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Walled Lake Western/Northern High School Students Sign College Scholarships Walled Lake Northern High School hosted a College Signing event for seven student athletes that plan to pursue athletics at the collegiate level on February 13. These seven athletes are Jenny McKenna (track – Northwood University,) Nicole Jablonski (soccer – Metro State University of Denver,) Taylor Nutting (soccer – University of South Alabama,) Gabrielle Bauer (volleyball – Olivet College,) Peyton Lang (volleyball – University of Cincinnati,) Brett Davis (baseball – Aurora University) and Brady Schafer (baseball – Tiffin University.) Walled Lake Western High School hosted a College Signing event for five student athletes that plan to pursue athletics at the collegiate level on February 6. These five athletes are Noah Bednarek (football – Elmhurst College,) John Hollowell (soccer – Olivet College,) Josh Jones (football - North Carolina State University,) Alessandra Murphy (swimming and diving – University of Lousiville) and Jacob Schiavi (lacrosse – Lawrence Technological University.)

On February 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm, Oak Pointe Church, located at 1250 South Hill Rd. in Milford, will be hosting a Beast Feast. Bring a wild or tame game dish. Enjoy raffles, competitions, and personal hunting stories. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved by calling Donny at 248-685-3560.

QUARTET PERFORMS UNIQUE TWIST ON CHOPIN Huron Valley Council for the Arts Presents Swingin’ Chopin, a quartet of top Detroit-area musicians, performing unique arrangements of Chopin at the second Huron Valley Council for the Arts Classical Series concert starting at 7:30 pm. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Council, located at 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland. Tickets $15, available at HVCA and Main Street Art 432 N. Main St, Milford. Call 248-684-1004 for additional information.

MOTHERS & MORE - QUARTERLY MEETING Join us on February 27 at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital in Commerce from 7 pm. to 9 pm. Ground Floor Conference Room for discussion topics on household finances presented by a financial planner. Chapter #135, Oakland County Lakes Area is a local chapter of Mothers & More, a national nonprofit organization in support of mothers —because moms need playgroups too! This is a free event, open to the public. Adults only, please. Register by calling 248-360-7702 or visit our calendar of events: http://groupspaces.com/MMOCLA INSIDE One Minute Interview ...2A Education.......................3A Obituaries ......................4A Commentary..................6A Entertainment ...............7A Community News ..........8A Real Estate ...............3B-5B Classified .................6B-7B 248.360.7355

Above, Walled Lake Western students from left to right: Jacob Schiavi, John Hollowell, Alessandra Murphy, Josh Jones and Noah Bednarek. Right, Walled Lake Northern students front row from left to right: Peyton Lang, Gabrielle Bauer, Jenny McKenna and Nicole Jablonski. Back row from left to right: Brady Schafer, Brett Davis and Taylor Nutting.

Highland Township in Negotiations with School Board to Save Middle School Gymnasium BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR editor@scnmail.com

It’s no secret that Highland Middle School has been in the wrecking ball’s site for a while now, but Highland Township Supervisor, Rick Hamill, is currently in negotiations with the Huron Valley School Board to help preserve a part of the building for the entire community to enjoy. Envisioned is a partnership between the school district and the township that would spare the demolition of the school’s gymnasium. If saved, Highland Township plans on using the property for community events and gatherings as well as local athletics with the building being available on a rental basis with renters to cover costs like heating and cooling. There has been a strong desire from the township to save the building for athletic activities. Jeff Muck, Director of Recreation and Community Education for the Huron Valley School District, said he thought the pres-

ervation of the gymnasium would be valuable to the school system to use as additional space for their sports activities. “I thought that would be an interesting element to save that part of the building because it could still be used by community and by schools if they wanted to and its something that could be put back to use,” Hamill said. For the building to be fit for operations, it would require the central heating and cooling system to be reinstalled as well as other protective measures to protect the interior of the building during the demolition process. Rough estimates of $130,000 to $180,000 were made on the minimum cost required to make the gymnasium operable. “The school system didn’t want to be involved in anymore cost, so that was the offer they wanted to make us. They would save the gym, but the township as a community would be required to refit it and this was a project that I felt the community could accomplish,” Ha-

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mill said. Hamill began creating ways to raise money from the community to support the cost of restoring the building and began negotiations with the Huron Valley School Board to move the project forward. If approved, Hamill plans to have a fundraising campaign to raise investments and donations to support the start-up operations of the building. He would then have

to provide the school district with a plan on when the gymnasium can be uplifted and how it will be temporarily preserved. “Claims were made that there was $150,000 due by February 1 which came as a surprise to our board. We stated all along that the township by law cannot invest in a property they don’t own, but we can support the process and help drive the campaign for funding forward and not let it fall on it’s

face,” Hamill said. For now, negotiations are still in process between the Huron Valley School District and Highland Township and the fate of the Highland Middle School gymnasium remain unknown. “The school board hasn’t completed the process of deciding what they need to do to negotiate, and it’s all up in the air. Until they respond, I cant take it any further,” Hamill said.

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ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW New Manager of Oakland County Pet Adoption Discusses Upcoming Plans for Animals BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR

ing a task force of concerned citizens, an advisory board if you will. In just a few weeks we made some great strides already to make things better. But just like anything in life, you can improve on things and some of the changes that I have made already are designed to make things even better.”

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The following are excerpts from a telephone conversation with Bob Gatt, new manager of the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center and Animal Control.

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ere you nervous going into this career change?

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“I certainly wasn’t nervous at all. I love challenges. In another life I am the Mayor of the City of Novi… I’m used to challenges and difficult assignments and I knew that this was going to be much different that anything I have ever done in my life. I have never worked around over 5,000 animals in a year, but how I see it is this: my job as the manager is to manage the people, the operation and the staff. The staff here is the most dedicated and professional working people that I have ever encountered. Just like most animal lovers they are passionate, passionate for their jobs and passionate for the animals. They have made my job easier, my apprehension has dissipated and everything is going very smoothly.”

an you tell me a little bit about yourself?

“I have been working for Oakland County for almost 11 years, the first 10 years being spent working with Oakland County Community Corrections. Prior to that I am a retired Novi Police Officer, I spent 27 years on the job there before retiring in 2002 from my position as a road patrol sergeant. And now, since about the first of the year, I have been assigned to the manager’s position at the Oakland County Animal Control.”

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ow did your career at Oakland County Animal Control begin?

“It begin in December with a phone call from my boss asking me if I would be interested in this spot. It had been open for a period of time, the manager I was taking over for had retired and after doing some interviews they weren’t thrilled with their candidates and decided to look internally. My name came up, they called and asked if I was interested and of course I said yes.”

