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Lindsay Bitzer wants to offer Cass City Public Schools students an incentive. Instead of athletic eligibility being determined by semester, the school district’s athletic director is proposing it be limited to a marking period. As the eligibility policy currently is written, students begin each 18week semester with a clean academic slate. After that, eligibility is determined by a student’s grades, starting from the first day of the semester. “What has happened is, some kids do either really poor at the beginning and never recover, so they are never eligible,” Superintendent Jeff Hartel said, “or some kids do really well early and realize they can coast a little bit because they can never become ineligible.” See ELIGIBILITY A9

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Green light: Pot stores jockey to open in Vassar By Tom Gilchrist Reporter

Entrepreneurs in the city of Vassar plan three stores where the public can buy recreational marijuana, with at least one business aiming to open this month. Mark Bills, general manager of The Station Provisioning Center at 302 E. Huron Ave., said his store hopes to sell recreational marijuana before Jan. 1. “We’re going to try to push to be the first one that sells (marijuana for recreational use) up in this area,” Bills said Tuesday. Michigan voters in 2018 approved a proposal allowing sale and adult use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Anyone 21 and older can buy, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles. The state’s first stores selling marijuana for adult recreational use opened Sunday, to long lines, in Ann Arbor. Bills said The Station, which has been selling medical marijuana to registered cardholders since 2017, fields about 12 phone calls per day from folks clamoring to buy marijuana for recreational use. Even Ohio residents have inquired about whether the Vassar store is selling marijuana for recreational use,

according to Bills. “We have to do a lot of logistics before opening,” Bills said. “I only have about 13 parking spaces.” Ben Guile, Vassar’s interim city manager, indicated at Monday’s Vassar City Council meeting there are plans for recreational-marijuana stores proposed by owners of The Station, and of another medical-marijuana provisioning center – High Level Health at 327 S. Main St. Guile told The Advertiser he’s anticipating receiving an application for a third recreational-marijuana (Photo by Tom Gilchrist) store in the city, but Mark Bills, general manager of The Station declined releasing details Provisioning Center at 302 E. Huron Ave. about the applicant or the in Vassar, said his store hopes to be the proposed store address Thumb area’s first store to sell marijuana for until he receives the recreational use. Bills hopes to be open for business before Jan. 1, selling marijuana to application. those 21 and older. The city council in November capped the process the marijuana and sell it to number of recreational-marijuana those 21 and older. The microbusiness stores at six, and allowed only would be similar to a microbrewery, one recreational-marijuana but the city doesn’t allow marijuana microbusiness. to be consumed in any business. State law allows a microbusiness owner to grow up to 150 plants, See POT STORES A11

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Where there’s smoke … Township wrestles with ongoing fire run fees By Mark Haney Reporter

Bruce Foether wants to do away with the $500 charge for fire runs. The Vassar Township supervisor wants to add a small annual fee to each tax bill to raise the funds to cover fire runs. The township board has heard multiple appeals over the past year from residents who don’t want to pay the $500 bill sent by the township for fire runs, especially when the call is a false alarm, or when the resident didn’t make the call. And the board can add Delane Whitaker to that list. He is balking at paying for a May 12 fire run to his property at 5747 Sheridan Road for a brush fire. Whitaker told the board he didn’t start the fire and hasn’t been to the property since Dec. 1, 2015, though he still owns it. His appeal surfaced at the township board’s Nov. 12 meeting. “If somebody else set it, shouldn’t that be a police matter?” board member Bill Gray asked. “That’s not our decision,” Foether said. “It’s just says a pile of brush

caught fire. That’s not our judgment.” A male resident, however, questioned the township charging $500 for the fire run. Foether said the township isn’t being charged by the Vassar Fire Dept., which provides fire protection for the township. “But there is no bill, other than the one we are sending,” the resident said. “So our ordinances have us double dipping on fire runs because we already have paid (in taxes) for fire protection. Now you are dipping again to get another $500 out of somebody.” “If you do away with those fire runs (bills) being charged,” Gray said, “we’ll be paying more for fire coverage because we’ll be paying per cost. If fire runs in the township increase, we’ll be charged more. And I think this is a deterrent, in my opinion.” A female resident said the bills are only a fraction of the actual costs. “If that same property owner were to get the entire bill for what it costs for the firemen to come out there,” she said, “the personnel, the truck, the water, the gas, everything else, it would be way more than $500.”

