The 'Ville - June 2021

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June 2021 | Vol.4 | Issue 6

Northville’s News and Lifestyle Magazine

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KURT KUBAN – Editor/Publisher

Kurt Kuban is an award-winning journalist, having served as a reporter and editor for several local newspapers and magazines, including The Northville Record, over the course of a career spanning more than two decades. Kurt lives in Northville with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, who all attend Northville Public Schools.

CRAIG WHEELER – Creative Director

Craig has been in the creative industry for over 29 years. He has developed a diverse background in that time, but publication design has been his passion during the past 19 years. Craig enjoys chasing his young daughter and providing moral support to his lovely wife.

MICHELE FECHT – Writer

Michele Fecht is a longtime journalist whose first post-college reporter position was at The Northville Record before moving on to The Detroit News. A 30-plus year resident of the City of Northville and historic (old) house owner, she is an author, researcher, local history enthusiast, and community activist/advocate.

BRAD EMONS - Writer

Publisher Here is a list of people who contributed to local journalism last month. We appreciate your support! Danny & Barbara E. Cook Ron Lynch Patricia Jean Davis Carolyn Nieuwkoop Janet Hess John & Fran Oakland Edward & Kathy Huyck Jim & Judy Russell Debra Johnson Manfred & Lisa Schon Nancy & Hank Lenox P. Sturing

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Over the course of his four decades with the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, Brad established himself as one of the preeminent prep sports reporters in the state, winning many journalism awards along the way. His greatest joy is interviewing local athletes and coaches, and reporting on their efforts.

LONNIE HUHMAN - Writer

Lonnie graduated from EMU with a degree in creative writing. He is a longtime newspaper reporter, including two stints with The Northville Record. He is now a freelance reporter for a number of publications, including The Sun Times News in Dexter, where he lives with his wife and two young children. He is glad to be back covering the Northville community.

TIM SMITH - Writer

Tim brings a penchant for telling powerful and personal stories that run the gamut from news to sports. During more than 35 years in journalism, he has earned numerous state and national awards. The Wayne State grad is a published author and rec ice hockey player.

MARIA TAYLOR – Writer

Maria is managing editor at The ACHR NEWS, a B2B publication based in Troy. She has worked as a reporter for the Northville Record, Novi News and Plymouth Observer, and once had her photo on the cover of TIME. She lives in Farmington and, as a self-avowed history nerd, routinely risks her life by standing in the road to photograph old buildings.

WENSDY VON BUSKIRK – Writer

Wensdy graduated with a degree in journalism from Wayne State University. Her first job was working as a reporter for The Northville Record. Now, as a freelance writer and editor, she works for a variety of magazines, and is excited to get back to her roots in The ‘Ville. -Photo by Kathleen Voss

SCOTT BUIE - Advertising Director/VP of Sales

For more than 20 years Scott has worked with clients in Metro Detroit to create advertising campaigns to grow their business. After managing sales for radio station in the Detroit Market for 17 years he purchased Street Marketing where he works closely with a variety of businesses and events. Scott and his family have lived in the Plymouth and Northville Area for 23 over years.

BRYAN MITCHELL - Photographer

Bryan started working as a photographer more than 30 years ago, and was the Northville Record photographer in the 90's. He has freelanced for The Detroit News, The Guardian, Reuters, and other publications. His photography has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the globe. The Northville resident also coaches mountain biking at Northville High School.


A View From The ‘Ville

Hip Hip Hooray for Mr. Koski I was among the hundreds of parents and family members who had the honor to attend the commencement ceremony for the Northville High School Class of 2021 on June 6. A couple things stood out, beyond the fact that it was such a joy to be in a large group again celebrating, something I will never again take for granted. First it was a sweltering day. It had to be more than 100 degrees inside Tom Holzer Ford Stadium, especially on the field where many were seated, including the grads. The second thing that was very noticeable is how wonderfully diverse, ethnically, our high school kids are, and also how brilliant and ready for the world they are. Just an impressive class of kids. Another thing that stood out to me was how much love everyone in the stadium had for NHS Principal Tony Koski. When he took the stage, nearly everyone cheered – students and parents, alike. And it wasn’t just because he’s a likeable guy. Everyone in attendance knows how much he busted his tail this year, particularly the last couple weeks leading up to

Twins Evan (left) and Tyler Nagy with NHS Principal Tony Koski while picking up their diplomas on June 4th. Photo by Bryan Mitchell

the graduation ceremony. Just a couple days before the commencement ceremony, Koski spent about 12 hours in scorching heat handing out diplomas and taking individual photos with each and every one of the more than 600 graduates in front of the high school. A week before he was making sure everything was going ok with an unusual prom that took place

throughout downtown Northville. No small task. Koski will be the first to tell you he couldn’t succeed leading a school of more than 2,400 students without his hard-working staff, including assistant principals James Gordon, Janice Loomis, Krystal Muhammad, Diana Patterson and Athletic Director Brian Samulski. There’s no doubt that is true. Yet,

there’s no denying Koski rose to the challenge, providing needed leadership and keeping things on the tracks during an incredibly difficult year. He regularly communicated with parents about COVID cases and quarantines, all the while trying to keep things as normal as possible for the kids. In his commencement speech, Koski told the graduates how much he admired their grit and determination, and their ability to adapt throughout this crazy year. The same can certainly be said of him. He also noted it was the first time he had worn a tie since the beginning of the pandemic. He made a promise back then that he wouldn’t wear one again until the kids could all be together again. It seemed so fitting that it took place on commencement day. Thank you, Mr. Koski. You are the right man for the job. We’re lucky to have you. Kurt Kuban is the Publisher and Editor of The ‘Ville. He welcomes your comments at kurtkuban@ thevillemagazine.com.

Your Voice: Letters to the Editor 4 Arts and Acts returns with new artists, location 6 Northville High School Class of 2021 24 Catholic Central High School Class of 2021 27 NHS inducting first class of Hall of Famers 36

Where The Roots ‘Time To Step Run Deep Aside’

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Unsung hero Ed Gabrys tabbed for Hall of Fame 38 Garden Walk will inspire new green thumbs 44 100 Women Who Care invest in the ‘human spirit’ 46

ON THE COVER: Lauren Atkinson and Joe Beeson toss their caps in the air with their fellow classmates at the conclusion of the Northville High School Class of 2021 commencement ceremony June 6 at Tom Holzer Ford Stadium. Photo by Bryan Mitchell


Your Voice Honor our seniors citizens

Every day in the richest country in the world, communities of senior citizens who have contributed a lifetime of their time, money, resources and effort to build a society that we and future generations benefit from, go unacknowledged, uncared for, unsupported and unloved. Society is changing, and former educators, officers, civil servants, postal workers, ministers, grocery workers, union leaders, line workers and other older adults are finding themselves, many for the first time in their lives, alone with nowhere to turn. After earning a living wage to support themselves, raise families and help out their communities in the prime of their lives, many senior citizens barely receive enough income for living expenses, but don’t have enough for other necessities, as simple as lotion, or least of all enjoyment amenities like a magazine or book. With the demand on most families’ lives the senior community is often forgotten. Times have been hard for everyone during the pandemic. Families are working from home, while schooling their children. Everyone is juggling life, trying not to go under. Allocating time, money and resources is a struggle for everyone. For over five years, my family members have found that even just a little bit of support to our senior community can make a huge difference in their lives. As we have contributed to senior citizens we continue to see an ever growing need to be more involved. Support from others has a positive impact on our seniors, leading to lower rates of depression, fewer physical limitations, higher levels of well-being and decreased feelings of loneliness. We have found our senior community is in need of: puzzles (100 pieces or less), coloring books, large print word search, baseball caps, Cardigan sweaters (medium-extra large), movies, music, especially rock and roll music, greeting cards, flowers, coloring pencils, magazines and books, jumbo exercise balls, deodorant, body spray, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, and shaving bags for toiletries. In our efforts to support our senior citizens we are selling T-shirts to raise money, collecting donations and recruiting volunteers to alleviate the aforementioned items. We have around 230 residents we would like to service. Our efforts are being focused on the following locations: • Pomeroy Living of Northville • Brookdale (Northville) All the residents are vaccinated and if you are vaccinated, you can visit and play cards, games or just talk with them one on one. • Star Manor of Northville • Addington Place (Northville) • Anthropology of Northville • Court of Manor Foster Adult Home (Wixom) – Along with the items list above, the residents are in need of new or donated clothing. I invite those who would like to get involved with restoring our senior citizen community, by donating time or resources, to reach out to me and we can connect and work out the details. With your help we can remember our forgotten community. They are still a part of us, so let’s honor them and their legacy. Please contact me at (248) 787-9382. LaNette Dudley

SOUND OFF 4 The ‘Ville

Thanks, Mr. Miller!

