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Purchase of Caro Riverview Auto site gives county recycling room to grow

Hundreds of Tuscola County wind turbine motors being replaced, design flaw blamed

Watertown Township Supervisor Frank Worvie was pleased the Tuscola County Road Commission board will create a four-way stop at one township intersection, but said the board missed its chance to improve safety at another spot.

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More than 400 “defective” motors are being replaced on 134 wind turbines in Tuscola County due to a design flaw that has neighbors complaining of loud clunking noises. A representative of NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. said Thursday that the replacements on wind turbines within two of Tuscola County’s “wind GAUGER farms” are well underway, not only to address the loud clunking but also because the motors are likely to fail. He disclosed the information when providing the Gilford Township Board of Trustees an update on complaints received in 2016. The information is provided annually per township ordinance. See TURBINE FLAW A9

CARO | A3 Bringing home the bacon: $500K lottery ticket sold at Caro meat market A Caro-area couple had good news when they brought a winning instant lottery ticket into the Thumb M e a t Market last week.

LAPEER CO. | A6 Tip pans out after doughnuts offered as reward

An employee at Tuscola County s recycling facility puts cardboard into a baler. A planned expansion for the program will likely lead to an expanded list of recyclable materials accepted locally. BY ANDREW DIETDERICH

When North Branch Bakery offered a reward that could include apple fritters, it may have given the jitters to a tipster who came forward following two burglaries at the bakery and one at a dance studio in the northern Lapeer County village.

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VASSAR | A6 Elite beat? Donation boosts Vassar drummers As two Vassar Public Schools drum lines try to march toward an elite status, the Vassar chapter of 100 + Women Who Care has their backs – specifically, the ones being chafed by inadequate equipment such as worn-out drum harnesses.

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An aerial view of the former Riverview Auto & Recycling, 987 Ellington St. (M-24), Caro, from Thursday shows the 10 acres that the county has just bought for $140,000 to expand its recycling program.

Plans to expand recycling in Tuscola County were bolstered Thursday after officials approved buying the 10-acre site of a former junkyard and salvage business along the Cass River for $140,000. The Tuscola County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase during its regularly scheduled meeting, and after a closed session that lasted about 45 minutes. Tuscola County Controller Mike Hoagland said the board spent most of the time talking about environmental studies conducted throughout the site in the last several months. See RECYCLE A12

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By felling Tuscola trees, crews aim to cut crashes

The Wright stuff: Reese pitcher earns spot in softball hall of fame

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Not many have travelled as far as Greg Wright to play the sport they love — about 8,500 miles to be exact. His next journey will be a 30-mile drive to the USA Softball of Michigan Hall of Fame.

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Timothy Crabb never asked how much wood he would chuck Thursday in southwest Tuscola County’s Arbela Township – not when the logs were free after workers hired by the Tuscola County Road Commission left them near the road on his family property. “I want them to cut ’em all down,” said Crabb, 18, referring to trees within several yards of the edge of Lewis Road, south of Birch Run Road. It’s one of the spots where Wonsey Tree Service Inc. of St. Louis cut down trees this week as part of a project to make See TREES A9

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Programs aim to avoid business bust after boom in Vassar BY ANDREW DIETDERICH Editor

Fresh off a hot 2016, Vassar City Manager Brian Chapman is working hard to make sure the city’s current business boom doesn’t bust anytime soon. The result? Vassar is about to embark on participation in two programs aimed at sustaining and growing the area’s economy. The first is a certification program offered through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. called Redevelopment Ready Communities – “a formal recognition that a community has a See VASSAR BUSINESS A5

ARBELA TWP.

Trustee swears to seek job again after missing oath

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Workers with Wonsey Tree Service Inc. of St. Louis place branches into a wood chipper Thursday along Lewis Road south of Birch Run Road in Tuscola County s Arbela Township. A $582,000 grant is paying for removal of trees along 40.6 miles of county roads in an effort to improve traffic safety.

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Wayne Schultz took home the most votes among two trustee candidates reelected Nov. 8 to the Arbela Township Board of Trustees, but he didn’t take the oath of office in time to keep his seat on the board. Schultz and William Jacobi both were re-elected in November after surviving a challenge from Tom O’Hearn in the August primary election. Schultz, however, lost his seat on the five-member board after failing to get sworn in by Jan. 1 as required by law. “I totally forgot – actually, I didn’t know it – that you have to be sworn in after you are re-elected,” said Schultz, originally elected by voters in 2012. See ARBELA TWP. A7


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Road board OKs, snubs Watertown sign requests “My own personal self, I’ve almost been in several acciWatertown Township dents there,” Worvie said at road board Supervisor Frank Worvie was Thursday’s meeting. pleased the Tuscola County “I really, really would like to Road Commission board will see a three-way stop there.” create a four-way stop at one County Highway Engineer township intersection, but said Michele Zawerucha, however, said no accidents have taken place at that corner in recent years to support Worvie’s request. The set-up of stop signs at that location is “functioning the way we see it should function,” Zawerucha said. She added that a study of accidents there shows “no crashes on record at that intersection” from 2010 to 2015 following corrections made at the corner by the road commission. “The township references ‘close calls’ or ‘near misses’ there, but actually – and it may (Photo by John Cook) sound odd – when you’re This location in Tuscola County’s cautious at an intersecWatertown Township where tion, it actually makes it Fostoria Road ends to the north at Brown Road is a “very, very dan- safer,” Zawerucha said. gerous” spot for motorists, said “If a driver approaches township Supervisor Frank Worvie. and feels uncomfortable, This view is looking east along they’re more apt to take Brown Road, where eastbound (caution).” motorists on Brown Road see a The board agreed to stop sign at Fostoria Road. not make any changes to Northbound motorists on Fostoria signage at the corner of Road also encounter a stop sign Brown and Fostoria while westbound motorists on roads. Brown Road – after cresting a hill – Worvie agreed that do not encounter a stop sign. “it’s been quite a while since there’s been an the board missed its chance to accident there.” improve safety at another spot. “It’s a shame that you have to Board members overseeing have an accident to get a stop the road commission on sign placed there, but I know Thursday chose not to place a they have criteria,” Worvie stop sign on westbound Brown told The Advertiser. Road at Fostoria Road, a spot Zawerucha said she reviewed Worvie calls “very, very danthe crash history at Fostoria gerous.” and Brown roads from 2006 Northbound Fostoria Road through 2010, finding four ends at Brown Road, where crashes that “were all minor northbound motorists with property damage only.” encounter a stop sign. Drivers She said she also looked at headed east on Brown Road the crash history from 2009 also must halt for a stop sign, through 2013 showed “one though motorists traveling crash and it was just someone west on Brown Road – after cresting a hill near Fostoria who ran off the north end of Road – don’t stop as there’s no (Fostoria Road) at the T-interstop sign for them at Fostoria section on an icy road.” Road. See STOP SIGN A7 B Y TOM G ILCHRIST Staff Writer

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Bringing home the bacon: $500K lottery ticket sold at Caro meat market BY TOM GILCHRIST Reporter

CARO — A Caro-area couple had good news when they brought a winning instant lottery ticket into the Thumb Meat Market on Friday. But when cashier Bridgette Thiemke took a closer look at the “Hot Jackpot” ticket, she reported a more stunning result. “I looked at the ticket and started matching up numbers, and showed the people that they won $500,000 – not $50,000,” said Thiemke, 33, worker at the market at 200 E. Frank St. The husband of the woman who bought the winning ticket “was speechless,” said Thiemke, who summoned Denise Steffen, one of the market owners. The woman who won the prize “was numb” at the news, Steffen said. “She said she had some bills to take care of, and she said she really actually needed the money for some things around the house,” Thiemke said. “So she said she was going to put it to good use.” Michigan Lottery officials stated the woman asked to remain anonymous, but told them she plans to pay bills, donate to a church, help a few friends in need and take a trip to Hawaii. The $5 Hot Jackpot ticket asks players to match any of their 15 numbers to five winning numbers. If a player finds a matching number, information below the player’s lucky number lists the prize amount. The couple mistakenly read the winning amount as “$50,000” instead of $500,000.” Thiemke read the fine print beneath the amount, which stated “500-THOU.” The couple “knew that they had a winner and they kept trying to scan the ticket’s bar code at a machine at the counter, and the machine kept stating ‘Cannot process. See lottery retailer,’” Thiemke said. Before Thiemke scrutinized the ticket more closely, she tried scanning the ticket’s bar code at a machine used by store workers to determine the amount of a lottery prize. The machine stated “Must make appointment with lottery office.” That’s when Thiemke cast a second set of eyes on the ticket. Thiemke said she sold the winning ticket to the woman. A Michigan Lottery press release states the woman discovered what she thought was a $50,000 winner when taking a break from cleaning out her refrigerator, which had quit working a few days earlier. “My husband has always been skeptical of the Lottery, so when I called him up to the house from our pole barn to tell him the good news he told me ‘Don’t get your hopes up,’” the press release stated. “She made a believer out of me, that’s for sure,” the husband told lottery officials, according to the release. “I’ll never question her buying a Lottery ticket again.” The winner claimed her prize by driving to

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Bridgette Thiemke, cashier at Thumb Meat Market in Caro in Tuscola County, shows instant lottery tickets inside the business. Thiemke sold a winning $500,000 instant lottery ticket to a Caroarea woman, who brought the ticket back to the store thinking she won $50,000. Thiemke inspected the ticket more closely to determine the prize actually was one-half million dollars. Lansing on Tuesday, and Steffen said the woman and husband are a likeable duo. “They’re a neat couple,” Steffen said. “They’re just dolls, and we’re very happy for them.” When asked if news about the winning ticket has inspired lottery ticket sales at Thumb Meat Market, Steffen said “I think it has inspired the regular lottery players to continue.” Tom Gilchrist is a reporter for The Advertiser and can be reached at gilchrist@tcadvertiser.com

Thumb M e a t Market, 200 E. Frank St., Caro.

TUSCOLA COUNTY COURTSS DISTRICT COURT Joseph Edwin Oesterling, 60, Ann Arbor, is charged with conducting a criminal enterprise, five counts of delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance (schedules 1, 2, and 3), and maintaining a drug house. A preliminary exam is set for Jan. 23. Brodrich Nelson Roslund, 17, Caro, is charged with malicious destruction of fire or police property. A preliminary exam is set for Jan. 23. Cynthia Ann Harju-Shivley, 46, Gagetown, is charged with two counts of possessing a controlled substance (analogues) (second or subsequent offense), and one count of third-degree fraud. A preliminary exam is set for Jan. 23. Bradley Michael PiazzaClark, 22, Vassar, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). A preliminary exam is set for Jan. 30. Eric Austin Hampel, 49, Caro,

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is charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) (second or subsequent offense). A preliminary exam is set for Jan. 30. Joseph Matthew McCaslin, 19, Cass City, is charged with larceny in a building and larceny (less than $200). A preliminary exam is set for Jan. 30.

CIRCUIT COURT Thomas Daniel Grosso, 35, Caro, pleaded no contest to malicious destruction of fire or police property and two counts of assaulting, resisting, or obstructing a police officer (habitual offender – fourth offense). A sentencing date is to be set. Andy Huizar, 43, Vassar, was sentenced to 23 months to five years (credit for five days) in prison for two counts of attempted assault with intent to do great bodily harm. He also was sentenced to pay $326 in court fines and costs. See COURTS A5

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thumb business BUSINESS BRIEFS Western Thumb TEA Party Meets VASSAR — The Jan. 19, 2017 meeting of the Wester Thumb TEA Party will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bullard Sanford Public Library, 520 W. Huron Ave., Vassar, MI. Topics presented include Immigration Practices vs. Law, Birthright Citizenship, Rules of Engagement and Israel - Land for Peace. Speakers will provide handouts and a brief Q&A will follow each topic. For more information call 989-6529807. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans available in Michigan ATLANTA — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Michigan as a result of excessive rain from April 25 through Oct. 25, 2016. Loan amounts can be up to $2 million with interest rates from 2.625 percent depending on the business, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA will determine eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. For more information please call (800) 659-2955, or (800) 877-8339 for the deaf and hard-ofhearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA's website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Completed loan applications must be returned no later than Sept. 11, 2017.

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Tip pans out after doughnuts offered as reward BY TOM GILCHRIST

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Customers ponders a purchase of apple fritters inside the North Branch Bakery, in Lapeer County, which offered a reward of doughnuts for tips helping solve two December burglaries there. The reward generated publicity that convinced a tipster to provide vital information that helped reveal a suspect, bakery workers said.

NORTH BRANCH — When North Branch Bakery offered a reward that could include apple fritters, it may have given the jitters to a tipster who came forward following two burglaries at the bakery and one at a dance studio in the northern Lapeer County village. The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday on its Facebook page that it has “solved” the trio of breakins in North Branch, population 1,008, where the bakery offered a reward of doughnuts – even the bakery’s famed apple frit-

ters – for tips that crack the case. “It’s a dozen of whatever kind of doughnuts that they like, and it’s a free dozen for a year,” said Christina DeBusk, who works at the bakery and is the niece of bakery owner Sandy Czaczkowski. The bakery posted a Jan. 6 message on its Facebook page regarding the reward, stating “Donuts are involved and we WILL make it worth your while.” DeBusk said the informant didn’t provide information specifically due to the reward offer, but due to coverage of the break-in by media and talk of the crime by social media. See BAKERY A9

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Vassar Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

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Guests at the Vassar Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Thursday enjoy food and beverages inside Sam & Ruby s The Corner Caf /Deli in downtown Vassar. Coowners Robin Drew-Darley and Darren Drew welcomed guests including Eugene Heffelfinger, Robin Drew-Darley s music teacher when she attended Flint Hamady High School. Heffelfinger is a longtime Vassar-area resident.

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Adam Barden, left, shares a laugh with Corey Haubenstricker at the Business After Hours event Thursday night at Sam & Ruby s The Corner Caf /Deli in Vassar. The event sponsored by the Vassar Chamber of Commerce drew several dozen guests.


