The Marion Serving Marion, McBain and Osceola County VOLUME 126, NO. 13 Press FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015 75 Cents USPS 329-840 Established 1889 For news you want to read every week • Read us online at www.marion-press.com • Facebook.com/themarionpress • 231-743-2481 Photo by Steve Landon MAILING LABEL Racers launch off the line at the snap of the green ﬂag in front of the historic Marion grandstand. Marion schools hope to raise $5 million with May bond issue Great weather makes Snowfest special for 2500 By Steve Landon By Rosemary Horvath Correspondent ministered at the start of the school year. By testing students later So far this winter seain the year will be more son, Marion students have of a testament to where had nine regular school students are in the current days cancelled, includyear, Meier said. ing Wednesday when the Grades 3-8 will be testdistrict was the only one in ed on English language arts Osceola County to close. and mathematics, grades 4 Calling off school seems and 7 on science, grades 5 the least favorite decision and 8 on social studies and for Mort Meier, school 11th graders will have the superintendent and elemen- Michigan Merit Exam. tary school principal. All testing will be com“But roads this mornpleted online. “Marion’s ing were impassable,” he technology is ready,” Meier explained from his ofﬁce said. “We shouldn’t have Wednesday. any problems,” noting the Meier decided against district’s connectivity, work having school buses stations and computer labs navigate snow-packed rural will meet the demand. roads with strong winds whipping against waiting MARION BOND students. ISSUE State law limits the School ofﬁcials will number of school cancella- reach into the community tions to six before students to outline the district’s bond must make-up lost sessions proposal starting in March. at the end of a school year. Voters will be asked at This month Rep. Phil the May election to approve Potvin R-Cadillac introa levy of 1.75 mills to raise duced House Bill 4157 nearly $5 million over ﬁve that would offer districts years for building improveﬂexibility and change the ments and district upgrades. limit to nine days without Meier says he will attend requiring make-up days. township board meetings Winter weather last year to explain the proposal interrupted Marion schools and distribute informafor 11 days. tion. Public forums will be Meier sees drawbacks scheduled as well. from stop-and-start sesAt the same election, sions. Students beneﬁt voters statewide will decide from consistency learning on a measure labeled material. “I miss when Proposal 1 that became a school isn’t in session and compromise by both sides I miss the kids. It’s better of the aisle when neither for kids when they are in chamber could resolve a school and have a steady way to pay for road and regular dose of learning,” bridge repair. he said. But the measure doesn’t Winter weather will impact only the transportaend (hopefully) by the tion infrastructure. Also time students take the new impacted is the general Michigan Student Test of fund, schools, mass transit, Educational Progress, or local revenue sharing for M-STEP, in April. This municipal governments measurement of a student’s and the Earned Income Tax achievement replaces credit. MEAP testing, long the Weather has prevented standard in Michigan adContinued on Page 3 A ﬁre investigator put cause of the ﬁre in the battery area that ignited the tractor. Winterfield fire damages equipment By Rosemary Horvath Correspondent Winterﬁeld Township dairy farmer Clarence Martin walked toward the barn pole building around 4 a.m. Saturday when he saw smoke pouring out and called 911. Wednesday night he still had not fully learned what is salvageable from the two loader tractors, a Bobcat loader and a regular tractor damaged by ﬁre. Vendors are accessing the equipment and heat could have destroyed the hydraulic lines. “That would cost too much to repair, Marin said. A ﬁre investigator put cause of the ﬁre in the battery area that ignited the tractor. Temperature was higher Saturday morning and the wind was blowing toward the west and away from the house and other buildings. Rafters and metal of the pole building received damage but “it’s still standing and has smoke damage,” the owner said. The Martin farm is at 9645 N. Kirby Avenue, about a mile and a half north of 20 Mile, in Clare County. It has a Marion mailing address. The Marion Community Fire Department covered the ﬁre. Fire Chief David Turner was unavailable for this story. Assistance was provided by Missaukee County’s McBain Community Fire Department and Clam Union Township Fire Department. McBain had been to a ﬁre every day that week, Martin was told. Photos by Lance Minzey After several weeks of subzero temperatures and bitter cold wind chills mother nature released he icy grip long enough to give over 2,500 snowmobile enthusiast an opportunity to enjoy a comfortable day among friends at the Seventh Annual Marion Snowfest, February 21st at the Marion Fairgrounds/ Veterans Memorial Park. Presented by the Marion Snowmobile Club, the Marion Snowfest is the biggest winter event in the area drawing snowmobilers from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Ontario Canada. Packed into one exciting day the festival features a snowmobile swap meet, vintage show and the ever popular vintage snowmobile racing on the iced fairground oval. Faced with competition from several Michigan vintage events some ﬁgured race and show entries would be down substantially, however, the group held their own. Over 254 race sleds took the green ﬂag on the oval, several show entries kept visitors busy throughout the day. A few high speed spills kept race fans on the edge of their seats, however, no one was injured and racing went on without a hitch. Veteran Bob Lockhart of Leroy, Mich., was the top local winner posting victories in 1975 & Older Continued on Page 5 Photo by Steve Landon A popular event at the Marion Snowfest is the HR Single Two Man race, better known as the Hot Dog race. In the ﬁrst lap the passenger eats a hot dog, in the second lap the riders switch places and balance a cup of water around the track. The one with the most water in their cup at the ﬁnish line wins. Although these fellas did not win they had a great time bringing hay bales back with them, which could explain why they did not take the checkered. Get a copy of The Marion Press Weather For the week of March 1 - 7 Sunday: Hi 29o, Lo 11o o AM Show Showers o Monday: Hi 31 , Lo 13 Tuesday: Hi 31o , Lo 17o Snow Wednesday: Hi 25o , Lo 8o AM Clouds/PM Sun Thursday: Hi 21o , Lo 1o Snow Showers o o Friday: Hi 22 , Lo 8 o Mar Partly Cloudy $29 in county $35 out of county Partly Cloudy o Saturday: Hi 25 , Lo 10 Mostly Cloudy Weather Recap For the week of February 22-28 Hi Temp Last Week: Saturday 22o Lo Temp Last Week: Sunday -9o i- The Marion Community Fire Department covered the ﬁre. Assistance was provided by McBain Community Fire Department and Clam Union Township Fire Department. for a years’s subscription Call us:231-743-2481 Page 2 - The Marion Press - February 27, 2015 Farwell brothers both fighting cancer By Pat Maurer Correspondent Imagine ﬁnding out your child has cancer. Then imagine the worry, the treatments, juggling doctor and hospital visits, all while dealing with the pain and stress your child – and the whole family – is suffering through. Now just double all of that and you might