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Critters give city pause, or is it paws? By Mark Haney Reporter

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Charges brought against couple accused of animal cruelty BAD AXE – A husband and wife were charged Wednesday in connection with an incident last week in which multiple dogs were found on their property with no shelter, food or water. Jody L. Woodruff, 35, and Stanley E. Woodruff II, 34, both of Kinde, are charged with abandoning/cruelty to two or three animals, a misdemeanor offense that carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail. They were released on a $3,000 personal recognizance bond and are to appear in future proceedings, according to a press release from Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson. See ANIMAL ABUSE A8

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This husky was pregnant March 4 when she was taken to the Thumb Animal Shelter from a residence where she was kept outdoors in zero-degree temperatures with no food or water. She gave birth to a litter of five later that day. The husky was one of four dogs taken from a property in Huron County’s Huron Township. The dog’s owners were charged this week with animal cruelty.

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Vaping creates a number of issues for schools By Mark Haney Reporter

For Tuscola County schools, vaping is a problem they’d rather not have. More students in both high school – 38.5 percent in 2018 – and middle school – 30.2 percent – are vaping than ever before. Vaping – the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, produced by an e-cigarette or similar vaping device – is popular among teens of both sexes and all school groups. In middle school it was equally popular with males (38.1 percent) and females (25 percent), with whites (25 percent) and Hispanics (46.2 percent), with A-B students (16.7 percent) and D-F students (23.1 percent), according to a 2017-18 Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) study of Tuscola County students. The study came up with similar numbers at the high school. Vaping was equally done by freshmen (23.2 percent) as juniors (43.6 percent), by males (32.3 percent) as females (31.5 percent), by whites (30.9 percent) as Hispanics (45.9 percent) and by A-B students (29.2 percent) as by D-F students (36.9 percent). And unlike smoking, which had dropped to historic lows among students – 3.7 percent among Tuscola County middle school students and 7.6 percent among high schoolers – vaping just seems to be increasing in popularity among teens. “I would probably say we’ve noticed a change away from actual smoking,” said Matt Drake, Kingston Community Schools superintendent and high school principal. “We’ve had more vaping infractions, vaping paraphernalia situations this year than finding someone with a pack of Marlboros.” See VAPING A8

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Ian Rudnick has an animal problem. And so does the city of Vassar, sort of. Rudnick had asked the city council to allow him to raise some chickens on his property at 1037 N. Cass Ave. He also asked the city to allow him to shoot at animals on his property. Those two issues, by the way, are only slightly related.

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CARO

A stunning decision State contemplates pulling Caro Center hospital

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The state of Michigan dropped a bomb Wednesday on Tuscola County. The explosion came in the form of a notice from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Department of Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon that the state was reevaluating its decision to build a $115 million state psychiatric hospital at the Caro Center in Indianfields Township. A consulting team is expected to review the plans and report back to state officials by the end of June. The state, in announcing the reassessment, cited the city of Caro’s charge of $2.5 million for water service, staffing shortages, recruitment barriers, finding a permanent staff psychiatrist and the ability of families to be involved in treatment due to the location as reasons for the change. Local representatives were surprised by the decision, but reacted quickly. “I am concerned about reports that Gov. Whitmer’s administration is delaying construction – already underway – of the new psychiatric hospital in Caro,” U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) said in a statement. “Rural communities in the Thumb rely on facilities like this for both mental health care and jobs. In the coming days, I will speak more with local community leaders and will attempt to speak to Gov. Whitmer to seek an explanation for why her administration would make this financially irresponsible decision to delay construction.” “I am disgusted at the blatant disregard for rural Michigan and Thumb residents,” state Rep. Phil Green (R-Millington) said in a statement. “The governor has shown that she is interested only in helping the residents of areas that were instrumental in electing her – repeatedly disenfranchising areas of the state that were not. She eliminated 250 potential jobs in Ionia and now hundreds of jobs at Caro. All Michigan residents deserve a governor who looks out for them, not just the ones who voted for her.”

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The village of Fairgrove decided to wait at least a month to decide whether or not to allow recreational marijuana facilities within the village.

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Village postpones pot vote The village of Fairgrove decided to wait, at least a month. The village council voted March 4 to table action on recreational marijuana facilities. That decision came after a public hearing that drew 15 residents, split between those in favor and those against. The pending decision comes after state law made recreational marijuana legal on Dec. 6, a month after state voters approved a ballot measure to that effect. Fairgrove, like many other local governments, is facing whether or not to opt in and allow recreational marijuana facilities – retail, growing and/ or processing – to operate inside the village as well as whether or not to allow use of recreational marijuana in public places. If the village opts out, the facilities will not be allowed. The ordinance opting out also often bans public use of marijuana.

The state law allows people to grow up to 12 plants on their own property and to use in their own homes, but that is all. The council is expected to take up the issue again at its April session. The council moved that session from April 1 to April 9. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the village hall in downtown Fairgrove. The council also: Set its budget workshop for 6:30 • p.m. March 13. The council has to have a new budget by the April 1 start of the new fiscal year. • Appointed Wally Prusi as the new zoning administrator. He’s replacing Jessica Gehrls. • Listened to a presentation by Akron-Fairgrove Schools Superintendent Diane Foster on the school district’s bond issue, which is on the May 7 ballot.

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Almer Twp When: 3/13/2019 8:57:00 PM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Accident

Ellington Twp When: 3/13/2019 10:50:00 PM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Traffic Investigations/Surveys

When: 3/14/2019 9:45:00 PM Incident: Inspections/Investigations Other Inspections

When: 3/14/2019 11:20:00 AM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Accident

Arbela Twp When: 3/12/2019 6:09:00 AM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Accident

Elmwood Twp When: 3/14/2019 11:15:00 PM Incident: Inspections/ Investigations - Other Inspections

When: 3/13/2019 12:37:00 PM Incident: Miscellaneous - Assist to EMS

Fremont Twp When: 3/12/2019 4:00:00 PM Incident: Runaway

When: 3/14/2019 12:00:00 PM Incident: Miscellaneous - Non-Criminal

When: 3/12/2019 8:48:00 PM Incident: Larceny - Personal Property from Vehicle

Columbia Twp When: 3/12/2019 1:45:00 PM Incident: Assault and Battery/Simple Assault When: 3/12/2019 3:42:00 PM Incident: Miscellaneous - Non-Criminal Dayton Twp When: 3/13/2019 9:20:00 PM Incident: Inspections/Investigations Other Inspections When: 3/13/2019 11:26:00 AM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Accident When: 3/13/2019 1:35:00 PM Incident: Miscellaneous - General Assistance When: 3/13/2019 9:57:00 PM Incident: Inspections/Investigations Family Trouble When: 3/13/2019 8:25:00 PM Incident: Miscellaneous - Non-Criminal Denmark Twp When: 3/14/2019 8:55:00 PM Incident: Inspections/Investigations Other Inspections Elkland Twp When: 3/14/2019 6:05:00 AM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Accident

When: 3/13/2019 7:24:00 AM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Accident When: 3/14/2019 4:51:00 AM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Accident When: 3/14/2019 8:03:00 PM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Traffic Investigations/Surveys Indianfields Twp When: 3/12/2019 8:00:00 AM Incident: - Damage to Property Private Property Kingston Twp When: 3/12/2019 12:43:00 AM Incident: Assault and Battery/ Simple Assault Koylton Twp When: 3/12/2019 2:40:00 PM Incident: Inspections/ Investigations - Suspicious Situations

Accident When: 3/13/2019 7:35:00 AM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Accident Tuscola Twp When: 3/13/2019 1:38:00 AM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Accident Vassar Twp When: 3/12/2019 5:59:00 PM Incident: Miscellaneous - Assist to Other Police Agency When: 3/13/2019 6:01:00 PM Incident: Assault and Battery/Simple Assault

Jacob Irvine of Caro could have won two Tuscola County ice-fishing tournaments with the 33 ¾-inch pike he caught in Harmon Lake on Feb. 16. Irvine’s fish won him $500 as top prize at the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning’s annual ice-fishing contest that raised money for the center, which provides year-round camping experiences for children and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs. But Irvine’s pike even surpassed the 29-inch pike caught that day by Zachary Seaman of Oxford, winner of the Murphy Lake Pike Pull near Millington, which raised funds to help offset medical expenses for Mike Derscha of Millington. Operators of the ice-fishing tournament on Harmon Lake sold 344 tickets to adults and youths entering the (Courtesy photo) contest, according to Lynn M. Seeloff, Caro angler Jacob Irvine shows the 33 Fowler Center assistant director. ¾-inch pike he caught Feb. 16 on Harmon “We had a fantastic day,” Seeloff said. Lake in Tuscola County’s Dayton Township. “The weather was nice and the sun was The catch won him $500 in The Fowler out. People really enjoyed themselves.” Center for Outdoor Learning’s annual iceNo one on Harmon Lake caught fishing contest. a rainbow trout worth $7,000 – the Catching any tagged fish guaranteed an signature prize of the 24th annual contest. angler at least $100. The contest featured Carter Logan of Troy caught a pike worth a morning session and afternoon session, $7,000 in the 2017 event, while Darren with lunch in between. Matthews of Fostoria did it in 2011. Jerry Ogg, 73, of Fostoria won a This year, Fowler Center workers tagged prize for “oldest angler with a fish” in 10 rainbow trout and placed them in the both the morning and afternoon fishing lake. An angler catching one of the tagged sessions. Ogg tied with Brady Patterson of fish qualified for a chance to win the Columbiaville for the most species of fish $7,000, but no one caught a tagged trout caught by one angler throughout the day. or any tagged fish placed in the lake in past years for the ice-fishing tournament. See PIKE A4

Tuscola County Courts District Court Derek Paul Diener, 33, of Vassar, is charged with operating while intoxicated (third offense). A preliminary exam is set for 8:30 a.m. on March 25. Frederick Royal Colosky Jr., 50, of Vassar, is charged with operating while intoxicated (third offense), possession of marihuana/synthetic equivalents, operating while license suspened/revoked/denied (second offense) and operating with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. A preliminary exam is set for 8:30 a.m. on March 18.

When: 3/12/2019 6:39:00 PM Incident: Miscellaneous - General Assistance

Travis Steven Powell, 26, of Millington, pleaded no contest to domestic violence

Wells Twp When: 3/12/2019 1:02:00 PM Incident: Inspections/Investigations Suspicious Situations Millington When: 3/14/2019 10:00:00 PM Incident: Failure to Appear Caro When: 3/13/2019 4:28:00 PM Incident: Miscellaneous - General Assistance

Millington Twp When: 3/12/2019 12:30:00 AM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Traffic Investigations/Surveys

Vassar When: 3/13/2019 11:20:00 AM Incident: Traffic - Registration Law Violations

Novesta Twp When: 3/12/2019 7:15:00 AM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal -

When: 3/14/2019 4:05:00 PM Incident: Miscellaneous - Assist to Other Police Agency

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Gerald Raymond Paul Jr., 65, of Mayville, pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. A sentencing date will be set.

Watertown Twp When: 3/12/2019 6:59:00 AM Incident: Traffic, Non-Criminal Accident

When: 3/14/2019 8:41:00 PM Incident: Miscellaneous - Non-Criminal

Devon Michael Jobson, 21, of Davison, was sentenced to one year in jail with credit for two days served for fourth-degree fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, and operating a vehicle with a bloodalcohol content as a minor. He was ordered to pay $2,108 in costs and assessments.

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Joshua Warren Cook, 35, of Vassar, pleaded no contest to receiving and concealing a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. A sentencing date will be set.

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Kingston pub offers new grub, new look By Tom Gilchrist Reporter

If you come to newly-named, recently-renovated Kingston Pub & Grub this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Craig Territo said the food will fit the theme. Territo, an owner and cook at the eatery at 5956 State St., offers a corned beef dinner that includes a cabbage wedge and red-skin potatoes, all weekend – along with shepherd’s pie and Reuben sandwiches. “It’ll be a festive atmosphere for St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” said Territo, 39, of Kingston Township, who joined with relatives to buy the former Kingston Times tavern last year. They closed the pub for several months for renovations, reopening it in November featuring a 60-seat dining room adjacent to the bar. The menu includes pizza, wings, soups, burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and entrees featuring New York strip steak, meatloaf or fish and chips. “We want a place where families can bring their kids and have a nice meal,” Territo said. “But we are a bar/ restaurant. If you hit 9 p.m., it’s a bar.” The bar features karaoke, hosted by a disc jockey, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m every Saturday. Territo, a Sterling Heights Henry Ford II High School graduate who worked for 13 years in various roles for Hamlin Pub chain of eateries in the Detroit area, teamed with family members to renovate the tavern. “We wanted to brighten it up and give the town another option,” said Territo, who offers daily food or drink specials including half off the prices of pizzas on Monday. “They make their own dough and their own pizza sauce here, so it’s good pizza,” said Kelly Hendrick, bartender at Kingston Pub & Grub. Chicken wings are half price on Tuesdays, with hamburgers priced at $3 all day Wednesday. “You should try the burgers, and the (Grub Club) club sandwiches are really delicious,” said Doug Perrin of Cass City, a customer.

“Everyone loves our burgers; our burgers here are handpattied and not processed out of a machine,” said Territo, who moved in 2018 from Macomb County’s Shelby Township to a home once owned by his grandparents, the late Robert and Patricia Miller, in Tuscola County’s Kingston Township. Territo said he doesn’t regret the change of pace. “A lot of it was to slow my life down and to get a little bit less stress,” Territo said. “Working at Hamlin Pub was really stressful for me. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis four or five years ago, so this was an opportunity to – eventually – slow my life down and have less stress. “That’s the end game for this situation, but I know that for the first three or four years, I will be here a lot and it will be stressful. But the goal is where I don’t have to work as much, and I can come and check on things.” Earlier this week, Mike O’Connor, Silvia O’Connor, Mary O’Connor and Gary O’Connor stopped at the pub, in a building constructed in the 1870s but moved about 30 feet to its current location in about 1904, according to historians. “They’ve made some pretty nice changes here, and they’ve got good food here,” Gary O’Connor said. Like Perrin, bartender Kristin Traster recommends the Grub Club sandwich, with chips and a pickle, for $7.95. The pub’s Friday night fish fry offers fish and chips, along with coleslaw, for $10.95. “Our fish is all fresh Atlantic cod, and we bread the fish and chicken ourselves with a fresh beer batter,” Territo said. “We’ve received a lot of good feedback on our food, so I’m happy with that. We just need to get some more people in here for some adult beverages later on.” Territo himself used to patronize the pub before he owned it, on his occasional trips to his late grandparents’ home in Kingston Township in recent years. “My family would always have parties up at the properties in the summer, and after a night of … alcoholic beverages, we would go over to Beagio’s (restaurant) across the street (in Kingston) for breakfast,” Territo said. “When it rained we would come up here to this bar to watch a Tigers game, but we would only stay for one beverage or two. We just noticed it from going to breakfast across the street a lot, and then I noticed it was for sale.” Territo and his family members decided to buy the place. “I was planning on moving up here anyway and getting a job at Walmart, just to slow my life down,” Territo said. “To the people who grew up in Kingston, I’m still an outsider, but I’ve come to this town my whole life.”

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New carpet, new paint and ceiling improvements were part of renovations at Kingston Pub & Grub, formerly Kingston Times tavern.

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March is National Reading Month, and state Senator Kevin Daley got in on the act. On Monday, the senator, who represents Michigan’s 31st District consisting of Tuscola, Lapeer and Bay counties, dropped by Christ the King Lutheran School’s Unioniville campus and read to children from the preschool level through first grade.

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At 7:15 on Sunday night concern.” “Yes, especially when it’s still quite light outside. That’s what I love about you get to be my age!” She went to fix my latte, setting our clocks ahead. What I DON’T love is that and Jeff appeared. Jeff always knows it was still dark what I want. I when I woke this addressed him by morning, and I name and told him didn’t get enough the trouble I had sleep. ordering. “That’s I had hoped why you need to that today would know what I want put to rest a because I can’t say lousy week. Last Monday I walked Sandy Sheppard it right.” The two of them laughed on the treadmill at my lame joke. I for 33 minutes, fast, and felt good about like them. Chelsea came to the it. But by that night it was obvious my third and worst other side and put my cold since Christmas was blond grande latte in front quickly taking hold. Keith of me. I glanced at her starting having some issues name tag just to make with his back for the first sure I had it right. It said, time since we married four “Jessica.” My mouth fell years ago. He missed going open because I was so sure to the gym for several days. I knew her name, and I’m By Tuesday it was obvious not generally good with I was not going to be able names. I have to work hard to get to two study groups at remembering. “I just I attend, and another that I called you ‘Chelsea,’” I lead. For most of the week said in embarrassment. She I stayed inside coughing, looked at me sheepishly blowing my nose and and clapped her hand over continually washing my the name tag. “I AM Chelsea,” she told hands. We planned to spend a couple days at the me. “I left my name tag at cabin – I haven’t been there home so I just grabbed this since early December – but one.” “Whew! I can’t say the I was too sick. Keith went without me, wanting to name of my drink, and for a make sure everything was minute I thought I had your all right after the blizzard. name wrong too!” I left Target and drove I also missed a Saturday of ice hockey tournaments to Linden to the small for both of our older grocery store where I still grandchildren. I really needed a few things. I had hated to stay home alone three choices of routes to again, but didn’t think 14 get there, and for some hours away would do me reason I chose the road less any good. This morning, traveled. All three would despite setting the clock eventually get me to the ahead, I got up in time for only stoplight in Linden. our early church service. I You know about my challenged found Keith in pain with directionally his back again. I felt better brain. After living here – he felt worse. We decided for four years I still have to think about the way not to go. After being stuck inside I’m coming and the way for five days, cabin fever I’m going. I can’t cheat was getting the best of me. by looking at road signs, We had run out of milk and because the roads have eggs, so I told Keith I was different names in town heading to “the office.” and they both start with (Target in Fenton, which “B.” I came upon the light also means Starbucks. I without choosing ahead of had lived too many days time whether to turn left or go straight. I went straight without a latte.) I did my shopping and and soon realized I was stopped at the Starbucks heading north on Linden counter. “Hi, Chelsea,” I Road toward Flint. NOT said to the barista, proud toward the grocery store of myself for remembering and home. I turned around her name. She doesn’t often and wondered how I could wait on me and has not yet possibly go the wrong way learned what “the usual” is. in a town with only one “I want a blond-ay grand stoplight. After four years. “How was your shopping latte.” She looked at me trip?” Keith asked when I quizzically and asked, finally arrived at home. “I’ll tell you about it in a “You mean a blond grande minute,” I said. latte?” “Oh no,” he said with “Yes,” I answered. “I guess I didn’t say that a sly grin. “Did you get right. Try saying it three lost?” He knows me too well. times fast.” She smiled, “It’s a real

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Caro radio station WIDL, Classic Rock I92’s “Hairball John and Friends” took first place in the Best Regularly Scheduled Weekend Broadcast Personality or Team category of the 2018 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Awards. “Hairball John and Friends” features John Belsmith (left), host of the “Hairball John and John Belsmith of Bay City as he plays popular Friends” radio show, which airs Saturday from 10 p.m. to “hair band” songs of the 1980s and 90s. The show midnight on Caro radio station WIDL, and WIDL morning plays on WIDL Saturdays from 10 p.m. to midnight and is replayed Wednesdays from 8 to 10 p.m. host Bob Hughes.