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Lost and found My Christmas decora- There aren’t that many tions are put away and my nooks and crannies. Did home is looking we accidently pretty stark for throw them away? my taste. I had Did we send them stored all my home with one of customary décor the sons at sensibly and Christmas? Are w i s e l y . the dog and cat Happily, my secretly plotting to house is taking drive me insane? Maxine McQueen on its comfy cozy This is as bad as feel once again. when I put my cell It just needs one last phone on silent and then photo up on my wall. misplace it and can’t call The picture is an amazing it. Smoke comes out my photo of my son in his ears as I try to conjure up uniform. I. Can. Not. memories of my last call. Find. It. Tax time is quickly Beside myself, I have approaching. We are totally torn the place very meticulous in apart. It took me an keeping track of receipts, entire week to box, bag, paid bills, itemizing and store all my improvements to the Christmas ornaments. I house, etc., etc. You can got them all back out, bet the farm on us needing thinking perhaps the one piece of paper from photo had been mistak- 2016 that we will not be enly wrapped up with the able to find and that one holiday adornments. piece of paper will be Nope. All that work for impossible to duplicate. nothing. Didn’t find it. Happens every year. The I can envision standing more precise my filing for in the basement with the the year, the more obvious picture in my hand and the missing paper will be. discerning I had to put it I did find that missing in a safe place. That’s DVD I had bought for the end of the visualiza- Mac’s Christmas tion. I cannot find that gift….on Jan. 2, 2017. I safe place. will find that lost tax I hate losing things. paper….probably in July. It’s not that I’m getting When I do find the old and can’t find things. missing object; memories I’ve been this way for- of putting it in that particever. Plus, I cannot ular place will come accept my disremem- flooding back into my bering and obsess over mind. My happy dance where it could possibly of lost being found will be be. I will get up in the performed. I will feel dead of night thinking I foolish for not rememhave a recollection of that bering such a wondrous dratted safe place and go safe place. I will deterexamining some weird mine that is such a relicorner in our house. It’s able position that it never there. The dog and should be used again and the cat will amble after again. That is, until I need me sniffing and deter- to put something safely mining that indeed the away. Then I will ponder safe place is still at large. just exactly where that Mac snores through it all prized location is in my or at least pretends to do home. It’s a futile battle of my mind vs tangible so. I’ve misplaced my debit objects. If I am lucky, I will card on a couple of occasions and Mac has threat- forget what I forgot so I ened to move out until it can remember what I is found or replaced. I recall. cannot rest. I’m like a Scotsman in a round room L. Maxine McQueen is after being told there is a an award-winning author penny in the corner! and poet. She has travMac lost a new stocking eled extensively speaking hat I had given him for to professional and family Christmas. It has the caregivers about people McQueen crest on it. experiencing dementia He’s certainly sorry it’s and Alzheimer’s disease. gone, but has no fixation Her column appears freon finding it. That makes quently in The Advertiser. me even more frantic to She may be contacted a hunt for the photo and maxmac.1@juno.com now the new hat. Our home isn’t that large.

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Bringing home the bacon: $500K lottery ticket sold at Caro meat market Whoever you are, Congratulations!!!! I don't want anything, just want you to be happy!!! – Edward Davis Congratulations if you need some place to put some of that money give me a call I always have an open bank account. – Wm F Delacourt Congrats to the winners and also to Denise and Lee at The Meat Market! – Sandi Marovich So very happy for the family. Hope it was a family that needed the money. Good luck. Have fun buying things. – Pennie Horton Glad to hear that people actually win big. Congratulations! – Aaron Mead THEY WILL BE RICHEST PERSON IN TUSCOLA COUNTY!!!!!!!!!! – Lawrence Pittman

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Two of my three kids, my brother and formerly my sister in law worked here. – Maureen McCloy-Sherd Exceptional facility! – Mary Beers Wonderful people The Wilsons. They did wonders for my family. Couldn’t ask for a better staff and place for my brother. – Tracy Dean I am still grateful for the 4 years I worked here. Incredible people and facility. – Matthew Fields

Caro woman who embezzled $283K gets 37 months in prison A second chance? Probation was more than generous of the judge the do in the first place. - Jeremy J. Schrader She should have made her payments. – Tammy Delgado Myers She should have been sent to prison right away. I know of another embezzled case of $20000 and she was sent right to prison not offered a payment plan. Same county double standards. – Kim Hawkins

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vision for the future and fundamental practices in place to get there.” The second program largely surrounds a one-day event set for Feb. 9. Offered through Vassar’s involvement with the I-69 Trade Corridor, Washington D.C.-based Recast City L.L.C. will meet with business owners big and small to determine what’s working and what isn’t when it comes to doing business in town. Vassar had to apply to participate in both programs. “These two programs, while they’re separate entities, have a common goal of furthering the momentum that’s already came to Vassar and possibly encouraging more development,” Chapman said. “They go in line with each other to make ourselves more open to business development and business friendly,” he added. In 2016, seven new businesses – including three restaurants and a bakery – opened in a one-block stretch of East Huron Avenue (M-15) between Main Street and Cass Avenue. Rebel Soul, a women’s clothing and accessories store, started the trend early in 2016. SweetCakes Cakery followed suit, as did Sambuca Café, CandyLand Ice Cream & Gifts, Riverside Grill, Kara & Company dance studio and Sam & Ruby’s The Corner Café/Deli.

The new merchants including Betty Burley, owner of CandyLand Ice Cream & Gifts, who also spearheaded creation of two first-time festivals in Vassar: the Fall Harvest Festival in September and the Holly Jolly Festival in December. The seven new businesses, too, seemed to feed off of each other in a positive way while helping those who have been around for a long time, such as the Vassar Theatre. As far as Chapman goes, it’s a good start but efforts need to continue “to redevelop Vassar and bring it out of the economic stagnation that has affected the community.” The MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities program is “a voluntary, no cost certification program promoting effective redevelopment strategies through a set of best practices,” according to its website at http://tinyurl.com/vassarrrc “To be vibrant and competitive, Michigan communities must be read for development. This involves planning for new investment and reinvestment, identifying assets and opportunities, and focusing limited resources. Certified Redevelopment Ready Communities encourage business attraction and retention, offer superior customer service, and have a streamlined development approval process making pertinent information available around-the-clock for anyone around the world to view,” the website states.

Chapman said he began the application process almost as soon as he was hired as Vassar city manager in late 2015. He said he was notified that Vassar was accepted into the program earlier this week. In short, Chapman said the RRC program “is a series of checks that the state has identified in terms of best practices that communities should have in place or should be following to encourage the redevelopment of their area.” Chapman said the certification process will include MEDC representatives working with everyone – “from front line staff to your department heads to your administrative staff all the way up to your elected and appointed officials on how to get yourself redevelopment ready.” In general, there are three steps in the process: engagement, evaluation, and certification. However, each part of the process involve several sub-steps and training sessions. Chapman said that once completed, “whenever a developer comes in there’s a streamlined and predicable process for them to go through. “We want to make sure that we’re ready to help those developers as quickly and effectively as possible,” Chapman said.

German Cerda, 35, Mayville, was sentenced in two cases. In the first case, the sentence was for 30 days (day report, credit for two days served), and probation for 60 months in connection with false report of a felony. The second case (same sentence as first) was for operating while intoxicated (third offense – felony) and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). The court also ordered $1,684 in court fines and costs be paid. Nickolas Daniel Morris, 18, Fostoria, was sentenced to 365 days in jail (credit for 145 served) on three counts of larceny from a motor vehicle. He also was ordered to 60 months of probation, and to pay $1,694 in court fines and costs. James Elwood Bearinger, 62, Caro, was sentenced in two cases. In both cases, he was charged with possession of a weapon (firearm) by a felon (habitual offender – fourth offense). He received a deferred sentence of 270 days (credit for two days served), 60 months of probation, and ordered to pay $516 in court fines and costs. Bryan Douglas Wilson, 49, Millington, pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated (third offense – felony). A sentencing date is to be set. Thomas Lee Cotton, 25, Silverwood, pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated (third offense – felony). A sentencing date is to be set. Shaun Parker, 54, Vassar, pleaded no contest to first degree attempted home invasion (habitual offender – fourth). A sentencing date is to be set. Russell Walter Jewell Jr., 56, Vassar, pleaded guilty to delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance (marijuana) (second or subsequent offense), and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana)

(second or subsequent offense). A sentencing date is to be set. Glenn Richard Welch, 38, Clifford, pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated (third offense – felony). A sentencing date is to be set. Barukh Shalev, 37, Los Angeles, California, pleaded no contest to felonious assault. A sentencing date is to be set. Ammar Isam Marqus, 39, Center Line, pleaded no contest to interfering with electronic communications, and attempted criminal sexual conduct (third degree). A sentencing date is to be set. Rory James Keene, 42, Millington, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (analogues) (second or subsequent offense). A sentencing date is to be set. Tracey Renee Ullmer-Chism, 39, Bridgeport, received a delayed sentence of one year for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) (second or subsequent offense), and a deferred sentence of 90 days (credit for two days served) for operating while intoxicated (second or subsequent offense). She also was sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to pay $1,408 in court fines and costs. James Eugene Putman, 50, Caro, pleaded guilty to delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance (cocaine, heroin, or other narcotic) (habitual offender – second). A sentencing date is to be set. Newt James Delong, 20, Silverwood, pleaded no contest to discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and wildlife conservation partaking (deer, bear, or turkey). A sentencing date is to be set.

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Nicholas Allen Winn, 36, Marlette, pleaded no contest to assault with intent to commit penetration. A sentencing date is to be set. Miguel Emilio Romaguera, 32, Millington, was sentenced in two cases. In the first, he received a sentenced of 90 days in jail (deferred, credit one day), and 18 months of probation for delivery manufacture of a controlled substance (marijuana), five to 45 kilograms. In the second case, he received a one-year delayed sentence for fraudulent use of a public utlity (more than $500). Between the two cases, he was ordered to pay nearly $10,300 in court fines, costs, and restitution. Joshua David Muter, 31, Vassar, was sentenced to 60 days in jail (credit for two days served) for operating while intoxicated (third offense – felony). He also was sentenced to 60 months of probation (must wear tether entire time), 480 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $758 in court fines and costs. Robert Arnold Miller Jr., 51, Caro, received a delayed sentence of one year for domestic violence (aggravated) (habitual offender – second). He also was ordered to pay $1,508 in court fines and costs. Jenny Mae Heuchert, 36, Millington, pleaded no contest to possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). A sentencing date is to be set. Joseph Andru Parker, 34, Reese, was ordered to pay $1,358 in court fines and costs for delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance (marijuana) (second or subsequent offense). Larry Luther Giddings, 44, Reese, received a delayed sentence of one year (credit for 13 days served) for domestic violence (third offense). He also was ordered to pay $1,358 in court fines and costs.

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AGNES M. ZACK PLAINWELL, formerly of SAGINAW Agnes M. “Aggie” Zack, 78, of Plainwell, formerly of Saginaw, died early Wednesday morning, January 11, 2017 at Home Life in Plainwell. She was born, the second oldest of nine children, in Reese, August 16, 1938 to the late Bernard W. and Martha Mary (Frei) Light. She was a 1956 graduate of St. Andrews High School in Saginaw and later went on to Nursing School. As a Licensed Practical Nurse she was employed for many years at Saginaw General Hospital. Aggie was a former member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Saginaw. Surviving is her daughter, Deborah Hill and her husband James of Birch Run; three brothers and four sisters and their spouses, Floyd and Betsy Light of Reese; Bernard and Carla Light of California; David and Nancy Light of Saginaw; Leona Jones of Reese; Robin Light and husband Dr. Fred White of Carbondale, IL; Elizabeth Light of Bay City; and Frances Light and husband Walt Conger of Austin, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter Brenda Zach and her husband, Robert Zack, and an infant sister, Mary Cecilia Light. Funeral Services will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 15, 2017 from the WareSmith-Woolever Funeral Home, 9940 Saginaw St. in Reese. Father George Serour will officiate with burial to take place Monday, January 16, 2017 in the St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Reese. Aggie’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the East Side Soup Kitchen in Saginaw or the Salvation Army.

Sandra Lee Lane of Delta Township, formerly of Caro, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at the age of 58. Sandy was born October 20, 1958 in Caro, the daughter of the late Eldon R. and Anna Marie (Briolat) Lane. She was a 1976 graduate of Caro High School and later graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. In 1981, Sandy began a social work career with the State of Michigan that would span more than thirty-five years. Her time with the state began in Tuscola County with the Department of Human Services until she took a position with the Department of Community Health in Lansing as a Department Analyst in 1993. Most recently, Sandy served as a State Administrative Manager for the Department of Health and Human Services. She was an avid fan of NASCAR and Michigan State University. Sandy also enjoyed travelling around the state, especially to Mackinac Island and wine country near Traverse City. Sandy is survived by her niece, Cara Lane of Grand Ledge; and sister-in-law, Jory Marks of Okemos. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Wilfred R. Lane, in 2011. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro with Rev. Michele Hile officiating. Burial will follow at Indianfields Township CemeteryAdvertiser in Caro. The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Capital Area Humane Society or Victory Junction Gang Camp. The family was assisted Advertiser with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com. the

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Elite beat? Donation boosts Vassar drummers BY TOM GILCHRIST Reporter

VASSAR – As two Vassar Public Schools drum lines try to march toward an elite status, the Vassar chapter of 100 + Women Who Care has their backs – specifically, the ones being chafed by inadequate equipment such as worn-out drum harnesses. Group members voted Wednesday night to donate $8,000 – $100 from each of 80 members – to buy a total of 15 new drums and sets of cymbals, along with equipment including new drum harnesses. About 12 students belong to the Vassar High School drum line, and about eight make up the Vassar Junior High School drum line. “The harnesses that your children are wearing during these mile-and-a-half to 2-mile parades have about an inch-and-a-half piece of foam that is supposed to pad them and (protect) their (trapezius muscles) and their backs,” said Michael Richards, Vassar Public Schools director of bands, in a presentation to the group at Bullard Sanford Memorial Library. “We all know that there’s not a lot of meat back there, especially for some of these little skinny kids,” Richards said. “I had an instance where I had a freshman actually have wear burns on his shoulder blades. If the kids weren’t actually being injured, I don’t think it would be as much of a need.

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Sandy Keyes, representing Great Start Tuscola’s Imagination Library, makes her pitch to members of the Vassar chapter of 100+ Women Who Care on Wednesday night. Keyes sought funds to pay for books sent each month to children around Tuscola County, including the Vassar area.

