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By Randi Shaffer Heritage Newspapers

Saline High School’s senior class will graduate during the 2010 commencement ceremony 6 p.m. June 6 at the Saline Hornet Stadium, 1200 Campus Parkway. Commencement coordinator and guidance counselor Michelle Monahan said roughly 469 students are expected to graduate this year. “Some students are still looking at grades,” she said. “I think the number may go down a little bit.” Monahan said Saline is graduating seven national merit finalists, nine commended scholars and 130 students with high honors, defined as a grade point average of 3.667 or better. This year, Saline will have 23 graduating seniors in the top 5 percent of their class. Attendants to the 2010 commencement ceremony can expect to hear senior choir members perform two songs, “May it be,” by Enya and the senior class song, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” a 1980s classic by Journey. “The orchestra and the choir are in their full presence,” Monahan said. Senior class president Emily Hogikyan will read a speech quoting Dr. Seuss and highlighting the influence the community of Saline has had on her education. Kimberly Van Hoek is scheduled as the commencement speaker. Van Hoek is the former principal of many students in the graduating class of 2010. Monahan said the seniors picked Van Hoek themselves, opting for a speaker with knowledge of the students and the community, rather than just a famous name. “(The students) really wanted somebody who has touched their lives personally,” Monahan said. The current number of graduating seniors is up from the 426 students who graduated in 2009. As one of the 469 graduating seniors, Hogikyan isn’t sure how to feel about the upcoming commencement ceremony. “It’s a lot of mixed feelings,” she said. “It’ll be sad to leave PLEASE SEE GRADUATION/7-A

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Paul Schwimmer, an Army Reserves veteran and member of BentProp, an organization dedicated to finding the remains of airmen shot down over Palau during World War II, was the Memorial Day speaker in Saline Monday. Schwimmer said he was sending the vast amount of applause he received over to a young pilot he is now searching for, who was shot down in combat some 65 years ago. View video at www.heritage.com.

Honoring Heroes Saline hosts Memorial Day events By Steven Howard Heritage Newspapers

here was a widespread feeling of anticipation in downtown Saline Monday as scores of visitors and residents waited for the annual Memorial Day Parade to commence. With temperatures in the upper 80s, many huddled in shaded corners and applied sun block as they waited for the event to start. A procession of military personnel and community members made the walk down Michigan Avenue, ending the route at Oakwood Cemetery. American Legion Post 322 chaplain Grover Alber gave the opening prayer at the memorial service, reminding everyone that they must never forget the magnitude of the gift of freedom provided by those who made the ultimate sacrifice. “Let us ever keep in mind the good deeds they accomplishes,” he said. “Eternal

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Huron Valley Ambulance honors residents Local lifesavers are recognized for heroism Huron Valley Ambulance recently honored several residents of Washtenaw County and one Ann Arbor business at its annual Emergency Medical Services Recognition Awards Dinner May 19. The HVA board of trustees bestowed their highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, on Jude Huetteman of Ann Arbor. An HVA board member for 19 years, Huetteman devoted her professional life to health care advocacy, trying to bring health care access and cost effective health care to those in need. The board of trustees said Huetteman also paid special attention to how HVA served the poor, the elderly and its employees. In a news release, HVA President and CEO Dale Berry said of Huetteman, “She has always been a supporter of HVA and made our employees her top prior-

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ity while she served on the board. She made sure our employees had a high quality work life, including implementing tuition assistance and a retirement health care plan for employees.” Huetteman’s five children and their spouses, along with Huetteman’s grandchildren, flew in from across the United States to see her accept the award. HVA also presented its Heart Safe Organization Award to Malloy Inc. of Ann Arbor. This award, which HVA created in 2008, recognizes businesses or other organizations that have met the following criteria for creating a “heart safe” environment: • Automated external defibrillators in all buildings • Staff trained in CPR/ AEDs in all buildings • Regularly practiced cardiac emergency response plan in place Malloy is a book manufacturing facility with about 280 employees on Jackson Road in Scio Township. In 1998, mechanical engineer Terri Roggenkamp, who accepted the award, started a first response team at Malloy with the help from and training by the HVA Center for EMS Education. The teams have functioned during all three shifts Monday through Saturday every week since then. In addition, Roggenkamp has made sure the teams have received regular training updates from HVA. Malloy has a total of 24 employees on the teams, and their participation has been voluntary.

Huron Valley Ambulance presented its Heart Safe Organization Award to Malloy Inc. of Ann Arbor. The award, which HVA created in 2008, recognizes businesses or other organizations that have met criteria for creating a “heart safe” environment. Terri Roggenkamp (left) accepted the award. He started a first response team at Malloy with help from and training by the HVA Center for EMS Education.

Roggenkamp also started a Safety Committee that meets every six weeks and discusses ways to make the plant safer. She says they have never had to use the AED but are glad it is there. HVA also honored local residents with Life Saving Awards for their heroism in two other rescues. Dr. David Brown, a University of Michigan plastic surgeon and an Ann Arbor resident, along with bystander Joe Gill of Erie, received an award for a rescue earlier this year. On March 30, while driving on I-94 in Ann Arbor, both men saw a van in front of them go off the road with no signals or brake lights. They stopped their cars and went down an embankment to where the van was sitting in a drainage pond. They could see the driver of the van slumped over into the passenger seat.

When resident. Honored the He perLifetime Achievement Award: driver formed a Jude Huetteman opened rescue last the car spring. Heart Safe Organization Award: door to On May Malloy Inc. get out, 21, 2009, she went Proudlock Life Saving Awards for herounder rescued ism: the Nancy Dr. David Brown water. Stratos and Joe Gill Brown her two Sgt. Chris Proudlock and Gill dogs from waded the raininto the swollen water to help her. Then the current of the Huron River two men and other bystandat Hudson Mills Metropark ers cared for the woman near Dexter. until paramedics arrived. Stratos had followed one The HVA awards recogof her dogs into the river nized the two men for caring after noticing that he was enough to stop and help in struggling. Suddenly, all a situation that could have three of them were in the ended much more tragically. water, fighting the strong Another Life Saving undercurrent. Award went to Sgt. Chris When Proudlock first saw Proudlock, an officer them, Stratos was holding with the Huron-Clinton onto a dead tree with one Metroparks Police hand and her two dogs with Department and an Ypsilanti the other. He had difficulty

navigating the swirling water, being slammed into the tree as he approached. After pulling both dogs out on to the tree, he spotted three men in a boat and yelled for help. When they arrived, he was able to put Stratos and her dogs aboard and then finally himself. This award recognized Proudlock for his courage and quick actions. HVA also presented awards to employees for professional achievement and safe driving. The awards dinner took place during National Emergency Medical Services Week, which honors EMS providers who deliver emergency care nationwide. HVA is the nationally accredited, nonprofit community ambulance service covering Washtenaw, western Wayne and southwest Oakland counties.


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Sun Engineering expanding, creating jobs Local company promises to be ‘good neighbors’ By Jeremy Allen Heritage Newspapers

Andrew Warner will be moving his operation from its current location in the 7000 block of Michigan Avenue in Saline, but he won’t be moving out of the city. Warner, president of Sun Engineering, recently announced that his company purchased the three-story, 62,000-sqare-foot building at 118 E. Michigan Ave., between South Ann Arbor and Harris Streets, which used to be the offices of Douglass Accounting. The building was listed at a sale price of $1.2 million, but specific sale numbers were not disclosed. A pre-sale agreement between Warner and the previous owner allowed Warner to occupy the building prior

to closing. Warner said that helped during the move because he was able to get some equipment into the new building and proceed with the necessary improvements to the building. “Our purchase of this building will be good for us and good for Saline,” said Warner. “We intend to be good neighbors and to improve the appearance of the long-vacant building that dominates much of Saline’s main street. “We’ve already started with exterior painting and will continue that project until the entire building is done. We also plan some new paving to improve both the function and appearance of parking areas at the rear and side of the building.” Warner said his company is also anticipating an opportunity to provide jobs for area residents as it focuses more on manufacturing, an addition to the conceptualizing and designing process that Sun

Engineering currently does. Warner said that Sun has been doing some manufacturing for about four or five years now, but the new engineering would include military ground support equipment and components for the aerospace industry. “Historically, we’ve been an engineering company that designs products that are actually built by other companies elsewhere. Now, we’re planning to produce what we design right here in Saline,” Warner said. “We’re looking to add 12 new employees over the rest of the year. We’re looking for certified welders, fabricators and mechanics,

and we’ll and we’ll add more employees next year and in following years, hopefully.” He added that it was important for him to remain a Saline business because and said that the local government made it easy for him to do so. “The Saline government was really easy and eager to work with us in securing this location,” Warner said. “Most of the employees here are Saline residents and, with a move somewhere else, they might not have been able to keep the job, so it was important to think about that as well.” The Saline company has worked with some top

The Saline company has worked with some top manufacturers in the areas of military defense, recreation vehicles, automotive and commercial trucks

manufacturers in the areas of military defense, recreation vehicles, automotive and commercial trucks, among others. Sun has provided material for such companies as Boeing, Ford, Mack and the U.S. Department of Justice, including for the FBI. Warner said that Sun Engineering’s first clients were defense contractors involved in developing military truck equipment. Enthusiastic referrals led Sun to new clients in other areas of the defense industry, including aerospace, as well as design and engineering teams from the automotive, commer-

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June 1 marked the first day of the summer-long Tuesday Saline Farmers’ Market. The Saline City Council approved a proposal for the midweek market after members met with Leslee Niethammer, director of the Saline District Library, and Nancy Crisp, manager of the farmers’ market. “It’s coming together easily, and people are really excited about it,” said Crisp. “Leslee has been an integral part of planning this all. Without her help and effort this probably wouldn’t be possible.” In addition to its regular 8 a.m. to noon Saturday schedule, the market will now also run every Tuesday through August, from 4 to 8 p.m. in a sectioned-off area of the library parking lot. Crisp said that 14 vendors have been secured for the

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“I really hope we get enough customers to make us feel like the city really wants us and lets us know that it can support two markets,” Crisp said. Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell said she is a fan of the concept and that she will be sure to attend the mid-week market. “I think this is great, and I’m a big fan of farmers’ markets,” Driskell said. “I actually go to Ann Arbor’s farmers’ market on Wednesdays to get my fix. I’m really looking forward to this venture.” Niethammer and Crisp said that there will be plenty of parking available at the library parking lot, and it’s their hope that families will help make the midweek market a successful venture. “I can see families getting

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Local communities honor veterans Photo by Lisa Allmendinger

Brady Grenier, 4, and Rowan Grenier, 2, pause with their hats off for the reading of the names of about 20 veterans who had lost their lives since last Memorial Day at the remembrance ceremony at Glacier Highlands Park, the Glacier Area Homeowners’ Association 34th annual Memorial Day Parade.

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Many Saline residents turned out Monday for Memorial Day events. With temperatures in the upper 80s, many wore hats and sunglasses, and applied sun block as they waited for the events to start. Photo by Hiroshi Onuma

U.S. Congressman Mark Schauer (left), D-7th District, also addressed the crowd, saying he was glad to visit Saline on this day of remembrance. “It’s an honor to be in a community that supports its veterans,” he said. Schauer addressed the veterans in attendance, sating he is full of gratitude for their honorable service.

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Saline’s Memorial Day parade attracted a huge crowd Monday as it made its way down Michigan Avenue.

Katherine Powell, 2, and her dad, Sherman Powell, an Army veteran who was in two tours in Iraq, attended their first Glacier Area Homeowners’ Association 34th annual Memorial Day Parade in Ann Arbor.

Milan Mayor Kym Muckler gave the keynote speech at the Memorial Day ceremony in Milan’s Marble Park Cemetery, quoting President Thomas Jefferson and Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf in her address. The mayor also started a new tradition this year, reciting the names of active, retired and deceased servicemen and servicewomen from Milan dating back to the Civil War. View video of her speech at www. heritage.com.


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Gardens are a place for inspiration, discovery, delight and beauty. All seven stunning garden displays on this year’s 20th anniversary Ann Arbor Garden Walk will offer those very characteristics while raising money for a cause. Each year, the Ann Arbor branch of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden hosts an Ann Arbor Garden Walk, which serves as one of two annual fundraisers. Proceeds raised at the event help the Ann Arbor Farm and Garden to provide grants for community horticultural and environmental education. This year’s beneficiaries are the Edible Avalon Community Gardens and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Edible Avalon is a project of Avalon Housing that aims to make fresh, organic food accessible to urban residents. The garden project creates and maintains raised-bed vegetable gardens. The Matthaei Botanical Gardens will receive a grant for both the Summer Student Internship Fund and a summer internship specifically geared to developing age-specific programs for kindergarten students through fifth-graders. The Garden Walk fundraiser has been successful in previous years, raising as much as $16,000 last year for a local garden project. It also resulted in a $15,000 grant in 2008 for the Gaffield Children’s Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Incidentally, that very same garden is featured on the tour this year. “At the time, the Gaffield Children’s Garden at Matthaei was just getting off the ground,” said Ann Arbor Farm and Garden spokeswoman Carrie Riedeman. “The Gaffields had provided initial seed money to get it going, but Ann Arbor Farm and Garden decided this was something to be involved with and wanted to get it jump started. They were

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“It’s about peeking through the gate, getting ideas, and coming and enjoying these beautiful spaces. Plus, is helps maintain gardens in other spaces, so it’s a good cause,” she said. New to this year’s event, however, is a photography contest. Any ticket holder who is not a professional photographer can submit a photograph of a garden. The winning picture will be used as the art on the next Ann Arbor Farm and Garden note card. “There is no additional fee for the ticketholder,” Reideman said. “The note cards are another fundraising item we sell throughout the year and it will feature one big, beautiful photo on the front with credit on the back.” Ticketholders also will be able to visit the Conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens for free on the day of the walk. Hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be available at Matthaei from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from local vendor Dad’s Dogs. Tickets are currently on

sale at Dixboro General Store, Downtown Home and Garden, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and Nicola’s bookstore. Advance tickets are $12 for an adult and $3 for students. Tickets also can be purchased on the day of the walk for $15 for adults. Groups can purchase advance tickets for $10 per person. Ticketholders will receive a map of the six garden locations. Participants can visit as many gardens as they wish in whichever order they desire. Photos of the gardens featured this year are online at www.annarborfarmandgarden.org/events/ garden-walk. Ann Arbor Farm and Garden was founded in 1946 and has distributed more than $450,000 to local students, community groups and garden projects. For more information on the Garden Walk or Ann Arbor Farm and Garden, visit www. annarborfarmandgarden.org. Staff Writer Jana Miller can be reached at 429-7380 or jmiller@heritage.com.

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ot so long ago across America, newspaper readers flipped through page after page of news, sports, entertainment and commentary while enjoying a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal at the breakfast table. Then they would wash the ink off their hands before LISA heading off to work ALLMENDINGER or school. If they were really lucky when they got home, there was an afternoon paper waiting for them and a weekly one that arrived on the doorstep. Readers were handed the news that the editors at these newspapers thought you should know. But I bet you’ve ask yourself why aren’t they writing about … you fill in the blank? And, technically speaking, the news that you were reading had actually happened 24 hours or more before it was printed. But that was then and this is now. Back then, waiting for your newspaper to arrive in your driveway or on your porch was the fastest way to get printed information to you. Now, you have the Internet. Sundays were a newspaper family’s holy day, where readers could really take the time to savor their favorite sections of the paper and read longer, in-depth stories about topics of interest to them. I grew up in a newspaper-reading family and I looked forward to the Sunday paper each week. Perhaps that’s why I chose to become a journalist. Every day, I’d read other reporters’ stories and I’d long to be one of them. From a very early age, I knew I wanted to see my name under those headlines and be the

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eyes, ears, nose and mouth of the people involved. I couldn’t wait until I’d gotten the higher education necessary to learn how to become a great reporter. And after 30 years in this business, I’m still learning and I’m still proud to see my byline under a headline. And it’s because of you, the readers, who take the time to call and send e-mail and let me know you liked, or maybe didn’t like, one of my stories. Since embarking on this career path back in high school, what I’ve learned from being a reporter about life, about people and about myself has far surpassed any expectations. I’ve witnessed history as it happened, and have had access to places, people and events that someone without media credentials doesn’t have. I’m truly blessed and humbled by the opportunities that journalism has offered me throughout my life. And I feel lucky to still be a part of it. But for better or worse, like it or hate it, newspapers and newspaper reporting have changed dramatically since my early bylines. And it will continue to do so on an almost daily basis as new technology comes into play. People who I “labeled” sources who would call me with a news tip now have the ability to break the news themselves via the Internet. Bystanders and casual observers who I called upon for quotes are now Tweeting and posting news on Facebook. Journalism has become a minute-tominute medium, and readers want more immediacy from reporters and news publications. And this is where I’m hoping that you will come into play. I can’t be everywhere that you are, so if you see something, let me know. Help me become a better reporter in this new information age.

If there’s something going on in your town that doesn’t seem fair, let’s see how we can right that wrong together. I truly believe the more astute the eyes and ears are out in our local communities, the better places they will become for all of us to live and work. The more all of us know collectively, the better our society will become –– not just today, but in the future. So, I’m asking all of you to help me to become a better reporter in this ever-changing age of journalism. The bottom line is you, the readers, know what’s important to the community. If I’m not reporting the kinds of news stories that you want to read, you have lots of options to go elsewhere. If you’re asking yourself why hasn’t the newspaper published a story on this topic, then request it. I’d like you to continue to read me in the Heritage Newspapers and in the process make them the best local news source possible. So tell me what topics you want me to report from your community. After all these years covering this area, I can probably help you solve your problem because I know lots of people who can help. Is there something that your local government is doing –– or not doing –– that’s messing with your livelihood, your health or your happiness? Tell me about it. Let me see what I can do. But if I don’t know what’s bugging you, I can’t help fix it. So, I’m going to give you every means possible to contact me. In addition to the information below, you can e-mail me personally at lallmendinger@sbcglobal.net, or you can call me at 433-1052. Together, we can make a difference. Lisa Allmendinger can be reached at 1877-995-NEWS (6397) or at lallmendinger@heritage.com. Check out her daily blog at www.A2Journal.com.

he Michigan legislators did something that has been rare for lawmakers over the past few years — they passed new public school retirement legislation in a bipartisan vote. On paper, the bill looks pretty good. As in any compromise, there’s something for both sides to be happy about. Local schools, hopefully, will save some money while educators will have a slightly sweeter retirement pot. The plan will slightly increase pension benefits for eligible school employees who retire between July 1 and Sept. 1. The idea is to get older, higher-paid employees to leave to avoid layoffs and open the door for younger employees needing jobs in Michigan’s sluggish economy. Remaining school employees will have to pay an additional 3 percent of their salaries into retiree health plans starting July 1, and new teachers will be put in a retirement plan that combines traditional pension benefits with a defined contribution plan. Supporters of the plan say it could save schools more than $670 million in the next fiscal year and about $3 billion over a decade. Of course, not everyone is happy with the bill. The Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, and the Michigan chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, don’t like the 3 percent increase in expenses to teachers. But overall, as in any good compromise, you have to take the bad with the good. Let’s also give some credit to a few legislators. First, in the Democrat-led House, Tim Melton, D-Auburn Hills, was among 16 Democrats who joined 40 House Republicans to vote for the bill. That took courage to go against the grain, but Melton is chairman of the House Education Committee and has often demonstrated the courage to act independently. Also, House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford, undoubtedly will take some heat from his Democratic counterparts for supporting the bill. But as he noted, its passage “means that thousands of young teachers are going to have an opportunity to get a job in the state of Michigan.” Meanwhile, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop of Rochester is obviously pleased and deserves credit for getting the measure through the Senate. The key element in passing this retirement bill was that it was proposed by Granholm, but needed Republican backing to become law. There’s much work yet to be done on the state budget and other issues, but wouldn’t it be nice if legislators could use this bill as a springboard for further compromise and bipartisan action? They’ve shown it is possible. ––Courtesy of The Oakland Press