have an idea of what one Farwell family, Tamara and Brad Mallery and sons Michael, 19, and Daniel Coronado, 18, are going through right now. Both boys were diagnosed with cancer last fall. Michael was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma September 2nd, just after his ﬁrst few days as a Delta College student. Also called Hodgkin ’s disease, it is a type of lymphoma, in which cancer originates from white blood cells called lymphocytes. The disease occurrence shows two peaks: the ﬁrst in young adulthood (age 15–35) and the second in those over 55 years old. The overall ﬁve-year survival rate in the United States for 2004–2010 is 85 percent. A 2013 graduate of Farwell High School, Mike’s college education has been put on hold while he has been going through six months of bi-weekly infusion treatments with another four months to go. The cancer of the blood was in stage 2 when it was diagnosed. “He hasn’t beaten it yet,” his mother Tammy said. “We recently found out he has an enlarged lymph node right behind his heart. We will ﬁnd out March 5 if he will have surgery or another type of treatment for it.” “Finding out Mike had Hodgkin’s was devastating,” said his mother Tammy. “Then just 45 days later we found out Danny had cancer too.” He was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma. Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer. The two main forms of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Lymphoma occurs when cells of the immune system called lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, grow and multiply uncontrollably. There are four types of lymphoma that affect T cells. These account for perhaps one in ten cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. With intensive chemotherapy, the complete remission rate can be very high. Daniel is a senior at Farwell High School. After a check-up for an enlarged lymph node in his neck, he was diagnosed with TCell Lymphoma. Danny’s projected 18 months of treatment started October 15. He is treated with antiviral medication and oral chemotherapy medication weekly and treated monthly by infusions through a port. Doctors said because Mike was already diagnosed, Danny got an early diagnosis of his cancer. Tammy said doctors believe the lymphoma both sons suffer from is genetic. She has lupus, a chronic inﬂammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inﬂammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. While there’s no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms. Both boys get treatment at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Tammy and husband Brad have been taking it one day at a time. In an average week, she said there are two to three appointments to get to for blood draws, scans, chemotherapy treatments and checkups. “So many times we have to split up the boys,” she said. “I go one direction with one and Brad goes another direction with the other son.” Both Mike and Danny are handling the situation Mike Coronado Danny Coronado surprisingly well, Tammy said. “They both have an extreme mind set to get through this.” She continued, “Doctors have said they are young, strong and healthy and the chances are good for them to beat the cancers.” The brothers both have plans for the future. After graduation Danny will attend either Oakland University of Ferris State next year, where he hopes to begin his studies towards a law degree. Mike hopes to continue college with on-line classes. “Danny has had a harder time dealing with having cancer,” she said. “He is a quiet, private person and doesn’t like everyone to know about it. He is dealing with it better now though,” she added. Tammy said Mike is having a harder time with the reaction to treatment. Some of his medication had to be stopped because it was damaging his heart. “He has had more problems with the chemo and has lost weight,” she added. “He is tired most of the time.”. Danny is still attending school although with treatments and other appointments it makes for a busy schedule. “I am extremely proud of him,” Tammy said. “Since school started he has only missed about eight days and most of those were for appointments.” The family has had a lot of support from friends and the close knit Farwell community. SCHMIDT REALTORS® One friend, Dustin Bauer, came up with an idea to help out. Together with about 10 to 12 other classmates, friends and teammates ranging in age from 16 to 18, the group put together a special beneﬁt for Mike and Danny at the Moose Lodge last Saturday. Both of the Coronado brothers attended the beneﬁt, which raised about $10,000 to help out with the costs of their treatment. Proceeds from a basketball game and a beneﬁt dance at Farwell High School added another $2.000 to the funds raised for the family. And, it’s not over yet. Another fundraiser at Red’s Oakridge station will offer low, low prices for gasoline and a “full-service” crew of students to service each vehicle while accepting donations. “They will pump gas for tips,” Tammy said. She also said SAL, the Sons of American Legion, will sponsor a bowling tournament at Gateway Lanes with all proceeds from the event going to the family. “The beneﬁt last Saturday was amazing,” Tammy said. It was standing room only. I can’t express my appreciation enough to the students who are helping the boys through these fundraisers.” She continued, “And the school system at Farwell has been beyond amazing with support from staff members who watch over Danny, and go out of their way to help whenever we need it. This amazing Farwell community has also stepped up for us. Over 100 businesses and community members have donated to help our family.” Tammy, Brad, Mike and Danny have lived in Farwell for seven years, moving here from the Beaverton area. Tammy is originally from West Branch. The couple also have an older son Steven, who lives in Glennie, MI. Tammy Mallery, Mike and Danny’s mother. For all your Real Estate needs call Heather Root with over 20 years of experience. 231-645-8441 [email protected] Each Ofﬁce Is Independently Owned And Operated 2721 Sunnyside Dr. Cadillac, MI 49601 Suet Cakes 99¢ Variety of kinds Marion Lumber Yard 606 N. 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The Right Place, the Martin Meier, Marion Grand Rapids-based Superintendant economic development other sports will remain in agency for West Michigan, the Highland Conference.” is facilitating the online Bridge Conference has survey to assess needs of been evolving and expand- the business community, ing. Russell said every year including technological more schools go to 8-man teams for the same reasons Marion did. School enrollment has been decreasing along with the population of the age group. Also, not as many students go out for football. “Bridge continues to grow and change,” he said. The boundaries are getting FOOTBALL close to Marion as more SCHEDULE public and charter schools Athletic Director John join. Russell, also Marion High Bridge has been 2-tier School principal, has nearand is looking to add a tier. ly lined up opponents for the next football schedule. In other words, added to schools in the Upper Pen“We are set to go 8-man,” he said. “We have insula and Lower Peninsula regions would be a mixed eight of our nine dates region “just for football,” ﬁlled at the varsity level and we’re working on a ju- Russell said. Jason Shannon Basketball, track, nior varsity schedule which baseball, softball and volis a little harder.” Troopers