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By Jim Akans
Whether turning the crisp pages of
a fresh new book, the dog-eared yel-
lowing leafs of a treasured favorite, or
cradling an electronic reader while
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September is National Literacy
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
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as hundreds of vintage tractors embark on their journey across the
Mighty Mac at the 2010 Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing event.
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Big Rigs and Classic Tractors will be crossing the Mighty
Mac in mass this coming weekend, with the 4th Annual
Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing and the 16th
Annual Richard Crane Truck Show events taking place on
each side of the Straits of Mackinac.
The Antique Tractor Crossing will start out as hundreds
of classic and unique tractors begin arriving in Mackinaw
City on Thursday afternoon, September 15th. Those wish-
ing to have a look at the tractors can ride a shuttle provid-
ed by the Northern Michigan Flywheelers Club from the
parking area to the staging area between 3 and 7 pm. On
Friday morning, those tractors will parade from the staging
area to the Bridge starting at 9 am.
There are four areas to watch the tractors, notes event
coordinator Bob Baumgras. Those are in downtown
Mackinaw City during the parade, at south entrance and
north exit from the Bridge, and then there is a second
parade through downtown St. Ignace. We expect over 800
& More!
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TThe Woman to Woman Conference is
celebrating 10 years on September 16th &
17th at The Gaylord E-Free Church. This
exciting, two-day conference is a multi-
generational event that aims to unite
women of all ages and backgrounds.
This is the tenth year we have held this
event, notes Ellie Panci, Director for the
conference, so this will be a big anniver-
sary celebration with lots of surprises. We
typically have between 500 and 600 women
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National Literacy Month
September is National Literacy Month, and while thats an excellent rea-
son to grab a book and celebrate, it is also an occasion to take a look at
literacy in America.
Mackinac Bridge Tractor & Truck
Crossing & Show this Weekend
10th Annual
Woman to Woman
at Gaylord E-Free
Church This Weekend
At a presentation during
the upcoming 2011
Woman to Woman
Conference at the
Gaylord E-Free Church,
Lynda Randle (shown
here with husband,
Mike) who was born
and raised in the
anguish of Washington
D.C.s inner-city culture,
will share how she has
used the scars of her
youth to bring a distinct
depth and richness to
her ministry.
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By Jim Akans
Next week has been designated as a special national cele-
bration of the impact and contributions over 450,000 senior
volunteers have in communities across our great nation each
year, a significant and lasting legacy that these Americans
over the age of 55 make through time donated in the Senior
Corps three primary programs; RSVP, Foster Grandparents
and Senior Companion. From September 19th through the
23rd, across the country the positive difference these seniors
make each and every day, Making a Difference For
Generations, will be recognized.
RSVP, founded in 1971, has become one of the largest sen-
ior volunteer organizations in the nation. The Foster
Grandparent Program was established in 1965, and provides
tutors and mentors to children and youth with special needs.
The Senior Companion Program started in 1974, helping sen-
iors maintain independence in their own homes by providing
assistance with daily chores, and offering friendship and
Last year alone, Senior Corps volunteers provided more
than 98 million hours of service, at an estimated value of more
than $2 billion, across the nation. Otsego County RSVP
Program Director, Karen Matelski, notes that there are over
400 volunteers in Otsego County who logged nearly 43,000
hours last year.
They assist in a huge variety of ways, Matelski explains,
That includes Red Cross Blood Drives, providing medical
transportation services, ushering at community and school
events, assisting with holiday programs such as Coats for
Kids, Elf Bags and Angel Trees, helping out at the hospital,
library, school board and museum, and much, much more.
Even when these hours are calculated at minimum wage; the
value of the volunteer services to the non-profit agencies
RSVP serves is well over $300, 000.
Matelski points out that beyond the valuable contributions
seniors make in the community each and every day, Senior
Corps service provides participating seniors with a wonderful
opportunity to form new and exciting friendships, and get out
in their community and truly make a difference.
She notes, I encourage anyone in the community, age 55
and older, who may be interested in becoming a volunteer to
stop by my office and learn about our program. I also encour-
age those in our community who see someone wearing an
RSVP name tag, to thank them for their services and volunteer
efforts which are so vital to the common good of the commu-
RSVP will be holding a special Recognition Dinner for their
volunteers during Senior Corps Week. RSVP currently serves
79 Otsego County non-profit, educational and governmental
agencies with 414 active volunteer members as of the begin-
ning of 2011. For further information, contact Karen Matelski
at (989) 732-6232 or email
Last year
alone, Senior
Corps volun-
teers provided
more than 98
million hours of
service, at an
estimated value
of more than $2
billion, across
the nation.
These Otsego
County RSVP
show that those
efforts cover a
wide range of
throughout the
Senior Corp Week celebrates making a
difference through community volunteerism
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The Northern Michigan Employer Forum
Committee will hold its annual business work-
shop: Encouraging Entrepreneurship ~ Solutions
for Success, on Thursday, September 22nd, from
11:30 am to 4:30 pm at Treetops Resort in Gaylord.
Our goal is to encouraging entrepreneurship,
states Randy Neumann, Business Liaison for MI
Works. We have consulted with several successful
business people who have worked with the
Michigan Small Business and Technology
Development Center (MI-SBTDC) and they will be
presenting their stories and experiences at the
forum. We will have a panel discussion at the
event, led by Joel Schultz, who is the Regional
Director for the MI-SBTCD.
The Northern Michigan Small Business Success
Panel Discussion will feature Joe Short of Shorts
Brewing Company of Bellaire, Mary Faculak of
Marys of Boyne City and Marys EJ Shoppe in East
Jordan, Lee Ballard of Springs Window Fashions of
Grayling, Steve Funk of Funky Fish and Friends of
Gaylord and Chad Faszczewski of Biker Garage of
A presentation will also be made by Barb
Jourdan and Beth Kelly, focusing on their expertise
in the human resource area, with a session on tal-
ent management beginning at 2 pm. At 3 pm, MI-
SBTDC Business Consultant, Denise Hansen will
offer an enlightening look at retail marketing.
We touch on a variety of areas affecting the suc-
cess of a business, notes Neumann. This event is
open to those already running a business, as well
as those considering starting a new business. The
information will be extremely valuable to any
entrepreneur looking for ideas and solutions in
creating and running a successful business.
The Regional Entrepreneurial Collaborative
Grant is sponsoring this event. There is a $20 reg-
istration fee, which includes a catered lunch,
refreshments and the three informative sessions.
Several door prizes will be awarded near the con-
clusion of the event at 4 pm. Pre-registration by
September 16th is strongly encouraged.
To register, log on to,
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14th annual cookout on Sunday, September 18 from noon to
3:00 p.m. on the Petoskey campus. The cookout is a fundrais-
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Scholarship Fund.
Participants will have a picnic-style lunch, be entertained
by the Northern Michigan Brass Band and have a chance to
participate in a silent auction and bake sale. Games, a bounce
house and other entertainment will be available for children
of all ages.
Tickets are available on the Petoskey campus in the busi-
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of Commerce, Olesons Market and Glens Market South.
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Saturday, September 24th, MSU
Extension and Alpine Master
Gardeners will present their annual
Fall Gardening Extravaganza. This all
day (9am-4pm) event will be held at
the Otsego Club and Resort, and fea-
tures presentations from the ever
popular Janet Macunovich and Steve
Nikkila. A continental breakfast, deli-
cious plated lunch, dessert bar, a
room full of market garden vendors,
and a chance to win one of several
door prizes, make this a must do for
every gardener. Janet Macunovich is
an advanced master gardener with
over 26 years of experience designing,
planting, and maintaining perennial
gardens and landscapes. Her classes
and educational programs have been
long-time favorites for garden clubs
and organizations throughout
Michigan. Steve Nikkila is a horticul-
turalist and professional photogra-
pher of ornamental plants and gar-
dens. Steves library of nearly 200,000
digital images ensures the he and
Janet have just the right picture to
illustrate their topics. Together, Steve
and Janet bring a wealth of practical
knowledge and experience, coupled
with a strong desire to help others
learn to all of their programs. This
years topics will include; Try It and
See: Visualizing Changes to a
Landscape or Garden, Janet helps
you, with the benefit of her many
years of experience, to plan out
changes to your landscaping or gar-
den, before you spend time, money,
and manpower. Whether you are
starting a garden from scratch or mak-
ing changes to your existing land-
scape, this is a great way to get started.
Steve will offer Trees and Shrubs
for Small Spaces. Gardeners with
even limited space will find ways to
incorporate trees and shrubs to great-
ly enhance their landscaping.
Janet kicks off the afternoon ses-
sions with Favorite Plants. Once you
have visualized your garden spot,
Janet helps you pick the best plants to
fill the space, based on climate, soil
and light conditions, and size of
space. You can arrange a classical and
enduring garden through the use of
trees, shrubs, perennials, and annu-
Steve rounds out the day with
Fabulous Foliage. Pictures tell the
story here of how foliage, in all its vari-
ety of colors, shapes, and textures
make for eye catching and year round
gardening enjoyment.
For information or to register for
the conference, visit (under events
tab), email at alpinemastergarden-, or call Dee Burau at
989.732.2527 Registration is $45.00
prior to September 16th and $55.00
after that.
Alpine Master Gardeners present Fall
Gardening Extravaganza
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tractors, representing approximately 35 clubs
from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and
He adds, This years Grand Marshal will be
Mr. Walt Ritenburg, one of the founders the
MMOGTA (Mid Michigan Old Gas Tractor
Association) club out of Oakley Michigan.
That club has been around for nearly 40
years, and have up to 2,000 tractor at their
annual show in Oakley.
Following the parade through Mackinaw
City, across the Mackinac Bridge, and
through St. Ignace on Friday morning, the
tractors will be on display on the grounds at
the Kewadin Shores Casino on Friday and
Saturday for public viewing.
On Saturday, its time for the big rigs, as the
16th Annual Richard Crane Truck Show will
bring over 100 eighteen-wheelers to the
Straits area. These awesome trucks will be on
display from September 16th through the
18th, with
show head-
q u a r t e r s
located at the Little Bear Arena. Along with
scores of trucks featuring fabulous paint and
artwork, custom chrome and lights and
incredible interior design, the show will
include several vendors offering very cool
toys, apparel and more.
A highlight of the show is the annual Parade
of Lights. At dusk on Saturday, September
17th, the big rigs will fire up, light up, and
cruise across the Mackinac Bridge and
through St. Ignace, dazzling brilliantly with
custom light displays on the vehicles to the
delight of the onlookers.
For more information regarding the tractor
show and parade, visit www.owossotractor- For the 16th Annual Richard
Crane Memorial Truck Show, go to www.nos-
Mackinac Bridge Continued...
The tractor show will be held at Kewadin Shores Casino all day Saturday and Sunday.
Over 100
Big rigs will
light up the
night this
weekend in
Woman to Woman Continued...
attending, with nine workshops presented,
and we will have several fascinating speak-
Lynda Randle, who was born and raised in
the anguish of Washington D.C.s inner-city
culture, will share how she has used the scars
of her youth to bring a distinct depth and
richness to her ministry. Randles friends and
associates marvel at her seemingly bottom-
less supply of enthusiasm and joyful dedica-
tion to the Lord. In 2008, she founded A
Woman After Gods Own Heart conferences
and has reached hundreds of women through
these events. Woman to Women Conference
attendees will have two opportunities to hear
Randles presentations; at 7:00 on Friday
evening and at 2:45 pm on Saturday after-
Jackie Kendall has ministered through
teaching and counseling for over 30 years.
She is President of Power to Grow
Ministries. She is an admitted fellow strug-
gler along a road marked by personal vulner-
ability, accessibility and honesty, and sees
transparency as the most important link in
personal growth toward Christ. Kendal co-
authored her first best-selling book for single
women; Lady in Waiting, in 1997, and has
written several life changing books since
then. She will make two presentations at this
years Woman to Woman Conference; at 8:15
on Friday evening and at 9 am on Saturday
This years third guest speaker will be Katie
Kniss, who hails from Fife Lake, Michigan
where she operates her own business as an
Arbonne Independent Consultant. As a result
of an accident, Kniss is also an amputee who
believes in taking the dis out of disabled as
she takes on her life leading a business, taking
care of her four children with her husband,
Josh, and in growing her ministry. Kniss will
speak during two lunch sessions; at 11:15 am
and 12:15 pm on Saturday.
Laura Distler, wife of Gaylord E-Free
Church Pastor, Scott Distler, will also speak at
the event, celebrating the life of a ministry
wife, Ellie Panci states. These speakers, and
a special worship with Gaylord native, Debi
Ackerman, will both move and inspire. The
workshops presented during the two-day
event address a wide variety of topics and
attendees always find them very rewarding.
Doors open at 5:30 pm Friday and 8:00 am
Saturday. Tickets and more info are still avail-
able at or by calling
E-Frees main office at 989.732.2647
Katie Kniss, shown here with husband, Josh at a recent speaking engagement,
hails from Fife Lake, Michigan, and will speak during two lunch sessions this
Saturday at the 10th Annual Woman to Woman Conference. Courtesy Photo
Janet Macunovich and Steve Nikkila will offer valuable gar-
dening tips at the Alpine Master Gardeners annual Fall
Gardening Extravaganza on Saturday, September 24th.
