BROTHERLY LOVE

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BROTHERLY LOVE
COMMUNITY LIFE, PAGE B5
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Support up to curb fireworks laws
Township official long for reversal in Lansing
A fte r voting to halt latenight firew orks even on na­
tional holidays, some Canton
officia ls are hopeful state
legislators may reverse laws
that loosened restrictions on
Roman candles, bottle rockets
and other airborne devices.
“ We’re hoping that the Leg­
islature w ill go back to the old
way,” Supervisor Phil LaJoy
said.
Elected officia ls in Canton
and other communities have
received a flu r r y o f com­
plaints, especially around the
Fourth o f J uly holiday, from
residents who said loud fire ­
works rattled th e ir nerves and
frightened th e ir pets.
State Rep. K u rt Heise, RPlymouth Tbwnship, has heard
the same complaints, but he
said Lansing lawmakers
haven't discussed potential
revisions to firew orks laws
that were relaxed in early
2012. H e said legislators
haven’t been in session since
late June - before m any o f the
problems arose.
However, the state already
has allowed local governments
to re s tric t firew orks from
midnight to 8 a.m. on national
holidays, th e day before and
th e day after. The one excep­
tion is New Year’s Day, when
th e ban cannot sta rt u n til 1
a.m.
“ I suspect that there w ill be
those in Lansing who say let’s
w ait another year, le t’s w ait
another season, to see how the
local ordinances play out,”
Heise said, though he added
“ there does seem to be a
BROTHERLY LOVE
Union carpenters build ramp
for retired Canton member
Beverly Langham, a diabet­
ic who has suffered m ultiple
strokes and a heart attack,
needed a handicap-accessible
ramp added to the Canton
Tbwnship home she shares
w ith her husband Chuck.
But Chuck, a heart attack
survivor him self, knew he
wasn’t going to be able to
build it.
So his brothers b u ilt i t fo r
him.
Not brothers in a sibling
sense, but brothers in the
“ we’re in this together” sense
that often accompanies union
membership. Langham, a
recently retired member of
the Michigan Regional Coun­
c il of Carpenters and M ill­
wrights, found out he could
count on his union family.
M any union members
joined in this week, building a
new deck and adding a ramp
to the fron t o f Langham’s
College Park Estates home.
“ As a union, we are there to
help our members, however
and whenever we can,” said
union member Ed Musser, a
Livonia resident who orga­
nized the volunteer effort.
“ They needed a ramp bu ilt
and we came out and gave
them one.”
Langham recently retired
from Garden City-based In ter­
national Extrusion, which
Musser said donated “about
half the cost” o f the $3,000
project. Canton-based Mans
Lumber gave workers “ a
great discount” on the lumber
needed fo r the 6- b y 12-foot
deck and accompanying ramp.
The project, under the
auspices o f the union’s exec­
utive financial treasurer M i­
chael Jackson, included volun­
teers from Local 1045 (interior
systems), Local 1234 (resi­
dential local) and Local 687
(commercial carpenters).
The project, and others like
it, are part o f the council’s
mission to help in the commu­
nity. Charlie Jackson, the
treasurer’s brother, figures
he’s worked on some 200
decks in the last 20 years.
A 40-year member o f the
union, Jackson said volun­
teering fo r such projects is a
no-brainer.
“We’re supposed to help
each other, I really believe
that,” Jackson said. “ They
don’t allow us to do it, they
encourage us to help. This is
special to me, because (Lang­
ham) is one of our members.”
movement (among some con­
stituents) o f returning to the
old law.”
Heise said law-abiding fans
o f consumer firew orks could
potentially lose out i f those
who violate existing laws
"ru in i t fo r everybody else” by
ignoring the rules. Some fire ­
works proponents say M ich i­
gan residents used to cross
state lines to buy higher-powSee FIREWORKS, Page A2
School board
approves
team
changes
By Brad Kadrich
Staff Writer
Chuck and Beveriy
Langham
appreciated the
effort by union
volunteers to build
a new deck and
ramp on their
Canton Township
See CARPENTERS, Page A2
When Dr. M ichael Meissen
took the job as Plymouth-Canton’s new superintendent last
month, he to ld Board o f Educa­
tion members he would have a
90-day plan to enact his idea of
the direction the d istrict
should take.
This week, he put in place
the biggest piece o f that plan to
date, reorganizing the respon­
sibilities fo r the d istrict’s core
team.
“The idea organizationally
is to tr y and put
in place a leader­
ship system
around the con­
cept o f a profes­
sional learning
community,”
Meissen said. “ In
my mind, the
Killian
organization
focuses on results fo r high
levels o f student achievement,
using a leadership structure
that is collaborative and devel­
ops processes that deliver that
high level o f results.”
Among the m ajor changes:
» Finance chief Brodie K il­
lian has been promoted to dep­
uty superintendent o f business
and operations and w ill now
oversee the d istrict’s facilities
and operations (such as main­
tenance and food service). His
top assistant, V icki Amore, has
been named executive director
of finance and accounting.
It ’s the biggest change in
scope among core team mem­
bers. K illia n said his fa m iliar­
ity w ith the budget w ill make
the decision-making process
easier in his new areas o f re­
sponsibility.
“ I t w ill be added responsi­
bility, but from a decision proc­
ess, the fact I ’m closest to the
budget w ill help develop quick­
e r decisions and provides us
the ab ility to push information
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Drugs, alcohol did contribute to Canton man’s death
Wrong cause originally
reported by county office
By Darrell Clem
A spokeswoman has apolo­
gized after a mix-up by the
Wayne County Medical Exam­
iner’s Office caused her to err
by telling the Observer the
incorrect cause o f death fo r
Matthew M orris, a Canton man
whose body was found a fte r he
was missing nearly three
months.
Wayne County spokeswom­
an M ary M azur said M orris,
36, actually died after m ixing
alcohol and drugs.
“He died from alcohol and
drug use and it was an acci­
dental death,” she said Thurs­
day.
Mazur had earlier said M or­
ris died o f natural causes,
specifically heart disease, but
she said she was given in­
accurate inform ation when she
inquired w ith the medical
examiner's office about his
death.
“Apparently there was an
e rror in retrievin g that file,"
Mazur said, calling i t a case of
"mistaken identity w ith some­
one who had a sim ilar name”
to M orris.
“ I t was an honest mistake
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that was given to me by our
chief investigator,” Mazur
said, apologizing fo r the mis­
take.
The latest inform ation ruled
M orris’ death as accidental
from a m ix of alcohol and
drugs, though M azur didn’t
immediately know what kind
o f drugs.
M orris’ body was found
A p ril 1 in a marshy area in an
industrial area on Westland’s
fa r west side, not fa r east of
the W almart store on Ford
Road.
Foul play was ruled out as a
cause o f death.
M orris had disappeared in
mid-January from his Village
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Squire apartm ent near Ford
and Lotz roads. Friends had
searched fo r him, w orrying he
may have fallen v ictim to foul
play a fte r his car was found in
the Emagine Theater parking
lo t in Canton.
Friends have said M orris
le ft his apartm ent without his
diabetic supplies or his coat on
a cold w inter day.
Westland police notified
Canton authorities A p ril 1
after a group o f surveyors
found M orris’ body, Canton
police Lt. Dave Schreiner said.
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United Way
starts new
fund drive
Plymouth Community
United Way kicks o ff its
2013 campaign Aug. 22 to
raise money fo r programs
that focus on basic needs,
education and stability
w ithin Plymouth, Canton
and western Wayne Coun­
tyFor the last several
years, PCUW provided
emergency food, rental
and u tility assistance be­
cause o f the downturn in
the economy. In addition to
providing basic needs, this
year’s contributions w ill
help PCUW pursue its new
Community Im pact In itia ­
tive to advance the com­
mon good and improve the
lives o f all residents.
The initiative aims to
prevent problems rather
than ju st treat the symp­
toms. In an effo rt to ad­
dress issues, grants were
awarded to organizations
attempting to make lasting
change. Among the recipi­
ents were Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
(reading and math sum­
m er academy fo r 300 ele­
m entary students and a
Bridge program to pre­
pare ninth-grade students
fo r success in high school)
and Wayne Metropolitan
Community Action Agen­
cy (energy education
classes to help low-income
residents lower utility
costs).
Last year, besides fund­
ing services such as food
pantries, bus transporta­
tion fo r seniors, housing
fo r adults w ith develop­
mental disabilities, shelter
fo r domestic violence
victim s and th eir children,
g rie f counseling and op­
portunities fo r youth to
develop skills and become
valuable members o f the
community, PCUW orga­
nized Make a Difference
days to clean yards of
senior citizens and people
w ith disabilities and col­
lected new hats, scarves,
mittens, gloves, school
supplies and food fo r those
in need.
Donations can be made
online at www.plymouthunitedway.org or to Ply­
mouth Community United
Way, 960 W. Ann Arbor
TVail, Suite 2, Plymouth,
M I 48170. For information
about giving, contact Lin­
da Ann Chomin, Campaign
& Community Relations
associate at 734-453-6879,
ext. 5.
While online, visitors
may also take th e Commu­
nity Im pact Survey. Re­
sults o f the survey w ill be
used to ide ntify issues and
develop a vision fo r the
future. Surveys are also
available at the PCUW
FIREWORKS
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Canton has adopted a new
ordinance and warned resi­
dents they could face fines and
penalties i f they shoot o ff fire ­
works during late n ight hours,
even during holidays when
there is no outright ban.
“Personally I ’ve only gotten
feedback that people like the
restrictions,” township TVustee
Steven Sneideman said. " I have
not had anyone who said they
are against the restrictions.
Some have said they would like
to tu rn back the laws on the
high-powered firew orks.”
“ I think this is not some­
thing we’re done w ith,” Heise
said, adding later, “ I would like
to see the local ordinances play
themselves out and see how
these new restrictions work.
B ut we may need to look at a
different standard based on
population. Maybe these local
ordinances w ill work. We just
don’t know yet."
Canton Township Attorney
K ris tin Kolb said Canton, by
outlawing all late-night fire ­
works, has placed the tightest
restrictions i t can under exist­
ing states law.
“The township has opted to
amend our ordinances to add
those restrictions,” she said.
The new rules go into effect
after the township board adopt­
ed the changes Tuesday eve­
ning on a second reading o f the
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CHANGES
Pat Lindstrom of South Lyon cuts a top board for Chuck Langham’s
CARPENTERS
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I t ’s special to Langham, too, because Beverly
can no longer negotiate the stairs. He hopes to
get her a motorized roundabout to allow her
easier access to th e ir home.
On Thursday, he was very appreciative of
the effo rt being put fo rth fo r him.
“ A fte r they set the boards (the night before),
Bev sat out on the deck fo r about two hours,”
Langham said. " I feel good about what they’re
doing. I t means a lo t to us.”
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back down to the directors,”
he said.
» Monica M e rritt, who
had been executive director
of human resources, has
been promoted to assistant
superintendent o f human
resources and labor rela­
tions.
» Jeanne Farina had her
title adjusted to assistant
superintendent fo r teaching
and learning. She had been
assistant superintendent fo r
instruction.
D irector o f secondary
education E rin MacGregor,
meanwhile, has been pro­
moted to executive director
o f secondary education and
school improvement K-12,
professional development
K-12 (equity and achieve­
ment).
» Phil Freeman, who had
been in charge of facilities
and operations, has been
made the assistant superin­
tendent of programs and
services and w ill be in
charge o f the d istrict’s five
m iddle schools.
Kate D ietrich joined the
team last week as the new
director of communications,
community engagement and
marketing.
The school board ap­
proved the changes Tues­
day.
“When you get someone
in who’s been highly suc­
cessful and they have a
view to make things more
effective, you go w ith it,”
said John Barrett, the
board’s president. “ This
reorganization w ill make
th e d istrict more effective.”
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and postgraduates who
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This past Thursday
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" I think it was the rig ht
thing to do,” TVustee John An­
thony said. " I t has posed a lot
o f concern fo r our Public Safe­
ty Department. Fortunately, we
haven’t had any extreme acci­
dents. I think the township has
taken a good stance. Some of
these firew orks are pretty
powerful.”
Canton resident Joan
Rounke told the Observer her
fa m ily was hearing late-night
firew orks fo r weeks after the
last Fourth o f July.
"We were s till hearing fire ­
works at night past the holiday
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said.
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nunlty Officer
Sneideman said he supports
rolling back the law, because
shooting o ff airborne fire ­
works 70 feet away from b uild­
ings - as required by state law
- may not be enough. More­
over, he said there appears to
be violators in densely populat­
ed areas.
“They're probably not fo l­
lowing those guidelines,” Snei­
deman said, “ and it could re­
sult in dangerous situations. ...
Personally, I think firew orks
are best le ft to the profession­
als.”
Heise said state legislators
may need to debate the m erits
of allowing tighter restrictions
in densely populated areas,
including Wayne County com­
munities, where firew orks can
potentially lead to more prob­
lems than in rural areas.
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five years."
The crowds who gath­
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thank Alexander Stew­
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not only the disc jockey
on non-live-band nights,
but the organizer of
Swinginfusion Farming­
ton.
Dan Shimokochi, an
Eastern Michigan Uni­
versity graduate, offers
free lessons every
Thursday before the
swing dance. A few
years ago, he didn’t
know how to dance ei­
ther. But he needed to
f i l l some tim e slots in
his college schedule and
he signed up fo r danc­
ing. “ I ’ve only been
dancing fo r two years."
H ailey Bezeau, mean­
while, traveled w ith her
sister, Madison, and
friends Kim berly Phil­
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A p ril Scotts of Canton.
“ I t is just good, clean
fun and you get meet
new people," Madison
Bezeau said.
Scotts has attended
the Swinginfusion
events fo r about year.
When the girls were
asked i f they would like
to do the Lindy Hop or
Charleston in high heels
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dancer Ginger Rogers
— a shocked look
crossed th e ir faces.
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Pooch parlor pairs pets, owners
e than $15,000 from the state to improve its
Farmers Market snags state
grant to boost programs
Canton Farmers M ar­
ket w ill implement
healthy lifestyle pro­
grams fo r upper ele­
mentary school students
in September after re­
ceiving w ord i t has se­
cured a $15,472 grant
from the Michigan Eco­
nomic Development
Corp.
The money also w ill be
used fo r improvements
to Preservation Park the market's home on
Ridge north of Cherry
H ill - but Tina Lloyd,
m arket manager, said
exact details o f those
projects haven't been
decided.
The latest infusion of
money marks the th ird
MEDC grant fo r Canton
Farmers M arket, though
it represents only half
the amount local officials
had sought this year. As a
result, some projects
may be delayed.
“We’re th rilled w ith
what we got,” Lloyd said.
“Anything we can add to
the m arket is good fo r
the community."
The market is open
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each
Sunday through late
October.
Last year, the market
used part o f its MEDC
grant fo r healthy life ­
style programs fo r m id­
dle school students, but
Lloyd said this year’s
focus in September w ill
be upper elementary
school ages.
“ This year, we’re go­
ing to go a little bit
younger,” she said. “ I
think it's good to start
young and get kids ex­
posed to the things they
can do to stay healthy.”
Canton’s grant was
one o f 10 announced
Thursday by MEDC o ffi­
cials, which approved a
total of $200,000 through
the Michigan Strategic
Fund.
“ Farmers markets
improve our downtowns
and bring v ita lity and a
sense o f place to our
communities,” MEDC
President and CEO M i­
chael A. Finney said in a
prepared statement.
“ These grants w ill sup­
port local markets,
strengthen communities
and create jobs in our
Canton w ill match the
state grant as i t moves to
improve programs and
other m arket amenities.
Jamie Clover Adams,
director o f the Michigan
Departm ent o f Agricul­
ture and Rural Devel­
opment, said Michigan
ranks fo urth in the nation
fo r the number o f fa rm ­
ers markets.
Meanwhile, Lloyd has
announced the latest
news fo r this Sunday’s
Canton Farmers M arket.
Among the highlights:
» Musician Dan Mazur
makes his debut on the
Bartlett-IVavis House
porch from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m.
» Chef Paul cooks up
seasonal produce from
10:30 a.m. to noon.
» Swap out children’s
books during a youth
book exchange. Leftover
books w ill be donated to
th e Canton Public L i­
brary.
» Learn how to attract
butterflie s to the back
yard at the master gar­
dener tent.
» The lib ra ry hosts
storytim e from 10:30 a.m.
to noon, w ith the Recrea­
tion Station Bouncer
available fo r jum ping
before and a fte r story» Get tickets early fo r
an event dubbed Brew,
Brats and Bands at the
Barn, set fo r 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21, at
Preservation Park to
benefit the Canton H is­
to rica l Society.
» Shimmy Shack is
serving a healthy tw ist
on an American favorite
w ith veggie burgers,
fries and shakes.
» M y Dad’s B utterflies
offers b u tte rfly and
dragonfly items made
from recycled plastic
bottles including garden
accessories and other
amenities.
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Canton shop owner
Julie Pello has made it
her business to give
pampered pets a stylish
makeover at Uptown
Poochie Parlor in Cher­
ry H ill Village.
Now she hopes to
find homes fo r less fo r­
tunate dogs housed at
the Friends o f Michigan
Animals Rescue, or
FMAR, in BeUeviUe.
Pello has announced
a chance fo r potential
pet owners to p a ir up
with cuddly canines by
bringing dogs from
FMAR to her shop 1-4
p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, on
Cherry H ill Road east of
Ridge, near the Village
Theater on Canton’s fa r
west side.
Pello said she has
volunteered “ fo r years”
fo r FMAR.
‘G re a t s h e lte r’
real, no-kill shelter,” she
said.
" I f they can save an
animal in any possible
way o r rehabilitate it,
they do.”
Erin Clemmer, FMAR
volunteer, said dogs
needing a home w ill be
brought to Uptown Poo­
chie Parlor so they can
interact w ith potential
owners.
“ I t ’s going to be a
meet and greet,” Clem­
m er said.
I f aspiring pet own­
ers find a dog they want,
she said, they w ill begin
a process that involves
fillin g out a fo rm and
bringing any other dogs
they have to the shelter
to interact w ith their
potential new house“ They also can take
the pet home to make
sure everybody there
gets to meet it," Clem­
m er said.
Anyone who rents a
home has to show proof
they can have a pet.
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dogs w ill be brought to
Uptown Poochie Parlor.
Pello said visitors
who stop by are encour­
aged to bring old blan­
kets, trash bags, dog and
cat food, kitty litter,
collars and other pet
supplies - something
she always accepts fo r
FMAR.
In another e ffo rt to
support the shelter,
Pello plans to bring in a
photographer from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 6, fo r pet portraits,
with a $15 sitting fee
going to FMAR.
l b sign up, stop by
the shop or call 734-4950145.
For more on FMAR,
located at 51299 Arkona
Road in Belleville, call
734-461-9458, send an
email to [email protected] o r go to
w w w.fm arl.org.
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Backpack drive benefits schools
In a couple of weeks,
thousands o f students in
the Plymouth-Canton
school district, as in dis­
tricts across the state,
w ill begin the 2013-14
school year.
And thanks to school
supply drives conducted
by organizations such as
the Plymouth Salvation
Army, the United Way
and others, the needy
among them w ill be able
to start the year w ith a
new backpack and a set
of school supplies.
