the community there is a casket under construction with Louie’s name on it. That creation is being crafted by an Amish cabinet maker. The original deal was that he would make Louie’s casket, and if it wasn’t needed when it was completed, he could sell it to the local undertaker and begin another one for Louie. Since his Amish friend is talking about moving out of state, Louie is looking for someplace to store his casket until it is needed. He may have found a spot for it in his son Doug’s new barn.

Seven Children All Girls But Five The above beginning line is engraved on the Louie and Dorothy Shaw cemetery marker, “seven children, all girls but five” also gives the casual observer some idea of the Shaw family tone of thought. Remember when we mentioned that one generation couldn’t do it alone? Doug and Tami Shaw , another generation, run an agro-tourism operation farm just north of Louie. They are developing a massive “Halloween Scaring Program that rages on SHAWHAVEN for a month leading up to Halloween.

The Shaw’s with their 7 children. September 15, 2009

In another story A group from the Toby Detweiler is the one who has we will talk about Ken Marsh Plow committed to building Louie’s casket. He the hearse that Day went down to has moved from Michigan before. Louie appears in some of Indiana for several and Dorothy helped Dade Schultz move a the photos is a part years after that first couple of Amish families from Michigan o f t h e time. It was about to Texas a few years back. There were 12 SHAWHAVEN this time that Ken of them, and Dorothy and Louie, in that program, but it is Marsh had a new 24 foot motor home. This move also also available if roof put on his barn. involved Dade Schultz (a Shaw friend, Louie needs to The design on that neighbor, mule man, and future story). move his casket out roof is a pair of There were two Amish families moving of the top of the Shire Horses. Ken to Texas at the same time because of a barn. Louie recalls had a Shire hitch work/ home arrangement that was working for farmers that he used on the available to them there. for two dollars a farm for years. One Dade was involved in moving some of week to buy food of the photos shows the hard goods while Louie and Dorothy and clothes while he that barn roof. There were taking people. That run from was going to high are probably not 50 Michigan to Texas amounted to about school. Shires in Michigan 1200 miles and they made the trip with a “My dad had today. straight run. By the time the motor home both horses and Louie S h a w hit Texas, the 14 people in it were ready mules, Louie worked with and for some rest, and also a little post voyage remembers. He raised both horses bathing. Dorothy and Louie Shaw Dade got his truck stuck during the didn’t raise too and mules for many many mules, but he would barter and years. When he began having some unloading process. All that was available trade for them. When I was working on problems with his balance, he turned to to get the truck out of the rut was one the farm I had to cultivate with an old horses because of they way they reacted saddle horse and a draft horse they team of Belgians that must have been old to some of the conditions that developed teamed together. All of these things happening at once at the end of the before I was born. I had an uncle in Ohio in his driving skills. that needed some help one year so I went Shaw’s have always had some good traveling might be considered a “stress down there. Down there I got the dickens Amish friends and they have worked with bank.” There was some banking for uncovering corn plants that had been them and done things with them. The confusion that got tossed into this recipe cultivated too closely. In Michigan I used barn that Doug and Tami Shaw employed adding additional flavor to the taste. Did a stick to brush the dirt off any stalks I Amish power when they built their new we mention a blown tire in the middle of buried with the cultivator because they barn at Shawhaven earlier this year. For the night and the middle of nowhere? Recalling the adventure, Louie and “grew corn”. In Ohio they didn’t take the years they have been active in the time to uncover any plants. Michigan Percheron Association and they Dorothy were almost in agreement. Both That same farmer thought I was giving have all held Plow Days where both agree that they got $600 for the trip and then went on to Florida once they got the horses a little too much time for a Amish and others worked together. breather on each end of the field. The Louie Shaw’s grandparents came to their Amish friends delivered. The Amish horses were sweating a little, but they Michigan from Ohio in 1912. “Dorothy were moving as a result of an agreement were not lathered. He took the lines and and I had made up our minds that we in Texas with a farmer who would build tried to show me how it should be done. were going to retrace their route them a house if they stayed and worked He got them just white with lather before sometime. We finally decided to do it and for him for two years. he admitted that I was getting about all were expecting to go by ourselves. By the from them that they had to give. time we left, word got around and we had In my dad’s time, people from the thirteen wagons in the train. Some of the south came up to Michigan and bought