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WILD WINTER STROLLING APPETIZER EVENT The Bogie Lake Greenhouse in White Lake is hosting an appetizer event from 6 – 10 p.m. on March 22. This event that will help Faith in Action of Oakland County begin services this year to help assist our low income elderly population of Oakland County. There will be entertainment and food. ‘War of the Assisted Living’s Chef ’s,’ will take place again this year. Last year the chefs from Sunrise of Bloomfield won the competition with serving Tortellini to your liking. There will be a 50/50 raffles and a Silent Auction.

Community Takes On Gun Violence BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR editor@scnmail.com

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners as well as many local activists, parents and public figures has taken action to reduce gun violence in Michigan. On Thursday, February 21st a group of local community activists and advocates gathered in Commerce Township to urge Congressman Kerry Bentivolio to support reasonable gun safety laws. At the rally, concerned MoveOn.org members joined by other gun safety groups urged Congressman Bentivolio to take action. “It is time for our new Congressman to stand up for common sense reforms that will reduce gun violence,” Gwen Markham, a local MoveOn.org member, said in a statement. “Congress can not wait for the next Newtown, Virginia Tech, Tucson or Columbine before taking action. Rep. Bentivolio needs to return to Washington and vote to protect our children and our community. We

While Michigan has enacted a modest amount of gun violence, the state does not limit the number of firearms that can be purchased at one time, regulate unsafe handguns, allow law enforcement discretion to deny a concealed handgun license and more.

urge Bentivolio to stand up against gun violence.” On March 12 a second hearing, as part of a four-part series, on gun violence and school

safety occurred at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners office in Pontiac. The informational hearing included educational panelists to speak

from a school perspective. Future hearings will also include discussion topics of mental health and gun rights with panelists including a U.S. Attorney, a former F.B.I. member and mental health experts. Lansing Mayor Virgil Bernero and Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence joined the Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign earlier this month. They were both featured in a PSA commercial featuring 30 mayors demanding that Congress take immediate action to prevent gun violence. The rallies and support come at a time when gun violence and safety laws have drawn the attention of the national media after tragic events like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The rallies are urging Michigan political leaders as well as Michigan schools to take action against gun violence. “It was very reassuring to learn that schools in our area

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Hockey Team Raises Money For UCPA of Michigan

“cALLING ALL OWLS” The Kensington Metropark at the Nature Center will host “Calling All Owls,” Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. Owls, mysterious and fascinating birds, are often misunderstood. Join an interpreter and separate fact from fiction followed by an attempt to locate resident screen owls. Fee: $3 per person. Preregistration required. For ages 6 and older. Call 810-227-8910 INSIDE One Minute Interview....2A Education........................3A Lake Area News..............4A Entertainment................5A Commentary..................6A Real Estate................3B-5B Classified........................5B 248.360.7355 scan to Call

The Ameriprise Senior Hockey Team has partnered with the United Cerebral Palsy Association to raise money and awareness for cerebral palsy during their annual golf outing. PHOTO BY ALI ARMSTRONG.

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Highland resident Steve Gordinier and his wife Shannon never thought that their son would be diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but after their 6-year-old son Andrew was diagnosed with the disease, the family’s friends and teammates jumped in to support. “We have a little boy, Andrew, and at a young age he was just really clumsy and as he got older it was just getting more troublesome to me,” Shannon Gordinier said. “We went to a specialist, looked into it further, ran tests and we pretty much came to a conclusion that it was a mild case of cerebral palsy.” Gordinier’s hockey team, The Ameriprise Senior Hockey Team, and the United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCPA) teamed up to support families, like the Gordinier family, cope with cerebral palsy and its financial burdens. Together they launched the first annual United Cerebral Palsy Michigan Golf Outing

to raise money to support the UCPA. After Gordinier’s teammates Jason Trzcinski and Matt Brown found out about his son Andrew, they decided to help. “Every summer, we have come together to play golf and have some fun. Last summer was to be no different until we were notified that one of our teammates had a son who was diagnosed with a mild case of cerebral palsy,” Jason Trzcinski said in an e-mail. “None of us really knew what cerebral palsy was at the time, but what we did know is that we needed to come together for a greater cause than just playing golf. So it began.” The Ameriprise Senior Hockey Team partnered with the UCPA to host their first golf outing last year. With 100 golfers, the outing raised close to $10,000 to support the UCPA and families dealing with cerebral palsy. “It was very moving to see how grateful a family was to have their friends come together to recognize a condition that flies under the radar when it comes to charity,” Trzcinski said.

After attending therapy sessions for Andrew, the family wanted to support other families like theirs. “We were kind of taken back that United Cerebral Palsy didn’t have a lot of fundraiser type stuff, so we really just jumped right on it,” Steve Gordinier said. In a five-year commitment to Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, the hockey team has scheduled another golf outing June 21 at the Majestic Golf Course in Hartland. The outing will include golf, raffles, door prizes and more. Now headed into their second year, the team has even bigger plans. “We made almost $10,000 last year and our goal this year is obviously to raise more money to benefit families that cannot pay for therapy,” Gordinier said. “It’s just going to continue to grow.” For more information of the United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan Golf Outing or for sponsorship opportunities, visit cpgolf.org.

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ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW Union Lake Resident Releases Book About Paranormal Experiences BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR

wards. I turned my bedroom lights on and indeed there was nothing there, I couldn’t find any evidence.”

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The following are excerpts from a telephone interview with “Welcome To My Para‘normal’ Life” author, Exie Susanne Smith.

hy did you decide to start keeping journals about all these experiences?

“Well I had to have an outlet. Because I couldn’t talk to anyone, I needed to write it down. Given that this was back in the 70s, even with all the movements going on, you still just didn’t talk about this – nobody did.”

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an you tell me a little bit about your background?

“This is my fifth career. I’ve been looking for this for years. I graduated from Northwood and went to work for IBM for fours years, left there and then started working at Walled Lake Schools as a computer tech and left that about 10 years ago to write a children’s book (which is still not finished,) they’re really hard to write! I just knew I had to write this book and the day I did, the energy was just immense.”

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ow has the reaction to the book been?

Exie Susanne Smith is the author of “Welcome To My Para‘normal’ Life.” Her book is available for purchase on amazon.com or at local bookstores.

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thing down anybody’s throat and I try not to leave anything open-ended. I try to teach or explain the events and what I thought they were and why they occurred, and if I cant, then I go into a scientific basis of it, which is really important to me – the science of all of it.”

hat is your book “Welcome To My Para‘normal’ Life” about?

“It is a paranormal memoir, non-fiction, and it’s written from my journals that I have kept for 42 years with all of my paranormal experiences. It started when I was 12 and has continued up until today…it covers that because I will see, hear, sense and smell things and it’s those experiences.”

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an you tell me about the first paranormal experience you had when you were 12-years-old?

