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East Jackson’s Aaron Griffiths named JTV Sports Player of the Year in Boys Basketball

By Larry JacobsonJTV SportsWhen Aaron Griffiths was in the fifth grade, he had the magical ability to stop time. In the driveway of his home he imagined he was an East Jackson Trojan locked in a tight Snowfest battle with the Napoleon Pirates. His friends and teammates, his family and perhaps the entire civilized world depended on him to hit the big shot at the end of the game to win it for EJ. So the countdown would begin from five seconds down to four and then three and he’d put up that game winning shot and… … well, if it didn’t go in he’d just rewind time and do it again. Or maybe there was an imaginary foul resulting in a pair of free throws to win the game. And if he missed one of those free throws, there’d be a lane violation resulting in another chance… and another… and another… But that enchanting ability to stop time had long since passed when Griffiths, JTV Sports 2013 Boys Basketball Player of the Year, watched the final seconds tick away in EJ’s Class C District Championship game – and thus season ending – loss to Hanover-Horton in early March. “It…

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Grass Lake’s Sydney Cook named JTV Sports Player of the Year in Girls Basketball

By Larry JacobsonJTV Sports  When she was a little girl, Grass Lake senior Sydney Cook used to play basketball with her dad in the driveway and allow him to set the stage for her. “Okay Syd,” he’d say. “There’s no time left on the clock in the NCAA championship game, but you’ve been fouled. If you make one free throw, we’re going to overtime. If you make them both, we win the whole thing. If you miss them, then we lose.” Does this sound familiar? In how many driveways, backyards, playgrounds or school yards does this scenario play out? Sometimes Sydney, JTV Sports 2013 Girls Basketball Player of the Year, would nail the free throws – sometimes she would miss them. But when she missed, her dad (who coached her competitively on travels teams while she was growing up) would throws his hands up and say ‘awww, too bad – we lose.’ When she asked for another shot – perhaps a lane violation – he’d simply shake his head: “There are no do-over’s Sydney.” In life as in basketball, there are no do-over’s. And Sydney Cook attacked her Grass Lake High School basketball career with that notion in mind. Cook…

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New Museum Director

On today's show (which airs both Thursday and Friday), we meet the new Executive Director of the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History, Amy Reimann.  Other guests:  Becky Filip and Katie Snyder with AWARE's annual breakfast;  JCC Student Government Executive Council Member Stephanie Flancher;  Thought 1 Scholarship founder Noah Nagy with Hanover-Horton High School Students Bryce Stroede and Alyssa Fausneaucht;  Elaine Crosby from Jackson Area Catholic Schools;  Brian Surgener with the Jackson Coffee Company drawings of the month.

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Famous Writers Visit Jackson

Television writer and Co-Executive Producer of the FOX series "The Simpsons", Rob LaZebnik visited the show today.  Rob was accompanied by his wife Claire LaZebnik, author of several novels including "Same as It Never Was" and "Knitting Under the Influence".  Rob will be presenting a program tonight at the Michigan Theatre at 7pm with a special screening of "The Simpsons" episodes with a Q&A.  Claire will host a wine and chocolate Girls Night Out at the Carnegie branch of the Jackson District Library at 7pm.  On Thursday, Clare will speak on "Autism Reflections" at the First Church of the Nazarene at 1pm.  Their visit to Jackson wraps with an evening reception with Rob and Claire at the JSO Performance Hall at 7pm.  All events are free.  Other guests today include:  Jackson Mayor Martin Griffin;  EECU President and CEO Steve Cobb;  Ken Baxter and Linda Wray with the JSO Guild Jazz Night;  Pet of the Week with Kathy Brafford.

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Little Winners

The Jackson County Rose Pageant held their Little Miss and Junior pageant at at Westwood Mall.  The winners made their TV debuts today:  Pre-Teen Miss Jackson Emily Mast, Junior Little Miss Jackson Olivia Mercer, Little Mr. Jackson Tanner Konieczki and Little Miss Jackson Hailey Pollak.  Other guest:  Jackson Community Foundation President and CEO Monica Moser;  Communities in Schools of Michigan State Director Jeff Brown (www.cismichigan.org);  Sue Stevens with Easter ideas from Karmay's Flowers, Gifts & Candy;  American Cancer Society's Bark for Life with Catina Lowe and Dr. Jason Galicki;  a visit to the newly remodeled concession stand at the Michigan Theatre of Jackson.

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Researchers at Spring Arbor University and University of Michigan Health System to Collaborate on Biomedical Research

SAU faculty and students to conduct research with UM Brachial Plexus Program on disabling childhood disorder Spring Arbor and Ann Arbor, Mich. – Faculty and students at Spring Arbor University plan to collaborate with researchers and clinicians at the University of Michigan Brachial Plexus Program to conduct research to improve the lives of patients with a serious childhood disorder, Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy (NBPP). NBPP is a chronic, disabling condition that occurs during the perinatal period, resulting in paralysis and loss of sensation in the affected arm. The number of children impacted by this debilitating condition rivals cerebral palsy – one to four of every 1,000 children born in the United States. However, unlike cerebral palsy, NBPP is largely unknown. This anonymity results in a dearth of research as well as treatment options for children who are afflicted. “We believe the affiliation between Spring Arbor University and the University of Michigan Health System program would not only result in much-needed research to address this debilitating condition, but will also develop the ways and means to improve the quality of life of these patients through new solutions for the management of treatment for NBPP,” says Dr. Charles Webb, Spring Arbor University…

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SAU and UofM Announce Partnership

Dr. Lynda Yang , Neurosurgeon at University of Michigan Hospitals and Medical School came to JTV today to announce a new research partnership with Spring Arbor University and the Brachial Plexus Program at the University of Michigan Health System.  Next month, a research program on brachial plaxus palsies will be established on the campus of Spring Arbor University as the first ever medical research institution in Jackson County.  Dr. Yang is one of the nation's leading surgeons and researchers on brachial plexus and will begin establishing the program at SAU.  David Hockenbrocht is spearheading the funding of the program and SAU Provost  Dr. Kimberly Rupert and Faculty Liason Dr. Craig Hayward shared details of Spring Arbor's participation. Read the complete press release here.  Other guests include:  State Representative Earl Poleski;  Allegiance Health Director of Prevention and Community Health Dr. Amy Schultz, Project Access Coordinator Kristin Pluta and Lay Health Leader Deb Hildenbrand on a new health initiative;  Heather Price from Sandhill Crane Vineyards;  DaVinci Institute teacher Mary Wood with students Lily Powlison and Katie Brandenberg on their bowl-a-thon fundraiser for a student recovering from serious injury.  The event is April 16th at Airport Lanes and donations can be made at…

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JTV Honored with Ambassadors’ Award

At the 26th Annual Jackson High School Ambassador Dinner and Auction,  JTV was presented with the 2013 Ambassadors' Award.  In making the presentation, Principal Barbara Baird-Pauli noted the coverage and support of the community and school by JTV over the years.  The JTV team is extremely grateful for this award and honor!

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Career Center Fashion Show Winners

The senior class winners of the Jackson Area Career Center Hair and Fashion Show appeared on the show today.  Sam Gregg, Brooklin Wade and Brooke Loomis displayed the winning entries.  Other guests:  State Senator Mike Nofs;  Barrett Way, Trellis Gardens Administrator;  Janice Fairley, United Center for Caring;  Entertainment Correspondent Dave DeBaker and Walton Agency's Ric Walton.

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