Courtesy Photo
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CALL: 989-733-2227
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Office: (231) 627-9607
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By Jim Akans
Consign Design, located in a wonderful
three level downtown Charlevoix shop (which
began as Hess Furniture many years ago), fea-
tures a huge array of items to furnish, deco-
rate, or simply spice up the look of your home.
Priced from under one dollar to several thou-
sand, artwork, furniture, lighting fixtures,
china, goblets and countless other home
accessory items are beautifully displayed
throughout the approximately 4,000 square
feet of floor space in the shop.
The store is owned by Chuck and Mary
Adams along with business partners Rebecca
Jeakle and Melanie Morrison, and opened in
May of 2007 after these entrepreneurs
reviewed a City of Charlevoix study that
revealed area residents felt there was a need
for an affordable place in town to purchase
artwork, furnishings and antiques.
We offer just about anything for furnishing
and accessorizing the home, notes Mary
Adams. While we certainly have antiques
such as Depression era glass, Waterford crys-
tal, and vintage chandeliers, we also have new
items in our Interior Design Clearance Center
which feature items that were used to furnish
model homes for builders. We also have a
Childrens Section with items such as vintage
furniture and books.
An appointment is required to submit items,
though photos with a description of larger
items may be sent for review.
Consign Design is located at 100 Van Pelt
Place, (at the end of Van Pelt Alley off Bridge
Street). The store is open Monday thru Friday
from 10 am until 5:30 pm, and Saturday and
Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm. For additional
information call (231) 237-9773 or visit
Discover a huge variety of new and vintage
items for the home at Consign Design
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Eleanor Roosevelt once observed, Justice
cannot be for one side alone, but must be for
both. It is a reflection that may seem obvi-
ous, yet too often in a world driven by a
win/lose mentality, where as problems arise,
battle lines are drawn; justice is too often
viewed as the reward our courts bestow to the
Community Meditation Services, funded
by both community donations and a grant
from the Michigan State Court Administrative
Office, offers a low cost alternative process in
which two or more people involved in a dis-
pute can meet in a private, confidential set-
ting, and work with a neutral, professionally
trained, volunteer mediator, to arrive at a fair-
minded, realistic, and workable solution to
their dispute or concern.
Judi Doan, Assistant Director for
Community Mediation Services covering a
ten county area in Northeast Lower Michigan,
states, We provide a service to the communi-
ty by assisting people who are involved in a
dispute to facilitate a conversation. Unlike a
court, we are not here to make a decision
about their case, not prove guilt or innocence,
and our sessions are not open to the public to
view. We are here to help get to the root of the
problem. We provide a private, confidential
setting and only our two mediators, and the
parties involved in the dispute attend the ses-
Community Mediation is open to those
involved in a wide range of cases, including
property, real estate or neighbor issues (bark-
ing dog anyone?), consumer/merchant dis-
putes, landlord/tenant disputes,
parenting/guardianship or divorce related
issues, victim/youth offender, contract dis-
putes, small claims issues and much more. A
key component of the process, regardless of
the issue involved, is that each party, with the
assistance of the mediators, participates in
resolving the disagreement rather than have a
court resolve the issue for them.
It is important that the parties come to the
table being open to the idea of finding a reso-
lution, emphasizes Doan. We work together
toward the goal of finding a solution that is
agreeable to each party involved.
Currently, there are 65 community volun-
teers who are mediators in the Community
Mediation Services ten-county area. Staring
on September 29th, there will be a 5-day, 40-
hour General Civil Mediator Training offered
at the Ralph A. MacMullen Conference
Center in Roscommon. Led by one of
Michigans most respected and experienced
trainers, Barbara Johannessen, the SCAO
approved training utilizes hands-on demon-
strations, multi-media formats, lectures,
round tables and role-playing exercises with a
Training Certificate issued at the successful
completion of the course.
This is an awesome opportunity for any-
one interested in becoming a Community
Mediator, Doan states, as well as those look-
ing to refine and enhance their communica-
tion and listening skills. These are life tools
people will find extremely helpful in their
workplace, relationships, parenting, and in
many everyday situations.
To learn more about this special mediation
training opportunity, contact Judi Doan at
Community Mediation Services, (989) 732-
1576 no later than Monday, September 19th.
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100 Van Pelt Pl.
Bergmann Center
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8888 Ance Road
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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 Jans 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-
drens activities and a variety
of interactive activities.
Memoirs of a Goldfish
September 15 at 3:30pm at
Devereaux Memorial Library
-Find out what life is like
inside a fishbowl. Fish crafts,
fish laughs and fish snacks
included. Suitable for ages 6-
12. Sign up. This book by
Devin Scillian was chosen as
the Michigan Reads! One
State, One Childrens Book
for 2011.
Day of Caring and
Campaign Kickoff
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
7:30am 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
volunteers. The event is free
and begins with a light break-
fast, courtesy of Glen's
Markets. United Way's
Campaign leaders will
announce the 2011 cam-
paign 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.
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
8:15am4pm on September
17th; call 888-684-5272 today
to reserve your ticket.
Brook Bash Open
On Thursday, September 15,
the Brook Retirement
Community will be hosting
its First Annual Brook Bash
Open House from 3-7 pm.
Roasted Pork, Corn on the
Cob, Salad & Cake will be
served. Come celebrate with
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.
Bake sale
Otsego Memorial Hospital
Auxiliary Bake Sale Sept. 16,
8am - 2pm in the Otsego
Memorial Hospital Lobby.
Proceeds from this delicious
event go towards the auxil-
iary's $30,000 pledge to the
Marketplace for
Marketplace for Missions at
First United Methodist
Church at 215 S. Center on
Friday, Sept. 16th from 9am
to 5pm and on Saturday,
Sept. 17 from 9am to noon.
Lots of bargains! Clothing
and a variety of household
items will be available at .50
cents and $1. Fill one of our
bags on Saturday for $1.
Some items are specially
priced at more than $1 but
still a great deal. All proceeds
support many local missions
such as the Otsego County
Food Pantry, Friendship
Shelter, Salvation Army and
New Life Pregnancy
Resource center as well as
helping others throughout
the world.
Car Show
Northern Rods n Rides Car
Club 6th annual 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. The
show is Sept. 17 from 9am
3:30pm. Many categories.
The event is open to the pub-
lic and spectators are wel-
come. Admission is Free. For
information contact Norm
Lang, President, Northern
Rods n Rides Car Club at
231-238-5165. The Eagles will
be open for breakfast and
The Osmond Brothers
Saturday, September 17th at
7pm -The Kirtland Center
will present the Osmond
Brothers at the Performing
Arts Center on Kirtlands
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
September 17 from 7-9pm at
Hartwick Pines Logging
Museum. Journey back to
1896, when Salling, Hanson
and Companys 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 cen-
ter) to the logging camp
(Hartwick Pines Logging
Museum), where Section 9
Camp is preparing for the
upcoming winter logging
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 farms 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 boys league and
9-12th grade girls 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 Michigans
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
om/ or check-in on site
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
Home Tour
Tour unique homes in the
Bay Harbor Community
while learning about the his-
tory of the area, on a two-
hour guided trolley tour.
Tours are Sept. 17, 9am,
11am, 1pm, and 3pm. For
tickets, call the Bay Harbor
Foundation at (231) 439-
Singles for Christ
Singles for Christ dinner
group for all area singles 50
years and older will meet
Saturday, September 17, 6pm
at J.W. Filmores, 906 Spring
St. After dinner we will have a
game night at First
Presbyterian Church, 501 W.
Mitchell. Bring your own
beverage and a snack to pass.
Restaurant seating is limited
so please call Frieda at 231-
347-5747 with your reserva-
tion or e-mail frieda@comp- as soon as possible.
Cycling Classic
Sept. 17, at Birchwood Inn.
Bike tour on the famous
"Tunnel of Trees" route -
What a view! Enjoy a leisurely
bike ride while the colors are
changing. Your choice of a 20,
42, or 62.5 mile route. Spend
the weekend or just come for
the ride!
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,
Hymn sing
Enjoy hymns and gospel
music Sept. 18 at St. Thomas
Lutheran Church, 332 S.
Western Ave. at 2pm. Many
local musicians will perform
and lead those attending in a
time of worship and praise. A
free will offering will be taken
to support Habitat for
Humanity home #24.
Chicken dinner
Enjoy a fabulous Sunday
chicken dinner Sept. 18,
10:30am - 3pm at St. Mary
Cathedral parish hall, 606 N.
Ohio St. Baked chicken with
all the trimmings. Adults,
$11, ages 5-11, $5, Under 5
free. carryout is available.
NCMC Cookout
The public is invited to North
Central Michigan College's
14th annual cookout on
Sunday, September 18 from
noon to 3:00 p.m. on the
Petoskey campus. The cook-
out is a fundraising event for
the North Central Michigan
College Foundation
Scholarship Fund.
Participants will have a pic-
nic-style lunch, be enter-
tained by the Northern
Michigan Brass Band and
have a chance to participate
in a silent auction and bake
sale. Games, a bounce house
and other entertainment will
be available for children of all
ages. Tickets are available on
the Petoskey campus in the
business office or fitness cen-
ter, the Petoskey Regional
Chamber of Commerce,
Oleson's Market and Glen's
Market South. Ticket prices
are $8 per person. Children
under five eat free. For more
information, visit and click
on Cookout.
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.
Business After Hours
September 22, 5-7pm at Bay
View Country Club. Cost to
attend is $7 for members and
$12 for non-members.
Business After Hours takes
place from 5-7 p.m
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)
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-
Community Connection
September 22 from 2-6:30pm
at the Grayling Eagles Club
You are invited to come expe-
rience many of the great
opportunities and resources
and to connect with services
within your neighborhood.
Raffle drawings, free meal,
free tax prep info, car seat
safety checks, face painting,
fun and informational activi-
ties & food bank truck. For
more information, contact
Nicole Ellens at 989-366-
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
Bishop Baraga Gala
Saturday, September 24, 5pm
at K of C Hall
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.
Car seat check
Dave Kring Chevrolet-
Cadillac Co-Hosts a free car
seat check on Saturday
September 24 from 10am to
2pm. Sponsored by Safe
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Taste of Harbor Springs
Sept. 24, Noon - 3pm on
Harbor Springs Waterfront. If
food is your passion, then
this is the event for you. In
just 17 years, the Taste of
Harbor Springs has become
one of the most popular
events hosted by the Harbor
Springs Area Chamber of
Commerce. Visitors and resi-
dents alike enjoy the best of
our area restaurants, food
and beverage retailers and
wine distributors. Always
complimented by crisp,
beautiful fall weather, the
location on the waterfront in
downtown Harbor Springs
makes this a must-do for
everyone in the area. Enjoy
local favorites by local
restaurants, delis, and gour-
met shops all for a good
cause. Two $1,000 scholar-
ships are given out to north-
ern Michigan culinary stu-
dents as a result of this annu-
al event.
Food Drive for
Christian Help Center
September 25 at Fox Run
Country Club. Donations
received will go to the
Crawford County Christian
Help Center. Call Fox Run at
989-348-4343 for further
NFL/Pepsi Punt, Pass
& Kick contest
Monday, Sept. 26, 5-6pm at
Gaylord High School football
field. Separate boys and girls
categories, Age groups: 6&7,
8&9, 10&11, 12&13, 14&15.
No cleats allowed (must wear
sneakers). Everyone needs a
parent signed registration
form. Register on site or reg-
ister on line at (print and
bring signed registration
form to contest). Winner
from each age group will
advance to sectional (win-
ners from each group will
need to provide a copy of
birth certificate). Any ques-
tions or you want to help,
Call Colleen Cerak @ 731-
0856 ext 1545
Retired School per-
sonnel meeting
The Michigan Association of
Retired School Personnel will
be having their meeting
September 26 at 10am at the
Methodist Church on S.
Center. Their speaker will be
Representative Greg
MacMasters. All school per-
sonnel, retired or not, are
welcome. Please call 989-
732-1215 for more informa-
Connecting Women in
Business Luncheon
September 27, 11:30am -
1pm at Bay Harbor
Conference Center.
Reservations are required by
5pm on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Cost is $15 for CWIB mem-
bers or $20 for non-mem-
bers. Call Lisa Hoyt today to
make your reservation 231-
347-4150 or e-mail
Health seminar
Theresa Schmidt will be
hosting a free seminar and
demonstration on services
offered at Saks Wellness
Center Sept. 27 at 6:30pm.
The seminar will be held at
Saks Wellness Center, South
Otsego Ave.
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-
Connect to a
Consumer Forum
Grayling Forum: Thursday,
September 29 at 6pm at
Grayling City Hall (1020 City
Blvd., Grayling) Come to a
meeting hosted by the state
agency with regulatory
responsibilities for energy,
telecommunications, and
some video/cable. This event
will allow you to: meet with
an MPSC Commissioner,
learn about electric and nat-
ural gas rates, discuss tele-
phone service updates and
voice utility-related ques-
tions and concerns. Local
utility service providers and
assistance organization will
be present to speak with
attendees. To make the most
of this opportunity, please
bring your utility bills, shut
off notices, tax information
and proof of any other assis-
tance you receive. Contact:
MPSC, Utility Forums, (800)
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-
Join the Celebration at
Gaylord's Oktoberfest Friday,
Sept 30th, 5pm to 11pm.
