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St. Clair Shores Living CELEBRATING MOTHERHOOD Pg. 26 TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME City’s Youth Leagues Offer Lessons in Baseball and Life Pg. 16 TWO MILES OF SMILES 70th Memorial Day Parade Pg. 6 GET SOCIAL IN DOWNTOWN SCS Social District Saturdays Kick Off May 13 Pg. 8 APRIL/MAY 2023
CONTENTS ON THE COVER Memorial Day Parade 6 Social District Saturdays 8 St. Clair Shores Baseball Softball Association Lac Saint Clair Little League Celebrating Motherhood 26 REGULAR FEATURES Notable Neighbor 4 Very Important Pets All in a Day's Work Eats & Treats 19 Health & Fitness 22 Shores Happenings Pet Vet 30 Smart Legal Tips 30 Home Improvements SPECIAL FEATURES South Lake Middle School Renovation 10 St. Clair Shores Poet Laureate 14 St. Clair Shores Moms Social 20


Teresa Holderer

SCS resident for 2 years

Favorite Spot in SCS: Mike’s on the Water


International Attorney, retired

Hobbies: Hiking, travel, piano, handbells, choir, reading, puzzles, boating

Guilty Pleasure: Bubble baths with a book and a glass of wine

Last Books You Read: Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett, Beach Read by Emily Henry, Emma by Jane Austen

Brings Me Joy: Spending time with my family, beautiful nature or scenery

Proudest Moments: Completing a major investment in Uzbekistan, graduating from University of Michigan Law School first in class with three small children.

Personal Motto: Happiness is a choice.

Three Words That Describe Me: Compassionate, hardworking, positive (cup almost full)

I Can’t Live Without: Music

I Will Never Forget: Our son was killed in a car crash when he was 19. He was in Michigan, but we lived overseas. I will never forget his presence in our lives.

Obstacle I Overcame: Going to University of Michigan Law School full-time with three small children

Even though Teresa Holderer has traveled to 50 countries and lived in Chile, Switzerland and England, Michigan feels more like home than anywhere else. She and her husband of almost 42 years, Steve, first moved to the state in 1986. The couple raised their three children Justin, Julie and Janna here. And in 2021, after Teresa retired from Enterprise Holdings as an international attorney, they settled in St. Clair Shores.

Despite never living in the Shores, it checked all the boxes: proximity to the lake, walkability to bars, restaurants and events, close to a major airport, world-class healthcare and a community vibe.

Even though Teresa is settled stateside, her life still encompasses her passion for embracing other cultures. One way she does that is as a board member of Global Ties Detroit, a nonprofit organization that hosts international exchange programs and connects Detroit professionals with emerging leaders from around the world. Through Global Ties, the Holderers enjoy serving as a homestay host family and will welcome visitors for five days this summer. They also provide meals in their home for guests.

“You can’t hate people when you have them over for dinner and break bread together. You really gain an appreciation of where they come from.”

The Holderers also hosted a “very smart, capable and selfassured" 17-year-old exchange student from Kazakhstan for about five months of the 2022-2023 school year through World Link. Teresa says the organization teaches their students a motto: “It's not better or worse, it’s just different.”

She can apply this to her own experiences living abroad: “We’ve enjoyed every place we’ve lived. Some parts are great, some parts are frustrating. We’ve gone out of our way not to be the ugly American.”

Teresa serves others locally too – including activities with Shorewood Kiwanis and volunteering at a local women and children’s shelter.

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The Shores

St. Clair Shores

Volume Two • Issue Two


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Memorial Day Parade Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Dave Ellis and his wife Barb, both Army veterans, bought their St. Clair Shores home before stepping foot inside it – or even within the city. While the home’s proximity to Lake St. Clair is what lured them to the city, they consider it a bonus to have found a community bursting with patriotism. One event the couple admires is the annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade, and this year Ellis is serving as the chair of the 70th anniversary event.

Flyovers by WWII Planes

The parade will be held on Sunday, May 28 at 1 p.m. with the pre-parade starting at 12:45 p.m., heading north on Jefferson Ave. between 9 and 11 Mile Roads. The parade committee refers to it as “two miles of smiles.” The event drew an estimated 50,000 attendees last year, and Ellis promises some surprises this year for the special anniversary event.

Some unique attractions for this year are not a secret, though. Flyovers are scheduled at the beginning of the parade: a B-25 Mitchell Bomber (the same plane used during the Dolittle Raid on Japan) and a Douglas C-47 Skytrain airplane famous for dropping more than 50,000 paratroopers before and during the Normandy D-Day invasion. Each of these rare planes date back to World War II; only about 100 of each are still flying.

Brought to You by Dedicated Volunteers

Paying for special features like this is why the parade committee, made up entirely of volunteers, diligently fundraises for the event. The $100 Club takes donations from individuals and businesses – those interested can email lindabertges@gmail.com or send a text to (248) 767-9961. The public is also invited to a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Thursday, April 27, from 4-8 p.m., at Assumption Cultural Center. See more details on page 24.

“As far as we know, it’s the biggest Memorial Day Parade run entirely by volunteers – and that’s what makes it special,” Ellis says. “When does planning start for the next year's parade? Before the dust is on the stuff that we put away from last year. It's a year-round volunteer process that we do. We have 11 committee members, and then we desperately cannot put the parade on without the couple of dozen volunteers that just come and work for that weekend.”

Ellis adds that a tremendous amount of support is given by Mayor Kip Walby, as well as the city’s Fire, Police and Parks and Recreation Departments, and Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

SCS’ Signature Event

Growing up on Alexander Street, Mayor Walby has fond memories of marching down the street and enjoying a BBQ on the day of the parade.

