SJYBA hold tournament
by Maralyn Fink

On Saturday on a very warm day, I stopped at Feldpaush Fields to take in the St Johns Youth Baseball Association ball teams having a game.
St Johns was one team, and it was a tournament game which would also continue on Sunday for the winners.

Congratulations to the St. Johns U10 Travel Baseball team on winning the St. Johns U10 Battle of the Bats baseball tournament last weekend!

MHT roof repaired

The recent storm damaged the roof of Most Holy Trinity Church in Fowler. We’re happy to report that the roof was fixed two days afterwards later.

Of course in order to show this to you their photographer had to inspect the catwalk between the ceiling of the church and the roof – which also led us to the bell tower.

Running out of puzzles?

Stay-at-home orders in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic left people wondering how to fill their time. The resulting national puzzle shortage proved fruitful for the state archivists entrusted with images of Michigan’s past.

They’re not just preserving the state’s past at the Michigan History Center in Lansing. A group of state employees and volunteers also use an industrial cutter to create jigsaw puzzles to send to stores and tourist stops across the state.

“We’re trying to hit the intersection of people’s love and pride in this state, and there is much, with the history of this state,” said Mark Harvey, Michigan archivist.

The puzzles aren’t shipped from a shelf. “We’re more like a bakery,” Harvey said, “making puzzles to order. Sometimes when we ship them they’re still warm.”

The 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle of a Birds eye view of St. Johns, 1868. Approximate dimensions are 17″ x 24″ lists for $20.00.

St. Johns High School 2019/2020 Underclassmen Awards

Art Department Awards:
Freshman Artistic Achievement: Alexa Tisdale & Lillyona Flagg
Sophomore Artistic Achievement: Caroline Ott & Audrey Simmons
Junior Artistic Achievement: Andrea Heslip & Hannah Dombroski

Business Department Awards:
Northwood University 2019 Junior Business Student of the year: Audrey Rademacher
1st-3rd Place BPA Medals: Lucas Allen, Emma Arntson, Alyssa Benit, Madison Bolyard, Kelly DeLiso,
Jacob Dennis, Gabriel Griggs, Magdalyn Hallead, Marcus Jones, & Rachel Rustad

Communication Arts Department Awards:
“Outstanding English Student” – 9th Grade: Tyler Dohm, Mallory Morrison, John DeLiso, Aubrie
McKee, Jay Kotowicz, Breanna Pifer, Jordyn Chant, Allie Brown, & Emma Parsons
“Outstanding English Student” – 10th Grade: Maggie Hallead, Sarah Falor, Izze Schiedler, & Deirdre
“Outstanding English Student” – 11th Grade: Rachel Rustad, Evan Kiel, Grace Moeggenborg, Sam
Sackrider, Shelby Austin, Ali Kotowicz, & Caleb Teeples

Industrial Technology Awards:
11th Grade-Architecture Student of the Year: Elayna Pagels & Callie Abendroth
10th Grade-Architecture Student of the Year: Alana Hufnagel
11th Grade-Engineering CAD Student: Stuart Thomas & Bailey Phinney
10th Grade-Engineering CAD Student: Jimmy Gentner
Outstanding Introductory Drafting & CAD Freshman: Caden Ojibway & Christopher Kaufmann
Outstanding Introductory Drafting & CAD Sophomore: Kaden Keller & Lauren Beck

Wood Technology Awards:
Outstanding Freshman Woodworkers: Georgia Fromson & Caleb Longoria
Outstanding Sophomore Woodworkers: Colten Boettger & Cooper Holden
Outstanding Junior Woodworkers: Kyle Gall & Chara Walters

Mathematics Department Awards:
Donna Carter Award: 9th Grade-Charley Russell
Outstanding Freshman Mathematician: Vanessa Bailey
Outstanding Sophomore Mathematician: Lauren Beck
Outstanding Junior Mathematician: Jaymn Medlock

Music Department Awards:
Outstanding Achievement in Symphony Orchestra: Vanessa Moreno
Outstanding Achievement in Concert Orchestra: Alexa Dubois
Most Improved Player in Concert Orchestra Award: Chloe Puetz

