Sunday, January 3, 2016

Helzerman wins area County Commission race in GOP Primary Rife edges Dickerson in Conway Supervisor vote

All of the Articles on this Web Site were Updated on August 7, 2016

Last week’s Michigan Primary saw a number of contested races for area and local offices on the Republican side of the ballot.

   The District 4 seat on the Livingston County Board of Commissioners saw Doug Helzerman get the nod over Mary Helfmann by 1,085 votes to 980. Helzerman will now face Dennis Andryzczak, the Democratic Party nominee, in November.

    In the Conway Township supervisor vote, incumbent Mike Rife edged past Cindy Dickerson, the current clerk, by 227 votes to 224. Richard Kreeger topped a field of five candidates for the two trustee positions. He received 275 votes. Incumbent trustee Lawrence Parsons also won, garnering 190 votes. Michael Stock had 125 votes, George Pushies 113, and Eric West (the incumbent) 83.

    Todd Anderson was unopposed for the clerk position, and Debra Grubb was alone on the ballot for the treasurer’s nomination.

Dawn Patrol to feature Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall

   This year’s Dawn Patrol, put on by the Fowlerville Rotary Club at the Maple Grove Airfield, will be on Sunday, Sept. 11—the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 Attack on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

   To commemorate this anniversary, the Dawn Patrol will feature the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall.

Annette Chamberlain-- Fowlerville Family Board Director

         At full strength, the board of directors that’s elected by the Fowlerville Agriculture Society to put on the annual fair and administer the fairgrounds during the rest of the year, has 16 directors. They come from various backgrounds and offer different perspectives and talents.

   One of them is Annette Chamberlain who has been part of the fair board since the fall of 2012. Annette is quick to point out that she’s “just doing what’s expected of a board member” and there’s no reason to single her out as doing something above and beyond what others (directors, the fair manager and staff, and assorted volunteers) do in putting on the fair and maintaining the grounds.

Livingston County Sheriff deputies receive training on use of Naloxone

   The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, along with Community Mental Health and Emergency Medical Services are partnering in the ongoing battle against opioid overdose deaths throughout the County.

   Sheriff Bob Bezotte indicated that the Sheriff’s Office has acquired a supply of intranasal Naloxone (Narcan®).  Intranasal Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that when utilized can counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.  “Our goal is to reduce the number of fatalities involving opioid overdose within our county” said Sheriff Bezotte.


Bernard, (Bernie) J. Bartig
   Bernie went home to be with the Lord Tuesday July 26, 2016 at the age of 83.
     Bernie retired from General Motors.  He was always busy around his wood shop making yard ornaments and other wood crafts.  He enjoyed a big garden, loved fishing, the outdoors and camping.  Bernie was preceded in death by his wives: Becky Bartig (DePue) and Patricia Bartig (Hursh), two grandsons: Jerry and Berry Stover and a sister-in-law: Margaret Bartig.  Bernie is survived by brothers: Myron Bartig, Robert and Joyce Bartig, and Dale and Diane Bartig; two sisters: Harvey and Noretta Westerby and Art and Linda Mitchell; many nieces and nephews; and four grandchildren: Scott, Carrie, Bonnie Jean and Billy.  A graveside service will be held on August 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor John Plumley officiating.  Arrangements by: Herrmann Funeral
Freda Mae Eagle
   Freda Mae Eagle, age 69, of Fowlerville, Michigan passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Freda was born to Dewey and Gladys Smith in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois on Sept. 20, 1946.
   Freda was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She devoted her life to being a caregiver and operated her home as an Adult Foster Care facility. Active in sports in her youth, she excelled at dancing and skating. As she got older, she fostered many stray animals. Although she had many accomplishments in her lie, being a grandmother was her greatest joy.
   Freda is survived by her two sons: Jeff (Monica) of Toledo, Ohio and Scott of Howell; grandchildren: Sean and Angelica along with their mother, Jin of Stockbridge; and sisters: Wandell Stanley and Vanita Piirala. 
  She received a private burial at Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville. Arrangements by: Herrmann Funeral Home.
William D. Nelson
   William D. Nelson, age 70, of Fowlerville, Michigan, died on August 2, 2016 after a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was born on May 24, 1946 in Prattville, Alabama.
   He was retired from The Detroit News where he worked as a press man.
   Family and friends of Bill will remember him for his love of NASCAR, animals, bar-b-que, cooking (especially Sunday morning biscuits), his love of travel, and his joy of farming.
   Survivors include his wife, Deborah; step-children: Ted (Carla) Dey, Lori Dey, and Joel Dey; daughters: Myra Lamar of Clanton, Alabama and Melba (Douglas) Wright of Sterling Heights; and his grandchildren: Kristopher and Sydney Wright.
   He was preceded in death by his first wife, a brother: Paul Nelson; and his parents and grandparents.
   A memorial service will be held at a future date in Alabama.

