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Outrun Hunger effort helps 460 local families By Kevin Elliott staff writer

More than $9,000 was raised to help feed nearly 500 families this holiday season thanks to hundreds of runners participating in Grace Church’s second Annual Outrun Hunger 5K Fun Run and Race. Kari Cotter, director of the race, recently delivered $9,206.40 to Hospitality House and the Open Door Outreach Center on behalf of Outrun Hunger’s work. Cotter said about 300 runners crossed the finish line during the Nov. 3 race, which was held at the Commerce Commons Pathway outside of Commerce Township Hall. First-place went to Thomas Preiss, who finished the event in 17:45, nearly a minute ahead of the the next finisher. “We are proud of our fans,” Cotter said. “Because of them, 460 families will enjoy a hot meal this holiday ... We are grateful and thank them on behalf of Grace Church,” which has locations in Commerce and White Lake townships.

Four Walled Lake firefighters earn life saving award By Leslie Shepard staff writer

When a 53-year-old Walled Lake man fell victim to a heart attack on Oct. 10, the prognosis looked grim. He was unresponsive. He laid still, not breathing, his face ashen, and there was no trace of a pulse. Then the wailing of the sirens came to a halt in front of his home and four members of the Walled Lake Fire Department worked to revive the man using a new auto pulse device and CPR. Thanks to those four men, the victim’s heartbeat and blood pressure were restored and he was whisked away to DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township, where

Kari Cotter (left), director of the annual Outrun Hunger 5K Fun Run and Race, presents a check to Tammie Fenn (center), administrative assistant of the Open Door Outreach Center, and Julie Day (right), who works in marketing for Open Door. The race is held by Grace Church, with locations in White Lake and Commerce townships, to raise money to pay for holiday meals for 460 area families in need. (Photo submitted by Kari Cotter)

This year’s event included 20 sponsors who provided their products and services, 45 donors who contributed, and about 80 volunteers who donated time. All of the funds from the event are

given to Hospitality House in Walled Lake and the Open Door Outreach Center in Waterford Township. Cotter said the event was an even greater success in its second year. The

he later recovered. The bravery and diligence of that team of firefighters were recognized by Walled Fire Chief Ken Van Sparrentak and the City Council when they awarded the four with the Clinical Save Award on Nov. 5. “We are proud of their efforts,” Van Sparrentak said. “They applied the training acquired over the years and utilized this new life saving equipment to its fullest. We are also proud of their efforts they put forth every day, especially when an incident like this occurs.” The award recipients are Fire Marshal Jim Coomer, Sergeant Karl Brown, and firefighters/EMTs John Buzynski and Don Hennessey. “Prior to our arrival, the 911 dispatcher gave directions for CPR to a family member and the police got there early to take over,” Coomer said, adding that the auto pulse device performs

automatic chest compressions, regardless of whether the victim is being moved. The department purchased the apparatus through a grant in conjunction with a colleague’s fund-raising efforts: Walled Lake firefighter Carol Leach had raised $2,600 for the device by swimming over 1 mile across the city’s namesake in 2010. “The auto pulse device performs automatic chest compressions on patients that have no pulse and is a new tool on our ambulance. This device increases the chances of survival during cardiac arrest,” Coomer said. The team followed cardiac arrest protocol that calls for the insertion of an oral airway device through the mouth, deploying an automatic defibrillator, and preparing the patient to be transported to a hospital. “In an incident like this, there’s a lot

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ike Dornan, Wixom’s newly retired city manager and one of the area’s most respected leaders, has boxed up the photos of himself and notable leaders, the slew of local and national accolades, and the fond memories as he sets off for a new journey into retirement. Dornan’s legacy extends through a trio of Oakland County communities, including Wixom and Walled Lake. Apart from serving Wixom as city manager since 1991, he held the city manager position in Walled Lake for over 11 years and was assistant to the city manager and community development director in Farmington Hills for five years What were some of the professional highlights during your tenure in Wixom? MD: One that comes to mind is we put together here, and I’m very proud of it, a machine of individuals. All my associates I work with day in and day out have grown up together professionally here, know their job, and the majority are cross-trained, including department heads, and have an appreciation for what each department’s responsibilities are. We have the smallest number of employees in any city you could probably find — 47 employees in a community of a population of 14,000. No. 2, I would say I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish with surrounding communities and others in public/private and public/public partnerships. The consolidation services during this time when local governments face challenging situations is important and never has been more important. Finally, I’m proud of the extension of Detroit water when we brought it here to Wixom. We put in our water tower — it took us two years to negotiate and get approval from Detroit. It saves us a great deal of money. There’s no question the Detroit system provides a worldclass water product. Consequently, we have a world-class infrastructure — water, sewer, and roads. What major changes have you seen throughout Oakland County during the last 37 years? MD: As we grew up, the county grew up. My earliest memories of Wixom is coming to the co-op from our place at 14 Mile and Halsted Road to buy oats and bran for the animals. The change in Oakland County — the nature and character — has been so dramatic and it’s because of the kind of people who came before us like Jack Dohany, supervisor in



West Bloomfield — huge, huge mentors of mine that I grew up with and knowing. Jim Reed in White Lake, Jim Seeterlin in Waterford, Bob Long in Commerce Township, to name just a few. These were guys and gals who loved their communities, in many cases grew up in them and many of them were farmers who turned toward developing their community. Not to forget the grand daddy of them all, (Oakland County Executive L.) Brooks Patterson. All of these folks had the courage you don’t find very often in government because of the pressure that politics puts on those who work in government. Those folks, Brooks and the others, had the courage to take the risks


emotional roller coaster — several proposers coming and going. We’re still on the roller coaster. There are two potential purchasers. One bought 229 acres. Ford will keep 31 acres as a designated and closed landfill and maintain environmental liability of the landfill and monitor it. The purchaser of the 229 acres has a great deal of experience in development and demolition. They are bright and aggressive folks and have a great deal of contacts, and like to do projects and have the money to develop the plant. They intend to demolish the whole plant, including the slab that the buildings sit on. Another 45 acres on the corner — there’s been a lot of talk of Menard’s coming into Wixom. They have a letter of intent to purchase. Menard’s will use 16 acres and the remaining 19 acres will be developed with retailers that more or less follow them. The city folks, in the last year, revised the master plan, and designated the 318 acres as a gateway planned unit development land use, meaning Ford property will be a mixed-use development with retail, office, research, manufacturing in a campus-like setting. Stay tuned. I would expect Menard’s to come to the Planning Commission for rezoning in 45 to 60 days. The Planning Commission will craft design requirements for the mixed-use development, and Menard’s and other purchasers will be required to follow. Share with us some of your favorite memories as you exit Wixom. What will you miss most? MD: I’ve been so privileged to do the work I love with people I enjoy in a place that’s very special. My role in the city has brought me tremendous fulfillment. I’m very proud of the legacy I leave behind. The city is in a very good place as it faces the challenges of the times to continue to preserve Wixom’s character as a safe and family-oriented community. That means most to me. My wonderful associates — we call them “All hands.”One of our monograms is the world is governed by those who show up. You’ve got to, or the train will leave the station. Everyone has contributed to providing suggestions, reduced costs — and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to experience so many rewards with so many people for so long. ❏

INTERVIEW Q to create a place that places around the world are envious of. What do you foresee as necessary steps for municipalities to take in order to stay fiscally afloat? MD: It’s important to bring a business sense to the table. Multi-year budgeting is a must. We’ve been doing it here for nearly over 10 years. In addition, a constant review — internal reflection of the organization and analysis is necessary to continue to provide quality services to the public at the lowest cost. We are the stewards of the public’s money and that’s an important thing to remember. Where do plans for the Ford Wixom plant stand now? MD: Ford has been a 50-year partner. It was the largest assembly plant of any kind on the planet in its day. It produced over that time 6.6 million vehicles of all classes. We’ve been on an



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going on,” Coomer said. “We train for a wide variety of emergencies and it’s a good feeling to see our training and tools work. Usually when people call 911, it’s the worst day of their life and we try and make it better. I am proud of my crew for the work they performed this day and every day.” ❏

Commerce OKs 2013 budget at $5.3M in expenses By Kevin Elliott staff writer

The Commerce Township Board of Trustees avoided a prolonged stalemate over fiscal matters and passed the township’s 2013 budget at its Tuesday, Nov. 13 meeting. The total revenue for township is projected to be about $5.8 million next year, with total expenditures estimated to be about $5.36 million, resulting in a spending plan about $426,000 in the black for the next fiscal year, which begins on Jan. 1, 2013 and ends Dec. 31, 2013. The largest contributor to the township’s coffers is state shared revenues, which totals about $2.6 million, followed by property taxes, which are estimated to generate about $2.09 million. The budget, which passed by a vote of 5-2 with Trustees David Law and Rob Long voting against it, includes about $2.79 million in transfers out of the township’s General Fund. The majority of the Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) budget, which was approved in September and included about $1.7 million in advances from the township, is used to pay down the DDA’s debt, which includes about $2.5 million in interest and bond administrative costs, and $1.5 million in principal in 2013. Law said he opposed approving the budget because it fails to address employee health care benefit costs, which he said will be an issue under a new state law. “I feel that should be done at this point,” he said. “They were talking about discussing it in the future, but I didn’t feel the budget should be passed without addressing it.”

About 300 area runners crossed the finish line during Grace Church’s Nov. 3 Outrun Hunger 5K Fun Run and Race, which raised over $9,000 to support Hospitality House in Walled Lake and the Open Door Outreach Center in Waterford Township. (Photo provided by Shelley Conley of Photography by Shelley)

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race raised about $7,400 in 2011, exceeding the initial goal of $3,000. Final results from the race can be found at This year’s sponsors included Reliv, Biggby of Waterford, Uptown Grill in Commerce, Leo’s Coney Island of Commerce, Union Lake Dairy Queen, Aleko’s Carryout,

Lakepoint Chiropractic, PT Massage and Caring Hands Massage, Body Language, New Balance, Running Gear of Waterford, Running Fit, American All Star Gymnastics, Photography by Shelley, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Community EMS, Pump it Up, Meijer, and Kroger. Cotter urged people to save the date for next year’s run on Nov. 2, 2013 to help raise more money for area families in need. ❏

Shufflebarger died on June 11 at his residence on Duke Street at the age of 60. It was determined that his death was the result of natural causes. He had served as the village manager since 1990. A visitation for Shufflebarger was held at Lynch and Sons Funeral Home on East Liberty Street in the village on June 14. Shufflebarger’s funeral was then held on June 15 at the Milford United Methodist Church. He was laid to rest in his hometown of Atchison, Kan. He is survived by his wife, Kelsey, and his two daughters, Kayla and Ieasha. Memorial contributions in Shufflebarger’s name are encouraged to be sent to the Milford or Atchison (Kan.) United Methodist churches. Morgan, the former city manager for Caro, Mich., officially took office as the new village manager on Tuesday, Nov. 13, after Frazer served as the interim village manager during the search to fill the position. ❏

Orchard Lake to mull adding one full-time officer By Leslie Shepard

He said he is confident health care costs will be an issue in the 2013 fiscal year. “The township is going to have to address it,” he said. “Whether they do what the state mandates or opts out ... I think anything the township can do to minimize health care costs for the betterment of the township — we ought to look at it.” Law said he agreed with some pay increases for some department directors in the township since they have had workloads increased. ❏

Dedication event for Arthur’s Park will be Saturday By Michael Shelton staff writer

Milford Village has set a date of Saturday, Nov. 24 for a dedication ceremony to rename River View Park, which is located across the street from Central Park, in honor of former village manager Arthur Shufflebarger, who died in June.

The ceremony is open to the public and will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to change the site’s name to Arthur’s Park. The dedication will consist of the unveiling of a bench and a plaque explaining who Shufflebarger was and his contributions to the village. Village Manager Brent Morgan, Village Council President Terri Rusas-George, and other village officials are expected to attend. The Milford Village Council voted at its Monday, Nov. 19 meeting to approve the park dedication date. Village Clerk Deborah Frazer has said the village’s goal was hold the dedication on Thanksgiving weekend to coincide with the Shufflebarger Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, which will take place that same day along Main Street beginning at 10 a.m.

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The Orchard Lake City Council revisited on Monday, Nov. 19 a discussion of police coverage that was initially taken up last month. The issue deals with whether police staffing should be increased. Currently the Orchard Lake Police Department has seven full-time officers, including the chief, and three part-time officers. One full-time officer retired last year and has not been replaced. “Over the last 10 to 15 years, we’ve had one full-time officer more than what we have now,” said City Councilwoman Jackie Beach. “By replacing that person, it would bring staffing up to what it has been traditionally.” Police Chief Joe George met with a Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) consultant, Ray Riggs, prior to Monday’s meeting to weigh in on George’s proposal that calls for a minimum of two offi-





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BIRON, MARION LORRAINE; of Waterford. Nov. 7, 2012 at 86 years of age.

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BROWN, STANLEY H.; a resident of West Bloomfield, died on November 11th, 2012 at the age of 84. DOWNS, FRANKLIN HALLEN JR.; a native of Milford, died on November 5, 2012, at the age of 61. FIGA, MARY AMANDA; of Waterford, passed peacefully on November 3, 2012 at 85 years of age.

GOODMAN, LAURA LYNN; age 48, of Commerce Township, passed away on November 7, 2012 in loving care of her family after a valiant battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband, Tom Goodman. JACKSON, WILLIAM BRYON; of Clarkston; died November 3, 2012. He was 77. KLEIN, SONYA B.; a resident of West Bloomfield, died on October 20th, 2012 at the age of 78. LIFTER, OLGA; a resident of West Bloomfield, died on November 7th, 2012 at the age of 89. PECK, LARRY "BEAR"; age 75, passed away November 10, 2012 in Highland. Beloved husband of Betty for 57 years. WAYLAND, JOHN EVERETT; of Waterford; died November 6, 2012 at 78 years of age. To place an obituary in the Spinal Column Newsweekly please call the Classified Department at 248-360-7355 or email: FAX: 248.360.5308/248.360.5309


GILFMAN, DAVID; a resident of White Lake, died on October 26th, 2012 at the age of 43.

The Chevrolet Volt (above) is a fully-electric plug-in vehicle that has an extended range provided by an internal combustion engine. With a full charge, it has a range of about 40 miles without using any gas. Once the battery is drawn down to a certain level, the vehicle’s internal combustion engine kicks in, providing power assistance and recharging the battery. With a full tank of gas and a full battery charge, the Volt has an estimated range of about 379 miles. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Damon Tang)

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fforts in Oakland County are leading the charge in helping plug-in electric vehicles enter the mainstream and resecure Michigan’s seat as the automotive capital of the world, according to a federally-funded report released yesterday, Tuesday, Nov. 20. “The Michigan automotive industry has faced many challenges over the last few decades. Fluctuating fuel prices, with the primary trend upwards, changing consumer preferences, and the volatile economic conditions have resulted in inconsistent financial performance,” the Ann Arbor-based Clean Energy Coalition states in the 125-page Plug-In Ready Michigan plan. “Today, however, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of the automobile industry. The ‘Big Three’ have rebounded and they are engineering new technologies, like plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), to lead in a global market that is demanding innovation and emphasizing higher fuel economy. By

preparing today for infrastructure that supports the vehicles of tomorrow, Michigan’s leaders secure the state’s future as the automotive capital of the world.”

If you build it, will they come? The plan, which is intended to provide a roadmap to creating the state’s PEV in vehicle infrastructure,” said Heather Seyfarth, project manager with the Clean Energy Coalition. “Some communities have charging stations available, but they don’t necessarily have zoning in place. Currently, Auburn Hills is the only community in the state that has a (PEV) zoning ordinance in place.” Seyfarth said the plan encourages municipalities to work with developers to build infrastructure to help support PEVs. For instance, construction of a parking lot can easily include conduits for charging stations, even if the actual station isn’t installed well into the future. “It’s really not that difficult of a thing to do,” Seyfarth said. “There is some fear about the cost of the charging stations and how they will be used. A lot of people have ques-

tions, but putting together an ordinance isn’t that complicated, especially because we have an example.” According to the Clean Energy Coalition’s report, cost and lack of education about PEVs are the main barriers to more widespread acceptance of the vehicles. The plan also includes a study looking at clusters where PEVs are more popular with consumers. Throughout the state, consumers purchasing PEVs tend to live in communities with more PEV infrastructure, or charging stations. In the lakes area, Milford Village installed six electric vehicle charging stations last December. The stations, adjacent to the Milford Historical Building at 124 E. Commerce Road, provide free charging for those driving PEVs. On Monday, Nov. 19, the West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees approved the installation of a charging station between the Township Hall and library, off Walnut Lake Road at the township’s Civic Center site. Charlotte Burckhardt, a planner for Oakland County, said studies have shown that communities with charging stations tend to have a higher number of plug-in vehicle users.

