The Shores Magazine June July 2022

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Blossom Heath Pier Extension 6 Celebrating Fatherhood 16 SCS Sail & Power Squadron 20 Yardners Annual Garden Tour 33


Music on the Lake 24 City Revamps Playgrounds, Parks 12 Like Father, Like Son 26 Dive into a Good Book 30


Notable Neighbor 2 Editor’s Letter 5 Real Estate 10 All In A Day’s Work 12 Business Spotlight(s) 14,22 Smart Legal Tips 17 Financial Planning 18 Health and Fitness 12 Family Life – 1+1=19 28



New In the Shores 31 Home Improvement 32 Gardening & Landscaping 34 Shoreliners Noteworthy News 35 Shores Happenings 36 Stepping Back in Time 44 Activity Page 36 Dining Guide 46

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Helen Sifakakis Leggett SCS Resident for 16 Years Favorite Spots in SCS: Mike’s on the Water, Fishbone’s and Pegasus Occupation: Owner of Salon Eleni and stylist Hobbies: Book club, event planning, volunteering, working out, shopping Last Book You Read: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey Brings Me Joy: Making people more beautiful, entertaining family and friends Proudest Moment: When I opened my salon 16 years ago Personal Motto: Do what you love Three Words That Describe Me: Strong, happy, generous I Will Never Forget: Mr. David Pressley [of David Pressley School of Cosmetology], his belief in me, his encouragement and guidance in my career Obstacle I Overcame: Losing my father at a young age, growing up without [him] Other Interesting Facts About Me: I have four children, love going to concerts, first-generation Greek-American

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s a first-generation Greek American, Helen spent her childhood immersed in the rich Eastside Greek culture. Her mother Anna (Psahos) Carl Sifakakis Kalas came to Detroit at the age of 18 for an arranged marriage to a fellow immigrant. “She couldn’t speak the language, she couldn’t drive.” Helen’s father Marcos Sifakakis, who Anna married after being widowed, was 30 when he arrived in America. Helen lost her father when she was 9 years old. "He was a very strict, stern Cretan man. I was quite the rebel at a young age. I pushed the boundaries all the time. He was an amazing man, as strict as he was. [He] could read and write many languages and worked on a ship that toured the world in all these crazy places...He knew so many people.” Helen describes Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores as a second home growing up, as it has been for her four children Marcos (27), Nikko (26), Delvina (23) and Nikolina (21). As a child, Helen remembers going to Greek school at Assumption twice per week for many years. There she learned to read and write in Greek. She also attended Sunday School at Assumption. Her children followed in her footsteps, attending the same classes. “My kids have made lifelong friends. [They] played basketball for the church. I was involved in a lot of mom and kid programs for the church and supervising for the Greek Festival.” “In 2017, I took all my children to Greece. They got to meet the extended family on both sides. It was really cool.” Aside from her Greek heritage, a big part of Helen’s life is owning Salon Eleni in St. Clair Shores for the last 16 years. She calls herself “very blessed to have been able to stay open, even during the recession.” And, during the mandatory shutdown of salons due to the pandemic, generous clients bought gifts certificates and products. Helen’s mother Anna, who passed away seven years ago, visited her at the salon at least three times per week. “She would grab a coffee and talk to my clients. She was quite the unique lady. She was always happy. She never said a bad word about anybody.” Clients will still come in and say to Helen: “I can picture your mom sitting in that chair talking to us.”


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“Mommy, what kind of dreams did you have when you were my age?” asked my 11-yearold daughter Liza recently. I told her I’ve honestly only had one simple dream – to write. I've spent my whole career doing a mix of writing, editing and communications, and my current job is by far my favorite. What I love most is my subject matter, and I truly mean this. As I’ve gotten to know numerous members of the St. Clair Shores community, I’ve been impressed with not just how much is going on in the city but with how much people love their city. People want to live in the Shores, and businesses are thrilled to be serving the residents.

While I live in Grosse Pointe Woods, I live so close to St. Clair Shores that I could walk there in a matter of minutes. In fact, my go-to Kroger and post office, doctor’s office, and soon, my favorite place to view the lake (Blossom Heath’s extended pier) are all in St. Clair Shores. What I like about this magazine is that it allows me to discover more about the Shores, which feels like an extension of my neighborhood.

The outpouring of excitement and positivity we’ve received about our first issue of the Shores was indescribable. Residents sent us kind emails and called us at the office. Drop spots such as the library and senior center contacted us asking for more copies because they were running out. We are humbled and grateful, and we appreciate the community’s support. This issue is full of awesome stories about St. Clair Shores residents and happenings. A few of my favorites are “All in a Day’s Work” featuring Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman (p.12), “Like Father, Like Son” with renowned sailor Al Declercq (p.26) and “City Revamps Playgrounds, Parks One by One” (p. 28) Please continue to reach out and share your thoughts about the magazine. Maybe I will see you around. After all, we are neighbors.






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Correction: On page 9 of the April/May issue of the Shores, within the article “Meet Your Grand Marshal,” Robert Stewart was incorrectly referred to as Richard.

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Bringing More of Lake St. Clair to You


t. Clair Shores Mayor Kip Walby sees the extension of the Blossom Heath pier as the solution to a problem.

“One of the complaints that we’ve gotten over the years is that we don’t have enough views of the water,” said Walby. “A lot of people don't have boats and access to the water.” The panoramic views, ability for better fishing and serenity for those who like to read or paint – these are just some of the experiences the pier will deliver to residents, Walby says. He believes the upgrade will enhance residents’ view of the city and access to the lake. “It will create...a destination. You don’t always have to go to a restaurant. You get an ice cream and head over to the pier...Everyone loves water.” The extension of the Blossom Heath Pier – 390 feet to be exact – into Lake St. Clair will likely be complete no later than September, according to Chris Rayes, ARPA / Special Projects Manager. The timeline began with a discussion in the summer of 2018, awarding the work to EC Korneffel in June 2021, with the project officially starting in September 2021. Rayes said that despite some delays, they’ve been trying to keep the project moving quickly. “It’s not just for residents,” Rayes says. “It’s also a draw to bring people to St. Clair Shores.” While Blossom Heath Park requires a resident pass, the pier has always been – and will continue to be – open to the public. The pier extension is primarily being funded by the Tax Increment Finance Authority with additional funds provided by the city of St. Clair Shores. Improvements don’t stop at the pier extension for Blossom Heath. Residents will enjoy new landscaping to the existing pier, new asphalt for the parking lot and a new dinosaur-themed playground within the residents-only Blossom Heath Park. Residents can also sponsor tables, benches and bike racks – contact SCS Parks and Recreation for more information at (586) 445-5350. While a water taxi is shown in some of the rendering drawings, Rayes said there isn’t an agreement with a service vendor at this time. However, the pier is designed so that it can accommodate larger boats in the future.

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“IT’S NOT JUST FOR RESIDENTS. IT’S ALSO A DRAW TO BRING PEOPLE TO ST. CLAIR SHORES.” - CHRIS RAYES Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman sees the new, extended pier as a space for new opportunities, such as a place for live music. But another idea has Bowman even more excited: “I want to teach every kid how to fish.” He is picturing the pier as the perfect place for fishing derbies, with the potential for sponsors or guard shacks providing equipment for kids. Bowman grew up in St. Clair Shores and recalls bike rides with his neighbor to the Nautical Mile almost every day during the summer to fish. He wants to pass on that same joy he felt as a teen. “Living and growing up in St. Clair Shores, everyone needs to know how to fish,” says Bowman. He hopes to work with Michigan State University’s program, Project F.I.S.H., an educational program for youth and families. Bowman envisions an adult group learning everything they need to know about fishing, then passing on their knowledge to children. “You’ve got Nautical Mile, Blossom Heath, 9 Mile Fishing Pier, Lac St. Clair, Veterans Park. These are great places for people to learn how to fish.”

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Renderings of the Blossom Heath Pier project Courtesy of Chris Rayes

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hen determining how to overhaul the playgrounds throughout an entire city, the Playground Committee knew just what expert to ask – a 7-year-old. Parker Frederick, the grandson of St. Clair Shores City Council Member Ron Frederick, was more than happy to visit playgrounds with his grandfather and the two other members of the committee, Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman and Council Member Candice Rusie. Ron Frederick jokingly referred to his grandson, who is now 11, as “a one-person focus group.” They visited other cities and county parks, including the one at Lake St. Clair Metropark, all the while taking copious notes.

This process began in the winter of 2019, before Rusie’s 22-month-old nephew Logan Rudzinski was born. He is another child who provides inspiration for what Rusie describes as her most rewarding project during her 12 years on city council. “I think about, what is he into? [It’s about] trying to see the world through a little kid’s eyes. It’s not always the same as what an adult would find appealing.”

According to Rusie, some of the equipment being replaced has been played on for two to three generations. Upgrades to play structures, almost all with a distinct theme, are bringing new life to each park, one by one. “Every park is being looked at,” Frederick said. “We are looking at every aspect that we can.”

In some instances, equipment is showing up in spaces that previously did not have a play structure – such as the hockeythemed play-scape at Civic Ice Arena. It provides the perfect diversion for children waiting for siblings to finish practice. “I would look across the parking lot from the Community Garden [behind Civic Arena] and see kids playing at the structure,” Rusie said. “It was just such an incredible feeling. You see the smiles; you hear the laughter.”

