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Reed City schools seeking $14.8 million for improvements
By Andy Duffy
Weekly Voice

REED CITY — Reed City
School District officials are
hoping voters will give their approval this spring to a couple of
bond proposals.
Proposal One would be a
zero-increase bond extension
intended to raise $3.85 million.
Under the terms of the proposal, property owners would
continue paying their current
millage rate, but they would
continue paying for an additional two years on a bond set to
expire in 2029.
The funds raised would go to
improving building safety and
security, increasing energy efficiency, adding additional technology and upgrading sports
facilities.
Specific areas school officials
say the funds would be used
for include replacement of areas of the middle school roof,
roof replacement on the lower
level of the high school, and
replacement of the high school
shop roof. An air conditioning
system would also be installed
in the middle school tech room
to protect equipment there, and
funds would be used to replace
the roof of the high school’s
north lobby. Those improvements are expected to cost
$963,000.
To improve building safety,
funds raised by Proposal One
would pay for building secure
entrances to the high school, the
middle school and to G.T. Norman Elementary. The district
would also upgrade the security
camera systems, phone systems
(including a required E-911 upgrade), add a fence to the G.T.
Norman k-2 playground, fund
repairs to sidewalks and replace
emergency lights in the gyms.
Those changes would amount to
$567,575.
To improve the district’s energy efficiency, proposal one
would also convert the pneumatic controls in the middle
school to direct digital controls,
replace the north parking lot
lights at the high school with
LED lights, replace the high
school gym lights to T8 energy
efficient lights, replace wall
packs light fixtures with LED
lights, convert to LED exit
lights, replace the gym lights at
G.T. Norman elementary School
with energy-efficient lighting,
replace the G.T. Norman K2
gym lights with energy efficient

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lighting, and replace the middle
school gym lights with energy
efficient lighting. Also, the G.T.
Normak K2 pneumatic controls
would be converted to direct
digital controls. The costs to
improve the energy efficiency
of the buildings would come to
$286,800.
Proposal one would raise
$530,000 to upgrade computer
infrastructure and for computer
instructional technology.
Finally, proposal one would
raise $760,225 to replace the
track and upgrade athletic
fields, for the purchase of
two used buses, to replace the
middle school hallway carpet,
for classroom furniture replacement at the middle school and
at G.T. Norman as needed.
Also on the ballot this spring
for Reed City School District
voters to consider will be Proposal Two.
Proposal Two would involve a
millage increase rather than a
millage extension.
The proposal would raise
$5.040 million for the addition
of a multi-purpose facility at
the high school and $1.287 million to expand the existing gym
on the west side.
The multi-purpose facility
would have retractable seating
for 750. It would serve as both
an auditorium and an auxiliary

gymnasium with a stage, lighting, a sound system, a large
weight room and a walking
track that would be open to the
community.
The gym expansion would
provide additional seating and
practice space.
District officials would relocate the baseball field and use
the current field’s space for
parking. Proposal Two would also provide for the building of a
concession stand and restroom
building that would be available
for baseball and softball games.
The athletic field press box
would also be expanded.
In addition, Proposal Two
would raise $1.568 million for all
of the following:
• The expansion and remodeling of the band room used by
middle and high school students
• To remodel the media/collaboration center
• To expand and improve parking lots at the middle school and
high school
• To remodel the high school
locker rooms
• To replace the carpet in
middle school classrooms
• To renovate the main high
school restrooms and make
them handicap accessible
• To replace white boards at
G.T. Norman
• To upgrade the high school

life skills kitchen
• To replace blinds in the
middle school
Finally, proposal two would
raise $830,000 for technology
infrastructure upgrades and for
educational technology equipment upgrades.
Proposal two is expected to
raise $10.950 milion.
The total cost of proposals
one and two would be $14.8 million.
Because Proposal One is a
millage extension rather than
an increase, the passage of both
proposals would result in a total
increase of 1.7 mills.
Reed City’s current millage
rate is 3.9. If both proposals
pass or if Proposal Two passes,
the millage rate will be increased to about 5.6 mills.
A 1.7 mill increase would result in a taxpayer with a home
valued at $100,000 and a taxable
value of $50,000 paying an additional $85 in property taxes
each year.
The election will be on May 3.
A video and power point presentation are available on the
school’s web site: www.reedcity.
k12.mi.us.
The district will hold an informational forum March 2 at 6
p.m. in the Porteous Academic
Center at the high school regarding the proposals.

Getting good interest rates takes good timing
Although she has talked with
district officials about the additional expenses, they continue to
use the May election date.
REED CITY — Schools disBluhm said that last Novemtricts may have some very good
ber’s Evart and Mecosta-Osceola
reasons for holding elections
during May and November elec- Intermediate School District
tions during off-numbered years, elections were recent examples.
They were held during an oddbut the advantages come with a
numbered year when nothing
price attached.
else was on the ballot.
Pine River Public and Reed
The election costs were split
City Public schools will both be
between the two entities. Evart’s
asking the taxpayers for more
portion of the costs amounted
money this spring.
to $11,587.33 and 1,073 people
Reed City school officials will
be asking their district residents turned out to vote. The cost per
vote came out to about $10,80.
for an additional $14,800,000 in
Calculating the cost each disspending. Pine River will be
trict will have to pay this May is
asking for $5,835,000. Marion officials, who had a ballot $5.2 mil- a complex process, too. Bluhm
will need to calculate the costs to
lion proposal swatted down last
each individual precinct. Then,
May, came back with a re-tooled
based on what school districts
plan that will cost its voters
are in which townships, she will
$2,730,000 if passed.
“expense it out to the various
Just what the price will cost
school districts.”
them is still unknown. The
Sometimes township clerks
spring votes don’t come without
giving a little vexation to a whole face the prospect of having a set
of election on workers on hand
host of election workers.
for a very small number of votOsceola County Clerk Karen
Bluhm said that school elections ers.
Until Bluhm did some recent
“are pretty much free of charge
negotiating with the state elecfor schools” if the elections are
tion commission, the Hartwick
held in August or in November
Township Clerk, Linda Jensen,
during the even-numbered elecwas set to spend the entire election years. That is because election day at the township hall for
tions are already on the slate,
a tiny number of voters to mark
and ballots are getting printed
their ballot.
for other issues.
Hartwick Township is in a
“It does get rather involved,
rural area in the north-central
but now the schools are paying
portion of Osceola County.
the entire expense for an election held in May,” Bluhm said.
The borders of three school
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Reed City Schools Superintendent Tim Webster goes over plans for changes to school facilities. The district is seeking
funds for needed repairs and desirable improvements to its facilities.

