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© Copyright 2011 by The Romeo Observer Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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&! # % New date for WT budget hearing

The public hearing for Washington Township’s budget has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. March 16. The Board of Trustees chose to push the public hearing back since there are several factors that could influence the budget, which includes revenue amounts from the state. * * * *

Equipment OK’d for B-R fire department The Bruce Township Board of Trustees has voted to advance the township’s advanced life support. On Jan. 19, the board approved of allowing the Bruce-Romeo Fire Department to purchase two reconditioned 12-lead defibrillators for $13,400. Chief Floyd Shotwell said the department is awaiting a grant that could help cover the cost. He said regardless of the grant, new county laws require departments to have 12-lead defibrillators. * * * *

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Bruce Twp. officials OK Wi-Fi contract by CHRIS GRAY Observer Staff Writer Joey Jarmoluk, a Romeo Middle School student living in Bruce Township, needs help with his homework. It’s not so much that he doesn’t understand it, though — he just can’t access it. “In my school I have a French class, an American History class, an algebra class that all have online resources, and currently where I live we do not have any sort of high-speed Internet access,” the eighth-grader told the

Bruce Township Board of Trustees. Jarmoluk, along with the rest of the township, may be in luck, as the board agreed upon a contract that could grant broadband Internet service to residents. The board unanimously approved a three-year contract that will be sent to Air Advantage, an Internet service company out of Frankenmuth. The company will have until June 1 to agree to the contract. Trustee Ron Walker was not present for the Jan. 19 meeting. Air Advantage approached the

board in October, saying it received $74.4 million in federal stimulus dollars to provide highspeed Internet to rural areas like Bruce Township. This required installing about 300 lbs of equipment on the township’s tower, which also houses equipment for the Bruce-Romeo Fire Department. Since October, however, officials couldn’t gain consensus on the lease agreement, nor were they sure that Air Advantage actually covers the township’s dead zones. After working with the town-

ship’s attorneys, though, a contract that was to the liking of officials was drafted and ready to go. “I think we looked at it from different points of view, which I think is a good way to end up at so we’re not ignoring the obvious,” said Supervisor Jim Tignanelli. A major sticking point resolved in the new contract was establishing an effective date in the contract. Tignanelli said June 1 is the limit, but believed the board would extend that if Air Advantage needed the time. (See WI-FI on Page 2-A)

ALL IN THE FAMILY. At right, Calvin and MaeDean Winters of Romeo are seen here with a wall full of photos of their grandchildren. The couple celebrated the birth of their 60th great-grandchild as of Jan. 14. Below, the two stand by a collection of photos that shows the extent of their family, made up of 13 children and 37 grandchildren. (Observer photos by Chris Gray)

Bruce transfers $75,000 for sewer Bruce Township will borrow from itself in order to pay Romeo for sewer services. The Board of Trustees approved of loaning $75,000 from the general fund to its sewer fund to pay the Village of Romeo a total of $137,000. Treasurer Deborah Obrecht said the sewer fund was short, prompting the need to make the loan. The board will determine if the township could make partial payments to Romeo, and will also seek to adjust its payment schedule to align with its collection dates. * * * *

the n O da n e ag The Bruce Township Planning Commission will meet 7 p.m. today, Jan. 26, at the Township Hall on East Gates Street. * * * * The Ray Township Board of Trustees will meet 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the Township Hall on Wolcott Road. * * * * The Romeo Downtown Development Authority will meet 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Community Center on Morton Street. * * * * The Washington Township Board of Trustees will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Township Municipal Building on Van Dyke, located north of 26 Mile Road.

