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he Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Breakfast and Awards Ceremony at Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Township on Tuesday, June 19. “This event is when the chamber and the lakes area residents come together to recognize, celebrate and say thank you to the people who work so hard all year long to enhance the community that we live and do business in,” said Chamber Executive Director Jo Alley. Awards were doled out to both individuals, groups and businesses, while another 45 businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries were also acknowledged. The Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Andrew Berry of Commerce Township. The award recognizes “someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions to the lakes area community over the years. The winner is or has been active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about making the lakes area a nice place to live and work. This individual excels in any area of unpaid endeavor of education, social services, youth work, and community improvement.” The Outstanding Citizen Award, which was presented to the Commerce Township Breakfast Committee, honors a person or persons who dedicated time and energy to a specific cause in the lakes area. According to the chamber, “this person (or group) gives willingly, energetically and consistently. This person (or group) might be well known or might be a ‘quiet’ volunteer, unrecognized until now, but always gives ‘from the heart.’” The Lakes Area Rotary Club was recognized at this year’s Outstanding Non-Profit, which is an award to honor the non-profit organization that has best used its resources to help the community. The Outstanding Student Volunteer award honors the young people who

Dr. Andrew Berry of Commerce Township (left) receives the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award from Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce President Mark Steinberg at the chamber’s annual Breakfast and Awards Ceremony held Tuesday, June 19. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

The Outstanding Citizen Award was presented to members of the Commerce Township Breakfast Committee by Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce President Mark Steinberg. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

are active in volunteer efforts in the lakes area and deserve acknowledgement for their “contributions of dedication, energy, and community spirit.” This year two students from the Walled Lake Consolidated School District were honored: Hope Drogmiller from Sarah Banks Middle School and Adriana Walker from Walled Lake Western High School.

Edgewood Country Club was named as the Outstanding Chamber Business of the Year, an award which recognizes a business that has made “in-depth contributions to the lakes area community through their business.” Those honored with this award are active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about making the lakes

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uss and Katherine Rheaume are just as much in love with Milford as they are with each other. Married for 23 years, Russ, 67, and Katherine, 55, will celebrate another anniversary this Fourth of July as it will mark their 10th year in charge of the Milford Fourth of July Parade on Main Street. Russ is a former president of the Milford Historical Society while Katherine is a former recording secretary for the society. Originally from Livonia and now residing in Brighton Township, Russ and Katherine can usually be seen volunteering in their spare time for various causes, whether it’s fund-raising for PBS or selling used books. In their professional lives, Russ runs a special detective agency called Special Inquiry Company in Milford while Katherine serves as the company’s office manager. The company specializes in investigative and trial preparation work with licensed private investigators and licensed insurance adjusters. Russ and Katherine spoke to the Spinal Column Newsweekly about their love of Milford, how they keep their relationship strong, and the challenges of being a private detective. This Fourth of July will mark your 10th year in charge of the Milford Fourth of July Parade. How did this event become such a labor of love for the both of you? Describe what your first year in charge of organizing the parade was like and what lessons you learned over time. RR: Actually, it started off when we were just watching a TV show and all of a sudden we got a phone call from someone from the (Milford) Historical Society asking, “Would you like to do the parade?” and I said sure. So it was like a quick response, we didn’t realize what it was. But once we started doing the parade, we started getting to know the people involved in the community and it became more and more fun. (In our first year) first of all, we had a lady named Sue Fleming, I believe. She ran it before us, and so she helped us the first year. Over the years, we’ve kind of streamlined a little bit, so now it’s running a lot smoother, but she helped us immensely in the beginning. KR: The first year that we did it, we hadn’t even seen a parade before at Milford, so it was the total learning curve on that one. We were happy that it turned out so well. You both served the Milford Historical Society with Russ as the president and Katherine as the

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recording secretary. How did you both become involved with the society and what did you both want to bring to the table as far as increasing its visibility? RR: Well, as you know, when people get older, history becomes more and more important to them. So originally a friend of ours suggested we join the Historical Society. We belonged to the Livonia Historical Society before moving here and we enjoyed it very much, so now we got into the history of Milford and (are) just enjoying ourselves. KR: I had a lot of family members that were from Milford, so I found it really interesting finding out about the past and the (community) and things like that.

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You run a special detective agency called Special Inquiry Company. What kind of work does that entail? RR: It’s a full-scale detective agency. I’m a member of the Michigan Council of Private Investigators and we handle workers’ (compensation) fraud, insurance fraud, locating witnesses, interviewing witnesses. We do adoption find. Sometimes people want to find their biological parent or biological sibling. We locate the missing persons, we do domestic cases, we do divorces. Some of them turn out happy, some of them turn out very sad. Most of the time when I meet a client on a domestic case, I’ll meet them at one of my many offices; they’re called “Caribou,” “Starbuck’s” or “Panera Bread” or any place where they have a vanilla latte. I meet them there and I get the informa-

tion from them and we go from there. We try to cover all our bases and not leave any loose ends. I try to give them their money’s worth, I’ll put it that way. It’s not like on TV. No. 1, you don’t see two guys in a car staring at somebody coming out the door. If we do a surveillance, you have to be very discreet. A good detective gets in and gets out; you don’t know that he’s there. A lot of times, especially on surveillance, you’re in a hot van in the summer or a cold van in the winter and you’re watching people and you have to be very careful. You don’t want to be discovered. If you are (discovered), I always say you can go away and come back another day. On TV, the detective is always getting beat up. If you’re getting beat up every week, you’re doing a very, very bad job. You always try to stay out of any altercation because if you win, you lose nowadays — somebody will sue you or whatever. Most of the time when we do surveillances, and that’s what we do a lot of, we always tell the police we’re going to be there, but sometimes you can’t. It depends on the situation. I’ve had a gun pointed at me a couple times. Believe me, when a barrel is looking at you, it’s pretty big, but I always try to diffuse the situation. I always try to find some commonality with the person, whoever it is. For example, if I go into somebody’s home in the inner-city to get a statement, I will try to find something nice that they have in their house and compliment them on it and kind of gain rapport with people. That’s the way you’re going to get better results. What has been the key in keeping your relationship strong? RR: Laughter. KR: That’s what I would say, a really good sense of humor. RR: We have lots of fun. We enjoy where we live. We live on 10 acres, we have a pond and I like working outside, doing a bit of landscaping. We’re good at growing weeds here. KR: I think one of the big things is we honestly enjoy each other’s company. RR: One thing I notice is whenever I see Katherine, wherever I am, if I’m walking into a store and there she is, we both smile at each other and I think that’s very important. ❏

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The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce presented several awards at its annual Breakfast and Awards Ceremony at Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Township on Tuesday, June 19. Starting at the top and moving down from left to right, representatives of the Lakes Area Rotary Club are presented with the Outstanding Non-Profit award by chamber president Mark Steinberg; Hope Drogmiller, a Sarah Banks Middle School student, received one of two Outstanding Student Volunteer awards; a Lakes Area Rotary Club member accepts the other Outstanding Student Volunteer Award on behalf of Walled Lake Western High School student Adriana Walker, who is not pictured; Multi-Lakes Conservation Association representatives accept the Lakes Area Chamber Member of the Year Award; an Edgewood Country Club representative accepts the Chamber Business of the Year Award; and Jim Szegi of LegalShield is presented the chamber’s Outstanding Ambassador award. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

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area a destination of choice for local businesses. Jim Szegi of LegalShield was named the Chamber’s Outstanding Ambassador

this year. This recognition is given each year to the ambassador “who put forth extraordinary efforts in visible support of member recognition and appreciation, on behalf of the chamber.” This award is not based on the nomination process, but instead is

based on a point system. The Multi-Lakes Conservation Association was named as the Lakes Area Chamber Member of the Year. The mission of the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association is to “further the understanding and enjoyment

of the outdoors through programs and activities geared to (the) hunter and fisherman.” ❏

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ometimes all you need to feel happy is to mingle with other people. After all, no man is an island, and studies have shown that being lonely can lead to depression — which is why it’s important to get in your daily quota of socializing with others. This is especially true for those who are older, retired, and no longer have the added benefit of interacting with others at work or school every day. Senior centers and programs in west Oakland County can help fill that void by providing a place for seniors to get together with friends “(Going to the senior center) helps us socialize,” said Carole Lapham, who frequents the Highland Township Adult Activity Center. “Once you stop working, you’re not seeing people every day.” Senior centers also offer a chance to form new friendships or even find love — just ask some of the couples who met at the Highland Adult Activities Center. “It’s like a second home, a place to come out and socialize,” said Emily England, director of Commerce Township’s Richardson Center. “We have a lot of widows and widowers who come. It’s a chance to see other faces. We get a lot of new people. Either they are new to the area, or just lost a spouse, or didn’t know we were here.” “I like that people have a place to get together,” said Ottilie Kowalis, who serves on the Dublin Senior Center’s Advisory Council in White Lake Township. “We have fun. We have a few couples that come and a lot of people come by themselves.” And there are often many opportunities for fun at senior centers, whether patrons are playing cards, catching a movie, sharing coffee with friends, or telling a joke or two. And senior centers aren’t only about having fun. They offer support, exercise classes, and educational opportunities in addition to day and overnight trips, which often include casino trips and cost-effective day trips to places like Frankenmuth and The Henry Ford Museum. “I like meeting new people and going to different places,” said Mary Boland, who frequents the Richardson Center in Commerce. What follows is a run-down of the senior centers in the lakes area and a sampling of what they have to offer. HIGHLAND The Highland Adult Activity Center is located at 209 N. John Street next

Serving area seniors Centers offer activities for young at heart

Dotty Oliver (left) and Paula Salck enjoy some Bingo at the Dublin Senior Center in White Lake Township, located at 685 Union Lake Road. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Damon Tang)

to the Township Hall and offers a wide variety of activities and educational opportunities. It’s open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exercise classes are held in the Highland Middle School gym next door, while a trivia activity is held every Thursday at noon. There are piano and organ lessons, art and computer classes, Wii sports, cards and Bingo available. There’s a book club that meets on the last Thursday of the month, and at least two speakers come every month to discuss topics such as nutrition and pensions. Recently the activity center held meet-and-greets with candidates running in the upcoming elections. And dogs are brought in for some pet therapy every Friday morning. “We also have a lot of parties,” said Adult Activity Center Activities Director Heidi Bey. “We are always finding a reason to party, whether it’s Father’s Day or another holiday. We try to keep them going and thinking and doing. It’s not just crocheting here. We want to keep them entertained, which is why we plan different activities such as boating and picnics. The fellowship the seniors find here is important. We have resources here for them. And it’s an alternative to not just sitting at home all day watching TV by themselves. We really want more people to

come in and take advantage of what we have to offer.” “Some people that come here, it’s the only activity they have,” said Leona Cramer, one of the center’s patrons. “We get to meet all new people here,” said Carol Roberts, another patron. “We need more people here to really make a go of it.” Part of the problem may be a lack of transportation, especially since the center’s van has been out of commission, making it harder for seniors to get to the center — especially considering public transportation costs. The center also is a participant in Meals on Wheels. Seniors 60-yearsold and over can buy a meal for $3 daily, provided they call 24 hours in advance. Sally Sanner is the site coordinator and can be reached at 810632-9963. For those under 60, the price is $5 per daily meal. For more information on activities and trips offered, call the center at 248-887-1707. COMMERCE The Richardson Center, located 1485 E. Oakley Park Road across from Walled Lake Central High School, sees between 50 and 100 people walk through its doors on a daily basis, according to England. The center is open Monday through

Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers a variety of activities, including Bingo, a sewing circle, movie days on Thursdays, woodcarving on Wednesdays, and art groups on Fridays. There are health and finance seminars covering topics such as Alzheimer’s disease, pain awareness, and long-term care. There are also specialty days held, such as Ice Cream Day and Root Beer Float Day. For a full list of events, read the center’s newsletter at commercetwp.com or call 248-926-0063. Cards are played daily, with bridge played on Mondays, Euchre on Tuesdays, Pinochle on Wednesdays, and games of choice on Fridays. Bingo is a big draw on Mondays. “I enjoy playing Bingo, and getting together to socialize with the ladies on Monday,” said Esther Camardese, a Richardson Center patron. “The center also sponsors nice trips. I take advantage of them when I can.” “I like talking to people, playing Bingo, and just sitting around and talking with friends,” said May Fendelet, another patron. Doris Lelli said she like the center’s ability to lend medical equipment. “I think it’s nice that they lend medical supplies such as walkers and wheel chairs,” she said. “I borrowed one for my neighbor and she was so grateful.” WHITE LAKE The Dublin Senior Center is located


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young and active,” Gordinear said. “It’s something to look forward to.” WIXOM The Wixom Senior Center draws people from all over Oakland County for camaraderie, fitness activities and sheer enjoyment. Energy abounds in a variety of activities. Whether it’s exercise in a Zumba class, using creative juices to paint or weave a basket, or chatting away with friends at a luncheon, the center is a place seniors can find stimulation and comfort. Wixom resident Celia Boyea said the center has been a positive outlet for her for nearly seven years.

these girls and the people I meet,” Rourke said. “The program is consistent and Tracy does a wonderful job, like on the luncheons and dinner dances with entertainment.” McMahan obtains sponsors to pay for speakers, who routinely address nutrition and health initiatives, legal matters and financial planning. Meals on Wheels comes in twice a week for $4. Heart and blood pressure checks are conducted once a month. Seminars and screenings are free-ofcharge services. “I am always trying to get some-

Joseph Useticki enjoys a visit with a dog as part of a recent pet therapy session held at the Highland Adult Activity Center, located at 209 N. John Street next to the Township Hall. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Damon Tang)

“Companionship is pretty important for an older person and I’ve found good friends, and a great Scrabble partner,” Boyea said. “We’re here to have fun. A lot of us have a story to tell, but we keep the conversation lively and positive.” For a small fee, seniors have access to programming such as massage therapy, member luncheons, yoga/Zumba, Bingo, pot lucks, movies, game or creative writing clubs, and special events. Wixom resident Joan Rourke has been coming to the center for about 15 years. “I’ve made a lot of friends and come here often,” she said. “Now there’s lots of new people and membership has really grown. We have game days and now have a Mahjong group where about 16 of us meet twice a week.” Senior Center Coordinator Tracy McMahan and Parks and Recreation Director Deanna Magee are appreciated by senior center members and know many of them by name. “I keep coming back because of

thing in here that’s different,” McMahan said. “There are different factions here because everybody likes different things.” For example, McMahan recently helped earn a Brooksie Way mini-grant for $1,000 to enhance exercise classes currently offered to seniors by purchasing new exercise equipment. She also incorporated into the schedule a once-a-month luncheon for veterans. “We get about 20 (veterans) and Tracy always makes something homemade for them,” Magee said. Some young-at-heart seniors enjoy the extensive travel opportunities. From visiting casinos or Detroit Tigers games to overnight stays Up North to European tours, these trips serve a certain niche of seniors. The Wixom Senior Center is housed within the Community Center, adjacent to the Wixom Public Library at 49015 Pontiac Trail. Normal hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday unless a special event is scheduled. Facilities include a lounge and stage room for classes

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and special events. Community Center rooms are also utilized if necessary. Membership fees are $7 per year for Wixom residents and $12 for nonresidents. Subsequent costs for activities vary. Walled Lake appropriates money in its budget annually so Walled Lake residents can use the center as if they were Wixom residents. Apart from being the benefactors of a fun and energetic environment, the seniors who attend the center are known for giving back to the community. “They are always coming up with ideas to donate to the community,” McMahan said. “At the holidays, they do a couple food drives and organize back-to-school drivers for school supplies that are donated to Hospitality House.” “We support the events in the community by giving time to such projects as Founders’ Day and the summer concerts,” Boyea said. Members also show support toward one another at the center. “Some of us help each other by taking those who can’t drive to the doctor or reach out and help occasionally,” Boyea said. “We also try to get a card to each person if they are ill, and if someone dies we contribute a book to the library inscribed with the person’s name.” For more information, call 248624-0870. WATERFORD The Waterford Senior Center is more than an activity and meeting place for those 50-years-old and up. It’s a self-supporting effort with services impacting those from the cradle to the elderly. The center is a multi-purpose facility located at 3621 Pontiac Lake Road, the site of the former Leggett Elementary School. It is still owned and operated by the Waterford School District. While the program has been running since 1973, it moved to the Leggett campus five years ago. There is programming for active seniors, adult day care services, an outreach department, Focus: HOPE, as well as an on-site preschool and day care. “We are unique in that we have childcare from birth to 4-years-old, preschool and adult day care for Alzheimer’s, dementia and end-of-life seniors,” said Maureen Margraf, assistant to the coordinator and program and nutrition supervisor. In 2001, the center became the 51st National Council on Aging accredited senior center in the country. “Our members and visitors come PAGE 10 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯

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at 685 Union Lake Road in White Lake and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “It’s very frequently used,” said Dublin Senior Center Director Kathy Gordinear. “We have a good handful of seniors who are here every day.” Some of the biggest draws for seniors are the health and fitness classes offered for a low fee of $5 per class, or six classes for $24. “We are very proud to have more health and fitness classes than many other senior centers in the area,” Gordinear said. “It’s a big draw for the Baby Boomers.” Classes are conducted by certified instructors and include yoga, line dancing, Zumba, and stretch and strength training, in addition to other cardiovascular exercises. In addition to fitness classes, the center has different classes and seminars available such as computer instruction, Bridge, and piano and art lessons. There’s also line dancing and Wii bowling. Dublin has even formed a Wii bowling league which lasts for eight weeks. There’s book club meetings every third Thursday of the month, and a podiatrist comes in every first Thursday. Manicures are available every fourth Friday and massage therapy can be obtained every second Wednesday. Ask a Nurse events are held every first Friday of the month and Ask the Attorney events are offered every last Wednesday, in addition to many more activities, which people can learn more about by calling 248-698-2394 or by looking at the center’s newsletter online at whitelaketwp.com/DublinCenter.asp. The potential to meet new people is another big draw for seniors. “I didn’t know anybody here when I first moved,” said Gloria Schantz, adding that the center is a way for her to make friends in the community. Added Paula Slack, another patron: “It’s convenient and close by. People here are very friendly.” Transportation is offered for seniors in White Lake, Commerce, and the village of Wolverine Lake to the center, medical appointments, work, the grocery store, pharmacies and more for a suggested donation of $2 each way. “I love it,” said Ottilie Kowalis of the transportation system. “Without it, I couldn’t come here.” “And without her we can’t go on. When she isn’t here, we are lost,” said Kowalis’ friend, Helen Zale, who comes to play Bingo with Kowalis on Mondays and Fridays. “I like to be with the ladies,” Zale said. “And we always have new people and friends bringing friends, even friends from Florida.” “The senior center keeps them