“You ever have the feeling that someone or something is there? I had been having that feeling and consequently became a non-lover of the dark and had to have the lights on. One night I was sound asleep and I heard a ‘click.’ I woke up and froze because I knew that sound; it was my bedroom door closing. I opened my eyes and looked around and noticed the door was shut and the room was pitch black. I was terrified. I could see a shape in my closet and it started crawling towards me. In my head I was yelling ‘turn on the light, turn on the light’ but I couldn’t move. At that moment I started to pray to God and as I did that, whatever was in my closet started to glide back-

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hy did you decide to put those experiences into a book?

“I think paranormal is so huge right now, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do but rarely talked about with anybody. My parents didn’t even know when all this started, I told nobody because back then I was afraid they would either medicate me or hospitalize me. So I thought ‘well you’re going to do this so why not get it out there where you have a better chance of it being accepted and less ridicule.’ I tried really hard to write it from an educational standpoint and an experimental standpoint. I don’t shove any-

show at the end of this month, I have a book signing up in Lansing next month and Traverse City invited me back for their film festival in August.”

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o you have any plans to release a second book or a sequel to this book?

“Yes I do. I still have a children’s book in progress, but maybe once I get grandchildren I’ll get the voice back. I would also like to release a sequel to this book, which has really already written itself. Everyone has a story and that has become my goal, to just communicate and hear people’s stories.”

“It’s been really good. I just got invited to appear on a paranormal radio

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EDUCATION MHS Students Sign Letters of Intent

Milford High School students hosted a college-signing event for nine student athletes that plan to pursue athletics at the collegiate level March 13. The nine athletes are Derek Newman (football – Dean College,) Jonna Villemure (volleyball – Michigan Tech,) Chris Housel (cross country – University of Toldeo,) Danielle Horvath (volleyball – University of Michigan at Dearborn,) Cody Snavley (cross country – University of Michigan,) Maddie Carr (softball – Olivet College,) Kathleen Kruszewski (lacrosse – Kalamazoo College,) Rebecca Morrin (softball – Concordia University,) Rachel Morrin (softball – Concordia University.)

Pleasant Lake Elementary hosts Leadership Day Pleasant Lake Elementary School is hosting Leadership Day on March 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Space is limited and guests are asked to RSVP for this event by contacting Brenda Raymond at brendaraymond@wlcsd. org or 248.956.2800 by March 22. During Leadership Day, guests will have the opportunity to: learn about how the seven habits have become the guiding principles in developing Pleasant Lake’s school culture, learn about the Leader in Me process and

the path to Lighthouse status, visit classrooms and interact with student leaders and see how Data Walls, Leadership Notebooks, and Plus/Delta Charts contribute to student success. This event will take place at Pleasant Lake Elementary School (4900 Halsted Rd. W. Bloomfield.) For more information, contact Judy Evola at judyevola@wlcsd.org.

Huron Valley Schools Employee Receives Statewide Recognition

Sarah Moore, Confidential Administrative Assistant to the Human Resource Director of Huron Valley Schools has been named as the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators Outstanding Human Resources Support Staff of the year. Bob Schram, Interim Human Resources Director for Huron Valley Schools, nominated Sarah Moore for the MASPA award in February. He states: “In my brief tenure here at Huron Valley Schools I have quickly seen how vitally important Sarah Moore is to the human resources function.” Each year, MASPA at their March Human Resources Support Staff meeting, gives an award recognizing an individual that significantly impacts and provides outstanding support for the human resources office in a Michigan school district. In his nomination letter Mr. Schram noted: “To fully understand the importance of Sarah Moore to the Human Re-

source Department of the Huron Valley Schools one has to know and appreciate the range of duties required for her position.” In addition, Mr. Schram notes “Due to a variety of circumstances over the past four years, Sarah has had five executive directors of human resources to train and support…thanks to Sarah’s expertise and support, the human resources function in Huron Valley has continued without skipping a beat and continues to provide outstanding support to all of our 1500+ employees.” Sarah was pleasantly surprised by the award and the attendance of James Baker, Superintendent for Huron Valley Schools, Kim Root, Director of Communications and Community Relations. Joanne Tibedeau, Supervisor of Benefits and Contracts and Sarah’s husband, George Moore were at the presentation March 6 in Lansing.

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LAKES AREA NEWS Calendar of Events

FUN ON THE FARM - EGG HUNT The Kensington Metropark Farm Center will host Fun on the Farm: Egg Hunt on Thursday, March 28 at 10 a.m. Time to have an egg scramble and get to meet the Easter Bunny. Fee: $5 per person (cash only) - children under 12 months are free. Call 810-227-8910 INDIAN SPRINGS METROPARK DISCOVERY CENTER “Easter Egg Scramble with Rosco the Clown,” Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Environmental Discovery Center of Indian Springs Metropark near White Lake. Share some laughs with Rosco the Clown; enjoy face painting, spring crafts and an Easter egg hunt scheduled by age group. Preregistration required; call for reservations and times. Fee: $5 per child in advance. Space is limited. For additional information or to register call 248-625-7280. KENSINGTON METROPARK “THE GREAT EGG HUNT” Maple Beach at Kensington Metropark (near Milford/Brighton) will host The Great Egg Hunt Saturday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. Kids will get an opportunity to pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny so bring your camera! Watch the Farmer John and The Barnyard Express animal show at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Easter egg hunt will be held promptly at 11 a.m. Early arrival is highly recommended. Fee: $5 per child, payable at the event; children 12 months and under are free.

For additional information, please call 810-227-8910. ANNUAL HURON VALLEY EASTER EGG HUNT Mark your calendar now as the Easter Bunny is scheduled to visit the Huron Valley on Saturday, March 23 at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland. Located just south of M59 on Duck Lake Road, thousands of candy-filled Easter eggs will be scattered to be found by children ages 2–10 years old at the 11th Annual Huron Valley Easter Egg Hunt. The first 450 kids will receive a goody bag filled with candy and games. A special covered tent will be available for kids to have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny or have their face painted FREE of charge. Egg Hunts are as follows: 2-4 year olds will begin their hunt at 11 a.m.; 5-7 year olds will start at 11:10 a.m.; and 8-10 year olds will hunt for eggs at 11:20 a.m. Bring your camera and capture the memories. For more information, contact the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce at (248) 685-7129. VILLAGE OF WOLVERINE LAKE EASTER BUNNY LUNCHEON On Saturday, March 23 at the Richardson Center (located at 1485 E. Oakley Park Road, Commerce) from 1 - 3 p.m. you can have lunch with the Easter Bunny. Lunch includes: pizza, dessert, crafts and egg hunt. There will be an Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. The cost is child: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Adults: $2 in advance, $3 at the door. To register please call 248-624-1710

