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GM tax rebate to cost Milford over $500K from funds By Michael Shelton staff writer
The Milford Township Board of Trustees on Thursday, March 1 approved an agreement with the General Motors (GM) Proving Grounds on a 61.4 percent tax rebate for the period dating back to 2009 and ending in 2012, effectively meaning that various township funds stand to lose a total of over $500,000. “The vote was to accept the proposal that was determined between the (State) Tax Commission; Oakland County Equalization (Division); the (state) Attorney General, representing the state Treasury; our attorney, Mark Westrate; and myself,” said Milford Township Supervisor Don Green. “Now, it’s up to the county to send everyone a bill for their portion of the rebate.” The board vote to approve the rebate agreement was unanimous, 6-0, with Trustee Randal Busick absent. According to Green, the settlement will affect all township budget funds, with the township offices operating fund being reduced $69,225, the fire department losing $60,617, and the fire building bond payment fund losing $18,057. The Milford Public Library fund will lose $73,693, and the library/police building fund stands to lose $46,219.
Hamill running for Highland chief executive position By Angela Niemi staff writer
The race for Highland Township supervisor is on after current Supervisor Triscia Pilchowski made her intentions known that she won’t seek re-election, and one Highland resident has stepped up to file a petition to run for the job as the township’s chief executive. Rick Hamill, a Republican, said he decided to run for supervisor after
Milford Township has reached an agreement with General Motors (GM) for its proving grounds (above) on a 61.4 percent tax rebate dating back to 2009. With the township board’s unanimous approval of the rebate terms, the township stands to lose just over $500,000 from a series of funds, including an estimated $218,694 from the Milford Police Department and another $73,693 from the Milford Public Library fund. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)
The Milford Police Department will be docked $218,694, while the Milford Senior Center operating fund will lose $8,063 and the Milford Recreational Trail bond payments fund will be out $6,452. In August 2009, the GM Proving Grounds filed a request for an 80percent tax break with the Michigan Tax Tribunal, which was expected to cost the township an estimated $500,000 in revenue. Green said at that time that the facility was also asking for an 80percent reduction in the assessed value of the proving grounds property, and that depending on the tax break, the
reduction could become permanent or the facility could approach the state Tax Tribunal every year to seek a reduced property tax obligation. Green had recently met with GM representatives in Lansing in negotiations over proposed property tax relief for the GM Proving Grounds facility in the township. GM had indicated that it reduced the amount of its original request. “I’m happy with the closure, but not with the settlement,” Green said. “We’ve been generous with GM in the past and I think this may put a kink in the way the township and I do business.” ❏
being active with the Highland Downtown Development Authority (DDA) over the last few years. “There’s some projects that I’d like to see happen in our community,” he said. “And with our current supervisor leaving, it opens a spot. I think I could accomplish some changes in the way the township looks at business.” In particular, Hamill said he hopes to continue maintaining a business-friendly atmosphere while maintaining the rural aesthetics of the township. “I want to help the organization of the township, have a more business-like approach as opposed to a governmentlike approach,” he said. “I want to try to keep people happy and get the jobs
they want done.” With a degree in business and as the former owner of the Beach Tree Farm — a landscape design, construction, and nursery company — for 31 years before retiring, Hamill said he believes he has the skills necessary for the job. “One of the key things is that my design background allows me to be able to understand the concept of change and a way to look at things in the future for the community,” he said. The filing deadline for those interested in running for an elected position is May 15. The Highland Township supervisor serves a four-year term and currently earns $65,691 annually. ❏
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ith over 30 years in fashion design and retail under her belt, Linda Schlesinger, owner and founder of the West Bloomfield Township-based clothing line Skinny Tees, is known for her insightful and creative designs, but her passion and drive reaches far beyond the fashion world. Over the last several years, she has collaborated on a book with her friend, photographer Monni Must, to produce “Living Witnesses: Faces of the Holocaust,” a book of portraits and life experiences capturing the emotional stories of metro Detroit area Holocaust survivors. Schlesinger takes on the subject so people are inspired by the courage and fortitude of these survivors and to ensure the atrocities of the past are not forgotten. Schlesinger’s time is devoted to philanthropic activities and her business, leaving little time left over. “I’m going through this life one time and I’m going to do it all,” Schlesinger said. For 37 years, Schlesinger lived and raised her family in West Bloomfield. Tell us about Skinny Tees, your clothing line. Why is it unique and how and where do you market it? LS: It’s marketed all over the United States, in Europe and Japan now. It’s unique because it really does fit almost all sizes. We call it a “one size fits most” form and (it) fits a (size) 2 to 20. Its made out of a fabrication of nylon and spandex and it allows your skin to breathe, but holds us all in a little bit, and we make them long now so you are never leaning over and seeing skin outside of your pants. It really makes our bodies streamlined and (it’s) very popular, and very good for us. Given the state of the economy, what is your secret for staying afloat? LS: I have a product that appeals to everyone, and the price is right. I really believe we’re all about customer service. We’ll do anything for our customers. The customer is right. We stand behind our product. The stores and the department stores love to work with us because we make it happen. If they are forecasting (a product) they feel will be good for their store, we will manufacture it and make it for them. I’ve recently been hired by a consulting firm out in California getting products to the QVC Shopping network. It’s been a great journey. What advice would you give budding or fellow entrepreneurs? LS: Don’t give up. Be true to yourself. I
work hard. I’m an old girl and I still work a lot of hours, but you have to be true to your dream. It’s not easy. There are many people, for whatever reason, who don’t like to help; I am friends with those who do like to help. We share knowledge, sources, and it really is interesting. There are all kinds of things I think that people don’t know about and I’m not involved with them, like the Angel Network, for venture capital money. There’s a lot of good things out there. Don’t give up — make it work. What three staples should every woman have in her closet? LS: The little black dress for sure, a black cardigan, and Skinny Tees coordi-
nating all under it. How did you make the jump from fashion design to co-authoring a book on Holocaust survivors? LS: I have a great background in fabrication. I know and love beautiful fabrics and have always worked with different fabrications and different companies making fabrics for draperies or selling them to the public for tablecloths. My friend Monni Must contacted me about seven years ago and I couldn’t do it because I was taking care of (my) invalid father, who lived with me. The following year he died. She caught me again (and) the time was (right) and she said, “Just come on, do fabrics and do great backdrops for me.” We’re a great team and work really well together. She had a horrible tragedy four years ago and lost a daughter. This became a way of her
healing by talking to Holocaust survivors who, really many of them lost their entire families and came to the U.S. literally with nothing, and they all have made significant lives for themselves. It was a lesson for her, a learning experience that has really helped her heal. She never talked about it at all. Probably about the 55th woman (we were interviewing) — I remember the exact day. She finally opened up about it and has given the world a great legacy and I’m so honored to be part of it. Two more books are in the works (for) being published this fall. People will hear about her — she will have a lot of TV and radio spots all over. We are doing art shows. She now has a traveling exhibit that will going to different venues starting in the U.S. and we’re excited about it. Please explain how the book came together, what it encapsulates, and any new projects you’re working on currently. LS: The book came together because of the death of Monni’s oldest daughter, a sudden, tragic, and shocking thing. She, the business, shut down for months. After 3 or 4 months, and I talked to her everyday. She really needed to give back and wanted to get something inside for herself about it. It’s been a journey. Beaumont Hospital calls us often from the neonatal department. When a baby is lost, we at no charge — and many times we do this in the middle of the night — will go over there and take beautiful portraits of that little loved baby for the parents. We have a very good reputation over there and have really done a significant thing for parents. It’s not for everyone and everyone doesn’t understand that, but for those who do and those who want it, I always tell people and they say, “How can you do it?” I say, “How can you not?” I have two beautiful, healthy children and a healthy grandson. I’m really the last one to hold that baby before that funeral home and wrap it in beautiful fabrics. It’s a gift we have, I think, that we can help these people and do these things. If I know Monni, once we’re done with this project, she’ll be onto something else and it will be a feel-good thing and I’ll be tagging right along with her. ❏
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Marine patrol costs to increase for 2012 season By Leslie Shepard staff writer
he Orchard Lake City Council will be mulling a contract with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department for marine patrol services on its namesake this summer, during its Monday, March 19 meeting. Orchard Lake Shore Association members pay for weed harvesting, marine patrols, goose round up and nest destruction through a special assessment district (SAD). This year the Sheriff’s Department is charging an increase of 19 cents per hour for marine patrol services. The department’s Marine Division will be charging $31.37 per hour for marine patrols during the 2012 boating season, after charging $31.18 for 2011 marine patrols. “While it’s a small increase, it’s an increase nonetheless,” said Director of City Services Gerry McCallum. The city has budgeted $9,200 for the services, the contract for which is effective May 1, but that may be modified if association President Pete Russ has his way. “Like last year, we are changing it from (running from) Memorial Day to Labor Day,” Russ said.
NO-HAZ to again provide services for Waterford By Leslie Shepard staff writer
The Waterford Township Board of Trustees has opted to have the township rejoin the North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium (NO-HAZ) after bowing out of the program in 2009, since the program has been restructured and the costs to participate have been reduced. “Before, the program was about $48,000 per year and funded between the Wellhead Protection Program through the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the operating fund, but due to vicious cuts we decided to drop out (in 2009),” said township Supervisor Carl Solden. “Basically we needed that money for other services,
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department Marine Division will be charging $31.37 per hour for marine patrols during the 2012 boating season, after charging $31.18 for 2011 marine patrols. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)
The patrol scheduling cap is approximately 280 hours, much as it was for 2011, according to Russ. “We coordinate with the police on scheduling. That’s what we’ve done for the last three years,” Russ noted. “The hours will be considerably less than previous years. The traffic on the lake has been low over the last 5 to 6 years. We’ve cut back and have what
we feel is adequate protection for the hours that are fairly busy on the lake.” While overtime hours are to be avoided whenever possible, there is some latitude. For example, a holiday schedule could include two 6-hour shifts at regular time rather than a 12hour shift with eight hours of regular time and four hours of overtime. Orchard Lake Police Chief Joe George
may schedule additional patrols during fireworks displays, and the City Council may reserve the option to charge costs for the additional marine patrol to the fireworks permit. “When fireworks or something special is going on, we might call for an extra boat, but I clear any schedule changes with the association first,” George said. ❏
but now that the program been revamped, the price dropped considerably.” The consortium is comprised of north Oakland County communities including Rochester Hills, Rochester, Orion Township, Oakland Township, Oxford, Addison Township, Groveland Township and Lake Angelus. The program was created in 2003 to provide residents of participating communities with a safe, reliable, and environmentally-responsible way to dispose of their household hazardous waste. “We would get calls throughout the year from those who wanted to typically dispose of paint and pesticides, or were doing spring cleaning,” said Environmental Coordinator Stacy St. James. “There were concerns that there was no place to take their hazardous waste.” Due to the changes made by the consortium to decrease costs without reducing services, the financial burden of participation is much lower.
In 2009 the township’s total program obligation was pegged at $48,349, including administrative and disposal costs. At that time, the program was funded, in part, by the DPW, which absorbed over $20,000 of the costs. The remaining costs were paid for by the township’s general fund. The estimated obligation for 2012 is less than half of that amount, or $20,435. The DPW has agreed to chip in $15,000 of the program costs. “It will be funded through the Wellhead Protection Program and some leftover money ($5,000) from the Gypsy Moth Program, which gave us the ability to provide the service again,” Solden said. Currently there are three collections scheduled, but now that Waterford has agreed to participate, that collection schedule will increase by one. “With Waterford on board, there will be a fourth collection but we’re
unsure of the specific date, but most likely it will be in August and held at the Oakland Community College Highland Lakes campus, which is closer for (Waterford) residents,” St. James said. NO-HAZ collections currently scheduled for 2012 are as follows: • April 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oxford Middle School, located at 1420 E. Lakeville Road in Oxford; • June 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oakland University in Rochester; and • Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orion Township’s Wildwood Amphitheater, located at 2685 Joslyn Court in Orion. Check the township’s website at twp.waterford.mi.us for updates on the program. ❏
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By Kirk Pinho assistant editor
eorge Washington is alive and well, as are Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, and yes, even Benjamin Franklin — at least as they pertain to campaign finances. Reports recently filed with the Michigan Secretary of State’s office showcase what state representatives and senators are raking in for the reporting period that began Nov. 23, 2010 and ended on Jan. 31, the date by which documentation was required to be submitted. According to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a watchdog group that describes itself as “a non-partisan, non-profit coalition of organizations and individuals concerned about the influence of money in politics and the need for campaign finance reform in Michigan,” a total of $5.9 million was raised during that 14-month period: $3.5 million by state representatives; $1.6 million by state senators; and $832,000 by Gov. Rick Snyder, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, and Attorney General Bill Schuette. The Michigan Campaign Finance Network also reported that the political action committees of the four separate caucuses (two each for the House and Senate) raked in about $3 million during the reporting period: • The House Republican Campaign Committee received $1,038,251 and ended the reporting cycle with a balance of $608,066; • The House Democratic Fund took in $788,807 and ended the reporting period with a $375,768 balance; • The Senate Republican Campaign Committee received $841,294 and ended the reporting cycle with a balance of $48,877; and • The Senate Democratic Fund took in $291,731 and ended the reporting period with a balance of $152,077. What follows is a breakdown and highlights of the campaign finance reports state lawmakers representing west Oakland County filed with the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office earlier this year. STATE REP. GAIL HAINES (R-Waterford, West Bloomfield) Of the eight elected officials from west Oakland County serving the lakes area in Lansing — two state senators and six state representatives, all but one of which is a Republican — Haines came out on top in terms of fund-raising for 2011, amassing $78,503 during the reporting period. However,
War chest donations Lawmakers report 2011 campaign finances that stands in contrast to the $144,000 in debt that her political committee, the Committee to Elect Gail Haines, reported. Yet that also doesn’t include the $65,563 she had on-hand at the end of the prior reporting period, meaning that as of Jan. 31, she reported an ending fund balance of $125,658. Her committee spent $18,407 during the reporting period, campaign finance documents show. Haines’ largest donors were organizations and political action committees (PACs) representing the medical field — Health PAC ($5,000), the Michigan Association of Anesthesiologists ($4,000), the Michigan Osteopathic PAC ($3,000), Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan ($5,600), Michigan Association of Health Plans ($3,600), Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners ($3,000), and Michigan Doctor’s Political Action Committee ($2,000), among others in the health industry. In addition, her committee received contributions from the following: Eli Lilly & Co. PAC ($1,000); Michigan Cardiologists PAC ($1,000); Health Underwriters PAC ($1,000); Physician Assistants of Michigan PAC ($1,000); Health Alliance Plan ($1,000); Pharmacy Action Council ($1,200); Friends of WSUOM
($1,000); Michigan Assisted Living Association PAC ($1,000); DTE Energy PAC ($900); Dental PAC ($700); and Pfizer PAC ($1,000). Her Committee to Elect Gail Haines also received $1,500 in contributions from the Moroun family, owners and operators of the Ambassador Bridge; $500 from Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Board of Road Commissioners Vice Chairman Greg Jamian, a former county commissioner; $1,700 from the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association; $250 from Deputy County Executive Ken Rogers; $200 from former Congressional candidate Paul Welday; $125 from Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts; $100 from West Bloomfield political consultant and pollster Steve Mitchell; and $100 from Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren, Jr. Haines, chairwoman of the state House Health Policy Committee, could not be reached for comment prior to press time. STATE REP. EILEEN KOWALL (R-White Lake, Highland) Rep. Kowall took in $28,291 during the most recent reporting period, campaign finance documents show. The former Oakland County commissioner, at the end of that period, had $59,412 on-hand after coming into
the reporting period with $52,678 and spending $21,557 during the reporting period. Kowall’s political committee, Friends of Eileen Kowall, accepted its largest contributions from Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan ($1,250), Business Leaders for Michigan PAC ($1,000), the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesellers Association ($922), the LaFontaine family ($2,500 in five $500 contributions), the Mamou family ($1,000 in two $500 contributions), and DTE Energy PAC ($1,000). Her group also took $500 from the Moroun family, owners and operators of the Ambassador Bridge; and $150 from 52-2 District Court Judge Kelley Kostin. White Lake Township Supervisor Greg Baroni also chipped in $100 to Friends of Eileen Kowall, as did RCOC Board of Road Commissioners Vice Chairman Jamian. “Business Leaders for Michigan, obviously they feel we are taking great strides to returning Michigan to a prosperous business climate,” Rep. Kowall said. “And the LaFontaines are a great community family, and they recognize how hard we are working here to get Michigan back on the right path. The others (donors), they just look at you and think you’re an effective legislator.” Kowall added that she would be willing to consider a proposal similar to that of state Rep. Bill Rogers (R-
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from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Committee on Political Education, plus another $2,272 from the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. The Hammel Leadership Fund, a political committee of state House Minority Leader Rep. Richard Hammel (D-Mt. Morris), shelled out $1,000 to Brown’s Committee, and Orchard Lake homemaker Elaine Miller forked over another $1,500 during the reporting period. Brown’s committee also took
raisers,” Crawford said of other campaign funds when asked of the comparatively small amount reportedly raised by his committee, Friends of Hugh D. Crawford. “I really didn’t have that many big fund-raisers. I had a couple here in Lansing, but for the reporting period that was, it is what it is.” He also said the relatively low fund-raising amount is in no way indicative of him not seeking a third and final term in the state House: He plans on filing for re-election soon. Crawford’s committee took
another $1,000 from Bloomfield Hills attorney Randall S. Miller. West Bloomfield Township Trustee Gene Farber also pitched in $100 to Brown’s committee. Brown could not be reached for comment prior to press time. STATE REP. HUGH CRAWFORD (R-Walled Lake, Wixom) Crawford took in $4,500 during the reporting period and spent $6,290. With the smallest amount in his war chest, Crawford came into the reporting period with $5,147 and ends the period with $4,034 in cash on-hand. “They must have had bigger fund-
$1,250 from Blue Cross-Blue Shield PAC, $900 from DTE Energy, and $500 from Health PAC during the reporting period. STATE REP. CHUCK MOSS (R-Orchard Lake) Moss is the state’s top budget man in the House as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and his campaign finance reports show that he raised $57,012 during the most recent reporting period. The term-limited former Oakland County commissioner and Birmingham mayor, who has said he plans to run for the state Senate in 2014, spent $27,123 during the
reporting period and came in to that cycle with $42,838 in cash in his war chest. He ended the period with $72,727 in the kitty, money which he said will be used for a state Senate campaign he will embark on in 2014, when state Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy) is term-limited. Moss said he would like a campaign finance reporting system that allows full disclosure of the composition of groups donating to candidates and elected officials. “The Committee for a Better Michigan or the Better Michigan Committee ... “ Moss said, referring to an old “Monty Python” sketch. “Who’s behind that? If you’re going to fund stuff and be politically involved, that ought to be out there for everyone to see.” For his part, Moss’ top donors during the last reporting period included Michigan Doctors PAC ($3,808), the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesellers Association ($3,112), Health PAC ($2,400), Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates ($1,976), Blue Cross-Blue Shield PAC ($1,400), Realtors Action Committee ($1,700), Michigan Association of Health Plans ($1,100), and Business Leaders for Michigan and Jackier Gould PAC ($1,000 each). Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John McCulloch chipped in $500 to Moss’ committee, and county Commissioner David Potts (R-Birmingham) shelled out $250. State Rep. Marty Knollenberg (RTroy), who is running for county treasurer this year, ponied up $250, as did RCOC Board of Road Commissioners Vice Chairman Jamian. “I stand for what I stand for,” Moss said. “If people like what I stand for and are willing to support that, I’m willing to take money from them. I present what I do and how I do it, and if you like me, I’m happy to accept support from most groups. I’m not going to alter my conduct or my voting because this group or that group gives me money.” STATE SEN. DAVID ROBERTSON (R-Waterford) Robertson took in $41,098 during the most recent reporting period, according to campaign finance documents, and spent a total of $34,787 during that time. Coming into the period with $25,229 in the bank, he has an ending balance of $26,347 in his Dave Robertson for State Senate committee coffers. Robertson pointed to increased penalties for people and committees that fail to file with balances of $20,000 or more as some of the PAGE 11 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯
Milford), who has called for a more “real-time” campaign finance reporting requirement of every quarter. STATE SEN. MIKE KOWALL (R-Commerce, Highland, Milford, Walled Lake, Wixom, Wolverine Lake, White Lake, Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield) Sen. Kowall brought in $51,025 during the reporting period, while spending $36,196. However, coming into the reporting period with $42,033 in the kitty leaves him with $56,861 in his campaign coffers. He took in $2,500 from Blue CrossBlue Shield PAC and another $1,300 from the Michigan Association of Health Plans and DTE Energy PAC, as well as $1,000 contributions from the following organizations and individuals during the reporting period: Centerpoint PAC, Meijer PAC, Latson Partners LLC, Donald Lindsey, Health Care Advocacy PAC, and Lisa Wyett. The Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association also ponied up $1,198 for his political committee, and the Moroun family chipped in $500. Oakland County Commissioner Bob Hoffman (R-Highland) forked over $50 for Sen. Kowall’s committee, Friends of Mike Kowall for State Senate, as did Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, White Lake Township Clerk Terry Lilley, 51st District Court Judge Jodi Debbrecht, and RCOC Board of Road Commissioners Chairman Eric Wilson. Sen. Kowall said his total yield for the reporting period was “low in comparison” to other lawmakers. “I don’t do a lot of fund-raising,” he said. “I don’t do a lot of soliciting for money. I try to wait until it gets close to the election time. This job can turn you into a beggar, and I hate that part of the job. No matter what you do, you can take $10 from the Broken Toe Nail Association, and right away, (the perception is that) you’re going to be all for broken toe nails.” Sen. Kowall said his main concern currently is fixing the state’s campaign finance reporting software because it’s antiquated. STATE REP. LISA BROWN (D-West Bloomfield, Commerce, Wolverine Lake) Brown took in $57,730 during the reporting period, according to campaign finance documents, and spent $20,863. She came into the reporting period with $19,835 in her war chest and, after her expenses, keeps a healthy balance of $56,702 in her Friends of Lisa Brown Committee coffers. She lent her committee $25,200 during the reporting period. Brown, who is serving her second term in the state House, received $4,150 from the Michigan Education Association PAC and another $2,800
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heightened reporting requirements the state Senate has tackled to put more teeth in the state’s campaign finance reporting rules. His largest contributors were Blue Cross-Blue Shield PAC ($3,000 in three $1,000 donations), Michigan Doctors PAC ($3,000), the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants PAC ($2,250), Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association ($1,323), and the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association ($1,000), DTE Energy PAC ($1,000), the Michigan Bankers Association ($1,000), the Michigan Association of Health Plans ($1,000), and the Michigan Credit Union League Action Fund ($1,000). “I obviously receive contributions from a lot of different folks, both organizations and PACs, but also ordinary citizens in my district,” he said. “I get support from the medical society,
A look at who contributed to the county’s GOP It’s not just political candidates and office-holders who are required to report their finances to the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office in regular intervals — county political parties must fulfill the same obligations. The Oakland County Democratic Party has been assessed a fine for not filing their report for the last reporting period. As of press time, Monday, March 5, those reports still hadn’t been filed. The Oakland County Republican Party garnered significant contributions from the following sources: • Philip Seaver, Sylvan Lake, $30,000; • Gilbert Silverman, Bloomfield Hills, $5,000; • David Trott, Farmington Hills, $3,000; • Jeaneane Landers, Rochester, $2,200; • Werner Born, Rochester, $2,227; • Mark DeGroff, Commerce, $2,650; • Robert Dindoffer, Grosse Pointe Park, $2,000; • Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Clarkston, $1,800; • Kitty Dobritt, Bloomfield Hills,
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Rogers, whose district largely includes Livingston County communities, reported receiving $5,075 during the most recent reporting cycle and spending $2,815 during that time. He entered the reporting period with $17,042 in his Bill Rogers for State Representative Committee account, and he closed the reporting period with
$19,303. Rogers’ committee received $1,150 from the CSX Good Government Fund, $500 from Judy Blakeman of Howell, $500 from Versa Development CEO Todd Wyett, and $300 from Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. Rogers could not be reached for comment prior to press time. ❏
$1,090; • Dennis Dobritt, Bloomfield Hills, $1,000; • Thomas Untiedt, Bloomfield Hills, $1,000; • Edward Levy, Birmingham, $1,000; and • State Rep. Marty Knollenberg (RTroy), $1,000. Other political players contributing to the Oakland County GOP include: Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard Jr. ($480); county Republican Party Chairman Jim Thienel ($400); county Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Gingell (R-Lake Orion), who chipped in $400; County Commissioner David Potts (RBirmingham), who ponied up $430; state Rep. Hugh Crawford (R-Walled Lake, Wixom), who contributed $400; former state Senate Majority Leader and candidate for Oakland County Prosecutor Michael Bishop ($400); Plymouth GOP state Rep. Kurt Heise ($400); former Orchard Lake City Councilman Gordon Allardyce ($400); County Commissioner Bill Dwyer (RNovi), who chipped in $400; state Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Orchard Lake), who contributed $400); former Oakland County Board of Commissioners candidate Carolyn Belaen ($425); former Congressional candidate Rocky Raczkowski ($800); County Commissioner Beth Nuccio (ROrtonville), $400; County
Commissioner Shelley Taub (R-Orchard Lake), $430; county Water Resources Commissioner John McCulloch ($400); state Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R-Lake Orion), who shelled out $450; state Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy), who pitched in $492; County Commissioner Jim Runestad (R-Waterford, White Lake), who contributed $400; County Commissioner John Scott (R-Waterford, West Bloomfield), donated $400; Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren, $650; County Commissioner Jeff Matis (RRochester), $400; Orchard Lake City Counciliman Jerry Kosmensky ($400); state Sen. David Robertson (RWaterford), $200; state Rep. Eileen Kowall (R-White Lake, Highland), $225; state Sen. Mike Kowall (R-
Commerce, Highland, Milford, Walled Lake, Wixom, Wolverine Lake, White Lake, Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield), $200; Deputy County Deputy Executive Ken Rogers, $100; former Oakland County Treasurer Pat Dohany, $100; former Orchard Lake City Councilman Jim Talpos, $100; County Commissioner Robert Gosselin (RTroy), $100; former Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds William “Doc” Caddell, $100; Orchard Lake City Council Mayo Pro Tem Joe Majcher ($100); Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, $150; former Circuit Court Judge Richard Kuhn ($75); Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Kurtis Wilder ($75); and Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Board of Road Commissioners Chairman Eric Wilson ($65). ❏
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The West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees voted Monday, March 5 to reject a sixth consecutive Planning Commission nominee submitted by Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste. The township board voted 4-3 against the appointment of Gwen Thomas to replace Don Jackson, who was first appointed to the Planning Commission on July 26, 2006, was reappointed on Oct. 6, 2008, and whose term expired on Oct. 31, 2011. Clerk Cathy Shaughnessy and Trustees Larry Brown, Howard Rosenberg, and Gene Farber each voted against Thomas’ appointment. “I have been given no valid reason to replace Don Jackson,” Rosenberg said. “He’s fair, consistent, and a good influence. I have nothing against any nominees put forward, it’s just based on a decision that Don is a good commissioner.” Ureste had previously brought forward five different nominees for Jackson’s seat. All five of those nominees were rejected by the same 4-3 vote, with Ureste, Trustee Steve Kaplan and Treasurer Teri Weingarden each supporting the nominees. Ureste said previously that state statute permits only the township supervisor to make an appointment to a township Planning Commission. She could not be reached for comment prior to press time, but Kaplan said he believes Ureste will continue to bring forward nominations. “There are thousands of residents who are willing to serve as a commissioner,” he said. “She’s reappointed four commissioners. She now wants to appoint someone whose philosophy is commensurate with hers.” Jackson, the commission’s liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), will continue to serve until he is reappointed or a nominee is confirmed by the township board. ❏
WB hires firm for an IT assessment, planning strategy The West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Monday, March 5 to have LBL
Waterford Township Supervisor Carl Solden shares a laugh with community members and officials gathered on Wednesday, Feb. 29 for the annual State of the Township Breakfast at Roma Rose Gardens. Solden is among several officials scheduled to speak Tuesday, March 13 at the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Lakes Address and Membership Luncheon. That event will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served promptly at 11:40 a.m. at the Edgewood Country Club, 8399 Commerce Road in Commerce Township. The cost is $25 per person, and the registration deadline is Friday, March 9. Also scheduled to speak at the luncheon are Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Commerce Township Supervisor Tom Zoner, Walled Lake Mayor Bill Roberts, Wixom Mayor Kevin Hinkley, White Lake Township Supervisor Greg Baroni, and Wolverine Lake Council President John Magee. (Photo by Mari Latozas/Photography by Mari; submitted by Jim Runestad)
Technology Partners conduct an information technology (IT) assessment and recommend an IT planning strategy for the township. Prior to the township board’s March 5 regularly scheduled meeting, the board held a special meeting in which interviews with representatives of LBL Technology and another contract candidate, Schumaker & Company, were conducted. The vote to approve LBL was later added to the Board of Trustees’ agenda for the regularly scheduled meeting. The pending assessment and drafting of an IT planning strategy for the township were prompted by recent problems with the township’s computer system. The township’s e-mail system crashed on Sept. 29, and after being requested by the township board, Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste on Nov. 14 presented a summary report put together by the township’s IT director, Mark Osinski, as well as Waterford
Township IT Director Jared Black. The township board also on Nov. 14 approved a moratorium on any future purchases or upgrades to the township’s computer software, pending a full evaluation of the township’s IT Department. “We should have a plan back within six to eight weeks,” said township Trustee Howard Rosenberg. Exact terms of the agreement were not available prior to press time, but Rosenberg said that the township will pay LBL Technology Partners about $30,000, which would be paid through an hourly rate with a capped dollar amount. Also on March 5, the Board of Trustees approved by a 6-1 vote two actions related to the township’s data center. The first step is to upgrade the virtual system to the retail version of Citrix Xenserver 6. The second action approved was the purchase of a separate 4-Terabyte Network Storage Device to act as an internal IT-only backup/restoration
service and an intermediary disaster recovery service. The total cost of the two purchases is $5,126. Rosenberg voted against those two actions, stating that the board was already in the process of hiring an IT consultant. ❏
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The White Lake Township Board of Trustees voted on Feb. 21 to use Triparty Program funds to help fund the paving of a stretch of Cooley Lake Road east of Duck Lake Road to Mystic Valley Drive.
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1986. Recently the machine developed a leak in the barge section and has required extensive maintenance to get in running order. As a result, the Village Council has directed the Administrative Committee — comprised of Village Council President John Magee, President Pro Tem Ed Sienkiewicz, and Village Administrator Sharon Miller, along with Treasurer Mike Kondek and Water Management Board representative Pat Nagy — to inspect the weed harvester with the Department of Public Works (DPW) and forward some recommendations. “We determined what repairs have been done and observed that rust is a big issue,” Magee said. “We need one with less ongoing maintenance.” The cost to purchase a new weed harvester ranges between $80,000 and $100,000. Miller is currently investigating costs. With such a hefty capital expense, committee members say it would be best to trade or sell the current machine to defray the cost of a new one, and the village will likely use the one on hand this year. “Hopefully it shouldn’t be a problem to have in working order this year, but what the future holds is a big difference — we’d like to replace, trade or sell the existing machine, but we’re looking at all our options,” Sienkiewicz said. “We have to determine when is the best time to buy one — at the busiest time of the season or at the end — but we’re not in the position to go and buy it it right now and have two.” Several years ago the village explored the costs for a private company to conduct annual lake weed harvesting chores, but the costs were exorbitant, according to Sienkiewicz. “It wasn’t the best bang for the buck, and we have a DPW that keeps our harvester in tip-top order by taking care of it,” he said. “The problem is the one we have is tired and it’s hard to get parts for it.” Council didn’t budget for the capital expense in 2011/12, but an amendment could be made if need be. “It’s a capital expense that can be made this year or next year — that’s why you have fund balance, for this type of capital expenditure,” Magee said. Village Council will be discussing the issue in more detail at its March 14 meeting. ❏
Wixom Mayor Kevin Hinkley (right) stands with Tony Moscone, general manager of Total Sports, on Thursday, March 2, after Hinkley presented his annual State of the City Address. Total Sports donated $4,000 to the city so it can present a community fireworks display on June 28. The city is still accepting donations, including at drop boxes left at various city businesses. Hinkley is among several officials scheduled to speak Tuesday, March 13 at the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Lakes Address and Membership Luncheon. That event will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served promptly at 11:40 a.m. at the Edgewood Country Club, 8399 Commerce Road in Commerce Township. The cost is $25 per person, and the registration deadline is Friday, March 9. Also scheduled to speak at the luncheon are Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Commerce Township Supervisor Tom Zoner, Walled Lake Mayor Bill Roberts, Waterford Township Supervisor Carl Solden, White Lake Township Supervisor Greg Baroni, and Wolverine Lake Council President John Magee. (Photo submitted by Michael Howell/city of Wixom)
VFW post gets new canteen permit after 2011 dust-up By Leslie Shepard staff writer
Now that the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Lawrence A. Sims Post No. 2269 in Wixom has removed the American Legion and the Bisons from its club liquor license, it has been approved for a new dance and entertainment permit in the city so the canteen can begin operating in full swing again. Last September, the VFW post, located at 2652 Loon Lake Road, ousted the American Legion and Bisons from the premises after the Michigan Department of Veterans Affairs in Lansing stated that other military organizations could not be named as co-licensees on the liquor license, in accordance with VFW bylaws.
Subsequently, neither the Bisons nor American Legion would agree to remove their names from the liquor license and, as a result, the canteen was closed Sept. 26 until the issue was resolved. VFW Commander Norman Mauldin worked with the city and the state’s Liquor Control Commission to reopen the canteen with reduced hours to keep the license from falling into escrow. “We opened 30 days after it closed, but with modified hours,” Mauldin explained. “We reduced the hours to prevent the license from going into escrow.” After the City Council approved a new license and entertainment permit at its Wednesday, Feb. 29 meeting, the canteen will be allowed to extend hours of operation. “The plan is to go back to normal hours, depending on what the membership wants and the availability of bartenders, and we hope it will be
resolved shortly,” Mauldin said. “These decisions must go before the Canteen Advisory Committee first.” Previous hours of operation ran between noon and 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday, except for Christmas, when the facility was closed. Some tentative plans for the canteen include evenings for dancing complete with a disc jockey and karaoke. ❏
Wixom vacating ‘paper streets’ to protect wetlands By Leslie Shepard staff writer
Wixom officials have agreed to vacate a pair of roads in the city as part of an agreement with the devel-
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opers of Tribute in the Village Center Area (VCA) to satisfy a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) wetlands mitigation requirement. Wixom Village, LLC through Robertson Brothers, a company that helped build the Tribute condominium development in downtown Wixom, is poised to buy the conservation rights for 10 acres of wetlands located east of Wixom Road, south of Loon Drive and north of Canary Drive adjacent to the Trails of Loon Lake Subdivision, at a cost of $2,500 per acre. “The developers had to fill in wetlands (to complete the condominium project) and in order to get a permit they had to make a commitment to the DEQ that they would mitigate lost wetlands, so they entered into a contract with the city to protect the wetlands (adjacent to the Trails of Loon Lake Subdivision),” said Assistant City Manager Tony Nowicki. “Whether the agreement goes through is based on successful negotiations with the DEQ on the verbiage of the conservation easement.” Acquiring the wetlands’ conservation rights is predicated, in part, on the DEQ approving a permit in accordance with Part 303 of the state’s Wetland Protection Act. The specific streets to be sold off under the agreement include Thrush and Pheasant (also known as Seagull). They are tagged as “paper” streets, meaning they were included on the subdivision plat, but never constructed. “These streets were candidates to put easements over which can’t be done on dedicated roadways, so these roads had to be vacated,” Nowicki explained. “The area around and adjacent to these roads are wetlands so it’s highly unlikely that any development would occur and right now they serve no purpose.” Wixom Village, LLC has proposed a purchase price for the easement of $2,500 per acre and will be responsible for all costs related to the placing and transferring of the conservation easement. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” Nowicki said. “The DEQ gets protected wetlands, the developers can mitigate their wetland requirement at a lesser cost, and the city will get about $25,000 for property it can’t build on anyway and use it to support parks and the like.” The conservation easement must conform to DEQ standards and will
No sludge suspects Culprit of Proud Lake dump unknown By Angela Niemi staff writer
here have not been any potential suspects found responsible for the several piles of sewage sludge that were discovered earlier this year on the township-owned open land south of Wise Road and west of Union Lake Road in Commerce Township — land formerly part of the state-owned Proud Lake Recreation Area. The sludge piles were positively identified as such by the Walled Lake-Novi Wastewater Treatment Plant. While officials suspected the dumping was related to a faulty residential septic tank, township Supervisor Tom Zoner said he doesn’t believe officials will find a culprit who was responsible for leaving the sludge piles on the township land. Back in January, the sludge piles were discovered by Keri Reid, a White Lake Township resident and a retiree of the Pontiac Wastewater Treatment Plant, who said he knew right away that the piles were sludge — semi-solid material that is precipitated by sewage treatment. According to Reid, about four pickup truck loads were dumped on the 201-acre former Proud Lake prohibit the construction of trails and boardwalks initially conceptualized there; however, by maintaining the unencumbered “paper street” known as Loon Drive, a lake trail, boardwalk and fishing platform can still be constructed. ❏
Village ponies up to $8,500 for new parking meters By Michael Shelton staff writer
The Milford Village Council has unanimously approved spending up to $8,500 to be used by the village’s Parking Authority for the purchase of used parking meters, parking meter housings, and associated equipment. Village Manager Arthur Shufflebarger said about 108 meters would be purchased and that the Parking Authority would purchase the meters from the
Recreation Area parcel, which was acquired by Commerce Township from the state last year. The purchase was the first of two the township will make of Proud Lake Recreation Area land, which is non-contiguous to the main portion of the recreation area. The undeveloped, northern parcel to be purchased in the spring is larger at 301 acres and must be closed on no later than April 15. The unauthorized dumping of sludge can pose several public health and environmental issues, such as the spread of E. coli, as well as metal pollutants. While biosolids can sometimes be used as land fertilizers, they first have to be treated and processed in a treatment facility and must meet the strict regulations and quality standards outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before they can be applied on land. The township planned on treating the sludge with lime to neutralize the contaminants and then spreading it out to act as fertilizer. “It’s going to be like manure,” Zoner said. “Some areas in the park will have greener grass then others.” ❏ city of Pontiac, which offered to sell the village the meters removed from the city’s parking district. He added that the meters are new and would be an upgrade from the village’s current meters, which are older and were being targeted for replacement by the Parking Authority. “The meters should be purchased within the next two weeks,” Shufflebarger said. “They may not be installed for some period of time. We’re not in a big rush to replace them. It may take up to a year.” He added that some of the Pontiac meters may have to be painted before they are installed. Shufflebarger also said that all funds for the meter purchase are coming from the existing Parking Fund, which is comprised of revenue from parking meters and parking deficiency assessments within the downtown parking district. The council’s decision came on Monday, March 5. ❏
Easter Bunny will hop into village at March 31 lunch Wolverine Lake community members may want to mark their calendars for the annual Easter Bunny luncheon that will be held March 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Richardson Center, located at 1485 E. Oakley Park Road in Commerce Township. The village’s Parks and Recreation Board will be hosting the luncheon, which includes pizza, dessert, crafts and an Easter egg hunt that will commence at 2 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to conduct visits with children. Costs are $5 for children in advance or $7 at the door. Adults are $2 in advance or $3 at the door. Register at the Village Hall, located at 425 Glengary Road. For more information, call 248-624-1710, or visit wolverinelake.com. ❏
Spring Boating Expo sails into Novi March 15-18 Hundreds of new 2012, 2011 and 2010 model boats for fishing, cruising, skiing, kayaking and wakeboarding will be featured at the 20th annual Spring Boating Expo, March 15-18, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. In addition to boats, the latest boating engines, motors, accessories, services, clothing and gear will be for sale by nearly 100 boating businesses. For families looking to chart their course to boat ownership for the first time, the show offers a Discover Boating Center — a comprehensive resource to answer any boating questions and clarify those common misconceptions. Boats which can be purchased for less than $250 per month will be on display and for sale at this Center and experts will be on hand to answer questions. The show also offers a boat load of fun, food and entertainment for the whole family. Admission to the boat show is $10 for adults, while children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. Save $2 by buying your tickets online at springboatingexpo.net. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 2-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. On-site parking is $5. Call 800-932-2628 or visit springboatingexpo.net. ❏
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HR Director Baker new interim HVS superintendent By Leslie Shepard staff writer
The Huron Valley Schools Board of Education tapped Human Resources Executive Director Jim Baker to serve as an interim superintendent now that Superintendent Jackie Johnston is leaving the district. The Financial and Auxiliary Committee was directed to deliberate on two candidates from the Central Office Administrative Team who applied for the interim superintendency: Baker, and Assistant Superintendent Donna Welch. The committee recommended offering the position to Baker and the board concurred in a unanimous vote at its meeting on Thursday, Baker March 1. “Both Jim Baker and Donna Welch came forward, so we had two candidates to consider and the committee’s recommendation was supported by the board,” said School Board President Sean Carlson. “The superintendent’s role requires good contacts in the community and Jim has that with our stakeholders, so we thought he would be a good fit. We are grateful that he is willing to step in and help guide the district.” Johnston was offered the superintendency with L’Anse Creuse Public Schools and will be leaving Huron Valley effective May 1. At present, the district is unsure when Baker will transition into his new role. “It will definitely be by May 1, but may be prior to that during a transitionary period,” Carlson noted. Baker has served in the district since July 2010. Prior to coming to Huron Valley, he was employed as director of human resources for Romulus Community Schools. He holds an Education Specialist Degree in educational leadership from Wayne State University. While serving as interim superintendent, Baker will be earning a $150,000 base salary. The school board has not yet determined a strategy for finding a permanent superintendent, but is planning to reconvene Thursday, March 22 to address the issue.
