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The Addams Family Premieres This Weekend

Jacob Jabkiewicz and Diego Febres-Cordero with Bart.

Jacob Jabkiewicz and Diego Febres-Cordero with Bart.

Center Stage Jackson’s production of “The Addams Family” will debut this weekend with shows at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.  The musical comedy stars Diego Febres-Cordero as Gomez and Jacob Jabkiewicz as Fester.  The show will also run the weekend of October 31 to November 2.  Tickets available here.  The show will be in the Baughman Theatre, Potter Center at Jackson College.  Other guests:  Shane LaPorte, candidate for Jackson County commission;  Angela Machnik, Middle School Challenge Day;  Carolyn Matteson, Anderson Printing’s 45th Anniversary;  Andrew Sargeant, Jackson Recreation Department.

Group Exploring Jackson Minor League Baseball

Dan DuBois with Bart

Dan Dubois with Bart

Dan DuBois, Leader of “Commanding Curve”, is exploring the possibility of bringing a Frontier Baseball League team to Jackson.  Currently the group is in the first phase of market research, which includes surveying the community.  He asked viewers to visit the website, jacksonbaseball.club to take the survey and learn more about the group’s plans.  They will be hosting a World Series watch party at The Chase on Tuesday evening where more information will be available.  Other guests:  Jackson County Undersheriff Chris Kuhl;  Andy Woell, General Materials with “Builder Walk”;  Wendy Treacher, Jackson Chorale with Jackson Livesay, Children’s Choir;  Jennifer Anderson, Tammy Davis and Bonnie Rowley, YMCA of Jackson Pink Ribbon Party, Friday, October 24;  Susan Murphy, Harriet A. Myer BPW;  Dave DeBaker, movie reviews.

Today’s show replays Monday, October 20.

Coaches Prepare for Community Bowl

Coaches Scott Farley and Herb Brogan

Coaches Scott Farley and Herb Brogan

Lumen Christi Varsity Football Coach Herb Brogan and Jackson Varsity Football Coach Scott Farley are preparing their teams for the annual Community Bowl, Friday October 24 at Withington Community Stadium.  The event featuring the traditional rivalry of the Titans vs. the Vikings will include special pre-game and half-time festivities and food and fun-filled hospitality tents for both schools’ fans.  Kickoff is at 7 PM and all proceeds will benefit the scholarship funds at both schools.  Other guests:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka; Jackson County Commissioner John Polaczyk;  In the Kitchen with Lisa Spampinato;  Jack Jordan, Telecommunications Consultant;  Pet of the Week with Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society.

Today’s show replays Thursday, October 16.

Buchholz Receives SAU Leadership Award

Paul Buchholz with Bart

Paul Buchholz with Bart

Paul Buchholz, President and CFO of Lloyd Ganton Retirement Centers was recognized with the Business Administration Leadership Award by Spring Arbor University.  The award is given to alumni who have demonstrated success in leading a small to medium business while applying biblical principles and values.  Paul talked about the importance of the guiding principles instilled in him while a student at SAU and the growth of the company under his leadership.  Other guests:  Jackson City Manager Patrick Burtch;  Ken Toll, President and CEO, United Way of Jackson County with Kate Lambert Lee, Community Action Agency;  Angela Machnik, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce;  Melissa Woodhurst, Executive Director, Jackson Friendly Home;  Kim Conant, Salvation Army.

St. Mary’s School Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Matt Berkemeier and Fr. Tim Nelson

Matt Berkemeier and Fr. Tim Nelson

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Pastor, the Rev. Tim Nelson and St. Mary’s School Principal Matt Berkemeier detailed plans to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the school.  A dinner is planned for Friday, October 24 at the Commonwealth Commerce Center that includes an auction and a program of the school’s history.  St. Mary’s is one of the oldest continuously-operated grade school in the same building in the United States.  Other guests:  Rod Malloy, Executive Director, Dahlem;  Whitney Skeans, Customer Assistance Coordinator, Consumers Energy;  Linda Cypret and Doug Nowlin, Land of Falling Waters Traditional Pow Wow;  Diane Cerquiera, Friends of the Animals’ 43rd Annual Craft-O-Rama, Sunday October 19 at American 1 Events Center.

