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CLUB GETS KIDS GLUED TO ‘OLD SCHOOL’ HOBBY, A2 FARMINGTON UNIFIED TOPS CANTON AGAIN, Eat well ... with endive Food, B7 SPORTS — B1 THURSDAY January 27, 2011 The Observer & Eccentric Newspapers Volume 124 Number 40 hometownlife $1.00 LOCAL LINK Preschool Night Parents who are thinking about preschool options for their child can meet with a variety of facility representatives at the annual Preschool Night at the Farmington Community Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in the auditorium on the second floor of the Main Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills. Nancy Ely from Farmington Public Schools will be on hand with details about the programs that serve several hundred students throughout the school district. Representatives will also be on hand from preschools, including those at Our Lady of Sorrows, Antioch Lutheran, Farmington Presbyterian, Mayfair Co-op, The Learning Experience, Kindercare, First Impressions, and Bright Horizons and an in-home day care called Blue Skies and Butterflies. Adults only are welcome to attend this free program. Call (248) 848-4315 for more information. Vote for this North Farmington’s National Honor Society is teaming up with the NHS from Harrison High School and Farmington High School to raise votes to fund a twoday drive-through charity event that will provide free flu shots on two Saturdays in October. The event is a contest, and Shilpa Philips, president of North Farmington’s NHS, says that text votes are needed. People should text “104303” to 73774 (PEPSI). About 1,000 votes a day are needed, until Jan. 31. During the flu shot event, people will be able to drive up and get the shot from a trained health care professional without leaving their car and at no charge with a donation of a new or used clean winter coat to help seven local charities. The lead doctor, Dr. Alex George, is a parent of three North Farmington students and requested the society’s help. If enough votes are gathered, they will win a $25,000 grant from Pepsi to fund their charity event. George said if he wins, he will donate $10,000 to North Farmington. The Pepsi Idea page for the idea they are promoting is www.refresheverything. com/freeflushots. Coffee hour State Sen. Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield, is inviting members of the community to join him for coffee and conversation regarding state and community issues, from 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at Panera Bread, 34365 Grand River Ave., Farmington. For more information, contact Gregory’s office at (517) 3737888 or toll-free at (866) 6260814. Sign up for Gregory’s e-newsletter at www.senate. com DDA eliminates market master job BY SUSAN STEINMUELLER OBSERVER STAFF WRITER The Farmington Downtown Development Authority announced Tuesday that it has eliminated the position of Farmers & Artisans Market market master, the duties of which will be handled internally and by volunteers. It also announced a new part-time position, assisting events planner Janet Bloom with DDA events, including the Farmers Market. The decisions were financial ones, said DDA officials. “With property values dropping, the taxes we capture also are dropping,” said Annette Knowles, DDA executive director. “We are looking at every opportunity to supplement our budget through our events, while maintaining a work force that can meet the demands the events require.” Bob Rock, president of the DDA board, said the decision came after much discussion and review by an events committee that consists of board members and staff. “Our events committee has been working for a good five months together,” said Bob Rock. “We have an events planner on staff. She ran the Northville Farmers Market. We just needed to make a hard decision.” The new position will help with the DDA board’s goal that all its events become at least self-funding, he said. The decision eliminated the job held by Scott Stevenson for the past five years. A contract employee, he was compensated at a rate of $10,000 annually. “Scott had the best interests of the market at heart,” said Knowles. “I am Please see DDA, A5 TechGirls answers Obama’s call for tech education Ria Jones, 17, a senior, helps Sabrina Bruni, 13, in the Architecture and Engineering session. PHOTOS BY JOHN STORMZAND | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Anu Emmandi, 14, works to remove a tire from an auto during the TechGirls program at Farmington High School. Program promotes technology, engineering and math BY SUSAN STEINMUELLER OBSERVER STAFF WRITER “We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair. “... Over the next 10 years, with so many baby boomers retiring from our classrooms, we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science and technology and engineering and math.” Heidi Skodack, engineering and architecture teacher at Farmington High School, called it “awesome” when she heard President Barack Obama say those words during his televised State of the Union speech Tuesday evening. Earlier in the day, she had helped supervise a one-day TechGirls program at the high Aria Moore, 13, in the Architecture and Engineering session. school, designed to show eighth-graders what the school can offer them in the way of science, technology, engineering and math. “That was awesome, I couldn’t believe it,” Please see TECHGIRLS, A7 Warm up to a hometown homemade pie contest For more on the Winter Farmers Market, see A8. BY STACY JENKINS OBSERVER STAFF WRITER Can you bake an amazing apple pie? Or maybe a sensational sweet potato pie? It’s time to show off that baking prowess at the first Homemade From Scratch Pie Contest, brought to the community by the Power Road Winter Farmers Market and the Farmington Observer. This hometown event is set for noon on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Power Road Winter Farmers Market, located in the Positive Attitude Dance Academy, 23020 Power Road, just north of Grand River in Farmington. To enter, mail a copy of your recipe, along with your full name and contact information to: Jean Smith, PRWFM Pie Contest, 4324 Mushroom Road, Snover, MI 48472 Home Delivery: (866) 887-2737 Return Address: 41304 Concept Dr. Plymouth MI 48170 The Homemade From Scratch Pie Contest is at noon on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Power Road Winter Farmers Market, 23020 Power Road in Farmington. or e-mail your recipe and contact information to The first 20 recipes received will be entered into the contest. The grand prize is a $100 gift card to Whole Foods Market of West Bloomfield, with a recyclable grocery bag filled with groceries. The runner-up receives a $25 Whole Foods gift card and a complimentary recyclable grocery bag. All other contestants will receive complimentary Whole Foods recyclable grocery bag. As with any contest, there are a few rules. This pie contest is for amateur bakers only. Each baker must bake two pies from the same recipe — one for showing and one for the judges to taste. Recipes become the property of the Power Road Winter Farmers Market. All pies must be made from fresh ingredients — no pre-made filling or store-bought crust. Each pie must be baked in a disposable 9-inch pie pan and not require refrigeration. An index card with the contestant’s full name and the recipe must accompany the pie. Only one recipe per contestant and each recipe must be prepared and baked by the contestant. WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED! INDEX APARTMENTS ... ... ... ..B10 AUTOMOTIVE ... ... ... ... B11 CAREER BUILDER ... ... ..B10 Two categories will be accepted for the contest — fruit pies and other (pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, etc.). Each pie will be judged on overall appearance (20 percent); crust color, flavor, texture and doneness (30 percent); filling consistency, doneness and flavor (40 percent) and originality (10 percent). The top pie from each category will be judged again to determine the overall winner. Contestants’ names will not be revealed to the judges. Jean Smith, organizer of the Power Road Winter Farmers Market and the pie contest, said this event will be a nice break from the winter doldrums. “Everybody is tired of winter by February, so we decided to do a pie contest,” she said. Smith runs the Winter Farmers Market, which is held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Saturday through April 2. Remaining dates are Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 5, March 19 and April 2. CROSSWORD PUZZLE ... ... 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