people rode with us in Michigan and mules. Now it is the other way around others in Ohio, and others joined the train and there are not enough mules raised and left it as individual schedules here so people go south to get them. In permitted. We have experienced those early days there was an Englishman everything from bad weather, bouncing over by Charlotte that had two jacks that temperatures, wet and cold beds in the he traveled. He would haul one on a flat wagons, wagons tipping in cold fast bed truck. There were no side racks on it. moving rivers, mud, and some great After he had bred a horse and it was time friends in troubling times and to load him, dad would tell him to “get experiences” Louie recalls. Dorothy and Louie Shaw up there” and he would jump up on that “The year we went to Harrison (MI), flat rack and ride that way, not tied or we first went to Bellevue and spent a Following the delivery to Texas, they fastened in any way. week there. When we got to Harrison, After starting with wagon trains in someone suggested that I take my little continued on to Florida for a visit to 1983, there were years when Shaws spent black team of mules down in the Disney’s Epcot Center which still brings a lot of time and energy traveling on Muskegon River. The water was quite a smile to them both when they remember wagon trains. This was an activity that fast in that area. I was planning to back it. Actually, this was more pleasing than got a lot of attention during the Nation’s around, but I didn’t have to. The current their experience trying to get their check Bi-Centennial celebration, a few years was so fast it grabbed the wagon cover cashed. There was some hesitation in the before and also after as well. “We had and flipped everything around wherever it Texas scheme of things that made one some wonderful times and met some wanted it. I didn’t have any control bank resistive to cashing a check written great friends while on wagon trains. whatsoever. But that is the way you learn, on a different bank. As Louie remembers going into this Dorothy has these trips documented sometimes more than you want to.” photographically, in books, and can often Measuring things in these days of high one bank and being greeted by a great pull out an individual picture about as fuel prices makes a horse or mule drawn big, fancy dressed intimidating man. The quickly as Louie can refer to it. ride look pretty good. When Louie thinks guy reminded Louie of his school Ken Marsh has sponsored a plow day about starting out he could buy two commissioner, who spoke sternly to him at his farm near Stockbridge for many gallons of fuel for a quarter. Things have the time he climbed up and tipped the years. So the regular draft horse people changed in every way. One of the school bell upside down so the teacher would have a place to tie their horses, changes is that people were more friendly couldn’t ring it to call them back inside. Ken had cut a lot of lumber out of his years ago. When they would see a wagon Did these experiences make them better woods to build horse stalls in his barn. train coming people would wave, smile, people? How do you tell? Anyway, when they returned home, “We would have some work sessions stop and talk with you and be friendly. from time to time, and eventually got a Today when they see you coming they home never looked so good…and soon, class place for the activity. That lumber yell and question what you are doing in the next generation will be coming at you, that Ken was using for those horse stalls the road, and sometimes can become powered by a team of Percherons pulling was veneer quality. downright aggressive. That isn’t a good a wagon load of visitors at Shawhaven, of course. Out of the Ken Marsh Plow Day, the thing. idea of “taking our horses and wagons to Amish Country down by Shipshewana and help out evolved.” For several years a Michigan crew would go to Indiana, camp out in some Amish family’s orchard for a few days. Louie remembers, “We would harness up and travel the roads during the day. If the Amish were working on something that looked interesting, we would stop in and help them with the task. After the word got around about what we were doing, folks were glad to see us Louie enjoying a conversation on the farm. coming with teams, wagons and free help.



MASON'S THURSDAY EVENING CONCERTS CONCLUDE WITH THE MASON HIGH SCHOOL BAND AND CHEER SQUAD Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the Courthouse lawn in downtown Mason to hear the Mason High School Band on Thursday evening, September 17, led by Beth Bousfield, MHS Band Director. The free concert begins at 6:00 p.m. on the west side of the Courthouse, 341 S. Jefferson Street. For more information, call (517) 676-1046. The Mason High School Cheer Squad will join them in the program, sponsored by Dart Container Corporation. This last concert will also mark the beginning of Mason's "Down Home Days" weekend. All concerts are weather permitting. This concert concludes the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce's fifth season of "Thursday Night Live!," a summer series of live musical entertainment presented by Independent Bank and scheduled on eight select Thursday evenings. The Mason Optimist Club will be selling hot dogs; chips and pop nearby, so families can enjoy a picnic

