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Trick-or-treating hours across the lakes area Here’s a listing of designated trickor-treating hours for Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31 in the lakes area: • Commerce Township: Dusk to 8:30 p.m. • Highland Township: 6 to 8 p.m. • Milford Township: 6 to 8 p.m. • Milford Village: 6 to 8 p.m. • Orchard Lake: 6 to 7:30 p.m. • Walled Lake: 6 to 8 p.m. • Waterford Township: 6 to 7 p.m. A police officer will be in the police department lobby located at 5150 Civic Center Drive to scan candy from 7 to 9 p.m. • West Bloomfield Township: 6 to 8 p.m. • White Lake Township: 6 to 7:30 p.m. • Wixom: 6 to 8 p.m. • Wolverine Lake: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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Wixom Ford plant redevelopment hits another snag By Leslie Shepard staff writer

After years of hope that the shuttered Ford Motor Co. Wixom assembly plant site would be occupied and thriving with green technology companies coming to roost in short order, Ford Land Development must contend with yet another setback. One of the two renewable energy companies previously interested in the site, Xtreme Power, officially backed out of pursuing a lease agreement on the property, leaving only shades of hope that Clairvoyant Energy will remain on board. As a result, Ford Land has opted to modify plans and rewrite a brownfield resolution plan that refrains from naming any company specifically. “The withdrawal of Xtreme from the Ford development brings finality to the saga,” said City Manager Mike Dornan. “The global economy drove the company’s (Xtreme) inability to solicit capital. Risky and new technology caused the project to change direction.” The brownfield cleanup and redevelopment plan would restore the environmental and economic viability of the sprawling parcel located at 28601 S. Wixom Road. The Oakland County Board of Commissioners established a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and board to facilitate cleanup efforts within Oakland County communities in accordance with Public Act 381 of 1996. On Sept. 13, the Wixom City Council adopted a resolution for the Ford Wixom project concurring with the provisions of a brownfield plan adopted by the Oakland County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. However, as of Oct. 4, a new plan had been drafted that would change the description of the proposed development from a renewable energy park to an industrial park; reduce the number of parcel redevelopments from three to two; and delete any references to both Xtreme Power and Clairvoyant Energy. “The primary issue was to get Xtreme Power and Clairvoyant Energy off and to put in general and vague

Xtreme Power, one of the two renewable energy companies previously interested in redeveloping the Ford Motor Co.’s former Wixom assembly plant site (above), has backed out of pursuing a lease agreement for the property, forcing a change in plans for the site’s future use from a renewable energy park to an industrial park and reducing the number of parcel redevelopment from three to two. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

language in case another company comes in so it could qualify for the brownfield credits also,” said Assistant City Manager Tony Nowicki. The City Council was expected to take up the resolution at its meeting last night, Tuesday, Oct. 25. “It’s an opportunity for Ford and/or a newcomer to take advantage of the brownfield credits offered by the state through Oakland County,” Dornan said. Ford Land engaged CBRE, a real estate company, to market the property on a global basis. Now a new company has come forward showing sincere interest in purchasing the property, according to Dornan. “It’s a significant project and the company has a proven track record, so stay tuned,” Dornan said. The brownfield designation would be necessary only if the property is leased. The brownfield credit is a one-time, one-year tax incentive based on a percentage of investment. Xtreme Power and Clairvoyant Energy unveiled their plan in 2009 to build a renewable energy park at the site by investing $725 million, a shot in the arm to the local economy that was expected to create approximately 4,000 jobs. The companies’ proposals to purchase the site were contingent on state incentives and federal loan guarantees. While the state awarded them substantial incentives, $500 million in loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) were still needed. Xtreme Power and Clairvoyant

Energy terminated negotiations with Ford in April after the DOE modified the loan terms. In light of recent changes to the state’s business tax structure, the state gave Xtreme Power and Clairvoyant Energy until the end of the year to secure tax incentives. Without DOE financing, Xtreme Power and Clairvoyant Energy changed course. They shifted gears to solicit private capital and reduced their proposed building footprint from 2 million square feet to 500,000. Furthermore, they reneged on purchasing the site, but were considering leasing it. The Wixom City Council has put off granting Ford a “Renaissance Zone” incentive to provide a 100-percent tax abatement on local real and personal property for 15 years. The Renaissance Zone proposed would apply to 239 acres out of the total 317-acre site. It would be zoned as a combination of industrial, manufacturing, research and development and flex space. Along with the Renaissance Zone incentive, the city would request that the property owner be responsible for a special assessment district (SAD) in lieu of the taxes lost and the costs of municipal services. “We never finalized any type of agreement, so these are on hold pending Ford Land identifying a serious purchaser or tenant of the site,” Nowicki said. ❏


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‘If you enjoy it, keep doing it.’ After 200 wins on the gridiron, Porritt reflects on coaching

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eorge Porritt, Athletic Director of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory, has just reached a career milestone by earning his 200th career victory as a varsity football coach after the Eaglets defeated Novi Detroit Catholic Central, 14-13, on Saturday, Oct. 15. It was the latest feather in the cap in a career that includes three state championships and five state runner-up finishes in football. In addition, as the school’s basketball coach, Porritt has led the Eaglets to 10 district championships, five regional titles and one state championship. Despite his success, Porritt remains hungry and is always striving for his players — and himself — to do better as he prepares the Eaglets for the upcoming state football playoffs. Porritt is married to his wife, Terry, and they have three children. He spoke with the Spinal Column Newsweekly earlier this week about his latest milestone and what he enjoys the most about coaching at St. Mary’s. Congratulations on your 200th career victory. What does it mean to you to reach that milestone and what do you attribute it to? GP: Well, it’s a nice thing, you know? It just means that I’ve had a lot of good players, and kids that have worked hard over the years. I’m very fortunate to have that (I’ve coached) the young men that I have at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, and we’ve developed a pretty good tradition there. But I thank all the players of the past. You know, it’s just a thing that’s nice to have after you think about it. But from now on, I’m trying to get to 201. You first came to St. Mary’s as an assistant football coach in 1986 before taking over as the head coach in 1989. When you first started, what was your vision at the time and did you imagine that your coaching career would turn out the way that it has? GP: Well, no. I knew I wanted to coach football. I came to Orchard Lake as an assistant, and I got a job as a history teacher my first year there, you know. And I wanted to coach football. Coach Rob Hager left after I was there for a couple years, and the job opened up and at the same time the principal there asked me to be the athletic director. So, I took both positions, so that’s what started it. I’ve been very fortunate to be at a great school and to work under good bosses and administration. I enjoy the kids very much, and watching our program grow from a small (Class) C school to a now large (Class) B school.

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that we’ve had fun. The biggest thing you go through is high school, and I always tell them it’s the greatest time. You will remember this forever, and I hope that they’ve enjoyed it. I’ve hope there have been some disciplines that will help them later in life. But you know, enjoy it, and I think for the most part many, many have. And that’s what high school athletics is about — having fun and being disciplined and enjoying camaraderie with teammates, and having ever-lasting friendships with players and coaches that go on throughout life. I think that’s what I hope those kids get. You’ve had so much success to this point that you could call it a career, yet you don’t seem complacent. How do you motivate yourself to keep competing at a high level? GP: Well, I enjoy it. I’m very fortunate. My wife allows me — I have a lovely wife who allows me to coach. But I enjoy it. It’s a hobby of mine, and I have a great coaching staff that I enjoy being with all the time. They do so much. They make my job easier. But you come there, and if you enjoy it, keep doing it. And I really do and that keeps you motivated. If you enjoy what you’re doing, I think it keeps you motivated. And the kids. The kids keep you motivated, also. So that’s what I get out of it. I just enjoy coaching football, and I’m very fortunate to have a great staff and my wife helping me out, letting me coach. What, if any, future aspirations do you have for yourself and the St. Mary’s athletic program? GP: Well, (the future aspiration is) to get better. We’re always trying to get better at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. We want to try to win. Each year is a new challenge and, you know, you try to be the best that year and keep the tradition going in the athletic world and in football. That’s what we want to continue. And we want to continue to grow and be the best football program we can be and be the best school we can be, and I think that’s important. School is so important for the young men and the young women that you just want to give them best experience possible so hopefully we can continue to grow and get better. ❏

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Village’s annual leaf collection begins next week By Leslie Shepard staff writer

Wolverine Lake residents can expect leaf collection to begin during the first week of November, according to village officials. As usual, the “Tink Claw” will pick up leaves twice during the season. Due to the early leaf fall of some of the tree species, the village’s Department of Public Works (DPW) will review the village streets to determine which subdivision to begin the counter-clockwise pickup route. Residents should look for red and white postings at the entrance of subdivisions to learn the pickup route rotation. The route will continue in a counter-clockwise fashion around the village until the entire community is served. The second round of leaf pickup will begin after a review by the DPW. The last Tuesday for yard waste collection through Waste Management is Tuesday, Nov. 29. There will be no Tink Claw operation on garbage collection day (Tuesdays). Residents are advised to keep up with the leaves by raking or blowing them into the ditch line of their property prior to scheduled pickup. Once a subdivision is posted for a particular collection date, the leaves should be placed onto the pavement so as not to impede traffic. Long narrow piles are recommended. Residents who live on main roads without access to side roads must place leaves onto their driveway or a flat surface away from any obstruction on the property. Some lawn damage may occur during collection, according to the village. A tarp is handy to haul leaves from they backyard to the front. Residents are also encouraged to mulch or bag small amounts of leaves. Leaf and recycling bags are available to each resident at the Village Hall. Leaves can also be placed into garbage cans not exceeding 32 gallons and should be marked with “Yard Waste.” Stickers are available at the Village Hall. It’s recommended to keep children out of leaf piles in village streets and to avoid parking on the street during pickup days. Residents shouldn’t park near leaf piles or drive through leaf piles due to fire risk. ❏

Fire services pact Pontiac may be served by Waterford By Leslie Shepard staff writer

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aterford Township officials are currently in discussions with the city of Pontiac to possibly merge the two communities’ fire department services in an effort spearheaded by Pontiac officials to save the city money. According to Waterford Township Supervisor Carl Solden, Pontiac officials approached him about considering a fire service contract between the two communities as long as it was amenable to both parties. Discussions have been taking place for five weeks now. “We’re the biggest community in the area and have a professional and dependable staff,” Solden said. “We want to be a leader not a follower, but I didn’t solicit this. I was asked to participate in a meeting.” The initiative aligns with Gov. Rick Snyder and the state Legislature’s call to municipalities to forge collaborative agreements. “Consolidation is the future, but one community has to save money and one has to make money — any agreement must benefit both communities,” Solden said. However, talks are still in the infancy stages, so any formal agreement is far from being reached. “The township and I agreed we both want to do this, but we need to get both unions together and work it out,” Pontiac Emergency Financial Manager Lou Schimmel said. “There’s a verbal agreement between the township and myself,

Walled Lake seeks candidates for variety of jobs By Leslie Shepard staff writer

Walled Lake City Manager L. Dennis Whitt has been manning multiple city administrative positions almost singlehandedly for months after several department heads moved on or retired. Now Whitt, with the Walled Lake City Council’s approval, has decided it’s time to post advertisements to fill the vacancies.

as the emergency manager, to make this happen.” Waterford currently has an agreement with Lake Angelus to provide that community with fire services, and more recently consolidated information technology services with neighboring White Lake Township. This is a second time Pontiac has sought financial relief from an outside source via a public safety service agreement. In August, the city contracted with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department for police patrol and dispatch services. “I’m trying to deal with a $12.5 million deficit on an annual basis,” Schimmel said. “Each year we’re in trouble and need to find ways to offset it. One way is by reducing fire service to make structural changes.” Schimmel estimates a cost savings for Pontiac of $3 million per year if the agreement with Waterford comes to fruition. Solden said the fiscal impact to Waterford has not yet been determined. “If it’s feasibly possible and if both communities benefit, we’ll move forward, but it’s too early to tell,” Solden said. According to Schimmel, Pontiac Firefighters Union Local 376 is currently under contract and negotiations with the union are impeding the fire services contract discussions. “Right now we’re trying to alter the contract,” Schimmel said. If a deal is reached, the goal is to mete out a fire services contract by Jan. 1, according to Schimmel. ❏ The city is seeking a Department of Public Works (DPW) director; a city clerk; a city treasurer; and a finance director. Former DPW Director Loyd Cureton retired in mid-June. Cathy Buck left her position as Walled Lake City Clerk on Sept. 13 when she was offered the clerk position in Wixom. Lastly, former City Treasurer/Finance Director Kathy Kercorian departed in mid-May when she was offered a position with a nongovernmental agency. City officials opted to advertise through the Michigan Municipal League (MML) rather than conduct a national search. Advertisements for

the open positions were posted on Friday, Oct. 14. “We could have done it nationally, but are trying not to spend the money,” Whitt said. “We are putting them on our website and forwarding them by e-mail to various organizations.” The City Council is looking for experienced candidates to fill each position. Therefore, it will take time to collect and review resumes. “I’d love to have some (people filling those positions) in place now, but council wants to go slow and take its time to fill the spots,” Whitt said. The council has the final say on all positions. Though the treasurer and finance director are currently listed as separate positions, they may be combined depending on the results of the candidate search. The DPW director, on the other hand, is appointed by the city manager. “It would be my selection, but confirmed by the city council,” Whitt said. ❏

‘Outrun Hunger’ 5K will benefit needy families By Angela Niemi staff writer

Help provide holiday dinners for those in need while getting a head start on burning all the calories you will consume this holiday season by participating in Grace Church’s first Outrun Hunger 5K run event beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Commerce Commons Pathway right outside of the Township Hall. There will also be a 1 mile run/walk for children. The church is partnering with Hospitality House in Walled Lake and the Open Door Outreach Center in Waterford Township to assist families in the lakes area in need of food for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The inaugural “charity fun run” aims to feed 100 families this holiday season. “The goal is to raise $2,000 to $3,000 to feed 100 families in our community,” said Kari Cotter, organizer of the Outrun Hunger event. “Previously we have only been able

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s the cooler Michigan weather begins to settle in, things are heating up in lakes area high schools as theater departments begin putting on their fall productions — both plays and musicals ranging from humorous murder mysteries to modernized interpretations of Shakespeare, and from serious to slapstick. And it’s not just high school students getting in on the act. Area schools are also utilizing younger talent from elementary and middle schools to make their plays and musicals come to life. What follows is a rundown of the fall theater productions that will be performed in the upcoming weeks at the lakes area high schools.

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Walled Lake Central keeping it light and silly A hypochondriac prince (Max Ronald), an evil witch (Breanna Anderson), and three princesses cursed to be oranges (Maren Kupper, Devinne Fackelman, Teresa Bitner) are all characters in Hillary DePiano’s “The Love of Three Oranges,” which will be performed by Walled Lake Central High School’s Drama Department this fall. Based on an Italian fairy tale, it is a play about laughter, love, and friendship. Of course, no fairy tale would be complete without two main components: the triumph of good over evil and a happily-ever-after ending — both of which are included. “People should come see the show as it will provide an evening of silly light-heartedness and lots of belly laughs,” said Drama Department Director Elizabeth Rexroat. After performing “The Crucible” last year, Rexroat decided it was time for a comedy. “I think in four-year cycles as to the type of drama my students have been able to participate in,” she said. “The kids in this cycle had not done a real light, airy piece, so I knew I wanted to do a commedia del arte style piece which allows not only for the history of stock characters to be taught, but also has the freedom to interact with the audience. Both of these are good for drama students to have experience in.” Rexroat highlights the audience interaction as one of the reasons to come to the show. “The house lights never fully go down, so there is a chance that someone might find themselves as part of the show,” she said. “The kids have really gotten into the spirit of the

Walled Lake Central students (standing from left to right) Camden Anderson, Max Elkiss, Adam Austad, Max Ronald, Kayleigh Lucy, Maria Uribe, Evan Wyatt, (sitting and kneeling left to right) Mitch Dobson-Green and Sophia Ritscher are part of “The Love of Three Oranges” cast. (Photo submitted by Central Drama Department Director Elizabeth Rexroat) show and have been having a great time expanding on the comedy already outlined in the script.” Senior Skyler Tarnas, who plays one of the lead characters, is enjoying the show. “I love being able to take on a different character and being able to run with it. I get to be a narrator who is more a part of the show than a narrator should be. This show has definitely shown me a crazier part of myself.” Meanwhile, senior Paige Renner, who plays the unionized demon Farfarello, appreciates the friendships she makes in her theater family. “I love being in theater because the bonds you make with other actors makes you like family,” she said. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2, and 3 with tickets priced at $9 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 21 and can be ordered by calling 248-9564750 or e-mailing elizabethrexroat@wlcsd.org.

Murder mystery-comedy within a comedy at Walled Lake Northern For those who enjoy their murder mysteries with a side of laughter, Daniel O’Donnell’s “Murder by Indecision” may be just your cup of tea, since it’s a murder mystery-comedy within a comedy set to take stage at the hands of talented Walled Lake Northern High School thespians. Agatha Crispy (Paige Goetz), a wellknown mystery playwright, is having difficulties writing her newest masterpiece because she’s become elderly and a bit feeble. As she writes the play, her characters come to life on stage — acting what she has written. However, as Agatha Crispy continues to struggle with the manuscript and stops for a spot of tea, the characters begin to take on a life of their own “It’s basically a take off on an Agatha Christie mystery,” said Joe Lannen, the play’s director. “The theme of the play switches from her writing what the characters perform

to the characters taking on a life of their own when she stops. At that point, they start discussing the play — the difficulties with it and how they need to help her finish the play. They try to find ways to influence the play and they do.” Of the characters themselves, many are recognizable as spoofs of other characters, including Miss Maple (Adrianne Summerhill) and Inspector Dryfus (Eric Colwell). “It’s a great show. We have very talented student actors. It’s a very funny play with a surprise ending,” Lannen said. The student cast also loves the play. “I really like this one. It’s really awesome,” said student assistant director Jake House. Matt Szakal, who plays William Greedly, said his favorite part comes in the first scene of the second act “because that’s when everything starts to unveil itself.” With a roster of 17 actors and actresses, Lannen said it’s quite a big cast for a non-musical play.


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“I’ve got a great cast. They did the first read-through of the play, and the reaction was really good.” The big cast also inspires a “family” atmosphere, according to the students. “These are very good and talented actors, and good people in general,” said Jhayla Mosley, who plays Gwen Hubbard. Added Rachel Jenkin, who plays Ruth Less, “It’s also a nice chance for the freshman to get to know people and upperclassmen in the drama department.” Northern students will be performing the play Nov. 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6.95 and are available at the door.

Walled Lake Western takes on its greatest challenge The cast of Huron Valley Lakeland High School’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” includes (back row from left to right) Tristan Raak, Isabella Busby-Priest, Blaine Mizer, Trent Henry, Samuel Newton; (middle row from left to right) Katie Loder, Emily Sculthorpe, Whitney Wagner, Hannah Day, Gabi Kirsch; and (bottom row from left to right) Alayna Patten, McKenzie Straub, Sarah Fitzgerald, and Adrianna Hatchard. (Photo submitted by Lakeland Drama Coordinator Cyndi Dailey)

musical is the 20 members of the tech crew. And Western has been having “Techapalooza Saturdays” as parents and students work on building “the over-the-top, huge set,” according to Cleveland. “Our design team spent a day this summer with the stage manager of the Broadway production, learning the tricks of the show, and now, thanks to our many volunteer parents and students, they will see this famous Broadway show come to life,” he said. “People can spend lots of money seeing the Broadway production, or they can come to Walled Lake Western and see a group of students passioned by this musical theater project. The adult designers and staff are giving them opportunities to experience something similar to Broadway. A boat floating across a foggy pond, lit candles coming out of the floor in the Phantom’s lair, an opera scene with a full-sized elephant, a 600-pound chandelier that comes crashing to the floor and so much more.” Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 12, 2 p.m. on Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 and 19, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 20. Tickets range from $14 to $20 and can be purchased at www.wlwmusical.com or by calling 248-956-4625. All seats are reserved. Cleveland said they sold over $2,000 in tickets the first day, and he expects to sell out all six shows.

