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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.

Grand River Clean-Up Saturday

Kenny Price and Jack RIpstra with Bart

Kenny Price and Jack RIpstra with Bart

Kenny Price and Jack Ripstra, G.R.E.A.T. (Grand River Environmental Action Team) leaders are organizing the fall clean-up of the Grand River.  Volunteers are asked to meet at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre Saturday morning at 8:30 and be dressed for wet and dirty work.  A lunch will be provided all volunteers.  Hard-soled shoes and PFDs (some will be provided) are required .  Other guests:  Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Beal with Assistant Superintendent Finance/Operations John Ruddell;  United Way Resource Development Director Beth Shafer with Scott Dzurka, President, Michigan Association of United Ways;  Kriss Giannetti, Jackson Public Schools Community Outreach Coordinator;  Linda Sisco, Village of Spring Meadows;  Michael Melnick and Lily Melnick, JDRF Walk to Cure.

St. Mary’s School Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Frank Berkemeier, Matt Berkemeier and Rev. Tim Nelson with Bart

Frank Berkemeier, Matt Berkemeier and Rev. Tim Nelson with Bart

St. Mary’s Elementary School is celebrating its 125th anniversary this fall with several special events.  Rev. Tim Nelson, Pastor and Matt Berkemeier, new Principal will be hosting a special anniversary mass this Saturday, followed by a picnic and basketball game, St. Mary’s vs. St. John’s at the Ken Dillon Activity Center.  Parish leader Frank Berkemeier also is planning additional events, including a dinner in October.  Other guests:  Baker College President Patty Kaufman and VP of Admissions Kevin Pnacek;  Michael Bannasch, Willis & Jurasek;  Carmel McDonald, Paragon Academy Middle School Dean;  Local Author Jacob Gorczyca, “Theory of Mind”.

Career Center Announces New Program

Mark Pogliano and Dan Draper

Mark Pogliano and Dan Draper

Jackson Area Career Center Principal Mark Pogliano and Assistant Principal Dan Draper announce the launch of the Jackson Area College and Career Connection Early/Middle College, a new three year education program to create a pathway to post-secondary and career success.  More than 3 dozen students have signed up in the last week for the program.  Other guests:  Terry Williams, Compassionate Ministries and Rebekah Moilanen, David’s Promise;  Grandparents’ Day with Phil and Denise Hoffman and grandsons Henry and Felix;  Heather English, LifeWays;  Movie reviews with Dave DeBaker;  The Big Prize Bucket with Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group.

New Manufacturing Training Center To Open

Dr. Michael Osborne and Dan Rogers

Dr. Michael Osborne and Dan Rogers

Dr. Michael Osborne, Hudson Area Schools Superintendent and Dan Rogers, Program Manager of the Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry announced the opening of the new education facility geared for manufacturing and science careers.  The SMCSI will have a Grand Opening Ceremony on September 9 in Hudson.  Other guests:  Tony Curtis and Chris Belcher, Rehmann;  Becky Schweizer, Dahlem Little Acorns Pre-School;  Singer-songwriter John Voelz;  Stefanie Riggs, “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”.


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

High School Football – Week 2

Columbia Central at Leslie
Union City at Concord
Addison at Grass Lake
Jackson at Everett
Charlotte at Lumen Christi – JTV
Michigan Center at Vandercook Lake – JTV
Napoleon at Manchester
Pennfield at Western – JTV
Northwest at Harper Creek
Athens at Homer
Defiance Tinora at Hillsdale


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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