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Fourth of July traffic control approved

Photo courtesy of Kari Guyer Kyle Petty, Kari Guyer and Karen Niswender pose at the Pleasant Lake Inn in Freedom Township. The NASCAR driver visited the bar and restaurant on June 11.

Road closures and parking announced for fireworks By Ed Patino

Heritage Newspapers

With the community and its visitors converging on Carr Park for the Manchester Men’s Club Fourth of July Fireworks display July 3, several traffic control orders will be put into effect during the day. Several areas will be designated for parking while other areas will be closed to traffic. These temporary traffic control orders were approved by the Manchester Village Council during its regular meeting Monday and will be enforced by the Washtenaw County Sheriff ’s Office. “We are changing the normal flow of traffic,” Manchester Village President Pat Vailliencourt said. “It’s the same routine as before with the fireworks.” No parking will be allowed at Carr Park, as it will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 12 a.m. July 3. It will remain closed until 12 a.m. on July 4 (in the event of rain, it will be closed 12 a.m. July 4 to 12 a.m. July 5). The south side of Main Street in front of Carr Park will be used as temporary parking. Visitors can also park along the south side of Main Street between Territorial Street and Elton Street. The North side of Main Street between the village’s western limit and the fire hydrant at Territorial Street PLEASE SEE TRAFFIC/3-A

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Petty parties in Freedom NASCAR driver visits Pleasant Lake Inn By Ed Patino Heritage Newspapers

Freedom Township received an unexpected visit from a sports celebrity during race weekend. NASCAR veteran driver turned broadcaster Kyle Petty stopped by the Pleasant Lake Inn and mingled with patrons June 11. Petty and his crew from the Speed Channel and TNT were in town for the Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race, which was held June 13 at Michigan International Speedway. According to Pleasant Lake Inn manager Kari Guyer, this is not the first time that NASCAR personalities have paid a visit to the establishment. “(Petty) said that he had been here before

“He said he had a great time and that he would come back when he was in town again.” KARI GUYER Pleasant Lake Inn manager during race weekend,” Guyer said. “He just stopped in with 10 of his crew members to hang out and have dinner.” Guyer and her co-workers had a photo taken with Petty during his stay. Guyer posted the photo to her Facebook page, and word spread quickly that Petty was at the

Pleasant Lake Inn. “Once the word got out, we had quite a few people come in,” Guyer said. Petty and his crew left after finishing dinner. However, patrons received a surprise later in the evening when Petty himself returned on his motorcycle. After returning, Petty spent the rest of the evening signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. “We were surprised because he left, then the next thing you know he was back on his Harley,” Guyer said. “He interacted well with everyone and it was fun to have him here. He said he had a great time and that he would come back when he was in town again.” Race action will return to Michigan International Speedway in August for the CARFAX 400.

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Massive trimming project approved Village Council discusses fate of over 200 trees By Ed Patino Heritage Newspapers

Residents of the Village of Manchester and its surrounding areas will notice several cases of tree trimming and removal after the Fourth of July. Consumer’s Energy will be trimming and removing trees in the area to prevent damage to electrical lines in the community next month. Representatives from Consumer’s Energy attended Monday’s regular meeting of the Manchester Village Council to explain the process. Several trees in the area have been marked with blue paint indicating those are the ones that will be trimmed or removed by Consumer’s

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Energy. Those marked with an X will be removed, while those with a blue dot will simply be trimmed. Consumer’s will notify residents whose trees will be removed by a mailed postcard. The project is scheduled to start sometime after the Fourth of July holiday. “We have a full-schedule of dates for the project,” John Hall, a public relations representative from Consumer’s Energy, said. “Home owners will be contacted by a postcard, but we can also meet with owners on their property.” According to Hall, Consumer’s tried to schedule the project so it would avoid conflict with Manchester’s busy festival season in July. He also assured the council that while there will be some debris in the area during the week, none will be left around for the weekends. In the area, a total of 913

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trees are affected by the project, with 377 targeted for removal. A large portion of those trees are located within the village. “There are 261 effected trees in the village population, with 160 of them to be trimmed and 101 removed,” Manchester Village President Pat Vailliencourt said. “This is a huge project.” Hall explained that while storms and other variables lead to power outages, trees are the No. 1 cause of outages. During the massive blackout through the Northeastern and middle part of the country during the summer of 2003, one of the biggest problems was trees sagging into the power lines throughout Ohio. Power lines in trees present far more dangers than just power outages. “The lines can have access to things that can climb trees, like

kids and wildlife,” Hall said. Hall stated that Consumer’s Energy has three priorities when taking on the project. The first priority is the achievement of the minimum clearance between the trees and power lines. The second priority is the promotion of growing future trees away from the wires. Third, Consumer’s tries to minimize the risk of a tree’s health, of which one way is making the fewest cuts to the trees as possible. Hall also said that the blue paint applied to the trees offers no risk for harm. Trees located directly under the lines are considered the most for removal. The higher the voltage of the wires, the more clearance is needed. “This is highly visible work in vegetation management,” Hall said. “If we leave the property the way we found it, we didn’t do our job.”

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In Other Business

■ The Manchester Village Council approved use of the lawn area in front of St. Mary Catholic Church for its Ice Cream Social, which takes place July 22. ■ Due to the Fourth of July holiday, the Manchester Village Council will hold its next regular meeting July 7. The holiday for government offices is Monday, July 5, and the council did not want its meeting coinciding with the Manchester Fair parade on July 6. The meeting will take place at its usual 7 p.m. start time at the village hall. Staff Writer Ed Patino can be reached at 428-8173 or epatino@heritage.com.

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BRIEFLY... ■ Ice Cream Social: Sharon United Methodist Church is hosting an ice cream social on Wednesday, June 30. Serving begins at 5 p.m. There will be seating both inside and outside. Call Diana Parr at (517) 605-6305 for more information. ■ Dedication Ceremony: The American

Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary of Manchester is hosting a dedication of the newly-planted memorial bushes and plaques at Wurster Park on Main Street. The dedication will take place on Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m. The bushes represent the five branches of service honoring those who have served the United States armed forces. Refreshments will follow at the American Legion Hall. ■ Christina Ahrens Fundraiser: Family

and friends of Christina Ahrens of Manchester are holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sharon United Methodist Church. The fundraiser is meant to help offset her medical costs as she continues to work toward rehabilitation. Christina is a Manchester woman who was involved in a motorcycle accident. Her children are of the Trinkle family. The event is being organized by friends and family.


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come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather’s radio anymore,” said Allen Pitts, W1AGP, of the ARRL. “The communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded. And besides that––it’s fun!” In the Western Washtenaw area, the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Sharon Township Hall on June 26. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. There are over 650,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the United States, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free. To learn more about Amateur

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Bessie Hoffman alumni return to open time capsule By Gerald LaVaute Heritage Newspapers

n air of mystery and anticipation last week surrounded the exhumation of a time capsule that had been buried 13 years earlier, when the Bessie Hoffman Elementary School first moved into an old middle school at 50700 Willow Road in Sumpter Township. The event was bittersweet as the school, which holds many fond memories for its alumni, is closing. But the multiage teaching concept that was pioneered at the school will continue with guiding philosophy, students and staff unchanged, at the central campus of the Lincoln Consolidated Schools at 8970 Whittaker Road in Ypsilanti this September. The Bessie Hoffman School will share part of a large multistory building on the Lincoln schools campus, originally built to house all K-12 students in the district, with another elementary school. There are five

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its first year by an Eisenhower federal grant, while the High/ Scope educational research foundation provided trainers in how to implement the program. In the early days, McCoy said, separate elementary schools in new teachers trained one or two Lincoln Consolidated Schools. days each month on their own To help observe the rite of passage at the school, more than time. Currently, the school’s stu30 school alumni were present dents are grouped together by for the exhumation of the time two grade levels –– kindergarcapsule buried 4 feet below the ten and first, second and third, surface near the entrance to the school. Many even helped to and fourth and fifth. There are 296 students enrolled in the dig up the capsule, using a few school, with about 24 students shared shovels. in each classroom. Their hard work was broadThe parents of each of the cast into the school on televistudents, and the students themsions in the classrooms as selves, choose to be at Bessie students watched the progress Hoffman as district boundaries from their desks. don’t apply. It’s an early adopter The first to dig was Eric Mitchell, a member of the class of the concept of “school of choice.” Initially, the invitation of 2000. He also climbed into the hole and removed the metal was extended to all students in the Lincoln schools. McCoy said bucket from the earth. Mitchell, now 20, is a student that the current waiting list is about 30 students. at Washtenaw Community Parental support for the College and coaches a youth school, its program and its wrestling program for 5- to 13activities is strong, McCoy year-olds. Mitchell’s mother, said. In fact, parents have volLila, taught kindergarten and unteered to help teachers pack first grade at the school for 13 up their classroom belongings, years. Carol McCoy, a 33-year teach- which must be completed by the end of the month. Early ing veteran, has served as principal at Bessie Hoffman for in August, the contents of the six years, and has been with the classrooms will be moved to the school since the beginning, even Lincoln schools campus. The contents of the time capbefore it moved to its Willow sule included Pokemon cards, Road location. Harry Potter paraphernalia, a McCoy said the multiage box of crayons, a school shirt education concept was introduced to Lincoln schools in 1995 and other objects. The folks who gathered in the gym, who were at Model Elementary School attending the final assembly at on the Lincoln Consolidated Schools campus. It initially ser- the school –– a last time to be together and to celebrate what viced students in kindergarten had become for many a posithrough third grades, using tive experience in elementary an educational approach that teaches two separate grades and education –– seemed happy the experiment in education will go ages in the same classroom. on at a new site in September. The concept was funded for

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Eric Mitchell digs deep for a buried time capsule in Belleville.

Bessie Hoffman Elementary School alumnus Corrine Murch digs as she is interviewed by fifthgrade student Merrett Brewer, as fellow alumnus Gregory Robinette (center) takes a break from digging a time capsule in Belleville.

Residents can help spread word about West Nile virus Washtenaw County Public Health Department officials have begun surveillance activities for the seasonal West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause mild-to-severe illness in humans and other animals. Officials from the health department are urging area residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and to call the Washtenaw County West Nile Virus Hotline at 544-6750 to report dead birds or to receive general West Nile virus information. “Although the past two summers have been mild, and Washtenaw County has not had a human case reported since 2006, West Nile virus is endemic and has the potential to become more active again,” said Dr. Diana Torres-Burgos, Washtenaw County Medical Director, in a news release. “Individuals can help us protect the public’s health by reporting dead birds in their area, taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites, and supporting community-based mosquito control programs.”

Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile virus when they feed on infected birds that carry the virus in their blood. People are primarily exposed to West Nile from the bite of a mosquito that is infected with the virus. Nationally, cases of West Nile virus decreased in 2009, with 720 human cases and 32 deaths. Michigan accounted for one human case, with no deaths. Washtenaw County had no human cases. Most people infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms of illness, but one in five will become ill two to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Mild illness from West Nile can include slight fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes skin rash and swollen glands. Serious illness from West Nile can include symptoms of high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, mental confusion, convulsions, muscle weakness and

Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile virus when they feed on infected birds that carry the virus in their blood.

paralysis. In a few cases, mostly among persons 75 years and older, death may occur.

Dead Bird Surveillance The presence of dead birds — especially crows, blue jays and ravens — is a sensitive indicator for the presence of West Nile virus. The Washtenaw County Public Health Department asks citizens to report all dead birds to the Washtenaw County West Nile Virus Hotline at 544-6750. Washtenaw County will not be testing any birds for West Nile virus this year.

Personal Protection and Prevention Since West Nile virus is spread to humans almost exclusively through the bite of an infected mosquito, it is important for individuals to prevent mosquito bites. Suggested safety tips include: • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active (dawn and dusk). • Wear light-colored clothing, longsleeved shirts and long pants, if possible. • Apply insect repellant that contains the active ingredient DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535

to exposed skin or clothing. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use. DEET repellant can be used on children two months of age and older. • Avoid applying insect repellant to the hands of young children, who may then transfer the repellant to their eyes and mouth, which has the potential of producing irritation or adverse health effects. • Take care when opening doors so that mosquitoes don’t “hitch a ride” into the house on you, your children or your pets. • Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes out of homes and other buildings. • Empty standing water from buckets, flowerpots, saucers, pools, patio furniture covers and other similar sites where mosquitoes can lay eggs. • Remove wet, organic material from your gutters and from low-lying areas in your yard. • Keep tall weeds trimmed back from areas where you or your children spend time outdoors. More information about West Nile virus is available at the following Web sites: http://westnile.ewashtenaw.org, www.michigan.gov/westni levirus or www.cdc.gov/westnile.

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Beating the Drum for Bladder Cancer event set July 17 The University of Michigan Bladder Cancer Support Group will celebrate July 17 as the first National Bladder Cancer Awareness Day by sponsoring an event called Beating the Drum for Bladder Cancer. The event, which is intended to promote awareness of bladder cancer and rally support for research, will be held at the Family Center, 420 North St., in Milan. Bladder cancer is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Last year, more than 70,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with bladder cancer, and over 14,000 people died from it. Bladder cancer has a recurrence rate of 50 to 80 percent, and because it requires lifelong surveillance, it is the most expensive cancer to treat on a per-patient basis. It is estimated that $2.9 billion is spent in the United States each year on the treatment of bladder cancer. The groups most commonly affected are firefighters, veter-

ans and workers in the rubber, leather, printing, textile, dye, petroleum and paint industries; machinists and metalworkers; hairdressers; and truck drivers and others exposed to diesel fumes. The University of Michigan Bladder Cancer Support Group was established 15 years ago by one of the first recipients of the Neobladder, a bladder created from the bowel, at The University of Michigan. It is one of only a few bladder cancer support groups in the nation and has been used as the benchmark for groups established in New York and California. The group’s mission is to provide information and guidance on living and coping with bladder cancer. The group’s goal is to provide a forum for patients to lend support, strength and ideas to each other. The group also aims to promote bladder cancer awareness, enhance understanding of the disease and its treatment, pro-

vide optimal coping strategies for patients and their families, and inform patients of ongoing research and clinical trials. Beating the Drum for Bladder Cancer is a family-oriented community event open to all. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by opening ceremonies and a welcome by Dr. Cheryl T. Lee. At 6:45 p.m. survivors will give testimonials, and a gourmet dinner buffet and pastry

assortment will be offered beginning at 7 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., “Bladder cancer bingo” with prizes will begin. This will be followed by music and dancing. There will also be an education station, relaxation station, games and activities for children, the DaVinci Surgical System demonstration and a silent auction. In addition, door prizes will include a University of Michigan autographed foot-

ball. Representatives from a number of other organizations, including the American Cancer Society and the Wellness Center of Ann Arbor, also will be present. Tickets are $35 for adults, $17.50 for children between 5 and 12 and free to children under 5. The ticket includes admission to the event, food, coffee, punch, wine and beer. For more information, call Staci Mitchell at 615-4340.

Strokes for Strokes Golf Outing July 14 The seventh annual Strokes for Strokes Golf Outing is scheduled July 14 at Brookside Golf Course in Saline. The event is a community golf outing organized to promote physical activity and socialization for survivors of stroke. Individuals are invited to participate in a nine-hole scramble and enjoy lunch afterward with their friends and caregivers. Registration is at 11 a.m.,

followed by a shotgun start at noon. The participation fee is $45 per person, and includes hat, greens fee, cart and lunch, and the guest fee is $15 for lunch. Strokes for Strokes began in 2004 as a collaborative effort of Mike Shatusky, a few close friends and physical rehabilitation physician Dr. David Steinberg. Shatusky is a former University of Michigan running back who had a stroke fol-

lowing heart surgery in 1997. In the years following his stroke, Shatusky began focusing his efforts on helping other stroke survivors regain their sense of dignity, vitality and sense of belonging to the community. For more information, call 994-9062 or e-mail HooverRM@trinity-health.org. The Brookside Golf Course is located 6451 Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Saline.


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Gov. Jennifer Granholm was the keynote speaker at the Washtenaw County Democratic Party’s dinner fundraiser and silent auction held Saturday night at Washtenaw County Community College.

Granholm speaks at fundraiser By Austen Smith Heritage Newspapers

It was a veritable who’s who in local and statewide politics at a dinner fundraiser for the Washtenaw County Democratic Party held Saturday night. Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium was packed with elected officials, primary election candidates and Democratic party supporters to witness what, more than likely, would be Jennifer Granholm’s final speech in Washtenaw County as governor. Participants also heard from U.S. Congressman John Dingell, his wife, Debbie, and Washtenaw County Democratic Party Chairman Stuart Dowty. The theme for the evening was “Celebrating 90 years of Women’s Suffrage,” and some dressed in period clothing to pay tribute to America’s great women’s rights leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. Leaving partisan politics behind for the evening, Granholm instead presented a history of her tenure in office and spoke confidently of the state’s future, citing some of her successes, including playing an instrumental part in keeping the Rawsonville Road Ford Factory, which will now be producing “the guts,” as the governor put it, of the Chevrolet Volt, electric car. Granholm said the key to Michigan’s future was steering the workforce from “rust to green,” and continuing to provide incentives for higher education. “We need to continue building ‘upskill’ workers by providing the right incentives for people in the right place,” Granholm said. While speaking with the audience, Granholm presented a number of slides, statistics and historical data that provided an intriguing look into

her governorship. She said from the start of her tenure holding the top executive position in the state, she advocated that re-training the state’s workforce and providing new and creative jobs in the non-traditional sectors in which Michigan had been lagging was going to be a slow and sometimes painful process. Unfortunately, she said, voters want to see quick fixes to which she jokingly commented that she was leaving office at the worst time as economic struggles for individuals across the state slowly begin to lessen. “I kind of feel like Maxwell Smart when he says, ‘Jean, missed it by that much,’ in terms of my leaving office,” Granholm said. The governor then shed some light on the events that took place just after she took office in 2003, including procuring bailout funds from the Legislature for the Detroit Medical Center, which was on the verge of bankruptcy, racial tensions and rioting in Benton Harbor and the widely covered Electrolux refrigerator manufacturing plant leaving Greenville, a town of 8,000 northeast of Grand Rapids. Granholm said the Electrolux crisis was emblematic of the economic struggles Michigan has faced during her time in office, as the refrigerator manufacturing company that had been in the community for more than a century, pulled up stakes and shifted its operations to Mexico to pay its workforce $1.57 an hour. “We basically shook out our pockets, put all of our chips on the table and shoved them over to management of Electrolux,” Granholm said. “And they said, ‘Thanks so much, but nothing you can give us can compensate for the fact that we can pay our workers $1.57 an hour. Remember, we offered them

zero taxes! We offered every incentive we could.” Granholm continued talking about Electrolux, describing a company picnic she attended which was held to commemorate the final refrigerator that rolled off the line. She described an encounter with one of the 2,700 employees, third generation in his family, now finding himself out of work for the first time in 30 years, and he said to the governor: “All I know how to do is make refrigerators. What do I do now?” “And by the time, I finished talking with this guy there was a line of people formed all with similar stories,” Granholm said. “I came home that night and talked with (husband Daniel Mulhern) and said, ‘We have got such a massive problem here in this state because we have more of these middle class jobs than anybody else.’” It was the Electrolux crisis which prompted her administration to start work on No Worker Left Behind, in which the state offers incentives for laid-off workers to go back to college and re-train. Granholm was proud to say that since that time, community college enrollment has significantly increased. Despite here governorship coinciding with the worst economic crisis American has seen in the current generation, Granholm concluded her speech by saying she wouldn’t have chosen to be governor during any other time. Dingell and his wife also spoke that evening, focusing their remarks on the upcoming battle Democrats have this election season to preserve a Democratic majority in the state Legislature. Debbie Dingell called on local supporters to do whatever they can to support state candidates for 18th District state Senate, state

‘Knight and Day’ lacks much needed chemistry By Paul Biondi Journal Register News Service

At any given time the movie studios will try to make a hit at the box office by pairing up two very bankable “A” list stars with immediately recognizable names. About half the time these sometimes unlikely pairings work. And the other half of the time they don’t. “Knight and Day,” unfortunately, is the latter. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz make a likable duo, but in a movie that is purported to be a romantic comedy, they generate about as much heat as a wet sparkler. MOVIE REVIEW If not for a spot-on supporting cast, this action thriller would be dead on arrival, euthanized by two Hollywood heavyweights trying to see who could chew more scenery and deliver more lines with the same deadpan delivery that mostly fall flat. Cruise is typecast as an international undercover operative working to keep the newest hightech, sure-to-save-or-destroy-the-world gadget and Diaz falls into his topsy-turvy life completely by accident, which almost proves to be his ultimate undoing. Clearly, the script is not long on originality, but mildly entertaining at a minimum and the location scenes are the true eye candy in this movie. The plot alternates between the Azores, Boston, Salzburg, Brooklyn, Spain, Big Sur, Jamaica and Washington, D.C., to list just a few. This movie must have been great fun to make given those

destinations and, thankfully, the audience is taken along for the ride. They even manage to inventively incorporate the running of the bulls into yet another absolutely unrealistic chase scene. All of this turns this two-hour diversion into more of buddy movie combined with a road movie that tries hard to be reminiscent of a certain Cary Grant/Eva Marie Saint espionage thriller ––only without the thrill or the chemistry between the leads. When Cruise and Diaz are on screen awkwardly acting out what passes for physical attraction, the viewer is reminded of two people who went out for a blind dinner date only to learn that they are actually cousins –– after their first kiss. The movie is cringe inducing and absolutely a distraction that could have been avoided by simply casting someone else opposite Cruise. Combine the seemingly endless obligatorily over-the-top chase scenes, the lack of life in the love life of the two most important characters and the convoluted story that binds all of these together and you have, well, a mess of a movie –– but one with some potential. Game efforts by supporting actors Paul Dano (“There Will Be Blood”), Peter Sarsgaard (“Jarhead”) breathe believability into their characterS and add value to the proceedings. Abandon all hope ye who enter the movie theatER expecting much more. Better yet, rent “North by Northwest” and fire up the Jiffy Pop. Paul Biondi can be reached at pbiondi@journalregister.com or 1-248-322-2183.

representative seats for districts 52, 53, 54 and 55, but most importantly Congressional representative seats for the 15th and 7th districts, John Dingell’s seat. Besides John Dingell, there were a number of candidates at the dinner fundraiser and silent auction including Mark Schauer, who left before the evening was over to continue campaigning; Sen. Liz Brater; state Rep. Pam Byrnes; state Rep. Rebekah Warren; and Washtenaw County commissioners Wes Prater and Jeff Irwin, who is in a primary race for the 53rd District against Ned Staebler, who was also at the dinner. For more information on the Washtenaw County Democratic Party, visit the website www. washtenawdems.org. Contact Heritage Newspapers’ Austen Smith at 429-7380 or e-mail asmith@ heritage.com. Check out our staff blog at courierviewnews. blogspot.com.

