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Donna Hill of Dallas, Texas Wins the Review’s Joe Bonamassa Guitar Contest Giveaway! When notified of her winning entry, Hill was ecstatic. “As if discovering Joe Bonamassa and his music wasn’t enough, now I find myself the winner of two tickets, meet & greet passes, and a guitar signed by Joe through this contest sponsored by The Review. What a thrill! I wish I had been able to travel to Saginaw for the show, but was unable to make the trip from Dallas. Fortunately, Robert & Jen are the ultimate Joe fans. Thank you so much for selecting me as the winner and I will treasure this signed guitar forever!” “Joe is a unique, incredible talent and unbelievable in his live shows. Don’t wear any socks – they will be knocked off!” To read Donna’s winning entry, go to the Review online edition at www.newreviewsite.com and search Joe Bonamassa. Donna’s winning entry is under the pen name of ‘Pearl’. Thanks to all who entered the contest and congratulations Donna!
Jen Schoonover & Robert Carder of Fort Wayne, Indiana accept a signed Epiphone from Joe Bonamassa on behalf of Donna Hill. Photos by George Head
By Robert E. Martin Apart from putting on a stellar two-and-a-half hour show at The Dow Event Center on March 16th, guitarist/singer & songwriter Joe Bonamassa brought a solid crowd of faithful fans to their feet with his distinctly emotive guitar technique and a set list that included material spanning his relatively young career, along with an encore that included a blistering rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Dazed & Confused, melded together with refrains from Jeff Beck’s Ain’t Superstitious. The Review also awarded an Ephiphone ‘Les Paul’ style guitar that was personally signed by Joe to the winner of our online contest asking readers to explain in 200 words or less why they loved Joe Bonamassa and what they found unique about him. Amazingly, the winning entry came from Donna Hill of Dallas, Texas, who though unable to fly from Dallas to attend the show and accept her signed guitar from Joe, sent two close friends – Robert Carder and Jen Schoonover – to accept on her behalf, who were also die-hard Bonamassa fans, having driven from Fort Wayne, Indiana to catch the show. The pair told me they’ve seen Bonamassa live 42 times thus far, which is a sure sign of true fandom.
25th Annual Review Music Awards Update • Seeking Mailing Addresses for the Following Artists All of us at The Review are busily gearing up for our 25th Annual Review Music Awards Ceremony & Celebration, which will be held on Thursday, May 5th at the Golden Glow Ballroom with a stellar line-up of performers and special collaborations. (Please see the Display Ad on the back page of this edition for the line-up & details, as tickets are now on sale!) Invitations to all nominees have been mailed out, but we still need mailing addresses for the following artists. If you see your name listed here please email your snail-mail address to: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks in advance for your cooperation & support! Los Carnales • Mal Caliente • Joe Christensen • Temporary Kicks • Elisabeth Blair • Megan Seard • Mark Gomez • Kyle Zieroff • G. Rockwell • Poindexter • Boneyard Grin • All for the Cause • Neighborhood Muscle • Ominous • Ske3m • Urban Exchange Central • Finding Bliss • Arts of Life Arts of Death • The Shaydes • Severe Head Drama • Phe McWright • The Triple Aces • King Ray Chingman • Russel of Doogie • Tyler Johnson • Dan Ardouin • Mark Metiva • Baby D • Poindexter • CC Entertainment • Astray • DJ Prince • DJ ShafTown • DJ Spliff • DJ Baby D • DJ Juice • Honky Tonk Zeros • Pepper Jones • Brenda Loomis • Cowboy Up • The Northwood Improvisers • Mike Johnston • Timothy Jay Ross • Archie Sawyer • Eddie Garcia • Phunk Shway • Stacey Hill • The Blues Creators • Tim Ross • Kedree Young
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Home Rule Or Just Old Fashioned Turf by Greg Schmid, Attorney I’ve lived on the city side of the Saginaw city limits for 30 years; the border with Saginaw Township is my property line. I have considered the opportunities lost to our entire Saginaw Valley community, and to me personally, on account of the artificial wall, which divides my neighborhood into separate government jurisdictions. That line determined that I should go to failing city schools rather than first class modern schools. That line means my beautifully restored home, nestled on the beautiful street I grew up on, is worth far less, pound for pound, than the homes across the lawn in the township. My property taxes are high, but I also pay a high city income tax. Even my insurance costs more. Geographically, since townships are meant to be square, my house falls in the township. So why am I displaced? Our Saginaw Valley community, which really embraces the whole Tri-counties area, has suffered too; fractured into literally hundreds of overlapping jurisdictions that stumble all over each other, duplicate effort and cost, squander community resources, and which simply cannot come together to implement common sense community solutions. Borders come and go, and I have pondered what function, or what sentiment for that matter, city government serves that could not be served better, cheaper, and more equitably by township, county wide, or even regional forms of government? That boundary line served the long forgotten personal interests of the people that manipulated it in the first place; it has never served any important legitimate community wide purpose. When former Governor Granholm oversold a misguided “cool cities” initiative, progressives failed to recognize that city governments are not cool; Communities are cool, and community action should not be limited by arbitrary city limits. Michigan’s visionary new legislative package empowers local emergency financial managers, transcends “turf”, and brings certainty and accountability to the process. Once upon a time our city fathers ruled a bustling industrial city, and half interest in a state of the art 65-mile water pipeline system. Saginaw’s business partner, Midland, expanded its city limits, as the population spread out from its urban core to outlying communities, by absorbing areas that wanted access to the City of Saginaw’s super high quality water. Contrarily, Saginaw politicians closed the city’s political borders. These city fathers knew that territorial expansion might bring with it an unacceptable side effect: more population means more revenue and efficiency, but it also means competitive elections. Political competition might quickly erode, and even destroy, the stranglehold on power enjoyed by a small elite political class, so they refused to annex the various townships into one city government. They made the best deal for themselves, personally, and just sold off the water instead, even below value; they would not risk the political uncertainty (to themselves) of an expanded pool of voters, even though outlying areas, like Saginaw Township, begged to be annexed. While Midland flourished to the mutual benefit of all involved, sadly, City Hall ran Saginaw into the ground; it fell into ruin and decay, with less than half its population remaining. Saginaw fell early,
and never really recovered from the 70’s. By contrast, our neighboring townships bled the city’s population and wealth, using the city infrastructure everyday but not paying for it. Now they are suffering from legacy costs too. The old guard was self-serving and short sighted; their political handy work continues to cripple our community decades later. Petty turf wars make change impossible. No one gives away his or her power willingly. Jurisdictional boundaries exalt form over substance, and only erect barriers to change that are so distracting and debilitating that community problem solvers end up boxed in by what they can’t do because of jurisdictional complications; they end up just putting band-aids on local problems rather than seeking logical regional solutions. Many township governments have developed big government budgets of their own, and the economic toll on our Saginaw Valley community continues to be staggering. Crime knows no boundary, but we have over a dozen separate police jurisdictions just in Saginaw County alone. In the age of 911, crime response should be regionally coordinated and consolidated with fire protection, but government officials are not keen on phasing themselves out and sacrificing their personal ambitions and livelihoods to give the community at large cheaper and better services. Who can blame them, in these lean times. Besides, they seldom live in the jurisdiction that employs them, so why should they care? No local government employee, and no official in charge of any city, township, village, or school system, wants to lose their job in the process of consolidating many jurisdictions into more logical order. The governor and the legislature took ownership of Michigan’s financial crisis a few weeks ago by allowing the wholesale reorganization of obsolete, expensive, and overlapping local government fiefdoms, including school systems held hostage by the MEA war chest. They also injected accountability into the preexisting process of municipal receivership and ultimate bankruptcy authority, and added the power to avoid some government union strangleholds on local governments. This new process gives municipal governments the power to legally make some tough cost cutting choices to avoid Chapter 9 Bankruptcy, which would trump the Michigan Constitutional protections and result in catastrophic unilateral write downs of government employee “pension and retirement system” obligations owed to unsuspecting, over-promised public sector careerists. If they fail to embrace change, as some will, then the governor can step in and take responsibility for the needed changes. With these new changes, I can hear opportunity knocking for everyday people. We private citizens must insist that our local officials answer the call; they must focus their attention on this new process of selfexamination and embrace change. We all live life our real lives in communities without borders. Ultimately, the new law gives city governments a chance to live within their means, to evolve, and to move forward without the shackles of the past. Who among us has not said, “We have to do something.” Michigan is broke, but an economic Marshall Plan for Michigan, a real plan that puts everything on the table and that removes the old barriers to change, can fix it.
