By Mike Dunn

It couldn’t
have been
scripted any
better than
The unbeaten Grayling
Vikings of coach Tim
Sanchez invade the turf of
the undefeated Boyne City
Ramblers of coach Dave
Hills this Friday and, as one
would expect, there is much
riding on the outcome.
The winner not only gets
to hoist the 2012 Lake
Michigan Conference
championship trophy but
also earns a truck load of
playoff points. Boyne City is
seeking its first conference
title and first unbeaten reg-
ular season since 2001
when it went 9-0 en route to
a 12-1 mark and a berth in
the Div. 5 semifinals, and
Grayling is looking for its
first league title and the first
undefeated and untied sea-
son in school history. The
Vikings posted a 7-0-1 log in
Both teams feature explo-
sive playmakers who can
score with quick-strike sud-
denness. The Vikings aver-
aged 37 points per game
and the Ramblers averaged
27 per game.
On the other side of the
ball, Grayling permitted an
average of 17 points per
game and Boyne an average
of 13.
A big key in the outcome
will be how well the oppos-
ing team’s defense is able to
keep wraps on the other
team’s outbreaks on offense.
A concern for Sanchez is
Boyne’s overall team speed.
“They’re a tough, disci-
plined, well-coached foot-
ball team with some real
speed on the edges,” he
The great challenge for
the Ramblers will be to try
and corral the vaunted
Sanchez Spread of Grayling,
an up-tempo assault geared
to create mismatches on
every down.
The engineer of the attack
this year is junior lefty Jake
Swander. All he has done in
his first eight games is
throw for 2,303 yards and 18
Swander has a talented
crew of receivers to throw
to, including junior Tyler
McClahanan (50 catches for
755 yards and 5 TDs), senior
Scott Parkinson (37 for 436,
5 TDs), senior Ty Jensen (32
for 398 yards, 5 TDs) and
sophomore Scout Tobin 27
for 400, 2 TDs) in addition
to dependable Danny
Schultz and Justice Junttila.
What makes it tough to
stop Grayling is the balance
in its attack. Opponents
that have designed their
defense to stop the Viking
aerial assault have found it
difficult to contain the run.
The hard-driving Jensen,
who has amassed more
By Andy Sneddon
This, Boyne
City football
coach Dave
Hills says, is
what you play
for, a night a high school
football player points to
through weight-room ses-
sions, summer camps,
August two-a-days.
And, it's something he'll
point to long after it’s over.
Lifelong memories will be
made on Friday -- and a
championship decided --
when Boyne City and
Grayling meet in a game
that will decide the Lake
Michigan Conference cham-
pionship at Boyne's Earl
Brotherston Field.
"This is, as a program,
what you're working for, to
play meaningful games at
the end of the season," Hills
said. "It's going to be a lot of
fun. There's a lot of excite-
ment in the school and in
the community. A lot of peo-
ple have been talking about
it for weeks."
And it shapes up to be
one of those they'll be talk-
ing about for years after.
Both teams are 8-0 overall,
5-0 league. The Vikings are
ranked seventh in the
Associated Press Division 5
state poll.
Both teams are headed to
the playoffs, the Ramblers
for the first time since 2009
as they have enjoyed a
resurgence under Hills, who
returned this season as
Boyne's head coach after a
three-year hiatus.
The Ramblers are seeking
their first Lake Michigan
crown since 2001, while
Grayling, which joined the
league in 2003, is eyeing its
first-ever Lake Michigan
The teams appeared on a
collision course as the sea-
son progressed and both
defeated longtime Lake
Michigan heavyweight
Traverse City St. Francis in
back-to-back weeks. The
Vikings notched their first-
ever win over the Gladiators
on Sept. 14. One week later,
Boyne knocked off St.
Francis for the first time
since that '01 season, when
it reached the Division 5
state semifinals.
St. Francis left the Lake
Michigan after last season
and is now playing as an
independent. Still, those
wins were a sign that both
Boyne and Grayling were for
real, and they lit the match
of anticipation that has
grown into an out-and-out
inferno. Hills, ever the prag-
matist, tried to quell talk of
the showdown among his
players and took the tried-
and-true one-game-at-a-
time approach.
"We tried not to (talk
about it)," he said. "We
knew it was there and I'm
sure (Grayling) did too and
it's nice that it has material-
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The Grayling Vikings will carry the B.A.H.U.N.A. banner onto
the field Friday at Boyne City for the big LMC showdown.
Photo by Mike Dunn
Boyne City Ramblers Battle for
League Championship Friday
Vikings travel to Boyne City with league title
and tons of playoff points on the line
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By Andy Sneddon
For the Petoskey High
School football team, it's
simple: Win, and live to play
another day.
Lose, and it's wait-and-see.
The Northmen are 5-3
entering their regular-season
finale at home on Friday, Oct.
19, against Menominee. A
win puts Petoskey in the
playoffs for the fifth consecu-
tive year, and for the sixth
time in the last seven.
A loss would leave the
Northmen watching the
Michigan High School
Athletic Association
Selection Sunday Show (6
p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, Fox
Sports Detroit) with their fin-
gers crossed, hoping to be
one of the lucky 5-4 teams to
get a playoff bid.
In effect, the playoffs begin
this week for the Northmen.
"It's definitely playoff time
for us, no question," said
Kerry VanOrman, who is in
his 10th year as Petoskey's
coach. "This is really a playoff
game. The attention to detail,
the focus at practice. You've
got to win. You get in the
playoffs (and) the intensity
goes up. For us, this is it."
The Northmen will have to
go through one of the state's
premier programs for that
coveted sixth win.
Menominee is 7-1 and has
already nailed down a playoff
spot, its 22nd overall and
11th in a row. The Maroons,
who won state champi-
onships in 1998, 2006 and
'07, have been at least as far
as the regional champi-
onship game (in Division 5)
in each of the past three sea-
Long road trips in October
and November are the norm
for Menominee, which trav-
eled to Thirlby Field in
Traverse City and handed
T.C. Central a loss in the reg-
ular-season finale last year.
The Maroons have had just
two losing seasons since
1976. Menominee's lone loss
this season came to archrival
Kingsford, 14-13.
Legendary Menominee
coach Ken Hofer retired after
last season, his 41st, taking
with him a 342-136-3 career
mark, which ranks among
the best in state history.
Joe Noha, who played for
Hofer in the early 1980s and
joined the Maroons staff as
an assistant in 1994, took
over as the head coach this
"Obviously, just looking at
them, their past, the makeup
of their football team, is suc-
cess," VanOrman said.
"They've been to the playoffs
a ton of times. They win con-
tinuously. The first thing I
think of with them is they
know how to win. You see
kids who are fundamentally
sound. Their pursuit angles,
their alignment, the way they
get off the ball are some of
the best I've seen."
The Maroons are known
almost as much for their dis-
tinctive offense, the single-
wing, as they are for their
sterling history. In the single
wing, the quarterback lines
up deep in the backfield and
the center may snap the ball
to any number of backs. It's
no gimmick offense. Far from
it. The formation has been
around for generations, but
few teams have run it for as
long as Menominee has.
Fewer still have run as suc-
Petoskey has had limited
experience in facing the sin-
gle-wing. Gaylord employed
it for a few years in the recent
past, but that is the only time
Petoskey has faced such a
team during VanOrman's
tenure. Petoskey lost to
Menominee, 32-6, in a play-
off game in 1998, the year the
Maroons won their first play-
off state championship.
"When we scheduled
them, I was really excited
about it, I still am,"
VanOrman said of facing the
Maroons. "I've always heard
a lot about them, seen a few
games when they made it (to
the state finals). I've always
thought, How would you
defend that?
"It is an unknown and I
think even practicing
(against) it -- you've got to
have a scout team replicate
that. We're figuring out ways
to do that. It's assignment
football. It's kind of learning
on the run for us against this
offense and that's a chal-
lenge, no question."
That Petoskey is in the
hunt for a playoff berth is
perhaps a mild, and pleasant,
surprise. The Northmen
graduated a ton of talent
from their 2011 team that
won the first outright Big
North Conference champi-
onship in school history and
advanced to the second
round of the Division 3 play-
offs, where they lost to even-
tual state runner-up Mount
With few proven veterans
back from that team,
Petoskey in 2012 faced a sea-
son wrought with uncertain-
ty in August. Junior Chase
Ledingham emerged imme-
diately as a running threat,
compiling 299 yards on the
ground in Petoskey's first two
games, relatively convincing
victories over Sault Ste. Marie
and West Branch Ogemaw
But Ledingham was
injured midway through the
Ogemaw game, and has
played in just four of its eight
games on the season. He is
doubtful for Friday.
But, as has generally been
the case under VanOrman,
capable replacements have
stepped up. Sophomore Kurt
Boucher has grown into the
role of starting running back
in place of Ledingham, and
last week rushed for a career-
high 131 yards on 20 carries
in leading the Northmen to a
28-7 Big North Conference
victory at Alpena. That win
gave the Northmen a 3-3 fin-
ish in the league.
It came one week after
Petoskey dropped a tough
24-17 league decision to
Traverse City West. The
Titans scored the game-win-
ning TD with under a minute
to play. Boucher, and the rest
of the Northmen, did not roll
up impressive rushing statis-
tics against the Titans, but,
VanOrman said, Boucher
proved something in that
"Against West he made a
couple tough runs," he said.
"I thought, Wow this kid's
starting to get it a little bit.
The way he came out and ran
the ball (against Alpena), it's
like he's starting to see stuff,
see the play develop. ... When
you do it right you get posi-
tive yards. Definitely hoping
that continues. He is a tough
Tony DeAgostino, who
started opposite Boucher in
Petoskey's double-wing
offense, finished with 72
yards on 14 attempts against
the Wildcats, 1-7 overall, 1-4
league, and he caught three
passes for 72 yards. He
scored twice, once on a 46-
yard pass play from quarter-
back Quinn Ameel on the
first play of the second quar-
ter, and on a 4-yard run.
Ameel completed 4-of-8
passes for 100 yards. Senior
fullback Kegan Schoenith
scored Petoskey's other two
TDs, one on a 5-yard run, the
other on a 7-yarder.
The game unfolded in typ-
ical Petoskey fashion.
Outside of a few big pass
plays (i.e. DeAgostino's TD
reception), the Northmen
used their trademark ground
game to wear down the
Wildcats. Petoskey finished
with 334 total yards including
234 on the ground and
gained 15 first downs.
Petoskey limited Alpena to
186 total yards, 160 on the
ground, and eight first
downs. Seventy-nine yards of
Alpena's offensive total came
on two long runs.
Schoenith's first TD came
with just over 8 minutes to
play in the second quarter
and extended the Northmen
lead to 14-0.
Alpena cut it to 14-7 on
Ashton Dever's 6-yard run
with 3:39 left in the half. That
TD was set up by a 48-yard
run by Kaleb Smith.
Petoskey increased its lead
to two TDs, 21-7, when
DeAgostino capped a seven-
play, 58-yard drive with a 4-
yard TD run midway through
the third quarter. Boucher
helped set up the score with a
32-yard run, his longest of
the night, to Alpena's 22.
The Northmen iced it
when Schoenith scored from
7 yards out with 3:55 remain-
ing. That ended a 10-play, 82-
yard drive during which
Petoskey milked 5:32 from
the clock.
Petoskey kicker Louis
Lamberti made all four of his
extra point attempts on the
night, while Shea Whitmore
recovered a fumble and
Ameel had an interception.
Playoff Run Begins a Week Early for Northmen
Petoskey coach Kerry VanOrman (right) congratulates fullback Kegan Schoenith
after he scored a TD in Petoskey's 28-7 victory Friday over Alpena.
Petoskey defensive lineman Jordan Haggerty (right)
stops an Alpena ball carrier Friday in Petoskey's 28-7
victory over the Wildcats in Alpena.
Petoskey running back Tony DeAgostino breaks through
the line Friday in Petoskey's 28-7 win over Alpena.
DeAgostino scored two touchdowns in the victory.
By Mike Dunn
Ironmen continue to surge
toward a perfect regular-sea-
son record. Boo’s Boys enter-
tained a large home crowd
with an impressive 50-6 tri-
umph over game-but-out-
manned Ski Valley South foe
Forest Area on Friday.
Mancelona improved to 8-
0 in winning its 25th straight
regular-season contest and
its 20th straight Ski Valley
clash. The Ironmen of coach
Dan “Boo” Derrer are looking
to finish 9-0 for the second
season in a row.
It was the usual suspects
doing the damage for
Mancelona on Friday. The
starters played only for about
a quarter-and-a-half before
Boo gave the reserves time
on the field. While he was out
there, senior halfback Wyatt
Derrer deked, dashed, darted
and simply dominated every
time he touched the ball,
gobbling up a game-high 167
yards on six carries and scor-
ing twice.
He wasn’t alone. Junior
fullback Logan Borst, a
breakaway waiting to happen
every time he totes the ball,
busted loose for 72 yards and
two scores and speedy senior
Trevor Ackler, author of the
dynamic Ack Attack,
accounted for 57 yards and a
Junior Jake Winstead, con-
tinuing to play behind center
for injured senior starter Kyle
Schepperley, did another
creditable job handling the
complex ground-and-pound
attack of the Ironmen.
Eric Wheeler was among
those who shined for the
reserves. Wheeler whacked
and whammed his way into
the end zone to score for the
No. 2 offense.
