SJHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will be Friday, September 21

St. Johns High School congratulates the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 who will be honored on Friday, September 21.

St. Johns High School Athletic Hall Of Fame – Class Of 2018

Jeffrey R. Flermoen (Swimming, Golf): Two-time Individual State Champion in 100-Yard Breaststroke in ’94 and ’95; six-time Central Michigan Swim League Individual Champion who held six of 11 varsity swim records; earned All-American and Academic All-American Honors in ’95; Class of ’95 Co-Valedictorian; four-year varsity letter winner in swimming at the University of Michigan; 1995 SJHS graduate.

Keith Haske (Football, Basketball, Baseball): SJHS Male Athlete of the Year (’76); earned All-Conference Honors in football, basketball and baseball; served as Captain of all three teams and earned All-State Honors in baseball in ’76; four-year baseball player at Alma College; coached varsity basketball at SJHS with teams winning six league championships and an overall record of 164-114; coached at Charlevoix and Traverse City St. Francis winning over 600 career games and inducted into ’14 BCAM Hall of Fame; 1976 SJHS graduate.

Laurie (Rehmann) Hoppough (Basketball, Volleyball): SJHS basketball career scoring leader with 1,451 points; All-State in basketball and ’99 Miss Basketball Candidate; USA Today Top 25 Player; member of ’97 State Semi-Finalist Team; four-year starter at Grand Valley State University scoring over 1,000 points for the Lakers, GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year; 1999 SJHS graduate.

Abby Wiseman (Basketball, Softball): Scored 1,031 career points in three basketball seasons; two-time All-State in basketball; member of ’97 State Semi-Finalist Team; three-time All-League, All-District and All-Region in softball; four-year basketball player at Eastern Michigan University scoring 1,244 career points and two-time All-MAC; 1999 SJHS graduate.

1953-54 Boys Basketball Team
: Won the West Central League Championship with a 7-1 record and ended the regular season with a 12-2 record; won District and Regional Championships; lost 57-48 in State Semi-Final Game at Michigan State University’s Jenison Field House to Holland Christian; finished season with a 17-3 record; only St. Johns boys team in school history to advance to State Semi-Finals. Team was coached by Dwane Wirick.

Seniors: Doug Knight, Ward Pifer, Jerry Barnes, David Gasser, Lynn Smith

Juniors: Karlis Dakers, Jack Richards, William Lynam, William Weseman, Bruce Williams, Jack Willis, Tom Wilson, David Anderson, Tom Beechler


Induction Schedule:

5-6:30 p.m. Welcome Back Ceremony in SJHS Food Commons/Activities Entrance Lobby (Enter at west side Activities Entrance across the parking lot from the tennis courts.

6:30 p.m. Escort to football stadium (Reserved seating for inductees and family members)

7:00 p.m. St. Johns vs. Mason Kick-off

8:00 p.m. Half-Time Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Tickets for the Welcome Back Ceremony:

Tickets are $15 which includes entrance into the Welcome Back Ceremony, hors d’oeuvres and game admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling the SJHS Activities Office at (989) 227-4134 or email

The St. Johns High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Established in 2016, the St. Johns High School Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes both individuals and teams for their exemplary accomplishments and contributions as well as their service to SJHS Athletics. Three categories of inductees are included in the Hall of Fame: Student-Athletes, Contributors to the Athletic Department, and Teams.

Nominations are due March 31 each year and inductee selections will be made by the SJHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. For more information contact the SJHS Activities Office at (989) 227-4134.

Chalk Art on display last weekend

with an album by Maralyn Fink

Letters – Voice For Clinton County Children thanks community and feedback needed

Sunday for all of our amazing volunteers who made our Open House outstanding! Help with set up and take down, cleaning and landscaping, baking amazing treats, donating snacks and beverages, greeting guests, and office tours–many hands made for a fun night. Thank you

-album by Maralyn Fink

Check this out! We now have a Visual Tour of our office available on our website.
The Tour gives families the opportunity to view and experience our space prior to coming for services to assist in alleviating anxiety. Thank you Able Eyes for creating this great tour.


Clinton County Arts wants feedback

We want to hear your suggestions and feedback about our Concert in the Park series. Our short survey is still available until the end of the month. Here is a link.