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An HBO series, “The Pacific,” aired recently and I sat down to watch with interest all 10 episodes that told the story of the U. S. Marines fighting the Japanese in the Pacific arena in World War II. Watching the series was difficult because of the atrocities our Marines had to bear and the thousands who were lost in battle. But the series gave me a greater appreciation for my freedom as a citizen of the United States and caused me to wonder what direction our country would have taken if we had not fought against Japan to defend our country. War is not a desirable means to an end but it is sometimes necessary to preserve the freedoms we enjoy as a democratic republic. Freedom always comes with a price, the ultimate being the lives of men and women who honorably serve in our armed forces. Throughout our nation’s history, men and women have been willing to die to preserve the freedom we enjoy today. “The Pacific” featured war heroes such as Marine Sgt. John Basilone, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery on Guadalcanal when he commanded two sections of machine guns against 3,000 Japanese soldiers for over 48 hours before receive a sticker with a red reinforcements arrived. He was heart saying “Donor” on it to place on your driver’s license, also awarded the Navy Cross postindicating that you have joined humously for heroic actions on Iwo Jima, where he died. the Michigan Organ Donor The Medal of Honor has been Registry. If a tragedy occurs, awarded to 3,448 brave military this sticker will alert medical personnel who have died in the professionals to your wishes. House Majority Floor Leader line of duty. This number represents less than 1 percent of the solKathy Angerer represents the 55th House District, which diers, marines, airmen and sailors includes parts of Monroe and who have sacrificed their lives for Washtenaw counties. Contact our freedom. her at 1-888-345-2849 or According to Wikipedia, kathyangerer@house.mi.gov. 1,315,351 fatalities have been

Give the gift of life Lives are unnecessarily lost all too often as 18 people die each day across the nation because they desperately need an organ transplant. This distressing truth is felt especially strongly here in Michigan, which sadly ranks 42nd nationwide in the percentage of licensed drivers registered as organ donors. Only 24 percent of eligible Michigan residents have expressed a desire to become organ and tissue donors upon

their death. Organ and tissue donation can benefit not only donation recipients themselves, but also their families, friends and even the families of donors. Numerous stories, collected by Gift of Life Michigan, reveal that the family and friends of the deceased can better deal with their grief knowing that the decision to make an anatomical gift helped save someone else’s life. Legislation passed this past

February that will ensure students enrolled in drivers’ education learn about organ and tissue donation and how to register as a future donor. By simply taking a few minutes to register online at www. giftoflifemichigan.org, to call 1-800-482-4881, or to visit your local Secretary of State office, you can save up to eight lives by donating organs and directly improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues. Once registered, you will

recorded for all the wars and conflicts in which the United States has fought. Over our 234-year history as a nation, this represents an elite group of honorable citizens to whom I owe my appreciation. Most recently, the United States has sacrificed 1,082 soldiers and Marines in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (May 24, 2010 according to Icasualties.org). Every life given in the pursuit of defending our liberties deserves tribute from those who live to enjoy it. Speaking to graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point recently, President Obama said: “Time and again, Americans have risen to meet and to shape moments of change. “This is one of those moments — an era of economic transformation and individual empowerment, of ancient hatreds and new dangers, of emerging powers and new global challenges. And we’re going to need all of you to help meet these challenges. “You’ve answered the call. You, and all who wear America’s uniform, remain the cornerstone of our national defense, the anchor of global security. And through a period when too many of our institutions have acted irresponsibly, the American military has set a standard of service and sacrifice that is as great as any in this nation’s history.” This past Memorial Day, I hope you took the time to thank those who have served –– current military personnel and military family members. Contact Susan McConnell, author of “Raising Great Kids in a Tough World” and “Parenting in Tough Times,” at Susanbmcconnell.com.


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Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell also spoke at the ceremony, saying she was happy to see a large crowd in attendance, given people are often tempted to do other things on the Memorial Day holiday. “I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time and bringing your children,” she said. The guest speaker for the service was Paul Schwimmer, an Army Reserves veteran and member of BentProp, an organization dedicated to finding the remains of airmen shot down over Palau during World War II. Schwimmer said he was sending the vast amount of applause he received over to a young pilot he is now searching for, who was shot down in combat some 65 years ago. Schwimmer talked directly to the families of servicemen who are still listed as missing or killed in action, saying he

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everyone after we’ve been together for so long.” Hogikyan plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall to study biology and history. Graduating senior Janine Sulavik shares Hogikyan’s mixed emotions. Sulavik said her departure, though nerve-wracking and sad, also will be a good experience because she feels prepared. “I’m excited because it’s just going to college and being on my own and stuff,” she said. As a current member of Saline’s varsity soccer team, Sulavik plans to attend Grand Valley State University to study nursing and play club soccer. Sulavik’s teammate Marissa Dawson plans on going to Kalamazoo College in the fall to study political science, and also plans on trying out for Kalamazoo College’s soccer team. Both Dawson and Sulavik plan on keeping in touch

will not stop looking for them until they are brought home. “I want you to know that we’re looking for them,” he said, “with the ultimate goal being to bring those boys home.” Though Schwimmer said he and his colleagues most often have to fund their missions out of their own pockets, he indicated the reward for their work is priceless. “We get to bring closure to the families,” he said. “That’s what I do.” Though the BentProp team members put in a great deal of effort to research and carry out their missions, Schwimmer expressed gratitude to their families who stay behind and keep things running at home while they leave for up to a month at a time. “The team members could not do this without the support of their families,” he said. Steven Howard can be Photo by Hiroshi Onuma reached at 429-7380 or showard@heritage.com. Follow Cate Klein, 3, keeps her face protected from the sun in a floppy his blog at http://heritagewest- hat Monday while watching the Saline Memorial Day parade with her brother, Jack. staffblog.blogspot.com. throughout their college experiences, communicating through Facebook and text messaging, and getting together on holiday vacations from school. Randi Shaffer is an intern at

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Michigan poll: Make voting more convenient A whopping 70 percent of Michigan voters believe the Legislature should pass bills to make it easier for them to cast ballots, putting Michigan in line with actions in a majority of states to make voting more convenient. The statewide poll, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks, showed deep support for a bill that would allow voters to cast absentee ballots for any reason and a companion piece of legislation that would permit people to vote at polling places days in advance of the actual election. Amazingly, support for a package including both reforms did not drop below 55 percent in any of the poll’s 29 demographic segments — whether it be gender, partisan affiliation, age, geography, ethnicity, frequency of absentee voting, occupation or the presence of children in the household. “Whether black or white, urban or rural, blue collar or white collar, old or young — voters support these common sense reforms which are tailored to accommodate people living in an increasingly busy world,” said Dennis Denno, whose firm Denno-Noor Research conducted the survey. “Based on these results, making voting easier and more convenient seems like a no-brainer.” Michigan has failed to keep up with 32 states — including neighboring states Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin — that have implemented “early voting” statutes so a voter can go to a polling place as early as two weeks before an election to cast a ballot. Twenty-nine states provide no-excuse absentee voting, whereas Michigan essentially restricts absentee voting to those 60 and older, people with disabilities, those who expect to be out of town election day and those who can’t go to a polling place because of a religious belief. The need to do everything possible to make voting

tally of 79-30. But the bill has languished since May 6 of last year in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Reform. If the reforms were to wind up on the ballot, a lopsided 75 percent of those surveyed said they would be more likely to vote “yes” based just on the convenience it would offer voters. “We allow citizens to pay their taxes through the mail. “Why shouldn’t voters be extended the same courtesy? When more people get involved in the process it makes for a healthier democracy,” Reiser said. Delhi Township Clerk Evan Hope said residents often come to clerk’s offices assuming Michigan has early and no-excuse absentee voting because they’ve heard about it on the national level. “Unfortunately, the majority of voters requesting an absentee ballot do not meet the requirements — and because they don’t want to lie on the application, they risk not making it to the polls on election day,” said Hope, first vice president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks. “I hear from people all too often that there were issues they had no idea were on the ballot. “If voters were able to come in and vote on their own time or vote absentee, they would be able to review the ballot in detail and make a more informed decision.” Other states have shown that early voting and no-excuse absentee balloting can have the greatest success in boosting voter participation in primary and local elections that traditionally draw less voter interest. Michigan, for instance, has had a pretty pathetic record for turnouts in the last five primary elections — topping 20 percent participation just once (23.3 percent in 2002). In local school elections, voter turnout is even weaker. In a recent election, 1,444 ballots were cast out of a possible 17,545 in Delhi Township. Of

hassle free takes on added significance in Michigan this year given that the top four constitutional offices are open due to term limits (governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general), as well as 63 open seats in the Legislature. Term limits will cause a huge shakeup of the Senate where 29 of the 38 seats will be up for grabs. In the House, 34 of the 110 members are also prohibited by law from running while another 14 are giving up their seats to seek higher office. Additionally, three of the state’s 15 members

Legislation to grant voters the right to receive no-excuse absentee ballots, House Bill 4367, easily cleared the Michigan House of representatives on a bipartisan tally of 79-30. But the bill has languished since May 6 of last year in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Reform. of the U.S. House are not seeking re-election, an unusually high number. “There is no more fundamental and cherished right in our country than exercising the right to vote, especially during elections as significant as those in 2010,” said Jessica Reiser, president of the League of Women Voters of Michigan, a 90-year-old nonpartisan organization that encourages citizen participation in government. “As a pro-voter organization, the League of Women Voters strongly supports reforms that make voting more accessible and convenient.” Legislation to grant voters the right to receive no-excuse absentee ballots, House Bill 4367, easily cleared the Michigan House of representatives on a bipartisan

Classic car stories sought Hey, Cruisers, summer is here and Heritage Newspapers will be keeping track of your classic cruisin’ adventures now online at our new Cruisin’ MI site. It premierd Tuesday, and it can be found under “Entertainment” on our home page’s navigation bar. We want to hear about your car and your cruisin’ experiences. Please tell us about your car — when you bought it, make and model, and all details about it. Then tell us about you — the community in which you live, your age, your family and your occupation. If you are retired, tell us where you worked. If you have or had ties to the automotive world, don’t forget to include that. Do you have a favorite cruise? Send us information on it. We love seeing those

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those 1,444 ballots, 987 were absentee, indicating that those who receive absentee ballots are more likely to participate. Clerks have seen a very high participation rate when voting is easier and more accessible. In the 2008 presidential election, 97 percent of absentee ballots were returned by voters in Michigan. Hope also said the enactment of voting reforms could lessen the problems associated with long lines at polling places on a national Election Day, noting that several-hour waits occur all too frequently. “Some legislators might not understand, but it is abundantly clear that Michigan voters do: Given the busy lifestyles of today’s families, a 13-hour window to vote on Election Day doesn’t work for everyone,” said Susan Smith, vice president for programs at the League of Women Voters of Michigan. “Voters need to let their legis-

lators know how they feel about these issues. Michigan is missing out on the national movement to make it easier to exercise the sacred right to vote.”

Methodology of the survey The telephone survey of voter attitudes was conducted by Denno-Noor Research for the League of Women Voters and the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks from March 3-5. The sample size was 600, which has a corresponding margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

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Greek festival to feature food, music By Jana Miller Heritage Newspapers

Celebrating being Greek isn’t about a style of cooking or a certain church. It’s the celebration of an entire nation of people, not to mention a way of life. When the Ann Arbor Ya’ssoo Greek Festival returns to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church this weekend, it will have two very special things to celebrate. First, it’s the fourth year at the festival’s new location on Scio Church Road and has grown exponentially in that brief amount of time. Second, it also marks the 75th anniversary of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Ann Arbor. Having attracted more than 6,000 people to the festival last year, this year’s event will continue over a three-day period June 4 through 6. Anticipating an even larger audience this year, the festival committee has added seating and tent space. There is also an expanded menu, and a senior luncheon will be offered at a discount on Friday for visitors age 60 and older. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. It runs from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Parking will continue to be free at Knox Presbyterian Church on Wagner Road, with a free shuttle service to the festival. In years past, the festival has featured Greek dancing, music, entertainment, and plenty of homemade Greek food and pastries. This year’s menu will feature souvlaki (kabob) dinners, gyros, pasta, stuffed grape leaves, rice, Greek salad, hot dogs, and spinach and cheese pies. Some of the tasty pastries on sale will include Greek honey puffs, baklava, sugar cookies, Greek walnut biscotti, butter cookies, walnut cake and rice pudding. Filling the air with music worthy of dancing will be

featured band ENIGMA, a live bouzouki band. Entertainment also will be provided by Kyklos Hellenic Dance Group and the St. Nicholas Dancers as they perform lively Greek dances. As in years past, there will be an open dance period when basic dance steps are taught en masse. In between tasting Greek food and dancing it off, visitors will be able to shop in the market place and boutique for imported Greek items or enjoy themselves at the tavern and bar. Guided tours will showcase the Byzantine-style church. New to the festival is an exhibit honoring the 75th anniversary of St. Nicholas in Ann Arbor. The church has been planning and celebrating a yearlong schedule of events for the special benchmark. “We have progressed from attending church services in vacant buildings to erecting our first church on South Main Street in 1935, adding an educational wing in 1967 and, in 2004, building a beautiful byzantine-style edifice on Scio Church Road,” said church representative Helen Garris in a recent press release. Admission to the festival is $3 after 4 p.m. Friday, $3 after 1 p.m. Saturday and free on Sunday. Children under the age of 12 get free admission. The raffle will return with more prizes, including a firstplace prize of a free trip to Greece. The prize includes airfare, hotel and a cruise of the Greek Islands for two, valued at more than $2,000. Other prizes include a trip to the Cayman Islands and a flat screen television. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the festival or by contacting St. Nicholas at 332-8200. For more information on the Ya’ssoo Greek Festival, visit www.annarborgreekfestival. org. Staff Writer Jana Miller can be reached at 429-7380 or jmiller@heritage.com.

Show and shine Clyde Boenke of Saline shows off his mid-1960s era Corvette at Ypsilanti’s Show and Shine car show held May 2 at Riverside Park.

Governor to speak at event Washtenaw County Democratic Party will host Gov. Jennifer Granholm as keynote speaker at the party’s Annual Dinner and fundraiser June 19 at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building. The reception begins at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program and keynote address at 8 p.m. The theme of the event is “Celebrating 90 Years of Women’s Suffrage.” Historical items from the women’s suffrage movement will be on display and a silent auction will be held. Some candidates currently running for election will be available to meet the public. The public is welcome. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at the Washtenaw County Democratic Party website www.washtenawdems.org.

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This is a vehicle you can feel good about owning; it’s capable of meeting the cargo-carrying needs of most crossover owners, and at the same time, it provides the passenger space and comfort of a midsize sedan.

Chevy Equinox scores in value, performance and fuel economy By Russ Heaps Journal Register News Service

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f you’re shopping for a small crossover, or even if you’re looking for a fuelefficient small sedan, visit your Chevy dealer and ask to drive the redesigned Equinox, and prepare to be impressed. This isn’t a vehicle GM slapped together in a cynical effort to have a horse (any horse) in the small-crossover race; this is a carefully bred horse engineered to dominate the race. This is a crossover designed to cause Toyota RAV4s and Honda CRV’s sleepless nights. It’s that good. This is a vehicle you can feel good about owning; it’s capable of meeting the cargo-carrying needs of most crossover owners, and at the same time, it provides the passenger space and comfort of a midsize sedan. Here are words you’ll rarely hear from a card-carrying, pedal-to-the-metal, performance-is-everything automotive journalist: The lowerhorsepower 4-cylinder model is the one to buy. Heavens, did I just write that? I may never get work in this industry again. The base Equinox engine is a peppy, torquey 172-horsepower, 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine. It’s all the engine most drivers will need. It accelerates smoothly and relatively quietly. It steps away from the line with enthusiasm when the light goes green. Once at speed, it has the guts to immediately react to a downshift and blast past slower traffic without complaint. A 6-speed automatic transmission hands off engine output to the front wheels. Shifting smoothly, the tranny makes the most of the hardworking 4-banger. As satisfying as this four’s aggressiveness is, what really sells it is its fuel economy. The EPA estimates its mileage at 22 mpg in the city and a whopping 32 mpg on the highway. The little Versa on loan

from Honda that shared my driveway with the Equinox for a week has an estimated EPA number of 31 mpg on the highway. So even if you’re considering a small econobox to stretch your fuel dollar, the 4-cylinder Equinox, with its extra cargocarrying capacity, is a makessense alternative. Springing for the extra $1,750 to add all-wheel drive drops the fuel economy numbers to 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Available as a $1,500 option on all but the $23,360 base LS edition is a 264-hp. 3-liter V6 that also uses the 6-speed automatic tranny. Its fuel economy is a decent, but less impressive 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. AWD reduces the highway number by 1 mpg. The other trim levels are the 1LT, 2LT and LTZ. My test Equinox was a $26,190 4-cylinder FWD 2LT. MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link arrangement in the rear comprise the core of the four-wheel independent suspension. The ride is pliant and passenger friendly. Not engineered for sporty handling, this suspension still provides better-than-average cornering for a crossover. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard on every Equinox. Opting for the V6 bumps wheel size to 18-inch alloys. Disc brakes at all four wheels are supervised by an antilock system. Related safety features include traction control, stability control, emergency braking assist and electronic brakeforce distribution. In addition to the somewhat rounder and softer exterior lines delivered by this year’s redesign, Equinox also benefits from a complete interior makeover. A roomy passenger area provides space for five adults. The available 2-tone color scheme looks rich and upscale. Determined that passengers experience a quiet environment, Chevrolet beefed up the

sound-deadening insulation, as well as installing noise-canceling technology. From any seating position, the Equinox feels like a more expensive vehicle than it is. The 63.7 cubic inches of total cargo space is about average for this segment. Accessing it is made easier by the rear opening’s low liftover. When not folded down, the slidingreclining 60/40 split rear seat can slide back to create more rear-seat legroom, or slide forward to enhance the 31.4 cubic feet of luggage capacity. A programmable power liftgate that can be set to raise at different heights to prevent the rear hatch from hitting anything when opened inside a structure is optional. At first blush, the instrument panel looks capable of launching the space shuttle. The busy array of knobs, switches, controls and displays could give Mr. Spock pause. But everything operates intuitively. Full power accessories, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, six airbags, cruise control, and 6speaker audio system with CD player, satellite radio and auxiliary input jack are standard on every Equinox. OnStar is also included on the base crossover, with a one-year subscription to its Safe and Sound service. My test 2LT also had Bluetooth, remote start, redundant steering wheel-mounted audio controls, USB connectivity for the upgraded Pioneer 8-speaker audio system, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, rearview camera and an autodimming rearview mirror. Regardless of the ruler used to measure Equinox, the result is positive. In performance, fuel economy, comfort and value, it scores impressively. The small-crossover segment is crowded and filled with competent performers. To stand out, a vehicle must exceed expectations in several areas, and Equinox does just that.

The available 2-tone color scheme looks rich and upscale. Determined that passengers experience a quiet environment, Chevrolet beefed up the sound-deadening insulation, as well as installing noise-canceling technology. From any seating position, the Equinox feels like a more expensive vehicle than it is.