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• Breaking Down the Budget Battle in Michigan • The Problems are Massive, The Solutions Require Courage
By Robert E. Martin As my former colleague on the Saginaw Charter Commission, Greg Schmid, writes in a guest editorial in this current edition of The Review, Michigan is set to enact a controversial law that expands state power over fiscally stressed local governments and gives emergency managers broader authority, including the ability to terminate labor contracts. The measure, which overhauls the state’s 20-year old law for dealing with distressed governments, sparked some of the largest protests that Lansing has seen in years. Opponents call it an assault on collective-bargaining rights that echoes proposals in Wisconsin & Ohio and seriously undermines the power of local governments. But Governor Rick Snyder & State Treasurer Andy Dillon urged the bill’s passage, warning that dozens of municipalities and school districts are facing insolvency and would benefit from the new tools. The Bill expands the circumstances under HAPPY HOUR which the state may Great Specials 3-6pm step in to review a local Every Day! government, and expands EVERY DAY the number of triggers that would lead to a takeover. Bands Every It would allow managers to remove pension fund Weekend: trustees if a pension Thursdayfund is less than 80% funded and would allow Saturday emergency managers to terminate labor contracts, strip local ordinances, hold millage elections, dissolve Soon Appearing... a government with the governor’s approval, and April 1-2: Tyler Short merge school districts. One way a review April 8-9: Honesty & the Liars could be ‘triggered’, for example, is if one or more April 15-16: Myk Rise rating agencies assign a lower rating to a unit’s longterm debt, or if a school 1259 S. Poseyville, Midland district ended its most recent (2.5 Miles South of Dow Diamond) Phone 989-486-3717 fiscal year with a deficit and
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had not submitted a deficit elimination plan to the state. As one that has followed and participated in politics for many decades, this type of accountability is essential at this juncture of our state & nation; but as with so many laws, will work only if they are enforced. From a state perspective, the unfunded liability for the state’s four major pensions — schools, state employees, police, and judges — is pegged at $11.6 billion, and the future health care liability ranges from $45-50 billion. Even if the state started meeting its obligations today, it would take $2 billion annually for the next 30 years just to get even. The scary reality is simply that our chickens have come home to roost. Problems cannot be changed without radical changes in our standing living, or unless we go after the perpetrators who got us into this mess and get creative about the way we make up our state’s $1.8 billion deficit. With the Bush sponsored and Obama sanctioned bailout of Wall Street, the government transferred all of Wall Street’s bad debts into the U.S. Treasury and has printed trillions of dollars to paper over those debits, both in March, 2009, and in October of 2010. Indeed, the government has been borrowing so much money using short-term loans that we can’t afford the interest on those loans. The Congressional Budget Office in its January 2011 report states U.S. income tax receipts at $900 billion a year; corporate taxes at $200 billion annually, and our current annual deficits at $1.3 trillion. Even if we doubled the tax revenue we still would be running a deficit of more than $100 billion per year. Currently the government counts all $865 billion of payroll taxes for Medicare & Social Security as income, which it is not – its supposed to be financing future liabilities, but is spending that money now. This is one part of solving the puzzle. Social Security will post $600 billion in deficits over the next ten years, so even if U.S. citizens – rich & poor alike – were taxed 100% of their income, the U.S. government would still not be able to balance the budget. These realities with the U.S. government printing trillions of dollars to meet its existing obligations is threatening to have the dollar removed as the foundation of the world banking system. As the reserve currency we can print as much money as we want, but if the dollar is removed as the IMF reserve currency, we could easily witness a 25% reduction in the U.S. standard of living. So taxation alone is not the answer. And through this sobering crisis we need to get creative, which is why this latest move by the State of Michigan to rein in control over fiscally irresponsible communities is at least an important first step. The number of government workers, former judges, and ex-Sheriff’s currently receiving sizable pensions from former posts while ‘double-dipping’ with salary packages from new positions is staggering, just in Saginaw County alone. With Education, the head of Delta College receives a total compensation of $212,770 plus fringe benefits alone, not to mention a full pension plan and an agreement to pay potential back personal income taxes estimated up to $60,000. According to The Free Enterprise Nation, which is a national organization representing the economic interests of those within the state who actually work and support the ‘private sector’ portion of our economy, the latest survey by the U.S. Government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis showed that the average federal employee earns $119,982 per year in compensation & benefits, while the average private sector employee earns $59,909. To cover the additional compensation packages of government employees, $100 billion a year is taken from the private sector in income taxes. State Sen. Roger Kahn and Rep. Ken Horn are veteran Republicans who support Snyder. They emphasize that they respect state public employees’ rights to protest in Lansing. Horn notes, “I thought it was good to see people actively participating in the process, even if there weren’t as many people as we expected.” Kahn adds that the protesters “don’t necessarily represent a majority.” Regarding Synder’s proposal to appoint emergency managers in distressed communities, Kahn says the concept is not draconian or heavy-handed. “We’re looking at a four-step process, rather than one size fits all,” Kahn says. The steps are: (1) The state treasurer identifies a distressed community. (2) The treasurer’s reasons are either upheld or rejected with independent financial analysis. (3) If the community still is judged to be distressed, the emergency manger enters the picture. (4) If the emergency manager is unable to bring about solutions, then bankruptcy is declared. One question people are asking is how a local government can be declared invalid yet the state continue to tax? What about ‘No taxation without representation’, which was the founding impetus of our country? However, local governments have always existed at the pleasure of the state. It’s generically called Dillons’ law - and it basically says that local government has no inherent sovereignty. Local governments are mere subdivisions of the state, and the state has granted them some self-rule options. Both Horn and Kahn declined to evaluate whether they see similarities or differences in the approaches of Snyder and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Horn said he would not answer because he felt the question was “politically motivated,” while Kahn said he was not familiar enough with Wisconsin to make comparisons to Michigan. Other mid-Michigan legislators did not respond to the Review survey. But while this new bold ‘Marshall Plan’ for forcing accountability on local units of government is needed, the looking glass must obviously be focused on Lansing and beyond to Washington. Senators who voted against the bill package warned that, combined with Snyder’s proposed 2012 budget cuts, it would end up sending more local governments into fiscal stress. “This bill, along with the governor’s proposed cuts, is going to create a race to the bottom, which guarantees that many of our cities and schools are going to head into bankruptcy,” Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, said before the final vote. One thing Americans do not like – regardless of their mindset or party affiliation – is for elected officials and public servants to enjoy advantages, which they as taxpayers, are denied. In the last year alone your U.S. House & Senate have voted themselves $4,700 & $5,300 raises and also voted not to give a social security cost of living raise in
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The Friends of Hoyt Park Seek to Revive the Crown Jewel of Saginaw’s Park System “We have somewhere between $350,000 to $400,000 towards our total goal of $800,000 for renovations to the warming house and surrounding areas.” Larry also explains how they plan to tackle (night time) skating at the FRIENDS OF HOYT PARK concluded on Page 14
913 WASHINGTON AVE • BAY CITY, MI • 989-892-2660 Thursday • April 7 • 7:00 PM By Jason Marcoux Over 100 years ago, the 27 acre Tract of land where Hoyt Park sits on Saginaw’s east side was heavily wooded at the top of the hill. At the bottom of the Hill, it was basically a “Bayou.” The lower bowl was nothing but a marshy area full of Bullfrogs, Muskrat, and Water snakes. In the late 1800’s, City workers kicked all of the critters out and the Marsh was drained. The City brought in a landscaping expert to plant sod in the lower bowl. A few years later, they created a Road along the east side that connected at either end. During the 1920’s it was not uncommon for the park to have more than 190 baseball and softball teams competing in various leagues over the course of one summer. In those years, when Hoyt Park was at its peak during the winter months, they would often times have record days where over 7,000 patrons enjoyed ice skating, sledding, and tobogganing in ONE DAY! While researching this story at the Hoyt Public Library in Downtown Saginaw, I found an article from the 1930’s. In that article, parks and recreation officials stated that they were averaging 100,000 skaters every winter. Since that time, Hoyt Park has remained the Crown Jewel of Saginaw’s parks and recreational programs. Although, with large numbers of citizens leaving the city for the Township and other outlying Suburbs over the past 20 years, coupled with budget cuts by the city, in 2003 the City could no longer afford to maintain Saginaw’s Parks and Recreation programs. City baseball, softball, flag football and other recreational leagues, which had provided an outlet for the City’s residents throughout many generations, were suddenly no longer available. For five long years our city went without the use of Hoyt Park. It wasn’t until 2008 when concerned Saginaw citizens came up with the idea to create a group that would help resurrect and maintain the historic park. It started when Chris Packard would often bring Christian Youth Groups to the park to play Baseball games. Chris wanted to start a “grassroots” effort to make Hoyt Park available to all Saginaw children. Two Saginaw City Councilmen, Dan Fitzpatrick and Paul Virciglio contacted Chris, with the idea of creating a group to preserve and maintain the park. Around that time Larry Brethauer had also contacted Chris offering his support to help get his Christian Youth Group started. Eventually, the four agreed to a meeting. Jonathan Pope and Eric Rutherford (who worked for the Saginaw YMCA at that time) also came to the meeting. Dick Garber, Tom Webb, Tom Mudd and Dan Kenel joined the others at that first meeting. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the group Friends of Hoyt Park was created and signed a 99year lease with the city to operate and maintain the beautiful old park. Larry Brethauer is the President of Friends of Hoyt Park. Larry is an instrumental “spoke” in the constantly “spinning wheel” known as The Friends of Hoyt Park. The obvious goal for the group was to bring back the summer recreation leagues, but Larry has informed me that the group is now in the midst of a major fundraising campaign to bring the Ice Skating Rink back to Hoyt Park. “We had Ice Skating in mind from the very beginning, but the initial goal of the (F.O.H.P.) board was to bring youth baseball and adult softball solidly back to Hoyt Park. We have more than 400 youth who are now playing in leagues at Hoyt Park. We have Christian Youth Baseball, YMCA Tee Ball, and several adult leagues. We have also hosted five State Tournaments.” Saginaw residents started Ice Skating at Hoyt Park as early as 1905. In 1907, a shelter house was built on the north hill where skaters could come in from the cold and huddle around a “pot bellied heater” for warmth. The Shelter was replaced by a state of the art (for its time) Warming House that was built in 1937. The Warming House has had its share of interior decay over the past 72 years. Larry and his merry band of fund raising soldiers have laid out a plan for an $800,000 upgrade to the 1937 Landmark. “We want to totally redo the lower area of the warming house, including the concession area,” Larry continues.