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hat persuaded you to take this position?

“Well, a challenge. This is a manager’s job…this was an opportunity for me to be the number one person and to have the chance to mold things in a manner that I wanted to see. I accepted the challenge and here I am.”

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hat are you looking forward to most about the opportunities that came with this job?

Bob Gatt standing with shelter dog Lilly.

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ow as manager, what plans do you have for the job?

“I have been there for about six weeks now and I am so glad to report that we have already made some great progress already. We are converting a vacant space in our basement

to accommodate our cat population and if we can do that, our cat population will remain healthier and if they are healthier they will be more easily adoptable. We are going to change some of our road patrol functions and are going to become more aggressive in certain areas of the county that need more enforcement and we are form-

“This is a very well run shelter and all of our rates are very good. What I am looking forward to is making those rates even better. If I can save more animals, adopt more animals or just do something like that by making some changes then I think I will be very successful. One of the things we are trying to do is get citizens to buy into our operations more…I need more people to adopt animals, I need more adoption groups to come in and adopt our animals and help us find permanent homes for all of them.”

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EDUCATION Walled Lake Schools’ will host ‘Name of Love’ Concert Benefit for East Coast Hurricane Relief Walled Lake Schools’ student choirs invite the community to the “Name of Love” benefit concert, Tuesday February 26 at 7 p.m. at Walled Lake Northern High School. This is a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, with a free will offering at the end of the show to be donated to the Red Cross Relief effort. The eighth-grade choirs from Clifford Smart, Sarah Banks, Geisler and Walnut Creek Middle Schools will perform with the high school choirs from Walled Lake Central, Northern and

Western High Schools for some of the selections. Mary Rashid, Walled Lake Central High School choir director said: “We have made the ‘Name of Love Tour” an annual event. We travel to each Middle School with our MLK Tribute. Each school’s 8th grade Choirs join us in the presentation.  This year, we wanted to allow parents, family, friends and the community to see the concert we present to the schools during the day.” The three High School Directors, Mary

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Lakeland High School is hosting its annual Excellence in Education Expo on Tuesday, February 26 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the CPA.  This evening is geared towards incoming freshmen and their families. Parents and students are  invited to tour the building and meet with representatives of our clubs, organizations and sports teams.  Teachers and counselors will also be available to discuss scheduling and curriculum. Mark your calendar.

Oak Valley Middle School has partnered with GFS Marketplace in a program they offer for fundraising purposes called Fun Funds. We are excited to share this unique opportunity that allows us to earn a portion of every purchase made at any GFS Marketplace store by an Oak Valley Middle School supporter. You can help us raise needed funds by enrolling in a FREE program called Fun Funds and designating “Oak Valley Middle School” as your non-

Rashid, Central, Mike Peterson, Northern and Greg Cleveland, Western, felt the need to set up a benefit concert for the Hurricane Victims. A free will offering will be taken after the concert. Anyone wishing to donate may send his or her donation to Walled Lake Central High School, Mary Rashid 1600 Oakley Park Road, Walled Lake 48390. Checks may be made to W.L. Central HS or The American Red Cross.   For more information, contact Judy Evola atjudyevola@wlcsd. org

profit organization. Once enrolled, not only will our organization receive a percentage of your purchase, you will also be entitled to special monthly “member-only” offers and coupons. Purchases made with a Fun Funds card can be paid with cash, check, credit card or EBT. Purchases may not be combined with other GFS or GFS Marketplace programs. You may enroll in the store or online at: http://www.gfs. com/funfunds/home.

Parents can register now to attend Walled Lake Schools’ 21st Parenting Education Fair Walled Lake Schools is hosting the 21st  Parenting Education Fair on March 2 at Walled Lake Northern High School, 6000 Bogie Lake Road, Commerce. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with onsite registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Parents can register online now to reserve tickets for the Parenting Education Fair that is $12 for a full day of up-to-date parenting education sessions and information. The online link can be accessed at the District website  www.wlcsd.org  on the front page.   Tickets will also be available on the day of the event for $15 at the door.   The event’s Keynote Speaker will be nationally renowned parenting expert, Dr. Adolph Brown. The Keynote Address will take place at 8:30 a.m.   “Doc Brown is truly one of the premier motivational speakers for parents. One of Doc Brown’s messages is: ‘Stay in the balcony.’ By this he means, stay positive. Balcony people live genuine and authentic lives. Our kids deserve balcony parents and educators. If we’re in the balcony we can bring our students along with us. Doc Brown will infuse his presentation with useful information for parents that can be applied immediately upon picking up your children after the fair,” Kenneth Gutman, superintendent, said.  Also at the fair, the Foundation for Excellence Tuition Expedition 50/50 raffle will be taking place at the conclusion of the fair. Tickets are $100 with the chance to win up to $25,000 in scholarship funds. Tuition Expedition tickets are on sale now on the Walled Lake Schools website (www. wlcsd.org) or by calling 248.956.2116  The purpose of the Parenting Education Fair is to educate, inform and

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LAKES AREA NEWS

New Restaurant Offers Traditional Asian Cuisine Outside dining also allows customers to have a great view of the lake and can enjoy one of Michigan’s beautiful sunsets while enjoying their meal. BY CURTIS DROGMILLER CONTRIBUTING WRITER Curtisdrogmiller@yahoo.com

There’s a new restaurant located on Walled Lake Drive in the Waterfront District. New owners of Haang’s Bistro, Her and Ka Hang, transformed the previous business into their new restaurant Haang’s Bistro. This husband and wife team made their journey from Grand Rapids Michigan to Walled Lake in search of the perfect building and location. “Walled Lake and the lakes area was the only place we could now call home. We wanted to leave the big city life we had in Grand Rapids and move to the family oriented community of the lakes area,” Haang’s Bistro owners said. Customers get the best of both worlds at Haang’s Bistro. The bistro serves both Thai and Chinese cuisine and offer full service dine in or carry out. “Our customers will enjoy quality fresh food, cooked consistently the same every time,” Chef Her Haang says. “Our goal is for customers to come in hungry and leave happy, we won’t disappoint you! Try us once and I promise you will be back for more.” Outside dining allows customers to have a great view of the lake and can enjoy one of Michigan’s beautiful sunsets while enjoying their meal. Owner and chef Her

Haang has spent over 20 years learning traditional Chinese and Thai Cooking expertise mainly from his brother who is a also chef. “Whether you come in with friends, family or want to have a nice romantic dinner, we are here to provide great service, great food, that’s what we do!” Ka said. Haang’s provides over 50 plus menu items with the average cost for lunch $7.00 and average dinner price of $10.00. With a line-up of traditional restaurant beverages, Haang’s also provides some unique flavors from Thailand; they offer sweet delights of Thai ice tea and hard to find Thai ice coffee. You can start the evening out with a variety of soups from Hot and Sour, Wonton, Egg Drop or add an appetizer. Customers can end their ultimate dining experience with one of Haang’s Bistros desserts — Thai coconut ice cream, fried ice cream or even a slice of Thai Banana Rice Cake or one of their many other desserts. Haang’s Bistro is located at 225 East Walled Lake Drive, Walled Lake, Michigan. Business hours are MondayThursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday noon – 10 p.m.; Sunday closed. Call them at (248) 9261100 or visit them on the web at www.haangsbistro.com

Haang’s Bistro in Walled Lake is now open and offers a variety of traditional Chinese and Thai cuisine.