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Mark Anthony Smith, 32, of Caro, was sentenced to365 days in jail with credit for 139 days served for domestic violence (third offense). He was ordered to pay $1,358 in costs and assessments. Mark Stanley Jacobs, 48, of Fostoria, was sentenced to 109 days in jail with credit for 109 days served for delivery/ manufacture of marijuana. He was ordered to pay $858 in costs and assessments. Aaron Edward Kemp, 32, of Unionville, pleaded no contest to operating while intoxicated (third offense). A sentencing date will be set. Katelynn Dawn Trisch, 25, of Caro, was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison with credit for two days served for seconddegree child abuse, assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of operating while intoxicated with an occupant less than 16. She was ordered to pay $836 in costs and assessments. Christopher James Boone, 48, of Vassar, was sentenced to 105 days in jail with credit for 105 days served for larceny from a person and domestic violence (second offense). He is to be placed on two years of probation and was ordered to pay $508 in costs and assessments.

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Jason Dean Irons, 49, of Caro, was sentenced to one to 20 years in prison with credit for 340 days served for failure to comply with the sex offender registration act (third offense). He was ordered to pay $258 in costs and assessments. Raymond Lee Brigham, 23, of Unionville, pleaded no contest to three counts of uttering and publishing, identity theft and stealing/retaining a financial transaction without consent. A sentencing date will be set. Christopher Mark Stuller, 41, of Mayville, pleaded no contest to delivery/manufacture of 5-45 kilograms of marijuana/ synthetic equivalents or 20-200 plants. A sentencing date will be set. Joshua Edward Lapan, 32, of Vassar, pleaded no contest to possession/synthetic equivalents (second offense), operating while license suspended/revoked/denied (second offense) and operating a motor vehicle while in possession of a controlled substance. Randy Earl Dibble, 67, of Caro, pleaded no contest to 10 counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of firearm while committing a felony. A sentencing date will be set.

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A 5-year-old angler named Nevaeh, of Caro, won for being “youngest angler with a fish” in the afternoon session, while Cory Stout, 6, of Rockwood, was youngest angler with a fish in the morning session. Kyle Jordan of Deford won a prize by catching the first fish of the morning session, while judges determined Jason Patterson of Columbiaville tied with Scott Begg in the battle to catch the first fish of the afternoon session. Other local winners in the fishing contest included Virgil Burns of North Branch for the smallest pike caught in the afternoon session, and Tim Jones of

Hemans who caught the largest non-pike fish in the morning session. Ryan Parrish of Flint won $801 in the 50/50 raffle for the morning fishing session, while Mike Potter of Byron Center won $650 in the 50/50 raffle for the afternoon session. Local winners of prize packages at the Harmon Lake event included Matt Milostan of Caro who won the “Treat Yourself Package,” and Shana Barth of Caro, winner of the “Saginaw Package.” Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for The Advertiser. He can be reached at gilchrist@tcadvertiser.com.

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Walk for Warmth Thanks You!! Editor, Advertiser: The Human Development Commission (HDC) would like to thank everyone who supported our 2019 Walk for Warmth. A special thank you to all of our sponsors this year: Agri-Valley Services , Caro Veterniary Clinic, Cass City Oil & Gas Company, Chemical Bank, Consumers Energy, Curtis Garber Chevrolet Cadillac, Frankenmuth Credit Union Foundation, Hills & Dales General Hospital, Independent Bank, Jack’s Heating & Cooling, Knights of Columbus #3224, Lighthouse Inc., List Psychological Services, Majestic Sky Link, LLC, Mitch Gill’s Get a Room Comedy Club, Northstar Bank, Osentoski Realty, Ron Guinther Thrivent Financial, Strand Theatre, Team One Credit Union, Thumb Cellular, Thumb Energy Services, Tuscola County on Aging, VG’s of Caro. In addition, we would like to thank the American Legion Post 7 of Caro for donating the use of their facilities on the day of the Walk. Whether you participated in the Walk, made a personal donation, were a business sponsor, or donated your time, the Human Development Commission greatly appreciates your kindness and generosity. Continued donations and support are always welcome by contacting HDC at (989) 673-4121 or visiting our website at www.hdc-caro.org. Human Development Commission

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Michael John Mullin of Cass City, age 79, passed away of March 3, 2019, in Florida following a severe injury from a fall on February 8, 2019, while pursuing one of his passions, playing golf. Mike was born July 22, 1939, in Caro, the son of the late Verna Mullin-Smith and his step father, Edward Smith. He graduated Caro High School and went on to work at General Cable in Cass City for 39 years. Mike was united in marriage with the former Donna Curtis on April 16, 1966, and enjoyed her nearly constant companionship for 52 years. He enjoyed being with his children and truly loved his granddaughters. He was very outgoing by nature and held his friends dear. In addition to a passion for playing golf, he enjoyed deer hunting, activities he often shared with Donna. Mike enjoyed time in his pole barn where his activities included woodworking, welding, and a variety of other projects. In addition to his faithful membership at St. Christopher Parish, Sacred Heart Church in Caro he also was a member of the Caro Moose Lodge 1049, the Arrowhead Golf Club since 2004 and Greenbrier Golf Club for many years prior to that. In addition to his loving wife, Donna, he is survived by two children and their spouses: Michael and Kelly Mullin and Michelle and Greg Jankowski; two granddaughters, Mackenzie and Andrea Jankowski; his siblings: Caroline and Dennis Bach, Edward Smith, and Timothy and Angela Smith; Donna’s siblings whom he held dear; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lori (Smith) Coffey. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019, St. Christopher Parish, Sacred Heart Church in Caro with Rev. Jerzy Dobosz officiating. The family will be present to receive friends on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Sacred Heart Church or the Caro Moose Lodge 1049. SAMUEL PUTNAM CARO Samuel Putnam of Caro, age 58, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Covenant Health Care – Cooper in Saginaw. Sam was born May 28, 1960 in Caro, the son of the late Robert L. & Dorothy A. (LaPeer) Putnam. He graduated from Caro High School with the class of 1979 and took his first job building railroads shortly after. Sam then began a twenty-five year career as a tree trimmer, which he loved not only as a profession, but also a hobby. His spare time was often spent tinkering in his garage or spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and trapping. Sam also enjoyed collecting model trains and loved animals, especially his cat, “Fuzzy”. Sam is survived by two daughters, Sarah Putnam and fiancé, Jeremy Rocheleau, of Deckerville, Renea Claerhout and husband, Thomas, of Gagetown; two grandchildren, Ali Rocheleau and Colten Claerhout; two sisters and their husbands, Linda & Dan Mills of Caro, Robin & Cornelius Murphy of Dover, Delaware; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends he loved as family. In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by one brother, Daniel Putnam. In keeping with Sam’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro with Cornelius Murphy officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at Ellington Township Cemetery. The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Putnam Family Discretionary Fund, c/o Renea Claerhout, 205 West Sherman Street, Caro, MI 48723. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.

Collis, Bradford Charles, age 71, of Vassar, Michigan, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2019 at the Cheyanne Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Wyoming. Beloved husband of 19 years to Mari née Rushing and formally to Diane Waterman née Whaley. Dearest father to Jason, Matthew, Christopher Collis and Jennifer Hubert; loving grandfather of Megan and Emily Daquano; Alison and Madison Collis; cherished son of Charles and Elsie Collis; dear brother of Mark Collis. Stepfather to Trasi and Adrian Evans. Step grandfather to Megan Jent. Brad graduated from Vassar High School in 1966 and joined the U.S. Army immediately after graduation. He served his country faithfully for 23 years and retired at the rank of 1st Sergeant. Brad was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. His positive view of life is shared with the quote he chose to be remembered by “To Infinity and Beyond.” Brad was involved with animal rescue with his wife so instead of flowers please donate to one of the following rescues in memory of Brad Collis via PayPal ohiohound@yahoo.com or libertyridetransport@gmail.com. TERRY TOMLINSON CARO Terry Tomlinson, a lifelong resident of Caro, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the age of 64. Terry was born October 13, 1954 in Caro, the son of Joan (Jayne) Tomlinson and the late Donald “Tubby” Tomlinson. He graduated from Caro High School with the class of 1972. He was self-employed his entire working life, first as a crop farmer, and later as the owner and operator of Terry Tomlinson Trucking for nearly forty years. During that time, Terry also operated a snow removal business. His entire life revolved around those he loved. His shop was always the preferred place for friends to gather. He’ll also be remembered for his giving spirit, never turning down someone in need. Terry was a train enthusiast, hunter, fisherman, and in his younger years, softball player. There was rarely a morning that he couldn’t be found at the State Street Diner in Caro with friends. Terry is survived by his mother, Joan Tomlinson of Caro; brother, Dean (Brenda) Tomlinson of Caro; son, Jerry (Jusiah) Middaugh of Caro; and the love of his life, Carol Murday of Fairgrove. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Fairgrove Presbyterian Church with Rev. Philomena Ofori-Nipaah officiating. Burial will follow at Indianfields Township Cemetery in Caro. The family will be present to receive friends at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Fairgrove Presbyterian Church or Colwood Church in Caro. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.

FRANCES ANNE SMITH EDMONDS BROADWAY, NC Frances Anne Smith Edmonds, age 83, of Broadway, NC, died Monday, March 11, 2019 at her home. She was born in Lee County, NC on August 31, 1935 to the late John Alton Smith and Mary Elizabeth Allen Smith. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Junior Edmonds and sister Margie Jones. Mrs. Edmonds worked as a secretary for a tractor parts manufacturer before becoming a beautician for her Personal Touch Beauty Shop. She was a faithful member of South Side Baptist Church and loved to help people. Frances was an excellent cook. She is survived by a son Patrick Edmonds and wife Betty of Lillington, NC; daughters Wanda Meisel and husband Terry of Vassar, MI, Barbara Beck of Broadway, NC; brother John Alton Smith Jr. of Millington, MI; sister Dorothy King and husband James of Broadway, NC; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Thursday, March 14th at 2:00 PM at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. John McVay officiating. Burial will follow at the Matthews-Smith Family cemetery in Broadway. Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, 201 Mansfield Drive, Broadway, NC 27505. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome. com.

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Future of Tuscola County development at risk The Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation is sending a strong message to the governor that the promise of future development of the Caro Center is directly linked to the economic development future of Tuscola County for generations to come. The EDC sees this as a non-political decision. This project matters to the employees, the patients, the doctors, the schools and the citizens of Tuscola County. The local representatives, the former administration, and local leaders participated in a celebration of this non-partisan decision of the future expansion of this facility. The EDC strongly supports the commitment made to the people of Tuscola County. Legislation was approved last year which placed $115 million for the construction of a new psychiatric hospital at the current Caro Center site in the current Michigan budget. When that construction will begin is now being answered with a big question mark. With the current political environment, will this promised project be another clear example of promises made but not kept by our state of Michigan elected leadership? Tuscola County EDC officials are hoping that an open line of communication with the governor will bring clarity to an announcement by her that the Caro Center expansion has been placed on hold. EDC Director Stephen Erickson said the time is now for the governor and state leaders to have all the correct information in hand. “We encourage Governor (Gretchen) Whitmer and her staff to be on the same page as Tuscola County moving forward,” Erickson said, adding that the expansion of the Caro Center is key to future development in Tuscola County and the Thumb area. In regard to the water issue mentioned by the governor in her announcement, Tuscola County has been actively working with the state of Michigan to ensure that the best quality water is available at the Caro Center site. Tuscola County EDC board chairman Gary Fritz said, “The ground-breaking ceremony we had back in October last year, for the state-of-the-art facility located in Caro here, brought stability back to the lives of the 349 employees and their families. There is too much on the line for Tuscola County residents and area businesses that count on this project moving forward. To turn back time and place this on hold is a disservice to our community.” Erickson said the EDC Board is encouraging Tuscola County residents to write letters to the governor, urging her to honor the commitment made by the legislature for the Caro Center expansion at its current location. Letters can be mailed to Governor Gretchen Witmer, P.O. Box 30013, Lansing, MI 48909. Requests via phone call can also be made by calling the Office of the Governor at 517-3733400. Erickson said his board is offering information included in an economic-impact study done by the EDC, to be used in this letter-writing and communication campaign with the governor.

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This artist’s rendering of what the new Caro Psychiatric Hospital would look like was presented at a groundbreaking ceremony in October. This week, the state announced plans to suspend construction on the hospital which would replace the Caro Center on the same land.

Some of this information from the study is outlined as follows: The Caro Center was first established in 1914. It is a state of Michigan psychiatric hospital and the secondlargest employer in Tuscola County. The Caro Center employs 349 professionals of varying degrees and skill sets. Staff members offer quality care in a safe environment for both patients and the staff. The Caro community has always been a caring community for the Caro Center and the people that receive treatment there. The Caro Center currently offers 150 patient beds. Given the importance of understanding the specific role and economic impact the Caro Center provides to the economy in Tuscola County, the Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation developed an economic-impact analysis of the Caro Center. An economic analysis is an effective way of

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demonstrating the economic contribution that the Caro Center makes to Tuscola County. To estimate the economic and employment impact of the Caro Center, an economic model was chosen that provided the appropriate economic analysis that tracks the interdependence among producing and consuming sectors of an economy to estimate the economic contribution of the Caro Center to the Tuscola County economy. Relying on the most recent data available, the Caro Center had $8,951,400 in direct operational expenditures. This amount of expenditures is comprised of food, drugs, fuel, utilities, contract services, supplies and materials expenses. The pay range of the 349 professionals of the Caro Center is approximately $16 per hour to $88 per hour. The annual payroll of Caro Center employees is $13 million. Approximately 244, or 70 percent, of Caro Center employees live in Tuscola County. See EDC A10


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State Sen. Kevin Daley (R-Lapeer) said the contractors are ready to start on the hospital as soon as the ground thaws so he was shocked when he learned, at 10 a.m. that day in a Senate session, that the decision had been made. “They haven’t really given us any real straight answers,” he said. “I can’t help but think this was something that was planned.” Local officials also were caught off guard by the announcement. “We got blindsided by this,” said Indianfields Township Supervisor Ray Rendon. Caro Mayor Joe Greene said he’s very concerned the state will pull the hospital from the area. He said he’d already heard from one real estate agent who said property values would be adversely affected if that happened. “He said if that all goes away the property values would drop in half, probably,” Greene said. “I don’t know if he was just blowing smoke or not. It would affect real estate values, yes. “If they all have to move someplace else, there’s going to be a lot of houses on the market. It’s going to have a really drastic impact on our community.” Tuscola County controller Mike Hoagland made an even more dire prediction. “Our economy will collapse,” he said. “That’s 350 direct jobs out of here and another 400 indirect jobs, $54 million annually to the region and tell me how VGs and Rite Aid are going to fare then.” Ground for the 200-bed, 225,000-square-foot facility, dubbed the Caro Psychiatric Hospital, was broken in October near M-81 and Chambers Road, but the project ran into some headwinds when it came to getting water to the Caro Center. The city said it could provide a water line the 1.9 miles to the site at a cost of $2.5 million. The city and Indianfields Township disagreed over who would benefit from any development that subsequently tapped into that water main. And the city didn’t want to foot the cost of the extension. Tuscola County then stepped in and offered to look into using the existing water system of wells, pumps and a water tower at the Caro Center to serve the new development. And the state said it would pay to have the city extend a water line to the site. “There is water for them to get,” Rendon said. “The biggest thing is who is going to supply it and how it is going to be paid for.” Hoagland said the water issue had been solved. He said the existing wells, pumps and water system can serve the new hospital at a cost of just about $1 million. In addition, he said, that would allow for future development around the site by providing water to other businesses that might choose to locate nearby. “We are ready to go,” Hoagland said. “We’re ready to issue bonds. We are ready to go to get the water system upgraded out there. But instead of a green light, this whole other edict comes down from the state. “Will they accept that type of system? I don’t know. Or is that part of their excuses so they can relocate this to someplace else?” Just this month the city of Caro also balked at taking over

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a proposed 4,000-foot sewer collection line to serve the new hospital and two homes nearby. Greene said that was based on the recommendation of the engineer, who said the city needed more information before reaching a decision. The city still is awaiting that information, he said. Local officials are not waiting for the state to act, however. Daley said he’s working to bring state and local officials together for a meeting to discuss the issue. Greene said the city wants to meet with county commissioners and Indianfields Township “and start getting a game plan going.” “They said they are going to hire an outside consultant (to review the feasibility of keeping the hospital in Caro),” he said, “and we have to have information ready to present to this consultant on this community’s reason why it should stay here.” Hoagland said the county also will consider legal action. He said he’s been told the money for the hospital in the state budget was “site (File photo) specific. It was an appropriation that was Breaking ground in October for the Caro Psychiatric Hospital were locked in. If it is an appropriation that was (from left). David DeVries, former director of the Michigan Department site specific in the budget can it even be of Technology, Management and Budget; Caro Mayor Joe Greene; changed? That’s something the legal beagles former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder; former 31st District state Sen. Mike Green; and Nick Lyon, former director of the Michigan Department of have to answer.” Hoagland addressed the state’s access Health and Human Services. The state announced this week that the concern. He said the reason Caro was project would be suspended. the township, but also for the city and the county. There’s a chosen as site for the hospital was its driving distance from four of the state’s major population centers ton of money involved already in this locally.” “The sad part is why all of this is being resurrected,” – Metropolitan Detroit, Saginaw, Flint and Lansing – from which the majority -- Green said 80 percent of them -- of Hoagland said. “We are burning a lot of taxpayers’ money, the patients hail. And Daley addressed the concern about a time and energy over and over again on the same things that full-time psychiatrist, calling it misleading. “That’s a problem are being addressed again and again. It is preposterous. We’ve already been down these paths.” anywhere in the state of Michigan,” he said. While the state said it already has invested $3 million on Daley said he thinks the decision may have been made because DHHS officials “didn’t really want to keep this the project, Daley said don’t think that means the hospital has facility in Caro.” That, he added, coupled with the change in to stay in Caro. “The state of Michigan would walk away from $3 million leadership from a Republican to Democrat governor and the change from Sen. Mike Green and Rep. Ned Canfield, who in a heartbeat,” he said. “It is a shame, but people will do it to worked hard to get the new hospital for Caro, to first-timers get what they want.” For now, local officials are working to salvage the project. Daley and Phil Green may have emboldened state officials to While the sessions will begin with just the local stakeholders, make this move. But now, Daley said, he, Canfield and both Greens are what happens after that depends on what the state does. “If it keeps moving down the road (toward leaving),” Daley involved. “All four of us are working together, doing everything we said, “they are going to owe some answers to the people can and doing whatever it is we need to do back here,” he eventually.” The existing Caro Center opened in 1914 as the Caro Farm said. “I stand with the residents of Caro, Tuscola County and the Colony for Epileptics, serving as the only state of Michigan Thumb region,” Phil Green said in his statement, “and I am residential treatment center for individuals with seizure disorders committed to doing everything I can to fight the governor’s until 1997. The state still operates the Caro Center psychiatric hospital, one of Tuscola County’s bigger job providers and one decision.” Local officials, meanwhile, are concerned that a lot of of five such state-operated facilities in Michigan. investment in engineering, legal fees and other work on this Mark Haney is a staff writer for The Advertiser and can be project might go to waste. “It has been quite an expense,” Rendon said, “not just for reached at haney@tcadvertiser.com.