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Changes to parks are not limited to just play structures – improvements range from refurbished seawalls to upgrading walking trails and athletic fields. Here is a list of the city’s parks and what is happening at each:

• Alexander: Frederick said the committee is “still evaluating what will work there.” The park currently has playground equipment, picnic tables, barbecues, a lakefront view and fishing area. • Blackburn: This is a pocket park with benches. • Blossom Heath: New seawalls and wells were installed. The pier extension project will be completed no later than September and a dinosaur-themed playground with ADA accessible components is coming this summer. • Civic Ice Arena: A new hockey-themed play-scape has already been put in place, with six pickleball courts coming this summer. • Champine: This small pocket park boasts a magnificent view of the lake. The seawall will hopefully be refurbished this summer. • Frederick: This park boasts a new animal-themed park plus the addition of two new soccer fields and an ADA compliant walking track. • Fresard: This is a small pocket park in front of Stroh’s ice cream shop with benches and bike racks, plus the city’s new scooters can be picked up there. • Gaffke: This was the first park to receive a new playground; it has a firefighter's theme.

The same is true now as when those sewer pipes were first hauled there – great parks enhance neighborhoods. Funding for the play structures comes primarily from money that was accumulated for about a decade by purchasing foreclosed homes and selling them. The county would get the houses back due to unpaid taxes then sell them back to the city of St. Clair Shores. A subcommittee would either fix them up or tear them down and sell the lot. Selling these homes and lots yielded over $1 million in profit.

All Renderings Courtesy of SCS Parks and Recreation Dept.

Bottom Right: A freighter-shaped play structure will be installed at Veterans Memorial Park this summer.

Right Middle: Nature-themed play structures are slated to be installed by end of summer at Welsh Family Park.

Top Right: Rendering of Blossom Heath dinosaur-themed playground, coming this summer

Top left: City Council Member Ron Frederick at Frederick Park, which was named after his father Casper Frederick

• Herman Brys Park: New playground equipment with ADA accessible components will be installed in the next year or so. Ballfield surfaces will be improved after this year’s baseball season is done, and a new arboretum in the northwest corner should be complete by the end of spring. • Kaufman: The city is working to keep a combination of some existing play elements and adding others, while also improving the baseball/soccer field this summer or fall. • Kyte Monroe: The park will receive new playground equipment in the next year or so, with ADA accessible components. • Lac Sainte Clair: Children are enjoying a new pirate ship playground, and future plans include a new slide and kiddie pool amenities (no official timeline yet). • Statler Maloof: This dog park is located inside Herman Brys Park, and a lot of work has been done to make sure it’s “up to par for the pooches” according to Frederick. • Veterans Memorial: A freighter play structure with ADA accessible components is coming this summer, while an updated splash pad and adult exercise equipment (donated by St. John Ascension) was completed last year. • Wahby: This already beautiful place in front of Blossom Heath receives regular attention to keep it that way. • Welsh: Two nature-themed play structures, one for toddlers and one for older children, will hopefully be completed before the end of this summer (subject to receiving the equipment from vendors).

For Ron Frederick, one park holds special significance. Frederick Park, once called Pallister Park, is named after Ron Frederick’s father Casper Frederick who passed away in 1987. Around the time a giant trench was being dug for I-94, his dad and others bribed workers to bring dirt from around 8 Mile to help build a baseball field at the park. The field is now gone – but some concrete sewer pipes (also hauled there by those working on I-94) remain. Painted with brightly colored flowers and fun for crawling through, Frederick is nostalgic visiting the oldest remaining part of the park.

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House Hunting? Here’s How to Survive This Seller’s Market BY FLO ABKE, GRI


ue to a limited inventory of homes, the market for home buyers has been challenging for the last few years. In my opinion, the pandemic may be to blame. Many had to work remotely and home-school their children, making it nearly impossible to put houses up for sale. Inflation may have people a little worried now as well.

If you are a buyer, position yourself in a good spot to be successful in this limited market. Here are some steps to do just that: 1. Find an experienced agent who will work for you as your buyer's agent and represent your best interests.

2. Get pre-approved from a reputable mortgage company. Getting a pre-approval on-line or over the phone isn't the same as connecting with an experienced loan representative who will ask for important documents and have an underwriter review them carefully. This way you can get a solid pre-approval showing you’re a strong buyer. Also, pick a loan representative who works weekends and evenings. If you find yourself in a multiple bid situation and need a question answered quickly, it's important to be able to reach your loan representative.

3. Be realistic in your search. With a limited number of homes for sale and numerous buyers bidding on these homes, don't look at homes $20,000 over your price range and expect to make lower/less than asking price offers. In the current market, nice homes often sell for $30,000 or more over asking price. 4. Be flexible by looking at homes that need a little cleaning or updating. Sometimes it's easier to get one of the homes that isn't "spectacular" because you won't be competing with many or any other buyers. Also, sometimes you can offer a little less than asking price on these homes and/or ask for seller concessions to give you a little money to do some updating once you move in.

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5. If there is a multi-bid situation, discuss a solid strategy with your buyer's agent and loan representative to provide you with the best chance of winning. Sometimes no matter what you do, it's hard to win. If you are competing against a full price cash offer, and you are getting a mortgage, it may be tough to be triumphant. 6. Most importantly, have patience. You will get the house that was meant for you!

I hope the information contained in this article will be helpful if you are purchasing a home in the coming months. I wish you success!

A St. Clair Shores native, Broker/Realtor Flo Abke, GRI, is part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kee Realty team in St. Clair Shores. She is a member of Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors, Women's Council of Realtors, Michigan Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. Flo has achieved a multi-million-dollar yearly sales level since 1994. She is also a junior sectional judge for United States Figure Skating.










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ALL IN A DAY’S Parks & Rec Director Henry Bowman BY ANNA SWARTZ


arks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman is a bit of a local celebrity, although he would never call himself that. Residents look for his Facebook Live updates on city events and stop him on the street to tell him how much they appreciate his hard work. Everyone seems to know him — and they like him a lot. He possesses an outgoing, down-toearth demeanor. His relaxed posture and standard uniform of jeans and a sweatshirt (with a few extra hanging on a coat rack in his office, just in case) give off a low-key vibe, even though Bowman’s job is the exact opposite.

Bowman took the reins at parks and rec in December of 2018, shortly after he had moved back to his hometown. He previously served as the parks and recreation director for the city of Warren, Michigan for 15 years. Bowman loved working for Warren but says that St. Clair Shores is the one city that could lure him away. “I hear people say it all the time – people who grow up here and go to the schools, a lot of them don’t leave. And it happens still. Even me, when I moved back here to St. Clair Shores, I thought – why did I ever leave?”

Sponsorship Program Brings New Events (and Beer)

Bowman’s love of the city fuels his drive to maintain the best parks and offer the

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most memorable programs and events for residents. A sponsorship program involving local businesses to help fund various events – something Bowman utilized successfully in Warren – was launched in St. Clair Shores.

“All you have to do is whisper ‘beer,’ and people line up,” Bowman laughs. Bowman’s involvement with local nonprofits – Lac Sainte Clare Kiwanis president and a member of Shorewood Kiwanis and the St. Clair Shores Optimist Club – is also a win“The cool thing is that St. Clair Shores win. For instance, volunteers may sell already had a great relationship with beer at an event, then money raised is FirstState Bank – they have been a used to sponsor future events. great sponsor of our fireworks...Also Petitpren has sponsored our [Music in Project F.I.S.H. the Park] concerts. We have good grass In terms of programming for the city, roots. We’re trying to build off those.” Bowman has lots of ideas. But one is always on his mind. Thanks to sponsorships, new events such as Rock the Dock have been “Everybody needs a goal that they’ll added. It took place for the first time never be able to achieve, and my goal in 2021 and is slated for June 18 this is every kid needs to know how to year at Lac Sainte Clair. Rock the Dock, fish,” says Bowman. And it’s a goal along with other events such as Food that he’s actively pursuing, starting Truck Rallies (July 24 and October 2) with an MSU extension program and Bourbon, Brews & BBQ Festival called Project F.I.S.H. (September 9-10), include “traveling beer gardens.” Collectible glasses “I went to the training. They come from feature the event name and sponsor(s). MSU and go all over the state. I want to

programs we put together and always coming up with great advice.”

bring it here. Maybe doing it on Farmers Market Sundays where a class could be going on and kids can try it out.” He pictures loaning out fishing equipment to kids and adults.

“I want to see these kids riding their bikes...with the fishing poles in their backpacks ready to go out there trying to catch the fish, you know?”

The Unassuming Boss

A tangible easiness between Bowman and his staff is evident within the office. Several staff members even followed him from Warren to St. Clair Shores. “My staff and everyone who works for St. Clair Shores is just awesome,” Bowman says.

Tracy Jarrett, who worked at the front desk at Warren Parks & Rec for 10 years, originally knew Bowman because their children attended school together in Warren. He never mentioned his workplace. Knowing that Jarrett was looking for a job, Bowman mentioned: “I believe Warren Parks & Rec is hiring.” Jarrett was surprised when she saw Bowman at the office and discovered that he was the director. “I consider him family,” Jarrett said. “He’s all around a great guy. I can’t brag enough about him. He doesn’t have an air about him. He’s just an everyday average guy.”

Jarrett is gifted in photography and volunteered her time taking photos of various events for the city of Warren. When Bowman came to St. Clair Shores, he asked if she could take photos of certain events here too, such as the Memorial Day Parade and Music on the Lake.

