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hris Brockman, a 1966 West Bloomfield High School graduate, is coming home to the place that he refers to as the Water Winter Wonderland — Oakland County. Now an English instructor at Vance-Granville Community College in North Carolina, Brockman’s memoir, “Growing Up in Boom Times,” was just published by Author House. It explores his childhood in the lakes area and provides a record of that period for his own children. This past June your book, “Growing Up in Boom Times” was published chronicling your childhood in Oakland County. Please tell us what prompted you to write this book. CB: I thought that the Baby Boomer generation had a lot of things characteristic of it, a lot of things to share with one another and some good things that we could share with the world. That motivated me to write this and to do that sharing, and also to share my childhood with my own children. What do you hope people will come away with after reading your book? CB: I think they’ll come away with, in my experience so far, is that people do come away with feeling that things used to be pretty good. I don’t necessarily want to compare the age that I grew up in with the things now, but I think people get a feeling of the good old days were pretty good. In your book, you paint a picture of a simpler time full of creativity and responsibility. What do you think is the biggest difference between the experiences of children today and when you were a child? Any advice for the children and their parents of today? CB: I think children don’t actually have as many experiences first-hand as they used to. Many things are much more vicarious. They experience things on the screen, you might say, under computers or games instead of doing things firsthand. That largely is because of parents’ fear that some harm is going to come to the children. That’s one of the biggest changes. When we were kids, our mothers and fathers sent us out in the morning and we were out in the neighborhood, in the woods, at the beach or whatever, for most of the day, coming home only when you had to eat. Listen up. That would be my advice. Studies have shown a lot of things that people fear are actually not as fearsome or hurtful as they seem to be. The sun, for instance, it’s been shown that perhaps more lasting damage can be had

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merica was built by calloused hands and the perspiration and perseverance of the stalwart farmer whose labor primed the land for genations to come. And so it was in e lakes area when the Colvin family kked from Vermont to Michigan — ck at a time when Michigan was ll just a territory — to build what now the only centennial working m in the region today. The Colvin Hoxie Spears Farm, tablished in Waterford Township on oley Lake Road between Hiller and chaven roads in 1831, is privately wned by Claire Pryor, a fifth-generan descendant of the Colvin lineage. Today the farm yields between 0 and 800 bales of hay per year, d also churns out vegetables from garden. Several horses are kept on e property — which Pryor no nger resides at, but instead has nted out since the 1990s — during e summer. The farm continues to reap accodes from state and local organizans. Last year, it received the certifite of Special Congressional cognition, in addition to its ntennial Farm designation by the chigan Historical Commission and a ecial tribute from the state. In 11, Waterford Township honored e farm with its 2011 Historical ward. Pryor, a member of the Lydia rnes Potter Chapter of the ughters of the American volution, joined the organization nce her ancestors were early setrs in Michigan before it attained atehood in 1837. The first generation of the family, e Colvins, were natives of Vermont t moved to New York’s Niagara unty to farm. Fed up with crop failes, Nathan Colvin seized an oppornity to move to the “new” west anks to President Andrew Jackson, ho was giving away land grants to m in the Michigan Territory. Nathan and Margaret Batchelor lvin, with their only surviving child, cinda, in tow, traveled west via the e Canal. They worked their way rough Pontiac by ox cart to settle in aterford. The other Colvin daughter, abel, died as an infant. The land was granted to the Colvin mily on Nov. 25, 1831. At that me, the parcel was comprised of 0 acres with another 94 acres nexed on June 17, 1837, just shy six months after Michigan became state. The deed was recorded in

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Claire Pryor, a fifth-generation descendant of the family that established a Waterford Township farm on Coole Road between Hiller and Lochaven roads in 1831, tends to one of the several horses that are still kept on the during the summers. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

Four Towns, now known as Waterford Township. “The Colvins came because of crop failures in New York and took a chance with Andrew Jackson land grants,” Pryor said. “Luckily they got a good piece of land — others were nothing but rocks and clay.” The family started farming the land immediately. Although the Colvins initially erected a log cabin structure, within a few years they labored to build the front section of a farmhouse and relocated it to its present location at 6290 Cooley Lake Road. “The Colvins decided to build a more permanent home by clearing the land and using the lumber to do it,” Pryor said. The front of the house they built still stands today. The Colvin farm consisted of livestock such as pigs, cows, sheep, turkeys, chickens and horses. They grew corn for the animals, sweet corn, wheat for flour, hay, and planted a vegetable garden and fruit trees. “You had to hope your crops survived you through the winter,” Pryor

said. “They made their own soap, grinded their own flour, raised a lot of potatoes, and canned everything,” she said. Peach, pear and apple trees dotted the dense property. The Colvins dug a well and built an outhouse. Wood was plentiful and used for heat and stock-piled in a large shed. As was the custom in those days, families magnanimously helped their neighbors in building structures as gestures of hospitality. The Pottawattomie, a branch of the Algonquin Native American tribes, used to camp on the shores of White Lake while hunting and fishing. The sect was customarily quiet and peaceful. However, in August 1833, Nathan Colvin became inebriated after helping a neighbor at a cabin-raising at a White Lake settlement. Nathan and two companions crossed Pottawattomie land; a dog belonging to the tribe attacked Nathan, resulting in Nathan killing the dog. This, in turn, angered the Pottawattomi, who wanted to avenge the dog’s death. Two members of Nathan’s party

quickly appeased the tribe by te them he would be punished and the dog. The incident passed w bloodshed. During this time, there was a American pathway in the area w tribes would cross the land en r Orchard Lake. Several times a y would come looking for food, so Colvin’s would leave out food an passersby would leave peacefull only what they needed and noth more. A treaty signed in 1833 mov Native Americans westward; the ence gradually petered out as se arrived and built permanent hom Before long, Colvin became a perous farmer and donated land succession for a cemetery and t schoolhouse that also served as Protestant church, later named Towns Methodist Church. Thou Colvins arrived in the lakes area Quakers, they eventually conver Methodism. Lucinda Colvin married a mas Frederick Hoxie of what is now after a seven-year engagement. the pair married, Hoxie first hea


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rnia to pan for gold during a and savage time. During his and his two brothers scouted gon train. One of Frederick’s , John, was shot and killed by a merican for riding a white the time. Frederick and his Timothy, after leaving John’s pped back to bury their kin t night. returned home to Lucinda in 0s with a pair of gold earrings for township land that extende Clinton River. The Hoxies, were never able to build their that land. Nathan and t Colvin asked their daughter to them in their old age in e for the entire 350-acre parcel. ime Margaret was suffering ppling arthritis. fore, the newlyweds moved house on Cooley Lake Road and d the two farms into the Colvin m. Between the 1880s and Hoxie started a myriad of ments to the farm. Besides the n, he built a smaller barn, out, a blacksmith shop, and a caruse. da bore one child, Clara Mariah ho would later become the sole he 350-acre farm. time after 1860, Clara Hoxie Eugene Spies, a Swiss immiho was responsible for naming n Road after the region in nd where he was reared; n means “looking lakeward.” ne eventually changed his surSpears. He and Clara raised 10 — seven girls and three boys. made bread three times a week 12 loaves from wheat grown rm — and baked cookies and he also sewed all the clothing,” d. “You had to be ingenious at . Everyone did chores.” from raising a brood of chilra was a midwife in the area. ally there were five bedrooms rmhouse, but no closets. So y took three of the downstairs s and renovated them into two s and built closets, added a mmer kitchen, and extended ment. basement was built with old hand-hewed beams and Pryor said. armhouse had a large parlor ting room. Many of the rooms uipped with pot-belly stoves for he winter. u of indoor plumbing, they had s” or “slop pails” filled with a ount of water in the bedrooms. had a lid, although some had covers so they didn’t make a en used at night.

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Claire Pryor still uses a barn on her family’s historic, centennial farm to store hay for the animals that are kept at the farm. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

“They took the contents in the jar out to the outhouse in the mornings. Otherwise, it was too difficult to find your way to the outhouse in the dark,” Pryor explained. Other customs included carrying a lantern up to bed at night and a hot potato or a ‘soap stone’ wrapped in a cotton feed bag to warm up the beds during the winter. The Spears raised scores of livestock such as sheep, pigs, cattle, horses, chickens, and turkeys, as well as grew potatoes, corn, wheat, hay, melons, and vegetables. The family also sold milk, butter, eggs, seasonal vegetables, and sweet corn at the farm for many years. “Eugene irrigated the land to water the fields,” Pryor said. “They were very poor and hardships were common.” The Spears family owned two Belgian horses for labor and a few others to drive the buggy or race in winter sulky races — one of Eugene’s passions — where men would complete for the grand prize of a horse blanket. In 1917, a flu epidemic swept

through the area — a precursor for the 1918 influenza pandemic — and seven out of the 10 Spears children contracted it. Clara moved from child to child, emptying bed jars and cleaning linens at the river. “Can you imagine what that was like?” Pryor said. “Eugene slept in the barn quarantined, but all of them survived while people around them were dropping like flies.” When the U.S. entered World War I, the three Spears sons didn’t sign up to fight for two reasons. First, farmers were ineligible at the time; secondly, the family members were conscientious objectors due to their strong faith. During this time, the family saw the atrocities of war in the haggard faces of overgrown boys walking through the country, hungry and discouraged from seeking work. “The Spears family never turned anyone away,” Pryor said. “They always fed these soldiers and allowed them to sleep in the barn if need be.” The family almost lost the farm on more than one occasion. As a result, 100 acres were sold to salvage the property and three parcels

were given to the sons. The three brothers worked the farm, but also took on other trades George, the eldest, became a builde and contractor, and Waterford treas urer. Frederick went into constructi and Perry became renowned as a master carpenter who worked the railroad for years. A few of the girls became teachers. Maude taught at the Four Town one-room schoolhouse; Emma taug in the Farmington area; Zadie taugh at Four Towns, and later at the Bog Lake School which relocated to the Fisk Farm, as well as Scotch School West Bloomfield until she was married. In those days, once a woman married, she could no longer work. Rose and Hazel became homema ers. The youngest, Irene, became a teacher and principal of Carlton Hig School in Carlton, Mich. Of the Spears brood, the younge Irene, married George Ellman. Together, they owned and operated the M.A. Ellman Office Furniture Company business for nearly 50 yea and raised three girls, Claire, Marily and Jane. Clara Spears held onto the farm until she died in 1943 and the farm was inherited by her daughters, Lul the eldest; and Maude and Emma, since the other women married. As a reminder of the strong women who helped preserve the fam ily farm, the North Star is painted o the farm’s smaller barn as a symbol of strength. Due to economic constraints in t 1960s, parcels of land were sold off Today, the farm is 12 acres and com prised of a small sheep barn, a hen house, and an outhouse. In one bar there is an upper hayloft where gen erations of Colvin women once playe dolls or frolicked in the hay. While much of the farmhouse remains in tact, the summer kitchen was converted to a large contemporary kitchen. The farm land is now a habitat fo wildlife like turkey, deer, birds, and other small animals. There are currently seven bluebird houses on the property, along with vintage fruit trees, cultivated land and flowering gardens. Pryor tends to the farm lovingly a daily basis, arriving early each morning. She said it’s her responsib ity to her mother, her aunts and he ancestors to preserve their heritage and that of the lakes area’s pioneer “I’ve compiled the research and got the awards for the farm. I accep them in the name of all the pioneer farmers in the Four Towns area,” sh said. ❏


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eraldine Anderson’s green thumb has transformed what s once a lackluster backyard into rest of floral gardens, where or comes alive in tones ranging m amethyst purple to blue sapre to ruby red. Anderson, a resident of Wixom 18 years and widow for nearly years, spends much of her time gerly tending to her flowers that e earned her the moniker, “The wer Lady.” As a result, she has earned four utification awards from the city her Christmas and summer garing displays. Raised on farms, Anderson grew n Georgia and later moved to a 5-acre farm in Howell where she ed 750 trees and grew her flowin a solarium. “I’ve always had a beautiful yard h flowers in all kinds of colors,” said. As an independent and hard rker, she maintained her Howell m while working as a chrome sher at a General Motors (GM) nt in Livonia. “I used to drive my pickup truck gather apples, beans, tomatoes, n and squash to sell at the nt,” she said. “I would take ers from my coworkers and ned a good $200 to $300 before en started my job.” Anderson retired from GM in 93. “At that point the farm became much for me, so I moved to be se to my son in Wixom,” she d.

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o recall petitions targeting West field Township Trustee Larry n have been dismissed by the nd County Clerk/Register of Office after no signatures were tted by the Monday, July 25 ne.

Wixom resident Geraldine Anderson, 74, has been dubbed “The Flower Lady” in the community because of the colorful garden she keeps in her backyard, replete with a wide variety of flowers. A former General Motors employee, Anderson was born in Georgia and moved to a farm in Howell before relocating to Wixom to be clos to her son. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Stefano Ferri)

Anderson immediately began work on a floral design for her new Wixom home. “The backyard sold the house for me,” she said. Many of her floral designs are confined to pots. At 74, she can no longer plant on bended knee. There are currently 64 pots brimming with annuals and perennials strategically placed in her front and backyard. Each of her seven gardens are nocturnal, lit in the evening by solar lights.