Senator to Explore Term Limits Changes

Randy Richardville with Bart

Randy Richardville with Bart

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville will be retiring from 14 years in the Michigan House and Senate at the end of the year, a victim of term limits.  After leaving office, he plans on exploring a constitutional amendment to lengthen term limits for both chambers.  In his last weeks of office, Richardville is campaigning on behalf of Republican candidates and making joint campaign appearances.  Other guests:  Phil Wrzesinski, The Toy House;  Heather Price, Sandhill Crane Vineyards;  Marc Stanley and Leighanne Rappaport, AWARE’s “Lights, Camera, Auction” event October 23;  a visit to The Hobbit Place.


Early goals push Lumen Christi past Country Day and onto regional final

By Mike Moore

JTV Sports Writer

BEVERLY HILLS — These are supposed to be close games, battles back and forth that come down to the final moments, overtime, or ever later than that.

A battle it certainly was, but close, well, not Tuesday night.

Not with the kind of soccer the Lumen Christi boys are playing right now.

The Titans kept their magical season rolling right along, making the lengthy trip to Beverly Hills for a Division 3 regional semifinal, and then exiting with a 4-0 shocker over Detroit Country Day.

“Shocked to win like this,” Lumen coach Damon Havlicek said simply, afterwards. “At this point in the season you expect it to be 1-0. Nobody expects to win 4-0.”

Bryce Hoornstra scored all three goals in the first half for the Titans.

Lucas Foust added the only goal in the second frame.

“That set the tone for the rest of the night,” Hoornstra said of the early goals. “It’s huge.”

His tallies stunned the crowd at Country Day, most of whom had succumb to blankets, winter coats and hats.

Those in Lumen gear had a slightly easier time staying warm.

“This is what happens in sports sometimes,” Country Day coach Bob Bukari said. “It just wasn’t a good performance by us tonight.”

Bukari said the three early goals took the wind of his teams sails.

“It’s just huge,” he added. “I mean, you give up one, and as a team you can bounce back. But when they get three like that, it just kills you.”

On Monday, Havlicek downplayed his team’s district title from the weekend, instead shifting all focus to the semifinal and a chance to move to the regional title, something this group of players had never done.

On Tuesday, he downplayed the semifinal victory, instead shifting all focus to the final.

“The next step is what we’re worried about now,” he said. “Our goal has always been November. Now the challenge is on us to keep this going.”

Lumen, 17-3-1, faces Grosse Ile in a 6 p.m. final Friday back at Country Day.

Grosse Ile (13-4-4) beat Allen Park Cabrini 2-1 Tuesday night.

The Way We Were

Ten College Football Programs That Used to Matter


By Larry Jacobson, JTV Sports

 -1.    Tennessee                      73-14 from 1995-2001                      24-32 last 4 years.

*        The Vols won the first BCS Championship in 1998 but have been lost in space since Phil Fulmer left.

- 2.   Colorado                        78-15 from 1989-1996                      23-55 last 6 years.

*        Under former Michigan Man Bill McCartney, this team produced bowl wins and NFL draft picks with abandon for almost a decade. Now, they’re bottom feeders in the Pac-12.

-3.     SMU                              41-5  from 1981-1985                      37-58 last 7 years.

*        The Pony Express suffered the NCAA’s Death Penalty after their great run, which kids today know nothing about unless they watch ESPN’s ’30 for 30.’ The talk now is that they may soon disband the program again – this time for being so bad.

-4.     Michigan                        41-8 from 1997-2001                        18-15 last 3 years.

*        Lloyd Carr’s run, which included a national title in 1997, ended with a bowl win over Florida a few years ago. From Rich Rod to Brady Hoke, mediocrity has reigned to the point where they are no longer even in contention for league titles. Another regime change is coming.

-5.     Florida                           57-10 from 2005-2009                      35-29 last 4 years.