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Rudnick’s requests, while denied by the council, did repeal what is on the books right now.” The city council also: raise some questions. Rudnick owns one of the bigger • Approved a change in the city’s ordinance governing residential properties in the city, at about five acres, and he’s one of the last parcels in the northeast portion of the fireworks use so that it mimics a change approved in city, without a lot of development around him. So he has December by the state Legislature. The law, as written, the space to raise chickens and those birds should not be had allowed the unregulated use of fireworks from 8 a.m. to midnight the day before, the day of and the day after an issue to any of his fellow city residents. He also wanted to be able to shoot at animal pests, such any national holiday – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther as the skunks that have invaded his property. His acreage King Jr. Day, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, the and relative isolation also makes that less of a problem Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The change allows for the neighbors. But the city council, city manager Brian Chapman said, the use of fireworks to a total of 14 hours on New Year’s didn’t think it wise to make an exception to city laws in Eve and New Year’s Day; to 12 hours on the Saturday Rudnick’s case. City ordinances ban the discharge of a and Sunday before Memorial Day; to about 12 hours on firearm within the city limits and also ban hunting of any the five days leading up to the Fourth of July; to about 12 kind within the city. Another ordinance bans the raising hours on the Fourth of July and the day after, provided that is a Friday or Saturday; and to about 12 hours on the of livestock, including chickens, inside the city. The council did sympathize with Rudnick, and asked Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day. The change also Chapmen to check with other cities to see if there aren’t raised the penalty for violating the restrictions from $500 to $1,000. some creative solutions to Rudnick’s requests. • Hired Rowe Inc. of Lapeer to serve as engineer for His request, however, did raise some questions about the city’s zoning ordinance, especially where it pertains both the Division Street project and the Cedar Street to animals. That’s because the ordinance bans the water main crossing of the Cass River. The city plans to bore under the river, 800 feet from ownership of any animal, other than dogs and cats. A change has been proposed that would allow for the Cass Avenue, along Cedar Street and under the keeping of dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, birds, hamsters and river to North Water Street, and install a 12-inch other animals “generally regarded as household pets,” but water main. The city has budgeted for the work, with some restrictions. No more than three dogs or cats, which is one of its capital improvement projects. ages 4 months or older, can kept in any single dwelling Rowe will be paid $31,105 for its services. The city has received a Michigan Department of and no more than five animals in total can be kept in a house or dwelling. Keeping more than three dogs on a property will be considered operating a kennel. The change would continue to ban keeping any animals not considered domesticated, defining them to be “an animal that is commonly considered capable of being Up to * $ trained or is capable of adapting to living Instant Rebate in a human environment and being of use to human beings, and which is not likely to The Classic Edge is the perfect combination bite without provocation, nor cause death, of performance and value maiming or illness to human beings. … Wild, vicious, or exotic animals shall not • Easy to operate and easy to maintain be considered domesticated.” clean-burning The change was suggested by a • consultant hired by the city to help Vassar • Stainless models available, ask about our Titanium Series review and update its zoning ordinance. “What we are doing is we got a Matt Simerson Sales grant through the (Michigan Economic Development Corp.) to rewrite the zoning Vassar, MI ordinances,” Chapman said, “so the entire 989-233-1420 chapter is being updated.” Outdoor Wood Furnace Chapman said the council preferred the updated version to the existing zoning law. outdoor furnace models, available at participating dealers CentralBoiler.com only. Savings shown is on an Classic Edge 750 Titanium Series. “So once the zoning ordinances are See dealer for details. 16-3006 updated,” he said, “we’ll look to possibly

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Transportation Rural Task Force grant to fund a $348,000 improvement of Division Street from M-15 to the city’s northern limits. The work is scheduled for 2020. The city will pay $69,000 of the work, which will include cold milling, pavement repairs, a pavement overlay, ramp upgrades and some curb replacements. Rowe will be paid $23,130 for its services. • Approved new poverty exemption guidelines for the board of review to use when ruling on appeals of property tax assessments. The levels range from $12,140 a year for a single person to $42,380 a year for a family of eight. • Approved the purchase of a $23,750 raw sewage pump from JGM Valve of Commerce Township. The money will come from the sewer fund. Carl Miller, the director of the Department of Public Works, told Chapman he will work on finding a contractor to install it. JGM was charging $88,750 for the pump and installation. • Approved plans by the Keep Vassar Beautiful Committee to shift traffic on M-15, from Division to Brady streets, and to use DPW personnel and equipment during the annual petunia-planting event this spring. Mark Haney is a staff writer for The Advertiser and can be reached at haney@tcadvertiser.com.


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“In terms of the youth, smoking’s out,” said Reese High School principal Brian Galsterer. “Smoking a cigarette is out. That was the craze when I was in school. You weren’t supposed to do it so that is why you did it. The data was out there, the research was out there that it was bad and, by gosh, smoking (didn’t stop). I’ve been in public education for 20 years and I can remember chasing kids through the woods. Smoking was a battle. “Vaping is now smoking. ….It is the same thing, it is just a different product.” Unlike the battle against cigarette smoking, however, school officials are at a more distinct disadvantage where vaping is concerned. One problem is the e-cigarette devices. They are made to resemble other objects, like pens and flash drives. “They can look like you don’t know what they are,” said Barry Markwart, Mayville Community Schools superintendent. “The vape pens themselves just look like a regular ink pen. The cap is just a different color. You can pull the cap off the pen to vape out of it. So it looks just like a pen in class. You don’t even know the difference. “They can look like all kinds of things and the teachers don’t know it.” “I am looking at my desk,” said Galsterer, “and I have a collection of vapes I have confiscated. I am learning through that that they come in all shapes and sizes. In terms of that, it makes them a little bit hard to detect.” The other challenge is the odor, or rather the occasional lack of it. Smoking a cigarette left a distinct odor both in the place where it was smoked – often a school restroom – and on any person in the vicinity, though more powerfully on the person doing the smoking. Because what is being inhaled and exhaled in vaping is essentially a nicotinelaced water vapor, the only smell comes from whatever flavor was added to the fluid. Teens tend to be attracted to sweet, fruity-flavored pods or pouches of the product. “I would say the biggest challenge is that there is no odor,” said Stephen Bouvy, Millington Junior/Senior High School principal. ”Back in the times when people would smoke cigarettes and things like that, there would always be the odor that would go along with it, and it was easier for school staff to catch you. “They are more easily concealed than before. You don’t have the smell when you are searching and things like that.” “As far as smoking in school – and this is my fourth year here – we have had minimal problems of actually smelling any smoke,” said Markwart. “In fact, I don’t even remember in four years if there has been any report to me of anyone smelling smoke. Now I’m not saying it hasn’t happened or they haven’t done it and covered it up, I’m just saying we haven’t issues with that. Now, with the vaping, though, it is a whole different element that has opened up. It doesn’t smell like smoke. You don’t know if they are in the bathrooms spraying perfume on them or spraying cologne on them or if they are in there vaping. It is not like you can open up a stall and say, ‘Hey, what are you doing in there?’” Some school officials, however, have trained their noses to detect vaping. The sweet air “is one way you can identify them,” said Chad Daniels, Cass City Junior/Senior High School principal, who added it smells different than perfume or cologne. “No, it doesn’t smell like a perfume. It smells like a fruit. You know it when you smell it. I can recognize it real quick. When you know what you’re smelling for, you know it anywhere. Once I am in that vicinity, I just know it. You just know it.” Others still are learning. “We’re kind of at the point here where we’re beginning to recognize it as distinctive (the smell),” said George Rierson, Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools superintendent, “but we have not dealt with it so much that everybody here knows. I would say some of our staff, our teachers may not know exactly what that scent is, but our administrators do.” But there’s a second issue with that smell – time. “It is probably the smell, and the intensity of the smell and how long it takes the smell to clear out,” said Bouvy. ”With vaping the smell isn’t going to stick around as long as if somebody set something on fire.” And, because it is not smoke, the vapors can be exhaled, or not. “I’ve seen people sitting in cars and blow this stuff out

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and it is like a smoke bomb has gone off,” Drake said. “It seems like, to some degree, it is more smoky than cigarettes. But I also believe I have seen people just kind of swallow it. They hit the pen, take a gulp and nothing comes out. “I do think it is possible you can hit that thing and not emit anything, if you are trying not to emit anything.” Because of that, and the way e-cigarettes are designed to look like other things, students can vape almost anywhere and at almost every age. (Courtesy photo) “At the younger levels teachers Vaping devices, like the ones pictured here, are often mistaken for other aren’t thinking a kid is going to items, which makes it difficult in the battle against vaping in local schools. have a vape pen on them in class, or Most county school districts host presentations early even vape in class,” said Markwart. in the school year to inform students of the dangers of “We haven’t had any actual incidences of vaping in class, but they could be doing that and we don’t know it. Teachers vaping. OK to Say, law enforcement and others have come are going to be a little naïve in that aspect because no one to Millington to address these issues, Bouvy said, “just so is going to do that in class. Well, obviously there has been the students know it is something that is harmful and is not a problem with that, of kids vaping in class. Because it is allowed in school.” Some districts, like Millington, include similar a vape, you can’t tell. I’ve told our teachers if you smell something sweet that is a different smell nowadays, there information in health classes. “Education is the only way we can do that (fight back),” is probably some vaping going on and you’d better give said Galsterer. “It is more prevalent than what the common me a call and I’ll check it out.” “It certainly it would be much easier to hit a vape pen person thinks.” Cass City started the school year with the educational in a bathroom stall or a locker room or somewhere,” said effort, aimed at parents and students alike, including Drake, “than it would be to light up a cigarette.” Get caught vaping, however, and there will be a building-wide assembly about the dangers and consequences. Most schools attach the same penalties to consequences of vaping. “And then just being really vaping as they did smoking. Usually a first offense includes adamant and vigilant in pursuing it,” said Daniels. “Making a suspension, with ensuing violations bringing harsher sure our staff knows what to look for and being sure when punishment. Nearly all of them also consider possession we see it that we aggressively go after it. Then when we do of an e-cigarette or a vaping pod as they would possession catch it, making sure there is a lot of communication with the parents and those kids, to try to continue to stop it.” of a pack of cigarettes. Several school officials said a key to stemming the Some students have argued what they are doing is vaping tide is educating parents. Shelly Grifka, from the harmless. “When I have confiscated vapes in the past, the typical Huron County Health Dept.’s Substance Use Disorder response would be, ‘it is just the juice, Mr. G,’” Galsterer Prevention office, urged distribution of “Vaping: What said. “So, okay, what does that mean? As I have learned, You Need to Know And How to Talk With Your Kids,” it means it doesn’t have the nicotine. Well, I don’t know from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, to help parents that without testing, so currently we are saying that is not understand vaping’s appeal to young people and provide welcome here on campus. You are not allowed to have practical advice on what to say and do if they are concerned that. I would give you a consequence just as if it were a that their child may try or is already vaping. “Many parents we talk with are unaware of what vaping Marlboro Red or chewing tobacco. I don’t test it. I don’t is and unprepared to have conversations with their kids or have the capability.” He agreed it doesn’t seem fair to treat having juice, even know what to look for. Conversely, teens may not nicotine and THC, a marijuana derivative, the same, but fully understand that vaping has the potential to be just as addictive as smoking tobacco,” said Fred Muench, that is the way it is. “Do I have to have a CSI lab?” he said. “How do I president and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. detect that and be able to penalize students fairly and “Teens may think too that there are ‘just vaping flavoring,’ appropriately? I don’t want to overdo it or certainly but some vaping devices do not have nicotine-free options and teens may not know what they are actually using. underdo it.” There are significant, concerning unknowns, including Millington, however, follows the law. “Way back in 2003 when I first got here, anytime we vaping’s long-term health consequences.” Falkenburg’s district also sent parents a letter educating would get a child with tobacco products and they were them about vaping and where young people hide their under 18 years of age, we’d call the police and we’d have them write them for being a minor in possession,” said vapes, such as in their wallets or in the small pockets of Superintendent Larry Kroswek. “So we do the same thing their pants or bags. “We have had to adjust our student handbook at the high with vaping. If it is nicotine or some controlled substance that they are underage for, we call the police and they write school,” said Drake, “to more thoroughly cover vaping and vaping utensils. It didn’t used to be in there. That was them for minor in possession. “Back in the day, that really eliminated a lot of tobacco something.” Galsterer, though, isn’t sure any of this is going to change products on campus. And it probably will eliminate a lot anything. His school hosted an assembly this year targeted of vaping on campus as well if everybody follows through with that. What you do is you hit them in the pocketbook specifically at vaping. “I thought he had a good message,” Galsterer said. “But and the parents, when they get home, will kick their butt and say ‘Don’t ever do that again.’ Back in the day it was the bottom line is kids don’t care what they put in their like a $110 fine and ‘we don’t want to be paying that fine.’” bodies. The marketing beats the science, if you will. ‘If you But school officials want to do more than police vaping. want to be cool, you gotta Juul (one of the top ecigarette They also are working to educate students to the dangers brands).’ I don’t know about the marketing, but that seems to be the company that really has made an impact on the of this growing habit. “The real challenge,” said Owendale-Gagetown Schools kids. “It is the power of marketing and it has a brand. That Superintendent Terri Falkenburg, “is getting children to understand the harmful effects that vaping can have on brand is cool. And the marketers and the companies have them. … To them, it is a new fad and they like the looks made it cool to do.” of them and the flavors of the oils. They do not realize that Mark Haney is a staff writer for The Advertiser and can vaping puts chemicals into their body and can become an be reached at haney@tcadvertiser.com. addicting habit.”

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On March 4, shortly after 8 a.m., Huron County Sgt. James Hunt was dispatched to a residence on Moeller Road in Huron County’s Huron Township after receiving an anonymous tip that four dogs on the property were not being properly cared for. Upon arrival, he discovered all dogs were separately chained outdoors, with one of the dogs lying on a piece of plastic with no shelter, according to Hanson. A second dog, which appeared to be a husky – that investigators believed was pregnant – was found on a chain that was too short to allow the dog to enter its dog house. The husky ended up giving birth to a litter of five puppies later March 4, after she was taken to the Thumb Animal Shelter. Another dog was found inside a dog house with holes large enough to allow the wind to pass through it while a fourth was discovered in a decent dog house. None of the dogs had food or water. A veterinarian was called to the property and discovered that three of the four dogs were malnourished. The veterinarian also said it is unlikely any of the husky’s litter would have survived the outdoor conditions. Two of the dogs were pit bulls, one was a German shepherd mix and the other a husky.

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Charges also may be coming for another dog owner accused of abusing his pet recently. On March 3, four witnesses contacted Huron County Central Dispatch to report a man beating a dog with a garden hose and throwing it against the side of his truck at a residence on Verona Road in Verona Township. After speaking to the 62-yearold Ubly man, deputies found the dog to be doing well and not in need of medical attention. “No charges have occurred yet regarding the Verona Township incident but are expected in the future,” Hanson said in the press release. Hanson encourages pet owners who are not able, or willing, to care for their animals to call Thumb Animal Shelter at 989-375-4204.

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Working on their magnets at the Fairgrove District Librarian assistant Amber Monchilov (standing right) Librarian assistant Amber Monchilov helps Will Maguire, 7, of Fairgrove with his magnet during the Library were (from left) Makayla Maguire, 10, and Kylie leads the young people participating in the March 6 March 6 craft maker session at the Fairgrove District McIntosh, 9, both of Fairgrove. The project was part of craft maker group session at the Fairgrove District the March 6 craft maker group session. Library in a magnet-making project. Library.

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FIT hosts Cass City tourism assessment

This sign was placed on the grounds of the Caro Center in Indianfields Township in October when the state announced plans to replace the hospital with a $115 million state-of-the-art facility. Earlier this week, it was announced that construction on the hospital would be suspended.

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Cass City business owners, village officials, educators and residents attended a community report forum sponsored by First Impressions: Tourism Assessment (FIT) Friday at Hills & Dales in Cass City. The purpose of the conference was to help the community learn its strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of a first-time visitor.

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The Caro Center currently treats patients who, along with employees, make local purchases from various retailers. Working with a conservative average of $20 per week for patients and employees, this provides an annual expenditure of approximately $519,000 per year. With the conservative assumption that patients have at least one person visiting them on a monthly basis and visitors are making expenditures for meals and lodging, this translates into a direct expenditure of $174,600 per year. The $8,951,400 in direct expenditures for the Caro Center translates to an indirect economic impact of $26,585,658. The indirect economic impact for the Caro Center is factored using the accepted psychiatric hospital economic impact, whereas for every dollar in direct expenditures, Tuscola County economies realize $2.97. Using the accepted psychiatric hospital economic impact model concerning the $518,960 per year in retail purchase expenditures of the Caro Center patients and employees, this translates to an indirect economic impact of $1,541,311 per year of the Tuscola County economy. The direct employment of 349 jobs at the Caro Center translates to an employment

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impact of more than 747 jobs. So for every job that presently exists at the Caro Center, 2.14 jobs are created in the Tuscola County labor market. Concerning the 244 Caro Center employees who live in Tuscola County, this translates to a total employment impact of more than 522 jobs. The direct employee compensation of $13 million for the Caro Center translates to approximately $25,090,000 in total employee compensation per year. The total monetary economic impact of the Caro Center is approximately $53,700,000 per year. The monetary amount is derived from the total amounts achieved through the indirect economic impacts of the Caro Center. Should the commitment made by the legislature for the new psychiatric hospital expansion not happen, or should the Caro Center be closed, this would present an extremely devastating economic impact for Tuscola County and its families’ prosperity for years to come. It is important for local businesspeople and Tuscola County families to come together and to have a unified voice speaking for the future of our county. Show you support for the future by contacting Governor Whitmer by phone or by mail.


