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Drivers escape serious injuries in 3 accidents by Tom Montgomery a vehicle left the roadway and rolled Editor down a hill, coming to rest in a field. “The driver, Dr. Robert Chadwick, Old Man Winter threw a curve ball age 51, of Bloomfield Hills, was at the Thumb Friday morning, leav- traveling westbound on M-81 when ing 3 motorists with minor injuries. he lost control due to icy road condi-Complete coverage of the Cass City community and surrounding areas since 1899 After area residents enjoyed a taste tions and slid off the south edge of of temperatures in the 50s last the road,” Washkevich said. “He CASS CITY, MICHIGAN - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012 Wednesday, the cold returned at the went down an embankment, struck a end of the week, with blowing snow utility pole, rolled over and came to VOLUME 105, NUMBER 52 FIFTY CENTS ~ 16 PAGES and gusty winds resulting in treach- rest in a field.” erous road conditions that kept Chadwick refused EMS treatmentRed Hawk Award recipients Sanilac County Sheriff’s deputies busy throughout the morning hours at the scene and was taken by per- sonal vehicle to Hills and Dales Friday. General Hospital in Cass City forMellendorf, Kausch and Pohlod Deputies responded to 3 traffic accidents in the northern section of the county, according to Lt. Robert treatment of what investigators described as “non-life threatening” injuries.”were honored by school officials Willis. The first crash was reported at 7:45 a.m. on M-81 west of M-53 in The third crash occurred at about 8:30 a.m. in Sanilac County’s Argyle Township and involved a vehicle Greenleaf Township, where a vehicle that reportedly had overturned on its The Cass City Board of Education has earned her SOAR tickets every student,” her nomination letter entered a ditch. side in a front yard in the 5600 blockrecently honored the latest recipients month. She has earned them by states. “Claire is, first and foremost, “The initial investigation revealed of North Germania Road.of the coveted Red Hawk Award of showing respect to her teachers as a great student. (She) has earned all the driver, Shelyndria MacDonald, Willis said the driver, JoanExcellence. well as other students in her class,” A’s in all her classes this school year. age 20, of Port Austin, was traveling McNulty, 60, of Snover, was north- During the months of October, states Mellendorf’s nomination let- “Claire is a quality person — very eastbound on M-81 when she lost bound on Germania Road when sheDecember, February and April, the ter. friendly with all the other sixth control of her 1996 Chevrolet Blazer lost control on the icy roadway, leftstaff at each school building is asked “In class, Mariah makes an effort to graders and is more than willing to due to icy conditions and ran into the the roadway and overturned.to submit nominations for the honor, do her best when working on a class be a help to any of her classmates,” ditch, striking a culvert,” Willis said. “Argyle Township Fire-Rescue waswhich recognizes students for lead- assignment. (She) is responsible and her teachers said, adding they trust “The driver was reported as possibly dispatched to the scene and used theership, service, outstanding behav- can be trusted to do the right thing her completely, a quality she has having minor injuries, (but she) Jaws of Life to safely remove herior, excellent academic performance, even if others around her are not earned through good work both refused treatment at the scene.” from inside the vehicle,” Willis said.being most improved or other making good choices. Another rea- socially and academically. A second accident was reported at “MMR was dispatched to the sceneaccomplishments in or outside of son Mariah was nominated for this “Claire is a role model for other 8:15 a.m. at a location just east of the and transported McNulty to Hillsschool. award is (her) caring and under- sixth graders. (She) is very well first crash, according to Sgt. and Dales General Hospital for treat- The nominees are then personally standing attitude towards others. behaved in school and along with her Charlene Washkevich, who reported ment of minor injuries.”congratulated by school board mem- She is always willing to help other academic successes is a student thatbers, and each receives a certificate students when they need help.” other sixth graders look at as whatand maroon ribbon. *Sixth grade student Claire Kausch, they would like to strive to be.” The latest recipients are: daughter of Kevin and Laura *Senior Kelsey Pohlod, daughter of *Third grade student Mariah Kausch. Nick and Michele Pohlod.Mellendorf, daughter of Sonya “Claire has been “Kelsey is a great example of a stu-Griffith and Mike Mellendorf. nominated...because she possesses dent who started school in what can “Mariah was nominated...for