“He expanded my knowledge of Who’s Who? In St. Clair Shores,” Jarrett says. “I love the people; I love the atmosphere. I love that Henry still puts in 1,000%.”

Family and Friends First

As much as Bowman is devoted to his job, his first priority is always family and friends. His daughter Claire Bowman is 21, and stepdaughter Miranda Elliott Palma is 24. When discussing his girls, pride oozes from every word. “Miranda just got two degrees from Wayne State: International Studies and Criminal Justice.” and “People stop me now and ask – aren’t you Claire’s Dad?”

He scrolls on his phone, searching for a picture of a younger Claire and a friend dressed up for the Daddy Daughter Dance while shooting hoops. Another old basketball team photo shows Miranda, who despite no blood relation, bears a resemblance to Bowman. “I didn’t think I would ever enjoy anything more than coaching football until I started coaching my daughters,” he said. They were involved with Upward basketball and the Warren Parks and Rec league. Another important person in Bowman’s life is his girlfriend, Darcy Andring. She accompanies him to many of the city’s events, such as Music on the Lake or the Farmers Market.

“We’ve been dating for a couple years now. She is so supportive of the

As far as friendships, Bowman says: “I value my friends and keep them for a very long period of time.” He has such a reputation for being kind, that a buddy was even miffed when an ex-girlfriend u n friended Bowman on social media. The friend confronted the ex: “Why would you unfriend Henry? He’s the nicest guy there is.”



Music: Country Band: Zac Brown Book You’ve Read Recently: The Seven Levels of Communication by Michael J. Maher Movie: Home Alone Place You’ve Traveled: Arizona Spot in SCS: Blossom Heath Snack: Fruit Season: Fall Hobby: Fishing

Middle Right: Henry Bowman with daughter Claire Bowman (left) and stepdaughter Miranda Elliott Palma

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Anti ues Pick Up A PIECE of the


ecognizing value in antique and vintage items comes naturally for Labelle Antiques Owner Jenny Wynne and Business Manager Roxann Mirabella. Searching for treasures hiding out at garage sales, estate sales and antique stores and reselling them is the common interest that bonded them together. In fact, they first met at Mirabella’s annual large garage sale six years ago, and their friendship blossomed from there. They both also frequented Labelle Antiques.

A Dream Come True

“I would go to Labelle's and fall in love with the character and charm,” Wynne said. “It was my dream to own that store one day. People were lined up wanting to buy it as soon as [the former owner] Dawn was ready to sell it. Today I'm the proud owner of Labelle Antiques. I still pinch myself to this day.”

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Mirabella chimes in: “When Jenny said that she wanted to buy Labelle’s I decided to invest with her not only because of her congeniality and honesty but also because she has a good eye for unique items. And I believed customers would agree with that, making the store successful.”

Wynne has owned the 17-year-old business since March 2021 and is proud of the wide variety of items available in her store – from mid-century modern pieces to jewelry and vintage clothing and her favorite collectible of all, artwork. Oil paintings, watercolors and everything in between – especially ones featuring the human face – capture Wynne’s attention. The store is currently a mixture of vendor “booths” and items owned by Labelle.

Interior decorators will come in and purchase artwork, coffee tables, china cabinets and desks, Wynne says. Mirabella adds that regular customers come as often as twice per week, particularly every Tuesday (after the shop has been closed for two days) when new items are on display. Other antique store owners, with shops in areas such as Eastern Market that can ask for higher prices, come to Labelle to buy items as well. “When you come to Labelle Antiques, you're walking down memory lane,” Wynne says. “You will see china and linens that you might remember seeing as a child at your grandparent’s.

What's in Store for Labelle

As Wynne and Mirabella look to the future of Labelle, they are planning a garage sale for early June of this year. This would allow them to gain space and eventually open the back room again, potentially to have an area featuring an “Under 10” area one Saturday per month. In addition, their annual Christmas opening on the first Tuesday in November is a special event for customers.

Below: Owner Jenny Wynne , left, and Business Manager Roxann Mirabella

“No Christmas is allowed in the store until then,” Mirabella says. “People line up around the building.”

Wynne is continually grateful for the opportunity to do what she loves in a store that she once only dreamed of owning.

“I promise if you come to Labelle's and shop, you will not be disappointed,” Wynne says. “I keep my prices affordable because I want everyone to enjoy a piece of history. It's not always about the money. It's about what they are going to do with it. Family heirlooms are very sentimental.” Labelle Antiques is open Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 24861 Harper Ave in St. Clair Shores. For more information about the store, visit

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celebrating FATHERHOOD


ather’s Day is on June 19, and the Shores would like to celebrate all local dads and honor the memory of those who are no longer with us. Thank you to those who responded to our request for photos for this “Celebrating Fatherhood” feature. Fathers and father figures are the men who have shaped us, believed in us and marveled at the privilege of watching us grow. Dads, we love you – whether you are here with us or forever in our hearts.

Middle Left: Joe Fresard and Corinne Streicher with their daughter Dora. Submitted by Joe Fresard Middle Right: (L-R) Jerry Dancey, David Schelosky, Molly Schelosky, Jeremy Schelosky, Dave Schelosky and Dianne Schelosky – Jerry is Dianne’s father; Dave is David’s father and Molly and Jeremy’s grandfather. Submitted by Sandy Schelosky Bottom Left: Brett Drinkwater with son Maddox Drinkwater Submitted by Brett’s fiancé Tiffani Stack Bottom Right: In Memory of Bill Addis, who is pictured here at his 90th birthday with his daughter Sandy Schelosky. Submitted by Sandy Schelosky

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In Memory of Mark Drinkwater pictured with grandson Maddox, top, and his wife Kelly, left Submitted by Tiffani Stack



Estate Planning: Why A Will Is Not Enough BY PATRICK M. SIMASKO


n estate plan is just a legal toolbox. Every good toolbox should be filled with a variety of tools that serve specific purposes. Make sure you have the appropriate tools and understand how each of them work. While a will is a very important tool, in most situations it’s the least important. Why? Because if you use your will, your estate will go through probate. So, people try to avoid this by setting up beneficiary and joint owner designations on their financial accounts and house. These designations are known to be will substitutes. Their mistake is this: they believe their will controls their estate. It doesn’t. Remember this rule: joint ownership and beneficiary designations supersede the will. That sounds awesome, but let’s see if it really is. If you put your daughter on your bank account and she is sued, files for bankruptcy or divorce, her problems just became your problems. Your accounts are now at risk. If you put the bank account in your son’s name and you die, he does not have to split it up with his sibling as directed in your will. Not so awesome. Don’t get me wrong! In most cases, beneficiary and joint designations work perfectly, but you must understand the rules. Revocable trust agreements are a very popular tool because they protect estates from children’s problems and still allow families to avoid probate. You designate a successor trustee – that allows the trustee to distribute your estate to your beneficiaries without probate court involvement or relying on family members to do the right thing. A trust

agreement can also be used to protect minor children from themselves. You choose someone to watch over their money until they are old enough while still having money available for their needs. But what if you have a stroke or develop dementia and need someone to care for you? You will need a medical and financial power of attorney in your toolbox. You choose someone to go to the bank for you or tell your doctor to operate if you become incapacitated and can’t take care of yourself. If you don’t have these documents your family will need to go to probate and appoint a guardian or conservator for you. This is a waste of time and money – not to mention stressful. A comprehensive estate plan has a will, revocable trust, medical power of attorney, financial power of attorney and the necessary deeds and forms required to transfer your estate to your trust when you pass away. Planning is the key. Reach out to an elder law attorney and find the best plan for you. Patrick joined Simasko Law Firm in 1989 after graduating from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The practice was founded in 1955 by Patrick’s father Leonard Simasko. As well as being a successful elder law attorney, Patrick is a licensed financial advisor for Simasko Financial. He is also an adjunct professor for Michigan State University.

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Financial PLANNING

Caution: Your Worldview May be Harmful to Your Wealth


n the last 20 years, do you believe the proportion of the world living in extreme poverty has… A. Almost doubled B. Remained more or less the same C. Almost halved It’s not a trick question. The late Hans Rosling, a medical doctor and professor of international health, posed big questions like this to thousands of people over many years. What he found is that people in general are massively ignorant (his words, not mine!) about the world we live in. The answer to the above question is C. If you got it wrong, don’t feel bad. Of those polled in the U.S., only 5% picked the correct number. Over the past 20 years, the proportion of the global population living in extreme poverty has halved. You could make an argument that this is the most important development in the world in our lifetime. How is it that so few of us are aware of this fact? Hans Rosling discovered that not only are we uninformed about the condition of our world, but we are also often “devastatingly and systematically wrong” about it. This is true across countries, backgrounds, cultures and levels of education. He shared his research and findings in his book, Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things are Better Thank You Think. This revelation, based upon interviews and hard data, was eye opening to me. I believe having a semi-accurate big picture worldview is important. It stands to reason that our worldview can influence our psychology and potentially our investment behavior. In short, I think understanding the world as it is can potentially make us better investors and decision makers. At the very least, it might help us ignore some of the constant negativity bombarding us every day. As a financial advisor dedicated to helping our clients invest successfully in an increasingly complex environment, Mr. Rosling’s research sent me on a reading binge. In addition to Factfulness, the best book on this topic I could find was Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know by Ronald Bailey and Marian L. Tupy. I keep it within reach at my office. The book is a factual chronicle of the progress humans have made in areas like farming, health care and technology. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division


