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									                                                                                                                               Volume 2, No. 28
                                                                                                                            Tuesday, April 27, 2010

LAEF inducts four into Blackhawk Hall of Fame
Barratt, Hart, Samulak and Whipple
receive high school athletic recognition
By Jennifer Shuster                     the state championship as a junior
Publisher                               and a senior. Barratt finished his
                                        high school wrestling career with
     It’s an annual event that ties 160 career wins. He also finished
recognition and good will together second in the pole vault at the state
with a beautiful bow                                      meet while setting
of community spirit. “If it weren’t for a school record
    The Leslie Area                                       with a jump of 14
Educational Foun- people like you, this feet and 2 inches,
dation       (LAEF) program wouldn’t which still stands
sponsored the Leslie                                      today.
Blackhawk Athletic be possible.”                             Barratt thanked
Hall of Fame dinner                                       Coaches Jim Han-
and auction Satur-                  -Hannah Fajnor son and Frohriep,
day night at the                      LMS student & Larry Hook for
Leslie Event Center.
                                Blackhawk Summer media coverage
    The LAEF began                                        and also the whole
the tradition of hon-           Adventure Program Leslie community.
                                                                                                                        Photo by Jennifer Shuster
oring the vision of                                              Hart (de-     The Leslie Area Education Foundation honored four Blackhawk Hall
the late Richard Frohriep in 2003 ceased), Class of 1942, was repre-           of Fame inductees Saturday night at the Leslie Event Center. (L. to
with its first induction ceremony. sented by his cousin Linda Urban.           R.) Linda Urban (represented Don Hart), Sarah Samulak, Joe Barratt
Since then, 28 athletes, coaches and He was said to have dedicated him-        and Bob Whipple.
even teams have been instated.          self to following and supporting all
   Most recently, the 2010 inductees Leslie athletics upon his graduation,     ketball. Samulak was named all-         the football team his junior and sen-
are Leslie High School Graduates planning his free time around at-             league in both sports, as well as the   ior seasons. Whipple still holds the
Joe Barratt, Don Hart, Sarah Samu- tending only Leslie sporting events.        state for track. At the time of her     school record with seven touch-
lak and Bob Whipple.                       “(Hart) made a huge difference      graduation, she held several school     downs against Williamston. He held
   Barratt, Class of 1994, was hon- for me and my brother in our lives,”       records in track (400, 800, high        the school record of rushing 317
ored for his nine varsity letters: four Urban said of Hart.                    jump and 1600 relay) and for bas-       yards in a game until it was broken
in track, four in wrestling and one in      Samulak, Class of 1995, was        ketball (rebounds in a game, season     in 2008.
cross country. He qualified for the honored as a multi-talented two            and career). Samulak finished her          Whipple said he was happy his
individual state wrestling finals all sport athlete. She earned six varsity    high school track career as the state   wife encouraged him to come to the
four years of high school and won letters: four in track and two in bas-       runner-up her senior year and then      induction ceremony. He thanked his
                                                                               went on to run cross country and        Coach Bob VanDyke.
                                                                               track at Lansing Community Col-             All of the inductees received a
                                                                               lege.                                   certificate and an engraved time
                                                                                 Samulak was introduced at the in-     piece.
                                                                               duction ceremony by her father Rick          Throughout the evening, there
                                                                               Samulak who shared a few stories        was a silent auction with several
                                                                               about watching her grow up with         themed baskets, gift certificates and
                                                                               determination and vigor.                also athletic items. There was also a
                                                                                  Samulak thanked the Leslie com-      “surprise” live auction in which two
                                                                               munity, all of her coaches, teachers,   Michigan State University basket-
                                                                               parents and family. She then shared     balls, signed by Coach Tom Izzo,
                                                                               the many values she learned by          were auctioned off for $350 a piece.
                                                                               being an athlete at LHS.                   According to the LAEF, the pro-
                                                                                   Whipple, Class of 1973, was         ceeds from the evening will go to
                                                                               honored as one of the most gifted       helping support the Blackhawk
                                                                               athletes in the history of LHS. He      Summer Adventure Program. This
                                                                               earned six varsity letters: two each    summer will mark the seventh year
                                          Photo by Jennifer Shuster
                                                                               in football, basketball and track.      for the program, which serves ap-
Carol Franz, director of the Blackhawk Adventure Summer Program,
                                                                               Whipple played on two conference        proximately 90 middle school-aged
listens as Leslie students, Hannah and Hailey Fajnor, speak about
                                                                               and district championship basketball    children. The majority of the stu-
the positive benefits they’re received from program.
                                                                               teams. He served as the captain of      dents are qualified as “at risk.”

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                                                       The Leslie Weekly Guardian - Tuesday, April 27, 2010                                   Page 2

Community Calendar                                                                                                   Thank you!
*Mondays - TOPS-1466, Leslie. Support Group            *Wednesday, April 28 - The Leslie City Plan-           The family of Paul Stocks would
for Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Weigh in from          ning Commission will meet in G.A.R. at 6 p.m.           like to thank Eaton Community
5:15-5:45 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on the      *Saturday, May 1 - The Leslie Historical Soci-
corner of Bellevue & Church Streets in Leslie.         ety will sponsor an antiques appraisal fair from
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*Tuesdays - Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 – 5) at        *Tuesday, May 4 - The Leslie City Council will
the Leslie Library at 11 a.m. There will be stories,   meet at G.A.R. Hall at 7 p.m.
                                                                                                              supported us with your prayers,
songs and crafts for preschoolers.                     *Wednesday, May 5 - The Leslie Chamber will              love and support, kind words,
*Fridays - The American Legion in Leslie has           meet at Noon. Call 589-8642 for location.               helping hands, meals, and hugs
Karaoke on the first and third Fridays of the          *Wednesday, May 12 - The Leslie Township
month from 7:30-11:30 p.m.                             Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. in the Leslie
                                                                                                              during Paul's illness and death.
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                                                       The Leslie Weekly Guardian - Tuesday, April 27, 2010                                              Page 3