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EDITORIAL How do fireworks figure into your Fourth of July celebration?

B. Go watch a professional fireworks show.

C. Some of both D. Neither. Not into fireworks

Take advantage of free services at U of M dental school clinic I don’t remember his exact words that I’ve covered thousands and thousands day, but they were something of stories in the 30 years that close to his quote in a press I’ve spent in this business. release from the U of M In some ways, I kind of wish I School of Dentistry announchad kept a running log, but I’m ing the upcoming clinic. guessing it’s in the hundreds of “Mouth guards don’t just thousands at this point. save teeth, they also help What might surprise you are minimize head and neck injuthe reasons why some of these ries, such as concussions and stories stand out. jaw fractures since they act The free mouth guard clinic like shock absorbers, bluntat the University of Michigan ing the force of impact from School of Dentistry, which will falls or contact that occur in be held from 9 a.m. to noon July athletics.” 10, happens to be one of them. Plus, having one custom When I was given this assignmade for a young athlete’s ment a few years ago, I dreaded teeth makes it more comfortgoing because, quite frankly, I LISA able than the store-bought have horrible teeth. ALLMENDINGER variety. The thought of interviewing And, he said, if a mouth dentists made this a dreaded assignment. I feared they would judge my guard fits properly and is comfortable, ability to write a story based on the condi- athletes are more likely to wear them. Godwin told me all kinds of cool stories tion of my own teeth. about the U of M football team, too. But, Then I met “The Father of the most of all, he never made a comment Customized Mouth Guard,” William about my horrible teeth. And neither did Godwin. He is a professor emeritus of dentistry, a sports dentistry specialist, and any of the other dental students or volunteers involved in the clinic. an amazing storyteller. Instead, I left there with a head full of He made me feel at ease from the knowledge about the history and impormoment we were introduced. tance of mouth guards. Godwin explained that the mouth And, if I remember correctly, I was pretguard, particularly a custom-made one, is one of the most important pieces of sports ty proud of the story when I finished it. So, here’s the information about this equipment any athlete should own. year’s clinic, and I hope you’ll take your And, I learned that mouth guards do young athletes for this free clinic. more than just protect teeth.

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The dental school will take the first 120 athletes 5 years and older who arrive at the dental school, 1011 N. University Ave., across from the Michigan League. Dental and dental hygiene students will take impressions, athletes can choose what color they would like and they’ll spend about 15 to 20 minutes in a dental chair. It takes about two hours for the mouth guards to be made, which is plenty of time to wander around campus. Athletes will pick up their mouth guards, try them on for proper fit and, if any adjustments are needed, they’ll be made on the spot. Parents, if your child plays any contact sport –– football, soccer, lacrosse, basketball or ice hockey –– or likes to skateboard, rollerblade, snowboard or ski, take advantage of this free clinic. If your child is under 18 years of age, you’ll need to be present to help fill out a brief medical history and consent form. If you have the chance to meet Godwin, give him my regards and take a few moments to speak to him. You’ll be meeting a legend in sports dentistry, a terrific gentleman and a fabulous storyteller. He is one of the many people I’ve been honored to meet through this job that I’ll never forget. Lisa Allmendinger can be reached at 1877-995-NEWS (6397) or at lallmendinger@heritage.com. Check out her daily blog at www.A2Journal.com.

New bridge to Canada needed After six years of study and debate, a proposed new bridge over the Detroit River from Michigan to Canada is picking up some important support, which may just be the stimulus needed to get the project moving. In reviewing the myriad of reports on the proposed Detroit River International Crossing bridge, we can’t see a reason not to support the project. Indeed, when you look at the need and all of the facts, it doesn’t make sense not to. Recently, Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson endorsed the new span, which would be constructed about a mile and quarter south of the current Ambassador Bridge. GM and Ford are following suit with similar endorsements. Probably the biggest selling point is that the Canadian government has offered to pay the $550 million cost of the work. Once constructed, its operation is expected to be supported through tolls. Discussions on the bridge date back to 2004, when an international partnership conducted a feasibility study and determined there is a need for a second bridge serving the border between Southeastern Michigan and Southwestern Ontario. The Canada-U.S.-Ontario-Michigan Border Transportation Partnership consists of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Transport Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Michigan Department of Transportation. The economic numbers involved are staggering and provide further reason to proceed with the work. The bridge will bring an estimated $1.8 billion in investment to the Detroit-Windsor area, create 10,000 construction jobs in Michigan and generate another 30,000 indirect jobs in Michigan and Windsor. From just the auto industry, every day the combined U.S. and Canadian auto sector sends thousands of cross-border truck shipments and well over $100 million in goods across the border. Unfortunately, the project is being delayed because enabling legislation is tied up in the state Senate. Senate Majority Leader Michael Bishop, R-Rochester, has said the bridge legislation is defective because it requires a treaty between Canada and Michigan, and under the U.S. Constitution, individual states can’t enter into treaties with foreign governments. Come on. We’re certain legal arrangements can be made that would allowfor this economically critical project. The only other major opponent is the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, 83-year-old Matty Moroun, who has offered to build a new bridge alongside the existing bridge. Moroun obviously has a vested interest and his proposal has been adamantly opposed by the Windsor City Council. Also, studies show the need for two bridges, so Moroun won’t be out of business. Based on available information, there’s no legitimate excuse to delay the work. Our Canadian friends not only want it, but are willing to finance the project. Ohio legislators realize the importance of a new bridge and have adopted resolutions urging the Michigan Legislature to act quickly. And private businesses and public officials have come out in favor of it. So what’s the delay? The Senate needs to pass the enabling legislation now and allow the project to move forward. Politics and one businessman, even a millionaire or billionaire, shouldn’t be allowed to stand in the way of this important project.

Your Voice: Letters to the Editor Local senators did the right thing

GUEST COLUMN: By Mark Ouimet

As the BP disaster continues to pour oil into the Gulf, Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow showed leadership by voting June 10 against misguided legislation that would have increased Michigan’s dependence on oil by more than 16 million gallons in 2016, and cost consumers billions at the gas pump. The U.S. Senate thankfully rejected the proposal, introduced by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and backed by Big Oil, which would have blocked key policies to reduce America’s dependence on oil and other fossil fuels, including new rules requiring cars and light trucks to use less oil. We don’t need another bailout, especially one for Big Oil amid this enormous oil disaster. Senators Levin and Stabenow should be commended for their should steward the process, vote. I urge them both to now both from a state standpoint, help pass comprehensive clias well as working hand-inmate legislation that cleans up glove with local municipalithe Gulf, holds BP accountable, ties. provides real solutions to end Government needs to figure our oil dependence, and jumpout how it can get hurdles out starts America’s clean energy of the way so service can be economy. Angela Lieber delivered the most cost-effecAnn Arbor tive way, with no duplication of government services. We continue to do the same Editorial was unbalanced, things over and over, getting the same outcome, which has needed other perspective been driving business from I read your editorial “Best to the state. We must change the reserve judgment ...” of June process if we are to encour10 (courtesy of The Oakland age economic development. Press). Far from waiting Everybody talks about it. for the facts, immediately it But who is doing anything mentioned “evidence that ... it about it? Where’s the change appears Israel was acting in selfwe so badly need? defense.” Mark Ouimet is a Washtenaw This is exactly the line proCounty commissioner and candi- vided by Mr. Netanyahu and date for the 52nd District House the powerful Jewish Lobby in seat. He can be reached at the United States, and picked Mark@markouimet.com or 585up by our press without mush 6957.

Government should remove hurdles A Gallup poll last fall found that the number of people who say there is too much government regulation of business and industry has reached its highest point since Gallup began asking the question in 1993. In the new survey, 45 percent say there’s too much regulation, while 24 percent say there’s too little and 27 percent say the amount is right. Considering how a lack of regulations led to the country’s housing crisis, this may come as a surprise to some. But many of us in Michigan understand completely. Michigan needs jobs. Everything depends on it. A strong housing market, for instance, depends on a strong job market to attract the workers who need housing. To create those jobs,

Michigan must become more business-friendly and business-efficient. So far, we could do much better. Too often, government regulation here has made it difficult for businesses to move or expand, thereby standing in the way of what we need most. The government should be a partner with the private sector and not the focal point. Michigan’s growth industries include alternative energy, automotive engineering, life sciences, homeland security and defense, advanced manufacturing and the film industry, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. MEDC industry sector business specialists are eager to help those who recognize that this is a great time to do business in Michigan. But it takes too long for that hopeful entrepreneur

to get the necessary funding. In fact, once funding is approved, it can take up to 18 months for the client to get the money once it’s worked its way through the system. And that’s just too long. We also need to streamline the approval process for businesses so there isn’t the seemingly endless wait period at a time when we need jobs now –– or, rather, yesterday. We have the MEDC, which is supposed to be that one focal point. But when it takes many months to get funding, the process can be so cumbersome, businesses look elsewhere. If you were hoping to start or expand a business in Michigan, wouldn’t you appreciate the simplicity of working with one agency? Instead of sending businesses from department to department, government

analysis about the historic background. The main issue is the use of a blockade by an occupying force. Gaza is the largest open air prison in the world. If you want to do a favor to the readers, you should support an independent and impartial inquiry into the Israeli commando raid on the aid flotilla destined to Gaza by our Congress. This would allow to gain transparency into this unfortunate event and to ensure accountability for the lives lost. In the midst of all this editorial defense for the state of Israel, you forget to mention the 40 years of occupation. No matter what is said about “democracy,” it is true fact that Israel has been bulldozing at will and with impunity the homes, orchards and land of the Palestinians –– most recently, in Jerusalem. In spite of many American requests to stop building Israeli settlers colonies in Palestine, all the Israeli governments have ignored us. In the meanwhile, we have poured billions of taxpayers’ dollars a year into Israel. The great sin attributed to Hamas is that it does not “recognize” Israel. First of all, which Israel are they supposed to recognize? The borders of 1948 as set by the United Nations? The 1967 war borders? Or the current Bantustans, like in South Africa? And, most of all, has Israel recognized Palestine? No, it has dragged the peace process on and on, while continuing unabated the constructions of Israeli colonies in Palestine. It’s time to stick to the fact, sir, not to the propaganda from the Jewish Community Relations Council. Maybe you could have balanced the report with a Palestinian Cultural Center view. Marina B. Brow Ann Arbor


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Summer riddled with questions for new seniors ummer snuck up on me once again, and despite some of the cloudy and rainy days we’ve had, there will be plenty of sunshine still to make up for it. Most high school students are happy to let their brains relax during the next few months for freedom and fun. For the new seniors, however, this period of time is permeated by thoughts of college—distractions that can intimidate even the most outgoing. Most colleges accept applications in January at the latest, so road trips and visits to faraway schools are on the brain for many teenagers in Manchester. If, like me, you’ve procrastinated and are only just now looking at colleges, you may find yourself skimming web pages for hours. You might be desperate to find that one, perfect school only to realize it’s not where you’re looking. It’s possible that you may even realize it isn’t the school that’s imperfect, but your life’s expectations. Because of this, a great deal of soul searching may occur. You might ask, “Who am I, and

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Sgt. Archer trains new officer By Jana Miller

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Manchester will be seeing a new face in uniform this week when Sgt. Marlene Radzik takes to the streets as Sgt. David Archer’s replacement. Sgt. David Archer has been the Washtenaw County Sheriff ’s Office representative in Manchester but was offered a new position within the department. His replacement is Sgt. Marlene Radzik. “This week I’ll be training her in Manchester and familiarizing her with the area and the community,” Archer said. As for him, his new role at the WCSO is being the Washtenaw County communication liaison, a responsibility that was previously performed by Sgt. Lisa King of prevention services. Sgt. Archer will be the name on the e-mails that circulate to local residents and media about crime reports, a missing person, or arrests in the area. He said it was considered a lateral move. Sgt. Radzik can be reached at (734) 971-9036. Jana Miller is the editor of the Manchester Enterprise. She can be reached at (734) 429-7380 or jmiller@heritage.com. Follow the staff blog at www.wireenterprise. blogspot.com.

STRAIGHT FACTS As much as we try to be perfect, we don’t always catch every mistake. If you see an error in the newspaper, e-mail copy editor Jana Miller at jmiller@heritage.com so we can correct it! •An article titled “Crash victim inspires June 25 fundraiser” referred to the victim as Christine Ahrens, when in fact the victim’s name is Christina Ahrens. Credit for organizing the event was given to groups in Manchester, such as the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs. The event is actually being organized by close friends and family in the community. Christina’s children are all members of the Trinkle family. •In a press release titled “Bethel Church offers vacation bible school,” the program was referred to as a three-day event. It is actually a four-day event held on June 28 through 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on July 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

MY VISION

MEGAN LINSKI what do I really want?” These are two really, really hard questions to answer. You might also be nagged by thoughts of, “is what I’m picking the right choice?” and, “will my family and friends be okay with this? Is this acceptable

to me? Does it matter what I want?” Bang, bang, bang. Can you hear me hitting my head against the wall? Yes, I know. I’m bombarding you with questions again, just like last time. But this is what I’ve come to discover, and in all honestly, this period of life makes me think more then when I was actually in a classroom. The moment I think maybe I’ve got it narrowed down somewhat, or at least that I’ve figured out a few things, the next step is to plan visits. This is critically important, as not all colleges are what they seem on the brochure. I recently visited a campus which I thought would be a beautiful school and a perfect fit, only to find it was covered in blacktop and not suitable to me at all! Visiting colleges

“By the end of the next four years, and the end of many mistakes and successes, maybe things will be a little clearer. People are constantly telling me I don’t have to have all the answers right now. That phrase sounds so appealing...”

nearby isn’t usually too much hassle, but when that college is, say, six or seven states away, it can become an issue. Don’t get me wrong. I know going the distance to find the right school isn’t impossible. After all, my cousin from Maryland is going to college all the way out in Idaho. Still, I do think it helps to know that the choice we end up making isn’t 100 percent permanent. Plus mistakes result in growth, and if we do make one along the way—in choosing our college, major, friends or living arrangements—we can usually fix it and come out better than before. By the end of the next four years, and the end of many mistakes and successes, maybe things will be a little clearer. People are constantly telling me I don’t have to have all the answers right now. That phrase sounds so appealing I think I’ll share it: You don’t have to have

all the answers right now. The only thing to do at this moment is to apply, apply, apply, pick a school, and then enjoy senior year! Megan Linski will begin her senior year at Manchester High

School this fall. She can be reached through Jana Miller at (734) 429-7380 or jmiller@heritage.com. Follow the staff blog at www.wireenterprise. blogspot.com.

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A Chrysler 300C love story for the ages had three 300s in his family, and a few months later, we drove down to Louisville, and I bought I had heard of the legendary his wife’s “C.” 1957 Chrysler 300 C, and in 1963 It ran good, got lousy gas milemy friend, Gil, found one in the age, and wore the tires badly on back row of a dirt car lot with a the front inside. price tag of $700 on the window. I checked it over and found the We wangled a test drive and bushings on the upper control couldn’t wait to get it off the lot. arms were bad. I set it up in the The first corner we came to, alignment rack. Although it was my buddy took it pretty easy. The 13 years old, at 100,000 miles, it car seemed impatient with us. was in perfect alignment. I drove The next corner he drove it about eight more years, and hard. I slid all the way across the then it started to rust. seat, but the car didn’t slide at About 1980, I found a discount all. The car body man who would replace actually the rusty panels and paint it for VIEWPOINT sounded $800. I thought it looked great, better after and I drove it for six more years. we corGas prices went up, and so it nered hard. We thought maybe it became a second car, but I kept it was finally happy! running. The 300 was never far So Gil decided he was going to from my heart. I owned D’s Auto go to work for Chrysler, and this Clinic and had the car down was the car to drive. there to tinker with many times. In 1968, Gil and I formed the When I retired in 2001, I Chrysler 300 Club to preserve decided my Beautiful Brute the cars we called “Beautiful needed to look good again for its Brutes.” 50th birthday. I quickly found I A club member in Kentucky couldn’t do it cheaply.

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Duane DeButts, known as “Doctor D,” 68, is the former vice president and Michigan chapter chairman of the Chrysler 300 Club. He is former owner of D’s Auto Clinic in Ypsilanti, and has owned his 1957 300 C for more than 40 years. The pictures show “Doctor D” with his 300 in the 1980s and after its 2009 restoration. After $5,000 for a new leather interior, new chrome, better bodywork, and new paint, I consider it almost done. It still runs great, and it’s always nice to hear, “Is that a real 300 C?”

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Local panel warns of growing elder abuse Physical, financial and emotional abuse on upswing By Cecilio Palacio Heritage Newspapers

Acknowledging the need for better oversight with senior services in Michigan, state Rep. Pam Byrnes, D- 52nd District, held a panel discussion Friday at Cleary University in Ann Arbor to address growing concerns of elder abuse. “We’re in an epidemic of elder abuse,” said Roberta Asplund, a former healthcare provider. Byrnes led a panel that included representatives from Adult Protective Services, Catholic Social Services and others. “Elders are very vulnerable and trusting, thus they are very susceptible to abuse,” Byrnes said. Rachel Richards, policy analyst for Adult Social Services, cited the types and signs of elder abuse, which span from physical, and emotional, to sexual. Richards said financial exploitation of seniors is also on the rise in both Michigan

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WASHTENAW COUNTY COURT BRIEFS Man avoids felony in rape case, goes to prison for other crime

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Marking a Milestone Gerald “Tony” Bondie Jr., a group leader for heavy equipment with the Washtenaw County Road Commission, received a watch for his 25 years of service June 1. He is pictured with Road Commissioner Fred Veigel.