The other item I keep close by to fight off my own occasional negativity bias is the photo above. This features a typical middle-class family in the 1880s, and this picture would have remained accurate into the early part of the 20th century. The size of our homes and our present standard of living would appear as science fiction to this family. It makes me wonder what life will look like 50 or 100 years from now. And I think of the incredible investment opportunities innovation and progress will continue to present patient long-term investors. Jeffrey Brayton is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has an MBA from Wayne State University. He is the co-owner of Lakeshore Financial Planning in St. Clair Shores and has spent the last 29 years helping individuals and families clarify and work toward achieving their unique financial goals. For more information about Lakeshore Financial Planning, go to

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St. Clair Shores Sail & POWER Fostering Co


ven though Bob Krieg and his wife Bonnie have moved out of St. Clair Shores and away from their canal-front home of 40 years, one special group draws them back – the St. Clair Shores Sail & Power Squadron (SCSSPS). Being one of the 29 members of the squadron (now referred to as America’s Boating Club since the U.S. Power Squadron rebranded itself) is the perfect way to connect with other boaters and to spread the message of safe boating. It started with Krieg’s son and his wife joining the squadron after taking a safe boating class through the group. “That was 15 years ago,” says Krieg who, along with his wife, are past commanders of the SCSSPS. “We have met so many people not only from our squadron but from the other 15 squadrons in Michigan. I have to say that St. Clair Shores is the most kid-friendly squadron out of the bunch. Kids are welcome at all our events and meetings except for the Commander’s Ball. We are people from all walks of life, as they say. But when we are together, we talk...sail and power boating.” All this talking about boating has its advantages for the public – that's where Safe Boating Courses and free Vessel Safety Checks come in. Krieg and his fellow members are passionate about equipping boaters with the often lifesaving knowledge about boat maintenance and handling. The Safe Boating Courses are designed for ages 12 and up; SCSSPS typically holds theirs at the Civic Arena. The courses cover topics such as types of boats, rules of the road, navigation aids, anchoring, knots and lines, required safety equipment, adverse conditions and more. “Something is going to happen out there,” Krieg says. “What do you do, who do you call? A captain cannot panic. You have to be ready.”

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Vessel Safety Checks ensure that the boat and its equipment comply with federal, state and local safety requirements. Inspected items include fire extinguishers, life jackets, navigation lights, ventilation, sound producing devices and overall vessel condition. This free service is offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, America’s Boating Club (squadrons) and many state boating safety agencies. To schedule a free Vessel Safety Check, visit For those boaters who may be looking for a sense of community, the SCSSPS is open to new members, and you don’t need to be a resident of St. Clair Shores to join. The squadron offers advanced courses, educational seminars and speakers at general membership meetings, spring and fall district conferences, picnics, weekend rendezvous, day cruises to swimming spots, raft-offs for the St. Clair Shores fireworks and more. The squadron has also been involved in the Nautical Mile Coast Cleanup, St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade and the Shore-Pointes Adventure Triathlon. “These are trying times right now, so go online and look us up, read a few past newsletters (Shore Lines) and you can see the fun we have had,” Krieg says. “You can read for days about the United States Power Squadron / America’s Boating Club, of some 70,000 members and 450 squadrons. We must be doing something right!” To find out more information about the St. Clair Shores Sail & Power Squadron, go to


ommunity Through Boating Safety BY ANNA SWARTZ

Left: Past Commanders Bob and Bonnie Krieg Photo courtesy of Bob Krieg Right: SCSSPS Members Ted and Vicki Grafton Middle: A quiet morning dew photo taken at the Squadron’s Annual Frost Bite Cruise at Lake St. Clair Metropark, which usually takes place in late September or early October Photos courtesy of the St. Clair Shores Sail & Power Squadron/America’s Boating Club

the shores magazine WHERE DOES COME FROM? One day you noticed a nice-looking magazine on your porch and thought – a magazine all about St. Clair Shores, I don’t remember seeing this before. Where did it come from? Did some giant media conglomerate put this together? How often will I receive this? Let’s get some answers. The bimonthly Shores Magazine is produced by its parent companies, Towar Productions and “the little Blue Book” in Grosse Pointe Woods. Ten staff members work together to create the magazine and other projects for all three companies – two team members are St. Clair Shores residents. The Shores is the only magazine published by Towar and “the little Blue Book”. “the little Blue Book” is a familiar community resource, as it has been delivered to the homes of St. Clair Shores for 32 years. Originally started as a telephone directory for the Grosse Pointes in 1948, the Towar family took ownership of the company in 1977. Kim Towar, president of both parent companies and publisher for the Shores magazine, took the helm at “the little Blue Book” in 1989. Over time, a wealth of community information was added to the Blue Book, and serves as an online version. And now, a recently-launched app keeps important SCS information at your fingertips – search for BlueBookLocal Directory in the app store. Over the years, Towar Productions has served as the side of the business handling full-service design, marketing and printing. One year ago, the idea to add the Shores magazine was brought to the table by a staff member – and as Kim Towar said, “it just felt right.”

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Lake Shore

Boat Top a One-stop shop for


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ake Shore Boat Top moved to the Nautical Mile in 2016, and the marine-inspired neighborhood suits the business just fine. A captive audience of local boaters is the perfect fit for a business specializing in custom boat covers and full canvas enclosures. Lake Shore’s services and products make it a one-stop shop for those looking to customize their vessel. “This is one of the largest boating communities on Lake St. Clair,” says Owner and President Rob Kotowski. “On the Nautical Mile, there are 10 marinas alone, with tens of thousands of boats. The location is ideal for a business like ours. We service small fishing boats all the way to mega yachts. We have always wanted to have a space here. When this building became available, we jumped on it.” Lake Shore’s business includes a service location with four covered boat slips inside Miller’s Marina, right behind Blossom Heath. The business also expanded several years ago, opening the second half of their building for

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upholstery, CAD design and metal fabrication. In 2019, they acquired Aquarius Recreational Products, their stainless metal fabrication/welding division.

Metal fabrication includes stainless structures, bow rails, mounts for electronics, handrails, grab rails, shade poles and anything custom, Kotowski says. Upholstery and marine flooring (carpeting or SeaDek) are other important parts of the business. Customers can visit the company showroom for a hands-on experience with all their products.

“Seeing pictures is one thing but being able to touch and look at it is another,” says Kotowski. “We don’t want any surprises; we want our clients to know what they are getting.”

Top: Lake Shore Boat Top's service location at Miller's Marina includes four covered boat slips Bottom: Owner Rob Kotowski in the company's showroom

“Everything you can think of on the interior or exterior of a boat, we can pretty much handle it,” says Kotowski. Lake Shore is also happy to do repairs if it will give someone another year or two without having to purchase a new product. “If we can help stitch them up or fix a few snaps, we will help them out,” Kotowski says. “A lot of repairs can be very inexpensive. There’s no need to up-sell.” Kotowski mentions that high pressure sales are not a thing at Lake Shore.

“We are not the cheapest shop in town, but when we’re done with the project, you’re not going to have any issues with it. And if there are, we’re here. We don’t just collect the check and say see you later.” Kotowski jokes about how meticulous his entire staff is, including himself.

Top and bottom left photos: courtesy of Lake Shore Boat Top

“I used to call my dad Overkill Bob, and now I’m Overkill Rob.”

Bob Kotowski was the owner from 1971 to 2017 and is now a business consultant for the company and coach for employees. Rob’s wife Jessica works on accounting for Lake Shore, and Rob’s sister Sherri Kotowski is an executive assistant.

Since boating is a big part of the Kotowski family’s life, it makes it easy to understand customers’ wants and needs.

“The hours shared on the water are lifelong memories for generations,” Kotowsi said. “At Lake Shore Boat Top we want to be a small part of our customers’ memories.” Lake Shore Boat Top is located at 24601 Jefferson Ave in St. Clair Shores.

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music on the lake

Harmonica Player with SCS Roots Performs with Air Margaritaville

7-8:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park


Wednesday, June 8 Family Tradition Band Country Wednesday, June 15 Capture Detroit Journey Tribute Band Wednesday, June 22 American Ages Classic Rock Wednesday, June 29 Atomic Radio ’90s Rock Wednesday, July 13 Rockstar Ultimate ’80s Rock Experience Wednesday, July 20 Air Margaritaville Jimmy Buffet Tribute Wednesday, July 27 Mainstream Drive Top 40 Motown Favorites Wednesday, August 3 Joey Vee Band American Country Wednesday, August 10 Captain Fantastic Elton John Tribute Band Wednesday, August 17 Kathleen Murray and The Groove Council Motown/R&B

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Top: Air Margaritaville members: Top (L-R): Jim LeFevre (keyboards), Marty Kane (drums), Chas Salas (bass) and Lamarr Woodall (steel pan/saxophone). Bottom (L-R): Bing Buress (lead guitar), Frank Bama (lead vocals and guitar), Tom McGovern (harmonica) and Nick Calcaterra (percussion) Photo courtesy of Air Margaritaville Right: Tom McGovern Photo by Tracy Jarrett Photography


ne of the true marks of summer in St. Clair Shores is the Music on the Lake Concert Series, free open-to-the-public live music that draws residents and neighboring communities to scenic Veterans Memorial Park. These Wednesday evening concerts run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and feature a wide variety of musical genres, among them tributes to specific bands/artists such as Elton John, Journey and Jimmy Buffett; previous decades (’80s and ’90s); and musical styles (Motown, classic rock, country). Playing at Music on the Lake each year is extra special for Tom McGovern, harmonica player for the Buffett tribute band Air Margaritaville. McGovern grew up in St. Clair Shores, moving there with his family in 1956. He attended Harmon Elementary, St. Issac Jogues and Lakeview High School. In fact, McGovern was the president of the Lakeview class of 1972 and is currently planning the 50th reunion with other alumni. While McGovern is now a lawyer living in Lenox Township, he cherishes his hometown. “St. Clair Shores is the biggest small town in the country. It has that nice small-town feel.” Veterans Memorial, McGovern says, is one of the band’s favorite venues to play. With the lake as a backdrop, he’s reminded of childhood memories. His father and sister once worked as gate guards at the park, and he’s seen the park evolve over the years. “We used to go fishing there as kids. We’ve watched it change from a rinky-dink park. It’s such a beautiful venue with friendly staff and easy loadin and load-out. It’s just a pleasant place to play. We always look forward to seeing [everyone] in St. Clair Shores.”