I’ve never met Mike Miller, the local builder, and I’m not getting a house built. But I feel like he should get some recognition for what he is doing for Northville. He makes old homes like new and builds new ones to look cozy with their big porches where neighbors can just sit and talk. His homes are so recognizable and I just love to drive into Northville and see them. I recently talked briefly on the phone with him. He seems like the nicest man ever. Thanks for all you do, Mr. Miller. Elvera Hidde

Guernseys or Holsteins?

Regarding John Conder’s comment about the color of the Guernsey cows in the May 2021 “Your Voice” column. Guernsey cows are not black and white. He must be referring to Holsteins. Guernsey cows are tan and white. Mr. McGuire would be rolling over in his grave if his cows were painted black and white. Dennis Wingfield

Guernseys are brown

I was raised on a dairy farm. I never saw a black and white Guernsey cow. They are a light fawn color! Ann Chowdhury Lakes of Northville

Add the spots

I wanted to write a note of support on the “Correct the cows” letter from John Conder you had in the most recent edition of Your Voice. I have to say I totally agree with him. Ever since Guernsey Farms redecorated/updated their restaurant I’ve wondered why they have those two great cows on the roof that totally blend in and don’t stand out? To my knowledge dairy cows are black and white spotted, black angus are black (beef) and so on. So why are the cows pure white on Guernsey’s outdoor roof? Not only would painting them with black spots be correct per the breed it would also help them stand out more and look really cool on the rooftop. I heartily support John’s comment on finishing the cows. Love the restaurant and those cows would look great with their spots! Elizabeth McWilliams

Please submit your letters by emailing Editor Kurt Kuban at kurtkuban@gmail.com. Letters must be 150 words or less. We reserve the right to edit all letters.


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rts and Acts is back. After a one-year hiatus, the beloved event returns with a new location and lots of fun for the whole family — even pets! The 2021 Art and Acts Festival will be held June 18-20 along West Cady Street, in front of the Northville Art House, and in the parking lots of the adjacent Northville District Library and Old Village School. Presented by the Northville Art House, Arts and Acts features three art fairs in one — Art in the Sun, Maker’s Mart and Young Artist Juried Art Fair — as well as solo and international performances.

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Visitors will find fine art, crafts, entertainment, food and family-friendly activities such as the Northville Art House Chalk Festival. New this year, dog owners can enter their pets in the Paws with Applause Northville Dog Show and Virtual Photo Contest.

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According to Erin Maten, executive director of the Northville Art House, organizers are thrilled to have the festival back on the calendar. “We are so excited to be moving forward,” Maten said. Like many events, Arts and Acts was cancelled last summer due to COVID. The financial blow to the Art House was tremendous, especially since the organization found it difficult to secure grants and PPP loans due to a variety of factors. Organizers are ready to get their biggest fundraiser of the year back on track. “This is really going to help keep our doors open moving forward,” Maten said.

YOUNG ARTIST JURIED ART FAIR: Original art and reproductions by Metro Detroit children in grades 2-12. NORTHVILLE ART HOUSE CHALK FESTIVAL: A chance for anyone to decorate a sidewalk square and decorate for prizes in one of three age categories. PAWS WITH APPLAUSE: Pet lovers show off their pooch’s style in person and online. Learn more at www.northvillearthouse.org/ artsandacts/ SHORT ON WORDS: Refreshments, literary readings and awards, 7-8 p.m. Friday in the Northville Art House backyard. For more information and to register for events, visit www. northvillearthouse.org/artsandacts.


The arts have taken a big hit during the pandemic. Some $16 billion has been lost in the arts. People who come out and purchase art support the artists themselves along with the whole industry. Erin Maten Executive Director, Northville Art House

Woodworker Jeffery Schram creates signs, cutting boards and other wares in his Lincoln, Mich. shop.

The festival was held downtown in the past, but was displaced this year by the Northville Social District.

There’s plenty of room at the new location for more than 120 professional fine artists, crafters, and young artists to offer their wares in an outdoor, socially-distanced setting. Among fine artists participating are Adam Weiss from Fort Calhoun, Neb., who creates copper patina paintings and outdoor sculptures; Debra Nabors from Columbus, Ind., who uses polymer clay to create one-of-a-kind jewelry; and Erin Hoekzema from Adrian, Mich., selling wheel thrown stoneware and porcelain. The Makers Mart will offer signs and cutting boards by

woodworker Jeffery Schram from Lincoln, Mich., and handcrafted natural bath products by Meaghan McCann of Plymouth, Mich. Maten encourages people to come out and shop small. “The arts have taken a big hit

Erin Hoekzema from Adrian, Mich. uses a pottery wheel to make stoneware and porcelain pieces that are fired and glazed.

during the pandemic,” she said. “Some $16 billion has been lost in the arts. People who come out and purchase art support the artists themselves along with the whole industry.” All proceeds from the festival help the Northville Art House fulfill its mission to cultivate the arts through creative experiences and educational programs in Metro Detroit. For festival information and updates, visit www. northvillearthouse.org/ artsandacts/ and @ ArtsandActsFestival on Facebook.

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hen locals need fresh cut blooms for special occasions, they stop by Renee Walter’s flower cart. Walter runs Michigan Flower Farm, located on Garfield Road in Northville. The farm mainly supplies wholesalers and florists around the region, but Walter also makes bouquets to sell direct to neighbors, self-serve, on the honor system. They pull up to the end of her driveway, choose from bouquets in cellophane or glass vases, leave cash or checks in a red metal lock box or Venmo the fee. On Mother’s Day, Walter couldn’t make bouquets fast enough. “We completely sold out,” she says. “It’s a busy time.” HIDDEN GEM Walter’s flower stand and farm are among the hidden gems that make Northville special. Walter bought her land, 6.78 acres, in 1984, and filled

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Renee Walter moves some mulch with her tractor (above). Her Michigan Flower Farm is located on Garfield Road. She sells to suppliers, but also has bouquets for sale out on the road (top right).

it with animals, at one time boarding up to 30 horses and raising cows, pigs and ponies. She learned to garden from her grandfather. “I’ve always grown something,” she says. “He put up most of his food and I’ve always done the same.” For her “day job,” Walter spent three decades as a commercial animal photographer, shooting pets,

livestock and exotics for books, magazines, calendars and greeting cards. “Back in the photography heyday it was a really good business,” she says. “Plus, it gave us a good excuse to play with a lot of animals.” She photographed cats and dogs for the Humane Society, and small animals like hedgehogs, opossum, ferrets and frogs.

