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On Thursday, Sept. 29, Oakland County Commissioners Nancy Quarles and Janet Jackson will join with the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CREED), and the Young Masters Center to present the Entrepreneur Resource Forum — “Exploring Growing Opportunities.” The forum will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with a networking session beginning at 5:30 p.m. The forum will be held at 25240 Lahser Road, Suite 6, in Southfield. SCORE/SBA will discuss small business mentoring opportunities; and CREED will provide information about micro lending loans and women business certification. For more information about the forum, call 248395-0689 or call Quarles at 248-4982552 or Jackson at 248-910-6035. ❏

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‘The grand prize winner is ...’ Hayley Hungerford wins Waterford’s Got Talent contest

That’s what HE said: "The water has the capability of flooding out massive areas of White Lake (Township), including getting into the Huron Valley water system and possibly all the way to Ann Arbor. If it broke, it has the potential to cause damage in the multimillions (of dollars)." — White Lake Township Supervisor Greg Baroni, commenting on the seriousness of a potential failure of a standpipe that allows water to pass underneath Biscayne Road between Lake Neva and Brendel Lake.

Vocalist/guitarist Hayley Hungerford (center) poses with members of the Waterford Pontiac Big Chief Chorus Act “Limited Edition” (Jeff Doig, Charlie Perry, Tom Blackstone, and John Cowlishaw) after winning the grand prize in the second annual Waterford’s Got Talent contest. The contest finals were held on Saturday, Sept. 24. (Photo submitted by Heather Halls)

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Blake Armstrong, belted out “I Can See Clearly Now” to take third-place. Finally, fourth-place was awarded to an elementary school, all-girls ensemble under the name, Vertically Challenged, comprised of Kaylie Carpenter, Ashley Carver, Halle Kallsen, Nicole Kallsen, Angela Peterson, and Tairyn Webb. The talent show was held at the Waterford Mott High School Performing Arts Center, where 19 acts, selected from 60 that auditioned in June, competed for cash prizes. Apart from the $1,000 grand prize, winners received prizes ranging from $150 to $750. Acts ranged in age from elementary school to seniors and included singing, dancing, comedy and magic acts.

The event was hosted by the Waterford Coalition for Youth, in partnership with the Waterford School District, Media Network of Waterford, and the 51st District Court Sobriety Court program of Waterford. The lineup of professional judges included WYCD 99.5’s Rachael Hunter, who returned for a second year to support the event; and Tony DiMambro, lead talent agent and business development director for the iGroup, a Southfield-based, full-service talent agency. The event, taped by Media Network of Waterford (WTV10), will be broadcast in eight surrounding counties and be replayed worldwide on WTV10.org. ❏


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Trever, 25, is making waves with her knitted swimwear line

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ilford resident Magdalena Trever may be only 25-years-old, but she is already making waves with her own swimwear line, Maggie May Swimwear. A graduate of Milford High School and the San Francisco Academy of Art University, Trever started out knitting sweaters, but decided to then apply her craft to swimwear. The result is Maggie May Swimwear, a line that is already getting rave reviews from coast to coast from designers, celebrities and customers as trend-setting for its knitted style and unique design. Despite her blossoming success, Trever has not forgotten where she comes from as she operates her business from Milford while she plots her next course, which she hopes will include her suits being featured in Sports Illustrated. Trever spoke with the Spinal Column about starting her own business, being a fashionista from Milford and which celebrities have worn her swimsuits. For more information, visit her website, maggiemayswimwear.com. Please tell us about your swimwear line, Maggie May Swimwear, and how your swimsuits stand out from the competition. MT: My swimwear line is an all-knitted swimwear line. They standout because there’s not that many swimwear companies that have a knit swimsuit. I make mine with bamboo viscose and cotton, which is really great in water. They look great on women, they have a special power mesh lining that helps them to dry faster and they’re really truly like a work of art. How did you discover that you had a passion and a knack for designing? How did you decide to make swimwear your focus? MT: Well, while I was in school, I was really supposed to do sweater design and when I got out, I just was really interested in swimwear and with my background in knitting I thought it would be a very unique idea and a fun project to take on making swimsuits that were knitted, like a 1960s style. I remember I just loved the 1960s and 1970s. They had crochet bikinis, but I wanted to take it to a different level and make it more functionable and wearable and last longer. So I started to do a punch-card knit, which was a tighter weave and it looked more like fabric. It was just a passion, it was really fun. I did one, then I did a couple more and then I started doing these fashion shows and I had dresses and everything else in the fashion show and

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every two months. Starting a business is a challenge for anyone, but to be in your 20s starting a business in the fashion industry has to be a challenge in itself. When did you decide to start your swimwear line and what was going through your mind at the time? Overtime, how much of your plans have come to fruition and what plans encountered obstacles to which you’ve had to adjust? MT: I was 23 when I graduated college and at first I was just going to get a job for a big designer or any designer working with sweaters and didn’t even need to start this business. I just starting doing the shows and people wanted to buy them and I would go down to (Los Angeles) and people would buy them. All of a sudden I realized I needed to go bigger. I needed a loan. I couldn’t do them all on my own anymore and I realized I had something here. So I came back to Michigan and the local bank, Huron Valley State Bank, gave me a loan. They saw my product and believed in me and believed in a small business. I had my family who was really encouraging me and was very proud and it all kind of happened at once and I got really lucky. A lot of things have happened really fast, which I’m really happy about. We’re already in stores and we already have people calling and wanting the suits, buying them off the website, along with being in actual stores. Obstacles that have happened are manufacturing. You just don’t know who to trust. It’s like you’re dealing with a lot of money and sometimes it gets hard and being so young. That’s why I’m really grateful I have my family to help me because my mom had a business for 30 years and she knows it and it’s just everyday and you’re working with many people and a lot of things go wrong — especially in the fashion industry, too. Are there any publications or shows that your line will soon be featured in? MT: I’m hoping Sports Illustrated. They have a bunch of my samples which I sent and that comes in February. If we make it in there, that’s the best spot you can make it being a swimwear company, is in that magazine. ❏

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RCOC, township to share cost of Haggerty project By Angela Niemi staff writer

In another partnership move to improve roadways within Commerce Township, the township’s Board of Trustees and the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) have entered into a cost participation agreement for the preliminary design of improvements to Haggerty Road. The improvements would occur between Oakley Park and Richardson roads. Because the design phase is only in the preliminary stages, Township Clerk Dan Munro said they are looking into turning that portion of Haggerty into a three-lane roadway with a turning lane running continuously all the way through. “When you come up on Haggerty and pass Pontiac Trail, the traffic gets congested even before you reach Oakley Park and Richardson Road,” he said. “With the additional traffic improvements made in Martin

Parkway, we’ve studied the traffic volume flowing up Haggerty Road. We hope to alleviate it, but the roadway needs a better design. It’s very frustrating for Commerce residents and other folks north of Commerce Township to sit in roadway that has not been improved for dozens and dozens of years, just to get to Richardson Road to get home.” The project is estimated to cost approximately $2 million. The cost would be split between the RCOC, Commerce, and the federal government. Over $1 million would come from federal funds with the township contributing a little over $460,000. “We hope to use the federal funding with participation from Commerce Township and the road commission to maximize the improvements we can afford for residents,” said Munro, who hopes the project will get under way within the next two years. “But it’s the RCOC’s call, not ours. We would love to do it. We’ve been wanting to make improvements to this road for years, but we were handcuffed by surrounding communities who didn’t want Haggerty to have five lanes. Now we are just doing the best we can to make improvements with what we have.” ❏

to honor the sacrifice of all first Wixom firefighters’ torch responders at the World Trade In recent months they Boot Drive to fund Center. received a 9/11 World Trade Center steel artifact from the Port Authority 9/11 memorial of New York and New Jersey. During

By Leslie Shepard staff writer

Wixom firefighters will be pounding the pavement soliciting donations to construct a World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial during their fall boot drive this weekend, Sept. 30 from 47 p.m., Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Firefighters will be positioned at both the Grand River and Wixom Road intersection and at Wixom Road and Pontiac Trail. “We always conduct a Boot Drive for a specific purpose,” said Wixom Fire Chief Jeff Roberts. “We usually do one for the Muscular Dystrophy Association every year and we’re really committed to the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center.” The group has also raised dollars for charities funding juvenile diabetes programs and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Wixom Firefighters Association has been taking up the

a ceremony on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Roberts unveiled formal plans for the steel artifact, a segment of a 6 foot I-beam weighing 1,500 pounds. The artifact is currently being held in the Fire Station No. 1 lobby until it is formally enshrined on Station No. 1’s footprint, south of the building. The design calls for the steel artifact to be placed in a slab of granite shaped like a pentagon. Directly behind it will stand two slender granite pieces resembling the Twin Towers. The site will be landscaped, complete with flagpoles and lights. Fundraising has been necessary to glean funding for engineering and construction. “Our goal is to raise $10,000 before soliciting corporate sponsors and to secure an engineering consultant or construction manager,” Roberts said. “We don’t anticipate PAGE 7 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯

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‘Massive’ flooding could occur if standpipe blows By Angela Niemi staff writer

Lake Neva is in need of a new standpipe for its dam — and quickly, officials say. According to the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the standpipe will not last another freeze-thaw cycle during the upcoming winter, as its corrosion has led to a state of disrepair. The standpipe sits in the water and allows water to pass underneath Biscayne Road, which is where the lake is situated off of Bogie Lake Road in White Lake Township. If the standpipe were to break, the consequences could be a major public health and safety issue, according to township and county officials. “The water has the capability of flooding out massive areas of White Lake, including getting into the Huron Valley water system and possibly all the way to Ann Arbor. If it broke, it has the potential to cause damage in the multi-millions (of dollars),” said Township Supervisor Greg Baroni. Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad (R-Waterford, White Lake) said that if the dilapidated standpipe fails, the damage could total around $20 million. “It will be a catastrophe if this happens,” he said. Given the potentially dire consequences, the township has worked with the Lakewood Village Improvement Association — which owns the standpipe — to establish a special assessment district (SAD) to cover the cost of a replacement project. Meanwhile, Oakland County has

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paying full price. We’ve had offers to help us with labor, materials and equipment.” In addition to donations collected during the Boot Drive, donations are gladly accepted at Fire Station No. 1, located at 1345 N. Wixom Road, or by visiting the website at www.wixomfirefighters.com. ❏

A standpipe that allows water to pass underneath Biscayne Road, located between Lake Neva and Brendel Lake in White Lake Township, must be replaced before winter to avoid a potential failure that could cause significant flooding in the community and as far downstream as Ann Arbor. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

agreed to finance the $150,000 originally required for the project. However, the money necessary for the project has since increased to approximately $250,000. A major reason for this is because the initial engineering estimate for the project — which was approximately $87,000 — was significantly lower than what contractors bid on the project. Of the four contractors that the project was sent to for bids, only one bid came back and that was for $187,000. After factoring in administrative, legal, and other costs, the project would then become around $250,000, according to Baroni.

Village Council pulls support for water service SAD By Leslie Shepard staff writer

The Wolverine Lake Village Council voted unanimously earlier this month to withdraw support for setting up a special assessment district (SAD) for

Officials were unsure of the reason for the discrepancy between the initial estimate and the incoming bids. However, it may have to do with the risk involved in the project. “I think a lot of it has to do with the risk factor of the project. One of the things one of the contractors asked for was a $20 million bond if something went wrong and flooding occurred,” said White Lake Trustee Todd Birkle. The increase in cost also raised questions at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, during which commissioners didn’t approve an increase in funding for the project. While this was disheartening to the

township, Runestad and White Lake officials are still hoping to to get the additional funding through the county as it is the most expedient and efficient way to obtain the money necessary to complete the project before the winter. “We’re working with the board members as well as the Oakland County committee to come up with a resolution to come up with all the money,” Baroni said. Runestad plans to submit a funding request to the county board’s Finance Committee today, Wednesday, Sept. 28. If it’s approved there, then it will again come before the county board sometime in early October. ❏

property owners on Lakeview and Meadow Lane that were considering hooking up to Detroit city water service after project cost estimates came back much higher than originally anticipated. A public hearing was held on Sept. 14. Fifty-eight percent of property owners on the streets had signed petitions seeking the SAD; however, by the end of the public hearing, the owners of 40 out of 83 properties had

backed out. “When we got the costs in a number of the petitioners fell off,” said Council President John Magee. “There are a few still in favor of proceeding, but now it’s less than 50 percent, and it’s unwise to proceed.” Preliminary project costs were esti-

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risp, tart, mouthwatering Michigan apples are the hallmarks of the autumn season. Whether it’s plucking bushels off orchard trees or peeling them for a sumptuous fruit pie, everyone in this neck of the woods longs for apple season. The by-product of apples, of course, is apple cider, and what complements this natural nectar better but freshly baked donuts, a cider mill staple. People will stand in winding cider mill lines to satisfy their cravings for these seasonal favorites. Nearby orchards and cider mills offer tractor rides to those who long to pick their favorite varietal fresh off the branch, whether it be the classic McIntosh, fleshy Cortland, sweet-tart Empire, tangy Idared, acidic Northern Spy, gingery smooth Golden Delicious, snappy Gala or sweet and firm Honeycrisp. In addition to tractor rides, petting farms, corn mazes, and pumpkin patch picking are now trademarks of Michigan cider mills. It’s no surprise that Michigan residents love their apples, given that Michigan is the third largest apple-producing state in the nation, harvesting close to 20 million bushels or 840 million pounds of apples every year. The following is a sampling of the signature apple orchards and cider mills in or around the lakes area, what they offer and their times of operation. So head out to your nearby cider mill where a backdrop of crimson, amber, and copper foilage set against a pristine blue sky welcomes you; and fragrant smells, and once-a-year tastes await you. The lakes area is home to Long’s Family Orchard, Farm and Cider Mill, situated on East Commerce Road, west of Bogie Lake Road in Commerce Township. The landmark has been in operation since 1876, and was established under Joseph Long. Joseph Long first purchased the farm after he bought a herd of cattle at the Detroit Stockyards and herded them all the way to

West Bloomfield Township. He later moved the farm to its current location. Today, it’s still in the family, owned and operated by fifth-generation descendent Rob Long and his wife, Christine. The farm is nationally renowned. It was heralded as having the best commercially-used barn in 2011, earning the Barn of the Year Award from the Michigan Barn Preservation Network. “We renovated it over the last few years by expanding the kitchen and opening up the ceiling,” Christine Long said. Now antiques — ranging from scythes, saws, pans, washboards, and buckets, adding rustic appeal — saved from the old barn hang from pre-Civil War beams. The Longs like to celebrate the fall harvest the old-fashioned way. “It’s all about fresh produce and family entertainment so people have a happy experience,” Christine Long said. However, Rob Long said, “It’s a short season, so people need to come on out.” Inside the cider mill, patrons can purchase cider, donuts, apples, honey, and sweet corn. Long’s makes its unpasteurized cider on site, typically between two and three times a week. “We press the cider fresh from a variety of apples, some tart, some sweet,” Christine Long said. “We pick them from the tree, nothing from the ground — besides, state law prohibits that.” Making a cider batch takes 18 bushels of apples at a time. The apples are sent through a good washing in which they are scrubbed and then sent assembly line style up an elevator into a grinding shaft before they’re pressed. The product is then sent via a tube into a filling station. According to Rob Long, federal law states that any cider produced and sold at a location that turns out a quantity of less than 150 gallons per year can be sold unpasteurized. “That’s why so many small cider mills make unpasteurized cider,” he said. “People like the flavor better. If it’s pasteurized, the flavor changes.” This year the Longs installed a second donut machine and are in the process of hooking up an auto-


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matic jugger along with an electronical upgrade for efficiency’s sake. “We’re getting busier, so the upgrades will save us time,” Christine Long said. Rob Long attributes the spike in business to more people buying local. “The revolution of buying local is catching on,” he said. “Plus, people come out and like talking with the people running the farm.” Across the street at the red barn, visitors take a tractor ride out to the orchard to pick McIntosh, Gala, and Honeycrisp apples, which are now in harvest. “We sell the Honeycrisp the most, but it’s a short season — they’re harder to grow and store and that’s why they’re a little more expensive,” Christine Long said. Apart from the hottest commodity, apples, Long’s grows asparagus (picked in May), strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, squash, and pumpkins.

Beehives are rented and placed in the orchard for a two-fold purpose. “The bees pollinate the apple blossoms and then the honey is sold,” Rob said. “Local honey is good for allergies — just one teaspoon a day. People say it really helps,” Christine Long said. As of Saturday, Sept. 24, the Long’s corn maze and farm yard opened and are accessible on weekends only. The red barn garage is being converted into a new ticket booth to accommodate patrons. The newer play area — complete with palace and wooden train playscapes to explore, a giant slide, inflatables, a pedal kart raceway and larger picnic area — has been a real crowd pleaser. Those 30-inches-tall and under are admitted free of charge. Otherwise, an $8 day pass gives patrons unlimited hayrides to the Upick pumpkin area for the day in

October; unlimited time in the 5acre corn maze for the day; and unlimited time in the play area for the day. Patrons can upgrade to a season pass for an additional $1. Hours of operation are Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We’re trying to offer something new every year,” Christine Long said. “Now people want to pick apples, grab some donuts and cider and relax for the day. The farm yard is enclosed so it’s perfect for families to do just that — relax.” Visitors are invited to come and get lost in the farm’s Moonlight Maze, lit only from a glow-stick. The 5-acre Spider Web Moonlight Maze will open Oct. 14, limited to Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. It runs through Oct. 29. Those 3-years-old and under are admitted free of charge; all others enter for $8. Glow sticks are included in the entry price.

