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Milford Rotary Wine Tasting Event May 23 The Milford Rotary’s 19th International Wine & Beer Tasting event is happening on May 23 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Bakers (located at 2055 S. Milford Rd in Milford.) Activities include: door prizes, silent auction and a raffle for a suitcase full of liquor. Rotttermond’s will provide one lucky winner with a $600+ necklace. The food will be provided by local restaurants along with deserts and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets can be purchased at Colasanti’s and Milford Rotarian for $40 in advance or by calling Yvonne at 248-756-5936. Tickets can be purchased for $45 at the gate. Proceeds go towards a $2,000 scholarship to each Huron Valley High School (Milford and Lakeland.) If you need more information please call Rich Harrison at 248-935-5556 or Yvonne at 248-756-5936

Amvets Meeting May 28 The AMVETS meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall #2006 in Milford. There is a social hour following the meeting with pizza and drinks. All Veterans are welcome to attend. Any questions please call Gordon at 248-684-2412 INSIDE One Minute Interview.................2A Education.....................................3A Lake Area News...........................4A Public Safety................................5A Community Calander...............12A Sports..................................... 1A-2B Real Estate............................. 2B-3B Classified..................................... 4B Legal Ads..................................... 5B

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Highland Community Parade Draws Big Crowd

The American Legion Color Guard leads the Highland Community Parade down Livingston Road on Saturday, May 18.

BY CHRIS WALL CONTRIBUTING WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER The annual Highland Community Parade drew a big crowd on Saturday, May 18. The skies turned blue as the parade began led by the American Legion Color Guard and the Oakland County mounted patrol as the parade headed down Livingston Road. Uncle Sam (Ron Voorheis of White Lake) along with Mary Voorheis were excited to be the parade marshals.  Ron has enjoyed dressing up as Uncle Sam since 1959.  The Highland-White Lake Business Association business persons of the year, Peter Barnes and Julie Haas, enjoyed the parade while

riding in a shiny red Mustang convertible. Hundreds of baseball and softball players from the Huron Valley Youth Athletic Association enjoyed the cheers from the enthusiastic crowd as they headed down Livingston Road to John Street.  The big crowd enjoyed the marching bands from Milford and Lakeland High Schools as well as floats from the Highland Downtown Development Authority and the Huron Valley Council for the Arts. A classic antique White Lake fire truck made its annual appearance to the delight of parade goers. Pat Hamlin, parade coordinator, was very pleased with this year’s community parade. The Highland Community Parade is proudly co-sponsored by the Highland

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Uncle Sam (Ron Voorheis) and Mary Voorheis wave to the large crowd during the Highland Community Parade.

Fracking Pros and Cons: Michigan Exploration Digs Up Dirt for Both Sides BY MARK H. STOWERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Fracking. One side says it’s good, one side says it’s bad. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) defines fracking as: “When a well is fractured, an operator pumps a mixture of water, sand and a small amount of chemicals into an oil or gas formation deep underground and applies pressure. The pressure fractures rock layers, releasing oil or gas reserves. The sand holds the fractures open to continue allowing the oil or gas to flow into the well.” The process was initiated in 1947 but has been overhauled in the past decade. Drills now go vertically deeper and branch out horizontally. The process can extend the life of an existing well. But it is a good idea? That’s where John Griffin of the American Petroleum Institute in Michigan and Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner Jim Nash have different but definitive answers. The two were part of a public meeting in Ortonville last week intended to educate the public about the fracking process. With a crowd estimated between 50 and 60 people, both men worked to convey their points of view. “We talked about the issues involving fracking in Oakland

County and fracking as a rule,” Water wells are drilled and the Nash said. “We also pointed out water that is used has chemicals that studies…show that if you live and cannot be reclaimed. That with in a half-mile of a well head water is buried underground or is then you have higher expectation trucked away to other locations. of having respitory or cancer tuAccording to Griffin, a well mors associated with chemical can be fracked several times meaning less overall drilling for exposure,” Nash said. According to Nash, the at- energy. “You crack the rock and let tendees were from the general area and were not supportive of the oil and gas flow up and you the idea of fracking in their area. can use that well for another 20 Griffin had sided in favor of years,” Griffin said. “So you get 20 more years fracking production for the “To me this is a real threat to and that’s benefits it less can bring our way of life here. We depend one drilling, one to the need on our water resources for our less drilling for energy, property value” pad, gathespecially in Michi- -Jim Nash , ering lines, Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner access roads gan. – you get a “Ab o u t 80 percent of people in Michi- lot more energy with a lot smaller gan use natural gas to heat their footprint.” Since 1952, 12,000 wells have homes and we’re going to need natural gas for a dog gone long been fracked and according to time,” Griffin said. “The Ener- the DEQ “fracturing has never gy Administration predicts that jeopardized the environment or we’re going to use as much nat- public health” and has not been ural gas 20 years from now. We responsible for environmental have to get if from somewhere damage in Michigan. The DEQ and half the wells in the U.S. are also reports that the state has regfracked.” ulators that have been studying According to Griffin, by frack- the process for more than five ing and getting more gas out of decades. In regards to water use, the wells, the cost of natural gas has declined from $12 to around $4 DEQ states: “Michigan has strict rules about how much water can per MCF.




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be used for fracturing, how wells are constructed, how they are tested before they are employed and how the used ‘flowback’ water is contained and disposed of. These are the four top risks from gas and oil development. The DEQ has developed a regulatory structure that has effectively protected Michigan’s environment and public health for decades.” Oakland County area lakes and drinking water are Nash’s main concern and he still believes there are better options for finding natural gas. “To me this is a real threat to our way of life here,” Nash said. “We depend on our water resources for our property value. We do need energy and we need energy growth in the future. I’m working with a gentleman from Novi who’s interested in using the sludge that comes off our wastewater plants to put through a process of bio-generation to create methane and use that for energy. There are a lot of ways through the water system to produce power.” For more information on fracking in Oakland County visit or contact the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s office at 248-858-0958

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White Lake Woman Devotes Herself To Monthly Lake Michigan Swim BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR The following are excerpts from a telephone conversation with White Lake resident Jennifer Sidge. I understand that you are from White Lake but are currently enrolled as a dual-degree student at Michigan State University. Can you tell me about that? “I am a dual-degree student at Michigan State University. I am earning my graduate degree; in addition I am a fourth year veterinarian student. That’s pretty much my life right now, being a dual degree student.” Starting last year you began an annual swim in Lake Michigan. Can you tell me more about that?

