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Judge Explains Stormwater Ruling

Judge John McBain with Bart

Judge John McBain with Bart

Circuit Court Judge John McBain explained the latest court proceedings regarding the City of Jackson’s stormwater lawsuit.  The judge ruled the city cannot impose a tax in order to refund a fee that was ruled illegal.  McBain responded to comments made earlier in the week by Jackson Mayor Jason Smith that were critical of the ruling.  Other guests:  65th District State Representative Mike Shirkey;  Tara Ragauss, Consumers Energy Education Program Manager;  Jim Jaquish, Jackson City Councilperson;  Michigan author Mardi Jo Link;  Nancy Seydell, Tompkins Historical Society;  Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group.

“Air Supply” Kicks off Entertainment Season

Cindy Allen with Bart

Cindy Allen with Bart

Jackson College Vice President of Administration Cindy Allen unveiled the lineup of acts coming to Potter Center for the 2014-15 Entertainment Series.  The first show, “Air Supply” is Sunday, September 28th at 7 PM.  Tickets are available by calling 796-8600 and the full schedule is at jccmi.edu.  Other guests:  Jackson artist Melissa Morse, participating in Art-Prize ;  Gary Schultz, Aspen One-Hour Heating and Air Conditioning;  Rachel Bregge and Tim Bos, Cascades Humane Society’s “Unleash Your Heart Gala”;  Dean Krauskopf and Phil Tocco, Jackson Family Farmfest.

County Prosecutor Updates Cases

Jerry Jarzynka with Bart

Jerry Jarzynka with Bart

Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka provided updates on several cases the office has been prosecuting.  Sentences were handed down this week in two felony cases.  Other guests:  Pat Willis and Dan Machnik, Willis & Machnik Financial Services;  Kathy Potts, Executive Director, Jackson Right to Life with Christen Pollo, Executive Director, Students for Life of Michigan;  Andy Woell and Mike Butts, General Materials;  Elaine Crosby, Jackson Family Fall Festival;  Pet of the Week with Sue Lovell and Carmela Lazarus, Cascades Humane Society.

SAU Moves Up in Rankings

Dr. Brent Ellis with Bart

Dr. Brent Ellis with Bart

The 2015 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges ranked Spring Arbor University (SAU) in the top tier of Midwestern regional universities. Spring Arbor University advanced in ranking, from 60th in 2014 to 49th in 2015.  Spring Arbor University President Brent Ellis said  “We are honored and excited to be recognized as a top-tier institution for the sixth straight year. Each day we remain committed to fulfilling our mission to help students pursue wisdom in their studies and in their faith as they live out their purpose as ambassadors for Christ. Advancing up these rankings within the top tier shows that others are taking notice.”   Other guests:  Melanie Duquesnel, President, Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan;  Phil Wrzesinski (The Bart Hawley Show’s 23,000th Guest!!), The Toy House;  Dave Welihan and Gordon Rudolph, Vietnam Veterans Of America Chapter 109;  Big Brothers/Big Sisters Match of the Month with Scott Miller and Kolbe;  Ray Roumell and Ryan Richardson, “Oh, These Irish Hills!”


Help for Homeless Veterans

Shawn Dowling with Bart

Shawn Dowling with Bart

Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Coordinator Shawn Dowling, VA Ann Arbor Health Care System, discusses the various programs and assistance available to help homeless veterans.  Michigan is estimated to have more than 1,000 veterans without permanent homes.  Other guests:  “Money Matters” with Jeff Matzen, Matzen Financial;  Andy Farmer, AARP Michigan with Barb Shelton, Partnership Park;  Elaine Crosby, Jackson Area Catholic Schools;  Michigan Theatre Executive Director Steve Tucker;  Cindy Hayden, “Bikes & BBQ”.

Today’s show will replay on September 12 and 15.

Ribbon Cutting at New YMCA Facility

Shawna Tello with Bart

Shawna Tello with Bart

Shawna Tello, Jackson YMCA will be hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Jackson YMCA’s new second location, Summit Oaks Mall.  There will be fitness class demonstrations and tours beginning at 4:00pm Thursday.  Other guests:  City Councilperson Andrew Frounfelker;  Diane Reynolds, COO and Mike Thompson, Clinical Director, Segue, Inc.;  Ellen Rathbone, Dahlem;  Lisa Bascom and Morgan Graves, Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce.


Chucky’s Week 4 Game Picks

Chucky is excited this week on a couple of fronts. First, he went 9-2 (or something like that) last week and feels he’s trending upward. Second, he really likes being able to say things like ‘trending upward.’ Also, he engaged in a really heated battle with his own tail.