The Salvation Arm y is
conducting its annual
“ Back 2 School B litz” and
provided the beginning
o f donations earlier this
week.
“The opening o f a
school year is an exciting
tim e and it can also cre­
ate some pressures,” said
Dr. Michael Meissen,
Plymouth-Canton’s super­
intendent. " lb have part­
ners who can provide
support to families is
really essential. The
board has as a strong
p rio rity fo r community
partnerships and the
Salvation Arm y and the
good things they do fo r
our students is very im ­
portant.”
The Salvation A rm y
Plymouth Corps - in part­
nership w ith the Plymouth-Canton and Van
Dr. Michael Meissen, superintendent of Plymouth-Canton
Community Schools, accepts a donation of backpacks from
Maj. Keith Bailey, the corps officer for the Plymouth
Salvation Army.
Buren school districts, as
w ell as many local
churches, service clubs
and private donors launches a school supply
drive Aug. 19. The drive
seeks to collect school
supplies and backpacks
fo r K-12 students fo r the
upcoming school year.
Volunteers w ill be on
hand at the Salvation
Army, 9451 S. Main, in
Plymouth, to accept do­
nations 1-6 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 24. The supplies w ill
then be sorted and
packed into backpacks
fo r distribution to fam ­
ilies Tbesday, Aug. 27.
Needed supplies in­
clude backpacks (partic­
ularly fo r older students),
binders, supply cases/
bags, colored pencils,
markers, wide-ruled
paper and one-subject
note books, highlighters,
pens (red, black and
blue), rounded-tip scis­
sors, No. 2 pencils, rulers,
glue bottles, glue sticks,
composition books and
folders.
In addition to school
supplies, the A rm y w ill
be accepting donations of
new socks and under­
wear that w ill be distrib­
uted through the Ply­
mouth-Canton Communi­
ty Clothing Bank, a part­
ner o f the Salvation
A rm y throughout the
year. Monetary gifts w ill
be used to purchase Payless g ift cards that w ill be
distributed to each child
so they can purchase new
school shoes.
“We are seeing and
hearing o f clients return­
ing to work, albeit at a
much lower rate or at
reduced hours,” said
Laurie Aren, director of
fa m ily and community
m inistries at the Ply­
mouth Salvation Army.
“ We also know that many
continue to struggle as
unemployment benefits
run out or as folks accept
pay cuts to maintain their
jobs. Preparing kids to go
back to school can be
v ery expensive, so this is
a practical way to sup­
port our families and
students as they retu rn to
school.”
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District offers preschool class for 4-year-olds
Plymouth-Canton
Community Schools
Early Childhood Depart­
ment is offering a tuitionfree program fo r 4-yearold children.
The classes o ffe r in­
quiry-based learning in
an exploratory program
where children use class-
Monday through Thurs­
day, w ith fu ll- and partday options. The full-day
program is six hours per
day. The half-day option
is three hours per day.
M orning and afternoon
sessions are available.
Classes are free to
eligible fam ilies who are
residents o f the Ply­
mouth-Canton Communi­
leam! The classrooms
o ffe r an environment
that nurtures language
development and focus
on kindergarten readi­
ness w ith close ties to the
d istrict’s kindergarten
curriculum .
This tu ition-free pre­
school program runs
from September through
June. Classes are offered
ty School D istrict. Chil­
dren must be 4 years old
by Nov. 1. A ll tuition-free
classes are located at
Allen Elementary, 11100
Haggerty Road, Ply­
mouth.
Call the Early Child­
hood Office at 734-4166190 fo r more inform a­
tion o r v isit http://earlychildhood.pccs.kl2.mi.us.
Elson Liu, Plymouth-Canton’s new director of integrated
technology systems, shakes hands with Board of
Education members and administrators after his hiring
was approved Tuesday night
District gets new
technology chief
tions when Casteel
announced his retire­
ment. That process
stopped, she said, while
the team sought out a
new leader.
M e rritt said the post­
ing got 21 responses,
including fo ur from
internal candidates.
Nine o f them were in­
terviewed and three
were brought back fo r a
second interview be­
fore the team settled, in
“ a unanimous decision,”
M e rritt said, on Liu.
Liu has been director
o f technology fo r B righ­
ton schools since 2008.
He helped plan an $88
m illion bond and has
conducted pilot projects
worth some $500,000 to
evaluate new technol­
ogies.
Before Brighton, Liu
spent eight years with
Howell Public Schools.
L iu earned a bache­
lo r’s degree from Stan­
fo rd U niversity and a
master’s degree in edu­
cational technology
from MIT.
“ He has everything
we need to lead us fo r­
ward w ith this dynamic
team and this vision,”
M e rritt said.
W ith the approval of
the May bond initiative,
Plymouth-Canton Com­
m unity Schools admin­
istrators are faced w ith
the daunting task of
empowering students
w ith a 1:1 technology
upgrade that w ill put an
iPad or other learning
device in the hands of
some 18,000 students
and 1,100 teachers.
And now they have
the guy to lead the ef­
fort.
Elson Liu has been
hired by the d istrict as
its fir s t director of
integrated technology
systems. Liu’s main job:
Im plementing the tech­
nology initiative in­
cluded in the $114.4
m illion bond proposal.
Liu replaces Jim
Casteel, who retired
over the summer.
Monica M e rritt,
assistant superinten­
dent o f human re­
sources and labor rela­
tions, said Liu "can
build a culture o f in­
novation” in PlymouthCanton schools.
“We have all this
technology being pro­
posed and we needed
someone to help teach­
ers bridge that gap to
21st century learning,”
M e rritt said.
M e rritt said staffers
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Large crowd of cruisers expected
for annual Hines Drive cruise
By Sue Mason
Staff Writer
cruise. They w ill w ork at the
spectator entrances and at the
main gate to let cars in and
pass out magazines. Volunteers
also are needed to w ork with
the Friends o f Nankin M ills in
raising money to restore a
Model T that w ill put in the
museum fo r children to “ get in
and out.”
Nicholson is holding a vol­
unteers meeting at 6 p.m. Mon­
day, Aug. 19, at Nankin M ills,
Ann Arbo r TVail and Hines
D rive, in Westland. Interested
people can also call him at
734-658-5296 fo r more in fo r­
mation.
W ith attendance doubling
over two years, Don Nicholson
has every reason to expect the
th ird installment o f Cruisin'
Hines to be bigger and defi­
n ite ly better.
The annual one-day cruise
o f Hines D rive from Ann A r­
bor Trail in Westland to Outer
D rive in Dearborn w ill roar to
life at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug, 25.
More than 40,000 classic cars those at least 25 years old - and
hot rods - vehicles altered in
some way after they le ft the
dealership - are expected to
participate.
“ The th ird year is looking
phenomenal,” said cruise pro­
m oter Nicholson o f Westland.
“ We’re getting more and more
calls and we have doubled the
number o f car clubs. We had 24
last year and 52 so fa r this
year.”
Hines D rive w ill be closed
to regular tra ffic from 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Sunday fo r the cruise.
In a switch from last year,
cruisers must enter Hines
D rive o ff M errim an, north of
Warren Road. A ll spectators
can enter at Merrim an, Tele­
graph Road or the Warrendale
picnic area in Dearborn
Heights.
The Cruisin' Hines T-shirt pays tribute to Henry Ford. This year is the
150th anniversary of the auto pioneer's birthday.
Nicholson said. “ I t ’s fo u r lanes
on M errim an, so hopefully
tra ffic w ill flow a little better. I
lik e the fact that a lot of cars
want to get into the park, but I
don’t want the cruise to be
known as a tra ffic jam . I want
i t to be known as a cool event."
Nicholson is opting to let the
cruisers be the entertainment
again this year. The firs t year,
his o fficia l cruise band, the Six
Foot Poles, performed, but
“ everyone had th eir backs to
the stage so they could watch
the cars.”
There also w ill be displays
around Nankin M ills by the
F e w chan g es
The change fo r cruisers,
who beginning showing up well
in advance o f 9 a.m., is to cut
down on the congestion that
developed at Ann Arbor Trail.
“ W ith Ann Arbor TVail two
lanes and Farmington and
Hines, i t was like a funnel,"
Model T Complex (the Piquette
Factory), where H enry Ford
bu ilt the Model T, M otor Cities
National Heritage Area and
D etroit H istorical Museum. A
D etroit Grand P rix car also
w ill be on display.
Nicholson w ill be giving
cruisers m ini “ I Cruised Hines
D rive” street signs and Crui­
sin’ Hines programs. He has
30,000 programs and eight
boxes o f the street signs pro­
vided by Cruis'news magazine.
There also w ill be vendors
up and down the 7/2-mile route.
Nicholson also is looking fo r
20 volunteers to help w ith the
11loom
monthly rent. I t is not so
easy. What makes it d iffi­
cult, fo r example, is that
i f you have a tenant that
you like but they can’t
afford the rent, what do
you do? I f you can’t hon­
estly answer that you
would evict them, you
probably shouldn’t be a
landlord. I know that,
personally, I would have
a hard tim e evicting
anyone and that is w hy I
am not a landlord.
One other factor to
consider is i f you hire a
management company,
what does that do to your
cash flow? You may find
that by the tim e you pay
management fees, your
cash flow has been re­
duced.
One last note, I look at
owning real estate as a
business versus an in ­
vestment. As an invest­
ment, you can afford to
be passive, where you
cannot afford to do that
as a landlord. As a land­
lord, you m ust be active­
ly involved in the proper­
ty. I f you do not have the
tim e o r desire to be in­
volved, it is probably a
good sign that you should
look at doing something
different w ith your mon­
ey.
In your situation,
using the proceeds to
pay o ff a 6-percent m ort­
gage is a very good use
o f the money.
Good luck.
Rick Bloom is a fee-only
financial adviser. His websi
www.bloomasset
management.com. If you
would like him to respond
your questions, email
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management.com.
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W e ’re g e ttin g m o re a n d m o re c a lls a n d we
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weekend to promote “all Auto­
palooza events.”
Nicholson is pleased w ith
the prominence the Hines
cruise has achieved in just
three years, rating a magazine
cover w ith the likes o f the
Woodward Dream Cruise and
Flint's Back to the Bricks.
“ The Woodward Dream
Cruise was the inventor o f all
o f this,” he said. “ Where would
we be w ithout it? Everyone
strives to achieve that level.”
For more information about
Cruisin’ Hines, vis it its website
cruisinhines.com or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CruisinHines.
Big t u rn o u t
There’s no need to register
fo r the cruise, something Nich­
olson shelved a fte r the firs t
cruise in 2011. He had used the
registration to develop a m ail­
ing list, but discovered i t was
too costly.
“ I expected 4,000 and got
24,371.1 couldn’t afford the
postage,” he said. “ I ’ve even
discontinued the goodies bags.
I discovered people really
don’t look in them.”
This is the firs t year C rui­
sin’ Hines is included in Pure
Michigan’s Autopalooza and is
being promoted outside of the
state. Nicholson also was at the
Woodward Dream Cruise this
Home Accents
Being a landlord is
no easy task
Q: Dear Rick: I was
ju s t divorced and in th e
s ettlem en t I became
the sole o w n er o f a
12-unit apartm ent
b u ilding . I have no ex­
perience on apart­
ments, b u t m y accoun­
ta n t said th a t th e b uild­
ing is a go od invest­
m en t and I should keep
it. He said I can h ire a
m anagem ent company
to run it. M y brother,
however, says I should
sell th e b u ilding and
use th e m oney to pay
o f f th e m ortgage on m y
home. Through th e
divorce s e ttle m e n t I
w ill have m y income
needs covered and,
othe r th an m y m o rt­
gage w hich is around 6
pe rcen t I have n o othe r
debt.
A: In reviewing your
situation, I agree w ith
your brother. M y reason­
ing is based upon a num­
ber of different issues.
Being a landlord is not
easy. I t is one o f the
toughest jobs. Not only
do you have to deal with
all the associated issues
that arise from owning
real estate, you also have
all the issues surround­
ing being a landlord.
I recognize that you
can hire a management
company to handle dayto-day concerns, howev­
er, as an owner of real
estate there are still
going to be issues that
you need to be involved
with, such as how to
handle a tenant that is
not paying rent to what
improvements need to be
done on the building.
I believe that prior to
becoming a landlord, one
ought to talk to people
who are landlords or
study what it takes to
become a landlord.
Unfortunately, too
many people think that
as a landlord all you need
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Zoo hosts
Senior Day
on Sept. 4
Plenty of activities planned
for annual celebration
Senior citizens Living in
Macomb, Oakland and Wayne
counties are invited to enjoy a
day at the D etroit Zoo on Sen­
io r Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Seniors age 62 and older and
a caregiver w ill receive free
admission, parking and rides
on the Tauber Family Railroad.
Senior Day also w ill feature
live music, tractor train tours,
bingo, a senior resource area
and zookeeper talks highlight­
ing some o f the zoo’s senior
animal residents. In addition,
Blue Care Netw ork and the
SilverSneakers Fitness Pro­
gram are pairing up to o ffe r a
free group exercise class,
exercise demos and functional
fitness assessments.
The fa ll Senior Day is one of
two free days fo r tri-county
seniors held annually at the
D etroit Zoo in appreciation fo r
voter approval in 2008 o f a
ballot proposal to fund the zoo.
The D etroit Zoological Soci­
ety is a nonprofit organization
that operates the D etroit Zoo
and Belle Isle Nature Zoo.
Situated on 125 acres, the De­
tro it Zoo is located at the in­
tersection o f 10 M ile Road and
Woodward Avenue, ju st o ff
1-696, in Royal Oak
The D etroit Zoo is open 362
days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A p ril through Labor Day - with
extended hours un til 8 p.m.
Wednesdays during July and
August -1 0 a.m. to 5 p.m. the
day after Labor Day through
October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November through March.
Admission is $14 fo r adults
age 15 to 61, $12 fo r senior
citizens e ag62 and older and
$9 fo r children 2 to 14. Chil­
dren under 2 are free. The
Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday
through Sunday A p ril through
October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November through March. I t ’s
closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Admission is free.
For more information, call
248-541-5717 o r vis it www.detroitzoo.org.
Woehlke Palooza aims to help
fallen firefighter's fam ily
Some well-known musical
acts w ill take the stage Friday
and Saturday, Aug. 23-24,
when U.S. 12 and the WayneWestland Professional Fire
Fighters. Local 1279 host the
fir s t ever Woehlke Palooza.
The palooza benefits the
fa m ily of Brian Woehlke, the
Wayne-Westland firefig hte r
who died May 8 in the line of
duty. The event w ill feature
music, fire fig h te r events and
fa m ily activities.
“ I t ’s a celebration o f Brian
Woehlke,” said John Goci of
U.S. 12. “ Brian used to hang
out here w ith his best friend.
H is frien d s till comes in here,
but it’s hard.”
The event is being held in
and outside U.S. 12 at Sims and
Second Street in downtown
Wayne, rain or shine, begin­
ning at 5 p.m. Friday and noon
Saturday.
A ctivities F riday include a
corn hole tournament, fire ­
fighters auction and beer
pong. Food and drinks also w ill
be available. The music w ill
start at 6 p.m. and feature the
T h rill Billies, followed by TV
Stone and headliner LoCash
Cowboys.
On Saturday, the palooza
gets started at noon and fea­
tures a variety of fa m ily activ­
ities. There w ill be kids’ con­
tests, including ice cream
eating, Hula Hoop and musical
chairs, clowns, face painting, a
bounce house, dunk tank and
firefig hte rs competitions like
w ater ball, rollin g water ball
and combat challenge.
F ire fig h te r ev e n ts
Also planned is a fire sta­
tion cook-off and tactical dem­
onstrations by firefighters.
Food, drinks and a DJ also w ill
be available all day inside and
outside on the patio. WRIF-FM
(101.1) w ill broadcast live Sat­
urday from U.S. 12.
Inside, the Social Bandits,
Juke Box Heroes, Pistol Day
Parade and E5C4P3 — The
Journey Tribute Band w ill
perform , beginning at 6 p.m.
“ I t ’ll be a lot of fun, there
w ill be a lo t o f fa m ily things,"
Goci said. “ I t ’l l be a great
“I re a lly hope we g e t
6 ,000 people. O u r
g o a l is to g e n e ra te
1 00 p e rc e n t o f the
p ro ce e d s fo r the
f a m ily fu n d .”
JOHN GOCI
event organizer
firefighters."
Detroit-based rock band Pistol
Day Parade w ill perform at
Woehlke Palooza.
Goci and the firefig hte rs
union have been w orking on
the benefit fo r about six
weeks. They have been able to
“ get some good sponsors" to
help bring in some national
acts like TV Stone, who has
toured nationally and is a ffili­
ated w ith K id Rock. LoCash
Cowboys also have written
several No. 1 hits, Goci said.
“ We've gotten some anony­
mous sponsors and we need to
nail down a few more,” Goci
said. “ Now we’re focusing on
promoting it. Friday w ill be
country, Saturday w ill be rock
w ith the amazing Journey
tribu te band."
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Among the performers at
Woehlke Palooza w ill be the
LoCash Cowboys, who combine
soul, rock, funk, pop, hip-hop
and gospel in a high-energy
version of contemporary country.
Tickets are $10 and are
available in advance at all
Wayne-Westland fire stations,
U.S. 12 and www.netpix.com.
Hopes are to raise $16,000
to $20,000 fo r the Woehlke
fa m ily — his wife Jennifer and
13-month-old daughter Ava.
The fa m ily w ill attend the
event, according to Goci, who
is confident about how much
can be raised. The bar can
accommodate up to 3,000 peo­
ple inside and out each day.
“ I really hope we get 6,000
people. Our goal is to generate
100 percent o f the proceeds
fo r the fa m ily fund," Goci
said. "There’s a lot o f support
fo r the Woehlke fa m ily and the
H e lp in g t h e f a m ily
Numerous fundraisers
have been held since Woehlke
died in the May 8 fire. He had
been w ith the department fo r
10 months when he responded
to a fire at Marvaso's Italian
G rille and Electric Stick just
after 8 a.m. A mayday distress
radio call was received from
him about 9:30 a.m. and his
body was recovered from the
collapsed building about 12:40
p.m.
I t was determined that he
died o f smoke and soot in­
halation after became trapped
in debris from the collapsed
businesses. He was th e firs t
fire fig h te r to fa ll in the line of
duty in the c ity o f Westland
F ire Departm ent’s 47-year
history.
Fire investigators have yet
to rule on a cause fo r the fire
at the popular restaurant and
gaming room. In July, WayneWestland Fire Assistant Chief/
F ire Marshal John Adams had
said he was w aiting fo r anoth­
er engineering report before
completing his investigation.
A t the time, Adams said
that there was no evidence of
accelerants found at the scene.
Goci is hoping the palooza
becomes a yearly thing. It ’s
being held on the weekend
that th e city used to hold
Wayne Wheelfest, before can­
celing it because o f financial
problems.
“ I ’m praying fo r good
weather. I hope all o f the rain
gets out of the way before
Friday,” Goci said. “ That
weekend used to be Wayne
Wheelfest and from what I
remember, it never rained.”
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Mom pens book to honor daughter with disabilities
Livonia author hoping to encourage
other families facing adversity
Doctors were so sure
Jennifer Siewicki of
Livonia was going to die
when they sent her home
from the hospital at 2
months o f age that they
didn’t teach her parents
how to perform CPR.
