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Village gets grant for water meters By Mark Haney Reporter

The state Department of Treasury handed out 11 Financially Distressed Cities, Villages and Townships grants this year. Ten of them went to Metropolitan Detroit governments. The last one went to the village of Mayville. According to a Department of Treasury press release, the grants, worth $2.7 million in total this year, are given to municipalities experiencing one or more conditions indicative of “probable financial stress” as defined in Public Act 436 of 2012, the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act. The grants fund specific projects, services or strategies ― including infrastructure and public safety enhancements ― that move a city, village or township toward financial stability. “I am pleased to announce this year’s awards,” state Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “These grant dollars help fund public safety and infrastructure projects in communities that are encountering financial hardship.” See MAYVILLE A9

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Planning commission revokes NextEra SLUP, setting up likely legal battle By John Schneider Editor

At Tuesday’s special meeting, the Juniata Township Planning Commission voted to revoke a special land use permit (SLUP) from NextEra Energy Resources that the commission had approved in January 2018. At the meeting, which was held in the cafeteria of Caro High School, the commission voted 4-1 to rescind the SLUP, following a public comment session that saw folks speak for, and against, revoking the permit. Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra approached officials in Juniata and Fairgrove townships in fall 2017 with a potential wind-farm project – called Pegasus Wind Energy Center – that would place 32 wind turbines in Fairgrove and 31 in Juniata. The Fairgrove Township Planning Commission approved the Pegasus SLUP in December 2017, and the Juniata Township Planning Commission followed suit in January 2018, but not without controversy. The Juniata Planning Commission, which today contains one member that was on the commission at the time of the Pegasus SLUP approval, met for over 14 hours – in a span of three different meetings – before approving the SLUP on Jan. 13, 2018. Since then, several changes have been made to the planning commission. It now is made up of seven members instead of five, with Ione Vice the only member on the commission presently who was on it during the SLUP-approval process. In January 2019, the planning commission gave NextEra 30 days to get its permits in order, saying that if all federal, local and state permits, licenses and variances were not met

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Juniata Township Planning Commission members (from left) Joe Baranic, Ione Vice, Brenda Wachner and Mike Wilson at a March 5 commission meeting. On Tuesday, the commission revoked the special land use permit of NextEra Energy Resources’ Pegasus Wind Energy Center project.

on March 5, the commission would discuss possible revocation of the SLUP. The March 5 meeting was adjourned without a decision on the SLUP, but the commission reconvened on Tuesday and made the decision to revoke it. The four members of the planning commission to approve the revocation of the SLUP were Richard Peterhans, Mike Wilson, Nancy Laskowski and Brenda Wachner. Opposing the revocation was Vice. Two members of the planning commission – Joe Baranic and Carol Hess – refrained for voting because of a conflict of interest. The planning commission pointed to the code compliance section of

the Pegasus SLUP application as the main reason for revocation. The section reads: “The Pegasus Wind Energy Center will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and will obtain all required federal, state, and local approvals, licenses, permits or variances for the proposed wind project prior to the date of construction. NextEra Energy Resources performs a systematic evaluation of its wind projects to ensure they are sited in an environmentally responsible manner and in compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.” See JUNIATA A10


Losing an engine Cass City seeks to exit Tuscola Area Airport Authority By Mark Haney Reporter

The Tuscola Area Airport Authority is shrinking by one third. Cass City’s village council voted Monday to withdraw from the authority. Cass City was one of the original members of the authority when it formed in 1993. Cass City first broached the idea of leaving the authority in 2017, but the council did not pull the trigger until this month. When the authority formed it included the city (then village) of Caro, the village of Cass City, the village of Kingston, and Almer and Elkland townships. Elkland Township left the authority about two years ago and Kingston and Almer Township some time before that. Almer Township just recently rejoined the authority. Its presence keeps Cass City’s decision from dissolving the authority.

The authority board, which consists of two representatives of each of the member governments, will meet at 3:30 p.m. April 11 to vote on whether or not to accept Cass City’s withdrawal. A two-thirds majority vote is needed for the withdrawal to be approved. Members of the authority govern the use (Photo by Mark Haney) and development of the The village of Cass City has voted to leave airport in Indianfields the Tuscola Area Airport Authority, leaving Township and they also only the city of Caro and Almer Township in help fund its operation the group. through annual dues based on each government’s state- the mayor of Caro. Cass City village manager Debbie equalized valuations. Cass City’s Powell said the decision was based 2019 dues are $9,160. Caro and Almer Township each paid about on new priorities for the village. $15,000 this past year, according to See AIRPORT A7 authority board member Joe Greene,



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Two brothers are likely headed to prison after each pleaded no contest to sex offense charges Monday in Tuscola County Circuit Court. Daniel James Hill, 22, of Caro and his brother, 21-year-old Eric Tyler Hill of Saginaw, each pleaded no contest to three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (force or coercion) in front of Judge Amy Grace Gierhart. As part of the plea, four counts each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (victim under 13) and four counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree criminal sexual conduct were dismissed.

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CARO | A2 ‘America’s Pianist’ perform in Caro

As part of its “Friends of Music” series, Caro First Presbyterian Church, 215 N. Almer St., welcomes musicians inside its walls each Friday at noon. But this Friday brings a special performance.

CASS CITY | A2 Village to seek state road grant The village of Cass City entered the 2019 road construction season with a plan. Now, if the Michigan Department of Transportation agrees, the village will get more done than officials had planned.

VASSAR | A3 Dream arrives for skater bound for Salt Lake City It’s a long way to Salt Lake City from a frozen pond in Tuscola County, or an outdoor rink at Vassar’s T. North Pavilion, or a Vassar Township home where Kimberlee (Kennard) Ward ate Cookie Crisp and watched figure skater Tara Lipinski win an Olympic gold medal in 1998.

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As part of its “Friends of Music” series, Caro First Presbyterian Church, 215 N. Almer St., welcomes musicians inside its walls each Friday at noon. But this Friday brings a special performance. Kevin Cole, known affectionately as “American’s Pianist,” will perform a repertoire that includes some of the bestknown piano tunes. “Kevin Cole is without question one of the crucial interpreters of American piano music in the world, and interestingly enough, he was born and raised in the Bay City area,” said Nicholas Schmelter, director of worship and congregational life at the church. “I’ve known Kevin for quite some time, and I’m just grateful that he’s willing to come and share his music here.” According to his biography, Cole is an award-winning musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist and archivist who garnered praise from multiple well-known musicians, such as Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, Marvin Hamlisch and members of the Gershwin family. “He really carries the torch of

The village of Cass City entered the 2019 road construction season with a plan. Now, if the Michigan Department of Transportation agrees, the village will get more done than officials had planned. The village is going to apply for MDOT Category B funding, also known as the Community Infrastructure Fund, for its streets. The CIF was established by the Legislature at the end of 2018 and wasn’t announced by the MDOT until Feb. 13. CIF grants, for road improvements, only are available to cities or villages with a population of 10,000 or less. The grants top out at $250,000 and require a minimum 50 percent local match. The money can be used for any street work, except regular maintenance. Eligible projects include reconstruction, replacement, rehabilitation and capital preventive maintenance of city or village streets. Applications for the grants are due by April 5. “We have, essentially, shovel-ready projects,” said village manager Debbie Powell. “So when this grant became known to us, and we already have the funding for it, we thought if we applied for these grant funds that would allow us to do more work with the funds we already have allocated for these street improvements.” Cass City’s application will include resurfacing planned for Hill, Hunt, Church, Division, Garfield, Hospital, Huron, Pine, Scotty McCullough, Seventh, Sherman, Spruce, Virginia, West and Woodland streets. Those streets came out of last year’s evaluation of village road conditions. From that, village officials built a street asset management plan. That gave the village leaders a list of priorities that

‘America’s Pianist’ to perform in Caro Village to seek state road grant

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Renowned pianist Kevin Cole, of Bay City, is making a stop in Caro Friday as part of the Caro First Presbyterian Church Friends of Music Series.

American music like Gershwin and Marvin Hamlisch,” Schmelter said. “Kevin is really just an ambassador of American music around the world, and he’s here next Friday. It’s very special for our series and I’m thrilled he’s going to make it here for a performance. “It’s very cool.” See PIANO A8

Tuscola County Courts District Court Antonio Lucas-Michael Torrez, 22, of Cass City, is charged with two counts of killing/torturing an animal. A preliminary exam is set for 8:30 a.m. on April 15. Michael Lavelle Weeks, 33, of Caro, is charged with domestic violence (third offense). A preliminary exam is set for 8:30 a.m. on April 8. Jeremy Alan Likens, 42, of Caro, is charged with delivery/manufacture of less than 50 grams of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic (second offense) and possession of less than 25 grams of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic (second offense). A preliminary exam is set for 8:30 a.m. on April 8. Robert James Palmer III, 23, of Millington, is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than

murder or by strangulation and domestic violence. A preliminary exam is set for 8:30 a.m. on April 8. Sherri Gail Wattrick, 53, of Akron, is charged with absconding or forfeiting bond. A preliminary exam is set for 8:30 a.m. on April 8. Justin John Squire, 46, of Caro, is charged with assaulting/resisting/ obstructing a police officer, interfering with electronic communications and domestic violence. A preliminary exam is set for 8:30 a.m. on April 8. Jeremiah James Noth, 40, of Fostoria, is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation and domestic violence. A preliminary exam is set for 8:30 a.m. on April 1. See COURTS A8

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was used in the capital improvement plan. They have been working with Spicer Engineering on implementing that plan. “We have a six-year capital improvement plan for our streets,” Powell said. “That was the purpose and the rationale for what we did last year; with the hope of a new administration coming on board and all of the discussion about fixing the roads that we’d have shovel-ready projects that would put us at the forefront of additional funding or grants that might be available.” The village council also: • Approved the bid of Nicol and Sons Inc. of Cass City to replace the fourinch water main on Church Street, from Hill to Nestle streets, with a six-inch main. Nicol and Sons had the low bid of $49,000. American Excavating Ltd. of Saginaw bid $122,000 for the job and Rohde Brothers Excavating of Saginaw bid $128,123. Nicol and Sons’ bid was reviewed and recommended by Mike Rybicki of MLR Engineering. • Is seeking bids for street improvements on Hunt Street, from Huron Street to Brenda Drive; and on Hill Street, from Church to Dale streets. The bids will be opened on April 16, contracts awarded on April 29 and construction is due to start on May 28. See CASS CITY A8

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Dream arrives for skater bound for Salt Lake City

“My sisters and my brothers and my dad all played softball or baseball – sports that are completely different. The Nagano, Japan Winter Olympics Salt Lake City is a long way from a frozen pond happened in February of 1998, and I still remember in Tuscola County, or an outdoor rink at Vassar’s T. sitting in my room watching Tara Lipinski win North Pavilion, or a Vassar Township home where the gold medal. My birthday was the next day and Kimberlee (Kennard) Ward ate Cookie Crisp and my mom let me stay up and we were eating cereal watched figure skater Tara Lipinski win an Olympic watching Tara win at the Olympics. gold medal in 1998. “I was begging and begging and begging my mom It’s been about 15 years, actually, since Ward and dad to let me take skating lessons. But there was quit skating as a teenage girl, and five years since me and my three younger siblings. My mom and dad she was assigned to do something for herself as a went through layoffs and that kind of thing, and we college student, and started skating again. obviously couldn’t afford it, because skating is one But ice is ice, whether on Orville Hartung’s pond of the more expensive sports or hobbies.” or under a Vassar pavilion. It has taken perseverance, And Ward, 29, of Vassar – patience, money and time who skated in both places as for Ward to pursue her a girl – was determined to dream. compete as a figure skater. “When I decided to Come Wednesday – skate again I pulled out the wearing a necklace belonging skates I had used before to her late grandmother, and they still fit me, though Sally Hartung, who died of they weren’t in the best cancer Feb. 8 – Ward skates shape,” Ward said. “I went her freestyle program in the up to the T. North Pavilion U.S. Figure Skating Adult one day and I told Jon that Championships in the Salt ‘I really need to get back Lake City Sports Complex. into this,’ so I ended up “This is my grandma’s going over to Bay City and necklace that we found in her still worked with the same stuff, and the color matches coach I had when I was 13 my freestyle dress,” Ward or 14 years old. said during a skating practice “She’s the one that has this week in the Bay County helped me get this far.” Civic Arena as she prepared That coach, Melanie to make her debut in a figureBlack of Coleman, has won skating competition. Kimberlee Ward, 29, of Vassar practices numerous national titles in “I told my mom, ‘That’s this week before her first figure-skating the U.S. Figure Skating the same type of light blue competition: the U.S. Figure Skating Adult Adult Championships. color, and crystals, that are Championships in the Salt Lake City Sports The adult track differs in my dress,’” Ward said. Complex. Ward quit figure skating as a from the standard track, “Toward the end of her battle, teenager but took it up again five years dominated by athletes who qualifying last fall for the national Grandma kept telling my ago, begin figure skating as competition. mom and I to be strong. I’m young children, treat it as sure that was meant to apply a profession and strive to to us as a family, but I kind of take that in context for qualify at the “senior” level which allows them to this (competition), too.” vie for Olympic medals. Ward, wife of Jon Ward and daughter of Kirk “The competitions you see on TV are all of your and Lynette Kennard, said she began dreaming of senior-level skaters who have been skating since figure skating as a 7-year-old girl after watching the they were 3 or 4 years old, and have gone through holiday TV special “Snowden on Ice” in 1997. many more tests than adult-track skaters do,” Ward “I watched that and I remember telling my mom I said. “They can do the triple Lutz (jump) and the wanted to skate, and she thought it was kind of weird,” Axel (jump) and all of that stuff.” said Ward, a 2008 Vassar High School graduate. See SKATER A6

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When she competes in the dramatic entertainment category of the U.S. Figure Skating Adult Championships, Kimberlee Ward plans to wear this costume in a routine where she transforms from movie character Miss Peregrine into a bird in the middle of her skating program.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS Annual quilt show coming to Mayville MAYVILLE – The Mayville Loose Threads Quilt Club and the Mayville District Library will host the annual quilt show April 15-27 at the library, 6090 Fulton St. All quilters are welcome to bring their quilts and other quilted items to the library by April 12 to be displayed during the show. All sizes of quilts are welcome. An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 17. There will be demonstrations and light refreshments. The spring program and luncheon will be 10:30 a.m. April 24 at Mayville United Methodist Church, 601 Ohmer Road. The guest speaker is Peggi Williams. Tickets for the program are $15 and available from the library. For more information, call the library at 989-843-6522. M-46 construction will resume in April The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will resume construction on M-46 through Tuscola County beginning April 8 with an estimated completion date of May. Work includes resurfacing the M-46/M-24 intersection, pavement markings and installation of center-line rumble strips, along with additional project clean-up items. This work is part of an overall $3.9 million investment to resurface more than five miles of M-46 from Sheridan Road. to M-24, which began in July. Work will require a single-lane closure under flag control.