Columbia Central @ Hudson: Chucky and the Eagles were born in the same year – 1967! They also share this cool stat: Neither has ever beaten Hudson. PICK: Hudson

Grass Lake @ Napoleon: The Pirates look to rattle Grass Lake fans by turning loose a swarm of angry bees just before kickoff. The plan backfires when it’s discovered the bees weren’t really angry, just sort of bored. PICK: Grass Lake

Hanover-Horton @ Michigan Center: Chucky recently learned that, when a team forfeits a game (such as E. Jackson & Concord) the official score is 2-0. This means nothing here, of course, but is a darn cool tidbit. PICK: H-H

Jackson @ Lansing Sexton: A controversy brews at Sexton, where smaller members of the team are angry over the school nickname of ‘Big Reds.’ A compromise is reached with the introduction of their new name – ‘The Big & Also Smaller Reds.’ PICK: Sexton

Lumen Christi @ Northwest: Michigan coach Brady Hoke shows up before the game to rally players from both sides. Sadly, like his usual press conferences, he refuses to discuss anything, leaving everyone confused. PICK: Lumen Christi

Coldwater @ Western: Turns out, Lions quarterback Matt Stafford is a huge Coldwater fan, having once thrown a bevy of interceptions there. I know this doesn’t make sense but I don’t like the Lions. PICK: Coldwater

Hillsdale @ Dundee: Dundee digs into their bag of tricks and pull out the ‘ol cheese helmet ploy.’ This is where they spread pizza cheese all over their helmets. Sadly, no one really knows how that ploy got into the trick bag in the first place. PICK: Hillsdale

Leslie @ Perry: The Blackhawks replace their starting quarterback with a giant catapult taken from a local historical society. The plan backfires when the catapult discharges and whacks a few players on the noggin, causing concussions. PICK: Leslie

Stockbridge @ Lake Odessa Lakewood: The Stockbridge faithful aren’t happy with a recent decision that changes their town name to ‘Lock, Stock & Barrel.’ PICK: Stockbridge

Homer @ Reading: The Trojans, still angry over Concord’s decision to forfeit the week before, demand compensation. The Yellow Jackets agree to send forty two pounds of rice pudding to Homer – a pound for each point the Trojans would have scored if the game had been played. PICK: Homer

Week 4 Football Schedule

Columbia Central at Hudson

Grass Lake at Napoleon

Hanover-Horton at Michigan Center – JTV

Jackson at Sexton

Lumen Christi at Northwest – JTV

Coldwater at Western – JTV

Hillsdale at Dundee

Leslie at Perry

Stockbridge at Lakewood

Homer at Reading

Chucky’s Week 3 Football Picks

Chucky’s week #2 record of 6-3 isn’t all that bad, folks. And he celebrated by giving himself a nice bathing, complete with uncomfortable hairballs. On to week #3, and with it success… always, success…

Hillsdale @ Columbia Central: JTV’s Lisa Spampinato (of ‘In the Kitchen’ fame) tries to fire up the Eagles with a delicious pre-game pasta dish but the plan backfires when CC -now duly fed – appear quite sluggish. PICK: Hillsdale

Grass Lake @ Michigan Center: Rather than risk injury, these two rivals engage in a carp catching contest at Center Lake instead of playing a football game. The plan backfires when they all turn ankles getting off the bus. PICK: Grass Lake

Addison @ Hanover-Horton: Two recent cougar sightings in the Hanover area have Comet fans on edge. Everyone feels a little better when it’s revealed it wasn’t a cougar after all, but rather some form of rabid lion hell-bent on destruction. Wait, that doesn’t make sense. PICK: H-H

East Lansing @ Jackson: The Vikings are excited about the possibility of a post-game celebration meal cooked by J-High assistant coach Russell Davis…Frankly, that sounds delicious.  PICK: Jackson

Lumen Christi @ Harper Creek: The Titans are a little disturbed by the Beaver’s stadium slogan: ‘All ye who come here shall have their ankles bitten to the bone.’ PICK: Lumen Christi

Napoleon @ Galesburg-Augusta: The Pirates stop at a blood drive just before the game, which is probably not such a good idea. Still, they fight on. PICK: Napoleon

Charlotte @ Northwest: Those sneaky Mounties tip the scales in their favor by sprinkling poison ivy seedlings across the field before the game. No one reminds them that both teams play on the same field, and in a few days everyone’s really uncomfortable. PICK: Northwest

