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Walled Lake Farmers Market to Open Next Month The City of Walled Lake’s Park and Recreation Commission is sponsoring the Farmers Market beginning May 1 and running through October 30. The market will be located at the Walled Lake City Event Field on E. West Maple between Decker and Pontiac Trail in Walled Lake. The market will be open every Wednesday, beginning May 1 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. . Some of the items available at the market this year include: fresh vegetables, fresh baked goods, popcorn, Amish peanut butter, honey, jams, jellies, fruits, natural soaps and lotions, salsa, hand stitched aprons as well as annual and perennial flowers and garden accessories. For more information please contact Janell Joyce at the City of Walled Lake, 1499 E. West Maple Road between Pontiac Trail and Decker Road of call 248-624-4847

Kensington Park Fun on the Farm April 25 and 26 On April 25 and 26 at the Farm Center at Kensington Park in Milford will have Fun on the Farm. The event will start at 10 a.m. and run until noon. Little ones will hear a story, make a craft, participate in an activity and meet the new farm babies. Fee: $5 per child. Call 248-684-8632 for more information. INSIDE One Minute Interview....2A Education........................3A Lake Area News..............4A Entertainment................5A Outdoor Guide.......6A-10A Sports........................1B-2B Real Estate................3B-4B Classified..................5B-6B Legal Ads..................7B-8B 248.360.7355 scan to Call

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Demolition Begins at Highland Middle School, Baker Elementary

BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR editor@scnmail.com

Demolition began Tuesday, April 16 at Highland Middle School. The process was scheduled to begin Monday, April 15 but was delayed due to inclement weather. Demolition also began at Baker Elementary School in Milford last week. Fences had been set up around both properties and the demolition area is off-limits. The two schools were closed in 2011 due to declining enrollment and decreased state funding. It was ultimately decided that closing a middle school would best support an optimal learning environment for students and allow the district to

implement new curriculum. The Huron Valley Board of Education approved the demolition of both buildings in December 2012 after the district did not receive any offers to purchase the buildings that were near market value. The school board received 17 bids for the demolition of both buildings, but approved a bid from Adamo Group to demolish Baker Elementary for $95,000 and a bid from ProDemo to demolish Highland Middle School for $199,000. The funds will come from the district’s building and site sinking fund. For more photos, visit www. spinalcolumnonline.com

ABOVE - Razing of Highland Middle School began last week. The Huron Valley Board of Education voted 5-2 to close the school last year. BELOW - The demolition of Baker Elementary School in Milford started Thursday. The total cost to fund both projects is near $300,000. PHOTOS BY CHRIS WALL/SPECIAL TO THE SPINAL COLUMN

Locals Participate in Boston Marathon BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR editor@scnmail.com

Several local residents were in Boston when tragedy struck Monday, April 15 after two homemade bombs detonated at near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. The explosions left three people dead and wounded over 170. Milford resident Michael Andersen was among those in attendance. An avid runner, this was Andersen’s first visit to Boston for the annual marathon. Andersen was in a nearby Marriot Hotel when the first explosion went off. He had finished the race two hours earlier and was celebrating with friends and family. “We were all celebrating and having a drink when somebody ran in and said ‘did you hear that?’ Andersen said. “We didn’t really pay attention to it un-

til other people started talking about explosions. We went on to Twitter and saw all of the pictures and quickly became aware that we were going to have to get out of there.” Based on a marathon database, 560 Michigan runners were registered for the race. The website Run Michigan reported that 181 registered runners were from Metro Detroit. The explosions left the Detroit-area running community scrambling to contact local Boston Marathon runners. Andersen describes the scene in Boston as “chaotic” and “confusing.” “Nobody really knew what was going on. There was more police then you have ever seen in your life, cars flying around and ambulances everywhere,” Andersen said. “Coming from a small town like Milford you see emergency vehicles that obviously move fast, but to see them

in a big city situation where it’s crowded and closed down – the whole idea of they’re in a hurry and it’s important kind of hits home.” Even once he returned home Tuesday afternoon, Andersen said he had not thought about the race once. “I haven’t even thought about the race yet and that’s what angers me more than anything,” Andersen says. “The people who did this took away the joy and excitement that is the Boston Marathon. We haven’t had a chance to celebrate our accomplishment. It was taken away in a very direct way and that’s what feels personal. We may not be injured, but they certainly hit us hard in taking away the spirit of that day.” Despite Monday’s tragic events, Andersen says it will not deter him from running or again traveling to Boston in 2014 for the marathon.

Michael Andersen of Milford was in Boston for the annual marathon when two homemade bombs detonated near the finish line.

“Once you do start to question what you do and what you are passionate about, that’s when they win,” says Andersen. “You really have to not let them win. I’m ready to sign up for Boston 2014 already.”

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