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Shutdown defense leads Kingston to second straight quarterfinal By Adam Smith Sports Editor

Kingston defended its turf for the final time this season, its title and everything in between on Wednesday against Genesee Christian in a Division 4 girls’ basketball regional final. The fourth-ranked Cardinals’ 42-20 win over the visiting Soldiers advanced them to a 6 p.m. Tuesday quarterfinal pairing with Clarkston Everest Collegiate (149) at Burton Bendle High (Photo by John Cook) School. It’s Kingston’s Kingston’s Lily Lyons (23) drives by the defense of (23-2) second straight Genesee Christian’s Grace Ballmer for a layup atquarterfinal appearance tempt in Wednesday’s Cardinals’ 42-20 win of the and its fourth in the last Division 4 girls’ basketball regional final at Kingston five seasons, but will mark High School. Lyons led all scorers with 11 points. its first time facing a team “We didn’t come out as focused as other than Waterford Our we’d have liked, but Genesee Chrsitian Lady of the Lakes. had a lot to do with that,” said Kingston The Mountaineers were responsible for coach Jay Green. “They played focused, the Lakers’ early exit, beating them 40-39 in a district semifinal hosted by Everest they played hard and they punched us in the face by outhustling us. Collegiate to end their season at 12-8. “As the game went on we started to Wednesday’s game marked the final time Kingston’s seniors would play on get more in a groove, the trap worked well for us today and they were never their home floor. “That makes the win mean so much able to really get any consistently good more,” said Kingston senior guard Lily looks at the basket.” After falling behind 4-0 to start the Lyons. “It got a little bit emotional at the game, Kingston relied on its defense to end of the game for us. prevent the lead from growing, even if “I’m really proud of our seniors and its offense was a little slow to pick up will miss playing with them.” the pace. As good of a defensive team as Genesee The Cardinals broke into the scoring Christian showed itself to be in the first column first on a bucket from beneath quarter of Wednesday’s game, forcing Kingston turnovers on four of its first five the basket by Jillyan Dinsmore, who possessions and keeping the intensity up continued to be effective in the post as for most of the first half, the Cardinals See KINGSTON B2 were better on the defensive end.

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Marlette High School junior transfer Bryce George poses for a picture alongside his Detroit Edison Academy coach Brandon Neely after winning a Division 3 boys’ basketball district title this season. George’s Pioneers went on to knock off topranked Flint Beecher in a Tuesday quarterfinal before falling 60-57 to unbeaten Iron Mountain in Thursday’s semifinal round.

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Marlette transfer a good fit on Detroit Edison hoops team By Adam Smith Sports Editor

Bryce George had all the help and support he needed to make his transfer from Marlette High School to Detroit Edison Public School Academy, with a strong motivation to join its boys’ basketball team, a success. He had to earn the rest, but that was always the plan. George was free to make the move as he pleased by virtue of the state of Michigan’s Schools of Choice statute, which he viewed as an opportunity to grow his game exponentially on a bigger stage as part of a defending Division 3 state championship program. His primary influence for moving to attend Edison Academy was the friendship he’s maintained with Brian Taylor, the team’s lone senior, since the early stages of their AAU hoops careers.

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“He’s a phenomenal leader, and I knew the coach well,” said George of Taylor and Pioneers’ coach Brandon Neely. “The transition was a little difficult, as it took some getting used to being away from all of my friends back home, but my new teammates were all really accepting of me,” he added. “From day one, my goal was to get there and show them what I could do.” George commutes to and from Edison while living with his grandmother in Dryden. “It’s fun getting to live with her,” said George. “She always wants to know about my games and how my day went. “I get a lot of love and support from my family over making this decision,” he added. “They’re all proud of me, which helped make the move a little easier for me.” See GEORGE B3


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Kingston looked to stabilize its early effort. By the end of the opening eight minutes, Kingston held a 7-6 lead, which Lyons contributed the final four Cardinals’ points to. “I think we saw their hustle and effort and tried to increase ours to match,” said Kingston senior guard Camryn MacGuire. “It took us a little bit to get comfortable, but their zone was pretty tricky to score on. “We watched them in the first (regional) game against Deckerville play a man defense almost the whole time,” she added. “They ran a zone for the first three to four minutes, so we knew they had it, but we didn’t know they were going to run it the whole time. Us having so much experience playing deep into the state tournament can be an advantage for us because we know how to handle those types of situations.” Green and his players credit all of their sustained success to putting their commitment to the defensive end of the floor above all other aspects of the game. “We had a little adversity to start the game, but the bottom line was we kept playing strong defense throughout the game despite the ball not going through the hoop like it normally does for us,” said Green. “They were never really able to get much of a run on us.” After working up their momentum by the end of the first quarter, the Cardinals seized control in the second quarter, outscoring the Soldiers 13-2 to take a 20-8 lead at halftime.

“We were pretty confident at the half, but it was still a low-scoring and competitive game,” said Lyons. “We were confident we’d come back with a bang on defense in the second half. We had good momentum, and I think it helped us a lot.” MacGuire accounted for a four-point stretch on backto-back baskets before halftime to extend what was an eight-point Cardinals’ lead to double digits. “Once you get a double-digit lead, you can’t let off the gas, but it definitely felt better for us,” said MacGuire. In the third quarter, both teams saw increased scoring, but the Cardinals got the better of the exchange by outscoring Genesee Christian 16-8. Lyons accounted for six third-quarter points. “When it came down to winning time there midway through the third quarter, our seniors put on a pretty nice run,” said Green. “We extended the lead to 20 points,” he added. “Our seniors wanted that fourth regional (title in the last five years).” As much as McGuire sparked the Cardinals leading into halftime, Lyons was Kingston’s offensive catalyst in the third quarter. “Camryn and Lily have been doing that for four years,” said Green. “They both bring different things to the table, but together are as good of a guard combination that Kingston’s ever had and the Thumb area’s seen in quite a while.

“They’re not very big, but they’re big competitors and work well out on the floor together.” Kingston led 36-16 entering the fourth quarter and leaned on its defense to secure it the win, outscoring the Soldiers 6-4 over the final eight minutes. One of the keys to the win was Kingston outscoring Genesee Christian 29-10 spanning the second and third quarters. Another was limiting the Soldiers to singledigit scoring, eight points or less, in all four quarters. Lyons had a game-high 11 points for the Cardinals, while McGuire and Carley Smith added seven points each. Said Green of the matchup with Everest Collegiate, “They play in a good league, and if they beat Waterford, they’ve got to be really good. “We know it’s going to be a tough matchup for us, but we’re excited for the challenge,” he added. “We played at Burton Bendle this year, so we’ve also played on that floor (leading into Tuesday’s quarterfinal). I expect us to be well prepared for that game.” MacGuire said it’s a motivation for her and her teammates to look to make school history with Kingston’s first state-semifinal appearance and potentially more. “We’re very determined to get past that (quarterfinal) mark and make history for our school,” said MacGuire. Adam Smith is sports editor for The Advertiser and can be reached at sports@tcadvertiser.com.

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Kingston’s Hannah James lofts a shot up in front of Genesee Christian’s Ava Boike during Wednesday’s Cardinals’ 42-20 win of the Division 4 girls’ basketball regional final at Kingston High School.

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Kingston’s Carley Smith (5) grabs a rebound that a Genesee Christian player also pursued in Wednesday’s Cardinals’ 42-20 win of the Division 4 girls’ basketball regional final at Kingston High School.

Kingston’s Lily Lyons dribbles around the defensive efforts of Genesee Christian’s Grace Ballmer in Wednesday’s Cardinals’ 42-20 win of the Division 4 girls’ basketball regional final at Kingston High School.

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Kingston’s Jillyan Dinsmore looks to score in front of Genesee Christian’s Ava Boike in Wednesday’s Division 4 girls’ basketball regional final the host Cardinals went on to win 42-20.

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Kingston’s Lily Lyons, right, competes for a loose ball with a Genesee Christian player in Wednesday’s Cardinals’ 42-20 win of the Division 4 girls’ basketball regional final at Kingston High School.

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St. Michael’s Lutheran wins third straight state title ANN ARBOR — St. Michael’s Lutheran School in Richville defeated St. Peter Lutheran School of Macomb 34-15 in the championship game to clinch its third consecutive Michigan Lutheran Basketball eighth grade state title the first weekend of March at Concordia University. Lexi Boyke led the Lady Raiders in the finals with 19 points, while Abby Karst contributed eight points and Ella Persails scored five points. St. Michael’s beat Our Shepherd Lutheran of Birmingham 27-9 in its tournament opener, and followed the performance with a 28-10 semifinal victory over league rival Peace Lutheran of Saginaw. Boyke and Karst were selected to the alltournament team. Over the last four years, St. Michael’s also has a third-place state finish to its credit, four Tri-County Lutheran League titles and a seventh-place finish at last year’s nationals. The Lady Raiders have amassed an overall record of 75-5 over the last four years. (Courtesy photo)

St. Michael’s Lutheran School in Richville won its third consecutive Michigan Lutheran girls’ basketball state title during the first weekend of March at Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Members of the team are, front row left to right: Makenna McCloud and Kiera Kern. Middle row, left to right: Ella Persails, Lydia Campbell, Kinzlee Karst, Gwen Zwerk and Hannah Reinhardt. Back row, left to right: assistant coach Jeremy Boyke, Lexi Boyke, Abby Karst and head coach Denny Gruber.

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A 6-foot, 6-inch junior center, George and his Edison Academy (19-8) teammates came up short in their shared goal of earning a repeat state title with Thursday’s 60-57 loss to unbeaten Iron Mountain (27-0) in a state semifinal at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. George started and battled through persistent foul trouble to finish with eight points and six rebounds in 15 minutes played. The Mountaineers will take on fellow unbeaten Pewamo-Westphalia (27-0) in today’s 4:30 p.m. state championship. Edison scored the game’s first seven points in an 18-second span before settling for a 14-7 lead after the first quarter. Momenum went the way of Iron Mountain thereafter, as it outscored the Pioneers by a combined 34-20 in the second and third quarters, increasing its lead to 41-34 entering the fourth. Edison had its best eight-minute stretch of the night with a 23-point fourth quarter, but Iron Mountain held on to win behind 19 points of its own that made for a mutual up-tempo finish. Foster Wonders scored 28 points to lead Iron Mountain by Detroit Edison, while Marcus Johnson added 23 points. Ralph Johnson had 14 points to lead the Pioneers, while Taylor had 11 points along with seven rebounds, Jaylen Flaniken had nine points and Raynard (Courtesy photo) Williams had eight points. George credited the Members of the Detroit Edison Academy boys’ basketball team, including junior Marlette transfer Bryce George, Mountaineers for their victory, but said the aftermath take a group picture after winning their Division 3 regional at Sandusky High School. felt like a missed opportunity for him and his coaches and teammates. The performance helped validate why George made George, who also plans to compete in track and field “They were a good team. I could see why they were the decision to transfer to Edison. this spring and football in the fall for the Pioneers. “It unbeaten, but I still think we could’ve gotten the win,” “Beating Beecher almost felt like winning a state means a lot to know they care about what I’m up to and said George. “Even though it hurts right now, it was championship in its own right,” said George of the how I’m doing.” great for us to have this experience. Although he missed the first half of the season to feeling of knocking off one of the state’s best teams “I feel like we accomplished a lot over the course regardless of class. “If we want to win a state title next abide by transfer-eligibility rules, George made his first of the season,” he added. “We’re a young team, so year, we’ll have to get through them again.” appearance for the Pioneers as a starter and remained this will motivate us to work harder to get back and The Buccaneers had won three straight state titles one. He was honored by the privilege, he said. “It meant a lot to me, and everyone was great about accomplish our goal of winning a state title next year.” before losing to Unionville-Sebewaing Area in a it and gave me a really nice reception as a starter,” said On Tuesday, George helped lead Edison’s 76-69 regional final last year. victory over top-ranked Flint Beecher (23-3) and its Some of George’s former friends and teammates George. pair of NCAA Division I recruits in juniors Jalen Terry from the Marlette community came out to show their Adam Smith is sports editor for The Advertiser and and Earnest Sanders. He contributed 19 points and 17 support for his new team’s deep state-tournament run. rebounds. “I love the support I get from my hometown,” said can be reached at sports@tcadvertiser.com.

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North Branch’s Riley Bugg signed his national letter-of-intent on Tuesday at North Branch High School to continue his hoops career at Saint Clair County Community College. Pictured left to right are SC4 assistant coach Craig Archer, SC4 head coach Dale Vos, Riley Bugg, Jamie Bugg (mom) and Carl Bugg (dad).

After Friday’s 82-77 loss to fourth-seeded Buffalo (22-9) in the MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals, Reese High graduate Reyna Frost and top-seeded Central Michigan (25-7) must wait for the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament Selection Show starting at 7 p.m. Sunday on ESPN to see if they qualify as an at-large choice for the tournament field. The MAC Tournament took place at Quicken Loans Arena. The Chippewas led 14-13 after the first quarter and 2928 at halftime before getting outscored 34-24 in the third quarter to swing momentum Buffalo’s way and give it a 62-53 lead entering the fourth quarter it was able to preserve. CMU had as much as a four-point lead in the fourth quarter after going on a 15-2 run. Frost, a senior who was named MAC Player of the Year on Monday, finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Chippewas. She also learned this week she made the cut from 10 finalists down to five for the second annual

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Community Calendar 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. Handgun & trap shooting – Marlette Sportsmen’s Association will be open to anyone wishing to shoot handguns (pistols) every Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. and trap shooting every Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. The club is located 2 miles west and 4 ½ miles north of Marlette. For more information, call Bill Maher at 989-635-7072. Euchre every Monday, 7 p.m. at American Legion Hall in Caro. Open to the public. Food Outreach hosted by Spring of Life Community Church in Mayville 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. 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 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 989-8238803. 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. Mobile Food Pantry Friday, March 8 from 5-6 p.m at the First Baptist Church in Caro (1535 W. Gilford Road). Anyone in need of food is welcome! Please bring boxes and bags to put food in. Food will be distributed until gone. For more information, call (989) 673-3545. Senior Citizen Movies on Friday, March 15 at Rawson Memorial Library starting at 1:30 p.m. The movies are: “Wonders of Medico: Forests of the Maya” and “Turquoise Coast”. Light refreshments are served. This senior program is offered free of charge. MEETINGS Caro Lions Club meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Brentwood. Membership applications available. Call 989-673-5588 for more information. Rotary Club of Caro meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every moth from 5-6 p.m. at the Harvest Coffeehouse and Deli, 157 N. State St., Caro. To learn more, contact

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Karly at oberski9@msu.edu. Tuscola County Coin Club will meet every fourth Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Caro Library. For more information, contact Dan at 989-843-5247 or ksfdaf@ sbcglobal.net. Vassar Historical Society meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:55 p.m. For more information, call 989823-2651. Eaton-Grady Retiree Breakfast Group meets the first Monday of each month (except September) at 8 a.m. at Riverside Grill in Vassar. Indivisible in the Thumb meetings are held every other Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Tech Center. For meeting dates or more information, call Vicki Leland at 425-2695553. Free Community Bingo hosted by Medilodge of Cass City is held every Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the dining room. Kingston AMVET Post 1072 meetings are held the third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at The Meeting Place in Kingston. 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. Tuscola County Democratic Committee meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Brentwood, 178 Park Dr., Caro. Side door will be open. All are welcome. 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. Fairgrove High School Class of 1958 meets the first Thursday of every month at Castamore Zangalotti’s in Fairgrove at 11:30 a.m. Classmates come join us. Tuscola Dive Rescue Team meets 2nd Thursday every other month. Seeking new members. Call 989-415-4526 for more information. Caro American Legion Post 7 meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary #421 meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. at the Unionville American Legion Hall. American Legion Post #181 meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at 248 W. Main St., Mayville.

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Fight Against Cancer • $500 a plate (under 5 yrs free) • Silent Auction • Bake Sale • March 23rd, 4pm-7pm The Log Church 1400 Cleaver Rd., Caro

CARO CPL (CCW) CLASS Saturday, April 6th

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CHURCH All You Can Eat Fish Fry Menu: Pollack/Walleye, Baked Cod, Mac & Cheese, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Buttered Corn, Dinner Rolls, Dessert & Beverages Friday March 22nd 4:00 - 7:00 PM Adults: $11.00 12 yrs.—5yrs.: $6.00 4 yrs. & Under: FREE Take out: $10.00

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-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 Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays Feb. 5 through March 26 at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5920 Frankenmuth Rd., Vassar. Fish & Shrimp Dinner hosted by Marlette Knights of Columbus will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 16 at the St. Elizabeth Church Hall in Marlette. Carry outs are available. Free Saturday Matinee will be held at Caro Area District Library from 1-3 p.m. March 16. The movie is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Fresh popcorn provided. Tip of the Thumb Dancers will be held Saturday, March 16 from 7-10 p.m. at the Huron County Senior Center, 150 Nugent Rd., Bad Axe. All ages welcome. Bring finger foods and friends! Stand Up For Life Youth Rally for ages 12-18 will be held 4-7 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at Bad Axe Middle School. Includes guest speaker, pizza, prizes, music, and more. Email jeannegusa@gmail.com with your name and shirt size (for first 200) to register. Books & More Sale will be held 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. Monday, March 18 and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the McLaren Caro Region front lobby. Proceeds benefit McLaren Caro Region Auxiliary. Annual Seed Pass Out will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 20 at the Caro Area District Library. Pick up some free heirloom garden seeds. No registration required and open to anyone. Thumb Dance Club will be held Saturday, March 23 from 7-10:30 p.m. at Sandusky Maple Valley School, 138 Maple Valley St. Everyone welcome to enjoy live bands with slow dancing, square dancing and line dancing. Bring a snack to share. For more information, contact Nancy at 586-663-5306 or nbuckley2014@gmail.com. Caro Area District Library will host local author, Pat Roedel, from 6-7 p.m. March 26. Books will be available to order or purchase. All ages welcome to this free event. Craft Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Forest Township Hall, 130 E. Main St., Otisville. M.A.R.S.P. will meet 11 a.m. Apr. 17 at The Brentwood. Annual meeting will be the program. Lunch will be served. Story Time is held from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays at the Millington Arbela District Library. Volunteers wanted for Care Team Hospice to provide comfort visitations with patients in Tuscola County. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Gail Makuch at 810-2416201 or email gmakuch@careteammi.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. Spoonfuls of Plenty free community meal every Wednesday of each month at Human Development Commission, 429 Montague Ave. in Caro, 3:30-6 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. Opperman Memorial Library - check out the new features that the public library has to offer: Overdrive (digital e-books and audiobooks), RBDigital (digital e-magazines), Kingston Enterprise newspaper available online from 1941 to Feb. 15, 1968. www.OppermanMemorialLibrary.com. Writers Guild of Shay Lake meets the first and third Thursdays at 4 p.m. at the Caro Public Library, 840 W. Frank St., Caro. Contact Rod Merton at 989-293-8854 for information. “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. Tuscola County Conservation Club, Gun Club Road and M-24, Caro, open to the public for trap and skeet

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Children 5-12: $6.00 Under 5: FREE

Fish Fry Events: January 18th February 22nd March 15th April 5th richvilleconservationclub.org

FISH FRY American Legion Hall Post 7 110 W. Frank St., Caro

3rd Thursday of the month (Now - April)

Adults $9.00 Kids 10 & under $5.00 - We are open 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thank you for coming! AMERICAN LEGION

Women’s Basic Pistol Class

(North M-24 down from the State Police Post)

• contact - Loann Rowe 989-673-6401

NRA Certified Instructor Join other women in learning about firearms

THANK YOU from

Colleen

LESLIE MOORE

Englehart’s

FAMILY

To everyone involved with the Spaghetti Dinner Benefit in support of Colleen on March 9th: We are completely overwhelmed by the love, support, and generosity you have shown to us in this very difficult time. We thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts. Please know that your attendance and/or donations mean the world to us. May God bless you all.