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Musing of a Meandering Mind

Turning into my mother

A few days ago I heard on turning into my mom the radio that women start when I was in my 30s, but turning into their mothers somewhere in between then at age 33, and men begin and now it happened. My mother, whom I turning into their fathers at age 34. Apparently a study lost nearly five years ago, was done in the United was strong, independent, a Kingdom, and these were fabulous hostess, opinionated the results. The assumption and often blunt to a fault. She did not hesitate is that changes take to give advice place a few years on child-rearing. after having a first Conversely, child. Signs of a when my own woman becoming grandchildren like her mother started coming I might include adopted a motto adopting similar for myself. “Say hobbies or saying the same things. Sandy Sheppard nothing and keep your nose out.” I Men might start don’t believe in turning off lights as they leave the room or interfering. As for being opinionated, accepting their fathers’ I’m quite sure my children political views. Yesterday I was talking would agree that I’m like my to my son-in-law over mother in that area. I do have dinner and mentioned that strong opinions about many Switzerland is one of my things. I hope I’m a bit more favorite countries to visit. gentle in delivering those Keith said he had never been opinions, but I’m not a good there, and I said I had been judge of my own character. Independent? Yes. I there twice. Then I launched into a story of the first time I married while still in college was in Switzerland at the age so I never lived on my own, of eight. My parents, three but being widowed at the age sisters and I were traveling of 51 forced independence to the U.S. from India on on me. When Keith told his an Italian ship for a year’s brother Jim about me, Jim furlough. We reached the asked how long I had been port of Karachi, Pakistan, alone. “Thirteen years,” and the ship’s employees Keith said. “You know she’s going to went on strike. There were many children on board who be very independent,” Jim were not being fed, and my warned. Keith agreed. “I’ve already mother marched herself into the ship’s kitchen, only found that out.” He repeated to find the workers sitting the conversation to me later around drinking coffee. She and we laughed about it. became furious and yelled If he wishes I were less at them that she would independent, he keeps it to marshal all the mothers on himself. Somehow we’ve board, storm the kitchen, and managed to make marriage take food for the children if work with my independence provisions were not made. and his sense of humor. My mother was the When my mom was angry hostess. She she turned into a force to be ultimate always kept a stash of nuts, reckoned with. The men must have pulled popcorn and candy to offer out the only supplies they guests. One of my sweetest had – buns and ketchup – memories is of her sleeping because that is the only time in her recliner during her in my life I recall eating last months of life, while I ketchup sandwiches. The worked on my laptop across ship company began busing the room. Her first words passengers into the city of upon waking would be, “Can Karachi for meals, and people I get you anything to eat?” stood in line in 115-degree She loved serving people heat. Mom stayed on board right up to the end. I wish I were more like her with my younger sister and me while our dad took my that way. As for being strong, I two older sisters on the bus. The mission board rescued never knew my strength until us and flew us to Switzerland I was left with three children where we thought we’d gone ages 8-18. Life became to heaven after the heat of tough when I was forced Pakistan. Green grass and into single motherhood. I fresh strawberries dipped in was unprepared for that role, whipped cream and sugar but I was blessed to have the – those were two of my example of a woman who favorite memories from that blazed the trail before me. Although she was never a visit. As I recounted this story I single mom, she taught me suddenly realized I sounded how to be strong in the face just like my mother, who of adversity. I’m perfectly OK with loved to tell stories. I don’t believe I started turning into my mother.

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Also included in the plea bargain is a Cobbs agreement, which states that both men will be given a minimum sentence of five years in prison at their to-bedetermined sentencing hearing. A Cobbs agreement is an accordance between the court, prosecution and defense in which a likely sentence is outlined if a defendant D. HILL pleads to the charges. Daniel Hill is being represented by attorney Lisa Blanton while Eric Hill is represented by Caro attorney Gary Crews. By definition, first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct involve sexual penetration while second- and fourth-degree CSC are limited to touching. According to court records, the defendants E. HILL stood accused of committing the sex crimes between August 2013 and August 2014 in Kingston Township against an under-12-year-old cousin. Although Eric Hill was 15 and 16 during the time of the assaults, he was charged as an adult due to the severity of the crimes.

The brothers were arrested and arraigned in district court in December. Daniel Hill was on probation at the time of his arrest. In May 2014, he was charged in Tuscola County with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree CSC. The victim in that case was also under 13. Daniel Hill pleaded no contest to added counts of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration and attempted fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. As part of his plea in that case, the more serious charges were dismissed. He was sentenced in the matter to 365 days in jail –delayed – and five years of probation. As part of his probation, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Daniel Hill was not allowed to have any contact with a child age 17 or younger. Eric Hill also has a past sex-crime conviction, having been convicted in January 2016 in Genesee County of second-degree CSC against a victim under the age of 13. Both men are listed on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. John Schneider is editor of The Advertiser and can be reached at


Governor responds to Tuscola County lawmakers

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer responded to a letter from a pair of local lawmakers in regard to a recent announcement from the state about the future of the Caro Psychiatric Hospital. Last week, 31st District (representing Bay, Lapeer and Tuscola counties) state Senator Kevin Daley and 84th District (representing Huron and Tuscola counties) Rep. Phil Green sent a letter to the governor and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon, inviting them to Caro to discuss the future of the Caro Center. Earlier this month, the state announced that it was halting construction on a new facility – the Caro Psychiatric Hospital – which is to be constructed near the site of the current Caro Center in Indianfields Township. The announcement came in spite of the fact that the $115-million project had been approved in 2018, and that a groundbreaking – attended by former governor Rick Snyder – occurred in October. Here is a copy of the letter.

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Norman August Nickel of Bay City, formerly of Reese, age 82, our hardworking, generous, and helpful husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Bay Shores Senior Care & Rehab. Norm was born in Munger on May 1, 1936, the son of the late Henry and Myrtle (Krause) Nickel. While driving down Center St. in Fairgrove, he happened to meet the former Elizabeth Cartwright. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on April 24, 1954. After 30 years of dedicated service, Norm retired from General Motors – Saginaw Steering Gear, where he was a Job Setter for most of his career. He was a talented woodworker, who enjoyed furniture making and was well known for his love of helping at Bay Shore Camp in Sebewaing, where he left his mark on many of the buildings. Norm and Elizabeth enjoyed spending three weeks every summer traveling the country. Having made it to 48 states, his favorite stops were always Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. As a young man, Norm enjoyed hunting (especially pheasants) and fishing. A wonderful storyteller, and friend to many, Norm’s kind and dedicated ways will always live on. Norm leaves to carry on his legacy, his loving wife of nearly 65 years, Elizabeth Nickel and their five children: Barbara (Ken) Herndon, Donna (Larry) List, Karen (Peter) Kunz, Susan Szczesniak, and David (Kristen) Nickel; 27 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce (Chuck) Keyes and brother, Gerald “Jerry” (Susan) Nickel; in-laws: Fred Keyes, Jean Nickel, Burt Gross, Maryann Cartwright, Jeanette Staschke, Marian (Jim) Kratz, Dianne Middaugh, Daniel (Marlene) Cartwright, William (Julie) Cartwright Jr.; special aunt, Vera Taliski, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Norm was welcomed home to heaven by his siblings: Marlene Keyes, Arnold Nickel; father- and mother-in-law, William and Clara (McCreedy) Cartwright, and in-laws: Marlyn Staschke, Theron Middaugh, Margaret Gross, Norma Cartwright, Joan Taylor, Sarah Tolfree, and Dennis Cartwright. Norm’s family were present to receive visitors on Friday, March 29, 201,9 from 6-8 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 9 a.m. until Norm’s 10 a.m. funeral ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Pastor Ron Wigand will officiate with interment to follow in Brookside Cemetery, Fairgrove. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or Bay Shore Camp. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

Joan L. Lumley of Mayville, age 81, passed away March 27, 2019, at Ovid Health Care. She was born January 1, 1938, to Donald and Clarabelle (Kowitz) White in Mayville. Joan was a 1958 graduate of Mayville High School. Early in life she, worked at Mayville Molding and Mayville Fischer Convalescent Home. Joan liked crocheting, working in the garden, puzzles and crafts. Joan is survived by her children: Lyndia White and Donald (Leticia) Lumley; brothers: Jack (Jolene) White, Richard “Dick” (Diane) White; sister, Lula Jean (Robert) Prystajko; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Joan was preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren. The family received friends on Friday, March 29, 2019, from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Avram Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2019, at Avram Funeral Home, Mayville, with Pastor Taylor McManigell officiating. Burial will follow at Rich Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mayville Area Share Shop. The family was assisted by Avram Funeral Home, Mayville. Friends may share an online condolence at DEBORAH L. GROVER VASSAR Deborah Lynn Grover, age 68 years, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2019. She was born on September 8, 1950, in Saginaw, the daughter of the late Henry and Delma (Rifenburg) Achtabowski. Surviving family include her sons: Douglas (Dawne) Waggoner Jr. and Lonney (Krystal) Waggoner; grandchildren: Ryan (Tylir), Brandon, Haiden, Maggie, Hope, Haylee, Mia, Kira, Paige and Cheryl; sister, Diane (Rick) Wert; and many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and no visitation or services are scheduled. Private interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Vassar.


PATRICIA M. TOMPKINS FOSTORIA Patricia M. Tompkins of Fostoria, age 86, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 29, 1933, in Fostoria to Mina (Chambers) and Willard VanWagnen. Patricia married Ralph Tompkins November 1, 1952, in Millington. She was a graduate of Mayville High School with the Class of 1951. Patricia liked crossword puzzles, perennial gardens, and reading mysteries. Patricia is survived by two sons: Kevin of Fostoria and Terry of Fostoria; two granddaughters: Amorena Tompkins (Domanic Jock) and Sarah Tompkins (Daman Andrew Stevens); six great-grandchildren: Garron, Connor, Lila, Michaela, Brynna, and Myles; daughterin-law, Anne Tompkins of Lapeer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard VanWagnen and Mina Trim; her husband, Ralph Tompkins; step-father, Kenneth Trim; and brother, David E VanWagnen. A Gathering of Remembrance will be held at Avram Funeral Home in Mayville on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 1- 4 p.m. Burial will take place in Watertown Township Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the family discretionary fund. Friends may share an online condolence at

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Shirley Carolyn Duggar of Caro, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Medilodge of Cass City. Shirley was born August 9, 1935, in Massillon, Ohio, the daughter of the late Herbert and Nellie Preece. She was employed by Delta College as purchasing secretary for 20 years. She had to leave that position in 1989 when she became disabled due to neck injuries. Prior to that, Shirley worked at Pinconning State Bank and was Deputy Clerk Treasurer for the City of Pinconning. She had to leave that position when her husband became Pinconning’s City Manager. Shirley and her husband moved to Caro when he became Caro Village Manager in 1975. She enjoyed crocheting and made baby blankets for each great-grandchild. She has three set aside in storage for the next great-grandbabies. There are two sets of twins and one set of triplets among the grand- and greatgrandchildren. Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Donald Duggar of Caro; three children: W. Donald Duggar, Jr. of Roscommon, Alice M. Martin of Caro and Robert D. Duggar of Saginaw; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren consist of twin girls both trained in accounting, a PhD college professor, a police officer, a physician’s assistant, an architect, Marine Master Sergeant, a machinist, a quality control officer, a software developer and a computer tech with the VA. Four grandsons served in the military, one Army and three Marines. Shirley was very proud of each one of them and their accomplishments. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at St. Christopher Parish, Sacred Heart Church in Caro with Rev. John Ladd officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Caro. The family will be present to receive friends at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro on Monday from 4-7 p.m. and on Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at