“It looks like a landing from my back window,” she said. Much of of her effort is dedicated to the backyard where, for example, she converted a pair of wood construction swings into a canopy for flowers. The backyard is awash with color from the menagerie of striking red salvia and begonias, pink and white hibiscus, Rose of Sharron, and varieties of cascading impatiens. The west side of the house is a wall of tomatoes including grape,

Beefsteak, Big Boy and Early Girl that she passes out to friends an neighbors. Apart from the floral design, s is widely known for the Christma and lighting displays she orchestrates herself beginning in Octob “I decorate and wrap the map trees and bushes with running an blinking lights. It looks like a hug umbrella when I’m done. You can see my lights down Wixom Road from Maple,” she said. ❏

The petitions’ language was submitted by township resident Betty Hyman and was approved by county officials on Jan. 26. Hyman was then given 180 days to circulate recall petitions and collect 6,654 registered voters’ sigBrown natures, or 25 percent of the township votes cast in the last gubernatorial election, in order to

seek Brown’s recall on a township ballot. However, Hyman failed to meet the deadline. Hyman cited in both petitions Brown’s decision in 2009 to have his $125 meeting stipend diverted to a township Water and Sewer Benevolent Fund for needy families, claiming that he has not paid taxes on his 2009 earnings as a trustee. In the second petition, Hyman added that Brown voted in November 2009 in favor of a sanitary sewer lining project contract with Liquiforce

Services (USA), which has an offi located in Romulus but is based Ontario, stating in her recall petit that the contract would have bee subsidized with federal stimulus Hyman also cited in the secon petition Brown’s lawsuit last yea against the West Bloomfield Polic Department regarding a prior Fre of Information Act (FOIA) reques seeking information on an invest tion by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office into one of Brow business relationships. PAGE 12


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ing and cuts, this works out personally and professionally for me,” he said. “It’s getting more difficult to do public service.” Seeterlin’s last day with the township is Aug. 26. According to Supervisor Carl Solden, Seeterlin’s duties will most likely be split between experienced staff members to avoid hiring a replacement. “We’re strapped revenue and expenditure-wise,” Solden said. “Rob’s leaving a big hole because he contributed so much, but we will depend on others with knowledge and keep everything in-house.” Solden added that Seeterlin took on more than his share of the workload each day. “He had a full plate with fiscal and human resources responsibilities,” Solden said. “He did a great job and will be missed, but anytime something bad happens, we must make the best of the situation.” ❏

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ed Bath and Beyond and Jo-Ann Fabric will be coming soon to te Lake Township, as the two ailers will open stores in the ding that used to house a mer Jack store at the corner of 59 and Fisk Road. According to White Lake wnship Planner Sean O’Neil, conctors hope to start site work in tember, with the businesses ng able to open by spring 2012. For the past few years, the ding has remained vacant after P — the parent company of mer Jack — decided to close ny of its stores in July 2007. en A&P filed for bankruptcy in ember 2010, the lease agreent between the company and perty owner Gershenson Realty nvestments was broken, allowing property owner to pursue other ants. O’Neil said township officials are ry pleased and excited” to have w tenants move into the building. “We’ve heard complaints (about t vacant property) more than ers over the past few years,” he d. “With the economy, it was a tter of finding good retailers o would be there for the long . White Lake is a great place to but it’s been tough to find peo-

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a recent township board meetWhile four cremations would be d in one plot, only one marker ot would be permitted. The ng of two vaults per plot would e permitted and authorized in oposed ordinance. ey mentioned that township offire looking to adopt a different hedule involving the way money e sales of plots and the opening osing of graves is transmitted, ally with regards to how money ected and disbursed to the hip. e want to be more efficient,” he Previously the funeral home first disburse the check to the n. Now the money will be coming gh the township first, and then

After a few years of being vacant, the former Farmer Jack site in White Lake Township at M-59 and Fisk Road is to host a pair of national retailers — Bed Bath & Beyond, and Jo-Ann’s Fabric. White Lake Township officials exp site work to begin next month, with the stores being able to open their doors by spring 2012. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Stefano Ferri)

ple to invest in Michigan — especially such a big financial commitment. Now that empty space will be occupied by two excellent tenants, and we’re just very excited these two retailers are coming to the township.” Gershenson Realty recently submitted a site plan for review to the township and needs to tweak a few minor things before a final development

agreement is reached, according to O’Neil. However, he said he’s confident that everything is in “good shape, schedule-wise.” “Our hope is that they can get started with exterior construction in September,” he said. “And our goal is to make that happen. The township has been committed to expediting the process so we can get them doing

their thing and get the building occupied. We’re making sure eve thing is done properly as fast as can. Everybody has been on boa Every single department had a review in this, and they’ve turne all around in half the normal revi time. I’m very pleased at how we are all pulling together to try and make this happen.” ❏

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He added that that building’s owner, Milford Housing LLC, has filed a bankruptcy proceeding in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Bay City. After the Milford Village Council held an executive session at its Monday, Aug. 1 meeting, the council approved a recommendation by the village’s attorney to hire its own bankruptcy attorney to represent the village. “The owner has raised a question regarding the value of the property and how the village went through the demolition selection process,” Shufflebarger said. This move comes almost a month after village officials approved a $26,430 bid from Cordelia Excavating of Clinton Township for the demolition of the building, which Shufflebarger said

was set to begin within a few d Since 2003, building tenant have brought forward numerou complaints about the building, ing from collapsed ceilings to b ken water pipes. Other tenants claimed that the building’s con tions, including a mold buildup also negatively affected their h The vacant three-wing, sing story building includes 24 unit was first ordered to be demolis by Timothy Brandt, the townsh building official, back in Februa 2009 after a dangerous buildin hearing was held. Milford Housing had previou filed an appeal in Oakland Coun Circuit Court alleging violation procedural due process, but th appeal was dismissed. ❏

Planned razing of apartments stalls due to bankruptcy By Michael Shelton staff writer

The village of Milford has halted the demolition of the former Woodlands Apartment building at 200 Peters Road due to a bankruptcy filing by the building’s owner. “We’ve given direction to the contractor to put the demolition on hold until this matter is resolved,” said Village Manager Arthur Shufflebarger.


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he third consecutive year, own will be taking over the diamond at Duck Lake Pines Highland Township. third annual Joe Kocur and y Friends Charity Softball ment will take place on y, Aug. 6 beginning at 11:30 the park. event is scheduled to include nces by former Detroit Red nd National Hockey League players, including Darren y, Kirk Maltby, Dino Ciccarelli, nny Legace. r area celebrities, including an and former “Full House” ve Coulier, are also scheduled attendance, as well as local ers and law enforcement per-

e will also be a kid’s baseball h children’s activities, includunce house and a dunk tank. eeds from the event will benecharities, including the

Whaley Children’s Center, Wings of East Mercy Michigan, Orchards Children’s Services and the Lakeland High School Public Service Scholarship. The event is the brainchild of Kocur, who had a 15-year NHL career that included three Stanley Cups, including two back-to-back championships with the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. Kocur, a Highland resident, is currently the president of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association, as well as the head of his own company, Kocur Enterprises, which is a manufacturer’s representative of specialty products ranging from pumps and valves to electrical supplies. Tickets are available for purchase at the Milford and White Lake police and fire departments, as well as Bakers of Milford, the South Lyon Hotel and the Comeback Inn of Highland. Tickets may also be purchased online at redwingsoftball.eventbrite.com. Tickets are priced at $10 per person for advanced tickets while tickets at the door will be priced at $15. Children under 10 are admitted free. ❏

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No pay increases for DPW workers in new 3-year pact By Leslie Shepard staff writer

The Wolverine Lake Village Council ratified a three-year agreement with the village’s Department of Public Works (DPW) employees that calls for no raises during that time period. The contract is effective July 1 through June 30, 2014. “In terms of salaries and given the large declines in revenues and projected revenues, we asked all employees to hold the line for the next few years,” said Village Council President John Magee. The DPW bargaining unit is comprised of three members. The group was granted a 2-percent raise last year and was the only bargaining unit to glean any increase in compensation. “They received annual increases in the former contract of 2 percent for each of the three years,” Treasurer Mike Kondek said. Although the group will be not awarded raises in the new agreement, Magee said each employee performs up to par. The council’s decision was based on the Negotiation Committee’s recommendation. “We’re pleased with our employees and it’s no reflection on the work they do, but due to falling revenues more than anything else,” he said. ❏

Special needs kids to benefit from 5K race on Saturday Running is good for the soul, according to St. Williams Church in

Walled Lake, which is hosting first 5K run called “Strides fo on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m Support Our Unique Learne (SOUL), a non-profit organiza organizing the event to benef cial needs children. “We send money to suppo special education learner in a school setting,” said SOUL Pr Annette Liike. “We provide su services so these students ar cessful.” St. Williams is currently ho 12 special education students “Private schools don’t allow with special needs because of costs involved, but if the cost provided, they will let children attend,” Liike said. “This even with these costs. “Father Michael (G. Savick St. Williams) is a firm believer disability shouldn’t prevent a dent from attending a private school,” Liike said. The race will begin at St. W Church, located at 531 Comm Street, near the intersection o Pontiac Trail and Maple. Registration costs are $25 person. Those who register b Thursday, Aug. 4 receive a fre shirt by visiting www.active.c “The goal is to raise $10,0 Liike said. So far, 200 have signed up ticipate. Prizes will be awarde various winners. The St. Williams Dad’s Cub providing refreshments follow race. Proceeds benefit SOUL. Those who opt not to run still want to make a donation visit www.supportouruniquele ers.com. ❏

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Walled Lake Western Football n’t just be Warriors on the upcoming October — they will e part in Ford’s Warriors in gram as they host their first riors for Warriors event 14-15. started with somebody wantear pink shoelaces for breast awareness) during October. Mike Zdebski) said, ‘Hey, it’s no to wear pink. Let’s do someraise funds.’ And so we startt together this fund-raising gether with Ford’s Warriors in gram,” said Sandy Jenkin, a of the Warriors for Warriors ee and whose husband works Jenkin also has two sons in Western’s football program. ern’s football program has received state recognition for mitment to community service. one of the focuses for the football team. The coach feels ongly about it,” said Judy rector of community relations keting for the Walled Lake ated School District. ding to Jenkin, Warriors for is an opportunity for not just ball team but for the whole ity to not only support breast esearch but to raise funds and ss of the disease. And while for emains a Western football event, iors for Warriors Committee will become a school districtmunity-wide event. not just a matter of wearing ng pink in a show of solidarity,” aid. “We are asking the school ity to get involved in raising r breast cancer.” way for the community to get is by sponsoring the event, pans two days. The event kicks a Western home football game 14 where the cost of admission asing pink Warriors for T-shirts for $15. hope to have 2,000 to 2,500 n the stands wearing these TJenkin said. “The boys will be pink jerseys that they raised r themselves in honor of or of someone they knew with ancer. After the game, there presentation with the players the jerseys to the people they n honor of. We’re not just askm to wear pink. We want them

to take pride and ownership of doing something for somebody else.” T-shirts will first go on sale at school registration day and will continue through game day. Community members will also have the chance to have a Western player play in honor of a loved one who has battled cancer by taking part in an auction. Those interested in participating in the auction should contact Sharon Krause by e-mail at skrause@twmi.rr.com. Oct. 15 will feature a 5K race. To register for the race or make a donation, go to wlwfootball.com/PINKWARRIORS.html. All net proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteering your time, contact Sandy Jenkin at sandyjenkin@hotmail.com. ❏

HVS: Refinance of bonds will save taxpayers millions The Huron Valley School District (HVS) is refinancing its 2001 bonds by selling over $30 million in bonds to capture significant savings now that market conditions are ripe. Like many Michigan school districts, HVS relies on proceeds from bond sales to make capital improvements to district facilities. When interest rates drop, the district takes advantage of the situation which results in a direct savings to the taxpayer. While a resolution was approved in October 2010 to authorize the refunding process, the bond rate increased sharply shortly after and the refunding was put on hold. By May of this year the process started again and last month, the district executed a bond purchase Agreement with underwriter Stifel, Nicolaus & Company to purchase the bonds. The HVS Board of Education will be asked to pass a resolution approving the bond purchase agreement — the ratifying resolution — at the Thursday, Aug. 11 board meeting. Despite a drop in the state’s foundation allowance, Huron Valley has maintained its AA- rating. “We have maintained our strong fiscal status during a very difficult financial period for the state and our schools,” said Superintendent Jackie Johnston. “Although we’ve had to make very tough decisions to maintain our financial stability, Huron Valley taxpayers will benefit by paying less in interest fees.” The district has refunded bonds three times in the last in eight years,

saving taxpayers over $7 million, according to HVS. The present value savings of the refunded bonds is pegged at about $1.8 million or 5.93 percent of the refunded bonds; interest cost savings is roughly $2.6 million. ❏

Aug. 8-22 window set for application to OEC program The West Bloomfield School District is offering a new application period for Schools of Choice admittance to Oakland Early College (OEC) from Monday, Aug. 8 through Monday, Aug. 22. The Oakland Early College program is a partnership between the West Bloomfield School District and Oakland Community College (OCC). It allows students to graduate with not only a high school diploma, but also an associate’s degree from OCC and/or 60 credits toward a bachelor’s of arts degree program. Schools of Choice students interested in admission to OEC for the fall semester should contact Jennifer Newman at (248) 522-3540 in order to set up a family informational session

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50 YEARS AGO Aug. 3, 1961 Tuesday, July 25 the Walled Lake Ruth Team met the Northwest als for the Babe Ruth District ament Finals. The Walled Lake played well, but failed to make the right times and left a total of n stranded on base. Northwest ith the score of 5-1.

40 YEARS AGO Aug. 4, 1971 pecial election in Wolverine Lake termine whether voters want to in office four village council ers who recently hired a contronew police chief. Monday, petitions bearing more 00 signatures were submitted to age clerk. The petitions seek the of Council President F. Robert and Council Members Everett , Sylvia Baize and Clara Miller. itioners are taking issue with last ’s council hiring, by a 4-2 vote, n O’Neil, a 25-year veteran of the t police force. In a stormy couneting July 14, a group of irate nts denounced the council for romoting the present assistant chief, Alfred Galloway, to the job.