Left: Rockstar Top: Captain Fantastic Below: American Ages Photos by Tracy Jarrett Photography

Air Margaritaville became part of McGovern’s life when he saw the band play at Green Street Tavern in New Baltimore in the late ’90s. “I had been playing the harmonica since high school, and I told the band they could use a harmonica player. They said – ‘we’ve got a show next Thursday night, why don’t you show up and play?’” He’s been a member ever since. Frank Bama, the front man of Air Margaritaville, formed the band in 1996. Buffett fans were only able to hear his music live when he came to Detroit once each year, and this gave hardcore fans an opportunity to hear his music more regularly. “I think people near the water especially appreciate it more – the boaters, the beach, the laid-back style of living,” says Bama, which is not his real name. Frank Bama is a character from Jimmy Buffett’s book, Where Is Joe Merchant? Bama takes on the namesake of this character as the singer and guitarist. Both Bama and McGovern appreciate Buffett’s approach to music and life. McGovern talks about Buffett’s classic song, “Margaritaville” – “It's not a place. It’s in your mind.” Bama says Buffett is “quite talented at weaving tales in verse and print. People who like [him] are fans of the lyrics. The ballads are some very tender tales.”

Both Bama and McGovern enjoy Buffett’s “A Pirate Looks at 40,”a song you’ll hear them perform at Music on the Lake. The first two verses go like this: “Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall You've seen it all, you've seen it all Watched the men who rode you switch from sails to steam And in your belly you hold the treasures few have ever seen Most of them dream, most of them dream Yes I am a pirate, two hundred years too late The cannons don't thunder, there's nothing to plunder I'm an over-forty victim of fate Arriving too late, arriving too late I've done a bit of smuggling, I've run my share of grass I made enough money to buy Miami, but I pissed it away so fast Never meant to last, never meant to last”

“A lot of capable people play on the bill,” Bama says of Music on the Lake. “We are very fortunate to be included in a series like this; it’s a first-class operation. They bring in top talent to the area. It’s been fun.”

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o say that sailing is in St. Clair Shores resident Al Declercq’s blood may be putting it lightly. He sailed his first Mackinac Race at the age of 12 in 1966 on the family boat Flying Buffalo, which his father Maury Declercq spent three years designing and building. The Flying Buffalo was crewed by those among Who’s Who in Detroit sailing. To date, Al Declercq has sailed in 53 Port Huron to Mackinac Races and 44 Chicago to Mackinac Races. He’s won 26 of those races. The 2012 Port Huron to Mackinac Race win has been his favorite, sailing a restored boat named Bernida which won the very first Mackinac Race in 1925. The crew consisted of him and his son Matthew, along with Fred Detwiler and his son Ward and Ken Flaska and his son Connor.

Bernida: 1925 Mackinac Victor and Back Again

“I’ve sailed 75,000 miles with those guys...all over the world, whether it’s Bermuda races, races to Mexico, Jamaica,” says Declercq of Fred and Ken. For these seasoned sailors, seeing their then-teenage and young adult sons grow into an important part of the crew was gratifying. “They just blossomed into very good sailors by the time this race started,” Declercq said. “It was nice to see what a good job they did.” The history of Bernida is so extraordinary that Declercq and Tom Ervin self-published a book, Bernida: A True Story That Can’t Be True. It details the boat’s design in the early 1900s, various owners, and how Declercq learned about the restoration of Bernida on Mackinac Island in 2006 and later saw the boat and donated sails in 2010. (Declercq is in the sail making business.) By 2011, Bernida was for sale for $15,000 – on eBay. Declercq called the owner, Emory Barnwell. They agreed to a price, and the boat was pulled off eBay and later brought to Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit. There, Declercq, friends, family and some experts helped Bernida get in tiptop shape for the 2012 Port Huron to Mackinac Race. “When the Mackinac Race started, we couldn’t possibly have had better conditions for the boat,” Declercq said. “About eight miles into the race, we were about a mile ahead. When we woke up Sunday morning at Thunder Bay, we were the lead boat in the fleet. Even the boats that should have been two

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minutes per mile faster than us were all behind us, because we had terrific conditions and we got a few breaks weather wise. We ended up winning by a ton.”

A special moment on the journey was Declercq finally being able to fulfill his father’s request that his ashes be spread on the straits of Mackinac. He had passed away 10 years prior to that momentous race. In the book, Declercq writes: “My dad, Maury Declercq, was a legendary sailor. The old timers will tell you he understood what it took to win a Mackinac Race perhaps better than anyone...As we were nearing the finish line, I opened the container and began to pour his ashes into the lake. The crew was very quiet and it was a magical feeling, getting to win one more race with my dad...”

The Sailing Gene

These days, Declercq owns one sailboat, Flying Buffalo, the one his dad built all those years ago. He and his brother Bob bought it in 2015, after connecting with the owner in New York. Declercq remembers his father’s dedication to creating the perfect vessel for Mackinac races: “Dad was a tool and dye worker, and he would leave there at 5:00 every day and work on the boat till about 2:00 in the morning.” Once it was complete in 1963, “it was the best racing sailboat in the Great Lakes.” It won seven Mackinac Races in eight years. It’s clear that Maury Declercq passed down the sailing gene not just to the next generation, but to the one after that too. “When I was a kid, I was a pretty good sailor, so most of the better boats wanted me to sail with them,” Declercq said. “I met all the good sailors from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. And then my son is a really good sailor, so all the older guys want him to sail with them. So [we’re] passing on the information from generation to generation as a result of it. You feel you’re really well rooted in the sailing community. You started at 15, 16 years old sailing with the best guys at the time. Well, eventually you’re the best guy at the time. And you’ve got the new 15-, 16-year-olds who are sailing with you.”

Top: The 2012 Mackinac crew (L-R) Fred Detwiler, Ward Detwiler, Connor Flaska, Ken Flaska, Al Declercq and Matthew Declercq Middle: Bernida, which won the first Port Huron to Mackinac Race in 1925, was restored and won for the third time in 2012 Below: Flying Buffalo was designed and built by Maury Declercq, the father of Al Declercq All photos courtesy of Al Declercq

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FAMILY 1+1=19

This series follows St. Clair Shores resident George Arsenault’s journey. Now 94 years young, George looks back at what it was like to raise a family of 19.

Remembering My Father B Y G E O R G E A R S E N A U LT

W Joseph Ernest (“Ernie”) Arsenault, second barber from left, at his shop in southwest Detroit in the ’30s

hen I was 9 years old, my father died. Without him, I felt like a second-class citizen. Many times, I wished to have a father around like everyone else in my school, somebody to go home to and talk to every day. I was only in third grade when he died, and I missed him immensely. I grew up in southwest Detroit. My father was a barber, and my highlight for the day was stopping by the shop for some candy. The shop still exists at 717 Junction Ave., although it’s not in the same pristine shape that it was back in the ’30s. When my dad got sick, he came home early from the barber shop. He took a bath and went to bed. He was worse in the morning. My mother called the doctor, and he was treated for the flu. He was worse the next two mornings and his brother called his own doctor. The two doctors determined that he had a perforated ulcer, and it was too late to do anything. He was now dying.

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My dad said he wanted to talk to his family. He told my little sister Martha Ann, “Stay as sweet as you are.” He told me, “George, be good.” And he told my 10-year-old brother Albert, “You’re the man of the house now. Take care of your mother.” He told my mother, “Sell the barber shop. Keep the new Plymouth car and learn to drive.” Having this experience as a young child, I know that it’s not easy for children to grow up with only one parent. My mother – widowed in 1936 with three children aged 3 to 10 – was my hero. Despite the Depression, she somehow stretched a dollar to maintain our status in our neighborhood. I remember having vegetable soup seven days a week with no complaints. She rented two of the four bedrooms to two young men, cousins, who worked at a nearby GM plant. Years later, when my young wife Marge died, I was left alone as a widower with seven children, all under the age of 10. My own children experienced the same emotions that I felt as a young boy. They now only had one parent to help them. Little did I know that after Marge died in 1964 that two years later, I would meet Delores and our “1+1=19” joint venture would begin. George Arsenault has been a St. Clair Shores resident for over 26 years. He worked for GM, retiring after 36 years, and then retired from Chrysler Motor in 1996 after eight years. He worked as a financial analyst, computer programmer and systems director. He raised a family of 19 in the Grosse Pointes before moving to St. Clair Shores.

