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The Roscommon County Fire
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the 32nd Annual Michigan Firemen’s
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Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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is sponsored by the Michigan
Firemen's Memorial Festival
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Fire Chiefs, Fire Fighters, EMS person-
nel, and thousands of friends and
families to honor and celebrate the
memories of the valiant Fire Fighters
who gave the lives while protecting
their communities.
Thursday evening, September 15th,
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will also be free hot dogs and pop
starting at 5 pm, and a magician will
Thursday, September 8, 2011
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“It felt surreal,” revealed Dale
Mazzoline reflecting on a visit he
and his wife, Karen, made to the
Ground Zero site in New York City
last week from their home in
Northern Michigan. “When we
arrive at hotel we found that it was
located right outside the fence of
the Ground Zero site, overlooking
the largest construction site I have
ever seen. Living in Northern
Michigan, we hear and read about
what is going on there, but it
seems far away. To witness it is
Dale is the owner of Mazzter
Electric in Petoskey, is also an
audio/visual technician for
Bayview Association during the
summer, and Karen is a teacher in
the elementary music in Petoskey
area Schools. Until their trip to
New York City last week, the cou-
ple’s busy schedule rarely allowed
for summer excursions, but this
year, Karen took charge of booking
a five-day trip to New York.
Karen states, “I always wanted
to go to New York City and finally
we were able to make that trip. I
wanted to book something before
school started, and when I real-
ized the significance of the date I
asked for a hotel close to World
Trade Center site, but never
thought we would be that close.
Being there 20 stories up and look-
ing down onto the construction
site, taking it all in, was amazing.”
Dale adds, “From our hotel
room, and the restaurant balcony
at the top of our building, we were
able to look directly down on the
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By Jim Akans
The 31st Annual Gaylord CROP
Hunger Walk will take place this
coming Sunday, September 11th,
leaving the First Congregational
Church in Gaylord at 2 pm with walk-
ers having the option of following
one or five mile routes.
This year’s walk, which takes place
on the 10th anniversary of the 9-11
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The 32nd Annual Michigan
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The Roscommon
County Fire
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the 32nd Annual
Memorial Festival
next Thursday,
Friday, Saturday
and Sunday
(September 15,
16, 17, 18).
Ground Zero site visit
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passion, perseverance
and pride
2011 Gaylord
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2011 Annual Gaylord Crop Hunger Walk, which takes place this
Sunday, September 11 at 2 pm.
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In 1984, the
C h a l l e n g e
Mountain 501 (c)
(3) non-profit
organization was
founded to raise
funds to develop
an adaptive ski
program to allow
physically and
mentally chal-
lenged individu-
als enjoy the thrill
and excitement of
the sport of
downhill skiing
free of charge.
With a motto of
“If I can do this I
can do anything!” the Challenge Mountain
organization grew over the years to include
Summer Games, Day Camps, Overnight
Camps, Camp Quality, Winter Games and
much more.
Challenge Mountain Resale Shops, located
in Boyne City and Petoskey, offer a wide range
of donated clothing and household items for
sale with proceeds utilized to help support
Challenge Mountains’ ongoing mission. The
6,600 square foot facility in Boyne City and
4,200 square foot facility in Petoskey each
present a seemingly endless array of men’s,
women’s and children’s clothing items, books,
music, furniture, linens, glassware and other
household items to select from.
The Boyne City store is located at 1158 S. M-
75, just east of Boyne City toward Boyne Falls
(where the facility was actual-
ly once located), and the
Petoskey store is at 2429 US 31
North across from Houghton
Each store is open Monday
through Friday from 10 am
until 4 pm, and on Saturdays
from 10 am until 3 pm. For
additional information about
Challenge Mountain, please
Challenge Mountain
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Angels at Work Resale
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Sunday, September 4th was a gorgeous late summer day, perfect weather for
the annual Thunder Over Waters Festival.
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the annual
The children’s game area was
another favorite destination, even
more so when an anonymous
donor purchased all the remaining
tickets during the afternoon so
everyone could play for free!
The petting
zoo area and
adjoining pony
ride were very
popular spots
for kids…
including the
Bikes, bikes and even more bikes were donated by local individuals and busi-
nesses again this year, and presented throughout the afternoon to young-
sters wearing their lucky wrist bands that were handed out during the festival.
At 3 pm, the exciting Waterball competition got underway behind the Fire
Hall, with the first match-up between Otsego Lake Township Fire Department
and the Capital Area Fire Fighters (in silver reflective suits) from Lansing. All
that sunshine and water produced a beautiful rainbow that seemed to hover
just inches from the ground.
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The 18th annual Senior Citizen Hawaiian Lawn
Party was held at the Bev and Dick Cherwinski res-
idence east of Vanderbilt. Among the 50+ atten-
dees were Tom Serino and wife Fumiko (who helps
at the Our Home Town newspaper) friends and
members of the Organ Transplant Support Group
of Northern Michigan (OTSGNM).
Bev Cherwinski/Founder of the OTSGNM pre-
sented Tom with a plaque and it's members thank-
ing him for all his support in the "Our Home Town"
newspaper. Tom has a special relationship with
Organ Donation; five years ago Toms' sister-in-law
Lenora received a kidney transplant in Boston, MA.
The Appreciation Plaque reads; " Presented to
Tom Serino and Our Home Town Newspaper in
appreciation for all the dedicated support in
informing the public of the tremendous need for
Organ and Tissue Donation with gratitude from
the members of the Organ Transplant Support
Group of Northern Michigan, 2011.”
Tom and Fumiko were married in 1971, and
moved to Vanderbilt from Hubbard Lake and have
two children. In June 1977 Tom came home from
Tokyo, Japan to take care of his dad who was ill and
lived in Hubbard Lake. Olive Lewis and Ilah Kurke
established the “Our Home Town” newspaper in
1956. In 1982 Tom and Fumiko purchased the
newspaper and kept the name "Our Home Town".
Someday you, your neighbor or a friend may be
the one waiting for a life saving transplant. You
may become an organ donor by going to your local
Secretary of State office and register there - you
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your gracious decision. This is the ultimate gift you
will be giving!!
By Jim Akans
“We Honor Military Expo & Veteran Stand Down” is a very
special celebration being held this Sunday, September 11th,
open to all active and retired military personnel, and their
families. This free event is being sponsored by the Northern
Michigan Partnership for Veterans and Aleda E. Lutz VA
Medical Center, and a variety of local vendors will be on site
throughout the duration of this event providing free services
and discounts. Free food and refreshments will also be pro-
“This will be a very special day,” states Carla Parkes, one of
the event organizers, “with a group of people coming togeth-
er to show how much they appreciate the service and sacrifice
of active and military veterans. We wanted to be sure and
include their families, as they are often not recognized. This
will be a fun-filled, informative day with activities for all ages.”
Throughout the day there will be speaker presentations
covering such topics as dealing with stress, proper nutrition
and more. There will be food items served, such as hot dogs,
potato salad and fruit, plus cake decorated by several local
bakers and grocers, and live music from several area bands.
“Everything has been donated,” relates Parkes. “For kids we
have a photo booth, a clown with balloons, an obstacle
course, face painting, and the
Otsego County Mounted
Police will bring a horse kids
can pet. There will be a craft
center and a vendor informa-
tion area in one of the fair-
ground buildings offering
services such as dental
checks, chair massages and
The event will also include
a Veteran’s Stand Down, with
representatives from the
Veterans Administration on
hand offering services for
veterans who are struggling
with their living situations or
may even be homeless at this time.
Parkes notes, “One of the focuses will be to make sure vets
are enrolled in the VA health care system so they are able to
utilize the veterans services they are eligible to receive.”
This event is not open to the general public, only active mil-
itary personnel, veterans and their families. The celebration
will take place from 10 am until 3 pm on Sunday, September
For additional information contact Carla Parkes at 448-
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preparations for the 10-year dedication cere-
mony, and watch the construction activity of
the several buildings and memorials on the
approximately 16-acre site. We also visited
the fire station that is next to the World Trade
Center site, where there is a huge bronze trib-
ute along most of one wall with several
murals and the names of the fire fighters who
lost their lives during 9/11.”
The couple toured St, Paul’s Chapel, just a
block from the WTC site, which had served as
a refuge for those helping with the clean up
after 9-11. They also visited a tribute center,
where there are many mementos, artifacts
and clothing and some of the signs and origi-
nal photos of the missing that were posted
following the 9-11 event 10 years ago.
Dale observes that during their visit,
thoughts of the victims of that tragic day in
America’s recent history rarely left the cou-
ples minds. Those sobering feelings merged
with a sense of pride, passion and persever-
ance conveyed by the amazing work being
accomplished as over 1,000 workers at any
given time toil to create the mesmerizing
rebirth of the World Trade Center Memorial
Plaza complex.
Among the buildings and memorials, many
of which are well on their way to completion,
will be One World Trade Center, also known as
Freedom Tower, which is the responsibility of
the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey, The National 9-11 Memorial and
Museum, three office towers; World Trade
Centers 2, 3 and 4, plus a major rail station
that is also a Port Authority project. A stand-
out feature on the site is the two reflective
pools that are located above the foundation
footprints of the original World Trade Center
“Those two reflective pools were nearly
complete by the time of our visit,” notes Dale.
“They are bordered with bronze tributes
bearing the names of all the people who lost
their lives in the World Trade Center towers,
the Pentagon and in the Pennsylvania field on
9-11. That was a very memorable and solemn
sight to see.”
Like all American’s who were just starting
their day on the morning of September 11th,
2001, Dale vividly recalls where he was and
what he was doing when he heard the news of
the attacks.
“I was working on a project at the Bayshore
Market when I heard the news over the radio,”
he recalls. “At first, we kept working until we
heard that the second tower had been
hit…then we realized this had not been an
While visiting New York City ten years after
the confusion, fear and anger of the 9-11
event, Dale and Karen Mazzoline found the
inspiration and promise of the American
spirit alive and well in this bustling metropo-
lis hundreds of miles from Northern
Dale states, “We were amazed that wherev-
er we seemed to go, people around us were
speaking in languages from all over the world.
Of all places in our country, New York is still
one of the biggest attractions worldwide. It
was the first place people came when immi-
grating to America in the early days of our
history, and it remains as the vital hub and a
gathering place for those from all over the
world visiting America today.”
Karen adds, “Neither one of us wanted to
leave, and as we began packing up we both
became tearful. We felt very connected being
there, it hit home. What is going on there now
is a very good thing, it shows that we as
Americans aren’t going to let this defeat us.
We are going on …moving forward even
stronger than before.”
10 Years
World Trade Center 4 looms majestically in the background in this photo looking west across the massive construction site. The
hotel the Mazzoline’s stayed in during their visit is the second (light colored building) from the right side of the photo.
Two beautiful reflection ponds set above the foundation footprints of the original Twin
Towers are nearing completion.
A Pear tree that survived the devastation
during the fall of the Twin Towers was
taken from the rubble, nurture by Van
Cortlandt Nursery in the Bronx for last 10
years, and has been replanted (multi-
limbed tree at upper left) in Memorial
Plaza near the reflective ponds.
CROP Walk Continued...
tragedy, has been sub-titled “Reaching Out in
Peace and Love to ALL People” in commemo-
ration of this occasion. There will also be a
very special stop scheduled during this year’s
walk with an open house being held at the
Otsego County Food Pantry honoring the
longtime efforts of Jerry Coger and his wife
Tricia (who recently passed).
On Tuesday, August 23rd, the Otsego
County Board of Commissioners passed
Proclamation OCR 11-22, resolving that
Sunday, September 11, 2011, a National Day
of Giving, be set aside in Otsego County to
honor Jerry and Tricia Coger by calling the
together at a
Open House
in their
honor at the
O t s e g o
County Food
Pantry from
noon until 2
pm, and fur-
ther resolved
that the
O t s e g o
County Board of Commissioners honor and
thank the Cogers for their outstanding service
to the community.
The Annual CROP Hunger Walk is a com-
munity-oriented event sponsored by the
Church World Service, a ministry comprised
of 36 Christian denominations and commun-
ions joined to do their part in eradicating
hunger and poverty. It’s about neighbors,
families and friends walking together to take
a stand against world hunger.
This is the 31st year that the CROP Hunger
Walk has been held here in Otsego County.
Over those years, this community has raised
$211,266 from the walk, with 25% of those
proceeds going to the Otsego County Food
Pantry. Last year, 177 people participated in
the walk, raising nearly $11,000.
Some interesting facts;
- $150 can provide three farm families with
everything they need to make succulent,
nutritious and marketable honey, including
training, hives and equipment.
- $500 can provide 4,000 pounds of food for
a local food bank or provide up to 400 meals
in a soup kitchen.
- $1,000 can provide more than a dozen dis-
placed families with emergency food pack-
ages; each containing enough to feed a fami-
ly of five for a month.
- $5,000 can provide a well that reaches
deep into the aquifer, allowing a village
access to clean, safe water. When periods of
drought hit, communities with deep-water
wells can continue to grow gardens, lessening
the drought’s impact on local food supplies.
At the Gaylord CROP Hunger Walk, each
walker has the opportunity to raise money
through individual donations. Area churches
also hold events such as bake sales and
donate those proceeds to the Walk.
Individuals and businesses also make dona-
tions, and online giving is a donation seg-
ment that is rapidly growing as well.
This year’s goal is to have 200 walkers par-
ticipate and raise $12,000. Registration for
the walk will take place at 1:30 pm on Sunday
at the First Congregational Church in
Gaylord, located at 218 W. Second Street. The
CROP Hunger Walk will begin at 2 pm.
For further information, please contact the
co-coordinators of this year’s event; Helen
Crandall at (989) 732-5479 or Sallie Anderson
at (989) 732-9001.
There will be a very special stop
scheduled during this year’s walk with
an open house being held at the
Otsego County Food Pantry honoring
the longtime efforts of Jerry Coger and
his wife Tricia (who recently passed).
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Unfortunately, thousands of vehicles
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bus with 936 incidents.
Michigan's Public Act 60 of 2011,
which became effective July 1 of this
year, increased fines and penalties for
moving violations in school bus zones,
similar to road construction work zones
and emergency scenes.