from the Schools are Peck, Man- leyball would remain with Michigan State Police Mt. istee Catholic, Deckerville, the Highland Conference Pleasant Post conducted even if or when football Big Rapids Crossroads, a joint investigation with Lawrence and Covert. Rus- changes. Meanwhile, Russell said the Michigan State Police sell said Manistee will be Sixth District Internet there are games scheduled played a second time and Crimes Against Children have a bye week then ﬁnish this week to make up for Unit, the United States games that were cancelled the season with Kingston. Department of Homeland because of weather. Marion is looking into Except for lousy weath- Security, Wichita Kanjoining the Bridge Confersas Police and the Clare ence starting with the 2016 er, he’s excited about the County Sheriff Departpositive changes. “Marion season. ment which lead to the has a great future. Kids “Then we’d have a full arrest of a Clare County are working hard and I’m schedule for JV and Varcouple on multiple sex sity,” Russell said. “All the happy to be here.” crime charges. In January 2015, investigators learned Jason Shannon; a 41 year old Clare County man had been trading Child Sexually Explicit Materials with another male in the state of Kansas. Agents from Weekly Report February property damage accident the Department of Home15, 2015 to February 21, 2/19/2015 An ofland Security and Inves2015 ﬁcer was dispatched to a tigators from the Wichita 2/16/2015 An ofﬁcer trespassing complaint –the Police Department conconducting a follow up subject had left prior to the ducted an investigation discovered an unserved war- ofﬁcer’s arrival in the state of Kansas rant – subject was arrested 2/21/2015 An ofﬁcer and taken to jail was dispatched to Wesco for which led to the development of the suspect, Jason 2/16/2015 An ofﬁcer a Harassment complaint – Shannon, a registered sex received a criminal sexual the aggressor had left prior offender in the state of conduct complaint – the to the ofﬁcer’s arrival Michigan. Investigators matter is still under investi2/21/2015 An ofﬁcer executed a search wargation was dispatched to a neighrant on Jason Shannon’s 2/18/2015 An ofﬁcer bor dispute over property Sheridan Township home received a criminal sexual exchange – subjects were and seized computers and conduct complaint – the advised to resolve the matequipment used in the matter is still under investi- ter in small claims court downloading and distrigation 2/21/2015 An ofﬁcer bution of the sexually 2/18/2015 An ofﬁcer was dispatched to a noise abusive material. responded to a breaking and complaint – a warning was In a subsequent invesentering complaint – the given tigation, investigators matter is still under investi2/22/2015 An ofﬁcer discovered Jason Shannon gation was dispatched to assist on and his female compan2/19/2015 An ofﬁcer was an investigation of a stolen ion; Crystal Little, a 32 dispatched to a two vehicle vehicle complaint Continued from Page 1 Meier and the 10 other members of the District Superintendents Committee from meeting, so Meier is unaware of how schools would beneﬁt from Proposal 1. On the surface, he is not opposed to personally paying more taxes. Proposal 1 would increase the state sales tax from 6 percent o 7 percent. “I don’t mind paying an extra penny on the dollar to ﬁx roads. Taxes pay for a lot of community resources such as ﬁre, police and other things that are important. Our roads need ﬁxing.” Meier’s focus is concentrated the Marion bond issue. infrastructure. The 20-question survey can be accessed from the county’s website. For more information, contact Dan Massy, community coordinator. Other counties participating with the survey are Lake, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, Montcalm, Muskegon, Allegan, Barry, Ionia and Kent. Osceola County will begin accepting inmates from Wexford County July 1. County commissioners approved a new 12-month jail agreement to help Two arrested for sex crimes Evart Police Crime Log Crystal Little year old Sheridan Township woman, may have been sexually assaulting a child as well, to which they subsequently confessed to investigators. On February 24, 2015, the 80th District Court issued a 27 count felony warrant for Jason Shannon on charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct, Child Sexually Abusive Activities, Using a Computer in the Commission of a Felony, Providing Sexually Explicit Material to a Minor, Sex Offender Registration Violation, Habitual Offender, and Weapons charges based on charges authorized by Clare County Prosecuting Attorney, Michelle Ambrozaitis. The court also issued a three count felony warrant for Crystal Little on charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct, Providing Sexually Explicit Material to a Minor, and Aiding and Abetting charges based on charges authorized by Michelle Ambrozaitis. Jason Shannon and Crystal Little were arrested without incident and lodged in the Clare County Jail on February 24, 2015. They were arraigned in the 80th District Court on February 25, 2015. Jason Shannon’s bond was set at $1,000,000.00. Crystal Little’s bond was set at $100,000. The couple remains lodged in the Clare County Jail. Osceola County Sheriff’s Crime Log On 02-11-2015 a deputy was dispatched to a Sylvan Township juvenile detention home on the report of an assault and battery complaint. Through investigation it was discovered that 2 clients had assaulted each other over a minor disagreement. The deputy completed his investigation and forwarded this report to probate court for charges. On 02-12-2015 deputies were dispatched to a Sylvan Township home on the report of a possible domestic assault complaint where both parties were separated. Upon arrival the scene was secured, and through investigation it was discovered that a possible assault did occur between 2 subjects involved in a domestic relationship. Since both parties were separated, the deputies cleared the scene and forwarded their report to the prosecutor’s ofﬁce for charges. On 02-12-2015 a deputy received credible information on an Evart City subject, who had a valid Osceola County warrant issued for their arrest. The deputy arrived at said location, took the wanted subject into custody and transported them to the Osceola County Jail without incident. On 02-13-2015 deputies investigated 2 vehicle crashes which occurred within Richmond and Hersey Townships. On 02-13-2015 deputies conducted a court-ordered mental transport to a Kent County mental hospital. The transport was completed without incident, and the deputies returned to the county upon completion. 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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce would like to remind citizens to report any and all suspicious activity that is observed within their neighborhoods, and to contact the sheriff’s ofﬁce if you have any information pertaining to the above complaints. Wexford alleviate jail overcrowding. Ten beds will be reserved for Wexford inmates at a cost of $30 per bed per day regardless of whether the beds are occupied or not. Osceola will be on-call fore more beds if needed at a rate of $28 for 11 to 20 beds and $26 for beds 21 to 30. Commissioners also agreed to the Commission on Aging recommendation to continue the Meals on Wheels program at the Marion Eagles. Times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program will pay the post $150 monthly. If additional times are needed for congregate senior dining and senior education programs and activities, prior approval will be required. With their input, Chairman Larry Emig has assigned additional duties to commissioners. 