Derrer was very pleased
with the play of his reserves.
“We put the No. 2 defense
in at the start of the second
quarter and the entire sec-
ond-string offense in toward
halftime,” Boo said. “One of
the positives from the game
was getting those guys a lot
of playing time.”
Boo noted the combustible
running of the Kenny “Burn
Unit” Burnette along with
Jacob Allen, Nick Bevins and
Wheeler and he was pleased
also with the solid play of
Winstead calling the signals.
“Jake did a nice job again,”
he said.
On the defensive side, Boo
commended the efforts of
The Cobra, D.J. McCondra, in
the interior along with J.R.
Cook and Nick Balhorn,
among others.
“We brought six sopho-
mores up from the JV for the
game and we threw them
into the game in the fourth
quarter,” Boo said.
Derrer was also pleased to
get through the game with-
out any injuries and that his
players got to hoist the Ski
Valley South championship
trophy after the game.
“Winning the conference is
one of the goals you always
set before the season,” he
said. “We won it outright
again this year, which is nice.
We’re really happy with it but
there wasn’t a lot of shouting
and celebrating after the
game because we still have
other goals to accomplish.”
Mancelona travels to
Inland Lakes (4-4) this Friday.
The battling Bulldogs of
coach Stan Schramm have a
lot to play for on the home
field. They have a legitimate
shot at the playoffs if they
can pull off the upset and
beat the unbeaten Ironmen.
They already own a victory
over Ski Valley South runner-
up Johannesburg-Lewiston
this season.
The last time Mancelona
lost a league game was to I-
Lakes in October of 2009.
“We expect a very tough,
physical game,” Derrer said.
“They have some very good
backs and linemen and they
always hit hard. It’s impor-
tant for us to buckle down
and play well. We need to be
focused and go over there
with the mindset of taking
care of business.”
Ironmen forge to 8-0 record
Mancelona’s Ground-and-Pound assault is catalyst for lopsided win over rival Forest Area
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T.C. Central 43, Gaylord 19
By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – The Traverse
City Central Trojans simply
had too much of too many
things when they came to
Gaylord on Friday. The
Trojans clinched the Big
North Conference champi-
onship and improved their
record to a stellar 7-1 with an
impressive 43-19 decision
over the Blue Devils.
Gaylord battled hard, as
usual, and did some good
things but the Blue Devils
were outmanned against the
deeper, faster, more talented
opponent from Traverse City.
Gaylord (0-8, 0-5)
remained winless with the
loss. The Blue Devils close
out what has been a tough
2012 campaign with a visit to
St. Johns this Friday. St. Johns
has a 5-3 mark and needs to
win to automatically qualify
for the playoffs.
T.J. Schepperly had a big
night for the visiting Trojans,
rushing for 193 yards and
three touchdowns and going
a perfect 6-for-6 through the
air for another 69 yards and a
TD strike to Billy Vermetten.
T.J. Schwanneke also
scored for the Trojans on a
27-yard burst and Nate Pupel
scored on a 4-yard run.
For Gaylord, scrap-iron
tough sophomore Steven
Fitzek was brought up from
the JV to play quarterback
and did a commendable job
under the circumstances.
Fitzek hit on 10-of-20 aerials
for 189 yards, including four
connections to the flowing
figure of Collin Watters for
113 yards and an electrifying
50-yard TD connection.
Senior Tyler Frisch grabbed
two tosses from Fitzek for 54
yards and brought in a 30-
yard TD strike. Trae Hill
caught two for eight yards
and Josh Wohlfeil had one
grab for 12 yards.
The Blue Devils battled
fiercely but struggled to gen-
erate a consistent ground
attack against the speedy,
physical Central defense. For
the game, Gaylord had 40
attempts for a net of just 99
Speedburner Cotton Neff,
one of the promising under-
classmen on the Blue Devil
roster, dashed and darted his
way to a team-high 45 yards
in 11 carries, averaging a
respectable 4 yards per carry
against the swarming
Trojans, including a 15-yard
burst. The feisty Fitzek found
room different times running
the ball and had 50 positive
yards but he was also sacked
different times for losses of
29 yards, giving him a net of
21 yards in 19 carries.
Fullback Robb Hansen,
who has been a force in the
backfield all season long with
his plow-ahead blocking,
bulled his way to a dozen
yards in five carries.
The seniors who experi-
enced their final home game
for Gaylord included Tyler
Cherry, Kyle Fahler, Tyler
Frisch, Trae Hill, Trevor
Ruhlman-Raymond, Chad
McMillion, Alex Dodder, Josh
Wohlfeil, Robb Hansen,
Derek Carlson, Garrett
Bishop, Trent Hunt, Andrew
Kalember, Zach Wagner,
Hunter Warden, Danny
Miller, Trevor Adams and
Michael Skerratt.
Sophomore Cotton Neff runs to daylight Friday in the
Big North clash with T.C. Central.
Gaylord defenders Robb Trelfa (22) and “Demo”
Danny Miller converge on a Trojan ball carrier.
Photo by Dave baragrey
Gaylord QB Steven Fitzek goes back in the pocket to pass during Friday’s final
home game.
Photo by Dave baragrey
Gaylord scores three times in home loss; Fitzek tosses two TDs in varsity debut
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By Andy Sneddon
Cheboygan entered the
2012 high school football
season looking to go back in
Veteran coach Jack Coon
said before the season the
Chiefs would look to get back
to their roots, to utilizing the
deceptiveness of the wing-T
offense, to return to one of
the cornerstones that helped
make the program one of the
most successful in Northern
Michigan for a generation or
So far, almost all good. The
Chiefs are back in the play-
offs, and they'll close the reg-
ular season on Friday, Oct.
19, with the renewal of a bit-
ter rivalry when they head
across the Mackinac Bridge
for a week 9 showdown with
St. Ignace.
The Saints are 8-0 and have
yet to be tested. They easily
won the Ski Valley
Conference North Division
and have outscored their
opponents, 353-18. One of
those wins was a forfeit over
Rudyard, which goes in the
books as a 2-0 victory. In the
seven games they have actu-
ally played, the Saints have
pitched four shutouts and
allowed no more than six
points in each of the other
three games. In those seven
games, St. Ignace has aver-
aged more than 50 points.
Their closest margin of vic-
tory was a 34-0 win over
Charlevoix in the season
It will be the first meeting
between the Chiefs and
Saints since 2008. Cheboygan
won the last five meetings
between the schools, most in
convincing fashion. But for
generations, the teams met
on a nearly annual basis, and
the game became a bench-
mark for each school.
"A lot of our kids, their
dads played here, and there-
fore it's been the talk across
the dinner table many a
nights I'm sure," said Coon,
who is in his 28th season at
Cheboygan, 25th as the head
coach. "It's a unique rivalry
that has transcended time.
We're glad it's back on the
The Saints, who are ranked
fourth in the Associated Press
Division 8 state poll,
returned nearly 20 seniors
from a team that reached the
Division 8 state semifinals a
year ago.
"They have put together
just a sound group of ath-
letes," Coon said. "To be hon-
est, I really believe they're a
Division-4 caliber team tal-
ent-wise. They could be play-
ing in Division 4 and hold
their own. They're not just
putting up points, (but) that
defense has been able to
control the line of scrimmage
and dominate a game. You
have to respect that."
The Chiefs have earned
their own measure of respect
after missing the playoffs in
each of the past two seasons.
They looked every bit as
dominant as they so often
did in the past as they rolled
up 521 yards in total offense
last week in drumming
Benzie Central, 45-0, to
improve to 6-2 and clinch
their first playoff berth since
"We're looking forward to
getting back into (the play-
offs)," said Coon, who has
the Chiefs in the playoffs for
the 17th time in school histo-
ry. "Once you get in the play-
offs, anything can happen.
"The excitement is here.
It's another opportunity to
play another game of high
school football. It's such a
small window in a young
kid's life to play organized
football, and we want to take
advantage of every opportu-
That oh-so-special chance
has hardly been lost on
Coon's players, particularly
the seniors. Quarterback
Damon Proctor, a three-year
varsity veteran, tossed three
first-half touchdown passes
last week against Benzie as
the Chiefs raced to a 31-0
halftime lead in what may
have been, for the seniors,
their final game at Western
Avenue Field.
"It's one of those things
where you step on the field
and all you think about is this
could be your last time,"
Proctor told the Cheboygan
Daily Tribune. "You look over
and you see all of your
friends you played with last
year and the year before on
the sidelines ... and you
think, Next year that's me.
"You get high school (foot-
ball) one time, and that's four
years, and that's all you got,
so you've got to make the
best of it."
John Grantner ran for 93
yards and Nick Bevier added
86 to lead the Chief ground
game against Benzie, 3-5.
Grantner scored on 70-
yard run, while Proctor's TD
passes went to Malachi
Crongeyer, Stan Swiderek
and Andrew Dixon. Dixon
and Cass Ferguson each
added a rushing TD.
Cheboygan kicker Austin
Ginop was a perfect six-for-
six on extra point attempts,
and booted a 32-yard field
The win was the Chiefs'
third straight, and it came on
the heels of a thrilling 28-27
overtime win over Sault Ste.
Marie which was preceded
by a 42-14 victory over
"I think we've done a lot of
rebounding since the
Petoskey loss (33-14 in week
5) and developed that confi-
dence again that we can play
and score points," Coon said.
"We had a great game against
the Sault two weeks ago, a
very talented Sault team that
tested our mettle. We'd just
like to keep that roll going."
In St. Ignace, the Chiefs
will see a team that is playing
with the utmost confidence,
and Cheboygan will have to
match that, Coon said.
"It's that confidence that
they expect to score, to move
the chains, to force you
three-and-out," he said.
"When a kid has that confi-
dence and he's playing that
way, it takes a lot of work to
break that confidence down.
I'd say they're playing as con-
fident as any team we've
played all year."
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Aug. 23 – GAYLORD 42-7 W
Aug. 30 – MARQUETTE 21-34 L
Sept. 7 – Standish-Sterling 42-7 W
Sept. 14 – LUDINGTON 55-27 W
Sept. 21 – at Petoskey 14-33 L
Sept. 28 – at Alpena 42-14 W
Oct. 5 – SAULT STE. MARIE 28-27 W, OT
Oct. 12 – BENZIE CENTRAL 45-0 W
Oct. 19 – at St. Ignace
GAYLORD (0-8, 0-6)
Aug. 23 – at Cheboygan 7-42 L
Aug. 30 – T.C. ST. FRANCIS 13-28 L
Sept. 8 – at T.C. West* 14-48 L
Sept. 14 – at Cadillac* 6-33 L
Sept. 21 – ALPENA* 21-36 L
Sept. 28 – PETOSKEY* 20-49 L
Oct. 5 – at Ogemaw Heights* 6-56 L
Oct. 12 – T.C. CENTRAL* 19-43 L
Oct. 19 – at St. Johns
* Big North
GAYLORD ST. MARY (0-8, 0-5)
Aug. 24 – HILLMAN 14-27 L
Aug. 31 – PELLSTON 18-31 L
Sept. 7 – Central Lake* 22-34 L
Sept. 14 – ONAWAY* 20-31 L
Sept. 21 – FOREST AREA* 18-22 L
Sept. 28 – at Mio 24-38 L
Oct. 5 – MANCELONA* 14-58 L
Oct. 12 – at Johannesburg-Lewiston* 6-56 L
Oct. 19 – at Atlanta
* Ski Valley South
GRAYLING (8-0, 5-0)
Aug. 23 – at Roscommon 28-20 W
Aug. 30 – HOUGHTON LAKE 47-6 W
Sept. 7 – at Charlevoix* 27-13 W
Sept. 14 – T.C. ST. FRANCIS 28-20 W
Sept. 21 – HARBOR SPRINGS* 35-21 W
Sept. 28 – at Elk Rapids* 41-22 W
Oct. 5 – at Kalkaska* 33-6 W
Oct. 12 – EAST JORDAN* 63-29 W
Oct. 19 – at Boyne City*
* Lake Michigan Conference
INLAND LAKES (4-4, 3-2)
Aug. 24 – at Onaway 0-28 L
Aug. 31 – at Johannesburg-Lewiston* 34-28 W
Sept. 7 – PICKFORD 14-36 L
Sept. 14 – ST. IGNACE* 6-58 L
Sept. 21 – at Rudyard* 38-16 W
Sept. 28 – at Central Lake 14-37 L
Oct. 5 – PELLSTON* 28-14 W
Oct. 12 – at Rogers City* 32-13 W
* Ski Valley North
LEWISTON (6-2, 4-1)
Aug. 24 – ATLANTA 28-26 W
Aug. 31 – INLAND LAKES 28-34 L
Sept. 7 – at Mancelona* 0-22 L
Sept. 14 – at Forest Area* 60-8 W
Sept. 21 – CENTRAL LAKE* 22-18 W
Sept. 28 – at Rudyard 51-0 W
Oct. 5 – at Onaway* 56-14 W
Oct. 12 – GAYLORD ST. MARY* 56-6 W
Oct. 19 – PELLSTON
* Ski Valley South
MANCELONA (8-0, 5-0)
Aug. 24 – at Elk Rapids 20-14 W
Aug. 30 – at Rudyard 49-6 W
Sept. 7 – JOBURG-LEWISTON* 22-0 W
Sept. 14 – at Central Lake* 45-6 W
Sept. 21 – ONAWAY* 56-14 W
Sept. 28 – PICKFORD 36-8 W
Oct. 5 – at Gaylord St. Mary* 58-14 W
Oct. 12 – FOREST AREA* 50-6 W
Oct. 19 – at Inland Lakes
* Ski Valley South
MIO (5-3, 3-2)
Aug. 24 – at Whittemore-Prescott 6-57 L
Aug. 31 – Muskegon Heights 18-25 L
Sept. 7 – ATLANTA* WF
Sept. 14 – AuGRES-SIMS 38-30 W
Sept. 21 – HILLMAN* 14-9 W
Sept. 28 – GAYLORD ST. MARY* 38-24 W
Oct. 5 – at AuGres-Sims* 26-48 L
Oct. 12 – at Hale* 64-14 W
* North Star League
ONAWAY (5-3, 2-3)
Aug. 24 – INLAND LAKES 28-0 W
Aug. 30 – at Rogers City 50-12 W
Sept. 7 – FOREST AREA* 41-8 W
Sept. 14 – at Gaylord St. Mary* 31-20 W
Sept. 21 – at Mancelona* 14-56 L
Sept. 28 – at Pellston 29-13 W
Oct. 12 – at Central Lake* 14-45 L
Oct. 19 – PICKFORD
* Ski Valley South
PELLSTON (4-4, 2-3)
Aug. 24 – at Forest Area 13-6 W
Aug. 31 – at Gaylord St. Mary 31-18 W
Sept. 7 – ROGERS CITY* 7-6 W
Sept. 14 – RUDYARD* 31-8 W
Sept. 21 – at Pickford* 0-32 L
Sept. 28 – ONAWAY 13-29 L
Oct. 5 – at Inland Lakes* 14-28 L
Oct. 12 – at St. Ignace* 0-61 L
Oct. 19 – at Johannesburg-Lewiston
* Ski Valley North
PETOSKEY (5-3, 3-3)
Aug. 24 – at Sault Ste. Marie 21-0 W
Aug. 31 – OGEMAW HEIGHTS* 34-8 W
Sept. 7 – CADILLAC* 14-44 L
Sept. 14 – at T.C. Central* 0-40 L
Sept. 21 – CHEBOYGAN 33-14 W
Sept. 28 – at Gaylord* 49-20 W
Oct. 5 – T.C. WEST* 17-24 L
Oct. 12 – at Alpena* 28-7 W
* Big North
Gunslinging junior hits 23 passes for 364 yards; Jensen surpasses century mark rushing
By Mike Dunn
GRAYLING – The task for
Grayling was simple on
Friday night. The Vikings
needed to win, as expected,
against scrappy-but-out-
manned Lake Michigan
Conference foe East Jordan
and set up a HUGE week-
nine clash with unbeaten
Boyne City.