Bulbous, orange pumpkins will be ready to pick in October. As a special attraction on Halloween, Rob Long loads the pumpkin cannon and sends one sailing every hour. “It’s a short season and it’s something fun for our customers to watch,” he said. For over 50 years, Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill in Holly has been serving up fresh apple cider and warm cinnamon donuts to Michigan residents. Located at 1479 Ranch Road, the rustic cider mill is now open with hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week through Oct. 31. From Nov. 1 until Nov. 23 it is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed Thanksgiving. The mill and orchard is owned and operated by a third generation of Diehl’s — Mike, Christine and their son, Nick. Interestingly enough, Diehl’s was originally acquired when Mike Diehl’s grandfather’s brother acquired the orchard in a poker game. The brother handed it off later to Paul Diehl, Mike’s Diehl’s grandfather, who added on the mill. “There are no bells and whistles here,” Christine Diehl said. “It’s very basic. We like to keep it simple — that’s our philosophy.” Right now their full line of fresh apples are in and include Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Gala, Mollie Delicious and Golden Supreme. They plan to have different varieties by the end of the season including Northern Spy; Jonathan; JonaMac (a cross between Jonathan and McIntosh); Idared; Fuji; Empire; and both Golden and Red Delicious. “We stopped harvesting apples a couple years ago,” Christine said. “We sell lots of different varieties that come from local farms around mid-Michigan.” The mill operates a cider press purchased in the late 1960s. Diehl’s only sells unpasteurized cider. “We consciously choose not to pasteurize and feel strongly about serving raw, fresh juice from the apple,” Christine Diehl said. She noted that pasteurization kills off bacteria. However, that only would apply to farms that keep livestock. “It doesn’t make sense because nobody uses dropped apples. We only use apples right from the tree and each one is thoroughly washed,” Christine Diehl said. “Anything eaten raw is best. It becomes a different product when cooked. Pasteurizing PAGE 10 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯

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Long’s Family Orchard, Farm and Cider Mill, located on East Commerce Road west of Bogie Lake Road in Commerce Township, celebrates the fall harvest the old-fashioned way. Inside the cider mill there, patrons can purchase cider, donuts, apples, honey, and sweet corn. “We press the cider fresh from a variety of apples, some tart, some sweet,” co-owner Christine Long said. Hours of operation are Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

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changes the flavor, consistency and nutritional value.” For those who want to pasteurize their cider, Diehl recommends taking cider home and cooking it on the stove for 10 seconds at 160 degrees. On the weekends, Deihl’s offers hayrides that run through Oct. 30. Costs are $7 per person, or combine the hayride with a pumpkin patch tour for an $11 per person fee; it’s $9 per person for a pie-sized pumpkin. For a smaller cider mill, it provides a large range of entertainment and produce. To kick off the season, it holds an annual Ciderfest and Ciderfest Run complete with a craft show, entertainment, free face painting, artist demonstrations, and free samples at the end of September along with an apple pie baking contest. “We’ve always done this before we get crazy busy,” Christine Diehl said. “The run brings in customers and that’s why it started, but my mission is to promote wholesome activities — it’s not just about the money.” She added that as she has become more involved in the business, she has let her passion direct her steps. “I love serving families,” she said. “Even though we lose money on the baking contest, we want to offer old fashioned family fun.” A pair of craft shows are coming up in the first two weekends in October — Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, 2; and Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9, where over 20 crafters will sell their creative wares. Another unique offering is the dinner and a hayride evening where you choose from two menu options. The evening also includes a tractor-pulled hayride and a dinner served by campfire for $18 per person. Children are allowed to play on the playground, playscape, hay piles, or navigate through the kiddie maze or apple orchard free of charge every day. Oak Haven Farm, at 7515 Grange Hall in Holly, is featuring harvest days every weekend in October from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patrons can purchase apples, cider and pumpkins. Visit the Farm Market for fall produce, caramel apples, apple cider and homemade donuts. Come in and enjoy the quaint country charm of Grandma’s Ice Cream Parlour where they serve up old fashioned, hand-dipped Cooks ice cream.

Where to go for apples and cider Here’s a list of apple orchards and cider mills in and around Oakland County: • Long Family Orchard, Commerce Road, Commerce Township, 248-360-3774; • Parshallville Cider Mill, 8507 Parshallville, Fenton, 810-6299079; • Spicer Orchard & Cider Mill, 5015 Hartland, Fenton, 810-6327692; • Franklin Cider Mill, 7450 Franklin, Franklin, 248-626-2968; • Diehl’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 1478 Ranch Road, Holly, 248634-8981; • Oak Haven Farm, 7515 Grange Hall Road, Holly, 248-6345437; • Parmenter’s Cider Mill, 714 Baseline Road, Northville, 248349-3181; • Ashton Orchard & Cider Mill, 3825 Seymour Lake Road, Ortonville, 248-627-6671; • Goodson Cider Mill, 4295 Orion, Rochester, 248-652-8450; • Paint Creek Cider Mill, 4480 Orion, Rochester, 248-656-3400; • Rochester Cider Mill, 5125 Rochester, Rochester, 248-6514224; • Yates Cider Mill, 1990 E. Avon, Rochester, 248-651-8300; • Erwin Orchards U-Pick & Cider Mill, 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon, 248-4370150. — Source: oakgov.com Grandma’s is open on the weekends, weather permitting. Homemade chili, hot dogs, coffee and pop, hot chocolate and hot apple cider is available at Uncle Ray’s. Weekends are reserved for a horsedrawn hayride, pony rides, frolicking in the hay or getting lost following the twists and turns of this year’s corn maze, covering 3.5 miles of rough hilly terrain. Costs range from $3 to $5 per activity. Erwin Orchards is a third-generation family farm located at 61475 Silver Lake Road in South Lyon that is celebrating its 91st anniversary. The 200 acres of fruit orchards is maintained using state of the art technology. Proprietors Bill and Linda Erwin, along with partner Bill Emery, pride themselves on the environmentally PAGE 11 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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friendly orchard by practicing Integrated Pet Management, using biological controls on insects instead of chemicals when possible. Erwin’s trademark is top quality “Pick Your Own” apples, sweet cherries, raspberries and pumpkins. Tractor-pulled wagons take you out to harvest apples from easy-to-pick dwarf trees and pumpkins from the patch. Wagon rides are available from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Currently they are selling Cortland, McIntosh, Empire, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, and Idareds. Jona Gold, Mutsu and Red Delicious will finish off the season. Squash and cabbage are not available for picking but will be harvested when ready sometime in late fall. Raspberries will be available for picking until the first frost. Moreover they sell honey, pies, maple syrup, and speciality breads. Erwin’s offers a full array of family entertainment, including a corn maze, petting farm, and inflatables. To ring in the Halloween season, visit the Spooky Fun Barn for younger children, and the Barn of Horrors for the braver at heart. Yates Cider Mill is a historic landmark in Rochester that dates back to 1863. The cider mill village is located at 1990 E. Avon Road. September and October hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Right now Gala, Ginger Gold, and Paula Red apples are in. Each of these varieties are picked and pressed to concoct premium cider. During the fall, as many as six different varieties of apples are blended to produce this 100-percent natural cider. Its line-shaft driven, double table press can produce 300 gallons of fresh cider per hour. The Clinton River cascades over the Yates dam, which supplies the headwaters to power the mill. After all the juice is squeezed out of the apples, the dried-up apple pulp from the press is dumped into a train car that chugs along the tracks from underneath the mill, up the hill and outside where it is hauled away. Kids love to watch the gates close and the railroad crossing sign lights flash signaling the train is fast approaching. Along with fresh donuts, Yates churns out fresh apple pies, apple turnovers, apple crisp, and caramel

Commerce Township resident Diane Mellec, a Long’s Orchard, Farm and Cider Mill employee, makes donuts for the anxious public. Owners Rob and Christine Long installed a second donut machine on the property this year. Rob Long said the operation is getting busier, an uptick that he attributed to more people buying things locally. “The revolution of buying local is catching on,” he said. “Plus, people come out and like talking with the people running the farm.” (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

What’s what in the realm of apples Looking for the best apple for your needs? Here’s a description of the varieties most often found at area orchards and cider mills. • Paula Red: Tender, white inside, juicy and sweet-tart. Good for eating and cooking. Discovered in Sparta, Michigan. Does not store well for long periods of time. • Jonamac: Firm and crisp. Finely textured and mildly tart-sweet. Good for eating and cooking. Not a good keeper. • McIntosh: Sweet-tart flavor. Aromatic and juicy with a tender texture. Good for eating, sauce and pies. Stores well under refrigeration. • Cortland: Tender and white inside, tart-sweet. Cross between McIntosh and Ben Davis apple. Good for eating, sauce, cooking and salads. Does not turn brown quickly when exposed to air. Not good in long-term storage. • Empire: Firm and juicy, mild tart-sweet. Cross between a McIntosh and Red Delicious. Developed in New York. Named after the Empire State Building. Good for pies, eating, sauce, and baking. Good keeper when refrigerated. • Red Delicious: Crisp texture, full flavored sweet taste. Discovered over 100 years ago in Iowa. Good for eating. Not recommended for cooking or baking. Keeps well when refrigerated.

• Ida Red: Tangy, tart-sweet, and firm. Good for eating, cooking, sauce and baking. Good keeper when refrigerated. • Mutsu: Juicy, mildly sweet and crunchy. Cross between Golden Delicious and Japanese Indo, aka Crispin. Developed in Japan. Often compared with Granny Smith apple. Large green apple good for eating, baking, cooking, pies and sauce. Stores well under refrigeration. • Northern Spy: Hard, tart and crunchy. Antique variety. Considered by many to be the best pie apple grown. Good for cooking and baking. When very ripe, a good eating apple. Stores well under refrigeration. • Jonagold: Crisp, juicy and sweet-tart. Cross between a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious apple. Good for eating, cooking, sauce and baking. • Gala: Crunchy, sweet zesty flavor with distinctive color. Good for eating, cooking and baking. Keeps well under refrigeration. • Honey Crisp: Very crisp, juicy, sweet and full flavored. New variety in limited supply. Good for eating, cooking and baking. • Ginger Gold: Firm, juicy, distinctively sweet and spicy. Good for eating and cooking. • Golden Delicious: Fine textured, juicy and sweet. Good for eating, cooking, salads and baking. Very good keeper when refrigerated. — Source: erwinorchards.com

Unlike many cider mills, they offer an array of donuts such as plain, cinnamon-sugar, blueberry, apple cinnamon with maple glaze, powdered, cherry, chocolate frosted, chocolate frosted with scary sprinkles, and lemon with sprinkles. They also offer candy apples; caramel apples with and without nuts; apple crisp; fruit and nut pies; and natural Michigan honey and maple syrup. Moreover, they sell a number of squashes; popcorns, and antibioticand hormone-free eggs. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Since 1987, Ashton Cider Mill, located at 3825 Seymour Lake Road in Ortonville, has continued to bank on its premier crop — apples. Right now they are harvesting Ginger Golds, McIntosh, Cortland, Jonathan, Honeycrisp, Paula Red, and Gala apples. As they ripen, they will be harvesting Empire, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, Candy Crisp; Jonagold, Winesap, and Fuji. The rural landmark also offers donuts, cider, apple crisps, cookies, fresh-baked breads, pies, and jellies, along with winter squash. Families can sit and relax at the many picnic tables on the property while kids romp around on the playscapes. The grounds are home to antique farm equipment. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through December. For over 50 years, Goodison Cider Mill has taken runs over to Blake’s Orchard in Alameda to buy apples and then parlays them into pure apple cider. The mill is located in Rochester at 4295 Orion Road, and is home to its pistachio nut bread, of which hundreds of loaves are sold every year. Donuts are another staple item, sold in three varieties — cinnamonsugar, plain, and blueberry frosted. In addition, the mill offers a variety of pies, jams, apples, and honey. Weekend activities include a moon walk bounce house for the kids, music, and entertainment. All outdoor activities are featured, weather permitting. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. ❏


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Finkbeiner. “It was not as structured before. Now it’s been formed as an academy-style (program) where cadets must take tests, learn physical agility, and complete CPR training. “Other communities come to us for our curriculum because we do things a little differently,” he said. “It’s military style and cadets learn rank and hierarchy, like in the military, and go through rigorous training.” To adhere to a state mandate that requires any community that has a cadet program in place to adopt a resolution stating so, Waterford Township trustees approved such a resolution at their Monday, Sept. 26 meeting. Many former cadets of the program have gone on to become professional firefighters in Waterford and all over the country. One former cadet became a smoke jumper battling the raging wildfires in the western United States, while others have chosen to enter the EMS field or a medical profession. Students are chosen from a pool of an increasing number of applicants and selected based on certain criteria. Given that the lion’s share of fire service is medical calls, cadets are thoroughly indoctrinated in emergency medical procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillation, as well as the emergency treatment of the sick and injured. Cadets finish the program certified by the American Heart Association. The program is demanding, complete with classroom instruction, rigorous physical activities, and strict discipline. Cadets attend and participate, in a limited capacity, in departmental training drills along side firefighters and are issued proper equipment. “They are given breathing apparatus and instructed, for example, on how to go into a smoky environment,” Finkbeiner said. Each cadet attends a daily twohour class at the fire station for his/her entire senior year as part of their school curriculum. They also shadow firefighter crews after school in “ride-alongs.” “They must ride four 12 hour shifts,” Finkbeiner said. An overall “C” average and a positive attitude is expected to remain in the program. ❏

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The Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Lightweight 8+ team took the silver medal at the Frogtown Regatta in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 24. Pictured above are coxswain Andy Duenas and oarsmen Austin Healy, Justin Bunzeluk, Chris Reidsma, Kevin Peart, Dean Clark, Adam Mitchell, John Blazevic, and Sam Morley. That team, and others, will be participating in the Head of the Orchard/Round the Apple regatta on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with Ann Arbor Pioneer, Skyline, Northville, Cranbrook, and others. The event is open to the public. (Photo submitted by Lisa Healy)

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he St. Mary’s Preparatory fall crew classic regatta is slated for Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., when over 400 athletes from eight crew teams will row around Apple Island in Orchard Lake and finish up at the St. Mary’s shoreline. This year, the “Round the Apple” course, fixed at 6,000 meters, is much longer than the spring race course. “Fall crew is not a varsity letter sport — it’s a club sport that has different training,” said St. Mary’s Crew Club Parent Board President Perry Clark. Over 50 boats will paddle against the clock toward the finish line. St. Mary’s has signed up to participate in only four regattas this fall. “We just got back from Head of the Cuyahoga in Cleveland and did very well, and then went to Frogtown in Toledo this past weekend,” Clark said. St. Mary’s took home a pair of gold medals and one bronze while challenging their personal bests in three additional events during the Cuyahoga race. “Our crew continues to work on technical mastery, and the fitness and mental demands of the sport,” said Head Coach Chris Czarnecki. During the “Round the Apple” regatta, each team will provide refreshments for their athletes and

families. Spirit wear will be sold. The St. Mary’s fall crew team is comprised of 48 boys. More will sign up once spring season begins. The sport requires tenacious physical and mental endurance along with in sync teamwork. “You’ve got to be good technicians,” Clark said. “It’s a repetitive sport where your body must stay very still. Technique is very important — add that to race fatigue and it’s difficult to keep good form.” Over the last few years, St. Mary’s revived the tradition of holding a fall and spring regatta annually. The team also travels all over the Midwest during the height of the season to compete. During the “Round the Apple” regatta, the city of Orchard Lake will completely close Indian Trail from Commerce to Seminary; and Seminary to Orchard Lake will allow local traffic only. There will be reserved parking available near the boat house, at the northeast corner of campus. For safety precautions, the West Bloomfield Fire Department will man a rescue boat on Orchard Lake to monitor the race. Winning team members will earn individual medals. The free-of-charge event is subject to satisfactory weather conditions. In case of inclement weather, it could be rescheduled. ❏

The city of Walled Lake is moving forward with a trio of road repair projects this month, using leftover bond money. The Walled Lake City Council approved the disbursements at its Tuesday, Sept. 20 meeting. Last November, the city stepped in to facilitate a massive water main repair project at the Tivoli Apartments on West West Maple near Benstein just east of the city limits. Now the asphalt is in need of permanent repairs. As a result, the Walled Lake City Council has approved a contract for the lowest qualified bidder, H.G. Sartor, in the amount of $5,500. The council also allocated $6,869 to contractor Goretsky Construction to facilitate curb repairs on West West Maple in front of Tivoli Apartments, as well as to conduct a catch basin project in the Hidden Meadows subdivision near Pontiac Trail and Ladd Road. “It’s a combined project,” said Public Works Services Coordinator Lisa McGill. “We must repair the curbs before conducting the road repairs.” The catch basin project will soon be under way. The project scope calls for repairing two catch basins and the concrete in the roadway. Each of the three projects is expected to be completed before winter. All projects will be paid for by the city’s $1 million road bond approved two years ago. ❏

Village takes first step in changes to occupations rules By Michael Shelton staff writer

The Milford Village Council voted Monday, Sept. 19 to approve the introduction of amendments to the village’s home-based occupation zoning ordinance and commercial vehicle storage ordinance. According to the village, the homebased occupation amendment would replace the current ordinance with a new one that would modify and enhance the home occupation and home-based business requirements within the village.

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The proposed home-based occupation amendment would go into greater detail than the current ordinance about what would be permitted within village limits, and includes a list of required conditions, including no more than two full-time or parttime employees on site and shipping and receiving of products, merchandise or supplies taking place only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. It also lists a recycling center, dance studio and a scrap and salvage operation as prohibited uses. The amendment also would state that home occupations and homebased businesses classified as a Type I use shall be permitted by right with no permit required, while those classified as a Type II use would require a permit for operation. If an alleged violation of the ordinance is reported to the village, the business would be subject to an investigation by the village’s building official within 30 days of the complaint. Within 14 days after the investigation, the building official would then

send a letter to the business with a decision on whether the business is compliant or not and what action would be taken. The commercial vehicle storage amendment states that the parking of commercial vehicles weighing 16,000 pounds or less on private property shall be considered a legal accessory use in a residential district provided the off-site use of such vehicles by a householder is a permitted circumstance of their employment. However, the overnight parking of commercial vehicles outfitted with equipment and/or trailers intended primarily for commercial applications would be prohibited. ❏

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Milford Township has decided to expand its search for a township ambulance service provider to include other providers in Oakland County. “We’re still investigating and we’re

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now getting information from Oakland County Medical,” said Township Supervisor Don Green. “We’re asking for input on our (request for proposal) and we’re getting a list of ambulance service providers throughout the county that are licensed and qualified. The best case scenario is to have someone in a nearby neighborhood or community as your provider.” Green added that “everyone” is in the running and that the township hopes to have an RFP drafted before the township Board of Trustees’ next meeting, which is scheduled for Oct. 19. The township originally was considering the ambulance services of just three providers — Community EMS, Star EMS, and Huron Valley Ambulance (HVA). The board approved a plan in January to have Milford’s firefighters resume basic life support (BLS) transport for less-than-seriously injured patients after the program had been temporarily halted. HVA is based in Ann Arbor and has a Milford branch, where its workers respond to the same emergencies as Milford’s firefighters. It offers both BLS and advanced life support (ALS) care and transport. HVA representatives previously gave indications that the company would pull its services out of Milford if the firefighters took over BLS transport services because HVA was operating at a loss. Township Treasurer Cynthia Dagenhardt has previously said that Community EMS, based in Southfield, has indicated that it is willing to locate a truck in Milford should HVA depart. Star EMS is based in Pontiac. Green has argued against firefighters providing BLS transport, saying that it conflicts with township policy and amounts to the township competing with the private sector. ❏

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Above are members of the Waterford Our Lady of Lakes 2011 Homecoming Court. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are seniors Ben Kotz, Carly Bjarnesen,and Kevin Mooney. In the second row are seniors Megan Reddy, Zach Nickels, Lauren Juliano, Adam Figurski, and Carlee Cottrell. In the third row are juniors Zach Beans and Abbigayle Kline; sophomores Zachary Zednik and Madison Ebel; and freshmen Gavin Doucette and Anna Martucci. Nickels and Reddy were named Homecoming King and Queen at the dance on Saturday, Sept. 24. The homecoming theme was “Hollywood.” For Spirit Week, Our Lady of Lakes students held a canned food drive for Lighthouse, and decorated the traditional senior hallway. A powder puff football game and community bonfire was held on Friday, Sept. 23. The Our Lady Lakers football team went on to defeat Allen Park Cabrini 21-0 on Sept. 24. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

plinary notice due to the nature of the exchange, according to Police Chief Michael Patton. “The inappropriateness in the messages is apparent and we take corrective internal measures, and that has been done in this case,” Patton said. The messages were exchanged between Officer Robert Stephens and another officer listed as Z. Dailey after Stephens pulled over Matthew Ureste in the early morning hours of Aug. 13 after allegedly seeing his car roll through a blinking red light traffic signal. After giving Matthew Ureste a preliminary breath test (PBT), Stephens allegedly told Matthew Ureste he was too intoxicated to drive home and then offered him and Economou Ureste a ride back to their residence. Dailey arrived on the scene as backup for Stephens. Shortly after dropping the Urestes

off, Stephens began exchanging messages with Dailey. According to Patton, the messages were typed on mobile data computers inside the police officers’ patrol vehicles. “They receive dispatch information, they type reports on them, receive broadcasts from other agencies, look at the (Michigan) Secretary of State database, and text message from carto-car or car-to-station,” Patton said of officers typical use of the onboard computers. Some of the messages included Dailey texting to Stephens derogatory references to Economou Ureste, including “Lol, that (expletive),” “Wait, didn’t that (expletive) want you fired or re-trained when you were brand new?” and “Lol, just makes me want to punch her. Just saying.” Stephens also texted “(Expletive) me,” and “I’m a little mad at myself for not hooking (arresting) him