‘It does get rather
involved, but now the schools
are paying the entire expense
for an election held in May.’
Karen Bluhm
Osceola County Clerk
n

districts — Pine River, Evart and
Marion, spill over into the township.
Jensen would have needed at
least three election workers for
just 24 registered voters to mark
their ballot — two in the Marion
district and 22 in the Pine River
district. The workers would have
arrived at 6:30 a.m. before the
polls opened at 7. They would
have remained until after the
polls closed at 7. Then, after finishing up the post-election work,
two people would have needed to
drive results over to the county
building in Reed City.
The Sylvan Township Clerk,
Doris Hazen, would have had
her township hall open for one
registered voter. The minimum
number of ballots she can order
is 25, so she would have known
going in to election day that 24
were going to be wasted.
Finally, in a victory for common sense, election commissioners told Bluhm she can consolidate voters within Sylvan and

Hartwick townships, but just for
the May election.
Still, despite the drawbacks,
school districts keep opting for
those election days will little
other ballot activity to hold their
votes.
Alex J. Bowers, an associate
professor at Teachers College of
Columbia University, cites voter
fatigue as one reason school districts opt for elections when little
else is on the ballot.
When voters are faced with a
long list of issues to vote on, the
farther down a list of ballot proposals it, the less chance it has to
pass, Bowers said. For that reason, districts will hold an election by itself when possible.
Other factors are also in play,
however.
Often, a school district is working with its business manager
and the state treasury to get the
best municipal bond market rate
it can.
Getting good rates takes not
only a lot of work but also a bit
of good timing in the municipal
bond market. Schools need to secure their funds so they can start
construction at the time that
works the best and is the least
expensive given all the coordination required between architects,
contractors and state regulators.
“Often, to get such a complex
endeavor off to a good start with
the right timing for the next
construction season, May in the
current year is the best time,”
Bowers said.

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What is it?

Evart’s five-day forecast
Local 5-Day Forecast
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Sat

Sun

Mon

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32/19

46/31

45/24

32/23

35/19

Cloudy. Highs in
the low 30s and
lows in the
upper teens.

Partly cloudy.
Highs in the
mid 40s and
lows in the low
30s.

Afternoon
showers. Highs
in the mid 40s
and lows in the
mid 20s.

Cloudy. Highs in
the low 30s and
lows in the low
20s.

Chance of a few
snow showers.
Highs in the
mid 30s and
lows in the
upper teens.

Sunrise: 7:23 AM

Sunrise: 7:21 AM

Sunrise: 7:20 AM

Sunrise: 7:18 AM

Sunrise: 7:16 AM

Sunset: 6:25 PM

Sunset: 6:26 PM

Sunset: 6:27 PM

Sunset: 6:29 PM

Sunset: 6:30 PM

Michigan at a Glance

Reed City’s five-day forecast

Local 5-Day Forecast
Fri

Sat

Sun

2/26

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2/28

Mon
• 2/29

31/20

46/31

47/25

32/23

35/19

Cloudy. Highs in
the low 30s and
lows in the low
20s.

More sun than
clouds. Highs in
the mid 40s and
lows in the low
30s.

Afternoon
showers. Highs
in the upper 40s
and lows in the
mid 20s.

Cloudy. Highs in
the low 30s and
lows in the low
20s.

Snow showers
possible. Highs
in the mid 30s
and lows in the
upper teens.

The rather petite white
device shown in fingertips
last week, was designed to
transform your raw green
beans into vertically sliced
green beans. The Zipp has
very sharp, firm metal
blades framed in a white
plastic case.
For volume canning, or
merely the decorative serving for the evening meal,
it makes the slicing of the
common vegetable into a
“French green bean style”
(long thin strips) a simple
task.
Its era is the 1960s/70s,
but can still be found in
many a kitchen drawer.
Very few fingers get accidentally cut when using
(and green beans can be
notorious for rolling and

Sunrise: 7:24 AM

Sunrise: 7:22 AM

Sunrise: 7:21 AM

Sunrise: 7:19 AM

Sunrise: 7:17 AM

Sunset: 6:26 PM

Sunset: 6:27 PM

Sunset: 6:28 PM

Sunset: 6:30 PM

Sunset: 6:31 PM

Michigan at a Glance

Grand Rapids

33/20
Lansing
31/16

Detroit
33/16

Area Cities

presenting a bandaide-moment when the traditional
cutting board and paring
knife are in play). The idea

is to push and then pull the
bean lengthwise through
the blades; rinse, return to
drawer for easy storage.

Reed City gridiron star selected
for all star football game
By Andy Duffy
Weekly Voice

REED CITY — Reed City
high school football standout Taylor Pelton has been
chosen to participate in
the 2016 Michigan High
School Football Coaches
Association East-West AllStar Game.
The game will be played
at Saginaw Valley State
University on June 25.
Each team is made up
of 44 players who were
among the best high
school senior players in
the state.
Pelton has been playing
football since he was nine.
He played linebacker and
offensive guard on the
Reed City football team.
He grew up playing
sports. “I guess I was a
natural athlete,” he said.
“Even when I was young,
people would say they
liked to watch me play.”
Pelton participates in
sports other than football.
He has played soccer and
is also on the Reed City
basketball team. Football,
however, is his favorite
sport.
He gives his parents
credit for supporting him
in his athletic pursuits.
They “wanted me to do
whatever I wanted to as
far as sports,” Pelton said.
Monty Price, his football
coach, has been his biggest mentor. Price “pushes
me extra hard and helps
me keep my head in the
game,” Pelton said.
Price said that Pelton
has been one of the finest
competitors to go through
Reed City’s football program. “His three years

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30 Snow/Wind
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33 30 Snow/Wind

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34 30 Snow/Wind
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32 30 Snow/Wind
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34 24 P Cloudy
Manistee
36 31 Cloudy
Menominee
35 24 Cloudy
Michigan City
35 32 Snow
Midland
34 31 Cloudy/Wind
Muskegon
37 32 Cloudy/Wind
Pontiac
35 30 Snow/Wind
Port Huron
34 32 Rain/Wind
Saginaw
34 31 Cloudy/Wind
Sault Ste Marie
36 22 Cloudy

Toledo
36 31 Rain/Wind
Grand Rapids
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82 62 P Cloudy
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35 24 Cloudy
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56 53 Few Showers
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79
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69
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33 52
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59
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34 41
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Snow/Wind
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43
Lansing
32 33
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Benton Harbor
36 33 Snow/Wind
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Big Rapids
36 29 Cloudy
Chicago
37 31 Snow Showers
Coldwater
33 30 Snow/Wind
Detroit
35 31 Rn/Snw/Wind
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36 24 M Cloudy
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35 32 Snow/Wind
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35 31 Cloudy/Wind
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33 22 Cloudy
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22 Cloudy
Ironwood
32 20 Cloudy
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34
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36
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35
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35
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Boston
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35 24 Cloudy
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Chicago
37 31 Snow Showers
New York
56 053 Few Showers
higher UV Index showing the need for greater skin protection.
Dallas
62 41 Sunny
Phoenix
79 51 Clear
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53 25 Sunny
San Francisco
69 52 P Cloudy
Houston
66 41 Sunny
Seattle
59 41 Cloudy
Los
Angeles
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Saint Louis
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Reed City High School linebacker Taylor Pelton has been chosen to
participate in the annual Michigan High School Football Coaches
Association East-West All-Star Game.
of play has afforded us
a great deal of success.
In his years on the team,
we’ve gone 29-5 and have
won three conference
championships and a district championship. His
play has garnered him
every accolade, and he is
very deserving. He plays
with great passion and
great heart,” Price said.
Pelton had more than
100 tackles each of his
three years on the varsity
team.
He was recently named
the conference’s most outstanding player.

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When he isn’t on a
sports field, Pelton enjoys
hunting and fishing. He
angles for panfish, but particularly likes bass fishing. He hunts deer, ducks
and small game.
After he graduates from
high school, Pelton plans
to attend Michigan Tech
where he will play football
and study construction
management. He is looking forward to attending
there because “it is out
there in the middle of nowhere” and he figures it is
a great place for someone
with his outdoor interests.

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What’s Happening in the Area
Blood drive

REED CITY— A blood
drive will be held on March
3 from 1 to 5:45 p.m. at
Church of the Nazarene,
5300 S. 220th Avenue.