dinner during the concerts or stop by restaurants and stores in Mason afterwards. Another Mason group is also looking for donations of used band instruments that evening. From Monday, September 14 through Sunday, September 20, the Mason Band Boosters invite donations of used band instruments to help local kids. The Boosters cite studies that show school music programs help kids as well as communities in very real and substantial ways. Their research shows that music education helps students to achieve greater success in all of their other school subjects. It develops discipline through practice and rehearsal, abstract thinking skills, confidence through performance, camaraderie with their fellow students, coordination of the physical and mental functions and perhaps most importantly, a deeper love for music and the arts. They believe that all of these benefits contribute to an increased success in society and with the students' greater success in life.

Unfortunately, many families cannot afford the expense of renting or purchasing an instrument for their children. The Mason Band Boosters believe that participating in band in the Mason Public Schools should not be a luxury. They believe all kids deserve an opportunity to experience the many benefits of playing in a school band. Their solution is to obtain instruments for every student who wants to play, but cannot afford it. To help these students, they are seeking donations of used band instruments. Many families have an old band instrument stored away that can be made playable through repairs or has value toward the purchase of a newer instrument. They ask that local folks consider donating it to the Mason Band Boosters. The band program will also accept monetary donations to assist in providing instruments to students. If interested in helping out, people should contact MHS band director Beth Bousfield or MMS band director Amber McRay at (517) 676

-6514 #437. "We need your help," say Bousfield and McRay. "Musical instruments that have been abandoned and locked away in attics, closets, basements, under beds and in cabinets need to get into the hands of the kids who need them." Instruments may be dropped off at various locations, including A&W Restaurant at 628 N. Cedar Street, Bestsellers Books & Coffee Co. at 360 S. Jefferson Street, Kean's Store Company at 412 S. Jefferson Street, and the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce at 148 E. Ash Street. Drop off will also be available at the Chamber booth at several events on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during Down Home Days, September 17 through 20. Instruments will be appraised by a representative of Marshall Music. Then, the Mason Band Boosters, a 501c3 charitable organization, will send a receipt in the mail for the deductable amount. Contributors are asked to be sure to fill out the tag information completely when at the drop off locations.

Chase Roberts, at age 12, Follows Family Racing Tradition Submitted by Laraine Roberts

Chase Roberts a 7th grader at Stockbridge Middle School is continuing in the family tradition of stock car racing. Chase made his racing debut Sunday, Sept 6 at Crystal Motor Speedway in a 4 cylinder Flinn Stock. He finished 4th in his heat race and 6th out of 14 in the A- Main feature. Chase is following in the Roberts family tradition of stock car racing. His dad, Brad Roberts won back to back MI Asphalt State Championships and continues to race dirt at Crystal and MidMichigan Raceway Park. Chase’s great uncle, John “Fireball” Roberts won several NY state championships in the 1960’s. His grandfather, Richard Roberts competed in motorcycle drag racing; and his grandfather Joe Fowler has won

several dirt championships in Michigan including 2009 IMCA Modified championship at Mid-Michigan Raceway Park. Chase would like to thank his sponsors that made it possible for him to begin his racing career. They include Arrow Racing Supply of St Charles, Knopf Racing of Alma, Marc Kurth of Gaylord, Chris Place of Leslie, his parents Brad and Rochelle Roberts, grandparents Richard and Laraine Roberts and Joe and Mary Fowler. Also, he would like to thank Tyler Roberts, Tim Sooy, Aaron Raby, Amy Klinger and Roy Fowler. Chase’s next race will be September 19th at the Great Lakes Nationals at Crystal Motor Speedway.