No warrant issued; Leslie teacher returns to work
By Jennifer Shuster                      down and when he said that, it was        doesn’t excuse her for what she              Several community members
Publisher                                three fingers across the lips, kind of    did,” the father of the student told    have expressed their opinion on the
                                         a mom’s reaction. It wasn’t forceful,     Smith.                                  situation, including Pete Zamora
   After more than six weeks, a sup-     just a reaction, and it was a surprise       The teacher received three days      who spoke during the the public
plemental incident report was re-        reaction,” the teacher told Smith.        off work for the incident and about     comment portion of the last Leslie
cently completed on a complaint of          However, according to the father       another week while the investiga-       Board of Education meeting.
an assault and battery at Leslie Mid-    of the student, he was not informed       tion took place.                            Zamora said he was concerned
dle School that occurred on March        by district administrators when con-         After interviewing the parties in-   with long-term effects on the stu-
3, 2010.                                 tacted that his son’s shirt was appar-    volved and also four student wit-       dent.
   According to the report of the in-    ently grabbed and ripped.                 nesses with conflicting stories,             “I don’t understand why this
vestigation performed by Officer             According to a joint interview        Smith referred the case to the Ing-     teacher has not been fired. To my
Clyde Smith, Principal John Denney       with the father and student, he did       ham County Prosecutor for review.       understanding, she was only given
contacted the Leslie Police Depart-      not swear at the teacher until after         Assistant Prosecutor Eric Matteo     three days off without pay,” he said.
ment that day after being informed       she had made physical contact with        read over the case and a decision       “I’m disappointed in the way this
by a fifth-grade teacher that she had    his face.                                 was made to deny the warrant re-        was handled by the administration.
“tapped” a student’s lips immedi-          “...honestly, I like (teacher). She’s   quest and the case is considered        Obviously, this teacher needs help.
ately after he allegedly swore at her.   been good for (student). She was          closed.                                 In my opinion, this teacher needs to
   “ was more like I was bending    good to him in third grade...but it          She returned to work last week.      be fired.”

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                                                    The Leslie Weekly Guardian - Tuesday, April 27, 2010                                  Page 4

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from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.                 12 p.m., however will be first come     - No Tires
     The City has contracted with      first serve. The City has reserved a    - No Batteries
Northwest Refuse to have open          limited number of dumpsters, once       - No refridgerated appliances (air
topped dumpsters and a compactor       those are full the event will be com-   conditioners, refridgerators).
available. The dumpsters will be lo-   pleted.                                   Dumpsters will be near the Leslie
cated on Commercial Drive in the           The Clean up day is for City        Recycling Center so please bring
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                                                       The Leslie Weekly Guardian - Tuesday, April 27, 2010                                              Page 5

Chamber to sponsor Leslie Area-Wide Yard Sale in August
By Jennifer Shuster                      event like this one also.              work with the Chamber of Com-                 The Leslie Area-Wide Yard Sale
Publisher                                     “I thought there is no reason     merce,” Charnley said. “ So since          will take place on August 13-14 and
                                         (why) Leslie doesn't do this,”         this spring, I have been working           will include all of the Leslie School
   Leslie resident Marie Charnley        Charnley, a retired Leslie Public      with Pam Beegle, Bruce Crocket             District area. Residents in the City
found more than a few good bar-          Schools librarian, said.               and Maureen Benton and this is re-         of Leslie can also take advantage of
gains at a Fowlerville City-Wide           So she put her plan into action by   ally going to happen!”                     having no yard sale fee that week-
Yard Sale last year, she found a good    contacting the Leslie city clerk who      “I felt that it was a relatively easy   end. Charnley said she plans to ad-
deal for the entire Leslie area.         put her in contact with the Down-      and in-expensive way to get others         vertise in five area newspapers.
  After spending about $300 dollars      town Development Authority             from outside the Leslie area to come         She is also looking to create a map
that day in Fowlerville on items         (DDA).                                 here and that I had enough experi-         for all of the sale attendees, there-
such as gas, food and thrifty finds,        “(The DDA) was receptive and        ence in going to these area-wide           fore, if you plan to hold a sale at
Charnley thought that the Leslie         said they would help fund the flyers   sales to know what would need to be        your home that weekend give her a
community could benefit from an          and ads but that I really needed to    done,” she added.                          call (517) 589-8612.

LAEF welcomes two new trustees LHS grads share MSU cheer success
By Jennifer Shuster ture.”
Publisher                                DeBaeke, also a Leslie Town-
    The Leslie Area Educational       ship resident, is currently em-
Foundation (LAEF) has recently        ployed as the CFO of Len
welcomed two new members to           Industries, Inc. She is a graduate
its board of trustees.                of Leslie High School and at-
      “I am very pleased to an-       tends Faith Assembly of God in
nounce Roy McLain and Teresa          Leslie. DeBaeke is a board mem-
DeBaeke as our newest Leslie          ber for the Health Improvement
Area Educational Foundation           Organization of Allegiance
Trustees” LAEF President Sue          Health, a member of the Institute
Lathrop said.                         of Management Accountants and
     McLain, a Leslie Township        also a member of the LDFA.
resident, is retired, but keeps           “Len Industries has been a
busy with his affiliations with the   contributor to the (LAEF) and it
Free and Accepted Masons, the         is great to give back in a non-fi-
American Legion in Leslie and         nancial way,” DeBaeke said.
also as a Leslie youth football          “They bring a wealth of com-
coach.                                munity reinvestment experience                                                                        Courtesy Photo
   “I would like to see that every    with them, and share strong de-
child in the Leslie school system     sires to find ways and understand    Michigan State University’s All-Girl Club Cheerleading team has a lot to
has a chance to receive as much       needs to enhance educational ex-     be proud of as they finished the year off with a bang. At the 2010 Na-
after school and summer educa-        periences for our children at        tionals competition in Daytona Beach, FL they finished 1st in the Big
tional activities as possible,”       Leslie Public Schools,” Lathrop      Ten and 7th in the nation. Head Coach Tracy (DuVall) Dean is a 1989
McLain said. “The more we keep        said. “They bring individual         Leslie High School graduate (first in back row). Cheerleader Sarah Hite
them occupied and learning, they      strengths that complement the di-    is a 2007 LHS graduate (back row, second to last).
become better citizens in the fu-     versity of our existing board.”