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are working to reassure that children can learn in a safe environment,” Commissioner Marcia Gershenson said. “I am a former schoolteacher and so the idea of what happened in Newtown is just such a shocking, horrible occurrence to me. I am so reassured that superintendents, schoolteachers and parents are all on the same page recognizing that children won’t learn if they don’t feel safe. It was a very important issue to me.” The four-part series, “Curbing Gun Violence,” held by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners addressed issues related to gun violence like law enforcement, school safety and mental health. The panel will address issues on a local and state level with Commissioner Bill Dwyer sending a report with the panel’s findings to the Oakland County Commissioners in June. Dwyer says the report is likely to include a request for increased funding for mental health resources at the state and national level. “I think where we have to go with this is we have to treat mental health; we have to look at the loopholes and the background checks,” Dwyer said. “I don’t believe any gun

bans are going to serve any purpose. They tried to ban weapons with The Brady Law and it was ineffective for 10 years… the criminal elements are the ones that are going to get the weapons one way or another.” Earlier this month The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Democratic-sponsored measures to expand the nation’s gun background check system and a Justice Department program that funds school security plans. The bill lacks bipartisan support and Republicans have united in opposition saying that the bill might overburden gun owners and do little to reduce gun-related crimes. At the local level however, Dwyer and Gershenson have said that the reaction to the recent push to control gun violence has been great. “I’ve gotten a very positive reaction to this… I think people are tired of the gridlock in Lansing and in Washington,” Gershenson said. “I think each group wants to have their needs recognized rather then blame this on some one sector of the population.” “We are united,” says Dwyer.

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EARTH HOUR ASTRONOMY The Kensington Metropark Nature Center will host Earth Hour Astronomy Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. Celebrate international “lights out” night with an astronomy program. Outdoor viewing will follow an indoor program viewing. Fee: $3 per person. Preregistration required. For ages 6 and older. Call 810-2278910 ARTIST LECTURE AT MILFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH The Village Fine Arts Association (VFAA) invites the public to a lecture by Mary Cassatt, American artist and rebel, who will share her experiences as a female artist working in the United States and Paris at the time when the Impressionists rose to recognition in the 19th Century. Ms. Cassatt will be portrayed by Nancy Coumoundouros, who holds a degree from the University of Michigan where she minored in History of Art. VFAA informational meetings are free and open to everyone interested in the Milford area art scene and are on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through October. Come for the membership meeting at 7:30 p.m. or come for the lecture only at 8:00 p.m. For more information call Susan Gollon at 248421-3337 COMMERCE TWP. COMMUNITY LIBRARY SATURDAY MATINEE On Saturday March 23 the Commerce Twp. Library will be having a free Saturday movie matinee. Join for a viewing of the Oscar winning film for best picture Argo. This film is rated R,

viewing audience should be over the age of 18 or attend with a parent/legal guardian. Popcorn and light refreshments will be served. No registration required. Time is 2 - 4:30 p.m. BERWYCK SADDLE CLUB FUN HORSE SHOW On Saturday March 30 at 3 p.m. there will be the annual Pink Breast Awareness Fun Horse Show. $10/rider charity donation. Fun classes include costume; barrel racing; keyhole; pole bending; flag race; egg and spoon; ribbon race; musical feed bag; and more! Email www. ber wycksaddleclub@ gmail.com for more details or RSVP to Patti at 734.637.1555. MILFORD HIGH SCHOOL MATTRESS FUNDRAISER Milford High School is having a Mattress Fundraiser on March 24 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Milford High School Cafeteria. All sizes available. Pillow-top, orthopedic and memory foam. All mattresses are brand new with factory warranties. Prices are 40 percent to 60 percent off retail. They will also have mattress protectors, frames and sheet sets available for purchase. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards will be accepted. All profits go directly to the baseball and softball Programs. WALLED LAKE NORTHERN WOMEN’S LACROSSE The Walled Lake Lady Gladiators will host a Women’s Lacrosse Play Day on Saturday, March 23 at Walled Lake Northern High School. From 11:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., the Lady Gladiators Varsity and Junior Varsity teams will match

Kazimierz Brzozowski Returns To HVCA’s Classical Series Internationally acclaimed pianist Dr. Kazimierz Brzozowski, noted for his captivating performances and master execution of Fryderyk Chopin’s work, gives an encore performance for the 2013 Huron Valley Council for the Arts’ Classical Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the event, which takes place at the council, located at 205 W. Livingston Road, Highland. A Michigan resident, Brzozowski frequently has performed in recitals as well as served as an orchestral soloist for local orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. His program features a smorgasbord of classical music, including selections such as “Grande Polonaise in F-sharp Major, Op. 6” by Juliusz Zarębski as well “Four Mazurkas, Op. 24” (G minor, No. 1, C Minor, No. 2, A-flat Major, No. 3 and B-flat minor, No. 4) by Chopin. A graduate of the Warsaw Chopin Academy of Music (M.M.) and University of Michigan (DMA), Brzozowski has won awards their skills with the lacrosse teams from Warren Regina and Saline. At 3:45 p.m. the high school teams will clear the field to make way for the Michigan State University Spartans woman’s lacrosse team to take on the Indiana University Hoosiers. One-time admission to all games is only $5. Concessions will be available and interested girls will be able to try out equipment. For more information, call 248-464-0487.

As a student in Warsaw, he often appeared in recitals at the Academy of Music, Chopin Society, Warsaw Musical Society, National Philharmonic Hall, and Concert at Zelazowa Wola — Chopin’s birthplace. He is both the founder and director of the International Summer Music Festival, which takes place annually in Naleczow, Poland. His concert credits include a debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, performed in Warsaw with the Polish National Radio Orchestra and recorded live for the Public Radio and TV, the Mozart Festival and the Chopin Festival. He also has taken part in recitals for the Chopin Foundation in Florida. Brzozowski has made recordings for the Polish radio and television as well as recorded compact discs with music by Chopin, Szymanowski and Liszt. For more information, or to purchase $15 tickets to this concert or that of soprano Karen Roberts on Saturday, April 20,  go to HVCA in person, call 248-8898660 or go to www.huronvalleyarts.org.  

Kazimierz brzozowski will perform as a part of the huron valley council for the arts’ classical series Saturday, March 23.

in several national and international competitions and festivals. He has received scholarships from the Chopin Society of Warsaw, Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, and the Barbara Pinsecka Johnson Foundation. In addition, he was honored with awards from the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, Ann Arbor Musical Society in Michigan, University of Michigan and

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FROM THE EDITOR Why all the hate? Journalists are people too!