To register, contact Tricia Dailey at 231-832-8476 or
Patricia.Dailey@spectrumhealth.org or Tina Bogart
at 231-832-7115 or Tina.Bogart@spectumhealth.org.

Free chronic pain
workshop

Reed City library board
meeting

REED CITY— Spectrum
Health Reed City Hospital
is offering a six-week free
health workshop to help
community members experiencing chronic pain.
The Personal Action
Toward Health (PATH)
Chronic Pain Workshop
will be held on Wednesdays
from 1 to 3:30 p.m., through
March 16. The workshop is
designed for patients dealing with chronic pain issues and will be held at the
Reed City Depot, 200 North
Chestnut Street.
The program will be
taught by Tina Bogart
and Tricia Dailey, care
coordinators for Spectrum
Health Reed City Hospital.
The six-week course is designed to empower patients
to communicate with their
health care team, take medications as prescribed and
face the daily challenges
of living with an ongoing
health condition.
Advanced registration
required. Participants will
receive a book and refreshments at each session. In
order to achieve the full
benefit, plan to attend all
six workshops.

REED CITY— A library
board meeting will be held
on Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the
Reed City Area District
Library.
The public is welcome
and encouraged to attend.

2504
MARION— Marion Food
Pantry, East Main Street,
by appointment, on call 24
hours
Contact Marsha at 231743-6801
TUSTIN— Augustana
Lutheran Church
Every Monday, 9 a.m. to
noon
Contact Katie at 231-7684418, or Betty at 231-8293457
REED CITY— St. Phillips
Church
Every Tuesday, Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Contact Robert at 231-8322624

Shepherd’s Table

REED CITY— Church of
the Nazarene, Shepherd’s
Table, free meal every
Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 5300
220th Avenue. Donations
welcome.

11th annual 3-on-3
tournament in Reed City

REED CITY— Reed
City’s 11th Annual 3 on
3 Tournament — Coyote
Classic — will be held on
March 26.
Teams for boys and girls
ages 7 to 18 — four player
teams at $80 ($75 if post
Personal safety
marked before March 7).
presentation at the
Deadline for registering
is March 22. Registration
library
GFWC Women’s Club
form is available at www.
REED CITY— A personal
EVART— Evart Women’s reedcity.k12.mi.us/athletics.
safety presentation will be Club meets the second
For questions, call Deheld on Feb. 25 from 6 to
Tuesday of every month
nise Nelson 231-388-0265 or
7:30 p.m. at the Reed City
(Sept. through June).
Area District Library.
Contact Terese at 231-734- email at dnelson@reedcity.
k12.mi.us.
Learn ways to ensure
6940.
your personal safety with
Trooper Michael White of
AARP meeting
Free winter clothing
the Michigan State Police.
Adult program.
REED CITY— AARP No.
REED CITY— Free hats,
2418 meets on the second
coats, mittens and boots
Wednesday of every month sponsored by the Reed City
Food pantries
at the United Methodist
Area Ministerial Association reopened on Jan. 19.
A food pantry is available Church in Reed City.
Potluck lunch (bring own
The new location is
to residents in need who
the Reed City Methodist
live in Osceola County. The table service) will start
Church located on the corfollowing is a list of the dif- at noon followed with a
ner of Lincoln Street and
ferent locations, hours and program starting at 1 p.m.
Everyone welcome.
Church Street. Use the Lincontact people.
For more information,
coln Street entrance.
SEARS— Former Orient
Hours will be each TuesTownship Hall, next to the contact Marylou at 231-8324938.
day, 1 to 4 p.m. until spring.
Post Office
Every Tuesday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Contact Ken at 231-620-

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Breakfast at Reed City
Moose Lodge

is canceled, Dinner with
Friends will not take place.

REED CITY— The Reed
City Moose Lodge will
be serving breakfast on
the second Sunday of the
month from 8 to 11 a.m.
Same menu and all you
can eat. Eggs, sausage,
potatoes, pancakes, French
toast, biscuits and gravy.
All for $6 per person.

Free dinner
at Reed City church

South Evart Quilt Club
meeting

EVART— The South Evart Quilt Club meets on the
first and third Wednesday
of each month through
May 30, at the Evart Township Hall, Main Street,
from 11 a.m. to 2:30-3 p.m.
with a potluck lunch at
noon.
Everyone interested in
quilting, whether beginner
or pro, are welcome. For
more information, contact
Margie at 231-734-3857 or
Ann at 231-867-3237.

OLAH holding monthly
meetings

REED CITY— There
will be a free dinner every
Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at
the Church of the Firstborn Revival Center, 310 S.
Higbee.
Donations accepted but
not necessary.

Church of Firstborn
serving free soup

REED CITY— The
Church of the Firstborn,
310 S. Higbee, is now open
Wednesday’s from noon
until 6 p.m. serving soups
at no charge. Open to the
public and all are welcome.

Free community dinner
SEARS— Free community dinner will be held every Saturday night at 5:45
p.m. in Brooks Corners
Hall with a contemporary
worship at 6:30 p.m. Invite
a friend.

EVART— The Osceola
League for Arts and Humanities will be holding
a monthly meeting on
the first Tuesday of each
month at 6:30 p.m. at 207 N.
Main Street, Evart, 231-7349900.
Art, antiques, crafts.
Open Thursday, Friday,
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5
p.m.
Lapidary Class, Saturday,
1 to 5 p.m.
Classes in other areas of
the arts will be offered for
those interested.

Weight loss group
meetings on Thursdays

Volunteers needed for
Road to Recovery

Health specialty clinic

REED CITY— Road to
Recovery is an American
Cancer Society volunteerbased program that provides transportation for
cancer patients to and from
their treatments. Volunteer
drivers transport patients
from their home to cancer
treatment centers, doctor
visits and other cancerrelated appointments.
The American Cancer
Society is working with
Spectrum Health Reed City
Hospital, Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer
Center to recruit volunteer
drivers and coordinators
from Osceola and its surrounding counties to help
drive cancer patients to
and from their treatment.
All volunteers’ need is a
few hours during the week
and a desire to make a difference.
Local community members who are interested
in volunteering for the
Road to Recovery program
should contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800227-2345.

Spectrum offers
diabetes support group

REED CITY— Spectrum
Health is offering a diabetes support group on the
last Tuesday of the month
at 4 p.m. at the diabetes
education building, 219
East Church Street.
The groups are free and
open to those with diabetes or those who support
someone with the condition. Facilitators will lead
discussions on various
topics including healthy
cooking, computer apps for
diabetes, use of over-thecounter medications and
more.
To register, call 231-5924483.

EVART— T.O.P.S weight
loss support group meets
every Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
at the Evart United Methodist Church. Weigh in is
from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and
meeting is at 9:30 a.m.
• T.O.P.S. MI 1390 weight
loss support groups meets
every Thursday at 6 p.m.
at Calvary Baptist Church.
Weigh in is from 6 to 6:30
p.m. and meeting is from
6:45 to 8 p.m.

REED CITY— Urologist, John Anema, M.D.
will be offering outpatient
services at the hospital’s
Specialty Clinic twice a
month.
He will be consulting
with patients on the second
Friday of the month and
performing outpatient surgery and other procedures,
including lithotripsy on
the fourth Friday.
The clinic is located at
300 N. Patterson Road. Contact Spectrum Health Reed
City Hospital Specialty
Clinic at 231-832-7108 for
more information.

