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New sculptures coming to Tecumseh in May

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By DEB WUETHRICH

Tecumseh is about to enter its third year of showcasing public art by locating 15 new pieces throughout the city. Economic Development Director Paula Holtz said the committee recently met to select this year’s art pieces.

The project started three years ago when the Downtown Development Authority studied the possibility of bringing an outdoor sculpture exhibition to the city. The DDA decided to allocate $5,000 toward the initial project, then worked with Ken Thompson, a sculptor from Flatlanders Gallery in Blissfield, to coordinate the project.

Holtz said the city recently received notification from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs that a $7,500 grant would be awarded to the city this year toward the project. The city also received a $10,000 contribution from the Sage Foundation, and the DDA continues to set aside $5,000 each year. Holtz said the artists receive stipends to participate since each makes a commitment to leave their art on its Tecumseh site for one year. The pieces are available for sale, however, and can be removed after that time.

Holtz said while the first year started off a little slow, interest in the sculptures has been steadily growing and she believes they are a draw for people from other areas as well as bringing people downtown as they check out the art pieces.

“I think there’s been even more bang for our buck than we could have ever anticipated,” said Holtz. “It seemed like last year when we installed the new sculptures, it generated a whole bunch of buzz that wasn’t there the first year. People looked forward to the changeover and were excited about it. We had great feedback.”


Worries grow over safety of gas, oil drilling

By DEB WUETHRICH

Of Michigan’s 83 counties, at least 64 counties in the Lower Peninsula are noted as being involved with oil and/or gas production, according to Michigan’s Oil and Gas Association. More than 641,000 acres of state land are under oil and gas leases, with more than 13,500,000 acres of private lands under lease.

Numbers are growing in southeast Michigan as gas and oil exploration companies have discovered new fields in places such as Napoleon in Jackson County and have been signing leases with residents across the area, including into the Irish Hills. And that has some residents worried, especially as questions of drilling practices and effects of health and the environment have surfaced.

Clips from a recent PBS documentary called, “Gasland,” by Josh Fox, are now being passed around on the Internet, causing some people to question whether gas and oil exploration is a good thing for their communities.

“My question is, ‘Do we know enough?’” said Tecumseh business owner, Tammy Eggleston, who said that concerns have been circulating among people who own property on Sand Lake and other parts of the Irish Hills, many of them from Tecumseh.  She said there are also worries about water that flows into local watersheds. “If we pollute our lakes, what do we have, not only for ourselves, but for every living thing?”

Eggleston said she and others are concerned about the growing number of leases being signed by property owners, including lots on the lakes, and by a process known as fracking, which is used to get through rock to pump out natural gas.


U-M prof shares video game study results involving Tecumseh youths

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By DEB WUETHRICH

A University of Michigan professor and his team have been studying the effects of violent video games and aggression for three years, and some Tecumseh youths were a part of that study.

Brad J. Bushman, Ph.D., who is a professor of Communication Studies and also a Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan, shared some initial results of that study with Tecumseh School Board members on Monday night. Interview Supervisor Maureen O’Brien also was present. Dr. Bushman said that the group studied an urban community of students from Flint, a rural community from Iowa, and students from suburban communities in Tecumseh and Stockbridge.

The study, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development,  looked at how often girls and boys played violent video games in second grade, fourth grade, and ninth grade. Surveys were taken from children, their parents and teachers beginning in 2006 and ending in 2008.

“Our goals were to understand the effect of violent video games on aggressive behavior, mainly its long term effects,” said Dr. Bushman. “This was the first study ever funded by the federal government to look at the long-term effects of video games. We wanted to understand the effects on school performance, why the effects occur, and who is most affected.”

Dr. Bushman said that the games have become increasingly more realistic, graphic and violent since the days when he remembers Pong being the main game youths would play.


Tecumseh opens baseball season with nine-inning, 5-4, win against Hudson

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By MICKEY ALVARADO

Opening their season with a come from behind, nine-inning, 5-4 victory had Tecumseh’s Indians jumping up and down on the varsity baseball field on Monday afternoon.