Another male resident, however, focused solely on Whitaker’s request. “I agree with what Bill (Gray) said earlier,” he said. “Doesn’t it matter what caused it? It was a brush fire.” Foether asked the board to take no action and to try to set up a payment plan with the property owner. “And, yes, I am going to try to change it,” he said of the fire bill process. “We have to change it.” “You can do that right now,” the first male resident said, “by not charging that person.” The board also: Approved spending $199 for • a 15-hour online training program on the computerized payroll program. An unlimited number of people can view the training, but Foether said he’d like to have new clerk Deborah Pounds and administrative assistant Amy Mocny take the training. “If we are going to keep it, we should get trained,” he said. • Learned the township has been reduced to one voting precinct due to changes in state absentee ballot regulations.

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CARO | A2 Annual ‘Shop With a Hero’ looking to improve on last year’s record For many years now, the “Shop With a Hero” event has increased Christmas cheer for local families who may be struggling to get through the holiday season.

CARO | A2 Health Dept. offers flu shots For National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Tuscola County Health Dept. is reminding people it’s not too late to get vaccinated. The ceremonial week, which ends Saturday, first was recognized in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond.

VASSAR | A3 Holly Jolly fest welcomes families Saturday Lenore Philo said children can have plenty of fun for free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during Vassar’s Holly Jolly festival. Vassar’s new bakery, Sweet Sensations Custom Cakery at 123 E. Huron Ave., opens Saturday and “is making minicupcakes that the kids get to decorate,” said Philo, director of the Holly Jolly event.

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Health Dept. offers flu shots For National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Tuscola County Health Dept. is reminding people it’s not too late to get vaccinated. The ceremonial week, which ends Saturday, first was recognized in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond. The health department is offering flu vaccines to walkin customers from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at its office, 1309 Cleaver Road, Suite B, in Caro. To make an appointment, call 989-673-8116. Health officer Ann Hepfer said flu vaccines are available to meet everyone’s needs. For the best protection those 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccine every year. Most insurance is accepted and most health insurance considers flu vaccination a covered benefit. For those uninsured or underinsured, the cost will vary based on income eligibility and family size. According to the health department, it can take up to two weeks after a vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, but it can last as late as May. Getting a flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu illness, doctor visits and missed work and school due to flu. Flu vaccinations also can help protect women during and after pregnancy and protect the baby of a vaccinated mother for several months after birth. The flu vaccine also has been shown to save children’s lives and decrease the severity of the illness for those who get sick. To learn more about the flu visit www.beattheflu.org.

For many years now, the “Shop With a Hero” event has increased Christmas cheer for local families who may be struggling to get through the holiday season. The event, held annually at Walmart, aims to provide Christmas presents and other needed items to area children. It also gives them the chance to interact with local first responders. “This is our way of giving back to the local communities and underprivileged kids,” said Caro Police Dept. Officer Robert Gaiser. “It gives them a chance to buy Christmas presents, either for themselves or for family members.” This will be Gaiser’s second year as one of the event’s organizers. Last year, he said, “Shop With a (File photos) Hero” helped out 53 kids, more than Reese Police Chief Mike Hadd prepares to take (from left) Reese the usual 30 or 35. But this year, he expects the event to benefit 70 to 73 students Morgan Law, Emma Law and Eddie Law on a shopping trip in the Caro Walmart at last year’s “Shop With a Hero” event. local children. “We wanted to expand this This year’s “Shop With a Hero” is Tuesday. program to include all of Tuscola donations from throughout the community. County,” Gaiser said. “All the first responders have “This happens one time a year, from a been notified of the ‘Shop With a Hero’ program conglomeration of many different donors,” Gaiser – our medical responders, fire, police, department said. “Walmart has been very supportive of the of corrections, jailhouse employees, courthouse program. And this year I was fortunate to receive workers…” multiple donations.” This year’s event is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Caro The process of determining which kids are involved Walmart. In case of inclement weather, it will be in the event is handled by Walmart, Gaiser said. postponed until the following Tuesday – Dec. 17. Throughout the year, event organizers collect See HERO A12

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Holly Jolly fest welcomes families Saturday By Tom Gilchrist Reporter