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Not your father’s gas guzzler Consumer demand for plug-in vehicles is expected to increase throughout the nation, with Michigan being at the front of the trend, according to study by Pike Research. With many manufacturers already producing plug-in vehicles and plans for more to be available, almost every major American, European and Asian auto manufacturer will be making plug-in vehicles in the near future. Ford Motor Co. officials recently announced plans to triple the number of dealers certified to sell its lineup of plug-in vehicles. The auto manufacturer will be launching five new electric vehicles, with three out by early 2013: The C-Max Hybrid; the C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid; and the Fusion Hybrid. The Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid and the Focus electric car are also expected to be released in the near future. The Chevy Volt is a fully-electric plugin vehicle that has an extended range provided by an internal combustion engine. With a full charge, it has a range of about 40 miles without using any gasoline. Once the battery reaches a certain level, the vehicle’s internal combustion engine kicks in, providing some power assistance and working to recharge the battery. With a full tank of gas and a full battery charge, the Volt has an estimated range of about 379 miles.

Milford Village installed six electric vehicle charging stations last December. The stations, adjacent to the Milford Historical Building at 124 E. Commerce Road, provide free charging for those driving PEVs. Just this week, the West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees approved the installation of a charging station between the Township Hall and library, off Walnut Lake Road at the township’s Civic Center site. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Damon Tang)

General Motors states that by charging regularly, Volt owners average about 900 miles on a tank of gas, or about a month between fillups. The range for specific users varies, depending on the amount of driving done between charges.

The price of progress While the prospect of zero emissions from the tailpipe and drastically reduced gas purchases is an incentive to purchase plug-in vehicles, the cost of the vehicles is one barrier.

According to Chevrolet’s website, the retail price for the Volt is about $31,000, which includes a $7,500 federal tax rebate. However, Jay Chevrolet’s Zakucia said as part of Chevrolet’s lease portfolio, the Volt is available for lease at about $300 per month. By comparison, the Nissan Leaf — a fully-electric plug-in vehicle with a range of about 70 to 80 miles — leases for about $400 per month. However, Leaf owners never have

to purchase gasoline for their vehicle, and enjoy a car that doesn’t produce any emissions, said Karl King, sales and leasing consultant at LaFontaine Nissan in Highland Township. King said he has sold two Nissan Leafs in the past few months. The car retails for about the same as the Chevy Volt after rebates, which are applied at the dealership “Each one that I’ve sold, they (customers) have already made a determination of what they want,” King said. “In the car business, that’s pretty rare, but it makes my job easier.” Don Morotta, sales manager with Suburban Ford in Waterford Township, said demand for hybrid and plug-in vehicles isn’t very high at his dealership. However, he said he expects that to change as more are introduced and prices come down. “You are going to see a lot more on the road because they are becoming part of the normal lease portfolio, so they will be more affordable,” Morotta said. The higher price of hybrid vehicles is one deterrent for consumers who may be looking for additional features over increased gas mileage. “When gas prices go up, we sell a lot of hybrids; when it goes down, we sell more SUVs and trucks,” said Alvaro Acevedo, sales manager at Szott M-59 Toyota in Waterford Township. Acevedo said roughly 25 percent of customers at the dealership purchase hybrid vehicles. And while Toyota doesn’t offer any specials on its hybrids, he said the price is right for the Prius, Toyota’s best-selling hybrid. “Twenty-four thousand dollars for a vehicle that gives you 51 miles per gallon is pretty good,” he said. None of the current Prius models offer plug-in electric capacity, instead charging the vehicle’s internal batteries from the internal combustion engine and other features, such as regenerative brakes that capture energy and return it to the battery during braking. Acevedo said the Chevrolet Volt appears to be doing well in the market because General Motors is able to offer many incentives for buyers. It’s also one of the few plug-in vehicles currently available. Zakucia, of Jay Chevrolet in Highland, said the Volt first arrived at the dealership in 2011. “This year we really were able to stock them on the lot and sell pretty much every one that we get,” Zakucia said. “They are still pretty hard to get.” ❏


Steve Cohen, the director of Community Development for Auburn Hills, said skeptics are afraid to purchase plug-in vehicles if they don’t see the infrastructure to support it. “Developers have been pretty receptive,” said Cohen, who has helped the city draft the state’s only plug-in infrastructure ordinance. The city has also been instrumental in creating uniform signage for charging stations. “We needed to figure out a system to reserve those spaces for electric vehicles,” he said. “We came up with a system that is similar to handicap (parking) signs.” Ideal locations for charging stations, Burckhardt said, are in destination areas, such as a downtown, shopping or employment center. “They need to be located where someone will be spending enough time when plugging in to it to be worth their while,” she said. Perry Zakucia, a sales professional at Jay Chevrolet in Highland Township, said a customer who recently purchased a Chevrolet Volt from the dealership is able to drive the car without ever using any gas. “I have one customer who works at DTE (Energy),” Zakucia said. “He can charge the car at work.”





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cers on duty at all times. Riggs also noted that recommendations on police staffing are based on factors such as distribution of calls for service by week, day, and time of day; the nature of calls received; and the time per call, among other things. “If the city of Orchard Lake was evaluated using the criteria set forth, it may reflect that one officer is sufficient; however, while these are helpful measures in determining demands for service, they do not answer the issue George has raised, is having one officer available a safety concern,” Riggs wrote. “For the safety of the officer and the citizens, there should be a minimum of two officers at any time,” George said. “Anything can happen and there’s strength in numbers. Plus, if one officer is tied up on an arrest, we need one to handle control and runs.” Subsequently, Mayor Joe Majcher took a straw vote of council members to determine if the discussion on police coverage should continue at the next City Council meeting in December. The majority of council members voted in favor of its continuance. “We will be furthering the discussion and possibly make a decision next month on whether to enlarge the force, at least replacing the one full-time officer,” Beach said. George and Riggs will be compiling more information to present to the City Council in December. Currently the city has reciprocal police coverage with West Bloomfield Township and Keego Harbor. However, changes may be deemed necessary to ensure crime rates remain low. “Mutual aid is not additional coverage on runs, but more for emergencies and depends on availability, so we can’t bank on that,” George said. “In addition, while Orchard Lake is not a problem town, we’re not an island. We have major arteries that carry traffic in from all over.” ❏

WACC luncheon to shine spotlight on non-profits With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays fast approaching,

Two neighboring local families, the Downeys and Littles, along with their families, friends and volunteers — 26 in all — organized and put on a Haunted Forest attraction on the large wooded empty lot between their homes in the Woodcreek Estates neighborhood of Commerce Township on Saturday, Oct. 27. The group accepted donations from visitors/patrons in an effort to raise funds for a local charity. The event raised $500 from the Haunted Forest attraction’s guests and hosts’ donations. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the group presented a check for $500 to the Hospitality House in Walled Lake. This is the third haunted attraction the neighbors have held in the past four years. (Photo submitted by Kent F. Downey)

the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community luncheon to bring various non-profit agencies together in one place so the public is more informed on the role each one plays and their specific needs this season. The Spirit of Community luncheon will held on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scott Lake Banquet Center, located at 2100 Scott Lake Road. The cost is $15 per person. “We want the public to become familiar with what’s in the community and pitch in,” said Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marie Hauswirth. “It’s all about bringing about awareness.” The non-profits that have signed up so far this year include the Breakfast Optimist Club; Christmas in Action; Community Network

Services; the Open Door Outreach Center; the Waterford Coalition for Youth; Waterford Youth Assistance; Home Instead; and the Drayton Plains Nature Center. “We’d like to get as many (nonprofits to participate) as possible,” Hauswirth said. “They all have charitable initiatives and are working for a cause to help charities.” ❏

Wixom nets award for development, entrepreneurialism By Leslie Shepard staff writer

The city of Wixom has taken home another award as one of seven communities statewide recognized as 2012 top performers at fostering entrepreneurial growth and economic development in a

recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) Dearborn School of Management. Wixom City Manager Mike Dornan represented the city and was honored with the award on Oct. 30. “This year and in 2008, Wixom was recognized as a five-star community. This year’s award was based on the results of the 11 judges’ review of the community’s survey. It’s pretty stiff competition,” Dornan said. “The focus wasn’t on the survey on the application, quite honestly, as in the past because of the time spent in reviewing and revamping the organization to meet the financial challenges this year. “Next year I forecast we will be a


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Beloved Highland woman, mother of pastor, dies at 96 By Kirk Pinho assistant editor

Known in the community as “Mother Mary,” a Highland Township resident and the mother of a local pastor passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Mary B. Lulko, 96, was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1916 in Detroit. The oldest of Anthony and Veronica Kanigowski’s five children, she graduated from St. Casimir High School in Detroit, where she was the spelling bee champion — a skill that was prominent throughout her life as her love of word games, especially Upwords and crossword puzzles, never faltered. Together, she and her husband, Leo S. Lulko, operated Leo’s market, where he was the grocer and she was the bookkeeper. After his death in 1987, she moved in with her son, Father Leo Lulko of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Highland, where she was a dedicated and devoted member who shared her deep faith, spirit, prayerfulness, kindness, openLulko ness and generosity with everyone, including the Women’s Club, her Rosary Group, and the Funeral Luncheon teams. Described as a tiny woman with a giant heart and mighty faith in the power of prayer and the goodness of God, Mary Lulko was often asked about the secret to her long life. Without fail, she responded: “Laugh a lot.” In addition to her late husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Richard A. Lulko. She is survived by her son, Father Lulko, and daughter, Barbara (David) VanHellemont. Mary Lulko is also survived by her grandchildren, Debora (Steven) Marsh; David Lulko; Donald (Darla) Lulko; Dionne (Joseph) Wetzel; Darice (James) Hoffman; Julie VanHellemont; and Mary (Thomas) McCarley. In addition, she is survived by 15 great-grandchildren and five greatgreat-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and her large and extended parish family at the

Members of the First Lego League of Waterford, made up of nine students ages 9 to 14 from Waterford and White Lake townships, visited the Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford on Thursday, Nov. 8 to accept a challenge called Senior Solutions. The team members invented a robot illustrating how seniors can cope with mobility issues, along with an “Awesome Gripper Gadget” to assist them in holding such things as utensils and brushes. The First Lego League is an international robotics program designed to get young people excited about science and technology while using a Lego Mindstorm Robot Set. Throughout the year, teams are presented with problems and asked to create innovative solutions. In the photo above, team members use a master board to demonstrate the robot, while Lourdes residents watch. (Photo submitted by Bill Jamieson/Lourdes Senior Community)

Church of the Holy Spirit. A Funeral Mass was held on Friday, Nov. 16 at Church of the Holy Spirit, followed by a luncheon at 59 West in Highland. Mary Lulko was interred at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland. ❏

Charging station in WB to be ready for use by spring By Michael Shelton staff writer

The West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Monday, Nov. 19 to approve the installation of an electric vehicle charging station at the Civic Center campus. The charger will be located between the Township Hall and the West Bloomfield Public Library, off Walnut

Lake Road at the township’s Civic Center site. Electric service will be run underground out of the Township Hall basement electric room. The township board and library will also split the installation costs, which are estimated to be between $7,000 and $12,000, as well as future maintenance costs. “The library board reviewed it and felt this sets an example of the advantages of being green, and we want to promote that,” said West Bloomfield Library Director Clara Bohrer. Through an offer from Chargepoint, the township will be provided the charging station equipment free of charge. The station will have two different levels of chargers to accommodate different types of electric vehicles and simultaneously charge two vehicles. Township Trustee Steve Kaplan said it would cost a user 25 cents per 15 minutes to charge a car, with a maximum of 2 hours or $2. Payments

will be accepted by debit or credit card. The board also agreed to an annual service contract with Chargepoint for service plan software. The contract will be free for the first year, but will then cost the township $200 annually. The board will later look to amend its traffic control ordinance to give township police the authority to ticket drivers who use the charging station parking spaces while not charging an electric vehicle. Kaplan added that any funds gained from charging station fees would be divided between the township and the library, but that he doesn’t expect a profit to be made. It’s unknown what hours the station will be available during the day and night.





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The township looks to have the charging station installed and ready for use by the beginning of spring. ❏

Former supervisor Van Brook passes away at age 85 Arthur Van Brook, a former Highland Township supervisor and long-time resident of the township, died Sunday, Nov. 18 at the age of 85. Van Brook, who ran for Highland Township supervisor as a Democrat and won the position in 1974, held that post for four years. During his campaign, he told the Spinal Column Newsweekly that he wanted to see a stronger rapport between the township Board of Trustees and Highland residents. He left the position in 1978 after being defeated by Republican Tom Dunleavy. “We need stronger communication to keep the citizens aware,” Van Brook told the Spinal Column Newsweekly in 1974. A printer by trade, Van Brook was the owner of an independent print shop near Oxbow Lake. It was there that he helped the Spinal Column Newsweekly produce its first papers. The following was provided by the family: Van Brook was a Deacon at Church of the Holy Spirit Parish in Highland Township for over 15 years, and also enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing poker. A World War II Navy veteran, he was known to be a great storyteller. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him. Van Brook was born Feb. 3, 1927 in Detroit, to John and Harmena Van Brook. He was the husband of the late Jeanne, who passed away in 2004; loving father of Diane Koenig, Laura (Dr. Thomas) Sherwood, and the late Jo Anne Van Brook, who passed away in 1993. He was the grandfather of Brittney, Fallon, Daniel David, and Hope. Funeral Mass at Church of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3700 Harvey Lake Road, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23 (in state 9 a.m.), with interment at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. Friends may visit Lynch and Sons Funeral Home, 340 N. Pontiac Trail, in Walled Lake, from 3 to 9 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 21. Memorials may be sent to Angela Hospice or Church of the Holy Spirit. ❏

Jeffrey Pyne (above) looks at a photo shown to jurors in his trial in Oakland County Circuit Court for first-degree premeditated murder. Pyne, 22, stands accused of bludgeoning and stabbing his mother to death last year in their Highland Township home. Turn to page 21 for the Spinal Column Newsweekly’s report on the first day of testimony. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Kirk Pinho)

The Walled Lake Central Marching Band was one of seven Michigan bands competing in the Grand Nationals championships Nov. 2-3 in Indianapolis, Ind. The students raise the money to compete in this nationwide competition with an annual car wash held in August. The band was successful in preliminary competition and advanced to the semi-finals. They finished fifth in the AAA Division and 29th overall. Read more about the band on page 17. (Photo submitted by Joy Frost)

NOVEMBER 21-27, 2012



District expedites discussions on closed buildings By Leslie Shepard staff writer

Legislation introduced in the state House and Senate are apparently on the fast track during the lame duck session of the state Legislature and could present an obstacle for the Huron Valley Schools Board of Education, which has been trying to sell or demolish Baker Elementary and White Lake Middle schools. In response to the legislation, the school board held a special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15 to discuss the district’s next steps. “When a bill is introduced in lame duck session after an election, it’s an indicator that this is a priority — at least of the governor’s — to move them through,” said Board of Education President Sean Carlson. “Whether they pass or fail remains to be seen.” The bills would add several sections to the Revised School Code and amend existing sections, including a provision calling for a statewide inventory of used school buildings so they can be leased or sold to other educational entities, meaning either public (including charter schools), university schools or non-public schools or entities. Each school district would be required to inform the state Department of Education whenever a school building that was previously used for classroom instruction is closed, unused, or vacant. School buildings placed on the registry would be required to be maintained in suitable condition. “The main points that give us the most concern is this is an unfunded mandate coming across both sides of the aisle,” said Jim Baker, the district’s interim superintendent. If a school building appears on the department’s list for at least four years, the school district that owns the school building may sell or dispose of the school building in a manner the school board considers appropriate. “Paying to maintain buildings for four years that could allow other charter schools to go in and take over our buildings — the money isn’t going where it should be and takes away from (Huron Valley Schools) kids,” Baker said, adding that to maintain Baker Elementary and White Lake Middle schools, the cost would exceed

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From left to right (front row), West Bloomfield High School students Micaela Trexler (National Merit semi-finalist), Ciara Johnson, Olivia Finkelstein (National Achievement semi-finalist), Louisa Brenner (National Merit semi-finalist), Spandana Alluri (National Merit semi-finalist), Suha Syed (National Merit semi-finalist), and Erin Finn (National Merit semi-finalist) were recognized by the Optimist Club of West Bloomfield on Tuesday, Nov. 13. In the back row, from left to right, are West Bloomfield High School Principal Thomas Shelton and district Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hill. (Photo submitted by Pam Zajac/West Bloomfield Schools)

West Bloomfield’s elite Seven high school students recognized for academics By Michael Shelton staff writer


even West Bloomfield High School students have qualified as semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The program, which has existed since 1955, is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students may enter by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The school district has announced that National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists from the district this year include: • Erin Finn, who maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is also an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Distinction. She is a member of the National Honor Society and serves in the school’s Spanish Club and the West Bloomfield Interact Club.