30 YEARS AGO Aug. 5, 1981 east nine Waterford police offind an unconfirmed number of area law enforcement officials ed cuts and bruises, after a of approximately 25 persons ed” them following attempts to up a loud party in the township nday, Aug. 2. persons involved in the alleged have been sent appearance citay the 51st District Court, a court sman said. geant Richard Finkbeiner said ord officers had responded to aints by neighbors of a loud twice at the Cheyenne address the evening. When the comcontinued after officers had o the residence two times, seven s pulled up to the location at ximately 2:57 a.m. and told peoat they had to leave. e sergeant said he could not mine exactly how many persons t the party at the time the police pted to break it up or how many ns “jumped” the officers.

20 YEARS AGO Aug. 7, 1991 Orchard Lake officials hope to pass the next hurdle in buying 50 acres of land from the Cranbrook Educational Community this week when they compete in Lansing for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant. City officials want to buy the pristine land with fronts on Upper Straits and Orchard lakes for development into a nature sanctuary. They applied for a $6.13 million DNR grant for acquisition and development of the land. Eleven petitioners have been invited to Lansing to make presentations to the DNR trust fund board Wednesday, Aug. 7, according to mayor Leo Larkin. 10 YEARS AGO Aug. 1, 2001 The Wixom Fire Department continues to investigate the cause of a structure fire at the Village Apartments complex on Pontiac Trail that was extinguished by the use of a loaded water tanks and the aid of surrounding departments during the morning hours of Thursday, July 26. The fire left approximately 36 residents temporarily without shelter. According to Wixom Fire Chief George Spencer, the Wixom Fire Department was dispatched to the apartment complex at approximately 6 a.m. and arrived on the scene to find Building No. 9 immersed in heavy smoke. Approximately 32 of 35 units within the building were severely damaged during the fire, and three of the units were vacant. The fire was under control after approximately 30 minutes, and all participating departments left the scene around 2 p.m. No injuries were reported.

❐ Kenyon Stephen Burke of Commerce has been named to the dean’s list for the Winter 2011 semester at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the College of Engineering. Burke is in his senior year and is majoring in aerospace enginnering and minoring in German. He graduated from Walled Lake Northern High School in 2008 and is the son of proud parents, Stephen and Susan Burke of Commerce. ❐ Nicole Caitlin Clark of White Lake has just completed her freshman year at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. She is double-majoring in biochemistry and German and has been named to the dean’s list for the Spring 2011 semester. Nicole is a 2010 graduate of Waterford Kettering High School and is the daughter of proud parents, Thomas and Anita Clark of White Lake. ❐ Alexa Harris has been selected to receive a scholarship from the Motor City Badger Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA). The awards are given annually, and for 2011, a $2,500 award will be given to four Detroit area students attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Harris is a Walled Lake Northern High School graduate, now junior at UW, and is pur-

suing a bachelor’s degree in E Secondary Education. Alexa sp of last semester leading and de lesson plans at local schools, in to her campus coursework, alo taking part in volunteering on and maintaining her membershi Alpine Ski Racing Team. She wa nized for the $2,500 award Motor City Badger Student Celebration that was held on Ju Rotary Park in Novi.

❐ Calvin College in Grand Ra announced that Stephan VarnHagen, who majored in with a concentration in finan Nicholas D. Vera with a major in were among its spring 2011 gr

❐ Hope College in Holland, M has announced that Heather West Bloomfield and Lauren C White Lake have graduated ma laude and that Brianna Co Waterford has graduated cum la

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❐ As part of the Michigan Road Cleanup plan, the Lak Rotary Club along with Wall Western High School football cleaned the roadside on Pont from Maple Road to West Park July 16. Twenty-two students jo Rotary Club to have breakfa George’s on South Commerce, t the heat to finish by noon pic trash on both sides of the road

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avid Martin is an all-star in Oakland County as he embarks on an endeavor to repurpose acant commercial spaces in ford Township and take over a sional baseball franchise that ormerly owned by the Oakland y Cruisers/Midwest Sliders er League Diamond Heroes baseam. rtin, an Orchard Lake resident ormer collegiate and professional all coach, owns and operates n Sports and Entertainment. He ansformed the former Oakland y Cruisers baseball academy at ummit West Shopping Plaza into allpark Baseball Academy and g Cages. he Cruisers ran their team offices nd a small batting cage, but went belly-up and I came in and ht some of their inventory from ndlord,” Martin said. rtin’s new baseball academy d in May, but he’s planning on g a grand opening in conjuncwith Major League Baseball’s Series in October. e 30,000-square-foot facility is a ture baseball Hall of Fame comwith memorabilia, including hiseam uniforms from Major e Baseball, the Negro League ll-American Girls Professional all. Each of the six batting tuneature a vintage baseball stadium that reflects some of baseball’s storied stadiums, including y Field, Crosley Field, The Polo ds, and Ebbets Field. ree of the tunnels are designated seball, with another being desigfor softball. The remaining two signed as team batting cages pitching mounds. e have state-of-the-art Iron Mike ng machines, the Rolls Royce of ng machines,” Martin said. artin employs a full staff. The sional coaching staff offers priessons in position play, pitching atching, and team defense. They ffer coaches clinics and camps. rtin’s new training center plans sting travel teams, several of have already booked time dure off-season.

Orchard Lake resident David Martin’s new Ballpark Baseball Academy and Batting Cages is a miniature baseball Hall of Fame complete with memorabilia, including historic team uniforms from Major League Baseball, the Negro League and All-American Girls Professional Baseball. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Stefano Ferri)

“We want seamless customer service,” he said. “I have based my companies on good customer service and building rapport in the community, which is as important as the storefront looks — fans come first.” Martin is in the midst of spearheading an amateur travel team, the Michigan Expos, that will have squads ranging from U-9 to U-18 players. It will include all the training, tourna-

ments, and uniforms and is considered a feeder program to move players up through the ranks. Tryouts are Saturday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 13. Call the academy at 248-681-0700 for more information. The business is chock full of memorabilia such as news clippings, photographs, and stadium chairs, in addition to conveniences like cable televi-

sion, comfortable recliners, and refreshments. “Many of the batting facilities the area are in warehouse distric a stale environment,” Martin said “We wanted to build a pilot facili that is an engaging environment showcase the game of baseball. hope is to open more in the area The ultimate goal is to engage community by putting “bats and in kids hands to create the next eration of baseball fans.” Martin is well known in baseb circles. He coached baseball for o decade, including three NCAA Div I baseball programs at the Unive of Miami in Florida, Eastern Mich University, and Bowling Green University. He also coached in th prestigious Cape Cod League, a c giate summer league. “I’ve coached 14 players who it to the majors and (have) run b ball companies my whole life,” h said. “I’ve also been a consultant managed baseball operations for ferent minor league endeavors.” Secondly, Martin is in the mid revamping the Summit North-Su Fieldhouse and Expo Center, the mer location of a Best Buy store across the street from the Summ Place Mall. The 60,000-square-foot comp offers more indoor training on la playing fields for sports other th baseball. “It’s about expanding the opp nity for sports like volleyball, bas ball, and turf athletic fields used specifically for training,” Martin “We found this was lacking in th area.” Martin also recently sealed a with All American Lacrosse as an cial partner and will feature “box lacrosse played on turf fields. Moreover, families can host sp themed birthday parties at the s stop in at the concession stands sports cafe. The fieldhouse will also moon as an expo center to draw in sm trade shows on the weekends. The redeveloped space is expe to open in September or early Oc In tandem with these initiativ Martin and a group of investors PAGE 21


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❐ Veronica Simmons, owner of Decorating Den Interiors in Wixom, recently donated at least $1,500 worth of discontinued fabrics to the Ann Arbor Quilt Guild. Guild members create quilts every year to donate to S.A.F.E. House, a local center for survivors of domestic abuse. The quilts are used nightly by

women and children who stay at the center. In 2010, the Ann Arbor Quilt Guild donated 259 quilts to S.A.F.E House. Their goal for quilt donations this year is 300. Throwing these fabric samples away was not an option for the Decorating Den team. “The books and cut fabrics have been piling up for months now, but I would never dream of throwing them out,” Simmons said. Giving back to the community was always the end goal — it was simply a matter of finding the right charity. Giving these fabrics to the Ann Arbor Quilt Guild not only means supporting local women and children in need, but also gives guild quilters a means to do what they love.

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❐ The Lakes Area Cham Commerce is holding the f events in the coming days. Fo plete calender of chamber eve 248-624-2826 or visit ww sareachamber.com. • Independence Village Connectors (LABAT), 8:15-9:3 Wednesday, Aug. 10, Indep Village, 935 Union Lake Rd., Wh • Spotlight Lunch at Backyar 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, A 49378 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. chamber for an informal net lunch. Bring your business card • Government Affairs M 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, office, 305 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake. • Village of Wolverine La Annual Fishing Contest 6-11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. will be held from 8 a.m. unt p.m. at the DNR launch site be village Offices and on committ anchored on the lake from 8 to Yellow flags will identify the DN in site and the lake weigh-in co boats. • Walled Lake Market Day, 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, in the district. Looking for the Lakes A Have talent to compete for the the Lakes Area Idol? Ages Check-in 3 p.m. at the Sho Stage at the Walled Lake Mar event. Community prizes awa the winners. Hosted by the La Arts Council. For more informa 248-624-4847.

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d the LLC franchise rights forowned by the Oakland County rs, under the name Summit sional Baseball. e now own the franchise rights e Oakland County vicinity,” said , now the franchise president eneral manager. ike the Cruisers plans that south, the Frontier League’s it Professional Baseball team t call Waterford its home base. e were looking to bring minor baseball to Oakland County oked at different locations to t,” Martin said. “This is not an onment of Waterford. I have ew businesses here, but we d to open the search.” e league has signed a letter nt with the city of Clawson ovate a 39-acre park. Unlike akland County Cruisers nd Heroes group that d to build a stadium from ound up at the Summit Place te, Martin’s initiative will

The new Ballpark Baseball Academy and Batting Cages in Waterford Township is chock full of memorabilia such as news clippings, photographs, and stadium chairs, in addition to conveniences like cable television, comfortable recliners, and refreshments. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Stefano Ferri)

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amenities and an old-time baseba vor to engage baseball fans of al ages,” he said. “The Diamond He put the horse before the cart. It over $1 million to purchase a fra chise — and that’s just the begi ning.” Diamond Heroes announced p to construct a stadium in Waterf back in 2007, but the endeavor w fraught with financial hurdles. La December, team management sa team would sit out the 2011 sea to prepare for the new stadium t developed on the northwest end the Summit Place Mall property b 2012. Plans fell through, the tea dissolved, and the franchise righ were sold to Martin’s new group “It’s true there is no more Oa County Cruisers,” said Frontier L Commissioner Bill Lee. “The Crui have dissolved and Summit Professional Baseball bought the chise rights.” Summit Professional Baseball team is expected to play in the 2 baseball season. ❏

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Waterford man fatally shot Police seek tips on Sunday morning murder near S. Lynn

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aterford Township police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man wantn connection with the earlyrning murder of a 28-year-old erford man in the vicinity of Mand Voorhies on Sunday, July 31 und 2:30 a.m. Police say James Dean Odle was t several times near S. Lynn and eview streets. Odle was found in a nearby yard, ere he had died, police said. Odle was walking on S. Lynn et when a white GMC Acadia or te Chrysler Pacifica-type vehicle ed alongside of him. A suspect ortedly exited the back seat of vehicle and shot him several es. The suspect is described as a black male of medium height unknown age, wearing a black rag, black T-shirt, and white and checkered shorts. There’s more than one (person

involved in the shooting) because he (the person who did the shooting) was a passenger in the vehicle,” said Waterford Police Sergeant Scott Good,

the department’s public information office. “Whether the driver had the knowledge of what would transpire or not is a different story.”

If you have information about murder, contact Waterford Police Detective Greg Drumb at 248-61 6053. ❏

n in Friday car crash d of heart disease

arterior sclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to medical examiner staff. ❏

scene while police were talking with witnesses. The driver said he parked the truck on the property and at that time there were no swastikas or damage. As the fire was being extinguished, the officer noticed a black aerosol can of paint on the seat of the torched vehicle. The case has been turned over to arson investigations and the detective bureau. ❏

The driver said he was on his to his mother’s house. A LEIN check of the driver sho felony warrant from the 22nd Cir Court for criminal sexual conduct The driver was arrested and tr ported to an area gas station, wh he was picked up by Michigan St Police. His vehicle was impounde

Police nab man, 25, on felony CSC warrant

Milford police arrested a 19-ye man for operating under the influ of drugs and reckless driving July An officer stopped a dark-colo Saab after it was caught speeding passing a van over a double yello A clear vial was spotted in the seat, according to police. The suspect said the substanc the vial was Mary Janes, a spice sold at local gas stations. He said he smoked some earli he was going to smoke some mo A search of his pockets turned another container of Mary Janes. A check showed that the drive on felony probation for arson. ❏

Oakland County Sheriff’s tment Crash Reconstruction Unit stigating a car accident that ed in the death of a 66-year-old ngton Hills man in Commerce hip around 9:55 a.m. on Friday, 9. ording to the Sheriff’s tment, Harold Matthew Seacord nresponsive when law enforceound his 1997 Chevrolet pickup n a ditch on the north side of 14 oad east of Welch Road in erce. cord, the only person in the , was transported to Henry Ford Bloomfield Hospital, where he ronounced dead. re was minor damage to the ’s undercarriage, according to eriff’s Department, and there o damage to the interior of the . re was no evidence of alcohol or se, and the Oakland County al Examiner’s Office determined eacord died a natural death of

Vehicle vandalized with swastikas, set on fire Walled Lake police are investigating an incident in which a vehicle was spray painted with swastikas and set on fire on Monday, July 25 in the 100 block of Liberty. When officers arrived on the scene, a red pickup truck was engulfed in flames. A small trailer parked near the truck was also spray painted with swastikas on the sides and front in black paint. The responding officer had prior knowledge that the swastikas were not branded on the trailer earlier. Officers also observed black paint on the side and wall of a structure at the property, as well as on the ground of an alley. Police spoke with two witnesses who both stated that they heard a “big boom” and went over to investigate when they saw the truck on fire. A silver Dodge Ram arrived on the

Milford police arrested a 25-yearold male and turned him over to Michigan State Police on a felony arrest warrant for criminal sexual conduct after he was pulled over for a traffic stop. The incident occurred on Wednesday, July 27 at 2:01 a.m. when an officer saw a Buick traveling south on Milford Road near Summit Street crossing the center line of the road. The officer pulled the car over at the intersection of East Commerce and First Street.