Four Michigan ingredients, three chefs, and two local shops are coming together for the Chef Showdown. Fragments in Highland and Acorn Farm in Milford are teaming up to host a unique event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 18. Each store will host chefs from local restaurants to prepare three dishes for guests using only four Michigan ingredients — apples, beets, squash, and cherries — as they create an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. Two chefs from The French Laundry — Jody Brunori and Dorothy Jones — in Fenton will be preparing their creations at Fragments, while Steven Grostick, the executive chef at The Toasted Oak Grill, will be creating his delicious offering at Acorn Farm. Each ticket holder will visit both Acorn Farm and Fragments to have a taste of each dish. At the end of the night, each person will turn in their tickets and vote for their favorites. Participants will also be entered into a giveaway featuring something from the participating businesses. Wine tasting will be available at both locations, featuring wines brought by Steven Seelye of Hope Family Wines. Tickets are $20 each with all proceeds going to benefit Community Sharing of Milford/Highland. “We just wanted to help the community. There’s a lot of people going through a tough time, and we thought this would be a fun thing to do,” said Carol Seghi, who co-owns Fragments with Cheryl Barnes. Community Sharing is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, assistance with evictions and utility shut-offs, and other emergencies for eligible residents of Milford, Highland, and parts of Wixom. Tickets can be purchased at Fragments, 233 S. Milford Road in Highland, or at Acorn Farms, 367 N. Main Street in Milford. Only 100 tickets are available and they’re selling fast, according to Seghi. ❏


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The Waterford School District has been awarded a grant totaling $280,814 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities Initiative. According to the district, the federal grant will be distributed over the course of three years and will go towards implementing a site-based mentoring program at Kingsley Montgomery School. The district also states that the program at Kingsley looks to provide one-to-one mentoring relationships to students ranging from kindergarten to the 12th-grade with severe emotional impairments and who participate in the school’s day treatment program. The district states that the goals of the program include reducing the risk and incidence of delinquency for students with severe emotional impairments, and creating a model mentoring program for students with severe emotional impairments that can be replicated in other districts. The program will also look to reduce involvement in the court systems and increase the number of trained mentors who are available as a resource to Waterford students, as well as increase pro-social skills. The DOJ also previously awarded the district a $176,693 grant for the district’s Secure Our Schools program last December, in addition to a $299,255 award known as the “Mentoring for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative” grant last September. ❏

Walled Lake Central will be presenting Pink Vikings Week, a Cancer Awareness Week, from Monday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 14. The highlight of the week will be a benefit concert held on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the school’s football stadium from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The benefit concert will feature Cinco DeVille as the opening act for nationally-recognized Fifty Amp Fuse. Both bands are donating their talents for the cause. The 2010 State Champion Viking band will also be participating in the concert. Pink Vikings T-shirts can be purchased in advance for $15 and will include a ticket to get into the concert. T-shirts can be pre-ordered by emailing wlc.su2@yahoo.com or by purchasing them through the student council. T-shirts will also be sold at the concert for $10. Tickets for the concert will be $10 at the gate. Children 5 and under will be admitted free of charge. The proceeds from the event will benefit Stand Up To Cancer, a new initiative created to accelerate cancer research for new patient therapies. ❏

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District expects congestion for DTE electrical project The West Bloomfield School District has learned that DTE Energy began installing new electrical poles along Hiller Road yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 27, and that the project will take about two weeks to complete. The project will take place from the intersection of Hiller and Commerce roads to north of the school district’s Administration and Community Services Building. During that time, the northbound lane of Hiller Road will be closed to traffic between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and traffic will be reduced to two lanes utilizing the turn lane for northbound traffic. The district expects traffic congestion due to the fact that there will be no turn lane available. ❏

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ETTLINGER, ROGER, a resident of West Bloomfield, died on September 17th, 2011 at the age of 64. Funeral services arranged by The Dorfman Chapel. HAYDEN, LOUISE, of Waterford; September 20, 2011; age 79; born December 12, 1931 in Fancy Farm, KY. LUCHTEL, IRIS L., of Waterford; September 20, 2011; age 88. Beloved wife of the late Clemens Luchtel for 53 years. POOLE, MILDRED R., age 86, born on October 4, 1924 and passed away on September 17, 2011. Cherished greatgrandmother of David L. Fravala, their love and devotion they shared will live on through eternity, and grandmother of Kelly Fravala; Dear sister of Edgar and Robert Barton, departed sisters Floma, Loraine, Opal, and Mandy; Mildred was loved by many nieces, nephews, and all those who knew her as “Gramm”, by everyone within the Commerce Twp., neighborhood through the years. Mildred was loved and personally cared for by the entire staff and caretakers, her “Family of Friends” at West Hickory Haven Nursing Home located in Milford, Michigan, where she was very happy to affectionately call “Home”. Memorial Celebration will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at 7:00 p.m., at the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black and Son Funeral Home, 3295 East Highland Road, Highland, Michigan 48356. Memorials appreciated to the family of Mildred R. Poole in care of Patricia Matthews. Please visit www.eltonblackandsonhighland.com. Mildred will be missed by so many. SPURR, WILLIAM C. "Bill", of Commerce Twp, MI for 44 years and recently of Redford, MI, died in his sleep September 18, 2011; at 83 years of age. Married for 62 years, he is survived by wife Virginia, brother John (Diane), 3 children William (Deborah), Patricia (Wesley) Babian, James (Deborah), 6 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews–he will be greatly missed. Born in Oglesby, IL on 6/27,1928, worked at AmericanStandard from 1949 to 1990. Long time member of the choir at First Presbyterian Church. The Memorial Service will be Saturday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church at 1669 W Maple Road, in Birmingham, MI 48009. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the music fund at First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, MI.Presbyterian Church at 1669 W Maple Road, in Birmingham,MI 48009. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the music fund at First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, MI.

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50 YEARS AGO Sept. 28, 1961 Twelve-year-old Charles Felts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Felts, 9471 Cedar Island Road, received severe burns on the right hand after grabbing a 440-volt live wire while climbing a tree at this home. He grabbed the wire as he started to fall out of the tree and tired to avoid the tumble. Two men who live across the road, Mr. William Miller of 9470 Cedar Island Road, and his brotherin-law, Roy Hawkins of 332 N. Cass Ave., managed to free the boy. Mr. Miller's 13-year-old son, William, ran into the house about 4:30 p.m. and shouted that Chucky was being electrocuted. "We weren't able to get too close to the boy because of the electricity," Mr. Miller said. "We managed to knock the wire from the boy's grasp by hitting a long 2X4 against the wire." White Lake Township firemen brought the boy down a few minutes later and rushed him to Pontiac General Hospital. Mr. Miller said Charles held the wire for about 5 minutes and there was the danger of him falling after the wire was knocked from his grasp, but the boy took it very bravely and held on to the tree without getting hysterical. The accident happened on Sept. 20. 40 YEARS AGO Sept. 29, 1971 Public hearings on the proposed widening of M-59 in White Lake Township will be conducted by the State Highway Department from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Township Hall. Highway Department plans call for M-59 between Williams Lake Road and the proposed M-275 freeway (just west of Bogie Lake Road) to be widened from two traffic lanes to five. 30 YEARS AGO Sept. 30, 1981 Charges were dismissed in Oakland County Circuit Court earlier this month that Waterford Township Parks and Recreation Department programs discriminated against elementary schoolaged children on the basis of their sex. Judge Richard Kuhn ruled in the township's favor on charges brought by the state Civil Rights Commission back in 1976. Township attorney Peter Donlin said

Kuhn determined the questioned programs did not violate federal legislation and constitutional provisions that require that persons "are not denied full and equal treatment under the law" in certain recreation programs which are segregated by sex. The judge's ruling verified Donlin's argument, he said, that although some of the teams were segregated by sex, the department provided virtually equal rules, facilities and funds for boys and girls. 20 YEARS AGO Sept. 25, 1991 A large, 20-foot raft has sunk in the middle of White Lake, and residents of the lake want it removed. According to White Lake Citizens League Chairman Chris Kurowski, the raft was used by almost everyone on the lake when it was brought out in July. The problem came two weeks ago, according to Kurowski, who said heavy winds blew over the raft. Kurowski said approximately 2 or 3 feet of the raft is sticking out. Kurowski said the citizens league has filed complaints with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Sheriff's Department, but nobody has taken any action. 10 YEARS AGO Sept. 25, 2001 Pending the final signatures from attorneys, the amount of the settlement in the matter of Ron Wolf vs. West Bloomfield Township will be made public knowledge. The Township Board of Trustees voted 7-0 during a Monday, Sept. 24 budget meeting to revise the original agreement that kept the terms confidential, and make the settlement amount known to the public. Wolf had filed a lawsuit against the township for an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act in July 2000.

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County man on a mission to bring new sport to the forefront By Tim Dmoch Editor

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ears from now, as you’re watching the Summer Olympic Games and see the stand up paddleboarding competition, know that an Oakland County man played big role in developing, promoting and expanding the burgeoning sport. Matt Campbell, a former professional snowboarder and veteran of the coatings industry, isn’t just riding the waves — he’s making them in the surfboard and stand up paddleboard industries with his innovative products and designs. Although stand up paddleboarding isn’t currently an Olympic sport, it almost certainly will be someday, according to Campbell. He spends much of his time these days promoting the sport and making custom boards for clients. At the same time, he’s a leader in research and design for international manufacturers, conducts product testing, and formulates several products that are not only used by Campbell himself, but also by mass producers both in and outside the water board industry. Campbell began his journey to becoming a trailblazer in the surfing, stand up paddleboard and coatings industries as a preteen. His introduction into the coatings industry came at the age of 11. “I guess it started because my parents were teachers at the school of hard knocks,” he said with a chuckle. “I come from a middle-class family. As a kid I started to wonder ‘How am I ever going to get a car? A paper route won’t cut it.’ I saw some guys in the area painting different things, and I asked if I could work for them. They said I was way too young. So I started to bring them sandwiches and cookies so I could hang around and learn. After a lot of coaxing, I got a job in the painting industry and worked through the summer.” Similarly, Campbell said he was attracted to action sports at a young age. He grew up skateboarding and eventually got into snowboarding and mountain biking. But it was snowboarding that really excited him. “I was one of the first five people

Oakland County native Matt Campbell has combined his love of action sports and expertise in various coatings to emerge as a trailblazer in the realm of surfing and stand up paddleboard development. Campbell has kept both his coatings company and board shaping business in Oakland County. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

ever to go down Alpine Valley when it opened,” he said, adding that he became a professional snowboarder in the early 1990s at the age of 18, an endeavor that prompted him to leave Michigan for Colorado. His snowboarding career shifted from competing to conducting research and coming up with his own board designs for industry pioneer Burton. His taste for shaping and designing boards then surpassed his passion for competition, ushering in a new chapter in his career. By the time he turned 25, he missed the water of his native Oakland County and the Great Lakes region as a whole, which brought him back home. Campbell began studying composites while in college and started to generate his own product and application ideas. He soon decided to start his own business, and developing and patenting resins. “I was working in the coatings industry for a long time,” he said. “I

was surfing the Great Lakes, and came up with these ideas. When the economy went down here in the Midwest, I saw all the outsourcing and overseas manufacturing, and what it did to the community. I decided I wanted to give the small builders some help and technology they couldn’t get otherwise on their own.” So Campbell established c3d Industries due to the growing need in the composites industry to develop a new resin completely different than epoxy, vinyl ester, and polyester. The company’s products have a slew of applications, including automotive, aerospace, enhanced carbon fiber properties, composite products, marine uses, motorcycles, sporting goods, structures, wind energy, and industrial flooring. The c3d products, including the non-yellowing Resin-X, provide fast production times, dynamic flex, vibration dampening qualities, and superior chemical resistance over epoxies —

all crucial to surfboards and now stand up paddleboards. Resin-X is non-corrosive and produced from products such as potatoes, corn, and wheat, making it more environmentally-friendly and safer than previous coatings. According to Campbell, his trademarked Resin-X formula has many uses in both the composites and industrial markets as both a structural resin and a long-lasting topcoat. In addition to Resin-X, c3d has a complete line of finishing products, along with different types of epoxies. It hasn’t taken international manufacturers long to realize Resin-X is a superior, innovative product that can improve their own products, and many — including some industry leaders in the mass-production market — are using Campbell’s formulations. “One of those companies was able to bring production from China to PAGE 22 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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America where its headquarters is located, along with their graphics department, which was doing their work in Europe,” he said. “This is creating more jobs in America and purchasing raw materials from Michigan. “Resin-X is a made-in-Michigan product that is going to be featured in some of the top-of-the-line wakeboard and kiteboard markets,” Campbell said. It’s not just big, multi-national firms and board makers that are benefiting by incorporating Resin-X into their products. Resin-X is even being used on the world stand up tour by Hawaii North Shore shaper Robin Johnston, according to Campbell. Resin-X has many other practical uses — boat repairs and dock coatings being just a couple of them. And Campbell has developed and produced a line of Resin-X support products that are more environmentally-responsible. They also aide in the finishing of fiberglass and wood products. Campbell now has 25 years of practical, real-world coatings experience as both an applicator and formulator. He also continues to do research and design work, and process engineering for both the public and private sectors. But he still makes the most of his opportunities to get outside and hop onto any number of different action sports boards, whether it’s snowboarding, surfing the Great Lakes or plying the waters of Michigan’s inland lakes. His continued interest in boarding sports, coupled with this experience in coatings and even graphic arts, have merged under Campbell’s board shaping and manufacturing efforts. He also glasses boards for other companies such as the classic label Dewey Weber. “For years now I have been surfing the Great Lakes,” he said. “When I started surfing here I also started making my own surfboards and stand up paddleboards.” Campbell says he still makes more surfboards than anything else these days, but his passion has really turned to stand up paddleboards, which allow people to stay fit and have fun even on flat water. The sport has been endorsed by celebrities as an excellent core workout and cross-training activity for many sports, or even to maintain general fitness. Former Detroit Red Wing

Matt Campbell enjoys a leisurely ride on one of his custom-made stand up paddleboards. The sport has been endorsed by celebrities as an excellent core workout and cross-training activity for many sports, or even to maintain general fitness. Former Detroit Red Wing Chris Chelios is big proponent of stand up paddleboarding, according to Campbell. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

Chris Chelios is big proponent of stand up paddleboarding, according to Campbell. Jeff Weinert, a competitive cyclist and fellow action sports aficionado, helps Campbell with ideas culled from his own experiences and provides an extra set of hands to help create custom boards. Through working with Campbell, he’s become sold on the paddleboard phenomenon and says he expects the sport to explode. “It gets bigger year by year,” Weinert said. “It should get big around here. People think about surfing and they think about the ocean. But with the Great Lakes, we have more coastline than the east and west coasts combined. And you can find

waves just as big as the coasts’ on the Great Lakes. Then you consider all the inland lakes — and rivers, too.” While it’s still common to find Campbell’s surfboards for sale or praised on the Internet, he’s promoting stand up paddleboarding and making more and more stand up boards. He said his paddleboard production has increased three-fold in each of the last few years. And like his surfboards, each of Campbell’s paddleboards is custom shaped, manufactured and even decorated with his own graphics. “There’s no soul in the China boards,” Campbell said. “As far as the custom nature of paddleboards vs. China pop-out mass-produced boards,

there is no substitute for a hand-laminated board when waters are bumpy and wavy. That’s when the paddleboarding is the most fun. While my primary focus is surfing Great Lakes waves, stand up paddleboarding has become a way for me to stay in shape on flat water.” Now with vast experience shaping various kinds of boards, Campbell takes pride in shaping boards around each client and their ability. “Stand up paddleboarding is our big focus locally,” he said. “My customers can form a relationship with the shaper, which allows me to manufacture a custom-tailored board fitting their size, weight, performance requirements and custom graphics. “I like working here in Oakland County because the customer can come to me and get a better sense of what they want and need,” he said. Campbell gets his board commissions from private customers and shops alike. He takes clients out on the water to try various boards and feel the differences between them. The clients tell him their preferences, and Campbell begins to craft a custom board suited to those preferences and the client’s physical characteristics. And Campbell practices what he preaches when it comes to stand up paddleboarding. He gets out on the water to do some stand up paddleboarding about two to three times a week. As soon as the ice topping the area lakes melts, he heads out to the newly opened waters. Thanks to stand up paddleboarding, he lost about 20 pounds between February and early May this year. Promoting stand up paddleboarding requires exposing more people to the sport, so Campbell’s c3d company — and his BlkBox Surf surfboard company — sponsor racing teams in the Midwest and Hawaii. While c3d sponsors a team based at Hawaii’s famous North Shore, the BlkBox Surf label is sponsoring riders in Michigan and across the Great Lakes. “BlkBox Surf is homegrown, and I plan to keep it that way,” he said. “I’m more dead set on helping people in this area go to national levels and support kids from here, rather than find people outside of the area.” Campbell himself is part of one of the BlkBox Surf sponsored competitive teams. He placed second in the WPA Men’s Midwest Point Series this year and earned a silver medal in the USCA National 500 Meter and Marathon. “I’m one of the guys on the team, and have the most to lose when I’m out on a paddle. I’m out to prove

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something with making the products and the boards. We’re trying to sell a lifestyle here, not just boards, right here in our own backyard. The sport of stand up paddling offers so much to our area with its inland lakes.” To learn more about c3d industries, visit c3dindustries.com. ❏

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Commerce is making membership even more valuable with free access to one of these groups to chamber members, with the exception of a $25 start-up fee to cover administrative costs and supplies. For more information, call the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce at 248685-7129. ❐ The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of Chamber events, visit www.huronvcc.com: • The Coffee Club, 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, Deli 7, 426 N. Main Street, Milford. • Ambassadors Meeting, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, Milford Police Department’s conference room, 1100 Atlantic Street, Milford. • Off the Clock Connect, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Coratti’s on Main, 335 N. Main Street, Milford. • The Coffee Club, Friday, Oct. 21, Insurance Advisors, 525 N. Main Street. • Membership Appreciation Mixer, free to all current chamber members, appetizers provided, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, Highland House, 2630 Highland Road, Highland. Reservations required. ❐ The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of Chamber events call 248-624-2826 or visit www.lakesareachamber.com. • New Member Reception and Orientation will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Independence Village, 935 Union Lake Road, White Lake. New, veteran and prospective members are encouraged to attend this event to learn the full range of chamber benefits and how to maximize your investment. The event is free but reservations are requested.

The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce participated in a Thursday, Sept. 15 grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Dream Dental Group location at 9600 Commerce Road in Commerce Township. Above, chamber officials join Dr. Patrick Qatsha (center, with scissors) at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Dream Dental Group offers the best possible dental care in a relaxing, stress-free environment to create a positive experience that patients will never forget, using state-of-the-art technology and the best materials and techniques. Dream Dental Group can be reached at 248-363-7121.