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                                                     The Leslie Weekly Guardian - Tuesday, April 27, 2010                                               Page 6

Jackson Rose Queen brings ‘Little Miss Pageant’ to Leslie
By Jennifer Shuster                     riencing rising                         pants will receive a tiara and t-shirt   Dresses can be ones worn to church
Publisher                               costs for foot-                         for participating.                       or ones they wore for the Daddy
                                        ball equipment,                             There will be three age groups       daughter dance,” Chmiel said. “
   The very first “Little Miss Leslie   referee     fees,                       (Little Miss 4-6 years, Jr. Miss 7-      Also, very little or no make-up is al-
Pageant” will be held in September      etc., and we an-                        9 years and Pre-Teen Miss 10-12          lowed. I want this to be a fun event
2010 in the Leslie High School Au-      ticipate enroll-                        years). All winners will receive a       for Leslie girls.”
ditorium. (DTBA)                        ment           for                      crown, sash and trophy, as well as          “Leslie pageant participants will
   “This will be the first pageant of   football      this                      the title for a year. The winners will   be excited that some of their coach-
this kind in Leslie,” Organizer         year to be                              be involved in local parades as well     ing over the summer at practices
Windy Chmiel said. “And we hope         great.” Chmiel Windy Chmiel             as the Jackson Rose Parade.              will be provided by the current and
for it to be an annual event.”          said. “I suggested doing a pageant        Participants will compete in three     former Rose Queens,” Chmiel said.
    Chmiel, the 1996 Jackson Rose       and the rest is history.”               areas of competition: private inter-     “The training these girls will get will
Queen, said she hosted a “Little            “This town rallies around their     view, sportswear and party dress.        be priceless. Who knows maybe the
Miss Jackson Pageant” in March          hometown football boys,” she            The girls will attend practices where    future Miss America will make her
and received a great turn out.          added. “This pageant is a win- win      they will develop their posture,         debut in our ‘Little Miss Leslie Pag-
  She said her husband, Dan Chmiel      for both girls and boys in our town.”   stage presence, sense of self and        eant!’“
who is president of the Leslie Youth        The entry fee to compete in the     confidence.                                Chmiel said she is currently look-
Football League (LYFA), has been        pageant is $75, with all proceeds          “I want to emphasize that parents     ing for local sponsors.
looking for fundraiser ideas.           going to benefit the LYFA.              don't need to spend alot of money in        For more information please call
   “The LYFA board has been expe-          According to Chmiel, all partici-    order to have their child compete.       (517) 581-1234.

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                                                      The Leslie Weekly Guardian - Tuesday, April 27, 2010                                             Page 7

Track teams run at SMAA meet in Stockbridge
By Jeff Moss                             her jump of 13’ 4”.                     2:10.17. In the Long Jump, Chase        winner.
Writer                                     Leslie was best in the girls’ 4x800   Tropf came in fifth place with a           Audrey Tremaine took second in
                                         Meter Relay as Kayla Smith, Sarah       jump of 18’ 10”.                        the 3200 Meter Run at 12:29.5 and
   The Leslie boys’ and girls’ track     Subject, Brooke Prieskorn and Au-          Head Coach Lisa Lutchka said the     Steers was third at 13:08.4, her sea-
teams ran in the first of the season’s   drey Tremaine combined to finish        kids worked very hard. With an ex-      son best time. Sydney Tremaine
three league meets last week.            the race in 10:37.65, more than 10      ception of very few, all the kids       (1600 Meter Run) and Prieskorn
Stockbridge hosted the event that        seconds faster than second place        were in four events.” Lutchka also      (400 Meter Dash) also recorded sea-
saw the girls team finish fourth out     Stockbridge.                            noted that pole-vaulter Collin Mar-     son best times on the day.
of the eight teams with 560 points         In the 1600 Meter Run Leslie run-     tin cleared the eight foot bar in his      The boys meet was won by Ovid-
and the boys finish sixth of eight       ners Ashley Steers (5:51.98), Au-       first time competing in the event and   Elsie (103) followed by Big Rapids
with 427 points.                         drey Tremaine (5:57.61) and             she said the “girls’ team was excel-    (92) and Pewamo-Westphalia (81).
      Albion and Parma Western           Sydney Tremaine (6:04.27) finished      lent.”                                  The Leslie boys’ team finished
claimed the top two spots in both the    in third, fourth and fifth places.         On Saturday, the team traveled to    twelfth among the thirteen teams.
boys’ and girls’ meets. On the girls’         In the 800 Meter Run Kayla         Fulton for the Fulton Invitational.          Jansen finished fourth in 800
side, Western won with 864 points,       Smith was second (2:30.86) and          The girls’ team finished fifth among    Meter Run with a season best time
ahead of Albion’s 608. The boys’         Sarah Subject was eighth (2:47.17).     thirteen teams with 57 points. Pe-      of 2:08.8. Harrison finished fourth
meet was won by Albion with 889.5,       In the 3200 Meter Run Leslie took       wamo-Westphalia (140), Lakeview         in the 3200 Meter Run at 10:57.3
while Western’s 825 was good for         three of the top five spots. Steers     (75) and Laingsburg (64) finished in    and Tropf was fifth in the long jump
second place.                            won the event (12:33.70), Audrey        the top three places.                   at 17’10.5”.
  Ashley Zeitz took first place in the   Tremaine was second (12:36.76)                Leslie girls were best in the         Lutchka called Saturday’s rainy
High Jump clearing the five foot bar     and Sydney Tremaine was fifth           4x3200 Meter Relay. Prieskorn,          weather “dismal” and said she saw
and Nickole Wixon finished in            (12:59.64).                             Smith, Audrey Tremaine and Sub-         “what she likes to see” from her
eighth at 4’ 2”.                             Tyler Harrison finished third in    ject finished the race in 10:40.1 de-   team in those types of conditions.
   In the Long Jump Hailey Willett       the 3200 Meter Run with his time of     spite the rainy weather. Smith also        The teams will next run when they
was third with a leap of 14’ 10.5”       10:43.02. Nicholas Jansen was           won the 800 Meter Run with a time       host Saturday’s Blackhawk Invita-
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                                                     The Leslie Weekly Guardian - Tuesday, April 27, 2010                                                Page 8

