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EXPERT TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HEART DURING HEART HEALTHY MONTH PAGE 5A Interview with Renowned Educator Dr. Adolph Brown PAGE 2A 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 WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27 2013 VOL 51/ISSUE 9 HIGHLAND • MILFORD •WHITE LAKE • WIXOM • WALLED LAKE • WOLVERINE LAKE • COMMERCE WEST OAKLAND COUNTY SHOP LOCAL•THINK LOCAL•LIVE LOCAL MOTHERS & MORE BOOK CLUB Area Police Officers Take A Plunge to Raise Money for Special Olympics Join us March 4 at Caribou Coffee on Union Lake Road in Commerce from 78:30 p.m. for a discussion on the book Prague Winter, a memoir by Madeleine Albright. Upcoming book selections will be discussed. Chapter #135, Oakland County Lakes Area, is a local chapter of Mothers & More, a national nonprofit organization in support of mothers — because moms need playgroups too! This is a free event, open to the public. Adults only, please. Register by calling 248-238-0561 or visit mmocla Three police officers from the Lakes Area Lodge, Officer Bob Stephens, Officer Joe Stephens and Officer Jeff Gomez, took the Polar Plunge into the Detroit River February 16. Through the Polar Plunge fundraiser, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #128 raised $2,500 to support the Michigan Special Olympics. (CURTIS DROG- MILFORD SENIOR CENTER All are invited to a Spaghetti Dinner on March 1 from 5-7 p.m. The dinner will include a spaghetti dinner with a homemade meat or marinara sauce, garlic bread, salad, beverage and dessert. Price of admission is $7. Proceeds to benefit the Milford Senior Center. The location is at the Milford Senior Center located at 1150 Atlantic Street in Milford. For more information call Nancy Hinzmann, Senior Center Director at 248-6859008 between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. WHITE LAKE FARMERS’ MARKET 2013 APPLICATIONS If you would like to be part of the White Lake Farmers’ Market in 2013, applications are now out. The Farmers’ Market is open May 4 through Oct. 5 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. You can find the application at or visit us at and click on farmers market. If you have any questions about becoming a vendor, please contact Kevin Lawrence at 248755-1195 or via e-mail at alaw4196@aolcom INSIDE One Minute Interview....2A Lake Area News..............3A Obituaries.......................4A Feb. Heart Healthy.........5A Commentary..................6A Entertainment................7A Community News...........8A Real Estate................3B-5B Classified..................6B-7B 248.360.7355 MILLER/DROGMILLER PHOTOGRAPHY) BY CURTIS DROGMILLER CONTRIBUTING WRITER The day started bright and sunny, like any other Michigan winter day, but quickly turned unpredictable, cold and snowy. Time was ticking down; the bus was loaded and we ventured to the annual event on February16, the Polar Plunge. Fraternal Order of Police, F.O.P. Lodge #128, was on the ultimate mission, not to serve you or I, but an organization in need of support: the Michigan Special Olympics. This year’s event cochairs were F.O.P. Chairman, West Bloomfield Officer, Bob Stevens and Walled Lake business owner, Dale Uranis. This year F.O.P. Lodge #128 would have three officers taking the plunge into the Detroit River at Milliken State Park on the Detroit Riverfront. The Lakes Area Lodge officer plungers were Bob Stephens of the West Bloomfield Police Department, Joe Stephens of the Lathrup Village Police Department and Jeff Gomez of the Orchard Lake Police Department. The F.O.P. Lodge #128 not only raised money for Michigan Special Olympics, they also wore special shirts in memory of West Bloomfield Officer Patrick O’Rourke who lost his life in the line of duty on September 9, 2012. This year’s plunge was dedicated in honor of Officer O’Rourke and his family. Members wore special event shirts with the back of the shirts displaying Officer O’Rourke’s name and badge number 55. “The Lodge does many charity fundraisers, but, this event The Plunge for Special Olympics is our main event,” Co-chairs Bob Stephens and Dale Uranis said. “We love to help kids and children; it’s really rewarding and most of all the kids need the money.” F.O.P. Lodge #128 raised over $2,500 at the plunge this year. Donations may be made until March 1 at Dales Custom Jewelry, 933 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake (248) 669-4320. The F.O.P. Lodge #128 will proudly present a check to the Michigan Special Olympics on March 6. HVCA Offers Student Volunteer Opportunities BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR The Huron Valley Council for the Arts has teamed up with local high schools to help recruit student volunteers. The council currently works with Walled Lake Northern, Lakeland and Milford High Schools. Lisa Merglewski, volunteer coordinator at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts, began working at the council in 2011. Her agenda: recruit honor students, something that has never been done at the council before. “It hadn’t been done here before, and with high school students of my own, I know the importance of community service with the honor students program … and I know how capable high school students are and I thought it was a perfect match,” Merglewski said. To date, student volunteers have participated in council events like the Artist Marketplace at the Bogie Lake Greenhouse, the holiday extravaganza and their classical concert series. Students also work in the council’s art shop. During the classical concert series, which runs once a month between January and April, student volunteers setup and breakdown the instruments and gain an hour of community service time. And the students aren’t the only ones doing some good. At the holiday extravaganza, proceeds raised during the show’s intermission went to a charity of the student’s choice, Heifer International. “It just made the show warmer, friendlier and more of a success,” Merglewski said. “Students were greeting patrons, working as ushers, taking tickets, selling tickets, they ran intermission and handed out programs.” In return for their work, Merglewski and the staff of the council reward students with things like raffles, where they raffle off things like Volunteer coordinator Lisa Merglewski stands with student volunteer Katie Meyer from Milford High School. art shop gift certificates, Van Gough tour tickets and more. This year, Merglewski will also be nominating students for the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, for a chance to win a college scholarship. With 40 annual events that the council hosts each year, there are 9,700 volunteer hours that need to be filled for the council’s regular operations. “It takes almost 10,000 volunteer hours a year to operate and host all of the community events that we do,” Merglewski said. “It’s so inspiring because all of these people just give up their time so unselfishly because they believe in art and cultural events and the support of it and keeping this out in their community.” And honor students aren’t the only ones who are encouraged to vol- unteer. The council also offers opportunities for special need students as well as senior citizens. For more information about the Huron Valley Council for the Arts or to learn about volunteer opportunities, contact volunteer coordinator Lisa Merglewski at 248889-8660 or visit www. RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER ROYAL OAK, MI 48068 PERMIT #792 PAID PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE Reach every residence in your chosen zip code by direct mail. 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