Downriver Current Visitors & Entertainment Guide

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Historic park turns 100

Don’t miss the Dining and Entertainment Guide that begins on Page 8.


elcome to the inaugural issue of Downriver Current, your twice yearly guide to our region’s boun ful dining and entertainment opons. First, though, for our friends who are new to the area or just visi ng, we thought it might be a good idea to explain exactly what “Downriver” is. By most es ma ons Downriver is a region in southeastern Michigan with an abundance of friendly people who enjoy the benefits of living south of Detroit near the Detroit River. As many as 21 ci es have staked a claim to membership in our Downriver community, They include Allen Park, Belleville, Brownstown Township, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Huron Township, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Sumpter, Taylor, Trenton, Van Buren, Woodhaven and Wyando e. We invite you to enjoy the many ameni es that our Downriver area has to offer this spring and summer. Many groups are coming together to promote Downriver as a region, including the

Downriver Linked Greenways which transforms the Downriver region into a healthier community for people powered transporta on, conservaon, and recrea on, by crea ng a network of trails and greens spaces that connect people with places. More informa on can be found at One of our local informa on partners, is a website designed with all current upcoming events and things to do in our area. Be sure to check them out online. Des na on Downriver is a rela vely new group of area leaders who are dedicated to ge ng the word out about all the ameni es the area has to offer. The Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber and the Downriver Business Associa on are leading voices for the region’s business community and important stakeholders in the many efforts under way to make the region a truly great place to live or visit. Our new li le publica on, Downriver Current — which is a sister publica on to the Trenton Trib and Island Beacon community newspapers serving Trenton and Grosse Ile

— is here to help serve as an important link between you and what this region has to offer. We begin to showcase that with this issue, which features ar cles on an important milestone for our most famous park and the lowdown on one of the best fishing hotspots in the Midwest — the lower Detroit River and northern Lake Erie, both of which are at our doorstep. There are other features as well, plus, we have included a calendar of events for the next

six months as well as lis ngs of many of our local dining and entertainment opportunies. So, read and then enjoy all that this area has to offer. Look for our next issue to be on display throughout the area beginning in October. If you have a story idea or the name of a restaurant or entertainment venue you think should be included, please call us at (734) 676-0850 or email — Joe Hoshaw Jr. & Kathy Kane, co-publishers

Elizabeth Park Turns 100 ................................................ 3 Calendar of Events ......................................................... 5 Fishing the Detroit River ................................................ 7 Dining ............................................................................ 8 Entertainment ............................................................. 10 Services ....................................................................... 11 Welcome to Trail Town ................................................ 12 Cycling Club on a Roll ................................................... 14

Kathy Kane Business Mgr. & Co-Publisher Contributing Writers Joe Hoshaw, Jr., Kathy Kane, Anita Twadesky, David Nall, Brian Rzeppa

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Elizabeth Park is turning 100 this year BY JOE HOSHAW JR. DOWNRIVER CURRENT


ne of the region’s greatest recrea onal assets will mark its centennial this year. It was in October 1919 when the heirs of Elizabeth Slocum signed over the ownership of a 162-area parcel on Trenton’s riverfront to Wayne County. As a result of that transfer, what was formerly known as Slocum’s Island became Elizabeth Park, permanently named in honor of the Slocum family matriarch. Though the park has been through many ups and downs during its century of existence, its value to Trenton and the surrounding communi es is immeasurable. Along with its scenic beauty and direct access to the Great Lakes Waterway, the park has

Along the shoreline there is more than 1,300 feet of riverwalk for strolling, fishing or sitting to relax and watch the activities out on the water.

become a source of fond members for genera ons and the epicenter for many of the region’s great events as well as a steady stream of picnickers, bike riders, walkers and fishing enthusiasts. This year the park will again be the site of great annual events such as major fishing tournaments, powerboat racing, outdoor music concerts and much, much more. And each fall, in the spirit of nostalgia, the City of Trenton and Wayne County celebrate the park’s past with “Somewhere in Time,” a day when the park is returned to its 1920s splendor. Maintained by Wayne County, the park features two picnic shelters, one ball diamond and two picnic areas available for rental. Another See page 4


Historic park one of region’s leading assets From page 3

great tradi on offered is pony rides for young children. Along the shoreline there is more than 1,300 feet of riverwalk for strolling, fishing or si ng to relax and watch the ac vi es out on the water. For boaters, the park features a 52-slip transient marina and boat launch, which has its own vehicle entrance at the south end of the park off of Grosse Ile Parkway. For more informa on on the marina, please visit www.elizabethparkmarin The main entrance of the park can be reached via Elizabeth Drive, which extends south from West Jefferson upon heading out of Trenton’s downtown area. A west entrance off of West Jefferson features easy access to Riverside Kayak’s kayaking rental service during the summer months.