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t 69 years of age John Sinclair shows no signs of slowing down. Besides touring the world with a loose and ever changing aggregation of Blues Scholars, Jazz Masters and Rock & Rollers, Sinclair continues to release CDs, books, articles and programs while producing podcasts and internet radio programs. John has performed in Saginaw several times and possesses a historic grasp of Michigan culture from an international perspective. Sinclair is a sweet man of peace who is also a realist. From his early days at Trans Love commune, managing the MC5 and befriending John Lennon, Sinclair has kept his hand on the pulse of our crumbling empire. He is quick to point out that that America, like ancient Rome, has lost sight of its democratic principles and given the ruling class carte blanche to rob our coffers. He is also a man of the earth; a happy and contented grandfather who values love and friendship above all else. John will be performing at White’s Bar on Saturday, April 23rd with guitar wizard Jeff Grand, The Bearinger Boys, Rustbucket featuring John Krogman the Laverty/Torres Band and other special guests. His DVD Twenty to Life will be screened throughout the evening. This interview took place on December 29, 2010 with John responding from his outpost at 420 Café, Amsterdam. John – what have you been up to since 20 to Life was released? The film was released in 2007 and quickly faded into media oblivion. Since then I have continued my travels, performing around the USA and in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Genoa, Rome, Santiago, Tokyo, Seville, Barcelona, Madrid and wherever they will have me. I’m based in Amsterdam and London when I’m not in Detroit, where I just completed a two-year Poet in Residence term at the Bohemian National Home and am now based at the Trans-Love Energies Compassionate Care Center at 1486 Gratiot in Detroit. I now write a bi-weekly column for
the Detroit Metro Times called HIGHER GROUND. It must have stirred up renewed interest in your life and times? Not so much. The filmmaker made a bad deal to get it completed and the distribution was a big let-down, plus there were no theatrical screenings & very few festival screenings, so not much notice was attracted to the film nor, by extension, to myself. Have you released any new music, poetry or writings? As a performer I continue to work with diverse bands in Amsterdam, London, New York City, Detroit, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Mississippi. Some of them play my arrangements, some improvise jazz to my texts, some play straight-out blues to my poems. In the past three years I’ve performed in ensembles with David Kimbrough, Afrissippi, the Black Crowes, Marshall Allen, Elliott Levin, Daniel Carter, Ras Moshe, Sabeer Mateen, 101 Runners, Pinkeye Orchestra, Planet D Nonet, Carlo Ditta, Dr. Prof. Barry Kaiser, Tom Worrell, Vincente Pino, Leslie Lopez, Steve Fly, the Dirty Strangers, Gary Lammin, Charles Shaar Murray, Jair-Rohm Parker Wells, Primal Scream, DKT/MC5, Youth, Mark Ritsema, Angelo Olivieri, Raskolnikov, and people I can’t even remember right now. I have bands of Blues Scholars in Amsterdam, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Oxford, Mississippi. I’ve issued two books—IT’S ALL GOOD: A JOHN SINCLAIR READER and SUN RA INTERVIEWS & ESSAYS with Headpress in London. SUN RA has just been translated into Spanish and issued by Libertos Editorial. My “underground classic” book, GUITAR ARMY, was reissued in a 35th anniversary edition by Feral House/Process Books in 2007 and has been translated now into Italian, Spanish and French. BookBeat in Detroit will be bringing out my poetry & prose collection SONG OF PRAISE: HOMAGE TO JOHN COLTRANE, and Ecstatic Peace Press is planning to issue the completed first half of my Monk work in verse, always know: a book of monk. And Dotty Oliver in Little Rock is publishing my New Orleans prose collection, MARDI GRAS TO THE WORLD, later this year. As for the music, I’ve issued three CDs since
2007—TEARING DOWN THE SHRINE OF TRUTH & BEAUTY with the Pinkeye Orchestra (LocoGnosis Records); DETROIT LIFE with the Motor City Blues Scholars (No Cover Records); and VIPER MADNESS with the Planet D Nonet (No Cover). My new record is called LET’S GO GET ‘EM by John Sinclair & His International Blues Scholars and will be released by No Cover in March, and I’m just now completing a new album project with a producer in London known as Youth that I’m calling BEATNIK YOUTH. I’ve also completed a work begun in 1982: a book of blues verse titled FATTENING FROGS FOR SNAKES that’s in four sections, each one set to music and recorded with a different ensemble in New Orleans, Detroit, Oxford and Clarksville, Mississippi. I’m assembling the package into a box set as we speak Are you still involved in radio? Do you see radio as an effective medium to get your message and your poetry and music to a wider audience? I also program & produce regular podcasts for two internet radio stations, Radio Free Amsterdam and Detroit Life Radio, including weekly installments of the John Sinclair Radio Show, Sinclair On The Air and Jazz from the Hempshopper. I also collect and edit for broadcast blues & jazz programs by deejays present & past that I enjoy. I post one one-hour program each day on each of the two stations. With the advent of file sharing do you see a shift in the relationship between record companies and artists like yourself? Yes: basically there is none in terms of what used to be, i.e., with the possibility of getting paid. My best experience is to be able to make the records and get someone to press some of them at no cost to myself. Last time we talked you seemed to paint a bleak picture of our future based on the ascendance of powerful business-led coalitions and the financial Institutions that control our government. In the past year Matt Taibbi, a contributing editor to Rolling Stone Magazine, has written several articles and a book Griftopia that has exposed Wall Street’s culpability in destroying America from within. Are you familiar with Taibbi’s work? Why aren’t people in an uproar over the theft of our country? That’s a question I’m unable to answer. I know exactly how fuC#d up this country is, but the white people love it this way and they won’t change for anything. You had a bleak outlook on Detroit’s recovery in the BBC documentary Requiem for Detroit. Do you still feel there is no hope for Detroit and other cities that were built on the auto industry? I don’t know about the other ones, but Detroit is not going to come back. It’s over. What becomes of the fabulous ruins of Detroit may be something interesting but it will not be economically viable again. What keeps bringing you back to Michigan? I have a beloved daughter & granddaughter in Detroit and hundreds of friends made over the past 50 years. My estranged wife Penny Sinclair lives in Detroit and I like to see her when I can. Also, I can work in and around Detroit and use it as a base to tour different parts of the country and make enough dollars to maintain my very frugal lifestyle while I’m in Amsterdam & London.
John Sinclair today • Enjoying the streets of Amsterdman
What role could music/poetry play in the recovery of Michigan….the country? Are established artists important to our culture? Should they look for success elsewhere? Can our artists, poets and musicians be heard over the din of mass produced and disposable music that dominates the corporate airwaves? No. Over the past ten years, Europe has shown an interest in the downfall of Detroit and the auto industry. Documentaries have been filmed, photographers have come to document the urban decay. Do you feel that their interest is based in aesthetics, or are they sincerely concerned with what seems to be the end of an era? Are they infatuated or concerned? (A) Aesthetics. (B) They are documentarians. Do you keep in touch with any of your friends from the days of the MC5 and Trans Love? Yes. An astonishing number of us are still alive, although we’ve recently lost people like James Semark of the Artists Workshop, Stanley the Mad Hatter of the Grande. Eastown and Second Chance Ballrooms, Bruce Cohen and others. I consider Wayne Kramer of the MC5 one of my closest friends, ditto for Charles Moore of the Detroit Artists Workshop, Pun Plamondon of the White Panther Party, Marton Gross and Johnny Evans of the Urbations, Cary Loren of Destroy All Monsters, and many others whom I see in Michigan and around the country on my travels. Do you see any signs that our counter culture/peace movement is growing and establishing a wider base of support? No. Do you still collaborate with your ex-wife Leni? I remain a terrific fan of her photography and often recommend her work to people publishing various projects of mine.
Daily Happy Hour! Live Music & No Cover Charge! MONDAYS Electric Open Mic Nite Hosted by Bruce Lafrance!
April 5 • Open Mic w/ Amelia Jo April 12 • Carrie Westbay
April 6 • Cornpone April 13 • The Triple Aces
March 31 • Suite Revenge April 7 • Maybe August April 14 • Venomous Lemon
April 1 • The House Katz April 8 • Rustbucket
April 2 • The KMJ Band April 9 • XPlode
Any last comments? I’m happy to be alive in an old age I never anticipated nor expected, I’m ecstatic to be a grandfather, I only do the things I want to do and don’t do the things I don’t want to do, I’m borne along in life by my hundreds of friends all over the western world and generally speaking I’m happy as a clam. Further, Affiant sayeth not
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About A.J. BAILEY’S SALOON, 304 Salzburg, Bay City. Phone 989-895-9446. DJ/KARAOKE Thurs, Fri., Sat, 9-close with Derek Dixon’s LCA Music Ent. Co. Food served ‘till 9 pm. Take Outs Available. Pitchers $5.25; Minis $2.75. Happy Hour 11 am - 8 pm Monday Friday. Thursday $1.00 pints. Weekly drink specials! ATRIUM RESTAURANT 1100 N. Water St., Downtown Bay City, (Third & Water St., adjacent to the Stein Haus), 891-1600. Excellent dining in a relaxed environment! Bill Rosebush on guitar/vocals/harmonica during dinner on Friday & Saturday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM.