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Nonetheless, more than 450 skaters from across the “Waitress” in her light entertainment routine, skating in a waitress country typically compete in different categories in the Adult apron to the song “What’s Inside.” Lindsay Carr painted the backdrops for the program and Championships in Salt Lake City where Ward competes this week. And though Ward practices skating on rinks in Bay City, Carr’s husband, Joe, assembled a PVC-pipe stand to support the Lapeer, Midland, Gladwin and Mount Pleasant, she said she also backdrops. Alyssa (Tompkins) Ruff made a variety of felt items for the set, lifts weights and stretches every night. She takes ballet at Kara & Company dance studio in Vassar, including cherry pies, a rolling pin, measuring cups and butter, and regularly practices figure-skating jumps and spins while off sugar and flour in a bowl. “In my apron I have white makeup that, throughout the ice, using a “spinner” that rotates on a hard floor to simulate onprogram, I add to my face so it looks like I have flour on my face ice spins. She also does yoga and plank exercises. and arms,” Ward said. Ward, a skating coach in the Ward wears what appears to Learn to Skate USA program, be a black cape while skating will compete in Salt Lake City her dramatic entertainment in bronze-level categories in the program, portraying Miss 21-35 age group for women. Peregrine from the movie “Miss She passed four tests in Mount Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Pleasant in November to qualify Children.” for the national event. Miss Peregrine shapeshifts “I had to skate an actual into a falcon in the movie, program in front of a panel of and Ward, with help from Bay judges, with different required County figure skater Lynne jumps and spins and footwork Greathouse, created a costume sequence, and other factors,” that conceals bird wings with Ward said. “I’ve been working on multicolored feathers in the this whole nationals thing for at back of what initially appears as least two years now. a black cape. The getup allows “I’ve been held up by Ward to transform into a falcon equipment, and I’ve had to get in the middle of her skating new skates because my other program. ones were breaking down. I’m Ward said she has been doing duct-taping my skates together specific exercises intended to because I couldn’t get a different help her adapt to the elevation pair right now, because I’m so Kimberlee Ward, portraying a waitress, practices difference between the Bay City close to the competition and it takes six to eight months to break her program she’ll perform Friday, April 5 in the light area – about 600 feet above sea entertainment category of the U.S. Figure Skating Adult level – and Salt Lake City, about in a new pair of skates. “So the past couple years I’ve Championships in Salt Lake City. She skates to the song 4,200 feet above sea level. She hopes to send a message been fighting equipment issues, “What’s Inside” from the musical “Waitress.” to young athletes who make and fighting injury. This has been assumptions about “adult” skaters. a couple-year journey, and we’re finally here.” “I run into it a lot with the girls that I skate with – they think Flesh-colored tights cover Ward’s skates – and any duct tape – during this week’s competition. She’ll vie for gold, silver, bronze that because I’m 29, I can’t do it,” Ward said. “They think I can’t or pewter medals in the freestyle skate, and two other events: do this or I can’t do that because I’m not a teenager.” Ward adds that “My legs are telling me, ‘You know what to do, the dramatic entertainment program and the light entertainment so don’t let your brain get ahead of yourself.’ program. “Some of these jump elements I’ve only been doing for a Ward’s freestyle program is set to music from “Soul Surfer,” a movie about surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm in a shark couple months,” Ward said, “so that part’s kind of nerve-racking. But I’ve been landing the jumps in practice, so as long as I keep attack but overcame doubts and fears to return to competition. “The music I’m skating to is from the point in the movie where everything in check, I’ll be fine. I want to skate clean. “If you’re a skater everybody says that, but just qualifying (Hamilton) actually sets foot back in the water for the first time after she was attacked,” Ward said. “I thought it was kind of for this competition was my main goal. If I walk away with any fitting, because here I am, a person who started skating 10 years medals, that’s just a bonus.” later (after quitting), and I’m just stepping back into something Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for The Advertiser and can be that I never thought I would do again.” Ward doubles as a waitress from the Broadway musical reached at

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This light blue-colored pendant, owned by the late Sally Hartung of Vassar Township, matches the color of the skating dress of her granddaughter, Kimberlee Ward of Vassar, who begins competition Wednesday in the U.S. Figure Skating Adult Championships in Salt Lake City. Hartung passed away Feb. 8 after a six-year battle with cancer and Ward chose to wear the pendant after finding it in her late grandmother’s belongings.

Kimberlee Ward (top photo) skates in 2014 on a Vassar Township pond owned by her grandparents, Orville Hartung and the late Sally (Schaeding) Hartung, who is shown skating decades ago (bottom photo)

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“So over the past three years – 2017, 2018, 2019 – we have paid $28,290,” Powell said. “And the current village council would like to take those funds that come from a millage we have – it is the community promotion millage the village has – and they would like to invest it in other ways of promoting the village and marketing the village. So they are looking to re-allocate those funds to a better purpose.” Greene said he understood why Cass City was voting to leave. “We’d love to have them stay in,” he said, “but, as they have stated, they have other pressing issues in their town.” While Cass City’s exit leaves Caro and Almer Township shouldering all of the local costs of operating the airport, Greene said it won’t create a bigger financial burden on the two remaining authority members. “If we get more people to join,” Greene said, “the whole allocation could come down.” What the authority members generate toward the airport’s operations has, however. Back in 2004, when all of the original members still were contributing, the dues generated $59,440 of the airport’s $156,318 income that year. The rest of the revenue for the airport comes from the state of Michigan and sales of fuel and hangar rentals, among other things. Being current in its dues, Powell said, is one requirement to being allowed to withdraw. So the village already has paid its 2019 dues even though the fiscal year for the airport runs from July 1 to June 30. If the authority approves Cass City’s withdrawal it will exit before the start of the next fiscal year. “I think they (the council) believe in the value and the worth of the airport – that is not at stake – and they want to see it remain in place,” Powell said. “It is just that their priorities are changing right now and the rejuvenation of our downtown and the local business environment and some things they want to do with the marketing and the promotion of the village is a priority for them right now, rather than the airport.” The airport is home to 35 aircraft. Authority officials previously have said the airport is used by representatives of Poet Biorefining in Caro, Walbro Engine Management in Cass City and others, including United Parcel Service, the Michigan State Police and the University of Michigan Hospital. Activities that take place at the airport include corporate transportation, delivery of goods, emergency service and hospital activities, business and agricultural use by local companies, flight training, aircraft maintenance and repair, and recreational uses. Midwest Sky Sports is the newest tenant at the airport, offering an aircraft repair service, including light sport and experimental aircraft, in one of the hangars at the airport. The business employs seven.

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Airport gets more land for $1 The Tuscola Area Airport is adding room to grow. During the 2018 lame-duck session of the state Legislature, a bill passed that transferred to the airport authority 87 acres of state land originally designated for Camp Tuscola, the minimum-security prison camp that closed in 2005, for $1. “I haven’t seen the deed or anything come through yet,” said airport authority board member Joe Greene, mayor of Caro. “It is still in the process.” The new land abuts the 260-acre airport, and is the wooded area on the north side of M-81.

Greene said the land could be used for the crosswinds runway that is in the plans. “But that,” he said, “is in the future.” In the meantime, buying the land keeps someone else from purchasing it and knocking down all of those trees. “Those trees serve as a buffer when planes land,” Greene said. “Your winds basically come out of the west. Once a plane comes down and gets below the tree level, the wind drops off. So it is good buffer to have for the airport.”

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Cole has performed around the world. His career includes sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl for a concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; with the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London; and with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, he has performed in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand and many cities throughout the U.S. Cole recently moved back to midMichigan from Chicago, Schmelter said. Shortly after the move, it was discovered that Cole has an “acoustic neuroma” – a tumor that develops on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain. In March of last year, Cole had the tumor removed. “It was a very serious condition, which



many people lose their hearing from and many people die from,” Schmelter said. “But he got it diagnosed, had surgery, and is still able to perform. It’s really miraculous that he’s still able to make music.” Cole will perform at First Presbyterian on the church’s new 1904 Steinway Model A piano. The Friends of the Music Series is free, and open to the public. “I just can’t even continue to tell you how excited I am that (Cole’s) sharing his music here,” Schmelter said. “One of my colleagues in the region said, ‘If people know what’s going on, the population of Caro might double (Friday).’” John Schneider is editor of The Advertiser and can be reached at john@tcadvertiser. com.


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Circuit Court Nicholas Howard Guthrie, 40, of Flint, pleaded no contest to domestic violence (third offense). A sentencing date will be set. Jessica May Adams, 35, of Vassar, was sentenced to one year in jail – delayed – with credit for two days served for assault with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of personal property between $200 and $1,000. She was ordered to pay $1,508 in costs and assessments. Chelsea Elizabeth Childers, 23, of Kingston, was sentenced to one year in jail – delayed – with credit for one day served for maintaining a drug house and delivery/manufacture of marijuana/synthetic equivalents. She was ordered to pay $658 in costs and assessments.


Daniel James Hill, 22, of Caro, pleaded no contest to three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (force or coercion). A sentencing date will set.

CAROL SUE McELROY CARO Carol Sue McElroy of Caro, age 74, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Robin’s Nest AFC Home in Caro. Carol was born October 14, 1944, in Calumet, the daughter of the late Paul and Gladys (Yates) Secan, and was a graduate of Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn. She was employed as a consumer advocate at Tuscola Behavioral Health Systems prior to her retirement. She was very proud of the “People First” program that she helped institute. The goals of this program were to enrich peoples’ lives through friendships and activities. She also enjoyed crafts, scrapbooking, and family genealogy. Sue is survived by her daughter, Richelle; two brothers: Paul and Phil; and her nieces and nephews. In keeping with Sue’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Sue’s life will be scheduled for a future date and time. 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.

‘Boogie Woogie Kid’ entertains at Vassar library

Eric Tyler Hill, 21, of Saginaw, pleaded no contest to three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. A sentencing date will be set. Paul Burdette McConnell, 29, of Vassar, pleaded no contest to domestic violence (third offense), carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm while committing a felony. A sentencing date will set. Cloys Charles Heath, 44, of Mayville, pleaded no contest to three counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes. A sentencing date will be set.

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• Approved the bid of Phil’s Plumbing and Heating of Bad Axe for new plumbing fixtures, by Wallace Painting of Cass City for interior painting, and by Hendrian Floors of Cass City for new flooring in the pool building at the Helen Stevens Memorial Pool. Phil’s Plumbing and Heating offered the low of four bids – $8,206.04 – for the plumbing work. Shetler Plumbing and Heating of Pigeon bid $9,295, Superior Inc. of Cass City bid $9,964.50 and Thumb Cooling and Heating of Cass City offered $11,525. Wallace had one of two painting bids, each at $4,500 just for labor – the village will purchase the paint. Wallace was chosen over Ross Kraft of Owendale because it is in the village and had a good working relationship with the village on previous projects. Hendrian bid $10,000 for the flooring, the lone bid offered after five

bids were sought. • Is considering an ordinance to govern all water shut-offs for non-payment. The ordinance is expected to be introduced at the council’s April session. It would apply to people who’d been delinquent in their payments for more than six months. It would give the village manager the discretion to set up payment plans. • Approved the sale of 3.2 acres of land near the wastewater treatment plant to Richard Patera, a neighboring land owner. The village still would have enough property at the site, Powell said, to build a duplicate sewer plant. Mark Haney is a staff writer for The Advertiser and can be reached at haney@

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Matthew Ball – aka the “Boogie Woogie Kid” – performs Swing Era favorites Sunday at Bullard Sanford Memorial Library in Vassar.






































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Those quarterly bills especially were Mayville’s grant, worth $125,000, will a concern, Valentine said, because of allow the village to convert all 460 users the repayment of the loan for the sewer of the village’s water system to smart water improvements. The debt service alone for meters. Those meters can feed their readings the $7.2 million sewer and lagoon project directly to a computer in the village hall, will be $38.26 a month or $116-plus a eliminating the need to go house to house quarter. reading the meters. But there may be other savings too, for “Normally the bigger municipalities get both the village and the residents. this,” village president Barb Valentine said “You always run into those problems, of the grant. “And we were the only ones especially in the winter, where someone’s outside of the Telegraph Road corridor to water line develops a leak and they don’t get one.” know about it,” Valentine said. “And The change will allow the village to because we bill quarterly, that can lead to go from quarterly water and sewer bills a very high water bill. It can be a disaster. to monthly bills for each service. That’s With these, the water meters automatically something Municipal Analytics of Ann let you know if there is a leak.” Arbor had suggested in a study of the The current 460 meters will be replaced, village’s rates. That was supported by the though Glasgow already has replaced about U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural 25-30 with meters compatible with the new Development, which loaned the village system. So the money covers 430 meters money to fund an upgrade to the sewer and the computer programs needed to run system and sewer lagoon. (File photo) “There was no way we could do that (bill The village of Mayville was the only municipality outside of Metro Detroit the system. Valentine said the meters all should be monthly) with the existing setup that we to receive a grant from the Michigan Department of Treasury for its Financially have,” Valentine said. “We did not have the Distressed Cities, Villages and Townships program. The village received $125,000, delivered in June, with installation from money to do that. We just would not be able part of which will go toward converting all 460 users of the village’s water system July through September. She said the village to smart water meters. hopes to begin monthly billing in October. to do that.” “These are not things that can just sit Valentine, Department of Public Works would have to go to a home is if a reading does not come supervisor Mike Glasgow and treasurer Kayla Reed through. Even then, a worker just would have to drive past on the table anymore,” Valentine said. “They have to be addressed.” So, she said, the village is applying for every had several meetings with Treasury officials and went the home to get a reading. over some of the potential projects. They then spent two “This was a pie-in-the sky dream,” said Valentine. “It grant it can. Getting this grant, with the rest going to Ecorse, months gathering data and a couple of weeks filling out was something we would have loved to go to and a lot the application for the grant. The village also asked for, of meter companies want to point you in that direction – Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park, Inkster, but did not get, $342,000 to close the Lobdell loop in the you want to go to an automated system because it is a lot Lincoln Park, Melvindale and Pontiac, also should send a sewer lines. easier and more cost-efficient – but, let’s face it, with most sign to the rest of the Thumb, Valentine said. “It is important because we are a very small community The focus was on replacing the 17-year-old current municipalities our size it is going to take years and years in the Thumb. There are several municipalities just like us system of meters that is completely manual. and years to get the money for that.” that have the same issues,” she said. “This is available. We “The purpose is to cut down on man-hours,” said The change will save the village about $65,000 over Valentine. “Most of the savings we are going to have here six years, or about $10,000 a year. It also should benefit didn’t do anything special. We looked for the grant, we applied for it and we got it. is on man-hours. Because the DPW is not going to have to residents, Valentine said. “There is money out there. There are possibilities out read those on a regular basis and just the process of billing “We have a large, vulnerable population, with our seniors is so much smoother. Literally, it is going to take a couple here in town,” she said. “It is going to definitely benefit there. I would encourage any other municipality out there of hours rather than days.” them. It isn’t just an improvement to the water system, it’s that is facing the same hardship to start working toward To come up with costs, they sought out vendors of the an amenity to the quality of life here. We are not going to that application now. And submit it. “You can’t get the help if they don’t know you need it.” meters, but with an eye less toward the lowest price and have the quarterly bills here anymore; you are not going more towards the most features and ease of use. The new to get slammed with a $250 to $300 water bill. Now it is Mark Haney is a staff writer for The Advertiser and can system will be computerized, with the meters’ readings sent going to be spread out in ways that make budgeting a lot be reached at via WiFi to the village computer. The only time someone easier.”