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COMMUNITY NEWS POLICE BLOTTER

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP 78-Year-Old Female Unresponsive Residential Structure Oakland County Sherriff Deputies Fire were dispatched to a group home loThe White Lake Township Fire Department requested an Oakland County fire investigator to assist at the scene of a residential structure fire in the 1800 block of Hill Road. There were no injuries reported. The investigation continues.

cated on the 3000 block of Rosemary Trail for an unresponsive female. Deputies were informed by the fire department that the 78-year-old female was deceased. The victim did have a medical history. Deputies found no evidence of foul play.

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On February 5 White Lake Police discovered copper from a vacant home’s central heating system had been stolen. The door had been kicked open. The home was last checked on February 5 through a vacant home check.

Victim came home to find footprints at her door. Victim notice that the door jam was cracked and it appeared that someone tried to break in but was un-

successful. Other footprints were found leading up to the victims windows as well as also footprints found leading to other buildings. At this time there are no known suspects.

WALLED LAKE Driving While License Suspended

On February 2 an officer stopped a driver for a routine traffic stop. Officer found that the driver had active warrants out of St. Clair Shores for failure to appear for traffic violations. The vehicle was impounded and the driver was booked and processed without incident. Later the driver was transported to his residence where he was released.

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On February 6 deputies responded to an address in the 2400 block of Carl Court, Commerce Township. Neighbors reported that they had not seen the homeowner for several days and that his vehicle was covered with snow. Responding deputies assisted by the Commerce Fire Department found the victim deceased. There were no signs of foul play. The medical examiner was advised and responded to the scene. The victim’s death appears to be from natural causes.

Milford/ Babysitter Safety and CPR Classes Begin Soon Highland Participants will learn skills involved in caring for infants, toddlers and young children. Starting your own business, emergency procedures, taming the tots, when a stranger knocks, are just a few of the topics to be covered. CPR and some basic first aid techniques are also included in the course. Participants ages 11 and older qualify for a 2-year Babysitter Safety certification card upon successful completion. Children 9-10 years old can participate in the class, but will only receive a wall certificate of completion due to CABS program age requirements. Skill competency is a requirement of any CPR class in order

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Relay for Life Kick-Off Thanks to the motivated planning team, Milford/Highland Relay for Life experienced one of the most successful Kick-Off events in years. Even the weather couldn’t keep the dedicated “relayers” away from Bakers of Milford. By the end of the evening, Milford/Highland Relay had more than 25 teams signed up! Those interested in starting a team or joining an established team should contact American Cancer Society representative, Mary Kraft, mary.kraft@ cancer.org or by phone at 517-375-1544

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President Barack Obama recently spoke to a crowd of college students at a Virginia community college last Monday. The President spoke of plans that would “beef up” spending on higher education. The proposed budget would increase the education department budget to $69.8 billion, a 2.5 percent jump. The additional funding is the highest of any domestic department in the federal government. The plan would focus on new financial incentives for colleges and universities that are able to keep their costs down, and add more funding for research grants. He is also asking for billions of dollars to go toward training programs in community colleges. Throughout his terms, President Obama has been widely recognized for

supporting campaigns to make college more affordable, leading to a stronger middle class. Well, as a recent college graduate, I would like to dispute this ever-gleaming plan. A recent alum of Oakland University, I spent four and a half years at OU where I studied journalism. I worked my way through college waiting tables, and with help from family, I was able to pay for the first two and a half years of my education… on my own. As I am sure all of our readers know (probably all too well) college is expensive. I was lucky enough to attend a commuter college and live at home while I was a student, saving me room and board expenses, a luxury most students don’t have. But after you factor in tuition, books and any other kind of nonsense fee, I am still looking at a massive debt of student loans that begins in about five months. So, as a student who has experienced college expenses first hand, I can appreciate the strides that President Obama has made towards making college more affordable for the middle class. But does it really? The proposed plan would focus on financial

incentives for colleges and universities, not students. So while schools are awarded fancy financial incentives and building new human health buildings, students are left to deal with the aftermath of a tuition increase. Reportedly public university tuition and fees rose 4.8 percent last year. Higher dorm, cafeteria and book rates as well as other expenses add significantly to the overall increase. So how are students and their families supposed to go about paying for college? While about two-thirds of full-time students receive grants or federal tax breaks, many are likely to have to foot more of the bill themselves. With the proposed plan, the maximum Pell grant award would be bumped by a hair to $5,635, an increase of $85. While I am a strong supporter for the emphasis on higher education and its cost that President Obama has done, I believe his proposed policies are set to assist the wrong people and could have a paradoxical effect on driving up college costs. While the government pours more money into higher education, the law of supply and demand would dictate that it leads to price increases.

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Calendar of Events MILFORD LIBRARY COMPUTER ASSISTANCE Do you need extra help when it comes to computers? If so, than the Milford Library One-on-One can help you. Come to a help session with your specific questions about Internet searching or applications like Microsoft Word, Facebook, Email or get help downloading onto your ereader device. These oneon-one sessions are an opportunity to work with a library staff member to provide some extra help on questions you have. Help sessions are a half

hour each and are scheduled at 1, 1:30, 2, or 2:30 pm. Call 248-684-0845. BROOKS ELEMENTARY BOOK FAIR The Book Fair is February 22 through February 28. We will have a “shop at lunch with your child” event on the 22nd. We encourage all families to come out and support this fun event. You will have an opportunity to eat lunch with your child and then shop the Book Fair. Volunteers please sign up either by e-mail or coming into the Media Center in person. Any questions,

please call Mrs. Papciak at 248-684-8037. COUNTRY OAKS BOOK DRIVE Country Oaks Elementary is holding a Book Drive for their students for the month of February.  They are seeking donations of new or gently used books. The books can be of any elementary reading level and can be dropped off at the Front Office.  The books will then be organized and sold to the students ($0.25)  for extra summer reading material. 

