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to Santa
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

141st Volume - Issue No. 51

DTE to break ground in Lapeer on major solar energy projects

Editors note: The following letters to Santa

were mailed at the special mail collection box
provided by the Imlay City DDA.
Dear Santa,
I have been a bad girl I am sorry but can I
please have a cotten candy maker, big time push
poster, bunchems, kinetic sand float, neon green
hair color, the hole sesen of big time rush, some
cute affiets, all of the harry potter movies, karaoke machine, maby a samsung galaxy S4, head
bans, monopoly here and now, candy land, pie
face, chocolte treats, cra-z-art shimern sparkle,
crayla color alive animatin studio, pitcher
frames, for all the big dogs some toys or bones,
for the little dog Jazz a cute dog affiet or some
little treats, the cats something spacil, for buddy
a cupie new games, for chris a new PS3 contealer, my mom 2 lucke bryen tickes, for niccie
some new shoes, for papa russ some war movies
stuff, for nana pitcher frams, if you can get some
of this stuff you will make my world.
Dear Santa,
My list is Paw patrol game, Puzzles, dinosauer, train set, snowman toy, Rudolph toy.
Dear Santa
I been a good girl so can Iplease have a
monster high, Lego friends, my life as holiday
barbie, barbie pop-up camper, disney frozen tutu
dresses, sleep coats that is frozen, shopkins,
small mart disney frozen 16V, shopkins game. If
you could get me some of this stuff you would
make my world. I wil giv you mellck and
Dear Santa,
For Christmas Iwould please like a move
motion countroller and a charging station for my
PS3 thank you! I would also like the recess
ready outfit for my Amarican girls Music and
Movie entertainment Set. Hit the Slopes Winter
coat. Thank you! Finally I would like 2 bed colections. Thank you Santa!!!
Dear Santa,
This Christmas I would like power gardening tools. A drum Kit. And Everglade Patrol
please and thank you. Also I would like Ultra
Agents Speed Champions. And I would like
Mega Series Sonic Thunderbow blaster. Electric
ambulance and Heavy counstruction tools.
Thank you!!!
Dear Santa,
My name is Korbin and I am 5. I would like
a spiderman scooter, JD tractor and a fire truck,
a frog for my mom.
Dear Santa,
My name is Icele. Santa I want a four wheeler, a magic cat litter cleaner for my mom. My
Dad want a new hose for us.
Dear Santa,
I have been very good this year so here are
Letters to Santa page 14-A

High price for special election

Cost to Lapeer County taxpayers to fill 82nd District seat is $121,749 so far
By Catherine Minolli
Tri-City Times Editor

The extra-marital affair and
bizarre attempt to cover it up
that cost Todd Courser his job
as 82nd District State House
Rep in Lansing carried a high
price tag for Lapeer County

taxpayers as well.
Lapeer County Clerk
Theresa Spencer says the total
taxpayer expense for the
November 3rd special primary election to begin the process of filling the 82nd
District House seat was
$121,749.01. This sum
doesnt include the costs

incurred by townships and

cities for programming the
election in their precincts,
including election inspector
wages and/or expenses, custodial and security costs if
needed, and costs relating to
absentee voter ballots.
County Controller John
Biscoe says that while it

would have been preferable

to spend the money on something else, the election
expense didnt put the county
budget in jeopardy.
There can be contingencies (in expenses) throughout
the course of a budget year
Election page 14-A

Students step up

Members of student council, NHS reach out to those in need

By Tom Wearing

Tri-City Times Staff Writer

IMLAYCITY Imlay City High

School Student Council members have
been modeling the Christmas spirit in
recent weeks.
During the past month, the student
council has coordinated both a schoolwide toy and canned food drive to
benefit local children and families
experiencing financial hardship.
With the support of fellow students
in grades 9-12, the group collected
1,150 non-perishable food items and
dozens of childrens gifts and toys, all
destined for St. Pauls Lutheran
Churchs food pantry.
Last Monday, students stayed after
school to box up and deliver the items
to St. Pauls, which will distribute the
toys and food to designated kids and
families within the local community.
The student-led collections benefitted from the additional support of
National Honor Society members and
high school teachers, Hilary Jacobsen
and Kristen Swejkowski, who serve as
this years student council advisors.
Jacobsen said the students efforts
received an added boost from an inschool competition among male teachers to see which could grow the most
facial hair in a months time.
Jacobsen said the competition had

Photo by Tom Wearing

Kindergarteners from Weston Elementary

School visit Santa, who stopped in Milnes
Chrysler-Dodge in Imlay City last Thursday.

LAPEER By next
year, Lapeer County will be
home to the largest utilityowned solar array east of the
Mississippi. On Monday,
DTE Energy announced they
had plans to develop two
project sites in Lapeer,
expected to generate 45
megawatts (MW) of zeroemission solar energy that can
power 9,000 average size
DTE is the largest investor in solar energy in the state.
The development of the two
new Lapeer solar projects furthers that investment and
reflects DTE Energys broad-

along I-69 between
M-24 and Lake Nepessing
Road and on Turrill Road
between M-24 and Clark
Road. The 30 megawatt site
along I-69 will be the largest
operating utility-owned photovoltaic solar array east of
the Mississippi and the third
largest in the country once
completed. The Turrill Road
site will generate 15 megawatts. Earlier this month, the
Michigan Public Service
Solar panels will become familiar site as DTE projCommission approved DTEs
ect gets underway in the spring of 2016.
contract with Inovateus Solar
MI, LLC to develop solar
er commitment to build a Dimitry, DTE Energys vice generating capacity up to 50
more sustainable future for president of Business & megawatts. DTE officials say
our customers through a Development.
they are evaluating other sites
cleaner, more diversified The company will break
Power page 14-A
energy portfolio, said Irene ground in 2016 at the two
Illustration photo

By Maria Brown

Tri-City Times Assistant Editor

Imlay City High School Student Council members display some of

the hundreds of food items collected by students to go to local
families experiencing financial hardship this holiday season. The
high schools National Honor Society members also took part in the
food drive.
been running neck-and-neck between food pantry, while catapulting Pries to
science teacher Bob Beebe and band most facial-hairy teacher status.
teacher Scott Pries, until a late push by Student
band students put Pries over the top.
Samantha Schefka, was pleased with
With their last-minute surge, band the efforts of her fellow students and
members were able to bring in an addiStudents page 14-A
tional 150 food items for St. Pauls

Raising hope

A winning plan

Lapeer Ed Tech FFA students

partner with Stone Soup,
...see page 3-A

Revitalization plan open for

public viewing in Imlay City,
...see page 7-A


Police and fire briefs . . .

Editors note: The following is a compilation of activity and reports from area
police and fire departments.

nobody was injured in the
Deputies investigating
the incident believe this was a
Works bomb. The name
comes from a chemical used
in the making of the bomb,
which is found in a toilet
bowl cleaner by the same
name. Bottles containing
these chemicals are extremely volatile and can explode at
any time.
We are asking that anyone finding any type of plastic bottle in their yard to be
cautious when they approach
it, said Sheriff Donnellon.
If you notice anything
suspicious, dont touch the
bottle. Move away and contact the Sheriff's Office or
your local police agency
The Sheriff added that not
only Works bombs are
being found throughout the
county, but remnants of
methamphetamine one pots
are also being left in yards
and along roadways. These
are plastic bottles that contain
leftovers from methamphetamine production and can
also explode or catch fire.
This is the first report of a
Works bomb in St. Clair
County in several months.
Deputies continue to
investigate the incident. If
anyone has any information,
please contact the St. Clair
County Sheriffs Office at
(810) 985-8115.

Sheriffs dept.
issues alert
The St. Clair County Sheriff's
Office is alerting citizens to
be cautious near plastic bottles they may come across,
following the explosion of a
bottle earlier this month in
Clyde Township.
According to Sheriff Tim
Donnellon, deputies were
called to a home on
Abbottsford Road shortly
before 8 a.m. on December
11. The caller said she had
picked up a plastic pop bottle
that was lying in her front
yard. She placed the bottle
outside her garage and went
in the house. A short time
later, the plastic pop bottle


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FFA raises hope for holidays

Friday night through Saturday
morning, while most were
asleep, a handful of students
were learning the skills
required to be future leaders
in the community.
Area high schoolers enrolled
in the Future Farmers of
America program at the
Lapeer County Ed Tech
Center were involved in a
Leadership Lock-in that culminated in the donation and
distribution of 100 chicken
The Lock-in and donations are part of a larger program called Project Raising
We have been getting
grants and fundraising to
grow animals out in our ani-

mal center to produce meat

that we then donate to Stone
Agriscience Instructor and
Project Raising Hope organizer says.
The animals are donated
to the program or purchased
with grant funds and are
raised by FFA students on
Ed-Tech grounds, Hyatt
explains. The FFA students
were able to produce an estimated three tons of meat for
use in the program, all of
which is USDA inspected and
While there is supervision
and guidance provided by
instructors like Tammy Hyatt,
the majority of the work is
performed by the students. In
addition to their daily work
with the animals, the students
also mentor disabled kids.
They bring the kids
down and actually feed (the

animals) every day, have them

out in the animal center so
theyre teaching them how to
take care of animals, Hyatt
said, adding that the animal
center contains several animals that are being raised
either for meat or other products like wool.
The FFA students were
behind the planning and organization of Project Raising
Hope, she adds.
The students had this
wild idea that they would
come [to Ed-Tech] to learn
about leadership and all the
things they thought leadership
would be, Hyatt says.
The students learned about
teamwork, building self-confidence, and interpersonal
communication during the
Lock-in. The Lock-in began
at 7 p.m. on Friday night,
December 18, and ended with
the Project Raising Hope

Imlay City approves new

30-year pact with DWSD
By Tom Wearing

Tri-City Times Staff Writer

flow, let it flow, let it flow.
On Tuesday, Dec. 15, city
commissioners unanimously
approved a new 30-year contract with Detroit Water &
Sewerage (DWSD) for future
water delivery.
City Manager Tom Youatt
said the decision concludes
nearly three years of study,
cost comparisons and negotiations with DWSD officials.
The long-term agreement
becomes effective June 30,
2016, and will run through
June 30, 2046.
Youatt acknowledged the
efforts of his fellow water
DPWSupt. Ed Priehs, Mayor
Walt Bargen and City
Commissioner Al Ramirez,
and for their contributions
during the investigatory and
negotiating processes.
The goal of the committee is to provide Imlay City
residents with the finest qual-

ity water at the most affordable rates, said Youatt. The

city has done its due diligence
in accomplishing that goal.
The committee also considered the option of connecting with the new Karegnondi
Water Authority (KWA) pipeline, currently under construction north of the city.
Once completed, the
Karegnondi would deliver
untreated water from Lake
Huron to residents in Flint
and Genesee County.
However, if Imlay City
was to connect with the KWA,
the city would have had to
construct its own water treatment plant and hire staff to
operate the facility.
Youatt said the committee
viewed that option as costprohibitive, agreeing instead
to enter into a separate contract with Detroit Water
DWSDhas provided
excellent quality water to the
City of Imlay City for a long
time, and without interruption, Youatt noted. They

negotiated with us in good

faith, and the contract has
been reviewed by our city
This is a historic agreement for the city and for the
residents of Imlay City, he
continued. It will be beneficial to residents and we
believe it will help stabilize
our water rates.
Internal upgrades on tap
In meeting the terms of
the new long-term contract,
Youatt said the city will be
required to make certain
internal upgrades to the existing water system.
Those upgrades, expected
to cost about $185,000, will
include new metering, flowreduction valves and chlorination feed system to better
regulate the water quality
within the citys two water
The citys primary water
tower is located on Fourth
Street behind the city hall;
with the other behind Vlasics
pickle manufacturing plant on
Blacks Corners Road.

Project Raising Hope participants James Parker, Kara Gregor, Emily Fricka,
Mackenzie Delong, and Alicia Palmer took part in a Lock-in to prepare food
packages for distribution through Stone Soup Food Pantry.
donation at 9 a.m. on
All meals donated through
the program were packaged
by the FFA students and
needy families in the Lapeer
County Intermediate School
District were invited to
receive donations prior to the
event. The students began

By Tom Wearing

Imlay City man has been
arrested and charged with
human trafficking of an underage Detroit girl.
Michigan State Police F/
Lt. David Kaiser reported that
49-year-old Roger Reid has
been charged with six counts
of third-degree criminal sexual
conduct, along with child abusive commercial activity, controlled substance provided to a
minor, child accosting for
immoral purpose and harboring a runaway.
Kaiser said troopers from
Michigan State Police Lapeer
Post were contacted last
Sunday, Dec. 13, to assist U.S.
Customs and Border Protection
agents during a suspicious

incident on
Water Bridge
in Port Huron.
The incident involved
Reid, who is a
registered sex
offender, and
minor Roger Reid
The minor initially told
troopers she was 18 years old
and met Reid online, Lt.
Kaiser reported. After further
investigation, troopers determined the victim was a
15-year-old runaway from
Kaiser reported that Reid
is currently in custody, with
bond being set at $250,000. He
was ordered to refrain from
any further contact with the

The victim has reportedly

been returned to her family in
Lapeer County Sheriffs
Det./Sgt. Jason Parks reported
that his department had numerous contacts with Reid between
2003-2009, but for unrelated
These events were mainly property related complaints
in which Reid was the complainant, said Parks. Our
agency had no prior involvement or any type of complaints
associated to his recent arrest.
He added that a 2002 arrest
which resulted in Reids conviction as a sex offender was
not handled by the Lapeer
County Sheriffs Dept.
Reids pre-trial hearing in
Port Hurons 72nd District
Court has been set for Monday,
Dec. 28 at 2 p.m.

Imlay man charged with home invasion, assault

By Tom Wearing

Tri-City Times Staff Writer

27-year-old Imlay City man
has been charged with breaking into a residence on Imlay
City Road and assaulting the
homes two occupants.
Lapeer County Sheriffs
deputies responded to the
incident around 1:44 a.m. on
Friday, Dec. 18.
Deputies reported that the
suspect, Donald Smith, is
believed to have gained entry
to the home through a window after removing the
Once inside, the intruder
allegedly doused the sleeping

with pepper
spray, awakening them in
the process.
At that
point, Smith
grabbed the
27-year-old female occupant
by the wrists and dragged her
along the floor.
Deputies said the second
occupant, a 19-year-old Imlay
City man, recovered after
having been pepper-sprayed
and a fight ensued between
the two men.
Smith, who reportedly
had a previous dating rela-

tionship with the female,

eventually fled the premises.
He was located a short
time later at his own residence about a half-mile away,
after which he was taken into
custody and lodged at the
Lapeer County Jail.
Smith was formally
charged and arraigned on
Friday in Lapeers 71-A
District Court on charges of
home invasion, 1st degree;
and two counts of assault and
The suspect was released
from the Lapeer County Jail
on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond and ordered to
have no further contact with
the victims.

those involved say it has been

excellent for both parties with
continued hope for many
years of future success.
Its been phenomenal,
MacLeod said, and we cant
say enough about these kids.
Project Raising Hope is all
All involved note that
through the program, participating students are able to see
the benefits of their hard work
first-hand and witness the
good impact their labor has
had on families in the community.
You hear more and more
stories about people that
werent going to be able to
have dinner, and now they
can, MacLeod says. What
these kids have done in three
years, Ive never seen that in
over a decade of food banking.

Officials inked a new

30-year water contract
with Detroit Water &
Sewerage Department.
Prior to approving the
new contract with DWSD,
commissioners voted to terminate the citys existing contract with the GLCUA Packages of food compiled by FFA Project Raising
(Greater Lapeer County Hope students are on way to families in need in
Utilities Authority), also to the community.
expire on June 30, 2016.

New Year
Wish for
You . . .

Imlay City man charged

with trafficking a minor
Tri-City Times Staff Writer

packaging the meals at 7 a.m.,

at the end of the 14-hour
Lock-in, and the distribution
took place between 9 and 10
a.m. The students also took
charge of distribution, with
help from Stone Soup.
The partnership we have
developed with Stone Soup is
tremendous, and our kids
have learned so much by
doing this event, Hyatt says.
Members of Stone Soup were
on hand to help facilitate the
donation event, and expressed
toward the FFA students hard
These are future leaders,
the FFA, says Steve
MacLeod, CEO of Stone
Soup, and theyre getting to
see the full fruits of their
The partnership between
Stone Soup and the FFA students is in its third year and

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. . . to count your many blessings and look ahead
to a prosperous new year.

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With a little
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everyone can
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sinners. Yet,
God so
Rev. Paul loved the
world, that
he gave his
only son
(John 3:16). That means that
God so loved the world, each
person, individually,
specifically, tenderly,
intentionally that he put
aside his divine glory for a
while to become a man, that
he taught us the Gospel, that
he worked miracles of mercy
(like healings, exorcisms,
resurrections), that he suffered, that he died, and that
he rose.
Such is Gods mercy that
he came as a small, fragile
baby. He came neither as an
enemy to avenge, nor as one
so wealthy and powerful
that he might just stay aloof
from us. He chose to need
usthats how it is with a



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that one can do during this
year to dig in deeply into this
mystery of Gods merciful
love? Much, but let me
recommend two things: the
Bible, and prayer.
There are countless passages
in the Bible about mercy, and
here in a small Christmas
article I couldnt suggest
them all. So if youre not
familiar with the Bible, and
are wondering where to start,
heres one idea: the internet.
Yes, the internet has many
very bad uses, but a few
good ones, and finding bible
passages about Gods
mercy is one of them.
And as for prayer, anyone
can pray. If you think you
dont know how to pray, ask
God to teach you how to
pray, and in the very act of
asking him, you'll be
praying. See how easy that
was? God doesnt need
pompous discourses in
prayer, nor clever methods:
He needs you, just as you
are, all of you, but
especially your mind and
your heart. A simple prayer
about mercy is especially
popular with eastern
Churches (like the Orthodox
and Byzantine, for example),
and it goes like this: Jesus
Christ, Son of God, have
mercy on me, a sinner.
Such a simple prayer
summarizes the thoughts of
our mind and the affections
of our heart as we place
ourselves before the
newborn Jesus during the
Christmas season this year.
My parish and I wish the
readers of the Tri-City Times
a truly merry Christmas, with
that merriment of the heart
that is born by discovering
one is loved by God, by
providing works of charity
and by reconciling with one

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ALMONT Retired
Almont Police Officer
Robert Parsell will be the
guest of honor at the next
Wake Up With Almont
breakfast on Thursday,
Jan. 14.
Sponsored by the Almont
Chamber of Commerce, the
networking session will run
from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the
Almont Lions Club at 222
Water Street.
Now a Medical First
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Almont emergency responders.
eligible for door prizes, while
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fellow business owners and
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A light breakfast will be
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For questions or more
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Santa Claus made a special visit to Milnes Chrysler-Dodge in Imlay City on

Friday, where he listened to childrens Christmas wishes, posed for photos and serenaded three classes of Imlay City kindergartners with popular
Christmas carols. It was the second year the dealership has hosted Santa
and it wont be the last, says Sales Mgr. Jeff Bearden. We plan to do it
again next year. Its not only a lot of fun for the kids, but for us, too. Tara
Vance of Angels Touch donated her services to take the photos.

Director lauds Kroger for support

Imlay grocery store sponsored free veterans day at Fair

By Tom Wearing

Tri-City Times Staff Writer

back to Americas veterans
can have its rewards.
EdRonders, Director of
Lapeer Countys Veterans
Affairs office in Lapeer,
recently offered ample evidence of such reciprocity.
On Thursday, Dec. 17,
Ronders visited the Imlay
City Kroger to present a
plaque to Store Manager Joe
Layman, acknowledging
Krogers support of a special
Veterans Day program at
the 2015 Eastern Michigan
Also on hand for the presentation was Ian Kempf,
Manager of the Eastern
Michigan Fair.
Kempf recalled being
contacted early this year by a
representative from Imlay
City Kroger, asking about
sponsorship opportunities at
the fair.
It turned out that at the
same time, Ed (Ronders) was
seeking to develop a veterans
saidKempf. We were able
to meld the two causes and
came up with a free admission day for our Lapeer
County veterans.
Ronders said the firsttime program was so successful that he hopes all parties can collaborate again for
a similar program during the
2016 Eastern Michigan Fair.
We had a total of 388
veterans respond to the program, said Ronders. That
number represents about six
percent of all Lapeer County
veterans. I consider that to be
a very successful program.
Kempf alluded to an
older veteran who said hed
not been to the fair in 30
years, but showed up on the
free admission day.
He told me he wasnt
going to miss the opportunity
to enjoy the fair with his fellow veterans, said Kempf.
While relatively new to
ImlayCity Kroger, Layman
said recent discussions at the
corporate level suggested
continued support of the program for veterans.
I believe we intend to
perpetuate this program,
said Layman, which was
welcome news to both
Ronders and Kempf.