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marily up in the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City area. During the beginning of the challenge, that was one of my field sites for my graduate work, so I was up there any ways and made an effort to jump into the lake at least once a month. During the summer it was obviously very easy but the challenge came when the snow starting coming and the sand turned to ice. During the times when I wasn’t at my field site, I went to Holland State Park and finished the challenge

before I was even 1-yearold. I grew up swimming my entire life. Whether it was a lake or pool, it didn’t matter. I love swimming.” What did you take away from this experience? “I love hard work. This is not necessarily what people would consider hard work, but it was hard. If it were easy people would be doing it left and right. It really helped show that if you put your mind to something you can achieve anything. I am very goal orientated this proved that if you want to do something you can make it happen.” What did your family and friends think when you told them you were going to be doing this self-challenge?

“Beginning “Ultimately, last April, they were April of 2012, not very I decided to go into Lake White Lake resident Jennifer Sidge traveled to Lake s u r p r i s e d . Michigan once monthly for an entire year to fully They all Michigan and submerge in the waters. know that I create this love swimchallenge for ming and I love Lake myself. The rules of my out there.” Michigan. A lot of peoself-challenge, that I hold myself accountable for, You had mentioned ple thought I was crazy. were: I had to go swim- that the challenge came I even tried to get a few ming in Lake Michigan during the winter. What people to join me but noat least once a month was the experience like body ever actually wanted to go in.” for the entire year, I had in the wintertime? to wear my bikini (there were no dry suits or wet “The looks I got were That you know of, has suits allowed) and I had priceless. Some people anybody else ever atto be completely sub- would be walking by the tempted a challenge like merged. Especially in the beach all bundled up for this before? wintertime, I had people a typical Michigan wintaking photos of me so ter in their hats, gloves “Not that I know of. I’ve I could prove it. I did it and coats and then I talked to several people every month from April walked down in my pink and once people realized bikini and my boots and what I was doing there to April.” just took off running they were all very supSomething like this is into the lake. There is portive. Everyone was rather unheard of. Why no inching in or then it very energetic and supdid you decide to create would have been bad. portive of the entire idea, this challenge for your- The funny part, in Janu- but no one that I know of ary in particular, I forgot has ever attempted to do self? when I was running out this.” “That’s an excellent ques- of the lake that the sand tion. A lot of people have was no longer sand, it You have said that you asked me that! Well, I had turned to a sheet of love a challenge. What love Michigan’s great ice. I sprinted out of the is the next challenge on lakes and I also love a water, ran onto the sand your list? challenge. Being a dual and ending up falling degree student I am use and scraping myself up. “Because I just finto challenges and work- But it was totally worth ished this one, I have ing hard and this seemed it. At least I can check not thought of another self-challenge yet. I don’t like a perfect self-chal- that month off.” have a current challenge. The harder it was, lenge. I would like it to You said you have althat is what made it great ways had a love for the be Michigan orientated for me.” water. Where do you again. The next challenge You were submerging think that initially start- is still open for discusyourself in frigid lake ed? Did you grow up on sion. You’ll have to stay tuned for that one.” waters. How did you a lake? prepare for the risks of “I did. I grew up water this challenge? skiing on a lake that my “Because it is dangerous grandma and grandpa I did not jump off of a lived on. My parents had dock where it would be me in swimming lessons deep water. I went directly from a sanded beach where it was shallow water, and I always had someone there. I did take the proper precautions.” In what areas did you conduct this challenge? “It was done in Lake Michigan, so I was pri-

The monthly swim was part of a self-challenge Sidge had created for herself.

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Walled Lake Student Wins National Merit Scholarship The Walled Lake Consolidated School District is proud to recognize Christine Konicki from Walled Lake Northern High School for winning a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Konicki will be using this scholarship towards her studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will be studying Material Science and Engineering. Christine Konicki is the daughter of Robert and Karen Konicki. She is the President of the Spanish Club, Chairperson for Elementary School Tutoring for Interact Club, an AP Scholar with Distinction, Editor of Walled Lake

Northern’s literary magazine and a Gold Medalist in both calculus and statistics for the KLAA Science and Mathematics Olympics. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the

state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. Greg Diamond, Walled Lake Northern High School principal, said: “Walled Lake Northern High School is so very proud of Christine’s accomplishment. Winning a National Merit Scholarship is a wonderful way of honoring the hard work and quest for academic excellence Christine has demonstrated over the past 4 years at Northern. We know she will continue her thirst for knowledge at the next level while she attends MIT.” For more information, contact Judy Evola at

Huron Valley CTE Students Recognized

Two Huron Valley students were recognized at the Oakland County CTE (Career Tech Education) Student Recognition Night at Oakland Schools on Thursday, May 2. Jason Drouillard of Lakeland High School and Anna Schafer of Milford High School were awarded CTE Students of the Year. Christine Trent, teacher at Lakeland High School states: “Jason Drouillard has been involved in Lakeland High School Career and Technical Education since he was a freshman, participating in Drafting and Design; and Business Management I and II. Jason has also been an active and enthusiastic member of the HOT Team as well as the Huron Valley Robotics team for four years. In addition to the robotics team, Jason has participated in several CAD competitions, winning various monetary prizes as well as software. Jason will be graduating as a leader and champion for CTE and plans to attend Kettering University next year.” Kaye Sommer, Milford High School teacher shares the following about Anna Shaffer: “Anna has been a standout CTE student this year. She has been a true asset to our program. Anna

Huron Valley Schools is comprised has taken almost every business and body, raising money for MDA and helpmarketing class offered at Milford High ing take students with special needs to of 15 schools and approximately 9,849 School and will be a true asset to the the Piston’s game. Anna has also been students from the areas of Commerce, business community upon graduation. involved in the student body leader- Highland, Milford and White Lake. She has been involved in the DECA ship and enhanced her business skills Huron Valley Schools and our commuprogram as the chapter president and by working in the business community nity will provide a premier education, taken on the responsibility of organiz- throughout the year. Anna plans on at- which prepares all students to thrive in ing and communicating to the other tending Michigan State University and a global society. officers and members so that activi- majoring in Communications.” ties and programs are well planned and organized. In addition, she helped the chapter complete five different c ommu nit y service activities ranging from a fun run for Ele’s House, haunted house help, a Be Happy seminar for the student Pictured above: Christine Trent, teacher – Lakeland High School; Jason Drouillard, Lakeland High School student; Anna Shaffer, Milford High School student; and Kaye Sommer, teacher – Milford High School.