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BEMOS, 701 S. Madison Ave., Bay City. Stay for the party! Call 989-893-7071 for more info. Entertainment Line-up: Mondays – Electric Open Mic Night hosted by Bruce LaFrance. Thurs. Mar. 31, Suite Revenge; Fri. April 1, The House Katz; Sat. April 2, The KMJ Band; Sun. April 3, The Toxic Lab Rats w/ Strip Districts & The KMJ Band; Tues. April 5, Open Mic w/Amelia Jo; weds. April 6, The Triple Aces; Thurs. April 7, Maybe August; Friday, April 8, Rustbucket; Sat. April 9, XPlode; Sun. April 10, Grupo Sensible; Tues. April 12, Carrie Westbay; Weds. April 13, The Triple Aces; Thurs. April 14, Venomous Lemon. BRUCE’S BAR, 2717 Carrollton Rd., Saginaw, 989-754-6805. Weiss Rd. to Carrollton Road Right 2nd Bldg. on Right. Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 AM – 2:30 AM; Sunday, Noon – 2:30 AM. Club Keno!!! 2nd
Chance Winners Fridays! 5:00 PM! $2.00 Domestic Bottles All Day Every Day! $4.00 Pitchers! Check out our Big Screen HD TV’s for all your Favorite Sporting Events! Pool – Darts – Shuffleboard. Thursday April 14 – Shuffelboard Tournament; Friday April 29 – Surprise Birthday Party! You know who! Come Check Us Out, You’ll Like What you See!! COTY’S LANDING, 777 Midland Rd. Saginaw, Mi. Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials: Monday; Open Pool All Day and $1.00 12 oz. Drafts After 8 PM; Tuesday, $2.00 bottles, well drinks, Captain Morgan & 22.oz drafts; Wednesday, Tim & Jim from 6-9 pm; Karaoke w/Red Dog; $5.00 pitchers & $3.00 Johnny Vegas; `Thursday, Honesty & Dean from 6-9 pm. DJ/Karaoke w/Lynn Q, starts at 9 PM. $3.00 Jager Bombs, Jello Shots, and $5.00 pitchers plus Happy Hour All Night! Entertainment Line-up & Special Events: April 1-2, Honesty & the Liars; April 8-9, Video DJ; April 15-16, The Kix Band. Call 989-7909430 for more information. THE CREEK GRILL, 1259 S. Poseyville, Midland. 2 miles south of Dow Diamond. Happy Hour Every Day from 3-6 PM! Band Line-up: April 1-2, Tyler Short; April 8-9, Honesty & the Liars; April 15-16, Myk Rise. Great Lunch & Dinner Specials Daily. We serve only Choice Steak and our Prices Beat Anyone in the Area. Our Large Deck will be Open Soon as the Weather Cooperates. . Good Times Flow at the Creek! 486-3717. MIXX NIGHTCLUB & METRO GRILL. Located at 115 N. Hamilton St. Saginaw, 989498-4022 Your Heart Beats... Your Breath Quickens... And You Haven’t hit The Dancefloor Yet! Walking into the Mixx, is like walking into a “Big City” Nightclub, but with a small town friendly attitude. The Mixx has a very Mixed Cosmopolitan Straight & Gay Crowd. The Dance Bar is open Fri. and Sat. nights at 10pm, featuring high energy sounds from Chicago and New York spun by local DJs. The Mixx’s VIP ROOM is Very popular for bachelorette, birthday, & other parties. The “Ball Room” is available for rentals for luncheons and private parties. The Mixx’s Video Bar “The Metro Grille”, offers Great Burgers served up in a comfortable metropolitan atmosphere, open Weds. Thru Sun., appetizers are served until 1am. Happy Hour till 9pm with $1.00 off drinks and .50 cents off drafts. The Metro features KARAOKE Wednesday Thru Sunday Nights at 10pm, with over 20,000 songs to choose from! The Mixx Of The People, The Mixx Of The Drink, The Mixx Of The Music, You Can Find It All At The Mixx Nightclub and Metro Grille. www.TheMixxNightclub. Com
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MORT’S NORTHERN BAR, 353 State Park Drive, Bay City. Phone 989-684-0843. Fridays: DJ – Dancing & Karaoke; Saturdays LIVE! (no cover). Appearing April 2, Screaming Casanovas; April 9, Flashback; April 16, High Ground; April 23, Smoking Nun; April 30, Crop Circle. Every Day Beer Special
$1.00 Cans til 6 PM. Sundays- Peanuts are Back! Mondays – Wii Bowling Contest 7-11 PM High Score; Tuesdays – Euchre 7 PM. Wednesdays – Free Grilled Dogs 7 PM; Thursdays – Girl’s Night Out - $6.00 Cosmos! GET MORTIFIED!!! NORTHERN LANES RECREATION. 1129 E. Saginaw Rd. Sanford. 989-687-5562. Appearing Friday & Saturday, April 1-2, The Hipakritz. April 8-9, Point Blank; April 15-16, Steel Wheels. THE OLD TYME ROADHOUSE, 9620 Gratiot, Saginaw, 781-3707. $2.00 Domestic Bottles Mondays after 9 PM; Open Pool Every Tuesday; Wednesday, Open Jukebox after 9 PM; Thursday, BIKE NIGHT from 6 PM to Close. $2.00 well drinks, $2.00 Captain Morgan, Happy Hour & Beer Specials. Karaoke DJ starting at 9 PM. Friday – Perch & Walleye Fish Fry; Live Entertainment Every Friday & Saturday. Happy Hour All Day Sunday with 30-cent wings. STEIN HAUS, 1108 N. Water Street, Bay City, 891-BEER. Join us to see why the Stein Haus is Bay City’s ‘Gathering Place!’ Live music Thursday & Sunday evenings. Voted Best Beer Selection in the Tri City Area! Appearing Thursdays, Derringer from 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM; Sundays, Marty Viers & the Music Doctors from 7-11 PM; Wednesday, March 30, Hoolie 7-11 PM. WHITES BAR, 2609 State St., Saginaw, Phone 792-2631. Happy Hour Mon – Fri 7 – 11 AM & 4-7 PM. Every Sunday, Excalibur at 9 PM. Bloody Mary Mondays from 4-8 pm with Cornpone; Server Appreciation – Show Uniform or ID and Get 50 cents off your favorite drink! Now Every Tuesday from 5-9 PM – Mel Curry & Chris Mohn. Appearing Thur. Mar. 31, Honky Tonk Zeros; Fri. April 1, Steepwater (from Chicago); Sat. April 2, The Toxic Lab Rats (from Sweden) wsg The Mongrels; Sun. April 3 & 10, Excalibur wsg Michelle O’Neil; Mon. April 4, Don Zuzula; Tues. April 5, Musician’s Night wsg Mel Curry & Chris Mohn; Weds. April 6, Severe Head Drama; Thur. April 7, Brody & the Busch Rd. Trio; Fri April 8, Scott Baker’s Universal Expression CD Release Party; Sat. April 9, The Ruiners – Fillmore Slim & The Mongrels; Mon. April 11, Jim Perkins; Tues. April 12, Tim Avram wsg Mel & Chris; Weds. April 13, Melissa May & Jekel; Thur. April 14, The Honky Tonk Zeros; Fri. April 15, The Process CD Release Party wsg Sholin Sound System & A.T.P. For more info go to www.whitesbar. com
Mar 31: Eastern MI Golden Gloves Boxing Semi-finals - Golden Gloves Boxing continues with the Semi-finals, held at the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Road in Birch Run. Semi-final admission is $12 general admission and $24 for ringside seating. Doors open at 6pm with boxing
starting at 7pm. For more information on tickets or about this event, please contact (989) 624-4665 or visit www.birchrunexpos. com. Don’t miss this exciting boxing event right here in Mid-Michigan! Apr 01: Golden Gloves Boxing Finals - See boxing at its finest at the FINALS of the Eastern Michigan Golden Gloves Boxing tournament! This will be final boxing match that everyone has been looking forward to! Held at the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Road in Birch Run. Doors will open at 6pm with the match beginning at 7pm on April 1st. Admission will be $15 for general admission and $30 for ringside seating. For more information about this exciting boxing event, please contact (989) 624-4665 or visit www.birchrunexpos.com. Apr 03: Giant Motorcycle Swap Meet Thousands of bikers will be buying, selling, and swapping bikes, frames, motors, touring accessories, seats, wheels, tires, front ends, tanks, shocks, fenders, gauges, MX stuff, bracket cases and take-offs. Every known brand, and every hard-to-find part! The swap meet will be held on April 3rd from 11am-4pm at the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Road, Birch Run. Admission will be $9 for adults, $2 for children 6-12 years old, and for those 5 and under will be free. There will also be free parking. For more information, please call (989) 6244665. Apr 07: Harlem Globetrotters - An evening of high-speed basketball. Take the kids out if they have never experienced these unique basketball mad skills!! Playing at the Palace of Auburn Hills. For more information regarding tickets and times, please visit www.palacenet.com. Apr 09: Guided Bicycle Tour. 1 PM. Shiawassee Natural Wildlife Refuge: Ferguson Bayou Trail at Curtis Road. Phone 759-1669 for more info. Refuge volunteer Maureen Tulip will lead a second group (first tour at 8 AM) out along a portion of the soon to be opened auto tour route. The tour will last about 2 hours. Bring your binoculars and water. Apr 15: Saginaw Sting vs. Canton Cougars Arena football has arrived in Saginaw! See the Sting take on the Canton Cougars in an
Ultimate Indoor Football League game! The game will be held at 7pm at TheDow Event Center, 303 Johnson, Saginaw. For tickets, please contact the box office at TheDow for available seats. For more information, please call (989) 759-1330 or visit www. stingfootball.com.
information regarding this special movie time, please contact the Wickes Library of Saginaw.