“You name it,” she says. Walter was successful, but her career was waylaid when she was bit in the face by a dog around 2009. The injury damaged her depth perception in one eye. “I couldn’t focus well enough to get good, clear photos. It just wasn’t clicking,” she says. “I thought, ‘what are you going to do now?’” Walter spent a couple years weighing options and mulling ways she could make a living off her land. Although she was adept at growing vegetables, having tended a large garden while raising her family, the market was competitive. She settled on flowers. “I was just a little tired of veggies. Flowers were new and exciting,” she says. “It just seemed like a good idea at the time.” SOWING SEEDS Walter planted perennials, shrubs and flowering bushes.


She leases an adjoining parcel of six acres and maintains several outbuildings and a hoop house. Walter now offers 387 varieties of flowers, with sunflowers, dahlias and tulips among the most popular. Spring begins with planting early annuals, prepping beds and pruning bushes. “The list just goes on and on,” Walter says. The 62-year-old rises early, dons jeans, T-shirts and Red Wing work boots, and gets outside. “I’m not a hat or gloves person, and my hands look like it,” Walter says. Her husband, Pat, lends a hand, and she has one seasonal helper. Other assistants come and go. “I get a lot of people who say ‘It’s my dream.’ They don’t understand weeding for eight hours a day isn’t a lot of fun,” Walter says. Her best employees tend to leave and start their own flower farms. Others just don’t last. “People think it’s about playing with flowers. It’s more about working in dirt. If it’s 100 degrees it doesn’t matter. You have to do the work,” she says. During the busiest time of

year, Walter puts in up to 18 hours from dawn to dusk. Each variety of plant requires special care. Lisianthus need to be covered in early spring, ranunculus don’t like heat. But as long as you put in the effort, you’ll get results. “If you treat them right, they’ll all grow. That’s the nice thing about plants. That’s what they want to do,” Walter says. SEASONAL COLOR Walter supplies 20-30 florists and a couple wholesalers around the region. They check her website to see what’s available, and reach out via email. Walter cuts flowers fresh to order. White and blush blooms with sprigs of greenery are popular for weddings. Often people choose flowers more based on color than type, she says. Sales last year were strange due to COVID, Walter said. The special events market dried up with milestones being cancelled, and commercial sales slowed with offices being shuttered. Demand from private homeowners, however, grew stronger than ever. “People seemed to eat the flowers up. They just couldn’t

get enough. They were stuck at home and wanted some beauty,” she says. Walter is waiting to see what this year will bring. NORTHVILLE ROOTS Walter was raised in Northville, on a 5-acre farm at Eight Mile and Napier where her parents ran a produce stand and offered pony rides and other agricultural activities to kids. Her mom still lives there although her dad, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, recently moved to Florida. Walter has been married for 17 years to Pat Walter, who just retired from maintenance at Northville Downs. She has a son, Jerid, 43, and a granddaughter, Grace, 14. When Walter isn’t busy tending to her flowers, she fills her time with more work. She enjoys home renovation projects, recently restoring two “fixer-uppers” in Flint, and revamping her own kitchen over the winter. Walter no longer raises livestock. She recently sold her last mare, and put down her 40-year-old donkey Amos

Moses. She keeps two ducks on slug and snail patrol, five cats and a mutt named Charlie who acts as the farm’s official greeter. Other critters are unwelcome guests. Racoons got into her coop and killed all of her chickens, and she’s constantly fending off wildlife. “We have extreme deer and rabbit pressure here now. There’s so much building the land’s just getting eaten up so they all come visit us,” she says. “I just walked out there this morning and someone had tasted my clematis.” So far, Walter is winning the battle and continuing to produce quality flowers for her customers. Florists tell Walter her flowers are “the best” and locals become regulars. “They say I’m the best kept secret in Northville,” she says. “I don’t do a lot of advertising. I just make bouquets like crazy.” Michigan Flower Farm is located at 22460 Garfield Road in Northville, between 8 Mile and 9 Mile roads, about a mile west of Beck. Email service@ michiganflowerfarm.com or visit michiganflowerfarm.com .

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fter years of dedicated service that were inspired by the simple, yet important principle of wanting to help people, City of Northville Fire Chief Steve Ott announced he’s retiring from the department. His final day will be July 2. “I am in my 36th year with the Department -- and if you consider the fact that I was already in my thirties when I started here, I am definitely at the age when a person thinks of retirement,” Chief Ott said. “When I became chief, I set myself the goal of serving in that job for seven years, and those seven years will be up at the end of June,” he said. “The fire service is undergoing constant change. The things we do, and the way we do them, have evolved greatly in my time here. I believe there comes a time when a leader should step aside and let others bring new ideas to the job. Now seems to be that time.”

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‘Time To Step Aside’ Chief Ott retiring after 36 years with Fire Department By Lonnie Huhman | Photos by Bryan Mitchell Looking back to the start of his career, Ott said as he was growing up and into his college years, he was always interested in the work that firefighters did. “It looked like a field where you got to help others and respond when there were emergencies that needed to be dealt with,” he remembers. The TV show “Emergency!” was popular at the time, and he said he never missed an episode. “When we moved to Detroit and I started law school, I saw an ad in the local neighborhood paper about the Detroit Fire Department seeking new members for their auxiliary,” said Ott. “I signed

up and, while we did not do all that much, I learned a lot. Years later when we moved to Northville, I learned that the local fire department accepted part-time, paid on call members, so I put in my application.” He remembers the training in Detroit was minimal, but after being hired in Northville he was sent to training classes at local fire departments to get the basics taken care of. A few years later, the department sponsored an in-house EMT class, which he then completed, and from there each year remained committed to this important profession.

It’s the training, which he said never stops, that keeps the personnel sharp and ready to help. “There are always new certifications to obtain, old skills to refresh, continuing education credits to earn and simply working together with others in your department, or the fire service as a whole, to do the job better and better each day,” he said. In this training and dedication, Ott and the firefighters he’s worked with had one main goal in mind and that’s serving their community to the best of their abilities, he said. When I asked Ott if there was anything in particular he’d want the community to know as he retires, Ott said, “I hope that the citizens of both the City of Northville and the City of Plymouth, whom we serve, know how deeply we appreciate the support they give us.”


Plymouth City Manager Paul Sincock said the fire services partnership between Plymouth and Northville is unique -- one fire department serving two different cities, separated by three miles. He noted Ott was able to “to communicate his vision for both cities effectively horizontally, vertically and laterally in the organizational chart.” “Chief Ott has always displayed a strong personal commitment to successfully completing the many tasks within the department. That could be from responding on a run, to coaching a new hire

through the process or taking the lead at an incident,” Sincock said. Working with his fellow firefighters is something Ott will miss most. “I am extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication of all of the men and women I have served with here over the years,” he said. “Virtually all of them do so on a part-time basis in addition to their regular jobs, school, family obligations and the like. It takes a special person to do this work, and I am proud to say that individuals in both communities have stepped forward to take on the

I am extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication of all of the men and women I have served with here over the years. Virtually all of them do so on a part-time basis in addition to their regular jobs, school, family obligations and the like. It takes a special person to do this work, and I am proud to say that individuals in both communities have stepped forward to take on the Steve Ott responsibility of keeping our communities safe. responsibility of keeping our communities safe.” As to what’s next for him, Ott said throughout his time as chief he’s remained associated, on a part-time basis, with the law firm he joined 40 years ago this year, so he hopes to continue doing pro bono work through the firm, and to whatever extent possible, pass along his experience to others. “Beyond that, I am actually looking forward to the idea of being ‘retired.’ We (he and his wife Mary) would like to travel more, as the pandemic allows,” he said. “And I believe that other possibilities will present themselves, allowing me to continue to give back to the

community in new ways.” So now the city of Northville has a big decision to make as it looks for its next chief. As to who will replace Ott, Northville City Manager Pat Sullivan said the city has advertised the position with the Michigan Municipal League and would be interviewing candidates soon. Whoever ends up getting the job will have some big shoes to fill, according to Sincock. “Chief Ott has been an excellent steward of this very unique fire department and we are very pleased with his service to both cities and our region,” Sincock said.