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Calendar of Events HOME SCHOOL: ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS Explore animal adaptations, structures and functions on February 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center. Learn how animals protect themselves, how they get food and why they look the way they do with experiential indoor games and an outdoor hike. The cost is $4 per student. Pre register by calling 810-227-8917. HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP LIBRARY LEGO FESTIVAL On February 23 at 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., join us for this program that uses our Lego and your imagination to create our library Lego display! This event takes place in the community room on the lower level. Call 248887-2218 to register. WHITE LAKE LIBRARY CRAFT WARS The Craft Wars event will take place February 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Test your crafting abilities and win prizes! We’ll be creating new crafts every month and voting on the most “creative” at the end of the meeting. Winner gets a prize and everyone takes home a cool craft! Call 248-6984942 for additional information. WIXOM SUPER SENIOR SATURDAY Join us at the Wixom Community Center for our first ever “Super Senior Saturday” filled with crafts, workshops, food and fun on February 23 at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Your admission price of $20 per person will allow you to participate in all activities and receive lunch as well. Register by calling 248-624-0870 FUN SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center on February 23 at 1 p.m. will be having fun science experiments. Participants won’t be blowing stuff up but they will still have a good time with all sorts of simple experiments.

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Former schoolteacher and Walled Lake Resident, Maria Dismondy, is the author behind a series of children’s books aimed at teaching kids about bullying. Dismondy graduated from Michigan State University with her M.A. in teaching. She taught grades kindergarten through second at South Lyon and Plymouth Canton schools for 11 years and served as a reading interventionist before she was inspired to write her first book, Spaghetti In A Hotdog Bun. “Somewhere around 2008 I was searching for books to read to my class about bullying and I got really frustrated because I just couldn’t find anything that was realistic. I found a lot of books about animals and teasing, but nothing with real kids that someone would really relate to…so I decided to write a

WHITE LAKE LIBRARY “GONE WITH THE WIND” On Februrary 25, the White Lake Library will sponsor a “Gone with the Wind” program where you will learn about the book and movie and their significance in American culture with Kathleen Maraccio, the “Gone with the Wind” answer lady. Please register by calling 248698-4942 ext. 2. POKÉMON LEAGUE AT HIGHLAND LIBRARY Dust off those Pokémon cards in the back of your closet! Come to these open Pokémon gatherings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. February 25 where you can learn to battle with your cards, and maybe win some free promotional cards! This won’t be cutthroat — you’ll still go home with the cards you came with, unless of course you want to trade! Travis Trimper, our League Leader, is shepherding this popular program. Call 248887-2218 to register.

Maria Dismondy, former schoolteacher, of Walled Lake has published four children’s books to help teach kids about bullying.

book,” Dismondy said. After her first book took off, she left her teaching career to become a full time writer. Two years after her first book was released, Dismondy teamed up with Bob Sornson, an educational specialist, to write and release her second book The Juice Box Bully. Today, as a full time writer, Dismondy attends book signings and visits local elementary schools

to talk with students about reading, writing and bullying. Dismondy says she chose to write about bullying because of her own experiences as a teacher and a student. She wanted to share her own story and let children relate to the message. “I was teased when I was younger, which I know 9 out of 10 of us probably were. But the thing that bothered me as a teacher was that when I was teaching first grade, I had little girls who were worried about how they looked and what they were wearing,” Dismondy said. “That just made me so sad that they were so young and already worried about those kinds of things. I think I just really wanted to make a difference to a larger audience… and I wanted to get the message out that you can be yourself and that we’re perfect just the way we are.” Dismondy says she pulls from her experience as a classroom teacher to

help her write children’s books. “You’re with these kids day in and day out so they really provided the ideas for me. You could see on a day-to-day basis what kids needed and what lessons weren’t maybe being reinforced in the home that you wanted to reinforce in the classroom,” Dismondy said. For now, Dismondy is spending time researching bullying among today’s children. She also began her own company and self-published two more children’s titles, The Potato Chip Champ and Pink Tiara Cookies For Three and sold close to 100,000 titles. Dismondy has appeared on television and radio, and her first title, Spaghetti In A Hotdog Bun, is being adapted into a children’s musical by a New York playwright. For more information on author Maria Dismondy, visit her website at http://www.mariadismondy.com/

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WIXOM LIBRARY, ACADEMY AWARD NIGHT Lights, Camera, Action! Come to our Academy Awards Night February 26 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Make sure you are dressed in your best red carpet outfit and enjoy our gala event. A swag bag will be given to the winner of the Academy Award contest. Register by calling 248-6242512.

Lena Bashi, owner of Indigo Salon in West Bloomfield, hosted a Valentines Day event for the lovely women residents of Westlake Health Campus located in Commerce Twp. The women were treated to a day at the salon with a hairstyle and make-up application.  The women then each received a single red rose and posed for a glamour shot while wearing a boa. Thanks to Indigo salon owner Lena Bashi and stylists Dee Qafa and Corinne Michelle for giving of their time, talent, and beautiful salon to make the ladies of Westlake look and feel special for Valentines Day! PHOTO COURTSEY OF Joann Syerson Mothers & More NW Oakland Lakes Chapter #135

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Mark your calendar now as the Easter Bunny is scheduled to visit the Huron Valley at 10 a.m. on March 23, 2013 at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland. Located just south of M59 on Duck Lake Road, thousands of candy-filled Easter eggs will be scattered to be found by children ages 2 – 10 years old at the 11th Annual Huron Valley Easter Egg Hunt. The first 450 kids will receive a goody bag filled with candy and games. A tent will be available for kids to have their photo taken with the Easter

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Walled Lake Central earned its second victory over Waterford Mott to earn a division title, but the Vikings will now have to get past the Corsairs for a third time to have a shot at a conference championship. Central hosted Mott on Tuesday, after press time in a Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) Lakes Conference Tournament semifinal, with the winner playing in the Lakes Conference title game on Friday, against either Grand Blanc or Walled Lake Western. The third meeting this season between the Vikings and Corsairs came after Central (14-3) earned a 59-40 victory at home over Mott (12-5, 7-3 KLAA North) on Feb. 12 to clinch its second KLAA North Division title in three years with a 9-1 division record. The Vikings led 15-13 at the end of the first quarter before taking a 30-24 halftime lead. Central then took control of the game in the second half by outscoring the Corsairs 29-16. T.J. Warren led the Vikings with 17 points while Philip Nelson had 14 points in a game that was originally scheduled for Feb. 8, but was postponed because of heavy snow. Since the formation of the KLAA in the 2008-09 season, Mott has won three North Division titles while Central has claim to two North crowns. The Vikings then opened KLAA Lakes Conference Tournament play with a 4740 victory at home over Brighton (5-12) on Feb. 15. Central overcame a 20-17 halftime deficit by outscoring the Bulldogs 30-20 in the second half. Brandon Nafso led the Vikings with 16 points while Nelson had 12 and Warren had 8. Mott’s 53-41 victory at home over Howell on Feb. 15 set the stage for the showdown between the Vikings and Corsairs on Feb. 19 with the stakes even higher.