Fibromyalgia support
group meeting

BIG RAPIDS— Support
group for people with
Fibromyalgia will be meeting the first and third Saturday’s at 9:30 a.m. at St.
John’s Lutheran Church,
located at 1004 N. McEwan.
McEwan.
Discussion topics are
based on the needs of
members of the group.
Suggestions are always
welcomed.
For more information,
contact Lori at 989-386-6113.

Activities at the Osceola
Senior Center

REED CITY— The Senior Center, 219 E. Todd
Street, has activities happening four afternoons
during the week. On
Mondays and Thursdays,
euchre is played from 1 to 3
p.m.; on Tuesdays, bingo is
played from 12:30 to 3 p.m.;
and on Fridays, pedro is
played from 1 to 3 p.m.
The center is open for
young and old to come and
enjoy an afternoon of fun
and enjoyment.
For further information,
contact Carolyn at 231-8322676 or Bonnie at 231-8321136.

Dinner with friends at
St. Paul Lutheran Church Free movie nights
EVART— Dinner with

Friends Community Meal
will be held on the second
Wednesday of each month
from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St.
Paul Lutheran Church, 435
W. 5th Street. Sponsored by
St. Paul Lutheran Church
and the Evart United Methodist Church.
Donations appreciated.
Take out available.
For more information,
contact 231-734-3585 or 231734-5491.
In the event that school

SEARS— Free movie
nights will be held the
second Friday night of the
month at 7 p.m. at Brooks
Corner Hall, US 66 and 10.
Free popcorn and hot dogs.

Day book club at Reed
City Library

REED CITY— A day
book club will be held on
the first Wednesday of the
month at 1:30 p.m. at the
Reed City Public Library.

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Obituaries

Diabetes PATH Class coming up

Margaret M. Leemon
Both a former Miss
Allen Park (1952) and
the AFL-CIO’s Miss Labor Day (1959), she was
born to Hungarian immigrant parents (Albert
and Julia Szakacs). Despite not learning to
speak English until being immersed in West
Virginia schools, Margaret after attending Elmhurst College in Illinois, ultimately taught
Michigan students from
college-level to kindergarten (Detroit to Manton), without a trace of
an accent while retaining her bilingual skills.
Her career path then diverged proving her to be
a self-motivated, highly
respected sales and
marketing manager living in Plymouth, Saginaw and retiring on the
west coast of the United
States.
She and husband Peter (1935-2010) upon
moving back to Osceola
County after 30 years in
San Francisco, took seriously their stewardship of the Evart landmark Victorian: the Old
Davy House. Margaret
hosted innumerable
gatherings of local organizations, friends,
neighbors and new acquaintances, often
reaching for seemingly
silly excuses (“a late
January Say-GoodbyeTo-The-Christmas-Tree
party,” or a front yard
“Tea Tasting party”
which mimicked the rituals and decorum of a
California wine tasting), simply to reintroduce folks to the home’s
historic charms. All
was done with a
warmth of character
and the finesse of social
skills that reminded us
all that life is worth living with good humor,
integrity and purpose.
Margaret was a downstate “city girl” who
transitioned into being
a “country wife” moving to Marion in the
1960s where they began
organic gardening and
raising the rare white
Charolaise beef cattle,
the “Leemon Cattle
Company.” Eventually
they added goats.
Proudly identifying
herself as “Mrs. Peter
Leemon” (in keeping
with traditional rules
of etiquette), it in no
way precluded her from
shining with her own

achievements. In that
newlywed era she began her lifelong commitment to cooking and
baking only from
scratch; embracing the
rural love of walks in
the woods and the hunting of wild strawberries
while raising their only
daughter with a keen
eye to education and to
community responsibility.
Those who shared
time with Margaret
came to appreciate her
love of history and her
strong sense of ethnic
pride in her Hungarian
roots. She had a natural
persona as “teacher” in
many facets of everyday life. She did watercolors, relished museums, became a gourmet
cook (leaving in excess
literally 1,000 cookbooks on her Evart
shelves), became proud
“parent” to dog Rufus;
delighted in the character, health-consciousness and spirituality of
recent arrival son-inlaw Michael (Bieri) and
her “instant” five great
grandchildren and two
grandsons (John and
William) — for whom
she was on-the-move attending their party days
before her attack.
Back in the day, the
Detroit Talent Directory simultaneously listed Margaret, Bill Bixby
and Soupy Sales in its
roster of Actors/Announcers. She was a former guide at Greenfield
Village; one of the early
“petite models” in fashion; a dance performer;
frequent community
theatre headliner in
both Plymouth and Cadillac. She underwrote
the full expense of
launching Evart’s fundraising Historical Calendar into the “color
printing era;” belonged
to Eastern Star, the Evart GFWC Women’s
Club (since the 1960s),
MSU Farm Extension,
the Triple-I society of
San Francisco, the
Moose, Red Hats, The
Commonwealth Club of
San Francisco, the English Speaking Union,
and both the Cadillac
and Evart Historical Societies. She was the eldest sister to siblings
Olga Westen (California) and Irene Harris
(Georgia), and while
their father died some

time ago, she was only
recently preceded in
death by their Mother
who reached the century milestone. Margaret
herself was two months
shy of her 81st birthday,
dying February 14.
Margaret insisted that
her obituary highlight
how deeply honored
and humbled she was to
be the parent of their
adult daughter, Seraphim, when, as an elected official, Seraphim
stood up to City Hall
and to the City Attorney
— and “undauntedly
counter-demanded that
residents were indeed
entitled to their stateguaranteed rights irrespective of apparently
long-standing local power plays.”
Margaret’s health had
been failing but never
her spirit. Defiantly she
insisted on two versus
three days of weekly dialysis and her good
numbers repeatedly
proved her decision
meritorious. Her life
ended with a brain
bleed and thankfully
her ability to remain in
her home was not compromised as she faded
within 48 hours. Among
her Evart-favorites
were “her boys” —
young neighbors Dylan
and Dominic, be it for
their tomato worm races on her front porch table or the borrowing of
books from the Leemon
collection, and most definitely for their aide in
helping Mr. and Mrs.
Leemon find the dozens
of Easter eggs left in the
yard by the Bunny. Her
Caretakers of the past
year were standouts,
with longtime friend
Donnie Sue and young
Virginia playing unforgettable roles. Both
Margaret and Peter
were deeply touched to
have been so warmly
welcomed back to their
old stomping grounds.

Glenn E. Falin, Sr.
GLADWIN— Glenn
E. Falin, Sr., of Gladwin, passed away Saturday, February 20,
2016, at his home. He
was 76.
He was born January
24, 1940, in West Virginia, to Sher man and
Laura (Perry) Falin,
and attended school in
West Virginia.
Glenn had lived in
Brighton, where he
worked as a die setter,
and moved to Gladwin
in 2000. He attended the
Nazarene Church, and
enjoyed hunting and

fishing.
He is survived by his
children: Connie (Curt)
McDermott of Hersey,
Rebecca (Michael) Heller of Big Rapids, Glen
(Gail) Falin, Jr., and Al
Runyon, both of Reed
City; one brother, Don
Falin of Brighton;
eight grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in
death by a daughter,
Debra Brauer; three
brothers: Gary, Roger,
and Robert Falin; and
one great-granddaugh-

ter.
Funeral services
were held Wednesday,
February 24, 2016, at
M c D owe l l F u n e r a l
Home with Rev. Chris
DeMott of ficiating.
Burial in Chase Township Cemetery.
Visitation was on
Wednesday.
Memorials may be
made to either the Kidney or Diabetes associations.
Please share a memory or sign the guestbook for Glenn at mcdowellfh.com.