Walled Lake Northern students have been conducting dress rehearsals for the upcoming presentation of their spring musical, “Anything Goes.” Pictured in the center is Katelyn Wilson playing Hope Harcourt, and Eric Colwell playing Billy Crocker. Set in the 1930s, the musical comedy features the passengers aboard a transatlantic cruise ship — a gangster, a wealthy debutante, her mother, a nightclub singer, and a rich businessman. Once they set sail, they all become involved in a comic web of mistaken identities. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, March 10, followed by a 7:30 p.m. presentation. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased online at wlcstickets.com or by calling 248-956-5465. (Photo by Jill Behm/Joy of Life Photography; submitted by Carla Colwell)
“We wanted to stabilize this situation first before focusing on a superintendent search,” Carlson said. “Next the board will be looking at whether we will utilize a search firm to start the process moving.” ❏
Outreach effort includes social media presence By Leslie Shepard staff writer
The Huron Valley School District is in the process of rolling out a new communications plan that district officials say will maintain and strengthen the existing level of communication while ramping up its digital media efforts. To assist in the formulation of a communication plan, the district hired Truscott Rossman for roughly $31,000 to oversee the research,
conduct community and employee surveys, conduct parent interviews, and draft the actual plan. The surveys were disseminated in December. Results trickled in during January, with additional follow-up conducted in February. “The comments were very positive among parents and non-parents,” said Huron Valley Communications and Community Relations Director Kim Root. “We had some concerns going in given the issues with building closings, but that didn’t show up in the surveys.” According to Root, the survey was one way of determining if there were communication gaps, if people were unsupportive of how the district’s tax dollars were being spent, or to learn if there was discontent within the district at large. “The consensus is that we’re doing a good job, so we will continue to communicate as we do, but beef it up in certain areas, like focusing on
digital communication,” Root said. Tactics to be laid out include utilizing the district’s Twitter account, which has not been used since October, and text messaging for quick communication in emergency situations. The district recently officially unveiled its Facebook page on Feb. 15 to provide opportunities to inform families on current events and to underscore accomplishments of students and staff. The district also aims to develop a districtwide newsletter published on a quarterly basis and mail it to every staff member and address in the district. A “Need to Know” section will also be made available on the district’s website. “In this way, parents can click on a page and immediate information for them is right there,” Root said. The rest of the communication plan will be implemented this spring and throughout the summer. ❏
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More than 100 students from Walled Lake Central High School’s marching band program traveled to Disney World on Feb. 19 to march ahead of the Magic Kingdom’s nightly Electric Light Parade. The three-day excursion included a clinic for the instrumental students presented by Chad Shoopman, one of Disney’s professional musicians, who is also a recording artist and conductor. The students sight-read through several Disney songs as Shoopman explained the realities of being a professional musician. The students then recorded their own Disney soundtrack to a scene from the movie, “The Lion King.” The color guard also attended a clinic. The trip culminated in the band’s march down Main Street and past Cinderella’s Castle, to the tunes of “Sweet Caroline” and “Fireworks.” “Performing at Disney World was a thrill for our students,” said Band Director Dave Rogers. “The Disney people do a great job with the educational piece of the trip. The clinics were fantastic.” The Walled Lake Central High School Marching Band is a two-time state champion in Flight I. (Photos by David Mexicotte)
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School board to mull new bullying policy March 26 By Michael Shelton staff writer
The West Bloomfield Schools Board of Education on Monday, Feb. 27 was presented a first reading of a proposal that would revamp the district’s antibullying policy. Adoption of the updated policy is expected at the school board’s Monday, March 26 meeting. The update would define bullying as forms of aggressive behavior “that (are) intended or that a reasonable person would know (are) likely to directly or indirectly harm.” The policy would also state that bullying may consist of “substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits or programs of one or more pupils,” as well as “adversely affecting the ability of a pupil to participate in or benefit from the educational programs or activities by placing the pupil in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress.” The update would also state that
bullying causes “an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a pupil’s physical or mental health,” and “substantial disruption in or substantial interference with the orderly operation of the school.” The policy would also prohibit bullying based on real or perceived religion, race, sexual orientation, disability, weight, and other factors “without regard to subject matter or motivation.” The updated policy would also prohibit “sexting,” as well as “retaliation or a false accusation against a target of bullying, a witness or another person with reliable information about an act of bullying.” All school officials would be required to report a bullying incident to the building’s principal or the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. ❏
Forums to accept input on search for new WBS chief The West Bloomfield School District has scheduled open forums for the public to provide thoughts on the dis-
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trict’s search for a new superintendent. Forums are scheduled for today, Wednesday, March 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.; and tomorrow, Thursday, March 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the district’s Administrative and Community Services Center, located at 5810 Commerce Road in West Bloomfield. There will be a representative from Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Ray and Associates, Inc. at each forum to provide information on how the search process will be conducted and how the school board will consider superintendent candidates. The West Bloomfield Schools Board of Education voted Feb. 20 to hire Ray and Associates to assist the district in its search for a new superintendent. Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Andrees announced that she will be retiring at the end of the current school year. According to the search firm’s timeline, the first round of the semi-finalist interviews is tentatively scheduled for April 26 through April 28. For more information or to RSVP for a forum, contact Cynthia Huyghe at 248-865-6485 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. ❏
Schools of Choice apps deadline is March 30 in WLCS By Angela Niemi staff writer
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools is once again offering a Schools of Choice program, which allows students to enroll in a Walled Lake school of their choice provided they reside in one of the 28 school districts in Oakland County. However, the district will be participating on a “limited” basis, meaning that not all buildings and grade levels will have openings. For the 2012-13 school year, the district is accepting applications for students in kindergarten through 10th-grade. Due to the redistricting necessitated by the closing of Twin Beach and Maple elementary schools, Pleasant Lake Elementary School will be closed to Schools of Choice applications for the upcoming school year. The application period for the 201213 school year began Monday, March 5, and runs through March 30. According to state law, applications cannot be accepted after the deadline. Under state law, the district also has to accept eligible applicants in a specific order. First priority goes to sib-
lings who reside in the same household as students enrolled under Section 105 in the previous school year. Then students are selected according to a random draw system if there are more applicants than seats available. The draw is also used to establish a waiting list and is based on the order in which the applicants were drawn. All applicants are notified by April 15 of their application status. Ninth-grade students enrolling for the 2012-13 school year will be eligible to participate in athletics. Meanwhile, any 10th-grade students enrolling under the Schools of Choice program must sit out from athletics for one semester. School of Choice applications can be found on the district’s website at www.wlcsd.org. ❏
WEA, MESPA units’ pacts extended with pay freezes The Waterford Schools Board of Education has approved an agreement with its employee unions to extend their existing contracts through June 30, 2013, which will become effective on April 1. The unions affected by the move include the Waterford Education Association (WMEA) and three Michigan Educational Support Professional Association (MESPA) units — one for secretaries, another for instructional aides and library technicians, and the third for custodians and cafeteria, maintenance, and transportation workers. The district states that terms of the agreement include freezing wages for the 2012-13 school year at the 201112 rates for all employee groups. Troy Beasley, president of the Waterford teachers union, said employees will now contribute to their health care in the form of $36 per pay period for single coverage, $66 for two people, and $96 for a family. Last June, the unions ratified their pacts as the teachers’ contracts were set to expire at the end of August this year, while the other unions’ contracts would have expired at the end of June. As part of that ratification last year, all employees gave up on a scheduled 2-percent wage increase. Both Waterford Schools Superintendent John Silveri and WMEA Executive Director Marcy Felegy expressed their pleasure with the agreement. The school board’s action came on Thursday, March 1. ❏
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COMMUNITY LIFE Haeji Kim, a 14year-old violinist from Bloomfield Hills, who will also receive a scholarship donated by the family of the late Mayor Clarence Phillips of Pontiac.
academic honors ❐ Alma College in Alma, Mich. has announced that the following students have been named to the dean’s list for outstanding academic performance during the 2011 fall term: Commerce: Adrien Allward and Emily Johnson; Milford: Alexander Groth; Novi: Douglas Gantt, Gwendolyn Greer, Carolyn Nagle and Chelsea Radgens; Orchard Lake: Shelby Gray; Waterford: Rachel Burckhardt, Linsey Hough, and Douglas Smith; West Bloomfield: Mallory Montgomery; and White Lake: Allison Fields, Bryant Hittle, and Branden Listh.
Lyndsay Burke, a 17-year-old violinist from Commerce and a student at Walled Lake Central High School. Abraham Rusch, an 18-year-old pianist from Davisburg and a student of Pauline Martin of West Bloomfield.
❐ Tuesday Musical of Greater Pontiac is sponsoring a special concert featuring the winners of its annual music awards at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at Waterford Central United Methodist located on M-59 in Waterford. For more information regarding the concert, call June Harting at 248-661-6310 or the Club President Susan Schoonover at 248-683-2949. The four talented area musicians who will be performing are:
Christopher Soon Petersmark, a 20year-old pianist of Waterford and also a student of Pauline Martin of West Bloomfield.
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50 YEARS AGO March 8, 1962 Every bowler dreams of two things, the perfect 300 game and a 700 series. This week, Larry Sevigny of the Wonderland Lanes 800-850 House League, realized part of this dream when he rolled 221-222-263 for a 706 series total — his first 700 series. This feat doesn’t surprise his many friends, in as much as he has carried a 180 average for the most part of his five years of bowling. He bowls in three leagues and serves his fellow bowlers as a most efficient officer. A Union Lake resident, he is married and a father of two. Larry has been named Wonderland Lanes Bowler of the Month, and with his determination will now be seeking the other half of that dream — the perfect 300 game. 40 YEARS AGO March 8, 1972 Two Walled Lake patrolmen will receive citations for saving a man’s life through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation Friday night. Police Chief John J. O’Neill said that patrolman Mark Horten, a recent graduate of the Washenaw County Police Academy, and Grover Lewis, an auxiliary patrolman, will be cited. O’Neill said the two responded to a call in assistance to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department at the Glengary Laundromat, 1610 Glengary Road in Commerce Township, at 11:15 p.m. Friday. They found Edward Moore, about 50-years-old, of 1502 Lehenta in Walled Lake, unconscious on the floor. The two, O’Neill said, revived the man twice before the ambulance arrived. Moore has a heart condition, O’Neill said. Both patrolmen had recently completed a class in mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. 30 YEARS AGO March 10, 1982 Permits for Waterford businesses to install video games and pinball machines will not be halted, despite urging from a committee of business owners and township officials for board members to order a moratorium. Township assistant attorney Walter Bedell told board members they could not legally declare a moratorium on issuing permits for video games and other amusement machines under their current ordinance.
Board members referred the review of the township ordinances dealing with placement of video and pinball machines to the committee after local officials began to receive numerous complaints from both arcade owners and shopowners near restaurants and other businesses which began to install large numbers of the machines. 20 YEARS AGO March 11, 1992 After a week of clues leading nowhere, endless searching and constant media coverage, the West Bloomfield Police Department is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the elusive panther reportedly lurking around the area of 14 Mile and Haggerty roads. A large black creature was spotted outside the Arbors of West Bloomfield apartments by a township resident. After contacting police, a camera was set up in the resident’s apartment, and a series of pictures were taken of the animal on Friday, March 6. The lakes area is famous for black panther sightings that have, up until now, been attributed by many to overactive imaginations. There were reports of a panther being spotted in Wixom and Milford several years ago, but the beast has never been photographed until now. 10 YEARS AGO March 6, 2002 The West Oakland Corridor Study Steering Committee will hold a public forum on a proposed local road improvements at the Wixom Community Center today, Wednesday, March 6. The plan to improve traffic flow in the area is expected to cost approximately $112 million and would primarily ease traffic congestion along Milford, Beck and Wixom roads through various upgrades.
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❐ Westlake Health Campus is hosting a Community Town Hall Meeting to provide information about the expert services and programming of Westlake Health Campus’ new specialized memory care neighborhood, the Legacy at Westlake. Community members of Commerce Township and surrounding areas are invited to this informative event from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at 10735 Bogie Lake Road in Commerce Township. Westlake Health Campus is a Trilogy Health Services Community. Trilogy communities offer an array of senior living services delivered by staff specially trained to honor and enhance the lives of residents through compassion and commitment to exceeding customer expectations. To learn more about Westlake Health Campus or The Legacy at Westlake, call 248-3639400 or visit westlakehealthcampus.com. ❐ The Highland-White Lake Business Association (HWLBA) is hosting the 9th Annual Women’s Enrichment Day event at the new location, White Lake Middle School, located at 1450 Bogie Lake Road in White Lake Township. Women’s Enrichment Day begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 with a continental breakfast, sponsored by Snooks/Colasanti’s in Highland. The breakfast will be followed by four
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday, Feb. 29 in recognition of the opening of the new Age with Grace Senior Care location at 2230 East Highland Road, Suite C, in Highland Township. Pictured are owner Mary Grace Charter, her family, office personnel, Cheryl Hinman and Suzanne Shew, friends, clients, caregivers and Highland-White Lake Business Association members. Age with Grace Senior Care began in July 2008 and employs over 40 people. The award-winning non-medical home care company, which can accommodate shifts that range from two hours to 24/7, provides trained caregivers who enter people’s lives as strangers and leave as part of the family. Besides the customized care, medication reminders and meal preparation, friendship is provided to seniors, which enhances their quality of life. Age with Grace representatives can visit with you and your family to discuss your needs and concerns and create solutions. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday — they can be reached seven days a week at 248-529-6431. For more information, visit their website at agewithgraceseniorcare.com. (Photo submitted by Cheryl Hinman)
separate “break-out” sessions throughout the day, allowing time to visit the exhibitor booths. This year, the event features special guest speaker and award-winning author Amy Ackley. Born and raised in the community, and proving we can meet and exceed our life goals, she is sure to inspire women of every age. Exhibitor booths consist of various workshops on topics such as healthy family lifestyles, energy-boosting topics, becoming more involved with emotions, diet, exercise, beauty, interactive workshops, and more. In addition, one lady will receive an ultimate makeover, and have an opportunity to re-invent themselves. The makeover will consist of personal training, provided by Formula for Fitness; financial consulting provided by RAM Insurance & Financial Consulting; skin and make-up with Mary Kay Cosmetics;
and more. For more information on the Women’s Enrichment Day … Ladies Day Off, or if you are interested in an opportunity for an “Ultimate Makeover,” contact the HWLBA office at 248-889-1422, or visit the website at enrichment-day.com. ❐ Customer Care News Magazine Learning Resources, Enhanced Solutions in Customer Service, will present a workshop on improving customer care practices within the restaurant and hospitality industry. The workshop is open to all staff, supervisors and managers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. “Wowing Your Customers” will be held on Monday, March 19, at the Art Institute of Michigan’s campus at 28125 Cabot Dr. in Novi. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with continental breakfast provided by The International Culinary School at The
Art Institute of Michigan. The workshop follows from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pre-register for the seminar by March 12, 2012 and pay only $85 per person. At the door, registration is $125 per person. To register, call 888-438-9528 ext. 808, or visit the website at customercarenews.com/special-event. Special corporate pricing is available: Gold Package: $60 per person with 10 or more employees from one company; Silver Package: $65 per person with five to nine employees from one company. ❐ Hair Trendz Salon will be hold a special Open House and Thirty-One Gifts shopping event from 10 a.m.noon on Saturday, March 31, at 1332 S. Commerce Road in Walled Lake. To preview items, go to mythirtyone.com/lauraarther, or for more information email email@example.com.
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LOCAL MATTERS chamber notes ❐ The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce (HVCC) is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of chamber events, visit www.huronvcc.com: • Ambassadors Meeting, 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, Milford Police Department conference room, 1100 Atlantic Street, Milford. • New Member Meet and Greet, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, Huron Valley State Bank conference room, 130 S. Milford Road, Milford. • The Coffee Club, 8-9 p.m. Friday, March 15, Waterfall Jewelers, 340 Town Center Blvd., White Lake. • The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce is offering its members a sponsorship opportunity for its 10th Annual Huron Valley Egg Hunt. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Duck Lake Pines Park. For a $100 sponsorship, your business will get its name on the sponsor flyer in the goody bag, as well as recognition in the Chamber Newsletter and website. Coupons, fliers and goody bag items are due to the chamber office by Thursday, March 8. Current sponsors are Genisys Credit Union and Hines Park Ford. • Huron Valley Community Showcase, noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 25, Milford High School Field House, 2380 S. Milford Road, Highland Township. Registration is now open for the 2012 Huron Valley Community Showcase (formerly the EXPO). The showcase is a community event designed to provide business owners and local organizations a costeffective way to personally meet hundreds of potential customers from the Huron Valley area. Hosted by the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce, the show is in its 19th year, consistently offering valuable community exposure for your business. Register before March 15 and you can participate in the LaFontaine Business 2 Business EXPO on May 10, 2012 for only an additional $25. For more information, contact Laura at the chamber office at 248-685-7129, ext. 104. ❐ The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce is now offering a Women’s Forum Networking Group/Dinner to members in good standing. The group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at area eateries for dinner and networking with business women from the South Lyon Area Chamber of Commerce. There is no cost to join, but the dinner cost varies at each restau-
The Law Firm of Spindler, Nausieda & Associates held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Feb. 24 in honor of the firm’s new office at 425 W. Huron Street, Ste. 120, in Milford. The firm’s simple objective is to handle clients’ legal worries so that clients can concentrate on life and family — whether they are filing for divorce, facing drunk driving charges, or seeking to rewrite an estate plan or will. The full-service law firm’s attorneys know that every individual and family has a unique set of circumstances. They tailor solutions to meet clients’ specific needs, listening carefully and combining their input with attorneys’ years of legal experience. Contact the firm at 866920-8064 to schedule a consultation to discuss your particular legal matter with their experienced attorneys. Visit the firm’s website at www.kssattorney.com for more information. (Photo submitted by Laura Bolyard, Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce)
rant. There is no obligation to attend every month — join at your convenience and start receiving monthly emails with Women’s Forum information. For more information, call the chamber at 248-685-7129 or visit www.huronvcc.com. ❐ The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced that the following businesses have joined its membership ranks: • Le Rendezvous LLC (Bakery), Donna Rizk, 245 N. Main Street, Milford, Mich. 48381, firstname.lastname@example.org. 248-7146222. • Jim McLean (Insurance Services), 3025 Steeple Hill, White Lake, Mich. 48383, Jim.email@example.com, www.insphereis.com/jim.mclean. 248789-4299. • Anstandig Electric (Electrical Contractor), Kris Anstandig, 28265 Beck Road, Suite C21, Wixom, Mich. 48393, KrisA@AnstandigElectric.com, www.AnstandigElectric.com. 248347-0777, 248-347-0789 (fax). • SEAL Team of PFS (Retirement Specialists), Chris Topley, 26026
Southfield Road, Southfield, Mich. 48076, Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org. 248-210-3138. • Miller Vein (Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment), Lynda Pietryga, 46325 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 335, Novi, Mich. 48377, LyndaP@millervein.com, www.MillerVein.com. 248-344-9110, 248-344-9111 (fax). • General RV Center-Wixom (Recreational Vehicles), Sheila Bima, 48500 12 Mile Road, Wixom, Mich. 48393, KrisA@AnstandigElectric.com, www.AnstandigElectric.com. 248-3490900, Ext. 7045, 248-348-4150 (fax). • Schwartz Deli (Deli/Catering), Dee Dee Bowman,1100 S. Milford Road, Highland, Mich. 48357, email@example.com. 248714-6245. • American Rentals, Inc. (Party Rentals), Tom Mollitor, 4901 W. Grand River Avenue, Lansing, Mich. 48906, TnMollitor@aol.com, www.wereintents.com. 517-3211110, 517-323-7446 (fax). • Billy’s Tip N’ Inn (Restaurant), Nadine Ritthaler, 6707 Highland Road, White Lake, Mich. 48383,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.billystipninn.com. 248-8897885, 248-889-4515 (fax). ❐ The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of chamber events, call 248-624-2826 or visit www.lakesareachamber.com: • Annual Membership Luncheon and State of the Lakes Address, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, Edgewood Country Club, 8399 Commerce Road, Commerce. The cost is $25 per person (includes lunch). The keynote speaker is Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Other invited guests include Tom Zoner, Commerce Township Supervisor; Kevin Hinkley, Wixom Mayor; Greg Baroni, White Lake Township Supervisor; Bill Roberts, Walled Lake Mayor; John Magee, Wolverine Lake Village Council President; and Carl Solden, Waterford Township Supervisor. This is your opportunity to hear first-hand and talk with local government officials PAGE 26 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯
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about issues that affect your business and your bottom line. • Breakfast with the Novi Chamber of Commerce from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, at Sam’s Club, located at 27300 Wixom Road. The Lakes Area Chamber and the Novi Chamber will be networking as well as enjoying a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, bagels, yogurt and fruit. $5 payable at the door.
• The Grand Court-Novi is sponsoring and hosting a new member reception from 8:30-10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at 45182 West Park Drive in Novi. The event is complimentary, but reservations are needed as space is limited. ❐ The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Golf Scramble will be held on May 14 at Edgewood Country Club, located at 8399 Commerce Road in Commerce Township. Sponsorship reservations ranging in price from $100 to $1,000 for this event are now being taken. For
more information, call the chamber at 248-624-2826 or e-mail email@example.com. Deadline is May 11. ❐ The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of chamber events, call 248-666-8600 or visit www.waterfordchamber.org: • The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 6th annual Business & Home Expo from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 at Waterford Mott High School, located at 1151 Scott Lake Road. The Expo is your opportunity to shop local and discover the products, services and amenities available in your community. Whether you’re a new resident, business or long-time homesteader, you won’t want to miss Expo 2012. This is your one stop “local” shop under one roof. From leisure to finance, recreation to business or home improvement, remember that supporting local businesses preserves and creates jobs and provides the financial core for your community. Shopping locally generates tax revenue and keeps dollars at home, helping preserve your services and public safety. As an added bonus, raffles and prizes will be plentiful. Make sure you sign up for a chance to win some great
prizes. There will be over 100 booths representing local business, products, services and organizations. For more information as an exhibitor or attendee, call 248-666-8600 ❐ The Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of chamber events, call 248-626-3636 or visit westbloomfieldchamber.com. • Mingle, Mix, & Meet Networking will be held at 8 a.m. on March 21, at Busch’s Fresh Food Market, located at 33300 W. 14 Mile Road in West Bloomfield Township. Bring your business cards and come out to network. You will get the opportunity to do a 60 second “Spotlight” about your business to everyone in attendance. Free for chamber members, $5 for nonmembers. • April 24 is the date to save for the Annual Chamber Awards Dinner. Please join us as we honor four businesses in the categories of Business Person of the Year, New Business of the Year, HIP Business of the Year, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. More information on the event will be available soon.
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RCOC to target several lakes area roads this summer By Leslie Shepard staff writer
The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) has finalized a list of road projects in its 2012 improvement program that will commence this year and target several lakes area roadways. Each project includes preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction costs. In Walled Lake, a reconstruction and road replacement project is scheduled along Pontiac Trail, from Maple to South Commerce roads. Construction costs are pegged at $2.7 million. Work will commence sometime in June or July and wrap up by October or November. “The project was selected based on pavement condition,” said RCOC Spokesperson Craig Bryson. The project involves a complete reconstruction, in which the existing concrete will be removed and new concrete will be laid on Pontiac Trail from South Commerce to just south of East West Maple. In addition, another 1,000-foot section of Maple east of Pontiac Trail will be replaced. In Farmington Hills, a total repair, rehabilitation and resurfacing project is slated for Orchard Lake Road between 13 Mile and 14 Mile roads. The project is the final step in the resurfacing of the entire stretch of Orchard Lake Road between 12 Mile and Lone Pine roads. The $1.2 million road construction project is expected to begin this summer and be completed in the fall. A gravel road paving project is expected to begin in June on Cooley Lake Road, east of Duck Lake to Mystic Valley in Milford, Highland, White Lake, and Commerce townships. The $4.4 million paving project should be completed sometime in November. “It was selected because it’s next on the 30-year paving list that we base on a number of factors,” Bryson said. In addition, a pair of Tri-party program projects are scheduled for 2012, including one in Highland Township on John Street from Livingston Road to M-59. The roadway will be pulverized and resurfaced. Total project costs are anticipated to come in at roughly $190,000.