Music, Food, Beer. Judy & Her
Suchey Brothers. Saturday,
October 1st, 11am to 11pm ~
More Music ~ Food ~ Beer ~
Fun ~ 3 pm - 5 pm Cedar
Creek Tanzlmusi ~ 7 pm - 11
pm Misty Blues. Downtown
Gaylord under the Pavilion
On Court. Authentic German
Food, Biergarten, Live Music,
Dancing, Beer Tent. $3 Cover
Charge. Hosted By City of
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
Farmers 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 Jims 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, youll 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
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
customers request. All appli-
cations are on a first come-
first served basis.
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
every Tuesday at 10am.
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 mshank@nmcaa.
net, or mail them to the
Volunteer Coordinator at
2202 Mitchell Park Drive,
Suite #4, Petoskey, MI 49770.
If you have questions, please
contact Michael Shank at
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
D e p a r t m e n t .
women age 40 to 64 who live
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.
Mammograms save lives!
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Brass quintet performs
The Crooked Tree Arts Center
is proud to present the first
concert of the 2011-12
Performing Arts Series. The
arts center will host Axiom
Brass on Saturday, October 1
in the theater of the arts cen-
ter. Axiom Brass features a
quintet of five young but tal-
ented musicians based out of
Chicago. Tickets are $20 for
Crooked Tree Arts Center
members, $30 non-members
and $10 for students. Tickets
may be purchased by calling
the arts center at 231-347-
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By Jim Akans
Free car seats for children? It sounds almost too good to
be true. Yet this coming Saturday, September 17th, the
Otsego County Parent Coalition has teamed up with the
Michigan State Police Gaylord Post and will be handing out
free, brand new, convertible toddler seats, high back and
low back booster seats during an event from 10 am until 1
pm at the Otsego County Airport.
Colleen Gorno, Great Start Parent Liaison (Otsego
County), states, A federal grant was received by the
Michigan State Police via the Office of Highway Safety
Planning, and child safety seats were distributed to various
posts across the state. We have over 100 convertible/toddler
seats (generally for a toddler in the 20-40 lbs range, depend-
ing on the car seat) and boosters (for a child up to 4'9" or 8
yrs old) available to give away at this event.
There is a limit of one car seat per family, and infant seats
will not be available, but this is still a bit like Christmas in
This partnership and event came about because the
MSP Gaylord Post wanted to make sure these seats were
available to families who needed them the most, notes
Gorno. The Otsego County Parent Coalition was asked to
be involved to reach out to the families they network with -
families who are struggling but want to do what's best for
their children.
She adds, The Great Start Parent Coalition is committed
to making this a better community in which to raise our
children - to prepare our youth for their entry into kinder-
garten and for their later success in life. Helping out with
the distribution on these FREE seats seems like the perfect
way to send children off to school - happy, healthy and safe
and ready to succeed.
Due to the limited number of personnel available on
Saturday it will not be possible to properly fit car seats into
vehicles or inspect existing car seats during the event.
However, information will be available to help parents
make an appointment to have their new seats installed in
their vehicles at a later date.
Michigan State Police's website
( has additional information
about car seat safety.
Car Seats at
Airport this
Question: I've been dating
the same guy for a year, and
he's wonderful. We're not
ready to get married yet, but
we're talking about moving in
together. My very traditional
parents don't approve. What do
you think?
Jim: Listen to your parents, and don't
move in together until after you've tied
the knot. This isn't about being "old
fashioned." Social science research
indicates that couples who live together
prior to marriage are much more likely
to get divorced than those who don't.
You and your boyfriend might think that
moving in together will help you build a
stronger foundation for marriage later.
But you'll actually be increasing your
chances of ending up in divorce court.
This all has to do with the concept of
commitment, which is essential to any
marriage. The two of you may be very
much in love, but the plain truth is that
nothing is set in stone. There is no
engagement, no ring, no public profes-
sion of your lifelong love. Without these
things in place, your living together will
mimic marriage in some respects, but it
will lack that critical element of com-
Generally speaking, men tend to take
relationships less seriously -- and view
them as temporary -- when marriage
vows are not involved. All too often, the
woman in a cohabiting relationship
ends up getting hurt when the man
moves out and moves on. Professor
George Akerlof at the University of
California, Berkeley put it this way:
"Men settle down when they get mar-
ried. If they fail to get married, they fail
to settle down."
Maybe this is true of your boyfriend,
and maybe not. The point is that you
both need to continue dating and
decide whether you'll ever be ready to
get married to one another. If and when
that happens, you'll have the rest of
your lives to spend together under the
same roof.
** ** **
Question: But we're already
committed to each other. Is liv-
ing together really a "death
sentence" for the relationship?
Juli: An increasingly common form of
"family" in the United States today is a
man and woman living together without
a wedding ring. So, you are certainly not
alone in your consideration of living
with your boyfriend as a step toward or
even around marriage. In fact, over 50
percent of marriages today are preceded
by cohabitation.
But remember that just because
something is common, doesn't mean
it's the best for you. An awful lot of peo-
ple have cancer, too!
Jim hit the nail on the head here:
When you really think about it, cohabi-
tation is giving guys intimacy on their
terms. Throughout history, women have
naturally longed for the security of a
consistent, committed relationship in
which to make a home and raise chil-
dren. Men have been more prone to
seek companionship and sexual fulfill-
ment without the responsibilities and
limitations that come with marriage. By
moving in with your boyfriend, you are
taking away any incentive he may have
to grow up and make a lifelong commit-
ment to you.
Don't buy the line that living together
before marriage will be a good trial run.
As Jim noted, cohabiting couples are
much more likely to end up divorced.
They're also more likely to experience
depression, poverty, infidelity and
domestic violence.
I know your parents sound old-fash-
ioned and traditional to you, but some
traditions persist because they actually
work. Marriage is one of them. I'd
encourage you not to compromise on
this one. If this relationship has the
potential to go the distance, don't sad-
dle it with the burdens that come with
cohabitation. And if this guy
is worthy of committing your
life to, he's worth the wait --
and so are you!
** ** **
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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The Crooked Tree Arts Center and the
Dorothy Gerber Programs for Children
and Music announces the start of the
2011-2012 season of the Strings
Program in the Schools. The strings pro-
gram began 12 years ago as an outreach
program for children to learn how to
play a stringed instrument in a few local
area schools and has grown to involve
over 400 young musicians in 20 area
The purpose of the string program is
to give public and private school chil-
dren beginning in the 3rd grade the
opportunity to experience the excite-
ment of learning how to play the violin,
viola, cello, or string bass. Music
Education Director, Robert Dudd, and
Assistant Director, Jennifer McAndrew,
travel to each of the schools along with
other local area string teachers to
instruct students in the art of playing a
stringed instrument.
Classes begin in October and stu-
dents may continue to register for class-
es through November. Communities
that are now served by the Dorothy
Gerber Strings Program include
Alanson, Beaver Island, Boyne City,
Boyne Falls, Charlevoix, East Jordan,
Ellsworth, Harbor Springs, Pellston, and
Home school families can take
advantage of the home school class
available at Crooked Tree Arts Center.
There will be an orientation for home
school students and their families on
Thursday, September 22nd at 1:00pm in
the Crooked Tree Arts Center.
For more information regarding the
strings program and registering for
classes please contact Crooked Tree Arts
Center at (231) 347-4337 or visit our
website at
The strings program is funded
through the generosity of the Dorothy
Gerber Family and the Gerber Programs
for Children and Music.
Strings Program
Begins for Area Students
Roger Anger, Owner
7535 U.S. 131, Mancelona, MI 49659
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Proclaim to Present Performing Arts Class
Beginning Saturday, October 1, Proclaim Christian
Performing Arts Ministry, Inc. will present a 9-week training
course for anyone in the community who is interested in
learning about drama basics and the theater. The course is
designed not just for actors; in addition to acting basics, the
class will cover stage layout and set design, tech support,
make-up, producing and directing, writing, and other behind-
the-scenes activities.
Proclaim, an independent non-profit ministry, has brought
several successful large productions to the area over the past
two years, including A Christmas in Paradise, The Toye
Shoppe, The 1943 USO Show, and The Living Lords Supper.
The organization has performed at several non-profit events
in the area and is known for their originality and excellence in
the performing arts. The organizations successful new street
theater premiered this summer bringing the Gospel message
in a fresh, new style. The ministry encompasses drama, dance,
music, and all behind-the-scenes activities while presenting
an opportunity for everyone to participate in Christian per-
forming arts on a community level.
Instructing the 9-week course will be veteran producer,
director, actor, and writer Chuck Peterson, President and
Producer of Proclaim. Peterson brings over forty-five years
experience to the class and will teach on nearly every aspect
of the theater. His unique style and approach, coupled with an
exciting, fun-filled training schedule, make this class a must
for everyone who is interested in the performing arts.
Response to our ministry and training has been outstand-
ing, Peterson said. Im excited to see the interest in the arts
we have witnessed over the past two years. Im honored to
bring this level of family-friendly instruction to the communi-
ty and share my experience with others.
Classes are open to the general public and will be held each
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Otsego Christian School,
located one mile east of Gaylord on M-32. Cost of the class is
$10.00 per person to cover all materials provided. Due to lim-
ited seating, anyone desiring to attend this course is highly
encouraged to preregister. For more information, or to regis-
ter, you may call 989-786-2068 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday.
The fall Treasure Downtown Contest is underway. This
contest is a shop local incentive that is targeted at anyone,
regardless of where they live, who loves or treasures
Downtown Petoskey. To enter, all you need to do is pick up
an official entry envelope and use it to save receipts from all of
your Downtown purchases. Envelopes are available at the
Petoskey Downtown Office, 216 Park Avenue, and at the
Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, 401 E. Mitchell.
When you have saved $500 worth of receipts you can turn
them in and you will be entered to win $1,000 worth of
Treasure Certificates. You may enter as many times as you
spend $500. Copies of your receipts can be substituted and
any receipts from September 1 through November 30, 2011
are acceptable. Contest details are available at the Downtown
Office, at the Chamber, and at
Treasure Certificates are Downtown Petoskey gift certifi-
cates that are redeemable only at merchants in Downtown
Petoskey. These certificates look a little bit like Monopoly
money and are available in $5, $10, $20, and $25 dollar
amounts. Almost every Downtown merchant participates in
the program and the certificates work just like cash. Imagine
winning a stack of these certificates worth $1,000 to spend in
any of the fine businesses in Downtown.
The Treasure Downtown Contest is being promoted by
the Downtown Marketing Committee. Instead of a tradition-
al Shop Local campaign, the committee developed a program
that would encourage all people who love Downtown
Petoskey; resorters, second home owners, tourists, and those
of us who live here everyday, to make Downtown top of mind
when they thought about where to make their purchases.
Downtowns tagline, Treasures from the Shores to the Stores,
provided the perfect link. Anyone who treasures Downtown
will want to participate.
This is the fifth round of the Treasure Downtown Contest.
The 2011 spring contest was won by a long time Cutlers
employee who wishes to remain anonymous. The employee
donated all of her winnings to the Womans Resource Center
with the intention that the Treasure Certificates be used by
women who needed a little something special in their lives.
Other contest entrants have remarked about how quickly the
receipts can add up, especially if you work Downtown.
Restaurant, salon services, lodging, and all other shopping
receipts can be included.
Downtown Director, Becky Goodman, loves the philosophy
behind the contest. This is a great idea for our businesses. It
encourages people to spend money in our shops and restau-
rants during the contest and afterward, the winner will be
back to spend another thousand dollars here. The Treasure
Downtown Contest is sponsored by the Downtown
Management Board.
Petoskeys Treasure
Downtown Contest
is underway!
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You may be unaware of it, but
September is Life Insurance Awareness
Month. And while a whole month may
seem like a long time to focus on life
insurance, its actually a good opportu-
nity for you to realize the important role
that life insurance can play in your life.
Unfortunately, many people dont
have sufficient insurance. A recent
report by LIMRA, a research and con-
sulting group, shows the following:
* Individual life insurance ownership
among U.S. households has reached a
50-year low.
* Three out of every 10 households
(about 35 million households) currently
have no life insurance an increase of
11 million households since 2004.
These figures help explain why the
nonprofit LIFE Foundation coordinates
Life Insurance Awareness Month each
September. Simply put, many people
dont realize how many ways that life
insurance can help them and their fam-
To be specific, life insurance can:
* Educate your children If you were
to die prematurely, your life insurance
policy can pay, in whole or in part, your
childrens college education. And if you
live a normal life span, life insurance
can help to pay for your grandchildrens
college education.
* Pay off your mortgage If you have
sufficient life insurance, the death ben-
efit can pay off your mortgage, so your
family wouldnt have to move.
* Help pay for your spouses retire-
ment Your spouse might be counting
on sharing some of the money you
eventually withdraw from your retire-
ment plans such as your 401(k) and
IRA to help with his or her own retire-
ment. If you were to die early, your
spouse, as beneficiary, would receive
the existing account balances in these
plans, but your future contributions
would, of course, die with you.