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NHS Class of 2021 Ends On High Note Abby McDaniel (from left), Charlotte Green, Sam Pendleton and Anja Olsen at prom.

Northville High School graduation ceremony June, 6 2021. Under a blazing, mid-day sun on June 6, Northville High School’s Class of 2021 gathered for their graduation ceremony on the steamy football field at Tom Holzer Ford Stadium. Not only was it noteworthy because it marked the culmination of the high school careers for the 616 graduates of NHS’s 153rd graduating class, it was also the first time the entire class had been together in one place since March of 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. The graduation ceremony was also the culmination of a whirlwind week and a half for the seniors, which included prom on May 27, diploma pick up on June 4, the student parade and Senior All Night Party on June 5 and the grad ceremony a day later. Nobody was sure any of this would happen earlier this spring, but with COVID numbers dropping and vaccinations on the rise, things began to fall into place and a little normalcy returned just in time.

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Of course, none of it was exactly normal. The prom, for example, took place in downtown Northville, mostly outside on one of the chilliest days of the spring. Kudos to all the downtown businesses that contributed to make it a special night for the graduates, despite the weather. The student parade along Six Mile, with family members and the community cheering them on, was something that began last year, when, amid the pandemic, administrators were looking for a way to publicly celebrate the graduates in a safe way. Hopefully it is a tradition that will continue into the future. It’s fun and the students really seem to enjoy it. Bryan Mitchell, our photographer and longtime Northville resident, was there every step of the way to document the big events the last couple weeks, as the high school journey for the Class of 2021 came to an end.

Maya McEntrye waves during the senior parade.

Drake VanDike and Lauren Atkinson pose for photos at Mill Race. His photos capture the joy, grit and diversity of a great group of young adults ready for the next chapter of their lives. The ‘Ville is happy to honor the Class of 2021. You’ve persevered through virtual classrooms, quarantines and one of the strangest trips a graduating class has ever been on. You make us all proud. Now go out and conquer the world and realize your dreams. We’re all pulling for you.


Sara Shinotsuka walks across the stage.

Mahdi Falouji rides in the senior parade.

NHS principals Tony Koski and Krystal Muhammad celebrate the grads.

Twins Jordyn (left) and Sydney Hardy are photo bombed by Principal Tony Koski.

Andrew Burns (from left), Mya Proctor, Ben Lane, and Jason Collyer at prom.

Lily Wilczewski and Maggie Hartman ride in the parade.

DeLani Martin (from left), DeAria Martin and Katie Clark at prom.

Alex Ladach tries to beat the heat during the graduation ceremony.


Charlotte Atkinson and Joshua Nigro pose for a photo at Mill Race during prom.

Asil Khanafer fist bumps Principal Tony Koski after picking up her diploma.

Lydia Monterosso (from left), Abbey Christner and Mia Genitti cheer during the parade.

Northville High School graduation ceremony June, 6 2021.

(Bottom from left) Regan Henderson, Giulia Castiglioni, Alexis Demos, Kate Baker, (top from left) Jack Huddy, George Fox, Ryan Crouse, Parker Marquette, and John Canelopoulos at prom.


Carson Breen, Carmen Raad, Collin Breen, Sarah Allen, Brett Rankin, and Sophia Stiles pose for a photo at prom. Alexander Laskowski waits to have his name called for photos with principal Tony Koski.

Class President Elizabeth White gives a speech.

Evan Wegienka and Jess Berg enjoy some popcorn at prom.

Lauren Atkinson shows off her MSU colors during the parade.

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Sara Faraj

Sotiris Tsilimingras

We’ve watched in amazement as you’ve grown into the person you are today, and we’re watching with great anticipation to see what you become. With your talent and determination, the sky’s the limit! Love Dad, Mom, Maya and Hussein!

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Kenzie Bankhead

Livvy Setla

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Sydney Shanahan

Allison Heemer

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Alexis Roberts

Alexis, we are extremely proud of you and your accomplishments at Mercy High School. Continue to strive for excellence, and always “let your Smile change the World, but don’t let the World change Your Smile”. We are so happy for your hard work and focus in the classroom and on the basketball court. Bravo for a Job Well Done! Here’s to your next chapter as you continue to leave your amazing mark on the world! Love, Mom, Dad, Jada, Sasha & Buddy

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We are so proud of all your accomplishments and for the amazing young lady you have become. You are smart, funny, compassionate, just beautiful inside and out. We’re so excited about your next chapter and the impact you’ll make in everything you do. Our hearts are full of love for you, but also know that Dad is looking down on you with a super full heart and taking every step with you. XO, “The Incredibles”

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Congratulations! All these years, it has been nothing short of magical watching you become who you are today. You are a one of a kind daughter who has made our family very proud. We cannot wait to see what the future holds. Believe in yourself and what you can do. Bravely face each challenge with the perfect blend of confidence and grace. We believe in you and we love you more. #WingsUp! Love, Mom, Dad, Charlie & the Pets

Jack, We are so proud of your hard work and dedication during your time at Northville High School. NHS was your stepping stone as you continue to make your dreams come true in the fall at MSU. Remember to always be caring, honest, and true to yourself, and let happiness be your guide in life! Love always, Mom, Dad, Nana, Papa, Rachel and Brian

Hannah, Graduation came by too quickly. A new chapter begins as you set off for Loyola in Chicago in the fall. Follow your dreams and always believe in yourself. Keep your eyes on the stars and hope in your heart. Love you to the moon & back, Dad, Mom, Peter, Alexander, Samantha, Tata Hanan, and Yiayia Maria

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Congratulations Connor. So proud of you! Always remember, if you follow your dreams, you’ll never get lost. Love, Dad

We are so proud of everything you have accomplished. Prouder still of the person you have become. It is inspiring to watch you pursue your passion. We can't wait to see it all come to fruition on a grand stage. You know we aren't good at "all this gooey shh...ow of emotion," so all we can say is, "Ach. La-la la-la la-la bamba." Smooches, Mom, Dad, Zach, and Max

A sweet ending and a new beginning. As you go off to Michigan State, remember all you have to do is be yourself and live your own story. The one that is uniquely yours and created by you. Be strong, be confident and most of all, be happy. We love you, Mommy, Aaron, Alex, Alden, Andrew & Nana

Kyle, You are an extraordinary person living in extraordinary times. We couldn't be prouder of your accomplishments in the classroom and on the water. You set goals for yourself and you accomplish them with tenacity and grace. Keep dreaming big and working to make those dreams come true. UC San Diego is lucky to have you! Love you to infinity and beyond, Mom, Dad, Hotrod and Hope

Lea Angelica Tsalis Lea, you are beautiful inside and out! So, so proud of your achievements from Magna Cum Laude to Varsity Tennis and everything in between! Your light shines much like the Ikarian sun you love so much. Enjoy MSU, your major suits you perfectly, Environmental Science and Sustainability with a focus in fashion design. After all, you are my fashionista!! We love you Sunshine Girl! Mom, Dad, Jack and yiayia Olga

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Congratulations Danny, we are so proud of you and all your accomplishments. Your leadership, determination, and great attitude will help you succeed in anything you set out to do. The sky is the limit. Love Dad, Mom, and Jacqueline

Elle, we are so proud of your accomplishments and the hills you have already climbed and conquered. We can't wait to watch you embark on this new adventure. Keep learning and challenging yourself, grow a little each day and you will move mountains. DREAM BIG! Go Green! Love, Dad, Mom, Reese and Thomas