“Children are our most precious
resource,” added Bubar. “Getting them
to school and back home safely requires
drivers to be on high alert in school bus
zones all year long.”
The MAPT was founded in 1965 as a
non-profit corporation uniting dedicat-
ed pupil transportation professionals
with the common purpose of encourag-
ing and promoting safe and efficient
transportation for all Michigan students.
For more information:
- National survey results from the
- School bus safety tips from the
Michigan Department of Education
http: //www. michigan. gov/docu-
MAPT's back-to-school
traffic safety message:
Help protect students in
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perform to the amazement of children and
their parents starting at 7 pm.
Friday will be an arts and crafts exhibit,
children’s activities, free trolley rides to the
Memorial site, fire and rescue equipment dis-
plays all day long, and live music starting at 9
pm. There will also be a Bright Light Vehicle
Showdown starting at 7 pm, followed by a
Bright Light Parade. The bar area, (must be at
least 21 years of age with picture ID to enter)
opens at 2 pm, and live music begins at 9 pm
at the Red Barn.
Next Saturday and Sunday the Michigan
Firemen’s Memorial Festival gets into full
swing. Among Saturday’s many events will be
a Memorial Service at the Firemen’s Memorial
site at 9 am, a parade through downtown
Roscommon at 11 am, a Vehicle Extrication
Competition at noon, a Lions’s Club Chicken
Barbecue from noon until the chicken is
gone, a Waterball contest at 12:30, the annual
Search and Rescue Competition at 1 pm, and
a High Pressure Gas Demo at 1:30 pm. The
32nd Annual Memorial Festival Dance will
take place at 9 pm.
Sunday, September 18th may be the final
day of the Festival, but there are still plenty of
activities and exhibitions for attendees to
enjoy. Those will include Antique Fire Truck
and Fire and Rescue Equipment displays, lots
of Arts and Crafts booths to peruse, a Cass A
Foam demonstration, plus plenty of family
oriented activities including a Petting Zoo,
Pony Rides, and a Sawdust Pile Penny Hunt.
Excitement, adventure, and education
blend into a full weekend of activity at the
Annual Michigan Firemen’s Memorial
Festival in Roscommon, yet above all, atten-
dees are there to recognize and honor the
brave, dedicated Fire Fighters who have made
the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
For more information, please visit
Edelweiss Garden Club, Inc. has scheduled
Saturday, September 17th to host its Annual
Fall Plant Exchange from 9:00 a.m. to Noon
on the East Courthouse Lawn in Gaylord next
to the Farmer's Market. They have a Spring
Plant Exchange each year as well.
This free event is open to the public, and
the Garden Club invites the community to
bring as many plants as desired to swap for
equal trades. The "one for one" exchange can
include perennials, indoor plants, seeds,
tubers, bulbs, and gently used garden tools or
lawn ornamentation. Financial donations
are welcome in lieu of a plant trade.
Master Gardener Members will be on hand
to answer gardening questions and to help
identify plants. Bring in a non-returnable
container labeled with the plant name (if
known) and the light requirements such as
sun or shade.
Fall is a good time to transplant and make
changes in the garden. Some reasons to look
at dividing perennials include: Increase
vigor, overcome overcrowding in the garden
or remove multiple plants that have self-
seeded, the plant is weaker producing fewer
flowers, or a hollow or dead center develops.
The Community Plant Exchange helps
keep our town beautiful and spreads healthy
living through gardening. If you are interest-
ed in learning more about Edelweiss Garden
Club which meets all year around with pro-
grams, luncheons, field trips, and beautifying
the Gaylord Area, please see our website at or call, Joan
Collick, 732-5792, Membership Chair.
Call today for a FREE
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32nd Annual Michigan
Firemen’s Memorial Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
September 15, 16, 17, 18 2011
Sponsored by the Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival Committee, Inc.
We will be looking for you at the
Festival. We need your support!
For Further information contact
The Firemen’s Memorial Festival Committee, Inc.
P.O. Box 672 • Roscommon, MI 48653
Phone & Fax (989) 275-5880
Web site
*Events & Schedule Subject to Change.
Thursday, September 15
Family Night - Begins at 5 p.m.
-Free Hot Dogs & Pop 5 p.m.
-Craft Projects for children
-Kids Fire Safety Trailer
-Magician Show at 7 p.m.
-Petting Zoo
-Max The Safety Dog
-Barn Yard Babies
-ARK (Assoc. to Rescue Critters)
Friday, September 16
First Full Day of Festival
-Vendors will be open 10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
-Some demonstrations scheduled
-Free Children’s Activities & Free Pony
-Free Trolley Rides to Memorial Site
-Bar opens at 2 p.m.
-Bright Light Vehicle Showdown at 7p.m.
-Light Parade at 9 p.m. (dusk)
-Music begins at 9 p.m. in Red Barn
Badge required to enter after 7 p.m.
Everyone required to have picture I.D.
Must be 21 to enter.
Saturday, September 17
-Annual Memorial Service and placing of
Memorial Wreaths at the Firemen’s
Memorial Site. Begins at 9 a.m.
Sponsored by Michigan State Firemen’s Assoc.
-Annual Firemen’s Memorial Parade
Begins at 11 a.m. through downtown
Roscommon on M-76 (5th Street)
-Events at the Fire Training Grounds
-Lions Club Chicken Barbecue - 12 noon
until gone
-Bar open 12 noon til 1 a.m.
-Waterball contest. Registration ends at
noon on the Waterball Court.
Saturday, continued...
-21st Michigan Vehicle Extrication
competition, 12 noon (pre-registration
-16th Annual Search & Rescue
competition 1 p.m.
-Gray’s Air Cushion and Semi-Uprighting
-Forest Fire Demo, DNR &
U.S. Forest Service
-Class A Foam Demonstration
-Survival Flight
-High Pressure Gas Demo, 1:00 p.m.
-911 Children’s Firehouse
-Fire and Rescue Equipment Displays
-Antique Fire Truck displays
-Arts and Crafts Booths & Vendors
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
-Free Pony Rides to Memorial Site
-Petting Zoo
-Badge Drawings for prizes,
12 noon - 6 p.m.
-31st Annual Memorial Festival Dance,
9 p.m.
Badge required to enter after 7 p.m.
Everyone required to have picture I.D.
Must be 21 to enter.
-Annual Gold Badge Auction 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 18
Events at the Fire Training
Grounds Starting at 11 a.m.
-High pressure gas demo, weather permitting
-Class A Foam Demonstration
-Badge Drawings, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-Sawdust pile penny hunt
-Fire and rescue equipment displays
-Free Pony Rides & Activities for children
-Free Trolley Rides to Memorial Site
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Farm Market
The Indian River Farm
Market is back with the won-
derful fresh produce, flowers,
jams, breads and other
homemade items! Stop in
and support your local farm-
ers and vendors, and enjoy
home grown items. The Farm
Market will be every
Wednesday 2pm- 6pm and
every Saturday 9am – 1pm at
the Citizens National Bank
parking lot on the corner of S.
Straits Hwy and M-68. The
Farm Market will run
through October 29th. For
more information call the
Chamber at 231-238-9325.
Democrats meet
Otsego County Democrats
meets 3rd Tuesdays. 6 PM
United Way Building. Call
Carol at 989-732-2591 for
Farmer’s Market
It will be held every Thursday
under the pavilion in
Grayling City Park from 2-
6pm. Will close the weekend
of Harvest Festival, which is
held in Downtown Grayling
on Saturday, October 1st &
Sunday, October 2nd as well.
Senior Project Fresh
The Crawford County
Commission on Aging along
with MSU Extension are
sponsoring the 2011 Senior
Project Fresh Farmers Market
Nutrition Program which
gives $20 worth of coupons
that can be used on fresh
Michigan produce at partici-
pating local fresh food mar-
kets. In Grayling, coupons
can be used at Jim’s Farm
Market and at the Grayling
Farm Market on Thursdays at
the City Park from 2-6pm. If
you are a Crawford County
senior age 60 or above and
your monthly income is
below $1,679 per month
($2,268 for a couple), you
may qualify for these free
coupons. 50 coupon booklets
are left to distribute before
the end of August. If you feel
you qualify and would like to
participate in the program,
contact the Commission on
Aging at 348-7123.
Line dancing
Line Dancing facilitated by
Ann Doty. Come one, come
all, everyone is invited to
attend the Line Dancing
Classes at 10am on
Wednesdays. No experience
needed, no fee, no
Reservations necessary. Call
the Senior Center at 348-7123
for more information.
Located at 308 Lawndale St.
in Grayling behind Burger
Farmer's Market
The Gaylord Downtown
Farmers Market is consid-
ered one of the finest mar-
kets in northern Michigan!
Michigan farm producers sell
fresh fruits and vegetables,
baked goods, herbs, and
much more under the down-
town pavilion. In the warmer
months, you’ll also find out-
door plants and flowers.
Ample parking is available.
Open every Saturday, 8am to
2pm, through October 29.
And every Wednesday, 8am
to 2pm, July through
Senior Center Raffle
The Grayling Senior Center is
sponsoring a cash raffle. The
prizes are 1st prize $250, 2nd
prize-$175 and 3rd prize-$75.
Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6
tickets. The drawing will be
held on September 22 follow-
ing the Grandparents Day
Dinner. Raffle and dinner are
both open to the public. For
more information contact
the Senior Center at (989)
Deliverable Fuels
NEMCSA (Northeast
Michigan Community
Service Agency) has money
available to assist low-
income families with the
delivery of fuels such as
propane, fuel oil and fire-
wood. There are guidelines
which must be followed.
Crawford County residents
who think they might qualify
should contact Beth at 1-866-
270-0687 for prescreening. If
applicants meet all eligibility
requirements, an application
will be mailed or faxed at the
customer’s request. All appli-
cations are on a first come-
first served basis.
Northern Rods and
Rides Car Shows
The Northern Rods ’n Rides
Car Club have begun hosting
their weekly car shows! The
shows will be held every
Wednesday evening until
September 17 beginning at
5pm at the Indian River
Eagles, FOE #4046. All events
are open to the public and
spectators are welcome.
Financial Peace
Class starting Sept 7, 6-8pm
at GEFC.....runs 13 weeks.
Call church office to register
989-732-2647 or online at Free
brief preview session on
Sunday Sept. 4 at 11am at
GEFC, or can attend first
class free on Sept 7 and then
can commit to purchasing a
kit for $100/family.
Weight loss challenge
New Weight loss challenge is
starting on Wednesday,
September 7 at 6pm. This is a
12 week session. Come and
join our Challenge and get
group support, personal
coaching, helpful tips and
information on good nutri-
tion and long-term health.
You can even win a cash prize
if you are one of the top
achievers. Space is limited.
Call 989-448-8618 to register
or get additional informa-
tion. Located at 604 W. Main
St, next to Holiday station.
Brook Open House
The power went out the day
The Brook had scheduled an
open house. The opening
celebration has been re-
scheduled for Sept. 8 from 4-
7pm at The Brook Retirement
Community, 503 Rose St.,
Grayling. The new facility
opened June 1, 2011 and the
public is invited to tour this
beautiful facility for the
area's retired community.
Food, entertainment, door
prizes and tours. Parking
across the street at Grayling
elementary school, shuttle
transportation provided.
Back To School
Collection Drive
Together, Crawford &
Roscommon Counties will be
collecting for new school
supplies for children in
grades K-12. Collection will
end on Sept. 9. Items
Needed: Pencils/Pens,
Crayons, Folders, Notebooks,
Loose Leaf Paper, Erasers,
Highlighters, Colored
Pencils, Markers, Rulers,
Backpacks, Calculators, Glue
Sticks, Pencil Box/Pouch,
Pencil Sharpeners. Drop off
Locations: Crawford County
Department of Human
Services (Sarah Garrod) and
Roscommon County Sheriff’s
Department (Ed Stern).
Questions may be directed
to: Sarah Garrod (989) 302-
Antiques & Collectibles
Outdoor Market
Antiques and Collectibles,
under the Pavilion On Court
in downtown Gaylord
September 10 from 9am to
4pm. 20+ dealers of quality
antiques & collectibles. You'll
find a diversified range of
items for sale . . . furniture,
textiles and vintage fabrics,
glass, pottery, post cards, toys
and much more. Unusual
and perhaps rare items can
be found as buyers search
through this outdoor market-
place. Vendors are knowl-
edgeable about their special-
ties and are eager to share
their expertise! Free admis-
sion and plenty of free park-
ing in nearby city parking
lots. Rain or shine.
Ramble to the Pines
Mercy Hospice is having
their 3rd annual Ramble to
the Pines on Sept. 10. This
Walk/Bike/Run is on the
beautiful six mile paved trail
beginning at Grayling City
Hall and ending at the
entrance to Hartwick Pines
State Park. Participants with
a pledge of $25 or more will
receive a t shirt. The start
time will be between 8am
and 10am. Registration may
be in advance or on the day
of the event. For information
or to make a donation, call
800-424-1457 for details.
Mercy Hospice benefits per-
sons in a five county area sur-
rounding Grayling. The funds
generated by this event will
support end of life and
bereavement services to our
patients and the community
at large.
Archery tournament
Vendors take advantage of
our Fee Free booths Sept. 10
at the 2nd Annual Ellsworth
Archery Tournament Family
Outdoor Expo! This event
allows vendors and
exhibitors an opportunity to
meet and greet hundreds of
local outdoor enthusiasts of
all ages. Local community
organizations are welcome to
host booths to share the
wonderful service, environ-
mental, and education work
they contribute to our area.
We also welcome all types of
retailers who would like an
additional opportunity to
merchandise their products.
No booth is too large or small
and the best part is that there
is no fee for booth space.
Please join us in the 2nd
Annual Ellsworth Archery
Tournament Outdoor Family
Expo that is sure to have
something for everyone!
Have your business added to
the list of vendors today!
Check out our website for
more information
Sturgeon For
Tomorrow Banquet
Saturday, September 10, K of
C Hall. Proceeds from this
signature event will be uti-
lized to fund lake sturgeon
research, streamside rear-
ing/sturgeon hatchery, habi-
tat conservation, and educa-
tion-outreach programming.