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on a regular basis from Clarkston, White Lake, West Bloomfield, Pontiac, Keego Harbor, and as far as Ortonville,” said Supervisor of Auxiliary Services Donielle Fidler. “Membership ebbs and flows — it’s difficult because you form bonds and then you lose them,” Margraf said. “Still we get new members every day.” Lunch is served at the center Monday through Friday at noon. There is a suggested donation of $3 . “A lot eat lunch here every day,” Fidler said. “Many of them think of it as being part of something bigger and part of a home.” A comprehensive Meals on Wheels program, along with a Focus: HOPE food pantry for low-income seniors, is available on a daily basis. “All our Meals on Wheels drivers are volunteers and deliver Monday through Friday and on most major holidays,” Margraf said. “Some of them take our seniors under their wings and buy cat food, litter, and do extra things.” The Meals on Wheels program services 150 people a day. Focus: HOPE routinely feeds 132 seniors who receive a box of government surplus food. The program is supervised by Carylsue Evanoff, a volunteer since 1992. “We also have emergency boxes for anyone where there is no food in the house, that way they are not sent away empty handed,” Evanoff said. “But then we point them in the right direction.” “There are literally people in Waterford who are going without food or sharing food with their pets,” Margraf added. In addition, there’s a snack bar open from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. which features homemade soups ($1.50), sandwiches and salads ($2), fresh fruit (50 cents), and beverages (50 cents). Membership for residents is $20 per household annually; non-residents pay $25 per household annually. For the seniors’ use, there are over a dozen classrooms, a gym, a gift shop, a wood shop, a bistro lunch room, and four activity rooms, including one with two pool tables. There is $1 drop-in fee for most programs. Moreover, there is grief and caregiver support, seminars, and health screenings available at no charge. About one-third of the 2,000-plus members enjoy special events and a travel program that offers day trips to casinos and downtown Detroit, and longer excursions to New York City and national parks out West. Other perks include a massage ther-

apist visit once a week and a social worker who visits twice a week. Other opportunities for socialization — such as a deaf and hearing-impaired group, a quilting group, Euchre and Pinochle groups, and a jam session ensemble — occur periodically. “(The Jam Session ensemble has) as many as 11 playing different instruments at one time ... and they even play at some of our special events and nursing homes,” Fidler said. Waterford resident Frank Surhigh spearheaded the jam session concept. “I wasn’t playing with anybody, so I came down here and asked if I could get a couple guys together and now we’ve been doing this for a year and a half,” Surhigh said. The wood shop group is dubbed the “Bistro Bums,” and the “Bistro Babes” is a welcoming committee of sorts. “We’re here five days a week,” said Waterford resident Joyce Fisher. “We’re greeters, and a pretty young group at heart.” “A lot of us are retired and don’t travel a lot, so it’s a nice, reasonably priced place to come and (is) better than sitting at home,” Fisher said. “We develop a lot of friendships.” The Outreach Center on site provides Medicare and Medicaid counseling, along with housing and other resources such as a medical equipment loan center where wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and other equipment is available. The Encore Program, supervised by Erin Asdell, provides the seniors with structured recreational activities like music, exercise, cooking, games, memory stimulation, and group discussions in a safe environment. Recently they played balloon volleyball. “It was a blast,” Asdell said. “There’s a theme every day and it’s good for significant others that can go grocery shopping or participate in Senior Center activities.” The Waterford Senior Center could not function without its contingency of volunteers, Fidler said. Learn more by calling 248-7384710 or visiting waterford.k12.mi.us/seniorcenter/. MILFORD The Milford Senior Center is located across from the Milford Civic Center at 1050 Atlantic Street and provides numerous services, classes and activities for residents 50-years-old and over in the community. Built in 1989, the Senior Center has evolved into not only a gathering place for Milford’s seniors, but also an institution that reaches out to the community. Nancy Hinzmann is the Senior Center’s director, while Debbie Shew

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serves as the activities director. The Senior Center also has its own official board, which meets the second Monday of every month at 3:30 p.m. In addition to regular activities, the center provides bus trips to destinations that have recently included Traverse City and Atlantic City, N.J. The Senior Center also provides daily van transportation on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for adults 55years-old and older or certified handicapped seniors to appointments, whether those appointments are for a doctor or a hairdresser. Fees for transportation are $4 each way inside Milford and Highland Township, while transportation to medical appointments or transportation outside Milford and Highland up to 16 miles is $8 each way. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance, preferably between 8 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., by calling 248-887-4979. Lunch is served every weekday at at noon for seniors 60 and over for a $3 donation. Reservations can be made by calling 248-684-0705 by 11 a.m. at least one weekday prior to the day a senior wishes to eat. The Milford Senior Center’s regular schedule of activities is as follows: Mondays: • Walking Class, 10 a.m.; • Awareness Through Movement, 10:30 a.m.; • Veterans Lunch, noon (third Monday of the month); • Ask the Attorney, 1:00 p.m. (second Monday of the month); • Board Meeting, 3:30 p.m. (second Monday of the month). Tuesdays: • Stretch & Strength, 10:45 a.m.; • Bridge, noon; • Red Hats, noon (fourth Tuesday of the month); • Bingo, 1 p.m. (first and third Tuesdays of the month); • Pot Luck, 5 p.m. (third Tuesday of the month). Wednesdays: • Line Dancing, 10 a.m.; • Birthday Lunch, noon (second Tuesday of the month); • Wii Bowling, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays: • Stretch & Strength, 10:45 a.m.; • Euchre, 12:30 p.m.; • Pinochle, 1 p.m. Fridays: • Coffee Club, all morning; • Sewing (quilting), 10 a.m.; • Friday Morning Squares Knit/Crocheting, 10 a.m.;

• Staff of U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, 10 a.m. (first Friday of the month); and • Wii Bowling, 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit milfordtownship.org or villageofmilford.org. For information on Senior Center activities, call 248-685-9008. WEST BLOOMFIELD While West Bloomfield Township does not have a senior center building itself, the township’s Parks and Recreation Department provides a wide range of activities and outings for the township’s senior citizens. The department provides Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) transportation for residents who are 55-years-

on “online registration.” Among the more popular exercise activities offered are “Stretch and Tone,” a flexibility training class held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. at The Corners, 2075 Walnut Lake Road, until Aug. 30. Senior Coordinator Denny Troshak said that Stretch and Tone averages 50 people per session and that it has drawn 1,660 people through June. The Ageless Grace program “21 Simple Tools for Lifelong Comfort and Ease” will also be held from Wednesday, July 11 through Aug. 29 at the Recreation Activities Center, with residents being charged $57 for the entire program and non-residents paying a fee of $67.

Chris Zayid (left) passes out hot dogs at the Richardson Senior Center in Commerce Township, located at 1485 E. Oakley Park Road across from Walled Lake Central High School. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Damon Tang)

old and over, and persons under the age of 55 with a disability, Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transportation is available weekdays from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule transportation, call 248-7062411 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Transportation is $1 each way and is available to Parks and Recreation programs, and medical appointments within the township and up to six miles outside of the township. Nonmedical transportation within the township and up to one mile outside of the township is also provided. A complete list of activities and prices can be found in the department’s “Pathways” magazine that can be downloaded from the Parks and Recreation homepage, westbloomfieldparks.org, in the upper left-hand corner. Seniors interested in participating in activities can register by calling 248-451-1900 or by logging onto westbloomfieldparks.org and clicking

All of the exercises are designed to be practiced in a chair and will focus on different anti-aging techniques such as joint mobility, spinal flexibility, right-left brain coordination, cognitive function, systemic stimulation, balance, confidence and playfulness. Early registration is accepted for Ageless Grace before Wednesday, July 4, with residents being charged $52 and non-residents being charged $62. Seniors who are hoping to transfer their priceless photos onto a computer can learn how at a special computer class on Thursday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Recreation Activities Center at 4640 Walnut Lake Road will also be hosting birthday parties from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 31 and Aug. 28, with no registration required and cake and other assortments being served. Seniors are also invited to the open game room on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The open game room is sponsored by the West Bloomfield Nursing

Center and no registration is required, but groups of 10 or more are asked to call a week in advance so accommodations can be made. Troshak said that about 1,400 people have attended open game room so far this year. Also on Aug. 21, the West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center will host the Surf and Turf Party celebration, sponsored by Heartland-West Bloomfield, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be water and land activities in addition to a surf and turf meal prepared by the recreation center’s culinary staff. In addition to the activities provided, the Parks and Recreation Department also provides outings for seniors, including the Out-to-Lunch Brunch program that provides transportation from the activities center to restaurants across southeast Michigan, giving seniors aged 55 and up a chance to mingle. The brunch program will be heading to Papa Vino’s in Northville on July 11, July 13 and July 18, with the bus departing at 11 a.m. Then the bus will head to Sinbad’s in Detroit on July 25, July 27 and Aug. 1 before going to the Fox Grill in Bloomfield Hills on Aug. 8, 10 and 15 with the bus departing at 10:30 a.m. The program will then take seniors on a Mystery Trip, North of Canada, on Aug. 22, 24 and 29, with the bus departing at 11 a.m. Transportation can be arranged to these events by calling 248-706-2411 or by visiting the activities center. On July 17, seniors can enjoy an afternoon at the movies at the Birmingham Palladium Theater, which includes a buffet lunch and tickets to a first-run movie, with the bus departing at 11:15 a.m. On July 24, an outing to the Eastern Market in Detroit will be provided and on Aug. 27, seniors can enjoy a visit to The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn and the Titanic exhibition. In addition, activities are provided for seniors aged 50 and up to enjoy with their grand-children aged 7 to 11, including an outing to Greenfield Village on Tuesday, July 10. Then on July 25, seniors and their grand-children can enjoy a game of bocce ball at the activities center, followed by a trip to the Chrysler Museum and BD’s Mongolian Barbeque in Auburn Hills on Aug. 2. Then on Aug. 23, the Parks and Recreation Department will provide an outing to a Detroit Tigers game. ❏ Staff writers Michael Shelton and Leslie Shepard contributed to this report.


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The court also stated that the language of MCL 42.12 clearly says that the board “may . . . authorize the supervisor” — not “shall authorize” — therefore giving the township board discretionary power. Nichols also pointed out in his original ruling that the township’s ordinance code states that the police chief shall be appointed by the township board. As far as Brown’s meeting stipend was concerned, the plaintiffs cited MCL 42.6a(6), which states that “the salary of an elected township official shall not be decreased during the official’s term of office as long as the responsibilities and requirements of that office are not diminished during the term of the official’s term of office.” The township board did not issue tax documents to Brown reflecting compensation for the meetings he attended. In its ruling, the Court of Appeals concluded that MCL 42.6a was inapplicable because it establishes alternative means for setting compensation through a commission and West Bloomfield does not use a commission to set compensation. Instead, the court based its ruling on MCL 42.6, which states that “a trustee may receive, in addition to other emoluments provided by law for his service to the township, a sum per meeting of the board actually attended by him, as established by the township board to be paid upon authorization of the township board.” The court ruled that while MCL 42.6 does not empower a trustee to decline compensation, it also “does not place specific limits on how the board may ‘establish’ per-meeting compensation.” The court also stated in the ruling that the township board retroactively stated that Brown was entitled to $0 for 2009, 2010, and 2011. In addition, the Court of Appeals found that the board also ratified the use of Brown’s compensation for the Water Benevolent Fund and established a process that

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a 2011 ruling by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rudy J. Nichols dismissing a declaratory lawsuit filed by West Bloomfield Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste and Trustee Steve Kaplan against four fellow Board of Trustees members. The ruling that was released on Thursday, June 21 was centered on two issues: The board’s selection of Michael Patton as police chief; and Trustee Larry Brown having his $125 township board meeting stipend directed to the township’s Water Benevolent Fund to help needy township families pay their water bills. The township, along with Brown, Trustees Gary Farber and Howard Rosenberg, and Clerk Catherine Shaughnessy, were named as defendants. Kaplan said no further litigation is being planned at this point. In the suit, the plaintiffs argued that only the township supervisor can appoint a police chief, citing Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 42.12, which reads that “the township board in each charter township may provide for and establish a police force and authorize the supervisor to appoint, subject to the approval of the board, a township marshal and such other policemen.” A township policy amendment came into play when the board selected and swore in Patton as the township’s new police chief to replace Ronald Cronin, who retired, in October 2010. However, the Court of Appeals ruled against the notion that the power to appoint the police chief properly rests with the supervisor because an appointment is an administrative rather than a legislative act.

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will allow future trustees to decline the compensation. The court ruled that those actions resolved any irregularities between what Brown accepted and what he was entitled to and that the court believes “there is no reason to suppose such a change would impact the rights of third persons.” In addition, the Court of Appeals declined to consider the legality of the Water Benevolent Fund because the issue was not raised in the plaintiffs’ complaint and was not properly pleaded. The decision by the Court of Appeals comes almost a year and a half after Nichols dismissed the lawsuit. “When Supervisor Economou Ureste and Trustee Kaplan first lost, we had spent about $25,000 defending against their lawsuit,” Shaughnessy said in a statement. “Eighteen months and another $15,000 later, we have finally won. It has been so frustrating to see two elected officials in this community waste tax dollars which could have been spent on bettering this community.” Brown said that he felt “vindicated once again.” “I’m very pleased the Court of Appeals ruled in our favor,” he said. “I have done nothing wrong. I’m not avoiding paying taxes; I’m just trying to help people.” Despite the court’s overall ruling, both Ureste and Kaplan have reiterated that the Court of Appeals did state that MCL 42.6 does not empower a trustee to decline compensation. “For two years, from January 2009 until January 2011, it was improper for Brown to do that,” Kaplan said. “The resolutions were not passed until (Nichols) gave his opinion. It’s like changing the rules mid-stream, like making two strikes an out in baseball.” Both Ureste and Kaplan claim that the majority of the board was in violation of the law by taking action to allow Brown not to receive his meeting stipend so he could continue to collect disability payments. Brown, a certified public accountant (CPA), repudiated that claim, stating that whether he takes money does not disturb his disability income. “The disability policies have a definition of occupation,” he said. “As long as I am not a managing director of a CPA firm, I can earn and keep my money.” ❏

Council punts on dissolution of DDA until next month The Walled Lake Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has sur-

vived another day after the Walled Lake City Council opted on Tuesday, June 19 to table the second reading and potential final approval of an ordinance that would dissolve the DDA. The ordinance was introduced during the City Council’s June 5 meeting. Budgetary issues were at the center of the effort to disband the DDA; however, since the ordinance’s introduction, the City Council and DDA board members discussed alternatives and numerous local businesses voiced opposition to eliminating the DDA. “We didn’t want to spend money on a building (for the DDA) and put back the Foster Farmhouse and the road projects (into the DDA budget), which are higher priorities,” said Councilman Bob Robertson. “We basically have things worked out.” Tabling the ordinance’s second reading and final adoption had DDA Board of Directors Chairman Casey Ambrose, also a member of the City Council, puzzled. “You would think they would eliminate the second reading if there’s no issue (left to resolve),” Ambrose said. “I’m just as confused as the next person.” Councilman Bill Sturgeon said he proposed withholding action on the second reading and final adoption of the ordinance due to procedural logistics. “The DDA has to make some actions on their own bylaws and approve the board meeting minutes the second Tuesday of the month and there may be some amendments to follow based on what the DDA does,” Sturgeon said. “I’m also hoping the (DDA) executive director will be the city manager.” DDA Executive Director Charlene Long’s position was eliminated during the recent DDA budget approval process, cutting over $60,000 out of the DDA’s budget. However, the City Council approved a $50,000 expenditure for a contractual employee to essentially run DDA events in the absence of a dedicated executive director. Councilman John Owsinek, like Sturgeon, said he is on board with City Manager L. Dennis Whitt taking on the executive director position for the DDA. “That’s a distinct possibility, but it hasn’t been formalized,” Owsinek said. “The city manager doesn’t find an issue with it, and it’s a temporary situation to bridge us over into the new fiscal year.” Sturgeon added that Whitt’s experi-

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ence lends itself to the DDA post. “He’s been in the business 30 years and has handled ... tax increment financing and economic development,” Sturgeon said. “It makes sense. The executive director position had ancillary expenses like a car allowance and retirement (benefits), so it was a high budget item that can’t stand in this economy.” Due to the decline in “industrialization” in the city, Owsinek said he wants someone in charge to expand that base. “We have lost a substantial amount of industrialization and need to expand on the industrial side and preserve our commercial sector,” Owsinek said. With the road construction project at Pontiac Trail and Maple Road set to commence at some point after Monday, July 9, council members want to ensure businesses stay afloat. “We’re waiting to see what the road construction entails and help businesses through it,” Owsinek said. The City Council is expected to discuss the second reading of the ordinance at its July 17 meeting. ❏

Wolverine Lake looks to adopt medical pot rules By Leslie Shepard staff writer

The Wolverine Lake Village Council has unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that will allow medical marijuana caregivers to grow and dispense the drug in specific commercial districts within the village. The proposed ordinance provisions fall under the general offenses ordinance, and would allow caregivers to register in the village to serve patients, but in order to allow for that, a zoning ordinance amendment was needed. “We had to makes changes to the zoning ordinance for a medical marijuana ordinance to be in place,” said Village Councilman and Planning Commission Liaison Brian Nedrow. The proposed ordinance specifies requirements to be completed for each license application. “It only allows for caregivers in certain commercial districts, but they must register with the village,” Nedrow said. PAGE 17 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯

The Waterford Public Library (above) is one of six sites featuring a high-quality reproduction of artwork through the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside/Out program. The others are Hess-Hathaway Park; the Waterford Civic Center; Waterford Oaks Water Park; Waterford Parks and Recreation; and L.A. Café. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

DIA works come to Waterford Six locations featuring museum’s Inside/Out program

By Leslie Shepard staff writer

Waterford Township has been tapped as one of the new communities in which reproductions of acclaimed artworks will be displayed in public places. The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) recently named Waterford as one of the communities that will participate in the Inside/Out program, which places high-quality reproductions of art masterpieces from the DIA’s collection on display along streets and in parks throughout communities in metro Detroit. The DIA is also installing reproductions this summer in Clawson, Garden City, Trenton, and Troy. “It’s good exposure for the township,” said Darren Graunstadt, president of the Waterford Cultural Council. “We’re now on the DIA website and will be receiving tours from other cities which will visit the (Waterford) locations.” The reproductions were installed in six Waterford locations on Monday, June 25: Hess-Hathaway Park; the Waterford Public Library;

the Waterford Civic Center; Waterford Oaks Water Park; Waterford Parks and Recreation; and L.A. Café. Maps indicating the installation locations are available through the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cultural Council, and township offices. “We’ve been trying to bring more culture into the area, or at least get easier access to it,” Graunstadt said. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is sponsoring the program for 2012 and 2013. The foundation supports ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. “This is one of many ways the DIA serves the community,” said DIA Director Graham W.J. Beal. “We’re glad to be continuing our third year of the extremely popular Inside/Out program, and we look forward to 2013.” Each participating community plans activities centered around Inside/Out with guidance from the DIA. Previous events have included a wine-tasting bus tour, bike and walking tours, talks at local libraries, and

festivals. The DIA will also offer an online photo contest and a geocaching event, which is a high-tech treasure hunt in which players try to locate hidden containers, called “geocaches,” placed near the artwork reproductions using GPS-enabled devices. The photo contest and geocaching series will begin later in the season. Visit www.dia.org/insideout for updates. To celebrate the beginning of the program, the Waterford Cultural Council, Chamber of Commerce, and the township have planned a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Tuesday, July 10 at Waterford Township Hall. Thanks to Eagle Graphics and L.A. Café, reproductions of local artists’ work are planned to be placed in other township locations, including the Chamber of Commerce offices, Heroes Bar & Grill, the Waterford Historical Village, and

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Wixom receives Army Humvee without charge By Leslie Shepard staff writer

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he city of Wixom now has a Humvee. Thanks to the research done by Assistant City Manager Tony Nowicki, the city recently accepted the delivery of a free U.S. Army Humvee to serve as an emergency off-road vehicle. “I was looking into municipal areas of interest and found an Ohio community that participated with the federal government in this regard and handed the idea over to (Public Safety Director) Clarence (Goodlein), who ran with it,” Nowicki said. City law enforcement representatives took delivery of the vehicle two weeks ago from a military detachment in Lansing. “The military has a number of these vehicles they’ve received and give to public safety agencies free of charge and we’re lucky enough to get one,” Goodlein said. “Our DPW (Department of Public Works) mechanic accompanied (Wixom Police) Sgt. Charlie Yon to look at the vehicle prior to taking it.” The vehicle will be used specifically for police or fire emergency responses. “We currently have no vehicle for off-road uses, but we haven’t determined how this vehicle will be assigned,” Goodlein said.