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4M rehab work n M-59 to start ater this month

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e Michigan Department of portation (MDOT) announced rews are ready to break ground n as Monday, Aug. 15 on a $4 n capital rehabilitation project on that extends through White nd Highland townships. OT officials along with White Township administration officially nced the scope of the project at s conference to recognize the of state Sen. Mike Kowall (Rerce, Highland, Milford, Walled Wixom, Wolverine Lake, White Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield) ate Rep. Eileen Kowall (Rnd, White Lake). e project will strip away and struct more than 9 miles of Mtween Pontiac Lake and Milford Work is expected to be combefore the Thanksgiving holir approximately Nov. 15. s the right fix at the right time right road,” said MDOT or Kirk Steudle. ere will also be Americans with ities Act (ADA) upgrades to sideamps and pedestrian signals the 9-mile stretch of roadway. hland Road will not be closed at me during the project. Singleosures will be restricted to ay and weekend nights between and 6 a.m. However, weekend osures will be minimized in cenusiness districts. ne closures may be necessary for pgrades, but will not occur ays 6-9 a.m. or 3-7 p.m. ss streets at signalized intersecwill reman open to through-trafess active work is taking place. streets at non-signalized interns and driveways may be closed fic when active work is taking and alternate access is available. destrian detours will be mainthroughout the corridor. udle noted the long-term benefixing the road now; otherwise ld cost more later. his capital preventative mainterepair is like an oil change on a this piece of M-59 is getting an nge to keep it in good condiSteudle said. nefits include an additional 5-10 of pavement life of the roadway mproved pedestrian access, ty and safety. ❏

M-5/PONTIAC TRAIL/MARTIN PARKWAY ROUNDABOUT (Commerce Township) • Closure: Pontiac Trail between M-5 and Welch Road. • Detour: Welch Road to Maple Road to Haggerty Road and back to Pontiac Trail, and vice versa. • Completion date: Approximately Nov. 1. • Cost: $5 million. • Notes: Pontiac Trail east of M-5 will remain open, and traffic will be permitted to travel from northbound M-5 to eastbound Pontiac Trail and from westbound Pontiac Trail to southbound M-5, but traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION/I-96 BETWEEN MILFORD ROAD AND KENT LAKE ROADS (Milford Area) • Closure: Single lane closure on I-96 in each direction between Milford and Kent Lake roads on weekends and weekdays during non-peak hours. • Completion date: Winter. • Cost: $15.5 million. • Notes: The first bridge reconstruction project to be undertaken will be the bridge over the Huron Valley Trail east of Milford Road. SOUTHBOUND CRESCENT LAKE ROAD RIGHT-LANE WIDENING NORTH OF M-59 (Waterford Township) • Closure: None planned.

• Start Date: Monday, Aug. 8 • Completion date: October. • Cost: $153,000 split between Waterford Townsh the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), and the county government.

PONTIAC TRAIL/MAPLE INTERSECTION MAINTENAN (Walled Lake) • Completion date: Sometime before the end of August. • Notes: Work is taking place as crews are availabl on weekdays between approximately 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. One lane in each direction on Pontiac Trail and Maple east of Pontiac Trail will remain open.

MILFORD/DAWSON INTERSECTION WORK • Closure: None planned. • Start date: By today, Wednesday, Aug. 3. • Completion date: Oct. 28. • Cost: $700,000 split between Milford Township, the RCOC, and the county government. • Notes: Both Milford and Dawson roads will rema open in both directions at all times throughout the pr ect, but there will be lane closures on Milford and, at times, the road will be reduced to one lane between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays with traffic directed by flaggers.


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industries in the Great Lakes region. The council would be required to meet quarterly and may adopt bylaws governing its organization and procedure. All members of the council would serve without additional compensation, although they may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties as members of the council. HB 4828 also specifies that the AIS Advisory Council would provide a recommendation to the DEQ on a final update to the Michigan Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan, which is being updated this year for the first time since 2002. The purpose of the AIS Advisory Council is further outlined in HB 4826, sponsored by state Rep. Frank Foster (R-Pelston), which requires the council to submit a report of recommendations for legislation to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS through trade — including the aquarium, bait, pet, water garden, horticulture, aquaculture, and shipping trades. The council would be asked to make recommendations with regards to risk assessment processes to screen aquatic species — classified as “prohibited,” “permitted,” or “restricted” — and to screen pathways of the introduction and spread of AIS. The council also would be expected to establish a program for aquatic species in trade to determine that aquatic species are disease- and pest-free. Another task of the council would be to give recommendations on establishing an education program on safeusage practices for buyers and sellers of aquatic species.

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effort to better manage the f aquatic invasive species (AIS) ose the open pathways for , a package of bills has been ed in the state House of ntatives calling for the creation tic Invasive Species Advisory within the state Department of mental Quality (DEQ) and oute council’s duties. 180 AIS from around the world de their home in the Great asin, posing a threat to n’s Great Lakes and inland y competing with native or food and habitat, preying on pecies, disrupting ecosystem impacting water quality, as ommercial and recreational , and costing millions of dolrevention and control. e Bill (HB) 4828, sponsored by p. Amanda Price (R-Holland), the actual creation of the which would be comprised of tors of the state Department al Resources (DNR), the DEQ, e Department of Agriculture al Development (DARD), and igan Department of rtation (MDOT) or their s, as well as the state attorney or his designee and representam various organizations and

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The council is also expected to cooperate and consult with other Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces to strengthen regional programs, as well as to consult with representatives of organizations and businesses that deal with organisms in trade. Meanwhile, HB 4827 requires the council to develop recommendations on Michigan’s comments on the Draft Next Vessel General Permit, which is issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The council is also asked to include a proposed ballast water treatment standard, as ballast water is one of the main means of AIS introduction in the Great Lakes region. The bills have all been referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee. ❏

Bill tightens rules for boat operators under age 12 A bill was recently introduced in the state House of Representatives to allow persons under the age of 12 to operate a boat under certain amended conditions. According to the Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws and

Responsibilities, those now less 12-years-old may only operate powered by a motor of more th horsepower and less than 35 h power if they are directly super someone at least 16 years of ag Meanwhile, those between 12 a may operate a boat of more tha horsepower provided they have a DNR-approved boating safety have their certificate onboard w them, and are accompanied by son 16 or older. Those 16 and may operate any boat on the w Michigan. House Bill 4845, sponsored Rep. Frank Foster (R-Pelston) c a few changes for boaters 12 a under. Under the bill, those und can operate a motorboat on sta waters provided they have been and are in possession of a boat ty certificate. They also must be the direct supervision of someo board that is 16 or older and w been issued and is in possessio both a boating safety certificate watercraft endorsement. Even with a boating safety c cate, those under 12 are still re to operating boats that are pow a motor or motors totaling less 35 horsepower. ❏

lake levels LAKE LEVELS

Following are the lake level readings for lakes and rivers across the w Oakland lakes area, as compiled by Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner McCulloch’s office. Legal levels are denoted by elevation in feet from sea level; curren are denoted as plus or minus the legal in hundredths of feet. River depths are measur 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

7/15/11 +.12 +.40 +.42 +.21 +.02 +.10 +.06 –.06 +.16 +.09 –.13 +.23 +.18 +.15 +.09 +.46 +.15 +.20 –1.50 +.31 +.20 +.10 –.21 –.01 +.21

7/22/11 +.22 +.40 +.22 +.20 +.07 +.08 –.02 Legal +.13 +.08 –.02 +.12 +.13 +.04 +.05 +.39 +.12 +.12 –1.38 +.30 +.16 +.02 –.28 +.05 +.28

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

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te court has denied an appeal the Road Commission for County (RCOC) involving the County Circuit Court’s disf a request for summary dispoa 2008 lawsuit against the mmission and Supreme g Services following a White wnship motorcycle accident in e biker suffered serious

ase is now schedule for a prering in Oakland County Circuit Sept. 9, but RCOC Spokesman yson said the road commission viewing options about how to and whether to take the latest the Michigan Supreme Court. don’t know if we are going to hat decision or not yet,” he e still think that it (the motion mary disposition) was a good

motion. The appeals court did not rule that we were incorrect; they just concluded that there’s not enough facts to, at this point, agree with the summary disposition.” In his lawsuit against the RCOC, Joseph Paletta states that while riding his motorcycle northbound on Union Lake Road near Glasgow Drive, just south of Elizabeth Lake Road, he lost control of his bike after striking a patch of loose gravel in the travel portion of the road. He alleged that the RCOC created the hazard by improperly scraping the road’s gravel shoulders and failing to sweep the debris from the road in accordance with industry standards. Glenn H. Oliver, the attorney representing Paletta at both the circuit and appellate court level, said Paletta “hit the gravel, his back tire spun out, he went head-over-heels and ended up in the ditch” in the August 2006 accident. He said Paletta tore a rotator cuff in his shoulder, fractured bones in his left leg, suffered a herniated disc requiring surgery, along with numerous other broken bones and dislocations.

“He’s had some pretty bad damages,” Oliver said, adding that he is only allowed to say that his client is seeking more than $25,000 in damages. “There was an eyewitness to this accident. The police report indicates that the reason he spun out was because of gravel in the roadway, and the eyewitness supported our case that it was the road commission that created it,” Oliver said. The RCOC asked that Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy

Potts summarily dismiss the ca declined that motion. The road mission argued that Paletta’s at couldn’t establish that the RCO “actual or constructive notice o condition” of the roadway to be legally responsible for the accid RCOC also argued that “the pre gravel on a roadway is not a ‘de and does not make a roadway u sonably safe for public travel,” ing to a Michigan Court of Appe opinion dated Thursday, July 21

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was fast. ingly as soon as Oakland Water Resources Commissioner McCulloch entered the race for ublican nomination to challenge Debbie Stabenow in 2012, he drawn his candidacy and his support behind former U.S. e Hoekstra. hird-term Republican formally ed his Senate bid earlier this nd yesterday, Tuesday, July 26, s campaign and backed a, who served in the U.S. f Representatives for nearly ades and waged an unsuccessaign for the GOP nomination rnor in 2010. stra has also netted the ments of other top county ans, including Oakland County e L. Brooks Patterson, gister of Deeds Bill Bullard Jr., riff Michael Bouchard. ered the race for two rea-

sons,” McCulloch said in a press release. “I believe Debbie Stabenow has been a part of the problem, not a part of the solution. The Obama/Stabenow policies have not created jobs but they have created massive budget deficits and massive federal debt. “The second reason I ran is because no one else was stepping forward,” he said. “There was no doubt in my mind that my background and proven record prepared me for the campaign and to serve as a U.S. Senator. However, that has changed. McCulloch Pete Hoekstra’s decision to run means that we Republicans now have a candidate who has run statewide and has the high name identification that will allow him to raise the money that will be needed to beat Debbie Stabenow. Pete Hoekstra has proven over 18 years as a member of Congress that he has the ability, the background, the courage, and the leadership skills to be a great U.S. Senator.” He also urged the other Republican contenders — former Kent County Judge Randy Hekman, Dr. Rob Steele,

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Bill would create public registry of people with PPOs Kecia Gauthier was in her 20s when she was murdered by a stalker, and a northeast Michigan lawmaker wants to prevent the circumstances under which

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her death occurred by introduci islation that would effectively cr public registry of people who h active personal protection order (PPOs) out against them. First-term state Rep. Peter Pe (R-Presque Isle) said Gauthier m be alive today if PPO laws had m teeth to them at the time of her murder, which came at the hand ex-boyfriend who had reportedly her for days prior to stabbing an ing her and then taking his own The man who killed Gauthier been pulled over for a traffic vio the vicinity of Gauthier’s home her murder, Pettalia said. “It could have saved this you woman’s life,” he said, adding t man had been in trouble with t in the past and had other restr orders against him for contact with other women. Under House Bill (HB) 4844, tion on personal protection order be entered into the Law Enforcem Information Network (LEIN) and there for a period of 10 years for law enforcement officials. The law enforcement agency ing a copy of a personal protect order would be required to ente information into the Michigan P Protection Order Internet Regis which would be created and ma by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and B Information included on the r would be that which is “determ be necessary to identify the indi restrained or enjoined under the al protection order.” The inform would be available to the public the new registry until the PPO e That information, Pettalia sa includes a description of the pe well as a description of the reas PPO was issued in the first plac State Rep. Eileen Kowall (RHighland, White Lake) said that the measure could prove useful enforcement officials, she think are sometimes doled out too ea “Unless something has chan maybe it’s too easy to get PPOs other people,” she said, adding perhaps “tightening things up” rules regarding the issuance of restraining orders may be some look at in the future. Pettalia said the legislation is meant necessarily to include pe who have PPOs against them a of a divorce, although they coul up on the registry if the bill is e “We tried to take that out of picture as best as we could,” h The bill has been referred to House Judiciary Committee, wh awaits that panel’s consideratio


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Wixom tax break follow-ups

Proactive measure a model for communities in lakes area

xom isn’t the only community in the lakes area that offers potential commercial investors tax ments as a carrot to start up or expand their tions, but they’re the only one we’re aware of s actively showing the businesses that do e the tax breaks the stick that they wield if the of the abatement aren’t met to the city’s likWe’re pleased city officials are taking this step ds enforcement of the stipulations set forth in x abatements the city has issued, and we urge communities offering tax breaks to spur develnt to take Wixom’s lead in ensuring compliance what those communities’ governing bodies had d when they approved the abatements in the lace. ce the city doles out a significant number of tax ments each year, Assistant City Manager Tony ki and Assessing Clerk Debe Barker will begin g the rounds to businesses this summer to e that those companies are in compliance with ax abatement agreements. wicki said the city is looking to make sure that, the city has invested in the companies by grantem tax breaks, the terms of the agreements are ed. addition, city officials are using this opportunity duct some outreach to local businesses, includfering assistance or asking if they would be sting in partnering with the city for civic projcommunity events, the Wixom Foundation, or chool districts’ efforts, Nowicki said. the last 20 years, the city has issued 16 tax ments; a dozen of those are still active, each of earn a 50-percent abatement.