Doors open at 5pm with din-
ner served at 6pm. Activities
for this year’s event include
raffles, games, silent auction,
door prizes, a youth,
woman’s and men’s drawing
and cash bar. Prizes include a
huge array of firearms, hunt-
ing, fishing and camping
equipment, signature
wildlife prints, decoys, and
exclusive outdoor decor.
View the Artisan Gallery of
exclusive, one of kind hand-
made items. Artists and
craftsmen and women are
encouraged to showcase
their art to a collective audi-
ence while investing their
works for auction and game
prizes. Artisan Gallery dona-
tions are tax deductible.
Deadline for donations is
September 7. Please contact
Brenda at 231-625-2776 or
email brenda@sturgeonfor- Dinner Tickets
are $25 for adults and $15 for
youth 14 y.o. and under.
Sponsor and Big Spender
packages are available. For
additional information call
231-625-2776 or log onto
N. Michigan Folk Arts
Sunday, September 10th
from 10am – 5pm at
Wellington Farm Park. This
festival provides farm visitors
with an opportunity to view
the 60-acre living history
farm in full operation and at
the same time, meet with
local arts and craftsmen as
they ply their trade. In addi-
tion, area musicians will be
scattered about the farm per-
forming on various folk arts
instruments. There is no
additional admission for the
event. Regular park admis-
sion is $7.50 for adults and
$5.50 for seniors and stu-
dents. In addition to a guided
tour of the farm, all park visi-
tors will be encouraged to
roam about at their leisure
and enjoy the vintage agri-
cultural equipment and walk
the nature trails.
Spaghetti Dinner
Montmorency County
Habitat for Humanity is
sponsoring a Spaghetti
Dinner, Saturday, September
10th from 4pm-7pm, at the
Hillman Senior Center, 431
Pineview Court, Hillman.
Cost is by donation. There
will also be a bake sale, a
50/50 raffle, and silent auc-
tion. Proceeds will benefit
the 2011 home being built in
Lewiston for Harmony Jobe
and her family. All are wel-
9-11 remembrance
A Service of Remembrance &
Healing 10 Year Anniversary
Service, Sunday, September
11th at 2pm on Citizen’s Bank
Lawn, downtown. “Taps”, 21
Gun Salute and music by
Brian Ashton. Bring your
families and neighbors to
this 10 year anniversary serv-
ice to join together in
remembrance of those we
lost on September 11.
We Honor Military Expo
The Northern Michigan
Partnership for Veterans and
Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical
Center are proud to
announce the “We Honor
Military and VA Stand Down”
to be held on Sunday,
September 11 from 10 am to
3 pm at the Otsego County
Fairgrounds located at 895 N.
Center Road in Gaylord. All
active and veteran military
men and women from all
branches of service and their
families are cordially invited
to attend this free celebration
in their honor.
It’s not with wooden shoes!
Judy Morford is facilitating
free clogging classes at the
Grayling Senior Center for
both men and women. No
dance experience is needed
to attend these dance classes,
just come as you are! Every
Monday starting Sept. 12 at
1:30pm for Experienced
Cloggers Tuesdays at 9:15am
for Beginners
Zumba Gold Fitness
Zumba Gold Fitness is a fun
and exciting fitness program
done with Latin music. It was
designed for the older adult
both fit and those who may
be limited physically. The
Zumba Program strives to
improve balance, strength,
flexibility, and most impor-
tant, the heart. You can even
participate sitting in a chair.
Bring comfortable “no trac-
tion” shoes and a water bot-
tle. This is a free class. Judy
Morford, Licensed Instructor.
Every Monday at 12:30pm
starting Sept. 12 & every
Tuesday at 10am.
Free Resume Clinic
Job seekers can stop at the
Library Wednesday,
September 14th, between 2
p.m. to 6 p.m. and receive
professional advice about
improving their resume.
Computers, color printing,
and paper and envelopes will
be provided at no cost.
Knowledgeable volunteers
and Library staff will be pres-
ent to assist in creating or
updating their resume. Those
wishing to sharpen interview
skills can set up an appoint-
ment for a practice interview.
Call the Library to schedule a
session with a qualified pro-
fessional to help prepare for
those tough question and
answer sessions. Job & Career
Accelerator, a MEL (Michigan
Electronic Library) resource,
will also be demonstrated.
The Accelerator is an easy-to-
use online resource for find-
ing the perfect job. Job &
Career Accelerator helps plan
and execute an effective job
search that's based on expe-
rience, interests, and goals.
This includes: building a
powerful resume and cover
letter; Strategies for master-
ing the interview process;
Specific skill courses and
tests for maximizing and
enhancing vocational skills
Women’s Club Hosts
Manna Food Project
The Women’s Club kicks off
its 2011-2012 program year
on Sept. 14, at 11:30am at the
Birchwood Country Club
with a presentation by Kathy
Hart, Executive Director of
Manna Food Project.
Everyone is welcome to
attend the luncheon. The
cost is $15; please call Mary
Anne Newman at 231-582-
7364 by Sept. 12 to make your
Business after hours
Your invited to Business After
Hours on September 14th
from 5-7pm. This event is
sponsored and hosted by
Basic Communications at
their Wisconsin Ave. location
in Gaylord. Come network
with fellow business profes-
sionals while enjoying food
catered by Jan’s North side
Deli. The cost is $5 for
Chamber Members and $10
for non-members.
Michigan Firemen's
Memorial Festival
The fun begins Thursday,
Sept. 15 at 4pm on the Fire
Training Grounds. Food, dis-
plays, events, contests, chil-
dren’s activities and a variety
of interactive activities.
Day of Caring and
Campaign Kickoff
Join us for a light breakfast
and remarks from our 2011
Campaign leaders. Then our
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Day of Caring volunteers will
head off to complete their
volunteer projects through-
out Charlevoix and Emmet
Counties. Thursday,
September 15 · 7:30am -
10:30am. 2 locations: Fletch's
Petoskey and Harbor
Industries, Charlevoix.
Woman to Woman
Tickets are now on sale for
the Woman to Woman
Conference at the Gaylord
Evangelical Free Church.
This conference will take
place from 6:15pm-10pm on
September 16th and
8:15am—4pm on September
17th; call 888-684-5272 today
to reserve your ticket.
Youth Flag Football
Begins Friday, September
16th at 6pm at Hanson Hills
Recreation Area. Flag football
is for ages 6 thru 10. This pro-
gram offers your child the
basic knowledge of football
and teaches team skills. The
program offers direction in
the fundamentals of football.
Sign up by September 16. Fee
is $25/person.
The Osmond Brothers
Saturday, September 17th at
7pm -The Kirtland Center
will present the Osmond
Brothers at the Performing
Arts Center on Kirtland’s
main campus in
Roscommon. The Osmonds’
remarkable success with Pop,
Rock & Roll, Country, and
Gospel music has enabled
them to touch audiences
both young and old, and
every age in between.
Mastering this variety of
musical genres is the con-
tributing factor that has seen
the Osmonds' tremendous
success in television, record-
ing, and concert perform-
ances. Tickets: $36 and $32.
Call the Ticket Office at 989-
275-6777 to purchase tickets
or go online to www.kirtland- Child care will
also be available.
Evening at a Logging
Saturday, September 17th
from 7-9pm at Hartwick
Pines Logging Museum.
Journey back to 1896, when
Salling, Hanson and
Company’s Section 9 Camp
logged what is now Hartwick
Pines State Park. As a “new
employee,” you will travel the
quarter-mile lantern lit route
from the “Grayling train
depot” (the Hartwick Pines
visitor center) to the “logging
camp” (Hartwick Pines
Logging Museum), where
Section 9 Camp is preparing
for the upcoming winter log-
ging season.
Country Music Show
September 17 at 7:30pm.
Wellington Farm Park will
present their 4th and final
show in a series of four
Country Music Shows. Gates
open at 6:30pm and the show
will begin on the farm’s Main
Stage at 7:30pm. Price of
admission is $12.50. As a spe-
cial bonus for this show, any-
one who visits the park dur-
ing the day can purchase
their ticket to the Country
Music Show for only $5 if
they buy their show ticket at
the same time they pay for
their park admission. Bench
& bleacher seating available
at the Main Stage, however
lawn chairs & blankets are
permitted. A small conces-
sion of snacks & drinks will
be available. In the event of
rain, the show will be pre-
sented in the Stittsville
Bear Basketball Sign-
up by 9/24
Now in its 24th year, Bear
Basketball begins soon. 9-
12th grade boy’s league and
9-12th grade girl’s league
plays each Sunday afternoon
October 2 – Nov. 6.
3rd – 6th grade boys and girls
basketball camp each
Saturday afternoon begin-
ning October 1. League for
3rd – 6th grade boys and girls
begins in January.
Registration deadline is Sept.
24. Register on-line at All
games and classes take place
at the Otsego County
Community Center, 315 S.
Center St. Cost is only $15.
This is Northern Michigan’s
premier youth basketball
program and includes more
than 400 youth from all over
Northern Michigan.
Registration deadline is Sept.
Beach Cleanup
Tip of the Mitt Watershed
Council, in partnership with
in partnership with the
International Coastal
Cleanup and the Petoskey
State Park, will host a Beach
Cleanup on Saturday,
September 17th from 9:00am
- Noon at the Petoskey State
Park, located at 2579 M-119
in Petoskey. A State Park
sticker is required to enter
the park. Volunteers may reg-
ister on-line for the Beach
Cleanup at http://petoskey. or check-in on
The Elkland Senior Center,
7910 Arthur St. is hosting a
dance Sept. 17, 7-11pm.
Music by the Lucky Stars.
Single, $3 person. Bring a
dish to pass
On the wings of doves
Hospice of Michigan invites
you along with family and
friends to join us for a service
in memory of your loved
ones Sunday, September 18
at Michaywe Clubhouse,
1535 Opal Lake Road. We will
be releasing doves and hon-
oring the memory of loved
ones. Service begins at 2pm.
Please arrive 15 minutes
early. Contact Briana Thorold
to confirm your attendance,
Harvest dinner
The Mancelona United
Methodist Church will host
their Annual Harvest Dinner
on Tuesday, September 20 in
the lower level of the church
at 117 E. Hinman in
Mancelona. A Family-style
Roast Beef dinner will be
served with seatings at 5:30
and 6:30 p.m. and take-out
will be available at 5:00 and
6:00pm. Tickets can be pur-
chased at the door, or may be
reserved by calling 231-377
2047. Proceeds benefit both
local and mission projects.
100 Club
The Cheboygan County 100
Club proudly announces its
creation. The Cheboygan
County 100 Club is a non-
profit organization estab-
lished to provide financial
assistance to families of
Cheboygan County firefight-
ers, law enforcement officers,
first responders or ambu-
lance personnel injured, dis-
abled or killed serving
Cheboygan County. Anyone
interested in making a dona-
tion or inquiring about a
membership please contact
Richard Kolb at (231) 818-
Budgeting workshop
Northwest Michigan
Community Action Agency
will be hosting workshop on
Budgeting on September 20
from 6pm to 9pm, as part of a
free series of workshops on
financial fitness. The series
workshops are offered to the
general public for free at
NMCAA Head Start, 201 E.
State Street, Mancelona.
Attend all the six free finan-
cial fitness workshops and
get your certificate of com-
pletion! To register or to find
out about the future work-
shops, please call 800-443-
Grandparents Day
Thursday, September 22.
Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes
With gravy, Midori Blend
Vegetables, Fruit Salad,
Strawberry Shortcake.
Serving Dinner 4pm-6pm.
No Reservations Required.
Suggested Donation: 60 and
over $2.50, under 60: cost is
Business After Hours
Thursday, September 22 at
Pinecrest Village at
Mackinaw 5 to 7 pm. RSVP to
the Chamber office by
September 19th.
The Northern Michigan
Employer Forum Committee
invites you to its annual busi-
ness workshop:
" E n c o u r a g i n g
Entrepreneurship ~
Solutions for Success," on
Thursday, September 22nd,
from 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM at
Treetops Resort in Gaylord.
The $20 registration fee
includes a catered lunch,
refreshments and three
informative sessions geared
toward business owners, per-
sonnel/department man-
agers and sales/marketing
representatives, alike! We
invite people who are think-
ing about starting a business
as well as those who are cur-
rently in business and want
to retain and/or grow their
customer base. Businesses
and organizations will bene-
fit greatly from the informa-
tion and networking offered
by this low-cost event! The
deadline to register is Friday,
September 16. For details on
the speakers, agenda and
more, log on to,
contact your Michigan
WORKS! Business Liaison,
Angie, at 231-439-5213, or
contact Jody at 989-731-
0287, jody@gaylord-
Republican Leadership
This year's Republican
Leadership conference is
being held at The Grand
Hotel on beautiful Mackinac
Island, September 23-25.
Michigan business leaders
and statewide elected offi-
cials, as well as presidential
hopefuls will be among those
highlighted throughout the
event. Governor Rick Snyder,
former Governor Mitt
Romney, Governor Rick
Perry, and Congressman
Thaddeus McCotter are some
of the great keynote speakers
scheduled for the weekend.
You can register at
Garden Speaker
Sept. 24 MSU Extension's
Alpine Master Gardeners will
present their annual fall gar-
dening extravaganza from
9am - 4pm at Otsego Club
featuring presentations from
Janet Macunovich and Steve
Nikkila. The event features a
garden market, light conti-
nental breakfast, plated
lunch, dessert bar and
chances to win door prizes.
To register e-mail alpinemas- or
call Dee Burau at 989-732-
2527. Registration is $45
prior to Sept. 9 and $55 after.
Home Maintenance
Northwest Michigan
Community Action Agency
will be hosting workshop on
General Home Maintenance
on September 27 from 6pm
to 9pm, as part of a Home
Maintenance workshops.