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The following guest

column was submitted by the
Rev. Paul Ward of Sacred
Heart Catholic Church in
Imlay City.
hoever said, Mercy?
Ah, thats just
terrible! Everyone can
understand how good mercy
is, especially when it comes
from God. Christmas this
year, fortunately, provides a
better-than-usual opportunity
to stop and think of Gods
mercy, and to respond to it
with trust.
Why so? The Catholic
Church worldwide is
dedicating a whole year to
the theme or topic of the
Lords mercy. This year
extends from Advent
(already begun near the start
of this December, 2015) to
the end of November 2016.
And, who says meditating on
mercy this year is just for
Catholics? Pope Francis
came up with the idea, and
so I extend it to you, Gentle
Reader, of whatever faith, so
that we can all truly celebrate
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By Tom Wearing

Tri-City Times Staff Writer

Photo by Tom Wearing

wall-to-wall toys and kids at
the annual Pictures with
Santa event at the Almont
American Legion Hall held
on Saturday, December 19.
The Christmas party for
local children and families
began about four years ago
and has been gaining traction
ever since.
attendance had the chance to
share their Christmas wishes
and pose for photographs
with Santa, after which

they were presented toys and

gifts donated by the
Everyone, young and old,
was invited to indulge in hot
chocolate, hot dogs and
steaming sloppy Joes,
provided by the Legion and
auxiliary members.
Garth Allen, Post #479
Vice Commander, said he
was very pleased with
Saturdays turnout, and with
the generosity shown by the
I think this is the best
thing we do for the community all year, said Allen. We
just want to make a

Brothers Curtis and Lukas Butler are joined by

cousin, Blake Bannister, while checking out their
new cars and trucks at the Almont Legion Hall.

special day for the kids and

their familieswith lots of
food, gifts and a chance to
meet Santa.
Its a fun event for them,
he said, but just as much
fun for all of us.
Allen credited fellow
Legion member, Leonard
Ballor, with providing the
initial impetus to host a
Christmas party at the Legion
It was Leonards idea to
do this, said Allen, and he
does the bulk of the work. But
we get a lot of help and
support from a lot of sponsors
and the entire community.
Allen said a substantial
amount of money was raised
for Pictures with Santa
during a golf fundraiser at
Castle Creek Golf Course in
Since then, numerous
businesses, organizations and
individuals have come
forward with generous donations of toys and money.
In addition to giving away
toys and gifts to kids, the
Almont American Legion
also provides food baskets
and gifts to families.
While he hesitated to
acknowledge all donors, lest
some be missed, Allen
extended appreciation to
Vinckier Foods, Control-Tec,
Richmond VFW and Great

Photo by Tom Wearing

Almont American Legion hosts local families.

Brother and sister, Tyler, 7, and Ava, 9, Bucy, are all eyes for Santa during
Saturdays annual Pictures with Santa program hosted by the Almont
American Legion Hall. The event drew dozens of local children and families.
Lakes Helicopter, in loving
memory of Nathan Lojko,
for their extraordinary
support of the Legions
Christmas program.
He also noted the significant
Haskins, who has donated her
services to the program since
its beginning, and to Ballor
for providing the heart, soul
and inspiration for the Pictures
with Santa program..
Given the continued success of the annual Christmas
party, plans are already under
way for next years event.
Anyone wishing to make
a last-minute donation
this year or an early
donation for next years event,

Special delivery for Christmas

The following guest column was submitted by the
Rev. Marcel Allen Lamb of
Imlay City United Methodist
ust about every merchant
with an online presence is
offering special deals for the
Christmas season. Free delivery, expedited delivery, guaranteed delivery, overnight
delivery; these are but a few
of the offerings that are
added to spur cautious or
tardy buyers to choose to
purchase something.
Delivery is important. It
doesnt really matter what
gift is available if it doesn't
get to the person to whom it
is to be given. Without planning or realizing it, merchants have stumbled upon a
profound theological truth
delivery matters or promises
dont matter.
The message of
Christmas is about promises
being delivered at just the
right time or as the
Scriptures say, in the fullness
of time. In the original language of the New Testament,
this time of delivery translates something like
the most opportune and beneficial time. God has filled
the universe with promise.

He has signed each day with

love. God is the first being to
promise anything. All the
way back in Eden when
temptation toppled and tossed
people from paradise, God
made a promise about a son
of Eve who would triumph
over the tempter and who
would deliver humanity from
the curse of sin. Over the
course of time, God would
make many more promises.
Some of those promises were
so great that, while they had
an initial fulfillment at that
time, they would await a
greater delivery. The Bible is
about God promising to deal
with evil, to fix what is broken, to make level paths so
that people no longer stumble, to turn the bitter to sweet,
to save His people, to bless
the poor, the widow, and the
orphan, to turn sorrows into
joys, and to bring peace on
the earth. God has made
promises so great that if
every Christmas list in the
whole world were weighed
against what God said, it
would not even come close to
tipping the scale. Gods
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way. To
from the
curse of sin,
God became
human and
was born and
Rev. Marcel raised in the
same way
each of us
need to be
raised. Christ emptied himself of the fullness of his
powerful deity, taking upon
himself limitations and the
position of a lowly and poor
human being. God climbed
into a baby sized package
and entered His world to
save it through love, humility, truth, kindness, mercy,
holiness, and by suffering for
His broken world and sinful
people. Christmas is a promise that God will stoop from
universe shattering power to
be a humble diaper-donning
tot to save you no matter
how far youve crashed.
Christmas is a promise that

neither bombs, nor wars, nor

tyrants, nor terrorists win.
Christmas is a promise delivered that is fulfilled in every
prayer to Jesus, in every gift
of Christian charity, in every
hope of Gods Kingdom
come. Christmas is another
promise and proof that God
keeps His promises. In
Christmas we find every
promise of God being
embodied in Jesus Christ.
Many of Gods promises
have been delivered, but a
whole lot more are coming.
We who love Jesus await the
fulfillment and delivery of
those remaining promises
like children who eagerly
anticipate Christmas morning
and all that it will deliver.
Christmas is a yearly promise that God is delivering
gifts and graces that are new
each day, year, decade, century, and on into eternity.
Christmas is a promise that
God is delivering us more
than we could think, ask, or

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The following guest column was submitted by Pastor

Dave Spoelma of Imlay City
Christian Reformed Church.
One of my favorite TV
shows is called Undercover
Boss. I am in the great hope
that they air
year of this
show. If
you havent
seen it, it is
a show
where the
CEO of a
Pastor Dave large corpoSpoelma ration takes
on a disguise so that no one recognizes him or her. They go
undercover in different locations of his or her business,
and in doing so, they get to
know what the business is
really like...because in a
large business, it is so easy to
get out of touch with the
people whose boots are on
the ground, so to speak.
The undercover CEO
lowers him- or herself to
work in the ditches with their
employees. The CEOs experience and learn some of the
problems that employees are
experiencing. They come up
with ideas about how they
can make their business even
better. And at the end of each

show, the CEO introduces

him- or herself to each
employee they worked with
as the one who was undercover with them. And they
learn from each other, and
express gratitude.
When I think of
Christmas, I think it is kind
of like the show Undercover
Boss. Christians recognize
Jesus as the Ultimate
Undercover Boss. You know,
most of these CEOs got their
start pushing brooms with
really hard physical work in
their companies. But once
they rose to the top, even
though being a CEO is a
huge amount of work and
responsibility, most of these
CEOs have it made in the
shade. They can make serious coin and can sit at the
helm of their corporation and
they dont have to get very
dirty any longer. But our
God, our Savior is different.
Scripture says that Jesus,
who, being in the very nature
God, did not consider equality with God something to be
grasped, or clung to, or held
onto, or to use for His own
advantage (Philippians 2:6),
but He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature
of a servant, being made in
human likeness. Jesus lowered Himself from CEO sta-

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tus to come to earth at

Christmastime to live and
work with us.
Jesus did not grasp onto
His equality with God. We
have all heard the phrase
grasping at straws. Do you
know where that phrase
came from? To grasp at
straws is to depend on something useless, to make a
futile attempt at something.
It is trying to find a way to
succeed when nothing we
choose is likely to work. The
phrase originates from the
thin reeds that grow by the
side of a river, many called
them straws once upon a
time. And as a drowning man
floats down the river, he
makes a futile and desperate
attempt to grab onto anything
he can by grasping at straws
on the riverbank.
Many of us spend our
whole lives grasping for
God. And here is the bad
news. That is futile. In our
own strength and attempts,
we cannot grasp God. But
here is the good news...The
Christmas news: Jesus did
not grasp onto His place in
heaven as a CEO in such a
way that He wouldnt get
dirty. Jesus went undercover
in our world to grasp us,
when we could not grasp
Him. And when Jesus grasps,
he doesnt let go! This is
what Christmas is all about.
Gods love and grace for His
people. God demonstrated
His own love for us in this
way: While we were yet sinning...while we were yet
rebelling...while we were yet
grasping...Christ came to this
earth and He lived and He
died and He arose for us.
My Savior came for me.
Your Savior came for you.
Our Savior came for us. And
even though our CEO was
amongst us, and even though
we did not recognize or
esteem Him as our Savior,
and even though we put Him
on the cross, if we believe in
Jesus as Gods Son, and we
accept Jesus as our Lord and
our Savior, He will still meet
with us at the end of the
show and graciously call us
His own and reward us in
heaven for eternity. What a
CEO! And that doesnt mean
we honor Him on Christmas
and Easter only.
A Merry and Blessed
Christmas to all!

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The ultimate Undercover Boss

Seasonal fun
The Imlay City Senior Center was energized by the sights and sounds of
Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 17. Among those making guest appearances
at the Centers annual holiday party were:Elvis, AKA the King of Rock
&Roll; and members of the High Steppers dance troupe. In addition to
the holiday music and entertainment, attendees were treated to a bountiful
lunch and the warm hospitality of the senior centers staff.

Student artists asked

to submit designs

State Rep. Dan Lauwers
encourages high school-,
middle school- and elementary school-aged students to
submit artwork for a contest
to design the cover of the
2016 Michigan State of the
State program.
Lauwers, R-Brockway
Township, said Gov. Rick
Snyder is conducting a design
contest, and the winning artwork will grace the front of
the program for his State of
the State address, scheduled

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winning design will be determined by which one receives
the most likes on Facebook
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Contest entries should be
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their name, phone number,
address, and email address, as
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Legislature, state Supreme
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Revitalization Plan submitted to judges in Americas Best Communities Contest, in which Imlay City
emerged as a quarter-finalist.

ABC plan on display

Public invited to take a look at future possibilities in Imlay

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Revitalization Plan recently
submitted to judges of the
Americas Best
Residents of Imlay
City, Communities Contest.
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The Imlay teams completed plan was submitted to
ABC Contest judges by the
November deadline.
Beginning on Monday,
Dec. 28, copies of the
Revitalization Plan will be
available for viewing at the
Imlay City, Imlay Township
and Attica Township offices,
and at the Ruth Hughes and
Attica Township libraries.
In conjunction with the
public viewings, large posters
are now on display at each
location, depicting some of
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Demo Derby accident victim offers his sincere thank you

I would like to give a
heartfelt thank you to the
many family, friends, and
members of the community
that offered so much love,
support, and prayers during
the past few months for me.
As many people know, I
had a very serious accident at
the Eastern Michigan State
Fair Demolition Derby.
The Imlay City Fire
Department worked quickly
and carefully to get me out of

my car, and with a special

thank you to Matthew
Makedonski for talking me
through everything that
night. Thank you to my
fiance who stayed by my
side, every day, both while I
was awake and while I was
not, from hospital to hospital,
and the rehabilitation centers,
and finally back home.
Thank you to my sisters,
brother, cousins, friends and
members of the community

Our Opinion

who did so much to organize

the benefit dinners, bake sale,
poker runs, gathering food,
donations, advertising, and
everything else that was
involved. I was overwhelmed
and humbled with the pictures

and turnout and support. So

thank you to all who attended,
donated, or assisted in the
Thank you to all of my
derby family for your
thoughts, prayers and support

through all of this process. I

have a long way to go, but
have come so far, thanks to all
who stood by me and kept me
in your thoughts.
Words alone cannot
express how grateful I am,

but I hope this in some small

way lets everyone know how
much I appreciate what has
been done for me.
Michael Kelley

High school students boost food drive

We would like to thank

Hilary Petersen, the Imlay
City High School Student
Council and all the Imlay City
High School students that
participated in this years
food drive for the Scouts
Food Basket Program.

These young men and

women collected more than
1,300 food items that consisted of everything from
soup to nuts. They are to be
applauded for giving up some
of their free time to do this
wonderful act of charity.

Through their efforts, Thanks again and we look

many local residentsinclud- forward to working with you
ing some of their own class- again next year.
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May God bless you and
Scout Food Basket
your families this Christmas
Imlay City

Generosity, kindness is
area news all year long

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s always during this time of year our

pages are filled with stories of people
doing good deeds and performing kind
and generous acts right here in our communities, things that make a difference in a tangible
way. These acts of kindness also make our
communities stand out as examples of what
can, and sometimes should, be accomplished
when people work together for the common
From the Secret Santa who donated 600
coats for youngsters in the Imlay City School
District to the elementary school students, student council members, church and civic organization and individuals who define community service, the Tri-City area is gifted with an
abundance of caring residents who do what
they can to put service at the top of their priority list.
We are grateful to be the conduit for which
those stories are told, and the mirror that
reflects what the Tri-City area is all about.
Good or bad, we are your hometown newspaper and as always, we continue our commitment to quality local stories that resonate,
enlighten, educate and entertain. We are grateful to our readers, our advertisers and supporters, and to the people who allow us to tell
their stories and share what theyve learned or
accomplished along the way.
In these tumultuous times there is one thing
Tri-City area residents can always count on:
Your hometown newspaper and its dedicated,
professional writers and staff
members who will continue to bring you all
your local news and sports stories as the new
year unfolds.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and
seasons greetings to all!

Downtown Capac covered in snow during holiday season in 1884.

Smart phones, smart fellows, smart savings

A look back at Christmas time in Capac in the year 1884

Editors note: The following Historically Speaking

column was submitted by
Roxann Mills, longtime resident of the Capac area.
Mills, a historian and writer,
is an active member of the
Capac Historical Society.
he year is 1884, and the
village of Capac is 27
years old. The town, still in
its infancy, can provide just
about every need and want to
fill the old pioneers
Christmas list. Items that

cannot be found in the merchants shops could be

ordered and brought in by
rail. Rail Line shopping
was a breeze. It can be equated to our Cyber Monday and
smart phone shopping of
today, with the added perk of
keeping local merchants in
business because the orders
were placed through them.
The Capac Argus published by D.S. Bottomley and
C.C. Praker recorded events
from the north, south, east,

Folklore, magic mix for true Christmas spirit

nce again its time to tell

a familiar story to remind
me, and all who wish to be
that you
whose path
cross so
its best to
treat all
who do as


Its a
chilly night and there is much
work to do.
Stoke the fire, fill the
lamps with oil; sweep the
crusty bread crumbs spilled
by little hands around the
worn oak dinner table from
the wood planked floor.
Befana is a busy woman.
She is old now, but still
strong. She worked hard as a
girl and, unlike her reflection
in the mirror, that has not
changed one bit. She is
known for her impeccable
housekeeping. Like most
Italian woman, it is more
than just a source of pride. It
is the true mirror that reflects
who she is and where she
came from, regardless of
what age she becomes.
Always tidy. Always
disciplined. Always, always

Its a little late, but

Befana is sweeping and
sweeping. She wants the
floor to gleam in the
firelight. Its the last chore of
the day. She doesnt mind
the work. She is used to it,
and has come to depend on
it like an old lover.
She hears a noise, and the
old wooden door of her home
shakes on its rusty hinges.
Someone is
Opening the door a crack,
Befana is greeted by three
astrologers. Theyre cold and
tired, and theyre looking for
directions. They want to
know where the Christ child
is and wonder if they can rest
a spell at her house before
continuing on their journey.
Befana tells them she has
no idea what theyre talking
about. Like most Italian
grandmothers, she is kind,
but shes no pushover. Shes
a little suspicious of the men
and of their strange request.
Still, she invites them in and
offers them some wine and
bread. They take her up on
the hospitality, and when
done, set about on their
Before leaving, they ask
Befana if shed like to join
them on their journey in
search of the Christ child.
The thought crosses her
mind for a minute, cancelled

immediately by thoughts of
all the chores she has to do
the next day. She has no
time to trot along the
countryside in search of a
child that may not exist.
She politely declines and
picks up her broom. She
sweeps and sweeps as they
walk out the door.
But she cant get the
visitors out of her head. She
thinks she may have made a
mistake by not following
them on their journey.
Resting on the end of her
broom, Befanas heart is
heavy with the idea that
maybejust maybeshe
missed a golden opportunity.
She puts the broom in a
corner and weeps.
Her heartfelt tears fall on
the dusty old broom and
suddenly it comes to life. It
sweeps her up into the night
sky in search of the three
wise men. Her apron is
filled with oranges and
candies. She has no idea
where shes going...
Soon Befana becomes
lost. Still, her heart swelling
with the thought of a Christ
child, she stops at every
childs house and gives
them a treat just in case one
of them is the baby Jesus the
three strangers had spoken
It is a journey she repeats
every year on the eve of the

...Epifana in Italian.
January 6th, the day of the
shining forth of Gods
manifestation into human
form as the baby Jesus
Folklore notes that the
name Befana evolved from
various dialect
pronunciations of Epifana.
When I was growing up,
Iloved hearing stories of La
Befana, who was often
portrayed as a grandmotherly
woman with a broomstick
wearing a black shawl that is
covered in soot because she
enters the childrens houses
through the chimney...
...In Italy, children still
anticipate La Befanas visit
and often leave her a glass of
wine and a little plate of
cookies to show how much
they love her and how good
theyve been, lest they get a
lump of coal instead of a
Perhaps seeing the Christ
child in all little children, La
Befana continues her journey
year after year, mixing her
magic with holy reverence,
with true love and wonder,
with appreciation and
...and maybe, just maybe,
with the true meaning of
Email Catherine at

and westthey called it

NEWS. Local happenings
were printed within its pages.
Some of the settlers called it
news while others called it
gossip. In this 21st century
we call it historical record.
Climb aboard for a sleigh
ride through the streets of
downtown Capac and do a
bit of super savings
Christmas shopping
1880s style. The street
lamps of our village were
lighted for the first time in
many a day last Thursday
evening. Our village presented quite a citified appearance
with all the street lamps
being lighted. Businesses are
ready: Our merchants are
making a fine display of
Holiday goods in their show
Now is the time to buy
your Holiday Presents says
E.C. Martin. His drug stock
is complete and he also has a
full line of toilet and fancy
goods for men and women,
china cups and saucers,
ladies handbags, and advertises Meerschaum and Brier
Pipes. Dit Walker &
Company advertises new
clothing, shoes, boots and
dry goods along with 500
tons of good butter (thats a
lot of butter!) and says
Money Makes Business
A.S. McEntee is selling
Mason & Hamlin Organs and
New Home Sewing
Machines. C.A. Mann
Jeweler has The Largest
Assortment of Gold and
Silver Watches Ever Brought
in Town. J. Bickford
General Hardware has a large
line of stoves of the latest
designs and is selling them
Cheaper than Ever Before.
Jacob Waltz Harness and
Shoe Shop offers harnesses,
buffalo robes, blankets,
satchels, trunks, boots, and
whips. Jacob does a steady
business with his whips, for
the paper reports: Buggy
whip thieves get in their
work during religious services Sunday evenings in the
Shutt school house. Dr.

Patterson and W.H. Flint are

the losers thus far.
Dr. McGurks office
hours are from 12 to 2 and 7
to 9 p.m. if his services are
needed. If things do not work
out well with the doctor,
Hewitts Undertaker Supplies
advertises wood and cloth
caskets and also offers a first
class hearse when requested.
Mr. Hewitt also carries a full
line of furniture at prices
than Defy Competition.
W.F Praker offers a 10
cent coupon for in store purchases from his line of photograph albums, stereoscopes, stereoscopic views,
childrens story books,
Bibles, school books, diaries
and humorous books. Mr.
Praker is a wise businessman, for you see his son C.C.
Praker co-owns The Capac
Argus newspaper. The discount coupon he is offering
must be cut out of his sons
newspaper and requires a
minimum purchase of $1 in
his store; so both family
businesses prosper. Praker
was a smart fellow!
Enjoy these additional
excerpts from the December
1884 issues of The Capac
December 12: Mud, bad
roads. The small boy is terribly disappointed in the
weather. No snow, no ice.
The marshal hasnt been
bothered much with the boys
snowballing and catching on
sleighs, thus far.
Cards are out for a grand
Masquerade ball at the Allen
House Thursday evening,
December 25. Everybody is
invited and a good time may
be expected. All joining the
party are expected to furnish
their own costumes.
The chairman of the different committees of the
Union Christmas tree are
requested to call their meetings as soon as possible and
make the necessary arrangements. A Union Christmas
tree will be held in the
Baptist Church, Tuesday eveLook Back page 9-A


Youngster tells how

to catch a bear

n the 1950s Art Linkletter

hosted a TV show called
Kids Say the Darndest
Things. On the show Art
would ask little kids questions and kids being kids, the
answers were straightforward
and honest. And often hilarious.
Most little kids are like
that, not necessarily politically correct. Do you
remember some of the things
you said as a kid? Or that
your own kids said to you or
started kindergarten
in 1953
and it was
the first
time I was
Rick Liblong around a
lot of other
kids at the
same time. While it was a little intimidating, I loved it.
Mrs. Kelly was our teacher
and we attended for a half
day in the afternoon.
The classroom was in a separate building, north of the
main school buildings. It was
set up with the letters of the
alphabet on the walls, a big
blackboard in the front,
although it was green and a
48-star American flag protruding from the wall at a 45
degree angle. We learned to
write our names and many
other things with big black
pencils. Our favorites were
recess and rest time with our
graham crackers and milk. I
have to admit, I felt quite
grown up in kindergarten.
Kids often hear things
that other kids or adults say,
especially their parents, and
they repeat them to someone
else. Im sure I did my share
of this. Most of those inci-

All the Liblong day..

dents are innocent enough.