* Help pay for your retirement You
dont even have to die to reap some ben-
efits from your life insurance. If youve
purchased some form of permanent
insurance, such as whole life or univer-
sal life, you have the opportunity to
build a cash balance. And through poli-
cy loans or withdrawals, you can tap
into this cash to help you pay some of
your expenses during retirement.
* Help you leave the legacy you desire
Life insurance can be an important
part of your estate plans. To use life
insurance properly for estate planning,
consult with your legal advisor.
Of course, one big question that you
may ask is this: How much life insur-
ance do I need? Youve probably seen
those estimates that say you should
have insurance thats worth a certain
number of years times your annual
income. While this might not be a bad
estimate, its not a
hard-and-fast rule
for every single
individual. The
amount of insur-
ance you need will
depend on a vari-
ety of factors: your
age, income, size of
family, value of
home, employ-
ment situation and
so on. Your finan-
cial advisor can
help you determine
the level of insur-
ance thats appro-
priate for your
Now that youve
seen how life insur-
ance may help you
over the years, and
youve got a sense
of how to deter-
mine the amount
of coverage you
need, you can
appreciate the
message behind
Life Insurance Awareness Month so
take it to heart and make sure youve got
the proper insurance plan in place.
This article was written by Edward
Jones for use by your local Edward Jones
Financial Advisor.
Philip Hofweber is a Financial
Advisor with Edward Jones Investments
located at 100 West Main Street in
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By Jim Akans
Hair stylist, manicurist and expert colorist,
LeAnn Howard, has recently joined the pro-
fessional staff at A Touch of Class Beauty and
Hair Salon, located in downtown Gaylord.
Specializing in serving the hair and beauty
care needs of clients throughout Gaylord and
surrounding areas for over 20 years, A Touch
of Class is owned an operated by Linda Graff,
who has over 35 years of experience in the
salon industry.
We are very excited to have LeAnn join
us, Graff states. She is an excellent colorist
and has received special training in that area.
She has an extraordinary talent in matching
color, bringing creativity for those looking to
change their appearance, and in taking hair
color to a whole new dimension.
A Touch of Class offers all traditional salon
services, including haircuts, styles and color-
ing. They also feature additional client servic-
es such as manicures, pedicures, skin care,
full-body waxing, and are one of the only
salons in the Gaylord area offering facials. A
Touch of Class is also the exclusive area deal-
er for Aveda plant-derived skin, body and hair
care products, including the Green Science
anti-aging skin care line. Aveda is part of the
Estee Lauder family of products.
Avedas botanical based products are wide-
ly respected in the skin and hair care industry.
The use of truly all-natural, plant-source
ingredients, which the company calls the Art
and Science of Pure Flower and Plant
Essences, offers unique, biologically safe,
and incredibly beautiful skin care . A primary
color ingredient is extracted from the seeds of
the uruku palm, grown in western Brazil,
which furnishes a deep orange pigment that
Aveda utilizes to create a rich palette of
shades for many of their beauty products.
On Thursday, October 6th, A Touch of Class
will offer area residents an outstanding, and
free opportunity to check out the salons
exceptionally diverse Aveda make-up line,
and learn which products will make them feel
and look their best. Ali Okert, Aveda
Educator/Make-up Artist, will be at A Touch
of Class from 10 am until 4 pm on that date to
offer individual beauty make-up consulta-
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event is by appointment only, so be sure to
contact A Touch of Class soon at (989) 732-
2654 to reserve your spot.
Located at 105 North Center Street in
Gaylord, A Touch of Class is open from 9 am
to 7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11
am to 5 pm on Wednesdays, Friday from 9 am
to 5 pm and on Saturdays by appointment
Hair stylist, manicurist and expert colorist, LeAnn Howard (at left), has recently joined the professional staff at A Touch of Class Beauty and Hair Salon, located in
downtown Gaylord. A Touch of Class is owned an operated by Linda Graff (right), who has over 35 years of experience in the salon industry. Photo by Jim Akans
Serving the
hair, nail and
skin care
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of Class salon in Gaylord
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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,
independent business. That's
according to an online tool that
gauges the economic impact on
local communities of spending at
independently owned small busi-
nesses versus national chains.
Launched by Independent We
Stand, a Virginia-based advocacy
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
study, co-sponsored by their local
chamber of commerce, also found
local businesses paid higher wages,
used more local goods and services,
and contributed more to community
charities and fundraisers.
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Its All About Choice Senior Expo
held at Otsego County Sportsplex
Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA)
offers Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Matched
Savings program. The program, called Michigan Saves, offers
people the opportunity to save towards the purchase of their
first home, for starting or expanding a small business, or to
pay for college or vocational school. Enrollees make a mini-
mum monthly deposit of $20.00 per month for at least six
months into a savings account set up jointly between the par-
ticipant and the local program office. Each dollar the partici-
pant saves is matched at a 3:1 ratio for homeownership or at a
2:1 ratio for small business or higher education. The maxi-
mum that can be matched is $1,000.00.
Michigan Saves is an Individual Development Account
(IDA) program. The program has been very successful accord-
ing to Karen Emerson, who is the Financial Management
Services Manager for NMCAA. We have assisted 109 families
in reaching their goals. Each enrollee has made a commit-
ment to attend financial management classes, participate in
individual budget/credit counseling, as well as make monthly
deposits into their savings account.
NMCAA has received funding for this program through a
grant from the Assets for Independence Act (AFIA)
Demonstration Program.
The funding source determines the eligibility requirements
for the program. To be eligible, an applicant must have
income within 200% of the poverty guideline or below. For
example, the income limit for a family of four is $44,700 per
year. Participants must have a source of earned income.
NMCAA has partnered with Fifth Third Bank and the pro-
gram is strengthened by partnerships with other community
agencies. The collaborative effort brings with it a level of expe-
rience that offers insight into the challenges that account
holders will face in achieving their goals. Call NMCAA at (231)
947-3780 or 800-632-7334 to obtain an application for the
Michigan Saves IDA Program. NMCAA is located at, 3963
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Otsego County Library, in cooperation with the
Otsego County Literacy Council, will explore illiter-
acy with a group book discussion.
A Lesson Before Dying is the story of an unedu-
cated black man wrongly sentenced to death. So
that he may die with dignity, a fellow 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 illit-
eracy 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 pm in the Library's meeting room. Everyone
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vendors at the event offered door prizes, free give-
away items, and informative brochures about
products and services specifically designed for the
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The Otsego County Sportsplex was an ideal
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floor area offered when the ice is removed for the
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getting because these days you don't make much.
People who are wealthy take what they have for
granted. We who have little are thankful We all
overwork ourselves these days to get what we have.
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I have seen many people who were raised in wealthy
families. We were not but it was a positive child-
hood. I've seen people who were raised in wealthy
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Thoughts on...It is better to be content with poverty than to
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Daily Word
THURSDAY: 2 Corinthians 8:9 King James Version (KJV) 9For ye know the
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your
sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
FRIDAY: Proverbs 30:8 King James Version (KJV) 8Remove far from me
vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food
convenient for me:
SATURDAY: Proverbs 28:22 King James Version (KJV) 22He that hasteth
to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall
come upon him.
SUNDAY: Proverbs 20:13 King James Version (KJV) 13Love not sleep, lest
thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with
MONDAY: Hebrews 13:5 King James Version (KJV) 5Let your conversation
be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
TUESDAY: Philippians 4:10-12 King James Version (KJV) 10But I rejoiced in
the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished
again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11Not
that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state
I am, therewith to be content. 12I know both how to be abased, and I
know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed
both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
WEDNESDAY: Luke 3:14 King James Version (KJV) 14And the soldiers
likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said
unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be
content with your wages.
"It's Better To Be Content With Poverty Than To Die A Slave To Wealth."
Money is not evil, but the love of it is the cause of every kind of evil in our world today. The Bible
says in, I Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted
after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. It is
not wrong to be successful or wealthy, it is wrong, however, to be lazy and selfish. Many financially
successful people have been used of God to be a great blessing to others. I have a dear friend who
is a very wealthy man. At last count he has given to the Lords Work over $36,000,000. He has
helped start 5 Bible colleges, helped hundreds of missionaries and numerous churches and
Christian ministries. When Grace Baptist Church purchased the Diocese of Gaylords former
office complex to start Grace Baptist College, 10 years ago, this dear man gave $200,000 to help us
toward this purchase. It is thrilling to see God used a business man in such a generous way. This
mans generosity has been used by God to affect untold lives around the world. This Christian
business man once taught me a great truth about money. He said, The dollar does not own or con-
trol me, I own and control it. Most people cannot handle success. When most people get a pay
raise they simply increase their standard of living. I believe God will trust a man or woman with
more prosperity who seeks you use their success to be a blessing and a help to others rather than
hording it all for their own security and comfort. The Apostle said in Hebrews 13:5, be con-
tent with such things as ye have That same apostle also said in Philippians 4:11, I have
learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. These great verses remind us all that
a rich man is not a man, who has what he wants, but rather a man who wants what he has.
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after a first half in which their
offense struggled and they
trailed Gaylord on the score-
West wasnt picked before
the season as one of the top
teams in the Big North for
nothing, though. The Titans
used big plays down the
stretch to eventually pull
away from the aggressive
Blue Devils and post a decep-
tive 34-12 victory. The final
score does not indicate how
competitive Fridays game
really was.
Gaylord started the game
deep in its own end, bottled
up inside its own 10-yard
line. The poor field position
only fueled the competitive
juices of senior QB Trevor
Huff. On the second play
from scrimmage, Huff calmly
went back in the pocket and
found the fleeting figure of
Kyle Fahler breaking free over
the middle. Fahler got the
football and flew quickly into
top gear, leaving everyone on
the field in his wake to com-
plete an electrifying 93-yard
TD strike.
The play turned out to be
one of the longest in the his-
tory of the Gaylord program.
Not a bad way to start the
game for the underdog Blue
Devils of coach Doug
West came back to pull
ahead with a TD and a two-
point conversion on its next
drive but the only other scor-
ing in the first half came from
the home team.
Late in the second quarter,
Huff was at it again, this time
firing a laser to reliable
Trevor Raymond. The Trevor-
to-Trevor hook-up went for
20 yards and put the Blue
Devils on top 12-8. That was
still the score when the half
West went about righting
the ship quickly in the third
quarter, scoring on its initial
drive Griffin Forrester broke
free for a 29-yard TD to put
the Titans on top 14-12. It
was the first of three TDs the
visitors would score in the
It was all big scoring plays
for West after that. Forrester
broke free again, this time on
a 62-yard punt return to
make the score 21-12 at the
7:42 mark of the quarter.
Then Zac Shafer scored the
first of his two long TDs with
1:38 left in the quarter, find-
ing a seam and racing 79
yards to paydirt to make the
score 27-12.
In the fourth quarter,
Shafer tallied again, this time
on a 61-yard run, to make the
final score 34-12. Shafer had
a whale of a game for the
Titans, accumulating 223
yards in 12 carries.
Huff, who appears more
poised and confident each
week, had a pretty good
game, too, against a very
tough, fast, aggressive Titan
defense. He hit on 12-of-22
aerials for 181 yards with a
pair of TDs and he was only
sacked once for a 7-yard loss.
The fleet-footed Fahler
pulled in five passes for 106
yards of real estate on the
night. Senior playmaker Troy
Gahm drew Titan defenders
like magnets every time he
moved from the line of
scrimmage but he still
grabbed two passes for 27
yards and Trae Hill had two
catches for 5 yards.
Wests ability to keep the
Gaylord running game under
wraps was a major key to the
outcome. Huff generated 33
hard-earned rushing yards
on 16 carries to lead the team
in that department. Rugged
Robb Hansen bashed and
crashed his way to 25 yards
on six carries while Fahler
recorded 18 yards on six car-
ries and Jeff Guethlein accu-
mulated nine yards on three
attempts. For the game,
Gaylord had just 100 yards
rushing on 40 tries, an aver-
age of just 2.5 yards per carry.
The Gaylord defense did a
lot of good things against the
Titans with the notable
exception of permitting too
many long scoring plays in
the second half. The Blue
Devils did a good job of
harassing and hounding
West QB Isaiah Hackney
every time he went back to
pass. For the game, Hackney
completed just 5-of-12 for 41
yards through the air.
Gaylord (1-2, 0-1) plays
host to Cadillac (0-3, 0-2) this
Friday in what should be a
very entertaining gridiron
battle. Both teams want this
one badly. The Vikings, who
are coming off a 63-24 loss to
Petoskey, will be looking for
shifty sophomore QB Jalen
Brooks to use his speed to do
damage around the edge and
on designed QB keepers. The
Blue Devils ability on
defense to keep Brooks from
making Michael Vick-type
runs could determine the
Elusive Gaylord runner Kyle Fahler maneuvers around the edge to pick up some hard-won yardage Friday against
the Titans.
T.C. West 34, Gaylord 12
Gaylord linebacker Caleb Tomes (2) has an iron grip on a T.C. West ball carrier in
Fridays game.
Athlete of the Week
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Athlete of the Week
"Howitzer" Hardy
exploded for more than 200 yards rush-
ing from his fullback post Friday at
Inland Lakes, scoring on TD sprints of
83 and 30 yards and he also recorded a
sack and a fumble recovery on defense
in J-L's tense win.