“But I have kids complaining, after a half a mile or mile, saying ‘Mr. Richards, I can’t carry this anymore.’ I’ve actually had to take a drum away from a student while they’re marching basically because of the condition that the drums were in.” The group of women heard presentations from two others seeking their donations: Sandy Keyes, speaking on behalf of Great Start Tuscola’s Imagination Library, and Jody Bilbee, a Central Elementary School teacher requesting funds to buy mentor books for teachers striving to improve student writing skills. Richards estimated new drums haven’t been purchased in about 13 years, Richards said. “Generally you don’t want to let equipment last that long, especially when it comes to the safety,” he said. Richards said the Vassar Public Schools music program is growing, and he projects more than 100 students will belong to the Vassar High School band within three years. Richards, who began his job with Vassar Public Schools in 2015, emphasizes more appearances in parades. “I have been (involved) in works and talks to get into the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Bay City, which is televised, and all the big Class A schools are in that parade,” Richards said. “I’m from Bay City and I think that would be a really great thing to bring the kids to my own city.” Richards said he wants Vassar to be home to an elite music program. “The expectations have gone up since I’ve been there, and some of the kids like it, and some of the kids don’t,” Richards said. “Not only are the numbers going to grow, but our expectations, and the level of musicality.”He added that appearances in the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Parade, and the Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival Parade in Caro – among other parades – represent Vassar. Richards, a 2000 Reese High School graduate, predicts Vassar’s drum line will increase in size. “We’re going to graduate only two kids (from the high school drum line) this year, so that basically means that we’re going to have a huge drum line in the upcoming years,” he said. Richards said the $8,000 donation “will be pretty darn close” to paying for all of the purchases. “I think the (Vassar Music Boosters) might be able to help, because we do have a surplus – if it’s not enough – but I’m really going to for everything we need (with the $8,000),” Richards said. In the fall, the Vassar chapter of 100+ Women Who Care donated $7,700 to the Vassar Fire Department for purchase of a compressor to help fill firefighters’ air tanks to capacity and increase the breathing time at a fire or emergency scene. The group’s first donation, determined in the spring of

2016, was a $6,000 donation to Central Elementary School to buy playground equipment. Tom GIlchrist is a reporter for The Advertiser and can be reached at gilchrist@tcadvertiser.com

Lisa Riccobono, left, principal of Vassar’s Central Elementary School, and Jody Bilbee, a teacher at the school, request funds for mentor books for teachers from the Vassar chapter of 100+ Women Who Care. The Vassar chapter heard three requests for funding, but gave their donations to the Vassar Public Schools drum lines for purchases of new instruments and equipment.

Members of the Vassar chapter of 100+ Women Who Care sit in the Dykhouse Room at Bullard Sanford Memorial Library in Vassar, listening to information before choosing one of three possible recipients for the group’s $8,000 donation. The group formed in the spring of 2016 and already counts about 80 members. Founders hope to reach a goal of having 100 women join the group.

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SCHOOL BRIEFS Annual Prom to Prom Sale slated for February The Cinderella Prom to Prom Sale event has been set for Saturday, February 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Laker High School. The event is open to all area school districts. Vendors will be featuring a large selection of slightly used prom dresses and formals. In addition, various businesses will be on hand with make-up and hair ideas, corsages and samples. Space is available for Prom/Formal-related businesses who wish to participate. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Susan Dubs at 989-678-0073 or Agnes Kosinski at 989-553-1506.

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“I didn’t think anything only in the (township office) one day after about the re-election part, he was elected and he was screaming at me but that’s totally my fault that he wanted the keys to the township cop and I agree that it is,” car.” Schultz said. “But what I Warren said the township is taking bids don’t agree with is you from those wanting to buy the vehicle – a have a board with four 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe with at least 250,000 more people on it, and they miles on it – at the township’s regular could have said something meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 13. to me. Yes, they say someSchultz “can’t drive it, anyway, because thing on Jan. 4, but the it’s not insured,” Warren said. deadline was Jan. 1.” “The keys to the Tahoe weren’t where Schultz said that folthey keep the office keys so I didn’t know lowing his re-election in where the keys were,” said Warren, the Nov. 8 general election, stressing that she simply wanted to get he attended township board Schultz out of township offices as he yelled meetings later in at her. November and then in “No way am I going to say ‘By the way, December, but no other Wayne, did you get sworn in?’” Warren board members advised said. him to get sworn in at Warren, re-elected as township clerk either meeting. Nov. 8, was sworn in later that month by (Photo by John Cook) “Nobody said nothing,” Wayne Schultz, former Arbela Tuscola County officials. She said she he said. “I questioned Township trustee, said he hopes to be swore in Trustee Jacobi, Treasurer Jody (township clerk) Mary appointed back to that position at the Hunt and new Supervisor Joseph B. “Joe” Warren on this, and she township s board of trustees meeting on White prior to Nov. 20, the day elected said ‘Oh, I didn’t think Feb. 13. Schultz failed to take an oath of township candidates take office. about it. I never even office to the trustee job after voters reWarren said she didn’t think about elected him Nov. 8. thought about it.’” swearing in Schultz then, too. Warren, clerk in Arbela “Once I swore the other people in, he Township, population 3,088 in the southwest corner of wasn’t here and I never thought any more about it,” Tuscola County, said Schultz had been sworn in after get- Warren said. ting elected in 2012, and said a person would think he Schultz said he was “pretty dumbfounded” Jan. 5 when would remember to take the oath of office after his re- he read a letter from Supervisor White telling Schultz that election. Schultz’s trustee position was vacant. “It’s not as if he’s a brand new person on the board,” “Me and Joe (White), we’re on a first-name basis,” said Warren, noting Schultz rarely appears at the town- Schulz said, laughing, before adding “No, we’re not on a ship office at 8935 Birch Run Road. first-name basis, as will come up in the future.” “Wayne never comes around,” Warren said. “He was Tuscola County Clerk Jodi Fetting said that following

the Arbela Township dispute, she plans to devise a welcome letter to send to winning candidates in the future – a letter also notifying them they’re required to take an oath of office. “It’s just a plan of action to improve our quality of service to our voters and our candidates,” Fetting said. “I understand the voters chose him. We want to make sure the voters’ voice is heard.” Warren said the township is accepting applications and resumes from anyone wanting board members to appoint him or her to the vacant trustee seat. Applicants must submit a resume to the township hall on or before Feb. 10. Board members will consider applicants at the 6 p.m. meeting on Feb. 13. Schultz said he’ll turn in a resume and seek the trustee job. “I guess I’m going to throw my hat in the ring again, and if there’s somebody more qualified than me, so be it,” Schultz said. “They sure don’t have to put me back in there, but if you were sitting there in front of everybody – and I’m sure there will be a few more letters in (The Advertiser) concerning this – they’re going to have to defend not putting me back there. “For what reason – because we don’t like you? That’s a reason. Show me another reason. I’m never at the township office? You’re right, I’m not. When I come in there, what would you have me do? You won’t give me any kind of a position. (Trustee) Bill Jacobi is paid to mow for the township, and he’s also the supervisor of the two township employees (Deborah Cerasoli and John Gunnels).” Schultz said Warren “doesn’t want me there – nothing’s changed in four years.” Warren, however, said Schultz is the one who hasn’t changed in that time. “He’s been vicious and mean the whole four years he’s been in office,” Warren said. “Why would I go out of my way to accommodate him?” Tom Gilchrist is a reporter for The Advertiser and can be reached at gilchrist@tcadvertiser.com

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The road board did vote to change the corner of Millington Road, at Fostoria Road, from a two-way to a four-way stop. Traffic moving north or south on Fostoria Road doesn’t encounter a stop sign at Millington Road, though cars moving east or west on Millington Road halt for a stop sign at Fostoria Road. “I have reviewed this location since about 2006 and I’ve had (Michigan Department of Transportation) safety engineers out to give recommendations,” Zawerucha told the road board. “We have tried to implement different safety pre-

cautions on Millington Road, which is the one that stops.” A red flashing light greets motorists on Millington Road at the intersection, while a yellow flashing caution light is seen by drivers on Fostoria Road at that corner. “We’ve doubled up the stop signs (with signs stating) that cross traffic does not stop” on Fostoria Road, Zawerucha said. Zawerucha said a review of a recent five-year accident history at the intersection showed a total of eight crashes, ranking the corner eighth-highest in Tuscola County for number of crashes during that

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State Rep. Dr. Edward Canfield Wednesday took the oath of office in the state Capitol to begin his second term representing the 84th House District. The oath was administered by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman. Canfield was joined (in back from left) by his son Tim, wife Cheryl, and daughters Emily, Mary and Korey.

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time. Five of the accidents were “right-angle crashes, which can be corrected by a four-way stop,” Zawerucha said. Road board members Jack Laurie, Gary Parsell, Mike Zwerk and Julie Matuszak agreed with Zawerucha’s recommendation to change the intersection from a two-way stop to a four-way stop, voting unanimously to make the switch. Tom Gilchrist is a reporter for The Advertiser and can be reached at gilchrist@tcadvertiser.com


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county roads safer for motorists. Robert Caruth, 67, who lives along Lewis Road, bene- who come over to help me, I probably would have quit a “If you’re driving 50 miles an hour and you go off the fited from the project this week, as evidenced by a pile of long time ago.” road and hit one of these trees, it’ll kill you,” said Crabb, wood chips near his driveway. Some, but not all, of the trees targeted for removal are who used a chain saw to cut logs into smaller chunks fit “I use them to pile around my pine trees and stuff to ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer, an exotic beetle for a campfire or stove. native to Asia that has killed millions of ash Crabb and John Hitsman, 16, of Millington trees in southeastern Michigan since the Township tossed wood chunks from the bed of a beetle was discovered near Detroit in 2002. pickup truck into a pile Thursday. Hitman said his Besides the work occurring in southern dad, John Hitman, will burn some of the wood in Tuscola County, tree removal has been scheda woodstove. uled for portions of Vassar, Fremont, Workers began removing trees in late Ellington, Elkland and Columbia townships. November near the edge of the roadway along Caruth welcomes the project, noting that 40.6 miles of roads in nine townships of Tuscola vehicles have traveled off Lewis Road in County. The work, financed by a $582,000 grant Arbela Township a number of times since he secured by the road commission, is intended to bought his property south of the Dead Creek reduce accidents in the county, and continues into in 1974. Drivers twice struck an abutment on June. a bridge across the creek, he said. Much of the work takes place in Arbela, “People have lost control a couple times Tuscola, Millington and Watertown townships in and ended up in the trees there,” said Caruth, southern Tuscola County. Workers focus on gesturing toward a spot on his land, near the removing fixed objects – such as trees or rocks – creek, along the road’s shoulder where within 10 feet from the edge of the road. workers cut down trees and left logs for him From 2009 through 2013, Tuscola County saw Thursday. more than 1,200 fixed-object crashes – predomiCaruth said the project will improve visinantly with trees – and 29 percent resulted in bility for him when he looks north or south injuries or fatalities, according to the road compulling out of his driveway. mission. Michele Zawerucha, road commission “It’s safer for me because I have a camper (Photo by John Cook) Timothy Crabb, left, and John Hitsman toss chunks of wood from the and I move a little tractor around on a trailer,” engineer, has said the road commission focused on tree removal in the southern part of the county bed of a pickup truck near Crabb s home along Lewis Road in Tuscola Caruth said. “It’s easier to see down the road at the request of Tuscola County Commissioner County s Arbela Township on Thursday. Both men were glad to receive when I’m pulling out. Some of the big trucks wood left by workers cutting down trees near roads to remove fixed move down this road pretty fast.” Craig Kirkpatrick. During the tree-cutting project, the road com- objects that cars could crash into if the vehicles travel off roads. Anyone with questions about the tree-cutmission allows property owners to keep the wood ting project may contact Wonsey Tree Service from downed trees if they want it. On Thursday, Wonsey keep the weeds down and make it easier to mow around at 989-681-3014 or road commission engineer Tree Service workers left logs about eight feet in length ’em,” said Caruth, using tools and a small tractor to haul Zawerucha at 989-673-2128, ext. 107. Those with quesnear Lewis Road. logs toward his home. He planned to cut logs into chunks tions also may email Zawerucha at mzawerucha@tusco“Everybody’s arguing over who wants the wood,” said for use in a woodstove. laroad.org. Willy Mogg, 55, a worker with Wonsey Tree Service. “I’ve been burning wood for about 30 years but it’s a Tom Gilchrist is a reporter for The Advertiser and can “We make wood chips as we go, too,” added Mogg. lot of work,” Caruth said. “If I didn’t have a couple sons be reached at gilchrist@tcadvertiser.com

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“The major complaints were the clunky noise and we’re in the process of resolving those,” said Steve Gauger, wind site manager, NextEra Energy Resources. Gauger said he is in charge of operations and maintenance for all wind turbines in Gilford and Fairgrove townships that are part of either Tuscola Bay Wind Energy Center or Tuscola Bay II Wind Energy Center. Power generated at Tuscola Bay is sold to DTE as part of a 20-year, $485 million contract announced in 2011. Tuscola Bay II also sells power to DTE. The company also wants to build Tuscola III Wind Energy Center in Fairgrove, Almer and Ellington townships and has filed special land use applications for the project that calls for 52 wind turbines and a price tag of about $200 million. Gauger told the board that, in Gilford Township, NextEra Energy Resources “really only had four or five complaints” in 2016. However, a copy of the complaint log was provided to The Advertiser by township supervisor Jim Stockmeyer and shows there were actually 30 separate complaints logged. Stockmeyer was among those who filed a complaint, but the majority were filed by one family between March and October. Gauger said complaints mostly were due to loud “clunky” noises. He told the board that the problem was identified as the motors contained within each wind turbine (each wind turbine contains three motors, one per blade). Gauger said it’s been determined that the “old style” keyway pitch motor is “defective” and not able to handle the load that is being placed on them by longer blades. He said the motor is essentially trying to adjust itself so that there is less drag. “What happens is on the upswing or the downswing, it’s actually got some slack in there and that’s that clunking noise that people are hearing,” Gauger said. He said the motors originally installed in all 134 wind turbines as part of Tuscola Bay and Tuscola II are being

replaced, “starting with any complaints that we do get, we start with those ones first.” They will use a differently designed motor identified as a “spline drive” pitch motor. Gauger said the new motors feature “a lot better design.” Gauger said out of 402 motors in the project, 177 have been replaced. Stockmeyer said he “could tell right away” that the wind turbine he complained about had been fixed. Gauger said the company has contracted a third-party to help with the replacements, which he said are covered under warranty from GE, the manufacturer. One shipment a week of replacement motors are being sent to the area to address the problem, he said. The company is averaging fixing “three or four” turbines a week, he said. Other issues related to wind turbines in Gilford Township were identified Thursday. Gilford Township Trustee Kent Houghtailing pointed out that “fins” attached to wind turbine blades post construction were falling off. “I don’t know what you call them, but you glued some fin work on the blades here a year or two ago and we’re picking up a lot of them,” Houghtailing said. Gauger identified the “fin work” as vortex generators. He said all of them have been removed that are along M138 and “close to major highways.” “As soon as the weather breaks, GE is supposed to come out, too, and they’re going to remove them all,” Gauger said. At least two of the vortex generators were “eaten up” by farming combines, he said. “It was one of those things where we felt like we weren’t getting the performance out of the turbines that we were told by GE. This was their fix. It didn’t make a difference. They weren’t installed correctly,” Gauger said to Houghtailing. “You’re not the only one. We have a lot of them out there so we are going to be taking them off this year.”