Leslie tennis earns well deserved win with 6-2 victory over Hillsdale
By Jeff Moss                                On Thursday Leslie played at
Writer                                  Lansing Catholic in a non-league
                                        dual match. The Cougars took all
   The Leslie tennis team won an im-    eight flights to hand Leslie a 8-0
portant dual match against league       loss.
rival Hillsdale on Wednesday by a          Leslie’s record in dual match play
6-2 score.                              is now 2-2 overall and 2-1 in league
     Leslie swept all four singles      play.
flights. Schalla Benedict won 6-0,         On Saturday Leslie played in the
6-1; Anete Pauga won 6-0, 6-0;          Eaton Rapids Invitational and took
Conny Weinbrenner won 6-4,6-4           second place. It was a strong show-
and Anna Bremer won 6-0,6-4.            ing by SMAA teams as league rival
    Leslie also claimed wins on the     Columbia Central claimed the top
Number Three and Number Four            spot. Eaton Rapids finished third
Doubles flights. Number Three           and Grand Rapids Creston was
Doubles Susan Gardner and Caly          fourth.
Corts won 6-3, 6-4 and Number              Non-league play resumes tonight
Four Doubles Taylor Oliver and          when Leslie hosts Onsted at 4:00
Taylor Ward won an exciting match       p.m. Tomorrow the team will travel
where they lost the first set 4-6 be-   to Lansing to Waverly High School
fore winning the second 6-2. The        and on Thursday will resume league
third set then went into tie breaker    play when the Lansing Christian Pil-                                               Photo by Jeff Moss
mode with Oliver and Ward coming        grims come to town for a 4:00 p.m. Schalla Benedict returns the ball with a backhand shot against Hills-
out on top 7-6, (5).                    match.                                dale last week.

Leslie Girls’ Soccer team loses pair of league games
By Jeff Moss                            Blackhawks by Mercy Rule 8-0.           bench players in to gain experience.      time, but unable to put the ball in the
Writer                                     Leslie stayed with the Eagles for    Columbia Central out shot Leslie          net. With about ten minutes remain-
                                        the first 15 minutes of the game be-    19-0 in the game.                         ing in the game Stockbridge took
  Last Monday the Leslie girls’ soc-    fore Columbia poured it on and             Lynch said, “Columbia is a great,      the ball to the front of Leslie’s net.
cer team went to Brooklyn to play       scored in droves, on their way to a     well coached team. We knew we’d           Blackhawk defenders failed on a
Columbia Central. The fast and          7-0 halftime lead. In the second half   have to take some lumps this year,        couple of chances to clear the ball,
skilled Golden Eagles defeated the      Head Coach John Lynch put his           but Columbia shows us an example          Stockbridge took advantage and
                                                                                of where we want to take this pro-        found the back of the net for a 2-0
                                                                                gram as a team and as individual          lead that would hold through the re-
                                                                                players.”                                 mainder of the game.
                                                                                   On Wednesday the Hawks played              Lynch said he was pleased with
                                                                                their seventh consecutive game            his team’s effort in the second half
                                                                                away from home when they went up          after struggling with their intensity
                                                                                against the Stockbridge Panthers in       in the first half. “We continue to
                                                                                Stockbridge.                              mishandle balls in front of the net
                                                                                   After both teams played evenly         and it’s costing us dearly,” Lynch
                                                                                through most of the first half, Stock-    said.
                                                                                bridge took over control of the game         Leslie is now 3-5 overall and 0-3
                                                                                and was able to maintain possession       in league play.
                                                                                of the ball through the end of the          The Blackhawks will return home
                                                                                half. Stockbridge scored after            tomorrow when they host Albion in
                                                                                Leslie defenders were able to stop a      what will be only Leslie’s second
                                                                                Panther free kick, but were not able      home game of the year and their first
                                                                                to clear the ball from the front of the   since March 26.
                                                                                net.                                          On Friday the team will play a
                                                                                   The Panthers took their 1-0 lead       non-league game at Springport be-
                                                                                into halftime.                            fore returning home for four consec-
                                            Photo by Jeff Moss                    Leslie was able to play with much       utive home games beginning with
Rebecca Kurzynowski takes a shot on goal in Wednesday's game                    more purpose in the second half,          Hillsdale on Monday, May 3 at 5:30
at Stockbridge.                                                                 matching the Panthers in possession       p.m.