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EVART — The Osceola
County Commission on Aging and the Michigan State
University Extension will
be offering a Diabetes PATH
workshop in Evart at the
Commission on Aging meal
site.
Workshop participants
will meet one day a week for
six weeks.
The workshop will begin
March 29.
There is no cost to participate.
The acronym PATH
stands for Port Authority

Trans-Hudson.
Stanford University personnel created the PATH
workshops and they say evidence supports the effectiveness of the program. The
Diabetes PATH workshop
is for adults with type 2
diabetes. It is open to family,
friends, caregivers and anyone wishing to learn more
about managing diabetes.
The workshop will be help
those with diabetes to better
manage the condition and
will assist them in better
protecting their health. Par-

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ticipants will learn ways
to deal with the symptoms
of diabetes, understand
emotions, develop healthy
eating habits and talk with
health care providers about
diabetes.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. The
class will meet Mondays,
March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26
and May 3 from 1 to 3:30 pm.
For more information or
to reserve a space, call the
Osceola County Commission on Aging at 231-7345559.

of the
Week

Meet: Hanna Price
Senior at Reed City High School

Sport:
Basketball
Position:
Point guard
Parent’s names:
Tara and Monty Price
What is your proudest
moment in sports and
why?
Qualifying and competing in four events for the
state track meet last year
Who is your personal
hero?
My parents, because
they have set great examples for me and push
me to be the best I can be
in all areas of life.
Who is your favorite
professional athlete?
Serena Williams, because she is such a dominant female in tennis.
What are your pre-game
rituals?
I usually try to focus as
much as possible and listen to music.
What is your favorite
hobby?
Hanging out with my
family and friends
What are your future

plans?
Plastic or paper engineering at either Ferris

or Western Michigan,
and I will also be running
track.

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OSCEOLA COUNTY
NOTICE OF PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016
TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF OSCEOLA COUNTY:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, THAT A PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION WILL BE HELD IN THE FOLLOWING
RESPECTIVE CITIES AND TOWNSHIPS, COUNTY OF OSCEOLA, STATE OF MICHIGAN ON TUESDAY, MARCH 8,
2016. VOTER INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE DISPLAYED IN THE POLLS. TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO OBTAIN
INSTRUCTIONS IN AN ALTERNATIVE FORMAT AND/OR TO OBTAIN AN ABSENT VOTER BALLOT, CONTACT THE
CLERK IN ADVANCE OF THE ELECTION.
THE POLLS WILL BE OPEN FROM 7 O’CLOCK A.M. UNTIL 8 O’CLOCK P.M. AT THE POLLING PLACES LISTED BELOW:

POLLING LOCATIONS/CLERK CONTACTS:

Burdell Township -310 S. Neilson St.., Tustin, MI 49688 -- Laura Peterson, Clerk: 231-829-4049
Cedar Township - 9115 170th Avenue, Reed City, MI 49677 -- Shirley Apsey, Clerk: 231-832-4929
Evart Township - 327 S. Main Street., Evart, MI 49631 -- Mary Holcomb, Clerk: 231-734-5158
Hartwick Township - 9042 15 Mile, Evart, MI 49631 -- Linda Jensen, Clerk: 231-734-3465
Hersey Township - 108 S. Main Street, Hersey, MI 49639 -- Laane Hocquard, Clerk: 231-832-4575
Highland Township - 21009 110th Avenue, Marion, MI 49665 -- Kathy Barnhart, Clerk: 231-468-1231
LeRoy Township - 101 S. Bevins, LeRoy, MI 49655 -- Stacie Dvonch, Clerk: 231-768-5432
Lincoln Township - 20920 9 Mile Road, Reed City, MI 49677 -- Sherry Blackrick, Clerk: 231-388-4974
Marion Township - 204 E. Main Street, Marion, MI 49665 -- Connie Zuiderveen, Clerk: 231-388-0874
Middle Branch Township - 2963 15 Mile Road, Marion, MI 49665 -- Martha West, Clerk: 231-743-2991
Orient Township - 2972 30th Avenue, Sears, MI 49679 -- Patricia Tiedt, Clerk: 231-734-3445
Osceola Township - 8995 95th Avenue, Evart, MI 49631 -- Melanie Wirth, Clerk: 231-734-5908
Richmond Township - 4575 Park Street, Reed City, MI 49677 -- Linda Stieg, Clerk: 231-832-2880
Rose Lake Township - 15953 W. 16 Mile Road, LeRoy, MI 49655 -- Kevin Draper, Clerk: 231-768-4441
Sherman Township - 14929 21 Mile Road; Tustin, MI 49688-- Bethany Bolduc, Clerk: 231-829-3707
Sylvan Township - 4866 Sylvan Road, Evart, MI 49631 -- Doris Hazen, Clerk: 231-734-3150
City of Evart Clerk, 200 S. Main St., Evart, MI 49631 -- Heather Pattee, Clerk: 231-734-2181
City of Reed City Clerk, 227 E. Lincoln Ave., Reed City, MI 49677 -- Jackie Beam, Clerk: 231-832-2245

FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING THE FOLLOWING FOR PARTISAN OFFICE:
President of the United States
ALSO FOR THE FOLLOWING BALLOT PROPOSALS:
Evart Township-Road Millage Renewal
Osceola Township-Road Millage
School Proposals: Chippewa Hills School District/ OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL
This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on
all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to
receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2016 tax levy.
Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18.6648 mills ($18.6648 on each $1,000 of taxable
valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and
other property exempted by law, in Chippewa Hills School District, Mecosta, Isabella and Osceola Counties,
Michigan, be renewed for a period of 3 years, 2017, 2018 and 2019, to provide funds for operating purposes;
the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2017 is
approximately $5,994,376 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2016 tax levy)?
Karen Bluhm, Osceola County Clerk

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Passage to freedom: Michigan’s
role in the Underground Railroad

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By Shanna Avery
Special to the Weekly Voice

The movement to abolish slavery carried strong
sentiment and action in
Michigan well before statehood in 1836.
Although the emancipation of slaves authorized
by President Lincoln came
three decades later, concerned individuals took
matters into their own
hands to bring liberation
to slaves despite the threat
of heavy fines, imprisonment, and possibly physical harm.
People banded together
to lead slaves on an exodus
to the Promise Land of
freedom. The passage on
the underground railroad,
a system made of homes
and businesses (stations
or depots) and the people
who helped slaves go from
one station to the next
(conductors or stationmasters) helped slaves
reach their destination of
Canada, where slavery was
outlawed and they could
not be legally retrieved, or
other points northward if
they chose to stay in the
United States.
John Cross, a Quaker
from Indiana, developed
the route across Michigan
and helped organize conductors and stations. Each

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16 Antipasto morsel
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19 Antiquated
20 "If looks could kill"
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23 Monopolize
24 Hitchcock classic
28 Checks out
31 Clash
33 This woman
34 Muslim honorific
35 In reserve
36 Parseghian of Notre
Dame
37 Not a warm welcome
41 Thrash
42 Exudes
43 "What ___?"
44 Put to work
45 Whiff
46 Parenting challenges
47 Bowler's X
49 Guy
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Snaps
Soup pasta
Sentinels
Alpine song
Haberdashery
accessory
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48 Desktop pictures