“I think the Memorial Day Parade is our signature event,” Walby says. “It’s a great day to remember our veterans and the people who continue to serve. I love the parade. I always have. People have come for decades. It’s part of their DNA.”

And while the crowds have always been consistently large, Ellis says that the entries have increased dramatically – from 37 in 2010 to more than 170 in 2022.

Groups that would like to be considered for the parade can send an email to parade@scsmi.net by May 1. Anyone interested in volunteering during parade weekend can contact Maria Galla at mariavgalla@gmail.com.

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(Photos/Steve Foulkrod - City of St. Clair Shores Communications)


Popular Downtown Event Kicks Off May 13, Runs Through October

Downtown St. Clair Shores will close to traffic and open for plenty of fun on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, May through October, for the SCS Social District. 2023 marks the third year of a family- and pet-friendly event that is putting the area on the map as one of the city’s hot spots.

These free events officially start at 5 p.m. and end at Midnight. The band at the main stage at 9 Mile and Greater Mack plays from 7-11 p.m., while an acoustic performance takes place near Copper Hop Brewery from 5-7 p.m. Each SCS Social District also includes four food trucks, as well as vendors and entertainment for all ages.

How It Started

“During covid, the state passed an ordinance in order to help the bar/restaurant industry,” says Mary Bricolas, owner of Shores Inn who organizes SCS Social District events with her team. The social district ordinance allows businesses to sell beer and liquor in marked cups, and patrons can walk around a designated area while drinking their beverage of choice. “We applied in 2021, and July 2021 was the first event,” Bricolas adds.

According to Bricolas, the St. Clair Shores Cool Cities Committee brought the Social District idea to the 9 Mile and Mack Merchants Association. Later, the City Council approved the idea, giving permission to close the street for the event. “They’ve been very supportive,” Bricolas says of the Council.

Upping the Game

David Rubello, council liaison to the Cool Cities Committee, is involved in the planning of various aspects of the Social District events. One focus this year is to include even more activities to draw families. He’s looking at options such as dunk tanks, a petting zoo and magicians.

According to Hannah Sarakun, a member of Bricolas’ team and the director of SCS Social District and Shores Capital, themed events such as 80s or 90s or a hoe-down are being planned, as well as two dog events. Specific dates have yet to be released. At each SCS Social District, dog bowls, balls and frisbees will be available. Street games will also be accessible, just like last year.

“I’m rather proud of the progress that the social district has made,” Rubello says. “We’re looking to up the game a little bit. St. Clair Shores loves a good party.”

Exciting Changes Downtown

“It feels good to be able to do this and make a difference in my hometown blocks from where I grew up,” Rubello says. “There are new businesses coming in. More places are going to stay open during the event. The chemistry and the atmosphere are changing because we’re creating more foot traffic.”

Bricolas has noticed a great deal of positive change downtown since the Social District began, such as the opening of Caché Cocktails and Wine Bar, the expansion of Copper Hop

Brewery and Cedar Garden adding garage doors.

Bricolas also serves on the new St. Clair Shores Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board, and she’s excited about the changes the additional two mils from the tax base will bring.

“We’re starting to capture funds for the beautification of our downtown... We are starting to make plans for more improvement to the downtown area including benches and lighting, green spaces, bike racks, more flowers. We are still in the development stages.”

B-A-S Security Systems, owned by St. Clair Shores residents Rick and Linda Bertges, stepped up to be the major sponsor for the stage this year. The Social District is still seeking additional sponsors, as well as vendors, for each event. Vendors are given a 10x10 area, and the cost is $50 per event. For information about becoming a sponsor or a vendor, contact Hannah Sarakun at nauticalmileapt@aol.com

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SCS Social District Main Stage

Entertainment, 7-11 p.m.

May 13 - Paper Covers Rock

May 27 - American Ages

June 10 - Sunset Boulevard

June 24 - Vacationers Band

July 8 - Mainstream Drive

July 22 - Family Tradition Band

August 12 - Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils, The Buffalo Knickles & One Ton Trolley

August 26 - Miranda & The M80s

September 9 - Paper Covers Rock

September 23 - Joey Vee

October 14 - 50 Amp Fuse

October 28 – TBD

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A Reimagined Space is Bright Spot for Students, Staff

The most prominent feature of the newly renovated cafeteria and brand-new media center at South Lake Middle School is the tall windows that let in immense amounts of sunlight. But it wasn’t always this way – these rooms once had no windows at all, unless you count the two small ones on an exterior door and a row of glass near the ceiling that had been covered up years earlier. As the last of the projects to be completed after the passing of a 2014 bond allowed for the funding, it appears the wait was worth it.

“We’re working with St. Clair Shores and Eastpointe Libraries so that students will have access to the library,” Von Hiltmayer says. “It’s like a digital library card essentially. They will have access to resources through both libraries. They are all different services they have the ability to connect with, let alone books.”

Cavs Café

The updated cafeteria, which Von Hiltmayer says previously “felt like a cave,” includes new LED lighting, new flooring, new tables and device charging stations. An adjacent patio allows for students to dine outside during warm weather.

Collaborative Workspace

The new media center, filled with colorful and moveable seating arrangements, replaces the former library and is meant to be a collaboration space to conduct research, work on presentations and even create webpages through coding. Almost every piece of furniture has a plugin for devices. Inside the media center are two separate rooms with glass exterior walls and white interior walls that can be written on with dry erase markers. One of the spaces has a green screen, which can be utilized for daily student news, videos, photos and other creative classroom projects.