❐ The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that its members have been busy finalizing plans for the 3rd Annual Expo, Taste and Fun Fest to be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walled Lake Central High School located on Oakley Park Road in Commerce Township. They have received many calls from members wanting to know the details and they are currently looking for presenting and supporting sponsors, restaurants that want to participate in the Taste Fest, Expo guide advertisers and Expo exhibitors. For more information, e-mail the LACC at info@lakesareachamber.com or call the chamber office at 248-624-2826.

Heroes Restaurant will Donate 20 percent of your total purchase of food and drink to Waterford Breakfast Optimist Club. Must present flyer during your visit — to receive a flyer contact the Waterford Chamber at 248-666-8600. • Perking Up at Tuffy of Waterford, 5901 Highland Road, from 8-9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Join the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce for the next Perking up Waterford! Enjoy a continental breakfast and network with fellow chamber members. Meet potential customers and build solid relationships enhancing your business growth. • HAP Business Forum, 8-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, Somerset Inn, 2601 W. Big Beaver, Troy.

❐ The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in the coming days. For a complete calender of Chamber events call 248-666-8600 or visit www.waterfordchamber.org. • Support Waterford Breakfast Optimist Club! Noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, Heroes Restaurant, 998 West Huron Street, Waterford. “Help Us Help Kids.”

❐ The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that the M59 Plaza is having its first ever annual “Harvest Hoorah!!” from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7370 Highland Road in Waterford. Harvest Hoorah!! will be a block party/open house featuring participation from businesses such as The Grow Stop, Physiotherapy Associates, The Dance Place, Genesys Credit Union, Starlight

Theatre, Advance America, Halloween City, Perani’s Hockey World and Subway. Coinciding with these festivities, Sears will be hosting their Grand Opening Celebration. Everyone is invited for this family friendly event to take part in the food and fun with games, bounce house, raffles, giveaways, business open houses, crafts, and music. For further information contact The Grow stop at 248-599-9231 or Physiotherapy Associates at 248-6748855. ❐ The Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business Expo ‘11 on Thursday, Oct. 20, 4-7 p.m. at the Orchard Mall Center Court located on Orchard Lake Road. This is its fifth annual Business Expo. Business Expo ‘11 includes booths from retail stores, business and service providers and non-profit organizations, as well as free food tastings. The event is open to the public, free of charge. Registration is $130 for chamber members and $175 or non-members. For more information visit www.westbloomfieldchamber.com or call the chamber at 248-626-3636.


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PUBLIC SAFETY Man charged after alleged break-in Waterford Township police arrested a man for allegedly breaking into a business, following a stakeout on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Police officers initially responded to Nailtopia at 5943 Highland Road after a citizen tipped off police. The citizen reported seeing a subject break out a window of the business and then walk away. Officers set up surveillance in the surrounding area and reportedly observed William Michael Howells, a 46-year-old Waterford man, return and enter the business through the broken window. He was taken into custody, booked, and lodged in jail. Subsequently on Wednesday, Sept. 14, Howells was arraigned in 51st District Court on a breaking and entering charge. His bond was set at $100,000 cash/surety. Investigating officers state they believe Howells broke into another business the same night, and may be responsible for several other breaking and entering incidents at businesses along Dixie Highway earlier in the month. These incidents are under investigation. Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to contact the Waterford Police Department at 248-674-0351. ❏

Teen posed as officer, slated for mental exam A juvenile who reportedly impersonated a police officer has been conveyed to a hospital for a mental evaluation prior to Walled Lake police seeking charges. Police were dispatched to Nino’s Bakery on Wednesday, Sept. 14 after an employee reported the incident. Apparently an employee of Nino’s was entering the rear parking lot of the

No contest plea Bowling faces up to 30 years in prison By Leslie Shepard staff writer

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he man on trial for the killing of a Livonia police officer in January pleaded no contest on Monday, Sept. 26 to second-degree murder in Oakland County Circuit Court before Judge Michael Warren. Terry Bowling, 49, was charged with felony murder for the Jan. 17 shooting death of Larry Nehasil, who resided in Milford. Bowling also pleaded no contest to home invasion-first degree and assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer. He faces up to 30 years in prison — as opposed to a prison term of life without parole — when he is sentenced Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. The day of the shoot out, Bowling and his brother, David Bowling, entered the Walled Lake area after being evicted from their Detroit rental home, to collect a $30 debt owed them. On the way out of that local home, they noticed a neighboring homeowner leaving, and seized the opportunity to rob that home. During the break-in, the pair stole a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun from a residence in the 100 block of Glenwood. The handgun stolen from the residence was the same gun used to shoot and kill Nehasil. Nehasil was part of a six-member Livonia police Intelligence Bureau Team working on the case involving a string of break-ins in the metro Detroit area. The team was surveilling the suspects when Terry Bowling spotted police before loading their cache of stolen goods. Terry Bowling attempted to back out a vehicle and struck an undercover police car blocking him. David Bowling ran out the home’s back door, and Nehasil followed him. Seven shots were fired during the exchange in the backyard. As a result, Nehasil sustained five gunshots to the hip, thigh, buttocks, head and back, but not before he shot David Bowling twice in the chest. Both Nehasil and David Bowling were killed in the firefight. There were no witnesses. Police apprehended Terry Bowling following the incident. Under Michigan law, a person can be charged with murder if someone dies in the course of committing a felony. ❏

establishment when he noticed a beige car following behind him. The suspect, described as a white male, approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall with light brown hair and a slender build, approached the victim, stating he was a police officer and demanded the man show him identification.

The man asked the suspect to show him his police badge, but the suspect said he forgot it. Another employee, seeing the confrontation, announced she was calling police. At that point the suspect jumped into his car and sped away. Vehicle registration information

lead to identifying the suspect. When police spoke with the teen’s father, he said the juvenile was in the process of being conveyed to a hospital for a possible committal after he displayed aggressive behavior and reportedly stated the National Security Agency was coming to shoot him. ❏

$140,000 in damage caused by garage fire Waterford Township firefighters extinguished a garage engulfed in flames in the 4000 block of Elmhurst on Monday, Sept. 19. The 911 call came into Waterford dispatchers around 8:15 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found an attached garage blazing with fire and thick black smoke emanating from the building. The fire had expanded into the attic. Firefighters were able to control the fire within about 30 minutes. The garage was completely destroyed. Damage is estimated at $140,000. While no citizens or firefighters sustained any injuries in the fire, the family was displaced from their home. Fire Department investigators are in the process of determining the source of the fire. ❏

Guns, electronics taken during house break-in A home invasion took place in the 9000 block of Pontiac Lake Road in White Lake Township around 12:50 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. The suspect entered the residence through the rear door of an enclosed porch. Two rifles, a shot gun, a laptop computer, prescription medication, a 52-inch TV, $500 in jewelry, and between $200 and $400 in cash was taken from the home. There are currently no suspects in the case. ❏

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County road board adopts 2012 budget By Leslie Shepard staff writer

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Board of Road Commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday, Sept. 22 to approve a fiscal year 2012 budget that’s $7.5 million below the current budget. The 2012 budget is pegged at $100.65 million compared to the $108.16 million 2011 budget adopted last September, and includes a $2.7 million reduction in expenditures for operations compared to the current budget. The 2012 budget also includes $28.1 million worth of work on road improvement projects with a total value of nearly $36.7 million (many of the projects include expenses spread over several budget years); about $69.6 million in operating expenditures; and another $2.95 million in traffic signal projects. RCOC’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. In the lakes area, two major road projects are planned in 2012, including completely reconstructing Pontiac Trail between Maple Road and South Commerce Road; and paving the gravel portion of Cooley Lake Road from East of Duck Lake Road to Mystic Valley Street on the borders of Commerce, White Lake, Milford, and Highland townships. Though federal road funding coming into the RCOC in 2012 is expected to increase compared to the 2011 fiscal year budget figure, the 2012 budget is less than the 2011 budget primarily due to an anticipated decrease in state Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) dollars and declining contributions from local units of government. TEDF funds are targeted to road projects that help attract jobs or help mitigate congestion caused by previously attracted jobs. RCOC anticipates receiving $56.8 million in state revenues in fiscal year 2012, slightly below the amount received in the current year, which was the fifth straight year that the RCOC’s state revenues declined after being flat for nearly 10 years. State revenues, derived primarily from the state-collected fuel taxes and vehicle-registration fees, are the RCOC’s largest source of funding and the main funding source for RCOC operations. The 2012 state revenue

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M-5/PONTIAC TRAIL/MARTIN PARKWAY ROUNDABOUT (Commerce Township) • Completion date: Approximately Nov. 1. • Cost: $5 million. • Closure: Pontiac Trail between M-5 and Welch Road. • Detour: Welch Road to Maple Road to Haggerty Road and back to Pontiac Trail, and vice versa. • Notes: 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. North and south ramps from Kent Lake to westbound I-96 will remain closed until end of November. • Completion date: Winter. • Cost: $15.5 million. • Notes: The first bridge reconstruction project to be undertaken will be the bridge over the Huron Valley Trail east of Milford Road. PONTIAC TRAIL/MAPLE INTERSECTION MAINTENANCE (Walled Lake) • Completion date: Undetermined. • Notes: Work is taking place as crews are available on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. One lane in each direction on Pontiac Trail and Maple east of Pontiac Trail will remain open.

M-59 MAINTENANCE PROJECT (Highland and White Lake townships) • Completion Date: Approximately Nov. 15. • Cost: $4 million. • Notes: Highland Road will not be closed at any time during the project. Single-lane closures will be restricted to weekday and weekend hours between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Weekend lane closures will be minimized in central business districts. MILFORD/DAWSON INTERSECTION WORK (Milford Township) • Closure: None planned. • Completion date: Oct. 28. • Cost: $700,000, split between Milford Township, the Road Commission for Oakland County, and the county government. • Notes: Both Milford and Dawson roads will remain open in both directions at all times throughout the project, but there will be lane closures on Milford and, at times, the road will be reduced to one lane between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays with traffic directed by flaggers. DRAYTON PLAINS DRAIN REPAIR (Waterford Township) • Completion date: Mid-October • Closure: None planned. • Cost: $150,000. • Notes: There will be minimal impact to traffic and most of the work will be conducted on the south side of the road. Work will be conducted within the Drayton Plains Drain in the area of Williams Lake Road near the intersection of Hatfield Road, west of Dixie Highway.


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level will remain below the level received in 2000, while the costs of fuel, salt, asphalt and other roadrelated materials are expected to rise higher than in 2000. “We are charged by the public with using their money to accomplish the greatest good on the county road system. We take that responsibility very seriously, and it is very frustrating to see our resources continually shrinking,” said Board of Road Commissioners Vice Chairman Greg Jamian. The RCOC’s new budget calls for keeping 121 staff positions vacant — a staffing reduction of more than 20 percent since 2007. That number is expected to grow in subsequent years.

“That means that today we have 21 percent fewer employees than we had in 1974, when we had far less traffic and road lanes,” said Board of Road Commissioners Chairman Eric Wilson. “Clearly, that is having an impact on our ability to provide services.” The 2012 budget represents the agency’s efforts to cut costs where possible while impacting services as little as possible. “Once again in 2012, we will not be filling any position that is vacated unless it is absolutely critical,” said Road Commissioner Ron Fowkes. “As a result, we are calling on our employees to continually try to find ways to do more with less or at least to maintain the best possible level of service with fewer resources and less staff.” ❏

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EPA approves biological control for zebra mussels By Angela Niemi staff writer

Although tiny, zebra mussels can wreak havoc in freshwater lakes and rivers. Not only do they cause economic and ecological problems, but they can also cause recreational issues by adhering to boats and cutting the feet of swimmers. Unfortunately, there are not many ways to eradicate this species besides physically removing them, as most chemical controls aren’t environmentally safe. But there soon may be another tool to use in the battle against zebra mussels. Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), a provider of biopesticides for agricultural and water treatment markets, just had its latest product — Zequanox — approved this past month by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Zebra mussels are small, fingernail-sized mussels native to the Caspian Sea region of Asia. They are believed to have made their way to the Great Lakes Region via ballast water from transoceanic vessels. Originally found in Lake St. Clair in 1988, the zebra mussel has since spread to all of the Great Lakes, and many waterways and inland lakes since then. They have posed numerous problems by clogging pipes, disrupting biodiversity and food chains by coating the bottoms of lakes and reservoirs, and by attaching to boats. As Zequanox is derived from a common microbe found in soil and water bodies, it has an advantage over current chemical treatments for zebra mussels, which can be toxic to native species and pollute the waterways. “The Zequanox approval represents a revolutionary step in the treatment of this serious problem,” said Dr. Saraham Rackl, MBI’s invasive mussel project leader in a press release. “By providing a safe and effective biological solution that does not harm other aquatic species, Zequanox could ultimately prevent millions of gallons of toxic chemical by-products from entering increasingly scarce water sources.” Zequanox utilizes a strain of the natural bacteria Pseudomonas fluorescens, which selectively kills large numbers of invasive mussels while

not being harmful to other organisms or water quality. New York State Museum has spent the past four years searching for just such an organism to help control zebra mussels in an environmentally-safe way. Initially, Zequanox will be launched in power generation and industrial facilities late this year with expansion into open water treatments coming later. ❏

Volunteers sought to monitor three W. Oakland rivers By Angela Niemi staff writer

A trio of area river watershed advocacy groups seek volunteers to monitor their respective rivers for insects and other water quality indicators. The Friends of the Rouge (FOTR) group is looking for volunteers for its fall Bug Hunt on Saturday, Oct. 15. The event allows volunteers to see a wide variety of aquatic insects, crayfish, snails, and clams that make up the bottom of the Rouge River food supply and support the fish and turtles living in the river. The presence or absence of these aquatic invertebrates reflects the quality of both the water and habitat of the river. The FOTR uses all the data collected to track the changes in river quality over time. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. Volunteers will be divided into teams of four to eight people and will travel to two sites to search for aquatic invertebrates. Volunteers are asked to pre-register for the event before Saturday, Oct. 1 at www.therouge.org. Children are also welcome to participate as long as they are accompanied by an adult. The Huron River Watershed Council is also looking for volunteers for its River Roundup on Saturday, Oct. 8. Participants will be collecting a sample of bugs and other creatures that live in the Huron River and connected streams in order to determine the health of the river and creeks. Trained volunteer collectors will be taking volunteers to two stream sites where they will search through stones, leaves, and sediment for benthic marcroinvertebrates. Children are able to participate provided they come with an adult.

Everybody is asked to meet in Ann Arbor before car pooling to their monitoring locations in Livingston, Oakland, Wayne, and Washtenaw counties. There will be two times to search for bugs. The first group will leave at 9 a.m. and search until 3:30 p.m., while the other group will start at 10:30 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. All volunteers need to register by Saturday, Oct. 1. For more information and to register go to www.hrwc.org.

The Clinton River Watershed Council will also be monitoring the Clinton River and connecting streams this fall through its Adopt-A-Stream Program on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, where teams visit their adopted sites and collect data, including records of the bugs that live in the streambed and surrounding vegetation to determine the health of the river. If you are interested in becoming an Adopt-A-Stream volunteer call the CRWC at 248-601-0606 or email at contact@crwc.org. ❏

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

LEGAL LEVEL 929.22 934.00 906.80 928.60 1016.63 930.00 1.08 933.06 949.30 966.70 930.70 949.30 957.50 930.50 942.75 962.83 932.80 949.30 951.00 928.60 927.07 930.80 950.00 1019.10 965.42

9/9/11 +.28 +.35 +.42 +.21 +.09 +.25 +.04 +.15 +.21 Legal –.07 +.22 +.21 –.07 +.13 +.47 +.19 +.20 –1.15 +.10 +.20 +.15 –.19 Legal +.08

9/16/11 +.08 +.40 +.59 +.05 +.18 +.30 +.56 +.28 +.21 +.01 +.12 +.35 +.19 +.20 +.19 +.60 +.39 +.29 –1.25 +.30 +.26 +.41 –.09 +.01 +.08

9/23/11 –.91 +.30 +.52 Legal +.15 +.29 +.40 +.23 +.11 +.03 +.08 +.13 +.26 +.13 +.04 +.55 +.40 +.13 –1.25 +.03 +.33 +.37 –.06 Legal +.18

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

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BOC unanimously consents to FY 12’s $796M budget By Kirk Pinho assistant editor

After all was said and done, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $796-million county spending plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-12, which is set to begin Saturday, Oct. 1. The next fiscal year runs through Sept. 30, 2012. The board also approved tentative recommended budgets for FY 201213, which begins Oct. 1, 2012 and ends Sept. 30, 2013; and FY 201313, which begins Oct. 1, 2013 and ends Sept. 30, 2014. “In the design and execution of an effective long-term budget, it’s essential to have the commitment and cooperation of all elected officials,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in a press release. “Oakland County enjoys that commitment and cooperation.” The release went on to say that county employees will have no salary changes in FY 2011-12 or FY 201213, and that county workers are expected to get a 1-percent pay hike in FY 2013-14. They will continue to contribute to their health care benefits, the release states. In addition to a reduction of one judge and staff at the 52-4 District Court under changes proposed by the State Court Administrative Office, also included in the adopted budget is the potential for the Michigan Department of Corrections to house medium security prisoners short-term with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, which could

net the county an additional $1 million. “Oakland County has and will continue to operate within its limited resources,” Patterson said in the press release. “This is accomplished through our financial planning practices which include long-term financial forecasting, monitoring of the economic conditions and their impact on the budget, identifying opportunities for increased efficiencies, and continuous efforts toward reducing expenditures.” ❏

CLOSED DOORS The West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees held a Sept. 12 executive session behind closed doors to discuss attorney-client privileged communications pertaining to litigation of Maria Kelly vs. West Bloomfield and attorney-client privileged communications pertaining to a sewer back-up claim. When the board returned to public session, members approved directing the township attorney to proceed as directed pertaining to the Maria Kelly litigation and also approved to resolve the sewer backup claim. • The Walled Lake City Council met behind closed doors in an executive session on Tuesday, Sept. 20 to discuss an employee evaluation. Upon reentry, no official action was taken on the matter. ❏

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Hot Republican showdown McCotter to face Kowall in 2012 primary for U.S. House seat By Kirk Pinho

McCotter’s poll numbers nationally — when his name is actually included in the polls as a candidate for the presidency — typically failed to crack 1 percent, national political media outlets report. His decision to seek re-election to the 11th Congressional District seat will put him in a contested race to capture the GOP nomination for that two-year post, as well. State Sen. Mike Kowall (RCommerce, Highland, Milford, Walled Lake, Wixom, Wolverine Lake, White Lake, Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield) announced his intentions to seek the

11th District seat, as well, during a speech at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference held last weekend on Mackinac Island. “The actions of the (Barack Obama) Administration and the Democratic Senate show what America knows: We are being neither led nor governed,” McCotter said. “Our struggle continues. The American people deserve leadership in Washington that understands America’s exceptionalism is not our burden but our birthright; and that America’s ultimate strength and salvation remains the unfathomable grace of God and virtuous genius of her free people.” Kowall, who first made his intentions of a Congressional run known this summer, will remain in the race, even though he’ll be facing a sitting member of the U.S. House from his own party. “I’m in it,” he said. “It’s going to be a typical primary, I would imagine. May is the filing deadline, and it’s a long time between now and May, so you never know what changes (are coming).” Members of the U.S. House of Representatives serve two-year terms and earn about $174,000 annually. ❏

“But this is 2011, and Amazon actually sells software that enables you to do that very thing,” she said. The state is actually foregoing about $288 million in sales tax revenue from online retailers, but federal action would be required in order to collect that lofty sum of money for the state’s coffers, according to Kowall. With $250 billion in sales annually, online retailers are increasingly playing a day-to-day role in people’s lives because of the convenience with which they allow people to shop. With increased participation in online purchasing, that figure is only expected to grow. But Kowall stressed that her proposal is neither a new nor expanded tax. “When the situation is really explained, by and large, people support this effort,” she said.