Dear Editor, Despite getting clobbered in the fiscal cliff negotiations, Republicans have something to celebrate this year -- the survival of health savings accounts, or HSAs. They had feared that President Obama would obliterate this critical costsaving tool. Sure, the president had promised that ObamaCare would not bar HSA-qualified plans from health insurance exchanges. But we had our doubts. Fortunately, we were wrong. A new regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services should put Republican fears to rest. Issued in November, the Department’s proposed Actuarial Value Calculator has been tested and re-tested. Republicans and HSA experts can conclude only one thing from this mathematical tool: ObamaCare is safe for HSAs. HSAs are accounts that allow the owners of highdeductible health insurance plans to save tax-free for medical expenses. HSAqualified plans offer low monthly premiums, which has made them the fastestgrowing type of health plan in United States for the past four years. If initial results from private health exchanges operating in Minnesota are any indication,

that spent eight to 18 hours working on that newspaper. This means we find stories, go meet sources, we talk to a lot of people, we dig through records, and so much more before we even sit down to write. Those 300 to 500 words you read have hours of time put into them, all to inform the public on the happenings in the community. So why all the hate? At the end of the day, we still are just a bunch of people trying to do our jobs and frankly, it hurts when you tear apart a production that we spent countless hours working on. As the editor of this paper I have seen my fair share of “reader mail.” Bill McMullen from White Lake called the paper “a big piece of (explicit)” and called the “Spinal Column” staff “a bunch of 3rd-rate wannabes.” When I came into this position, former “Spinal Column” editor Kirk Pinho had put together a “manual” with need-to-know information regarding my new editorial responsibilities…There wasn’t anything in there about dealing with situations like this, so here it goes. Here at the “Spinal Column” our staff works hard every day to ensure that our readers are getting a quality publication each week. Our sales team is constantly working with advertisers (after all we are a free publication and our sales team has to work twice as hard to make sure it stays that way, so please stop complaining about the ads) and I am sifting through e-mails daily, meeting for interviews and reporting the news. We work hard, just like you, and we do make mistakes, just like you. So the next time you think about throwing the “Spinal Column” staff, including myself, under a bus, please remember all the hard work us actual human beings (with feelings) put into this paper.

BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR aliarmstrong@scnmail.com

Journalists are like firefighters, police, soldiers or first responders. We run towards trouble when everyone else is running in the opposite direction. So why is it that in the United States, journalists are seen as nosey, invasive and often downright sleazy? For some reason the American public doesn’t have a generally good feeling or trust for reporters. Maybe the resentment was born back in the age of yellow journalism when newspapers would print just about anything to sell stories. Or maybe it’s from all the bad press (excuse the pun) that journalists are just out to get people. Sure our job might require we be there asking questions during death or difficult times, or we might bankrupt a company due to a scandal that is reported on. But journalists act the same way you do about working, we complain and drink lots of coffee to make it through the day. A lot of people don’t really understand what a journalist does. Most people just pick up their morning paper and take it for granted. Behind every article, every section, every issue, there is a hard-working team

more than half of insurance buyers want an HSA-qualified plan. Republicans have lauded HSAs for years, both as a way to bring choice and savings to individual consumers, and as a method for keeping overall health care expenses from spiraling out of control. The White House and Department of Health and Human Services appear to have also concluded, rightly, that for the health exchanges to work, the option to choose low-cost, HSA-qualified health plans must be preserved. The proposed health care regulations embodied in the Actuarial Value Calculator are so fair and reasonable that much of the Republican health care policy apparatus has been stunned into silence -- perhaps accounting for how little we’ve heard about the new regulation. Literally, with one draft rule, and indications that other draft rules will also permit HSAs, the Department has silenced a huge chorus of Republican critics of the President’s health care plan. On Capitol Hill, health care aides to Republican Senators and Congressmen are asking, “what do we say now?” You can hear the delete button being pressed on whole paragraphs of stump speeches

pounding ObamaCare. Assuming the rules don’t change, the implications are enormous. Inside the beltway, it means a new era of détente has broken out in at least one corner of the health care wars. Republicans can say that one of their signature health care policies has been preserved under ObamaCare. Democrats can point out that the President kept his promise. Across America, current HSA owners will get to keep the plans they have. HSA-qualified plans will remain the least-expensive type of health insurance policy on the market. And Americans will have more health care choices than we thought they would. It’s not often in Washington that we get to say “everybody wins,” but this is that rare occasion. - Dan Perrin, Executive Director of the HSA Coalition

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COMMENTARY POLICE BLOTTER COMMERCE TOWNSHIP CrashInvestigator Assist

A 61-year-old Waterford Township resident was traveling north on Matrin Parkway near Pontiac Trail when he left the roadway and hit a tree. The driver was the lone occupant and trapped inside of the vehicle. Due to the severity of his injuries Survival Flight was requested. The victim was flown to U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor for medical treatment. The victim is listed in serious but stable condition.

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reports. Information that the suspects and the vehicle used were identified by a witness. Deputies and detectives from the Highland Twp. sub-station were able to locate and arrest the suspects: an 18-year-old male from Highland Twp. and a 18-year-old male from Milford Twp. Suspects were located and arrested at a local pawn shop as they were attempting to pawn the stolen items. The suspects were transported and lodged at the Oakland County Jail pending review by the Prosecutors Office.

On March 8 officers were dispatched to a residence on reports of three white males throwing eggs at a vehicle that was parked in a driveway. Officers were advised all three males were running on foot and still in the area. Officers located one of the suspects and proceeded to chase him on foot. The suspect was eventually caught and arrested for disorderly intoxication and obstruct. Officer issued a citation and suspect received court date.

Deputies responded to a retail fraud complaint at the Walmart on Haggerty Road near Pontiac Trail. Upon arrival Oakland County Sheriff ’s officers received information that a male subject took two 46” screen TVs and fled the store on foot. Oakland County Sheriff K-9 was requested to assist in locating the subject. Deputies conducted a track for about 40 minutes and for a distance of 300 yards when the dog located the suspect hiding in a field. The TVs were recovered. The suspect, a 24-year-old Walled Lake resident, was taken into custody.

Compliant states between March 8 and March 10 an unknown person stole the catalytic converter from his vehicle while it was parked. Officers observed that exhaust pipe had been cut with a saw and catalytic converter was taken.

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VFAA Hires Director of Development, Focuses on New Art Center The Village Fine Arts Association (VFAA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrea Perry as its Director of Development. As the first ever FAA employee, Perry will focus on bringing the Suzanne Haskew Art Center (SHAC) to Milford. “Andrea is a creative thinker with strong community contacts and ties to Milford,” said Susan Gollon, VFAA Executive Director. “With our communities help, we are confident that Andrea will lead the VFAA in fulfilling our dream of bringing an art center to Milford.” The VFAA has been an all-volunteer organization for over two decades but the decision and challenge to move forward with the SHAC required a dedicated, compensated director. The VFAA looks forward to continuing and expanding their active role in the community with this exciting new concept.” The granddaughter of Suzie Haskew, one of the founding mothers of the VFAA, Andrea credits her attraction to the arts to her grandmother. Growing up in South Lyon, Andrea Spent much of her childhood in Milford attending community events with her family. After marrying life-long Milford resident Isaac Perry in 2001, the couple made their home with their two children in Isaac`s childhood home in the village. To learn more and assist in the SHAC planning, local residents are encouraged to visit www.milfordvfaa.org to complete a survey or contact Andrea at shac@milfordvfaa.org or call 248-797-3060

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5K Memorial Run To Benefit Familes Of Sandy Hook

A 5K run/walk to benefit The Sandy Hook School Support Fund will occur Saturday, March 23 at 10A.M. at Kensington Metro Park - East Boat Launch, Milford, MI. The Sandy Hook Virtual Run For The Families is about honoring the memory of lives lost and celebrating the gift of life. Please join H.E.A.T. 4 Athletes/CrossFit Justice for the Milford 5K Run/Walk starting from Kensington Metro Park East Boat Launch (park entrance fee required).