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Infiniti’s G37 convertible can brighten your day By David Schmidt Journal Register News Service

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id you lust after a Nissan Z, lo those many years ago in high school? Have you recently gone and sat in the new Z, but find yourself feeling just a bit foolish? But proud you got right in and out of it without grunting? There’s a car for you, my friend: the Infiniti G Convertible. OK, there’s also a coupe, but the car was designed from the start to be both a coupe and a roadster with a metal hat to make it both. So the lines of the car don’t suffer, nor do the lines of the roof. I’m a fan of Infiniti — and parent Nissan’s — design philosophies. More importantly, I’m a fan of their designers. Compared to other manufacturers, they seem to catch the essence of what they’re designed for and who’s meant to respond emotionally to the car or truck. In the case of the G Convertible, it should light your fire if you identified with the questions at the beginning of this story. This is all sports car, with plenty of aggressive lines and shapes. But it’s not adolescent. This is capability in a silk suit, not the clown with the shaved head and tats bursting out of his Men’s Wearhouse suit. This is “shaken, not stirred,” as opposed to “poptop.” This car starts with a

stable and capable platform. In various forms, it’s the “Z” as well as various versions of the G37 Sedan and this droptop’s sibling G Coupe. But the Convertible is a new design from the windshield back. This lets engineers add the structural bracing to counter the rigidity loss when the top is gone. You also get a slightly wider rear track, which gives you a bit more room for the folded roof, and also improves handling when you add in the modified rear suspension. Frankly, this means the G Convertible can pretty much keep up with its coupe brother, something you usually give up when opting for a drop-top. The convertible version also gets a slightly different interior, with a very effective wind deflector and seats that, with the optional Bose audio system, includes personal speakers or the upper corners of the climate-control seats. For 2010, the G Convertible gets a white color scheme for the gauges and LCD instrument display to offset the extra brightness when the top’s down. The model I tested was the G Convertible, and for those interested in pushing the performance envelope, it had the Sport 6MT sport-tuned steering and larger sport brakes, along with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and W-rated performance tires. There’s also a bunch of premium features that you must add to the base

convertible. The powerplant is also a great piece of work. It’s a variable valve 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 325 hp. You can choose either a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting or a nice close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission My favorite design element of this car is that it looks as good with the top up as it does when down. That’s tough to do, but with this car planned from the point of initial drawings, the need for good looks was built in. To put the top down, you have to make certain that there’s nothing in the way in the trunk, in which case the tops goes smoothly and quickly up or down. If you forget about things being in the way in the truck, you might wind up with the roof stuck straight up on Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard. Please don’t tell Infiniti I did that, as this is just a hypothetical explanation of things that can go wrong. Naturally, in a car of this class, there are plenty of technological goodies, beginning with the optional Bose Open Air Sound System, which changes equalization of the sound after considering the outside noise, vehicle speed and whether the top is open. It works reasonably well, although when the top’s down, I’m not all that concerned about what the stereo sounds like. There’s also adaptive climate

This is all sports car, with plenty of aggressive lines and shapes. But it’s not adolescent. This is capability in a silk suit. control that takes the top’s position into consideration and adjusts fan speed to compensate. I’m a sucker for a rear backup camera, and the Infiniti has one of the best, with an image in the center console’s screen that looks like a digital photograph. The wipers are rain-sensing, adaptive cruise control not only keeps you a set distance from the car in front, but will start braking and tighten seatbelts if things start to go wrong. Eventually, this feature will make it to all vehicles, because the safety

improvement over depending only on drivers is so vast. Infiniti’s always gotten high praise for their navigation systems, and this new generation has better graphics and a more sensible means of setting destinations. It includes realtime weather if you’ve got the satellite radio. The audio system has many means of getting sound into the air, including Bluetooth and USB input. Most importantly, when you drive this car you feel good, top up or down. The interior is comfortable and reasonably spacious for two people.

There’s not a lot of trunk space, especially if you plan on putting the top down, but that’s forgivable when you hit the road on a beautiful sunny day. If you feel like throwing the car around a bit, it perks up and joins in the fun, taking corners nicely flat, while still eating up much of the road surface’s slight imperfections. There’s plenty of power, and playing with the gears on the automatic or doing what comes naturally with the manual is rewarding not only with regards to driving pleasure, but with sounds, which are pretty thrilling considering they’re coming from a 6-cylinder. Will you confuse this with a Ferrari? Nope. With a Porsche or BMW? Maybe. More than you’d expect, in any case. The most important element of this car is that it isn’t a footto-the-floor, eyes bleeding monster performer; it’s a high performance tourer. It does “cool” quite well, with a great deal of performance that still doesn’t require you to be uncomfortable all the time because of how harsh the ride must be to accomplish truly blistering performance. Most importantly, you have the sun and the wind to improve whatever the day’s drive brings you. And isn’t that a two-seat convertible’s primary purpose? If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please send them to comments @AutoWritersInk.com.

Will Nissan Sentra be able to haul a canoe? Q: I want to haul a canoe on my new Nissan Sentra without scratching the paint or permanently mounting some sort of roof rack. What’s the best way to do this safely and securely? I was given the canoe and haven’t had any experience with these things. Thank you. — Donna A: The good news is that you should easily be able to haul a canoe on your car without doing any cosmetic damage. There are many detachable roof racks available that fit most vehicles and are designed to mount canoes. Your best bet is to go to an outdoors outfitter store rather than a bix-box chain, however.

ASK DR. CRANKSHAFT

Les Jackson While the chains carry a number of low-priced roof racks, you won’t get good advice on which is best for your car. The outfitter store staff

will be familiar with canoes and will be far more capable of selecting the right rack for your Sentra. These racks usually sit on rubber feet, so you’ll want to make sure the roof surface is spotlessly clean before allowing the rubber feet to rest there. The staff at the outfitter store will also be able to show you the safest way to secure the canoe so that it won’t cause problems at highway speeds. Q: My BMW won’t start. When I put in the key, nothing happens at all. It locks and unlocks the car and turns in the ignition, but nothing turns on and the starter doesn’t crank. The car’s battery is fully charged and it ran fine

until a couple days ago. Now the whole thing is “dead.” What should I look at first before calling a tow truck? Thanks. —Rick in Baltimore, Md. A: It appears that your immobilizer system might be sensing that the key doesn’t belong to the car. Try your spare key first. If the car starts and runs properly, it means that the transponder in the bad key has failed. Your keys actually broadcast a security code to the car’s electrical system. If your original key has been damaged or has failed in some other way, it will be useless in the future. Be prepared to pay a substantial amount for a replacement key.

Q: The rear tire treads on my car are cupped and scalloped looking. The edges are sort of sharpened to an edge like a knife. The local shop says that my struts are bad and they’ll cost about $400 to replace. I’d like to know if the struts can cause this problem or if it might be the tires themselves. The car has 81,000 miles on it and the tires have only been on for about 10,000 miles. —Amy in Pottstown, Pa. A: Assuming that your tires weren’t rotated from the front axle, I’d say that the struts could easily cause the cupping and “feathered” edges you’re seeing. If the tires came from the front axle, they most likely wore that way because of

improper alignment, but if they’ve only been on the rear, and previous tires didn’t wear that way, then the symptoms point to worn struts. Dr. Crankshaft is automotive writer, radio host and restorer Les Jackson. In addition to writing for newspapers, he’s editor-in-chief of www.secondchancegarage.com, the web’s first all-restoration subscription site, and co-host of “Cruise Control,” heard Saturdays from 10-noon EST on the USA, National and Cable Radio networks. You can also listen live at www. cruisecontrolradio.com or download podcasts from iTunes. Send your questions to Dr. Crankshaft at nutsandb olts@journalregister.com; please include your name and a location.

How to step in financially for an elder No one wants to give up control of his or her life. That’s true for someone who’s 20 or 80. But if you sense an older relative is slowing down, or if a serious illness is threatening the finances of any loved one, it’s time to fashion a battle plan. A good first stop is a financial planner –– a financial expert with the experience to step into a tense situation and help you create a system for locating key information so you can make the necessary critical decisions. Of course, the best way to set up a system is to work with the relative before there’s a problem or in the early stages of illness. Yeo & Yeo provides the following suggestions: Understand the relative’s condition and strike a cooperative balance. The first step in helping someone in a crisis is not to talk about the money but to understand the crisis. Before talking about money issues, do everything possible to

understand how they’re feeling and, most important, how they want to handle family, work and money issues at each stage of their illness. It’s not unreasonable for someone to want to keep control until the point when they really have to give up the reins. Get them to talk about what they believe will be triggers for them to give up control, and then find out how they would like to proceed and formulate a transition plan. Talk about legal documents. Does this parent, relative or friend have a will and necessary health directives in place? Health directives name a single individual to manage all key health decisions if a patient cannot make them. A will can contain a variety of directions, depending on assets and lifestyle situation – if the relative has kids to raise or a business to run, for example. Check to see what detailed legal instructions they have in place

BIZ MATTERS to manage their finances or run their business if they are incapacitated. And if those plans have not been made, they need to be made immediately with the help of a financial planning professional and necessary tax and legal experts. An individual who is ill needs to designate trusted people to handle health and personal finance decisions. But if your relative has not planned for the future of the family business, that is a third and very detailed step that needs to be addressed in collaboration with other family members as well as key co-workers or executives. Talk about long-term care provisions. According to the American Association of Retired Persons, the average nursing home stay is 2.5 years. Whether an individual chooses long-term care in the home or in a facility,

it’s important to understand that while some direct medical expenses will be covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, most of the cost including daily living expenses will not. Get a handle on bills and other key financial events. It’s not the most pleasant dinner table conversation, but if more people planned their affairs with the assumption that they could die or become permanently incapacitated tomorrow, survivors would have a much easier time running or settling matters in their absence. Such planning goes beyond having simple wills and powers of attorney in an easy-to-find location. It makes good sense to establish the following: •Electronic transactions: Older relatives tend to trust traditional means of paying bills, but automatic bill pay is an extraordinary benefit for caregivers or relatives charged with managing someone else’s finances.

By gathering all bills that need to be paid and programming in their payment dates, there’s little or no risk that any regular bills will be paid late. Automatic bill payment should be one of the first decisions made if an elderly relative establishes a joint checking account with a caregiver or whoever holds their financial power of attorney. Also, if a relative wants to continue a regular savings or investment plan while they are incapacitated, those payments can be made as well. Most important – once those automatic transactions are set up, all the security codes and passwords must be kept in a safe place for both to access. •Set up a home maintenance schedule: If the relative is hoping to return to the home or if it must be sold at a later date to pay bills or to settle the estate, it must be maintained to assure its value at the time it needs to be reoccupied or sold. •Set up a correspondence

system: In addition to the stress of helping someone who’s ill or incapacitated, the sheer amount of paperwork associated with a serious illness can shake the most unflappable person. Again, a financial planning professional with special skills working with elderly clients can help you set up a system for collecting and sorting that information as well as non-medical financial correspondence. If the house is unoccupied, it’s also important that there is a way to keep mail secure to avoid identity theft – buy a shredder for all mailed materials that don’t need to be filed. •Pull credit reports: Get permission from your relative to pull the three annual credit reports they are entitled to during the year so you can confirm all accounts are current and that identity thieves haven’t hit them. This article is provided by Yeo & Yeo, certified public accountants and business consultants.


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Busch’s Market marks 35-year anniversary Local grocer Busch’s Fresh Food Market will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a weeklong extravaganza that started May 31 and runs through Sunday. Activities for children and adults are planned throughout the week at each of its 15 Michigan stores, culminating in a 35th anniversary storewide party Saturday and Sunday. “We’re going all out to show our gratitude to our community, which has supported us for the past 35 years,” said John Busch, co-owner and CEO of Busch’s Fresh Food Market, in a news release. The Busch’s story began 35 years ago in 1975 when John’s father, Joe Busch, and business partner, Charlie Mattis, acquired two Vescio’s Foods stores in Clinton and Saline and renamed them J&C Family Foods. When Joe retired in 1986, sons John, Doug and Tim took over. Under their guidance, Busch’s has grown into the 15-store, privately held, independent supermarket chain that it is today. Busch’s stores now employ more than 1,700 associates. Busch’s Marketing Director Kim Brown says that contests, giveaways, free samples and 35th anniversary-themed sales specials will mark the festivities all week at the stores. “When customers walk into a Busch’s during this event, they’ll definitely know that something special is happening,” said Brown. “And not only will it be a lot of fun for each family member, bit they’ll also be able to save money on their shopping trip as well.”

Among the activities planned is the Summer Salad Recipe Contest, in which guests submit an original and unique recipe for a deli salad. One winner will receive an Ecolution Artistry eight-piece cookware set, and the winning recipe will join the Busch’s Deli all-star salad squad and will be available in all Busch’s stores. Three runners-up will win a $25 Busch’s gift card. Recipes may be submitted in store or via e-mail to recipecontest@buschs.com. For the kids, a 35th anniversary coloring contest will be held and each entry rewarded with a complimentary treat from the Busch’s bakery. Coloring pages featuring Busch’s 35th-anniversary logo will be available for kids to pick up at the service desk, and completed pictures will be hung up in stores as part of the celebration. On Sunday, a drawing of all entrants will be held for three prize baskets. Also during the anniversary week, a variety of vendor demonstrations and free food samples will be available at various store departments including Busch’s deli, bakery, produce and dairy departments. In addition, through Sunday, select items throughout the store will be featured in a 35th Anniversary “Buy One, Get One for 35 cents” sale. Finally, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Busch’s will host a birthday party complete with complimentary Busch’s signature cake samples. There also will be free Busch’s giveaways upon entering each store while supplies last.

Preservationists honored The Legacy Land Conservancy has named the Waterloo Hunt Club and Charity Steere as its Preservationists of the Year for 2010. The annual Preservationist of the Year award honors people who exemplify the conservation ethic in their work and personal lives. The first award recipient, Waterloo Hunt Club, is one of the few remaining hunt clubs in Michigan. The club has a 40-year heritage of hunting on the public lands surrounding their club in Waterloo Township. They have consistently and actively worked to preserve this natural area – from hosting Earth Day clean-ups that remove tons of debris from the park to raising money among the equestrian community. Nearly 100 percent of their members have contributed to Legacy Land Conservancy’s Waterloo Fund. On the policy level, Waterloo Hunt Club members’ many letters helped persuade the Natural Resources Trust Fund to invest in Waterloo. Along with participants from various user groups, Hunt Club representatives took part in Department of Natural Resources meetings to determine how all could best coexist in a multi-user park. “The Waterloo Hunt Club looks beyond its own interests to support land protection in a way that serves the larger community,” said Susan Lackey, executive director of the Legacy Land Conservancy, in a news release. Robert Tetens, president of Legacy Land Conservancy’s board, said that the second award recipient, Charity Steere, is “that rare volunteer who is willing to do it all.” The award, Tetens said, came as a surprise to Steere. “We didn’t give Charity any warning, because we knew that if we told her ahead of time, she’d tell us to honor someone else,” said Tetens. Steere not only serves on the Conservancy’s board of directors, she also volunteers for nearly every Conservancy workday. She was instrumental in the creation of the Conservancy’s Forever Fund endowment, which will ensure money is available to protect lands well into the future. She played a key role in extending the geographic scope of the Conservancy, working with the Jackson County planning committee and board of commissioners to establish a farmland-protection ordinance and then serving on the committee that implements it. “Thanks to Charity’s nearlegendary tenacity, Waterloo is now criss-crossed with designated natural beauty roads

that remind visitors to look around them – and help make sure the peace of the area isn’t marred in the future,” said Tetens. With the support of the Waterloo Hunt Club and the Legacy Land Conservancy,

MDNR will soon add an additional 33 new acres to the Waterloo Recreation Area. That makes 142 acres added in 2010 alone. An additional 238 acres are under consideration for protection this year.

Angerer Honored by Autism Group House Majority Floor Leader Kathy Angerer, D-55th District, was honored April 27 by Autism Insurance in Michigan for her effort and advocacy in support of children with autism and their families at the Capitol. Angerer championed legislation, which has passed the House of Representatives, that requires healthcare companies to cover autism treatments to ensure that children with autism receive the quality care they need and can reach their full potential. At the event, Angerer presented AIM officials with the resolution she sponsored to recognize April as Autism Awareness Month in Michigan.

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Saline officials react to hospital scaling back St. Joseph Mercy to drop inpatient unit in mid-July By Steven Howard Heritage Newspapers

Saline officials and local residents have begun to express their opinions in the wake of the announcement that St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Saline will cease operation of its 74-bed inpatient unit as of mid-July. Larry Osterling, executive director of the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, said he has mixed feeling about the closure. “It’s a little sad. It’s kind of a sign of the times,” he said, but noted, “I understand what Photo by Steven Howard the considerations were for in The BackStreet Cruizers Thursday night car shows have returned for the summer months. Wilson Park was full of classic cars financing it.” May 20, when the cruise coincided with the Taste of Milan next door at the Milan Senior and Community Activity Center. Osterling said the hospital has been very giving in the past with the Saline community, and that he respects the organization. “They have actually invested quite a bit,” he said. Osterling said older people will probably have the hardest time adjusting to the transition, given they have develcoincided with the Taste of at about 50 people, ranging in people who share a love of By Steven Howard oped a certain impression of Heritage Newspapers Milan at the Milan Senior and what a hospital should be. age from 18 to 80. cars and trucks, making new Community Activity Center. The organization marks its friends, and spirit of com“Anyone who is old school The weather was sunny 10th anniversary this year, munity.” Members of the BackStreet thinks of their hospital as a and the show appeared well “We embrace all makes and and members are hoping Cruizers car club in Milan one-stop place,” he said. “It’s sad attended. everyone who loves classic years,” it states. have begun their Thursday to think it’s not the way it used For more information on cars and socializing will come The site also states that night Lake Side Cruise seato be.” the BackStreet Cruizers, visit down to Thursday’s shows. money raised from cruise son, attracting auto enthuDavid Rhoads, a Saline City www.backstreetcruizers. “We’ve logged 10 years events helps support local and siasts of all ages to Wilson Council member and local smugmug.com. together and look forward national charities, including Memorial Park in Milan. businessman, posted on his Steven Howard can be to more,” the website states. Aid in Milan, The American The car shows take blog about the hospital chang“Stop by the Lake Side Cruise reached at 429-7380 or Cancer Society, Milan Parks place from 6 to 8 p.m. every es after the announcement showard@heritage.com. and Recreation, and the Milan on a Thursday night during Thursday through Aug. 26. was made, expressing conFollow his blog at http://herithe summer. We’ll be glad to According to the Backstreet Police Reserves. cern that perhaps not enough tageweststaffblog.blogspot. make your acquaintance.” The group’s official history Cruizers website, the orgawas done proactively to save com. The cruise on May 20 states membership for 2010 is nization “brings together the inpatient care unit.

Summer car shows in Milan’s Wilson Park return on Thursdays

Other services offered at the facility, such 24-hour as emergency care, will continue as usual. “We should not sit idly by and let this happen,” he wrote. “It appears the hospital has moved from being a community hospital to being a corporate hospital.” Indicating the proximity of the hospital was a major factor in his decision to move to Saline, Rhoads said he wants to call together a forum with hospital officials to discuss why the inpatient operation will be closing. Rhoads said he would like to ask, “Was any effort made to market the availability of those beds, or the fact that many people feel more comfortable in a smaller facility?” Rhoads also questions if it’s necessary for all hospital operations to “generate excess revenue.” A press release issued by the hospital indicates the Saline facility will begin to be transformed into a preventative care and educational clinic by mid-July. Other services offered at the facility, such 24-hour as emergency care, will continue as usual. Steven Howard can be reached at showard@heritage. com. This story first appeared online. Visit www.heritage.com for breaking news and updates.

Church honors members’ 422 years of collective service By Carol Vollink Guest Writer

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Recently, 11 members of Peoples Presbyterian Church of Milan were recognized at a lunch for a total of 422 years of service as ordained elders. All of those recognized had spent many years serving in other capacities before they were ordained. Church officials said none of the members honored expected recognition for the work they’ve done throughout the years and that they “served because they saw a need and gave of their time and talents because they cared about God, their church and people.” Members recognized for their years of service as ordained elders were Jack Cranson and Calvin Sweet (50 years), Alice Allstetter (49 years), Barbara Sinclair (46 years), Jim Cullip (43 years), Ann Jones (38 years), Dorothy John and Ken London (37 years), Gertrude Flint and Betty Rose (36 years), and Joan Cullip (35 years).

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Ken London (left), Joan Cullip, Jim Cullip, Dorothy John, Jack Cranson, Betty Rose, Ann Jones, Gertrude Flint, Alice Alstetter and Barb Sinclair were recognized at a lunch for a total of 422 years of service as ordained elders.

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State Capitol Visit House Majority Floor Leader Kathy Angerer, D-55th District, met with Maxine Tewsley and the rest of teacher Kelley Smith’s third-grade class from Symons Elementary on the steps of the state Capitol Building May 25. Tewsley has her own blog site where she discusses a variety of topics, including history and presidents.