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Charyl Stockwell Academy District Designated As A School of Excellence

Charyl Stockwell Academy District, with campuses in Brighton and Hartland, has been awarded a ten-year contract from the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees and is now designated a Central Michigan University School of Excellence. Ten-year contracts are awarded only to those charter schools that have consistently demonstrated exemplary performance. Since opening in 1996 the CSA District has grown from 250 K-6 students to over 1100 K-12 students.    

Cindy Schumacher, Executive Director of Governor John Engler of the Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University wrote in a recent communication to the District Board of Directors: “We are pleased to honor the Academy with this distinction, which has been earned by only a handful of the highest-performing schools in our portfolio.  Congratulations to the Academy Board of Directors; the administration; staff and students; and to CS Partners, the Academy’s Educational Service Provider, for this outstanding accomplishment.” 

 The Charyl Stockwell Academy was founded by Chuck Stockwell in 1996. The academy serves grades K – 12.  The Academy is authorized by Central Michigan University and managed by CS Partners in Brighton. The school focuses on small class sizes, personal attention, uniforms, a strong gifted and talented program and a character education curriculum. For more information on the Charyl Stockwell Academy District, contact Executive Director, Shelley Stockwell at (810) 632-2200 or visit

Muir Middle School Students Join 10,000 Others in GREENing Waterways with GM

Imagine being a high school student and working to solve water quality issues in Milford. Seem far-fetched? Not really. Students from Muir Middle School part of a national program called GM  GREEN (Global River Environmental Education Network) that engages over 10,000 students in 26 communities across the country are addressing their area’s most pressing water challenges. The program, which is run by the national non-profit Earth Force, engages multiple partners throughout a community to empower young people to take action through inquiry-based water quality investigations. Through a strong partnership

among Earth Force, General Motors, and the The Leslie Science and Nature Center, 60 students will go into Huron River feet-first to apply the knowledge gained within the classroom to assess the stream’s health. According to a 12year Brandeis University evaluation, this hands-on learning experience increases students’ problem-solving skills and knowledge of science and the environment, and furthers community involvement. Through these partnerships, young people in Denver and across the country are honing 21st century skills, working in and with their community to solve real-world water issues. “Allowing our students to make

discoveries about their environment through hands-on learning makes a powerful impact,” says Laurel Zoet, Leslie Science and Nature Center. “Not only are students gaining science knowledge, they are interacting with professionals in the field and making connections to the practical application of what they are learning in the classroom.” General Motors has been supporting GM GREEN since 1989. The GM Milford Proving Ground and Leslie Science and Nature Center have been facilitating the program in Milford for nine years. “Access to clean water is critical to any business and community member,”

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Public Safety Activity

Milford – Possession of Cocaine/ Marijuana On May 11 a Milford officer was traveling on S. Milford Road when he observed a purple Ford Ranger traveling southbound with a broken driver’s side taillight. A LEIN on the license plate revealed an expired drivers license with several suspensions. The officer activated his overhead lights and the vehicle was stopped. The driver was placed under arrest for driving while license suspended. A search of the vehicle revealed a zip lock bag containing marijuana and a small plastic bag containing a white powder substance consistent with cocaine. The driver was arrested and charged without incident.

Milford – Operating Under The Influence of Alcohol Milford police stopped a black Dodge Charger after a run of the vehicle’s license plate revealed no record. Officers approached the driver and could immediately smell an odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle. A field sobriety test was conducted as well as a PBT test, which indicated a blood alcohol level of .105. The driver was placed under arrest for operating while intoxicated and was processed without incident.

Wixom – Larceny: Parts and Accessories From Vehicle

Walled Lake – Damage to Property On May 11 Walled Lake police were dispatched to a residence on reports of a vehicle that was keyed. Complainant stated that he walked out to his vehicle and observed it keyed on the on the passenger’s side door. Case is open pending further investigation.

Walled Lake officers were dispatched to take a larceny of a paddleboat report on May 12. Upon arrival officers spoke with complainant who stated that between May 11 and May 12, someone stole his light green paddleboat. Complainant stated the boat was placed on dry land next to the lake behind his business. The boat is valued at $700. There are no available serial, MC or model numbers. There are no suspects at this time.

Highland Township – Armed Robbery/ Assault With A Gun Oakland County Sherriff ’s dispatch received a 911 call reporting a shooting on the 3000 block of Lester. Complainant states that he and a friend attended a party on Lester when they were met in the street by two males demanding “their money.” After one of the males shot the victim, the responsibles left in a red mini-van. A single shell casing was found at the scene. K9 units were unable to establish a scent. The investigation continues.

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Commerce Township – Larceny From Building West Bloomfield Township police stopped a U-Haul truck for a traffic violation. During the course of the stop the driver admitted to take 40 shopping carts from the Target store in Commerce Township. The carts were in the back of the U-Haul truck. Deputies from the Oakland County Sherriff ’s Substation responded to the location. Two males were turned over to the deputies and the suspects were lodged at Oakland County Jail pending warrants.

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On May 6 complainant came to the Wixom Police Department to report parts removed from her vehicle while it was parked in the lot of her friend’s apartment building. Complainant stated she discovered the lower grill from her vehicle was missing. Complainant also stated that a hubcap piece was previously removed from her friend’s car in the same lot. There are no suspects at this Oakland Lakefront time.

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On May 5 Milford officers were dispatched to Camp Dearborn for reports of a possible trailer fire. Upon arrival officers observed a trailer fully engulfed in flames. The Milford Fire Department was advised of the severity of the fire and arrived on the scene. The owner of the trailer advised officers that he had started a fire in a fire pit and began to rake leaves from around the site camp area onto the fire when the wind blew some of the leaves from the fire onto the trailer igniting the fire. The fire damaged two other trailers but no injuries were reported.