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Varsity baseball team comes from behind to defeat Springport
By Jeff Moss                            by Brian Bartman who finished the
Writer                                  game with four RBIs, but it was not
                                        enough to threaten Pennfield’s lead.
   The Leslie varsity baseball team        Masters had two hits in the game
played three games this week. After     while Brendon Smith and Josh
dropping both games of a double-        McIntosh each had a hit.
header versus Battle Creek Penn-           On Wednesday, the Hawks trailed
field at home on Tuesday, the team      6-2 before they exploded for nine
bounced back with a hard fought         runs in the sixth inning. Masters
victory at Springport on Wednesday.     started the game on the mound and
     On Tuesday, in the first game      earned his second win of the year.
against Pennfield Leslie gave up        Bartman relived Masters and
twelve hits and nine walks on their     pitched the final two innings.
way to an18-2 loss. The Black-               Cox went 4-5 at the plate and                                            Photos by Jeff Moss
hawks struggled at the plate.           drove in six runs. Masters had four (above) Matt Cox pitches during the game with B.C. Pennfield.
   Head Coach Mark Frohriep said,       hits, Smith had three with three (below) Brian Bartman hit two homers last Tuesday.
“They pitched one of their aces and     RBIs, Jeremy Kunze also had three
we didn’t hit like we have to.”         hits and drove in a run, while Bart-
   Matt Cox and Kyle Bryson each        man had two hits and one RBI.
had an RBI in the losing effort.            League play resumes tonight at
    Pennfield took the second game      4:00 p.m. when the team makes the
10-5. Cox started the game on the       trip to Hillsdale to play the Hornets.
mound. The Panthers capitalized on       According to Frohriep, Hillsdale is
five errors by Leslie and scored nine   “probably the best team in the
runs by the end of the third inning.    league.” He also said these will be
Ryan Masters took the mound in the      a couple of tough games and “we
fourth and allowed only one run in      will have to put forth a total team ef-
the three innings he pitched.           fort to beat them.”
   The Blackhawk batters did better        On Saturday Leslie varsity base-
in the second game when they col-       ball will hold the Blackhawk Invita-
lected six hits, including two homers   tional beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Coppernoll strikes out eleven batters
By Jeff Moss
                                        Leslie lost a close game as the Pan-
                                        thers claimed a 9-8 victory.
                                                                                    APPRAISAL FAIR
   The Leslie junior varsity baseball       Coppernoll went 2-3 at the plate
team made the long trip to Battle       and Bobby Chesney had a three RBI
Creek last Tuesday to face the Penn-    double. Davis and Aaron Beson
field Panthers in a doubleheader.       each scored a pair of runs.
   In the first game Chris Coppernoll        Kraig Lindsay made a diving
pitched a great game as he struck out   catch in left field that kept two runs                   Sponsored by the
eleven batters and walked only one.     from being scored for Pennfield.
   Pennfield managed twelve runs on
eight hits to beat Leslie 12-5. Gregg
                                            Last Wednesday’s game versus
                                        Springport was cancelled because            Leslie Area Historical Society
Davis collected two hits in three       the school did not field a junior var-
plate appearances.                      sity team this season.
   Joey Kobus took the mound in the
nightcap game. Head Coach Scott
Farley said Kobus’ pitching was
“solid.” Derek Bishop also saw time
                                            Play will resume tonight for the
                                        junior varsity team when they host
                                        Hillsdale at 4:00 p.m.
                                           The doubleheader will be the only
                                                                                        Saturday, May 1
on the mound in relief of Kobus.        action for the team this week.
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Leslie varsity softball team falls short in final inning
By Jeff Moss                             pair of hits in four plate appear-
Writer                                   ances.
                                            Head Coach Jamie Hanson said
    The Leslie varsity softball team     the team was not in synch offen-
lost both games of last Tuesday’s        sively or defensively on Tuesday.
home doubleheader with Battle            Hanson also said she was pleased
Creek Pennfield.                         with the fight her team showed the
   In the first game, the Blackhawks     games, “We continued to battle the
two-out rally in the bottom of the       entire game,” Hanson said.
seventh inning produced four runs           On Wednesday the team traveled
but they came up just short, falling     to Springport for a doubleheader
to the Panthers 11-10.                   with the Spartans. After beginning
   Paxin Stern went 2-4 at the plate     the first game starting pitcher
and scored one run. Linzee Evans         Rachel Cruth suffered an arm and
was 1-2 with a pair of walks and         back injury and was unable to con-
scored two runs. Lindsey Stanfield       tinue. Isham, the team’s other
was 1-3 with a double, a run scored      pitcher was not available either.
and three RBIs.                          Leslie forfeited the game in progress
    In the nightcap game Leslie was      as well as the nightcap game.
beaten 7-4. Pennfield capitalized on        Leslie is scheduled to play two
                                                                                                                               Photo by Jeff Moss
seven Leslie errors. Danielle Isham,     games tonight in Hillsdale, begin-
                                                                               Danielle Isham reaches third base ahead of the tag in last Tuesday's
Evans and Stanfield all collected a      ning at 4:00 p.m.
                                                                               game versus Battle Creek Pennfield.