Gaylord receiver Troy Gahm fights for yardage Friday after pulling down another pass from Trevor Huff.
Gaylord battles hard in defeat
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21 aerials for
275 yards
and 3 TDs as
improves to
3-0 overall
and 1-0 in
By Mike Dunn
GRAYLING The air raid
sirens were going off on the
Boyne City side of the line of
scrimmage Friday but the
game Rambler defenders
could do little to stop the
onslaught of the diversified
Grayling offensive. Senior QB
Zane Tobin launched a mis-
sile assault that accounted
for 21 completions and 275
yards of real estate to go with
three TD strikes as the
Vikings improved to 3-0 over-
all and 1-0 in the Lake
Michigan Conference with
an impressive 35-7 home tri-
Glue-fingered junior
receiver Scott Parkinson, a
lethal force anywhere close
to the goal line, pulled in two
of the famed red-zone spe-
cials from Tobin. The Z-Pak
connection between Tobin
and Parkinson resulted in
four completions in all for 32
yards and the two scores.
Multi-talented senior Riley
Zigila was a Gorilla for
Grayling in every phase of
the game Friday, as hes been
all season. The life of Riley
was an interesting one
against the Ramblers as he
hauled in seven Tobin aerial
strikes for 111 yards includ-
ing a 10-yard TD hook-up
and he grabbed two more
interceptions on defense.
The Zigila Warfare impact
went even beyond that,
though, as Riley shined on
special teams too, generating
a 51-yard punt return for six
points with one of his patent-
ed zig-and-zoom returns.
Flanker Ty Jensen led the
Vikings with 34 yards rushing
on eight carries with a TD
burst to his credit, and he
also pulled in two passes for
30 yards. The sweet hands of
smooth-striding sophomore
Tyler McClanahan accounted
for two catches for 31 yards
while Joey Schwartz grabbed
two out of the backfield for
35 yards and senior tight end
Steven Enos grabbed two for
21 yards. Justice was served,
too, when Tobin found
receiver Justice Juntilla for 10
Tobin hit on 21-of-33
attempts in the game with
the three TDs.
Grayling pushed to a 35-0
halftime advantage and had
the running clock going in
the third and fourth quarters.
Boyne City, to its credit, did
not roll over but battled back
to score its lone TD in the
fourth quarter and keep the
Vikings off the scoreboard in
the second half.
Senior QB Jay Redman
found Garrett Smith for a 20-
yard TD connection for
Boyne City and Chris Meyers
added the PAT.
The Wrecker, senior inside
linebacker Ryan Randall,
wreaked havoc once again
for OConnells Carnivores on
defense, flying to the football
like he was shot out of can-
non. Randall recorded a
dozen tackles on the night. It
was also Whack Season for
fellow inside linebacker
Wesley Dean. Wild, Wild Wes
put the wallop on 10 Boyne
ball carriers.
The Vikings continue
league play this Friday, Sept.
16, at home when Charlevoix
(1-2, 1-0) comes calling. After
losing their first two non-
league games, the Rayders
looked impressive Friday in
beating Harbor Springs 46-6.
Vikings keep missiles flying
Grayling 35, Boyne City 7
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The Wrecker, linebacker Ryan Randall, and All-State defensive end Griffin Dean are about to make a Carnivore sandwich of a Rambler runner.
Grayling flanker Ty Jensen pulls in a pass before Boyne City defenders Kerey
Kuheana (34) and Jay Redman (10) join forces to bring him down.
Grayling senior Riley Zigila (20) zooms through open spaces during a punt return
Friday as Boyne Citys Garrick Stuble, left, pursues.
Hornets capture
JV tourney
by Mike Dunn
went 6-0-2 Saturday in the
Inland Lakes JV Invitational
tourney to secure the first-
place trophy. The young
Hornets of coach Brooke
Goff pushed their overall
record this season to 20-1-4.
Pellston defeated
Charlevoix in a tough battle
in the finals, rallying from a
game-two setback to win 25-
19, 14-25, 15-6.
Megan Milbrandt was a
missile launcher from the
stripe, accumulating a
whopping 23 aces on the day
to go with 12 kills and 26
digs. Jentry Nielsen and
Abbie Welch also delivered
the goods at the stripe,
recording 16 and 14 aces,
respectively, and Kelly Lewis
launched 10 aces while
Mackenzie Wright racked up
nine and Breanna Sisman
and Kayla Baker each had
Welch set the table with
cream pies for the voracious
Hornet hitters up front,
amassing 81 assists. Middle
hitter Mackenzie Wright
found the Welch deliveries
very much to her liking and
devoured them one after
another. The Mac Attack
accounted for an incredible
50 kills on the day! She also
had three blocks. Logan
Spray helped the cause, too.
Spray hosed down the
enemy floor time after time
with hard spikes, spraying
her hits with authority while
recording 17 kills. When
Welch wasnt setting, she
was delivering 16 kills and
Milbrandt buried 12 kills.
Nielsen notched a team-
high 29 digs while Milbrandt
made 26 digs and Welch
racked up 21 digs.
Pellston edges Charlevoix in three-game final
to hoist trophy, improve to 20-1-4 overall
Hornets fall in
tourney semifinals
By Mike Dunn
PETOSKEY The Pellston
volleyball team finished one
game shy of the finals
Saturday in the annual
Petoskey Invitational. The
Hornets posted a 4-2 record
on the day with three wins in
pool play and a quarterfinal
victory over Boyne City
before losing in the semifi-
nals to Charlevoix.
In pool play, the Hornets
beat Cheboygan 25-18, 25-
11, Harbor Springs 25-14, 25-
20 and Cedarville 25-10, 25-
14 before losing a competi-
tive match to host Petoskey
25-16, 25-17.
Pellston went on to beat
Boyne City 25-20, 25-19 in
the quarterfinals before bow-
ing to the hard-hitting
Rayders 25-17, 25-23 in the
semis. Pellston owned a 24-5-
2 mark at the end of the tour-
We had kind of a rough
finish to the day, coach
Chris Myers said. The girls
kept working hard and never
gave up, its not in their
nature. As always we learned
a little bit more about our-
selves today and our team-
mates, which will make us
better as we go.
Senior outside hitter Tayler
Friend, who is putting
together another All-State
caliber season, was a fear-
some force up front, as usual.
Pellstons Friendly Fire
accounted for a whopping 60
kills on the day! Fellow senior
Samantha McNitt set the
table for Tayler, offering tasty
McMeals that Friend feasted
on all day long.
Unfortunately for the
opponents, McNitts tasty
deliveries turned into
screaming missiles that
racked up points for the
Hornets. Friend wasnt the
only beneficiary of McNitts
offerings. Senior outside hit-
ter Shelby Hughey laced 31
kills with four blocks in the
tourney while Tori Kirsch
creamed 22 kills and middle
hitter Logan Kleinhenz clob-
bered 21 kills with four
McNitt made 109 assists on
the day. Dana Zulski was
zoned in at the service stripe,
recording a perfect 27-for-27
from the line. Hughey
launched a dozen aces and
Friend racked up 11 aces and
she also led the team with 30
Pellston falls to Charlevoix in semifinals at Petoskey,
goes 4-2 on day; Friend is fearsome up front
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Chiefs cruise to W column
Eustice does surgery on Standish defense as Cheboygan wins big;
Price leads Mio past Atlanta; Mancy stays unbeaten
By Mike Dunn
graduates this spring,
Cheboygan senior Eryn
Eustice hopes to pursue a
career in medicine. The way
Eustice performed surgery
on the Standish-Sterling
defense at Western Avenue
Field on Friday, it appears
hed be a natural with a
scalpel in his hand.
Eustice sliced and
slammed and sped to 117
yards rushing with two TD
runs in the game, delighting
the standing-room only
crowd of Chief supporters
gathered for the annual
home opener. Eustice also
pulled in a 38-yard scoring
strike from the strong right
arm of QB Damon Proctor as
the Chiefs turned on the
juice and came away with a
35-13 triumph over Standish.
After two tough road loss-
es, Cheboygan improved to
2-1 in the young season with
a game this week all the way
downstate against Jackson
Northwest (1-2). If the Chiefs
can open holes and generate
plays the way they did
against Standish, theyll be
tough for anybody to beat the
rest of the way.
The Chiefs racked up 198
yards rushing and produced
another 160 yards through
the air against the Panthers.
And the suffocating defense
of coach Dave Sturvist,
fueled by the fiery play of
defensive behemoth Josh
McDill in the trenches, limit-
ed Standish to less than 200
yards of total offense.
Proctor, who hit on 8-of-12
passes for 160 yards, also
connected with shifty Stan
Swiderek for a TD. Swiderek
pulled in four passes in the
game for 60 yards. Halfback
Jake Elmore also hauled in
three Proctor passes for 62
Senior team captain Dylan
Wilkinson dashed and
bashed to 40 hard-earned
yards rushing on seven car-
ries. When the determined
Dylan got close enough to
knock on heavens door he
didnt stop for donuts but
pushed all the way through,
crossing the goal line to put
six points on the board.
Sure-footed senior James
Crusoe was as reliable as the
sunrise on his PATs, going a
perfect 5-for-5.
Mio 66
Atlanta 26
ATLANTA Mio senior QB
Grant Price rushed for more
than 200 yards and three TDs
and passed for 142 yards and
two more TDs as the visiting
Thunderbolts scored early
and often in a 66-26 triumph
over Atlanta Friday in North
Star League play.
The Thunderbolts (2-1)
faced a tough non-league
battle this Friday when they
travel to unbeaten Tawas
Area (3-0). Atlanta (1-2, 0-1)
seeks to return to the W
column at home this Friday
against league rival Hale (2-1,
Price was the ticket to suc-
cess for the Thunderbolts on
Friday, carrying the ball 20
times for 233 yards and three
TD runs. Clarence Smith
moved smoothly also, accu-
mulating 68 yards on eight
carries while Aaron Fox flew
to 61 yards on 10 attempts
and Bryson Devers delivered
72 yards on eight tries. Mio
racked up 434 yards rushing
in addition to the 142 yards
Price produced through the
Prices favorite target was
Micah Thomey, who pulled
in four aerials for 122 yards.
Fox was a force on the
defensive side of the ball for
the Thunderbolts, taking part
in a team-high nine tackles
and Nicholas Man Eater
Mangutz made eight stops in
the game. Price, Seth
Thomey and Brandon
Watkins each had an inter-
ception for Mio.
Atlanta QB Garrett
Badgero hit on 19-of-25 pass-
es for 176 yards and TD
strikes of 10 yards to Josh
Barrett and 3 yards to Justin
Klein. The multi-skilled
Badgero also generated six
points with a 12-yard run in
the first quarter and he
closed out the scoring for the
Huskies with a weaving 73-
yard kickoff return.
Mancelona 30
Gaylord St. Mary 0
GAYLORD Host St. Mary
had the heart to keep playing
Friday at home against
Mancelona. The Snowbirds
didnt have the numbers,
Mancelona took a 30-0
lead into the half and thats
the way the game ended
when St. Mary didnt have
enough players to field a full
team for the second half. The
Ironmen of coach Dan
Derrer improved to 3-0 over-
all and 2-0 in the league and
the Snowbirds slipped to 1-2
and 1-2.
The defending league
champion Ironmen face
what might be their toughest
regular-season test this
Friday when they travel to
the field of Johannesburg-
Lewiston. The Cardinals of
coach John Bush are also
unbeaten after coming from
behind in the fourth quarter
to edge Inland Lakes 32-27.
St. Mary, which will be able
to resume its schedule this
week, travels south to Fife
Lake to take on Forest Area,
which is also 1-2. One major
key for the Snowbirds to be
competitive this Friday, said
coach Denny Youngedyke, is
for his team to execute.
The Snowbirds tried
valiantly but could not con-
tain the vaunted Ground-
and-Pound offensive assault
of visiting Mancelona.
The D-S-S Express back-
field of Wyatt Derrer, Austin
Spires and Justin Spires
racked up more than 200
yards rushing in the first half
with capable help from
Trevor Ackler. Derrer deked,
danced and dashed his way
to a team-high 72 yards on 13
carries with TD bursts of 10
and 12 yards and a conver-
sion run.
Senior fullback Austin
Spires, legs churning like pis-
tons, powered his way to 59
yards on nine attempts with
a 3-yard TD plunge and the
speedy Ackler accumulated
65 yards on just four carries
with a conversion run. Justin
Spires, who is just a sopho-
more, sped his way to 14
yards on three carries with a
conversion run.
Junior QB Kyle
Schepperley didnt go to the
air often but was effective
when he did, hooking up
with the dangerous Derrer
circling out of the backfield
for a 29-yard TD.
Mancelona senior Jon
Tyson was a Truck traveling
downhill from his defensive
end post, recording four
tackles and also securing an
interception. Sophomore
Eric Tracey tracked down
four ball carriers for the
Ironmen and senior Tyler
Aldrich also made four stops.
St. Mary QB Matt Spyhalski
made two aerial connections
for 21 yards.
Newberry 48
Pellston 20
PELLSTON Its starting to
come together now for the
Pellston football team. The
Hornets lost at home to pow-
erful Newberry 48-20 on
Friday in non-league action
but trailed just 29-14 at the
half and showed good things
throughout the game.