U of M series wins Emmy The University of Michigan School of Art & Design’s ongoing video series, PLAY, received an Emmy award as a top program in the arts and entertainment category. The award from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was presented at the annual Emmy Awards ceremony this month at the Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak. Since the closing last April of WFUM, the Ann ArborFlint PBS station, the PLAY series has run on the Michigan Channel. The award marks the fourth Emmy in three years for the series. “Our unique paired Web sites — one primarily for administrative and news purposes, the other for showcasing the creative work of the A&D community — allow us to effectively transmit to the public the

dynamic and diverse character of the school and enter successfully into the media culture represented by the Emmys,” said Bryan Rogers, dean of U of M School of Art & Design, in a news release. The PLAY series features short pieces by and about the School of Art & Design community. The series is produced by Katherine Weider-Roos, who, before coming to U of M in 2005, specialized in arts programming at PBS. She has received several Emmy awards, including for her work on “Backstage Pass (1998), “Visionary States and the Artist” (2001) and “In a HeartBEAT: The Story of Mosaic Youth Theatre” (2006). In addition to the Emmy Award, the PLAY production graphics team received an Emmy nomination for the work of U of M students Shannon Kohlitz, Kavita Lokchander and

Carolyn Sommes. In 2009, an award for best graphics went to then undergraduate Peter Traylor for his “Shadow Puppet” animation created for the PLAY TV series. A second award in the Advanced Media category went to the Animation Station, an interactive, portable work that allows users with or without experience to make stop-motion animations and share them online. In 2008, PLAY received an Emmy in the category of Program Promotions — Single Spot for a work created by then undergraduate Jeff Christy. Also in that year, PLAY was also presented with a Broadcast Excellence Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for Best Marketing & Promotion. To learn more about PLAY, visit http://playgallery.org.

An Ypsilanti man was who pleaded to reduced charges in a sexual assault case involving a minor was sentenced to prison on home invasion charges. Woodrow Williams will serve the next two to 15 years behind bars for a home invasion that occurred in the city last year, Washtenaw County court records show. Williams, 25, pleaded guilty to the second-degree home invasion charge at a pre-trial hearing earlier this month. At the same time, he pleaded guilty to single counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor, court records show. Williams is a repeat offender with seven convictions for auto theft and larceny dating back to 2002, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections website at www.michigan.gov/ mdoc. He turned himself in to authorities the day after a statewide Amber Alert was issued for a 14-year-old girl who was staying with him, his friend, and a 15-year-old girl, at an Ann Arbor hotel for a few days in February. The girl showed up at the Eastern Michigan University Department of Public Safety unharmed that same day. Prosecutors charged him with multiple counts of firstand third-degree criminal sexual conduct, but dismissed them at sentencing as part of the plea deal. Investigators said Williams and Wayne Rankin met the girls on an Ann Arbor Transit Authority bus and enticed them with alcohol and drugs. Rankin, a 25-year-old Ypsilanti resident, pleaded guilty to one count of thirddegree criminal sexual conduct in April and is service a year in the Washtenaw County Jail, court records indicate.

Suspected drunken driver ordered to stand trial A man who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he struck a pedestrian in Ypsilanti Township last month is headed to trial. Donald Oates, 62, formally waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week in Washtenaw County District Court on one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious injury, court records show. He was arrested shortly

Christmas in Action to hold golf outing at Rustic Glen golf course and we’ll put a team together for them,” he said. The cost is $300 for a fourMembers of the Christmas some or $80 for an individual. in Action charitable organizaAfter sign-in and a continention in Saline and Milan will tal breakfast that starts at 8 hold their annual golf outing at a.m., the outing will commence Rustic Glen Golf Club Aug. 14 to very quickly. support home renovation activi“At 9 a.m., they’ll have a shotties for elderly and disabled gun start,” he said. people in the community. Rowe said multiple 50/50 For the first time, the event drawings will take place is being called the Dave Potter throughout the day, with all Memorial Golf Outing after proceeds benefiting Christmas the founding member of Saline in Action. Christmas in Action. Beverage carts also will be Chapter President Les Rowe available to golfers for the durasaid he wants to get word out tion of the outing. early about the event to maxiPrizes for the most triummize participation numbers. phant players will be awarded He said the outing will follow at the end of the round of golf, a scramble format, and is open and are to be announced closer to anyone who wishes to play. to the event. Rowe encourages people to Rowe said funds raised durform their own teams prior to ing the event are necessary for signing up, but he said singles the organization’s survival. can be paired the day of the “This is our only means of event if need be. raising funds for the years,” he “They can show up at the said. “Without this, we wouldn’t

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be able to function.” In addition to seeking golfers to play in the outing, Rowe said Christmas in Action is looking for sponsors to advertise their businesses at Rustic Glen the day of the event. A business that contributes $100 will have its company logo displayed at one hole. Platinum sponsorships are $250 and cart sponsorships are $50. “We also have beverage cart sponsorships for $500,” Rowe said, indicating these carts are patronized very often, offering exposure to many golfers throughout the day. Rowe said brochures containing registration forms can be found at several local businesses, including Busch’s, Country Market, Wings, Pizza ’N’ Things and Hartman Insurance. All money raised will help both Saline and Milan CIA entities, given the groups share a collective bank account.

For more information on the golf outing or Christmas in Action, visit www.christmasinactionsaline.com. Rustic Glen Golf Club’s website is www.rusticglen.com. Steven Howard can be reached at 429-7380 or showard@heritage.com. Follow his blog at http://heritageweststaffblog.blogspot.com.found at several local businesses, including Busch’s, Country Market, Wings, Pizza ’N’ Things and Hartman Insurance. All money raised will help both Saline and Milan CIA entities, given the groups share a collective bank account. For more information on the golf outing or Christmas in Action, visit www.christmasinactionsaline.com. Rustic Glen Golf Club’s website is www.rusticglen.com. Steven Howard can be reached at 429-7380 or showard@heritage.com. Follow his blog at http://heritageweststaffblog.blogspot.com.

Digital machinist workshop comes to WCC Washtenaw Community College welcomed more than 150 home-based hobbyists and smallshop owners from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom June 15 for the Digital Machinist CNC Workshop, which runs through Friday. Included in the workshop are demonstrations and discussions covering software, machine conversions, equipment improvements and electronics related to machine building and modifying. There is also a hands-on

training component. “This is the one place to learn from the pioneers of the fastgrowing field of home-based CNC machining,” said George Bulliss, editor of Village Press Publications, in a news release. Village Press produces Digital Machinist magazine, which sponsored the event. “The CNC Workshop had been held since 2005 in Galesburg, Ill. Roland Friestad, the founder of the workshop, retired in 2009 and, having been

a long-time columnist for our magazine, offered us the opportunity to continue the event. Bulliss said WCC’s facilities and convenient location were a couple of the factors behind the decision to choose WCC for this year’s event. However, the item that sealed the deal, Bulliss said, was the helpful staff at the college. “The enthusiasm and help we have received from the staff has been overwhelming, and we are certain that this will prove

to be the right partnership for the future success of the Digital Machinist CNC Workshop,” Bulliss said. Bulliss said because of the hobby nature of the event, attendees who use CNC control for their metal and wood working machines come from a wide variety of backgrounds. And many of the advances in affordable CNC control are a direct result of work by many of the speakers attending the workshop.

after the May 15 crash along Michigan Avenue near Wiard Road in Ypsilanti Township. Police reports said he hit the man in his 1980 Chrysler twodoor vehicle as the man tried to cross Michigan Avenue just west of the intersection at about 3:15 a.m. The victim, a 31-year-old Belleville resident, was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital with serious injuries and remained in critical condition for several days. Oates stood mute to the charges during his brief court appearance. He remains in custody at the Washtenaw County Jail on $7,500 bond and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on July 26.

Former county employee convicted of embezzlement A former Washtenaw County employee has entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors on charges that she stole money intended for residents with mental illness. Debra Ann Ross, 53, pleaded no contest to one count of embezzlement for taking more than $100,000 as an employee of Washtenaw County’s

Community Mental Health Department. Sentencing is scheduled for July 28. Court records indicate a sentencing agreement with Washtenaw County Circuit Judge Archie Brown is in place, but further details were not available. Authorities charged her in January after an audit showed significant funds earmarked for patient care were unaccounted for. Ross worked for the county for more than two decades, the first four of which were with what is now known as Washtenaw’s Community Mental Health Department based in Ypsilanti. Investigators said she was transferred from that position about 16 years ago, but retained her authority to cash personal checks from patients that were sent for department services. Ross and her attorney, Michael Vincent, proclaimed her innocence through the initial stages of the case. However, court records show a plea deal was offered at her last pre-trial hearing and she faced a jury trial later this summer. Ross remains free on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond pending sentencing. ––Compiled by freelance journalist Art Aisner


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Challenger helps boomers find fountain of youth

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e all know “You can never go home” to that happy period in our lives with few responsibilities and a muscle car in the driveway. But with the rebirth of some retro-styled muscle cars, aging baby boomers can take a sip from the fountain of youth and re-energize some long-lost memories. The 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is a dream car for many and a very popular car for women, which I learned unofficially at the recent Goodguys hot-rod show. I parked a TorRed model in the Maynard’s Garage display and talked with dozens of people about it. The top three comments to me about the car: — I love it. — I like it (the styling) better than Camaro. — It sure is big (but not big inside). The Challenger SRT8 is the halo of the model line and as such has a 425-horsepower, 6.1-liter V-8. That equates to 370 cubic inches in old-school measurements of displacement, which was another popular question asked of me. New for 2010 is a limitededition Plum Crazy pearl-coat model with a serialized dash plaque and plum seat-stripe inserts. The option adds $500 to the $43,655 base price, which includes the $1,700 gas-guzzler tax. A five-speed AutoStick is the standard transmission, but a six-speed (from the Dodge Viper V-10) with hillstart assist is available for $695. The SRT8 is the “big dawg.” Likeable, easy to drive and comfortable for long distances. The styling is its personality because the driving experience is mellow until you kick it down a couple of gears, and then it roars. You will love this car if you want the image without the overhead. A woman at the hot-rod show pointed out that

the back seat folded, which was her blessing for husbands everywhere to buy the car because it has expanded utility. And it has five seat belts compared to four in the Mustang. So, for those who need an excuse to get the SRT8, it has utility — and it will do 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. You won’t like the SRT8 if you owned a 1970 Challenger and hope to relive that fantasy.

High points •Seatbelts for five, versus four in the Mustang. •Styling appeals to drivers of Euro sports cars, imports and even Ford and Chevy enthusiasts. •Comfortable, all-day driving ride quality. •Turning circle of 35.7 feet isn’t terrible. •Large, easily loaded trunk with split-folding seatback. •Goodyear F1 Supercar rubber. •TorRed paint is perfect shade, but a $225 option. •Optional Kicker subwoofer does not seriously hurt trunk space; sits in the left corner out of the way. •Manual transmission features hill-start assist.

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The SRT8 is the “big dawg.” Likeable, easy to drive and comfortable for long distances. The styling is its personality because the driving experience is mellow until you kick it down a couple of gears, and then it roars.

•Poor over-the-shoulder visibility; should come standard with a rearview camera. •Race-car-like front seats have extreme side bolsters that will show wear soon as drivers slide their rear ends across the wings. The wear will show as scuffs on the leather and then wear through the stitching and split the seam. •The body needs to be dropped 1.5 inches to 2 inches. •Too quiet. Add the Mopar cat-back exhaust system ($1,190) for some vocal personality. •Headroom is a little tight at 37.4 inches. Mark Maynard is driving in cyberspace at Mark. Maynard@uniontrib.com.

You will love this car if you want the image without the overhead. A woman at the hotrod show pointed out that the back seat folded, which was her blessing for husbands everywhere to buy the car because it has expanded utility.

Number of ways to make your vehicle more Earth-friendly Few social trends of the 21st century have been more popular and produced more positive results than the “go green” movement. An effort to adopt a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, the go green movement is perhaps most prevalent in the automotive industry. More and more drivers are looking for ways to conserve fuel and even considering

hybrid cars as a means to being more mindful of the environment. But even less drastic measures can make a big and positive impact on the environment. For instance, altering driving habits and taking good care of your existing vehicle are easy ways to make a positive impact. What’s more, according to a survey of ASE-certified Master

Auto Technicians, a well-maintained vehicle can last up to 50 percent longer than a poorly maintained counterpart. To help ensure your vehicle not only lasts longer but helps the environment along the way, ASE offers the following tips. •Keep tires properly inflated and aligned to reduce the engine’s effort and conserve fuel. •Find a good technician. Ask

friends for recommendations or check the reputation of a given repair shop with your local consumer group. Check out any prospective technicians’ credentials. •Have your vehicle’s air conditioner serviced only by a technician qualified to handle and recycle refrigerants. ASEcertified auto technicians have passed one or more national exams in specialties such as

engine performance and air conditioning. Older air conditioners contain ozone-depleting chemicals, which could be released into the atmosphere through improper service. •Remove excess items from the vehicle, since less weight means better mileage. Remove that rooftop luggage carrier after vacations to reduce air drag. •If you do your own repairs,

properly dispose of engine fluids and batteries. Some repair facilities accept these items. If you can’t find one that does, call your local government for information. Visit www.ase.com for more seasonal car care tips and for information about the benefits of using ASE-certified technicians for auto repairs and service. —Metro Creative Connection


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Crowds love opening gazebo concert By Jana Miller Heritage Newspapers

It was all aboard for music and fun last Thursday when Guy Louis kicked off the annual Gazebo Concert Series with his Chautauqua Express. Over one hundred fifty Manchester residents came out for an evening of music at the 22nd annual summer concert series. Guy Louis played to the younger crowd in his opening songs, asking all children to help make music with noise machines, and dance among the onlookers. It was a big hit with the old and young alike. “Guy Louis is absolutely dynamic and a super fun guy,” said Gazebo Concert Committee representative Carl Curtis. “He had everyone spell bound.” It was a good crowd too. Approximately 160 patrons set up chairs and laid on blankets near Manchester’s gazebo. “It was a good crowd and I thought a good turnout,” Curtis said. “I was really happy with our first concert.” Of course, there are many concerts left to be enjoyed, and the next concert will take place today at 7:30 p.m. at the gazebo. This week’s entertainment will be the Picks and Sticks Stringband, which features two Manchester locals, Mike and Susan Gleason. Picks and Sticks is a versatile group that provides, according to the Gazebo Concert Series website, “a good mix of instrumentals and vocals. Picks and Sticks Stringband plays bluegrass, country, pop and more. Their

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Guy Louis engaged the public during his performance and asked the attending youth to parade through the crowd.

Photo by Jana Miller

Above, Guy Louis plays guitar and sings in the shadow of the Emanuel United Church of Christ. The Gazebo Concert Series kicked off last Thursday and continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. music will put a smile on your face while your toes are tapping.” Curtis said that Picks and Sticks Stringband has played this venue before and has been playing together “for a number of years.” The group also includes Morgan and Sherry Humecky of Northville. This week the Emanuel Church Hall is not available as

a rain location due to vacation bible school. If there is heavy rain, the concert will be relocated to the pavilion at Carr Park. Gazebo concerts are free events to the public and all ages are welcome. However, the Gazebo Concert Committee does pass a basket for free will donations, one of two ways the organization fundraises for

future concerts. For more information on the Gazebo Concert Series, visit www.gazeboconcerts.org. The Gazebo Concert Committee is a program committee of the Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization. Jana Miller is the editor of the Manchester Enterprise. She can be reached at (734) 429-7380 or jmiller@heritage.com.

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American Legion strives to keep Boys State alive By Austen Smith Heritage Newspapers

Michigan’s American Legion-sponsored Boys State and Girls State programs have been in existence since 1939 and 1941, respectively, teaching thousands of young men and women about government, civic duty and leadership. But because of economic factors and waning interest at the local level, participation in these related-yet-mutually-exclusive week-long programs has dropped in recent years. Assistant Director for Boys State and Ypsilanti resident Nelson O’Bryan is hoping to change that. In 2009, Boys State recruited just 259 students, which marked the latest in a steady drop starting in 1996, when there were nearly 650 bright-eyed, potential future government and community leaders who came to Boys State. O’Bryan said the decline can’t all be placed on the shoulders of a slumping economy as the fee for the entire week at Boys State is currently $310. He said American Legion commanders and members across the state should make a better effort to keep the program alive. Participants of Boys State, organized yearly by American Legion posts across the country and available only to high school juniors, get to create a mythical, “51st state” allowing the students to become involved in all aspects of the political process, including party nominations and primaries, conventions, campaign rallies and eventually elections. For the second portion of the week, when the dust settles from the elections, the boys are charged

with governing their newly elected state by dealing with the everyday challenges faced by local municipal government. According to the brochure, Boys State is a mythical state, which attempts to deal with mythical problems in a simulated format, but the mythical Boys State problems, of course, have their origins in the real problems such as economic development, mass transit systems, highways, roads, bridges, parks, recreation areas, libraries, museums, cemeteries, police and fire protection, jails and prisons. The director for Michigan’s Boys State, John Nelson, describes the experience as an once-in-alifetime opportunity for young men interested in government. “We are providing an opportunity for future leaders … to really understand that they have the ability to do this,” Nelson said. “The students are in a laboratory environment, without any risk to make mistakes. We are giving them an opportunity to learn about their future and how to take on leadership roles. But we are also teaching them about their obligations as citizens.” Nelson, who has served as the director of Boys State for just a year and is a member of the Milford Post No. 216, said there are many noteworthy individuals, including past and present elected officials from all areas of the federal government, celebrities and even former presidents and vice presidents. Some of the names that jump out include Neil Armstrong, Tom Brokaw, Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Dick Cheney and Bill Clinton. With such a pedigree attached to the long-running program, Nelson said he would like to see

participation start to get back to levels they have seen in the past. But, he said, more than anything it is going to take a local push to get more people involved and more students interested. “I believe with anything, if you stop paying attention to something, it’s going to get neglected,” Nelson said. “In some part, the people of the various Legion posts in Michigan should have been paying closer attention to this relationship and continue to keep contact with schools wherever that was happening locally. I think, in some measure, we haven’t paid enough attention to that.” Nelson, however, couldn’t place all of the blame on lack of effort at the Legion level or even the economy, citing the fact that boys that age are presented with more opportunities than ever. As an example, he said a traditionally very supportive high school and its principal was unable to send one student to this year’s Boys State simply because those who actually were interested had other obligations during the summer. “There are other obligations they may have, another camp or it may sports related or what have you,” Nelson said. Girls State, on the other hand, has not experienced a similar decrease in participation as seen in Boys State. Although there has been a drop in numbers over the past few years, Girls State was able to recruit close to 350 participants to their program to be held June 27 to July 3 at Michigan State University Campus. Brenda Dees, director for Girls State and member of the Milford post’s Ladies Auxiliary, attributes their success to the fact that junior-aged girls are

very active in pursuing different opportunities as opposed to years past. “There are a lot of things out there for them, as opposed to 40 years ago when we didn’t have sports and other opportunities like that,” Dees said. The Girls State program is set up similarly to Boys State as participants get to find their way through political machinations and then govern a mythical state. Dees has been chairwoman for Girls State for two years and has been an American Legion Ladies Auxiliary member for 14. Starting about 10 years ago, she said they started experiencing a steady decline in students, but for the past several years, they have recruited an average of between 300 and 400 girls every year. “So we’re still doing pretty good, but we would like to see that get back to 500 to 600,” Dees said. “With the cost of the program and the availability, it seems like the girls are so busy, it’s hard to get them to commit.” One avenue that both Boys and Girls State supporters have used is gaining sponsorship from local businesses and service organizations, but Dees said the economy has affected recruiting. “Even with that, I find it hard to believe that (local posts) can’t find one girl interested because I know the program. It could be that they’re not promoting it the right way,” Dees said. For more information on Boys State, visit www. michiganlegion.org, and for more information on Girls State, visit www.michalaux.org. Contact Heritage Newspapers’ Austen Smith at 1734-429-7380 or e-mail asmith@heritage.com. Check out our staff blog at courierviewnews.blogspot.com

Road improvements planned in several area townships By Lisa Allmendinger Heritage Newspapers

Residents throughout Washtenaw County should expect to see the following road improvement projects taking place this year.