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Special Recognition To All Students Who Made It On The Honor Roll!

St. Luke’s Lutheran School • Honor Roll 2018-2019 • Quarter 3 THIRD GRADE (4) Jared Frank Piper Schultz Kenley Woolworth FIFTH GRADE (4) Phoebe Schultz SIXTH GRADE (5) Eve Schultz Brayden Walker

SEVENTH GRADE (5) Madison Barnett Elisabeth Leach Hannah Madar Baeli Partridge EIGHTH GRADE (7) Adalae Partridge Silas Schultz Charles VanLue Nathan Whitney Madisyn Woolworth


FIFTH GRADE (4) Chelsea Walker Braylin Zieroff

SIXTH GRADE (5) Brayden Strunk Lily Wilson EIGHTH GRADE (7) Haley Strunk

22 of the 27 eligible students are on the honor roll this quarter. The number in () indicates the number of pupils in each grade.

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Despite a portion of the section stating that NextEra would not begin construction until it retains all applicable permits, the Pegasus Project has begun with the construction of base supports as well as roads to the supports. At the March 5 meeting, NextEra representatives said they interpreted the passage as meaning that Pegasus could be constructed to the point of which permits NextEra is already in possession of apply. NextEra needs multiple permits in order to erect the Pegasus project. But NextEra officials have said that those permits (Photo by John Schneider) are only needed to construct Sanilac County residents (from left) Shelly McCarty, Mandy Sonck the turbines themselves, not base supports or other and Leo Sonck, came prepared for the March 5 Juniata Township Planning Commission meeting with snacks. The decision on whether necessary items. The next step in the to revoke a SLUP from NextEra Energy Resources to build a wind farm process, receiving a notice in the township was postponed until Tuesday’s meeting, when the of “no presumed hazard” planning commission voted to revoke the SLUP. from the Federal Aviation filed a lawsuit against Almer and Ellington townships Administration, has not been completed. Because and their boards, in essence alleging that an effort had of the proximity of several prospective turbines to been underway to deny the planned NextEra III Wind Tuscola Area Airport, the FAA must issue approval for Project, which would have been the fourth NextEra the turbines to be constructed. In February 2018, the wind farm in the Thumb, following Pheasant Run FAA issued a notification of “presumed hazard” for 46 (Huron County), Tuscola Bay (Tuscola, Huron and of the what was then 62 turbine locations associated Saginaw counties) and Tuscola II (Tuscola and Bay with the project. counties). Since February, NextEra has been in the process of The lawsuits were filed in U.S. District Court in working with the FAA for approval. Bay City. In August, District Court Judge Thomas If NextEra gets a “no presumed hazard” notification L. Ludington ruled in favor of Almer and Ellington from the FAA, it will file for the proper permits townships in each lawsuit. with Tuscola Area Airport and the state Office of Di Donato indicated Tuesday that NextEra may file Aeronautics, which issues Tall Structure Permits. a lawsuit against Juniata Township as a result of the John Di Donato, vice president of renewable energy SLUP revocation. for NextEra Energy Resources, spoke at Tuesday’s “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to tell you that meeting, saying the company already has invested with all that’s at stake, we will aggressively defend our more than $80 million in ground-level activities. rights under this permit, and the rights of our landowner “I’ve been with this company for 22 years, and partners, no matter what it costs us or the township,” oversaw 80 projects. I’ve seen a lot,” Di Donato said. Di Donato said before the planning commission voted. “You’ve called this meeting to revoke our special land “There’s too much at stake to play politics tonight. I use permit, a permit we received after meticulously urge you to live up to your obligation under the special meeting all requirements of your ordinance and the land use permit and vote no.” concerns of this board. We received a unanimous vote The main difference between the legal proceedings and a permit of which we are in full and complete against Almer and Ellington townships and potential compliance – all for political reasons. proceedings against Juniata Township is that Almer “That, I have never seen before.” and Ellington never approved a SLUP. This is not the first time NextEra has faced opposition to wind farms in Tuscola County. John Schneider is editor of The Advertiser and can In February and March 2017, respectively, NextEra be reached at

2012: NextEra Energy Resources builds Tuscola Bay Wind Farm, consisting of 75 wind turbines in Tuscola, Saginaw and Huron counties. 2013: NextEra constructs two wind farms – Tuscola Wind II, consisting of 59 turbines, is built in Tuscola and Bay counties, and Pheasant Run is built in Huron County. March 2016: NextEra announces plans to construct a new wind farm in Tuscola County in 2017. August 2016: Almer and Ellington townships see a change in leadership with candidates opposed to wind farms winning in each township’s primary election. In Almer, Jim Mantey defeated incumbent Jim Miklovic and in Ellington, Russell Spiers defeated incumbent Duane Lockwood. Incumbent board members were also ousted in each county in the election. September 2016: NextEra confirms plans for the $200-million Tuscola III Wind Project, which would place a total of 52 wind turbines in Fairgrove, Ellington and Almer townships. February 2017: NextEra files a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Almer Township and its board. The suit alleged that an effort had been underway to deny the planned Tuscola III project. March 2017: NextEra files a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Ellington Township and its board. The first count in the complaint argued that Ellington Township violated the Michigan Open Meetings Act by enacting a moratorium while considering the Tuscola III special land use permit. November 2017: NextEra announces plans for a new wind farm – the Pegasus Project – which would call for about 60 turbines in Juniata, Fairgrove and Gilford townships. December 2017: The Fairgrove Township Planning Commission approves the Pegasus Project special land use permit. January 2018: The Junita Township Planning Commission, after more than 14 hours of discussion spanning three meetings, votes unanimously to approve a special land use permit from NextEra for the Pegasus Project. February 2018: Members of the Concerned Citizens of Juniata Township initiate recall proceedings

against four members of the Juniata Township board – Supervisor Neil Jackson, clerk Heidi Stark, treasurer Andrew Stark and trustee Elaine Schunn. This is the second time a recall of the four has been attempted, following an attempt in December that was denied by the Tuscola County Election Commission. This time, the TCEC approves the recall for both Starks and Jackson, but not for Schunn. February 2018: The Pegasus project is put on hold after the FAA issues a notice to NextEra that 46 of 62 turbines associated with the project would have the designation of “Presumed hazard.” August 2018: U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington rules in favor of Almer and Ellington townships in the complaints brought against them by NextEra, essentially putting an end to plans for the Tuscola III Wind Project. August 2018: Construction begins on the Pegasus Project in the form of roads to each site, as well as base supports for most of the turbines. November 2018: Juniata Township Supervisor Neil Jackson, clerk Heidi Stark and treasurer Andrew Stark are ousted at the mid-term election. Taking their place are Garrett Tetil (supervisor), Brenda Bigham (clerk) and Judy Cockerill (treasurer). Over the next couple of months, the new board will make changes to the township’s planning commission. January 2019: The Juniata Township Planning Commission gives NextEra officials notice that if all permits and licenses presented in the Pegasus special land use permit are not satisfied within 30 days, the commission would consider revoking the SLUP. March 2019: The Juniata Township Planning Commission votes 4-1 to revoke the Pegasus Project SLUP. “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to tell you that with all that’s at stake, we will aggressively defend our rights under this permit, and the rights of our landowner partners – no matter what it costs us or the township,” John Di Donato, vice president of renewable energy for NextEra Energy Resources, said at the meeting, indicating the likelihood of a lawsuit.

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All-Advertiser boys’ hoops: USA last to fall for second straight year; Millington lands two on first team By Adam Smith Sport Editor

It’s getting to a point where The Advertiser coverage area’s boys’ basketball season ends with Unionville-Sebewaing Area’s final defeat. In each of the last two seasons, the Patriots’ final defeat was also their first. USA made the best boys’ run in the area for the second straight season following its Division 3 regional final loss to top-ranked Flint Beecher, which avenged a Patriots’ win over

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the then three-time defending state champion Buccaneers in the 2017-18 Class C regional final. Senior point guard and third-year varsity player Micah Cramer, a team captain, represents the heart of the Patriots as one of six area players selected for the 2018-19 AllAdvertiser Boys’ Basketball First Team. After going 20-0 last regular season en route to a 25-1 finish that ended with a state quarterfinal loss, USA ran the table this regular season with a mark of 18-0 on its way to a 22-1 final record. Over the past three seasons, USA has compiled a 65-8 overall record, a 32-0 record in the Greater Thumb West, three conference titles, three district titles and a regional title. Joining Cramer on the all-area first team are Millington teammates Ethan Brady and Zac Yorke, Reese’s Gabe Robinson, Kingston’s Evan Neff and North Branch’s Riley Bugg. Brady is a senior shooting guard, Yorke is a junior guard/forward, Robinson is a senior shooting guard, Neff is a junior shooting guard and Bugg is a senior forward. Each first team all-area selection was a recipient of Associated Press honorable mention all-state recognition. Reese went on to have a successful season despite a pair of losses to the rival Patriots on their unbeaten run to the GTC West title. Led by Robinson’s Tuscola County-leading 22.5 points per game, the Rockets finished at 16-6 after a loss at the buzzer to Millington in a Division 3 district final. Just as he factored heavily into every other Millington game this year as its leading scorer on 18 different occasions, Brady was among the catalysts to the Cardinals claiming their fifth district title in the last six seasons and finishing 15-7 after a loss to Beecher in a regional semifinal. His younger teammate Yorke will fill Brady’s role as the top returning scorer on the Cardinals’ roster for next year, and should continue filling out the stat sheet as a triple-double threat who can score, create open looks for his teammates, rebound and defend. Bugg was the only player in the Tuscola County coverage area this year to average better than 20 points (20.6) and 10 rebounds (10.1). After guiding his team to a district title last year, he helped lead the Broncos on a successful transition from the Tri-Valley Conference East Division to the Blue Water

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Area Conference and a final record of 13-8. He’s the first player in North Branch boys’ basketball history to surpass 1,000 career points. The area’s best Division 4 team, Kingston ended 19-4 after a loss in the regional semifinals to Big Rapids Crossroads Academy. Neff, an honorable mention all-stater last year along with Bugg and Robinson, led the Cardinals in scoring at 16.1 points per game. See ALL-AREA B2

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2018-2019 All-Advertiser Boys’ Basketball • First Team Player: Riley Bugg School: North Branch Grade: Senior Height: 6-3 Position: F Stats: 20.6 pts, 10.1 reb, 1.5 stl Accomplishments: 2018-19 AP all-state honorable mention; 2018-19 TSA All-Thumb First Team; 2018-19 BWAC MVP; repeat first team all-league selection; 2017-18 AP all-state honorable mention; 2017-18 AllThumb First Team; 2017-18 all-area first team College: Will play basketball at St. Clair County Community College Coach Mike Snoblen says: “He averaged 30 minutes a game for us; I never took him out unless he was in foul trouble. He’s helped build our program up, and even shows up to our Saturday youth basketball program to work with the little kids. When they see the best player there, they want to be that player. He’s been the face of our program for the last two years, and I never had to ask him to give us more effort.”

Player: Ethan Brady School: Millington Grade: Senior Height: 5-11 Position: SG Stats: 19.3 pts, 4.7 reb, 3.0 ast, 1.5 stl Accomplishments: 2018-19 district champion; 2018-19 AP all-state honorable mention; 2018-19 TSA All-Thumb First Team; 2018-19 first team allleague; 2017-18 second team all-league; 2017-18 all-area honorable mention; 2017-18 TSA All-Thumb honorable mention College: Drawing interest Coach Brandon Coleman says: “He’s been a huge part of our program’s success, winning two district championships in his three years on varsity. He tries to lead by winning every sprint, or by simply encouraging Story Continued his teammates. It’s nice to see all the hard work pay off Continued for afrom kidB1 like Ethan. When his moment came, he didn’t let it pass him by as our leading scorer in 18 of our games.”



Player: Evan Neff School: Kingston Grade: Junior Height: 6-2 Position: SG Stats: 16.1 pts, 3.3 reb, 2.1 ast, 1.6 stl Accomplishments: 2018-19 league and district champion; 2018-19 AP allstate honorable mention; 2018-19 TSA All-Thumb Second Team; first team all-league both this year and last; 2017-18 AP all-state honorable mention; 201718 TSA All-Thumb honorable mention; 2017-18 allarea honorable mention Coach Dave Lester says: “Evan improved his overall shooting percentage (50 percent) and threepoint shooting percentage (39 percent) this year. He was one of the best shooters in the Thumb who has expanded his overall game by creating off the dribble. He has an extremely high basketball IQ and is the most committed player on our team, playing AAU in the summer, fall and spring.

Player: Micah Cramer School: Unionville- Sebewaing Area Grade: Senior Height: 5-11 Position: PG Stats: 13.4 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.0 ast, 80 percent free-throw shooter — all team-highs Accomplishments: 2018-19 league and district champion; 2018-19 AP all-state honorable mention; 2018-19 TSA AllThumb First Team; 2018-19 All-Greater Thumb West First Team; 2017-18 All-Greater Thumb West Second Team; 2017-18 TSA All-Thumb honorable mention; 2017-18 all-area honorable mention Coach Mark Gainforth says: “He’s the last of a great (Cramer) basketball family and tradition. He epitomized what a basketball player should be; he works hard and has a passion for the sport. When the team goes undefeated in the regular season for two consecutive years, that says a lot about all our kids. He took on the role of leader this year and used his strengths to make our team better in everyway.”