Leslie golfers begin spring season at Stockbridge Invitational
By Jeff Moss                             to take place this season. Leslie fin-
Writer                                   ished fifth among the six teams in
   The Leslie High School boys’ golf     the league with their 199 team score.
team started their season with a full    Columbia Central took an early lead
schedule, playing in four events in      in the league standings with their
their first week.                        159 score, followed by Parma West-
   On Friday, April 16, the team par-    ern (164), Hillsdale (184) and
ticipated in the Stockbridge Invita-     Stockbridge (174). Lansing Chris-
tional where the inexperienced           tian, also in a rebuilding phase, was
Blackhawks finished sixth among          last with a 204 team score.
the six teams with a team score of          Regarding his team that includes
395. Manchester claimed the top          no seniors and two juniors, only one
spot with their 329, followed by Yp-     of whom has playing experiences,
silanti Lincoln’s 341.                   Head Coach Tom Shafer said, “This
    Last Monday’s Cardinal Invita-       year is not about the scores, so much
tional at Michigan Center was an         as it is about getting better. We are
exhibition event that featured team      improving all the time.”                                                                  Photo by Jeff Moss
dividing into two man teams and             At the Jackson Area Cascades In-       Brandon Fifield tees off during the league meet in Stockbridge.
playing six holes each of Alternate      vitational at Cascades Golf Course
Shot, Best-Ball, and Scramble styles     on Friday Leslie’s team score of 424
of play. Leslie’s team score of 295      saw them finish tied for sixteenth        LMS track team earns two trophies
was good for tenth place among the       place with Grass Lake in the seven-         The Leslie Middle School 7th and      ished 3rd followed by Levi Prater
thirteen teams. Parma Western’s          teen team field.                          8th Grade Track Teams had a great       (4th), and Justin Keller (5th). In all,
237 and Napoleon’s 241 were the             Brandon Fifield paced the Black-       day last Thursday at the 7-team         the Boys collected 40 medals in the
two best scores.                         hawks with a 92, while Kyle Neff          Webberville Relays Invitational as      invitational!
   Wednesday saw the team back in        chipped in a 98. Nolan Hook and           both squads came home with tro-            The Leslie Girls’ team picked up
Stockbridge for the SMAA Jam-            Jett Moore each finished with a 117       phies! The Boys finished first with     34 medals in their division! Hunter
boree, the first of six SMAA events      and Greg Culver had a 123.                110 points and the Girls were 2nd       Fedewa and Kendra Weeks com-
                                                                                   with 76 points                          bined to win the Long Jump relay.
JV softball team loses pair; forfeits pair                                           The Boys’ team had six first place    The Hawks also won the Coed Mid-
By Jeff Moss                             not getting a single hit, Leslie scored   finishes out of 10 relays, led by the   dle Distance relay (Savannah
Writer                                   eleven runs in the 13-11 loss. In the     400 meter relay team (John              Coltrain, Levi Prater, Kendra
                                         second game, already short two re-        Baughan, Mac Glassford, Austin          Weeks, Joey King), and the Coed
   The Leslie junior varsity softball    serve players due to other activities,    Stone, and Chase Leonard) who set       Sprint Relay (Annie Davis, Austin
team went to Battle Creek last Tues-     Leslie lost two more players to in-       a new school record in this event       Stone, Hunter Fedewa, John
day to play a doubleheader with the      juries and did not have enough play-      (50.7)! These same four runners         Baughan). Shelby Blackford and
Pennfield Panthers. Leslie lost the      ers to continue play.                     also won the 800 meter relay. The       Alyssa Droscha combined to finish
first game 11-3. During the second          Head Coach Linda Craft said the        Boys also won the 3200 relay (Justin    2nd in the high jump. Other 2nd
game Connor Rosier suffered a hand       team is generating very few hits, the     Keller, Noah Jansen, Matt Subject,      place finishes went to the 800 meter
injury and was unable to complete        pitchers are struggling and the           Levi Prater) and the Sprint Relay       relay team (Hunter Fedewa, Libby
the game. Leslie still had eight         catchers are struggling. “We are just     (Tayler Rodgers, Caleb Rice,            Shuster, Vanisa Patel, Kendra
healthy players, but the umpire ruled    struggling,” Craft said.                  Thomas McHugh, Marcus Lynn).            Weeks) and the Sprint Relay team
that Leslie must forfeit the game.          The team resumes play tonight in       The Hawks dominated the 3200            (Ashley Medcoff, Alyssa Droscha,
   On Wednesday the team returned        what will be their only action this       meter race, the only event of the day   Annie Davis, Mazie Orrick).
home to host Springport.                 week. Leslie will host Hillsdale in       that was not a relay. Matt Subject         “We were pleased with our per-
   Again, the team lost the first game   doubleheader play beginning at 4:00       was 2nd (.2 of a second off the win-    formances at Webberville,” Coach
and forfeited the second. Despite        p.m.                                      ning time of 11:52). Joey King fin-     Jim Hanson said.
                                                     The Leslie Weekly Guardian - Tuesday, April 27, 2010                                    Page 11