Ann Arbor Township Township officials have agreed to have two applications of dust control on all certified local gravel and limestone roads at a cost of about $12,265. In conjunction with Scio Township, tree removal and ditch restoration will take place on Maple Road between Foster Bridge and Stein Road. The total cost is about $27,400. Additional work, including roadside improvements and a driveway culvert replacement on Country Club, Landsdowne and Westridge roads, will take place at an estimated cost of $36,600. Total project costs are about $76,300 and the township will foot a bill for $60,000.

Lima Township All certified and local gravel and limestone roads in the township will receive two applications of dust control at a total cost of about $30,800 and the township’s portion is about $16,400.

Lyndon Township All gravel and limestone roads in Lyndon Township will receive three applications of dust control, with the exceptions of Mester, Embury, Cassidy and Loveland, according to a contract between the road commission and the township. The township’s cost is about $23,710 of the about $36,000 total estimated total.

Scio Township Two applications of dust control will be placed on all local gravel and limestone roads within the township. In addition, residents traveling on Maple Road between the Foster Bridge and Stein Road will see tree removal

and ditch restoration in conjunction with Ann Arbor Township. Roads throughout the Scio Hills subdivision special assessment district will see pavement resurfacing, as well as concrete, gutter and shoulder work. The total cost is about $456,000, but residents in the special assessment district have decided to tax themselves for the Scio Hills road improvements, which amount to about $393,800, so the township will pay about $19,750 for the remaining projects. In an additional agreement, the township will pay for sealing work on roads in the Arbor Pointe Condominium area at a total cost of about $7,250. The township’s portion of the additional work is about $5,250.

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The storm that ended up in a tornado touching down in Dundee earlier this month took its toll on Washtenaw County roads, as well. About five roads were closed because of flooding and erosion, and a culvert in Lodi Township failed, leaving a road closed until it can be fixed later this month. In Lyndon Township, Goodband Road between North Lake Road and Crescent Drive was closed until flooding and erosion could be fixed. In Scio Township, Liberty Road between Honey Run Drive and Stags Leap Lane also experienced heavy flooding.

Ypsilanti Township officials agreed to milling work on Centennial and Pasadena, from Holmes to Clark; Harris, north of Russell; Burbank, from Cross to Michigan Avenue; and Grand Boulevard, from Homes to Michigan Avenue, at a cost of $208,500. In addition, three applications of brine will be placed on all certified local gravel and limestone roads in the township at a cost of about $13,000. The Road Commission will also perform street sweeping services on local roads when necessary at a cost of about $14,200. Roadwork also will take place in the Oakland Estates subdivision, where crack

sealing will take place at an estimated cost of $16,000. The same sort of work will also take place in the Big Pine subdivision at a cost of $15,500. In addition, road fixes will take place in the Signet Hills and Canyon subdivisions at a combined estimated cost of about $221,300. There also will be work performed on ditches throughout the township at a cost of about $12,000. Three primary road milling projects are also planned. The first is on Whittaker Road Stony Creek and Textile at a cost of about $55,500; the second, on Textile Road and Bridge Road for about 0.60 miles at a cost of about $56,200; and on Grove and Rawsonville roads to Snow Road for about $56,200. The work will cost the

township about $291,300. Lisa Allmendinger can be reached by telephone at 1877-995-NEWS (6397) or via

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Saline Township Residents in Saline Township will see limestone work townshipwide along with dust control applications at an estimated cost of $78,950.

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Woy, Malcolm to exchange vows Saturday in Ypsi Meleny Woy of Ypsilanti, daughter of Ken and Carol Woy of Willis, and Ian Malcolm of Ypsilanti, son of Lynn Malcolm and Bruce and Julie Malcolm of Gregory, are engaged and plan to marry Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ypsilanti. The couple has planned a reception at Crystal Gardens in Southgate, and the bride and groom will hand out homemade bottles of hot sauce to their guests as wedding favors. The groom’s family will fly in from Seattle and Lake Havasu, Ariz., and friends will be coming from Colorado. The bride-elect will wear a strapless gown covered with

Shock, McKellar to wed next year Michelle Shock of Bloomfield Hills, daughter of Amy Guzman of Saline, and Steve McKellar of Bloomfield Hills are engaged and planning to marry next July in Mexico. The future bride is a graduate of Willow Run High and is employed as a nanny in South Lyon. The future groom is a graduate of Burlington High School and has a master’s degree from the University of Windsor. He graduated from McGill College in Montréal. He is employed as an engineer by General Motors Corp.’s Power Train Division.

crystals and a corset top. The dress has a modest train and the veil is also covered with crystals. The bride has chosen fuchsia Gerberas as her flower. Nicole Woy of Ypsilanti, sister of the bride-elect, will serve as maid of honor. Bridesmaids will be Samantha Stines of Milan (friend), Melissa Light of Ann Arbor (friend), Stefanie Gray of Warren (friend) and Tiffany Idrovo of Clinton Township (friend). Seth Malcolm of Seattle, brother of the groom-elect, will serve as best man. Groomsmen will be Gabe Blauer of Chelsea (friend), Justin Brubaker of Colorado Springs (friend), John James of Ypsilanti (friend) and Mike James of Ypsilanti (friend). The flower girl will be Mariah Stines of Milan and the ring bearer will be Matthew Baczkowski of Saline. The bride-elect is a graduate of Milan High School and Washtenaw Community College. She is attending Eastern Michigan University, pursuing a degree in elementary education. The groom-elect is a graduate of Stockbridge High School and is attending Washtenaw Community College, pursuing a degree in marketing. After a honeymoon in Playa Mujeres, Mexico, the couple will reside in Ypsilanti.

Kipp, Carpenter to wed next month Sarah Elizabeth Kipp of Wapakoneta, Ohio, daughter of Eldred Jr. and Sally Kipp of Anna, Ohio, and Jason Duane Carpenter of Wapakoneta, Ohio, son of Debra and Keigh Carpentor of Canton, are engaged and plan to marry July 10 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Kettlersville, Ohio. The bride-elect is a 1999 graduate of Anna High School and a 2003 graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a bachelor’s degree in sport management with an emphasis in athletic training and clinical development. She is

currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. She provides outpatient physical therapy and sports medicine for Lima Memorial Hospital Wellness Center, is a certified athletic trainer for Elida High School, and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. The groom-elect is a 1999 graduate of Milan High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Albion College in 2003. He is a math teacher and head football coach at Elida High School.

BIRTHS Wallace, Gadd to be married in August in San Diego Stephanie Lynn Wallace and Tyson Cain Gadd, both of San Diego, Calif., are planning an Aug. 6 wedding in San Diego and a reception in Owosso Aug. 21. The future bride is the daughter of Rick Wallace of Somerset and Pam Kohler of Saline. The future groom is the son of Jake and Marcia Gadd of Owosso. The couple both graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2005 with degrees in marketing.

Brynlei Haven Kulcsar A daughter, Brynlei Haven Kulcsar, was born June 6 to Michelle (Blaess) and Bryan Kulcsar at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Maternal grandparents are Ken and Roxanne Blaess of Brooklyn. Paternal grandparent is Esther Kulcsar of Oceanside, Calif.

Jake Leo Richard Marshall A son, Jake Leo Richard Marshall, was born May 11 to Justin and Mary (Alef) Marshall of Saline at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. He has an older sister, Madylin, 23 months. The baby’s grandparents are Linda Alef of Ypsilanti and Lynn Pope of Grass Lake. His great-grandparents are Leo and Mary Throne of Ypsilanti, and Richard and Norma Pope of Saline.

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Cronenwett, Bairley to wed in October Gary and Nancy Cronenwett of Saline announce the engagement of their daughter, Elyse Cronenwett, to Jeffrey Bairley, son of Paul and Susan Bairley of Chelsea. The bride and groom-elect are both graduates of Western Michigan University, where they met. He is a marketing specialist with Aquent and currently is working at Owens Corning in Toledo, Ohio. She is a team sports supervisor assistant and Hikone Exchange Program assistant with Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education and Recreation. The couple plans to get married on Oct. 29 at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

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Beauties to be crowned at fair Early this year, the junior, sophomore, freshman and eighthgrade classes from the Manchester Public Schools district nominated three candidates and one alternate for Manchester Fair Queen. The selected candidates will represent their classes in the Manchester Community Fair Queen Contest and will ride in the Fair Parade on Tuesday, July 6

at 6:30 p.m. The 2010 Fair Queen will be crowned by the 2009 Fair Queen, Mason Yssasi. Representing the Class of 2011 will be Evelyn Dority, Hannah Dunsmore, and Jennifer Kempher with Taylor Parks as alternate. The Class of 2012 representatives includes Serena Burden, Maya Flores, Skylar Keller and alternate Jacquelyn Timoszyk.

The Class of 2013 selected Lydia Rice, Olivia Green, McKenna Erkfritz and alternate Tammy Casey. The Class of 2014 is being represented by Amanda Kleinschmidt, Bailey Lee, Mara Takessian, and alternate Melanie Molotky. The queen’s crown and the various sashes are sponsored by Manchester Car Wash.

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Manchester’s own exploring Germany Students a part of longstanding exchange program Manchester students have been traveling to Germany since l969. For the past 18 years they have been involved in a yearly threeweek student exchange with the Werner von Siemens Gymnasium in Berlin. German students from Berlin stay with Manchester families for three weeks in the fall and Manchester students return the visit in June. This year’s trip for Manchester’s youth is already under way, running from June 14 through July 5. This year 15 students are accompanying high school German teacher Susan Davis, including Alex Mutchler, Scott Wharam, Shanna Tubbs, Addie Baier, Ryan Fookes, Nate Weber, Hannah Keller, Kyle Oberleiter, Eric Selover, Evelyn Dority, Rob Carver, Logan Zigila, Luke Weber, Emily Johnson and Emily Toshach. They will be staying with German host families in a lovely suburb of Berlin called Zehlendorf. While in Berlin these students will attend school— either following their host brother/sister or attending classes of special interest to them. They have prepared a PowerPoint presentation depicting their lives, interests, part-time jobs, families, hobbies, pets, and more, and are prepared to present in

both German and English. Afternoons will be spent exploring Berlin, one of the most exciting capital cities in Europe Highlights from these explorations might include Sans Soucci castle, Pergamon Museum (Gates of Babylon), the Egyptian Museum and its famous bust of Queen Nefertiti, the Berlin Zoo, the Wannsee Haus, Brandenburg Gate, parliament’s Reichstag, the Allied Museum, Check Point Charlie Museum, Glienicker Bridge and an afternoon bike ride through some of Berlin’s famous forests. Swimming, shopping, discos and parties with German friends are also on the schedule of events. Manchester students will also be traveling by train to Prague in the heart of Bohemia for three days. It is a city which miraculously avoided war damage over the centuries, since most of Prague’s buildings are remarkably well preserved, providing a vivid history lesson from its streets alone. As for shopping, Prague is a wonderful place to buy gifts and souvenirs. Bohemian crystal enjoys a worldwide reputation for quality, and plenty of shops offer excellent bargains. If weather permits, the students will also travel by train to Warnemuende, a delightful fishing village turned tourist destination on the Baltic Sea. Students will enjoy swimming, soccer on the beach, and the other sights and sounds of a small German village. In October Heidi Kraft and Dagmar Frost of Germany will arrive with 12 students. Then it will be Manchester’s turn to host and introduce Germany’s youth to our culture and activities.

COLLEGE HONORS Northern Michigan University recently announced its graduation list, which includes Julie Ballow and Brenda Bancroft of Manchester. Ballow graduated with a certificate in nursing education. Bancroft graduated with a Master of Arts degree in English. • An alumni of Manchester High School graduated from the University of the Cumberlands recently. Emily Henson of Manchester received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in communication arts. She is the daughter of Tommy Henson and Pamela Turner. The University of the Cumberlands is located in Williamsburg, Ky. • Sarah Gibson, age 16, of Manchester was recently named to the Dean’s List of Washtenaw Community College. She was honored at the Washtenaw Community College Honors Convocation for achieving highest honors for the winter 2010 semester. She attends the Washtenaw Technical Middle College Program. Sarah was also welcomed into the International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Alpha of Washtenaw Community College. She is the daughter of Nancy and Tom Gibson of Manchester.

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Seniors lead Dutch in league honors By Ed Patino Staff Writer

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Prioritizing values - school then sports The Michigan High School Athletic Association has been analyzing the role of school sports in a changing society. The primary goal has been to look at what people value, and working to maintain programs that are relevant to the masses that want to participate in them. And still after all that, the one term that embodies all of the values remains the one that has been written about even 100 years ago in the early days of school sports programs – sportsmanship. Sportsmanship is conducting oneself with respect and dignity. It starts at the beginning of the game with respecting the playing of the National Anthem. After the girls basketball finals in Ypsilanti in 2008, I got a call from one of the members of the 1978 Rock Mid Peninsula championship that were honored at the games. She expressed her concern with the conduct of the participating teams during the anthem before the game at which her school was being recognized. It was disturbing to her to watch the disinterest on the team benches, the swinging of clasped hands by teammates and swaying back and forth. She clearly saw what we see all too often – teams and student sections finding a way to pass the time while the anthem is being played – and coaches and administrators doing absolutely nothing about it. Pardon me, but the playing of the National Anthem is not a time to display team unity – it’s a time to show respect for our country. Sportsmanship continues throughout the game with respect being shown between competitors, towards coaches and officials. It’s a coach who tells you to practice good sportsmanship, and then actually displays it during the event. It’s dignity being shown when a call goes for you or against you, and at the end of the game. Sportsmanship is also about respect for the game, and respect for high school sports in general. One of the national concerns when it comes to high school sports being relevant is the attitude some of our more athletically gifted individuals have towards them. The elite who participate in non-school programs openly proclaim how lame schools sports are in terms of the competition; yet in some sports, they find a way to compete on their non-school team during the school sports season, joining the school team just in time for the postseason tournament. It’s a big slap in the face to school sports, and again, there are not enough coaches or administrators doing something about it locally. I’ll say this – if the school team is that lame. If one doesn’t value the values that school sports teach – more values than those found in non-school sports programs. If making the elite, or club team is that much more important than the school

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Claire Simpson (front row, second from right) earned All-Cascades First Team honors for competitive cheerleading last season. The recent MHS graduate was a four-year standout on the Manchester sideline and competitive cheer teams.

MANCHESTER SCHOLAR ATHLETES 2010

Three cheers By Ed Patino Staff Writer

Claire Simpson has always enjoyed performing for people. Whether she was executing a routing on the cheerleading mats, riding her horse in equestrian shows or performing on stage in school productions, Simpson always felt comfortable in front of a crowd. Simpson parlayed that passion into a successful athletic career. The recent MHS graduate was a three-sport athlete earning several team and conference awards. She also contributed to a dynasty in one sport and helped her two other teams reach new heights. That success followed Simpson into the classroom, where she complied a 3.5 grade point average while participating in other school and community activities. For her efforts, Simpson is recognized as one of Manchester’s top scholarathletes for 2010. Simpson was a four-year standout in cheerleading, where she was a member of both the sideline and competitive squads. She was also a fouryear rider for the Manchester varsity equestrian team, and played two years of varsity softball. “I grew up around horses all my life and my dad got me into it,” Simpson said. “My mom was a high school cheerleader,

and I’ve been cheering since second grade when I lived in Taylor.” During her four years as a member of the competitive cheerleading team, Simpson helped the Flying Dutch make steady improvements. During her junior year, the team finished tied for second in the Cascades Conference. During the season, Simpson helped the Dutch capture consecutive first-place finishes at Leslie and in the Manchester Invitational. As a senior captain, Simpson helped the Dutch to even more success. On Feb. 20, Manchester placed third in the Division 4 district meet, qualifying for regionals for the first time. Simpson was named to the All-Cascades Conference First Team this season. “I like sideline cheer because I love watching football, but if I was to do it I’d rather do competitive because you’re competing against other schools and you have to work harder,” Simpson said. Simpson’s personality, along with her leadership skills, made her an ideal fit for the program. “Claire is just an amazing talented athlete who is dedicated to the team and school, and she would do anything for the team,” Manchester competitive cheerleading coach Dana Bock said. “She was a leader and a friend to the girls on the team

Over the past two seasons, the Manchester varsity softball team has emerged as one of the top contenders in the Cascades Conference. This year’s senior class played a significant role in the program’s rise, and several players were honored for their efforts. Manchester landed four players on the All-Cascades Conference First Team, while three others earned AllCascades honorable mention. Seniors Roxanne Rickert and Jenny Stautz along with junior Kristen Lewis and sophomore Nichole Jackson were named to the AllCascades First Team. Seniors Emily Johnson and Amanda Barker along with junior Taylor Parks received AllCascades honorable mention. The group helped the Dutch eclipse the 20-win mark for the second straight season. Manchester went 2014 and placed second in the Cascades behind Grass Lake. Over the past two years, the Dutch have compiled a 4429 record, advancing to the Division 3 regional finals in 2009. “There’s no doubt we were well represented, and this senior class has a lot to be proud of,” Manchester coach

Wes Gall said. “They had some things to work through earlier in the season, but they competed at a high level and made contributions. It was a terrific job by this group of girls.” Rickert finished the season with a .418 batting average and led the Dutch with four home runs. She set the school record with a .550 batting average last year and finished .440 for her career. This year, Rickert established another school record with 41 RBIs on the season. She has 115 RBIs for her career. Rickert also holds the career record in doubles (174) and a season record for doubles (15 in 2009). Stautz was Manchester’s ace pitcher throughout her four-year career. She holds the school record with 47 career wins and 506 career strikeouts. Stautz was also an offensive force, hitting .400 this season with a teamhigh 11 doubles. Stautz holds school records in hits for a season (55), home runs (five) and runs scored (57), all set last year. For her career, Stautz has eight home runs. Jackson led the offense for the Dutch this season, hitting .420 with 42 hits and 34 RBIs. Lewis batted .352 with 25 hits and 22 runs scored in 71 at bats.

and had a positive impact. She was a great captain for us.” What also made Simpson an effective leader was her versatility, as she performed in various roles on the mat. “There are not many girls who can do back spots and base, but Claire had the ability to do everything well,” Bock PLEASE SEE SENIORS/2-B said. One of Simpson’s most memorable moments came last fall when she was performing with the sideline team during a football game. It was a moment that made her realize she was a role model to younger fans. “A couple of girls asked me to sign their plastic football,” she said. “It stands out because the girls were watching me, and I had to make sure that I’m being the person I should be.” Her passion for horses helped the Manchester varsity equestrian team continue its run of successful seasons. Simpson played a key role over the last three seasons as the Dutch captured three straight Division 1 district championships. Simpson also helped the Dutch to consecutive third place finishes in the regional meet. Simpson also played softball during her freshman and File photo junior years. Roxanne Rickert (right) is safe at second base during the 2009 “When I moved here I had a Division 3 regional semifinal. The senior earned All-Cascades, group of friends who persuaded All-District and All-Region First Team honors, and was named the Most Valuable Player for the Manchester varsity softball PLEASE SEE CHEERS/2-B team.

MANCHESTER SCHOLAR ATHLETES 2010

Heldt success on field and in classroom By Ed Patino Staff Writer

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Taylor Heldt clears the bar during the high jump event June 5 at the Division 3 state champion-

PLEASE SEE JOHNSON/2-B ship meet. Heldt was a three-time state qualifier, earning a medal in the high jump as a senior.