Thru Apr 16: The Clara Hinghill Memorial Scholarship - The Midland Symphony League is searching for area instrumental music students to be considered for receiving the Clara Highhill Memorial Scholarship, established to honor the memory of a longtime Symphony League volunteer. Eligible students must be in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade and wither a resident of Midland County or studying with a Midland County teacher. The total prize money of $1,200 is to applied to further musical study. In addition to an application form, students must submit recommendations from a school and/or private music teachers and an audition recording. The selections process also includes review of both recorded and later, live music audition performances. Information and application forms are available at the Midland Symphony office by calling 631-5930, ext. 1502, online at www.mcfta.org, or by email to Kimberly Diamond at email@example.com. FINAL AUDITIONS will take place ON APRIL 10th at the Midland Center for the Arts, Midland. The Winners will be notified by April 15th, and will be formally announced at the April 26th, MSO concert, “Dancing Dreams and Reveries”. The winners will also be invited to perform at the annual luncheon meeting of the Midland Symphony League at a later date.
Apr 11: “The Messenger” This film is a moving account of two soldiers assigned to notify families of the deaths of their loved one in Iraq. Presented by TCAP Film Series, located at the Zauel Library, Center at Shattuck, in Saginaw. This film runs for 113 minutes and starts at 6pm.
Apr 09: Banff Mountain Film Festival - The Chippewa Nature Center will host this film festival that takes place at 7 p.m. in the Bullock Creek High School Auditorium, 1420 S. Badour Road, Bullock Creek. For tickets and more information, please visit www. chippewnaturecenter.org.
April 17th. The film will be shown at the Hoyt Library, 505 Janes Street, Saginaw. For more information on tickets and times, please contact Kim White at (989) 755-9823 or Chris Holubowicz at (989) 755-9833, ext. 850. Out & About Continued On Next Page
Apr 17: “Rear Window” - A photographer with a broken leg, takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbors during a summer heat wave. Things really begin to get hot when he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife and buried the body in a flower garden. Come in and enjoy this classic 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly on Sunday,
Apr 04: “Ratatouille” - Celebrate “World Rat Day” with a movie starring a rat named Remy who wants to become a great chef. Held at Wickes Library, 1713 Hess, Saginaw, from 3-5pm on April 4th. For more
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20 teens that can participate. This April 5th session will be held at the Hoyt Library, 505 Janes, Saginaw. Please call 755-9832 to register. Apr 05: Pre-School Storytime - Storytimes for pre-school tots with a loving adult. Held on April 5th at the Hoyt Library, 505 Janes St., Saginaw. For more information, please call the Hoyt Library of Saginaw. Apr 06: “Corrado Parducci” - Jennifer Baross, Partner, Destination Detroit, Media, will give a lecture on the current exhibit, “Corrado Parducci, Detroit’s Architectural Sculptor”, on April 6th, 7pm, at the Marshall M. Frederick’s Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, Saginaw. This will be a free lecture! For more information, please contact (989) 964-7125.
Apr 04: Intro to Geocaching - Using GPS devices, we will locate trinkets and hidden treasures in the woods. GPS will be provided for those who pre-register. Held on April 4th at 2pm, Ringwood Forest, St. Charles. Admission is free and families are welcome! For more information, please contact (989) 790-5280. Apr 05: “Ask a Lawyer” Night - The Saginaw County Bar Association, (SCBA), in partnership with the Public Libraries of Saginaw and Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, will host “Ask-A-Lawyer” night at Butman-Fish Library, 1716 Hancock, Saginaw from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This forum will be free and open to the public. “Ask-A-Lawyer night brings legal assistance to Saginaw citizens free of charge. A panel of SCBA attorneys will answer questions from the audience in various areas of the law including divorce, custody, property, collections, probate, criminal, and other areas. In addition, questions may be directed in advance to the SCBA email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitting a question in advance will provide anonymity for the person asking the question, and also provide attorneys’ time to research a complex legal question. There will be no private consultations. Please be sure to put ASK-A-LAWYER NIGHT in the address line. Apr 05: Airbrushing for Teens - Teens are invited to learn the techniques of airbrushing as we celebrate libraries. The event is free and supplies are provided for teens to create and design their own t-shirt. Teens must preregister for this program at any Saginaw library branch. Each library has a limit of
Apr 06: “In the Steps of John Muir” - Sara and Wil Reding of Kalamazoo, known as “Rent A Rambling Naturalist”, will present a program on their 2006 trip retracing John Muir’s steps during his 1,000-mile walk, in 1867 from Indiana to the Florida Keys. This program will be held at 7pm at the Green Point Environmental Learning Center, 3010 Maple, Saginaw. The cost for this April 6th lecture will be $2 general public and free for members of the Shiawasee NWR. For more information, please call (989) 759-1669. Apr 07 - Apr 14: Mother Goose Times - For children 18-24 months of age with a loving adult. Registration will be required for these sessions. Held on April 7th and April 14 at the Zauel Library, 3100 N. Center, Saginaw. For registration, please call the Zauel Library at (989) 792-5359 or (989) 755-9833. These sessions will run from April 7, 14, 21, 28. Please sign up for all sessions. Apr 08 - Apr 15: Pre-School Storytime - Bring your pre-school tots out for pre-school storytimes at the Zaul Library, 3100 N. Center Road, Saginaw. Must be accompanied by a loving adult. The story-times will be held on April 8, 15, 22, 29. For more information, please call the Zauel Library at (989) 792-5359 or (989) 755-9833. Mar 17 - Apr 13: Crazy Love: A Memoir Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of Crazy Love, will appear to discuss her memoir on how the author spent her 20s in love with, and married to a man, who regularly beat her. This is how she finally broke the cycle of abuse to become a successful author and happily remarried Mom of three. The book discussions will be held at Butman Fish Library on March 17 and April 13 at Claytor Library.
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Brian Regan lands at The Dow Event Center on Sunday, May 22nd. Tickets are Now on sale at $39.50 for all seats. Also at the Dow on May 18th The TransSiberian Orchestra present new classical rock with ‘Beethoven’s Last Night’ Apr 14: “One Book, One Community” - This lecture will feature Leslie Morgan Steiner’s memoir about surviving domestic violence. Her book, “Crazy Love” is a New York Times best-seller, People Pick, and Book of the Week for The Week magazine. Leslie will speak at 7pm on April 14th at The Temple Theatre, 203 N. Washington Ave., Saginaw. Admission is free. For more information, please contact (989) 754-7469 or visit www. templetheatre.com. Apr 16-20: Airbrushing for Teens - Teens are invited to learn the techniques of airbrushing as we celebrate libraries. The event is free and supplies are provided for teens to create and design their own t-shirt. Teens must preregister for this program at any Saginaw library branch. Each library has a limit of 20 teens who can participate. This session will be held on April 16 at the Zauel Library, 3100 N. Center, Saginaw. To register, please call 799-2771.
Apr 03: Wedding Inspirations - Wedding Inspirations for the Bride & Groom is a wedding showcase featuring all the goods and services needed for the special events in your life. Over 50 companies will be on hand to help plan your wedding, including flowers, caterers, banquet facilities, bridal registries, entertainment companies, decorations, invitations, rentals, transportation, photographers, beauty supplies, videographers and much more! Talk to informal models wearing the latest in bridal and formal attire from a variety of
apparel stores. Brides can register for free gifts including $500 in cash! Held on April 3rd from 1-4pm, located at the Horizon’s Conference Center, 6200 State Street in Saginaw. Admission will be $4 per person. For more information please contact (989) 7994122 or visit www.horizonscenter.com. Apr 06: Spring Break Game Break - Put some fun in your spring break! The Hoyt Library, 505 Janes Street of Saginaw, is hosting an afternoon of games for students ages 11-14. Play Twister, Jenga, Uno and more! Game time runs from 2:30-4pm. Apr 07: Loons Opening Day Parade - Come out to enjoy spring baseball season with the Great Lakes Loons and the Midland Downtown Development Authority with an opening day parade in downtown Midland. The parade will kick off at 4:30 p.m. on Main Street near the corner of Gordon Street, travel down Main Street and finish in front of Dow Diamond. The parade will include Loons players, high school marching bands, previous grant recipients from the Michigan Baseball Foundation, as well as community businesses and organizations. See you there! Apr 08: “Hooray for the Library” - Celebrate National Library Month, and your love for the library and reading at this drop-in story time for children ages 3-5. This event will be held on April 8th from 10:30-11am at the Zauel Library, 3100 N. Center Road in Saginaw. For more information, please call (989) 755-9833 or (989) 792-5359. Apr 08: Northwood Style Show - Northwood University will host a style show that will take place at 8 p.m. at the Hach Student Life Center. For tickets, please call (989) 837-4297.