She also recently won her second straight Michigan High School Athletic Association cross country girls championship at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on Nov. 3. Finn earned the distinction of Miss Cross Country 2012 from the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association, as well as the 2011-12 Gatorade Michigan Runner of the Year award. She also set a new national record in March at the National High School Indoor National Championships in New York in the 5,000-meter dash with a time of 16:19.7. • Spandana Alluri, an AP Scholar with Honors and a member of the National Honor Society. Alluri is also a member of the school’s Law Club, VIP Club, International Club, Spanish Club, ACT Club, and Model United Nations (UN).

Outside of the classroom, Spandana plays junior varsity tennis and basketball, and is also a member of the West Bloomfield High School marching band. • Louisa Brenner, an AP Scholar with Honors, a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. Brenner also serves on the school’s Student Council, Student Government, French Club and Model UN. In addition, Brenner is also involved in dancing. • Priya Sorab, an AP Scholar with Honors and a National Honor Society member. Sorab has also earned the Arya International Academy Dance Award and serves on the school’s International Club and Model UN. Sorab has constructed study guides and websites for subjects such as AP U.S. History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry and Spanish, which PAGE 17 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯




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$250,000 per year, a hefty price tag for a district that is already low on the state funding totem pole. “Our school district is drop-dead last in the state in school funding, yet we outperform the state (averages),” Carlson said. “This is an example of big government creating unfunded mandates and taking away local control.” The bills also state that if a school district indicates a building may be reclaimed for instruction during a twoyear period after the school first appears on the registry, the Department of Education must designate the building as unavailable for those two years. If the building is reclaimed, it must be used within one year for classroom instruction. A listed school district would be required to lease or sell the unused school building to an eligible public school. The lease would be required to be written to reflect fair market value. If leased, classroom instruction would have to start within two years. To deal with these hurdles, the Board of Education voted to revise a previously adopted resolution to state that Milford Township and Highland

Township have until Tuesday, Dec. 4 — rather than March 31, 2013 — to express an interest in the pair of shuttered school buildings. “These bills create a sense of urgency to move the timetable up and also put an RFP (request for proposals) on the street for demolition,” Carlson said. “We are looking to Milford Village and Highland to make an offer.” The Highland Township Board of Trustees previously voted not to proceed with the purchase of Highland Middle School, but given that a new township supervisor and other elected officials have come on board, the district plans to resurrect discussions. “The new supervisor, Rick Hamill, attended our meeting and talked about presenting the idea to the (Highland) Downtown Development Authority,” Carlson said. “He said he appreciated us extending an offer and expressed interest.” Former Highland Supervisor Tricia Pilchowski confirmed Hamill’s interest. “He’s taken an interest in the property and discussed it with the DDA. He’s also interested in the Duck Lake Center,” she said. “We’ve survived difficult economic problems and made serious changes and my concern is that PAGE 17 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯

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Area bands among the best Central takes fourth-place, Milford 11th at MCBA contest By Kevin Elliott staff writer


hree lakes area high school marching bands competed in this year’s Michigan Competing Band Association’s (MCBA) Championship Contest at Ford Field in Detroit, with two finishing in the top 10. The Walled Lake Central High School marching band finished fourth in the MCBA Flight 1 championship, while the West Bloomfield High School marching band finished in ninth-place. The Huron Valley Milford High School marching band placed 11th in the Flight 2 MCBA Championship. The event, held each November, is one of the major competitions for bands, drawing bands throughout the state. Walled Lake Central Band Director David Rogers said the competitive show is more complex than the performance spectators are used to seeing at Central’s football games. The band, which garnered first-place finishes at the MCBA Flight 1 Championship in 2010 and 2011, consists of 170 students, including 100 wind instrument players, four drum majors, 32 percussionists, and 34 members of the color guard. West Bloomfield High School’s marching band has placed in the top five at the state finals in each of the previous six years, and won the state championship in 2008. The band consists of about 90 stu-

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are now utilized by students around the nation. • Suha Syed, an AP Scholar with Honors and a member of the school’s Spanish Club, Model UN, International Club, Book Club, and Earth Club. Syed also runs on the school’s cross country and track and field teams. • Micaela Trexler, an AP Scholar with Distinction who serves on the school’s Spanish Club and Earth Club, in addition to the West Bloomfield

Walled Lake Central High School’s marching band finished fourth in the Michigan Competing Band Association’s (MCBA) Championship Contest at Ford Field in Detroit earlier this month. The band, which garnered first-place finishes at the MCBA Flight 1 Championship in 2010 and 2011, consists of 170 students, including 100 wind instrument players, four drum majors, 32 percussionists, and 34 members of the color guard. (Photo submitted by Joy Frost)

dents, including 30 woodwind instrument players, 26 brass instrument players, 12 drumline members, 10 front ensemble members, 11 color guard members, and two drum majors. The Huron Valley Milford High

School marching band has consistently placed in the state finals at the MCBA championships, with 13 appearances at the Bands of America/Music for All Grand Nationals, a competition held each year in Indianapolis, Ind.

This year, the band welcomed a new director, Katy Sare. The band consists of 50 students, including 11 in the color guard, nine in the drumline, three drum majors and 27 wind instrument musicians. ❏

Interact Club. Trexler also plays varsity volleyball and tennis. • Sankeerth Garapati, who runs on the West Bloomfield track and cross country teams. ❏

until the new village manager, Brent Morgan, came on board. “I updated (Village) Council and it will be an agenda item for our meeting on Dec. 3, but time is shrinking since the resolution date is now Dec. 4,” Morgan said. “My understanding is that the Milford council has had concerns Baker Elementary would remain vacant for a lengthy amount of time.” The school board also authorized the district to put out an RFP for demolition. The proposed bills also would establish in statute the Education

Achievement Authority, which would oversee a separate state school district called the “reform district.” A chancellor would helm the district where student achievement, as measured on state tests, fall within the lowest five percent of Michigan schools for three consecutive years. School districts in jeopardy would have 90 days to formulate a plan to improve pupil performance in the subject areas where students were failing to adequately achieve. If passed, the law would become effective Jan. 1, 2014. ❏

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this would put us at risk.” The district had been in discussion with former Milford Village Manager Arthur Shufflebarger about Baker Elementary School, but when he died suddenly earlier this year, Milford officials stalled any more discussions



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was founded by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow-smoked barbecue. More than 70 years later, the Dallas-based, family-run barbecue franchise still offers a quality selection of signature meats, homestyle sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids meals every Sunday. All meats are slow smoked on site in each restaurant. The fast-casual family-friendly concept has expanded to over 270 locations in 43 states and holds the title of the world’s largest barbecue franchise. This year, Nation’s Restaurant News named Dickey’s “Top Five Growth Chains” and they were also named “Best Franchise Deal” by QSR Magazine. At Dickey’s, leave all the cooking to us... kids eat free every Sunday!!! Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is located in the Commerce Park strip mall at 4825 Carroll Lake Road, about one mile west of DMC Huron ValleySinai Hospital in between Leo’s Coney Island and 7-Eleven. The store phone number is 248-360-4055.

Center Drive East in New Hudson. This family-friendly facility even has a special Dr. Seuss-themed kids room. Dr. Alisha Senechal not only specializes in relief of severe or chronic pain, but, also in pediatrics, pregnancy and family care. She strives to empower and educate her patients and the community to actively take part in their wellbeing and to build a lifetime of optimal health and wellness. For more information, call Senechal Family Chiropractic at 855-209-3609

❐ Senechal Family Chiropractic in New Hudson recently celebrated its grand opening with a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony that was held on Monday, Nov. 12, at 30802 Lyon

❐ ETNA Supply Company’s Infusion Kitchen and Bath Showroom of Wixom is organizing a holiday drive to support local families in need. They

benefits ❐ Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel in Commerce Township is holding a special Wine and Cheese Festival as a kickoff event for its Toys for Tots campaign. The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 2600 Union Lake Road. Please bring a new and unwapped toy. For more information, visit or call 248360-1425.

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The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with South Lyon Chamber of Commerce, recently held a Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening ceremony for Senechal Family Chiropractic, located at 30802 Lyon Center Dr. East in New Hudson, just off Milford Road. Dr. Alisha Senechal not only specializes in relief of severe or chronic pain, but also in pediatrics, pregnancy and family Care. She strives to empower and educate her patients and the community to actively take part in their well-being and to build a lifetime of optimal health and wellness. To learn more about the business, visit the website at, or call toll free by dialing 855-536-9255. (Photo submitted by Jennifer Barrett/Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce)

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will be providing a tub, which will be located at Wixom City Hall, for those who wish to drop off donated items to Fill a Tub with Love. Suggested donations: Non-perishable foods, toiletry items, diapers, new blankets, hats, gloves, and toys. Donations will be collected now through Dec 10 and then be distributed through local agencies that are helping those who live in the Wixom area. ETNA Supply wanted to organize this drive to give back to the community and also spark other businesses to have the community spirit this holiday season. As incentive, ETNA Supply will be donating a Delta Stainless Steel Kitchen Faucet with pull-out spray (retail value of $550) as a raffle to anyone who drops off donations. The winner will be notified Dec 11. Wixom City Hall is located at 49045 Pontiac Trail and is open to accept donations Monday through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Questions may be directed to the Community Services Department at 248-624-2850 or

weekly agenda ❐ MSU Extension is sponsoring an informational meeting about negotiating the oil and gas lease; the role of the Oil, Gas and Minerals Section of the state Department of Environmental Quality in regulating the oil and gas industry; and an industry spokesperson from the oil and gas industry will discuss technology and practices used to construct oil and gas wells. The meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 26 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center located at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41W in Waterford Township from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a registration fee of $10 per person. The presentation will include speakers from Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan oil and gas industry and an attorney who specializes in oil and gas leasing. There will be a question and answer period for the speakers to answer questions. The meeting is open to the public and pre-registration is recommended by Friday, Nov. 23 but not required, by calling the Oakland County MSU Extension office at 248-858-0887.

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anted: Compassionate and dedicated caregivers to assist area senior citizens with a variety of routine tasks and chores, and provide some much appreciated companionship in the process — and get paid while doing it. That’s the message the president and owner of two local Home Instead Senior Care offices is trying to get out to the public. The Home Instead Senior Care family network of locally-owned franchise offices was developed to provide trusted in-home care, and to help families keep aging relatives in their homes. Grabbing a can of soup from the top shelf, opening the mail, reading a book, folding laundry, tying shoelaces, or scrapbooking family history are not as easy as they were for many seniors. Whether in their home, an assisted-living facility, or a nursing home, Home Instead provides millions of hours of senior services annually through 900 franchises throughout the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries. The services provided include assistance with trips to the doctor, reminders to take the right medication at the right time, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, shopping, and even Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The result is companionship allowing seniors to feel safe and independent while they age in the home they’ve lived in for years. Shannon Wygant, president and owner of Home Instead Senior Care of Waterford and Walled Lake, is crying out to hire caregivers at both offices, despite the tight job market and slow economic recovery. “We prefer to hire caregivers with experience, but we do offer in-house practical training,” he said. “My whole philosophy is being a caregiver is a vocation. All of our staff are highly screened to see that they truly are a caregiver, and that they have the compassion that you just can’t teach and a common sense that isn’t common anymore. We can teach people about proper body mechanics, how to bathe someone, and how to make a bed, but there are other things you can’t just invent overnight.” According to Wygant, who celebrated his 11th year with Home Instead on Nov. 15, this is the time of year when his offices pick up new clients. “Nowadays, more families are trying to do long-distance caregiving,” he said. “We see a lot of calls coming in as kids come home for Thanksgiving and see their mom isn’t doing as well as they thought and needs some extra help. While more families are very active in trying to provide care to their relatives, they sometimes need our help. We become an extra son or daughter, part of an active team.” With November being National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, Home Instead of Waterford and Walled Lake is offering a free Alzheimer’s care educational seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Walled Lake office, located at 109 Legato. Wygant’s offices are preparing for the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. “We distributed over 800 gifts to needy seniors in Oakland County last year,” he said. “It’s a ton of work, and a beautiful thing. We find seniors that are in a difficult situation and don’t have any family and make sure they have a present to open.” Watch the Home Instead Senior Care of Waterford and Walled Lake website for details on how you can get involved in the program, from welcoming a tree full of the names of gift recipients to be placed in your establishment, to how you can pick a senior to give a gift to, or how you can participate in the annual “wrap party.” Call 866-922-1400 to learn more. You can find the Waterford office of Home Instead Senior Care at 3990 W. Walton Boulevard, Suite A in Waterford. To learn more, visit the Home Instead Senior Care of Waterford and Walled Lake website at, or call 866-922-1400. ❏

chamber notes ❐ The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced that if you

have not already renewed your chamber membership, don’t forget to renew it prior to Saturday, Dec. 1 and save $25 off your regular dues.

Renewal invoices were mailed and/or e-mailed several weeks ago. If you need another copy, please contact Jennifer at or 248-685-7129, ext. 102. We look forward to continuing our relationship in 2013! Please contact the chamber office if you have any questions or concerns. ❐ The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of chamber events, visit • Annual Christmas parade, 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, downtown Milford. Santa Claus visits Milford and kicks off the holiday season. Sponsored by Americus Coney & Grill, and Tavern 131. • Holiday Gala, Saturday, Dec. 1, Bakers of Milford, 2025 S. Milford Road, Milford. This black-tie optional evening begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at midnight. The 2012 award recipients will include Citizen and Business of the Year, Chamber and Milford Memories Volunteers of the Year, as well as the Ambassador of the Year. “This is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Joell Beether, Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We truly enjoy honoring the businesses and individuals who do so much to make our community so special and we encourage the entire community to feel they are welcome to attend.” This year the silent auction will be coordinated by the Carls Family YMCA. The chamber adds support with 100 percent of the auction proceeds benefiting the Strong Kids Campaign. If you would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact Sharon Peterson at 248-685-3020. Invitations to all chamber members will be mailed shortly. Reservations are required by Friday, Nov. 23. The price of $60 per person includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, drink ticket, and entertainment. It’s certainly a great night out, and you won’t be disappointed at the event of the season. It’s a great way to get in the holiday spirit and celebrate the wonderful work of all our award recipients. • Coffee Club, 8 a.m. Dec. 7, America’s IRA Center, 525 N. Main Street, Suite 270, Milford. • Ambassador Meeting, 10 a.m. Dec. 12, Milford Police Department conference room, 1100 Atlantic Street, Milford. PAGE 20 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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❐ The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of chamber events, call 248-666-8600 or visit • Santa for a Senior 5K Fun Run, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 5145 Hatchery, Waterford. Christmas in Action presents Santa for a Senior 5K Fun Run or 1 mile Rudolph Run/Walk for kids 12 and under. Registration costs $30 through Friday, Nov. 30, and $35 on race day. The Rudolph Run is $5. Pancake breakfast with Santa, minimum $2 donation. Sign up online at • Waterford Goodfellows Holiday Basket Program, Dec. 1-Dec. 5, Christ Lutheran Church. Holiday baskets contain the fixings for a holiday dinner, canned goods, candy and a toy for each child ages birth to through 12-yearsold. The Waterford Historical Society will be collecting canned goods, mittens, coloring books, crayons, new children’s books, games and toys. Items need to be dropped off by Dec. 5.