Like many of her fellow student-athletes, Taylor Heldt’s interest in sports came at an early age. In her case, that interest was sparked with a little help from her friends. “I was friends with people in elementary school who all played sports, and they got me into it,” Heldt said. As she finished up her prep career earlier this month, Heldt has gone from merely interested in sports into a decorated star at Manchester High School. The recent graduate was a three-sport standout in volleyball, basketball and track and earned several team awards along the way. Heldt was also a success in the classroom, where she compiled a 3.8 grade point average and earned several high honors. She also found time to participate in various extra-curricular activities in school and around the community. For her efforts, Heldt is recognized as one of Manchester’s top scholar-ath-

letes for 2010. Heldt was a four-year member of Manchester’s varsity volleyball and basketball team, and was a three-year athlete for the varsity girls track team. She received Manchester’s Scholar-Athlete recognition for all four years of her career. Heldt played a major role in the recent success of the Manchester varsity volleyball team. Twice in her career, the Flying Dutch had posted 20 wins or more on the season and placed second in the Cascades Conference. “Volleyball was probably my favorite sport,” Heldt said. “I like spiking the ball at people.” Heldt was named the volleyball team’s Most Improved Player for her senior season. The campaign saw the Dutch finish 24-16-3 and earn the top spot in the Cascades Conference. Her height (5-10) gave the Dutch a strong hitter in the front row, and she grew into an offensive threat throughout the season. “Taylor was a great player who always worked hard to PLEASE SEE HELDT/2-B


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me to play softball,” Simpson said. “I kind of fell into it, but ended up liking it and kept playing.” Her junior year saw the Dutch made a big turnaround. After several sub-.500 seasons, Manchester went 2416, captured the district title and advanced to the Division 3 regional final. As a member of the Drama Club, Simpson played a staring role in the MHS production of Damn Yankees. She also served as the daily P.A. announcer. Outside of school, Simpson was a member of 4-H, participating in several horse shows throughout the summer. “I really enjoyed being in the Drama Club, and I wish I would’ve started earlier,” Simpson said. “I like to be in front of people and enjoy meeting new friends. If I wasn’t as involved, I wouldn’t be as outgoing.” Simpson will attend Adrian College this fall, where she plans to major in Telecommunications and Sports Journalism. She will also continue her cheerleading career at Adrian. “Adrian’s team went to

perfect her skills,” Manchester volleyball coach Sarah Andrews said. “She’s a sweet girl with her personality and is very coachable. She set a great example for our underclassmen.” While she enjoyed volleyball, one of Heldt’s most memorable accomplishments came during her senior year of basketball. Heldt blended with a deep core of fellow seniors and helped the Dutch to their best season since 1998. Manchester finished with a winning record during the regular season and placed fourth in the Cascades. Heldt and company followed by capturing the Class C District championship, the school’s district title in 12 years. The Dutch clinched the title with a 50-48 upset of Napoleon. “Winning districts was a cool accomplishment since it had been a long time,” Heldt said. After posting their first-ever victory in regional play, the Dutch were finally stopped in the Class C regional final. “Taylor has a fun personality and always had a smile on her face,” Manchester varsity girls basketball coach Cori Kastel said. “She’s quiet at first, but once you get to know her the personality comes out.” Like in volleyball, Heldt’s height gave the Dutch another scoring option in the post. Kastel said that her agility made her a strong compliment to fellow post players Emily Werner and Megan Bossory. “Her height and wingspan made her a big shot blocker, and she really came on in the deep post,” Kastel said. “I think her coming out of volleyball helped her with blocking shots. Taylor has a great work ethic.” Heldt’s success carried over to track, where she was a threetime state qualifier. She closed out her prep career June 5 by earning a fifth-place medal in the high jump event, clearing 5feet at the Division 3 state championship meet in Comstock Park. She was also active in various school functions like the National Honor Society, Students Leading Students and the Spanish Club. “We did community service project with NHS and helped out with the migrant families with the Spanish Club,” Heldt

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Claire Simpson jumps high during a competitive cheer routine earlier this year. Simpson will continue her cheerleading career at Adrian College this fall. nationals last year and took first, and I’m excited to be joining them,” Simpson said. Her former coach believes that Simpson will be a perfect fit for the college’s cheerleading program. “Adrian College is lucky to

have her, and she’ll be just as valuable to them as she was to us,” Bock said. “It’s going to be a different season without Claire Simpson.” Staff Writer Ed Patino can be reached at 428-8173 or epatino@heritage.com.

Claire Simpson (middle back row) helped the Manchester varsity equestrian team to three straight Division 1 district titles in her career.

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sports. Let’s remember that these games are about school before sports; that they’re about sportsmanship, ethics, integrity and respect; about building lifetime relationships with teammates, teacher-coaches and even other fellow competitors.

In all those ways, school sports can continue to be relevant, useful tools for building strong schools, strong kids and strong communities. John Johnson is the Communications Director for the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

SPORTS BRIEFS The Manchester Alumni Baseball and Softball Tournament will take place Saturday. All former MHS baseball and softball players are invited to participate. Cost is $25 per player, with all proceeds going to the Manchester baseball and softball programs. Each player will receive a Tshirt and will play two games. To sign up, call Manchester varsity baseball coach Corey Fether at 428-7442, ext. 1212 and leave your name, the year you graduated and the positions you play. The Manchester-Clinton varsity football game will take place in the Big Day Prep Showdown at Eastern Michigan University’s Rynearson Stadium. The “Battle of M-52” is the opening game of the Showdown, taking place Aug. 26 at 5:15 p.m. Tickets for the ManchesterClinton game at Big Day Prep Showdown can by purchased online at www.esctickets. com. If tickets are purchased ahead of time from the web, Manchester High School can receive a cut of the profits. Manchester Athletic Boosters meets 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month in the high school student activities room. Manchester Soccer Board meets 7 p.m. the fourth Monday

Taylor Heldt (No. 6) spikes a kill against Hanover-Horton in a match in Oct. 2009. The recent MHS graduate was named the Manchester varsity volleyball team’s Most Improved Player during her senior season, helping the Dutch make a 15-game improvement over the season before. said. Heldt will begin her college career this fall at Ferris State University. She is planning to major in Architecture, and Ferris State recently started a four-year program in the field. Heldt hopes to one day be an

architect. “I’ve always liked to draw out houses and enjoyed designing things through computer games,” she said. Staff Writer Ed Patino can be reached at 428-8173 or epatino@heritage.com.

Player, while Sarah Fielder was selected as the Most Improved Player. Stautz received the Coach’s Award.

Staff Writer Ed Patino can be reached at 428-8173 or epatino@heritage.com.

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program – then just participate in the non-school program. If it’s a cut sport, you’d being creating an opportunity for someone to be on the school team – someone who values being a part of something, and who values all that can be taught and caught in school

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of the month in Conference Room 3 at the Manchester Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend. Editor’s Note: To have your event published in “Sports

Briefs,” information must be e-mailed or called in to Staff Writer Ed Patino by 12 p.m. each Monday. Each item will run until the event has passed. Ed Patino can be reached at 4288173 or epatino@heritage.com.

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Johnson finished her career with the school record in career walks (80) and base on balls (33). Barker tied a school record with 39 career stolen bases, while Parks hit .239 with 21 hits, four doubles and a home run. “The graduating seniors were an excellent group that was very coachable,” Gall said. “They worked hard and did a nice job improving their game. I really can’t say enough about my senior girls.” Rickert, (third base), Stautz (pitcher), Jackson (outfield), Johnson (outfield) and Barker (second base) were all named to the AllDistrict First Team. Rickert and Jackson were both named to the All-Region First Team. Rickert was named the team’s Most Valuable

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Braylon Edwards trades gridiron for hard court By Jerry Allen Heritage Newspapers

Braylon Edwards is no stranger to playing Saturday ball at the University of Michigan. This past Saturday, however, he laced up his shoes and took to the hardwood at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, instead of the football field at Michigan Stadium, as he participated in his inaugural Braylon Edwards’ Celebrity Basketball Game. “It’s something I’m passionate about, giving back to the communities who have supported me,” Edwards said. “I was born in Detroit, went to school here at the University of Michigan and I was drafted by Cleveland, so it’s important for me to support those areas with my foundation.” The charity game culminated a weekend-long list of events held by the foundation, with proceeds going to support education programs in Ann Arbor, Cleveland and Detroit. There was no shortage of talent featured in the celebrity game or on the sidelines, for that matter. Coaching Team Ballers were former No. 1 NBA draft pick and Detroit native Derrick Coleman, as well as four-time Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Dawes. Coaching Edwards’ Team Michigan was U of M’s All-American running back and current Indianapolis Colt Mike Hart. Team Ballers featured celebrities such as former Michigan State guard and current Phoenix Suns talent Jason Richardson, rap superstar Wale, ESPN’s Rob Parker, former NBA player Ira Newble, and Edwards’ New York Jet teammate Kerry Rhodes. Team Michigan featured Edwards and a host of his former U of M teammates including Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Mundy and Lamar Woodley, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston, and the New Orleans Saints’ Adrian Arrington. Also, former Wolverines Jimmy King and Brent Petway teamed with the squad.

Former University of Michigan wide receiver and current Arizona Cardinal Steve Breaston (left) shares a laugh with Kerry Rhodes (Edwards current teammate on the New York Jets) during Braylon Edwards’ inaugural charity game.

Team Ballers (white team) and Team Michigan (blue team) pose for a group picture following the inaugural Braylon Edwards’ Celebrity Basketball Game. The Detroit Pistons dance team Automotion also came out to cheer and dance.

Jason Richardson went up high and came down hard for one of his many highlight reel dunks Saturday night. Richardson said it was nice to be cheered for in Ann Arbor after being rooted against during his college playing days. retrieve an emergency medical technician and a gurney. While Parker wasn’t hurt, he played along and climbed on the gurney, while Edwards and the EMT carried him off court. “This was a really fun game and everybody gave the fans a fun time,” Edwards said. “It’s always nice coming back here and getting love from everyone. I’m glad we can have events like this to benefit the community and I can’t wait for next year’s game.” Novelty awards were given out after the game as the celebrities signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans in the stands. Jeremy Allen is a staff writer for Heritage Newspapers. He can be reached at Former Michigan State guard and current Phoenix Suns swingman Jason Richardson warmed jallen@heritage.com. up before putting on a show for the fans at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.

The game itself was filled with highlight reel dunks and trick shots. Edwards hit a half court shot, while Jason Richardson and Petway exchanged windmill dunks and alley-oops. “Man, they got me out here sweating and playing hard like the old days,” Richardson said. “It’s nice to come back in here playing and actually have fans cheering for me,” the former Spartan added as he laughed. In what was later named the play of the game, Petway took advantage of an alleyoop pass from Edwards as he grabbed the ball from mid-air and windmill dunked the ball over Parker. Parker fell to the ground as the crowd rose to its feet in applause. Edwards then disappeared off court to

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Saline Baseball Championship Weekend An Up & Down Exper Experience ience Photos by Burrill Strong

(Below) Senior Josh Redies takes a big cut at the plate on Friday. (Left) Saline’s Tim Bruley gets down and dirty in Saturday’s championship game.

Fans got creative on Saturday trying to find some shade and beat the heat at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

Saline players show team unity during Friday’s semifinal game.

Players greet Nick Ostrander after the junior scored a run in Friday’s semifinal win over Saginaw Heritage.

The Hornets discover that losing is never easy.

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ALMANAC Temperatures: High/low for the week .................................. 88°/52° Normal high/low ........................................... 80°/58° Average temperature ......................................... 70.1° Normal average temperature .......................... 69.1° Precipitation: Total for the week .............................................. 0.86” Total for the month ........................................... 2.23” Total for the year ............................................. 14.59” Normal for the month ...................................... 2.39” Normal for the year ........................................ 15.78”

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Into the swing of things Chamber of Commerce, Community Resource Center hold golf outing By Jana Miller Heritage Newspapers

Cindy Kelley and Amy Bauer-Kaufman ride a festive golf cart for the outing.

Top team honors that day went to the River Edge/Mr. Reliable team of Dave Petsch, John Hinkley, Larry Fairbanks, and Mark Merriman.

It may have been windy, but thankfully it was also a dry day of fun at the seventh annual Manchester Golf Outing. The event is a fundraiser for the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Resource Center. Each year the golf outing brings chamber members and community activists out swinging for a day on the links. “This is our major fundraiser,” Chamber President Ray Berg said. “The target is to get a total donation value of $6,000 to be split equally between the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Community Resource Center.” When all was said and done, the event netted $5,900. Those funds will help the CRC with its many community support programs and will help the MACC with downtown beautification efforts, as well as the seasonal tree lighting. “Considering the state of the economy, we’re happy with how it turned out,” Berg said, “and from a sponsorship viewpoint we were pretty much right there. We had some golfers that couldn’t return from last year for legitimate reasons, but we tried to make it up with new golfers.” The event was met with heavy winds, according to Berg, adding, “we were very pleased the weather cleared out. There was a huge storm coming in that kind of blew through. I think people enjoyed themselves and had a good time.” Twelve different teams played the full 18-hole round and were offered hot dogs and watermelon slices at the turn, courtesy of AVi and the CRC. The round was followed by dinner in the Pierce Lake Golf Course clubhouse courtesy of Classic Catering. “We wish to thank the Pierce Lake Golf Course and its staff for their great hospitality and support in working with us,” Berg said. This year’s first-place team was the River Edge/ Mr. Reliable Team of Dave Petsch, John Hinkley, Larry Fairbanks and Mark

Merriman. In second place was the State Farm Insurance Team of Matt Donnellon, Carl Macomber, Hoyle Hill and Jim O’Sullivan. Third place went to Mark Mann, Dan Budd, Stephen Duvall and Denny Steele of the AVI team. New to this year’s event was a silent auction which, according to Berg, was a major success. “We had donations from about 20 different groups and paired them as packages for different themes. One basket had a ‘Choice of Chelsea’ theme and was extremely popular, which included two tickets to the Purple Rose, $25 towards dinner at the Common Grill and a package at Chelsea’s Comfort Inn. It was our first time doing that and it was a huge success.” The silent auction also featured “Make It Manchester,” “Best of Bridgewater,” and “MIS” themes. “Make It Manchester” included a photo session with Unforgettable Photos, Wild Acorn LLC jewelry and one day of cropping at Gotta Scrap Inn. Karen Strock took home the Manchester package. Karen Berg won the Chelsea package. The winner of the “Best of Bridgewater” package was Chris Kanta of the Community Resource Center, taking home a Bridgewater Tavern gift certificate and gift certificates for the lumber, tire and party stores. Tom Ash won two tickets to MIS and hats. Other prizes were given away for winning games on the course, including longest drive and closest to the pin. The longest drive went to Dana Andrews and Julie Marvin-Manders. Kevin Sterling and Michelle Bunn won the closest-to-the-pin contest. Major sponsors of this year’s event included Amcor Rigid Plastics and the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation. Some event partners included Chelsea Lumber, Manchester Civic Club, United Bank and Trust, Harmon Glass Doctor, and Napoleon Lawn and Leisure. Jana Miller is the editor of the Manchester Enterprise. She can be reached at (734) 429-7380 or jmiller@heritage. com.

John Hinkley prepares to swing, while Dave Petsch looks on. Photos courtesy of Janet Larson

Dr. Stan Gilber and Dr. Dana Andrews made up a team that day.

Jim Alber is in full swing.

Julie Marvin-Manders lines up a putt. She was the female winner of the longest drive contest.

Classic Catering prepared a roasted chicken dinner for the golfers, who were hosted by Pierce Lake Golf Course in Chelsea. There were 12 teams total to play the 18-hole round.


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Photographer captures soul of Ann Arbor Summer Festival By Sheila Pursglove Special Writer

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nn Arbor photographer Myra Klarman, whose photos of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival are currently on display at the Ann Arbor District Library and the Power Center, landed her creative career in portrait photography almost by accident. Five years ago, Klarman was out walking with her son, Max, in her Burns Park neighborhood when she was invited to join the Burns Park Players, a theater group made up of families in the Burns Park school area. Unsure of which crew to join –– sets, props, make up and others –– she decided that, as a photo enthusiast, she could learn about what she wanted to do by photographing the cast and crew working on the show as opening night approached. Another crew member already had stage performance photos covered. “At that time, it didn’t occur to me or anyone else that photographing the behind-thescenes work could be of value to the Players. It was kind of an experiment. We had no idea what we would even do with the photos,” she said. After a few weeks of photo-

graphing different stages of cast and crew work –– kids’ rehearsals being her favorite –– Klarman showed the results to board members and the production team. Lesa Huget, historian of the theater group, had the idea to exhibit the photos outside the auditorium during performances. “People were very excited about the images and before the end of the performances, I had three photography gigs lined up for the spring,” Klarman said. She used this opportunity as a springboard to leave her 18-year career as a graphic designer and become a portrait photographer. “Making this change felt like a new lease on life,” she said. “I had been unhappy as a graphic designer for so many years, but didn’t have a clue about what else to do. As much as I loved photography since taking it up in high school, even studying it in art school, I had never seriously considered pursuing photography as a career until the Burns Park Players.” After a year of preparation, Klarman hung out her shingle in the spring of 2006. One of her early clients for a family portrait was Jamie Mistry, then-president of the board for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. He intro-

Ann Arbor photographer Myra Klarman, whose photos of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival are currently on display at the Ann Arbor District Library and the Power Center, left her 18-year career as a graphic designer to become a portrait photographer. duced Klarman to Executive Director Robb Woulfe, and she began photographing for the festival for the 2007 season. “My shooting style in my portrait work is very playful and photojournalistic,” she said. “I’m most interested in capturing spontaneous moments, namely when people, especially children, are experiencing something new, expressing themselves, and being engaged with their sur-

roundings and family. “What’s unique about shooting the festival is that I’m not just photographing an individual or a family, but a community. The ‘scene’ is also dramatic – Ingalls Mall, Rackham, Burton Tower, the festival architecture and components make the festival an exceptional location.” Klarman’s photo exhibition, “STOP.MOTION” –– a look at the faces, places, and special

moments that made up the 2009 Ann Arbor Summer Festival, including Mainstage concerts and Top of the Park activities –– is on display in the lobby of the Power Center June 17 through July 8. The exhibit includes nine large-scale photographic prints and covers several themes –– performing artists, children and cultural life in Ann Arbor. “The festival is always visually inspiring,” she said.

“There’s the perfect combination of children, live music and dancing –– all aglow under beautiful evening light. And each night also offers completely unpredictable moments and experiences.” STOP.MOTION is her third show featuring images from the festival. She previously exhibited collections in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. “We are thrilled to once again share Myra’s dynamic work with the community,” Woulfe said. “Each picture tells a unique story, and when you see this year’s exhibit, it’s like seeing an old friend once again –– pure happiness.” Klarman’s work also is on display at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch’s Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit. Klarman, who specializes in studio and lifestyle portraits of children, families, high school seniors and performing artists, also shoots photos for Ozone House, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation, Washtenaw Literacy and Wild Swan Theater. To view her portfolio, visit www.myraklarman.com. Sheila Pursglove is a freelance writer. She can be reached at bingley51@yahoo. com.