Science Department Awards:
Avery Eye Care – 9th Grade Science Award: Zach Pierson & Laura Schloegl
K-13 Physical Therapy – 10th Grade Science Award: Lauren Beck & Graham Harger
Gentner Denistry – 11th Grade Science Award: Grace Moeggenborg, Alyssa Benit, & Kelly DeLiso

Social Studies Department Awards:
A.P.History: Lucas Allen & Victor Payment
U.S. History: Georgia Fromson, Andrew Mansfield, Josh Pagels, Anna Thornburgh, Emily VanElls, John
DeLiso, Tyler Weber, Breanna Pifer, & Naveah Toepler
World History: Alana Hufnagel, Olivia Kudwa, Erynn Kolhoff, Kaden Keller, Bailey Nobach, Seth Wells,
Victor Payment, Avery Scranton, Kennedy Fish, Jake Lasceski, & Nick Mitchell
Economics: Rachel Rustad & Sean Walter
Global Issues: Rachel Pung & Nate Middleton

World Language Department Awards:
World Language Advanced Spanish Award: Sam Sackrider
World Language Intermediate Spanish Award: Abigail Kloha
World Language Beginning Spanish Award: Allie Brown
World Language Advanced French Award: Taylor Dick
World Language Intermediate French Award: Gracie Bradley
World Language Beginning French Award: Nevaeh Toepler

Alumni Scholarship Awards:
9th Grade: Caden Ojibway
10th Grade: Kiersten de Almeida
11th Grade: Jaymn Medlock

Foundation for Excellence Awards:
9th Grade: Vanessa Bailey, Allie Brown, Jessi Burgess, Jordyn Chant, John DeLiso, Nicholas Doerr, Tyler
Dohm, Georgia Fromson, Jenna Heyer, Christopher Kaufmann, Jamison Kotowicz, Grace Lounds, Mallory
Morrison, Karsyn Near, Caden Ojibway, Joshua Pagels, Emma Parsons, Zachary Pierson, Breanna Pifer,
Kaylee Powelson, Chloe Puetz, Charley Russell, Laura Schloegl, Allison Sundberg, Anna Thornburgh, Emily
VanElls, Garrett Walter, & Tyler Weber

10th Grade: Emma Arntson, Lauren Beck, Gracie Bradley, Kiersten de Almeida, Michael Dennis, Sarah
Falor, James Gentner, Austin George, Magdalyn Hallead, Graham Harger, Abigail Kloha, Olivia Kudwa, Jake
Lasceski, Alexis Maloney, Vanessa Moreno, Carter Nobis, Isabelle Scheidler, Audrey Simmons, Braylon
Thelen, & Jamie Voisinet

11th Grade: Lucas Allen, Alyssa Benit, Bryce Brown, Sophia Campau, Elizabeth Corey, Roger Heinlen, Sean
Kelly, Brandon Kusnier, Nathan Middleton, Grace Moeggenborg, Audrey Rademacher, Rachel Rustad, &
Caleb Teeples

A Look Back Again – Art imitates Life

by Barry Bauer

Once again it’s proven that art does indeed imitate life.

The first photo is of a group of kids getting ready to play some ball. The only person tentatively identified is Mike Brown who’s ready to bat in the foreground.

The second photo is of a painting taken during a mid-1980’s Mint Festival that took place around the old courthouse in St. Johns.

The painting is by Pat Preston and she did it in 1980.

Letters – Reader supports candidate for Clinton County Prosecutor

In the campaign for Prosecuting Attorney, one candidate stands out in experience and a proven record of success — Sarah Huyser. As Clinton County Asst. Prosecutor, she’s lead the fight to keep our communities safe. Sarah Huyser has been a voice for justice, law and order and is an advocate for victim’s rights.

Furthermore it was no surprise to me that Sarah Huyser was endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan-PAC. I’ve known Sarah for several years to be a fighter in the battle of maintaining and advancing the dignity of human life. She is a Mother and is Pro-life. Sarah lives, works and has raised her family here in Clinton County with traditional values.

I encourage Clinton County Republican voters on Tuesday, August 4 to vote to elect Sarah Huyser as Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney.

Bob Craig

Maralyn’s Pet Corner – 7 Health Issues to Look for When You Have an Older Dog

All dogs get older. And like us, dogs age at different rates, especially dogs of different breeds and size.