Grayling took care of busi-
ness in a big way, entertain-
ing an overflowing
Homecoming crowd with an
electrifying display of diver-
sified, directed air traffic that
resulted in an incredible six
TD strikes and a 63-29 victo-
The win over East Jordan
keeps Grayling (8-0, 5-0)
unbeaten and adds even
more weight to the outcome
of the final regular-season
game at Boyne. Whoever
wins between the Vikings
and Ramblers will be Lake
Michigan Conference
champs for 2012 and will also
gain a truckload of playoff
The rivalry between
Grayling and Boyne extends
back many decades. Since
1950, Boyne owns a 21-16
overall advantage, though
Grayling has a 5-4 edge in the
past nine years since both
schools have been part of the
same league. The Vikings
have also won the past three
meetings between the
Before focusing on Boyne,
Grayling first had to do the
job against the winless Red
Devils on Friday.
Swander was simply super
once again, racking up dizzy-
ing aerial numbers against
the over-matched East
Jordan secondary. The junior
gunslinger hit on 23-of-42
attempts for a whopping 364
yards and six scoring strikes.
Three TD tosses went to
steady senior Scott
Parkinson, a three-year
starter for head coach Tim
Sanchez who will depart in
the spring as one of the top
receivers in the history of the
program. Two went to the
versatile senior Ty Jensen out
of the backfield. One went to
glue-fingered junior Tyler
Reserve QB Jake Hoover,
one of several seniors playing
in their final regular-season
home game, also saw duty
behind center and filled the
vacuum nicely, connecting
with fellow senior Ki-Wan
Kim for a seventh Viking TD
pass in the contest. Kim
added some of his own “Ka-
Boom” to the offensive
assault, hauling in the 10-
yard scoring missile from
It was McClanahan who
racked up the most receiving
yards in the contest. The
Mighty Mac Attack generated
between Swander and
McClanahan accounted for
six receptions and 122 yards.
Parkinson pulled in eight
aerials directed his way for
another 94 yards. Jensen had
four catches for 48 yards and
dependable Danny Schultz
had three for 89 yards.
Elusive sophomore Scout
Tobin drew Red Devil
defenders like bees to honey
everywhere he went on the
field. He pulled in just two for
11 yards on the night but still
helped the cause consider-
ably by pulling defenders
away from other open tar-
In the rushing department,
Jensen jammed and juked his
way to another 100-plus yard
performance, turning seven
opportunities into 106 yards
worth of prime real estate.
The durable Jensen, who can
smell the end zone, also
scored as a runner in addi-
tion to his two TDs as a
Hoover hammered out 45
yards in eight tries and Tobin
picked up 12 yards in one
carry from his slot position.
On the defensive side, it
was hard-hitting senior line-
backer David Somero putting
some of the “Smash” into
Smash Mouth football for
O’Connell’s Carnivores.
Somero brought down Red
Devil ball carriers eight
times. Middle linebacker
“Wild” Wes Dean put the
whack on eight Red Devils as
well and the green missile at
linebacker, Brandon
Handrich, infiltrated enemy
ranks time after time and
wreaked havoc, recording a
sack and recovering a fum-
“This was a total team vic-
tory tonight,” Sanchez
reported. “It was great to see
some of the guys who have
busted their tails all year long
to make this team better get
some productive reps.
“Our focus has to quickly
shift to Boyne City now,
though. Two of our team’s
goals are within reach: unde-
feated season and league
champions. We will have to
be at our very best to have a
chance against fellow
unbeaten Boyne City.”
Swander strikes for six touchdowns!
Grayling senior Scott Parkinson pulls in a 13-yard reception from slinging Jake
Swander on Friday.
Grayling’s Ty Jensen busts loose for a 29-yard gain
against league rival East Jordan on Friday.
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Grayling 63, East Jordan 19
Onaway needs win at home over tough U.P. foe Pickford to secure playoff spot
By Mike Dunn
traveled to Central Lake on
Friday for a Ski Valley South
clash and suffered a 45-14
defeat to the surging Trojans.
Central Lake kept its play-
off hopes alive, improving to
5-3 with one game remaining
against Rudyard. Onaway
slipped to 5-3 and must win
this Friday, Oct. 19, against
visiting U.P. foe Pickford to
make the playoffs for the first
time since the 2006 season.
The purple-clad Panthers
come to town with a 6-2
record, their only losses com-
ing from Ski Valley powers
Mancelona and St. Ignace.
Onaway had great difficul-
ty finding any running room
at all against the bigger
Trojans up front. The
Cardinals, who were without
the services of explosive side-
lined senior Jason Sigsby,
recorded just 73 yards in 24
carries. Five different
Cardinals carried the ball but
none netted more than 18
yards. Noah Bacon bulled his
way to 15 yards in two carries
and scored a rushing TD for
the Cardinals.
Quarterback Matt Tollini
found some success moving
the ball through the air, hit-
ting 10-of-22 aerials in the
contest for 181 yards, includ-
ing a TD connection to reli-
able Rich Hoff. For the game,
Hoff was on the receiving end
of five Tollini missiles for 106
yards to go with his TD catch.
Tommy Auger grabbed two
tosses for 39 yards and Carlos
Bautista brought in two aeri-
als for 26 yards.
Will Brockman had a big
night for the host Trojans,
rumbling to 194 rushing
yards and scoring four times.
The Cardinals’ Meat Man
on defense, Chris Cleaver,
had another active night
from his linebacker post,
putting the drop on Trojan
ball carriers 11 times.
Defensive end Chae Whitsitt
also put the whack down 11
times while Justin Gedda
made 10 stops and Bautista
and Bacon brought down
Trojans nine times.
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Central Lake 45, Onaway 14
Week 8:
Cheboygan 45, Benzie Central 0
T.C. Central 43, Gaylord 19
Johannesburg-Lewiston 56, Gaylord St. Mary 6
Grayling 63, East Jordan 29
Inland Lakes 32, Rogers City 13
Mancelona 50, Forest Area 6
Mio 64, Hale 14
Central Lake 45, Onaway 14
St. Ignace 61, Pellston 0
Petoskey 28, Alpena 7
Week 9:
Cheboygan (6-2) at St. Ignace (8-0)
Gaylord (0-8) at St. Johns (5-3)
Gaylord St. Mary (0-8) at Atlanta (2-5)
Grayling (8-0, 5-0) at Boyne City (8-0, 5-0)*
Mancelona (8-0) at Inland Lakes (4-4)
Pellston (4-4) at Johannesburg-Lewiston (6-2)
Rogers City (1-7) at Mio (5-3)
Pickford (6-2) at Onaway (5-3)
Menominee (7-1) at Petoskey (5-3)
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By Mike Dunn
HALE – It was a mission
accomplished for the Mio
Thunderbolts on Friday at
the field of North Star League
rival Hale. The favored
Thunderbolts needed to take
care of business to stay in
contention for an automatic
Div. 8 playoff berth and did
so in a big way, speeding to a
64-14 triumph.
The game was close until
the opening kickoff. The vis-
iting Bolts unleashed their
diversified air-and-ground
attack and continued to
reach the end zone time after
time. Mio scored three times
in the first quarter and three
more in the second to take a
commanding 40-8 lead into
the locker room.
Jet-quick junior Bryson
Devers did much of the dam-
age offensively for the Bolts.
The rugged running back
scored a whopping six times
in the contest. Senior Aaron
Wood also had a whale of a
game, busting loose for big
gainers on the ground and
collecting passes from junior
QB Brad Rhoads for big plays
as a receiver.
Mio amassed 475 total
yards in the contest while
pushing its record to 5-3
overall and 3-2 in the league.
The Bolts are home this
Friday, Oct. 19, for the regu-
lar-season finale against
Rogers City, which comes to
town with a 1-7 record. If Mio
wins, it will advance to the
playoffs for the 11th straight
time and the 15th time in the
past 16 years.
The Thunderbolts of coach
Jim Gendernalik got the
offense percolating early
behind the dual rushing
punch of Devers and Wood.
With the pair propelling
behind the blow-em-out
blocks up front of the Man
Eater, Nick Mangutz, and
Aaron Georgieff, among oth-
ers, Mio kept adding digits to
the scoreboard.
Devers dashed, bashed
and smashed his way to 170
yards on 18 carries, including
a 43-yard sprint among his
six bursts to the end zone.
The hard-driving Wood wal-
loped and whammed his way
to 160 yards on just eight car-
ries, including a 58-yard
touchdown gallop.
Wood was also on the
receiving end of a 74-yard
bomb from “Bombardier”
Brad Rhoads, who isn’t afraid
to go vertical.
Rhoads hit on six passes
for 147 yards. He also pulled
the trigger on three connec-
tions to Colton McGregor for
43 yards and hit him for a
two-point conversion as well,
and he hooked up with
Devers out of the backfield
for 13 yards.
On the defensive side, sen-
ior linebacker Aaron Fox put
some of the fury into the
Thunderbolt assault, notch-
ing a game-high 17 tackles.
Devers was also a destroyer
on defense, adding 16 tackles
to his amazing stat line for
the game. He also forced
three fumbles and recovered
two of them!
Nick Butler and freshman
Ryan Ellul each made seven
stops and Mangutz put the
mangle on Hale ball carriers
seven times. Wood added to
his laurels with an intercep-
tion and a sack. Georgieff
and McGregor also had sacks
for the Bolts.
Juniors Seth Thomey and
Zack Pattullo added some of
the Zap to the defense, mak-
ing five tackles apiece.
By Andy Sneddon
Now, the pay off.
For two Petoskey High
School athletic teams, it's
time to cash in.
The Northmen boy’s tennis
and boy’s soccer teams went
through the self-imposed
meat grinder earlier this sea-
son, both facing schedules
loaded with state-ranked
Testing themselves against
many of the best -- most often
on long downstate road trips -
- has put both squads in
prime position as their
respective seasons reach a
The Northmen boy’s tennis
team won the Big North
Conference tournament last
week and followed that up
two days later with its fourth
consecutive Division III
regional championship.
Petoskey, which is ranked
sixth in the state coaches’
poll, opens play in the state
finals on Friday at Holland
Christian High School.
The Northmen boy’s soccer
team closed its regular season
last week with a 1-0 Big North
win at Alpena to finish 9-3 in
league play. They took an 11-
8-2 mark into the Division II
district tournament this week,
where they were to open
against Gaylord on Tuesday,
and are the odds-on favorite
to claim their first district
crown since 2009.