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Summer Reading Programs Aren't Just for Kids

BY ANNA SWARTZ Top Picks for Adults from Online Resource and Reference Librarian Kathleen Harville ROMANCE · Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood · People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry MYSTERY · Midnight Library by Matt Haig · Maid by Nita Prose THRILLER · Verity by Colleen Hoover · Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen NONFICTION · Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown · Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Top Picks for Young Readers from Youth Services Librarian Elizabeth Drewek WEE/BEGINNING READERS · While We Can't Hug by Eoin McLaughlin · Simon and Chester: Super Detectives! by Cale Atkinson INDEPENDENT READERS · Wings of Fire graphic novel series by Tui Sutherland · the Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey TEEN READERS/YOUNG ADULT · Heartstopper Volume One by Alice Oseman · The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Barnes

Adult Summer Reading

The St. Clair Shores Public Library trailblazed the world of Adult Summer Reading Programs two decades ago, and the patrons loved it. Up to 500 people participate each summer. Catering to 18 years and up, the program may not feature crafts or ice cream parties but gives adults the chance to set reading goals and earn prizes. E-books, audiobooks, magazines – even books busy parents read to their children – count toward their goal. Once difficult to find, these adult programs are now active at most libraries, according to Online Resource and Reference Librarian Kathleen Harville.

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Harville is the mastermind behind the adult reading program at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, and she is planning weekly drawings for the adult program. One or two names are drawn per week, and the lucky winners typically receive gift cards to local businesses. The grand prize drawing is often a gift basket from a local business. Harville also hopes to “throw in a program or two,” depending on funding. Adults can register online, Harville says, starting June 20.

Youth Summer Reading & Programming

While Harville has been developing this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program, Youth Services Librarian Elizabeth Drewek has been spending months preparing for the 2022 Youth Summer Reading Program. Both the Adult and Youth Reading Programs will run from June 20-July 29. This year’s nationwide theme is Ocean of Possibilities, picked by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, which is strikingly appropriate given the limited framework librarians had to work within the last two years. In 2020 and 2021, the programs were a mixture of virtual events, outdoor activities and take-and-make crafts. “Virtual programming was hard; it was so intangible,” Drewek said. “I missed talking with the children and their grown-ups. There were no conversations about loose or lost teeth, new siblings, birthdays, vacations, or the small joys of childhood.” Youth programming includes the following: • Tales at the Park - Wednesdays, June 22-July 27, 2-2:30 p.m. (all ages with a focus on 2- to 7-year-olds). Held at Blossom Heath Park, except a special intro to theatre program on July 20 by OpenSpot Theatre will be held at St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center at 20100 Stephens. (Extra crafts outside library entrance after event) • Maker Thursdays - June 23-July 28, 2-3 p.m. (8- to 11-year-olds only) STEAM program - children should be able to follow multi-step directions and be able to handle small parts (Extra crafts outside library entrance after event) • Teen Programs - June 28, 2-3:30 p.m. - Tie-Die Party (register June 20 or after: or (586) 771-9020), July 19 (details TBD, contact library) (ages 12+) As for the Youth Reading Program, children can participate in one or both of the following: reading on their own (reading logs) and programming (activities put on by the library). To participate, one must simply be able to check materials out from the St. Clair Shores Library. Also, Drewek is quick to mention that grandparents who live in St. Clair Shores are more than welcome to bring grandchildren to various programs.

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Welcome to the newest businesses in St. Clair Shores! Youth Services Librarian Elizabeth Drewek,left, and Online Resource and Reference Librarian Kathleen Harville

Summer readers are split into four groups: Wee Readers (birth to about 2 ½.), Beginning Readers (3-7), Independent Readers (8-11) and Teen readers (12-18, or the summer after they finish high school). Reading logs will be available starting June 20 at the library or downloadable to print on the website. Grand prizes are drawn at the end of the program – often the prizes are gift cards to local businesses. Up to 1,300 children participate each summer in the reading program. As a fun way to wrap up the Summer Reading Program, a Touch-a-Truck event will be held in the library parking lot on August 2, 5-8 p.m. Vehicles from the city’s Police and Fire Departments and Department of Public Works, as well as a backhoe, snowplow or zamboni, are among the vehicles that may make an appearance.

Library’s Offerings Are Endless

As adults and children navigate their summer reading remember that your local library’s offerings have changed a lot. According to Harville, the amount of people checking out eBooks, eAudiobooks and online magazines via library apps like Libby by OverDrive are almost the same as those who are walking in and picking up materials off the shelf. Harville says that audiobooks have always been very popular in this community. Another factor is that most newer vehicles aren't equipped with CD players – hence the need for downloadable content for tablets or phones. Drewek has noticed that the beginning reader collection of books has exploded, as well as picture books. “Parents and grandparents will walk out with a stack that is 30 books tall,” she says. Drewek also notes the growth in graphic novels, and that she’s hearing less and less ‘that’s not real reading.’ “They’re very complex. Some of those new graphic novels particularly – they touch on very complicated and important topics that are approachable for kids.” Friends of the St. Clair Shores Public Library provide funding and support for both the children and adult summer reading programs.

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on’t rush into your summertime to-do list – beware of fly-by-night construction crews and seasonal companies hoping for an easy sell. Home improvement headaches start early when homeowners rush into contracts without reviewing goals, budgets and expectations. Never let the salesperson make the decision for you.

Watch out for these sales tactics and pressuring techniques during your in-home estimate and consultations.


False Sense of Urgency­­— Being pressured to schedule and gather deposits are used as scare tactics to get you on board and handing over your cash. Use your “buyers’ remorse” three-day hold time to double check your contract and expectations. If your salesperson doesn’t offer this holding time for your job, don’t sign the contract.


“Only Today” Sales Pitches — Bait-and-switch methods are unfortunately often being used. Your price for the job shouldn’t change just because of the date on the contract. These sale tactics only benefit the company and not the homeowner. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


Making the Home’s Condition Seem Worse than It Is — “Mold” and “water damage” are terms used to motivate you to buy into the pitch. Areas of concern need to be pointed out during the estimate with a clear explanation of what can and cannot be done. Have your estimator or salesperson take photos of the areas. You should do it too! Reference the photos when discussing the project. If you don’t understand the what and why of the project, keep asking questions until you do. If they can’t explain it so you understand, they probably don’t either.

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Unclear Contracts & Inability to Produce Business License and Insurance — Contractors should be able to provide business licenses and proof of insurance without hassling you. Their contracts should be easy to review, read and understand. If you think something is missing in the job description, clear this up with the company before you agree and sign the contract. Homeowners have a very short window to cancel contracts and retain their deposit on jobs. Here's an important tip: never ask them to provide references. They will only give you the good ones. Call your local city building department and ask them. If they have done work with your city, they can give you the unbiased opinion you need. Always be cautious and follow through with local reviews. Overall, if it doesn’t make sense, don’t buy into it.

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.



ave you ever been curious how your neighbor grows their annuals with seemingly little effort, or how to incorporate composting or water conservation into your gardening? Maybe you just need a little guidance from the Yardeners (a local volunteer group of avid gardeners) and a peek at some of the best gardens in the city at the 2022 Yardeners Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, August 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This event will feature six or seven of the loveliest yards in St. Clair Shores that attendees will enjoy on a self-guided driving tour with some walking required. Gather gardening ideas from homeowners, with Yardeners members and master gardeners on hand to answer questions.

“The focus of the garden tour is showcasing earth-friendly gardening practices,” Fowler says.” That includes native plants, composting and water conservation. We have added landscaping ideas and highlighting ‘specialized’ plantings, to offer ‘ah ha’ moments throughout the tour. We have featured vegetable gardens that offer ideas for getting the most produce out of small spaces...You will go home with a lot of new ideas to try out in your own garden.”

The garden tour is one of the Yardeners’ main events of the year. In addition, the group hosts three free educational presentations each year, as well as a Native Plant Sale in mid-June (June 10 this year) and Fall Plant Exchange. Everyone is welcome to attend Yardeners meetings (no fees or dues to pay, nor is membership required). For more information, go to Facebook and search for Yardeners of St. Clair Shores.

Photos from previous garden tours Photos courtesy of the Yardeners

According to Yardeners member Laurel Fowler, about 200 people typically attend the tour each year. Registration, ticket sales and map distribution begin at 9 a.m. at the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum located behind the St. Clair Shores Public Library at the corner of 11 Mile and Jefferson. The cost is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Money earned from admission is donated to organizations as agreed upon by the members. There are no advance ticket sales. Attendees may also tour the museum and gardens and visit vendors.

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lanting evergreens in containers has become a more common practice in recent years. Add one to each side of the entry door of your home, or the garage, for an instant boost in curb appeal. A row of potted evergreens is also a great way to divide an outdoor living space into separate areas. Boxwoods are a favorite – green gem or green mountain varieties are good choices. Other options include dwarf globe blue spruce, globe arborvitae, skyrocket juniper, hicks yew, dwarf mugo pine or dwarf Alberta spruce.

Water the planter thoroughly – making sure the first couple inches are moist. After the first frost, water once weekly until the ground freezes. Water again on mild to warm winter days. Most evergreens are slow growing and can live for three or more years in containers. Once it starts to overgrow its pot, transplant it into a bigger pot or in the ground.