sever- all of the qualities that the sixth only be described as in a fog andal reasons. To begin with, Mariah grade team members look for in a couldn’t see to get out of it. As a freshman, I can remember Kelsey coming into class with a bit of an attitude and definitely no confidence in herself as a student,” her nomina- tion letter states. “She was defen- sive, had a chip on her shoulder, and a wall around her. “While she takes credit for her atti- tude and lower grades, she also felt she had let her family down. Her activities were curtailed by her par- ents until her grades and attitude improved. Pohlod’s teachers indicated she made the decision to do a better job in school, in spite of facing some challenges over the next couple of years, including being placed into STEVEN A. Shafer of Lawrenceville, Ga., recently the remediation program, and the ill- earned the highest honor in the Boy Scouts — the ness of her grandfather. “Coming into her senior year, she Eagle rank. Shafer, 18, is the son of Steven and decided to get all A’s — which she Misty Shafer, Lawrenceville, and the grandson of has done in both her first and second terms — graduate with the kids she’s James and Judy Boyce of Cass City. His mother, known all her life, and to lead both Misty (Pallas) Shafer, is a 1991 graduate of Cass by example and talking to other stu- dents on how not to start high City High School. Shafer is a senior at Central school,” her nomination letter states. Gwinnett High School and belongs to Boy Scout “She has her future mapped out; finish cosmetology and then to con- Troop 573, Apalachee District. He’s earned 29 tinue a family tradition and work badges in all and completed his Eagle project —THE LATEST recipients of the Cass City Public with her grandmother in her beauty shop. I am proud of Kelsey and what “The Old Rugged Cross” podium and a symbolicSchools’ coveted Red Hawk Award of Excellence she has become. It has required a lot monument for the Trinity Life Church in of work, but she is doing it every dayare (from left) Claire Kausch (middle school), and is a happier student than when Lawrenceville. Shafer’s future plans includeMariah Mellendorf (elementary school) and Kelsey she first walked through my door as attending Georgia Tech, where he will major in a freshman. She is out of the fog.”Pohlod (high school). computers and minor in German.Pirates end Cass City’s season withClass C district semifinal victory It was apparent from the start that With the season ending defeat, Cass Israelson and Cody Orban in theCass City intended to use its consid- City finishes with a 10-11 record period that ended 33-19.erable size advantage in overall. Both Red Hawk juniors continuedWednesday’s Class C semifinal con- Although Israelson responded with their antics after the break. Theytest with Harbor Beach. a game-high 15 points, including the combined to score all 10 points dur- And the strategy of getting the ball first and last field goal of the open- ing a 10-2 spurt to open the thirdto Red Hawk center Cole Israelson ing frame, between those baskets the quarter that narrowed the gap to 35-deep in the paint kept the hosts close hosts were outscored 19-7. 29 with 2:10 left on the clock.for most of the night. However, the The Pirates were then able to Cass City actually had a chance toGreater Thumb East co-champion increase their advantage to double slice the advantage to 5 entering thePirates ratcheted up their defense in digits before the intermission on a final 8 minutes, but a clutch play bythe final quarter, worked the clock, balanced attack that saw contribu- Jason Hanson had the Pirates up bysurrendered just 3 points, and tions on the scoreboard from 4 dif- 10 instead.escaped with a hard fought 47-32 ferent players. Meanwhile, Cass Trailing 37-29, Cass City looked tovictory. City’s only offense was provided by take the final shot of the period; instead Hanson picked the pocket of Orban near half court and converted Inside This Week a lay-in on the other end to make the difference 39-29 with 8 minutes remaining. Meet the latest recipients of the It would be as close as Cass City Red Hawk Award of Excellence would get on the night. Page 6 Orban joined Israelson in double figures for Cass City with 13 points. But a Drew King trey and Alex Blind exchange student: year in Zaleski free throw would be the Red America challenging, but rewarding Hawks’ only other points on the night. Page 8 Andrew Sieman and Eli Kraft split 20 markers to pace Harbor Beach, CASS CITY’S Lukas Schenk escapes pressure Gavel Club contributes to VFW while Hanson added 10. applied by Harbor Beach defenders Andrew Post 3644 remodeling project Cass City seniors playing in their final game were Ethan Nicol, Drew Siemen (40) and Jason Hanson (14) during Class C Photo, page 16 King, Alex Zaleski and Morgan Erla. district semifinal action.