Chamber launches redesigned website The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce has launched its new website, www.salinechamber. org, designed and developed by DesignHub Inc. in Saline. A highlight of the new chamber site is an interactive member directory that can be easily searched by multiple selection criteria. A password-protected member login area lets chamber members themselves update their directory profiles, including logos and photos. Visitors to the site can also consult an interactive calendar of chamber-related events. There they can choose from a grid view or a linear view of the database-driven calendar, and click on a specific event for details. Site visitors can then register for events online. A special “e-mail a friend” feature makes it easy to alert others about the event. In another area of the site, visitors can apply for chamber membership and pay their membership dues online. The site’s colorful, easily navigable interface spotlights the new logo — also created by DesignHub — for the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are pleased to provide such an exceptionally helpful new Web resource to our members, both current and prospective,” said Larry Osterling, executive director of the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, in a news release. “We want members to view this as their site, too.” Osterling added, “Our hats are off to DesignHub. They have given our members a set of innovative Web tools not ordinarily available with other chamber sites.” DesignHub worked with the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce to plan and design the organization’s new website, then helped to edit the site’s content and handled its programming, testing and launch. Also described on the Web site are key member benefits, particularly the many networking, advertising and community service opportunities that members enjoy. The chamber’s newest members are highlighted. Chamber members can also sponsor pages. Elsewhere the site tells the chamber’s mission and vision, and profiles its leadership and staff. In addition, site visitors can download current and past editions of the award-winning Saline Business Advocate, the chamber’s monthly newsletter. Major chamber events are Synopsis of Bridgewater Township Special Board Meeting April 22, 2010 Supervisor called the meeting to order at 7:05pm and held a Moment of Silence/ Silent Prayer. Supervisor announced she called this meeting in accordance with Public Act 267 of 1976 as amended (the Open Meetings Act) being posted at the Bridgewater Township Hall on April 13, 2010 and reposted April 21, 2010. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Clinton and Manchester Fire Billings, litigation with Washtenaw County Parks with Attorney Lucas and Internal Controls Over Financials. Board heard citizen participation. Board approved agenda with changes. Board approved new language for consent judgment with Washtenaw County Parks. Borad recinded motion to approve Fire Billing appeal for Earl Carver. Board discussed a millage for fire services. Treasurer left at 9:00pm Board dicussed Supervisors issues. Board moved & approved property issues not to be discussed again and they will stay where they are. Board approved Letter of Engagement with auditors.. Board approved meeting with the auditors for the upcoming audit. Clerk submitted letter of resignation affective May 31, 2010. Meeting adjourned 11:15:pm

Cynthia J. Carver Bridgewater Township Clerk Publish June 3, 2010

detailed on their own Web pages. This includes the monthly “Building Business Relationships” breakfasts, along with annual chambersponsored events such as the Business Enterprise Awards, “Saline Salutes” Citizen Awards, Ellen Ewing Roast, golf outing, holiday parade and more. For those considering doing business in Saline, the new chamber site provides details on area demographics, land and space availability, and industrial parks and zoning, along with business-related contacts in local government within the greater Saline area. There are also links to other community resources, including the area’s major educational institutions, health care providers, recreational offerings, entertainment venues and service organizations. The new site welcomes visitors to Saline by providing maps and details on the area’s accommodations, attractions, schools, sports facilities and more. Other site features include the latest news from the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, presented in a blog format allowing comments from community members. The site’s “Job Connection” page tells of employment WASHTENAW COUNTY LEGAL NOTICE: Washtenaw County Purchasing Division is issuing a Request for Proposal for Video Inspection & Sewer Line Cleaning Services. Detailed specifications may be obtained at the Washtenaw County Finance/Purchasing Department located at 220 North Main Street, Room B-35, Lower Level, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. RFP 6545 Due: Monday, June 14, 2010 by 4:00PM local time. For more information, please call (734) 222-6760 or logon to our website at http:// bids.ewashtenaw.org and click on “open bids”. Publish June 3, 2010

SALINE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION WASHTENAW COUNTY, MICHIGAN NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Saline City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 100 N. Harris St., Saline, MI for the purpose of hearing all objections to, and support of, the application from Flatout Bread, for amendment to the existing site plan for the construction of two (2) silos for product storage, each being 12 feet in diameter width and 44 feet in height, at 1422 Woodland Drive, Saline, Saline City Tax Code 18-12-30-430-45. A copy of the application and the amended site plan is available for public inspection at the office of the Saline City Clerk during regular working hours. Written comments on the above application will be received at the office of the Saline City Clerk prior to the closing of said public hearing. The City of Saline will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities upon two (2) business days’ notice to the City of Saline. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the City of Saline, by writing or calling the following: Saline City Clerk, City of Saline, 100 N. Harris Street, Saline, MI 48176 (734) 429-4907, ext. 2209, TDD (734) 429-7911. This notice is given in accordance with the provisions of the Saline City Zoning Ordinance. SALINE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

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opportunities with Chamber members. The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce was established in 1956 and today represents nearly 500 members. The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce offices are at 141 E.

Washtenaw County Legal Notice: Washtenaw County Purchasing Division is issuing a Request for Proposal for OnSSI IP Camera Software for Washtenaw County. Detailed specifications may be obtained at the Washtenaw County Finance/Purchasing Department located at 220 North Main Street, Room B-35, Lower Level, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. RFP 6543 Due: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by 3:00 PM local time. For more information, please call (734) 222-6760 or logon to our website at http://bids.ewashtenaw.org and click on “open bids”. Publish June 3 , 2010

SALINE CITY COUNCIL MAY 3, 2010 REGULAR MEETING SYNOPSIS The Regular meeting of the Saline City Council was called to order at 7:35 p.m. by Mayor Driskell at Saline City Hall. All Council members were present. Four Staff members and ten citizens were present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. By Unanimous Vote of Council, the Regular Agenda was approved as amended. There was one citizen comment on the National Bike Month agenda item. The following Consent Agenda items were approved by unanimous vote of Council: Council minutes and Synopsis of their April 19, 2010 regular meeting; the payment of 83 payees in the amount of $267,100.58; use of public sidewalks by Saline American Legion Auxiliary for their Poppy sales on May 21 and 22, 2010; proclamation of May 21 and 22 as “Poppy Days”; adopted resolution setting a public hearing on June 7, 2010 on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2010-2011. New Business: By unanimous vote of Council, the approved: following item was proclamation of May 2010 as “National Bike Month”. Public Hearings: Council held a public hearing regarding fiscal year 2010-2011 Fire Special Assessment for Fire Protection. There were no public comments. By unanimous vote of Council, Resolution No. 2 and Resolution No. 3, Special Assessment for Fire Protection for fiscal year 2010-2011 was adopted. Funding for fire protection was authorized by general fund tax millage and not by special assessment. Council also held a public hearing on the request of Pattco, Inc. to transfer IFT Certificate #2008-303 from Pattco, Inc. to Flatout, Inc. There were no public comments. By unanimous vote of Council, the application to transfer IFT certificate #2008-202 from Pattco, Inc. to Flatout, Inc. was approved with the exemption to remain in effect until its ending date of December 30, 2013. There were six Discussion items. No one spoke under “Citizen Comments”. The meeting was adjourned at 8:04 p.m. Complete minutes may be reviewed during regular office hours at Saline City Hall, or on-line at: www.cityofsaline.org

Synopsis prepared by Dianne S. Hill, Saline City Clerk APPROVED: May 17, 2010 Publish June 3, 2010

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Washtenaw County Legal Notice: Washtenaw County Purchasing Division on behalf of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a Request for Proposal for a Jail Management System. Detailed specifications may be obtained at the Washtenaw County Finance/Purchasing Department Website. RFP 6544 is Due: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by 2:00 P.M. local time. For more information, please call (734) 222-6760 or logon to our website at http:// bids.ewashtenaw.org and click on “open bids”.

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City of Saline Annual Drinking Water Quality Report Covering Calendar Year 2009 This report is designed to inform you about your water quality. Our goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We are pleased to present this report and want you to understand we are committed to ensuring the quality of your water and will continue our efforts to improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. The City of Saline draws its water from five wells throughout the city. All five wells are 120 feet deep and are drawing water from glacial deposits. We distributed 1,096,000 gallons of water on average per day in 2009. On August 5th, we reached our peak day and pumped 2,050,000 gallons. In 2009 we produced a total of 400,180,000 gallons This report shows our water quality and what it means. If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Mark Fechik at 944-2003. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. The City of Saline routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. As water travels underground, it can pick up substances or contaminants. These include: Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, livestock and wildlife. Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be natural or may result from storm runoff, wastewater discharges, oil and gas production and farming. Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses. Organic chemicals, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also originate from gas stations, storm runoff and septic systems. Radioactive substances, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. The table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2009. Some of these tests are required less than annually. The most recent results of these are also included. All drinking water may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some of these constituents. It is important to remember that the presence of these constituents does not necessarily pose a health risk. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same protection for public health. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

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Synopsis of Bridgewater Township Special Meeting May 6, 2010

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Clerk called the Special meeting to order at 6:35pm with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Clerk announced this meeting was called in accordance with Public Act 267 of 1976 as amended (the Open Meetings Act) being posted at the Bridgewater Township Hall on April 30, 2010. The purpose of the meeting, scheduled 30 minutes before the regular meeting is to listen to a presentation from Western Washtenaw Recycle Authority on their proposed expansion and they could not stay for the regularly scheduled meeting. Frank Hammer with WWRA handed out a Comparison document “WWRA from 1991 until 2009.” Board members questioned the amounts for the Engineering fees, and some of the issues that are unique to the Recycling Business. Supervisor arrived at 7:43pm All municipalities have their own vote not just the Recycle Board Representatives Synopsis of Regular Meeting Supervisor called the Regular Meeting to order at 7:04pm and held a Moment of Silence/Silent Prayer.(National Day of Prayer) Board heard citizen participation Board approved consent agenda. Board approved meeting agenda. Board approved minutes of Aprill 22 and April 1, 2010 with Supervisors changes, Board heard Police Services report. Board heard Treasurer’s report. Board approved monthly bills to be paid. Board approved resignation of the Clerk. Board reviewed plans for improvement to the Hall. Board discussed the interview process. Special Meeting scheduled for interviews May 25th at 7:00pm. Board approved the placing of grave stones from the Legion for military members in the cemeteries. Board approved support for the Western Washtenaw Recycle Center to pursue their expansion. Board approved sending the Letter of Intent to Washtenaw County road Commission. Board approved appointments to Joint Planning. Board heard citizen participation. Meeting was adjourned at 10:43 pm. Respectfully Submitted,

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N/A – Not Applicable Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) – One part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000. Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter – One part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000. Action level (AL) – The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow. Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The “Maximum Allowed” is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment. Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) – The “Goal” is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) – The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants. Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) – The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants. PicoCuries per liter (pCi/l) – A measure of radioactivity.

We test for a total of 152 possible contaminants including 66 volatile organic, and 74 synthetic organic contaminants including pesticides and herbicides. Below is a list of contaminants where minimum detection levels were reached.

WATER QUALITY TEST RESULTS

Inorganic Parameters

Sample at the Plant tap

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**MCL and MCLG for radon have not been determined as yet. *** These contaminants are tested at the consumers tap. Lead: If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The City of Saline is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to two minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800-426-4791 or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead. Copper is an essential nutrient, but some people who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level over a relatively short amount of time could experience gastrointestinal distress. Some people who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level over many years could suffer liver or kidney damage. People with Wilson’s disease should consult their personal doctor. Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline. ****The 90th percentile value means 90 percent of the homes tested have lead and copper below the given 90th percentile value. *****Hardness is expressed in ppm. To convert to grains of hardness, divide by 17.1. As you can see by the table, our system had no violations. We are proud that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements. We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some constituents have been detected. The EPA has determined that your water is safe at these levels. The City is continuing efforts to maintain a safe and dependable water supply through system improvements. The City’s Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant began full operation in May, 2005. The plant provides for iron and manganese removal through the use of greensand filters. Hardness, which consists mainly of calcium and magnesium, is removed using reverse osmosis membranes. This softened water is then blended with raw water to produce hardness in the approximate range of 110-120 mg/l. Chlorine is then added for disinfection and fluoride is added to help prevent tooth decay. The Water Treatment Plant has a maximum daily capacity of 3.5 million gallons. The City of Saline draws its water from five wells, each 120 feet deep. The State of Michigan performed an assessment of our source water in 2003 to determine the susceptibility or relative potential of contamination. The susceptibility rating is on a six-tiered scale from “very-low” to “high” based primarily on geologic sensitivity, water chemistry and contaminant sources. The susceptibility of our source water is “moderately high”. The City of Saline is making efforts to protect our water sources which include participation in the Wellhead Protection Program and remediation of known sources of contamination within the Wellhead Protection Area to prevent movement of contamination to municipal wells. The City of Saline Annual Drinking Water Report for 2009 is available to consumers and may be obtained at City Hall, on the City’s website at http:// www.cityofsaline.org, or by calling 944-2003. Information from the Source Water Assessment Report can also be obtained by calling the number above. These reports are not being mailed to customers. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infection. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/ CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

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LODI TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING The Lodi Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lodi Township Hall, 3755 Pleasant Lake Road. The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comments regarding a new radio tower located on Brian Sweetland Property; parcel number M-13-04-300-001, at 6634 W. Waters Road. The proposed application may be viewed at the Lodi Township Hall during normal working hours. Requests for auxiliary aids or services for individuals with disabilities should be made to the Lodi Township Clerk at (734) 665-7583. The Lodi Township Clerk will receive written comments on the proposed changes until noon Monday, June 21, 2010. Verbal comments may be made at the hearing.


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Man drowns in Clean Water Beach in Milan Family lost sight “He was swimming of swimmer near with his brothers. 12-feet deep water They turned around By Steven Howard and didn’t see him.” Heritage Newspapers

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Honoring veterans Jordan Nie, 9, of Milan was among a group of Cub Scouts from Pack 491 who attended the Memorial Day program Monday in Milan. The events kicked off with a program in front of American Legion Post 268. A parade followed and a second program was held in Marble Park Cemetery, where Mayor Kym Muckler served as keynote speaker. View video of her speech at www.heritage.com.

A 21-year–old Lincoln Park man appears to have drowned at Clean Water Beach in Milan Sunday, said beach owner Charles Heath. The Toledo Blade is reporting the man to be Dustin Anderson. Heath said the victim was with several family members just before he disappeared into the water. “He was swimming with his brothers,” Heath said. “They turned around and didn’t see him.” The group was swimming at a particular section of the beach where the water is between 8 and 12 feet deep, Heath said. “They were at the far south end,” he said. After the man’s brother contacted beach officials, an ambulance was called. Heath estimates the man was in the water for about 20 minutes after staff was

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notified. “He was found right at about 7 p.m.,” Heath said. The beach was closed in the aftermath of the incident and remained that way for the duration of the day given the usual closing time is 8 p.m. The beach opened as usual today, Heath said Monday. Heath said the beach does not have lifeguards on duty, and information stating so is posted. “We advertise ‘swim at your own risk,’” he said. Steven Howard can be reached at 429-7380 or showard@heritage.com. Follow his blog at http://heritageweststaffblog.blogspot. com.

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Cuts threaten future of Habitat for Humanity By Robert Filka Guest Writer

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority has played a key role in facilitating affordable housing investments across our state over the years. By leveraging private investment and partnerships with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, they have helped generate high quality housing that has helped transform numerous neighborhoods. MSHDA’s modest investments in Habitat have helped leverage the construction and renovation of homes that have a combined market value of more than $300 million and are now occupied by homeowners paying more than $6.5 million a year in property taxes. Yet earlier this year, MSHDA determined that it needed to cut Habitat’s annual funding in half. Policymakers in Lansing ought to be troubled by this shift in funding priorities by our state’s housing agency. Dollars to support Habitat have historically not come from taxpayers. MSHDA’s unrestricted reserves ––earnings on private loans/bonds they have issued over the years — have been tapped to support Habitat’s work. More recently, federal grant dollars have been leveraged to support Habitat. MSHDA, in fact, has seen its funding as a grantor rise dramatically the past two years, which makes the Habitat cut even more troubling. MSHDA has been asked to take on a major new role as administrator of new federal grant programs that are and will be funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into our state for renovation and restoration of foreclosed and abandoned properties. While these new (and unproven) programs hold out the promise of helping stabilize Michigan’s housing marketplace, I am concerned that the tried-and-true investment MSHDA has made in Habitat is needlessly taking a backseat to new “stimulus” efforts. They need not be mutually exclusive. Habitat has shifted its focus away from new construction and into renovation. Virtually every Habitat project now in progress is a renovation effort.

...Habitat for Humanity has proven to make a real difference in the lives of Habitat partner families as 68 percent of families report an increase in their income; 25 percent of families report better grades in school for their children; 58 percent of families report less family conflict... Therefore, it makes perfect sense for MSHDA, in allocating a modest portion of these new federal dollars, to entrust and further invest in Habitat — not move away from them. According to a study conducted by Davenport University, the work of Habitat for Humanity has proven to make a real difference in the lives of Habitat partner families as 68 percent of families report an increase in their income; 25 percent of families report better grades in school for their children; 23 percent of families report less sickness; 58 percent of families report less family conflict; and 40 percent of families report going on to obtaining additional education. Habitat for Humanity works. Those who volunteer and support Habitat for Humanity of Michigan and its affiliates are making a real difference in the lives of our citizens and know it works. MSHDA needs to restore their investment –– not divest themselves of — this proven model. Robert Filka is the CEO of the Michigan Association of Home Builders and is chairman of the Habitat for Humanity of Michigan Board of Directors.

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Saline hospital to cease inpatient care “The key message is that we’re not leaving,” he said, indicating the hospital plans to invest money in classrooms and other preventative resources at the Saline complex designed to keep people well. Casalou said staff members were informed of the decision in person yesterday. Casalou said he has a great deal of respect for the workers who will be transferred in light of the inpatient closure, and that it is because of them the Saline operation had the longevity it did. “It’s actually the staff there that has kept it open as long as it has been,” he said. “We are trying to be good stewards of our valuable resources,” Casalou said in a written statement. “Our inpatient services are not being utilized at a rate that can sustain

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St. Joseph Mercy Saline will close its 74-bed inpatient unit in July and concentrate on preventative services, including classroom education. Rob Casalou, president of the hospital’s Ann Arbor, Saline and Livingston locations, said the hospital has been evaluating the Saline inpatient care for years. Once the daily census numbers for patients staying at the hospital dropped to about 10, Casalou said administrators began to seriously look at terminating the operation. Casalou also said with new federal healthcare laws in place, the contemporary direction for patient care is heading toward preventive measure, and the hospital simply will be adapting to that transition.

the hospital.” Media representative Lauren Stokes composed the hospital’s written statement, released Wednesday morning, which indicates the decision was made out of financial considerations. “These changes are necessary due to a drop in patient volume and declining reimbursement for delivery care,” it states, also indicating St. Joseph Mercy will cease operations of its obstetric services at its Livingston County location. The release states all hospital employees will be relocated. “Employees affected by the

unit closures will be offered similar positions at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and other facilities within SJMHS,” according to the press release. “The exact number of reductions is not known at this time, although it is expected to be less han 50.” Other aspects of the hospital’s operation will continue to run as usual. “St. Joseph Saline will continue to provide 24-hour emergency care, outpatient surgeries, laboratory services, radiology services and house physician offices,” it states, indicating “the 74-bed inpatient

These changes are necessary due to a drop in patient volume and declining reimbursement for delivery care

unit has an average daily census of 10 patients, and continues to decline.” Steven Howard can be reached at 429-7380 or showard@heritage.com. This

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Lodi Township barn fire claims animals Several farm animals perished in an early morning fire that destroyed a Lodi Township barn May 27, officials said. Lambs, pigs, goats, calves and chickens were killed as the fire consumed the wooden barn located in the 6000 block of Weber Road, said Saline Area Fire Chief Craig Hoeft. An official count of livestock was not possible at the grisly scene and Hoeft said he did not know if the property owner had one available. Firefighters responded the blaze after receiving an emergency call from a resident on the far shortly after 2 a.m., Hoeft said. “One of the residents said they woke up and smelled smoke, and then told mom and dad the barn was on fire,” he said. “But it was going pretty strong at that point.” The structure was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and there was little they could do to rescue the animals or prevent the barn from being completely destroyed. Firefighters managed to isolate the fire to the barn and limited damage to a nearby garage, Hoeft added. No people were injured, but the loss was devastating to the family, which has been very active in the Washtenaw County 4-H program, Hoeft said. Damage estimates were not available. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but appears accidental. Hoeft said the barn was wired for

Saline man charged with credit card fraud A Saline man was recently charged with breaking into an unlocked vehicle parked outside a home near downtown and using a stolen credit card to feed a lottery-ticket habit, according to police reports. Michael Irey, 20, faces multiple counts of fraudulently using a financial transaction device and breaking and entering a vehicle in late April. A warrant for his arrest was issued May 27 and no court dates have been set. Irey likely will turn himself in with an attorney upon learning of the charges or will have one appointed at his arraignment, officials said. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison on each fraud count and up to 93 days in jail on the burglary charge, documents show. Irey was arrested at his parents’ home without incident after investigators identified him from surveillance camera video recorded at the store, where he purchased several lottery tickets with the stolen cards, according to reports. He told officers he and his brother were out late at a friend’s residence and were walking home when he decided to go toward a gas station to buy something. He said he walked along Harris Street and entered an unlocked vehicle

that he found along the way. He confessed to taking a credit card out of a wallet he found in the vehicle and using it to purchase the tickets. His brother was not charged and reportedly had no involvement in the burglary or credit card fraud, police officials said. Irey’s mother told officers that he had “a problem” with lottery tickets akin to gambling and needed help. When investigators searched the man’s bedroom upon his arrest they found several of the scratch lottery tickets, including one winner, according to reports.