The common denominator
between the two squads? A
rugged early season schedule
followed by a no-slouch
league campaign, all of which
serves to bring success when
things really count, in
"After you've played all
those top schools in the state
and then you go into a region-
al, suddenly it doesn't look as
tough," Northmen tennis
coach John Boyer said. "By all
means, we still have some
good competition (at the
regional), but the boys have
confidence in their games
and they know what's out
Boyer put his team on the
court against the likes of
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-
Kingswood, Detroit Country
Day, East Grand Rapids,
Grand Rapids Forest Hills
Northern, Grand Rapids
Forest Hills Central, and
Grand Rapids Christian. Each
is a mainstay in the state
rankings, and every one of
those teams is at or near the
top come state finals time
every October.
Petoskey soccer coach Zach
Jonker followed the same
script. His squad opened with
scrimmages against East
Kentwood, Troy and
Rochester Adams, and then
saw the likes of Warren
DeLaSalle, Clarkston,
Rochester Stoney Creek,
Bloomfield Hills Lahser and
East Lansing during the sea-
Most of those matches took
place early, and they left
Petoskey with a won-loss
record that was nothing to
write home about.
But wins and losses, Jonker
said, are not the point. "I
always say I'm not concerned
at all with what our record
looks like coming out of the
pre-conference schedule," he
said. "I'm just trying to get us
ready to compete with the
Traverse Cities, basically. And
we did that really successfully
this fall."
The Northmen split their
two games with T.C. Central
and lost twice -- both by one
goal -- to league champion
T.C. West. That accounted for
all three of Petoskey's confer-
ence losses, and they won't
face the Trojans or the Titans,
both of whom are Division I,
in the state tournament.
They also aren't likely to
potentially face any teams
that are as strong as any of the
aforementioned powerhouses
unless, or until, they advance
well into the Division II tour-
"All those teams from a
technical standpoint move
the ball very quickly," Jonker
said. "Not only are they quick
physically, but mentally. Their
speed of thought is a big part
of the game. They have ath-
letes at every position and
when we make a mistake,
they punish it.
"We just learned so many
lessons early on. We learn
from our mistakes. I've seen
us do things in those games
where we learned from it and
it hasn't been an issue the rest
of the season."
Playing that caliber of com-
petition not only helps a team
from a nuts-and-bolts stand-
point, but also on the mental
"We don't want to walk into
any situation and be intimi-
dated," Jonker said. If the
Northmen beat Gaylord in
their district opener, they
would play host to either
Cadillac or West Branch
Ogemaw Heights in a district
semifinal on Thursday, Oct.
18. If they win that game, they
will host the district final on
Saturday, Oct. 20. The start
time, Jonker said, is to be
determined, but he said it
likely would be noon or 1 p.m.
Petoskey finished a com-
bined 6-0 against Gaylord,
Cadillac and Ogemaw during
Big North play this season. A
year ago, Petoskey fell in a
shootout to Mount Pleasant
in the district title game.
Jonker said he expects the
Oilers or Bay City Western to
emerge from the other side of
the bracket and make the dis-
trict final.
Petoskey's last district
championship came in 2009,
when the Northmen finished
as the Division II state run-
ner-up. None of the players
on the current roster has ever
won a district crown.
"We've played so many
tough teams, we've really only
looked one game ahead all
season," Jonker said. "They're
excited, but they also know,
especially for Gaylord or
Cadillac, it will make their
season if they can knock us
off. We have to be ready to
match their intensity because
they're going to give us their
best shot."
"We haven't won the dis-
trict in three years. For these
guys it's definitely been a
goal. We have a bunch of sen-
iors who are three-year varsity
members and they want to
make sure they leave Petoskey
High School with a district
championship. This is their
year to do it."
The core of the squad is
comprised of seniors Noah
Honaker, AJ Hoffman, Louis
Lamberti, Trent McCullough,
Drew Smith, Evan Altman and
Matt Dankert. Altman and
Lamberti are among the top
scorers, while Smith is the
"Even though we played a
brutal non-league schedule,
we were still competitive with
all those teams and the credit
for that goes to the guys in the
back, starting with Drew
Smith," Jonker said, adding
that Honaker, Hoffman,
Lamberti and McCullough
have formed a stingy defen-
sive unit that has kept the
Northmen competitive all
season. "Teams have a really
tough time breaking those
guys down, and when they do,
Drew's come up with some
big saves all season."
The Northmen tennis team
came up big in turning in one
of its most successful weeks in
recent memory with its win in
the league tournament, fol-
lowed by a dominant per-
formance in the regional.
Petoskey won or finished
runner-up in each of the eight
flights in winning the Big
North tourney, a result that
gave the Northmen the over-
all conference co-champi-
onship with seven-time
defending champion Traverse
City Central.
Petoskey finished with 36
points to win the conference
crown, followed by Central,
33. Cadillac was third with 21.
It marked the first time since
2003 that Petoskey has won
the league title.
Petoskey's Zach Phillips
(No. 1 singles), Cam Ludlow
(No. 2), Nico Ceniza (No. 3)
and Brandon Pomranke-
Mitch Reynolds (No. 1 dou-
bles) won their respective
flights in the league tourna-
Petoskey's flight runners-
up were Christian Wilder (No.
3 singles), Will Hartwick-
Conner Allen (No. 2 doubles),
Tommy Kidd-Sam Robbins
(No. 3 doubles), and Jackson
Burek-Sam Wilcox (No. 4)
Forty-eight hours later in
the regional, the Northmen
won seven of eight flights.
Phillips, Ludlow, Wilder and
Ceniza each won their respec-
tive flight, as did Pomranke-
Reynolds, Kidd-Robbins, and
Mitch Rider-Caleb Mitchum
at No. 4 doubles.
"It's quit an accomplish-
ment for the guys," Boyer
said. "On any given day any-
thing can happen. And for all
the guys to show up and play
on the same day, it's pretty
The seeding had not yet
been released for the state
tournament as of Monday
night, but Boyer speculated
that all four of his singles
players will be seeded in the
state finals, and at least one of
his doubles teams has a good
shot as well.
That bodes well as the
Northmen seek to improve on
the seventh-place finish in
last year's state final.
"We definitely have the
potential to do it," Boyer said.
"I'd like to see a top-five, I
really would, and I think we're
capable of it. But it's just like
the league tournament and
the regional, everyone has to
show up, everyone has to
Phillips takes a 31-4 record
into the finals, while Ludlow
is 27-8; Wilder, 18-10; and
Ceniza, 31-5. Phillips, Ludlow
and Wilder are seniors. Ceniza
is a freshman.
Pomranke-Reynolds are 15-
4 at No. 1 doubles, while
Allen-Hartwick are 12-4;
Kidd-Robbins are 16-10; and
Rider-Mitchum are 19-15.
Thunderbolts move a step closer
Time to Cash in for Petoskey
Tennis and Soccer Teams
Convincing road victory puts Mio one win away from another playoff berth
Mio 64, Hale 14
By Ryan Bokas
In the Ski Valley
Conference battle of Otsego
County, the Johannesburg
Cardinals showed that they
are a force to be reckoned
with as they hosted the
Gaylord St. Mary’s
Snowbirds on a cold over-
cast Friday night. This sto-
ried rivalry has been hardly
fought throughout its
entirety but was dominated
by the home team as they
came away with a dominant
56-6 win.
The offensive onslaught
started early for the
Cardinals and was unrelent-
ing throughout the entire
first half. The scoring start-
ed early as Cardinals factor-
back Dillon Kibby received a
punt and blasted his way to
the end zone 65 yards away
and also cashed in on the 2
point conversion opening
up the scoring 8-0. After a 3
and out by the Snowbirds
the Cardinals fearless leader
Alex Payne showed he can
run pretty well also as he
was able to penetrate the
end zone from 7-yards out
making the score 14-0.
The second quarter
ended up being tragic for
the visiting team and close
to flawless for the home
team. Payne and Joe
McGuire each scored
Cardinal touchdowns and
powerhouse running back,
Mitch Hardy notched a trio
of scores individually he ran
through the St. Mary
defense. The Snowbirds
lone score came when Nick
Harrington decided that he
would not be denied a
touchdown. He was able to
explode through the
Cardinal defensive line for 6
points late in the second
When Johannesburg’s
band took the field at half-
time the score had bal-
looned to 50-6. New princi-
pal for Johannesburg-
Lewiston schools, Kurt
Chrencik was really
impressed with how his new
school performed “It’s nice
to be at a school that feels
like where I came from
(Iowa). The people here are
great, they care about ath-
letics and it shows.”
Karma seemed to be on
the home team’s side all
night, maybe because they
wore as much pink as their
uniforms could hold to raise
awareness for breast cancer.
With a running clock
throughout the whole sec-
ond half due to the mercy
rule; Jacob Lawrence was
the only score in the second
half. The Cardinal punched
in a touchdown late in the
4th quarter to make the
score 56-6.
The Cardinals take the
field on Friday as they hope
to continue their solid play
of late into the playoffs as
they host Pellston in the
final game of the regular
season at 7:00pm. St. Mary
travels to Atlanta as they
hope to get there first win of
the season against the
Wins the
Battle for
BEULAH -- On the morn-
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Department of Natural
Resources' Fisheries Division
staff at the Platte River State
Fish Hatchery in Beulah,
Mich., arrived for work to
find 5,700 coho salmon dead
in one of the maturation
ponds at the Upper Weir.
While under investigation,
all signs indicate the loss was
from a late Thursday night
vandalism act, as it appears
the fish were forcibly crowd-
ed into a small area which
blocked water flow through
the screens and created con-
ditions in which the dis-
solved oxygen concentra-
tions became lethal.
“This is the first time in 45
years where we have had this
type of incident at this facili-
ty,” said Gary Whelan, DNR
fish production manager. “It
could have put our entire
coho salmon program in
serious jeopardy. The loss of
this program would cost the
state economy millions of
dollars in revenue. We were
exceptionally fortunate to
have an above average coho
salmon spawning run this
year and will still have
enough adults to fully meet
our coho salmon egg take
All of the dead coho
salmon, which included
5,130 adult and 570 small
jacks (yearlings), were sal-
vaged by the American-
Canadian Fisheries Inc., the
contractor for the surplus
salmon carcasses from DNR
salmon weirs that are used in
the fish meal industry.
Additional security measures
have been put in place to
protect the remaining fish at
this key egg take facility.
“We would appreciate any
information on this incident
to assist us with our investi-
gation. This information can
be provided to any conserva-
tion officer or to the RAP hot-
line at 1-800-292-7800,” said
Edward Eisch, Northern
Lower Peninsula fish produc-
tion manager.
Vandalism strikes Platte fish hatchery
Act of vandalism likely the cause of 5,700 coho salmon deaths at northern Michigan hatchery
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Beaudoin of Waterford
recently had a Sunday morn-
ing he will never forget. “My
heart was pounding! I’m a big
guy and my guide had me
running, so I was breathing
hard,” said the 2012 Pure
Michigan Hunt winner.
Recently, Beaudoin har-
vested an enormous 6x6 bull
elk during the second elk
hunt period with the help of
his guide, Kevin Johnson of
Big Boys Adventures in
“My guide said the elk had
a whale tail; I didn’t even
know what that was!” said
Although the bull has yet to
be officially scored, everyone
has a guess for the record
book, according to Beaudoin.
Beaudoin is one of three
winners of the Department
of Natural Resources' Pure
Michigan Hunt program.
Each winner received all 2012
limited licenses and the ulti-
mate hunter’s prize package
from Michigan companies
and organizations. Beaudoin
purchased a $4 Pure
Michigan Hunt application
last year, and found out in
January of 2012 he was one of
the winners.
Pure Michigan Hunt appli-
cations for the 2013 season
are available for $4 at any
license agent or online at
There is no limit to the num-
ber of applications hunters
may buy now through Dec.
31. Three winners will be
announced in February 2013.
The 2013 prize package
includes licenses for elk,
bear, spring and fall turkey,
and antlerless deer; first pick
at a managed waterfowl area,
and the following prizes:
* 2012 Darton crossbow
* 30.06 rifle from Michigan
Gun Owners
* 12 GA shotgun from the
Lake Effect Chapter of the
Michigan Duck Hunters
* Camo ground blind from
* Guided spring turkey
hunt from East Lake
* Sitka camo clothing from
Rocky Mountain Elk
* Camo vest, custom box
call and patch from National
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* Rapid River knife, duck
decoy and membership from
Ducks Unlimited
* Herd monitoring kit and
membership from Quality
Deer Management
* National and local mem-
berships from Safari Club
* Sweatshirt and hat from
the Southwest Lake Erie
Chapter of Waterfowl USA
As a Pure Michigan Hunt
winner, Beaudoin also got
the first pick at a managed
waterfowl area hunt, bring-
ing along a hunting compan-
ion to share the experience.
“I hunted waterfowl at Fish
Point Managed Waterfowl
Area,” said Beaudoin, “I took
along one of my oldest
friends and the guy who
actually got me into duck
hunting years ago.”
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Non-lethal Cable Restraints
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trapping of fox and coyote.
Gray and red fox hunting
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March 1
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and Predator Hunting for
specific regulations govern-
ing the hunting of these
species at night.
And a reminder that coyote
hunting season is in full
swing until April 15.
Residents possessing a valid
small game license may hunt
coyote during the established
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traps furbearing animals,
including those who trap or
hunt on their own enclosed
farmland or private property,
must have a valid fur har-
vester license. This license
allows you to hunt fox, bob-
cat, coyote or raccoon, and
trap badger, bobcat, fisher,
marten, fox, coyote, weasel,
mink, raccoon, muskrat,
beaver, otter, skunk or opos-
Exceptions: Raccoon and
coyote may be taken on pri-
vate property by a property
owner or designee all year if
they are doing or about to do
damage on private property.