“We wanted a space that kids would utilize, as we saw that the library had become less and less functional,” says South Lake Middle School Principal Michael Bruce. “A lot of the books were outdated. Now everything’s online. We have one-to-one iPads here in the district. We want them using that technology as a learning tool.”

South Lake Schools Superintendent Ted Von Hiltmayer says that access to physical books is important, so some are still available in the classrooms. Students can also “visit” a local library right from their device, too.

“We’re preparing food onsite, verses preparing food off site then having it brought in on a hot cart,” Von Hiltmayer says. “It expanded the opportunities for variety at lunch. So, we have a lot more lunch choices at this point.”

Bruce is excited about welcoming visitors into the cafeteria and Cavs Café, which can be used for concessions during athletic events.

One last space that connects the cafeteria and media center is a presentation room with seating for 65. It’s equipped with TV monitors that are connected to other monitors throughout the cafeteria and media center. Previously a computer lab, it’s the perfect area for meetings with parents, various groups and multiple classrooms. A bonus is that the seating is collapsible, like bleachers, just more comfortable.

Additional Updates

Since the middle school once served as Maxine Elementary, some of the renovations focused on updating the building to accommodate older students. This meant allowing for more space in the main hallway by taking out lockers in the main hallway and putting in smaller lockers in other spaces. New flooring and ceiling tiles, as well as updates to the office area and a completely new, larger teacher’s lounge has made the space brighter for not just students, but staff too.

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St. Clair Shores Public Library Director

Rosemary Orlando

Ahigh school job training program beginning in 1969 is what first made Rosemary Orlando consider a future career as a librarian. Her sister had signed up for a spot at the St. Clair Shores Public Library and disliked it, and Orlando jumped in to take her place. During those early years of shelving books and carefully placing cards in the catalog (which Orlando describes as “pure heaven”), she recalls the strong women mentors who shaped her nononsense work ethic and career path. More than 50 years later, despite having held positions at other libraries, Orlando feels the most at home in public libraries, and in St. Clair Shores most of all.

How It Started

As a Lake Shore High School student, Orlando was a cheerleader and on student council. Her library supervisor was accommodating of her schedule, even though young Orlando wasn’t fond of asking for time off. She made it to and from work either on the Kercheval Deanhurst bus or by catching rides from friends.

Orlando later attended Western Michigan University to receive an education degree, coming home during the summers and after graduation to work at the library. Then while newly married with two young children, she made the leap into a master’s program at Wayne State University.

“We were kind of all raised with the attitude that you're going to get married and have children anyway,” said Orlando. “But a wise lady once said to me: 'when you educate the woman, you educate the whole family.'” Those words clung to Orlando, and she studied at 2 a.m. to make sure she accomplished her goal.

One of the greatest compliments of her life, says Orlando,

is when she had just started her master’s program and her boss called her and said: “Come in and work as a librarian. You know the library; you know the community. You can do this.”

A Variety of Roles

Orlando has worn many hats at the library, including children's librarian, technology librarian and assistant director. She was appointed director in 2005. Her favorite place in the library has always been at the information desk, helping people.

“When I first started as a librarian, there was no internet,” Orlando says. “So, to me, it was like playing Trivial Pursuit all day long with people. They had specific information needs, and when you served them, they were so thankful and so grateful. It is just a very enjoyable, worthwhile, satisfying job.”

As the director, Orlando’s obligations vary widely –from meeting with other local directors in the Suburban Library Cooperative to serving as the staff liaison for the city’s Cultural Committee and Historical Commission, and answering questions from patrons.

Orlando is also involved in the planning of how to utilize a $1.5 million grant to the library from the federal government. One detail she can share is that the renovations will include the children’s room. Since plans have not been approved by the City Council, the timeline and details can’t be revealed just yet.

My Heart Lives in the Shores

Growing up on Brookdale Blvd., Orlando’s childhood memories include Gordie Howe Hockeyland at the end of her street and skating to school on the lake. She also swam in a gravel pit that once existed at the golf course. And some of her former softball teammates, many whom Orlando has known since her days at North Shore Elementary, are still her friends today.

Orlando is the oldest of five siblings, but her Italian family wasn’t considered particularly large at the time. She spent time playing kickball and other games with neighborhood children. “You just looked out the door, and you saw something going on,” she says.

After she got married, Orlando moved halfway between her mother and mother-in-law's. She and her husband could walk to either of their homes. When her sons were born, they were immersed in the community she loves, playing hockey and taking swimming lessons at the pool.

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Orlando once heard someone say: “My house is in another community, but my heart lives in St. Clair Shores.” As someone who eventually moved out of town due to the proximity to her husband’s job, this statement resonates with Orlando. “I really feel I’m a product of the city,” she says.

Public Library Love

These days, Orlando and her husband of more than 45 years enjoy spending time with their two sons and their two granddaughters. Both of her granddaughters are very involved in dance. Orlando loves all sports, and as a family, they enjoy and watch the Super Bowl together.

As for work, Orlando knows she is right where she is supposed to be. “I've also been to other places in the library world. So, I don't feel that my experience is a narrow experience...And I was amazed at how much I longed for the public library when I wasn't there.”

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poetry month

Meet St. Clair Shores Poet Laureate M.L. Liebler

St.Clair Shores has a special literary resource that very few cities in America can claim – a poet laureate. M.L. Liebler, who was given the honorary title in 2005, is an internationally known poet, the author of 15 books, a Wayne State University professor and literary arts activist. A Shores native, Liebler’s work discusses themes such as the working class, politics and spirituality.

Much of Liebler’s poetry is autobiographical, and he gains inspiration from his extensive travels –which have taken him anywhere from Afghanistan to New York City. His poetry also talks about his upbringing in St. Clair Shores, where he was raised by his grandparents.