Jennifer, now 29, was
bom w ith pulmonary
hypertension, among
other congenital abnor­
malities that were later
diagnosed as CHARGE
Syndrome. She couldn't
eat or breathe on her
own and had fa ilu re to
th rive. Doctors predicted
she would never walk,
talk o r learn.
But Jennifer was de­
term ined to liv e and her
parents were equally
determined not to le t her
die. “ She never gave up
so we couldn’t. She was
our motivation; we could
see i t in her face,” said
her mother Carolyn
Siewicki.
Jennifer not only
learned how to walk, she
downhill skis and water
skis w ith Michigan Adap­
tiv e Sports. Though she
is m ild ly cognitively
impaired, she learned to
read at 8, graduated
from Livonia Stevenson
H igh School w ith a reg­
ular diploma and com­
pleted three years of
coursework in a special
program at Oakland
University, where she
had her own radio show.
Carolyn Siewicki pub­
lished a book in June
about her daughter titled
The Joys o f Jennifer:
Finding Success fo r Your
Child w ith CHARGE
Syndrome or Other Chal­
lenges.
Each o th e r's h ero
“I w rote it to honor
my daughter," Carolyn
Siewicki said. "She is my
hero. She survived and
did fa r beyond even that.
She has a lis t o f accom­
plishments a m ile long.”
Carolyn said she want­
ed to encourage parents
o f other children bom
w ith physical and cogni­
tive challenges and also
le t the public know how
capable people w ith dis­
abilities are.
Jennifer, who Carolyn
describes as “ a wonder­
fu l fu nny young woman
with a sense o f humor
that won’t quit,” said she
thinks i t ’s awesome her
mom wrote a book about
her and thinks o f her as
her hero.
But, she said, the real
hero is her mother. “ I
think she’s the best mom
in the whole wide world,”
Jennifer said.
Carolyn, 62, did not
know Jennifer, her
youngest of
three chil­
dren, had
problems
un til she
>born
A p ril 30,
1984, at St.
Jennifer
M ary MerSiewicki
cy Hospital
in Livonia.
“ She was purple and
could not breathe,” Caro­
lyn said. “ She didn’t cry.”
A team from C hildren’s
Hospital in D etroit ar­
rived to whisk her away.
She was in the hospi­
tal fo r two months be­
fore being discharged.
While the doctors doubt­
ed she would survive, let
alone thrive, the Siewickis were certain she
would improve once they
got her home w ith them
and her two older broth­
ers, "who love her to
pieces.”
A visiting nurse
taught the Siewickis how
to perform CPR. A cou­
ple o f days later, she
stopped breathing, her
parents perform ed CPR,
then they took her back
to C hildren’s, where she
stayed u n til September
before going home again.
A t that point, doctors
advised her parents to
place her in a nursing
home.
Instead, the Siewickis
took her back home,
where she had aroundthe-clock nursing care,
B y Christmas o f that
year, Jennifer had start­
ed to th rive.
“She’s a very deter­
mined person,” Carolyn
said. "She’s got a lot o f
heart and determination;
I can’t even explain her
spirit. She sees herself as
anybody else.”
F aith su s ta in e d
th em
Carolyn said th eir
fa ith helped get them
through struggles like
Jennifer’s learning to eat
after being on a feeding
tube fo r th e firs t three
years o f her life . She
would eat, th row up, eat,
throw up and then eat
again.
Or Jennifer’s learning
to read. When Jennifer
wasn’t m aking progress
in school, Carolyn o r­
dered Hooked On Pho­
nics and the two spent an
entire summer working
on th e leam-to-read sys­
tem.
The Bible verse hang­
ing on th eir refrigerator,
Proverbs 16:3, was an
inspirational reminder:
“Entrust your works to
the Lord, and your plans
w ill succeed.” Jennifer’s
motto always was, “ I can
liners. She hopes to find
a job w orking w ith ani­
mals or in the film indus­
try.
Carolyn said she
would te ll parents w ith a
child w ith cognitive and
physical challenges to
never give up. “ You bave
to have hope, and to be
strong and to reach out
to your friends and fam ­
ily,” she said. “ I t really
does take a community.”
As fo r Jennifer’s ad­
vice? “ Stay away from
clowns,” she joked. I had
a bad experience once.
And don’t m ix peas with
mashed potatoes. You
don’t even want to tr y it.”
The Joys o f Jennifer
can be purchased online
at carolynsiewickibooks.com and Amazon.com.
The book is also avail­
able fo r purchase at The
Next Book Store and
B istro in downtown
N orthville.
at home, after livin g on
her own while attending
OU, looking fo r work,
caring fo r her cat and
keeping her fa m ily
laughing w ith her one-
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Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 24,11 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
Location: Cady/Boyer Barn, Ridgejust
north of Cherry Hill in Canton
Details: The Canton LionsClub hosts its
annual corn roast. For a donation of $5,
visitors get corn roasted to perfection,
hot dogs, baked beans, ice cream, snow
cones, popcorn, cotton candyand
watermelon. The club is also selling
raffle tickets for $5 each, which will give
the b'uyer a chanceto win $500 cash
first prize. The second-prize winner will
receive $200 cash, with the third-prize
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which will advise membersabout the
Gift of Sight and organ donation. The
Greater Detroit Agencyfor the Blind
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id and removes barriers that are
impediments to their daily living.
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get involvedwith the Canton Lions,
' in Bill Van Winkle at 734-2549404or nail [email protected]
Taste Fest
Date/Time: Friday, Sept 6,6-8 p.m.
Location: Station 885,885 Stark­
weather in Plymouth'sOld Village
Details: The Plymouth-Canton Civitan
Club and Station 885 sponsor Taste Fest
which will offer great food and wine
tasting. Participants include Bahama
Breeze, Bennigan's, Brann's Sports
Grille, Canton Buffalo Wild Wings,
Claddaugh Pub, Cupcake Station, Elite
Catering, Grand Traverse Pie Co.. Nap­
py's Pizza & Ribs, LaBistecca Italian
Grille, Max & Erma's-Plymouth, Mitch­
ell's Fish Market Noodles & Co., Rocky's
of Northville. Rusty Bucket Scrambler’s
Marie's, Station 885, U.P. Pasties, Vint­
ner's Canton Winery, ZinWine Bar and
Zoup Soup Salad & Sandwiches. Cost is
$15for adults and $5 for children under
Contact Tickets can be purchased
ahead of time at the Plymouth Cham­
ber of Commerce. Station 885 and at
U.P. Pasties on Main Street. There will
be a cash bar available.
Lacrosse c a m p
Date/Time: Aug. 19-21,9a.m. to noon
Location: Northville Community Park
Details: Northville Parks and Recrea­
tion is offering a summer lacrossecamp
for boys and girls in grades 5-8. Cost is
$125. Campsare offered for boys and
girls. Players have a chanceto leam
from coaches Jake Kenney, Princeton
national championshipteam member,
who will lead the boys camp, and
StaceyTardich, an All-America player
and Northville High School varsity
coach, who will lead the girls camp.
Camp includes daily drills, instruction
and scrimmages.
Contact Registration isthrough Northville Parks and Recreation at
www.northvilleparksandrec.org or
'C o m e a n d S ee' d in n e r
Date/Time: Sept. 7,5-7 p.m.; Sept. 8,
1-3 p.m.; Sept. 14,5-7 p.m.
Location: Our Ladyof Good Counsel
Catholic Church, 47650 N. Territorial,
PlymouthTownship.
Details: Catholics and non-Catholics
within the parish boundaries are invited
to a free "Come and See" dinner in­
troducing the parish's new Alpha
Course starting this fall. Alpha isa
10-week program aimed at answering
the call to the New Evangelization.
participants free of charge.
Contact: The parish at 734-453-0326 or
visit the OLGCwebsite at www.olgcparish.net. Register for the dinner online at
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Students gathered in Plymouth fo r a reading session, credit union
tour, snacks and much more at Catholic Vantage Financial Federal
Credit Union. Youth Program Coordinator Jen Galatis read to the
students and discussed financial topics as well as issues, all in an
age-appropriate and engaging manner. Galatis, w ith the help o f the
Plymouth branch staff, gave students a tour of the credit union,
w ith a special stop at the coin counter, drive through and vault area.
The students, ages 5-10, enjoyed snacks around the conference table
while listening to Galatis read "Lemonade in W inter" by Emily
Jenkins and G. Brian Karas.
email [email protected] for
more information.
S u m m it o p e n h ouse
Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 5-8
Location: Summit on the Park, Canton
Details: Heralding in newbooks,
backpacksand beginnings, the Summit
on the Park community and fitness
center will host a back-to-school open
house. During the open house, guests
will be welcome to discounted Summit
memberships, free swimming (7-9 p.m.),
prize drawings, performances by Dancin' Feet Studio, American Okinawan
Karate Academy and magician Magic
Joe and face-painting courtesy of D&M
Art Studio. Crusin' CustomConeys will
also be on site serving hot dogs with
chili.
M e d ic a re /M e d ic a id
co u n s eling
Date/Time: Sept 18,11 a.m. to 1p.m.
Location: United Home Health Ser­
vices, 2200 N. Canton Center Road,
Suite 250, Canton
Details: United Home Health Sen/ices
offers free counseling with a certified
MMAP (Medicare Medicaid Assistance
Program) counselor. Thecounselor can
help you understand your Medicare/
Medicaid eligibility and the various
plans, apply for Medicaid, research and
enroll in Medicare Part DDrug Insur­
ance, understand Medicare supple-
B lo o d d riv es
Dates/Times/Locations:
» Monday, Aug. 26,1:30-7:15 p.m., VFW
Post 6695,1426 S. Mill, Plymouth.
» Thursday, Aug. 291-6:45 p.m.. Ply­
mouth District Library, 223 S. Main,
Plymouth.
Details: The American Red Crossspon­
sors several blood drives in the area.
Ticketsto Cedar Point amusement park
in Sandusky, Ohio, will be raffled off at
mental plans, find pharmaceutical
assistance programs, identify and report
Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse
and explore long-term care insurance
options. No appointment necessary.
Contact: Call 734-981-8820 or visit the
MMAPwebsite at www.mmapinc.org/
pages/abouthtml
P e ren n ia l ex ch a n g e
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept 7,9-11 a.m.
Location: East end of Kellogg Park
Details: The Trailwood Garden Club,
member of the Woman's National Farm
Si Garden Association, is sponsoring a
perennial exchange during the Ply­
mouth Fall Festival. Bring perennials to
exchangeor just stop by and seewhat is
available. Garden club memberswill be
there to answer any questions.
Contact: For more Information, contact
Darleneat 734-459-7499.
CROP W a lk re cru iters
m e e tin g
Date/Time: Tuesday. Aug. 20,7 p.m.
Location: Geneva Presbyterian Church,
5835 N. Sheldon, in Canton
Details: All area churches, temples and
mosques in Canton and Plymouth are
invited to send a representativeto this
meeting regarding the CROPwalk, to
be held Sunday, Oct. 13, in Plymouth.
CROPhunger walks bring the whole
community together in a common
mission: helping hungry people at
home and around the world.
Contact For more information, contact
C ra fte rs w a n te d
Date/Time: Sept. 6-8, during Fall Festi­
val hours
Location: Plymouth
Details: Organizerssay it's not too
early to send in an application for a
booth in the Plymouth Fall Festival Craft
Show. Thereare only a few spaces left
In the show. Applications are available
on the Craft Show page at
www.plymouthfallfestival.com.
Contact For more information, contact
Colleen Brown, [email protected] or 734-455-1614.
V e n d ors w a n te d
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 9
Location: First United Methodist
Church of Northville.
Details: Organizers of the sixth annual
Bizarre Bazaar are looking for crafters,
vendors and entrepreneurs. Indoor
spaces available. It's an opportunity to
showcasetheir talents and products to
hundredsof local customers. Grow
business and help women in Third
World countries start a businesswith a
micro-loan from a Village Bank.
Contact: For details andto reserveyour
space, goto http://fumcn0rthville.0rg/#/
missions-and-service, email [email protected] find it on Facebook.
B ip o la r s u p p o rt
Date/Time: Second and fourth Tuesday
of each month, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Uncoln Behavioral Services
Center, 14500Sheldon, Suite 1608,
Plymouth.
Details: The Depression Bipolar Sup­
port Alliance is a self-helpgroup for
people suffering from depressionand
bipolar disorders. Meetingsare open
alsoto family members. All DBSA
leadersare professionally trained and
attend two trainings for every yearto
updatetheir skills in leading the group.
Contact Call Nancyat 734-536-3457
for directions.
D ia b e te s s u p p o rt
Date/Time: SecondThursday of each
Details: The Plymouth LionsClub is
sponsoring a newAdult Diabetes
Support Group. Fern Vining, a regis­
tered nurse, certified diabetes educator
and Plymouth Lion, will be the group
facilitator. There is no charge to attend.
Topicsfor discussion will focuson
understanding diabetes and self man­
agement strategies.
Contact Call FernVining at 734-454-
S u p p o rt g ro u p
Date/Time/: Second Monday of each
month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Kirk of Our Savior Presbyteri­
an Church, 36660 Cherry Hill, Westland
Details: Do you have a loved one in jail
or prison? Isyour heart broken because
of it? Then contact Bonnieat Hope 4
Healing Hearts, who will provide a safe
placeto talk and sharewith others, a
place where you can leam howto cope
with all of the new and frightening
experiences.
Contact For questions or more in­
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C allin g a ll cra fte rs
Date/Time: Saturday, CM. 19,9 a.m. to
Location: West Middle School, Ann
Arbor Trail and Sheldon, Plymouth
Township
Details: Crafters wanted for Delta
Kappa Gamma's 29th annual Craft
Show. Proceedsfrom the show will be
used to support college scholarships for
local students focusing on careers in
education.
Contact Call or email Judy at 734-3471001or [email protected] or
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Ex-Marine recalls service of
Staff Sgt. Reckless - a horse
A local fa m ily is re­
calling a famous horse
named Staff Sgt. Reck­
less who played a part in
the Korean War.
The Charles Batherson fa m ily traveled to the
Washington, D.C., area
late last month to pay
tribu te to the horse,
which is now memori­
alized w ith a new statue
in Quantico, Va.
In addition to Batherson and his w ife Barbara,
who live in Westland,
daughter Am y Frazee, a
Garden C ity resident,
attended along w ith son
Chuck and his w ife Anne
from Greensboro, N.C.,
and daughter Pat M cKelvy, a Florida resident.
“Reckless joined the
company in May 1953,”
Batherson, a Marine
veteran, said o f the m il­
ita ry horse. “ She was
good.”
Reckless, a chestnutcolored mare, joined the
U.S. M arine Corps in
October 1952 as a pack
horse.
The Batherson fa m ily
attended the dedication
to Staff Sgt. Reckless at
the National Museum of
the Marine Corps in
Quantico. Reckless was a
horse that was so heroic
during the Korean War
that the U.S. Marines
promoted her to staff
sergeant, an honor never
before o r since bestowed
on an animal. She was not
a mascot. She was an
offic ia l m ilita ry NCO.
6 0 th a n n iv e rs a ry
The dedication event
this year was tied in to
the 60th celebration of
the end o f the Korean
War on Saturday, J uly 27.
I t was part of a three-day
event w hich drew 3,000
people.
A plaque and photo
were dedicated in her
honor at Camp Pendleton
M arine Base. A statue of
her was dedicated July
26.
Batherson was a ser­
geant in the Marines
during the Korean War,
w ith Reckless.
“Reckless was very
important to the M a­
rines,” he said.
She is a unique ex­
ample o f an animal that
held o fficia l rank in a
branch o f th e United
States m ilitary. O rigi­
nally purchased fo r $250
from a Korean boy who
needed money to buy an
a rtific ia l leg fo r his sis­
ter, she served w ith the
R ifle Platoon, Anti-Tank
Company, F ifth Marine
Division and the 1st Ma­
rine Division.
Batherson served in
the Anti-Thnk Company.
Reckless was originally a
race horse at a race
track, he said. She was
about two years old when
purchased.
The highlight o f her
nine-month m ilita ry ca­
ree r came in late March
1953, during fighting
around Vegas H ill when,
in a single day, she made
51 solo trips to resupply
m ultiple fro n t line units.
Am idst battle, the horse
carried ammunition up a
h ill fo r 35 miles. On her
return trip back, she
brought back the wound­
ed and dead.
She was injured twice
during the course o f duty.
'S h e w a s a M a rin e '
“ Most horses are skit­
tish,” Barbara Batherson
said. "N o horse did what
she did. She thought that
she was a M arine.”
Batherson recalled
that Reckless preferred
to hang out w ith the guys
rather than stay in a cor­
ral.
“ She liked beer," Bath­
erson said. “She did a lot
o f crazy things. She
wasn’t a horse, she was a
Marine."
D uring th e cold weath­
er, she would go inside
the tents and lie down
near the stove.
Reckless was featured
in The Saturday Evening
Post and Life magazine.
“ She was on the Ed
Sullivan Show," said
Frazee, who grew up in
Garden City. "The origi­
nal tapes have all been
destroyed.”
She was promoted to
sergeant about a month
before the war ended in
1953.
Reckless was retired
and brought a fte r the war
to the United States,
where she was officia lly
promoted to sta ff ser­
geant in 1959. Reckless
gave birth to four foals in
Am erica and died in May
1968.
"She had a good life ,"
Batherson said.
Charles Batherson, daughter Amy Frazee, and wife,
Barbara Batherson, show off a photo of Reckless in the
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what they want, often­
times not knowing what
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focus on drug awareness
began after Tino Del
Signore died in a tractor
accident three years ago
on the farm.
Del Signore, the 47year-old son o f John and
Lina Del Signore, owners
of Laurel Manor in Livo­
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generosity and philan­
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group of people who
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WORKING TO FULFILL KING’S DREAN
Reasther Everett
would love to te ll Dr.
M artin Luther King Jr.
that his dream has come
true, the promise fulfilled
but, sadly, that hasn't
happened in the years
since the late civ il rights
activist called fo r an end
to racism in America.
Everett watched on TV
as Dr. King delivered his
now famous I Have a
Dream speech Aug. 28,
1963, before the Lincoln
Memorial in Washington,
D.C. She was a brides­
maid in a wedding in New
York and she found she
couldn’t pull herself away
from the TV.
F ifty years later, the
Westland resident re­
members the speech gave
her chills. It also gave her
hope o f a better tomor­
row.
“ I think we thought it
would be different," she
said. “He kept the faith
and gave us faith that it
could happen. We had a
good start, but we never
made it to the finish line.”
Everett is no stranger
to segregation. She grew
up in a black community
in North Carolina and
attended a black high
school. She remembers
joining students in walk­
ing out o f school, but they
weren’t protesting segre­
gation, they were de­
manding “ equalization.”
They wanted the same
things afforded students
at the white high school.
Promises were made.
The black high school
was closed and those
students were moved to
the white high school. But
it wasn’t integration. The
white students le ft for
another school.
“When the white kids
got new books, we got
th eir old ones,” she said.