For example, giant breed dogs like Great Danes are generally considered to be a senior by roughly 5-6 years old, whereas a smaller breed dog like a Chihuahua would probably only enter the senior stage at 10-11 years.

As your beloved dog enters his senior years, you should be prepared for certain changes that might occur in your dog’s health. Visit your veterinarian regularly; many vets recommend twice a year for senior dogs.

If you notice any of the following issues, talk to your veterinarian to determine the course of treatment.

1. Vision Loss and Other Eye Problems

Has your dog begun bumping into things, falling or displaying signs of eye discomfort (redness, cloudiness, etc.)? He may be suffering from vision loss or an eye disorder.

Deteriorating eyesight is part of the normal aging process for dogs. Many dogs will develop a cloudiness in their lens as they age, and though this is normal, it does decrease the precision of their eyesight.

Even though it may be due to aging, take your pet to the vet to rule out treatable eye diseases such as corneal damage, dry eye syndrome or conjunctivitis. Cataracts can also be treated surgically.

Loss of vision is usually irreversible, but there are certain things you can do to help your dog adjust. Ask your veterinarian for tips on handling senior dogs with vision loss.

2. Increased/Strained Urination

Increased urination or straining to urinate may be an indicator of kidney disease or urinary tract infection, both of which are more commonly seen in middle-aged to older dogs.

Fortunately, urinary incontinence and strained urination can often be alleviated with prescription dog medication or dietary changes. Urinary incontinence quickly leads to uncomfortable urinary tract infections. Consult your veterinarian if you suspect a problem.

3. Bad Breath, Bloody Gums and Other Oral Problems

If you haven’t been diligent on brushing your dog’s teeth or bringing him in to the vet’s office regularly for a professional cleaning, he’s probably beginning to display the signs of oral diseases (bad breath, excessive drooling, gum inflammation and loose teeth).

Dental hygiene, after all, is primarily about good maintenance. However, it’s not too late to start. Take your dog to your veterinarian and discuss how you can resolve the issues and prevent them from occurring in the future.

4. Lumps, Bumps and Other Skin Problems

Your dog may encounter skin and coat issues at any age, but he is more susceptible to them as he gets older. These may show up as rashes, lesions, swelling, lumps, dry skin or hair loss in dogs.

But there are often things your veterinarian can do to help alleviate the symptoms (such as make dietary changes) or even cure the underlying cause of the issue.

Many dogs develop lumps under their skin as they age. Lipomas, or fatty growths, are common and benign—meaning they pose no problem for your pet.

However, fatty growths and other more dangerous growths can look very similar, so it is best to have them evaluated by your veterinarian.

Lumps are of increased concern when they are new, when they grow, or if they change shape, color or size.

5. Weight Gain or Loss

Some older dogs have difficulty maintaining their weight and may need a dog food with a higher calorie content or better palatability, while other dogs tend to gain weight and may need a diet for less active dogs.

Neither being overweight nor underweight is ideal for your dog. Overweight and obese dogs, for instance, have a higher incidence of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and even cancer.

Discuss with your veterinarian when it would be appropriate for your dog to switch from an adult dog to a senior dog diet. Ask about the benefits of therapeutic diets, which can provide key benefits to help manage conditions commonly associated with aging dogs.

In addition, devise an age-appropriate exercise routine for your senior dog with the help of your vet. A proper diet and exercise plan can be important in delaying the signs of aging and increasing your dog’s longevity.

6. Difficulty Playing and Getting Around

It may be hard for you to see your previously active dog having difficulty getting around the house or playing fetch like before, but joint issues such as arthritis are common in older dogs.

Discuss with your veterinarian whether dietary changes (such as the addition of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids) would be helpful. Dog ramps and orthopedic dog beds can also help you accommodate your senior dog’s less-mobile state.

Physical rehabilitation can also reverse some mobility losses and is a valuable tool for aging pets.

7. Behavior and Memory Problems

Changes in your dog’s behavior may be a normal part of aging or a symptom of a disease like dog dementia (canine cognitive dysfunction).

Therefore, you need to consult your veterinarian should he exhibit signs of confusion, disorientation, memory loss, irritability, unusual pacing or other personality changes.

Some specific signs of canine cognitive dysfunction include staying awake or pacing at night, having urinary accidents and forgetting cues (e.g., sit, stay) that he once knew.