49 Runway walker
51 Small amount
52 "The Sweetest
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53 Rise
54 Coach K's school
55 Rocker Clapton
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OSCEOLA COUNTY
NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016
TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF OSCEOLA COUNTY:
The Public Accuracy Testing for the upcoming March 8, 2016 election shall be held in the following
jurisdictions at the date, time and locations listed below:
Burdell Township: 310 S. Nielson St., Tustin
Cedar Township: 9115 -170th Avenue, Reed City
Evart Township: 327 S. Main Street, Evart
Evart City: 200 S. Main Street, Evart
Hartwick Township: 9042 15 Mile, Evart
Hersey Township: 108 S. Main Street, Hersey
Highland Township: 21009 110th Ave., Marion
LeRoy Township: 101 S. Bevins, LeRoy, MI 49655
Lincoln Township: 20920-9 Mile Rd., Reed City
Marion Township: 204 E. Main St., Marion
Middle Branch Township: 2963 15 Mile Rd., Marion
Orient Township: 2972-30th Avenue, Sears
Osceola Township: 8995-95th Avenue, Evart
Richmond Township: 4575 Park Street, Reed City
Reed City: 523 S. Morse St., Reed City
Rose Lake Township: 15953 W. 16 Mile-LeRoy
Sherman Township: 14828 21 Mile-Tustin
Sylvan Township: 4866 Sylvan Road, Evart

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station was a night’s walking distance, strategically
placed about 14 to 16 miles
apart. This also allowed for
horse-led wagons carrying
slaves to make a round trip
in reasonable time.
A large Quaker presence
in southern Michigan
helped drive the success of
a great number of slaves
who found freedom on the
underground railroad.
Quakers, a Christian sect,
were fervent abolitionists
and activists.
There are seven known
paths that led slaves to
Canada, and between the
1820s to 1865 an estimated
200 stops existed in Michigan.
Battle Creek was a junction with both routes that
came out of Indiana. The
slaves who crossed the
Ohio River near Cincinnati went through Quaker
settlements in eastern
Indiana through Fort
Wayne to Battle Creek,
where they traveled eastbound over the route of the
Michigan Central Railroad
to Detroit. Another route
from Battle Creek jogged
northeast through Lansing
to Flint on to Port Huron
where the St. Clair River
crossed to Canada.
One of the heaviest
traveled routes for slaves
coming up from Illinois
and Indiana, known as
the Quaker Line, entered
into Michigan at Cass
County; the first stop being Young’s Prairie near
Cassopolis. The route
continued to Schoolcraft to
Battle Creek, continuing
eastward where Canada
was reached at the Detroit
River crossing.
Cass County abolitionists encouraged slaves to
remain if they chose to
stay. Abolitionist Stephen
Bogue helped establish
a community for these
slaves.
This settlement was
named Ramptown, named
for the wild leeks (also
called ramp) that flourished in the area. A school
and church were among
the infrastructures of this
community. A number of
descendants of former
slaves still remain in Cass
County where their ancestors were made welcome.
On the Quaker Road
route, Zachariah Shugart,
a Quaker stationed at
Young’s Prairie in Cass
County, transported the
fugitive slaves to the Dr.
Nathan Thomas House in
Schoolcraft.
Dr. Nathan Thomas, a
Quaker and the first physician in Kalamazoo County,
was one of the most active
conductors in Michigan.
Between 1840 he and his
wife Pamela helped between 1,000 to 1,5000 slaves
find temporary refuge at
their home in Schoolcraft.
He transported these slaves
to fellow Quaker, Erastus
Hussey and his wife Sarah,
in Battle Creek.
Erastus Hussey is also a
name greatly regarded in
the Michigan abolitionist
movement. He founded an
anti-slavery newspaper
called the Liberty Press

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Erastus Hussy, a noted conductor on the underground railroad.
and also had great political
baring in pushing through
state legislation to counteract the Fugitive Slave Act
of 1850.
The Fugitive Slave Act of
1850 made it illegal to help
run away slaves. It ensured
slaves could be recaptured
and returned to their owners.
Harriett Beecher Stowe’s
famed novel, “Uncle Tom’s
Cabin,” was written in
protest of this law. Erastus
Hussey found his own way
to combat this law.
In 1854 he won a seat in
the Michigan senate as a
Free Soil party candidate.
In 1855 he drafted the Michigan Personal Freedom
Act, which guaranteed
slaves the writ of Habeas
Corpus and trial by jury,
and prohibited any jails
from holding slaves. This
cleverly drafted legislation
made any attempt to help
slave catchers put fugitive
slaves back into bondage a
crime, punishable by a $500
to $1,000 fine and up to five
years in the state prison.
There are some well
documented confrontations in the Michigan Underground railroad. Adam
Crosswhite and his family, former slaves, settled
near Marshall. He told his
neighbors should slave
catchers come, he would
signal with a shot from his
gun.
One morning in 1847
neighbors came running
to his house after hearing
the signal. Four men from
Kentucky were there to recapture the Crosswhites.
A group of about 100
neighbors gathered at the
house and stalled the Kentuckians while the family
escaped by train to Detroit
and then fled to Canada.
The people of Marhsall
were taken to court and
ended up paying money to
the slave owners, but they
were gratified to know the
Crosswhites were safe.
In 1847 the Kentucky
Raid went down in Cass
County. Two men from
Cass County periodically
would travel to Bourbon
County, Kentucky to bring
slaves back. Kentucky
planters plotted together
to retrieve their slaves
that were said to by living
among the Quakers of
Cass County. In August,
1847, 13 Kentucky slave
catchers traveled to Cass
County and captured a
number of slaves. They
were resisted by a group
of up 300, and being outnumbered, the Kentuckians agreed to go to trial at
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turn without their slaves,
but later sued the men who
took them to court. By 1855
the case was dismissed and
the Kentuckians were none
the richer.
Detroit was considered
one of the most important
stops on the Underground
Railroad, being the last
stop before freedom.
Michigan’s first African
American Church, the 2nd
Baptist Church, in Detroit
near the Canadian border,
was founded in 1836 by 13
former slaves. Sojourner
Truth, John Brown, and
Frederick Douglas, were
some of the famous names
to have connections with
the church. The church
housed more than 5,000 fugitives in the span of about
30 years.
Seymour Finney, of Detroit, was another shining
name of the Underground
Railroad. He owned the
Finney Hotel, and a block
away he built a horse stable, on the northeast corner of State and Griswold
streets, where many slaves
were hid. He would listen
to the woes of the slave
catchers who frequented
his hotel while the slaves
they sought were safely in
Finney’s keep.
Women also played a big
role in Michigan’s Underground Railroad. Laura
Smith Haviland of a rural
community, Quaker Valley,
was an organizer of the
first Abolition Society in
Michigan. She was so well
known in the cause that
southern slave supporters
offered a $3,000 award for
Laura dead or alive.
Laura is quoted, “I would
not for my right hand become instrumental in returning one escaped slave
to bondage. I firmly believe
in our Declaration of Independence, that all men are
created free and equal, and
that no human being has a
right to make merchandise
of others born in humbler
stations, and place them on
a level with horses, cattle,
and sheep, knocking them
off the auction-block to the
highest bidder, sundering
family ties, and outraging
the purest and tenderest
feelings of human nature.”
A Quakeress poet, Elizabeth Margaret Chandler,
of Tecumseh, Lenawee,
Michigan, was also a voice
to end the injustice of slavery, becoming the first female writer in America to
make abolition her theme.
She died just short of her
27th birthday, of remittant
fever.
John T. Batchelder, who
settled in Yates Township,
Lake County, and still has a
number of descendants in
eastern Lake County, grew
up in a home that was a station on the underground
railroad. His father, Benjamin, assisted slaves to
freedom in Montville in
northeastern Ohio.
It is written in family memiors, “Benjamin
Batchelder’s home was
one station on the underground railroad during the
Civil War. One time bloodhounds tracked a slave to
his carriage house. They
did not get the slave for he
had been taken during the
night before to the next station. He helped a number
of slaves from the south
across the line into Canada
and freedom.”
Michigan’s early settlement and statehood, no
doubt, was an exciting
one that would make any
Michigander proud; filled
with heroism in helping
great numbers of individuals and families on their
passage to freedom.
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Prospective homebuyers may find hope in these programs
save for home ownership,
education or a business.
For home those saving to
buy a home, savings are
REED CITY — Several
matched on a three to one
programs are available to
those hoping to buy a home basis. (check stylebook)
Besides saving for a
someday, according to Dan
home, participants can alMassy, Osceola County’s
so receive financial educacommunity development
tion and home ownership
director.
and preparation informaOf interest to some will
tion and assistance.
be the Financial ManageSome program requirement and Homebuyer Eduments exist. For additional
cation Program.
The Mid Michigan Com- information, go to the
Michigan IDA Partnership
munity Action Agency
sponsors the program. The website, www.michiganida.com.
program offers financial
The Michigan State
management and credit
Housing Development Aucounseling, homebuyer
thority sponsors a couple
education, down payment
of closely related home
assistance and online
ownership programs. They
homebuyer education.
are MI first Home and MI
For more information
Next Home.
about the Financial ManThe MI First Home loan
agement and Homebuyer
program is a type of mortEducation Program, congage available to first-time
tact the Mid Michigan
homebuyers — ones who
Community Action Agenhaven’t owned a home in
cy at its Osceola County
Outreach office. The office the previous three years
is located at 240 E. Church — and to others who live
in a targeted area such as
St. The phone number
Osceola County. The MI
there is 231-791-7078.
Next Home is designed for
Those trying to save
more a home might want to those who may already
open an IDA or an Individ- own a home. Household
ual Development Account. income limits do exist.
The two programs can
An IDA is a matched savoffer down payment asings account designed to
sistance up to $7,500. Also,
help low-income families
By Andy Duffy
Weekly Voice