Livingston Democrats issue statement after the recent National Convention

The following statement was issued by the Livingston County Democratic Party after the conclusion of the recent National Convention in Philadelphia:

    Livingston County Democrats are united and ready to go for the historic 2016 presidential campaign, the party chair said as the party’s national convention drew to a close.

     “Hillary Clinton is exactly right – we are stronger together, as a party and as a nation. This week’s convention was amazing, not only in bringing us together, but in showcasing the values of our party, the vivid contrast it offered with the party of Trump, and in building the excitement night after night with an amazing list of speakers,” said Judy Daubenmier.

Howell Area Recreation Upcoming Event

Wednesday, August 10 7:00pm-9:00pm

     Come support Howell Parks and Recreation as we raise money for our scholarship program while sampling some of Tony Sacco’s delicious food, wine, & craft beer! The Howell Recreation scholarship program provides support for individuals in our community who are unable to afford registration for programs like sports, runs, and more. Sample unlimited wines, craft beers, and food while supporting your favorite organization! Last day to register for this event is August 10th at 5pm. This event is for participants ages 21 and over only! Please drink responsibly. Call 517-546-0693 or visit to register.
    Site: Tony Sacco’s of Hartland, 10051 E. Highland Rd.
Cost: $25/person (21 & Up Only)

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Co-operative effort brings Flint workers to Howell area manufacturers via buses

   With the leadership of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce and help from Ann Arbor SPARK, bus transportation for Flint workers to Howell area manufacturers has begun.

   Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) began seven day a week service to Thai Summit for all three shifts, beginning on June 20. Similar service to Key Plastics will begin this Monday, July 25.

    Both manufacturers are in the McPherson Industrial Park in the City of Howell.

Upcoming Community Events

Dansville Community Center hosting Euchre Nights on August 6 & 20
    Do you like to play Euchre? The Dansville Community Center at 1317 Mason Street in Dansville will be having Euchre Nights on Saturday, August 6 and 20th starting at 7pm. A donation of $5 per person is asked to help pay for expenses for the night. Prizes for high score, low score, and most lone hands will be awarded. Beginners are welcome.       For more information contact 517-851-7853.

Breathers’ Club meeting to be held on August 9 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
    The Breathers’ Club is a community service support group for patients affected by heart and breathing (cardio-pulmonary) diseases and their caregivers, family and friends. Everyone interested in learning how to live a better, fuller life or how to care for those with these conditions is encouraged and welcome to attend.
    Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at noon (12:00p.m.) in the Community Room at St Joseph Livingston Hospital in Howell. An informational speaker and pertinent topic are featured each month.
      Our next Breathers Club is scheduled for Tuesday, Noon: August 9. Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapist is available to assist and answer questions. For recorded meeting information call: (517) 545-6020.