Exchanges like that made Art
Linkletter famous and rich.
But let me share with you an
incident that happened in my
kindergarten class that is still
talked about today in my
small hometown more than
six decades later.
One of the little boys, my
cousin, John Liblong, known
as Johnny then, who still
lives in Almont, raised his
hand to ask Mrs. Kelly a
question. With a smile on her
face, she said, Yes,
Johnny? She and everyone
thought he would probably
ask a question about something we were learning that
day and waited anxiously for
him to speak.
After a few seconds,
Johnny sat up straight in his
chair and asked, Mrs. Kelly,
do you know how to catch a
Catch a bear? What did
that have to do with what we
were learning? Nothing, of
course, but Mrs. Kelly,
sweetheart that she was, simply replied, No, Johnny,
how do you catch a bear?
Proudly, without hesitation, Johnny repeated what
he must have heard his dad
telling someone as a joke.
Johnny, however, didnt think
it was a joke and that Mrs.
Kelly and the rest of us needed to know how to catch a
bear, just in case.
He said, Well, you dig a
big hole in the ground.
Huh? Where was he going
with this? But all of us hung
on to his every word.
Then you put ashes in
the bottom of the hole, he
continued. Then you sprinkle peas all around the outside of the hole.
At this point, Mrs. Kelly
probably wished she had not

Photo provided

The quality of dreams

The author, Johnny Liblong and a bear.

teacher Loretta Kelly
learned how to catch a
called on Johnny. But she
had. So he blurted out the
punch line with total confidence.
Then, when the bear
comes to take a pea, you kick
him in the ash hole!
There was some laughter
from the rest of us kids but I
dont think most of us got the
joke. However, I assure you,
Mrs. Kelly got it. She tried to
stifle a laugh, but she
couldnt. So she literally ran
into the restroom at the back
of the room and we could
hear her laughing uproarious-

ly behind the closed door.

None of us were sure what
would come next or what to
do. So we all sat there looking at each other and at
Johnny. In a few minutes that
seemed a lifetime, Mrs. Kelly
emerged from her office and
muttered something to
Johnny, I think, thanking him
for teaching us how to catch
a bear if that ever became
By the time we got home
from school nearly every
person in town had heard
about Johnny and his joke.
And Mrs. Kelly went to a
teachers conference in
Lapeer and soon the whole
county knew about it!
Johnny became a celebrity and to this day, people
who remember will stop him
on the street and ask him to
repeat the story.
Yes, indeed, kids say the
darndest things. I hope this
little true story brought a
smile to your face and I
thank John for letting me tell
it to you.
Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year, everyone.

Photo by Ronald J. Kazmierczak

(3 p.m.) on Sunday,
December 13th. People
brought their cameras to take
pictures for their scrapbooks.
Many captured the moment
when Santa was giving a gift
to their child, something that
will be remembered fondly
when the child grows up and
looks back at the event as an
To the acknowledgement
of the post, everyone had a
great time and there was no
ill will at all. The post has
been collecting donations for
the Marine Corps Toys for
Tots drive for the 2015 season. The VFW Post did very
well, collecting many toys to
make the holidays bright for
children. A big Thank You
to all who donated this holiday season.
We look forward to the
event next year, as Santa
Claus comes down again to
pass out presents and bring

Roberta Reid, Harry Earehart and Erich Brieger

prepare turkey for the big holiday celebration at
VFW Post 2492 in Imlay City.
joy to the world.
We also request a
moment of silence for all
those who will not be coming home this holiday season,
because of serving overseas.
We miss all of you very
much and wish you were
with us right now.
We also request a
moment of silence for all
who gave the ultimate sacri-

fice in their service so people

like us can live a free and
normal life here in the United
From VFW Commander
Thomas Davis and VFW
Auxiliary President Roberta
Reid, and all the members of
the post and auxiliary, we
will you a very Merry
Christmas and a Happy New

ife is so urgent it
necessitates a slow
bubble held in awe.
I have no idea where that
quote came from or why I
found it scribbled on a little
sticky note, but obviously at
some point Id deemed it
worth saving. When I ran
across it today, I was
reminded of a little
Christmas booka real treasurewhich I found at a
library sale a few years ago.
The Hidden Gift of
Christmas, by Jane L. Fryar,
peeked in to give kind of a
whimsical perspective from
the main characters in the
Advent story.
Listen to this: Twas the
night before Christmas.
Angels on tiptoes straining
to see God wrapping his
Present for you and for me!
Somehow, the way the
author described that
moment in time seems like a
slow bubble held in awe,
doesnt it?
The page facing that little poem was a quote from
Galatians 4:4-5, describing

Imlay City High School

Students of the Month

Editors note: The

following Imlay City High
School Students of the
Month feature was submitted
by Rich Cross, M.Ed., Dean
of Students at Imlay City
High School. You may reach
him at 810-724-9815 or
email to
allory Wetzel is one of
our Imlay City High
School Students of the
Month for December 2015!
She is the daughter of AJ
and Erin Wetzel, and has
three younger sisters:
Baylee, Drew, and Karter.
She also has a younger
brother named Griffin.
In addition to maintaining excellent grades,

she is a very active student

athlete. Mallory is a member
of the volleyball, girls'
basketball and softball teams.
She is also a representative
for Student Council.
In her free time,
Mallory enjoys hunting,
running, reading, and playing
travel basketball.
Mallorys role model is
her dad because he
provides for her family, and
he can always make the best
of a situation. Often, her
dad turns such situations into
life lessons from which
she and her siblings can
Mallorys short term goals
are to graduate high

mend us. Confused and

angry, I hid hope for my parents
fifty years
later, Ive
trees with
out my

than with
Thereve been years Ive
forced myself to hold the
gold glittered walnut my
departed daughter decorated
in Sunday school. The
orphaned ornament means I
release again the dreams I
held for her.
I now understand my
parents, in all their faults and
brokenness, possessed
similar dreams and visions,
and sacrificed to make them
reality. What do you have if
you don't have your
dreams? Mom often asked.
On these holy advent
nights, I settle on the sofa for
some serious tree gazing. In
darkness and silence, I
consider Christs Nativity;
offer the desires of my heart
to the lights as if it was the
Star of Bethlehem. Comfort
ye, my people, I recall from
Handels Messiah.
I name those who went
before us this year, the loved
ones and legacies they left
behind. His yoke is easy,
and His burden is light. Yes,
their lives and deaths testify
this for our benefit and
Gods glory.
What does this sacred
season promise my family
and me? What is my dream
for my children and country?
God with us. Peace on
Earth, good will toward men.
Behold the Lamb of God.
Such is the quality of
dreams fulfilled.
Email Iris at irisleeun@

Honest Living . . .

Slowing it all down...

VFW Post party

was fun for all!
Editors note: The following guest column was submitted by Ronald J.
Kazmierczak. Kazmierczak is
the Post Historian for the
VFW Post 2492 in Imlay
he Veterans of Foreign
Wars of the United States
at Post 2492 had its annual
Christmas party for all VFW
veterans, the veterans families and members of the
American Legion Post in
Imlay City, too. We had a
great time as we all waited
for our guest of honor, that
cheerful elf himself, Santa
Santa Claus came down
from his workshop at the
North Pole to pass out some
presents to some of the
young children, and some
older ones too.
The social hour started at
14:30 (2:30 p.m.) and the
main event started at 15:00

ur Christmas tree is an
icon of my dreams. My
parents, in their different
ways, made it so by the love
of their unspoken desires and
work of their hands.
In Dads first reels of
home movies from 1955,
theres Mom, round with
their fourth child, reaching
from a ladder over her
middle, hanging bulbs at the
top our tree. Dad throws
tinsel on branches before the
three-minute roll runs out.
My two sisters and I
squint into the rack of bright
lights, our smiles in various
stages of dental development. We kiss Mom and Dad
goodnight, parade off to bed
in our pajamas and sponge
rollers. Twas the magical
night before Christmas.
Three years later, my
earliest Christmas memory
rooted without the aid of
Dads omnipresent camera.
My father insisted he saw
Santa and his sleigh flying
over the Rivards house
across the street. Look!
Theres Rudolfs red nose!
he said.
I strained with all my
nine-year-old might to see
Rudolfs red glow in the sky,
but our tree blocked the view
in the picture window.
Santa was history by
1960, although I pretended
to believe for my younger
sisters sake. Moody and
eleven-years-old, I tore into
my presents one after another and displayed the contents
for Dad to film according to
his directions. Would I have
behaved differently had I
known my fathers troubles
were crumbling the foundation of our family?
Dear Reader, his home
movies ceased in 1966, the
year before he left. All I
remember about Christmas is
my mother leaving the house
in the dark to work a second
job. Ours was a broken
home. We were broken
people. She did her best to

school, earn scholarships,

and play college
basketball. After high school
Mallory plans on pursuing a
degree in either Sports
Medicine or Law.
Congratulations Mallory!
Keep up the good work!
anuel Arguelles is one
of our Imlay City
High School Students of the
Month for December 2015!
He is the son of Jos and
Juana Arguelles, and has a
brother named Javier.
Manuel is also the owner of a
dog named Wasabi.
In addition to
maintaining excellent
grades, Manuel is in his
third year as a member of

the gift in these words:

When the time had fully
come, God sent his son, born
of a woman, born under law,
to redeem
under law,
that we
the full
rights of

If your
week is

crazy, stop
for a minute. Breathe. Mull that over
with me, letting it wash over
your soul in the context of
that little quote from the
Life is SO urgent it
necessitates a slow bubble
held in awe.
Perhaps, even we will find
ourselves straining in wonder as we stand on tiptoe
beholding afresh the real
wonder of the season.
E-mail Willene at

Look Back:

Mallory Wetzel

Manuel Arguelles

both the Spartan

robotics team Spartronics
5048 and the quiz bowl
team. Manuel enjoys
spending his free time
watching movies/t.v. series,
playing video games and
Gunpla (a type of
Manuels role models
are Satoru Iwata (former
president of Nintendo) and
Satoshi Kon (anime director).
He looks up to them
because they were both
extremely passionate about

their work, and they

were also very well loved
and respected by their
Manuels current goals
are to graduate high
school with a good
cumulative GPA and to do
really well on the upcoming
SAT. After high school
Manuel plans to attend a
four-year university and pursue a Bachelors Degree in
Computer Science.
Congratulations Manuel!
Keep up the good work!

from page 8-A

ning, December 23. The
members of the M.P. Sabbath
School are practicing for a
beautiful cantata, entitled,
St. Nicholas Visit to the
School, which will take
place at the Christmas tree in
the Methodist Protestant
Church on the evening of the
Why cant Capac have a
bank? We think there is a
good opening here for some
man with a little capital.
With the patronage of the
business men of our village
and the farmers of our vicinity a bank could be made to
pay well in this town. Try it
To keep a cigar lighted
one must not talk too much.
This is the chief reason why
women cannot smoke.


~ Richard (Rick) A.
Lange, 61 ~
Richard (Rick) A. Lange,
age 61, a life long Almont/
Romeo resident, passed
away on December 16, 2015
at St. John Macomb-Oakland
Hospital. He was born on
November 30, 1954, the son
of Paul and Margaret
(Victor) Lange. Rick married
his loving wife on July 5,
1975 at St. Clement Catholic
Church in Romeo. He was a
natural athlete who played
football for Romeo, league
softball and golf. Over the
years Rick owned many
business in the restaurant/bar
and trucking industry, where
he met and gained many
lifelong friends.
Funeral services were
held on Monday December
21, 2015 at 2 p.m. with

Father Jerry Kessel officiating.

Funeral arrangements
were made by Henry M.
Malburg Funeral Home of

Delphine McKillop, age

83, of Imlay City, passed
away suddenly after a short
illness Monday, December
21, 2015 at Hyde Park
Assisted Living in Flushing.
Delphine M. Erla was
born on July 20, 1932 in
Hamtramck, Michigan. She
was the daughter of John
and Genevieve Erla. She
grew up in Imlay City.
Delphine graduated with the
Class of 1950 from Imlay
City High School.
She married Eugene
Spike K. McKillop on
August 22, 1953 in Imlay
Delphine was a member
of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church of Imlay City and
she actively assisted in the
Imlay City Rotary Club.
She was a supervisor for
GTE for 20 years. Delphine

~ Delphine McKillop, 83 ~

was an avid fan of watching

the Detroit Tigers and
Detroit Piston ball games,
and making trips to the casinos.
Delphine is survived by
daughters: Jan (Paul)
Franklin of Manhattan
Beach, CA, and Karen
(James) Kline of Flushing,
grandchildren: Jason Kline,
Jeff Kline, Ryan Franklin
and Trevor Franklin, brothers and sisters: Lorraine
Klinas of Sterling Hts.,
Chuck (Agnes) Erla of Cass
City, Doris (Tom) Sieland of
GA, Arnold (Sharon) Erla of
Cass City, Don (Mary Lou)
Erla of Cass City, Dan
(Marlene) Erla of Cass City,
Marilyn Erla of Cass City,
and Clark (Pat) Erla of AZ.
Many thanks to the staff
of Hyde Park Assisted
Living for Delphines care.

~ Max Miller, 90 ~
Max Miller, 90, of
Capac, passed away
Tuesday, December 15,
2015, at his home with family by his side.
He was born in Imlay
City, January 3, 1925, the
son of the late Peter and
Barbara Miller.
His marriage to Ila
Osborn was February 15,
1958, at Capac Methodist
Max served his country
during World War II from
1943 to 1946 as an armed
guard gunner for the United
States Navy.
Max was a lifetime
Capac area resident where

he attended Capac High

School. After his service to
his country during the war,
he went on to complete his
education by earning his
G.E.D. Max worked for St.
Clair County as a heavy
equipment operator for 28
years before his retirement
in 1988. He enjoyed camping up-north, hunting, just
being outdoors, and loved
spending time with his family.
Surviving in addition to
Ila, his wife of 57 years, are
three sons, Bryan (Michelle)
of Capac, Shane of Capac
and Craig Miller of Rapid
River; seven grandchildren,

Season's Greetings

Kaatz Funeral Directors

Capac Yale Richmond

Kylie, Kaitlin, Alexandra,

Alyssa, Zachary, Brooke
and Kaycee; a great-granddaughter, Ava; a sister, Kate
Bentz, as well as several
nieces, nephews and many
He is preceded in death
by his siblings, Joe Lech,
Pete Lutz, Mary Bargo and
Barb Szaal.
Arrangements completed
by Kaatz Funeral Directors,
Capac. Private services will
be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested
to Wishes of the Family.
For information and
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~ Edward J. Striber, 71 ~
Edward J. Striber, age
71, a lifelong resident of
Romeo, Michigan passed
away on December 16, 2015
at the United Hospice in
Marlette. He was born on
December 7, 1944, the son
of Edwin and Carol
(Ketchem) Striber. He
joined the Army and was
proud of the service he performed for the United States
of America. Edward worked
at an assembly plant for
Pontiac Motors, and the
Chevy Dealer in Romeo,
totaling 30 years of working
for GM. He enjoyed fishing
and hunting, and Secord
Game Preserve of pheasants.
Edward loved fast cars and
owned cars such as the
Dodge Demon 1971, 1977
Trans Am, and the 1966
Common GT. He was also
on the Romeo Fire
Edward is survived by
his daughter Shannon
(Donald) Boomer of Imlay
City. Siblings; Donald
Striber of Almont, and
Karen Waterson of Romeo.
Also survived by his grand
daughter Ashley Boomer,
great grandson Jordan
Boomer, and sister-in-law
Marion Striber. Edward was

At this holy time of year, may

the spirit of Christmas bring
gifts of joy and serenity into
your heart and home. We feel
truly blessed to have good
friends in our community.
Bob and Sharon Muir

Muir Brothers
Funeral Home

225 N. Main

Imlay City


Funeral arrangements
made by Muir Brothers
Funeral Home of Imlay City.
Please be sure to sign our
on-line register book at

~ David A. Kotynia, 61 ~
David A. Kotynia, age
61, a resident of Almont for
11 years, and previously
from Sterling Heights,
passed away on December
20, 2015 at Troy Beaumont
Hospital. David was born on
September 14, 1954, the son
of Thaddeus and Rosemary
(Graczyk) Kotynia. He married the former Melissa
Hoesli on March 18, 1978 at
St. Francis Catholic Church
in Holland, Michigan by her
uncle, Fr. Fred Hoesli.
David retired from Am-DynIc in 2009, working in sales
at their Chesterfield
Township Business. David
loved to fish and hunt. He
was an avid reader, and
enjoyed crossword puzzles.
He also loved to spend time
at their cottage in St. Helen,
Michigan and attend St.
Cornelius Catholic Church
in Dryden, MI.
David is survived by his
wife Melissa of Almont,
children: Errol, William,
Christine, Danielle, Jeffery,
Heather, & Patricia. Also
survived by his mother
Rosemary of Hazel Park,
brother Ted (Dawn) Kotynia,
sister Karen (William)

Schell and 14 grandchildren.

He will be especially missed
by Alan, Audrey and Dylan.
Funeral services will
take place on Wednesday,
December 23 at 10 a.m. at
St. Cornelius Catholic
Church in Dryden with Fr.
Mike officiating. Burial will
follow in Guardian Angels
Cemetery in Oakland
Township. Visitation will
take place on at the Henry
M. Malburg Funeral Home
of Romeo and on
Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 10
a.m. at St. Cornelius.
Funeral arrangements
were made by Henry M.
Malburg Funeral Home of

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preceded in death by his

wife Joan, and siblings;
James Striber, Linda King,
Sharon Ann Striber, and
Robert Striber.
Funeral services were
held on Friday, December
18, 2015 at the Henry M.
Malburg Funeral Home with
Father Jerry Kessel officiating. Burial followed at the
Romeo Cemetery.
Donations can be made
out to the United Hospice
Service, 2770 Main St. P.O.
Box 307 Marlette, MI
Funeral arrangements
were made by Henry M.
Malburg Funeral Home of

~ Glory Tanis, 82 ~
Glory Tanis, age 82, of
Sandusky, formerly of Imlay
City, passed away Monday,
December 21, 2015 at
Sanilac Medical Care
Glory Jean Penock was
born on October 30, 1933 in
Grand Rapids, Michigan.
She grew up in Grand
Rapids and graduated from
Grand Rapids High School.
Glory married Ronald
Lee Tanis on December 4,
1953 in Grand Rapids,
She and her husband
Ronald lived in Zephyrhills,
Florida for 10 years.
Glory was a member of
the Imlay City Christian
Reformed Church. She was
a homemaker and she also
worked at a factory, was a
farm worker and a bank teller.
Glory is survived by her
daughters: Aimee (Bryan)
Lloyd of Kingston and
Michele Kardell of Imlay
City. Sons: Gordon Tanis of
Memphis, Robert (Linda)
Tanis of Imlay City, Jeff

She is preceded in death

by her husband: Eugene
Spike McKillop, brother:
Richard Erla and sisters:
Florence Pijanowski and
Gertie Erla.
A funeral service will be
held at 11:00 a.m. Monday,
December 28, 2015 at
Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Imlay City.
Father Doc Ortman will
officiate. Burial will follow
at Imlay Township
The family will be available for visiting from 2-6
p.m. Sunday, December 27,
2015 at Muir Brothers
Funeral Home, 225 N. Main
Street, Imlay City. And
from 10-11:00 a.m. at the

Tanis of Imlay City and

Bradley Tanis of Attica. 19
grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren. Sisters: Joyce
Benedict of Middleville, MI
and Rose Green of Holland,
She is preceded in death
by her husband: Ronald
Tanis and grandsons: C.J.
and Joseph.
A funeral service will be
held 11:00 a.m. Thursday,
December 24, 2015 at the
Imlay City Christian
Reformed Church.
Reverend Dave Spoelma
will officiate. Burial will
follow at Goodland Twp.
The family will be available for visiting from 2-5
and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday,
December 23, 2015 at Muir
Brothers Funeral Home,
225 N. Main Street, Imlay
Funeral arrangements
made by Muir Brothers
Funeral Home of Imlay City.
Please be sure to sign our
on-line register book at

Wednesday, December 23rd

Lapeer Area Citizens Against

Domestic Assault meets 1:00 p.m. to
3:00 p.m. in the Lapeer Court House for
personal protection order clinic. For info

Friday, December 25th


Tuesday, December 29th

Imlay City Senior Center Euchre

Tournament 1:00 p.m. For information
call 810-724-6030.
Community Soup Kitchen is open
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Zion United
Methodist Church.
Alcoholics for Christ meets 7:00 p.m.
at Full Potential Ministry, 170 Weston
Street, Imlay City.