                                                 Minister’s                                                      Leslie Area
                                                  Musing                                                    Church Directory
                                         By Rev. Dr. Thom Bower                    Bunker Hill Seventh Day Ad-      Leslie First Baptist Church
                              Congregational United Church of Christ               ventist                          204 E. Bellevue St.
                                                                                   3820 Williamston Rd.             Leslie, MI 49251
                                                                                   Leslie, MI 49251                 (517) 589-8541
                                                                                   (517) 589-0659
                                                                                                                    Leslie United Methodist
   In The Hobbit, as Bilbo Baggins       suring the journey is changing us.        Children of Christ - Israelite   Church
leaves his home in the Shire, J. R. R.      This time in the spring we are be-     100 S. Main St.                  401 S. Main St.
Tolkien scribes a walking song com-      ginning to make travel plans for the      Leslie, Michigan 49251           Leslie, MI 49251
ing from Mr. Baggins. This song is       summer. We have been blessed by           (517) 403-4641                   (517) 589-9211
continued in The Fellowship of the       the presence of an unusually large
Ring as Bilbo again journeys from        group of exchange students; those
                                                                                   Child’s Bible Church             Maple Grove Baptist Church
the Shire, this time to rest in Riven-   students soon return to their home-
                                                                                   3985 Crain Rd.                   6508 Cooper Rd.
dell, the home of Elrond the elf:        lands where they will discover how
                                                                                   Onondaga, MI 49264               Pleasant Lake, 49272
                                         their school year with us has
                                                                                   (517) 589-5731                   (517) 769-2220
 The Road goes ever on and on            changed them.
  Down from the door where it               We begin to make plans for family
                                                                                   Congregational United            New Life Fellowship
               began.                    vacations, summer camps, long
                                                                                   Church of Christ                 4691 S. Hull Rd.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,         weekends away; with those plans we
                                                                                   114 W. Bellevue                  Leslie, MI 49251
   And I must follow, if I can,          squirrel away money for the travel
                                                                                   Leslie, MI 49251                 (517) 589-9011
   Pursuing it with eager feet,          and places to stay plus a few sou-
  Until it joins some larger way         venirs.                                   (517) 589-5226
 Where many paths and errands                The summer travels we begin to                                         Orthodox Monastery of Dor-
                meet.                    plan may be significantly changed if      Faith Assembly of God            mition
 And whither then? I cannot say.         we intentional include walking songs      4020 N. Main St.                 3389 Rives Eaton Rd.
                                         from the scriptures as part of the        Leslie, MI 49251                 Rives Junction, MI 49277
   Nearly every culture has examples     travel. The psalms are filled with pil-   (517) 589-9121                   (517) 569-2873
of walking songs. In our time we         grim songs and hymns to be sung
have several that most people imme-      when arriving at the temple.              Felt Plains United Methodist     Rives Baptist Church
diately recognize, such as “On the          There are echoes of ancient hymns      Church                           2800 W. Berry Rd.
Road Again,” “Country Roads,”            in the church letters in the Christian    3523 Meridian Rd.                Rives Junction, MI 49277
“Leaving on a Jet Plane,” and            Scriptures. Hebrew Scriptures are         Leslie, MI 49251                 (517) 569-3147
“Homeward Bound.”                        sprinkled with hymns, suggesting the      (517) 589-0217
   The tunes of walking songs help us    ancient storytellers used music as                                         SS Cornelius & Cyprian
set a healthy pace for the lengthy       well as spoken voice. Easy-to-find        Grace Lutheran Church            Church
journey, while the lyrics typically      remnants are in the stories of Gene-      212 S. Sherman                   1320 Catholic Church Rd.
speak of what is missed why away         sis and Exodus, but there are count-      Leslie, MI 49251                 Leslie, MI 49251
from home, safety during the jour-       less more in other portions of the        (517) 589-0250                   (517) 589-8492
ney, and prayers to return home          scripture.
safely when the trip is complete. But,       As you plan for your journeys, I      Grand River Community
since these songs are meant to be        hope they may be transformed into         Church
sung in between home and destina-        pilgrimages where you encounter           2443 Olds Rd.
                                                                                                                    The Leslie Weekly Guardian
tion, between being there and back       God in new ways – a life-long jour-       Leslie, MI 49251
                                                                                                                     provides this local church
again, these songs also speak of the     ney where the road goes ever on and       (517) 589-5448                    directory as a community
uncertainty of any journey while as-     on.                                                                        service to local religious or-
                                                                                   Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom       ganizations. If you do not
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  Leslie’s 175th anniversary of its settlement! The celebration                    Leslie, MI 49251                     with the information.
       will take place over a three-day extravaganza on                            (517) 589-8883
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                                                                                                       Thank you!
            Picture Puzzler                                                  WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK
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     PROM TIME - Who is are these LHS grads enjoying                                     (517) 589-9303
     their prom night many years ago?
     This week’s picture puzzler
features a man and woman who
                                     DeBruler! She was one of seven
                                     people to correctly guess last           SPRING LEAGUES
don’t live locally anymore, but      week “Picture Puzzler” which
still make it back to visit family   featured Melinda Krajniak. The                   START WEEK OF APRIL 25TH
and friends.                         other correct guessers were:
   Those who think they can iden-    Shelly Teague, Sharon Smith,                     Sundays                        Mondays
tify the people pictured in this     Dave Sartin, Charlotte Krajniak,                1 p.m. H.S. League          7 p.m. Men’s Trio League
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couraged to E-mail us at Jen-        kovec.
nifer@theleslieweeklyguardian.c                                                                   Wednesdays
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On pay day, women are unfortunately still not equal
   At my first Ingham County Women’s Commis-                                                               percent less than their male counterparts.
sion meeting, (a group for which I’m proud to                                                                 - It is estimated that over a working lifetime,
have been appointed to), I was disturbed by the
first resolution I was a part of passing.                                         Small                    this wage disparity costs the average American
                                                                                                           woman and her family an estimated $523,000 in
   It was a resolution to acknowledge “Equal Pay                                                           lost wages, impacting Social Security benefits
Day,” which was marked by many women at the
capitol in Lansing on April 20.
                                                                               Town Girl                   and pensions.
                                                                                                              I could continue on and on with statistics that
    In June 1963, President Kennedy signed the                                      By Jen Shuster shock us into remembering that we are living in
Equal Pay Act. Now, almost 47 years later, I                                        Guardian Publisher the year 2010, but there’s no need. The fact is that
agree that it's time to make the law live up to its                                                        this discrepancy remains and it needs to change.
name. Since I haven’t worked for “the man” in                                                                 For more information on this cause please
over nine years, I haven’t noticed this discrep-                                                           visit the following website:
ancy personally. So when I learned of the stag-         2003 earned only 76 percent of the earnings of
gering statistics, it was appalling to say the least.   year-round, full-time working men, indicating lit-    Please don’t forget to let your local legislators
    Because women earn less, on average, then           tle progress in pay equity.                        know how you feel.
men, they must work longer to receive the same              - The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics in
amount of pay. In recognition of this inequity,         2001 reported women earn less in every occupa- Jennifer Shuster is the publisher for The Leslie
“Equal Pay Day” was developed.                          tional classification for which data is available. Weekly Guardian. She writes a weekly editorial
    - According to U.S. Census data released in            - According to the U.S. Department of Educa- for this publication. She can be reached at jen-
2004, year-round, full-time working women in            tion, women faculty members earn nearly nine

Byrum says to prepare for severe weather events
The following is an editorial written by State                                                                 gaps that you should be aware of. For example,
Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). If                                                                     most homeowner's insurance policies do not
you have questions about this commentary,
please contact Rep. Byrum's office by calling                                           Coffee                 cover flood damage. If you live in an area where
                                                                                                               flooding is common, it may be worth considering
(517) 373-0587.                                                                                                supplementary insurance to protect you and your
    Spring has arrived, and I hope that you and
your family are all out enjoying the warmer
                                                                                        Break                  family.
                                                                                                                   Many communities throughout the state are
weather. After a long winter, the sun is finally                                   By Barb Byrum               part of the National Flood Insurance Program
shining, the Tigers are playing baseball again, and                              State Representative          (NFIP), which offers flood insurance to residents
it is a great time to be here in Michigan. How-                                                                in participating communities. To find out if you
ever, now that spring is here, we all need to be                                                               are eligible, please contact NFIP at (800) 638-
prepared for the severe weather that can occur.                                                                6620.
      Thunderstorms and flooding from severe            lities are located nearby.                                As Chair of the House Insurance Committee, I
weather caused $200 million in damages and one           • Keep an emergency kit on hand, with lashlight,      am working every day to make sure that you are
death in Michigan last year, according to the           first-aid kid, water, battery-operated radio, flash-   getting the quality coverage you deserve. If you
Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Aware-            light and canned food.                                 have any questions about your insurance cover-
ness. Here are some tips from the Insurance Insti-       • Keep an inventory of your possessions, supple-      age, please contact your insurance company now
tute of Michigan to help you and your family            mented with photographs, and keep it in a safe         to prevent any problems in the future.
prepare for severe weather:                             place. This could strengthen any future insurance         The most important part of dealing with any se-
 • Know the best shelter location in your home,         claims.                                                vere weather event is preparation. Take the time
workplace and school. Generally, areas near the             While discussing insurance claims, be sure to      now to prepare yourself for the worst, so that you
center of your home on the lowest level will pro-       take a look at the policies you have covering your     can get back on your feet as soon as possible after
vide the most protection.                               home and family. While many items are covered          a thunderstorm, a major flood, or any other natu-
 • Be sure to know where designated shelter faci        by your homeowner's insurance, there may be            ral disaster.