Donations are appreciated and accepted at www.crowdrise.com/ HEAT4athletes. Please no cash donations the day of the event. If you would like to register as a virtual runner/walker register at www.hartfordmarathon.com/ Events/Sandy_Hook_ Run_for_the_Families/ Registration.htm. The entry fee of $25 is a 100 percent donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Please wear green the day of the event in honor of those who lost their lives.

Kensington Metropark Kicks Off Annual Maple Syrup Demonstrations

The first Saturday of March kicked off Kensington Metropark’s annual Maple Syrup demonstrations. The event started off slow due to bad weather but has quickly became a must see event. The people are flooding in and the syrup is flowing out of the trees. The event is every Saturday and Sunday in the month of March. PHOTO AND CAPTION BY TERRI HUPP, MHS Photography Student.

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LOCAL SPORTS Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Stop Walled Lake Teen From Excelling in Sports BY ZOILA BROWN CONTRIBUTING WRITER If you ask most people if having a partial paralysis would hinder you from pursuing sports, the answer might be yes. But they might think twice if they met 16-year-old Joe Cancilla of Walled Lake. Despite a routine pregnancy, Joe’s parents Shari and Dave Cancilla, had suspicions there were some medical issues with Joe when he tried to crawl. “He would not use his right arm and leaned on his left arm to scoot around,” says Shari, a clinical documentation specialist at a local hospital. Their concerns continued when Joe was also having problems moving his right leg when he tried to walk. Joe’s pediatrician suggested he be seen by specialists at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan for further evaluation. “We ended up seeing a pediatric neurologist who confirmed that Joe had suffered a stroke while I was still pregnant, causing cerebral palsy and a partial paralysis of his right side,” Shari says. As difficult as that diagnosis was, the Cancilla family had a feeling the diagnosis was not going to stop Joe from excelling in everything he wanted to do. At his daycare,

Despite being diagnosed with partial paralysis, Walled Lake teen Joe Cancilla has excelled on the junior varsity baseball team at Walled Lake Western High School as a pitcher and first baseman.

his competitive streak became evident and he would manage to keep up with all the activities the other kids would engage in. Knowing Joe would need continued therapy and follow up care, Dave and Shari met with James Chinarian, MD, medical director, Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “We knew as soon as we met him that we found a perfect match. Dr. Chinarian was very compassionate and encouraged Joe to pursue his athletic

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maintaining a 3.8 grade point average. Shari says Joe is hoping to combine his love of sports and compassion for others who may have disabilities, by pursuing the field of athletic training or exercise physiology. Dr. Chinarian says that Joe often serves as an inspiration when he talks to other families facing a similar situation. “I have often used Joe as an example over the many years I have known him, when talking to other families and kids with cerebral palsy or similar disabilities, telling them about Joe and that their disability doesn’t have to stop them from participating in sports or music or anything because of how much he has been able to accomplish,” Chinarian says. Shari says Joe has also served as a great role model for his younger brother Nick and countless others who have come across this wonderful young man. “When Joe was asked in elementary school, what kind of super power he would like to have. He said he would like to fly and go to three states,” Shari said. “A little surprised, I asked him wouldn’t he want a right arm and leg that worked normally? He said no mom, then I wouldn’t be me.”

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Four gymnasts from the Walled Lake gymnastics teams advanced for the MHSAA State Gymnastics Individual Finals at Plymouth High School. Pictured are: central junior Sammi Pulgini (floor,) northern junior Torie Fagan (bars and floor,) northern sophmores Sam Randlett (vault and floor) and Shannon Ryan (bars and beam.)   PHOTO SUMBITTED BY SARAH HOUCHINS

The Milford-Lakeland Gymnastics Team finished the season 12th in the state. In the Individual Event Finals, senior Amber Talaski finished her high school career as an All State Gymnast placing 7th on bars with a score of 9.2 and 3rd on Balance Beam. With a 9.3.junior Catrina Malysz is also an All State Gymnast placing 7th on vault with a score of 9.4, 8th on bars with a 9.175, 7th on balance beam with a 9.3 and 6th all around scoring a 37.175. The Team was awarded $250 from the Jeanne Caruss Memorial Fund. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY CLAUDIA KORCHNAK

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TOM BUCHANAN 248-326-4568

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CHERYL YEAGER

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LAKES AREA PALACE

NEW TO THE MARKET WALK TO DOWNTOWN MILFORD!! Meticuously maintained 3 bedroom Milford Village home. Hardwood floors, full basement, bay window in Living Room, private fenced back yard. 1.5 car garage. All for $129,900 AS630E

Over 3,000 sf, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, granite - stainless kitchen, dining room, fabulous master suite, 3 car garage. Listed at $392,000 Call Tom Buchanan

(248) 738-2165

SPRINGFIELD TWP. 15+ ACRE RETREAT Comfortable 4 bedroom, 3 bath, open floor plan, great room w/ soaring ceiling, fireplace, master suite, FF laundry, large deck, James Hardie siding, Marvin windows, teak hardwood floors, walk out LL, pole barn, extensive landscaping $320,000 (CY12109S)

Features 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, has beautiful hardwood floors in the kitchen, half bath and foyer. The spacious kitchen with its oak cabinetry, gorgeous granite counters tops, is the perfect for large family gatherings. The kitchen opens to a beautifully landscaped yard and custom brick paver patio. On cool spring evenings enjoy relaxing in the hot tub or sitting around the fire pit. Other features include, large master bath, formal dining room, 1st floor laundry, Den, finished basement and 3 car attached garage. Call Carol today for your private showing. $259,900

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SUSI GOLLINGER

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Mint Condition at the end of the street. Private with deck to enjoy the outdoors. Updated kitchen & baths w/granite. Roof, water tank, heater, & softener 3 yrs old. Hardwood floors. Finished Basement. 1st Floor Laundry. Fireplace. MLS#213022254 $118,500 CALL ME TODAY!!!

MOTIVATED SELLERS**MOVE IN READY Loads of exterior updates less than 5 yrs old. Updated kitchen & baths. Sprinkler System. Walk to St Patrick’s & Dublin Elem. 1 Yr Home Warranty MLS#213006702 $174,900 CALL ME TODAY!!!

COMMERCE LEASE $1,500 3 Bedroom, 2 Baths, 1 1/2 story. First floor master, partially finished basement. No pets or smokers, please. Lake privileges on All-sports Commerce Lake, near schools and hospital. April possession (S.G. 4640 V) FOR ALL SHOWINGS CALL SUSI

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WHITE LAKE Great home in Tamarack Hills backs to 8th fairway of brentwood golf course. Hardwood floors; 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths; oak kitchen with granite counters; formal living and dining rooms; nicely appointed country home. Close to Milford.