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ditional method of prevention is that we focus on teaching kids about “stranger danger”. Remember, most kidnappings are committed by someone familiar to the child. We must not limit our focus to strangers only. In addition, studies have found that most young children do not truly understand what the word “stranger” means. They picture a stranger as someone with a scary physical appearance, not a man in the park asking for help to find his puppy. Also, once a stranger tells a child his/ her name, the child does not think they are a stranger any longer. The most important thing we can do as parents is to teach our children about which situations to avoid, not simply about “stranger danger.” It is much more effective to teach your child about these situations and actions, rather than trying to teach them the meaning of the word “stranger.” Teach your child to run the other way if an adult asks them for assistance, including directions or help finding a

National headlines are filled with heartbreaking stories about children being kidnapped and in some cases, held captive for years in deplorable, gut wrenching situations. While the majority of abductions in our country are actually committed by parents or other family members, with the intention of keeping them permanently, some children have been abducted by non-family members, taken from their front yards, public areas, or even within their homes. These stories are shocking and terrify parents everywhere, and remind us that our children are vulnerable everywhere, even at home. ·There are an estimated 354,100 family abductions an nually. ·It is estimated that 3,200- 4,600 non-family abductions are reported to law enforce ment each year. ·Most offenders are someone known to the family, such as a casual acquaintance. ·Of those reported, approximately 200-300 are to tal stranger abductions; some one not known to the family kidnaps the child. ·114,600 stranger abductions are attempted annually and most involve an attempt to l ure a child to a car. The police are never contacted in the ma jori ty of these cases. The biggest problem with our tra-

ten to adults, we must also teach them that it is okay to say “no” to an adult, and that not all adults are good. If you help your child acquire knowledge, self-confidence and assertiveness skills, they will be more able to recognize and escape from danger. Don’t teach your children fear, but teach them to be cautious and aware. Always know where your children are. Never let them go anywhere alone. Make sure they ask your permission before going anywhere. Make sure your children know their own name, address, phone number and how to reach you in case of an emergency. You should also have a trusted adult they can call in an emergency. If your children must be home alone, make sure they keep the doors locked and leave strict instructions as to who is allowed inside. Create a family password that only you and your children know, and instruct your children to only speak with persons who know the password. Change the password often. Obtain references for babysitters. Be alert to any teenager or adult that is paying an unusual amount of attention to your child or giving your child gifts. Teach your children that no one should ever touch any part of their body that bathing suits cover. Some information for this article was gathered from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website, Go there to find out more or call them at 1-800-THE LOST

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • A7

Long Family Orchard And Farm Now Open, Offering Asparagus And More

Long Family Orchard and Farm in Commerce is now open and offering fresh asparagus, corn, pumpkins, apples and more.

BY CURTIS DROGMILLER CONTRIBUTING WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER The next time you hear the words “make sure you finish your plate and eat your asparagus” chances are you will leave the table with a great big smile, if you got your asparagus from the Long Family Orchard and Farm in Commerce that is. Cider and donuts are months away, it’s asparagus time and Chris Long and

family have just opened their doors. It’s green stalk time and the word is out, loud and clear as many lakes area residents have been waiting for the first cuttings of the 2013 asparagus crop from Long’s farm, located just off of Commerce Road. The Long family once again has produced an asparagus crop with an amazing color, texture, snap and crunch and an unbelievable sweet taste their loyal customers continue to expect as they continue to come back yearly. Opening day for the Long Fam-

ily Orchard and Farm started when the gates opened at 3 p.m. with a line of waiting customers, who at times, bought 5-10 even 20 pounds of asparagus at a time. Asparagus was priced right at the bargain price of $1.85 per pound. Asparagus crop cutting usually ends in mid June. Michigan currently ranks third in the national production for asparagus production growing around two million pounds yearly. Asparagus fact: green is the most common color, if you shop around you

may find white or even purple asparagus. Asparagus is one of Michigan’s first specialty crops to appear each spring. Long Family Orchard and Cider Mill is located at 1540 Commerce Road Commerce Michigan. For current hours of operation contact Long Family Orchard and Farm contact them at (248) 360-3774 or visit Visit their website for daily availability.

A8 • Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • A9

Walled Lake Non-Profit Planning For July Fireworks Display

BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR If you were in the area for the fourth of July last year, chances are you saw the first fireworks show on Walled Lake in over 30 years. Five Walled Lake residents, and neighbors, are responsible for putting on the display.

“The community responded phenomenally and most of the businesses responded too,” Johnston said. “The City of Walled Lake is definitely supporting us and we would like to see it continue to grow.” And the team is at it again this year. The Walled Lake Civic Fund has again partnered with Gen-X Pyrotechnics to bring another fireworks show to Walled Lake this Fourth of July.

“It just drove us insane that every Fourth of July, if you wanted to go see fireworks, you had to go somewhere else,” Richard Gunther, vice president of the Walled Lake Civic Fund said. “We said we had to do something so we formed a non-profit and got a board of directors going.”

“My dream is to continue on and make this an annual event year after year,” Johnston said. “If you were fortunate enough to see the show last year, the good news is that we hired the same company. We are looking forward to the same spectacular show. It’s open to whoever wants to come and visit, but come early!”

Together the residents formed the Walled Lake Civic Fund, a non-profit. The board of directors includes: Ron Johnston, Richard Gunther, Bryan O’Leary, Scott Drahuse and David Diegel.

The Walled Lake Civic Fund began planning for the 2013 fireworks display in November. To date $10,000 towards their $30,000 goal has been raised.

The organization contracted with Gen-X Pyrotechnics and began fundraising in the local community. Last year the organization raised over $20,000 to support a fireworks display that some say is “the largest in Oakland County.”

A fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at dusk. The upcoming fireworks display comes almost a year after the Walled Lake City Council voted unanimously to adopt an amendment to the city’s fireworks and display ordinance to align it with new state law.

The act regulates the purchase, possession and sale of certain categories of consumer-grade fireworks. The act further prohibits local governments from enacting or enforcing and ordinance pertaining to the sale, display, storage or distribution of consumer-grade fireworks. “This is a very safe alternative to have a professional fireworks display around the July fourth time period without having individuals doing them off their beaches and porches,” O’Leary said. The Walled Lake Civic fund will host a fundraising golf outing on June 2 at Links of Novi. Tickets can be purchased for $100. Price includes 18 holes of golf, riding card, lunch and dinner. Advertising opportunities are also available. Donations to the Walled Lake Civic fund should be made at Citizens Bank of Walled Lake or mailed to WLCF 47609 Avante Dr. Wixom, MI 48393. Donations can also be made at www.walledlakecivicfund. org For more information on the Walled Lake Civic fund, upcoming golf outing or fireworks display visit or call Bryan O’Leary at 248-640-1618 or Richard Gunther at 248-761-9604

Rotary Carnival Comes To Commerce Twp.