The Indians were swept at Hudson last year but gave the Tigers a fight to the finish this time around at home. The Tribe was down 4-0 after the top of the first inning but a three-run home run by Steven Harrison in the bottom of the third had Tecumseh back in the game again.

“We battled,” said Tecumseh coach Tom Bullinger. “We want to battle to the end and we did.”

The Indians’ bats forced the issue and had Hudson’s pitchers working hard to get every out.

“We had some good at bats where guys battled with seven, eight pitches and drew a walk and gave us an opportunity to be in a scoring position,” said Bullinger.

Indian catcher Jared Powell hit a double in the bottom of the seventh with two outs to tie the game. Neither team scored in the eighth inning but in the bottom of the ninth Powell came up again with one out recorded and the bases loaded and hit a ground ball up the middle to win the game for the Indians.

“Our sophomore catcher pulled through for us twice,” said Bullinger. “I’m thinking down there with the bases loaded, ‘Should I bunt him,’ but he’s been swinging the bat real well all spring so we let him swing after it and he did a great job.”

The contest took so long that the second half of the scheduled doubleheader was called off after three innings.

Kyle Hooper was the winning pitcher in the opener. He threw the last five innings, striking out three while walking two and giving up four hits and no runs.

Tecumseh’s varsity boys baseball team opened its season at home against Hudson on Monday and recorded a 5-4 come-from-behind victory. Steven Harrison (r) helped push the contest into extra innings with a three-run home run. Photo by Mickey Alvarado


Tecumseh wins Adrian tourney

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Tecumseh’s varsity boys golf team opened its season at the Adrian Maple Invitational on Monday and won the title with a score of 313.

Grand Ledge placed second (313) after going to a fifth man tiebreaker. Tecumseh’s fifth man, Josh Short, shot 88 to Grand Ledge’s 89.

Bedford finished third with a score of 314. Rounding out the top ten teams were Jackson Lumen Christi (320), Ann Arbor Pioneer (322), Ann Arbor Huron (326), Saline (328), Dexter (333) Parma Western (340) and Adrian (340).

Tecumseh’s Dylan Orr was named to the All-tournament team with a score of 77. Indians Joe Forest and Jacob Bloom each recorded 78 while Bobby Thomas carded 80.

Tecumseh had to use its fifth man score to win Adrian’s Maple Invitational. Pictured are (l-r) Pat Pomy, Joe Forest, Bobby Thomas, Jacob Bloom, Dylan Orr and Josh Short. - Photo submitted


Donald J. Berkley

Donald J. Berkley, 83, of Tecumseh, passed away April 10, 2010.  Donald was born March 4, 1927, in Milan, Mich., the son of Rollo and Vera (Hoskins) Berkley.  On Aug. 20, 1949, he married Bonnie J. Buttolph in Britton.   She preceded him in death July 17, 1986.

Donald was a graduate of Milan High School, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan with his master's degree.   After high school, he served in the U. S. Navy in the South Pacific and the Philippines during World War II.  In 1988, he retired from the Tecumseh Public Schools teaching and serving as Junior High School Principal for 37 years.    He was a lifetime member of the University of Michigan Alumni association, served on the Tecumseh School Board and a member of the Episcopal Church.

Don is survived by a brother-in-law, Arthur Keller of Milan; brothers, Gerald Berkley of Milan and James Berkley of Oregon; cousin, Sue Martin of Holt: special dear friends, James (Janet) Toole of Tecumseh, Tom (Erin) Toole of Conn. and  Charles (Sue) Gross of Tecumseh and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife Bonnie, he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert and Orlon; and sister, Betty.

At Don's request, a private burial will be in Brookside Cemetery.  A service to honor Don's life was held Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh with Dr. Kenneth Boyd officiating.    Military Honors were performed by the  U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Team, Toledo, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lenawee County Humane Society.   Condolences to the family may be made online at www.pursefuneralhome.com.    




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