Apr 08 - Apr 10: Quilt Show & Auction Habitat for Humanity will hold their 10th Annual Quilt Show & Auction on April 8,9,10. The show & auction will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 2525 Hemmeter at Weiss, in Saginaw. Approximately 200 quilted items will be displayed for viewing and silent bidding. All proceeds benefit the Saginaw Habitat for Humanity. Hours of show & auction will be Friday & Saturday from 9am-6pm, and Sunday from 9am-2pm. For more information, please call (989) 326-1192. Admission is free! . Apr 09: Midland Community Craft Show Held at the Midland Community Center, the craft show will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to rent a table, it will be $25 for an eight-foot table and $20 for a six-foot table. For more information, please call (989) 832-7937, ext. 2270 or visit email@example.com. Apr 09: Formal Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience an authentic formal Japanese Tea Ceremony amid the peaceful setting of the Saginaw-Tokushima Friendship Garden. The Ceremony starts at 2pm on April 9th, and is located at the Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House, 527 Ezra Rust Drive in Saginaw. Admission will be $8 per person. For more information, please contact (989) 759-1648 or visit www.japaneseculturalcenter.org. Apr 09: Easter Bunny Breakfast - Bring out the little ones to “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny”, held on April 9th at 9am. Location will be Zehnder’s Restaurant, 730 S. Main Street in Frankenmuth. Children can visit with the Easter Bunny, enjoy a magic show and receive a small gift. Admission will be $8.75. For more information about this special day, please call (989) 652-0415 or you may visit www.zehnders.com. Apr 09 - Apr 10: The Saginaw Valley Kennel Club Dog Show will be held once again at the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Road, Birch Run. There will be limited overnight RV parking per permit only, with a $45 weekend pass. Please register with the BREC Business office. There will be an admission cost to enter the show. For much more information, please call (989) 624-4665
Apr 01 - Apr 03: “Nawty, Bawdy & Blue” Center Stage Theatre will present Bawdy Broadway II: “Nawty, Bawdy & Blue” on the Auditorium stage of the Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W. St. Andrews Road in Midland. Tickets are $19 with light refreshments served. An off-Center Stage Production of Center Stage Theatre. For more information on tickets and show time, please call the MCFTA at (800) 523-7649 or 631-8250. Apr 07 - Apr 10: “Hedda Gabler” - Hedda Gabler is petty, puny, frigid and clearly unable to carry through any relationship. She can best be described as the epitome of evil and lives off her own fantasies, absorbing from people better than herself. This play will be held at the Saginaw Valley State University Malcolm Field Theatre for the Performing Arts, 7400 Bay Road, Saginaw. Show times are: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm. Admission is $10 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens ages 60+, and students $7. For more information on this play, please call (989) 964-4261 or visit www.svsu.edu. Apr 08: “The Vinyl Cafe” - Best-selling author, award-winning journalist and humorist, Stuart McLean, host of CBC Radio program, “The Vinyl Cafe”, will delight you with stories about Dave, owner of a second-hand record store. Collected in books and on CD, the stories also feature Dave’s wife, Morley, their two children, Sam & Stephanie, and assorted friends and neighbors. The show will take place at the Temple Theatre of Saginaw, at 7:30pm on April 8th. Tickets are $39 for
general public, and $26 for those 18 and under. For more information on tickets and more, please call The Temple Theatre at (989) 754-7469 or visit www.templetheatre. com. Apr 20 - Apr 21: Men of Music Living Last Supper - This dramatization will be presented for the 7th straight season at TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3701 Jefferson Avenue, Midland. Hear Christ’s Disciples agonize over the words he to them: “---tonight one of you will betray Me”. The presentation will be made on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 at 7:30pm and again on THURSDAY, APRIL 21 at 7:30pm. There is no admission charge, but proceeds from a free will offering will be donated to the Trinity Special Needs Fund.
Mar 17 - Mar 31: Art Donations - The Frankenmuth Area Fine Arts Council is looking for art donations for their 5th Annual Spring Art Auction. Money raised from this event will help in part to fund The Midwest Sculpture Initiative that the Council will be participating in this year. Ten Sculptures will be chosen and on display in downtown Frankenmuth for 1 year. This art auction also helps to fund our ongoing Scholarship Program. The Date and Time of the auction are Thursday, May 5th at Zehnders Restaurant, a Silent Auction at from 7pm-8pm, Live Auction beginning at 8pm. If you are interested in donating art to help what we hope to be a project that continues over many years, please contact Calista Hecht at (989) 239-6719, email at fafac2007@ yahoo.com or visit our website at www. fafacart.org. Mar 31 - May 06: Watercolor Exhibit “Traveling in Italy: Watercolors by Judy Carr” is on display now through May 6th at the Andersen Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust Drive, across from Ojibway Island in Saginaw. This exhibition features a collection of watercolors inspired by the artist’s trip to Italy. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Apr 01: “Peanuts at Bat” - Every year for nearly 50 years during baseball season, Peanuts fans could expect a healthy number of strips portraying Charlie Brown and the Gang engaged in America’s favorite pastime. Based heavily on Charles Schultz’s childhood experiences with sandlot baseball, the stories of the Peanuts are in turn whimsical, thoughtful, hilarious, and full of pathos. The exhibition, “Peanuts at Bat”, takes a lighthearted look at Charles M. Schultz’s love for the all-American sport and showcase the Peanut’s Gang hapless pursuit of a winning baseball strategy. Held at the Castle Museum, 500 Federal, Saginaw. Admission is $1 adults, .50 for children, and free for Castle Museum Members. Held during regular museum hours. Apr 10: State of the Arts Exhibition - Enjoy this annual competition, a juried art show featuring artists from all of Michigan, using mixed media. The Saginaw Township Annual State of the Arts Exhibition will be held on April 10th from 2-5pm, with free admission. Location will be the Saginaw Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck, in Saginaw. For more information, please call (989) 791-9800 Thru May 31: You May Be A Curator And Not Even Knot It. Frankenmuth Historical Museum, 613 S. Main St., Frankenmuth. If you have a collection of three or more items that have something in common, you might be a curator and not even know it. Learn more at this exhibition.
Mar 31: Three Men and a Tenor - The internationally renowned group will bring
a high-energy, hilarious, music show with a unique twist - they perform the whole show using only their voices - if you hear an instrument it’s really their voices making it happen! Held at the Temple Theatre. For more info call 754-7469 or visit www. saginawvalleyconcerts.org Mar 31: Jeff Beck & the Imelda May Band - Honoring Les Paul-Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor. Apr 01 - Apr 03: Saginaw Valley State University Concert - “Here’s To Life” features the music of the SVSU Concert, Choir, Chamber Choir & Collegium and the Bay Chorale and will feature the music of Edith Piaf, Michelle le Grande, The Beatles, American Jazz and more! It will be held on April 1st, 7:30pm at the Rhea Miller Recital Hall at SVSU, AND on April 3rd at 4pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Midland & Wenonah Streets in Bay City. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $4 for students and seniors. For tickets and more information, please call (989) 964-4261. Apr 02: Lil Wayne: I Am Still Music Tour - Lil Wayne lands at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, April 2nd. Apr 02: Ron White - Performing live at the Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant. For tickets and more information, please visit www.soaringeaglecasino.com. Apr 03: Jim Malcolm - MidlandCeltic.org will present Scottish singer/songwriter Jim Malcolm in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3rd in the lecture room at the Midland Center for the Arts. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for members of the Folk Music Society of Midland. Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved at (989) 513-8892 or at midlandceltic@gmail. com. Malcolm sings traditional songs of Scotland as well as his own songs. For more information, please visit midlandceltic.org or jimmalcolm.com. Apr 08 - Apr 09: Men of Music 75th Anniversary Show - The Men of Music, which started out as the Dow Male Chorus in 1936, are celebrating their 75 years of bringing
excellent four-part men’s harmony music to the Midland area. Their current show, titled “Back to the Future”, will feature a look back at the wonderful music they presented over the years combined with skits that will keep the entire audience in stitches! As always, it is a family-friendly show that all ages will enjoy! The show will be presented on Friday, April 8th at 8pm and on Saturday, April 9th at both 2pm and 8pm. Tickets are $13 for everyone and can be obtained from any member of the Men of Music or directly from the Midland Center for the Arts, (MCFTA), box office by calling (989) 361-8250. Additional information about this show and other events can be obtained from the websites www. mcfta.org or www.menofmusic.org. Apr 09: Foreigner - Appearing at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant. For more information, please visit www. soaringeaglecasino.com. Apr 10: Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks - Two unique voices come together at this special concert! Held at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit. For tickets and prices, visit www.tigers.com. Apr 10: Midland Children’s Piano Recital The Midland Children’s School of Music will host two student piano recitals at 1pm and 3pm on April 10th. In addition, instructors from the music school will perform for the public and demonstrate how to play the guitar and piano. Held at the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, 315 W. Genesee Ave., in Saginaw. Admission will be $5. If you have any questions, please contact (989) 399-6626 or visit www.midmicm.org. Apr 13 - Apr 16: Ragtime Festival - The Zehnder’s 17th Annual Ragtime Festival features ragtime performers from around the U.S., with dinner and lunch concerts, Vaudeville night, Silent movies, seminars and “Meet the Artist”. Tickets will be required for each event with prices ranging from $15$50. The festival will be held from April 13th through April 16th with various times and events. The location will be held at Zehnder’s Restaurant, 730 S. Main Street, Frankenmuth. For more information on event schedules and cost, please contact (800) 863-7999 or please visit www.zehnders.com.