Wixom public safety officials recently took delivery of a former U.S. Army Humvee that will be used for off-road emergency responses in the city. The vehicle, which is 10-years-old and has 8,000 miles of use, came free of charge through a federal program. (Photo submitted by Wixom Director of Public Safety Clarence E. Goodlein)

The Humvee is roughly 10-years-old with only 8,000 miles on it. “It has low mileage, burns diesel and is Spartan-like, no accouterments. If we were buying the vehicle it would be roughly $40,000,” Goodlein said. The Humvee may require some modification prior to use, according to

Nowicki. “We now have another piece of equipment to retrofit for our special emergency response needs that will be modified by our in-house mechanic,” Nowicki said. “We’re looking toward the community for donations or assistance.”

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Leaping Lizards. Businesses that would like to participate in featuring a local artist can call Graunstadt at 248330-9588. “We put an option out there for businesses who want banners of art at their own locations,” Graunstadt said. “Hopefully we’ll get a ton of businesses to do it.” The DIA also offers free museum admission for participating communities, so Waterford residents may want to circle Aug. 5 on their calendars as the date they can attend free of charge. The DIA has an Inside/Out Facebook page (www.facebook.com/dia.insideout) where users can interact with each other and share Inside/Out experiences online. ❏

Village Council President John Magee added that the ordinance prohibits dispensaries. “We tried to create a local ordinance with reasonable regulation over the activities, just like any other business activity,” Magee said. “It allows people who need medical marijuana to get it.” The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act was enacted after state voters approved a ballot question in November 2008. The state’s medical marijuana law then took effect on April 4, 2009. Since that time, municipalities have been wrangling with the law because of what they feel is ambiguity on some key issues, such as the conditions under which medical mari-

juana cultivation is allowed. Under the proposed village ordinance provisions, a license is not required for the principal residence where marijuana is cultivated or used exclusively for the patient’s personal consumption, but a location other than a patient’s principal residence, where a patient cultivates or uses marijuana, is the subject of licensure requirements. “Caregivers are limited to serving five patients and growing 12 plants per patient for a 60 plant maximum, as per state law,” Nedrow said. The sale, cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana would be prohibited within 500 feet of any public or private school; within 500 feet of adult entertainment uses (such as bars); and within 500 feet of the site at which any other caregiv-

er or other person cultivates marijuana or assists in its use. The ordinance also provides for restrictions on distribution and patient cultivation inspections. “There’s a provision in the ordinance that the ordinance officials can inspect after a license is pulled for zoning issues on the premises,” Nedrow said. Penalties for violation would be considered civil infractions that could come with penalties of $1,000 per violation. In the event of two or more violations, increased civil penalties would ensue along with possible revocation of licensure following a hearing. ❏

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White Lake Bed Bath & Beyond officially opens

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ift shopping just got a bit easier in the lakes area as Bed Bath & Beyond officially opened its doors in White Lake Township on Tuesday, June 19. The domestic merchandise retail store moved into the building that once housed a Farmer Jack grocery store at the corner of Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Road. Soon it will have a neighbor in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, which is also set to open this summer. For the past few years, the building has remained vacant after A&P — the parent company of Farmer Jack — decided to close many of its stores in July 2007. When A&P filed for bankruptcy in December 2010, the lease agreement between the company and the White Lake property owner Gershenson Realty & Investments was broken, allowing the property owner to pursue other tenants. Township officials were pleased and excited to have the two national retailers move into the building. While Bed Bath & Beyond opened its doors on Tuesday, it cel-

Highland sidewalk plan set for board approval July 11 By Angela Niemi staff writer

For the past year, the Highland Township Planning Department has been assembling a master plan looking to incorporate non-motorized pathways in the township, and the pathway plan will now go before the township Board of Trustees for final review and approval at a Wednesday, July 11 board meeting. According to Jenny Frederick of the township’s Planning Department, the pathway master plan was initiated after township planners finished a recreation master plan in 2009. “After we did the recreation plan, citizens said one of the priorities was to get pathways in Highland,” Frederick said. “So in some ways, this is like an addendum to the recreation plan.” The goal is to meet the needs of

Bed Bath & Beyond’s new location in White Lake Township at the corner of Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Road held a grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 23 after officially opening its doors to eager customers on Tuesday, June 19. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

ebrated its official grand opening on Saturday, June 23. Representatives from Bed Bath & Beyond’s corporate offices didn’t

return calls for comment prior to press time. The store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.;

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store is located at 9050 Highland Road in White Lake. ❏

pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrians, and other path users within the township. The need for a pathway master plan also partly arose from the township’s hope to get state and federal funds through the Federal Highway Administration’s Safe Routes to Schools program — which would cover the majority of Highland’s priority areas. The plan calls for 27 miles of proposed pathways to be added over the next decade. The first five years of the plan include adding 10 miles of pathways along the following roadways: • One mile along Downey Lake Road; • One-half mile along North Duck Road; • One-quarter mile along Harvey Lake Road; • Three miles along Highland Road (M-59); • One-and-a-half miles along Livingston Road; • Three miles along Milford Road; and

• One mile on East Wardlow Road; This connected system of trails and greenways throughout the township is expected to connect residents to adjacent communities; the county’s linked path and trail system; and to “natural, cultural, and civic destinations within Highland Township” while serving a wide range of users, including walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. The draft non-motorized pathway master plan can be found on the township’s website at highlandtwp.com. The draft plan was last updated in April. ❏

tions from the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s (WRC) Office. “We had a meeting with the WRC Office several weeks ago and talked over services provided and the fact of an increase in rates,” said Mayor Pro Tem and Water & Sewer Committee Member Joe Majcher. Other committee members include City Councilmembers Jackie Beach and Mark Hoffman. The council approved the new rates at its Monday, June 18 meeting. Water and sewer rates have risen steadily over the last seven years. “Much is determined by the Detroit Water and (Sewerage Department), and of course Oakland County’s had work to do in Farmington Hills that drove up costs a bit,” Majcher said. Sewer rates for customers with city water service will increase from $32.99 to $35.38 per thousand cubic feet (mcf) of usage.

Water, sewer rates in Orchard Lake to increase on July 1 By Leslie Shepard staff writer

The Orchard Lake City Council approved hikes in water and sewer rates for 2012-13 effective Sunday, July 1, based on the recommenda-

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According to the WRC, this cost includes charges for sewage disposal by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) system and charges for WRC operation and maintenance of the Evergreen-Farmington Sewage Disposal System. The rates also cover the WRC’s costs to operate and maintain Orchard Lake’s sanitary sewer system. However, sewer customers not connected to city water service, but who have a well, are in for a cost hike this year, also. Rates increased from $131.96 per quarter in 2011-12 to $141.52 in 2012-13. The water operating and maintenance fee will be set at $7.60 per 1,000 gallons of water usage, compared to $7.40 last year. The Detroit city water rate for 2012-13 is $29.18 per 1,000 mcf. The rate is the amount charged to West Bloomfield. In turn, West Bloomfield supplies water to Orchard Lake through the West Bloomfield system. With operation and maintenance fees tacked on, the total charge to residents per 1,000 cubic feet of water is $36.78, compared to $34.98 last year. ❏

Leaving children unattended rules adopted, mulled By Michael Shelton staff writer

Both Milford Village and Milford Township have taken action to address the issue of unattended children. The Milford Village Council at its Monday, June 18 meeting adopted two amendments to its ordinance regarding offenses involving underage children, while the Milford Township Board of Trustees introduced two similar amendments at its Wednesday, June 20 meeting. The first amendment applies to Article No. 8, Section 50-246 of the village ordinances and Article No. 8, Section 18-285 of the township’s ordinances and states the following: “It shall be unlawful for any person, parent, guardian, custodian, or anyone else to whose care children under 11 years of age are entrusted to leave, neglect, or abandon such children in any public place or place open to the public without furnishing someone

Steven Fancy was devoted to family

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teven Michael Fancy, 53, of Traverse City, formerly of West Bloomfield Township and co-owner of The Spinal Column Newsweekly, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 19, at Munson Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Steve was born on March 15, 1959 in Detroit, Mich. to James and Patricia (Perry) Fancy. He married Marisa Starling and together they lovingly raised four wonderful children. He retired as vice president of a national medical/dental software company in Oakland County and moved his family to Traverse City in 1995. Steve may have appeared to others as a very reserved and quiet man, but with those who knew him, they would tell you that he actually had a great sense of humor, a love of life, and was a rebel when the situation called for it. His children would tell you that he was a man of honor and ethics, and he expected the same of them. That didn’t stop him from taking them on excursions with the understanding of “don’t tell Mom I let you do that.” He spent more time with his children than most fathers who have lived to 80. His wife would tell you that he was devoted to his family and worked tirelessly to instill a sense of family in his children. In his words, “Sunday is Family Day.” Some of his greatest joys were time spent at Tiger games, family game night, playing racquetball with his sons, salmon fishing on the Boardman River, or jet skiing on Duck Lake. He was equally devoted to his relationship with his wife and most Saturday nights you could find them out on the town on their “dates.”

over the age of 17 years for supervision of such children.” The second amendment will be added to Article No. 8 of the two communities’ ordinances, creating a new section called “Unattended Child in Motor Vehicle.” The addition states that “a person who is responsible for the care or welfare of a child shall not leave that child unattended in a vehicle for a period of time or under circumstances

His parents would tell you that he was an unbelievable son, who gave selflessly of himself to them. When his father was seriously ill last year, Steve spent the majority of his time with his father in Oakland County, going back to Traverse City for medical appointments as necessary. Steve is survived by his wife Marisa; children Ronessa (David) Butler, Jeff (fiancée Elizabeth Nelson) Fancy, Patrick Fancy, and Alex Fancy; grandchildren Lilliana, Aevryn, Zoe, and Madeline; mother Patricia, sister Susan (Tim Utter) Fancy; and many other loving family members and friends.

Steven Fancy

Steven was preceded in death by his father, grandson Zachary, and beloved dog Scooter. A private family service was held Wednesday, June 20. Memorial contributions may be directed to www.ccalliance.org or www.chris4life.org. Please sign Steven’s online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com. The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. ❏ that pose an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to the child.” The amendment defines a child as being someone less than 6-years-old and “unattended” as being alone or without the supervision of an individual 13-years-old or older who is not legally incapacitated. The penalty for a violation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in prison, a $500 fine, or both. ❏

Milford board extends ban on medical pot The Milford Township Board of Trustees voted Wednesday, June 20 to extend the township’s moratorium on medical marijuana establishments and activities for another six months. The moratorium was first enacted by the township board on May 19, 2010 for six months. The board extended the moratorium for another six months on Nov. 17, 2010, another six months back on May 18, 2011 and another six months on Nov. 16, 2011. The moratorium denies any use of land in the township for marijuana cultivation or processing, distribution or dispensing, smoking or other administration; marijuana stores; and specialized schools or training involving marijuana. The township board has previously argued that the township’s current zoning and land use ordinances don’t address the proper location of land uses involving medical marijuana because many of the activities previously were illegal and not permitted in any zoning classification within the township. ❏

Electric trolling motors now OK for use on Sears Lake The Milford Township Board of Trustees at its Wednesday, June 20 meeting adopted an amendment to the township’s ordinances to authorize the use of electric trolling motors on Sears Lake. Previously, Sears Lake was regarded as a “no-motors lake” per a township ordinance; however the Sears Lake Community Association board recently received requests from residents to allow electric motors on the lake. Electric trolling motors are defined as portable, battery-powered motors designed and intended for slow, quiet operation. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a public hearing regarding the use of electric motors on Sears Lake back on March 1, at the request of the Milford Township board. Sgt. Al Bavarskas, a DNR marine safety specialist, said that based on all the information gathered, Sears Lake didn’t have enough activity to justify a no-motor restriction on the lake and recommended allowing the use of electric trolling motors. ❏


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park in southwestern Oakland County may become a reality if the Oakland County Board of Commissioners follows ... recommendations to buy 672.25 acres in Lyon Township, which includes a heron rookery. The Finance Committee gave its approval for the purchase ... for $4.95 million by the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Department, using money from that department’s land acquisition fund and $1.8 million in grants from the Michigan DNR. The property, located near Old Plank Road and I-96, includes the largest heron rookery in Michigan, with more than 300 nests and about 700-800 herons, said Ralph Richard, director of parks and recreation for the county. 10 YEARS AGO June 26, 2002 Waterford Township sealed a deal this week that puts the community one step closer to transforming the southeast corner of M-59 and Crescent Lake Road into a green, landscaped plaza with a CVS pharmacy and a possible restaurant or other small commercial building. The township Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday, June 24 to approve a Planning Commission request to rezone the land from a residential to commercial land use designation. The Planning Commission had approved the rezoning request ... accepting three main concept plans offered by Velmeir Companies, the developer that has offered to pay $2.1 million to the township for the 3.18acre parcel. The consistent element in each of those three plans is a CVS drug store, which will sit on the western portion of the parcel ... Until a secondary structure is decided on, a lawn-style greenscape will be created on the eastern side of the site.

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HVS committee to explore classroom technology uses By Leslie Shepard staff writer

The Huron Valley School District is in the early stages of coming up with ways to bring technology into the classroom so each student’s learning is tailored to his or her academic needs. “It’s centered around our mission of inspiring and building futures one student at a time, and technology offers that opportunity to differentiate programming because students learn at a different pace and technology personalizes that programming,” said Board of Education President Sean Carlson. An ad hoc technology committee has been formed comprised of school board members, teachers, district administration, information technology (IT) staff, and parents. The plan is to pilot technology strategies at the middle school level before expanding the concepts to other buildings. “This is the perfect recipe for innovation to take place,” Carlson said. “We don’t have the economic resources to do it everywhere and since we have a foothold in the middle schools with 21st century learning, we want to wire up these buildings and start there.” The district implemented the “teaming” approach in the middle schools last year as part of its 21st century educational effort. As part of the teaming approach, students work closely with four teachers who collaborate. The committee is still in the early stages of planning strategies, but is focusing on four primary areas: Infrastructure needs, professional development, technology in the classroom, and leveraging data. “We need to determine how to capture assessment test and leverage data on each student to see if they understand, and how to intervene to help students with learning,” Carlson said. “Technology will help teachers identify the needs quicker — not only (for) those (who are) failing, but those that need to be stretched and to be able to continue to push gifted kids.” One idea up for discussion is having kids bring in their own devices to enhance learning in the classroom. “This is still in the discussion phase and we have no determination of what direction we’re going to go,” Carlson said. “If they bring in their own then it would cost less, but there

Budget adopted WBS adding to reserves in FY 2012-13 By Michael Shelton staff writer

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he West Bloomfield Schools Board of Education approved the district’s budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year year, which begins on Sunday, July 1, at its Monday, June 25 meeting. General Fund revenue for 201213 is projected at $64.63 million, while expenditures are projected at $63.45 million, leaving a surplus of $1.17 million. The district’s General Fund balance as of Saturday, June 30 is projected at $419,154 and is expected to increase to $1.59 million by June 30, 2013, the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year. The majority of revenue in the General Fund will come from state sources totaling $46.75 million, including the state per-pupil foundation allowance, reimbursements, and grants. Local sources, which are comprised mostly of property tax revenue, will make up $13.02 million of the revenue, followed by federal sources at $2.29 million and intermediate sources at $2.07 million. Instruction will account for $40.37 million in expenditures, while supporting services will account for $22.74 million. Total projected revenue for the 2012-13 school year is $86.2 million, while total expenditures are projected at $84.91 million, leaving a surplus of $1.29 million. are kids who can’t afford it.” Carlson said some school districts work out a three-year lease arrangement for equipment. After that agreement expires, the student would own the device. The crux of the initiative is innovation. “It’s all about digitizing the classroom and embedding technology in the four core study areas,” Carlson said. Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Nancy Coratti said the concept is to expand on what tools students use to maximize their potential. “The relevant piece is that kids are so used to being plugged in and we want to take advantage of this,” Coratti said. ❏

The district’s total fund balance as of June 30 is projected at $1.9 million and is expected to increase to $3.19 million on June 30, 2013. The district also projects to receive $8,646 per-pupil in state foundation allowance money for the school year. The district’s hold-harmless millage rate will be 4.2386 mills, while the non-homestead millage rate will be 13.6211 mills and the debt retirement millage rate will be 7.45 mills. The board also approved budget adjustments for the 2011-12 school year, with an increase in General Fund revenue of $103,699 resulting in a total of $67.06 million. Amendments also included a $632,281 increase in General Fund expenditures for a total of $67.19 million. Those changes leave an operating deficit of $132,408, which will be covered by the district’s fund balance. Savings are expected to come from the district’s privatization of its custodial and transportation services. On April 30, the board entered into three-year agreements with Durham School Services for transportation services and GCA Services Group for custodial services, resulting in a projected savings of approximately $5.9 million over the three-year span. ❏

Waterford Schools revises ‘outdated’ cell phone rules The Waterford Schools Board of Education has approved revisions to the district’s policy and Student Code of Conduct to allow more use of cellular phones and electronic communications devices (ECDs) for students at Waterford Kettering and Mott. The new policy will take effect in the 2012-13 school year and applies to Kettering and Mott students only. “This will allow students to access and use cell phones during noninstructional times, as well as in class under teacher-directed instructional

time,” said Secondary Education Supervisor Josh Wenning. The original policy in the Student Code of Conduct allowed cell phones and ECDs on school grounds and at after-school activities and school-related functions, provided that they were turned off during school hours and while riding on a school vehicle. “Today cell phones have calculators, calendars, organizers and Google,” Wenning said. “We figured that instead of burying our heads in the sand and pretending cell phones don’t exist, let’s show students the proper way to use them.” He said the new policy doesn’t give students license to talk on phones or text during classes, but rather to recognize that cell phones can be used as a teaching tool by the faculty. According to Wenning, the district piloted the proposed cell phone policy in the second semester of the 201112 school year that just concluded. “We saw a decline in negative interactions between students and staff over cell phones,” he said. “We also saw an increased use of cell phones in class by teachers for educational purposes.” ❏

Golf scramble to benefit paralyzed Central graduate The first Drew Crew Golf Scramble will be held on July 29 to benefit the Drew Crew Foundation, which will help in providing assistance to recent Walled Lake Central graduate Drew Clayborn, who was paralyzed from the shoulders down after practicing a backflip for a school musical as a 15year-old sophomore. Clayborn was recently accepted into the University of Michigan. The scramble event will be held at the Brentwood Golf and Country Club in White Lake Township with registration beginning at 10:15 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The event includes a continental breakfast during registration, the fourperson scramble, followed by a “19th hole” luncheon buffet. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. The price for one golfer is $100. To take part in the luncheon only is $40. To sign up for the scramble, visit golfdigestplanner.com/20920-drewcrew/. The Drew Crew is still looking for companies to sponsor the event. Contact Robyn Freeburg at 248770-3772 or e-mail robynlynfreeburg@aol.com to reserve a sponsorship. The deadline is July 15. ❏


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Helping Wounded Warriors Ace Hardware in Commerce hosting fund-raiser to net $2K By Leslie Shepard staff writer

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avid Schwartz, owner of the Ace Hardware store in Commerce Township, is spearheading a Saturday, June 30 community fund-raiser to help wounded soldiers. The first-ever event will be held at the hardware store, located at 3050 Union Lake Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. “I have a cousin who is a hospital corpsman and who took care of wounded soldiers,” Schwartz said. “He left for Afghanistan and within a few months stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device) and ended up as a patient back in the same ward where he worked.” All proceeds from the store’s fund-raising event will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, a Washington D.C. organization, and will be donated on behalf of the Commerce Township community. “Not only do they take care of soldiers, but families, as well,” Schwartz said. Local businesses will be making monetary contributions and raffle donations to the cause. A Weber grill be raffled off every 30 minutes in addition to other raffle items such as gift cards, a massage package, and sports related items and memorabilia. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors effort. The event will be emceed by 1130 AM radio host Frank Allen during a live broadcast in front of the Commerce Ace Hardware store. A Weber grill demonstration with a chef will begin around 10 a.m.

business notes new products ❐ Bliss Sweet Shoppe in Commerce is introducing a new ice cream brand to the neighborhoood: Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream. This is a rich, old-fashioned ice cream characteristic of the type of confections served at vintage ice cream parlors. Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream has been recognized on numeous occasions by its peers at the National Ice Cream Retailers Association with awards for

David Schwartz, owner of Ace Hardware in Commerce Township, is fully invested in helping America’s wounded warriors coming home from battle since his cousin, a hospital corpsman, was wounded by an IED in Afghanistan. A fund-raiser will be held at Schwartz’s hardware store, located at 3050 Union Lake Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, a Washington D.C.-based organization. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Damon Tang)

and will wrap up around 1 p.m. In addition, Biff’s Coney Island will be holding a hot dog eating contest at noon, during which each contestant eats five hot dogs in a race to the finish. To enter, participants must apply in person at Biff’s or at the Commerce

Ace Hardware. Special deals for shoppers will be highlighted in each of the sponsors’ stores, including Hiller’s; Tre’s Hallmark; LaVida Massage; Re/MAX Royal; Carvel Ice Cream; and Jimmy John’s.