Above: The Rotary Carnival came to Commerce Twp. May 16 – 19. Senator Mike Kowall, Angie Maher, State Representative Klint Kesto and Bob Schuman were a part of the opening ceremonies. Right: Attractions included: carousel and pony rides; 20 midway and carnival rides; a reptile house; and free entertainment. PHOTO BY CURTIS DROGMILLER

A10 • Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Peeking In The Past BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR The following news excerpts were gathered from past issues of the “Spinal Column”

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ing by pulled Mrs. Combs out of the flaming car through on the back doors. The individuals were taken to Pontiac General Hospital where Mrs. Combs was treated for a laceration and a broken hip.

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New City Manager For Walled Lake Frank Derby of Oxford took the job of City Manager in Walled Lake starting May 1, 1963. The city council appointed Mr. Derby for his past experience in the field of management. The city had been without a manager since Mr. Mercer turned in his resignation.

On May 4, 1963 T.G. Weisheit Jr., industrial development coordinator of the Walled Lake Chamber of Commerce, announced the industrial expansions happening in Walled Lake. In the last year seven companies invested into new manufacturing facilities. Weisheit was stated as saying: “this is the pulse of Walled Lake. An active community that is going all out to welcome new industry.”

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On May 9, 1963 the Michigan State Police were summoned to the scene of an accident at M-59 and Duck Lake Road. Mrs. Addie Combs of Milford was heading east on M-59 and made a left hand turn in front of a car. Pinned under the steering wheel, Mrs. Combs was unable to move when her 1962 Corvair burst into flames. Two men pass-

On May 22 and 23, 1963 a mobile x-ray unit from the Michigan Department of Health visited Walled Lake. The unit was stationed at Tom’s Furniture and Appliance in the Walled Lake Shopping Center. Free x-rays and blood tests were offered to any one over the age of 21.

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Spencer Farm Receives Centennial Award On June 6, 1963 the Spencer Farm in Wixom was one of five to receive a centennial award during Michigan’s Week in Wixom. The farm had been in the family for 108 years. Vernon Spencer, once an outfielder for the New York Giants, inherited the farm from his father George Spencer. George Spencer purchased the farm in 1855. Vernon Spencer began a livestock heard which won him the State Fair Premier Michigan Breeder of Brown Swiss in 1940 and 1941.

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Michigan Rope Twisters Teaches Children Specialty Jump Rope Skills BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR As the school year comes to a close parents may be wondering how to keep their child active over the summer. A new company, the Michigan Rope Twisters, was formed to help keep kids active by mastering the technique of jumping rope. Beginning in 2007 at Commerce Elementary School, Michigan Rope Twisters offers summer camps designed to keep kids active by learning the tricks behind jumping rope. Founded by Michelle Rogers, Michigan Rope Twisters teaches kids jump rope tricks that include single and long rope tricks; double Dutch; and partner jumping. “It is amazing what people do with a jump rope. We teach between 20 and 25 single rope tricks that you can mix and match,” Rogers said. “When our kids left and went to junior high, we decided to start our own company where anybody can come. You don’t have to be a Commerce kid to come and jump rope, we just ask that they are at least 7-years-old.” Rogers has been involved with jumping rope since she was young. She began on a competitive jump rope team, where she traveled promoting jump rope and heart health, when she was 7-years-old. Rogers went on to develop three different jump rope programs all across the country, and for the past five years she has developed a local team, the Commerce Cougars. Today, Rogers works with jump rope director Jennifer Williamson to teach kids in west Oakland County. Williamson began working with the Michigan Rope Twisters when her daughter joined the group. “Michelle started a team at Commerce Elementary, where my daughter went, and I started volunteering every

week…and I just never left,” Wi l l i a m s o n said. The organization currently teaches over 100 children, with 12 in each class. During the program children are taught the basics of gymnastics as well as jumping rope. They are currently looking to begin their own c o mp e t i t i v e jump rope team. T h e Michigan Rope Twisters will be hosting a variety of threeday summer camps at Glengary Elementary in Walled Lake. Offered camps include: Double Dutch Roolz, which focuses on the The Michigan Rope Twisters teaches children a variety of specialty jump roping skills including single and long rope tricks; style and skills double Dutch; and partner jumping. as well as the through August. For dates and registra- love it and I think they grow from the group movements of double Dutch; tion visit www.michiganropetwisters. experience.” and Jump Rope Roolz, a traditional com or call Michelle Rogers at 248For more information on the jump rope class that introduces single 622-9962. Michigan Rope Twisters and upcoming rope, double Dutch, and specialty rope “It’s getting the kids off the couch events visit their website at www.michskills. Strength, agility and foot speed and getting them active,” Rogers said. training classes are also available. “Jumping rope for four minutes is Ten camps are available June equal to running a mile. The kids really

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Milford Memorial Parade May 27 The Milford Memorial Day Parade will take place on May 27 on Main Street. Downtown Milford visitors will be treated to colorful parades full of marchers, stirring music and local presenters. Every Memorial Day, Milford honors its veterans with a Memorial Day parade sponsored by the American Legion and featuring local veterans’ organizations. And no celebration of America’s Independence Day is complete without the brassy and spirited Fourth of July parade down Milford’s Main Street, sponsored by the Milford Historical Society and showcasing school bands and local sports and community. When you visit Milford for a parade down Main Street, the indomitable Downtown Milford spirit will be on display and you’ll be glad you came.

AMVETS MEETING MAY 28 The AMVETS meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall #2006 in Milford. There is a social hour following the meeting with pizza and drinks. All Veterans are welcome to attend. Any questions please call Gordon at 248-684-2412

White Lake Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast On May 27 from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. there will be a Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast at the White Lake Inn (located at 3955 Ormond Road in White Lake.) A Flag Raising Ceremony will follow at noon.

Walled Lake Memorial Day Parade May 27 The City of Walled Lake Parks and Recreation Commission is sponsoring their annual Memorial Day parade Monday, May 27. The event will start promptly at 11 a.m. on East Walled Lake Drive to North Pontiac Trail and turn on to East West Maple where the parade will end at City Hall for a short service commemorating the veterans. Please call the City of Walled Lake at 248-624-4847 for further information.