Elizabeth Park’s scenic beauty and direct access to the Great Lakes Waterway makes this an attraction to many of the region’s popular events as well as a steady stream of picnickers, bike riders, walkers and fishing enthusiasts.

Within the grounds of the park, there is also a banquet venue, right on the waterfront. Chateau on the River is a unique facility created out of what originally was a horse and buggy barn for the Slocum family. The main hall can fit approximately 190 guests and

Even though it flows through Michigan’s largest urban area, the Detroit River is gaining a reputa on as an outdoor des na on. “The resurgence of the Detroit River is a real success story and a great example of ensuring our wildlife and natural resources can con nue to be enjoyed for future genera ons wherever they are in the state,” said Henry Stancato, long me Detroiter and member of the Michigan Wildlife Council. The 32-mile interna onal river separates the United States and Canada and links Lake St. Clair to the north and Lake Erie to the south. Although s ll designated an “area of concern” by the U.S. Environmental Protec on Agency, even environmentalists agree it’s come a long way in recent decades. “The efforts made in the last 20 years to conserve, protect and enhance the habitat out there has really resulted in a lot of what we’re seeing today: world-class fishing, recrea on like kayaking, birding and a growing wildlife popula on,” said David Howell, chairman of the Friends of the Detroit River.

features access to the latest audio visual technology. To find out more about Chateau on the River, call (248) 303-5143. Some of the big events to look out for this summer

include the PNC Roar on the River July 19-21, Motown on the River July 27, and Jazz on the River Aug. 3-4. The date for Somewhere in Time is Sept. 16.



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APRIL April 1 — Elizabeth Park Marina opens for the season, featuring 52 transient boat slips. April 12‐13 — Cabela’s Na onal Walleye Fishing Tournament on the Detroit River at Elizabeth Park Marina in Trenton. April 25‐27 — 53rd annual Jamboree on Ice, a ska ng show at the Kennedy Recrea on Center, 3101 West Road. This is the season‐end chance for local ska ng prodigies to showcase all they have learned in the past year. It’s always an entertaining show featuring a great variety of ska ng and dancing on ice; call (734) 675‐7300 for more informa on. or the Facebook Page, TrentonMidSummer.

The Grosse Ile High School Marching Band in last year’s Islandfest Parade.

admission. Most events at Grosse Ile Municipal Airport, 9601 Groh.

MAY May 25‐Sept. 1 — Public pools are open at the Kennedy Aqua c Center, 3101 West Road, Trenton, and at Water’s Edge on Grosse Ile, at 9339 Bellevue Road.

May 31 — Grosse Ile Islandfest. A wonderful kickoff to summer on the Island featuring carnival rides, games, art and cra ers, food and beverage tents and live entertainment. Free

JUNE June 1‐2 — Grosse Ile Islandfest. The fun con nues. Saturday morning parade along Macomb, carnival rides, games, art and cra ers, food and beverages and live entertainment; and best of all there is no admission fee; Grosse Ile Airport, 9601 Groh. June 1‐3 — Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, held on Detroit’s island gem, Belle Isle. The event will feature the cars of the IndyCar Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Trans Am Series presented

by Pirelli. The featured event is the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Indy Car Double Header. Tickets, schedules and complete informa on is available on the official website, The Belle Isle Bridge is off East Jefferson Avenue as you exit from the downtown area. June 23 — The “unofficial” Cruisin’ Downriver is back. Have a classic me along Fort Street either as an observer or par cipant as thousands of classic car owners showcase their rides through the ci es of Lincoln Park, Riverview, Southgate, and Wyando e. Though the cruise is not sanc oned by any community or organiza on, don’t be surprised if upwards of 500,000 car buffs and enthusiasts s ll show up. June 28‐30 — The 44th Trenton Summer Fes val features live entertainment noon‐11 p.m. daily; many cra ers, rides and games for the kids; schedules and updates at