Maralyn’s Pet Corner – Should You Worry If Your Older Dog Sleeps All Day?

courtesy of Teresa K. Traverse

Ever notice your senior dog sleeping all day? If you’ve ever had an older dog, you know that they like to sleep for long periods of time. But if you’re unsure of what a normal amount of sleep is for a senior dog, or are wondering if its normal that your senior dog sleeps all day, you’re not alone.

How Long Do Senior Dogs Sleep?

There’s no one age that automatically makes a dog a “senior dog.” Senior status depends on the breed of the dog and how long the dog lives, says Dr. Ashley Rossman, DVM, at Glen Oak Dog & Cat Hospital in Glenview, Illinois. Larger dogs have shorter lifespans.

For example, a Great Dane can be considered a senior at 5 years old since they don’t live as long, whereas a Maltese is not considered a senior until about 7 or 8 years of age.

“The older they get, the more sleep they need, and that’s OK,” says Dr. Rossman. Just like senior citizens need more sleep, an older dog sleeps a lot when compared to their younger counterparts.

On the higher end of the scale, a senior dog can sleep up to 18-20 hours a day, says Dr. Rossman. She estimates that the lower end is probably around 14-15 hours per day.

Pay Attention to Your Individual Dog’s Sleep Patterns

“We don’t have any research into the number of hours a particular dog needs or should have,” says Dr. Ellen Lindell, a board-certified behaviorist with Veterinary Behavior Consultations, a company based in New York and Connecticut.

Since there are no official guidelines when it comes to how many hours a pet should sleep, observing your dog’s regular sleeping patterns is key. If you notice any sudden changes in sleep behavior, it might be time to call a vet.

“Use the dog as its own baseline and look for changes,” says Dr. Lindell. For instance, if your dog always follows you around the house and then suddenly stops doing that, take note. Likewise, if your dog is usually excited to play fetch with you and that enthusiasm is gone, pay attention.

“One isolated change, I might watch,” she says. “But if many isolated changes happen at once, then I’d be concerned … It really is a matter of degree.”

Provide an Environment for Sleep

Dr. Lindell says that dogs need a quiet place to nap or escape to if they want that. “Most dogs like a bed of some sort. Bed preference is up to the dog,” says Dr. Lindell. “Some like to curl; some to stretch.”

For senior dogs, there are a variety of beds available to accommodate specific needs. Dogs who suffer from arthritis or joint pain might enjoy an orthopedic dog bed, like the Frisco orthopedic bolster sofa dog bed. An elevated dog bed is also a great option for older dogs because the hammock-type style can help to alleviate pressure on their joints and muscles. A bolstered dog bed can give senior dogs some extra support.

Above all, be sure to buy a bed that meets your individual dog’s needs.

When It’s Time to Seek Out Professional Help

If your dog’s sleeping habits change suddenly, take note. If it’s just a day or two, you can probably let it go. But if your dog’s sleeping behavior changes for more than a few days and is accompanied by other symptoms, it is time to book a vet appointment.

“Are they sleeping a lot for them personally?” says Dr. Rossman. “If they go from being a dog that sleeps very little to a dog that sleeps all the time, something is wrong.”

If your dog is having trouble sleeping, it might also be a sign of an illness. Both canine cognitive dysfunction (aka doggy dementia) and many cases of worsening heart disease or heart failure cause night anxiety. This is where the animal does not sleep well and can seem upset and pace around in the evenings. It is not always associated with any other clinical signs.

A change in sleep patterns accompanied by the following symptoms could also be an indication that’s something is amiss, according to Dr. Rossman:

– Having accidents in the house
– Loss of appetite
– Not playing as much as they normally do
– Coughing
– Sneezing
– Vomiting
– Diarrhea
– Vocalizing pain
– Not drinking water
– Drinking a lot more water
– Lethargy

Since these symptoms can be attributed to a whole host of different ailments, only a vet can tell you what specifically is causing a change in your pet’s sleeping habits. Dr. Rossman says it could be signs of a viral infection, a bacterial infection or even cancer.

“If you think something’s wrong with your pet, it’s always better to have somebody look at your pet,” says Dr. Lindell.