Manchester @ Vandercook Lake: ‘Rock, chalk, Jayhawk!’ becomes Vandy’s slogan. Oddly, no one knows what it means. PICK: Manchester

Western @ Marshall: Can the Panthers get to 3 and 0? Can someone tell me why the Schlotzsky’s Deli in Marshall closed? PICK: Western

Leslie @ Stockbridge: Anyone with a heart condition is advised to avoid Blackhawk games. They’re 1 and 1 this year with both games decided by one point. Plus, if you have a heart condition you should be taking it easy. PICK: Leslie

Week 3 High School Football Schedule

Hillsdale at Columbia Central

Grass Lake at Michigan Center – JTV

Addison at Hanover-Horton

East Lansing at Jackson – JTV

Lumen Christi at Harper Creek

Napoleon at Galesburg-Augusta

Charlotte at Northwest – JTV

Manchester at Vandercook Lake

Western at Marshall

Leslie at Stockbridge

New Show Premieres Today

Aspen 1 Hour Football Show slide

JTV Sports premieres a brand new weekly high school sports program:  The Aspen One Hour Football Show, sponsored by Aspen One Hour Heating & Cooling.  JTV Sports personalities Larry Jacobson, Josh Burgett and Joel Freehling share highlights from the past week, spotlight outstanding plays and players and preview the upcoming game schedule.  The Aspen One Hour Football Show premieres on JTV Thursday, September 4 at 7:30 and 10:30 pm.

Chucky’s Week 2 Football Picks

Well, an 8-5 start to the season was part of Chucky’s plan all along. His goal has always been to keep the bar nice and low, which should make it easier to jump over. On to Week #2-

Columbia Central @ Leslie: Chucky and all of his cat buddies will be at this battle between two ferocious bird creatures: Eagles and Blackhawks. PICK: Columbia Central

Union City @ Concord: Legendary Union City alum Al Capone visits before the game. Imagine the shock when it’s later learned Al Capone never attended Union City. And he’s been dead for a number of years. PICK: Union City

Addison @ Grass Lake: Missy’s Little Grass Shack announces a prime rib dinner special is available for the winning team, and the Warriors rise to the challenge and pummel Addison. They are angered, however, when they learn the prime rib dinner is not free. PICK: Grass Lake

Jackson @ Lansing Everett: Someone misplaces the usual pre-game warmup music with something from The Carpenter’s. Both teams settle in for nice, long naps. PICK: Everett

Charlotte @ Lumen Christi: Charlotte announces a name change before the game. They’re switching from Orioles (which are quite adorable) to Angry Birds. The Titans are annoyed. PICK: Lumen Christi

Michigan Center @ Vandercook Lake: The skies are aglow with those lit, floating lanterns before the game. Sadly, the lanterns are Jayhawk helmets and this means the game can’t be played. PICK: Michigan Center

Napoleon @ Manchester: The Pirates and the Flying Dutchmen combine forces before the game and form some sort of mega-mascot. PICK: Manchester

Northwest @ Harper Creek: A scary moment before this one! That creepy little clown dude from the ‘Saw’ movies shows up, riding a tricycle. The teams join forces to beat him senseless because, well, being freaked out does that to you. PICK: Harper Creek

Pennfield @ Western: Panther fan Jim Francis (of JTV fame) parachutes onto the field before the game. Sadly, his pants land sometime after that. PICK: Pennfield


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

Mark Cesarz with Gary Schultz

Mark Cesarz with 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

Civil War Muster


Photographs from the 30th Cascades Civil War Muster and the Battle of the Wilderness & The Franklin-Nashville Campaign.  Photos by Ryan Kerwin, JTV.  Click above photo to launch gallery.

Jobs With JTV


JTV, the Jackson, Michigan television station, has current openings in our television and video production department.

We are seeking experienced videographers with the ability to write, shoot and edit television programs, segments, promos, commercials and corporate videos. Experience with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Motion, After Effects, CS preferred.

Familiarity with various video formats, media conversion, audio, shoulder mount and handheld ENG cameras. Must be organized with highly effective communication skills; have ability to act as producer/director and interact with clients, staff and viewers.

Our award-winning productions include a daily live talk show, extensive high school sports, lifestyle series, commercials and production videos. Our producers are self-starters, skilled at working on various projects simultaneously and able to deliver high-end video projects in a timely manner.

If you are interested in being part of a fast-paced, positive and creative environment, please send letter, resume and demo link to: Bart Hawley, bhawley@jtv.tv. JTV is an equal opportunity employer.

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