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Walled Lake Western has overcome adversity all season and its first-round matchup against Huron Valley Milford in the KLAA Lakes Conference Tournament was no exception. The Warriors overcame a 10-point deficit and the loss of their star player Miroslav Jaksic to stun the Mavericks at home, 48-46, on Feb. 15 thanks to a buzzer-beating bucket by Jerald Booker. With the victory, Western (12-5) earned a Lakes Conference semifinal matchup with KLAA West Division champion Grand Blanc on the road on Tuesday. The winner will face either Walled Lake Central or Waterford Mott in the Lakes Con-

ference title game on Friday. The Warriors would then hold the ball for a final shot as Booker came through in the clutch with the game-winning basket as time expired, touching off a wild celebration on their home floor. Booker led Western with 16 points while Marcus Bailey followed with 12. Jacob Lee was the Mavs’ leading scorer with 14 points.

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Walled Lake Northern was dominated in the second half on its home floor by Grand Blanc and fell to the Bobcats, 6245, in a first-round KLAA Lakes Conference Tournament game on Feb. 15. Gage Throgmorton led Northern with 16 points while Trent Lansaw had 10. Bart Williams paced Grand Blanc with a game-high 20 points, followed by Ken Miller with 14.

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Walled Lake Western lost to Brighton, 42-29, in a Kensington Lakes Activities Association Lakes Conference semifinal on Feb. 14. The Bulldogs (16-2), champions of the KLAA West division, earned a berth in the Lakes Conference title game against Waterford Kettering on Monday with the victory. Shelby Turnquist led Western with 9 points while Erickah Woods had 6. Laura Taylor scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Bulldogs. Western opened the Lakes Conference tournament with a 49-46 victory at Grand Blanc on Feb. 12. Woods led Western with 16 points while Sydney Denicolo had a game-high 22 points for Grand Blanc (12-6). The Warriors played at Novi on Monday and will travel to Northville on Thursday. Western will then open play in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A District Tournament against Walled Lake Central on Feb. 25.

ence crossover game Feb. 14. Zigo finished with 13 points while Lock had 9. The Eagles played at Hartland on Monday and will travel to Livonia Franklin on Thursday in their final tune-up before the MHSAA Class A District Tournament. The Eagles will have a first-round bye and will face either Walled Lake Central or Walled Lake Western at North Farmington on Feb. 27.

HURON VALLEY MILFORD

After struggling through its division schedule, Huron Valley Milford earned two victories this past week in KLAA crossover matchups. The Mavericks (6-11) first defeated Walled Lake Northern, 45-41, at home on Feb. 12. Milford took control of the game with a 19-2 run in the third quarter that gave it a 40-30 advantage. Madison Kurtz led the Mavs with 14 points while Paige Smith followed with 8. Caitlin Crowley scored a game-high 19 points for the Knights (5-13). Milford then followed up with a 37-24 dismantling of Walled Lake Central on the road Feb. 14. Elise Gustafson led the Mavs with a game-high 19 points while Kayla Bryang led Central (1-17) with 9. Milford hosted Livonia Churchill on Monday and will play at South Lyon on Thursday. The Mavs will then play in an MHSAA Class A District Tournament semifinal at Fowlerville on Feb. 27 against either Fowlerville or South Lyon.

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-Walled Lake Northern defeated Pinckney at home, 51-48, on Feb. 14 thanks in part to a 24-12 run in the third quarter. Caitlin Crowley led the Knights with 27 points while also shooting 9-of-13 from the free-throw line. Northern played at South Lyon on Monday and will travel to Livonia Churchill on Thursday. The Knights have a first-round bye in

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Two losses this past week extended the Vikings’ losing streak to three games and their winless streak to four. Central (11-7-5) first fell to Romeo, 3-2, on Feb. 10 at the Michigan Public High School Hockey Showcase at Chelsea. The Vikings’ struggles continued with a 6-3 defeat to Livonia Stevenson on Feb. 13. Central will look to right its ship on Friday, when it hosts Goodrich for Senior Night at Farmington Hills Ice Arena. The Vikings will then begin Michigan High School Athletic Association Tournament play with a Division 2 preregional matchup against Walled Lake Western on Feb. 25 at Novi Ice Arena. The winner will take on either Walled Lake Northern or Novi on Feb. 27.

HURON VALLEY LAKELAND

Huron Valley Lakeland moved back to the .500 mark with a 3-2 victory over Troy Athens on Feb. 13 at Lakeland Ice Arena. Adam Szymanksi made 26 saves in net for the Eagles in a much-needed victory. The Eagles will host Stoney Creek tonight, before playing at Birmingham Unified on Thursday. Lakeland will then begin MHSAA Tournament play when it faces Huron Valley Milford in a Division 2 pre-regional game at the Hartland Sports Center on Feb. 26.

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WHITE LAKE 5 Beds and 5 1/2 baths with over 6700 sq ft of finished living area. Many upgrades; finished lower level has master suite with living room; large family room, 2 full baths and full kitchen; excellent in-law quarters. Additional living space created from former 4 car attached garage. Backs to brentwood golf course 7th fairway. $399,000.00

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Commerce-spectacular ranch with over $60k in updates. Formal entry, granite kitchen w/ss appliances. Formal dining, stunning flooring, new lighting, crown moulding t/o, updated main bath, closet systems in all bedrooms, master suite w/brand new private bath, finished walk-out ll w/storage. Deck w/lakeviews. Freshly painted inside and out. Gorgeous landscaping. Move in ready. $249,900

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New England style home featuring huge heated Florida room over looking 93” of natural sandy beach front. 2 master suites, 4 full baths, + 2 half baths. 3474 sq. ft. Rec room w/ wet bar, 3 fireplaces, finished walkout basement & 3+ car garage w/ workshop! $624,900 MLS:213012335

End your search w/ this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath charming Colonial home! Formal living & dining rooms, family room w/ natural fireplace, 1st floor laundry, full finished basement, updates t/o house! Door wall leading to patio w/ deck & pool! $179,900 MLS:213004628

BRENDEL LAKE - 380’ OF ALL-SPORTS LAKE FRONTAGE 3126 sq. ft. Spectacular views of All-Sports Brendle Lake from every room in the house! 4 private balconies w/ electric storm shutters, turret w/ breakfast room, large open floor plan w/ 3 bedrooms & 2.1 baths. Your own Shangri La! $484,900 MLS:213000717

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Live the sporting life..ski, swim, fish - Right from the convenience of you All-Sports Cedar Island Lake waterfront home! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1814 sq. ft. Maple cabinetry t/o kitchen w/ door wall leading to spacious deck, formal living, family room w/ fireplace, oversized 2 car garage on huge corner lot! $269,900 MLS:213000713

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Where did all our Homes Go???? “SOLD” We currently have Six Lake Front Purchasers looking for Homes from $250,000- $750,000 for any All Sports lake in Commerce, Walled lake, White lake, West Bloomfield, Waterford, Milford and Highland Townships. We Currently have Three purchasers looking for homes in Milford, Novi, Commerce, White lake and Highland on 1/2- 15 acres from $150,000- $550,000.

