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Mark Schauer Makes Campaign Stop

Mark Schauer with Bart

Mark Schauer with Bart

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Schauer pledged to cancel the Aramark contract with the Michigan Department of Corrections should he win the race for Michigan governor.  Schauer discussed the pension tax, his jobs plan and education funding on a brief stop at JTV today.  Other guests:  Democratic candidate for 7th District Congress Pam Byrnes;  Marcie Kromrei, Heartland Health Care Center with Roxann Davis, Ridgecrest Health Campus promoting the Jackson Caregivers Retreat, November 4;  Jeff Beagle, Jackson YMCA Turkey Trot;  Laurie Lazebnik and Larry Halman, Temple Beth Israel Election Day Bake Sale;  Brian Surgener, Jackson Coffee Co. Drawings of the Month.

Mark Bernstein Visits Show

Mark Bernstein with Bart

Mark Bernstein with Bart

Prominent Attorney Mark Bernstein, The Law Office of Sam Bernstein, visited the show today to talk about his brother Richard’s campaign for Michigan Supreme Court and other current issues.  The firm has a distinguished team of trial attorneys with over 500 combined years of representing accident victims with compassion and trust.  Mark discussed the highly respected pro bono work done by the Public Service division of the firm which included defending rights of the handicapped at Metro Airport and the University of Michigan Stadium.  Other guests:  Jackson Vice Mayor Derek Dobies;  Cathy Brechtelsbauer and Angela Machnik, Middle School Challenge Day;  Leslie Youngdahl, Tom Jurasek, Greg Stevenson and Emily Garcia, Jackson Young Professionals;  Dave Smelser, Hammond Hardware; Pet of the Week with Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society (National Cat Day).

SAU Basketball Wins Opener

Ryan Cottingham with Bart

Ryan Cottingham with Bart

Spring Arbor University Mens Basketball Coach Ryan Cottingham started his 16th season as head coach with a win over Great Lakes Christian College 82-66 last night.  Today, Ryan previewed the upcoming season with an invite to Saturday’s home opener hosting Lourdes University at 3pm at SAU Fieldhouse.  Other guests:  Brett Roberts, candidate for 65th District State Representative;  Mike McElroy, Highland Alzheimer’s Care Residence;  Mike Nowak, Hanover-Horton Lions Club with Walt Reed, Clark Lake Lions Club;  Western High School Drama Director Stan Gibbs with actors Sean Wells and Audrey Febres-Cordero starring in “Calamity Jane”.  The show runs November 7, 8 and 9th and tickets are available here.

Halloween Event at Jackson College

Dr. Dan Phelan with Bart

Dr. Dan Phelan with Bart

Jackson College President Dr. Dan Phelan invited the community to the first annual Halloween celebration at the Central Campus, Halloween evening from 5:30 to 7 PM.  Children age 12 and under are urged to come in costume and plan on trick or treating throughout the campus.  The Charlie Brown “Great Pumpkin” show will be presented, there will be bouncy houses and other surprises.  The event is free and parking is available south of Potter Center.  Other guests:  Kevin Oxley, JCISD Superintendent with East Jackson Schools Superintendent Patrick Little and Nancy Peters-Lewis, College and Career Access Center on “Connected Community Schools”;  State Representative Earl Poleski;  Chef Krissy Kerwin visits Adams Farm Market;  Steve George, Jackson District Library, Eastern Branch Manager.

Court Goes to School

Jerry Jarzynka and Joe Filip with Bart

Jerry Jarzynka and Joe Filip with Bart

12th District Court Judge Joe Filip and Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka are bringing court proceedings to Lumen Christi High School October 30 as part of the “Court Goes to School” program.  Juniors and Seniors will witness an actual court proceeding involving a defendant facing multiple charges.  The program is designed as a real life civics lesson and an educational experience about the court and criminal justice system.  Other guests:  65th District State Representative Mike Shirkey;  Michigan Center Schools Superintendent Scott Koziol with Dr. John Tallis and Allen McBride, Michigan Center Education Foundation;  Dave DeBaker with movie reviews;  Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group with Jackson Recreation Soccer Team “Angels”.

JTV Celebrates 14 Years

Steve Saari with Bart

Steve Saari with Bart

JTV began 14 years ago today with coverage of JAXPO 2000 on the first ever “Jackson Show” and a Jackson High football game.  Today, a look back at some clips from our history.  Bart’s guests:  Marshall Maske and Chris Shaughnessy, Jackson High Drum Line;  Tim Bos, Jackson’s Antique Expert;  Victoria Beaman, Kiss & Make-up;  Steve Trosin, JSO Affinity Series;  Melissa Callison and Lynda Waldron, United Way Women’s Leadership Council;  Steve Saari, The Grande Golf Club.