Wednesday, December 30th

Lapeer Area Citizens Against

Domestic Assault meets 1:00 p.m. to
3:00 p.m. in the Lapeer Court House for
personal protection order clinic. For info

Friday, January 1st


Saturday, December 2nd

Imlay City VFW Auxiliary 2492 will

meet 2:00 p.m. at the Post Hall (behind
Tri-City Times)

Monday, December 4th

Almont/Dryden Lioness Branch Club

meets 7:00 p.m. at the Lions Hall, 222
Water Street in Almont.

Tuesday, December 5th

Imlay City Senior Center Euchre

Tournament 1:00 p.m. For information
call 810-724-6030.
Community Soup Kitchen is open
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Zion United
Methodist Church.
Alcoholics for Christ meets 7:00 p.m.
at Full Potential Ministry, 170 Weston
Street, Imlay City.

How to use our Community Calendar

The Tri-City Times Community Calendar is a weekly schedule
of events for churches, clubs, local meetings, and civic
organizations. If you have an item for the Community
Calendar call our office at 810-724-2615. Deadline for all
calendar items is noon Monday prior to publication date.


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Light housekeeping
Health service


A frontier Christmas story

Editors note: This is the
first of a two-part fictional
Christmas story written by
Doug Hunter. Hunter, a
writer, farmer and historian,
has been a frequent
contributor to the Tri-City
s the sun rose over the
snow covered forests
and swamps, so did the
anticipation and anxiety. It
was Christmas Eve and all
were excited, from the
smallest creatures of the
woods to the inhabitants of
the scattered log cabins
making up the sleeping town.
Sarah hurriedly did the
morning chores, feeding the
chickens and then the horses
in the barn. Sam, the largest
of the team, whinnied and
Sarah thought even he
seemed to know what day it
was. Her last chore was to
milk old Bessie, something
her father taught her to do
before he left for the war. As
the milk hit the bucket, Sarah
tried to mimic the rhythm of
Jingle Bells, but the splat
rang hollow. It was not to be
a joyous holiday season for
Sarah had a heavy heart. Her
mind was preoccupied with
worry for the welfare of her
father and her family.
In the cabin, Ebony the
cat nervously paced.
Something was amiss. What
evil the black feline
anticipated was not evident
to Sarahs mother, Laura, as
she made preparations for the
evening celebration. The
turkey she had snared in the
woods was roasting. This and
the cranberries from the bog
were to be the staples of the
evening meal. She felt lucky
to have these things, for
times were tough for the
family. When the young
nation called, all able-bodied
men had gone to fight. Those
left behind had quickly
learned to rely on each other.
In the barn, a furry
creature watched as Sarah
filled the pail with warm,
rich milk. The cold, blustery
weather had driven him
inside. His dark, beady eyes
were fixed on the girl as she
finished the milking.
As Sarah rose from her
task, a strange feeling came
over her. She felt as though
she was not alone in the old
barn, as if someone was

strained to
see, but in
the poor
light of the
caught her

Frightened, she hurried

across the snowy ground to
the cabin, being careful not
to spill the
precious milk. After one last
glance behind her, she
stepped into the warmth and
slammed the door.
The creature moved from
the barn to the woodpile by
the cabin. This offered cover
until the time was right for
its next move.
At 76, neighbor John
Smith was like a godfather to
the settlers. Recently
widowed, it was proving
difficult to live alone, so
John kept busy helping all
who needed it. On this
morning as he went about his
usual chores, his thoughts
went back to Christmases of
long ago. He seemed to have
a real purpose then, not like
now when he could only
offer advice and limited
physical assistance.
Struggling, he placed the
harness on the old mare.
Each time seemed more
difficult and she waited
patiently as he then put on
the bridle. Once in position,
the mare contentedly began
to eat the hay in the manger.
Its gonna be a long day
and late night so eat up, the
old man muttered as he sat
down to rest.
Mother, do we need
more wood for the fire? asked
10-year-old Sarah, thinking
of the rewards given to good
children at Christmas.
No, we have plenty. I
dont want you getting all
dirty, Laura replied. But fill
the lamp with oil. It will be
dark before you know it.
These days are too short.
She hoped Sarah couldnt
see how lonely she felt.
Christmas should be a time of
joy but it was more difficult
by the day to feel it. Laura
was determined to keep her

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spirits up for Sarahs sake.

She wanted her daughter to
have happy memories of the
holiday as she did from her
own childhood.
Getting up from his short
rest, John Smith picked up
the reins and took the mare
from her stall. After hitching
her up to the cutter, he
climbed up on the cold bench
seat. Gently slapping the
reins he said, Gee, Maude,
The trusted old steed
turned right and headed
toward the village. As they
rode along, John admired the
breathtaking beauty of the
snow and ice covered
wilderness. He thought to
himself that it was a picture
he would like to remember
forever. The smoke from the
chimneys came into view
and with it the smell of cedar
and oak burning. As they
neared the general store and
post office, the mare slowed
her pace. As they reached the
hitching post, she responded
to the mans Haw, Maude,
haw, and came to a stop.
Morning, Will! Any
mail?: John asked as he
entered the building.
No, there must be a
storm somewhere. Its been
four days since any mail got
through, replied the
Thats a shame, said
John. A lot of folks are
waiting for presents from
family and letters from their
men off at war.
I know, said Will, but
theres not much Ican do
about the weather.
Yep, I know, John
replied. See you tonight at
the services.
Outside, Maudes breath
made white, puffy clouds as
she stood waiting patiently.
As John climbed back up on
the seat and took up the
reins, she instinctively began
to back away from the post
and turned toward home, this
time with no commands
John said a silent prayer
that the mail would reach
town. He knew of the
desperate need of all the
community for a word from
those off defending the
young nation. He thought of
Laura and her daughter
Sarah. They deserve a merry
Christmas, he decided.
Patiently the creature
waited for the door to open.
He could smell the aroma of
the turkey roasting as it
drifted out through the
cracks around the door. Soon
when darkness fell, the door
would be open. He would
then be able to invade the
Meanwhile the sun was
setting and a gentle snow
began to fall. In his cabin,
Josh stoked the fire and
watched as the snowflakes
slowly came to rest. His
thoughts returned to the
battlefield as they did many
times a day. The explosion
that had disfigured his
face was still a vivid

memory as if it happened
yesterday. His days were
now spent alone. The
reaction from those seeing
his scars made it easier to
just avoid them.
A knock at the door drew
Joshs attention away from
his thoughts.
Josh, are you in there?
asked John Smith.
Yes, Im coming John,
Josh said as he drew a scarf
over his face. As Josh opened
the door, John told him that
tonight was the Christmas
service and he would be
happy to give him a lift.
I wont be going but I
appreciate the offer, Josh
You cant just stay away
from folks forever, especially
at Christmas, John said.
Well, merry Christmas,
As the door closed, John
felt a deep sense of despair
for the scarred man. War has
a way of ruining lives and
creating unhappiness all
around us, he thought.
Mother, when will Mr.
Smith be here? asked Sarah.
Just after dark, Laura
And when will Santa
come? the young girl asked.
I dont know with the
weather and all, Laura said.
Hearing the voices, the
creature became alert. His
anticipation rose as the
smells of the holiday meal
filled his nostrils.
Back at home, John
hooked the bells onto old
Maude. The jingle seemed
to please her and she began
a slow canter back toward
the village. The bells formed
a rhythm with the sound
of the horses hooves as
they struck the frozen
earth. As they traveled
along, they made music
for all to enjoy on this
Christmas Eve.
Mother! Mother! I hear
sleigh bells, yelled Sarah as
she raced to the single
window of the dwelling.
Is it Santa or Mr. Smith?
As the sleigh drew up
Sarah and her mother saw
that it was John and
hurried for their winter
Blow out the lamp,
Sarah. That oil is expensive,
Laura said.
But Mother, we should
leave a lamp on in case
Father or Santa comes!
Sarah said.
Alright, but turn it lower
and set it in the window, her
mother said.
Seeing the light shining
out onto the snow, the
creature crouched lower. The
hinges on the door
squeaked as Sarah opened
and yelled Merry Christmas,
Mr. Smith! As they
passed through the doorway,
the creatures yellow
teeth shone in the lamplight.
As the door began to close, it
paused, and then leapt.
Pick up the Dec. 30 issue
of the Tri-City Times for the
conclusion of Doug Hunters
fictional Christmas story.

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wraps itself around you and
makes you feel
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Town Talk
Editors note: Due to space
constraints announcements
will be posted one week in
advance of the event. Notices
must be received in writing by
noon Monday prior to the
publication date.

For Senior Citizens

Dinner and an evening of
card playing with friends,
50/50 raffle and prizes of
high and low for each table
every third Monday at the
Washington Senior Center
from 4-8 p.m. Call the center
for further details 586-7526543. The center is located at
57880 Van Dyke, Washington
Township, MI 48094.

12 p.m. at the Almont Lions

Hall, 222 Water St., for a
potluck and program. Call
798-8210 for more information.
Adults 55 and over are invited to the Berlin Twp. Senior
Center to play cards from
noon-3 p.m. the first
Wednesday of every month.
Bring a sack lunch, coffee
provided. Potluck luncheons
will be served the 4th
Tuesday of every month.
Call 395-4518 for details.

Pickleball at the Imlay City

Senior Center is no longer a
drop in class. If you are
interested in participating,
please call the center at 810724-6030. Stay fit & active
Swing Dance Lessons are with this fun racquet sport
being offered at the Port that is simple, free and easy
Huron Senior Center, 600 to play.
Grand Avenue in Port
Huron, every Tuesday from
7:30-9 p.m. and the first and
third Thursday of the month
from 7:30-9 p.m. with St. Pauls Lutheran Church
instructors Lyle Malaski & Food for Families kitchen
Kristina Morton. Call 810- is open to the public for free,
984-5061 for more informa- hot meals every Monday and
Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m.

Free Meals, Food

Membership is open to individuals 18 and older. The
annual fee is $10 for an individual and $15 for a couple
and expires one year from
the month you join. The
Capac Senior Center is open
8:30-4:30 weekdays. We
offer a variety of activities
such as fitness and craft
classes, a book review group,
cards and bus trips! Yoga,
Zumba Gold, Stability Ball,
Chair Exercise, and a
Walking Club meet MondayFriday. Enjoy cards? We
offer Euchre every Monday
at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The following card games are
played every week beginning
at 1 p.m.: Texas Cards
Tuesday, Lucky Cards
Thursday and Pinochle
Friday. Call Lori at 3957889 for more information.
Almont and Dryden area
senior citizens meet the second Tuesday of the month at

Church, 27 Elk Lake Rd., is

open from 2-4 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of
each month. Proof of residency and need required.

offers free playgroups, usually running for six weeks.

For children six years old
and their parent/caregiver.
Many locations and times.
Call the Center for more
The Capac Community information, 810-664-2737.
Food Pantry, 114 S. Main
Street, is open
each Attica Methodist has a free
Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Christian Play Group on
Please call LOVE, INC. at Mondays from 10-11:30 a.m.
810-245-2414 in advance to on school days, featuring
ensure your food voucher preschool Bible stories, a
will be received before you snack, interactive songs,
stop in to shop. Any ques- crafts, and games. Parents
tions, please call Sherrie are required to be with their
Cramton at 810-395-1905.
children during the group.
Space is limited. For details/
The Capac Kitchen serves reservations call Pam
free meals every Tuesday Holihan at 810-724-6941.
from 4:30-6 p.m. at Zion
United Methodist Church.
Free meals for people in
need are offered at the North
Branch Senior Center on
Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-7 p.m. Call
810-441-0322 for more information.


The Capac Historical Society

is now open to visitors daily
This Heart Loves Food from 1-3 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Pantry is open the first on Sundays. Call 810-395Saturday of each month 2859 for more information.
from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at The Imlay City Museum,
Gateway Assembly Church, located in the historic depot
2796 S. Van Dyke Rd., Imlay on Main Street in Imlay
City is open on Saturday
Dryden Area Food For afternoons from 1-4 p.m.
Families free dinner is Stop in, visit with a docent,
served on the second Tuesday and learn whats happening
of each month from 4:30- at the museum.
6:00 p.m. at St. Cornelius
Church, 3834 Mill Street
(north of the light in
Dryden). No proof of income Ready, Set, Go! Workshop.
is required. Come and enjoy This is a FREE workshop
a home cooked meal with us. for 3-5 year olds & parents/
caregivers! Enjoy fun projThe Attica United Methodist ects that will develop your
Church will be holding a childs skills and prepare
free community meal on the them for school! Children
second and fourth Tuesday also enjoy a snack, story
of each month from 4:30 to time, and a free book! Call
6:30 p.m. For more informa- the Family Literacy Center
tion please
call 810- today to reserve your seat at
724-0690 or visit www. 810-664-2737 and for more
information on dates and
The Attica Food Bank at the
Attica United Methodist The Family Literacy Center

Youth Events

Support Groups


Tuesday of Every Month.
Come and meet with other
widowed people for lunch,
cards, games and meet new
friends. Join us every 3rd
Tuesday of each month from
11:45 am - 4:00 pm at Cavis
Pioneer Restaurant, 5600
Lapeer Rd. in Kimball Twp.
48074 (located approx. 15
Miles S.W. of Port Huron.
No RSVP necessary. For
more information call
Joanne K. at 810-324-2304.
This activity is sponsored by
Widwoed Friends, a peer
support group
Lapeer County Families
Against Narcotics group
meets the second Tuesday of
the month at Faith Christian
Fellowship, 69 W. Nepessing
St. in Lapeer. Call 810-6670119 for more information
or email faithchrist09@aol.
TOPS 620 Lapeer weightloss group meets Tuesday
nights at the Hunters Creek
Mobile Home Park Club
House, 725 DeMille Rd. in
Lapeer. Weigh-in from
6-6:30 p.m., meeting from
6:30-7:30 p.m. For more
information, call 810-6647579.

For those that have experienced the death of a loved

one, a support group is available facilitated by a trained
United Hospice Service
(UHS) bereavement volunteer. Marlette Regional
Hospital, located at 2770
Main Street in Marlette,
hosts this support group the
first Friday of each month at
10 a.m. in the Administration
Conference Room. For more
information, call 800-6357490 or visit

The Imlay City Christian
School is holding a fundraiser for TAFFY (Tuition
Assistance Fundraising For
Youth). Come join us for
euchre the second Saturday
of each month at 7 p.m. at
the Imlay City Christian
School, 7197 E. Imlay City
Rd. in Imlay City. For more
information on everything
going on at the school, call



27 Elk Lake Road, Attica, MI

(810) 724-0690

Sunday Worship: 10 a.m

Attica Food Bank: Serving those
in need in Attica Twp, 2-4 pm,
2nd and 4th Monday
Rev. Ron Rouse

Capac Zion
14952 Imlay City Rd., Capac

Christian Music Club concert series for the public is

held the last Friday of each
month, from 7-10 p.m. Three
modern Christian bands,
different each month. Free
admission, free snacks.
Socialize and listen to music
in a friendly, uplifting atmosphere. See CMC: Christian
Music Club on Facebook or
call Judy at 810-444-1497
for updates and info. Our
new location is at the Lapeer
Zumba Gold - What are you Center Building, 425 County
doing for you today?? Why Center St. in Lapeer.
not give Zumba Gold a try.
Classes are every Wednesday Free tutor training for peoat the Imlay City Senior ple who would like to help
Center at 12:30. The class is others in our community
45 minutes of fun! Classes improve English skills.
are taught by certified Volunteer basis. Please call
instructor Vicki Mueller. No for orientation before trainneed to make reservations. ing at 810-664-2737.
Wear comfortable clothing Free hearing and vision
and be prepared to feel bet- screens for children of preter.
school age are available at
Euchre Nights at Avoca the Lapeer County Health
Department. To schedule an
appointment for these free
services please call 810-6670448 or 810-245-5549.

Pastor: Laurie Koivula

Sunday School - 9:00 a.m.
Worship - 10:00 a.m.

Capac First

Church School - 10:00 am - All Ages

Worship Service - 10:30 am
Sunday School: 9:15 am
Junior Church During Worship Service
Several Bible Studies During the Week
Office Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday 8:30 am - 12:00 noon
Nursery Provided

Imlay City

Corner of 4th St. & Almont Ave.

(Across from the Library)
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship
Nursery Available
Jr. Church for K-5th grade
Rev. Marcel Allen Lamb

Worship 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.



Sunday Worship Services - 10:00 a.m.


Sacred Heart
Catholic Church


Weekday Masses




Sunday Masses

Sat. 5 pm
Sun. 8 am, 10 am
12 pm - Spanish
Reconciliation 1/2 hr. before each Mass &4pm Sat.

Father Paul Ward


Imlay City
Church of Christ

670 N. Van Dyke

Imlay City, MI 48444
Sunday Service
Bible Study (all ages) 10:00am
Morning Worship 11:00am
1st Sunday of the
Month Evening Service 2:30pm
Wednesday Bible Classes (all ages) 7:00pm




C O M E W O R S H I P W I T H U S ! 15

First Baptist Church

859 N. Van Dyke Road

Imlay City, Michigan 48444
Sunday 2:30 pm
Tuesday 7:00 pm
Friday Youth 7:00 pm

881 Van Dyke - 810-798-8888

Sunday Bible Classes: 9:45 am
Worship Services
10:30 am & 6:00 pm
Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 pm
Live Webcasting Sunday worship services
over 15
Proclaiming the Sovereign Grace of God

"Experience Revival"
Pastor James Brandt

Sunday Mornings
10:30 am



Sunday School 9:30 am
Morning Service 10:45 am
Evening Service 6:00 pm
Wednesday Service 7:00 pm


Light of Christ

7191 Imlay City Road

Imlay City
Educational Hour - 9:15 am
Worship Time - 10:30 am

1 Mile South of I-69 Overpass

Phone 810-724-2620



Phone: 810-724-6999



(810) 395-7557


Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 a.m.

Sunday School
9:00 a.m. September thru May
Staffed Nursery During Worship 15

Christ Evangelical First Congregational Church

Lutheran Church
United Church of Christ
1970 S. Almont Ave., Imlay City
at corner of Newark Rd.

275 Bancroft - Imlay City

(Corner of 5th Street)



Sunday School 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m.
Thursday Worship 7:00 p.m.


Ralph O. Stuebs
Cell-(567) 674-0438

Come to the WELS

St. Nicholas
Catholic Church


4331 Capac Road

Capac, MI 48014


Weekday Masses:
Wednesday & Friday 8:30 a.m.
Weekend Masses:
Sunday - 11:00 a.m.
Rev. Mike Gawlowski, Pastor 15

Sunday School &Morning Adult Group 9:30 a.m.

Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Renee C. Jackson
No matter who you are or where you are
on lifes journey, you are welcome here!15

Holy Redeemer
Lutheran Church
4538 Dryden Rd. Dryden, MI





Pastor Steven Helms

Volunteer for the Habitat for

Humanity of Lapeer County
at the office. Interested parties can call 810-664-7111
and speak to Carolyn,
Cheryl or Pete at 810-6607823.
Capac Pharmacy is teaming
with Support Million Hearts
by offering in-pharmacy
blood pressure screenings,
136 North Main St. in Capac,
Tuesdays, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come
to Capac Pharmacy and
have their blood pressure
read for free.

(ELCA) 109 E. Kempf Court Capac, MI

Phone: 810-724-8110
Pastor Jeffrey S. Krist

2720 Winslow Road

Imlay City, MI 48444

Sunday Worship 10:30 am

Wednesday Prayer & Praise 7:30 pm

Supervised child care during all services

Adult & Children's Sunday School 9:00 a.m.

Children's Church during service.


6835 Weyer Road Imlay City, MI48444

Family of
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

2796 S. Van Dyke Road - Imlay City

Morning Worship - 8:55 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Evening Service - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday Family Night - 6:45 p.m.