The free workshop is offered
to the general public for free
at NMCAA 2202 Mitchell
Park, Petoskey. To register or
to find out about the future
workshops, please call 800-
Car Show
Every Wednesday through
September, join Northern
Rods ‘n Rides Car Club at
their weekly car show at the
Indian River Eagle's F.O.E. #
4046, 5743 S. Straits Hwy
located 1-1/2 miles south of
Indian River. Local car
enthusiasts will be able to
display their special vehicles,
including street rods, muscle,
classic, original, restored,
custom cars and trucks. The
show begins at 5 pm each
evening with voting at 7pm.
The entry fee for cars is $5
with 3 trophies awarded each
week, weather permitting.
The event is co-sponsored by
Northern Rods ‘n Rides Car
Club with the purpose to get
nice people with nice cars
together for good times and
fun. The annual Northern
Rods 'n Rides Car Show will
be held Saturday, September
28th. All events are open to
the public and spectators are
welcome. Admission is Free.
For information contact
Norm Lang, President,
Northern Rods ‘n Rides Car
Club at 238-5165.
Mediation Training
September 29-30 & October
5-7 (5-Day / 40hr Training
from 9am to 6pm) at the
Ralph A. MacMullen
Conference Center in
Roscommon. Gain the
knowledge and skills to
become a trained mediator.
Help others resolve conflict
personally and professional-
ly. Learn and practice the
mediation process. This pro-
fessional training is open to
all interested parties looking
for personal and professional
development. A great train-
ing opportunity for job
development for staff, co-
workers, board members and
or key volunteers that you
work with in your many com-
munity commitments. Space
is limited. Please register by
September 9th. ~ see
attached registration form.
Guardian Gals Making
Enjoy a 1 Mile, 5k, 10k Run &
Walk at Gaylord Middle
School Environmental
Center & Aspen City Park
Trail. Oct. 1 at 9am. Check-In:
Friday 5-7:30pm Saturday
7:30-9am. Gaylord Middle
School Environmental
Center & Aspen City Park
Trail is located at 600 East
Fifth Street. Fees: 10k & 5k
Runs & Walks $20 Reg. Fee &
$100 Minimum Pledge
Commitment To Guardian
Gals, Inc. 1 Mile Runs &
Walks $10 Reg. Fee/Pledges
Welcome! Registration
Closing Date Sept. 30
CA$h BA$h Raffle
Admiral's Table (NEW LOCA-
TION) Friday, September
30th, 6-10pm. Tickets on sale
now at the Chamber office or
from committee members!
Over 26 chances to win! $100
or $120 to be included in the
last ticket in pool drawing.
Mackinaw CA$h BA$h sup-
ports community based
events, programs & projects
of the Mackinaw City
Chamber of Commerce.
Winterfest, Community Yard
Sales, Junior Achievement,
County Spelling Bee,
Mackinaw City Parade Float,
Music in Mackinaw, Spring
and Fall Bike Tours, Corvette
Crossroads Auto Show,
Mighty Mac Golf Outing,
Great Pumpkin Hunt,
Christmas in Mackinaw Tree
Lighting and Parade.
Committee members:
Belinda Mollen, Gene Cooley,
Rob & Judy Most, Paul
Michalak, Donna Beach.
Information Hotline 231-
Genealogy Group
Every Monday in September
at 10am at Devereaux
Memorial Library study
ancestry and discover your
family history!
Free Foreclosure
Learn from experts how to
prevent your home from
going into foreclosure.
Northwest Michigan
Community Action Agency
(NMCAA) offers Free
Foreclosure Prevention
Education workshops in
Traverse City, Petoskey and
Cadillac offices.
Homeowners will learn how
to avoid foreclosure and the
different foreclosure pro-
grams that are available.
NMCAA, a certified HUD and
MSHDA Housing Counseling
Agency, will also educate
homeowners about the fore-
closure process and counsel
families on budgeting for
their personal financial situ-
ation. Homeowners do not
have to be within the actual
foreclosure process to access
these services – many are
available to assist before a
crisis actually occurs to keep
the clients out of the foreclo-
sure process altogether. To
register for this workshop or
for more information, call
231-947-3780 / 1-800-632-
7334 or visit
Triage volunteers
Northwest Michigan
Community Action Agency is
seeking triage volunteers to
assist families and individu-
als seeking assistance in
homeless prevention, tax
preparation, utility aid and
foreclosure prevention.
Volunteers will be trained to
assist with initial client
intake, information and
referral, clerical, and other
projects. Potential candi-
dates will have a passion to
address human need and the
ability to work in an office
environment. Background
check is mandatory. If you
are interested in making a
real difference in your com-
munity, please email your
resume to, or mail
them to the Volunteer
Coordinator at 2202 Mitchell
Park Drive, Suite #4,
Petoskey, MI 49770. If you
have questions, please con-
tact Michael Shank at 231-
People Fund Grant
Applications Due
The Great Lakes Energy
People Fund is accepting
grant applications from non-
profit organizations through-
out its local service area. The
upcoming grant application
deadline is Oct.1. Non-profit
organizations can apply for a
grant through the People
Fund by downloading the
application at or by call-
ing Great Lakes Energy, 888-
485-2537, ext. 1313
Accepting Grant
Area community founda-
tions invite nonprofit organi-
zations, educational institu-
tions, and municipalities to
submit grant requests to put
local charitable dollars to
work in Charlevoix and
Emmet counties. Eligible
nonprofit organizations
must serve residents of
Charlevoix County or Emmet
County and work to enrich or
improve life for local resi-
dents in some way. The dead-
line for submission is
October 3, 2011. For more
information, contact
Charlevoix County
Community Foundation at
231-536-2440 or
and Petoskey-Harbor Springs
Area Community Foundation
at 231-348-5820 or
Volunteers needed
The Retired and Senior
Volunteer Program (RSVP) of
Otsego County partners with
Otsego County Commission
on Aging to provide trans-
portation to medical
appointment for older adults
in our community. The
transportation is free to
clients as the rides are pro-
vided by RSVP Volunteers;
RSVP volunteers may receive
mileage reimbursement for
travel. As the aging popula-
tion grows so does the need
for services for older adults.
If you would like to con-
tribute to this very important
need and you are 55 or older,
please contact Lisa at the
RSVP office – 989-732-6232.
Mammogram appointments
are available for low-
sured women. If you have
uninsured employees or if
mammograms are not a cov-
ered benefit in their health
insurance package, please
encourage your female
employees to schedule a
mammogram at the Health
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in Antrim, Charlevoix,
Emmet, and Otsego counties
and who meet income guide-
lines are eligible. Income
guidelines are generous--
women from a family four
can have a household
income of nearly $56,000 and
qualify. Appointments are
available now! Call the
Health Department of
Northwest Michigan at 800-
432-4121 during regular
business hours.
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On Saturday September 10,
Wellington Farm, USA near
Grayling will present their
annual Northern Michigan
Folk Arts Festival. The festi-
val provides farm visitors
with an opportunity to view
the 60-acre living history
farm in full operation and at
the same time, meet with
local arts and craftsmen as
they ply their trade. In addi-
tion, area musicians will be
scattered about the farm per-
forming on various folk arts
The event gets underway at
10:00 a.m. and concludes at
5:00 p.m. There is no addi-
tional admission for the
event. Regular park admis-
sion is $7.50 for adults and
$5.50 for seniors and stu-
In addition to a guided
tour of the farm, all park visi-
tors will be encourage to
roam about at their leisure
and enjoy the vintage agri-
cultural equipment and walk
the nature trails. Bring the
entire family and make a day
of it! Lots to see, lots to do
and lots to learn.
Wellington Farm is located
at 6944 S. Military Road just
off I-75 and US-127 south-
west of Grayling. The 60-acre
facility depicts rural life as it
was lived during the Great
Depression. Wellington Farm
is open to the public from
9:00 until 5:00 6 days a week
until Halloween. The farm is
closed on Monday.
Wellington Farm Park, Inc. is
a 501©3 non-profit corpora-
Crafts and
Music at
Farm on
The Michigan Department of
Transportation (MDOT) has
announced the commencement of
construction work on two bridges that
cross over the I-75 freeway in Otsego
County. The bridges are located at
Alexander and Sturgeon Valley Roads
and the roadwork, which began on
September 6th and is expected to be
completed by Friday, October 28th, will
result in lane and shoulder closures on
I-75 during the construction period.
Sturgeon Valley Road (Main Street)
will be closed with a posted detour
using Mill Street, Old 27 and Airport
Road. Alexander Road will be reduced
to one lane with a temporary traffic sig-
nal and a 10-foot width restriction.
For further information, and updates
on other MDOT construction projects,
MDOT to repair two bridges
over I-75 in Otsego County
Volunteers from many
organizations helped collect
school supplies which will
benefit students in Otsego,
Charlevoix and Emmet
County schools.
Each year during the
back-to-school season,
Char-Em United Way and
Otsego County United Way
collects donated school
supplies to distribute to
children in need in the three
county area. On Aug. 13
school buses were parked at
area shopping centers and
were stuffed with items
donated by the community
that will help students suc-
ceed in school.
“With assistance from
volunteers we collected two
buses full of items to help
children go back to school
with confidence. At a time
when many families are struggling to
meet basic needs like rent and gro-
ceries, the community’s support of
Stuff the Bus provides a huge relief,”
stated Lisa Luebke, Char-Em United
Way Project Coordinator.
Char-Em United Way and Otsego
County United Way would like to thank
all the volunteers that made Stuff the
Bus possible including Agree Realty,
Bergmann Center-Aktion Club,
Charlevoix Township Fire Department,
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program,
Charlevoix Public Schools, Johnson’s
Buses, Inc. Gaylord Community
Schools, Department of Human
Services, K-Mart, Wal-Mart and Glen’s
Markets and many individuals.
Supplies will be distributed to
schools within the next two weeks.
Students in need of school supplies
should ask their teachers about Stuff
the Bus supplies.
Volunteers make United Way’s Stuff
the Bus a Success
QUESTION: I don't like the
way my son and his wife are
raising their kids. I don't want
to interfere, but shouldn't I
have a say in what's good for
my own grandchildren?
Juli: There is an excellent chance that
your son and daughter-in-law know that
you have some concerns about how
they're raising your grandkids. Young
parents harbor a lot of doubts of their
own and quickly pick up the vibe when
a close friend or relative disapproves of
their parenting. Your son and his wife
are likely to be more defensive and with-
drawn from you the more they pick up
on your concerns.
Whether or not you realize it, you
potentially have a fair amount of influ-
ence in their parenting. They may even
welcome your perspective and opinion -
- but only if they first feel safe with you.
Influence is a tricky thing. When you
overreach with it, you lose it. A lot of
parents and in-laws are too forceful with
their opinions and unsolicited advice.
This causes a young couple to distance
themselves in order to ward off poten-
tial criticism.
Your greatest influence is your pres-
ence with your son, his wife and chil-
dren. Even if you never mention your
concerns or offer advice, the way you
carry yourself, show unconditional love,
and the character you model will leave a
tremendous impression.
My encouragement to you is to build
a trusting relationship, particularly with
your daughter-in-law. Find ways that
you can genuinely compliment her as a
wife and mother, remembering that
motherhood can, at times, be an
exhausting marathon. Show her that
you care about her as a person, and as
difficult as it may be, let go of your con-
cerns for now. The day will come when
she is desperate for a word of advice or
wisdom. She's far more likely to seek
you out if you have built a trusting rela-
tionship than if she feels threatened by
your disapproval.
** ** **
QUESTION: My family recently
joined a church. My elderly
father has no use for religion,
and he's trying to convince my
kids that they're wasting their
time. Should I prevent them
from seeing their grandpa?
Jim: We'd advise that you set firm
boundaries with your father and make it
clear that it's your right and responsibil-
ity to oversee your children's spiritual
growth. He doesn't have to like the fact
that they're attending church with you,
but he needs to respect your decision.
At the same time, I can empathize
with your desire to maintain a good
relationship with him, especially for the
sake of your kids. Growing up, I didn't
have any grandparents. There's evi-
dence my mom and dad may have been
part of the witness protection program
(no joke!), and so extended family was
nonexistent. I would have loved nothing
more than to have someone to call
"Grandma" and "Grandpa." With that in
mind, it would be tragic if you and your
kids were to become estranged from
your dad over this issue.
The challenge, then, is to arrive at a
point of compromise. Make it clear to
your dad that you love and respect him,
and that you want your kids to be able to
spend quality time with their grandpa.
But also make it clear that you need to
make your own choices as a parent, and
that if he has concerns about your fami-
ly's spiritual path, he should take them
up with you, not the kids. It won't be
easy, but with honesty, open communi-
cation and respect from both parties,
there's no reason your kids
can't continue to have a fun
and healthy relationship with
their grandpa.
** ** **
Jim Daly is president of Focus on
the Family, host of the Focus on the
Family radio program, and a hus-
band and father of two.
Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psy-
chologist, co-host of Focus on the
Family, author of several books,
and a wife and mother of three.
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Grand Valley State University
Dean’s List
Grand Valley State University announces the
names of students who were placed on the dean’s
list for the Winter 2011 semester concluding in
April. The list includes those students who have
maintained a 3.5 grade point average and been
enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits. The honor is
noted on the students’ official records.
Grand Valley is dedicated to providing a rich
learning environment for students, offering a wide
range of majors and hands-on research opportuni-
ties. Highly credentialed and responsive faculty
and individual advisors and mentors promote a
liberal arts emphasis that teaches students critical
thinking and problem solving.
Students honored for the winter semester
Boyne City: Aaron M. Anzell; Jacie A. Fountain;
Erin N. Haley; Shelley L. Koteskey; Ashley M.
Reidel; Kate L. Sweet; Trisha J. Tomkins; Mikkaela
N. Vellis
Boyne Falls: Tia L. Penfold
Central Lake: Donavan W. Eggleston
Charlevoix: Andrea L. Farrell; Joshua A. Godfrey;
Sarah E. Hagen; Travis F. Klooster; Michael A.
Lamoreaux; Jordan S. McCarthy; Rachel M. Melke;
Mallory E. Metzger; Bridget R. Peters; Sarah C.
Potter; Madison L. Ramsey; Sarah A. Shepard;
Samantha M. Stebe
Cheboygan: Jordan E. Blume; Kristin C. Campeau;
Kollin J. Currie; Caleb J. Hartman; Michael R.