Preview: Grass Lake at Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central

Game: Grass Lake (6-3) at Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (8-1)

History: 3rd meeting (SMCC 2-0)

Preview:  Grass Lake is in the playoffs for the 10th consecutive year despite three conference losses to end league play.  The Falcons won the Huron league, giving up only 21 points in conference play, including 4 shutouts.  Lansing Catholic (9-0) beat SMCC in the regular season finale 27-22.  SMCC has been in the postseason 11 out of the last 12 years, advancing to State Final games in ’05, ’09 and ’10.  Grass Lake is coming of its best offensive performance of the season, a 53-27 win at Jonesville in a game where Warrior Running back Justin Wright ran 24 times for 203 yards and 6 TDs.  QB Kyle Farley probably had his best game of the year as he completed 19 of 21 for 243 yards and had 1 carry for 20 yards and a TD.  The Warriors are a big underdog in this game and will need to play their best football of the year to be in the game.  These teams met in 2010 (SMCC 48 GL 14) and 2012 (SMCC 28 GL 21) The game is set for 7pm Friday at Navarre Field in Monroe.

Preview: Hillsdale at Hanover-Horton

Game: Hillsdale (7-2) at Hanover-Horton (8-1)

History: First meeting

Preview:  The Hillsdale Hornets (2nd place in LCAA) are coming off a tough loss to league Champion Hudson 34-14 while the Comets (2nd place in Cascades) just defeated Quincy in a six overtime thriller to secure its 8th win of the year, a new school record.  Hillsdale is in the playoffs for the 14th consecutive year, 5th consecutive in Division 6.  Hanover-Horton’s only loss of the season was at Cascades Champion Manchester, a game the Comets were six inches away from winning.  Last season, Hillsdale lost in the District Final to Constantine while Hanover-Horton’s last playoff appearance was 2008.  The Comets lost to eventual State Runner-up Leslie in the opening round that year.  The Hornets are averaging 37ppg while holding its opponents to 17ppg.  Hanover is putting up 29ppg and its defense is allowing an average of 16ppg which is the best defensive average for the Comets since 1987.   This is one of the better opening round games in the state and figures to be close.  The game is scheduled for 7pm Friday night and will air on JTV at 1pm and 7pm this Saturday and Sunday.  (Hanover-Horton’s 2-0 forfeit win over East Jackson in week 2 was used in figuring point averages.)

Chucky’s Playoff Picks

Well, it’s playoff season – and that means Chucky spends a lot of time indoors, thinking about birds and cuddling up with himself. But he sees things regarding these football playoffs… Oh yes, he sees things.


Quincy (6-3) @ Lumen Christi (9-0): In an effort to shore up their defense, the Titans decide to have everyone lock arms and not move whenever Quincy has the ball. This confuses the Orioles, who can’t figure out what’s happening. Plus, it really builds team unity. PICK: Lumen Christi

Hillsdale (7-2) @ Hanover-Horton (8-1): The Comets host a non-conference opponent in a playoff game for the first time since Chucky was flattened by a medicine ball in the fifth grade. PICK: Hanover-Horton

Grass Lake (6-3) @ Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (8-1): Former championship boxer Bronco McCart (a Monroe native) suits up when it’s learned he still has some eligibility left. He punches the first Warrior he sees and, well, that pretty much takes care of that. PICK: Monroe

Manchester (8-1) @ Clinton (9-0): These two powers locked horns in Week #1 and Clinton won big 41-19. But the Dutch want revenge, the Dutch want payback, the Dutch feel they were slighted! But Clinton is really, really good. PICK: Clinton

Homer (7-2) @ Hudson (8-1): The Tigers are still seething from that loss to Ishpeming in 1975 that ended their 72 game winning streak. Especially with Ithaca getting so close to matching it. Did you know that, after seeing that streak end, they won their next 10 games? See? 82-1 isn’t all that bad. PICK: Hudson

Pewamo-Westphalia (6-3) @ Union City (8-1): Everyone loves an upset, and no one loves an upset more than Chucky. Plus, say Pewamo really, really slow. It’s pretty funny. PICK: Pewamo

Onsted (6-3) @ Lansing Catholic (9-0): Onsted is late for the game after stopping to help a pack of old ladies across a busy street. Wait, those weren’t old ladies! PICK: LCC

Stockbridge (6-3) @ Olivet (7-2): A crazed eight-foot man in a hockey maskscares everyone on Halloween night. Sadly, the opening kickoff careens off his beezer and he cries all the way home. PICK: Olivet 

Preview: Quincy at Lumen Christi

Game: Quincy (6-3) at Lumen Christi (9-0)

History: First meeting

Preview:  Lumen Christi, a team that has advanced to the State Playoffs for the 17th consecutive year, drops down a Division after back-to-back opening round exits in Division 5.  The Interstate 8 Champion Titans completed a perfect 9-0 season and boast the school’s all-time leading rusher in Michigan State Commit Khari Willis.  Willis has yet to be stopped and is a candidate for Michigan High School Player of the Year.  If you haven’t seen him play, it’s highly suggested you do so.  Quincy, out of the Big 8, finished its season with a 6-3 mark including a big win over Homer.  The Orioles ended the regular season with a six overtime home loss to Hanover-Horton in the Cascades/Big 8 crossover game.  The Titans should roll into the second round behind its fast paced offense that averages over 45ppg. Quincy allows 22ppg and has given up 28 points or more in 5 of its 9 games.  The game is scheduled for 7pm on Friday at Withington Stadium and will air on JTV and jtv.tv this Saturday and Sunday at 3:30pm and 9:30pm.