Gauger said all landowners were allegedly notified via “phone call or letter” that if they are working within a certain distance of a turbine, “they call me, I shut the turbine down so they can work safely by it.” Also in 2016, Gauger told the board that the company filed “a couple” of wildlife reports with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The wildlife issues were related to animals who died near turbines or were disposed near turbines. The animals were several deer and a cat. “We made the reports to the DNR just because birds in the area…they might use that as a meal and then they’re getting close to the turbines and they may get hit by the turbine, as well,” Gauger said. “We try to cover all the bases because somebody out there, or outside perspective, doesn’t like us or something like that might look at it weird, so…” Gauger said. With regard to the landowner who filed more than 25 reports between March and October, Gauger said the company considers the issued resolved. Gauger said the company “did some noise studies with some handheld equipment we had at the site and we were within compliance of the Gilford Township ordinance, which I believe is 55 decibels at 1,325 feet.” “They acknowledge the clunking is gone but they’ve had issues with other sounds that we can’t pinpoint,” Gauger said, adding that whenever they have called him, he has followed up to try and determine the source of any issues. “At this point, we feel we’re within the ordinance of Gilford Township,” Gauger said. “You know, they’ve done some Internet research, they don’t have any evidence other than just their hearsay and…I’m not getting any other feedback from anyone else in the area so we feel it’s resolved at this point. “If it does come up again, we’ll address it or try to do what we can,” he said. Andrew Dietderich is editor of The Advertiser and can be reached at andrew@tcadvertiser.com

our doughnuts at the end of the day, so it’s possible they did grab some and go.” DeBusk said more than one person could have been inside the bakery during the Dec. 22 break-in. “I would guess there’s more than one (culprit) just because they left a couple drinks out that I assume they meant to take with them, and they did not,” DeBusk said. “And they were a couple different kinds of drinks.” Police stated they executed a search warrant in North Branch on Tuesday, taking a “teenage juvenile” into custody – someone other than the informant. Police wrote they released the teenager to a parent while the investigation continues and prior to presenting the case to Lapeer County prosecutors “for formal criminal charges.” DeBusk said someone “jimmied their way in” through a door leading into the rear of the business. North Branch Bakery has been in business for 24 years in North Branch, but DeBusk said “This is the first time that we’ve ever had a problem.” “It wasn’t so much what they took, because it’s not like we keep a lot of cash on the premises,” DeBusk said. “It was just the fact that somebody got in. It was violating, more than anything.” “I asked ‘Are you interested in the reward?’ and the person said they would be interested in the reward after it all pans out,” DeBusk said. The sheriff’s department wrote on Facebook that “The information and facts at this time suggest that all parties involved have been identified.”

“I’m getting the impression the sheriff’s department is still investigating to see all of whom is involved,” DeBusk said. “Once the sheriff’s department is confident that they’ve got all the people involved, I will reach out to this person again and offer them the reward.” Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to contact Sgt. Matt Blair at 810-245-2390 or at mblair@lapeercounty.org, or Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-656-1015 or at jparks@lapeercounty.org. Tom Gilchrist is a reporter for The Advertiser and can be reached at gilchrist@tcadvertiser.com

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“I felt like it was the realization that this wasn’t going to go away,” DeBusk said. “I think they saw it and thought ‘Wow.’ Even if that’s the case, the fact they were willing to come forward and at least give us information, that takes a lot of courage and we respect that.” The informant “wanted to do the right thing for the community,” added DeBusk, noting she believes the information from the tipster was “extremely helpful” to investigators. Sheriff’s department officers reported “a local teenage juvenile” provided information on Monday about the Dec. 22 and Dec. 27, 2016 burglaries at the bakery. DeBusk said she communicated with the tipster via social media. Someone came to the bakery, 4098 Huron St., in person that day “and actually dropped off a note at the bakery and advised which app to use and what their screen name was,” said DeBusk, who said she’s not sure if the individual who left the note also is the informant. The sheriff’s department wrote on Facebook that “Deputies were able to recover the higher monetary valued stolen items (electronics, safe, cash and play props)” from the bakery and from Dynamics Dance Studio, a North Branch business where a break-in occurred Jan. 4. DeBusk said she’s not sure if a burglar or burglars stole doughnuts or other treats from the bakery. “We are very well-known for our doughnuts and our sugar cookies,” DeBusk said. “We don’t take inventory of

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community calendar -Editor’s note: Community Calendar listings are available free of charge to non-commercial and non-political businesses and organizations that are not charging a fee for their event. Space is limited to availability. PLEASE NOTE: All Community Calendar listings that advertise a fundraiser containing a cost will be charged a minimal fee for their listing. PUBLIC ACTIVITIES Caro Area District Library will host America’s Heritage in Story Jan. 12, 19 and 26 from 1-2 p.m. which is a special movie series with stories about various aspects of American life featuring unique places, people and music. Thumb Dance Club will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 7-10:30 p.m. at the Sandusky Maple Valley School, 138 Maple Valley St. Everyone welcome—bring finger foods (for 9 p.m.) and friends! Questions, call Leola at 810-657-9349 or Dorothy at 810-404-4250. Give blood at Fairgrove Presbyterian Church on Monday, Jan. 16 from 3-7 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall, 5040 Maple St. Appointments preferred. Contact (866) MIBLOOD (642-5663) or go to miblood.org. Attempt to donate and be entered to win a $100 Meijer Gift Card. Free Movie-Double Feature at Caro Area District Library will be held Tues., Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. Movies are “Artic Tale and Natural Wonders of Europe: Artic Tale” which is a real-life adventure of a polar bear cub and a walrus pup (running time 86 min.) and “Natural Wonders of Europe” features dramatic and breath-taking natural treasures on Earth (running time 38 min.). Dinner and a movie will be held Jan. 25 at Christ Lutheran Church in Reese. “Running Inside Out” will be shown at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. with lunch at noon and dinner at 6 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass if you wish to join us for either potluck meal or join us for the movie only if you wish. Opperman Memorial Library - go to kingstonk12.follettedestiny.com to create your own account for items currently checked out and to renew all from home for the high school library only which is also Opperman Memorial Library (the public library) - be sure to select which library you need. Other features: Destiny Quest takes you to a screen you can customize for yourself and Quest Home gives the top 10 items checked out at the library, allows you to create your own resource list, and shows new arrivals at the library. Feel free to visit the high school/public library’s web page at oppermanmemoriallibrary.com. Contact Ms. Ford or Mrs. Mallory at 989-6832500 or the elementary contact, Mrs. Williams, at 989683-2284, ext. 230. Writers Guild of Shay Lake. The group meets the first and third Thursdays at 4 p.m. at the Caro Public Library, 840 W. Frank St., Caro. Contact Rod Merton at 989-2938854 for information. Handgun & Trap Shooting: The Marlette Sportsmen’s Association will be open to anyone wishing to shoot handguns every Tuesday evening beginning at 6 p.m. and trap shooting every Sunday from 4-7 p.m. and on Thursday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. The club is located 2 miles west and 4 1/2 miles north of Marlette. For questions, call Bill Maher at 989-635-7072. “SAVE A LIFE” Learn free by-stander/compression only CPR the third Tuesday of each month at Caro Area District Library, 6-7 p.m. Call 989-615-0078 to enroll or daveluebbert@ymail.com Senior Dining Center, for ages 60+. Come and join us on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations in Caro, Mayville, Millington, and Vassar. Lunch, socialization, cards, and new friendships. For more information, please contact 989-673-4121. Every Wednesday of each month: Spoonfuls of Plenty free community meal at LeeRoy Clark Center, 435 Green St. in Caro, 4-6 p.m. Good home-style dinner, everyone is welcome. Tuscola County Senior Citizens dining center at Caro K of C Hall, second and fourth Monday of the month. Call Joyce, 989-683-2791. Tuscola County Conservation Club, Gun Club Road and M-24, Caro, open to the public for trap and skeet Thursday from 6-9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Free trap and skeet lessons every Thursday at 7 p.m. Shooting six stand Thursday nights. Euchre every Monday, 7 p.m. at American Legion Hall in Caro. Open to the public. Kingston VFW food auction, 1 p.m., fourth Sunday of the month. Spring of Life Community Church in Mayville hosts a food outreach the third Saturday of each month. Free groceries will be available to all who attend. A free dinner will also be available. For more information, call 989-8430194. Community service rooms open every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Vassar Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5920 Frankenmuth Rd. for free clothing, shoes, bedding, etc. Donations greatly appreciated. Phone 989-823-8791 or 989-823-3069. Closed when school closes due to weather. SouthernCare Hospice is searching for Volunteers for our Volunteer Program. Volunteers make a big difference in the lives of Hospice patients and their families. Call us at 989-790-7533 to learn more about becoming a Hospice Volunteer. Volunteer drivers needed: Tuscola County Office of Veterans Affairs is in need of volunteer drivers to take county veterans to their doctor appointments in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Saginaw. The county has a van to transport the veterans, but not enough drivers to get the job done. Call Mark Zmierski or Ana Farris at the Tuscola Co. Veterans Office, 989-673-8148, for more information. Heartland Hospice of Bad Axe Volunteer Training is available for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in Caro, and the outlying communities. Volunteers provide services

such as friendly visiting, patient outings, errand running, child care, and clerical services. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule. Please call Jeff Keen at 877-486-6671 for further information. SouthernCare Hospice is looking for compassionate volunteers in Tuscola County to provide support and companionship to patients. Flexible schedule. If interested, call Jennifer Profitt, Volunteer Coordinator, at 989-7907533. St. Frances Mission Store in Vassar, household resale shop for anyone is located at 153 Maple St., near the high school. It is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and also the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Profits benefit the local food pantries and organizations that help the needy. Store phone is 989823-8803. Free clothes, Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Ministry of the Word, 2926 Church St. in Unionville. Call 989-9719916 for more information. Free community lunch - last Saturday of every month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in fellowship hall at First United Methodist Church, Marlette. Menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. The building is handicap accessible. Mayville Golden Years Club hosts euchre and pinochle on the first Friday of every month and euchre on the remaining Fridays. Play at 6 p.m. Two hands around the table and finger food by the coffee pot. Play 10 games. Everyone is welcome. MEETINGS VFW Post 10884 Mayville – meets at American Legion Hall 248 W. Main St. Mayville 2nd Monday of the month 2 p.m. American Legion Post 181 – Mayville 248 W. Main St. Mayville, MI 7 p.m. Mayville Lions Club – meets 1st & 3rd Wed. at Mayville Museum 7 p.m. Caro Lions Club meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Brentwood restaurant. Membership applications available. Call 989-673-5588 for more information. Exchange Club of Caro “Unity for Service” meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Brentwood in Caro. New members are welcome. Contact 989-551-4619 for more information. Free & Accepted Masons #226 Mt. Moriah Lodge regular business meetings on the first Wednesday of each month in the Masonic Temple, 156 N. State St., Caro. Eaton-Grede Retirees Breakfast meet at Fritz’s in Richville the first Monday of each month, except September. Tuscola Dive Rescue Team meets 2nd Thursday every other month. Seeking new members. Call 989-415-4526 for more information. American Legion Auxiliary #421 meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Unionville American Legion Hall. Caro Chapter #96 Royal Arch Masons meet the second Thursday of each month in the Masonic Temple, 156 N. State St., Caro. Senior Citizen Gatherings at Bullard Sanford Memorial Library, Thursdays from September - May, 1-3 p.m. and offer free entertainment, games and cards, snacks and refreshments. Thumb Council Royal and Select Masons meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday (except January, February, July and August) in Caro Masonic Temple. Thumb of Michigan York Rite College meets at 8 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday (except January, February, July and August) in Caro Masonic Temple. Women’s Life Vassar #857 meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Bullard Sanford Memorial Library in Vassar. Guests are welcome. Millington O.E.S. #390 meets the first Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., except in July and August. Civil Air Patrol MI-165 Cass River Squadron meets every Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. at 1690 Mertz Rd., Caro. Cadets 12 on up welcome. Learn Aerospace, Emergency Service and Cadet Programs Learn to Lead. Veteran to Veteran (Vet to Vet) meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Akron

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Village Hall. These meetings provide a chance to talk to other veterans about their experiences while serving and bring veterans together to learn about available benefits. Refreshments are provided. For more information, call 989-673-8148. VFW Post monthly meetings: VFW Post 4164, Caro, second Monday, 7:30 p.m.; VFW Post 3644, Cass City, second Monday, 7 p.m.; VFW Post 10884, Mayville, second Sunday, 2 p.m.; VFW Post 5317, Kingston, second Tuesday, 7 p.m.; VFW Post 7486, Fairgrove, first Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall in Akron; VFW Post 4837, Marlette, third Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post #7 meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 110 W. Frank Street, Caro. The Western Thumb TEA Party Group meets on the third Thursday of the month, 6-8 p.m. at the Bullard Sanford Memorial Library, 520 W. Huron Ave., Vassar. This educational group is non-partisan and all are invited. No admission is charged. Topics range from current events, national defense, the economy and more. For more information, call 989-652-9807. The Cass River Genealogy Society meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, except for June, July, August and December at Wickson District Library in Frankenmuth at 6:30 p.m. Reese Area Historians Association meets on the fourth Wednesday monthly at 6 p.m. in the Reese Village Hall. Call John Hill at 989-868-4773 for details. Tuscola County Republican Party meeting is held the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the H.H. Purdy Building, 125 W. Lincoln St. in Caro. Tuscola County Polish American Club meets the first Sunday of each month. Membership application available at meeting, 1 p.m. potluck dinner after meeting. Retrieve memorial nameplates. If your loved one was a resident at the TCMCC, you may have their engraved memorial nameplate as a remembrance. They are filed by date of death. The nameplates will be at the Forget-MeNots meeting the first Monday of each month at 2 p.m. at the TCMCC, or call Norma at 989-673-4564 to see if your loved one’s nameplate is available. Caro Community Hospital Auxiliary meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12 noon (which includes a light lunch) in the hospital conference room. NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME (women and men). For more information, call 989-672-5802. Vassar High School Class of 1966 meets at 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month for breakfast at Fritz’s Family Restaurant in Richville. Frankenmuth Horseshoe Club is looking for more people to join and meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the horseshoe pits on Tuscola, across the street from the boat launch. No charge to play. There will be a potluck at the end of the season at which time prize will be awarded for the winners. Friends Of The BSML meetings are held the 4th Thursday of each month, Jan.-Oct. and Nov. & Dec. the 2nd Thursday of the month. All meetings are held at the Bullard Sanford Memorial Library in Vassar at 6 p.m. New members and guests are welcome. Senior Days held every Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Bullard Sanford Memorial Library, Vassar. Caro Rotary Club meets every Monday at 12:10 p.m. at the Brentwood on Park Drive in Caro. To become a member, call Barb at 989-550-7700. Compassionate Friends Thumb Area Chapter meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Community of Christ Church, 2081 Deckerville Road, Caro, MI 48723. For more information, contact Sharon Klawender at 989-683-3305. Sons of the American Legion Caro Squadron 7 meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Caro American Legion Post, 110 W. Frank St. Richville Legion Hall Post 400 phone number is 989239-8235. Please call for information. DAV Thumb Memorial 75 meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at American Legion Hall, 110 W. Frank St., Caro.