To make sure that your evergreen lives up to its name, let’s go over some steps to take while caring for your new plant(s):

First, choose the right container. Be mindful of where the planter will be in your yard. Avoid putting your evergreen in direct light, as this could cause it to dry out during winter. It is better to keep the soil and roots cooler in the winter, depending on the variety of evergreen. The varieties mentioned above are excellent choices for Michigan’s climate. Next, choose the right container – it should be two to three times larger than the root ball of the chosen plant. Cement is durable. Wood is natural and good looking; it can be stained or painted. Vietnamese glazed clay pottery is beautiful, frost proof and offers good drainage. Light colored pots will not absorb as much light and will stay cooler than darker colors, keeping the soil and roots from overheating. Now it’s time to plant your evergreen. Put a mesh covering, preferably wire, over the hole to keep soil from eroding out. Use top-quality potting soil to give it the extra nutrients needed to get off to a good start. Fill the container halfway, then add all-natural water-absorbing wool pellets made to give plants water when needed. Take the evergreen out of its container, leaving the soil intact as much as possible. Try to plant early morning or later in the day, to put less stress on the plant. Lightly pack more soil around the plant, leaving about an inch from the top. Add some mulch to help keep the soil moist.

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Kimberly Soulliere is a co-owner of Soulliere Landscaping Garden Center in St. Clair Shores. She is a member of Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association. Kim loves spending time outdoors, gardening, cooking and baking.



Lake Shore High Reels in Student Broadcast Awards

Peyton Lees earned an honorable mention for his feature, Heroes Lunch. It showcases a Lake Shore Schools event where veterans such as Eric Miller, U.S. Army 1971-1974, talk with students about their time in the service. Heroes Lunch can be viewed by going to https://youtube/YSP8R5z9v4Y

“We are impressed by Preston, Kailah, and Peyton’s ingenuity as they were able to tell a beautiful story, through their video production expertise, of two important and emotionally charged district campaigns,” says Tasha Candela, digital media manager at Lake Shore Schools. “Thank you for pouring your souls into your work to champion both the Make a Wish Foundation and our Veterans.”


he Lakeside Palette Club (LPC) hosted a special recognition of its founder, Meta Srigley, by creating a new award in her honor for the club’s 75th Annual Spring Art Show and Sale. The Meta Srigley Founders Award is based on Srigley’s love of nature, reflected in her many works of art. A talented artist in a variety of media – oils, watercolors, pastels and ceramics – Srigley exhibited her work at the Scarab Club in Detroit. “The Meta Srigley Founders Award is given to the artist whose submission best celebrates the beauty of the natural world, which inspired so much of Meta’s work,” LPC President June Nash said. Artist Steve Grunis was the recipient of the Meta Srigley Founders Award for his oil painting titled “Bald River Falls.” While Grunis was unable to attend the event, Meta Srigley’s grandson Tom Srigley presented the award to LPC Vice President Michelle Callow who accepted on behalf of Grunis. Tom Srigley said that his grandmother would be thrilled to know that this club is still going today. A total of 43 pieces were selected for this show including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and photography. Some of the top awards at the spring show included: First Place: Wendy Kohlmann, “Inspirational View” (photography) Meta Srigley Founders Award: Steve Grunis, “Bald River Falls” (oil) Second Place: Diane Harris, “Annabell Pouting” (watercolor) Third Place: Tom Sherry, “Weeds and Sun” (photography) Tom Srigley presents Michelle Callow, LPC first vice president, with the Meta Srigley Founders Award. She accepted on behalf of award winner Steve Grunis.


ake Shore High School students earned 2022 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards in the High School Television News Feature category. Preston Peiffer and Kailah Shorter won first place for their Make a Wish Campaign feature. This is the only time Lake Shore has placed first in this competition. To view the video, go to: https://youtube/z5rcy0ULXUM

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Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson. June 8 - Family Tradition Band (country) June 15 - Capture Detroit (Journey tribute band) June 22 - American Ages (classic rock) June 29 - Atomic Radio (’90s Rock) July 13 – Rockstar (Ultimate ’80s Rock Experience) July 20 - Air Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett tribute) July 27 - Mainstream Drive (Top 40 Motown favorites) August 3 - Joey Vee Band (American country) August 10 - Captain Fantastic (Elton John tribute band) August 17 - Kathleen Murray and The Groove Council (Motown/R&B)


Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson (south of 10 Mile Road) Thursdays, 5-9 p.m. June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13 Live music, food trucks and traveling beer garden. Sundays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 26, August 28, September 25 Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 24, October 2 Food truck rally, beer available for purchase.


The Post is located at 28404 Jefferson, all events are open to the public.

DJ and Music in the Clubroom Every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. in June and July

Karaoke in the Clubroom June 10 at 8 p.m.

Rock ‘n Roll ’80s Party with Live Band Wildside June 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased in advance.

Car Cruise at VFW (weather permitting) Every Friday from June 10-August 26 at 4 p.m.


Second and fourth Saturday through October Downtown SCS will be closed from about 5:30-11 p.m. on Greater Mack between 9 Mile and 9 Mack Drive. Residents can enjoy games, vendors, food trucks and live entertainment. Entry is free. Bands will play from approximately 7-11 p.m. June 11 – Funhouse June 25 – Jody Raffoul Band July 9 – TBD July 23 – Miranda & The M80s

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Saturday, June 18, Noon-7 p.m. Lac Ste Clair Marina, Behind City Hall Beer tent, live music (The Mixx and Destination Unknown) and food trucks (BBQ Daddy, Grampies Clam Shell, Little Donut Factory, Motor City Sweet Treats, Señors and Squeeze the Day).


The library is located at 22500 Eleven Mile Road.

Summer Reading Programs June 20-July 29 Sign up for the SCS Public Library’s children and adult summer reading programs. Reading logs will be available starting June 20 at the library or downloadable to print on the website, Adults can register online.

Tales at the Park Wednesdays, June 22-July 27, 2-2:30 p.m. All ages with a focus on 2- to 7-year-olds. Held at Blossom Heath Park , except a special intro to theatre program on July 20 by OpenSpot Theatre will be held at St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center at 20100 Stephens. Extra crafts will be placed outside the library entrance after the event.

Maker Thursdays June 23-July 28, 2-3 p.m. This is a STEAM program for children (8- to 11-year-olds only) who can follow multi-step directions and handle small parts. Extra crafts will be placed outside the library entrance after the event.

Teen Programs June 28, 2-3:30 p.m. A Tie-Die Party will be held for ages 12+. Register June 20 or after: or (586) 771-9020.


Friday, June 24 (rain date: Saturday, June 25) Veterans Memorial Park will open at 2 p.m., and fireworks will begin at dusk. Fireworks are open to the public. Wristbands are available early ($3 for residents, $5 for nonresidents) at the Parks and Recreation office, 20000 Stephens. On the day of the event, both residents and nonresidents pay $5 each. A limited number of parking passes for the Veterans Memorial parking lot are available to residents for $10 per pass. pass.


The garden is located behind the Civic Arena, 20000 Stephens.

Yoga at the Garden July 10, August 7 and September 11 at 9 a.m. April from Hippie Yoga will be conducting basic gentle yoga practice as you take in the wonders of nature. All levels of experience welcome. Bring your yoga mat and some water. A suggested donation of $5 benefits the Community Garden

The Unbeelievable World of Bees June 25 at Noon A kid-friendly and informative free presentation by local Beekeeper Michael Lawler. A bee-related story and craft will also be included at this event.


The museum is located behind the St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 Eleven Mile Road.

Museum Tours June through August, every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m.

Music in the Garden with Sweet Mountain Strings Tuesday, June 28, 7-8 p.m.. Mountain dulcimer group

Tea in the Garden with the Lakeshore Ukulele Strummers Wednesday, June 29, 2-4 p.m. Enjoy pre-bagged goodies – a croissant, cheese, cookies and your choice of iced tea or lemonade. Attendees are welcome to bring their own blanket or chair. Reservations are required, limited and non-refundable. Tickets must be purchased from the library before June 21. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under age 12. Those who would like to participate in the cake walk can purchase six tickets for $5 or one ticket for $1 during the day of the event.


Mondays at 7 p.m. July 11-August 29 These concerts are held at Wahby Park, 24800 Jefferson. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. July 11 - Swing Shift Orchestra July 18 - Festival of Flutes July 25 – Lakeshore Ukelele Strummers


Wednesday, July 20 Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Music, bounce houses and tons of family fun. Proceeds benefit the special needs playground program. For more information, call the SCS Parks and Recreation Dept at (586) 445-5350.

YARDENERS Native Plant Sale Friday, June 10, 3-6 p.m. | Saturday, June 11a.m., 9-Noon Selinksky-Green Farmhouse Museum No preorders. Top to Bottom: Some Farmers Markets include a free outdoor yoga class Photo courtesy of SCS Parks and Rec Dept. The Unbeelievable World Of Bees presentation will take place at the SCS Community Garden on June 25. Photo by Cyndi George Fireworks Photo courtesy of City of St. Clair Shores Captain Fantastic will be performing at Music in the Park on August 10 Photo Courtesy of Tracy Jarrett Photography A yard featured in a previous Yardeners garden tour Photo courtesy of the Yardeners

29th Annual Garden Tour Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration, ticket sales and map distribution start at 9 a.m. at the Selinksy-Green Farmhouse Museum. This is a self-guided driving tour with some walking. The cost is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. No advance ticket sales. Participants will view some of the loveliest yards in St. Clair Shores. Yardeners and master gardeners will also be available to answer questions. The museum is located behind the St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 Eleven Mile Road.

