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Grimshaw eyes seat School tours on tap Scammer bilks county in state legislature to ease transition pair out of $60,000 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Complete coverage of the Cass City community and surrounding areas since 1899 VOLUME 106, NUMBER 8 CASS CITY, MICHIGAN - WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012 75 CENTS ~ 16 PAGES Erla inks with Bethel College by Mason Doerr ing themselves to improving the Staff Writer team more than Morgan.” Erla’s determination and work ethic After high school most students are are expressed not only through his done with their sports careers, but coach’s words, but also through his Morgan Erla is not the typical ath- actions. As a junior, he boasted 51 lete. On May 3, Erla signed his let- hits, including 33 singles, 15 dou- ter of intent to continue his academ- bles, 1 triple and 2 homeruns. His ic and baseball careers at Bethel batting average for that season was College. .418 and his on-base percentage was Erla was given the opportunity to .489. Currently, as a senior, Erla is play for Bethel through the Michigan batting .340 with a .435 on-base per- College Prospects of America. There centage. were several colleges that were inter- Along with being a great player, ested in picking up Erla, including Erla is also a great team-player, stu- Aurora University, St. Clair County dent and person outside of school. Community College, Delta College “You won’t meet a better 18-year- Photo courtesy of Christin Hempton and Mott Community College. old kid. He’s very unselfish and willCURTAIN CALL. Morgan Erla, Cass City, signs his letter of intent to contin- However, Erla decided that Bethel always do what is best for the team was his best choice. and others,” Haag said. “You willue his baseball career at Bethel College. Pictured are: (front, l-r) Morgan “I think it will be a good experi- never have to worry about him let-Erla, Chuck Erla; (back) Seth Zartman, Nathan Fritz, Michelle Erla and ence,” Erla said. “It’s a good match ting the team down or what he might for me.” be doing on the weekends.”Nathan Haag. As a high school baseball player, Erla is eager to pursue the continu- Erla has been honored several times ation of his baseball career and he is throughout his career. As a sopho- excited that the opportunity has more, Erla made second team all finally risen. conference. As a junior, he made first “It’s been a goal of mine since team all-conference, first team all- freshman year to play college base- district and first team all-regional. ball,” Erla said. “To finally fulfill Throughout his baseball career, Erla that dream is a good feeling.” has proven to be a dedicated player Erla’s parents and coach are excited and a force on the field. to see where this opportunity will “There’s not a more deserving play- take him, and his coach is confident er to come through the Cass City ath- that he will do well. letic program to earn this scholar- ship,” said Nathan Haag, Cass City “We’ll just say this, the ball flies off High School varsity baseball coach. his bat a little bit different than “Nobody spends more time dedicat- everybody else’s,” Haag said. Outdoor classroom... CASS CITY FIRST graders recently traveled to Dow Gardens in Midland, where they enjoyed learning about the lifecycle of the butterfly. Above, students (left to right) Vaughn Severance, William George, Lucas Krug, Savannah Louks and Aidan Bogart get an up-close look at a butterfly during the field trip. This was the sixth year Cass City teachers successfully wrote a grant that paid for transportation to and from Dow Gardens.Reporter’s notebook E-MAILMoms know how to SUBSCRIPTIONSmake you feel good Receive a Robert and Nancy Coverdill PDF format of the by Tom Montgomery Editor ation of Mother’s Day in an effort to accomplish her mother’s dream of Cass City Chronicle Coverdills to celebrate every Wednesday. Moms are special people for many making a celebration for all mothers. That dream came true in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson made the 60th anniversary withreasons, but I can’t think of anyone Only...who knows how to accept a gift from second Sunday in May the official daughters in Florida $20the heart quite like a mother. holiday. 00 When I think of all the silly home-made Mother’s Day crafts and cards The observance eventually became so highly commercialized that many, including Jarvis, considered it a /yr* Robert and Nancy (Herr) Coverdill spend time with a couple of theirI brought home to mom from school will celebrate their 60th wedding daughters.and church as a kid, I’m amazed at “Hallmark holiday”, and Jarvis anniversary on May 24, 2012. Bob loves nature and watching thethe way she always made me feel. eventually ended up opposed to the The couple met in Holly, Michigan, National Geographic channel. NancyYou, too? holiday she had helped to create. *E-mail subscriptions where they had their first date at a enjoys playing dominos and cards The same goes for all of those She died in 1948, regretting what will be accepted by picnic with friends. At the time they with her sisters. The couple bothscraggly little seedlings in colorful had become of her holiday. were married, Robert (Bob) was 25 enjoyed deer hunting together.Dixie cups that never did yield flow- In the United States, Mother’s Day pre-payment only. and Nancy was 18. For most of their To celebrate their 60th weddingers. She always managed to react as remains one of the biggest days for If purchasing an E-mail married life, the couple lived in mid- anniversary, the couple, along withif she had been waiting for years for sales of flowers, greeting cards and Subscription, please Michigan with the exception of a their daughter Norma, is traveling tosomeone to present her with such a the like. It’s also the biggest holiday couple years in Minnesota. The cou- Tampa, Florida to visit their daughterperfect memento of adoration. for long-distance telephone calls, provide contact ple relocated to Cass City after Bob Vickie. Their daughter Darcie is also How about that hollowed-out lump and yields the highest church atten- information, along with retired. flying to Florida to spend time withof gray clay you spent hours fashion- dance after Christmas Eve and Bob was born May 28, 1927, in her sisters and parents. The family an e-mail address. Detroit. He spent most of his plans to celebrate the anniversarying into what was supposed to be an Easter. In honor of Jarvis’ intent when she Send check or money younger years in Holly, Michigan. and Bob’s 85th birthday. They hopeashtray, but instead looked like, well,a lump of gray clay? Never mind the sought to create Mother’s Day, I’m order, made payable to Bob served in the National Guard to be able to visit Busch Gardens and planning to get back to the basics the Cass City Chronicle, from June of 1946 to April of 1947. a few other attractions.fact that she didn’t smoke. Bob spent his working life as a Bob and Nancy have 7 children: Yup, mom accepted each gift with a this year. to: herdsman. Vickie (Al) Foust of Tampa, Fl,big smile, enthusiasm and a warmhug, as if you’d just handed her the Sure, I could shower my mom and Cass City Nancy was born December 16, Mickie (Ralph) Briant of 1934, in Cass City. She spent most of Webberville, MI, Norma Adams ofHope Diamond. Of course, in a way, wife with cards, dinner out and some Chronicle her younger years in Durand, Cass City, MI, Robert (Roberta)you did, because you put everything flowers, but I’m trying to get awayyou had into that token of love. from all of that commercialization. PO Box 115 Michigan, working in her parents’ restaurant. Nancy retired from Coverdill of Deford, MI, Darcie (Walter) Harris of Angie, Louisiana, Sort of makes me feel bad for Anna Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a Cass City, MI Tendercare in Cass City. Bertrum (Debra) Coverdill ofJarvis, the Grafton, W.V. woman couple bricks of clay in the basement The couple enjoys traveling to Deckerville, MI, and the late Davidwho spent years promoting the cre- with my name on them. 48726 Louisiana and Florida, where they Coverdill.