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36TH ANNUAL DOWN HOME DAYS EVENTS IN MASON The 36th annual Down Home Days will be celebrated in Mason from September 17 through 20 this year, with the signature Courthouse Show being held on Saturday, September 19. Special events will be taking place all around the Mason area during the Thursday through Sunday celebration. Go to and click on “Down Home Days Events” for the latest information. Some events are weather dependent and details may change slightly as plans of community groups firm up. Down Home Days starts off on Thursday, September 17 with the last concert in the fourth season of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Thursday Night Live” series sponsored by Independent Bank. This free concert on the Ingham County Courthouse lawn starts at 6:00 p.m. and is sponsored by Dart Container Corporation. It features the Mason High School Band and Cheer Squad. The Mason Optimist Club will be selling hotdogs, chips and pop to benefit youth programs before and during the concert. The Mason Band Boosters will collect donations of used band instruments throughout the weekend at various locations. On Friday, September 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Mason Kiwanis Club will be serving BBQ chicken sandwich dinners at the Mason Fire Station at 221 W. Ash Street to benefit the Mason Promise Schoalrship. Tickets are available at Bestsellers Books & Coffee, 360 S. Jefferson in Mason. After dinner, everyone is encouraged to take a stroll on the Hayhoe Riverwalk with their friends, families and neighbors from 5:00 until dusk p.m. The start/ finish is on the south side of Ash Street across from Lee Austin Park near the Mason Fire Station where free food, giveaways and more will be available. The walk is hosted by the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce as part of the Chamber’s “Hometown U.S.A.” activities. The signature event of Down Home Days begins in the morning of Saturday, September 19, with the 36th annual Courthouse Show in downtown Mason.

The event is held outdoors -- rain or shine. Michelle Davis of The Shopping Guide, chair of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce’s Down Home Days committee, says that “our estimates are that between 4,000 and 6,000 people attend the show each year.” She added that the show features a mix of arts & crafts, flea market, food vendors, entertainment, and community group booths. The show runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday only. Elaine Ferris, the market master for the Mason Farmers Market, says that “the farmers market will take place as it does every Saturday morning this time of year on Maple Street.” She adds that “some vendors stay later than noon to continue selling during the afternoon hours.” At 2:00 p.m., across from the Farmers Market booths, the L.A. Cloggers will perform, sponsored by Ware’s Pharmacy. A noontime bean soup and sandwich luncheon will take place at Mason First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Ash Street, to benefit mission projects. Also on Saturday, the Mason Area Historical Society will have their pie sale at Mason Area Historical Museum, 200 E. Oak Street in Mason, starting at 10:00 a.m. The Friends of the Mason Library will hold their annual book and plant sale at the Mason Library, 145 W. Ash Street. Rummage sales will abound in the Mason area during Down Home Days, with the fifth annual “Treasures” Sale by Mason College Club taking place on Saturday in the pavilion by Lee Austin Park, near the corner of Ash and Lansing Streets in Mason. Down Home Days ends on Sunday, September 20 with a country breakfast at VFW Post 7309 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 1243 Hull Road, just south of Mason. Costs are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for kids 6-12, and 5 & under free. Visitors and residents are also invited to shop on Sunday at many open businesses in the downtown and the Mason Antiques District, located in the 100 block of Mason Street near Columbia.


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ATTENTION STOCKBRIDGE!!! It's Homecoming time again and SHS Student Council would like you to take part in this year's festivities, join the parade! Sign up a spot for your organization or neighborhood. The Homecoming Parade will be Friday, October 2nd. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mr. Baird at 517-8517770 ext 6118. The deadline for entry is Wednesday, September 23rd. We can't wait for you to join the fun!

Go Panthers! Varsity Football

Stockbridge Stings the Hornets

Members of the Stockbridge Cheerleading Team were all smiles during last weeks win.

The Stockbridge High School football team proved Friday night that it is a team on the rise, after defeating Hillsdale 10 0 at Boyd Stadium. The loss was only the second the Hornets have endured in league play since the 6 time defending league champions entered the league 8 years ago. That loss was a 14-17 decision to Albion in 2002. The game was full of opportunities for both teams as the defenses managed to keep both spread attacks under wraps for most of the game. Stockbridge got on the board first when Dustin Noll hit a 31-yard field goal with just over a minute remaining in the 1st quarter. The kick came after the Panther’s had moved the ball inside the 10-yard line only to be pushed back by the Hornet defense and an ill-timed penalty. Stockbridge missed an opportunity to extend their lead in the 2nd quarter as they fumbled the ball away at Hillsdale’s 2-yard line. After some amazing defensive plays,