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community calendar Operation Good Cheer in collaboration with Tuscola Co. Dept. of Health & Human Services needs your help to provide Christmas gifts for children in foster care. For more information, contact Krystal Reinhardt at 989-545-8686 or Jeanette Holder at 989545-8160. Bereavement Support Group will be held the last Thursday of each month at Heritage Hill Assisted Living, 1430 Cleaver Rd., Caro at 6 p.m. Conducted by Bereavement Coordinator and Chaplain Donald Killey of SouthernCare Hospice. For more information, call 989-790-7533. SELF-HELP Adult Grief Support Group meets every third Sunday from 2-3 p.m. at 100 Mayer Rd., Frankenmuth. Please call 989-652-4663 for details. Vassar Al-Anon Family Group meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 885 Saginaw St., Vassar. For more information, call 989-577-9464. AA meetings are held on Mondays at 7 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Reese. The Tuscola County Multiple Sclerosis self-help group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Mayville United Methodist Church, 601 E. Ohmer Rd. (M-24) from noon to 2:30 p.m. Family members and close friends of those living with MS are also encouraged to attend. The church is barrier free. The members provide a light lunch. For more information, call Betty Priest at 989-761-7479 or Lee Ann Kulhanek at 989673-8231. Celebrate Recovery at Anchor Cove Church every Friday at 7 p.m. Hurts-Habits-Hangups. Celebrate Recovery is hosted by Mark and Dorothy Willis. Grief Support Meeting is held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Caro Senior Commons, 1601 W. Gilford Road, Caro at 4 p.m. — public is welcome. For more information, please contact Chaplain Don Killey, 989-790-7533, Southern Care “Where caring is a way of life.” Thumb Compassionate Friends is a chapter of a national self-help group offering support to families who have suffered the loss of a child at any age. Meetings are on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Community of Christ Church, 2081 E. Deckerville Rd., Caro. For information, call Sharon 989-683-3305 or Dave 810-376-2801 or visit www.TCFcaro.org. Gamblers Anonymous meetings (weekly) on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Marlette Methodist Church, 3155 Main Street (corner of Main and Kilgour Streets). Please use back entrance at SE corner of church building. Contact 989-225-8284 for ore information. Marlette Regional Hospital offers free screenings. For PSA (prostate specific antigen) screenings, contact Patient Administrative Services at 989-635-4000 and for mammogram screenings, contact Patient Administrative Services Manager, Pam Boyne at 989635-4299. Community and Professional Education Offered Monthly through Marlette Regional Hospital. Healthcare professional offerings include: Geriatric Grand Rounds, Pre-Trauma Conference, Nursing Education, Wound Care, Social Work Grand Rounds, Cardiac Rehab, TIPDON Diabetes Management, Pharmacy Grand Rounds, Home Health and Provider CPR & First Aid classes. Community offerings include: CPR, First Aid, Safe Sitter Classes for youth, and additional lecture series for diagnosis specific conditions. For info regarding upcoming classes, lectures, date, times, class credits and to register call

989.635.4349 or email jcallahan@mrhcares.org. Volunteer Greeters Needed! Marlette Regional Hospital is seeking friendly, outgoing volunteers to participate in the hospital’s Greeter Program. Greeters are responsible for welcoming patients and guests as they enter and navigate the hospital’s main campus. They offer assistance, provide information and directions, call for wheelchairs and escort to destinations or to the appropriate staff. Greeters also provide assistance by answering questions and explaining hospital policies. If you enjoy helping people and have a few hours to spare, this could be a wonderful opportunity for you! For information about the Greeter Program and about the volunteer application process, call Sheila Lambert Greeter Program Coordinator (989) 635-2909. United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital is seeking individuals interested in joining our volunteer program. Hospice volunteers offer support through patient care, bereavement, administrative duties, and community involvement. This essential work requires very special people—those with sensitivity, compassion, and a generous spirit. For an application or for more information call Helen Salas, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 989.635.4134. Bereavement Support Programs are offered through United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital to people who have experienced a loss through death – these groups are open to anyone in the community. Lunch/dinner support groups for widows and widowers and singles that have lost a loved one through death. There is no charge to attend only the cost of your beverage & meal. Meetings are held: 1st Tuesday of the month at Eddie G’s Restaurant in Marlette, Noon for lunch; last Thursday of the month at Franklin Inn in Bad Axe, 6 p.m. for dinner. Grief Support Groups are for adults who have experienced the death of a family members or a friend and are held the 1st Friday of each month at MRH Administration Conference Room (use Seton Center Entrance) at 10 a.m. Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care presents grief support group meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. at 5986 Cass City Rd. These sessions are open to anyone and refreshments are provided. Contact Don or Emily for more information at 989-872-5852. Narcotics Anonymous - For information, call 1-800230-4085. Al-Anon - Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? Want help? Al-Anon meetings are held every Tuesday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m.) at 3800 Lee Hill Road (1/2 mile South of M-46). Call the MI Thumb Area AFG at 989-912-5478 for more information. Exercise program is held on Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. for anyone in the community. A group exercise class which focuses on improving general strength, flexibility and balance at the Therapy Gym of the Lighthouse, 1655 E. Caro Rd. in Caro, phone 989673-2500. This program is free of charge. You must have a doctor’s script to attend. Information packets are available at the Lighthouse Therapy Center front desk. AA meeting every Monday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Caro Presbyterian Church. Al-Anon Family Group (AFG) - Find help if your life is being affected because of someone else’s excessive drinking. There are regular meetings in the Thumb area. For more information, call the MI Thumb Area AFG at 989-912-5478.

Alcoholics Anonymous - meetings, schedules, and/or information for Huron and Tuscola Counties go to www.tauc.ws; or call 989-670-4996 for the AA 24hour Help Line. Huron County Family Caregiver Support Group is held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Tuesday of each month at the Human Development Commission, 150 Nugent Road, Bad Axe. For more information, contact Merry at 989-673-4121. Support Group for those affected by suicide will be provided at the Huron County Senior Center, 150 Nugent Road, Bad Axe on the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending or for more information, please call Lisa Schoettle, MA, LPC, NCC at 989-975-0190. Living with Parkinson’s Support Group is held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Holiday Inn Express in Bad Axe, 55 Rapson Lane West. For more information, contact Merry at 989-673-4121. Caregiver Support Group is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Bullard Sanford Memorial Library, 520 W. Huron Ave., Vassar. For more information, contact Merry at 989-673-4121. Free foreclosure prevention counseling offered by the Human Development Commission. Call 1-800843-6394, ext. 1799. Are your fears debilitating? Check out my Concept of the Month. Dr. Sherry Baker LPC, Christian Counselor: 989-895-8356, www.sherrybakerLPC.com Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (day chapter) at the Brentwood in Caro and 6 p.m. (night chapter) at the Tuscola County Medical Business Annex, 1231 Cleaver Rd., Caro. For more information, call 989-673-6023. The Unionville chapter meets every Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Unionville Moravian Church in Unionville. For more information, call Barb at 989-674-2929. The Vassar chapter meets every Wednesday at 9 a.m. in First United Methodist Church in Vassar. For more information, call 989-843-6846. United Hospice of Marlette Regional Hospital is offering a bereavement social support group in Caro, the third Tuesday of the month at Caro First Baptist Church, 2 p.m. and the third Wednesday of the month at Nick’s Country Oven in Cass City, noon for lunch. Call United Hospice Service for more information at 1800-635-7490 or visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org. ALL YOU CAN EAT WE NEED

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County voters approved a recycling millage renewal 4,683-2,139. The rate of .15 mills (15 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value) is expected to raise an estimated $262,000 in its first year. Miller told The Advertiser that the millage currently provides for 95 percent of the program’s funding. In 2015, Tuscola County’s recycling program handled 635 tons of material from various sources (figures from 2016 are still being compiled). For example, the program sets up recycling trailers over most weekends in Fostoria along with Akron, Elmwood and Juniata townships. Tuscola County recycling also provides weekly or bi-weekly pick-ups for more than 100 businesses in Tuscola County. Permanent trailers are placed at the Tuscola County Medical Care Facility in Caro, Family Dollar in Caro, Kingston High School, Hills and Dales Hospital in Cass City, Rosati’s Marketplace in Millington and Dollar Tree in Caro. These trailers are brought back to the county’s recycling facility for weekly or bi-weekly processing. The program’s current operations at 1123 Mertz Road (M-24) accepts material Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Residents can take in their recyclables and sort them, or ask facility employees for help. Three full-time and three parttime employees operate the facility. After buying the new property, the county recy(Photo by John Cook) A forklift at Tuscola County s recycling center prepares cling program could expand what it takes in, said a load of recyclables for transport to a processing Mike Miller, director of buildings and grounds, facility. More materials are likely to be accepted at the Tuscola County (he also oversees the recycling procenter when it relocates down the road. gram). For example, the center now only accepts limited Fitkin told The Advertiser a baseline environmental kinds of plastic (currently items with the nos. 1 and 2 assessment was conducted – a necessary action under recycling symbols – there are seven). Michigan law “that allows a party to acquire contamiMiller said the ability to take in more would be crenated property without having any liability for that con- ated by the additional space on the site that would allow tamination.” for more storage. Hoagland said the studies determined the site to be Storage is an important factor in recycling because “compatible” with its intended use as a recycling center. processing facilities require a certain amount of mateRiverview Auto & Recycling, 987 Ellington St. (M- rial at one time to make it economically feasible, Miller 24), Caro, closed its doors in July 2016 after the busi- said. ness struggled to stay afloat since its founder died in a He used containers with the no. 5 recycling symbol 2014 single airplane crash. (butter tubs, cottage cheese containers, etc.), as an About a month after Riverview closed, Tuscola example.

Though the site has historically been either a junk or salvage yard, Hoagland said tests found “minor” levels of contamination. Hoagland said attorneys leading the study “indicated to us, that it was their opinion, that adequate and due diligence was carried out and they believe that would support the acquisition of the property.” Glenn Fitkin III, attorney with Saginaw-based law firm Braun Kendrick, lead environmental study efforts, working with AKT Peerless Environmental & Energy Services.

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Likewise, the event planned for Feb. 9 aims nesses may be able to serve in the reinvestto help the business community, specifically ment of the downtown,” Preuss said. small-scale manufacturers. Preuss said she is already working with By definition, small-scale manufacturing Chapman to identify businesses that produce covers a wide range of businesses that pro- tangible goods so that they can be involved in duce tangible goods. That includes businesses the analysis. producing goods in textile, hardware, wood, “It might be a single person doing it at metal, 3D printing, and home or it might be a company that has five, food. It also includes or 10, or 20 people,” she said. hardware prototyping, The hope is to meet with as many people as consumer product possible to help clearly outline ways the city, design and prototyping, county, and other regional partners can help film production, brewbusiness owners be more successful and grow eries and distilleries, in Vassar. Preuss said she also wants to talk to and local food producproperty owners downtown to get their input. tion and packaging. “That will give us an opportunity to underChapman said smallstand what’s working for these businesses and scale manufacturing what some of the challenges they’re facing CHAPMAN was one of the areas of are,” she said. concentration that was available to selected Chapman said it’s important to note there is communities. no obligation or future commitment needed to Recast City specializes in how to incorpo- participate in the Recast City analysis planned rate small-scale manufacturing into down- for Feb. 9. town areas like the one in Vassar, Chapman More information about Recast City can be said. The city was selected several weeks ago, found at http://www.recastcity.com/. he said. Interested businesses that would like to par“This analysis just seemed like the logical ticipate in the Recast City-lead event should next step for our downtown area since we’ve email Brian Chapman at citymanager@cityhad that boom from the restaurants and some ofvassar.org or call 989-823-8517. of the other businesses,” Chapman said. More information about the MEDC’s RRC “How do we keep that momentum going and program can be found at how do we further diversify our local http://tinyurl.com/vassarrrc economy so that if something was to happen Andrew Dietderich is editor of The economically, not all of our businesses are Advertiser and can be reached at wiped out?” andrew@tcadvertiser.com Illana Preuss, founder, Recast City, told The Advertiser The Caro Golf Course the analysis will 1080 E. Caro Rd., Caro MI 48723 include meeting with 989.673.7797 those in the business Try out our craft beer selection! Daily $5 Lunch community to idenMon. - Soup & Sandwich Horny Monk (Petoskey Brewery) tify barriers and Tues. - Sloppy Joe & Chips opportunities for Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Wed. - White Chicken Chili local small-scale Stella • Guinness • Budlight Thurs. - Nacho Supreme manufactures. Dirty Blonde • Killians Fri. - Chicken or beef quesadilla “The one day program is to meet with every Thursday 6 p.m. - close: $1 off all drinks the city and people in the city to begin to Monday Nights Book your events with us! understand with the Euchre Tournament Birthdays • Anniversaries 6:30 p.m. sign up, $5 entry small-scale manufacWedding Parties • Retirement turing business Thursdays Happy Hour 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Ladies Euchre Hour sector and to see M-F: Euchre Play in Clubhouse M - Th. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. • $1 off drinks what role those busi-

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“We have to have a full semi-trailer load of material – about 40,000 pounds – of just that one material,” Miller said. “And right now I don’t have the storage space to do that.” In addition to the 10 acres, the Riverview site includes the former business’s main building that is about 6,600 square feet – about three times what the building housing the current program. Tuscola County rents its current Mertz Road facility from the city of Caro, Miller said. The lease agreement started when the county launched its recycling program. Miller said the lease was expanded for six months prior to the millage vote so that officials could have a better idea of the program’s future before making any plans. That lease, which expires in February, will likely have to be extended again, Miller said. The sale is expected to close within the next few weeks, and the move to the new location is likely to begin in early spring. Ultimately, Miller said he hopes Tuscola County could be a hub for recycling like those in surrounding counties, and that the program will become self-sustaining as opposed to relying on funds via millage. Gov. Rick Snyder presented the “Proposed Plan of Action on Recycling” in 2014 – part of a major effort to improve the state’s abysmal 10 percent recycling rate to be closer to at least 30 percent. “On every other reusable product – glass, paper, plastics, metals, organics – Michigan has fallen behind,” according to a press release issued at the time. “Our residential recycling rate is only 14.5 percent, lower than every other Great Lakes state, and one of the lowest in the country. The rest of our waste – $435 million worth of reusable materials annually – goes straight into a landfill. But the market for recycled materials continues to expand. By investing in this growing sector through increased recycling in the state, all Michigan residents can help strengthen our economy.” Snyder’s plan aims to make recycling easier for all Michiganders, with convenient access to residential recycling. It also aims to make recycling even more economically beneficial, with further market development for recycled products. Andrew Dietderich is editor of The Advertiser and can be reached at andrew@tcadvertiser.com