JULY July 4 — Celebrate Independence Day at the Trenton fireworks. July 10‐13 — The 58th Annual Wyando e Street Art Fair will be held throughout downtown, showcasing 250 jury‐selected fine ar sts represen ng 30 states and Canada. The fair offers a variety of fine art, music, food and ac vi es for all ages. The art fair runs from 10 a.m.‐9 p.m. daily with the entertainment area running from noon‐11 p.m. For more informa on visit www.wyando estree July 11‐14 — The 10th annual Uncle Sam Jam in Civic Center Park in Woodhaven, near 1‐75 and West Road. The Uncle Sam Jam brings family fun to Woodhaven with Friday night

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fireworks, Saturday night Laser Show, carnival rides and games, interac ve displays and a rac ons, pe ng zoo and pony rides and free concerts all weekend long. Visit


July 19‐21 — The PNC Roar on The River presented by Trenton Rotary all weekend at Elizabeth Park, featuring outboard power boat racing both days, evening concerts, Jet Ski shows and the Boy Scout pancake breakfast. A $5 dona on is being requested for parking inside the park. Find more details at

July 27 — Bass Fishing League tournament at Elizabeth Park Marina, Trenton. July 27 — It’s me to hear some Motown on the River. Bring your lawn chair and head down to Elizabeth Park for the sweet sounds of Motown for this free event. There will be food and beverage vendors selling a variety of delicious food and drinks, noon‐8 p.m.; entertainment lineup to be announced in June.

Aug. 2‐3 — The always popular Allen Park Street Fair offers many cra ers, rides and games for the kids; schedules and updates at allenparkstree air. Aug. 3‐4 — See famous jazz ar sts perform at the 25th annual Jazz on the River, one of the largest and most highly regarded outdoor jazz fes vals in the Great Lakes Region. The event is open to the public with no admission charge at Wayne County’s Elizabeth Park.


Sept. 7 — Dog Days of Summer; the pooches get the last swim of the season at the Kennedy Aqua c Center, noon‐3 p.m. Fido and Fluffy must be accompanied by their owners. Find more informa on by calling Trenton Parks and Recrea on at (734) 675‐7300. Sept. 14‐16 — Flat Rock Riverfest at Huroc Park in Flat Rock; visit the website for details on the fun ac vi es planned, Event includes a parade, beer tent, monster truck, millionaires tent, splatz paint ball, hot dog contest, electric bull ride, arts and cra s, pony rides, kiddie korner and performing music ar sts, just to name a few.

Trenton and Wayne County Parks to celebrate days gone by; games, food, boat rides, classic and an que cars and much, much more. Sept. 22 — The 28th Trenton Marching Band Invita onal; join the tapping of feet to more than 15 of the best high school bands from throughout southeast Michigan as they gather for a li le friendly compe on on the Trenton High School football field.

Features carnival rides, Scarecrow Contest, music entertainment including a Ba le of the Bands, Scarecrow Idol singing contest, plus hayrides, a pumpkin toss, pizza‐ea ng challenge, arts and cra s, dog costume contest, cat costume contest, children’s games, pony rides and more.


Sept. 28‐29 — Have some fall fun at the 17th annual Scarecrow Fes val in downtown Trenton; find updates online at www.scarecrowfes

Sept. 16 — History repeats itself at Somewhere in Time, 11 a.m.‐ 5 p.m. in Elizabeth Park; a joint effort between the City of 6 2019 SPRING/SUMMER DOWNRIVER CURRENT • A PUBLICATION OF THE TRENTON TRIB

Oct. 5‐6 — Huron Township Applefest in New Boston; find out more online at Parade, apple pie contest, old‐ me fiddlers contest, 5k run, entertainment and more.

Detroit River and Lake Erie present opportunities, challenges for fishermen BY BRIAN RZEPPA DOWNRIVER CURRENT

Surrounded by lakes and filled with rivers and streams, it should come as no surprise that the state of Michigan offers some of the greatest fishing des na ons in the en re country. Residents of the Downriver area are fortunate that their backyard is one of those, as the Detroit River and northern Lake Erie are widely regarded as two of the best that the state has to offer. While walleye and bass predominantly populate the two areas, the Detroit River and Lake Erie differ in the challenges that are presented to those looking to catch fish. Lance Valen ne, the owner of Michigan-based company Walleye 101 that educates anglers to catch more fish, noted the differences between the two bodies of water. “They’re really two different types of fishing. Detroit River fishing is driven by a fairly strong current and it gets notoriety because a lot of the fish that live in Lake Erie come into the Detroit River to spawn in the spring. From late March through early May, these heavy fish come up into the River, find places to feed and find places to lay their eggs in the current. There is a current in Lake Erie, but it’s more of an open water lake fishing,” Valen ne said. Garre Paque e, a professional angler who competes on the Bassmaster Elite Series tour, added that the current of the Detroit River is what sets it apart. “It’s very unique. In Michigan, and especially in