Hecko; Sara A. Johnson; Jennifer F. Johnston;
Kristen M. Kelley; Anne C. Leightner; Jeremy E.
East Jordan: Deanne G. Sanderson; Melyssa R.
Elmira: Brooke E. Long
Gaylord: Andrea F. Bono; Heather M. Knouse;
Katrina M. Miller; Rebecca M. Nieman; Grace L.
Pushman; Cody B. Rivers; Joann M. Samalik; Sarah
C. Smith
Grayling: Peter C. Alexander
Harbor Springs: Amanda J. Furstenberg; Maggie
M. Hackman; Jacob W. Montgomery; Michael J.
Phillips; Devyn M. Quick; Molly E. Riggs; Peter G.
Indian River: Alexandra A. Dailey; Nicholas W.
Lewiston: Emalie F. Huber
Mackinaw City: Christopher K. Laninga
Mancelona: Alisa A. Scott
Pellston: Isaac J. Billings
Petoskey: Amy E. Bieganowski; Audrie A.
Bieganowski; Megan S. Malone; Bethany A.
Nelson; Jill R. Patterson; Victoria G. Premo; Ian M.
Reno; Alleah A. Seals; Steven D. Stamper; Matthew
A. Stoos
Rogers City:
Andrew K.
Grambau; Jessie J.
Alicia A. Killinger;
Michael R. Walker
Vanderbilt: Jessica
M. Oehlers
Walloon Lake:
Kathryn M. Fraser
Wolverine: Josh
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Grandparents Day falls on Sept. 11
this year. While not as widely observed
as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day,
Grandparents Day nonetheless serves a
valuable purpose in reminding us of the
importance of grandparents in the lives
of their grandchildren. If you’re a grand-
parent yourself, you already know the
joy your grandchildren bring you, and
through the years, you have probably
been generous with them in many ways.
At the same time, though, you probably
need to strike a balance between your
heartfelt gifts and your financial goals.
It can be challenging to achieve that
balance. For one thing, you and your
fellow grandparents have not been
stingy in your giving over the past sever-
al years. America’s grandparents provid-
ed an estimated $370 billion in financial
support to their grandchildren between
2004 and 2009, according to a survey by
the MetLife Mature Market Institute.
This averages out to $8,661 per grand-
parent household over that same peri-
od. However, many of these same
grandparents may not be accumulating
sufficient financial resources to enjoy
the retirement lifestyle they’ve envi-
sioned. In fact, the median balance of
retirement accounts for 55- to 64-year-
olds is only about $100,000, according
to the Center for Retirement Research.
That’s not a lot of money for an age
group that could spend two or even
three decades in retirement.
So, as a grandparent, what steps
might you take to bolster your retire-
ment savings while simultaneously
helping your grandchildren? Here are a
few ideas:
* Maintain permanent life insurance.
Once your children are grown, you may
feel less compelled to carry life insur-
ance. But the right type of life insurance
can benefit you throughout your life.
Permanent life insurance offers you the
chance to build cash value, which you
may be able to access, depending upon
the specifics of your policy. And you can
name your grandchildren as beneficiar-
ies of your policy.
* Open a 529 plan. Use the money
you’re already gifting to fund a 529 plan
to help your grandchildren pay for col-
lege. These plans have generous contri-
bution guidelines, and withdrawals are
tax-free, provided the money is used for
qualified expenses. There may be state
tax incentives available to in-state resi-
dents who invest in their home state’s
529 plan. And a 529 plan offers you a
degree of flexibility; if the beneficiary
grandchild decides to forgo college, you
can transfer the unused funds to anoth-
er grandchild, tax and penalty free.
However, withdrawals used for expens-
es other than qualified education
expenses may be subject to federal and
state taxes, plus a 10% penalty.
* Contribute to
a Roth Individual
R e t i r e m e n t
Account (IRA). The
Roth IRA is a pow-
erful retirement
savings vehicle. You
can fund your IRA
with virtually any
type of investment,
such as stocks,
bonds and govern-
ment securities,
and your earnings
grow tax free, pro-
vided you don’t
take withdrawals
until you’re at least
age 59½ and you’ve
held your account
at least five years.
Your grandchil-
dren may appreci-
ate your generosity,
but they’ll also no
doubt want you to
enjoy a comfort-
able retirement. As
always, you need to
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Kring, of Dave Kring Chevrolet Cadillac, grad-
uated from the prestigious NADA Dealer
Candidate Academy in McLean, VA on August
12. Matt was honored at a graduation cere-
mony held at the Westwood Country Club in
Vienna, VA.
The Academy is the premier management
education and training center in the U.S. for
current and future automobile and truck
dealers and managers. Led by NADA
University, a division of the National
Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), it is
designed to build business performance,
leadership skills and customer service in all
areas of the dealership.
Matt was among a select group of 26 deal-
ers and managers nationwide to graduate
from the Academy in this class, following 11
months of intensive classroom and in-dealer-
ship training.
Matt has worked in nearly every depart-
ment throughout the dealership since 2003.
In the spring of 2010, Matt graduated with a
Bachelor of Business Administration from
Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.
The National Automobile Dealers
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about 16,000 new-car and truck dealers with
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Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac along with
sales and service, the dealership has one of
the area’s most modern body shop in the area,
plus a full car detailing center and a fast lane
Quick Lube and is located just 2 miles north
of the M-119 and U.S. 31 intersection.
Dave Kring purchased the dealership from
Budd Tallberg in 1987. In the summer of
2005, Dave moved his facility from 1000 Bay
View Road to its present location and
renamed it “Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac”.
The dealership has won several automotive
rewards, including Chevrolet Genuine Leader
(1887-2001) and the GM Mark of Excellence
Award in 2004-2006. In addition Kring
received the Petoskey Area Chamber of
Commerce Mission Award in 2005 for his
“Undying spirit promoting Petoskey and its
Mission Programs”. In 2008, Dave Kring was
nominated for one of the most prestigious
award in the industry by TIME
Magazine“Dealer of the Year”. The National
Automobile Dealers selected Kring as one of
49 finalists out 19,500 dealers nationwide.
The program calls attention to new-car deal-
ers exhibiting exceptional performance in
their dealership, combined with distin-
guished community service. While not being
named the Dealer of the Year, being among
the nations leaders is an achievement back by
pride of those who Kring and his team
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and community service.
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The experienced, knowledgeable staff
at Gaylord’s Basic Communications pro-
vides thorough expertise regarding the
multi-vendor lines they represent,
including Verizon and Sprint cellular
phones, the Dish Network and DirecTV
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“We help our customers identify their
needs,” states Mike Wilde of Basic
Communication. “We review how they
are currently using their phone and tele-
vision services, what their requirements
for application such as email, web
browsing, texting or other uses, and
make recommendations based on our
training and experience for the products
and services we offer.”
Basic Communications is now telling
all of our valued customers; “We’re so
certain we can lower your monthly wire-
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$25 BASIC Gift Card, just for letting us
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The more services customers tie togeth-
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The Home Phone Connect is a new
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customers to add their land line phone
and use their existing telephone equip-
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distance, and features such as caller ID,
call forwarding and call waiting. Basic
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traditional phone to their cell phone, so
they can continue to use the existing
phone equipment in their home, but
enjoy monthly savings by porting
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Basic Communications carries a wide
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including home and car boosters for
people in weak signal locations. They
also have a huge variety of decorative
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Greg Kirby founded basic
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goal of building a company based on
honesty, integrity, and simplifying the
purchases of telecommunication prod-
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Today, there are approximately 20 Basic
Communications outlets in Michigan,
plus several sub-stores, servicing over
60,000 customers every year.
Basic Communications in Gaylord is
also a locally-owned franchise, so when
doing business with Basic, customers
can be assured the money they spend
will remain in their local community.
The staff at Basic can recommend inno-
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Spending at locally owned busi-
nesses leads to better schools, better
roads and local support of commu-
nity charities and fundraisers.
The Wall Street Journal recently
wrote an article that touted the ben-
efits of shopping locally. They com-
pared the impact of shopping at
businesses that are owned locally
compared to a business that is
owned by an entity from outside of
the area.
Next time are shopping in
Northern Michigan, consider the
impact that each dollar you spend
and how it will return to the com-
munity you live in. Every dollar you
spend works about 50% harder
when it is spent at a locally owned,
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according to an online tool that
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local communities of spending at
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nesses versus national chains.
Launched by Independent We
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group for independent business
owners, the tool shows that for every
$10 spent at an independent busi-
ness, about $6 is returned to the
local community in the form of pay-
roll taxes and other local expendi-
tures. By contrast, only $4 is
returned by national chains.
Depending on the size of the city,
this could potentially inject millions
into a local economy.
As such, spending at local small
businesses "leads to better schools,
better roads and more support for
other civic necessities such as police
departments," the group says.
The results are based on a study of
local retail economics in the Chicago
area community of Andersonville
that found local, independently
owned stores contributed more tax
dollars to neighborhood develop-
ment than national chains. The
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The Region 19 Minigrant program of the
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
announces the upcoming deadline for mini
grant applications for 2012. The Michigan
Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Region
19 Minigrant program includes Alcona,
Crawford, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda and
Roscommon counties. The deadline for
applications is Monday, October 3, 2011 for
projects that fall within a timeline of January
1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
New requirement this year: applicants
must participate in the Michigan Cultural
Data Project. Arts and cultural organizations
enter financial, programmatic and opera-
tional data into a standardized online form
and can then use the CDP to produce a vari-
ety of reports designed to help increase man-
agement capacity, identify strengths and
challenges and inform decision-making.
They can also generate reports to be included
as part of the application processes to partic-
ipating grant makers. For more information
regarding the CDP requirement, see applica-
tion guidelines.
During 2011, the Council, through the
Kirtland Community College Foundation,
was able to distribute $11, 900 into five of the
six counties covered. The Minigrant program
is a grants-giving partnership funded by the
State of Michigan through the Michigan
Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)
and administered by agencies in each region
of the state. Minigrants provide up to $4,000
for locally developed, high quality arts and
cultural projects, which are special opportu-
nities to address local arts and cultural needs
and increase public access to arts and culture.
Minigrants support a broad range of artistic
expression from all cultures through projects
which preserve, produce, or present tradi-
tional or contemporary arts and culture.
Non-profit organizations, located in the state
of Michigan, including (but not limited to)
service organizations, arts organizations,
parks and recreational organizations, church-
es, professional associations, public and non-
public schools, cities, townships and villages
may apply.
A copy of the application and the guide-
lines can be found on the MCACA Minigrant
website at: If any-
one would like a copy mailed to them, con-
tact Beth Petrik at 989-275-5000 ext. 397 or
email at
September is Literacy Awareness Month.
The Otsego County Library, in cooperation
with the Otsego County Literacy Council, will
explore illiteracy with a group book discus-
A Lesson Before Dying is the story of an
uneducated black man wrongly sentenced to
death. So that he may die with dignity, a fel-
low native son, who is university-educated,
attempts to share his learning and pride to
the doomed man. A story of redemption and
hope is told in little more than 250 pages. The
main character’s struggle with his illiteracy is
one of the books central themes.
Leading the discussion will be Public
Services Librarian, Jackie Skinner. Ms.
Skinner, who also coordinates the Otsego
County Literacy program, states, “A Lesson
Before Dying is one of my favorite books, not
just because it is so beautifully written, but
because it puts a human face on illiteracy in
America and its devastating legacy.”
Books are available free of charge at the
front desk of the Gaylord Library and its
branches. Join the book discussion on
Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the
Library’s meeting room. Everyone is wel-
Literacy Facts:
In the U.S.
• According to the U.S. Census Bureau,
workers 18 and over with a bachelor's degree
earn an average of $51,206 a year, while those
with a high school diploma earn
$27,915; those without a high school diplo-
ma average $18,734
• American business currently spends more
than $60 billion each year on employee train-
ing, much of that for remedial reading, writ-
ing, and mathematics.
• Annual health care costs in the U.S. are
four times higher for individuals with low lit-
eracy skills than they are for individuals with
high level literacy skills.
• Women in the U.S. who have little formal
education are more likely than educated
women to be in abusive relationships.
• One-half of all adults in U.S. federal and
state correctional institutions cannot read or
write at all; 85% of juvenile offenders have
reading problems.
(From ProLiteracy
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Community members are invited to the Kickoff of the 2011
Char-Em United Way Campaign and Day of Caring. A kickoff
breakfast is planned for Thursday September 15 at 7:30 a.m.
simultaneously at two locations: Fletch's, Audi Showroom, in
Petoskey and Harbor Industries, in Charlevoix.
United Way Campaign Co-Chairs, Drs. Melanie Manary and
Reed Freidinger, will be on hand to start the official United
Way fundraising campaign and welcome the Day of Caring
The event is free and begins with a light breakfast, courtesy
of Glen’s Markets. United Way’s Campaign leaders will
announce the 2011 campaign goal. Guests will have a chance
to meet some of United Way’s Funded Partners and learn
more about how United Way is meeting community needs.
For a copy of the invitation go to:
Following the breakfast, the Day of Caring volunteers will
take off to complete service projects throughout Charlevoix
and Emmet Counties. Over 500 local volunteers are expected
to complete projects for non-profit organizations in
Charlevoix and Emmet Counties on the Day of Caring. The
event commemorates the National Day of Service and
Remembrance on September 11. All volunteers will get a free
T-shirt and are invited to start the Day at the Kick-off
Additional volunteers are needed for the Day of Caring. To
see open projects, go to, call 487-
1006 or email:
Sponsors of the Day of Caring and the Campaign Kickoff
include: Huntington Bank, Great Lakes Energy, Circuit
Controls Corporation, East Jordan Iron Works, the Friendship
Centers of Emmet County, Sunnybank, Fox Motors, as well as
hosts Glen’s Markets, Harbor Industries, and Fletch’s.
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Announces Minigrant Deadline
Book Discussion Explores Illiteracy
Char-Em United Way Plans
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The Great Lakes Energy People Fund is
accepting grant applications from non-profit
organizations throughout its local service
area. The upcoming grant application dead-
line is Oct.1.