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Project Censored Special Report: The Top 10 Censored Stories of 2010-2011 • PART 2 Compiled by Project Censored Edited by Robert E. Martin For 35 years Project Censored has been committed to bringing the most vital stories to public awareness with the belief that genuine democracy depends upon freedom of the press, which in recent years has fallen under its own particular brand of corporate influence. Founded by Carl Jensen in 1976, Project Censored is a media research program working in cooperation with various independent media groups throughout the USA, and has trained over 1,500 students in investigative research. Project Censored conducts research to determine significant news stories that are either underreported, ignored, misrepresented, or censored by corporate media. Each year they release 25 stories out of over 1000 that are researched. This is the second part of a two-part series.
7. The African Land Grab A “land grab,” according to this Project Censored story, is the purchase of vast tracts of land by wealthier nations from mostly poor developing countries in order to produce crops for export. Throughout the African continent, an estimated 50 million hectares of land have been acquired or are in the process of being negotiated for purchase over the last several years, with international agribusinesses, investment banks, hedge funds, and commodity traders leading the rush for cheap, undeveloped, arable land. Ethiopia has approved at least 815 foreign-financed agriculture projects since 2007, but the food that is produced there will be exported rather than used to feed the 13 million people in need of food aid in that country. “Rich countries are eyeing Africa not just for a healthy return on capital, but also as an insurance policy,” notes researcher Devlin Kuyek. “Food shortages and riots in 28 countries in 2008, declining water supplies, climate change and huge population growth together have made land attractive. Africa has the most land and, compared with other continents, is cheap.” 8.
Massacres in Peruvian Amazon Over Free Trade Agreement
While the story highlighted by Project Censored is titled, “Massacre in the Amazon,” a later installment by Laura Carlsen, the translator, appeared in the Huffington Post titled ‘Victory in the Amazon’. The story centers on a movement standing its ground even with tragic loss of life as the consequence: On June 5, 2009, 50 or more Peruvian Amazon Indians were massacred after a 57-day protest against the implementation of decrees under the Free Trade Agreement with the United States. Decrees that would have opened vast swaths of indigenous land in the Peruvian Page 12 • Review Magazine • March 31 - April 13-, 2011
Amazon to private investment by gas, mining, and oil companies prompted Amazon peoples to block highways and gas and oil pipelines, but the conflict escalated when armed Peruvian government agents attacked the protesters with rifles and, according to eye witnesses, burned bodies and threw them into a river. According to Carlsen’s account, Peru’s Congress voted 82 to 12 in the aftermath to repeal two of the decrees that the indigenous groups had been standing against. Daysi Zapata, a representative of the association of indigenous groups, celebrated the triumph: “Today is an historic day, we are thankful because the will of the indigenous peoples has been taken into account and we just hope that in the future, the governments attend and listen to the people, that they don’t legislate behind our backs.”
9. Human Rights Abuses Continue in Palestine While there is a great deal of news coverage about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Project Censored highlights human rights abuses as a little-discussed aspect. After a 15-month study conducted by an international team of scholars, the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa concluded that Israel is, from the perspective of international law, an occupying power in Palestinian territories and that it has become a colonial enterprise which implements a system of apartheid. An Amnesty International report charges that Israel is denying Palestinians the right to access adequate water by maintaining total control over the shared water resources and pursuing discriminatory policies. And articles that appeared in Electronic Intifada detailed how Israel had begun barring movement between Israel and the West Bank for those holding a foreign passport, including humanitarian aid workers and thousands of Palestinian residents. Project Censored’s introduction touches on the topic: “Rare mainstream media glimpses of Israel’s apartheid system, like the CBS 60 Minutes segment ‘Is Peace Out of Reach?’ in January 2009, air and then fade away after drawing vitriolic, selectively focused criticism.”
10. United States Funds and Supports the Taliban While this story appeared on the front pages of The New York Times and the Washington Post, Project Censored claims they omitted some key facts. The Nation broke the story at the time Project Censored was researching it, there was nary a mention in the mainstream media of how American tax dollars wind up in the hands of the Taliban. In some cases, money goes to Afghan companies run by former Taliban members like President Hamid Karzai’s cousin, Ahmad Rateb Popal, who was charged in the 1980s with conspiring to import heroin into the United States. U.S. military contractors in Afghanistan also pay suspected insurgents to protect supply routes. “It is an accepted fact of the military logistics operation in Afghanistan that the U.S. government funds the very forces American troops are fighting,” according to the Nation story, written by Aram Roston. The Nation article also highlighted a link that was omitted by the other publications. NCL Holdings, a licensed security company in Afghanistan, is run by the son of the Afghan defense minister and has an influential former CIA officer, Milton Bearden, on its advisory board. NCL secured a highly lucrative trucking contract--despite having no apparent trucking experience.
It’s Official: Michigan AG Weighs In On Clarity Of Medical Marijuana Law Submitted by David Light Formally weighing in on Michigan’s Medical Marijuana law, Attorney General Bill Schuette has finally put to rest the matter of purported “haziness” in the law enacted by voters in 2008. Ironically, his statements run contrary to the ceaseless rhetoric often voiced by certain civic and law enforcement leaders across the state, and further echoed by corporate media outlets. Intervening in a Traverse City criminal case, People v Koon, Schuette’s office submitted an amicus curiae brief, stating that, “The MMMA is unambiguous, and Michigan law consistently holds that, when reading such a statute, ‘no further judicial construction is required or permitted, and the statute must be enforced as written.’” He further opined, “The MMMA lays out in clear terms what it permits and what it prohibits.” These statements are a far cry from what has transpired under a pretentious “lack of clarity” in earlier instances, especially with Schuette’s move to turn over confidential medical records to the DEA if the Feds are willing to protect state officials from violating privacy provisions of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. I had to read them several times over
to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood them, or the context. With his proclamation in the brief, “The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the State of Michigan…” it seems prudent for Mr. Schuette to exercise leadership by directing his subordinates in law enforcement roles to respect the letter of this law, as well as to respect the rights of those individuals enveloped by the protections it bestows. Then again, history and current events clearly show that Schuette can’t necessarily be relied on to do what’s appropriate; but rather, only that which serves his personal schemes. He hasn’t remained true to the political principles that he supposedly subscribes to, and that says more than words can convey. Ideologically all over the map, defined by his agenda du jour, Schuette like so many other contemporary politicians has proven to be a “conservative” in name only, and most often a “government knows best” statist in actuality. But I’d like to commend Mr. Schuette for finally concluding what still seems to escape many others in leadership roles at every level of government.
Solving the State Budget Battle • Concluded From Page 4 2010 and 2011. Taxpayers have put up an estimated $17.5 trillion toward guarantees, loans, and bailouts since 2008, but what do they really have to show for it? Banking interests have been the key beneficiaries of that $17.5 trillion in guarantees, loans & bailouts, yet they actually do have something to show for it. At top-tier firms such as Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase, the aid has meant record profits. Along with Morgan Stanley these three entities, which received funds from the ‘Troubled Asset Relief Program’ will reportedly dole out an unprecedented $29.7 billion in bonuses for 2009, almost half of that by Goldman Sachs alone, meaning it will enrich its 31.700 employees by an average of $415,000 each. And this is where our lawmakers are falling short. Take the case of JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. Before the banking world hobbled the rest of the world with its wanton recklessness, JP Morgan held a singular role in the whole mess as the primary clearinghouse for the American banking system. As firms such as Lehman began facing liquidity squeezes in 2008, JP Morgan demanded more than $7 billion in collateral to cover its risks, which only exacerbated Lehman’s decline. For banks like JP Morgan, the playing field with two major competitors out of the way, is smaller and a whole lot smoother. Yet JP Morgan, acting essentially as the clearing house for unregulated betting that drove governments & businesses into the ground, leaving untold millions without work around the world, walked away with $135 billion in compensation just last year. And that’s only one bank. Imagine if lawmakers had the courage to actually tax 20% of that windfall? On JP Morgan alone this would realize $27 billion in revenue, which would certainly be enough to handle Michigan’s $1.8 billion shortfall, along with providing sizable relief to the other 26 states in the union currently on the verge of oblivion. During the first ‘Great Crash’ of Wall Street, President Franklin Roosevelt said of the banking world, “They are unanimous in their hatred for me – and I welcome their hatred!’ But not so with President Barack Obama, who seems to ceaselessly enlist the aid and advice of those perpetrators that put us into our current mess.