Original Dulcimers Players’ Club to hold jam session on August 11
     The Dulcimer Club for the State of Michigan will have their next “all day” Jam Session from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on August 11. The club holds the sessions on the second Thursdays of the month at the Fowlerville Church of the Nazarene, 8040 Country Corner Dr., Fowlerville, in the strip mall just south of the I-96 (over pass) bridge on Fowlerville Rd.  
    All acoustic instruments are welcome. Come and spend an hour or all day. It has evolved to include listeners, singers and pot luck snacks around the coffee pot during the day and a restaurant supper break, with more Jamming `til we quit. This is open to the public. 

Annual ‘Ugly Dog’ contest being held on August 13 in Williamston
    The 27th Annual Ugly Dog contest is Saturday, August 13, during ‘Dog Days of Summer’ in Williamston.  Registration is from 3-5 pm, with the contest starting at 5 pm.  There are 10 categories in which you can enter - best dressed/costume; best trick; longest ears; least behaved; looks most like owner; longest tail; friendliest; shortest dog; tallest dog, and ugliest dog.  The cost is $5/dog for the first registered category, and each additional category is $2/dog.  Great prizes are awarded to the contest winners and owners.
   This event is in McCormick Park (corner of N. Putnam and High Streets).  All dogs are welcome – they must be people-friendly and pet-friendly and current on rabies and distemper-parvo vaccinations.  Dogs must remain on leash at all times during the hours of the event.  Questions, contact:  Eva Hatt, #517-282-9814.  
    This event is sponsored by the Delta Rho Chapter of ESA with all proceeds to benefit Ingham County Sheriff Canine Unit.

Crossroads United Methodist Church holding gathering & supper August 13
   The public is invited to an informal, come-as-you-are Christian gathering and supper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at Crossroads United Methodist Church.  
    The men of the church, on the corner of Haslett and Zimmer roads, east of Haslett and north of Williamston, offer their monthly Second Saturday gatherings as an alternative to Sunday morning services.
    Along with some prayer, music and scriptures in a meet-and-greet setting, you can enjoy supper free of charge during the one-hour get-together in the church dining hall. Everyone is welcome.
    For details, please call the church at 517/655-1466, email at or see the website,

Ingham County Genealogical Society to tour Maple Grove Cemetery Aug. 14
     A tour of Maple Grove Cemetery, 219 N Jefferson St. Mason, MI be conducted by the Ingham County Genealogical Society and Mason High School Alumni on August 14, at 1:30pm. Stories of prominent and interesting Mason residents will be shared. Donations will be accepted for the "Save our newspapers" project.

St. John’s Episcopal Church holding dinner on August 19 in Howell
    A Pulled Pork and Salad Dinner will be held on Friday, August 19, from 5-7pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church. A donation will be accepted for charity. The church is located at 504 Prospect Street, Howell.

St. John’s Episcopal Church offering Salad Luncheon-Buffet on August 19 
    A Salad Luncheon-Buffet will be held on Wednesday, August 10, from 11am-1pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Cost is $8 per person. The church is located at 504 Prospect Street, Howell.

Livingston Acoustic Music Society to gather on Aug. 20 at Fowlerville church
    The Livingston Acoustic Music Society (LAMS) Jam Sessions are open to interested musicians, singers and listeners. We include many different instruments, styles of music and levels from beginners to accomplished. 
    Location: Fowlerville Church of the Nazarene; 8040 Country Corner Dr.; Fowlerville, MI: In the strip mall just south of the I-96 (over pass) bridge on Fowlerville Rd. 
    We are a fun, no obligation, family friendly, informal group. Open to the public. Our next LAMS Jam Session is: Saturday, August 20, starting at 7 p.m.