We finally saw some
glimpses of playing to our
potential, said Pellston head
coach Dave Brines. Josh
VanTilburg gave us some
diversity in the running game
and we were able to get
(Brian) Jurek in the open.
Friedenstab, Matthews and
Schaefer played hard defen-
sively along with some other
At times we played with
passion, which is how the
game has got to be played,
he added. Newberry is a
solid team.
Jurek, the Hornets coast-
to-coast threat and one of the
top backs in the Ski Valley
this season, broke free for a
40-yard TD burst and also
found the end zone on a two-
point conversion run. The B-
Ju Blaster finished with 140
yards on 21 carries.
VanTilburg bashed and
crashed to 88 yards on 10 car-
ries while speedy Jake Sydow
surged to 38 yards on four
attempts, including a 25-yard
TD sprint in the second quar-
ter, and Jake Friendenstab
stomped to 24 yards on four
tries with an 8-yard TD to his
credit in the fourth quarter.
Austin Wright didnt throw
much but was right on target
when he did, hitting on 4 of 6
aerials for 28 yards, with two
connections to glue-fingered
tight end Mike Schaefer and
two to VanTilburg out of the
backfield for 12 yards.
Pellston did not have a
turnover in the game.
Friendenstab flowed to the
football like a fire hose, mak-
ing a team-high nine tackles.
The rawhide-tough Schaefer
was in slam mode as well,
making eight stops. Travis
Matthews took down five ball
carriers and Matt Cornell
crashed into four. Nitro
Nick Nathan recovered a
Pellston (0-3, 0-2) seeks its
first win this Friday, Sept. 16,
at Onaway (0-3, 0-2). The
Cardinals are coming off a
loss to U.P. foe Pickford.
Pickford 38
Onaway 6
ONAWAY Penalties and
mistakes at critical junctures
hurt Onaway on the home
field Friday against powerful
U.P. foe Pickford. The
Cardinals (0-3) had some fine
individual efforts but lost 38-
We had five penalties at
crucial times and some cen-
ter-quarterback exchange
mistakes that cost us and
were not the type of team
mentally that can bounce
back after going down one or
two touchdowns, said
Onaway head coach Earl
Flynn. We need to be more
fundamentally sound and be
responsible for our part as
the team.
Jason Sigsby was a bright
spot for the Cardinals, run-
ning low and hard to gener-
ate a team-high 55 yards
rushing in 10 carries and he
also electrified the home
crowd when he was on the
receiving end of a missile
from QB Carlos Bautista that
turned out to be a 55-yard
The hard hitting of
Cardinal linebacker
Christian Tollini took a toll
on Pickford runners. Tollini
took them down 12 times
and played a heck of a
Mancelona 22
Newberry 14
NEWBERRY This one was
a real battle for the
Mancelona JV Ironmen.
Mancelona led the whole
way but had to battle for four
quarters to prevail in a hard-
fought 22-14 triumph
Thursday, Sept. 8, at
The young Ironmen of
coach Doug Derrer pulled
ahead to stay midway
through the first quarter
cool-headed Cole
Vanwagoner wheeled to a 4-
yard TD off-tackle and also
supplied the 2-point conver-
sion run for an 8-0 advantage
on the scoreboard.
Newberry battled back to
pull within two points early
in the second quarter when
Steven Livermore found the
end zone on a 3-yard plunge.
The two-point conversion try
was no good so Mancelona
still held an 8-6 lead on the
The Ironmen added to the
lead on their next possession,
moving methodically down
the field with their ground-
and-pound attack. Logan
Borst burst through for 9
yards to complete the long,
time-munching, yard-chew-
ing drive and then
Vanwagoner wheeled his way
to the end zone for two more
points to make it a 16-6
The Ironmen took the 16-6
lead into the half but
Newberry came back to pull
close again in the third quar-
ter when Josh Lewis made an
interception and raced 60
yards. Matt Edgar added the
2-point run to bring the
home team within two points
of the Ironmen, 16-14.
Mancelona finally sealed
the deal late in the fourth
quarter when Borst broke
free again, this time for 25
yards to make it a 22-14 game
with just 2:06 showing on the
The BBV Channel in the
Mancelona backfield Borst,
Burnette and Vanwagoner
accounted for more than 350
yards of real estate in the
contest. Borst boomed and
zoomed to 145 yards on 23
carries while Kenny Burnette
burned the turf for 135 yards
in 22 tries and the versatile
Vanwagoner wheeled and
dealed to 83 yards on 20 car-
ries with the TD and two con-
version runs to his credit.
Borst showed up big on
defense as well, making five
stops with an interception.
The Beast, Nick Balhorn, also
made five stops and Nick
Meadows clogged holes like a
cork with cleats, making five
Lewiston 60
Mio 28
MIO It was a wild one at
Mio on Thursday, Sept. 28.
The host Thunderbolts
scored three times in the first
quarter of the JV contest
thanks in large part to the
efforts of Cody Wilson but
Johannesburg- Lewi st on
maintained an offensive bar-
rage throughout the game to
post a 60-28 victory.
Wilson scored on runs of
36, 42 and 40 yards in the first
quarter to give the
Thunderbolts a 20-14 lead on
the scoreboard. Wilson was
sidelined in the second quar-
ter, though, and Mio was not
able to generate the same
big-play capability afterward.
J-L piled up the yardage
and the points, coming from
behind to outscore Mio 46-8
through the next three quar-
Dillon Cushman had a
crushing day running the ball
for the Cardinals, amassing
129 yards on 16 carries with a
TD and two conversion runs
to his credit. Trevor
Pickelmann had a dill of a
day, too, motoring 66 yards
on six carries with a TD and
he was also on the receiving
end of a TD strike of 25 yards
from cool-and-collected
Coalton Huff. Cam Nickert
smashed and dashed to 66
yards in seven carries with a
TD and Hunter
VanDeKerchove pulled down
a 20-yard TD missile from
About only one who didnt
score for J-L in Thursdays
game was the water boy. Dan
Nieman, Coalton Huff and
Jeremiah Chapell also scored
rushing TDs for the Cardinals
along with Cushman, Nickert
and Pickelman. Nieman also
had a conversion run and he
gave the J-L fans an opportu-
nity to stand and cheer with
his electrifying 85-yard kick-
off return in the wild, seesaw
first quarter.
J-L finished with 361 rush-
ing yards and 62 passing
yards and nine touchdowns.
Our kids really got it going
in the second and third quar-
ters, said J-L coach Joe
Smokevitch. We were click-
ing in every aspect of the
game. Also, it was sure nice
getting the first win of the
year and we look to keep it
rolling next week against a
tough Mancelona team.
Nickert had two sacks for J-
L on defense to go with eight
tackles and Nieman, when he
wasnt returning kickoffs
coast-to-coast, was recording
a sack and participating in
eight tackles. Chase
Amborski had two tackles for
loss and the long arms of the
law Gage Law, that is
accounted for a sack in union
with Gary Murphy.
Wilson had a super game
for Mio, picking up 132 yards
in 11 carries with the three
TDs before being sidelined.
Mio also scored in the fourth
quarter when Bradley
Rhodes rang up a 47-yard
scoring toss to Joshua Fox.
Zach Price added the conver-
sion run.
Gaylord 48
T.C. West 18
for the young Blue Devils of
coach Jerry LaJoie as Gaylord
defeated West, 48-18. West
was the only team to beat
Gaylord in freshmen play last
The running game and
passing game were clicking
on all cylinders and we
played a swarming defense,
LaJoie said.
Cotton Neff contributed to
the strong fabric of the
offense with a fine perform-
ance, scoring twice with a
pair of two-point conversion
runs. Fluid receiver Collin
Waters brought a ripple of
excitement to the Blue Devil
fans with his electrifying 60-
yard TD reception from can-
non-arm quarterback Steven
Fitzek found the end zone
twice on QB keepers and
scored twice on conversion
runs and the M.L. Missile,
Michael Lawton, lowered the
boom and delivered six
points with a two-point con-
version run.
Fitzek helped the cause
defensively with an intercep-
tion return for a TD and cor-
nerback Sam Rinke racked
up two points with a safety.
Gaylord (2-1) takes on Big
North foe Cadillac this week.
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Robbins scores 4 more TDs as Petoskey lights it up again;
key BNC battle with T.C. Central this Friday at home
By Mike Dunn
CADILLAC Its getting
harder and harder to believe
that Petoskey isnt for real
this season. The latest evi-
dence is rather overwhelm-
ing, a 63-24 rout at Cadillac
on Friday.
The lopsided win over their
Big North rivals from the
south gives the Northmen a
3-0 record overall and 2-0 in
the league with a BIG game
looming at home this Friday
against league foe Traverse
City Central. The Trojans are
2-1 overall and also 2-0 in the
league, coming off a blowout
52-0 win over Alpena. Central
defeated Cadillac 49-7 in
week two.
The game between Central
and Petoskey should be a
four-quarter gridiron war
between two teams that can
ignite the fireworks but also
play stellar defense. Its hard
to imagine the game being
low scoring, though, with all
the tools at each teams dis-
Petoskey senior Joe
Rocket Robbins continued
to add to his growing legion
of 2011 accomplishments on
Friday at Cadillac. Robbins
came into the game with 10
TDs and he scored four more
times against the Vikings,
reaching the end zone in
every possible way short of
parachuting out of a helicop-
The Rocket turned on the
afterburners and blazed to a
78-yard rushing TD and he
was also on the receiving end
of a 12-yard money pitch
from golden-armed QB
Quinn Ameel. Those were the
two conventional TDs
Robbins scored. He also
crossed the goal line on 20-
yard interception return and
he brought the hundreds of
blue-clad Petoskey fans in
the visiting bleachers to their
feet with an electrifying 57-
yard punt return.
Robbins has been such a
force on both sides of the ball
and on special teams this
season that opposing coach-
es are beginning to name
their ulcers after him.
Robbins, who raced for 92
yards rushing on just four
carries in the contest and
added another 42 yards in
receptions, did have a great
individual game once again
but he wasnt the only one
percolating for head coach
Kerry VanOrman on Friday.
Cool Cody Fryczynski, who
is quietly having a fine sea-
son of his own as Robbins
backfield mate, dashed and
darted to 117 yards on 11 car-
ries with a pair of TDs to his
credit. The first TD came
early, a 61-yard sprint to day-
light against a Cadillac
defense that was all geared
up to contain Robbins and
suddenly had the sinking
feeling of watching
Fryczynskis jersey disap-
pearing in the distance.
Codys second TD came on
special teams, a pretty coast-
to-coast journey on a kickoff
Ameel, the capable
Northmen field general, also
had a big night with his arm
and his feet. He generated
two TDs with three aerial
completions in the game. In
addition to the 12-yard strike
to Robbins, Ameel also
hooked up with glue-fin-
gered Zak Lewis for a 28-yard
scoring play. Ameel didnt
confine his contributions
just to the airways. He only
ran the ball twice in the game
but one of those runs turned
out to be a 50-yard sprint to
paydirt. Ameel also did a
masterful job again of engi-
neering the complex
Petoskey ground assault.
Lewis, like Robbins, scored
TDs both offensively and
defensively. Lewis adroitly
scooped up a fumble and
took it to the house from 25
yards to score six for the D to
go with his TD catch for the
Petoskey placekicker Nick
Godfrey stayed about as busy
as Donald Trumps hair styl-
ist, running on and off the
field after each score and
then booming his kickoffs.
Godfrey, filling in for side-
lined Louie Lamberti, was a
perfect 9-for-9 in PATs.
On the defensive side,
Lewis had an interception in
addition to his fumble return
for a TD and Robbins had
two interceptions.
Fridays game was a big-
play bonanza for the specta-
tors on both sides. Cadillac
sophomore QB Jalen Brooks
put a taste in the mouth of
the Viking fans for what is to
come, taking off on a pair of
dazzling TD runs covering 73
yards and 45 yards in the sec-
ond quarter. Unfortunately
for the home team, Brooks
was forced to the sidelines
and missed the second half.
Still ANOTHER huge spe-
cial teams play was turned in
by jet-quick returner Tony
DeAgostino, who weaved and
propelled his way deep into
Viking territory in the fourth
quarter to set up still another
Petoskey TD.
Petoskey, which has
outscored its opponents 161-
31 in the first three games, is
hoping theres some big-play
spectacles remaining in the
arsenal when Central comes
calling this Friday in a game
that could play a big factor in
the 2011 league title chase.
Powerful Northmen just keep rolling
Petoskey 63, Cadillac 24
Payne crosses goal line with 25 seconds left to give J-L come-from-behind triumph
Friday at I-Lakes
By Mike Dunn
game! Two physically tough,
well-coached Ski Valley
teams went head-to-head for
four quarters Friday with lit-
tle to choose between them.
In the end, Johannesburg-
Lewiston prevailed over host
Inland Lakes 32-27 when
junior QB Alex Payne found a
seam and crossed the goal
line from 4 yards to complete
a dramatic fourth-quarter
Paynes touchdown
allowed J-L to leave the
Bulldogs field still unbeaten
heading into this weeks huge
clash at home against
defending Ski Valley champ
Mancelona. The Cardinals
improved to 3-0 overall and
3-0 in the league while I-
Lakes slipped to 1-2.
It was a great game, said
J-L head coach John Bush.