Milford production embraces tolerance and self-acceptance

Huron Valley Milford High School’s production of “Honk!” features (dance group in back) Nicollette Montgomery, Rachel Carreri, Linnea Kynast, Abby Johnson, and Renee Beaudoin; and (flying group) Curtis Schmitt, Shaun Richardson, Kaleb Reilly, Kaitlyn Weickel, and Hailey Grigereit. (Photo submitted by Megan Weeks, Milford High School English Department)

The cast of West Bloomfield High School’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” includes, from left to right, junior Daniel Cooper (Dr. Harper), sophomore Cathrine Hug (Mrs. Harper), and senior Gabriel Kadian (Abby). (Photo submitted by the West Bloomfield High School Drama Department)

“Honk!” is a musical adaptation of the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story “The Ugly Duckling,” which embraces the message of tolerance. The musical is a family-friendly rendition, aimed primarily at children and their parents. “We love its message of tolerance and self-acceptance,” said Megan Weeks, the production’s stage director. “It’s about finding out who you are and that sometimes it’s good to be different. It also shows how you should treat others with respect, regardless of our differences.” In a countryside setting, Ugly is a duckling rejected by everyone except his mother because he looks different than the rest of her brood. Disillusioned and disheartened, he is lured away by a sly tom cat and embarks on a new journey of self-discovery. The book and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe and the music is by George Stiles. The musical takes the original story — and then recalibrates it with humor. PAGE 10 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯

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Come enjoy the “Music of the Night” as Walled Lake Western High School performs the longest-running show in Broadway history: “The Phantom of the Opera.” For those unfamiliar with the wildly successful Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, here’s a brief synopsis: “Far beneath the majesty and splendor of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom (senior Collin Kuss) in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protege Christine Daaé (junior Kelsey Murphy) is so strong that even her heart cannot resist.” While this musical may be the biggest challenge Western’s Drama Department has taken on, director Greg Cleveland said they love challenges. “Our creative team loves to give our students a chance at an ‘almost Broadway’ kind of experience. This is certainly that,” he said. And the students appreciate the experience. “It’s exciting to round out my on-stage career with doing a major role in a major Broadway show like ‘Phantom,’” said senior Jack Philipson, who plays Raoul. Added castmate Jillian Wright, a junior: “Being in ‘Phantom’ takes a lot of commitment and hard work, but it’s so much fun, and just you wait — it’ll be amazing.” To tackle the challenge, much work was put in all summer by both the creative team and the students, many of whom worked on their vocal and acting skills. The cast includes 55 members and 25 orchestra players. “Participating in the musical is such a great experience. The people that I have met, and the memories I have made, will stay with me forever,” said junior Rachel Zack. Added senior Jerrie Young: “I’m the happiest when I’m on stage, showing people what I love to do — perform!” Also playing an important part of this

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“There is a lot of innuendo, which is funny because it’s a children’s story,” said James Richardson, who secured the lead role of Ugly in the “Honk!” production. “It’s funny for adults, but some of the material passes over kids’ heads,” he said. The story also veers from the original story by infusing some unique characters. Auditions began last May; a second round was conducted in September. “We try and expose our kids to different types of plays,” Weeks said. “We haven’t done a children’s play since 2008 when we performed ‘Seussical.’ Maybe next year we will do a romantic musical so the kids experience another type of a production.” The 65-member cast of “Honk!” is comprised of 42 Milford High School students, one teacher, and a mix of 23 middle and elementary school students. “Each year, the productions seems to get bigger,” Weeks said. “This time we’re using more younger kids and that’s exciting because it sparks their interest in theater.” The following represents the Honk!

main characters cast list: • Nancy Boyd, Ida; • James Richardson, Ugly; • Kaleb Reilly, Cat; • Nate King, Drake; • Meghan Griesbeck, Maureen; • Kaitlyn Weickel, Queenie; • Renee Beaudoin, Lowbutt; • Jack Prey, Greylag; • Emma Spadoni, Dot; • Clayton Maxwell, Turkey; • Rachel Carreri, Henrietta; • Alecia Morris, Grace; • Amelia Redding, Penny; • Hailey Grigereit, Ma Swan; • Curtis Schmitt, Pa Swan; • Nicollette Montgomery, Magpie; • Nikki Leonard, Snowy; • Kryzia Garza, Pinkfoot; • Bailey Geise, Barnacles; • Abby Grillot, Fluffy (duckling); • Olivia Mouradian, Beaky (duckling); • Julia Twigg, Billy (duckling); • Karen Braun, Downy (duckling); and • Mr. Kynast, Bullfrog. Richardson auditioned for the lead uncertain if he’d land the part given his lack of theater experience. “I was in choir and wanted to expand on that in performing arts,” Richardson said. “I didn’t have theater (experience) prior, so I’m really thankful for being in

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Audiences will see the works of William Shakespeare unfold in a new and interesting way by Lakeland High School students during the November performances of the “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” “It’s a comedic look at all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays condensed into 90 minutes,” said Cyndi Dailey, the show’s producer. Fast-paced and funny, the play is a mix of pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue. The play is an eclectic creation. Heroes and villains MacBeth and McDuff take the spotlight, and the second half is a spin on “Hamlet.” For a fresh and contemporary perspective, “Othello” will be performed in rap form, and there will also be a scene from “Romeo and Juliet.” “We will also sprinkle different charters into the production such as ‘King

Lear,’ ‘Henry VIII,’ and ‘(The Life and Death of) King John,’” Dailey said. “There are sword fights, a cooking show, a football game and lots and lots of death scenes taking place.” Currently the 16-member cast is practicing three times a week over a 9week period in preparation. Cast members include: Blaine Mizer; Trent Henry; Riley Day; Sarah Fitzgerald; Isabella Busby-Priest; Adriana Hatchard; Alayna Patten; Cristina Brewer; Gabi Kirsh; Hannah Day; Katie Loder; Emily Sculthorpe; McKenzie Straub; Samuel Newton; Tristan Raak; and Whitney Wagner. This is Mizer’s fourth production with the theater group, and this time around, he plays one of five leads. Although he plays two female roles, he views it as a challenge rather than an affront to his masculinity. “I play Ophelia and Juliet — it’s hilarious,” he said. “I wear two wigs and two dresses, and must speak in falsetto the whole time, but I don’t mind. The whole thing is pretty funny, and one of the funnier shows I’ve been in.” Lakeland Players Community Theater member Mike Brody is the director. Dailey and Julie O’Brien are producers. Tickets are $10 at the door or they can be purchased online by visiting www.lakelandhs.com via the pay schools account. Performances are Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Lakeland Center for Performing Arts located at 1630 Bogie Lake Road in White Lake.

Two West Bloomfield casts performing classic dark comedy West Bloomfield High School students will be performing in the comedic play, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” which will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3, Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. An additional matinee will be on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. All tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at the school’s theatre department website, wbhstheatre.com, or by calling Karen Brody at 248-8656720. The play is a dark comedy written in 1939 by American playwright Joseph Kesserling. It follows the story of Morimer Brewster, a drama critic in Brooklyn as he ponders marriage while dealing with his peculiar family. According to the synopsis provided by West Bloomfield High School, “The Brewster sisters exist as the epitome of etiquette and charm. Though childless themselves, they’ve spent their lives dotPAGE 11 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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ing on their beloved nephews, contributing to numerous charities, and endeavoring to offer a little comfort and peace to as many lost souls who come upon their doorstep as they possibly can. “Of course, even the Brewster sisters have ‘their peculiarities.’” The play was also made into a movie in 1944 that was directed by Frank Capra and starred Cary Grant. Patrons will have the chance to see two separate casts perform as the play was double-casted because of the size of the drama department. “We’ve never limited the number of kids who wanted to act,” said Micah Green, the school’s theater arts program director and theatre arts instructor. “It’s an absolute classic comedy that has held up over the years and is every bit as much as it was in the 1940s when it started.” Auditions for the production began in the third week of September and the students are in their fifth week of rehearsing. Each cast will have two performances, with the “J” cast performing on the evenings of Nov. 3 and Nov. 5, while the “M” cast will perform on the evening of Nov. 4 and in the matinee on Nov. 5. The role of Mortimer Brewster will be played by Brian Baylor and Jonathan Israilov while Aunt Abby Brewster will be played by Kendall Cafaro and Gabriel Kadian. Jonathan Brewster will be played by Tyler Ekizian and Ari Zucker while Aunt Martha Brewster will be played by Meghan Jolliffe and Josie Kirsch. Dr. Herman Einstein will be played by Alison Hacker and Olivia VonOpel while Elaine Harper Brewster will be played by Rose Filipp and Lauren Sallen. Teddy Brewster will be played by Zach Jirik and Zach Levine, while Officer Patrick O’Hara will be played by Jason Pauli and Adam Rozenberg. West Bloomfield High will also be putting on a student-directed production of “Snow White” for children with a daytime performance on Dec. 3 and a public performance on Dec. 4.

Kettering musical chosen with 50th anniversary in mind Kettering is presenting its version of the hit musical “Grease” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17, 18 and 19. Ticket prices are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for all others. Tickets can be purchased online at www.waterford.k12.mi.us/kettering/dra ma club. “‘Grease’ was chosen in honor of Waterford Kettering’s 50th anniversary

Mott students working on February production Waterford Mott students performed the play “Don’t Mention My Name,” Thursday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 22. The cast members included Justice Ewing, Ashley Acord, Emily Strub, Jacob Johnston, Kylie Stidham, Arynne Loebl, Gabe Caleca and Destiny Brendt. Mott will also perform the musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in February.

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Waterford Kettering High School students practice for their upcoming performance of the musical “Grease.” Sitting in front is Grace Sutherland, who plays “Patty Simcox,” and Joey Nadon, as “Sonny.” Standing (left to right) are Alex Hawkins as “Danny Zuco,” Kyle Gundlach as “Rodger,” and Taylor Buda as “Jan.” (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard) and it was the first musical performed in our existing Performing Arts Center,” said Chris Tyle, the play’s director and Kettering’s theater instructor. “In terms of the production, our performing arts department here at Kettering has worked collaboratively to bring this popular show to life.” Tyle said the show’s crew includes himself along with Choir Director Michelle Harness, Band Director Scott Adkins, Choreographer Allison Ritter, who is also a language arts teacher at Kettering, and Technical Director Jason Pratt. “We have also had tremendous support from Mike Harness’ (Michelle Harness’ husband) set design and construction, as well as our costume crew lead by parents Mary Morgan and Joan Sutherland,” Tyle said. “We are expecting a strong turnout for all performances due to the familiarity of the production and the community support Waterford has provided for previous productions at Kettering, especially musicals.” “Grease” is a 1971 musical centered around Rydell High School in 1959. It traverses the trials and tribulations of a group of teenagers, whether those are love or cars. The musical was made into a movie in 1978 starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The role of Danny Zuko, made famous by Travolta, will be played by junior Danny Hawkins. “It’s going to be one of the most fun things I’ve ever done,” Hawkins said. “It’s an honor and I was speechless when I was chosen.” Maggie Morgan, a junior, will play the role of Sandy. “It’s always hard to play that role that everyone knows. You want to put

Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes will present its rendition of “Humbug High” on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. in the Our Lady Theater. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. “Humbug High” is a retelling of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” in a high school setting with the main character of Eddie Scrooge at age 17. ❏

yourself into it and still be recognizable,” Morgan said. “I was just auditioning for any role in the play, but I was excited about Sandy.” The Pink Ladies are rounded out by Frenchy (Madeline Ike), Jan (Taylor Buda), Marty (Maddy McCafferty) and Rizzo (Abi Leitch). The T-Birds consist of

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to help a limited number of families and we want to step up as a church community and reach out to those in need. We know the recent reductions of welfare services in the state will affect many people in our midst.” All proceeds from the race will be given to Hospitality House and Open Door. It costs $20 to register for the 5K run and $5 for the 1 mile event. Hospitality House is a food pantry that serves the residents of the Walled Lake Consolidated School District and West Bloomfield Township, and supports southeast Michigan’s fight against hunger by providing advice and aid to pantries in other cities. The Open Door Outreach Center serves families in Waterford, White Lake, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Commerce, Walled Lake and Wixom by providing food, clothing, referral information, and other services to those in need. For more information on Outrun Hunger event, call 248-887-3700 or go to gracechurchinfo.net/events or look them up on Facebook. ❏

Main Street in Milford will be closed to traffic for an hour beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, for the Milford Business Association’s Boo Bash event for children, who are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat at downtown stores and businesses. (Photo courtesy of Amber Lights Photography in Milford)

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Sake at 440 N. Main Street. “Retailers will give out candy and other merchants from Milford will come in. Last year we had between 600 to 700 kids participate.” Goodnough, the Boo Bash event’s organizer, also said that prizes for costumes will be given out, with categories ranging from best costume and cutest costume. Prizes will include goodie bags and gift certificates to area businesses and shops. “We did this so people could trick-or-treat in their own neighborhoods,” Goodnough said. Milford Township and Milford Village have also set their trickor-treat hours for Halloween on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. ❏

Trustees will mull Sears Lake motors at public hearing By Michael Shelton staff writer

The Milford Township Board of Trustees has set a public hearing date of Nov. 16 — it’s next official meeting — to discuss an ordinance amendment that would authorize

the use of electric motors on Sears Lake. The board’s action came on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Currently, Sears Lake is regarded as a “no-motors lake,” but the Sears Lake Community Association has stated that its board has received requests from residents to allow electric motors on the water. Proposed guidelines for an amendment to the ordinance include capping electric motors at no more than 45 pounds of thrust and not allowing more than one motor per boat. The association is also suggesting that no more than two boats with motors be allowed per dock and that boats with motors must be owned by Sears Lake residents. A Sears Lake resident must also be in a boat at all times during operation, unless that person is contracted by the association and working on weed control. All boats with motors would also need to have display stickers issued by the association, and boat operators would have to follow all state boating laws. The amendment first came up at the township’s board meeting on Sept. 19, but the board postponed any consideration because it wanted the association to further discuss with residents exactly what they were looking for. Township Supervisor Don Green said that no additional action has been taken regarding Sears Lake and an electric motors amendment. Lou Henry from the Sears Lake Community Association was not available for comment prior to press time. ❏

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Willow Lane land question up to city voters on Nov. 8 By Leslie Shepard staff writer

It will be up to Orchard Lake voters to decide during the Tuesday, Nov. 8 general election whether the city should vacate a portion of city property on Willow Lane. The property is located on the west shore of Orchard Lake on Willow Lane, off of Old Orchard Trail near Birchway, and juts out where Willow Lane deadends. According to the Orchard Lake City Charter, before the City Council disburses, vacates or abolishes any city property, such action must go before the public for approval. The ballot language speaks only to whether the voters favor a sale of city property. There is no mention of price or to whom it must be sold. “We were asked to vacate land to build a house — it interferes with building on the property,” said Mayor Bruce McIntyre. The official ballot language reads as follows: “Shall the City of Orchard Lake Village vacate, discontinue and abolish 40 feet of roadway located at the end of Willow Lane, formerly known as Troy Street, in the City of Orchard Lake Village, and then sell the vacated portion of the road?” “Essentially if the electorate votes yes, it gives us the authority, but it doesn’t mean it will be sold. We just can’t sell the property without the voters’ approval to do it,” McIntyre said. The parcel was initially platted nearly 50 years ago as part of the Cuthbertson Resort subdivision. Now the road ending is a grassy, non-improved trail that projects into a 1.56-acre parcel currently for sale at 44890 Birchway. No actual street is visible, but because of the way the lots were laid out originally in the area, these 800 square feet intrude sideways into a privately-owned piece of lakefront land. The current owner and petitioner apparently has an offer, but without the Willow Lane property, the land sale may not move forward given that it is a critical piece of land located at a potential building site. The parcel creates a larger building area without the need for variances, and provides the means to install utilities and/or driveways.

Waterford resident Jeff Hill has transformed his house and yard on Hospital Road at Pershing, into a haunted walk that lights up at night. The front of his house is disguised with wood pallets, and his yard is decorated with tombstones, spider webs, skeletons, ghosts, and an old pick-up truck. “I’ve been doing this for the past five years,” Hill said. “This year it took me about a week to construct. I do it for the kids.” (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

“There’s been a lot of inquiries in the past on the property,” said Director of City Services Gerry McCallum. “Obviously it’s to the benefit of those people who purchase the lot to have this parcel included.” An appraisal was performed and pegged the value of the petitioner’s overall property at $750,000, with the encumbrance of the Willow Lane portion valued at 10 percent, or $75,000. The owner of the adjacent property is in the midst of having a second appraisal conducted. “We’re in a quandary. The voters’ approval would give us the right to vacate it, but we don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s dependent on other matters like the second appraisal,” McIntyre said. ❏

Plan for pathways to come before Highland board By Angela Niemi staff writer

The Highland Township Planning Department has been assembling a

master plan looking to incorporate non-motorized pathways in the township. According to Jenny Frederick of the township’s Planning Department, the sidewalk master plan was initiated after township planners finished the recreation plan. “After we did the recreation plan, citizens said one of the priorities was to get pathways in Highland,” Frederick said. “So, in some ways, this is like an addendum to the recreation plan.” The need for a master plan for sidewalks also partly arose from the township hoping to get state and federal funds through the Federal Highway Administration’s Safe Routes to Schools program. “That program allows us to add pathways up to a two-mile radius around the K-8 schools,” Frederick said. The safety pathways to schools — in addition to the Highland Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) plan to add sidewalks on both sides of Milford Road from M-59 south to Snooks Butcher’s Shoppe/Colasanti’s Produce — are most likely the first

projects to be completed of the fiveyear plan, according to Frederick. The master plan includes both a five-year plan and a 10-year plan. Other pathways included in the five-year plan are as follows: • One mile of mode or woodchip paths at Downey Lake Park; • A safety side path on North Duck Lake Road; • A one-quarter-mile safety side path on Harvey Lake Road; • A continuous 8-to-10-foot-wide path along the entire length of Highland Road across the township; • A 6-to-8-foot-wide path along Livingston Road; and • A path along East Wardlow Road from Duck Lake Road to Vero Drive. Frederick said that after the school safe routes and the separate DDA project, the township would have to decide which routes to prioritize first. They would most likely be funded by state and federal money, as well as Board of Trustees allocations and assessments. The master plan is set to go before the township board for approval at its Wednesday, Nov. 9 meeting. ❏


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Village notches top rating in audit for last fiscal year By Michael Shelton staff writer

Plante & Moran auditors presented the 2010-11 audit report to the Milford Village Council at its Monday, Oct. 17 meeting, including an unqualified opinion — an auditor’s highest level of quality assurance. According to the audit report, the total general fund revenue for the fiscal year was reported at $2.22 million, with property taxes accounting for $1.18 million, state sources of funding at $455,344, service charges making up $159,713, and $158,012 coming from special assessments. Total general fund expenditures added up to $1.945 million, with $1.178 million going to public works, $567,995 going to general government, $120,361 spent on public safety, and $17,168 paying for debt service. The general fund balance was reported at $949,798, up from $829,428 from the beginning of the fiscal year. Total governmental activity expenses totaled $5.909 million, while total governmental activity revenues added up to $6.285 million. The total governmental fund balance totaled nearly $5.19 million, up from about $4.80 million at the beginning of the fiscal year. Plante & Moran also reported that the village’s combined net assets decreased by 2.8 percent from the previous fiscal year, from approximately $22.9 million to $22.2 million. The firm also stated that governmental-type expenditures decreased by 5 percent while governmental revenue increased 2 percent, even though the village’s property tax revenue decreased by 18 percent. Plante & Moran auditors stated that the revenue increase was due to an increase in the police department millage rate and because of the levy of a special assessment for refuse collection. The firm also reported that the mild winter led to decreased equipment rental revenue and lower transfers to both the major and local street funds. ❏

Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) can be tricky on a moving horse, but this little starlet maintained her balance and poise at the Highland Equestrian Conservancy’s fund-raiser, Dancing With Horses, at the historic Hoffman Farms in Highland Township on Sunday, Oct. 23. The Dancing With Horses event is a fund-raiser featuring a dazzling display of riding disciplines, including vaulting, dressage, barrel racing, trick horses, reining, jumping, and a mounted drill team. (Photo courtesy of Greg and Michelle DuFour)

Leave of absence requirement for candidates nixed By Angela Niemi staff writer

The White Lake Township Board of Trustees has approved drafting a change in the township’s policy and procedures governing municipal employees’ political activity. The board’s action came at a Tuesday, Oct. 18 meeting. The proposed change is to include a rewrite of the policy as it applies to those who are already a township employee and want to run for township office such as treasurer, supervisor, or clerk. According to township officials, under the current policy, if a worker or employee of the township wants to run for a public position, they have to take a leave of absence for 60 days prior to the election. The rationale behind this policy is to prevent the township workers from having an advantage over other candidates because, as township employ-

ees, they would have access to the public that other candidates would not. However, the board has opted to rewrite this policy to allow township employees to continue working while they run for office. This would allow employees to not have to take a leave without pay for those 60 days. The rewritten policy and procedure is expected to come before the township board in November for final adoption consideration. ❏

HAVEN and home repair fund get CDBG funding By Leslie Shepard staff writer

The Wolverine Lake Village Council approved using reprogrammed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from 2009-2011, along with a new allocation, in order to bolster the village’s minor home repair fund and increase its contribution to Help Against Violence Encounters Now

(HAVEN). The council’s decision came following a public hearing held on Wednesday, Oct. 12. “We increased the amount from $2,500 to $3,000 to HAVEN because it provides a valuable service to the community and it has suffered some funding cuts,” said Village Council President John Magee. However, communities must follow a certain criteria when divvying up federal CDBG funds among public service agencies like HAVEN. “We can’t give more than 15 percent of the allotment to public service programs, which HAVEN is, but the minimum is $2,500 so we can’t give more than $2,500,” explained Treasurer Mike Kondek. “Therefore, I will be advising council of the maximum and to put back the $500 toward minor home repair.” For 2012, the village’s CDBG allocation is pegged at $10,077 for disbursement at will, contingent upon a delineated criteria. Reprogrammed funds of $739.18 from 2009, $3,500 from 2010, and $4,715 from 2011 equates to

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50 YEARS AGO Oct. 26, 1961 A private plane owned by W.R. Bradley of 17350 Anchester in Detroit made a forced landing in back of Walled Lake Senior High School on South Commerce Road Friday, Oct. 20. He left Detroit Metropolitan Airport early that evening bound for Pontiac but fog and ice brought on a severe visibility handicap that forced him to look for a place to set down. Mr. Bradley stressed that the special 182 Cessna plane gave him absolutely no trouble in this flight and that poor visibility was his only reason for circling and landing. His radio was OK, but he could not reach any field within a 5 mile radius and he hesitated to try to go further. 40 YEARS AGO Oct. 27, 1971 Voters in Commerce Township and Wolverine Lake Village will go to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 2 to decide whether they should proceed further with plans for cityhood. Contrary to some opinions, the present ballot proposition does not create one city from the two existing governmental units, it only allows area residents to start working on a city charter. Even though you may support the creation of a city charter next Tuesday, there will be no change in present township or village government. Until you approve a charter, there is no cityhood. 30 YEARS AGO Oct. 28, 1981 The hauler who more than 10 years ago carted barrels filled with hazardous chemicals to illegal dumps in Rose and Springfield township may have also taken industrial waste to a site near White Lake in Highland and White Lake townships. William Murphy of the state department of natural resources (DNR) environmental enforcement division said last week an informant who led officials to dumping grounds in Rose and Springfield has given less specific information about the so-called "White Lake Dump." DNR law enforcement officers have shared the reports with county and local officials but have been unable to discover the dump's whereabouts.

The recent discovery of the world's largest known population of an endangered mussel species has caused the Oakland County Road Commission to delay its plans to widen a Waterford Township bridge. The bridge, a portion of Cooley Lake Road that crosses the Clinton River just south of Cass-Elizabeth Road, was scheduled to be widened from two lanes to five lanes in the spring, according to John Joy, the road commission's information officer. But the discovery of early 400 bean vilosa mussels near the bridge has forced the road improvement project to be postponed for several months. Joy said he had no idea how much the delay would cost the commission, or how much it will cost to save the rare and endangered mussels. 10 YEARS AGO Oct. 24, 2001 A competitive field and the increasing value of real estate in Commerce Township may be contributing factors to the expected loss of three area golf courses in the near future. Township Supervisor Tom Zoner said he expects that property currently used for the sport at Bogie Lake, Union Lake and Baypoint golf courses appear headed for residential use in the not-too-distant future. Four other golf courses remain in Commerce Township: Edgewood Country Club, a privately owned facility on Commerce Road; the par-three Glenlore on Sleeth Road; El Dorado Country Club on Pontiac Trail; and the Links at Pinewood, a facility in the southern portion of Commerce. Zoner said it's possible that one or more of those remaining courses could be subject to a change in ownership or switch to residential development.