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Note: If a metal roof isn’t hot rolled, it has a prorated warranty 36” Cover Width OUR NAME SAYS IT ALL AUTHORIZED DEALER Local musicians play the national anthem while veterans pay tribute to the greatest nation on earth prior to the start of racing action. Continued from Page 1 Vintage Pro and 1980 & Older Trail Stock Fan/Free Air. Other area winners were; Eric Williams of Marion, James Bazuin of McBain, Jordan Oudman and Mike VanPolen of Marion, and James Gibel of Lake City, Mich. Thanks to hard working volunteers, contributing sponsors, and the best racer and winter sports fans in Michigan the Marion Snowfest was a total success. Next up on the clubs agenda the Marion Snowmobile Swap Meet in October. The Marion Snowmobile Club is an all volunteer organization whose efforts and hard work make the Snowfest happen, without them the event would not be possible. They are in need of volunteers, to get involved contact Rich at 231-878-2746 or Todd at 231-846-1928 or Kelly at 231-825-0166. PUBLIC NOTICE OF STATE-OWNED OIL AND GAS RIGHTS TO BE OFFERED FOR LEASE AUCTION Lands under consideration for oil and gas leasing include acreage in the following counties: ALLEGAN, ARENAC, BAY, CLARE, CRAWFORD, GLADWIN, INGHAM, ISABELLA, KALKASKA, MECOSTA, MIDLAND, MISSAUKEE, MONTCALM, MONTMORENCY, OSCEOLA, OSTEGO, ROSCOMMON, SAGINAW, and WEXFORD. On May 4, 2015, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will offer, at an oral-bid public auction, approximately 130,000 acres of state-owned oil and gas lease rights in those Michigan counties indicated herein. More detailed information regarding location of the nominated parcels is available at www.michigan.gov/dnrmaps, under Minerals & Geology, select Nomination Maps; or by calling 517-284-5844. Written comments from interested parties relative to the classiﬁcation of any description must be received by Minerals Management (MM) at the address speciﬁ ed herein NO LATER THAN April 6, 2015 Final approval of proposed classiﬁ cation will be set at the sole discretion of the Director of the DNR. Registration of bidders will begin at 8:00 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, and continue throughout the auction. Registration will be at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI. Bids may be submitted by individuals of legal age, a partnership, corporation, or other legal entity qualiﬁed to do business in Michigan. Prospective bidders will be required to submit a valid government-issued photo identiﬁ cation (ID) which may be retained by DNR staff until bidder cards are returned and all successful bids are paid in full. In addition, if the bidder is not on the authorized bidder list, they will be required to submit a security deposit in order to register. The security deposit must be a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $5,000 made payable to “State of Michigan.” The security deposit will be returned to the registered bidder after their bidder card is returned and all successful bids are paid in full. Prospective bidders can contact Ms. Kimberly Venne at 517-284-5912 or [email protected] prior to the auction to conﬁrm they are on the authorized bidder list. (In order to be placed on the authorized bidder list, the individual must have been a successful bidder at a previous State of Michigan Oil and Gas Lease Auction; not have an outstanding balance owed; and not be on the DNR Hold Action List.) Offering of lease rights will begin at 9:00 a.m. at a minimum bid of $10 per acre and will continue until all descriptions have been offered. Additionally, at the auction’s end and at the option of the DNR, parcels for which no bids are received may be re-offered at a minimum bid of $2 per acre. The total bonus must be paid at the time of check out for all lease rights which receive successful bids. Prospective bidders who do not have an established credit rating with the DNR through prior leasing of state-owned minerals, must pay at least one-half of the TOTAL bonus bid by cash, certiﬁ ed check, cashier’s check, or money order. A credit rating may be established by ﬁ ling with MM three letters of reference, acceptable to the DNR, one of which must be a bank. In no instance will the DNR accept “site drafts,” even if noted as a “zero-day site draft.” An auction catalog showing the legal description of the lands proposed to be offered and parcel classiﬁcations will be available after April 9, 2015, at www.michigan.gov minerals, select Oil and Gas Lease Auction Information; or by contacting staff at DNR-MM, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952; or 517-284-5844. 9” 9736 South Tobacco Road Clare, MI 48617 Clip and Save Above: Visiting from Leroy, Michigan Seth Duncan captured 120 improved on his Arctic Cat. Statewide Delivery Business: 989.386.3013 It’s Time to Vote! On Facebook For The Marion Press Most Beautiful Baby It’s Here! How to vote • Voting begins February 20, 2015 The Marion • Voting ends March 6, 2015 • Go to The Clare County Reviews Facebook page • Like our page and your vote will count • Click on photos • Click on the Beautiful Baby Contest Album • You must like and comment on the babies of your choice for your votes to count. • Only votes in the Beautiful Baby Contest album will count. When sharing the album or desired picture with friends and family make sure you share from the Beautiful Baby Contest album. PRESS Page 6 - The Marion Press - February 27, 2015 Viewpoints Postcard from the Pines Mike’s Musings Michael Wilcox, Publisher/Editor By Julie Traynor -33, when it’s suppose to be 33, what’s the deal? So I went down south for some time in the warm air and sun. I thought I could relax and get a little rest. Was I wrong. The warm air was at best 50 degrees. The sun- well let’s say it rained more than there were sunny days, and relaxation was in bitter short supply as I watched the news each tell of how terrible the weather was up north. Upon returning to the frozen north I learned there was good reason for my consternation. Just like Harrison Schools and Hayes Township, I was the victim of frozen water lines. Before I could deal with the water, however, I had to ﬁgure a way to get in to my driveway. The good ole boys at the Clare County Road Commission had plowed me in again. I thought the object of the road commission was to plow people out, not in. But what do I know- I just love to see my tax monies make my life more difﬁcult. We published a story a few weeks ago about the Road Commission having to go in lockdown mode, because an angry citizen had threatened to shoot them because they wouldn’t stop burying his driveway entrance with snow. He was arrested, as he should have been, but it did prompt several phone calls to this newspaper. The callers, to a one, were angry for the same reason, not understanding why our snowplow drivers can’t be more considerate. I wish old man winter was more considerate. This new weather jargon, ﬁrst El Nino and now the Polar Vortex, has twisted my brain. I keep reading about global warming, yet Central Michigan has endured the two coldest winters on record this year and last. This is the end of February. Sources tell me the average temperature this time of year for us is 33 degrees. That’s right- one degree