*        The Gators lost footing in the tough SEC so quickly no one’s even sure what happened. Will Muschamp is out at season’s end, right? Remember when NO ONE went into The Swamp and won? Gators lost 42-13 at home to Missouri last weekend. Where have you gone, Tim Tebow?

-6.     Washington                             58-14 from 1979-1984                      44-52 last 7 years.

*        The Huskies won a share of the national title in 1991 and made annual Rose Bowl trips. It’s been tough going for a long time now.

-7.     Texas                                       101-16 from 2001-2009                    33-25 last 4 years.

*        Mack Brown’s decline and a coaching change have left the Longhorns treading water the last few years.

-8.     Iowa                               31-7 from 2001-2004                        24-21 last 3 years.

*        Hawkeye fans couldn’t get enough of Kirk Ferentz during their big run, but they’ve settled into mediocrity recently, focusing more on how an easy schedule might give them a chance at a big year. Ouch.

-9.     West Virginia                 70-20 from 2005-2011                      11-14 last 2 years.

*        Rich Rodriguez had this team on the cusp of national glory before leaving for Michigan and crashing. RR is recovering in the Arizona desert – the Mountaineers are still waiting.

-10.   Penn State                      61-11 from 1977- 1982                     35-21 last 5 years.

*        We all know the story here. The Lions have done pretty well keeping their heads above water, but on a national stage they’re no longer a player.

Lumen soccer team takes aim at Country Day, spot in the regional final



By Mike Moore

JTV Sports

 Jackson – There’s no complacency here, no taking what’s been established for granted.

District success has become a staple of the Lumen Chisti boys soccer program, a tradition seemingly carried from one fall to the next.

When the Titans defeated Quincy High 5-0 on Saturday at Onsted, it marked the fourth consecutive district crown, and 12th in the past 14 years, to be exact.

But there wasn’t a huge celebration, no parade plans being constructed.

“Truthfully, I think the bigger goals are still out there,” coach Damon Havlicek said Monday morning. “When the district game ended, the guys were already talking about what was next. That’s what they are focused on.”

Lumen rolled through the Onsted bracket, opening the postseason with an 8-0 victory against Columbia Central followed by a 2-0 shutout of Hillsdale in the semifinal.

In the district title, five different players — Gabriel Tavera, Ethan Frew, Abraham Johnson, Patrick Nicol and Caleb Chesney— scored while goalie Max Snyder picked up his 12th shutout of the season.

Dominant, but still driven.

“This senior class has won four districts, but they’ve never taken that next step,” Havlicek said of the regional round. “This is their chance to do that.”

Lumen, now 16-3-1, will have its hands full Tuesday evening when it travels to Beverly Hills to take on a Country Day (13-6-3) team known for postseason success.

The Yellowjackets picked up their district trophy after disposing of Madison 8-0 on Friday. They beat Clawson High 4-2 in the semifinal after cruising past Detroit University Prep 9-0 in an opener.

Country Day’s playoff accomplishments are hard to ignore, with five Division 3 state title since 2004, the most recent in 2011.

None of that will intimidate a Titans team that may be as strong as it has been in years.

“We can’t wait for the challenge,” Havlicek said. “We’re going to go there, play free, play loose, and we’re not going to hold back.”

The teams met once this year, a 2-1 Lumen victory back in August.

“So much is different now, though,” Havlicek quickly cautioned. “That game was on grass, very early in the season when they were without one of their best players. They are a much different team now.”

If there’s one easy to spot advantage, it’s home field.

Country Day is hosting the regional round and won’t have to adjust its schedule at all before the 5 p.m. start.

Lumen, on the other hand, will have the hour-or-so drive east on I-94, and will also be playing on a turf field for the first time this fall.

“Our defense is going to have to respond to any challenges they throw at us,” Havlicek said. “We have to be very disciplined. We can’t let them just go up and down the field and control the ball. … I really think this one will be decided in the midfield.”

“At the same time, when you have chances against a team like Country Day, you have to take them,” Havlicek added. “If you don’t, that can wear on you. That doubt can creep into your head. If we have chances, we’re going to take them.”