Vandals strike cemetery in Saline Saline police said they are investigating the apparent desecration of the gravestone Officers responded to the 200 block of West Michigan Avenue shortly after a supervisor with the Saline Department of Public Works reported that he saw a headstone overturned in the cemetery near Curtiss Park at about 9 p.m. May 25, according to police reports. The stone, which was marked with the family name Kozel, was completely knocked off of its base, and there was a noticeable chip on the top right corner, where it may have been struck by an unknown object, according to reports. Damage was estimated at about $250 and it was unclear the age of the headstone. The gravesite is located in the northwest corner of the cemetery, near the turnaround. The caller said he believed

the damage occurred between midnight Monday and 9 p.m. Tuesday. No suspect information was available. Anyone with information is asked to call the Saline police at 429-7911 or e-mail Detective Don Lupi at dlupi@cityofsaline.org. —Compiled by freelance journalist Art Aisner

story was originally posted online May 26. Visit www.heritage.com daily for breaking news. Follow Howard’s blog at http://heritageweststaffblog. blogspot.com.

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Girl Scouts from Washtenaw County earn recognition into action by benefiting her community. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the equivalent of the Eagle Scout Award in Boy Scouting.

Six Girl Scouts from Washtenaw County received the Girl Scout Gold Award at a ceremony held May 16 at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. The girls were honored by Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan for their leadership and dedication to community service. The Girl Scout Gold Award, awarded by Girl Scouts of the USA, is earned by only 3 percent of Girl Scouts, ages 14 through 18, across the country. The highest achievement in Girl Scouting, it calls upon each girl to develop a 65-hour service project, putting her leadership skills

Sarah Betzig of Troop 41666 in Ann Arbor organized a math and science workshop for upper elementary school children. The four-hour workshop at the Ann Arbor District Library’s Mallett’s Creek Branch engaged children with slime, logic puzzles and math games. Betzig also made a binder documenting the activities for future use. She is the daughter of Elizabeth and Ronald Betzig. Dana DiMaggio of Troop

41309 in Saline taught elementary and middle school students responsibility through the care of pets. In six sessions, the children learned the principles of fish keeping, water chemistry and proper feeding as part of the project. DiMaggio then held a pet expo at Saline United Methodist Church, which showcased local groomers and a representative from the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Her parents are Betsy and J.P. DiMaggio. Danielle Kanclerz of Troop 40900 in Ypsilanti collected books for the Giving Library at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. She

also organized a 5K run and walk at Gallup Park, with donated books as the admission charge as part of her project. Canton Charter Academy also held a book drive for those unable to participate in the walk/run. Her project donated more than 500 new books to the hospital and an additional 100 gently used books to the Salvation Army. The Scout is the daughter of Kim Kanclerz. Emily Knafl of Troop 41733 in Chelsea created a dog therapy program at the Chelsea Retirement Community. Three dogs, including one that Emily herself trained, and their

teams visited the residents. The program not only helped to brighten the residents’ days, but also impacted those in the Alzheimer’s unit. Many Alzheimer’s patients who did not usually speak would often speak and interact with the dogs. Emily is the daughter of Pam and Paul Knafl. Anna Leonard of Troop 40612 in Dexter interviewed and transcribed personal histories of members of the Dexter Senior Center. She interviewed 20 people, transcribed their stories and assembled a scrapbook with photos of each individual. The scrapbook is on display at the senior center, where

visitors can learn about the community’s elders. Her parents are Peggy and Carl Leonard. Teresa Madlo of Troop 41602 in Ypsilanti organized a three-day workshop to help younger girls grow in their religious faith. She worked with adult volunteers to present the Catholic religious recognitions program of the Diocese of Lansing “I Live My Faith,” to girls in upper elementary school. During the workshop, the girls made cards for ill or elderly community members. The Scout is the daughter of Jean Marie and Jim Madlo.

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ally impossible to obtain some of the city buildings without purchasing them with a credit card. This is a tremendous business model when the game company can sell virtual commodities that cost nothing to produce. Whenever computers and credit cards mix there is a risk of abuse. There are occasional stories of abuse where a minor gets hold of their parents’ credit card and spends an unbelievable amount of money purchasing virtual currency for their computer gaming. These stories are few in number and often given

an excessive amount of media coverag. Nearly all of the virtual currency purchases are legitimate and leave a satisfied customer and company. So many game cards are purchased that they are now available in most convenience stores and gas stations. I was checking out the display in my preferred gas station and was surprised to count several dozen different games selling cards. This gas station has a carousel right by the front door to catch the impulse buyers. Unfortunately, the exchange of currency only goes one way.

I can pour all of the real cash I want into my virtual farm, but I cannot cash out any the virtual currency I earn from performing tasks. Even though I earn a lot of gold coins and game dollars, I can’t convert them into U.S. currency. That would be a huge change in the gaming market if the players could actually get paid for playing, but I do not expect to see that happen in my lifetime. Jeffrey Livermore is a professor at Walsh College and a blogging partner with Heritage Newspapers. Check out his blog, “The Business Side of IT.”


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Saline’s Cam Frotten, shown in action earlier this season, had one assist and five ground balls for the Hornets in last week’s 17-7 win over Plymouth. The Division 1 No. 2-ranked Saline girls’ tennis team is coming off a regional co-championship last month. The Hornets are now preparing to take on Michigan’s best at the Division 1 state final Friday and Saturday at the Midland Community Tennis Center. Members of this season’s Saline squad include, front row, Megan Geiger (left), Julie Blackhall, Nikki Shipman and Emma Easom; middle row, Heather Vogt (left), Haley Breedveld, Catherine Bernard, Shanna Cooper and Allie Fitzpatrick; back row, coach Andy BeDell (left), Jennifer Ho, Kaitlin Sheets, Margaret Sheets, Mary Hanna, Darby Molloy and assistant coach Karen Baxter.

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Saline’s girls’ track and field team finished first at last week’s Southeastern Conference Red Division meet at Temperance Bedford. With their win at the league meet, the Hornets, ranked No. 6 in the state in Division 1, were crowned overall conference champions. Saline finished with 205 points. “The league standings are determined by combining the dual meets and the league meet,” said Saline coach Mike Smith. “We won all of our dual meets and won (league meet) yesterday, so we’re league champs.” Placing second in the Red Division was perennial state power Ann Arbor Pioneer, with 102 points. The Pioneers are currently ranked No. 3 in the state in Division 1. “Since Pioneer joined the SEC, this is the first time they have not won (league title),” Smith said. “This is the first time we have won. We got off to a very good start in the field events, built some momentum and carried it through from there.” Rounding out the Red Division standings were Ann Arbor Huron in third place, Monroe and Temperance Bedford fourth and Ann Arbor Skyline sixth. Smith said he was proud of the way his team competed in the league meet. “Because of the very warm weather and because we were coming off a fairly emotional win in the regional, it would have been very easy for our athletes to not really be mentally prepared for this meet, but they were. They built a good, early lead and never let up throughout the meet. We competed right down to winning the final event, the 1,600 relay.” In field events, Emily Solan was second in the high jump with a height of 5-feet, 2 inches. Kristy Richart was fourth with a 4-9. Emily Everett was third in the shot put with a throw of 334.50, while Randi Bennett was fifth with a 33.50 and Brooke Pleger sixth with a 32-8.

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Pleger was first in the discus with a toss of 118-7, while Bennett was third with a 112-0 and Everett fifth with a 102-2. Michelle Young was third in the pole vault clearing 9-0, while Samantha Szuminski was

fifth, also with a 9-0 and Solan 10th with an 8-0. Rachel Nyberg was second in the long jump with a measurement of 16-2. Natalie Wysocki placed second in the 100-meter hurdles

with a time of 16.12, while Becky Stubler was fourth in 16.2 and Nyberg fifth in 16.31. Karen Gallardo finished second in the 300-meter hurdles in 46.57, while Wysocki was fifth in 47.56 and Bethany Easom sixth in 48.16. Alina Luurtsema crossed the line third in the 100 meters in 13.02, while Nyberg was sixth in 13.28 and Anna Schwingel seventh in 13.6 Luurtsema was third in the 200 meters in 26.92, while Gallardo was fifth in 27.31. Kate Carter finished second in the 400-meter run with a clocking of 58.78 to pace the Hornets, while Sam Cannell was seventh in 1:01.9. Carter was first in the 800meter run in 2:16.9, while Kristen Green was third in 2:20.7 and Emily Reyst fourth in 2:23.7. Alex Leptich bested the field in the 1,600-meter run placing first in 5:13.70, while Alyssa Cummings was second in 5:15.71 and Amy Creutz fourth in 5:20.75. PLEASE SEE HORNETS/4-B

Saline’s boys’ lacrosse team defeated visiting Plymouth 17-7 in a regional last Wednesday. Kyle Harris led the offensive attack for the Hornets with four goals, two assists and three ground balls. Sam Berry added three goals, three assists and three ground balls, while T.J. Braun had three goals, three assists and six ground balls for Saline. Ryan Mickevicius had five goals, one assist and two ground balls, while James Gentile had two assists and nine ground balls for the Hornets. Brad Harris chipped in one goal, while Cam Frotten had one assist and five ground balls, Mark Schaefer one goal and Nate Sovitch five ground balls for Saline. “Mark’s goal was a low to high shot on the crease, while being hit,” said Saline coach Matt Ceo. “He buried it. It was nicely done.” Alex Smith had three ground balls, while Matt Adler had two ground balls for the Hornets. “Matt played the best game of his career,” Ceo said. “He played tenacious

1-on-1 defense.” In net, goalie Austin Burd made five saves for Saline. “We came out really hot in this game and we didn’t let up,” Ceo said. “We have some history with this Plymouth team, so our win tonight was a big one.” Ceo said the game against the Wildcats was especially meaningful to the Hornet seniors. “It was the last game they will play on our home field,” he said. “This group of seniors has been the difference this year. Eight out of our 10 starters are seniors. They’ve been responsible for a majority of our goal scoring and defense. I can’t speak highly enough of these young men. There are quite a few of them that will be receiving awards from the school this coming week as a results of academic and community work.” The Hornets played state power Detroit Catholic Central at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Novi. “This will be the best team Saline’s lacrosse program has ever played,” Ceo said. “Detroit Catholic Central is one of the best teams in the Midwest. Our boys will be excited to test their mettle.”

Hornet Brad Harris had one goal in last week’s game against Plymouth. Saline played Detroit Catholic Central on Tuesday in a state playoff game.


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Black River sturgeon study designed to enhance population There are a lot of reasons why lake sturgeon have captured the public’s imagination. Sturgeon are by far the largest fish in the Great Lakes, with individuals exceeding 100 pounds. They are often thought of as living fossils, having evolved very little from a prehistoric family of fishes. They are unusual in appearance - elongated with a wedgeshaped head and four barbels in front of their rubbery under-slung lips. And they are rarely caught, except by a tiny coterie of anglers who actively pursue them. Native to the Great Lakes, sturgeon are rarely seen in Michigan - except in the northeastern Lower Peninsula in spring, where sturgeon enthusiasts flock to the Black River in spring to observe the leviathans during their spawning run. Once widespread and numerous in the Great Lakes, sturgeon populations have been decimated by overfishing, poaching and dam construction that has cut them off from their upstream spawning habitat. But a small population of fish persists in the inland lakes of the Cheboygan River system, most notably, Black Lake. Here, sturgeon are the subject of intense study as fisheries managers hope to preserve and enhance the population. Every spring, a crew of fisheries technicians, under the direction of Michigan State University professor Kim Scribner, captures sturgeon in large landing nets in the shallows of the Black River. The staff measures, weighs and tags the fish, collecting eggs and milt from the creatures to produce young in a stream-side hatchery to be released back into the system in the late summer, giving them a helping hand during those first few months of life when they are especially vulnerable. “We have problems with natural recruitment,” said Scribner, whose work is funded by grants from a variety of sources, including the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Great Lakes Fishery Trust. “Almost all of them are eaten on their way downstream.” The process begins with a team of fisheries technicians working on a stretch of Black River that includes seven distinct spawning areas. This year, four technicians and an MSU graduate student (studying a somewhat-related topic) worked on the project. Greg Hill, from Oregon, Wisc., came equipped with a wet suit, mask and snorkel. Hill, carrying a large but handle-less landing net, dives into the upstream end of the deeper pools, swimming downstream looking for sturgeon. He either nets the fish or spooks them out of the holes and into the shallows, where the other technicians use landing nets to corral the fish. When a fish is captured, it’s examined for previous tags or scars that might indicate they were previously tagged. Tags are applied near the dorsal fin, (left of the fin on females, right of the fin on males). The technicians use different colored tags for the sexes and different colored tags for early in the run and late in the run. By noting the position and color of a tag, workers can immediately identify the sex and when the fish was tagged. The technicians perform a quick physical examination - length, weight, circumference, sex - then check the females to see if they’re

Outdoors

KATE CARTER, SALINE Saline senior Kate Carter finished first in the 800-meter run in 2:16.9 and second in the 400-meter run in 58.78 helping lead the Hornets to a Southeastern Conference Red Division girls’ track and field championship last week.

JAVAUNTE MACKSON, BELLEVILLE Belleville’s JaVaunte Mackson took first in the 100-meter dash (11.06 seconds) and was on the first-place 800-meter relay team at the Western Wayne Athletic Conference’s league meet last week.

Division 1 at Saline Pre-district June 1 Lincoln vs. Saline, 4 p.m. June 5 Ypsilanti vs. Saline/Ypsilanti Lincoln, 10 a.m. Belleville vs. Monroe, 12 p.m. District Final, 2 p.m. Division 1 at Jackson Northwest June 5 Tecumseh vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Jackson Northwest vs. Adrian, 12:30 p.m. District Final, 3 p.m.

Nik Stetler led the Manchester varsity boys golf team to a pair of big performances last week. The junior No. 1 golfer shot a 2under par 33 as the Flying Dutchmen defeated Whitmore Lake and Ypsilanti Lincoln on May 25. Two days later, Stetler placed third individually at the Division 3 district tournament, carding a round of 79. Manchester placed 5th as a team to advance to the regional tournament June 4 at Cascades Golf Course.

Division 2 at Monroe Jefferson

June 5 Milan vs. New Boston Huron/Jefferson, 11 a.m. District Final, 2 p.m. Division 3 at Manchester Pre-district June 1 Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard vs. Grass Lake, 5 p.m. June 5 Manchester vs. Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard/Grass Lake, 10 a.m. Whitmore Lake vs. Ann Arbor Greenhills, 11 a.m. District Final, 1 p.m.

Softball Districts Division 1 at Saline

Mason Wagner fired an 81 to help lead the Chelsea golf team to a first-place tie at the Division 2 district golf tournament at Coldwater Golf Course. In the end, the Bulldogs tied for first place with Coldwater but finished second on a tie-breaker.

Teams: Saline, Belleville, Monroe, Bedford, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Lincoln June 1: Pre-district, 4 p.m. June 5: District Semifinal, 10 a.m. June 5: District Semifinal II, 11 a.m. June 5: District Final, 1 p.m. Division 1 at Jackson Northwest June 5 Adrian vs. Jackson Northwest, 10 a.m. Tecumseh vs. Chelsea, 12 p.m. District Final, 2 p.m.

Team: Milan June 5: District Semifinal, 10 a.m. June 5: District Semifinal II, 11 a.m. June 5: District Final, 1 p.m. Division 3 at Manchester Pre-district June 1 Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard vs. Grass Lake, 5 p.m. June 5 Whitmore Lake vs. Ann Arbor Greenhills, 10 a.m. Manchester vs. Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard/Grass Lake, 11 a.m. District Final, 1 p.m.

Division 2 at Monroe Jefferson

Regional Rankings BASEBALL

SOCCER

Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association poll. DIVISION 1: 1. Portage Northern, 2. Portage Central, 3. Livonia Stevenson, 4. Lake Orion, 5. Canton, 6. Rochester Adams, 7. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 8. Temperance Bedford, 9. Novi, 10. Farmington. DIVISION 2: 1. Madison Heights Lamphere, 2. St. Clair, 3. Pinconning, 4. Dearborn Divine Child, 5. Mount Pleasant, 6. St. Joseph, 7. Hamilton, 8. Orchard Lake St. Mary, 9. Battle Creek Harper Creek, 10. Milan. DIVISION 3: 1. Father Gabriel Richard, 2. Shepherd, 3. Jackson Lumen Christi, 4. Madison Heights Bishop Foley, 5. Blissfield, 6. Allen Park Cabrini, 7. Wyoming Lee, 8. Parchment, 9. Kalkaska, 10. Montrose.

Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association poll. DIV 1: 1. Portage Central, 2. Northville, 3. Troy, 4. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 5. Troy Athens, 6. Novi, 7. Rochester Adams, 8. Salem, 9. Hartland, 10. Grand Blanc. DIV 2: 1. Spring Lake, 2. Bay City John Glenn, 3. Bloomfield Hills Marian, 4. Holland Christian, 5. Plainwell, 6. East Grand Rapids, 7. Mason, 8. Chelsea, 9. Linden, 10. DeWitt.

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MASON WAGNER, CHELSEA

ready to spawn. If females are ripe, technicians take eggs, collect milt from males and send the products to the hatchery where they’ll be mixed for fertilization. The fisheries workers also implant sturgeon with passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags. PIT tags give fisheries workers the opportunity to retrieve data from the fish by using a receiver that’s waved over the PIT. By comparing the data from when the fish was tagged to when it was recaptured, fisheries staffers can determine growth rates and compare other biological data. The hatchery - which was quickly built in a partnership involving the DNRE, hydropower company Tower-Kleber Limited Partnership, and the non-profit Sturgeon for Tomorrow - probably exceeded expectations for a brand new facility last year: It produced about 1,500 4- to 7-inch fish that were stocked into Black Lake and the Cheboygan River system in late summer. “As far as I’m concerned, it was a success,” said DNRE fisheries biologist Kyle Kruger. “Despite dealing with a new facility, the technicians and students did a great job. We had fish in the facility, and we had fish at the end to stock out to help in the rehabilitation of the Black Lake system and even allow a couple of tiny plants over at Burt and Mullet as well. “At one point of time, we didn’t even think we’d have water in the facility. Hopefully next year we’ll be even more successful.” The goal is to produce 1,500 fish annually for stocking, Scribner said.

Regional Schedule Baseball Districts

NIK STETLER, MANCHESTER

Fisheries technicians Ryan Hastings, left, and John Bauman check a sturgeon to see if she is ready to spawn.

MHS Softball Coaches Association poll. DIVISION 1: 1. Hudsonville, 2. Mattawan, 3. Bay City Western, 4. Portage Central, 5. Jenison, 6. White Lake Lakeland, 7. Howell, 8. Rockford, 9. Canton, 10. Troy. DIVISION 2: 1. Pinconning, 2. Saginaw Swan Valley, 3. Stevensville Lakeshore, 4. Wayland Union, 5. Livonia Ladywood, 6. Whitehall, 7. Wyoming Rogers, 8. St. Joseph, 9. Mount Pleasant, 10. Milan.

TENNIS DIVISION 1: 1. Midland Dow, 2. Saline, 3. Pioneer, 4. Grosse Pointe South, 5. (tie) Novi and Northville, 7. Troy, 8. West Bloomfield, 9. Hudsonville, 10. (tie) Huron and Clarkston.