Lenore Philo said children can have plenty of fun for free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during Vassar’s Holly Jolly festival. Vassar’s new bakery, Sweet Sensations Custom Cakery at 123 E. Huron Ave., opens Saturday and “is making minicupcakes that the kids get to decorate,” said Philo, director of the Holly Jolly event. Children can pose with Santa Claus and receive a free 4-by-6-inch photo taken by photographer John Cook inside Chef D’s Sandwich Emporium, 100 N. Main St. Saturday’s forecast for Vassar, according to weather.com, calls for a partly sunny day with a high temperature of 36 degrees. Frankenmuth Credit Union provides free hot chocolate to the public inside Chef D’s, while children visiting Shades of Teal, 131 E. Huron Ave., receive a free “gingerbread house” made of graham crackers, along with supplies to decorate their houses, Philo said. “The houses are put together and the kids are given a little bag of candy and frosting, and they put the frosting on their gingerbread house and put the candies where they want them,” Philo said. A facepainter from Teeny Stiney’s Creations will decorate children’s faces, for a fee, inside Shades of Teal. Kids visiting businesses participating in the Holly Jolly event can enter free raffles for prizes, including “Olaf,” an animated

A horse pulls a sleigh on wheels past the Vassar Theatre at a previous Holly Jolly festival. The theater shows free previews of coming attractions every 20 minutes during the Holly Jolly event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Vassar. Theater guests may play to win original movie posters and free popcorn. Visitors also may buy theater gift cards and popcorn to go.

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snowman from the Disney movie “Frozen,” said Philo. “I haven’t decided where I want to place Olaf, because I want to spread the raffles out through the businesses,” Philo said. “There will be five little raffles in the businesses.” (File photos) Philo said Boy Brothers Alex McArthur (left) and Elliott McArthur write Scouts will make free s’mores for letters to Santa Claus at a previous Holly Jolly festival in kids outside Cork Vassar. The boys are the sons of Mike and Andrea McArthur of Pine Eatery & Vassar. This year’s event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at participating Vassar stores where children receive free food, Saloon, 145 E. play games and can enter to win prizes. Huron Ave., while Girl Scouts will sell cookies inside 1Life Fitness, 171 E. Huron Ave., where several children’s activities take place. Kids also are invited for fun activities at Something Old Something New at 104 N. Main St., and the Vassar Theatre at 140 E. Huron Ave. The theater shows free previews of coming attractions every 20 minutes during the Holly Jolly event. Theater guests may play to win original movie posters and free popcorn. Visitors also may buy theater gift cards and popcorn to go. Philo encourages kids to visit Central Shop Rite, 500 Goodrich St. (M-15), for A boy lets Santa Claus know what he activities from 10 a.m. to noon, when wants for Christmas at the Holly Jolly Santa Claus stops there. Kids can make festival in Vassar several years ago. gingerbread houses, enter a coloring This year’s Holly Jolly event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with Santa contest, make ornaments and play games. Luke Turner of Latitude 28 Travel posing for free holiday photos taken by plays music in downtown Vassar during photographer John Cook inside Chef D’s the Holly Jolly fest, and at 1 p.m. a pair Sandwich Emporium, 100 N. Main St. of second-grade girls join women from rides.” From 4-11 p.m. Saturday, the Thumb Vassar Woman’s Life Chapter 857, as members of the Tempo Therapy Christmas Area Mud Runners’ Tuscola County Dancers performing in front of the theater Christmas for Kids benefit occurs at Vassar to the Bobby Helms song “Jingle Bell Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2380 hall, 651 State Road. Rock.” Visitors paying $5 per person find music, Philo is awaiting word whether horsedrawn carriage rides will be offered during food, dancing and raffles inside the Eagles’ hall, with Santa Claus arriving at 7 p.m. and the Holly Jolly event. The farrier who shoes the horses “has proceeds buying toys for needy children in had a death in the family, so we’re waiting Tuscola County. to hear if he’s going to be able to shoe the Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for horses or not,” Philo said. “If the horse gets his shoes, he’ll be The Advertiser. He can be reached at behind Riverside Grill for the carriage gilchrist@tcadvertiser.com.