‘We all find ways to live without depending upon God...’
   IDOLATRY is a big thing in the Bible! To me,                                                                    Archaeology provides glimpses of 1000 year
the word conjures up images of gold statues,
mystic chants, and human sacrifices. – something                                       From                    old idols. Seeing them, I think how foolish for
                                                                                                               people to believe these ‘man-made’ carvings
like what you would see in an “Indiana Jones”                                                                  could help them. Yes and how foolish for us to
movie. Though that image is certainly more en-
tertaining, the definition of idolatry is more ac-
                                                                                    this side                  live the same way. In the book of Psalms we
                                                                                                               read, “The idols of the nations are made of silver
curate. “Idolatry is the belief that something other                              By Terry French              and gold. They have a mouth and eyes, but they
than God will make me happy, will make me                                                      Pastor          can't speak or see. Everyone who made the idols
prosperous, will make me secure. Something                                        New Life Fellowship          and all who trust them are just as helpless as those
other than God will take care of my health and                                                                 useless gods. You must trust the LORD to help
my future.”                                                                                                    and protect you.”
   When we reflect on that definition, it is easy to    prosperous. Instead, many play the lottery, the
see that we have a huge issue with idolatry. It is      stocks or await a law suit to score the “winning             You’re gonna love your NEW LIFE
rare to find people who rely on God for their hap-      ticket”. We all have our thing that we count on
piness. Most of us fill our lives with material         whether it is a ‘lucky rabbit’s foot’, lots of vita-   Terry French is the pastor at New Life Fellowship
things (big houses, fancy cars, spiffy electronics)     min E or the welfare system. We all find ways to       in Leslie. He writes a weekly editorial for The
to make us happy. Rarer still is it to find people      live without depending upon God, and hurtful as        Leslie Weekly Guardian. He can be reached by e-
who rely on God to make them successful or              it may sound – that is idolatry.                       mail at
                                                      The Leslie Weekly Guardian - Tuesday, April 27, 2010                                               Page 14

Lori Fell says ‘Declare your Financial Arbor Day’
  The national celebration of Arbor Day happens                                                              of volatility on your portfolio.
on the last Friday of April, although some states                                                               • Be patient. When you plant a seed, you know
have designated other dates for their own Arbor
Day observances. Over the years, Americans
                                                                              Financial                      it will take many years for your efforts to reach
                                                                                                             fruition. Over time, your tree will lose some
have planted millions of trees on this day, im-
proving the environment, reducing erosion and
                                                                                 Focus                       branches and bark, and it will be buffeted by
                                                                                                             heavy winds, scorching sun and driving rains.
leaving an invaluable gift to future generations.                                       By Lori Fell         However, if it has a strong set of roots, it can sur-
But the concepts behind Arbor Day can also be                                          Edward Jones          vive and grow. You need to show the same pa-
transferred to other realms — such as investing.                                    Financial Advisor        tience with your investment portfolio, because it,
So this year, why not take steps to establish your                                                           too, will face a variety of challenges over the
own Financial Arbor Day?                                                                                     years, and at times it may appear beaten down.
Here are some ideas to consider:                      consider fully funding your IRA until you’ve           But if you follow a consistent strategy, supported
   • Plant some “seeds.” Even the mightiest trees     reached the annual limits.                             by a mix of quality investments that reflect your
started out small — and the same is true of the           • Seek out variety. If you look around your        risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals,
portfolios of many successful investors. If you’re    neighborhood, you will likely find many different      and if you have the patience and discipline to ride
just beginning to invest, consider putting what-      types of trees. And that’s a good thing, because       out downturns, you can help yourself reach your
ever you can afford, however minimal, into an         when Dutch elm disease or some other ailment           objectives.
IRA and a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored          strikes one type of tree, you and your neighbors           When people use their shovels and hoes on
retirement plan. If you’ve been investing for a       still have others that can thrive. The same princi-    Arbor Day, they can create something that will
while but still need to move closer toward your       ple applies to investing: If an economic downturn      literally last a lifetime. And the same thing can
goals, you may have to seek out some new fields       or some other event primarily strikes one type of      happen when you declare your own Financial
of opportunity and invest in them.                    asset, and most of your money is tied up in that       Arbor Day — so get out your investment
   • Nurture the “roots.” To grow, roots need to be   asset, you could run into trouble. That’s why you      “tools” and get to work.
fed through water, oxygen and minerals. Once          should diversify your investment dollars among
you’ve planted the seeds of your investments,         stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit (CDs),          Submitted by Lori Fell, Edward Jones Financial
they need to be nourished, too. For example, once     Treasury bills and other securities. While diversi-    Advisor. Lori will be opening an office in Leslie
you’ve opened a 401(k), try to boost your contri-     fication, by itself, cannot guarantee a profit or      Spring 2010 and is currently working out of the
butions whenever you get a salary increase. Also      protect against loss, it can help reduce the effects   Mason office. Call Lori at (517) 392-5320.

      Do you have gently used items lying around
    and would like to get rid of them?
    Call us here at the Leslie Outreach, Inc. and
    we will gladly accept them between
    now and April 30 for our mega yard sale.
     We are having a sale
    Saturday, May 8, 2010
    ( 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. )
    at 614 Mill St. to raise
    funds to help meet the
    needs of our struggling
    families. Our hours are
    Tuesday, Wednesday 9-1
    and Thursday 1-5.
      Call Mary at 589-8008 or 589-5814.
          (We give receipts for tax purposes.)

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