Schwartz said his goal is to raise $2,000. “We’re doing it for the community,” Schwartz said. “I’m not trying to call attention to my store alone — we’re just hosting the event. This is a community initiative.” ❏

its quality and innovative flavors such as Amaretto Cherry, Raspberry Chip Cheesecake, Ultimate Peanut Butter Brownie and Banana Puddin’. In 2011 Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream was awarded Blue Ribbbons for its vanilla and chocolate ice cream flavors at the World Dairy Expo. Bliss Sweet Shoppe is located at 1539 Union Lake Road in the R&M Plaza.

the 2012 Metroparks Annual Vehicle Permit and a $25 Metroparks gift card for just $39.99, a 20 percent savings on a $50 value. The annual vehicle park permit gives unlimited access to 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks in the five-county region: Delhi, Dexter-Huron and Hudson Mills Metroparks, near Ann Arbor; Huron Meadows Metropark, near Brighton; Indian Springs Metropark, near White Lake; Kensington Metropark, near Milford/Brighton; Lake Erie Metropark, in Brownstown; Lake St.

Clair Metropark, near Mt. Clemens; Lower Huron Metropark, near Belleville; Oakwoods Metropark, near Flat Rock; Stony Creek Metropark, near Rochester/Washington Township; Willow Metropark, near New Boston; and Wolcott Mill Metropark, near Romeo. The gift cards can be used to pay for a variety of fees, including golf course greens fees, annual boat permits, picnic shelter rentals, marina fees, interpretive program fees, Turtle Cove entry fees and cross-country ski

❐ Costco Warehouse stores are offering a special Huron-Clinton Metroparks package, which includes

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rentals. The gift cards can also be used to buy annual bag tags to play at four Metropark disc golf courses. Gift cards can be redeemed at a variety of facilities, including regulation golf courses, interpretive centers and park offices. The Huron-Clinton Metropark package can now be purchased at any of the 10 metro Detroit Costco Wholesale stores, including: Commerce Township, Shelby Township, Auburn Hills, Livonia (Middlebelt Road), Livonia (Haggerty Road), Madison Heights, Roseville, Bloomfield Township, Brighton, and the new Ann Arbor store, which opened Tuesday, June 19. The 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks are a perfect fit for anyone who loves the outdoors, or is just looking for something to do with the kids for the day. Either way, the Metroparks package now available at Costco is a great way to experience southeast Michigan’s best.

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❐ Wipp Law Firm, PLLC, formerly of Milford has a new location at 56875 Grand River in New Hudson. Both the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce and the South Lyon Chamber of Commerce took part in welcoming attorney Nicole Wipp at a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony that was held on June 4. ❐ Kensington Metropark Golf Course plans to tee off on a grand opening celebration to commemorate their new 4,500-square foot, $1.5 million clubhouse on Friday, June 29. The celebration treats golfers to a special reduced rate of $20 for 18 holes and a cart that day. Other highlights of the event include an outside barbecue and the chance to win a golf package to Treetops Resort that includes a mid-week, one-night stay and two rounds of golf for four people. Special deals will also be offered at an outside barbecue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — hot dogs, $1; brats, $1; hamburgers, $2; beer, $2; pop/water,

The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its Saturday, June 9 Rockin’ Under the Stars event with a Celebrity Look-A-Like contest. Rick Dossin of East Pointe (right) was the first-place winner of a $100 prize as a Tom Cruise look-a-like. Pictured at left is third-place winner Renee Cronin of Wolverine Lake as Natalie Portman in “Black Swan.” In the center is second-place winner Lenny Schiffman of Novi as Larry David. The popular cover band, Fifty Amp Fuse, headlined Rockin’ Under the Stars, held on the grounds of the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association in Commerce. About 200 attendees enjoyed the high-energy show which combined pop, rock, funk and dance music. (Photos submitted by Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

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$1; and chips, $1. “The new clubhouse gives us an opportunity to enhance our customer service, and also better accommodate golf outings and catering needs,” said Kimberly Jarvis, Huron-Clinton Metroparks western district parks manager. Plan now to play at Kensington to take advantage of this special event. Tee times for the grand opening celebration can be scheduled by calling 810227-8916. A vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors or $5 daily. The daily permit offers a $4 coupon, good that day only, off greens fees, not valid with league play or outings.

benefits ❐ Westlake Health Campus , in partnership with Lakes Area Rotary, is hosting a Community Blood Drive on July 20 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m at 10735 Bogie Lake Road, Commerce. Members of the community are encouraged to donate blood and help a good cause. Event features include door prizes and complimentary

refreshments. Call the campus to schedule an appointment at 248-3639400.

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. • Euchre Tournament, 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 29, 59 West, Highland. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. $25 per person. All proceeds benefit the Huron Valley Milford High School Cheer Program. RSVP/questions, contact Pam at 248462-5185 or gr8da@yahoo.com. • Ambassador Meeting, 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, Conference Room, Milford Police Department, 1100 Atlantic Street, Milford. • Off the Clock Connect, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, The Comeback Inn, 1451 S. Milford Road, Highland. Free evening networking hosted by the Chamber Ambassadors. Free appetizers and cash bar. PAGE 29 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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• Chamber Member Orientation, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, Conference Room, Huron Valley State Bank, 130 S. Milford Road, Milford. Come and learn the top 10 things to make your membership work for you! • The Coffee Club, 8 a.m., Friday, July 20, Independence Village of White Lake, 935 Union Lake Road, White Lake. Free morning mixer. • Milford Memories Volunteer Open House, noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, 317 Union Street, Milford. Volunteers are invited to pick up their volunteer t-shirt, get your Milford Memories shift assignment and sign up for any open shifts. Light refreshments will be served. ❐ The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced that the following businesses have joined its membership ranks: • Selinsky Factoring Help, Donna Selinsky, 303 Beck Road, Wixom, selinskyfactoringhelp@ymail.com, www.selinskyfactoringhelp.com. Phone: 248-320-8980. Commercial AR Factoring. • Valassis, Cathy Friedman, 8200 Haggerty Road, Belleville, crfriedm@valassis.com, www.valassis.com, Phone: 734-9570300, Fax: 734-957-0369, Marketing • Turning Byrd, Keith Byrd, Milford, keith@turningbyrd.com, www.turningbyrd.com, Phone: 248-894-3990, Art. • Platinum Development Corporation, Glenn Akarakcian, 3050 Union Lake Road, Suite 8F, Commerce Township, PlatinumDevelopmentCorp@comcast.n et, www.Platinum-Development.com, Phone: 248-706-2571, Fax: 248-7062572, Builders/Construction. • Blue Grill, Dimitri Mansour, 426 Main Street, Milford, DimitriM@TheBlueGrill.com, www.thebluegrill.com, Phone: 248-684-4545, Fax: 248-686-1919, Restaurants/Catering. • CorsoCare, Larene Odom, 950 Corporate Office Drive, Suite 200, Milford, www.corsocare.com, Phone: 248-438-8541, Fax: 248-676-2536, Home Health Care ❐ The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of chamber events, call 248-624-2826 or visit www.lakesareachamber.com. • First Friday Coffee, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 6, Veterinary Care Specialists and VCS Pets First, 205 Rowe Road, Milford. Complimentary

Westlake Health Campus kicks off gardening competition Westlake Health Campus, a Trilogy Health Services community and a Commerce Township provider of senior health and living services, recently kicked off the beginning of their annual, company-wide gardening competition, Campus in Color. Westlake residents had a great time enjoying the sunshine and fresh air as they planted flowers in container gardens, all of which were donated to the campus by Bogie Lake Greenhouse. The goal of the competition was to provide engaging and meaningful activities for the residents, while also enhancing the campus grounds and courtyards for the enjoyment of residents, visitors and staff. At the end of the summer season, Trilogy health campuses can submit “before and after” photos for a chance to be named a 2012 competition winner in the categories of Best Curb Appeal, Best Vegetable Garden, Best Courtyard, Best Resident Involvement and/or Best Container Garden. “It is truly a pleasure to watch the residents’ reactions as the flowers bloom and grow over the course of the season. They get really involved in the process, and it

early morning networking opportunity. • Spotlight Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, Cooley Lake Inn, 8635 Cooley Lake Road, Commerce. Informal networking. No registration required. Free soft drinks with your meal purchase. ❐ The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that the following businesses have joined its membership ranks: • CMC Solutions, Brian Swanson, 248-960-1632, 50164 Pontiac Trail, Suite 5, Wixom. www.cmcpems.com. • Cooley Lake Inn, Loretta Vidu, 248-363-9469, 8635 Cooley Lake Road, Commerce. • Express Employment Professionals, Fran Krause, 248-6826500, 49175 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. www.expresspros.com. • Huron Valley Council for the Arts, Leah Ohmer, 248-889-8660, 205 W. Livingston Road, Highland. www.huronvalleyarts.org. • Legacy Realty Group, Caryn Jensen, 248-681-8300, 2961 Orchard Place, Orchard Lake. www.legacy4u.com. • Motor City Party Bus, Tim Siepierski, 248-229-1709, 10325 Highland Road, White Lake. www.motorcitypartybus.com. • Nature Ripe Produce, Kevin

brings such joy when they witness the fruits of their labor first-hand,” said Colleen Higgins, executive director at Westlake. “It is also such an honor to give back to our community — a community that has been so supportive of us and our residents.” In all, campus volunteers helped residents plant 10 container gardens, five of which were donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

McGuire, 248-859-5344, 706 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake. www.natureripeproduce.com. • Oak Pointe Church, David Hughes, 248-912-0043, 50200 W. Ten Mile, Novi. www.oakpointe.org. • Sazbean Consulting, Loretta Vidu, 248-707-9666, 141 N. Milford Road, Suite 103, Highland. www.sazbean.com. • UBS Financial Services, Kelly Petrocella, 248-645-3933, 325 N. Old Woodward, Suite 200, Birmingham. ❐ The Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s member spotlight is on Dalia Alias, branch manager

“Volunteers are such an integral part of our programming here at Westlake,” Higgins said. “We always welcome new volunteers to come and share their talents with our residents, especially as we open our new Legacy building.” The Legacy at Westlake, a specialized Memory Care Neighborhood, is scheduled to open on the grounds of Westlake Health Campus this July and is designed to provide maximum independence and personalized care in a secured environment. The neighborhood will offer a home-like setting that features private resident suites (including a private bath with a spacious walk-in shower), chef-prepared meals served family-style, “life stations” that encourage residents to engage in familiar tasks, décor that encourages reminiscing, a secured courtyard, and services specially tailored to meet residents’ individual preferences. Westlake Health Campus is located at 10735 Bogie Lake Road in Commerce Township and can be reached by telephone by dialing 248-363-9400 or visiting westlakehealthcampus.com. (Photo submitted by Lisa Rauch/Westlake Health Campus)

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Man sustains 9-inch cut to back from brother A dispute over usage of a laptop computer allegedly led to a 21-year-old man assaulting his younger brother with a hunting knife at their West Bloomfield Township residence, resulting in a wound on his brother’s back. The incident reportedly took place at 11 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at a residence on Cardinal Ridge, when the suspect was in his room using his laptop computer. His brother was downstairs playing video games on an XBox. The victim, 19, was playing on the XBox Live online service and noticed a slowdown in the gameplay, and suspected his brother’s laptop was taking up Wi-Fi speed. The victim went upstairs to confront his brother, 21, regarding the laptop usage and they had a discussion. The victim then left the room, but returned a few minutes later, still noticing a slowdown. The victim then grabbed the laptop and headed downstairs. His brother allegedly grabbed a hunting knife from under his pillow, reached over the banister and allegedly reportedly made a slashing motion with the knife at his brother, hitting him in the back. The slash resulted in a 9-inch cut to the victim, who then went outside and smashed the laptop computer against the ground. The victim called his parents and his mother drove him to Henry Ford Hospital-West Bloomfield to receive treatment for the wound. West Bloomfield police officers arrested the suspect and he was arraigned on charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and assault with a dangerous weapon. His bond was set at $75,000 cash and he is being lodged at the Oakland County Jail. ❏

Man, 19, cited for MIP in break-in investigation An investigation into vehicle breakins in Milford last week ended up leading to the arrest of a minor for underage drinking. On Tuesday, June 19, at 3:26 a.m., Milford police officers were dispatched to Childs Lake Estates on reports of young males breaking into vehicles. Two suspects dressed in black were seen running away from the scene. An officer caught up with one of the males, a 19-year-old from Holly, near a residence at the southwest corner of Stafford and White and later found no evidence he was involved. Other subjects on the premises ran

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Suspect sought Man stole wallet from fast food counter By Leslie Shepard staff writer

Waterford Township police are looking for a man who allegedly pocketed someone else’s wallet while at the Burger King fast food restaurant located in the 4900 block of Dixie Highway in April. The victim, a 24-year-old Waterford man, told police officers that he had accidentally left his wallet on the counter after placing an order at he Burger King on April 29. Once he realized he had left the wallet and returned to the restaurant, he couldn’t locate the wallet. Video images recently obtained from the Burger King restaurant shows an unknown white male pick up the wallet and put it his back pocket, before exiting the restaurant. The suspect is described as being in his late 40s or early 50s with gray hair and a medium build. He was wearing a blue shirt with yellow stripes and blue jeans at the time of the incident. He is then seen leaving the Burger King parking lot in a green late model GMC Sonoma or Chevrolet S-10 truck. The incident remains under investigation. If you have any information on this incident, contact Waterford Police Detective Lawrence Novak at 248618-7515. ❏

into the house when officers arrived. However, the suspect officers talked with also smelled of alcohol and he allegedly said he had consumed one beer. A Breathalyzer test was administered and the suspect reportedly had a blood-alcohol content of 0.1 percent. The legal limit for those 21-years-old and above is 0.08 percent. The suspect was then arrested and lodged before being issued a misdemeanor ticket for being a minor in possession of alcohol. His bond was posted at $100. When officers knocked on the door of the residence the other suspect allegedly was in, no one answered. ❏

Yard equipment valued at $2K stolen in Milford Milford police officers are investigating the alleged theft of equipment from a local landscaping company. On Monday, June 25 at 8:28 a.m., officers were dispatched to Troy Clogg Landscaping on Product Drive after the company’s manager noticed equipment missing from one of its trailers. The items taken included two RedMax trimmers, two RedMax backpack blowers, and a RedMax stick edger. The items have a total value of $2,046.

A stop by Milford Police of a car passing through a red light on June 17 led to the arrest of the male driver and female passenger for a suspended license and possession of marijuana, respectively. The incident took place near the intersection of Clinton and West Huron streets, where a police officer stopped a 2010 Dodge. The driver, a 36-year-old Redford Township man, had a suspended driver’s license and the officer reportedly smelled intoxicants coming from his breath. After the man was arrested, his passenger, a 37-year-old Clinton Township woman, was asked to exit the vehicle. A glass pipe allegedly fell to the ground and police noticed it had the smell of burnt marijuana. The woman allegedly admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle and officers found not only a plastic bag of marijuana in the car, but also a small tin box in the woman’s purse that also reportedly contained marijuana. The driver was charged with a misdemeanor citation for driving while his license was suspended, in addition to a civil infraction for disregarding a traffic signal. The woman was arrested and issued citations for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. ❏

Suspect charged with theft from Seger home Andrew Douglas Thompson, 20, was arraigned Tuesday, June 26 in 48th District Court on a charge of larceny in a building after allegedly stealing property from Bob Seger’s Orchard Lake Village home last October. Items taken in the alleged larceny included a tennis shoe autographed by Shaquille O’Neil, an undisclosed amount of money, and a Rolex watch. Thompson’s bond was set at $7,500. A press release also states that a 1978 Gibson Les Paul Pro guitar that appears on the cover of Seger’s Greatest Hits album and was previously reported stolen mysterious turned up on the Seger’s dock in early May. ❏


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BERTIN, LANDON RYDER; was born on January 27, 2012 in Novi, and died June 15, 2012. BROWN, JAMES DALTON; of Holly died on June 20., 2012 at 80 years of age. Loving husband of Janice for 50 years. GALETTO, JAMES PAUL; a longtime resident of Milford, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2012 with his wife and daughters beside him. He was 78 years old. GARCIA, DAVID; of Waterford; died June 16, 2012. He was 53. HOLLISTER, HOWARD CLARK; age 72 of Milford Twp. passed away in the care of his family June 13, 2012. LAMBIRIS, VERA M.; of West Bloomfield was born on November 19, 1924 and died June 19, 2012 at the age of 87. LAKKARI, VIRGINIA M.; formerly of Waterford, June 19, 2012, at age 101. LOCKARD, THERESA ELIZABETH; of Novi was born October 2, 1952 and died June 16, 2012 at the age of 59.

PONTIAC TRAIL (Walled Lake) • Start date: July 16. • Notes: The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC ) expects to begin reconstructing Pontiac Trail between West Maple Road and South Commerce Road sometime after July 9. During the project, Pontiac Trail will remain open, but will be reduced to one lane in each direction. • Closure: There will be periods when West Maple will be closed, starting at the west side of its intersection with Pontiac Trail, then the east side of the intersection. South Commerce will also be closed at Pontiac Trail for a period. Dates for these closures have not yet been determined. • Completion date: November. • Costs: $2.6 million. ORCHARD LAKE ROAD (Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield Township border) • Start date: Monday, July 9. • Notes: The RCOC next month will begin this resurfacing project conducted on Orchard Lake Road between 13 Mile Road and 14 Mile Road. • Closure: During the project, the road will remain open, but will be reduced to one lane in each direction. • Completion date: Oct. 3. • Costs: $1.4 million. COMMERCE ROAD (Commerce Township) • Notes: The project involves reconstruction of the roadway, as well as traffic signal upgrades and drainage improvements. Motorists should expect delays.