“ When our football team
was the North Carolina
champions, we still
weren't allowed to play a
game in the white stadi'S o m e th in g special*
There were segre­
gated water fountains
and bathrooms and
blacks had th eir own
community and th eir own
businesses. They were
doing well until blacks
were allowed to go into
th e white communities.
Everyone wanted to go to
the better stores.
“We really wanted to
use those white bath­
rooms, but what we found
when they were integrat­
ed was that those bath­
rooms were just as d irty
as ours,” she said. "We
had thought that they
would be something real­
ly special.”
Everett finished high
school in the Brownsville
neighborhood o f Brook­
lyn, N.Y. H er mother had
gone to the predominant­
ly Jewish community to
w ork as a live-in house­
keeper.
“ I went to pre tty much
a Jewish high school,"
Everett said. "B rowns­
v ille was a good commu­
nity. I never heard any­
thing about m y color, but
a couple o f times I was
to ld I wasn’t Jewish."
H er activism carried
over into her adult years.
She joined K in g in the
Walk fo r Freedom in
D etroit on June 14,1963.
In a speech that day, King
spoke about his dream of
equality and brotherhood
between the races. Parts
o f that speech were in his
speech two weeks later in
Washington, D.C., in­
cluding his dream “ that
one day little white chil­
dren and little Negro
children w ill be able to
jo in hands as brothers
and sisters.”
Sujm lner
'L iv in g t h e d re a m '
By the tim e King made
his iconic speech, Everett
and her husband Arnell, a
World War I I veteran,
were livin g the dream.
They were raising their
children in th eir own
home in Westland’s his­
to ric Annapolis Park
Subdivision. They were
among the firs t home­
owners in the community
bu ilt in the city's south
end fo r 1950s so “ colored
veterans could buy a
bric k house.”
“ This was the firs t
chance to make a d iffe r­
ence,” Everett said. "We
stayed. This wasn’t our
starter home, i t was our
homestead.”
Everett was room
mother at her children’s
school and active in poli­
tics, serving as a precinct
delegate. She registered
voters and, when she had
to, took on c ity hall. The
community has changed
over the years and mixed
race couples, Hispanics
and Arab families have
brought integration to the have to go through the
tid y neighborhood.
things some o f us had tc,
Everett s till walks
they can grow to be any­
door-to-door to talk to
thing they want to be."
neighbors and welcome
'M o re h id d e n '
the newcomers, rem ind­
ing them of the rules. Yes,
And the battles o f the
she says, she may put
1950s and 1960s continue.
pressure on them, but she While it may look like
wants to know that when
segregation is gone, today
they leave her neigh­
e hidden,” Ever­
borhood, they leave i t the
ett said.
way they found it.
“We talk the talk, but
“ I have no qualms
we don't w alk the walk,"
about telling them they
she said. “We say things,
can’t do that," she said. “ I
but we don’t accomplish
feel good knowing that I
them and the excuses we
have made a change and
use as to why don’t hold
the change is fo r the bet­
water. We have the haves
ter. When I see an in­
and the have nots and it’s
justice, I w ork to change
hard to understand why
it. I hope I have made a
we s till have the have
difference in this world."
She also shares the
Looking back on the
wisdom o f her years w ith
watershed moment in the
history o f the c iv il rights
her great-grandchildren,
helping them to see what
moment, Everett notes
still needs to be done to
that there’s s till so much
achieve King’s dream.
to be done and so little
She laments that “ we
tim e to do it, but “ by the
have
grace of
bu ilt a
God” it w ill
“ We t a lk the ta lk ,
genera­
get done in
b u t w e d o n ’t w a lk
tion that
her lifetim e.
isaU
She also
th e w a lk . We say
about me
believes that
th in g s, b u t we
and has
Dr. King
would be
forgotten d o n ’t a c c o m p lis h
others.
, ,,
“ really dis­
The big- th e m a n d the
appointed”
that his
fhin
excuses w e use as
dream hasn’t
now is to to w h y d o n ’t h o ld
been fu l­
fille d and “ in
love
w a te r.”
your­
all of us fo r
self.”
REASTHER EVERETT
what has
She
happened.”
recently asked her 15“ Some o f the things he
year-old grandson to tell
talked about were a
her what he knew about
dream and some o f the
civ il rights. His response
hopes came true, but fo r
; to say King’s name.
every three steps we’ve
T told him, ‘That's ju st
taken forward, we've
a name, what do you
taken two back,” she said.
know?” ’ she said. " I was
“I started working in civ il
surprised that he didn't
rights when I was 13 and I
know anything. Many of
continue to be an activist
our children really don’t
because I want to be a
know either. As fa m ily
pa rt o f that dream com­
members, we have to
ing true.”
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Allen Park resident Dean
Bacheller leaves the
Several customers walk
through the Menards
parking lot Friday
Garden City resident Susan Suboch pushes a cart full of items bought from Menards, ail photos by john stormzand | staff photographer
Menards finally opens to much fanfare
Large crowds fill store on firs t day
Susan Suboch has
driven b y the new Me­
nards home improve­
ment store several times.
So when she saw the sign
announcing it was open,
she and her husband
decided to check i t out.
She ended up walking
out w ith a brand-new
mailbox and humming
bird feeders fo r her fam­
ily ’s home in Garden
City.
“ I t has a large variety
o f things to chose from ,”
she said.
Menards opened Hiesday at 17201 Middlebelt.
The home improvement
store sells a wide array
o f items, including light
fixtures, lum ber and
tools.
James Larkin, the
store’s manager, said he’s
surprised at the number
o f customers that have
walked through the door.
The parking lo t Tbesday
was filled.
" I did not expect i t to
be that large the very
firs t day,” he said. “ I was
hoping fo r a great tu rn ­
out, which we did re­
ceive.”
W a y n e C o u nty 's
f ir s t M e n a rd s
locations in Bay C ity and
Jackson, said it ’s been
great working in a store
so close to the urban
center surrounding De­
troit.
“We’ve gotten a lot of
great feedback from
guests,” he said. "They’re
happy we’re here; we’re
happy to be here."
The store continues to
accept employment ap­
plications. Menards o ffi­
cials would not disclose
how many employees the
store has.
The store is the firs t
Menards to open in
Wayne County and one of
two in the D etroit area.
Another Menards opened
in the spring up in Ches­
te rfie ld Tbwnship, while
another opened up last
month in Port Huron.
The hardware giant has
more than 270 stores in
14 states.
Larkin, who has
worked at other Menards
One o f the biggest
sections that has seen a
lot o f items get pulled o ff
the shelf is the grocery
area, something Larkin
said is uncommon in
other home improvement
stores.
A grand opening event
is scheduled fo r Aug. 24,
complete w ith local ce­
lebrities signing auto­
graphs and sales on sev­
eral items throughout the
store, Larkin said.
Suboch said the trip
she recently took to the
Tiffany Svoboda tame from
Ypsilanti to shop the new
Menards in Livonia.
store was a good experi­
ence and she said she’d
gladly return. “ Absolute­
ly,” she said.
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Accounting problems remain for Dillon funds
STATE TREASURER'S CAMPAIGN
FUNDS IN DISARRAY
Michigan state treasurer’s
campaign accounts show
Campaign funds controlled by Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon have
been plagued with reporting problems, and more than $100,000 is
currently unaccounted for in the funds.
large discrepancies
LANSING—Three campaign
finance accounts controlled by
Michigan Treasurer Andy D il­
lon are in disarray, w ith more
than $100,000 not properly
accounted fo r from D illon’s
2010 campaign fo r governor,
according to published reports.
Dillon and his campaign
treasurer want to close the
Andy DiUon fo r Michigan cam­
paign fund he used fo r the gov­
ernor’s race, but Secretary of
State officials won’t sign o ff on
the closure because of financial
discrepancies.
No one has alleged improper
activity, but the Secretary of
State normally requires a cam­
paign fund to reduce its bal­
ance to zero through allowable
expenditures before the ac­
count can be dissolved and a
requirement fo r ongoing f i ­
nancial reporting ends.
M inor discrepancies —
sometimes due to unreported
items such as small amounts of
interest earned on deposits —
aren’t uncommon when dis­
solving a campaign fund. But
discrepancies involving thou­
sands o f dollars are rare, Secre­
tary of State spokesman Fred
Woodhams said last week.
TVvo of D illon’s three funds
have unexplained accounting
errors of about $105,000 and
$8,900, respectively. The th ird
fund was more than three
months behind on its required
reporting un til last week, when
the treasurer filed two past-due
reports after he was contacted
by the D etroit Free Press. The
committee was assessed $775
in late filin g fees.
“Treasurer D illon is aware
o f the issues, one of which is
technological in nature,” Dillon
spokesman T erry Stanton said.
“Each is being addressed by
the respective committee trea­
surer who is responsible fo r
reporting and filings, and the
accounts w ill be closed.”
As state treasurer, Dillon
oversees tens o f billions of
dollars in state funds and in­
vestments, as w ell as the fi­
nancial accounting o f Michigan
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cities such as Detroit.
Among the reasons the state
requires regular reporting by
candidate committees and
political action committees is to
assure donation lim its aren’t
exceeded and that fund money
is spent only in accordance
w ith state law. Once a cam­
paign is over, leftover money
must be disposed of in certain
ways, such as donating it to a
charity o r transferring it to
another committee.
Dillon lost the 2010 Demo­
cratic nomination to Lansing
Mayor V irg Bemero and later
joined the Republican admini­
stration o f Gov. Rick Snyder,
who beat Bemero in the gener­
al election. The biggest ac­
counting problem relates to the
committee D illon used fo r his
gubernatorial bid.
In a notarized a ffida v it D il­
lon personally swore and
signed, filed w ith the Secretary
of State on Feb. 10,2012, D illon
asked to close the account.
“ The committee requests the
ability to dissolve with the
understanding that the ending
balance on the 2012 Annual
Campaign Statement is in­
accurate and only represents
an unexplained e rro r in ac­
counting," his statement said.
A t that time, Dillon said the
fund showed a balance on pa­
per o f about $4,700, but had
only about $27 in its bank ac­
count.
Seven months later, in Sep­
tember 2012, Dillon’s treasurer
Michael Maher filed a corrected 2012 report showing the
amount o f money that couldn’t
be accounted fo r was actually
much larger — about $105,000.
“We have only a few dollars
in our checking account," D il­
lon campaign official Michelle
Maher wrote in a Jan. 31 email
to the secretary o f state.
“We think this is an upload­
ing error," Maher said o f the
reported $105,000 balance. ’We
are working to resolve and
correct this e rro r and ask that
we are given a reporting waiv­
er un til this is possible.”
Michael Maher said he be­
lieves the biggest part o f the
discrepancy — $100,000 —
relates to a com patibility issue
between the accounting system
the campaign used and the
system to receive reports elec­
tronically. Somehow the num­
bers are w ithin less than $5,000
o f balancing in the campaign’s
system, but shows a nearly
$105,000 discrepancy when
uploaded to the state system, he
“ It’s a technical dilemma,"
and "the two parties can’t fig ­
ure out how to make it go
away,” he said. “We can’t figure
out what the next step ought to
be.”
A second fund, Andy Dillon
fo r State Representative, was
dissolved by the Secretary of
State in A p ril — despite show­
ing an $8,900 balance on paper
and a zero bank account bal­
ance. Again, in that case, D illon
swore an a ffida vit attributing
the discrepancy to an unex­
plained accounting error.
“ No person, including me as
candidate o r the treasurer
Daniel Mahoney, improperly
benefited from this account
and its ending balance varia­
nce,” D illon said in the affida-
FUND: ANDY DILLON FOR
STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Purpose: Was used to fund
Dillon's campaigns as a Demo­
cratic state representative from
Redford.
Fund balance on paper $8,914.53
Fund balance in bank: 0
Issue: The Secretary of State
allowed the committee to be
dissolved earlier this year despite
the financial discrepancy, which
Dillon described as "an
unexplained error in accounting."
Issue: The Secretary of State has
refused to allow the committee
to be dissolved because of the
financial discrepancy. Dillon
campaign officials say the large
balance is a computer or
accounting error, but they have
not been able to resolve it.
FUND: ANDY DILLON FOR
MICHIGAN
Purpose: Was used to fund
Dillon's unsuccessful Democratic
bid for governor in 2010.
Fund balance on paper:
$104,871.05
Fund balance in bank: "A few
dollars."
Fund balance: $4,667
Issue: The committee filed two
overdue reports on Friday, after
the treasurer was contacted by
the Free Press. The Secretary of
State assessed late reporting fines
of $775.
FUND: DIUON LEADERSHIP
FUND
Purpose: Dillon used it to support
various candidates when he was a
state representative and House
Woodhams said officials
allowed D illon’s state repre­
sentative committee to dissolve
because the amount o f the dis­
crepancy was much smaller
than the one in his gubernato­
ria l account. Typically, “you
need to get to zero to dissolve,"
Woodhams said.
Woodhams said the Secre­
ta ry of State has granted D il­
lon’s gubernatorial committee a
reporting waiver to allow time
to sort out the numbers but w ill
not yet allow it to be dissolved.
‘W e’re continuing to work
w ith the committee to resolve
the ending balance number so
it can be dissolved,” Woodhams
said. "From the last communi­
cation from the committee, it
looks like they’re working w ith
th eir software vendor to re­
solve technological problems
hindering the committee from
reaching a zero balance and
allowing its dissolution.”
A th ird D illon fund, the D il­
lon Leadership Fund political
action committee, filed two
overdue reports last week. The
reports were due A p ril 25 and
July 25, respectively.
Mahoney said he has
changed jobs and relocated
since the fund was set up. He
blamed poor communication
between him and the secretary
o f state about where notices fo r
required filings need to get
sent.
However, “I ... need to do a
better job” of keeping up with
the paperwork, Mahoney said.
Asked whether the reporting
issues reflect poorly on Dillon
as treasurer, Snyder spokes­
woman Sara W urfel said:
“These funds have designated
officials responsible fo r admin­
istering and filing.
“That said, m y comment is
that we understand that this
issue is actively being ad­
dressed and resolved,” W urfel
said. “That’s obviously impor­
tant.”
She said D illon has a long list
o f accomplishments, including
achieving the lowest interest
rate bond deal the state has
ever received, having a trans­
action selected as bond deal of
the year, im proving the state’s
credit rating outlooks, and
creating the Office of Fiscal
Responsibility to help financial­
ly struggling local govern­
ments before they reach a c ri­
sis level.
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Parents, students stocking up for new year
By Beth Jachman
Staff Writer
School days, school days,
dear old slap bracelet ruler
days.
Or gamer calculators, highheel tape dispensers, pat­
terned duct tape or chande­
liers fo r the locker days.
Back to school 2013 offers
up plenty o f new and fashion­
able products to go along w ith
the usual notebooks and bind­
ers and pens - but even those
have a colorful spin.
Greg Jackson, general mer­
chandise line leader o f the
M eijer store in Livonia, says
not only does his store do big
business in crayons, glue and
markers, but also Teenage
M utant N inja Tbrtle and Mon­
ster H igh backpacks.
Another big seller fo r either
parents o r college students are
d ry erase boards in a variety
o f shapes and sizes, Jackson
said. “We cater to back to col­
lege, too,” he said.
A t local Thrget stores, back
to college is also big business
w ith popular w ire fo rm lamps,
chairs and stools and small
space fu rn iture to f i t in dorm
rooms, according to Mike
Lash, an executive team leader
of logistics at the Westland
Thrget.
It's m y space
A t the high school level,
items to decorate lockers are
popular w ith teens who want
to make that humdrum space
th eir own - even w ith rugs and
m in i chandeliers. “ I f you want
some stylish stu ff, you can go
all out,” said Whitney Spencer,
executive team leader o f logis­
tics at the Westland Ihrget.
“ Things are going away
from the school I remember,”
Lash said.
Tfechnology is also changing
the face o f school supplies.
Tablets and eReaders are
the big thing, according to Joe
Hirschmugl, a spokesman fo r
M eijer’s corporate office.
"Thblets are becoming like the
new notebook,” he said.
This year, some o f the hot­
test tech is th e Samsung Gal­
axy Tab 3 Tablets, the New
ACER Windows 8 tablet and
Windows 8 laptops with
“Tbuch” technology, according
to O ffice Depot spokesperson
Raquel Erwin.
A t Thrget, USB drives, cal­
culators (including graphing
calculators) and mouse pads
are also popular, Lash said.
G e t p e rs o n a l
Personalization is huge this
year, so many students are
choosing to create a custom­
ized look. Office Depot offers
the Crayola Creation, where
kids can customize th eir own
crayon/m arker assortment,
according to Erwin.
Personalization is also a h it
at Target. Duct tape in pat­
terns and colors or popular
trademarks is used to person­
alize backpacks, notebooks and
even clothes, Lash said.
G litte r notebooks, animal
p rin t pencil pouches, gamer
calculators and paisley bind-
Madonna offers course to
become a court interpreter
Madonna U niversity
in Livonia w ill host an
open house 7-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 11, fo r
those interested in learn­
ing more about its class
that prepares Americans
fluent in Spanish fo r
careers as certified inter­
preters fo r the Michigan
Court System.
Offered through the
Office of Continuing
Education, the class pro­
vides the necessary
training fo r students to
take the state exam to be
certified.
Since 2009,36 stu­
dents have taken the
course and gone on to
work in the court system
and in area hospitals,
where interpreters are in
demand.
This 13-week course,
taught by Michigan State
Court Certified In te r­
preter Evelyn Villarruel,
begins Sept. 19. V illarruel
prepares students to
successfully pass the
w ritten pa rt o f the exam
(w ith an 80 percent or
higher), afte r which they
are invited to take the
oral portion, which in­
cludes Sight Translation,
Consecutive Interpreting
and Simultaneous In ­
terpreting.
“ Although Michigan’s
economy is down, we
continue to see job post­
ings fo r interpreters,
both in the legal and the
medical fields,” V illar­
ruel said.
An interpreter since
2005, she works in dis­
tric t and c irc u it courts in
Wayne, Oakland, Washte­
naw and Livingston coun­
ties and is an interpreter
train er fo r Oakland
County.
Villarru el said the pay
scale fo r interpreters
depends on training and
certification and can
range between $25 and
$75 per hour.
Madonna’s court inte r­
preter class costs $499
and meets 7-9 p.m. Tues­
day and Thursday. Stu­
dents must demonstrate
fluency in Spanish upon
enrolling.
Madonna is at 36600
Schoolcraft Road. The
open house w ill be held in
Room 1310.
Tb RSVP fo r the open
house, email [email protected] o r call 734432-5804.
THINGS KIDS WANT
FOR BACK TO
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» Post-It flags, small size Post-It
notes to mark textbook pages
» Scotch brand high-heel tape
dispenser
» Trapper Keeper with custo­
mizable cover
» Spiral-bound index cards
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books
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ers, an assortment o f white
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allow students to tr y D IY and
create one-of-a-kind designs
unique to th eir personal style,
are popular this year, accord­
ing to Erwin.
A r t supplies such as m ark­
ers, crayons and paper are
also popular, especially in neon
colors, H irschm ugl said.
“We’re noticing fo r middle
school kids, backpacks w ith
m atching accessories such as
lunch boxes,” Lash said. Also
popular are backpacks and
pencil cases in H ello K itty,
Spider-man and Iron Man,
Hirschmugl said.