above freezing. Somehow old man winter has incurred a case of dementia. He got the 33 right, but he messed up on the positive. Instead we’re seeing minus temperatures. I can’t remember multiple days of temperatures -25 and below. That’s actual temperatures, by the way, not including wind chill. Heck a few days were -40 if you want to toss in wind chill. I rejoiced when I got in the car this morning and it registered -4. In the context of the last few weeks, that means we are going to experience a relative heat wave today. But back to the past weekend, when temperatures were -10 to -20, and I had to get my water ﬂowing. I decided the best plan of action was to rent a torpedo heater (thanks Rodney at Resource Rental) and blow hot air on my water lines for 58 Candles on the Flemming’s Clothing cake several hours. So there I was underneath my house, tugging a propane tank and the awkward torpedo heater, in an effort to unfreeze my water lines. After a few hours it worked and water chugged through my kitchen sink. I was lucky. No broken pipes. No need to call a plumber. I just had to endure a day without water. I give a lot of people in this part of the country, credit. Winter is no picnic. Many of us have to deal with cars that won’t start, locks that are frozen shut and heating bills that are astronomical. But we’re still here. I was watching a news reporter on a TV station where I was vacationing down south. She gushed for a couple of minutes (they must have had to kill time) about how she wished she was stationed up north because she had never experienced a real snow fall. All I could think, was lady, I’ll trade places with you any day of the week. Quite frankly, I’m tired of the snow and this frigid cold is about to turn me in to an Eskimo. C’mon Spring, you’re only 21 days away. Reflections By Roger Campbell Ministries The high cost of getting even “I’ll get even with you!” We’ve all heard these ﬁve wounding words and some of us have spoken them, not really being aware of their destructive power or the negative inﬂuence they can have on both the speaker and hearer. This seething desire for retribution can sentence one to the prison of anger; the cell of recurring rage; where revenge is the jailor and release from selﬁshness is the only key to freedom. The desire to get even creates playground bullies, workplace tyrants and miserable marriages. Those who stay angry because they feel life hasn’t been fair can expect their misery to continue until they’ve shed the “get even” com- plex. But how can those enslaved by selﬁshness break free from the desire to get their due from all who they’re convinced owe them? Freedom begins with forgiveness. In his book “Total Forgiveness,” R.T. Kendall posts this freeing statement on the title page: “When everything in you wants to hold a grudge, point a ﬁnger and remember pain, God wants you to lay it all aside.” He then adds that God can enable us to forgive no matter how deeply we’ve been wounded by another person. Our Lord’s ﬁrst words from the cross, “Father, forgive them,” should challenge all who feel they’ve been cheated in life and Want to get our News sent to your e-mail box for free? Just send an e-mail to us at: [email protected] Serving Marion, McBain and Osceola County The Marion Press The Marion Press Marion Press Publishing P.O. Box D • Marion, MI 49665 Phone: 231-743-2481 • Fax: 989-386-2412 Editor/Publisher: Mike Wilcox Advertising Reps: Press Correspondents: Deb Golden & Trish Beemer Ben Murphy, Carol Cope, Rosemary Horvath, Graphic Consultants: Jennifer Bomorra , Sherry Landon & Amber Howe Julie Traynor Email Us At: [email protected] This newspaper is not responsible for mistakes in advertising beyond the cost of the space involved. must get even. Entering the ofﬁce supply store of a man of faith, I asked how he was doing. “Better than I deserve,” he replied. And he could have spoken for us all. Not one of us is worthy of God‘s love or His many blessings; yet He loves us and gives far more than we deserve. A man once came to the noted devotional lecturer, F.B. Meyer, saying he had lost the joy of living. He then explained that his misery had begun when his brother had treated him unfairly at the death of their father, causing a breach between them over their inheritance. At that time, he had vowed never to forgive his brother. Now, however, the brother was going through many trials. His wife and child had died and he was seriously ill. This joyless man wanted to go to his brother and make peace with him but had declared he would never do so. “It is better to break a bad vow than to keep it,” said Meyer, urging the troubled man to go to his brother and be reconciled to him while he had time. “He went and the smile of God went with him,” wrote Meyer, describing the positive results of breaking down barriers between the man and his brother. Who awaits your forgiveness? What barriers now exist between you and another person that ought to be broken down? To whom should you go offering reconciliation instead of seeking revenge? Go! And you will not go alone. Roger Campbell was an author, a broadcaster, and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. We can be reached at [email protected] ameritech.net As long as I can remember, Flemming’s Clothing has been right there; a stable thing on our shrinking Main Street. In fact, the store has been there, looking much the same, since the year I was born. And in a place where we appreciate longevity and can be slow to change, the same folks doing business in the same location for 58 years is a comforting thing. We all know Frank and Janet Flemming and their family. We’ve watched their children and grandchildren grow. If you are old enough, you remember Frank’s sister Rosemary Parkhurst, who started the business. It may have said Flemming’s on the front, but it was known as Rosemary’s. When Frank bought the store it became Flemming’s. That was the biggest change in the transition of owners. Shoppers at the store still found the same quality goods and friendly service. The ﬁrst shoes I had came from Flemming’s. That would be of the softsole, baby shoe variety. The ﬁrst ones I recall going there to purchase were little red leather shoes with a geometric pierced design on the tops; Mary Jane’s for the summer. They fastened on the side with a strap and buckle (which snagged upholstered furniture and punctured the vinyl seat of my chair at the dinner table). I thought them the most wonderful shoes and gave them a summer of hard wear. I was probably four years old. I have to admit that I am particularly fond of shoes and always have been. Flemming’s was the source for those black and white saddle shoes, a hot item in grade school. And those red rubber boots we wore over them in the winter. Most of the grade school boys wore black rubber boots with those metal buckles which clamped shut with a push of the hand. I remember being quite awed by the swiftness with which the boys fastened their boots. The rubbery heels of saddle shoes and the red rubber boots were often at odds with each other and made putting them on quite frustrating. I know I’m not the only one who remembers the ordeal boots could be. When I was a teen in the mid 1960’s and ‘high heels’ were considered a right of passage, the ﬁrst ones I had came from Flemming’s. I had white patent leather heels for Easter. They had pointed toes and two inch ‘spiked’ heels. I thought I had the world by the tail. Another of my favorites, when