Romeo family celebrates 60th great-grandchild Couple has lived in Romeo for past 58 years by CHRIS GRAY Observer Staff Writer Moving to Michigan seemed to be just what the Winters family needed to prosper. In fact, Calvin and MaeDean Winters can say they have more great-grandchildren than years they’ve lived in Romeo, and one for nearly every year they’ve been married. The couple, who have lived in Romeo for 58 years, recently celebrated the birth of their 60th

great-grandchild on Jan. 14. “It’s no record, but it’s above average,” said Calvin. “I’m just proud that so many kids can call me grandpa and great-grandpa.” Calvin is a World War II veteran and retired Ford employee. He met MaeDean in West Virginia before serving in the U.S. Army, and found out she had waited for him when he got out of the service. The couple, who are now in their early 80s, married in

March of 1948, then later moved to Michigan with their 3-year-old twins in 1953. Having lost three of their children beforehand, they hadn’t planned on having a big family. “I said ‘we’ll just take what the good Lord gives us, and if He gives them to us He’ll make a way for ’em,” said Calvin. “Michigan was good to us, we didn’t lose any,” added MaeDean. The family blossomed to 13 children, which Calvin said he

had to work two jobs to provide for while MaeDean stayed at home to take care of them. “When you’re feeding 13 kids and clothing them, one job kind of cuts you close,” he said. The family eventually expanded to 37 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren. Calvin said he wasn’t sure whether coming from a large family inspired the children to have a big family, (See 60TH on Page 2-A)

Theater troupe gives superior performances Eight earn highest rankings at state competition by CHRIS GRAY Observer Staff Writer Students from Romeo High School’s Thespian Troupe 4880 have shown their acting chops are a cut above the rest. Eight students that competed in the State Thespian Festival from Dec. 2-4 earned a “superior” rating, with one student grabbing one of 10 state scholarships. The 2010 event took place at the campus of Michigan State University with around 900 students from across the state competing in categories ranging from duets and dance to monologue. The competition is for

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more than bragging rights, though. Students could audition for and win scholarships from colleges and universities depending on how well they performed. Of the 32 Romeo students that attended, eight that competed came back with superior ratings in their categories. The rating system ranges from “fair” and “good” to “excellent” and “superior.” “It looks great on a resume,” said Kendra Walls, theater teacher and director. The ratings are made more impressive by the fact that the majority of students were competing for the first time. “I get to sit like the proud parent, it’s really fun,” said Walls. Andrew Lanctot, a junior, came home with a superior in monologue after his first year competing. “Theater is my passion, and I didn’t get the chance to go in my freshman or sophomore years, and this year things worked out and I could, so I did,” he said. Of the 10 state theater scholarships given this year, one of them was earned by senior Bridget McCloskey. “When I got called up for my scholarship, every-

SUPERIOR THESPIANS. Seen above are members of Romeo High School’s Theater Thespian Troupe 4880 that received superior ratings for their performances at the State Thespian Festival in December. From one screamed, it was so cool because everyone was so supportive,” she said. “I was happy because they were so happy for me.” Aside their accomplishments, she and Lanctot were offered the opportunity to perform in an allstate performance of “Almost, Maine” along with students from seven other schools. Others, such as Victoria Morris, a senior, were competing for the second time. “It was a good feeling,”

left, Bridget McCloskey, Stevie Kelly, Victoria Morris, Andrew Lanctot, Alyssabeth Beadle, Helen Bressler and Avery Beadle. Not pictured is Mahala Smith. (Observer photo by Chris Gray)

said Morris, who earned a superior in solo musical. “It was a lot of hard work, and it felt like it paid off when I got that.” Helen Bressler, a junior, said she was happy with her ranking, especially because she changed her dance routine days before the event. “It all worked out in the end,” she said with a laugh. Most of the students took part in other competitions other than their

main ones, such as group performance. Most of the students earned an “excellent” ranking in these secondary categories. More than 40 workshops were offered at the event as well, where students could learn the ropes in performance and technical theater. They could also visit information booths and theatrical vendors. “It’s really just a great (See TROUPE on Page 2-A)

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Eight earn highest rankings at state competition (See WI-FI on Page 2-A) by CHRIS GRAY Observer Staff Writer Moving to Michigan seemed to be...