Inland Lakes has big, physi-
cal kids and they had a good
game plan. Stan (Schramm)
does a great job up there with
those kids. They gave us a
battle all the way.
Last year, I-Lakes went
down to Johannesburg in
week three and won in dra-
matic fashion at the end of
the game. This year, it was
the Cardinals coming back
from a 27-18 deficit early in
the fourth quarter to score
twice in the final four min-
utes and leave town with the
Things looked bleak for J-L
midway through the fourth
quarter with I-Lakes driving
toward a TD that would have
clinched things. But the
Cardinals stiffened and made
a dramatic goal-line stand,
preventing the Bulldogs from
adding to their nine-point
lead. J-L defenders Blake
Huff, Drake Skowronski and
Logan Miller joined forces to
prevent the Bulldog touch-
J-L then marched 99 yards
to pull within a point of the
home team. Fullback Mitch
Howitzer Hardy played a
big role in the long march,
finding a seam on trap plays
and motoring forward until
two or three Bulldog defend-
ers brought him down.
Hardy, who had earlier in the
game scored on an 83-yard
burst, found the end zone
again, this time on a 30-yard
run with 3:57 showing on the
clock. Payne plunged for two
points to bring the visiting
Cardinals within a point of I-
Lakes, 27-26.
Bush opted to go with an
onside kick and Nick Michael
made it work. Michael kicked
the ball perfectly along the
ground and when it bounced
off an I-Lakes player, Michael
was there to fall on it and
allow J-L a final opportunity
to complete the comeback.
The Cardinals moved
methodically down the field
against the rugged Bulldog
defense, using up nearly all
the time on the clock as they
advanced into the red zone
and then inside the 5-yard
line. On J-Ls final offensive
play of the game, Payne kept
the ball himself and scored
what would prove to be the
game-winning points with 25
seconds left to play.
It was a dramatic, come-
from-behind win for J-L and
a heartbreaking loss for I-
Lakes, which put up a hella-
cious battle.
I thought our team,
despite the fact we lost this
game, took huge steps for-
ward, Schramm told
reporters after the game. I
felt much better after this
game than the first two
games. I thought we showed
heart and desire and we just
lost to a good football team
by a matter of inches.
Shane Bacon had a bril-
liant game for the Bulldogs,
scoring all four of their
touchdowns while amassing
170 yards rushing on 14 car-
ries. Bacon sizzled all game
long, scoring on TD sprints of
45, 15 and 66 yards in addi-
tion to a 75-yard kickoff
return for six points.
Jordyn Smeltzer, who is
also having a whale of a sea-
son for the Bulldogs, piled up
75 yards of real estate on 15
Defensively for the
Bulldogs, Todd Schramm was
like oxygen, all over the
place. He finished with a
team-high 12 tackles with a
fine effort. Linebackers
Austin Jensen and Trevor
Mallory and defensive end
Doug Morse each con-
tributed eight tackles.
For J-L offensively, Hardy
was the hammer in the back-
field throughout the contest,
weaving and whacking his
way to 203 yards on 13 car-
ries. Senior speedster Brian
VanCoillie also had a huge
night, amassing 150 yards on
13 carries while Payne put up
40 yards in 13 attempts with
the game-winning TD on his
stat line.
Payne also hit on 2-of-6
passes for 17 yards with both
connections going to the
glue-fingered Michael. Payne
found Michael striding in the
end zone for 9 yards for the
first score of the back-and-
forth affair.
On the defensive side,
Skowronski was King of the
Krunch from his linebacker
post, making six solo stops
with 11 assists and a blocked
kick. Huff continues to put
up All-State caliber numbers
at defensive end week after
week. He had six solo tackles
and five assists against the
Bulldogs in spite of frequent-
ly being double-teamed.
Howitzer Hardy had a sack
and a fumble recovery and
took part in nine tackles and
Dylan Kibby added some
Krunch and Krackle to the
defense, too, taking part in
nine tackles.
This was a huge win for
us, Bush said. We didnt get
down in the fourth quarter
when we could have. We
made the plays we had to
make with the game on the
line and we had great senior
leadership. Now we have to
get ready for another huge
game against Mancelona.
J-L (3-0, 3-0) plays host to
unbeaten Mancelona (3-0, 2-
0) in a HUGE Ski Valley con-
frontation this Friday. The
winner will be the clear
favorite to win the 2011
league title. The Ironmen of
coach Dan Derrer are coming
off a 30-0 victory over
Gaylord St. Mary.
I-Lakes (1-2, 1-2), which
must be one of the best
teams in the north with a los-
ing record, travels to Central
Lake (1-2, 1-1) this Friday in a
game that will no doubt be a
fierce battle from start to fin-
ish. The Bulldogs want des-
perately to win and so do the
host Trojans. Last year
Central Lake beat the
Bulldogs in a defensive, low-
scoring contest at Indian
River. This time around,
coach Schramm and his
troops want to turn the tables
in Central Lake.
Late TD lifts Cards to win!
Johannesburg-Lewiston 32, Inland Lakes 27
Week 2
Week 3
Hale (2-1, 0-1) at Atlanta (1-2, 0-1)*
Cheboygan (1-2) at Jackson Northwest (1-2)
Cadillac (0-3, 0-2) at Gaylord (1-2, 0-1)*
Gaylord St. Mary (1-2, 1-2) at Forest Area (1-2, 1-1)*
Charlevoix (1-2, 1-0) at Grayling (3-0, 1-0)*
Inland Lakes (1-2, 1-2) at Central Lake (1-2, 1-1)*
Mancelona (3-0, 2-0) at Johannesburg-Lewiston (3-0, 3-0)*
Mio (2-1) at Tawas Area (3-0)
Pellston (0-3, 0-2) at Onaway (0-3, 0-2)*
T.C. Central (2-1, 2-0) at Petoskey (3-0, 2-0)*
Mio 66, Atlanta 26
Cheboygan 35, Standish-Sterling 13
Mancelona 30, Gaylord St. Mary 0
T.C. West 34, Gaylord 12
Grayling 35, Boyne City 7
Johannesburg-Lewiston 32,
Inland Lakes 27
Pickford 38, Onaway 6
Newberry 48, Pellston 20
Petoskey 63, Cadillac 24
* League game
Thursday, September 15
8:00 PM ET No. 2 LSU at No. 16 Mississippi State
Friday, September 16
8:00 PM ET No. 4 Boise State at Toledo
8:00 PM ET Iowa State at Connecticut
Saturday, September 17
12:00 PM ET No. 19 West Virginia at Maryland
12:00 PM ET No. 23 Penn State at Temple
12:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan at Michigan
12:00 PM ET Wyoming at Bowling Green
12:00 PM ET Auburn at Clemson
12:00 PM ET Pittsburgh at Iowa
12:00 PM ET Southeast Missouri State at Purdue
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan at Western Michigan
12:21 PM ET Ole Miss at Vanderbilt
12:30 PM ET Kansas at Georgia Tech
12:30 PM ET Duke at Boston College
1:00 PM ET Coastal Carolina at Georgia
1:30 PM ET Colorado State vs. Colorado*
2:00 PM ET Louisiana-Monroe at No. 25 TCU
3:30 PM ET No. 8 Wisconsin vs. Northern Illinois*
3:30 PM ET Washington at No. 10 Nebraska
3:30 PM ET Missouri State at No. 13 Oregon
3:30 PM ET No. 17 Michigan State at Notre Dame
3:30 PM ET Tennessee at No. 18 Florida
3:30 PM ET No. 24 Texas at UCLA
3:30 PM ET South Carolina State at Indiana
3:30 PM ET Miami (OH) at Minnesota
3:30 PM ET Virginia at North Carolina
3:30 PM ET Texas Tech at New Mexico
3:30 PM ET Northwestern at Army
3:30 PM ET Akron at Cincinnati
4:00 PM ET Arkansas State at No. 11 Virginia Tech
4:00 PM ET Tulane at UAB
4:00 PM ET Nevada at San Jose State
5:30 PM ET Presbyterian at California
6:00 PM ET Navy at No. 12 South Carolina
6:00 PM ET South Alabama at North Carolina State
6:00 PM ET UCF at Florida International
6:30 PM ET Washington State at San Diego State
6:30 PM ETGardner-Webb at Wake Forest
7:00 PM ET Idaho at No. 7 Texas A&M
7:00 PM ET Stephen F. Austin at No. 20 Baylor
7:00 PM ET Western Illinois at No. 21 Missouri
7:00 PM ET Florida A&M at No. 22 South Florida
7:00 PM ET Louisville at Kentucky
7:00 PM ET Indiana State at Western Kentucky
7:00 PM ET Marshall at Ohio
7:00 PM ET Austin Peay at Memphis
7:00 PM ET Nicholls State at Louisiana-Lafayette
7:00 PM ET Arizona State at Illinois
7:00 PM ET Buffalo at Ball State
7:00 PM ET Kent State at Kansas State
7:00 PM ET Houston at Louisiana Tech
7:00 PM ET Southeastern Louisiana at Southern
7:30 PM ET North Texas at No. 3 Alabama
7:30 PM ET Troy at No. 14 Arkansas
7:30 PM ET No. 15 Ohio State at Miami (FL)
8:00 PM ET No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 5 Florida State
8:00 PM ET Syracuse at USC
8:00 PM ET UTEP at New Mexico State
8:00 PM ET Northwestern State at Southern
9:15 PM ET Utah at Brigham Young
10:00 PM ET No. 9 Oklahoma State at Tulsa
10:00 PM ET North Dakota at Fresno State
10:00 PM ET Hawaii at UNLV
10:45 PM ET No. 6 Stanford at Arizona
* - game played at a neutral location
2011 NCAA Division I-A Football Schedule
Week 3
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Winners of Fox Run Golf
NFL Schedule
Week 2
NFL Scores
NCAA Scores
Golfers at Fox Run Country
Club in Grayling finished out
league play last week. Final
results of the inaugural sea-
son of the Tuesday morning
mens league follow. Leo
Attard and John Luis both of
Higgins lake took first place
overall edging out Jim Erwin
of Grayling and Martin Heger
of Roscommon.
Winners of first flight in
the Tuesday night couples
league were Jim & Jane Lange
of Grayling who scored the
win over Tom & Jody Coors of
Frederic. In another close
battle for the top spot in sec-
ond flight, Barney & Anne
Kosloski of Waters emerged
victorious over Bob & Wanda
Finkbeiner of Grayling.
Wednesday night mens
league golfers Jim Lederman
of Roscommon and Lynn
Schooley of Gaylord took the
top spot with Paul Ferguson
of Roscommon and Jerry
LaVanture of Grayling com-
ing in second, Jeff Emmons
and Jerry Gertiser both of
Grayling in third and Bob
Koutnik and Larry Gutzman
both of Grayling rounding
out the fourth spot.
In another close fought
match, Jody Coors and
Joanne Lederman of
Roscommon took first place
in the Thursday night ladies
league over Julie McKindles
and Carole Sue Ostling both
of Roscommon. Second
flight winners were Gerri
Koutnik of Grayling and
Dorothy Sumerix of
Roscommon over Karen
Walper and Sue Hanson both
of Roscommon.
All in all everyone agreed it
was a terrific golf league sea-
son at Fox Run with lots of
great memories and good
friendships made. To inquire
about joining 2012 leagues
contact the Fox Run pro shop
at 989-348-4343.