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For a few days this week, downtown Caro will have a festive Christmas feel as the city hosts its annual Gingerbread Village Festival. The highlight of the festival is the gingerbread house competition, which includes entries from children in Tuscola, Huron and Lapeer counties. But there is much more involved in the four-day event, which lasts from today through Saturday in downtown

Caro. Most of the events, including the gingerbread house competition, will be at the Caro American Legion Hall, 110 W. Frank St. Gingerbread Village Festival is put on annually by the Caro Chamber of Commerce. Making a return to this year’s festival will be Animal Magic, Inc, a show featuring popular animal trainer Mark Rosenthal. The show made its Gingerbread Village debut last year and was so anticipated that festival officials had trouble finding spots to place all of

This gingerbread house, constructed with a lot chocolate, was on display last year at the Caro American Legion Hall as part of the annual Caro Gingerbread Village Festival.

the spectators interested in attending. Animal Magic is scheduled for Friday with shows at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. All events associated with the festival are free. Last year Rosenthal, who operates out of metro Detroit, brought a sloth, tarantula and a bearcat – among other exotic animals to Caro – to the delight of the crowd, consisting mostly of children. See GINGERBREAD A7

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Saturday brings the Breakfast with Santa event, held at the American Legion, with Caro McDonald’s providing free breakfast. The festival kicks off today with the “Taste of Caro” event at Brentwood Lanes, 178 Park Dr. in Caro, in which local eateries provide food for taste-testing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday evening in Trudeau Square (the lot west of The Harvest Coffeehouse and Deli, 157 N. State St. in Caro), there will be free giveaways, hot chocolate and cookies sponsored by Caro Chamber of Commerce members. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Caro’s Strand Theatre will host a free showing of the 2019 live-action version of “The Lion King.” And from 4:30 to 7 p.m. that day, Caro’s Brentwood Lanes will host the Candy Cane Bowling Tournament. Cost is $15 to enter and it will be played in ninepin, no-tap format. John Schneider is editor of The Advertiser and can be reached at john@ tcadvertiser.com.

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Mark Rosenthal shows off Seven the sloth to a packed crowd Friday at the Caro American Legion Hall. Rosenthal, owner and CEO of Animal Magic, Inc., touted Seven as the only traveling female sloth in the U.S. Rosenthal will host a pair of shows at this year’s Gingerbread Festival – at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday.

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2081 E. Deckerville Rd., Caro, MI 48723

Pastor Jerry Bernhardt & Sandra Dorman

989-992-2322

Pastor Vicki Beebe & Josie Dalton 3615 Mertz Rd., Mayville, MI 48744 (989) 843-6086 Church school all ages 9:45 A.M. Worship Service 11:00 A.M.

Penny L. Parkin, Pastor 9:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Worship Service Sunday School for all ages

SUNDAY SERVICES

9:30am | Classes 11:00 am | Morning Worship 6:00pm | Evening Worship

WEDNESDAY SERVICES

ALIVE Teens | 5:45pm AWANA Clubs | 6:15pm Prayer Meeting | 7:00pm

1535 W. GILFORD RD. CARO, MI 48723 website | www.carofirstbaptist.org email | office@carofirstbaptist.org Phone | (989)673-3545

Vassar Seventh-day Adventist Church 5920 Frankenmuth Road, Vassar, MI 48768 Phone: 989-823-8791 • www.vassarsdachurch.org Pastor, Taylor Hinkle

Nursery & Classes • 989.652.3535

565 Churchgrove Road www.frankenmuthbible.com

Tuesday:

Free Clothing - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday:

Bible Study - 7:00 p.m.

Closed when School Closes due to Weather

Saturday Services: Sabbath School - 10:00 a.m. Worship Service - 11:30 a.m.

LIVING WATERS CHAPEL PROVIDENCE CHURCH 650 SOUTH HOOPER ST., CARO, MI 48723 PHONE: 989-673-2160

Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.

(The Wednesday Service is for adults and youth ministries)

Living Waters Chapel is a non-denominational charismatic church www.livingwaterschapel.org | facebook.com/lwccaro

St. Paul Lutheran Church lcms.org www.stpaulcaro.org 503 S. State St., Caro

989-673-4214 SUNDAY WORSHIP 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Bible Class & Sunday School 9:45 a.m. for all ages Pastor: Cameron Steele Minister of Family Life: Greg Arnett

WISNER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Rev. Evan Oh, Pastor 5375 N. Vassar Rd. • Akron, MI ¼ mile north of M-25 in Wisner Township

Phone: 989-691-5277 Email: wisnerumc@wisnerumc.com Website: wisnerumc.com HOURS (Beginning Sept. 9):

1230 E. Caro Rd. Sunday Worship Service 10:00 a.m. Sunday School after worship For More Information

Call 989-673-2217

www.providencechurchcaro.com

Contact: 989-872-4055

Email: DefordCommunityChurch@gmail.com

DefordCommunityChurch.org

203 N. Almer, Caro • 989-673-6630 Nicholas Schmelter

Director of Worship and Congregational Life

Bible Study: Coffee Followship: Sunday Service:

Tuesday 10:00 A.M. Thursday 6:00 P.M. Thursday 10 A.M. 10 A.M.