“Since it’s a Tri-party project, it was selected by the township and is fairly simple to complete,” Bryson said. The project is expected to begin by mid-summer and wrap up by fall. In Orchard Lake, Pontiac Trail from Old Orchard Trail to Orchard Lake Road is slated for resurfacing. Costs are expected to come in at $115,000. The project will commence in late summer and be completed by the fall. Lastly, a leftover project from 2011 will commence this year along Commerce Road from South Commerce to Union Lake Road in Commerce Township. The $2.6 million project involves rehabilitating and resurfacing the roadway. Construction will begin in April and is expected to be completed sometime in August or September. The Tri-party program allows local communities to decide the nature of annual projects to be funded equally by the RCOC, a participating municipality, and the county. Money is allocated to participating communities based on road mileage and the number of accidents occurring annually in the municipality. Most municipalities are allowed to accumulate monies over a number of years for larger projects. ❏
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BERGMAN, MARK H., of Waterford was born on April 12, 1951 and died February 21, 2012 at the age of 60. BUSHRE, TOMMY LEE, of White Lake was born on September 22, 1935. He died February 26, 2012 in Commerce Township at the age of 76. He is the beloved husband of Linda. CURL, TERI MARIE, of Commerce Township was born May 30, 1955 and died February 22, 2012 at age 56. CUTLER, EDYTHE, a resident of Novi, died on February 24th, 2012 at the age of 93. GROSS, GLENN W., of South Lyon was born on February 13, 1958. He died February 27, 2012 at the age of 54. HOGUE, MAXINE, of Walled Lake was born on June 25, 1925 and died February 20, 2012 at the age of 86. LEVEQUE, PAUL RUSSELL, age 70, a resident of Milford and formerly of Munising, passed away in the care of his family February 25, 2012. LIVINGSTONE, BONNIE C., a resident of White Lake and formerly Pontiac, passed away in the care of her family February 26, 2012. She was 92 years old. MONTANTE, JOSEPHINE; age 95; was born on February 20, 1917 in Beloit, Wisconsin; and died in White Lake Twp., Michigan on February 25, 2012. PETERSON, WILLIAM H. “BILL”, of Walled Lake was born June 21, 1933 and died March 1, 2012 at age 78. STOBBE, HELEN IRENE, of Commerce Township was born on March 7, 1925. She died February 27, 2012 in Howell at the age of 86. TROMBLEY, MARGIE V. CRUSAN, was born March 31, 1930 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and died February 24, 2012 at age 81. To place an obituary in the Spinal Column Newsweekly please call the Classified Department at 248-360-7355 or email: email@example.com
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PUBLIC SAFETY Highland woman, 66, killed in two-car wreck Oakland County Sheriff’s Department Highland Township Substation deputies, along with the department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit, are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred on Thursday, March 1. The crash occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on Harvey Lake Road south of Dunleavy. Gloria Donal, a 66-year-old Highland resident, was driving a 2010 GMC Sierra pickup truck northbound on Harvey Lake Road when she crossed the center line and struck a southbound vehicle head-on, according to deputies. She died at the scene. The driver of the southbound vehicle was a 33-year-old Highland resident. His wife, 27, was also in the vehicle. Both had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Highland Township Fire Department. The wife was taken by LifeFlight Helicopter to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital for treatment, while her husband was taken by ambulance to MacLaren Oakland in Pontiac. Of those involved, he had been the only one wearing a seatbelt, according to deputies. The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol doesn’t appear to be a factor at this time. ❏
Alcohol suspected in fatal vehicle accident A traffic accident that occurred around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 on Haggerty Road south of Richardson in Commerce Township claimed the life of a Port Huron resident. Juanita Alverson was driving her 2003 Toyota Celica northbound on Haggerty north of Oakley Park when she crossed the center line and struck head-on a southbound vehicle driven by 27-year-old West Bloomfield resident, who was then hit from behind by a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old Commerce Township resident. The West Bloomfield Fire Department responded to the scene and treated the injured. Both of the other drivers had been wearing seat belts and suffered only minor injuries. Alverson, who reportedly had not been buckled up, was taken to Botsford Hospital in Farmington, where she was declared dead at 12:20 a.m. She was 40-years-old. According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, alcohol appears
Jamison charged Two Rolladium suspects still at large By Leslie Shepard staff writer
warrant has been authorized for the third and final suspect in the Dec. 23 shooting at the Rolladium skating rink in which five people were wounded. A 14-count arrest warrant has been authorized for Tre-Andis MarquanJose Jamison, a 21-year-old Pontiac resident. Charges include assault with intent to murder; possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony; carrying concealed weapons; and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. The shooting occurred at the Rolladium, located at 4475 Highland Road, at around 1:44 a.m. on Dec. 23. At the time, the rink was being used for a private preChristmas skating party scheduled from 9:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. At the end of the party, three black male suspects entered the building and fired handguns from the snack bar area out onto the skating floor area. Five patrons Jamison were struck: a 20-year-old White Lake woman; a 20year-old Pontiac man; a 20-year-old Pontiac woman; a 21-year-old Pontiac man; and a 23-year-old Pontiac woman. During the investigation, police discovered that the shooting stemmed from two rival gangs out of Pontiac, one known as the “Goon Squad” and the other as known as “1st Enfantry” (sic). One of the shooting victims was reportedly an intended target and a rival to the shooters, and was previously shot by rivals in a similar incident at a Pontiac nightclub in December 2010. Police have already arrested and charged 17-year-old Pontiac resident Cheyenne Benjamin Ingram, who reportedly has a history of gun and drug charges. Like Jamison, a second shooting suspect, Robert Lee German, an 18-yearold from Pontiac, is still at large. German and Ingram have charges pending that parallel Jamison’s. Waterford Police Chief Dan McCaw continues to seek the public’s assistance in locating both Jamison and German. Each is considered armed and dangerous. Police are advising people not to approach or attempt to apprehend them. Instead, contact police at 248-618-7550 if you have any information on their whereabouts. ❏
to be a factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation. ❏
Two men injured in Wixom crash Friday A car accident that occurred at the Village Apartments in Wixom on Friday, March 2 resulted in two men being transported to a nearby hospital. According to a Wixom Police Department report, a vehicle collided into several trees in the area of Tamarack Drive and Pontiac Trail. Wixom police, along with a traffic accident investigation team from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, arrived on the scene. Both male occupants in the car sustained injuries and were transported via ambulance to an area hospital. Their conditions were unknown.
No other property was damaged during the incident. The case remains under investigation. ❏
Residence robbed of over $30,000 in jewelry Jewelry and watches valued at over $30,000 were stolen from a home in the 4000 block of Browning in Orchard Lake on Friday, March 2. According to an Orchard Lake Police Department report, someone pried open a window in the back of the residence to gain entry. Only jewelry and watches were stolen from the home despite iPods, computers, and television sets being in plain view in the home. Among the listed items stolen was a 2.5 carat diamond wedding ring valued at $16,000, and a pair of
Gucci watches valued at $3,000 each. The case remains under investigation. ❏
Waterford police look for tips on break-in Waterford police continue to investigate a break-in at the Plaza Liquor and Wine Shoppe after a burglar alarm was activated on Thursday, Feb. 23. Police responded to the business located at 4265 Dixie Highway and found the front door’s glass broken. Surveillance cameras recorded a white female subject with shoulder-length brown hair entering the store, removing cash from the register along with merchandise, and exiting the store. Anyone with information on the incident is asked contact Waterford Police Detective Lawrence Novak at 248-618-7515. ❏
No suspects in damage to Riley Park gazebo Walled Lake police are investigating a malicious destruction of property incident that occurred at Riley Park on Feb. 17. Officers were dispatched to the area on Common Street after a complainant reported that the park gazebo was damaged. Upon arrival, officers observed that wooden rails were kicked in, causing subsequent structural damage to the gazebo. The city’s Department of Public Works was contacted to fix the damage. There are no suspects in the case at this time. ❏
Copper valve stolen from Wendy’s sprinkler Wixom police are in the process of investigating a copper theft at a Wendy’s restaurant located at 29480 S. Wixom Road. The theft was reported Tuesday, Feb. 28. Apparently an unknown subject stole a copper valve for the outdoor sprinkler system at the south side of the building, where no surveillance cameras are located. Police believe a tube cutter was used to sever the valve from the pipes. The store’s district manager also noted that eight of the Wendy’s stores in the metro Detroit area have fallen victim to a rash of copper pipe and valve thefts over the last several weeks. ❏
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environment. Representatives from utility companies, environmental groups, local governments, manufacturers, environmental lawyers, and senior officials from the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) all contributed to the recommendations, which included rescinding 330 DEQ rules that were deemed “obsolete” or “overly-burdensome,” according to the advisory committee. “Regulatory reform speaks to the heart of the governor’s goal of help-
By Angela Niemi staff writer
The Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) provided Gov. Rick Snyder with 77 recommendations for improving Michigan’s environmental regulations while still protecting the state’s citizens and
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Buying, selling on the water Author says new book on lakefront property is unrivaled By Angela Niemi staff writer
urchasing property can be a difficult and confusing process on its own, but when it’s lakefront property, there are even more pitfalls and confusing entanglements, which has prompted attorney Clifford Bloom, a renowned riparian and water law expert, to write a book on the subject. “There is no comparable book in the whole state,” said Bloom, a Michigan Riparian Magazine columnist. “Over the years, I’d get a lot of questions on waterfront property, buying and selling, and other aspects of waterfront property. There’s a lot of interest in the topic, but there was no good resource that dealt with all of it.” In its 251 pages, “Buying and Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan” covers a slew of topics ranging from riparian property rights to financing, from encroachments to buildability and lake associations. “It contains probably every major topic regarding waterfront property: What is it? What should you look for in a Realtor? What about the purchase agreement and the types of inspections you should do? It tells you how to deal with local municipal officials. And it explains dozens and dozens of words and phrases regarding waterfront transactions, such as pitfalls, easements and road ends,” said Bloom, who said the book is written for lay people and will help “anyone who has an interest in waterfront property.” “I will admit the book is not exactly the most exciting reading in the world, but I think it fills an important information gap for people looking to buy or sell waterfront property in the state of Michigan,” said Scott Brown, the director of the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, a non-profit, statewide organization dedicated to preservation, protection, and management of Michigan’s lakes and streams. “Waterfront property is fraught with all types of complications and legal entanglements that people need to be aware of. This is a complete guide with checklists for
Sales of attorney Clifford Bloom’s “Buying and Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan” will raise money to benefit the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, a statewide organization dedicated to preservation, protection, and management of Michigan’s lakes and streams.
people who want to do those types of transactions in Michigan.” Proceeds from the book will go to the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations. The book costs $20 plus postage and can be ordered at www.mymlsa.org/books-publications, or by calling 989-831-5100. “Buying and Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan” will also be available at bookstores around the
state, including Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor and Schuler’s Books and Music in Grand Rapids. “It’s a small $20 investment in a book that could save you a lifetime of grief and hundreds of thousand of dollars,” Brown said. “Knowledge is a powerful thing, and reading the book from either end of the transactions can save a lot of grief and money.” ❏
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was looking at how sewage overflows are handled. According to McCulloch, in the past, the state’s policy was to always build new underground basins to hold overflows from sewage systems. His recommendation was to use and retrofit existing basins, which has been done in Oakland County on a demonstration basis. “Under the current rules, the DEQ would require a new basin to be built, which costs about $180 million,” McCulloch said. “However, on our demonstration project, we were able to retrofit and utilize the current infrastructure for $25 million, which saves $155 million. With the increasing water and sewer rates (passed down from the city of Detroit to many water and sewer customers), we need to look at innovative solutions to keep costs in check.” Another recommendation his team suggested was to develop a “one-stop-shop approach” with regards to certified stormwater operators. Under federal law, a developer is required to have a certified stormwater operator on-site when developing property adjacent to waterways. Also under state law, a county inspector has to be present to determine the impact the development may have on the adjacent waterway. “It’s primarily the same training (for those two positions),” McCulloch said. “Why have our inspectors there and force the developer to have another on site? Why can’t the developer hire (the Water Resources Commissioner’s Office) to fulfill both the state and federal law requirements? We wanted to eliminate bureaucracy without comprising the environment, and did so by eliminating duplications where the federal and state law overlap on standards and requirements.” According to McCulloch, all 77 recommendations developed by the ORR were personally reviewed and signed off by Snyder. They can be found in their entirety online at www.michigan.gov/lara. McCulloch said the DEQ is currently working on a timeline by which the recommendations will be implemented. “We’re serious about addressing these issues. I’m confident that this report won’t just sit on some shelf,” he said. ❏
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Such is again the case with the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, which lost a member in the Tuesday, Feb. 28 presidential primary election when Commissioner Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) handily secured a seat in the state House of Representatives left open following the departure of former state Rep. Tim Melton, who resigned from office in August to take a lobbying job in California. And now the county board, controlled by Republicans, may be left with the task of filling Greimel’s empty seat — a task that some are saying could tilt the county board’s partisan composition even more in the favor of the GOP, even though the district Greimel represented is traditionally Democratic, encompassing Pontiac, as well as Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills. But first, before any appointment is made, the state Board of Canvassers must confirm the results of last Tuesday’s election, in which Greimel unofficially took 77 percent (7,058) of the votes. Republican Bob Gray earned 23 percent (2,114 votes). After the election results are confirmed, the Board of Commissioners, controlled by a 15-10 Republican majority, will determine when and if Greimel’s board seat will be filled. “I would be surprised if the board did not appoint somebody for the rest of my term,” said Greimel, who was first elected to the county board in 2006 and has yet to officially resign from his post as a county commissioner. “I’d like to see the next county commissioner for the district be someone who is qualified, hard-working and deeply committed to the community, so I certainly am interested in making sure that we have quality representation in that county commission seat. There are a few possible candidates, all of whom I think would fit that bill.” Greimel, who had chaired the county board Democratic Caucus, stepped down from that position in recent weeks and handed over the reigns to Commissioners Marcia Gershenson (D-West Bloomfield) and David Woodward (D-Royal Oak).
“Tim Greimel’s appointment should be a Democrat who represents the issues and values of the voters in Pontiac and Auburn Hills,” Gershenson said. If Commissioner Shelley Taub (ROrchard Lake) is sure of one thing, it’s that the county board will not force the residents of Greimel’s district to foot the bill to elect his replacement, as was the case when Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard Jr. stepped down from his position as chairman of the Board of Commissioners to take the job as the county’s top election official following Ruth Johnson’s election in 2010 as Michigan Secretary of State. Although an interim commissioner was appointed to Bullard’s board seat, the timing of Bullard’s resignation required the holding of a special election to select a permanent replacement. But beyond that, she said she believes that the county board will tap a Republican to fill the vacancy — not a Democrat. “I can’t see us doing anything differently than what has been done in the past,” Taub said. “I do know that, until we receive Tim’s resignation, we aren’t going to do anything.” Commissioner John Scott (RWaterford, West Bloomfield) has come out in the past opposed to filling vacancies on the county board with a member of the opposition party. “I look at it and say, ‘Look, first of all, it’s not like we are a 13-12 majority like before,’” Scott said, referring to prior appointment processes when the county board had less of a Republican majority. “Party-wise, if we get a good Democrat, appoint him. If we don’t appoint, we get all these stupid special elections. If somebody wants to apply and we get a good candidate, I will vote to replace the Democrat with a Democrat.” As far as Republican replacements, it’s anyone’s guess who the county board has its eyes on. “That really was not No. 1 on the hit parade,” Taub said in reference to her Republican Caucus’ focus on a replacement for the third-term commissioner. “I haven’t taken a look at the district. I think we will find two or three candidates and probably interview them.” County commissioners serve twoyear terms and are currently paid $32,093 annually. State representatives serve twoyear terms and are currently paid $79,650 per year. ❏
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Move to repeal EFM law may go to voters in Nov.
Another crack at it Wolkinson running for 40th state House
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Michigan voters could be faced with a ballot question in November asking whether a controversial state law granting expanded powers to emergency financial managers (EFM) should be repealed, following the submission of more than an estimated 226,000 signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Opponents of Public Act (PA) 4 of 2011, the Stand Up for Democracy Coalition, filed 226,637 signatures that will be vetted based on a random sampling process by Bureau of Elections staff in the coming days, according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. Staff members will be determining whether the signators are registered voters and whether they are registered at the address they put down on the petition circulated in recent weeks and months, Woodhams said. Within 60 days, the state Board of Canvassers has to vote on whether enough valid signatures were filed to cross the threshold of 161,305 signatures that are needed to get the referendum on the November general election ballot. If so, that could throw the current emergency financial manager system for a loop. “If the Board of State Canvassers puts this referendum on the ballot, then the law would be suspended,” Woodhams said. “What that will
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familiar face has decided to try again for the state House of Representatives, this time in a new district in which two known quantities in the area’s Republican politics are already vying for the job representing the eastern portion of West Bloomfield Township, in addition to Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills. Republican David Wolkinson — who served as policy director for Gov. Rick Snyder during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign and unsuccessfully ran for the GOP’s nomination for the 39th House District seat in 2008 — announced his candidacy for the new 40th House District seat late last week. He joins a field that already includes county Commissioner David Potts (R-Birmingham) and Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education Treasurer Robert Lawrence, who both entered the campaign earlier this year. While Wolkinson said he would be coming out with more specific policy suggestions “in the next couple months,” he said making the state’s tax code “simpler, flatter, and fairer,” as well as revamping the state’s regulatory code would be top priorities should he get to Lansing. “From a higher, 20,000-foot perspective, we need to make this state the most hospitable place to do business,” he said. Politically, he said his campaign is focused on the Wolkinson issues rather than the two other candidates who have hopped into the race for the new 40th state House District seat. “I’m not running against David Potts or Robert Lawrence,” Wolkinson said. “I’m running because I want to be a state representative, because I think it’s important to move the state forward. I think I’m the candidate that brings the most experience with the private sector and policy experience working with the governor (in the 2010 campaign). That gives me a real unique background and understanding to really hit the ground running and be a major force in Lansing from day No. 1.” An economist and attorney, Wolkinson said an official campaign announcement will come on Monday, March 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bloomfield Township Library in an event that will be free and open to the public. State representatives serve two-year terms and are currently paid $79,650 per year. ❏
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mean in practice is really a matter for the Department of Treasury.” Terry Stanton, director of communications for the Michigan Department of Treasury, said the administration’s position is that if there are enough valid signatures to put the measure on the ballot, the provisions adopted by the state Legislature in March 2011 would be suspended, not the entire state law, which would be replaced with its original version, PA 72 of 1990, which existing emergency financial managers — like the ones in Pontiac and Benton Harbor, for example — would have to abide by until a decision by voters is made. If approved to go on the ballot, the actual ballot language would also have to be approved by the state Board of Canvassers. The petition circulated throughout Michigan read as follows: “A petition for a referendum election to repeal Public Act 4 of 2011, which allows the governor to declare a local government or school district in receivership and appoint an emergency manager to take control with the following powers, among others: to assume the powers of local elected officials; to take control of revenue and spending; to terminate, modify and renegotiate contracts; to refuse to bargain with the employee representatives; to take control of employee pension funds under certain circumstances; and with the governor’s approval, to sell public assets or dissolve a city, township or county. This referendum proposal is to be voted on at the General Election, November 6, 2012.” Effectively, PA 4 of 2011, also known as the Local Government and School District Fiscal PAGE 34 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯
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Teacher education Bill would nix some state requirements By Kirk Pinho assistant editor
n effort is under way to remove an existing continuing education requirement for teachers to obtain recertification in Michigan. State law currently stipulates that the state Superintendent of Public Instruction issues a provisional teaching certificate to new, recently graduated teachers. If that teacher meets certain requirements before the provisional teaching certificate expires, a professional teaching certificate is issued. However, notwithstanding any contrary rule, individuals would not be required to have any teaching certificate to teach in Michigan other than a valid provisional teaching certificate or a valid Michigan professional education certificate under the legislation, according to an analysis of the bill by the state House Fiscal Agency. The state Superintendent of Public Instruction could not require completion of any credit hours, continuing education units, or degree requirements as a condition of a renewal of a teaching certificate that exceeds the education requirements in existence on the effective date of the bill for issuance of a provisional teaching certificate, the analysis states. House Bill (HB) 5013, sponsored by state Rep. Jim Stamas (RMidland), has been referred to the state House Education Committee. “It’s something worth looking into,” said state Rep. Hugh Crawford (R-Walled Lake, Wixom). “It seems to make sense. It’s somewhat of a burden on newly-graduated teachers when you’ve got to turn around and take some of the same courses over again (that you just took in college). It’s time consuming and such. We’re trying to work on a way to get rid of that burden.” Crawford added that the state House is looking at making provisions of HB 5013 optional. “We’re trying to hit a happy medium where teachers that truly need that opportunity can do it, and others that just graduated don’t need to do it again.” It’s argued that the legislation would tend to reduce administrative expenses at the state Department of Education in administering the teacher certification requirements of the law and related administrative rules. There would be no direct impact on local school districts or public school academies. A representative from the Michigan Education Association, the largest union representing teachers in the state, could not be reached for comment prior to press time on the legislation. ❏
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Accountability Act, institutes a 12step process by which a stateappointed official intervenes in the fiscal well-being of a community or school district and comes up with a written plan to address underlying causes of what the state considers a financial emergency. After several steps, if there is
confirmation that a financial emergency exists, the governor is required to declare a local government in receivership and appoint
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an emergency financial manager, who serves at the pleasure of the state’s chief executive.