74903 McKay Rd., Romeo

M-T-Thurs-Fri 8 am Wed. 10 am
First Sat. 8 am

905 Holmes Rd. - Allenton, MI

Corner of Almont Road

Come Grow With Us!

700 Maple Vista, Imlay City

West Berlin

Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.

Rev. Curtis Clarke

Imlay City




Pastor Patricia Hoppenworth

Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.

Pastors Tim & Terri Martin
Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m.
(ISOM) Bible School Tues. Nights 6 p.m.
Wednesday Family Night 7 p.m.
Embracing every generation, serving God,
reaching others, fulfilling destiny. 15

395 N. Cedar (M-53)
Worship 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School 11:15 a.m.
Youth Ministry
MOPS Program
Community Mens & Womens
Bible Studies


St. Johns
Episcopal Church
The Rev. Susan Rich

Pastor Alan Casillas

206 W. Mill, Capac, MI

Senior Pastor:Rev. Lisa Clark
Worship Service 9:00 a.m.
Jr. Church 9:30 a.m.
Office Hours: TuesdayThursday 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Everyone Welcome


4074 South Mill Street

Dryden, MI 48428


200 North Cedar (M-53)

Imlay City, MI


Widowed Friends invites all

widowed to join us for breakfast and friendship in a safe
setting every 2nd and 4th
Monday of the month at 9
a.m. at Seros, 925 Gratiot in
Marysville. For more information about our group, call
Julie at 810-388-0868.

Attica, I-69 West of Lake Pleasant Exit on Newark


2008 N. Van Dyke Rd.

Imlay City, MI 48444

5394 Main Street - Dryden

Church 810-395-2112

Senior Pastor:Rev. Lisa Clark


St. Pauls
Lutheran Church

The Flea Market held each

Sunday at the Lapeer Center
Building, 425 County Center
Rd. in Lapeer, will be open
from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Up to 50
booths inside and outside
sell a huge variety of items.
This long running event is
sponsored by the Lapeer
Center Building, and there is
no admission charge. For
info on space rentals, contact
Logan at 810-347-7915. See
w w w. L a p e e r C e n t e r.
com< for building rental info. For general
information on the Flea
Market or food service by
Peacock Alley Catering call
810-664-2109 or email

Lapeer American Legion

Post 16 is holding a dinner
dance on New Years Eve at
6:30 pm with proceeds to
benefit local Veterans. (10%
off for Veterans) includes
dinner, champagne toast,
entertainment, door prizes
and party favors. Cash bar
available. Tickets available
at the legion office or lounge,
1701 W. Genesee. Call 6649312 for more info.

West Goodland

Community Hall, 5396

Kilgore Road in Avoca are
held on the third Saturday
of the month until May. A
light meal is included. Cash
prizes and door prizes will
be given, and a grand prize
to the player with highest
monthly scores at the end of
the season. Registration
begins at 6:30 p.m. and play
begins at 7 p.m.

Christmas Eve 7:30 pm & 10 pm

Christmas Day 10 am
December 27 10 am

201 E. St. Clair, Almont, MI

Sr. Pastor: Keith Langley

Sunday Worship Service at 10:15 a.m.

Nursery available and Jr. Church
for ages 3 thru 5th grade
Jr./Sr. High Youth Group ~ Sundays 6-8pm
Kidz 4 Christ ~ Wednesdays 6-7:30pm
Pre-School - 5th grade

St. John The

Catholic Church
872 Capac Rd.
Allenton, MI 48002


Weekday Masses:
Thursday & Friday 8:30 a.m.
Weekend Masses:
Saturday - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday - 9:00 a.m.
Rev. Mike Gawlowski, Pastor 15

Club News
The Imlay City American
Legion Post 135 meets the
second and last Wednesdays
of the month at 7:30 p.m.
The post is located at 212 E.
Third Street. Contact them
at 724-1450 or
The Evening Star Quilt
Guild meets the last
Wednesday of each month at
the Davison Senior Center,
10135 Lapeer Rd. in Davison.
Meetings start at 6:30 p.m.
and doors open at 6:00 p.m.
For more information, call
Lisa, 810-358-7294.
TOPS 888 (Take Off Pounds
Sensibly) meets Wednesdays
at the 25 Pine Ridge Dr. in
Lapeer. Weigh-in at 8:30
a.m., 9:30 a.m. meeting. Call
Linda at 810-245-3955 or
Phyllis 810-395-7035 for
more information.


following letters to Santa
were mailed to the North Pole
from Mrs. Kellys second
grade classroom at Weston
Elementary School in Imlay
Dear Santa,
I am glad that you come
to my house every year. Ilove
to opening my stockings and
presents. This year I would
like a lot of earring. And lots
of makeup to. How are you
rreindeer? and how is your
Audrey May Schapman
Dear Santa,
Thank you for coming to
my house. I love to see my
candy in my stocking. I whont
a color dox like sam if you
cant get me it I whrd whont a
undrella have a good time
with the elves I love SANTA
so much have a good christmas. I am so happy.
Dear Santa,
I like how hard at making
toys. This year I relly want a
project mc square and pop the
pig. I love you Santa. Tell mrs
claus I love her too.
Dear Santa,
I like when you work hard
on toys and wrapping up presents. What I want for Cristmas
is Zoomer kitty and a gremend sheperd real dog. And I
also love when you come to
my house. And your elvfs are
nice too!
Dear Santa,
I love your reindeer. They
can fly fast. I would like football games for Christmas and
I like your Sleigh and I like
your hat.

Dear Santa,
I love how you work and
take your time on toys. I
wold like a fluff art kit and a
beed braslet kit. Thank you
Santa for all your work what
are your raeindeers names
cood you name one snow
Lillian Rae Jones
Dear Santa.
Thank you for coming to
our house. Ilove opening our
presents and stockings. This
year I would really like some
minecraft toys to play with.
Please? thank you have a
good time with the elves!
Geno M.R.
Dear Santa,
You are the best at makeing toys. This year I will
relly want a puppy for
Christmas and I will relly
want a puppy robot. any
color will be great. I hope
your haveing a good time
with your reindeers and
your elfs merry christmas
Dear Santa,
thank you for coming to
my house evrey year and give
me prezets. Please can I have
hokey scates and hokey stick.
Thank you for all the gifts.
Jack Whitey
Dear Santa,
Thank you for coming to
my house each year. Could I
have a tablet for Christmas.
And hope alls well with you.
Dear Santa,
I love your ronber she is
crout! I will love a somr cat. I
love your sllay SANTA! I
will love a iy pad if you can
bild it.

raindeer are working really you like giving out presents?

really hard.
is it hard to give out present?
Vivian Gill
Pamela Prado
Dear Santa,
Dear Santa,
Thank you for comeing to I love you Santa. I would
my home every year. pleas like a sopkin toy shop and the
can i have a X-box Kcholer ice craim maker. I hope you
and a wii u pleas thank you and Mrs. Claus are boing
ugan by see you soon love good in the noth pole. I live
your prasints you gave me.
Noah Graboyes
Madison Singleton
Dear Santa,
Dear Santa,
I hope you have some Thank you for cameing
good elfs and Ihope you have every year. I would like paka good christmas. can i pleez emon and mincraft for x box1.
have a ota 5.
Thank you so so so very
Love, much. Thank you for cameing
to my hose. wath ranedeer do
you like the most. I like rowdof the most.
Dear Santa,
Can i have Lego star wors
and i will like to have more
skylanders i love it wene you
mack toys with yore elfs.
Dear Santa,
I like you Santa. I woat a
toy fum Santa.
Dante Brim of Imlay City explains to Santa what he
Dear Santa,
wants for Christmas during his visit to Milnes
Im gowing to give you
Chrysler-Dodge in Imlay City last week.
my favret coocis is chocolate
chip and milke out for you. I
Logan whont a barby and a toy horse.
Dear Santa,
Dear Santa,
Thank you for having a I will give you some
elf come to my house. I would cookies to you and to your
realy like a hamster and a wii reindeer and milk. Iwill whnt
u. Have a good time with the foul Christmas one pack of Editors note: The followelves and the reindeer.
Pokemon and I will give your ing letters to Santa were
Love, reindeer some cookies and mailed to the North Pole from
James Lauwers mile four your reindeer and students in Ms. Byerleys
Dear Santa,
have a very good happy classroom
I would like a xbox one. I Christmas.
Elementary School in Imlay
would like a football in it. I
By, City.
love you.
Christopher Dear Santa,
From, Dear Santa,
How is the raineedeer
Jaiden I love all the presents you doing dancer is cool. For this
Dear Santa,
give me last year. This year I chrismas I would like a phone
Thank you for coming to will really want a puppy, and a new wobble bobble ball
our house every year. This makeup please. did you like plaesess and Thank you Santa
year I would like a puppy for the cookies last year? I love the end.
Chrismas and a elf on the self. you Reindeers their cute. I
you and your elfs and your like your red hat ist cute. do
Abbi G.
Photos by Tom Wearing

Letters to Santa

Dear Santa,
Thank you for all the
gifts. Santa how are your
reindeer? This yere I woud
like a iepad and a see gingbrid. Oh my I umose frgot
how is every one doing good
bad notee
Dear Santa,
How are you doing and
how is your wif and raindear.
This year I would like a rascar
and a lagos for Christmas.
Have a good time dlivring
gifts to home to home to


Dear Santa,
How is your wife and
ginger? How meny toys has
you made so far? Hears what
i want a wii v and a Kendfire
or a tablet.
Brady D.
Dear Satna,
How is your wife dowing
Rudolph dowing I will like an
Xbox 360 phone a birt bike
and a skr ber
the end
Landen K.
Dear Santa,
How is Rudloph doing? I
hope hes up and ready to
deliver presents on Christmas
Jillian H.
Dear Santa,
Hope the elfs and raindeer are doing good. My
favorite raindeer is comet
and cupid. This year i want a
art supplie kit and more
Shopkens also the frozen
fever movie and an olaf fat
Rylee T.
Dear Santa,
How or you doing this
year. Do you have a elf
name snowflake he is my elf.
this year I wont shopkins
this year please. And I wont a
pupy to please.
Morgan R.
Dear Santa,
I would like a skate bord
and a bugy B5M.
Blake B.
Dear Santa,
Santa how are the elfs
and rudolph and blitserd
and all of the rendeer and I
will like an xbox one
please and an new xbox 360
remoed please and that is
all Santa.
Aiden W.
Letters to Santa page 16-A


Editors note: The following letters to Santa were

mailed from the special mailbox in Almont hosted by the
DDAs Youth on Main Street
Dear Santa Clause,
Ive been very good this
year and all I want for
Christmas this year is my
family. Because its not about
decorating the house, or getting presents from other people, its about spending time
with the ones you love. Merry
P.S. I would like a pink
easy bake oven.
Dear Santa.
I just want stuffed animals please or lego mistery
packs, please.

Dear Santa,
I would like a Strawberry
Short Cake doll. A Cabbage
Patch kid. And a book.
Dear Santa
American Doll Star Lilly

Miss Grace, Capac ...

Dear Santa,
My name is Ainsley and
what I really want for christmas is soupy my lesson horse.
I also want my sister Aine to
get the pony named butterscotch with the accessories.
The other thing I want is anything horse and for my family
to be supplied with enough
money to last a lifetime! Also
what I want is money for
horse camp! how much
money Iwant is enough to go
for 2 weeks even thogh it is
expensive. But I really want
to go! I hope you make my
wishes come true!
Merry christmas!
Dear Santa,
I hop Iv been good this
year. Iwould like some justics clows and no bards
ples!!!!!but I would like sum
high hels like Olea has you
know my friend.
thank you!
good bye
Dear Santa,
How are you im good all
i want for crismas is LOVE.
Dear Santa
1. New nentendo3ds! At
least get me this. 2. electric
guitar 3. Cool Legos of your
choice 4. cool books of your
choice. 5. ? 6. ? 7. ?
Dear Santa
I would like a silicone
Baby Doll for x-mas and
some more barbies. and I
want anything els.
Dear Santa,
I hope you have a
Merry Christmas.
1. Real Horse (poney).
2. More Dolls.
3. Gymnastics Beam and

Editors note: The following letters were mailed to the

North Pole from second graders in Miss Graces classroom at Capac Elementary

Santa, I evry ment and I
like when you say ho ho ho
and you give us presents and
you and the best like Miss
Graces and you like fun.
Thank you for bregen presents for my family and have a
merry Christmas to you and
Mrs. Claus and say hi to
Rudolph and elves.
Your friend,
Dear Santa,
Your nice How is Mrs.
Claus doing. Mrs. Claus is
beautiful and your my faverit
Santa Claus.
Love, Jake

Dear Santa,
I wish you a iFeliz
Navidad! how are your elves
doing this year I wish I got a
ipad to.
Dear Santa,
Merry Christmas Santa!
Thank you for the toys you
brought me and the Merry
Dear Santa,
Mare crismis you are so
cool hows Rudllph hows
misis closs
Dear Santa,
Thank you for the preses
and making it in one night
and I want to give you a hug
becase you are osam and
sweet to but i just love the
presens you give and how are
you i hope you ant tired from
last yer.

Dear Santa,
Thank you for all of the
toys Hows Rudolph. How are
all of the ran dear. Candise is
being Joley! good She hide in
a lot of plases! Can you
please supriys me for
Christmas this year.
Dear Santa,
iFeliz Navidad! I wish you a
Mery Christmas. We wish
you a Merry Christmas and a
happy New Year. Is Jingles
being down there? If she isnt
just tell me. I love you so
much. Thank you for the
presents you gave me last
year. I am very grateful. For
Christmas I
would like 5
things. Elsa sing along doll
with mike! disney phone, pie
face, reindeer or sompthing,
xbox 360.
Love, your friend,
Dear Santa Claus
How is the reindeer? I
will have lots of carrots and
apples for the reindeer. I love
you. Please bring scrap paper
and a ring with sleeping powder.
Karia H.
Dear Santa,
tell the elvs that are good.
you are good too. thegs for
ever thing you do for us. Can
I please get me a light souder,
Lego Batman, X box 360,
talpit, Lego Star Wars, cik but
4 erplaun, Battle ship.
Dear Santa
iFeliz Navidad How are
the Reindeer How is Miss
Claus. Thank you for ivering.
You are so jolly You are so so
so nice because you deliver
presents. Ho ho ho Merry
Brody T.
Dear Santa,
You are so jolly and bring
us cheer merry merry
Christmas is Mrs. Claus
makeing cookies. Can Ihave
a X Box 360 and a computer?
Dear Santi,
You are my hero. I wot
one thing to be like you!
Rudolph is the awesome
reinder Ho Ho Ho you are
awesome to Santa. think you
to brigh the toys.
Dear Santa,
I love you so so so so
much Santa. Ho ho ho Santa I
love you so so much. I lov
you so much. I love you so
much. Happy Christmas.
Dear Santa,
Youare nice. Thank you
for the gifts. I would like
black ops III for 360.
Dear Santa,
You are the bestest and
the cooless. Is Rudolpy doing
o.k.? iFeli Navidad! do you
ever get a cold. how many
people do you do How many
presents do you and the elfs
make. I want a I pad and
pokemon omega ruby rof 3dS
and Star Wars the Force
Awakens and pokemon cards
and a bike.
Dear Santa
iFeliz Navidad I wont
wot my sisths big doll set big
Dear Santa,
Thank you for efreting
you do ho ho ho and a marre
christmas Santa i relly think
your elphs on the shelfs or so
Dear Santa,
iFelizNavidad How is the
reindeer how is Rudolph
Thank you for the presents I
hope you have a merry
Christmas. And happy holidays and how d you delivery
all the toys in one night. How
is Mrs. Claus. Please bring a
Xbox one and wii u game.
Letters to Santa page 16-A

Reader Ken Klebba

snapped this photo
of a bald eagle stopping for lunch in an
Attica hay field on
December 16th. The
magnificent bird was
dining on a deer carcass in the field.
Klebba spotted
another bald eagle in
Imlay Township in
October, but didnt
have his camera
handy at the time.

Election: Taxpayer price tag is high

from page 1-A
and so our budget contains a
contingency line, he says.
All units of government
understand that there could
be a special election or other
reasons, like indigent council
and medical examiner costs,
that are unexpected but budgeted for.
Biscoe adds that there is
nothing more fundamental to
democracy that the election
process, and to be able to
move funds from the contingency budget line to cover
the costs of last months special primary election is fundamental to democracy.
Eleven Republicans and
three Democrats squared off
in the Nov. 3rd primary.
Margaret Guerrero DeLuca
of Imlay City and Republican
Gary Howell of North Branch
emerged as winners.
The special election was
set by Governor Rick Snyder
on the heels of Coursers resignation in the early morning
hours of September 11.
Courser, R-Silverwood,
stepped down as it appeared
his colleagues in the State
House were ready to expel
him after a State House
investigation determined he
misused his office as well as
taxpayer funds.
embroiled in an affair and
subsequent scandal with
then-fellow Representative
Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell,
who was expelled just before
September 11.
The affair came to light

Photo by Catherine Minolli

Special Mail Almont ...

Dear Santa,
For X-mas I want a little
live pets turtle and shopkins.
Love always,
Dear Santa,
I would like for you to
get me tie-die t shirt supples,
clothes, craft stuff, big prade
chair and supprises.
Your friend,
Dear Santa,
I would like transformers, bumblebee transformer,
bad transformer, ball, books.
Dear Santa,
I would like ninja turtles,
twin baby dolls, transformer,
candy canes, monster high,
ninja turtle books.
For Santa,
I would like a oven for
christmas and a doc mc
stuffins a big one and a little
one. and a puppy surprise.
this is my christmas list. Cars.
Stamps. stickers. bracelet.
Candy cane.
Dear Santa,
I love you. Please bring
me some hot wheels. I will
leave cookies and milk.
Thank You

Todd Courser arrives late for Candidate Forum

hosted by the Lapeer County Tea Party in October.
The special primary election to replace him cost
82nd District taxpayers more than $121,000.
in August when one of
Coursers former aides
brought audio recordings of
Courser hatching out a controlled burn email to Detroit
Livengood. In the audio
tapes, Courser says hes
accusing himself of being a
bi-sexual porn addicted sex
deviant to inoculate the
herd against the gutter politics that were coming.
Courser believed that by
sending the outlandish email,
news of his affair with Gamrat
would pale in comparison
and be less believable.
The email, which states
Courser was caught having
sex with a male prostitute
behind a Lansing nightclub,
was widely disseminated to
the GOP rank and file and
members of the media.
Courser later said an

extortion plot by an anonymous text message sender

promoted him to create the
email to root out the source of
the messages.
An investigation by
Michigan State Police determined the anonymous texter
was Gamrats husband,
Joseph Gamrat, who was
not charged for his efforts
to get Courser to end the
The entire bizarre story
became national news and
was the subject of jokes and
puns by several late night
A general election slated
for March 8, 2015 will determine who will fill the 82nd
District seat.
In the meantime, Lapeer
County taxpayers remain
without representation in

Students: Food drive a big success

from page 1-A

the entire school community.
Our members showed
exceptional dedication on our
canned food drive, said
Samantha. Without their
work and the commitment of
our faculty, we would not
have been successful.
Fellow Student Council
member, Alexandra Graver,
acknowledged the generosity
of the participating students.
Students purchased the
gifts with their own money,
Alexandra noted. It shows
how Imlay City students are
always willing to help those
in need, even if it means personal sacrifice.
There was also a lot of
work put into sorting the
presents, she said. The students love to make another
persons holiday season that
much better.
Jacobsen agreed and was
particularly impressed with
the shared participation of
students, staff and community, which ultimately led to the
highly successful food and
toy drives.
Its always humbling
and heart-warming to watch

Photo by Tom Wearing

from page 1-A

my wishes. Blaze, Paw
Patrol, Boy Lego, Booksbusy Train, Lucky school
bus, play-doh, Shopkins,
Street dogs, Tools, ABCs,
Coloring books.
Dear Santa,
I have been very good
this year so here are my wishes: Pugs, Chubby puppies.
dog gclothes. Clothes for me.
Dog. Jojo my Jumpin Pug.
Shopkins, Frosen. Brats toys.
Barby. American Girl. My
life as Girl of the Year doll.
Movies-Barby, Great Puppy
adventure. Books.

Majestic sight

Photos by Ken Klebba

Letters to Santa

Teachers and co-Student Council sponsors,

Kristen Swejkowski and Hilary Jacobsen, provided both morale and physical support to the students recent collection drives at the high school.
our staff and students pull
together, said Jacobsen,
especially during the holiday season.
These kids work hard.
They come early, stay late,
and are some of the most
generous students Ive
known, she said. Its truly
been a blessing to work with
them this year as an advisor,
and I look forward to whats
to come.
Jacobsen pointed out that
the students were rewarded

with the satisfaction derived

from helping others and giving back to the community in
which they live.
During the hustle and
bustle of the canned food
drive and gift collection campaigns, we dont often realize
the impact were making,
she said. To observe the
faces of students when they
see more than 1,000 food
items stacked up, and then
watch them merrily wrap the
presents, was priceless.