The People Fund is supported solely by
Great Lakes Energy members who allow their
electric cooperative to round up their bill
each month to the next dollar. Since 1999
more than $2 million in grants have been
awarded to charitable and community organ-
izations throughout Great Lakes Energy’s 26-
county service area, which stretches from
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Zigila has monster game on both sides
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aerial assault
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display of aerial fireworks at
the football stadium of the
Houghton Lake Bobcats on
Thursday lit up the night sky
like the Fourth of July. It was-
n’t bottle rockets or flares
that created the effect,
though; it was the lethal left
arm of Grayling senior quar-
terback Zane Tobin.
Zane was “in the zone”
from the first snap of the
game, firing a perfect strike
to the fleeting figure of fellow
senior Riley Zigila breaking
free behind the Bobcat sec-
ondary. The Z Bridge -- Zane
to Zigila – accounted for a
sudden 70-yard score to
ignite the high-powered
Sanchez Spread offense of
the Vikings and spark what
turned out to be a highly
entertaining, hard-fought 49-
26 triumph.
“I was very pleased that we
got the offense going
tonight,” Viking head coach
Tim Sanchez said afterward.
“We made some mistakes but
we were a lot more consistent
offensively than we were last
week (in a season-opening
win against Roscommon).
“This has traditionally
been a tough place for us to
come,” he added. “I thought
we came out focused and
ready. We seemed to get a lit-
tle lax after we built the early
lead but we closed out strong
in the second half.”
Grayling improved to 2-0
overall and moves into Lake
Michigan Conference play
this week against perennial
playoff contender Boyne
City. The running Ramblers
(1-1) are coming off an
impressive victory over
Rogers City.
After the initial strike to
Zigila, Tobin continued to
mount an effective aerial
assault against the Bobcats.
Before the final buzzer
sounded, Tobin would hit on
27 of 45 passes for a whop-
ping 367 yards and five TD
strikes. Tobin benefited
greatly from Tunney’s Black
Wall of Protection up front
featuring center Ryan
Randall, guards Lunch Truck
Lucas Walesky and Camron
Wilson and tackles Tom “The
Beast” Burrell and growling
Griffin Dean.
Zigila, who had a MON-
STER game on both sides of
the ball and on special teams,
grabbed four of those passes
for 125 yards, including a
second “Z Bridge” scoring
connection of 30 yards late in
the third quarter. Zigila set
up one Grayling touchdown
with an interception return
and two other TDs with long
kickoff returns. He also tal-
lied on a 14-yard burst on a
trap play up the middle
behind the blocks of Camren
Wilson and Ryan Randall in
the fourth quarter and he
scored two points on a bro-
ken play when he ran around
end after a point-after try
was foiled. About the only
thing Zigila DIDN’T do in the
game was the lead the
marching band at halftime.
“Riley had an incredible
night,” Sanchez said with a
shake of his head. “He was all
over the place.”
Wily wingback Ty Jensen,
another Viking player who
had a stellar performance on
both sides of the ball, took in
five passes for 90 yards and
scored on a 39-yard toss from
Tobin on a fourth-and-2 play
midway through the third
quarter after Houghton Lake
had trimmed the Grayling
lead to 19-13. Jensen also
motored four times for 40
yards running the ball.
Tobin targeted angular
tight end Steven Enos seven
times for 71 yards and TD
strikes of 4 yards in the sec-
ond quarter and 14 yards in
the fourth quarter. Tobin
found glue-fingered junior
Scott Parkinson five times for
66 yards, senior Joey
Schwartz four times out of
the backfield for 13 yards and
super sophomore Tyler
McLanahan twice for 49
Schwartz was the work-
horse in the backfield, carry-
ing the ball 11 times for 68
yards with a TD push of 8
yards in the second quarter.
Grayling built a 19-0 lead
early in the second quarter
on the strength of Schwartz’s
TD run. It could have been
an even bigger lead but the
Vikings had failed to score on
their previous possession
with the ball on the Bobcat 1-
yard line following a leaping
interception from Parkinson.
A fumble gave the Bobcats
the ball back.
Houghton Lake prevented
a score on that series but still
trailed by three TDs after the
Schwartz run at the 9:09
mark of the second quarter.
The home team did not roll
over, though. The Bobcats
rallied to score on a seven-
play, 54-yard drive before the
half to make the score a
much more respectable 19-7.
Bobcat senior fullback Kyle
Bates bulled over from the 1
to complete the drive and
Mike Fuller booted the PAT.
Things got even tighter in
the third quarter when Bates,
an outside linebacker on
defense, grabbed a bobbled
pass out of the air and
returned the ball 33 yards to
paydirt. Bates made a fine
individual play after the
interception, breaking a tack-
le near the 20-yard line.
The Bobcats pulled to
within six but that was as
close as it would get. Grayling
scored on its next three pos-
sessions to go ahead 40-13
and put the game out of
First, Tobin pitched the
ball forward to the sprinting
Jensen on fourth-and-2 from
the Bobcat 39 and he deked,
danced and dashed for a
score. Then, Zigila zagged
and zoomed to 14 yards on a
trap play up the middle to
complete an 87-yard scoring
march after Zigila’s intercep-
tion near the goal line
thwarted a potential
Houghton Lake TD.
After Zigila’s TD made it
33-13 with 1:43 left in the
third quarter, the Vikings
successfully attempted an
onside kick when Kevin
Harris booted the ball per-
fectly and Schwartz fell on it.
From the Bobcat 49, the
Vikings scored in five plays
culminating in another jour-
ney across the Z Bridge when
Tobin pitched the ball for-
ward to the streaking Zigila
and the senior, legs churning
like pistons, surged to a 30-
yard score.
Houghton Lake scored on
its next possession, trimming
the Grayling lead to 40-21
when rugged QB Patrick
Gaitin found super senior
Dakota Kolo out of the back-
field for 49 yards.
The Vikings mounted one
final scoring drive of their
own after that, moving 51
yards on seven plays as Tobin
hooked up with Schwartz
and Parkinson for 6 yards
each and Jensen for 5 yards
to set up the 14-yard scoring
strike from Tobin to Enos on
a crossing pattern.
The Vikings permitted
Houghton Lake its final score
when the reserves mishan-
dled a punt and it ended up
with a Bobcat fumble recov-
ery in the end zone.
Defensive coordinator
Kevin O’Connell was mostly
pleased with what he saw out
of his “Carnivores” on
Thursday at Houghton Lake.
“We gave up two touch-
downs and some big plays
here and there but we made
them work for what they
got,” O’Connell said. “They
had some excellent skill posi-
tion players in Gaitin and
The Dean Brothers showed
up big for the Carnivores
once again. Wild, Wild Wes
Dean, a full-throttle missile
at linebacker in spite of play-
ing with a bandaged thumb,
made eight stops. Growling
senior defensive end Griffin
Dean also had eight tackles
in spite of a sore neck and
supercharged linebacker
Schwartz also had eight
stops. The beastly Burrell had
a sack and teamed with the
Wrecking Ball, inside line-
backer Ryan Randall, and
Lunch Truck Lucas Walesky
to stop Bates short on a
fourth-and-1 play late in the
second quarter.
Junior wingback Ty Jensen takes flight with the ball in the first quarter of Thursday’s
gridiron battle at Houghton Lake.
Voracious Grayling defenders Lucas Walesky (62) and
Griffin Dean (59) engage in trench warfare against the
Grayling 49, Houghton Lake 26
Senior tackle Tom “The Beast” Burrell (71) forms part of the Black Wall of Protection
for QB Zane Tobin on Thursday.
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Senior Riley Zigila racks up some real estate after a pass reception in the first quarter
of the Vikings’ win at Houghton Lake.
Small game hunting begins
Hunters should find conditions similar to last year according to DNR wildlife biologists
Small game hunting sea-
son begins September 1 with
the opening of the early
Canada goose season and
continues until rabbit and
hare season ends on March
31. Department of Natural
Resources wildlife biologists
across the state say hunters
should find conditions simi-
lar to last year, with a couple
of improved opportunities,
in Michigan's wood lots,
farm fields and wetlands.
Season: Cottontail rabbits
and varying (or snowshoe)
hare can be hunted from
Sept. 15 - March 31,
statewide. The daily bag limit
is five in combination with a
possession limit of 10.
Outlook: Roughly 83,000
hunters pursue rabbits and
hares in Michigan. Cottontail
populations, as always, are
good throughout their range
over much of the state. Look
for thick cover, such as briar
patches and brush piles,
often adjoining agricultural
fields. Snowshoe hare popu-
lations, which are cyclical,
are down somewhat because
of declining habitat. Look for
early-successional forests
(such as aspen stands), and
low-lying swamps with blow-
downs and brush piles in the
northern two-thirds of the
Season: Sept. 15 - March 1.
Hunters may bag five per day
with 10 in possession.
Outlook: Both fox and gray
squirrels are at moderate to
high levels across much of
the state. Look for areas that
had good acorn or nut pro-
duction last year or in wood
lots adjoining corn fields.
Take advantage of post deer
season hunting in January
and February. About 83,000
hunters pursue squirrels
each year.
Ruffed Grouse
Season: Sept. 15 - Nov. 14
and Dec. 1 - Jan. 1, statewide.
The bag limit is five per
day/10 in possession in the
northern two-thirds of the
state, three per day/six in
possession in Zone 3 (south-
ern Michigan).
Outlook: Grouse popula-
tions are cyclical, typically
rising and falling over a 10-
year period, and indications
are that we are at or near a
peak. Grouse are denizens of
early successional forests,
young to moderate aged
aspen stands (with trees of a
diameter ranging from a cue
stick to a baseball bat) and
tag alder thickets. Look for
good berry and wild fruit
production, too. Grouse are
most numerous in the Upper
Peninsula and northern
Lower Peninsula but hunters
may find local populations in
areas with good habitat in
southern Michigan as well.
Grouse and woodcock
hunters are asked to assist
the DNR in monitoring pop-
ulations by reporting their
results. Cooperator forms
can be found on the DNR
web site at
select Upland Game Birds
and then Ruffed Grouse.
Season: Sept. 24 - Nov. 7,
statewide. The daily bag is
three with a possession limit
of six.
Outlook: Although wood-
cock populations are in long-
term decline because of
decreasing habitat quality,
hunters can expect about the
same results they enjoyed
last year, when roughly
38,000 hunters said they pur-
sued woodcock. Found in all
parts of Michigan, woodcock
are migratory and they are
commonly associated with
grouse hunting. Although
their population densities
are higher in the northern
two-thirds of the state, they
often can be found in good
numbers in southern
Michigan later in the season
as the birds head south. The
best woodcock habitat is in
young cover along streams
and on swamp edges; the
long-beaked birds feed by
probing the earth for worms
and other invertebrates that
are adapted to moist soils.
Peak migration occurs in
mid-October in the northern
portions of the state. Hunters
are reminded that they must
have a Harvest Information
Program (HIP) endorsement
printed on their small game
licenses to legally take wood-
cock. See the 2011 Michigan
Hunting and Trapping Guide
for details.
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Season: Oct. 10-31 in the
eastern Upper Peninsula,
east of M-129 and east of I-75
north of M-48. The limit is
two daily, with four in pos-
session; six per season.
Outlook: Back on the roster
after nearly a decade of
closed season, sharptails are
birds that use grasslands and
associated shrubby habitat.
Think pheasant habitat.
Sharp-tailed grouse feed on
upland seeds and berries.
They are often found in small
flocks and can be difficult to
approach; be prepared for
relatively long-range shoot-
ing compared to ruffed
grouse. Sharptail hunters are
required to have a (free)
sharp-tailed grouse endorse-
ment on their hunting licens-
Season: Oct. 10-31 in the
Upper Peninsula, Oct. 20 -
Nov. 14 in the Lower
Peninsula and Dec. 1 - Jan. 1
in selected areas of Zone 3.
The limit is two cocks daily,
with four in possession.
Outlook: Pheasant popula-
tions have been in decline for
a number of years, primarily
because of changes in agri-
cultural practices and urban
sprawl, and there's no reason
to assume they will improve
dramatically this year.
Typically, the best habitat is
on private lands that have
been managed for pheas-
ants, especially those that are
enrolled in farm set aside
programs. Generally speak-
ing, hunters who enjoyed
success last year should find
similar hunting conditions in
the same areas, though a cold
wet spring may have affected
this year's hatch. The best
counties for pheasant hunt-
ing occur in south central to
mid-Michigan and into the
Thumb, though locally abun-
dant populations can be
found almost anywhere.
Look for warm-season grass-
es, especially idled farm
fields. Late season hunters
can have success in cattail
and shrub lands adjoining
picked agricultural fields. An
estimated 46,000 hunters
pursue pheasants in
Season: Oct. 20 - Nov. 14.
Quail can be hunted only in
Branch, Calhoun, Clinton,
Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot,
Hillsdale, Huron, Ingham,
Ionia, Jackson, Kent, Lapeer,
Lenawee, Livingston,
Macomb, Monroe,
Montcalm, Oakland,
Saginaw, St. Clair, St. Joseph,
Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola,
Washtenaw and Wayne
counties. The bag limit is five
per day/10 in possession.
Outlook: Quail hunting
often is associated with
pheasant hunting in
Michigan and bird popula-
tions are patchy at best.
Fewer than 2,000 hunters
report pursuing quail.
Wild Turkey
Season: Sept. 15 - Nov. 14
in eight management units
including the entire Upper
Peninsula (except Isle
Royale) and all counties to
the south of and including
Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta,
Isabella, Midland, Bay and
Huron (except Wayne and
Monroe). A total of 50,050
licenses are available -- 3,350
general licenses that may be
used on public or private
land and 46,700 licenses for
private-land only. Licenses
are issued by lottery, though
leftover licenses are available
over the counter on a first-
come, first-served basis until
management unit quotas are
met. The limit is one bird of
either sex per license.
Outlook: Fall turkey sea-
sons are only held in areas
where populations are stable
to increasing, so prospects
are very good. Roughly
16,000 hunters pursue wild
turkeys in the fall hunt, many
of them during the archery
deer season.
Seasons: Sept. 24 - Nov. 18
and Nov. 24-27 in the North
Zone (Upper Peninsula); Oct.