GIRLS TRACK DIVISION 1: 1. Rockford, 2. Rochester, 3. Pioneer, 4. Troy, 5. Jackson, 6. (tie) Saline and Walled Lake Western, 8. Detroit Cass Tech, 9. East Kentwood, 10. Lake Orion. DIVISION 2: 1. Flint Southwestern, 2. Detroit Country Day, 3. East Grand Rapids, 4. East Lansing, 5. Williamston, 6. (tie) Milan and Middleville Thornapple Kellogg, 8. Chelsea, 9. Crosswell-Lexington, 10. Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

DIVISION 3: 1. Albion, 2. Kent City, 3. Michigan Center, 4. Allendale, 5. Jackson Lumen Christi, 6. Flint Beecher, 7. Detroit Communication & Arts, 8. Benzonia Benzie Central, 9. Whitmore Lake, 10. Ovid-Elsie. DIVISION 4: 1. Pewamo-Westphalia, 2.Fowler, 3. Manton, 4. Unionville-Sebewaing, 5. (tie) Saranac and Centreville, 7. Traverse City St. Francis, 8. Potterville, 9. Harbor Beach, 10. Beal City.

BOYS LACROSSE DIVISION 1: 1. Birmingham Brother Rice, 2. Detroit Catholic Central, 3. Troy Athens, 4. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern, 5. Brighton, 6. Detroit U-D Jesuit, 7. Birmingham Seaholm, 8. Northville, 9. Holt, 10. Pioneer, 11. Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, 12. Saline, 13. Holland West Ottawa, 14. Rochester United, 15. Utica Eisenhower. DIVISION 2: 1. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 2. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 3. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, 4. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 5. Okemos, 6. Warren DeLaSalle, 7. East Grand Rapids, 8. Rochester Adams, 9. Lowell, 10. Detroit Country Day, 11. Mattawan, 12. Grand Rapids Northview, 13. Grosse Pointe North, 14. Portage Central, 15. Father Gabriel Richard.


Thursday, June 3, 2010 • HERITAGE NEWSPAPERS/WESTERN REGION

REGIONAL FEATURE

Saline Hornets are quickly becoming an athletic powerhouse

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Bee-ing the best

By Don Richter Heritage Newspapers

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our years ago when Saline Athletic Director Rob White arrived for his first day on the job, he said he felt like he was inheriting a program that was ready to reach a new level. “It (Saline athletic program) was like a prime sports car that was built and ready to be driven,” he said. “It was ready to take off.” With three state championships and one state runner-up trophy already this season, the Hornet athletic program has indeed shifted into overdrive. With multiple ranked teams competing this spring in numerous sports, the state title hardware earned by Saline might not stop at three this year. While this season’s athletic teams have excelled at the state level, Hornet squads traditionally have done well against Michigan’s best in practically every sports over the years. Throughout its history, Saline has either been state champion or runner-up in 11 of the 18 varsity sports offered by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. The Hornets have won eight state titles and been runner-up 14 times during their rich athletic tradition.

the support and interest in athletics has continued. There is value within the Saline community for participation, working hard and working to attain success.” While the Hornets have one of the largest combined track and field teams in the state, Saline also boasts arguably the best and most impressive track and field stadium in Michigan. Separate from the state-of-art football stadium next door, the Hornet track and field complex, also used by the Saline field hockey and lacrosse teams, would be a showcase gridiron stadium by itself for most high schools. “It’s very much a plus,” Smith said of Saline’s track and field complex. “We have one of the nicest facilities in the state. That is why we been chosen to host the regional track meet at Saline for the past five years. We feel if we have a facility like ours, we must use it and showcase it. It helps build our program. It helps to put us on the map across the state. I think the athletes and parents take pride in having a facility like we do. It feels good when we host a regional and teams and coaches come in and say, ‘Wow, look at this track. Look at what they have.’ We hear that all the time.”

Behind the success

Changing with the times

White said multiple factors have contributed to Saline’s athletic success. “It’s the coaches, it’s the kids, it’s the parents and it’s the facilities,” he said. “Saline has exploded and our numbers are continuing to grow, as are the number of programs we have to offer. In the last four years, we’ve added boys’ lacrosse, field hockey and girls’ lacrosse. Our numbers have continued to grow despite having pay-to-play sports. It’s amazing.” One Hornet program that has seen enormous growth is track and field. Saline’s combined girls’ and boys’ teams have close to 300 athletes on its rosters. That number is one of the highest, if not the most, in Michigan. At a recent meet, the Hornets had to use five buses to transport their two squads. Longtime Hornet track and field and cross country coach Mike Smith said the athletic culture in Saline, and overall participation in groups and organizations, is somewhat ingrained in the community. “Saline students are very involved in a number of extracurricular activities, including music, clubs and sports,” he said. “It’s the standard in the Saline community to be involved. Saline athletics have traditionally had excellent participation. Much of high school sports is a numbers game, and our numbers have been and continue to be good.” Smith, who this past fall led the Hornets’ girls’ cross country team to a Division 1 state championship, said Saline’s long and proud athletic tradition in many sports, along with its community support, has been key to its success. “Our kids expect to do well,” he said. “They know they are expected to do well. Saline is not the small farming community it once was, but even as the community has grown and become much more of a suburban community,

Smith, who has coached in Saline for more than 30 years, said Hornet athletics have changed significantly since he began in the program. “We offer many more sports,” he said. “Everything from hockey to swimming to bowling to field hockey to crew. Not that many years ago there were about half the number of sports offered as we have now. There are many more chances for kids to get involved in a variety of sports. “The emphasis on year-round training has changed. Twenty years ago, that was the exception, and now it’s a fact of life. One of the main reasons Saline has had its recent success is because we have athletes, and their parents, who are willing to work and train throughout the year.” White said Saline’s outstanding facilities are the product of many people, but especially former Hornet AD Ed Gall. “With the quality of the facilities, a lot of the props have to go to Ed,” he said. “He had high expectations for the facilities. He had a vision of what he wanted to see. We talk about it all the time and I use the phrase world class often, which is what we want to achieve. We’re not there yet, we’ve got a long way to go, but I think we will eventually be a world class, interscholastic sports department.” As with so many areas today, not excluding athletics, funding is always an issue for White and Hornet sports. “We have to come up with creative ways to improve, maintain and upgrade our athletic facilities,” he said. “The educational dollars, the general funds, are not going to be there and they’re not going to be there for a couple of years. The community is behind it (Saline athletics) because of the experience that the kids are getting and the relationships they are developing with their coach-

Building a dynasty Saline athletics have won eight state championships and been state runner-up 14 times throughout its rich and storied history. Here is a list of top Hornet teams over the years: Baseball 2009-Division 1 state runner-up 2008-Division 1 state runner-up 1998-Division 1 state runner-up Boys Golf 2008-Division 1 state runner-up 2006-Division 1 state champion

2005-Division 1 state runner-up 2003-Division 1 state runner-up 1992-Class B state runner-up Boys Track and Field 2006-Division 1 state champion Boys Cross Country 2007-Division 1 state runner-up 1991-Class B state runner-up 1989-Class B state runner-up Boys Soccer 2003-Division 1 state runner-up Hockey 2006-Division 2 state runner-up

Soundoff What do you think makes an athletic program, such as Saline, so successful and what do other schools need to do to reach that level. Post your comment on the “What makes for a great sports program” blog at http://heritagewestsports.blogspot.com/ es. We’re really fortunate that our community has been behind our projects. The community believed and supported the projects and now we’re reaping the benefits from it.”

Athletic Director Rob White gives much of the credit for Saline’s success to the coaches. “They truly care about the kids,” he says.

Coaching staff White said Saline’s coaches are what truly set Hornet athletics apart from other programs throughout the state. “With our coaches, it really is about the kids,” he said. “It’s about the relationship with the kids and the experiences that the kids are getting. The coaches are very competent in their chosen sport. We’ve got phenomenal coaches here as far as X’s and O’s of the sport. “But on top of that, our coaches have positive relationships with the kids and they help teach life lessons. We have a number of kids returning to help out as coaches. That speaks very much to the relationship that they’ve developed with coaches. The kids believe in the program and once they leave, they’re drawn back to it. That’s a good sign to me as athletic director. With our amazing coaches and great kids, we’re really primed in this athletic department to make noise at a state level in every sport.” One Saline sport that has recently been making waves at the state level is water polo. Hornet girls’ water polo coach Brad Silverman, who led Saline to a state runner-up position last year and a top-five state ranking this season, echoed Smith and White when asked about the reason for Saline’s athletic success. “There’s no doubt that our athletic facilities have played a huge factor in Saline’s success of late,” he said. “From the gym to the football field to the pool, all of our facilities are clean, inviting and top notch. Without a doubt we have one of the best aquatic facilities in the state – and I’ve seen a lot of them. “It’s easy to get kids excited about our programs when they see what great facilities we have to offer. People from across the state comment daily on how nice it is to come and visit a pool that is big, clean, comfortable and state-ofart. The facility also makes it easy to build strong youth programs, including Stingrays (youth team), middle school water polo and youth diving for example, which I’ve always felt is key to having high school programs that are

Boys Swimming and Diving 2010-Division 1 state champion Volleyball 1984-Class B state champion Girls Swimming and Diving 2009-Division 1 state champion Girls Cross Country 2009-Division 1 state champion Girls Golf 2009-Division 1 state runner-up 1991-Class B-C-D state champion 1990-Class B-C-D state champion 1989-Class B-C-D state runner-up

consistently strong. “It’s great when teams have one good year and compete well, but it is the tradition of winning that defines a successful athletic department. For instance, our water polo and swimming programs have always been competitive, but as our feeder programs have grown, so too have our numbers and our success.” Silverman said he didn’t think there was any one reason for Saline’s overall athletic success, but that it was a collaborative effort on the part of the coaches, administration and community at large. “We all want the best for our kids and our school,” he said. “We are proud to do whatever we can to contribute to our great tradition at Saline.”

Positive approach Senior Lea Allen, a member of the Hornets’ state championship swimming and diving team this past fall and an All-State-caliber player and captain for Saline’s state-ranked water polo team, said it’s a mixture of circumstances that makes the Hornets so successful. “The positivity that the coaches bring to each practice and to each game is a big factor,” she said. “I also know that we as student-athletes are very competitive with each other, as well as with the other teams. In practice, we push each other to our fullest potential and that’s what helps us win games. I believe it’s also the fact we do have such nice facilities. It makes me more

motivated to do a good job just so we (Saline) can be known for our great facilities and our excellent sportsmanship. I think we, as student-athletes, like having that good reputation.” Allen said Saline athletes take pride in wearing the Hornet colors and representing their school. “Our high school is so much nicer than some of the other high schools that I’ve been to,” she said. “We are so lucky to have such a nice school and great facilities. I know I am incredibly proud to be a Saline Hornet. We have accomplished so much, and just in the past year alone, too. It makes me so happy to say that I have won a state championship. Not very many people are able to say that. I have yet to find one person who feels embarrassed about our success. Everyone soaks it up. It is such a great feeling to be successful.” White said he’s proud to be part of Saline athletics. “We’re very fortunate in Saline,” he said. “My daughter and I were talking this morning as I was driving her to school. She asked me if we (Saline) were going to win anymore state titles this year. I said that we’ve got a couple programs that if things go right, it could happen. She thought for a moment and then she said, ‘You’re doing a great job.’ That was nice.” Smith, who has seen many seasons and athletes come and go over the years, put Saline’s sports success in perspective. “Success creates success,” he said.


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Boys’ Track

Down on the Farm

Hornets run 3rd in SEC

Junior varsity lacrosse team scores perfect season

By Don Richter

Saline’s JV boys’ lacrosse team finished its season with a perfect 15-0 overall record this year. The Hornets dominated opponents all season scoring 132 goals, while giving up only 30. Saline had three shutouts this year, while allowing only one goal four times this season. Offensively, the Hornets had seven games in which they scored 10 or more goals. Saline’s high-scoring contest this season was 15 in a victory over Tecumseh. In their first five games, the Hornets defeated Holt 93, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 7-1, Detroit Country Day 11-4, Tecumseh 15-2 and Northville 3-1. In its middle five games, Saline beat Canton 6-0, Salem 5-3, Chelsea 14-0, South Lyon 11-4 and Dexter 12-4. To wrap up the season in their final five contests, the Hornets defeated Okemos 9-4, Ypsilanti Lincoln 1-0, Ann Arbor Huron 8-1, Ann Arbor Pioneer 11-2 and Ann Arbor Pioneer B team 11-1. Members of the Saline JV boys’ lacrosse team included Travis Higgins, Austin Burd, Tyler Cowen, Nick Karapas, Tyler Sheets, Wyatt Ford, Dino Tzavaras, Daniel Kosek, Matt Baxter, Sean Corcoran, Ryan Brown, Caleb Luckett, Michael Andreis, Tommy

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Saline’s boys’ track and field team finished third at last week’s Southeastern Conference Red Division meet at Tecumseh. The Hornets ended up with 98 points. Winning the meet placing first was Ann Arbor Pioneer with 210 points. Finishing second was Monroe, while Temperance Bedford was fourth, Ann Arbor Huron fifth and Ann Arbor Skyline sixth. In the 3,200-meter relay, the Hornets placed third with a time of 8:21.15. Jeremy Bebber topped Saline placing sixth in the 110meter hurdles in 16.66, while teammates Christopher Simon and Trey Heren finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in 16.72 and 17.13 for the Hornets. In the 100 meters, Matt Tolbert placed third in 11.55, while Jack Parry was fifth in 11.68 and Roel Galinato sixth in 11.75. Saline finished first in the 800-meter relay with a clocking of 1:32.15. Andrew Barnett crossed the line fifth in the 1,600-meter run for the Hornets stopping the clock in 4:31.38, while Joe Lipa was eighth in 4:36.03 and John Parker 11th in 4:42.86. Saline placed third in the 400-meter relay in 45.33. Payton Hardy was third in the 400-meter run in 51.77, while Matt Goeman was seventh in 52.68 for the Hornets. Bebber was sixth in the 300meter hurdles in 43.24, while Garrick Roemer was seventh in 43.58 and Heren ninth in 45.49. Nate Martis finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.05, while Josh Aulisa was eighth in 2:04.94 and Lipa 10th in 2:07.13 for Saline. Hardy was third in the 200 meters with a clocking of 23.27 to pace the Hornets. Andrew Harper placed fifth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:42.59, while Nick Renberg was sixth in 9:55.89 and Croix Jastrow seventh in 10:26.10 for Saline. The Hornets finished fourth in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:32.02. In field events, Alex Farmer placed fourth in the discus with a toss of 121-feet, 3 inches, while Martin Uebanick was fifth with a throw of 120-0 and Jordan Ross 11th with a mark of 102-3 for Saline. Uebanick was fourth in the shot put with a heave of 43-.50, while Farmer was fifth with a 42-7. Mike Smutny was third in the high jump with a height of 6-0, while Roemer was fifth with a 5-10 for the Hornets.

Photo by Hiroshi Onuma

Saline’s Andrew Harper finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run in 9:42.59 during last week’s Southeastern Conference Red Division meet. Saline’s Rochester Schilke was SEC Red Division champion in the pole vault clearing 14-0, while Chris Livesay was seventh with a mark of 10-6. Nick Winchester placed

third in the long jump for the Hornets with a measurement of 20-8.5, while Steve Bastien was fifth with a 20-6.25 and Justin Lang eighth with a 1910.25 for Saline.

Hickey, Taylor Paxman, Ben Quinno, Keith Cummings, Louie Remenapp, Alec Hatman, Colin Cederna, Jacob Farah, Trevor Carey, Justin Magleby and Max Mortimer.

JV baseball Saline’s JV baseball team improved its overall record to a sterling 21-4 with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Southeastern Conference Red Division rival Ann Arbor Huron May 20. The Hornets defeated the River Rats 17-7, 12-2. Both games were ended early because of the mercy rule. In the opener, Saline scored 14 runs in the second inning to take control of the contest. Ryan Brophy picked up the win from the hill for Saline allowing 11 hits, striking out three and walking three. Offensively, Stefan Hastings and Derek Owings each had three hits for the Hornets. Justin Barnes and Hastings each had three RBIs. “Ryan battled on the mound with a big lead,” said Saline coach Scott Stull. “We were fortunate to end it in six innings.” In the nightcap, Saline scored a run or more in all six innings. Hastings recorded the win from the rubber yielding three hits, fanning 10 and walking

three. “Stefan really threw the ball well tonight,” Stull said. “And we were solid defensively. As a team, we broke out of our hitting slump.” Barnes carried the biggest stick for the Hornets belting three hits, including a triple and four RBIs. Owings had two hits and two RBIs, while Austin Hauck and Aaron Mukerjee each had two hits for Saline. On May 19, the host Hornets swept a doubleheader from SEC White Division foe Ypsilanti Lincoln winning 6-5, 9-5. In Game 1, Barnes chalked up the win, improving his record to 4-1 on the year. He pitched four innings, allowing three hits, striking out five and walking five. Hauck had four hits, including a double and two RBIs to lead the offensive attack. Brent Vaccaro and Hastings each added two hits for the Hornets. In the second contest, a sixrun second inning sparked Saline to victory. Nick Lagerquist earned the victory from the mound giving up nine hits, striking out two and walking two. Barnes had one hit and three RBIs for the Hornets. Hastings added two RBIs, while Matt Soper, Mark Sulavik, Owings and Hauck each had one hit for Saline. Sulavik and Hauck each had one RBI.

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Leptich was first in the 3,200-meter run in 11:42.78, while Cummings was second in 11:44.80 and Creutz third in 11:45.81. Nyberg, Schwingel, Luurtsema and Gallardo finished first in the 400-meter relay with a time of 49.34. Richart, Schwingel , Luurtsema and Gallardo placed third in the 800-meter relay in 1:47.4. Carter, Green, Cannell and Wysocki ended up first in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:58.8. Cummings, Leptich, Green and Carter finished first in the 3,200-meter relay in 9:29. “It was a good way for our seniors to end up their league careers, especially since the final day of school is Friday (May 29),” Smith said. “They have shown great leadership and they are a talented and dedicated group of athletes. The league championship was a nice graduation present for them.” Smith said the Hornets are now focused on Saturday’s state final. “With winning the regional and the conference, we hope to build momentum for the upcoming state meet June 5 at Rockford,” he said.

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Ryan Mickevicius Saline’s Ryan Mickevicius has been competing hard and playing well for the Hornets’ boys’ lacrosse team this season. In action last week, Mickevicius had a strong game against visiting Plymouth scoring a team-high five goals against the Wildcats in Saline’s 17-7 victory May 26. Mickevicius also had one assist and two ground balls for the Hornets in the contest.

Alex Leptich Saline’s Alex Leptich has been running consistently well for the Hornets’ girls’ track and field team this season. At last week’s Southeastern Conference Red Division meet at Temperance Bedford, Leptich was a double winner for Saline placing first in the 1,600meter run with a time of 5:13.70 and first in the 3,200meter run with a clocking of 11:42.78. Behind Leptich, who’ll run at the University of Michigan next season, the Hornets captured the league title.

Saline’s Alli Littlejohn signed to continue her water polo career at George Washington University last month. Flanking Littlejohn are Saline coach Brad Silverman (left) and Saline Athletic Director Rob White.