Power: Solar array coming to Lapeer

from page 1-A

for the remaining 5 megawatts.

Lapeer is proud to partner with DTE Energy on
these solar projects, and we
look forward to a long-term
relationship that produces
many benefits for the City of
Lapeer, its residents, Lapeer
County, Lapeer Community
schools, the I-69 corridor,
and beyond. I would like to
thank the professional, detailoriented, team at DTE for
their commitment to the City
of Lapeer, said William

Sprague, mayor of the City of

DTE is currently developing five other solar projects across Michigan, including a 1.9 MW array at the
company's Greenwood Power
Plant, a 750-kilowatt (kW)
array in Romulus and a 500
kW array in Brownstown,
which will be complete by
the end of 2015. The company is also planning an 800
kW installation in Ypsilanti
and an 800 kW installation
Transmission plant, scheduled to be completed by June

Officials say the addition
of these solar projects will
position DTE Energy to
exceed a state mandate
requiring electric utilities to
supply 10 percent of their
electricity from renewable
energy sources every year
from 2015 to 2029.
Currently DTE Energys
renewable energy portfolio
includes solar, wind and biomass operations and is capable of generating nearly 1,000
megawatts of electricity,
enough to power 400,000

The following guest

column was submitted by
Pastor Tim Martin of New
Life Christian Church in
When God chose Mary to
carry the Messiah, the angel
told her she was highly
favored. Gabriel made the
announcement to Mary that
she would birth the Son of
God. Gabriels introduction
to the young virgin was
Rejoice, highly favored one,
the Lord is with you (Luke
1:28). This means she was
looked upon with a greater
measure of Gods favor than
other women. While God is
no respector of persons
(Acts 10:34), He does chose
certain persons over others in
the realm of being chosen for
an assignment or a special
calling. Why was Mary chosen, as there were thousands
of young virgins living in
Israel at that time? She fit the
requirements. She and
Joseph, her fiance, were of
the lineage and house of
Davida requirement for the
Messiah (v. 27). Their tribal
roots were in the tribe of
Judah, a second requirement
(Gen. 49:10). Their ancestral
town was Bethlehem, the
location where the prophet
Micah predicted the Messiah
would be born (Micah 5:2).
At the time, Mary was from
Nazareth, a tiny town in
Galilee. This fulfilled the
fourth prediction, that a light
for the Gentiles would come
from Galilee (Isa. 9:1-2). The
ancient Hebrew prophet also
said that this light would

come from
Naphtali. It is
not coincidence that
the town of
Nazareth is
in the tribal
region of
Naphtali, as
Pastor Tim
would be the
town where
Christ would be raised
byMary and Joseph.
The tribal area also covered the area around the Sea
of Galilee, where Christ performed many of His miracles, in Capernaum,
Chorazin, and Bethsaida.
Mary was at the right place
at the right time and had the
correct ancestral background
to be the mother of Christ!
Favor can bring the miracle
birth of a child. Many barren
women in the bible conceived after a visitation from
God. Yet one received a child
and certainly wasnt expecting or asking for it! Mary
was engaged to Joseph and
was a pure virgin. When
Gabriel appeared to her, the
angel announced, Do not be
afraid, Mary, for you have
found favor with God (Luke
If you intend to follow
Christ and serve Him, I
believe it is the will of God
that you walk in the favor of
the Lord. I call divine favor
the ability to walk under an
open window of heaven.
Having a window open and
keeping a window open are
two different things. Getting

Rotary support
The Imlay City Rotary Club recently made donations to area food banks and programs which
help feed residents in need.

Rotary President Walt Bargen presents Alan

Casillas and LInda Looper from the St. Paul
Lutheran Church in Imlay City a check for $1,500
to their food bank.

a window opened happens

because of Gods redemptive
grace. But keeping it open as
a result of Gods covenant
favor. It may surprise you to
discover the connection
between the word favor and
the word grace. The New
Testament Greek words for
favor and grace are also
the same! The word favor is
the Greek word charis (Luke
1:30, 2:52; Acts 2:47; 7:10,
46). The Greek New
Testament word for grace is
also charis (Luke 2:40; Acts
4:33; Rom. 1:5) and means
that which causes delight or
favorable regard toward.
While the Greek and
Hebrew meanings are the
same, there is one major difference between grace and
favor in relation to how it is
applied in certain biblical
narratives, and this distinction is important. Grace is
unearned and is a free gift
from God, but favor may be
deserved or gained. The
basic meaning of the grace of
God is Gods free gift of
mercy and salvation given to
believers. The favor of God
is indicated when grace is
multiplied or added and
called more grace (James
4:6), or to be highly
favored (Luke 1:28).
From a practical perspective, the difference between
simple grace and multiplied
grace or favor is this: saving
and redemptive grace is
unearned, and favor can be
earned by obedience to God.
Both are free gifts from God.
One (grace) is the reward for
believing upon Christ and
believing His Word, and
favor is a reward for acting
upon the promises of God. I
believed upon Christ; therefore I am saved. As I serve
Christ and follow His teachings, I begin walking in the
favor of God. His favor is a
reward for my actions and
The question of favor
often perplexes ministers. In
ministry, some build much
larger congregations than
others, yet the smaller ministries are just as effective, if

not better, pulpit preachers

than some with large congregations. I have heard television ministers with large
ministries who preach as
simply as the average Sunday
School teacher, yet they are
reaching millions. Some
teachers in small town, USA
have a gift of communication
and knowledge, far exceeding television teachers, yet
few people are present in the
Sunday morning classroom
to experience this teachers
This is also true in the
realm of business. Take three
Christian-owned businesses,
all involved in the same
retail sales and marketing
area. One business-owner
seems to have more business
than he or she can handle,
while the others are just getting by. Yet the other two are
dedicated to Christ and have
dedicated the works of their
hands over to the Lord.
Is God randomly selecting favorites? I dont believe
so. While every Christian has
experienced the saving grace
of God, not everyone may
experience the same level of
reward. It is not because God
withholds His favor. It is
because we may not be tapping into His favor. Favor
can be obtained from God
through acts of kindness and
obedience to simple instructions and by following Gods
will for your life.
God often selects people
who will use every gift they
have for the kingdom of
God. In your ministry or
business do you: Dedicate
everything you own and have
to God? Follow the practical
Scriptures in Proverbs and
the commands of Christ?
Discover the will of God in
every decision you make?
Have the right people working with you who will build
up and not tear down? Ask
God for His favor on a consistent basis?
My prayer is that you
will be like Christ in Luke
2:52, Jesus grew in wisdom
and stature and in favor with
God and man.

Imlay City Fire Department

Why some seem highly favored


All I want for Christmas

Imlay City Manager Tom Youatt had a chance to
share his Christmas wishes with Santa Claus at
the Imlay City Fire Departments Christmas
Party. The following exchange between the two
was heard. Santa: So Tommy Youatt, what
would you like for Christmas? Youatt: Well, I
would like $100,000 from the Americas Best
Communities Contest; a new traffic signal along
M-53; and a Coney Island restaurant downtown.
Santa: Is that all, Tommy? Youatt: Well, Santa,
there are a couple other things. Will you please,
please, please bring me a national football title
for the Michigan State Spartans? And if its not
too much to ask, I would really, really, really like
a national championship for the Michigan State
Spartans basketball team. And thats all I want.

Deadline is Thursday
to nominate Citizen GASS-BECKER INSURANCE

For questions or more

information, call Ann Hintz
Tri-City Times Staff Writer
at the Chamber of Commerce
IMLAYCITY There office at 810-724-1361.
are only two days left to
nominate someone for the
2015 Citizen of the Year
The final deadline for filing nomination letters at the
Imlay City Area Chamber of
Commerce office is Thursday,
Dec. 24.
The annual lifetime
achievement award will be MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Chambers Annual Dinner
Dance, to take place Saturday,
Jan. 16 at the Knights of
Columbus Hall.
The dinner-dance will run
from 6 p.m.-midnight at the
Imlay City Knights of
Columbus Hall on North Van
This years theme is
Black and White and semiformal attire is encouraged.
Sponsorship for a table decoration is $30.
All sponsors will be recognized in the Dinner-Dance
program, the Chambers
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Merit and Organization of
the Year awards at the dinner-dance.
Tickets are $40 apiece, to
include appetizers, dinner,
dessert, beer, wine and dancing to the Joy Ride band.
Tickets are available at
Thank You For Another Successful Year!
the Chamber of Commerce
office, Tri-County Bank and
Lapeer County Bank &
280 E. Fourth St.
After Jan. 11, individual
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ticket prices will increase to
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this year.

By Tom Wearing


Lee and Ruth Delaney were on hand to receive a

check for the Congregational Church food bank
from Pres. Bargen

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Sandy Iloncai and Chet Rivard were pleased with

the presentation of a $1,500 check to assist the
food baskets distributed by the Boy Scouts of
Imlay City.

LACADA President Debra Cady and Director

Tracey Walker get a $1,500 check to help in their
efforts to help those in need from Pres. Bargen.

Merry Christmas
& Happy New Year To All!


Dinsmore, of
Imlay City
shares some
with Santa
last week at

The following guest

column was written by the
Rev. Dr. Renee Jackson of the
First Congregational Church
of Christ in Imlay City.
hristmas. Its the most
wonderful time of the
year. Family and cultural
traditions. Special religious
services. Festive decorations
and twinkling lights. Smells
of pies, cookies, and cakes
fill our nostrils and bring
many of us happy memories
of Christmas past. The most
wonderful time of the year,
when people are more loving
and kind, generous and
That is until someone
gives you the one finger
salute in a store parking lot.
Or the words flung at you
that are not exactly full of
Christmas cheer. When
someone succumbs to the
stress of shopping for the last
must have gift on his or
her list. Christmas doesnt
feel like the most wonderful
time of the year then.
The ideal of Christmas as
the most wonderful time of
year is one we want, and
perhaps need to hold on to.
Perhaps that is why we are
very carful about how we
tell the Christmas story. You
see, there is one part of the
story that we usually skip
over quickly, if its even
mentioned. It comes after we
learn of the Magi, the wise
men. It comes after we learn
of King Herods response to
the birth of the King of the
Jews. Its when King Herod
orders the slaughter of infant
and toddler boys. This part
of the story demeans our
sense of nostalgia and
idealism. This part of the
story shocks our sensibilities
and we may even seem,
emotionally, like deer in
headlights: stunned,
confused, yet sensing that
disaster is upon us.
Herods slaughter of the
innocents forces us to
consider the reality of the
Israelites of that day, and it
rings loudly, irreverently, of
the realities of our own. For
the people of Roseburg, OR,
Colorado Springs, CO,
Charleston, SC, San
Bernardino, CA; Ferguson,
MO, Chicago, IL,
Minneapolis, MN (to name a

few), the telling of

decree will
always shape
story. That
part of the
Rev. Dr.
story will
hold more
meaning than we can even
begin to fathom. The
slaughter of the innocents. It
must shape our experience of
Christmas as well. Indeed,
every mass shooting, every
senseless act of violence,
whether in the public arena,
or the privacy of our homes,
or in war torn Syria, Congo,
or Sudan, or Chicago, Flint,
or Detroit, should all impact
and transform our experience
of the Christmas story.
The New Testament
book of Ephesians 2 begins
by comparing the condition
of the human spirit of both
non-believing Jews and
Gentiles apart from Gods
grace. There is an
expectation of obedience to
God and the covenantal
relationship humans have
with God. The Church
should be the place where
the reconciling love of God
is most clearly evident, demonstrating participation in
what God communicates
most fully in Christ. The
author of Ephesians insists
that God in Christ healed, i.e.
reconciled, the religious and
cultural separations between
Jews and Gentiles. Peace
with God is made through
Emmanuel Katongole
and Chris Rice voice their
shared hope for living into
Gods promise in their
Reconciling All Things: A
Christian Vision for Justice,
Peace and Healing. In their
view, reconciliation must
point us to a deeper vocation of hope, offering a
vision of what the journey of
reconciliation looks like in
this world, where that journey leads, how people who
enter that journey are transformed along the way, and
how that journey relates to
neighbors, strangers and enemies.

Letters to Santa
from page 14-A

Special Mail
Mrs. Roberts ...

Editors note: The following letters to Santa were sent

to the North Pole by students
in Mrs. Roberts second grade
Elementary School in Imlay
Dear Santa,
I hope you and the every
one is doing ok. Icant wait
till Chrismas. Id like a black
and white huskey. I have been
good. ps please bring Mrs.
Roberets a kuerig.
Emma Clark
Dear Santa,
I hope you come this year
and are doing well the elves
to. This christmas Ireally
want a tablet.
thank you.
Miley Norris
Dear Santa,
I hope you are doing
good. You are a good prsin.
Because you give toys to
good boys an girls. I wish
Igot a new tadlit. I hope you
have a mary crismis.
Natalie Thompson
Dear Santa clos
I Love you becase you
give us presits. I rilly wait a
iphone six. p.s. I have been
rilly good!
Zachary Duckworth
Dear Santa,
I hope you and the Elves
are safe. And for chrismes I
wold like a3.DS? and I will
deceraet my chrismes tree for
you. And pleas get Mrs. Kelly
Roberts a kuerig so she weint
be kraneky!!!!!!!

In the The Lords

Prayer, it is unmistakably
evident that forgiveness for
self predicates forgiving the
one who sinned against one.
The requirement for repentance in advance of extending forgiveness is absent.
While it is desirable, even
ideal, to pair repentance and
forgiveness when determining whether to extend forgiveness, it is contrary to
Jesus teaching. In the words
of theologian Richard
Lischer, The gospel of reconciliation is the gospel of
freely given grace. But grace
is not grace if its recipients
must deserve it or if by their
attitude or behavior they
somehow set it in motion
If reconciliation is not free, it
is not of God. Gods grace
is not cheap, and it mandates
To forgive the unforgivable is the greatest act of
agape love, just as was
shown to humankind by God
through Christ Jesus. To
extend forgiveness, especially to an unrepentant offender,
is to embody the mind and
spirit of Christ.
Ephesians 2:10 reminds
Christians that we are created
in Christ for good works, and
that those works are to be
our way of life. The
Christmas season offers
opportunity and challenge to
open ourselves to what it
means to let every heart
prepare him room so heaven and nature sing.
In these days of tragedy and
violence around the world
and within our own
American borders, the voice
of faithful reasoning at times
seems silent to those who
grieve over the senseless loss
of lives. Too often our songs
call us to lament rather than
rejoicing, are sorrowful rather than praise-filled. Yet, this
is the season of celebration
of the coming of Emmanuel,
God with us. Is it godly to
engage in decorating and
shopping, gift-giving and
yuletide carols while so
many are in mourning and
living in fear, while protests
and political posturing interrupt sweet nostalgic memories, and intrude upon our
sensibilities and our festivities?

From, well. I have ben god this year.

Adam Shilling and can I have a lago star
Dear Santa,
wars x-wing star fitre.
I hope you and the elves
and the reindeer are doing
Vinnie Guerin
well. I cant wait till you come Dear Santa,
this year. I would really like a I hope you and your helpkittin. I have been good this pers have a good time. I
whont a stuft anamal hamster
Love, with a fack cage.
Hayden Fox
Dear Santa,
Hailey Vanderploeg
I hope you and Mrs. Claus Dear Santa,
are doing well. I want Halo5 I like that you and the
the video game and cometer elves (and the elve on the
with dish thing please.
Shelves) you have done good.
Love, And i have been realy good. I
Colten Walter would realy like a tablet.
Dear Santa,
I hope you and your elves
Riley Whipple
are redy for Christmas! I Dear Santa,
wouLd really like a tablet I hope the elves are doing
please. I have been very good well. I cant wait till you
this year! Merry Christmas!
come! This year and I ben
Love, good can i have minecraft ps3
Alex Adams game if i am on the good list
Dear Santa,
please santa.
I hope you have a mery
Christmas! I would like a
Logan Lachat
Baby Doll Please. I have been Dear Santa,
very good this year. Thank I hope you and the elves
you for dehvering toys!
are okay and I have ben god
Love, so for christmas i wont Mario
Brianna Linn Harman Gallixels.
Dear Santa,
Gift I want a elf and a
Brent Wallace
ornament. I want a horse and Dear Santa,
a grafe. I want a star. I alwas want you to come.
Gingerbread man.
I hope you are not sick. and
From, Irelly want an xbox one.
Annabelle Hainds because I have been good this
Dear Santa,
year. p.s. Ihave been very
What I want for christmas good this year.
is a nail maker kit. I have
been good. Ive been helping
Brady Czapiewski
at school. And I hope you are Dear Santa,
How are you and the
Love, elevs. may you pleas get me
Ashley Aguirre and Hudson a tablet. Ihave
Dear Santa,
tried to be my best. Santa I
I hope your elfs and hope you dont freese in the
rander and you arwe doing slay.

How we respond to such

questions depends upon
whether we placidly disregard the suffering of others,
with shallow consideration to
the interconnectedness of all
life, human and otherwise,
on this planet. It is godly,
however, for Christians to be
first among our friends and
neighbors in remembering
that Christ died for the lost,
and therefore prayers of
intercession and compassion
on behalf of perpetrators and
all affected families are in
order, even as we discern
how to negotiate the disparate views we hold on the
laws of the land. Those who
follow Jesus of Nazareth,
born of Mary, are to be a
people of hope, pointing others to God as we model lives
of faith and trust in God
through Him.
Yes, it is important that we
hold on to the nostalgic ideals that make Christmas joyous for us. But we cannot
allow ourselves to be content
with fabricated blindness or
seasonal amnesia to the fullness of the Christmas story
being lived out all around us.
We must hold the telling of
the slaughter of the innocents
as holy. It can be a way of
holding sacred the lives of all
the lost innocents. It is a way
to keep our Christmas experience sacred and far more
meaningful than simple nostalgia.
Jesus, the Living Christ,
comes to us, not just at
Christmas, but everyday.
When we welcome him to be
born in our hearts, then every
day can be Christmas. The
joy of Christmas is only
vaguely symbolized in the
giving and receiving of gifts.
For the greatest gift is both
now and yet to come: The
reign of the Prince of Peace,
the realm of God, when all
pain and dissension shall
cease; when they shall not
hurt or destroy on Gods holy
mountain. When the blind
see, the lame walk, the deaf
hear, and the dead are
restored to life.
May the Prince of Peace
touch our hearts and guide
our steps, revealing the
wonders of His love this
Christmas season and in the
year ahead.

Photos by Tom Wearing

Let every heart prepare Him room

Letters to Santa

from page 13-A

Dear Santa,
How is Rudolph doing
Santsa is he boing good at
flying. can I have Pokemon
cards plese.
James J.
Dear Santa,
I wont a rce. I wont xs
Brenden W.
Dear Santa,
how are the elfs doing?
for christmas may i please
have a Stuffed animal and a
new computer. it might be
pretty hard to make that but if
your elfs did dtheir best it
would mean so much! to me
thank you!
Rosalie P.
Dear Santa,
how are the elfs and how
is rudolph and blitsan and
how is mrs. claus and how are
you and i wood like a little
livepet and a artdesk thank
Rylee W.
Dear Santa,
How is Sparkle doing he
is the one who left me not in
first grade but now I am in
Second grade. I hope the reindeer are resting for christmas.
Marry Christmas! P.S. I love
Orbeez spa.
Izzy G.
Dear Santa,
This year for christmas I
wont a art stuf for christmas
and I wont a jakit for
Christmas a wille soft one
and I wont some School
Supplies how are the randr
Natalie L.
Dear Santa,
How are the elves? I bet
they are very busy. Does

Love, realy good boy. the one thing

Ethan Everhart I want is Tracter simelater 16
Dear Santa,
videogame. I hope you are
I hope you and the elves doing good.
are doing well. I cant wait
this year I wont a phone cas I
Tyler Kanai
bin good this year.
From, Special Mail
Amelia Fileccia Mrs. Johnsons ...
Dear Santa,
Editors note: The follow you are relly nice. I cant ing letters were mailed to the
wait to you come. I want a North Pole from the students
snowmobeal I have been nice. in Mrs. Johnsons first grade
Love, classroom
Savannah Eppler Elementary School.
Dear Santa,
Dear Santa,
I was good I relly want a Ive been Verey good this
new dog and I want a legos year I cant wait to see the
and I want a new iphone.
reindeer fly through the sky
From, and I hope that you have a
Josh gerat flit with Mrs. Claus. I
Dear Santa,
hope that you give me wun How are you doing? I derful presents.
cant wait for you to come!
This year I would really like a
real ice cream maker please. Dear Santa,
Have a merry cristmas this ive been good this year. I
wont a my life doll.
Love, thak you,
Rhiana Mausolf
Dear Santa Claus,
Dear Santa,
I hope you are doing well I been very good this year.
cant wait till you come coid i Can I pleas have a girl baking
have a romot cintrole car you oven. I hope you enjoy my
see I acadetley tride over tisul candy cookes and mrs. claus
yesteday am I still on the and I wont an americna girl
notey list Im sorey. PS do you doll and a new brbe homes.
want coke or mile
Kayleigh Patrick Dear Santa,
Dear Santa,
Ive been good this year so
This year I will give you can I pleas have a toy frosty
my gift. this year Imay Ihave the snowman. Enjoy my
the wolf family. I have shared cookies. I hope your reindeer
my toys.
are in good shape on chrismis
Love, eve.
Kaylyn Isaacson
Dear Santa,
Dear Santa,
I wonder how your doig. I been very good this year
you are a realy nice guy I want your reindeer are ready
because you give toys to good to fly I want a American girl
boys and girls. Ihave been a doll lagos, baby Alive doll

Rudolph relly have a red

nose? If he does, thats pretty
cool. Alright could I please
have the game CLUE and an
Easy Bake Oven. Thank you.
Emma K.
Dear Santa,
How are you done santa
and I wunt a mratait and a
pieface chollenge and have a
happy now your.
Ruby V.
Dear Santa,
I wont a baby aliv dall I
osee wont a noow bhon babe
a liv dall plees. I wonit for
crismis sowe Santa Claus
whil you bring it for crismis.
Jenna W.
Dear Santa,
Santa are you have reindeer? I want a blue bike
because I dont have a bike!
thank you, Santa
Sota T.
Dear Santa,
i wish you a marry x mas
my wish list i want a cage
four my heghog and a xbox
360 game.
Jacob J.
Dear Santa,
I wont a ghost bustrs gun
and the shastdushs game how
rad you doeg and are the elfs
Rylee G.
Dear Santa,
Woh is yore Elfs who are
you santa if i am on the good
list can i have a bayalf doll
lust tall the elfs that can i get
the piefas gass.
Addison E.
Dear Santa.
How are you Santa. is gingerbreadman doing good. How
is Mrs. Clas. Is gingerbread
man ok Santa Cluas is th
Love you,
Emiliano T.

baby stuff and crib.