1 - Nov. 27 and Dec. 3-4 in the
Middle Zone; and Oct. 8 -
Dec. 4 and Dec. 10-11 in the
South Zone. The bag limit for
ducks is six per day with no
more than four mallards (no
more than one hen), three
wood ducks, two scaup
(bluebill), two redheads, two
pintail, one canvasback and
one black duck. Five addi-
tional mergansers (no more
than two may be hooded
mergansers) may be taken.
Possession limit is two days'
daily bag limit.
Outlook: Hunting
prospects for Michigan's
40,000 duck hunters are
good as continental pop-
ulations are at or above
long-term averages for
most species. However,
Michigan experienced
decreased production
this spring and local
mallards figure promi-
nently in the bag. Water
conditions are very
good, with high water
levels providing addi-
tional marsh habitat.
Good opportunities for
puddle ducks, especially
wood ducks, exist in
beaver ponds and small
inland floodings. Diving
ducks, which generally
begin arriving in good
numbers around mid-
October, should be plentiful
on the Great Lakes, though
bluebills populations remain
below the long-term average.
Canada Geese
Seasons: The early season
is Sept 1-15 except in the
Upper Peninsula and
Saginaw, Huron and Tuscola
counties, where the season is
Sept. 1-10. The daily bag limit
is five.
The regular goose seasons
are Sept. 17 - Oct. 31 in the
North Zone; Oct. 1 - Nov. 8,
Nov. 24-27 and Dec. 3-4 the
Middle Zone; and Oct. 8 -
Nov. 10 and Nov. 24 - Dec. 4
in the South Zone, except in
designated goose manage-
ment units (GMUs). The
daily bag limit is two. In the
Saginaw County and
Tuscola/Huron GMUs, the
season is Oct. 8 - Nov. 10,
Nov. 24 - Dec. 4 and Dec. 31 -
Jan. 29. The daily bag limit is
two. In the Allegan County
GMU, the season is Nov. 12-
30, Dec. 10-20 and Dec. 31 -
Jan. 14. The daily bag limit is
two. In the Muskegon
Wastewater GMU, the season
is Oct. 11 - Nov. 13 and Dec.
1-11. The bag limit is two.
The late goose season in
southern Michigan (outside
of GMUs) is Dec. 31 - Jan. 29.
The bag limit is five.
Hunters may harvest other
species of geese during the
regular and late seasons. The
bag limit is 20 snow, blue or
Ross' geese in combination,
and one white-fronted goose
or one brant.
Outlook: Resident Canada
goose populations, which
account for more than 70
percent of the state's total
harvest, are within popula-
tion goals, but are down
about 40 percent from last
year, so hunters may find
fewer geese in some areas.
Wildlife officials predict good
early and late season hunts
and good regular season
hunts in some areas.
However, breeding condi-
tions in northern Canada
were difficult for the
Mississippi Valley
Population, which migrates
through the western portion
of the state. Roughly 35,000
hunters pursue geese in
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Gaylord shows fighting heart to the end; versatile Fahler contributes TD,
interception and long kick returns
By Mike Dunn
BANGOR – Host John
Glenn was everything
Gaylord head football coach
Doug Berkshire expected on
Thursday night. The Bobcats,
who have made the playoffs
13 straight times and are
perennially one of the Div. 3
programs in the state, exhib-
ited a tough, physical ground
game in a 35-12 victory over
the Blue Devils.
“They’re a pretty good
team and they pounded it to
us, 4-and-5 yards at a time,”
Berkshire said after Gaylord
slipped to 1-1 on the season.
“They didn’t make many mis-
takes and we didn’t have the
ball very much in the first
Gaylord trailed 21-0 in the
second quarter but rallied
with a long drive before the
end of the half, moving from
midfield to the 1-yard line
after inheriting excellent
field position through the 32-
yard kickoff return of Kyle
Senior QB Trevor Huff,
poised and cool in the pock-
et, kept the drive alive with a
clutch fourth-down hook-up
with reliable Chris Crenshaw.
After moving to the 1, how-
ever, the Blue Devils were not
able to score and still trailed
by three touchdowns going
into the second half.
“If we would have scored
there, it would have changed
the complexion of the game,”
Berkshire said.
Gaylord still took some
momentum into the second
half and was able to play the
home team on even terms in
the third and fourth quarters.
“Our defense stiffened up a
little and we kept battling,”
Berkshire said. “The kids
gave a great effort. They
never stopped working hard
and never got down. I’m
proud of them for that.”
The Blue Devils scored
twice in the fourth quarter,
completing two long scoring
drives. Huff, who combines
howitzer-arm strength with
good instincts and the ability
to run the ball, fired to glue-
fingered Gordon Hoyem for
19 yards to put Gaylord’s first
points on the board.
Gaylord’s second TD came
courtesy of the run game as
Fahler flew through a gaping
hole created by Danny Miller
and company and tallied
from 5 yards out.
Berkshire noted the strong
play of Miller on the O-line
and tackle Chaz Moore on
the defensive line in the con-
Fahler also had a high-
impact game with his kick
returns and an interception
on defense in addition to his
TD burst.
Next up for Gaylord is the
Big North opener at home
against Traverse City West.
The Titans (0-2) have not
won yet but have played two
of the best teams in the state.
Berkshire knows it will be a
“They run power stuff like
John Glenn and they also
spread it out,” Berkshire said.
“Our main goal defensively is
to find a way to stop their
running game from grinding
out yards. On offense, we
need to be able to establish
our own running game and
sustain drives.”
Blue Devils battle hard in defeat
John Glenn 35, Gaylord 12
Ruffed grouse should be at
or near its peak for hunters
this fall and should be plen-
tiful in U.P. and Northern
Lower Peninsula. (courtesy
of DNR)
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Northmen roll in BNC opener
‘Rocket’ Robbins races for 5 more TDs in Petoskey rout; Mancy, Joburg win big again
by Mike Dunn
WEST BRANCH -- He did it
again. Petoskey senior Joe
"Rocket" Robbins exploded
for five touchdowns for the
second game in a row, tying
his own school record as the
Northmen pushed to 2-0
overall and 1-0 in the Big
North with a 56-7 rout of host
Ogemaw Heights.
Robbins, a three-year var-
sity starter in the backfield
for coach Kerry VanOrman,
has been nothing short of
sensational thus far. The
Rocket's blue glare has
accounted for more than 250
yards of total offense and 10
TDs in the first two games of
his senior campaign.
Robbins rushed for 123
yards in 10 carries Friday and
reached the end zone on TD
jaunts of 12, 27 and 51 yards
in addition to a pair of more
conventional 1-yard plunges
to paydirt.
Halfback Chase
Donakowski got into the
scoring act, too, as he
chomped down yardage in
chunks once again, gaining
55 yards in six carries and
scoring for the second week
in a row on a 12-yard burst.
Kegan Schoenith crowned
the scoring with a 6-yard
push to the end zone.
Senior halfback Cody
Fryczynski didn't score but
had a big night, amassing 72
yards on 10 attempts as the
Northmen gobbled 356 yards
of real estate with their run-
ning attack.
Fullback Eian Delph also
helped the cause, dashing
and bashing his way to 47
yards rushing when he was-
n't leading the way through
holes and knocking lineback-
ers into next week.
Delph made some big-
time contributions on
defense and special teams as
well. Eian recorded two sacks
from his linebacker post and
blocked a punt, leading to
another Northmen TD when
teammate Hunter Stinger,
who has one of the all-time
great names for a prep foot-
ball player, picked up the ball
and raced to the end zone.
Defensive end Pat
Antonides penetrated the
backfield like a panther on
the prowl, recording a pair of
sacks of Falcon QB Sheldon
Roberto, and Keegan
Reynolds purloined a pass.
Ogemaw Heights' lone
score came in the first half
when Brandon Benac blew
through a hole and raced 72
Petoskey, which has
outscored its opponents 98-7
in the first two games, travels
to Cadillac this Friday to con-
tinue Big North play. The
Vikings (0-2, 0-1) are coming
off a loss to T.C. Central.
Lewiston 46,
Pellston 6
Johannesburg-Lewiston is
showing early in the season
that it is one of the top team
in the Ski Valley Conference
this season and perhaps one
of the top teams in the entire
The Cardinals of coach
John Bush are a fearsome
force offensively, pounding
the ball between the tackles
with precision and power.
One big reason for that is the
play of junior QB Alex Payne,
who has come into his own
this season as the engineer of
the complex J-L wing-T
Payne was poison behind
center on Friday night at
Pellston, guiding an offense
that accounted for more than
350 yards rushing and more
than 400 yards of total
offense in spite of a running
clock in the second half.
When Payne wasn’t pitching
the ball or handing off to
Brian VanCoillie, Mitch
Hardy or Dillon Kibby, he was
finding open spaces himself
and also finding the end
zone. Payne rushed eight
times for 79 yards and four of
his runs ended up as TDs.
Payne scored on bursts of
10, 2, 4 and 11 yards, all in the
first half as the visiting
Cardinals built a 26-0 lead
against a physically aggres-
sive and hard-hitting Pellston
VanCoillie, the senior flash
of the backfield, amassed 150
yards on 12 carries and
scored on third-quarter runs
of 9 and 4 yards. “Howitzer”
Hardy was equally explosive
from the fullback post, pro-
pelling his way to 80 yards on
11 tries with a 6-yard scoring
plunge up the gut to his cred-
it. Kibby collected 43 yards
on seven attempts from the
other halfback post.
Payne didn’t go to the air
often but he did find senior
Nick Michael motoring down
the field on a play-action
pass and the two hooked up
for 51 yards. Michael also
booted an extra point.
Pellston, which showed its
typical scrap, got on the
board early in the third quar-
ter when QB Austin Wright
hooked up with streaking
Matt Cornell and Cornell
didn’t stop running until he
completed a 52-yard touch-
J-L senior Brett Kortman
was into piracy once again
from his safety post.
Kortman, the Blackbeard of
the J-L secondary, added
another interception to his
growing career total and also
assisted on 10 tackles.
Michael had an aerial theft as
well and participated in eight
tackles for the Cardinals.
Linebacker Drake
Skowronski put the drop on
Pellston ball carriers eight
times with solo stops and
had four assists as well.
Defensive end Blake Huff
infiltrated the enemy back-
field with the penetrating
force of a fire hose, making
four tackles behind the line
of scrimmage.
J-L (2-0, 2-0) travels to
Inland Lakes (1-1, 1-1) this
Friday in a key Ski Valley
matchup and Pellston (0-2)
plays host to Newberry in a
non-league battle.
Mancelona 55,
Onaway 9
ONAWAY – Mancelona
began its defense of the Ski
Valley title in impressive
fashion Friday, gobbling
more than 400 yards of
enemy real estate with its
vaunted Ground-and-Pound
offense in a 55-9 triumph
over stubborn Onaway.
The D-S-S Express featur-
ing fullback Austin Spires
and halfbacks Wyatt Derrer
and Justin Spires was in full
throttle once again as the
Ironmen improved to 2-0
Austin, a 1,000-yard rusher
last year, pushed, pounded
and propelled his way to 178
yards on 15 carries and
reached the end zone five
times behind the frontal
assault of linemen Nick
Hoogerhyde, Dalton Sulz and
Wyatt only touched the
ball six times but ran like a
wild stallion each time,
recording a whopping 180
yards with a pair of TDs to his
credit. The elusive, deter-
mined Derrer averaged 30
yards whenever the ball was
in his hands.
Senior fullback Tyler
Aldrich shined among the
reserves, racking up 43 yards
of real estate on five carries
with a TD to his credit in the
second half.
Kevin Schepperley and
Trevor Ackler each had inter-
ceptions on defense for the
Ironmen. Sophomore line-
backer Justin Spires recorded
seven stops and sophomore
defensive end Eric Tracey,
already proving to be an
impact player on both sides
of the ball for coach Dan
Derrer, had four tackles.
Onaway showed lots of
fight against a very tough
opponent, scoring twice in
the second half after trailing
42-0. Senior QB Alex
Fullerton displayed grits and
guts in the face of a swarm-
ing, aggressive foe. Fullerton
found tight end Christian
Tollini for 56 yards for the
lone Cardinal TD of the night
and versatile Carlos Bautista,
who had two catches for 44
yards in the game, booted a
37-yard field goal.
Jason Sigsby surged to 40
yards on 10 carries to lead the
Cardinals in the rushing
Linebacker Aaron Gray
gravitated toward the gaps
and finished with a team-
high seven tackles for
Onaway while Sigsby made
five stops and senior Trey
Leach had four.
“Mancelona is a very good
team, especially their interior
line and backs,” said Onaway
coach Early Flynn. “We need
to continue to improve on
fundamentals and consisten-
cy. We still made some mis-
takes at crucial times and
had three turnovers. When
we eliminate those we’ll see
how good we can be.”
Onaway (0-2) plays host to
Pickford (1-1) in a non-
league battle this Friday
while Mancelona (2-0, 1-0)
travels to the field of Gaylord
St. Mary (1-1, 1-1).
Marquette 35,
Cheboygan 7
Marquette showed its mettle
on the home field Friday,
outscoring a game-but-out-
manned Cheboygan squad
The Chiefs of coach Jack
Coon battled hard from start
to finish, like always, but did-
n’t have the size, experience
or overall team speed to keep
the high-powered Marquette
running game in check.
Redmen running back
Garrett Pentecost rushed for
more than 225 yards and four
TDs and backfield mate
Kasaim Koonnala added
another 60 yards and a TD.
Pentecost had TD bursts of
57 and 60 yards in the first
half as the home team surged
to an early lead.
Coon was typically classy
after the loss, crediting
Pentecost and Koonnala with
outstanding games as well as
Marquette linebacker Brian
Meyers. Coon also noted how
“the physics of football”
favored the Redmen.
“It was their experience
and size against our inexperi-
ence and lack of size,” Coon
told reporters after the game.
“We tried to do some things,
but we're young. We only
have 11 seniors. This group
can rebound, though.”
Cheboygan’s TD came late
in the game when shifty QB
Sam Jacques sent a soaring
spiral to Cass Ferguson to
complete a 29-yard tally.