Littlejohn going big time with GW By Don Richter Heritage Newspapers

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aline’s Alli Littlejohn recently signed to continue her education and her water polo career at George Washington University. Littlejohn (5-foot-5), a fouryear varsity water polo player, captain and All-State performer for the Hornets, said she decided to attend George Washington for multiple factors. “I was originally attracted to George Washington because they were home to a Division 1 water polo team, however I chose to attend the school for many different reasons,” she said. “To start, GW offers a completely different environment than I experienced in Saline. I have always wanted to live in a big city and I think that going to school in DC (Washington, D.C.) will offer me a lot of opportunities. GW also has the kind of academic environment I was looking for in a university. All of the professors continue to work as valuable members in the field they teach. The university’s location also provides many internship opportunities that will come in handy during the next four years.” Becoming a three-time AllStater and signing to play water polo at an NCAA Division I school is a far cry from where Littlejohn was four years ago when she decided to join Saline’s program. “I had never played water polo before my first Saline practice of my freshman year,” Littlejohn said. “I chose to try the sport because of my teammates on the swim team. I have been swimming since I was four-years-old and so, naturally, I joined the swim

Water Polo team when I entered high school. I would say at least half of the swim team was also on the water polo team and they immediately started to try and convince me to play the following spring. I resisted for a while, but eventually I decided there was no harm in giving it a try. I wouldn’t say that I liked the sport after the first day of practice, however, I think I fell in love with the sport after my first game.” Littlejohn, 18, said she enjoys playing water polo because it’s a team sport, it’s challenging and it’s physical. “It (water polo) is very different from swimming because while both are team sports, water polo is impossible to play without six other people on your team,” she said. “I like to challenge myself and the difficulty of water polo definitely provides me with plenty of opportunities to push myself past my limits in order to get better. And finally, I enjoy the physical aggression needed to play water polo. Not only is this part of the sport challenging, but it definitely adds interest to the game.” Littlejohn, who also considered Hartwick College, in Oneonta, NY, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and Indiana University, said she plans to double major in psychology and anthropology at GW. “I am not quite sure what I want to do after school, but I have considered joining the FBI for a period of time after finishing college,” said Littlejohn, who carries a 3.89 grade point average and was

named Academic All-American and Academic All-State. “I also would like to go to graduate school in at least one of my majors.” Littlejohn, who helped lead Saline to a state runner-up spot last season and top 10 ranking this year, said she knew GW was the school for her during her recruiting trip. “My host, Jesse, and one of the other players, Megan, took me to look at the monuments at night and as we were walking down the national mall laughing, I knew that this was where I needed to be for the next four years,” she said. While beginning a new chapter in her life soon, Littlejohn said she would never forget her years as a Saline Hornet. “My most memorable moment as a Saline water polo player was meeting my friends and developing friendships that I know I will cherish for the rest of my life,” she said. As with most athletes, Littlejohn said she has her rituals or habits she needs to perform before each game. “I actually have the same routine to prepare for every game,” she said. “I have to have my friend Kassia zip my suit before I get in the water to do 300 yards to warm up. I always pass with Kassia, and my other teammate Lea, before shooting until I get a good corner shot. I don’t have a set number of shots, I just usually wait until it feels good.” Littlejohn said her inspiration in life is her parents. “They always support me and help to push me to be better,” she said. “I don’t think I would have been able to achieve everything I did without their love and encouragement.”

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Saline wins Southeastern Conference Red title By Don Richter Heritage Newspapers

Saline baseball has been a busy group, as of late. Because of early season postponements due to weather, the Hornets (26-5-1, 13-1 Southeastern Conference), have played 10 games in the last six days. Despite its full schedule, Saline has played well, recording a 9-1 record over its past 10 contests, seven of which were league games. Last Thursday, Saline traveled Downriver for a nonconference doubleheader against Southgate Anderson. The Hornets beat the Titans in Game 1 6-3, while the nightcap was ended at 3-3 in the seventh inning because of inclement weather. Brandon Krebs won the first game from the mound for Saline. On May 25, visiting Saline swept a doubleheader from SEC Red Division foe Monroe 6-2, 8-2. With the two victories, the Hornets captured the conference championship outright, beating Temperance Bedford by one game in the standings. The league title was Saline’s 12th in the last 18 years. In the opener, Tyler Owings posted the win throwing six innings, striking out eight and walking one. “He pitched really well,” said Saline coach Scott Theisen. “He continues to show improvement.” The Hornets trailed 2-1 entering the top of the fourth inning. Mark Sheridan connected for a two-run RBI double giving Saline a 3-2 lead it would never relinquish. In the sixth inning, the Hornets plated three more runs to secure their victory. “We had clinched at least a tie for the league title at this point,” Theisen said. In the second game, the Hornets grabbed the championship for themselves as Myles Debol and Doug Mitchell combined for the win from the rubber. Mitchell tossed four and one-third innings, allowing three hits and no runs. “He (Mitchell) kept changing speeds and throwing strikes,” Theisen said. On May 24, Saline brought out the brooms against Ann Arbor Pioneer winning a doubleheader 11-1, 4-2. In the first game, mercy-rule victory, Al Zeiher chalked up

Hornets fall to Monroe Saline softball played 12 games since May 20, going 6-6. Last Friday, Saline (18-17, 1210 Southeastern Conference) lost a doubleheader to Monroe 8-1, 6-2.

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Saline’s JV softball team swept a doubleheader from Ann Arbor Huron winning 14-0, 14-1 May 19. Both games were mercy-rule victories.

Please make checks payable to The Jack Crabtree Tribute Fund - Golf Outing If you wish to pay by credit card, please call Saline Community Education at 429-8000 ext. 2051

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off against Lincoln last Tuesday in their district opener. If successful against the Railsplitters, Saline would play Ypsilanti Saturday at 10 a.m. Also Saturday, Monroe will play the winner of Temperance Bedford-Belleville 12:30 p.m. The district championship game will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Saline.

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Weist had five RBIs and two home runs in the contest, while Zeiher was 5-for-5 from the plate. In Game 2 of the doubleheader, the Railsplitters won 10-9. Gordon and Zeiher each had three hits in the contest. After press deadline, Saline began Division 1 state district play. The host Hornets squared

Redies was 3-for-3, with a double, while Gordon and Zeiher each had two hits and Weist a three-run RBI triple for the Hornets. On May 19, Saline defeated Ypsilanti Lincoln 20-3 in a mercy-rule victory. Keller earned the win giving up four hits, striking out three and walking one.

Arbor Huron 3-0, 13-5. Zeiher picked up the win giving up three hits, fanning six and walking one. “He was really outstanding,” Theisen said. Weist was 4-for-4, with two doubles and a home run to lead the offense. In Game 2, Owings recorded the win allowing four hits.

the win throwing five innings, yielding two hits, fanning eight and walking none. With the win, Zeiher, a returning Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Dream Team member, improved his overall record on the mound to 8-0 for the season. Offensively, Josh Redies finished with two doubles and four RBIs, while Garrett Gordon had three hits, three RBIs and scored two runs and Zeiher scored three times for the Hornets. The middle of the line-up for Saline dominated the game in the opener. “Our three through six hitters (in the line-up) were a combined 10-for-12,” Theisen said of Mark Weist, Zeiher, Gordon and Redies. “They did their job. They scored eight of our 11 runs.” In Game 2, Cameron Keller earned the win from the hill. With the victory, he improved his overall record to a still unbeaten 7-0. Weist sparked the attack on offense with two hits, including a double, while Sheridan had a double and two RBIs. On May 22, Saline finished 2-0 at a tournament in Royal Oak. The Hornets defeated Division 1 state-ranked Canton 3-2 in their first game. Saline was down 2-1 in the fifth inning, when Zeiher connected for a two-run, bases loaded RBI single for the gamewinning hit. Krebs picked up the win throwing five innings and striking out one. Will Goeman threw the final two frames to earn the save. “That was a really good baseball game,” Theisen said. “They threw their No. 1 guy (Returning All-Stater Kevin DeLapacz). It was one of our better wins of the season. We didn’t back down.” In their second contest of the tourney, the Hornets bested Birmingham Seaholm 7-2. The Maples entered the game with a 17-6 record. Debol recorded the win. Mitchell had two hits, two RBIs and scored one run to lead Saline. Theisen said Tim Bruley played a fine, all around game for the Hornets. “He walked, scored two runs and also played well at second base for us defensively,” he said. On May 20, Saline swept Ann

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CALENDAR SALINE Thursday, June 3 ■ An ACT essay workshop will be offered through Saline Community Education. Learn how to skillfully navigate the essay section of the ACT test. The class will teach you how to organize and write a persuasive essay within the allotted time. Each section of the essay will be thoroughly discussed. This class is for students in 10th through 12th grades. Class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Liberty School, Room 37. The fee is $65. For more information, visit www.salineonline.org or call the Saline Community Education Office at 4298020. Thursday, June 3 through Thursday, July 15 ■ “Karate — Color Belt” will be offered through Saline Community Education. It’s a continuation of traditional martial arts training for those students who have achieved a color belt rank in the Kids Power Karate program. The program is designed for children ages 6 through 12 and teaches traditional Tang Soo Do techniques and self-defense at a rank appropriate level. Classes meet from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at the Liberty Choir Room. The fee is $35. For more information, visit www.salineonline.org or call the Saline Community Education Office at 429-8020. Friday, June 4 ■ The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce annual golf outing will be held 10 a.m. at Stonebridge Golf Club. The event will include networking, prizes and food. Reservations are required by June 1. A “dinner only” package is available for non-golfers. Call the Saline chamber at 429-4494 or register online at www.salinechamber.org. Thursday, June 10 ■ Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn will be held at Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive in Saline. The feature speaker is Scott Lyon, Vice President of Small Business Services, Small Business Association of Michigan, on the recently passed national health care legislation and the impact on business owners. The luncheon starts at noon. For more information, contact Saline Area Chamber of Commerce at 429-4494 or visit In back, Isaac Jackson (left) and Maddie Clark join Tyler Giasi (front, left), Hunter Mellinger and Lexi Fuller in the chorus of “Rise to the Revolution” www.salinechamber.org. May 25 at Symons Elementary School. Saturday, June 12 ■ A Family Fun Day and Carnival of Art will be held at Two Twelve Arts Center, 212 W. Michigan Ave. in Saline. The event is free and open to the public and includes free art activities for the entire family, make-and-take workshops, music with The Maracas of Invincibility and a comedic performance by Pat Collins and Leo Babcock. For more information, visit www.twotwelvearts.org or call 944-2787.

Rise of the

Tuesday, June 22 Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Building Business Relationship Breakfast will be held at Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive in Saline, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The “New Member Showcase” will feature new member organizations. For more information, contact Saline Area Chamber of Commerce at 429-4494 or visit www.salinechamber.org.

Revolution

By Joyce C. Ervin Special Writer

MILAN

ue Tomford’s and Kristen Lawver’s classes wrapped up their social studies unit with the musical production “Rise to the Revolution” May 25 at Symons Elementary School. The students ended their performance by joining hands, raising their arms over their Saturday, June 26 heads and bowing three times to a resounding “Computer Basics” will be held at Milan Public Library. Students will learn how to turn a round of applause. The play covered a lot of history. The setcomputer on and off, move the mouse, use the ting was Boston in 1773 during a boycott of keyboard and open programs. The class is three British ships full of tea anchored in the geared toward people who are brand new to computers and who want to learn the essentials harbor. The students portrayed the Sons of Liberty, who decide to take action. The chiland become confident computer users. dren of Boston help spread the message of a Classes start at 9 a.m. and last one hour. A refundable $10 deposit is required to reserve a secret meeting, which leads to the dumping of spot in a class. Your deposit will be refunded at the tea in the harbor and the infamous Boston the end of each class. You must call the library Tea Party. to cancel at least 24 hours before the class Later scenes deal with the reaction of King starts to receive a refund. Registration is neces- George of England, who responds with the sary and can be completed at the circulation Intolerable Acts. He raises taxes without repdesk or by calling 439-1240. resentation, leading to the rise of the revolution. Saturday, July 24 The entire production was creative, begin“E-mail Basics” will be held at Milan Public ning with the costuming. Baseball pants Library. Would you like to create your own ebecame knickers, mothers and grandmothers’ mail address or learn more about one you’ve fancy vests were donned, parliamentary wigs, already got? Attend the class and you’ll learn tri-corn hats and Tory-red, cutaway coats everything you need to know to manage your rounded out the boys’ apparel. Little girls e-mail, including how to create, save, forward and delete e-mail messages. Basic computer wore flowery long dresses with aprons, while skills are required. Classes start at 9 a.m. and mop caps covered their heads. Ollie Lenhardt portrayed a captain in the last one hour. A refundable $10 deposit is British militia. He said he learned a lot about required to reserve a spot in a class. Your the revolution through the play. deposit will be refunded at the end of each Ollie wasn’t the only one who felt that class. You must call the library to cancel at least 24 hours before the class starts to way. Isaac Miller said he didn’t know why he receive a refund. Registration is necessary was chosen to play King George, but he was and can be completed at the circulation desk pleased. or by calling 439-1240. “It was very fun and gets into your mind when you do something interesting instead of Saturday, Aug. 28 looking into a book to learn,” he said. A Microsoft Publisher class will be held at The cast and chorus sang special producMilan Public Library. This program will help tion numbers at the end of each scene such you make signs, brochures, banners, cards as, “Come Jolly Sons of Liberty” and “Let’s and more. Come to this class and learn the Dump Tonight,” under the direction of their basics of Microsoft Publisher. The class is for music coordinator, Sue Paris. While the cast people who already know computer basics, and chorus sang, lots of gestures and some such as using a mouse and keyboard. fancy dance steps took place. V’niecia Crosby, Classes start at 9 a.m. and last one hour. A Courtney Cole, Kailey Swiss, Molly Weber refundable $10 deposit is required to reserve a spot in a class. Your deposit will be refunded and Caroline Zajac were dancers. Despite the seriousness of the subject, at the end of each class. You must call the there was an element of comedy as the king’s library to cancel at least 24 hours before the class starts to receive a refund. Registration is parliamentary aides, played by Henry Thiry necessary and can be completed at the circu- and Tyler Ervin, struggled to carry a mock, solid gold chair for the king’s use across the lation desk or by calling 439-1240.

Through June 5 Milan Community Fair will be held in Wilson Park. Fireworks are set Friday night. Carnival rides and games will be offered, as well as a merchants’ tent and food.

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stage during a scene change. A light-weight, wooden arm chair had been sprayed with gold leaf paint. Laughter ensued when the king entered stage right and found one of the aides sitting on his throne. Dylan Roe zoomed onto the stage as Paul Revere, riding a Razor scooter that had a hobby horse head taped to its handle, as did Paul Revere Jr., Parker Glushyn. John and Laura Frincke of Ann Arbor came to see their grandson, Zackery Frincke, perform. A hearty laugh was elicited from Frincke’s grandmother when one of the performers complained there was no tea to drink and, “some were resorting to drinking coffee!” Amber Evans was one of the narrators, but she said she likes to sing. “The singing was the best part,” she said. Vaun Rose stood tall and reported he was Benjamin Edes. “I’m a son of liberty,” he said. A tired and sweaty Chas Hall said at the conclusion of the play that it went too fast. Hall had to manually pull the curtain. “I had a late curtain,” he said. Though probably no one noticed, he redeemed himself as narrator, giving a perfect performance and delivering the second line of the play. Rochelle Giasi brought Ryan and Ralphie to see older brother Tyler perform along with William and Jim Koza, and Ben Cislo, neighbors and friends of her sons. “They loved it,” she said. Grandparents Judy and Tom Kortier of Pittsfield Township joined Logahn Kortier’s father, Scott, for the performance. Kortier played Sarah Revere, one of the children of Boston. The program was designed by students Blake Adams, Stephen Satarino, Amber Evans and Raven Hynes. The cover was made with penciled drawings depicting events highlighted in the play. Dan Adams, a fourth-grade teacher who helped with scenery, and all of the parents who helped with line memorization and songs deserve a thank you, Tomford said. Tomford and Lawver have produced the play for the past five years. They feel it enhances their curriculum, which covers the history of the 13 colonies and the American Revolution. “The performance will be videotaped and played for the students at a celebration to be held the next day,” Tomford said. Joyce C. Ervin is a freelance writer. She can Photo by Joyce C. Ervin be reached at jlervin42@yahoo.com. Ollie Lenhardt portrayed a captain in the British militia.


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com Live dancing with the area’s best bands. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:45 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 8:45 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Remedy Sunday: Starlight Sunday Monday: Monday Night Groove Tuesday to June 10: Dave Hamilton

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Photo by Lisa Allmendinger

Musical Mention Christina Daniels (left) and Celina Jeason, both seventh-graders at Clague Middle School, tune their cellos before performing for the Ann Arbor Board of Education May 26.

Huron Players plan to present ‘Finale 2010!’ By Randi Shaffer Heritage Newspapers

Ann Arbor Huron High School’s theater group, the Huron Players, will present its final show for the 2010 season. “Finale 2010!” is a collection of six short shows, directed by Huron High School students. Showcase times are 7:30 p.m. June 4 and 5 in the little theater at Huron High School in Ann Arbor. President of the Huron Players and Student Director Jenny Thompson said about 30 students from the Huron Players organization have worked to

make the event possible. “Finale!’ has always just been a lighthearted, really fun show,” the Huron High School junior said. “It helps people realize why Huron Players are important without as much stress as a regular production.” The Huron Players typically produce four shows each year, with “Finale!” to conclude the season. Student directors choose the plays to be performed from books. Auditions for “Finale 2010!” were held in the middle of May, and rehearsals took place two to three times a week. Each show takes about three or four

weeks to produce. Thompson is directing a play called “Guys.” “(It’s) about two guys that are in McDonald’s talking about regular guy things,” she said. Some of the other plays people can expect to see are about camp counselors, superheroes and subway trains. Some of the shows have been performed before by the Huron Players at different festivals. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $4 for students, seniors and Huron staff. To order tickets and reserve seats for “Finale 2010!,” call 9942095.

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor Telephone: 761-1451 Website: http://theark.org Thursday: Benefit Concert for Wild Swan Theater, 7:30 p.m., $25 general admission, local/regional Friday: Breathe Owl Breathe, 8 p.m., $10, admission, local/regional Saturday: Christine Lavin, 8 p.m., $20, contemporary songwriters and groups Sunday: Melissa Ferrick, 7:30 p.m., $20, contemporary songwriters and groups Monday: Julia Nunes, 8 p.m., $12, contemporary songwriters and groups The Blind Pig 208 S. First St. Telephone: 996-8555 Website: www.blindpigmusic.com Thursday: Old School Knife Fight with Infrared Death Machine and Derby Mama, $5 (under 21, $8), 18 and older, 9:30 p.m. Friday: Ann Arbor Soul Club with Robert Wells and Brad Hales, $5 (under 21, $8), 18 and older, 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Grogfest II: Stone Crazy Pirates with Mark Nielson & The Gentlemen Pirates and TFBC Performers $7 (under 21, $10), 9:30 p.m. Tuesday: Blind Pig Showcase Night: Alotta Nakedness, Ezmat, The Romeo Flynns, $3 cover, 18 and older, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday: Kina Grannis, $10 cover, all ages, 8 p.m. Cavern Club Four clubs in one at 210

South First St. Telephone: 332-9900 Web site: www.cavernclubannarbor.com Thursday: Thursday Night Groove, no cover for 21 and older, $5 for under 21 Conor O’Neill’s 318 S. Main St. Telephone: 665-2968 Website: www.conoroneills. com Thursday: The Lucas Paul Band, 9:30 p.m. Friday: DJ Big Daddie, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday: The Terraplanes, 9:30 p.m. Sunday: Traditional Irish Session 7 to 10 p.m.; Stoos Karaoke at10 p.m. Monday: Pub Trivia with Barry Aherne, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday: Restaurant Appreciation Night. Wednesday: Music Trivia with Barry Aherne, 8:30 p.m. Crazy Wisdom Tea Room 114 S. Main St. Telephone: 665-9468 Website: www.crazywisdom.net Tea and Tunes 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. No cover charge. Goodnite Gracie 301 W. Huron St. Telephone: 752-5740 Website: www.goodnitegracies.com. The Habitat Ultralounge The lounge at Weber’s Inn features dance bands 3050 Jackson Road Telephone: 665-3636 Website: www.webersinn.

Guy Hollerin’s at the Holiday Inn 3600 Plymouth Road Telephone: 769-4323 Website: www.hiannarbor. com/dining.php Saturday: Steve Nardella Live at PJs 301 W. Huron St. Telephone: 752-5740 Website: www.liveatpjs. com The club features live music five nights a week. Every Wednesday is Salsa Night. Old Town Tavern 122 W. Liberty St. Telephone: 662-9291 Website: www.oldtownaa. com Sunday night music features live music from 8 to 10 p.m. focusing on local talent. Sunday: Dave Boutette Rick’s American Café 611 Church St. Telephone: 996-2747 Website: http://ricksamericancafe.com/ Fridays and Saturdays: Live music. No cover before 9 p.m. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase 314 E. Liberty St. Telephone: 996-9080 Website: www.aacomedy. com. Friday, Saturday: Mary Mack Black Pearl Seafood and Martini Bar 302 S. Main St., Ann Arbor Telephone: 222-0400 Website: www.blackpearlonmain.com Features live music on Wednesdays 7 to 10 pm. No cover.