Plans underway for 24th Annual St Agnes Family Funfest on August 21
   Plans are underway for the 24th Annual St. Agnes Family Funfest to be held Sunday, August 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p .m. at the church, located at 855 E. Grand River Avenue in Fowlerville.
   This is a time to come together as a faith community to celebrate food, fun, family, friendship, and fundraising! It will be a day of fun activities for everyone including: Live Auction, Free Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Children Games, Silent Auction, 50/50 drawings hourly, Picnic Style Dinner, Concessions, Beverages and concluding with the Jackpot Raffle drawing.  All are welcome. Please call the parish office at 517-223-8684 for more information

Friends of Webberville Library Used Book Sale on September 10
    The Friends of the Webberville Library are sponsoring a used book sale on Saturday, September10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Webberville Cultural Center community room. Prices will be: Adult hardcover and cookbooks $1; paperbacks 50 cents; youth & children’s hardcover books 50 cents and softcover 25 cents; coffee table books $1.50; DVDs, CDs and audio books $1-5; romance novels—by one & get one free. Starting at 1:00 p.m. fill a provided brown grocery bag with books for $5.Items will not be set aside for the bag sale.
    Donations accepted at the Cultural Center lobby on Friday, September 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during library hours. Acceptance of donations will resume September 6 through September 9. Children’s books are needed. We are also accepting CDs, DVDs and audio tapes. Books must be in good condition. No textbooks or magazines.
   The Friends are in need of a storage place for unsold items. If you have a space at least 10’ by 10’ you would like to donate, please call 521-3854.

Livingston Catholic Charities receives funding for Elder Abuse prevention
    Livingston County Catholic Charities (LCCC) was awarded funding from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B for a three year contract starting October 1, 2016 to provide Elder Abuse Prevention & Neglect (PEANE) education in Livingston County.  This is a perfect addition to the array of senior outreach services (Senior Resource Advocacy and Volunteer Caregiver Programs) that LCCC has offered to Livingston County seniors for over 30 years. 
   Through this project, LCCC Older Adult Specialists will provide training, community outreach and public education on elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation issues.  Additionally, a community coalition will be formed to provide a coordinated, interagency approach.  
    LCCC’s Older Adult Specialists, who work out in the community with our senior population, have experienced these situations on occasion.  Through the growing incidences over the years, LCCC Director of Senior Services, Suzi Snyder, felt that it was important to bring elder abuse education and prevention to Livingston County.  In speaking with the Adult Protective Services Dept. at our local Dept. of Health and Human Services, they reported that in Livingston County during the period of May 2015 – April 2016 there were 261 investigations with 68 open cases.  
    Undersheriff Mike Murphy notes, “Livingston County is an aging county and all of the data supports this trend continuing...Livingston County Catholic Charities has done a phenomenal job with the resources they have servicing this vulnerable, struggling, at risk population.  They serve all regardless of religious affiliation and provide the support necessary to make a positive impact on senior’s daily lives.  They provide quality services and are always advocating for dignity and independence for our elderly.”  
    As noted in the recent HSCB Older Adults Aging in Place in Livingston County (March 2015) Fact Sheet, “According to the 2010 Census, the senior population (over 65) in Livingston County has increased 66% over the past ten years (2000-2010).  It is projected to increase by another 146% by year 2040.”  Education and prevention will be key to generating the needed change for our seniors to enhance their safety.
    Funding to AAA1-B is provided by The Federal Older Americans Act State Funds from the Office of Services to the Aging.  
    Any group or organization interested in a presentation on Elder Abuse Prevention & Neglect can call Suzi Snyder at 517-546-9910.   

Crossroads United Methodist Church invites crafters for Nov. 12 show
    Interested crafters should sign up soon for a booth at the 2016 Craft Show at Crossroads United Methodist Church.  Fewer than a dozen booths remain available for the show scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 12 at the church, corner of Haslett and Zimmer roads east of Haslett and north of Williamston.
    Booth rentals range from $10 to $30, depending on size and location in the church.  Tables can be rented for an additional fee.  The show will feature only handmade craft items, and no commercial vendors.  A light lunch also is available during the day.  Crafters provide one item each for door prizes awarded during the day.
    Show sponsor is the Crossroads Unit of United Methodist Women.  Proceeds go toward local and international mission projects.  For details and to reserve a booth for the show, please contact Mary Meranda at 517/655-1286.