The top criteria for awarding tax abatements include the amount of the local investment by a company and the number of Wixom jobs created. Each company is obligated to submit annual status reports to the city by Jan. 31 of each year indicating the number of employees hired. If the number of jobs created falls short of what was agreed to when the company first received the tax abatement, the company is expected to pay the city an amount equal to the tax deferment; if hiring goals and milestones are not met, the city could revoke the tax abatement. Tax abatements are laudable efforts in a depressed economy. If done properly and closely monitored for clear progress, the breaks can serve as a strong incentive for a business looking to relocate or open up to choose a particular community. Particularly in a sluggish Michigan economy that has ravaged small businesses in recent years, what prospective commercial enterprise would pass up a reduced property tax rate? Not many, logic dictates. But that’s only part of the equation. All too often, we suspect, communities in the lakes area dole out the tax breaks to lure businesses in but don’t do their proper due diligence in following up to make sure the terms of the agreement are met. That, in effect, is like throwing money away. If a business receives a tax abatement — essentially siphoning some funds that the community may otherwise receive from their coffers, which have already been depleted due to declining property tax revenues — and doesn’t follow through on their end of the bargain, municipalities are effectively shirking their responsibilities to their residents to be stewards of taxpayer dollars.

And our impression is that such occurrence pen more often than most would care to know That’s what makes it particularly refreshing to that Wixom officials are taking the bull by the and going around to the businesses that receiv tax abatements and essentially getting status r on how they are coming along with fulfilling responsibilities to the community that put out figuratively saying, “Welcome to Wixom. Here’s break.” But we hope it doesn’t stop in Wixom. Al area communities that offer tax abatements to ing businesses or existing businesses looki expand should be similarly proactive in ensurin the jobs that elected and appointed officials promised are being created, and that the inves in the community that was promised is actually delivered. We don’t suspect that communities are a allowing the tax abatements to become a one arrangement in which a company receives t reduction and the community effectively gets changed on their agreement. But without a checking in or requiring written documentation creation and/or investment, how will communit cials ever truly know the fruits of the abatement So it stands to reason that lakes area comm that are currently offering abatements — and s in the lakes area don’t — should follow Wixom and take similar proactive measures to ensur the tax dollars sacrificed are actually doing good. It makes no sense, particularly when rev are scarce, to give something and get little or n in return. ❏

Cass Lake boat ramp plans

u’re a Cass Lake riparian property owner, a ront resident, a boating or fishing enthusiast, erson with some other vested interest in the you have a chance tomorrow to learn about and ent on two proposals to overhaul the Cass boating access site inside the state Department ural Resources’ (DNR) Dodge Park No. 4 in ford Township. pecial public meeting on the proposals has been uled by the DNR for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 Dodge Park No. 4 at the access site. cording to the concept plans presented by the on the www.dodge4.com website, renovation of oat ramp site is needed to address deteriorating ent and to reduce vehicle congestion during busy er days. The existing entrance to the park is a sine gravel road that goes into a paved parking lot

where the boat launch is located. When beach patrons use a portion of that road at the same time as those looking to launch a boat, it can get pretty congested, according to DNR officials. The department wants to not only improve the pavement conditions, but also improve parking and traffic circulation at the access site, as well as improve barrier-free access and access between the boat launch and a modern restroom. One of the renovation plans will keep the current number of boating access site parking spaces at 80 and eliminate a roadway typically used by nonboaters, or park “day users,” and redirect them to a different route through the park. The other proposal would slightly decrease the number of parking spaces at the access site and utilize a roundabout to separate boaters and day-users from having to drive through the same area once they enter the park.

In addition to tomorrow’s public meeting, y go to www.dodge4.com to participate in an survey about the two renovation proposals. The Dodge Park No. 4 boating access site ha in service for over 50 years. It was designe developed to serve smaller boats than those th the boat ramp today, and for a much lower volu use. So, it’s logical that the DNR would like to r the boat ramp site. Upon first hearing the DNR wanted to upda boat ramp area, we wondered whether the depa would seek to accommodate more boaters. Tha the case. However, we still encourage those w interest in the lake or Dodge Park No. 4 to tomorrow’s meeting so they can hear first-hand both rehabilitation plans, and voice opinions on they do or don’t like about either proposal. ❏


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Jordan Adams, Highland ship: chael) McPhee wrote a largely ent, albeit provocative, letter last (“Skin in the game,” July 20, arguing against the repeal of chigan Business Tax (MBT), ating progressive taxation, sugg a corrupt relationship between egislators and Michigan busis, and finally, demanding the of Gov. (Rick) Snyder. Working rd, you and I can clarify and dishis arguments one by one. st, we encounter McPhee’s disor the elimination of the 2007 gan Business Tax. We can argue, on responses from readers like hat the MBT stifled economic h. The MBT was passed four ago. Is your financial situation in gan better or worse than in ? Are local businesses better or off now than they were then? onally, McPhee and I can both wledge that the MBT stifled sses, small and large, in downMilford and in downtown Detroit McPhee sees this as a good Sound economics, however, not. The MBT would take from a ss earned revenue that would otherwise been used by the como expand and grow, to hire addiemployees, and to invest back in mmunity. The MBT prohibited possibilities and discouraged companies from relocating to gan and providing job openings higan’s lower- and middle-class rs. ond, McPhee’s figures in the come from the leftist Institute ation and Economic Policy. His rt for progressive taxation is in support for the primary tool in ent Obama’s famous line on tributing the wealth,” which

Time for cuts is now Dems, GOP at fault in debt debacle By Paul Kane White Lake Township resident

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he financial shenanigans going on in Washington D.C. are truly disturbing. It proves that we regular folks must apply even more pressure to our elected officials in order to head off an even darker financial nightmare. (The debt is the problem, not the debt limit.) Democrats refuse to even discuss “spending cuts” in regards to the out-of-control growth of big government. They want only to raise taxes and grow government even larger. (Members of) Republican leadership are so wimpy that their latest offer is to grow the deficit only $7 trillion instead of $9 trillion over the next so many years. While Republican leaders play lip service to wanting to cut spending, the truly conservative legislators seem to be holding strong for real cuts. Are the Republican establishment folks again frightened that they’ll be blamed if something goes haywire? Wake up! Of course you’ll be blamed, every time, from now until forever, whether or not you’re complicit, because blaming others is what cry babies do. And if spend-

caused such uproar and nearly derailed his campaign in 2008. Third, McPhee’s corruption charges would be alarming if they

ing isn’t cut a lot, “haywire” will certainly follow. Remember folks, that “baseline budgeting” has large built-in increases from one year to the next. Thus, when the establishment says “cuts” they really mean “don’t grow quite as quickly as planned.” Our economy will never repair if they keep getting away with their business-as-usual double talk. The 2010 elections shouted loud and clear that we taxpayers want our government to stop spending money that we don’t have. Apparently, many in our government still didn’t hear us. To anyone who voted for a Democrat who is currently in office, are you ashamed of yourself yet? Democratic leaders have been playing these games for as long as I can remember. But you Republicans? Are you just Democrats who wear GOP lapel pins? Or are you real Americans who will demand that the deceitful thieves in Washington D.C. stop destroying our country? C’mon, folks. Let’s again overload and then collapse the telephone system in Washington D.C. The time is now. ❏ were true and anything like the ties between the state teacher’s union (the MEA) and Democratic lawmakers such as (state Rep.) Lisa Brown from

West Bloomfield. Alas, they are n both accounts. And finally, the excitement ove recalling the governor is inapprop recalls of citizen-elected officials for cases of blatant and deliberat breaking or corruption, both of w have no present standing. Additi recall efforts ought to be led by t citizens themselves, not by the p ful special interests of the state. one, would be the first to activat recall based on corruption charge However, and unfortunately for McPhee, I will not be joining him his plea, for what the governor a the state legislators are currently engaged in is simply sound econo something that the state has bee immune to for some time and so thing that McPhee apparently ha taste for. ❏

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■ Milford Memories Summer Festival: Art in the Village, food, entertainment, familyfriendly activities, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 12-14, downtown Milford. Visit www.milfordmemories.com for a complete list of event activities. ■ Multi-Lakes Conservation Association: Country Breakfast, Sunday, Aug. 14, 3860 Newton, Commerce. 248-363-9109. ■ West Bloomfield Lakes Democratic Club: Speaker- Tony Trupiano, radio host and passionate Democrat, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, The Corners, Walnut Lake Road west of Inkster Road, West Bloomfield. ■ White Lake Township Parks and Recreation: Picnic & Movies in Hawley Park — “Secretariat,” 7 p.m., Aug. 20, Hawley Park located behind township offices, 7525 Highland Road, White Lake. Visit whitelaketwp.com or call 248-698-3300, ext. 177. ■ Huron Valley Council for the Arts, Milford HSI Theater/Music Department: Animation Camp with award-winning cinematographer and media artist John Prusak, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 22-26, Little Theater, Milford High School, 2380 S. Milford Road, Highland. 248-889-8660 or huronvalleyarts.org. ■ Huron Valley Council for the Arts: Friday Night Live — Alan Smith and New Tattoo, including folk and blues, both instrumental and vocal, 7 p.m., Aug. 26, Milford’s downtown gazebo. 248-889-8660. ■ City of Wixom: Now collecting school supplies for Hospitality House. Donations may be made now through Aug. 31 at 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. 248-6240870. ■ Waterford Parks and Recreation and the Hess-Hathaway Park committee are looking for crafters for the Annual Harvest Happening that will be held Oct. 1. For information call 248-674-5441 or visit www.twp.waterford.mi.us/parksandrec. ■ Rotary of West Bloomfield: Meeting, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Henry Ford Medical Center, second floor, southwest corner of Farmington and Maple roads. 248-5200095. ■ Waterford Rotary Club: Meeting, noon,

Tuesdays, The Shark Club Waterford. 248-625-4897.

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■ Big Chief Chorus: Rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford. 248698-9133 or 248-563-2109. ■ Huron Valley Council for the Arts: Knitters circle, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Highland Station House, Highland. 248-685-9015. ■ Williams Lake Church of The Nazarene: Angel Food Ministries, food distribution orders taken Wednesdays and Sundays, 2840 Airport Road, Waterford. 248-6735911. ■ (Breakfast) Optimist Club of Waterford: Meeting, 7:15 a.m. Thursdays, Big Boy Restaurant, M-59 and Airport Road, Waterford. 248-673-3493. ■ Multi-Lakes Conservation Association: All-you-can-eat fish fry, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays, 3860 Newton Road, Commerce. 248-363-9109. ■ Grace Hospice:Volunteers with reliable transportation needed to visit terminally ill patients and family members in our communities. Free training and classes are now forming. 1-888-937-4390. ■ Catholic Social Services of Oakland County: Senior Companion Volunteers needed to support adults with developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic mental illness, as well as the physically frail and homebound. 248-559-1147, ext. 3434.

SUPPORT GROUPS

❐ Alzheimer’s Association: Caregiver Support Group meeting, noon Tuesday, Aug. 9 and 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, Waterford Senior Center, 3621 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. 248-351-0280. ❐ Celebrate Recovery: Alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual addiction recovery meetings, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Life Point Christian Church, 501 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. 248-682-1747. ❐ 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 (FA): Meeting, 6 p.m. Fridays, Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Road, Commerce. 248-807-8667 or

foodaddicts.org.

❐ Over Eaters Anonymous: Recover compulsive eating — 12 step pr meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, St. An Episcopal Church, 5301 Hatchery Waterford. www.oa.org/meetings/ meeting-online.php.

❐ Postpartum Depression S Group: Meeting, 6:45 p.m. Thu Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Com 248-937-5220.

SENIOR ACTIVITI

❐ Dublin Senior Center: Open swim 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays or Fridays, La High School, 1630 Bogie Lake White Lake. 248-698-2394.

❐ Highland Adult Activity Cente Bowling, noon, Tuesdays, 209 N Street, Highland. 248-887-1707.

❐ Richardson Community Senior C Knit and crochet group, 9:30 Tuesdays, 1485 E. Oakley Commerce. Registration. 248-926 or commercetwp.com.

❐ Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church: Stretch and Tone, 11 a.m. Tuesda Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. Fridays Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church, 239 Avenue, West Bloomfield. 248-682

❐ Waterford Senior Center: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Frida Star Volunteer Picnic, 1 p.m. Th Aug. 4, 3621 Pontiac Lake Waterford. Registration. 248-682-9

❐ West Bloomfield Parks and Recr — Senior Programs: Line Dancin a.m. Fridays at the Corners; E Market trip, Aug. 20, 4640 Walnu Road, West Bloomfield. Registration 451-1900.