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WHEN:

Saturday, April 13, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tuscola County Conservation Club 1060 Gun Club Road Caro, Michigan 48734

Materials, firearms, ammo, eye & ear protection all included. Online Registration @ www.tcccmi.com/LadiesOnly Fee $35.00 Questions? call - Andrea @ 810-252-1625 Email: 1060gunclubrd@gmail.com What you’ll learn:  Basic firearm safety rules and safe gun handling  The parts and operations of semi-automatic pistols and revolvers  The fundamentals of shooting  Opportunity to try out larger caliber handguns  Intro to competitive shooting

We look forward to having you join us!


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Visit tuscolatoday.com, then click Classifieds to view them for FREE! Auctions Live auctions every Saturday Millington Auction House 6720 State Rd. Millington, MI.. Downsizing or moving? Book your auction with us. 2019 calendar is filling up fast. www.millingtonbid.com 989-9124313. Live Grocery Auctions Sunday, March 17 & 24, 2:00 PM. Meats, snacks, non-perishable can goods, juice. Bring your boxes and coolers! Millington Auction House 6720 State Rd. Millington, MI. 989-912-4313. Online Auction for three vacant lots on Smallwood Lake in Gladwin County, MI. Auction ends at 8:00 P.M. March 27, 2019. Photos, details and register to bid at www. SherwoodAuctionServiceLLC.com 989640-9401.

Automobiles CASH FOR CARS: We Buy Any Condition Vehicle, 2002 and Newer. Competitive Offer! Nationwide FREE Pick Up! Call Now For a Free Quote! 888-366-5659 FOR SALE 2012 CHEVY IMPALA LTZ112 K miles, red, leather, heated seats, moon roof, excellent condition. $6900 OBO, call 989-239-2995.

Employment Speech Language Pathologist & Physical Therapist ABC Resources PC ,Bay City, MI ABC Resources is currently seeking a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and Physical Therapist (PT) needed for the Thumb Area (North Branch/ Peck). Therapists will be a contracted for individual clients one/ two sessions weekly. Qualifications: SLP : Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology/ASHA Certification. State of Michigan Speech-Language Pathology License. Liability Insurance PT : Degree from an accredited Physical Ther-

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apy program. Physical Therapist Certification / Licenser in the state of Michigan. Liability Insurance . Please send cover letter and resume to: tammy@abcresourcespc.com

2019 to: Amanda Astley Tuscola Intermediate School District 1385 Cleaver Road Caro, MI 48723 aastley@tuscolaisd. org An Equal Opportunity Employer

THE FOWLER CENTER FOR OUTDOOR LEARNING a year round camp for children and adults with disabilities now hiring seasonal positions. Start and end dates may be flexible. Background checks will be completed on all applicants. Please submit an application on line or in person www. thefowlercenter.org . Maintenance Assistant $10/hr ,32hr/ wk 4/01 to 9/22. Dietary Supervisor $12/hr, 40hr/wk 4/01 to 9/22. Cook $9.75/hr, 20-32hr/ week 4/01 to 9/22. Dietary Aide $9.25/ hr, 20-32hr/week 6/15 to 8/18. We can start aides immediately. Equestrian Aides: Can work one or all sessions 20 hrs/ $10 hr for each session May 13-18, July 28-August 2, August 11-August 16 . Counseling staff, details on website. Tuscola Intermediate School District is seeking a qualified person for a Full-Time GED/LLL Secretary Position at the Tuscola Technology Center. Applicants must have completed two years of post-secondary business training or two years of related work experience and be able to type 40 w.p.m. Applicant must also demonstrate experience in Excel and Microsoft Word by passing the District required secretarial test. To view the full job posting and job description, please go to www.tuscolaisd. org. To apply, please submit a letter of application, resume and a completed Support Staff application by March 18,

Tuscola Intermediate School District is seeking a qualified person for a PartTime Life Long Learning Clerical Position at the Tuscola Technology Center. Applicants must have completed two years of post-secondary business training or two years of related work experience and be able to type 40 w.p.m. Applicant must also demonstrate experience in Excel and Microsoft Word by passing the District required secretarial test. To view the full job posting and job description, please go to www. tuscolaisd.org. To apply, please submit a letter of application, resume and a completed Support Staff application by March 18, 2019 to: Amanda Astley Tuscola Intermediate School District 1385 Cleaver Road Caro, MI 48723 aastley@ tuscolaisd.org An Equal Opportunity Employer

Free FREE 6 YEAR OLD Male, long haired, Dachshund/ Spaniel mix, neutered , house dog. Call 989-550-0446.

Furniture A KING PILLOW TOP MATTRESS SET new in plastic, slightly damaged in shipping, cost $2,100, sell for $350. Call 810-9220591 A QUEEN MATTRESS SET, new with warranty, $175. Call 810-922-0591. ADJUSTABLE BED WITH IM COMFORT GEL Memory Mattress. New with warranty would cost

Furniture $4700. Must sell! $975 Call 810 922 0591 An AMISH LOG HEADBOARD AND Queen Pillow Top Mattress Set. Brand new-never used, sell all for $275. Call anytime 989-832-2401. AN AMISH LOG HEADBOARD and Queen Pillow Top Mattress Set. Brand new-never used, sell all for, new in plastic. Cost $800, sell for $275. Call 810-9220591 BUNK BED, SOLID WOOD, complete with brand new mattress, $300. Call 810-922-0591

Help Wanted BOYS AND GIRLS needed for detasseling seed corn in July and August at Saginaw Valley Seedcorn Producers, LLC ( Ed Mantey & Sons ) Must be at least 13 years old to apply. Visit www. svseedcorn.com for online application. Questions can be directed to info@ svseedcorn.com. MATURE AIDES for all shifts, CPR/ First aide required. Apply at Willow Tree Haven 6974 McEldownie Rd., Gagetown or call 989-665-2493.

Help Wanted AGRIBUSINESS has openings for a full-time fertilizer custom applicator at their Fairgrove, MI facility. If you enjoy a fast-paced environment, have excellent customer service and organizational skills, we would like to hear from you! Mechanical capabilities helpful; a CDL will be required. Competitive wage and benefit package. Please complete application online www. coopelev.com under the careers tab or at Cooperative Elevator Co. 4931 Shreeves Road, Fairgrove, MI or any other Co-op location. MATURE HAIR DRESSER needed for assisted living facilities. Call 989-284-7007 for details.

Quadriplegic looking for “Part-Time” Help around the shop, yard & house. Looking for someone that “Likes to Tinker” in the garage. Close to Millington. Preferred evenings & weekends. bulletc5c5@gmail.com

STAR OF THE WEST MILLING CO. in Richville, Michigan is seeking seasonal employees for the 2019 growing season. Please email inquiries, resume, & contact information to hr@ starofthewest.com or call 989-6527021.

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12. My children are joining 4H with their new horse and are starting from scratch. Call Kim at 352-397-6829.

Quality, Best Service, ORDER NOW for Spring Delivery at Winter Prices License/Insured 1-877-802-9591 (Office) 989-2052534 (Cell)

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Miscellaneous A PLACE FOR MOM has helped over a million families find senior living. Our trusted local advisors help solutions to your unique needs at NO COST TO YOU! Call 866-760-7235. Adjustable Bed Brand New with Imcomfort gel memory foam mattress. Retail Cost $3,995.00, sacrifice for $575.00. Call for showing or delivery: 989-6152951.

Homes for Sale

Attention all homeowners in jeopardy of Foreclosure? We can help stop foreclosure. We can help you with Loans Modifications. Foreclosure Defense Helpline. Call is absolutely free. 1-800-582-5804

HOUSE FOR SALE BY OWNER: 1850’s 2 story Victorian. Had a fire in 2014, has 3 lots, 24x28x12 pole barn, 1 car garage with attached equipment area, shed, lake privileges. Asking $38,000. For more information call 989-284-6351.

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Horses WANTED: a 15” saddle, riding gear in sizes 4T, 6-7, and

BUILT BEST BARNS Michigan’s Largest Pole Barn Company Best

BURK FARM ESTATE AUCTION Saturday, March 23 @ 10 a.m. 5469 Fraser Road, Bay City

From US-10 @ Mackinaw Road, go south 1/2-mile to Salzburg, west 1 mile on Salzburg to Fraser then north 1 block. AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: •Case DX33 4x4 compact diesel tractor with loader • (2) J.D. D collectors tractors • Satoh 25 h.p. utility tractor • Small farm equip. inc. • Case IH 3 pt. backhoe • 2006 Fleetwood Extreme 30’ travel trailer • 1953 Mercury 2-door hardtop • 1996 Chevy Cavalier convertible • Shop tools & related equipment • Woodworking equipment • Items around the farm Auctioneers Note: This is a large well-rounded sale with parking on dead-end road & cover provided in case of rain. Inspection Thursday & Friday 9 am 5 pm.

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BUILT RITE POLE BUILDINGS Statewide, 24x40x10= $11,865.00, 30x40x10= $14,000.00. Erected on your site. Call for price not shown on any size building or go to www.builtritepolebuildings. net Toll Free 1-877-296-6802. DENTAL INSURANCE. Call Physicians Mutual Insurance Company for details. NOT just a discount plan, REAL coverage for 350 procedures. 844-393-7068 or http://www.dental50plus.com/55 Ad# 6118 DIRECTV & AT&T. 155 Channels & 1000s of Shows/Movies On Demand (w/SELECT Package.) AT&T Internet 99 Percent Reliability. Unlimited Texts to 120 Countries w/ AT&T Wireless. Call 4 FREE Quote1-888-351-0154. DIRECTV NOW. No Satellite Needed. $40/month. 65 Channels. Stream Breaking News, Live Events, Sports & On Demand Titles. No

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FOR SALE: Purebred Border Collie puppies. Males $300. Call 989-3261825 or 989-6832988

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SugarCreek Apartments APPLY FOR ONLY $50 & SECURITY DEPOSIT AS LOW AS $99!! We now have pet friendly buildings with extra fee & deposit. Rent ranges from $610-$870. (Rent is not based on income). Central A/C, dishwasher, W/D hookups and walk-in kitchen pantry in every lovely apartment home. Corner of M-81 & Romain Rd. Call Diana today at 989-673-0515, evening appointments available! Check out our new website: mi-apartments.com & on Facebook!

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Motorcycles 3 BED/2 BATH NEW AND USED MOBILE HOMES for sale at Evergreen Estates. We offer large treed lots in a beautiful country setting. Starting at $519 mo . Bad Credit OK. Call 989-460-8258 for more info

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CARO - MONTAGUE PLACE APARTMENTS- 1 bedroom & 2 bedroom (waitlist) apartments, rent based on income (if qualified), barrier free unit available, accepts Sec 8, contact Tina 989-6737676 or Susan (616) 942-6553, Equal Housing Opportunity, This institution is an

equal opportunity provider and employer, TDD 711 REESE UPSTAIRS APARTMENT All utilities included. One bedroom. No pets. Available April 1st. $425 per month plus security deposit. Call or text for appointment. 989.882.7670.

ASSISTANT MANAGER SAVE-A-LOT • Full-time position • Retail management experience required • Mail resume or bringg in to

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PUBLIC NOTICE STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY OF TUSCOLA NOTICE TO CREDITORS FILE NO. 19-36321-DE Estate of Michael A. Zwerk, deceased, Date of birth: 7/29/1943 TO ALL CREDITORS: * NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The Decedent, Michael A. Zwerk, died 8/19/2018. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to Martin D. Zwerk, Haley Zwerk & Landon Zwerk, personal representative, or to both the probate court at 440 North State Street, Caro, Michigan 48723 and the personal representative within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. 2/27/2019

Danelle E. Harrington P78748 Smith Bovill - 200 St. Andrews Road Saginaw, MI 48638-5938 (989) 792-9641 Martin D. Zwerk, Haley Zwerk & Landon Zwerk 3530 Garner Road Vassar, Mi 48768 (989) 550-1168 1T65 STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY OF TUSCOLA NOTICE TO CREDITORS Decedent’s Estate FILE NO. 19-36359-DE Estate of GREGORY VERN SMITH deceased. Date of birth: 03/09/1971 TO ALL CREDITORS: NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, GREGORY VERN SMITH, died 09/22/2018.

ACCEPTING BIDS Tuscola County will be accepting bids on the installation of new transaction windows for the District Court and Magistrate offices. Please see the County website www.tuscolacounty.org or call Mike Miller at 989-672-3756 for more information. Bids are due by 4:00 p.m. on April 5, 2019. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING There will be a Public Hearing on March 18, 2019 concerning the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget for Fairgrove Township. This meeting will be held at 7:00 PM and will be held at the Fairgrove Township Hall. The Property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing. A copy of the proposed budget will be available at the Fairgrove Township Clerk's Office. This notice is posted in compliance with PA267 of 1976 as amended (Open Meetings Act), MCLA 41.72 a (2)(3) and the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA Katie Gebhardt Fairgrove Township Clerk This meeting is open to all members of the public under Michigan’s Open Meetings Act.

Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to MCKENZIE SMITH, personal representative, or to both the probate court at 440 N. STATE ST. CARO, MI 48723 and the personal representative within 4 months after the date of publication of this notice. 03/12/2019 GREGORY H. BRINGARD P45657 367 N. STATE ST. CARO, MI 48723 (989) 672-2400 MCKENZIE SMITH 2155 E. BEVENS ROAD CARO, MI 48723 (989) 325-1389 1T69 STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY OF NOTICE TO CREDITORS Decedent’s Estate Estate of Theresa Mary Smith deceased. Date of birth: 09/28/1937 TO ALL CREDITORS:

NOTICE TO CREDITORS: The decedent, Theresa Mary Smith, died 02/08/2019. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to Jeanette Wright, personal representative, or both to the probate court at 440 Court St. and the personal representative within 4 months after the date of the publication of this notice. 03/13/19 Jeanette Wright 6451 Van Vieet Swartz Creek, MI 48473 1T69 VILLAGE OF KINGSTON MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING HELD ON: MARCH 11, 2019 The meeting was called to order by President, Cory Skinner, and opened with the pledge to the flag at 7:00 pm. Roll call was taken with the following council members present: Scott Fetting, Bob Phagan, Cory Skinner, Jen Krug, and Roger Warrington.

Department heads present: Fire Chief-J. Mallory, Police Chief-A. Pearsall, DPW Supervisor-J. Rayl, Clerk-H. Baker Guests present: H. Matheny, S. Hintz, C. Zyrowski, R. Matheny, D. Zyrowski, I. Anger, K. Richter Warrington made the motion to approve the agenda. Seconded by Fetting. Aye-5 Nay-0, motion carried. Phagan made the motion to approve the February council meeting minutes as read. Motion seconded by Krug. Aye-5, Nay-0, motion carried. Public Comments: None Reports: Fire: Written report on file. Police: Written report on file.

DPW: Written report on file. Zoning Administrator: One demolition permit issued this month. Contacted an inspector for condemned properties, will charge $50 for each property to be inspected. Fetting: Met with Decker Agency, coverage will become effective April 1, 2019. Warrington: All is quiet at the park. Skinner: Streets are clear. Clerk: Written report on file. Treasurer: General Fund $165,267.76, Tax Fund $561.31, Major Streets $91,346.31, Local Streets $15,105.58, Fire Fund $50,703.01, Sewer Fund $119,588.49, Water Fund $139,699.01, Municipal Fund $39,623.53. Motion made by Fetting to accept Treasurer

Report as presented. Motion seconded by Phagan. 5-Aye, 0-Nay, motion carried. Public Comments: Kingston Elementary Destination Imagination team proposed an idea of having a “Fixing the Park Day.” They will meet with the Recreation Committee to further plan. Business: Approval needed for amended Committee Appointments for 20192020 as presented. Fetting made the motion to approve. Warrington seconded the motion. 5-Aye, 0-Nay, motion carried. Warrington made the motion to approve to pay the bills in the amount of $43,387.52 and transfers in the amount of $5,307.58.

Motion seconded by Krug. Aye-5, Nay-0, motion carried. Being no further business, Fetting made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded by Krug. Aye5, Nay-0, motion carried. President Cory Skinner adjourned the meeting at 7:20 P.M. Respectfully submitted, Heather Baker, Village Clerk 1T69

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICUTURE Farm Service Agency (FSA) PROPERTY FOR SALE Notice is hereby given that the United States of America, acting through an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) / Farm Service Agency (FSA) will sell the following real property: 30.6 acres with residence and buildings. 519 W. Downington Rd. Sandusky, MI 48471 This property is offered for sale by sealed bid. Terms for the sale are contained in Form FSA-2592, "Invitation, Bid and Acceptance Sale of Real Property by the United States." The successful bidder will be required to deposit 10% of their bid in the form of a cashier's check, certified check, postal or bank money order, or bank draft payable to Farm Service Agency, plus any other conditions relating to acceptance. Along with the general public this property is being offered for sale to all farmers or ranchers who are prevailing claimants in the civil action Pigford vs. Vilsack. Prevailing claimants may exercise their right to priority consideration to purchase inventory property under the Consent Decree between the time of the advertisement and COB ON THE DAY THE BIDS ARE DUE if they notify FSA, in writing, of their intent. A Prevailing Claimant can exercise priority consideration by writing or filing at the local FSA office. The property will be sold in its "AS IS” condition. FSA sells all inventory properties by quit-claim deed and recommend the buyer obtain an owners title insurance policy. Please direct all inquiries to Lynn Patrick, Farm Loan Manager, at 810-648-2998 Ext. 3130. The minimum acceptable bid is $129,500.00. All bids will be remitted in writing on Form FSA-2592, "Invitation, Bid, and Acceptance Sale of Real Property by the United States" along with the required 10% deposit. Bids will only be accepted at Farm Service Agency, 50 E. Miller Rd, Sandusky, MI 48471 and only until the close of business on April 10, 2019. The Government reserves the right to cancel the sale at any time during the sale process and also reserves the right to reject any or all applications or bids. FSA credit assistance for financing the purchase of this property is currently not available. The USDA Farm Service Agency is an equal opportunity employer. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue S. W. Washington D.C., 20250-9410, or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

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VILLAGE OF AKRON NOTICE BUDGET HEARING The Village of Akron Council will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed Village Budget for the fiscal year 2019-2020 at the Akron Village Hall on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be subject of hearing. A copy of the budget is available for public inspection at 4380 Beach Street, Akron, MI 48701 during Village Clerk office hours. This notice is posted in compliance with the PA 267 of 1976 as amended, MCLA 41.72a (2)(3) and American Disabilities Act. James Dickinson, Akron Village President This meeting is open to all members of the public under Michigan’s Open Meetings Act.