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$8,954.18 that will be reserved for minor home repairs next year. “We tend to use much of the CDBG funds for home repairs since people have been using the fund for this due to the recession,” Magee said. “We started to put money aside to then do the retro-fit in the downstairs village (hall) bathroom like we did with the upstairs, to become (Americans with Disabilities Act) ADA-compliant, but felt minor home repair was a more urgent need for the community,” he said. The minor home repair program assists low-income families. County residents can contact Oakland County’s Community and Home Improvement Division for an application at 248-8585401 or toll-free at 1-888-350-0900, ext. 85401, or visit www.oakgov.com/chi. “With the need in the community, it’s a worthwhile purpose,” Kondek said. The CDBG program provides funds to benefit low- and moderate-income residents to renovate older housing, revitalize neighborhoods, provide human services, and rebuild community infrastructure. Projects beneficial to an individual or family are judge based on income and projects beneficial to the community in general and may only occur in census tracts which meet federal department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) criteria for lowand moderate-income. Currently, HUD identifies only one such census tract in Wolverine Lake, the Heron Hills area located in the panhandle of the village. CDBG programming runs from May 1 through April 30 each year. Wolverine Lake submitted its 2012 program year application by the Nov. 30 deadline. Monies should roll in sometime in June. ❏

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Township e-mail system failure prompts study By Michael Shelton staff writer

The West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees voted Monday, Oct. 10 to authorize Supervisor Michelle Economou Ureste to take measures to address the failure of the township’s e-mail system that took place during the end of September and the beginning of October. The board requested that Ureste “provide a full written evaluation from an outside professional source, including source recommendations from the evaluation.” Ureste is also required to make sure “she has a complete an fully functioning technology plan provided to the board, and that she also bring the board a written emergency failure plan.” The township’s e-mail system failed on Thursday, Sept. 29. Township Clerk Cathy Shaughnessy said at the Oct. 10 township board meeting that the township government was handicapped and that the integrity of records was compromised by the failure. “My staff had to physically retrieve documents they would normally get via e-mail,” she said, adding that it was the township’s second major system failure in the past 90 days. Shaughnessy also said that township Information Technology (IT) Director Mark Osinski told her on Oct. 5 that a resolution to the problem was beyond the IT Department’s capability. Shaughnessy also said Osinski told her that he needed to get approval from Ureste to bring in an emergency consultant and didn’t receive that until Thursday, Oct. 6. Ureste countered and said that the township was working with technicians since the server failure on Sept. 29 and that HewlettPackard and Hi-Tech were available every single day during that period. Osinski said that there was a delay, but it was partly due to an issue regarding the township’s contract with Hewlett-Packard. Township Trustee Steve Kaplan said Ureste’s report is due on Nov. 14 at the township board’s next meeting. ❏


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Meetings set to address Lansing’s schools agenda By Leslie Shepard staff writer

Huron Valley Schools (HVS) is hosting a pair of forums this week to discuss education funding and possible reforms already in the legislative pipeline. The initiative is being spearheaded by the HVS Grassroots Committee, which is comprised of a group of parents that examine legislative issues. “We will be discussing the general state of education in addition to the parent education empowerment package of bills going through the (state) Senate,” said HVS Grassroots Committee Member Kim Galbraith. The bills — Senate Bills 618 to 624 — revolve, in part, around open enrollment, charter schools and cyber schools. “Cyber schools come in and can have kids from other states, and take per-pupil funding and pocket the difference as profit, whereas public school dollars all go into public school programming,” said Superintendent Jackie Johnston. “Moreover, the requirements for performance measurement, transparency and funding are not the same as for traditional public education,” Galbraith said. According to a study conducted by Stanford University in 2009, 17 percent of charter schools reported academic gains that were significantly better than traditional public schools, while 37 percent of charter schools showed gains that were worse than their traditional public school counterparts, with 46 percent of charter schools demonstrating no significant difference. “The bills uncap charter schools and they potentially take money away from public schools and the evidence doesn’t support that they’re better,” Johnston said. The bills are evidently gaining momentum in the state Senate. “It’s frustrating how quickly these bills are moving and would dilute the pool of public school finances,” Johnston said. “At a minimum, as a public, we need to hold these entities to the same accountability and transparency with public funds and that’s not how the bills are written.” The goal is to hold the forums to bolster awareness. “After already eliminating the

Employees of the Waterford School District Food and Nutrition Services were recently recognized at the White House by attending a ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday, Oct. 17, in honor of their participation in the HealthierUS School Challenge, which is a voluntary national certification effort for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. From left to right are Food and Nutrition Services Director Robert Brady, Sandburg Elementary School teacher Pam McCreery, Sandburg Principal Steve Garrison, Food and Nutrition Services Manager Doreen Simonds, Finance Director Bill Holbrook, and Sandburg teacher Autumn Frazier. (Photo courtesy of Rhonda Lessel)

Michigan Business Tax and leaving a financial hole to fill, now there’s some discussion of eliminating the personal property tax — that’s $550 million of the school aid portion,” Johnston said. “We’re not entering into a tax discussion, but if they do that, then (they need to) find replacement money and I’m not sure there’s interest to replace it.” There will be two opportunities for parents, property owners and the community at large to attend forums, including today, Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Milford High School, located at 2380 S. Milford Road in Highland; and tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Lakeland High School, located at 1630 Bogie Lake Road in White Lake. “The challenge is that we’re not making the impact we want, but our parents are so passionate about this and the Grassroots Committee is attempting to work with the legislators to let them know our concerns,” Johnston said. ❏

Revised bullying policy slated for adoption Nov. 3 By Leslie Shepard staff writer

The Huron Valley School District has finalized a comprehensive antibullying and harassment policy that the Board of Education will be considering for adoption on Thursday, Nov. 3. The proposed new policy provides expectations and guidelines for each school to use. The policy will also include consequences for those who are found to be in violation. Huron Valley’s goal is to continue to help students learn to recognize bullying behaviors, understand what motivates bullies, devise new strategies for standing up to bullies and realize the need to seek adult help to ensure schools are healthy and safe places for learning. “We’ve been doing bullying preven-

tion all along, but this is part of a process and an education process,” said Huron Valley Director of Community Relations and Fund Development Janet Roberts. The proposed policy defines bullying and harassment and strictly prohibits these acts, in any form, to create a safe, respectful environment. “The state Board of Education put out suggested language and this policy mirrors that,” Roberts said. “We’re trying to be proactive knowing the (state) Legislature would require the same policy.” Some of the bullying and harassment acts defined include bullying behaviors “based on any actual or perceived characteristic, such as sex, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, height, weight, marital status, and expression of a mental, physical, or sensory disability or impairment; or by any other distinguishing characteristic.” PAGE 20 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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Five students from Walled Lake Central, Northern, and Western high schools have proven their academic meddle and qualified to be among an elite group of National Merit Scholar or National Achievement Scholar semi-finalists. Pictured from left to right are Walled Lake Central’s Candyce Jessamy, a National Achievement Scholar semi-finalist; Walled Lake Northern’s Jacob Rees, a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist; Central’s Jocelyn Hanson, a National Achievement Scholar semi-finalist; Walled Lake Western’s Kevin Roback, a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist; and Walled Lake Western’s Tiffany Bryant, a National Achievement Scholar semi-finalist. (Photos courtesy of the Walled Lake Consolidated School District)

Five Walled Lake students among academic elite By Angela Niemi staff writer

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ive students from the Walled Lake Consolidated School District have qualified as National Merit Scholar or National Achievement Scholar semi-finalists. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships which is entered by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and by meeting the program participation requirements. Over 1.5 million students take

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Bullying and harassment also includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome physical contact of any kind, taking and/or damaging personal belongings or extorting money, and blocking or impeding movement. Verbal taunting, along with psychological or emotional harassment including spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, or engaging in social exclusion or shunning, extortion, or intimidation, are also included in the proposed policy, along with other gestures and other socially aggressive acts. In addition, sexual harassment, hazing, and/or inappropriate use of technology as a means of bullying or harassment is prohibited. “It includes cyber-bullying and ‘sexting’ that were added to address new technology,” Roberts said. The proposed policy would apply

the test each year with around 16,000 achieving semi-finalist status. The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding black American high school students, who enter both the National Achievement and National Merit Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Of the more than 160,000 students who enter the program, about 1,600 are named semi-finalists. Jacob Rees from Walled Lake Northern High School is a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist and is applying to the engineering schools at Purdue, the University of Michigan, and the University of Texas. He is a member of National Honor Society (NHS), has earned to students, as well as any other person in the school environment, including employees, school board members, parents, guests, contractors, vendors and volunteers. This policy applies to all activities in the district, including activities on school property. Consequences for a student who commits an act of bullying or harassment would be judged individually, and would be consistent with consequences defined in the district’s code of conduct, ranging from reprimand to expulsion or suspension. “It’s very clear as to the actions and consequences and how to report cases so there’s no confusion,” Roberts said. Remedial measures will also be carried out to mitigate bullying or harassment. Retaliation against any person for reporting an act or acts of bullying or harassment is prohibited. Intentionally falsifying bullying or

varsity letters in track and marching band, and earned the bronze award on the National Spanish Exam. Kevin Roback is a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist from Walled Lake Western High School who serves as the section leader for cellos in the school’s orchestra program and has been a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony for three years. He also volunteers with SMILES, a youth orchestra group which plays for senior citizens. He hopes to pursue a career in geology. Also from Western is Tiffany Bryant, a National Achievement Scholar semi-finalist who hopes to study pre-veterinary medicine at Michigan State University. She plays the alto saxophone, is a French Club officer, a member of NHS, and volunharassment reports to get someone in trouble would also be prohibited. Retaliation and intentional false reports may result in remediation and/or disciplinary action. ❏

Anti-bullying effort will add six more schools by spring By Michael Shelton staff writer

The Waterford School District is doing its part to combat bullying by continuing to implement an internationally-recognized bullying prevention program in its schools. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program was selected for implementation in 2008 and its goals are to not only reduce and prevent bullying incidents, but also improve relationships among students. The district states by the spring of

teers at Loon Lake Elementary School. There are two National Achievement semi-finalists from Walled Lake Central High School — Jocelyn Hanson and Candyce Jessamy. Hanson is looking to attend the University of Michigan, Boston University, or the University of Chicago to study pre-med and is involved in Spanish Club, NHS, and Walled Lake Central Environmentalist Club. Meanwhile, Jessamy hopes to attend Michigan or Chicago to study neuroscience. She is a member of the varsity volleyball team and the track and field team, is in NHS, and volunteers in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. ❏ 2012, six elementary schools will join the district’s other six elementary schools and two middle schools in having the program implemented. Waterford Durant High School, formerly known as Waterford Alternative High School, will also see the program put in place during the spring. October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Waterford was awarded a $5.75million grant in 2008 from the U.S. Department of Education for a Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative. Back in September 2010, the Department of Justice also awarded Waterford Schools a $299,255 grant, to be distributed over a three-year period for the district to start a community-based mentoring program for young people. The grant was awarded to help provide mentors to students between the ages of 12 and 17 who have been involved with the juvenile justice system or are at risk of court involvement. ❏


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LOCAL MATTERS business notes transitions awards ❐ Westlake Health Campus in Commerce Township received the Platinum Award for customer service excellence at the 2011 Trilogy Health Service Annual Fall Meeting, which was held on Oct. 12-13 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The award was based on customer satisfaction results from a semi-annual survey Trilogy sends to residents and their family members. Westlake Health Campus received recognition for their customer satisfaction scores in Staff Attitude, Quality of Nursing Care, Food Quality, Activity Programming and Appearance/Cleanliness. Westlake Health Campus is a Trilogy Health Services community and offers a full range of personalized senior living services including assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, adult day services, skilled nursing services, and respite care. For more information, visit www.westlakehealthcampus.com or call 248-363-9400.

benefits ❐ Easter Seals Michigan (ESM) is asking women riders to sign-up now for its upcoming 25th Anniversary For Women Only (FWO) Snowmobile Ride at Garland Lodge & Resort in Lewiston, Mich. from February 3-5, 2012. During its quarter century history, FWO has raised more than $2.25 million for Easter Seals’ Children’s Developmental Therapies and Services (CDTS). These funds are especially important to families who need valuable early intervention treatments which are not covered by insurance. In honor of its 25th Anniversary, Easter Seals’ goal is to recruit more than 50 women snowmobile enthusiasts to help raise $25,000, benefiting the agency’s mission to support people with disabilities so they can successfully live, learn, work and play in their communities. A $100 registration fee is applied toward each rider’s $500 minimum fundraising commitment. For more information, visit www.essmichigan.org or contact 248.475.6411.

weekly agenda ❐ Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in November offered by the Oakland County Business Center, at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location specifics visit

www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call 248-858-0783: • Pre-Business Research Workshop will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3; • Social Media Marketing, Part 2, will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8; • CEED Microloan Orientation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 9; • Fundamentals of Starting a Business will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10; • WBE Certification Orientation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16; • Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17; and •Social Media Marketing, Part 3 will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30. ❐ Providence Park Hospital in Novi is offering free varicose vein screening from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at its outpatient center located at 47601 Grand River at Beck Road. Those attending will learn what types of treatment are available for varicose veins including surgical procedures, compressive stockings, sclerotherapy and laser ablation. Registration is required so that they may staff accordingly. The free screening will be conducted by Comprehensive Vascular Care, P.C., Dr. Kevin Nolan, Dr. William Oppat, Dr. Tamer Boules. Enter the campus off of Grand River and come to the main entrance of the Outpatient Center. To schedule the time of your screening, call 248-424-5748.

chamber notes ❐ The Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business luncheon featuring Chris Chelios on Nov. 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The luncheon will be held at Knollwood Country Club in West Bloomfield. Tickets are available by calling the chamber office at 248-6263636. The cost is $50 per person and autographs will be available. Seating is limited, so please make your reservation soon. Event sponsorships also are available. For more information, contact the Chamber office. ❐ The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the new membership of the following businesses: • Precision Tree & Shrub Services, Inc., Mark Perry, Holly, MI 48442, Ptshrub126@comcast.net, www.Ptshrub.com, phone 810-7501075. Tree service. • Comcast Business Class, Pamela

Dover, 4112 Concept Drive, Plymouth, MI 48170, pameladover@cable.comcast.com, phone 248-233-4537. Telephone & internet/data/internet television. • Fresco Pizza Café, Teri Fuller, 145 S. Milford Road, Milford, MI 48381, www.Frescopizzacafe.com, phone 248714-5916. Restaurant. • Norman Werner-Real Estate One, Norm Werner, 560 N. Milford Road, Milford, MI 48381, normwerner@comcast.net, www.movetomilford.com, phone 248684-1065, cell 248-763-2497, fax 248-684-6520. Real Estate. • Buffalo Wild Wings, Melissa Jones, 9745 Village Place Blvd., Brighton, MI 48116, bwwbrighton@sbcglobal.net, facebook.com/bwwbrighton, phone 810227-2999, fax 810-227-2913. Restaurant. • Buffalo Wild Wings, Melissa Jones, 5223 Highland Road, Waterford, MI 48327, bwwwaterf o r d @ c o m c a s t . n e t , facebook.com/bwwwaterford, phone 248-674-9464, fax 248-674-7224. Restaurant. • Huron Valley Hearing, Richard Wandzel, D.O., F.O.C.O.O., 222 W. Highland Road, Highland, MI 48357, Doctorsoos@msn.com, www.wandzel.com, phone 248-8897600, fax 248-889-5876. Hearing Aids/Testing/Sales and Service. • Richard Wandzel, D.O., F.O.C.O.O., 222 W. Highland Road, Highland, MI 48357, Doctorsoos@msn.com, www.wandzel.com, phone 248-8897600, fax 248-889-5876. Physicians, ear, nose and throat. ❐ The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of Chamber events, visit www.huronvcc.com: • Community Awards Luncheon, noon, Thursday, Nov. 3. Location is to be determined. The Chamber will recognize the businesses and individuals who have contributed outstanding service to the community, through their civic, political, charitable, business or educational activities. • Coffee Club, 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, March Dentistry, 165 S. Milford Road, Milford. Admission is free. • HVCC Ambassador Meeting, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Milford Police station Conference Room, 1100 Atlantic Street, Milford. • Multi-Chamber Business to Business Holiday Mixer, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Hines Park Ford, 56558 Pontiac Trail, New Hudson, MI

48165. Huron Valley Chamber members are invited to join Brighton, Plymouth, Lakes, Novi and South Lyon chambers for this multi-chamber morning mixer. Members are encouraged to share their marketing materials on tables provided. Networking and breakfast provided. $5/person. Proceeds will go to a local charity or charities. Advance reservations required. Contact the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce at 248-685-7129. • HVRN Wednesday Group, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Comeback Inn, 1451 S. Milford Road, Highland. • Off the Clock Connect, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, location is to be determined. Hosted by the Chamber Ambassadors. This is an after hours networking group that will meet the second Thursday of every month. • HVRN Wednesday Group, 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Comeback Inn, 1451 S. Milford Road, Highland. • HVRN Tuesday Group, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, Milford Fire Station, 325 W. Huron, Milford. • New Member Meet & Greet, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, Huron Valley State Bank, 130 S. Milford Road, Milford. Hosted by Huron Valley State Bank and the Chamber Ambassadors, members are invited to learn more about the benefits of membership at this free gathering. Find out how to get the most of your membership. Reservations helpful. Contact the Chamber office at 248-685-7129. ❐ The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of Chamber events, call 248-624-2826 or visit www.lakesareachamber.com: • Ambassador Meeting, 9:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Chamber Offices, 305 N. Pontiac Trail, Suite A, Walled Lake; and • Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual Expo, Taste and Fun Fest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, Walled Lake Central High School located on Oakley Park Road in Commerce Township. Food, fun, workshops, shopping, meeting local business owners. ❐ The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that in partnership with the Clarkston, Auburn Hills and Pontiac Regional Chamber, the 5th annual Small Business Conference will be held from 8:15 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Oakland Schools. The conference draws area business owners, professionals, employees and

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Area Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $75. Oakland Schools is located at 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. ❐ The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of Chamber events, call 248-666-8600 or visit www.waterfordchamber.org: • Perking Up at Performance Line Too! Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8-9 a.m. Join the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce for the next Perking Up Waterford event. Enjoy a continental breakfast and network with fellow chamber members. Meet potential customers and build solid relationships enhancing your business growth. Registration requested. ❐ The Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of Chamber events call 248-626-3636 or visit www.westbloomfieldchamber.com: • West Bloomfield and Novi Chamber Lunch, “Government Resources Impacting Businesses,” 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Courtyard by Marriott in Farmington Hills. $20 Preregistration is required. The keynote speaker will be Michigan Business

Ombudsman, Amy Banninga. She will provide an update on Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) projects and major initiatives. The MEDC recently launched Pure Michigan Business Connect, a marketplace that provides opportunities for Michigan businesses to buy and sell to one another. Amy Banninga leads the Interdepartmental Collaboration Committee for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. The Interdepartmental Collaboration Committee is working to build collaboration across state government, and implement solutions and new approaches that further economic development and placemaking at the state and local level. • November Mingle Mix & Meet, Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the 7 Bar & Grill located on the southeast corner of Maple and Orchard Lake Road in the Old Orchard Plaza. The fun will start at 5:30 p.m. so come on out and mingle. Appetizers will be served and cash bar available. Stay on for dinner and make a great evening of it. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child to donate to Toys for Tots. Admission is free for chamber members and $5 for nonmembers. Registration is requested by Monday, Nov. 14. Call 248-626-3636.

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PUBLIC SAFETY Deputy injured in foot pursuit; teen charged A 17-year-old Commerce Township girl was arraigned on Tuesday, Oct. 18 on charges that included resisting arrest and causing injury to a police officer after allegedly attempting to strike Oakland County Sheriff’s Department deputies with a vehicle. Causing injury to a police officer is a 4-year felony, while resisting and obstructing arrest is a 2-year felony. The suspect is also charged with reckless driving. The girl was allegedly acting as the getaway driver for two male suspects who had allegedly stolen several bottles of alcohol from the Meijer store on Haggerty Road in Commerce Township. Deputies were able to locate one of the suspects in the area, while the other was reportedly located in the car driven by the girl. When fleeing the scene, the girl allegedly attempted to strike deputies with her car. When deputies were able to stop her car, she fled on foot. One of the deputies fell during the foot pursuit and dislocated his shoulder. The girl was taken to Oakland County Jail. One of the male suspects, an 18-year-old Commerce resident, was also taken into custody, while the other suspect, a 17-year-old from Walled Lake, was cited for retail fraud and released. ❏

W. Bloomfield police investigating vandalism Owners of a residence on Haggerty Road in West Bloomfield Township returned home from vacation on Monday, Oct. 17 to find the interior of their home vandalized. The homeowners came to their house and couldn’t get in the front door because the second bolt was deadlocked and they didn’t have a key for it, saying that they don’t usually lock it. They then walked around to the rear and saw the basement windows broken and the screen to the bathroom torn apart. When they got inside the house, they found the interior of their home destroyed, with the walls spraypainted, dry goods such as food dumped all over the house and liquids such as salsa and ketchup on the walls and furniture. Some of the walls also had holes in them and bottles of alcohol were dumped and broken. In the garage, oil and transmission fluid were dumped onto the floor. The only item stolen was a guitar.