Upon being placed in receivership, the chief executive officer and governing body of a local government in receivership are prohibited from exercising any powers of their offices without written approval of the emergency financial manager. Their compensation and benefits are also eliminated. Within 45 days of being appointed, the EFM is required to develop a written financial and operating plan. A local unit of government is removed from receivership when the financial conditions on which the underlying financial emergency was founded are corrected in a sustainable fashion as determined by the state treasurer. ❏
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IN OUR OPINION
Teacher education rules
Certain requirements for educators deserve second look
eachers in the Michigan public school system have had it rough over the past year considering a variety of measures passed by — and still under consideration in — the state Legislature, which is controlled overwhelmingly by Republicans. But a measure gaining interest in Lansing should give those new to the profession a reason to smile and put away their pocketbooks now that lawmakers are mulling a proposal to do away with a continuing education requirement for newly-graduated teachers, a move we support to not only save the state some cash, but also to give those fresh out of college a reprieve from what could reasonably be considered a redundant requirement. State law currently stipulates that the state Superintendent of Public Instruction issues a provisional teaching certificate to new, recently graduated teachers. If that teacher meets certain requirements before the provisional teaching certificate expires, a professional teaching certificate is issued. However, notwithstanding any contrary rule, individuals would not be required to have any teaching certificate to teach in Michigan other than a valid provisional teaching certificate or a valid Michigan professional education certificate under state Rep. Jim Stamas’ (R-Midland) House Bill (HB) 5013, according to an analysis of the bill by the state House Fiscal Agency. The bill, which was introduced in September and is under the consideration of the state House Education Committee, would stipulate that the state Superintendent of Public Instruction could not require completion of any credit hours, continuing education
units, or degree requirements as a condition of a renewal of a teaching certificate that exceeds the education requirements in existence on the effective date of the bill for issuance of a provisional teaching certificate, the analysis states. Representatives from the Michigan Association of School Administrators, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, and the Michigan Association of School Boards appeared before the House Education Committee last week and indicated a neutral position on the legislation when it came up for consideration. However, the bill remains in the hands of that committee. In translation, what the legislation really would mean is that newly-graduated teachers will be spared putting in time and effort boning up on pedagogical skills, techniques, and theories they likely already possess and of which they are fluent, said state Rep. Hugh Crawford (R-Walled Lake, Wixom). Such a goal is laudible. Educators across Michigan have been forced to take a significant haircut since the beginning of last year in the areas of teacher tenure reform and contributions to their health care costs, which are now mandated to be at least 20 percent unless a local Board of Education decides to opt out of the new state public employee health care law championed by Republicans in the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder. And teaching isn’t becoming easier, nor less important to the future of the state. In fact, with the goal posts frequently moving — whether they’re
regarding what teachers need to accomplish before they receive tenure, or what high school graduation requirements are in place at any given time, or standardized tests that continually change and get harder for students to satisfactorily complete — educators are continually under the gun of the demand for higher test scores and better results, often with pay that doesn’t reflect their crucial role in society, longer hours and, let’s face it, not enough recognition for the jobs that they do day in, day out. It’s no less difficult for newer teachers, who are often those going into the game with the freshest — or at least the most current — pedagogical chops. They are the ones with the brightest eyes and the bushiest of tails, the ones with the most to prove, the ones who enter the educational arena even in a cultural and political groupthink that seemingly targets them with a broad brush as being merely just the newest cogs in a teaching corps rife with corruption, fat paychecks, and bloated benefits packages. Yet the state requires them to take courses and attend conferences dealing with subjects and teaching strategies and theory they likely learned in the very recent past. Such a requirement doesn’t make sense for new teachers, and lawmakers should strongly consider nixing such an unnecessary mandate for educators just getting their feet wet in their new schools. Those courses and seminars should be optional for those teachers, not the deciding factor in whether the state issues them a professional teaching certificate. ❏
Reconsider NO-HAZ program It was good to hear last week that the Waterford Township Board of Trustees voted to rejoin the North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium (NO-HAZ), after bowing out in 2009. With participation costs cut in half and township residents in need of a way to safely and responsibly dispose of their hazardous wastes, township officials agreed it was time to participate again. Now we’re hoping other former N0-HAZ members in the lakes area (Commerce, Wolverine Lake, White Lake, and Orchard Lake) and perhaps other communities will reconsider NO-HAZ membership. The consortium, now made up of about 10 communities, was created in 2003 to provide residents with a way to dispose of household hazardous wastes like cleaners; paints; household batteries; automotive batteries; gasoline; motor oil; brake and transmission fluids; some televisions, computer equipment, and other consumer electronics; and many yard and garden and home improvement products.
Waterford officials never questioned the benefits of NO-HAZ; however, the cost became an issue. The township had previously paid about $48,000 a year to participate. Withering revenues and a need to use its available funding to pay for other priority services required the township to drop out of the consortium. After leaving, township officials soon began fielding calls from residents who wanted to dispose of paint and pesticides, for example, but didn’t know how or where to dispose of such wastes. Due to changes made by the consortium to decrease costs without reducing services, the cost of participation is now much lower. Waterford Township’s estimated obligation for 2012 is $20,435, less than half of what it paid in the past. There are three NO-HAZ collections scheduled this year, but another will most likely be held in August at the Oakland Community College Highland Lakes campus, following Waterford’s decision to rejoin the program.
Since it has been restructured and the costs to participate have been reduced, we’re hoping other communities in west Oakland give NO-HAZ another look. We can’t blame communities for dropping out over the years, given the unprecedented financial challenges municipal governments have faced. Local governments have had to prioritize and learn to get by with a diminishing revenue stream, and NO-HAZ membership took a back seat to public safety, library, and parks and recreation services, among others. Not every community will be able to afford NO-HAZ participation, and others — like West Bloomfield, Highland and Milford — periodically hold their own hazardous waste collection days. However, given the reduced cost, we’re hoping all lakes area communities at least consider membership and its expense as a worthwhile investment in the local environment and quality of life. For more information on the NO-HAZ program, visit the website at www.oakgov.com/waste/nohaz. ❏
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR ■ Huron Valley School’s Performing Arts Drama Company: “Cinderella,” live performance, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 810, Milford High School’s Little Theatre, 2380 S. Milford Road, Highland. 248 396 9838. ■ MSU Extension: Shoreline Class, 9 a.m., March 17, Wint Nature Center, Independence Oaks County Park, Clarkston. Register by March 9. 248-858-5198 or email@example.com. ■ Orchard Grove Community Church’s Momlife Program: Mom 2 Mom Sale, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 850 Ladd Road, Bldg. A, Walled Lake. $1 admission. 248-926-6584 or orchardgrove.org. ■ Detroit Model Railroad Club and Model Railroad Museum: Open House, Michigan’s largest O-scale model trains operating on 5,000 feet of track, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 104 N. Saginaw, Holly. 248-634-5811 or dmrcc.org. ■ VFW Easter Egg Hunt: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 321 Union Lake Road, White Lake. Non-perishable items appreciated but not necessary. Limited space, sign up by Thursday, March 15. 248-303-9157. ■ Huron Valley Schools: Special Olympics Celebrity Server Night, 4-5 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Comeback Inn, 1451 S. Milford Road, Highland. 248 684 8143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ Four Towns United Methodist Church: All you can eat spaghetti dinner with salad bar, 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 16, 6451 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford. Adults, $7.95; children eat free. Carry outs available. 248-6820211 or 248-682-6868. ■ The Highland-White Lake Business Association: 9th Annual Women’s Enrichment Day, 8 a.m. Saturday, March 17, White Lake Middle School, 1450 Bogie Lake Road, White Lake. 248-889-1422 or enrichment-day.com. ■ Red Cross Blood Drive: 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, Wixom Parks & Rec., 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. Please call Jodi at 248624-2850 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or walk-ins are also welcome. ■ Highland Township: Beautification Garden Talk, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, Deneweth Garden Center, 13790 Highland Road, Hartland. Tickets are $5. Registration. 248-887-3791, ext. 134; or 248-887-1125. ■ Democrats of West Oakland County: Speaker, Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner, 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, Comfort
Suites Wixom, intersection of Wixom Road and Grand River, near Exit No. 159 off I-96. email@example.com. ■ Wild Winter Thaw Strolling Appetizer Event: 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 23, Bogie Lake Greenhouse, 1525 Bogie Lake Road, White Lake. Charity event for Faith in Action of Oakland County. Booths still available for vendors and restaurants. 248-364-4064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ Huron Valley Council for the Arts: Erickson Flute & Ensemble, concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Highland House, 205 W. Livingston, Highland. General Admission, $15. Tickets are available for purchase on line at huronvalleyarts.org or at the HVCA office, 205 W. Livingston Road, Highland 248-889-8660. ■ Village Fine Arts Association of Milford: “Call for Artists, Time to Enter PAN,” (Poetry Art Night), visual arts and poetry competition exhibition and sale, April 21May 6, Milford Library, 330 Family Drive, Milford. Deadline is Saturday, March 31. Prospectus available at the library, Main Street Art, Huron Valley Council for the Arts, online at milfordvfaa, or by calling 248-7973060. ■ Village of Wolverine Lake: Easter Bunny Luncheon, pizza, dessert, crafts and egg hunt, 1-3 p.m. (egg hunt, 2 p.m.) Saturday, March 31, Richardson Center, 1485 Oakley Park Road, Commerce. $5 in advance/$7 at the door for children; $2 in advance or $3 at the door for adults. Register at Village Hall, 325 Glengary, Wolverine Lake or online at wolverinelake.com. Questions? Call 248.624.1710. ■ Lakes Area Rotary Club: Accepting scholarship applications from Walled Lake High School Students. A minimum of three $1,250 scholarships will be awarded. Eligible students will have maintained a “B” (3.0) average, be in good standing with the school and have actively participated in community service during their high school years. Application deadline is April 1. Applications can be obtained at lakesarearotary.org or by contacting Rotarian Lorrie McVey at 248-390-8572. ■ Commerce Parks & Recreation: Looking for local entertainers who are skilled in family fun, such as magic tricks, juggling, puppetry, balloon shaping, and clown acts for its outdoor summer concerts on June 22, July 20, and Aug. 10. Interested local entertainers should contact Emily England at the Richardson Center, 248-926-0063. ■ Big Chief Chorus: Rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford. 248698-9133 or 248-563-2109.
■ (Breakfast) Optimist Club of Waterford: Meeting, 7:15 a.m. Thursdays, Big Boy Restaurant, M-59 and Airport Road, Waterford. 248-673-3493.
or hang-ups, meetings, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Life Point Christian Church, 501 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. 248-6821747.
■ 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. 248-559-1147, ext. 3434.
❐ C.A.S.A: Cleptomaniacs and Shoplifters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Wesley Room, Commerce United Methodist Church, 1155 N. Commerce Road located between East and West Commerce roads, Commerce. 248-358-8508 or kleptomaniacsanonymous.org.
■ Dads of Foreign Service: Bingo, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, VFW Post 4156, 321 Union Lake Road, White Lake. www.vfw4156.org or 248-698-8302. ■ 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 byershomestead.org or call 248-363-2592. ■ 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. ■ Huron Valley Council for the Arts: Knitters circle, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Highland Station House, Highland. 248-685-9015. ■ Mothers & More: Book club meeting, 7 p.m., first Monday of the month, Caribou Coffee, Union Lake Road, Commerce. 248360-7702. ■ Multi-Lakes Conservation Association: All-you-can-eat fish fry, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, 3860 Newton Road, Commerce. 248-363-9109. ■ Rotary of West Bloomfield: Meeting, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Henry Ford Medical Center, second floor, southwest corner of Farmington and Maple roads. 248-5200095. ■ Waterford Rotary Club: Meeting, noon, Tuesdays, The Shark Club on M-59, Waterford. 248-625-4897.
SUPPORT GROUPS ❐ AA Meetings: 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Four Towns United Methodist Church, 6451 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford. 248-6820211. ❐ 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
❐ 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. ❐ Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: Meeting, 6 p.m. Fridays, Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Road, Commerce. 248-807-8667 or foodaddicts.org. ❐ Independence Village of White Lake: Volunteers needed part-time for Bingo, coffee chat, walking group, etc., 935 Union Lake Road, White Lake. 248-360-7235. ❐ MOMS Club of Waterford South: Support group for mothers at home, weekly activities, monthly meetings, third Friday of the month, Waterford area. momswaterfordsouth.webs.com. ❐ Over-Eaters Anonymous: Recovery from compulsive eating, 12-step program, meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 5301 Hatchery Road, Waterford. ❐ Postpartum Depression Support Group: Meeting, 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Commerce. 248-937-5220. ❐ TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): Meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, weigh-in at 5:30 p.m., new meeting site, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital Conference Room 1C, 1 William Carls Drive, Commerce. 248363-6369 or e-mail email@example.com.
SENIOR ACTIVITIES ❐ Calvary Lutheran Church: In conjunction with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, “Senior Fit,” free exercise program for ages 55 and up, 11 a.m. to noon, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9101 Highland Road, White Lake. Registration. 1-800-372-6094 or 248-625-3288. ❐ Dublin Senior Center: Drums Alive! 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays (no class on March 27); Zumba Gold, 2 p.m. Tuesdays, 685 Union Lake Road, White Lake. Registration. 248-698-2394. PAGE 38 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯
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Continued ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ PAGE 37 ❐ Foster Grandparent Program of Oakland County: Volunteers needed ages 55 and older to provide tutoring, mentoring and nurturing youth with special needs. Volunteers receive a non-taxable stipend, mileage reimbursement, a meal or meal reimbursement, training. 248-5591147, ext. 3424. ❐ Highland Adult Activity Center: Bingo, noon, Mondays and Wednesdays; Sit’N’Stitch, 10 a.m., and movie with popcorn, noon, Fridays, 209 N. John Street, Highland. 248-887-1707. ❐ Richardson Community Senior Center: Knitting and crochet group, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 1485 E. Oakley Park, Commerce. Registration. 248-926-0063 or commercetwp.com.
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❐ Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church: Senior Stretch and Tone, 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. Fridays, 2399 Figa Avenue, West Bloomfield. 248-682-0770. ❐ West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Senior Programs: Line dancing, 11 a.m. Fridays at the Corners, 4640 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. Registration. 248451-1900.
PARKS ❐ Indian Springs Environmental Discovery Center: “Project WILD Workshop for Educators,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 10; Maple Sugaring, demonstrations, tours, hikes, tasting, Saturdays and Sundays in March, Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake. Registration. 810-494-6026. ❐ Kensington Farm Center: “Maple’s Sweet Story,” breakfast, tours, Algonquin winter re-enactment, Saturdays and Sundays in March; Horse-drawn hayrides or sleigh rides, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Kensington Metropark, Milford. 248-684-8632 or 1-800-4773178. ❐ Kensington Nature Center: Pottery Workshop: Native American Techniques, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10; “Chickadee Chow-Down,” 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m., Kensington Metropark, Milford. Registration. 248-685-1561.
❐ Commerce Township Community Library: Internet for Beginners, tips on finding websites and information, adult program, 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13,
2860 N. Pontiac Trail, Commerce. Registration. 248-669-8108 or commercelibrary.info. ❐ Highland Township Public Library: Small Business Series, adult program, “Starting a Small Business” Series, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13; “Running a Small Business,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20; and “Closing your Small Business,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland. Registration. 248-8872218. ❐ Milford Public Library: Adult Book Discussion, Geraldine Brook’s “March,” 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, March 12; One on One Computer Classes for adults, Wednesday, March 13; Raw Food “Cooking” Demo for adults, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 330 Family Drive, Milford. Registration. 248-684-0845. ❐ Walled Lake City Library: Will be starting a reading dog program for children, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning March 15, 1499 E. West Maple, Walled Lake 48390. Register each child for their 20 minute session to read to a dog. Volunteers and their dogs are also needed, must be registered with “Pet A Pet” for insurance purposes. For more information on “Pet A Pet” call Director Donna Rickabaugh at 248-6243772. ❐ Waterford Township Public Library: Glass Lanterns for ages 9-12, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 5168 Civic Center Drive, Waterford. Registration. 248-6744831. ❐ West Bloomfield Township Public Library:Youth program- “4, 5, Alive- All By Myself,” books, rhymes, math activities, science concepts, art work, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. Registration. 248682-2120 or www.wblib.org. ❐ White Lake Township Library: Adult Book discussion, Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café,” Tuesday, March 13, 7527 E. Highland Road, White Lake. Registration. 248-6984942. ❐ Wixom Public Library: Adult Book discussion, Emma Donoghue’s “Room,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. Registration. 248-624-2512.
RELIGIOUS ❐ Lakes Area Ministries Association: Speaker Deacon Jene Baughman, “Psalm 126,” Friday, March 9, Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 2905 S. Commerce, Walled Lake. 248-624-3821.
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West Bloomfield’s Sydni Davis (No. 5) passed the 1,000-point mark this past week as she helped the Lakers win their first district title since 2005 with victories over Farmington, Walled Lake Western and North Farmington on their home floor. Davis had 19 points and 6 assists in a 56-42 victory over Walled Lake Western on Wednesday, Feb. 29. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)
Lakers a Cinderella story W. Bloomfield captures district title with win over Raiders By Michael Shelton staff writer
Having emerged from the brutal Oakland Activities Association (OAA) Red Division with a 1-12 record in division play, few would have expected West Bloomfield to be celebrating a district championship on its home floor last week. However, that’s exactly what the Lakers were doing, as they scored victories over Farmington and Walled
Lake Western before knocking off North Farmington, 60-49, in a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA)
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Class A district final on Friday, March 2 to claim the school’s first girls district title since 2005. “This last week was our most suc-
cessful we have had in a while at West Bloomfield. It’s the greatest feeling I’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Lakers Head Coach Steve Larkin. “I truly feel that playing in such a difficult division helped us in overcoming this in-game deficit. Our girls had experience all season playing tough competition in the OAA Red (Division) and with that experience, we won a district title.” West Bloomfield (10-12) played against Ann Arbor Huron (18-5) in a
Class A regional semi-final at Farmington on Tuesday, March 6 after press time. The winner will face either Hartland or Northville in the regional final at Farmington tomorrow, Thursday, March 8. Against the Raiders (10-11) last Friday, the Lakers jumped out to a 7point lead in the first quarter, only to see themselves trailing 10-9 at the end of the first and 25-24 at halftime. PAGE 40 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯
Our Lady thwarts Mooney to claim another crown By Michael Shelton staff writer
Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes took care of business on its home floor this past week, winning three games to claim its seventh consecutive district championship. The Lakers dispatched New Haven Merritt Academy and Auburn Hills Christian in convincing fashion before overcoming the efforts of rival Marine City Cardinal Mooney, 42-35, in a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class D District Final on Friday, March 2. “This was a huge win for us and we knew Mooney would be ready, but our girls responded the way they always have — by turning up the defense and rebounding and taking care of the ball,” said Our Lady Head Coach Steve Robak. “We only turned the ball over five times and that was important. We knew we couldn’t waste possessions in this game because Mooney is a very good squad.” Our Lady (18-4), the two-time defending Class D state champion, will also have home-court advantage this week, as well in the MHSAA regional round. The Lakers played Bloomfield Hills Roeper at home in a regional semi-final yesterday, Tuesday, March 6, after press time. The winner will face either Lutheran Westland or Sterling Heights Parkway Christian in the regional final tomorrow, Thursday, March 8. The Class D state quarter-final is on Tuesday, March 13 at Waterford Kettering. Against Cardinal Mooney (16-5) last Friday, the Lakers hit their first three shots of the game, forcing the Cardinals to call time-out. Cardinal Mooney then stormed back to take an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cardinals then hit a 3-pointer to start the second quarter with a 9point lead, but the Lakers would hold them scoreless for the rest of the quarter. The Lakers responded on the offensive end with four buckets, including a 3-pointer by Lexie Robak to give Our Lady a 22-21 halftime lead. The Lakers were relentless on defense in the third quarter, allowing only 5 points, while making key shots on offense. Carlee Cottrell hit a 3pointer just before the buzzer to give the Lakers a 34-26 lead entering the
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North Farmington then had a 7-point lead of its own in the third quarter before West Bloomfield woke up and had a 38-36 lead at the end of the third. The Lakers then took control of the game in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Raiders, 22-13, in the final stanza. Sydni Davis led the Lakers with 19 points, including 7-of-8 free-throw shooting. Jenny Cabaravic had 13 and Kheri Motley scored 12. Jessie Carruthers scored a gamehigh 20 points for North Farmington, including draining 5 three-pointers. The Lakers had previously lost two games to the Raiders during the regular season. Last year, West Bloomfield was the runner-up in the OAA White Division to Auburn Hills Avondale, but fell in the district semi-final to district champion Farmington Hills Mercy. But, the Lakers moved up to the OAA Red this season and competed against the likes of not only Avondale, but other top teams such as Clarkston, Southfield-Lathrup and Stoney Creek. “That’s why we moved up, to play tougher teams,” Larkin said. “Playing in the Red Division served its purpose. We didn’t have playoff jitters. I think we have a lot of girls who play summer and AAU ball and it was just constant hounding to let them know that they will get better.” In a district semi-final on Wednesday, Feb. 29, the Lakers earned a 56-42 victory at home over one of the most improved teams in the lakes area, Walled Lake Western, which had a firstround bye. West Bloomfield jumped on the Warriors early with a 12-8 run in the first quarter before embarking on a 174 run in the second quarter to lead 2912 at halftime. Western outscored the Lakers 30-27 in the second half. Davis led West Bloomfield with 19 points and 6 assists, while Ashley Ziegler had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Motley grabbed 8 rebounds. Jayla Nichols led the Warriors with 14 points while Brooke Schwandt had 10 points and 8 rebounds as Western finished with a record of 12-9. fourth quarter. The Cardinals would not go away quietly in the fourth, as they cut the Lakers’ lead to 3 with under 2 minutes left. But, Cardinal Mooney was forced to foul and the Lakers converted on 6-of-8 free-throw shots down the stretch. Cottrell led Our Lady with 13 points,
Walled Lake Western’s Maddie Schram gets caught between West Bloomfield’s Ashley Ziegler (No. 2) and Kasey Brown (No. 22) on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The Lakers defeated the Warriors and would go on to win the district title while Western finished with a 12-9 record, topping its win total from the last two seasons combined. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)
West Bloomfield opened district play with an impressive 56-36 victory over Farmington (10-11) on Monday, Feb. 27. Davis led the Lakers with a gamehigh 22 points as she passed the 1,000-point mark for her career. Ziegler had 16 points while Motley had 8 points and 9 rebounds. while Lexie Robak had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Ava Doetsch also had 10 points and 3 rebounds, while Tori Duffey had 8 points and 5 rebounds. “Lexie shot the ball well from the outside, which was big for us in the first half,” Coach Robak said. “That allowed Ava and Carlee especially to get into the
The road to a district title was not easy, but now the Lakers know that it was well worth it and they want to continue traveling on it. “There are 32 teams left and everyone is really good and you just hope that you’re good and prepared enough because it’s about what you do,” Larkin said. interior of their defense, where they did a nice job with their opportunities. I felt like we didn’t force bad shots and stayed patient.” Sara Theut had 7 points to lead Cardinal Mooney. This year marked the third consecuPAGE 41 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯
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tive season that Our Lady has eliminated Cardinal Mooney from the state tournament. The Lakers have now won five straight games against the Cardinals, including two regular season wins this season. Our Lady began district tournament play with a 51-20 victory over New Haven Merritt Academy in a first-round game on Monday, Feb. 27. Duffey had 11 points for the Lakers. Lexie Robak had 10 points and Cottrell scored 8. The Lakers then defeated Auburn Hills Christian in a district semi-final, 57-16, on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Doetsch and Lexie Robak each scored 13 points while Cottrell had 8 points.