Pro fisherman Garrett Paquette said it’s the current that sets Detroit River fishing apart from other locales.

that area, we are spoiled to have an unbelievable amount of three to five-pound smallmouth bass.” Paque e said. “The current in the river is also consistently much stronger than just about anywhere else in the country — under normal condi ons.” The current is what presents the most challenges for those that are out on the water. Chad Pipkins, who also competes on the Bassmaster Elite Series, noted that the current can cause a number of different issues. “One of the challenges is that depending on the area, there can be lots of underwater snags or obstruc ons where your bait gets hung in the current.” Pipkins said. “O en fish relate to the areas with less snags so that is always a plus when that happens. The big challenge is that as the current changes due to wind direc on, it changes where the fish are or if they will bite. This can be very frustra ng at mes.” To combat this, Valen ne recommends using a

technique known as ‘ver cal jigging’ in which the fisherman a empts to match the speed and direc on of the current while adjus ng their boat to ensure that their line is straight up and down. “In the Detroit River, you use a technique called ver cal jigging where you’re dri ing down current the same speed as the current and you’re trying to keep it straight up and down. Because of the current, the fish are really ed into the bo om 6-10 inches of the water because that’s where the slowest current is. Even in 50-feet of water, you have to get down to the

bo om to catch those fish.” Valen ne con nued and explained how a fisherman can be successful in ge ng down to the bo om of the water to actually catch the fish. “It’s not hard, but there’s a lot involved with it. You can’t just put the boat in the water and dri down current and hope to catch fish, it’s not going to happen. It takes a li le bit of specialized equipment like a heavy jig, a short, s ff fishing rod so you can feel the bites, a very thin, no stretch fishing line and a custom-designed jig with a pointed nose so that can cut the current really helps. “As far as boat control, we make about 35-40 very, very small changes in speed and direc on every minute so you’re constantly moving that motor to keep your line straight up and down.” While the two areas may be very different in terms of current, Pipkins said that they each provide great fishing throughout the spring and into the fall. “Fishing that area is very similar to any other areas that have current. Later in the fall See Page 12


Dining and Entertainment Guide BROWNSTOWN Baldo's Restaurant 20051 Telegraph Rd, Brownstown (734) 479-0100

FLAT ROCK Leo's Coney Island 26988 Telegraph Rd., Flat Rock (734) 789-7757

GROSSE ILE Airport Inn 9264 Groh Rd., Grosse Ile (734) 675-4200 Bishop’s Cottage Café 7573 Macomb, Grosse Ile (734) 671-9191 Hoy Pan Chinese Restaurant 7599 Macomb, Grosse Ile (734) 671-4920 Hungry Howie’s Pizza 8535 Macomb, Grosse Ile (734) 675-5800

Kathy’s Café 9105 Macomb, Grosse Ile (734) 671-5900 Lloyd’s Bar and Grill 8961 Macomb, Grosse Ile (734) 675-3117

Perdino’s 8875 Macomb, Grosse Ile (734) 676-8100 Smokies on the Water 25555 West River Rd., Grosse Ile (734) 362-0042 Ume Asian Cuisine 9105 Macomb, Grosse Ile (734) 672-6618

Elliott’s Bakery 2636 West Jefferson Ave., Trenton (734) 676-1940 George’s Family Restaurant 1721 West Rd, Trenton (734) 675-8680 Grotto Pizzeria and Tavern 2441 Van Horn Rd., Trenton (734) 692-4300

From the Publishers: Beginning on this page is the 2019 Dining and Entertainment Guide. When you visit, please make sure to tell them the “Trenton Trib” sent you! Businesses that would like to be added to future listings or wanting to update the information printed here can call (734) 6760850 or email

Happy’s Pizza 3300 West Rd., Trenton (734) 362-0000

Hat Trick (at the Kennedy Recreation Center) 3101 West Rd., Trenton (734) 307-7009 Hawaiian Island Restaurant 3102 Van Horn, Trenton (734) 676-8980

TRENTON Buster’s Place 5784 W. Jefferson, Trenton (734) 676-4292 store/01063

Classics Tavern/10 Pins of Trenton 2591 Fort St., Trenton (734) 675-2695

Island Coney 8200 Macomb, Grosse Ile (734) 692-6639

Del’s Pizzeria & Restaurant 2833 W. Jefferson, Trenton (734) 676-2155

Domino's Pizza 3327 West Rd., Trenton (734) 675-4477

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Jerzey’s Sports Bar and Grill 2385 Fort Street, Trenton (734) 675-2300 Jet’s Pizza 2301 West Rd., Trenton (734) 671-5387