New White Lake Township paid on-call Firefighters were sworn in at the Oct. 18th Board meeting by Township Clerk Terry Lilley. Pictured from left to right are Mark Birkholz, Julian Gross, Larry Ostrowski, Charles LaFlamme, Myles Pierce, Neal Graff, and Dustin DeFore. They will serve a two-year probationary period while gaining experience to eventually become veteran members of the department. The new firefighters will fill positions that have been vacated over the past few years. The department is made up of 17 full-time and 27 paid-on-call personnel. “We do not accept just any applicant,” said White Lake Township Fire Chief Tony Maltese. “These probationary personnel are all White Lake residents that have gone through an extensive screening process including a physical ability test, comprehensive written test, oral exam/interview, background investigation, physical exam and drug testing. We are proud to have them join us and appreciate their commitment to the community.” (Photo submitted by White Lake Township Fire Department)

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Tires, rims, radios stolen from several vehicles Police in Wixom are investigating a slew of larcenies from automobiles that occurred Sunday, Oct. 16 in the 28000 block of Oakland Oaks. Police were dispatched once one of the victims saw his Chrysler vehicle up on cement blocks with its tires and rims missing after he left work for the day. The officers also observed four brand new Jeep Wranglers in the northeast corner of the lot missing tires and rims, as well as radios and navigation units. A pair of the vehicles were mounted on cinder blocks and the other two were on the ground. Another pair of new Jeep Wranglers located on the north side of the building were also missing radio and navigation units. Police found all the vehicles

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Two men arrested while unloading trailer Milford police recently arrested two men on outstanding warrants and for alleged possession of marijuana while they were unloading surfboards and skateboards. The incident took place at 2:05 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, when an officer saw a Dodge Ram pickup truck with a black enclosed trailer in front of a residence on Peters Road. Two white males, age 22 and 40, were unloading surfboards and skateboards from the trailer and laying them on the ground in front of a residence. Both men said that they were temporary employees of a company that

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Lakes area road construction updates M-5/PONTIAC TRAIL/MARTIN PARKWAY ROUNDABOUT (Commerce Township) • Closure: Pontiac Trail between M-5 and Welch Road. • Detour: Welch Road to Maple Road to Haggerty Road and back to Pontiac Trail, and vice versa. • Notes: Crews are currently erecting signs and lighting. Road work is nearly complete. Throughout construction, Pontiac Trail east of M-5 will remain open, and traffic will be permitted to travel from northbound M-5 to eastbound Pontiac Trail and from westbound Pontiac Trail to southbound M5, but traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Currently traffic has been shifted to the southeast quadrant of the roundabout from the temporary road. • Completion date: Approximately Nov. 1. • Cost: $5 million. BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION/I-96 BETWEEN MILFORD ROAD AND KENT LAKE ROADS (Milford Area) • Closure: Single lane closure on I-96 in each direction between Milford and Kent Lake roads on weekends and weekdays during non-peak hours. North and south ramps from Kent Lake to westbound I-96 will remain closed until end of November. • Completion date: Winter. • Cost: $15.5 million. • Notes: The first bridge reconstruction project to be undertaken will be the bridge over the Huron Valley Trail east of Milford Road.

M-59 MAINTENANCE PROJECT (Highland and White Lake townships) • Completion Date: Approximately Nov. 15. • Cost: $4 million. • Notes: Highland Road will not be closed at any time during the project. Single-lane closures will be restricted to weekday and weekend hours between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Weekend lane closures will be minimized in central business districts. MILFORD/DAWSON INTERSECTION WORK (Milford Township) • Closure: None planned. • Completion date: Oct. 28. • Cost: $700,000, split between Milford Township, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), and the county government. • Notes: Both Milford and Dawson roads will remain open in both directions at all times throughout the project, but there will be lane closures on Milford and, at times, the road will be reduced to one lane between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays with traffic directed by flaggers. PONTIAC TRAIL/MAPLE INTERSECTION MAINTENANCE (Walled Lake) • Completion date: Undetermined. • Notes: Work is taking place as crews are available on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. One lane in each direction on Pontiac Trail and Maple east of Pontiac Trail will remain open.


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SEMCOG: 1,836 car-deer crashes in county last year By Leslie Shepard staff writer

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) has released new vehicle-deer crash statistics indicating Oakland County is the site of the most crashes in the seven-county region. Oakland County also ranks second statewide. According to SEMCOG, there were 6,062 vehicle-deer crashes in southeast Michigan in 2010. SEMCOG’s crash data was received from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center. Oakland County had the most vehicle-deer crashes in the seven-county SEMCOG region (1,836 crashes; 5.5 percent of all crashes) and ranked second in Michigan last year. Kent County was ranked first. However, St. Clair and Livingston counties experienced the highest percentage (20 percent) of vehicle-deer crashes compared to overall crashes in

Vehicle-deer crashes are more prevalent now for a couple of reasons, including rapid development in previously rural areas and a statewide deer herd four times larger than in 1970 and 10 times larger in southeast Michigan.

southeast Michigan, where the average was 5 percent. The state average is 19.8 percent. The regional figures from 2010 represent fewer vehicle-deer crashes than what were reported in 2009 (6,560) or in 2008, when there were 6,278. Although there were no fatalities in

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As weather cools, piers will be taken from public lakes By Angela Niemi staff writer

The leaves have changed color and fallen. The temperatures have turned colder, and the days have grown shorter. It’s only a matter of time before the first snowfall and before the lakes begin to freeze — which means it’s time for boating piers to be removed from west Oakland’s public access lakes. The state parks and recreation areas that operate some of the boating access sites will be removing boat ramp piers within the first couple weeks of November. Here is a list of state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public access sites in the area and the dates of their scheduled pier removal: • Big Lake in Springfield Township, Nov. 14; • Cass Lake in Waterford and West Bloomfield townships, and Keego Harbor and Orchard Lake Village, Nov. 7; • Loon Lake in Waterford Township, Nov. 14; • Maceday Lake in Waterford Township, Nov. 14; • Lake Oakland in Waterford Township, Nov. 14; • Orchard Lake in Orchard Lake Village, Nov. 7; • Lower Pettibone Lake in Highland Township, Nov. 14; • Teeple Lake in White Lake Township, Nov. 14; • Tipsico Lake in Rose Township, Nov. 14; • White Lake in Highland and White Lake townships, Nov. 14; • Long Lake in Commerce Township, Nov. 13; • Union Lake in West Bloomfield and Commerce townships, Nov. 13; • Bass Lake, Nov. 13; • Wolverine Lake, Nov. 13; and • Proud Lake in Commerce Township, Nov. 13. While campground staff workers at the Proud Lake Recreation Center will pull out the pier at Proud Lake, the rest will be pulled out by the state Department of Natural Resources Mount Clemens staff, according to Andrew Cole, the park supervisor at Dodge Park No. 4 on Cass Lake in Waterford Township. And the piers won’t be back until sometime in the spring. “Normally they are put back in, I would guess, the early part of April,” Cole said. A Recreation Passport is required at

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the following DNR boating access sites in western Oakland County: • Orchard Lake; • Union Lake; • Lake Oakland; • Wolverine Lake; • White Lake; • Big Lake; • Long Lake; • Loon Lake; • Maceday Lake; and • Tipsico Lake. A Recreation Passport — which has replaced traditional state park/recreation area vehicle entry permits/stickers and special permits for use of designated boating access sites — can be obtained when renewing a license plate online, by mail, at self service stations, at a Michigan Secretary of State office, or when getting a new license plate. The passports cost $10. For more information, e-mail DNRE-passport@michigan.gov or contact the Recreation Passport call center, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, at 517-241-PARK (7275). ❏

State park Friends group’s annual meeting is Nov. 2 By Angela Niemi staff writer

The Friends of the Highland Recreation Area will be having their annual meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 2. It will be held at the White Lake Township Community Building with appetizers served at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will follow at 7 p.m. with a recap and overview of the organization’s 2011 activities at Haven Hill. Haven Hill is the remnants of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford family estate, which are located in the Highland Recreation Area. At one time, the estate included a lodge, a gatehouse, a carriage house, a pool, a tennis court, fountains and gardens, a sheep barn, horse stables, a dam, and nature trails. While some structures — such as the stables and lodge — have been lost to fire, and others like the sheep barn have been damaged by storms, the Friends of Highland Recreation Area group has been working to bring the gatehouse, carriage house, and the barn back to life while maintaining the integrity of the original designs.

The piers at the Dodge Park No. 4 boating access site in Waterford Township (above) are scheduled to be removed for the season on Nov. 7 (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

lake levels LAKE LEVELS Following are the lake level readings for lakes and rivers across the western Oakland lakes area, as compiled by Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John P. McCulloch’s office. Legal levels are denoted by elevation in feet from sea level; current levels are denoted as plus or minus the legal in hundredths of feet. River depths are measures from the river bottom, at point of measurement. WATERWAYS Cass Cedar Island Commerce Dawson Mill Pond Duck Fox Huron River Long Loon* Maceday-Lotus Middle & Lower Straits Mohawk Oakland-Woodhull Orchard Oxbow Pontiac Shawood-Walled Lake Schoolhouse Scott Sylvan-Otter Union Upper Straits Watkins White Williams

LEGAL LEVEL 927.87 934.00 906.30 928.60 1016.63 930.00 1.08 933.06 949.30 966.70 930.70 949.30 957.50 930.20 942.00 962.83 932.80 949.30 951.00 928.60 927.07 930.80 950.00 1018.60 964.92

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10/14/11 +1.33 +.39 +.42 +.03 +.09 +.32 +.40 +.12 +.23 +.02 –.01 +.28 +.05 +.35 +.35 +.20 +.38 +.20 –1.49 +.08 +.18 +.32 –.16 –.05 +.08

*Reading for Loon Lake, in Waterford Township, also applies to Mohawk–Wormer Schoolhouse, Silver and Upper Silver Lakes.

10/21/11 +1.37 +.35 +1.20 Legal +.15 +.47 +.78 +.12 +.20 +.20 +.04 +.31 +.24 +.34 +1.00 +.19 +.40 +.30 –1.36 +.05 +.16 +.40 –.20 +.45 +.56

The organization held its 2011 season kickoff event on April 30 at the Edsel Ford Gatehouse. Informational displays were available for visitors to read about the FOHRA’s efforts and plans. The lodge footprint was open to the public for walking tours. Displays featured photos and historical descriptions of the property. Refreshments were provided. The group held its Haven Hill Festival 2011 on Saturday, Aug. 27, offering a chance for local residents to celebrate the natural and historical resources of the Highland State Recreation Area, which is designated as a historical site, state natural area, and a national landmark; and giving the group a chance to raise money for its restoration and preservation efforts. A lot of the work over the past couple years has focused on the barn and gatehouse. A few summers ago, the barn was damaged by a storm, and the FOHRA group has spent the past couple of summers cleaning up the area in addition to cleaning and painting the gatehouse. The White Lake Community Building is located at 7500 Highland Road in White Lake Township and is across the street from the White Lake Township offices. ❏


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Former party chief pleads no contest in ‘Tea Party’ case By Kirk Pinho assistant editor

A year after a one-person grand jury was convened to investigate allegations of fraud and voter deception involving a former Oakland County Democratic Party chairman and a party political operative, Michael McGuinness has entered a “no contest” plea in McGuinness Oakland County Circuit Court to a series of misdemeanor and felony charges stemming from the so-called “Tea Party” scandal. McGuinness, the former county party chairman, is scheduled for sentencing at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7. He had been slated for a final pre-trial hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 19, with his trial commencing on Monday, Oct. 24.

A message left with McGuinness’ attorney, John M. Allen, was not returned prior to press time. McGuinness was facing six counts of forgery and perjury, while Jason Bauer, the party’s former political director, faces the same counts, plus three other charges for allegedly violating provisions of the Michigan Notary Public Act when he notarized what were allegedly fraudulent 2010 candidate affidavits for Aaron W. Tyler, who was running for the county Board of Commissioners 2nd District seat; Ruth A. Spearman, who was running for the Board of Commissioners 4th District seat; and Johnathon Michael Young, who was running for the state Senate’s 12th District seat. Uttering and publishing (forgery) is a 14-year felony; perjury is a 5year felony; and violations of the Notary Public Act are 1-year misdemeanor offenses. The county board’s 2nd District represents Highland Township, the village of Holly, and Holly, Springfield and Rose townships. District 4 represents portions of Waterford and Independence townships, and

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The Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (CMHA) is in the beginning stages of negotiations with county officials to lease space at a vacated building at the county’s Pontiac complex at 1200 N. Telegraph Road. According to Paul Hunter, manager of Facilities Planning and Engineering with the Oakland County Facilities Management Department, initial plans are for the CMHA to renovate the roughly 48,000-square-foot building north of Elizabeth Lake Road at the authority’s cost. The project would likely be bonded, Hunter said, but the renovation costs for the building — which has been vacated for a few months — have yet to be determined. “We’re just developing the space planning and schematic design and, from that cost estimate, we’ll decide later how much we’ll bond for,”

Hunter said, adding that it will be a “couple of months” in the bonding process and another few months in construction and pre-design. He anticipated a late winter or early spring timeline for bidding the project out and construction. Mary Griffiths, director of planning and community development for the CMHA, said the authority is looking to “consolidate all of our crisis intervention and access and screening functions that we contract for through Common Ground in one site.” “Right now, we have them located in a number of different buildings and it will make it easier to provide the services to everyone if they are all in one spot,” she said. “It will be good for staffing in that we don’t have to have multiple staffs and different places, and the location is good.” Griffiths said the former nursing home will be renovated to accommodate office space for CMHA staff. The CMHA has a budget of $303 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-12, with just over 80 percent of that spending plan’s revenues coming from Medicaid. ❏

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New U.S.-Canada bridge proposal hits a roadblock By Kirk Pinho assistant editor

After weeks of hearings in a critical state panel overseen by a lakes area lawmaker, efforts to gain approval for a new bridge linking the United States and Canada — which has been staunchly opposed by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge, among others — have failed to garner enough support to move forward, Kowall striking a blow to Gov. Rick Snyder’s policy agenda. The state Senate Economic Development Committee, which is chaired by state Sen. Mike Kowall (RCommerce, Highland, Milford, Walled Lake, Wixom, Wolverine Lake, White Lake, Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield), failed to report out Senate Bill (SBs) 410 and 411 last week, which would

have created the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) Act. Calling the whole situation a “debacle,” Kowall said he voted against the legislation because it would create “an unregulated, untethered agency” that would have sweeping powers over condemnation and taxation. “The fact that a span is going to eventually be needed, I don’t think there’s a debate about that, but the process has been skewed,” he said. “The first thing you need to do is get a Presidential permit, which the states need to go through in order to get a border crossing. That hasn’t even begun yet. Why would we put the cart in front of the horse?” Kowall — adding that there are “too many questions” about the proposed span linking the U.S. and Canada at this point — said his committee has heard cost estimates for the project ranging from $2 billion to $4 billion. However, the Coalition Supporting the New International Trade Crossing lamented last week’s proceedings in the state’s upper chamber. “We are deeply disappointed in the Senate committee’s failure to move

the New International Trade Crossing legislation to the full Senate for a vote,” the group stated in a press release. “A majority of senators on the committee support the building of the NITC, they just have to craft a piece of legislation that everyone can agree to. We urge the governor and the Legislature to continue to work to find a compromise that a majority of senators can support. We encourage the Legislature to put partisan politics aside and put the economic interest of our state and our workers first.” ❏

Bettering indigent defense at crux of new panel’s tasks By Kirk Pinho assistant editor

Four Oakland County residents — including a Circuit Court judge and two state lawmakers — have been tapped by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on a 14-member panel that will examine how to improve legal representation for those who can least afford it. Circuit Court Judge Colleen

O’Brien, as well as Sylvan Lake attorney Judith Gracey and state Reps. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills) and Ellen Lipton (D-Royal Oak), along with 10 others, will serve on the Indigent Defense Advisory Commission. According to Snyder, the quality of legal representation indigent defendants receive vacillates significantly across the state, which prompted the commission’s creation. The panel will make recommendations for delivering costeffective and qualified legal representation to the governor’s office and the state Snyder Legislature by July 15, 2012. “A core principle of our criminal justice system is to guarantee that an individual charged with a crime be entitled to legal representation, even if they are unable to hire private counsel,” Snyder said in a press release announcing Executive Order 2011-12. “The commission will work to ensure that all criminal defendants receive effective assistance of counsel.” ❏

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accountability.” Dubbed the Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Initiative, the proposal’s sponsors in the state Legislature include state Sen. David Robertson (R-Waterford). “Secure and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy,” he said in the release. “The legislation we’re introducing as part of this initiative will increase election disclosure and promote integrity. For example, anyone who tries to skirt campaign finance rules by Johnson not filing will face steep consequences. Our citizens deserve no less.” Highlights of Johnson’s proposal include: • Tougher campaign finance laws, punishment for which could include felony charges and forfeiture of campaign funds for the most serious offenders; • A move to prevent stealth political efforts by requiring organizations to file campaign finance

reports to keep the public in the loop about who is funding and behind those organizations; • Cleaning up Michigan voter rolls, which the release said include deceased people and non-Michigan residents; • Establishment of an Election Crimes Unit that would include an Election Day response team and hotline so serious allegations can be investigated; • Expanded use of electronic or “e-pollbooks” at the polls on Election Day to prevent fraud and reduce clerical errors; • New policies for after polls close; and • Post-election audits and closing photo ID loopholes. “Some of the people on what is called our Qualified Voter File aren’t ‘qualified’ at all — they’re dead, they’ve moved out of state or they’re not U.S. citizens,” Johnson said in the release, referring to research done by the Pew Center on the States that shows 102.54 percent of eligible adults in Michigan were registered to vote. “That doesn’t add up and indicates vulnerabilities in the system.” ❏

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IN OUR OPINION

Indigent legal defense panel Creation of 14-member body a step in the right direction T

hree years ago, the National Legal Aid & Defenders Association released a blistering critique of the manner by which 10 sample Michigan counties — including Oakland — provide legal counsel to those who are deemed unable to afford a defense attorney. Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Snyder took a step in the right direction by appointing a 14-member panel — four members of which are from Oakland County — to study the issue of indigent criminal defense and tasking that body with making recommendations to his office and the state Legislature by the summer of 2012. We hope that, in the nine months or so the group has to formulate recommendations for improvement, a series of proposals come forth that will redress some of the issues raised in the June 2008 report. In a news release issued earlier this month, Snyder said that the quality of legal representation for those who can least afford it varies greatly across the state, thereby necessitating the panel — which includes Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Colleen O’Brien, a Rochester Hills resident; Sylvan Lake attorney Judith Gracey; and state Reps. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills) and Ellen Lipton (D-Royal Oak), along with 10 others. The members of the Indigent Defense Advisory Commission represent the legislative and legal fields, as well as members of the general public. The panel will make recommendations for delivering cost-effective and qualified legal representation during each stage of the legal proceedings to the governor’s office and the state Legislature by July 15, 2012, under Executive Order 2011-12, which also stipulates that the commission will be dissolved by Dec. 31, 2012.

The executive order, issued on Oct. 13, tasks the commission with making recommendations that meet the following criteria: • Being fiscally responsible and cost-effective while taking into account the current economic condition of the state and local units of government; • Being responsive to jurisdictional variances and local community needs; • Ensuring that indigent defense is free from undue political interference and conflicts of interest; • Ensuring that the right to legal counsel is delivered by effective legal representation at each critical stage of the proceedings in a manner that is consistent throughout the state; and • Striving to ensure that government-funded criminal defense attorneys are sufficiently trained and supervised, appropriately qualified, and adequately compensated. The panel consists of 10 gubernatorial appointees, and four appointees of the Republican leaders of both the state House and state Senate — one Democrat and one Republican from each chamber. None serving on the commission will receive compensation for their service, although necessary travel expenses to and from meetings will be reimbursed according to pertinent state rules and statutes. When the National Legal Aid & Defenders Association report, “A Race to the Bottom: Speed and Savings Over Due Process: A Constitutional Crisis,” was released three years ago after a year-long study, many county and state officials in the legal system agreed with certain aspects of the report — including the poor pay for public defenders. Some county jurists disputed

what they claimed was a misleading characterization of the oversight system in place for public defenders. But putting that aside, there is little debate about the vacillating quality of the public defender system in the state. Three years ago, a slew of public officials and other members of the legal community agreed that improvements could be made to the system, one which is guaranteed under the Michigan and United States constitutions. The variety of members on the new panel, as well as the diversity of the group’s geographic makeup (non-Oakland County members are from Hastings, Okemos, Kalamazoo, Brighton, Grosse Pointe Park, Dearborn, Portland, Chelsea, Fawn River, and Detroit), will offer a variety of perspectives on the situation as it currently stands, and will hopefully yield an equally diverse set of ways to address the discrepancies in effectuating a consistent and competent public defender system in Michigan. Another positive aspect to the panel’s creation is that the members will serve unpaid, with the exception of a modest travel expenditure reimbursement — a small price to pay in difficult economic times for fresh ways of revamping the public defender system. In addition, the panel will be disbanded at the end of 2012, a move that will ensure a relatively speedy turnaround with proposals and that the body won’t languish in an already beefy state bureaucracy. The Indigent Defense Advisory Commission, we hope, will put forward honest — and fiscally realistic — ways to improve the public defender system in Michigan. ❏

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ichigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has unveiled several election reform proposals to ensure election integrity by closing loopholes and requiring more transparency and accountability. Some of the proposals are warranted. However, we need to see specific legislative language seeking to implement other changes before we can fully weigh in. Legislative sponsors of Johnson’s Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Initiative reportedly will include state Sen. David Robertson (R-Waterford). Highlights of the initiative include: • Tougher campaign finance laws, including felony charges and forfeiture of campaign funds for the most serious offenders; • Requiring organizations to file campaign finance reports to keep the public in the loop about who is funding and behind those organizations; • Cleaning up Michigan voter rolls, which reportedly include deceased people and non-Michigan residents;

• Establishment of an Election Crimes Unit that would include an Election Day response team and hotline so serious allegations can be probed; • Expanded use of electronic or “e-pollbooks” at the polls on Election Day to prevent fraud and reduce clerical errors; • New policies for after polls close; and • Post-election audits and closing photo ID loopholes. Having organizations file campaign finance reports certainly is worthwhile. This would help shed some light on “stealth” political efforts by injecting a fair measure of transparency into the campaign finance system. There’s no reasonable argument against cleaning up Michigan voter rolls. Johnson references a Pew Center on the States study indicating there’s more Michigan adults registered to vote than there are eligible adult voters. That obviously doesn’t add up and needs to be resolved.