Lower Straits Lakefront Two Homes on property $289,500/ Land Contract Available

We currently have Eight purchasers looking for a new home from $80,000- $225,000 in the surrounding lakes area. Their Preapproved and ready to go! We currently have fourteen families looking for a lease home from $900.00- $ 2,500.00.

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NEW LISTING! EXECUTED DREAM HOME For sale or lease! Newly remodeled featuring over 2,000 sq. ft, 4 bed, 3.1 bath, spacious granite kitchen w/stainless steel appliances, rich travertine tile,Brazilian walnut hrdwds t/o, formal DR, GR w/ fireplace & tons of windows, sunken master suite w/vaulted ceil & granite bath, separate vanity, huge w/i closet, finished w/o basement w/ granite wetbar, newly remodeled full bath w/jacuzzi tub. Huge deck off kitchen w/beautiful views of golf course. $229,000 or $1,900/month. Call Becky for details!

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FOR SALE 52” Sony Projection TV; works fine. $100.00 OBO Leather Sofa and Love Seat; good condition, no holes/tears. $100.00 OBO Air Hockey TableFull size with automatic scoring; excellent condition. $150.00 OBO Call 248-669-0339 and leave message. We will return your call. NEW FULL SIZE BED. Used dresser and night stand All three pieces for Only $200.00 Call Mary at 248-820-3530 SCRAP METAL: Aluminum $.30- .65 / lb. Copper $2.10- 2.70/ lb. Brass $1.00- $1.50/ lb Auto Rads $.90 - $1.20/ lb 1011 Decker Walled Lake Mann Metal Corp. 248-960-1200 AUCTIONS Mini Storage Depot will sell at public auction, contents of Units Numbered (N1216, Donna JakubiecHousehold Goods, Furniture, Boxes, Suitcases, Toys), Dennis Vassell-Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes) on Thursday February 28th at 2:00 pm, for back storage fees owed. The auction will take place at Mini Storage Depot- 46550 Pontiac Trail, Walled

Lake, Michigan 48390. We reserve the right to reject any and all bids. CARS/TRUCKS/ MOTORCYCLES 2000 Ford Van 250: Work Van Low miles $4500.00 C- 248-421-8444 or H- 248-889-0777 2003 Mini Cooper S: 68 k, yellow, navigation, new tires $7800.00 248-685-0206 UNWANTED AUTOS LLC: TOP $ paid for any: *Junk *Non running * Wrecked Cars $275 & up 248-467-0396 REAL ESTATE FOR SALE HIGHLAND TWP. Dunham Lake access w/this pristine 1.5 story home situated on peaceful 1 acre setting. Well planned with 3076 sq. ft. Gorgeous kitchen w/butler’s pantry, granite counters & terrazzo floor. Spacious great room w/2 story see through stone masonry fireplace. 1st floor master suite. 1338 sq. ft. in finished walk out lower level includes family room w/fireplace & addl. 2 car garage/ workshop. $499,000. England Real Estate (248) 887-9736

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TONY’S APPLIANCE SERVICE Servicing all Major Appliances *Hot water tank 248-360-0213 248-698-8819

CERTIFIED OVERHEAD DOOR SERVICE *Garage Doors *Repaired/ Services *New Doors/ Openers *Installed at Factory Pricing *Emergency Service Available 248-624-3161

Elegant Woodworking *Mantels *Fireplace Surrounds *Furniture *Entertainment Center *Custom Cabinets *Crown Molding *Kitchen Cabinets *Custom Bars Harold

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CARPET INSTALLATION Bob’s Carpet Mohawk Carpet Great Buys! Remnants Living room & bedroom sized $4 per yd. Low prices on re stretching, repairs, pad, & installation 35 years experience Bob 248-681-5771 CEMENT/ CONCRETE C & G CEMENT Quality Workmanship Residential- Commercial Over 30 years Experience STAMPED CONCRETE DRIVEWAYS FOOTINGS GARAGE FLOORS BLOCK WORK FREE ESTIMATES Michael 248-363-4783 MILFORD LOCATION 248-684-5928

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Highland/ Milford area. 2 bedrooms.1200 square feet. 1 bath Condo. New everything, granite counter tops, appliances. Available NOW. $825.00 per month plus deposits. Call 586-662-3525 ROOM FOR RENT: Waterford Area $100.00 per week 248-894-7582 MILFORD: Fabulous 2 bdrm, 2 bath ranch condo. Open floor plan, appliances, finished LL, 2 car attached garage. $1350.00 monthly plus 1 ½ months security. England Real Estate (248) 887-9736 HARTLAND: Desirable 3 bedroom 2 bath in Dunham Lake Estates. Basement & garage. $1725.00 monthly plus 1 ½ months security. England Real Estate (248) 887-9736

TEACHER AIDE/ OFFICE: Need classroom experience. Part or Full time. Walled Lake/West Bloomfield area. Email resume to administrator@ mimontessori.com DRIVER: Taxi and Airport Drivers. Full and Part time 248-666-1962 A RARE MANAGER OPPURTUNITY: Oakland County’s best and largest Ice Cream store is accepting resume. Fast food Manager experience helpful. Top pay with benefits and perks. Fax resume to 248-960-5544. Also accepting application for crew. Dairy Twist Cafe Commerce Twp/ Walled Lake area. DIRECT CARE STAFF, Novi, Waterford areas. Full / Part time, afternoons/midnights. Benefits $8.50 and up 248-636-2461