H igh school kids like plaid
and tie dye backpacks, Lash
said.
And those slap bracelet
rulers, which are bracelets
that can be stretched out to be
used as a ruler, along w ith lion,
monkey o r zebra shaped lunch
boxes and Lego folders, note­
books and pencil cases are also
on kids’ lists fo r back to
school.
Local store managers say
they are all stocked up fo r the
rush. “A lot o f customers are
last-minute shoppers, as w ith
any holiday,” Jackson said.
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Meissen eager to begin new role
New P-CCS superintendent ready to
t e a m h e r e . A n d t h a t ’s t h e
2013-14 school year looms
b e a u t y o f i t . W e ’r e a l l o n o n e
By Tim Smith
According to Dr. Michael Meissen, new
superintendent of Plymouth-Canton Community
Schools, athletics are an important extension of
the classroom, bill bresler | staff photographer
“ I ’l l b e a c h e e r l e a d e r f o r a l l o f
t h e m . T h e y ’r e a l l p a r t o f t h e
tackle athletic issues head-on as
te a m , P ly m o u t h - C a n t o n
C o m m u n it y S c h o o ls .”
There’s a new team in town to jo in the
Chiefs, Wildcats and Rocks.
I t ’s “Team Meissen," as new PlymouthCanton Community Schools Superintendent
Dr. Michael Meissen — him self a high
school and college football player — jumps
into the "huddle” w ith teachers, students,
coaches and parents.
The longtime principal o f LaFollette High
School in Madison, Wise., is th rilled to be
here. He also knows Michigan is as much of
a football hotbed as Wisconsin.
l b that end, he is fu lly aware that Ply­
mouth and Salem w ill be playing in the an­
nual “ Black and Blue” game the opening
night o f the high school football season,
Thursday, Aug. 29. He knows Canton also
w ill be kicking the season o ff that evening at
the Park, over at the ju n io r varsity stadium.
“ I t ’s ‘Thursday N ight Lights' and it ’s
great that high school sports are beginning
and it ’s fu n and real im portant to what we
do,” Meissen said. “ Both the boys and girls
sports w ill k ick into high gear here very
soon and we’re really excited about i t be­
cause we’ve got great kids that do well.
C o lo rb lin d
Bu t to him, all three teams w ill be w in­
ners that night.
“ I ’l l be a cheerleader fo r all o f them,” he
said. "They're all part o f the team here. And
that’s the beauty o f it. We’re all on one team,
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.”
Meissen sees the entire picture coming
into focus a fte r ju s t a short tim e at the helm.
He recently talked about being a sports
guy in a sports town, bu t also spoke at
length about current issues confronting the
district's athletics program. Those included
seriously looking at whether each o f the
three high schools should have an athletic
director (currently, two ADs handle the
entire college-like campus), as w ell as why
coaches seem to be on a hotter seat than
See MEISSEN, Page B3
Balconi
Invite a
good test
Eight-team soccer
tourney Saturday
Some m ight call th e Gary
Balconi Invitational an oppor­
tu nity fo r varsity boys soccer
teams to get in some glorified
scrimmages before the start
o f another season.
Don’t call i t that to the
coaches o f Plymouth-Canton
Educational Park teams. To
them, the Balconi In vite com­
bines tradition w ith key com­
p etitive tests against tough
opponents.
This year’s tournament is
slated to begin at 10 a.m. Sat­
urday, w ith eight teams going
at it simultaneously on four
fields at the Park. Contests
w ill take place at th e varsity
soccer field, tu r f field, varsi­
ty practice field and fresh­
man field.
“ Getting a chance to see
other top teams really gives
you a chance to see how tal­
ented your team can be or, in
some cases, i t can serve to be
a gauge fo r the level that
your teams need to reach to
be very successful,” said
Salem first-year varsity
coach Scott Duhl, a player fo r
the Rocks back in the
mid-1990s, when the Balconi
launched as a four-team in­
vite. “ I t ’s really a great way
to start o ff the season.”
Concurring was Canton’s
new coach, M ark Zemanski.
“ I rea lly lik e the idea of
playing in the Balconi tourna­
ment before the season gets
under way,” Zemanski said.
“We get to play against qual­
ity competition that we don’t
face in the KLAA regular
season. This type o f competi­
tion shows you what you need
to w ork on as a team to get
ready fo r the upcoming sea-
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Sights and sounds of football’s
return fill the air at P-CEP
The sounds o f the season began in earnest
Thursday.
On the opening day o f full-pad workouts, Can­
ton football players’ shoulder pads were cracking.
The players also were "hooting and hollering"
th e ir way through the spirited, free-for-all 4-vs.-4
practice d rill — and yelling encouragement amid
whistle tweets.
“We’re s till working on putting our offense and
defense in and ju st w orking on our basic d rills to
be able to execute those things,” Chiefs varsity
head coach Tim Baechler said. “ On the firs t day o f
pads, the boys do a little ‘Hoot-and-Holler’ session,
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Salem, Plymouth w ill again
take part. Other squads on
the docket include Novi-Detro it Catholic Central, Walled
Lake Northern, Walled Lake
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The O&E men’s
golf tournament, a
36-hole, two-day
medal play event,
w ill be Sunday, Sept.
1, at Fox Creek Golf
Course, 36000 W.
Seven M ile Road,
and Monday, Sept. 2,
at Whispering W il­
lows G olf Course,
20500 Newburgh
Road, Livonia.
Tee times start at
8 a.m. both days.
The cost is $95 fo r
tw o days (power cart
extra) w ith fo ur
different flights
offered, including
championship, first,
senior (55-and-over)
and jun ior (17-andunder).
You m ust have a
current USGA Index
to participate (maxi­
mum handicap o f
20). There w ill be
$2,500 in guaranteed
prizes, including
both low gross and
net winners. Entries,
w ill close at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24.
Tb download a
registration form ,
vis it golflivonia.com.
For pairings and
starting times, call
248-476-4493 (Whis­
pering Willows) or
248-471-3400 (Fox
Creek).
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golf signup
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Area golfers have
been enjoying plenty
o f hole-in-one suc­
cess recently at Fox
H ills in Plymouth.
Following is a list
o f golfers who sank
th eir tee shots:
» Tom M illar, 72,
o f N orthville, used a
9-iron to ace the
128-yard No. 5 hole at
the Woodlands
course Aug. 8. He
used a Titleist and
scored 41.
» John Yowell, 70,
o f Westland, used a
Calloway D rive r to
ace the 163-yard No.
4 hole at the Strate­
gic Fox course Aug.
4. He used a Noodle
fo r his shot and fin ­
ished with 75.
» Tomoji Yama­
moto, 61, o f Roches­
ter, used a 7-iron to
ace the 141-yard No.
3 hole at the Wood­
lands course July 27.
He used a Bridges­
tone and finished
with a round of 87.
» John F. Greacen,
o f Plymouth, used a
9-iron to ace the
102-yard No. 11 hole
at the Strategic Fox
course July 27. He
used a Titleist and
finished w ith a score
o f 64.
» Janni Ruark, of
Plymouth, used a
5-wood and Pinnacle
ball to ace the 135yard No. 6 hole at the
Golden Fox course
July 26 and scored 94
fo r the day.
» M ike Piazza, 34,
o f Dexter, used a
4-iron and Titleist
Pro V IX ball to ace
the 193-yard No. 6
hole at the Golden
Fox course July 24.
» M ike Ulaszek,
43, o f Livonia, used a
9-iron to ace the
149-yard No. 14 hole
at the Golden Fox
course July 17. He
used a Titleist Pro V
ball and scored 39.
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Team tops field at dodgeball regional
Vegas dream
falls short
Could what happens in
Canton go to Vegas?
That almost was the
case fo r members o f 1
Time, winners of the
recent Ultim ate Dodge­
ball Qualifier at Sky Zone
in Canton.
The team, thanks to
topping a field of 20
teams Aug. 3, had a
chance to compete fo r up
to $50,000 in prizes at the
Ultimate Dodgeball
Championship, Sept.
21-22 in Las Vegas, Nev.
But i t was not to be.
Sky Zone used the win­
ning percentage o f each
team in regionals across
the country to determine
seven o f the fina l eight
teams going to Vegas. A ll
of the teams who made
the cut had a 100-percent
w in rate, while 1 Time
owned one just under 80
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Juarez, Tommy Freudenberg and Chad Wonderly.
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For the eighth Las
Vegas qualifier, a social
media contest took place
on Facebook, where fans
could vote fo r th e ir fa­
vorite team, a Sky Zone
spokesman noted.
He added that, in or­
der to be in that Facebook contest, teams
needed to have already
won their local qualifier.
S till, what the team
accomplished proved to
be quite a rush.
W ith the victory, the
team received a trophy
that w ill be displayed at
Sky Zone and each mem­
ber collected a $100 g ift
Most Valuable Player
M ike Bohnett came away
w ith a one-night golf
spree at Grand TVaverse
Resort.
Potential trips and
prizes are great, but so is
the sport itself, accord­
ing to 1 Time captain
R ick Lape of Tecumseh.
" I personally got into
Extreme Dodgeball fo r
the excitement, the
adrenaline rush and the
competitive nature o f it,”
Lape said. "A lo t o f peo­
ple can throw, catch and
dodge, but there is a lot
more to it.”
Lape, along with Boh­
nett, Rick Holtz, T.J.
Juarez, Tommy Freuden­
berg and Chad Wonderly,
rolled through early
round-robin action at Sky
Zone.
They combined ef­
fo rts to knock o ff the
other four teams in pool
play, having one o f the
top eight records follow­
ing the round-robins
(there were fo ur group­
ings o f fiv e teams).
Then it was on to “oneand-done” single elim ­
ination and 1Time came
through yet again, de­
spite i t being the firs t
tourney the team ever
competed in on trampo­
lines.
"Communicating as a
team is probably the
biggest asset,” Lape said.
“We have played court
dodgeball fo r about three
years in rec leagues and
charity events.
“ However, (Aug. 3)
was the firs t tim e fo r any
o f us on trampolines.”
Another plus is the
team is a tight-knit group
of guys from southeast
Michigan. Four players
hail from Tecumseh, w ith
one player each from
B ritton and Saline.
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Plymouth alum Thompson just misses Final Four
The Final Four field at
the 97th Michigan Wom­
en’s Amateur at Walnut
H ills Country Club near­
ly included a recent Ply­
mouth H igh School gradMatchups fo r Friday’s
Final Four were set after
Thursday’s second and
th ird rounds o f match
play.
Aya Johnson (Muske­
gon) was scheduled to
meet Christine Meier
(Rochester H ills), while
Jennifer Elsholz (Grand
Rapids) was to square off
against Hailey Hrynewich (Muskegon).
Hrynew ich’s th irdround match versus Ply­
mouth grad Sarah
Thompson (Canton) went
to 19 holes. Hrynewich
said she never got flus­
tered and ju s t patiently
waited fo r Thompson to
make a mistake.
“She was 1-up fo r a
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nine,” H rynewich said. “ I
knew I needed to beat
her on 18 and I did i t with
a good par. Then on 19,1
got on the green and she
didn’t."
M eier also had a long
day of golf Thursday, as
both o f her matches went
extra holes. H er morning
match against Michigan
State University team­
mate Liz Nagle went 19
holes and her afternoon
match against fu ture
Spartan Jacqueline Setas
(East Lansing) went 20
holes.
" I ’ve gone extra holes
before in this tourna­
ment, but never tw ice in
one day,” M eier said. “ I
am going home and going
to bed now!"
M eier said both
matches were very tough
and that all three golfers
were playing very, very
well.
"The fir s t match w ith
L iz was mentally drain­
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both playing w ell and
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women’s softball teams,
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was in the top eight,
which is pre tty cool, and
told me ju s t to go out and
have fun,” Elsholz said.
“So that’s what I did. But
I think I almost gave my
mom a heart attack in the
firs t match.”
Johnson credited her
stellar short game fo r
propelling her to victory
in both o f her matches.
“ M y putter was on
fire ," Johnson said. "And
I chipped in twice
(Thursday), so I feel like
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fin a lly there.”
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knew i t was going to take
birdies to win,” Meier
said. "Then to go against
Jackie, who was playing
well, it was tough. I had
two tough matches to­
day.”
I t is also the firs t time
in match play fo r Elsholz,
who admitted she was
more than a little ner­
vous in the firs t round of
the day.
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into m y second match,
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pitch w ith the best of
them as they earned a
bronze medal in the tour­
nament's AAA division.
Several Observerlandarea women played pivotal roles fo r the Mo­
ments, including Bed­
fo rd ’s Kim Baldwin, L i­
vonia’s Peggy Backus,
Canton’s Nancy Eggenberger, Westland’s Shar­
on Vreeland, Farmington
H ills’ Ellen Rieth and
Farmington residents
Diane Brady, Marsha
Crosby and Alice Duffy.
‘W e all play w ith and
against each other in
travel leagues around the
D etroit area," said Bald­
win, who has been com­
peting in high-level soft­
ball leagues fo r several
years.
“The team from Far­
mington wanted to enter
the Michigan Olympic
Games, but they didn't
have enough players, so
they asked players from
other teams to join them.
A fter we won that,
decided to play ' the
national tournament.
“ I t was a fu n experi­
ence. Some o f the ladies
on the team were firs t­
tim e players and others
have been playing travel
softball fo r a while. It
was a good m ix.”
A fte r earning a gold
medal in the Michigan
tournament, the Mo­
ments carried a ton of
momentum into Cleve­
land.
On July 22, they won
th eir firs t three pool-play
games over teams from
California, Arizona i
North Carolina before
fa llin g to the Maryland
Roadnmners, who went
on to capture the gold
One day after playing
fo ur games - w hich is a
lot fo r a 25-and-under
team - the Moments
dropped a medal-round
game against the Cali­
fo rnia Spirit.
Proving she can never
get enough softball, Bald­
win played in a national
senior tournament in
Riley, N.C., a week after
the NSG event.
In addition to the Observerland-area players,
the team included M i­
lan’s Jenny Criss, Ox­
fo rd’s Sue Johnson and
Detroit residents Sonequa “Sneaky” Daniels,
Denesia Jackson, Cheryl
Ollison, TVesa Robinson,
Carol Rogers, Tbni Simp­
son, Janice Strozier and
Lou Sykes.
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P U B L IC N O T IC E
lb all residents and other interested parties: Agendas and Minutes for the Charter
Township of Plymouth Board of Trustees Meetings are available for review under
the Reference Desk Page of the Tbwnship Website: www.plymouthtwp.org . They are
also posted in the Clerk’s Office at Plymouth Tbwnship Hall, 9955 N. Haggerty Road
Plymouth, Michigan for public perusal.
Meeting dates in
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The public is invited and encouraged to attend the Board ofTrustees Meetings.
Special meetings should be scheduled for Tuesdays, unless otherwise posted.
Rice coaching legend Fracassa
planning to enjoy final season
A1 Fracassa’s final
season as Brother Rice’s
head football coach has
attracted much attention.
And rig h tfu lly so.
Fracassa is a coaching
icon. Not only at Brother
Rice, but across the state.
The 80-year-old mentor
also enjoys a high-profile
reputation nationwide.
As he begins his final
season - 57th overall, 54
years as a head coach,
the past 45 as Rice - his
passion fo r the game
remains the same as it
did when he played at old
D etroit Northeastern
High School and M ichi­
gan State University.
“ M y attitude is good
and I ’m happy overall,"
Fracassa said following
his fourth day o f practice
fo r the 2013 footbaU cam­
paign, which his War­
rio rs enter as the twotim e defending Division
2 state champions.
“ I don’t think of this as
m y last year. I ’m just
going out and try in g to
enjoy coaching football.
Football season is here
and I ’m ready to go. I still
have that passion fo r the
game.
“ I t ’s a great game,” he
added. “ I have a lo t of
good kids on this team
and a lo t o f good coaches
who help me out. I t ’s like
a fa m ily we have here."
There was one major
disappointment fo r Fra­
cassa as practice got
under way. On the very
firs t day, jun ior Delano
Madison broke a leg and
w ill be out fo r the season.
“ Everything went well
this week except fo r the
firs t day when Delano
suffered his injury,"
Fracassa said. “ He broke
that same leg when he
was younger. I feel bad
fo r hdm. He w ill be
missed.”
Fracassa enters his
last year as the state’s
winningest coach with a
416-121-7 overall record.
He is ranked seventh
nationally in games won
and is the 10th high
school football coach in
the country to have re­
corded 400 victories.
The H all o f Fame
coach has led Rice to
eight MHSAA state titles
and 14 Catholic League
championships. He was
named the National High
School Coach o f the Year
in 2011 and was honored
by the National Football
League as the National
Coach o f the Year in 1997.
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where it teaches getting
o ff blocks, tackling,
blocking and the kids
have fun w ith it.”
In ju st 11 days, Canton
w ill be hittin g and tack­
ling fo r real. The opener
is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Aug. 29, against West
Ottawa on the jun ior
varsity field at Plymouth-Canton Education­
al Park.
According to Baechler, b u ilt into the firs t
weeks o f practice is pre­
paring fo r that Week 1
opponent - and maybe
start to tune up fo r Week
2 opponent Brighton.
So far, so good, as fa r
as the opening week of
o ffic ia l practices are
concerned.
“ The kids are great
kids, they’re working
hard,” Baechler said.
“We’ve got a lo t o f depth
on the offensive line, the
defensive line. I ’m
th rilled w ith what I ’m
seeing rig h t now.”
Canton wasn’t the only
team sharpening up fo r
the 2013 season Thursday
at P-CEP.
Plymouth’s Wildcats
were busy doing the
same on the west end of
the sprawling campus.
Meanwhile, Salem
wasn’t even at the Park
fo r the start o f practices.
The Rocks spent the
week at Adrian College
fo r a team-building
camp.
“ I t gives us a way to
focus,” Salem head coach
K u rt B ritne ll said. “ No
outside interference, no
cell phones. Just three
and a h a lf days o f foot­
ball.”
Plymouth and Salem
w ill face each other in
the season opener at 7
p.m. Aug. 29 on P-CEP’s
varsity tu r f field.
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ever before.
In the past few months
alone, Plymouth H igh School’s
baseball and girls basketball
coaches stepped down follow­
ing apparent campaigns from
players’ parents, who sought a
new voice and new direction.
One o f those situations report­
edly cropped up a fte r the
coach cut a player following
tryouts. Other coaches have
decided the tim e was now to
take a break from the sidelines
as the pressure to win con­
tinues to mount.
Those situations involving
coaches weren’t all that
plagued the district in 2012-13.
Plymouth H igh School’s varsi­
ty football team had an out­
standing 2012 season spoiled
due to a procedural oversight
that resulted in the Michigan
H igh School Athletic Associa­
tion ruling that all wins had to
be forfeited.
K ee p p ers p ec tive
About controversies in­
volving coaches, Meissen said
he wasn’t around when those
problems cropped up and did
not want to discuss specific
situations.
“ I don’t think i t would be
proper fo r me to comment
about what has been," he said.
“ I ’m focused on the fu ture,
looking forward."
But he wouldn’t mind it i f
confrontations were given the
boot and replaced by stronger
collaborations involving par­
ents and coaches.
Meissen understands expec­
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tations are ratcheted up in
today’s world, particularly in
highly competitive districts
such as Plymouth-Canton,
Farmington, Livonia, North­
v ille and throughout the
KLAA.