Felony charges and forfeiture of campaign funds by the most serious campaign finance law offenders are worthy of consideration. However, we need to see the details of this proposal before we can take a firm stand. The same goes for expanded use of “e-pollbooks” at the polls, new policies to follow after polls close, post-election audits, and closing photo ID loopholes. Establishing an Election Crimes Unit is an intriguing idea. Our only hesitation on this proposal is the potential cost involved. This is no time for an expansion of state government or increased spending. We’ll be curious to see what this proposal will cost and whether that cost will be covered through cutbacks elsewhere or via fines paid by violators. In the meantime, we’re disappointed that Johnson’s reform initiative doesn’t include no-reason absentee voting, which we believe would improve voter participation and therefore make election results more representative of the public’s will. ❏


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Clearing the air From Hannah Provence Donigan, Commerce Township: The following letter was sent Sunday, Oct. 16. I learned recently the deadline for inclusion in the next addition of the Spinal Column Newsweekly is Friday by 3 p.m. Thus this letter was not included in the Oct. 19 edition. Thank you for answering my letter (“Mail Bag concerns,” Oct. 12). If my words were misinterpreted: (1.) I suggested editing to make

some letters more understandable; (2.) I did not advocate censoring nor deleting letters; and (3.) I did not imply letters were omitted or overlooked for “malicious” (your words) reasons. I realize letters can be misplaced; mistakes are made. I hope my words “These comments are not made to criticize” are taken in good faith. When I write, I attempt to be honest, offer constructive suggestions and avoid libelous or malicious language. As a postscript: On Oct. 12 I wondered why the inclusion of my letter was

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township’s budget director, Shellye Dade, for their efforts in producing the township’s 2012 proposed budgets. These reports were produced far earlier than the December deadline. The budget process is intricate and cumbersome, and is particularly difficult in light of declining revenues for municipalities. Supervisor Ureste and Budget Director Dade worked diligently and capably in preparing these budget reports. They overcame an unexpected obstacle — namely, several computer hardware malfunctions. The preparation of these budgets had to take into account the recent concessions made by the township’s seven employee union groups. The community is well served when the annual budget process is conducted in an accurate and efficient manner. ❏

Support the Jobs Act From Joe Hargrove, Commerce Township: I completely support (President Barack Obama’s) American Jobs Act. We need teachers teaching, firefighters fighting fires, and police officers policing the streets. As our economy declined, our crime increased. Let’s hire the good guys and fire the bad guys — now and in November. ❏

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR ■ Jewish Ensemble Theatre:”Imagining Madoff,” drama, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays now through Nov. 13, Jewish Community Center, 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield. 248-788-2900 or www.jettheatre.org. ■ St. Anne Catholic Church:Youth Ministry’s Haunted Forest fund-raiser, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Oct. 2829, Wojo’s Greenhouse, 2570 Oakwood Road, Ortonville. 248-627-3965, ext. 132. ■ Byers Homestead: 2011 Boo Bash, tricks, treats, and costume photos, hot spiced cider and other refreshments, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 213 Commerce Road, Commerce. $1 admission. 248-363-2592. ■ Clarkston United Methodist Church: Emily Schmidt Memorial Trunk or Treat Trot fund-raiser for Blessings in a Back Pack Mission, 5K walk/run and 1 mile “fun run,” 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 6600 Waldon Road, Clarkston. 248-625-1611, ext. 233 or www.clarkstonumc.org. ■ Team Huron Valley Special Olympics: Bowling fundraiser and Silent Basket Auction, with bowling and pizza, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Waterford Lanes, 7100 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford. $25 admission per person. Emails: Ted Hall at bear@thvso.com, Don Treanor at dtreanor@americanwarehousing.com or Darlene Garrison at garrisond@huronvalley.k12.mi.us; or call 248-684-8143. ■ Knights of Columbus, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Council No. 7444: Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 3 & 17, St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Commerce Road, Milford. 248-363-0646. ■ Wixom Walled Lake Lions Club: Meeting 7 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 3 and 17, Big Boy Restaurant, Pontiac Trail and Maple Road, Walled Lake. 248-683-9439 or 248-685-7646. ■ Grace Church is sponsoring an “Outrun Hunger” 5K Fun Run/Walk, Saturday, Nov. 5, at Commerce Commons Pathways. All proceeds go back to the community. Times and registration info at gracechurchinfo.net/events or call 248887-3700. ■ Lakes Area Garden Club: Meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, village of Wolverine Lake Offices, 425 Glengary, Wolverine Lake. 248-624-1501.

■ Milford United Methodist Church: Crafters wanted for Holiday Marketplace, Saturday, Nov. 12, 1200 Atlantic Street, Milford. 248-684-2798.

❐ Divorce Care: Support group meeting for adults and children, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, Brightmoor Christian Church, 40800 W. 13 Mile, Novi. 248-755-9533.

❐ Waterford Senior Center: Art Expression, 9 a.m. Thursdays, 3621 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Registration. 248-682-9450.

■ St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows: Crafters and vendors wanted for craft show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 1955 E. Commerce Road, Milford. 248366-5394 or email ccathys@comcast.net

❐ Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: Meeting, 6 p.m. Fridays, Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Road, Commerce. 248-807-8667 or foodaddicts.org.

❐ West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Senior Programs: Line Dancing, 11 a.m. Fridays at the Corners, 4640 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. Registration. 248-4511900.

■ Dad’s of Foreign Service: Bingo, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, VFW Post 4156, 321 Union Lake Road, White Lake. Light dinner, snacks available for purchase. www.vfw4156.org or 248-698-8302.

❐ Independence Village of White Lake: Volunteers needed part time for bingo, coffee chat, walking group, etc., 935 Union Lake Road, White Lake. 248-360-7235.

■ Rotary of West Bloomfield: Meeting, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Henry Ford Medical Center, second floor, southwest corner of Farmington and Maple roads. 248-5200095. ■ Big Chief Chorus: Rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford. 248-698-9133 or 248-5632109. ■ Huron Valley Council for the Arts: Knitters circle, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Highland Station House, Highland. 248685-9015. ■ (Breakfast) Optimist Club of Waterford: Meeting, 7:15 a.m. Thursdays, Big Boy Restaurant, M-59 and Airport Road, Waterford. 248-6733493. ■ Multi-Lakes Conservation Association: All-you-can-eat fish fry, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, 3860 Newton Road Commerce. 248-363-9109. ■ Grace Hospice: Volunteers with reliable transportation needed to visit terminally ill patients and family members in our communities. Free training and classes are now forming. 1-888-937-4390. ■ Catholic Social Services of Oakland County: Senior companion volunteers needed to support adults with developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic mental illness, as well as the physically frail and homebound. 248559-1147, ext. 3434.

SUPPORT GROUPS ❐ Celebrate Recovery: Alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual addition recovery meetings, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Life Point Christian Church, 501 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. 248-682-1747.

❐ Over-Eaters Anonymous: Recovery from compulsive eating, 12-step program, meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 5301 Hatchery Road, Waterford. ❐ MOMS Club of Waterford South:Support group for mothers at home, weekly activities, monthly meetings, third Friday of the month, Waterford area. momswaterfordsouth.webs.com. ❐ Postpartum Depression Support Group:Meeting, 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Commerce. 248-937-5220.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES ❐ Calvary Lutheran Church: In conjunction with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, “Senior Fit,” free exercise program for ages 55 and up, 11 a.m. to noon, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9101 Highland Road, White Lake. Registration. 1-800-372-6094 or 248-625-3288. ❐ Dublin Senior Center: Manicures by Angela, Friday, Oct. 28, 685 Union Lake Road, White Lake. Registration. 248-6982394. ❐ Highland Adult Activity Center: Bingo, noon Mondays and Wednesdays; Sit’N’Stitch, 10 a.m., and movie with popcorn, noon, Fridays, 209 N. John Street, Highland. 248-887-1707. ❐ Richardson Community Senior Center: Knitting and crochet group, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 1485 E. Oakley Park, Commerce. Registration. 248-926-0063 or commercetwp.com. ❐ Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church: Senior Stretch and Tone, 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. Fridays, 2399 Figa Avenue, West Bloomfield. 248-6820770.

❐ Wixom Senior Center:Annual Senior Halloween Party, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. Registration. 248-624-0870 or wixomgov.org.

PARKS ❐ Huron-Clinton Metroparks Photo Contest: Photos taken at any of the 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks can be entered to win. Photo entries will be accepted now through Thursday, Nov. 3. Contest rules and entry information is posted at www.metroparks.com. ❐ Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center: Beastly Bones and Sinister Skulls,” 1 p.m.; “Owl Prowl,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29; Creepy Crawlies Under the Scope, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake. Registration. 1-800-477-3192 or 248625-7280. ❐ Kensington Farm Center: “Pick Your Pumpkin Hayrides,” noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, now through Oct. 30, Kensington Metropark, Milford. Registration. 248-684-8632. ❐ Kensington Nature Center: Leave No Trace Camping for Scouts, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29; Webelos-Forester, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Kensington Metropark, Milford. 248685-1561 or 1-800-477-3178.

LIBRARY EVENTS ❐ Commerce Township Community Library: Halloween, children’s special event, stories, trick or treat fun, 2-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 2860 N. Pontiac Trail, Commerce. 248-669-8108 or commercelibrary.info. ❐ Highland Township Public Library: Clay Animals, 4:30 p.m. and Estate Planning, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland. Registration. 248-887-2218. PAGE 42 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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Obituaries

BERGER, JACK N., of Waterford; October 17, 2011; age 85; born November 27, 1925, in Washington, DC. CHRISTENSEN, JOYCE BESLEY, 85, died October 18th, 2011, in Novi Michigan. Joyce was born on August 11, 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah, daughter of Cecil Shores Besley and Stephen Henry Besley, MD. D'SILVA, FIDELIS JOSEPH, was born on April 24, 1946 in Hyderbad, India to Syprian and Florine D'Silva. He died October 17, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 65. GLOVER, TERESA LOUISE (Rogers), age 46; was embraced by the light on October 16, 2011. Wife of Ron Glove. KIRCHNER, ERWIN MAX, of Grand Blanc, formerly of Waterford; October 18, 2011; age 82. Loving husband of Pat (Hocevar) for 61 years.

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LIBRARY EVENTS ❐ Milford Public Library: Story TimesBaby Fun, 10 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and 14; Tiny Tots, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 1, 8 and 15; Terrific Twos, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 2, 9 & 16, 330 Family Drive, Milford. Registration. 248-6840845. ❐ Walled Lake City Library: Learn how to work with our lender to avoid foreclosure with HUD certified counselors, 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 1499 E. West Maple, Walled Lake. Registration. 248-624-3772. ❐ Waterford Township Public Library: Friends Used Book Sale, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, 5168 Civic Center Drive, Waterford. Registration. 248-6724831. ❐ West Bloomfield Public Library:Tot Spot Fall 2011, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. Registration. 248-851-0463 or www.wblib.org/friends. ❐ White Lake Township Library: Money Management, adult program, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7527 E. Highland Road, White Lake. Registration. 248-6984942. ❐ Wixom Public Library:Halloween Lockin-food, music, scary movies, games, grades 6-12, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. Registration before 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. 248-6242512.

RELIGIOUS ❐ St. Matthew Lutheran Church:Free presentation-speaker Abdu Murray, a former Muslim who became a Christian discusses Christianity and Islam, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake. Freewill offering accepted. 248-624-7677. ❐ A Course in Miracles:Spiritual study group, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dublin Senior Center, 685 Union Lake Road, Union Lake. 248-698-1971. ❐ Bethany Church: Now has a free public “Prayer Box” for motorists to leave a prayer request. At the west end of Bethany’s parking lot on Hiller Road, there is a mail box with a cross on top. There are handy forms in front of the box. Bethany Church is located at 1375 Hiller Road in Waterford. 248-681-2130.


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Milford quarterback Alex Larson (No. 11) lunges for the end zone for one of his two rushing touchdowns against Lakeland on Friday, Oct. 21. The Mavericks will play at Walled Lake Western on Friday, Oct. 28 in a pre-district playoff game. (Spinal Column Newspaper/Amy K. Lockard)

Mavs clinch spot in playoffs With 33-13 victory, Milford avenges 2010 loss to Eagles By Michael Shelton staff writer

After a gut-wrenching one-point loss to their rival that kept them out of the state playoffs last season, the Huron Valley Milford Mavericks were in no mood for déjà vu. Instead, Milford exacted revenge in a 33-14 victory at home over Huron Valley Lakeland on Friday, Oct. 21 to grab its sixth win of the season and clinch their first state playoff berth

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miss out on the state tournament. But Milford Head Coach Pat Fox had only lost once to Lakeland in eight seasons coming into last Friday’s show-

down, with the only loss coming in his final season, 2007, before he left his post. Before coaching in his first game in four years against his rival, Fox said that his team remembered last year’s loss to the Eagles and how Lakeland’s student section rushed the field while the teams were shaking hands. His players did not forget that. “Anytime you beat your rival, it’s huge,” Fox said.

With the win, Milford earned itself a pre-district playoff matchup at Walled Lake Western (8-1) on Friday, Oct. 28. Fox said that his team being matched up against Western is “unbelievably cool.” The Warriors and Mavericks last met on Oct. 15, 2010 at Milford, with the Mavs falling 33-14. Lakeland saw its season end at 4-5 and will miss the state playoffs for the PAGE 44❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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Vikings to face Lake Orion in state playoffs after win By Michael Shelton staff writer

Walled Lake Central defeated Westland John Glenn at home, 35-10, on Friday, Oct. 21 to clinch its third consecutive state playoff berth. When the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoff matchups were announced on Sunday, Oct. 23, Central was moved up from Division 2 to Division 1 and will face the defending Division 1 state champion, Lake Orion, on the road on Friday, Oct. 28 in a pre-district matchup. “Playing the defending state champion is a great opportunity for Central to show the state what our program is made of,” said Central Head Coach Robert Meyer. “I believe our difficult schedule is going to pay dividends.” Central (6-3) took it to the Rockets early, as Zac Leimbach scored on a 1yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Leimbach then scored on an 11yard touchdown run in the second quarter before throwing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Rexroat to give Central a 21-0 advantage. K.J. Schultz then scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to put the Vikings up 28-0 at halftime. In the third quarter, Leimbach threw his second touchdown of the night, a 33-yard pass to Brendan Tominna to complete Central’s scoring. John Glenn (4-5) scored its points in the fourth quarter, as Jeff Kuhary threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Duron Govantes and Alex Isaevski kicked a 24-yard field goal. Leimbach finished with 82 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 11 carries and completed 7-of-13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. Schultz finished with 55 yards rushing on 11 carries while Nick Adamowski had 40 yards rushing on 4 carries. “Our seniors led our focus this week,” Meyer said. “They knew what was at stake. We are very excited to qualify for the playoffs for the third straight year.” Last year, Central had its best season in school history as it advanced to the Division 2 state semi-finals. The Vikings will now face the challenge of moving up a division and taking on a defending state champion to open the playoffs.

Huron Valley Milford junior Darrion Spencer (No. 6) turns on the jets against rival Huron Valley Lakeland on Friday, Oct. 21. The Mavericks defeated the Eagles and avenged last season’s one-point loss in overtime that kept Milford out of the state playoffs. The win earned the Mavericks their first state playoff appearance since 2008. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

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third straight season. Last Friday, in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Milford, the first quarter was scoreless as both teams had 3-and-out possessions and turned the ball over on downs on the first four drives of the game. However, Milford struck first two minutes into the second quarter as quarterback Alex Larson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, capping a 79yard drive that carried over from the first quarter. Lakeland started its next drive at its own 9-yard line and went 3-andout before Milford partially blocked a punt that went out-of-bounds at the Lakeland 24-yard line. The Mavericks wasted little time on the very next play as Larson threw a 23-yard touchdown strike to Brandon Wallace for a 14-0 Milford lead. The Mavericks later put together an 84-yard drive that was capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Larson, his second of the night, to give Milford a 20-0 lead. Lakeland tried to get on the board before halftime, but Michael Pobur intercepted Casey Palanca in the end zone to preserve Milford’s 20-point

advantage. “We just didn’t finish and execute at the times we needed to,” said Lakeland Head Coach John Maltese said. “It boils down to assignment competency. We had the ball (in a) first-and-goal (situation) when it was 0-0. When you play a good team like Milford, they capitalize on mistakes.” The third quarter was scoreless. Then on the first play of the fourth, Palanca threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Waite to put Lakeland on the board and cut the deficit to 14, capping a 66-yard drive. The momentum was short-lived, however, as Wallace took the ball on the next play from scrimmage up the right sideline 80 yards to the end zone to put Milford up 27-7. Then in a furious sequence, Lakeland scored on its first play from scrimmage as Palanca threw his second touchdown pass to Waite, a 65yard connection, to complete a sequence in which 3 touchdowns were scored in 27 seconds. Trailing by 13 points, Lakeland had a couple chances to get back in the ballgame. After forcing a 3-and-out by Milford, Lakeland started its next drive at the Milford 44-yard line as the Mavs were flagged for interference on

a fair catch during a punt. Later, the Eagles dodged a bullet when Wallace fumbled the ball near the Lakeland red zone and Justin Bafus recovered for Lakeland at its own 30-yard line. But Lakeland turned the ball over on downs on both ensuing drives. Starting at its own 26-yard line with 3:22 left in the fourth, Milford marched 74 yards down the field and Wallace scored an insurance touchdown on a 31-yard run for his third touchdown of the night in his final home game as a senior. Wallace finished with 204 rushing yards on the night while Jacob Bravo also had an interception. Palanca finished with 129 yards passing, 2 touchdowns and an interception for the Eagles while Waite had 71 yards rushing and 70 yards receiving, with two touchdown catches. Josh Orlando also had 61 yards rushing on 13 carries as well as 10 total tackles on defense, including 6 solo tackles. Last Friday marked the final game for Lakeland’s seniors, including Palanca and Orlando. “I look back and they’re a great team to work with, they fought hard, and their commitment to Lakeland was never in doubt.”


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FOOTBALL

Mott declaws RU’s Panthers to end 2011 season 2-7 By Michael Shelton staff writer

Waterford Mott concluded its 2011 season on a high note with a 45-20 victory on the road at Redford Union on Friday, Oct. 21. “I am proud of our team. They have worked hard and endured — they are truly champions,” said Mott Head Coach Keith Garrison. The Corsairs (2-7) led 25-14 at halftime and outscored Redford Union, 206, in the second half. Jake Amell had 146 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while Dennis Elkins had 100 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns on 13 carries. Alex Moorer also had 81 yards and a touchdown on 2 carries, as well as a 65-yard kickoff return for a touchdown; while Jalen Wade had 48 yards rushing and a touchdown on 9 carries. D.J. Burnett led Mott on defense with 4 solo tackles and a forced fumble while Chris Matthews had 2 solo tackles, including a sack. Mott generated 21 first downs compared to just 4 for Redford Union (0-9) and generated 391 rushing yards compared to the Panthers’ 18 yards. The win was well-deserved for a Mott team that was winless last season and lost 21 games in a row before defeating its rival, Waterford Kettering, back on Oct. 8.

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Bring on the Mavs 49-14 win leads Western into playoffs By Michael Shelton staff writer

Walled Lake Western capped a memorable regular season with a 4914 victory at home over Belleville on Friday, Oct. 21 in its final tune-up before the state playoffs. The Warriors finished the regular season at 8-1, marking the first 8win season for Western since 2001 when the Warriors finished 10-3 and won the regional championship. That year also marked the last time Western made it past the district round of the playoffs, as the Warriors have only advanced to one district final (2005) in their last seven playoff appearances. The Warriors are now matched up against Huron Valley Milford (6-3) in a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) pre-district matchup that will take place at Warrior Stadium on Friday, Oct. 28. The Warriors and Mavericks last met on Oct. 15, 2010, with Western coming out on top, 33-14. “I think it should be good for the area and the fans because of the close proximity,” said Western Head Coach Mike Zdebski. “I think we improved in some areas, but you have to keep improving week-toweek.” Western will be making its second straight state playoff appearance after falling to Rochester Adams in the pre-district round last season. Against the Tigers, Connor Ruby scored Western’s first touchdown on a 6-yard run in the first quarter to finish off a 53-yard drive. But Belleville, an underdog at 1-8,

kept pace with the Warriors early on with a 53-yard drive of its own, capped by a 40-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7. Western answered with a 3-yard touchdown run by Alex Buchanan in the second quarter before the Tigers responded with a 13-yard touchdown pass. That would be the final time Belleville saw the end zone that night as Kyle Bambard threw two touchdown passes — a 63-yard pass to Nick Heglin and a 12-yard pass to Connor Ruby — to give Western a 28-14 halftime advantage. Bambard struck again in the third quarter as he found Cam Vieaux for a 34-yard touchdown pass and a 3514 Western advantage. The Warriors finished off the Tigers in the fourth quarter with a 3yard touchdown run by Buchanan and 7-yard Brian Harris fumble return for a touchdown. Bambard finished with 112 yards passing, 3 touchdowns and an interception on the night for Western while Zack Prokes had 19 carries for 120 yards rushing. Buchanan also finished with 51 yards rushing on 6 carries to go along with his two touchdown runs. Mike Jenkin led the Warriors on defense with 6.5 total tackles, with 5 of them solo, while Zack Mitchell had 4.5 total tackles. Vincent Gjokaj also had two tackles for a loss while Dominique Reid also had a sack. Ty Sickler added a fumble recovery while Gabe Costanzo also had an interception.

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Orchard Lake St. Mary’s fell to Novi Detroit Catholic Central, 21-7, in the Detroit Catholic League Prep Bowl at Ford Field as the Shamrocks claimed the Catholic League title. The loss came a week after the Eaglets (7-2) defeated the Shamrocks, 14-13, at Shamrock Stadium to claim the Catholic League Central Division title. St. Mary’s trailed 6-0 at halftime and 14-0 in the fourth quarter before Dan Clements threw a 22-yard touchdown to Jalen Watts-Jackson. But, the Shamrocks (8-1) were too strong in the end, as the Eaglets fumbled the ball and were intercepted in two key drives.

