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Beach-bound bookworms Borders takes children to the sand and and sun during story time By Lisa Allmendinger Heritage Newspapers

M

arcus Schwimmer grew up with his dad, Paul, in Saline telling him stories, rather than plunking him in front of a television. “Growing up, Dad would read stories to us,” the Saline resident says.

As an adult, Schwimmer is following in his dad’s footsteps, as the storyteller for the Lohr Road Borders store in Ann Arbor. “It wasn’t the plan, it just worked out this way,” he says. “And I love it. It’s what gets me up in the morning to go to work.” The regulars at the Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. story time sense the 2005 Adrian College graduate’s enthusiasm. Generally, the children who attend with their parents are 7 years old and younger. “Marcus is fabulous,” says Nicole Streiff of Ann Arbor, who brings her daughter, Flannery, to the event. “We recently discovered this,” Streiff says. “We love to read.” Flannery brought Dora, the giraffe, with her to the story time, as well as her favorite book, “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.” “Sometimes the kids are really into it,” Schwimmer says. Other times, they’re not, so he just adapts to the moods of the children. Schwimmer tries to incorporate some educational element into each story time. Schwimmer says sometimes there’s a theme and, on June 2, it was the beach –– complete with beach towels adorning the benches in the children’s reading area. The Lohr Road store has been open since February 2008,

says Chris Lobenherz, the store’s sales manager. “Anything that’s read can be found on the shelves,” he says, adding that the local store has a greatly expanded children’s section, which includes educational toys and games. For Chloe Majorprice, 3 of Superior Township and her mother, Holly Majorprice, the June 2 event was their debut at the local store. But it won’t be their last, Holly Majorprice says. Lobenherz says that the store draws customers not just from Ann Arbor but also from Saline and surrounding areas. In addition, Borders has a special summer reading program called Double-Dog Dare for children 12 years and younger. If the children read 10 books, and fill out the titles on a form, they can get a free book from a long list of titles by children’s authors such as Carl Hiaasen and Gary Paulsen, to name a few. Some weeks, story time has a theme, while other weeks Schwimmer picks some of his favorite children‘s books. But the group always sings songs, works on a word of the day and gets a snack. “It’s good times,” Schwimmer says, adding that he also tries to make the time educational by asking the youngsters questions that make them think, or remember something from the books they’ve just heard. “I try to put on a daycare-esque program,” he says. And as summer vacation approaches, Schwimmer knows there will be more children and their parents at the twice-aweek program. Lisa Allmendinger can be reached at 1-877-995-NEWS (6397) or at lallmendinger@heritage.com. Check out her daily blog at www.A2Journal.com.

RIGHT: Marcus Schwimmer of Saline reads to children at Borders on Lohr Road in Ann Arbor during Wednesday story time June 2. Chloe Majorprice, 3, colors during story time June 2 at Borders on Lohr Road in Ann Arbor.

BELOW: Flannery Streiff, 5, of Ann Arbor brought Dora, the giraffe, to Borders for story time June 2 at the Lohr Road store in Ann Arbor.

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The William B. Lutz American Legion Post 322 in Saline hosted a brick rededication ceremony following the Memorial Day Parade May 31, honoring the military service and lives of Jim Dailey, Shane Beck and Donald Gall. Post Chaplain Grover Alber gave the invocation prayer after Post Cmdr. Bob Kwiecinski welcomed the small crowd to the ceremony. Betty Flanders was the guest speaker at the event, reciting “Flanders Fields” in a solemn and honorary tone, as she has many times before. The words made several crowd members emotional as she recited, “We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.” Flanders said she was honored to be at the ceremony. “It’s a treat for me to be here. I moved to Saline in 1981,” she said.

U.S. Congressman Mark Schauer, D-7th District, was also in attendance at the brick rededication, saying Saline always has been a place where both former and current military personnel are given the utmost respect, as well as those who have given their lives in the line of duty. The Saline High School Marching Band performed three tunes at the ceremony, including “America the Beautiful,” “America” and “Taps.” A statement on the event program read: “This memorial is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices that our past, present and future United States military personnel made during all our nation’s wars and conflicts. This entire project was made possible by each brick and their donors that you see all around you.” The monument was originally dedicated on Memorial Day 2004. This year’s ceremony took place under a warm, yet cloudless sky, concluding just before a large thunderstorm moved

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