In December of this year, Irving Picard, the trustee in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, charged in a 114-page complaint that JP Morgan was at the very center of the criminal enterprise, alleging that the bank, including senior officers, continually ignored internal warnings about the swindle, thereby allowing the Ponzi scheme to continue for years. The trustee is suing the bank not just for the $1 billion in feels it was charged over the years, but also for $5.4 billion in victim’s losses. So again, where is the courage on the part of our government leaders to follow suit and go after the money that was raided from the cookie jar? Another controversial provision of Governor Snyder’s plan, in addition to tightening the reins on local municipality spending, is eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit, which will raise taxes on nearly 800,000 lower income families and their children by $400 million in 2012, while 85% of Michigan’s 300,000 businesses will receive a $1.8 billion tax cut. An additional $900 million per year would be made up by taxing pension funds. Pensions of public employees have never been taxed in Michigan, but those working for privates are when they exceed $45,000 a year. Under Snyder’s proposal, both would be taxed, which seems fair on the surface; but again, is it really necessary or prudent for government to go after the weakest links in the chain when they are unwilling to make similar sacrifices? Of course, apart from going after the perpetrators of this financial meltdown – as noted earlier – another relatively sane solution would be to simply end the War on Drugs, which would save $7.7 billion in combined State & Federal spending. Taxation of marijuana alone would yield up to $46.2 billion a year on a national level. No small change, for certain. One thing that is for certain is that unless something changes, we’ll be out of money by 2014, if not sooner. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to solve our financial woes; but it does take courage. And until that is summoned, the battle for what remaining scraps are left at the bottom of the barrel will rage, and the gulf between the Haves & Have Nots will widen like the sunset over a Third World Republic.
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Friends of Hoyt Park park, while addressing the issue of rising energy costs. “The lighting has already been updated with improvements to the Stadium lights. Initially, we might just do weekend daytime events to keep the costs to a minimum.” One of Larry’s newest fundraising “super soldiers” has quite a familiar name to both Saginaw’s Hockey and Automotive communities. Local Automotive Giant, Richard Garber (who also owns The Saginaw Spirit Hockey Team) has jumped on board and he is offering his expertise to help see this effort through to the end. Larry explains Mr. Garber’s special involvement in their fundraising efforts. “Any donations received or pledged during the month of March were matched DOLLAR for DOLLAR by Richard Garber through his Saginaw Spirit foundation & Garber Automotive Dealerships.” Indeed, all donations to the group are fully tax deductible as F.O.H.P. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The group seems to be moving in the right direction and I have to admit, upon hearing that F.O.H.P. was entertaining the thought of bringing back the Ice to the place where I learned how to skate so many years ago, I felt positive about the whole idea and I instantly wanted to get involved. Hoyt Park has held a special place in this writer’s heart for many years. As a child growing up in the City of Saginaw throughout the 1970’s and 80’s the one constant in my life was always Hoyt Park. There aren’t too many memories from my childhood that didn’t include the Grand Old Park, or as many of us used to refer to it, “The Brick” (a testament to the beautiful “Brick Facade” of the 1930’s structure that housed the city’s recreation offices). If it was warm outside in early June, that could mean only one thing to a “City Kid” like myself. It was Baseball season! I can vividly remember waking up many summer mornings (usually after a very “limited” night of sleep) with the hint fluttering of butterflies deep in the pit of my stomach. For me, Butterflies in my stomach on warm June mornings in 1980’s Saginaw meant that it was “Game Day!” We would hook our leather baseball gloves over the Handlebars of our BMX bikes and head for “The Brick.” We would start out pedaling through the West side of the City, finding our way to Court St. heading east down into Old City Saginaw across Hamilton St. and up the steep incline of the Court St. Bridge. After walking our bikes to the top of the Court St. Bridge, we would then hop up on the seat and coast down onto Ezra Rust Drive. As we made our way east on Ezra Rust Dr. (past the Saginaw Water Works & Japanese Gardens) we could hear that familiar crowing of the famous Peacock, mixed intermittently by the sound of the iconic Steam Whistle of the
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Richard Garber (left) and Larry Brethauer (right) President of The Friends of Hoyt Park have teamed up to raise nearly $400,000 of an $800,000 goal to complete the warming house and other restorations at Saginaw’s historic Hoyt Park. Contributions and fund raising are an ongoing endeavor.
Train at The Saginaw Children’s Zoo. Crossing Washington, we knew it was time to get serious, so we put on our “Game Faces” as we entered the oval drive of Historic Hoyt Park. My first year playing tee ball at Hoyt Park was one I would remember for a lifetime as our team, sponsored by Ed Lynes Carpet, won the first of many City Championships. We had a great group of guys down at “The Brick” that 1st year. There were four of us that lived close to each other and we were a tight knit bunch. I lived on the corner of Bay St. and Genesee Ave. Mitch Steele lived a little further down on Genesee Ave. just west of Brenner St., while Todd Schulz and David McKinney lived next door to each other at the end of Wynes St. David’s father, (David Sr.) was our coach. Wynes St. was a dead end Street that was separated from my backyard, by another iconic Saginaw playground at St. Paul’s Elementary School. Coach McKinney would go on to coach many championship Baseball teams down at Hoyt Park. My childhood friend, Todd Schulz, now lives in the Lansing area. Todd was kind enough to share some memories about growing up at Hoyt Park as he explains, “What makes Hoyt Park so special, is simply that it’s been there for generations. Playing ball, skating or sledding down there was almost a rite of passage for Saginaw kids. From the time I was little, I always felt a real sense of history about the park, knowing my parents and grandparents had all spent time there.” “Like countless kids, I recall my parents dropping me off during the winter to sled (especially trying to shoot ALL the way across the ice) and also, playing hockey down at the other end. We’d play for hours.” As Todd continues, he reveals some of his very special (warm weather) memories. “For me, my fondest memories were made playing baseball during those hot summer mornings. Our team, sponsored by Conroy Company, won several city championships and to us, it was like winning the World Series. Every time I visit Saginaw I drive through Hoyt Park and tell the same stories to my wife and kids (who usually roll their
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eyes). In past years, it was sad to see how the park had deteriorated. I’m thankful to the group, Friends of Hoyt Park for starting a well deserved restoration effort so the park will continue to serve as a special place to Saginaw kids for generations to come.” For Dave Keaner, his fondest memories of Hoyt Park come from the many cold winter days and nights that he and his family would spend down at Hoyt Park. The Keaner Family grew up on Storch St. (just off of Adams Blvd.) on the City’s West side. Dave recalls what Hoyt Park meant to his brothers, sisters, and himself as they spent fun filled winters throughout the late 1940’s and early 1960’s down on the ice at Hoyt Park. In Dave’s own words, he exclaims, “All of us Keaner kids had racing skates. Even some of my sisters had white racing skates, the kind (with the long blades) you know? Most of us were just average skaters and we all enjoyed going to Hoyt Park at night to skate under the lights and listen to the music! However, our brother Don was a BLITZ on speed skates! He was the one who pushed the rest of us to come down to the park with him and skate. He could skate gracefully backward faster than the rest of us could skate forward! We used to watch speed skaters from Bay City come to the rink and – if my memory is correct - there was one Saginaw family that had some very fast kids on speed skates.” “We always tried to talk our brother Don into entering the speed skating races, but he would just never try it. I never understood why, because he would follow the group of racers way on the outside of the loop around the rink and actually keep up with them as they circled around the much shorter inside of the oval track!” I’m sure there are countless stories which are similar to the stories told by Dave Keaner, Todd Schulz, and I. Memories of the great times down at Hoyt Park are what make this restoration project so imperative. Imagine all of the kids that have lost the opportunity to create some of their own experiences over the years that Hoyt Park was closed. Larry Brethauer and his group from Friends
of Hoyt Park are just the type of people who give Hope to the future of our City. This is no small effort either. Larry tells me that the group has many corporate sponsors on board as well, and that the fundraising for Friends of Hoyt Park is an ongoing quest. “We have corporate sponsors added for the ice, just as we had for the ball diamonds. We will continue to sell sponsorships and annual memberships like we have over the past two years with the ball diamonds. We had 15 companies buy signage last year, and we sold over 50 F.O.H.P. memberships. This does not include the outright donations and the $70,000 of (in-kind work) that was already donated to help redo the ball diamonds.” If anyone is interested in helping, there are many ways you can get involved with the Friends of Hoyt Park. For a $25.00 “Friend” membership, you will receive a F.O.H.P. Car Window Sticker. If you donate to the $50.00 “Supporter” membership, you will receive a Car Window Sticker along with a Tee Shirt. Higher level contributors will receive 2 Tee Shirts, 2 Car Window Stickers. Those Higher-level contributors are as follows. $100-$249-“Booster” $250-$499-“Home Run Hitter” $500-$999-“Grand Slam Hitter” $1,000-$2,499-“Major Contributor” $2,500-$4,999-“Major Sponsor” $5,000-“Hall of Famer” $10,000“Park Endower” As mentioned earlier, Friends of Hoyt Park is a 501 (c) (3) organization and your donations ARE tax deductible. It is important to note that Larry would like me to mention some people who have been instrumental in making all of this happen. A mentor, without her help, the group could not have survived is Renee Johnston and her staff at the Saginaw Community Foundation. Alex Kryska is the Head of Grounds Maintenance. Jason Kutchinski, owner of Great Lakes Bay Insurance agency, has been a fundraising Spark Plug donating his time, and with the help of The Fordney Club. Finally, The Friends of Hoyt Park Board of Directors: Larry Brethauer (President), Eric Rutherford (Vice President), Brigette Uhrich (Secretary), Dan Kenel (Treasurer), Rounding out the board are members: Richard Garber, Paul Virciglio, Dan Fitzpatrick, Jack Tany, Thomas Mudd, Chris Packard, Jeanne Conger, and Kris Seals. You can mail your donations to: F.O.H.P. P.O. box 1562 Saginaw, Mi 48605 Make all checks payable to: Friends of Hoyt Park Please feel free to become “friends” with The Friends of Hoyt Park on Facebook.
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