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Napoleon Easter Egg Hunt

Earlier this month I got to spend some time in Napoleon at the United Methodist Church for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. It was awesome to reconnect with some people I hadn’t seen in a while, like Pat Heselschwerdt of the Napoleon Livestock Commission who helps run the event, and meet some new folks too. […]

Added on April 26, 2012, by
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Favorite Photos of 2011

While going through stuff for contests I figured I’d try one of these best of galleries. There isn’t a particular rhyme or reason to these photos. Some won clip contest honors, some are singles from longer stories and some are even from a trip I took to the south but they’re all photos that made […]

Added on January 16, 2012, by
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Ashley Smilowski – Future Soldier

Ashley Smilowski is a future soldier. Well, at this point she is a soldier. Smilowski went to Fort Lenoard Wood in Missouri as a Private First Class to be an MP in September. Smilowksi said she was inspired to join the service by her grandfather Ed Smilowski who served in the Navy during WWII. A […]

Added on January 15, 2012, by
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Neighbors: Ken Hanson

The buildings on the athletic field at Columbia elementary and middle schools needed a fresh coat of paint. Ken Hanson decided on his own to tackle the job. “He literally just showed up one day in the office and said, ‘I drive by those buildings and see them in need of paint,’ and asked if […]

Added on October 26, 2011, by
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10-25-11: Concord vs. Athens volleyball

Concord finished their regular season with a 7-0 record in the Big Eight Conference. They put down the three time consecutive champs, Athens, in three games 25-11, 25-11 and 25-21.

Added on October 26, 2011, by
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MSU vs UM 2011

Here is a smattering of images from this year’s MSU vs. UM game. Four years in a row the Spartans have put down the Wolverines.


10-07-11 Leslie vs. Western prep football

Yesterday Leslie earned a 34-13 homecoming victory over Western. They also crowned their homecoming king and queen at halftime. Leslie’s Kyle Bryson pulls down a pass from quarter back Brendon Smith during the second quarter of Friday’s homecoming game against Western. Western’s Austin Maynard, right, broke up the pass so it was completed out of […]

Added on October 8, 2011, by
Filed under Football, gallery, Jackson Citizen Patriot, photo, sports

2011 prep football has started

We’re going on week five in Jackson of shooting prep football. I didn’t shoot last week’s game for the paper but instead a photo page I’m working on about what it’s like to be a student athlete in Jackson. Here is a smattering from the first few games I shot this year.

Added on October 5, 2011, by
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Charlie Ellis and testicular cancer

At 14-years-old Charlie Ellis has gone through more than most people. When you first meet him he is a shy young man. He is quiet but not timid. You can tell that he is sure of himself, he just doesn’t want to be in the spotlight. I met with Charlie, his parents and reporter Holly […]

Added on August 29, 2011, by
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CitPat Football Tab 2011

Delon Bouler of Jackson High School. Gus Pack of Lumen Christi High School. Joe Niehaus of Grass Lake High School. Josh Nastally of Michigan Center High School. Mark Wajda of Addison High School. Kyle Bryson of Leslie High School. JaVon Flowers of Vandercook Lake High School. Devin Jose of Manchester High School. Devin Jose of […]

Added on August 23, 2011, by
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