• Off the Clock Connect, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13, The Bar, 24 S. Main Street, Milford. • Coffee Club, 8 a.m. Dec. 21, Batteries Plus, 9064 Highland Road, White Lake. ❐ 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 • Holiday Mixer, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, Beacon Hill Golf and Banquet Center, 6011 Majestic Oaks Drive, Commerce Township. The event will feature 50/50 and prize drawings, hors d’oeuvres, networking, and cocktail cash bar. Bring your staff and/or co-workers. Share the fun with them, too. Ten-dollar pre-paid reservations. The chamber invites you to help them provide a brighter holiday for the less fortunate in our community by bringing a non-perishable food item for our local food pantry. They are assisting hundreds with food and personal care products. Cash, checks and gift cards also accepted. For more information,

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‘An angry, angry killing’ Trial begins in Pyne murder; defense denies charges By Kirk Pinho assistant editor


ne of alleged murderer Jeffrey Pyne’s best friends painted a picture of a 21year-old man who was distraught over a break-up and other personal issues in the month’s leading up to the brutal murder of Pyne’s mother, Ruth, in their Highland Township home last year. On Friday, Nov. 16, in the first day of witness testimony in Pyne’s trial in front of Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Leo Bowman for first-degree premeditated murder, Nicholas “Woody” Bretti, a former co-worker of Jeffrey Pyne’s at the 200-acre Spicer Orchards in Fenton, said Pyne’s break-up with his longtime girlfriend prompted multiple get-togethers between him and Pyne at an Oakland County bar where Pyne would drink. That happened a few times a week, Bretti said on the stand, adding that Pyne said he loved her and that the two of them talked about marriage. Pyne, who wore a suit and tie at the trial, was “heartbroken” about the break-up that occurred in March 2011, Bretti said. At their meetings, Bretti and Pyne would talk about a variety of things. “We were talking about life, the future, the present, the past,” Bretti said. Those discussions also included Pyne’s mother, who reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder and at times would not take her medication, which Bretti said made her “very paranoid.”

Woman, 38, killed in Milford Village crash A 38-year-old Milford woman was killed in a car accident along Milford Road south of General Motors Road in Milford Village on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Milford Police and Fire departments responded a 911 call from a passing motorist reporting an accident involving two vehicles. When public safety officials arrived at the scene, they determined that the two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on Milford Road.

Jeffrey Pyne (center), the 22-year-old Highland Township man accused of murdering his mother in May 2011, faces a charge of first-degree premeditated murder in the trial against him that began on Friday, Nov. 16 in front of Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Leo Bowman. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Kirk Pinho)

He and Pyne went out the night before Ruth Pyne’s May 27, 2011 murder. During questioning by prosecutors, Bretti said he was concerned enough about the amount of alcohol Pyne drank that evening to follow him home. When he saw Pyne at Spicer Orchards around 3 p.m. the following day — the day of Ruth Pyne’s murder — Bretti said Pyne seemed “distraught” and “tense.” In his opening statement on Friday, Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor John Skrzynski characterized the case against Pyne, who has been incarcerat-

ed for over a year for the murder of his mother, as “a mosaic, a jigsaw puzzle.” Skrzynski said Pyne allegedly hit 51-year-old Ruth Pyne in the back of the head 13 or 14 times with a 2-by4. Her arm had been broken in two places. She also had broken fingers and other injuries to her hands. Her skull was badly fractured. After that, the prosecution alleges, Pyne stabbed his mother in the neck 16 times, cutting her carotid artery. “This was an angry, angry killing,” Skrzynski said. Pyne’s defense attorney, James

A 17-year-old White Lake girl was transported to Botsford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Milford Road was closed to through traffic for several hours, and the cause of the accident is under investigation. Police officials said there was dense fog throughout the region at the time of the crash and alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in the accident. There were no other cars involved and no other injuries reported in the accident. Further information is pending the results of an autopsy and investigation. ❏

Chief, deputy save life of Highland man, 66 A 66-year-old Highland Township man was resuscitated Sunday, Nov. 18 after collapsing in the 3000 block of Grandview, where fire destroyed a garage and threatened neighboring structures. Highland firefighters responding around 3:45 a.m. to a garage fire found the building fully engulfed in flames. Authorities said a male neighbor was speaking to an Oakland County Sheriff’s Department deputy and Highland Township Fire Chief

Champion, said he “utterly, categorically, absolutely reject(s)” the prosecution’s accusation that Pyne killed his mother, who was found around 2:30 p.m. in the garage of her Highland Township home in the 2400 block of Burwood Court that she shared with her son, daughter, and husband of roughly 30 years, Bernard. “Somebody else committed this crime,” Champion said, calling the murder “a horrible, cruel, mean death that did not need to happen.” Champion said the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office “rushed to judgment” in bringing charges against the 22-year-old Pyne, who was a University of Michigan biology student at the time of the murder and is a former valedictorian of West Highland Christian Academy. “We absolutely reject the notion that Jeff had anything to do with this,” Champion said, urging the jury in Bowman’s courtroom throughout his opening statement to maintain the presumption of innocence. The sentence for first-degree premeditated murder is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Bernard Pyne, Ruth Pyne’s widower, and Gail Pyne, Jeffrey Pyne’s aunt, have both told the Spinal Column Newsweekly in the past that they believe Jeffrey Payne is innocent. “I support my son. And in no way do I think he was involved (in Ruth Pyne’s murder),” he said in May. Jeffrey Pyne was indicted for the murder after a grand jury listened to testimony compiled from his family, friends, and co-workers, which reportedly produced evidence linking him to the murder. ❏ James Crunk when the man suffered an apparent heart attack. A deputy stated in the incident report that he went to the man’s side to render first aid and was joined by Crunk. They were unable to find a pulse. Crunk then administered CPR as the deputy ran to his vehicle for a defibrillator. They then administered at least two “shocks” with the defibrillator as firefighters provided oxygen to the man, who was taken to DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. Sheriff’s Department officials said the man’s condition is improving, and the fire remains under investigation. ❏




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COMMERCE ROAD (Commerce Township) • Notes: The project involves reconstruction of the roadway, as well as traffic signal upgrades and drainage improvements. Commerce Road between Carroll Lake and Union Lake roads is now open to traffic, but there may be intermittent delays. • Completion date: Today, Wednesday, Nov. 21, weather permitting. • Cost: $2.6 million. BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: I-96 EAST OF MILFORD ROAD, WEST OF KENT LAKE ROAD (Milford) • Notes: Crews are currently focusing their efforts on the Kent Lake bridge (I96 over and under Kent Lake Road) now that they wrapped up construction under and over I-96 at Milford Road. Kent Lake over I-96 wrapped up this past weekend; however, Kent Lake under I-96 is tentatively scheduled to be completed today, Wednesday, Nov. 21, weather depending. • Cost: $15.5 million.

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Public meeting to focus on oil, gas lease education By Kevin Elliott staff writer

The Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring an informational meeting on Monday, Nov. 26 to educate landowners who may be offered land leases for oil and natural gas exploration. Recently, a number of companies have begun contacting landowners in many areas of the state in efforts to lease land for oil and gas exploration, according to the MSU Extension. Auction proceeds from public lands go to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF), which is used to purchase and develop land for recreational use. Some proceeds may also be used for park maintenance under the state’s Parks Endowment Fund, as well as upkeep of the state’s fishery and wildlife habitat. While the state routinely auctions oil and gas lease rights it holds on public land each spring and fall, there has been increased interest from companies in oil and gas rights leased from private landowners in Oakland County, according to the MSU Extension. Lease bonuses from $25 to $200 per acre are being offered, providing a potential new source of income to landowners. The lease is a legal contract that can last for generations. The MSU Extension’s informational meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41W, in Waterford Township. The meeting will focus on educating landowners on: • Regulation of the Michigan oil and gas industry; • Advances in drilling technology; • Understanding and negotiating the standard oil and gas lease; and • Legal considerations in oil and gas leasing. “When you sign an oil and gas lease, you have essentially ‘sold’ a part of your property,” the MSU Extension states in a press release. “Negotiating the lease can result in much more income to the landowner over the lifetime of the lease and insure the land is managed for oil and gas production in an acceptable manner ... A landowner has one opportunity to obtain a good lease and that is before it is signed.” The meeting will feature speakers from the MSU Extension, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Michigan oil and gas indus-

try, and an attorney specializing in oil and gas leasing, as well as a question and answer period. The meeting is open to the public and a registration fee of $10 is required. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, with early registration recommended by Friday, Nov. 23, by contacting the Oakland County MSU Extension Office at 248-858-0887. ❏

Bond refinancing to save $100M on retiree health care By Kirk Pinho assistant editor

Partially because interest rates are less than half of what they were five years ago, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is requesting that the Board of Commissioners refinance the county’s outstanding certificate of participation balance of $438.2 million in an effort to save $100 million on the county’s retiree health care obligations. The certificates of participation, which were issued in July 2007 in a total of $557 million to fully fund the county’s retiree health care obligations, are expected to be refinanced using limited taxable general obligation bonds. “Oakland County consistently retains its AAA bond rating because of our prudent fiscal management,” Patterson stated in a press release. “My Budget Task Force says now is the time to take advantage of a new state law and low interest rates to save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.”

PUBLIC NOTICE At the request of the Charter Township of West Bloomfield, Oakland County, State of Michigan and by the authority conferred on the Department of Natural Resources by Section 12-17 of Act 451, Part 801, Public Acts of 1994, as amended, and Section 250 of Act 380, Public Acts of 1965, and Section 41 of Act 306, Public Acts of 1969, a hearing will be held at the West Bloomfield Charter Township Hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, Michigan 48325-0130, at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2012. At this hearing the Department of Natural Resources will gather information from the public concerning possible watercraft problems on the waters of Green Lake, West Bloomfield Charter Township in Oakland County. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the meeting should contact the Township Clerk at 248-451-4814, a week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance. All interested persons are invited to attend and offer comments orally at the public hearing. Interested persons unable to attend this hearing may within 30 days after the hearing submit written comments to: DNR, Law Enforcement Attn: Sgt. Al Bavarskas 26000 W. Eight Mile Road Southfield, Michigan 48034 S.C. 11-21-12

For the next 13 fiscal years, from 2014 to 2027, a savings of $8.1 million for all county operations would be realized if the certificates of participation are refinanced using general obligation bonds, according to the county. Of that $8.1 million, $6.5 million would be for General Fund operations. Prior to issuance of the certificates of participation five years ago, the county had been paying about $60 million annually over 30 years, while the current annual debt service obligation for the certificates is about $48.5 million per year over 20 years.

“Given the new (state law, Public Act 329 of 2012), favorable bond interest rates, and current market value of the investments in the two retiree health care trusts, responsible fiscal management dictates that the county should refinance the outstanding balance of the COPs,” said Deputy County Executive Robert Daddow. PA 329, which was sponsored by state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton), allows counties, cities, villages and townships to issue general obligation bonds instead of certificates of participation under certain circumstances. ❏




Dismissal of suit against Peters’ ad upheld by COA By Kirk Pinho assistant editor

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling by an Oakland County Circuit Court judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by former GOP Congressional candidate Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski against U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Orchard Lake, Waterford, West Bloomfield) over a TV ad that aired during the pair’s heated 2010 battle for the 9th U.S. House of Representatives District seat. Circuit Court Judge Phyllis Peters McMillen granted summary disposition in favor of the defendants, Peters and Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer, on Jan. 26, 2011, and the Court of Appeals ruling against Raczkowski, the former CEO of Star Tickets, was issued on Wednesday, Nov. 14. “Rocky Raczkowski is being sued by his former business partners for theft, fraud and conspiracy,” a man says in a voiceover in the TV ad. “The case court documents say Rocky set up a concert ticket scheme that bilked his partners out of $6 million, and witnesses say

Rocky lied about evidence and destroyed documents to cover it up.” Raczkowski claimed that the ad misrepresented the lawsuit because the individuals referenced were not “business partners,” but rather “customers” of the South Dakota-based Star Tickets, and that the “defendants made the false and defamatory statements in an attempt to mislead and defraud the Raczkowski voters in the 9th Congressional District and to gain an advantage in a congressional race that defendant Peters was losing.” “The sting or gist of the ad was that plaintiff (Raczkowski) had been sued for defrauding people and companies, with whom he had entered into a contract, out of millions of dollars,” the Court of Appeals ruling reads. “That is an accurate portrayal of the allegations contained in the South Dakota lawsuit. The question of whether the entities who sued the plaintiff were his business partners, his customers, or just companies with whom he had entered into a contractual relationship — like the question whether he bilked or defrauded them — did not affect the ad’s substantial truth.” Peters healthily won a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 6 against Republican John Hauler to represent the new 14th Congressional District, which represents Orchard Lake and a portion of

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West Bloomfield Township in the lakes area. Peters survived a crowded Democratic primary election that included U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke to win his party’s nomination on Aug. 7. In the closely-watched 2010 race between Peters and Raczkowski, the Bloomfield Township Democrat eked out a 6,000-vote margin of victory to earn another two-year term in the U.S. House that pays $174,000 per year. ❏

COA shoots down state’s affirmative action prohibition By Kirk Pinho assistant editor

The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) is in hot water after the U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit in Cincinnati struck it down as unconstitutional, but top state officials have vowed to take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court. The MCRI, a constitutional amendment which banned affirmative action in Michigan after voters granted it 58 percent approval at the polls in November 2006, was shot down in an 8-7 appeals court decision last week. “Today’s landmark decision reaffirms the cornerstone principle of our democracy — that the political process must be open to all Americans,” said Mark Rosenbaum, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and University of Michigan law professor who argued the case. “It restores the argument that race is not to be disadvantaged when universities seek to enroll a diverse student body. Somewhere Lincoln and Dr. King are smiling.” But Michigan’s attorney general sees it differently. “MCRI embodies the fundamental premise of what America is all about: equal opportunity under the law,”


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Attorney General Bill Schuette stated in a press release. “Entrance to our great universities must be based upon merit. We are prepared to take the fight for equality, fairness, and the rule of law to the U.S. Supreme Court.” The MCRI bans the consideration of race in university admissions. The majority appeals court opinion stated that a student looking to have her family’s alumni connections considered in her application to a Michigan university has several options for having the school adopt such an admissions policy, while a black student seeking “a constitutionally permissible race-conscious admissions policy” has just one — making an attempt to amend the state constitution. Because of that, the majority of judges argued, the MCRI violates the Equal Protection Clause and its “guarantee that all citizens ought to have equal access to the tools of political change.” This isn’t the first time the MCRI has come under legal scrutiny. A separate three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit in Cincinnati in December 2006 ruled it as constitutional after multiple groups filed lawsuits over its constitutionality the day after it received voter approval in November 2006. Then in July 2011, a three-judge panel from that same court ruled 2-1 that the MCRI violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, prompting Schuette to file a request for a hearing en banc — meaning a hearing by all judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit in Cincinnati instead of just a three-judge panel — which produced last week’s ruling after a March 7 rehearing by the 15 judges. Schuette expects to file a petition of certiorari — which is required of a losing party after an unfavorable ruling from the federal appellate court — with the U.S. Supreme Court within 90 days. ❏

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A collection of gossip, scuttlebutt, and odds and ends from our reporters’ notebooks. NOT-SO MUSICAL CHAIRS: It ain’t like Bobby Schostak has much serious opposition in seeking a second term as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, but he did make a bit of a to-do about it on Twitter earlier this week when he boldly (OK, not so boldly) proclaimed, complete with emoticons, that his tweeps should look forward to “a coming announcement ... :)” Darn. We were hoping he had some big policy platform shifts to fill everyone in on, like the GOP was coming out in favor of same-sex marriage. Here’s to hoping. “I’m running for re-election because our work is not done. We have made a lot of progress but together we can continue to strengthen the Republican Party and defend Michigan’s comeback,” HomeBobby wrote on his reelection campaign’s presence on the Interwebs. He admitted that there were some tough defeats — the reelections of both President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who both electorally slapped around their GOP challengers in the Mitten State. (But hey, at least they took control of the Waterford Township Board of Trustees, right?) At the local level, just as an FYI, Oakland County Republican Party Chairman Jim Theinel is also seeking another term has the top poobah of the county’s Grand Olde Party. He says he’s optimistic he’ll be tapped for another stint leading Oakland Republicans. BABY STEPS: It’s almost like we’re watching our own child grow up! Congressman-elect Kerry Bentivolio (R-Waterford, West Bloomfield, White Lake, Commerce, Wolverine Lake, Walled Lake, Wixom, Milford,



White Lake, Highland), the Tea Party darling from Milford who swept into office in the Nov. 6 general election over Canton Township Democrat Dr. Syed Taj, has issued what appears to be his very first press release as a soon-to-be member of the esteemed (cough, cough) U.S. House of Representatives. Awww. On the heels of a new rash of fighting in Israel, his team put out the following statement: “We, as a nation that supports democracy and freedom, must condemn Hamas’ attacks on innocent Israeli civilians. We support Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself from these militant attacks as we pray for a peaceful resolution to this conflict.” Simple. To the point. Nothing controversial there, unlike what we heard during the election season. Prayer, peace, freedom. Way to go. For his part, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Waterford, Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield) put out a similar statement saying he “strongly supports Israel’s right to self defense from these indiscriminate attacks on its civilians because innocent children should never know this kind of fear.” Peters continued: “I am reassured to know that President Obama is strongly supporting Israel during this difficult hour and consulting closely with Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu.” Oh, and by the way, and not for nothing, Congress peeps and incoming Congress peeps, an 11-month-old boy in Gaza, the son of a BBC photojournalist, was killed when the IDF lobbed shells into his home during one of its more than 1,300 air strikes that have occurred since this latest outbreak of violence. There is sadly no lack of innocent blood being shed in this never-ending conflict — but it’s not just Israeli blood. ❏

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Wixom: You did it

ation and wanted to keep their homes safe and secure; the City Council, which had the courage and the vision to place the question on the ballot; and the employees who have worked hard under tremendous pressure and who will continue to work hard to deliver the finest police, fire, (Department of Public Works) and other public services to this community. The residents of Wixom have always had the innate sense of doing what is right for the community and once again it has been proved that that sense still prevails.