Teams are chasing champi­
onships. Players (and th eir
parents) are eyeing college
scholarships.
“ Good coaches are teaching
team principles, that’s why you
call i t a team,” Meissen said.
“ I f you are a participant, obvi­
ously you’re looking fo r indi­
vidual gain and individual
improvement, but fo r the bene­
f it o f the group.
“ And then, parents some­
times — i t ’s d iffic u lt to gener­
alize — b y focusing exclusive­
ly on the individual perfor­
mance o f th eir student, (it)
runs counter to some of the
team principles that the
(coach) is try in g to in s till.”
Just ch ill
But in situations where
parents get upset about coach­
es and referees, fo r example,
Meissen stressed the impor­
tance o f stepping back from
the action and allowing cooler
heads to prevail.
“ I think sometimes when
there’s so much emotionality
involved in this and it’s a com­
petitive environment and it ’s a
ballgame that’s close down the
stretch in a big gym, the in­
te nsity level is high - is every­
one acting rationally?” he said.
“ A lot o f times, it ’s like, take 24
hours and think about i t and if
you still feel upset about an
individual decision a coach
made about a game or a game
situation, then most coaches I
know would just say come talk
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“ A lot o f discussions can
occur about individual things
through proper channels."
When it comes to talking
things out, it won’t hu rt to have
the man at the top w ith per­
sonal experience in high school
and college athletics to draw
from . In fact, there very well
could be parallels between
what Meissen dealt w ith in his
own football career and fu ture
challenges at P-CCS.
Never one to lose sight of
his goals no m atter how d iffi­
cult — he lost two nearly two
years o ff his college football
career rehabbing from knee
surgery — Meissen came back
to play offensive guard as a
jun ior at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
And now, as i f steadfastly
warding o ff a charging defend­
er at the line o f scrimmage, he
is fervent in his mission to not
undermine student develop-
SPORTS ROUNDUP
N e e d t e n n is coach
Wayne Memorial
H igh School needs a
varsity boys tennis
coach fo r the 2013 fa ll
season. Interested can­
didates should contact
Greg Ambrose at 734419-2214 or email [email protected]
F ra n k lin g irls
te n n is
Girls interested in
playing high school
tennis fo r Livonia
Franklin during the
2013-14 school year are
asked to contact coach
Rick Clack at 734-9455762 o r email him at
[email protected]
Potential players are
asked to leave their
name and contact num­
ber in a voice message.
There is off-season
conditioning and o ff­
season play during the
summer and school
year before the season.
L ea rn To S k ate
Livonia Parks and
Recreation w ill o ffe r a
seven-week Learn To
Skate (Session I) each
Monday from Sept. 9
through Oct. 21 at Ed­
gar Arena, 33841 Lyn­
don (one-half m ile south
o f Five Mile, ju s t west
o f Farmington Road).
Monday’s class
schedule includes: 55:25 p.m. (new, Snow­
plow Sam 1,2 or 3; Ba­
sic 1 and intro to syn­
chronized skating);
5:25-5:50 p.m. (Basic
1-8); 6-6:25 p.m. (new,
Snowplow Sam 1,2 or 3;
Basic 1-3); 6:25-6:50 p.m.
(hockey skills w ith no
sticks o r pucks used).
The fee is $66 (Livo­
nia residents) o r $69
(non-residents). A ll
classes and tim e slots
are on a first-come,
first-serve basis. Free
skate rental is avail­
able.
The registration
deadline and early en­
rollm ent fo r last year’s
skaters is Wednesday,
Aug. 21, at Livonia Com­
m unity Recreation
Center, 15100 Hubbard,
Livonia, M I 48154.
(There w ill be a $10 late
fee beginning Aug. 22.)
You can also fa x to
734-466-2679.
Registration fo r new
students or missed
m ail-in w ill be 6:30-8
p.m. (residents) and 7-8
p.m. (non-residents)
Wednesday, Sept. 4, at
theLCRC.
Other learn to skate
classes offered include
Session 2, Oct. 28 to
Dec. 16 (preregistration
deadline Oct. 16); and
Session 3, Jan. 1 to
M arch 3,2014 (prere­
gistration deadline Jan.
1).
Ice show rehearsal
Meissen's vision fo r P-CCS
applies as much to what goes
on in the classroom as it does
to the stage, band room, gym
o r field.
“ I think sports w ithin a
school setting, done properly,
are an extension o f what you’re
try in g to accomplish as a
school,” Meissen said. “ That
i t ’s a great laboratory for
teaching and learning. That it
tru ly is integrated into the
academic environment that
you’re providing fo r students.
Absolutely.”
T im e f o r th re e ?
Another area demanding
Meissen’s attention on the eve
o f the 2013-14 year is whether
the d istrict needs to add a th ird
athletic director, to enable
each high school to have one
go-to person.
That subject is on the table.
Brodie K illian, the d istrict’s
w ill be held M arch 9-29,
w ith show dates March
28-29. For more in­
formation, call 734-2662412.
Rec soccer
o p en in g s
The M ichigan Hawks
under-U girls recre­
ational soccer team
needs a couple o f play­
ers to complete its ros­
te r fo r the upcoming
fa ll season.
The team plays in
the WSSL and practices
Monday nights (starting
after Labor Day) at
Jaycee Park in Livonia.
The cost to play is $75.
Players should contact
Doug Landefeld at ei­
ther 660-473-6604 or
[email protected]
C YO soccer s ig nu p
The St. Edith athletic
program is accepting
registrations fo r its
CYO fa ll soccer teams.
Boys and girls entering
grades 4-8 are eligible.
The program is open
to those who attend St.
Edith, St. Colette, St.
Aidan and St. Kenneth
parishes. F or more
information, contact
Ron Wollenweber at
[email protected] or visit
www.stedithcyo.com.
T rain w it h T am i
g o lf
PGA professional
Thmi Bealert w ill offer
a series o f new summer
and fa ll classes includ­
ing Get Golf Ready, Get
G olf Ready 2, ladies
clinics and golf lessons
at Hickory Creek Golf
Course, 3625 Napier
Road, Superior Tbwnship.
The ladies clinics
w ill be 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 15 and
22. (Invite a friend,
sister, mother or daugh­
te r and receive a $10
Golfsmith coupon.) The
cost is $25 fo r each
one-hour class. Return­
ing 2013 customers w ill
receive a $5 Train With
Tami coupon fo r more
lessons.
Course management,
private one-on-one or
small group lessons are
also available by ap­
pointment. Private
one-hour fa m ily lessons
are also offered. For an
appointment and p ric­
ing, call 734-731-0238.
Juniors (16-andunder) can also play
g o lf fo r free w ith a
paying adult or guard­
ian after 6 p.m. Monday
through Friday o r after
5 p.m. Saturday or Sun­
day. (You must present
certificate from
www.HickoryCreekGolf.com. to receive
discount.)
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deputy superintendent o f busi­
ness and operations, said a
comprehensive study is well
under way — including key
community meetings where
parents, coaches and studentathletes could give input.
“We set up a series o f meet­
ings w ith all differen t stake­
holder groups, including a
couple forums w ith parents
where they were able to pro­
vide us w ith a lo t o f input on
this topic,” K illia n said. “ And
so that report w ill be done soon
and into the hands o f the super­
intendent and the board, which
w ill kind o f tie together a lot of
issues.”
No tim e fram e was given
about when such a report
m ight be ready to be unveiled.
“ I t would be d iffic u lt to
speculate what the tim e frame
m ight be,” Meissen said. “ I
want to follow a logical se­
quence. What is i t that we’re
doing well, what is it that we
have some problems? Is the
answer related to our structure
and the level o f sta ff (tw o ath­
letic directors fo r three high
schools)?
" I do bring some perspec­
tive, having been a high school
principal fo r a long time. I do
bring some perspective that I
think naturally would serve me
w ell in the decision-making
around this issue. And it’s im ­
portant and a priority.”
Also a p rio rity is getting his
firs t year as the d istrict’s chief
o ff to a strong start. In many
ways, that year lite ra lly kicks
o ff in less than two weeks.
You can bet M ike Meissen
w ill be there to help make that
happen.
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Crusaders poised for conference push
All-WHAC players
Parent, Ferrick
lead the way
Staff Writer
There’s a slightly
different a ir of anticipa­
tion entering the 2013
Madonna U niversity
women’s soccer season.
“For sure, expecta­
tions are pre tty high and
I think they have high
expectations o f them­
selves, which make my
job a lot easier," MU
coach J e ff Hodgson said.
“This is m y fourth year
and these are all o f my
recruits. We’ve gone
from three wins, six wins
to 11. And hopefully we’ll
always be in that 15-win
year going forward.”
The Crusaders fin ­
ished w ith an 11-9 overall
in 2012, including a S-3
record en route to a
fourth-place finish in the
Wolverine-Hoosier Ath­
letic Conference.
The team’s leading
scorer, ju n io r Ashley
Parent (Amherstburg,
Ontario), returns after
scoring 18 goals and add­
ing seven assists.
Junior forw ard Katlyn
Krysiak (Madison
Heights Lamphere), who
tallied nine goals and
three assists, w ill also be
counted on to provide
offense, along w ith soph­
omore m id fielder Jenni­
fe r Jurcak (Utica Eisen­
hower), who added seven
goals and fo ur assists.
“ She (Parent) is very
motivated," Hodgson
said. "She’s been coming
o ff an injury. I f she stays
healthy, she should be
rig h t around the same
amount. And Katlyn
Krysiak had nine goals
and missed h a lf o f the
season. Those two are
pre tty potent up front,
fo r sure.”
Krysiak, however,
may not be able to play in
the season opener Friday
at Taylor (Ind.) U niver­
sity.
“ She rolled her ankle
pre tty good, but we’re
not sure it's a sprain or a
stress fracture,” Hodg­
son said.
Senior Liliana Serratos (Dearborn), who
started all 20 games at
forw ard last season, adds
depth up front.
Senior Amanda Fer­
ric k (Warren Cousino),
who recorded four goals
and nine assists a year
Young swimmer
breaks record
K ylie Goit of Canton
made a record-breaking
splash at the recent 14 &
Under Central Zone
Swim Meet in Geneva,
Ohio.
Kylie, representing
Team Michigan at the
Aug. 2-4 meet, set a new
state record in the 10 &
Under 100-meter free­
style w ith a tim e o f 1
minute, 5.23 seconds.
That tim e bested the
previous record of
1:05.35, established in
1990.
She also finished firs t
in the 100 backstroke and
200 individual medley
and collected silver med­
als in three individual
events (50 backstroke, 50
b u tte rfly and 200 free­
style) and two relays.
For her versatile and
spectacular efforts, Ky­
lie — a member o f the
Plymouth-Canton Cruis­
ers — finished in a tie fo r
high point honors fo r the
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Kylie Goit of Canton
displays her impressive
haul of medals recently
earned at the 14 8i Under
Central Zone Swim Meet in
Geneva, Ohio.
Detroit-Jesuit and Dear­
born Heights Crestwood.
Second-round games
w ill begin at 11:45 p.m.,
w ith fina l championship
and consolation games
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ago, w ill get help in the
m idfield from sopho­
more K elly Capoccia
(Livonia Ladywood), who
transferred in from
Grand Valley State after
playing a reserve role on
the Lakers’ NCAA D iv i­
sion II Final Four team.
“F errick has been
all-conference two o f her
three years," Hodgson
said. “ Capoccia w ill be
one o f our better players.
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ly seasoned w ith a senior,
two juniors and a sopho­
more," he said. “ We’ve
had a couple of scrim ­
mages already and we
have a pre tty smart, fast
back line.”
Hodgson expects big
things from Dayna Meloche, a sophomore from
Amherstburg who
missed nine games last
year after suffering a
broken foot.
“ She’s sort of a cata­
lyst back there,” he said.
K ris tin Black (Dear­
born Heights Crestwood), who started all 20
games last year, joins
W O M E N ’ S SOCCER
Lady Ocelots expect to challenge again
now w ith several teams
- Muskegon, Delta,
Tbledo Owens and a
couple o f other teams.
And definitely getting a
push to nationals, but
i t ’s a long journey from
now un til October s o ...”
N A IA power M artin
Methodist (Tenn.)
signed three players o ff
last year's Schoolcraft
team, which finished
second during the reg­
ular season in NJCAA
Region 12 w ith a 9-1-2
record.
Lost to graduation
was second-team A llRegion and All-MCCA
selection Lauren Badalamente and MCAA
honorable mention pick
Anthoula Papaioannou.
All-Region and AllMCCAA m idfielder
Rachel Blackney (Livo­
nia C hurchill) also opt­
ed to forgo her second
year at Schoolcraft to
sign w ith M artin Meth­
odist, along w ith Pa­
paioannou and Badalamente.
The loss o f Badalamente, a dangerous
Success is always
measured in titles when
it comes to the School­
c ra ft College women’s
soccer program.
The Lady Ocelots
snagged th eir second
straight Michigan Com­
munity College Athletic
Association crown last
year w ith a 7-0-1 record,
but coach Deepak Shivraman’s 14-4-2 team fe ll
short in the NJCAA
Region 12 tournament,
losing to Delta College
on penalty kicks in a
semifinal match.
“ I t ’s always high at
Schoolcraft,” said Shivraman, now entering his
seventh season. “ The
standards set fo rth
before I got there and
the previous years w ith
B ill Tblsted’s programs.
The same th ing a fte r I
had taken o v e r... the
players have really set
a pre tty high standard.
We expect nothing less
than w inning the league
again. We have a league
slated fo r 3 p.m.
Unlike regular, 80minute games, however,
the Balconi matches are
60 minutes long — the
proper length fo r players
who are still amping up
fo r the start o f the reg­
ular schedule the week
beginning Aug. 26.
“ Part of the day is
really just gutting it oi
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way (Livonia Stevenson)
w ill also help anchor the
m idfield after starting all
20 games in 2012.
Other midfielders
v ying fo r playing tim e
are sophomore Morgan
Himanek (Warren Regi­
na), senior Kelsey Littman (Oxford), ju n io r Mo
DeGrandis (LaSalle,
Ontario) and ju n io r Kay­
la Szado (Livonia Chur­
chill/Schoolcraft College)
A fte r losing Lauryn
Dostillo and Jackie Vaquera to graduation,
Hodgson had to retool his
defense.
"O ur back line is fa ir­
Lindsay M cMullen (Chur­
chill/Schoolcraft) and
freshman Tbylor Kelly
(Lamphere) as defend­
ers.
Sophomore Blaire
Schmalenberg (Cousino)
returns as the starter in
goal after posting six
shutouts. She posted a
1.34 goals against and
.782 save percentage
She w ill be pushed by
freshman newcomer
Katrina Arnold (Essex,
Ontario).
“ Blaire had a great
year last year,” Hodgson
said. “ And K atrina has
looked strong the past
couple of days. Goalkeeping is definitely on the
rise from a couple of
years ago.”
Hodgson, meanwhile,
remains cautiously opti­
m istic about his team’s
chances this fa ll in the
WHAC.
“ I don’t know neces­
sarily about our depth or
i f we’re as deep as we
need to be, but top 12 I ’d
put us up against any­
body in the conference
fo r sure,” he said. “We
should have some suc­
cess this year, but we do
have a hard schedule.
Probably in the N AIA , we
probably have the hard­
est schedule o f any o f the
teams.”
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fo rward, w ill be im ­
mense.
“We th in k we can
score the goals, but
Lauren was ju s t a phe­
nomenal athlete,” Shivraman said. “She was
such a beast... strong,
aggressive w ith a no­
fear kind of an attitude.
Sometimes you miss
that because on the
other side you have the
stat players. They’re
good players and
th ey're special, bu t they
don’t like to get dirty,
whereas Lauren just
enjoyed that. She en­
joyed that part of the
game, the physicality of
The cupboard, how­
ever, is fa r from bare as
Shivraman returns the
top-notch 1-2 goalkeeping punch o f All-Region
and All-MCCA pick
Tbra Gessler (Brighton)
and Alexis Smith (Livo­
nia Franklin).
Second-team AllRegion and All-MCCAA
choice Chelsea Meador
(Brighton) w ill help
anchor the defense,
and figh ting fatigue,”
Duhl said. “ I t is tru ly a
test m entally as w ell as
physically fo r all the
ams involved.”
fhe sked
Following is the Balco­
ni schedule:
» Game 1: Salem vs.
Catholic Centred (10 a.m.,
soccer stadium); Game 2:
Plymouth vs. W.L. North­
ern (10 a.m., tu r f field);
Game 3: Crestwood vs.
W.u. Western (10 a.m.,
practice field); Game 4:
Canton vs. U o f D-Jesuit
(10 a.m., freshman field);
» Game 5: Winners of
along w ith Lisa M cMul­
len (Livonia Churchill),
E rin McKay (Rochester
H ills) and Maggie
McLaughlin (Grosse
Be).
Returning in the
m idfield w ill be Saman­
tha Jarrett (Northville),
an honorable mention
All-MCCAA selection,
along w ith Alexis Walk­
er (White Lake Lake­
land).
Forward Taylor Bunyak (Anchor Bay) also
returns fo r her second
season.
Among the promis­
ing newcomers are
forwards Remy Houttekier (Bloomfield H ills
Andover), A lexi Cano
(Riverview) and Jessica
Perry (Waterford Our
Lady o f the Lakes);
center m id fielder Ke lly
McKay (Rochester
H ills); m idfielder Tay­
lo r Breault (Novi); and
def ' der Kate Farthing
(V.
J Lake Western).
emy has a hard
s ir , a rocket, and we
ho] - she scores some
go;
Shrivman said.
games 1-2 (11:45 a.m.,
soccer stadium); Game 6:
Consolation, games 3-4
(11:45 a.m., tu r f field);
Game 7: Consolation,
games 1-2 (11:45 a.m.,
practice field); Game 8:
Winners o f games 3-4
(11:45 a.m., freshman
field);
» Game 9: Winners of
games 5-8 (3 p.m., soccer
stadium); Game 10: Win­
ners o f games 6-7 (3 p.m.,
tu r f field); Game 11: Con­
solation, games 6-7 (3
p.m., practice field);
Game 12: Consolation,
games 5-8 (3 p.m., fresh­
man field).
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O N PET TH ER APY W O R K
Chet, 6, and Talon, 8, wel­
come customers to Amazing
Pet Grooming in Garden City
w ith wagging ta ils and grins.
Sometimes, they drop their
toys at a visitor's feet. Or open
the gate to the lobby w ith their
noses and hunker down at a
client's side.
The two golden retrievers,
who are pet therapy dogs, are
lovable fixtures at the shop on
Ford Road near Merriman,
owned by th e ir “ mom” Lisa
Jacques.
“M y regulars have known
them since they were babies,"
Jacques said, during an in­
terview last week at the shop.
“There is not a day they aren't
here except Saturday, because
i t ’s so busy fo r us. I f I ’m w ork­
ing on a customer’s dog, they’ll
come out (to the lobby) and be
w ith the people. The customers
touch them and play w ith
them.”