A license or written permit is
not needed. Residents pos-
sessing a valid small game
license may hunt coyote dur-
ing the established season.
Those 17 years of age and
older must possess a valid fur
harvester license. A junior
resident fur harvester-trap
only license is available to
youth 10 to 16 years old with-
out hunter safety training.
Youth under 10 years old may
trap furbearers as licensed
through the Mentored Youth
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fox and coyote hunting and
trapping, visit the DNR’s fox
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announcement of the MHSAA
Football Playoff field on the
Selection Sunday Show on FOX
Sports Detroit. The starting
time had previously been list-
ed at 7 p.m., but was moved
Monday (Oct. 15).
Mickey York and Rob Rubick
will reveal and breakdown the
first round of play in the 256-
team 11-player tournament
field, as well as the 16-team
bracket in the Association’s
second annual 8-player play-
Following the completion of
the Selection Sunday Show, at
approximately 7 p.m., the play-
off qualifiers and first round
pairings will be posted to the
MHSAA Website. Game times
will be added to the listings on
Monday (Oct. 22).
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this Sunday
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It's going to be
a great atmos-
phere and
there's going to
be a whole lot
of excitement
from both communities I'm
With Hills returning to the
program he led to a 69-26
record from 2000-08 there
were plenty of unknowns
entering the season. It
helped that he had
remained in the building as
a teacher at Boyne City dur-
ing his break from coaching,
but with so many young
players filling key roles,
nobody was certain how
competitive -- or good – the
Ramblers might be.
Sophomore Corey
Redman, who has already
made a verbal commitment
to play basketball at Central
Michigan, is the quarterback
and his top receiver is
another sophomore, Maceo
Vroman. The leading rusher
is freshman fullback Malik
Smith. Three other sopho-
mores, Michael Dohm,
Connor Beebe and Max
Cuper, have also played key
Hills and his staff have
been able to blend those
newcomers with senior vet-
erans such as Brady Calo, a
two-way starting lineman;
guard/linebacker Elliott
Hausler; and
linebacker/halfback Alan
Manross. Senior running
back Jamael Kelly has also
emerged as a threat.
As the youngsters have
matured and the entire
team has gelled, Boyne has
gotten progressively better.
The Ramblers' first four
wins each came by eight
points or less but the opera-
tive word is 'wins' -- they've
won while learning and
growing up.
"Offensively I think our
level of execution is a lot
better than it was the first
three, four weeks," Hills
said. "As the season has pro-
gressed I think we've con-
tinued to improve in both
the passing and running
"Certainly the season has
played out very well for us.
It couldn't have played out
any better. We've been for-
tunate, but we've created
some good fortune by play-
ing good football.
"I think we've continued
to improve and the compe-
tition continues to improve
and so the games get more
and more exciting. I think
we're all very excited about
the position we've created
for ourselves here. From
here on out, they'll just keep
getting bigger."
Win or lose on Friday, the
Ramblers are headed to the
playoffs. That was the norm
in Hills' first tenure as
Boyne's coach. They fin-
ished 4-5 in his first season,
2000, then reeled off nine
straight post-season appear-
"The playoffs will be new
for most of these kids," he
said. "This game (against
Grayling) is going to have
that playoff atmosphere and
a lot of things around it and
it'll be real important for us
to handle that appropriately
and keep that in perspec-
than 1,000
yards rushing
and receiving
this season
with a whop-
ping 18 touch-
downs, has
averaged nearly 6 yards per
carry while accumulating a
team-high 674 rushing
yards and reaching the end
zone 11 times.
Tobin is another threat as
a runner or receiver. The
sweet-striding sophomore
runs the ball at times out of
the wildcat formation or
takes handoffs from
Swander from the slot post
and has the speed and elu-
siveness to score from any-
where on the field. Tobin,
who has 336 rushing yards
on just 25 attempts (an
average of 13.44 times per
carry!) has a 90-yard TD run
on his stat line this season
and an 80-yard TD recep-
tion. In the huge win over
St. Francis midway through
the season, he threw a 6-
yard TD to Swander, ran for
a 33-yard TD late in the
game and broke loose for a
62-yard gallop.
Junior Kevin Harris, who
bolsters the Grayling run-
ning attack along with the
scrappy Schultz, has one of
the strongest legs around.
He often boots the ball into
the end zone on kickoffs
and he gives the Vikings a
legitimate field goal threat.
Boyne’s defense will seek
to find ways to keep the
Vikings from making quick
strikes on Friday. The
Ramblers’ ability to limit the
explosive plays and force
Grayling to earn its points
will go a long way in deter-
mining the outcome of the
“The difficult part of run-
ning the spread is that you
are never really sure what a
team is going to do to you
defensively because it's so
different from what they
have faced all year,”
Sanchez said. “This is at the
same time an advantage for
us if we can adjust quickly.
However, I'm sure they will
use a combination of pres-
sure and changing up cov-
erages to try to confuse us.
“We will need to stay
poised and just take advan-
tage of what the defense is
giving us. No defense can
stop everything, so it's up to
us to find the weak spots.”
Boyne City features a
diversified offense with
plenty of speed and plenty
of punch through the air
and on the ground.
Quarterback Corey
Redman is a sophomore
who plays with the savvy of
a senior. He doesn’t throw
nearly as much as the
Vikings’ Swander but he
throws accurately and can
hit the big one. Redman and
fellow sophomore Maceo
Vroman have been a big-
play combination all sea-
son. The duo hooked up for
three TDs in the Ramblers’
29-14 victory over St.
Francis. Jamael Kelly is also
a quick-strike threat at
Freshman Malik Smith is
built low to the ground and
has a motor that won’t quit.
Smith has the power to
push for the short yards and
the breakaway speed to
convert any play into a long
gallop. Brad Fouchia is a
passing and running threat
out of the backfield along
with Conner Mills.
Vroman is an electrifying
kick and punt returner who
can flat out fly. His 95-yard
kickoff return late in the
fourth quarter gave the
Ramblers a come-from-
behind 26-21 win over
Kalkaska in week three.
The Carnivores of
Grayling defensive coordi-
nator Kevin O’Connell defi-
nitely have their work cut
out for them on Friday.
“Boyne runs some quick
motions to get the ball to
the edge,” Sanchez said.
“They also have great bal-
ance in that they can fake
the sweep and hand it off
up the middle or pass it
“If our guys don't read
their keys and caught up
with the motions, it will be a
long night. However, if we
stay focused and disci-
plined, we will have a shot.”
By Andy Sneddon
Megan Murphy has a lot
going for her. Talent, drive,
work ethic, course knowl-
edge and experience at the
top of the list. And, perhaps,
the weather.
The weather?
"We actually have an
advantage because we play
in this stuff all the time," said
Pete Maybank, the
Cheboygan High School girl’s
golf coach.
Murphy, a Cheboygan sen-
ior, will compete in the
Division IV state girl’s golf
tournament on Friday and
Saturday at Forest Akers West
on the campus of Michigan
State University in East
Lansing. It will be her third
consecutive appearance in
the state tournament and,
Maybank said, she hopes to
cap an outstanding prep
career with her first top-10
finish in the state final.
"If the conditions are right
and her game comes togeth-
er, I wouldn't put a top-10
finish past her and I would
think she has a chance to be
even better than that,"
Maybank said. Weather is
almost always a factor late in
the girl’s golf season, but,
Maybank said, that could
play into Murphy's favor.
Geographically, Murphy
comes from the northern-
most school -- in any division
-- in this weekend's finals
(the Upper Peninsula holds
separate tournaments).
Maybank's prized pupil has
grown up battling cold tem-
peratures, wind and rain. No,
it isn't like the climate from
the Mackinac Bridge to
Michigan's southern border
varies that much, and that
the other players in this
weekend's field haven't
played in similar conditions.
Still, subtle changes in the
weather can make a differ-
ence in golf. "Last year (in the
state finals) might have been
the most brutal conditions
I've ever seen for a golf
event," Maybank said. "50
mph winds and snowing and
sleeting. It was unbelievable.
Those conditions were just
unbearable." Murphy shot
94-105 -- 199 in last year's
finals, 15 shots from a top-10
finish. As a sophomore in
2010, Murphy posted a 95-91
-- 186 on Forest Akers East.
That total left her 20 strokes
from a top 10.
One advantage Murphy
has heading into this week-
end's tournament is that she
played last year, in Division
III, on Forest Akers West. The
MHSAA rotates the Division
III and IV finals between the
East and West courses and
because Cheboygan dropped
to Division IV this year,
Murphy has the experience
of playing the West under
state-tournament condi-
"I think that she's excited,"
Maybank said. "I would say
excited more than nervous.
It's like she's saying 'I realize
this is my senior year, I've
been there before.'
"It's been a personal mis-
sion of hers to play well down
at the state finals and this is
her last chance."
Murphy shot 94 to finish
fifth in the regional last week
at Eagle Glen in Farwell. The
Chiefs finished fifth with a
416 team score, just four
shots out of third place,
which would have put them
in the state finals as a team.
"Those conditions down at
Eagle Glen were pretty brutal
too," Maybank said. "It was
kind of like the British Open."
Murphy's regional placing
kept intact her season streak
of top-10 finishes, which is
fairly remarkable considering
the level of competition the
Chiefs typically face. "We
play a lot of Big North
(Conference) teams,"
Maybank said. "We play
Traverse City West and
Traverse City Central and
(Central's) Courtney Dye
might be one of the best high
school players in the state
right now," Maybank said.
"Megan's usually top two or
three. When we play them its
usually Courtney and then
Megan's right behind her."
Like any golfer, Murphy has
gone through her share of
ups and downs, often in the
same round. But the key in
golf is perseverance and
trusting your ability.
"The last two, three weeks
she's been struggling,"
Maybank said. "Her mid-
irons and fairway woods, it
seems like she's been strug-
gling with them. We did some
work with video (Monday)
and by the end of the practice
round, she was hitting it pret-
ty good.
"She's such a competitor
and such a grinder that even
if she doesn't have her A
game, she always finds a way
to get it done. She gets up
and down from a lot of places
with great wedge play and
She also knows that one
hole -- birdie, bogey or par --
does not a round make. Case
in point, her performance in
the regional at Eagle Glen.
"She was really struggling
on the front, she shot 51 on
the front," Maybank said.
"On the back she shot 43 and
had four penalty strokes. She
could have shot a 37 or 38
without the penalty strokes.
So that 94 was a pretty come-
back and that's a good exam-
ple of her fortitude. You can't
count her out. She always
seems to find a way to get it
done. It's been fun to watch. I
know I've enjoyed coaching
Grayling shot 405 to win
the regional team title, fol-
lowed by Maple City Glen
Lake, 407; and host Farwell,
412. Harbor Springs was
fourth with 414. Also for the
Chiefs, Megan Hadley shot
101, Emily Alexander, 105;
Mariah Kane, 116; and Olivia
Urso, 119. Farwell sopho-
more Bria Colosky shot 86 to
capture medalist honors.
Teammate Sammie Baldwin
shot 92 to place second.
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Joy Fellowship
Assembly of God
8600 S. Straits Hwy.
Located between Indian River and Wolverine.
Sunday - Coffee Hour 9 AM
Service - 10 AM including services for children
Wednesday - 6 PM
231-525-8510 Pastor Bob Moody
Bible Based Preaching
Traditional Music
Friendly, Casual, Atmosphere
Come Just As You Are
Sunday School 10:00 • Morning Worship 11:00
Evening Service 6:00 • Wednesday 6:00
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Enjoy the music and message every Sunday morning
at 10:00am. Sunday School at 11:15am
Our Mission: ¨A Spirit filled family of God united in our fear and love of Christ and
committed to the truth of the Bible. A praying church that equips its members to care,
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THURSDAY: Luke 9:47-48 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 47 But Jesus, knowing what they
were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side, 48 and said to them,
“Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives
Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”
FRIDAY: Luke 18:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 16 But Jesus called for them, saying,
“Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God
belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of
God like a child will not enter it at all.”
SATURDAY: 1 Corinthians 13:10-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 10 but when the perfect
comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child,
think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish
things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but
then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love,
abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
SUNDAY: Romans 8:13-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 13 for if you are living according
to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the
body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received
a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself tes-
tifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God
and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified
with Him.
MONDAY: 1 John 5:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the
Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. 2 By this
we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His command-
ments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His command-
ments are not burdensome.
TUESDAY: Luke 1:66 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
66 All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, “What
then will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the
Lord was certainly with him.
WEDNESDAY: Proverbs 22:5-7 New American Standard
Bible (NASB) 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the per-
verse; He who guards himself will be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he
is old he will not depart from it. 7 The rich rules over the
poor, And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.
Thoughts on...What was a first time experience that
you and a child enjoyed together?
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Taking my 15 year old nephew downstate to
do genealogy research. I took him into the
old Masonic Lodge where his great grand-
father and great great grandfather were
made members.
Neil Ahrens, Harbor Springs
The trip two years ago with my wife, kids
and grandchild to visit my daughter on the
coast of North Carolina.
Bill Takalo, Petoskey
Going out in a canoe with my two
kids catching turtles at camp.
Jeff Pagel, Petoskey
Witnessing my son catch his first fish with
his grandfather in a small Wolverine lake.