From Wixom City Manager J. Michael Dornan: Wixom voters approved the city’s dedicated millage request by a margin of 60 percent “YES” votes to 40 percent. Voters expressed their commitment to continue keeping Wixom a “Community with Character.” Their tax dollars will stay in Wixom to maintain the high quality of services that they have always expected. Thanks goes to the voters who understood the seriousness of the situ-



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Mayor Kevin Hinkley, the City Council, and City Manager Mike Dornan sincerely thank you for your thoughtful participation. As we say in Wixom: “The world is governed by those who show up,” and you did it. Thank you again! ❏

Thanks, Huron Valley From Huron Valley Schools Board of Education President Sean L. Carlson: Thank you, Huron Valley voters! On behalf of the Huron Valley school board and district I want to express our sincere appreciation to the community, and more specifically to the 18,728 citizens that cast yes votes for the non-homestead renewal millage. The 18,728 votes represented 63.56 percent of the total votes cast on this question. At Huron Valley, we have dedicated administrators, teachers and staff that work everyday to provide the best educational experience for our students. There is no doubt that the solid passage of this millage represents an endorsement of their hard work and our continued efforts to fulfill our mission: “Inspiring and building futures one student at a time.” From a grateful school board and district, thank you! ❏


Election spending From Mark Abbott, Commerce Township: This past week we were given the opportunity to cast our vote for who would run our country, as well as numerous proposals that would affect our daily lives. As I stood in the voting booth filling out my ballot, I couldn’t help but think of the amount of money spent in the effort to persuade my vote. Six-billion dollars — did you get that? Six-billion dollars! Just think of all the good this money could have done. I really don’t need to make this a long editorial — if this country doesn’t see the absolute crime in this statistic and make some kind of attempt to abolish this ridiculous act of buying democracy, this nation is finished. ❏

CORRECTION In the Nov. 7 Spinal Column Newsweekly special report running under the headline, “Overwhelming need: Area food pantries notice higher demand,” the story should have said the phone number for Hospitality House is 248-960-9975. ❏ A special feature of the Spinal Column Newsweekly

WE’RE ASKING… What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? "'Santa Claus Comes to Town.'"

— Dianne Deinek, Commerce


"This year my favorite thing is that I'm getting a new puppy."

— Leah Ohmer, Commerce

"Food. I love dressing, and being thankful for everything I have."

— Pat Barth, White Lake

"Eating the turkey."

— Madeline Hunt, White Lake

By Colin Bartlett

Alright, NextCat crew. It’s time for the Thanksgiving tradition of “inviting” our “special guest.”

I’m so glad NextCats are having a memorial dinner for my brother, who disappeared around this time last year.

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Hurry to replace Dan Munro Due diligence needed, but avoid costly special election W

ith over 16,000 Commerce Township residents heading to the polls during the Nov. 6 general election, two for every one cast their votes in favor of incumbent township Clerk Dan Munro, who has said in the past that he plans on stepping down from his job as the township’s top elections official if he secured the post in the general election. With that in mind, the township Board of Trustees — which is expected to be faced with a decision on who replaces Munro in the coming months — needs to do its due diligence on the possible replacements, but still act in haste in order to avoid the state calling a costly special election to fill the position, presuming Munro does indeed resign. Over the last five months since he announced his decision, Munro, who was appointed to the clerk position following the retirement of former clerk Sandra Abrams, has been urging township residents to vote for Janet Bushey, the township’s finance and human resources director who ran as an independent candidate in the general election but garnered just 33 percent of the vote, according to unofficial tallies from the Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Office. Operating under the assumption that Munro lives up to his word that he will step down from the clerk’s position effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Board of Trustees will have 45 days from the date of his resignation to appoint a new township clerk. The whole situation was spawned by the fact that Munro missed the deadline to remove his name from the Aug. 7 primary election ballot. His decision not to serve a full term as township clerk, he said, stems not only from a desire to focus his attention full-time on his job at Community Choice Credit Union in Farmington Hills as its chief information officer and

senior vice president of information technology, but also that “the township board is less effective than it used to be” — an assertion that was met with a measure of disagreement from other members of the Board of Trustees. Prior to filling the vacancy left by the resignation of former clerk Abrams, Munro had served for 18 years as a trustee on the township board. Upon his appointment to the clerk position, which pays $74,855 per year over the four-year term, his trustee position was filled by former state representative David Law, who earned a full four-year term on the Board of Trustees in the Nov. 6 general election. Bushey was recruited to run for the clerk position as an independent candidate. Munro has said Bushey is well-qualified for the clerk job because she is wellversed in Commerce Township issues. Further, he said Deputy Clerk Vanessa Magner is planning to stay in her current position and would provide exceptional support to the new clerk. According to Munro, an appointment of Bushey by the board could end up saving the township between $60,000 and $70,000 since she could fill the clerk’s position, as well as maintain her current duties as human resources and finance director. That seemingly gives her an edge over any other possible candidates, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other qualified potential township clerks out there. That’s why the Board of Trustees needs to do its due diligence and appoint the best-qualified individual for the job. But beyond that, the board needs to work quickly because if it doesn’t, the state will be forced, due to provisions of Michigan election law, to call for a special election in order to fill the vacancy — and it’s the

township’s taxpayers that would foot the bill for that, not Lansing. Elected officials have come and gone in recent years, therefore requiring either an appointment by a community’s governing body to fill those vacated positions, or a special election. It hasn’t come to the point recently where a purely local special election was needed, and the township board needs to be sure it stays that way. The White Lake Township Board of Trustees, following the election of Mike Kowall as state senator, struggled significantly during the appointment process over the selection of his successor, but ultimately tapped Greg Baroni as the new township supervisor. The Oakland County Board of Commissioners appointed Angela River after former commissioner Tim Greimel was elected to the state House of Representatives in the middle of his term as county commissioner. County Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard, Jr. was appointed to that position after Ruth Johnson was elected as Michigan Secretary of State. And, Munro himself was appointed after Abrams’ resignation. None of those vacancies required a special election to fill a vacant post, and neither should this one, presuming it comes to pass. Municipalities everywhere are dealing with tough fiscal situations, and Commerce Township is no different. Whether the final choice for Munro’s successor is Bushey or some other qualified candidate, the board needs to act quickly and decisively to nip in the bud any chance that the state would force Commerce to hold a special election that would cost several thousands of dollars. ❏

Shop local this weekend B

lack Friday, the traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season, falls on Nov. 23 this year. There’s sure to be droves of lakes area consumers waking up early on Friday to flock to retailers and stimulate the economy the day following Thanksgiving. We don’t begrudge those who look upon Black Friday as a holiday in and of itself, especially since the economy could use all the stimulation it can get. However, we’d like to suggest that lakes area residents do their part to make Small Business Saturday a new, up-and-coming tradition. Participating is easy, and will go a long way toward not only stimulating the lakes area economy, but fostering the area communities and their residents in many ways. Small Business Saturday, held this year on Nov. 24 across the nation, is a day when people are urged to celebrate and support small businesses in their hometowns. That’s as easy as visiting any locally-owned and operated small business this Saturday and spend-

ing some of your hard-earned money there. While that may sound like a small thing, it can provide some big dividends for local business owners, their employees, your community, and even yourself. It’s been shown time and again that local purchases have a tremendous economic benefit in the community, because local businesses bank locally, hire local accountants, attorneys and designers, and advertise in local media. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The owners of local businesses and their employees often live in the community where they do business. That helps maintain local assets, including the tax base, to foster a sustainable future for the community. Local businesses provide an anchor for neighborhoods and their infrastructure by paying municipal, county, and state taxes. Those taxes help pay for local schools, public safety services, road maintenance, libraries, parks and recreation programs, and more.

And because local businesses provide jobs for people who live in the community — members of your family, your friends, and neighbors — shopping local supports your fellow citizens and their families. Unique local businesses make a critical contribution to a diverse local character. They will identify the community’s needs and meet them. Their product selection is based on what those in the community want to buy. In doing so, they are offering customers a more compelling selection and satisfying unique community needs. And customers can expect superior customer service when patronizing a local store owned by a member of the community. Much of the money you spend in a neighborhood business is in turn spent at other local businesses or used to pay wages, which initiates a domino effect that bolsters the whole community. So please, keep your dollars in your community by shopping local this weekend. ❏



COMMUNITY CALENDAR ■ Wixom Parks and Recreation: Trip to Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 6:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, Wixom Community Center, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. RSVP. Limited seating. 248-6242850.

Skee Brothers, Targus, Sieze and 34Bliss, cash bar and food items available, 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston. Admission is $10 or a new, unwapped toy of that approximate value. 248-623-0444.

■ The Detroit Model Railroad Club: Thanksgiving weekend Open House with Michigan’s Largest “O” Scale model trains, multiple sound equipped radio controls operating on 5,000 feet of track, noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25, 104 N. Saginaw, Holly.

■ Sierra Club: Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills.

■ Faith Community Church: Holiday Happiness Craft Show, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2274 Crescent Lake Road, Waterford. 248-249-0204. ■ Home Instead Senior Care: “The Journey Begins,” free Alzheimer’s lecture and support group meeting, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 109 Legato Blvd. off Maple Road between Ladd Road and Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake. RSVP at 248-886-7300. ■ Oakland County Parks: “Jingle Bell Ball,” evening of music, dinner, dancing and a visit from Santa for individuals with disabilities ages 18 and older, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Waterford CAI Building, 5640 Williams Lake Road, Waterford. Cost is $10 per person by Wednesday, Nov. 28; $12 per person after Nov. 28. Registration form is available online at ■ Waterford Garden Club: Waterford Greens Market, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Nov. 30, Waterford Parks and Recreation Building, Crescent Lake Road, Waterford. ■ Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit: Shalom Street Museum, new exhibit, “Be Kind to Our World: Shomrei Adamah,” with butterfly garden, a display about wind energy, and a hydroponic garden, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, now through the end of November, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. 248-6611000. ■ Oakland County Sportsmen’s Club: Toys for Tots Benefit with live music, North Country Flier, Urban Nomads,

■ Pontiac-Waterford Elks Lodge 810: Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships applications now being accepted. Applications must be received at the Waterford Elks Lodge, 2100 Scott Lake Road, Waterford, on or before Dec. 7. Applications are available at

a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays now through Christmas, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. ■ Big Chief Chorus: Rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford. 248-698-9133 or 248-5632109. ■ (Breakfast) Optimist Club of Waterford: Meeting, 7:15 a.m. Thursdays, Big Boy Restaurant, M-59 and Airport Road, Waterford. 248-6733493.

■ Waterford Baptist Cathedral: Holiday Craft Show, Dec. 7 and 8, 2640 Airport Road, Waterford. 248-673-5022.

■ 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.

■ Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church: Holiday Craft Show, Dec. 8, 2905 S. Commerce, Walled Lake. 248568-6119.

■ Dads of Foreign Service: Bingo, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, VFW Post No. 4156, 321 Union Lake Road, White Lake. or 248-698-8302.

■ V.F.W. Post 4156: Family Christmas Party with Santa and refreshments, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8, 321 Union Lake Road, White Lake. 248-303-9157.

■ Friends of Byers: Byers’ Antique Barn now open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Volunteers are needed at 213 Commerce Road, Commerce. For more information, visit or call 248363-2592.

■ Huron Valley Lakeland High School: Toys For Tots Holiday Party for children with special needs, Dec. 13, 1630 Bogie Lake Road, White Lake. Donations and toys still being accepted. 248-6768385. ■ MSU Extension- Oakland County: 2013 Winter Master Gardener Class, 6 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24 to April 25, Oakland County Service Center, Executive Office Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. The application fee is $25 and the class fee is $300. Application deadline is Dec. 15. Call MSUE-Oakland County, 248-8580887 or e-mail to request an application. Applications also available at ■ Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s Janice Charach Gallery: “The Journal Project” on display now through Dec. 20, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. For more information call 248-432-5448 or visit ■ Oakland County Market: Open 6:30

■ 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. ■ Lakes Area Optimist Club: Meeting, 7:30 a.m. Thursdays, Walled Lake Big Boy on Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake. Volunteer opportunity available. 248520-4680. ■ Mobile Knit Shop: Knit-Togethers, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jewish Community Center, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. Sessions are $5 each. 248-421-2566. ■ Mothers and More: Book club meeting, 7 p.m., first Monday of the month, Caribou Coffee, Union Lake Road, Commerce. 248-360-7702. ■ Rotary of West Bloomfield: Meeting, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Henry Ford Medical Center, second floor, southwest corner of

Farmington and Maple roads. 248520-0095. ■ St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church: Mom’s Day Out, free child care for errand-running moms, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, 3795 Sashabaw Road, Waterford. 248-674-4322. ■ Williams Lake Church of the Nazarene: Airport Road Childhood Learning Center is now enrolling for its new Young Fives pre-kindergarten programs for fall at 2840 Airport Road, Waterford. 248-673-6161. ■ Waterford Rotary Club: Meeting, noon, Tuesdays, The Shark Club on M59, Waterford. 248-625-4897.