Congratulations, Takuma! We are so proud who you are today. Behind your great achievements in marching band, Mr. Mustang, talent show…we all know your countless efforts behind the scenes. You are unstoppable in drums, piano, playing golf, training Ninja gym…every day, week, rain or shine, with friends or alone, you continued your efforts. You are absolutely awesome. Never stop! Keep going, Takuma! Love, Dad, Mom and Ryo

Hana, you inspire us with your unwavering persistence and determination to strive for the best. You are an amazing sister, daughter, granddaughter, cousin, niece, friend, mentor, student, artist, humanitarian, and cat owner. We love you more than words or any actions can convey, Hana. A new chapter to your life awaits and we can’t wait to see how many thresholds you will slay. Love, Mama, Baba, Ali, Kittie and Biggie

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Congratulations Maggie Mae! It has been an amazing journey watching you grow up and blossom into a beautiful young lady through and through. We’re so proud of the way you’ve persevered through your high school years with your determination, grit and intelligence. Now, it’s time to turn the page and start a new chapter. We’ll always be right here in your corner. Watch out East Lansing! Love, Dad, Mom, Kam, Kaden & Hatchet

Jonathan, Congratulations!! It is difficult to express how proud we are of what you have done and what you will do in the future. Remember these days, these milestones and these friendships while you move forward to your next chapter. Loves… Mom, Dad, Kato, Matthew & Ollie

Oh how far you've come, from a shy girl, so quiet that your kindergarten teacher thought you didn't speak English, to graduating high school with highest honors! Summa Cum Laude, National Merit Scholar, and All America Academic swimmer. You were the first dancer from Northville ever to make the national dance team, and one of the first dancers from Michigan to become World Champion. We know you will achieve anything you want. Go Blue! –Mom, Dad, Phillip, and Beaux

Patman. Our Angel…a star, strong, solid, persistent, handsome, special, kind, a leader, fair, determined, compassionate, fun, smart, patient, and a good friend. Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up! I’m so proud of who you arealways, Peta • Peace out Pat - Jimmy • You’re my favorite person - Mark • We love living the dream with you, let’s keep it going, eh! We’ll follow you wherever you go LOL. Love, Mom & Dad


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HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

Senior Michael Loftus (far right) poses with his bandmates in the NHS auditorium

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he beginning of autumn in 2020 brought many welcome changes to our new precautionary lifestyles: a reinstated sports season for the majority of America, the much-anticipated election, and the start of a brand-new school year. Northville High School welcomed all of its new, returning, and virtual students by October, including its new class of seniors. Many seized the opportunity for a fresh start, making the best of a tough year together. Although the Class of 2021 missed out on numerous opportunities because of the pandemic, many still look back on their high school years with fond memories -- from clubs to extracurriculars to sports. Senior Jennifer Guo thinks back to some of her favorite moments that occurred while participating in the Color My World Club: “We’ve organized many activities such as inviting

guest speakers, meditating together, bringing in therapy dogs, and most importantly, creating a safe space for students to listen or share their struggles if they feel comfortable,” she says. With a similar sentiment, senior Ashna Khetan shares her experience with another NHS club. “I will never forget when my club, Operation Good Cheer, collected and wrapped over 200 presents for foster kids,” she recalls. “When we stood in Ms. Strawska’s room with the 60 colorful boxes drowning the 15 students in the room, I couldn’t help but feel extremely proud of all we had accomplished during the season.” Senior Michael Loftus found joy participating in band. “Band was a lot of work, but I also had a lot of good times with friends at band camp, football games... and even just everyday class,” he said. One thing the Class of

2021 had going for it was the kindness that flowed from the NHS faculty. “I think the thing I will miss most about NHS is how much the teachers genuinely care about their students and their success,” senior Giulia Castiglioni reflected. Indeed, the faculty at Northville High School strives to help their students in any way they need, a fact that has only become more apparent in these trying times. The end of high school is bittersweet, especially in hectic times like these. Despite this, the Class of 2021 is looking forward to what the future holds. Many are heading off to college, while others will jump right into the real world. Khetan, for example, is heading to California to study at Stanford. “My intended major, Symbolic Systems, is related to Artificial Intelligence, so I’m pumped to take computer science, cognitive science,

and philosophy classes,” she says. “I’m also looking forward to learning how to surf and everything else related to California’s sunny weather.” Others are staying close to home, like senior Dana Clafton: “I am excited to be on my own and begin the first chapter of adulthood. I hope to graduate from the Ross School of Business, have a lot of fun, and get a job in a city where I can spend the rest of my life.” Although we are sad to see them go, Northville High School is proud of what the Class of 2021 has achieved and

Senior Andy Jiang often performed Chinese yo-yo at NHS as part of club activities

is excited to see what’s in store for them. “I can’t wait to see how much my classmates and I can accomplish; I know that we’re all so capable of doing big things!” says Guo. Wherever their divergent paths lead, they will always have the bond of having gone through one of the most interesting senior years in memory.

EDITOR'S NOTE: High School Confidential is a collaborative effort by the Stringers Journalism Club made up of Northville High School students Alyssa Bachert, Tamsin Boyd, Maria Cowden, Maggie Kuban, Chethan Magnan, Navya Meka, Wesley Paradowski, Lauren Sprow and Audrey Zhang The ‘Ville 33


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FIRST CLASS NHS sports legends among school’s inaugural Hall of Fame inductees By Brad Emons

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he inaugural class for the Northville High School Athletics Hall of Fame is certainly stellar to say the least. The group of honorees will be recognized at the school’s varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 1 and followed by the induction ceremony on Saturday Oct. 2. “We are very excited to start an athletic Hall of Fame at Northville High School,” athletic director Brian Samulski said. “Northville athletics has a rich tradition with very talented student-

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athletes, coaches, teams, and administrators, we look forward to honoring this rich tradition starting with this great inaugural class this upcoming fall.” Check an upcoming edition of ‘The Ville’ for more information regarding purchasing tickets for the ceremony. Tickets will be available in early August. For more information, email the Northville A.D. at samulskibr@northvilleschools. org. Here is a quick peak at the upcoming inaugural class of inductees.

Steve Juday

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MURIEL BEDFORD A 1974 grad, Bedford was an All-Stater in track and field where she held school records in the 440-yard run, 880 (state runner-up in 2:18.0) and shot put. She participated four years in basketball and track, three years in volleyball and two years in tennis. Bedford played basketball at Eastern Michigan where she lettered four times. DR. TONY BRININGSTOOL The 1987 grad was an All-State and Dream Team linebacker in football his senior year where he earned Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year and All-American honors in 1986. Briningstool also participated in basketball and track for the Mustangs. At Michigan State he played in four bowl games and on a pair of Big Ten championship teams.