John Van Patten
Bob Moody
Joy Fellowship -
Assembly of God
"There's one Daddy! Look, he's coming right down the tree!" My youngest daughter's excited words shook me out of
my reflection of the past fifteen years. Just thirty minutes before my three-year old was clutching my hand as we
walked to one of my favorite squirrel hunting spots here in northern Michigan. This was our first "hunt" together. Mom
had made us breakfast before we left. This was the last of "first hunts" with my children. My other four daughters and
my son had already made that first trek to the squirrel woods over the years. As I settled down with my back tight to a
large oak tree and Sandy settled down with her back tight up against Dad I began to remember those other "firsts".
There was the time when my two oldest daughters squeezed into a little deer blind with me one cold November morn-
ing. We didn't see a deer. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact they couldn't sit still. It was one of the best deer
hunts in my memory. There was that first turkey hunt with my oldest daughter that ended in a shot right over the bird's
head. Dad had to get a serious upgrade in his patience level on that one. There was Tabitha's great pride in finishing
her hunter safety class on her own. Surprised Dad that time—I didn't even know she had signed up. She wanted to
make me proud—she did. I couldn't forget my son's first squirrel. A young boy so happy he wanted to jump and down
but had to remain cool—didn't want to look too excited—after all the "big" guys didn't act that way. I am convinced
that God’s awesome creation is the perfect setting for those “firsts” with our children.
It was right about there in my trip down memory lane that my daughter's words brought me back to the here and
now. Sure enough about twenty yards away a jet black shape was heading down an oak tree. "Don't let him get away
daddy", she whispered. Talk about pressure! I'd rather be facing my last shot on a so far perfect round of skeet or the
tie-breaker in a handgun competition. "Cover your ears honey", I whispered back. A second later our prize was on the
ground. We walked over and I had her touch the squirrel's eye with a stick to make sure it was dead. As she stroked its
glossy fur I thanked God for all the "firsts" including this one.
Seconds later she had the squirrel by the tail and excitedly said, "Come on Daddy let's go. I've got to show it to
Grandpa! So much for limiting out that day! Grandpa was Buck Heide, an elder in our church. Buck and his wife Karen
had become our children's "adopted" grandparents when my wife and I moved to the area. Buck makes his living as a
taxidermist and has been involved in the "first" outdoor experiences of many children in our area. Sandy and I made
the short drive to his shop. She ran through the small showroom in the front to his work area in the rear. I can still pic-
ture her face as she squealed, "Look Grandpa, we got one, we got one!" After Buck got all the details and listened to the
story several times he made me a cup of his famous instant coffee and we talked for a bit while Sandy sat and looked at
all the fascinating stuff you find in a taxidermist shop.
The years have passed since then. My baby is in her twenties. She doesn't hunt but she and her two closest sisters in
age have rediscovered fishing recently. My three oldest daughters aren’t big into hunting but certainly aren't opposed to
it. They enjoy the outdoors and are both married to guys who hunt. My son isn't as passionate about squirrel hunting
as I am but rather saves his energy for goose hunting—a gift imparted to him by Grandpa Buck. On my office wall are
pictures of our first turkey hunt and our first goose hunt. These are all wonderful memories but a man doesn't stay
young on memories. Over the years I have found that there are many youngsters out there just waiting for a "first". I
have had the privilege and joy of taking many of these kids out on their first squirrel hunt. Hunting with friends in
enjoyable but taking a child for the first time is about as good as it gets in the woods. Regardless of the game taken or
not taken introducing young people to God’s creation is about as good as it gets. Maybe we'll meet out there; maybe
you'll have a young hunter with you. I hope so. Remember my friends—a man never stands as tall as when he bends to
help a child!
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Deborah Campbell, a Coach specializing in
transition and personal transformation, will
be leading three- three hour long workshops
at Crooked Tree Arts Center, October 19th
and 20th. Creating an Authentic Life is a
series of workshops designed for participants
to take the opportunity to reflect and develop
ways of living that help them reach their cre-
ative potential. Deborah is also a well-known
mixed media artist. She uses the creative
process for problem solving and life’s larger
challenges. The three workshops being
offered are:
Clearing the Way Focusing on encourage-
ment and tapping one’s own potential, this
three-hour interactive workshop builds
strategies for living a more authentic life.
Through reflective exercises, group activities,
and discussion, participants will “clear the
way” to help reach their creative potential.
True Values is constructed around the
belief that people live through their values,
but rarely have the opportunity to reflect on
what they define those values to be. This
workshop is for anyone else seeking a life of
integrity. True Values, is a workshop that will
help participants clarify and understand their
values and lead them to live their life in align-
ment with those unique core principles
Wheel of Life - Creating Balance In this
workshop participants will begin to get clear
on their own "Wheel of Life,” discovering
where the spokes of imbalance are, and cre-
ate a strategy to bring life back into equilib-
Deborah likes to use the metaphor of the
patchwork quilt [for life and her work-
shops]: “using interesting fragments
gleaned from the world to create something
new, useful, beautiful and whole.”
Register for one, two or all three of
Deborah’s workshops. For more informa-
tion and to register, visit
Using authentic instruments,
clothing, and hairstyles, The
BackBeats transport their audiences
on a Magical Mystery Tour of yester-
year, when the whole world first
heard the four names of John, Paul,
George and Ringo. On October 20 at
7:30pm, The Opera House in
Cheboygan will relive those won-
derful days and the music so famil-
iar to all of us when The BackBeats perform live
on our stage.
The BackBeats is proud to be the only
Michigan-based Beatles show to have had
sponsorship by both of the major classic rock
Detroit radio stations (FM 104.3 and FM 94.7)
and also by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
Cleveland. In 2009, when The Beatles released
their highly anticipated video game "Beatles:
Rock Band", it was The BackBeats that were
hired to represent the band for the release of the
game in the Michigan market.
The BackBeats is also the only Michigan-
based Beatles group whose members have trav-
eled abroad to perform, including performanc-
es in Liverpool, at the famed Cavern Club. Over
the past few years, the band has extended it’s
performance locales and can now be seen per-
forming not only throughout Michigan, but in
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North
Carolina, California and Canada.
The BackBeats methodology has always been
that although no one can deny the importance
of recreating the music with note-for-note
accuracy, it’s the presentation of the material,
the ability to keep the audiences dancing, clap-
ping, and laughing that has always made the
band stand out amongst the scores of tribute
bands around the world.
Tickets for this nostalgic show are available by
calling the Box Office at 231-627-5841 or 1-800-
357-9408. This concert is the first concert of the
Cheboygan Area Arts Council’s Concert Series.
Sponsors for this year’s series are: Continental
Inn, First Community Bank, Barnich,
Kavanaugh and Cooper Insurance, Durocher
Marine Division of Kokosing Construction Co
Inc., Encore Financial Group/Ohio National,
Wheeler Motors and Mike Sherwood ReMax
The 2012-13 Swirl season at the
Crooked Tree Arts Center begins on
Thursday, October 25, featuring a sam-
pling of creative appetizers and fine
wines from Toski Sands Market and Wine
Shop with proprietors Keith and Sue
McGlaughlin. Local musician Michelle
Chenard will perform in the galleries.
Swirl is a monthly wine tasting with
music and the most recent art exhibit on
display. Each month the arts center pairs
with local wine purveyors and restau-
rants and performers for each Swirl. Two
exhibits will be open including the
Annual Juried Fine Arts and the Michigan
Watercolor Exhibit at the October Swirl.
Doors open at 5:30 pm with food and
music running to 7:00. Tickets are $15 in
advance and $20 per person the day of
Swirl, when available and may be pur-
chased online at or
calling 231-347-4337. Tickets for all the
Swirl events are available now.
The Swirl series will continue with a
Holiday Wine Market on Sunday,
November 18 from 4 pm to 7 pm. Glen's
Fresh Market will be pouring over 30 vari-
etals and feature great holiday appetizers.
The Charlevoix Sax Quartet will be play-
ing holiday favorites to kick off the sea-
son. The CTAC Annual Holiday Bazaar
will be open for attendees to purchase
artwork by over 50 area artists.
Swirl continues in 2013 on Thursdays
January 24: The Depot Club &
Restaurant with music by Jeff Pagel
February 28: Lake Street Market with
music by Bob Greenway
March 28: Harbor Springs IGA with
music by Pete Kehoe
April 25: Galley Gourmet with music by
Howard Richards
May 23: City Park Grill with music by
Chris Koury
A special Summer Super Swirl will be
held Wednesday, August 21 from 5:30-
8:00 pm with Glen's Fresh Market provid-
ing wines and foods. This Super Swirl will
be a strolling tasting, music & art event
with demonstrations and performances
throughout the arts center and the
Carnegie Building. Tickets for this event
are $25 in advance $30 at the door.
For more information and to purchase
tickets, contact the Crooked Tree Arts
Center, 231-347-4337 or visit The Crooked Tree
Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell
Street, downtown Petoskey.
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Both Native Americans and Africans populated the United
States and the Great Lakes region during the 1700s, and their
shared heritage helped define American, as well as Michigan,
history. The relationship between Africans and Native
Americans began in the earliest colonial period where a pat-
tern was established of Native Americans taking in African-
Americans. The two people mixed and formed a united front
against slavery.
Join Deborah J. Tucker, retired Wayne State University
Librarian, as she explains the interwoven history of African-
Americans and Native Americans. A program will be held at
the Otsego County Library on Wednesday, October 17th at 7
p.m. in the Library’s meeting room. Ms. Tucker has done
extensive research on this untold story and has lectured
nationally on the topic.
Few know, for instance, that Chief Pontiac, a Native
American leader from the Detroit area, had as emissary to
other tribes a man of African descent, Jean-Baptiste Pointe Du
Sable. Du Sable set up the first permanent settlement in
Chicago and traded in Detroit. Du Sable was also married a
Potawatomi woman.
Leading up to this historical program, a series of paintings
by Jeanne Rorex Bridges, an artist of Cherokee ancestry, will
be on display at the Library. The art is from the collection of
local residents, Robert and Lillian Manuszak, and it depicts
the shared relationships between African and Native
All Library programs are free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be provided at the October 17th program.
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American Combined Heritages
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V8, RWD, automatic, 871 miles, 24
MPG Hwy, Crystal Red Tintcoat, stock
# 31034, pre-owned, Less than 900
miles on this RED HOT Camaro 2SS
with all the goodies. Save $39,988.
Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac, 1861
US 31 North, Petoskey, MI 231-347-
I BUY CARS! Wrecked or in need of
mechanical repair, 1995 and up.
Gaylord area. 989-732-9362
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS. 3.6L V6,
FWD, automatic, 27k miles, 30 MPG
Hwy, Gold Mist Metallic, stock #
31013, pre-owned, CARFAX 1 owner
and buyback guarantee... Gets Great
Gas Mileage: 30 MPG Hwy. $17,499.
Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac, 1861
US 31 North, Petoskey, MI 231-347-
Rent-to-own vehicles at Tailored
Enterprises in Petoskey. Toll Free
888-774-2264 or 231 347-3332. Also,
We have scooters on sale now
and storage. Parts & Service.
Precision Motor Sports & Marine,
Waters. 989-731-5050
FLOWER SHOP for Sale, Gaylord,
Michigan. It is time to retire from our
busy shop. Call 989-858-0455.
Serious inquiries only.
68,000 miles. Good condition.
$17,500 obo. or 989-
CASH FOR OLD CARS. Please don't
send to crusher. Michel's Collision &
Restoration 231-348-7066
HEADACHES? Call Dave the
Computer Doc at 989-731-1408 for
in-your-home or business repair, serv-
ice, upgrades, virus and spyware
removal, training.
WEB SITE HOSTING as low as $4.95
a month. Have your web site hosted
with a local business, not someone
out of state or overseas. Local host-
ing, local service. Go to Safe and
secure. Small or large websites.
Split. Call for details 989-732-5878
or 989-858-6485
Eliminate your heating bills. OUT-
Boiler. Double L Tack Inc 989-733-
FIREWOOD, DRY. B. Moeke. 231-
WANTED: Hard Maple Tree tops for
firewood. East of Gaylord and
Johannesburg area. 989-732-5878
Free items classified ads run free of
charge in the Weekly Choice. Call
989-732-8160 or e-mail your ad to
GREAT ROOMS is now wholesaling
mattresses to the public. Prices
begin at $119. 148 W. Main St.
Downtown Gaylord, corner of Main
and N. Court St. www.greatroomsgay- Call 989-748-4849
Garage Sale for free at Buy
and sell in Northern Michigan. This
even creates a map to show where
your Garage Sale is located.
with a classified ad, just $2.00 for 10
words. Why bother with a Garage
Sale? Sell it the easy way, in the
Weekly Choice.
The Crawford County Commission on
Aging & Senior Center will be holding
a Rummage Sale on Friday, October
26th from 9:00am until 5:00 pm at
308 Lawndale Street, Grayling. This
event is open to the public. Available
for purchase will be 2 office desks, 3
computer stands, 1 computer desk,
keyboards with mice, Lazy Boy reclin-
er, collector dolls, juicer and misc
GUN AUCTION. Private collection of
guns, knives, ammo, cases, etc. to be
sold at absolute auction on Friday
evening, Nov. 2 starting at 5:30pm,
ending at 8:30pm. Lets Talk Auction
Barn, Between Fairview & Mio on M-
33. Includes 95 guns of all kinds,
Winchester, Browning, Remington,
Etc. From 1873 - 2012. For more info
go to or call
BULL DOZER. Late 40's Cat D/2
dozer. Pony start, runs well, needs
some work. $2,500 obo. 989-370-
Advertising Sales – Boyne City – Part
Time Salesperson. The best candi-
date will be friendly and enjoy helping
local businesses create print adver-
tising to help them reach consumers
throughout Northern Michigan with
our newspapers and associated
products. Work your own schedule.