Church office 989-673-6630 • www.carofirst.org "Come Celebrate God's Love"

Kingston United Methodist Church

3453 Washington Street Kingston, MI. 48741 Ph. 989-683-2832 Pastor Mark Harriman Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. Sunday School all ages 10:30 a.m. Worship - All are welcome “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” “The people of the United Methodist Church”

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SUTTON SUNSHINE United Methodist Church SUTTON SUNSHINE

Worship in the Wesleyan Tradition Pastor Jim Mellish

Pastor Penny L. Parkin, 989-673-6695

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELCA 885 Saginaw St., Vassar

Pastor Philomena

989-823-8293

10 A.M. Worship Service 7 P.M. Wednesday Bible Study

Pastor Jackie Ahern Adult Bible Study & Prayer Group • Wed 7pm Youth Group • Thur 7pm & Sun 6pm www.vassarbaptistchurch.org • 989-823-8133

Email: ROLAGTuscola@gmail.com • Website: ROLAMichigan.com

THE LUTHERAN CHURCH Missouri Synod

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL 9858 North St., Reese • 989-868-9901

Sunday:

8:15 & 10:45 am Worship with communion

Monday:

6:30 pm worship service

Mayville United Methodist Church 601 E. Ohmer Road (M24), Mayville

989-843-6151

Pastor Nate Jeffords Contemporary Worship - 9:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Blended Worship - 11:00 a.m.

St. Christopher Parish Rev. Jerzy Dobosz, Parochial Administrator

140 Atwood Street, Caro • 989-673-2346

MASS SCHEDULE: St. Christopher Parish Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. St. Joseph Church Site 315 W. Ohmer Rd., Mayville Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

Handicapped Accessible Building

2996 N. Colwood Rd. • Caro, MI Adult Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11:00 a.m. Children’s Junior Church during worship

Sunday Worship 11am & 6pm

989-871-3219

Join us Sunday Coffee at 10 AM Worship 10:30 AM

Rev. Dr. William P. Sanders, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 A.M. (ALL AGES) Worship: 10:30 A.M.

3822 W. Saginaw Rd., Vassar, MI

Sunday School 9:45am

From Vassar: Van Cleve Rd. From Frankenmuth: Tuscola St. to Van Cleve Rd.

ON M-81 in Watrousville 989-673-3434

(Furniture and Household Items) 153 Maple St. • 823-8803 Tues., Wed. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Second Sat. of each month: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VASSAR

Located at: 8959 Van Cleve Rd., Tuscola

Watrousville United Methodist Church

Mass is on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Fairgrove Presbyterian Church

Tuesday - Youth Group 6-8 P.M. Continuing To Grow In God's Light

Location: 1392 N. Kingston Rd. (1/4 miles south of Deford on Kingston Rd.)

ST. FRANCES MISSION STORE

Love God • Love Others • Serve the World

5040 Maple St. Fairgrove 989-693-6043

“Small Town Church with a Big Heart”

Welcomes You!

Weekly Services: Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 6:00 p.m.

Sunday School: 9:30am Worship Service: 10:30am

Service Times: Sundays - 10 a.m.; Wednesdays - 7 p.m.

334 Division St., Vassar • 989-823-2911

Ph. 989-823-8697

1928 S. Reese Rd., Reese Worship Services 8 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. Wednesday 7 P.M. Pastor, Rev. Dr. Ed Kloos Ph. (989) 868-3281

website: reesechristlutheranchurch.org email: christlutheranchurchreese@gmail.com

“Open Hearts-Open Minds-Open Doors”

ST. FRANCES X. CABRINI CATHOLIC CHURCH

VASSAR CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

Christ Lutheran Church

Sunday School, Youth Group, Jr. Church & Nursery Care Available!