Catholic Central quarterback Kyle Cooper had a 2-yard touchdown run and a 16-yard touchdown pass. St. Mary’s will open the state playoffs at home against Detroit Pershing (7-2) in a Division 3 pre-district game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. • Walled Lake Northern fell at Northville, 56-49, on Friday, Oct. 21 to finish at 5-4 on the season and just miss out on the state playoffs. “Obviously it is very disappointing for us not to make the playoffs. We lost four games by a combined 20 points to four playoff teams,” said Northern Head Coach Brett Moore. “These kids have given everything this year and we could not be more proud of them. They have

accomplished a lot in this season and have nothing to hang their heads about.” Kirk Thomas threw 5 touchdown passes for the Knights, with two of them to Matt Kosmalski and one to Ted Lilley, and had a total of 271 yards passing. Lilley also had a kickoff return for a touchdown as Northern tied its 2005 mark for the best record in school history. Northville finished at 8-1 and will face Novi Detroit Catholic Central in a pre-district state playoff game on Friday, Oct. 28. • Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes fell at Grosse Pointe Woods University

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Liggett, 24-14, to finish the season at 4-5. This year marks the first season since 1988 that the Lakers have finished below .500 and ends Our Lady’s consecutive state playoffs appearance streak at 14 years. Sean Thomas and Kevin Mooney each had a rushing touchdown for the Lakers. • Waterford Kettering fell at North Farmington, 37-0, on Friday, Oct. 21 to finish the season at 0-9. This year marks the fourth time in 10 seasons that the Captains have finished a season winless. • West Bloomfield fell in a shootout at Pontiac, 66-40, on Friday, Oct. 21 to finish 2-7 on the season.

SOCCER

Mott tops Lakers in shootout; Eagles rally to beat Mavs Waterford Mott stunned Oakland Activities Association (OAA) Blue Division champion West Bloomfield in a first-round district match, 3-2, on Monday, Oct. 17, with a shootout determining the winner. Mott trailed 2-0 at halftime before goals by Nick Brown and Jake Dziadzio leveled the match at 2 in the second half. In the shootout, Colin Larkin, Dillon Larkin and Dziadzio each scored to give the Corsairs the win. Mott moved on to face Troy in the district semifinal on Wednesday, Oct. 19, where the Corsairs fell to the Colts, 3-0. • Huron Valley Lakeland rebounded from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat rival Huron Valley Milford on the road, 2-1, in a first-round district match on Tuesday, Oct. 18. John Victor scored off a feed from Joe Slenzak to tie the match at 1 before sophomore Nick Kemennu scored off an assist from Troy Baertson for the game-winner. Lakeland then faced host North Farmington in a district semi-final on Thursday, Oct. 20. After a scoreless first half, the Raiders took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jake Bur. However, Andrew Benner scored with a minute left in regulation to tie the match at 1-1 and force overtime. But, Kyle Kansman and Bur each scored in the extra session to give PAGE 47 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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North Farmington the 3-1 win and end the Eagles season. The Raiders would go on to lose to Walled Lake Northern in the district final. • Orchard Lake St. Mary’s was shutout by Bloomfield Hills Lahser, 5-0, in a district semifinal on Thursday, Oct. 20. The Eaglets finished the season at 6-10-1. • Walled Lake Western fell to Novi Detroit Catholic Central, 3-0, in a first round district match on Tuesday, Oct. 18. “I am very proud of the effort that our lads made and, in fact, very proud of our performance all season long. We had a winning record for the fifth straight year and played some exciting games,” said Western Head Coach Lee Fruman. • Waterford Kettering fell to Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice in a first-round district match on Monday, Oct. 17.

VOLLEYBALL

Rally in final set sends Our Lady to league title match By Michael Shelton staff writer

Walled Lake Northern goalkeeper Mitchell Thompson (No. 1) goes up for the ball against Walled Lake Central in a Michigan High School Athletic Association first-round district match on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Thompson earned a clean sheet as the Knights defeated the Vikings, 3-0, and went on to defeat Novi Detroit Catholic Central and North Farmington to claim the district championship and move on to the regional semi-finals this week. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

Northern notches soccer title Knights crowned district champs for first time since 2009 By Michael Shelton staff writer

Walled Lake Northern won its first Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) district championship since 2009 with a 3-1 victory over North Farmington on Saturday, Oct. 22. Connor Rutz scored Northern’s first goal off an assist from David Cubr in the first half, before North Farmington leveled the match at 1-1 before halftime. Cubr then scored off an assist from Ricky Carter in the second half and Kyle Boulier also scored off a Carter assist. Despite the victory, Northern Head Coach Chris Stevanovic said his team has a lot of things to fix before playing in the regional round of the MHSAA Division 1 Tournament.

Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes earned a spot in the Detroit Catholic League final with a five-set victory over Marine City Cardinal Mooney on Thursday, Oct. 20 in the Catholic League semi-finals. The Lakers (17-7-6) took the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-17, before losing the next two, 23-25, 23-25. Our Lady trailed in the fifth and deciding set, 11-13, before rallying to win the set, 16-14, and take the match. Haley Howell had 43 assists, 16 digs, 12 kills and 6 aces for Our Lady. Kelly Meehan had 37 digs and Allison Samulon had 11 kills and 4 blocks. Our Lady began its week with a straight-set victory over the Frankel Jewish Academy, 25-8, 25-20, 2510, on Tuesday, Oct. 18. 2 aces and 6 digs. Marina Anderson had 9 aces while Our Lady played Madison Heights Kali Bagley had 6 aces, 5 assists and Bishop Foley in the Catholic League 8 kills. Lindsay Ross also had 3 kills, final at Madonna University on

“Overall, we did not perform well in this game, but we did finish our opportunities well,” Stevanovic said. The Knights played Grand Blanc in the regional semi-final yesterday, Tuesday, Oct. 25, after press time at Lake Orion. The winner will face either Troy or Midland Dow in the regional final on Thursday, Oct. 29. Northern began its week by taking View VIDEO CLIPS relative to this story at

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on Walled Lake Central on the road in the first round of the district playoffs and came away with a 3-0 victory. After an own goal by Central, Carter scored off an assist from Gage Coder before Cubr scored unassisted. “We had a good tempo to the Monday, Oct. 24 after press time. At the final, Haley Howell, Kelly Meehan, and Lexie Robak were to be awarded All-Catholic awards;

game from start to finish, and finished our opportunities we had to get the win,” Stevanovic said. “It is always tough to start out the state playoffs with your biggest rival. I thought our boys did a good job with a tough opponent.” Northern then faced Novi Detroit Catholic Central on Thursday, Oct. 20. Brent Juhnke scored off an assist from Gage Coder, who later scored unassisted. “We came out to play in the first 15 minutes and got two goals because of it,” Stevanovic said. “Scoring 2 minutes into the game really helped for our start to the game.” Mitchell Thompson was Northern’s goaltender for all three games. Kristina Krupiak was to be awarded an All-League award; and Lauren Juliano was to receive the Catholic League All-Academic Award.


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NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE

BRAILLE AND AUDIO VERSIONS OF VOTING INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at the October 17, 2011 Regular Meeting of the City of Orchard Lake Village Council the second reading and adoption was held on the Vacating and Sale of City-Owned Street Ordinance No. 2.11 to authorize City Council to vacate 40 feet of Willow Lane and give them authority to sell the real estate.

AT THE POLLING PLACES LISTED BELOW: PCT 1 – Orchard Lake City Hall, 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, MI 48323

The ordinance provisions will take effect ten (10) days following publication of this notice.

THE POLLS will be open 7 o’clock a.m. until 8 o’clock p.m. THE POLLING PLACE IS HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING LOCAL OFFICES Council Members LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT West Bloomfield School District – Board Members AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF VOTING ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSAL: Vacating Portion of Willow Lane Full text of the proposal may be obtained from: Rhonda R. McClellan, City Clerk City of Orchard Lake Village 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, MI 48323 (248) 682-2400 SC: 10-19 & 10-26-11

Complete copies of the full text of Ordinance No. 2.11 are available for inspection by and distributed to the public between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at City Hall. Rhonda R. McClellan CityClerk@CityofOrchardLake.com S.C. 10-26-11

CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WHITE LAKE

NOTICE OF ZONING BOARD PUBLIC HEARINGS

PUBLIC NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Michigan Public Act 110 of 2006 the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, as amended, the City of Orchard Lake Village Zoning Board of Appeals will consider the following appeal at their Regular Meeting on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Orchard Lake City Hall, 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, Michigan. Zughaib Appeal – 4310 South Bay Drive (Lakeside Setback for Addition) Complete copies of the request are available for review at the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall. Written Comments will be received in the City Clerk’s Office, 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, MI between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or may be submitted electronically to CityClerk@CityofOrchardLake.com. You are invited to attend the hearing. Rhonda R. McClellan CityClerk@CityofOrchardLake.com S.C. 10-26-11

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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION ORDINANCE NO. 133 ORDINANCE TO CONFIRM ESTABLISHMENT OF PLANNING COMMISSION

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TAKE NOTICE, that a public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, the 15th of November, 2011, at the White Lake Township Hall, 7525 Highland Road, White Lake, Michigan 48383, to receive any written or oral comments on the proposed General Fund, Police, and Fire budgets including all other major and minor funds for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012.

The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing. A copy of said proposed

budgets is on file with the White Lake Township Clerk’s Office, and available for public inspection between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Terry Lilley, Clerk White Lake Township SC: 10/26/11 CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WHITE LAKE OAKLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE NO. 32-A

Notice is hereby given that at a regular board meeting on October 18, 2011 the Charter Township of White Lake introduced White Lake Township Ordinance No. 133 the Ordinance TO Confirm Establishment of a Planning Commission, with final consideration to be made at the November 15, 2011 regular board meeting. Ordinance No. 133 has been posted in the White Lake Township Clerk’s Office at 7525 Highland Road, White Lake, MI and on the Township’s website at www.whitelaketwp.com

TRAFFIC CODE ORDINANCE Notice is hereby given that at a regular board meeting on October 18, 2011 the Charter Township of White Lake introduced amendments to White Lake Township Ordinance No. 32-A the Traffic Code Ordinance, with final consideration to be made at the November 15, 2011 regular board meeting. The amendments to Ordinance 32-A have been posted in the White Lake Township Clerk’s Office at 7525 Highland Road, White Lake, MI and on the Township’s website at www.whitelaketwp.com.

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The Michigan Hawks U-17 Black Girls Soccer Club recently won the won the State Cup Championship on Saturday, Oct. 15 with a 3-0 victory over Michigan Football Club to advance to the regionals in 2012. Goals were scored by MacKenzie Higgins of Commerce, Emma Webster of Holt and Megan Buckingham of Novi. Kiki Hilmer of Northville was credited with the shutout. Pictured in the top row from left to right are: Kara Huber, Olivia Vollmers, Annie Quiroga, Kayla Kouba, Megan Benoist, Erin Dircks, Molly Nowicki, Sam Thorton, Kaylin Hoomaian, and Head Coach Chris Stevanovic. Pictured in the middle row from left to right are: Megan Buckingham, Taylor Nutting, Danielle Glogovsky, Mackenzie Moran, Emma Webster, Kenzie Higgins, Tori Singstock, Cassie McManus, and Kourtney Scott. Pictured in the bottom row from left to right are the goalkeepers: Kiki Hilmer and Allison Holland.

VOLLEYBALL

Vikings looking to rebound after set of difficult defeats Walled Lake Central’s struggles continued last week as the Vikings hope to right their ship before the start of the district playoff tournament. Central (21-17-4) began its week with a Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) crossover match against Huron Valley Milford on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and fell to the Mavericks in straight sets, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20. The Vikings then played in the KLAA Gold Conference Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 22, which featured the top three teams from all four KLAA divisions. The day was a disaster for Central, as it lost all three matches in pool play to Brighton (9-25, 18-25), Livonia Stevenson (18-25, 18-25) and Novi (1825, 6-25). Central then fell in its bracket play match to Canton, 9-25, 18-25. “This was another tough week for our team going against some of the top competition in the KLAA conference,” said Central Head Coach Cathy Johnson. “Our passing needs to improve if we are going to be able to compete against the tougher teams around the area. Without a first pass, we can’t run our offense.” Central received some good news,

however, as starting setter Brittany Guldan is due to return this week after a lengthy battle with mononucleosis. “We have a little over a week to be able to improve in this area before our first district match against Hartland,” Johnson said. “Hopefully our team will come together and communicate better with each other to play at the level that we are capable of playing at. “Volleyball is the ultimate team sport — the teams that work well together and communicate as a team will have better results.” Central will next play in the River Rat Invitational at Ann Arbor Huron on Saturday, Oct. 29 before playing in the first round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association District Tournament at Huron Valley Lakeland on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

W. Bloomfield nets ‘Dig Pink’ tourney crown in Romulus West Bloomfield traveled to Romulus High School on Saturday, Oct. 22 for the “Dig Pink” Volleyball Tournament and came away with the championship. The Lakers (15-17-2) defeated Port Huron, 25-18, 25-17, in the final. Jackie Pyles led the Lakers with 43 kills, 13 aces and 60 digs. Missy Christenson had 12 kills, 11 aces, and 60 digs. Tara Heald had 10 kills and 8 aces while Lauren Merchak had 72 digs.


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Regular Board Meeting

Synopsis – October 18, 2011 Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. All board members and attorney present.

TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a Regular Election will be held in: CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WEST BLOOMFIELD County of Oakland, State of Michigan TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2010 THE POLLS will be open 7 o’clock a.m. until 8 o’clock p.m. ALL POLLING PLACES ARE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE BRAILLE AND AUDIO VERSION OF THE VOTING INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE POLLING PLACES LISTED BELOW: Precinct 1 Orchard Lake Middle School, 6000 Orchard Lk Rd.- Handicapped Entrance - NW - Rear of Bldg. Precinct 2/23 Walnut Creek Middle School, 7602 Walnut Lake Rd. – Handicapped Entrance – All Entrances Precinct 3 Pine Hill Congregational Church, 4160 Middlebelt Rd., Handicapped Entrance - All Entrances Precinct 4 Twin Beach Elementary School, 7149 Oakley Park Rd.- Handicapped Entrance - N. Side of Bldg. Precinct 5/25 Gretchko Elementary School, 5300 Greer Rd - Handicapped Entrance - All Entrances Precinct 6/16 West Hills Middle School, 2601 Lone Pine Rd - Handicapped Entrance – N. Side of Bldg. Precinct 7 Doherty Elementary School, 3575 Walnut Lake Rd. - Handicapped Entrance - Rear of Building Precinct 8 Scotch School, 5959 Commerce Road, Handicapped Entrance - All Entrances Precinct 9 Beth Ahm Synagogue, 5075 Maple Rd - Handicapped Entrance – East Side of Building Precinct 10 Ealy School, 5475 Maple Road - Handicapped Entrance - Front of Building Precinct 11 Shepherd King Lutheran Church, 5300 Maple Road - Handicapped Ent. - Rear, N. Side of Bldg. Precinct 12/20 Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Rd. - Handicapped Entrance - Rear S. Side of Bldg. Precinct 13 Lone Pine Elementary School, 3100 Lone Pine Rd - Handicapped Entrance – Main Entrance Precinct 14 Keith Elementary School, 2800 Keith Road - Handicapped Entrance - N. Side of Building Precinct 15 West Bloomfield Main Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Rd. – Handicapped Entrance – All Entrances Precinct 17 Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 4800 Orchard Lake Rd- Handicapped Entrance - S. Side of Bldg. Precinct 18 Pleasant Lake Elementary School, 4900 Halsted - Handicapped Entrance - All Entrances Precinct 19 The Covenant Baptist Church, 5800 Maple Road - Handicapped Entrance - NW Side of Bldg. Precinct 21 Drake Community Sports Park, 6801 Drake Rd. – Handicapped Entrance – South Side of Bldg. Precinct 22/24 Maple Elementary School, 7389 Maple Rd. - Handicapped Entrance - N. 2nd Door Precinct 26 B’Nai Moshe Synagogue, 6800 Drake Road - Handicapped Entrance - Main Entrance Precinct 27 West Bloomfield Community Service Ctr, 5810 Commerce Rd - Handicapped Ent. - North End Counting Center West Bloomfield Township Hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road

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Minutes of September 20, 2011 Addition of items to agenda Police Department Commendation Swearing in New On-Call Firefighters Ordinance 135, Ordinance to Confirm Establishment of Planning Commission Adoption of 2011 Master Plan Parks & Recreation Plan for Hidden Pines Park Parks & Recreation Plan for Bloomer Park, Phase I Parks & Recreation Budget Amendment Consent Agenda Lake Neva Contract 2012 Community Development Block Grant Community Development Block Grant Resolution No. 11-026 Reprogram 2010 Community Development Block Grant Funds Reprogram 2010 Community Development Block Grant Funds from Program Administration to Minor Home Repair Coledale Bay Aquatic Weed Control Resolution #11-023, Confirming Special Assessment Roll for Coledale Bay Weed Control Lake Neva Stand Pipe Repair Resolution 11-024, Confirming Special Re-Assessment Roll for Lake Neva Stand Pipe Repair Resolution #11-025, Confirming Special Re-Assessment Roll for SAD Designated 2011-2015 Residential Refuse Collection Project Resolution #11-022, 2012 Annual Permit for Work on State Trunk Light Right of Way Cemetery Services Policy and Procedure Change (Transporation Program) Policy and Procedures Change (Political Activity) Budget Amendments (5) Amendment to Ordinance 32-A, Traffic Code Ordinance Agreement for Deferral of Water Charges Water Tower Cleaning, Repair, and Painting by H2O MERS Resolutions for General, Police, and Fire Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m. Terry Lilley, Clerk White Lake Township S.C. 10/26/2011

NOTICE OF ELECTION FOR WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP NOVEMBER 8, 2011 ELECTION

FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING CANDIDATES FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICES: LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS School District of the City of Birmingham – 2 positions – Four year term Farmington Public School District – 2 positions – Six year term Farmington Public School District – 1 positions – Four year term Farmington Public School District – 1 positions – Partial term ending 12/31/2015 West Bloomfield School District – 2 position – Six year term AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF VOTING ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSALS: CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WEST BLOOMFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY RENEWAL MILLAGE PUBLIC SAFETY INCREASE MILLAGE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL Full text of the proposals may be obtained from:

CATHERINE SHAUGHNESSY, TOWNSHIP CLERK West Bloomfield Township 4550 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, 48325 248-451-4848 As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee voter ballot if you are: • age 60 years old or older • unable to vote without assistance at the polls • expecting to be out of town on election day • in jail awaiting arraignment or trial • unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons • appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence. A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates.

To the Qualified Electors: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that an Election will be held in: WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP COUNTY OF OAKLAND, STATE OF MICHIGAN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011 THE POLLS will open at 7 o’clock a.m. until 8 o’clock p.m. ALL POLLING PLACES ARE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE BRAILLE AND AUDIO VERSIONS OF VOTING INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING PLACE LISTED BELOW: PRECINCT NO. 2 – Dublin School, 425 Farnsworth PRECINCT NO. 3 – White Lake Middle School, 1450 Bogie Lake Road PRECINCT NO. 4 – Township Hall, 7525 Highland Road PRECINCT NO. 5 – Houghton Elementary School, 8080 Elizabeth Lake Road PRECINCT NO. 6 – White Lake Oaks Golf Course PRECINCT NO. 7 – Oxbow Community School, 100 Oxbow Lake Road PRECINCT NO. 8 – White Lake Presbyterian Church, 4805 Highland Road PRECINCT NO. 9 – St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 9086 Hutchins Road (Entrance off Union Lake Rd.) PRECINCT NO. 10 – Lakewood Elementary School, 1500 Bogie Lake Road PRECINCT NO 11 – Grace Countryside Church, 220 Bogie Lake Road FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING CANDIDATES FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICES: MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION – VOTE FOR TWO – FOUR YEAR TERM, FOR THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL DISTRICT: Huron Valley School - ONLY Absentee Ballots may be requested from: White Lake Township Clerk’s Office 7525 Highland Road White Lake, MI 48383 (248) 698-3300 Ext. 7

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The West Bloomfield Township Woodland Review Board will hold a public hearing at the Township Board Room, 4550 Walnut Lake Road on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. to consider the following Woodland Permit Applications: CASE #PWD11-0258 GAPPY Parcel: Lot 4, Walnut Creek Estates Sidwell #18-30-227-004 Location: 7460 Victoria Request: An after-the-fact request to maintain a manicured lawn area and to restore, mitigate and relocate areas to revise the existing recorded woodland preservation area. Applicant: Dalia Gappy CASE #PWD11-0261 NERUSU Parcel: Lot 44, Bloomfield Pines Sidwell #18-31-176-007 Location: 6656 Minnow Pond Request: An after-the-fact request to install retaining walls, brick paver patios, brick paver steps and disturbances within a recorded woodland preservation area. Applicant: Venkateswara Nerusu CASE #PWD11-0265 AGHA Parcel: Lot 165, Wyndham Pointe Sidwell #18-30-227-068 Location: 7229 Essex Request: An after-the-fact request to maintain a manicured lawn area and to mitigate by relocating areas to revise the existing recorded woodland preservation area. Applicant: Hooman & Mandy Agha CASE #PWD11-0266 SPIVEY Parcel: Lot 163, Wyndham Pointe Sidwell #18-30-227-066 Location: 7221 Essex Request: An after-the-fact request to maintain a manicured lawn area and to restore areas within the existing recorded woodland preservation area. Applicant: Kevin Spivey CASE #PWD11-0267 ATTY Parcel: Lot 164, Wyndham Pointe Sidwell #18-30-227-067 Location: 7225 Essex Request: An after-the-fact request to restore a disturbed woodland preservation area. Applicant: Johnny & Suha Atty CASE #PWD11-0268 KIZI Parcel: Lot 162, Wyndham Pointe Sidwell #18-30-227-065 Location: 7217 Essex Request: An after-the-fact request to restore a disturbed woodland preservation area. Applicant: Claudia Kizi CASE #PWD11-0269 GASSO Parcel: Lot 17, Walnut Creek Estates Sidwell #18-30-227-018 Location: 5603 Victoria Request: A request for permanent disturbance within a recorded woodland preservation area to create a manicured lawn area. Applicant: Nick Gasso Detailed plans are available for inspection at the West Bloomfield Township Environmental Department, 4550 Walnut Lake Road, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A staff report, as prepared for the Woodland Review Board, will be available for review the Friday prior to the meeting. If you have any questions on this matter, contact the Environmental Department at (248) 451-4818. John Roda, Environmental Manager S.C. 10/26/11 The Township will provide necessary, reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at a public meeting upon two weeks notice in writing or by calling the Township Clerk or Environmental Director at (248) 451-4800.

CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE SUMMARY OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING October 17, 2011 At the October 17, 2011 Regular Council Meeting, Council took the following action: • Held a Public Hearing on use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds; • Approved a request to the Zoning Board of Appeals for lot coverage for an addition at 3294 Wards Pointe; • Adopted an agreement with the Cable Board; • Held the first reading of the NPDES Storm Water Ordinance & NPDES IDEP Ordinance; • Held the second reading and adoption of an Ordinance to vacate a portion of Willow Lane; • Authorized the purchase of a patrol car; • Accepted the donation of a wrought iron fence for the Sanctuary; • Held a roll call vote for a closed meeting; and •Accepted all department reports. Bruce H. McIntyre, Mayor

Rhonda R. McClellan, City Clerk S.C. 10-26-11

CITY OF WIXOM

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Wixom Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing at the next meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 10, 2011 for the following topics: PUBLIC HEARING FOR SPECIAL USE #11-008: AUTO EXCELLENCE, SCOTT MATTHEWS, 1515 FLAMINGO, WIXOM, MI 48393: The applicant is seeking special use approval to operate a detailing facility in an existing 7,800 sq. ft. unit within a multi-tenant building. The Wixom Municipal Code, Sections 18.09.040 (F) & (G) require approval from the Planning Commission for this request. The property is located at 48875 West Road and zoned M-1, Light Industrial. The tax parcel number is 22-08-100-005. PUBLIC HEARING FOR SPECIAL USE #11-009: ACADEMY OF RUSSIAN CLASSICAL BALLET, JESSICA RAYEVSKIY, 3019 STILL RIVER DR, HOWELL, MI 48343: The applicant is seeking special use approval to use an existing 16,080 sq. ft. building as a ballet studio. The Wixom Municipal Code, Sections 18.09.040 (J) require approval from the Planning Commission for this request. The property is located at 46969 West Road and zoned M-1, Light Industrial. The tax parcel number is 22-09-102-012. The regular meeting of the Planning Commission begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the City Council Chambers in the Wixom City Hall; 49045 Pontiac Trail. Persons having any questions on this matter are urged to attend this meeting. Please contact the Building Department at (248) 624-0880 for further information. Linda Kirby, City Clerk City of Wixom (248) 624-4557 S.C. 10-26-11

CITY OF WIXOM

GENERAL ELECTION NOTICE November 8, 2011

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the Qualified Electors of the City of Wixom, Oakland County, Michigan that a General Election will be held in said City of Wixom on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. The polls, which are all handicapped accessible and have Braille and audio versions of voting instructions available, will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the polling places listed below: PRECINCT #1 and #3 - Wixom Community Center - 49015 Pontiac Trail PRECINCT #2 and #4 - Wixom City Hall - 49045 Pontiac Trail The General Election is being held for the purpose of electing candidates for the following offices: One (1) Mayor Three (3) City Council Members Two (2) Library Board Trustees Absent voter ballots for this election may be obtained from the Wixom City Clerk’s Office, 49045 Pontiac Trail Wixom, MI 48393. Catherine Buck City Clerk (248) 624-4557 S.C. 10-26-2011

The White Lake Township Water Department will be conducting the Fall 2011 Fire Hydrant flushing during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday from Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, November 11, 2011. Fire hydrant flushing signs will be posted one day in advance and the day of flushing at the entrance to each subdivision/development. Caution should be observed around any hydrant discharge. Minimizing water usage is recommended during the day of flushing in your area. Any questions should be directed to White Lake Township Water Department at 248-698-3300, ext. 8 SC: 8-31, 9-7, 9-14, 9-21-, 9-28, 10-5, 10-12, 10-19, 10-26, 11-2 & 11-9-11

White Lake Township Library

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The White Lake Township Library Board of Trustees will hold a Public Hearing at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2011 in the White Lake Township Library, 7527 E. Highland Road, White Lake, Michigan to consider the approval and adoption of the operating budget for the fiscal year 2012.

The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing. Copies of the proposed budget are on file at the Library for review, during regular library hours, prior to the budget hearing. SC: 10-26-11


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The Charter Township of Commerce County of Oakland State of Michigan

FOR THE HURON VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011 THE POLLS will be open 7 o’clock a.m. until 8 o’clock p.m. ALL POLLING PLACES ARE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE. BRAILLE AND AUDIO VERSIONS OF VOTING INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE. Precinct 7: Precinct 8: Precinct 14:

AT THE POLLING PLACES LISTED BELOW: Country Oaks Elementary 5070 S. Duck Lake Road Oak Valley Middle School 4200 White Oak Trail Commerce Meadows 2400 Meadows Circle

FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING CANDIDATES FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICE: NON-PARTISAN OFFICE: MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE HURON VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION – VOTE FOR TWO

DANIEL P. MUNRO, CLERK CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF COMMERCE 2009 TOWNSHIP DRIVE COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, MI 48390 SC: 10-26-11

CITY OF WALLED LAKE

NOTICE OF ELECTION Tuesday, November 8, 2011 TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Election will be held in the City of Walled Lake, County of Oakland, State of Michigan, on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011 The polls will be open at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 8:00 p.m. at the polling places listed below: PRECINCT 1 & 2 WALLED LAKE FIRE STATION 1499 E. WEST MAPLE ROAD WALLED LAKE, MI 48390 ALL OF THE POLLING PLACES ARE ACCESSIBLE TO VOTERS WHO ARE HANDICAPPED. Voting Instructions in alternative formats (Braille and Audio) are available at the precincts. There is also an AutoMark Voter Assist Terminal available for any electors who are disabled and wish to use the device. Electors may also request instructions in an alternative format prior to the election from the City Clerk’s Office. An elector who is blind, disabled or unable to read or write may be assisted with his or her ballot by any person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of that employer, or an officer or agent of a union to which the voter belongs. THE ELECTION IS BEING HELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING THE FOLLOWING: COUNCIL MEMBER (3 POSITIONS) – FOUR (4) YEAR TERM Tamara Williams Deputy City Clerk City of Walled Lake S.C. 10-26-2011

NOTICE TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WEST BLOOMFIELD Notice is hereby given that the Public Accuracy Test for the November 8, 2011 election has been scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in the Township Hall at 4550 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, Michigan. The Public Accuracy Test is conducted to demonstrate that the computer program used to record and count the votes cast at the election meets the requirements of law. CATHERINE SHAUGHNESSY TOWNSHIP CLERK West Bloomfield Township 248-451-4848 S.C. 10-26-11

Notice of Posting for Charter Township of Commerce Township Board 1. Synopsis of the September 27, 2011 and of October 11, 2011 The above synopsis 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 Daniel P. Munro Township Clerk SC: 10-26-11

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CITY OF WIXOM PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Wixom Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct the following public hearings at their next regular meeting scheduled for Monday, November 14, 2011 for the following topics: ZBA CASE #021-11; AVER SIGN COMPANY, 359 LIVERNOIS, FERNDALE, MI 48220: The applicant is seeking a 1 ft. 9 inch height variance and 20.52 sq. ft. variance to erect a ground sign and a variance locate sign within the right-of-way. The Wixom Municipal Code, Section 18.24.110 & 18.16.070, Table 16.07, requires that such signs comply with the size requirement of 6 ft. in height and 40 sq. ft. & 18.16.020 (D) (I), requires signs to be setback minimum of fifteen ft. from right-ofway. The property is located at 2167 Wixom Road and zoned B-2, Community Business. The tax parcel number is 17-30-200-016. ZBA CASE #022-11; ARANEAE, INC., 29350 WALL STREET, WIXOM, MI 48393: The applicant is seeking a variance to erect a wall sign on the backside of the building, which faces the freeway. The Wixom Municipal Code, Section 18.16.070, Table 16.07, requires one wall sign per street frontage. The property is located at 48443 Alpha and zoned IRO, Industrial Research Office. The tax parcel number is 22-08-327-019. ZBA CASE #023-11: RALPH FARANSO, 2100 MOSSGLEN, COMMERCE TWP., MI 48382: The applicant is seeking a variance to install a second ground sign. The Wixom Municipal Code Section 18.16.070, Table 16.07, requires one ground sign per street frontage. The applicant is also seeking variances to install two wall signs. Municipal Code Section 18.16.070, Table 16.07, requires one wall sign per street frontage. The second proposed wall sign is to be installed on a decorative feature separate form the building. Section 18.24.110 definition of wall sign means a display sign, which is painted on or attached directly to the building wall. The property is located at 47466 Pontiac Trail and zoned B-2, Community Business. The tax parcel number is 17-32-476-007. ZBA CASE #024-11; WIXOM FUEL STOP, 29330 WIXOM ROAD, WIXOM, MI 48393: The applicant is seeking an 5 ft. height variance to the existing pole sign. The Wixom Municipal Code, Section 18.16.070, Table 16,07 requires approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The property is located at 29330 Wixom Road and zoned M-1 Light Industrial. The tax parcel number is 22-08-100-048. ZBA CASE #025-11; ADAM STRICKER, 1490 FLAMINGO, WIXOM, MI 48393: The applicant is seeking variance for lot coverage over 30% on a non-conforming lot. The Wixom Municipal Code, Section 18.03.050, Table 3.05 requires approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The property is located at 1490 Flamingo and zoned R-3, Single Family. The tax parcel number is 17-29-334-001. The Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Wixom Council Chambers, 49045 Pontiac Trail. Persons having any questions regarding these matters are urged to attend this meeting or contact the Building Department at (248) 624-0880. Linda Kirby City of Wixom (248) 624-4557 S.C. 10-26-10

Notice of Posting for Charter Township of West Bloomfield Township Board

1. Synopsis of the Special Budget Meeting held on: Thursday, October 17, 2011 The above synopsis shall be posted (in its entirety) at the following locations: (1) Office of the Township Clerk 4550 Walnut Lake Road (2) Main Township Library 4600 Walnut Lake Road (3) Township’s website www.wbtwp.com Catherine Shaughnessy Township Clerk S.C. 10-26-11

CITY OF WALLED LAKE

ABSENTEE BALLOTS NOTICE To the qualified electors of the City of Walled Lake, the last day to apply for ABSENTEE BALLOTS for the November 2, 2011 Election is: SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 5, 2011 The City Clerk’s office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. After 2:00 p.m., no further mail-in applications will be accepted. Tamara Williams Deputy City Clerk City of Walled Lake S.C. 10-26-11


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STONE HOLLOW SUB – CUSTOM BUILT 2.62 ACRE LOT •5 bed, 3.5 bath, 3,671 sq. ft. + 1,627 walkout •Attached 3 car, 2.5 car carriage house garage #211019535 EXT. #265 •KEY #248347

$499,900 STUNNING COUNTRY ESTATE ON 2.18 ACRES •3,200 sq. ft. + fin. walkout, 4 bed, 3.5 bath •Huge mstr., fireplace, bar, sauna, 3 car #211086533 EXT. #282 •KEY #248359

$324,900 DEEDED BOAT SLIP ON ALL-SPORTS COMMERCE LAKE •3,019 sq. ft., 4 bed, 3 bath, 2 fireplaces •Daylight basement, deck, courtyard garage #211073119 EXT. #224 •KEY #248364

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$179,900 BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA ROOM OVERLOOKING TREED YARD! •2,099 sq. ft., 4 bed, 2.5 bath, living & dining rms •FR w/fireplace, mstr bath, part fin. basement #211110169 EXT. #277 •KEY #264094

$109,900

SHARP RANCH - TREED LOT OVERLOOKING CROSS LAKE •1,321 sq. ft., 3 bed, 2.5 bath, vaulted family rm •Part finished basement, deck, 3 car garage #211064266 EXT. #204 •KEY #248379

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SUPER CUTE & CLEAN RANCH HOME ON DOUBLE LOT! •2 bedrooms, Newer siding/windows, fireplace •2.5 car garage, lake privileges Cass & Eliz Lk. #211109678 EXT. #252 •KEY #263460

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$329,900 BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED CEDAR ISLAND LAKEFRONT •2,302 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 3 bath, l.c. terms •New paint and carpet, granite kitchen #211089671 EXT. #246 •KEY #257017 P. TW RD FO R TE WA

$274,900

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GORGEOUS GERUNDEGUT BAY ALL-SPORTS CASS LAKE •Remodeled ranch, stone fireplace, dining rm •Corian counter kitchen, tile, crown molding #211027050 EXT. #280 •KEY #248373

STUNNING 90 FT. OF MAIN LAKEFRONT ALL-SPORTS CASS LAKE •2,778 sq. ft., 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2 fireplaces •2+ car garage, 3 decks, dock, seawall, shed #211063900 EXT. #231 •KEY #248358

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ALL-SPORTS OXBOW LAKEFRONT 1.19 TREED ACRE LOT •3,271 sq. ft. + fin walkout - contemporary •4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 3+ garage, deck/dock #211075518 EXT. #271 • KEY #248363

$299,900

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170 FEET OF FRONTAGE TO ALL-SPORTS WILLIAMS LAKE! •3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, fin. daylight basement •Huge mtr., jet tub, deck, garage, shed, dock #211109029 EXT. #214 •KEY #263461

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ALL-SPORTS LOWER STRAITS LAKEFRONT SPECIAL •2 houses @ price of 1 - Remod 3 bed, 1 ba, garage •Lake house 1,768 sq. ft., 4 bd, 2 ba, needs TLC #211073682 EXT. #232 •KEY #248367

$249,900

WOLVERINE LAKEFRONT RANCH WITH FINISHED WALK-OUT •3 bed, 2.5 bath, 85’ of sandy shoreline •Fireplace, doorwall to patio, deck, dock, shed #211105596 EXT. #267 •KEY #261788

UPPER STRAITS LAKEFRONT INVESTMENT SPECIAL •4 bed, 3.5 bath, 2,746 sq. ft. + fin. walkout •1st flr. mstr., 2nd buildable lakefront lot #211104723 EXT. #245 •KEY #260513

$364,900

$374,900 CUSTOM QUALITY BUILT 1.14 PRIVATE ACRE ESTATE •4 bedroom, 4 full bath, 2,900+ sq. ft. •Fin. daylight basement, 3 car/workshop, patio #211023447 EXT. #241 •KEY #248360

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BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED GREEN VALLEY SUB SPECIAL •2,766 sq. ft. + fin. walkout, 4 bed, 3.5 bath •2 kitchens, fireplace, cul-de-sac lot, deck #211074305 EXT. #234 •KEY #248366

$259,900

CHARMING HOME ON ALL-SPORTS WATKINS LAKE •1,170 sq. ft., 3 bed, deep treed lot, fireplace •Huge storage loft, newer kitchen and bath #211078354 EXT. #251 •KEY #248371 . WP ET RC E MM CO

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219 FT. FRONTAGE TO ALL-SPORTS WILLIAMS LAKE •3 bedroom, 2 bath, Florida rm, deck •Great rm w/fireplace, deck/dock, shed #211089314 EXT. #248•KEY #256951

$199,900 GORGEOUS 1.37 ACRES WOODED LOT ON HURON RIVER •2,160 sq. ft., 4 bed, 2 bath, 1st flr. laundry •Great room, formal dining, basement, 2 car #211082673 EXT. #233 •KEY #248375 S ILL NH TO G N MI FAR

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HOME BACKS TO SUB PARK SHARP NEWER HOME AND WALKING PATH WALK TO DOWNTON •1,438 sq. ft. + fin. lower lvl, 3 bed, great rm •Open floorplan, 1,358 sq. ft., 3 bed, 1.5 bath •Snackbar kitchen, family rm, 2 car garage •Snackbar kitchen, 2 car garage, full basement #211089004 EXT. #247 •KEY #256965 #2110450154 EXT. #219 •KEY #248380 . WP ET RC E MM CO

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SUB BEACH, BOATING AND PLAYGROUND ON DAVIS LAKE! •1,677 sq. ft., 3 bed, 1.5 bath, 2 car garage •Gr. rm, snackbar kitchen, family rm w/fireplace #211100664 EXT. #240 •KEY #258416

$89,900 BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED CONDOMINIUM TOWNHOUSE •2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, finished basement •Land contract terms, clubhouse, pool, patio #211109029 EXT. #259 •KEY #262565

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$239,900 PRIVATE 2 ACRE LOT! •2,168 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2.2 baths, basement, 2 car attached garage •Family room with natural fireplace and oak mantle •Andersen windows •Finished lower level •211098339

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$249,900 UPDATED HISTORIC HOME! •1,980 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, basement, 2 car detached garage •Open entry level floor plan •Granite kitchen •Great back yard •210111484

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$79,000 ALL-SPORTS WHITE LAKE! •1,702 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car detached garage •2nd floor master suite with jet tub •1st floor laundry •211064566

$125,000

$131,900 MOVE IN READY! •1,700 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, basement, 2 car attached garage •Colonial on large lot •Open kitchen and eating area •All appliances stay •211076905

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$309,900

$239,900 ON LOWER PETTIBONE LAKE! •1,492 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, basement, 2 car attached garage •New kitchen w/cherry & granite •Master bath with dual shower head •1st flr laundry •211077057

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$132,000 CHARMING WIXOM RANCH! •1,388 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths •Hardwood floors •Patio with private yard with lake privileges •210132913

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GREAT INVESTMENT! •Includes 3 structures •Main house 1,199 sq. ft., 1 bedroom, 2 baths •Guest house 400 sq. ft., 1 bedroom, 1 bath •2 car garage •211046843

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WHITE LAKE LAKEVIEW! •2,100 sq. ft., 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, basement, 4 car garage •Hardwood floors on entry level •Large open kitchen with granite and eating area •211091388

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$27,000 LAKEFRONT CO-OP CONDO LIVING! •780 sq. ft., 1 bedroom, 1 bath, basement •Kitchen and bath updated •Large sunroom •211083873

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BEAUTIFUL HOME ON 1/4 ACRE! •2,566 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, basement, 2 car attached garage •Island kitchen opens to family room with cathedral ceiling •Finished basement w/wet bar •211091132

$267,900 BRIGHTON’S PREMIERE CONDOS! •2,260 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, basement, 2 car attached garage •Large eat in kitchen with oak cabinets •1st floor laundry •Master bedroom with private bath •211106651

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$149,900 COUNTRY RANCH •1,300 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, basement, 2 car attached garage •Open floor plan •Living room with vaulted ceilings •Island kitchen •Walkout basement •211070599

$2,100,000 ON PRIVATE DOWNEY LAKE! •5,552 sq. ft., 5 bedrooms, 4.1 baths, basement, 5 car garage •24 beautiful acres •Mahogany kitchen •Generator, elevator •211088015

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GREAT FAMILY SUB! •1,800 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 1.2 baths, basement, 2 car attached garage •Open floor plan •Great room with natural fireplace •Walk to downtown •211043331

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$90,000 PREMIUM CONDO LIVING! •1,370 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 car attached garage •Private patio •Open floor plan •Maple kitchen •Lots of storage •211086327

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IMMACULATE SPRAWLING RANCH! •2,218 sq. ft., 6 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, basement, 2 car attached garage •Open floor plan with cathedral ceilings •Granite counters •1.57 private acres •211106307

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WONDERFUL WHITE LAKE VIEWS! •1,700 sq, ft., 2 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, basement, 2 car attached garage •On quiet bay to main lake •Maple and granite kitchen •211028656

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$350,000 CONTEMPORARY WATERFRONT HOME! •2,780 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage •Remodeled and updated •Granite kitchen and all baths •2nd floor laundry •211001443

Serving Milford & Surrounding Areas - 248.684.1065

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$549,900 LAKEFRONT & ACREAGE! •3,043 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, basement, 3 car attached garage •11+ acres on all-sports lake •Granite kitchen and baths •211067932 ©Real Estate One, Inc., 2011


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211100643 - $169,000

211070398 - $85,000

211092231 - $41,000

211104416 - $449,900

211104716 - $399,000

211101373 - $250,000

GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, fireplace, vaulted ceilings, finished basement

UP NORTH LIVING 1.45 ACRES 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, oak cabinets, newer roof, 3 car detached garage

FIRST FLOOR CONDO 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, new hardwood floors, lake privileges

PRIVATE, CUL-DE-SAC, WOODS 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, spacious, 2-way fireplace, large master suite, walkout basement

FABULOUS GREEN LAKEFRONT HOME 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, Pella windows, hardwood flooring, lower level walkout, 2 fireplaces

PEACEFUL WOODED SETTING 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, stone fireplace, all-season sun porch

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211068047 - $189,900

211042968 - $159,900

211061876 - $459,000

211091695 - $185,500

211106614 - $73,500

GORGEOUS SETTING 2.2 ACRES 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, family room with fireplace, master 2 closets, barn/shed

FAIRWAY ESTATES STUNNING 2 bedrooms, 3 bath, granite, new carpet, tile overlooking 16th hole

GOLF FRONTAGE Corner unit condo, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, finished basement, fireplace

UNION LAKEFRONT 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, kitchen with island, pantry, stone fireplace, den

WILLIAMS LAKE DEEDED CANAL FRONT 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, spacious kitchen, open floor plan

NICE UPDATED RANCH 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, new kitchen flooring, living room, bay window, corner lot.

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211105361 - $80,000

211060973 - $149,900

211014823 - $225,000

A PIECE OF PARADISE 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, open floor plan, quality decking

CANAL FRONTAGE ON CRESCENT LAKE 2 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, solid stone home, 2 garages, large living room, jetted

MOVE IN READY 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, open floor plan, pole barn, pond

UPDATED TUDOR 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, hardwood floors, brick fireplace, granite kitchen

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211103967 - $154,500

210042174 - $178,000

211079367 - $39,900

211037965 - $80,000

ARTS & CRAFTS BUNGALOW 4 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, updated, cove ceilings, new roof/furnace/central air

OXBOW LAKEFRONT 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, fireplace, 2 garages, estate sized lot

GREAT INVESTOR HOME 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, newer kitchen, natural fireplace

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211091693 - $289,000

211078139 - $74,800

211054757 - $299,900

211091929 - $795,000

211097738 - $145,000

VACATION AT HOME 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, pool, hot tub, acreage, cathedral ceilings

PROFESSIONALLY LANDSCAPED 5 bedrooms, 2.2 baths, master ste. with jacuzzi, lower level walkout, brick patio

WELL MAINTAINED RANCH 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, .80 acre double lot, fireplace, 2 car garage

SPECTACULAR COLONIAL 4 bedrooms, 2.2 baths, spiral staircase, 2 fireplaces, hardwood

WHITE LAKE FRONT 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, totally remodeled, finished walkout

LOVELY RANCH HOME 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, impressive fireplace

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211101276 - $260,000

211048408 - $100,000

211106237 - $149,900

211104235 - $110,000

211001031 - $84,000

CHARMING CAPE COD 1.5 ACRES 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, 1.5 acres, finished basement, wrap around deck

IMPECCABLY MAINTAINED HOME 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, great room, island kitchen, finished walkout basement

ADDITIONAL LOT 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, brick, vinyl ranch, 2 car garage

LOTS OF UPGRADES 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, hardwood floors, premium carpet, full basement, den with bay window

PICTURE PERFECT 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, open floor plan, cathedral ceilings

LOTS OF UPDATES 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, finished basement, 2 car garage

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WHITE LAKE RANCH

LEASE, $1,650 - OXFORD 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2 car garage, across from school. Owner transfer. Located in popular Oxford sub with award winning Oxford schools. Open floor plan, hardwood floors, granite kitchen, vaulted ceilings and finished basement. Huge fenced in lot includes beautiful composite decking around a new pool, sev brick paver patios, perfect for entertaining. Rent includes pool service, all appliances, use our application credit rep. $200 non-refundable clean fee/1 1/2 month sec. dep., 1st month rent to move in December 20, 2011. (1280 C.L. S.G.)

