Saturday, May 28, 2022

 Susan Douglas

Susan Jean (Wilkinson) Douglas was born in Lansing, Michigan on December 22, 1949 and died peacefully on May 19, 2022. She was the only daughter of E.J. (Mike) and June Wilkinson, and was an alumni of Sexton High School and Central Michigan University. She loved visiting with family and friends, especially over coffee and ice cream. Sue worked for many years at Meijer before having children and moving to Webberville after her marriage to Walter Douglas.

She was a teacher at Webberville Elementary for 19 years, a volunteer for Relay for Life, Webberville Band Boosters and Webberville track events for 10 years, even after her sons had graduated. She loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, brother Mickey, and granddaughter Willow. She is survived by her husband, Walter, of 39 years, her sons, J.W. (Dani) and Michael (Colleen), grandchildren Jacob, Amelia, Sean, Alexander, and her brothers Richard (Sandy), Russell (Jeanene), and Ronald (Mari).

Visitation was held at Hermann Funeral Home on May 25 from 10am - 1pm, with services immediately to follow. A luncheon will be held at Webberville Elementary at 4pm after the burial.

In lieu of flowers, the family was asking that a donation be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at:

 Heidi Marie Hildegard Lemke

Heidi Lemke passed away on May 24, 2022 surrounded by her children and husband, after a short illness. She was born on July 21, 1945 in Frankfort Germany. She met a dashing US soldier when she was 18, she married and moved to Michigan, USA. Heidi worked for the Kmart corporation for the majority of her life.

Heidi was a devoted wife to Jim Lemke for 58 years and mother of 3: Jean Root (husband Ken), Kevin Lemke (wife Amy), and Christa Miner (husband Jeff). She was a loving grandmother to 8: Justin Root (wife Stephanie) Ryan Root (wife Chelsea), Troy Root (fiancé Megan), Julia Lemke, Gillian Rickerd (husband Jacob), Charlotte Lemke, Rebecca Miner, and Colin Miner (wife Samantha).

She was an incredible cook and caterer for many years. Anyone who was fortunate to know Heidi became an instant friend and she treated all people like family. The family will hold a celebration of her life later this summer. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

 Williamston Eagles Upcoming Events

June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th - Jokers Wild progressive jackpot drawing at 7 pm. Tickets are only $1.00 each and the pot is up to $4,000 and growing! Tickets can be bought at the bar or by calling Victoria at- 517-648-8599. You can also call the club after 3pm at 517-655-6510. Wednesday night dinners change weekly. (Jokers Wild drawing is every Wednesday) Public is welcome!

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June 5th and again on the 19th, enjoy the sounds of Jack and Tess Clarkson. Dance the afternoon away or sit and enjoy! The music plays from 5 til 8 pm. Cover charge of $5.00 at the door to help with costs. Food available to purchase, coffee and snacks provided. Public welcome! Bring your friends or come down and make new ones! Club is located at 835 High Street. Call the club anytime after 3pm for more information at: 517-655-6510. Public is welcome!

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June 25th brings our 26th annual Car and Bike Show during the morning/afternoon, then Embassy Drive Band in the evening for your listening pleasure. Bring your classy ride down (car or bike) and maybe win a prize! Doors open at 9 am and registration runs from 10am til 1pm. Don't forget to vote for your favorite! Cost to enter your treasured vehicle is $10 and includes a hot dog and chips. Our annual BBQ chicken dinners start at noon and are served until gone. Call Tammy Scott at 517-256-2818 for more car show information. Open to the public!

Class of 1982 will also be hosting their class reunion at the club that night, so be sure to come on down and join your schoolmates! The band will be playing your favorites from 9pm til 1am. You won't want to miss this fun day! Call the club at 517-655-6510 for more information. The club is located at 835 High Street in Williamston. Event is open to the public!

 Pop-Up Book Sale being held at the Webberville Library June 10

The Friends of the Webberville Library will hold a small Pop-Up Book Sale at the Library on Friday, June 10 from 6 to 7:30 PM in conjunction with the Webberville Village Picnic.

No donated books will be accepted from the public. All proceeds will be used to benefit future Library programs.