Dear Santa,
I have been good and I
will be good more. I like cool
gifts. I wot the Mind Craft
Dear Santa,
Have I been good? I hope
your reindeer are ready this
year to fly I want a American
girl Doll, lagos, Baby Alive
stuff, a crib everytheg that i
Dear Santa,
I have been good I want a
prastache hau game for
Christmas. I
love christas
Dear Santa,
I have been so nice this
year. Christmas is my favorite
year my family is so excited. I
hope that you like the cookies
and hot chocolate that I give
you. I want in American Doll.
The end. I love you Santa so
Dear Santa,
I have ben very good this
year. I hope you injoed the
cookies. can Ihave an elf on
the shelf and a skylandr tech
Alexis Alfaro
Editors note: The following letters to Santa were
mailed to the North Pole by
the students in Mrs. Walkers
first grade class at Capac
Elementary School.
Dear Santa,
My name is Ava. wat do I
want for X-mas I want a elf
Letters to Santa page 17-A


Letters to Santa
on the shelf and a lot of legos
and a nuthr ketten I hav been
Ava Lynn Fischer
Dear Santa,
My name is Kaylee. I
have been a good girl and I
love crismis. I want a fak
noils for crismis.
Dear Santa,
My name is Sophia.
Ihave new good girl. I want
for Christmas I want a clifford toys.
Dear Santa,
I have ben good this year.
my name is Taylor. I help my
brothor clen his room.
Dear Santa,
My name is Charlotte. I
have been a good kid. Please
bring me a new little live pet
mouse. To bring to Texas on
the plane.
Charlotte Mandeville
Dear Santa,
My name is Maddyn. I
have been a good stoodint
and sestr to can I have some
shopkins and dols also a
katincande maker and popcorn maker. I Love crismis
becus fo you. I love you.
Dear Santa,
My name is Boone. I
have been a nice frled. I
want a Hendol for christmas.
I have a bruter and he is nice
bruthr. He helps me so much.
Dear Santa,
My name is Nolan. I have
been a good kaid. Please
bring me tremot control airplane so Ican fly with the
airplane to Disnew.
Dear Santa,
My name is Emma lynn.
I have been a good kaid. so I
wot a fac nahls. I love you
hat so wecid.
Emma lynn
Dear Santa,
My name is Treyton. My
elfe on the self has bin good.
want a elf costm fo
Dear Santa,
My name is Ania. I have
been good. Please bring me a
new Hello Kitty lunch box.
Dear Santa,
My name is Noah. I have
been a good boy and I want a
3DS and a Lego SuperHero
Marvel Game for a 3DS for
Dear Santa,
My name is Wyatt I have
been a good kid. Pleas bring

me a fire cindl for crismas to

bring on the plan for florda.
Dear Santa,
My name is Aaron. I have
been good I want Need for
speed rivals and Maden NFL
31 sow I can be good at NFL
and play with my cousin.
Dear Santa,
My name is Chloe. I have
been a good kiid this weke
and you can give me a doll?
Dear Santa,
My name is Aubrey and I
have been a good stodint. In
school I rele want calica
kritrrs for Christmas.
Dear Santa,
My name is colin. I have
been a good booy. So kan
you brin a ds for a p hof.
Dear Santa,
Santa I love cismis das
my facbla hoad I wot to bey
on the gliis I wot a hasrd bet
kus it so coil.
Dear Santa,
My name is Ava Thorner.
Ihad been a good cid I onley
wot two theegs a timr and a
gran makr because I gowen
to moov and you wlil haf to
giv dift toys to uthr cids.
Dear Santa,
Ny name is Nathan. I
want fou Christmas a Bov.

Special Mail
Capac Elementary ...

Editors note: The following letters to Santa were

mailed to the North
from students in Capac
Elementary School.
Dear Santa,
How are you doing? How
is your family doing? I will
politely talk about my family
or something else. My family
is nice. Please bring me live
pets. Ilove you.
Dear Santa,
How are you doing
Santa? I am doen good. How
is Miss Clos doen? I am doen
good. How is your efl doen?
I am doen good. How is your
rader doen? I am doe gud.
Plea bring me a high flyer.
Hi Santa,
How are the raindeer and
Mrs. Claus and the Elfs?
How are you? Well, my mom
and my sitistr and me are
good. All I want is a marin
girl doll.
From Alyssa
Dear Santa,
I want American Girl
Doll and Afan like I got jasmine (sorthem) Thank you I
love you. P.S. how is rudolf

(810) 664-5131
(810) 664-5139

Photos by Tom Wearing

from page 16-A

Guerrero, of
Imlay City listens closely to
Santa during
her visit last
week at Milnes

Gwenn T.

Dear Santa,
How are you doing? How
are your raendeer doing? and
Mrs. Cloase? I be good. Can
I please have an Amarecin
girl doll?
Dear Santa,
How are you doing,
Santa? How is Mrs. Cluses?
And your pet elfs? my family
is pretty good this year.
Sawyer is a little bit good. He
is 3. I am pritty good. Mom
and Dad are sorda good. I
want a toy car that can go
thru water, dirt and sand and
grownd. I also want a fish
and a tedy bear. I hope you
christmas night.
Dear Santa,
How are you doing and
how is Mrs. Clase doing and
Pets and elfs to? My family is
doing fine to. I am good. I
will brush my teeth when My
mom or Dad wont even tell
me to and I want Amircin girl
Dear Santa,
How are you doing with
your family pets and friends?
Im doing good too. Plese
give me Lego garassic world
Zoomer jurassic world and
Lego Jurassic world T. rex.
Dear Santa,
How are the elfs. Thank
you for my elf. He is vary
turikey. I love him. How are
the rain deer? Make sure that
AMrs Claus makes good
cookies. Because you work
hard. Oh yeah how are you
too? Please send me a picher
of the north pole. I have only
seen it in movies. This is my
toy list. May Iplease have
Olaf in the box? I will ask for
more in my other list.
Love your friend,
Joshua K.
Dear Santa,
I have been a very good
this year. And oh, how are
you and your family and
pets? Thaks for doing all this
evre year. I bet at the North
Poll it looks cool. Oh, and me
and my family and pets are
good. When you come to my
house Ill write you a note on
my counter. If I for get it was
a accidend. Ples can I have a
choklet pen and a barby doll

Ples. Have a Merry Chrismas.

Good Bye.
Love your friend,
Olivia E.
Dear Santa,
How are you doing,
Santa? Im doing good to.
My chickens are doing good
and so is my fish. I vacumed
the floor to be good. Bye
Santa. When you daliver
presents in one night that is
cool. you look good. Can I
have lago sets eny kind of
them and a elf on the shelf
plese. Make lages plese.
thank U.
Your friend,
Dear Santa,
How is your family
doing? My family is doing
good-even Brett. Santa can
you please ask your elvs if I
can have a xzoomer kitty and
a printses doll and a shirt.
Dear Santa,
How is your pets the randere? How is Mrs. Claus and
your firends the elves? My
family is nice. My pets are a
little bit and Clyde. My
friends are my whole class.
Please. I want a sea horse.
Alyssa E.
Dear Santa,
How are you doing? How
is your family? I am being a
good girl. Ipractice my reading every night.I wood like
Playdoh and Pan Pizza moon
doh set for Christmas. A the
thing I want most of all this
year is my famaley to be
happy. I hope you have a
good Christmas.
Sophia W.
Dear Santa,
How are you doing
buddy? How are the elfs and
Mrs Claus? I am doing good.
I would like a captan America
sheyild the Avengers book
Reddy? I would like those
too. I thank you for all you
Dear Santa,
How are you Santa? How
is Rudolph? Santa, I am fine.
I want a new bike this year. I
haev been really good. Im
not being wild because I cant
stomp or run becaues I live in
a apart meant. Thank you for
giving me all those toys all

those other years.

I love you, Santa,
Dear Santa,
How are you doing?And
how is Rudolf and the other
Reindeer? I am being polite,
sweet and nice. Please, I want
a pet kitten. I just want 1 pet
kitten. I dont care if you get
to me last, Ijust want you to
be happy.
Your dear friend,
Dear Santa,
How are you doing? How
is your family? I have been
good this year. I am thankful
for what Iget. I want a tractor, or anything you want to
get me. I am thankful and I
hope you feel good. My name
is Adam and I live on Capac
Dear Santa,
How are the elfs? What I
want for Christmas is Lego
Ninja 90 and I also want a
new nerf bazooka. How is
your family? I would also
like a fuzzy friend. I promise
I will be good. My family is
Your friend,
Dear Santa,
Do you have 8 or 9 raindeer? How are you? You are

vary nice. How are your elfs

doing and how are your raindeer doing? I would please
like a book with a lock in
key. I would also please like
a doll too please. I am 7 in a
half years old.
Dear Santa,
How are you doing? How
are your reindeer? I hope that
thay are ok. How is Mrs.
Claus. Ive been very good.
Ive been listening in School.
Pleas bring me glasses
because sometimes my eyes
get a little shaddy. I would
like a pack of batteries for my
toy race care and santa I
really like how you be nice to
everyone in the world. I wish
a lot of people could be nice
like you.
Dear Santa Claus,
How have you been?
How is your pets how is Mrs.
Claus? How are the elfs? I
want a new kiss plushy
please. And good dinosaur
toys and Jurassic world toys.
And a good dinosaur movie
and a Jurassic World lego
game and Jurassic park land
two please. I did make my
bed and Id vakem the stairs.
Nathanial M.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Spartans start fast, win 57-44

By Kevin Kissane

Photo by Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor

Mike Nadrowski, of Imlay City, concentrates on an

attempt from the foul line Friday against Lakeville.


City made visiting Lakeville
absorb a 57-44 loss in a nonleague varsity boys basketball battle last Friday night.
With the result, Imlay
City improves to 3-0 this season.
In Fridays battle, Imlay
City jumped out to a 17-8
advantage after one quarter
was done.
The next eight-minute
stretch saw Imlay City
produce 14 points and
Lakeville generate 10, leaving the former with a 31-18
halftime lead to protect.
When the action resumed,
Imlay City continued to pull
away. Aided by a 14-3 third
quarter edge, the Spartans
pushed their lead to 45-21

with 24 minutes elapsed.

Lakeville then put together a 23-12 fourth quarter rally,
only to drop a 57-44 verdict at
nights end.
Seth Reiff (14, including
one field goal of the
three-point variety), Mike
Nadrowski (13) and Jose
Castro (10, featuring a trey)
led Imlay City with double
figure outputs.
remaining Spartan points
went to Hunter Galbraith
(eight), Mitch Allen (four),
David Hart (a triple), Jordan
Lesniak and Noah Galbraith
(two apiece) along with Travis
Gould (one).
Nadrowski and Hunter
Galbraith tacked on the top
Imlay City rebounding totals.
They pulled down 11 and

Photo by Kevin Kissane

Reiff,Nadrowski lead Imlay in win over Lakeville

Travis Gould, of Imlay City, goes up for a shot

during Fridays game versus Lakeville.

slips by Imlay

Spartans lose first

game of the season
By Kevin Kissane

Photo by Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor

Emma Shellenbarger, of Capac, heads up the floor during last weeks BWAC battle against Yale.

Yale outlasts Capac in double OT

Chiefs drop BWAC game with Bulldogs, 41-34
Tri-City Times Sports Editor

CAPAC Capac pushed

host Yale to the limit, only to
drop a 41-34 verdict, in a
Blue Water Area Conference
varsity girls basketball
contest that took two
overtimes to determine a
victor last Thursday night.
With the result, Capac
slips to 1-3 overall and 0-1 as
far as BWAC matchups are

In Thursdays contest,
Capac and Yale concluded the
initial quarter with zero points
Quarter number two
would see both sides
offensive productivity pick
It was there Yale
collected seven points and
Capac managed six.
The next eight-minute
stretch would see Yale net 10
points as did Capac. That left

Yale with a 17-16 lead to

protect with 24 minutes
Capac then bounced back
with a 9-8 fourth quarter edge,
making it a 25-25 ballgame at
the end of regulation play.
In the initial overtime,
Capac hit for six points and
Yale matched that output.
That left the score at 31 points
per side heading in to overtime number two.
It was there Yale pro-

duced 10 points and Capac

managed three, leaving the
former with a 41-34 victory to
celebrate at nights end.
Madison Sokacz paced
Yale with 18 points. She
drained a triple along the way.
Jamison led the way with an
Dyman Huss and Emma
Shellenbarger added 11 and
five points, respectively, to
the Chiefs cause.

Imlay City wins

BWAC opener
By Kevin Kissane

Photo by Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor

Imlay Citys Abby Schefka and Almonts Lizzie

Rinke fight for a rebound in last weeks clash.

Imlay City opened up a 33-17
advantage at the halftime
break, laying the foundation
for a 62-34 victory over visiting Almont in a Blue Water
Area Conference varsity
girls basketball matchup on
Tuesday, December 15.
With the final, Imlay City
improves to 3-2 and 1-0.
Almont slips to 2-2 and 0-1.
In Tuesdays matchup,
Imlay City bolted out to a
14-4 advantage after one
quarter was done.
Quarter number two saw
Imlay City manage 16 points
and Almont generate 12,
increasing their cushion to
33-17 at the halftime break.
When play resumed,

Spartans page 2-B

Imlay City continued to pull

away. Aided by a 19-6 third
quarter edge, Imlay City took
a 52-23 lead with 24 minutes
Almont then outscored
Imlay City 11-10 the rest of
the way, only to drop a 62-34
verdict at nights end.
Ashton Combs led Imlay
City with 27 points, including
a trifecta. The Spartans also
received points courtesy of
Kendall Sommer (12), Ella
Merlo (nine, featuring a trey),
Abby Schefka (nine), Cassie
Malhado (four) and Ericka
Lathrop (one).
Meredith Rinke paced
Almont with 14 points. She
was backed by Lizzie Rinke,
Grace Zimmerman, Abbey
Johnson and Paige Walton
(four points apiece) along
with Bella Meszaros (two).

Photo by Kevin Kissane

By Kevin Kissane


City gave visiting Flint
Southwestern Academy all
that it could possibly handle
and then some, only to drop a
narrow 53-52 verdict in a
non-conference varsity basketball battle Monday evening at the Imlay City Schools
Holiday Showcase.
With the decision, Imlay
City slips to 3-1 for the season.
In Mondays battle, which
consisted of two 16-minute
halves, Flint Southwestern
Academy and Imlay City
gave the scoreboard operator

plenty of work early on. That

point was underlined as the
former grabbed a 22-19 edge
with 8:28 gone.
The next seven minutesplus would see Flint
Southwestern Academy manage 14 points and Imlay City
generate 13, leaving the former with a 36-32 lead at the
halftime break.
When the action resumed,
Imlay City fought back with a
16-9 run covering a 9:12
span. That flurry, capped off
by a Curtis Homer triple, lifted the Spartans to a 48-45
edge at the time.

Capac 160-pounder Jason Tyson picks up a

Kearsley foe at the Cros-Lex Tournament.

Capac ranks fourth

at Cros-Lex Invite
By Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor

CAPAC The Capac

wrestling team registered a
fourth-place finish last
Saturday at the Cros-Lex
Capac opened tournament
action with a 45-33 loss to
eventual champion Flint
Kearsley, the number seven
rated team in Division 2.
That was followed by a
Mayville; a 63-15 victory
over Memphis; a 47-27
setback to Cros-Lex; and a

48-36 loss to Cass City.

Anthony Trudo (125) and
Paul Livermore (152) led
Capac with 5-0 marks that
Ian Detroyer (140), Carter
Smith (145) and Jeremy
Webster (215) furnished the
next best Capac showings.
They wound up 4-1 in their
respective weight classes.
Jason Tyson was the other
Capac grappler who posted a
winning mark that day. Tyson
finished 3-2 at 160 pounds.
With the results, Capac
now stands at 7-7 for the


Boys Basketball

Dryden takes third in four starts

By Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor

earned a 47-29 win against
visiting Deckerville in a
North Central Thumb League
varsity boys basketball clash
last Thursday.
With the decision, Dryden
raises its mark to 3-1 overall

and 1-0 as far as league

clashes are concerned.
In Thursdays clash,
Dryden charged out to a
16-8 advantage after one
quarter was done.
The middle two quarters
would see Dryden manage 18
total points, while limiting
Deckerville to 11.
staked them to a 34-19

cushion with 24 minutes into

the record books.
Dryden then outscored
Deckerville 13-10 the rest
of the way, closing out a
47-29 triumph.
For Dryden, Max Kage
(13, including a trifecta) and
featuring a trey) led the
way with double digit point

The remaining
to Evan Pocius (eight),
Sean Riley (six), Jake
Hagemeister (four), Bailey
Knuth (three) and Mike Kirts
Dryden also received
11 rebounds, five assists
and five steals from

Almont improves to 2-1 on the year

Tri-City Times Sports Editor


basketball team registered a
against Rochester Hills
Lutheran Northwest in a

non-league encounter last

Friday night.
With the verdict, Almont
improves to 2-1 this season.
In Fridays encounter,
Almont took a 9-7 edge after
one quarter was history.
The middle two quarters

Lutheran Northwest amass

25 points and Almont generate 19. That left Rochester
Hills Lutheran Northwest
with a 32-28 advantage with
24 minutes elapsed.
Almont then outscored
Rochester Hills Lutheran
Northwest 15-5 the rest of the

way, closing out a 43-37 win.

Zach Revoldt (20, including a pair of trifectas) and
Drew Revoldt (13, featuring a
trey) led Almont with double
digit point totals. They were
backed by Dante Dudek
(seven points) and Nick Terry
(a triple).

Almont drops nailbiter on home floor

By Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor


Almont varsity boys basketball team fell by a narrow
45-42 count to visiting
East Detroit in a non-conference clash needing one
overtime to determine which
side would prevail last

With the outcome, East

Detroit improves to 1-1
overall. Almont slips to 1-1
this season.
In Wednesdays meeting,
East Detroit grabbed a 13-8
advantage after one quarter
was done and widened the
gap to 18-12 at the halftime
When play resumed,
Almont bounced back with a

13-11 third quarter edge to

close the gap to 29-25 with 24
minutes gone.
Quarter number four saw
Almont net 15 points and East
Detroit manage 11, making it
a 40-40 contest at the end of
regulation action.
East Detroit then outscored Almont 5-2 during
overtime, pulling out a 45-42

Zach Revoldt headlined

for Almont that evening.
Revoldt finished with an
18-point performance.
Almont had four other
players reach the scoring column. Their ranks consisted
of Drew Revoldt (11 points,
featuring a trey), Dante Dudek
(five, including a trifecta)
plus Tom Lulgjuraj and Ethan
Hall (four each).

Photo by Kevin Kissane

By Kevin Kissane

Seth Reiff, of Imlay City, looks to finish off a fastbreak Monday versus Southwestern.