I was in high school, was a pair of Hush Puppy winter boots which came almost to my knees. They were soft, warm and made of that wonderful suede pig skin for which that brand was famous. I wore them for a number of winters. I’ve thought of those boots several times this cold winter. I’ve had a lot of shoes and boots from Flemming’s over the years. I fondly remember quite a few and wish I still had some of them. The ladies in my family were Flemming’s shoppers. They bought everything from Sunday best to everyday clothes there. Grandma loved hats and dad wore Red Wing work boots. Flemming’s outﬁtted us all. A lot of Marion kids were outﬁtted for school at Flemming’s. They got everything in one visit, shoes, socks and underwear, dresses, jeans, shirts and winter coats. My cousin Sandy and I received what we called our ‘Sister Dresses’ purchased at Flemming’s for us by our Aunt Lola. They were a gift at the start of school. These were brown and blue plaid cotton dresses and we loved them. We thought it the most wonderful thing that we had dresses just alike. It didn’t matter to us that half the girls in town also had this popular style. There may have been other dresses, but these we still remember. It was not long after this that we no longer got things alike. Sandy, the older, thought plaid cotton dresses were for little girls, and as she pointed out, she was not. My ﬁrst job was working for my Aunt Lola and Uncle Bernie at the IGA. It was a natural thing, as I was there a lot anyway. That was the early 1960’s and I made somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 cents an hour. A kid had to work quite a few hours in a week to make a few bucks. The cash went for school activities and supplies and of course, clothes. I couldn’t have been more than 14 years old when Frank Flemming extended a charge account to me, the ﬁrst credit I ever had. Come Saturday and pay day, I would more than likely head next door to Flemming’s and purchase the shoes, jeans or perhaps purse (I’ve always had a weakness there too) which caught my eye, put some money down, charge the rest and happily be on my way. I paid the items off, with ﬁfty cent pieces or dollars, week by week from my pay. Once things were paid up, I’d do it all over again. As I think about it, there are a lot of memories attached to Flemming’s Clothing, beyond the clothing. Their large display window was, for many years, home to Marion’s one and only mannequin. She was a ﬁne and shapely ﬁgure of a woman, with smooth fair skin, an almost smile on her ruby lips and shoulderlength, reddish hair, frozen in a late 1940’s style, much like my mother wore in those days. She always wore new clothes, and never the same thing twice. She peered out upon Main Street for a good 30 years before Janet deemed her ready for retirement before she went to the old mannequin’s home. Old Fashioned Days is not complete without a visit to Flemming’s window to see the display of items related to the year’s theme and Marion’s past. It is reassuring to know that some things do not change. A big thanks for the memories to Frank and Janet. Cooking & Recipes Carol Cope What’s Cooking? Like I stated in last weeks column and it being so cold SOUPS ON!! HEALTHY VEGETABLE SOUP from the kitchen of Faye Dague 1 can French-style green beans 4 cups tomatoes or juice 1 tsp. seasoned salt Brown hamburger & onion. Cook macaroni & drain. In cooking pan combine all ingredients. Bring to boil & serve. This is also very good with corn bread or biscuits. Comes from the kitchen of Virginia Moomey choice Combine all ingredients and mix. Serve now or keep in refrigerator. **Note** I ﬁxed the fruit salad on Sunday and it was consumed very fast!! Yummy good!!!! F R U I T S A LA D I thank the above for the by Linda Baughan use of their recipes in my column and look forward 2 large or 3 small apples for more to come. You (peeled & diced) may send to me at 2592 1 (15 oz.) can crushed Hillcrest Dr., Ionia, Mi, pineapple, in its own juice 48846 or on line at car1 cup miniature marshmal- [email protected] lows I will do more spices Combine all ingredients. 1/4 cup nuts, (optional) and herbs in next weeks Add enough water to cover 1 pkg. sugar free Banana column. all vegetables. Boil fast for Cream Pudding Mix, Until then, remember 10 minutes. Reduce heat ( or your own ﬂavor) your neighbors with some & simmer until vegetables 1 8 oz. Cool Whip or fat goodies. are just tender. free Cool Whip, your God Bless, Carol Jean This freezes well for one meal servings. Also is great served with corn bread. 2 cans diced tomatoes 3 large onions, cut small 1 large can Swanson›s broth (no fat, low sodium) 1 pkg. Lipton chicken noodle soup 1 bunch of celery, cut to bite size 1 pkg. frozen green beans 2 lbs. carrots, sliced thin 2 green peppers, diced add broccoli or cabbage if desired Write Us G O U L A S H (Skinny) (Heart Healthy) 1 1 1 1 1 lb. hamburger medium onion cup macaroni can bean sprouts can mushrooms, sliced This newspaper welcomes public comment in our Letters to the Editor section. Letters should be limited to 350 words or less, printed neatly, or typewritten (double spaced), and must include the authors name and daytime phone number for veriﬁcation only. We reserve the right to refuse Letters to the Editor at our discretion. The Marion Press - February 27, 2015 - Page 7 Community Events Upcoming events should be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance. Email to [email protected] Gopherwood Concerts scheduled for March 14 MARION/FLORIDA SNOWBIRD PICNIC It is that time of year when all the snowbirds from the Marion area are enjoying the Florida sunshine! The annual Marion/Florida Snowbird picnic will be held , Wednesday March 4 at noon at Country Aire Village in Zephyrhills, Florida. We invite all those with any connection to Marion and the surrounding area to join us for a day of visiting and reminiscing. The doors open at 10:00 am for the early arrivals with a potluck at noon. Marionites travel from all over the state of Florida to enjoy this special day. So come join us and bring your favorite dishes to pass and your own table service. Coffee and ice tea will be furnished. Drawings will be held and tickets sold for more drawings. This year will be the election of new Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. Country Aire Village is located at the corner of 23rd Street and CR54 East in Zephyrhills. Entrance is on 23rd Street, third gate south of 54. CRAFT SHOW Easter and much more! Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10am – 3pm at the Green Charter Township Hall, Northland Drive, Paris, MI (Four miles North of Big Rapids). WANTED: ORIGINAL DESIGNS We need original designs for Marion Old Fashion Day Button. Dates: July 31st – August 1, 2015 Theme: Made in Marion. Size: Must ﬁt in 2 1/4” circle. Deadline: April 1, 2015. Leave your design at Flemmings Clothing or mail to: Marion Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 279. Prize: $50.00. Sponsored by the Marion Chamber of Commerce. Stone Circle Poet to Premier new book By Julie Traynor Correspondent On March 14 at 8:00 pm at the Elks Lodge in downtown Cadillac, Gopherwood Concerts will be holding its third annual Made in Michigan FUNdraiser and concert, featuring many of your favorite local musicians and artists, which was declared after the event in recent years by one attendee as “the best Gopherwood ever!” This year a portion of the proceeds will go to Seth Bernard and May Erlewine to help defray medical costs for the baby daughter Iris. They are a special part of the Gopherwood family and have been generous with the musical talents far and wide in the past. So far, the lineup will feature Frank Youngman, Samuel Seth Bernard, Drew Nelson, Mary Sue Wilkinson, Roger Brown, Barry Lempe, Zak Bunce,David Bunce, Tiyi Schippers, and more!!!!in a round-robin format. There will also be a bountiful silent auction at the event, which will be heavily weighted with local products, arts, crafts and one of a kind items. Our featured items will include a 1968 Kamaka Soprano Ukulele, woodworking by local artist Chip Gadek, a house concert by Blake Elliott, autographed music, tickets to the 2015 Hoxeyville Music Festival, posters by past Gopherwood acts and many more items too numerous to mention. Everyone is welcome to Gopherwood Concerts’ shows. