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Small Business Saturday

Many Jackson area businesses are participating in the "Shop Small" campaign Saturday.  This is a day dedicated to helping support small businesses throughout the country.  Today, Anna Kusterer gives us a tour of Anna's for Home, Family & Friends.  Other guests: Outgoing Jackson Mayor Martin Griffin;  Rod Malloy, Executive Director, Dahlem;  Builder Walk with Andy Woell, General Materials;   A performance by Queens Church musicians John Lynch, Anne Fleming and Riley Schaff;  Nathan Brue, Jackson Coffee Company;  Ric Walton, The Walton Agency. Today's program will replay on Friday, November 29th.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Visit to Pond Hill Farm

JTV continues our tour of the Harbor Springs area this week with a visit to Pond Hill Farm.  Located just north of town along the scenic "Tunnel of Trees",  the farm is a popular attraction for school groups, families and foodies.  Farmer Jimmy Spencer takes us around the farm:  the market, Garden Cafe; livestock barns, greenhouses, vineyard & winery.   Jimmy hosts a school group and demonstrates the famous "Squash Rocket", pumpkin bowling and pig races.  We see firsthand the farm to table experience at Pond Hill Farm.

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SAU Grows Business School

The Dean of the Gainey School of Business at Spring Arbor University, Dr. Caleb Chan is growing enrollment in six undergraduate programs and the Master of Business Administration.  Dr. Chan discussed the growth of business programs at SAU in his 20 year tenure at the school.  Other guests:  Local author and entrepreneur Brandon Ansel;  "Native American Day" at Paragon Charter Academy;  Sue Stevens, Karmays Flowers, Gifts & Candy;  YMCA Turkey Trot organizer Jeff Beagle;  Greg Walker, Bella Notte Ristorante.

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JSO Guild Plans Symphony Ball

Kim Hastings, Chair of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Guild's Symphony Ball invited viewers to attend this year's event at the Country Club of Jackson.  The evening includes dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and will be held Saturday, December 7.  Tickets are available by calling the JSO at 782-3221.  Other guests:  64th District State Representative Earl Poleski;  Phil Willis and Marilyn O'Leary, Grass Lake Historical Society;  Dave Smelser, Hammond Hardware;  John Spink and Dee Camp, Nite Lites & Winter Wonderland;  Leanne Prout, Habitat for Humanity. PROGRAM NOTE:  Today's show will replay Monday, December 2.

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Khari Willis named JTV Sports Offensive Player of the Year

Story by Larry Jacobson, JTV  Sports   Shocked and disappointed was how Lumen Christi junior Khari Willis described his emotions when the Titans lost in the first round of the playoffs to Parchment this year. “It still hasn’t hit me that the season is over,” said Willis, JTV’s High School Football Offensive Player of the Year for 2013. “I was ready and prepared to be playing all through November, right up until Thanksgiving. I’m still shocked that it ended the way it did.” The end came for the Titans, for the second year in a row, in the first round of the playoffs – this time to Parchment 40-35. “We had so much fun this season – the whole team – and it was great to just be out there with the guys,” Willis said. “Even the practices… I just enjoyed being with my teammates and working with them and getting better. We had a great regular season but just didn’t get it done in the playoffs.” Getting better and better is what Willis did, starting with a 200+ yard game in the season opener at Buchanan – a game that was called at halftime due to a lightning storm…

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Drew Dowding named JTV Sports Defensive Player of the Year

Story by Larry Jacobson, JTV Sports     For Drew Dowding, JTV’s 2013 High School Football Defensive Player of the Year, Michigan Center’s 8-2 record this year was ‘good, but not great.’ And while individual honors will come his way now that the season is over, the team’s fate is what matters the most to him. “It was a pretty good season, but not a great one for us,” Dowding said. “Winning a share of the Cascades Conference championship was amazing and we’re proud of that, but the year as a whole didn’t turn out like I’d hoped.” One of the most decorated football players to ever take the field for Michigan Center, Dowding’s senior season got off to a rough start when he missed practice time in August with a wrist injury. “The wrist injury slowed me down some and I had to deal with that, and then during the season I got mono (mononucleosis),” Dowding said. “It seemed like, for a while there, it was one thing after another, but you just have to push through it.” And push through it he did – to the tune of 104 total tackles (82 of them solo shots) for an…

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Consumers Energy Announces Promotions

Consumers Energy announced several promotions this week, including that of Patti Poppi as Vice President of Customer Experience, Rates & Regulation.  Poppe discussed the company's work in the wake of this week's windstorms and new initiatives in customer experience.  Other guests:  Judge Joe Filip and Tammy Bates, Court Goes to School program;  Singer-Guitarist Mike Felten;  Stefanie Riggs, Jackson County Rose Festival Holiday Expo (Saturday at American 1 Events Center);  movie reviews with Dave DeBaker;  Ric Walton, The Walton Agency Big Prize Bucket.

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