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Northwest junior makes her college hoops choice verbally official

By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Jackson — She said it took one visit for everything to feel right.   And while most high school juniors have yet to give college a serious thought, Northwest junior Ella Bontrager, having just turned 17 recently, was ready to commit to where she’ll be in two years.   Verbally commit, that is.   “As soon as I went for a visit, I knew it was for me,” Bontrager, one of the top players on the Northwest girls hoops team said this week about her decision to verbally commit to Lake Superior State University. “The girls were amazing. The coaches were great.”   Bontrager can back out of the commitment until she officially signs with the Lakers next year, but all signs point to her moving to Sault Ste. Marie when the next level beckons.   “Originally didn’t want to go somewhere that far from home,” Bontrager said. “But again, as soon as I went there, I knew it was right.”   Bontrager played with former Mounties’ standout Lexie Khon, who is currently a freshman on the Lakers’ roster.   “Lexie and I have always been great friends,” Bontrager said. “The chance to play…

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Little Caesars “Love Kitchen” Rolls into Jackson

Little Caesars President and CEO David Scrivano celebrates the launch of the a new Love Kitchen. (courtesy photo)   The Little Caesars Love Kitchen will roll into the Aware Shelter and the Jackson Inter-Faith Shelter to provide fresh Little Caesars pizza meals for approximately 475 people in need on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15. “The Love Kitchen was created to provide quality meals for people who need them,” said Little Caesars franchisee Tammy Myers. “As a member of the area business community, it’s important for us to support people when they need it and help make the community stronger. We’re excited to support this program with food and staff to provide a quality meal for people who otherwise may not get one.” The Little Caesars Love Kitchen has fed more than three million people in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. It has also responded to disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as the site of the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the 1995 Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. Established by Little Caesars in 1985, the Love Kitchen exemplifies Little Caesars strong tradition of giving back to America’s communities. “We know…

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Big win has Western football looking to build on confidence and momentum

Photo by Ryan Kerwin, JTV Sports By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Jackson — In the simplest of terms, this was a season ender turned to a season saver.   The Parma Western football team was starring into the abyss last Friday night, with an 0-2 record and facing a Marshall team that anyone not wearing a Panthers uniform expected to run the score up from start to finish.   And then a funny thing happened.   The Panthers were the ones that ran the score up early, and hung on late.   The Panthers were the one who laughed at said abyss, and came out on the other end with a thrilling, and surprising, 32-30 victory.   Season saved.   “It was huge. It meant the world to us, really,” coach Dave Mifsud said of the two-point win. “We were 0-2 and making a lot of rookie mistakes. They were mistakes due to inexperience and youth. Then we’re faced with the team that had just beaten Coldwater, a Marshall team I picked to win the conference.”   So what did the Panthers do?   “We saw it as an incredible challenge,” Mifsud said.   Western jumped out to a…

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Wednesday, September 14

Steve Shotwell, Jackson County Commission;  Sara Tackett, Executive Director, Jackson District Library;  Karri Doty & Jenna Cleary, Step by Step Family Wellness Day, Henry Ford Allegiance Health;  Lindsay Baker, LifeWays Community Mental Health;  Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society, Finley’s Smokehouse Dog of the Week

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Canine Advocate to Join Prosecutor’s Office

Photo - Prosecutor Jarzynka and Dr. Sayles making the announcement on today's Bart Hawley Show Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka announced today that his office will be getting a canine advocate. "The canine advocate or comfort dog will be very helpful to witnesses coming to court to testify, especially for children who are victims," said Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka. "We have been researching canine advocates and comfort dogs since my first year in office. We actually had a visit from a dog and his trainer during a staff meeting in 2013. It can be a lengthy process to obtain such a highly trained animal and we are very excited to finally be getting a canine advocate," he said. The highly successful Child Advocacy Center has involved the interviews of many children who have been sexually abused. Last year alone there were over 200 interviews held at the Child Advocacy Center and this has led to a better screening of cases for prosecution. "The canine advocate will be very helpful for children witnesses who are called to testify in court regarding sexual abuse," said Prosecutor Jarzynka. Dr. Sue Sayles of the Brooklyn Road Veterinary Clinic has agreed to donate veterinary services for the canine…

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