including interceptions by RJ Marshall, Jeff Katz, and Jeff O’Brien the score remained 3-0 Panthers until late in the 4th quarter. With 4:43 remaining in the contest, Jeff O’Brien connected with Doug Tripp on a 14 yard scoring strike. Dustin Noll added the extra point to make the score 10-0. Stockbridge shutout the Hornets for the first time since the 2004 playoffs as they held Hillsdale to just 97 yards rushing and 8 first downs. Quarterback Jeff O’Brien paced the Panthers with 86 yards passing on 5 of 11 passing and 1 touchdown. He also rushed for 113 yards. Matt Klann finished with 61 yards rushing and Jacob Pace added 28. Dominic Busen caught 2 passes for 59 yards to lead Stockbridge receivers. Ryan Thiffault and RJ Marshall also ahd catches. The Panther’s take it on the road this week as they travel to Leslie to do battle with the Blackhawks. Kick-off is at 7:00.

Boys Springport 1st Place Finish (L to R): Kyle Losey, Tyler Graustein, Chris Adams, Zack Platte, Mason Cutler, Brian Sears, Ian Bumpus, Zack Olsen, Tyler Carpenter, Kyle Kramer, Anthony Rickle, Alex Armstrong, David Campbell, Chad Elmer

Stockbridge’s Jacob Pace cuts off Ryan Thiffault’s block.

Springport 3rd place Finish Milan 52, Jackson Northwest, 58, Stockbridge 94, Napoleon 111 (L-R) Jacquie Fillmore 21:10 4th place, Julia Snider 25:21 44th place, Madison McLelland 25:43 49th place, Cassie Lance 25:57 51st place, Kellie Rizzolo 23:28 26th place, Storm Boyer 21:21 5th place, Kristen Fillmore 22:05 15th place.

The “Big Dogs” on Stockbridge’s offensive line played well last week. Shown here (l-r) are Jacob Hamblin, Jeff Showerman, and Koltin Grammer.

Junior Varsity Football

Stockbridge JV Fall to Hillsdale 58-0 Jacquie Fillmore Storm Boyer September 15, 2009

Kellie Rizzolo

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Hawks Drop League Opener Brooklyn Columbia Central came to town last Friday and their run game proved to be to much for the Blackhawks to handle as they fell to the Golden Eagles 39-12. Columbia racked up 25 first downs as it rushed for 334 yards. Andrew Arras led Leslie with 46 yards on 12 carries. Brendon Smith completed 12-19 passes for 172 yards for Leslie. Leslie scored on a 25 yard Smith run with 2:09 to play in the 3rd quarter and a 10 yard Smith scamper with 10:39 to play in the game. The Blackhawks fall to 0-3 on the season. They will play host to the Panthers of Stockbridge Friday night. Kickoff is at 7:00.

Go Hawks!

Mason Gee Montgomery gets around the corner.

Brandon Ostrander goes in for 6 points.

Leslie Car Show - September 19th

Colby Canfield in for a TD

Freshmen QB Miguel Medina tries to get around end.

HS Cross Country

Stockbridge Boys Have Busy Week

There will be a car, truck, and custom Bike show to benefit All American Role Models (a local non-profit organization helping people with physical disabilities). The event will be held on September 19th from 8am to 4pm on Rice Street in the Len Industries parking lot. Sponsor door prizes will be given at 2:30pm and 20 or more prizes will be awarded at 3pm.

If you would like more information, please contact Scott Miller at 517-589-3413. Donations can be made to Miller Care LLC.

Submitted by Coach Allison

The Boys' Cross Country team had a busy week between the beginning of the school year and three meets. The boys traveled to Grass Lake scoring a perfect score of 15 to win the dual. This was not a big meet but the team met its goal for the day by running negative splits. They then traveled to Springport the next day to compete against 11 schools in the large school division and came away victorious. Nearly all of the Varsity athletes earned medals for being in the top 30 while many of the JV athletes earned ribbons for being in the top 30 of their race. Kyle Losey and Ian Bumpus ran personal best times on a challenging course, and Zach Platte was the individual winner of the JV race. The team had two days of practice before competing again on Saturday at Bath Invitational. At Bath on Saturday the team was met with some adversity as three teams switched divisions to be in our race. This threw off the Panther Harriers as they had prepared to be in specific places at each mile mark. Despite this change in plans 11 Panthers had season best times with Chris Adams, Alec Armstrong, Tyler Carpenter, Chad Elmer, Tyler Graustein, and Kyle Losey all having career best times. After it was all said and done we finished 10th out of 17 teams being closely nipped by three Regional foes. The boys get this week off before starting the conference season next week.