Little Caesar’s Pizza 2340 West Rd., Trenton (734) 362-1900

Sibley Gardens 916 W. Jefferson, Trenton (734) 285-1707

Black Rock Bar and Grill 22753 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 307-7335

MOD Pizza 23071 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 759-1055

Bob Evans 23100 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 671-5488

Olga’s 23404 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 675-0500

Truago 2775 W. Jefferson, Trenton (734) 676-2233

Toarmina's Pizza 2208 West Rd., Trenton (734) 692-2424

Buffalo Wild Wings 20990 West Rd., Woodhaven (734) 676-9464

Olympic Coney Island 23748 West Rd., Woodhaven (734) 362-8757

Trenton Dairy Queen 1614 West Rd., Trenton (734) 692-0620

Chipotle 23061 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 962-0828

Panda Express 19360 West Rd., Woodhaven (734) 671-1360

Trenton Ice Cream Shop 2081 West Rd., Trenton (734) 675-1680

Christoff’s 22900 Allen Rd., Woodhaven

Panera 23061 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 675-3500

Mr. Nick’s 1926 West Rd., Trenton (734) 671-0990

TV’s Deli Diner 2441 Fort Street, Trenton (734) 671-5676

IHop 21055 West Rd., Woodhaven (734) 675-4982

Mom’s Family Restaurant 2691 Fort Street, Trenton (734) 671-7667

Ramsey’s Coney Island 2747 W. Jefferson, Trenton (734) 676-5772 Round House BBQ 2760 W. Jefferson, Trenton (734) 671-6100

Savannah’s Restaurant 2156 W. Jefferson, Trenton (734) 692-5888

Shong Hey Restaurant 2480 West Rd., Trenton (734) 676-0686

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TV’s Grand Event 2651 West Jefferson, Trenton (734) 671-5676

Iggy's Pizza 19450 Van Horn Rd., Woodhaven (734) 675-6566

WOODHAVEN 5 Guys Burgers & Fries 23414 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 692-3483

Applebee’s 23200 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 692-0582

Jersey Giant Sub Shop 23112 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 362-0575

Kwan's Chop Suey 22136 West Rd., Woodhaven (734) 692-2044 Leo’s Coney Island 23305 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 318-9999

Pizza Hut 19275 West Rd., Woodhaven (734) 676-4433

Sammy's Cucina 19135 West Rd., Woodhaven (734) 671-3065

Shish Garden 22673 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 362-6600

The Big Salad 19143 Allen Rd., Woodhaven (734) 301-3833

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Wild Coney 18737 West Rd., Woodhaven (734) 671-1115

Nanna’s Kitchen 2962 Biddle, Wyandotte (734) 281-9093

On the Rocks 134 Maple, Wyandotte (734) 720-9731

World of Beer 20970 West Rd., Woodhaven (734) 672-7514

Portofino’s 3455 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte (734) 281-6700


R P McMurphy’s 2922 Biddle, Wyandotte (734) 285-4885

Belicoso Martini Cigar Bar 3030 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte (734) 282-2244

Big Boy Restaurant 3366 Biddle, Wyandotte (734) 285-8400

Boston Tea Room 121 Elm Street, Wyandotte (734) 281-2244

Brass Monkey 1519 Oak Street, Wyandotte (734) 796-2728

Camino Real 3851 Fort Street, Wyandotte (734) 258-8790

Rookies Sports Bar 1519 Oak St., Wyandotte (734) 281-9419 Sanders Chocolate and Ice Cream 3042 Biddle, Wyandotte (734) 284-4800

Whiskey’s on The Water 2903 Biddle, Wyandotte (734) 720-9738

The Waterfront 507 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte (734) 286-9046

Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center Trenton Village Theatre 2447 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton 734-362-8153

Lake Erie Metropark 32481 W Jefferson Ave, Brownstown Township (734) 379-5020

Elizabeth Park 4250 Elizabeth Dr., Trenton (734) 675-1476

Lake Erie Metropark Golf Course 14786 Lee Rd., Rockwood (734) 379-5020

Gibraltar Bay Alpaca Farm 8545 Groh Rd., Grosse Ile (734) 675-6220

MJR Movie Theatre 15651 Trenton Rd., Southgate 734-284-8083

Gibraltar Bay Unit-Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge 28820 East River Rd., Grosse Ile