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Sports Editor As North Branch chipped away at Caro's double-digit, second-half lead Thursday evening, Steven Strachan wasn't the likeliest Tigers candidate to lift the team in the fourth quarter. After all, the 6-foot-5 junior had been stuck on the bench for most of the second half with four fouls. But when big No. 13 did re-enter the game, he provided the boost his squad needed and helped Caro to a 66-61 Tri-Valley Conference East win. "A couple of those fouls came 80 feet from the basket, and we can't have that," said Caro coach Dan Bills. "But when he got back in he played like he was supposed to." Early in the third quarter, Strachan picked up his third foul — but Bills left him in the game. A couple of minutes later, he was hit with a fourth foul attempting to (Photo by Gary Koelzer) make a steal at the opposite Caro point guard Yami Albrecht (with ball) dribbles end of the court, which sent on the wing during Thursday’s 66-61 win over North him to the bench. When Branch. The Broncos’ Gerrid Rutledge is on defense. Strachan re-entered the throw line. game, about half way through the fourth "When North Branch came back, our coach quarter, the Broncos were in the midst of a called time out and he was like 'look guys, comeback, cutting what at one point had been you gave them all the momentum they need a 15-point, second-half lead, to just three to win this game. You guys better go out and points. play these next possessions like the game is But Strachan took control, scoring 11 points on the line,'" Strachan said. "And our team in the final quarter and, along with teammate pulled through and I was very proud of them." Tony Fox, icing the contest from the free See CARO B2

Not many have travelled as far as Greg Wright to play the sport they love — about 8,500 miles to be exact. Born and raised in New Zealand, Wright traveled to the United States in 1990 to play softball. His next journey will be much shorter, a 30-mile drive to Midland where the 50 year old will be enshrined in the USA Softball of Michigan Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at The H Hotel in Midland. "I've been here since 1990," Wright said in his New Zealand accent. "I arrived in Reese Michigan, a local guy by the name of Matt Dyjak had been going back and forth between the United States and New Zealand for about seven or eight (File photo) years, and he was playing Greg Wright, shown here pitching for the Reese A’s on and managing my in 2015, will be inducted into the USA Softball of team. He asked me if I'd Michigan Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Jan. 21. like to accompany him service in Reese. And for the past four back to Reese, and of course I said yes." years has been in the pitcher's circle for Since his arrival, Wright has been a the Reese A's, which play in the Thumb pitching machine, racking up individual Travel League — where Wright plays awards and winning tournament champi- with men half his age. onships. The 51 year old began playing for White Night Limousine, a limo See WRIGHT B4

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With two minutes remaining in the game, North Branch got to within 58-55, but no closer. Strachan was 5-of-6 and Fox was 4-of-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to help close out the win. "I was a little frustrated that we didn't do that early on in the second half," Bills said. "We talked (at halftime) about having the lead, and they're a good team, they're going to come out fired up and aggressive and we had to match that intensity and I don't think we did that very well. "But at the end of the game we did what we had to do to win, we could have fell apart when they made that run but we didn't." Strachan finished with 23 points and eight rebounds. The Tigers' other starting post player — 6-foot-4 Kyle Fetting — carried the team in the first half, scoring 12 points by halftime, as Caro held a 36-21 lead at the break. "It's really been a focus in practice to work it into the post," Bills said. "Early on, I don't think we were doing that enough. We have two very skilled bigs and most teams don't, so we work on that a lot, especially in the last week." Fetting ended up with 17 points and three blocked shots. Fox contributed 12 points, which included two first-half threepointers. The Tigers are now 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the TVC East. North Branch's second-half surge was led by leading scorer — senior Chance Calvert — who scored 18 points in the second half — nine in each of the last two quarters. He finished with a team-high 20 points. Kaleb Bickel contributed 11 points before fouling out and Riley Bugg scored nine for the Broncos (3-6, 0-5) who are still looking for their first league win. Caro returns to action Tuesday at home against OtisvilleLakeVille in another TVC East contest. Also on Tuesday, North Branch hosts TVC East opponent Birch Run. North Branch senior Kaleb Bickel (32) attempts a layup Thursday against Caro. The Broncos lost the TVC East game 66-61.

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Caro guard Nolan Hornbacher glides to the hoop during a 66-61 win over North Branch Thursday.

Boys' basketball roundup Dukes in the Tri-Valley Conference East game. Millington (3-4, 2-3) is back in TVC East action Tuesday at home against Bridgeport.

Thursday games Kingston 52, Carsonville-Port Sanilac 50 CARSONVILLE — Grant Koehler delivered a big game with 20 points and seven rebounds as the Cardinals won their second consecutive North Central Thumb League game. Nathan Cloyd and Evan Neff each chipped in with seven points for Kingston, which led 30-29 at halftime. Justin Ritchie scored 15 points while Thomas Schulz added 14 and Tony Nugent contributed 11 for the Tigers (5-4, 3-2). Kingston (4-5, 2-3) has a non-league game at Genesee Tuesday.

Frankenmuth 52, Otisville-LakeVille 40 FRANKENMUTH — Still playing without injured star Mario Whitley, the Eagles used a 37-17 secondhalf edge to win the Tri-Valley Conference East contest. Grant Bronner and Sam Gray each scored 16 points and Jared Davis added 13 for Frankenmuth, which improved to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the TVC East. The Eagles are at league opponent Essexville Garber Tuesday.

Wednesday games Marlette 71, Laker 42 PIGEON — A 33-16 third quarter fueled the Red Raiders to their eighth consecutive win to open the season. Marlette led 30-24 at halftime of the non-league game before outscoring the Lakers 41-18 in the second half. Ethan McKenney paced the Red Raiders with 14 points while Bryce George scored 13 and Sean Quade and Isaac Dale added 11 apiece. Dale and George each pulled down eight rebounds.

Unionville-Sebewaing Area 61, Ubly 44 SEBEWAING — The Patriots played shut down defense, especially in the second half, on their way to the non-league victory. USA led 28-17 at halftime, then allowed eight points after the half — including just two in the third quarter. Harrison Cramer and Zach Fritz each scored 10 points to pace the Patriots while Micah Cramer scored nine and Tyler Heckroth contributed seven. USA upped its record to 4-1 with the win.

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SANDUSKY — Reese jumped out to a 20-6 lead, and held a 38-18 advantage at the break in the non-conference contest. Kyle Stockmeyer scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Rockets. Jake Galsterer had a fine all-around game with 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals and Gabe Robinson added nine points. The Rockets are now 3-4 overall.

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MILLINGTON — The Cardinals were down by just two points in the final moments of the game, but Garber hit 8-of-9 free throws down the stretch to pull out the win. Cameron Henderson scored 18 points to lead Millington, Brandon Reed added 15. Jacob Denham pumped in 26 points to pace the

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Dominant post play leads Millington to third consecutive win BY JOHN SCHNEIDER

Sports Editor Most high school basketball teams would love to have a post player with size skill, talent and knowledge of the game. The Millington girls' team has three. The luxury of having a solid, experienced front court has been a benefit all season for the Cardinals. And it paid off again Wednesday in a 54-40 win over Tri-Valley Conference East rival Otisville-LakeVille. "Our whole game plan every single night is to pound it, pound it, pound it, pound it," said Millington coach Christian Selich. The trio of 6-foot Elizabeth Selich, 5-foot-11 Hannah Hall and 5-foot-10 Jenna Meacham combined for 34 points and 25 rebounds as Millington improved to 6-2 overall and 5-1 league play. "We struggled a little bit in our last game against Caro (a 56-32 win on Jan. 6), we didn't get it down low enough and started chucking threepointers," Christian Selich said. "We only shot two tonight, and I'll Sydney Olmstead has her eye take that all night on the basket Wednesday. long. If we can Olmstead scored eight points to score most of our help Millington defeat LakeVille points in the post, 54-40 in TVC East play. we're going to have

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Millington point guard Haley Trickey (5) looks to drive to the basket Wednesday during the Cardinals’ 54-40 TVC East win over LakeVille.

a good game." The Cardinals' only two losses this year were closely contested against a pair of top-10 teams. They lost 56-51 to Reese — ranked No. 5 in Class C — and 57-51 in overtime to No. 9 in Class B Frankenmuth. The Falcons played Millington close in the first half, trailing 26-19 at the break, but Millington was able to build a comfortable led in the second half — though the Cardinals were never able to completely put O-L away. "It wasn't our best effort offensively, yet we still score 54 points," Christian Selich said. "We struggled tonight. Hannah, I thought struggled, and she had 20 points. (Selich) didn't have a great game and she had a double-double." Elizabeth Selich, who scored 13 points to go with 12 rebounds, also admitted Wednesday wasn't the Cardinals' best game. "We can play a lot better than that but we grinded it out

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HAMPTON TOWNSHIP — Steven Dinsmore provided a spark as the Tigers improved to 4-0 in the Tri-Valley Conference East and 12-1 overall in the league meet hosted by Garber. Dinsmore went 2-0 on the day for Caro, the No. 8 team in Division 3. Also sporting 2-0 records were John Botkins, Blain Wood, Patrick Ford, Kyle Carter and Tim Millerov. The Tigers are at the Sanford Meridian

Sandusky 56, Brown City 24

Frankenmuth 67, North Branch 21 FRANKENMUTH — The Broncos scored the first two points of the TriValley Conference East contest, and Frankenmuth scored the next 32. Freshman Kelynn Kujat led the Eagles

Juniata Christian School’s Heather Cooper puts up a shot Tuesday against Lapeer Homeschool. Cooper scored six points and had five rebounds in a 26-20 loss.

with a career-high 22 points while Hannah Karwat contributed 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Kaylee Kujat and Lindsey Mertz scored eight points apiece for Frankenmuth. The Eagles, ranked No. 9 in Class B in the first AP rankings, are now 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the TVC-East. The victory extended Frankenmuth's conference winning streak to 102 consecutive games. North Branch is now 2-8 overall and 06 in league play.

Brown City 51, Vassar 18 VASSAR — Green Devils sophomore Kendal Muxlow caught fire in a 30-point first half — 15 points in the both the first and second quarters — to put an early end to Vassar's hopes in the non-league contest. Muxlow finished with 37 points. Jenna Huizar paced the Vulcans (1-8) with five points while Kassie Verbeek scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Tuesday games Lapeer Area Homeschool 26, Juniata Christian School 20

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Heidi Cooper scores two of her teamhigh eight points for Juniata Christian School in a 26-20 loss to Lapeer Homeschool Tuesday.

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Mayville 60, Memphis Caro 35, Essexville Garber 23; Mayville 42, Brown City 36 Caro 54, Otisville-LakevVille 27

HARBOR BEACH — After playing to a 13-13 tie after one quarter, Harbor Beach upped its game and improved to 90 and 3-0 in Greater Thumb East play. Emily Schaub delivered a doubledouble with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Red Raiders and Hannah Kady added eight points before fouling out. Marlette hosts non-league Yale on Tuesday.

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double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

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Harbor Beach 56, Marlette 39

SANDUSKY — Reigning Thumb Player of the Year Haley Nelson scored 20 points as the Redskins upped their record to 10-0 and 3-0 in the Greater Thumb East. Gabby Gough and Jess Kursinsky added 11 and nine points for Sandusky respectively. Kendal Muxlow scored 12 points for the Green Devils.

and we still got the win," said Elizabeth Selich. "It shows that we're actually as good as we can be, that we can win when we aren't on the top of our game. And once we get to a game where we're all on, it's going to me amazing." Even though it's strength is in the post area, Millington is far from a one-dimensional team. With scrappy point guard Haley Trickey running the offense, and wing players like Sydney Olmstead, Makayla Bremer and Molly Wolfington that can hit the jumper or take it to the basket, the Cardinals are poised for a breakout season. But Wednesday was all about the play in the paint. Hall struggled from the floor, but went 8-for-11 from the free throw line and grabbed seven rebounds. Meacham was second on the squad with nine rebounds. Olmstead added eight points, including the Cardinals' only three-point basket, and Bremer scored six points to go with five rebounds. Trickey had a team-high five assists. O-L, which is coached by former NBA draft pick Cory Hightower, was led by S a v a n n a h Davedowski's 13 points. Senior Ashley Chema, who two years ago played on the Millington varsity basketball team, and Kenedy Vines added nine points Elizabeth Selich (44) puts up a apiece. shot Wednesday. Selich had a

VASSAR TOWNSHIP — The Eagles fell to 5-4 with the non-league loss. Heidi Cooper had eight points, six rebounds and three assists while Heather Cooper contributed six points and five rebounds.

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BROWN CITY — The Wildcats improved to 5-0 in the Greater Thumb Conference and 9-4 overall. Jordan Birmingham (112 pounds), Steven Jackson (135), Ben Hulley (140), Jake LaValley (145), Logan LaBean (189) and Vinny Damiani (215) were each 2-0 on the day for Mayville. Christian Lefler (130), Jerry Gilbert (130) and Zakk Romanowski (285) were 1-0. The Wildcats grapple at the Durand Invite today.