• Closure: Commerce Road between Carroll Lake and Union Lake roads, from June 25 until July 2. • Completion date: Sept. 1. • Costs: $2.6 million. COOLEY LAKE ROAD (Milford, Highland, White Lake, and Commerce townships) • Closure: Cooley Lake Road, east of Duck Lake to Mystic Valley • Notes: A gravel road paving project will be underway on Cooley Lake Road, east of Duck Lake to Mystic Valley, in Milford, Highland, White Lake, and Commerce townships. • Detour: Duck Lake Road to Commerce Road to Carey Road, and vice versa. • Completion date: November. • Costs: $4.4 million. BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: I-96 EAST OF MILFORD ROAD, WEST OF KENT LAKE ROAD (Milford) • Notes: A series of bridge reconstruction projects are being carried out in phases. Crews are now constructing the inside of the Milford Road bridge. Traffic has been shifted onto the new portion of the Milford bridge. One lane in each direction of Milford Road will be open during the project. Crews also began demolition of the Kent Lake bridge (I-96 over Kent Lake Road). The second phase is expected before the July 4 holiday when motorists will be traveling on pavement. Both bridges are being reconstructed in phases so three lanes are maintained on I-96 at all times. • Completion date: Fall. • Costs: $15.5 million.

MEYER, MARTIN J.; a resident of West Bloomfield, died on June 17th, 2012 at the age of 93. QUAINE, PATRICIA M. “TRISH”; of Waterford; passed away on June 19, 2012 at the age of 56. REEVES, BEVERLY J.; of Hartland, formerly of Redford and Pinckney, MI, passed away on June 16, 2012, at the age of 84. SCHLUSSEL, SYLVIA; a resident of West Bloomfield, died on June 15th, 2012 at the age of 64. VOYDANOFF, PENKA; of Waterford; was born August 22, 1912; and passed away on June 28, 2012. WILLIS, ROBERT S.; of Milford passed away on June 10, 2012 from Non-Hopkins Lymphoma. Bob was 56. He will be buried on Neebish Island, MI. WILSON, LINDA K.; a resident of Commerce Twp., passed away June 12, 2012. She was 44 years old. To place an obituary in the Spinal Column Newsweekly please call the Classified Department at 248-360-7355 or email: lorisnyder@thescngroup.com

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DEQ issues call for expedited dock approval process The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing a new “minor project” category for docks on public land. The minor project categories are for activities that are similar in nature, will only cause minimal adverse effects on the environment when performed separately, and will only have minimal cumulative effects on the environment, according to the DEQ. Permit applications for these types of activities will be able to be processed in an accelerated manner without the issuance of an individual public notice or public hearing. Minor project category permits are issued for a five-year period. The ones outlined in the current proposal, if approved, would expire on Aug. 11, 2017 if not revoked before then. According to the DEQ’s Water Resources Division, by listing certain projects as minor projects, that serves as a public notice telling the public what the impact may be, depending on the category.

An individual applies for a certain category, and if the project meets all the listed requirements, it is approved. This allows for a quicker decision. The proposal calls for considering as a minor project the installation of a single seasonal public dock at a public road end to facilitate launching and loading of boats as long as the project meets the following stipulations: • The structure cannot be used for mooring or docking of a vessel between midnight and sunrise; • The dock is authorized by the local unit of government; • The structure will not unreasonably interfere with the navigability or boatability of the water involved or interfere with the riparian rights or use of the waters by others; • The structure shall be a linear single pier with no perpendicular extensions; • The structure shall not have roofs, elevated sides, platforms, or decks; • The structure shall allow for the flowage of littoral materials and water; • The structure shall be placed in the center of the property or at least 1.5 times the dock length from any property lines, unless it is not feasible based on site conditions; • For Great Lakes and Section 10

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

LEGAL LEVEL 929.22 934.00 906.80 928.60 1016.63 930.00 1.08 933.00 949.30 966.70 930.70 949.30 957.50 930.50 942.75 962.83 932.80 949.30 951.00 928.60 927.07 930.80 950.00 1019.10 965.42

6/1/12 Legal +.41 +.22 +.09 +.08 +.09 +.04 +.17 +.22 +.01 –.08 +.34 +.13 –.12 +.27 +.59 +.20 +.30 –1.33 +.12 +.11 +.17 –.08 –.03 –.12

6/8/12 +.16 +.40 +.23 +.11 +.10 +.09 +.04 +.22 +.25 +.02 +.06 +.30 +.18 –.14 +.26 +.49 +.10 +.28 –1.42 +.13 +.10 +.08 –.06 Legal –.12

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6/15/12 +.16 +.40 +.21 +.18 +.13 +.10 +.02 +.26 +.20 Legal +.11 +.26 +.12 –.20 +.25 +.43 +.02 +.25 –1.44 +.18 +.05 +.01 –.03 +.73 –.25

waters under the federal Rivers and Harbors Act, the length or size of the proposed structure is not greater than the length or size of similar structures in the vicinity and on the body of water; • For inland lakes and streams, the structure shall be of reasonable length to boatable water or at a length from the shoreline that is not greater than the length of similar structures in the vicinity and on the waterbody, whichever is the minimum necessary; and • The structure shall not exceed a width of 4 feet unless the applicant demonstrates their need for construction of a wider dock. The Michigan Lakes and Stream Associations urged its followers to speak out against the measure on its Facebook page. Calls to the association for comment were not returned prior to press time. ❏

MUCC honored on 75th anniversary with NRC award The Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, was presented with a Partners in Conservation Award by the

state’s Natural Resources Commission (NRC) on Thursday, June 14. Partners in Conservation awards are presented to organizations or individuals that have been nominated by state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff members for outstanding contributions to natural resources causes in Michigan. The MUCC has contributed to the cause of conservation in multiple ways throughout the years, including involvement in youth summer camps; the creation of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund; the success of Michigan’s landmark “Bottle Bill;” and a 1996 campaign to pass Proposal G, which affirmed the NRC’s authority to set hunting regulations, and helping defeat an anti-bear hunting initiative. Most recently, the MUCC played a key role in helping to pass the “Hunter Heritage” bills, which eliminated the minimum hunting age in Michigan and created the Mentored Youth Hunting Program. The MUCC is the largest statewide conservation organization in the nation, with tens of thousands of individual members and members through hundreds of affiliated clubs dedicated to conserving Michigan’s natural resources. ❏


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County exempts itself from 80-20 health care law By Kirk Pinho assistant editor

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners has again decided to exempt the county from complying with a state law requiring that public employees contribute at least 20 percent of their annual health care benefit costs. The board’s decision, which came on June 7, marks the second time the county has opted to circumvent provisions of Public Act (PA) 152 of 2011, which requires that public employers can’t pay more than $5,500 a year in health care benefit costs for an individual, $11,000 for a couple, and $15,000 for a family. Instead of a hard and fast monetary figure, public employers can also opt to instead pay no more than 80 percent of the total annual cost for all of the medical benefit plans it offers or contributes to for employees. A local unit of government can exempt itself from the requirements of the law for one year at a time via a two-thirds vote of its governing body, and another two-thirds vote would be required to extend the exemption. The chief executive of the unit of government also needs to sign off on the exemption. Last year, the county exempted itself from the law “in order to avoid costs of litigation, avoid the expense of conducting delayed ‘open enrollment’ selection processes and to secure reasonable time to prudently employ the county’s recognized triennial budget process, and to allow the county to continue making changes over time that

yield significant reductions in health care costs in a manner that is fair to both taxpayers and employees,” the exemption resolution reads. The exemption extension unanimously cleared the Human Resources Committee before being approved by the full board earlier this month. In addition to the previously cited reasons for exempting itself from the Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act, the resolution also states that the law “fails to provide a mechanism that would allow Oakland County officials to exercise their required due diligence by adopting a fiscal year 2013 budget only after knowing what the cap target allowed by law will be.” In addition, PA 152 “makes knowledgeable acceptance of its cap formula before FY 2013 budget adoption effectively impossible” because the state treasurer is not required to adjust the maximum payment permitted under the law for each coverage category for medical benefit plan coverage years until Oct. 1 of each year, which is the beginning of the county’s fiscal year. That date “is simply too late,” according to the county board’s resolution “We already pay a portion (of health care costs), and we have deductibles and co-pays,” said Commissioner Shelley Taub (ROrchard Lake), adding the county has pre-funded all retiree health care benefits costs. “We did all of the things that the governor is pushing people to do. We did it 15 or 16 years ago. We would prefer not to do it at 20 percent — 20 percent of your gross salary. That’s a huge bite.” ❏

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Land sales could be included in OMA exemptions By Kirk Pinho assistant editor

Under certain circumstances under state law, meetings of public bodies are allowed to take place behind closed doors. Now one state lawmaker is looking to provide another reason why public officials can meet in a closed, executive session. State Rep. Nancy Jenkins wants to authorize governmental bodies to hold executive sessions to consider the sale of property up until a contract is signed. As the law currently stands, executive sessions can be held to discuss a property purchase or lease, in addition to a variety of other matters, including pending litigation, as well as union negotiations. Staff in Jenkins’ (R-Clayton) office said a local government administrator from her Lenawee County district approached the first-term lawmaker about the matter. Although there have not yet been hearings in the state House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee on the proposal, House Bill 5626, lawmakers have been dealing with a number of “big issues” prior to the summer legislative recess that have put many others on the back burner for the time

being, according to a staff member in Jenkins’ office. Lisa McGraw, the public affairs manager for the Michigan Press Association, said the association is “always concerned” when the state Legislature considers adding more exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act or when additional reasons for closed meetings are considered for inclusion in the Open Meetings Act, which are two policy changes she said the MPA generally finds “disconcerting.” The Open Meetings Act allows public bodies to meet behind closed doors for a variety of reasons, including to discuss the dismissal, suspension, or disciplining of a public employee or student; for strategy and negotiation sessions on labor contracts; to consider the purchase or lease of property; to discuss pending litigation; and to review the contents of an application for employment or appointment to public office if the candidate requests a private session, among a variety of others. Political caucuses of the state Legislature are also allowed to meet in closed session. ❏

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CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE To the Qualified Electors:

To the Qualified Electors: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Primary Election will be held in: CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF COMMERCE County of Oakland, State of Michigan

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Primary Election will be held in: City of Orchard Lake Village County of Oakland, State of Michigan

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012

THE POLLS will be open 7 o’clock a.m. until 8 o’clock p.m. THE POLLING PLACE IS HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE BRAILLE AND AUDIO VERSIONS OF VOTING INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE POLLING PLACES LISTED BELOW: PCT 1 – Orchard Lake City Hall, 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, MI 48323 FOR THE PURPOSE OF NOMINATING CANDIDATES OF ALL PARTICIPATING POLITICAL PARTIES FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICES: CONGRESSIONAL

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AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING: DELEGATES TO THE COUNTY CONVENTION OF THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF VOTING ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSAL: OAKLAND COUNTY ART INSTITUTE AUTHORITY MILLAGE Daniel P. Munro, Clerk Charter Township of Commerce 2009 Township Drive, Commerce Twp., MI 48390 (248) 960-7020 S.C. 6-27-12

CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE

NOTICE OF ZONING BOARD PUBLIC HEARINGS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Michigan Public Act 110 of 2006, the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, as amended, the City of Orchard Lake Village Zoning Board of Appeals will consider the following appeals at their Regular Meeting on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Orchard Lake City Hall, 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, Michigan: Cohen Appeal – 4000 Oak Grove Drive (Lakeside Setback for Re-Construction of a Deck) George Appeal – 3570 Erie Drive (Lakeside Setback for Installation of Retaining Walls) Miller Appeal – 3873 Laplaya Lane (Lakeside Setback for Installation of a Fence) Complete copies of the request are available for review at the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall. Written Comments will be received in the City Clerk’s Office, 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, MI between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or may be submitted electronically to CityClerk@CityofOrchardLake.com. You are invited to attend the hearing. Rhonda McClellan CityClerk@CityofOrchardLake.com

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‘Power-hungry’ GOP From Flo Smith, Wolverine Lake: When state Rep. Lisa Brown (DWest Bloomfield, Commerce, Wolverine Lake) was banned from speaking on the House floor after uttering the word “vagina,” it was ostensibly because she used “offensive” language. According to Ari Adler, spokesman for House Republicans, Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas determined Brown’s comments “violated the decorum of the House.” This is ironic since Republicans nationwide have been responsible for introducing the term “transvaginal” in legislation regulating womens’ health care. As Brown points out, “vagina” is a medically and anatomically correct term. It is difficult, therefore, to understand the thought process of Republicans such as Rep. Mike Callton who stated, “It was so offensive, I don’t want to say it in front of women.” An important issue at stake here is the use of power to silence opposition. In a democracy, it is imperative to consider diverse points of view when crafting legislation. Committee chairs often deny minority members the right to express their views during the writing of new laws. Frequently, after bills are passed, they are given “immediate effect” designation by voice vote, rather (than) assuring the required two-thirds majority by a roll call vote. These silencing tactics are typical of those used by totalitarian regimes. Unfortunately, the June 14 action by Rep. Stamas was not an isolated incident. We Americans are rightfully proud of our democracy. But in Michigan it is rapidly being taken away from us by an arrogant and power-hungry Republican majority. ❏

Halt mute swan rules From Noelle Grain, Royal Oak: As a concerned citizen of Oakland County, I am outraged that the West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees passed a resolution on June 18 to kill mute swans on its lakes, specifically Middle Straits Lake, due to a request from a resident (“Mute Swans to be removed from Middle Straits Lake,” June 20). The misguided practice of murdering innocent swans will not solve anything. These birds were brought to the U.S. through no fault of their own, by humans, and are being punished for getting in the way of recreational lake users! In a community that is supposedly known for its “‘green’-friendly” stance, it is appalling that the township would choose to support killing these birds because of one or two residents’ unfounded

claims. Nationally recognized animal welfare organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, have demonstrated their opposition to this mass killing and are working on a moratorium on these murders until the Michigan Department of Natural Resources can back up its policy on killing with science. Waterford Township recently voted against the killing of the swans in that township; West Bloomfield should do the same and not become a township known for unnecessarily killing off wildlife. What expertise does the board have on this subject matter? Though mute swans (and all swans) will hiss when nesting or when bothered by people or boats, most mute swans are peaceful and pose absolutely no threat to humans or other wildlife. Most people enjoy the sight of these beautiful birds swimming placidly among the lakes. This resolution to kill off these beautiful and peaceful animals needs to be halted immediately. ❏

Writer misinformed From Wixom Mayor Kevin W. Hinkley: This letter is written in response to the “‘No’ on tax cap hike” letter that appeared in a recent Mail Bag (June 13 Spinal Column Newsweekly). As Mayor of the City of Wixom, it is my duty to address misstatements, inaccuracies and uninformed comments regarding the world-class city of Wixom. You would think that as a long-time resident of Wixom, the letter writer would have been more knowledgeable about his community. As with all Wixom residents, I invite Mr. (Keenan) Gottschall to the city offices to learn more about the city. First, the city has a very open and transparent budget process that includes multiple study sessions open to the public, a public hearing and open and transparent debate with subsequent action by the City Council in an open public meeting. This year, a number of residents participated in the process and expressed their opinions. The record, however, does not reflect participation by the letter writer. We have a saying in the city: “The world is governed by those who show up.” So, by his actions, or lack thereof, Mr. Gottschall has given tacit approval of the budget. Mr. Gottschall makes reference to a 1.15-mill tax increase in July and a 0.3mill increase two years prior. These increases were 2008 voter-approved millages dedicated to sidewalks/bike paths (0.3 mills) and the Local Road Program (1.15 mills). None of these PAGE 42 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯

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A collection of gossip, scuttlebutt, and odds and ends from our reporters’ notebooks. RAKING IT IN: Aside from turning state Rep. Lisa Brown into a martyr for the left and particularly for abortion rights advocates, the West Bloomfield Democrat’s YouTube highlight reel-worthy comment on the state House floor earlier this month that drew so much attention — “I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no’” (SNAP!) — nationally and internationally will also likely have the following effect: Bringing in the moolah, which will be helpful in her campaign against Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard, Jr. And it’s not necessarily Democrats saying that. One wellplaced Republican (not Bullard) called House GOP leadership “idiotic” (a George Carlin-approved seven-letter word starting with “F” preceded “idiotic”) for giving Brown a fund-raising platform by censoring her over her remarks (or, as some in the GOP have said, lack of decorum on the state House floor). Brown has said there has been an uptick in campaign contributions, but said she didn’t know how much had poured into her warchest since her Wednesday, June 14 floor speech and the Thursday, June 15 rebuke from the GOP. “There’s a little of that going around,” said Oakland County Democratic Party Chairman Frank Houston. “The thing that’s been very impressive is the number of new donors and small donors starting to contribute to her. It’s a small phenomenon.” WHOOPS: It appeared that over the weekend someone with access to Brown’s official Twitter account (@LisaBrown39, in case you were wondering) inadvertently posted the following message: “This Juwan Howard stuff is hilarious.” It’s not entirely clear what the tweet was referring to, but Brown is an alum of Michigan State University — the recent NBA champ and former University of Michigan Fab Five star’s archnemisis. Was someone on Brown’s staff (or Brown herself) perhaps watching for the first time the episode of Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing” Howard appeared in as a former Duke University hoopster who worked in the administration of Josiah Bartlett?

Houston

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Maybe it was Howard’s remark that he “might shed a tear” for LeBron James’ if King James won a title that was “hilarious?” We’re not sure. The message was taken down in less than 20 minutes, but don’t worry: Oakland Confidential has photographic proof of its (very short) existence. You can see it if you ask nicely. A BRAVE NEW WORLD: Tell ya what, Oakland County commissioners may get some #TwitterTraining and tips on updating Facebook statuses in the near future. That’s because one GOP member of the county board inquired about it — perhaps for campaign purposes, we hear, but also perhaps failing to consider that Democrats would have to have access to the crash courses, too, if they wanted (fairness and, you know, the law) — and it sounds like some are going to take advantage. Be on the lookout for some commissioners coming soon to a computer screen near you in 140 characters are less. We hope none are #TwitterHoldOuts. C’mon. Please. #OaklandConfidentialNeedsThis. But word to the wise, y’all: DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, follow former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. There are just certain things you can’t “unsee.” MORE BIPARTISANSHIP! At least, that’s what we hear. The Oakland County Democratic Party held its 52nd annual Phillip A. Hart Dinner on Sunday, June 24, and not only were Oakland County Circuit Court Judges Leo Bowman, Denise Langford-Morris and Phyllis McMillen there (no big surprise), but so was one judge who contributes pretty solidly to GOP causes: Michael Warren (Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts was reportedly not in attendance at the annual Democratic confab). Houston called Warren’s presence “a good display of bipartisanship” and “a nice sign of respect.” Does this mean that the county Democratic Party will back Warren with a formal endorsement? You’ll just have to hold your horses to get an answer to that one. We’re expecting to find out for sure on Tuesday, July 10, when the Donkeys are slated to release the names of the Circuit Court candidates they are getting behind. ❏


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funds provide for General Fund operations. It is the General Fund that is the subject of the millage cap increase proposal on the Aug. 7 ballot. Mr. Gottschall also talks about vehicle purchases and luxury SUVs. He specifically states that city officials are driving around in luxury-model SUVs owned and paid for by the city and nearly $1.8 million has been spent on vehicles since 2008. The facts are that the city has spent $1,678,240.41 on equipment since 2008, including an aerial platform fire truck, medic-ambulance, police cruisers, front end loader for the DPW (Department of Public Works), replacement snow plow dump trucks, replacement DPW pickup trucks and two Ford Escapes for the building official and DPW director to be used for city business only. One can only guess that Mr. Gottschall is referring to personally owned vehicles when he makes his inaccurate statement about the luxury-model SUVs. He openly opines, “Wouldn’t their own cars, or at least more reasonably priced vehicles, be acceptable, more economic alternatives?” This is exactly

what city policy has been for a number of years. Finally, Mr. Gottschall makes statements regarding budget increases, balances and “simple waste-cutting.” Yes, there have been increases; there have also been decreases. Since 2008, Wixom has experienced a 38 percent decrease in revenue, or $5.1 million. This is attributable to declining property values and the closure of the Ford Wixom Assembly Plant. In spite of that loss, our exceptional level of service has been maintained (visit http://www.wixomgov.org/DocumentVi ew.aspx?DID+1140 to learn about the city’s creative and innovative approach to municipal public services, “The Wixom Way”).