Local Men Run Collegiately Stockbridge High School Graduate Joe Rizzolo (l) and Leslie Graduate Gareth Gose continue their “Run Hard” mentality as they both continue their careers with Lansing Community College. They recently competed in the Jackson Cross Country Invitational where they helped LCC win the event. Rizzolo finished in 16th place.

Don’t see your results listed? Ask your Coach if they sent them in. All results and photos can be emailed to Tyler Graustein, Stockbridge, runs at a recent event. September 15, 2009



The Stockbridge TD Club has long offered an opportunity for 3 - 6th graders to play football, but this year is a little different as it now offers cheerleading as well. Here are this years three cheerleading teams.

Stockbridge TD Club Freshman Cheerleaders

Stockbridge TD Club Junior Varsity Cheerleaders for the Stockbridge Orange Team

Stockbridge TD Club Junior Varsity Cheerleaders for the Stockbridge Black Team

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TD Club Freshman (grades 3-4) make a gang tackle on a Laingsburg ball carrier.



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The Lost Article.  By Corinda Hackworth I have nothing for you this week, friends. I have been agonizing all week about what to write. Even when my deadline looms about in front of me, I manage to come through. Alas, my dependence on my imagination has failed me; I can’t find my article. I started looking for my story at the Fulton County fair in Wauseon, Ohio last week. I looked for it on the Ferris wheel, all over the fairgrounds, in every single barn and exhibit. I looked for my article at the Fulton County Historical Society demonstration. And while I did not find my story there, I did manage to try roasted groundhog. I know, I know. I thought the exact same thing. But what can I say? I can’t resist a bearded man in furs and skins roasting a lump of “mystery meat” over an open fire

(he wouldn’t tell me what he was roasting until after I tried it, but my eagle ears managed to overhear him telling someone else what it was). And while it sounds disgusting, it was very good. It tasted a lot like a beef brisket. I continued looking for my article all over Northern Ohio, even traveling to Napoleon and Defiance to find it. Aside from making as many puns as I could possibly squeeze out of “Defiance”, I didn’t find it there, either. (“Well, she seemed awfully defiant!”) Undaunted, I looked for my story all week long, even when the kids went back to school. I looked in both elementary schools in Stockbridge, but it wasn’t there. I’ve taken spur-of-the-moment car rides, in hopes that I could find it somehow. I’ve wandered all over Stockbridge at night, hoping to unearth some juicy secret about one thing or another. I’ve been all over downtown Leslie trying to find my article. Aside from discovering a unique quaintness Leslie possesses and meeting a

lot of nice people, it wasn’t in Leslie, either. And when it hadn’t turned up by Friday, I really started to worry. I’ve always found my story somewhere, even in the places I’d be least likely to find it or during the most inopportune times. In fact, usually I find it when I’m not even looking for it. It sort of sneaks up on me and I think affectionately, “Ah! There you are!” But the occasion has come when I have run out of time. I can no longer spend hours searching for it. I have to admit to you, friends, that I have finally failed you. Even though I kept professing it was bound to happen, it never did. It was almost like as long as I kept expecting to lose it, it would turn up week after week, without fail. When someone nonchalantly mentioned in passing that they didn’t know how I could find it every single week, I thought “Well, that’s that. I’ll lose it now for sure.” But I never did. It’s like when someone tells you not to think the word “elephant”, that’s the first word that comes into your mind. I actually thought I was coming close to finding it a few times. You know when you’re missing

something, and you start getting that familiar feeling like you’re really close to finding it? Like something is getting ready to suddenly trigger your memory? Someone mentioned that the picture of me next to my byline makes me look about 40. I started getting that niggling feeling, like I was getting close. But it never came to fruition. When I really started getting desperate, I looked through old issues of McCall’s magazine, circa March 1934. I was sure I’d find it in there. But I didn’t. Desperate now, I frantically flipped through the pages of Pictorial Review from May 1925 and Woman’s Home Companion from January of 1935, but it wasn’t anywhere in there. In a last ditch effort, I began relandscaping my yard, hysterically yanking up two small evergreen trees in my front yard (I’m not making that part up). But my story wasn’t there, either. And before I wreaked any more havoc on my life and my lawn, I’ve decided to tell you of my failure to contribute. I’m hoping when I finally admit defeat and decide it’s lost for good is when I’ll find it.