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students, and free for kids younger than 12 with an adult. Tickets at the door cost $15 for adults, $7 for students. Pick up your ticket at the After 26 Depot or Toy Town in downtown Cadillac or order by calling (231) 846-8383. Gopherwood Concerts is a small nonproﬁt group located in Cadillac, Mich., whose goal is to bring quality musical entertainment to everyone in the area. For more information about this show, call (231) 846-8383 or visit the Gopherwood Website at gopherwoodconcerts. org. Gopherwood Concerts is afﬁliated with and funded by the Cadillac Arts Council. Marion’s own native son and oral tradition poet, Terry Wooten, founder of the Stone Circle near his home in Elk Rapids, will visit the Marion Public Library on April 30, 2015, to debut his latest book and the ﬁrst anthology of his work. The Stone Circle Poems: the Collected Poems of Terry Wooten is 272 pages and contains the 537 poems he has written and recited at the Stone Circle during his thirty-plus year career. All of Terry’s original works are ﬁrst recited in the oral tradition, a most admirable feat. Terry will recite some of these poems Terry Wooten and autograph copies of his new book during the ninety minute event. The cost of the anthology is $20. Terry Wooten’s visit is part of a Community Event series being developed by the Board of the Marion Public Library, also known as the M. Alice Chapin Memorial Library. Look for more details on this and other upcoming events soon. Wooten photo by Alan Newton. Chapel Hill Pastor Steve Boven Adopt-A-Pets Terrian Treasure TERRIAN is now up to the correct weight and ready for a loving new home! This apx 4-5 month old pup was a little timid upon arrival but now is happy and barks excitedly when someone visits her! She is boxer heeler mix and you can even see the hint of a slant (like a boxer) to her nose! She and her sister have had a DHLPP/Parvo shot upon arrival and have also been wormed. TREASURE (Terrian’s sister) who is such a character here! She is 4-5 months old and we think she’d do best with older children. BOTH still just puppies - Adoption is $40.00 with $35.00 REFUNDED to YOU upon proof of spay and rabies. She too is back up to her correct weight and all she needs is your love! For more information call us at (231) 832-5790. THE TOWNSHIP OF MIDDLE BRANCH TOWNSHIP BOARD OF REVIEW WILL MEET TUESDAY MARCH 10TH, 3PM-9PM AND WEDNESDAY MARCH 11TH, 9AM-3PM FOR THE TAXPAYERS TO REVIEW THE ASSESSMENT ROLL. EQUALIZATION RATIOS AND ESTIMATED MULTIPLIERS. THE TENTATIVE RECOMMENDED EQUALIZATION RATIOS AND MULTIPLYING FIGURES SHALL NOT PREJUDICE THE EQUALIZATION PROCEDURES OF THE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AND STATE TAX COMMISSION. Middle Branch Township Class Ratio Agricultural 47.01 Ratio Commercial 51.09 Ratio Industrial 72.69 Ratio Residential 47.45 Ratio TimberCutover N/C Ratio Developmental N/C Ratio Personal Property 50.00 Ratio Factor 1.06360 Factor 0.97867 Factor 0.68785 Factor 1.05374 Factor N/A Factor N/A Factor 1.00000 Factor PAT BABCOCK, SUPERVISOR Highland Township, Osceola County Marion Township, Osceola County 2015 March Board of Review will meet at the Highland Township Hall 21009 110th Ave. 2015 March Board of Review will meet at 204 E. Main St., Marion, MI. Mon March 9th 2015 9:00 am till 3:00 pm. Wednesday March 11th 2015 3:00 pm till .9:00 pm Mon March 9th 2015 from 3:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Tuesday March 10h 2015 12:00 pm till 6:00pm. Ratio’s and Factors for all classes Ratio’s and Factors for all classes Agriculture Commercial Industrial Residential Personal Property Ratio Factor 49.90 50.06 52.86 50.80 50.00 1.0000 .99880 .94589 .98425 1.0000 Agriculture Commercial Industrial Residential Personal Property Ratio Factor 49.56 52.98 51.41 50.42 50.00 1.0000 .94375 .97257 .99167 1.0000 Roy Kissinger Highland Twp. Assessor Roy Kissinger Highland Twp. Assessor ATTENTION Winterﬁeld Township Residents The Winterﬁeld Township Board of Review will meet at Winterﬁeld Township Hall, 8987 Cook Ave., Marion, MI 49665 on these dates: Organizational: Tuesday March 3rd at 10:00 a.m. First meeting: Monday March 9th at 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Second meeting: Tuesday March 10th 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The ratios are: AGRICULTURAL COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL RESIDENTIAL PERSONAL PROPERTY RATIO FACTOR RATIO FACTOR RATIO FACTOR RATIO FACTOR RATIO FACTOR 54.05 0.92507 N/C N/A 52.30 0.95602 48.82 1.02417 50.00 1.00000 Signed Kathryn M. Decker, Clerk Rose of Sharon Church Pastor Paul Carsten 11435 Haskell Lake Rd., Marion Ph. 231-743-6043 Services: Wed. 7 pm Sunday 10 am Everyone Welcome A Full Gospel Church: Acts 1:8 Page 8 - The Marion Press - February 27, 2015 Games after clerk close coroner custom enable farms ﬂoor foes hostage inquest internal interview junction kneel knife look manage meow month other permit pound power review soon staff storm taken tart television through today vile while window winter year ACROSS 1. Absent Without Leave 5. Seaweed 10. A Freudian stage 14. Opera star 15. Equipment 16. Soft drink 17. Matchless 19. Two-toed sloth 20. Many millennia 21. Compacted 22. Refereed 23. Futile 25. Cite 27. Big wine holder 28. Scientiﬁc agriculture 31. Caps 34. Assumed name 35. Enemy 36. Decorative case 37. Throats (archaic) 38. Falafel bread 39. Indian bread 40. Cars 41. Not earlier 42. Large venomous ray 44. Bird call 45. French for “Sister” 46. Masculine 50. A Musketeer 52. Australian “bear” 54. 