Sun, Sep 18 Time (ET) Stadium/Tickets Network
SEA @ PIT 1:00 PM Heinz Field FOX
CLE @ IND 1:00 PM Lucas Oil Stadium CBS
KC @ DET 1:00 PM Ford Field CBS
BAL @ TEN 1:00 PM LP Field CBS
OAK @ BUF 1:00 PM Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
ARI @ WAS 1:00 PM FedEx Field FOX
TB @ MIN 1:00 PM Mall of America Field FOX
JAC @ NYJ 1:00 PM MetLife Stadium CBS
CHI @ NO 1:00 PM Superdome FOX
GB @ CAR 1:00 PM Bank of America Stadium FOX
DAL @ SF 4:05 PM Candlestick Park FOX
CIN @ DEN 4:15 PM Sports Authority
Field at Mile High CBS
SD @ NE 4:15 PM Gillette Stadium CBS
HOU @ MIA 4:15 PM Sun Life Stadium CBS
PHI @ ATL 8:20 PM Georgia Dome NBC
Mon, Sep 19 Time (ET) Stadium/Tickets Network
STL @ NYG 8:30 PM MetLife Stadium ESPN
Byes: None
Week 1
Green Bay 42, New Orleans 34 Brees 419 Starks 57 Henderson 100
SUN, SEP 11"
Chicago 30, Atlanta 12 Ryan 319 Turner 100 Forte 90
Cincinnati 27, Cleveland 17 McCoy 213 Benson 121 Massaquoi 77
Buffalo 41, Kansas City 7 Fitzpatrick 208 Jackson 112 Johnson 66
Nelson 66
Philadelphia 31, St. Louis 13 Bradford 188 McCoy 122 Jackson 102
Detroit 27, Tampa Bay 20 Stafford 305 Best 72 Johnson 88
Jacksonville 16, Tennessee 14 Hasselbeck 263 Jones-Drew 97 Britt 136
Baltimore 35, Pittsburgh 7 Roethlisberger 280 Rice 107 Wallace 107
Houston 34, Indianapolis 7 Schaub 220 Tate 116 Wayne 106
Washington 28, NY Giants 14 Grossman 305 Hightower 72 Nicks 122
San Francisco 33, Seattle 17 Jackson 197 Gore 59 Baldwin 83
San Diego 24, Minnesota 17 Rivers 335 Peterson 98 Gates 74
Arizona 28, Carolina 21 Newton 422 Wells 90 Smith 178
NY Jets 27, Dallas 24 Romo 342 Jones 44 Witten 110
New England 38, Miami 24 Brady 517 Woodhead 69 Welker 160
Oakland 23, Denver 20 Orton 304 McFadden 150 Lloyd 89
Thursday, September 8
No. 9 Oklahoma State 37, Arizona 14
Friday, September 9
Florida International 24, Louisville 17
Arizona State 37, No. 21 Missouri 30 (OT)
Saturday, September 10
No. 8 Wisconsin 35, Oregon State 0
No. 15 Ohio State 27, Toledo 22
No. 17 Michigan State 44, Florida Atlantic 0
Iowa State 44, Iowa 41 (OT)
Kentucky 27, Central Michigan 13
San Diego State 23, Army 20
Illinois 56, South
Dakota State 3
Auburn 41, No. 16
Mississippi State 34
North Carolina 24,
Rutgers 22
No. 19 West Virginia
55, Norfolk State 12
Pittsburgh 35, Maine 29
Eastern Michigan 14,
Alabama State 7
Colorado State 33, Northern Colorado 14
No. 3 Alabama 27, No. 23 Penn State 11
No. 6 Stanford 44, Duke 14
No. 11 Virginia Tech 17, East Carolina 10
No. 13 Oregon 69, Nevada 20
No. 25 TCU 35, Air Force 19
California 36, Colorado 33 (OT)
Northwestern 42, Eastern Illinois 21
New Mexico State 28, Minnesota 21
Wake Forest 34, North Carolina State 27
Clemson 35, Wofford 27
Rice 24, Purdue 22
Washington 40, Hawaii 32
Marshall 26, Southern Miss 20
Tennessee 45, Cincinnati 23
Tulsa 31, Tulane 3
No. 12 South Carolina 45, Georgia 42
Syracuse 21, Rhode Island 14
Idaho 44, North Dakota 14
Washington State 59, UNLV 7
No. 5 Florida State 62, Charleston
Southern 10
Ole Miss 42, Southern Illinois 24
Temple 41, Akron 3
Buffalo 35, Stony Brook 7
Wyoming 45, Texas State 10
No. 10 Nebraska 42, Fresno State 29
No. 14 Arkansas 52, New Mexico 3
No. 18 Florida 39, UAB 0
No. 22 South Florida 37, Ball
State 7
No. 24 Texas 17, Brigham Young 16
Virginia 34, Indiana 31
Navy 40, Western Kentucky 14
Bowling Green 58, Morgan State 13
Ohio 30, Gardner-Webb 3
Houston 48, North Texas 23
Arkansas State 47, Memphis 3
Kansas 45, Northern Illinois 42
Louisiana-Lafayette 20, Kent State 12
Louisiana Tech 48, Central
Arkansas 42 (OT)
Georgia Tech 49, Middle
Tennessee 21
Louisiana-Monroe 35, Grambling
State 7
Southern Methodist 28, UTEP 17
Western Michigan 38, Nicholls
State 7
USC 23, Utah 14
Vanderbilt 24, Connecticut 21
No. 2 LSU 49, Northwestern State 3
Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31
Utah State 54, Weber State 17
UCF 30, Boston College 3
UCLA 27, San Jose State 17
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Kick coming to
Annual competition takes place Monday,
Sept. 26, at Gaylord High School football
field from 5-6:30 p.m.
GAYLORD The annual
NFL Punt, Pass & Kick
Contest returns to Gaylord
on Monday, Sept. 26. The
competition will be staged at
the Gaylord High School
football field from 5 to 6:30
Male and female age
groups are 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-
13 and 14-15. The contest is
free to enter. Participants
must wear sneakers and are
not permitted to wear cleats.
All who participate need a
parent-signed registration
form. Registration can be
done on site or online at
The winners of each age
group will advance to the
sectional round. The winners
from each group will need to
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Local teams vie in Mud Run
Joburgs DeLuca is medalist among the ladies with Cheboygans Paull taking medal honors in
the 9-10 girls race; Petoskey takes third, Gaylord fourth in boys team competition
By Mike Dunn
al Charlevoix Mud Run drew
a large field of participants
once again, including several
teams from the coverage area
of the Weekly Choice. The
Mud Run format features a 9-
10 race and an 11-12 race for
boys and girls with the over-
all results of each race calcu-
lated in the team scores.
Meridith DeLuca of
Johannesburg-Lewiston had
the finest individual achieve-
ment among local teams
competing. DeLuca, a hard-
striding two-time state quali-
fier for the Cardinals, took
first place overall in the girls
11-12 race in an outstanding
Mud Race time of 20:08.
Meridiths strong time helped
her team to finish eighth in
the standings among the 25
girls teams.
In the girls 9-10 race, it
was freshman Mandy Paull of
Cheboygan taking top hon-
ors with her finish in 20:40.
Paull helped the Chiefs to
claim 14th place in the final
team standings.
In the boys race, Petoskey
was the top local team, tak-
ing third place with Gaylord
close behind in fourth. Other
area teams were Alba (10),
Mackinaw City (11),
Cheboygan (13), Gaylord St.
Mary (16), Inland Lakes (18),
Johannesburg-Lewiston (19)
and Grayling (26).
Petoskey senior Freddie
Liederbach was the top local
finisher among the boys, tak-
ing fourth in the boys 11-12
race in 18:00 flat with senior
teammate Logan Hensley
(18:42, 12th) next followed by
freshman Mark Smith
(18:55), who was third overall
in the 9-10 race. Senior Jack
Touran (18:56, 15th) and
Spencer Nemecek (18:57,
16th) were the fourth and
fifth Petoskey finishers with
freshman Caleb Mitchum
(19:06, fourth) the sixth.
For Gaylord, senior
Charlend Howard had an
outstanding day, taking sec-
ond overall in the boys 11-12
race behind Cadillac senior
Ryan Hearth in an excellent
Mud Run time of 17:33.
Fellow senior Nate Fisher was
close behind, taking seventh
overall in 18:09 to also earn a
medal, followed by seniors
Ian Callison (19:07, 18th) and
Jake Pasternak (19:28, 26th).
The top finisher in the 9-10
race for the Blue Devils was
feisty freshman Collin
Manusko (20:02), who took
13th and was Gaylords No. 5
man on the day. Seniors
Chris Ryan (20:10, 35th) and
Sean Hope (20:23, 39th) were
the sixth and seventh finish-
For Alba, senior Eric Irish
earned the No. 1 team spot
with his 37th-place time of
20:14 in the 11-12 race, with
freshmen Charlie Lord
(21:05, 26th) and Andrew
Millard (21:31, 30th) second
and third followed by senior
Gary Pawson (22:15, 59th)
and freshman Brandin
Milbocker (23:06, 52nd).
For Mack City, senior
Heath Welch (19:40) was the
top finisher, taking 29th over-
all in the 11-12 race.
Freshman Hunter Kilpatrick
(21:24), who took 29th in the
9-10 race, was the No. 2 fin-
isher followed by Dale Stark
(21:54), Connor Kintz (22:15)
and Chandler Lawson
For Cheboygan, the No. 1
finisher was senior Seth
Duncan (19:16, 22nd) fol-
lowed by freshman Max
Pletcher (20:13, 14th) and
seniors Jon Clark (22:57), Joe
Stacks (24:56) and Gavin
McNeil (28:07).
For Gaylord St. Mary,
Dylan Masko (20:53) was
44th in the 11-12 race and
Adam Makarewicz (21:35)
was 31st in the 9-10 race.
Luke Brown (21:36) was the
Snowbirds No. 3 runner fol-
lowed by Zach Couture
(28:11) and Aaron Crawfis
For I-Lakes, the No. 1 run-
ner was Josh Passino in 20:19
and he was 38th in the 11-12
race. Travis Jensen (21:38)
was 32nd in the 9-10 race.
Nate Pritchett (23:35) was the
No. 3 Bulldog harrier fol-
lowed by Zach Flarek (24:11).
For Johannesburg-
Lewiston, Andrew
Morehouse turned in a
strong individual perform-
ance, finishing in 19:55 to
take 11th overall in the 9-10
race. Race Radke (23:50) was
60th in the 9-10 race. Nick
House (25:18) was the No. 3
Cardinal harrier.
For the North Trails squad,
Seth Westphal (22:23) was
61st in the 11-12 race and
Caleb Buttigieg (24:14) was
62nd in the 9-10 race.
For Grayling, Curtis Wilson
(23:38) was the lone competi-
tor among the boys.
IN THE GIRLS competi-
tion, Gaylord earned sixth
place with a combined time
of 1:54:30 followed by
Petoskey (1:55:46) and
Johannesburg- Lewi st on
(1:58:12) in seventh and
For Gaylord, Katelynn
Dreyer was the top finisher,
taking 14th overall in the 11-
12 race in a time of 22:15. She
was followed by Geena Duff
(22:23), who was 16th in the
11-12 race. Megan Borgeson
(22:58) was 21st and No. 3 for
Gaylord followed by Maria
Warren (23:19), Paige Hypio
(23:35) and Noelle Warren
For Petoskey, Sarah Goble
(21:16) shined, taking sev-
enth and earning a medal in
the 9-10 race. Sydney Hopp
(22:22) took 16th in the 9-10
race and was second among
the Lady Northmen harriers
followed by Kathy Rajewski
(23:14), Rachel Brillinski
(24:17) and Claire Brummer
For Johannesburg-
Lewiston, Nicole Bush
(22:59) crossed the finish line
after DeLuca, taking 22nd
overall in the 11-12 race, fol-
lowed by Nadine Peterson
(23:41), Chloe Johnston
(25:04) and Katie Kierczynski
I-Lakes earned 13th place
in the girls team standings.
Hannah Passino paced the
Bulldogs with her 24:22 time,
good for 45th in the 11-12
race. Rebecca Step (25:09)
strode to the No. 2 spot for
the Bulldogs followed by
Sadee LaLonde (28:13) and
Rebekah Dragowski (29:05).
For Cheboygan, Maria
Grantner (27:30) was the No.
2 finisher behind Paull fol-
lowed by Alissa Gahn (29:15)
and Kali Hancock (30:13).
Alba took 15th place in the
girls standings. Erin Douglas
(25:01) was 41st in the 9-10
race and tops for the Wildcats
followed by Anna Bigger
(26:58), Emily Harris (27:49)
and Brandy Strouse (28:25).
North Trails earned 17th
place among the ladies. Julie
Tilotson (25:10) crossed the
line first followed by Amy
Rhudy (26:25) and Amanda
Derengowski (27:31).
For Gaylord St. Mary,
Chrissy Smith had a
respectable 33rd place finish
in the 11-12 race with her
Mud Run time of 23:38.
Savanah Sullivan (28:15) was
the Snowbirds No. 2 finisher
followed by Natalie
Burzynski (29:53).
For Mack City, the No. 1
runner was Hailee Pacquet
(25:56), who was 60th in the
11-12 race. Olivia Heimforth
(27:30) was the Comets No. 2
finisher followed by fresh-
man Ainsley MacLean
For Grayling, Jo Hamlin
(24:50) was the No. 1 finisher,
earning 53rd overall in the
11-12 race, followed by Brie
Koves (28:30) and Caitlin
Prosser (32:22).
In the two-mile Middle
School Mud Run, Luke
Passino of I-Lakes came in
first overall with a fine effort,
crossing the line in 15:03.
The kids ran hard today,
said I-Lakes coach Sarah
Furman. It was hot, and they
had many obstacles to run
through and over today. They
had a lot of fun getting
Boys Team Standings
1. Cadillac
2. Charlevoix
3. Petoskey
4. Gaylord
5. Harbor Springs
6. Rogers City
7. T.C. St. Francis
8. T.C. West
9. Central Lake
10. Alba
11. Mackinaw City
12. Suttons Bay
13. Cheboygan
14. Lake Leelanau St. Mary
15. Maple City Glen Lake
16. Gaylord St. Mary
17. Ellsworth
18. Inland Lakes
19. Johannesburg-Lewiston
20. Kalkaska
21. North Country Trails
22. Dearborn Edsel Ford
23. Bellaire
24. East Jordan
25. Newberry
26. Grayling
Girls Team Standings
1. T.C. Central
2. Charlevoix
3. Harbor Springs
4. T.C. West
5. Cadillac
6. Gaylord
7. Petoskey
8. Johannesburg-Lewiston
9. T.C. St. Francis
10. Ellsworth
11. Rogers City
12. Newberry
13. Inland Lakes
14. Cheboygan
15. Alba
16. Kalkaska
17. North Country Trails
18. Gaylord St. Mary
19. Dearborn Edsel Ford
20. Mackinaw City
21. Grayling
22. Maple City Glen Lake
23. Bellaire
24. Central Lake
25. Lake Leelanau St. Mary
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