One of those people may be state Rep. Judson Gilbert II (R-Algonac), chairman of the House Tax Policy Committee. Kowall said he introduced similar legislation through “at least four years ago” but had no success in shepherding the bill through the state Legislature. She said she believes the bipartisan support the bill has received in its sponsorship will bode well for its chances in Lansing this time around. She also stressed that lawmakers “don’t want to do anything that would have an adverse effect on small online” outfits or mom-andpop shops that sell their products online. State Rep. Gail Haines (RWaterford, West Bloomfield) declined to comment on the legislation. ❏

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haddeus McCotter has announced the dissolution of his long-shot campaign for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nomination, and instead has shifted his attention back to getting re-elected to a congressional seat that represents a substantial number of west Oakland County communities, including Waterford, White Lake, Highland, Milford, Commerce, Wolverine Lake, Walled Lake, and Wixom. McCotter, first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, has thrown his support behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who currently is in a contentious campaign with Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the GOP nomination for the highest office in the land. “We must unite behind the candidate best capable of defeating Barack Obama on Nov. 6, 2012 — Mitt Romney is that candidate,” McCotter said in an e-mail to campaign supporters announcing an end to his presidential campaign. Although the five-term GOP congressman announced his campaign for the presidency on July 2, in the nearly three months that have passed since then he hadn’t

Lawmakers float bill to collect tax on e-purchases By Kirk Pinho assistant editor

If you do any shopping online, you may pay a little more for your purchases under a proposal unveiled last week by a Republican state representative from the lakes area and a Flint Democrat. State Reps. Eileen Kowall (RHighland, White Lake) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint) rolled out a plan to require the collection of the 6percent Michigan sales tax on all online purchases from vendors such as Amazon and others. The proposal, outlined last week, would bring in about $35 million in new tax revenue for the state,

McCotter

taken the stage to go head-to-head with his fellow Republican contenders in a nationally-televised debate. One of McCotter’s staffers stated that the organizations sponsoring each of the recent GOP candidate debates set their own criteria for candidates invited to participate. Apparently McCotter didn’t meet the various criteria, and he was left out of the debates. Instead, McCotter had been making many recent appearances on national news and opinion television and radio programs to keep his candidacy known and get his message out to Republican voters. according to Kowall. “Internet sales are not exempt from the (state) sales tax. Brickand-mortar businesses in Michigan have to collect it, as well as online retailers that have a presence in Michigan have to collect it,” she said. According to Kowall, online merchants like Amazon and Overstock.com that have affiliates or subsidiaries in the state “just flat out refuse” to collect the 6-percent sales tax, creating what she called a “6-percent disadvantage” for brickand-mortar businesses that actually collect the tax. Kowall said a 1992 Supreme Court ruling determined that it would be “an undue burden to collect all the sales tax in all the different states,” pointing to online retailers’ arguments against collecting state sales taxes.

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CITY OF WIXOM NOTICE OF CLOSE OF REGISTRATION FOR THE NOVEMBER 8, 2011 GENERAL ELECTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Election will be held in the City of Wixom on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 to elect candidates for the offices of Mayor, City Council and Library Board. Electors who wish to vote in this election must be registered no later than Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Qualified electors of the City of Wixom not already registered may register by visiting a Secretary of State Branch Office, the County Clerk’s Office or the local Clerk’s Office during regular business hours. The Wixom City Clerk’s Office is located at 49045 Pontiac Trail; and regular business hours are from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Catherine Buck City Clerk S.C. 9-28-11

CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE

NOTICE OF ZONING BOARD PUBLIC HEARINGS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Village of Wolverine Lake Council in the Council Chambers, 425 Glengary Road, Wolverine Lake, MI 48390 on October 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this public hearing is to review community development and housing needs, inform citizens of the availability of funds and eligible uses of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, and receive comments on proposed activities, particularly from low- and moderate-income persons. Village Council will consider any public comments on this matter at this time. The hearing is open to the public to voice their views or submit written comments. Approximately $10,077 may be available to the Village of Wolverine Lake to fund eligible projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. The Council chamber is handicap accessible. Arrangements to reasonably accommodate special needs, including handicap accessibility or interpreter, will be made upon receiving 72-hour advance notice. Contact Sharon Miller at 248-624-1710, 425 Glengary Road, MI 48390 for special services. Sharon A. Miller Village Clerk

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CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Michigan Public Act 110 of 2006 the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, as amended, the City of Orchard Lake Village Zoning Board of Appeals will consider the following appeal at their Regular Meeting on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Orchard Lake City Hall, 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, Michigan. Oram Appeal – 3294 Wards Pointe (Lot Coverage for Addition) Complete copies of the request are available for review at the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall. Written Comments will be received in the City Clerk’s Office, 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, MI between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or may be submitted electronically to CityClerk@CityofOrchardLake.com. You are invited to attend the hearing. Rhonda R. McClellan CityClerk@CityofOrchardLake.com S.C. 9-28-11

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PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC ACCURACY TEST Notice is hereby given that a PUBLIC ACCURACY TEST for the November 8, 2011, Election has been scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. at the Charter Township of Commerce Township Hall located at 2009 Township Drive, Commerce Township, MI 48390. The Public Accuracy Test is conducted by the Election Commission to demonstrate that the computer program used to record and count the votes cast at the Election meets the requirements of law. Daniel P. Munro SC: 9-28-11 Clerk, Charter Township of Commerce

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Orchard Lake Village Council will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Orchard Lake City Hall, 3955 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, MI. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to review community development and housing needs, inform citizens of the availability of funds and eligible uses of Community Development Block Grant funds, and receive comments on proposed activities, particularly from low and moderate income persons. The City of Orchard Lake Village will consider any public comments on this matter at this time. The hearing is open to the public to voice their views or submit written comments. Approximately $5,000 may be available to the City of Orchard Lake Village to fund eligible projects. You are invited to attend the hearing, or you may submit your comments in writing to the City Clerk at City Hall.

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LEGAL NOTICE LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD FOR TOMAHAWK LAKE HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, OAKLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN

NOTICE OF DETERMINATION OF PRACTICABILITY Notice is Hereby given that the Lake Improvement Board for Tomahawk Lake held a Public Hearing on September 19, 2011, and subsequently determined, by resolution, that the proposed four year program for weed control for Tomahawk Lake for years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 is practicable and approves the program’s estimated cost of $15,200.00 This Notice of Determination is sent pursuant to the provisions of Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, as amended, Part 309 S.C. 9-28-11

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A collection of gossip, scuttlebutt, and odds and ends from our reporters’ notebooks. OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Without fail, every 10 years, reporters across the country have to re-learn how to spell the word “gerrymander” when the majority party re-draws district lines for various elected offices. It’s just the name of the game — the minority party will cry foul, claiming the district lines are rigged to the majority’s benefit. In the words of Vice President Joe Biden, “Big (expletive) deal.” And now that county Elephants have filed a lawsuit against county level Donkeys’ redrawn lines for the Board of Commissioners districts, they are looking to gather up more scratch for the legal effort, which is currently before the state Court of Appeals. Commissioner Shelley Taub (R-Orchard Lake), who chairs the GOP Caucus of the county board, requested GOP members to contribute funds for the legal effort after a presentation from Oakland County Republican Party Chairman Jim Thienel, and other Republicans quickly followed suit — no pun intended. In a scene Oakland Confidential imagines coming straight out of “Dead Poets Society,” Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Gingell (R-Lake Orion) stepped up to the plate — or atop a desk? — in Walt Whitmanesque fashion, as did Commissioners Jim Runestad (R-Waterford, White Lake), David Potts (R-Birmingham), Bill Dwyer (R-Farmington Hills), and Jeff Matis (R-Rochester). Republicans will put on several fund-raisers up through October to funnel some dough to the Oakland County Republican Party, which will then divert those funds to the lawsuit. At least one has been set tentatively for Oct. 20, said Commissioner John Scott (R-Waterford, West Bloomfield). “They (the county’s GOP) are the ones that are actually paying the lawyer,” Scott said. “We will be raising the money. The whole event will come out of the (county party coffers) and all the proceeds will go to them.” Interesting. And where will the fund-raiser be held? “Those good Republicans that love to destroy cigars by smoking them, it will be a place

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where they can do that,” he said. To that we say, “Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.” And hopefully they can also stand on desks wherever the fund-raisers are held. 2010 REPEAT IN STORE? The GOP is giddy like schoolgirls these days. At least, that’s what state Sen. Mike Kowall (R-Commerce, Highland, Milford, Walled Lake, Wixom, Wolverine Lake, White Lake, Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield) said following the swanky Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference last weekend. “Two years ago (in 2009) when we had the conference, it was not upbeat at all. The attitude of the delegates and the attitudes of the elected (officials) are entirely different. There’s real excitement in the air that we see the possibilities to get back on track.” For those hiding under a Ba-rock the past few years, let’s do a quick recap: Republicans were shunned in 2006 and 2008. Democrats got shunned in 2010. Kowall, who announced his bid against U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Waterford, White Lake, Highland, Milford, Commerce, Wolverine Lake, Walled Lake, Wixom) for the U.S. House at the conference, said he had the chance to speak with some high-flying presidential hopefuls, particularly former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (with an “E,” not an “A,” as Stephen Colbert wants people to think). “It was just a real nice experience being able to talk to Romney and Perry and a lot of the other people that are running for a variety of different offices, getting their perspective as to how things are shaping up in Washington.” For his part, Kowall has been scoring some pretty high-profile meetings lately, including a back-to-back-night dinner confab in Birmingham with Oompa-Loompa-colored Speaker of the House John Boehner a few weeks ago. Even though Romney and Perry-With-An-E got to chew the fat with the first-term state senator, it’s the Stormin’ Mormon who has Kowall’s backing, and that of his wife, state Rep. Eileen Kowall (RHighland, White Lake) for the GOP nod. Kowall says he and his family are longtime friends of the Romneys.


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IN OUR OPINION

Commerce state land buy Officials deserve praise for securing Proud Lake property Y

ears after Commerce Township officials began the process of purchasing a portion of the state-owned Proud Lake Recreation Area, that dream has started to become a reality now that a partial sale was finalized earlier this month. Commerce brass should take pride in the purchase of the 201-acre parcel of land, and — as we have in the past — we applaud them for the diligent work put into the effort of securing the first of two Proud Lake parcels that are expected to be acquired. The purchase, finalized earlier this month, is the first of two the township will make of Proud Lake Recreation Area land, located along either side of Wise Road west of Union Lake Road and non-contiguous to the main portion of the recreation area. The property recently purchased is a 201-acre parcel located on the south side of Wise Road, a piece which was formerly the home of a Nike missile base used by the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1950s during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The former missile silos on the property have since been filled in, and the area now consists of open fields. The price tag for this piece of land came in at $1.28 million. The undeveloped, northern parcel which is expected to be purchased next spring is 50 percent larger than the one purchased this month, coming in at 301 acres and having a price tag of about $1.52 million. That acquisition will be closed on no later than April 12, 2012. Commerce Township is using money generated by a millage authorized by township voters in 2004 to purchase the Proud Lake parcels. The millage was

passed at 0.4 mills to be collected over 10 years in order to provide funds to purchase open space and to improve land for parks and recreation. The state, according to Commerce Township Supervisor Tom Zoner, has been cooperative with the township’s needs in regards to the recent purchase. We, as well as township officials, appreciate the cooperation in securing the land. Meanwhile, under the purchase agreement for the first parcel, the township must adhere to certain stipulations and restrictions, including keeping the property open to the public as open space, wildlife habitat, and public outdoor education purposes; and maintaining it in a generally natural condition. On the formerly developed Nike missile site, active outdoor recreation facilities and fields, such as a baseball diamond, may be installed as long as the property doesn’t contain sensitive or valued natural characteristics. The township will be allowed to charge fees to offset the costs of ownership, operation, and maintenance of the property. Meanwhile, proceeds from the land sale will go into a restricted fund the DNR uses to purchase land for public recreation purposes. A portion will also be used to acquire replacement lands for property that meet the criteria to be purchased through the state’s Game and Fish Protection Fund. The land was originally purchased by the state in 1945 for hunting and fishing purposes. However, under the DNR’s land consolidation process, the parcel of land was slated for disposal because of circumstances that prevented the DNR from providing hunting and other recreational opportunities on the property. The township began working toward acquiring the

Proud Lake parcels a few years ago, after the DNR announced plans to sell the land for development, which prompted public opposition and concern about the potential loss of open space. DNR Director Rodney Stokes authorized the department to move ahead with the land transaction at the Natural Resources Commission’s meeting in June. As urban sprawl has gobbled up a significant portion of open space in west Oakland County, Commerce officials have been at the forefront of the move to keep and maintain as much of that open space as possible while still remaining at the helm of a commercially and residentially thriving community. This latest move is no exception to that psyche. Officials and residents alike deserve praise for their efforts over the last several years to make the purchase a reality. The land — in the words of Zoner — now will be “preserved for all eternity” in its undeveloped state, which is a boon to the area. That’s because not only are adequate infrastructure, thriving schools, and a reasonable tax base key to keeping communities desirable places to live, work, and play, but so to is the presence of recreational opportunities. This land represents that — a place, in the middle of an area rife with development, where people can relax, unwind, and take in the sights and sounds of the natural world. Officials in Commerce have been forward-thinking in that respect, and deserve a pat on the back for the years of leg work and jumping through hoops in order to get the purchase finalized. It’s been a long road getting that parcel — and eventually the larger, 301acre parcel — in township ownership, but it’s been a process that has been well worth the effort. ❏

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ov. Rick Snyder recently announced that he wants to give the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the authority to require that all state-owned and operated beaches be smoke-free. We’re hoping that perhaps a compromise can be reached so that a few legitimate issues can be addressed without an outright prohibition on lighting up at state beaches. Snyder announced the initiative on Sept. 14, as part of his Special Message to the Legislature on Health and Wellness during a visit to the Heart of the City Health Center in Grand Rapids. No further details on the proposal have been released. This isn’t the first time officials in Lansing have tried to snuff out smoking at public beaches. Under Senate Bill (SB) 481, introduced in 2007 by thenstate-Sen. Michelle McManus (R-Lake Leelanau), smoking would have been prohibited at all public bathing beaches in the state.

Motivation for the bill stemmed from both cigarette butts being tossed onto beaches and the litter problem that presents, and the second-hand smoke issue. At the time, McManus said littered butts may also pose a safety problem — not-quite-all-the-wayout cigarette butts constitute a burn risk for bare-foot beach users. SB 481 was never reported out of the Senate Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee to the full Senate floor for consideration. We haven’t been big fans of the state’s new law banning smoking inside public places, since it deprives business owners the ability to decide for themselves whether to ban smoking in their establishments. While we don’t much like the new law, we can understand the health risks associated with second-hand smoke in an enclosed space, which was the chief motivation for the law. And don’t forget: The smoking ban was enacted under the guise of an employee health protection measure, not to protect the general

public. So, it’s another story altogether when the issue is exposure to second-hand smoke outdoors where few if any, in this case, state employees are working. We’re not willing to discount the health risk there, but doubt it’s anything close to as hazardous as indoor exposure. However, we can see some merit to the littered cigarette butt argument, and even the potential burn risk for beach goers, which the governor’s proposal would address. We’d like to suggest a compromise: If the DNR is granted the authority to ban smoking at its beaches, require that the department provide a designated smoking area away from the actual beach — perhaps adjacent to the parking lot — where ash cans can be provided to minimize the litter and inadvertent burning issues. That way non-smokers can steer clear of that designated area to address the second-hand smoke issue. ❏


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From Kellie DePauli, Walled Lake: Based on the recent actions of West Bloomfield Township Police Chief Michael Patton, one has to wonder whether he has a hidden desire to decimate the good reputation of Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste and the police department, and undermine the public safety millage. To examine some of these recent actions: • He unilaterally and prematurely released information to the media concerning the traffic stop of a resident whom I know and respect; • Before the Prosecutor’s Office decided whether to issue charges against that motorist, he provided a television stations and newspaper with details that would not have been admissible in any trial, and could have jeopardized the resident’s right to a fair trial; • In an unprecedented maneuver, he released to the media a disciplinary report authorized against a police officer; • He embarrassed another police officer who had been involved in an

arrest by disclosing the private details of the disciplinary report contained in her personnel fire; • He ridiculed two police officers by divulging the contents of text messages they inadvisably exchanged in which they disparaged a public official. As an ardent supporter of law enforcement, I prefer that police officers are praised, rather than publicly criticized. As the leader of the police department, a police chief should inspire and motivate police officers. We all know that police work id dangerous, and working in a hostile, micromanaging environment is not beneficial to officers’ morale and safety, as well as the safety of the residents. ❏ Editor’s Note: Patton didn’t “unilaterally” release information to the Spinal Column Newsweekly about the traffic stop. Our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was processed by the Clerk’s Office, after consultation with attorneys. In addition, Patton has refused to divulge to us the name of either person in vehicle pulled over during the traffic stop in question.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR ■ Williams Lake Church of the Nazarene: Parking lot fundraiser for children’s ministries, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2840 Airport Road, Waterford. 248-673-5911, Ext. 18.

■ Big Chief Chorus: Rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford. 248-698-9133 or 248-563-2109.

■ Waterford Parks and Recreation: HessHathaway Park committee is looking for crafters for the annual Harvest Happening that will be held Saturday, Oct. 1. For more information call 248-674-5441 or visit twp.waterford.mi.us/parksandrec.

■ Huron Valley Council for the Arts: Knitters circle, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Highland Station House, Highland. 248-685-9015.

❐ Highland Adult Activity Center: Health and Flu Clinic, open to everyone age 14 and up, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 14; Bingo, noon Mondays and Wednesdays; Sit’N’Stitch, 10 a.m.; Movie with Popcorn, noon, Fridays, 209 N. John Street, Highland. 248-8871707.

■ (Breakfast) Optimist Club of Waterford: Meeting, 7:15 a.m. Thursdays, Big Boy Restaurant, M-59 and Airport Road, Waterford. 248-673-3493.

❐ Richardson Community Senior Center: Knitting and crochet group, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 1485 E. Oakley Park, Commerce. Registration. 248-926-0063 or commercetwp.com.

■ Multi-Lakes Conservation Association: Allyou-can-eat fish fry, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays, 3860 Newton Road Commerce. 248-363-9109.

❐ Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church: Senior Stretch and Tone, 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. Fridays, 2399 Figa Avenue, West Bloomfield. 248-682-0770.