These days, her clients also
donate toward Chet’s medical
treatm ent. Jacques’ employee,
Tera Howard, placed a col­
lection ja r in the shop and the
lobby is decorated w ith bone­
shaped signs sporting names
of contributors. Chet was diag­
nosed w ith lymphoma last
October and takes chemothera­
py treatm ent at the Animal
Cancer & Im aging Center in
Canton.
Jacques is grateful fo r her
customers’ financial support
and kind words and fo r the
care Chet receives at the cen­
ter.
“They ask me every tim e
they come in how he’s doing,”
she said. “ I t ’s nice that people
are so thoughtful. People put in
a dollar or two and anything
helps. I put it toward our bill.”
C o s tly c a re
Jacques figures she and her
husband, Frank, have spent
approxim ately $10,000 on
Chet’s treatm ent and care
since he was diagnosed.
"W hen he firs t started, he
went once a week fo r chemo
and in February, ended his
treatm ent. H e was in remis­
sion but came out o f it. I t ’s
tough, he goes in and out of
remission,” she said. "Each
chemo is different. The chemo
we’re doing now is a longer
chemo, a drip. I t ’s almost $700
(per session) and there is one
every three weeks."
Previous weekly treatments
cost $300-$600, Jacques said.
They also pay fo r blood work
done between each chemo
session. Talon accompanies
Chet to every treatm ent as a
“ support” dog.
Jacques has owned five
golden retrievers and lost two
of them to cancer. In both
cases, the prognosis wasn’t
good and the dogs were put
down shortly a fte r diagnosis.
“ I didn’t go through any­
thing then, like I ’m going
through now. I t has taken a toll
on us physically, financially
and mentally.”
She said they continue to do
everything they can fo r Chet
because he seems to th riv e in
spite o f the cancer.
"H e runs, plays and swims.
He is being himself. I f he was
sick all the tim e and lethargic
and couldn’t be Chet, we
wouldn't do this. He is liv in g a
fu ll life. He’s young and could
s till have another seven
years.”
Lisa Jacques adjusts Chefs pet therapy bandana, photos by bill bresler | staff photographer
monthly to Oakwood Heritage
Hospital in Thylor w ith Pet-aPet, the pet therapy organiza­
tion. They also v is it seniors at
St. Christopher Church in De­
troit.
“ They are a very dedicated
couple and both th eir dogs do
pet therapy w ith us. I th in k it
helps the patients considerably
knowing Chet is going through
this,” said M ary Chamberlain,
Pet-a-Pet’s fa c ility coordinator
fo r Heritage Hospital. “ They
know the dog is going through
life-threatening issues o f his
own and yet he takes tim e to
see them and makes people
happy.
“ He wags his ta il and shows
how happy he is to be there,”
Chamberlain said, adding “and
(chemo) is not an easy treat-
P e t th e r a p y
Jacques admits she spoils
her dogs. They go "every­
where” w ith the couple, in­
cluding on vacation to “ grand­
ma’s and grandpa’s" house in
TVaverse City. They have th eir
own chairs at home and sleep
on th eir owners’ bed. Jacques’
husband takes them to the park
on weekends and as a couple,
they take the dogs twice
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Well, here comes another
front-loader story
ecently, Ruth Spencer
o f WDIV-TV (Channel
4) did a story about
the ongoing class action
suit against the Whirlpool
Corp. regarding the mold
and odor issue w ith its
front-load washing ma­
chines. This was the second U.S.A.
tim e that Spencer has tack­
In the firs t few years of
production by Maytag, a
led the problem, having
recall was announced to
been through this herself
solve the mold and odor
some five years ago, at
problem on several m illion
which tim e she reported to
of the front-loaders already
her viewing audience. She
being used by people who
also did a radio interview
w ith me, at which tim e she
had made the expensive
purchase. M aytag was
said, “ I w ill load this wash­
purchased by Whirlpool,
e r on a flatbed truck and
drive to Benton Harbor and which paid a lot o f money
fo r this existing problem.
dump it on the fron t lawn
Today, a class action suit
o f Whirlpool headquar­
is going on against W hirl­
ters.” I assume that W hirl­
pool and other manufactur­
pool took care o f this con­
ers. I t is apparent that
sumer.
there is a defect in the
Some years ago, when
m anufacturing process. In
the concept o f the frontthe end, we w ill know who
load washer was firs t being
the gu ilty parties are. I t is
introduced as the energy
my belief and that o f many
saver o f tomorrow, I took
other service technicians
issue and wrote about it in
that the M aytag washer of
m y columns several times.
old was the best machine
I wrote, “ You can’t wash
ever made. Many o f the old
your hands properly in a
top-loaders are s till in use
tea cup o f water and you
today and I know o f one
can’t wash clothes using
eight gallons o f water. This
that lasted 54 years. Please
don’t ever think that the
washer w ill have problems
appliance retailers
w ith odors because it
wouldn’t love to have this
doesn’t drain o ff all the
water when i t ’s done."
type o f quality once again
The result o f making a
on th eir sales floors.
I t used to be very easy
statement like that years
to make friends w ith a
ago has brought fo rth a ton
retail customer and not so
o f comments from home­
owners. I would wager that
easy to do today. Let me
give you a quote from Fred
more than 2,000 owners of
the front-load machines
Louis Maytag, the firs t
president o f Maytag back
have complained directly
to me about how much they
in the very early 20th cen­
tury: “ A grave responsibil­
hate th e ir front-loaders.
ity rests upon us in re­
Some have even given
specting the public’s confi­
them away and purchased
dence. We must maintain
top-loaders. One guy even
bought a 20-year-old GE to
the quality of our products
in every respect. We must
replace his 4-year-old
give them more because
washer. The stories are
they expect more.” N ot to
many and nine out of 10 are
make lig h t o f this, I must
on the very negative side.
Once in a while, I hear
say the M r. Maytag must be
rollin g in his grave.
from someone who loves
th eir front-loader and I say,
For those o f you who.
believe you have a mold
God bless her.
and odor issue w ith your
A little history lesson
front-loader, you can con­
here — the U.S. Depart­
tact the legal firm o f L ie ff,
ment o f Energy got in ­
Cabraser, Heimann & Bern­
volved and issued man­
stein, based in Nashville,
dates on energy consump­
Tenn. The telephone num­
tion to the appliance indus­
ber is 800-254-2660.
try. The front-load concept
was going strong in Euro­
Joe Gagnon can be heard at 8
pean countries and Maytag
a.m. each Saturday on WAAM-AM
used the engineers from
other countries to develop
(1600)- You can email him at
appldrfftwmi.rr.com.
a product fo r use in the
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Chet (left) and Talon work as pet therapy dogs and greet customers at Amazing Pet Grooming in Garden City.
Talon, also accompanies Chet to his chemotherapy treatments, bill bresler | staff photographer
THERAPY
Continued from Page B5
ment.”
Chamberlain said Chet has
missed his therapy visits just
once since he was diagnosed.
As pet therapy dogs, Chet and
Thlon mostly v isit the rehab unit
at the hospital, where they stand
at bedsides and welcome pats
and strokes from patients.
Jacques said Chet’s vets
agree that i t ’s a good idea to
keep him engaged and active.
She said pet therapy also gives
the couple a way to “ give back"
to others.
“ We struggle in our life, but
we’ve had good fortune. We’re
healthy and have great friends
and family. There are a lot of
people who don’t have that. They
are lonely and it makes us happy
to bring our dogs and give some­
one a smile," she said. " I ’ve al­
ways done pet therapy and I
love it. I t ’s therapy to me. I get
to see m y friends and the dogs
get to see th eir friends. It ’s so­
cial and everyone has the same
goal — to make someone else’s
day."
Contact Jacques by calling
the shop at 734-422-2660.
Fall fashion show benefits historic house
Get a look at new fa ll cloth­
ing at the 44th annual Fall Fash­
ion Show To Benefit the Longacre House, noon Thursday,
Sept. 26, at Glen Oaks Country
Club, 30500 W. 13 M ile, Far­
mington H ills.
Models w ill wear fashions
from The Clothing Cover in
M ilfo rd and The Gap Orchard
Place and sport hairstyles by
The Studio fo r H a ir in Farm ing­
ton Hills.
Doors w ill open at 10:30 a.m.
fo r a shopping boutique, with
the luncheon and fashion show
set fo r noon.
G a » a 9 e
Proceeds from the event w ill
go toward restoration and up­
keep o f the historic Longacre
House, an elegant Georgianstyle mansion acquired by the
C ity o f Farmington H ills in
2006.
Extensive renovations have
been made to the home, which
was originally b u ilt in 1869.
The Longacre House is a
popular venue fo r weddings,
showers, special events, and
programs such as Victorian
teas, cooking shows, and music
lessons.
Tickets to the Fall Fashion
a p \
Show To Benefit the Longacre
House are $40. Call 248-4778404 or m ail checks made out to
“ Friends of the Parks” to The
Longacre House, 24705 Far­
m ington Road, Farmington
H ills, M I 48336.
The fashion show is spon­
sored by Friends o f the Parks, a
nonprofit community service
organization that sponsors pro­
jects that promote and enhance
the City o f Farmington H ills
park system. To view a slide
show or v irtua l "m ini-tour” of
the Longacre House, go to
www.longacrehouse.org.
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Be aware of learning disabilities this new school year
ccording to the Learning
Disabilities Association
of Michigan some 91,000
students in the state’s special
education programs have a
learning disability.
By definition, the term “ spe­
cific learning disability" ap­
plies when a student whose
achievement in one or more of
the basic learning areas of
reading, w ritin g or arithmetic
is substantially below that
which is expected, given the
child’s chronological age, intel­
lectual level and grade place­
ment. This also assumes that
the learning disorder is not due
to other reasons such as cogni­
tive impairment (low IQ), emo­
tional impairment or other
physical health impairments
(ADHD, seizure disorder, trau­
m atic brain Injury, etc.).
A psychologist gives stan­
dardized reading, w ritin g and
arithm etic achievement tests
and a standardized intelligence
A
te n McCulloch
I
test to diagnose a learning
disability. Approximately, 5
percent o f students in the pub­
lic schools in the United States
are now identified as having
specific learning disabilities.
Some causes o f leaOrning
disabilities may be genetic,
neurological, the result of
b irth in g problems o r perinatal
exposure to alcohol, other
drugs, nicotine o r some medi­
cines. Some may be from expo­
sure to lead poisoning during
form ative years. Interestingly,
boys seem to outnumber girls
by 3-1 in learning disabilities.
M is u n d e rs ta n d in g s
Over the past 30 years, I
have worked w ith learning
disabled children and th eir
parents and found that most of
them do not understand that
the child is not retarded, lazy,
o r crazy. Also, in conducting
approxim ately 1,000 Social
Security Disability determina­
tion evaluations each year, fo r
the past 20 years, I have seen
numerous cases o f learning
disability in people who have
also developed maladaptive
emotional/functioning and
behavior disorders due to m is­
understandings by themselves
and th eir families o f what
learning disability is and what
i t is not.
Some people believe that
special attention needs to be
given by teachers, parents and
friends o f the learning dis­
abled student to educate them
about what th eir disability is.
The misunderstandings can
often be more devastating than
the learning disabilities. These
include low self-esteem, poor
self-image, conduct problems,
delinquency, and a high drop­
out rate. I t has been shown that
there is a disproportionate
number (up to 70 percent) of
o ur prison population vs. our
general population w ith diagnosable specific learning dis­
abilities.
C o n sid e ratio n s
Perhaps this sad state of
affairs can be deterred by
having psychotherapeutic
groups w ithin schools fo r
learning disabled students, and
th eir families, wherein they
can see that they are “ not the
only one.” They can learn ways
to support each other, gain
understanding about th eir
problems and find ways to
compensate fo r them. Learn­
ing alternative ways o f gaining
self-esteem, through sports,
social programs and recre­
ational activities, can aid in
deterring th e only thing worse
than a learning disability,
which is having a misunder­
standing o f th eir problem and
a misguided opinion o f them­
selves.
Resources
» Help is available w ithin
school systems; ask fo r a con­
sultation w ith the child’s teach­
e r and the school district's
psychologist to learn more
about what can be done.
» The Learning Disabilities
Association o f Michigan is at:
www.ldaofmichigan.org
LJ. McCulloch is a Diplomat of the
American PsychotherapyAssociation.
He is certified in brain injury, mental
health, addictions, and social work. His
monthly column, “Our Mental
Health" isarchivedat:
www. farmlib.orglheritage
collectionlnewspapers.htlm. He can be
reachedat 248-474-2763, Ext. 22.
REUNIONS
Send reunion information to Sharon Dargay at
sdargay©hometownlife.com
L IV O N IA B EN T L EY
CLASS OF 1966
A birthday reunion will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at
the Marriott, 17100N. Laurel Park Drive, Livonia.
Call 734-462-3100. Check-in and cash bar at 6 p.m.,
buffet dinner at 7 p.m., followed by dancing and
DJ. Cost is $65 per person. Email Kathy Sindon
Shinn at theshinns2eatt.net.
F E R N D A L E H IG H S C H O O L
CLASS OF 1973
A 40-year reunion isset from 7 p.m. to midnight
Friday. Nov. 29. at the Iroquois Club. 43248 N.
Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills. Call 248-4519653. Tickets are S75 presale only. Includes dinner,
dancing, good times. Get tickets from
www.73fhs40.reunionmanager.com. Jointhe
reunion Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/groups/503456823023714.
Reunion contact isSande Easterwood Rouke.
CLASS OF 1973
A reunion isset from 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 13,
at Livonia Marriott located at Six Mile and New­
burgh. Ticketsare $60 for alumni and $50 for
teachers. The event isalso open to other classes.
Contact Marcia Elliott at 269-327-0657 or email
mickey55echartermi.net for ticket information.
G A R D E N C IT Y
CLASS OF 1983
A reunion isset for Sept. 21 at Roma Banquet Hall,
Garden City. Cost is $50 per person. Make checks
payableto Karen Boyd and mail to her at 2844S
Bock. Garden City, Ml 48135.
G A R D E N C IT Y EA ST-W EST
CLASS OF 1973
A 40th reunion will be held Oct. 5 at The Henry
Ford and Best Western-Greenfield Inn. Register on:
www.eventbrite.com/event/7527708579. Email
1973gcreunionegmail.com. Call or text: Donna Sly
at 734-552-0485.
L IV O N IA F R A N K L IN
CLASS OF 1966
A golf outing and/or lunch is planned for Saturday,
Aug. 24, at Fox Creek Golf Course in Livonia. Golf
scramblestartsat 8 a.m., with lunch at 2 p.m.
Contact Lruzsas187264miecomcast.net or call
810-599-3509 for resen/ations.
M E R C Y H IG H S C H O O L
CLASS OF 1963
A 50-year reunion luncheon is planned for Sat­
urday, Oct. 5, at the Sheraton Novi. Contact mercy.hs.1963egmail.comor call J. Quainte at 734-7762561.
:
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P L Y M O U T H H IG H S C H O O L
CLASS OF 1968
A 45-year class reunion is planned for Saturday,
Sept. 7. For more information, contact Susan Keith
Johnson at sgjohnson4ecomcast.net.
RED FO R D T HURS TO N
CLASSES OF 1970S
A Best of the 70s reunion is planned for Aug. 24 at
Whispering Willows Golf Course/Tin Cup Bar &
Grill, 20500 Newburgh, Livonia. Ticketsare $25 per
person and include hors d'ouevres, gratuity, music,
keg beer, coffee bar and prizes. Cost is$40 at the
door. All alumni welcome. For tickets and more
information, email tschmidtke3147eyahoo.com or
visit Thurston 73 on Facebook.
R E D F O R D U N IO N
CLASS OF 1963
A 50th class reunion is set for Oct. 19. Looking for
former classmates. For more information, contact
Jamie (Stafanson) Fraley at fraleymj66eyaCLASS OF 1973
A 40th reunion is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept.
20, at Burton Manor Banquet Center, 27777
Schoolcraft Livonia. For reservations, visit
www.ruhsclassof1973.comor contact Debi Cutshall
at debi.k.cutshallegmail.com.
S O U T H F IE L D H IG H SC H O O L
CLASS OF 1973
A 40th reunion isplanned for 7 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 21, at the Westin Hotel-Southfield, 1500
Town Center. Dinner tickets are $89 and include
food stations and a cash bar. Other weekend
activities include a casual meet/greet Friday, golf
outing option Saturday morning and a tour of the
school and brunch Sunday. Register at
www.southfieldhigh1973.com.
W E S T L A N D JO H N G L E N N H IG H
SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1973
The 40th reunion will include a picnic from 3-9
p.m. and an after-party from 9 p.m. to midnight
Aug. 24. For more information, visitthe reunion
Facebook page: JGHSClass of 1973, Westland, or
contact Carol Bevard at [email protected] Karen
Gooze at [email protected]
CLASS OF 1983
From6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct 26, at
Burton Manor Banquet and Conference Center,
Livonia. Tickets are on sale now. The early bird
price, before Sept. 7, is $65 per person or $120per
couple; after that date it’s $75 per person or $140
per couple. The price includes a strolling dinner
and open bar with DJ. Make checks payable to
Brian Baker, JGHSClassof '83 Reunion and sendto
P.O. Box0876, Wayne, Ml 48184. For more in­
formation, email Linda Harbison at
[email protected]
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te r and extract pure
water from the earth
during Outdoor Survival
Workshop, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24, in
Heritage Park, located
between 10 M ile and 11
M ile in Farmington Hills.
She’ll also lead a wild
edibles hike through the
park. Participants should
bring a bag lunch and
water, all other materials
w ill be provided. The fee
is $25 per person, fo r
ages 16 and up. Advanced
registration is required
and available at https://
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Brenda Dziedzic, own­
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Habitat and author of
“ Learn about Butterflies
in the Garden,” w ill dem­
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techniques to prevent
disease in home-raised at
the next meeting o f the
Southeast Michigan But­
te rfly Association, (SEMBA), 7 p.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 21, at Nankin M ills,
33175 Ann Arbor TVail,
Westland. Diane Pruden
from Monarch Watch
also w ill talk about tag­
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monarch butterflies.
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» Find out which
plants provide yearround color and learn to
create interest in your
garden every season, at
10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31,
at all locations. The pres­
entation is free.
» Learn the basics of
landscape design at 10
a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at
all stores, in a free pres­
entation.
» Get tips fo r fa ll lawn
care and learn how to
keep it healthy through
the winter, at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14, at all
stores.
Area English Gardens
stores are at 155 N. Ma­
ple, Ann Arbor, 734-3327900; 22650 Ford Road in
Dearborn Heights, 313278-4433; 4901 Coolidge
Highway, Royal Oak,
248-280-9500; and 6370
Orchard Lake Road, in
West Bloomfield; 248-851-
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Deadlines: Friday 4:1S p.m. for Sunday • Wednesday 9:45 a.m. for Thursday
BORST,
ROBERT C.
Age 94 of Utica, MichiE s a gan passed away August
P ^ l d , 2013. He was bom
October 24,1918 inHigh­
land Park. Michigan. Mr. Borst
was the previous owner of Borst
Lincoln Mercury in Troy. He
was a WWI1 Veteran. A member
of the Birmingham Country Club
and the Atlantis Country Club.