THINGS TO DO: REGIONAL CALENDAR CHELSEA Comedy Showcase 7 p.m. Thursday: Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main. Free. 475-8732. Chelsea Painters Art Fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday: Chelsea Community Hospital, 775 S. Main, Chelsea. Free admission. 800-888–9487. Rockhound Basics 2 p.m. Sunday: Eddy Discovery Center, Bush Road, Chelsea. $2 (family, $5). $6 vehicle fee. 475-3170. Swap ’n’ Shop 8 a.m. to noon Sunday: Chelsea Amateur Radio Club. Chelsea Fairgrounds, W. Old US-12, Chelsea. $5 donation. 475–7938. Dressage at Waterloo 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Road from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. 426-2088. Waterloo Area Farm Museum 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Guided tours. 9998 Waterloo-Munith Road. $4 (age 62 and over, $3; ages 5-17, $2; ages 4 and under and members, free). 517-596-2254. Chelsea Crafts Brigade 7 p.m. Thursday: Chelsea District Library. 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregister at 475-8732. Chelsea Ride 9 a.m. Mondays and 6 p.m. Thursdays: Meet at Aberdeen Bike and Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 517-285-6830. DJ Night: Arctic Coliseum 7:15 p.m. Saturday: 501 Coliseum Drive, Chelsea. $8 includes skate rental. 433-2244. Animanga Club 3:30 p.m. Friday: Age 12 and up. Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main. Free. 475-8732.

Chelsea Teddy Bear Co. Tours 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Saturday: Tours. 400 N. Main. Free. 433-5499. Chelsea Chess Club 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays: Wendy’s, 1640 Commerce Park. Free. 475–1583.

DEXTER Dexter-Ann Arbor Run 8 a.m. Sunday: Ann Arbor Track Club: $35 (5- & 10-km) & $45 (half marathon) at dexterannarborrun.com by Friday, $40 (5- & 10-km) & $50 (half marathon) at the Race Expo. No dayof-race registration. Entry forms available at local sporting goods stores. 663-9740. University Lowbrow Astronomers Sunset Saturday: Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Road, Dexter. Free. 332–9132. Bird Hike 7:30 a.m. Saturday: Hudson Mills Metro Park, 8801 North Territorial Road, Dexter. Preregistration required. $5 vehicle fee. 426-8211. Annual Cemetery Reading 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday: Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County Bethlehem Cemetery, 2801 Jackson Road. Free. 429-9262. Used Book Sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday: Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St. 426-4477 . ‘Club Morocco’ 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday: Encore Musical Theatre Company, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. $28 (seniors, students, $25; groups of 10 or more, $22). 268-6200. Summer Concert Series 6:30 p.m. Fridays: Horse Cave Trio. Visit dexterchamber. org. Monument Park gazebo in downtown Dexter. Free. 426-

0887. Tractor and Engine Show Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday: Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter. Free. $5 vehicle fee. 426-8211. Ya’ssoo Greek Festival 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3109 Scio Church Road. $3 (free tp those age 12 and under and anyone arriving before 4 p.m. Friday or before 1 p.m. Saturday/Sunday). 663-0270. Garden Walk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: Dexter Garden Club hosts selfguided tour of six gardens. $10 ($25 includes lunch at Terry B’s) at the Dexter Mill, Terry B’s, or The Garden Mill in Chelsea or call 996-4441. Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club 7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Visitor night. Michigan Central Depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 4265100. Take Off Pounds Sensibly 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Senior Center, 7720 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road. 426-7072. Draw Doubles Disc Golf Noon Saturdays: Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial. $5. $4 vehicle fee. 449-4300.

SALINE ‘Pizza and Pages’ 3 p.m. Tuesday: Grades 6 to 12. Edwidge Danticat’s “Behind the Mountains.” Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple. Free. Preregistration required. 4295450. Horse Show 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday: Spur of the Moment Club, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Road, Saline. Free. 645-4918.

Relative Harmony Folk Trio 8 p.m. Friday: Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road.. $10 (members, $9). 7691052. Pittsfield Open Band 3 p.m. Saturday: Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. Free. 994-9307. Drum 4 Wellness Circle 7 p.m. Saturday: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 donation. 4801219. Weight Pull and Dog Show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday: American Dog Breeders Association. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor– Saline Road, Saline. Free. 7286585. Ice Cream Social & Dance Party 9 p.m. Saturday: Parents Without Partners. Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $8 (PWP members, $6). 973-1933. ‘Women on Target’ 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: Tri-County Sportsman’s League, 8640 Moon, Saline. Preregister at 439-1363. Mini Maker Faire 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: Electronic vehicles, robot building, amateur radio, electronic music, and other DIY science, tech, and engineering projects and hands-on activities. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Lodi Township. Free admission.

South Ann Arbor Street. Call 429-3518.

lylearninginstitute.org, or call 995-6816.

Jewel Heart Buddhist Center 10 a.m. Sunday: 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 994-3387.

‘Little Me’ 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday, Sunday: EMU Theatre Department. Sponberg Theater, Ford Street, Ypsilanti. $10. 4871221.

Saline Ride 6 p.m. Wednesday: Municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor–Saline Road south of Michigan Ave. Free. 645-5840. Thursday Night Contra 7 p.m. Thursday: 4531 Concourse Drive, $7. Line Dancing 6:30 p.m. Tuesday: American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan, Saline. $6. 429-4840.

‘BP Oil Spill: A capitalist disaster?’ 1 p.m. Saturday: Washtenaw Reds hold a discussion. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave.

New Horizons Band 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Liberty School, 7265 Ann Arbor–Saline Road. Free. 429-1742.

Annual Dance Concert 2 p.m. Sunday: Community School of Ballet, Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard. Free. 996-8515.

Game Night 6 p.m. Thursday: Borders, 3140 Lohr Road. Free. 9978884.

Teens Using Drugs: What To Do 7:30 p.m. Tuesday: Dawn Farm, series. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive. Free. Call 9737892.

YPSILANTI ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday: Redbud Productions. Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $18 (students and seniors $15). 663-7167. Orphan Car Show 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday: Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection. Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. $5 (11 and under accompanied by an adult, free). 482-5200.

Special Needs Movie Matinee 1:15 p.m. Sunday: “Finding Nemo.” Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple. Free. Preregister at 429-5450.

Children’s Puppet Shows 3:30 p.m. Sunday: Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington. $5 (age 3 and under, free). 6572337.

Book Discussion Group 7 p.m. Wednesday: Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429–5450.

Fourth annual Bee on Board 7 p.m. Friday: Teams vie for a trophy. Proceeds benefit Family Learning Institute. Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Cost is $35 in advance at www.fami-

Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays:

15th Annual African American Downtown Festival 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday: Fourth Avenue between Ann and Catherine. Free. 358-0135.

MILAN Milan Fair 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, noon Saturday. Free gate entrance (donations accepted). For more information call 439-2007. Wilson Memorial Park, Wabash Street, Milan. Visit www.milanfair.com. Milan Fair Fireworks 10 p.m. Friday: Wilson Memorial Park, Wabash Street, Milan. Free, donations accepted. Call 439-2007 or visit www. milanfair.com.

MANCHESTER “Life in the River Raisin” 2 p.m. Sunday: Naturalist Todd Crail leads a hike in the river (wear boots that can get wet) to look at fish, mussels and more. Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Road. Free. 9716337, ext. 334.


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SALINE MISCELLANEOUS ■ File of Life is offered for free by the Saline Area Senior Center and Saline Fire Department. The file is a minimedical history that’s placed in a red plastic folder and secured to your refrigerator with a magnet. Emergency responders are trained to look for it. ■ WomenSinging, a choral group in Saline, offers a varied repertoire. Call 429-7323 or 9046289 for more information. ■ The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program has new class offerings in Saline. For more information about locations, schedules and fees, call the Arthritis Foundation. Michigan Chapter at 1-800-9683030 or visit www.arthritis.org. ■ Saline Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 31 in downtown Saline, City Parking Lot 4, south on Ann Arbor Street. For more information, call Nancy Crisp, market manager, at 4293518 or e-mail salinefarmersmar ket@comcast.net. Monday ■ Kiwanis Club of Saline meets 5:45 p.m. the first and third Monday at Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, in Saline. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Jennie Haigh at 944-2301. ■ Meals on Wheels is available Monday through Friday in the Saline area. For more information, call 429-9274. ■ Saline Area Youth Baseball and Softball Board of Directors meets 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the Saline Community Education boardroom at Union School, 200 N. Ann Arbor St. ■ Saline Booster Club meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Saline High School media center, 1300 Campus Parkway. ■ Saline City Council meets 7:30 p.m. the first and third Monday each month at Council Chambers, 100 N. Harris Ave. ■ Saline Stone and Thistle Garden Club meets 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month September through April, usually at the UAW Hall, 601 Woodland Drive, in Saline. For information, call 944-7934. Tuesday ■ Mid-Week Farmers’ Market at Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road meets 4 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday June 1 through Aug. 31. For more information, call Market Manager Nancy Crisp, 429-3518. Free parking available at Saline Middle School. ■ Saline New Horizons Band rehearsals are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays at Liberty School, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Road, south entrance. Beginning Band classes for adults are held Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm. For information about the band, call Joe Labuta at 4291742. ■ Pittsfield Charter Township Board meets 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Ave., at the corner of Platt Road and Michigan Avenue. ■ The York Township Environmental Committee is actively seeking York Township residents to join its committee. Meetings are held 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at York Township Hall. Projects include a wide variety of environmentally focused efforts, including Earth Day events, recycling, land preservation and resource conservation. Interested York Township residents should contact Environmental Committee Chair Aimee Kay at 1-734-7097333 Wednesday ■ First Steps WashtenawSaline has year-round playgroups for parents with children up to 5 years old. These age-

specific groups provide families with opportunities to meet and learn more about child development in a developmentally appropriate environment with trained parent educators. Call Denise Southwell at 429-8000, ext. 4569, for more information or visit www.salinecommunityed. com. ■ Middle School TeacherParent Council meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Saline Middle School media center. ■ American Legion Bingo is held 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Saline American Legion, 320 W. Michigan Ave. The public is welcome. Thursday ■ Al-Anon meets 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at St. Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital Community Room, 400 Russell St. in Saline. ■ Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at UAW Local 892, 601 Woodland Drive in Saline. For more information, call 482-5700, a 24-hour hotline. ■ American Legion Post 322 meets 7:30 p.m. the last Thursday of every month; the Ladies Auxiliary meets 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday; Sons of the American Legion meets 6 p.m. the first Tuesday; Home Board meets 7 p.m. the second Monday. A sauerkraut supper is held the second Thursday of every month. The American Legion Post 322 is at 320 W. Michigan Ave. in Saline. For hall reservations and information, call 429-7310. ■ Bridgewater Township Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Township Hall. ■ Heritage Parent-Teacher Organization meets 9 a.m. the first Thursday of every month at Heritage School auditorium, 290 Woodland Drive in Saline. For more information, call 944-6046. ■ Saline Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month at Mac’s restaurant on Michigan Avenue in downtown Saline. For more information, call Don Hes at 3951235. ■ Saline Newcomers meets the fourth Thursday of most months at various Saline homes at 7 p.m. Newcomers is a nondenominational, nonprofit group. For more information on times and locations, call Judy Neeb at 944-3733. ■ Saline Rotary meets from noon to 1 p.m. at Travis Pointe Country Club, 2829 Travis Pointe Road in Saline. New visitors are welcome. For details, call Christine Johnson at 368-7775. ■ Meditation for Beginners is held from 7 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Saline Public Library. This is an ongoing, free class and is open to anyone with little or no meditation experience. Attendance is on a drop-in basis. Call 470-0170 for more information. Saturday ■ Saline Farmers’ Market is held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May through October in downtown Saline. The Grower’s Only Market is located ½ block south of Michigan Avenue on South Ann Arbor Street. Master Gardeners are there to answer gardening questions. Free parking. For more information, call Market Manager Nancy Crisp at 4293518. Sunday ■ Women’s Meditation Circle is an ongoing group of women who meet together for meditation and discussion on the first and third Sunday evening of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. No experience needed. The group is free and attendance is on a drop-in basis. Call 470-0170 for location. ■ American Legion Country Breakfast is held from 8:30 a.m. to noon the second Sunday as a fundraiser. It includes eggs to order, French toast, pancakes, sausage, biscuits and sausage, gravy and muffins, as well as beverages. Cost is $6 for all you

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MILAN Monday ■ Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 8 to 10 p.m. every Monday. The group meets at 50 Neckel Court in Milan. For more information, call 439-1549. ■ Milan Senior Lunch and Activities will be held at 11:45 a.m. Milan senior citizens enjoy lunch and activities every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the senior center, 45 Neckel Court in Milan. Call 4394310 for more information. ■ Milan Book Bunch meets 1 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Milan Public Library, 151 Wabash St. The gathering includes book reviews and discussions. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, call Marilyn Alexander at 439-2714. ■ “Lifetime Fitness” is a low-impact aerobics class, suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Heidi Cutler leads the class from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Milan Senior and Community Activities Center, 45 Neckel Court. ■ Milan City Council meetings are held 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month. Meetings are held at 147 Wabash St. Call 439-1501 for more information. Tuesday ■ First Steps Washtenaw offers Milan play groups for families with children up to 5 years old. Play groups are held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through the 2009-2010 school year. Playgroups are held at Paddock Elementary School in rooms 14 and 15. For more information, visit www.milanareaschools.org/~pecc or call 4395151. ■ Milan Woman’s Club meets at noon the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, at the Milan Senior and Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Court. Call 439-7386. ■ The Milan Booster Wrestling Club practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Milan High School wrestling room. Practice times and registration fees vary for age groups. Call Milan Parks and Recreation for details at 439-1549. ■ Milan Rotary meets at noon at the Milan Senior and Community Activity Center. Call 439-5050. ■ Milan Area Art Association meets the second Tuesday of each month. Contact Joan Keilman for the meeting location. For more information, call 1-734-529-5330. ■ Pi-Yo adult fitness classes will be held, offering a strengthening and stretching program for all levels, from 6 to 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at Dance Explosions. Call 645-6849 or email hdarling@bignet.net to register. ■ Health Awareness and Action, launched by the Milan Area Chamber of Commerce, meets 7:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Aid in Milan, 89 W. Main St. Anyone interested in health education and helping Milan-area residents to a better style of healthy living is encouraged to attend. For more information, e-mail simon@thebraincode.com.

Wednesday ■ First Steps Washtenaw offers Milan play groups for families with children up to 5 years old. Play groups are held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through the 2009-2010 school year. Playgroups are held at Paddock Elementary School in rooms 14 and 15. For more information, visit www.milanareaschools.org/~pecc or call 4395151. ■ Tai chi classes will be held at 5 p,m. at the Milan Community House on Neckel Court in Milan. ■ “Lifetime Fitness” is a low-impact aerobics class, suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Heidi Cutler leads the class from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Milan Senior and Community Activities Center, 45 Neckel Court. ■ Milan Senior Lunch and Activities will be held at 11:45 a.m. Milan senior citizens enjoy lunch and activities every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the senior center, 45 Neckel Court in Milan. Call 4394310 for more information. ■ Line dancing is held at 9:30 a.m. at the Milan Senior and Community Activities Center, 45 Neckel Court in Milan. ■ Walk aerobics is held 10:45 a.m. at the Milan Senior and Community Activities Center, 45 Neckel Court in Milan. ■ Open Mic Music Night is held 6:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Coffee Co., 9 W. Main St. in Milan. Interested in participating, e-mail Rod Hill at rodhill@umich. edu. ■ An all-you-can-eat chicken dinner will be held the third Wednesday of the month at the Knights of ColumbusImmaculate Conception Church, Father Joe Family Center, at Ann and North streets in Milan. Carryout orders are available. ■ The Milan Garden Club meets 6:45 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month late fall and early spring at Marble Memorial United Methodist Church and May and throughout the summer at Hack House Museum. Call 439-7727 Thursday ■ First Steps Washtenaw offers Milan play groups for families with children up to 5 years old. Play groups are held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through the 2009-2010 school year. Playgroups are held at Paddock Elementary School in rooms 14 and 15. For more information, visit www.milanareaschools.org/~pecc or call 4395151. ■ Milan Senior Lunch and Activities will be held at 11:45 a.m. Milan senior citizens enjoy lunch and activities every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the senior center, 45 Neckel Court in Milan. Call 4394310 for more information. ■ Your Spot is a youth group composed of all Milan young people in sixth through 12th grades. The group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Family Center on Tolan Street in Milan. There are activities for children, as well as movies, music, crafts and a snack bar.

■ Milan Kiwanis meets 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Campfire restaurant. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 439-2023. ■ Milan and Area Home Based Business Coalition meets 6:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information, call 439-2904 or e-mail christine. man@proforma.com ■ Milan’s Organization for Regional Excellence, a group of residents, along with city and township officials, meets 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month. Call 439-7932 or visit the Web site www.milanchamber.org for more information. ■ York Charter Township Historical Committee meets 7:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at the Township Hall, 11560 Stony Creek in York Township. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 429-7768. ■ Milan Garden Club meets 6:45 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Hack House Museum, 775 County St. in Milan. Meetings are open to the public. ■ Chair exercise classes will be held 10:30 a.m. at the Milan Senior Center, 45 Neckel Court in Milan. ■ The Milan Booster Wrestling Club practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Milan High School wrestling room. Practice times and registration fees vary for age groups. Call Milan Parks and Recreation for details at 439-1549. ■ Story time at the Milan Public Library is held at 10:15 a.m. for toddlers, and at 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for children 3 to 5 years old accompanied by an adult. Call 439-1240 or stop by the library to register or for more information. Friday ■ Milan Area Chamber of Commerce meets regularly at 8 a.m. in the senior center, 45 Neckel Court. Call 439-7932 or e-mail info@milanchamber.org. ■ Pi-Yo adult fitness classes will be held, offering a strengthening and stretching program for all levels, from 6 to 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at Dance Explosions. Call 5878706 or e-mail hdarling@bignet. net to register. ■ Story time at Milan Public Library is held at 10:45 a.m. for children 3 to 5 years old accompanied by an adult. Call 4391240 or stop by the library to register or for more information. Saturday

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WASHTENAW COUNTY MISCELLANEOUS ■ Women’s Eating Disorders Group for women ages 16 to 24 is starting in Ann Arbor at Life’s Way Family Counseling and Education. The group works with young women to change how they feel about themselves and take back control of their lives. Call Julie Polmerville Steiner at 761-8118 for more information. Life’s Way Family Counseling and Education is located at 2311 E. Stadium Blvd., Suite 5 in Ann Arbor. ■ The Washtenaw County Public Health Department offers free pregnancy testing to women who are Washtenaw County residents, regardless of income, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday. No appointment is necessary. Women also may be eligible for free family planningrelated services. Call 544-6700 or visit the website www.publichealth.ewashtenaw.org for more details. ■ The University of Michigan Center for the Child and the Family offers social skills groups for elementary and middle school youth who have difficulty making or sustaining friendships. Groups meet for 11 weekly sessions from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Social skill groups are designed to help children learn skills that are important in establishing relationships and maintaining positive social interactions with peers. Groups will be held at 530 Church St., U of M East Hall, Suite 1465. Visit the Web site www.ucccf.org for more information or call 7649466 to register. ■ La Leche League is a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group available to all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in the area. It offers information and support both individually and in monthly group meetings that meet at various times and locations in the Ann Arbor area and Lenawee County. For more information, call 332-9080 or visit the Web site www.hvcn.org/ info/LLL.

MONROE COUNTY Wednesdays ■ Support for survivors of rape and incest is offered through Caring Alternatives, 2092 S. Custer Road in Monroe. ®

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Stone Hearth dishing up fresh baked goods By Randi Shaffer Heritage Newspapers

dam Ulbin leans over, peering through his glasses into a bin of four-cheese pepperoni rolls, searching for the right product for a waiting customer. Ulbin is one of the many vendors lined up in downtown Saline’s parking lot four every Saturday morning, selling his products at the Saline Farmers’ Market. Ulbin, the owner of Brooklyn’s Stone Hearth Breads and Bakery, 309 S. Main St., has been coming to the Saline Farmers’ Market for the past three years. “I like this market,” Ulbin said. “The people are friendly and they like our breads. We keep on coming back.” The local market is among three Ulbin visits every week, in addition to two in Chelsea and Adrian. Ulbin’s decision to stick to vending at the Saline Farmers’ Market resulted from a comparison between the local market and Ann Arbor’s. “I decided I like this market,” he said. Ulbin has a lot of repeat customers at all three venues. Saline resident MaryAnn Doneth is one of those customers. She has been a regular at the market three times a month for the past 13 years, and has

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