■ American Cancer Society: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, volunteers needed to join the committee, start a team or assist with day-of-event needs, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 1, Independence Oaks County Park, Clarkston. 248-663-3452 or Holly.Soranno@cancer.org. ■ Church of the Holy Spirit: Bunco Night for all women in the community, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 3700 Harvey Lake Road, Highland. 248-8728140. ■ Knights of Columbus, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Council No. 7444: Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 6 and 20, St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Commerce Road, Milford. 248-3630646. ■ Wixom-Walled Lake Lions Club: Meeting 7 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 6 and 20, Big Boy Restaurant, Pontiac Trail and Maple Road, Walled Lake. 248-683-9439 or 248-685-7646. ■ Town Hall Quilt Guild:”Fall Into Quilts” quilt show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, First Congregational Church of Clarkston, 5449 Clarkston Road, Clarkston. $5 admission. 248-922-3115, e-mail bittersweet1953@gmail.com; 248-666-9452 or email kmcarthur-nev@sbcglobal.net. ■ AIM at Melanoma Foundation:Sixth annual KDB Melanoma 5K run/walk, 9 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. run/walk, Sunday, Oct. 9, East Boat Launch, Kensington Metropark, Milford. 313505-2445 or www.aimatmenanoma.org. ■ Lakes Area Garden Club: Meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Village of Wolverine Lake offices, 425 Glengary, Wolverine Lake. 248-6241501. ■ Let Freedom Reign: Citizen Activist group meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, Sports Center Bar & Restaurant, 2505 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. 248-622-0300. ■ Church of the Holy Spirit: Christian’s Singles Dance — DJ, snacks, beer and wine, age 50 and older, 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Oct. 21, 3700 Harvey Lake Road, Highland. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 248-887-6933, 248353-4551, 248-872-8140. ■ Rotary of West Bloomfield: Meeting, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Henry Ford Medical Center, second floor, southwest corner of Farmington and Maple roads. 248-520-0095. ■ Waterford Rotary Club: Meeting, noon, Tuesdays, The Shark Club on M-59, Waterford. 248-625-4897.

■ 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. 1-888937-4390.

SUPPORT GROUPS ❐ Sojourners: Support group meeting for widows and widowers, 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, Orchard Lake Community Church Presbyterian, 5171 Commerce Road, West Bloomfield. 248681-4814. ❐ Parents of Hope: Support group meeting for grieving parents, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 11 & 25, Orchard Lake Community Church Presbyterian, 5171 Commerce Road, West Bloomfield. 248-681-4814. ❐ Celebrate Recovery: Alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual addition recovery meetings, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Life Point Christian Church, 501 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. 248-682-1747. ❐ Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:Meeting, 6 p.m. Fridays, Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Road, Commerce. 248-807-8667 or foodaddicts.org.

Lake. Registration. 248-698-2394.

❐ Waterford Senior Center: Art Expression, 9 a.m. Thursdays, 3621 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Registration. 248-682-9450. ❐ West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Senior Programs: Line Dancing, 11 a.m. Fridays at the Corners, 4640 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. Registration. 248-451-1900. ❐ Wixom Senior Center:Nifty Knitters, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. Registration. 248-624-0870 or wixomgov.org.

PARKS ❐ Huron-Clinton Metroparks accept picnic shelter reservations for 2012 starting Saturday, Oct. 1. The rental rate for a standard picnic shelter is $150. In addition to picnic shelters, larger facilities are available for rent at Indian Springs Metropark, Lake Erie Metropark, Stony Creek Metropark, Metro Beach Metropark and at Camp Rotary of Wolcott Mill Metropark. For more information, call the administrative office of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks at 1-800-477-2757 or go to www.metroparks.com.

❐ Over-Eaters Anonymous: Recovery from compulsive eating, 12-step program, meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 5301 Hatchery Road, Waterford.

❐ Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center: Webelos Badge Day: Forestry, Naturalist & Geologist, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake. 1-800-477-3192 or 248-625-7280.

❐ MOMS Club of Waterford South:Support group for mothers at home, weekly activities, monthly meetings, third Friday of the month, Waterford area. momswaterfordsouth.webs.com.

❐ Independence Oaks County Park: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. 248-663-3452.

❐ Postpartum Depression Support Group: Meeting, 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Commerce. 248-9375220.

❐ Kensington Farm Center: “Pick Your Pumpkin Hayrides,” noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 8-30, Kensington Metropark, Milford. Registration. 248-684-8632.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES ❐ Calvary Lutheran Church: In conjunction with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, “Senior Fit,” free exercise program for ages 55 and up, 11 a.m.noon, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9101 Highland Road, White Lake. Registration. 1-800372-6094 or 248-625-3288 ❐ Dublin Senior Center: Ask the Nurse, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, 685 Union Lake Road, White

❐ Kensington Nature Center: Island Queen II, 37passenger pontoon boat tour, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday now through Oct. 9; Fall Farm Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, Kensington Metropark, Milford. 248-685-1561 or 1-800-477-3178. ❐ Orion Oaks County Park: Free wood chips and compost, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 301 Clarkston Road, Lake Orion. DestinationOakland.com or 248-858-4627

LIBRARY EVENTS ❐ Commerce Township Community Library: Toddler Story Times, 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2860 N. Pontiac Trail, Commerce. Registration. 248-669-8108 or commercelibrary.info. ❐ Highland Township Public Library: Managing Your Investments, 7 Simple Steps, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland. Registration. 248-887-2218. ❐ Milford Public Library: Colossal Craft Cleanout, ages 3 and up with adult, 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1; Genealogy — Searching the Census to Find Your Ancestors, adult program, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3; Games Galore, snacks, door prizes, ages 13-17, Thursday, Oct. 6, 330 Family Drive, Milford. Registration. 248-684-0845. ❐ Walled Lake City Library: Fill a Grocery Bag with Books for $5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1-2; Learn how to work with your lender to avoid foreclosure with HUD certified counselors, 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 1499 E. West Maple, Walled Lake. Registration. 248-624-3772. ❐ Waterford Township Public Library: “How to Identify Scams and Shaky Sales Pitches,” adult program, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 5168 Civic Center Drive, Waterford. Registration. 248-672-4831. ❐ West Bloomfield Township Public Library: LIVE Fall 2011, stories, songs, interactive group activities, birth-age 5, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. 248-682-2120. ❐ White Lake Township Library: Cupcake Decorating, adult program, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7527 E. Highland Road, White Lake. Registration. 248-698-4942. ❐ Wixom Public Library: “Read to Me Daddy! My First Football Book” with author Alexander McNeece, ages 2-10, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1; Between the Lines ... Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” adult book discussion, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 4015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. Registration. 248-6242512.

RELIGIOUS ❐ Church of the Holy Spirit: On National Life Chain 2011 — people stand as silent/prayerful witness to their commitment to life, 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Three locations: The Pedestrian Path on M-59 at Milford Road, Highland; Christ Lutheran Church, 620 General Motors Road across from Taco Bell, Milford; At Commerce and Union Lake Road, Commerce. 248-872-8140. ❐ Bethany Church: Now has a free public “Prayer Box” for motorists to leave a prayer request. At the west end of Bethany’s parking lot on Hiller Road, there is a mail box with a cross on top. There are handy forms in front of the box. Bethany Church is located at 1375 Hiller Road in Waterford. 248-681-2130.


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West Bloomfield’s Jalen Campbell scored the Lakers’ first touchdown on a 6-yard run in the first quarter against Troy on Friday, Sept. 23. However, the Colts would storm back and defeat West Bloomfield, 42-13, for their seventh straight victory over the Lakers. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

Troy runs over W. Bloomfield Colts control line of scrimmage in 42-13 win over Lakers By Michael Shelton staff writer

West Bloomfield looked to take advantage of its second life when it hosted Troy on Friday, Sept. 23, but the Colts had other ideas. Troy took advantage of its strong running game and defeated the Lakers, 42-13, to improve its winning streak over West Bloomfield to seven games. “Troy was able to control the line of

scrimmage and we did not do a good job in our blocking and filling gaps,” said West Bloomfield Head Coach Ron Bellamy. The Lakers (2-3 overall, 2-2 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division) were coming off a week where they fell at home to the defending Division 1 state champion, Lake Orion, but was also awarded a victory when Clarkston forfeited its Sept. 1 win over West Bloomfield for playing an academi-

cally ineligible player. With a .500 record in tow, West Bloomfield was looking to make a statement in front of large crowd that had

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policemen and firemen before the game. The Lakers got started off on the right foot as Jalen Campbell scored first on a 6-yard touchdown run, and West Bloomfield led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. However, Troy’s (3-2, 3-1) standout running back, Oliver Jiang, took over in the second quarter. He first scored on a 4-yard touchdown run. PAGE 41 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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Warriors prevail in seesaw battle with Northern, 26-21 By Michael Shelton staff writer

Walled Lake Western held off upstart Walled Lake Northern to win, 26-21, on Friday, Sept. 23 and remain undefeated and tied for first-place in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) North Division. The Warriors are now 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the KLAA North, tying them with Walled Lake Central, who also won on Friday to move to 3-0 in division play. The last time Western started 5-0 was 1999, the year the Warriors won a state championship with a 14-0 record. “I expected this start. So many of our kids played as freshmen and sophomores and we had a lot of juniors that played last year,” said Western Head Coach Mike Zdebski. “We also have an abundance of talent on our junior varsity squad.” Meanwhile, the Knights fell to 2-3 and 1-2 in the KLAA North after another heartbreaking loss in which they once again found themselves contending against a top opponent, only to fall just short. “Overall, I couldn’t be more proud of our team. We came in as heavy underdogs and stood with Western,” said Northern Head Coach Brett Moore. “Our kids keep battling and that’s all we as coaches can ask for.” The first quarter ended scoreless, as Matt Kosmalski intercepted Western quarterback C.J. McGorisk when the Warriors were driving deep into Northern territory. However, Western would break through in the second quarter, as Brent Zdebski rushed 7 yards for a touchdown before McGorisk failed on a 2point conversion pass, leaving Western with a 6-0 lead. The Knights would respond two drives later, when quarterback Kirk Thomas rushed 30 yards for a touchdown and Northern had a 7-6 halftime lead after the extra point kick. Western tried to respond before halftime, but Kosmalski picked up his second interception of the night, this time off Kyle Bambard, in the end zone to preserve a one-point lead for Northern at the half. “We acknowledged that at halftime. We allowed the game to be what it was,” Mike Zdebski said. “Everything we were doing was correct, we just had to eliminate the errors.” After forcing a punt on Northern’s

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first drive of the second half, Western took the lead back on a 3-yard touchdown run by Brent Zdebski for a 12-7 advantage. The Knights answered on the next drive as Thomas scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Knights a 15-12 lead. Thomas threw a 39-yard pass to Ryan Soulet to set up the touchdown. But, Northern’s lead would be short lived as Joshua Jones took the ensuing kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown and a 19-15 Warriors lead at the end of the third quarter. Western added to its lead with a 3yard touchdown run by Brent Zdebski, his third of the night, for a 26-15 lead. Thomas scored on a 20-yard touchdown run for Northern late in the fourth, but Western recovered the ensuing kickoff and was able to run out the remaining seconds on the clock. Brent Zdebski finished with 196 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 33 carries, while Jones amassed 122 yards on 3 kickoff returns. Thomas finished with 67 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 19 carries while completing 6-of-13 passes for 91 yards. Brent Zdebski also finished with 9 solo tackles, including a sack, while Dominique Reid and Michael Condon also each had a sack. For Northern, Kosmalski finished with 7 total tackles in addition to 2 interceptions, while Mike Peer finished with 8 solo tackles. George Smith finished with 6 solo tackles for Northern, as did Alex Samborski and Anthony Camarda. “I thought our defensive line and linebackers played well. Matt Kozmalski had another huge defensive game for us,” Moore said. Western will next travel to Waterford Mott on Friday, Sept. 30, as it looks to clinch a state playoff berth with a victory and move closer toward the KLAA North title. As for Northern, the Knights will play their homecoming game on Sept. 30 against Waterford Kettering.

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3-0 in the KLAA North, tying them for first-place with Walled Lake Western. Meanwhile, the Corsairs fell to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the division. Their losing streak has now reached 20 games. Central quarterback Zac Leimbach finished with 113 yards and touchdown runs of 3 and 76 yards on 8 carries while completing 8-of-12 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Curtis Booth also had 102 yards and a touchdown on 6 carries, while K.J. Schultz, Nick Timmons and Kevin O’Malley each had a rushing touchdown. “The defense played great, holding Mott in check all game. This was a great team victory when every member of both teams got to play,” said Central Head Coach Robert Meyer. Alex Moorer had two touchdown runs for Mott from 45 yards and 1 yard out. Central will next travel to Huron Valley Lakeland on Friday, Sept. 30 while Mott will host undefeated Walled Lake Western that same night.

Huron Valley Lakeland moved above the .500 mark with a 35-19 victory at home over Waterford Kettering on Friday, Sept. 23. The Eagles moved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) North Division. Meanwhile, the Captains remain winless on the season at 0-5 and 0-2 in the KLAA North, as they have now lost 7 straight and 13 out of their last 14 games. Lakeland jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 25-yard touchdown run by Charles Sanders. Casey Palanca then tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Sanders to give Lakeland a 13-0 halftime advantage. The Captains got on the scoreboard in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Chase Kreilach to cap a 71-yard drive. Lakeland then answered with a 6yard touchdown run by Josh Orlando to finish a 73-yard drive and lead 21-7 after a 2-point conversion. Alec Spurlock then stunned the

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Eagles with a 72-yard touchdown run to pull the Captains within 8 points at the end of the third quarter, 21-13. But, Anthony Waite responded with a 9-yard touchdown run to increase Lakeland’s lead to 28-13 in the fourth quarter. Justin Santana then caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Kreilach, and Kettering trailed 28-19. Orlando then capped Lakeland’s scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run, his second of the night, to secure the win. Waite finished with 149 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for Lakeland, while Orlando had 77 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Palanca completed 7-of-13 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, while Sanders had two total touchdowns. Spurlock finished with 81 yards rushing for Kettering while Kreilach completed 8-of-18 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown in addition to his rushing touchdown. Spurlock also had 14 tackles while Matt Okaiye had 10 tackles. “We were able to scare them as we were competitive the entire game, including a chance to win late in the game. But Lakeland proved to be the better football team,” said Kettering Head Coach Michael Fras. Next up for Lakeland is a home game against Walled Lake Central on Friday, Sept. 30, as the Eagles will look to hand the Vikings their first division loss of the season. Meanwhile, Kettering will head to Walled Lake Northern on Friday to face the Knights in their homecoming game.

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

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s traveled down to Columbus, Ohio and came away with a 42-21 victory over Columbus St. Francis DeSales on Friday, Sept. 23. The Eaglets (4-1) had a 21-14 halftime lead after a 9-yard touchdown run by Spencer McInnis, a 6-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Julian Lewis, and a 2-yard touchdown run by Grant Niemiec. St. Mary’s then outscored St. Francis DeSales 21-7 in the second half thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run by Niemiec and touchdown runs of 7 yards and 35 yards by McInnis. “I thought our kids handled the trip well, and they were very business-like,” said St. Mary’s Head Coach George Porritt. McInnis had 139 yards on 24 carries while Niemiec had 134 yards on 17 car-

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ries. Parker McInnis also had 99 yards on 14 carries while James Ross had 9 solo tackles. “David Talley also had an all-around good game,” Porritt said. Next up for the Eaglets is their homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 30 against Birmingham Brother Rice (4-1). The Warriors defeated the Eaglets twice last season, including in the Prep Bowl, and their head coach, Al Fracassa, will be seeking his 400th career victory this Friday.

Our Lady shuts out Allen Park Cabrini, Brighton tops Mavs By Michael Shelton staff writer

Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes earned a 21-0 victory over Allen Park Cabrini on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Lakers (3-2) scored in the first quarter as Sal Mastromatteo threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jake Weir after throwing a 45-yard pass to Mitch Lasceski earlier in the drive. Lasceski then scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter before Mastromatteo threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Richie Cross. Mastromatteo finished completing 6-of-8 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. “(Cabrini) shut the run down, so we went to the air,” said Our Lady Head Coach Mike Boyd. “The whole defense stepped up and stopped (Cabrini) on the 1-foot line at the end of the half. It was an ugly win, but we’ll take it. They ran at us. We only had the ball for 5 minutes in the first half.” Cabrini remains winless at 0-5 on the season. Our Lady will next travel to face Livonia Clarenceville on Friday, Sept. 30. “They’re huge and very fast and we’re going to have to work our butts off for the win,” Boyd said. • Huron Valley Milford fell at home to Brighton, 42-21, on Friday, Sept. 23 in a Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) West Division matchup. The Mavericks were burned by Brighton’s Shane Dokey, who rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, in addition to catching a 19yard touchdown, throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass and returning a punt PAGE 41 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯


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68 yards for a touchdown. Milford fell to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the KLAA West, while Brighton moved to 4-1 and 2-1. The Mavericks will next travel to Howell on Friday, Sept. 30.

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Warriors tie Eagles, fall to rival Knights in 2-0 shutout loss By Michael Shelton staff writer

It was a rough week for Walled Lake Western, as the Warriors had a draw and a loss in two division matches last week. Western began the week with a scoreless draw at home against Huron Valley Lakeland on Tuesday, Sept. 20, before falling 2-0 at home to Walled Lake Northern on Thursday, Sept. 22. Alex Hayes and Zachary Schinzing each scored for Northern, while Mitchell Thompson picked up the shutout in net. However, Western earned a 2-0 nonconference victory over Farmington Hills Harrison on the road on Friday, Sept. 23, handing Harrison only its second defeat all season. Junior Ryoga Suzuki scored Western’s first goal in the first half with a free kick. Junior Chace Davies then scored off a pass from Mitchell Dennis. Sophomore goalkeeper Jimmy Hague had 6 saves in net, as he recorded his second shutout of the week. Western is now 6-3-3 overall and 32-1 in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) North Division (10 points). • In other KLAA North Division action last week, Walled Lake Central and Walled Lake Northern battled to a scoreless draw on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Then on Thursday, Sept. 22, Central held off Waterford Kettering at home, 32. Tyler Hoffman scored Central’s first goal in the first half before Alex Besh scored for Central in the second half. After Mark Leo and Reed Morynn each scored for Kettering to tie the match at 2, Besh scored his second goal, which was also the game-winner. Central is currently in first-place in the KLAA North at 5-1-1 (16 points), with Northern sitting in second at 4-0-

West Bloomfield’s Thelmon Stuckey took a pass from Daryn Byrd 19 yards to the end zone in the second quarter of the Lakers’ game against Troy on Friday, Sept. 23. That would be the Lakers’ final score of the game, as Troy would go on to win in convincing fashion. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

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Jiang then went the extra mile as he rushed 65 yards for a touchdown and scored again on a 64-yard touchdown run. Daryn Byrd then threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Thelmon Stuckey just before halftime for West Bloomfield, which then trailed 21-13. But, that was all the scoring the Lakers could put up against Troy, as the Colts ran rampant in the second half, beginning with a 1-yard touch-

2 (14 points) and Western down in third with 10 points. • Waterford Kettering picked up its first win of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 20 with a 3-1 victory over rival Waterford Mott. Reed Morgan, Mark Leo and T.J. Schantz scored Kettering’s goals in the second half. Junior forward Nick Brown scored his 10th goal of the season for Mott. Kettering then fell to Walled Lake Central, 3-2, on Thursday, Sept. 22, while Mott had a scoreless tie against Huron Valley Lakeland that same day.

down run by Justin Losey in the third quarter. Jay Darish then followed up with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Derek Verbruggen to give Troy a 35-13 lead at the end of the third quarter. Matt Oppenlander capped Troy’s scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Jiang finished with 221 rushing yards on 17 carries for the Colts while Oppenlander had 91 yards on 11 carries. Campbell finished with 61 yards on 17 carries for West Bloomfield, while

C.J. Brathwaite was held to only 12 yards rushing on five carries and was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. Byrd completed 10-of-22 passes for 88 yards. West Bloomfield now must win its remaining four games in order to finish with the six wins necessary for an automatic state playoff berth. The Lakers will next travel to Troy Athens on Friday, Sept. 30. “Our kids are tough and we will figure out how we can improve,” Bellamy said.