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"The oldest guy on the team is 27 — the diamond. and then there's Greg," said A's coach "I'm still very competitive because I Pete Bouvy. "Greg is one of them guys don't want these young kids to beat me that is very, very competitive. But when up," Wright said. "So I'm still out there the game's over, then everybody knows practicing, putting in the work before him. We go all over and the season because I don't play, and wherever we go, want to go out there and they know who Greg is. get hit around." He is just a very, very Wright has earned well-liked guy." numerous awards in his After that first summer, career. He was named to Wright headed back to the Amateur Softball New Zealand — but he Association All-American was back in Reese playing Team in 1996, made softball the summer of second-team North 1991. American Fastpitch "Well, I met a young Association All-American lady," Wright said. "Her in 1997 and was a (Submitted photo) father, local legend, hall member of the 45-andReese resident Greg over NAFA All-World of famer Russ Ackerman was playing on the team Wright. Wright is a Team in 2010. And earned member of the 2017 class at the same time I was. of inductees to the USA many other individual His family went to all the Softball of Michigan Hall honors. games, and that's how I of Fame. He is a two-time Class met Denise." B softball state champion Wright ended up marrying Ackerman's with the A's (2012 and 2015) and was daughter Denise. The two reside in part of of the 40-and-over national Reese, and have a daughter, Kelly champion Seadogs squad in 2006. Wright. Greg Wright's stepson is former The Reese A's finished third in the Reese standout pitcher David state in Class B last summer. Dinsmoore. "That's one thing that Greg really After 27 years of baffling hitters from engrains into our guys, it's the big tourthe pitcher's circle, Wright now carries a naments that really count," Bouvy said. new responsibility — as mentor for the "States is what you play for all year." new crop of Thumb softball players. The sport of men's fast pitch softball "I work with a lot of these kids — I has dwindled in popularity over the past call them kids but they're 24, 25, 26 year three decades. But it was once so popolds now," Wright said. "The majority of ular that men came to the United States them are young men out of Reese who from countries where softball was as, or played a lot of baseball and stuck more popular, than baseball. Hitting and together to play fast pitch." fielding translates easily from baseball Bouvy also talked about Wright's to softball, but the art of throwing underimportance as a role model, not that the hand takes years to perfect. Kiwi doesn't doesn't have as much fun as "That's why they brought guys over the younger generation on the field. from places like New Zealand, Australia "He keeps the boys in line, but he is and Canada," Wright said. "Because probably the biggest kid on the team teams here had great hitting, but lacked when it comes right down to it," Bouvy pitching." said. "He's one of the instigators, gets Wright said he began playing softball guys fired up — we have a good time." in New Zealand when he was 10. Wright admits the camaraderie of the "We play softball — fast pitch — in team sport is one of its biggest draws. schools, boys and girls both," Wright But said he isn't about to slow down on said. "There's no baseball, no slow pitch,

so people gravitate towards softball. Well, of course every kid wants to pitch, so every kid's turning their arm over and by the time kids in New Zealand turn 20 years old, they've already played seven or eight seasons of fast pitch." Wright's arsenal is comprised of three pitches — a rise ball, drop ball and change up. "When you're out there pitching, and you spot these baseball players coming up, the first thing you do is throw them rise balls," Wright said. "Because it's a very unnatural thing for them, it looks so good coming in, then pops up and you can't catch up with it." Once settling into Reese, Wright began working as a custodian at Trinity

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Medalists for the Vassar Scrappers wrestling club, from the Mount Morris Tournament held Saturday, Jan. 7. Front row, from left to right: Cole Nickerson, Easton Davis, Chance Perry, Gemeni Green. Back row, from left to right: Seth Gamet, Brock Beulla, Xander Dickie, Blake Walker, Jake Seegmiller, Chayce Zarko, Chase Nickerson, Leo Zarko.

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Vassar edges out Cass City basketball in gymnastics 1360AM IS THE THUMB'S ONLY dual meet HOME FOR Cass City’s Alexus Bates does her floor exercise routine Wednesday. Bates took first on floor, and was second overall, in a duel meet loss to Vassar.

VASSAR — The Vassar gymnastics team defeated rival Cass City 119.165113.295 Tuesday. Calista Bickel, a Frankenmuth student that participates for Vassar, led the way with a first-place, all-around score of 33.25. Bickel took first place in the vault, balance beam and uneven bars, and placed second in the floor exercise. Lydia Chapelo, of Caro High School, was third overall with a score of 31.775. Chapelo placed second in the vault and uneven bars and third in the balance beam and floor exercise. Alexus Bates was top finisher for Cass City with an overall score of 31.90, good enough for second place. Bates was first in the floor exercise, second on the uneven bars and third in beam and vault. On Saturday, Jan. 7, Vassar placed seventh at the Fraser Invitational. Chapelo was third overall thanks to sixth and seven place finishes in the vault and uneven bars respectively. Bickel, who was fifth all-around, took third in the vault and tied for fourth on the beam.

Lutheran School, in Reese. And has been there ever since. He joins a long list of Thumb softball players who are enshrined in the Hall, such as Don Petro, Fred Hecht, Wayne Lassiter, Alan "Chick" Rodammer, Bill Elbers, David Seldon, Dick Krueger, Tom Stasik, David Ganton, Del Benson, Ackerman, Ted Germain and Al Compau. "It's a very big honor to be selected into the Hall of Fame because it's your peers that nominate you," Wright said. "It's the people that you play with and come in contact with. "And that's the big highlight for me."

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Vassar’s Calista Bickel performs on the uneven bars during a gymnastics duel meet against Cass City Wednesday. Bickel took first on bars, and first overall, at the meet, which was won by the Vulcans.

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Predator Hunting – a great winter pastime per a remote system, which is certainly an A fast growing winter pasasset when sharp-eyed predators are time is hunting for fox (both incoming and homing in on the calling. red and gray), coyote and For those wishing a true hands-on expewhere legal (refer to the rience, mouth calls are still as popular as MDNR Hunting Guide), ever and I must admit they remain my bobcat. This is referred to favorite. A key to remember is that during today as “predator hunting”, frigid weather it pays to keep a spare but being old school, I still tend to call it “varmint TOM LOUNSBURY mouth call or two tucked inside your coat, because the moisture from your breath hunting”, and whatever you wish to call it, Michigan offers excellent can cause the call being used to freeze up opportunities. Here in the Thumb, this and become useless until it is thawed out means strictly for fox and coyote because (been there, done that and the freeze up can the bobcat hunting zone is further north. happen real sudden like). One call I always Whatever method you use, predator have on hand is a rubber “squeaker” that hunting is extremely challenging, and a simply requires squeezing, and it has more great way to enjoy the wintertime outdoors. range than might be assumed, and truly One of the oldest forms of predator sounds like a rodent in trouble. It is often hunting is using hounds, and this is a time- the first call I use before trying others. Whether using electronic or mouth calls, honored method steeped in tradition which goes back eons, with dogs and humans it never hurts to use a decoy that can add a working constructively together. It is by no little realism and a visual focus point for an means a slam-dunk affair and a case in incoming predator. When I’m using a rabbit point is a hunt I was on near Rogers City. in distress call, I often have a battery powThe hounds were pursuing a bobcat in a ered (and fuzzy) decoy that wobbles around dense cedar swamp and I was thrilled to the on a stick, and it is an addition to the setup core when I could hear the baying of the that doesn’t hurt. It also pays to remember hounds coming my way as I intently that in regards to foxes and coyotes, they watched the gaps in the cover as the sound will often circle to the downwind side of of the dogs came ever closer. Pretty soon I the calling to assess the situation before spotted the dogs passing through the gaps committing. as they went right on by me, and I never did I can remember when some hunters see that bobcat. There is no question in my thought 15 minutes was enough time to call mind that it was like trying to spot a wisp of before moving on to another spot, but I’ve smoke whisking through the shadows. Such found it pays to stick to it a half hour at happens, and I do thoroughly enjoy lis- least and sometimes much more, a gut tening to the hounds “singing”, which is feeling sort of thing. A major goal of my predator hunting trips up north (in the bobcat zone), is to successfully call in a bobcat, which seem to take forever to respond, a fact that I understand but thus far seem to never have enough patience to accomplish matters. I can remember calling for over an hour, and when I moved I discovered tracks in the snow of a bobcat that had finally decided to come in but I had spooked it. When it comes to wintertime predator hunting/calling, I do appreOutdoor writer Ryan Walker is studying the lay of ciate a fresh snowfall that the ground in relation to wind direction and fresh lets me know a predator coyote tracks leading into heavy cover, before setting making tracks is possibly out his remote controlled digital caller, which is in the still in the near vicinity, as small bag on his back. Digital callers can send out a this can up the odds, somevariety of calls for predator hunting with simple finger touch control. Ryan is carrying a 10 ga pump shotgun times anyway. I can stoked with buckshot, which is quite effective on coy- remember after one snowfall, spotting fresh coyote otes in heavy cover. tracks crossing the road and always a major part of this atmosphere. leading into a local CRP grass field I had Using calls for luring predators into range permission to hunt. I circled on foot along is no doubt becoming quite popular these the outside of the tall grass to the downdays, and electronic callers are clearly wind side of the field and sat down against moving into the forefront in this regard. an apple tree in the fencerow, and began The electronic caller was pioneered by calling. Johnny Stewart back when using old-style My assumption was that the coyote records and a portable record player (with a would most likely come out of the tall grass big funnel-like speaker) were the norm. and into the open field in front of me to This would allow recorded calling scent matters downwind of my calling. I sequences to be used and hands to be free was using a mouth call to make “rabbit in (for shooting purposes) and was definitely distress” calls and was wailing away when convenient for hunters not wishing to deal I got that strange feeling something was with mouth calls. right behind me. I slowly turned my head This in turn would eventually lead to and looked right into the face of a large (at more durable tape-cassette callers later fol- petting distance they all look large) coyote lowed by the present digital callers which sitting quite calmly with its head cocked are even more durable, versatile and com- over to the side in that quizzical canine pact than ever. A fact that I appreciate about manner. I believe it wasn’t quite sure about an electronic caller is that the very how to tackle a rather oversized “rabbit”. authentic calling sequence (of which there This coyote had come straight in with a tailis a wide and amazing variety to select wind to the calling (so much for assumpfrom) can be placed away from the hunter tions).

Well folks, when you are that close to a critter, you can actually see the reality lights turn on in its eyes, and I’m pretty sure it can see them turning on for you too! The coyote performed a sudden twirl and disappeared back into the tall grass before I could turn enough to bring my rifle into play, and nearly choking on my mouth call didn’t help any either. Calling and using lights at night has been legal for fox and coyote hunting for some time now (I personally prefer calm and clear full moon nights, minus any lights). Several years ago, elevated stands (including tree-stands) became legal for daylight fox and coyote hunting, but it is not legal for nighttime hunting. Hunter orange is now not required when a predator hunter is stationary, but must be worn when the hunter is travelling afoot. It is also not required for nighttime hunting (refer to Outdoor writer David Graham, dressed in snow camo, is set the MDNR Hunting Guide up against a tree trunk to break up his outline during a calling for actual times). session for coyotes with a remote controlled digital caller. David In 2016 #3 and # 4 buck- is using a scoped bolt-action rifle in .223. shot became legal for nightnew and different might be the thing to time fox and coyote hunting, and more employ with sometimes call-shy coyotes. recently (I just found out about it) centerfire As can be the case, with more hunters purrifles .269 caliber or smaller, were also suing them these days, some coyotes (and included for nighttime hunting on private foxes too) get a bit educated. lands only in Zone 3 (which includes the One thing is for certain, predator hunting Thumb). Prior to this only birdshot in shotis a great way to spice up a long winter. It is guns and .22 caliber or smaller rimfire rifles quite literally “the other season” I look forcould be used for nighttime fox and coyote ward to each winter. hunting. For a fact, centerfire rifles (and buckshot too) have always been allowed for predator hunting in Zone 3 during daylight hours. Night vision systems and laser sights may be used for nighttime predator hunting as well. When it comes to a calling setup, avoid sky-lining yourself and pick a location that breaks up your outline (a large tree trunk 1551 Empire Drive nearly the width of my shoulders works for Caro, MI 48723 me whether I’m sitting or standing). Camouflage clothing that matches the envi(989) 672-2223 ronment is invaluable and when it comes to snow, I’ve found both solid white and snow-camo work equally well. The same applies to the locally made Lucky’s portable ground blind (www.luckyshuntingblinds.com) specifically designed for Future Close Date 1/12/2017 predator hunting with its low profile. Something I’m going to try this winter is CORN BIDS using more coyote vocalizations which might do the trick during the fast CBT Close Chg. approaching coyote mating season. Another avenue is to use a turkey decoy, and do CH March 3.5825 1 some yelping with a turkey call (I’ve had CK May 3.6475 3/4 both coyotes and foxes stalk in on my hen CZ Dec 3.8600 1/4 decoy while spring turkey hunting – so it is a natural sound they clue in on). Something DLV. PERIOD Basis Cash Price

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This large male bobcat was called in and taken by a wintertime predator hunter near Onaway, and Northern Michigan offers great bobcat hunting opportunities. Bobcats aren’t easy to call in because they usually take their time in responding, if they ever do.

Colin Geister of Kingston, age 15, shot this large female coyote in early January using a .17 HMR rifle. The Thumb is known for producing some big coyotes, and this one weighed an amazing 61 pounds.

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North, Range 10 East, described as: Commencing at the Southeast corner of said Section 34; thence North 00 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds East along the East Section line 1,372.00 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence North 90 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds West at right angles to said East Section line 600.00 feet; thence North 00 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds

West parallel with said East Section line 575.00 feet; thence North 90 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds East 600.00 feet to said East Section Line; thence South 00 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds West along said East Section line 575.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. 12/27/2016 Judge Kim David Glaspie P31610 3T49

PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD NOW OPEN FOR CITY OF CARO PARKS & RECREATION MASTER PLAN The proposed City of Caro Parks & Recreation Master Plan is available for public review until February 20, 2017 at the Caro City Hall, 317 S. State Street during normal business hours or on the City’s website at www.carocity.net, or at the Caro Area District Library at 840 W. Frank Street, Caro.

TRUTH-IN-TAXATION AND BUDGET HEARING NOTICE This is a Truth-In-Taxation and budget hearing notice to support the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018. The Millington Arbela District Library Board intends to levy its allocated millage of .9942 mill on all real and personal property within the Millington Arbela District Library’s legal service area. The library’s income from property taxes is calculated by multiplying the taxable value of the property in the library’s legal service area by the allocated millage. This allocated millage may be reduced by the Tuscola County Equalization Office to compensate for an increase in the assessed value of real and personal property in each of the townships that exceeds the rate of inflation. The Headlee Amendment regulates this reduction. The purpose of the Truth-In-Taxation hearing is to retain as much of the money generated by new construction in the library’s legal service area as is allowed by the Headlee Amendment. The Truth-In-Taxation meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 6, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. in the Frieda Meachum Conference Room located in the Millington Arbela District Library. After the Truth-In-Taxation meeting, the library’s proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year will be presented and discussed with a regular Library Board meeting to follow. Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, these meetings are open to the public to attend. If you need special accommodations, please contact the Library Director, Jill Brown, at (989) 871-2003

Anyone interested in commenting on the proposed plan can be heard at a public hearing at 7:30 P.M. on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Caro City Hall. Written comments may be sent to Caro Parks & Recreation Committee, 317 S. State Street, Caro, MI 48723 and must be received prior to the public hearing. This meeting is open to all members of the public under Michigan's Open Meetings Act.

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DAYTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC NOTICE Dayton Township Planning Commission Public Hearing January 30th, 2017 at the Dayton Township Hall to amend L-1 District to include solar farms. Documents posted on Dayton Township Hall bulletin board for review. Chairman, Travis Klimek (989)912-5045 This meeting is open to all members of the public under Michigan's Open Meetings Act.