SAUWomen’s Soccer Moves Up to No. 7 in Top 25 Poll

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The Spring Arbor University women’s soccer team continued its ascent up the rankings, climbing two spots to No. 7 in this week’s edition of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, released by the national office on Tuesday.


The Cougars claimed their fourth straight Crossroads League championship after closing out the regular season with victories over Indiana Wesleyan University and the University of Saint Francis last week. Following a 2-0 shutout of the Wildcats, it took a last second goal by freshman Jacquelyn Martin to pull out a 2-1 win over USF.


Spring Arbor will enter the postseason as the conference’s top scoring team, averaging 3.24 goals per game. Leading the way for the Cougars this season has been sophomore Corrie Good and freshman Aubrey Schierbeek, who have accumulated 11 and 10 goals, respectively. Good, along with senior Becca Lynn, also paces the team with eight assists.


Not only has SAU been very dynamic on the attack, but the Cougars are just as skilled defending, holding opponents to 0.47 goals per game and posting 11 shutouts, which ranks third in the nation.


Spring Arbor (15-1-1, 9-0 Crossroads League) has earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Crossroads League Tournament and will host the No. 8-seeded Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

Jackson Area Playoff Schedule


Division 5

Region 3 District 1

Onsted (6-3) at Lansing Catholic (9-0) 7pm Friday at Holt Jr. High

Stockbridge (6-3) at Olivet (7-2)

Division 6

Region 4 District 1

Quincy (6-3) at Lumen Christi (9-0) 7pm Friday

Hillsdale (7-2) at Hanover-Horton (8-1) 7pm Friday

Region 4 District 2

Grass Lake (6-3) at Monroe St. Mary Catholic (8-1) 7pm Friday

Manchester (8-1) at Clinton (9-0) 7pm Friday

Division 7

Region 3 District 2

Homer (7-2) at Hudson (8-1) 7pm Friday

Pewamo-Westphalia (7-2) at Union City (8-1) 7pm Friday

Chucky’s Regular Season Finale

It’s been a tough week for Chucky. Apparently he got into some nip last week and his picks were pretty far out. He also spent three hours in the yard on Sunday chasing chipmunks that turned out to be dead leaves. Strange…

Concord @ Bellevue: A rough year for the Jackets gets even rougher when Bellevue’s Week 9 Fan Appreciation Night goes awry. Bellevue staff vows to revisit the ‘Free Tarantula Night’ concept during the offseason. PICK: Bellevue

Michigan Center @ Springport: A tractor pulling a wagon of Spartan fans veers off-course and disappears in a neighboring field. Drug cartels are suspected. PICK: Springport

Addison @ Reading: The Rangers need a win to secure their 17th straight winning season and that’s impressive. Why they’re known as the Rangers, and not the Railroads, still raises questions, however. PICK: Reading

Hanover-Horton @ Quincy: Comet boosters hold a bake sale before the game to raise funds to replace the two saxophones destroyed during the homecoming monsoon against Vandercook Lake. Not a single Quincy fan buys anything. PICK: H-H

Grass Lake @ Jonesville: Legendary Jonesville track star Pam Vincent makes an appearance before the game but no one’s impressed. She switches to singing campfire songs at midfield, but is carried off by angry boosters. PICK: Grass Lake

Vandercook Lake @ Homer: The ‘Hawks need a win to reach the playoffs. That desperation doesn’t help, however, when their bus breaks down on the way to the game and a mysterious winged creature swoops in and steals their helmets. PICK: Homer

Northwest @ Dexter: The Mounties have one last chance to get a win this season but they’re up against the Dreadnaughts. Trouble erupts when it turns out no one on the Dexter team actually knows what a Dreadnaught is. PICK: Dexter

Western @ Owosso: Good news, Owosso! The Trojans win their season opener! Bad news Owosso, they go on to lose eight in a row. PICK: Western

Onsted @ Columbia Central: The Columbia community is unnerved when a mysterious ship rises from the depths of Lake Columbia and sails again. Although this doesn’t make sense, it’s pretty creepy. PICK: Onsted

Manchester @ Union City: Union City and Cement City should get together and play a game between two cities that aren’t really cities. That’s a topic for another day. PICK: Manchester

Lumen Christi @ Jackson: Titans coach Herb Brogan rejects a proposed JTV’s Larry Jacobson Night, on the grounds that it would be ridiculous. PICK: LC

Hudson @ Hillsdale: 1,000 flesh eating piranhas are turned loose before the game, causing mass panic. The panic ebbs, however, when the fish just flop around on the field and eventually die without causing any real damage. PICK: Hudson


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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