there are minimum credit
scores involved. For more
information, go to the
homebuyer section of the
state of the MSHDA website, www.michigan.gov/
mshda.
The Mortgage Credit
Certificate Program is
another option for those
searching for housing assistance. Under the terms
of this program, first-time
and repeat homebuyers
in targeted areas such as
Osceola County receive a
federal tax credit.
Qualified homebuyers
are able to deduct a portion
of the interest they paid on
their home mortgage from
their tax liability. Homebuyers can take the deduction every year for up to 30
years. Household income
limits affect a person’s eligibility, and the program
has a maximum sales price
limit of $224,500.
For more information
on this program, go to the
homebuyer section of the
MSHDA website, Michigan.gov/mshda, or contact
a mortgage credit certificate lender.
Prospective homebuyers
may also be interested in
the USDA Single Family
Housing Guaranteed Loan
Program.

The program works by
assisting approved lenders
in offering low- and moderate-income households the
opplrtunity to buy a primary residence. Through
the program, lenders can
obtain a 90 percent loan
note guarantee to lenders
to reduce the lenders’ risk
of offering 100 percent
loans to eligible, rural
homebuyers.
To qualify, buyers must
meet the following conditions. They must:
• Meet income eligibility.
• Agree to personally occupy the dwelling as their
primary residence.
• Be a U.S. citizen, a U.S.
non-citizen national or a
qualified alien.
• Have legal capacity to
incur the loan obligation.
• Have not been suspended or debarred from
participating in federal
programs.
• Demonstrate a willingness to make timely payments.
• Purchase a property
that meets all program
criteria.
Those wanting additional information about
the program may visit the
Single Family Housing
Guaranteed Loan Program
section of the USDA Ru-

ral Development website,
rd.usda.gov/programsservices/single-familyhousing-guaranteed-loanprogram. Alternatively,
they may contact their
local lender.
The USDA also administers the Single Family Housing Direct Home
Loans Program. The program gives assistance to
low- and very low-income
applicants in purchasing
housing in eligible rural
areas. To do that, the program provides payment assistance to increase the applicant’s repayment ability.
The payment assistance
temporarily reduces the
amount of the mortgage
payment.
To qualify, applicants
must meet the following
conditions. They must:
• Be without “decent, safe
and sanitary” housing.
• Be unable to obtain a
loan elsewhere on terms
and conditions that they
can reasonably be expected
to meet.
• Agree to occupy the
property as their primary
residence.
• Meet citizenship or eligible non citizen requirements
• Have legal capacity to
incur a loan obligation

• Not be suspended or debarred from participation
in federal programs.
Only certain properties
can be financed with Direct Home Loan funds.
The home must generally:
• Be less than 1,800
square feet.
• Not have a market value
of more than the applicable area loan limit.
• Not have in-ground
swimming pools.
• Not be designed for income-producing activities.
Those interested in
learning more about
the program may go to
the Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans
Program section of the
USDA Rural Development
website, rd.usda.gov/
programs-services/singlefamily-housing-directhome-loans. Those wishing
to apply should contact the
USDA Traverse City office
before filling out any forms
or applications. The office
is located at 1501 S. Cass
Street, Ste.A, Traverse City.
The phone number is 231941-0951, ext. 4.
The Osceola County
Community Development
Office can be contacted at
231-832-7397. Its website is
at www.osceola-county.org.

been out for a run. Officer
observed their attire reflected that.
•Officers observed a
58-year-old male drive
through a stop sign nearly
hitting his patrol car. The
58-year-old driver was issued a citation for disobeying a stop sign and for
Operating under the Influence of Liquor. He was
transported and lodged in
the Osceola County Jail
without incident.
2/19/16
•The School Liaison Officer investigated and reported on the truancy of
five students. Juvenile
petition request has been
submitted for truancy on
them.
•Of ficers were dispatched to local apartment
complex regarding a disorderly 36-year-old male. The
male was lodged on charges of Disorderly Conduct
at the Osceola County Jail
without incident.
2/20/16
•Of ficers were dispatched to local residence
regarding a suicide attempt by overdose. The
individual was conscious
and able to speak. Officer

stayed there until the arrival of the EMS.
•While on patrol, officers
observed a vehicle in the
driveway with the interior
lights on and driver door
standing open. Officers
spoke with the owner, who
stated nothing was missing, and believed he may
have left is door open by
mistake.
2/21/16
•Of ficers were dispatched to Spectrum
Health Hospital Reed City
campus regarding the location of an adult foster care
patient. The 31-year-old
male had been transported
there by ambulance earlier and once treated and
discharged he had walked
away. Officers located and
transported the man back
to his home at the adult foster care home.
•Officers were dispatched
to local residence regarding an out of control juvenile. Upon their arriver,
officer found the juvenile
sitting in a hallway crying.
Mother said had been no
physical assaults. Officers
were able to speak with,
and counseled the juvenile
at that time.