The young Chiefs (0-2)
finally play before the home
fans at Western Avenue Field
this Friday against Standish-
Sterling (1-1).
Cheboygan 30,
Lewiston 6
Versatile Chris Demeuse had
a big night for the Cheboygan
freshmen on Thursday at
Johannesburg. Demeuse
danced, darted and dashed
for two touchdowns and he
also booted a 34-yard field
goal as the Chiefs prevailed
over the Johannesburg-
Lewiston JV 30-6.
The host Cardinals moved
the ball against the scrappy,
aggressive Cheboygan
defense but could not over-
come a high-powered
Cheboygan offense and
turnovers at the same time. J-
L lost three fumbles in the
Demeuse opened the scor-
ing with a 9-yard burst mid-
way through the first quarter
and then kicked the first of
his three extra points as the
Chiefs took a 7-0 lead.
Cheboygan built a 27-0 half-
time lead as Josh Stempky
stomped to a 1-yard TD
plunge and a 6-yard burst
off-tackle and Brad Hiller
busted off a 9-yard push to
the end zone.
J-L showed some scrap and
fight, though, coming back to
score the first points of the
second half as Cam Nickert
broke loose. "Cam the Ram"
pounded through a seam
created up front and gal-
loped 30 yards to paydirt at
the 11:42 mark of the fourth
Demeuse put the final
points on the board with 2:12
remaining, booming one that
split the uprights from 34
yards away.
Nickert led the Chiefs on
the ground, gaining 30 yards
on 6 carries and QB Coalton
Huff crashed and bashed to
26 yards on 6 tries. Huff also
hooked up with Nickert for a
30-yard pickup.
Defensively for the
Cardinals, roving linebacker
Leonard "Killer" Kalin cov-
ered the field like fertilizer,
making 10 solo tackles with 6
assists. Chase Amborski pur-
sued Chief ball carriers like a
heat-seeking missile, making
8 solo stops with 11 assists
and Owen Wright flew to the
football as well, accounting
for 6 tackles with 12 assists.
Nickert took part in 12 tack-
les with a sack and a blocked
Mancelona 30,
Onaway 0
MANCELONA – The host
Ironmen of coach Doug
Derrer displayed their might
on both sides of the line on
Thursday with a grinding,
hard-fought 30-0 JV triumph
over scrappy Onaway.
Burnette, Borst and Blake –
the Killer B’s of the
Mancelona JV – did the
offensive damage along with
Cole Vanwagoner.
Kenny Burnette broke free
for a 16-yard TD to open the
scoring early in the second
quarter and Vanwagoner
wheeled his way into the end
zone for two points. On
Mancelona’s next possession,
it was Logan Borst busting
loose on a counter trap and
racing 54 yards.
Vanwagoner’s second suc-
cessful conversion run put
Mancelona on top 16-0.
In the third quarter,
Vanwagoner vaulted across
the goal line for a 1-yard TD
and Double B, Brandon
Blake, also put his brand on
the victory as he bashed his
way for two points to make it
The opportunistic Blake
then closed out the scoring
early in the fourth quarter
when he alertly scooped up a
fumble and returned it 20
Borst boomed and zoomed
to 123 yards on 15 attempts
for the Ironmen while
Burnette battled for 65 yards
on 13 tries and Vanwagoner
wheeled to 47 yards on 12
attempts with the TD plunge
and two conversions to his
Nick Balhorn, the Beast of
the Ironmen D, delivered a
team-high six tackles while
the dangerous Derrer boys,
Cody and Garrett, had five
tackles apiece.
Week 2
Week 3
Mio (1-1, 0-0) at Atlanta (1-1, 0-0)*
Standish-Sterling (1-1) at Cheboygan (0-2)
Mancelona (2-0, 1-0) at Gaylord St. Mary (1-1, 1-1)*
T.C. West (0-2, 0-0) at Gaylord (1-1, 0-0)
Boyne City (1-1, 0-0) at Grayling (2-0, 0-0)*
Johannesburg-Lewiston (2-0, 2-0) at Inland Lakes (1-1, 1-1)*
Pickford (1-1) at Onaway (0-2)
Newberry (1-1) at Pellston (0-2)
Petoskey (2-0, 0-0) at Cadillac (0-2, 0-1)*
Atlanta 36, Central Lake 28
Marquette 35, Cheboygan 7
Bay City John Glenn 35, Gaylord 12
Inland Lakes 33, Gaylord St. Mary 12
Grayling 46, Houghton Lake 29
Johannesburg-Lewiston 46, Pellston 6
Mancelona 55, Onaway 9
Mio 48, Arenac Eastern 18
Petoskey 56, Ogemaw Heights 7
* League game
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September 8, 2011 Choice Publications ... The Best Choice! • Page 17
Devils’ Fischer wins at Clare
Fischer and Howard are 1-2 among juniors in large invitational meet; Borgeson is top finisher
for Gaylord girls
By Mike Dunn
CLARE – The junior class
shined for the Gaylord boys
on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the
annual Clare Invitational
Meet. The meet is divided
into divisions with each
grade having its own compe-
In the race among the jun-
iors, Nate Fischer and
Charlend Howard finished 1-
2 with outstanding perform-
ances. Fischer pushed to a
first-place time of 17:15.4
and Howard was right on his
heels, finishing in 17:18.1.
Two other Gaylord juniors,
Ian Callison (18:09.2, fifth)
and Chris Ryan (18:57.9, sev-
enth) had top-10 finishes.
Gina Duff fared well
among the Gaylord gals in
the junior race, taking 24th
overall and second among
the ladies in 21:56.8 with
Katelyn Dreyer (22:02.4,
25th), Noelle Warren (22:43.4,
27th) and Maria Warren
(22:50.3, 28th) taking third,
sixth and seventh.
In the seniors’ race, Sean
Hope and Jake Pasternak
were the top two boys for
Gaylord, taking 12th and
13th, respectively. Their
times were not available
online, however, because of a
temporary computer glitch
during the competition.
Megan Borgeson had the
best time among all the
Gaylord girls in the race. She
took 28th overall among the
seniors and second among
the ladies in a time of 21:49.
Paige Hypio (22:21) was 29th
overall and third among the
girls and Nicole Wehner
(22:26) was 30th and fourth.
Calia Cole (24:43, 42nd) and
Megan Carlson (25:20, 44th)
were also in the top 10 for the
In the sophomore race,
Sterling McPherson (19:56.4)
and Josh Green (19:50.6) took
fourth and fifth for the Blue
Devils and Erin Borgeson
(26:22.5) was 30th overall and
14th among the girls.
In the freshmen race, Colin
Monusko (20:37.8) and
Tristen Starks (20:48.9) were
fourth and fifth, respectively.
Cross Country
score late,
edge Gaylord
Viles’ goal late in match is differ-
ence in narrow win; Bowers
scores two for Petoskey and Dunn
two for Blue Devils
By Mike Dunn
PETOSKEY – Gaylord
stormed back to tie the score
and make a game of it
Tuesday, Aug. 30, in a Big
North clash with host
Petoskey. The Northmen (2-
6, 1-0) scored the final goal,
however, and that was the
deciding one in a 4-3 victory
in the league opener for both
After the Blue Devils rallied
from a 3-1 deficit to tie the
score and gain the momen-
tum, Petoskey prevailed in
the end when Hunter Viles
hammered home a rebound
shot past sprawling Gaylord
goalkeeper Cale Krist, who
played a whale of a game in
spite of the close loss.
John Bowers tallied twice
for the Northmen and Pat
Gitre also found the back of
the net as Petoskey powered
to a 3-1 lead early in the sec-
ond half.
Gaylord striker James
Dunn scored his second goal
of the match, however, to
trim Petoskey’s lead to 3-2
and then Sam Noss nailed
one just a few minutes later,
taking a perfect feed from
Peter Lawton, to tie matters
at 3.
Anthony Tomaski assisted
on Dunn’s first goal, making a
pretty crossing pass to hit
Dunn in stride. David Beyer
assisted on Dunn’s second
Krist, who is just a sopho-
more, kept the Blue Devils in
the hunt with some out-
standing saves.
Gaylord (3-2, 0-1) played at
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Hornets capture home tri-meet
By Mike Dunn
PELLSTON – The Pellston
volleyball team improved to
18-3-2 with a sweep of two
tough opponents on Tuesday,
Aug. 30, in a tri-meet. The
Hornets edged Harbor
Springs and Harbor Light
Christian, finishing strong
against each foe to get the win.
Pellston edged Harbor
Springs 25-22 in game one of
their match but came back to
outscore the Rams 25-15 in
game two. The Hornets then
posted a 25-15, 25-5 sweep of
Harbor Light.
Senior Samantha McNitt
had a McDouble big night,
contributing big time at the
service stripe and as the set-
ter. From the stripe, Sammie
successfully stroked 29 of 30
deliveries and recorded four
aces. As the setter, McNitt set
the table 33 times, feeding
the hungry net busters of the
Senior outside hitter Tayler
Friend, who is off to another
phenomenal start this sea-
son, smacked 19 kills to lead
the way up front. Middle hit-
ter Logan Kleinhenz clogged
traffic like a human red light,
recording four block kills to
go with nine kills, and fellow
middle hitter Tori Kirsch was
into clogging as well, also
recording four block kills.
Dana Zulski was in the
zone at the stripe, hitting 100
percent of her attempts with
an ace. Backrow specialist
Abby Bodzick covered the
floor like a fresh coat of wax,
making nine digs.
Pellston finishes strong to sweep Harbor Springs
and Harbor Light in competitive matches
Freeman shines in starting debut
UPLAND, Ind. – In news
that will be no great shock to
anyone who followed the
exploits of quarterback Nick
Freeman when he was
behind center for Gaylord
High School, the former Blue
Devil made a big splash on
Thursday, Sept. 1, in his
debut as the starting quarter-
back for Taylor University.
Freeman, a junior, con-
nected on 17 of 27 passes for
231 yards and two TDs as
Taylor outscored Anderson
28-6 in the annual battle for
the Wagon Wheel. Freeman
hooked up with sophomore
Chris Stutzman twice for
TDs, including a 68-yarder to
start the scoring.
The 6-foot, 190-pound
Freeman rewrote the Gaylord
record book during his three
years as the varsity starter
and made his mark in the
state record books as well,
passing for 4,771 yards and
47 TDs.
Former Gaylord
standout QB leads
Taylor University to
victory at home against
Former Gaylord standout Nick Freeman has plenty of time in the pocket in Taylor’s season-opening vic-
tory over Anderson. (photo by Sarah Freeman)
Page 18 • Choice Publications ... The Best Choice! September 8, 2011
Bulldogs burst into ‘W’ column
I-Lakes builds first-half
lead and holds on
against Youngdyke’s
young, scrappy
By Mike Dunn
GAYLORD – The Inland
Lakes Bulldogs of coach Stan
Schramm rebounded in a big
way from a disappointing
loss to Forest Area in the sea-
son opener, moving the ball
with power and efficiency
against a young, aggressive
St. Mary squad on Friday and
posting a 33-12 triumph.
The Bulldogs improved to
1-1 overall and in the league
while the young, scrappy
Snowbirds of coach Denny
Youngdyke fell to 1-1 and 1-1.
“They’re a well-coached,
veteran team and they didn’t
make many mistakes,”
Youngdyke said. “They
played better than we did
and deserved to win.”
Youngdyke said his team
made too many mistakes
against a quality opponent.
“We’re not a team that can
make mistakes and still win,”
Youngdyke said.
I-Lakes built a 21-0 lead in
the first half, moving the ball
relentlessly behind the leg-
churning forays of running
backs Cody Bonilla and
Jordyn Smeltzer, among oth-
ers. Bonilla topped the cen-
tury mark in the game,
amassing 102 yards on 12
carries, and Smeltzer record-
ed 98 yards in 17 attempts.
Smeltzer scored twice on
the ground. Fullback Shane
Bacon crackled and
crunched his way to a 10-
yard TD burst for the
Bulldogs while Kyle Hanel
motored to a 7-yard score
and senior QB Riley
Southwell plunged across for
a 1-yard score.
Southwell also hit on 4-of-
9 aerials for 63 yards.
“We turned it around and
sustained drives better and
kept our turnovers and
penalties down,” Schramm
said of his team’s week-two
Linebacker Devin Pearson
put some big-time bite into
the Bulldog defense, produc-
ing 13 tackles, and Zach
Somerville and Nick Howery
each had nine stops.
St. Mary trailed by three
TDs at the half against a big-
ger, more experienced foe
but did not roll over. The
young, determined
Snowbirds scored twice in
the second half, moving the
ball pretty well on the
Halfback Pat Switalski, tak-
ing the ball up the gut behind
the blocking of freshmen
trench warriors Cole Loffer at
center and Anders
Marquardt and Orion
Beningo at guards, scored on
runs of 2 yards and 47 yards
and he also accumulated 111
yards rushing in the contest.
Shifty sophomore Nick
Harrington also had generat-
ed some timely runs.
“The biggest positive from
the game is that we were
down 21-0 and came back
and scored twice in the sec-
ond half,” Youngdyke said.
“We didn’t quit.”
On the defensive side,
Switalski secured a team-
high 14 stops while defensive
lineman Willie Canfield and
safety Matt Spyhalski each
had 10 tackles. Youngdyke
was also pleased with the
play of fighting freshmen
Beningo, Marquardt and
Loffer on the interior line.
I-Lakes and St. Mary both
have tough ones coming up
this Friday. The Bullodogs
play host to unbeaten
Johannesburg-Lewiston and
St. Mary plays host to
unbeaten Mancelona.
“We have to be very smart
and be absolutely perfect on
our blocking schemes
against Mancelona,”
Youngdyke said.
Inland Lakes 33, St. Mary 12
Bulldogs don’t normally fly through the air but there are exceptions such as when running back Jordyn Smeltzer
glides for extra yardage.
St. Mary
QB Matt
uses a
stiff arm
to try and
elude the
tackle of
The intensity of the moment can be seen and felt in this photo as St. Mary defenders
converge to make a gang tackle on Friday.
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