SUPPORT GROUPS ❐ Age with Grace: Caregiver support group meeting, 6 p.m. the first Monday of every month at 2230 E. Highland Road, Highland. Space is limited, please call to reserve your place. 248-529-6431. ❐ Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Support Group: 9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of every month, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake. 248624-7676. ❐ AA Meetings: 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Four Towns United Methodist Church, 6451 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford. 248-682-0211. ❐ Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: Meeting, 1 p.m. Mondays, Canterbury on the Lake, 5601 Hatchery Road, Waterford. 248-6749292. ❐ Celebrate Recovery: Alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual addiction, for life’s hurts, habits or hang-ups, meetings, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Woodside Bible Church, 9000 Highland Road, White Lake. 248-698-1300. ❐ Celebrate Recovery: Alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual addiction, for life’s hurts, habits or hang-ups, meetings, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Life Point Christian Church, 501 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. 248-682-1747. ❐




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Shoplifters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Wesley Room, Commerce United Methodist Church, 1155 N. Commerce Road, Commerce. 248-3588508 or ❐ 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. ❐ Families Anonymous, West Bloomfield Chapter: Twelve-step support group for recovery for relatives and friends concerned about the use of drugs, alcohol or related behavioral problems, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, West Bloomfield area. 1-800736-9805 or ❐ Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: Meeting, 6 p.m. Fridays, Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Road, Commerce. 866-914-3663 or ❐ Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: Meeting, 9 a.m. Saturdays, Central United Methodist Church, 3882 Highland Road, Waterford. 248-623-7921 or 248762-0633 or ❐ MOMS Club of Waterford South: Support group for mothers at home, weekly activities, monthly meetings, third Friday of the month, Waterford area. ❐ Over-Eaters Anonymous: Recovery from compulsive eating, 12-step program, meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 5301 Hatchery Road, Waterford. 248-3389666. ❐ Postpartum Depression Support Group: Meeting, 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Commerce. 248-937-5220. ❐ TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 5:30 p.m. weigh-in, 6 p.m. meeting, Tuesdays, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Conference Room 1-C, 1 William Carls Drive, Commerce. 248-363-6369 or e-mail

SENIOR ACTIVITIES ❐ Active Adult Program: “Faberge — The Rise and Fall” lecture, 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26; Jazz at the J with Cliff Monear and Mark Randisi, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday,

Nov. 28; Singles dance, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, 6600 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield. Admission. 248967-4030. ❐ Dublin Senior Center: Senior Book Group, Wally Lamb’s “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20, 685 Union Lake Road, White Lake. Registration. 248-698-2394. ❐ Richardson Community Senior Center: Soup, Sandwich and Movie Day, noon to 3 p.m. Thursdays, 1485 E. Oakley Park, Commerce. 248-926-0063. ❐ RSVP: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program needs volunteers, age 55 and up to work at hospitals, cultural institutions, food pantries, schools and more. For more information, contact Carol Heckman at 248-559-1147, ext. 3435. ❐ Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church: Senior Stretch and Tone, 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. Fridays, 2399 Figa Avenue, West Bloomfield. 248-6820770. ❐ Waterford Senior Center: Holiday Bazaar, public welcome, free admission, multiple vendors, one-of-a kind gifts, antique appraisals, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 to Thursday, Dec. 6, 3621 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. 248682-9450 ❐ West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Senior Programs: Line dancing, 11 a.m. Fridays at the Corners, 4640 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. Registration. 248-451-1900. ❐ Wixom Senior Center: Veteran’s Lunch with Speaker, Tuesday, Nov. 27; Pot Luck/New Member Meet and Greet, Thursday, Nov. 29; Cooking Baking, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4; New Year’s at noon party, 11:30, Dec. 13; Coffee Talk, 11 a.m. Thursdays, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. 248-624-0870.

PARKS ❐ Huron Clinton Metroparks: Free admission to all parks for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. Entry fees are also waived on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. For more information, call the Huron-Clinton Metroparks at 1-800-477-2757 or visit PAGE 30 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯

50 YEARS AGO Nov. 22, 1962 At a special council meeting in Walled Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 13, E.V. Mercer was appointed to serve as acting city manager. This appointment running until a new city manager is appointed to replace Harold Milspaugh, former city manager, now resigned. Mr. Mercer is an Oakland County supervisor representing Walled Lake. He also holds the position of acting city assessor. Other former offices held by him were those of councilman and township supervisor. 40 YEARS AGO Nov. 22, 1972 There still has been "no decision" on the cityhood requests of Commerce Township and Wolverine Lake Village. James Hyde, secretary of the fiveman Michigan State Boundary Commission which rules on cityhood requests, told the Spinal Column the requests had been discussed and that a decision would be made "sometime in the near future." The Commerce and Wolverine cases will be decided separately, according to Hyde. Both cases are being considered at the same time, however, since Wolverine has expressed interest in annexing some of the land included in Commerce's cityhood request. Commerce has asked that its present township boundaries remain intact when it seeks cityhood. 20 YEARS AGO Nov. 24, 1992 For the sixth time in the past twoand-a-half years, Dr. Jack Kevorkian looked on as a terminally ill woman took her own life Monday, Nov. 23 using one of the retired pathologist's "medicine" machines. Catherine Alexis Andreyev, a 45year-old Coraopolis, Pa. teacher and real estate agent riddled with cancer, ended he life in the same Waterford Township home where another Kevorkian patient committed suicide last September. Andreyev and Lois Frances Hawes of Warren both died after inhaling a mixture of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dispensed from a machine invented and provided by Kevorkian. Andreyev died around noon in a house located in the 2100 block of

Paulsen owned by Neil Victor Nicol, a long-time Kevorkian friend and associate. He said Kevorkian, his attorney Michael Alan Schwartz, and three women were in the home at the time of Andreyev's death. Oakland County Prosecutor Richard Thompson is not expected to file charges against Kevorkian because judges have previously dismissed murder charges against the doctor three times. 10 YEARS AGO Nov. 20, 2002 Summit Place Mall will soon be undergoing an identity change, as owners of the Waterford shopping center have envisioned scrapping the current name for a more festive title — one that makes way for an indoor water park, family entertainment and amusement center, and a trolley system linking key sections of the center. Hoping to revive the mall's slumping image, lure families back and fill the facility's vacant storefronts, mall owners revealed a $30-million plan to township officials last week, unveiling conceptual drawings to the Planning Commission on Nov. 12 and Board of Trustees on Nov. 13. "We need to make this a destination spot for families," mall owner Rich Marr said at the Board of Trustees meeting. "So maybe we shouldn't be a summit, maybe we should be something else that helps us move more toward the entertainment aspect and draw people in from outside the immediate area. The goals is to attract a diversity of people and products, and that's why we are focusing on families." Marr said plans call for discarding the current name in favor of "The Festivals of Waterford," which would "portray that it's a joyous and happy place to be."

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❐ Indian Springs Environmental Discovery Center: Art display by awardwinning Michigan-based photographer Bob Guiliani, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday now through Friday, Nov. 30, Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake. Registration. 248-6256640.

❐ Huron Clinton Metroparks: Drop off a new, unwrapped toy to brighten a child’s Christmas through the Toys for Tots program. Eight Metroparks and the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Administrative Office will serve as collection sites for the Toys for Tots program. Toys will be collected through Sunday, Dec. 2 at Lake Erie, Lower Huron, and Lake St. Clair metroparks, and the Administrative Office; and through Dec. 9 at Hudson Mills, Kensington, Indian Springs, Stony Creek and Wolcott Mill Farm Center metroparks. General information can be found at or by calling 1800-47-PARKS. ❐ Independence Oaks County Park: Volunteers needed to patrol cross-country ski trails for 2012-2013. Experienced cross-country skiers ages 18 and older are invited to attend a free orientation, 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Wint Nature Center, 9507 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. To register for the orientation, call 248-975-9717 or e-mail

Marathon/Library Lock-in, teen program, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 7, 2860 N. Pontiac Trail, Commerce. Registration. 248-669-8108 or ❐ Highland Township Public Library: Friends Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland. Child care will be available for donors. 248-887-2218.

❐ Indian Springs Environmental Discovery Center: “Senior Girl Scouts: Sky Badge,” 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; “Snacks with Santa,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 8, Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake. Registration and Santa program requires advance tickets. 248625-6640.

❐ JCC Henry and Delia Meyers Library and Jewish Historical Society of Michigan: “Motown Mensches,” lecture, music, light refreshments, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Berman Center for the Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. Members, $8; general admission, $10. 248-661-1900 or

❐ Kensington Metropark: “Chickadee Chow-Down,” 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24; “Reptiles in the Lobby,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, Kensington Metropark, Milford. Registration, 810-227-8917.

❐ Milford Public Library: Evening Storytime with snack, ages 2-5, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29; Gingerbread House craft for ages 5-12, 11 a.m. Dec. 15, 330 Family Drive, Milford. Pajamas suggested. Registration. 248-684-0845.

LIBRARY EVENTS ❐ Commerce Township Community Library: “Lord of the Rings” Movie

❐ Walled Lake City Library: Classical Music Appreciation with “Fabs” adult program, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1499

E. West Maple, Walled Registration. 248-624-3772.


❐ West Bloomfield Library: The “ion” Film Discussion Series: Examining the Human Condition in Action, adult program, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26; “Cookie Mouse,” interactive stroytime with books, crafts, games, youth program, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. 248-682-2120. ❐ White Lake Township Library: Holiday book sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; Book Bunch, Frank Cammuso’s “Knight of the Lunch Table: the Dodgeball Chronicles,” grades 3-5, 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7527 E. Highland Road, White Lake. 248-698-4942. ❐ Wixom Public Library: Movie and Pizza Night, “Five-Year Engagement,” adult program, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27; Anne Tyler’s “The Beginner’s Goodbye,” adult book discussion, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. 248-624-2512.


Tyson Smith (No. 4) of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s was able to hold Anthony McNichols (No. 15) and the rest of the Battle Creek Harper Creek offense in check in a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state semi-final on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Chelsea. The Eaglets will next be matched up in the Saturday, Nov. 24 Division 3 state final at Ford Field against a Grand Rapids Christian team that knocked off Dewitt, 52-28, in the other Division 3 semi-final on Nov. 17. (Photo/Submitted)

Eaglets bound for Ford Field St. Mary’s schools Beavers, faces GR Christian in title game By Michael Shelton staff writer

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s playing football on Thanksgiving weekend is becoming as much a tradition as the Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving Day. The defending Division 3 state champion Eaglets punched their ticket to Ford Field for a fourth straight sea-

son with a 28-7 victory over Battle Creek Harper Creek in a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state semi-final on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Chelsea. “I thought our kids played well, especially our defense. We were also patient on offense,” said St. Mary’s Head Coach George Porritt. With the victory, St. Mary’s (11-2)

earned a spot in the MHSAA Division 3 state final on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Ford Field in Detroit, where the Eaglets will be matched up against Grand Rapids Christian. This year will mark the fifth state title game appearance in six seasons for St. Mary’s and its ninth appearance in 13 seasons. The Eaglets are now looking to win

back-to-back state titles for the first time since they accomplished the feat in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Last Saturday’s game against Harper Creek (10-3) was a rematch of last season’s Division 3 semi-final game in which St. Mary’s knocked off a previously unbeaten Beavers team, 14-10, en route to winning its first PAGE 32 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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state title since 2000 the following week. Harper Creek came into this year’s state semi-finals with a 10-game winning streak after an 0-2 start to the season in which the Beavers were seeking their first-ever state finals berth. Just like in 2011, both the Eaglets and Beavers were each equipped with a high-octane offense and a stingy defense, and it appeared that the game would resemble the nail-biting grinder that took place in last year’s meeting. But just as they have all season, Parker McInnis and Grant Niemiec would be the catalysts for the Eaglets on Saturday, and their strong running eventually wore down the Beavers’ defensive front. McInnis put St. Mary’s on top first with a 3-yard touchdown run with just under 90 seconds left in the first quarter to set up a 7-0 lead. Niemiec then followed up near the end of the second quarter with a 10yard touchdown run to set up the Eaglets for a 14-0 halftime advantage. Eaglets’ quarterback Matt Linehan then found McInnis for a 19yard touchdown connection in the third quarter to cap a 95-yard drive and put St. Mary’s up 21-0. Harper Creek finally got on the scoreboard with just over 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter, as Kasey Carson scored on a 1-yard touch-


Lakeland Eagles tie, win in tourney in Sault Ste. Marie Huron Valley Lakeland traveled to the Upper Peninsula for the 14th annual Sault Elk’s Hockey Showcase in Sault Ste. Marie this past weekend. The Eagles began with a 2-2 tie against Rockford on Friday, Nov. 16, as Nolan Johnson scored on a power play for Lakeland in the first period. Rockford then took a 2-1 lead after Jacob Smyth scored in the first period and Noah Brayton scored a short-handed goal in the second period. Lakeland pulled its goalie near the end of the third period for an extra skater and Trent Lloyd scored unassisted to tie the game with 15 seconds left and force overtime, which ended scoreless.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s senior Parker McInnis had 128 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries, in addition to a 19-yard touchdown catch, in the Eaglets’ 28-7 victory over Battle Creek Harper Creek on Saturday, Nov. 17. St. Mary’s advanced to its fourth straight Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state final, where it will attempt to win its second consecutive state title when it faces Grand Rapids Christian on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Photo/Submitted) down run to pull the Beavers within 14. point on the Eaglets’ semi-final victory Harper Creek then recovered the with a 56-yard touchdown run with just ensuing onside kick and appeared to over a minute and a half left in the have new life after advancing past the fourth, as he finished with 145 yards Eaglets’ 30-yard line. on 15 carries. But St. Mary’s defense stood tall and McInnis also had 128 yards rushing forced a Beaver turnover on downs. on 19 carries for the Eaglets, while Niemiec then put an exclamation Linehan completed 5-of-10 passes for

Adam Szymanski was in goal for the Eagles in the tie. The Eagles then earned a 2-1 victory

over Big Rapids on Saturday, Nov. 17. Lakeland fell behind in the first period after Jordan Smith scored for the

Waterford Kettering High School’s Carley Serowoky (center), flanked by her parents, signed her national letter of intent to attend Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. during a Wednesday, Nov. 14 ceremony. Serowoky will play volleyball for Grand Valley, an NCAA Div. II school and member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Serowoky was an integral part of the Captains volleyball program over the past four years, earning All-Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) volleyball honors the last two years. She also played four years of lacrosse for the Waterford Unified Team. Serowoky has maintained a 3.85 grade point average. (Photo submitted by Carol J. Jackson)


105 yards. Carson finished with 98 yards rushing on 20 carries for the Beavers, while quarterback Trevor Johnson completed 11-of-20 passes for 98 yards. “I thought Coach (Frank) Janosz had a game plan on defense and we played good team defense,” Porritt said. He also complemented the defensive play of tackles Julian Jones and Austin Johnson. To earn a second straight state title, St. Mary’s will now have to overcome a Grand Rapids Christian Eagles (12-1) team making their first-ever state title game appearance. The Eagles have won their last 11 games, including a convincing 52-28 victory over Dewitt in the other Division 3 semi-final on Saturday. Porritt also noted that the Eagles are undefeated against in-state teams, with their only loss coming to Archbishop Moeller from Cincinnati, Ohio. But St. Mary’s will have experience on its side. The Eaglets are battletested after having faced four teams that will also be playing in state title games this weekend: Muskegon, Novi Detroit Catholic Central (twice), Detroit Cass Tech, and Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice. Porritt said he will not change the team’s approach heading into the state final. “We know we’re facing a tough team and we have to play a great game,” he said. Cardinals. But Jake Lennard scored in the third period at the 13:14 mark with an assist from Johnson to tie the score at 1-1. Less than 2 minutes later, Lloyd scored the game-winning goal for Lakeland with an assist by Kyle Jakubowski. Cody Crafts was the winning goaltender for the Eagles. • The Eagles recently announced Saturday, Dec. 29 as the date for the 2012 Alumni Hockey Game. The puck will drop at 5:20 p.m. at Lakeland Ice Arena on M-59 in Waterford Township. The Lakeland program is putting the call out to all alumni who are interested and available to play in the game. Contact Amanda Lloyd at if you are interested in playing. You’ll need to provide your name, phone number, and the year you graduated from Lakeland. More details on the alumni game will be released at a later date.

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Wright, Murphy net state titles

Kettering swimmer a repeat champ; Western diver gets first By Michael Shelton staff writer

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Girls’ Swimming state finals were held this past weekend and Waterford Kettering’s juggernaut swimmer pulled off a double-repeat while a Walled Lake Western diver claimed her first state crown. Waterford Kettering sophomore Maddie Wright took home her second straight Division 1 state titles in the 200 Freestyle (1:48.01) and the 100 Butterfly (54.13) at the Holland Aquatic Center on Saturday, Nov. 17. Wright managed to better her winning times from last year’s state finals, where she won the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:49.04 and the 100 Butterfly in 54.82 as a freshman. Meanwhile, Walled Lake Western senior Allie Murphy captured the Division 2 state Diving title at Oakland University with a final score of 442.80, finishing ahead of East Grand Rapids’ Olivia Kassouni’s score of 411.95. Last year, Murphy earned a runner-up finish in the Division 2 Diving final with a total score of 414.60, finishing behind Kelly Frazier of


Our Lady Lakers fall in four games to Beal City Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes fell to Beal City in a Michigan High School Athletic Association Class D state quarterfinal at Mt. Morris on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The Lakers fell in the first game of the match, 25-15, but came back to win the second game, 25-22. But the Aggies would take the next two games, 25-12 and 25-18 to clinch the match. Our Lady (37-8-4) was looking to advance to the Class D Final Four for the first time since 2001. Beal City (45-11-1) went on to advance to the Class D state final on Saturday, Nov. 17, where it fell in three games to Battle Creek St. Philip. Courtney Wightman had 14 kills and

Waterford Kettering sophomore Maddie Wright (second from left) stood tall above the competition at the 2012 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 state championships at the Holland Aquatic Center on Saturday, Nov. 17. Wright won her second straight state titles in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle, concluding a year in which she also swam at the U.S. Olympic Trials back in June. (Photo submitted by Debbie Wright)

Birmingham Seaholm (433.45). Wright’s state titles were the perfect cap to a memorable year in which she also competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. in June, where she placed in the Top 25 of the 200 Butterfly event and also competed in the 100 Butterfly preliminaries. Waterford United, a combination of 3 aces for the Lakers, while Kristina Krupiak had 9 kills and Haley Howell had 31 assists and 6 digs. Despite the loss, the 2012 season was memorable for Our Lady as it won its second straight Detroit Catholic League East Division championship before winning its first regional title since 2001. Haley Howell, a senior setter, was recently awarded All-Catholic honors from the Catholic League after leading her team in assists with 904, averaging 7.5 per game, and in aces with 127. Courtney Wightman, a freshman outside hitter, was also awarded AllCatholic honors after leading the Lakers in kills with 329. Junior outside hitter Kristina Krupiak finished her season with 107 aces, 240 kills and 155 digs, and also earned an All-Catholic selection. Junior right side hitter Allison Samulon was awarded All-League honors after finishing with 107 aces and 217 kills on the season.