History program at Walker Tavern offered through Aug. 4 The Wednesdays at Walker programs return to historic Walker Tavern in the Irish Hills every Wednesday afternoon July 7 through Aug. 4. Designed to bring history to life for both children and adults, Wednesday at Walker programs encourage participants of all ages to step back in time, touch the past and learn about Michigan’s history. The series kicks off July 7 with “Work and Play: On the Pioneer Farm.” There was always work to be done on the pioneer farm and all family members helped with chores like feeding the chickens, milking the cows, washing clothes and cooking meals. Program participants will try farm chores using old-time tools and play games their great-grandparents might have enjoyed. The program

runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs $6 per person. “On the Sauk Trail: Native American Traditions” offers a glimpse into the Native American past in the areas surrounding Walker Tavern. Native Americans were the first people to live, work and play in what is now known as the Irish Hills. Participants will learn about Native American storytelling, sign language, foods, crafts and ways of life. They will make a Woodlands Indian dream-catcher to take home. Theprogram runs from 1 to 3 p.m. July 14 and costs $6 per person. “Play Ball!” is based upon the game of old-time baseball. Baseball was a popular pastime during the Civil War era. Participants in this program will learn how the game compares to modern day baseball, as well as how the

game was played in 1865. One thing they’ll notice right away is that when baseball started, they used no gloves. Each participant will make a baseball cap and play a couple innings with members of the Walker Wheels baseball club — the Wheels are Walker Tavern’s own vintage baseball team. The program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. July 21 from and costs $6 per person. “Pack Your Wagon: Settling Pioneer Michigan” allows participants to imagine they are moving west by covered wagon to Michigan Territory. They will think about all the things they need to start a farm in Michigan’s wilderness while examining an actual covered wagon. When the unexpected happens along the road, participants must decide what to keep and what to leave behind. Participants will also learn

the pioneer craft of tin punching and make an artifact to take home. The program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. July 28 and costs $6. The final program in the Wednesdays at Walker series is “Tea at the Tavern: Social Customs in Early Michigan.” Participants are invited to an old-fashioned tea party at Walker Tavern. In the past, tea parties provided an excuse for people to get dressed up and socialize with their friends and neighbors, and that is what participants in Tea at the Tavern will do as well. They’ll also find out about the food, social customs and etiquette from Michigan’s past and make a tussie mussie to wear at the party and to take home. The program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 and costs $10. “Wednesdays at Walker offers an

exciting opportunity for family members of all ages to interact with one another, learn about Michigan’s past and have fun, all at the same time,” said Cheryl Natzmer Valentine, site historian at Historic Walker Tavern, in a news release. Space is limited for all Wednesday at Walker programs and pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available at www.michigan.gov/ walkertavern or call 1-517-467-4401 and one will be mailed to you. Historic Walker Tavern is one of 11 nationally accredited museums administered by the Michigan Historical Center, an agency within the Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Walker Tavern is located at the junction of M-50 and US-12. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Ann Arbor theater to host staged readings of two contest-winning plays Ann Arbor Civic Theatre will host staged readings of the two winning entries from its 2010 Playing Around playwriting contest in July. “Home Again, Jiggety Jig” by Janet Torreano Pound, directed by Paul Bianchi, debuts 8 p.m. July 9. “The Sleepwalker” by George Hickenlooper, directed by Steve Daut, premieres 8 p.m. July 10. “Once again, we were thrilled by the number of entries and the quality of the writing,” said Ann Arbor Civic Theatre program director Cassie Mann in a news release. “The two winning scripts are very different in plot and style, but they both tell a good story and feature fully realized characters.” “Home Again, Jiggety Jig” is the story of the decades-spanning friendship between Irish expatriate John McGarry and his African-American housekeeper Dorothy. The cast features Sanders Hamson, Kristala

David Melcher (left), Sanders Hamson and David Putman will perform in “Home Again, Jiggety Jig,” the story of the decades-spanning friendship between Irish expatriate John Kara Williams and David Putman will perform McGarry and his African-American housein “The Sleepwalker,” a story about a failed artkeeper, Dorothy. ist who seeks an outlet for his passions with world-altering results. Pouncy, Amanda Barnett, Eric Bloch, David Melcher and Breeda Miller. an outlet for his passions with world-alterIn “The Sleepwalker,” a failed artist seeks

ing results. The cast of “The Sleepwalker” features David Putman, Trevor Maher, Kristen Stelter, Michael Slaughter, Kara Williams, Breeda Miller, Sanders Hamson and David Melcher. Professional actor and director Julia Glander and professional actor and screenwriter Alex Leydenfrost judged this year’s contest. Both Glander and Leyenfrost will facilitate talkbacks with the playwrights, cast and audience after each premiere. Both plays will take place at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Studio Theater at 322 W. Ann St., near downtown Ann Arbor. Talkbacks with the playwrights and judges will take place after each performance. All tickets are $12 or $10 each if you buy tickets to both staged readings. Tickets are available by calling 971-2228 or at the door. For more information visit the Web site at www.a2ct.org.

THINGS TO DO: REGIONAL CALENDAR CHELSEA ■ Beginning Birding 11 a.m. Thursday: Eddy Discovery Center, Bush Road, Chelsea. Free. $6 vehicle entry fee. 475–3170. ■ Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday: Music and entertainment in downtown Chelsea. Free (fee for carriage ride). 475-1145. ■ “Boeing-Boeing” 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays ending Aug. 28: Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St. 4337673. ■ Native American Sand Art 11 a.m. Friday: Eddy Discovery Center, Bush Road, Chelsea. Free. $6 vehicle entry fee. 475– 3170. ■ Community Drum Jam 8 p.m. Friday: Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio, 6065 Sibley Road, Chelsea. Free. 4330697. ■ Massasauga Rattlesnake 11 a.m. Saturday: Eddy Discovery Center,

Bush Road, Chelsea. Free. $6 vehicle entry fee. 475–3170.

Island Lake Road. $10 (families, $20) suggested donation. 302-5263.

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■ Amazing Amphibians 11 a.m. Saturday: Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 North Territorial Road, Dexter. $2. Pre-registration required. $5 vehicle fee. 426-8211.

■ Story Times 11 a.m. Thursday and Monday; and 1 p.m. Monday: Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Free. 426-4477. ■ Teen Movies 6 p.m. Thursday: Screening of “Alice in Wonderland.” Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Free. 426-4477. ■ “Drummunity!” 11 a.m. Friday: Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Free. 426-4477. ■ “And the Angels Sing: A Tribute to Cole Porter” 8 p.m. Friday: Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. $10 at theencoretheatre.org and the door. 424-3700. ■ Rancho Tranquilico Concert & Bonfire 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Legacy Land Conservancy. Proceeds benefit the Forever Fund that protects nature and farm land. 11300

SALINE ■ PG13+ Movie – “Jaws” 3 p.m. Thursday: Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Roiad. Free. Pre-register at 429-5450. ■ Thursday Night Contra 7 p.m. Thursday: 4531 Concourse Drive. $7 (students, $4). ■ Summer Music Series 7 to 9 p.m. Friday: Jazz-pop by Detroit singer Jesse Palter. Downtown Saline. Free. 4294494. ■ Community Walk: Pick Up the Pace, Saline 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday: Dogs welcome. PUPS also sponsors bike rides June 14, July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13 (6:30 p.m., meet at Saline City Hall, 100 N. Harris). Meet at the Farmers

Market, Michigan Avenue and Ann Arbor-Saline Road. Free. www.SalinePUPS.org.

YPSILANTI ■ The Many Forms of the March 7:30 p.m. Thursday: Ypsilanti Community Band, Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. Free. 904-5453. ■ Crossroads Summer Festival 7 p.m. Friday: Washington Street at Michigan Avenue. Free. 717-7305. ■ Washtenaw Classic Auto Show 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays: 3362-3402 Washtenaw Avenue service drive. Free admission. 369-3012. ■ Ton-Up Motorcycle & Music Festival Noon to midnight Saturday: Depot Town, Ypsilanti. 879-1201. ■ “The Devel! Where’s DaDa?” 8 p.m. Saturday: Dreamland Theater fundraiser, fashion show of outfits designed by local artists. Also, an auction of the clothing. Wine available. Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Free admission. 6572337.


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, June 24 The Manchester Farmer’s Market takes place every Thursday between May and October from 3 to 7 p.m. along Adrian Street between Main and Duncan Streets. Gazebo Concert Series will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the gazebo in Manchester Village. If there is rain, the entertainment will be moved to the Emanuel United Church of Christ gymnasium.

Friday, June 25 Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7 p.m. each Friday in the Emanuel United Church of Christ. It is a closed meeting for alcoholics only. Bethel United Methodist Church of Christ will host an ice cream social at 10425 Bethel Church Road. Contact the church for specific details. Christina Ahrens of Manchester was involved in a motorcycle accident, and family members and friends are holding a spaghetti dinner benefit to help offset the medical costs during her continued rehabilitation. The fundraiser will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sharon United Methodist Church. Christina’s children are of the Trinkle family.

Sunday, June 27 The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary of Manchester is hosting a dedication of the newly-planted memorial bushes and plaques at Wurster Park on Main Street. The dedication will take place at 2 p.m. The bushes represent the five branches of service honoring those who have served the United States armed forces. Refreshments will follow at the American Legion Hall. The Walker Farmer’s Market takes place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walker Tavern Historic Site, located at the intersection of U.S. 12 and M-50 in the Irish Hills. Alcoholics Anonymous holds its Big Book study 7 p.m. every Sunday at the Emanuel United Church of Christ. It is a closed meeting for alcoholics only.

Monday, June 28 Manchester soccer board meets 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month in conference room No. 3 at the village hall. The public is welcome. Manchester Village Parks Commission meets 7:15 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the village hall. Euchre Night takes place 7 p.m. every Monday from October through May at the American Legion Hall, 203 Adrian St. All are welcome. Call 428-8120 for information.

Tuesday, June 29 Alcoholics Anonymous takes place 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Manchester United Methodist Church. It is a closed meeting for alcoholics only. Overeaters Anonymous meets every Tuesday 7:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Lake/ Manchester area. For more information or for directions, contact Liz at 1-734-6653487, e-mail annamom2@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 30 Sharon United Methodist Church is having its ice cream social at the corner of M-52 and Pleasant Lake Road at 5 p.m. in Manchester. Contact Diana Parr at (517) 605-6305 for specific details. Bridgewater Hamlet Farmer’s Market & Old Fashioned Arts Exchange takes place every Wednesday during the spring, summer and fall months from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bridgewater Hamlet (Austin and Boettner Roads). For information on free business set-up, call Jolea Mull at 1-517-456-MULL. Awana Clubs meet 6:30 p.m. at Community Bible Church. Manchester Community Brass Band meets 7:30 p.m. at the Blacksmith Shop on East Main Street. The band is open to all skill levels. For more information, call Susan Gleason at 428-7189.

Thursday, July 1 St. James United Church of Christ is having an ice cream social at 11005 W. Michigan Ave. in Saline. Contact the church for specific details. American Legion Post

117 meets 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the post, 203 Adrian St. Bridgewater Township Board of Trustees meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the township hall. Sharon Township Board of Trustees meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the township hall. Manchester Township Planning Commission meets 8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the township hall. The Manchester Farmer’s Market takes place every Thursday between May and October from 3 to 7 p.m. along Adrian Street between Main and Duncan Streets.

COMING EVENTS: July 3: Manchester Men’s Club Fourth of July Fireworks take place at Carr Park. For more information, contact Bob Rhees at 428-8572 or visit www.manchestermensclub.com. July 6: Manchester Community Fair Parade takes place 6:30 p.m. along Main Street. The fair will be held at Alumni Memorial Field from June 7 through 10. July 13: Zion Lutheran Church at 3050 S. Fletcher Road in Chelsea will have its ice cream social. Contact the church for specific details. July 15: The 57th annual Manchester Chicken Broil takes place 4 to 8 p.m. at Alumni Memorial Field. For more information, visit www. manchesterchickenbroil.org July 22: St. Mary Roman Catholic Church at 210 W. Main St. in Manchester will have its ice cream social. Contact the church for specific details. July 24: St. Mary Catholic Church in Pinckney will host its Summer Bazzar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafters and vendors are needed. To sign up, call Heather at the Parish office 1-734-878-3161. Aug. 4: Emanuel United Church of Christ at 324 W. Main St. in Manchester will have its ice cream social. Contact the church for specific details. Aug. 7: Riverfolk Music and Arts Festival takes place at Carr Park. For more information, visit www.riverfolkfestival.org. Aug. 9: Manchester United Methodist Church at 501 Ann Arbor Road in Manchester will have its ice cream social. Contact the church for specific details.

Thursdays The Manchester Farmer’s Market takes place every Thursday between May and October from 3 to 7 p.m. along Adrian Street between Main and Duncan Street. American Legion Post 117 meets 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the post, 203 Adrian St. Bridgewater Township Board of Trustees meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the township hall. Sharon Township Board of Trustees meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the township hall. Manchester Township Planning Commission meets 8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the township hall. American Legion Post 117 Auxiliary hosts its “allyou-can-eat” taco night from 5 to 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the post. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children younger than 10. Manchester Area Senior Citizens meets 9:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at the senior center. Manchester Historical Society meets 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, except July and August, at the village hall. Sharon Township Planning Commission meets 8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the township hall. Women and Infant Children program meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the senior center. Manchester Cub Scout Pack 421 meets 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Emanuel United Church of Christ. Manchester Boy Scout Troop 426 Coney Nights take place the third Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Manchester Methodist Church Hall. Dinners feature Dearborn Sausage natural skin hot dogs, National Coney Island chili sauce and DuRussel’s

fresh cut French fries. Manchester Lamb Club meets 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Freedom Township Hall. Senior Citizen sponsored Euchre Party takes place 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month in the village room at the Manchester Village Hall. The public is welcome. For more information, call 428-8966.

Fridays Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7 p.m. each Friday in the Emanuel United Church of Christ. It is a closed meeting for alcoholics only.

Sundays Alcoholics Anonymous holds its Big Book study 7 p.m. every Sunday at the Emanuel United Church of Christ. It is a closed meeting for alcoholics only. American Legion breakfast takes place from 8 a.m. to noon the first Sunday of each month October through June at Post 117, 203 Adrian St. The Walker Farmer’s Market takes place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walker Tavern Historic Site, located at the intersection of U.S. 12 and M-50 in the Irish Hills.

Mondays Manchester Village Council meets 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month in the village hall council chambers. Euchre Night takes place 7 p.m. every Monday from October through May at the American Legion Hall, 203 Adrian St. All are welcome. Call 428-8120 for information. Masonic Lodge business meeting takes place 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month. Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting takes place the second Monday of the month except December at noon at Dan’s River Grill. Visit www.48158.com or call (734) 476-4565 for details. Manchester Civic Club meets 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month September through May at Emanuel United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall. Contact 428-7705 for details. Manchester District Library Board meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the village hall, 912 City Road. Bridgewater Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Bridgewater Township Hall. Manchester Knights of Columbus meets 8 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Manchester Sportsmen’s Club, 8501 Grossman Road. Manchester Community Fair Board meets 8 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the village hall. Manchester Community Schools Board of Education meets 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Ackerson Building boardroom. The Manchester Garden Club meets the third Monday of each month. Gardeners of all skill levels are welcome. Call JoAnn Okey at 428-9667 for more information and location. Manchester soccer board meets 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month in conference room No. 3 at the village hall. The public is welcome. Manchester Village Parks Commission meets 7:15 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the village hall.

Tuesdays Alcoholics Anonymous takes place 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Manchester United Methodist Church. It is a closed meeting for alcoholics only. Overeaters Anonymous meets every Tuesday 7 p.m. in the Pleasant Lake/ Manchester area. For more information or for directions,

contact Liz at 1-734-6653487, e-mail annamom2@gmail.com. Manchester Band Boosters meets 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the high school band room. Freedom Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the township hall. Manchester Township Board meets 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the township hall. Manchester Village Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the village hall. Freedom Township Board meets 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the township hall. Middle School PTSA meets 3:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Manchester Middle School. Klager Elementary School PTO meets 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Klager Elementary School cafeteria. Call 428-8321 for more information.

Wednesdays Manchester Kiwanis Club meets the first and third Wednesdays at Dan’s River Grill. Food and fellowship begin 6 p.m., followed by the general meeting at 7 p.m. Call 428-8976 for information. Bridgewater Hamlet Farmer’s Market & Old Fashioned Arts Exchange takes place every Wednesday during the spring, summer and fall months from 4-7 p.m. in the Bridgewater Hamlet (Austin and Boettner Roads). For information on free business set-up, call Jolea Mull at 1517-456-MULL. Awana Clubs meet 6:30 p.m. at Community Bible Church. Manchester Community Brass Band meets 7:30 p.m. at the Blacksmith Shop on East Main Street. The band is open to all skill levels. For more information, call Susan Gleason at 428-7189. Veterans of Foreign Wars meets 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the American Legion Hall, 203 Adrian St. Manchester Sportsmen’s Club meets 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the clubhouse, 8501 Grossman Road. Southwest Washtenaw Council of Governments meets 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month, except July, at rotating locations within the four-township area. Call 428-7877 for information and location. Manchester Athletic Boosters meets 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month in the high school student activities room. American Legion Post 117 Auxiliary meets 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the American Legion Hall, 203 Adrian St. The Southern Michigan Street Cruisers Car Club meets 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the community hall on Clinton-Tecumseh Road. Manchester Area Historic District Study Committee meets 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the village hall. Call 428-7400 for more information. Manchester Men’s Club meets 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. Community Resource Center Board meets 5:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the center. Manchester Family Service Community Food Gatherers program meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at St. Mary Parish Center kitchen. Manchester Township Fire Department Board meets 7:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the township hall. Manchester Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Emanuel United Church of Christ.

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Devil is in the cards of PNT’s ‘The Seafarer’ play By Angie M. Lai Guest Writer

Part of the charm of Irish culture comes from its stories –– whimsical myths and legends about leprechauns and fairies, or magical lands where one stays eternally young. Yet there is also a dark side to this folklore, with some stories involving more sinister aspects. According to original production notes, playwright Colin McPherson’s “The Seafarer,” now being staged at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, partly draws on old legends about the infamous Hellfire Club. The Hellfire Club was an exclusive gathering in the 18th century of rich aristocrats throughout England and Ireland, solely devoted to drinking and debauchery. One such legend tells of the visitation by a mysterious, cloven-footed stranger, who, as it turns out, inspired the club’s name. The play premiered in London before transferring to Broadway, where it earned multiple Tony Award nominations. Effectively directed by distinguished actor and playwright Malcolm Tulip, “The Seafarer” takes place in present time, in a remote costal settlement in North Dublin. Appropriately

enough, the town of Baldoyle, is noted for being the setting for many mystical happenings. The action is confined to a ramshackle home shared by the aging Harkin brothers, Sharky and Richard, over PLAY the course of one REVIEW Christmas Eve. Sharky (Aaron H. Alpern) has just recently given up drinking, whereas Richard (Hugh Maguire) is stubbornly set in his ways. Richard has also recently been blinded by an accident on Halloween and is learning to live without sight. The two brothers are soon joined by a few old friends, Ivan Curry (Keith Allan Kalinowski) and Nicky Giblin (Joel Mitchell), who bring along a mysterious stranger, Mr. Lockhart (Richard McWilliams). While the rest of the group goes out on a high-spirited, alcohol-fueled pursuit of the neighborhood winos, Sharky stays behind with Lockhart, who soon reveals he is more than he seems. The two characters first met a quarter century ago under some unpleasant circumstances –– Lockhart helped Sharky escape a prison sentence for murder after he won a game of cards. But it wasn’t an ordinary game, for Lockhart is

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Thursday, June 24, 2010 • HERITAGE NEWSPAPERS/WESTERN REGION

Sportscars to Saline rolls into town By Steven Howard Heritage Newspapers

The sixth annual Sportscars to Saline event took place Sunday in downtown Saline on Ann Arbor Street, drawing an abundance of domestic and foreign cars the city and attracting many more auto enthusiasts. This year marks the first time that the Huron Valley Corvette Club has orchestrated the event, coordinating with the Saline Downtown Merchants’ Association to facilitate the show. John Gilroy, past club president and show chairman, said Sunday that everything was running smoothly. “It’s a great turnout,” he said, indicating registration numbers were already strong at about noon. “We’re right round the mid-50s to 60.” Cars continued to steam in at large numbers until the event’s final hour drew near. Gilroy said automobiles at the five-hour event were being judged on multiple levels. “There’s the People’s Choice Award,” he said, “and registered participants can vote for all classes of cars.” Instead of a traditional trophy, Gilroy said the category winners are given a more drinkable prize. “The trophies are bottles of wine from Spotted Dog Winery,” he said. Debbie Smith and Kelly Elson were selling 50/50 raffle tickets for the Corvette club at the show, and said the proceeds will benefit a worthy cause. “It’s going to the Kidney Foundation,” Smith said. Later in the day, the total

amount raised was announced to be $254, with half going to charity. Both Smith and Elson were also showing their own rides at the event. Smith has a 1995 Corvette, while Elson drives a 1996 model. The car show was also able to advertise international participation this year, as Rob Menzies brought his yellow 1976 Corvette over from Ontario, Canada. “They invited me over the other day,” he said, citing the many years of restoration he went through to bring his car to its pristine current condition. “It was pretty rough.” Menzies said when he purchased the Corvette in 1999 it was a totally different color inside and out, prompting him to change both the paint and interior. “I had a clean slate. I wanted to do something that stands out.” Gilroy said he enjoys seeing people have so much fun around cars and knows he is in good company. “It’s a lot of good car people,” he said. The Huron Valley Corvette Club is sponsored by Bill Crispin Chevrolet, and the dealership houses the organization’s monthly meetings. For more information on the Huron Valley Corvette Club, visit www.huronvalleycorvetteclub.org. The Saline Downtown Merchants’ Association’s website is www.salinedma.org. Steven Howard can be reached at 429-7380 or Photo by Steven Howard showard@heritage.com. Follow his blog at http://heritagewest- Debbie Smith stands in front of her pristine red-on-red 1995 Corvette at the sixth annual Sportscars to Saline event organized by the Huron Valley Corvette Club and the Saline Downtown Merchants’ Association. View video at www.heritage.com. staffblog.blogspot.com.