Good commission rate. Must have
computer, Internet access and
dependable transportation. E-mail
info to Dave at
Advertising Sales – Cheboygan – Part
Time Salesperson. The best candi-
date will be friendly and enjoy helping
local businesses create print adver-
tising to help them reach consumers
throughout Northern Michigan with
our newspapers and associated
products. Work your own schedule.
Good commission rate. Must have
computer, Internet access and
dependable transportation. E-mail
resume to
Advertising Sales – Grayling – Part
Time Salesperson. The best candi-
date will be friendly and enjoy helping
local businesses create print adver-
tising to help them reach consumers
throughout Northern Michigan with
our newspapers and associated
products. Work your own schedule.
Good commission rate. Must have
computer, Internet access and
dependable transportation. E-mail
resume to
Feature Writer – Grayling/Lewiston/
Mio – Report positive news and write
feature stories. Experienced writer
and photographer a plus. Must have
Digital camera, computer and posi-
tive outlook. E-mail info and samples
to Dave at
FEENY Chrysler, Jeep Dodge of
Gaylord is looking for an experienced
Lube Tech to join our service team.
Apply in person. See Mary Brown,
Service Manager, Feeny Chrysler,
Jeep Dodge, 1001 Mankowski Rd, (1
block south of M-32 at I-75 exit 282)
FULL TIME Auto & Truck Salesperson.
Retail sales experience is helpful and
preferred but we will consider train-
ing the right candidate. Must be hon-
est, hardworking, outgoing, punctual
and dependable. Must have current,
unrestricted Michigan driver's
license. Includes benefits. Apply in
person. Scheer Motors Chevy, Buick,
Chrysler, Dodge, Ram & Jeep.
Industrial Maintenance, Grayling.
Wood window component manufac-
turer seeks a generalist for its main-
tenance team. Requires HS/GED,
documented work history, drug
screen, & related training/experience
with welding, electrical systems,
hydraulics, and industrial equipment
troubleshooting and repair. Steam
systems experience helpful. Apply at:
at nearest Michigan Works office.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
Mancelona Public Schools Early
Childhood Programs. Preschool sub-
stitute staff needed. Candidate must
possess an interest in small children
and have some experience. Extensive
Professional Development opportuni-
ties available! For more information,
you may contact Kristin Witt at 231-
587-9021 or email letter of interest,
resume and references to
News Reporter – Boyne City – Attend
and report on local governmental
meetings, school board and local
news reporting. Experienced writer
and photographer a plus. Must have
Digital camera and computer. E-mail
info and samples to Dave at
News Reporter – Boyne Falls –
Attend and report on local govern-
mental meetings, school board and
local news reporting. Experienced
writer and photographer a plus. Must
have Digital camera and computer. E-
mail info and samples to Dave at
News Reporter – Charlevoix – Attend
and report on local governmental
meetings, school board and local
news reporting. Experienced writer
and photographer a plus. Must have
Digital camera and computer. E-mail
info and samples to Dave at
News Reporter – East Jordan –
Attend and report on local govern-
mental meetings, school board and
local news reporting. Experienced
writer and photographer a plus. Must
have Digital camera and computer. E-
mail info and samples to Dave at
DRIVER. The Otsego County Road
Commission is currently accepting
applications for a Seasonal Truck
Driver. This position will require a
CDL Class A or B with air brakes
endorsement. This is not a union
position and will be on an as needed
basis consisting of 0 to 40 hours per
week beginning November 2012 for
up to 20 weeks of employment. For
further details, please contact Jerry
Vinecki at (989) 732-5202. Please
send applications to the Otsego
County Road Commission, P.O. Box
537, Gaylord, Michigan 49734-0537
or deliver to the Road Commission at
669 W. McCoy Road, Gaylord,
Michigan between the hours of 7:30
a.m.-12:00 noon and 12:30 p.m.-
4:00 p.m. Applications will be accept-
ed until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October
19, 2012. The Otsego County Road
Commission is an equal opportunity
Sports Writer – Grayling area –
Sports Reporter to cover local sports.
Independent Contractor position
requires experienced writer and pho-
tographer. Must have Digital SLR
camera, computer and love sports. E-
mail info and samples to Dave at
Sports Writer – Petoskey/Cheboygan
area – Sports Reporter to cover local
sports. Independent Contractor posi-
tion requires experienced writer and
photographer. Must have Digital SLR
camera, computer and love sports. E-
mail info and samples to Dave at
TRUCK DRIVER. The Otsego County
Road Commission is currently
accepting applications for a full time
Truck Driver. This position will require
a CDL Class A or B with air brakes
endorsement. A copy of the job func-
tions and skills required are available
at the Road Commission office.
Please send applications to the
Otsego County Road Commission,
P.O. Box 537, Gaylord, Michigan
49734-0537 or deliver to the Road
Commission at 669 W. McCoy Road,
Gaylord, Michigan between the hours
of 7:30 a.m.-12:00 noon and 12:30
p.m.-4:00 p.m. Applications will be
accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Friday,
October 19, 2012. The Otsego
County Road Commission is an equal
opportunity employer.
3 BEDROOM, 2 bath home for rent.
Gaylord area. 989-732-9362 or 989-
For Rent: 2 bedroom mobile home.
Natural gas heat, washer and dryer
and trash pickup included.
$500/month. Call M-F between 11-5.
GAYLORD, 3 bedroom ranch on cor-
ner lot, $129,900, attached 2 1/2
car garage, 1st floor laundry, 1 1/2
bath, full 13-block basement with
lots of potential, partially finished
workout room, move-in ready, 1656
Mockingbird Lane, Michaywe ameni-
ties, see photo gallery online at for- 989-619-0384
(text or call) to make an appointment,
willing to negotiate.
Energy Star homes. Give us a call for
an appointment. 989-370-6058
GERTA'S DRAPERIES: Everything in
Window Treatments Free estimates
and in home appointments.
Established 1958. Call 989-732-
3340 or visit our showroom at 2281
South Otsego Ave., Gaylord.
For Rent or Sale on Contract. 3
Bedroom Manufactured home. $500
down, $500 month. Gaylord area
MSHDA approved 989-966-2037
NEW & REPOS: Double-Wides, 16's,
14's. Take anything on trade.
Financing available. A complete line
of parts. www.michiganeast- 989-966-2037
Accepting Bids – Natural Gas Unit
Heaters. Charlevoix County Transit is
offering three (3) natural gas unit
heaters for sale by sealed bid. Sealed
bids will be accepted until 12:00
p.m. on Thursday, November 1,
2012. To obtain a bid packet contact
the administrative offices of
Charlevoix County Transit, 1050
Brockway, Boyne City, MI 49712 at
231-582-6900, via email at or online at
Connection Resale, 121 S. Indiana
Ave, Gaylord. Open Tues - Sat. 10am -
BLUE SPRUCE TREES. 3 foot to 8
foot, $20 and up. 989-942-7275.
Waters, Michigan
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Paid, Nationwide Pickup, 800-772-
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ELECTRIC YAMAHA full size piano
with bench. Paid $1,600. Will take
$1,200. 989-732-1326
PIANO LESSONS. Will come to your
home. Gaylord, Grayling, Vanderbilt
area. 989-942-7275
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in our national network, just $695.
Call the Weekly Choice, 989-732-
8160 or e-mail
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campuses coast to coast. Housing
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assistance. Call AIM to apply. 877-
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Job placement assistance. Computer
provided. Financial aid if qualified.
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1349 S. Otsego,
GayIord, MI 49735
(989) 732-2477
10 acres and river frontage.
Outstanding building site the great views and
privacy plus, just minutes away from Gaylord
$84,000. MLS #276734
Like new complete remodel in 1997. Has R.V. park-
ing with electric and water. Also includes 1/4 share
of lakefront lot with dock on Highland Ave. Fur-
nishings too numerous to list....see inventory.
Move in ready with mower, grill, tools, 2 boats, go
kart, scooter, deck furniture and hot tub.
$109,000. MLS #278640
All Sports Otsego Lake!! Super Cute log inte-
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To enjoy these newly remodeled and furnished
lake front cabins. Sugar sand frontage on an
all sports lake. 2 bedrooms, 2 car garage, and
2 boat docks.Carefree maintenance.
$169,000. MLS #269449
Great Value-newly remodeled 3br, 2bath
home w/ 2-car garage on Bass Lake. Gas
fireplace with river rock hearth in the open
floor plan dining room and family room.
Master suite w/ tub and shower, double
sinks, his and her closets.
$209,000. MLS #273345
of Hidden Valley. Wooded acreage on private
O’Rourke Lake. 200’ frontage gently sloped to
waters edge.
$300,000. MLS #279669
Exceptional views of the Lakes golf course as well
as Michaywe Lake. Beautiful woodwork including
built in cabinets, antique fireplace surround,dining
room china cabinet. Game room with wet bar. Full
Finished Lower level with Sauna, Hot Tub and Bar
Area. Over 4400 Sq Ft of Finished living space.
$339,500. MLS #277945
Designer home in Deer Lake Woods. Top line
everything from the efficient mechanical systems
to the custom stained Oak floors, windows and
cabinetry. Marble and Granite touches through-
out. Viking professional gas range and refrigera-
tor. Butler pantry with thermador warming drawer.
$495,000. MLS #275682
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ReaItor Associate

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to join our service team.
Apply in person.
See Mary Brown, Service Manager
Feeny ChrysIer, Jeep Dodge
1001 Mankowski Rd, Gaylord
(1 block south of M-32 at I-75 exit 282)
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Reader Advisory: the National Trade
Association we belong to has pur-
chased some classifieds in our
paper. Determining the value of their
service or product is advised by this
publication. In order to avoid misun-
derstandings, some advertisers do
not offer employment but rather sup-
ply the readers with manuals, direc-
tories and other materials designed
to help their clients establish mail
order selling and other businesses at
home. Under NO circumstance
should you send any money in
advance or give the client your check-
ing, license ID, or credit card num-
bers. Also beware of ads that claim to
guarantee loans regardless of credit
and note that if a credit repair com-
pany does business only over the
phone it’s illegal to request any
money before delivering its service.
All funds are based in US dollars.
800 numbers may or may not reach
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THE OCEAN Corp. 10840 Rockley
Road, Houston, Texas 77099. Train
for a new career. Underwater welder.
Commercial diver. NDT/Weld
Inspector. Job placement assistance
and financial aid available for those
who qualify. 800-321-0298.
WANTS TO purchase minerals and
other oil & gas interests. Send details
PO Box 13557, Denver, Co 80201
WE ARE interested in acquiring an
existing manufacturing or distribution
business of industrial or consumer
products in the $1.0 - $5.0 million
dollar revenue range. Please send
Company and contact information to:
CL#201, C/O The Quad-City Times,
Davenport, IA, 52801
AKC Collie pups. White, or Sable and
White. $275-$450. Good bloodlines.
AKC Miniature Schnauzer puppies.
Born 8/12/12. Non-shedding dogs,
hypo-allergenic. Vet approved. Tails
docked, dewclaws, up to date on
dewormings. $600. 989-733-2703
Gaylord, 220 Michigan Ave. Call for
your appointment today, 989-705-
TRAX (8729)
59,000 miles, good shape. $6,900.
Will take guns or quadrunner & cash.
1995 Wilderness Fifth Wheel. This is
a rear bathroom model and offers
more room in the lavatory and a big-
ger shower tub. This particular bath-
room setup also offers a nice linen
closet. It has no slides, a jack knife
sofa and a fold down dinette. It offers
a queen bed and is wired with an
audio system. Sale Price - $4,995.
International RV World, 277
Expressway Court, Gaylord. Phone:
1996 Jayco Eagle 23’ Travel Trailer,
230SL. Walk around queen bed, fully
enclosed bath w/shower tub, 2 entry
doors and lots more. Sale Price -
$3,995. International RV World, 277
Expressway Court, Gaylord. Phone:
1998 MALLARD 255G Fifth Wheel.
This 25ft bunk house fifth wheel is
real clean. It has air conditioning,
awning microwave, stereo, NO
LEAKS, no stains. This is the perfect
starter camper for a family. Sale Price
- $5,995. International RV World, 277
Expressway Court, Gaylord. Phone:
2006 28’ Puma 5th Wheel. Rear
kitchen, sofa, dinette, slide-out,
loaded. $9,995. Petoskey RV, 2215
US Highway 31 N Petoskey, MI
49770. Phone 231-347-3200
New 2012 27’ Puma 5th Wheel. Rear
lounge, sofa, dinette, Super Slide-
out. $18,995. Petoskey RV, 2215 US
Highway 31 N Petoskey, MI 49770.
Phone 231-347-3200
New 2012 Palomino Bronco 1251
soft-side truck camper. It fits perfect-
ly on a half ton truck with a 6 1/2 foot
bed. It has a bathroom, furnace,
fridge, water heater, water pump and
even an out side shower which dou-
bles as a great fish cleaning station.