“I’ve been all over the world,” Liebler says, “[but] I’m perfectly happy living here. My wife and I have been together since we were 14. We live in the home that she grew up in. My wife is a die-hard Shorian.” Liebler is a 1971 Lake Shore High School graduate, and his wife Pam is a 1972 graduate.

SCS Literary Events

Liebler partners with the St. Clair Shores Public Library to bring community members a variety of events each year. Every third Thursday of the month, from 7-8:30 p.m., Liebler leads a creative writing workshop, where participants can share a poem or part of a story with the group and receive constructive comments.

“It’s not a closed club or anything,” Liebler says. “Not everyone brings poems or stories in. They can just enjoy the camaraderie.”

In addition, 2023 marks the Fifth Annual St. Clair Shores Literary Walk by the Lake. Held at Blossom Heath, Liebler describes the outdoor event as “more or less a literary festival” featuring readings from some nationally known and local writers.

Throughout the year Liebler also organizes about six Poets and Pies events, featuring poetry readings, open mic opportunities and free pie. They have been held in the winter at places such as the festively decorated bathhouse at Blossom Heath and on a summer evening in the yard of the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum.

Beatles Forever: A Short Story with Music, a hugely popular program that Liebler and a live band have been performing at various libraries for almost 10 years, will be held this year at Blossom Heath on Sunday, April 16 at 2 p.m.

“I wrote a story about growing up, with a lot of references to the Shores, during the time when the Beatles came on the scene,” Liebler says. “So, I pulled this story I'd written years ago out of mothballs, put some Beatles songs into it in key places, and then had a friend do a big video montage that went

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along with the story.” Liebler says 28 Beatles songs are included in the show, and singing along is encouraged.

Literary Arts Activism

Liebler’s work in the literary community over the years is vast. It includes being a Poet in Residence for six weeks during the summer in the 1990s for the St. Clair Shores Public Library and other local libraries. During the mid-1980s till 1991, Liebler served as the president of the Poetry Resource Center of Michigan, which hosted readings, workshops and talks on how to get published. He is also the founding director of both The National Writer's Voice Project in Detroit and Springfed Arts: Metro Detroit Writers Literary Arts Organization. Liebler currently serves as the president of the Detroit Writers Guild.

To learn more about Liebler and upcoming literary events, go to www.mlliebler.com

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Opening Ceremony Brings Together Residents, City Officials

Not only is the opening ceremony of St. Clair Shores Baseball Softball Association (SCSBSA) an epic kickoff for the season’s 600 players, but it’s a glimpse into the immense amount of community support rallied around the players and their families. Slated this year for Saturday, May 20, the ceremony at Kyte Monroe Park will feature a ceremony/parade of players at 11 a.m., with tons of fun beforehand such as a home run derby, vendors, bounce houses, Detroit Tigers mascot Paws and free treats from Wally’s Frozen Custard.

“It's a fun-filled two hours of pure happiness,” says Dawn (Van Gampelaere) Magnuson of St. Clair Shores. “It's our time to thank everyone for helping and making the season happen.”

Each year, says Magnuson, the city’s Police and Fire Departments show up. This includes a fire truck for children to explore and the police K-9 officers. Many St. Clair Shores City Council members also attend. Council Member Ron Frederick has served as the emcee for more than 20 years. In addition, Elite Wedding Company (the Munger family) has provided music for more than two decades.

The St. Clair Shores Titans, the city’s only special needs team, is always last to enter the field. They are given the honor of carrying the flag. Another noteworthy part of the ceremony is St. Clair Shores resident Jamie Victory’s role. As a former Detroit Tigers bat boy, he is always the catcher for this special day. According to Magnuson, Victory always comes dressed up in a Detroit Tigers uniform and with “White Lightning,” his Tigers-themed minivan with the team’s logo on the hood.

“It’s My Family”

The league brings together 4-18-year-olds each spring and summer; it is affiliated with PONY Baseball and Softball. The SCSBA began in the mid-1980s when the city’s multiple leagues consolidated down to one.

“It's my family,” says Magnuson, who has spent 20 years as a baseball coach and board member. “It's home away from home... You don't get many chances in life where others truly look to you for advice, direction, knowledge and trust. This is my opportunity to give back.”

Magnuson also says that volunteers contribute greatly to several events each year including a Halloween display at Veterans Memorial Park for the city’s annual event and building a float for the Memorial Day Parade. Their float, which has won awards for the last three years, is one of the few that is built from the ground-up each year.

Camaraderie and Friendship

“Any kind of team sport helps you learn how to work with others; it helps you with camaraderie and friends,” says Frederick, who previously served as the president pro tem of the association for 10-15 years.

As a child, Frederick played for Avalon Little League on a team called the 49ers in St. Clair Shores. “I still talk to a couple people who I was on the league with. Some of their kids I ended up coaching. There are so many stories like that.”

John Jonassen, president of the association for close to 15 years, has been volunteering with the group since the mid

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SCSBSA Opening Ceremony (Photos/Dawn (Van Gampelaere) Magnuson)

1980s when his daughter Bennett became involved. Later, Bennett coached her daughter Olivia, continuing a family tradition. Jonassen also served as the Lakeview High School assistant varsity softball coach from 19961999 when his daughter was on the team.

“The kids learn how to play with each other, work with each other and how to work out conflicts,” Jonassen says. “They also learn how to take directions from an adult and how to fulfill their needs. It’s a good thing for them to round out their life. You learn how to be a team member and an individual, and you can apply these things that you learned as you become an adult.