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o matter what your motivation, starting a fitness program is one of the best things you can do to control your future state of mind and body. Many people desire weight loss; reduced risk of severe illness, anxiety, depression; or overall better self-esteem. The question is: “How do I do it?” Here is how to get started.

What Is Your Current Fitness Level?

Many people approach their fitness program the way they did “back then.” However, many changes have happened since “back then,” so assessing and recording scores as a baseline is critical to a realistic approach to a sustainable fitness program. To assess your aerobic, anaerobic, flexibility and body fat, consider tracking in a variety of ways. Strive to see improvement in each category over time. • How long it takes to walk one mile. • How many standard or modified pushups you can do at a time. • Complete a sit and reach test, with your legs flat on the floor reach with your arms fully extended over your toes. (Measuring your distance from or beyond your toes.) • Your waist measurement, just above your hipbones using a tailor's tape measure.

What Is Your Fitness Program?

I love the old saying, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Think about your goals. Am I doing this for weight loss? Endurance? Having definable goals will lead to a clear plan and

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outcome. Start low and progress slowly. If you have an injury or a medical condition/ history, consult your doctor to create a realistic routine. Get at least three hours of moderate aerobic and anaerobic activity or two hours of high intensity aerobic activity per week, or a combination of moderate and high intensity for 2-1/2 hours per week. Try HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). In HIIT workouts, you perform short bursts of high-intensity activity separated by recovery periods of low-intensity activity – this utilizes active rest which is beneficial in fat loss as well as building stamina.

Reassess and Tracking

I recommend that you or a professional reassess your physical and mental results monthly. If you find it challenging to stay motivated consider setting new goals, trying a fresh style of training, exercising with a friend, taking a class at a fitness center or hiring a personal trainer. Starting an exercise program is a weighty decision, no pun intended. It does not have to be stressful. By implementing proper design and realistic expectations, you can create a lifestyle rather than a fad. Jeff Rice is the owner of MAC GYM in St. Clair Shores and Mt. Clemens. He is an International Sports Science Association certified personal trainer and a 22-year industry veteran. You can contact Jeff at (586) 218-7933 or

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STEPPING BACK IN TIME Making Preservation Personal One Resident’s Journey Restoring a Historic Home


s a young boy, Michael Leydet unknowingly passed by his future home on walks to and from Harmon Elementary School in St. Clair Shores.

“The house was somewhat overgrown with ivy, trees and bushes and looked a bit like a haunted house at the time,” Leydet says. “Since I was a big fan of old architecture and the history of my community, it was an intriguing home. But I never thought I’d purchase it.” In 1991, Leydet did just that.

It is located at 10 Mile Road and Cubberness, just across the street and about five houses east of his childhood home. The 1,950 square-foot farmhouse was built around 1870 with distinctive architectural details. Leydet estimates that 70,000 bricks were utilized to construct the home. One can imagine hauling these bricks by horse and wagon, to an area then nicknamed “Mudville” (due to the state of the roads), would have been a daunting task. “The front arched stained-glass window is my favorite

feature,” Leydet says. “There are amazing limestone oak cluster details on arches outside of the house and by removing the drop ceilings up to their full 9.5 feet height and restoring the stained glass, it brings great ambient light into the front room.”

To preserve the feel of his 150-year-old home, Leydet restored most of the home’s interior with period appropriate materials when possible. Interestingly, a few homes in the area are very similar in style and building materials of red brick with limestone accents. One such home is located on the south side of 10 Mile Road between Kelly and Gratiot. The other historical home is a mirror image of Leydet’s home and is located on Schoenherr at Masonic. “I reached out to the owners of some of these homes many years ago and was able to tour several of them,” Leydet says. “The one on Schoenherr had all its original woodwork and stained glass and was an inspiration for me when I started renovations.” The Schoenherr home is what prompted him to take a hammer to the plaster in his home and uncover two of the three wood framed stained glass windows he so admires. “I drove out to Delta Glass located in Lansing to find a match to the blue and pink Bullseye Glass for color,” he says. “I drew up the plans and began to recreate the wood framing to replicate the missing middle pane of the window. I have to say I nailed it but without using nails.”

Michael Leydet received his residential historical marker in October of 2012. Courtesy of John Cilluffo, St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

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The addition of a residential historical marker from the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission in October of 2012 was an important update to Leydet’s home. An

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The front arched stained-glass window, Leydet’s favorite feature of his home, was found under a layer of plaster. Courtesy of Michael Leydet, St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

Michael Leydet’s home circa the 1920s. Courtesy of Michael Leydet, St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

on-site dedication ceremony commemorated the special occasion. This type of ceremony is offered to all residents who receive a residential marker. “I feel that this home is where many families have been raised and thrived in the community of St. Clair Shores over generations,” says Leydet, who now serves as the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission secretary. “It’s a recognition of the presence within the community of our collective history, dreams and achievements. Preserving just a little bit of this community’s initial contributors’ vision and diverse history is a privilege. It can be a lot of hard work too.” To get in touch with the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission, send an email to In Collaboration with the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

The St. Clair Shores Historical Commission recognizes the unique history of the City by publicly recognizing its long-standing structures through a Historical Marker Program. Owners of homes or commercial structures that were built in 1951 or earlier are eligible to apply.

The plaque will have a black background with white lettering, or gold lettering for structures that are 100 years old and up. Receiving a Historical Marker plaque does not restrict the owner’s ability to update the property or structure. Complete an application and provide documented proof of the age of the structure. If the precise year of construction is unknown, a “C” for “circa” will precede the year identified. Numerous sources are available to authenticate the age of the structure. If the application is approved, the owner pays $125 (made payable to the Historical Society of St. Clair Shores). Arrangements can be made for an on-site dedication ceremony.

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Red Olive Restaurant 23977 Harper 586-774-1900 Rose’s Family Dining 31301 Harper 586-296-9390 Sabby’s Lounge 25010 Harper 586-771-5121

Sahara Restaurant 22114 Harper 586-777-9600

Shogun Japanese & Chinese Bistro 23195 Marter 586-350-0927 Shores Inn Food & Spirits 23410 Greater Mack 586-773-8940 Sam's Sorrento Pizza 22910 Harper 586-776-7530 Sports Channel 25419 E Jefferson 586-771-2333 Sy Thai Shores 23519 9 Mack 586-776-8424

The Yolk 22230 Greater Mack 586-776-1300

Tony J’s Bar & Grille 32215 Jefferson 586-415-0800

Travis Coffee Shop 23500 Greater Mack 586-778-0101

Uncle Harry’s Deli Restaurant 21809 Greater Mack 586-775-3120 Vasi’s Cafe & Bake Shop 23000 Harper 586-879-0982

WaterMark Bar & Grille 24420 Jefferson 586-777-3677 Waves 24223 E Jefferson 586-773-3279

Wong’s Garden Restaurant 24851 Harper 586-777-9596

Establishments may have seasonal or limited hours. Call ahead.

Z’s Pub

Z’s Pub is where good times, good food and good people come together. Z’s offers unique burgers, sandwiches, craft beers, a full-service bar and Keno. 22512 Greater Mack 586-777-4491 M 11a-11p • T-Th 11a-12a F-S 11a-1a • Sun • 12p-10p Adult Beverages

Zef’s Dockside Bar + Kithen

Zef’s serves up the “best food on the lake” and is open all year. Enjoy hand crafted menu specials Thursday-Sunday. Brunch is served Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The second-floor rooftop patio can be reserved for special events. 24026 Jefferson 586-879-6279 M-W • 11a-12a Th-S 11a-2a • Sun 11a-11p


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Pat O’Brien’s Tavern 22385 10 Mile 586-771-5715

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Boat Insurance


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f you own a boat, you want to ensure your boat is fully protected. A homeowners insurance policy may only provide limited coverage. Additionally, if you �ile a claim for your boat, it may affect your homeowners insurance premium. Purchasing a separate boat insurance policy can lessen the risk to your home policy.

A separate boat insurance policy will provide tailored protection for your boat. These policies are typically obtained to cover smaller watercraft (26 feet long or less), and yacht policies are provided to cover larger, more expensive watercrafts. There are two basic parts of a boat insurance policy:

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• Physical damage protection – covers accidental loss or damage to the boat hull, motor(s), and any other equipment used to operate the boat. • Liability coverage – covers legal obligations to third parties such as bodily injury, death, and damage to someone else’s property.

In the event of a loss to your boat, the amount of money you receive from the insurance company may depend on the type of policy you buy and the age and condition of the boat. We recommend Agreed Value coverage.

In addition to ensuring physical damage and liability protection for your boat, check with your Aitken & Ormond agent to see what optional coverages are offered by insurance companies. When you start a new policy on your boat, it is important to take pictures to document the condition of your boat. You may also want to consider having a survey, so you have a written report of the boat’s condition. This may help prevent issues in the event a claim is �iled for physical damage.

Contact your Aitken & Ormond Insurance Agent to �ind the right policy so you can relax and enjoy Michigan’s beautiful lakes this boating season.

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22512 Greater Mack St. Clair Shores

586-777-4491 Where good times, good food and good people come together!

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Sunday 12 - 10 PM • Monday 11 AM - 11 PM Tuesday - Thursday 11 AM - 12 AM • Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 1 AM

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