Sale Price - $10,500. Save $1,123.
International RV World, 277
Expressway Court, Gaylord. Phone:
New 2013 Bronco B-1225 Truck
Camper. This new truck camper is
perfect for anyone on the road a lot!
It has a 60x80 innerspring queen
mattress with under bed storage. It
has a pop up canvas top to add a lit-
tle headroom. It has both a shower
and toilet. It has a sink and a 2 burn-
er cook-top. If your need a little extra
sleeping room you can fold down the
dinette table and it also can be used
as a bed. Sale Price - $10,995.
International RV World, 277
Expressway Court, Gaylord. Phone:
New 2013 Weekender 18’ Travel
Trailer, 183. This compact little trailer
is perfect for a first trailer. It's so
light-weight it can be pulled by nearly
any vehicle. It’s got a walk around
queen bed and a fold down dinette
table. The bathroom is fully enclosed.
It features a mini-fridge, and gas
cook-top. MSRP $16,318. Sale Price -
$9,995. Save $6,323. International
RV World, 277 Expressway Court,
Gaylord. Phone: 989-448-8700
Seal the Roof. Keep rain, snow and
ice outside of your RV. As low as
$49.95 (price may vary depending
upon condition of roof). Free
Estimates on arrival. International RV
World, 277 Expressway Court,
Gaylord. Phone: 989-448-8700
Used 2008 Apache 955SD Chief
Truck Camper. This pre-owned truck
camper is in perfect condition. It is
spotless inside and out. It come
equipped with a furnace, fridge,
water heater, water pump and a TV
ant/w a power booster. Sale Price -
$9,995. International RV World, 277
Expressway Court, Gaylord. Phone:
Winterize Your RV before freezing
temperatures arrive. We will install
antifreeze in all lines and inspect
your roof for just $49.95 (all tow-
ables), Motorhomes - $59.95.
International RV World, 277
Expressway Court, Gaylord. Phone:
and storage. Parts & Service.
Precision Motor Sports & Marine,
Waters. 989-731-5050
DJ/KARAOKE SERVICE available for
weddings, clubs or parties.
References and information at 989-
Furnaces, Air Conditioning, Sales and
Service. Quality Workmanship 989-
years experience. In home service.
MR. B's Snow Removal, Fall cleanup,
odd jobs in Otsego County. 989-732-
8 FOOT Meyers heavy duty snow plow
with Western controls. $850, best
offer or trade? 989-370-3378
SNOWPLOWING, Gaylord area.
Commercial or residential. Call for
free estimate. 989-745-5184
APS Mini-Warehouse of Gaylord has
5x10 units available for just $30 a
month. No long term contract neces-
sary. In town, safe storage. Larger
units also available. Call 989-732-
BUCK PATH Mini Warehouses start-
ing at $15 month. 989-732-2721 or
Heated or Cold storage available for
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, 989-
2005 Chevy Equinox. AWD, Air,
cruise, power sunroof, On-Star,
leather, loaded. 23 MPG. Payments
as low as $199 a month. Petoskey
Auto Group, Nobody Sell For Less
2215 N. US-31, Petoskey, MI 231-
347-6080. www.petoskeyauto-
2005 Kia Sorento, AWD. Payments
as low as $99 a month. Petoskey
Auto Group, Nobody Sell For Less
2215 N. US-31, Petoskey, MI 231-
347-6080. www.petoskeyauto-
1973 CHEVROLET 1 TON with duals,
350 engine, 4 speed. Truck needs
work, $1,500 obo. 989-370-3378
1997 Ford F-150, 4WD, tow pkg.
Payments as low as $199 a month.
Petoskey Auto Group, Nobody Sell For
Less 2215 N. US-31, Petoskey, MI
231-347-6080. www.petoskeyauto-
2002 Dodge Ram 4x4. Auto, tonneau
cover, short box, bedliner. Nice truck!
Payments as low as $99 a month.
Petoskey Auto Group, Nobody Sell For
Less 2215 N. US-31, Petoskey, MI
231-347-6080. www.petoskeyauto-
2003 Chevy Silverado 1500. Auto,
4WD, air, cruise. Payments as low as
$199 a month. Petoskey Auto Group,
Nobody Sell For Less 2215 N. US-31,
Petoskey, MI 231-347-6080.
2004 Dodge Dakota 4x4 Ext Cab.
Auto, 8 cyl, bedliner. Payments as low
as $99 a month. Petoskey Auto
Group, Nobody Sell For Less 2215 N.
US-31, Petoskey, MI 231-347-6080.
Charlevoix County Transit is accept-
ing sealed bids for a 2004 Ford E450
Cutaway Bus, 6.0L Diesel with
175,417 miles. Engine runs good
after being warmed up but does need
work; A/C does not work and there is
some rusting of supports and a hole
in driver’s area that has rusted
through. Bid packets can be obtained
at 1050 Brockway St, Boyne City, MI
49712, via the Charlevoix County
Website at
or by email request to info@cctran- and sealed bids are due by
12:00 p.m. on November 1, 2012.
Vehicle is available for inspection
between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. week-
2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. 4 cap-
tains chairs, Stow-N-Go seating. 71K.
Payments as low as $249 a month.
Petoskey Auto Group, Nobody Sell For
Less 2215 N. US-31, Petoskey, MI
231-347-6080. www.petoskeyauto-
Hard Maple Tree tops for firewood.
East of Gaylord and Johannesburg
area. 989-732-5878
Wanted: Baseball, Football,
Basketball and Hockey cards. Before
1972. 231-373-0842
Wanted: Used Cooking Oil. We will
recycle those large containers of
used cooking oil from your deep fryer.
Maxx Garage. 989-732-4789
Wanted: Used motor oil.
Transmission oil and hydraulic oil.
Maxx Garage. 989-732-4789
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OnStar is testing an “app” capable of telling Chevrolet Volt owners how
much it costs to charge their battery – and compare the Volt’s energy use
with the total energy consumed in their home by day, month or year. The
app initially will be tested with and only be available to Volt drivers in
Pecan Street smart grid project in Austin, Texas, but OnStar hopes to
make the app available for all Volt owners in the near future.
OnStar is testing an “app” capable of
telling Chevrolet Volt owners how much
it costs to charge their battery – and
compare the Volt’s energy use with the
total energy consumed in their home by
day, month or year. The new app, called
EcoHub, will initially be tested with and
available to residents of the Pecan Street
demonstration project, a smart grid liv-
ing community in Austin.
“For the first time we’re able to put one
of our Smart Grid solutions into the
hands of actual consumers, thanks in
part to our partnership with Pecan
Street,” said Paul Pebbles, global manag-
er, Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid
Services. “Down the line, we hope this
app can be a beneficial tool for all driv-
ers of electric vehicles.”
The EcoHub app works by pulling
overall home energy usage data, provid-
ed by an energy data source, such as a
utility or smart meter company. The app
also collects Volt charging information
from OnStar subscribers and Volt owners
who opt in for EcoHub. The energy use
data is then aggregated to show vehicle
owners exactly how much energy is
being used on a daily, monthly or yearly
basis, while showing what percentage of
that energy went to charging the Volt.
Based on electricity rates, the data is
broken down to show the cost of both
total energy usage and Volt charging
energy use.
The 2013 Volt can travel an average of
38 miles on one full electric charge
before its onboard gas-powered electric
generator seamlessly switches on.
“We’ve found that Volt owners love to
keep track of and compare their personal
driving stats, like electric miles driven for
example,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet
Volt marketing director. “The EcoHub
app is another great example of using
the vehicle’s embedded technology to
provide Volt owners with useful informa-
In addition, the EcoHub app will
include a “Ticker” screen that shows
drivers the national values for Total Miles
Driven, Total EV Miles Driven and
Gallons of Fuel Saved.
“The ‘Ticker’ screen is a nice addition
because it allows drivers to see that they
are part of a national effort to reduce fuel
use by contributing to the growing num-
ber of electric miles driven.” said
While the app will be tested with and
only be available to Volt drivers in Pecan
Street project at first, OnStar hopes to
make the app available for all Volt own-
ers in the near future. OnStar’s Smart
Grid research is made possible by the
U.S. Department of Energy.
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Page 12-B • Choice Publications ... The Best Choice! October 18, 2012
By Jim Akans
Spaciousness is a key feature both inside and
out with this rambling ranch home located on 200
feet of Black Lake frontage.
The three-bedroom, two-bath interior layout
offers a whopping 3,954 square feet of living area,
highlighted by wonderfully large room sizes that
can accommodate virtually any lifestyle need.
The home also features an indoor, built-in heated
swimming pool! The numerous windows
throughout the home bring lots of natural
light indoors, and provide stunning views
of the lake outdoors.
Other features include a magnificent
stone fireplace in the main living room, a
durable steel roof that has a traditional
dimensional shingle look and comes with
a lifetime warranty, an attached two car
garage PLUS a detached outbuilding for
additional storage, and a paved driveway
with plenty of extra parking area.
The theme of spaciousness continues
with approximately 1.45 acres of property
surrounding this home, and of course the
200 feet of Black Lake frontage opens up
an incredibly wide vista of recreational
and viewing possibilities.
This splendid rambling ranch home and
property on Black Lake is listed for just
Call Roger Kopernik today for a private
showing. (231) 597-8000 or email
Office: 989-732-1707 Toll Free: 800-828-9372
1738 S. Otsego Ave., P.O. Box 641 Gaylord, MI 49735
Nice – Well Maintained
Rentals Available
2 and 3 bedrooms
HERE IT IS! High Traffic Area just East of Atlanta on M-32. Lots of Parking and
Frontage on the Thunder Bay River. Please have your buyer pre-qualified with an
Independent Bank Loan Officer of institution of choice.
$45,927. MLS #281664
2.5 ACRE
with good
mix of trees,
paved road
adjacent and
state land
across road.
MLS #280761
Quaint Log Cabin on
the Lake. Charming
Inside and Out with
nearly 100 Feet of
Frontage on
Arrowhead Lake.
Turn Key and
MLS #277807
3 Bed, 2 Bath Ranch on Big Lot East of Gaylord.Attached 2 1/2 Car Garage and Full
Basement with Unique Room for the Creative Side (workshop, painting, exercise,
etc.) New Carpet and Paint. Peaceful Country Sub not far from Gaylord.
$89,900. MLS #280904
2 Bed, 1 Bath
Ranch in
Michaywe. Like
New? New Inlaid
Dupont Flooring,
New High
Efficiency Natl
Gas Furnace,
New Hot Water
Heater. Natural
Gas Fireplace,
Central Air, Finished Attached 2 1/2 Car Garage, Roomy Deck, Landscaped Yard and
Quiet Neighborhood so You Can Enjoy it All. $91,900. MLS #280981
2.5 BATH
Energy Efficient
Insulated Panel
Home. Benefit
from 6.5' walls and
10 1/2' roof insu-
lating fabrication.
Close to Gaylord
and Otsego Lake.
MLS #281428
Featured Home
On the Market
Are You
Ready to Buy
a House?
Compliments of Ed Wohlfiel
Answering these eight questions will help you
Part 2 of 2
Do you have an emergency fund?
Before you devote all your savings into a down
payment or upkeep for your house, look at the big-
ger picture. You need to build a financial cushion
in case of financial setbacks like unexpected
unemployment or serious illness.
It’s not just money that should affect your deci-
sion to buy a home.
Are you flexible when it comes to getting what
you want?
Your first home may not have all the bells and
whistles you’re looking for. Are you willing to defer
on your wish list now in order to have a home of
your own? In a few years, you may be able to find
a home that better suits your needs, but in the
meantime you could also consider fixing up a less
expensive home, buying a home with friends or
renting out part of your home for additional
Do you plan to move in three to five years?
There is a lot of effort, time and cost involved in
buying a house – you want to make your invest-
ment pay off for you. In addition to the price of the
house itself, you should also take into the set-up
costs already mentioned.
If you’re planning to move in a year for work or
school, you may want to wait until after that time.
Otherwise, you might find yourself in a tough spot
if you’re forced to sell your home for less than its
purchase price in a slow market.
Do you enjoy home improvement?
If you’re already looking at homes, it’s hard not
to imagine how adding a fresh coat of paint to the
walls or changing the light fixtures will make a
house truly yours. But if you’re used to calling the
landlord for anything that goes awry in your
home, owning a house might be a jarring wake-up
call. When you own your house, any issue
becomes your responsibility, from replacing
blown electrical fuses to installing a new roof.
Now is the time to consider whether you enjoy
home improvement projects. Are you confident in
your ability to patch drywall or install a ceiling fan,
or would you rather pay someone else to do it? If
it’s the latter, consider that even if you hire some-
one else to handle your home improvement
issues, you will still have to invest not only money
but your time by researching contractors and
supervising their work.
1200 N. Black River Road, Cheboygan
Contact; Roger Kopernik, Exit Realty Paramount, Cheboygan, (231) 597-8000
Rambling ranch
offers 200 feet of
Black Lake frontage
Real Estate
GAYLORD, 3 BEDROOM RANCH on corner lot, attached
2 1/2 car garage, 1st floor laundry, 1 1/2 bath, full 13-block
basement with lots of potential, partially finished workout
room, move-in ready, 1656 Mockingbird Lane, Michaywe
amenities, see photo gallery online at $129,900. 989-619-0384 (text or
call) to make an appointment, willing to negotiate.
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