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VFW Sponsors Annual PolicemanFireman of the Year 2012

On March 14 the Walled Lake City Library will host a presentation from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Cyber Safety. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to attend a CSI (Cyber Safety Initiative) seminar. Conducted by the speakers from the Michigan Attorney General Office, this workshop is to learn more about cyber safety and responsible online behavior for your child. Protect your child from cyber bullying, social media mania and Internet predators.

Left: Detective Brad Connell of the White Lake Police Department stands with Police Chief Edward A. Harris after being awarded Officer of the Year. Above: Thomas Zaske of the White Lake Fire Department stands with Fire Chief Tony Maltese after being awarded Firefighter of the Year.


The Four Towns United Methodist Church at 6451 Cooley Lake Road will be having a Lasagna Dinner on March 15 from 5 – 7 p.m. The cost is adults $7.50 and children ages 5 -12 $4.00. Cost includes lasagna dinner with garlic toast and salad bar. Any questions please call Thelma at 248-682-6868


Help Open Door Outreach Center provide Easter goodies to the less fortunate in our community. All items are needed by March 15. Donations can be dropped off Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Items needed are: hams, fruit cocktails, canned vegetables, canned yams, cool whip, potatoes, rolls, eggs, margarine, Easter candy, egg coloring kits (no vinegar types), new books for junior and senior high school aged students. Monetary donations and gift cards will be appreciated. For additional information call 248-360-2930

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Like a red carpet award night, there were elegant dresses, plenty of suits and ties, men and women all dressed for success. On March 2 the White Lake/Oxbow VFW Post 4156 sponsored the Annual Police Officer /Firefighter of the Year 2012. There were over 150 policemen and firemen and guests in attendance. The evening was full of plenty of Smiles, laughs,

and conversations from many lifelong friends. Tickets to the event were $20.00 with food being prepared by Linda Gloger and the Ladies Auxiliary alongside volunteers from the post within various organizations. VFW Post 4156 Post commander, Scott Gloger, host says: “We are proud to sponsor such a wonderful event, recognizing our policemen and firemen who serve us all.” There were plenty of local leaders included in the evening’s

award ceremony. Some in attendance were: Mike Kowall, State Senator 15th District; Edward A. Harris, White Lake Chief of Police; Tony Maltese, Fire Chief,; Robert E. Kostin, attorney; Judge Kelley Kostin, District Judge; and White Lake Township Clerk, Terry Lilley. The evening award presentations began with “Rookie of the Year” which was presented to Myles Pierce. White Lake Police Chief Edward A. Harris would present the award for 2012 Offi-

cer of the Year to: Brad Connell, Detective and Evidence Technician at White Lake Township Police Department. Connell’s parents, Kevin and Shelly Connell said of their son: “This is such a great moment, we are extremely proud. Brad always does his best to help the community.” The 2012 Firefighter of the Year award was presented to Thomas L. Zaske, of the White Lake Fire Department. Zaske was appointed to the White Lake Township Fire Department in July

of 2007. White Lake Fire Chief Tony Maltese says: “I am proud of Tom, this award is well deserved. I am equally as proud of our committed firefighters who are dedicated to our community.” State Senator Mike Kowall also presented a special tribute to Detective Brad Connell and Firefighter Thomas L. Zaske. There were several other awards presented during the evening recognizing personal from both the White Lake Police and Fire Departments.

A Century Plus: Highland Resident Roy Glass has seen plenty in his 107 years BY MARK STOWERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER In 1905, the Detroit Tigers had only been around five years, Teddy Roosevelt was president, the Wright brothers took flight and Roy Glass was born in the small town of Hartland in New Brunswick, Canada. Since then, the Tigers have won four World Series and 11 American League pennants, there have been 18 more presidents, we’ve traveled to the moon and beyond and Highland resident Roy Glass has been around for all of it. The 107-year-old Glass came to the United States in 1922 to start a new life in the automotive industry. “I’m an old farm boy,” Glass said. “We had everything, horses, cows, hens, sheep and calves. We had 150 acres with 50 in woodland.” Glass came to Royal Oak with his brother and they eventually built a house on Vermont Avenue. There he tried, unsuccessfully, to get into the auto industry but did manage to catch on with DTE for the next 41 years after getting through the depression with an array of jobs. “My barber was from Canada, same place I was, and he worked for Detroit Edison for a while and he said Edison was hiring,” Glass said. Glass turned down a Linesman job

Roy Glass with daughter Sharon Martin.

where he had to “be up the pole in the wintertime and be up that pole in the summertime” and found his way to the truck cab to be a driver. Glass lives with his youngest daughter, Sharon Martin. Glass spends his days cheering for the Tigers. He is a little limited with some vision and hearing issues but he takes part in everyday life, just as he has for the past century. And what is




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his secret to living such a long life? “I just take it a day at a time,” he said. “I like to be outside.” And he was part of a new fad long before it was a fad. “He ate organic vegetables long before they were the rage,” Martin said. “He had a big, huge garden.” Since retiring in the early 1970s, Glass traveled a bit with his late wife, Lois, and has served the community as a member of the board of the Highland Senior Center and enjoyed his garden. Lois passed away in 2004 at the age of 94 due to a heart condition. They had been married 76 years. A huge Tiger fan, Glass has spent plenty of time at old Tiger Stadium but now keeps his radio tuned in to each and every Tigers broadcast. When he turned 100, he got an autographed letter from Ernie Harwell – a rarity – and plenty of recognition from the team. And his favorite Tiger player? “Inge – third baseman. He couldn’t hit but he was a good third baseman,” Glass said. Glass played baseball with “a roll of yarn” and “our bat was cut out of wood ourselves” but fancied himself a pretty good pitcher. Oh, he’s a righty and is available for the bullpen if needed, Mr. Illitch.



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