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DAN BROWN The 1962 grad earned AllState basketball honors leading the Mustangs to the Class B state semifinals. The 6-foot-5 Brown played at the University of Michigan during the Cazzie Russell era as the Wolverines finished as the NCAA runner-up to UCLA in 1965. SUE CAHILL The 1980 grad was a standout swimmer who was a two-time state record holder and high school All-American where her school records held for more than two decades. Cahill went on to swim at the University of Michigan where she was the 1982 AIAW champion in the 400 IM. NICOLE CAUZILLO The 2003 grad was a standout in soccer, basketball and track. The two-time All-State selection was named Michigan Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year as a senior before going on to play one season at West Virginia before finishing her career as captain at Kansas. She was also a runner-up in the Kansas City Marathon. DENNIS COLLIGAN The Wayne native became a fixture at Northville High School serving as both the varsity football coach (1979-85) and athletic director (1986-97) before becoming an assistant

and head principal. Colligan retired from Northville Schools, and still remains active as an assistant football coach on Matt Ladach’s varsity staff. JOHN HORWATH The 1978 grad earned All-State honors in football in 1978 as a defensive back and also played wide receiver where he held the touchdown record. He was also a sharpshooter in basketball and was a standout in baseball as well. Horwath, who resides in Northville, was also a defensive coach during Northville’s 9-0 undefeated 2015 regular season. STEVE JUDAY The quarterback guided the Mustangs to an undefeated 9-0 season in 1961. After graduating from Northville in 1962, Juday went on to Michigan State where he led the Spartans to a Big Ten title and national championship in 1965. He became the first MSU QB to throw over 1,000 yards and was inducted into MSU’s Hall of Fame in 2016. THOMAS LONG A standout in tennis for the Mustangs, Long earned four varsity letters where he served as captain and made All-State twice (1961-1962). He was a league, regional and state runner-up. He also qualified for the U.S. Junior Nationals before going on to Clemson University on a full scholarship where he earned the Tigers’ MVP award in 1966 after placing runner-up in singles and doubles at the ACC Championships.

BRYAN MASI Served 16 years as the Mustangs’ athletic director beginning in 2003 before retiring in 2019. Under his watch, Northville athletics captured seven of the school’s 11 state titles. Previously, the Dearborn native worked in the district as a teacher and coach before taking the A.D. reins. He is currently an assistant football coach for the Mustangs.

CINDY PANOWICZ The 1985 grad was an All-State hurdler as well as AllState in cross country in 1983. She was selected Northville’s Athlete of the Year in both 1984 and 1985 and was the school record holder in 10 events. She went on to compete at Kansas University. DARREL SCHUMACHER Having served as both the head varsity football (19862001) and basketball (2001-08) coach, Schumacher is still going strong after 45 years as an assistant at Northville in both sports. His 1990 football team reached the Class A semifinals, while he was named Regional Coach of the Year in 1993. His 200506 basketball team went undefeated during the regular season with a 20-0 record.

MIKE TURNBULL Will be inducted posthumously after being named the school’s Athlete of the Year in 1966. Turnbull was a standout in football, baseball and basketball for the Mustangs where he earned numerous All-League and All-Area honors. He was named one of the Detroit News’ top football recruits before going on to Michigan State. Turnbull, an Army veteran, was Admissions Director for Culver Academies (Ind.) for 16 years. His brother is Northville Mayor Brian Turnbull. 1973 BOYS SWIM TEAM Members of the school’s first state championship team, coached by Ben Lauber, will be also honored after capturing the 1973 Michigan High School Athletic Association Class B-C-D title. ED GABRYS Gabrys is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Gabrys (see related story on Page 38) has served as a registered track and cross country official going on 48 years after coaching track (1974-84) and cross country (1980-1998) for the Mustangs.

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Ed Gabrys (middle) has worked with track officials Jim Gibbons (left) and Steve Boyak (right) for decades. Photo courtesy of Jim Gibbons

Ed Gabrys (with megaphone) lines up track runners from Northville and Hartland.

Unsung Hero

Ed Gabrys: From behind the scenes to Hall of Fame By Brad Emons

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hen it comes to working behind the scenes for Northville High athletics, Ed Gabrys would be voted Most Valuable Person in a landslide. A registered track and cross country official in his 47th year, Gabrys has been invaluable to the district when it comes to organizing and running meets both at the high school and middle school levels. He has also worn many hats during his career serving the Mustangs’ track and field program for 10 years (1974-84) and its girls (1980-84) and boys (1980-1998) cross country teams for another 19. And from 1973 before retiring in 2010, Gabrys taught U.S. History, Government, Psychology and International Studies at NHS. It was only fitting that the 72-year-old Gabrys will be part of the inaugural class of inductees this October into the Northville High Athletic Hall of Fame where he’ll receive the school’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Gabrys is humbled by the honor to say the least, almost embarrassed given the school’s long history of athletic prowess. “It’s a complete surprise,” he said. “I’ve

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gotten quite a few comments from text messages. I know there’s many other people out there.” Recently retired Northville athletic director Bryan Masi, however, believes the honor is well deserving and a no brainer. “I always told everybody, actually when I got hired, the one recommendation that Larry Taylor made was to make sure Ed Gabrys is always being involved because what he does is unbelievable,” Masi said. “He’s always supported kids. He’s so organized. There’s not many schools that have a guy like Ed Gabrys. I’m just so thankful for him. There’s not many athletic directors that can go out and watch kids in a meet, support kids here at a track meet without running around with their head cut off. Ed’s taking care of everything.” EARLY DAYS Whether it’s a track or cross country meet, Gabrys can be found setting up things hours ahead of time to make sure everything is in order and runs smoothly. “He’s just incredible,” Masi said. “He’s just a blessing to the athletic department.” A Texas native who grew up as an Army

brat, Gabrys eventually migrated to Michigan and graduated from Dearborn Lowrey H.S. in 1967 where he competed in football and track. He went on to earn at Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Michigan and began teaching full-time at Northville High in 1973-74 where he encountered head track coach Ralph Redmond and became his assistant. In 1980, the first year that Title IX was implemented by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, Gabrys took over as head coach and fielded a girls’ team of just two. “They brought in friends the next year and by our fifth year, 1984, we were regional champions as a ‘club team,’” Gabrys said. During his stint as girls coach through that season, Gabrys’ most remarkable athlete was Cindy Panowicz, who was an All-Stater in the 220-yard dash as well as cross country. Panowicz, who was also a swimmer, held numerous school records. She went on to become a multi-events heptathlete performer at Kansas University. Among Gabrys’ most notable boys’ athletes included Dennis Singleton, who was the 1977 Class A runner-up to 1984 Olympic 800 bronze medalist Earl Jones in the 120-yard high hurdles, along with Clark Couyoumjian, who was the 1981 Class A 1,600-meter runner-up and 5K home course record holder (16:01) in cross country. But even during his early coaching days, Gabrys first cut his teeth as a track official during his first season as Redmond’s assistant coach.


“By that spring the Board was required to cut the remaining year’s budget, so all the assistant positions were eliminated,” Gabrys recalled. “Ralph came into my room handed me a starting pistol and several boxes of shells – which obviously you couldn’t do nowadays -- and said that I would be starter for all of our home meets and he would make up the difference from his own salary. Thus, it began by coaching and official journey. Things were less formal then and no one raised any conflict-ofinterest objections.” By 1976, the MHSAA began registering starters. “Then meets were composed of maybe

100 competitors and were completed in two hours,” Gabrys said. “Now dual meets are co-ed and composed of 300-to-400 athletes, and if you complete it in 3-and-a-half hours, you’re doing well.” Gabrys has officiated meets in all kinds of inclement weather, some he remembers like it was yesterday. “We had a nice snow about a month ago,” he said. “We had a meet at (Farmington) Harrison and I think it was Bloomfield Hills. It was driving rain. Terrible conditions, but what happens at that time everybody is moving around and appreciating the absurdity of the situation with the rain, the snow and the cold, but get ready to run. We

got that meet over so quickly (laughing). We did everything we possibly could . . . it was a quick one. Sometimes bad weather brings out the best in people. It’s that adversity thing.” DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Gabrys has been an active member in ATOM, the Association of Track Officials of Michigan. Jim Gibbons, former athletic director at Redford Union H.S. and retired principal from the Livonia Public Schools, has officiated track and cross country with Gabrys continued on page 40

“You can’t drive by a middle school or high school cross country meet without him making sure the course is lined properly and everything is visible and fair. He’s very adamant about that, very particular how the courses are set up. And he always makes sure it’s very safe for the kids.” Jim Gibbons, who has officiated track and cross country with Ed Gabrys since the late 1980s

Ed Gabrys (front) and his crew worked the cold MHSAA Division 1 track and field regional in 2017 at Canton High School. Photo courtesy of Jim Gibbons

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Ed Gabrys’ family includes (from left) son Mike, daughter Laura, son-in-law Garrett Turner and wife Bette.