Havlicek said he’ll be brining a very confident and motivated group of guys to Country Day Tuesday. This is a senior class with so much regular season and district success, but one still searching for a win in the regional round for the first time.

“And if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best,” Havlicek said. “Our whole side of the draw is strong, ranked teams. Nothing is going to be easy. But we like that challenge. We’re ready for it.”

The regional final is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 24, and the other half of the bracket includes Grosse Ile High and Allen Park Cabrini.

Balance Key To Unbeaten Titans’ Success


Larry Jacobson, JTV Sports

Heading into the 2014 high school football season, everyone knew the Lumen Christi Titans would rely heavily on senior running back Khari Willis.

And for good reason…

One of the most accomplished players ever to wear the green and gold, Willis – who’ll suit up for Mark Dantonio’s Michigan State Spartans next year – is indeed a main offensive cog for this year’s Titans. But it’s what has happened around him that has pleased Lumen Christi Coach Herb Brogan the most.

“Coming into this season we knew defenses would be geared up to stop Willis,” Brogan said. “What I like about our offense is we’ve been able to achieve a level of balance that’s allowed us to keep moving the ball. We’ve had good line play and other weapons that have stepped up for us.”

The threat of Willis running the ball has allowed the Titans’ speedy receivers, Devin Edwards and Wyatt Plate, to draw single coverage and burn defenses this year for big plays.

“Both Plate and Edwards are so explosive,” Brogan said. “And they’ve helped us achieve that balance that’s so important if you’re going to be a good football team. And don’t underestimate what Josh Iocca has done for us in the backfield, either and what he means to us. Khari Willis can attest to how valuable Josh is.”

With the playoffs approaching, however, the veteran coach knows what’s needed for the Titans to keep rolling.

“We need to be more physical on defense,” Brogan said. “That’s what we’ve been working on in practice. We have to keep hitting people and keep after it. The game has changed so much over the years and we, as coaches, have had to adjust to it. Not so long ago a good defense gave up six to eight points a game, but things are different now with the way offenses have evolved. You can give up more points than that now and still have a pretty good defense.”

Lumen Christi has already secured a spot in the state playoffs – their 17th straight postseason berth – although their landing spot remains up in the air.

“We’ve scouted both Division 5 and Division 6,” Coach Brogan said. “Both divisions offer tremendous challenges and they’re similar in many ways. No matter where we end up, we’ll be going up against some very, very good football teams.”

Balance on offense, speed and a hard-hitting defense are all parts of the on-going process that is the 2014 Titans, the last of the area’s unbeaten teams.

Chucky’s Mind Altering Week 8 Picks


Chucky spent the last three days seeking refuge from the rain beneath a deck near his house. Ultimately a family of raccoons became annoyed with his senseless banter and asked him to move on.

Dundee @ Columbia Central: The Headless Horseman, known to frequent the streets of Brooklyn, is unable to prevent a watched pot from ultimately boiling. Pick: CC

Quincy @ Concord: A pack of wild dogs, roaming the streets of Concord, intercept the Quincy bus prior to arrival and make off with a small cup of loose change. Pick: Quincy

Hanover-Horton @ Grass Lake: It’s been a rough few weeks for Grass Lake, and they’ve been quite demonstrative in their disdain for losing. The question is, can they stop it? Pick: Grass Lake

Jackson @ Holt: A glass of warm milk, albeit without cereal, still a fine treat makes. Pick: Holt

Battle Creek Pennfield @ Lumen Christi: Chucky, an LC graduate, attempts a return to his glory days by running out onto the field in the third quarter. The plan fails miserably when it’s revealed he never really had any glory days. Pick: LC

Michigan Center @ Manchester: The Cardinals turn the door knob carefully, only to have found 19 alligators had already taken the book of CD’s. Pick: Manchester

Vandercook Lake @ Napoleon: The musical group Six Pence None the Richer is on-hand to perform the national anthem. Sadly, they are booed off the field when it’s realized no one knows what that phrase means and who even invited them. Pick: VCL

Northwest @ Western: ‘A sight for sore eyes for the blind would be awful majestic.’ Google it. Pick: Western

Negaunee @ Marquette: Boy trapped in refrigerator, eats own foot. Pick: Marquette 


Sponsor Spotlight: Gary Schultz – Aspen One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

Mark Cesarz and Gary Schultz

When asked to describe an aspect of running a business that brings him the most satisfaction, Gary Schultz’ eyes lit up.