ORDINANCE NO __44__ NOTICE OF HERBICIDE APPLICATION This is to notify residents that the Tuscola County Road Commission has hired Daltons, Inc. to do herbicide applications on designated areas within the road right of way located throughout the county, weather permitting. Methods of spray are by a truck mounted spray unit. Anyone interested in more information on the materials application can contact Daltons, Inc., P.O. Box 1274, Warsaw, IN 46581-1274 or call 574-267-7511. If you have questions on the locations, or are interested in applying for the No Spray Program, please go to www.tuscolaroad.org or call 989-550-3205, William Green, for updated information, by June 1, 2019.

NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE CITY OF CARO Board of Review Meetings

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 6:30 pm at City Hall, in the Council Chambers, 287 E Huron Avenue, Vassar, Michigan, 48768 to consider a variance for a Side Yard set back in a Heavy Industrial District which requires 75’ on one side and a total of at least 100’ between both sides – whereas applicant wishes to build within this set back area. The parcel is located at 1 Enterprise – Vacant lot and is identified as 051-500-610-0310-00, in Vassar, MI. A variance can only be issued after the public is offered the chance for public comment. Persons unable to attend may submit comments to the Zoning Administrator Brian Chapman at the above address and they will be read for the record at the public hearing.

Assessment appeals may be made before the City of Caro Board of Review, which will meet at the Caro City Hall, 317 S. State St, Caro, Michigan 48723. Though you are not required to make an appointment, Board of Review appointments can be scheduled by calling (989) 673-7671 between the hours of 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. Appeals may be made by letter addressed to the City of Caro Attn: Board of Review 317 S. State St. Caro, MI 48723. The City’s Board of Review will meet on the following dates and times:

Brain Chapman Zoning Administrator “This meeting is open to all members of the public under Michigan’s Open Meetings Act.”

Monday, March 18, 2019 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Please be advised that after 5 pm, entry to the City building can only be accessed through the east side of the building. Commercial Industrial Residential Personal

Ratio 44.05 45.01 47.10 50.00

Multiplier 1.1351 1.1109 1.0616 1.0000

Lauren Rowley City of Caro Clerk

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AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING MARIHUANA ESTABLISHMENTS UNDER INITIATED LAW 1 OF 2018, THE MICHIGAN REFULATION AND TAXATION OF MARIJAUAN ACT KINGSTON TOWNSHIP TUSCOLA COUNTY, MICHIGAN Section 1. Findings. 1. On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters approved Initiated Law 1 of 2018, known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of marijuana Act (“2018 Marihuana Act”). Among other things, the 2018 Marihuana Act makes marihuana legal under state and local law for adults 21 years of age or older, makes industrial hemp legal under state and local law, and controls the commercial production and distribution of marihuana under a system that licenses, regulates, and taxes the businesses involved. 2. Section 6 of the 2018 Marihuana Act authorizes a municipality to completely prohibit or limit the number of marijuana establishments within its boundaries. A “marihuana establishment” under the 2018 Marijuana Act means a marihuana grower, marihuana safety compliance facility, marijuana processor, marihuana microbusiness, marihuana retailer, marihuana secure transporter, or any other type of marihuana-related business licensed by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. 3. The Township has considered the potential benefits, challenges, and costs of permitting marijuana establishments within its boundaries and has determined that prohibiting marihuana establishments is in the best interest of the public health, safety, and welfare. Section 2. Prohibition on Marihuana Establishments. Pursuant to Section 6 of the 2018 Marijuana Act, the Township prohibits marihuana establishments within its boundaries. Section 3. Scope. Nothing in this Ordinance shall be construed to prohibit activities that are permitted under the Michigan Medical marihuana Act, Initiated Law 1 of 2018, MCL333.26421 et.seq. Section 4. Validity and Severability. Should any portion of this Ordinance be found invalid for any reason, such holding shall not be construed as affecting the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance. Section 5. Repealer Clause. Any ordinance or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed only to the extent necessary to give this Ordinance full force and effect. Section 6. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon publication.


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The Quiet Water Symposium – a great annual activity to soothe away Michigan’s long winter woes On Saturday, March 2, 2019, I attended my first Quiet Water Symposium (QWS), which was held at the Michigan State University Pavilion in East Lansing. Founded in 1996, QWS celebrates and promotes nonmotorized out of doors activities in our great state, which covers a very wide variety of recreational avenues, of which Michigan offers a wonderful bounty. Because of this wide diversity of outdoor interests (which includes Tom Lounsbury camping, canoeing/ kayaking, sailing, hiking, biking and cross country skiing for example) the Quiet Water Symposium will be known from now on (by popular demand) as the Quiet Adventures Symposium. One thing is for certain, I’m glad I wore a good pair of walking shoes, because they were required to review the unbelievable amount of exhibits, and I made a point of seeing them all. This would include both commercial and noncommercial exhibits handled by informative folks who were all a real joy to talk to. What I personally found of particular interest were the groups who were there to promote their particular rivers in Michigan and some known as official “water trails”. What really pleased me were the southern Michigan rivers that were being represented which offer a great paddling experience and are readily accessible to a majority of Michigan residents, but often don’t get the credit they truly deserve. These groups are doing a wonderful job of changing all that. For example there is the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) which has a whole list of summertime paddle and float activities (for more information, go to www.flintriver.org). A couple of their summer activities which really caught my eye are called Full Moon Floats, and entail head lamps and with colorful Glow Sticks adorning canoes, kayaks and even participants. This is clearly a very unique experience I’ve never tried before, and plan on doing. As it is, I have yet to paddle on the Flint River, and thanks to talking to FRWC representatives, that will be one of my objectives to do this summer. I’ve discovered paddling on rivers that I’ve never done before always offers new adventures. Another new paddling adventure for me that actually isn’t far from my home is the Shiawassee River, and thanks to talking to representatives of Friends of the Shiawassee River (for more information contact LorraineA@ShiawasseeRiver. org), they have a whole list of summertime paddling activities as well. It was rather refreshing discovering relatively close to home, new river adventures and especially obtaining the very important contact info. I do feel a kindred spirit with these groups who promote the natural beauty and wonder of their local rivers. I’m a proud member the Cass River Greenway (CRG) that has done a lot of hard work in promoting the Thumb’s Cass River, which flows by close to my farm, and I grew up enjoying all that it has to offer, and still do. The CRG recently had a good portion of the Cass River established as an official water trail, and to commemorate this, other paddlers and myself paddled canoes and kayaks from Cass City all the way downstream to Saginaw last year, which required 5 daytrips. We all discovered and thoroughly enjoyed a very unique and fantastic river. Presently, the Cass River Water Trail goes from Saginaw upstream to M-46 near Vassar. I personally would like to see it extended further upstream all the way to Evergreen Park on M-53 in Sanilac County.

However, such can only happen when communities fully recognize the natural beauty and recreational importance of the river flowing through their backyard. The Cass River Greenway also has a list of summertime activities most of which take place near Frankenmuth (I do believe I’m going to suggest a “Full Moon Float” as an activity in the near future). For more information, go to www.cassriver.org. The Quiet Water Symposium also had commercial representatives for everything from camping gear, bicycles, kayaks, canoes and paddles of every description, to fishing tackle and hiking sticks and footwear. A fishing kayak that really caught my eye is the Native Watercraft “Titan” which features a pedaldrive propeller (with a gear ratio which really makes it twirl with little effort), with the propeller being easy to lift up out of the water (between your feet) to avoid damaging anything when encountering underwater obstacles or during beaching. (It always amazes me how there can be a visible hole constructed in the bottom of a watercraft, and yet it doesn’t sink). It definitely offers a comfortable and stabile fishing platform and silent movement along the surface. It was also enlightening to review canoes and kayaks made of modern hightech materials, which are tougher, more durable and a lighter weight than ever. In my day, I’ve done my share of portages with canoes that were an ordeal to move, even when empty, up and down steep banks and over rough ground which often includes fallen trees. Today’s lighter high-tech materials certainly work for me! There were also absolutely beautiful wood-strip canoes, displaying a time-steeped and artistic skill. (One of the paddlers who ventured down the Cass River with me last summer used a cedar-strip kayak he had made himself. It was not only beautiful, but light and quite tough as well). Although they weren’t for sale, I had an opportunity to even examine a genuine Inuit (Eskimo) kayak constructed of natural materials, as well as I watched the construction in process of an old style wood/canvas canoe which was once a very popular design that replaced the birch bark canoes which actually had remained in use into the early 20th Century (the very first canoe I ever paddled was of a wood/canvas design). Arts and crafts were also on hand and it was a real pleasure meeting Chuck and Chris Deshler of Ovid who own and operate Two Tracks Outdoors (www. twotracksoutdoors.com). They offer an amazing variety of woolen items created (with a material they make themselves) from their own sheep. Chuck and Chris Deshler raise crossbreed sheep to obtain a wide variety of earth tone colors and never use dye. A camouflage hunting hat I checked out was created with the natural colors of different sheep, and since Chuck is an avid bowhunter who also makes longbows, his woolen hat design has a visor which will readily accommodate bow and gun hunters alike, and offers very sensible earflaps. I do believe I am going to visit and check out their operation and definitely purchase a hunting hat. The Quiet Waters Symposium agenda also included an amazing amount of presenters throughout the entire day who covered hiking, sailing, canoeing/kayaking and camping, just to name a few. However, I had a full plate that day just checking everything else out. Since I now understand the lay of the ground for this unique festivity, I do plan on working in some very interesting presentations next year, when all will be called by its new name, the Quiet Adventure Symposium. I won’t miss it for anything!

A past (2013) banner for the Quiet Water Symposium, which will be called the Quiet Adventures Symposium in 2020.

The Quiet Water Symposium offered a wide variety of outdoor related products and items to review, including sailboats, kayaks and canoes.

1551 Empire Drive Caro, MI 48723 (989) 672-2223

POET BIOREFINING DAILY BIDS Future Close Date 3/14/2019 CORN BIDS CH CK CN CZ

The 11th Annual Maple Syrup Saturday will be held at the Battel Maple Sugarbush on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. This is located 1 ¼ miles west of M-53 on Ritter Road (per GPS use Robert Battel, 7964 Daus Road, Cass City, MI 48726). This is a free open house for the public and will feature guided tours about the family run Maple Syrup operation including tapping the Maple trees (they use over 600 taps) and boiling the sap into maple syrup. Also included will be pancakes, sausage

and fresh, hot maple syrup. This is a great outdoors activity for the entire family and for all ages. The trees at this location are considered as being virgin sugar maples due to fact many are original to the site and quite old. This location was actually missed by the raging Forest Fire of 1881 which swept through the Thumb area. The Battel family began making maple syrup in 1882, and is now operated by 4th, 5th and even 6th generations. For more information, go to www. battelsyrup.weebly.com.

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Many groups were represented recently at the Quiet Water Symposium.

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Senior Horizons

Human Development Commission offers services for seniors THUMB AREA – The Human Development Commission, with offices in Tuscola, Sanilac, Huron and Lapeer Counties, offers multiple programs that assist senior citizens. Call the main office in Caro at 989-673-4121 for more information. The services are centered on helping area seniors remain independent and safe in their own homes, not only ensures a higher quality of life, but saving the state of Michigan a significant amount of money. Studies show that the cost of living in a nursing home far exceeds the cost of providing assistance for seniors to remain in their homes. Adult day services The HDC provides daycare to older adults who suffer from Alzheimer’s, dementia or physical limitations that keep them from staying home unattended. The CDC invites folks to spend a day at one of its adult-day-care facilities, at no charge, to decide if day care is right for you. The HDC offers this service in Tuscola, Sanilac and Huron counties. Adult Day Services can include: • Recreational activities • Therapeutic memory exercises • Low-impact physical exercises • Nutritious Food • Transportation • Family Support Services • Referrals • Health Maintenance services • Individual Counseling • Serves older adults who have physical limitations, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Depression or the effects of stroke

Caregiver support groups The HDC provides resources, education, and support for those who are caring for a loved one at home who is experiencing the effects of limited physical abilities, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease or related dementias. Monthly schedule by counties

In-home care and senior transportation services In-home services provide a variety of services to aid in this goal including respite care, personal care, chore services and transportation to/from medical facilities. Services are available in Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.

HDC provides a single contact point for meeting health, social, emotional, and other needs.

Sanilac County Lexington: United Methodist Church, 5597 S. Main St. Meetings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

The HDC helps with household chores such as cleaning cupboards, washing windows, washing walls, installing storm windows/screens, etc.

Sandusky: Sanilac Care Facility, 137 N. Elk St. Meetings from noon to 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Tuscola County Caro: Human Development Commission, 429 Montague Ave. Meetings from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Vassar: Bullard Sanford Memorial Library, 520 W. Huron Ave. Meetings from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Thursday of each month.

HDC provides options for persons 60 and over in Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties transport to/from community facilities such as doctor appointments, the pharmacy, or the hospital to receive services (available as funding allows).

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Huron County Bad Axe: Holiday Inn Express, 55 Rapson Lane West. Parkinson’s support group meets from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month.

Brown City: United Methodist Church, 7043 Lincoln St. Meetings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

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Some benefits of growing older Many people are quick to think of growing older in a negative light. Although there certainly are some side effects of aging that one may wish to avoid, people may find that the benefits of growing older outweigh the negatives. • Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of the population. In the United States, the Administration on Aging states that the older population - persons 65 years or older - numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). Statistics Canada reports that, in July 2015, estimates indicated that there were more persons aged 65 years and older in Canada than children aged 0 to 14 years for the first time in the country’s history. Nearly one in six Canadians (16.1%) was at least 65 years old. • With so many people living longer, it’s time to celebrate the perks of getting older rather than the drawbacks. Here are some great benefits to growing old.

• Higher self-esteem: The insecurities of youth give way as one ages, and older people have less negativity and higher self-esteem. A University of Basel study of people ranging in ages from 18 to 89 found that regardless of demographic and social status, the older one gets the higher self-esteem climbs. Qualities like self-control and altruism can contribute to happiness. • Financial perks: Seniors are entitled to discounts on meals, museum entry fees, movies, and other entertainment if they’re willing to disclose their ages. Discounts are available through an array of venues if one speaks up. Seniors also can enjoy travel perks, with slashed prices on resorts, plane tickets and more. The U.S. National Park Service offers citizens age 62 and older lifetime passes to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites for just $10 in person ($20 online or via mail). • Reasoning and problem-solving skills: Brain scans reveal that older adults

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Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans Over 5 years ago a law passed granting a 100% property tax exemption for qualified disabled veterans. Most disabled veterans are unaware of the property tax exemption including whether it applies to them or how to qualify for the exemption. A disabled Veteran should check with their local assessing authority on when to apply for the exemption. The exemption is available to a disabled veteran or to his or her un-remarried surviving spouse. The exemption will continue only as long as the surviving spouse remains un-remarried.

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SANDUSKY

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Ball Equipment officials say sales revenues are rising along with the speeds of machines sold at the Sanilac County store marking its 75th year of business this year. “If you’re looking for a rush, we do have the Can-Am Maverick – that thing is a beast,” said Zachary Ball, 26, co-owner of Ball Equipment, a seller of all-terrain vehicles, utility vehicles, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, lawn and garden power equipment and Kubota tractors. The Maverick, a sport-performance “side-by-side” or utility vehicle, “will go from zero (mph) to 60 in four to five seconds; it’s pretty quick,” said Ball, vice president of marketing for the business founded in Sandusky by his greatgrandfather, the late Emerson Ball, in 1944. “A very similar model to that – in a different brand – would be the turbocharged Polaris RZR, S-1000,” Ball said. “It’s going to be one of those things that you ride for the rush; you’re looking to ride.” While those utility vehicles turn heads at the Ball Equipment location at 600 S. Sandusky Road (M-19) south of Sandusky, Ball said the Ball Equipment location in Richmond – at 68811 S. Main St. – sells the Polaris Slingshot, a three-wheeled motor vehicle with an open-air cockpit offering a “fun” ride. The two stores count a total of about 45 employees, and project annual sales of $30 million this year – an amount that’s been increasing in the past few years, according to Ball. The stores’ best-selling utility vehicle, he said, is the Polaris Ranger, offered in a variety of models.

Zachary Ball, co-owner vice president of marketing for Ball Equipment, is shown near utility vehicles outside Ball Equipment’s Sandusky location. The Sandusky business, which began in 1944 as Ball Farm Equipment, sells Kubota tractors and a variety of machines and equipment. (Photos by John Cook)

Above: This Polaris RZR S-1000, for sale at Ball Equipment of Sandusky, is “one of those things that you ride for the rush,” said Zachary Ball, dealership co-owner. Left: Kubota tractors sit outside the Ball Equipment location south of Sandusky. The dealership began selling the line of tractors and other Kubota machines in 2017.