Lakeland is 1-3-3 (5 points) in KLAA North play while Mott is 1-4-1 (4 points) and Kettering is 1-5-0 (3 points).

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Eaglets fell at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 4-0, before losing to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook at home, 4-1, on Thursday, Sept. 22. Kyle Richards scored the Eaglets' (4-6 overall, 2-5 in the Catholic League AA) lone goal against Cranbrook off an assist from Jonathon Stoneback. St. Mary's then rebounded with a 3-0 shutout over Flint Kearsley at home on Saturday, Sept. 24. Richards scored twice and assisted on another goal, while Brandon

Eaglets lose twice before topping Flint Kearsley By Michael Shelton staff writer

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Fagnani had a goal and an assist and Alex Brown earned his third shutout of the season in net. St. Mary's hosted Dearborn Divine Child yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 27 and will play at Macomb Lutheran North on Thursday, Sept. 29.

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before playing at the Goodrich Invitational. The Mavericks (9-8 overall, 3-2 in the KLAA West) began the week on Tuesday, Sept. 20 by traveling to Hartland to face the Eagles and came away with a victory in five games. Milford fell 25-27 in the first game before rebounding to take the second game, 25-18. Hartland answered with a 25-17 win in the third game before the Mavs grinded out a 27-25 win in the fourth game. In the fifth and deciding game, Milford fell behind 10-5 before closing the game with a 10-3 run to win the game, 15-13, and take the match in five games. Milford Head Coach Jeffrey Stark said his team was playing poorly early in the fifth game and he could tell they were doubting themselves. “I called a time-out and simply told the team to stop allowing their current play to establish a wrong picture of who they were in their minds,” Stark said. “I reminded them of the game they were capable of playing and it didn’t look like the one they were playing; I guess it was enough.” Ashlyn Lowe and Katie Kamba were a perfect 23-for-23 serving, while Dagny Stark, Rachel Kopf and April Prokes combined for 38 kills. Milford then came home on Thursday,

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Sept. 22 to host Pinckney and won the match in four games. The Mavs fell in the first game, 2527, but rebounded to win the next three games, 25-13, 25-16 and 25-19. “Our starters weren’t getting it done for sure so we went to the second line in sets 2 and 3 and found some success,” Stark said. Erin Winn was 27-for-27 serving with 5 aces while Prokes had 10 kills and Jonna Villemure had 20 assists and 16 digs. Milford then traveled to the Goodrich Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24 and defeated Lapeer East, Flint Northwestern and Utica Eisenhower in straight sets. But, the Mavs were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by Anchor Bay, 32-34, 23-25. Milford played at home against Grand Blanc yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 27 after press time, and will play at Howell tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 29 before playing at the Mt. Morris Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Northern spikers down Mott, then Kettering in three By Michael Shelton staff writer

Walled Lake Northern scored two Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) North Division wins last week to keep pace with Huron Valley Lakeland. Northern began the week with a straight-set victory over Waterford Mott, 25-16, 25-5, 26-24. Jessica Mutrynowski had 5 kills, 3 blocks and was 10-for-10 serving with 5 aces for Northern (15-8-3, 4-1). Brooke Mayrand also had 7 kills and 24 assists while Gabrielle Bauer was 24-of-25 serving with 6 aces. Breanne Rudolph had 10 digs and 4 kills for Mott. Northern then defeated Waterford Kettering on Thursday, Sept. 22 in straight sets 25-16, 25-18, 25-14. Courtney Scott had 7 kills and 14 digs while Meghan Conrad had 5 kills and 3 blocks. Courtney Sullivan had 4 blocks, while Mayrand contributed 20 assists along with 5 kills and Bauer was 15-for-15 serving with 3 aces and 13 digs. The Knights then played in the Portage Northern Invitational, where they finished 3-1 on the day to earn a fifth-place finish out of 31 teams. Northern defeated Unity Christian (25-12, 25-13); Vicksburg (25-9, 2520) and Harper Creek (25-14, 25-21), before losing to Niles 20-25, 25-13, 1015. Scott had 30 kills and 43 digs, while Mayrand was 36-of-37 serving with 6

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aces and 58 assists and Conrad had 18 kills, 7 blocks and 8 aces. Bauer had 29 digs and 5 aces and Sullivan added 10 blocks.

W. Bloomfield, Our Lady, Mott split matches West Bloomfield fell to Troy 25-20, 12-25, 13-25, 21-25, on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Jackie Pyles was credited with 16 kills and 17 digs while senior Lauren Merchak had 22 digs. The Lakers then rebounded with a straight-set win over Farmington Hills Harrison on the road, 25-18, 25-13, 29-27, on Thursday, Sept. 22. Pyles had 12 kills, while senior Missy Christenson had 7 kills and 23 digs, and junior Tara Heald had 5 kills. The Lakers are 4-7-2 and 2-1 in the Oakland Activities Association (OAA) White Division. • Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes split two matches last week. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Lakers fell to Madison Heights Bishop Foley, 1925, 14-25, 25-17, 15-25. Sophomore Kristina Krupiak had 5 aces, 9 kills and 8 digs, while junior Libero Kelly Meehan had 20 digs and junior Haley Howell had 8 aces, 8 kills and 16 assists. The Lakers then rebounded with a four-game victory over Royal Oak Shrine, 25-9, 14-25, 25-23, 25-18 on Thursday, Sept. 22. Lexie Robak had 7 kills for Our Lady while Krupiak and Howell each had 6 kills and Meehan had 15 digs. • Waterford Mott defeated Walled Lake Western in four games on Thursday, Sept. 22, 27-25, 16-25, 25-22, 25-23. Breanne Rudolph and Robyn Marks each had 7 kills for Mott (2-3 in the KLAA North), while Maggie Tackaberry had 27 digs. Mary Stepek had 28 digs and Nicole Morgan had 22 kills and 16 assists for Western (1-4 in the KLAA North). Mott then played at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24, falling to Grosse Pointe North in the first round. In pool play, Mott fell to Birmingham Groves, 22-25, 25-22, 11-25, before defeating Lakeview, 27-26, 25-19, 13-25. • Kim Jayson had a strong week for Waterford Kettering, as she had 14 digs in the Captains’ defeat at the hands of Huron Valley Lakeland on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and 16 in a loss to Walled Lake Northern on Sept. 22. Kettering fell to 0-5 in the KLAA North.


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Eagles earn key victory Huron Valley Lakeland spikers beat Vikings in three games By Michael Shelton staff writer

Huron Valley Lakeland stands alone atop the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) after a key victory at Walled Lake Central on Thursday, Sept. 22. The Eagles defeated the Vikings in three games, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16 to win the match on Thursday. “We knew going in to playing Central that they have had a successful season to date and we were extremely prepared for a fired up Central team,” said Lakeland Head Coach Jennifer Cottrill. “I felt like at the beginning of the match there were some long rallies that we came out on top of and it took the steam out of Central. We were able to get big leads in each game which allowed our younger players to get some very valuable court time.” Brittany Leonard and Mary Armstrong each had 7 kills for Lakeland (18-6 overall, 5-0 in the KLAA North) while junior Carolyn Niehuas had 11 digs and senior Libero Lindsey Hansard had 9 digs.

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Colleen Starrs had 13 digs for Central (18-8, 3-2) while Kate Rendi had 6 kills and Brittany Guldan had 10 assists and 5 kills. “Lakeland is a strong cohesive team that continues to pressure teams throughout the entire match,” said Central Head Coach Cathy Johnson. “At times during this match, our team was able to play at a very high level; however, we didn’t continue that level throughout the match.” Lakeland began the week with a victory over Waterford Kettering, 2515, 25-11, 25-15, on the road on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Ciara Schultz had 21 assists and 7 kills in addition to 4 aces, 2 blocks and 4 digs. Junior setter Kelly Merkle also stepped in and had 3 aces and 5 assists. “We have been working hard on our serve and pass part of the game and we did a good job of handling Kettering’s serve and putting pres-

Walled Lake Central’s Katie Lusk (light jersey) fires a shot right into the path of Huron Valley Lakeland’s Ciara Schultz (No. 7) and Mary Armstrong (No. 8) on Thursday, Sept. 22. The Eagles would go on to defeat the Vikings in a straightset victory to remain undefeated in Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) North Division play. (Spinal Column Newsweekly photo/Amy K. Lockard)

sure on them by serving tough,” Cottrill said. Meanwhile, Central scored a three-game victory over rival Walled Lake Western on the road, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21 on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Mikaela Beck had 12 kills and 2 aces for Central while Starrs had 18 digs, Alex Vuichard had 12 digs, and Gia Morianti had 8 kills and 2 aces.

Lakeland then traveled to the Portage Central Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Eagles began pool play with a loss to Plainwell (20-25, 22-25) before defeating St. Joseph (25-12, 25-14) and falling to Ladywood (2826, 18-25, 10-15). Lakeland was relegated to the Silver bracket of the tournament but

played strong, defeating Delton Kellogg (25-21, 24-26, 15-12) and Hudsonville (20-25, 26-24, 15-13) before defeating Delton Kellogg again (25-17, 28-26). “Once again this season, we were able to play many ranked teams in the state. We seemed to have the theme of the day of getting leads on teams and then letting them gain the momentum back which therefore created scoring runs not in our favor,” Cottrill said. “However, we were able to regain focus after losing a heartbreaker to Ladywood to win the Silver championship. It was a long day, as we didn’t leave the gym until 9 p.m., so I was extremely proud of how hard the girls worked and how they continued to fight.” Schultz led Lakeland with 38 kills, 82 assists and 43 digs, while Leonard had 34 kills and 12 blocks. Senior right side hitter Caitlin Wojichowski also chipped in 39 digs, 16 assists and 7 kills. Meanwhile, Central traveled to the Bedford Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Vikings fell in their first two pool play matches to Livonia Stevenson (15-25, 19-25) and Bedford (17-25, 11-25) before defeating Ann Arbor Pioneer (25-23, 25-19) and Fenton (10-25, 25-22, 15-13). But, Central fell to Fenton in bracket play, 14-25, 23-25. “The experience of playing against teams of this caliber will help our team continue to improve,” Johnson said. “Our last game against Bedford was outstanding. The rallies were long and exciting, with our team playing great solid volleyball. We are capable of playing a very high level volleyball — we just need to learn to play at this level continuously throughout entire matches and tournaments.” Starrs had 77 digs and 5 aces while Katie Lusk had 21 kills, 24 digs and 2 aces. Mikaela Beck also had 20 kills while Guldan had 41 assists, 9 kills, 6 aces and 14 digs. Central hosted Waterford Mott on Tuesday, Sept. 27 after press time, while Lakeland played at Walled Lake Northern.


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SUMMARY OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING September 19, 2011

At the September 19, 2011 Regular Council Meeting, Council took the following action: • Denied a request to the Zoning Board of Appeals for lot coverage for an addition at 3294 Wards Pointe; • Denied a request to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a lakeside setback for an addition at 4310 South Bay; • Approved a request to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a lot split variances at 5600 & 5652 Pontiac Trail; • Approved a depth-to-width ratio appeal for 5600 & 5652 Pontiac Trail; • Approved a seawall request for 4430 Dow Ridge; • Approved a business license for holiday tree sales at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s; • Approved a business license for a rowing regatta at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s; • Tabled action on vacating portion of Willow Lane; • Held first reading on ordinance to vacate Willow Lane; • Approved purchase for additional in office video cameras; •Appointed Election Commission; •Accepted all department reports. Bruce H. McIntyre, Mayor Rhonda R. McClellan, City Clerk S.C. 9-28-11

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NOTICES 01-08

REAL ESTATE 12-22

MOBILE HOMES 42-43

RENTALS 45-57

ABSOLUTELY FREE WANT ADS • Absolutely Free (#90): An item must be offered FREE to appear in this category. The want ad is FREE to you. One item per ad, one ad per family on any given week. Column is for non-commercial ads only. • Items under $25: Advertise an item for $25 or less and a 10-word want ad is FREE. Special rates for items over $25. • Used Vehicle: Five weeks FREE for private party vehicles. Charge your first week and we schedule it for 5 more weeks. Call to cancel when sold. • Found: Found a lost item? We will run an ad for FREE (#3/Found) to help you find the owner.

MERCHANDISE 89-138

LEISURE TIME 142-159

RECREATION

BOATS 162-179

CARS, TRUCKS CYCLES 181-196

• Reunions (#4): Published FREE for 4 weeks.

HELP WANTED 60-75

JOBS WANTED 77-86

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NOTICES Lost and Found

Condos/ Flats/ Co-ops 3

FOUND: DIAMOND Ring, Union Lake area. Must describe. 248-684-4674 FOUND: BLACK/ Gray tabby male kitten, approximately 11 weeks old. 248-366-1062

Reunions

4

West Oakland area school reunions. FREE for 4 weeks within a 13 week period (27 word limit). Other Reunions Published 4 weeks for a total cost of $20 for 15 words; each additional 4 words $2.

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Houses For Sale

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Highland

 SIGH & BUY! Well maintained like new 1.5 story home w/2500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms & 3 1/2 baths. Many fine details, fireplace in great room & dining room with lots of windows, library, formal dining, finished walk-out lower level with family/game room. Private 4.14 acre setting. $385,000. A must see!

England Real Estate (248)887-9736

MOBILE HOMES

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Mobile Homes for Sale

WANTED CONDO IMMEDIATE

Large cash down payment. 5 year or less land contract.

248-684-0919 18

 HIGGINS LAKE PRIVILEGES!

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$195,000.

England Real Estate (248)887-9736

Clean 2BR, 1Bath, washer/ dryer, deck, shed. Includes lawn/snow removal. 700 sq. ft. First/ /Security $700. Perfect for single person/couple. Email:

ffffjr@yahoo.com/ 248-842-1050

Fawn Lake

Large 2,000 sq.ft. ranch, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, family & living room, big kitchen, appliances, washer/ dryer, garage, near I-96, ideal motherin-law shared quarters. $1150 per month

(248) 624-0709

810-599-3452

RENTALS



NOVI

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WATERFORD 3 Bedroom Cape Cod, 2 full baths, finished basement, all appliances including washer & dryer, Elizabeth Lake privileges- docking available, pets negotiable. $1,000 per month

248-431-1929

COMMERCE TWP. 3 bedroom Ranch 1 bath, large yard. Walled Lake Schools. $750/mo $1150 Sec. Dep. 248-624-9470

WIXOM

COMMERCE LAKE

1120 sq. ft. Ranch. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. Large 2.5 car garage.

Must see! Spacious 1200sq.ft. updated 3 bdrm, 2 bath house, basement, garage, a/c, fenced acre lot, lake access, small pets, o.k. $1045/ mo. olivermich@mac.com

$975/ month.

248-624-2503

Houses/ Condos

Apartments 55

BEAUTIFUL EDGE OF WEST BLOOMFIELD

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Lake privileges, 2 bedroom, fenced yard, carport. Brand new, totally remodeled. New kitchen and bathroom. Wood floors, appliances. $1000/ month. Sec. Dep. References.

248-568-6119

Pontiac Trail at Maple Pre-Owned Homes: $6,000 - $25,000 Rent: $385 - $400 PLUS MOVE-IN DISCOUNTS On Select Homes

Houses/ Condos

Treed setting surrounds this spacious 1330 sq. ft. cottage w/short walk to park, beach & boat launch. Lots of character, nice kitchen, dining & snack bar, 26x16 living room w/lots of windows. 2 car garage.

55

WATERFORD



Land contract / Rent with option to buy. 2 bedroom, 1st floor, garage. Milford area.

Michigan/ Other Areas

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Pre-Licensing Class October Classes Available $ Class only

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With a prepaid voucher Contact Mary Nicole 248-684-1065 MaryNicole@RealEstateOne.com •Are you looking for a new career? •Would you like to own your own business? We’re Michigan’s largest real estate broker and last year we sold over 17,000 properties. We expect to surpass that in the coming year.

Join us as we grow Michigan.

Apartments

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☺ WALLED LAKE 1 Bedroom Apartments 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath Town Homes * $400 Moves You In* 1st Month FREE on 1 bdr 1/2 month FREE on 2 Bdr

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Walled Lake Area 1 Bedroom Apartment. Small room for office or hobby. Quiet apartment building. Nice neighborhood, no pets. $495

per month. Includes heat and water.

248-624-4310



COME SEE US NOW WIXOM * MOVE IN SPECIAL* 2 BEDROOM ONLY, $595 Will Move You In !

www.cormorantco.com * Call For Details *

•Playground/Pool •Free Heat & City Water

WALLED LAKE

Town & Country Apartments

248-624-6606 EHO

2 bedrooms, ver tical blinds, basement storage, great location. Close to everything. $650/month includes all utilities, immediate occupancy.

248-425-4853

•48200 W. Pontiac Trail

•Between Beck & Wixom Rd.

CALL US TODAY !

(248)624-3194

Apartments

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Apartments For Rent SPECIAL 1 or 2 bedroom apartments. Heat and water paid. No pets. In City of Milford.

(248)477-9192 Rooms/Share Quarters

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ACT NOW

$19.95/ START New local company has several openings in pollution control. No exp. needed. Must have reliable trans. and be able to start now. Free training, No layoffs. Call Monday only 10-5

734-259-6642 57

BUSINESS WOMAN looking to share 2 bedroom apartment in Novi, with female. $400 plus utilities. Call for information. 248-787-2059

HELP WANTED General/ Help Wanted

General/ Help Wanted

WALLED LAKE DISTRIBUTOR Looking for Part-time general warehouse candidate. Computer skills req'd. Must be able to climb ladders and team lift to 70#. Afternoons 1:00-6:30 M-F.

Email resume to:

bpierce@ omnimedicalsupply.com 65

CHILD CARE CENTER

or fax to 248-360-9375.

TELEMARKETERS

Seeking Child Care Provider. Early childhood or child related field degree preferred. 35-40 hours a week. Must be able to work until 6 p.m. Commerce Twp area. Call 10a.m.-3p.m.

Needed part time, Wixom area. $9 per hour plus bonus, 20 hours per week, room for advancement, fast growing "young" environment,

248-669-6880

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Answer Phones $9.00+ per hour FullTime/PartTime Good Phone Skills. Wixom Office.

248-821-3170 HAIR STYLISTS New Great Clips salon opening in White Lake needs both part time & full time hair stylists . No clientele needed, hourly wage plus commission. Fun team environment.

Ask for Bridgette

248-330-6402 Receptionist Wanted Fantastic Sam's Hair Salon Commerce, part time, $8 per hour. 248-363-9226 or apply in person 2516 Union Lake Road

MAIDS Residential cleaning company in Waterford seeking energetic part time employee 15 to 20 hours, Monday through Friday, No evenings or weekends, car required, experience a plus but will train.