Open Book Theatre 1621 West Rd., Trenton (734) 288-7753

Humbug Marsh UnitDetroit River International Wildlife Refuge 5437 W Jefferson Ave., Trenton (734) 692-7608 detroit_river/refuge_units.html

Kennedy Ice Arena and Aquatic Center 3101 West Rd., Trenton (734) 676-7172

Comedy Room at Portofino 3455 Biddle, Wyandotte (734) 281-6700

Rev’d Up Fun 19830 West Rd., Woodhaven (734) 307-3711

Riverside Kayak Connection 4016 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte (734) 285-2925

Coastal Thai 140 Sycamore St., Wyandotte (734) 282-3885 Gizzmo’s Martini Bar 3225 Biddle, Wyandotte (734) 284-3459 Joe’s Hamburgers 125 Elm St., Wyandotte (734) 285-0420

Magdaleno Ristorante 152 Elm, Wyandotte (734) 283-8200

AMC Woodhaven Village 10 21720 Allen Rd, Woodhaven (734) 561-1060

Brownstown Sports Center 21902 Telegraph Rd., Brownstown (734) 676-5500

Centennial Farm 25797 3rd St. Grosse Ile (734) 561-3927

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Riverview Highlands Golf Course 15015 Sibley Rd, Riverview (734) 479-2266

Sportway of Brownstown 19640 Allen Rd., Brownstown (734) 479-0340

Trapped DownRiver Escape Room 2671 W Jefferson Ave., Trenton (844) 387-2773

Westcroft Gardens 21803 W River Rd., Grosse Ile Township, MI 48138 (734) 676-2444

Westfield Activities Center 2700 Westfield Road Trenton, MI 4913 (734) 675-0063

Woodhaven Lanes 20000 Van Horn Road, Woodhaven, MI 48183 734-675-3554

10 Pins of Trenton 2591 Fort St., Trenton, MI 4913 734-675-2695

3625 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192 (734) 324-7270

Water’s Edge Country Club 25215 W River Rd., Grosse Ile Township, MI 48138 (734) 675-0777

A & M Autobody 1310 West Rd., Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 676-4231

Belle Tire 23901 Allen Rd., Woodhaven, MI 48183 (734) 720-9081

Holbrook Roofing 5588 W. Jefferson Ave. Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 675-3456

Best Chimney (313) 292-7722

JSP Dental 254 West Road Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 671-2273

Colors By Kim Day Spa and Salon 3259 West Rd. Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 671-4247

Discount Tire 22160 Allen Rd., Woodhaven, MI 48183 (734) 362-0970 Fully Promoted/Embroid Me 2245 Eureka Rd., Wyandotte, MI 48192 (734) 281-1500 Gibraltar Boat Yard 28731 N. Gibraltar Rd., Rockwood, MI 48173 (734) 676-3177

Great Lakes Marine Transport 2595 Will Carleton, Flat Rock, MI 48134 (734) 789-0116 Grosse Ile Hardware 7737 Macomb, Grosse Ile, MI 48138 (734) 676-0411

Keck Hardware 2132 West Rd., Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 676-2282

Lighthouse of Trenton 1595 West Road Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 676-7922

Lyon’s Towing and Service Center 16130 West Rd., Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 676-6333

Messer Limo 150 Maple St., Wyandotte, MI 48192 (734) 284-0477

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Local waterway known as haven for great fishing From Page 7

Local officials gathered in Elizabeth Park last year to formally open the newest connector in the area’s path system.

Linked Greenways continues to make new connections BY ANITA TWARDESKY DOWNRIVER LINKED GREENWAYS

Many Downriver leaders and outdoor enthusiasts gathered in Flat Rock along the Downriver Linked Greenways earlier this year to commemorate several milestones along our trails that connect communi es across the region. This milestone celebra on was both significant and symbolic. It marks the latest achievements which ul mately offer Downriver and beyond over 100 miles of connected hikebike trails and linear parks, including along our treasured waterways. It also represents the greater impact for our region: connec ng communi es through equitable access to parks and green space for all, regardless of loca on or economic standing. Parks and public spaces are common ground. They have far-reaching tangible benefits for Downriver. They connect people, places and green space while enhancing air and water quality, flood resilience and economic development. Consider the milestones Downriver Linked Greenways