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Gabrys since the late 1980s. Gibbons introduced him when ATOM recognized Gabrys with its Bruce Jacob Distinguished Service Award in 2008-09. “He’s knowledgeable and he sets up all the courses wherever he goes,” Gibbons said. “He’s like a little Kermit (Ambrose). He has all the stuff in his trunk. He has all the paint, the flags. You can’t drive by a middle school or high school cross country meet without him making sure the course is lined properly and everything is visible and fair. He’s very adamant about that, very particular how the courses are set up. And he always makes sure it’s very safe for the kids.” Gibbons said Gabrys will even volunteer his time on cross country weekends at nearby Cass Benton Park for other leagues such as the Detroit Charter School Conference. “He’s really committed to the sport to make sure the kids have an opportunity to compete,” Gibbons said. “He’s very friendly, personable.” Masi said Gabrys would organize and set up track events for the middle schools as well. “He does a lot of work behind the scenes

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that most people don’t even realize,” the former Northville A.D. said. “He keeps up the course at Cass Benton all season. What he does is incredible.” During the 2020 high school track season which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the first time in 47 years that Gabrys didn’t have any meets to officiate. He spent his time relaxing and reading books. He also taught himself German, Spanish and Polish using the online resources provided by the Northville District Library. “I spend about an hour each day and stay with a particular language for several months,” Gabrys said. “These three languages represent different aspects of my life, and while far from fluent, I can at least order dinner and find a restroom.” Gabrys also got himself reacquainted with the piano. “I play at it, let’s just say that,” he said. “I’m not very good. My musical tastes have changed over the years, but these days I listen to certain genres of jazz and classical. I hope that doesn’t sound too pretentious.” STAYING CONNECTED Gabrys has also been active with the Northville Historical Society where he spent six years on its board, two terms as

president and three as vice-president. Many of its activities and events are held at Mill Race Village. “It’s very interesting, I enjoyed it,” said Gabrys, a history buff who belongs to a small history book club that meets every six weeks. During the winters since 2010, Gabrys can also be found on table as the team’s official scorekeeper at Northville home basketball games. Gabrys and his wife Bette, a veterinarian, have two children. His son Mike, a 2003 Northville H.S. grad, ran cross country and track at Vanderbilt University. He is currently teaching physics and coaching high school track in Nashville, Tenn. Meanwhile, daughter Laura, a 2006 Northville grad, ran at Kalamazoo College and was recently married. Although Gabrys said he scaled back his officiating from 35 to 20 meets this spring, Northville’s Most Valuable Person doesn’t plan to step away any time soon. “It’s a way to stay connected to the teaching and coaching aspects of my career at Northville, which I really loved,” he said. “I plan to at least continue through the 2023 season to reach the half-century mark, and then decide what to do.”


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Presidential Scholar Northville High School graduating senior Shriya Reddy has been named a 2021 Presidential Scholar. She is only one of four Michigan seniors to earn the honor, and a total of 161 across the nation. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. “The 2021 Presidential Scholars represent extraordinary achievements for our extraordinary times,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “Their examples make me proud and hopeful about the future. Honoring them can remind us all of the great potential in each new generation and renew our commitment to helping them achieve their dreams.” Reddy will join the Presidential Scholars Class of 2021 during a recognition ceremony this summer.

Trunk Sale Benefits Schoolhouse The Northville Township Historic District Commission will host a trunk sale to raise money for the on-going renovation of the historic Thayer’s School at Six Mile and Napier roads. The sale takes place from 10 a.m.2 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 at the Thayer’s Corner Nature Area (8250 Napier Road). The cost to participate in the trunk sale is $25. Set up begins at 9 a.m., and items should be marked for sale before setting up. Participants keep proceeds of their sales. The cost to participate is used for the schoolhouse renovation. To reserve trunk space or for more information, call (248) 207-0765. The sale is open to the public.

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Respect & Renew Garden Walk will inspire new green thumbs By Maria Taylor

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isa Schon and her husband, Manfred, started out by tearing up their lawn for a renewable energy remodel, updating their 100-year-old Northville home from steam radiators to a geothermal system with underground pipes. Then they attended a library presentation by sustainable landscaping consultant Drew Lathin — and decided that as long as the yard was ripped out, they might as well take their sustainability goals one step further. The geothermal field turned into a rain garden, with three drainage tiers and lots of wetland plants to suck up runoff with their thirsty roots. Sustainable gardening is part of the Schons’ outlook on life, which Lisa sums up as “Respect & Renew.” To date, the Schons have replaced about a third of the original turf grass with more sustainable plantings — native plants, flowers that grow without the need for chemicals and watering, species that thrive in flooded areas and in hot, dry Michigan summers. And the result is stunning. Bright orange butterfly weed blooms in summer in the “hellstrip” between the sidewalk and the street, so vivid and intense that neighbors can’t help stopping to ask its name. They’re always fascinated by the buffalo grass, a fluffy prairie plant with a 7-foot taproot that grows deep into the soil — “Walk barefoot in it, because it just feels amazing,” Lisa tells them.

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Manfred and Lisa Schon will show off their garden.

Purple coneflowers and blue wetland iris grow in the rain garden. There’s swamp milkweed for Monarch caterpillars. A vegetable garden grows side-by-side with a privet hedge and wisteria vines on trellises, part of the formal, classic landscaping that came with the house and remains in a bit of homage to gardens of years gone by. And it’s a working garden as well as a work of art. “It’s not just the aesthetics of what’s going to be pretty there,” Lisa said. “It’s a water maintenance system. It’s what we need in our garden to support our bees and butterflies.” The Schons’ garden is one of 11 that will

be featured in the Northville Garden Walk, to be held July 14 by the Country Garden Club of Northville. The tour will highlight five private gardens and, as a bonus, a “Mini Garden Walk” featuring six patio gardens at a condo community — all easily accessible by foot. Attendees will come away inspired to create their own spaces of natural beauty, be they large spaces or small. Kathryn Novak, publicity chair for the Country Garden Club of Northville, said interest in gardening is at an all-time high since the start of the pandemic — a dramatic reversal from years prior. “Things are just flying out of the nursery,” she said. “I think it helped people get through the pandemic by giving them something to do. We think that this year, it’s really going to be big because the gardeners are out in full force. There’s so many new gardeners and so many people interested in it now, and we’re really excited about that.” For her part, Lisa Schon hopes people on the garden walk will be inspired to incorporate native plants into their gardens at home. “And that they can see there’s also a way to transition a garden from a very formal design to one using natives, or how they can coexist, like in our garden,” Schon said. “If you see it in action, I think it becomes more real to people and they realize it’s not so hard — and that you can start with just a little section.” The Garden Walk will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 14. Tickets are $15 on the day of the walk (available at Northville Town Square and Gardenviews gift shop) or $12 in advance, beginning June 12, at cgcnv.org, Gardenviews, or by mail. The event will take place rain or shine. Face coverings and social distancing may be required.