FOR ALL SHOWINGS CALL SUSI

View of White Lake Lake and boat privileges on White Lake. Old world charm comes with this 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home with coved ceilings. Remodeled kitchen and appliances stay. Full basement, triple lot. AS3761C $149,900

GO LIONS! BEAT DENVER!

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4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, 2 full beautiful kitchens with stainless appliances and stainless backsplash. The master bedroom has gorgeous views of the water and amazing walk-in closet. Finished walkout to 100 ft. of all-sports lakefront. New trek deck off of kitchen and master bedroom new seawall and stamped concert patio at lake. Two new docks, auto all house generator, 3 car attached garage. A one of a kind!! $795,000 Denotes a Real Estate One Virtual Tour

Desirable Whispering Meadows Sub, cul-desac setting, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, hardwood floors, first floor laundry, maple kitchen, vaulted great room with natural fireplace, skylights, Andersen windows, 4 door walls, vaulted master suite, spa tub, awesome finished walkout lower level, huge wet bar, well landscaped, sprinkling system. $259,000 (cy1047T)

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Spacious kitchen with island & pantry, separate dining room, family room with fireplace, library/den, Andersen windows throughout w/views of lake, 3/4 huge bedrooms, master bedroom with balcony with lake views, 3 full baths. 6 panel doors throughout, full basement with 8 ft. ceilings & storage, deep 2 car attached garage, deep scenic lot w/sandy bottom lake. Newer home built on old foundation. Immaculate. $459,000. Call Becky 248-790-9915.

House features, approx. 1,800 sq. ft., open floor plan, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, oak hardwood floors throughout, eat-in kitchen includes all appliances, cozy fireplace in living room, master bed with private bath and jacuzzi tub, 2.5 car garage, pole barn, sprinkler system, fenced backyard, privileges to Stony/Squaw Lakes. $110,000. Call Becky for details!

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SALES PRODUCER Customer Service Representative for Allstate Insurance office in Novi. Insurance license preferred but not necessary.

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Real Estate Career We're doubling our staff! •Do you like working with new people and new situations? •Do you have good problem solving skills? •Do you have a "Sky is the limit mentality"? If you said, "Yes", call me. Kathy Solan 248-363-8300 248-348-6430

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SCRAP METAL Aluminum .30-.60¢/lb. Copper $2.00-$2.60/lb. Brass .80¢- 1.50/lb. Auto Rads. .80¢-1.10/lb. 1011 Decker, Walled Lk

Mann Metals Corp. (248)960-1200 SEA-DOO JET Skis wanted dead or dying. 1995 on ups. $200- $1400. Top $ for XP's & 947/951 or larger motors. Call Steve at 231-943-4152

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BABY SITTER Needed for after school care- picking kids up & driving them home & watching them, Monday through Friday. 3pm-5pm 248- 722-8822

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(2) 4FT. TREES. 1 Orange, 1 Ficus. 248-820-9467 Items must be FREE to respondents, ad free to you. Restricted to residential. The publishing group accepts no responsibility for actions between individuals. Sorry, we do not accept ads for free dogs. FREE LARGE painted hutch/ dresser. Has been used in girl's bedroom. You haul. Wixom. 248-624-7441

Auction/Estate Sales101

PUBLIC AUCTION "Mini Storage Depot will sell at public auction, contents of Units Numbered (O1317, Myra Finney: household goods, furniture, boxes, suitcases, toys, sporting goods, tools), (O1314, Myra Finney: household goods, furniture, boxes, trunks, toys, sporting goods, tools, equipment), (X39, Tad Alberts: other vehicles/ trailer), (N1221, Ronald Fouty: household goods, furniture, boxes, tools, equipment), (K924, Audrey Vasquez-Page: household goods, furniture, boxes, suitcases), (J8024, Shannon Simpson: furniture, boxes), on Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 2pm, 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."

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HOME & OFFICE Sale. Everything must go. White Lake. 248-408-0909

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500 Crystalia, Bogie and Cooley Lake Roads. Saturday, Sunday, 9:30-3:30. Kids quad, chain saws, art, antiques, 12 + years of household. W E S T BLOOMFIELD 1702 HENBERT Road, North of Greer, take Hermana off Lochaven. Saturday 9-4, Sunday 9-3

Building Materials

Over 15 years experience small to large homes. Weekly biweekly monthly. Excellent references.

FUNK & Wagnalls 1979 Encyclopedia. Excellent condition. 27 volumes complete. 248535-0031

FLUSH DOOR- 30 inch interior, used, $12. 248-698-4168

For FREE Quote call 248-568-6444

SLIDE-IN Camper, sleeps 6. You pick up. 248-804-3804

Gently used clothing and household items

SOLID BLACK Walnut, several board feet, rough and 1/4 sawn, 30 year air dried, various sizes. Price negotiable. 248-363-5321 or 248-5056545 WAYNE DALTON garage door, 9'X7', you take down 248-797-7699 $200

Clothing/Apparel

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MEN'S CANVAS Hunting Vest with pockets & pouches, size medium, $7.50. 248-6232661

at Sarah & Ralph Davidson Hadassah House

"OUR CENTURY in Pictures," 1900-1999, Life Magazine book. very large 10" X 11", excellent condition. $10. 248623-2661

(between Walnut Lk. & Lone Pine) - Cash / MasterCard / Visa -

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SEA-DOO JET SKIS WANTED DEAD OR DYING. 1995 on ups. $200$1400. Top $ for XP's & 947/951 or larger motors. Call Steve 231-943-4152 Boats/Motors/ Trailers

Bargain Bin

Winter storage Tom 248-681-4250 seaway5@comcast.net *with mention of this ad

TRAVEL- TECH

Shrink Wrap 248-980-3453 I / O Winterizing 248-698-3686 Certified Master Mechanic

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PWC & BOAT WINTERIZING Shrink Wrapping & Storage Motorcycle, ATV, Snowmobile Parts & Service

Lakes MotorSports 4713 Dixie Highway, Waterford, MI 48329

248-674-0663 www.lakesmotorsports.com

CARS/TRUCKS MOTORCYCLES Wanted Parts/ Salvage

Wanted Parts/ Salvage

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UNWANTED AUTOS LLC TOP $ Paid For Any: • Junk • Non Running • Wrecked Cars. FREE TOWING. SAME DAY PICK UP

(248)467-0396

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Unwanted Autos any year $200 to $2,000

RC Towing 248-770-3333 CAMPBELL'S TOWING

SERVICE DIRECTORY PERSONAL/ SERVICES Home/ Office Cleaning

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CAROL'S

AUTOS, CARS & TRUCKS

PERSONAL HOMECLEANING SERVICE

$200 AND UP

Weekly, Bi-weekly, or Monthly Call for appt. 248-318-8396

248-698-1062 Tires/ Parts

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2002 STS for sale for parts 248-979-0756

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Boat & Pontoon Hauling Local & long distance

Boat Storage 105

Tues. Nov. 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 am - 5 pm Wed. Nov. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 am - 7 pm Thur. Nov. 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 am - 4 pm Fri. Nov. 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 am - 3 pm Sunday (Bag Day) Nov. 6 . . . .9 am - 2 pm

5030 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield

BOATS/ OUTDOOR

$149.99*

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FREE TO good home 3 kittens, born July 9th. 248-860-2085

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$20 PREPAID Phone card for only $12.50- I can give you a 1-800 number to verify, expires June 13, 2013. 248-6232661. ROOM SPACE Heater-$15; Paper Shredder, $10. (734) 299-0251 STOVE TOP ESPRESSO Maker, European, tin. $10 248-534-7004

Shrink wrap- Winterization

Garage Sales

WHITNEY'S HOUSECLEANING

RUMMAGE SALE

Odds N Ends

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Appliance Repair

2004 YAMAHA R1- 1000 motorcycle. Many extras, must see. $4,500. (248)9789246

MOTORCYCLEGUARANTEE See First Want Ad Page Cars

REPAIR/ IMPROVEMENT

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SALES GUARANTEE Autos, Vans, Trucks See First Want Ad Page BUICK LESABRE, 2005, 85K, $9000. Very good condition. 248-363-3457 BUICK PARK Avenue 2002, loaded, 76,000 miles, $7,900 firm. 248-887-1927 GREAT TRANSPORTATION car 2004 Chevy Malibu Max. All mechanical issues in good working order, 162k. $3,800 firm, call Jenny at 248-8891785

502



TONY'S APPLIANCE SERVICE Servicing all Major Appliances. •Hot water tank

(248)360-0213 (248)698-8819 Carpet Installation

513



BOB'S CARPET Has the best buys on all brand named carpet. Pad 1/2 8 lb $3 yd. Installation guaranteed. Lots of remnants $4 per yard

Call Bob (248)681-5771

MERCURY GRAND Marquis LS, 2004. Loaded, leather, silver, 36,500K, clean. $11,500. OBO 248-669-8171

Cabinetry

Vans

•Mantels •Fireplace Surrounds •Furniture •Entertainment Center •Custom Cabinets •Crown Molding •Kitchen Cabinets •Custom Bars Harold Canfield

194

CHEVROLET EXPRESS Van 2005. 3/4ton, V8, air, cruise, tilt, p.s p.b, power windows, power locks, keyless entry, heavy duty locking differential, ziebart, tintedwindows, original owner, highly maintained. $10,900 OBO 248-622-8910

515

Elegant Woodworking

(248)363-3804 elegant-woodworking.com

4

Reasons To Use West Oakland Service Firms • Up-to-date listings allow for seasonal or changing conditions • They are part of the community • They offer a variety of services to meet your needs • They are ready and eager to serve

Buying a Home? Let us

Look Before You Leap!

Afford

able Home Inspections

Up to 170 components inspected in a typical three bedroom home. Computer-generated, comprehensive, easy-tounderstand report summary. High resolution, color pictures provide a visual reference of problem areas. Reports are emailed to you and your Real Estate Agent. After inspection questions are always answered, even after you move into your home.

248-881-3478 Licensed Insured

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Fax (248) 360-5308

IN PRINT and ON-LINE 24/7

Personal • Business • Maintenance • Improvements • Repair Carpentry

516

Doors

524

YAM CONTRACTING

THE DOOR STOP

•Carpentry •Deck Repair •Int. & Ext. Painting •Custom Woodwork •Powerwashing •To Do Lists •Unfinished Projects

Garage door springs and door openers repaired and/or replaced.

(248)709-6631 anthyam@att.net Cement/Concrete

517

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 MARCUCCI CONCRETE As Seen on ABC TV "Extreme Home Makeovers" Satisfying Customers for Over 30 Years •DRIVEWAY •PORCHES •FOUNDATIONS •BRICK •BLOCK •STAMPED/ COLORED Lic/Ins Visa/ MC Wixom

248-486-5900

 Arrow Concrete Affordable Rates Driveway Specials All Phases Brick, Block & Chimney Repair

Fully Lic. & Ins. www.arrowcement.com 248-758-4346

Since 1980

Call Anytime 248-624-4042 (cell) 248-640-6298

CERTIFIED OVERHEAD DOOR SERVICE

Flooring

536

EDWARD'S FLOOR COVERING •Linoleum •Ceramic Tile •Hardwood Floors •Laminate Wood 27 Years Exp. Free Est.

(248)684-5983 Handy Person

545

•Garage Doors •Repaired/ Services •New Doors/ Openers •Installed at Factory Pricing •Emergency Service Available

DU-IT-ALL HOME CARE IMPROVEMENTS Specials:

248-624-3161

•Ceramic Tile •Formica Tops & Kitchens •Exterior/Interior Painting Also, we do complete basements and all other interior work, including electric, plumbing, etc. Call today. Cell #

Electricians

528

MASTER ELECTRICIAN Insured & State Licensed, 25 years experience. Prompt, courteous service. FREE ESTIMATES. ALL TYPES OF WORK. Competitive Prices

(248)683-7985 Excavating

529

J.J.M BACKHOE SERVICE LLC Backhoe service & landscaping. 38 Years Experience. Small or Large Jobs. Fully insured. Free estimates.

(248)624-6458 AFFORDABLE DEMOLITION & SERVICES "Division of Rae Excavating" • BUILDING REMOVAL• • Sewer and Water • Storm Sewers • Trucking & Grading Licensed & Insured

248-624-4473

(248)891-7072 Licensed and Insured

D & S HOME REPAIRS REMODELING •Additions •Garages •Drywall •Painting •Plumbing •Electrical •Tile •Marble •Kitchens •Baths •Basements •Decks 33 Years ... Licensed

248-684-4175 810-714-3058

TOTAL HOME SERVICE 35 Years Licensed PLUMBING • HEATING CARPENTRY • DRYWALL ELECTRICAL NEW SERVICE KITCHENS BATHS CERAMIC TILE

"The job your husband will do tomorrow." (248)887-2366

Handy Person

545

QUALITY HOME REPAIR •Carpentery & Painting •Plumbing •Kitchen & Bath remodelingCounter tops, Cabinets •Home Improvements

Lawn/Garden Services

Power Washing 553

A R T Outdoor Services, LLC

569

J.M. TILE & MARBLE CUSTOM WORK

•Deck Cleaning / Staining & Sealing •Brick Cleaning •Rust & Mold Removal •Housewashing. •Painting •Deck Repairs.

•Remodeling •Quality Service •New Construction • Repairs •Grout Sealing • Licensed and Insured

Licensed & Insured

Heating/Duct Work 546

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THOMASON HEATING & COOLING

(248)625-5719

D&D ROOFING

LADY LIBERTY ENTERPRISES Land Dec-

•Siding

• Furnaces • Boilers • Air Cleaners •Air Conditioners •Humidifiers Service & Replacements

FREE ESTIMATES ON INSTALLATION HURON VALLEY 248-363-1615

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING •Repair •Replace •Inspections •Humidifiers •Water Heaters •Night service available

(248)887-3666 Home Improvement 547 SHERMAN BLDG CO. •Additions •Garages •Decks •Rough & Trim Carpentry •Wood Siding •Basements •Kitchens •All outside wood repairs

248-682-1393 248-802-6554 Home Inspection

548

Buying A Home? Let Us Look Before You Leap! AFFORDABLE HOME INSPECTIONS Licensed • Insured STERLING HOME SERVICES

248-881-3478

orating & Maintenance, LLC. Flower bed weeding, Mulching, Brick Pavers/Repairs, Boulder Walls, Lawn Maintenance, Fall Clean-ups, Tree & Shrub Pruning. Insured.

248-634-7041 Painting/ Decorating

562



FARR'S PAINTING

Exterior & Interior Wood Repairs • Caulking Staining • Wallpaper Removal Drywall repairs • Water repairs Free Power Washing w/paint. farrshomeimprovements.com

(248) 477-7764 (248) 345-3308 VS PAINTING FALL SPECIAL

(248) 477-7764 (248) 345-3308 Roofing

John Miller (248)505-8865 571

•Gutters & Leaf Guards •Soffits & Trimwork •Decks •Windows We accept Credit cards

Doug Dible 248-431-6243

ROOF LEAKS & WATER DAMAGE REPAIRS MAHER RESTORATION www.goMaher.com "Maher Makes It Happen"

248-926-6631 PRICE IS RIGHT ROOFING •Repairs •Re-Roofs •Chimney Repair •Metal Work •Flat Roofs •Complete Roof Packages. •Siding •Gutters

FREE Estimates 248-459-7894

248-894-3239 Plumbing

farrshomeimprovements.com

30 Years Experience

Save 20% this season on exterior/ interior painting, drywall repair, & wallpaper removal on small or big jobs. 25 years experience. licensed and insured. Same day free estimates.

567

Premier Plumbing Licensed & Insured Complete Plumbing Service New Construction & Remodel Commercial & Residential

248-363-5864

585

FARR'S POWER WASHING

Fall Clean-ups • Snow Plowing • Landscaping • Lawn Service • Gutter Cleaning • Insured Residential & Commercial

248-820-1286

Tile

ROOF REPAIRS Missing shingles replaced, Chimney flashing resealed, Leaks stopped, Vent stack flashing replaced, Complete roof inspection service, Guaranteed work. 30 yrs exp.

Call Doug Miller 248-360-0344 Siding

577

I.D.C.

Home Service Siding, Trim & Soffitt Guaranteed Professional Installation. Lic./ Ins. References available.

Bob: 248-363-0589 idchomeservice.com

jmtileandmarble.com

Trash/Debris Removal

Waterproofing

Dry Basements, LLC We Repair: •Poured Walls/ Concrete Block •Waterproofing •Cracked or Bowed Walls •Foundation Repaired Replaced •Underpinning •Crawl Space and Encapsulation •Licensed & Insured •Ron Heck, Builder (248)420-0116

Welding

Progressive Transportation

Call anytime for estimates & great service

248-887-4892 Tree Service

587

LOUIE'S TREE SERVICE Tree Removal •Stump Grinding Firewood • Free Estimates 20 Yrs. Exp. • Fully Insured "Will Beat All Competitors" Residential • Commercial

602

Light Steel And Aluminum Welding Fabricating

586

Specializing in: •Appliances •Furniture •Debris Removal

599

248-931-0911 Wells

603

McPherson WELL SERVICE PUMPS •TANKS WELL REPAIR 2, 4, & 5 INCH

248-240-6143 248-240-6142 248-366-1325

Emergency Service

KODIAK TREE SERVICE

248-

25 years experience •Tree trimming •Tree & stump removal •70ft bucket lift •Free estimates •Insured

7 days a week

363-6464

aquawells.com All credit cards accepted

BOB WYCKOFF

248-921-9097

WELL DRILLING

MAXON'S TREE SERVICE

"If you have questions, we have answers!"

•Trimming •Tree Removal •Stump Grinding •Lot Clearing •Firewood & Woodchips "We now have wood fencing & deliver sand, gravel, top soil."

Licensed & Insured Free Estimates

(248)887-2190

•PUMPS •TANKS • WELL REPAIR

(248)310-0917

Emergency Service EASY PAYMENT PLANS No Credit Check Visa & MasterCard


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SPINAL COLUMN NEWSWEEKLY

THANK YOU VETERANS In gratitude,

is offering to those who have served our country - in the past or presently. Now through Friday, November 11, 2011, Veterans will receive

ONE OIL CHANGE FOR FREE.

This Thank You is also extended to spouses of deceased Veterans and spouses of Military Personnel currently serving in the War on Terrorism. Please bring in identification for verification purposes. To our Veterans, their surviving spouses, and the spouses of active combatant U.S. Military personnel:

Please join our Honor Roll of Gratitude Bring in or send us: •Your name •The town in which you currently live •The branch of service in which you or your spouse served or is serving •The conflict of which you are a veteran •Any thoughts you wish to share with the community regarding your wartime experience, or any message to your comrades-in-arms, past or present, your loved ones, or the community at large. Space allowing, Morris Motors will publish this Honor Roll of Gratitude in this space in Wednesday, November 9th’s Spinal Column Newsweekly. Here’s how you can forward this information to us - bring or mail it to: Morris Motors • 2199 Haggerty Road • Commerce Twp., MI 48390 Fax to: (248) 560-0296 e-mail to: dprosak@morrismotorsmi.com

Morris Find us on Complete Inventory At: www.morrismotorsmi.com Motors Michigan For Peace of Mind: most of our vehicles have warranty or service contracts available. Facebook SALES HOURS: Mon. & Thurs.: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tues., Wed., Fri.: 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Service Special

19

$

95*

M

OIL CHANGE

O I OTOR L

~ COUPON ~

+tax & dep. fee with coupon

*Includes up to 5 quarts of oil and oil filter. Excludes synthetic oil and diesel engines. Most vehicles–see service advisor for exceptions. With this coupon. Coupon cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 11/9/11. SC

BG’s Cooling System Flush ~ COUPON ~

OUR FACTORY-TRAINED TECHNICIANS WILL PERFORM THE FOLLOWING: •Pressurized system leak test •Check belts and hoses •Check heater output $ Was99 129 •Flush cooling system

2 Wheel Alignment Set Tow plus FREE Tire Rotation and Brake Cam & Caster extra Inspection

99 42

$

95 $

Plus tax and disposal. Most GM cars and trucks. All coupons must be presented at time of write up. Offers cannot be applied with any other offers. Chemical cleaning extra. Expires 11/9/11. SC

50

Must present coupon when order is written. Cannot be combined with any other offers. GM vehicles only. Plus tax and shop supplies. Expires 11/9/11. SC

248-624-4500

morrismotorsmi.com

Your Hometown Car & Truck Service and Maintenance Center for over 42 Years Diagnosis extra, brake inspection extra

Check Engine Light Special or any Warning Light (ABS/Airbag) We will perform a complete ACT NOW computer scan BEFORE OFFER and external EXPIRES diagnosis. If your vehicle displays a “Check Engine” or “Service Soon” bring this coupon in for diagnosis.

LIMITED TIME ONLY

FREE

Must present coupon when order is written. Cannot be combined with any other offers. GM vehicles only. Plus tax and shop supplies. Expires 11/9/11. SC

We Service All Makes and Models of GM Vehicles and most Domestic and Import models

WE OFFER: NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY Most Repairs Completed Same Day

Enjoy your complimentary coffee while you wait • Work With Most Insurance Companies • Expert Mechanics and Technicians • Full Paint or Touch-Ups • Expert Color Matching • We Handle Large or Small Jobs

SERVICE, PARTS & BODY SHOP HOURS:

Mon. & Thurs.: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. • Tues., Wed. & Fri.: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

FREE Estimates on Collision Repairs!


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