‘Toy Story 3’ has top talent, the right stuff Hey, I’m Ryan Michaels, a 13year-old writing movie reviews for Heritage Newspapers. I’ve been doing it for two years, and enjoy it a lot. Here’s my review of “Toy Story 3.” I can say without exaggeration that I have waited 11 years to see “Toy Story 3.” With “Toy Story” being the very first film I’d ever seen, “Toy Story 2” being the first film I viewed in a theater, and the countless times I’ve watched each since then, it’s safe to say that they are among my favorite films of all time. With this, my expectations and hopes for “Toy Story 3” were simply put, astronomical. Which makes me incredibly ecstatic to write to you and say “Toy Story 3” is not only a fitting end to such a great trilogy, it just may be the finest out of all three movies. (If you haven’t seen either of the “Toy Story” films, the

prison, run by a following paragraph bear named Lotso. will baffle you.) The film The film reunites revolves around Woody, Buzz, Slinky, the toys trying Hamm and the to break out of majority of all the Sunnyside and characters whom we make it back to know and love from Andy’s home the first two “Toy before he departs Story” installments. for college. Since 11 years have Perhaps the passed since “Toy film’s greatStory 2” came out, est pleasure is 11 years have passed simply watching in the “Toy Story” these characters universe, and Andy RYAN MICHAELS interacting once is now 18 and off to again. It’s pretty college. Uncertain astounding to conabout what to do sider that watching “Toy Story with all his old toys, he puts 3” feels like seeing old friends them in a box that will send them to the attic, but a mix-up for the first time in a very long while. This is something of sends them to Sunnyside Day a testament to the bond that Care, a place that seems like we’ve developed with these a paradise as the toys will get characters over the course played with again. Endless of the first two installments batteries for them. A spa for in the “Toy Story” franchise, toys, if you will. Yet it’s soon and adds bittersweet layer to revealed to be something of a

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the film, considering that we know this is the last time we will see these characters. Now considering that the primary characters from the first two movies in the series return for this film, it goes without saying that the original voice cast returns, as well. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn and John Ratzenberger all turn in their finest voice work for the series. Also, several new additions to the cast are made, including Ned Beatty, Bonnie Hunt, and Michael Keaton. All of these characters are more than welcome, and Keaton, in particular, as Ken –– a love interest for Barbie –– is hysterical. One of the greatest things about the films of Pixar (and by extension, “Toy Story 3”), is its blend of several different tones and genres. For example, “Toy Story 3” contains better, more inventive action

sequences than most action films in the last decade. With that said, it’s also one of the most gut-busting, hilarious films this side of “The Hangover.” And yet, despite these qualities, by the film’s end I wasn’t merely tearing up, but literally sobbing. To watch “Toy Story 3” is to go through several strong emotions –– you may be laughing hysterically one minute and sobbing with equal vigor the next. That Pixar can wring such strong emotional reactions from an audience in a film about talking toys is simply astounding.

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Shane named to MSU extension post Matt Shane has been appointed the district coordinator for District 12 of the Michigan State University Extension, covering Livingston, Jackson, Washtenaw, Monroe, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties. Shane brings nearly 13 years of experience to the position and will officially begin his district coordinator position July 1. “District coordinators are critical to MSUE’s ability to move Michigan forward,” said Michelle Rodgers, associate director of MSUE, in a news release. “Working with local governments, nonprofits, school systems and neighborhood groups, MSUE is focused on providing the knowledge resources necessary to identify community chal-

lenges and propose and implement successful solutions. “These leaders will represent extension in communities across the state and serve the role of linking Michigan State University’s vast research and teaching resources to Michigan communities.” Creating the 13 districts was part of extension’s redesign to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization. Five regional director positions and 82 county extension director positions were eliminated in the redesign and replaced with the redefined district coordinator role. Some staff members are being reassigned as education specialists increasing the extension’s capacity to get relevant and essential information critical to improving our communi-

ties and assisting individuals out to Michigan residents. “I am excited to begin my new role with MSUE as the district 12 coordinator,” said Shane. “As with any significant organizational change, I’m sure that we will face some unforeseen challenges. However, having worked in the district 12 counties as a livestock educator, I know that each of the six counties offer a unique set of resources and opportunities that will help MSUE transition into a stronger and more responsive organization.” Shane has been with MSU Extension serving as a multicounty livestock educator. He has also served as the county extension director in Lenawee County since 2003. Shane holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in animal

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the Performance Network Box Office at 663-0681, online at www.performancenetwork.org or by coming to the Performance Network Theatre at 120 E. Huron St. in Ann Arbor Monday through Saturday or one hour before a performance. Tickets are $25 to $41, with discounts available for seniors, members, students and groups. Angie M. Lai is a student at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn. She can be reached at fairfaxii@yahoo. com.

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given. Kalinowski does a particularly good job at conveying on his face the emotions of a man still haunted by his past. As Mr. Lockhart, McWilliams exudes a quiet menace that comes through as much when he is silent as when he is speaking. Lockhart is hardly one-dimensional, however. He is ultimately a tragic figure, and McWilliams gives a memo-

science from Michigan State University. Shane will join other district coordinators in training and program planning during the transition period leading up to July 1.

I have contemplated for a few days, searching, trying to find a single fault with this film. And you know what? I simply can’t. This just may be the finest film of 2010, so far. Pixar has done it once more. I give it four out of four stars. Film critic Ryan Michaels, who will be a freshman at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor and two-time winner of the Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for his reviews, can be reached through mrogers@heritage.com.

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Two local women sing their way to awards By Jana Miller Heritage Newspapers

Manchester and Grass Lake residents Kathy Sanderson and Brenda Bernhardsson recently won awards as members of a cappella chorus Voice in Harmony. The awards were the result of a recent competition in Cleveland which awarded

these members a third-place medal in the midsize division (31-60 singing members on stage), a fourth-place medal overall, and the Most Improved Chorus award. The Voices in Harmony group is a 65-member women’s a cappella chorus from Ypsilanti. Affiliated with Sweet

Adelines International, Voices in Harmony sings four-part a cappella harmonies arranged in the barbershop style. The group is looking for women to join on Tuesdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the UAW Local 898 at 8975 Textile Road in Ypsilanti. All ages are welcome.

Kathy Sanderson and Brenda Bernhardsson sing in a cappella chorus Voice in Harmony. The pair from Manchester and Grass Lake helped the group to win awards at a recent competition in Cleveland, Ohio.

High school students ascend honor roll The honor roll list is based on term four at Manchester High School.

High Honors—Grade Twelve (4.0 or higher) Stephanie Ball Sarah Barnett Lorelei Baron Megan Bossory Kathryn Brown Robert Carver Logan Caszatt Lauren Dalton Taylor Evans Maicie Fruge Brooke Fuller Taylor Heldt Daniel Hone Katelyn Horning Matthew Johnson Emily Lobbestael Ryan Paul Jamie Payne Roxanne Rickert Jordan Ridenour Myra Sandford Tracy Schaible Stephen Sheler Claire Simpson Jennifer Stautz Stephanie Steele Tiffany Strickland Elizabeth Timoszyk Brian Uhr Sarah Wagner Lukas Weber Emily Werner Paula Wheeker

Honors—Grade Twelve (3.0-3.999) Siobhan Bamford Amanda Barker

Claire Davis Paul Dority Jessie Dover Ryan Ernst Clayton Every Corwin Every James Hamilton Jeather Hieber Emily Johnson Mary Kastanis Ross Kittel Dakota Ladouceur Kari Litwin Katelyn Lorincz Ronald Mahan Courtney Miatech Kevin Mulcare Heather Neu Catherine Schultz Brandan Sklener Trevor Smith Heather Sweeney Holly Thorson Jesse Von Broda Emily Winalis Logan Zigila

High Honors—Grade Eleven (4.0 or higher) Ryan Abrigo Chelsea Barker Melissa Bazydlo Olivia Birchmeier Joshua Blades Jakob Derheim Sarah Fielder Camille Hicken Eleni Kastanis Jennifer Kempher Kristen Lewis Krisen Lison Megan Nickels Kayleen Rouster Jessie Sahakian Scott Wharam Christian Wood

Honors—Grade Eleven (3.0-3.999) Addie Baier Jack Begley Emily Billitier Alyssa Boote Jillian Brown Brandon Casey Dylan Clark Halley Cook Melissa Cousino James Coval Alexis Cozart Kaitlin Crawford Amanda Davis Evelyn Dority Haley Dutko William Emmons Morgan Evans Ryan Fookes Virginia Girbach Emmalie Greene Skylar Haeussler Michael Herrst James Hochstetler Nathan Jackson Hannah Keller Kelci Keller Ciara Kukalis Megan Linski Austin Lobbestael Angela Maggetti Christopher Margraves Samuel Mcclure Evan Miller Alexander Mutchler Dylan Neff Kyle Oberleiter Taylor Parks Kelsie Ritter Vincent Rose Matthew Simonis Roger Soblo Benjamin Stachnik Miranda Steele

Nikolas Stetler Mackenzie Takessian Shana Tubbs Kelsey Walker Alexander Wallace Nathan Weber Tabitha Withrow John Woollams Mason Ysassi

High Honors—Grade Ten (4.0 or higher) Kaisey Bulifant Jenna Chandler Maya Flores Case Kittel Nicole Lewis Samuel Lobbestael Alexandria Mazur Carly Meeks Anthony Radze Madeline Rickert Ashlee Rothfuss Jacquelyn Timoszyk Lauren Voegeding

Honors—Grade Ten (3.0-3.999) Timothy Arthur-Rolf Caleb Bailie Benjamin Baker Joshua Beemer Jennifer Brown Raul Carapia Miranda Caszatt Garrett Coleman-Ebersole Marianna Cuevas Joshua Finley Ryan Fuller Madline Gregerson Ryan Harvey Tia Harvey Lindsey Hassett Kendra Holt

Jalen Jennings Skylar Keller Amanda King Joel Krutsch Kylie Mcgill Amber Morseau Gabrielle Neely Jacob Osborne Megan Patterson Cody Render Bennett Ridenour Lauren Simonis Tyler Stennett Kevin Thompson Chelsea Tistle Victoria Tracy Kendra Waldron Rachelle Webster

High Honors—Grade Nine (4.0 or higher) Katlin Blaine Nathan Bossory Jessica Coltre Jacob Fielder Chad Fusilier Andrew Galicki Jessica Garrison Emma Golding Olivia Greene Bethany Hicken Natalie Horning Madeline Inglis Alyson Jacobs Matthew Kemner Taylor Manders Joseph Mazur Lydia Rice Roslyn Vashon Scott Wagner

Honors—Grade Nine (3.0-3.999) Audrey Arbogast

Trevor Barker Steven Baron Nathaniel Bazydlo Joshua Beasley Logan Boote Tammy Casey Maris Cook Nicholas Cozart Eric Davis Nathan Doan Raeanna Doster Zachary Dunsmore Mckenna Erkfritz Brooke Evans Amanda Farmer Nathan Fischer Matthew Franz Benjamin Heuser Colton Hillier Cassidy Horodeczny Karli Huber Jessica Karn Austin Kendall Jacob Korican Nathan Korth Mary Lison Will Montgomery Lauren Nickels Katelyn Paul Alanna Rickelmann Brian Robert Kelcy Rolak Alex Saenz De Viteri James Satterla Jacob Schmidt James Schriber Dane Smith Robert Stamp Cassidy Stein Dakota Stetler Erika Stetler Kyle Strahle Benjamin Tamagne Katelynn Ulmer Christy Weidmayer Austin Wilson Edward Zielinski

Middle school students make top marks for honors High Honors—Grade Eight Luke Derheim David Gibson Amanda Kleinschmidt Katherine McClure Kyle Newman Thomas O’Hotzke Ryan Stiles Rebecca Tar

Honors—Grade Eight Tyler Ball Kendra Beasley Cody Bulifant Yesenia Carapia Dominik Cooley Jaren Dalton Audrey Dorman Michael Golding Ivy Herron James Kurasz Austin Martin Melanie Molotky Iain Neff Kayla Oberleiter Austin Rathburn Leo Schmitt Brandon Shaw Ryan Stautz Shelby Sylvain Kaitlin Tindall Spencer Wallace Joann Wenger James Wik Benjamin Wilson

High Honors—Grade Seven Brendan ABrigo Alia Benedict Emily Bortmas Selena Brown Jared Burge Madison Collins Sutton Jacobs Kayla Knasiak

Daniel Korth Alexandra Lahaie Marisa Linski Jessica Manders Leah Payne Brandon Pope Justine Rauch Aurora Rickelmann Judith Sahakian Joshua Sannes Emma Sharrow-Ducsay Brock Vlcek Madeline Wakevainen Jennifer Wissing

Honors—Grade Seven Sydnie Ahrens John Arndt Morgan Blaine Rowan Brower Courtney Casey Marissa Cooley Adrianna Coutts Lauren Doster Morgan Dresch Isaac Eversole Wade Flint Madelyn Hamilton Danielle Herrst Jordan Heuser Rachel Heuser Kay-Lee Hodroj Isabella Keller Samuel Korican Michael Lison Stanley Morseau Kenneth Oliver Logan Rathburn Josephine Rickert Kylie Smith Kannah Sucha Muhammad Tello Trenton Upshaw Abigail Walkowe Sarah Walkowe Jessica Walz Michaela Wells

High Honors—Grade

Six Martha Adams John Beuerle Dalton Boote Mary Elizabeth Bratt Danielle Coluccy Alexandrea Crouch Logan Fookes Caroline Golding Nathaniel Hicken Jessica Hutchison Maddison Kemner Natasha Kominars Danielle Kurasz Audrey Pierce Suzanne Pyle Zachary Rauch Nicole Scully Megan Seames Rachel Stiles Olivia Tar Sarah Thompson Calre Van Fleteren Allison Vashon Caroline Wozniak Kassidy Zimmer

Honors—Grade Six Felecia Bianco Sean Bruursema Matthew Burch Taylor Costella Brooke Dewolfe Gabriel Dybas Landon Fox Erin Glavin Robert Hagerman Keegan Hillier Brandon Hock Mason Horning Trevor Humphrey Kevin Kochen Evelyn Lebert Lily Lewis Eric Lison II Zachary Marotz Madeline Marshall Connor Paul Abigail Proctor Sophia Rovenko

Emily Rybarsyk Emily Schultz Callie Simpson Dalton Tungate Jacy Wacker Justin Walz Aaron Wik Austin Wilson Steven Zielinski

High Honors—Grade Five Rachel Allen Madison Andreone Caitlyn Baskins Hannah Bradshaw Sasha Brown Abigail Burch Riley Collins Kelsey Edwards Lorna Engel Philip Gibson Abbegail Hamilton Emma Harris Benjamin Hassan Amelia Herron Natalie Johnson Catherine Knight Delanie Osborne Danielle Primeau Lauren Riley Tanner Snyder Victoria St. Charles Julia Tar Abigail Vlcek Loretta Westcott Ethan Woods

Rebecca Geldner Jordan Good Madison Grinnell Selena Kemeter Kayla Kendall Caleb Krutsch Garrett Mayes Matthew McGee Leah Miller Erik Molotky Alexa Moore Olivia Mrocko Aaron Mutchler Gabrielle Ornalik

Emily Orta John Psarouthakis Cassidy Rasch Allison Reppert Augustus Rickelmann Nickalis Schmidt Aliyah Sharifi Seth Stoick Nicholas Tindall

Honors—Grade Five Logen Alexa Nichole Beck Tyler Bennett Bradley Bristle Hunter Carson Parker Clay Julia Depp Leah Doster Rachel Fegan Tye’Reyce Fuller

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Thursday, June 24, 2010 • HERITAGE NEWSPAPERS/WESTERN REGION

Vodka distillery opened by son of Manchester By Daniel Lai Heritage Newspapers

After months of public anticipation, Ugly Dog Vodka Distillery in Chelsea opened its doors in May under the leadership of Jon Dyer, whose parents reside in Manchester. The reception from the community has greatly exceeded his expectations. “We just opened and sales are brisk and going well,” he said. “We’ve progressively sold out of every batch. “It’s exciting. It can’t make you happier to see some early success. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to stop and smell the roses.” He said he attributes the early success to the store’s location on North Territorial Road and a strategically placed sign in the storefront’s window over the last six months that simply read, “coming soon.” “That sign created a lot of buzz around town,” he said. “People were stopping by just to see what was going on here.” The business itself was a longtime in the making. “I never thought I would be opening a vodka distillery in Chelsea,” he said. The inspiration came several years ago while Dyer attended a hunting trip with some friends. “A buddy of mine made the suggestion that I brew some whisky,” Dyer said. “I tried it and it seemed to taste okay.” From there, he spent the next seven years experimenting with different recipes. “I never made anything to sell. It was mostly just me playing around in my garage,” he said. However, as luck would have it, in 2008, the State of Michigan relaxed its liquor regulations and passed into law Public Act 218, which legally approved

small distilleries to market and sell their distilled grain-based spirits onsite. “I followed that legislation with enthusisasm and as soon as it passed, I decided to start working on the Ugly Dog,” Dyer said. Unlike most new businesses, which require the owner to take on a lot of loan debt, Dyer said he decided to build as much of his own equipment as possible and fund initial operations with his own money. “Instead of buying a big simple system from Europe that costs a ton of money and gives you a lot of overhead with a new company, I didn’t spend a lot of money and designed my business to grow as sales grow. “I drove to Nebraska and spent the night in a cow pasture for some equipment and I drove to Pennsylvania to buy my mash cooler. The fermenters were manufactured in Spokane, Wash. to my specifications.” The building, located at 14495 North Terroritial Road, was also renovated by Dyer. “I redid all of the interior myself,” he said. The amount of work has kept him busy, often working 12 hour days and not taking more than three days off in the past year, but the end result was worth it, he said. “My business plan is a lot more labor intensive than just pushing a button, but I did my research,” he said. “I learned what I could from other distilleries and I modeled my buisness after the ones I thought were successful. Most of the success stories came from guys who started in their garages. Customers don’t flock to the distilleries that don’t have a story behind them as much as the ones that do.” For the Ugly Dog, the story begins with its name. “Ugly

dog” is the nickname for the German Wirehaired Pointer, which Dyer owns and breeds. The image on the vodka bottles was designed by Dyer and features his dog “Ruger” in a forrest setting. The beverage itself is 40 percent alcohol by volume and is handcooked by Dyer and one other assistant in the distillery daily. In addition, all of the Ugly Dog’s products are manufactured in the United States. “All of the grain is from Michigan,” Dyer said. “Our labels are printed in Michigan, and our shirts are printed in Ann Arbor. “The shot glasses are manufactured in Florida and our bottles come from Indiana. If I could have had everything made in Michigan, I would have.” In the coming months, Dyer said he would also like to begin offering Ugly Dog gin and rum. “It’s a natural progression,” he said. “In August we will be able to sell the vodka in retail stores and I expect our sales to begin growing daily. I expect to have to build larger capacity equipment to keep up with demand.” Dyer said he hopes to keep the Ugly Dog at its current location as long as possible. “If we continue to grow, than we can grow internally as well, prompting job creation for a few people,” he said. “Our location is key. People traveling on North Terroritial Road are usually commuting longer distances and it’s near campgrounds and lakes, so I am getting customers I would probably never see if I were somewhere in downtown.” For more information on the Ugly Dog, search for “Ugly Dog Distillery LLC” on Facebook, or call 1-734-433-0433.