has marked in 2019: Eleven of our communi es received kiosks. Gibraltar, Rockwood, Brownstown Township (Lake Erie MetroPark), Detroit River Internaonal Wildlife Refuge, Grosse Ile, Trenton, Riverview, Wyando e, Ecorse, River Rouge and Belle Isle will be the home of these signs. A sign strategy for our en re region was released. City of Trenton Trail Town Master Plan was kicked off with work toward Trenton becoming a premier trail town. 200 confidence signs along the Iron Belle Trail in Downriver were presented to our communi es. In addi on, over 80 road decals will be placed along our trails to help with direc ons. Downriver Linked Greenways now has a new website, Healthy Trenton in partnership with Beaumont Health rolled out their Healthy Restaurant program. Be sure to visit any of these great businesses: Sibley Gardens, Total Health Food and Ramsey’s Coney Island and support their

fish o en migrate toward the areas with dams and spillways because the bai ish goes to where the current is and the colder water. The same thing happens in Detroit as the bai ish migrate from the lake into the river. That makes great fishing in both of these places in the fall.” With all of the opportuni es available to fishermen throughout the area, Paque e pointed out a few different points that can lead to success. “Paying a en on to the water temperature, especially in the fall. The fish will live deeper in the summer and once the temperatures start to drop, the bai ish will move shallow, and bass will follow.” Paque e said. “Look for irregulari es, anything out of

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the ordinary on the bo om can create a current break, fish will use the slack water around those as ambush points for feeding. Try to match your baits to the condi ons; if it is sunny with no wind it may require a subtle finesse presenta on, while wind and clouds may allow you to fish larger faster moving baits.” With the right techniques and adjustments, successful fishing can be found in the Detroit River and Lake Erie as much as any area in the country. Enjoy all the benefits of membership for ONLY $125 a year! For more info visit or


Cycling club embraces Trenton’s ‘Trail Town’ moniker BY DAVID NALL DOWNRIVER CYCLING CLUB

The Downriver Cycling Club is planning a second season of Trail Town Rides based in Trenton for 2019. Our first season was a tremendous success with many club members joining us for rides to areas to the north, east, west and south of Trenton. We began our Trail Town Ride series in late June. We toured all of Grosse Ile, Wyando e, Allen Park, Taylor, Riverview, Gibraltar, Flat Rock, Woodhaven, Brownstown and more reaching as far as Carleton and Monroe. We base our rides from the Chateau on the River in Elizabeth Park every Tuesday at 6 p.m. We’ll begin the 2019 season on Tuesday, April 2. Our rides are typically 25 to 30 miles and ridden at road pace which is 15 to 20 mph average. Road bikes are preferred but gravel, CX, mountain and fat bikes are welcome as long as they are able to maintain the pace. These are no-drop rides, which means we leave no rider behind. We keep everyone in the group and assist each rider with any repairs. Nonmembers can ride with us but will need to sign a waiver of liability for their first ride and then are expected to join our club if they wish to con nue to ride. Dues are just $15 per year and include the family (spouse and children under 18). DCC Members Trail Town Ride is scheduled for Aug. 7. We expect to expand our range of rides this season with special weekend rides going to Detroit and other more distant des na ons. We have found Trenton to be a perfect loca-

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Nail Garden 23760 West Rd., Brownstown, MI 48183 (734) 676-5800 Philip Duell, DDS, PC 22341 West Rd., Woodhaven, MI 48183 (734) 671-1620 www.drduellcom

Professional Autobody 734 Elm St., Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 692-1350 Riverview Towing and Auto Repair 13396 Sibley, Riverview, MI 48193 (734) 285-4343 A group selfie in front of the statue of General George Custer in Monroe was one of the stops on a ride last fall.

on to base our rides. Ample parking, good facili es to supply and eat, good roads and light traffic make this a perfect Trail Town. There are so many des na ons and routes within an easy bike ride. There are plen ful bike paths and safe side roads that allow us to enjoy the ride. DCC Member Trail Town Ride to Monroe on Dec. 28; with this ride, our hope is that more of our local friends will

discover the jewel that Trenton as an Iron Belle Trail Town has become. It truly gives us a gateway to the world for our bikes. You can find us on Facebook as well as our website,, for all of our rides. David Nall is the touring chairman for the Downriver Cycling Club and a member of the Trenton Healthy Community Coali on.