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Women Who Local non-profit invests in

CARE A

local organization dedicated to helping other non-profits by providing financial contributions is at it again. It’s also an organization made up of all women, who not only support others but also each other. The group, 100 Women Who Care, has a simple concept. Made up of 100 women (actually it’s closer to 140 now), each member gives $100 four times a year, totaling more than $10,00 every quarter, to “invest in the power of the human spirit,” said Suha Costy, who is the founder of the Northville chapter. The idea is to leverage many small gifts into a large one, to provide a greater impact towards the organization receiving that quarter’s contribution. Members

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‘power of the human spirit’ Story and Photos by Laura Fawaz

Amy Walsh (from left), Suha Costy, and Lisa Wiseley (far right) from 100 Women Who Care write out the check to Rachelle Vartanian, founder of The Living & Learning Enrichment Center.

nominate a 501(c)3 nonprofit local charity, and three are picked at random. The organizations are given 3-5 minutes to give a presentation to the group, describing their

needs, and how the donation will benefit them. After taking a vote, one cause is chosen, and a special check delivery presentation will take place. Additionally, the recipient

will be encouraged to report on the progress and lifechanging differences that the contribution has made, at the next quarter’s meeting. Lisa Wiseley and Amy Walsh are the co-founders, who joined with Costy in the beginning. They all spent endless time and money with several charities, but not feeling like they were making a big impact. Knowing there was more they could and should do, Costy told them about 100 Men Who Care, after seeing a positive reaction from her husband Del, who had recently joined the Rochester chapter. “So we got together and realized how easy it would be to gather like-minded friends to do the same thing in Northville. Many of us have families, jobs and responsibilities that make


it difficult to donate our time, or maybe want to help, but not sure how,” Costy said. At their first meeting, they were pleasantly surprised with the great turnout, all through word of mouth. “The chance to leverage the positive energy and camaraderie of 100 women with a sincere purpose to give back is quite compelling and rewarding,” Costy said. “We realized how powerful such a small city really is when it comes together.” In their four years, the group has raised $232,900, and with the help of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, they’ve also been able to receive a $5,000 match for the past four charities. This quarter’s donation recipient is Rachelle Vartanian, the founder of The Living & Learning Enrichment Center in Northville. She took her 3-5 minutes to talk about when her son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was three years old, and how she turned that concern into motivation, to create a space for not only her son, but for other families with children afflicted with autism. She was already passionate about helping these underserved kids and families, having a degree in teaching for the emotionally impaired. Vartanian was still looking for more but it just wasn’t available at that time. She had many concerns, not the least of which is the 90 percent unemployment rate of adults who are living on the autism spectrum. “I kept thinking they’re not going be able to live independently if they’re not working, and none of them are

In June of 2019, 100 Women Who Care donated more than $14,000 for the opening of Mod Market, which is operated by the Living & Learning Center.

working,” Vartanian said. “So I quit my job, sold my home and downsized our lives.” And the Living & Learning Enrichment Center came to life, providing services and programs for those on the spectrum and other related challenges. The organization has gained so many kids that they outgrew their space … twice. Last year, they were able to purchase the former Massey Estate, located at 801 Griswold. Vartanian and her team have thought of it all, utilizing the space for initiatives such as a lavender garden, a llama farm, a greenhouse, and even a space for the parents -- the 24/7 caregivers -- to be able to relax and take care of themselves while their kids are in their own programs. They’ve been able to expand into more programs to provide for these kids’ future, such as Mod Market, a creative writing group, a farm, and much more. Located in downtown Northville at 150 Mary Alexander Court, Mod Market serves as a place where Living & Learning clients can learn

job skills, and also sell artisan products they’ve created. All with the goal of creating jobs, and providing an independent lifestyle. Vartanian took Costy, Wiseley and Walsh on a tour of the estate last month, showcasing the progress they’ve made in just one year. She proudly described the plans for every inch of the space, making sure to get the most out of it. Additionally, she shared how some spaces, such as using the beautiful acreage for wedding rentals, to bring in funds, as well as create jobs for her clients. Vartanian said the funds from 100 Women Who Care will be used to provide free peer support, programs, services and referrals. More information on the organization, their progress, and even events, can be found on their website at www. livingandlearningcenter.org. It is exactly the kind of story that the members of 100 Women Who Care are inspired by and the reason they started the group. “At every meeting, we are so touched by the stories

and the amazing work that these charities are doing. It is heartwarming and inspiring to be around these women who give so much of their time to help and do the work and bring awareness to wonderful causes,” Wisely said. In addition to raising money, 100 Women Who Care are also working hard to bring awareness to the needs of these organizations, many of which are right here in Northville. They are always looking to gain new members, and encourage the community to check out their website to join, or just to keep up to date on the organizations being served by 100 Women Who Care. “I would love for the community to know that we want to invite more women to join us. If we can increase the number of our members, we can make an even bigger impact. It’s as simple as that,” Wisely added. For more information about 100 Women Who Care, please visit their website at http://100w omenwhocarenorthville.weebly. com.

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Dishin’ With Denise

Denise Jenkins is a member of the Northville Chamber of Commerce and Tipping Point Theatre. An avid writer and proponent of the arts, she is also plugged into what’s happening in Northville. Contact her at denisemjenkins@aol.com.

Celebrating Flip Flops, Friends and Fathers T

here is a celebration assigned to every day. You can find books and calendars that tell you all the different daily observances. June 1st was National Go Barefoot Day. This year Father’s Day is June 20th. That date changes every year. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. June 8th is Best Friends Day. And of course, we celebrate graduates every day in June. Congratulations to the Class of 2021 – you rode the biggest roller coaster in history and survived. God bless you all.

The Marquis Theatre is offering a great way to announce and celebrate those special events in your life. The big, beautiful marquis overhanging Main Street is available to tell the town your story in a few short words. It is available on request, and based on availability. The message can be up for three days. The poster on the theater building has a QR code to click on to get more details. In my humble opinion, this concept is a great way to “dish.”

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Speaking of short on words…the Arts & Acts festival kicks off on June 18 and the authors from the 2020 Short on Words competition will be honored.

The winners were notified last year and prizes were distributed, but it just wasn’t the same. There was no reception and no readings. This year the contest was put on hold, but aspiring writers were invited to “Write Me A Picture” of how the pandemic touched their lives. On Friday, June 18 at 7 p.m. the 2020 authors will be recognized at the Northville Art House. Some will have a chance to read their entry. The locations of all the photos used in the contest will be unveiled and we will have a sneak peak of one or two photo selections for the Short on Words 2022 competition. The entries from “Write Me A Picture” have been put in a commemorative booklet. A limited supply will be available that night for a donation to the Northville Art House, which

puts on Arts and Acts. The event is open to the public. For more information, visit northvillearthouse.org. Get ready to celebrate freedom! It’s great to know that the 4th of July parade returns to downtown Northville. But there are changes. First and foremost – it’s going to be on Monday, July 5th – the official holiday this year. The entries will be streamlined and judging is suspended. There will be no emcees and there’s a new route. Look for the perfect spot for your chair along Cady

The weather is warming up and I am so excited to know that one of my favorite businesses in downtown Northville is still there. In order to wear my flip-flops proudly a pedicure was in order recently. It was great to see the chairs all filled up at Northville Nail Boutique on Main Street. I got my mani and pedi, caught up with some neighbors and friends plus felt the thrill of the young women getting ready for prom. Owner Youth (pronounced and known by all as U-It) should be proud of her perseverance and her team. They are a great group. Get ready for flip-flops by calling (248) 449-8890.

Denise and Carla Seit

Street from Griswold heading west to Wing, north on Wing to Main continuing west to the OLV parking lot. I can’t wait to see how soon chairs will be placed along this new route. For the record, chairs usually show up on Main Street up to three days before the parade. Contact the Northville Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and father figures out there. Always know you are important influencers. I am proud to be my father’s daughter each and every day. I’m sure there were days along the way he had his doubts. And one friendaversary shout out to my best girlfriend since June 14, 19??, when we were 15 years old, Carla Seit. Thanks for being there always. She’s one of the reasons I live in Northville.


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