PLUMBERS: Must have truck, tools and valid driver licenses. 25,000. to 45,000. a year. Full/ Part time or weekends. 248-770-9222 NOW HIRING: Companies desperately need employees to assemble products at home. No selling, any hours. $500 weekly potential. Info. 1-985-646-1700 DEPT. MI-2319 MEDICAL ASSISTANT Tues,Wed,Thur for a Dermatology office. Experienced. Good people skills. Milford/ Novi. Resume to derm101@att.net or fax to 248-684-2485 BOOTH RENTAL: Looking for 5 Full time serious cosmetologist. Part time is also available. Location is 1050 Benstein Plaza Call Melinda at 248-669-2191 PART-TIME RECEPTIONISTWEEKENDS: Retirement community seeks exp. Receptionist to answer calls, interact with internal & external customers & provide clerical support. A professional, courteous demeanor, excellent communication skills, computer proficiency, & ability to multi-task are musts. Sat/Sun, 11am-

4pm, also includes some holidays. Email or fax resume to Canterbury on-the-lake 5601 Hatchery Rd. Waterford, MI. 48329 Fax (248) 674-5344 karens@cotl.net EOE FULL TIME MAINTENANCE; A full time experienced person is needed for a manufactured home community in the Wixom/Novi areas. Valid Drivers license is necessary. Please fax resume to Tom at 248-684-0953 DIRECT CARE STAFF NEEDED: In small group homes. Up to $9.03 an hour to start plus benefits. Must be reliable and dependable. South Lyon, and Holly area Call 248-486-5368 EXCEL / ACCOUNTING Need experienced person with knowledge of excels higher functions. Person with accounting and analysis preferred. Full time job with benefits in Wixom. Email resume to hktoyhr@gmail.com CABINET MAKERS AND INSTALLERS NEEDED: Full and part time. Experience needed. Email resume to alfonse@ eurokitchenplus.com

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R & D DRYWALL & PAINTING *Hang & Finished *Small Repair *Texture Repair *Plaster Repair * Wet Sand Ron 248-673-7665 ELECTRICIANS MASTER ELECTRICIAN Insured & State Licensed 25 years experience. Prompt, courteous Service. FREE ESTIMATES. ALL TYPES OF WORK Competitive Prices 248-683-7985 EXCAVATING J.J.M. BACKHOE SERVICE LLC Backhoe service & landscaping. 38 Years Experience. Small or Large jobs. Fully insured. Free Estimates. 248-624-6458 HANDY PERSON

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TIILE“The job your husband will do tomorrow.” 248-887-2366 HEATING/ DUCT WORK Thomason Heating & Cooling * Furnaces * Boilers * Air Cleaners * Air Conditioners * Replacements FREE ESTIMATES ON INSTALLATION 248-363-1615 HOME/ OFFICE CLEANING COLLEEN’S CLEANING SERVICE is coming to your neighborhood BOOK YOUR SPRING CLEANING NOW Residential/ Commercial 20 years experience *Insured *Local upon request. Call for FREE Quote or Questions 248-974-5104 RENT-A-SON CONTRACTERS INC. Residential and Commercial Cleaning. Specializing in New Construction Clean Up 15 years experience. Fully Insured Call 248-688-2131 LAWN/ GARDEN SERVICES A R T Outdoor Services, LLC *Snowplowing *Salting *Fall Clean ups *Gutter cleaning *Insured *Res & Com www.artoutdoorservices. com 248-625-5719 PAINTING/ DECORATING

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Notice of Posting For Charter Township of Commerce Township Board

CITY OF WIXOM NOTICE OF ORDINANCE INTRODUCTION

The synopses for all Highland Township Board of Trustees Meetings, including the Regular Board Meeting held at 7:30 p.m. on February 13, 2013 are available at the Township offices or on the web: www.highlandtwp.com - Government – Twp. Clerk – Board Meeting Synopsis Mary L. McDonell, MMC Highland Township Clerk

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a regular meeting of the Wixom City Council duly called and held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, an ordinance was introduced to amend the Code of Ordinances for the City of Wixom, Section 9.28.040 by amending Section 9.28.040, Purchase by Minors Prohibited, to Title 9, Public Peace and Welfare.

The above synopses and Ordinance shall be posted (in its entirety) at the following locations: (1) Office of the Township Clerk 2009 Township Drive (2) Main Township Library 2869 North Pontiac Trail (3) Township’s website www.commercetwp.com

This ordinance will be considered for enactment at the February 26, 2013 Wixom City Council meeting and is available for review and public comment during regular business hours (Monday - Thursday, 7:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) at the Wixom City Hall which is located at 49045 Pontiac Trail in Wixom. Catherine Buck City Clerk

Vanessa Magner Township Clerk

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BOARD OF REVIEW MEETING

2013 HIGHLAND CHARTER TOWNSHIP TAX BOARD OF REVIEW MEETING DATES The Highland Township Tax Board of Review will meet at Highland Auditorium, 205 North John Street, Highland, Michigan, 48357 on the following dates: Tuesday March 5, 2013 10:00am-12:00noon (Organizational Meeting) Tuesday March 5, 2013 – 1:30pm- 4:30pm Monday March 11, 2013 – 1:00pm-4:00pm Monday March 11, 2013 – 6:00pm-9:00pm Wednesday March 13, 2013 - 9:00am-12:00noon Wednesday March 13, 2013 - 1:30pm- 4:30pm Persons or their agents who have appeared to file a protest before the Board of Review on or before March 13, 2013 or at a scheduled appointment that was made before March 13, 2013 shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the Board of Review. In lieu of an appointment, the Board of Review shall receive letters of protest regarding assessments from resident and non-resident taxpayers from March 5, 2013 until it adjourns on Wednesday March, 13, 2013, from the public hearing for which it meets to hear such protests. Assessments will be reviewed by Assessor’s Office, 205 N John Street, Highland, Michigan through March 5, 2013. For more information or to make an appointment for the March Board of Review, call 1-888-350-0900, Extension 88793 or 248-858-8793

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The Board of Review will meet at the Wixom City Hall, 49045 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, to hear valuation appeals on: TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2013 10:00 AM TO 12:00 NOON AND 1:00 PM TO 5:00 PM MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013 1:00 PM TO 4:00 PM AND 6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM CALL 248.624.3280 To Schedule an Appointment Hardship appeals will be heard at the July and December Boards of Review. Applications will be available at the assessing office.

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PUBLIC HEARING CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF HIGHLAND PLANNING COMMISSION March 7, 2013 7:30 P.M.

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WHITE LAKE

NOTICE OF BOARD OF REVIEW The annual meeting for the Board of Review for White Lake Township will be held at the Township Hall 7525 Highland Road (M-59)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on March 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Highland Township Auditorium, 205 N. John Street, Highland, MI 48357.