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Commerce Township Library Has A New Service: Online Magazines From Zinio At the Commerce Township Library (located at 2869 N. Pontiac Trail in Commerce Twp.) you can now view full digital copies of your favorite magazines! You see the exact same material you get in print‚ plus some issues that include features like video, audio and live links. Magazine issues are not checked out, so they’re always available 24/7. Read online or download issues to your computer or mobile device to read offline. The library subscribes to nearly 200 titles! To get started all you need is your Commerce library card number and pin. For more information call 248-669-8708 Wixom Public Library Movie and Pizza Night May 28 May 28 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. come and join the Wixom Public Library for pizza and an early evening of movie watching. This event is held at the Wixom Public Library meeting room (located at 49015 Pontiac Trail in Wixom.) Movies are free to those 18 and older, but space is limited. Please register by calling 248-624-2512 Walled Lake Central Reunion August 24 Walled Lake Central combined classes of ‘68, ‘69 and ‘70 are having a reunion on Saturday, August 24 at Brentwood Golf and Country Club in White Lake. The cost is $30 per person. For more information contact Charlotte Trombley at catrombley@yahool. com or call 248-747-4946 DO YOU NEED HEALTH INSURANCE? Are you an Oakland County resident between the ages of 19 and 64 who has been denied Medicaid or Medicare? If so, you may qualify for healthcare coverage through Oakland Primary Healthcare Network, a not-for-profit organization. Please contact our office for more information: 248-545-9355

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Family Fun Day May 23 A Family Fun Day event is going to take place on May 23 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Milford Library in Milford. There will be Duplo blocks, puzzles and lots of learning toys for all ages available in the Community Room. Drop in with your family and meet a friend for some playtime at the library. Help your children get ready to read with learning activities. No registration required. Volunteer Training Program May 28 Faith in Action of Oakland County cordially invites you to our volunteer training program May 28 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Commerce United Methodist Church (located at 1155 N. Commerce Road in Commerce Twp.)

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Walled Lake Northern Varsity Lacrosse Wins 2013 City Championship BY CHRIS WALL CONTRIBUTING WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER

ahead of Novi (71,) Walled Lake Northern (70,) Walled Lake Western (65) and Milford (59.50) in a field of 15 teams. Walled Lake Central’s Cullen Prena illustrated why he is one of the top throwers The Walled Lake Central track teams in the entire nation as he set a meet record shined at the MHSAA regional track meet with a throw of 195-3 in the discus with one held at Milford High School on Friday, May throw that sailed into the woods. Prena also 17. The boy’s team captured the team title won the shot put with a throw of 57-7 ½ to with a total of 75.50 points finishing just lead the Vikings.  Matt Kosmalski from Walled Lake Northern won the long jump while Walled Lake Western’s Jon Simmons won the 100-yard dash. Milford’s Brian Kettle took first  place in the 1600 meter run with a solid time of 4:17.30 On the girl’s side, Walled Lake Central, Novi and Northville were battling all afternoon. Northville’s solid depth in the running events proved to be the difference.  The Mustangs finished first with 121 points followed closely by Novi with 102 and Walled Lake Central’s 88 points to claim the top three spots.  Walled Lake Northern’ Allyson Goff had a great day by winning the long jump (17-1) and took second in the 100 meter hurdles.  Walled Lake Central’s Chantel Edwards won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.20. Milford’s Rachel Barrett Walled Lake Central’s Cullen takes first place in the shot put to breezed to the win in the lead the Vikings to the regional crown at Milford High School on Friday, May 17. 1600-meter run in 4:57.60.

Milford’s Rachel Barrett cruises to the win in the 1600-meter run for the Mavericks on Friday May 17.

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Sports Re-cap Baseball Milford High School

Walled Lake Northern’s Allyson Goff wins the long jump for the Knights at the 2013 regional track meet at Milford High School.

MHS (14) vs. WLW (4) The Milford Mavericks varsity baseball team jumped to an early lead over Walled Lake Western on Friday and cruised to a 14-4 win in six innings. The Mavericks scored three runs in the first and 10 runs in the second inning. Seniors Alex Larson, Connor Walters and Josh Corey led the way, each going 2-2 in the game. Larson hit his first home run of the year and doubled. Walters had three runs and two RBIs and Corey doubled and had three RBIs. Sophomore Kyle Valden, junior Jake Johnson and freshman Sam Lee also had two hits in Milford’s 14-hit attack. Junior Grant Hawes threw a complete game on the mound, going five innings and allowing two earned runs while striking out three. In a stunning and devastating turn of events on Saturday, the Milford baseball team took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning against last year’s Division-I State Champion Hudsonville and lost, 5-4, without giving up a hit. Three Milford pitchers combined for six walks and three

losing 10-4 and 9-0. The Highlanders scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back in the first game. The Mavericks bounced back with two runs in the third and added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but never closed the gap to less than four runs. Seniors Josh Corey and Alex Larson led the offense with two hits each. Corey had two RBI’s and a double. Senior Derek Beslock also had a double and pitched two 1/3 innings, only giving up one run. Senior Dylan Bastyr went 1-1 with a single. In the second game, Howell jumped out with three runs in the first inning and the Milford offense never got going.  Sophomore Connor Young went 1-2 with a walk and a line-out. The Mavs only managed five hits.

wild pitches in the final frame. Hudsonville scored all five runs by putting only one ball in play, the final play of the game, which resulted in an error and the winning run. Milford played six impressive innings at the Hudsonville tournament against the host Eagles (16-7.) Senior Jake Lee, after being unable to play because of a hamstring injury the last two weeks, came back to throw four innings without a hit and struck out six. On the season, he has now pitched 24 innings and allowed only one earned run. Freshman Sam Lee had an RBI single and Sophomore Kyle Valden went 1-2 with a walk.  The Maverick varsity baseball team (11-16) came out flat after the shock of the first Hudsonville Tournament game and had its worst performance of the year in the second game, losing 14-1, to Unity Christian High School. Junior Courtland Kinte was one of a few bright spots offensively, going 3-3 with a double. The Mavericks had only seven hits on the day and Unity Christian pounded out 16 hits.    MHS (4) vs. Howell (10)  The Milford High School baseball team struggled in a doubleheader against eighth-ranked Howell,

MHS (2) vs. Petoskey (4) The Milford baseball team dropped a game at a tournament in Petoskey before the tournament was rained/ snowed. The Mavericks lost, 4-2, to Petoskey High School in an early game with game time temperatures in the 30’s. The Mavericks only managed four hits and gave up three unearned runs in the contest. Senior Alex Larson was the bright spot offensively.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • B3 He singled, walked, stole four bases and accounted for both Milford runs. Senior Scott Cazabon pitched three scoreless innings in relief. Sophomore Kyle Valden just missed his sixth home run of the season, hitting the top of the fence in right centerfield. The Mavs second game of the day was called due to a steady rain, which later turned to snow in the afternoon. Milford was scheduled to play Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart before the cancellation. The tournament will not be made up.  