Unfortunately, we have exhausted our resources and there is a need to increase our General Fund millage cap to provide, very much like a line of credit, the flexibility to increase revenue as may be needed and only as needed. Financial projections show that for a home with a market value of $200,000, the millage increase would be approximately $280 per year, or less than $6 per week. Short of that, more severe cuts will be required to balance the budget, including the elimination of all general overtime related to civic events, leaf collection, subdivision snow removal, the elimination of Parks and Recreation activities and programs, and the very pos-

Mail Bag provides a forum to express your thoughts. Please limit to 275 words or less. Please type and double space. We reserve the right to edit or not publish any letter. Deadline - Friday at 12 noon. Include name, address and phone number for verification, only your name and community will be published. Letters without names will not be considered. Mail to Spinal Column Newsweekly, P.O. Box 14, Union Lake, MI 48387; fax 24/7 to Editor 248-360-1220 or email to news@thescngroup.com.

sible reduction in police and fire services. The services and programs currently made available through our residents’ tax dollars are what makes Wixom a great place to live and raise a family. So join me and others on Aug. 7 voting YES on the millage proposal to preserve Wixom services, property values, and our world-class community status. ❏

CORRECTIONS An article appearing under the headline “Long leaving DDA executive director post on June 30” in the June 20 edition of the Spinal Column Newsweekly should have read as follows: “According to City Councilman Bob Robertson, the city has yet to ask Long to stay on a part-time basis.” • In the June 20 edition of the Spinal Column Newsweekly, the story appearing under the headline “Area gearing up for Fourth of July displays” should have stated that Russ Rheaume is the former president of the Milford Historical Society and that Katherine Rheaume is the society’s former recording secretary. ❏

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WE’RE ASKING… Are kids today too coddled? "Yes. They don’t spend enough time outside, and have over-protective parents."

— Jerry Collins, Highland

"No. I think they need more attention from parents since often both parents are working."

— Kathy Corbett, Waterford

"No. I think it makes a big difference if there is more parent-child interaction."

—Cynthia Walker, Waterford

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Fourth of July respect, safety Don’t party-crash; use caution with newly-legal fireworks I

t’s that time of year again when the rockets’ red glares illuminate the sky during fireworks displays as west Oakland County residents ring in the Fourth of July holiday with a bang, and we wish everyone a happy Independence Day. We also urge people to respect their neighbors by not intruding on private fireworks displays. In addition, with this being the first year that a new state law is in effect allowing for public use of “consumer-grade” fireworks, we urge people use the proper safety precautions and the requisite level of common sense if they are dealing with the newly-legal yet still dangerous pyrotechnics. Every year, a bevy of homeowner associations, municipalities and organizations put on private fireworks displays for dues-paying members. When we publish our annual story on the displays — not just the private ones, but also the public ones — we stress that the private displays are intended to be just that: Private. The associations putting on the private events do all the associated and necessary legwork, from hiring someone to actually shoot off the fireworks to obtaining insurance and permits from local communities. That’s no small chore. If they want their event to be for members only — at least as much as possible when you’re shooting something off into the night sky — residents of west Oakland County should let them keep the events that way. There are plenty of public fireworks events — Sparks in the Park on Saturday, June 30 in Highland Township and the return of Wixom’s fireworks display over Sibley Park tomorrow, Thursday, June 28, both come to mind — to sate your cravings for mid-air pyrotechnics. There’s no need to be a party-crasher at

a private fireworks display; you can get your Fourth of July jollies without infringing on what is intended to be a closed event for dues-paying members of homeowner associations. But even more than just extending a common courtesy, however, there is a legitimate safety factor that needs to be stressed this upcoming Fourth of July holiday. After several years of work, Lansing lawmakers last year successfully shepherded through legislation relaxing the state statute prohibiting the purchase and sale of so-called consumer-grade fireworks devices without a permit. Proponents at the time argued that Michigan residents were simply going to neighboring states such as Ohio and Indiana to purchase the consumer-grade fireworks and bringing them back to Michigan to light off on the Fourth, meaning that the state lost out on millions of dollars in tax and license revenues. Under the new law, consumer-grade fireworks are defined as fireworks devices that are designed to produce visible effects by combustion and that are required to comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations put forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Display fireworks are defined as large fireworks devices that are explosive materials intended for use in fireworks displays and designed to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, deflagration, or detonation. Translation: These consumer-grade fireworks are not for the faint of heart, and they can do some serious damage to life, limb and property if improperly used, or if proper precautions and safety measures aren’t taken.

We backed the enacting bills when they were making their way through the legislative process, and we still support the new law. However, as we noted in April 2011, there is a legitimate safety concern to heed. Among some of the precautions that should be taken if you plan on ringing in the Fourth of July using the newly-legal fireworks, it would be a wise move to keep a hose and/or bucket of water handy to extinguish fireworks materials if necessary. In addition, if you plan on using any mortar-type devices, stay on the safe side and be sure that the mortar stand is sturdy enough to withstand the punch the device packs; those things are no joke and can do some serious damage. Those are just a few of the specific ways that you can enjoy your Independence Day with the new fireworks and make sure you have all your digits — and your life — next year to keep celebrating the same way. When all is said and done, however, it’s important to simply use common sense when exercising your newfound freedom to purchase consumer-grade fireworks. For example, as a national holiday, many have the day off of work, meaning that it’s an opportune time to enjoy an alcoholic beverage — or a few. If you plan on drinking, have someone who hasn’t consumed alcohol be a chaperone of sorts to set off the new consumer-grade fireworks. These devices are serious safety hazards if used improperly or without the appropriate amount of caution. Stay safe this Fourth of July holiday, west Oakland County, and be sure to respect your neighbors and others in the community. Happy Independence Day. ❏

Local medical pot regulation K

udos to the Wolverine Lake Village Council for pulling off what so many Michigan municipalities have been unable — or unwilling — to do: Draft a local medical marijuana ordinance that addresses legitimate issues or concerns while still allowing registered caregivers and patients to cultivate, dispense and use marijuana as medicine in the community. The Village Council introduced ordinance amendments to that end during a Wednesday, June 13 meeting, and will consider final adoption during a Wednesday, July 11 session. The proposed provisions allow caregivers to register in the village to serve state-registered medical marijuana patients, and to cultivate medical marijuana in certain commercial districts after registering and obtaining a license. Dispensaries will be prohibited. A license is not required for a principal residence where marijuana is cultivated or used exclusively for the resident patient’s personal consumption, but other locations where a patient cultivates or uses

marijuana are subject to licensure. The sale, cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana would be prohibited within 500 feet of any school or adult entertainment land uses, such as bars. Violations would be considered civil infractions with penalties of $1,000 per violation. In the event of two or more violations, increased civil penalties would ensue, along with possible revocation of licensure after a hearing. Communities across the state have been grappling with the medical marijuana issue since state voters overwhelming approved a November 2008 ballot question authorizing use of marijuana as medicine by registered patients with certain debilitating illnesses. Yet few communities have enacted local ordinances to govern medical marijuana in their communities. Instead, most have passed and then extended moratoriums on medical marijuana while they “study” the issue and await the Legislature’s clarification of “confusing” and “ambiguous” state provisions.

Although Wolverine Lake had enacted and extended such moratoriums, village officials have now come up with some fairly reasonable local controls, most related to land use concerns. Although not perfect, at least the proposal would authorize medical marijuana activities in the village. That’s a far cry from what’s occurred in most communities, which is a lot of nothing but lip service and the approval of one moratorium extension after another. It’s been three years since the state’s medical marijuana law was enacted, and they’re allegedly still “studying the issue.” Assuming the Wolverine Lake provisions are adopted next month, officials in other lakes area municipalities that are reportedly paralyzed by confusion can simply look to Wolverine Lake to get a jump start on their own local regulations. Failure to do anything else will expose their real intention — to deliberately thwart the voters’ will. ❏


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR ■ Huron Valley Council for the A r t s and Friends of Byers Farm: Art on the River Festival, Fine Art & Craft Market, July 21. Call for artists, submission deadline is Sunday, July 1. 248-889-8660, huronvalleyarts.org or HVCA@comcast.net. ■ HotWorks.org: Chadwick Group Youth Art Competition call for young artists, kindergarten through eighthgrade or ages 5 to 12, July 27 to 29, West Bloomfield Plaza, 668 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield. Deadline Sunday, July 1. For application, visit HotWorks.org or call 248-684-2613. ■ Sophisticated Singles: Ages 59 and up, meeting 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, July 2 and 16, Aug. 6 and 20, Jewish Community Center, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. 248-661-1253. ■ Edgewood Country Club: Lakes Area Junior Golf Championship & PGA Clinic, ages 11 to 17, Monday, July 9, 8399 Commerce Road, Commerce. $25 entry fee per child; registration deadline Tuesday, July 3. 248-363-7111 or www.edgewoodcountryclub.org. ■ Mobile Knit Shop: Knit-Togethers, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jewish Community Center, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. Sessions after Saturday, June 30 are $5 each. 248-421-2566. ■ Sierra Club: Meeting, Thursday, July 5, Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. www.facebook.com/clubSEMG ■ Waterford Seventh Day Adventist Church: Looking for vendors for Parking Lot Rummage Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 8, 5725 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Spaces are $10 each. 248-6813334. ■ Huron Valley Council for the Arts: Van Go Tours: Tour the Titanic the Artifact Exhibition, the 100 Year Journey at the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, 9:30 a.m. July 19, 205 W. Livingston Road, Highland. Reservations must be received by

July 12. 248-889-8660, www.huronvalleyarts.org or HVCA@comcast.net ■ Byers Homestead Ice Cream Summerfest: Live music, moon bounce, historical demonstrations, old fashioned dolls and more, noon to 6 p.m., July 14, Byers Homestead, Commerce Road, Commerce. Presented by Genisys Credit Union. 248-363-4354. ■ Huron Valley Council for the Arts: Gallery call for exhibit proposals for Michigan artists for 2013. Individuals or groups may submit a proposal for their exhibition of work to be displayed in our Highland Station House Gallery, 205 W. Livingston Road, Highland. Submission deadline Aug. 3. 248889-8660, www.huronvalleyarts.org or HVCA@comcast.net ■ St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Huron Valley Schools: Distributing backpacks with school supplies for Huron Valley families experiencing financial difficulties. The backpacks will be available for pick up from 9 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 29, St. Mary’s Church, corner of Commerce and Burns roads in Milford. Valid ID with an address and proof (bus route post card, report card or current schedule) that each child will be attending school in the Huron Valley School District is needed. For more information, e-mail pawlowskid@huronvalley.k12.mi.us ■ Wixom Farmers Market: Open 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 4, Sibley Park off Pontiac Trail, across from City Hall. wixomparksandrec.com. ■ White Lake Farmers Market: Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday now through Oct. 6, Huron Valley Lakeland High School, 1500 Bogie Lake Road, White Lake. whitelakefarmersmarket.weebly.com or 248755-1195. ■ Milford Farmers’ Market: Open 3 to 8 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 18, E. Liberty Street between S. Main and Union streets in Milford. milfordfarmersmarket.org.

■ Walled Lake Farmers Market: Open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays now through Oct. 31, Walled Lake City Event Field on E. West Maple Road between Decker Road and Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake. 248-624-4847. ■ Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s Shalom Street Museum, new exhibit, “Be Kind to Our World: Shomrei Adamah,” with butterfly garden, a display about wind energy and an actual hydroponic garden, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, now through end of November, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. 248661-1000. ■ Oakland County Market: Open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, May through Christmas, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. oakgov.com/cmarket. ■ Milford Police Department: Now taking back unwanted prescription drugs on a continuous basis at 1100 Atlantic Street in Milford. These unwanted prescription drugs may be placed into the secure drop box located in the Police Department lobby. All drugs turned in will ultimately be sent to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for destruction. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. For more information, visit www.milfordpolice.com or call 248-676-2089. ■ 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. ■ Big Chief Chorus: Rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford. 248-698-9133 or 248-563-2109. ■ (Breakfast) Optimist Club of Waterford: Meeting, 7:15 a.m. Thursdays, Big Boy Restaurant, M-59 and Airport Road, Waterford. 248673-3493.

■ Catholic Social Services of Oakland County: Senior companion volunteers needed to support adults with developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic mental illness, as well as the physically frail and homebound. 248559-1147, ext. 3434. ■ Dads of Foreign Service: Bingo, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, VFW Post No. 4156, 321 Union Lake Road, White Lake. www.vfw4156.org or 248698-8302. ■ 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. ■ Mothers meeting, 7 the month, Lake Road, 7702.

& More: Book club p.m., first Monday of Caribou Coffee, Union Commerce. 248-360-

■ Multi-Lakes Conservation Association: All-you-can-eat fish fry, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, 3860 Newton Road, Commerce. 248363-9109. ■ Rotary of West Bloomfield: Meeting, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Henry Ford Medical Center, second floor, southwest corner of Farmington and Maple roads. 248520-0095. ■ Waterford Rotary Club: Meeting, noon, Tuesdays, The Shark Club on M-59, Waterford. 248-625-4897.

SUPPORT GROUPS ❐ Age with Grace: Caregiver support group meeting, 6 p.m. the first Monday of every month at 2230 E. Highland Road, Highland. Space limited, so please call to reserve your place. 248-529-6431. ❐ 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. PAGE 45 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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❐ 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. 248698-1300. ❐ Celebrate Recovery: Alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual addiction, for life’s hurts, habits or hang-ups, meetings, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Life Point Christian Church, 501 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. 248-6821747. ❐ C.A.S.A.: Kleptomaniacs and Shoplifters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Wesley Room, Commerce United Methodist Church, 1155 N. Commerce Road, Commerce. 248358-8508 or kleptomaniacsanonymous.org. ❐ 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. ❐ 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. ❐ T O P S (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 5:30 p.m. weigh-in, 6 p.m. meeting, Tuesdays, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital Conference Room 1-C, 1

William Carls Drive, Commerce. 248363-6369 or e-mail jr.h@att.net.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES ❐ Dublin Senior Center: Drums Alive! 10:30 a.m. and Zumba Gold, 2 p.m. Tuesdays, 685 Union Lake Road, White Lake. Registration. 248698-2394. ❐ Highland Adult Activity Center: Strengthening Class in the gym, Thursdays, 209 N. John Street, Highland. 248-887-1707. ❐ Richardson Community Senior Center: Soup, Sandwich & Movie Day, noon to 3 p.m. Thursdays, 1485 E. Oakley Park, Commerce. 248-9260063. ❐ R.S.V.P: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program needs volunteers, age 55 and up to work at hospitals, cultural institutions, food pantries, schools and more. For more information, contact Carol Heckman at 248559-1147, ext. 3435. ❐ Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church: Senior Stretch and Tone, 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. Fridays, 2399 Figa Avenue, West Bloomfield. 248-682-0770. ❐ Waterford Senior Center: Bunco and dinner, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 3621 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. 248-683-9450. ❐ 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. ❐ Wixom Senior Center: “Come As You Are Chorus,” Wednesdays, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. 248624-0870.

PARKS

North American Butterfly Association Annual Count, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, Camp Wilderness parking lot, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Register by Thursday, June 28. 248-858-0704 or doughertyk@oakgov.com ❐ Indian Springs Environmental Discovery Center: “Bug Bites and Rashes,” 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake. 248-625-6640. ❐ Kensington Farm Center: Horsedrawn hayrides, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Kensington Metropark, Milford. 248-684-8632 or 1-800-477-3178. ❐ Kensington Metropark: “No Child Left Inside: Pond Dipping,” 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, Kensington Metropark, Milford. Registration. 810-227-8916 or 810- 227-8910. ❐ Springfield Oaks County Park: Oakland County Fair, carnival rides, free circus, Oakland County Idol contest, exhibits, foods, and more, Friday, July 6 through July 15, Springfield Oaks County Park, Davisburg. 248-634-8830, www.oakfair.org, or www.DestinationOakland.com. ❐ Springfield Oaks County Park: Firework display, Friday, July 6, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg. www.DestinationOakland.com

LIBRARY EVENTS ❐ Commerce Township Community Library: Big Smiles, Big Laughs, Dream Big Magic Show, 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28, Richardson Community Center, Commerce. Registration, 248-669-8108 or commercelibrary.info.

❐ Groveland Oaks County Park: Fireworks display, Saturday, June 30, 14555 Dixie Highway at Grange Hall Road, Holly. www.DestinationOakland.com.

❐ Highland Township Public Library: Fourth of July - Stars and rockets, crafts, youth program, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland. Registration. 248887-2218.

❐ Independence Oaks County Park :

❐ Milford Public Library: Picnic & A

Movie, all ages, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3; “Jock and the Beanstalk,” puppet show, all ages, 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 11, 330 Family Drive, Milford. Registration. 248-684-0845. ❐ Walled Lake City Library: Classical music with “Fabs” Kaldobsky, Tuesday, July 3, 1499 E. West Maple, Walled Lake. Registration. 248-624-3772. ❐ Waterford Township Public Library: Hunger Games Party, craft, pizza, book/movie talk, trivia, teen program, 1 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 5168 Civic Center Drive, Waterford. Registration. 248-674-4831. ❐ West Bloomfield Township Public Library: Cranbrook Institute of Science: Simple Machines, kindergarten through fifth-grade, 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. Free admission. 248-682-2120 or www.wblib.org. ❐ White Lake Township Library: Computer Club, adult program, Thursday, July 5, 7527 E. Highland Road, White Lake. Registration. 248-698-4942. ❐ Wixom Public Library: Dream Big - Read: Summer Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. Registration, 248-624-2512.

RELIGIOUS ❐ Union Lake Baptist Church: Free Vacation Bible School, “Lifeway’s Amazing Wonders Aviation,” ages 3 to grade 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29, 8390 Commerce Road, Commerce. Free admission and reservations. 248-363-9600. ❐ Walled Lake Church of Christ: “Babylon - Daniel’s Courage in Captivity,” free Vacation Bible School, ages 3 through grade 5, 6:30 to 8:30p.m. Aug. 6 to 9, 1043 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake, 248624-4600.


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Joshua Bauer, 33, of Waterford Township was the only lakes area golfer to advance to the Sweet 16 quarter-finals of the 101st Michigan Amateur Golf Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills on Thursday, June 21. Bauer was seeded 62 out of 64 golfers in the match-play tournament, but upset No. 3 seed Spencer Slade and knocked off Phil Gieseker in the second round before falling to Bill O’Connor in the quarter-finals. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

‘I knew I had a good chance’ Bauer advances to quarter-finals at state amateur tourney By Michael Shelton staff writer

A number of lakes area golfers played close to their own backyards this week in Bloomfield Hills at the

101st Michigan Amateur Golf Championship. The tournament took place this past week at the famed Oakland Hills Country Club on its 6,653-yard, par 70 North

Course, with golfers from across the state competing for the honor of being called Michigan’s amateur champion. The tournament began with strokeplay qualifying rounds on Monday, June

18 and Tuesday, June 19, with the top 64 players after two rounds advancing to the match-play portion of the tournament on Wednesday, June 20.