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TCD announces new trees for sale

The Tuscola Conservation District announced it is now taking orders for its spring tree sale with distribution scheduled for April 18 through 20 at Pinnacle Agriculture: 280 S. Ringle Road in Fairgrove. All of the material (except the fruit trees, which are grown in the state of Washington) is produced and purchased from Michigan nurseries, so not only are you supporting a local organization, your money is staying in the state as well. This year the TCD has added some different varieties for landowners to try and is open to suggestions or requests for other items. The following are brief descriptions of this year’s new additions. Black Gold Cherry: A new introduction from Cornell University with cold-hardiness, produces a very dark but sweet cherry. Self-fertile but will bear more fruit with a partner, ripens in mid-July, Semi-Dwarf Bare Root. Italian Plum: A commercial variety that is a heavy bearer. Produces large, dark purple fruit that works great for canning and drying. Self-pollinating but produces more with a partner, ripens in early September, Semi-Dwarf Bare Root. PF24C Flamin’ Fury Peach: The most cold-hardy peach money can buy, the Flamin’ Fury Peach has a

track record of cropping when others succumb to frost and cold temperatures. This tree bears large, vibrantly-colored fruit that is sweet and juicy and is recommended for fresh markets, processing, and the home garden (Freestone). Self-fertile and will ripen in late August, about 24 days after Redhaven, Semi-Dwarf Bare Root. McIntosh Apple: A northeastern classic that’s been missing from the TCD form for a couple years now. A hardy and productive tree with deep red fruit, ripens in late September, requires cross-pollination, Semi-Dwarf Bare Root. Mammoth Red Raspberries: A firm, sweet, large berry with high yields. June bearing and winter hardy, a great choice for eating fresh, freezing or canning. Berkely Blueberries: A very sweet and firm berry, ripens in mid-July. Produces the largest and sweetest of all blueberries. Himrod Grapes: A white, mediumsized, seedless grape with sweet flavor. Large clusters turn goldenyellow when fully ripe in late August, developed in New York for winter hardiness.

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Swamp White Oak: As the name suggests, this oak is often found in low-lying, poorly drained areas – often moist bottomlands or riverbanks. A great choice for a shade tree, will grow at a moderate pace and can live more than 300 years. Can grow to 50 to 60 feet high at maturity, with growth between 13 and 24 inches per year.

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Forest management in the U.P. and the Thumb is not so different By Anne Collins, Tuscola Conservation District forester

Working in the Thumb/Saginaw Bay area of Michigan has been a learning experience (a good one at that). Growing up in the Upper Peninsula, forests and the woods are taken for granted (it’s rural but a different kind of rural). Having the U.P. woods and specifically the Keweenaw Peninsula as my classroom and playground during college was amazing and a great “control” for learning about and how to manage forests in other regions. Typically, the types of forest management I learned about and practiced was for larger tracks of land and in areas

where human activities and movement have not impacted the forests so drastically (be that good or bad). Moving down here and working with the landowners of this region, I have had to change my thought process and perspective on how to get or keep healthy, sustainable, and productive forests or woodlots that fit the landowner objectives. Small forest or woodlot management is an entirely different animal but the basics are the same. The basics that I and a landowner need to keep in mind and discuss when managing a woodlot are: • History of ownership and activities (this should also include current and future ownership

• Historical Landcover • Diversity of property, this includes tree species, plant species, soils, topography, ponds, lakes, rivers, ditches and wildlife • “Age” of the forest • Future “disasters,” i.e. invasive species, disease, windstorms, water (drought or flooding), fire and human activities on and adjacent to property All of these can and will influence the objective of the landowner and their goals for their forest or woodlot. In the past it was not uncommon for landowners to hold a woodlot and let nature take its course and then every couple of generations when prices were high, they “lumbered it off.” This form

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MILLINGTON TWP.

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In a place where folks once chewed the fat, Bob Koeltzow is quick to give you the skinny. “A bunch of old boys got together and drank coffee in this building, but the coffee guys have their own place they go now,” said Koeltzow, 52, co-owner of CMR Tractors Inc. at 7530 State Road (M-15), where conversation centers on making sales and serving customers instead of weather, sports or politics. Koeltzow and co-owner Bob Gifford, 57, added on to the building about two miles north of Millington, where they marked their fourth anniversary in business this week selling Kioti tractors and attachments, lawn mowers and utility vehicles. The business also repairs farm and garden tractors, and a sign on the wall above an array of parts in the store showroom states “We Service All Makes & Models.” See CMR C10 Kioti tractors sit for sale outside CMR Tractors Inc. along M-15 about two miles north of Millington. The business opened in 2015 after renovation of an existing building, and an addition.

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A history of the Tuscola Conservation District Conservation districts across the country can trace their roots back to the Dust Bowl days. In response to the devastation caused by the drought and enormous erosion issues that occurred during the depression, Congress created the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) which is now known as the (NRCS) Natural Resource Conservation Service. It was determined early on that local landowners should have a voice in how policy was implemented by the SCS so that practices could be tailored for specific areas. It was on March 13, 1943, that several landowners in Elkland, Elmwood, Ellington, Almer, Juniata and Indianfields townships signed a petition for the organization of the proposed Cass River Soil Conservation District, which was sent to the soil Conservation Committee in Lansing. The petitioners requested that the committee conduct a public hearing on the question and duly define the boundaries of such district; that a referendum to be held within the territory so defined on the question of the creation of a soil conservation district in such territory; and that the committee determine that such a district be created. There was a hearing on the creation of

the Tuscola Soil Conservation District on April 8, 1943, at the courthouse in Caro. At that time, it was moved and supported that all land north of the Cass River in Novesta Township be included in the proposed district. It was also moved and supported that the name be changed from Cass River to the Tuscola Soil Conservation District. The state of Michigan issued a certificate on June 25, 1943, of the due organization of the Tuscola Soil Conservation District as a governmental subdivision of this state and a public body corporate and politic. During November of 1946 there was a public hearing to include the land south of the Cass River in Novesta Township and the rest of the townships that had not previously been included in the soil conservation district. Voting took place on December 5, 1946. An application in the form required by law for a certificate of the inclusion of additional territory within the Tuscola Soil Conservation District was signed by directors Dorr Perry, Erwin Zemke, R. Lester Hill, Bruce Brown and Walter Goodall and presented to the Secretary of State of the State of Michigan on Dec. 20, 1946. On that day the Secretary of State Herman H. Dignan signed the official certificate to include the additional townships to the

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Bean processing plant gets conditional approval crushing. The resulting meal will be sold to feed local dairy cattle and the oil will be shipped off in rail cars for use elsewhere. Quality Roasting board member Welcome, Quality Roasting Inc., to Gilford Township Pat DeLong – one of five officials of the firm at and Tuscola County. Monday’s meeting – said the plant will handle about That greeting was offered by some of the 15 people 2 million bushels of soybeans each year. who attended a January Gilford Township Planning “Through the process there will be a slight aroma Commission meeting. The meeting centered entirely that will come off the facility,” board member Scott on the proposal by the Valders, Wisconsin-based firm Rabe said. Davis said the smell is akin to that from to put a soybean processing plant on Bradleyville roasted peanuts – a sample bag of the product was Road. passed around so people could smell it. That greeting also followed “It smells better than a sugar beet the commission’s conditional plant,” she said, drawing laughs. approval of Quality Roasting’s The plant will include a 40-bysite plan. The conditions included 60-foot office, a 90-by-100-foot zoning board of appeals approval processing building, a 30-by-30of 150-foot tower, conforming foot dump building, that 150-foot to site lighting requirements and tower that will 16-by-20 feet; and providing the planning commission bins that are 75 and 30 feet in with a photometric plan, providing diameter. a stormwater retention plan and It will employ eight people discharge approval, and providing to start – a plant manager, six the planning commission with operators and maintenance – any correspondence from state operating 24 hours a day, five days Department of Environmental a week. Quality concerning what is required Township officials said they for groundwater use. were surprised when the firm came While the other issues were to them. Quality Roasting had raised by Alan Bean of Spicer made a pitch last year to put its Engineering, who reviewed the third plant – it has plants in Valders plans on the planning commission’s and Owen, Wisconsin -- on M-81 behalf, the water issue was raised in Indianfields Township, but the by some of those in the crowd. township turned them down. “How about water usage, have “Indianfields had a whole there been any studies of that?” one different situation,” Supervisor resident asked. Jim Stockmeyer said. “They had a (Photo by Mark Haney) Erin Davis, Quality Roasting’s residential piece of property they Erin Davis, president of Quality wanted to put it on that would have president, said they did have a water use study done and the plant Roasting Inc., answers questions needed to be rezoned. Our piece from the crowd at a January will not need a special permit. They Gilford Township planning of property they are looking at is use about five gallons a minute, commission meeting. (zoned) industrial already. It has or about 7,200 gallons a day, or everything they need. They need 36,000 gallons during the five-day the power, which DTE is going work week. “So it will not be a high-capacity well.” to bring in. And they need rail, which is right there. “When I farmed, I pumped out about 3,000 gallons They need natural gas. And they need all-season a day,” one man said. “My neighbor had to come over roads. Everything they need is there.” and say, ‘Randy, could you please not pump water DTE Energy has agreed, once Quality Roasting for a day or two? I’d like to do some clothes.’ That is signs a contract, to run power lines down Quanicassee my only concern. I am all for it and I hope this goes Road to Van Geisen and then to Bradleyville road and through. the proposed plant. “That is my only concern. What would happen if me “The Thumb was selected,” Davis told Monday’s or my neighbors run out of water?” gathering, “because there is a high concentration of “We have to go off what the experts are saying,” dairy cattle and of soybeans that are grown here.” Davis said, “that there is enough water.” One resident asked if the plant will require its own The water is used to cools oil extracted from the rail spur. Davis said they are in talks with Star of the roasted soybeans and then is put into the meal that West, which is just north of Quality Roasting’s site, results from the friction process. to use its spur. “If the case came and it made sense to Davis said the five gallons-a-minute flow is when us,” she added, “then we’d put in our own spur. As of the plant is running at full capacity. The plant initially right now, we have no plans for that.” won’t draw that much. Bean said the firm will need the light study to ensure “I’ve never seen a plant grow smaller, only grow “light isn’t spilling over onto the neighbors’ property.” bigger,” the man added “At least that is the hope.” He said they also need a better, more detailed Davis said the Gilford Township operation will drainage plan than what has been presented. be a soybean crushing plant, using friction to do the See SOY PLANT C12

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The state of Michigan has thrown its support behind Quality Roasting Inc. State Rep. Phil Green of Watertown Township announced the awarding of $10 million in private activity bonds for Quality Roasting’s plans for a soybean-processing plant in Gilford Township. According to a press release, Quality Roasting can use the funds to buy land, construct a manufacturing facility, and purchase and install machinery and equipment for the new plant. Erin Davis, Quality Roasting’s president, said the plant on Bradleyville Road will cost between $11 million and $12 million to build. When it is up and running, it expects to employ eight people and operate 24 hours a day, five days a week. “We are happy to have this level of support from the state,” Davis said, adding that the state has been supportive of the project from the beginning. The company’s plan is to have the new plant, which will roast local soybeans in order to extract the oil and create a soybean meal for local dairy farms, up and running by the end of this year. “I’m happy to see this partnership between the state and a business within our community, making these important investments possible,” Green said. “The improvements and jobs will bring additional investment and increased economic activity.” According to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., private activity bonds provide profitable firms with capital at tax-exempt interest rates normally reserved for public projects. The state borrows money from private capital markets, secured only by the project’s revenues rather than the government’s full faith and credit. For manufacturing projects, 95 percent of the bond proceeds must be used to acquire land, building and equipment directly related to the manufacturing process. Warehouse space and other “non-core” items are ineligible unless they are directly related to the manufacturing process, and then are limited to 25 percent of the project. At least 70 percent of bond proceeds must be spent on “core manufacturing” costs. See SOYBEAN C12

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Incentive Program (EQIP), additionally it helps with the cost of other forest management activities such as: shrub/ brush/invasive control, tree/shrub planting, trail development to name a few. The DNR also helps with cost share funding for FMPs through Forest Stewardship Plans (FSP). The Qualified Forest Program (QFP) is a great program that helps to reduce taxes on your forested properties if you are willing to actively manage your forest along with meeting your objectives and goals. Once you have your forest management plan there are some certification programs that landowners can participate in such as the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and the MAEAP Forest, Wetland, and Habitat *A*Syst (MAEAP FWH). These programs are voluntary programs that landowners with Forest Management Plans can participate in. The American Tree Farm System works to sustain forests, watersheds and healthy wildlife habitats through private stewardship by offering affordable SERVING THE THUMB OF MICHIGAN SINCE 1952 certification of family forest landowners. The MAEAP Forest, Wetland and Habitat certification helps to promote and NOW BOOKING AUCTIONS ensure sustainable practices on farmers

If you are thinking of managing your woodlot or forest, there are some steps that should be taken. First step would be to contact your Forestry Assistance Program foresters (FAP) through your county’s soil conservation district. It is free of charge for them to come out and walk your property with you and talk to you about your goals and objectives for your property. Once you have taken that step, your FAP forester will help you to realistically look at your property and your short and long-term goals to see if they can be met, and if not, how can we modify the goals or “modify” that property so they can be met. Your second step should be getting a forest management plan (FMP) and working with a Consulting Forester to inventory your forest. A forest inventory is one of the most important steps you can take as a small woodlot owner because it tells you specifically what your property is made up of. Once you have your FMP you can start implementing the practices that you and the consulting forester have decided on. The implementation of your FMP is what helps you meet your goals and objectives along with creating a healthy, productive forest. There are many programs out there through different agencies that help with the cost of getting a forest management plan (FMP). The NRCS helps with funding through the Environmental Quality

on quality of trees and forests over quantity. • Patience and looking long-term versus short-term/quick fixes need to become more of the approach to forest management down here • Finally, landowners need to take an active role in managing their forests/ woodlots. • “Age” of the forest • Future “disasters,” i.e. invasive species, disease, windstorms, water (drought or flooding), fire and human activities on and adjacent to property These simple sounding but not so simple to act upon ideas are what will ultimately create healthier, sustainable and more diverse forests/woodlots in the Thumb and Saginaw Bay Region along with meeting the objectives of the landowners.

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Jack Reade, part-time employee of CMR Tractors Inc. north of Millington, secures an attachment to a Kioti tractor prior to its delivery to a customer.

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Koeltzow, of Millington Township, figures demand for repairs and maintenance will be strong in the coming weeks. “With the way the crop prices were this year, they’ll be hanging on to the used machines,” Koeltzow said. “The boys are hurtin’ this year, because of crop prices.” Koeltzow, who grew up on a dairy farm and rents land that he farms, said soybean prices “took a big hit” last year after the Chinese government imposed tariffs on U.S. soybeans in response to the Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese goods. “Corn prices are very mediocre at best,” added Koeltzow. “This whole (2018) year was a down year.”

Nonetheless, Koeltzow and Gifford talk highly about products from Kioti (pronounced “Kye-OH-tee”), made in South Korea. Their dealership sells Kioti zero-turn lawn mowers for the first time this spring, and Kioti Mechron side-by-side utility vehicles are in stock. “Kioti produces anything from zero-turn mowers up to 110-horsepower tractors,” said Koeltzow, a 1985 Millington High School graduate who worked for five years at the Jensen Equipment Inc. farmmachinery dealership that once operated near Millington. “Kioti has been in the U.S.A. for 34 years now. They’ve been in business since the late 1960s producing tractors.”

Bob Koeltzow mans the front counter at CMR Tractors Inc. at 7530 State Road (M-15) in Tuscola County’s Millington Township. The business is located at M-15 and Swaffer Road.

Koeltzow and Gifford, along with mechanic John Brown, have been a team for four years. “It’s gone better than expected, I’d say,” said Gifford, of Millington Township, seated at a laptop computer he uses to place orders, look up parts and check his corporation’s financial books. “A lot of people are happy that we’re here, they say,” said Gifford, a 1979 LakeVille Memorial High School graduate. John Brown, 35, mechanic at CMR Tractors Inc., said some customers lean toward buying a new tractor after contemplating the cost of repairing an old one. “Sometimes, with the old stuff and the cost it takes to fix it, it’s better to just go and finance a new tractor,” Brown said. “It depends on how big you are, too. The smaller farmers, of course, are just going to keep running with what they’ve got.” CMR Tractors Inc. sells used farm implements on consignment, with implements for sale along Swaffer Road near the store’s parking lot. The business is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. “If you have a piece of equipment you want to sell and you don’t have the road frontage or you’re out in the boondocks, bring it up here and we’ll sell it for receiving a percentage of the sale,” said Bob Gifford, seated near a Kioti CS 2210 diesel tractor displayed in the business showroom. Gifford calls the 21-horsepower CS 2210 a “garden tractor on steroids,” and notes customers can purchase only the tractor or add any number of attachments to it including a mower, loader and backhoe. In the store’s service area, part-time employees Jack Reade, 65, and Tyler

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The internet, however, has given owners of Ball Equipment another revenue source beyond machines and merchandise sold in its two stores. Ball said Ball Equipment owners have joined owners of Weingartz Supply Inc. – a Michigan seller of lawn-and-garden power equipment – to operate BW Retail Solutions, a growing e-commerce business with about 80 employees in a 50,000-square-foot building in Macomb County’s Chesterfield Township. “Every brand that we carry, we sell all their parts and accessories online,” said Ball, 26, a 2011 Sandusky High School graduate, noting BW Retail Solutions estimates $60 million in annual total online sales. “We have about 25 major product lines between the two Ball Equipment stores, but beyond that, we have hundreds and hundreds of (parts and accessories from) original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket brands that we sell. “A lot of the engines are Kohler or Kawasaki engines, and we sell all of the engine parts for those as well. (Weingartz Supply Inc.) has John Deere products, which we don’t, so we sell their John Deere parts through our e-commerce division.” The 50,000-square-foot building in Macomb County is the result of what began in the family garage in Sandusky, where Ball’s brother, Ball Equipment co-owner Chris Ball, “was always really into the e-commerce side of things when he was younger,” Zachary Ball said. Chris Ball, now 32 and a 2005 Sandusky High School graduate, “flipped things on eBay and that was how he started,” Zachary said. See BALL EQUIPMENT D1

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Explore a career in agriculture The agricultural industry provides a variety of opportunities to professionals interested in this often misunderstood field. According to the employment resource AGCareers.com, more than 250 career profiles are available to people interested in a career in agriculture. And while jobs in agriculture may not be as prevalent as they were a few centuries ago, when 72 percent of the workforce was employed in farm occupations in the United States, agriculture remains a booming industry that greatly affects the nation’s economy. Today, one in 12 American jobs is depends on agriculture, according to the career resource Payscale. The following are some potential professions for those considering careers in agriculture. · Agricultural business manager: This person oversees the business operations of a farm by providing organization and leadership during the production process. He or she contacts creditors, selects seeds, buys new equipment, and ensures the distribution of product. · Agricultural lawyer: Attorneys who specialize in agriculture deal with water and environmental issues, represent agricultural labor in disputes, ensure proper marketing techniques are followed, handle real estate and land use issues, and much more. · Animal control officer: These officers enforce local and regional laws that pertain to the treatment and care of animals. They patrol for distressed animals and ensure cruelty-free practices are adhered to.

