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SAFARI PLAYGROUND: FUN FOR ENTIRE FAMILY PAGE 4A Meet New Spinal Column Editor Ali Armstrong PAGE 6A W E S T O A K L A N D ’ S N E W S W E E K LY BECAUSELOCALMATTERS. Check out our e-edition at VOL 51/ISSUE 6 HIGHLAND • MILFORD •WHITE LAKE • WIXOM • WALLED LAKE • WOLVERINE LAKE • COMMERCE • UNION LAKE WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6 2013 WEST OAKLAND COUNTY Walled Lake Fire at Barrels of Wine SHOP LOCAL•THINK LOCAL•LIVE LOCAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH Black History Month is set aside to learn, honor and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history. Nike has celebrated black history month by introducing their 2013 Black history month Collection. e slogan for this new line is “BE BOLD BE TRUE”. Soccer player Didier Drogba, tennis player Serena Williams and basketball star Kevin Durant have been the inspirations behind this line. MEET AUTHOR MULL AT WIXOM PUBLIC LIBRARY Author Carol Mull will discuss her book Underground Railroad in Michigan, and conclude her presentation with audience questions at the Wixom Public Library, 49015 Pontiac Trail. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. is Meet the Author event will take place February 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the library. For information call 248-624-2512 On Monday Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m., while most families were sitting down to dinner, members of the Walled Lake Fire Department were busy. The re ghters had just left one call and then were on their way to another. The second re occurred at Barrels of Wine, located at 136 E. Walled Lake Drive, on the waterfront of Walled Lake near Bayside Grille. The owner of the store working that evening, Ed Hesano, was impressed with the speedy response time of the Walled Lake Fire Department. There was a slight smell of electrical burning inside the store, the Fire Department responded and checked out the inside of store and rooftop. “Those guys were amazing,” Hesano said. “Luckily, no signi cant damage occurred but it was quite a scene.” Barrels of Wine, which Hesano has owned for the past few months, is a wine and more store on the waterfront of Walled Lake. (PHOTOS BY CURTIS DROGMILLER, DROGMILLER PHOTOGRAPHY) Milford’s Own Antique Picker Sells Your Treasures SamLoganK@u.northwestern.edu BY SAM LOGAN KHALEGHI CONTRIBUTING WRITER Highland is having their 19th annual Handbell Choir concert at 3p.m. on Sunday, February 10 at the Highland Methodist Church located at 680 West Livingston Rd. Four area bell choirs will participate in the program: Milford Presbyterian Church and Highland Bells; plus two from the Brighton area: Community Bible Church and First United Methodist Church. A er each choir performs, along with quartets and solo ringer, the concert concludes with a mass ringing. An afterglow follows. A freewill o ering will bene t World Vision project of new wells in Kenya. For more informationcall 248-887-2811. INSIDE One Minute Interview ...2A Lakes Area News.... ..3A-4A Obituaries ......................4A Commentary..................6A Entertainment ...............7A Community News ..........8A Real Estate ...............3B-5B Classi ed .................6B-7B 248.360.7355 RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER HANDBELL CHOIR CONCERT A er nearly a decade teaching rst graders at a Christian school in Rochester Michigan, Milford native Michelle Lynne Balser (aka Shelly Lynne)isnowfullyenmeshedinher element. On a surprisingly warm winter January day, Shelly is navigating through generations of family antiquities in her grandmother’s basement. “My grandfather worked at the General Motors Proving Grounds and was one of Milford’s early settlers before heading o to ght the good ght in WW II.” Upon his return from the war, Balser’s grandfather, Sta Sergeant William Genette, found his passion in repairing wall clocks and pocket watches amongst other trinkets. He passed on his passion for antiques and collectibles to his granddaughter who has now extended this know how to her own company named in honor of her grandfathers’ nickname for her: Shelly’s High End Collectibles. “My grandfather used to call me Shelly instead of Michelle,” laughs Balser in a warm retrospective manner, as she explains her local standard. “I’ve been at this trade for nearly 12 years,” says Balser “I market, consign and sell internationally recognized brand names, ranging from Lladro Figurines, Royal Doulton Toby Mugs, English Silver Tea Sets, Roseville Pottery, Steuben Glass, Noritake and Lenox China to Waterford and Swarovski Crystals, Michelle Lynee Balser, owner of Shelly’s High End Collectibles, shared her grandfather’s passion with antiques and old treasures. we’ve seen it all, and are sometimes charge. imaginatively surprised by what “It’s funny because most of my else we nd.” clientscometomebywayofreferral Balser’s strategy is two-fold. Ini- and many people would tially, she promotes items online to rather deal with somean international audi- one they trust,” says Balser ence who would rath- with con dence. er buy in American dollars When watching Balsversus the Euro or Pound er, one can really underSterling that would be spent stand that she truly loves purchasing the same items this business, as she researches overseas. Second, she each item by seeking its sold values works from her home over the course of the o ce, which allows for little over- past six months to a year head and saves her clients many of and sometimes even the charges that most other auc- longer. tion houses and agencies would Currently there are plans for a television pilot being lmed later this spring that would follow the adventures at Shelly’s and her high-end collectibles company. For those interested in nding outmoreaboutwhetherornottheir languishing hidden basement items are treasures or merely valuable by sentiment, they can reach out to by email at ShellysCollectibles@gmail.com or by phone at 248-289-6534. You can also nd her online at facebook. com/shellyscollectibles. ROYAL OAK, MI 48068 PERMIT #792 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE VALENTINE’S SPECIAL $ (Greens & B (G Baby’s b’ B Breath h extra, 40 cm, Available A l bl Colors C l Only) O 800.360.BE ROMANTIC ( 2 3 7 6 ) PAID 9 Limited Supply In Store Pick Up Only O 99 FLORIST 248-529-3783 FREE Local Delivery 2225 E. Highland (M-59) • Highland HOURS: Mon-Sat 9:30 AM-6 PM • Sun Closed JCB Sales not to be combined with any other offers.