Hartland schools Knights, Eagles; Milford tops Vikes By Michael Shelton staff writer
Walled Lake Northern pulled off an exciting victory over Huron Valley Milford to reach a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class A district final, only to be schooled by a team that was on a mission. The Knights knocked off the host Mavericks, 36-34, in a district semifinal on Wednesday, Feb. 29 before being knocked out by Hartland, 69-30, in the district final two nights later on Friday, March 2. Hartland (20-3) claimed its third straight district title and looked like a district champion as it out-played the upstart Knights (8-15), leading 20-6 at the end of the first quarter and 42-13 at halftime. One bright spot for the Knights in the loss to Hartland was the performance of junior Caitlin Crowley, who finished with a game-high 19 points. Bailee Maggert led Hartland with 16 points, while Lindsey Pajot had 12 and Jamie Dyer had 10. Northern had a first-round bye in the district tournament and last Wednesday against Milford, the Knights had a 10-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 12-6 lead at halftime. But the Mavs (6-16) responded with an 11-3 run in the third quarter to take a 17-15 lead. The fourth quarter was a shootout as Milford tied the game at 34-34 on a 3-pointer by Paige Smith. But Northern drove the length of the
Captains crowned Kettering’s district title first since 2008 By Michael Shelton staff writer
After seeing a memorable season end too early in 2011, Waterford Kettering was determined that its success would not stop after the regular season this time around. The Captains demolished rival Waterford Mott and pulled out a grinder over Pontiac before defeating host Auburn Hills Avondale, 41-32, in a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class A district final on Friday, March 2 to claim their first district championship since 2008. Kettering (21-2) played Southfield-Lathrup in a Class A regional semi-final at Lake Orion on Tuesday, March 6, after press time. The winner will face either Rochester Hills Stoney Creek or Bloomfield Hills Marian in the Lake Orion regional final tomorrow, Thursday, March 8. Last Friday’s win against Avondale (16-7) was a low-scoring affair early on, as Kettering led 4-3 at the end of the first quarter after Avondale ate four minutes off the clock. The second quarter was similar, as the Captains went into the locker room at halftime up 9-8. The scoring started to pick up in the third quarter as Kettering nailed three 3-pointers to take a 19-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Kettering would clinch the victory in the last two and a half minutes of the fourth, when the Captains sunk 8-of-9 free-throws as Avondale was forced to foul. The Captains outscored the Yellow Jackets 22-18 in the fourth. Allison Bicknell led the Captains with 14 points. Arjanai Washington had 11 and Danielle Bohn had 5 points and 9 rebounds, as Kettering exorcised the demons of a first-round district loss to Troy last season, to which Kettering’s 19-2 record and KLAA North title was of little consolation in 2011. To advance to the district final, Kettering had to fight its way past a determined Pontiac team in a district semifinal on Wednesday, Feb. 29 and was in trouble early. The Phoenix had an 11-point lead in the second quarter, as Washington was in trouble with 2 fouls and Bicknell was limited because she stepped on a foot and rolled her ankle a couple nights earlier. The Captains trailed 21-14 at halftime and 31-23 at the end of the third quarter because Kettering Head Coach Scott Woodhull said his team struggled with Pontiac’s half-court trap and made poor decisions with the ball and didn’t put themselves in a position to score. However, Kettering roared out of the gate in the fourth quarter with an 80 run to tie the game at 31-31. The Captains then took a 35-33 lead on a 3-pointer by Bicknell, before Pontiac (12-9) took a 36-35 lead on a trey by Jaraylia Knight. Shelby Watts then hit two clutch free-throws and Bicknell scored on a layup to put the Captains up 39-36 with 35 seconds left. Pontiac had a chance to tie the game, but mistakingly went and scored on a layup with two seconds left and the Captains ran out the clock. Watts had 12 points and 12 rebounds while Bicknell had 11 points. The Captains began district play with an impressive 52-16 victory over Waterford Mott on Monday, Feb. 27, giving Kettering three victories against its biggest rival this season. Erica Schwartz and Washington each had 10 points for the Captains. Taylor Steinhelper had 8 points. Bicknell rolled her ankle in the first quarter and did not play for the rest of the game. Jamie Carter led Mott with 6 points, as the Corsairs ended their season with a 9-12 record. But, Kettering didn’t relapse in Bicknell’s absence and are now hoping that this upcoming week will end with a regional title and a ticket to the state quarter-finals punched. court with 12 seconds left to score the game-winning basket. Crowley led Northern with a gamehigh 23 points while Paige Smith scored 11 points for Milford and Claire Slaughter had 7.
• Huron Valley Milford defeated Walled Lake Central at home, 36-33, in an MHSAA Class A district first-round game on Monday, Feb. 27. The Mavericks (6-16) led 16-9 at
halftime and 29-16 at the end of the third quarter. They held on to win despite being outscored by the Vikings, 17-7, in the fourth quarter. Slaughter led Milford with 12 points while Maddy Kurtz had 8. Central (714) was led by Kara Birrell with 10 points and Kate Rendi with 9. Milford would go on to lose to eventual district runner-up Walled Lake Northern two nights later in a district semi-final. • Huron Valley Lakeland fell to Hartland, 53-34, in an MHSAA Class A district semi-final at Huron Valley Milford on Wednesday, Feb. 29 in a matchup of two teams both named the Eagles. Hartland led 19-6 at the end of the first quarter and 30-11 at halftime and did not look back in the second half. Marlayna Malvich and Lena Tiedeman each had 7 points to lead Lakeland (7-14) while Maggert had 15 points to lead Hartland, who would go on to defeat Walled Lake Northern in the district final two nights later to claim its third straight district title. Hartland also defeated Howell, 5632, on Monday, Feb. 27 in a first-round game while Lakeland had a first-round bye.
Corsairs shut out Lakers; Mavs fall to Hartland By Michael Shelton staff writer
Waterford Mott steamrolled over West Bloomfield, 8-0, in a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 2 pre-regional final at Lakeland Ice Arena on Thursday, March 1. Austin Sereno scored 5 goals and Scott Cuthrell had two goals and four assists in the victory. John Furton stopped 11 shots in net for Mott, who would fall in overtime to Huron Valley Lakeland in the regional final on Saturday, March 3. Two nights earlier, West Bloomfield (13-12-1) opened pre-regional play with a 4-2 victory over Waterford Kettering on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The first period was scoreless before Nick Manganiello scored for the Lakers in the second period. After Ryan Brown tied it for the Captains (3-20-2), Ryan Houle and Max Dubin each scored to give West Bloomfield a 2-1 lead at the second intermission. PAGE 42 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯
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Anton Marinelli scored the Lakers’ fourth goal in the third period before Brown scored his second goal for Kettering. Luke Andrews had 32 saves in net for the Lakers while Stephen Brewer had 18 for the Captains. • Huron Valley Milford saw its season end with a 3-2 loss to Hartland in an MHSAA Division 2 pre-regional game at the Hartland Sports Center on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Keith Richards scored first for Milford off assists from Jenson Munce and Alex Anderson in the first period. Hartland answered in the second period with goals from Brett Bandyk and Ryan Daavettila to take a 2-1 lead. Nicholas Ferrara tied the score at 22 for Milford in the second period before Justen Albany scored the gamewinning goal for the Eagles, who went on to win the regional championship.
Eagles upset Mott to claim first-ever regional crown By Michael Shelton staff writer
Huron Valley Lakeland entered the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) state tournament with a record under .500, but the Eagles showed that records don’t matter in the playoffs and they have a regional championship to prove it. Lakeland won its first MHSAA regional title since 1981 with a 2-1 overtime victory over defending regional champion Waterford Mott in a Division 2 regional final at Lakeland Ice Arena on Saturday, March 3. The victory was the cap on a tremendous week for the Lakeland hockey program (12-16), as it also defeated Walled Lake Western and Walled Lake Northern en route to the regional final. Against Mott, the first period was scoreless before Tyler Vaughan scored for Mott at the 11:38 mark of the second period. However, Kevin Lechner would answer for Lakeland just a couple minutes later, as he scored to tie the game. Lakeland dominated the third period, firing 22 shots at Mott goalie John Furton while the Corsairs (13-12-1) only managed two shots against Lakeland’s Mitch Leist. But, none of PAGE 43 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯
Walled Lake Northern sophomore forward Austin Sansom forces the puck past Walled Lake Central goaltender Jake Segegi for one of his four goals on Monday, Feb. 27. The Knights slammed the Vikings, 7-2, in a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 pre-regional game, but would be eliminated from the state tournament by their neighbor, Huron Valley Lakeland, two nights later. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)
Knights’ season cut short North champs fall to Lakeland, 3-1, in pre-regional final By Michael Shelton staff writer
Walled Lake Northern started the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) state playoffs on a high note, but then saw its season come to a disappointing end. The Knights defeated Walled Lake Central, 7-2, in an MHSAA Division 2 pre-regional semi-final game on Monday, Feb. 27 at Lakeland Ice Arena. But, Northern then suffered an upset at the hands of its Bogie Lake neighbor, Huron Valley Lakeland, as it fell to the Eagles, 3-1, in the preregional final at Lakeland Ice Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The loss ended a season in which Northern (18-7-1) won the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) North Division and Lakes Conference titles a season after finishing below the .500 mark. Against the Vikings (11-14) last Monday, Northern took a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period on goals by Austin Sansom and Luke Stone, who had an assist on Sansom’s goal
before scoring unassisted. In the second period, Joe Rozek scored for Northern before Jared Lazar tallied Central’s first goal.
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Sansom then scored his second goal to give Northern a 4-1 lead at the second intermission. Eric Rosteck scored for Central to cut Northern’s lead to 2 goals at the start of the third period. But, Sansom completed a hat trick with two more goals, while Eric Woolf added a goal and the Knights finished an impressive win. Adam Ranck had 25 saves for Northern, while Jake Segegi had 29 saves for Central. That set up a meeting with Lakeland, which Northern defeated handily 5-1 back on Feb. 3. The first period was scoreless. Chad Bailey scored for the Knights off assists from Rob Luzynski and Kyle Adkins at
the 12:51 mark of the second period. But, with 48 seconds left in the second, Kevin Lechner tied the game for the Eagles as he stuffed home a rebound off a shot by Kyle Jakubowski. Heading into the third period tied at 1-1, Jakubowski would be instrumental for Lakeland again as he fired a shot on Northern goalie Grant Luzynski. Waiting at the side of the net was Lakeland sophomore Justin Pahl, who was playing in his third varsity game since being called up from JV. Pahl converted on his opportunity and scored to put the Eagles up 21. With 9 minutes left, Lechner scored his second goal on the powerplay for Lakeland, who withheld a two-man advantage by Northern late in the third and won despite being outshot by the Knights, 29-24. Luzynski had 26 saves in net for the Knights, who had a stellar regular season, but will ponder what might have been in the state tournament.
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those shots found the net and overtime would be needed. At the 1:47 mark of the extra session, Bobby Schumacher fired a shot on net from the point that was stopped. But, waiting for the rebound was Kyle Jakubowski, who stuffed the puck home and set off a jubilant celebration by the Eagles, who outshot Mott 4523. Lakeland played Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice in an MHSAA Division 2 state quarter-final yesterday, Tuesday, March 6 after press time. The winner will face either Traverse City Central or Forest Hills Eastern in a Division 2 state semi-final at Compuware Arena in Plymouth on Thursday, March 8. The Division 2 state final is on Saturday, March 10. Two days prior to the regional final, the Knights pulled off a stunning upset over neighbor Walled Lake Northern, 31, on Wednesday, Feb. 29 in a preregional final at Lakeland Arena. Trailing 1-0 in the second period, Lechner tied the game for Lakeland on a rebound off a shot by Jakubowski to tie the game at 1-1. Then in the third, sophomore Justin Paul, playing in just his third varsity game since being called up, scored on a rebound off another Jakubowski shot to put the Eagles up 2-1. Lechner scored his second goal on the power play to put the game away, as the Eagles knocked out the KLAA North champion Knights. Lakeland began the pre-regional tournament with a 3-2 overtime victory over Walled Lake Western at Lakeland Arena on Monday, Feb. 27. The first period was scoreless before Joe Orr scored for the Warriors, before Andy Stevens answered 38 seconds later with a goal off a Jakubowski assist to tie the game at 1-1. In the third, Zach Mallas scored to give Western a 2-1 lead. Trailing by a goal, Lakeland caught a break when the Warriors were called for a penalty with 1:23 left. The Eagles pulled Leist from the net for a second extra attacker and Schumacher fired a shot from the point that was stopped by Western goalie Nick Malles before Tyler Mesclier banged home the rebound with 59 seconds left to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime. In the extra session, Trent Lloyd scored the game-winner for Lakeland a minute and 44 seconds into overtime off assists from Stevens and
Michael O’Brien, 11 (left), and Matthew O’Brien, 13 (right), recently won the Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus 2012 District 18 Free-Throw Contest for their age divisions. Both play Catholic Youth Organization basketball for St. Patrick’s Parish of White Lake Township. Matthew is an eighth-grader at Clifford Smart Middle School in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District, while Michael is a fifth-grader at Commerce Elementary School in the Walled Lake district. (Photo submitted by Mark O’Brien)
Jakubowski. Leist had 27 saves in net for Lakeland while Nick Mallas had 30 saves for the Warriors (6-13-3). Last Monday’s win turned out to be a precursor of things to come for Lakeland.
St. Mary’s peppers Birmingham with 49 shots in victory By Michael Shelton staff writer
The road may have started out bumpy, but Orchard Lake St. Mary’s would not be denied its eighth consecutive regional championship. The Eaglets pulled off a 4-3 overtime victory over Birmingham Unified to begin state tournament play on Monday, Feb. 27, before posting two straight shutouts over Farmington Unified and Berkley-Ferndale to win a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 1 regional title and advance to the Division 1 state quarter-finals.
“We haven’t been consistent, but I think we’re talented and if we play like a team, we’re going to be fine,” said St. Mary’s Head Coach Brian Klanow. The Eaglets (16-10) will play Utica Eisenhower in a Division 1 state quarter-final tonight, Wednesday, March 7 at St. Clair Shores Civic Arena. The winner will face either Brighton or Swartz Creek in a Division 1 state semi-final at Compuware Arena in Plymouth on Friday, March 9. St. Mary’s, last year’s Division 1 runner-up, is looking to advance to the state’s final four for the third straight season. The Division 1 state final is on Saturday, March 10 at Plymouth. The Eaglets began state tournament play at home against Birmingham Unified and fell behind 1-0 in the first period on a goal by Zach Taylor. But, Cooper Marody scored for St. Mary’s on the power play just a couple minutes later off assists from Cody Milan and David Muth to tie the score at 1-1 at the first intermission. In the second, John Quay scored on the power-play to give Birmingham a 21 lead before Shane Bednard tied the
game for St. Mary’s with a goal off assists from Cooper Anstett and Luke Rodgers. With the score tied at 2 in the second period, Stephan Beauvais gave St. Mary’s its first lead of the game with a goal off a David Muth assist. But at the 14:08 mark of the third, JD Hess tied the score at 3-3 for Birmingham and overtime was needed. The extra session didn’t last long, as Mitchell Vanderburg scored just 1:37 into overtime off assists from Anthony Scarsella and Marody, as the Eaglets held off a Birmingham team determined to pull off an upset. “It was just one of those games where we outshot them and their goalie was hot, but it just seemed like it was a matter of time,” Klanow said. “It put a little scare into them. Every year we’ll run into a situation like that.” Austin Julevzan had 14 saves for St. Mary’s, while Matthew Sternberg had 45 for Birmingham, which was outshot by St. Mary’s, 49-17. The Eaglets would have little trouble against Farmington in the pre-regional final, as they won 4-0 at St. Mary’s Ice PAGE 44 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯
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Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Bednard had a hat trick for St. Mary’s, including a penalty shot goal, while Rodgers scored unassisted. William Ulrich made 10 saves in net for the Eaglets to post the shutout. Anslett had 2 assists. The Eaglets then put the exclamation point on a memorable week with an 8-0 thrashing of Berkley-Ferndale in a Division 1 regional final at Eddie Edgar Arena Livonia on Saturday, March 3. Joshua Neumann and Rodgers each scored twice for St. Mary’s, while Vanderburg, Daniel Coley, Stephen Zorc and Beauvais each scored a goal. Julvezan had 11 saves for St. Mary’s in the shutout, while Alex Fasan and Michael Muller each had two assists. St. Mary’s hasn’t won a state title since its historic co-championship with Marquette back in 2008, something the Eaglets hope to change should they advance to Compuware Arena this weekend. “As a group, I think we’ve played well the last couple weeks,” Klanow said. “We need to stick to the gameplan and dictate how the game is played.”
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Area grapplers compete in state individual finals A number of lakes area wrestlers competed in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 1 Individual State Wrestling Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills from Thursday, March 1 to Saturday, March 3. The best local performance of the weekend came from Walled Lake Central’s Charles Sovel, who finished sixth in the 189-pound bracket. Sovel fell to Brandon Sunday of Temperance Bedford by a 4-3 decision in the first round before defeating Trayvon Speed of East Lansing by pinfall. Sovel then defeated Pinckney’s Shane Crawford by a 4-2 decision before defeating Matt Ostermiller of Hartland by a 6-4 decision. Sovel then fell to Devon Bronson of Southgate Anderson by a 5-3 decision, before falling to North Farmington’s Kevin Miller, 6-3, in the fifth-place match to finish with a 45-10 record on the season. Another top finisher for the lakes area was Waterford Kettering’s Matt Okaiye, who finished seventh in the 215pound division. Okaiye began the finals with a 5-2 victory over Joel Wenk of Caldeon in the first round, before falling to Prescott Line of Oxford by a major decision. Okaiye then defeated Zack VanOverbeke of New Baltimore Anchor Bay by a 6-3 decision, before falling to
CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at the February 21, 2012 Regular Meeting of the City of Orchard Lake Village Council the second reading and adoption was held on the Zoning Ordinance dealing with Lot Coverage of Attached Accessory Buildings and Structures (Section 4.15). The Ordinance provisions will take effect (15) days following publication of this notice. Complete copies of the full text of Zoning Ordinance No. 4.15 are available for inspection by and distribution to the public between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at City Hall. Rhonda R. McClellan CityClerk@CityofOrchardLake.com SC: 3-7-12
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Benjamin Dominguez of Southgate Anderson by a major decision. Okaiye then finished his tournament run with a 15-8 victory over Garrett Kelly of Grand Haven to finish the season with a 35-13 record. Sophomore Ross Bahro of West Bloomfield also had a strong tournament run, as he finished in eighth-place in the 119-pound division. After falling to Mitch Pawlak of Temperance Bedford in the first-round by an 8-5 decision, Bahro pinned Jonathan Hill of Fraser before defeating Drew Martin of Sterling Heights by a 61 decision. Bahro then fell to Zach Henderson of Hudsonville by a 4-2 decision and was defeated by Patrick Salazar of Grosse Pointe North by a 7-5 decision in the seventh-place bout to finish with a record of 49-9. The lakes area’s lone district champion at 130 pounds, Walled Lake Northern’s Christian Lauderback, was pinned by Shaun Lee of Chippewa Valley in the first round before bouncing back with a majority decision victory over Jesse O’Neal of Westland John Glenn. But, Lauderback would be pinned by Utica Ford’s Tevin Machart, ending his tournament run and his season with a 43-12 record. Walled Lake Central’s Ildo Luca at 285 pounds started with a 3-1 victory over LaMonte Baker of L’Anse Creuse North in the first round, before falling to Miguel Correa in the quarterfinals by a 51 decision. Lakes area wrestlers also suffering first-round defeats were Central’s Conner Marion (171 pounds), Waterford Kettering’s Deven Acker (112 pounds) and Daulton Arthur (215), West Bloomfield’s Danny Davidson (135 pounds), Huron Valley Lakeland’s Brandon Calma (112 pounds) and Huron Valley Milford’s Steve Shay (130 pounds).
Griffin wins slalom championship at girls state finals Kelsey Griffin of Huron Valley Lakeland claimed a state championship at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 1 State Finals at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs on Monday, Feb. 27. Griffin took the state title in the girls slalom event with a time of 1:12.95. Walled Lake Central’s Taylor Krumm came in 17th in the slalom with a time of 1:22.36, followed by her Vikings teammate Hailey Dalian in 23rd with a time of 1:24.89.
Central’s girls finished in fourth in the overall team standings, while Lakeland came in ninth. The Vikings’ Mallory Slicker finished third (53.05) in the giant slalom event, while Lakeland’s Griffin came in eighth (53.60). Central’s Taylor Krumm (55.75, 14th-place), Hannah Brassell (56.60, 19th-place) and Samantha Stevens (56.89, 22nd-place) also placed in the giant slalom top 25. In the boys state finals, Lakeland came in eighth, while Walled Lake Northern finished in ninth-place. Lakeland’s Taylor Janssen took fifth in the slalom (1:15.51) while teammate Joe Metz was 11th (1:18.30). Lakeland’s Dan Smallegan (1:23.77) came in 22nd while teammate Brendon Clover (1:25.18) was 27th. Alex Glasson was the Knights’ top finisher in slalom with a time of 1:30.214, which was good for 30th. Metz also took 29th in the giant slalom (52.20), while Northern’s John Merchant took 37th (52.68).
