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Dahlem Names Interim Executive Director

The Dahlem Board of Directors has named Ben Dandrow as their Interim Executive Director.  Ben comes to Dahlem with a wide variety of experience in for profit and nonprofit organizations. Ben has an extensive background in manufacturing operations, human resources, finances, and administration as well as varied experiences with nonprofits and fundraising. Ben is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College,  Rensselaer, IN. Ben lives in Grass Lake with his wife Sandra. They have one daughter Megan, a mental health professional who works with adults who have suffered brain injuries and strokes. Ben replaces the previous director Rod Malloy who returned to California. Ben will be working with the Dahlem Board of Directors through the summer and fall to evaluate programs, staff, and processes in preparation to hire a new Executive Director. He is excited by this opportunity.  In a news release, Mr. Dandrow said  “Dahlem is an incredible organization with a rich history in Jackson. The settings and grounds are beautiful and so many community members, adults and children alike, love to walk the varied trails and grounds. It is thrilling to be a part of a great preschool program along with the potential for STEM and STEAM initiatives that…

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Friday, May 27

Guest Host:  State Senator Mike Shirkey;  Larry Schultz, Henry Ford Allegiance Health Board Member;  Mark Olinyk, Harvest Energy Solutions;  Encore from 2013, Bart’s Visit to US Marine Training in San Diego;  Lee Hampton, Jackson College Director of Office of Multicultural Affairs;  Hannah Miracle, Director, Center for Women;  Bob Elrod, Columbia Township Supervisor & Arts in the Park Promotion  

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Thursday, May 26

Bill Jors, The Mayor of Jackson;  Norm Soli, Chaplain, American Legion Rose City Post #324;  John Feldvary, Experimental Aircraft Association’s Annual Pancake Breakfast;  Susan Vandercook & Gary Swartzlander, Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Outing;  Brian Freese, Western Middle School Instructor, with Student Bode Brown, 20% Project;  Brian Surgener, Jackson Coffee Company (replay from Wednesday, May 25th)

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Josh Tropea joins Spring Arbor Men’s Basketball coaching staff

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The Spring Arbor University men’s basketball office is pleased to announce that Josh Tropea has joined the staff as an assistant coach. He joins a staff that includes associate head coach Brandon Baum, assistant coach Jim Brown, and assistant coach Karrie Houser.   Tropea brings a relentless work ethic and a great basketball mind to the Cougars. He is well respected throughout the state and is already making his presence felt on the recruiting circuit.   Tropea will continue to serve as the head boy’s basketball coach at Chelsea High School where he works as a middle school special education teacher. Prior to his two years at Chelsea, Tropea spent five seasons as the head coach at Milan High School where he led the Big Reds to the 2014 Class B State Championship. During his stint in Milan, Coach Tropea compiled a 92-27 record. Known for his attention to detail and player development, Tropea has had a number of his prep standouts go on to play collegiately at all levels.   “We are adding one of the top coaches in the state to our staff. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the game, and he…

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Western softball taking aim at playoff run

By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Parma — When it comes to having the tools in place, well, Tonya Bassett and her Western softball team can put a big fat check mark in that column.   Now, as the state playoffs quickly approach, it’s up to the Panthers to make the most of their opportunity.   “It’s on us to put everything together,” Bassett said. “That’s the key this time of year.”   As of Wednesday, Western was 28-4 overall and had clinched a share of the conference title with Coldwater after going 12-2.   The team has one doubleheader remaining against Napoleon Thursday before kicking off district play June 4 against Northwest.   And that’s when the real fun begins.   “You have to find a way to play errorless softball, pitch and hit,” Bassett said. “We hope to go on a little run here.”   Playing errorless maybe asking a lot, and the team’s hitting has been somewhat up and down all year.   But the pitching is where the Panthers can flex some muscle.   Taylor Nicols and Kortney Jones have been lights out all spring.   Nicols is coming off a 17-strikeout performance Tuesday in the…

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Michigan International Speedway launches #MISfan Rewards

BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 25, 2016) – Fans can win special prizes through the newly launched digital #MISfan Rewards program during the track’s FireKeepers Casino 400 weekend, June 10-12, and Pure Michigan 400 weekend, August 26-28. The #MISfan Rewards station will be located at the speedway’s Digital Drop In inside the Welcome Center in the New Holland Fan Plaza. A rewards station will also be at Faster Horses Festival, the track’s three-day country music fest, July 15-17. Fans can enter #MISfan Rewards three ways:  Online at www.MISfanRewards.com  Through the speedway’s mobile app, Discover MIS, which can be downloaded for free on Google and iTunes  In person at the #MISfan Rewards station at the Digital Drop In inside the Welcome Center on NASCAR race weekends and at Faster Horses Festival “It’s a priority for us to show our guests how important they are to us, and that we are evolving with today’s guest expectations for a digital platform that integrates our app and our website into their experience while at the track,” Sammie Lukaskiewicz, vice president of Marketing and Communications for MIS, said. “The Welcome Center has always been a wonderful place to educate our guests about MIS and NASCAR. And now…

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Wednesday, May 25

Bill Jors, The Mayor of Jackson;  Norm Soli, Chaplain, American Legion Rose City Post #324;  John Feldvary, T-6 owner/pilot with Geoff Bush, Yankee Air Museum, Experimental Aircraft Association’s Annual Pancake Breakfast;  Susan Vandercook & Gary Swartzlander, Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Outing;  Brian Freese, Western Middle School Instructor, with Student Bode Brown, 20% Project;  Brian Surgener, Jackson Coffee Company

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