KLAA North Division

MHS (1) vs. WLN (2) The Milford baseball team played a great defensive game, but lost to KLAA North Division Leader Walled Lake Northern, 2-1. Senior Josh Corey pitched effectively, going 4.2 innings and striking out 11. He took a tough loss after giving out a two-out single in the fourth inning. Despite some hard hit line drive outs in the final innings, the Mavericks offense could not mount a comeback. Senior Alex Larson had two hits and scored the Mavs only run on a sacrifice fly from Sophomore Kyle Valden.  

Softball Lakeland High School

LHS (15) vs. Brighton (5) Brighton didn’t put up much of a fight on Thursday as Lakeland varsity cruised to a blowout 15-5 win in seven innings at Brighton High School. Lakeland Varsity scored six runs in the fifth on a double by Brooke Beale, an RBI single by Hannah Szajner, an RBI single by Madison Burgess, an RBI single by Selena Hicks, a passed ball, and an RBI double by Kelly Merkle. Merkle had four RBIs Burgess racked up four RBIs on three hits, three runs scored and four stolen bases for Lakeland Varsity. Hicks got the win for Lakeland. LHS (4) vs. Hartland (2) Selena Hicks went 2-3 and hit a home run, helping Lakeland Varsity to a 4-2 victory over Hartland at Lakeland High School. She homered in the first inning and singled in the fifth inning. Hannah Szajner went two-for-two, with a single in the second and the fifth.   Annika Wiesinger got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. She allowed two runs over seven innings. She struck out two, walked three and surrendered eight hits.

LHS (16) vs. WLC (6) Lakeland Varsity refused to relinquish the lead after grabbing it early against Walled Lake Central, recording a 16-6 victory at Lakeland High School. With 13 runs in the first three innings, Lakeland Varsity left no doubt about the eventual outcome. A groundout by Kelly Merkle in the first inning and a solo home run by Lauren Brouillard, a solo home run by Alivia Grunwald, an RBI single by Madison Burgess, a passed ball, and a passed ball during the second inning fueled Lakeland Varsity’s offense early. Burgess racked up two RBIs on three hits for Lakeland Varsity. Selena Hicks got the win for Lakeland Varsity. She allowed two runs over two 2/3 innings. She struck out five, walked one and surrendered four hits. LHS (9) vs. WLC (1) Lakeland Varsity pounded Walled Lake Central in seven innings. Lakeland Varsity scored three runs in the fifth on an RBI double by Annika Wiesinger, an RBI double by Kelly Merkle, and an RBI double by Lauren Brouillard. Brouillard had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits. Walled Lake Central couldn’t get anything going as long as Wiesinger was on the mound. Walled Lake Central managed just one hit off of Wiesinger, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out two during her two 1/3 innings of work. Selena Hicks got the win for Lakeland Varsity. She allowed one run over four 2/3 innings. Hicks struck out three, walked one and gave up four hits. The game was never in doubt after the second, as Lakeland Varsity

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • B5

General Bearing Corporation


•CNC PROGRAMER/SET UP• We are an aggressive and growing CNC machine shop. We are looking for people who can Program and Set Up OKUMA Mills and Lathes. Paid Holidays, Health Care Benefits, Life Insurance, and 401K Retirement Plan Apply in Person and ask for JJ Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm 4527 Old Plank Road • Milford, MI. 48381 • (248) 685-0961 ext. 233

General Bearing Corporation


•CNC OPERATOR• We are an aggressive and growing CNC machine shop. We are looking for people who can operate OKUMA Mills or Lathes. Paid Holidays, Health Care Benefits, Life Insurance, and 401K Retirement Plan Apply in Person and ask for JJ Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm 4527 Old Plank Road • Milford, MI. 48381 • (248) 685-0961 ext. 233

General Bearing Corporation

General Bearing Corporation


• Sunnen Hone Operator • Can you set up or operate a Sunnen Honing Machine? We could use your help. Full and Part Time Positions available Experience is a must. Paid Holidays, Health Care Benefits, Life Insurance, and 401K Retirement Plan Apply in Person and ask for JJ Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm 4527 Old Plank Road • Milford, MI. 48381 • (248) 685-0961 ext. 233


Mature people wanted for full time shop help and machine operators. Wixom Area Location. Paid Holidays, Health Care Benefits, Life Insurance, and 401K Retirement Plan Apply in Person and ask for JJ Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm 4527 Old Plank Road Milford, MI. 48381 (248) 685-0961 ext. 233

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at its regular meeting duly called and held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, the Wixom City Council enacted an ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance for the City of Wixom (Municipal Code, Title 18) by rezoning Tax Parcels #22-07-200-009 and 22-07-426-010 from M-2 (General Industrial) to GPUD (Gateway Planned Unit Development). Interested individuals may obtain a copy of this ordinance from the Wixom City Clerk’s Office, located at 49045 Pontiac Trail, during regular business hours (Monday - Thursday, 7:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.). Catherine Buck City Clerk

S.C. 5-22-2013


The Wixom Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct the following public hearing at their next regular meeting scheduled for Monday, June 10, 2013 for the following topic: ZBA CASE # 011-13: WIXOM TRUCK AND TRAILER, 28930 WIXOM ROAD, WIXOM, MI 48393: The applicant is seeking the following variances from the applicable sections of the zoning ordinance: 18.09.050, a 10’ variance from the side yard setback on the northerly property line (20’ to 10’); 18.09.050, Table 9.5B, a 55’ variance from the front yard parking lot setback (145’ to 90’); 18.09.050(J), a 3% variance from the maximum permitted lot coverage from (75% to 78%); 18.09.050, Table 9.05A, a 7’ variance from the side yard setback along the southerly property line (20’ to 13.22’); 18.15.020, Table 15.02, a 3’ variance from the required two-way maneuvering lane width north of the proposed building addition (24’ to 21’). The Wixom Municipal Code requires approval of dimensional variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals when it can be shown that ordinance standards have been met. The property is zoned M-1, Light Indsutrial and the tax parcel number is 22-08-100-013. 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 Planning and Zoning Department at (248) 624-0880. Catherine Buck, City Clerk City of Wixom (248) 624-4557 SCN: 05.22.2013