Central girls eliminated in state semi-finals Walled Lake Central’s girls bowling team advanced to the semi-finals at the MHSAA Division 1 Bowling State Finals on Friday, March 2. Central beat Lake Orion, 1,2601,127, in the quarter-finals before falling to eventual state champion Davison, 1,204-1,070, in the semi-finals. They were third in the qualifying block. Area bowlers also competed in the Division 1 Individual State Finals on Saturday, March 3 in Battle Creek. On the girls side, Waterford Kettering’s Brittney Antonelli and Walled Lake Central’s Sara Abraham advanced to the round of 16. Antonelli fell to Brooke Wood of Davison, 410-369, while Abraham fell to Olivia Clark of Jackson, 348-275. Waterford Mott’s Lydia Birche was 22nd in the qualifying block, while Central’s Cara Krolikowski was 30th, Ashara Walker of Waterford Kettering was 47th, and Walled Lake Western’s Lindsay Brown was 51st. In the boys’ individual finals, Walled Lake Western’s Alex Carley advanced to the round of 16. He fell to Jonathon Niemic of Bay City Central, 396-365. Huron Valley Lakeland’s Nicholas Hubbard was 24th in the qualifying block, followed by Kettering’s Billy Eller in 36th and Huron Valley Milford’s Ryan Garvey in 52nd.
MARCH 7-13, 2012
DUBLIN ELEMENTARY PARKING LOT PROJECT
CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF COMMERCE 2009 TOWNSHIP DRIVE COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, MI 48390
The Walled Lake Consolidated School District’s Board of Education will receive firm prime contractor bids for the parking lot renovation at the Dublin Elementary School at 425 Farnsworth, White Lake, MI 48386. The bidding documents consist of plans and specifications prepared by TMP Architecture Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Documents may be obtained for a $100 per set. The refundable deposit is payable to Walled Lake Consolidated Schools at the office of the Construction Manager, George W. Auch Company, 735 South Paddock Street, Pontiac, MI 48341, Ph: 248.334.2000, on or after 1:00PM, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. A pre-bid meeting and walk-through will be held at 10:30AM, Tuesday March 13, 2012. Attendees are to meet at the Main Entrance of the Dublin Elementary School located at 425 Farnsworth, White Lake, MI 48386 prior to the start of the meeting. All proposals are due and must be delivered to the Educational Services Center no later than 12:00PM NOON, EST Thursday, March 22, 2012. Proposals submitted without a familial form or after the “due date” will not be considered or accepted. Bid details can be obtained at: www.wlcsd.org/bids. S.C. 3-7-12
COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTER PARKING LOT REDESIGN PROJECT The Walled Lake Consolidated School District’s Board of Education will receive firm prime contractor bids for the parking lot renovation at the Community Education Center at 615 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake, MI 48390.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Township Board of the Charter Township of Commerce, Oakland County, Michigan, will meet at a Regular Board meeting on the 13th day of March, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., at the Township Hall, located at 2009 Township Drive, Commerce Township, Michigan 48390, to review the Special Assessment ROLL for Fox Lake Weed Control Special Assessment District No. 4 (detailed description below), and to receive comments from affected property owners regarding the accuracy of their assessment and the total project cost. Fox Lake Weed Control Special Assessment District No. 4 The proposed Special Assessment District involves the following property located in the Charter Township of Commerce, Oakland County, Michigan: 17-03-229-014 17-03-206-040 17-03-228-031 17-03-282-019 17-03-451-083 17-03-206-055 17-03-229-032 17-03-229-026 17-03-206-041 17-03-228-032 17-03-401-001 17-03-451-085 17-03-206-056 17-03-276-007 17-03-401-020 17-03-206-042 17-03-228-033 17-03-401-010 17-03-451-086 17-03-206-059 17-03-276-008 17-03-451-018 17-03-206-050 17-03-228-034 17-03-401-011 17-03-451-087 17-03-206-060 17-03-277-001 17-03-451-019 17-03-206-051 17-03-229-005 17-03-401-012 17-03-451-088 17-03-206-063 17-03-279-001 17-03-451-020 17-03-206-052 17-03-229-006 17-03-401-019 17-03-451-090 17-03-206-066 17-03-282-010 17-03-451-025 17-03-206-054 17-03-229-012 17-03-401-021 17-03-451-091 17-03-206-078 17-03-282-017 17-03-451-027 17-03-206-058 17-03-229-024 17-03-451-009 17-03-451-092 17-03-206-079 17-03-401-016 17-03-451-028 17-03-206-062 17-03-229-033 17-03-451-016 17-03-451-093 17-03-228-013 17-03-401-017 17-03-451-030 17-03-206-064 17-03-229-035 17-03-451-017 17-03-451-094 17-03-228-014 17-03-451-003 17-03-451-031 17-03-206-065 17-03-252-005 17-03-451-024 17-03-451-095 17-03-228-015 17-03-451-078 17-03-451-032 17-03-206-067 17-03-252-010 17-03-451-026 17-03-451-096 17-03-228-023 17-03-451-080 17-03-451-036 17-03-206-068 17-03-252-011 17-03-451-029 17-03-451-097 17-03-228-035 17-03-451-081 17-03-451-037 17-03-206-070 17-03-252-012 17-03-451-033 17-03-451-098 17-03-228-036 17-03-451-082 17-03-451-038 17-03-206-072 17-03-252-013 17-03-451-034 17-03-451-099 17-03-228-037 17-03-451-084 17-03-451-040 17-03-206-073 17-03-252-014 17-03-451-035 17-03-451-100 17-03-229-003 17-03-451-089 17-03-451-075 17-03-206-074 17-03-280-001 17-03-451-039 17-03-451-102 17-03-229-004 17-03-451-101 17-03-206-008 17-03-206-075 17-03-280-002 17-03-451-041 17-03-451-105 17-03-229-007 17-03-451-103 17-03-206-019 17-03-206-076 17-03-280-003 17-03-451-042 17-03-451-106 17-03-229-011 17-03-451-104 17-03-206-027 17-03-206-077 17-03-280-004 17-03-451-043 17-03-252-030 17-03-229-013 17-03-206-028 17-03-228-001 17-03-280-005 17-03-451-044 17-03-206-002 17-03-229-021 17-03-206-029 17-03-228-016 17-03-282-001 17-03-451-073 17-03-206-037 17-03-229-023 17-03-206-034 17-03-228-019 17-03-282-002 17-03-451-074 17-03-206-038 17-03-229-025 17-03-206-035 17-03-228-020 17-03-282-003 17-03-451-076 17-03-206-043 17-03-229-027 17-03-206-036 17-03-228-028 17-03-282-004 17-03-451-077 17-03-206-044 17-03-229-028 17-03-206-039 17-03-228-029 17-03-282-009 17-03-451-079 17-03-206-053 17-03-229-031 The following map depicts the boundary of the Special Assessment District:
The bidding documents consist of plans and specifications prepared by TMP Architecture Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Documents may be obtained for a $100 per set. The refundable deposit is payable to Walled Lake Consolidated Schools at the office of the Construction Manager, George W. Auch Company, 735 South Paddock Street, Pontiac, MI 48341, Ph: 248.334.2000, on or after 1:00PM, Tuesday, March 6, 2012.
Plans showing the improvement, the location, and the legal description, are on file with the Township Clerk for public examination. The Special Assessment Roll can be inspected at the office of the Township Clerk at the above-listed address. If the proposed Special Assessment District Roll is approved by the Township Board, the assessment will be a lien on the affected property as of the date of approval.
A pre-bid meeting and walk-through will be held at 11:30AM, Tuesday March 13, 2012. Attendees are to meet at the Main Entrance of the Community Education Center located at 615 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake, MI 48390 prior to the start of the meeting. All proposals are due and must be delivered to the Educational Services Center no later than 12:00PM NOON, EST Thursday, March 22, 2012. Proposals submitted without a familial form or after the “due date” will not be considered or accepted.
In order to appeal the amount of any special assessment, affected owners or parties with an interest must protest the proposed assessment. This may be done by appearing in person at the hearing or having an agent appear at the hearing on behalf of an owner or party in interest, or in writing by filing a letter of protest before the hearing, addressed to the Township Clerk at 2009 Township Drive, Commerce Township, Michigan 48390. An owner or party having an interest in the real property affected by the special assessment may file a written appeal of the special assessment with the Michigan Tax Tribunal within 30 days after the confirmation of the special assessment roll if the special assessment is protested at the hearing held for the purpose of confirming the special assessment roll. Please direct any questions you may have to the Charter Township of Commerce Building Department at (248) 9607060.
Bid details can be obtained at: www.wlcsd.org/bids. S.C. 3-7-12
VILLAGE OF WOLVERINE LAKE NOXIOUS WEEDS & GRASS ORDINANCE NO. 120-A2 DESTRUCTION OF NOXIOUS WEEDS; DUTY OF OWNER; NOTICE; EXPENSES; LIEN.
The owner, agent, or occupant of the land on which noxious weeds or grass are found growing shall destroy the weeds or grass before they reach a seed bearing stage and prevent their regrowth, or shall prevent them from becoming a detriment to public health. Weeds not cut by May 1 of that year may be cut by the Village, at which point the owner, agent, or occupant of the property shall be charged with the cost of service. If the owner, agent, or occupant refuses to destroy the noxious weeds, the Commissioner of Noxious Weeds, or his or her designee, may enter upon the land and destroy the noxious weeds. In addition to the May 1st deadline, the Village may cut weeds or grass as many times as is necessary and charge the cost to the owner, agent, or occupant of the property. Expenses incurred in the destruction shall be paid by the owner, agent, or occupant of the land, and the Village shall have a lien against the land for the amount of the expense. The lien shall be enforced in the manner provided by law for the enforcement of construction liens. Sharon A. Miller, Village Clerk
SC 3-7-12 & 3-28-12
Daniel Munro, Clerk Charter Township of Commerce
SC: 2/29/12 & 3/7/12
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
OAKLEY PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARKING LOT PROJECT
CITY OF WALLED LAKE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012 IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS 7:30 PM 1499 E. WEST MAPLE ROAD, WALLED LAKE, MICHIGAN
The Walled Lake Consolidated School District’s Board of Education will receive firm prime contractor bids for the parking lot renovation at the Oakley Park Elementary School at 2015 Oakley Park Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390.
Please take note the City of Walled Lake Zoning Board of Appeals will meet as noticed above to consider the following appeal: Case# 2012-01 Appellant: Karol Drabek & Ronald Burgh Parcel ID# 17-35-302-003 Location: 138 Leon, Walled Lake, MI 48390 Request: Non-Use Variance Applicant requests a non-use variance from the front, side and rear yard setbacks and lot coverage requirements of Article 17, sections 17.01 and 17.02, Schedule of Regulations as follows to construct a new single family dwelling: a) A five ft. (5’) variance from the thirty ft. (30’) minimum front yard setback requirement pursuant to Section 17.01, Schedule of Regulations; b) A four and one-half ft. (4.5’) variance from the twelve and one-half ft. (12.5’) combined total side yard requirement pursuant to note (n) Section 17.02, Notes to Schedule of Regulations; c) A twenty ft. (20’) rear yard variance from the thirty five ft. (35’) rear yard set-back requirement pursuant to Section 17.01, Schedule of Regulations; d) An eighteen percent (18%) building coverage variance from the thirty percent (30%) building coverage maximum pursuant to Section 17.01, Schedule of Regulations. e) A twenty one percent (21%) impervious surface variance from the thirty five percent (35%) impervious surface coverage maximum pursuant to note (m) Section 17.02, Notes to Schedule of Regulations. Complete details of the proposal are available at City Hall for review. All interested parties are invited to attend. Written comments will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. the day of the hearing. Vahn Vanerian City Attorney
CITY OF WIXOM
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Wixom City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 7:30 pm at the Wixom City Hall, 49045 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, Michigan, 48393, to discuss the sale of surplus City property acquired through the Oakland County Tax Forfeiture Program: 2330 ROSEWORTH PARCEL NUMBER: 96-17-29-227-003 T2N, R8E, SEC 29 HICKORY HILL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB LOT 17 BLK 8
To acquire a summary of the terms of agreement, call Debra Barker (248) 624-3280.
Catherine Buck, City Clerk City of Wixom SC 3-7 & 3-14-12
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WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP 7525 Highland Road • White Lake, MI 48383-2900 (248) 698-3300 • www.whitelaketwp.com
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS March 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
1. Call to Order/Roll Call 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Approval of Agenda 4. Approval of Minutes: a. Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting of January 26, 2012 5. Continuing Business a. File No. 12-001 Applicant: Mark Heyniger 10211 Cedar Island Rd. White Lake, MI 48386 Location: 10211 Cedar Island Rd., identified as 12-34-230-005 Request: Variance to Articles 6 for front and side yard setbacks, lot width, and distance to neighbors. b. File No. 12-002 Applicant: Gary Ratzlaff Fulkerson 10185 Elizabeth Lake White Lake, MI 48386 Location: 10185 Elizabeth Lake, identified as 12-27-227-013 Request: Variance to Articles 6 for front and side yard setbacks, lot width, and distance to neighbors. 6. New Business 7. Other Business 8. Next Meeting Date: a. April 26, 2012 9. Adjournment SC: 3-7-12
The bidding documents consist of plans and specifications prepared by TMP Architecture Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Documements may be obtained for a $100 per set. The refundable deposit is payable to Walled Lake Consolidated Schools at the office of the Construction Manager, George W. Auch Company, 735 South Paddock Street, Pontiac, MI 48341, Ph: 248.334.2000, on or after 1:00PM, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. A pre-bid meeting and walk-through will be held at 9:30AM, Tuesday March 13, 2012. Attendees are to meet at the Main Entrance of the Oakley Park Elementary School located at 2015 Oakley Park Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390 prior to the start of the meeting. All proposals are due and must be delivered to the Educational Services Center no later than 12:00PM NOON, EST Thursday, March 22, 2012. Proposals submitted without a familial form or after the “due date” will not be considered or accepted. Bid details can be obtained at: www.wlcsd.org/bids. S.C. 3-7-12
PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF WIXOM
Notice is hereby given that the City of Wixom has a Noxious Weed Ordinance-Chapter 8.32. The ordinance states that the owner of the property is to maintain their property and are responsible to not allow vegetation to exceed 9” in height. The city is responsible to give the property owner notice by certified mail and the property owner has 10 days after notice has been given to mow the property. If the owner of the property fails to mow, the city will enter the property, mow the weeds and all expenses will be paid by the property owner or a lien shall be placed on the property. For a complete copy of the city’s Noxious Weed Ordinance, please contact the Building Department at (248) 624-0880 or visit the city’s website at www.wixomgov.org. Catherine Buck, City Clerk City of Wixom (248) 624-4557
WALLED LAKE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT
DOOR REPLACEMENT PROJECT The Walled Lake Consolidated School District’s Board of Education will receive firm, sealed proposals for a Door Replacement Project at ten (10) District facilities. A mandatory pre-bid meeting and walk-through will be held at 8:30 am, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Attendees are to meet in the main lobby of Western High School located at: 600 Beck Rd, Walled Lake, Michigan 48390. All proposals are due and must be delivered to the Educational Services Center no later than 2:00 PM EST on or before Thursday, March 22, 2012. Bids to be publicly read immediately following due date. Proposals submitted without a familial form or after the “due date” will not be considered or accepted. Bid details can be obtained at: www.wlcsd.org/bids. SC: 3-7-12
BOARD OF REVIEW MEETING CITY OF WIXOM The Board of Review will meet at the Wixom City Hall, 49045 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, to hear valuation appeals on: TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012 9:00 A.M. TO 12:00 NOON AND 1:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M. MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2011 AND WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012 1:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. AND 6:00 P.M. TO 9:00 P.M. CALL 248.624.3280 To Schedule An Appointment Hardship appeals will be heard at the July and December Boards of Review. Applications will be available at the assessing office. SC: 2-22, 2-29 & 3-7-12
VILLAGE OF WOLVERINE LAKE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS DUMP TRUCK WITH PLOW & SALT SPREADER AND MISC. EQUIPMENT FOR SALE Sealed bids will be accepted at the office of the Village Clerk, 425 Glengary, Wolverine Lake, Michigan 48390 until noon on Thursday, March 29, 2012 for the following; 1988 GMC 1 Ton Dump Truck with plow and salt spreader, 6 Foot Flail Mower, Scag 48” Walk Behind Lawn Mower, 1982 Chevy 350 V-8 Engine (in storage), Generator Briggs & Stratton Motor 8 HP, Homelite 360 Chain Saw 18”. Equipment can be inspected at address listed above or visit our web site www.wolverinelake.com for a complete listing with pictures. Equipment is sold “as is” with no warranty expressed or implied. Written bids must be submitted in sealed envelope with “EQUIPMENT BID” clearly written on the outside. The Village reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to waive any informalities. Sharon A. Miller Village Clerk
SC 3-7-12 & 3-21-12
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Wonderful home on 2.4 acre park-like setting. 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, kitchen/dining area w/snack bar & wood floors. Formal dining, living room, great room with stone fireplace, 1st floor office, walkout basement. Finished 3 car garage. $320,000.
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JUST LISTED! Custom built 3480 sq. ft. Colonial with hilltop setting in San Marino Glen. 5 bedrooms, 1st floor den w/walk-in closet & 3 full baths. Huge kitchen with island & 3 pantries, formal dining, bonus room, living room w/fireplace, large deck, walkout lower level, 3 car garage, paved drive & large parking area. $298,500.
OPEN SUN. March 11th, 1-4pm COMMERCE TWP. Charming 3 bedroom ranch w/ privileges to Carroll Lake. Many updates. Partial basement & 24x24 garage. Walled Lake Schools. Won’t last at $64,900. S. of Cooley, N. of Wise Road. 5686 Carroll Lake Rd.
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Fawn Lake Pontiac Trail at Maple Pre-Owned Homes: $6,000 - $25,000 Rent: $385 - $400 PLUS MOVE-IN DISCOUNTS On Select Homes
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Beautiful 55+ community! We'll pay up to $5,500 for a single section home & $8,500 for a multi section home. Relocate your manufactured home to beautiful Cranberry Lake. Call for special pricing!
Mature people wanted for full time general shop help and machine operator. Wixom or Farmington Hills locations. Overtime, benefits, health and life insurance, Optical, and 401K. Pre-employment Physical required. Apply in person & ask for JJ Weekdays from 9-4
4527 Old Plank Rd. Milford, MI 48381
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BEAUTIFUL 55+ COMMUNITY Brand NEW homes for rent. Appliances. Lake access. MOVE IN SPECIALS!! 15 month lease for $600/mo Cranberry Lake- White Lake 248-698-1120 888-306-2483
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WATERFORD Industrial space for lease with offices 1,800 sq. ft to 10,000 sq.ft. Loading dock, 3 phase 14X14 overhead door Immediate occupancy Reasonably Priced
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WEST BLOOMFIELD UNION LAKE 1200 sq.ft. updated 3 bdm house, 3 car heated garage, granite kitchen/ bathroom, air fenced, lake access, small pets- ok. $995 per month
COMMERCE TWP. 3 bedroom Ranch 1 bath, large yard. Walled Lake Schools. $750/mo $1150 Sec. Dep.
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WHITE LAKE BEAUTIFUL CONDO 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, with jacuzzi. Fireplace, new paint, blinds and appliances. Beach, boat dock. $875 per month.
Includes all utilities except electric. Security Deposit. For more information & availability call
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Milford Road/ 96 Area
1 bdrm for $459 (newly renovated).
3 bedroom, 2 bath, basement, lake privileges, fenced yard, appliances, wood floors. New windows. $895 per month lease.Walk to shopping. Near Union Lake & Commerce Rds.
Newly renovated deluxe 2 bed apartment available in quiet country setting. $700 per month plus security. No pets
CNC PROGRAMMER AND SET-UP
We are an aggressive and growing CNC machine shop. We are looking for people to Program and Set up OKUMA mills and lathes. 3 to 5 years of experience. Overtime, Benefits, Health and Life Insurance, Optical, and 401K. Pre-employment Physical Required. Apply in person & ask for JJ Weekdays from 9-4
4527 Old Plank Rd. Milford, MI 48381
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MARCH 7-13, 2012 Rooms/Share Quarters
FURNISHED SLEEPING room for rent. Waterford area, $100 /week. 810-355-8097
General/ Help Wanted
OFFICE CLEANING EVENING HOURS MONDAY- FRIDAY
HELP WANTED General/ Help Wanted
CORPORATE CLEANING GROUP
CHILD CARE CENTER Seeking Child Care Provider. Early childhood or child related field degree preferred. 35-40 hours a week. Must be able to work until 6 p.m. Commerce Twp area. Call 10a.m.-3p.m.
The Independence Village of White Lake Is now hiring for P/T First Cook Apply in person at: 935 Union Lake Road or fax resume: 248-360-7626 Attn: Jason EOE
Bay Pointe Golf Course In West Bloomfield
Wait Staff Openings
Now hiring grounds crew workers, experience helpful
Experienced preferred but will trail outgoing individuals who can multi task.
Please apply in person Monday thru Saturday 9-5
Hartland Big Boy M59 and US 23 10587 Highland Road
Caring Drivers Wanted Transpor t people to prescheduled medical appointments in Oakland County area and beyond. Must have reliable 4 door vehicle, cell phone, email or fax access. Great way to supplement your social security, pension, or disability income.
NOW HIRING: Companies desperately need employees to assemble products at home. No selling, any hours. $500 weekly potential. Info:
1-985-646-1700 DEPT. MI-2319 RECEPTIONIST Coffee company needs full time receptionist with basic computer skills. Wixom area. Must be a coffee lover. email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
DIRECT CARE WORKERS Great place to work! Full time and part time D.C.W. staff needed to assist challenged adults.Trained preferred or will train. Waterford and Clarkston areas.
Part Time Experience Home Heath Aid, client is in the Union Lake area 248-425-2214 Sales Positions
Get Your Real Estate License ---$99 with voucher ---4 Saturdays:
March 10/17/24/31 ---8:30am to 6pm ---Real Estate One, Novi 41430 Grand River Be your boss. Own your business. Market is so hot. Make it happen for you. Call Kathy Solan for details.