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The Stockbridge High School Marching Band plays the fight song as it enters Boyd Stadium Friday night under the direction of Band Director Patty Floeter. The band kept the crowd rocking all night as it stayed the entire game in support of the hometown Panthers.

Area Sporting Events For The Week of September 15 - September 22 STOCKBRIDGE Tuesday - 9/15 Girls Golf - SMAA Jamboree @ Western - 3:30pm Freshman Volleyball vs. Columbia Central - 5:00pm JV Volleyball vs. Columbia Central - 5:00pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Columbia Central - 6:00pm Wednesday - 9/16 MS Volleyball vs. Albion - 4:30pm MS Football @ Leslie - 4:30pm Varsity Soccer vs. Hillsdale - 5:30pm Thursday - 9/17 JV Volleyball @ Albion - 5:00pm Varsity Volleyball @ Albion - 6:00pm JV Football vs. Leslie - 6:30pm Friday - 9/18 Girls Golf - Dicks Sporting Goods Inv - 9:00am Varsity Football @ Leslie - 7:00pm Saturday - 9/19 Freshman Volleyball @ Hanover Horton Inv - 8:00am Varsity Soccer-Stockbridge Tournament - 9:00am Varsity Volleyball @ Onsted Inv - 9:00am JV Volleyball @ Williamston Inv - 8:00am MS Cross Country @ East Jackson - 9:00am Monday - 9/21 MS Volleyball vs. Leslie - 4:30pm Varsity Soccer vs. @ New Covenant Christian - 5:00pm Tuesday - 9/22 Girls Golf - SMAA Jamboree @ Concord - 3:30pm JV Volleyball @ Lansing Christian - 5:00pm Varsity Volleyball @ Lansing Christian - 6:00pm

September 15, 2009

DANSVILLE Tuesday - 9/15 No Events Wednesday - 9/16 No Events Thursday - 9/17 Freshman Volleyball vs. Bath - 5:30pm JV Volleyball vs. Bath - 5:30pm JV Football vs. Portland St. Pats - 6:00pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Bath - 7:00pm Friday - 9/18 No Events Saturday - 9/19 Freshman Volleyball @ Chelsea Inv - 8:30am Varsity Volleyball @ Williamston Inv - 8:00am Varsity Soccer - Dansville Inv - 9:00am Varsity Football @ Portland St. Pats - 7:00pm Monday - 9/21 Varsity Soccer @ Laingsburg - 5:00pm JV Volleyball vs. Pewamo-Westphalia - 5:30pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Pewamo-Westphalia - 7:00pm Tuesday - 9/22 No Events

LESLIE Tuesday - 9/15 Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Parma Western - 4:00pm JV/Varsity Volleyball @ Parma Western - 5:00pm Wednesday - 9/16 MS Volleyball @ Columbia Central - 4:30pm MS Cross Country - Blackhawk Inv - 4:30pm Boys/Girls Cross Country - Blackhawk Inv - 5:00pm Varsity Soccer @ Albion - 5:30pm Thursday - 9/17 Varsity Tennis vs. Albion - 4:00pm JV/Varsity Volleyball @ Hillsdale - 5:00pm Varsity Soccer vs. Clinton - 5:30pm Freshman Football vs. Vestaburg - 6:30pm JV Football @ Stockbridge - 6:30pm Friday - 9/18 Varsity Football vs. Stockbridge - 7:00pm Saturday - 9/19 Boys Varsity Tennis @ Mason - 9:00am Monday - 9/21 MS Volleyball @ Stockbridge - 4:30pm Tuesday - 9/22 Boys Varsity Tennis @ Columbia Central - 4:00pm JV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Columbia Central - 5:00pm


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