HEARING CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF HIGHLAND BOARD OF TRUSTEES June 12, 2013 7:30 P.M. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on June 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Highland Township Auditorium, 205 N. John Street, Highland, MI 48357. TO CONSIDER: A request for a Special Land Use Approval submitted by applicant Ronald Bonadeo and Owners Ronald Bonadeo and Sue Schulte. Article 4; Section 4.05.C, Principal Uses Permitted as Special Land Uses. Agricultural and Rural Residential District Article 6; Special Land Use Procedures and Standards Article 10; Supplemental Use Regulations; Section 10.13; Farm Markets FOR: The establishment of a Class C Farm Market with events such as but not limited to cider mill, pumpkin patch, Christmas tree sales, produce stand and corn maze. LOCATION: Parcel Id. #11-02-300-017 and 11-02-300-018 and 11-02-300-019


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Highland Township Board of Trustees will hear evidence supporting an application for site specific relief on June 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Highland Township Auditorium, 205 N. John Street, Highland, MI 48357. TO CONSIDER: A request for a Site Specific Relief submitted by applicant Bloom General Contracting and Purchaser LaFontaine Automotive Group and Owner Paul Leontaras. The applicant proposes to repurpose a vacant bowling alley for use as a parts warehouse and distribution center to support its local dealerships. Article 18 of the Zoning Ordinance provides for the Township Board to approve a site specific administrative remedy to allow reasonable use of property in those limited situations in which a property owner demonstrates to the Board that the parcel and proposed land use satisfy specific criteria laid out in the Ordinance. The Planning Commission will provide a recommendation for the Board based on its review. LOCATION:

Parcel Id. # 11-15-127-003

Proposed Location for Class C Farm Market 1215 White Lake Rd Former Bowling Alley Proposed Parts Warehouse 2800 N. Milford Road



NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that information will be given and written comments will be received regarding the request during office hours Monday through Friday, until the date of the hearing. Telephone (248) 887-3791, extension 2.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that information will be given and written comments will be received regarding the request during office hours Monday through Friday, until the date of the hearing. Telephone (248) 887-3791, extension 2.

Mary M. McDonell, MMC Highland Township Clerk

Mary L. McDonell, MMC Highland Township Clerk

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Memorial Day Events In And Around Oakland County Milford: Michigan Memorial Day Parade When: Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. Where: The annual Milford Memorial Day Parade will take place on Main Street in Downtown Milford White Lake: Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast When: May 27 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Where: 3955 Ormond Road in White Lake Breakfast is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a Flag Raising ceremony at noon Walled Lake: Memorial Day Parade When: Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. Where: The Walled Lake Memorial Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Walled Lake Drive and Maple Road and run along Pontiac Trail and

culminates at City Hall Novi: Michigan Memorial Day Parade When: Monday, May 27 from 10 a.m. – noon Where: The Novi Civic Center Show your community pride and spirit and join Novi’s Memorial Day Parade! Parade steps off at 10 a.m. from Griswold and Main, proceeds west on Main to Wing, south on Wing to Cady, west on Cady to First, south of First to Fairbrook and over to Rural Hill Cemetery for the ceremony Holly: Michigan Memorial Day Parade When: Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Where: The annual Memorial Day parade will begin at the Hulet-Bravender VFW Post on Airport Road, continue through Downtown Holly and over to

Lakeside Park for Memorial Day services Waterford: Michigan Memorial Day Parade When: Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Where: Parade starts at Dixie Highway and Sashabaw roads. Parade heads north to a ceremony at the cemetery at the end of the parade Troy: Michigan Memorial Day Parade When: Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. Where: 500 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy The City of Troy is holding their Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at City Hall Beverly Hills: Memorial Day Parade and Carnival When: Monday, May 27 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Parade will begin at 11 a.m. from the Groves High School

parking lot. It travels north on Evergreen and then east on Beverly Road all the way to Beverly Park Participants in the parade include: a contingent of U.S. Marines; marching bands; a bagpiper; calliope; local Boy, Girl and Cub Scout representatives; police and sheriff vehicles; classic cars and more! Carnival follows the parade at Beverly Park from noon – 3 p.m. Rochester Hills: Michigan Memorial Day Parade When: Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Where: Ceremonies are held at Veterans Memorial Pointe (southeast corner of Avon and Livernois roads) on Memorial Day following the Memorial Day parade Rochester: Michigan Memorial Day Parade


and Ceremonies When: Monday, May 27 at 9:15 a.m. Where: Ceremony begins at 9:15 a.m. at Mt. Avon Cemetery (between First and Third streets and Taylor and

Wilcox) Memorial Day parade will follow ceremony at 10 a.m. Parade ends at Veterans Memorial Pointe at SE corner of Avon and Livernois roads

Memorial Day Offers A Chance To Honor Our Nation’s True Heroes BY Sen. MIKE KOWALL 15TH SENATE DISTRICT

This Memorial Day, let’s take time to remember that the freedoms we all enjoy came at a great price. Let us remember the sacrifices our armed forces personnel have made for each and every one of us. May we celebrate the many brave patriots who answered our nation’s call of duty to protect our lives at the cost of their own.

Memorial Day gives us the chance to stand together, give thanks and pay tribute to the heroic servicemen and servicewomen who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. First known as Decoration Day, this solemn observance began shortly after the Civil War as citizens honored fallen soldiers with flowers

on their graves. Later, this annual tradition of remembrance was renamed Memorial Day. Since our nation’s founding, more than 1 million men and women have given their lives in service to our country. That’s why it is so important to preserve the “memorial” in Memorial Day by honoring those who have died in the cause of freedom. There are many ways to commemorate their sacrifice,

including: Attending a local ceremony or parade. I will be paying tribute to service personnel at several Memorial Day events planned in my district. Viewing the annual Michigan Senate Memorial Day service. This special event honors Michigan residents killed in action over the previous 12 months. Live streaming of the ceremony is available online at

www.senate.michigan. gov. The event will be held Thursday, May 23, beginning at 10 a.m. Observing the National Moment of Remembrance. This observance asks Americans to pause in their daily activities at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to honor those who laid down their lives. Flying your flag at home or the office at half-staff from sunrise to noon.

Let’s take the time to remember our country’s fallen soldiers on this special day and make sure their legacy of sacrifice and service is never taken for granted or forgotten. Senator Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, is the chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee. He serves the residents of the 15th Senate District, representing western Oakland County.

We remember Those who gave so much. In grattitude to all of those who fought to secure our freedom and to those who continue the fight, and in memory of those who sacrificed their lives so we could live in peace.