Spartans: drop nailbiter

from page1-B
Academy then outscored
Imlay City 8-4 during the
final 6:48 of action, pulling
out a dramatic 53-52 victory.
For Flint Southwestern
Academy, Ivan Warren led
the way with 12 points. He
drained two triples along the

Seth Reiff (21 points) and
Griffin Schirmer (16) proved
Imlay Citys top scoring
threats. They were backed by
Mike Nadrowski (six points),
Hunter Galbraith (five),
Homer (a triple) and Jose
Castro (one).


Almont wrestling wins two matches

ALMONT The Almont
wrestling team picked up a
pair of non-league wins last
Millington High School is
where the action unfolded.
Almont began their successful two-match stint with a
Jacob Battani and Boyd
Glenn led Almont with triumphs via the pinfall route.
Battani took 46 seconds to
stop Andrew Harris at 145

pounds and Glenn needed 28

seconds to turn back 189pound counterpart Nick
Jack DeMara (103), Jacob
Burch (119), Josh Phelps
(152), Jordan Phelps (171)
and Dillon Kruse (285) added
wins by void to Almonts
Almont also squared off
versus Millington. That confrontation drew to a close
with Almont ahead by a 48-36
A group consisting of
Colby Querciagrossa, Jacob
Battani, Robbie Battani,

Athlete of the Week

Junior Zach Revoldt
averaged 19 points for
Almonts varsity basketball
team in a pair of contests
last week.
For his effort, Revoldt
earns our Boys Athlete of
the Week honors.

Senior Ashton Combs

collected 27 points for
Imlay Citys
varsity basketball team
in a win over Almont last
For her effort, Combs
nets our Girls Athlete of
the Week honor.

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Hunter Spies and Kruse paced

Almont with victories via the
pinfall route. Querciagrossa
required 2:23 to best Tristen
Roberts at 125 pounds; Jacob
Battani took 12 seconds to
down 145-pound adversary
John Hitsman; Robbie Battani
needed 1:48 to upend Austin

Lueas at 160 pounds; Spies

required 1:53 to conquer 215pound rival Andrew Bovvy;
and Kruse took 3:09 to defeat
Dillon Colden at 285 pounds.
DeMara (103), Austin
Cody (135) and Avery Bartlett
(140) tacked on triumphs by
void to Almonts cause.

Almont grapplers
excel at Ovid-Elsie
By Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor

Almont wrestling team
claimed five placewinning
performances last Saturday
at the Ovid-Elsie Tournament.
Their final team placing
was not available.
Jacob Battani led Almont
that day. Battani earned
the distinction of weight
class champion at 145

Nathan Hunter provided
the next best Almont
Hunter, who
wrestles in the 130-pound
weight division, provided a
fourth-place finish.
Jack Demara (103),
Colby Querciagrossa (119)
and Hunter Spies (189)
rounded out the list of
Almont placewinners with
fifths in their respective
weight classes.

Imlay City splits

mat confrontations
By Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor


Imlay City wrestling team
split a pair of dual contests
last Wednesday.
Caro High School is
where the matches were contested.
Imlay City started their
two-match stint with a 51-21
setback to Caro.
Blake Porter and Jaykob
Shaw led Imlay City with
wins by pin. Porter took 2:57
to upend 160-pound foe
David Peterson and Shaw
needed 1:31 to conquer
Lorenzo Licudine at 285
Eric Pawlaczyk, Noah
Scillian and Hunter Mullins
added victories by decision to
Pawlaczyk notched an 8-2
triumph against Ty Inches at
112 pounds; Scillian earned a
1-0 win over 125-pound
counterpart John Botkins;
and Hunter Mullins supplied
an 8-0 victory over Gabe

Sherd at 135 pounds.

Later that evening, Imlay
City picked up a 51-30 triumph against Yale.
A group consisting of
Pawlaczyk, Scillian, Kyle
Kulin, Mullins, Shaw and
Cole Inwood paced Imlay
City with wins by pin.
Pawlaczyk needed 1:18 to
best Nick Genaw at 112
pounds; Scillian required
1:06 to stop 125-pound counterpart Kolton Antilla; Kulin
needed 2:36 to down Patrick
Hoppe at 130 pounds;
Mullins took 1:37 to defeat
135-pound adversary Jayden
Janes; Shaw required 23 seconds to turn back Lucas
Kutter at 215 pounds; and
Inwood needed 1:36 to conquer 285-pound rival Josh
Nic Morandi (103) and
Wesley Hampton (119) gave
Imlay City victories by void.
Pat Pauli added a triumph
by decision to Imlay Citys
cause. Pauli registered a 3-2
win over AJ Agbay at 189

Photo by Kevin Kissane

By Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor

Capac 152-pounder Paul Livermore, shown at the

Cros-Lex Tournament, went 7-0 for the week

Capac tops Wyandotte,

falls to Rochester Adams
By Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor

CAPAC The Capac

wrestling team went 1-1 in a
pair of non-league encounters
last Wednesday.
Rochester Adams High
School is where the matches
were contested.
Capac started things off
with a 37-36 win against
Wyandotte Roosevelt.
A group consisting of
Dylan Wojie, Carter Smith,
Paul Livermore, Danny
Navarro and Jeremy Webster
led Capac with victories by
pin. Wojie needed 2:32 to
conquer 103-pound foe Alex
Sanford; Smith stopped
Domenick Richardson (no
time available) at 145 pounds;
Livermore took 35 seconds to
defeat 152-pound counterpart
Ethan Delannoy;
Navarro required 1:05 to
beat Bradley Scott at 171
pounds; and Webster needed
38 seconds to down 215-

pound adversary Quin Regan.

Anthony Trudo gave
Capac a triumph by major
decision. Trudo handed 125pound adversary Lucas King
an 11-3 setback.
Ian Detroyer provided
Capac with a win by major
decision, accomplishing the
feat with an 8-3 verdict
against Colton Thompson at
140 pounds.
Capac also squared off
versus Rochester Adams.
That clash ended with
Rochester Adams registering
a 52-24 victory.
There Capac received triumphs via the pinfall route
from Smith, Livermore and
Jason Tyson. Smith took
5:07 to upend Cade Rusniak
at 145 pounds; Livermore
required 59 seconds to turn
back 152-pound rival Louis
Eble; and Tyson needed 2:46
to defeat Les Bleil at 160
Webster (215) added a
win by void to Capacs cause.

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Girls Basketball

Imlay City delivers a

setback to Richmond

Almont falls
to non-league

By Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor


Richmond, 48-40, in a Blue
Water Area Conference
varsity girls basketball
meeting last Thursday night.
With the outcome, Imlay
City moves to 4-2 overall and
2-0 as far as BWAC clashes
are concerned.
In Thursdays meeting,
Imlay City jumped out to a
15-8 advantage after one
quarter was done.
The next eight-minute
stretch would see Imlay City
accumulate 15 points, while
holding Richmond to 13.
That left Imlay City with a
30-21 halftime lead to
When the action resumed,
Imlay City padded their

By Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor

Capac falls to foe

Sandusky on road
By Kevin Kissane

Tri-City Times Sports Editor

CAPAC Capac dropped a 46-14

road verdict to Sandusky in a non-league
varsity girls basketball game on Tuesday,
December 15.
With the outcome, Capac slips to 1-2
In Tuesdays game, Sandusky opened
up a 13-3 advantage after one quarter was
done and widened the gap to 30-6 at the
halftime break.
Sandusky then outscored Capac 16-8
over the next 16 minutes, good enough for a
46-14 win at nights end.
Megan Jamison led Capac with five
points. The Chiefs also had Shelby
Husovsky (four points), Dyman Huss (three)
and Alexys Anderson (two) reach the
scoring column.

Photo by Kevin Kissane

ALMONT Almont returned from

Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest with a
43-28 road loss in a non-league girls basketball clash last Friday night.
With the decision, Almont now stands at
2-3 overall.
In Fridays clash, Rochester Hills
Lutheran Northwest built a 13-9 lead after
one quarter was done.
The middle two quarters saw Rochester
Hills Lutheran Northwest net 22 total points
and Almont manage 15, increasing their
cushion to 35-24 with 24 minutes gone.
Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest
then outscored Almont 9-4 the rest of the
way, closing out a 43-28 triumph.
Meredith Rinke led Almont with 10
points. She was given assistance in the scoring department by Grace Zimmerman (eight,
including a pair of three-pointers), Abbey
Johnson (six) plus Lizzie Rinke and
Elizabeth Kerby (two apiece).

Cameron Katkic, of Imlay City, defends against Almonts Grace

Zimmerman in their BWAC matchup last week.

Dryden drops clash to Deckerville

DRYDEN Dryden wound up
on the losing side of a 40-21
outcome to visiting Deckerville in a
North Central Thumb League varsity
girls basketball encounter last Friday
With the result, Dryden slips to
0-4 this season and 0-1 when they
square off versus NCTL rivals.
In Fridays encounter, Dryden
grabbed an 8-7 edge after one quarter
was done.
Quarter number two would
belong to Deckerville.
It was
there they outscored their opposition
5-1, taking a 12-9 lead at the
halftime break.

cushion some. Aided by a

9-8 edge there, the Spartans
went up 39-29 with 24
minutes elapsed.
Richmond then outscored
Imlay City 11-9 the rest of
the way, only to fall by a
48-40 count when the
clock zeroed out for the last
Ashton Combs paced
Imlay City with a 15-point
She was
backed by Abby Schefka
(nine points), Cameron
Katkic (seven), Ericka
Lathrop (five), Ella Merlo
(four, including a trifecta)
along with Cassie Malhado
and Kendall Sommer (four
Combs and Schefka
added the top Imlay City
rebound totals. They pulled
down 14 and six missed
shots, respectively.

When the action resumed,

Deckerville seized command.
Bolstered by an 18-6 third quarter
cushion, the Eagles went ahead 30-15
with 24 minutes gone.
Deckerville then outscored
Dryden 10-6 the rest of the way,
closing out a 40-21 win.
Taylor Wakerley led Dryden that
evening. Wakerley finished with a
10-point performance. The McKenna
Rudd (seven) and Katie Schenkel
(four) supplied the remaining Cardinal
Rudd added the top Dryden
rebound total. She pulled down 10
missed shots.

We will be closed on
Thurs., Fri. & Sat.
Dec. 24th, 25th & 26th
and also on
Thurs., Dec. 31st and Fri.
& Sat., January 1st & 2nd

Sports In Brief
The following youth
sports, junior high, ninth
grade and junior varsity
recaps are provided to us by
area coaches. If your teams
results do not appear here
remind your coach to pass
along the information by

calling (810) 724-2615, or

e-mailing it to kkissane@ or send it
to us via fax at (810) 7248552.
Capac Junior Varsity

Holly Meadows
Monday Night Trio
1st Place: Roose Whitetails
Mens High Game
Tom Dorga, 266
Mens High Series
Matt Wright, 739
Team High Series Ideal Climate Control, 2014
Tuesday Mens Charter
1st Place: SHL Contracting
Mens High Game
Todd Grub, 278
Mens High Series
Mike Edgerton, 674
Team High Series
SHL Contracting, 3045
Hollys Angels
1st Place: Tri-County Bank
Mens High Game Heather Politowicz, 224
Mens High Series Heather Politowicz, 633
Team High Series
Ritters Critters, 2336
Thursday Night League

1st Place: Underdogs

Mens High Game
Justin VanBibber, 257
Mens High Series
Justin VanBibber, 726
Womens High Game
Chris Crabtree, 215
Womens High Series Chris Crabtree, 557
Team High Series
Bone Crush, 2261
Friday Night Mixed
1st Place: Future-In-Laws
Mens High Game
Dennis Strunk, 217
Mens High Series
Dennis Strunk, 664
Womens High Game
Cheryl Hill, 203
Womens High Series Donna Beemer, 532
Team High Series
Killer Bs, 2158
Beginners Luck
1st Place: Professional Amatuers
Mens High Game
John Reusser, 246
Mens High Series
John Reusser, 669
Womens High Game Teresa Moldeon, 183
Womens High Series Bobby Jo Long, 476
Team High Series
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Yale Tournament
December 19
Tournament recap- The
Capac wrestling team
claimed four placewinning
performances last Saturday at
the Yale Junior Varsity
Miguel Aguinaga (285)
led Capac with a first that
Omar Canelo (171) and
Jeremiah Mardlin (215) provided Capac with seconds.
Capac also received a
third from Duncan Muter
Almont Junior Varsity
Boys Basketball
Almont vs. East Detroit
December 16
Almont-49 East Detroit-35

Game recap- Almont
downed East Detroit, 49-35,
in a non-league junior varsity
boys basketball clash last
Rafael Farias led Almont
with nine points. He was
backed by Jordan Bourdeau
(eight points), Clay
Schapman (seven), Austin

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Legal Announcements


DECEMBER 10, 2015

The meeting was called to order at
7:00 p.m. by Supervisor Ochadleus.
Present were: Clerk Herpolsheimer,
Treasurer Mason and Trustees Madeline
and Lacey. Absent: none.
The minutes of November 12,
2015 were approved as presented.

The treasurer report showed a new


Pursuant to Public Act 267 of 1976, be it resolved that the meetings of the
Almont Township Board shall be held on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00
p.m. at 819 N. Main St., Almont, MI. Regular meetings shall be held on the
following dates:

January 11, 2016

February 8, 2016

March 14, 2016

April 11, 2016

May 9, 2016

June 13, 2016

July 11, 2016

August 8, 2016

September 12, 2016

October 10, 2016

November 14, 2016

December 12, 2016
Carol Hoffner
Almont Township Clerk



December 14, 2015

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm
by Supervisor Winn. Pledge of
Allegiance recited. Members present:
Parks, Klos, Winn, Christian &
Wittstock. November minutes approved.
Treasurer's report approved. Fire report
given by Chief Phillips: responded to 9
runs last month (one billable), thanked
citizens for continued support and continuing with training. Senior report:
many ongoing events including Euchre
on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and potluck
every 4th Tuesday at noon; upcoming:
Euchre tournament 1/6 and 1/20 and
cookie exchange 12/17. Park report:
playscape is ready for use and handicapped porta-john placed at park.
Discussed: Valerie Peck appointed to
Board of Review, rezoning application
fee is $750, legal fees raised and update
given on Sewer System issues. Audience
questions and comments: property
owner requested to have trailer remain
on property while waiting for DEQ permit approval. Motion to pay the bills
made and accepted. Motion to adjourn
8:25pm. A complete copy of the minutes
is available at the township hall during
business hours.
Karen A. Klos, Clerk

SECTION 105 and 105c



it will accept applications from nonresident students residing in contiguous
intermediate school districts (Genesee, Macomb, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair
County, and Tuscola) as well as from the Lapeer Intermediate School District in
accordance with Sections 105 and 105c of the Michigan School Code. Parents
of students in these districts may apply for their children to attend ALMONT
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS for the 2nd semester of the 2015-2016 school year.

The application period is January 4th, 2016 January 18th, 2016 at 4:00
p.m. . Applications are available at Almont Community Schools administration
offices located at 4701 Howland Rd, Almont, Michigan 48003, or the districts
website The application must be received by the District starting January 4th and no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 18th, 2016.


Laurence Ralph Baker (Date of

Birth: January 3, 1926), the sole-surviving Grantor and sole-surviving Initial
Trustee of the "Laurence R. Baker and
Evian F. Baker Revocable Joint Trust,"
dated January 23, 1998, who lived at
2349 Scott Road, Lapeer, Michigan,
48461, passed away on June 16, 2015.
David Baker is the Successor Trustee.

Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the "Laurence
R. Baker and Evian F. Baker Revocable
Joint Trust" will be forever barred unless
presented to David Baker, Successor
Trustee, within four months after the
date of publication. Notice is further
given that the Trust will then be distributed to the persons entitled to it.
David Baker
4122 Timberview Drive
Howell, Michigan 48843


Accounting &
Tax Preparation



DECEMBER 1, 2015

President Schneider called the

meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
Councilmembers present were Dyke,
Love, Peltier, Steffler, Tobias &
Schneider. Councilmember Lauer was
absent. The Council approved the agenda; approved the consent agenda;
approved Resolution #15-12-01 PA152
Opt Out; held the first reading of
Ordinance 189.1; set 2016 meeting
dates; approved Bodman Invoice
#562641 & waived the fees to the
Township to appear before the Zoning
Board of Appeals.

Discussion was held on Clinton
River Watershed Council; Title VI Non
Discrimination Plan & Reindeer Run.

The meeting adjourned at 9:17
Kimberly J. Keesler
Steve Schneider

A complete copy of the minutes is
available in the Clerk's office during
regular business hours or at www.




An ordinance, in accordance with
and under the authority of Act 110,
Public Acts of 2006, to provide for the
establishment of zoning districts in such
sizes, shapes and areas as are considered
best suited to carry out the provisions of
this Ordinance; within which districts
the proper use of land and natural
resources is encouraged and regulated
and the improper use of same prohibited; to designate in the districts the use of
land for recreation, residence, industries,
trade, soil conservation, natural resources, and the uses for which buildings and
structures shall or shall not be erected,
altered or moved, and designate the
trades and industries that shall be permitted or excluded and subjected to
special regulations in each of the districts. To provide for amendments and
supplements thereto; provide for the
administration and enforcement of this
Ordinance; to provide for a Board of
Appeals and its power and duties, to
provide penalties for the violation of its
provisions, and to repeal Ordinance 159,
as amended, and to repeal all ordinances
and parts of ordinances which may be in
conflict with this Ordinance.
The undersigned President and
Clerk of the Village of Almont hereby
certify that this Ordinance was adopted
at a Regular Meeting of the Almont
Village Council held on the 15th day of
December 2015, was published in the
Tri-City Times on the 23rd of December
2015 and effective on the 31st of
December 2015.
Kimberly J. Keesler
Steve Schneider

A complete copy of the above ordinance is available in the Clerk's office
during regular business hours.

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Meeting called to order by

Supervisor at 7:00 p.m. at 819 N. Main
St., Almont, MI. Members present were
Supervisor Bowman, Clerk Hoffner,
Treasurer Kudsin, and Trustees Moore,
Stroup, Streeter, and Groesbeck. The
following actions were taken: 1)
approved budget amendments, 2)
approved consent agenda, 3)approved
soil renewal permit, 4)approved haul
route agreement, 5)approved appointments to PC, ZBA, and BOR, 6)adopted
open meetings resolution, 7)approved
resolution opposing SB 13, 8)gave
Supervisor and Clerk authority to sign
documents for purchase of property
from school. Meeting adjourned at 8:17
Paul Bowman-Supervisor
Carol Hoffner-Clerk

have been mailed out.

Attorney - none

Ambulance - Supervisor Ochadleus
reviewed some of the history of the
Lapeer EMS.
Commissioner Jarvis discussed office
security/safety training and announced
that she will be running for office again
in 2016.

Board - Moved and seconded to
authorize attendance to the MTA Board
of Review Workshop on February 16th
in Frankenmuth at the cost of $81.00 per
person. Roll call vote taken, all ayes,
motion carried. Supervisor Ochadleus
presented a rough draft of the proposed
museum addition and he announced that
he will be running to retain his position
in 2016.

Review and pay the bills - Moved
and seconded to pay the bills: General
Fund - $37,113.49, and Fire Fund $5,771.90, Public Safety - $12,970.53
Total for bills $55,855.92. Roll call vote
taken, all ayes, motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 8:01 p.m.

A complete copy of the minutes is
available at the Attica Township Hall.
Nancy Herpolsheimer
Attica Township Clerk

Parts and Service


M bil







DECEMBER 14, 2015

balance of: General Fund $468,942.72,

and CDARS savings $201,791.36; Fire
Millage $8,341.16, CDARS savings
$50,447.83; Fire Escrow $70,381.97,
CDARS savings $50,447.83; Public
Safety $42,391.90, CDARS savings

Police Report - 263 calls in October
with 146 handled by Township deputies.

Public Time - Tracy Aldrich from
the Ruth Hughes Library gave an informative report.
Old Business - Supervisor
Ochadleus reported on the Rover
Pipeline and AMAR review letter.
New Business - Community
Service Trooper Tim Fagin from the
Michigan State Police introduced himself and his duties and activities in the

Moved and seconded to approve
the amendment of the Attica Township
Zoning Ordinance as it pertains to
Limited Business in the Residential
District and also to Section 7.3 as it
pertains to temporary removable structures as recommended by the Attica
Township Planning Commission. Roll
call vote taken, all ayes, motions carried.

Moved and seconded to approve
the Police Service Contract with the
Lapeer County Sheriff's Department for
2016, and also to set the Poverty
Guidelines for 2016 Assessments. Roll
call vote taken, all ayes, motions carried.

Fire - 8 runs in the last two months,
one fire fighter went to combat readiness school in Alpena, one person is in
fire school and the Department participated in "Shop with a Hero" program.

Park - The park is officially closed
but the walking trail is open.

Planning Commission - The Stoldt
request for Special Land Use was tabled
until the January meeting, the Planning
Board is reviewing the Master Plan and
Special Land Use inspection fee forms



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