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Michael Moorcock team jumpstart the season. “Remote sensors placed Whispering Swarm (Vol Become familiar with pro- on animals and plants will 1 – Sanctuary of the White gram rules, the engineering show how the environment Friars and physics behind events affects them,” Studley said, Sandra Newman and how to create awardseated at a table in the sci- Country of Ice Cream Star winning projects. Room ence center lobby. Jeanette Oke and board provided. ApStudents and faculty Where Trust Lies (Vol 2 plication due end of March will observe these habitats – Return to the Canadian (deadline was extended). on giant screens afﬁxed on West) *e-STEM Research a wall at the science center. Joyce Carol Oates Week: July 20-24 –High Live video will stream Sacriﬁce school and middle school from different locations J.D. Robb students will apply CORE near and abroad, includObsession in Death standards and their knowl- ing the Forest Hill Nature Holly Robinson edge of science and math to Area, an outdoor reeducate Haven Lake real world issues working center for mid Michigan in Mary Russell with college faculty and northern Gratiot County. Epitaph: A Novel of the students. The mini-project What has been an O.K. Corral will be based on a STEM outdoor atrium will be Erica Spindler discipline in laboratories enclosed and serve as loca- First Wife on campus and in the ﬁeld. tion of the science lab. M .O. Walsh Room and board provided. Studley said aim of the My Sunshine Away Application due March 16. new Alma College e-STEM Amanda Ward *Science & Math initiative will increase Same Skye Explorers Week: June 15the number of graduates 19 for students in grades trained in STEM ﬁelds. LARGE PRINT second through ﬁfth. “A component is proJanet Woods Explore math, science and viding new opportunities Moon Cutters engineering topics in a for college students and day-camp setting. Schedule faculty and K-12 schools,” AUDIO BOOKS includes activities, workshe said. Cleo Coyle shops and speakers. Lunch Different age groups Once Upon a Grind and snacks provided. Apwill collaborate and engage 973.7115 plication due April 10. in real-world research and Eric Foner Register online at www. learning. Gateway to Freedom: The alma.edu/e-stem or email Studley also shepherds Hidden History of the [email protected] students and families derground Railroad The camps are a part of through the process of James Patterson a broader picture. choosing a post-secondary Private Vegas Last year Alma College plan whether it involves was awarded a $5 million two or four-year college ADULT NON-FICTION grant from The Herbert H. program or a trade school. 155.9 Yvonne Hebert and Grace A. Dow FounShe said the theory of Rethinking Forgiveness: dation for the creation of the e-STEM initiative is to Mental Tactics to Avoid the Dow Digital Science get more students excited Resentment 155.937 Center that will be a physi- about science through labo- Peggy Hoard cal structure within the ratory and ﬁeld experiences. Questions 204.4 Summer E-stem camps inspire By Rosemary Horvath Correspondent Alma College will help mine scientists of the future from today’s Michigan youth at four camps this summer. The college is offering students and their teachers challenging exercises in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Camps are free and open to sixth through twelfth graders. Camp director Carolyn Studley said the camps are designed to get youth excited about STEM education and to reach out to all kids in Michigan but particularly those who may be underserved in rural areas. Space is limited. Here’s a breakdown: *e-STEM Cooperative Research Experience: June 22-July 24 – A four-week program for middle and high school teachers and students. One teacher brings one student to team up with one college faculty member and one college student to work on a research project using stateof-the-art equipment in the college’s new Dow Digital Science Center. Room and board provided. Teachers receive a $1,500 stipend plus $500 for supplies and equipment. 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By Ben Murphy Sports Writer game throughout, playing to tied scores of 13-13 after one and 25-all at the half. NMC girls dominate Crossroads pulled to a 41Manton 36 lead entering the fourth Northern Michigan quarter and hung on for the Christian slowly built on its ﬁve point win. lead as the night went on “I thought the girls in Manton Tuesday night, played well for not being giving the Lady Comet familiar with them,” Sigabasketball team a 42-29 foose said. “They came in Highland Conference win. with one loss and someNMC led 6-5 after the times that can be intimidatﬁrst quarter and 18-12 ing. We did a lot of things at the half before pulling right but we also can be away to lead 32-19 enterbetter. We’ll see them again ing the fourth. in the playoffs and we’re “It’s tough to play back- getting ready for them.” to-back games but both of Dick led NMC with 18 them were spirited efforts points and eight rebounds, by the girls,” NMC head Heuker had 12 points and coach Casey Sigafoose four boards, Hoekwater said. “I was proud of them, had 10 poitns and Kyle they worked hard tonight Lanser hauled in seven and when we had to we rebounds. turned it on.” The Comets (13-6 overSydney Dick led NMC all, 8-5 Highland) hosts with 16 points and eight Lake City tonight (Friday) rebounds, Malanie Heuker and plays in the class ‘D’ had nine points and eight Big Rapids Crossroads boards and Brittany Hoedistricts next week. kwater had eight points. On Monday, NMC McBain boys beat hosted a non-conference Frankfort game with Big Rapids McBain made quick Crossroads, falling 53-48. work of a talented FrankThe Comets were in the fort boys’ basketball team Tuesday night, easily handling the Panthers 8162 in non-conference boys’ basketball. The Ramblers led 18-16 after the ﬁrst quarter and was tied 31-all at the half before using a good third quarter to lead 54-44 with the fourth left to play. The loss is just Frankfort’s second of the season. Craig Sterk and Jordan Vanderhoef led Mcbain with 20 points apiece, Ty Sterk had 16 points, Cole Powell had nine points, Hunter Kitson had eight points and Logan Elling netted six. On Friday McBain won a road Highland Conference game in Manton, 61-33. The Ramblers got off to a fast start, scoring the contest’s ﬁrst 10 points and led 10-3 after the ﬁrst quarter. The Ramblers jumped to a 27-10 lead by the half and led 20 points for most of the second half. Elling ﬁnished with 13 points, Powell had 12, Ty Sterk netted nine and Craig Sterk put in eight. McBain (15-2 overall, 10-1 Highland) hosted McBain NMC on Thursday and is at Marion on Tuesday. NMC boys top Mason County Northern Michigan Christian used home court advantage to even its season record to 8-8 Tuesday night, topping visiting Mason County Eastern 65-44. The Comets carried a 15-8 lead after the ﬁrst quarter, led 35-23 at the half and 51-36 entering the fourth frame. Jordan Eisenga scored 15 of his 21 points in the ﬁrst quarter, hitting ﬁve three pointers. Kade Ellens had nine points and seven rebounds. On Friday, NMC fell to host Beal City 74-67 in Highland Conference play. The Aggies led 19-15 after the ﬁrst, 32-29 at the half and 50-41 entering the fourth. Ellens led NMC with 16 points, Jonathan Perry had 14, Jonathan Dracht scored nine points, Brett Rodenbaugh netted eight and Jordan Eisinga had eight points and eight rebounds. NMC (8-8) was at McBain on Thursday and hosts Manton on Tuesday. Marion boys fall at Pine River Marion played a tough Highland Conference boys’ basketball game at Pine McBain girls thump River Friday night, sufferMarion ing a 78-32 setback to a The McBain girls’ basteam that is still alive in the ketball team scored early league race. and often and held visiting The Bucks wasted Marion’s offense in check little time taking control, Monday night, picking up holding a 21-6 lead after a 64-24 Highland Conferthe ﬁrst, 44-14 at the half ence win. and led 65-28 entering the The Ramblers left little fourth. doubt from early on, taking Stats for Marion were a 20-5 ﬁrst quarter lead and not available. led 31-11 by the half. The The Eagles played at score would move to be 48- Evart on Thursday, is at 17 with just the fourth left. McBain NMC on SaturSammy VanHouten led day and hosts McBain on McBain with 18 points, six Tuesday. Find the games on Page 8 Live Pain Free EEN AS S V! 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