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match. He qualified for this year’s championship by finishing third in his qualifying group at Fieldstone Golf Club on May 24 with a score of 71. West Bloomfield Township’s Greg Davies, the 2006 Michigan Amateur champion, qualified 53rd with a tworound score of 149 (79 and 70) and defeated No. 12 seed Zach Presuss of Rochester Hills, 2 & 1, in his openinground match on June 20. However, Davies, 44, would then fall to Joey Garber of Petoskey, 3 & 2, in his second-round match later in the day. Ken Hudson of West Bloomfield qualified 10th for the match-play tournament after finishing with a tworound score of 142 (70 and 72) in the qualifying round. He started match play by defeating Josh Heinze, 4 & 3, in the opening-

round on June 20. But Hudson, 47, then faced Chet Vandenberg of Martin in the secondround. After the match was tied after 18 holes, Vandenberg defeated Hudson on the first extra hole they played. In addition, West Bloomfield’s Michael Zausmer, who is on Lafayette College’s (Penn.) golf team, was seeded 29th after a two-round score of 146 (70 and 76) in qualifying. Zausmer faced Nick Sears of Clio in an openinground match that went the distance and more. After being tied after 18 holes, both players played five extra holes before Zausmer finally triumphed on the 23rd hole with a birdie. “It was ironic because I never led that match,” Zausmer said. “I was two down and I talked with my caddie and he said you have to be patient and want it more.”

In the second round, Zausmer, 19, would face the tournament’s No. 4 seed and eventual runner-up, Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood, who had won his opening match handily with five holes to spare. But Zausmer was leading Werkmeister through 12 holes before bogeying holes 13 and 14. Werkmeister took advantage of Zausmer’s mistakes and ended up winning the match 2-up. “It was a great learning experience,” Zausmer said. “I’m not upset with my performance. But I learned you can’t make mistakes.” Waterford’s Nick Dennis, who is on Loyola University Chicago’s golf team, qualified 45th after a two-round score of 149 (75 and 74), but fell in his opening-round match to No. 20 Jerred Barley of Tipton, 7 & 5. Dennis, 19, qualified for the tournament by winning his sectional qualifying round at Sunnybrook Country Club on May 8 with a score of 68. Rick Herpich of Orchard Lake, 59, qualified 50th with a two-round score of 149 (75 and 74) but fell in his opening-round match to the tournament’s eventual champion, No. 15 Drew Preston of Ada, 3 & 2. Preston defeated Werkmeister, 2up, in the final on Friday, June 22. Other lakes area golfers who played in the stroke-play portion of the tournament but failed to make the top 64 for match play included West Bloomfield’s Dov Lustig, who shot 155 (74 and 81) and West Bloomfield’s Greg Goldstein, who shot 158 (81 and 77). Dan Wood of Waterford also shot 158 (78 and 80), as did Scott Petrovich of West Bloomfield (77 and 81). Mike Roberts of Wixom shot 160 (82 and 78), Todd Covert of Commerce shot 162 (80 and 82), Spencer Solomon of West Bloomfield shot 163 (87 and 76), and Joseph Johnson of Wixom shot 165 (86 and 79). Jeff Klein of West Bloomfield shot an opening-round 88 and withdrew from playing a second round.

to reap the rewards. Walled Lake Central senior outfielder Zach Leimbach was named to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA) Division 1 AllState First Team after finishing the 2012 season with an astounding batting average of .685. In addition, Leimbach knocked home 30 RBIs, walked 30 times and only struck out twice as he garnered an onbase percentage of .800 in helping the Vikings win their third straight

Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) North Division title this year. Leimbach also earned a spot on the West roster for the 31st annual MHSBCA All-Star Game that was played at Comerica Park in Detroit yesterday, Tuesday, June 26, after press time. In addition, catcher Mike Hodgins of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s was named to the MHSBCA’s Division 2 All-State Second Team. Hodgins batted .403 with seven

doubles while knocking home 28 RBIs and scoring 18 runs for the Eaglets this year as a co-MVP of St. Mary’s varsity team. On the softball end, Huron Valley Lakeland’s Kelly Merkle and Karissa Gawronski each earned a Division 1 AllState Honorable Mention from the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association after helping the Eagles reach the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 state semi-finals this year.

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The only lakes area golfer to advance to the tournament’s Sweet 16 quarter-finals was Joshua Bauer of Waterford Township. He was seeded 62nd out of the 64 golfers who advanced to the matchplay portion of the tournament after he finished with a two-round total score of 150 (78 and 72) in the qualifying round, tying him with 11 other golfers. He began the match-play portion on June 20 first by upsetting the tournament’s No. 3 seed, Spencer Slade of Saline, 2 & 1, in the first round. “Going in, I knew I had a good chance. Being a 62 seed didn’t represent the golf I was playing,” Bauer said. “I started rough, but I got my putter going and hit a couple pars on the front nine that took the wind out of his sails. I then made a couple birdies on the back nine.” Bauer kept his momentum going as he knocked off Phil Gieseker of Saline in the second round in convincing fashion, 5 & 4. “I went against Phil with a lot of confidence and putting was the key because there were really, really fast greens,” he said. “I didn’t really miss many shots.” Bauer, 33, then faced Bill O’Connor of Birmingham in the quarter-finals on Thursday, June 21 and found himself in trouble early as he was 4 down through six holes. However, on holes 12 through 14, Bauer went on a blistering run as he made an eagle, par and a birdie to pull even with O’Connor. The match was all-square heading to the par-four 18th hole before O’Connor hit a 7-iron on his second shot within two feet of the hole. O’Connor then putted in for a birdie to defeat Bauer 1-up, ending Bauer’s surprising run in the tournament. Bauer had played twice previously in the Michigan Amateur Championship, having never won a

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Honors rolling in for area baseball, softball players By Michael Shelton staff writer

After a spirited 2012 season of high school baseball and softball, standout lakes area student-athletes are starting

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Waterford Township’s Joshua Bauer (above) credits his putting with helping him rebound after a rough start at the 101st Michigan Amateur Golf Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club on Thursday, June 21. Bauer had competed twice previously in the Michigan Amateur Championship, having never won a match, but surprised many as a 62 seed by making it to the quarter-finals, where he fell to Bill O’Connor of Birmingham. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)


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NOTICE OF CLOSE OF REGISTRATION PRIMARY ELECTION TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012 CITY OF WALLED LAKE

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012

To the qualified electors of the City of Walled Lake, County of Oakland, State of Michigan:

To the qualified electors of the Township of White Lake, County of Oakland, State of Michigan:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY OF WALLED LAKE WILL BE OPEN: MONDAY, July 9, 2012 FROM 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. LAST DAY TO REGISTER

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the White Lake Township Clerk’s Office located at 7525 Highland Road, White Lake, MI 48383 WILL BE OPEN:

MONDAY, July 9, 2012

FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING APPLICATIONS FOR THE REGISTRATION OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS IN SAID CITY NOT ALREADY REGISTERED. THE AUGUST 7, 2012 PRIMARY ELECTION WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ALL VOTING PRECINCTS OF THE CITY OF WALLED LAKE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF NOMINATING CANDIDATES OF ALL PARTICIPATING PARTIES FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICES: CONGRESSIONAL

UNITED STATES SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS

LEGISLATIVE

REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE LEGISLATURE

COUNTY

COUNTY EXECUTIVE, PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, SHERIFF, CLERK/REGISTER OF DEEDS, TREASURER, WATER RESOURCES COMMISSIONER AND COUNTY COMMISSIONER

JUDICIAL

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT – 6TH CIRCUIT – NON–INCUMBENT POSITION *

AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING: DELEGATES TO COUNTY CONVENTION OF THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES.

FROM 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

LAST DAY TO REGISTER For the purpose of receiving applications for the registration of the qualified electors in White Lake Township that are not already registered. The August 7, 2012 Primary Election will be conducted in all voting precincts of White Lake Township, for the purpose of nominating candidates of all participating parties for the following offices: CONGRESSIONAL

United States Senator Representative in Congress – 11th District

LEGISLATIVE

State Representative – 44th District

COUNTY

County Executive Prosecuting Attorney Sheriff Clerk/Register of Deeds Treasurer Water Resources Commissioner County Commissioner – 6th District

JUDICIAL

Judge of Circuit Court – 6th Circuit – Non-Incumbent Position

LOCAL

Supervisor Clerk Treasurer Trustees

AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF VOTING ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSAL(S): OAKLAND COUNTY ART INSTITUTE AUTHORITY MILLAGE - Pursuant to Public Act 296 of 2010 which allows for continuing support of art institute services for Oakland County. Proposal that a 0.2 mill on all taxable property within the county be imposed for a period of ten years to generate an estimated $9,847,191 in 2012. OAKLAND COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION MILLAGE RENEWAL - Proposal to renew the .59 mills levied by the Oakland County Public Transportation Authority in 2010 to allow continued support to the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) for a public transportation system serving the elderly, disabled and general public of Oakland County. If renewed, the proposal would generate Full text of the proposal(s) may be obtained from: Tamara Williams, Deputy Clerk City of Walled Lake 1499 E West Maple Road Walled Lake, MI 48390 (248) 624-4847

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AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING: DELEGATES TO COUNTY CONVENTION OF THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES. AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF VOTING ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSAL(S); OAKLAND COUNTY ART INSTITUTE AUTHORITY MILLAGE The Oakland County Art Institute Authority established pursuant to Public Act 296 of 2010 to allow for continuing support of art institute services for the students, residents and visitors of Oakland County. The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax of not more than 0.2 mill (20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on real and personal property to provide revenue to an art institute services provider for this purpose. Accordingly, to continue providing art institute services to benefit the residents of Oakland County, shall a 0.2 mill on all of the taxable property located within the County be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2012 through 2021? It is estimated that if approved and levied, this new millage would generate approximately $9,847,191 in 2012.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012 CITY OF WIXOM To the qualified electors of the City of Wixom, County of Oakland, State of Michigan: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY OF WIXOM CLERK’S OFFICE WILL BE OPEN:

MONDAY, July 9, 2012 FROM 7:15 AM TO 5:30 PM LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING APPLICATIONS FOR THE REGISTRATION OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS IN SAID CITY NOT ALREADY REGISTERED. THE AUGUST 7, 2012 PRIMARY ELECTION WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ALL VOTING PRECINCTS OF THE CITY OF WIXOM, FOR THE PURPOSE OF NOMINATING CANDIDATES OF ALL PARTICIPATING PARTIES FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICES: CONGRESSIONAL

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COUNTY EXECUTIVE, PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, SHERIFF, CLERK/REGISTER OF DEEDS, TREASURER, WATER RESOURCES COMMISSIONER AND COUNTY COMMISSIONER

JUDICIAL

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT – 6TH CIRCUIT – NON–INCUMBENT POSITION

AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING:

FIRE MILLAGE RENEWAL Shall the previously voted .6740 mill increase in the constitutional tax limitation on the amount of taxes upon taxable property within the Charter Township of White Lake, which last resulted in a levy in that amount, be renewed at .6740 mills ($.6740 per $1,000 TV) and levied for a period of ten (10) years from 2012 to 2021 inclusive, for the purpose of maintaining current fire and emergency medical services, including personnel, equipment, vehicles, and operational costs? If approved, the Township shall collect from this levy in the first year approximately $630,642. FIRE MILLAGE INCREASE Shall the limitation on general ad valorem taxes imposed upon taxable property within the Charter Township of White Lake be increased by 0.5 mills ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) and that amount levied for a period of 10 years from 2012 to 2021 inclusive, for the purpose of maintaining current fire and emergency medical services, including personnel, equipment, vehicles, and operational costs? If approved, the Township shall collect from this levy in the first year approximately $467,835.

DELEGATES TO COUNTY CONVENTION OF THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES. AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF VOTING ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSAL(S): OAKLAND COUNTY ART INSTITUTE AUTHORITY MILLAGE WIXOM CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT FOR OPERATING MILLAGE Full text of the proposal(s) may be obtained from: Wixom City Clerk’s Office (248) 624-4557 Catherine Buck, City Clerk City of Wixom 49045 Pontiac Trail Wixom, MI 48393

POLICE-FIRE OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL Shall the previously voted 1.00 mill increase in the constitutional tax limitation on the amount of taxes upon taxable property within the Charter Township of White Lake, which last resulted in a levy of .9526 mills ($.9526 per $1,000 TV) in 2011, be increased to and renewed at the original voted 1.00 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 TV) and levied for a period of ten (10) years from 2012 to 2021 inclusive, for fire and police services, with 65% to be allocated for police services and 35% for fire services; and shall the Township levy such renewal? If approved, the Township shall collect from this levy in the first year approximately $935,671.

Terry Lilley, CMC Township Clerk Charter Township of White Lake 7525 Highland Road White Lake, MI 48383 (248) 698-3300 Ext. 7 S.C. 6-27-12

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SUMMARY OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

To the qualified electors of the Charter Township of West Bloomfield, County of Oakland, State of Michigan: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE West Bloomfield Township Clerk’s Office, 4550 Walnut Lake Rd. WILL BE OPEN:

MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012 FROM 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING APPLICATIONS FOR THE REGISTRATION OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS IN SAID CITY/TOWNSHIP NOT ALREADY REGISTERED. THE AUGUST 7, 2012 PRIMARY ELECTION WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ALL VOTING PRECINCTS OF WEST BLOOMFIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF NOMINATING CANDIDATES FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICES: CONGRESSIONAL

United States Senator, Representative in Congress - 11th and 14th Districts

STATE

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AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF VOTING ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSALS: Oakland County Art Institute Authority Millage Oakland County Public Transportation Millage Renewal West Bloomfield Township Proposal for Parks and Recreation General Operating Millage Renewal West Bloomfield Township Proposal for Parks and Recreation General Operating Millage Increase Full text of the proposal may be obtained from: CATHERINE SHAUGHNESSY, CLERK CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WEST BLOOMFIELD 4550 Walnut Lake Road - West Bloomfield, MI 48323 Telephone: 248-451-4848

Citizens of the United States, 18 years old, who have resided in the State of Michigan at least thirty (30) days and have established a residence in the Township of West Bloomfield on or before the 30th day prior to August 7, 2012 are eligible to register. Qualified electors may also register to vote or change their address in the following manners: IN PERSON:

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June 18, 2012 At the June 18, 2012 Regular Council Meeting, Council took the following action: • Approved a Special Use Modification for the Orchard Lake Country Club with conditions; • Denied a request to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a height and setback variance for installation of a fenced at 3777 Indian Trail; • Approved a request to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a lakeside setback variance for installation of a fence at 3086 Erie Drive; • Approved a request to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a lot coverage variance for construction of a new home at 3212 Erie Drive; • Adopted a Resolution approving the Water & Sewer Rates for 2012-13; • Approved a contract for solid waste collection and disposal with Republic Services LLC; • Approved the budget for the Civic Center TV/Green Media Center Project; • Approved the first amendment to the cooperative agreement with the Greater West Bloomfield Cable Commission; • Tabled the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society Lease Agreement; • Approved a GIS Service Contract; • Tabled action on Synthetic Marijuana and Controlled Substances Emergency Ordinance; • Appointed Fire Board/Cable Board members; • Approved Business License Renewals; • Approved the Orchard Lake Weed Harvesting Contract Amendment; • Approved the Election Commission; • Adopted a Resolution for the Orchard Lake Special Assessment; • Approved the SMART Municipal Credit Agreement; • Adopted the Fireworks Ordinance; • Approved Administrative Bonuses; • Accepted all department reports Bruce H. McIntrye, Mayor

By obtaining and completing a Mail Voter Registration Application and forwarding to the election official as directed on the application by the close of registration deadline. CATHERINE SHAUGHNESSY WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP CLERK 4550 Walnut Lake Road West Bloomfield, MI 48323 248-451-4848 S.C. 6-27-12

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Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. Seven board members and attorney present. Approved: Consent Agenda Approved: Minutes, May 15, 2012 and June 7, 2012 w/correction Approved: Resolution #12-006, West Nile Virus Approved: Resolution #12-007, Support Commerce Township Project Plan Approved: Job Description, Executive Secretary, Fire w/amendment Approved: Solicitation Ordinance w/amendment Approved: Amendment to Ordinance No. 129 (Fee Ordinance) Approved: Move to Second Reading, Proposed Amendment to Ordinance No. 57 (Outside Storage) Approved: Professional Fees for Appraisal Approved: Dublin Senior Advisory Council, 3 corrections to policies and procedures Approved: Wexford Manor Request for Extension w/amendment Approved: Request to Purchase A Source Capture Vehicle Exhaust Evacuation System (Fire Dept.) Tabled: White Lake Presbyterian Church Ordinance No. 88, Renewal of Permit FYI: Information on Storz Hydrant Converter Approved: Adjournment Meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m. Terry Lilley, Clerk White Lake Township S.C.: 6/27/12

Copies of the 2011 Consumer Confidence Report or Water Quality Report are available at the Village Offices Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for Laguna Vista and Penny Lake Estates, After July 1, 2012. Sharon A. Miller Village Clerk SC: 6-27-12 CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF COMMERCE 2009 TOWNSHIP DRIVE COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, MI 48390

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THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF COMMERCE PLANNING COMMISSION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REQUESTED AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE Notice is hereby given that the Commerce Township Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing in the Township Board Room, located at 2009 Township Drive, Commerce Township Michigan in the Township Hall, for the purpose of hearing the following Zoning Amendments, Monday. JULY 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Z12-04 M. Shapiro Development Co. of Farmington Hills MI is requesting the rezoning of parcels of land consisting of approximately 28 total acres from R-1B (One Family Residential) to RM (Multiple Family Residential) located on the south east corner of Maple and Beck. Sidwell No.: 17-33-151-001, 002, 003 & 015 The proposed zoning amendments, the Commerce Township Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map are available for public inspection in the Clerk’s Office during regular office hours. Public Comment will be taken in writing at the Clerk’s Office until the close of business on the date of the hearing, or in person at the public hearing. For further information please contact the Planning Department, Commerce Township Hall, (248) 960-7050. Kathleen C. Jackson Commerce Township Planner SC: 6-27-12

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CITY OF WIXOM WIXOM, MICHIGAN 48393 The City of Wixom will receive bids at the Office of the City Clerk; 49045 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, Michigan 48393, until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at which time placed bids will be opened and read for the following: REFURBISH/RETROFIT A 2001 STERLING (MODEL L) TRUCK TO A HOOKLIFT PLATFORM There will be a mandatory pre-bid meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Wixom’s Public Works; 2041 Charms Road, Wixom, Michigan 48393. Request for Bid packages may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, Monday through Thursday, 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids it may deem to be in the best interest of the City. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at 248-624-0141. S.C. 6-27-12

for Charter Township of Commerce Township Board 1. Synopsis of the June 12, 2012 Regular Board of Trustees Meeting The above synopsis shall be posted (in its entirety) at the following locations: (1) Office of the Township Clerk 2009 Township Drive (2) Main Township Library 2869 North Pontiac Trail (3) Township’s website www.commercetwp.com Daniel P. Munro Township Clerk SC: 6-27-12

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The City of Wixom will receive bids at the Office of the City Clerk; 49045 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, Michigan 48393, until 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at which time placed bids will be opened and read for the following: MECHANICAL REPAIRS ON A 2001 STERLING (MODEL L) TRUCK Request for Bid packages may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, Monday through Thursday, 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids it may deem to be in the best interest of the City. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at 248624-0141. S.C. 6-27-12

VILLAGE OF WOLVERINE LAKE

NOTICE OF ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Michigan Public Act 110 of 2006, the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, as amended, the Village of Wolverine Lake Zoning Board of Appeals will consider the following appeals at their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 425 Glengary, Wolverine Lake, Michigan 48390. ZBA CASE #12-605 Jodi Ruby, 860 Laguna, Wolverine Lake, MI 48390 BASIS FOR APPEAL: 1240.08 (89) Small domestic animals. Shall include dogs; cats; domestic rodents; birds, except fowl; fish; rabbits and similar animals, but not fowl, pigs, horses, cattle, goats, and similar animals. 1248.09 Household Pets. No more than three dogs, cats, rabbits, or similar domestic animals, which are commonly kept, outside shall be permitted per housing unit. Applicant is seeking clarification from the Zoning Board of Appeals in order to keep chickens, hens only, including a pen enclosure which holds a coop for housing, measuring 16’2” X 8’2”. ZBA CASE #12-606 Kenneth Garren, 2270 Darnell, Wolverine Lake, MI 48390 BASIS FOR APPEAL: 1250.06 (c) Ordinance requires accessory building to be located 5ft. from rear and side property lines. Applicant proposes a 3ft. setback to construct a detached garage. ZBA CASE #12-607 Fred Rusty Russum, 780 Laguna Drive, Wolverine Lake, MI 48390 BASIS FOR APPEAL: 1250.06 (c) Accessory uses requires a 5ft. side yard set back. 4ft. is provided and 1280.04 placement requires an accessory not to occupy more than 25% of the required side yard. Applicant is proposing to rebuild a detached garage destroyed by fire. Sharon A. Miller Village Clerk SC: 06-27-12


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Dunham Lake privileges with this 1609 sq. ft. home. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room w/ fireplace, basement, 2 car garage. Home needs some repairs. Call for details. $118,000.