Player: Zac Yorke School: Millington Grade: Junior Height: 6-0 Position: G/F Stats: 15.5 pts, 8.5 reb, 4.0 ast, 1.5 stl Accomplishments: 2018-19 district champion; 2018-19 AP all-state honorable mention; 2018-19 TSA All-Thumb honorable mention; 2018-19 All-TVC East First Team; 201718 All-TVC East honorable mention; 2017-18 TSA AllThumb honorable mention; 2017-18 all-area honorable mention College: Drawing interest Coach Brandon Coleman says: “Zac’s great season was not a surprise to the coaches in the program. He puts in the work all year long. We expected a lot from him this season and he delivered, averaging 15 points while leading the team in rebounds and assists. Next season Zac will be the leader of a young group. I’ve already seen him in the gym preparing.”

Player: Gabe Robinson School: Reese Grade: Senior Height: 6-3 Position: SG Stats: 22.5 pts, 7.4 reb, 1.7 stl Accomplishments: 2018-19 AP all-state honorable mention; 2018-19 TSA All-Thumb Player of the Year; 2018-19 TSA AllThumb First Team; 2018-19 AllGreater Thumb West First Team; 2017-18 All-Greater Thumb West First Team; 2017-18 BCAM all-state; 2017-18 AP all-state honorable mention; 2017-18 All-Thumb First Team; 201718 all-area first team College: Will play basketball at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Coach Brian Kern says: “Gabe came in as a skinny little freshman that could shoot, and as he got older his game got more complete. He allowed us to spread the court and obviously made us a tough cover. The only way people could guard him was to hold him. There is no way that we can replace him. He leads by example and his in-the-gym range.”

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Sharing the North Central Thumb League Stars Division title with International Academy of Flint and

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winning its second straight district title also put Kingston’s senior guard Nathan Cloyd (11.1 pts, 7.6 reb, 3.3 ast, 2.0 stl) on the six-man all-area second team. USA junior shooting guard Landin Zimmer (13.1 pts) headlines the AllAdvertiser Second team as his team’s top three-point shooter in both total makes and shooting percentage (43 percent), who led the Patriots with a game-high 26 points in their season-ending loss to Beecher. Same as Yorke’s situation with Millington, Zimmer heads into next season as USA’s returning scoring leader whom much will be expected of. Both players could find themselves on a short list of potential Thumb Player of the Year candidates for next season. Zimmer received all-state honorable mention for his breakout campaign, as did fellow All-Advertiser second-teamers Sandyn Cuthrell of Cass City and Gerrid Rutledge of North Branch. Rounding out the all-area second team are Caro junior center Trevin Phillips and Marlette senior point guard Sean Quade.

One of the top players in the GTC West, the junior shooting guard Cuthrell averaged a team-high 16 points per game for the Red Hawks. A senior guard, Rutledge formed a potent one-two combination with Bugg for the Broncos. Bugg was second to Robinson in area scoring, but Rutledge wasn’t far behind either player with his average of 16.1 points per game that was fourth best in the area. Phillips averaged a double-double for the Tigers for the second straight year, posting averages of 11.5 points and 11.0 rebounds. The Red Raiders’ senior Quade, a four-year varsity starter, averaged a team-leading 15.1 points per game to go with 2.7 steals and 1.1 blocks — all a testament to his abilities on both ends of the floor as a well-rounded player and team leader. Adam Smith is sports editor for The Advertiser and can be reached at

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Landin Zimmer, USA

Gerrid Rutledge, North Branch

Nathan Cloyd, Kingston

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Sandyn Cuthrell, Cass City

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Boys’ Basketball All-League Tri-Valley East First Team Markelle Garrett, Bridgeport Sirquarius Ball, Bridgeport Ethan Brady, Millington Zac Yorke, Millington Jacob Denham, Essexville Garber Jaylein Curry, Carrollton

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Kingston senior Nathan Cloyd knocks down a 3-pointer at the buzzer from a couple steps inside of the halfcourt line to end the first quarter in the Cardinals’ regional semifinal matchup with Big Rapids Crossroads Academy.

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Blue Water Area Conference Coach of the Year John Hall, Almont

Area honorable mention: Aaron Koehler, Kingston

Second Team Evan Smaglinski, Harbor Beach Zach Franzel, Sandusky Trenton Lee, Sandusky Casey Sweeney, Ubly Austin Peruski, Ubly Trevor Nim, Memphis

North Central Thumb Stripes First Team Devyn Taylor, CPS Andrew Pattengill, Caseville Zac Dudley, Peck Brandon Winiarski, Peck Alex Czyzewski, All Saints C.J. Samborn, All Saints

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North Central Thumb Stars First Team Evan Neff, Kingston Nathan Cloyd, Kingston Jeff Frost, Mayville Larry McLean Jr., IAF Gerrius Williams, IAF Jack Kaplan, Dryden

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The amazing wildlife visitors to Michigan’s Thumb Because it was considered as being was then placed in a wire dog crate and nonexistent in Michigan, the wolverine had it was later identified as being a genuine been removed from the state’s endangered Canada Lynx. On Monday, March 18, the species list. Then on the morning of lynx was taken to a rehabilitation center February 24, 2004, the dogs of houndsmen near Howell. On Wednesday, March 20, seeking fox and coyotes struck a trail it was then transferred to the Detroit Zoo just south of Bad Axe, of a very unusual where it can be more effectively cared for animal, and the chase, which would last by professionals who know how to do so. In the meantime, the lynx will be for six hours, was on. The strange studied to determine whether it animal would lead the hounds in had been an escaped or released circles for over six miles before it captive (you’d be surprised at finally climbed a tree near Ubly. what can be purchased on the Arnie Karr, MDNR Wildlife black market), or a definite wild Biologist for the Thumb at that Canada Lynx which may have time, received a phone call around managed to cross over from 2 p.m. stating that a wolverine Canada on a frozen Lake Huron. had just been treed. He headed It is rumored that there might be right out to investigate, but was pretty sure in his mind that the Tom Lounsbury a second Canada Lynx at large in the Thumb, but that has yet to be mystery animal was anything but a wolverine. Once near the site, Karr confirmed. Because the Canada Lynx was designated managed to hitch a ride on the back of a snowmobile to reach the treed animal, as a threatened species in the lower 48 and his timing couldn’t have been more states by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service perfect, because the animal decided to in 2000, what happens to this lynx falls climb out of the tree and resume running as under federal jurisdiction. The majority of the snowmobile approached. This allowed the Canada Lynx population (98%) is found the snowmobile to draw up alongside of the in Canada and Alaska, and the rest (2%) animal and Karr would be able to take the are found only in a hand-full of northern pictures which would officially document states (as well as it has been successfully reintroduced to Colorado in recent years). the first ever wolverine in Michigan. The Canada Lynx is a mid-sized boreal The following morning (February 25, 2004) the wolverine was put back on forest carnivore and its key prey animal Michigan’s endangered species list, and the is the snowshoe hare. During a decline in discovery would immediately get national snowshoe hare numbers (typically every media coverage. The wolverine would end 10 years), Canada Lynx will hunt birds or up spending the remainder of its days in the other small animals in order to survive, and Minden City State Game Area in Sanilac has been known to migrate somewhat in County (actually an ideal location for it), search of food during lean times. Its body where it kept to itself and never bothered size is 30 to 35 inches long and typically anyone. No doubt it was able to obtain the weighs about 15 to 30 pounds, which is necessary protein, especially from road- very similar to its close cousin, the bobcat. killed deer (which isn’t all that uncommon However, it has noticeably longer legs than in the Thumb these days), and wolverines a bobcat, and has distinctly larger paws don’t hesitate to eat carrion to survive. which allow it to more easily stay on top DNA collected from hair samples would of deep snows when pursuing snowshoe determine that the Thumb’s wolverine hares. The Canada Lynx also has a very was a female with a genetic relationship noticeable “ruff” of hair around its face and to wolverines found in the Canadian neck, and ear tassels which stick right up. I’ve seen bobcats in the wild (per Provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. It remains a mystery to this day as to how she Michigan) and I was blessed on two occasions while black bear hunting in ever ended up in the Thumb of Michigan. On March 13, 2010, a pair of hikers northern Ontario, to see a Canada Lynx. In discovered the wolverine’s body in the my opinion, there is no mistaking the true Minden City State Game Area. This identity of a Canada Lynx from a bobcat discovery truly brought closure to what (to my eye after having seen both firsthand, might have remained a mystery as to there is a distinct physical difference). Actually seeing a bobcat in the Thumb, what actually happened to Michigan’s only known wolverine. An autopsy although rare, isn’t unheard of. I saw my would determine that she was 9 years old first bobcat when I was a kid while wadeand had died from old age heart failure fishing on the Cass River near Cass City. (degenerative cardiomyopathy). Her full- I was sitting on a rock in the middle of sized mount can still be seen on display at the river to change lures when a bobcat suddenly materialized out of the willows the Bay City State Park. Recently in early March, I heard that a on shore to get a drink. While it was video had been taken of a Canada Lynx lapping away we made eye contact and it near Lexington, and experts determined the disappeared like a wisp of smoke. I kept animal in the video was definitely a Canada this encounter to myself because I knew Lynx. The last known sighting of a Canada nobody would believe a “tall tale” from a Lynx in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula was kid, so why bother. Then a few years later, near Oscoda in 1917 and one (per photos) my late father was the Tuscola County Drain Commissioner and was on hand when a in 2010 in the Upper Peninsula. On March 16, 2019, a Sanilac County dragline cleaning a ditch not far from Caro, farmer near Ruth, discovered an animal flushed out a bobcat. I’m also aware of a killing his ducks and geese and was sure bobcat being illegally killed near Caseville it was a lynx, which actually displayed about 20 years ago (it is illegal to kill a big an odd, calm behavior at relatively close wild cat in our zone which includes bobcat, range and didn’t appear to be very afraid lynx and cougar), as well as about a dozen of him as it walked away. The farmer years ago when a MDNR Conservation contacted a licensed nuisance animal Officer was dispatched to help a trapper professional who trapped the animal alive release a bobcat from a leg-hold trap at on Sunday morning, March 17. The animal Fish Point near Unionville, which had to be

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A photo posted March 17 on the Facebook page of Applegate trapper Jordan Cook showed Cook and Stacey Pattee posing near a lynx in a cage. State officials say the cat was trapped that day. State officials are evaluating the health of the federally endangered cat with its signature tufted ears.

an interesting and challenging experience. The recent discovery of a Canada Lynx in the Thumb however, is absolutely mind boggling to me. But then, so was the wolverine! I am eagerly looking forward to what findings might come about on the Thumb’s newest wild (maybe) visitor. As of Friday, March 22nd, the female Canada Lynx is doing quite fine at the Detroit Zoo and is receiving excellent veterinary care. She was slightly dehydrated when she arrived and had a cut near a paw which was stitched up, and is receiving fluids and antibiotics. Examination of her teeth estimate she is less than a year old, body weight is 18 pounds, and she has a total length of 4 feet. A blood sample was also taken and sent to the U.S. Forest Service to analyze the DNA evidence which will determine what region this lynx originally came from. This is definitely a major investigative step into a mystery which, like Michigan’s only wolverine (also discovered in the Thumb), may never be solved.

Baraga State Park set for $1.2 million campground upgrades

Baraga State Park, located in Michigan’s upper peninsula, will be making major renovations and service improvements throughout the upcoming summer, which will require temporary camping closures to portions of the 56-acre park, situated along the Lake Superior shoreline on Keweenaw Bay. “The project will be completed in two phases,” said Dan Dowdy, supervisor of the Baraga State Park Management Unit. “We understand this will cause some disruption for campers and we appreciate in advance the patience of park visitors as we make these substantial upgrades.” Baraga State Park has 114 campsites, a mini-cabin and a teepee. Beginning May 1, the north side of the campground will be closed for construction, reopening June 28. The south side closure will begin July 15 and continue through the end of the camping season. Construction is expected to be completed by Nov. 1. Park improvements will include an upgrade to the electrical system, resulting in new 20/30 and 50-amp services, site renovations to include camper pads, more pull-through sites and the addition of 14 full-hookup sites offering 50-amp service, plus water and sewer. “The new campground design will result in the availability of 95 sites that will accommodate larger recreation vehicles and electrical pedestals,” Dowdy said.

In addition, the park’s sewage wet well and pumping station will be upgraded. Funding for the $1.2 million project is being provided from the state Park Improvement Fund, which is derived from user fees such as Michigan’s Recreation Passport (required for vehicle entry to state parks) and park camping and lodging fees. Baraga State Park, established in 1921, is the oldest state park in the Upper Peninsula. Some of the current infrastructure is 50 years old and has reached or surpassed its expected lifespan. The demands on these aging park features are increased during busy camping seasons, especially during holiday or event weekends. “Staffers at Baraga State Park are very excited to see the final product and be able to offer extended services to our park visitors,” said Kelly Somero, Western U.P. recreation programmer. “Our park is already a great place where visitors have made lifelong memories for decades. These new campground upgrades will help ensure folks will be making memories here for decades into the future.” U.P. Engineers and Architects Inc. is the professional consulting firm producing engineering and design, with Moyle Construction performing the work. For more information on camping in Michigan, visit Michigan. gov/Camping.