Schultz, President of Aspen One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning on West Michigan Avenue, didn’t hesitate.

“I’m really proud of our involvement in the Heat for the Holidays program,” he said. For the past twelve years, Aspen One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning has taken part in a program that provides a needy family in the community with a new furnace at no charge.

“When you see the look on people’s faces, it’s priceless,” Schultz said. “Sometimes we have to tell them that it’s really happening. They’ll watch us start working and we’ll have to remind them that it’s not going to cost them anything. You realize that you’re part of something really special.”

It’s those partnerships – those investments both in the community and in his own work force – that Schultz embraces the most.

After graduating from Ferris State in 1976, Schultz took a job with Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning (a Jackson company no longer in business) and has remained in the industry ever since. He and Mark Cesarz started Aspen One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning together and they’ve relocated a couple of times as the business has grown, finally finding a home in the old Ted Nugent Archery Museum on W. Michigan Ave. in 2000. During his time on the front lines with customers and in the shop with co-workers, he’s learned the value of building relationships and the importance of trust.

“We want our customers to be secure in the knowledge that we’re working with them on their particular project,” Schultz said. “That’s why we’ve set up our pricing structure the way we have. Our Investment Guide – which we give to each customer – shows exactly what it will cost for a particular project or need going in. If there’s a mistake somewhere, that’s on us. We want our customers to feel comfortable and confident that we’re being transparent and forward with our pricing and there won’t be any surprises.”

Aspen One Hour also offers a discount package – dubbed ‘The Comfort Club’ – that allows for maintenance check-ups and scheduled visits. Heating and cooling systems are built to last, but like anything else they require check-ups and routine maintenance in order to preserve that longevity. Aspen One Hour is constantly connecting with customers – through e-mail, phone calls or reminder cards – about maintenance checks which are, in many cases, cost free.

In 2008 they joined the ‘One Hour Group’ with the slogan ‘always on time or you don’t pay a dime.’ It’s another way to partner with their customers.

“There’s certainly a visibility there,” Schultz said. “People take time out of their day to schedule visits or when they are having a problem and they may not be happy about it because it can mean something is not working. It’s not only our job to find a solution to the problem, but to do it in a timely fashion. That’s where the slogan comes in.”

But it’s about so much more than installing or repairing heating and cooling systems. For Schultz, it’s about locating and cultivating good, young talent in an industry that, at times, is starving for it.

“One of the things I’ve always liked about this business is the hands-on aspect,” he said. “It’s a bit old-fashioned in that you can roll up your sleeves and get down to work – whether you’re installing a system or diagnosing a problem.”

And that hands-on aspect also relates to how Schultz and Cesarz interact with their staff, including often-daily training sessions and updates in the morning before the crews hit the road.

“I really enjoy the act of cultivating and developing new people,” Schultz said. “To take a young person, or someone new to this particular industry, and to work with them, to show them the details of the business from the ground up, is a great way to watch them grow. We want our employees to strive to be the absolute best at their jobs – whether they’re here for the long haul or if they choose to move on. We want to invest in our people because we know that if we do, they in turn will invest in us.”

The words keep repeating themselves -partnerships and investments – in the community and in the employees that make Aspen One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning a great place to work and a trusted name to call on for heating and air conditioning needs.

“It hasn’t always been easy,” Schultz said. “But we’re proud of what we’ve done and in our investment in this community and in our employees.”

You’re sure to recognize the trucks – the yellow ones all decked out with the Aspen One Hour logo and the clock on the side. And you’ll see that logo on JTV’s new high school football program- ‘The Aspen One Hour Football Show’ – as Gary Schultz, Mark Cesarz and the crew continue to do what they do best, which is form partnerships in the community and invest in the people that live here.

-Larry Jacobson, JTV Sports

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