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“THE GREAT EGG HUNT”
Bring the kids for an Easter egg scramble at 11 am. and enjoy an animal show presented by Farmer John and The Barnyard Express, farm animal shows at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. March 30 at Maple Beach in Kensington Metro park in Milford. The egg hunt is divided into two age groups, four years and under and five years and up. Kids will also get an opportunity to pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Early arrival is recommended. $5 per child, cash only, and children 12 months and under are free. No perregistration. For more information call 810227-8910
ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND CARD PARTYGAMES
The affair will take place April 3, at 11 a.m. in the Activity Center and buffet luncheon will be served at noon. You Are A Star is the theme for the annual luncheon and Card Party-Games sponsored by the Rosary Altar Society of St. William Catholic Church in Walled Lake. Tickets are $12. St William is located on Common Street, north off Pontiac Trail and west of Maple. For more information and reservations please call 248624-4649
Highland Couple Creates Made In America Roadshow BY KRISTIN SCHENDEN CONTRIBUTING WRITER Rick and Lisa Detkowski are not only fulfilling their own American Dream but are helping others to showcase their own American Dreams. The Detkowskis of Highland, (former residents of Clarkston for 30 years) are lifelong self-made entrepreneurs who wanted to help make America strong, so they created the Made in America Roadshows. This is a Michigan based company that will launch their first show in the spring. While supporting their other two businesses, Rick’s Huron Valley Rustics which uses Michigan cedar and rustic wood to create indoor and outdoor furniture and Lisa’s, Plum Door Tea Co. (that specializes in premium USA blended loose leaf teas) the two frequent trade shows around the country. “As we traveled the country exhibiting our businesses at tradeshows, we noticed a large amount of the products displayed are imported.” said Lisa. “We found it very hard to find true American Made companies in any trade. So we decided to start Made in America Roadshows to change that.” The Made in America Roadshows will create a sense of patriotism, pride and awareness so
Highland residents Rick and Lisa Detkowski have created the Made in America Roadshows. The Michigan based company will launch their first show this spring. Lisa holds tea from her company, Plum Door Tea. Co., which is made in America and Rick stands with a chair made by his company Huron Valley Rustics, which uses Michigan cedar and rustic wood.
that the consumer can have the opportunity to buy American on future purchases and in turn, help bolster America’s current
and future economic climate. More jobs will be created as a result since 65 percent of new jobs are created by small businesses. Michigan based companies and our friends in neighboring states whose companies are “Made in America” can still secure a 10 x 10 booth or larger in advance of the spring Made in America Roadshows coming Friday, April 12 thru Sunday, April 15 to Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace. Hours are 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. The fee for a business to secure a spot to display their goods or services starts at $450, which will cover all three days. This show will be made up of five categories that will include: ROUTE 66- Vintage Memorabilia, Automotive; American Gourmet - Food, Wine, Specialty; The Wide Open Range - Outdoor, Western; Americana - Folk Art, Furniture and Wares; and Rodeo Drive - Fine Arts, Clothing and Crafts. Our business services section will allow companies to exhibit in the areas of fitness, chiropractic, holistic wellness, landscaping, insurance and others. The Made in America Roadshows will feature special guest, Cari Cucksey from the popular HGTV’s television show, “Cash & Cari.” You’re invited to
shop her booth as she features American inspired vintage products and her amazing repurposed items. Everyone is invited to the Made in America Roadshows to help strengthen our economy by building relationships with American made manufacturers, products and services. You’ll have the opportunity to shop in a charming atmosphere as we exhibit some of the best products our country has to offer. Veterans and Active Military will be admitted to the Made in America Roadshows for free with a valid I.D. Tickets for adults are $10, senior citizens 65 and over will be admitted for $8 and children 12 and under are free. The shows creator, Rick Detkowski said, “We are proud of what our military does. The freedoms that we enjoy are because of the sacrifices that these men and women who serve our country make. We do not take that for granted and feel blessed to be able to give back with free admission to our show.” The Made in America Roadshows can be reached by calling 248.714.6281 or you can visit their website at www.miaroadshows.com. The office address is 2330 South Milford Road, Suite 102; Highland, MI 48356.
Walled Lake City Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary
St. William School in Walled Lake is accepting registrations. Open to all Catholic boys entering grades three to eight in the fall of 2013. Registration is available online at www.saintwilliam.com. For more information call Marty Petrill, football director at 248-763-5897 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
Next month, the Walled Lake Library will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. The schedule includes a library open house; a balloon release and retrieve; and a 50-foot paper mache birthday cake.
BY MARK STOWERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER In 1963, gas cost twenty-nine cents a gallon, The Beatles ruled the world of music, zip codes were invented and the Walled Lake Library was brand spanking new. Now 50 years later, they are planning a wealth of celebratory activities. Darlene Williams, program director for the library, has been working on the activities. “This is our first big celebration,” Williams said. “But we’ll be celebrating throughout the year.” Williams has been with the library for the past 28 years and as a life-long Walled Lake resident, knows the history. “I remember at one time there was a little library where the Walled Lake Big Boy is now. Some
people called it the lumber yard and in 1963 and 1964, when I was still in high school, I came into that little building that had wood floors,” Williams said. “It was very small – just a few books and a desk.” Since then, the library has moved to the city offices and has been renovated and expanded in early 1980s. “At that time it was huge but now its very small – about 5,000-square feet,” she said. But now that “little library” is part of The Library Network across southeast Michigan and can access thousands of books and media for its members. The main celebration is planned for Saturday April 13 beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending
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at 5:00 p.m. “We are planning things throughout the year but April 13 is our National Library Week Open House and we do that every year but are doing a few more wonderful things,” she said. “We’ll have a 50-foot (papermache) birthday cake. Carousel Acres is a mobile petting farm and they will be here for the fourth year. We’ll have a balloon release and retrieve.” The balloon event will be 50 balloons being released but are tied with a 75- to 100-foot ribbon so they can be pulled back and given to children in order to protect the environment. A board member will speak for 10 minutes on the goals of the library and there will be the launching of a scholar-
ship contest. “We will giving out two $500 scholarships and those will be announced at our Fall Festival in October. It’s an essay contest entitled, ‘Why Libraries are Special’,” Williams said. All of the details regarding the contest are still being ironed out but will be open to seniors in high school. The library will have birthday cakes and they are looking for “cake donations” – especially chocolate – from any members or local businesses. “The Friends group is helping us out with refreshments as well,” she said. There will also be birthday wishes on display, Ronald McDonald will be around to help everyone sign the overly large birth-
day card. “We will have volunteers here to show the library collections and answer any questions,” Williams said. “We had one little girl who drew us a picture on 8-1/2 by 11 paper with hearts all over it saying happy birthday. We’ll have that displayed on our large birthday card. And we invite anyone to send in any well wishes and we’ll put them on there as well.” The library is located at 1499 East West Maple between Decker Road and Pontiac Trail in Walled Lake. The library is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday from 1:00 p.m. and is closed on Friday.
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