Registration & Sponsors

Open registration is available now through the end of April for all players at www.scsbsa.com, and in-person drivethru registration dates are also listed on the website. The start dates are May 20 for 4-12-year-olds and mid-June for 13-18-year-olds. Those 12 and under play against each other, while the older kids play against each other and surrounding Macomb area cities.

Magnuson is appreciative of this year’s sponsors: Bryan Owens from The Shores Hearing Center and Genesis Chevrolet.

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World’s Largest Youth Sports Organization Offers Lessons in Baseball and Life

“Little league International is the biggest youth sports organization in the world,” says Lac Saint Clair Little League President Matt Crippen. “It’s a great community-based league, and it gives kids a chance at all skill levels to compete.” Approximately 600 boys and girls ranging from 4 to 16 years of age participate in the league each spring and summer.

Crippen, 53, has been involved with Lac Saint Clair for 18 years. It all started when he registered his two oldest children, then 4 and 5 years old, to play. All of Crippen’s four children have been active in the league, and his youngest, at age 11, is still involved.

“Baseball is America’s pastime, always has been,” Crippen says. “It’s a great opportunity for a young kid to give it a try and see how they like it. It’s a chance to make new friends and have a new experience.” Crippen himself has met some of his best friends through the league, which is run by all volunteers.

Most games are played Monday through Thursday, except for one or two makeup games due to a rainout. Crippen says the league’s two state-of-the-art fields are located behind American House Lakeshore on Jefferson. The senior living community is the former site of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, which is how Lac Saint Clair received its former name of St. Gertrude Baseball Association.

History of Lac Saint Clair

President Emeritus and Girls Divisions Director Mike Fremont has been involved as a coach or board member since 1980, when Lac Saint Clair was still called St. Gertrude. At that time, six different leagues existed in St. Clair Shores. When the city decided on a reorganization in the mid-1980s resulting in one league, the St. Clair Shores Baseball Softball Association, St. Gertrude decided to remain a separate league. About 12 years ago, Fremont says, St. Gertrude joined the National Little League Assocation and changed their name to Lac Saint Clair.

“I really think two leagues [in the city] makes everything more competitive, "Fremont says. “It gives people options.”

Fremont’s son Mike Jr. and daughter Kristine were both involved with the league. Fremont reminisces about some epic wins, including one Bronco state championship win for his son in 1986 and one Little League state win for his granddaughter Hannah Fremont in 2014. Fremont served as a coach for both his son and daughter, and he coached alongside his son for Hannah’s team.

Life Lessons

Fremont sees importance not just in winning, of course, but in the lessons learned by participating. “I think playing organized sports [is beneficial] when you’re out there with likeminded individuals who want the best for their kids,” Fremont says. “The kids have to get up early and go to practice. It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of life lessons. You have to cover your bases, and you’re backing each other up. That’s what you do in life.”

Fremont also currently teaches baseball for St. Clair Shores-based nonprofit Kids on the Go, as well as St. Clair Shores Adult and Community Education classes. In addition, he was previously the Lake Shore High School softball junior varsity team coach for about 10 years.

Registration & Season Info

Lac Saint Clair is open to all St. Clair Shores residents, as well as neighboring communities. A boundary map is available on www.lacsaintclair.org.

Regular season starts May 1 and ends by July 4. Practice begins in April. Teams are likely formed for the spring season. However, to see if there are openings for girls, contact Coach Mike Fremont at coachfr3@gmail.com or (586) 531-2352.

Also, Lac Saint Clair will have a boys second season in the summer, from mid-July through end of August. They also hope to have a girls fall season with practice starting in mid-August with games in September and October. Email lacsaintclairlittleleague@gmail.com for more details.

The league is always looking for sponsors. For more information about becoming a sponsor, find information at www.lacsaintclair.org

The 2022 10U Lac Saint Clair Little League District Team. Top row, L-R: Danny Collins, David Keenan, Matthew Crippen, Ethan Henk, Cayden Felice, Kyler Krywko. Bottom row, L-R: Trevor Balint, Luke Hansen, Ethan Dinverno, Samuel Schmidt, Russell Shinkonis, Westen Krywko
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Photo courtesy of Lac Saint Clair Little League



Newly engaged and planning an upcoming wedding celebration? Let’s talk desserts. Many are looking for alternatives to the conventional tiered cake. Plenty of couples are starting their own traditions by serving a variety of unique and fun wedding desserts instead. If you want to add a splash of creativity (and flavors) to your special day, a variety of modern wedding dessert ideas can take your reception to the next level.

Cupcakes - Keep it classic with white cake or get creative with different flavors and icing combinations

Dessert Shooter Cups – Dessert glasses filled with layers of delicious mousse, cheesecake and whipped cream

Cheesecake – Full size or mini in a multitude of flavors and decorations

Cake Pops – A little bite of wedding cake or cheesecake on a popsicle stick

His/Her Desserts – A dessert table specially curated with favorites of both the bride and groom

Donuts – From donut walls to a tiered donut “cake,” what’s not to love?

Food Trucks – Specialty dessert trucks add an extra element of fun for guests

Siblings Sandra Kravitz and Jimmy Mazzola own the popular Cheesecake Shoppe & Cafe in St. Clair Shores. Sandra and Jimmy, along with master baker Kim Knuth, have been collaborating with their business and baking efforts to perfect the community’s favorite desserts and coffee drinks. The Cheesecake Shoppe & Cafe specializes in custom cakes, cupcakes and tartlets for all of life’s special occasions.