Waterford Kettering and Mott swimmers, finished 16th in the Division 1 overall standings, as Holland West Ottawa took the Division 1 team state title over Farmington Hills Mercy. Other local top Division 1 finishers included Huron Valley Lakeland’s Reagan Dehnbostel, finished took 10th in the 500 Freestyle (5:07.47);

Waterford Kettering’s Katherine Kuhn, who took 13th in the 200 Breaststroke (1:06.91); and West Bloomfield’s Claire Forhan, who finished 15th in Diving with a total score of 337.90. Waterford United’s 200 Medley Relay team that included Wright and Kuhn, as well as Mott swimmers Courtney Laird and Katelyn Killewald, finished 16th in the event’s final. Also in Division 2, Walled Lake Northern’s Abigail Brinks finished 28th in the 50 Freestyle preliminaries and 29th in the 100 Freestyle preliminaries, while Regina Onischenko finished 45th in the 100 Backstroke preliminaries. The Knights’ 200 Freestyle Relay team of Brinks, Kelsy Schultz, Maddie Schmidt, and Grace Cole finished 18th in the 200 Freestyle Relay preliminaries and 23rd in the 400 Freestyle Relay preliminaries. Western’s 200 Medley Relay team of Emily Rafalko, Allie Lewin, Sara Hudson and Sierra Paul finished 34th overall in the preliminaries, while Hudson also tied for 29th in the 100 Butterfly preliminaries and Rafalko took 30th in the 100 Backstroke preliminaries. Holland took the Division 2 state team title over Ann Arbor Skyline.

Waterford Mott High School softball standouts Rachel Waynick (left) Carly Banchiu and Devin Schomberg (right) signed their national letters of intent at a Wednesday, Nov. 14 ceremony. Waynick has accepted an athletic scholarship to attend and play for the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, an NCAA Div. I program in the Big Sky Conference. Banchiu has accepted an athletic scholarship to attend and play for Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, an NCAA Div. II program in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Schomberg has accepted an athletic scholarship to attend and play for Saginaw Valley State University, an NCAA Div. II program in the GLIAC. (Photo submitted by Waterford Athletic Department)




PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Wixom Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct the following public hearings at their next regular meeting scheduled for Monday, December 10, 2012 for the following topics: ZBA CASE #022-12: ALLIED SIGNS, INC., 33650 GIFTOS, CLINTON TWP., MI 48035: The applicant is seeking a variance to erect a second wall sign on the side of the building. The Wixom Municipal Code, Section 18.16.070, Table 16.07, requires one wall sign per street frontage. The property is located at 29241 Beck Road and zoned M-1, Light Industrial. The tax parcel number is 22-08-227-014. ZBA CASE #023-12: SIGNS BY TOMORROW, 2150 PLESS DR, SUITE 3A, BRIGHTON, MI 48114: The applicant is seeking a variance to erect a second wall sign on the side of the building. The Wixom Municipal Code, Section 18.16.070, Table 16.07, requires one wall sign per street frontage. The property is located at 30110 Wixom Road and zoned M-1, Light Industrial. The tax parcel number is 22-05-300-011. ZBA CASE #024-12: STEVEN BRIDSON, CLEANFUEL USA, 29387 LORIE LANE, WIXOM, MI 48393: The applicant is seeking several variance in order to install a propane tank and refueling station in front of the building. The Wixom Municipal Code: Section 18.09.040 (F) (1), equipment must be located in a side or rear yard, Section 18.09.040 (F) (2), parking lot must be 150 feet from any dedicated road. Section 18.09.050, Table 9.05, requires a minimum 50-foot parking lot setback from the property line and 75% maximum lot coverage. The property is located at 29387 Lorie Lane and zoned M-1, Light Industrial. The tax parcel number is 22-09-226-003. ZBA CASE #025-12 ANTHONY DEDOES, 2910 LOON DRIVE, WIXOM, MI 48393: The applicant is seeking a 30 foot lot width variance and a 6 foot overall side yard setback variance in order to construct a new house on an existing nonconforming lot. The Wixom Municipal Code Section 18.03.050, Table 3.05, requires a lot width of 80 foot and a side yard setback of 6 foot per side with an overall setback of 16 foot. Code Section 18.20.020, nonconforming lots require approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The property is located at 2910 Loon Drive and zoned R-3, Single-Family Residential. The tax parcel number is 17-29-328-029. ZBA CASE #026-12: COY CONSTRUCTION, 4214 MARTIN ROAD, WALLED LAKE, MI 48390: The applicant is seeking a perimeter wall foundation variance to construct an addition to the garage. The Wixom Municipal Code, Section 18.03.030 (C), requires that such addition have a perimeter wall foundation. The property is located at 2002 Hopkins Drive and zoned R-3, Single Family Residential. The tax parcel number is 17-29-151-049. 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. Catherine Buck, City Clerk City of Wixom (248) 624-4557 SC: 11-21-12


The West Bloomfield Township Wetland Review Board will hold a public hearing at the Township Board Room, 4550 Walnut Lake Road on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the following Wetland/Floodplain Permit Applications: ITEM #1 Parcel: Location: Request: Applicant: ITEM #2 Parcel: Location: Request: Applicant: ITEM #3 Parcel: Location: Request: Applicant: ITEM #4 Parcel: Location: Request: Applicant: ITEM #5 Parcel: Location: Request: Applicant:

CASE #PWT12-1850 KASPRZYK Lot 53, Upper Straits Beach Sidwell #18-17-201-009 3640 Northwood Drive An after-the-fact request to undertake earthwork and a before-the-fact request to construct an addition with permanent and temporary impacts to the 25-foot environmental features setback to a wetland. Robert Kasprzyk CASE #PWT12-1864 FARR Lots 106 & 107, Lagoon Addition to Zox Lakeside Park Sidwell #18-03-105-049 Vacant Parcel An after-the-fact request to remove vegetation and place fill (woodchips) within the 25-foot environmental features setback and wetland associated with Cass Lake. Robert Farr

NOTICE OF ENACTMENT OF ORDINANCE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at its regular meeting duly called and held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the Wixom City Council enacted the following ordinances to amend Chapter 18.04 of the City of Wixom Zoning Ordinances to include the Gateway Planned Unit Development (GPUD) District. Interested individuals may obtain a copy of the ordinance from the Wixom City Clerk’s Office, located at 49045 Pontiac Trail, during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday, 7:15 a.m.5:30 p.m.). Catherine Buck City Clerk S.C. 11-21-12




Huron Valley Schools will be receiving bids for the following bid package:

Demolition of Two School Buildings A pre-bid meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Highland Middle School, 305 John Street, Highland, MI 48357 then continue to Baker Elementary 716 Union Street, Milford, MI 48381. If you are not available to tour the buildings on the pre-bid date, the only other time to tour the buildings will be Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at Baker Elementary and 10:00 a.m. at Highland Middle School. Bid documents are available online at or by going to the District’s web site, and clicking on Quick Links, then selecting Bid & Registration Information. Sealed bids should be submitted to Sandra Elka, Supervisor of Purchasing, Huron Valley Schools, 2390 S. Milford Rd., Highland, MI 48357. Bids are to be submitted no later than 10:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Late bids will not be considered. Bids will be publicly opened immediately following the close of receiving bids. No oral, email, telephonic or telegraphic proposals shall be considered. In compliance with MCL 380.1267, a sworn and notarized statement disclosing any familial relationships that exist between the owner, or any employee of the bidder, and any member of the Huron Valley Schools’ Board or the Superintendent must be included with the bid. Bids without a sworn and notarized disclosure statement will not be accepted. Certified check or Bid Bond by an approved surety company must accompany each proposal in an amount not less than 5% of the bid amount. Price proposal shall be good for a period of no less than 60 days from the bid date, unless otherwise noted. The Board reserves the right to waive any irregularities, reject any or all bids, or accept any bid when in the opinion of the Board such action will best serve the District’s interest. Bonnie Brown Secretary, Board of Education

CASE #PWT12-1865 MORSE Lot 6, Supervisor’s Plat No. 17 Sidwell #18-11-451-013 3668 Orchard Lake An after-the-fact request to remove vegetation, brush and debris from a wetland. Steve & Diane Morse

SC: 11-21-12

CASE #PWT12-1866 BRUCE Lot 32, Locklin Beach Sidwell #18-05-301-004 2128 Locklin Ln An after-the-fact request to install new sod and a tree within the 25-foot environmental features setback to Union Lake. Dean & Dianna Bruce CASE #PWT12-1869 ZAMORANO/SWIDER Part of Lots 5 & 6, Pine Lake Manor Sidwell #18-12-253-013 2369 Pine Lake A request to install a tiered limestone seawall, brick paver patio, permeable stone patio and landscape treatments within the 25 foot environmental features setback to and at, or above, the Ordinary High Water Mark of Pine Lake. Lucia Zamorano & Susan Swider

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 Wetland 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. Marshall Labadie, Development Services Director


S.C. 11-21-12

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.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING MASTER PLAN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Orchard Lake Village Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Orchard Lake City Hall, 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, MI. The purpose of the Hearing is to receive comments from the public regarding the City of Orchard Lake Master Plan. A complete copy of the Master Plan is available from the office of the City Clerk, 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, MI between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Written comments will be received in the office of the City Clerk and may be submitted electronically to You are invited to attend the hearing. Rhonda McClellan

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GORGEOUS LAKEFRONT HOME BEACH & BOATING PRIVILEGES NICELY MAINTAINED CONDO IN ON WOLVERINE LAKE ON BRENDEL LAKE AND LAKE NEVA DESIRABLE WHETHERSTONE COMMUNITY •2,514 sq ft + fin walkout, 4 bed, 2.5 ba, GR, fp •1,576 sq ft, 2/3 bed, 2.5 ba, GR - fp, bay dining •1,600 sq ft + fin bsmt, 3-4 bed, 3.5 ba, 3 car gar •Mstr-jet tub bath, dock/seawall, ff laundry, 2 car •Loft/library, ff laundry, bsmt-egress wind., 2 car •Hrwd flrs, mstr w/ba, ll rec rm, fp, kitch/library #212089282 • EXT. #255 #212114626 • EXT. #272 #212115388 • EXT. #226

•Meeting Client’s Needs Since 1977 •Dedicated Listing & Buyer’s Agents •160+ Negotiated/Closed “Short Sales”

BEACH PRIVILEGES ON ALL-SPORTS CASS LAKE! •1,600+ sq ft, 3 bed, 2 ceramic ba, 2 car •GR, FR w/fp, newer kitchen, deck, fenced yard

$349,900 BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED HOME ON ALL-SPORTS DUCK LAKE! •2,962 sq ft, 4 bed, 2 ba, vaulted dining, library •Fp, granite kitchen, 1st flr laundry, bsmt #212093248 • EXT. #246


We are full time professional Realtors...


$299,900 BEAUTIFUL CONTEMPORARY ON LARGE WOODED LOT •2.431 sq ft, 3 bed, 2.5 ba, 2-story DR & GR - fp •Hdwd flrs, ff mstr suite, ff laundry, bsmt, deck #212117314 • EXT. #254



$169,900 NICELY MAINTAINED HOME JUST A SHORT WALK TO WIXOM HABITAT PARK •1,584 sq ft, 3 bed, 2.5 ba, formal LR & DR •Isle kitch, ss appl, hdwd flr., FR-fp, mstr w/full ba #212113665 • EXT. #214



BEAUTIFUL TUDOR W/FINISHED WALKOUT MILLION DOLLAR VIEWS 2.33 ACRES BACKS TO HURON RIVER! SANDY SHORELINE ON WALTERS LAKE! •3 bed, 2 ba, fin. walkout, fp, needs TLC •2,031 sq ft + w/o, 3 bed, 2.5 ba, 2nd buildable lot • 3 story deck, 2 car detached gar, shed •GR - stone fp, ff laundry, hot tub-sauna-bar, 3 car #212108541 • EXT. #247 #212095693 • EXT. #266






$624,900 CHARMING HOME ON ALL-SPORTS UPPER STRAITS LAKE! •3 bed, 2 ba, walkout basement, jet tub bath •GR w/fp, kitch w/appl., decks, dock, 2 car #212100812 • EXT. #232


LAKEFRONT RANCH HOME ON ALL-SPORTS LONG LAKE •3 bed, 1.5 ba, Florida rm, GR, new snackbar kitch •New flooring, covered deck, dock, seawall, 2 car #212075900 • EXT. #241









ALL-SPORTS BRENDEL LAKEFRONT BEAUTIFUL HOME ON 2.6 ACRES- BACKS 1.4 ACRE LOT TO HEARTLAND GLEN GOLF COURSE! •4,000+ sq ft, 5 bed, 3.2 ba, hdwd flr., newer kitch • 2,172 sq ft, 3 bed, 2.5 ba, w/o bsmt, 9 ft. ceiling •Mstr suite, fp, sauna, 2 car + 1 car garage • 2 sty GR, fp, ff mstr suite & laundry, lg deck #212103989 • EXT. #224 #212114604 • EXT. #290


GORGEOUS FLORIDA ROOM OVERLOOKS NICELY LANDSCAPED YARD • 3,046 sq ft, 4 bed, 2.2 ba, full bsmt, 2 car • LR & DR, family rm-fp-wet bar, library/den #212114475 • EXT #206


Our performance speaks for itself! Call today for a private consultation.




$374,000 10+ ACRE HORSE/HERB FARM WITH CIRCA 1880 FARMHOUSE •2,200 sq ft 2 sty, 4 bed, 2 ba, full basement •14 stall barn, 10 fenced pastures, coop, 8 car #212105137 • EXT. #201

With property inventory down, mortgage rates remain low and home pricing on the rise...

There’s No Better Time To Sell! 800-396-5204 + Ext. # for recorded message 2900 Union Lake, Suite 210, Commerce, MI 48382


Lakes Area’s #1 Team! Zillow - Preferred Agent

Janet Direct: Steve Direct: 248-755-7600 248-755-7500


Commerce Market Center David Botsford - Team Leader Call about our new agent and veteran’s scholarship programs. 248-360-2900

Whether Buying or Selling a Home…

Christine Atkinson I Specialize in Referrals and I Appreciate Your Help!

Office 248-406-2909 Cell 248-310-8572 GREEN LAKE - HIGHLY PRIZED SETTING New England style home featuring a huge heated Florida room overlooking 93’ of natural sandy beach front. 2 master suites, 4 full baths and 2 half baths, 3,474 sq. ft. Wet bar, 3 fireplaces, finished walkout basement and 3 plus car garage with workshop. $599,900

CEDAR ISLAND LAKE - OWN PIECE OF PARADISE Live the sporting life - ski, swim, fish...right from the convenience of your all-sports Cedar Island waterfront home! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,814 sq. ft. Maple cabinetry throughout kitchen with doorwall leading to spacious deck, formal living, family room with fireplace, oversized 2 car garage located on huge lot. $269,900



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CEDAR ISLAND LAKE - LIFE IS BETTER HERE! Come see this all-sports Cedar Island Lake waterfront home! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and over 2,100 sq. ft. of living space. New stainless steel appliances, family room with wet bar, natural fireplace and huge deck and basement with doorwalls and heated 2 car garage! $299,900

Situated on 1.3 wooded acres with lake views and upgraded amenities throughout. Call today for more information or to schedule a showing.