· Grain buyer: Grain buyers build relationships with producers so they can purchase grain for their particular companies. They negotiate purchase agreements, source grain supplies and issue purchase orders. · Poultry hatchery manager: Hatchery managers oversee all of the aspects involved in poultry hatching. These can include management of personnel, handling and sorting of eggs, maintenance of equipment, coordination of pick-ups and deliveries, and overseeing quality control. · Soil scientist: Among the many tasks they might perform, scientists in the field of agriculture test soil samples for minerals and contaminants. By studying the soil, scientists can recommend which crops the land can support, how much livestock can feed in an area and the implications of agriculture on the area as it pertains to managing natural resources.

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“Usually when we see a retention basin,” Bean said, “there is a little more design to it in the depth and surfacing. And if you are going to release water from the retention basin, the receiving property needs to approve that.” The township’s zoning only allows industrial buildings to have a height of 31 feet. So the tower will need a variance, which only can come from the zoning board of appeals. In addition to any DEQ information about groundwater, the firm will need to get two driveway permits from the Tuscola County Road Commission and make sure any signs adhere to the zoning ordinance. “It is a pretty good site plan,” Bean said. “There are just a couple of issues to address and those can be covered with conditional approval.” Planning commissioner John Kaijala asked about noise levels. The noise is constant, Davis said, and that at about 100 feet from the facility it is at about 50 decibels. Planning commission vice chairman Bob Prime asked about how many trucks will be coming to and from the plant.

Davis estimated about 10 each day. “During the harvest,” she said, “there will be more traffic.” But, she added, Michigan trucks are larger and their estimations are based on the smaller trucks used in Wisconsin. Nearly all of the product will be used right here in the Thumb, Davis said, though she can’t say that some won’t end up in other parts of the state. “We definitely expect,” she said, “to get the majority of our beans from the Thumb.” The plan, Stockmeyer said, is to have the plant up and running by the fall. “I don’t know if it can happen,” he said. “That’s a lot of work to get done. If it isn’t up and running by the fall, they’ll probably still take beans and put them in the bin.” According to its website, Quality Roasting was founded in 1991 “to meet the need and high demand for high quality soybean products in cattle diets.” It employs 20 people between its two Wisconsin plants and can store more than 2 million bushels of beans at the two facilities. Mark Haney is a staff writer for The Advertiser and can be reached at haney@ tcadvertiser.com.

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The Michigan Strategic Fund will issue the bonds on behalf of the Quality Roasting and lend the bond proceeds to the Valders, Wisconsin-based firm. The $10 million being offered to Quality Roasting is the highest the state offers. It comes with one condition – that the entire cost of the project not exceed $20 million and the firm’s bond debt not exceed

A career in agriculture presents many exciting opportunities in a number of different applications. It’s a vast industry that utilizes professionals with an array of skillsets.

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“We took parts that were sitting around and we started selling them on eBay. He would go up into the attic of our old building in Sandusky and find parts that were just kind of sitting there – it was mostly Polaris parts at the time – and started selling them online. “It became clear that it worked, and he just kind of took it away and grew it into the monster that it is today.” The Balls’ brother, Jaran Ball, 28, a 2009 Sandusky High graduate, works in the e-commerce division of the business. The three brothers’ father, Michael Ball, remains president of Ball Equipment after retiring from the business late last year. But the business that began in 1944 as Ball Farm Equipment – operated by the late Emerson Ball and his son, the late Wayne Ball – still sells tractors. Ball Equipment

enters its second spring selling a line of Kubota farm tractors along with Kubota zero-turn mowers. Its sales personnel still does plenty of business face to face, as they will April 2628 during the annual Mower Fest at Ball Equipment’s Sandusky location. Representatives from machine and equipment manufacturers will talk with customers beneath several tents set up outside the business. “What brings the crowd is the discounts,” Ball said. “Not everything is discounted, but it’s a time to educate people about mowers and all of our hand-held machines – trimmers, chain saws, blowers and rototillers. Last year we gave away $100 gift cards with the purchase of a zero-turn mower. See BALL EQUIPMENT D2

Randy Maitland, parts representative at Ball Equipment in Sandusky, is one of about 45 employees at Ball Equipment stores in Sandusky and Richmond.

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maturity, and gets there in a hurry at around 24 inches per year once established. Bitternut Hickory: A large North American native tree that bears bitter nuts for wildlife consumption. Grows well in all soils and is very disease-and-pest resistant. Moderate growth rate around 18 inches per year, prefers full sun and lots of room to grow.

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Beach Plum: A smaller shrub-like fruit tree that grows to 6 to 10 feet at maturity. A great landscaping Beach Plum and wildlife choice, displays fragrant white flowers in the spring, with small purple fruit that is prized for jams and jellies, or for winter songbirds and other wildlife. Cold-hardy and Freestone, prefers full sun, and is tolerant of poor soils. Carpathian Walnut: A fantastic nut-producing tree, with thin shelled, easy-to-open walnuts that are very similar to an English walnut. More winter hardy than the English walnut, prefers full sun and well-drained soils. Can grow up to 60 feet at

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Green Giant Arborvitae: A new species to the TCD form last spring, it is cone-shaped version of white cedars and resembles more of a shrub at the base due to its girth near the ground. Mature height 40 to 60 feet, spread 12 to 18 feet, prefers well-drained soils, best in full sun but tolerates shade. Vigorous and fast-growing (3 inches per year until maturity) and diseaseresistant. Once established it Green Giant can withstand heavy ice/snow, Arborvitae making it an excellent natural windbreak. Also, the deer seem to leave it alone compared to their preference for the white cedars or “Michigan palm trees.”

Tamie Pandrea, service writer at Ball Equipment of Sandusky, works at a business where revenue steadily has grown in recent years, according to owners.

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The Mayville Co-op has done quite a bit in a short time to raise wild pheasants. Each member brings energy and commitment to their goals. From farmers to sportsmen to children, each member of this community has a passion to see the changes being made. These men and women have come together as volunteers to positively impact their landscape. In 2018, we recorded 260 wild birds during our crow count surveys. I can’t wait for our count in 2019. To experience the impact of what they’re doing, visit Mayville in the spring to see a flush of a pheasant with a backdrop of flowers; it will surely take your breath away. Farmers in the area also are making changes for a variety of reasons which benefit our pheasant populations. It may be to enhance yield, reduce run off, balance a nutrient budget, provide income for their family, or expand their

operation to the next level. Our office can discuss with you the opportunities through the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), a voluntary program for farms or private land owners. The verification process for MAEAP recognizes the sustainable management practices implemented by landowners on their property, including the MAEAP Forest Wetlands and Habitat System. It’s a great way to show your dedication to conservation stewardship. If you have any question about the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative (MPRI ) or would like to learn how to get involved, we’d love to hear from you! I would be honored to complete a site visit for you. I’m here to assist you with your land management objectives. Projects big or small, pheasants like them all.

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“This year we’re going to have one area that just has door-buster deals, discounted anywhere from $100 to $1,000 for pretty much all the mowers on that lot. It’ll be stuff that maybe is a little aged – maybe it’s just a model that’s not as popular anymore – but there will be heavy discounts.” On this March day, Ed Prill of Bad Axe arrived at the dealership, wanting its best offer on a utility vehicle. Ball assured Prill that his salesman will treat him well. “If you need snowmobiles, now’s a good time to buy ’em,” Ball told a reporter. What Ball Equipment doesn’t sell at its Sandusky store, it may sell at its Richmond store at 68811 S. Main St., where customers can buy Honda outdoor power equipment and Oakley sunglasses. “We kind of brand ourselves as ‘the superstore,’” Ball said. “We have everything under the same roof – from ATVs to side-by-sides, and we have motorcycles and dirt bikes at our Richmond store. “Between the two stores we sell a lot of different (lawn-and-garden) lines. In Richmond we sell Ferris and Scag, which we don’t carry here. We also carry Cub Cadet and Gravely between the two stores. We have Exmark just in Sandusky here, and we just took on Kubota, which obviously is going to be your larger tractor, and your utility tractor, and they sell zero-turn mowers as well.” Ball Equipment in Sandusky is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Richmond location is open 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Both stores carry the Vortexx line of

pressure washers, and various nozzles. “There are people I see on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist who pressure-wash houses; that’s what they do for a living,” Ball said. “You can put attachments onto the power washers that have soap dispensers. There are different options.” The Sandusky store sells a Mahindra Roxor, an off-road utility vehicle resembling a Willys military Jeep. “It’s one of the only steel body side-by-sides on the market, and it has a leaf suspension in it, and you just don’t see that in very many side-by-sides,” Ball said. “It just holds up. It’s meant really for utility work and trailriding. Most of your typical side-by-sides just don’t have that build. They’re built more for luxury, whereas this is more of a workhorse.” Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for The Advertiser and

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Long’s Propane Gas owners Dave (left) and Anne Long in front of the company’s new patriot-themed propane-delivery truck. The Longs have pledged to donate a percentage of each gallon of propane delivered by the new truck to veterans’ and active military charities.

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Long’s Propane Gas, which features four locations throughout the Thumb, recently rolled out a brand-new delivery truck. And that’s not the only new thing happening at the company. Dave Long, who owns the business along with wife Anne, has pledged to give a portion of every gallon of propane delivered by the new tanker to veterans’ and active military charities. “It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and finally have the opportunity to do it,” Long said. “We have a couple of charities in mind, but we haven’t decided which ones will get the first donation. We’re really happy how it turned out and response we’ve received.” Long said the yet-to-be-determined percentage of the cost of each gallon will be distributed quarterly, with the first donations being given out after the first of the year. Long’s Propane has four Thumb

locations – near Richmond, Caro, Marlette and Yale. Initially, the new truck will be used by delivery drivers at the Marlette and Yale locations. Long said he hopes to hire delivery drivers for the Caro and Richmond locations within the next year, and rotate the truck among each. Long’s Propane was founded by Dave Long’s grandfather in 1951 and provides propane mainly to residential addresses. The Caro Long’s Propane is located at 2500 W. Caro Road in Indianfields Township. The new tanker truck looks like a U.S. Flag cruising down the street, with red and white stripes and a blue background dotted with white stars painted on the truck’s cab. An American Flag is painted on the tank. The truck made an appearance as an entry in the Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival Parade in early October. “We want people to know that we’re supporting the troops and donating money to help them,” Long said. “It just really makes me feel good.”

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closed it for renovations, reopening it in November as Kingston Pub & Grub. The pub offers a variety of food and a number of entrees. Its dining room walls are accented by framed photos of images with Kingston connections. Several photos of the late Robert R. “Wild Bob” Burman, whose parents once lived in the Kingston area, adorn the walls. Burman won the first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when it opened in 1909.

Kingston Pub & Grub, formerly the Kingston Times tavern, reopened in November after renovations and under new ownership. Owners Craig Territo and his relatives invites area residents to the establishment for lunch or dinner. Territo worked for about 13 years for the Hamlin Pub chain of eateries in metro Detroit.

A plaque on the exterior wall of Kingston Pub & Grub details the historical significance of the building at State and Ross streets in Kingston. The building was constructed in the 1870s and was one of only three Kingston buildings surviving the fire of 1886. The building once stood about 30 feet to the west but was moved to its current location in about 1904.

Customers enjoying a visit to Kingston Pub & Grub this week included, from left, Mike O’Connor, Silvia O’Connor, Mary O’Connor and Gary O’Connor. The recently-renovated tavern serves pizza, sandwiches, burgers, wings, salads, soup, appetizers and entrees featuring New York strip steak, meatloaf or fish and chips.

Kingston Pub & Grub, 5956 State St. in Kingston, plans to provide a “festive atmosphere” for this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Earlier this week bartender Kristin Traster, right, waited on customers, from left, Tammi “T-Dog” Williams, “Diamond” Dave Whiteman and Doug Heron. Models t ga Startin

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The goal was to be competitive. Hills and Dales General Hospital just finished an expansion project that was unveiled at an open house on Feb. 8. And the $6 million project, according to president and CEO Jean Anthony, was an effort at remaining an important part of the Thumb’s medical landscape. The process began about three years ago, right after Anthony became CEO. She took the board of trustees on a tour all of the hospital’s various buildings and 11 clinics. “An employee had a nice bus, and we took a road trip,” she said. “We went to Ubly, we went to Kingston, we went to Caro, we did all of the buildings here in Cass City. We looked at them, the board took a good look at them and we decided what buildings we really needed to focus on. That was part of our strategic plan. Once we came back, we looked at our clinics across the street from the hospital and said, ‘Those are pretty rough.’ They (the board) had been upstairs in our patient rooms and they are from the 1960s and they’ve been painted, they’ve had new flooring but they are about this big with non-handicapped bathrooms. “So, in looking at the future, we said if we are a 25-bed hospital, and we expand at least half of those as private rooms, we can be competitive in the Thumb. So that was the goal.” That survey of the buildings helped shape those plans. “In looking at the offices across the street, if you are going to expand the rooms upstairs you might as well put something underneath it,” Anthony said. “That was when we said it would be nice to bring the clinic on this side (of Hill Street) and the specialty clinic so patients would be in the building and able to get their labs, their x-rays. So that is how it kind of evolved for

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For decades, the Human Development Commission has provided meals to local senior citizens. But staff members continue to promote the program, hoping to connect more seniors with a nutritious lunch. “We’re always trying to make it so they have something to do,” said HDC nutrition program director Shelley Schulz. “But sometimes we’re the best-kept secret.” Presently the HDC – which serves Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola and Lapeer counties – is looking to bring area seniors to its Mayville senior dining center, where numbers have been lagging. “We’ve been struggling to get participation, a lot of the seniors around Mayville are snowbirds – they’re gone for the winter,” Schulz said. “So we’re trying to gear up for the spring and summer and get people back and involved.” The Mayville senior dining center is located at St. Joseph Church, 315 W. Ohmer Road. Schulz, who has been employed by the HDC for about 10 years, couldn’t offer an exact date of when it began feeding area seniors, but said she believed it’s been happening since at least the 1980s. The HDC offers two ways for seniors to enjoy lunch. First, the commission runs 14 senior dining centers in Tuscola, Sanilac and Huron counties (although the HDC includes Lapeer County, it does not provide meals), most of which offer lunch Monday through Thursday (some offer meals three days a week). All locations are open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., so that attendees can partake in other activities before and after lunch. “The idea of the senior dining center is to offer a nutritious meal in a social setting so people can get out and about,” Schulz said. “They play cards, they play bingo, there are different activities available.” Second, for seniors that find it difficult to travel, the HDC delivers meals around lunchtime Monday through Thursday. Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac counties each have a

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The Human Development Commission offers social lunches at its 14 senior dining centers split between Tuscola, Huron and Sanilac counties. The HDC also delivers meals to seniors who have difficulty leaving their home.

main kitchen that delivers meals to that county’s senior dining centers, as well as to residents who receive homedelivered meals. Each month the HDC posts a link for that month’s menu, which is the same in each of the three counties. On Monday, the meal will include a Philly steak sub, potato rounds, greens beans with a crispy topping, an apple, bread and a carton of milk. The HDC asks for a $2.50 donation per meal, but will accept more, or less. The meals are limited to residents at least 60 years of age, but seniors can bring an under-60 guest to a dining center for a $5 guest fee. Each dining center has a host or hostess, Schulz said, who often helps out with transportation to and from the meal. Sanilac County contains six senior dining center locations while Huron County has five and Tuscola

County three. Once guests arrive, eating lunch is just one of the things a senior can enjoy at a dining center. “There’s always some kind of activity, whether it’s euchre, bingo, puzzles, or some kind of card game,” Schulz said. “There’s always something going on. We do presentations: The sheriff will come and do scam presentations if something has happened ; during tax time, we might have some IRS stuff; we work with MSU Extension; we offer blood pressure readings once a month…” See MEALS D8

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Groundbreaking for the 20,000-squarefoot expansion was April 21, 2017. Under the guidance of RC Hendrick and Son Inc. of Saginaw, the work was done by Calvin and Co. of Flint, CEI Composite Materials of Manchester, Delta Steel of Saginaw, Fox Excavating of Caro, Ghafari Associates of Dearborn, Great Lakes Environmental Service of Whitmore Lake, Great Lakes Fire Protection of Clio, Johnson Controls Inc. of Saginaw, Marlette Roofing and Metal of Marlette, Maurer Electric Inc. of Bad Axe, Niles Construction Services Inc. of Flint, Pumford Construction of Saginaw, Remer Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning of Saginaw, Rohrscheib Sons Caissons Inc. of New Hudson, Saylor’s Exterior Plastering of Ottawa Lake, SCI Floor Covering of Romulus, Spence Brothers of Saginaw and Ann Arbor, and Tri-City Acoustical Co. of Saginaw. (Photo by Mark Haney) “We took off a portion of the building,” One thing the expansion at Hills and Dales General Hospital did was expand the said Anthony, “but we added 25 feet over bathrooms in the private rooms to accommodate the space for a full shower and two stories. It made for a bigger hallway safety bars. and the private rooms.” The change created more than just new private patient rooms. Below those new private rooms with “We’ve brought in a lot of services as well as our 12 private their larger, full bathrooms, and below the new clinic, the expansion also helped double the size of the long, narrow patient rooms,” said Anthony. Originally the construction, Anthony said, was to be done in cafeteria. It went from a place with long cafeteria-style tables to an open eatery with a combination of booths and three phases but the way the upstairs was built, they were able tables, all under a skylight. Anthony said that change not only to complete the work in just two phases. And while the open house is just ahead, Anthony said there accommodates the hospital’s 340 employees, but also all of still are a few things to be done. the new people working at the hospital. “We still have a couple of electricians onsite now, putting “With the clinic here now there are more employees in the building during the day,” she said. “We service the other our electrical room, which was in the building, outside at DTE Energy’s recommendation,” Anthony said. “So we are offices for lunch, so we expanded the cafeteria.” In between the 12 new private patient rooms on the second rewiring that.” That wasn’t part of the plans, nor was moving the doctors’ floor and that expanded cafeteria on the ground floor sits a new 12-room extended-hours clinic. It is right near the main lounge across the hall to allow for better use of space in the entrance so patients can turn either to the clinic or the hospital new area. “There will be some yardwork to do in the spring,” said for their needs. Turn the other way and customers walk into a new waiting Anthony. In the meantime, that USDA loan will be paid back at a fixed and reception area that houses new registration rooms and a rate over a set number of years. Anthony said the lower interest new gift shop. In addition to the new upper-level private patient rooms, the rate and the retirement of some other debt means the hospital’s hospital has added a new family activity room, since patients debt level will remain unchanged, but will be expanded over may be at the hospital now for more extended stays. The more years. expansion also has created a new upper-level conference room. Mark Haney is a staff writer for The Advertiser and can be All of them were in the basement before. “It was somewhat difficult for some people to get that far down,” Anthony said. reached at haney@tcadvertiser.com.

Schulz asks that folks who plan on dropping by one of the dining centers for lunch call 1-800-843-6394 to make a reservation. Residents who would like to have meals delivered can call the main HDC office in Tuscola County at 989673-4121.

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