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On March 23 the Orchard Grove Community Church, located at 850 Ladd Road in Building C, will be having a Breakfast from 9 -11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person or $20 maximum per family. There will also be an Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. and the cost is FREE. For more details go to www.orchardgrove.org
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 email@example.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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