"Church With The Bells"

(September through May)

Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

670 GILFORD RD. - CARO PH. (989) 673-2246 www.CaroUMC.org Look us up on Facebook! Rev. Dr. Anthony Tomasino, Pastor Contemporary Service: Sat. 6pm Traditional Service: Sun. 10am

First Presbyterian Church of Caro

FAIRGROVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 5116 West Center St., Fairgrove 989-693-6564 • fgumc@att.net

CARO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Worship Service & Child Ed. Sunday 10:30 A.M.

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GRACE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH LCMS 1809 S. Main St., Fairgrove (989) 693-6322 Rev. Joshua Haller (248) 794-3703

Sunday Morning Service – 9:15 a.m. Sunday Morning Bible Class – 10:45 a.m. Tuesday Night Bible Class – 6 p.m.

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A10 — Wednesday, December 4, 2019, The Advertiser

Cass City

Christmas in the Village Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Christmas in the Village, December 7,2019 Saturday, December 7th 9AM—11:30AM

Breakfast with Santa, VFW Hall 11 & under free, 12 & older $2.00 Sponsored by: McDonald’s of Cass City

9AM— 3PM

Craft Show, Cass City High School* Entrance fee: $1 or non-perishable food items for Revive

10 AM-1 PM

Gas discounts at the Village Service Center Sponsored by Cass City Missionary Church

10AM—11AM

Kids Christmas Craft, Rawson Memorial Library Registration is required

11AM—3PM

Town-wide Chili Cook-Off & Chili for Charity Purchase ballots and vote at the former Antique Mall Sponsored by: Knights Insurance Agency

1:30 PM

Free Matinee at Cass Theatre: Old Yeller Sponsored by Thumb Bank & Trust

5:30 PM Hot Chocolate sponsored by Thumb Bank & Trust in front of the Municipal Building. 6:00 PM

Lighted Parade and arrival of Santa Claus* Main Street starting at Parkway and ending at VFW Hall

6:30 PM

Community Gathering, VFW Hall Children visit with Santa and receive a present, Carriage Rides, Cookies, Popcorn sponsored by: Independent Bank, Reindeer Antlers sponsored by Frankenmuth Credit Union Bean Soup sponsored by Thumb Insurance & Howard’s Heating & Cooling

7:00 PM

Tom Thumb Singers Cass City United Methodist Church, 5100 Cemetery Rd

December activities

Friday, December 6th

Call or email Judy to register your home or business in our Christmas decorating contest

Sunday, December 8th

Tom Thumb Singers, 3:00 PM CC United Methodist Church, 5100 N. Cemetery Road, Cass City

Monday, December 9th

PJ’s and the Classics featuring “The Grinch” Rawson Memorial Library, 6:30PM. Don’t forget you can wear your PJ’s!

Saturday, December 14th

Free Matinee, Walt Disney’s “Savage Sam,” Cass Theatre, 1:30 PM Sponsored by: Thumb Bank & Trust

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Monday, December 16th

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Saturday, December 21st

Free Matinee, “Secondhand Lions” Cass Theatre, 1:30 PM Sponsored by: Thumb Bank & Trust

*Information on all events including parade forms and craft vendor forms can be found online at: www.ccchamber.com

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019, The Advertiser

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Mullin avoided conviction on the assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder charge, the most serious offense which carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The jury instead found him guilty of the lesser charge of assault and battery, a 93-day misdemeanor. The jury also found Mullin guilty of obstruction of justice, assaulting/resisting/ obstructing a police officer causing injury and aggravated domestic violence. Mullin was arrested in Lapeer on Feb. 12 and arraigned in Huron County District Court on Feb. 15. Investigators alleged that he assaulted a female trooper while both were on duty in Bad Axe on Feb. 10. Prosecutors said Mullin threw the victim while inside the Bad Axe MSP annex building, causing injuries – which required hospitalization – to her back and neck. According to an investigation by MLive Media Group, and the results of its Freedom of Information Act request findings, it was learned that Mullin – who was married at the time – and the victim had been in a sexual relationship for about one year, and that Mullin would often turn violent. MLive also viewed documents that indicate Mullin concocted a story about the nature of the victim’s injuries, saying that she fell on ice. Since the case involved a state employee, it was prosecuted by the Michigan Attorney General’s office with assistant attorney general Danielle Hagaman-Clark – a Bay City native – handling lead arguments. Mullin was defended by Flint attorneys Christopher McGrath and Matthew Norwood. A week before the alleged incident involving Mullin, the MSP sent out a press release informing the media that Mullin was a recipient of the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award, given annually to the top five percent of troopers who excel in proactive criminal patrol and criminal investigations closed by felony arrests.