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$11.50-$15/ HOUR Must have at least 2-5 years experience & knowledge in all phases of landscaping, boulder walls, pisa walls, sprinkler systems, harley raking, hydroseeding, pavers, dump trucks, bob cat operators & loaders. Must have a valid driver's license or chauffeurs -- CDL preferred. Must provide previous references & have reliable transportation. Serious workers only! Contact

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The Village of Wolverine Lake is seeking a part time seasonal laborer to work during the months of July through October. Applicants must have the ability to work outside in adverse conditions, be able to lift 50 lbs. and have a valid MI driver’s license. Interested applicants may obtain an application at the Village of Wolverine Lake, 425 Glengary, Wolverine Lake, MI 48390. Application deadline is July 5, 2012 or until position is filled. E.O.E.

HELP WANTED - ALL AREAS Do you love food and shopping in a great market? Well then why not work for one. Snook’s Butcher Shoppe/Colasantis is a gourmet grocery store and greenhouse in Highland, Michigan. We are in need of help for counter customer service positions in our deli, butcher shop and bakery departments. We are also in need of help for stock positions in our grocery, produce and greenhouse departments. All applicants must be at least 18 years old. We will work around college schedules. All Applicants must be able to work at least one weekend shift, days and afternoons. Any of these positions can be full or part time. Please apply in person or online at: office@colasantis.com. All resumes need to be in a .doc file format and should contain a cover letter and salary requirements.

Recording Secretary Milford Township is seeking a qualified candidate for recording secretary to the Milford Township Planning Commission. Duties include attending Planning Commission meetings held on the last Thursday of each month except November and December, taking notes and preparing the meeting minutes. Wage is $75.00 per meeting, plus $6.50 per page. For consideration submit a letter of interest and experience by July 2, 2012 to the Charter Township of Milford, Clerk’s Office, 1100 Atlantic Street, Milford, Michigan 48381. S.C. 6-20 & 6-27-12

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MAC Valves, Inc. is a worldwide manufacturer of pneumatic solenoid valves. We are looking for some one to fill an opening position in our purchasing department. They must be a reliable, self motivated person and be able to work in a customer focused team. We are a people oriented technology based company and operate in a group system environment where people are given responsibility to learn and advance. Purchasing experience is preferred and Excel experience is a must. Apply in person or mail resume to: Donna Shopp MAC Valves, Inc 30569 Beck Road • Wixom, MI 48393

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– HARTLAND – BEAUTIFUL HOME, BATHS REMODELED IN 2012. STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES INCLUDED. 212051684 $156,900

– COMMERCE TOWNSHIP – MUST SEE BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM BUILT HOME ON 6.3 ACRES. 212050989 $414,500

– HIGHLAND – LEASE WITH PRIVILEGES ON DUNHAM LAKE! 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, LOTS OF STORAGE! 212048317 $1,500

– BIRMINGHAM – STUNNING 4 BEDROOM COLONIAL, WALK TO DOWNTOWN. NESTED ON EXTRA DEEP LOT. 212043782 $375,000

– HIGHLAND – MANY STUNNING UPGRADES AT A GREAT PRICE! BEAUTIFUL BRAZILIAN CHERRY FLOORING. 212043226 $139,900

– FENTON – IDEAL COMMERCIAL 10.6 ACRES SEWER AVAILABLE AT ROAD 212040998 $134,900

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– HIGHLAND – WELL PLANNED DESIGN, ATTENTION TO DETAIL. MAPLE & GRANITE KITCHEN 212032857 $289,900

– HARTLAND – SPACIOUS AND SUPERBLY MAINTAINED. LAKE PRIVILEGES ON DUNHAM LAKE 212030064 $200,000

– HOWELL – BEAUTIFUL RANCH WITH LAKE PRIVILEGES ON ALL-SPORTS CROOKED LAKE. 212030060 $205,000

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212049543 - $699,000

212061393 - $65,000

SPECTACULAR MIDDLE STRAITS WATERFRONT 4 bedrooms, 3.2 baths, kitchen, newly remodeled, master suite, theater room, many extras

CHARMING RANCH HOME 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, dining room with fireplace, lake privileges

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212061574 - $134,900

212062656 - $112,000

212045708 - $229,000

212050308 - $300,000

COME ON OUT TO THE COUNTRY! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors, woodstove, almost 2 acres, 3 car garage

CURB APPEAL PLUS! 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors, fenced, wooded yard

POTTERY BARN MOVE-IN READY 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, shabby chic kitchen, all appliances, huge 3 car garage, fenced yard

PRIVATE SETTING ON 3.34 ACRES 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, kitchen with island, all appliances, partially finished walkout

CRANBERRY LAKE COLONIAL 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, gourmet kitchen, master suite fireplace, beautiful lot

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212031285 - $259,000

212056840 - $155,000

212046820 - $635,000

211128969 - $158,000

ALL-SPORTS CEDAR ISLAND RANCH 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, open floor plan, 3 season sun room

LAKEFRONT GEM 83’ ON WOODALL LAKE 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, huge master with bath & doorwall to deck. Walkout w/2nd kitchen.

FOUR BEDROOM CONDO 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1st floor laundry, cozy fireplace, 2 car attached garage

SPECTACULAR GREEN LAKE FRONTAGE 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, oversized bedrooms, 2 suites, heated Florida rm, million dollar views

CENTENNIAL FARMHOUSE 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, family/parlor with fireplace, over an acre

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WEST BLOOMFIELD, WALLED LAKE SCHOOL Well maintained 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch featuring Pella windows, basement, family room with fireplace and skylights, large master suite and lots of closets, master bath, jetted tub and separate shower, deck and paver patio, 2 car garage. $170,000. MLS#211112421

ALMOST 2 ACRES Nestled among the apple trees is this charming Cape Cod in Milford. Three bedrooms, 2 full baths, almost 3 car garage, spacious great room with doorwall. First floor bedroom and laundry area. Dining room featuring hardwood floors. Huron Valley Schools. $147,000. (AS 3162M)

CENTENNIAL ED UC FARM HOUSE ED R E White Lake, RIC over an acre, 3 P large bedrooms and 2 baths, 1 with jetted tub, newer roof and windows, small barn and 3 car garage, partly covered morning porch. Parlor with fireplace, beautiful interior detailing. Good size study/office too. Original floor under dining room laminate. $158,000 MLS#211128969

TOM BUCHANAN 248-326-4568

BECKY KATZMAN McCARTHY 248-790-9915

248-310-8077

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COMMERCE TWP. TREES GALORE No through traffic - cul-de-sac. Custom built 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, Proud Lake privileges, 2-story great room, 1st floor master suite, kitchen appliances. Off Benstein Rd, between Commerce Lake and Proud lake. $224,900 10% Down Ok! Ask for Tom Buchanan Only at 248-326-4568

$84,900 - WATERFORD Well maintained sprawling ranch with city services, all appliances, fenced yard with shed. Large family room for entertaining, plus wonderful sunroom, 3 huge windows, nicely landscaped, immediate possession. Central air on newer part of house. 2 furnaces. 1 car garage with pull down to attic. NOT A SHORT SALE OR FORECLOSURE. Privately owned and a loved home. ONE YEAR HOME WARRANTY SUPPLIED BY SELLER. (S.G. 60 F)

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CEDAR ISLAND LAKE Beautiful walkout ranch on popular all-sports Cedar Island. Great open floor plan for easy entertaining. Three bedrooms, 3 full baths, family room, sun room with triple pane Pella windows. Quality updating. Incredible views from large Timber Teck Deck. Located on quiet cul-de-sac. $398,000 (739RAC)

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Hilltop bungalow with one of the best views of all sports Middle Straits Lake! Privately owned! Home features approximately 1,900 square feet of living space, spacious living and family rooms, two fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, open kitchen with lake views & 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.

Lakes Area (248) 363-8300 • 8430 Richardson

Pottery Barn adorable, move right in! Not a short sale! Shabby chic kitchen includes all of the appliances, 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, family room with fireplace, hardwood floors in bedrooms, 3 car detached garage, Walled Lake Schools! $112,000. Call Becky for details!

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

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WANTED PART TIME caregiver for my elderly mother. Non smoker, references, White Lake. 248-933-3122

Sorry, we do not accept ads for free dogs. 8FT LOG Picnic table, only needs three top boards. You pick up. White Lake area. 248-363-2928 FREE KITTENS 9 weeks old. To good home, Walled Lake area, 248-894-7037

Antiques

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TWO MAHOGANY veneer dressers, four drawers, Louie XVI replica. 248-470-5893

Auction/ Estate Sales

Garage Sales

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101 HIGHLAND

ESTATE/ YARD Sale: Furniture, appliances, miscellaneous, craft supplies, Thursday through Saturday, 9a.m.3p.m. 6455 Simmons off Airway, Waterford. 48327

Moving Sales

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HUGE MOVING Sale. June 28th , 29th, & 30th. 1990 Blue Stone Lane, Commerce. Drexel dining room set, Mark VIII ensemble grand digital piano, exercise equipment, collectibles, & much more.

Garage Sales

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1085 Garden Off Harvey Lake Rd.

Multi Family June 28th, 29th, 30th 9-5 Adult and kids clothes, household, Miscellaneous HUGE SALE June 28th thur 29th 9-4. 4068 Araby Court off Harvey Lake. MILFORD THURSDAY ONLY, 9-4. 2868 Deer Ridge. Kids stuff, household items.

COMMERCE

WATERFORD

MOVING SALE Tools, household. 170 Foxbury. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-6

HUGE YARD Sale. 4100 Cass Elizabeth Rd. Friday & Saturday, 10am-4pm. Lots of plus size clothing, canning jars, home goods, Books. Something for everyone.

ANNUAL SALE, June 28 thru July 1st. 5636 Progressive (off Carroll Lake, between Cooley & Wise). 9am-7pm. clothes, household, electronics, computers, 7X10 Rubbermaid shed, yard swing, entertainment centers, 2 drawer stainless steel dishwasher and lots more. See our craigslist posting for more details. 4786 JUNIPER, Saturday, June 30th, 8am-3pm. Household goods, tools, furniture, open utility trailer.

Commerce Lake Sub Sale June 28th 9-5

WEST BLOOMFIELD

Multi Family Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9-6 7580 Crestmore Jewelry, handbags, furnitures, tools, GARAGE/ MOVING Sale Friday, Saturday, 9-3. Clothes purses, books, saw horses, bird cages. 6250 Eastbrooke Drive, North of Maple, East of Haggerty. WHITE LAKE

3314 Buss Drive off Oakley Park between Benstein and Commerce

71 BLACKBERRY, EAST Union Lake Road off Elizabeth Lake Road, 9a.m.-4p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Clothes- kids, women's, plus size; furniture; sports; toys

JUNE 28-29, 9a.m.-6p.m. 3151 Smugglers Ridge, off Oakley Park/ South Commerce. Check it Out!

ESTATE SALE and garage sale. June 28th 29th, 30th. 9am-4pm. 10175 Elizabeth Lake Road.

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WOLVERINE LAKE

LAWSON'S LIQUIDATIONS ESTATE SALE Will be conducted at 2264

Woodlawn Wolverine Lake. June 28-30, Thursday through Saturday. 10am 6pm. Sale will start promptly at 10am. Upon arrival please sign in. Visit our website @ www.lawsonsliquidations.com for a complete listing or photos. Or call 989-277-3504 YARD SALE: Boys' clothes, toys, housewares, child's desk, much more. 9a.m.-4p.m. June 28th, 29th, 30th, 602 Los Arboles, Glengary/ South Commerce.

Furniture/Rugs

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HOUSE OF Denmark desk, hutch, printer stand $100. 248-568-6411 PRINT PATTERN sofa, love seat, chair with lamps and end tables. Best offer. (248)6663752

Odds N Ends

PET SAFE Wireless pet containment. Never used, $50. Sherpa pet carrier, $20. N2N pet carrier, airline safe, $20. Cuisinart 12 cup coffee maker, $25. 248-698-0067

BOATS/ OUTDOOR Boats/Motors/ Trailers

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DAVE'S MOBILE MARINE

19 FT MASTER CRAFT, Pro Star LT1 Corvette engine, low hours, excellent condition- in and out, with tandem trailer. $19,000 OBO. 248-3631210. NOW IS THE TIME - Get that boat sold by Listing it HERE by calling 248-360-SOLD or 24 hr Fax Line: 248-360-5308

Boat Hoists Docks

166

HARBOR MASTER Vertical lift with electric motor and other extras. Great shape, will hold 3,500 pounds $1,795 248-683-1536

Campers

176

1995 TERRY camper. 24ft., great condition. Includes tow package. $4,500. 248-4998855

CARS/TRUCKS MOTORCYCLES 181

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

(248)467-0396 CAMPBELL'S TOWING AUTOS, CARS & TRUCKS

•Pontoon Hauling •Inboard & Outboard Repair "We Come To You" •Buy & Sell Motors

$200 AND UP

(248)666-9248

248-698-1062

HIGHLAND’S NEWEST AUTO DEALER

Guaranteed Credit Approval 2000 MITSUBISHI MONTERO SPORT 4X4, clean, air, 6 cyl. 3.0L, cruise, tow hooks, running boards, luggage rack, $4,450

WE BUY CARS! Paying more for your trade

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

248-714-6125

woodwardauto.com

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MOTORCYCLEGUARANTEE See First Want Ad Page 2005 Harley Davidson 883L 1400+ miles. $5K 248-2315107

FULL REPAIR SERVICES Motorcycle parts/ Access. Mention ad for up to 20% off! MX • ATV• P.W.C

Lakes MotorSports 4713 Dixie Highway, Waterford, MI 48329

248-674-0663

Classic/ Antique Cars

188

WANTED 1967- 69 Camaro or any muscle car, any make, any model, any condition. Also 1972 or older Corvettes,

248-252-9194

SERVICE DIRECTORY REPAIR/ IMPROVEMENT Appliance Repair

502

www.lakesmotorsports.com

Trucks/Trailers

185

FORD 150 PICK UP 1993, runs great, $900 OBO. 248960-3829

Cars Wanted Parts/ Salvage

138

Motorcycles 164

187

SALES GUARANTEE Autos, Vans, Trucks See First Want Ad Page CHRYSLER 300 2005, black, 150K, excellent maintained condition $6,950 248-9822180 FORD, E150 XLT, 2000. V8, kbb; excellent. One owner. 8 passenger, loaded. $5,600. 586-303-6500 HONDA CIVIC LX 1998, Clean inside, tires good, a/c good, 194k, rusty but trusty, extremely dependable. $2,000. 248-722-1989 LINCOLN MARK Vll 1986, Excellent running condition, interior- like new, 138k, $2,600 OBO. 248-363-1378

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

(248)360-0213 (248)698-8819 Asphalt/Pavement 503

KEITH'S SEALCOATING • NO SPRAY • ASPHALT REPAIR & GRAVEL FILL

SINCE 1983

(248)-623-7282 Carpet Installation

513

BOB'S CARPET Great prices on Mohawk brand. Low prices on pad & installation. Living room & bedroom sized remnants $4 per yd. Restretching &repairs. 35 years experience.

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Personal • Business • Maintenance • Improvements • Repair Cabinetry

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

(248)363-3804 elegant-woodworking.com

Cement/Concrete

517

C & G CEMENT Quality Workmanship Residential-Commercial Over 30 years Experience STAMPED CONCRETE DRIVEWAYS FOOTINGS GARAGE FLOORS BLOCK WORK FREE ESTIMATES Michael (248)363-4783 MILFORD LOCATION

(248)684-5928 ARROW CONCRETE •Driveway Replacements Free Tear outs •Regular & Stamped •Home Owner Friendly •Residential - Commerical Fully Lic. & Ins. 20 Yr. Exp.



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248-486-5900

Doors

524

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

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

248-624-3161 Drywall

526

R&D DRYWALL & PAINTING

Ron (248)673-7665 528

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

(248)683-7985 Excavating

536

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

(248)241-6913 Handy Person

545

DU-IT-ALL HOME CARE IMPROVEMENTS Specials: •Ceramic Tile •Formica Tops & Kitchens •Exterior/Interior Painting Also, we do complete basements and all other interior work, including electric, plumbing, etc. Call today. Cell #

(248)891-7072

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

Electricians

Flooring

529

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

(248)624-6458

Licensed and Insured

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

248-684-4175 810-714-3058

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

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

Heating/Duct Work 546

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

FREE ESTIMATES ON INSTALLATION

248-363-1615 Lawn/Garden Services

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A R T

Outdoor Services, LLC Lawn Service •Spring clean up •Gutter cleaning •Landscape •Brick pavers •Mulch & weeding •Insured •Res. & Com. www.artoutdoorservices.com (248)625-5719

College Student Looking for Lawn care, mulch/ stone & odd jobs Shawn Larkins 248-931-0295 Painting/ Decorating

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 FARR'S

Painting/ Decorating

Roofing 562

SUMMER SPECIAL

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

FREE Estimates 30 Years Experience

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Lakes Painting All types of Painting Drywall Repairs • Wallpaper Removal & Installation . References • Lakes Area Owner Operated Since 1980

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

Call Doug Miller 248-360-0344

248-762-1534 Plumbing

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

248-363-5864 Power Washing

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

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

NEED A NEW ROOF? •Best Prices •Best Work •Best Warrenty Licensed, Bonded, Insured & Certified

248-933-7200 Siding

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FARR'S POWER WASHING

D&D ROOFING •Siding •Gutters & Leaf Guards •Soffits & Trimwork •Decks •Windows

Doug Dible 248-431-6243

577

I.D.C.

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

Bob: 248-363-0589 idchomeservice.com

Tile 571

Trash/Debris Removal

Tree Service 586

Progressive Transportation Specializing in: •Appliances •Furniture •Debris Removal

Call anytime for estimates & great service

248-887-4892

248-459-7894

SUMMER SPECIALS

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



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

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J.M. TILE & MARBLE CUSTOM WORK •Remodeling •Quality Service •New Construction • Repairs •Grout Sealing • Licensed and Insured

John Miller (248)505-8865 jmtileandmarble.com

Tree Service

587



ROMO TREE SERVICE •Tree Trimming •Lot Clearing •Tree Removal •Experienced •Quality Work •Affordable •Free Estimates •Insured

(248)939-7420 (248)310-5031 jromotreeservice@yahoo.com

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Quality, Affordable Tree Work JAYS QUALITY LAWN SERVICE

Insured 248-431-1494 Waterproofing

599

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

Wells

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

MAXON'S TREE SERVICE

Emergency Service

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Licensed & Insured Free Estimates

(248)887-2190 KODIAK AERIAL TREE SERVICE Tree Trim Removal and Stumps •Free estimates •Insured 30 years experience

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