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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE Used/Wanted
SCRAP METAL Aluminum .30-.60¢/lb. Copper $2.00-$2.60/lb. Brass .80¢- 1.50/lb. Auto Rads. .80¢-1.10/lb. 1011 Decker, Walled Lk
Mann Metals Corp. (248)960-1200 SEA-DOO JET Skis wanted dead or dying. 1995 on ups. $200- $1400. Top $ for XP's & 947/951 or larger motors. Call Steve at 231-943-4152
ANTIQUE BABY highchair, oak, folds down, iron wheels, $24.95. 248-363-1487
Auction/ Estate Sales
GOODRICH FLEA MARKET Saturdays Mar. 10th & 24th 8a.m. to 4p.m. 7285 South State St. Goodrich, MI 48438
Vendors call 248-622-1516 Moving Sales
Building Materials 105
Items must be FREE to respondents, ad free to you. Restricted to residential. The publishing group accepts no responsibility for actions between individuals.
BIRCH DOOR Flush interior, 30inch, $10. 248-698-4168
Sorry, we do not accept ads for free dogs.
Lawn Tractors/Mowers 109
DUE TO Moving overseas looking for home for 2 female adult house cats, great family pets. Together or separate great with dogs and kids 248366-9967
B&S 5hp motor, $23.39 OBO, par ts, Call Dan 248-7662505
2 CATS, under one years old, fixed male need to stay together. 248-738-4901 SOFA HIDE-A-BED, light blue & white striped. Fair to good condition. You pick up. Walled Lake/ Commerce area. 248360-1140
SOLID OAK Interior door 84X32, $24.99 248-3608485
Pre-Licensing Class March Classes Available $ Class only
SPRING Special Mixed Firewood $45 face cord, 2 face core minimum plus delivery. 248-795-3424
With a prepaid voucher Contact Mary Nicole 248-684-1065 MaryNicole@RealEstateOne.com •Are you looking for a new career? •Would you like to own your own business? We’re Michigan’s largest real estate broker and last year we sold over 17,000 properties. We expect to surpass that in the coming year.
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LOVELY FRAMED Antique jeweled Christmas tree picture 20X25 $50 248-623-2661
Home Care Equipment
ASCENSIA BREEZEGlucose monitor, brand new, $25. 248-534-7004
Odds N Ends
SEA-DOO JET SKIS WANTED DEAD OR DYING. 1995 on ups. $200$1400. Top $ for XP's & 947/951 or larger motors. Call Steve 231-943-4152 ATVs
ROOFING, SIDING, WINDOWS COMPLETE HOME REMODELING Licensed & Insured • Free Estimate
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$20 PREPAID Phone card for only $10- I can give you a 1800 number to verify, expires June 13, 2013. 248-6232661. WESTINGHOUSE AUTOMATIC extra tall can opener, brand new in box. $7.50 248-623-2661 WICKER PAPASAN chair like new $25 248-363-0506
FULL REPAIR SERVICES Snowmobile Parts Sale Mention ad for up to 50% of! MX • ATV• P.W.C
Lakes MotorSports 4713 Dixie Highway, Waterford, MI 48329
CARS/TRUCKS MOTORCYCLES Wanted Parts/ Salvage
UNWANTED AUTOS LLC
Wanted Boats/ Jet Skis/Parts
with Roof Replacement over 10 sq.
MOVING SALE 3/8 thur 3/ 10, 9-3. 441 Lowbank Court, Commerce.
TOP $ Paid For Any: • Junk • Non Running • Wrecked Cars $275 & Up
MOTORCYCLEGUARANTEE See First Want Ad Page Cars
SALES GUARANTEE Autos, Vans, Trucks See First Want Ad Page F-150 1993 runs good, needs some work $1,300 248-2558701 EXPLORER XLT 2002, 4X4, 8- Passenger, 6 cylinder, 115K. 248-420-7500 HONDA ELEMENT EX 2005 4wd., bright red, 122K, 248881-0900 Private. MAZDA 626 LX 2001, 136K, gold, clean- must sell. 248884-7200
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STONE HOLLOW SUB - CUSTOM BUILT 2.62 ACRE LOT •5 br, 3.5 ba, 3,671 sq ft + 1,627 sq ft w/o •Att 3 car gar + 2.5 car carriage house gar #211127827 EXT. #265 •KEY #248347 D IEL MF LOO B ST WE
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$374,900 CUSTOM QUALITY BUILT 1.14 PRIVATE ACRE ESTATE •1st flr mstr, 4 bed, 4 full baths, 2,900+ sq. ft. •Fin. daylight basement, 3 car + workshop #211110916 EXT. #241•KEY #248360 P. TW
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$149,900 SHARP RANCH - LARGE BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED LOT •1,408 sq ft, 3 br, 2 ba, oversized 2 car gar •1st flr laundry, lg shed, patio, Walled Lk schools #212011148 EXT. #285 •KEY #fm256j
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$399,900 HILLS OF BOGIE LAKE SUB CLUBHOUSE & POOL!! •3,303 sq ft + fin daylight bsmt, ff laundry •5 br, 4.5 ba, 3 car gar, large raised deck #211116381 EXT. #255•KEY #267493 P. TW RD FO R TE WA
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STUNNING CUSTOM BUILT PRESTWICK GOLF FRONT •3,765 sq ft + 1,450 lower level, 5 br, 3.5 ba •Dramatic open floor plan w/all the extras #212005328 EXT. #264 •KEY #256951 . WP ET RC E MM CO
1+ ACRE BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED LOT AND INGROUND POOL •3,828 sq ft, fin w/o, 4/5 br, 3.5 ba, library •Consortium, fps, master jet tub bath #212018825 EXT. #204•KEY #248379
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$214,900 SPRAWLING RANCH ON LARGE LOT BACKING TO WOODS •2,349 sq. ft. + f-bsmt, 3 br, 3 ba, grt rm w/fp •Deck, 1st flr laundry, 2 kitchens, 3 car gar #212008128 EXT. #283•KEY #276271
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PRIVACY - QUIET .9 ACRE CUL-DE-SAC LOT BACKS TO WOODS •Spacious 2,557 sq. ft. + f-bmt, 4 bd, 2.5 ba •Ff laundry, porch, side entry gar, w/s, pool #212021371 EXT. #270•KEY #263460
STUNNING ALL SPORTS UNION LAKEFRONT VIEWS •3 br, 2 ba, 75’ Frontage, 1,800 sq ft, Fp •200” deep lot, basement, huge mstr br #212017000 EXT. #205 •KEY #248367.
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UPPER STRAITS LAKEFRONT INVESTMENT SPECIAL •4 br, 3.5 ba, 2,746 sq ft + f-bmt, 1st fl mstr •Wet bar, deck, 2nd buildable lot + 4 other lots #211104723 EXT. #245 •KEY #260513
STUNNING 90 FT. OF MAIN LAKEFRONT ALL-SPORTS CASS LAKE •2,778 sq ft, 3 br, 2.5 ba, 2 fp, jet tub mstr. •2+ gar, 3 decks, dock, shed, W. B. schools #211105126 EXT. #231•KEY #248358
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$759,900 CUSTOM BUILT ALL SPORTS MACEDAY LAKEFRONT •4 br, 4 ba, all brick, fin w/o, 5,200 sq ft •1st & 2nd flr master, volume rooms, 3 car #211017553 EXT. #296 •KEY #248341
BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED CEDAR ISLAND LAKEFRONT •2,302 sq ft, 4 br, 3 ba, LC terms, GR w/fp •Granite kit & ba, new paint, carpet, 2 car gar #211089671 EXT. #246 •KEY #257017 . WP ET RC E MM CO
$219,900 GORGEOUS GERUNDEGUT BAY ALL-SPORTS CASS LAKE •Remodeled ranch, stone fp, dining rm •Corian counter kitch, tile, crown molding #211103417 EXT. #280 •KEY #248373
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BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED CONDOMINIUM TOWNHOUSE •2 br, 1.5 ba + fin-bsmt, granite kitch •Ceramic/hdwd, LC terms, clubhouse, pool #211107248 EXT. #259 •KEY #262565
$59,900 COMPLETELY REMODELED UPPER RANCH CONDOMINIUM •2 br, Silestone counters, att gar, deck •New windows, doors, carpet, porcelain tile #212013498 EXT. #248•KEY #257047
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211131493 - $156,900
212020350 - $154,900
212015213 - $69,900
212019134 - $210,000
212011824 - $125,000
SPACIOUS, UPDATED HOME 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, lakes privileges, finished basement
STATELY COLONIAL 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, hardwood flrs, upstairs laundry, full basement, plumbed for bath
CUTE COZY BRICK RANCH 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, updated kitchen, oak cabinets, finished basement with wet bar
CASS LAKE CANALFRONT 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors, finished basement
WELCOME HOME - SPLIT RANCH 3 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, open floor plan, master suite, beautifully finished
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212020774 - $197,000
212000049 - $124,900
211068047 - $189,900
211120853 - $152,900
211091695 - $132,900
NEW CONSTRUCTION 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, island kitchen, great room with gas fireplace
GORGEOUS SETTING 2.2 ACRES 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, family room with fireplace, master 2 closets, barn/shed
FAIRWAY ESTATES STUNNING 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, granite, new carpet, tile, overlooking 16th hole
GOLF FRONTAGE Corner unit condo, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, finished basement, fireplace
WILLIAMS LAKE DEEDED CANALFRONT 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, spacious kitchen, open floor plan
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212019342 - $119,900
212014288 - $160,000
GORGEOUS RANCH 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, spacious kitchen, finished basement
BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED CONDO 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, hardwood flrs, granite countertops, spacious flr plan, finished basement
212010376 - $95,000
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212010105 - $89,999
SPECTACULAR MIDDLE STRAITS WATERFRONT 4 bedrooms, 3.2 baths, kitchen, newly remodeled, master suite, theater room, many extras
211121712 - $172,000 COME ON OUT TO THE COUNTRY!! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, almost 2 acres, hardwood floors
211101478 - $149,900 R BO AR OH G E KE
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211047575 - $400,000
211112421 - $180,000
COMMERCE LAKEFRONT 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, almost 3/4 acre, finished walkout
WELL MAINTAINED RANCH 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, kitchen and dining open to family deck, patio and large yard RD FO TER A W
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212021370 - $319,000
212020077 - $277,900
211048408 - $100,000
211115899 - $259,000
211129544 - $66,000
NEW ENGLAND CHARM 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1.5 acres with pond, walkout finished basement
BOATING/SWIMMING LAKE SHERWOOD 3 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, contemporary, vault ceilings, wood & ceramic 3 season gazebo with hot tub
ADDITIONAL LOT 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, brick, vinyl ranch, 2 car garage
LAKEFRONT GEM 83 FT. ON WOODALL LAKE 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, huge master with bath and doorwall to deck, walkout with 2nd kitchen
UPDATED RANCH 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, property consists of 3 lots, 2 car garage and separate workshop
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211099179 - $222,000
212018936 - $175,000
211128969 - $185,000
211107874 - $54,900
211124998 - $235,000
TRANQUIL SETTING ON CROSS LAKE 3 bedrooms, 2.1 bath, up north feeling, beautiful clean interior
GORGEOUS COMMERCE HOME 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, possible 4th bedroom, natural fireplace
CENTENNIAL FARMHOUSE 3 bedroom, 2 baths, family/parlor with fireplace, over an acre
A RARE GEM 3 bedroom condo, 2.5 baths, large master open floor plan
EXPANSIVE LAKEFRONT! 3 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, remodeled and updated, new furnace, Florida room, fireplace
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Spectacular is the only way to describe this lakefront beauty. Custom throughout!! All-sports lake with sandy beach! Over 6,000 sq. ft. of living space. $110,000 renovation to the kitchen and $275,000 in addition to the rest of the house. Granite counters, Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler, wood burn pizza oven, Wolf appliances, imported cabinets. First floor theater room, finished basement for entertaining. Two master suites with private baths. You will not be disappointed!!!
AUDREY STOREY 248-363-8300 Ext. 233 248-496-1846 email@example.com
“WESTACRES” original with updates: basement and garage on an acre. Great room dining, living room and family room fireplace, eat-in kitchen…lots of cove ceilings, hardwood and built-ins. Enjoy
Looking for more great homes to sell. Please call 248-470-6196 SUSI GOLLINGER Associate Broker - A.B.R.
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ALL-SPORTS LAKEFRONT WITH GORGEOUS VIEWS! CHARMING CAPE COD ACREAGE MILFORD TOWNSHIP - $172,000 Great location - convenient to expressways. Three bedrooms, 2 full baths. Balcony from master bedroom. Dining room with hardwood floors. Three car garage with workshop, circle driveway, plus pole barn. (CY3162EM)
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D L O S OVERLOOKS WHITE LAKE Old World Charm Tudor overlooking White Lake. Coved ceilings, hardwood floors in dining room, 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, master suite with jetted tub, full basement, newer kitchen with maple cabinets. All for $149,900 AS3761C Denotes a Real Estate One Virtual Tour
WHITE LAKE - $170,000 Beautiful, privately owned! Four bedroom, 4 bath condo. Built in 2002, great room with cathedral ceiling, fireplace, first floor master suite, 1,730 sq. ft. plus fin basement, bedroom, bath, kitchenette, family room. Backing to commons, Walled Lake Schools. Near shopping. (S.G. 8010 S)
For All Showings Call Susi
Hilltop bungalow with one of the best views of allsports Middle Straits Lake! Privately owned! Home features approximately 1,900 sq. ft. of living space, spacious living and family rooms, two fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, open kitchen with lake views and all appliances, master bedroom with private balcony facing the lake, first floor laundry, extensive decking and landscaping, newer roof, dock included, Award winning Walled Lake schools. $264,900 For all showings call Becky
248-320-3531 Visit: sandyjoneshome.com for all available properties
Escape into your own “Home” – with a stunning all-season glass solarium, 3 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, fireplace in family room, private yard with extensive decking and hot tub, attached garage, many updates. Walled Lake Schools.
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Lakes Area (248) 363-8300 • 8430 Richardson
Milford Village Gem! Beautiful natural stone fireplace, hardwood floor, recently updated kitchen with lots of cabinets and counter space, 4 bedroom, 1.1 bath, basement with family room and 1/2 bath. ©Real Estate One, Inc., 2012
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CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD BLOOMFIELD $200,000 $674,900 Up/lowrTotally case description,all updated with caps hardfinished to read,symbolizes yelling walkout lower level! MLS 248.851.4100 211126840 248-851-4100
CITY BLOOMFIELD IN ALL CAPS BOLD $200,000 $579,000 Up/lowr description,all Lightcase and bright and interior caps hard toand read,symbolizes newer oak floorsyelling MLS 248.851.4100 212021337 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD WEST BLOOMFIELD $200,000 449,900 Up/lowr case sq. description,all caps Custom 3,800 ft. lakefront home. hard to read,symbolizes yelling Great views MLS 248.851.4100 210061488 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD NOVI $200,000 $369,000 Up/lowr case description,all caps Beautiful home with open floor hard toplan read,symbolizes and large foyer!yelling MLS 248.851.4100 212017151 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD HUNTINGTON WOODS $200,000 $350,000 Up/lowrOld case description,all world charm with caps hard tomodern read,symbolizes conveniencesyelling MLS 248.851.4100 210099446 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPSTWP BOLD BLOOMFIELD . $200,000 $349,000 Up/lowr description,all caps Great case condition with 2nd story hard foyer to read,symbolizes yelling and granite kitchen MLS 248.851.4100 211102030 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD WEST BLOOMFIELD $200,000 $330,000 Up/lowr case description,all Sprawling ranch home caps hard toon read,symbolizes almost 1/2 acre yelling MLS 248.851.4100 211128658 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD FARMINGTON HILLS $200,000 $325,000 Up/lowr case description,all Beautiful large Cape Cod withcaps hard to2read,symbolizes story great room! yelling MLS 248.851.4100 212011025 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD WEST BLOOMFIELD $200,000 $325,000 Up/lowr casesq. description,all 4,400+ ft. ranch home.caps hard to read,symbolizes Fully furnished! yelling MLS 248.851.4100 29147684 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPSHILLS BOLD FARMINGTON $200,000 $275,000 Up/lowr description,all caps Beautifulcase 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath ranch hard to read,symbolizes Great location yelling MLS 248.851.4100 211054994 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD WEST BLOOMFIELD $200,000 $225,000 Up/lowr case description,all Exceptional home with poolcaps hard to and read,symbolizes brick fireplace! yelling MLS 248.851.4100 212019690 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD COMMERCE $200,000 $209,900 Up/lowr casebuilt description,all Custom 2 bedroom, caps hard to read,symbolizes yelling 2 bath end unit ranch condo MLS 248.851.4100 211033381 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD WEST BLOOMFIELD $200,000 $200,000 Up/lowr case description,all Recently updated! Large caps hardmaster to read,symbolizes yelling bed with own deck! MLS 248.851.4100 212019415 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPSHILLS BOLD FARMINGTON $200,000 $185,000 Up/lowr caseranch description,all caps Sprawling with updated hard to read,symbolizes kitchen on .5 acre yelling MLS 248.851.4100 211093882 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD WEST BLOOMFIELD $200,000 $175,000 Up/lowr case home description,all caps 4 bedroom on private lot. hard to read,symbolizes Almost 1/2 acre yelling MLS 248.851.4100 212016262 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD WEST BLOOMFIELD $200,000 $159,900 Up/lowrSpacious case description,all condo with caps hard to read,symbolizes yelling private deck and 2 car garage MLS 248.851.4100 212010886 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD COMMERCE $200,000 $140,000 Up/lowr case3description,all caps Wonderful bedroom colonial hard to yelling withread,symbolizes finished basement! MLS 248.851.4100 212019751 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD FARMINGTON HILLS $200,000 $128,000 Up/lowr case description,all caps Completely remodeled 4 bedroom, hard read,symbolizes 2 bathtohome with hardwoodyelling floors MLS 248.851.4100 29141083 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD NOVI $200,000 $120,000 Up/lowr casecondo description,all Fantastic with finishedcaps hard basement to read,symbolizes yelling and nice deck! MLS 248.851.4100 212017362 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD SOUTHFIELD $200,000 $113,500 Up/lowr case description,all caps Fantastic 3 bedroom home with hard to read,symbolizes finished lower level familyyelling room MLS 248.851.4100 211118544 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD BIRMINGHAM $200,000 $450,000 Up/lowr case description,all Remodeled home shows caps hard to read,symbolizes attention to detail! yelling MLS 248.851.4100 212001864 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD WEST BLOOMFIELD $200,000 $189,000 Up/lowr description,all Greatcase 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath caps hard to read,symbolizes colonial with large yardyelling MLS 248.851.4100 212017122 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD FARMINGTON HILLS $200,000 $150,000 Up/lowrUpdated case description,all caps ranch with hard to read,symbolizes 2 way fireplace yelling MLS 248.851.4100 212013637 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD COMMERCE $200,000 $125,000 Up/lowr case description,all 2 bedroom ranch condo caps hard to read,symbolizes in great location! yelling MLS 248.851.4100 211129354 248-851-4100
CITY IN ALL CAPS BOLD WEST BLOOMFIELD $200,000 $75,000 Up/lowr case Great description,all end unit with caps hard tolarge read,symbolizes loft and 2 decksyelling MLS 248.851.4100 212020932 248-851-4100
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– COMMERCE – OVER 5,000 SQ. FT. OF LUXURY WATERFRONT LIVING ON ALL-SPORTS LAKE SHERWOOD! 212019292 $649,000
– FARMINGTON HILLS – SUPER SPACIOUS CLASSIC COLONIAL IN DESIRABLE LINCOLNSHIRE ESTATES 212019140 $175,000
– HIGHLAND – BEAUTIFUL BRICK 4 BEDROOMS, 5.1 BATHS LAKEFRONT HOME! 211115821 $599,900
– HIGHLAND – STUNNING HOME ON 540 ACRE ALL-SPORTS WHITE LAKE! 212002362 $319,000
– MILFORD VILLAGE – ALL BRICK IN IMPECCABLE CONDITION 3 BEDROOM RANCH! 212015562 $85,000
– HIGHLAND – A HIDDEN JEWEL ON LOW TRAFFIC ALL-SPORTS HIGHLAND LAKE! 212012906 $224,900
– MILFORD TWP. – 1.5 ACRE CUL-DE-SAC LOT WITH 300 FT. OF WATERFRONT AND A SOUTHERN EXPOSURE! 212013059 $324,900
– COMMERCE – 4 BEDROOMS, 3.1 BATHS ON ALL-SPORTS LAKE SHERWOOD! 211110654 $444,500
– HIGHLAND – ENDLESS, CAPTIVATING VIEWS OF WHITE LAKE! 211111348 $384,500
– COMMERCE – MAIN LAKE WATERFRONT HOME ON ALL-SPORTS, PRIVATE LAKE SHERWOOD! 211116287 $479,000
- HIGHLAND ALL UPDATED SUPER COTTAGE WITH 125 SQ. FRONTAGE ON DUCK LAKE CANAL! 212007826 $125,000
– WIXOM – BRIGHT AND CHARMING RANCH WITH LAKE PRIVILEGES! 210132913 $125,000
– HIGHLAND – SPECTACULAR HOME WITH MILFORD MAILING AND HIGHLAND TAXES! 211118570 $134,900
– HIGHLAND – PRISTINE! BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED! 4 BEDROOMS, 2.1 BATHS - MOVE IN READY 212009879 $290,000
– WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP – GORGEOUS WATERFRONT CONTEMPORARY ON BOGIE LAKE PENINSULA! 211001443 $345,000
– MILFORD VILLAGE – CHARMING AND WELL UPDATED HISTORIC HOME 2 BLOCKS FROM DOWNTOWN! 210111484 $249,900
– HIGHLAND – PRIVATE 23 ACRE LAKEFRONT ESTATE!
– LYON TWP. – LAKEFRONT LIVING IN THIS 55+ SENIOR LIVING CONDO!
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