❐ Wixom Senior Center: Pizza and day and open office with U.S Thaddeus McCotter, 11:30 a.m. Th Aug. 4, 49015 Pontiac Trail, W Registration. 248-624-0870 or w gov.org.

PARKS

❐ Dodge No. 4 State Park:Boating 101, all ages, 3-5 p.m. Aug. 11; 101 — free fishing and fun, n required, all ages, 5-8 p.m. Aug. Aug. 23, 4250 Parkway Drive, Wat

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Orchard Grove Community Church

Commerce Rd. • Commerce 248-363-9600 ww.unionlakebaptist.org

850 Ladd Road, Bldg. C Walled Lake, MI 48390 248-926-6584 www.orchardgrove.org

- Bible Study 9:15 a.m. & Worship Service 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. nesday Night Bible Study 7 p.m. A Program 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. to May

Pastor Chris Cramer Sunday Worship Services 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

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United Methodist

Lutheran Church of the Ascension

Commerce United Methodist Church

4150 Pontiac Lake Rd. Waterford, MI 48328 248-674-1212

nchurch.ofthe.ascension@gmail.com Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. sew quilts every Tuesday 9 a.m. ALL ARE WELCOME

1155 N. Commerce Rd. • Commerce 248-363-3935 www.commerceumc.org Rev. Dr. Dean Wyllys Sundays - 9 a.m. Traditional Worship Service 10 a.m. Coffee Hour 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service Wednesday - Early Bird Prayer Service 6:30 a.m.

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he Walled Lake Downtown Development Authority (WLDDA) Urban Design Committee awards the efforts of those businesses that add to the beautification and economic vitality of Downtown Walled Lake. This month, the Urban Design Committee recognizes Cynergy PC Solutions as an example of excellence in urban design and overall appearance.

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y PC Solutions is owned and operated by Chris Kimmel. They are even days a week Monday through Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday through 5pm and Sunday, noon-4pm. For more information, call 360-2300 or visit their website at www.cynergypc.com.

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Scott Lake Road, Waterford. Reg 248-858-0916 or DestinationOakla

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LIBRARY EVENTS library events

PARKS 248-682-7323. ❐ Groveland Oaks County Park:Air Fair — hot air balloons, sail planes, human-sized model airplanes, kite flying, Great Turtle Toys, Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 4-7, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly. 248-858-1400 or www.DestinationOakland.com ❐ Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center: Tot Time — Caterpillars and Butterflies, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake. Registration. 1-800-477-3192 or 248-6257280. ❐ Kensington Farm Center: Horse-drawn hayrides, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Kensington Metropark, Milford. Registration. 248-684-8632. ❐ Kensington Nature Center: Beasts on the Beach, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7; Colonial Kensington — costumed reenactors, 18th century merchants, crafts, demonstrations, games, stories, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13-14, Kensington Metropark, Milford. Registration. 248-684-1561 or 1-800-477-3178.

❐ Commerce Township Community International Film Festival — Disney films, noon, Fridays, Aug. 5N. Pontiac Trail, Commerce. Reg 248-669-8108 or commercelibrary.

❐ Highland Township Public Lib Red Pyramid Party, make a cartouc mid, hieroglyphics, grades 3-5, Friday, Aug. 5, 444 Beach Far Highland. Registration. 248-887-22

❐ Milford Public Library: Around t in Eighty Minutes, stories, game food, ages 6-8, 10:30 a.m. Saturda 330 Family Drive, Milford. Registrat 684-0845.

❐ Walled Lake City Library: Adul Book Discussion Group, 7 p.m. Aug. 4, 1499 E. West Maple, Wa Registration. 248-624-3772.

❐ Waterford Township Public Libr book sale, Thursday, Friday, Saturda 6, 5168 Civic Center Drive, W Registration. 248-674-4831.

❐ Lyon Oaks County Park: Free park entry to senior citizens age 62 and over and high school seniors, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 52221 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. DestinationOakland.com

❐ West Bloomfield Township Publi Pizza & Pages — P.L. Travers Poppins,” children’s book discussio p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 4600 Wa Road, West Bloomfield. Registrat 682-2120.

❐ Marshbank Park: Hot Nights, Hot Music — Rick Lieder & the Motown Rockin Review, 2805 Hiller Road, West Bloomfield. 248451-1900 or visit www.WestBloomfieldParks.org.

❐ White Lake Township Library: A temporary library closing for ren 7527 E. Highland Road, White La 698-4942.

❐ Waterford Oaks County Park: Walk Michigan, Family Walk, Sunday, Aug. 7; Free family summer concert — Earth Angels, child and teen dancers, 10 a.m., Aug. 12, 1702

❐ Wixom Public Library: Share Yo Journey, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. Registration. 2512.

Cynergy PC Solutions is located at 1124 N. c Trail in the Walled Lake Plaza. They are “dedicated to providing you with a comolution for all your computer needs, whether for your home or business” and prombest service for the best rates.

y PC was awarded the WLDDA Design Committee Façade and Sign Grant in March year. They applied their grant toward the purchase and installation of new signage façade of their storefront. The signage consists of yellow channel g with a black background and uses LED lighting. They are a weladdition to the Walled Lake Plaza and Downtown Walled Lake.

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We help low-income seniors, the disabled, v and even families, who can’t afford to make re their homes. They must be single family home no apartments, condos or mobile homes.

Your mortgage, taxes and insurance must be up-to-date. To see if you qualify, yo ior center or city or township office may have an application or you can downl at www.rebuildingtogether-oaklandcounty.org or call 248-889-5450 and leave sage requesting one.

Apply now to get on our list for 2012 help. RTOC Application Processing, P.O. Box 768, Farmington, MI 48332Phone 248-889-5450


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011 Spinal Column Newsweekly’s All-Area Baseball First Team consists of some of the best players in the west Oakland area, including (left to right) field’s Ryan Bilkovic and Walled Lake Western’s Jason Gamble and Niklas Helgin.

2011 All-Area Baseball Team

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Spinal Column Newsweekly is to present its 2011 All-Area all Team, honoring the best of Oakland’s prep players on the nd this year. m selections were not only upon players’ individual statisbut also on nominations from oaches; other honors a player eceived, such as conference s; and players’ overall contribuo their teams. king the final player selections is a difficult process, and this was no exception with so many area teams and players in the

county spotlight. Walled Lake Central proved itself to be the class of the lakes area in 2011 by winning its second-straight district championship along with Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) North Division and Lakes Conference championships, thanks to the efforts of five First Team selections. While Orchard Lake St. Mary’s saw its string of six consecutive district championships come to a halt in 2011, the Eaglets can boast of two First Team members, including a State All-Star catcher. Walled Lake Western also has two First Team members, while Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes’ ace pitcher,

Waterford Kettering’s RBI machine, West Bloomfield’s standout infielder and Huron Valley Lakeland’s breakout junior made this year’s cut. FIRST TEAM Blaise Salter Senior Catcher Orchard Lake St. Mary’s A Division 2 All-State First Team selection by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association, Salter batted .471 with 7 home runs, 36 RBIs and 31 runs scored. “Blaise was my all-around team leader in all aspects. He led the team in most offensive categories, as well as shutting down the opposing teams’ running game behind the plate,” St.

Mary’s Head Coach Matt Petry Salter also earned East MVP ors for his performance in the 3 annual East-West All-Star Baseb Classic at Comerica Park. Drafte the Detroit Tigers in the 38th r of this year’s Major League Bas draft, Salter will next suit up fo Michigan State next year. Blake Burns Senior Infielder Walled Lake Central An All-Area First Team memb last season, Burns batted .424 30 RBIs and 15 doubles. Playin third base, he committed only 3 errors all season. PAGE 34


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e had the will to win. He was one hardest workers and his passion our team this year,” Central Coach Mike Roffi said. Ian Nolan r Infielder • Waterford Kettering All-KLAA and All-District honNolan drove home 36 runs for ptains this past season as he hit with 5 home runs. Nolan will next r Madonna University in 2012. Steven Morse Senior Infielder Orchard Lake St. Mary’s All-Catholic honoree by the t Catholic High School League All-District honors recipient, batted .348 with 30 runs , 5 home runs and 18 RBIs this n. teve led off the majority of the nd helped set the table for the of the lineup,” Petry said. rse also was a force on the d, finishing with a 5-3 record complete games, a 4.42 ERA, ikeouts and a save. will next play for Heidelberg e in Ohio next year. Brynn Hamilton Junior Infielder Huron Valley Lakeland ting .370 with 34 runs scored, len bases and a .509 on-base tage, Hamilton was the go-to for the Eagles this season and so their top shortstop. e always played hard — he was fensive MVP,” Lakeland Head Todd Miller said. Shane Daykin Senior Outfielder Walled Lake Central catalyst for Walled Lake l’s run towards their secondht division and district champis, Daykin batted .378 with 35 nd 18 runs scored this season. All-Area First Team selection last n, Daykin was also dangerous on ound, garnering a 6-3 record 2.78 ERA and 50 strikeouts. ykin was rewarded with a spot East All-Star Team at the EastAll-Star Baseball Classic at ica Park. ane Daykin was an outstanding n both on and off the field. He with great intensity and is a aseball player,” Roffi said. KJ Schultz Outfielder • Walled Lake Central peed demon on both offense and e, Schultz batted .435 this seath 30 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

In addition to other league, district and even state honors, Steven Morse (left) and Blaise Salter of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s can now add 2011 Spinal Column Newsweekly All-Area First Team honors to their resumes. Not pictured are First Team members Blake Burns, Shane Daykin and KJ Schultz of Walled Lake Central; Ian Nolan of Waterford Kettering; Brynn Hamilton of Huron Valley Lakeland; and Austin Karbowski of Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes.

“KJ Schultz has passion for the game of baseball. He works for 12 months and was a true leader,” Roffi said. Niklas Helgin Sophomore Outfielder Walled Lake Western Helgin earned his stripes in 2011 for the Warriors as he batted .472 with 2 home runs, 9 doubles, 5 triples, 29 runs scored and 24 RBIs.

Ryan Bilkovic Senior Utility West Bloomfield A bright spot for the Lakers this season, Bilkovic batted .417 with 36 runs scored, 10 doubles, a home run, 17 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Bilkovic saw time at shortstop and second base and also stood out on the mound with a 3-1 record and a 4.06 ERA.

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Austin Karbowski Senior Pitcher Waterford Our Lady of the Lak When Karbowski started on th mound this season for Our Lady, opposing teams found little that could do to counter him. He garnered a 2.25 ERA with strikeouts and only 22 walks. He just as tough to deal with at the as he batted .475 with 5 home r 32 RBIs, 35 runs scored, 15 stol bases and an on-base percentage .594. “Austin hit clean up for us all y and was our go-to guy on the mo He had a knack for getting on ba the plate any way he could. He al kept us in every game he pitched always gave us a chance to win,” Lady Head Coach Greg Alvis said. “He also threw out five guys f centerfield trying to tag up or get home, which really made some co think twice about sending runner when the ball was hit to him.” Karbowski earned All-Catholic All-District honors for his strong efforts this season. Jason Gamble Senior Pitcher Walled Lake Western Garnering a 2.40 ERA with a 5 record and 47 strikeouts this sea PAGE 35

The 14U Gold Michigan Outlaws travel softball team of White Lake took first-place at the 2011 Frankenmuth Invitational. The team coached by Ernie Bastian went 5-1 for the weekend and defeated the Pinconning Thunder in the championship game 5-3.


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closed out his career with the in style this season having hree years of varsity baseball. as also strong at the plate as 5 RBIs and scored 7 runs. le has also committed to Michigan University and will go ng a Warrior to being a a. SECOND TEAM Harris, catcher, Walled Lake

ke Rodgers, infielder, Orchard Mary’s; e Russ, infielder, Walled Lake

Lilley, infielder, Walled Lake n; t Moran, infielder, Waterford y of the Lakes; ed Ritch, outfielder, Waterford y of the Lakes; lor Guilland, outfielder, d Kettering; stin Telling, outfielder, Walled ntral; ch Laceski, utility, Waterford y of the Lakes; ob Lee, pitcher, Huron Valley and m Wilson, pitcher, Huron Valley . HONORABLE MENTION Rodgers, Our Lady of the ole Lubin, Walled Lake n; Todd Larson, Walled Lake

Northern; Zac Leimbach, Walled Lake Central; Evan Kohler, Walled Lake Northern; Dillon Dexter, Luke Johnson, Huron Valley Milford; Steve Snapp; Huron Valley Lakeland; Derek Schultz, Walled Lake Central; James Sullivan, Walled Lake Central.

SPORTS NOTE The Dillon Slammer 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be taking place on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Gilbert Willis Park in Wixom. The first games are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. First-place winners will receive a $250 prize with the second-place winners receiving $100. Each team will also receive $15 in vouchers to Benito’s, as well as a coupon book from the event’s sponsors. A prize of $50 will go to the winner of the 3-point contest, and a $25 prize will go to the person who brings the most canned pet food to the event. The team bringing the most fans to the event will receive $100. A portion of a proceeds will go to Charity House Food Pantry (hospitalityhousefoodpantry.org) and Guardian Angel Animal Rescue (gaarmichigan.org). Gilbert Willis Park is located south of Glengary Road between Wixom and Benstein roads, just south of the Proud Lake State Recreation Area. For more information, visit dillonslammer.com.

CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE SUMMARY OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING July 18, 2011

y 18, 2011 Regular Council Meeting, Council took the following action: ed a request to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a side yard setback for air conditioning pment at 4700 Dow Ridge ed a request to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a side yard setback for a generator the first reading of an ordinance to amend the collection of fees not otherwise provided for e Code the second reading and adoption of an ordinance to confirm the establishment of a Planning mission with zoning authority the second reading and adoption of the Director of City Services Ordinance the second reading and adoption of the Building Official, Department of Public Works, ctor of City Services and Code Enforcement Office administrative Ordinance lved to obtain an appraisal as a step toward a Hearing on the request to vacate all or part e disused Willow Lane oved the general business license for the Orchard Lake Schools for a Chili Cook-off oved budget amendment oved the authorization of up to three part-time police officers pted the recommendation to pay former City Clerk at her previous rate to assist with City’s audit gnated Council member Majcher as City Council Liaison to the offices of the Oakland County r Resources Commission and the West Bloomfield Department of Water & Sewer McIntyre, Mayor Rhonda R. McClellan, City Clerk S.C. 8-3-11

NOTICE OF DAY OF REVIEW OF APPORTIONMEN GREENAWAY DRAIN

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that special assessment amounts and the apportionment of costs of lands w Greenaway Drain Special Assessment District for maintenance of the Greenaway Drain will be available on July 21, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Oakland County Water Resources Commissionerís One Public Works Drive, Waterford, MI 48328.

This special assessment will be for properties located within the Greenaway Drainage District, describe properties located in Section 35 of Commerce Township and Sections 26, 27, 34 and 35 of the City of Lake.

Therefore, all unknown and non-resident persons, owners and persons interested in the above describe and the County Clerk of Oakland County, Board of Oakland County Road Commissioners, City of Walled Mayor and Charter Township of Commerce Supervisor are hereby notified that the time and place afore at such other time and place to which said day of review may be adjourned, the apportionment for ben the land comprised within the Greenaway Drain Special Assessment District will be subject to review.

The owner of any land in the special assessment district or any city, village, township, district or county disagree with the apportionment of benefits may appeal the apportionment within ten days after this da review of apportionments by making an application to the Oakland County Probate Court for appointme Board of Review, as provided in Section 155 of the Michigan Drain Code (Act 40 of the Public Acts of M 1956, as amended).

The County of Oakland will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services. Persons with dis needing accommodations for effective participation in the review should contact the Oakland County W Resources Commissioner’s Office at least one week in advance of the meeting to request mobility, visu or other assistance.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD FOR HIGHLAND LAKE NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT AND RIGHT TO APPEAL Amount of Special Assessment:

2012 – 2014 Highland Lake Lot: $563.14 Notice is hereby given that the Lake Improvement Board for Highland Lake, Township of Highland, County has been scheduled to meet at the Highland Township Hall (205 N. John Street) at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday ev 14, 2010 to review, to hear objections to, and to confirm a 3-year Special Assessment Roll with respect to th Lake Special Assessment District for Chemical Weed Control and all associated cost for the years 2012, 2013

The total assessment is estimated at $1,689.42 per Highland Lake Lot. Pursuant to the Special Assessm Special Assessment of $563.14 will be levied in 2012, 2013, and 2014 against your property. Such assessme due and payable on the first day of December 2011, 2012 and 2013 as part of your winter tax bill. The Special A Roll will be on file at the Highland Township Offices for public examination. Any person may appear and be h Assessment Hearing, which is called pursuant to the provisions of Part 309 of Act 451 of Public Acts of 1994, ed.

Act 186 of Public Acts of Michigan, 1973, as amended, provides that the special assessment must be prot hearing held for the purpose of confirming the Special Assessment Roll before the Michigan Tax Tribunal may a diction of any special assessment dispute. Appearance and protest of the special assessment at the time a review is required in order to appeal the amount of the special assessment to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. An party in interest in property to be assessed, or his or her agent, may appear in person to protest the special a or may protest the special assessment in writing, submitted to Mr. Ricky A. DeVisch, Secretary, Lake Improve for Highland Lake, One Public Works Drive, Building 95, Waterford, Michigan 48328, at or prior to the time o which case personal appearance is not required. If the special assessment is protested as provided above, th any party having an interest in the real property may file a written appeal of the special assessment with the M Tribunal within 30 days after the confirmation of the Special Assessment Roll. RICKY A. DeVISCH, SECRETA LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD S.C. 7-20 & 8-3-11 HIGHLAND LAKE

VILLAGE OF WOLVERINE LAKE

FOR SALE 2003 DODGE INTREPID POLICE VEHICLE Sealed bids will be accepted at the office of the Village Clerk, 425 Glengary, Wolverine Lake, Michigan 48390 until noon on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Vehicle has, 4-door, AC, PS, PW, PB, AM-FM Radio, remote start, new battery, new tires, approximately 90,500 miles. Vehicle can be inspected at address listed above. Vehicle sold “as is” with no warranty expressed or implied. Written bids must be submitted in sealed envelope with “POLICE CAR BID” clearly written on the outside. The Village reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to waive any informality. Sharon A. Miller Village Clerk SC: 8-3-2011

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Approved: Adjournment into Executive Approved: Reconvened to Open Sessi Approved: Adjournment Meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m

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OTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

t Bloomfield Township Woodland Review Board will hold a public hearing at the p Board Room, 4550 Walnut Lake Road on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. der the following Woodland Permit Applications:

PWD11-0258 GAPPY Lot 4, Walnut Creek Estates Sidwell #18-30-227-004 : 7460 Victoria An the-fact request to maintain a manicured lawn area and to restore, mitigate and relocate areas to revise the existing recorded woodland preservation area. t: Dalia Gappy

PWD11-0259 AYAR Lot 2, Oak Grove Sidwell #18-20-254-002 : 6245 Lynn An after-the-fact request to restore a disturbed woodland preservation area with native landscape treatments. t: Salar Ayar

PWD11-0262 BARBAT Lot 191, Wyndham Pointe Sidwell #18-30-228-037 : 5547 Hampshire An after-the fact request to restore a disturbed woodland preservation area with native seed and mulch blankets. t: Duane Barbat

PWD11-0263 ZAID Lot 192, Wyndham Pointe Sidwell #18-30-228-038 : 5551 Hampshire An after-the-fact request to maintain a brick paver patio and landscape treatments within a woodland preservation area. t: Rajaee & Edna Zaid

plans are available for inspection at the West Bloomfield Township Environmental ent, 4550 Walnut Lake Road, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A staff s prepared for the Woodland Review Board, will be available for review the Friday he meeting.

ve any questions on this matter, contact the Environmental Department at 51-4818.

da, Environmental Manager

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nship will provide necessary, reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals abilities at a public meeting upon two weeks notice in writing or by calling the p Clerk or Environmental Director at (248) 451-4800.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WEST BLOOMFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING Bloomfield Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the West Bloomfield Town Hall, 4550 ke Road, on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. to consider the following amendments to the Township inance Chapter 26 of the Township Ordinance Code:

EXT AMENDMENT: KEEPING OF CHICKENS (CZ-11-02)

ce to amend the Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 26 of the Charter Township of West Bloomfield Code of Ordinances, r the keeping of chickens.

sed Ordinances are available for public review on the Township’s website www.wbtwp.com and at the y Development Department, West Bloomfield Township Hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road, between the hours of 8:00 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any comments regarding this request may be made in writing to the on or by appearing at the scheduled public hearing. If you have any questions, please call 248-451-4828.

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Sara Roediger, AICP, Senior Planner

hip of West Bloomfield will provide necessary, reasonable auxiliary aids and services (such as signers for the paired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered at the meeting) to individuals with disabilities at a ing/meeting upon two weeks notice in writing or by calling the Township Clerk at (248) 451-4800.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The West Bloomfield Township Wetland Review Board will hold a public hearing at the Township Board Ro Walnut Lake Road on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the following Wetland/ Permit Applications:

CASE #PWT11-1799 WOLF Parcel: Lot 17, Bloomfield Glens Sidwell #18-25-301-033 Location: 6330 Bloomfield Glens Request: A request to install a 1 HP Fountain within a man-made pond connected to an existing electr Applicant: Kenneth Wolf

CASE #PWT11-1800 BRANDEMIHL Parcel: Lot 12, Green Lake Allotment Sidwell #18-08-151-056 Location: 6755 Alden Request: A request to install 105 linear feet of new steel seawall in front of an existing steel seawall w rip-rip below the Ordinary Water Mark of Green Lake. Applicant: Gregg Brandemihl

Detailed plans are available for inspection at the West Bloomfield Township Environmental Departm Walnut Lake Road, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A staff report, as prepared for th Review Board, will be available for review the Friday prior to the meeting. If you have any questions on this matter, contact the Environmental Department at (248) 451-4818. Marshall Labadie, Development Services Director

S.C

The Township will provide necessary, reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilit public meeting upon two weeks notice in writing or by calling the Township Clerk or Environmental Dire (248) 451-4800.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WEST BLOOMFIELD

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING The West Bloomfield Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the West Bloomfield Town Hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road, on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. to consider the following request: SITE PLAN AND SPECIAL LAND USE AMENDMENT: The Court at West Bloomfield (SP-11-08) Request: Site plan and special land use amendment to install 44 additional parking spaces at an existing assisted living facility Location: #18-33-200-037, 10 acres on the west side of Farmington Road between and Maple and 14 Mile Roads Applicant: Rich Snoddy, Heartland Healthcare Services Zoning: R-15 Single Family Residential

The proposed site plan is available for public review at the Community Development Department Bloomfield Town Hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., M through Friday. Any comments regarding this request may be made in writing to the planning com or by appearing at the scheduled public hearing. If you have any questions, please call 248 451S.C. 8-3-11 Sara Roediger, AICP, Senio

The Township of West Bloomfield will provide necessary, reasonable auxiliary aids and services signers for the hearing impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered at the mee individuals with disabilities at a public hearing/meeting upon two weeks notice in writing or by ca Township Clerk at (248) 451-4800.

TO ALL CREDITORS: The Trustor, James W. Fancy, born on September 27, 1933, who lived at 6227 Upper Straits B West Bloomfield, Oakland County, Michigan, died on July 7, 2011. There is no personal represe the settlor’s estate to whom letters of Administration have been issued. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against “The James W. Fancy Trust” dated 20, 1971, as amended, will be forever banned unless present to Susan J. Fancy, Steven M. F Dennis J. Pheney, Trustees, within four months after the date of publication. Notice is further given that the Trust will thereafter be assigned and distributed to the persons it. Dated: August 3, 2011 “The James W. Fancy T Dennis J. Pheney (P18863) Dennis J. Pheney, Trustee McElroy & Pheney 26050 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 26050 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 300 Farmington Hills, MI 48334-4419 Farmington Hills, MI 48334-4419 (248) 553-2300 (248) 553-2300


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OMMUNITY LEGAL NOTICES

LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD FOR HIGHLAND LAKE HEARING OF PRACTICABILITY Notice is hereby given that the Lake Improvement Board for Highland Lake, Township of Highland, County of Oakland, has been scheduled to meet at the Highland Township Hall (205 N. John Street) in Highland Township, Michigan at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening, August 15, 2011 to determine the practicability of a 3-year Lake Management, Chemical Weed Control and all associated cost for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014. This Hearing is called pursuant to the provisions of Part 309 of Act No. 451 of 1994, as amended. LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD FOR HIGHLAND LAKE S.C. 7-20 & 8-3-11

HURON VALLEY SCHOOLS

FILING DEADLINE FOR BOARD OF EDUCATION POSITION

ar election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Two seats on the Huron Valley School be filled during the election. Both positions are for a four-year term ending December 31, 2015. the Board of Education passed a resolution moving elections to even years only, beginning with is means that persons elected to one of the open seats this November will have their terms one year to December 31, 2016, for this term only.

n Valley School District resident who is a citizen of the United States and a qualified and elector in the District is eligible for election. If you are interested and considering running ard you simply need to do the following by 4pm on August 16, 2011: Sign an Affidavit of Identity

Complete a nominating petition with a minimum of 40 signatures or maximum of 100 signatures rom qualified and registered electors of the school district OR submit a non-refundable check of $100.00

ng of the Affidavit, the submission of the petition OR the check is done at the Oakland County Division office. A candidate filing information packet can be requested online at gov.com or by calling the Elections Division at (248) 858-0564.

terested in becoming a candidate or that has questions regarding the process may call ka, Huron Valley Schools, at 248-684-8178.

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LEGAL NOTICE

Lake Improvement Board for Watkins Lake Township of Waterford, Oakland County, Michigan HEARING OF ASSESSMENT

e is hereby given that the Lake Improvement Board for Watkins Lake in the Township of Waterford, Oakland, will meet in the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office, Lower Level located at One Public Works Drive, Waterford, Michigan 48328 at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening, 5, 2011 to review, to hear any objections to, and to confirm a three-year special assessment roll rpose of implementing an Aquatic Weed Control Program for Watkins Lake for the years 2011, 2013. The total 3-year annual assessment is estimated at $197,438 and the amount per property 4 due annually and payable on the first day of the December Tax Bill for 2011, 2012 and 2013. The sessment roll will be on file at the Waterford Township Offices for public examination. erson may appeal and be heard at the said Hearing, which is called pursuant to the provisions of 0913 of Part 309 of Public Acts No. 59 of 1995. Act 186 of the Public Acts of Michigan, 1973, as provides that the special assessment must be protested at the Hearing held for the purpose of g the Special Assessment Roll before the Michigan Tax Tribunal may acquire jurisdiction of any ssessment dispute. Appearance and protest of the special assessment at the time and place of required in order to appeal the amount of the special assessments to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. An or party in interest in property to be assessed, or his or her agent, may appear in person to protest al assessments, or may protest the special assessment by letter filed with Oakland County Water s Commissioner’s Office, Attention: Mr. Ron Fadoir, C/O Lake Improvement Board of Watkins Lake, c Works Drive, Building 95 West, Waterford, Michigan 48328-1907 at or prior to the time of review, ase personal appearance is not required. If the special assessment is protested as provided above, r or any party having an interest in the real property may file a written appeal of the special nt with the Michigan Tax Tribunal within 30 days after the confirmation of the Special Assessment een published in a newspaper of general circulation. & 8-3-11 Lake Improvement Board for Watkins Lake

NOTICE OF DAY OF REVIEW OF APPORTIONMEN MAYNARD DRAIN

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that special assessment amounts and the apportionment of costs of l within the Maynard Drain Special Assessment District for maintenance of the Maynard Drain will available for review on August 11, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Oakland County Wate Resources Commissioner’s Office, One Public Works Drive, Waterford, MI 48328.