Bills said the average price of one gram of marijuana at a medical-marijuana store is $12, but said Ann Arbor stores were selling a gram of recreational marijuana for about $30 Sunday – $24 per gram plus a total of 16 percent in taxes when combining an excise tax and a sales tax. Bills said The Station Provisioning Center won’t sell recreational marijuana at “inflated” prices. “Our goal is to bring an affordable recreational product to the market,” Bills said. In order to buy medical marijuana in Michigan, a person must obtain a patient registry identification card. Medical conditions qualifying an individual for a card include cancer, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronic pain, arthritis, autism and others. A 2016 state law authorized five types of medical-marijuana businesses, including

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provisioning centers, or stores. A third medical-marijuana provisioning center in the Vassar area, Elite Wellness, operates at 664 State Road (M-15), in Vassar Township, just outside the city. The state has given current holders of medical-marijuana licenses the first shot at licenses for most of the license categories in the recreational-marijuana market for at least one year. Medical-marijuana license holders figure to move through the process more quickly because they have existing businesses and have gone through background checks. The council on Monday discussed changes to Vassar’s ordinance regarding marijuana businesses. A public hearing on the proposed changes was scheduled for the council’s meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 6. “The most substantive language change in this edition allows for the city to do criminal

background checks on applicants, whereas before we were relying on the state’s criminal background checks through their licensing process,” Guile said. “This gives us the option to do our own, and it gives us the option to do it in the (annual license) renewal phase as well.” While Vassar has limited the number of two types of recreational-marijuana businesses, it hasn’t limited the number of recreationalmarijuana growers, processors, secure transporters or safety-compliance facilities allowed after voter passage of the 2018 state proposal. It also hasn’t limited any of those kinds of medical-marijuana businesses allowed under the 2016 law. Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for The Advertiser. He can be reached at gilchrist@ tcadvertiser.com.

McLaren Caro names new director

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• Will send to the Tuscola County Road Commission a resident’s request for horseand-carriage notice signs for Sheridan Road, near the Saginaw Road intersection. The resident said they have a slow-moving-vehicle sign and flashing light on their horsedrawn wagon and yet still a distracted driver nearly hit them in broad daylight. The road commission would have to approve and install the signs. “Do we have any information or studies,” a resident asked, “that would show that a sign is going to correct distracted drivers?” “No comment,” Foether said. “That is all I can say is ‘no comment.’ … A sign is just warning somebody. It doesn’t matter if they abide by it.” • Formally approved a resolution pertaining to township-wide garbage pickup and the costs. • Approved advertising for two openings created by Pounds

becoming the clerk. The openings are on the planning commission and the board of review. • Learned paperwork needs to be filled out and sent to the state Department of Natural Resources to get the final reimbursements for the park grant. Russ Fall will help Pounds fill out the forms. They are due by the end of January. The township is due about $30,000 in the reimbursements for work done to improve the park at Saginaw and Caine roads. • Approved a change in its policy to allow the administrative assistant to pick up and distribute the mail five days a week. The current policy limits mail pickup to just the township clerk. • Still is awaiting a recreational marijuana ordinance from the attorney. Mark Haney is a staff writer for The Advertiser. He can be reached at haney@tcadvertiser. com.

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McLaren Caro Region Hospital recently named Christie Bishop director of patient care services. Bishop has a bachelor of nursing degree from the University of Phoenix and is close to obtaining a master’s degree. She has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare field. At McLaren Caro, Bishop will oversee all organizational and operational aspects of the medical/surgical unit, emergency room, operating room, nursing informatics, social services, pharmacy and senior life solutions departments.

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A12 — Wednesday, December 4, 2019, The Advertiser

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MRH announces renovation completion

A boy and a Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office representative shop inside the Caro Walmart store during last year’s “Shop With a Hero” event. This year’s event, in which local first responders shop with underprivileged children, will take place Tuesday at Caro Walmart.

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“My goal is to have kids selected out of every school district so that the entire county is represented,” Gaiser added. At last year’s “Shop With a Hero” event, about 10 local firstresponder units were represented. “They love this program, it is the epitome of community service,” Gaiser said. “This is why we do this job.” Gaiser said there will be some additional surprises in store for this year’s batch of kids. Although organizers are set for this year’s event, they are beginning to collect donations for next year. To donate, contact the Caro Police Dept. at 989-673-2402.