West Palm Beach, Florida. He is
predeceased by his wife Mary
Borst. Leaving behind dear fam­
ily and friends including, An­
nette (Gary) Rudzcwicz, Debor­
ah (Danial) Jensenius. Witney
(Matthew) Schmit. and William
Begley. Visitation Monday 4-9
at the \V
ix & Son
Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Rd. (3
blks E. of Van Dyke) Utica. In
state Tuesday 10:30 a.m. at St.
Michael Catholic Church, 40501
Hayes, Sterling Heights, until
time of Mass 11:00 a.m. Memo-
FISHER.
LA U R A J.
Age 56, of Canton, died August
14, 2013. Laura is the beloved
and devoted mother of Alicia
Hall, Charles Fisher and Heather
Roland and the late Bonnie
Wright; dear sister of Randall
Wright. Martin Wright, Debra
Godin, Starla Adly, Julie Marino
and Eric Wright; grandmother of
15. great grandmother of one.
Sadly, in addition to her mother.
Laura was preceded in death by
her brother. Edward. Funeral
Monday, August 19.
2:00
Hecr
. it Funeral Ho .
Rds.. just N of Grand River),
downtown Farmington (248-4745200). Visitation Sunday 2-8 pm.
Interment North Farmington
Cemetery, Farmington Hills.
Memorial gifts suggested to the
Fisher family to be used at their
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LARRY
July 26, 2013 age 76 of Garden
City and Westland. Beloved hus­
band of Karen. Loving father of
John (Laura) Hitchcock, James
Hitchcock, Deborah Fox, Shawn
(Michael) McKay. Michael
Connolly, : .......... *'
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Sicvert:
Also
:ral grandchildren
grandchildren. Life member of
the Plymouth Rock Masonic
Lodge. Gathering Saturday Au­
gust 24th 1 PM until the 2 PM
Memorial Service at Vcrmculcn
Funeral Home, 46401 W Ann
Arbor Rd., (btwn Sheldon &
Beck) Plymouth. Memorial con­
tributions may be made to
Alzheir
To shan
ry, pica:
Funeral Home
GABEL,
JEFFREY T.
Age 48, of Farmington Hills,
died at his home on August 13,
2013. He is survived by his chil­
dren, Audrey and Cameron; his
mother. Ruth Gabel; brother,
Larry Gabel; sister, Laura Gabel;
niece, Madison, and many aunts,
uncles, cousins and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his
father, Clarence Gabel, in 2012.
A Memorial Service will be held
Condolencesmay beleft at:
LynchFuneralDirectors.com
For further informationplease
phone Lynch & Sons Funeral
Home. Brighton. 810-229-2905
VF eU NrEmR eA LuHlOeMnE
SHOEMAKER,
M IR IA M LO VEN IA
AD KINS FAULKNER
92, passed August 16.2013.
grandchild. She provided every
opportunity for her children tobe
well-rounded and responsible
persons of integrity. She was al­
so actively engaged in her comvolvcd neighbor and friend and
as a child of the Great Depres­
sion. a wife of a WW1I veteran,
and as an early widow. She was
one of the women who assumed
a supervisory industrial position
during WW1I. She also worked
for the Harrison Luggage Com­
op some of the first airline cany­
on luggage. Lee graduated from
Lincoln High School in Watren,
Michigan. She also attended
Business College She was an
incredibly intelligent woman
who went back to work after
ESTATES
Only at Glen Eden will you find "Family
Estates," private areas just for your fan '
It offers premium quality ambiance
where your family stays together.
Ralph J. Drumm for 31 years un­
til his death in 1971. She moved
and was at his side in Corona.
California when he relumed inJohn and Maryann Kaiser. She
was predeceased by all o
lings. Bern.! : Cain.
John, Norbcrt,
scr. Her children are Brenda
Drumm Kidd (Clyde) and Mel
Drumm (Elizabeth). Her beloved
granddaughter is Amy Drumm.
She has many nieces and neph. in both the Dn
'" '
. Lee was 1 very
ong and independent
amazing People loved spending
time with her, and she enriched
many lives. She will always be
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In t h e m o o n lig h t
Listen fo r nocturnal
animals, observe the
night sky, and heighten
your senses during a Full
Moon Friday Night Hike
in Heritage Park, 24915
Farmington Road, be­
tween 10 M ile and 11 M ile
Roads, Farmington H ills.
The hike is 9-10 p.m. Aug.
23, starting at the Nature
Center in the park. Hikes
are designed fo r families
and children, 5 and up.
No flashlights are need­
ed. Cost is $3 per person.
Pre-register at recreg.fhgov.com. You also can
pay at the event, howev­
er space is limited. In
case of inclement weath­
er, the hike w ill be can­
celed and refunds given.
The Nature Center also
offers a cam pfire from
7-9 p.m. Fridays through
Aug. 23. Marshmallows,
s’mores and beverages
w ill be sold. Call the Na­
tu re Center at 248-4771135.
M a s te r g a rd e n e r
Interested in becom­
ing a master gardener?
Classes w ill run from 5-9
p.m. Hiesday, Sept. 3 to
Dec. 3, at the Wayne
RESA Auditorium, 5454
Venoy, Wayne. Cost fo r
the training is $300. To
register, visit
msue.anr.msu.edu and
click on events to navi­
gate to the master gar­
dener program.
B ib le g ard e n
The Louis and Fay
Woll Memorial Bible
Garden, is open sunrise
to sunset from springfa ll, on the campus of
Congregation Beth Ahm,
5075 W. Maple, West
Bloomfield. The garden
contains plants men­
tioned in th e Bible and is
meant to serve as a place
o f inner reflection, of
education, and fo r social
and community gather­
ings. I t is available for
group tours as w ell as fo r
inform al individual visi­
tation. Group tours can
be arranged fo r any day
o f the week except Sat­
urday. I f interested in a
group tour of the garden,
along w ith a v is it to the
sanctuary w ith a Beth
Ahm docent, call Rabbi
Steven Rubenstein at
248-851-6880, Ext. 17, or
email [email protected] Garden
visits are free, although
donations are accepted,
www.wollbiblegarden.org.
WEDDING
Theresa
B ailey -N a th a n
W e id n e r
Theresa Bailey and
Nathan Weidner were
married Saturday, Aug.
10, at St. Norbert Catho­
lic Church in Florissant,
Mo. The Rev. Jim M itulski officiated.
The bride is the
daughter of Timothy
Bailey and Joan Smykowski o f Livonia. The
groom is the son o f Mr.
and M rs. Wayne Weidn­
er o f Florissant, Mo.
The bride was escort­
ed down the aisle by her
mother and father and
given away by her fa­
ther. D uring the cere­
mony, the bridegroom’s
godmother, Karen Petrum ic of Chicago, 111.,
read from 1 Corinthians
12:31-13:8a. Sue W hitta­
ker, the bride’s god­
mother, o f Big Bend,
Wise., read from Gene­
sis 1:26-28,31.
Brain Baker o f Flo­
rissant, Mo., was best
man. Usher-groomsmen
were Marcus Weller of
California, Nicholas
Bergeron o f Detroit,
Thomas Friedoff of
Florissant, Mo., and
Ryan Diel o f Eureka,
Mo.
Elizabeth Bailey of
Dearborn was maid of
honor. Bridesmaids
were Audrey Jackson of
Plymouth, Kingerly
O'Brien o f Mt. Pleasant
and Lindsay McCarthy
o f Virginia.
The unofficial ring
barriers fo r the cere­
mony where Joey Grass
o f Big Bend, Wise., Al­
exander and Benjamin
Ritchey of Ellicott City,
Md., and David Whitta­
ker of Iowa City, Iowa.
The reception was
held at the Sheraton
Saint Louis. A fter cock­
tails on the hotel’s 13thfloor patio, overlooking
the famed Gateway
Arch of Saint Louis, the
wedding party moved to
the banquet hall. The
couple selected deco­
rated doughnuts instead
of a wedding cake.
The bride is a gradu­
ate of Wayne State Uni­
versity. She is employed
by the Missouri Univer­
sity o f Science and Tech­
nology in the Depart­
ment of Global Learn­
ing. The groom, also a
graduate o f Wayne State
University, earned a
Ph.D. and is an assistant
professor o f industrial
psychology at the Mis­
souri U niversity of
Science and Technology.
The couple w ill take a
honeymoon trip to Ha­
waii in spring 2014.
They reside in Rolla,
Mo.
WEDDING
B ad e r-M o o re
Pete Bader and K ris ­
ty Moore were married
Saturday, J uly 20, at
The Lost Arrow Resort
on the Tittabawassee
River/Secord Lake in
Gladwin County.
The couple was
joined by fa m ily and
close friends fo r the
weekend event, which
featured the wedding
ceremony, dinner, danc­
ing, boat rides and bon­
fires.
The groom is the son
of the late Daniel J.
Bader and is employed
as the senior director of
operations at Laurel
Park Place in Livonia.
The bride is the daugh­
te r o f David Moore of
Livonia and Jane Moore
o f Wixom and is em­
ployed as a global relo­
cation specialist at Cor­
rigan International in
Farmington Hills.
The couple resides in
Livonia.
ENGAGEMENT
H a d d a d -D a rw ic h e
PTA, Pincwood Derby, Cub
Scouts, Girl Scouts, Groves Big
Band Jazz Series, and numerous
school events for both of her
children. She also worked as a
volunteer for Dr. Jonas Salk’sin­
itial polio vaccine campaign.
Lee's service to others also took
the form of providing expert
idership in her work. She helpd others
at Amber Management Company
in Royal Oak for approximately
20 years. At Amber she super­
vised a large staff and oversaw
E lG H T & F O U R CRAVE
P R IV A T E
DRUM M ,
LOUISE LEONA
KAISER
Bom in Detroit. Michigan on
August 18. 1917. Departed to
meet God and her loved ones on
August 6, 2013 just 12 days be­
fore her 96th birthday. She resid­
ed in Birmingham and Beverly
Hills Michigan since 1957. She
was a member of Embury Meth­
odist Church in Birmingham.
Louise "Lee" Drumm was a de­
voted wife, mother, grandmoth­
er. sister, professional, and
friend. She dedicated her life to
the service of others. The major
focus of Lee's life was raising
7506.
ly by her children. Funeral serv­
ice was held Saturday. August
10th at A.J. Desmond & Sons
Funeral Home. 248-549-0500.
Interment White Chapel Ccme-
St. George
Church’s
Greek Fest
Sept. 6-8
Opening-day ceremon­
ies fo r the YA’SSOO
Greek Festival are F ri­
day, Sept. 6, when St.
George Greek Orthodox
Church, 43816 Woodward
Ave., is saluted fo r 85
years o f service to the
community and world.
Festivities began at
noon w ith The Lighting
o f the Torch by Jack
Weiner, CEO o f St. Jo­
seph M ercy Oakland
Hospital, in fron t o f the
hospital’s renovated sur­
gical wing.
“ Olympic runner”
H arry Birden w ill carry
the torch, running a short
distance from the hospi­
ta l to the church grounds,
where attending digni­
taries w ill witness the
flam ing of what may be
the “World’s Largest
Saganaki.”
There, Sen. George
Pappageorge, R-TVoy,
w ill present a proclama­
tion from the state of
Michigan to St. George
Church fo r its continuing
commitment and dedica­
tion to both its religious
community as w ell as the
community at large.
Hours fo r the St.
George YA’SSOO Festi­
val are from 11 a.m. to 11
p.m. Friday and Sat­
urday, Sept. 6-7, and from
noon to 8 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 8. Visit
yassoogreekfestival.com.
Katie M arie Haddad
and Fadi Hussein Darwiche announce th eir
engagement.
The bride-to-be,
daughter o f Kathy Had­
dad and N abil Haddad,
both o f Livonia, is an
actress and model in
Las Vegas, Nev. A huge
car fan, she also owns
two show and race cars.
H er fiance, son of
Mona and Hussein Darwiche o f Beirut, Leba­
non, grew up in Leba­
non. He owns a car
repair shop in Las Ve­
gas, Nev., and shares
Katie’s love o f cars.
A September 2013
wedding is planned at
Burton M anor in Livo-
ENGAGEMENT
P a n k o w -R e d in g to n
Mr.and Mrs. Michael
Pankow of South Lyon
and Mr. and Mrs. James
Redington o f Livonia
are pleased to announce
the engagement of their
children, Ashley Eliza­
beth Pankow and Rob­
ert Andrew Redington.
The happy couple
plans to m arry in Octo­
ber 2014.
ENGAGEMENT
W itkow ski-Farquhar
N ik i W itkowski and
Ross Farquhar an­
nounce th eir engage­
ment.
The bride-to-be is the
daughter o f Larry and
Debbie Witkowski of
Livonia. She is a gradu­
ate of the U niversity of
Michigan and is em­
ployed b y EOS Solu­
tions in Rochester.
The groom is the son
o f Maureen Valeri of
Farmington H ills and
E ric Farquhar o f Livo­
nia. He is a graduate of
Michigan State Univer­
sity and is employed by
Domino’s Headquarters
in Ann Arbor.
The wedding and
reception w ill be held in
A p ril 2014 at the Indianwood Country Club in
Lake Orion.
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To your health: Student, family show
there’s life after diabetes diagnosis
By Julie Brown
J e ff Hew lett, 19, of
N ovi was diagnosed at
age 4 w ith Type 1 diabe­
tes.
“ I t was certainly a
shock at firs t,” said
H ew lett, now a sopho­
more at the U niversity
o f Michigan-Ann A rbor
and a N orth ville High
School graduate. “ It
certainly never slowed
down anything I did."
He grew up w ith
brother Joey, 17, a N orth­
v ille H igh senior, and
parents Rich and the late
Chris H ewlett. Chris
died in 2012 follow ing a
lengthy battle w ith ovar­
ian cancer.
The fa m ily decided in
the late 1990s, when J e ff
was diagnosed, to do
fundraising fo r JDRF
(form erly th e Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foun­
dation). This year's golf
outing, th e ir fifth , raised
some $65,000, w ith a
total o f more than
$280,000 raised by the
outings.
The fa m ily is in the
“N oville” area, where
people have a N ovi m ail­
ing address, but children
attend N orthville
schools. "A t that time,
we didn’t have much
experience w ith Type 1,”
Rich recalled o f his son’s
diagnosis.
They got involved
w ith Jackson friends in
the JDRF Western M ich­
igan Chapter, w ith a
w alk that included fo r­
m er U niversity o f M ich i­
gan football coaches Bo
Schembechler and Lloyd
Carr. Rich Hewlett
played under Schembe­
chler from 1979-83.
They late r put togeth­
University of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke (left) introduces Rich and Jeff Hewlett during a fundraiser.
e r th eir own team fo r an
Ann Arbo r fundraiser,
rapidly becoming the top
team. In 2006-07, they
were asked about host­
ing an event fo r the U-M
Comprehensive Diabetes
Center, where J e ff gets
his care.
“There was a real
interest in getting those
two organizations more
closely aligned,” said
Rich, an attorney w ith
the Grand Rapids-based
Varnum law firm . Varnum has been the pre­
senting sponsor fo r th eir
g o lf outing the last three
times.
The fa m ily appreci­
ates support o f the
N orth ville-N ovi commu­
nity. Rich serves on the
JDRF board fo r south­
east Michigan.
They transferred
J e ff’s care to U -M in
adult endocrinology and
the younger H ew lett is
in an upcoming clinical
tr ia l there.
The study is funded
by the JDRF and led by
Dr. Massimo Pietropaolo
o f U-M. Dr. Max, as he’s
called, is studying the
pancreas in those w ith
long-term diabetes, see­
ing i f i t can be stim ulat­
ed to produce insulin and
cut down on injections.
“ I ’ve always been
comfortable w ith the
injections,” said Jeff,
who generally gives
him self four a day. He
also checks his blood
sugar w ith a fing er
prick.
“ I t ’s ju s t something
that has been an added
aspect o f m y life ,” added
Jeff, who played high
school football and bas­
ketball. “ I t hasn’t really
changed anything fo r
me.”
He volunteered a
couple o f summers back
at U -M and now works in
a renal pathology lab
there, a job h e'll con­
tinue part tim e when
school resumes. J e ff is
ta king m ostly U-M pre­
requisites now, not yet
decided on a major.
“ I t ’s something we are
very personally vested
in,” he said, w ith his
fathe r agreeing they like
reaching out to others
who don’t have th e ir
resources.
The Hewletts have a
website,
www.swingtocure
diabetes.org, on th eir
efforts. They also recom­
mend the JDRF website,
w w w .jdrf.org, especially
fo r those newly diag­
nosed.
“ We do feel blessed,”
Rich said. “ We are in a
situation where we can
hopefully show there are
ways to live w ith it.
J e ff’s always been a
great ambassador.”
T he ir supporters in­
clude U -M coach Brady
Hoke, fo rm er coach
Carr, his form er team­
mates, J e ff’s coaches
and teachers, Rich’s
clients, friends and fam ­
ily. They had to skip the
g o lf outing one year, due
to Chris’ illness and the
economy.
[email protected]
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Keeping children healthy with immunizations
Ask A Garden City Hospital Health Expert
For m ost parents, childhood vaccines can be both
a source o f reassurance and anxiety. D r. Nicholas
Packey, o f th e Garden C ity H ospital Center fo r Fam ily
Medicine, explains how vaccines provide invaluable
protection w ith little ris k fo r side effects.
Q: Why should I have m y c h ild im m u nized i f a ll the
FamilyMedicine
ot^ e r kids in school are immunized?
A: I t is true that a single child’s chance o f catching a
disease is low i f everyone else is imm unized. B ut your child is also
exposed to people other than ju s t those in school. And i f one person
th in ks about skipping vaccines, chances are others are th in k in g
the same thing. Each ch ild who isn’t imm unized gives these highly
contagious diseases more chance to spread.
Q: Do imm unizations cause autism?
A: Numerous studies have found no lin k between vaccines and autism.
Likewise, a groundbreaking rep ort fro m the Institute o f M edicine
found that thim erosal, an organic m ercury compound used as a
preservative in vaccines since th e 1930s, does not cause autism.
S till, some parents have opted not to have th e ir c hildren immunized,
pu ttin g them at great ris k o f contracting deadly diseases.
The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (M M R ) vaccine, especially, has
come under fire despite many scientific reports indicating that
there’s no clear evidence lin k in g th e vaccine to autism. In fact,
in 2004 a long-disputed 1998 study that suggested a possible lin k
between autism and th e M M R vaccine was retracted and rejected
by a ll m ajor health organizations, including the Am erican Academy
o f Pediatrics, the National Institutes o f Health, the Centers fo r
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rare. The biggest concern is anaphylaxis, an a lle rg ic reaction that
can cause an itchy rash, th ro at swelling, and low blood pressure.
Depending on the vaccine, side effects such as anaphylaxis can
occur in 1 out o f several hundred thousand, to 1 in a m illio n vaccines.
Q: Is it dangerousfo r children to have so many vaccines administered at once?
A: Available scientific data shows that simultaneous vaccination w ith
m ultiple vaccines has no adverse effects on th e norm al childhood
imm une system. A number o f studies have been conducted, and have
shown that recommended vaccines are as effective in combination
as they are individually, and such combinations c a rry no greater
ris k fo r adverse side effects. There is no evidence to suggest the
recommended childhood vaccines overload the immune system.
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variety o f issues that impact our health every day. The next lecture,
"C h ild re n & B ullying,” is Saturday, September 14.
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