 Webberville Garden Club holding 50th Birthday Celebration June 3

The Webberville Garden Club will be celebrating its 50th Birthday with cake and ice cream at the Blue Star Memorial Garden, located in Downtown Webberville on Grand River, Friday June 3, from 5:00 til 7:00pm. The club hopes you can stop by and celebrate with them!

 Fowlerville High School to hold graduation ceremony Sunday, June 5

Fowlerville High School will hold the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022 on Sunday, June 5, in the competition gym. It is a return to the normal setting for commencement exercises at the high school after two years of presenting the diplomas during a parade that went through Downtown Fowlerville, with the seniors riding in vehicles.

The planned schedule begins with opening remarks by High School Principal Bradford Lusk, a Welcome Address by Superintendent Wayne Roedel, and the Presentation of the School Board by Board President Mike Brown.

Abigail Thomas will give the Class Welcome while Emma Browne and Amanda Fogo will thank class sponsors Jill Thomas and Amanda Tomassi. This will be followed by Isaac Way giving the Salutatorian Address and then Reagan Esch offering the Valedictorian Address.

The ceremony will conclude with the Presentation of Diplomas, with Mike Brown, Bradford Lusk, Assistant Principal Eric Diroff, Dean of Students Nicholas Zajas, and Athletic Director Brian Osborn taking part.

The high school band, under the direction of William Vliek, will play the Senior Processional “Pomp and Circumstance” as the seniors enter the gym and the Recessional “Triumphal March” as they exit.

 Broken Horn Rodeo at fair to feature saddle bronc riding

Saddle bronc riding is rodeo’s classic event, both a complement and contrast to the wilder spectacles of bareback riding and bull riding. This event requires strength to be sure, but the event also demands style, grace and precise timing.

Saddle bronc riding evolved from the task of breaking and training horses to work the cattle ranches of the Old West. Many cowboys claim riding saddle broncs is the toughest rodeo event to master because of the technical skills necessary for success.

Every move the bronc rider makes must be synchronized with the movement of the horse. The cowboy’s objective is a fluid ride somewhat in contrast to the wilder and less controlled rides of bareback riders. One of the similarities shared by saddle bronc and bareback riding is the rule that riders in both events must mark out their horse on the first jump from the chute. To properly mark out his horse, the saddle bronc rider must have both heels touching the animal above the shoulder of the horse. As the bronc bucks, the rider pulls his knees up, rolling his dull spurs up on the horse’s shoulder. As the horse descends, the cowboy straightens his legs, returning his spurs over the point of the horse’s shoulder in anticipation of the next jump.

Making a qualified ride and earning a money-winning score requires more than just strength and an eight second ride. The dependency of a cowboy has on his rein makes the difference between a good and a championship rider. A man who is not dependent on the rein alone, but can rely on balance as well, will get a higher mark for full arc stokes.

Equally important is the fact that some horses which the judges also score on how hard they buck, will “turn on” better if this passenger isn’t hanging on the rein with brute force. The rider is downgraded by the judges if he loses control. Cowboys call it “getting into a storm” and if this happens, the saddle makes recovery more difficult and result in their being thrown. Also, the possibility of their ‘hanging up in a stirrup’ is always in the back of the rider’s mind and is a great hazard to saddle bronc riding. Saddle bronc riding has less competition than any other event in professional rodeo. There’s a reason, the instinctive reactions required to keep their feet in the stirrups, sense what a horse will do next, and the rhythm required, because there is nothing solid to hang onto makes this event, one of which you cannot substitute for years of experience.

Join the fun and watch the Saddle Bronc Riders at the upcoming American Professional Rodeo Association and the International Professional Rodeo Association, World Championship Rodeo, produced by Broken Horn Rodeo, at Fowlerville Family Fairground, July 29,2022, 7:00 PM.

Locals and permits will be accepted, but must make call in.

Call in entry is July 19, 2022. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. CST 1-337-427-6336.

Kids can start practicing on your stick horses to compete for prizes. Stick horse races will be held for two age groups: 5 & under and 6-9. Join the fun. NO ENTRY NEEDED FOR STICK HORSE.

For information contact Jim McElroy, Broken Horn Rodeo 937-392-4608 or email or Fowlerville Fair Office 517-223-8186