Following a two-year fundraising campaign, Marlette Regional Hospital announced the completion of its newlyrenovated acute care/swing bed unit. Patients stay in the unit when they are hospitalized following an illness or surgery. It includes a physician work room, inpatient rehabilitation and seven patient rooms. A new nurses’ desk reception area, physician work room, entry doors, refinished storage cabinetry in patient rooms, painted walls, new bedside cabinetry, televisions and floors are the highlights of the $123,000 renovation. MRH officials thanked MRH Foundation volunteers, individual contributors and its committees. special thanks to the Gordon and

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The newly-renovated nurses’ station at Marlette Regional Hospital’s acute care/swing bed unit. About $123,000 was raised to improve the unit.

It offered a Gayle Miller

foundation for a $20,000 donation. For more information on the renovated unit, or to schedule a tour, call 989-635-4011.

O-G schools recognizes geography elite

John Schneider is editor of The Advertiser. He can be reached at john@tcadvertiser.com. (File Photos)

At last year’s “Shop With a Hero” event, Kenneth Miller (left) of Caro loads a toy for himself into a shopping cart while shopping partners Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Nate Licht (middle) and Fairgrove Fire Department member Nick Maguire, look on. This year’s event is Tuesday at Caro Walmart.

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On Friday, Nov. 22, Owendale-Gagetown Area Schools held its annual geography bee, in accordance with the National Geography Bee for students between sixth and eighth grade. Pictured (from left): seventh-grade student JoAnn Baker (second place), seventh-grade student Lucas McKnight (first place) and eighth-grade student Isaac Miller (third place). McKnight earned the right to enter an online examination, which will enter him into the state level of competition.

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The Unionville-Sebewaing Area volleyball team, pictured here after winning its 11th consecutive district championship, was named 2019 Team of the Year by the Thumb Sportswriters Association.

USA junior Grace Williamson, shown here after a successful spike against Cass City in the district tournament, was named 2019 Volleyball Player of the Year by the Thumb Sportswriters Association.

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USA sweeps TSA volleyball awards By John Schneider Editor

After beginning its Greater Thumb West Conference slate with consecutive losses, prospects for a league title looked grim for the Unionville-Sebewaing Area volleyball team. But 10 consecutive GTW wins vaulted the Patriots to a conference championship, and members of the Thumb Sportswriters Association took notice. USA swept the 2019 TSA awards, unanimously winning the trio of volleyball awards – best team, best

player (junior Grace Williamson) and best coach (Teresa Rose). The TSA consists of seven member entities – The Tuscola County Advertiser, Classic Rock I92’s Let’s Talk Sports, Huron Daily Tribune, Huron County View, Sanilac County News, Thumb Tailgater Sports and WLEW Sports Network. The TSA chooses the best Thumb athletes, teams and coaches at the end of the year in the high school sports of football, volleyball and boys’ and girls’ basketball. Voting is based on regular-season performance, not how players and teams do in the state tournament. Best player,

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team and coach are based on a 5-3-1 voting point system. The Patriots, who would go on to win their 11th consecutive district title, received all seven first-place votes from the TSA. Harbor Beach, the Greater Thumb East champion, was second with 19 points and North Branch (nine points) was third. Williamson also received seven firstplace votes to beat out Harbor Beach’s Amber Pleiness (second, 13 points), North Branch’s Breann June (third, 11) and Charlise Hyde (fourth, 3) and Allison Lautner (fifth, 1) of Ubly. Harbor Beach coach Stephanie Weiss placed second to Rose with 13 points and was followed by Kinde-North Huron’s Lauren Fischer (third, 9), North Branch’s Jim Fish (fourth, 4) and Cass City’s Amy Cuthrell (fifth, 1) in Coach of the Year voting. The TSA also chooses an All-Thumb Volleyball Team. This year’s first team consists of Williamson, Polega, Pleiness, Hyde, June and CroswellLexington’s Morgan Moore. The second team includes USA’s Ally Kemp, Cass City’s Hailey Beckrow, Grace Schlaud of Brown City, Ellie Hornbacher of (File photo) Caro, Lautner and Harbor Beach’s USA coach Teresa Rose, pictured with Jenna Guza. the 2019 district championship trophy, was

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