ALMER TOWNSHIP NOTICE The regular January meeting of the Almer Charter Twp., board has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. at the township hall. Peggy Reavey, Clerk

A zoning ordinance amendement regulating the development and use of land has been adopted by the Township Board of the Township of Arbela on January 9, 2017 to take effect January 21, 2017. At a regular meeting of the Arbela Township Board held January 9, 2017 the board amended the Arbela Township Zoning Ordinance to change Section 9.06.2a.1 Sign Standards from four (4) square feet to ten (10) square feet. The above ordinance may be obtained or examined at the Arbela Township offices on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Mary C. Warren, Township Clerk

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Denmark Township Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that the Denmark Township Planning Commission will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Denmark Township Offices, 9386 W. Saginaw Road, Richville, Michigan to discuss and receive public input on proposed Master Plan 2017-2021. Persons unable to attend may submit comments to the Denmark Township Planning Commission at the above address. *This meeting is open to all members of the public under Michigan's Open Meetings Act*

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'I do,' take two: Guide to a second marriage Couples are returning to the altar in increasing numbers, as second and third weddings are becoming ever more popular. Pew Research Center indicates that, as of 2014, 64 percent of divorced or widowed men have remarried, compared with 52 percent of previously married women. Lavish second weddings were once uncommon, but that trend is also shifting. Couples who are taking another crack at marriage are tying the knot with renewed vigor and with weddings that may rival some first-timers'. Men and women who are remarrying after divorce or being widowed may not know how to approach planning their upcoming nuptials. The following are some guidelines to making the wedding sequel a success.

Wardrobe

Couples who have been married before often find that they have more leeway with regard to their wedding wardrobes than they did when tying the knot for the first time. Brides may choose something less traditional than a long, white dress. In fact, this can be a time to

let loose and select something that is festive or even funky. This also may provide a great opportunity to choose clothing styles from different cultures or ties into one's heritage. This freedom also allows brides to broaden their horizons with regard to where to buy their wedding wardrobes. Grooms may opt for something more casual than a tuxedo or coordinate with their brides-to-be so they are on the same creative page. Colored tuxedos and vintage suits are acceptable, even though such attire might have raised a few eyebrows the first time around.

Guest list

The guest list doesn't have to be a source of anxiety. Others will understand that there may be a melange of people at a second wedding. Children from previous marriages as well as divorced spouses or former parents-in-law are not out of the question. Even if exes will not be included, make sure they know about the nuptials in advance of others. It's common courtesy, and it can help head off feelings of ill-will. Some couples choosing to tie the

knot again scale back the size of the wedding this time around, feeling something smaller and more intimate - with only the closest of friends and family - is more suitable.

Registries and wedding gifts

Considering couples who have been married previously likely have many of the housewares and items for daily living that firsttimers may not, registering for these gifts is not necessary. What's more, some of the same guests may have been present at first marriages and gifted then. In lieu of gifts, couples may ask guests to donate to a specific charity or forgo gifts altogether.

Vows

Couples can use experience to draft vows that have personal meaning to their unique situations and make the wedding ceremony even more special. People getting married again can impart their own personalities into the ceremony and party to follow. There are no hard rules governing second weddings, so couples can plan their weddings with good times in mind.

Make proposals special and successful A marriage proposals is a couple's first official step toward the altar. Tradition dictates that men pop the question, with their surprised - and hopefully soon-tobe-fiancées - ultimately deciding if wedding bells will be on the horizon. Proposing marriage can be nervewracking. However, if the time seems right and love is in the air, popping the question can be exciting. Regardless of who is proposing marriage, the following strategies can help make proposals memorable and successful.

Choose a sentimental location

Couples will remember the proposal for the rest of their lives. So choose a proposal location that has sentimental connections. Think about where the first "I love you" was uttered or where a first date occurred. These can be prime locations to pop the question.

Engagement rings play a big role in many couples' proposals. One person's style is not necessarily what his partner will like. Bigger isn't always better. Rather, choose a ring that reflects your partner's preferences and personality. Take your partner jewelry shopping and see which types of jewelry he or she is most drawn to. Certain preferences can serve as a jumping off point for ring designs.

Ask for the family's blessing

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Men no longer need to ask their girlfriends' fathers for "permission" to wed their daughters. However, asking your partner's family for their blessing is a sign of respect and can add a romantic and heartfelt touch to the proposal.

An old Irish tradition known as "The Lady's Privilege" was established in the fifth century by a nun named St. Brigid. She decided to create an opportunity for women to propose marriage. This day fell on every leap year, February 29. Centuries later, women can still use this tradition as the impetus to take the marriage reigns into their own hands. But women need not wait for the next leap year to propose. Many women view proposing as an empowering action that is tied to the evolving view of independent women. Couples are negotiating more in the marriage process, and the dissolution of commonly held prac-

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Though we live in an age when every moment of people's lives is documented with videos and photographs posted to social media, proposals still stand out as extra special moments. Hire a professional photographer to discreetly capture the proposal and your partner's reaction so it can be cherished for years to come.

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Weddings and nontraditional families Families come in all shapes and sizes. During special events - particularly those steeped in tradition, such as weddings - blended families may have to employ certain tactics to ensure the events go off without a hitch. When planning their weddings, couples must give consideration to the needs of their families. Even though a wedding is about the union of two people, oftentimes couples engaged to be married must contend with the politics of divorce or other familial issues. This includes if and how to incorporate stepparents and stepsiblings into the ceremony and celebration. There are no traditional rules regarding how to handle blended families, so brides- and grooms-to-be can customize their decisions based on their own unique situations. Even when families have been happy through the years, the unique circumstances and traditions surrounding the nuptials can dredge up former insecurities, and certain aspects may require extra patience and tact. Here's how to navigate the process. • Consider stepparents and stepsiblings VIPs. Brides and grooms who are not particularly close to their stepfamilies still have to recognize the role they play in the family dynamics. These people are still family, so respect and courtesy should be offered. If there is any lingering animosity, extend the olive branch on this day and try not to let anyone be made to feel as if they are unimportant. A simple announcement of who stepparents are at the wed-

ding reception or inclusion of their names on wedding itineraries can help smooth over any potential bumps. • Put others' needs before your own. While the wedding may be about you and your future spouse, you must consider the feelings of others. Biological parents and stepparents may act defensively if they feel uncomfortable or hurt, and that can create an air of negativity to the day. Try to avoid this by considering potential areas of conflict. For example, mothers might be hurt if their ex-husbands' new girlfriends are asked to be in a group family photo. Instead, select separate times to have everyone included. Remember to give parents and stepparents priority seating as well, and they each should be seated next to someone they love and someone with whom they can converse comfortably. You may think everyone can play nice, but it's best not to push the issue just to make a point at the wedding. • Recognize that some families break the mold. Recently, a father made waves on the Internet when a video of him pulling the bride's stepfather up to assist in walking her down the aisle went viral. This was a wonderful image of families making it work despite their differences or the awkwardness that can result when brides or grooms have parents and stepparents in attendance. Although this scenario might not play out for all, find ways to impart a spe-

cial touch, especially if you're close to both your biological parents and your stepparents. For example, your biological father may walk you down the aisle, while your stepfather may enjoy the first dance. • Order flowers and gifts for all. Purchase flowers and wedding party gifts for all of the special people in your lives, including your stepfamily. Weddings can be complicated affairs when factoring in blended families. With patience and compassion, such families can enjoy a beautiful and happy day.

Incorporate flowers in various ways Weddings are special moments for couples and the guests they invite to share their happiness on their big days. Beautiful weddings require substantial planning, as every last detail must be considered for couples to enjoy the wedding of their dreams. Flowers play a big role in many weddings, and couples can add beauty and ambiance to the event by using floral arrangements in various ways. Modern floral arrangements are stunning, and many couples may not know that herbs, spices and flowers have been used in weddings for centuries. Today, flowers are used to decorate wedding venues, impart sweet fragrances and complement formal attire, but in ancient times they were used differently. Flowers were used to bestow good luck on the couple and keep bad omens away. Brides carried aromatic flowers and spices to keep evil spirits from spoiling the festivities, and some even tucked bulbs of garlic into their bouquets. In ancient Greece and Rome, both the bride and groom wore garlands made out of strongsmelling herbs flowers around their necks or heads. These wreaths were considered gifts of nature, and thus extremely appropriate for a wedding. Traditionally, bridesmaids would be responsible for fashioning these floral components. In ancient Sweden, young girls would carry small bouquets of fragrant herbs down the aisle and the groom would put thyme in his pocket. These aromatics were thought to help keep trolls at bay. Besides warding off spirits or hungry trolls, flowers also served more practical purposes throughout history. During the Middle Ages, people bathed less frequently than they do

today. Bathing might only have occurred twice a year, once during summer and then again at Christmastime. Because many weddings took place in the spring, flowers were used to mask bodily odors. Not only were flowers and herbs carried, but they also would be sewn into clothing. Modern brides and grooms may no longer see their wedding days as times for opportunistic evil spirits. But that doesn't mean that couples cannot borrow from ancient traditions and incorporate flowers into their weddings in various ways. • Wreaths and garlands: Ask the florist to weave small flower buds, berries and vines to a headband, wreath or piece of twine so that the bride and groom can wear these flowers in the way they were worn by ancient Greeks and Romans. When coupled with Grecian-styled wedding gowns, brides can look like beautiful goddesses on their wedding days. • Fragrant favors: Tuck dried rose petals and other fragrant flowers into sachets that are embroidered with the wedding date and couple's names. Guests can use these sachets to keep clothings smelling fresh in drawers or as subtle air fresheners around the house. • Edible flowers: Ask the caterer to make meals flowerfriendly by including some edible blooms in the salad or as a garnish on meals. • Raining petals: In lieu of bubbles or birdseed, guests can shower the newlyweds with rose petals after the ceremony. • Memorial: Some couples like to honor departed family members. Floral arrangements with small placards can make for fitting memorials.

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Selecting a comfortable wedding gown Many brides-to-be visit bridal shops with specific goals in mind regarding the style of their wedding gowns. Some women come equipped with magazine tear-outs or pull up ideas on their mobile phones. Others may have an entire scrapbook filled with various ideas they've been compiling for years. Much consideration is given to wedding gowns. The cost and silhouette of the dress may garner the bulk of that consideration, but brides might want to spend more time considering comfort. Depending on the time of day their weddings take place, brides can spend 12 hours or more in their wedding gowns on their wedding day. However, when shopping for their gowns, brides may prioritize beauty over comfort, even though it's entirely possible to find a gown that's both stunning and comfortable. When staff and friends or family who have come along to offer advice start to blush over wedding gowns, brides-to-be may feel pressured to downplay any discomfort they feel. To make sure brides look flawless and elegant but are still comfortable in their wedding gowns, consider the following tips. • Know what to highlight and what to cover up. No two body types are the same, and many women feel certain parts of their bodies are their best assets while they want to downplay others.

Try on gowns that play up your best features. If you have shapely legs, consider a dramatic gown with a slit to show them off. Certain gowns can enhance the decollete or show off an hourglass shape. Remember, many gowns can be modified so that you feel secure and confident. Sleeves can be added or fabric placed to cover up any perceived flaws. Confidence and pride are important parts of the comfort factor. • Get sized correctly. Bridal gown sizes do not coincide with street sizes. Depending on the manufacturer,

Stunning engagement ring alternatives White diamonds have been the traditional engagement ring stones for decades. While shoppers have experimented with gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metals for ring bands, the star of the show has long been that twinkling, pristine diamond. Even though diamonds may be a "girl's best friend," they may not fit every woman's style, particularly the bride who likes to buck tradition and think outside the box. According to Money magazine, the average engagement ring costs more than $5,800. In addition to being one of the most expensive gemstones, diamonds have become quite commonplace. Some women even eschew diamonds for moral reasons. Whatever the driving force behind shopping for alternative gems, women who want to set themselves apart from others - and men who want to "wow" their significant others with unique and eye-catching rings - may opt for other dazzling stones. • Moissanite: This crystal naturally occurs in meteorites and is nearly as hard, dense and scuff-resistant as a diamond. Some feel moissanite offers more brilliance and fire than diamonds. Moissanite is a white-colored stone, so it can mimic the look of a diamond. And since it can be made in the laboratory at a fraction of the cost of even lab-made diamonds, it's a frugal option. A nearly flawless one-carat moissanite gem can cost less than

$1,000. • Lemon quartz: This is the trade name for a lemon-yellow stone that is a variety of color-enhanced transparent quartz. Quartz is turned into this sunny hue through an artificial gamma ray irradiation process. Like other quartz gemstones, lemon quartz is considered to be very durable and is therefore suitable for all types of jewelry. • Sapphire: Sapphires tend to be blue stones (of varying intensity), but they also come in peach, pink, yellow, green, and white. Sapphire may not sparkle as much as a diamond or even moissanite. However, with the right cut, it can be hard to distinguish any lack of luster. Sapphires are the third hardest mineral, and at about one-third the price of diamonds, they make an ideal diamond substitute. • Morganite: According to the blog Bridal Musings, morganite is currently one of the most popular choices for engagement rings. Its pretty pink hue is romantic and feminine. It also sits at around the same hardness as sapphires, ensuring the rings will endure. Vividly cut rubies, emeralds and tanzanite - all gems that are rarer yet less expensive than diamonds - can make beautiful engagement rings. Some couples also may opt for rings without gemstones, such as traditional Claddagh or "true lover's knot" rings to signify their union.

brides may have to select gowns that are several sizes larger than they would normally wear. This should not be a cause for alarm. Brides should go by their measurements. Attempting to squeeze into a dress that is too small will only lead to discomfort on the wedding day. • Purchase the right undergarments. Improperly fitting bras, shapewear and other undergarments can lead to discomfort as well. Some seamstresses can sew in supportive cups to remove the need for separate bras. Brides can explore various options to reduce the visibility of certain accoutrements. • Move around in the gown. Brides should not just stand in front of the mirror and smile when trying on gowns. Put them through their paces. Try sitting, bending and even a little dancing. Make sure the dress is comfortable to move around in. • Try different options. The gown brides have in mind may not be the one they ultimately go home with. Explore different styles and materials. Choose cooler, breezier fabrics and lightweight gowns, like crêpe, georgette or organza, for summer weddings. Heavier fabrics, such as brocade, may be more comfortable in the winter. Wedding gowns can be both beautiful and comfortable for those who know how to shop.

Did you know? Longevity in marriage Longevity in marriage is something to be celebrated. Couples who reach fiftieth and sixtieth wedding anniversaries often commemorate those anniversaries with big parties. But there are some around the world who would consider golden anniversary celebrants to still be newlyweds. In December 2015, Karam Chand, 110, and his wife, Kartari Chand, 103, from Bradford, West Yorkshire (originally from India), celebrated their 90th wedding anniversary, becoming the world's longestbetrothed couple. In America, John and Ann Betar, ages 104 and 100, respectively, have been married 83 years as of 2016. The couple eloped in 1932. They have been named one of America's longest-married couples by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

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