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ROAD MILLAGE PROPOSAL Shall Gilford Township impose an increase of up to 2.0 mills ($2.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6, of the Michigan Constitution, and levy it for the period of 10 years from December 1, 2019 through December 1, 2028 inclusive, for the purpose of raising revenues for the maintenance and improvements of public roads in Gilford Township, thereby raising an estimated $271,700.00 in the first year the millage is levied? GENERAL OBLIGATION UNLIMITED TAX BOND PROPOSAL FOR BUILDING AND SITE PURPOSES IN THE AMOUNT OF NOT TO EXCEED $9,135,000 Full text of the ballot proposition may be obtained at the administrative offices of Akron-Fairgrove Schools, 2800 North Thomas Road, Fairgrove, Michigan 48733-0319, telephone: (989) 693-6163. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT THE BONDS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, IF APPROVED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE ELECTORS AT THIS ELECTION, WILL BE GENERAL OBLIGATION UNLIMITED TAX BONDS PAYABLE FROM GENERAL AD VALOREM TAXES. GENERAL OBLIGATION UNLIMITED TAX BOND PROPOSAL FOR BUILDING AND SITE PURPOSES IN THE AMOUNT OF NOT TO EXCEED $9,685,000 Full text of the ballot proposition may be obtained at the administrative offices of Mayville Community Schools, 6250 Fulton Street, Mayville, Michigan 48744-9103, telephone: (989)843-6115. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT THE BONDS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, IF APPROVED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE ELECTORS AT THIS ELECTION, WILL BE GENERAL OBLIGATION UNLIMITED TAX BONDS PAYABLE FROM GENERAL AD VALOREM TAXES. SINKING FUND MILLAGE PROPOSAL 3 MILLS FOR 10 YEARS Full text of the ballot proposition may be obtained at the administrative offices of Millington Community School District, 8537 Gleason Street, Millington, Michigan 48746-9696, telephone: (989) 660-2451. GENERAL OBLIGATION UNLIMITED TAX BOND PROPOSAL FOR BUILDING AND SITE PURPOSES IN THE AMOUNT OF NOT TO EXCEED $11,850,000 Full text of the ballot proposition may be obtained at the administrative offices of Reese Public Schools, 1696 South Van Buren Road, Reese, Michigan 48757-0389, telephone: (989) 868-9864. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT THE BONDS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, IF APPROVED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE ELECTORS AT THIS ELECTION, WILL BE GENERAL OBLIGATION UNLIMITED TAX BONDS PAYABLE FROM GENERAL AD VALOREM TAXES. Sample ballots may be viewed at MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019 - LAST DAY FOR VOTER REGISTRATION OTHER THAN IN-PERSON

Persons with special needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the appropriate Clerk’s Office. This notice is given as required by law (MCL 168.498(3)). ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ JODI FETTING, TUSCOLA COUNTY CLERK On behalf of: Akron Township Jamie Schuette Township Clerk

Almer Chtr. Township Peggy Reavey Township Clerk

Arbela Township Mary Warren Township Clerk

Columbia Township Christine Kolar Township Clerk

Dayton Township Tony Shaver Township Clerk

Denmark Township Nancy Heinlein Township Clerk

Fairgrove Township Katie Gebhardt Township Clerk

Fremont Township Amy Holbrook Township Clerk

Gilford Township Bob Haines Township Clerk

Juniata Township Brenda Bigham Township Clerk

Millington Township Sheila Hebner Township Clerk

Tuscola Township Shelly Hicks Township Clerk

Vassar Township Michael Clinesmith Township Clerk

Watertown Township Malisa Pyles Township Clerk

Wisner Township Pam Shook Township Clerk

Burlington Township Shari Wilson Township Clerk

Rich Township Pam Running Township Clerk

Forest Township Lisa Margrif Township Clerk

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Licensed Electrical Contractor Residential & Commercial


Concrete & Excavation • SIDEWALKS






Generator Hookup • New House Wiring • Remodel Wiring • Sevice Upgrades

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Custom Stone Works


John Pugh 989-670-1155 Caro, MI •Brick • Block • Stone • Veneers • Fireplaces • Chimneys Repairs • Saw Cutting • Masonry Repairs • Flat Work • Foundations

Commercial & Residential


• Central A/C • Gas & Oil Furnaces • Mobile Home Furnaces •Hot Water Boilers • Sales & Service



Brick, Block & Stone

Office: 810-655-0806


810-793-5171 989-795-3037


Scott Hetzner


Hours: 8-5 Mon- Sat

Bill Pomeroy 3765 W. Caro Rd. Caro, MI

Wallpaper Texture Ceiling

Water & Smoke Damage

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Mayville Area Share Shop

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Paul’s Pump Repair

References Upon Request

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• Boat Covers • Tonneau Covers • Custom Covers • Enclosers • Zipper Replacement • ATV Covers • Repair Truck Covers • All Kinds of Repair

Closed Thursday & Sunday 4169 Moore Rd. Cass City 2 miles West of M-53 & 3 1/2 miles North of Bay City Forestville Rd.

Countryside Woodworking

Anderson, Tuckey, Bernhardt & Doran, P.C.

Quality Custom Woodworking at an Affordable Price

Cabinets • Desks Bedroom Furniture Tables • Repairs & More!

We use high quality materials for durability & beauty to last many generations!

Allen Miller

5303 Cumber Rd. Ubly, MI 48475 989-872-5442



Thrift store offers gently used household items, and clothes for the family, most for 25c

Traditional & Non-traditional Weddings


Also: Hypnotherapist Specializing in Weight Loss, Stress, Quit Smoking

(Just south of the light on the east side)

6037 Fulton St.




Donations accepted during business hours and pickup of larger items available upon request.

L&L Tree Top Kerkau’s Tree Services, LLC







Caro, MI



Family owned and operated Over 20 years experience Licensed and Insured

Tree Trimming & Removal • Brush Chipping • Hedges • Lot Clearings Storm Damage • Stump Removal

Thomas Kerkau Owner

Free Estimates • Quality Workmanship Insured • Over 30 years experience Residential & Commercial Offers senior discounts

*Licensed and Insured*

9695 West Gilford Rd. Reese, MI 48757

• All Job Sizes • Cutting, Trimming, Chipping • No Stump Grinding • Free Bids • Year Round Services

Office: (989) 574-7952 Cell: (989) 574-7955

810.537.1757 Lonny Jr. 810.346.2593 Lonny Sr.

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• Complete Tree Removal • Stump Removal • Hi-Ranger Rental • Snow Removal

Hours Open Mon. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Certified Public Accountants ~Shareholders~ Thomas B. Doran, CPA Valerie J. Hartel, CPA Jamie L. Peasley, CPA ~For Additional CPAs and other Staff check our website~ -Three locations to serve you -Caro- 715 East Frank St. Ph. (989) 673-3137 -Cass City6476 Main St. Suite 1 Ph. (989) 872-3730 -Marlette- 2956 Main St. Ph. (989) 635-7545 Email:

Serving the Thumb for Generations

* Tear Offs * Repairs * Flat Roofs * Barn Roofs * Steel Roofs



989-674-8620 989-977-0686 989-977-0686 WELLS AND PUMPS

Bill Cragg Water Well Drilling Co.

Wells & Pumps for Residential, Commercial & Agricultural

William Cragg Jr.

4th Generation Geothermal Heating & Cooling

2074 Mertz Rd. Caro, MI 48723 ph#: 989-673-8787 Year-Around Drilling

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Honor Roll|

Special Recognition To All Students Who Made It On The Honor Roll!

Caro Middle School 2019 2nd Trimester Honor Roll

Eighth Grade Maddelyn Ball, Michael A. Booms, Bryce Campbell, Paige Carpenter, Kassandra S. Clish, Hannah Davis, Anthony A. Dicks, Morgan M. Dicks, Kylee A. Elizando, Haylie J. Enos, Ethan E. Fellows, Nicklas Festian, Gabriel A. Fintonis, Wynn Garrett, Xander B. Gilmore, Julianna Goff, Keegan M. Gomez, Hunter Halyckyj, Madison M. Hodgkinson, Mackenzie P. Jacques, Emma R. Joslyn, Megan R. Katus, Kaydance S. Killinger, Emma Kish, Alissa Kondziola, Isabella P. Langmaid, Abbey N. LaPratt, Chase D. Lasiewicki, Colin Lawrie, Lily A. Lemmon, John D. Miller, Ebony P. Mook, Adelyn J. Moore, Camryn Nugent, Kade D. Opper, Isabelle L. Park, Riley Parker, Jacqueline M. Peters, Marik J. Phillips, Emily A. Putnam, Noah C. Reno, John P. Reyes, Opal M. Richardson, Nathaniel D. Riedel, Timothy Slezsak JR, Dustin G. Smale, Braeden D. Spencer, Connor R. Stefanovsky, Emma Stewart, Caydence B. Sturtevant, Jessica D. Syms, Andrew Teddy, Abigale Vudures, Caitlyn Wenk, Arryelle Wiesen, Ryan S. Will and Brynne R. Wyckoff Seventh Grade Mason Allard, Jeremiah S. Anderson, Zachary Bareither, Kaiden Bliss, Matthew Booms, Joseph Brockett, Bonnie Browning, Naudia Brumley, Aiden B. Brunet, Jaidon T. Buniack, Valin J. Buniack, Joseph Burdick, Greysen Chapelo, Holden M. Chapelo, Caleb W. Clink, Bridget Colosky, Christopher Cumper, Leah M. Daniels, Alexander Davis, Molina Dewald, Nathan S. Diegel, Isabella DuRusse, Trace R. Engelmann , Chloe Fox, Samuel E. Frick, Alexandria Garz, ,Kaileigh Garza, Garrett A. Gast, Gwenyth L. Geiger, Benjamin D. Giddings, Gabriel Gohs, Sofia Goodro, Robert L. Gordon, Cody Gregor, Brooke Halyckyj, Bryan T. Hardwick JR, Alanna

Harmon, Taniya J. Harris, Makayla Hennessey, Tristin Hessling, Zachary Hiiter, Leah R. Hinkle, Landon Hood, Jayden Hughes, Joseph Humpert, Madelyn Jansen, Cassidy Jaster, Lindsey Johnson, Liz Karr, Monique Kingman, Vincent A. Klepoch, Owen W. LaPratt, Presten Lasiewicki, Alexa R. Long, Madison Martin, Logan M. McGarry, Jacob Middaugh, Alexis Nesbitt, Madison Olar, Matthew Pattullo, Cole Phillips, Kayleigh Princing, Wyatt Pulse, Layla L. Rhymes, Hailey Rizzo, Morgan Swanson, Faith Swenor, Colin M. Thabet, Tad O. Vandemark, Riley Volz, Kennidie J. Vrable, Rachael Walch, Hailey Walker, William D. Walz, Kenzie White, Olivia Will, Sidni Wood and Jazmin J. Zavitz Sixth Grade Caeley J. Ball, Link A. Behrends, Gabriel Benjamin, Makena Bristol, Nicholas Case, Olivia Clish, Sophia DeFino, Rhyse Downing, Anna L. Engelmann, Savannah Ewald, Ty Farver, Addison Fisch, Scarlett Fischer, Gregory Giddings, Alexandria Goff, Connor J. Guilds, Ashante Harmon, Ava Hendrickson, Isabella F. Holmes, Jack Ingram, Brendan Jameson, Grace E. Jaster, Storm E. Kelley, Kaden J. LaDrig, Evan J. Langmaid, Morgan Long, Chloe Malloy, Cole Marcola, Jacob Moore, Abagail L. Osborn, Dystinee Overmyer, Daniel Park, Beau R. Pomranky, Harley Ralston, Ethan Ransford, Alena Riedel, Ninah Risdon, Azaria L. Ruiz, Molly Salgat, Christian Samuelson, Morgan Spencer, Emma B. Stapleton, Madalyn Stefanovsky, Kaydin Stewart, Canton Tetil, Lucio Torrez, Kaya Vrable, Emma Vudures, Claire Warren, Wyatt Waterman, Kallie Wegner, Dylan M. Weiland, Julian T. Wilding, Rylan Wilson, Lexy Yang and Jacob R. Zbytowski

Caro High School 2019 2nd Trimester Honor Roll

Twelth Grade Alexis Adams, Yami Albrecht, Brittany Benjamin, Kade A. Bitzer, Johnathon A. Botkins, Olivia Bringard, Jeeann Browning, Brianna Corrion, Caleb Cotton, Kirstan Craig, Daniel Daniels JR, Morgan Davis, Daniel DeLong, Faith M. Dennis, Ellie Fisch, Benjamin Flagg, Bryanna Funsch, Nathan Furst, Eli Galgoci, Ryan GiddingsMitchell, Ashton Goodchild, Kyle Gough, Kylie Gugel, Lillian Hessling, Seth Howey, Aaron Hulburt, Benjamin Humpert, Leanna King, Olivia King, Kathryn L. Kucharski , Laken Kukla, Bradley L. Langford, Erin J. LeValley, Isaiah Luchenbill, Evan Major, Carli N. Mark, Jasmyn McCrumb, Aubrey McKinney, Brandon M. Messing, Carter Middaugh, Myriah Miller, Meredith Moore, Trent Mullin, Ashlin Murphy, Manav Patel, Jasmine Putnam, Marisol Reyes, Kendall Root, Jared M. Sattelberg, Kyle Severn, Carly Syms, Chyna R. Torrez, Abigail Waltz, Joseph D. Whaley and Peyton D. Wyckoff Eleventh Grade Alyssa Alhaj, Britney N. Ambs, Catherine M. Anger, Mackenna Ball, Raegan Ball, Bridger D. Barnes, Rebekah Barriger, Dylan C. Bolzman, Sophie A. Brown, Miles Campbell, Madeline M. Carson, Lydia N. Chapelo, Angela Daily, Chase R. Delacruz, Hunter M. Dickson, Elijah Dietzel, Tyler R. Foster, Alyssa J. Fountain, Seiarra Gage, Mekenna Geiger, Kaylee R. Hoffman, Ellie L. Hornbacher, Hallie Hornbacher, Lecretia L. Hudson, Samantha Hughes, Shaylyn Irvine, Isaac M. Joslyn, Jasmine L. Kammerer, Renae R. King, Gunnar Koon, Kaytlyn G. Kunse, Breanna Lawrie, Emma Lemon, Leslie Licudine, Tyler Little, Tiffany Lovett, Trey J. Mullin, Teya I. Olan, Hannah E. Parker, Trevin Phillips, Talena Pifer, Ann M. Putman, Gracie Ramirez, Isaac W. Seeley, Colton J. Severn, Alyssa Smith, Syrus Strachan, Ali Swenor, Emily M. Titus, Jenna J. Topham, Hannah F. Walker, William Warren, Alec Will and Bradi E. Wood