TUESDAY – March 5, 2013 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

TO CONSIDER:

MONDAY– March 11, 2013 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A request for a Special Land Use Approval submitted by applicant Ronald Bonadeo and Owners Ronald Bonadeo and Sue Schulte. Article 4; Section 4.05.C, Principal Uses Permitted as Special Land Uses. Agricultural and Rural Residential District Article 6; Special Land Use Procedures and Standards Article 10; Supplemental Use Regulations; Section 10.13; Farm Markets

WEDNESDAY – March 13, 2013 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. NOTE: Board of Review meetings will be held by appointment only on the above dates. For information call the Assessor’s Office at (248) 698-3300 Ext. 3. The tentative ratios for 2012 Estimated multipliers for 2012

FOR: The establishment of a Class C Farm Market with events such as but not limited to cider mill, pumpkin patch, Christmas tree sales, produce stand and corn maze. LOCATION:

1. Synopses for the following: Special Township Board Meeting 1-25-2013 Special Township Board Meeting 1-29-2013 And Special Township Board Meeting 2-5-2013 2. Adoption: Amendment Ordinance No. 1.021 Article II, Chapter 6, Section 6-21 (b) of Code of Ordinances (limiting issuance of new quota Liquor License to Downtown Development District).

50% all classes 1.00 all classes

Jeanine A. Smith, Assessor White Lake Township SCN:2-20-13

Parcel Id. #11-02-300-017 and 11-02-300-018 and 11-02-300-019

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF REVIEW The Commerce Township Board of Review will meet at the Commerce Township Hall, 2009 Township Drive, Commerce Township, Michigan on the following dates for the purpose of reviewing the 2013 property tax assessments Tuesday, March 5, 2013 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon 1:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 6, 2013 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon 1:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Thursday, March 7, 2013 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Monday, March 11, 2013 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon 1:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Thursday, March 14, 2013 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon 1:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. All properties will be subject to the following Tentative State Equalization factors by

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that information will be given and written comments will be received regarding the request during office hours Monday through Friday, until the date of the hearing. Telephone (248) 887-3791, extension 2.

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Residential Developmental Personal

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Any Taxpayer wishing to protest their proposed assessment may do so by calling Oakland County Equalization Division, Toll Free, 1-888-350-0900, Ext. 84655 prior to March 5, 2013, for an appointment to be scheduled. Written appeals must be received at the Commerce Township Office, Attn: Board of Review, by March 14, 2013.

Michael Wiza, Chairman

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Local Swimwear Designer Makes A Splash BY MICHAEL SHELTON STAFF WRITER michaelshelton@thescngroup.com

Magdalena Trever, owner of Maggie May Swimwear. Photo courtesy of maggiemayswimwear.com

For swimsuit designer Magdalena Trever, the past three years have been filled with many trials and tribulations. But, this 26-year old Milford High School graduate has just realized her ultimate triumph; having her Maggie May Swimwear line featured in the online edition of the Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit Issue for the second straight year. “It’s really hard to get recognition in this industry, but I was really happy to make SI again,” Trever said. Trever’s all-knitted swimwear is modeled in this year’s SI Swimsuit online edition by Ariel Meredith in Seville, Spain and by rookie Emily DiDonato in the country of Namibia in Africa. This comes after Maggie May Swimwear debuted in both the print and online editions of the 2012 SI Swimsuit issue as Trever’s bikinis were worn not only by Meredith, but also two-time SI cover girl Kate Upton. More doors are also now starting to open for Trever as she will be working with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in March to possibly have her swimwear featured in their new calendar. In addition, she said that representatives from the influential online French magazine Flip-Zone have asked her to submit images of her fashions for its upcoming swimwear issue. Trever added that Maggie May is receiving licensing from the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay resorts in Las Vegas to be sold in its retail stores. She said her swimwear is also being sent to stores in New York, Pawleys Island in South Carolina and Miami, FL. Her swimwear stands out because it is not only knitted with unique designs, but it is also made of material from bamboo viscose and cotton. Trever describes her swimwear as

“sexy, yet girly at the same time,” while also being “feminine, whimsical and classy with over-the-top embellishment.” “Almost all of the yarn I use is from bamboo because it uses less water and it is eco-friendly. It’s better for the environment,” Trever said. After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco at the age of 23, Trever decided to apply her skills to make bikinis that were inspired by 1960’s and 70’s fashion and could also double as pieces of art. Trever eventually took the major step of applying for a loan to start Maggie May Swimwear in her hometown of Milford. With the help of a small team, including her mother, most of Trever’s days are spent knitting swimwear and working to come up with new ways of marketing her line. “We’re currently working on 161 pieces to send to Playa del Carmen (in Mexico),” Trever said. She added that each bikini goes through an 11-step process and four machines before it is completed. Running her own business has provided many challenges for Trever. Not only is she trying to build her brand in a niche market, but she has also had to deal with working in a struggling economy with limited resources. “We’re trying to keep costs down and keep (the swimwear) affordable. But, money only goes so far,” she said. Trever also is looking to expand her line beyond swimwear to include knit dresses, sweaters and pants. While her path has not been easy, Trever’s passion for her craft coupled with her strong work ethic is starting to pay dividends and win her respect. For more information on Maggie May Swimwear and to purchase selections from Trever’s line, visit her website, maggiemayswimwear.com.

This Month in History 1924: Beginning with a single clarinet, George Gershwin’s masterful piece: Rhapsody in Blue” is performed for the first time. 1935: The board game Monopoly hits the shelves. The game would go on to become a favorite for decades. 1940: Singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie writes the ultimate American folk song. “This Land Is Your Land. 1962: On the Friendship 7 spacecraft, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit Earth. He would make a return journey to space many decades later. 1972: Baseball great Hank Aaron signs a three-year contract with the Atlanta Braves that pays him $200,000 per year. The deal made him the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball at the time. 1983: The series finale of “M*A*S*H,” titled “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” draws more than 100 million viewers. It is the most-watched series finale of any television show in America.

1998: At the age of 15, Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest Olympic gold medal winner in her sport, figure skating. INVENTIONS THIS MONTH 1690 - The first paper money in America was issued in the colony of Massachusetts. 1801 - John Deere, pioneer manufacturer of agricultural implements was born. 1854 - Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson patented a firearm. 1857 - The first perforated United States postage stamp was delivered to the government. 1878 - Thomas Edison received a patent for the phonograph. 1900 - Felix Hoffman patented acetyl salicylic acid aka asprin. 1916 Ernst Alexanderson was issued a patent for a selective radio tuning system. 1917 - SUNMAID raisins were trademark registered. 1983 - Matthews, Tansil and Fannin obtained a patent for a digital voice mail system.

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