BRENDEL LAKE - 380” OF ALL-SPORTS LAKE FRONTAGE 3,126 sq. ft. Spectacular views of all-sports Brendel Lake from every room in the house! Four private balconies with electric storm shutters, turret with breakfast room, large open plan with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. Your own Shangri La! $484,900

DEBRA LENZEN 248-760-5474 - cell 2900 Union Lake Rd., Ste 210 Commerce Twp., MI 48382 Residential & Lakefront Expert Award Winning, Top Producing Realtor

5592 Bentwood Lane, Commerce, MI

GORGEOUS HURON HILLS BEAUTY - 3,221 sq. ft.! Hardwood floors, casement windows, elegant first floor master with new carpeting and private access to deck. Master bath with steam shower and jet tub. Granite in kitchen with custom built in buffet, bonus room addition with remote motorized shades, lots of room for entertaining in finished lower level (50” big screen TV stays!)

WHITE LAKE Nearly 7,000 sq. ft. of finished living area on an acre lot backing to Brentwood golf course. 5 bedrooms; 5.5 baths; 2 kitchens; In-law suite; theatre room; tastefully appointed priced at $430,000

WHITE LAKE Price dropped $60,000. On this beautiful home with 5 bedrooms and 5 baths. Tastefully decorated throughout with walkout lower level. Two master suites; theatre; salon room; finished lower level walkout; over 4,000 sq. ft. of professionally finished living space. $265,000

NOVEMBER 21-27, 2012


Whether you are buying or selling you need a professional!

Call one of these Lakes Area Real Estate Pros! Jennifer Wrobleski


Diane Wilson

248-420-3120 Business 248-360-6800 Cell

2900 Union Lake, Suite 21 Commerce, MI 48382

248-366-7200 Lakes Area’s #1 Team!

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To advertise call 248.360.7355

Office: 248-360-2900 Mobile: 586-255-2610 Home: 248-618-0189 Fax: 248-406-2901

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Keller Williams Realty 2900 Union Lake, Suite 210 Commerce Township

Prudential Great Lakes Realty 2000 Oakley Park Rd., Ste. 201, Commerce

COMMERCE MARKET CENTER 2900 Union Lake Rd., Suite 210 Commerce Township, MI 48382

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8430 Richardson Rd. Commerce, MI 48382


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2900 Union Lake Rd., Suite 210 Commerce, MI 48382

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Robert Hittinger REALTOR®


Residential • Commercial • Investment

SFR (Short Sale, Foreclosure Resource) Certified

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Office (248)363-8300 Fax (248)363-5786 Real Estate One - Commerce 8430 Richardson Rd. • Commerce Twp., MI 48382 Email


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Associate Broker office (248) 363-8300

Keller Williams Realty

My goal is result & professional service. I’m available for you any time. Buy, sell or rent house, I can help you. I speak russian.

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NOVEMBER 21-27, 2012

THE POWER TEAM Residential & Waterfront Specialists SELLING REAL ESTATE SINCE 1980


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Wishing You & Your Family a Safe & Happy CAROL WAGNER


“Dedicated to Servicing all your Home Buying and Selling Needs”

To My Family, Friends, Clients and Customers:

As the holiday season approaches be thankful for life’s simple pleasures, and be thankful for your family and friends for they make you who you are. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

D L O S This beautiful 3 bedroom contemporary home is located in Caribou Creek. The home features an open floor plan, hardwood floors, great room, formal dining room, a first floor master suite with jetted tub, spacious kitchen with oak cabinets, a large 33’ x 12’ bonus room, a walkout lower level that leads to a stamped concrete patio, perfect for summer gatherings. Plenty of room for outdoor activities as the home is situated on almost an acre of land. Denotes a Real Estate One Virtual Tour







Move in ready - White Lake Colonial - Walled Lake Schools. 2 fireplaces - 3 bedrooms - 2 1/2 baths - full finished basement. $195,000

“Pottery Barn” decor…shows like a model. Granite kitchen - 4 bedrooms - 2 1/2 baths - 2nd floor laundry walkout basement - Walled Lake Schools. $315,999

In the heart of beautiful downtown Berkley…walk to restaurants & shops. 3 bedrooms - 1 1/2 baths - part finished basement - newer 2 car garage - Berkley Schools. $145,000

Lake Sherwood Canalfront. Neutral decor - 4 bedrooms - 2 baths - gorgeous lot…great for entertaining - Huron Valley Schools. $350,000

OXBOW LAKEFRONT Private all-sports lakefront offering million dollar views. Five bedrooms, two baths - beautiful large ceramic tile shower, comfortable open floor plan, new doorwalls from great room and master bedroom to large deck, two fireplaces, first floor laundry, walkout lower level with 2nd kitchen. Walled Lake Schools. Immediate occupancy. $199,000 CY96E


AUDREY STOREY 248-363-8300 Ext. 233 248-496-1846


ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT SELLING OR BUYING? Call for a Free Market Analysis? Underwater with your Mortgage and Want to Sell? Call me today!


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SHOWS LIKE A PALACE! 2 MASTER SUITES Custom ranch style home, includes 3 1/2 baths, formal dining, 1st floor laundry, large kitchendinette, professionally finished walkout basement, huge deck overlooks natural area. 3 car garage. Near Henry Ford Hospital, West Bloomfield. Priced at $378,900. - 866-999-1106 (T.B. dr rd) Ask for Tom Buchanan, agent 248-326-4568.

Lakes Area (248) 363-8300 • 8430 Richardson

MARIE’S TEAM (left to right) Quinn,

Tessa, Stella, Zoe, Hadley & Thad


Room for Everyone!

LAKEWOOD ESTATES WALKOUT RANCH West Bloomfield parklike setting. Updates and benefits begin with lovely views. Cathedral ceilings great room, family room and kitchen. Island kitchen seating entry and lower level walkout. Family room + lower level fireplace. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, master suite, in-law suite. Finished walkout, doorwall and daylight windows. Middle Straits Lake Sub Park. trails to library, parks, lakes, schools, shops....Enjoy $265,000. 212103054/MC ©Real Estate One, Inc., 2012

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MODERN LAKEFRONT COMMERCE LIVING Beautiful private Lake Stuart, 300 acres. recently updated, ac, pets, includes heat. $625/ month

One bedroom apts. 248-755-5073 MILFORD VILLAGE APARTMENTS 1 bedroom apartment. Heat and water paid. No pets. In Milford City. Call for specials.


WHITE LAKE Near M-59. 1 bedroom apt in new home, walkout on lake, responsible male.

Security Deposit

$425 utilities free. (248)824-0856


Classified Connection


248-360-7355 WEST OAKLAND’S

HELP WANTED General/ Help Wanted

General/ Help Wanted DIRECT CARE WORKER 65

CHILD CARE CENTER Seeking infant/toddler childcare provider. Early childhood or child related field degree preferred. Must be able to work until 6 p.m. Commerce Twp area. Call 10a.m.-3p.m.

248-669-6880 TAXI & AIRPORT DRIVERS WANTED Full or Part time Day or Night


Connect with your west Oakland neighbors – over 125,000 of them each week. ALL WANT ADS ARE INCLUDED ON OUR WEBSITE AND ARE POSTED AFTER 4 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY NEWSWEEKLY


Looking for compassionate part time Direct Care Workers to work in our Walled Lake home. Hiring for all shifts-Job duties include but not limited to providing necessary and appropriate personal care and community living supports to persons with developmental disabilities. The Rehabilitation Assistant provides suitable services with respect and dignity to all persons-served. Must have reliable transportation and be able to work weekends and holidays. Requirements: GED or High school diploma, Valid drivers License with good driving record. Please apply at requisition # 4850

TEACHERS AIDE / OFFICE Need classroom experience. Part or Full time. Walled Lake/ Commerce. Fax resume to:

248-737-9517 or E-mail: administrator@

ELECTRICIAN EXPERIENCED With conduit, wiring, and hand tools.



General/ Help Wanted


Cemetery Plots

1679 E. West Maple Rd Walled Lake MI 48390

Experienced Plow Driver

Aluminum .30-.65¢/lb. Copper $2.10-$2.70/lb. Brass 1.00- 1.50/lb. Auto Rads. .90¢-1.20/lb. 1011 Decker, Walled Lk

Clean Driving Record Oakland County Area

231-872-0214 69

BOOKKEEPER General ledger experience very helpful, 1120 and 1040 experience helpful. Flexible hours. Small accounting & tax company.



SEA-DOO JET Skis wanted dead or dying. 1995 on up. $200- $1400. Top $ for XP's & 947/951 or larger motors. Call Jeff at 231-943-4152 or 231631-6455


Corp. (248)960-1200



AMANA SIDE BY SIDE $100. 248-683-2747


(2) KITTENS, must stay together, or long hair black female cat. All fixed. 248-7384901 or 248-214-9898

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 TO good home 1 year old mother cat and her 16 week old male kitten. Prefer keeping them together 313-9188450 3FT HIGH Dog grooming arm with clamp- fits any table. Highland/ Hartland area. Call 248-889-0188 ONE KITTEN, Free to good home. Walled Lake area. 248-960-3575


(4) BUDWEISER glass beer mugs, Christmas Clydesdale. $20. 248-877-3430


Boats/Motors/ Trailers


Winter Storage-$175.99 Snowmobiles, Trailers, RV's Fenced, Gated & Lighted Shrink Wrap & Winterization Let us sell your Pontoon.

Tom 248-681-4250


Certified Master Mechanic


Thursday Nov. 29th 5pm-8pm Finn Camp, 2524 Loon Lake Road, Wixom. Unique treasures for every budget.

Odds N Ends


ASSORTED FABRIC- 25 boxes, $20 each. Donation to Vetrans. 248-887-5431 WHEELED LUGGAGE Carrier with handles for airpor ts/ trains etc. $10. 248-6232661 TWO, TWO Drawer metal filing cabinets $20 both. (517) 294-4206

3365 W. Highland Rd. (M-59) at Hickory Ridge Rd.


Two locations to serve you.

LOST DOG? Our FREE ads can help you find it! To place your ad call Cindy Stawick at WEST



Wanted Parts/ Salvage

Boat Storage


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

Lakes MotorSports 4713 Dixie Highway, Waterford, MI 48329




KITTY KAT snowmobile for parts, $25. 248-360-8485



Local & Long Distance

TWIN HEADBOARDS, Gray vinyl covering. $20. 248-6984168




RAG RUG: 6'X8', blue, white, yellow, good condition. $20. 248-624-5552




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




CARHART VEST, Dark green, XL, clean $15. 248425-1004

Mann Metals

Absolutely Free


OAKLAND HILLS Cemetery: Two Lots, Two vaults, asking $3,500 OBO; One lot at $1,000. Have relocated. 315651-5772


Looking for honest, outgoing, goal oriented, male/female, upper/lower bay/ service advisor. Experience beneficial- not necessary. $8-$15 per hour. Must apply in person.





Office/ Clerical


TOP $ Paid For Any: • Junk • Non Running • Wrecked Cars $275 & Up

(248)467-0396 Cars


CHEVY COBALT, 2007, 54K, no accidents, good condition. $7,000. 248-982-0442

SALES GUARANTEE Autos, Vans, Trucks See First Want Ad Page FORD ESCORT 1999 4door, 4 cylinder, auto, 97k, $2,000 248-891-7678

RC TOWING 1998 Chevrolet Camaro Black, 2 Door 2G1FP22G4W2102901 Auction will be held at November 27th, 10am 1237 E/W. Maple Rd Walled Lake MI 48390 CASH ONLY

NOVEMBER 21-27,2012


LAKES AREA SERVICES (248) 360-7355 IN PRINT and ON-LINE 24/7

Fax (248) 360-5308

Personal • Business • Maintenance • Improvements • Repair PERSONAL/ SERVICES Home/Office Cleaning 368 COLLEEN'S CLEANING SERVICE is coming to your neighborhood. BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY CLEANING NOW Residential / Commercial 20 Years Experience • Insured • Local References upon request. Call for FREE Quote or questions 248-974-5104

DETAILED HOUSE CLEANING SERVICES Weekly, Bi-weekly or monthly. Reliablie, high qualified fully experienced detail oriented. References available.

Call for appointment:




Carpet Installation

Drywall 513

(248)360-0213 (248)698-8819 Asphalt/Pavement 503 MICHIGAN ALL PRO ASPHALT *Special Late Fall Rates* We Specialize in Driveways Gravel & Hauling * RECYCLED ASPHALT * * SENIOR DISCOUNTS *

248-887-4626 OR 810-602-4289

Handy Person





Mohawk Carpet Great buys! Remnants Living room & Bedroom sized $4 per yd. Low prices on restretching, repairs, pad, & installation.

•Hang & Finished •Small Repair •Texture Repair •Plaster Repair •Wet Sand

•Additions •Garages •Drywall •Painting •Plumbing •Electrical •Tile •Marble •Kitchens •Baths •Basements •Decks 33 Years ... Licensed

35 years experience Bob (248)681-5771 Cabinetry


Ron (248)673-7665 Electricians


Elegant Woodworking


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

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





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




THE DOOR STOP Since 1980 Garage door springs and door openers repaired and/or replaced.

Call Anytime 248-624-4042 (cell) 248-640-6298 CERTIFIED OVERHEAD DOOR SERVICE •Garage Doors •Repaired/ Services •New Doors/ Openers •Installed at Factory Pricing •Emergency Service Available




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

(248)624-6458 Handy Person


DU-IT-ALL HOME CARE IMPROVEMENTS Specials: •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 #

(248)891-7072 Licensed and Insured

RENT A SON CONTRACTORS INC. Full Kitchens & Baths, Tile, Painting, Countertops, Decks, Brick Pavers, Tree Removal, Landscaping. FREE ESTIMATES• INSURED

248-214-9158 OR 248-881-8776

248-684-4175 810-714-3058


"The job your husband will do tomorrow." (248)887-2366 Heating/Duct Work 546

THOMASON HEATING & COOLING • Furnaces • Boilers • Air Cleaners •Air Conditioners •Humidifiers Service & Replacements


248-363-1615 Lawn/Garden Services


A R T Outdoor Services, LLC

* Snowplowing * Salting • Fall clean ups • Gutter cleaning • •Insured • Res. & Com.


Painting/ Decorating

Roofing 562

 Interior 20% OFF

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

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.

•Best Prices •Best Work •Licensed



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

248-363-5864 Roofing


D&D Construction * Fall Roofing Specials * $200 per square/ 30 year Siding • Windows LeafGuards • Gutters

Doug Dible 248-431-6243



I.D.C. Home Service

248-894-3239 Plumbing

Tree Service

•Best Warranties


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

Bob: 248-363-0589 Tile

Wells 586

Specializing in: •Appliances •Furniture •Debris Removal •We haul cars too! Call anytime for estimates & great service 248-887-4892

•Bonded & Insured


Trash/Debris Removal

Progressive Transportation


FARR'S PAINTING Wood Repairs • Caulking Staining • Wallpaper Removal Drywall repairs • Water repairs Free Power Washing w/paint.



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

John Miller (248)505-8865


You can fax your ad 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to the Spinal Column Newsweekly

248-360-5308 • 248-360-5309


MAXON'S TREE SERVICE •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 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



Emergency Service 7 days a week 248-


All credit cards accepted

BOB WYCKOFF WELL SERVICE "If you have questions, we have answers!" •PUMPS •TANKS • WELL REPAIR


Emergency Service Visa & MasterCard


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




7924 COOLEY LAKE RD. • WATERFORD (New Location Between Food Castle & Little Caesar’s Pizza) CALL FOR FREE IN HOME ESTIMATE



SINCE 1988







INSTALLED! 10 Year Warranty. Metered Unit. Save up to 50% on Salt!

50 Gallons per Day Reverse Osmosis Water Purifier ONLY





300 Gallon Only Weighs 125 lbs. Plugs Into Standard 120v Outlet


Come See it on Display Goes Almost Anywhere. Yard, Deck, Basement or Garage

Purify Water to Kitchen Sink & Refrigerator





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