Tenth Grade Cheyenne Bearden, Troy M. Bolton, Claire Branding, Julie A. Brown, Logan Brown, Andrew Campbell, Alyssa Corrion, Kayliegh Culbert, Elizabeth J. Daniels, Ethyn Downing, Coby J. Fetting, Mersaides Gilmore, Joshua R. Goff, Jade Hollingsworth, Ian Z. Holmes, Abigail Jackson, Abigail Jaskowski, Logan Kappen, Sophie L. Keys, Luke A. Kreger, Brice A. Leveille, Kelsey Marcola, Gabrielle Matheny-Edgin, Dakota McDonald, Shaylee O’Brien, Justin Papp, Hannah N. Price, Katelyn Scharrer, Samantha Smale, Abigayle Spencer, Nathan Spencer, Landon K. Strzelewicz, Taylor Thompson, Timothy Vacanti, Faith R. Voss, Maddie Warden, Sarah A. Weingartz, Jacob Wheeler, Kevin Wilson and Nathan Yates Ninth Grade Allison Abbott, Jaden Allard, Josiah D. Anderson, Shelby M. Austin, Tyrese M. Beedle, Kaylee Bell, Aidan A. Bills, Alana E. Bitzer, Rachel A. Campbell, Daniel Carr, Klayton Clish, Adam J. Fisch, Russell W. Fischer, Hunter T. Fountain, Livia L. Ganley, Nicholas Garza, Dezira C. Gutierrez, Lucy M. Hawthorne, Deziree Hughes, Madison A. Johnson, Breanna L. Kelley, Elizabeth M. Kelley, David Kurtansky, Abbygail P. Lasiewicki, Liberty L. Lesoski, Tyler Leveille, Zane X. Long, Tristan H. Lovett, Abbey C. McCarthy, Trinity Middaugh, Tyler Miller, Evan W. Nugent, Jazmyne A. Olan, Brooke Payea, Amanda Rhodes, Lyndsey Root, Ryan M. Root, Ashlye M. Shay, Blake M. Sizemore, Chastity M. Skinner, Baylee R. Smith, Trinity L. Souva, Kimberly T. Stowell, Leigha R. Stricker, Olivia R. Walker, Andrew K. Warren, Zachary T. Williams, Laina Wilson, Lucian S. Wilson, Matthew Wilson and Landon J. Wyckoff

Banquet Rooms Available For All Occasions!

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NEW: Everyday Low Prices

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Ph. 989-673-2330 A Trusted Name in Collision Repair Family Owned and Operated Since 1982


YOUR HOMETOWN PHARMACY Specializing in all your prescription needs

Quality Guaranteed Quick Efficient Service 1147 East Caro Road, Caro, MI 48723 Roy Smith, Owner

192 N. State St. • Caro, MI 48723 (989) 672-3500 • (989) 672-3555 Fax

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COLORING PAGE Coloring Contest

2 entries will receive a Dairy Queen gift certificate!

Mail to: Tuscola County Advertiser, Attention : Coloring Contest, 344 N. State Street, Caro, MI 48723. Entries must be received by Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Open to ages 4-12 years old.


Outpatient and Inpatient Therapy Services Therapies Offered: • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy • Psychological, Psychiatric and Social Work•State of the Art Facility • Therapy Pool • Recreational Therapy • Music Therapy INSURANCES ACCEPTED: BLUE CROSS - MEDICARE - WORKMANʼS COMP. - AUTO - PRIVATE/OTHER INSURANCES


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The Services Are Here! Postage Stamps Change Counter Money Orders and Photo Copies Outpatient Inpatient UPS Shipping Utility Payments Therapy Services Lotto/Lottery Outgoing Fax Carpet Cleaner Service Available Therapies Offered: • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy • Psychological, Psychiatric and Social Work•State of the Art Facility • Therapy Pool • Recreational Therapy • Music Therapy INSURANCES ACCEPTED: BLUE CROSS - MEDICARE - WORKMANʼS COMP. - AUTO - PRIVATE/OTHER INSURANCES

500 Goodrich, Vassar, MI 989-673-2500

1655 E. Caro Rd. (M-81) Caro, MI (2 Miles East of Caro) Phone: 823-2441 989-673-2500 •

Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 am - 9 pm • Sun. 8 am - 8 pm

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With locations in Bad Axe, Cass City, Sebewaing, Pigeon & Vassar

All services performed by supervised senior students

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Full Service Cosmetology School 148 N. State Street • Caro

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Home, Farm, Commercial, Prebuy/Budget Plans, Keep Full Programs

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(Corner of M24/M46)

3511 Mertz Rd., Caro

Open 7 Days 5 AM - Midnight

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302 N. State St., Downtown Caro

Store Hours Daily: 8-6 • Sundays 11-4

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Ashley Furniture HomeStore 850 North Van Dyke • Bad Axe, MI 989-269-9509

Bad Axe, MI #1 Name in Furniture

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Monday-Friday 9:30am - 7:00pm Saturday: 9:30am - 6:00pm Sunday: Noon - 5:00pm


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Open Monday thru Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to Midnight Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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Fun For The Whole Family And Friends!

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Community Calendar -Editor’s note: Community Calendar listings are available free of charge to non-commercial and non-political businesses and organizations that are not charging a fee for their event. Space is limited to availability. PLEASE NOTE: All Community Calendar listings that advertise a fundraiser containing a cost will be charged a minimal fee for their listing. PUBLIC ACTIVITIES Spiritual Healing in Gospel of Mark will be held at 6 p.m. March 28 through Apr. 2 at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5920 Frankenmuth Rd., Vassar. 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. Blood Drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 2 at the Caro United Methodist Church, 670 W. Gilford Rd. Sponsored by McLaren Caro Region Auxiliary with Michigan Blood. Tip of the Thumb Dancers will be held Saturday, Apr. 6 from 7-10 p.m. at the Huron County Senior Center, 150 Nugent Rd., Bad Axe. All ages welcome. Bring finger foods and friends! McLaren Caro Region: All held in the front lobby: Annual Auxiliary Tea & Membership Drive will be held at 6:30 p.m. Apr. 9; High Cholesterol & Heart Disease from noon to 1 p.m. Apr. 10; $5 Jewelry Sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Apr. 10 and 11. Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 13 at Mayville Museum, 2124 E. Ohmer Rd. Ages 2-5 years from 1-1:15 p.m., ages 6-9 from 1:15-1:30 p.m., ages 10-12 from 1:301:45 p.m. Book giveaway from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., face painting, chances to win baskets, candy, etc. Easter Bunny parade at noon. Cass City Hunger Summit will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 13 at Cass City United Methodist Church. This event is for youth and adults interested in taking action on hunger and making our community food secure. For more information, contact Addy Battel at 989-3250305 or Pearl Daskam at 989-259-0457. RSVP by Apr. 8. Thumb Dance Club will be held Saturday, April 13 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 Cooking School will be held 6 p.m. Apr. 14 and May 12 at Vassar Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5920 Frankenmuth Rd., Vassar. M.A.R.S.P. (Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel) will meet 11 a.m. Apr. 17 at The Brentwood. Program is Annual Business Meeting. Lunch to be served. Spring Fling Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Apr. 24 at St. Christopher Parish Center, Caro. Also includes bake sale, crafters, raffle. Carryout and delivery in town of 5+ orders – call 989-673-2276 to order before Apr. 24. 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

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. 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 Tuscola County Conservation Club, Gun Club Road and M-24, Caro, open to the public for trap and skeet Thursday from 6-9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Free trap and skeet lessons every Thursday at 7 p.m. Shooting six stand Thursday nights. 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



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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. MEETINGS Caro Lions Club meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Brentwood. Membership applications available. CARO CPL Call 989-673-5588 for more information. Rotary Club of Caro meets the (CCW) CLASS Saturday, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every moth from 5-6 p.m. at the Harvest April 6th Coffeehouse and Deli, 157 N. State St., Caro. To learn more, contact Karly at Tuscola County Coin Club will meet every fourth Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Caro Library. For more information, contact Dan at 989Stop in at Gambles 843-5247 or Gun Shop in Caro Vassar Historical Society meets to register or call the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Ron Champagne 6:55 p.m. For more information, 989-670-5234 call 989-823-2651.

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Adam Daugharty, manager of Vassar Building Center on M-15, shows “The Original Stormy Kromer Cap,” one of a number of Stormy Kromer caps sold in the Vassar store and made in the Upper Peninsula.


Vassar Building Center touts new products, small-engine repair B y T om G ilchrist Reporter

Representatives from Stihl power equipment, Traeger grills, Trex decking and other manufacturers greet customers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Vassar Building Center tent sale. But Vassar Building Center employees have plenty to talk about, too. The store at 1013 W. Saginaw Road (M-15) added a new section of Stihl power equipment

and machines earlier this year. Several weeks ago, Vassar Building Center also began repairing small engines, including push mowers and riding lawn mowers. “We’ll fix push mowers, zero-turn mowers, garden tractors, snowmobiles – all different types of lines, and I’ll do everything right here,” said Josh Cunningham, 33, of Millington Township, a master mechanic hired to oversee the smallengine repair department. See VASSAR BUILDING CENTER C6

Vassar Building Center employee Kevin Pratt (right) shows a Killer Instinct crossbow to customer Randy Davis of Fostoria. The crossbows, assembled in Frankenmuth, are a popular item for hunters shopping at the Vassar business.

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Family first: Vassar business places priority on employees B y J ohn S chneider Editor

When Tim Newton and Dean Johnson purchased Newton Plumbing & Heating from Tim’s father, Dale Newton, in 2006, the name of the business changed to Newton-Johnson Plumbing and Heating. That’s about all that changed with the company. The new owners kept the business running much like previous ownership – with a focus on employees and their families. “Our work ethic is a little different here, we’re a family-oriented company,” Johnson said. “Sports and kids and all that’s first. We like to work five days a week and if we have more work than that, we’ve got too much work.” “We’re pretty adamant about that,” Tim Newton added. “We don’t like to get in over our heads.” The company was founded in the mid-1960s by Dale Newton. It moved to its current location, 114 Enterprise Drive, five years ago. “We’re in business so obviously we want to profit,” Johnson said. “We have profit sharing (with employees), Tim and I don’t want to get rich, we just want to make sure we provide for our employees, that’s the main thing.” See NEWTON C5

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Habitat, contractors fix 12 Tuscola County homes BY TOM GILCHRIST Reporter

Tuscola County residents Bob Murday, Steven and Cindy Irvine, and Robert and Bonnie Bader can testify about new roofs their homes received – for free – in 2018 courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer-Tuscola’s Critical Home Repair Program. “I needed help real bad – the roof was deteriorating quickly,” said Murday, 62, of Fairgrove Township, noting the new roof allowed him to stay in a place he has called home “pretty much all my life.” The program, which provided free repairs at 12 Tuscola County homes in 2018, provides up to $7,500 of repairs at each home, with eligibility tied to a homeowner’s income. Repair projects included new roofs, windows, water heaters, furnaces and wells. Murday’s brother-in-law, Keith Bishop of Isabella County, said he and his wife, Darlene – Murday’s sister – were discussing finding other places for Murday to live when Darlene read an article in The Advertiser about the home-repair program. “We had looked at the possibility of whether we’d have to find other places for him to move to … when she read that article and decided ‘Well, here’s an option,’” Keith Bishop said. Robert Bader, 76, of Tuscola County’s Ellington Township, said he had his (Photo by John Cook) doubts after his wife, Bonnie, mentioned Cheryl Holland, standing, of Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer-Tuscola, chats with Bonnie and Robert Bader of Tuscola County’s the possibility of receiving funds for a Ellington Township, whose home received a free roof in 2018 courtesy of Habitat’s Critical Home Repair Program new roof last year. “She mentioned this program and I avenue of getting done, seemingly for years, is huge. State Bank. said ‘They’re not going to do nothing for us,’” Robert These repairs are long, long overdue.” “This is purely for community service to help out said. “I said ‘Why are you wasting your time?’ I ain’t “I can vouch for that,” Robert Bader said, “because people in our community,” Brooks said. “It went had nobody do anything before. I grew up around here and I’m 76 years old, and I to some really great homes and families that really “Now, we’re telling other people about it.” had a hell of a time finding anybody to help me do needed the help, so we were happy to do it.” Steven Irvine, 65, of Elmwood Township, said he anything. I was crawling around on my roof up there Brooks praised Habitat workers including Watteny, was skeptical, too, about receiving a grant for roof trying to fix it to keep it from leaking.” Nestor and Cheryl Holland, a program manager, repairs. “Without Mayville State Bank, we couldn’t have noting “they’re phenomenal at what they do and that’s “I’m kind of like (Robert Bader) – I’m an old biker done this,” Holland said. “They were willing to why we were able to do this for so many people.” with a bad attitude, so I don’t think nobody’s going to step up and act as the Federal Home Loan Bank of Darlene Bishop said Habitat’s Watteny deserves a help you,” Irvine said. “I was putting buckets in my Indianapolis representative in this county. … We lot of credit and “did all the behind-the-scenes work” attic and getting ready to refinance it, and not looking couldn’t have done it without them.” to help her brother, Bob Murday, receive a grant to forward to another bill.” Because Mayville State Bank is a member of provide a new roof. Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer-Tuscola, the latest the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, the “There was so much paperwork but Ed helped us name of one of Habitat’s area chapters that previously Mayville bank can gain access to grant funds to help with all of that,” added Keith Bishop. focused solely on Lapeer County, has expanded into Tuscola County residents, said Ben Heminger, a Darlene smiled when asked her feelings about her Tuscola County in the past few years. brother remaining in his longtime residence. lender at Mayville State Bank. “The need around Tuscola County is phenomenal,” “I’m very happy for him,” she said. “It’s his home.” The Mayville bank provided about $84,000 in grants said Ed Watteny, housing manager for Habitat for for home-repair projects at 12 homes in Tuscola Humanity of Lapeer-Tuscola. Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for The Advertiser County, according to Heminger and Shelly Brooks, “The amount of repairs that people have had no president and chief executive officer of Mayville and can be reached at