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Local Group Offers Low-Key Hangouts for Moms & Children

St. Clair Shores resident Amy Florek suffered eight miscarriages before she and her husband David welcomed their son Callan, which means “brave little warrior,” in 2021. Florek calls Callan, who will turn 2 in July, a miracle and the reason she founded St. Clair Shores Moms Social. A Facebook-based group with 100 members, it’s geared toward local mothers and their children looking for monthly planned weekday meet-ups as well as adult-only gatherings. Members are also welcome to post spontaneous outings and share child-related content in the online group, too.

“We’re very welcoming and easygoing,” says 39-yearold Florek. “You can drop into an event. Come as you are and get involved as you would like.” There are no dues. It’s just moms and children socializing and getting out of the house – bonus, all the of planned get-togethers are in St. Clair Shores.

While Florek is the creator of the group, she met fellow St. Clair Shores resident Melissa Piaseczny at the group’s first meet-up. The two became friends, and Piaseczny (who has a 15-year-old and a young foster child) now serves as a co-administrator for the group.

Mom-only outings, which bring together mothers with children of all ages, attract on average anywhere from seven to up to about 40 women. The largest turnout was a night out at Caché Cocktails & Wine Bar in downtown St. Clair Shores held on a weekday evening in November. An iceskating event at Civic Arena, coupled with a white elephant gift exchange with hot cocoa and cookies at the Senior Activity Center, drew a more intimate crowd.

Parent/child meetups typically include mothers with babies through preschool-age children and have included events such as Muffins with Mom at the Blossom Heath Bath House featuring local author Lindsay Gizicki. During warmer weather, Florek anticipates outings such as play groups at the city’s various parks.

“I think I'm such a positive mom and so happy all the time because I do these things,” Florek says. “I take my son out of the house practically three days a week. We are doing something social with somebody else. I think that is what keeps my sanity to be honest.”

If you’re a local mother who would like to join the group, scan the QR code to the right. You can also search for “St. Clair Shores Moms Social” on Facebook.

A Moms Social Group gathering at Caché Cocktails & Wine Bar drew a large crowd. (Photo/Amy Florek) St. Clair Shores Moms Social Founder Amy Florek with her son Callan
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Achieving Good Health for the Long Haul

ow that spring is here, the “New Year, New Me” progress has started to show. However, health and wellness are not a sprint or a quick fix. This spring don’t ride the coattails of temporary success but invest in the prosperity and health of your future.

The biggest and hardest aspect of life to change is nutrition. Between the quick fixes and Instagram health gurus, the information is overwhelming and extremely processed. The best plan for nutrition is to keep it simple. If you are focused on weight loss, burn more calories than you eat. If you feel lethargic, look at the quality of your calories. Plenty of calorie trackers provide information on macronutrients: carbohydrates, proteins and fats to assist with your

decision making. No matter what decision is made, please remember nutrition is about finding your best fit. There will be some trial and error. There is no silver bullet for success. Warmer weather is here; it is time to avoid the couch and get moving. Whether it is prepping the boat, yard work or walking the dog, health isn’t only found at a gym. Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, or NEAT, is just as important as the work you put in the gym. According to Dr. James Levine, the Mayo Clinic researcher who first described and continues to study this phenomenon, NEAT can vary between two people of similar size by up to 2,000 calories a day. Just ensure you aren’t bent over the flower bed or other stressful movements for

too long. No need to get injured doing something you enjoy.

These little tidbits of information should help continue the progress you’ve made or provide some insight if you are just getting started. If something seems out of place or too good to be true, please reach out to a registered dietitian or your medical provider with some tailored questions. This journey of wellness is about your best fit. Take advantage of all the opportunities that are provided – both by technology and nature.

Nicholas Spens is a nationally certified trainer at MAC GYM, which has locations in St. Clair Shores, Fraser and Mt. Clemens. You can reach MAC GYM at (586) 2187933 or Thegymjt@gmail.com

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Friday, June 2, 3-6 p.m. & Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m.-Noon

Selinksky-Green Farmhouse Museum, located behind the St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 Eleven Mile Road

Come early for the best selection, as there is no pre-order period. Cash or checks only. As inventory depends on Michigan weather and germination success, updates to the plant list will be posted on the Yardeners’ Facebook page: search for Yardeners of St. Clair Shores.


The library is located at 22500 Eleven Mile Road.

“Bee is for Beneficial” Program

Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.

Bees in the D Founder Brian Peterson-Roest will introduce a variety of bees, discuss the benefits bees provide to people and the environment, and speak about the practice of beekeeping. This presentation is geared to both adults and children who are elementary school age and older. This program is free and open to the public.

Toddler Drop-in Play

Thursday, April 20, 10-11:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 18, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Children ages 12 to 36 months and their caregivers are invited to a drop-in play time at the library. Toys will be available in the Gilstorf Meeting Room. Come, have fun and meet new friends. No registration is required.

Toddler Dance Party

Saturday, April 22, 10-10:30 a.m.

Children ages 12 to 36 months are invited to get their groove on. This 30-minute program will include a short story and lots of dancing. No registration is required.

Take & Make Craft

Available starting May 1 and June 5

Children ages 2 and up can have fun with a craft activity each month. Bags containing supplies and instructions can be picked up during library hours from a bin located inside the Youth Services Room, while supplies last.

Financial Aid Presentation

Monday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.

The Oakland University Financial Aid Office will provide information on the financial aid application process. This program is open to all high school students and their parents. Topics include the elements of financial aid, FAFSA, private resources and more. Registration is required and begins on May 1. Registration will happen via a link that can be found on the Teen page of the library's website, www.scslibrary.org. Space is limited. This will benefit all, not just those who plan to attend Oakland University.




Blossom Heath Bath House, 24800 Jefferson Ave.

Sunday, April 16 at 2 p.m.