This special assessment will be for properties located within the Maynard Drainage District, desc those properties located in Sections 1 and 12 of Commerce Township.

Therefore, all unknown and non-resident persons, owners and persons interested in the above de lands, and the County Clerk of Oakland County, Board of Oakland County Road Commissioners a Charter Township of Commerce Supervisor are hereby notified that the time and place aforesaid such other time and place to which said day of review may be adjourned, the apportionment for and the land comprised within the Maynard Drain Special Assessment District will be subject to r

The owner of any land in the special assessment district or any city, village, township, district or who may disagree with the apportionment of benefits may appeal the apportionment within ten d this day of review of apportionments by making an application to the Oakland County Probate Co appointment of a Board of Review, as provided in Section 155 of the Michigan Drain Code (Act 4 Public Acts of Michigan, 1956, as amended).

The County of Oakland will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services. Persons w disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the review should contact the O County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office at least one week in advance of the meeting to mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance. S.C. 7-27

NOTICE OF DAY OF REVIEW OF APPORTIONMEN LEON DRAIN

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that special assessment amounts and the apportionment of costs within the Leon Drain Special Assessment District for maintenance of the Leon Drain will be a for review on August 11, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Oakland County Water Reso Commissioner’s Office, One Public Works Drive, Waterford, MI 48328.

This special assessment will be for properties located within the Leon Drainage District, descr those properties located in Sections 34 and 35 of the City of Walled Lake

Therefore, all unknown and non-resident persons, owners and persons interested in the above described lands, and the County Clerk of Oakland County, Board of Oakland County Road Commissioners, City of Walled Lake Mayor are hereby notified that the time and place aforesa such other time and place to which said day of review may be adjourned, the apportionment f benefits and the land comprised within the Leon Drain Special Assessment District will be sub review.

The owner of any land in the special assessment district or any city, village, township, district county who may disagree with the apportionment of benefits may appeal the apportionment w days after this day of review of apportionments by making an application to the Oakland Coun Probate Court for appointment of a Board of Review, as provided in Section 155 of the Michig Code (Act 40 of the Public Acts of Michigan, 1956, as amended).

The County of Oakland will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services. Person disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the review should contact th Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office at least one week in advance of the to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance. S.C. 7-27

LEGAL NOTICE Lake Improvement Board for Watkins Lake Township of Waterford, Oakland County, Michigan HEARING OF PRACTICABILITY Notice is hereby given that the Lake Improvement Board for Watkins Lake in the Township of Waterford, County of Oakland, will meet in the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office, Building 95 West, One Public Works Drive, Waterford, Michigan 48328-1907 at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening, August 15, 2011 to determine the practicability of a three-year project consisting of an Aquatic Weed Control Program for Watkins Lake for the years of 2011, 2012 and 2013. The estimated annual cost of the project is $197,438. The hearing is called pursuant to the provisions of Section 30910 of Part 309 of Public Acts No. 59 of 1995. Lake Improvement Board for Watkins Lake S.C. 7-27 & 8-3-11

CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLA

NOTICE OF FILING DEAD

TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant Charter, the last date for filing nominatin for the Office of City Councilmember will 16, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Two Councilmemb elected to three-year terms on Tuesday, 8, 2011.

Petitions may be obtained from and are at the Office of the City Clerk, located Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, Mich Rhonda R. McClellan City Clerk SC: 8-3-2011


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– WATERFORD – EXQUISITE HOME ON ALL-SPORTS LOON LAKE! 1078406 $619,000 248-851-4100

– COMMERCE – LARGE FIVE BEDROOM BRICK RANCH ON ALMOST 4 ACRES! 211026468 $589,900 248-851-4100

– ORCHARD LAKE – CONTEMPORARY HOME WITH WOODED VIEWS AND HARDWOOD FLOORS 211074978 $499,000 248-851-4100

– WEST BLOOMFIELD – LARGE PRIVATE LOT WITH GAS FIREPLACE 211074715 $439,900 248-851-4100

– WHITE LAKE – GORGEOUS HOME. GRANITE KITCHEN 1ST FLOOR MASTER 211062683 $399,9 248-851-4100

– COMMERCE – BEAUTIFUL 4 BEDROOM, 2.2 BATH IN BIRKDALE POINTE 126774 $381,000 248-851-4100

– WEST BLOOMFIELD – SPACIOUS FLOOR PLAN WITH 2 STORY FOYER 211077084 $379,900 248-851-4100

– COMMERCE – 4 BEDROOM, 3.5 BATH HOME WITH VIEWS OF CRANBERRY LAKE 211077251 $379,900 248-851-4100

– COMMERCE TWP. – GREAT HOME FOR ENTERTAINING WITH 2 STORY FOYER 211060473 $365,000 248-851-4100

– COMMERCE TWP. – THREE BEDROOM RANCH +5 ACRES WITH 26’ X 50’ HORSE BARN! 211066495 $275,0 248-851-4100

– NOVI – ARDWOOD FLOOR AND NEW CARPET. PEN FLOOR PLAN & CUSTOM KITCHEN 1058877 $249,900 248-851-4100

– WEST BLOOMFIELD – BEACH PRIVILEGES! FINISHED BASEMENT, STONE FRONT & NEW ROOF 211067596 $219,000 248-851-4100

– COMMERCE – CUSTOM BUILT 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH END UNIT RANCH CONDO 211033381 $209,900 248-851-4100

– WALLED LAKE – BEAUTIFUL RANCH ON LARGE PRIVATE LOT WITH DECK 2110770466 $186,000 248-851-4100

– WEST BLOOMFIELD – OPEN FLOOR PLAN WITH HARDWOOD FLOOR & NEWER CARPE 211060384 $169,9 248-851-4100

– WATERFORD – SPECTACULAR 3 BEDROOM RANCH ON OVER .5 ACRE LOT! 1055951 $139,900 248-851-4100

– COMMERCE TWP. – GREAT BRICK RANCH WITH UPDATED KITCHEN AND LARGE BACKYARD 211070278 $139,900 248-851-4100

– WEST BLOOMFIELD – DESIRABLE 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH DETACHED CONDO, IMMED. OCCUPANCY 211034925 $136,900 248-851-4100

– COMMERCE – VERY NICE 1ST FLOOR 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH CONDO WITH GAS FIREPLACE 211042132 $126,000 248-851-4100

– WALLED LAKE – END UNIT WITH OPEN FLOOR PLAN, PATIO AND FULL BASEMENT 211074482 $107,0 248-851-4100

– WEST BLOOMFIELD – MISTY WOODS CONDO WITH ATTACHED GARAGE & REC LIGHTING 1074209 $59,900 248-851-4100

– WEST BLOOMFIELD – BRIGHT OPEN FLOOR PLAN WITH 2 STORY FOYER 211077794 $330,000 248-851-4100

– COMMERCE – 4 BEDROOM HOME WITH GOURMET GRANITE AND CHERRY KITCHEN 211000000 $335,000 248-851-4100

– WATERFORD – 4 BEDROOM HOME IN POPULAR WOODS OF OAKLAND MANOR 211063415 $175,000 248-851-4100

– WOLVERINE LAKE – MOVE RIGHT IN! CLEAN & NEUTRAL 4 BEDROOM COND 211061942 $120,0 248-851-4100

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

MODERN RANCH 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, open floor plan, master suite with walk-in closet.

CUSTOM BUILT HOME 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, open great room, breakfast nook, hardwood floors, gas fireplace

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211061876 - $459,000

211072511 - $375,000

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS RANCH! 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, pdated kitchen, finished basement, lake privileges Middle Straits

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

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

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

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

BEAUTIFUL ROLLING 10 ACRE HOM 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, open floor plan, 2 fireplaces, near Kensington, 30’x40’ pole barn

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

LAKEFRONT 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sprawling brick ranch, 2 fireplaces

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BRICK RANCH 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, large lot, central air

UNION LAKE PRIVILEGES 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, huge master suite, needs updating

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211072484 - $68,900

211072889 - $120,00

EAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED HOME 3 bedrooms, 2.2 baths, backs to preserve, master suite, vaulted ceilings

GORGEOUS COMMERCE LAKEFRONT 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, fieldstone fireplace, finished walkout

SPACIOUS COLONIAL 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large eat-in kitchen, family room with fireplace

SPECTACULAR WHITE LAKEFRONT 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, totally remodeled, master suite to deck, gorgeous views finished walkout

UPPER UNIT CONDO 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, balcony, basement, 1 car garage

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AL-SPORTS LAKEFRONT 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, shed with electricity, natural fireplace

NICE BUNGALOW 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, spacious kitchen, open living space

CUSTOM RANCH - END OF CUL-DE-SAC 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, maple kitchen, hardwood floors, finished walkout, wet bar & full bath

ADORABLE CAPE COD 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, finished basement, many updates

CHARMING RANCH 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling

LAKEFRONT DREAM HOME 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, first floor master suite

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LAKEFRONT ALL-SPORTS LOWER PETTITBONE LAKE $249,900 - MLS#211077057 - (1427L) 41 ACRE HORSE FARM - HARTLAND Milford mailing. Chalet house, pond, barn, awesome! $689,900 MLS#211075949 (12125C)

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GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING This beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath colonial is perfect for all your entertaining needs. Features a formal dining room which flows into the bright airy oversized living room, family room with a natural fireplace and a finished game room in the basement. Enjoy summer and the beautiful landscaped yard sitting on the brick paver patio. Call Carol today for your private showing. $220,000

GREAT OPPORTUNITY Looking for some space, enjoy this 3 bedroom ranch home nestled on 1.45 acres. Home features a newer roof, Florida room, and a 3 car detached garage for all those toys. Call Carol today for showing. Huron Valley Schools. $95,000

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ALL-SPORTS Wow Williams Lakefront walkout ranch. Lovely views! • 4 bedrooms • 2.5 baths • Doorwalls lakeside living room, family room, master suite • Lower level walkout is handicap accessible • In-law suite • Check out extras for yourself. $249,000 MLS#211037134 EVERYTHING ON AN ACRE - WORK-PLAYRELAX 3 bedrooms • 3 baths • Great room fireplace • Island kitchen • Master suite • Basement set for In-law suite + office • Pole barn • 100% financing possible • Howell Schools $150,000 MLS#211013658 RANCH CONDO BENEFITS Bloomfield Hills Schools • Clubhouse • Tennis court • 2 bedrooms • 2 baths • Laundry • Deck •Basement storage • Carport $56,500 MLS#211043195 FOUNTAIN PARK TOWNHOUSE CONDO Dramatic volume ceiling and windows. Attractive floor plan. LEASE $2,300 #211068307

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$389,500 BEAUTIFULLY CUSTOM BUILT! •3,800 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, basement, 2 car attached garage •3-story great room with hardwood floors •Kitchen with built in appliances •211049829

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WELL BUILT, READY TO MOVE IN! •2,134 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, basement, 2 attached garage •Large deck overlooks huge yard •Newer furnace and air conditioner •211077984

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ALL-SPORTS DUCK LAKE! •1,654 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, 1 car attached gara •Bright kitchen with appliances •Great room with firepla •Enjoy lake views •211048878

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$99,000 ALL-SPORTS WHITE LAKE! •1,702 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car detached garage •Second floor master suite with jet tub •First floor laundry •211064566

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WHITE LAKE DON'T MISS this annual sale 9-4 Thursday and Friday. Something for everyone! Blue house at 9165 Longcroft Drive West of Union Lake Road South of Cooley. WOLVERINE LAKE THURSDAY, FRIDAY, 9a.m.4p.m. 648 Wolverine. Household, clothing, toys, & more.

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POODLE SKIRT For Dream Cruise- Size medium, aqua, $24.50. 248-494-1738

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BOB'SCARPET Has the best buys on all brand named carpet. Pad 1/2 8 lb $3 yd. Installation guaranteed. Also have heavy plush remnants $4- 6 per yard

Call Bob (248)681-5771 MOVING SALE Furniture and lawn equipment 248-6668761 NAVY BLUE leather couch with oversized chair & ottoman. Coffee table with end table. Excellent condition. Will separate. $500. 248-9603858 Leave message. TWIN SIZED Girls wooden headboard bookcase twin size $25 248-624-8857 (Walled Lake area)

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ANCHOR HOCKING, microwave dishes w/lids. New never used. Freeze/heat/ serve. $8. 248-623-2661

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•Sat., Aug 6, 9a.m.-2p.m. Bag Sale WHITE LAKE HUGE ESTATE/ Garage sale, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9a.m.-4p.m. Tools, furniture, miscellaneous- Something for everyone. On Benny Lane off Williams Lake Road. Half mile south of Elizabeth Lake Road. Look for signs

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BABY BJORN, like new, very clean, navy blue, $24.00. 248.818.6188

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FULL SIZED personal, black umbrella with sleeve. Excellent condition $5. 248-623-2661 $20 PREPAID Phone card for only $12.50- I can give you a 1-800 number to verify, expires June 13, 2013. 248-6232661.

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