Public record
Evart Police
Department weekly
report
2/16/16
•Stolen License Plate
— Officers responded to
a complaint of a stolen license plate. The plate was
reported to Secretary of
State as stolen and the investigation remains open.
2/16/16
•Domestic Assault — Officers responded to a domestic assault. The complaint was investigated
and the subject was arrested. The complaint has
been turned over to the
prosecuting attorney.
2/20/16
•Failure to Pay — Officers responded to a fail to
pay complaint at a local
business. The case is under investigation at this
time.
2/20/16
•Check Well Being — Officers were dispatched to
a Check Well Being – Contact was made with the
subject who was found to
be in no danger.
2/20/16
•Bond Violation — Officers took a complaint

regarding a violation of a
person’s bond condition.
The case is being investigated and has been turned
over to the prosecuting attorney.
2/20/16
•Breaking and Entering
— Officers responded to
a breaking and entering
complaint. The scene was
investigated and the case
remains open.
2/21/16
•Civil Complaint — Officers responded to a civil
complaint. The subjects
were advised to resolve
their differences peacefully.

Reed City Police
Department, weekly
report
2/15/16
•School Liaison Officer
was requested to perform
a well being check on a two
students. Officer reported
back to Child Protective
Services both were fine.
•Officers came upon
a vehicle driving on the
White Pine Trails. The
25-year-old male driver
from another town stated

he thought it was an ally.
The officer issued a verbal
warning. Case closed.
•Officers performed a
traffic stop to issue a warning to the operator of a
forklift for driving with the
forks in a prohibited manner. Michigan law prohibits vehicles with forks or
tines to traveling with the
forks parallel to the roadway.
•While performing a traffic stop for tinted windows,
officers found the 30-yearold male driver had given
false identification information. Further investigation resulted in discovering he had a suspended
driver’s license with three
prior convictions for
DWLS, in addition to three
outstanding warrants. The
individual was arrested
and lodged in the Osceola
County Jail without incident.
•Of ficers were dispatched to take a report
regarding a Child Protective Service’s referral of
possible child abuse. The
matter is under a joint investigation with CPS.
2/16/16
•Offices issued citations

to a 30-year-old female for
expired plate and no insurance. Her vehicle was
towed pending insurance
coverage.
2/17/16
•School Liaison Officers
assisted with a truancy
matter. The student was
transported to school to attend the remainder of the
day.
2/18/16
•Officers were dispatched
to local apartment complex regarding a tenant
who was upset and there
were concerns of a possible suicide attempt. Officers spoke with the man
in questioned and found he
appeared to be intoxicated
and upset but stated he did
not need medical attention
and was not suicidal.
•Officer served vehicle
abatement papers to a tenant who owned the uninsured vehicle with an expired registration, parked
in the apartment complex
parking lot for over two
weeks.
•Officers stopped and
questioned a couple of
young men behind a building in the cemetery. The
two explained they had

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Andy Duffy | Weekly Voice

A St. Clair River smallie resides in this display case in Dan Derscheid’s office at Pineview Homes.

Something is fishy about Evart anglers’ offices
By Andy Duffy
Weekly Voice

EVART — Dan Derscheid
chuckled at the question.
“It sure didn’t start out to
be a competition,” he said.
“We all just added something here and there.”
A stranger in the building might easily believe
he’d walked into some kind
of competition, though.
Down one hallway of the
central office building of
Pineview Homes, Dan Derscheid, his brother Doug
and his father, Paul, have
offices in proximity to each
other. Each office has something fishy about it. Real
fishy. Fish mounts hang
on the walls. Fish photographs are in cabinets, on
shelves, and are hanging
from the walls. A fish is in
a specially made display
case.
The fish came from all
over. Some came from Canada. At least one came from
the St. Clair River. One
came from an old gravel pit
near Edmore. Others came
from lakes close to Evart.
A number of different
people did the taxidermy
work, too. Kevin Perry, of
Manton, mounted the big
walleye that hangs above
Dan’s desk. Some were
mounted at The Trophy
Room at Jay’s Sporting
Goods. Other mounts were
prepared at The Wildlife
Gallery in Blanchard.
Now, Dan’s own work is appearing on office walls. He
began studying taxidermy
three or four years ago using online YouTube videos
and books. Now some of
his taxidermy work hangs
not only on his walls, but
on his brother’s, too.
Dan gives his grandfather, uncles and his father
credit for getting him
interested in outdoor pursuits. For much of his life,

Andy Duffy | Weekly Voice

This northern pike lurks on the wall of Doug Derscheid’s office.
Dan Derscheid offered to mount the fish for Doug.
though, he wasn’t nearly
as avid an outdoorsman as
he is now. It wasn’t until
he married and grew older
that he began realizing the
great outdoor opportunities that Michigan has to
offer. He began spending a
lot more time hunting and
fishing. Now the fruits of
his fishing excursions fill
his office.
Dan’s brother, Doug, said
he always had a love for
the outdoors. He started
going out hunting with his
father while he was pretty
young. He enjoyed fishing
for bluegills and sunfish in
his uncle’s pond.
A key moment in his developing a love of fishing
came when he was 12 and
went on his first fishing
trip to Canada.
“It was kind of a rite of
passage for me,” Doug said.
On the trip, he camped,
helped carry a canoe on
portages and paddled for
miles. And, of course,
there was the fishing for
big pike and walleye. He
was hooked on the sport.
His office reflects that.
A monster pike lurks on
a wall looking as if it is
about to slam the lure just
in front of it. A huge bass
is there, too. It is hanging
out near some structure,
just as bass are wont to
do. Trophy-sized panfish
adorn the wall, too. Mak-

ing the scene even more
satisfying, Dan mounted
the trophy-sized pike and
bass for Doug.
Paul, Doug and Dan’s
father, probably had a lot
to do with his sons’ enjoyment of the outdoors. He
gave his children plenty
of opportunities to do outdoorsy things.
For Paul, a devotion to
the wild was in his genes.
He said that he grew up
“loving God’s great outdoors.”
Paul, the son of a pastor, moved from place to
place when he was young.
No matter where he lived,
he would seek out nearby
creeks and ponds where
he would catch frogs and
other creatures. He loved
studying birds and was
always collecting animals
and bugs.
After high school, Paul
attended college and majored in biology. Later he
added a master’s degree
in Recreation and parks
administration. He loved
to hunt both with bows and
rifles. He was always interested in passing on his
outdoor knowledge to others, too. He taught a nature
club for years.
In recent years, much of
his focus has shifted to fishing. He haunts lakes and
streams.
His office reflects his in-

Andy Duffy | Weekly Voice

Fish hang out on the walls of Doug Derscheid’s Pineview Homes office. Doug and his father, Paul, and
his brother Dan are all avid anglers.
terest in both the outdoor
pursuits and in his family.
A large section of one of
his office walls is devoted
to snapshots of friends and
family members on fishing
trips.
Paul Derscheid’s parents
founded Pineview Homes.
Paul went to work at the
facility not too many years
after its founding. Later,
Dan and Doug joined the
family business. It was
that series of events that
enables them to all have offices in the same building.
Pineview is now in its
50th year. Paul is the organization’s director. Doug is

the casework supervisor,
and Dan is the business
manager.
Their work isn’t the
only thing that keeps them
close, though. So does their
love of the outdoors. They
still hunt and fish together.

The annual trips to Canada, one of which served as
a rite of passage for Doug?
They still find time to
work those in each spring.
They are a close-knit trio.
Despite their offices, nothing is fishy about that.

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This trophy perch adds interest to Paul Derscheid’s office wall. Paul, the father of Doug and Dan, was one of the influences that inspired
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