WHITE LAKE 5 Beds and 5 1/2 baths with over 6700 sq ft of finished living area. Many upgrades; finished lower level has master suite with living room; large family room, 2 full baths and full kitchen; excellent in-law quarters. Additional living space created from former 4 car attached garage. Backs to brentwood golf course 7th fairway. $399,000.00

MY TEAM CAN HELP YOU RENOVATE OR RELOCATE. GIVE US A CALL AND WE WILL FIND THE BEST OPTION FOR YOU. I NEED HOUSES! I KEEP SELLING MY INVENTORY.

CALL LORRIE IF YOU WANT IT SOLD

Whether Buying or Selling a Home…

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

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Sunday March 17th 1-4pm. 160 Liza Lane in Commerce Twp WILL YOUR HOME BE FEATURED HERE NEXT? CALL TODAY FOR A FREE CONFIDENTIAL MARKET ANALYSIS OF YOUR HOME!

GREEN LAKE - HIGHLY PRIZED SETTING

New England style home featuring huge heated Florida room over looking 93” of natural sandy beach front. 2 master suites, 4 full baths, + 2 half baths. 3474 sq. ft. Rec room w/ wet bar, 3 fireplaces, finished walkout basement & 3+ car garage w/ workshop! $624,900 MLS:213012335

ALL-SPORTS UNION LAKE

Spring has sprung! This charming All-Sports Union Lake waterfront home is move in ready! Enjoy great views from spacious kitchen, formal dining, living & family room! 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2410 sq. ft. All natural sandy beach, professional gardening & wonderful family neighborhood! $499,900 MLS:213021226

CEDAR ISLAND LAKE OWN PIECE OF PARADISE

Live the sporting life..ski, swim, fish - Right from the convenience of you All-Sports Cedar Island Lake waterfront home! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1814 sq. ft. Maple cabinetry t/o kitchen w/ door wall leading to spacious deck, formal living, family room w/ fireplace, oversized 2 car garage on huge corner lot! $269,900 MLS:213000713


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FOR SALE FOR SALE: Oak entertainment cabinet with leaded glass doors. $350.00. Two maple Cane glass top end tables. $150.00 Each. All in excellent condition Call 248-738-5925. SCRAP METAL: Aluminum $.30- .65 /lb. Copper $2.10- 2.70/ lb. Brass $1.00- $1.50/ lb Auto Rads $.90 - $1.20/ lb 1011 Decker Walled Lake Mann Metal Corp. 248-960-1200

REAL ESTATE RENTALS

AUCTIONS PUBLIC AUCTION: Mini Storage Depot will sell at public auction, contents of Units Numbered (D268, Britteny Eickhoff-Boxes), (K903, Michelle Shaw-Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes, Toys),(L1052, Jana FrancisHousehold Goods, Furniture, Boxes, Suitcases), (L1053, Joy Fleming-Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes, Suitcases, Toys, Sporting Goods), (J8086, Cheryl Warren-Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes, Inventory), (J8001, Cheryl Warren-Household Goods, Furniture, Boxes, Inventory) on Friday March 29th at 2:00pm, for back storage fees owed. The auction will take place at Mini Storage Depot – 46550 Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake, Michigan 48390. We reserve the right to reject any and all bids.

CARS/TRUCKS/ MOTORCYCLES WANTED MUSCLE CARS: Any muscle cars, any make, any model, and any condition. 1972 or older. Call Bill at 810-252-9194 UNWANTED AUTOS LLC: TOP $ paid for any: *Junk *Non running * Wrecked Cars $275 & up 248-467-0396

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE HARTLAND! Custom built 3480 sq. ft. Colonial with hilltop setting in desirable subdivision. 4 bedrooms upstairs plus large bedroom suite on main level, 3 full baths. Beautiful kitchen w/island & 3 pantries. Formal dining, living room w/fireplace, bonus room, large deck, walkout lower level, 3 car garage. Oversized paved drive. $310,000. England Real Estate (248)887-9736

WNDOW WASHERS NEEDED: Full or Part Time. Experienced is not required but is a plus. Must not be scared of heights and able to work around bees, spiders, and other insects. Please Call 248-363-1911

ASSISTANT PROPERTY MANAGER: Responsible for the day-to-day administration of those policies, procedures and programs that will assure a well managed well maintained property. The Assistant Property Manager will be assigned to specified action areas at the discretion of the Property Manager Post available, Full-Part/ time. Send Resume to: kevin.hardy12@aol.com

HARTLAND! Private treed 3.44 acre setting w/this 4 bedroom Cape Cod. Offering 1931 sq. ft., nice kitchen w/island, french doors to deck from dining area, spacious living room. Unfinished bonus room, walk-out lower level & 2 car garage. Plus 30 X 40 wood barn. $205,000. England Real Estate (248)887-9736

OFFICE/ RETAIL SPACE FOR LEASE: Downtown Walled Lake 305 N. Pontiac Trail Newly renovated. Two Suites up to 1162 sq. ft. $13.00 per sq. ft. Call 248-245-8292 HARTLAND, Desirable, clean, 3 bedroom 2 bath home in Dunham Lake Estates. Basement & garage. $1,720.00 monthly plus 1 ½ months security. England Real Estate (248)887-9736 LOOKING TO SELL, PURCHASE OR RENT? Call Arlene, Keller Williams Realty. mihome4u.com. 248-912-4628. Sales / Purchases / Leasing and Relocation

HELP WANTED TEACHER AIDE/OFFICE: Need classroom experience. Part or Full time. Walled Lake/West Bloomfield area. Email resume to administrator@mimontessori.com

PART TIME CLEANERS: Part Time evening hours in the Waterford area. Must pass background check and have own transportation. Call 248-666-2801 POSITIONS AVAILABLE: • Growing infant/toddler room needs experienced person. • Preschool Teacher needed. Montessori experience preferred. • Experienced Teacher Aide • School Secretary Join our wonderful school and great staff. Fax resume to 248-363-8893 Email terrificteachers09@yahoo.com

HOUSEKEEPERS: Part time but may lead into full time. Average is $9 an hour. Will perform background checks. Call 248-449-4534 ELECTRICIAN: Electrical Contractor looking for licensed electricians and experienced. apprentices Wages depending on experience. Commercial and Residential. Please send resume to electricalcontractor1000 @gmail.com

CUSTOMER SERVICE REP. Independent Insurance Agency. Milford/Commerce area seeks Customer Service Rep. Experienced preferred. Salary plus Benefits. Email John at jwalker@agencyadvisors.com Fax: 888-809-8664

Service Directory

ART CLASSES OIL PAINTING TAUGHT Individual development is encouraged. Some drawing skills are required. Classes taught in my home studio. Beginners welcome. Check our website at gerrygreenesgallery.com Call for class info at 248-930-8650 CABINETRY Elegant Woodworking *Mantels *Fireplace Surrounds *Furniture *Entertainment Center *Custom Cabinets *Crown Molding *Kitchen Cabinets *Custom Bars. Harold Canfield 248-363-3804 elegant-woodworking.com

CARPET INSTALLATION BOB’S CARPET Carpet installer has low prices on Carpet, Pad, and Installations. Lots of room size remnants at $4 per yd. Also re-stretching and repairs. Free Estimates. 35 years experience Bob 248-681-5771 CEMENT/ CONCRETE MARCUCCI CONSTRUCTION 30 plus years experience All concrete work * Driveways * Footings * Brick and Block * Stamp and color concrete, expose Agg. * Same location in Wixom for 35 Years * Licensed and Insured Tom 248-486-5900 C & G CEMENT Quality Workmanship Residential- Commercial In Business since 1970 STAMPED CONCRETE DRIVEWAYS FOOTINGS GARAGE FLOORS BLOCK WORK FREE ESTIMATES Michael 248-363-4783 MILFORD LOCATION 248-684-5928

BINGO

St. William Church

531 Common St., Walled Lake

Proceeds go to St. Williams parish’s general Funds.