248-674-5800 FAST GROWING Lawn care company in Walled Lake, seeking self motivated sales person. Previous lawn sales experience not required, will train. Hourly plus commission & benefits. Please call 248387-6296 or email resume to: duncan@gogreenlawnco.com

Accounting/Financial 66 Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Tax preparer's needed! Will train! Flex. hours and locations. Ideal position for college students, retiree's and stay at home parents. Great pay! Classroom setting and online courses available. Classes fill fast! Call now

248-681-1177 or email us at: workingat_jh@yahoo.com

Medical/ Dental

67

DIRECT CARE Both full time and part time. Up to $9.03 per hour to start, with Benefits. Small group home setting. Must be Patient & Reliable. South Lyon and Novi areas

248-486-5368

Office/ Clerical

69

Senior/Child Care

Garage Sales 85

TEACHERS AIDE / OFFICE WORK

Day Care in Commerce Twp.

School / Classroom experience needed. Part time or Full time. Walled Lake area. Fax re-

Homemade food. Space available for full or part time kids. Great locationLow prices. Hours 7-6pm.

sume to: 248-737-9517 or E-mail: administrator@ MiMontessori.com Full time, entry level, Marketing support position available in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Duties will include planning, execution and monitoring of advertising programs. Applicants must have knowledge or experience with social media, Microsoft Office Suite and creative software. A bachelor degree or equivalent experience preferred. To apply: email:

askarhr@yahoo.com or fax to (248)888-0011 Office/ Clerical

69

Full time, entry level,

Account Receivable/ Payable Clerk position available in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Duties will include providing general support to the accounting department. Computer skills are necessary (Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Outlook and Quickbooks). To Apply: e-mail :

askarhr@yahoo.com or fax to: (248) 888-0011 Sales Positions

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Real Estate Career

Call Julie 248-225-6559

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE Used/Wanted

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

Absolutely Free

Sorry, we do not accept ads for free dogs. FREE SPLIT rail fencing, you pick up. 248-565-5541

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DOWNTOWN HOLLY FALL ANTIQUE SHOW SATURDAY, OCTOBER, 1st 10AM-5PM FREE Admission & Parking For more info: (248)-634-1800 or (248)-634-8800 Moving Sales

JOBS WANTED

90

Items must be FREE to respondents, ad free to you. Restricted to residential. The publishing group accepts no responsibility for actions between individuals.

Antiques

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

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SCRAP METAL Aluminum .30-.70¢/lb., Copper $2.20-$3.00/lb., Brass 1.10- 1.70¢/lb, Auto Rads. .90-1.25¢/lb. 1123 Decker, Walled Lk Mann Metals Corp. (248)960-1200

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COMMERCE 3233 KENICOTT DRIVE off Oakley Park between Welch & Haggerty, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10a.m.-5p.m. Lots of women's clothing, housewares, no children's items. THURSDAY & FRIDAY, 9am-4pm. Furniture, household, kid's stuff, rainbow play structure, and much more. 714 Elderberry Court, off Oakley Park Rd., in the Shores of Glenwood. GOOD STUFF! 9a.m.-4p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 2100 Rob Ridge/ Welch. 1900 BLUESTONE Lane September 29th, 30th, 9-4, clothes, good stuff. MILFORD HUGE FAMILY Sale- over 1400sq.ft. of miscellaneous items: 9a.m.-5p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 1173 Homestead in Old Milford Farms Subdivision off Milford Road. WALLED LAKE HUGE SALE! Tractor with bagger, lawn mowers, MTD Bagger, snowblowers, whackers, chain saws, chipper, garden, fishing, golf, sports, instruments, stereos, TVs, tools, vacuums, humidifiers, household. Thurs-Sat. 9a.m.4p.m. 1625 Spruce Ct. behind Walled Lake Central. Follow signs. WATERFORD 5291 ROSSITER. September, 29th, 30th, & October 1st. 9am-4pm. Entire household must go. WHITE LAKE HUGE FURNITURE & household yard sale, 9a.m.-5p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 1095 Lake Jason, Oxbow & Cedar Island Roads YARD SALE Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9-5. Miscellaneous, collectible. 9930 Sedlock. ADJUSTABLE TWIN beds. Dressers, household, misc. treasures. September, 29th & 30th. 9am-4pm. 1375 Bogie Lake Rd. WOLVERINE LAKE

SEPT. 29th, 30th, Oct. 1st. 9am-3pm. 5305 Inverrary, Commerce. Furniture, garden equipment, lots of household goods, children items.

HUGE SALE: One day only! Thursday, 9a.m.-4p.m. 1617 Shankin, South Commerce/ Pontiac Trail. Gifts, household, TVs, clothes, accessories.

What color is your cup? How many crackers do you have? This is how

Garage Sales

Lawn Tractors/Mowers 109

we wash our hands!

MOVING SALE. 3583 Clark Circle, off of Bass Lake Rd. Friday & Saturday, 9am-5pm.

Babysitting

84

Learning with Love. Limited openings. Infants and toddlers. Reasonable Rates.

248-821-6627

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COMMERCE

3115 NEWTON: BABY stuff, household items, 9a.m.-5p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday

2004 SIMPLICITY Broadmoor, Briggs & Stratton 16hp. V hydro transmission, 38" floating mower deck, lawn tractor. Only 41 hours of usage. $1299, OBO 248747-7641

Pets/Supplies

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DOG KENNELRun 20'X10'X7'H, 1 door, $200 248-882-3838

Clothing/Apparel

119

MEN'S HARLEY Davidson jeans. 38X32. $20 248-6669444

Appliances

122

SEARS SOLID State water softener. Good condition. $85. 248-624-5552

Furniture/Rugs

125

RECLINING CHAIR with ottoman. $25. 248-666-9444 TWIN SIZED Girls wooden headboard bookcase $25 full sized Art Van one year old mattress (no box springs) $50. 248-624-8857 (Walled Lake area)

Bargain Bin

137

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

Odds N Ends

138

10 ADULT Barbie dolls like $25 734-299-0251 $20 PREPAID Phone card for only $12.50- I can give you a 1-800 number to verify, expires June 13, 2013. 248-6232661. DOG KENNELRun 20'X10'X7'H, 1 door, $200 248-882-3838 NJOY ELECTRONIC Cigarettes with charger, 2 for $10.00. 248-534-7004

BOATS/ OUTDOOR Wanted Boats/Jet Skis/ Parts 162 SEA-DOO JET SKIS WANTED DEAD OR DYING. 1995 on ups. $200$1400. Top $ for XP's & 947/951 or larger motors. Call Steve 231-943-4152 Boats/Motors/ Trailers

164

DAVE'S MOBILE MARINE •Pontoon Hauling •Winterizing •Shrink Wrapping "We Come To You" •Buy & Sell Motors

(248)666-9248

Trucks/Trailers

Boats/Motors/ Trailers

164

Boat & Pontoon Hauling Local & long distance Shrink wrap- Winterization

Tritube hauling specialist Winter storage $199.99 Pontoons for sale Tom 248-681-4250 seaway5@comcast.net REESE HITCH- Heavy duty 2inch draw bar, $25. 248698-4168

Boat Storage

170

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

Lakes MotorSports 4713 Dixie Highway, Waterford, MI 48329

248-674-0663 www.lakesmotorsports.com

CARS/TRUCKS MOTORCYCLES Wanted Parts/ Salvage

181

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

(248)467-0396 Unwanted Autos any year

185

1978 CHEVY 3/4 ton, solid Tennessee truck. $2,200 OBO 248-762-4565

Cars

187

SALES GUARANTEE Autos, Vans, Trucks See 1st Want Ad Pg.

AUCTION:

ABC * UNWANTED * AUTOS, CARS & TRUCKS

$200 AND UP 248-698-1062 Motorcycles

183

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

MOTORCYCLEGUARANTEE See First Want Ad Page

187

HADLEY'S TOWING 25460 TRANS X NOVI MI 48375 Auction: 10-4-11 9a.m 1. 2004 Ford Vin# 1FAFP38Z44W133086 2. 2003 Ford Vin#1FTYR44VX3PB108829 3. 2004 Ford Vin# 1FMYU92194DA04561

2009 Chevy Impala Vin# 2G1WT57K791142930

Classic/ Antique Cars

October 4th @ 3pm

CLASSIC 1967 MERCEDES Benz, 4-door sedan, original condition, $7,000. 248-3903337.

9463 Elizabeth Lake Rd. White Lake, MI 48386 (248)363-8356 HADLEY'S TOWING 24825 HATHAWAY FARMINGTON HILLS Auction: 10-4-11 9a.m 1. 1995 Porsche Vin# WP0AA2992SS321186 2. 2004 Chrysler Vin# 1C3EL55R54N101520 3. 1985 Pontiac Vin# 1G2PG3795FP247938 4. 1995 NMW Vin#WBAHD6320SGK81327 5. 1993 Pontiac Vin#1G2WH54T0PF264397 1995 LINCOLN Town Car Executive. 113k miles, runs good. Well maintained. Gray, new shocks/ tires. $3,500. 248 961-2108

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Classified Connection

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MONTE CARLO 1970, 38k original miles, like new, $12,500. 248-682-9726

Vans

194

CHEVROLET EXPRESS Van 2005. 3/4ton, V8, air, cruise, tilt, p.s p.b, power windows, power locks, keyless entry, heavy duty locking differential, ziebart, tinted windows, original owner, highly maintained. $12,900 248-622-8910

Auto Dealer Specials on Pages 55 - 56

Connect with your west Oakland neighbors –

$200 to $2,000

RC Towing 248-770-3333

Cars

over 125,000 of 248-360-SELL

248-360-7355

them each week.

For over 50 years your neighbors have looked to the Spinal Column Newsweekly as their source for news and ad information, the most effective and convenient way to connect with the neighborhoods of Commerce, West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake, Milford, Highland, White Lake and Waterford.

12 phone lines open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. • Deadline: 5 p.m. Monday.

Phone Leslie, Cindy, Rhonda or Lori at 248-360-SELL/248-360-7355 or fax your ad to 248-360-5308. ALL WANT ADS ARE INCLUDED ON OUR WEBSITE AND ARE POSTED AFTER 4 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY WEST OAKLAND’S

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IN PRINT and ON-LINE 24/7

Personal • Business • Maintenance • Improvements • Repair REPAIR/ IMPROVEMENT Appliance Repair

502

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

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



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

SINCE 1983

(248)-623-7282 Carpet Installation

513



BOB'S CARPET 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 Cabinetry

515

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

(248)363-3804 elegant-woodworking.com

Carpentry

516

Doors

524

Flooring

536

YAM CONTRACTING

THE DOOR STOP

EDWARD'S

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

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

FLOOR COVERING

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

517

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

(248)684-5928 MARCUCCI CONCRETE As Seen on ABC TV "Extreme Home Makeovers" Satisfying Customers for Over 30 Years •DRIVEWAY •PORCHES •FOUNDATIONS •BRICK •BLOCK •STAMPED/ COLORED Lic/Ins Visa/ MC Wixom

248-486-5900

 Arrow Concrete Affordability Quality Workmanship

All Phases Driveway Specials Fully Lic. & Ins. www.arrowcement.com 248-758-4346

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

248-624-3161 Electricians

528

MASTER ELECTRICIAN Insured & State licensed, 25 years experience. Prompt, courteous service. Free estimates, All types of work. Competitive prices

(248)683-7985

Electrical Specialist 20% OFF ALL LABOR Master, Lic. & Ins., 25 years Experience. 24 Hour service, Free estimates. Outside plug, service upgrades, generator hook-up, all electrical jobs .

248-343-4238 Excavating

529

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

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

248-624-4473

•Linoleum •Ceramic Tile •Hardwood Floors •Laminate Wood 27 Years Exp. Free Est.

(248)684-5983 Handy Person

545

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

(248)891-7072 Licensed and Insured

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

248-684-4175 810-714-3058

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

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

Handy Person

545

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

248-820-1286 Licensed & Insured

Heating/Duct Work 546

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

FREE ESTIMATES ON INSTALLATION

248-363-1615 HURON VALLEY HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING •Repair •Replace •Inspections •Humidifiers •Water Heaters •Night service available

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

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

548

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

248-881-3478

Lawn/Garden Services

553

A R T Outdoor Services, LLC Fall Clean-ups • Mulch • Snow Plowing • Landscaping • Lawn Service • Weeding • Insured Residential & Commercial www.artoutdoorservices.com

(248)625-5719 LADY LIBERTY ENTERPRISES Land Decorating & Maintenance, LLC. Flower bed weeding, Mulching, Brick Pavers/Repairs, Boulder Walls, Lawn Maintenance, Spring Clean-ups, Tree & Shrub Pruning. Insured.

248-634-7041

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

562

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

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

Plumbing

567

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

248-363-5864 Power Washing

569

FARR'S POWER WASHING •Deck Cleaning / Staining & Sealing •Brick Cleaning •Rust & Mold Removal •Housewashing. •Painting •Deck Repairs. farrshomeimprovements.com

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

571

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

577

I.D.C.

Premier Plumbing

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

Bob: 248-363-0589 idchomeservice.com Tile

585

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

John Miller (248)505-8865 jmtileandmarble.com

Trash/Debris Removal

586

Progressive Transportation

Doug Dible 248-431-6243

Specializing in: •Appliances •Furniture •Debris Removal

ROOF LEAKS &

Call anytime for estimates & great service

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

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

FREE Estimates 30 Years Experience

VS PAINTING SUMMER SPECIAL

248-459-7894 ROOF REPAIRS

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

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

248-894-3239

Siding

Call Doug Miller 248-360-0344

248-887-4892 Tree Service

587

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

248-240-6143 248-240-6142 248-366-1325 KODIAK TREE SERVICE 25 years experience •Tree trimming •Tree & stump removal •70ft bucket lift •Free estimates •Insured

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Tree Service

587

STUMP GRINDING AFFORDABLE Free Estimates Prompt Service Fenced Yard Accessible

Insured. Call Todd

248-425-0155

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

Licensed & Insured Free Estimates

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$649,900 $499,900 STUNNING 90 FT. OF MAIN LAKEFRONT STUNNING COUNTRY ESTATE ALL-SPORTS CASS LAKE ON 2.18 ACRES •2,778 sq. ft., 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2 fireplaces •3,200 sq. ft. + fin. walkout, 4 bed, 3.5 bath •2+ car garage, 3 decks, dock, seawall, shed •Huge mstr., fireplace, bar, sauna, 3 car #211063900 EXT. #231 •KEY #248358 #211086533 EXT. #282 •KEY #248359

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$209,900 $219,900 GORGEOUS GERUNDEGUT BAY 219 FT. FRONTAGE TO ALL-SPORTS CASS LAKE ALL-SPORTS WILLIAMS LAKE •Remodeled ranch, stone fireplace, dining rm •3 bedroom, 2 bath, Florida rm, deck •Corian counter kitchen, tile, crown molding •Great rm w/fireplace, deck/dock, shed #211027050 EXT. #280 •KEY #248373 #211089314 EXT. #296•KEY #256951

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

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CHARMING HOME ON ALL-SPORTS WATKINS LAKE •1,170 sq. ft., 3 bed, deep treed lot, fireplace •Basement, 2 car garage, huge storage loft #211078354 EXT. #251 •KEY #248371

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GORGEOUS 1.37 ACRES WOODED LOT ON HURON RIVER •2,160 sq. ft., 4 bed, 2 bath, 1st flr. laundry •Great room, formal dining, basement, 2 car #211082673 EXT. #233 •KEY #248375 . WP DT IEL F OM BLO W.

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$124,900 $118,900 ALL-SPORTS PENINSULA LAKE SHARP RANCH - TREED LOT LAKEFRONT ON TREED LOT OVERLOOKING CROSS LAKE •3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,321 sq. ft., updates •3-4 bedroom, 2 bath ranch w/fin. walkout •Part finished basement, deck, 3 car garage •3 fireplaces, 2 car, lrg. deck, patio and deck #211064266 EXT. #204 •KEY #248379 #211095520 EXT. #253 •KEY #258748 RD FO TER WA

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211095330 - $94,900

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SUPERB COMMERCE HOME 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, first floor master with bath, close to M-5

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GORGEOUS HOME 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2 story great room, gourmet kitchen

NEWER CONTEMPORARY CONDO 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, close to downtown Milford

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

FAIRWAY ESTATE STUNNING 2 bedroom, 3 bath, granite,new carpet, tile, overlooking 16th hole

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

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

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

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WELL MAINTAINED RANCH HOME 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, vaulted ceiling, multi-level deck, finished basement

PROF. LANDSCAPED, PRIVATE SETTING 5 bedrooms, 2.2 baths, master ste. with jacuzzi and private balcony, lower level walkout

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

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CHARMING CAPE COD 1.5 ACRES 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, master suite, private bath, wrap around deck, finished basement

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

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

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HARTLAND - FOR LEASE $1,700 Approx. 1,900 sq. ft. colonial, 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths, finished basement. Two car attached garage, peaceful wooded setting on 0.63 acres, with access to clean, desirable Dunham Lake, gorgeous park, newer kitchen, all appliances, family room/fireplace, hot tub in sunroom, Hartland schools. To move in: application with credit report, 1 1/2 months security deposit, 1st month rent, pets with landlord’s approval. $200 non refundable pet deposit. No smokers. Possession negotiable. Landlord will use his lease contract. FOR ALL SHOWINGS CALL MATT FOSTER 248-229-9002

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

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Low Monthly Payments • Highest Quality Vehicles Purchasing a new sub-compact car can easily cost you $18,000 or more, and for that price, you’re still likely to have to compromise on features that are important to you.

Get the most from your car buying dollars, with all the features you need and want with a previously owned vehicle!

O N E W E E K O N LY - S e p . 2 8 t h t o O c t . 5 t h OTHER FINE CARS & TRUCKS

2001 CHEVROLET VENTURE VAN Was 5,740

2011 CHEVROLET HHR #P1980

17,450

2010 CHEVROLET IMPALA #P2016

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#P1940A

16,888

$

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16,777**

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2009 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN

2007 CHRYSLER SEBRING #P2031

11,450

$

#P2001

14,449**

$

2008 FORD ESCAPE XLT #P1937

18,850

$

18,477

$

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2005 HONDA CRV #P1943A

12,290

$

11,777**

$

14,995

$

10,850**

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Vehicle Overview – Wearing a restyled grille and front fascia, only this passenger model has features that include lower anchors for rear child-safety seats, as well as available rear parking assist. Ventures have dual sliding doors. A power right-side door is standard on the LT. All seats except for the front buckets may be removed, yielding a cargo volume of 133 cubic feet. Ride quality is pleasing, and performance is a definite plus. Options include – Power steering, power door locks, power windows, cruise control, trip computer, daytime running lights, driver side sliding door, anti-lock braking system (ABS), side air bag system.

EPA FUEL ECONOMY • City: 19 • Highway: 26

2010 FORD FUSION #P2018

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18,450

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17,499**

$

2008 SATURN VUE #P2035

15,850

$

15,449**

$

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2199 Haggerty Road @ Pontiac Trail • Walled Lake

17,450

$

4,996

$

248-624-4500

Morris Motors Michigan

Complete Inventory At: www.morrismotorsmi.com For Peace of Mind: most of our vehicles have warranty or service contracts available.

**For purchase with qualified credit approval. Prices are plus tax, title, license & doc fee. Call dealer for more details. Offer good thru 10/5/11. Subject to prior sale.

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Tues., Wed., Fri.: 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

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