Beatles fans of all ages are invited to enjoy this free performance of St. Clair Shores Poet Laureate M. L. Liebler's "Beatles Forever: A Short Story with Music." This is a humorous musical memoir about growing up in St. Clair Shores during the British invasion and features 28 popular Beatles songs. Sponsored by the St. Clair Shores Public Library.



Thursday, April 27, 4-8 p.m.

Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road

Chicken piccata, pork tenderloin with rosemary sauce, penne pasta* with palomino sauce, green beans, salad, bread, coffee and dessert. Cash bar. *Gluten free pasta available upon request. $15 adults, $12 seniors 50 & over, children 12 & under. Tickets can be purchased in advance. For more information, go to: facebook.com/scsmemorialdayparade.



Thursday, May 4 (Doors at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m.) Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road

The show will include music by artists such as The Beatles, Elton John, Tina Turner and many more. Tickets for dinner and the show are $45 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance; do so by contacting Linda at (586) 482-6056. For more information about the chorus, go to scscommunitychorus.org


Friday, May 5 at Dusk

Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave. For more details, stay tuned to facebook.com/ st.clairshoresparksandrecreation


Saturday, May 6 Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. Stay tuned for more details about this Parks and Recreation event: facebook.com/st.clairshoresparksandrecreation


Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Junk Drawer Mercantile, 29905 Harper Ave

The first 25 customers will receive a swag bag of goodies from local vendors. Handmade artists will be featured at a small market shopping event outside. Enjoy a DJ, concessions, build your own flower bouquet bar, kids craft area, DIY candle workshop, giveaways, photo backdrop and more. More info: facebook.com/thejunkdrawermercantile




Second and Fourth Saturday, May through October

5 p.m.-Midnight

Downtown SCS will be closed to traffic on Greater Mack between 9 Mile and 9 Mack Drive. Enjoy games, vendors, food trucks and live entertainment. Acoustic performances will take place from 5-7 p.m. near Copper Hop Brewery, and the main stage entertainment (see below) will run from 7-11 p.m. Entry is free, and the events are pet friendly.

May 13 - Paper Covers Rock

May 27 - American Ages

June 10 - Sunset Boulevard

June 24 - Vacationers Band

More in next issue


Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave.

Open to non-residents. This event is brought to you by the Cool City Committee and Cool City Kids.


Sunday, May 21, 8 a.m. Check-in

Meet at Jefferson Yacht Club

Check in at Jefferson Yacht Club (JYC), then shuttles will take volunteers to beaches at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, go to www.scswec.org


Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave.

Second Thursday and fourth Sunday of the month, May 21-October 12

Upcoming dates include:

- Sunday, May 21, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Food truck rally with beer area)

- Thursday, June 8, 5-9 p.m.

- Sunday, June 25, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.


Sunday, May 28, 9 a.m.

Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave.

The service is hosted by the officers of the VFW Bruce Post #1146. The public is welcome to attend.


Sunday, May 28, 1 p.m. (Pre-parade starts at 12:45 p.m.) Jefferson Ave., from 9 Mile to 11 Mile Roads


Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Greater Mack will be closed for some family fun. The event includes a craft fair, battle of the bands, petting zoo, dance performances and more. Stay tuned for more details: facebook.com/DowntownStClairShores


Tuesday, June 6, 12:30-4 p.m.

The St. Clair Shores Cultural Committee is organizing this event. The cost for this bus trip is $15. For more information, send an email to scsculturalcommittee@gmail.com. Happy 1st Birthday

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Mother’s Day is on May 14, and the Shores would like to celebrate all the local moms and honor the memory of those who are no longer with us. Thank you to those who responded to our request for this “Celebrating Motherhood” feature. Mothers and mother figures are the women who have shaped us, believed in us and marveled at the privilege of watching us grow. Moms, we love you – whether you are here with us or forever in our hearts.

Thank you for helping me to be a man that I hope you would be proud of. You showed me how to be strong yet compassionate, honest and giving. You are missed on a daily basis.

My mom has supported every choice I’ve made, no matter how insane. She is my best friend and biggest fan.

Gina Weyhrauch wears many hats, but mom of 4-yearold twins Max and Ava is one she wears proudly! In addition to being a mother, Gina is working full time, has started her own non-profit Kathy’s Kids Foundation to raise funds for ALS research and volunteers her time to local non-profits. She does this all with a genuine and infectious smile.

Doris Kress - Bradley Kress Carol Porzondek and Christine Super - Christine Super Weyhrauch Family
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(L-R) Pam Fakhoury, Gina Czerny, Carol Pelliccia and Diana Mueller Dad passed away of cancer at 39 years old. Mom was left to raise us four daughters. We are blessed! - Diana, Pam, Gina and Val

Our Mom is kind, thoughtful and patient. She is generous with her time and loving spirit. Love you Mama!

- Gail, Suzanne, Ryan and Michael

Selfless. Thoughtful. Empathetic. My mother is all these things and more. She moves and gives with quiet yet strong intention, always thinking first of others. I’m honored to be her daughter.

People always have told me that I’m really nice. Well, I got it from my Mama! I’m grateful to have been raised by the nicest and most honest Mama in the world.

My mom is the best because she’s always there for me.


Make sure your door is always open and allow your children’s friends to also call your house home. I pray that all mothers become a little more like mine. If they did, the world would be a better place.

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Your Pet Needs Regular Dental Checkups, Too


Injured in a Car Accident & Not at Fault? Here’s What You Need to Know.

We all know the old adage that one human year is equal to seven dog years. Well, could you imagine skipping your trip to the dentist for almost a decade? Far too often that’s what we are doing to our pets.