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Timbers Hair Salon 2007 West Rd., Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 676-4949 Total Transmission 21909 Allen Rd., Woodhaven, MI 48183 (734) 362-6000

Trinity Transportation 4624 13th St., Wyandotte, MI 48192 (877) 284-4200

Since late 2014, the city of Trenton, Trenton Public Schools and Beaumont Health have partnered together to promote healthy ea ng and ac ve living for the City of Trenton through the Trenton Healthy Community Coali on. The group’s mission is to promote community health and wellness and develop healthy lifestyles by connec ng people, ideas and resources for Trenton residents and visitors to the community.

In four years the group has established a website, developed many community exercise and walking ini a ves which included a passport to health, worked with businesses and the schools to discuss health programs for students and workers including useful toolkits. For more about the group’s efforts, watch for monthly updates in the Trenton Trib and Island Beacon, or visit


Violetta’s Tailoring 2231 West Rd., Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 362-8545 Winners Auto & Cycle 17700 Telegraph Rd., Brownstown, MI 48174 (734) 229-1009

Your Look Logos (844) 348-3803

The new trail link through Elizabeth Park was completed last year.

Linked Greenways continues to make new connections From Page12

healthy business. Des na on Downriver is a coali on of likeminded individuals and organiza ons that came together to develop Downriver as a premier tourism region. “Understanding Tourism in Michigan” report was released and will be a springboard for the work this coali on is doing. Friends of the Detroit River has begun a joint venture with Downriver Linked Greenways. We’re building connec ons to an amazing future. The best is yet to be! Together we are commi ed to the long-term well-being of the Downriver region — our people, our environment and our economy. Our Downriver Linked Greenways strengthens the health of all three. When our communi es connect and grow together, the whole region thrives.

Happy Trails to you! Anita Twardesky is the community outreach manager for Riverside Kayak Connec on, the president of Downriver Linked Greenways, a board member for GoImpact360, and a founding member of the Detroit River Interna onal Wildlife Refuge Alliance along with heading up the new Des na on Downriver coali on and ac ve member of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber. Email her at Des na on Downriver is a coali on of like-minded organiza ons and individuals gathered monthly to pursue ways to improve and promote Downriver as a premier tourism region. In addi on, this Coali on will serve as the organiza on that will help to develop a strategy to accomplish the goals of Des na on Downriver.

DOWNRIVER CURRENT CAN BE FOUND AT: (also available online)

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Kennedy Recreation Center Grosse Ile Pilot House Trenton Veteran’s Library Westfield Center 10 Pins Trenton 7/11 King Trenton Trenton City Hall Grosse Ile Township Hall

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Elizabeth Park Marina Detroit & Monroe Visitors Center Best Western- Woodhaven Holiday Inn Express-Woodhaven Sleep Inn Flat Rock Hampton Inn Holiday Inn Local expos, festivals and other events

Henry Ford Wyandotte has a long history of providing highquality, safe and compassionate health care to the Downriver area. The main Wyandotte campus, 2333 Biddle Ave., is stroke certified and a Level III Trauma center. It features a surgery department with 11 operating suites, two endoscopic suites and a robotic surgical system; a 25-bed birthing center; a newly renovated emergency department; general medicine and surgical care; ancillary testing; cancer and hematology care; inpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation services; adult mental health services; neurosurgical services and physician offices. Henry Ford Health Center-Brownstown, 23050 West Road, offers an award winning 24-hour ER and a variety of clinical needs, including laboratory and radiology services. It also offers same-day surgeries, a sleep studies center, and physician offices for allergy, women’s health, pain management, family medicine and ear, nose and throat. There is also a full pharmacy onsite. Henry Ford facilities offer the latest technology and services including 3D mammograms that can improve the detection of breast cancer, single incision robotic surgery and comprehensive heart and lung screenings. Henry Ford Wyandotte has undergone major renovations in recent years to improve the patient and visitor experience as well as the quality of care delivery. Some of these updates include redesigning the hospital's main lobby and emergency room. The hospital also built a convenient cancer and hematology department with expanded infusion services, providing greater access to patients. In addition, Henry Ford Wyandotte recently partnered with Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care to provide inpatient hospice services to the community. The hospital was honored with the 2017 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for reaching the 95th percentile for patient experience. Henry Ford Wyandotte received this award for behavioral health services and HFHC-Brownstown was honored for ambulatory surgery, emergency department and outpatient services. “We are proud to offer the latest technology and comprehensive services to accommodate any need, while consistently maintaining our outstanding level of care,” said Denise Brooks-Williams, president and CEO. “We will continue to innovate and expand our services so our community has the best care, close to home.” For more information, visit or call (734) 246-6000 (Wyandotte) or (734) 287-9880 (Brownstown).



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