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Newton-Johnson has 12 employees and eight work vehicles, Johnson said. The company handles some commercial customers, but manly focuses on residential dwellings. “The main reason we bought the business out is we felt obligated to keep it going,” Johnson said. “It’s a family thing and we wanted to make sure everybody had their jobs.” Newton-Johnson operates mainly in Tuscola County and surrounding communities. One job it is currently working on is placing floor heating in a Cobblestone Homes residence in Midland. “We do a lot of work for Cobblestone in Freeland,” Johnson said. “We install floor hydronics (one of Newton-Johnson’s most popular services), usually in pole barns and sheds.” Floor hydronics is the construction of heating units by running tubing under concrete flooring. “We use half-inch packs one foot on center, and then pour the concrete over it,” Johnson said. “It’s very comfortable. You can tell the difference between floor heating and traditional heating just by walking into the room. (Floor heating) makes you feel better, it’s warm from the bottom up.” Floor heating is a popular option for pole barns and sheds, Johnson said. “It’s easy to put in a big pole barn or farm shed, plus you don’t have any overhead stuff to get in the way,” he said. “It’s different because it’s radiant heat, so everything in the building is warm – your tools, your equipment, everything.” Basements are also a favored spot for floor heating. “It’s more efficient,” Johnson said. “And there’s no way to heat a basement like floor heating. A basement is always damp and cool, but in-floor heating takes

Tim Newton (left) and Dean Johnson are owners of Newton-Johnson Plumbing & Heating, 114 Enterprise Drive in Vassar.

care of it.” Presently, Johnson said, the company placed in-floor heating underneath the floor surrounding a residential indoor pool in the area. “We’re pretty big into floor hydronics,” Tim Newton said, adding that it has become a popular service. Of course, Newton-Johnson is available

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Josh Cunningham (left) assists a shopper looking at the new array of Stihl power equipment on sale inside Vassar Building Center. Representatives of Stihl and other manufacturers will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, at a tent sale at the Vassar business.


Josh Cunningham prepares to repair a piston in the small-engine service department at Vassar Building Center, which has begun repairing hand-held power equipment, lawn mowers, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles. Workers at the Vassar business, offer free pickup and delivery of machines in need of repair, if the site is within 15 miles.

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Cunningham sharpens lawn mower blades and chain saws. He said Vassar Building Center offers free pickup and delivery of mowers or other machines in need of repairs within a 15-mile radius. The store charges $1.50 for each mile beyond 15 miles when picking up or delivering a machine. “I have all different lines of catalogs from different companies that I’m able to get parts through, so I’ll be able to get anything people need and take care of all their needs,” Cunningham said. Cunningham “has been doing this work since he was 13, and he’s bringing in a whole new part of the business that we’ve never touched,” said Adam Daugharty, manager of Vassar Building Center, owned by Mike and Brenda MacKay, and locally owned since it was founded in 1964. Whether selling power equipment, construction supplies, kitchen and bath furnishings, cabinets or flooring, or other products, Daugharty seeks to trust manufacturers of his merchandise. “Service, to me – after the sale – is more important than the sale itself,” Daugharty said. “If something goes wrong, I want to make sure that I can call that company and have an answer about what we can do to fix something.” Vassar Building Center, with 29 employees, also strives to carry Michigan-made products such as Stormy Kromer caps made in the Upper Peninsula, and products with local connections, including Killer Instinct crossbows assembled in Frankenmuth. “We like to support all those companies that are the little

guys out there, and keep them up and running,” Daugharty said. “We’re kind of like them. We’re a family-owned business just like they are.” Killer Instinct crossbows have proven popular with hunters since the store began carrying them several years ago, he said. “What’s nice about them is they’re quality-made items but they’re at a good price point compared to those from other manufacturers,” Daugharty said. Many hunters are choosing to hunt with crossbows in recent years, said Daugharty, noting the building contractors who do business with Vassar Building Center regularly buy crossbows and portable tree stands. “Our business is probably 75 percent or 80 percent contractors, and most of the contractor base all hunts,” Daugharty said. “So it’s easier for them to come in here, and they’d rather spend money with us than anybody else. “They have house accounts so they can put (purchases) on their house accounts, which is nice. We give them a line of credit here. There aren’t a lot of people that do that anymore in businesses, where you pay later but take the product now.” The store also offers a line of credit to homeowners, he said. “In this day and age, it’s easier for homeowners to deal with everyday business like that, so they can conduct their business and then pay us later,” Daugharty said. “It’s nice to have those relationships with these people.” The store sells Irish Setter and Thorogood boots, Iowamade Fox River socks and Minnesota-made Dura Supreme Cabinetry – among other brands – for kitchens and bathrooms. “All these brands that we carry, I always refer to them as the ‘Kleenex of the tissue brand’ because they’re the originals and they have the best marketing and best

customer service, and that’s what I surround myself with,” Daugharty said. “The Dura Supreme line of cabinets comes with high-end paint, and they’re very customizable in terms of sizes. They also have a lot of characteristics in their woods. They have pinhole maple, where it looks like a bug chewed on the maple. It’s a unique look.” Vassar Building Center delivery trucks, along with two truck-trailer, regularly make deliveries in numerous counties, he said. “Most of the contractors that we deal with don’t even come in here,” Daugharty said. “It’s all satellite, right off the phone. Our customer range is all the way down to Clarkston and all the way up to Gladwin, and to the tip of the Thumb.” Daugharty said a variety of customers will venture to Vassar for the April 5 spring tent sale, where representatives of Milwaukee Tools, Weber Grills and Blackstone griddles will be among those on site. If shoppers learn details about those products, they’ll also find it easy enough striking up a conversation with a Vassar Building Center employee, according to Daugharty. “We are not a big-box store,” he said. “I want people to know that we’re going to spend the time with you, and not act like you’re just a number.” Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for The Advertiser. He can be reached at

Adam Daugharty (right) Vassar Building Center manager, discusses Traeger grills, with a customer. Traeger products will be among those featured from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at a tent sale outside the Vassar business.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Existing-home sales rebounded strongly in February, experiencing the largest month-over-month gain since December 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Three of the four major U.S. regions saw sales gains, while the Northeast remained unchanged from last month. Total existing-home sales1, https://www., completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, shot up 11.8 percent from January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.51 million in February. However, sales are down 1.8 percent from a year ago (5.61 million in February 2018). Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, credited a number of aspects to the jump in February sales. “A powerful combination of lower mortgage rates, more inventory, rising income and higher consumer confidence is driving the sales rebound.” The median existing-home price2 for all housing types in February was $249,500, up 3.6 percent from February 2018 ($240,800). February’s price increase marks the 84thstraight month of year-overyear gains. Total housing inventory3 at the end of February increased to 1.63 million, up from 1.59 million existing homes available for sale in January, a 3.2 percent increase from 1.58 million a year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 3.5-month supply at the current sales pace, down from 3.9 months in January but up from 3.4 months in February 2018. “It is very welcoming to see more inventory showing up in the market,” says Yun. “Consumer foot traffic consequently is rising as measured by the opening rate of SentriLockÒ key boxes.”

NAR’s SentriLockÒ data, for key access to unlock a home, was measurably higher in January and February compared to the second half of 2018. Properties remained on the market for an average of 44 days in February, down from 49 days in January but up from 37 days a year ago. Forty-one percent of homes sold in February were on the market for less than a month. Yun, who has called for more inventory over the course of 2018, says the market would benefit greatly in 2019 with additional new housing. “For sustained growth, significant construction of moderately priced-homes is still needed. More construction will help boost local economies and more home sales will help lessen wealth inequality as more households can enjoy in housing wealth gains.” A typical homeowner accumulated an estimated $8,700 in housing equity over the past 12 months and $21,300 over the past 24 months.®’s Market Hotness Index, measuring time-on-the-market data and listing views per property, revealed that the hottest metro areas in January were Midland, Texas; Chico, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado; SpokaneSpokane Valley, Washington; and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California. According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate (link is external)for a 30year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage decreased to 4.37 percent in February from 4.46 percent in January. The average commitment rate across all of 2018 was 4.54 percent. “We’re very happy to see homebuyers returning to the market, as the beginning of Spring represents a prime time to purchase a new home,” said NAR President John Smaby, a second-generation Realtor®

from Edina, Minnesota and broker at Edina Realty. “Potential buyers and sellers should seek out a local RealtorÒ to stay abreast of the market and take advantage of the various housing benefits that are currently being extended during housing transactions.” First-time buyers were responsible for 32 percent of sales in February, up from last month and a year ago (both 29 percent). NAR’s 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers – released in late 20184 – revealed that the annual share of first-time buyers was 33 percent. All-cash sales accounted for 23 percent of transactions in February, equal to January’s percentage, but marginally down from a year ago (24 percent). Individual investors, who account for many cash sales, purchased 16 percent of homes in February, identical to January’s 16 percent, but a tick up from a year ago (15 percent). Distressed sales5 – foreclosures and short sales – represented 4 percent of sales in February, equal to both the 4 percent represented in January and at this time a year ago. One percent of February sales were short sales.

Single-family and Condo/ Co-op Sales Single-family home sales sit at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.94 million in February, up from 4.36 million in January and down 1.4 percent from 5.01 million a year ago. The median existing single-family home price was $251,400 in February, up 3.6 percent from February 2018. Existing condominium and co-op sales were recorded at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 570,000 units in February,

unchanged from last month and down 5.0 percent from a year ago. The median existing condo price was $233,300 in February, which is up 3.1 percent from a year ago.

Regional Breakdown February existing-home sales numbers in the Northeast were identical to last month. The annual rate of 690,000 is 1.5 percent above a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $272,900, which is up 3.8 percent from February 2018. In the Midwest, existing-home sales rose 9.5 percent from last month to an annual rate of 1.27 million, roughly even to February 2018 levels. The median price in the Midwest was $188,800, which is up 5.4 percent from last year. Existing-home sales in the South grew 14.9 percent to an annual rate of 2.39 million in February, down 0.4 percent from last year. The median price in the South was $219,300, up 2.5 percent from a year ago. Existing-home sales in the West rocketed 16.0 percent to an annual rate of 1.16 million in February, 7.9 percent below a year ago. The median price in the West was $379,300, up 3.0 percent from February 2018. The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Gray is here to stay in home designs Decorating a home in neutral tones has long been recommended as a way to sell a home quickly. But the color gray also provides a blank canvas for homeowners who have no intention of putting their homes on the market anytime soon. Beige and white have long been goto colors for neutral living spaces. But many interior decorators now look to gray as the neutral color of choice. Design experts advise that gray has a broad range. Gray can include everything from silver to charcoal to a dusty cloud. According to the trendsetters at Glidden Paints, gray coordinates well with other colors. Plus, the neutral appeal of gray boasts a timeless quality.

Gray is not a clear-cut color that’s simply a 50-50 blend of white and black. Gray has subtle nuances that can lean toward blues, greens, taupes, and more depending on the lighting and surrounding furnishings. That means that homeowners who are ready to replace their furniture or accessories need not necessarily repaint if they’ve previously decorated in shades of gray. Individuals need only replace small items to produce a big effect in rooms where gray is dominant. Because gray is so neutral, it works with soft, calming colors in various pastels, but equally as well with bright reds, yellow and oranges, according to Scott Bodenner, a

Brooklyn-based textile designer. Gray also is a predominant color in natural stones used throughout homes in entryways, bathrooms and kitchens. It can make design sense to maintain continuity throughout by dabbling in gray elsewhere. Designers have shown how gray does not have to be cold, industrial or gloomy. It can be sophisticated in just about any room of the house. More designers are now leaning toward warmer variations of gray, such as taupes and blends dubbed “greige,” that are beautiful but not as stark as pure gray.

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What is Autism From the Autism Society

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 59 births in the United States – twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight

shining on autism as a result has opened opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve families facing a lifetime of supports for the individual with autism. In June 2014, researchers estimated the lifetime cost of caring for an individual with autism is as great as $2.4 million. The Autism Society estimates that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism. (This figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.) Learn the signs: Early identification can change lives Autism is treatable. Individuals with autism do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes. For more information on developmental milestones, visit the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early” site. Here are some signs to look for: • Lack of or delay in spoken language • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects) • Little or no eye contact • Lack of interest in peer relationships • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

Information on autism in school-age children From the Autism Society

The school years bring innumerable challenges for a child with autism, but they also hold incredible opportunity for growth. For parents, the challenge is to discover and leverage resources to maximize the child’s avenues of academic learning, social experience and physical fitness. Having a team of professionals is essential throughout this long life stage – getting help from those who know the system can reduce stress on the family and improve outcomes for the child with autism. There are many treatment approaches available to school-aged children with autism – Applied Behavior Analysis, occupational therapy, a range of supplemental therapies, dietary regimens and more. Similarly, there are many different educational programs that

provide stimulating learning environments to children with different needs and abilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, reauthorized as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004), a federal educational mandate that guarantees students with disabilities a free, appropriate public education, is the most important tool a student with autism has in securing the appropriate placement, supports and accommodations. An IDEA Individualized Education Plan for a student with disabilities can include “related services” to help him or her learn and thrive in school. Be sure to check out the Autism Society’s online resource materials, including informational pamphlets for students and guides to school transitions, puberty and more.

Information on autism in infants and toddlers From the Autism Society

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