Pets’ mouths are a lot like ours; they need proper athome care and regular checkups to stay healthy. Brushing our teeth isn’t enough to keep us from seeing the dentist for a yearly cleaning, but many pet owners will hold off on routine dental cleaning until the tartar and plaque create unbearable odors coming from a rotten mouth. In fact, by the age of three, two-thirds of pets can have hidden infections at, or below, the gum line. When left untreated, these can be very painful and can lead to tooth and bone loss. Fortunately, we have tools to combat this hidden danger, digital dental radiographs with comprehensive oral health and treatment (COHAT). With the use of x-rays, we can look under the gum line and treat problem teeth as well as remove hidden infections. With the digital dental system, we are also able to provide a safer dental procedure. Images are brought up on the computer screen within seconds, while previous film methods would often take several minutes to be completed. This shortens the time your pet needs to be asleep for the cleaning which makes the dental appointment just a little bit safer.

Remember that while pet’s dental health can be scary because of the need for anesthesia, the benefits far outweigh the risks in most cases. So, call your veterinarian and schedule that dental cleaning today.

Dr. Jason Banaszak is the Medical Director at VCA St. Clair Shores. He earned a B.S. in Biology at the University of Findlay in 2000 and graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. He enjoys spending time with his wife Cindy, and three children Abby, Owen and Jackson, as well as their two dogs – Violet, a Pitbull, Penny, a Great Dane and a guinea pig named Peanut Butter. Dr. Banaszak is an avid baseball fan, enjoys coaching youth baseball and football, as well as mentoring new veterinarians.

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Under Michigan no-fault law, MCLA 500.3135, you are entitled to two main categories of damages against the driver who caused your accident:

#1 Economic Damages

Economic damages are just that, damages for your economic loss. If you were employed on the date of the accident, you will likely be losing wages as a result of not being able to work. You are entitled to recover economic (also known as wage loss damages) against the driver who caused your injuries, if your lost wages exceed those that are being paid by your auto insurance company. If it is anticipated that you will never return to work, these damages can be projected out for the rest of your working life

#2 Non-Economic Damages

These damages are less easy to calculate and are always highly debated in Michigan Courts. They include pain, suffering, fright, shock, embarrassment, humiliation, depression, stress and anxiety, as well as permanent serious disfigurement. In order to recover these types of damages, you must meet the Michigan no-fault standard which is “a serious impairment of an important body function that affects your general ability to lead your normal life.” Essentially, it must be proven that you have a diagnosed injury and that injury (related to the auto accident) must affect your life for some period of time.

How and When Do I Bring a Lawsuit in Michigan Against the At-fault Driver?

You have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file a lawsuit within three years, your case is barred by the Michigan Statute of Limitations (with limited exceptions for minors etc). The Michigan Statute of Limitations is strictly interpreted and enforced.

David Femminineo is an auto accident injury attorney and founding owner of Femminineo Law in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. David graduated from Detroit College of Law in 1996 and has been practicing injury law for over 25 years. David can be reached at his office at (586) 954-9500 or on his website at getdavidgetpaid.com.

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Is a large home project on your mind this spring? Tackle the small and leave the big to the professionals! Home remodeling is not for the faint of heart and should involve a team that understands the scope of work. Carpentry, electrical and plumbing are not suggested for first-, secondor third-timer DIY projects, and we suggest getting in touch with a crew that can address these for you.

Window Shop

Take a trip to your local home improvement store to check out finishes and styles that speak to you. Don’t think about just the decorative elements, though. Appliance replacements are not universal in size, and your dream 36” range is going to require some extra work on your HVAC system.


Review your budget and plan for unexpected repairs. These cannot always be projected and could come as a surprise even with the best planning.

If your budget allows, hire a professional designer. Discuss any concerns along with your dreams for the end result of your project. A contractor that has an in-house

designer saves time and energy. They work directly with the construction crew and keep interruptions to a minimum.

Dreams vs. Reality

Be mindful of your home’s limitations. Opening that wall between your kitchen and living area needs an inspection by a licensed professional. Without the extra beam support in a new header, you could end up with your roof in the living room. Don’t let your construction crew talk you out of making sure they are doing things to code.

Permits and Inspections

Permits and inspections are planned and scheduled throughout the process to make sure your project is done correctly. If your contractor is registered, licensed and insured to work on your property, they will be able to handle any permits required for your home. A little planning before you start will help you enjoy the process of creating that dream space.

Christopher Redziniak is a co-owner of Red Baron Enterprises, LLC, serving Southeastern Michigan, and is a second-generation handyman. He is active in working within our community, encouraging and supporting other family-owned businesses in the area.

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Am I Covered If I deliver or drive for a Rideshare Company?

You or your family member decided to earn some extra cash by becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft or deliver for Uber Eats or GrubHub. One of the most important questions you’ll ask when starting out is, “Does my personal insurance cover me?” No, business use of a personal auto is not covered by personal car insurance policies.

Some companies can add this endorsement to your personal policy to allow coverage. Driver and delivery companies may also provide coverage for their drivers, but it doesn’t protect you the entire time you’re on the road – only when you’re engaged in transporting passengers or goods.

Keep in mind, not all transportation endorsements are equal. Depending on the insurance carrier, some services are covered, and some are not. For example, just because a transportation endorsement covers Uber or Lyft it may not cover driving for other rideshare companies. Before signing up to drive or deliver for a new service, be sure to contact your agent to find out if you are properly covered.

Getting proper insurance doesn’t need to be a hassle. Look at your current plan and the plans available to you from your Aitken & Ormond Agent. Find one that covers you for all situations, and you’ll be good to go.

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