Area Worship Directory Come Worship With Us Emanuel United Church of Christ 324 W. Main St.,Manchester (734) 428-8359

Sunday School 9:00am Worship Service 10:30am Fellowship 11:30am Rev. Gary J. Kwiatek

Victory Baptist Church (GARBAC)

419 S. Macomb, Manchester (734) 428-7506 Fred Slagle, Pastor

Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m. (2nd & 4th Sunday each month)

Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer 7 p.m. Youth Group Wed. 6-7:30 p.m.

$ 92

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Chelsea Ward 1330 Freer Rd.Chelsea MI 48118 : 734-475-1778 Missionaries: 734-717-6849 Bishop Hicken Sacrament meeting, 9:30 Sunday School, 10:50 Priesthood, Relief Society, Young Men, Young Women: 11:40 www.mormon.org

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On W. Ellsworth at Haab between Parker & Fletcher Sunday Worship 10:00am Pastor Charles R.Schulz 734-663-7511 StThomasFreedom.org

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Pastor, Kathleen Meyers 8805 Austin Rd., Bridgewater (734)429-7434 Sunday School (3 and up) 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

Sharon United Methodist Church

Advertise Your Church In This Spot For Only Jon Dyer decided to follow his dream and start a business, distilling his own brand of vodka.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

ST. MARY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 210 West Main Street in Manchester -on the Village Green(734) 428-8811 Rev. Fr. Timothy D. Krzyzaniak, Pastor WEEKEND MASSES: Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses: Tues. at noon: Wed. and Fri. at 8:30 am; Thurs. at 7 pm Please feel welcome to stop by!

Rev. Peter S. Harris, Pastor 428-8430 Corner of Pleasant Lake Rd.& M-52 Sunday School, 10:00 a.m. Worship, 11:00 a.m. (June, July & Aug 9:30am & 10:30am)

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Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA) 3050 S. Fletcher Rd., Chelsea (734) 475-8064 Christian Ed. 9:15 am Worship 10:30 am Communion 1 st & 3rd Sundays

Pastor Doris Sparks www.zionchelsea.org

Pastor 8400 Sharon Hollow Rd. Manchester, MI 48158 Morning Service 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 11:30 a.m. Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting Wed. 6:30 p.m. JOHN 15:5

The Manchester Church Calendar is Co-Sponsored by: • Al & Ann Alber • Manchester Manor • Luke & Barb Schaible • Wacker’s Oil & Propane • Kiwanis Club of Manchester “Attend the Church of Your Choice” To advertise your church in this directory, call 734-429-7380.


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Thursday, June 24, 2010 • HERITAGE NEWSPAPERS/WESTERN REGION

Manchester Kiwanis Club honors firefighter, officer Awards for outstanding service given The Kiwanis Club of Manchester presented its sixth annual Outstanding Firefighter and Police Officer Awards this year to Assistant Chief Gary Wiedmeyer and Deputy Edward Grimm. Wiedmeyer, chosen for the award by his fellow firefighters, hs been a member of the fire department for 30 years. He has

been the assistant chief for 11 years. Chief Bill Scully praised Wiedmeyer for his leadership and hard work ethic. Sheriff Deputy Grimm was nominated for the award by Sgt. David Archer. A 20-year veteran of the Washtenaw County Sheriff ’s Department, Grimm spent his career with the Huron Metro Parks and Ypsilanti Township department before coming to Manchester in 2009. Sgt. Archer described him as a friendly link to the community with a strong value system.

Launch your summer investment strategy Now that summer is officially here, you may be looking forward to vacations, barbecues, ball games and other events of the season. But even while you’re engaged in these activities, you can’t forget about other aspects of your life—such as your plans to achieve your long-term financial goals.

Plan your trip If you’re taking a long road trip this summer, you’ll need to choose your vehicle, map out your route, determine how far you want to go each day and be quite certain of your destination. And, essentially, the same is true for your investment strategy. You need to choose the right investment vehicles, familiarize yourself with your ultimate goals (such as a comfortable retirement), and chart your progress along the way.

Try to avoid getting burned

If you’re going to spend a lot of time outdoors this summer, you may need to apply some sunscreen. But you don’t have to be exposed to the sun to get “burned”—it can happen in the investment world too. However, you can help prevent this from happening. How? You can start building a diversified portfolio. If most of your money is tied up in just one type of investment, and that asset class falls victim to a downturn, your portfolio could take big hit. But while some investments are moving down, other may be moving BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES SPECIAL MEETING SYNOPSIS: May 25, 2010 Board Members Present: Dave Faust, Jolea Mull, Geoff Oliver, Amy Riley; Board Members Absent: Cindy Carver; Others Present: Karen Mahrle, Laurie Fromhart, Gary Baetens, Marcie Scaturo, Vic Mann Supervisor Mull called the meeting to order with a Moment of Silence/ Silent Prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag at 7:02 p.m. with all Board members present except Carver. Per statute, Supervisor Mull read the Open Meetings Statement and meeting purposes. The Board received information on the statutory timeline that applies when there is a vacancy in office. The Board briefly discussed the option to appoint a clerk at this meeting and decided to do so by acclamation. The Board agreed by acclamation that Supervisor Mull would take the minutes. The Board interviewed three candidates for the clerk position. The Board discussed the candidates’

Photos courtesy of Ellen O’Sullivan

Above, Sgt. David Archer (left) poses with Outstanding Police Officer award winner Deputy Edward Grimm and Kiwanis Club member Matt Donnellon. Grimm came to Manchester in 2009 and has been a solid police officer with a strong value system.

up, so it makes sense to spread your money among a range of At right, Fire Chief Bill Scully (left) poses with Assistant Chief vehicles appropriate for your Gary Wiedmeyer and Kiwanis Club member Matt Donnellon risk tolerance, investment goals after Wiedmeyer was named Outstanding Firefighter. and time horizon.

Keep yourself “hydrated.” When you’re outside on hot days, you can lose a lot of fluids. You need to drink plenty of liquids to remain hydrated. As an investor, you also need a reasonable amount of liquidity. In the severe market downturn of 2008 and early 2009, many investors found they had insufficient amounts of the type of liquid investments—cash and cash equivalents—that held up better than other, more aggressive vehicles. Furthermore, if you are relatively illiquid, you may have to dip into your longer-term investments to pay for shortterm emergency needs. Try to always keep an adequate level of liquidity in your holdings.

Dress for the season As you go about your summer activities, you won’t always wear the same clothes. On hot days, you might want to wear shorts. On cool, rainy days you might need heavier items or even a raincoat. And as you go through life, you may need to adjust your investment approach depending on your individual financial “season.” So there you have them — some ideas for “summertime investing.” Use them wisely, and they may be of value to you long after summer is over. qualifications for the clerk position. MOTION: Moved by Mull, supported by Faust to appoint Laurie Fromhart as clerk effective June 1, 2010. Roll-call vote: Faust, yes; Oliver, no; Riley, no; Mull, yes. Motion did not carry. The Board discussed the candidates’ qualifications further. MOTION: Moved by Riley to appoint Karen Mahrle as clerk. No support. The Board discussed the candidates’ qualifications further. MOTION: Moved by Mull, supported by Faust to appoint Laurie Fromhart as clerk effective June 1, 2010. Roll-call vote: Faust, yes; Oliver, yes; Riley, no; Mull, yes. Motion carried. Supervisor Mull thanked all the candidates for their interest and participation in the interview process for the clerk position and congratulated Laurie Fromhart for being appointed clerk. Meeting was adjourned at 8:34 p.m. Respectfully submitted.

Jolea Mull, Bridgewater Township Supervisor Publish June 23, 2010

ATTENTION SHARON TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS

Millage Proposal There is a very important millage proposal on the August 3, 2010 ballot that affects every property owner in Sharon Township. An informational meeting has been scheduled for 7:00pm on Monday, June 28, 2010 at the Sharon Township Hall located at 18010 Pleasant Lake Road, Manchester to discuss this upcoming ballot proposal. Please plan to attend! On November 20, 2009 the Washtenaw County Circuit Court entered a judgment against Sharon Township and in favor of the Gourley Family, LLC for the sum of $683,333. After deducting the $192,187 previously paid by the Township to the defendant, the net amount of the judgment is $491,146, plus statutory interest. In addition, the Court ordered the Township to pay the defendant’s attorney fees and costs in the amount of $223,720. This judgment must be paid by the Township. The Township proposes to pay this judgment by selling bonds that would be re-paid from the proceeds of the proposed millage that is on the August 3rd ballot. If this millage is approved by the voters, each taxable parcel will be assessed 1.05 mills each year for no more than 15 years. This would result in a tax increase of $1.05 for every $1,000 of taxable value. If this millage proposal fails, the Township will not be able to sell bonds to pay the judgment. Instead, under Michigan law, the Township can be compelled to levy a one-time assessment against all the taxable parcels in the Township in order to pay the judgment. To pay the judgment in this manner would require an assessment of approximately 10 mills. This would result in a one year tax increase of $10 per $1,000 of taxable value. It is very important that all voters understand the economic implications of this ballot proposal. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THE INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010 AT 7:00 PM. Any questions you may have can be addressed at that time. Publish June 24, 2010

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MERCHANTS BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING SYNOPSIS JUNE 3, 2010 Supervisor Mull called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. with a moment of silence/silent prayer followed by pledge of allegiance to the flag. The Board heard citizen participation. Board approved theminutes of the May 1, May 6th and May 25, 2010 meetings. Board approved the consent agenda and regular agenda. Board heard Treasurer’s and Police Services Report. Board approved monthly bills to be paid and approved General Fund Budget Amendment. Dan Meyer with Washtenaw County presented the cash flow projections for the debt retirement for the Township’s wastewater treatment plant. Mull presented recent sewer plant updates and possible options to facilitate growth in the sewer district. The Board also discussed the violation notice from the MDNRE regarding the plant’s effluent violations. The Board approved OHM to provide recommendations to correct the operational problems at the WWTP, a timeframe for implementation of proposed modifications, and to review the monthly operating reports at a cost

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES SPECIAL MEETING SYNOPSIS: May 1, 2010 Board Members Present: Faust, Mull, Oliver Board Members Absent: Carver, Riley Others Present: None Supervisor called the meeting to order at 7:09 pm with a Moment of Silence/Silent Prayer followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Per statute, Supervisor Mull read the Open Meetings Statement and meeting purposes: vote on the clerk’s resignation letter, discuss the appointment process, and vote on a letter to the Washtenaw County Road Commission that will allow the sewer extension to break ground on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Board approved agenda. Attorney Lucas called at the

Synopsis Sharon Township Board Monthly/Budget Meeting June 3, 2010 Supervisor Jones called the regular monthly meeting to order at 6:30 P.M. with the following Board members present: Aiuto, Lavender and Yordanich. Absent: Chizmar and Jones. There were six (6) guests present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said. The regular Board meeting was suspended at 6:35 P.M. and the Budget meeting was opened. The Board reviewed over the 2010-2011 revenue and expenses. Resolution was made by Lavender, supported by Yordanich to adopt the budget of $244,500.00 for the fiscal year 2010 under the general budget cost center method of accounting. Roll Call Vote: Yeas: all. Resolution adopted. The Board discussed the millage rate. Resolution was made by Lavender, supported by Yordanich to abide by the Headlee Reduction factor of 1.00000 in citing the millage for the upcoming year. Roll Call Vote: Yeas: all. Resolution adopted. A resolution was made by Yordanich, supported by Lavender to hold the Sharon Township Board meeting the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at the Sharon Township hall. Roll Call Vote: Yeas: all. Resolution adopted. Motion made by Lavender, supported by Yordanich to reappoint Midwestern Consulting, Inc. as the Township Engineer. Motion carried. Motion by Lavender, supported by Aiuto to re-appoint Fred Lucas as Township attorney. Yeas: all. Motion carried. Motion by Lavender, supported by Aiuto to designate the Manchester Enterprise as the Township’s official publication vehicle. Motion carried. Lavender not to appoint a Township Planner at this time. Motion carried. A resolution was made by Aiuto, supported by Yordanich regarding the designating the

not to exceed $2,000. The Board discussed the proposed preapplication conference fee for Non-developmental Site-Plan Application/Review. The Board referred the zoning ordinance definitions for lots and yards to the Planning Commission for interpretation. The Board discussed the proposal from Carlisle Wortman for creating a new zoning ordinance and agreed the estimate was still too expensive. The Board agreed to have the Supervisor put this matter out to bid. The Board appointed Geoff Oliver to the ZBA. The Board appointed Laurie Fromhart as Board Representative Alternate to MCJPC. The Board accepted the consent judgment between the Washtenaw County Parks Commission and the Township draft dated May 18, 2010. Fromhart reported the Township may benefit from using an accountant to evaluate its internal controls and updated the board on election training. Board heard citizen participation. Meeting was adjourn at 10:25 p.m. Respectfully submitted,

Laurie Fromhart Bridgewater Township Clerk

LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE Tuesday, July 6, 2010 FOR PRIMARY ELECTION TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2010 TO:

Q U A L I F I E D ELECTORS OF Bridgewater, Freedom, Manchester and Sharon Townships

NOTICE: The local clerks of each jurisdiction will be available to register qualified electors and amend registration records as follows: Bridgewater, 12831 Hogan, Clinton, MI 48158 – 517456-6725 Freedom, 4383 Lima Center Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 - 428-0822 Manchester Township: Office Hours: 8:30a.m.12:00 noon, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at, 275 S. Macomb Street, Manchester, MI 48158 - 428-7090 Sharon, 17250 Bethel Church Rd., Manchester, MI 48158 - 428-7002 IF YOU HAVE MOVED RECENTLY, YOU MUST AMEND YOUR REGISTRATION RECORD. The Primary Election is being held for the purpose of nominating candidates for the following offices: Governor, Representative in Congress, State Senator, Representative in State Legislature and County Commissioner ALSO, to elect the following officers: PRECINCT DELEGATE

Publish June 24, 2010

ALSO, to vote on the following proposals:

beginning of the meeting to clarify the sewer-extension-letter agenda item. Board continued to discuss sewerextension letter as first item following Attorney Lucas’s phone call. Board voted to accept letter to the county road commission contingent upon Brandon Henes signing on behalf of H&H Farm. Board briefly discussed Cindy Carver’s resignation. Board voted to accept Cindy Carver’s resignation as township clerk effective May 31, 2010. Board discussed the process to appoint a new clerk and agreed by acclamation to publish the position in the local papers for two weeks.

To the Qualified Electors of the Township of Freedom:

Meeting was adjourned at 7:32 p.m. Respectfully submitted,

Jolea Mull, Bridgewater Township Supervisor Publish June 24, 2010

depositories of Sharon Township Township (Flagstar Bank, Citizens Bank, UBT, Comerica and TCF Bank). Roll Call Vote: Yeas: all. Resolution adopted. A resolution was made by Yordanich, supported by Lavender regarding the designating the investments and depositories of Sharon Township (Flagstar Bank, Citizens Bank, UBT, Comerica and TCF Bank). Roll Call Vote: Yeas: all. Resolution adopted. Motion by Lavender, supported by Aiuto to close the budget meeting at 6:55 P.M. The regular meeting was reopened at 7:10 P.M. There were many public comments and questions regarding the re-appointment of Fred Lucas, the Township attorney. The 5/6/10; 5/18/10; and 5/21/10 minutes were approved. The amended Treasurer’s reports for March 2010 was approved. The April 2010 report was also approved. The Clerk presented bills for payment totaling $16,664.59. Board approved payment. Zoning Adminstrator Wilson reported the following activity for May: issued two zoning permits, there were four complaints, no land splits, and no new addresses. Old Business & New Business 1. The Horning Open House breakfast sponsored by MSU on June 26, 2010 was discussed. 2. Wording for the post card to send the Township residents notifying them of the upcoming proposal was discussed. It was noted that this would need to be done as soon as possible before the absent vote ballots are sent out. 3. Aiuto read the media advisory from the Washtenaw County Road Commission about the Waldo Road bridge closure. Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:05 P.M.

Submitted by: Teri L. Aiuto, Clerk Approved by: Rich Jones, Supervisor Publish June 24, 2010

TOWNSHIP OF FREEDOM TAX-RATE LIMITATION AND LEVY PROPOSAL (ROAD MAINTENANCE) Shall the limitation on the total amount of general ad valorem taxes which may be assessed in any one year upon real and tangible personal property in the Township of Freedom, Washtenaw County, Michigan, be increased, as provided by Section 6 of Article IX of the Constitution of Michigan, 1963, by .25 mills ($0.25 per $1,000.00) of the taxable value for a period of five (5) years, 2010 - 2014, inclusive, and shall the levy of such a tax be authorized for the purpose of providing additional revenue for road maintenance, which increase will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated $23,000. Should this proposal be approved? YES NO To the Qualified Electors of the Township of Manchester: TOWNSHIP OF MANCHESTER Extra Voted Fire Equipment Millage Renewal Shall the expired previous voted increases in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Manchester Township, of 0.25 mills ($0.25 per $1,000 of Taxable value), reduced to 0.2474 mills ($0.2474 per $1,000 of Taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed at 0.15 mills ($0.15 per $1,000 of Taxable value) and levied for 5 years, for the period of 2010 through 2014 inclusive, for Purchase of Fire/ Rescue Equipment for Manchester Township raising in the first year the millage is levied an estimated $29,480? YES NO TOWNSHIP OF MANCHESTER Extra Voted Operating Millage Renewal Shall the expired previous voted increases in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Manchester Township, of 0.25 mills ($0.25 per $1,000 of Taxable value), reduced to 0.2474 mills ($0.2474 per $1,000 of Taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed at and increased up to the original voted 0.25 mills ($0.25 per $1,000 of Taxable value) and levied for 5 years, for the period of 2010 through 2014 inclusive, for General Township Operating Purposes within Manchester Township, raising in the first year the millage is levied an estimated $49,133? YES NO

TOWNSHIP OF MANCHESTER Extra Voted Road Maintenance Millage Renewal Shall the expired previous voted increases in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Manchester Township, of 0.35 mills ($0.35 per $1,000 of Taxable value), reduced to 0.3464 mills ($0.3464 per $1,000 of Taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed at and increased up to the original voted 0.35 mills ($0.35 per $1,000 of Taxable value) and levied for 5 years, for the period of 2010 through 2014 inclusive, for Maintenance o f Roads within Manchester Township, raising in the first year the millage is levied an estimated $68,786? YES NO To the Qualified Electors of the Township of Sharon: Judgment Funding Bond Proposal Shall the Township of Sharon, Michigan, borrow the principal sum of not to exceed Eight Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($880,000.00) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, payable in not more than fifteen (15) years from issuance, for the purpose of paying a judgment in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court against the Township of Sharon, Michigan (the “Township”) in favor of the Gourley Family, LLC, the costs and interest on the judgment, and all cost in connection with issuing said bonds? The estimated millage to be levied in 2010 is 1.05 mills ($1.05 per $1,000 of taxable value) and the estimated simple average annual millage rate required to retire the bonds is .8965 mills ($0.8965 per $1,000 of taxable value). The millage will be used to pay debt service on the bonds. THE PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST OF THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS SHALL BE PAYABLE FROM THE GENERAL FUNDS OF THE TOWNSHIP INCLUDING AD VALOREM TAXES LEVIED WITHOUT LIMITATION IN SUFFICIENT AMOUNTS TO PAY THE ANNUAL PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON THE BONDS. YES NO To the Qualified Electors of the Saline Area School District: SALINE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT BONDING PROPOSAL Shall Saline Area Schools, Washtenaw County, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Twenty-Eight Million Dollars ($28,000,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of: remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school buildings; acquiring and installing educational technology in school buildings; acquiring school buses; and developing and improving playgrounds and sites? The following is for informational purposes only: The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2011, under current law, is -0- mill ($0.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is twenty-five (25) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 1.28 mills ($1.28 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). If the school district borrows from the State to pay debt service on the bonds, the school district may be required to continue to levy mills beyond the term of the bonds to repay the State. (Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.) Yes No Published in compliance with MCL168.498. Date: June 24, 2010 Laurie Fromhart Bridgewater, Clerk Jennifer Alexa, Freedom Township Clerk Ann Becktel, Manchester Township Clerk Terri Aiuto, Sharon Township Clerk Publish June 24, 2010


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