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Non-smoking Bingo

Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Air Conditioning

Call before 5 PM

248-624-1421

LAWN MAINTENCE PERSON: Must have valid drivers license. Full Time Call 248-361-1818

DENTAL ASSISTANT: Looking for a personable, well groomed individual with computer skills. Experienced in the dental field and in patient care .Call LAKES PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 248-360-2555

TONY’S APPLIANCE SERVICE Servicing all Major Appliances *Hot water tank 248-360-0213 248-698-8819

Highland Township is accepting applications for a part-time clerical position. (25-30 hrs/wk) for the Oakland County Sheriff Substation, located in Highland. Applicants will serve as a liaison between Sheriff Deputies and the general public while providing clerical and administrative support to the department. Submit application/resume by April 1, 2013 to the Highland Township Supervisor’s Office, 205 N. John St. Highland, MI 48357, fax to (248) 8871937or email to hamillr@twp.highland.mi.us Call (248) 887-3791, ext 6 for more information.

HELP WANTED DIRECT CARE STAFF NEEDED: In small group homes. Up to $9.03 an hour to start plus benefits. Must be reliable and dependable. South Lyon,Rochester Hills, and Holly area Call 248-486-5368

OFFICE CLEANING Evenings Monday thru Friday Novi or Livonia Area Corporate Cleaning Group 248-313-9880

APPLIANCE REPAIR

PART TIME CLERICAL

Lic.# A00049

DRIVER: Taxi and Airport Drivers. Full and Part time 248-666-1962

WANTED CNA/MA Seeking multiple CNA/MA to service residents in a upscale Senior Community that provides outstanding service and quality. Part time available for all shifts. Apply at Independence Village of White Lake 935 Union Lake Rd., White Lake or call 248-360-7235

phone - 248.360.7355 FAX 248-360-5308 .95¢ per word $ 34.00 min

TEACHER CAREER FAIR Tuesday, March 26th from 6:30-8pm at Childtime: 5230 Bogie Lake Rd, Commerce, MI. Childtime & Tutor Time are HIRING teachers! On-Site interviews – bring your resume! Email resume to: 0627@childtime.com or call 248-366-2507. EOE

CASSIDY CONCRETE INC. Since 1989 Residential / Commercial All phases of concrete work. Includes driveways, pouches, patios, foundations, floors, colored and stamped. Free estimates. Call Jerry Stewart 248-887-4400 DOORS THE DOOR STOP Since 1980 Garage door springs and door openers repaired and/or replaced Call Anytime 248-624-4042 (cell) 248-640-6298 CERTIFIED OVERHEAD DOOR SERVICE *Garage Doors *Repaired/ Services *New Doors/ Openers *Installed at Factory Pricing *Emergency Service Available 248-624-3161 DRYWALL R & D DRYWALL & PAINTING *Hang & Finished *Small Repair *Texture Repair *Plaster Repair * Wet Sand Ron 248-673-7665 ELECTRICIANS MASTER ELECTRICIAN Insured & State Licensed 25 years experience. Prompt, Courteous Service. FREE ESTIMATES. ALL TYPES OF WORK Competitive Prices248-683-7985 EXCAVATING J.J.M. BACKHOE SERVICE LLC Backhoe service & landscaping. 38 Years Experience. Small or Large jobs. Fully insured. Free Estimates. 248-624-6458 HANDY PERSON DU-IT-ALL HOME CARE IMPROVEMENTS Try our refacing Kitchen specials. Ceramic tile *Formica Tops & Kitchens *Exteriors/ Interior Painting. Complete basement and all other interior work, including electric plumbing etc. Call Today! 248-891-7072 Licensed and Insured

Contact Mary Nicole at 800-370-5816 or MaryNicole@RealEstateOne.com

**HONEY-DO** HANDYMAN Honey-Do Lists Elec. - Plumbing Carpentry - Tile Finished Basements and Bathrooms CALL GARY NOW 248-320-5360 OVER 20 yrs. Exp. LICENSED & INSURED

VS PAINTING WINTER SPECIAL save 10% 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. 248-894-3239 PLUMBING

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

Premier Plumbing License & Insured Complete Plumbing Service New Construction & Remodel Commercial & Residential 248-363-5864

TOTAL HOME SERVICE 35 years experience PLUMBING * HEATING CARPENTRY * DRYWALL *ELECTRICAL NEW SERVICE KITCHENS BATHS CERAMIC TIILE “The job your husband will do tomorrow.” 248-887-2366

I.D.C. Home Service Siding, Trim & Soffitt Guaranteed Professional Installation Lic./ Ins. References available Bob 248-363-0589 idchomeservices.com

HEATING/ DUCT WORK Thomason Heating & Cooling * Furnaces * Boilers * Air Cleaners * Air Conditioners * Humidifiers Service & Replacements FREE ESTIMATES ON INSTALLATION 248-363-1615 HOME/ OFFICE CLEANING COLLEEN’S CLEANING SERVICE is coming to your neighborhood BOOK YOUR SPRING CLEANING NOW Residential/ Commercial 20 years experience *Insured *Local upon request. Call for FREE Quote or Questions 248-974-5104 PAINTING/ DECORATING FARR’S PAINTING Interior 20% OFF Wood repairs *Caulking Staining *Wallpaper Removal Drywall repairs *Water Repairs Free power washing w/ paint. Farrshomeimprovement. com 248-477-7764 248-345-3308

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TILE 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 Progressive Transportation Specializing in *Appliances *Furniture *Debris Removal *We haul cars too! Call anytime for estimates & great service 248-887-4892 TREE SERVICE MAXON’S TREE SERVICE * Trimming * Tree Removal *Stump Grinding *Lot Clearing *Firewood & Wood chips “We deliver sand, gravel, top soil.” Licensed & Insured Free Estimates 248-887-2190 KODIAK TREE SERVICE Tree Trim and Removal Free Estimates 30 years experience Call 248-921-9097

WATERPROOFING Dry Basements, LLC We repair: *Poured Walls/ Concrete Blocks *Waterproofing *Cracked or Bowed Wall *Foundation Repaired Replaced *Underpinning *Crawl Space and Encapsulation *Licensed & Insured *Ron Heck, Builder 248-420-0116 WELLS BOB WYCKOFF WELL SERVICE “If you have questions, we have answers!” *PUMPS *TANKS *WELL REPAIR 248-310-0917 Emergency Service Visa & MasterCard wyckoffwell@att.net McPherson WELL SERVICE *PUMPS *TANKS *WELL REPAIR 2, 4, & 5 INCH Emergency Service 7 days a week 248-363-6464 aquawells.com All credit cards accepted

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LEGALS Notice of Posting For Charter Township of Commerce Township Board 1. Adoption: Rezoning Petition from B-2 (Community Business) and B-3 (General Business) to HOS (Hospitality). The above Ordinance shall be posted (in its entirety) at the following locations: (1) Office of the Township Clerk 2009 Township Drive (2) Main Township Library 2869 North Pontiac Trail (3) Township’s website www.commercetwp.com Vanessa Magner

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Township Clerk

The synopses for all Highland Township Board of Trustees Meetings, including the Special and Regular meetings held at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on March 13, 2013 are available at the Township offices or on the web: www.highlandtwp.com - Government – Twp. Clerk – Board Meeting Synopsis Mary L. McDonell, MMC Highland Township Clerk

The Charter Township of Commerce is accepting bids for the painting of the exterior of the Commerce Township Community Library. Specifications for painting and insurance can be viewed at www.commercelibrary.info/paint or copies can be picked up at the library or the Township Clerk’s office. Bids are due at the Clerk’s office by 3 p.m. on Wednesday April 10th. 2013. S.C. 3-20-2013

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CH SMART MIDDLE SCHOOL MEADOWBROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SITE IMPROVEMENTS CITY OF WIXOM PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Wixom Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct the following public hearings at their next regular meeting scheduled for Monday, April 8, 2013 for the following topics: ZBA CASE #004-13: STINGERS BAR & GRILL, 49110 GRAND RIVER, WIXOM, MI 48393: The applicant is seeking a temporary use permit to wash motorcycles in the parking lot on Thursdays, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for May through September 2013. The Wixom Municipal Code, Section 18.22.060 requires approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals for this request. The property is located at 49110 Grand River and zoned FS, Freeway Service. The tax parcel number is 22-08-376-005. ZBA CASE #005-13: KOREX CORPORATION, PO BOX 930339, WIXOM, MI 48393: The applicant is seeking 22 foot height variance for a silo to be used in new manufacturing addition located at 50000 Pontiac Trail. The Wixom Municipal Code Section 18.09.050 Table 9.05 requires such structures not exceed a height of 40 feet. The property is located at 50000 Pontiac Trail and zoned M-1, Light Industrial. The tax parcel number is 17-31452-014. ZBA CASE #006-13: JIM COMBS, 486 FILBERT COURT, WIXOM, MI 48393: The applicant is seeking an exception for a temporary use permit to sell flowers for a three month period. The Wixom Municipal Code, Section 18.22.060 requires approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals for this request. The property is located at 30303 Beck Road and zoned M-1, Light Industrial. The tax parcel number is 22-05-426-001. The Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Wixom Council Chambers, 49045 Pontiac Trail. Persons having any questions regarding these matters are urged to attend this meeting or contact the Building Department at (248) 624-0880. Catherine Buck, City Clerk City of Wixom (248) 624-4557 SCN: 03.20.2013

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District’s Board of Education will receive firm, sealed prime contractor bids to provide site improvements and site lighting at CH Smart Middle School, 8500 Commerce Road, Commerce Township, MI 48382 and Meadowbrook Elementary School, 29200 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377. The bidding documents consist of plans and specifications prepared by IDS, LLC, Troy, Michigan. Documents may be obtained for $250 per set and you may review them electronically by contacting the George W. Auch Company. The non-refundable deposit is payable to Walled Lake Consolidated Schools at the office of the Construction Manager, George W. Auch Company, 735 South Paddock Street, Pontiac, MI 48341, Ph: 248.334.2000, on or after 1:00 PM, Thursday, March 14, 2013. A pre-bid meeting and walk-through will be held at 3:30 PM, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Attendees are to meet at the Main Lobby of CH Smart Middle School located 8500 Commerce Road, Commerce Township, MI 48382 prior to the start of the meeting. Bids shall be delivered not later than 12:00 PM, EST Thursday, March 28, 2013 to the Educational Services Center located at 850 Ladd Road, Building D, Walled Lake, MI 48390. Bids will be publicly opened at the above location at 2:00 PM EST, March 28, 2013. The Board of Education will not open, consider nor accept a bid received after the date and time specified for bid submission. All late bid proposals will be returned to the bidder unopened. The bid shall be accompanied by a sworn and notarized statement disclosing any familial relationship that exists between the owner or any employee of the bidder and any member of the Board of Education or the Superintendent. The Board of Education will not accept a bid that does not include this sworn and notarized statement. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids in whole or in part and to waive any informalities or irregularities therein, or to award the contract to other than the low bidder, in its sole discretion. Walled Lake Consolidated School District reserves the right to accept that bid which in its opinion, is in the best interest of the Owner. Additional bid information can be obtained at www.wlcsd.org/bids.

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Commerce United Methodist Church

1155 North Commerce Road Commerce Township, MI 48382

(248) 363-3935

www.commerceumc.org Rev. Dr. Deane B. Wyllys

Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m. Communion

Easter Worship WORSHIP SERVICES Good Friday March 29, 4:30 pm Easter Sunday March 31, 9:30 & 11:15 am

7:30 a.m. Sunrise Service 8 a.m. Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Coffee Hour 10-11 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship Nursery and Kids Worship 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday - Musical Presentation “Canticle of the Cross” Maundy Thursday March 28th, 7:30 pm Community Good Friday Service March 29th, 12:15 pm

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP March 31th

www.facebook.com/commerceumc

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church

Walled Lake United Methodist

9101 Highland Road White Lake, MI 48383

313 NORTHPORT Walled Lake, MI 48390 (behind Lynch & Sons Funeral Home)

(248) 624-2405

MARCH 31

Good Friday March 29th, 2013 - 1 p.m. Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013

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EASTER SERVICE 9:30 a.m.

HOLY THURSDAY, MARCH 28

GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 29

HOLY SATURDAY, MARCH 30

EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 31

(Across from Walmart/Home Depot Plaza) PALM/PASSION Saturday, March 23rd, 6:00 p.m. GOOD FRIDAY March 29, 12:00 p.m. EASTER SUNDAY March 31, 10:00 a.m. Call for info - also located in Clarkston, 248-625-3288 One church - Two locations

March 28

Maundy Thursday 2 p.m. with Communion

March 29

Good Friday 2 p.m.

March 31

Easter “Son”rise Devotation 8 a.m. Easter Breakfast 9 a.m. Easter Festival Service 10:30 a.m. with Communion

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