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Banquet honors city’s outstanding residents BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.

Top business to be named on Feb. 7 The answer to that question will be revealed Feb. 7 at the Westfield Center, right after Mayor Gerald Brown’s State of the City address. Open voting was conducted on the Trenton Business Association Website in mid-January to select a winner from among eight nominees. The State of the City program is open to the public. Call 676-9561 by Feb. 4 to reserve a seat.

Hockey Showcase set for Feb. 10-12 Organizers of the annual MIHL Hockey Showcase are marking a milestone in the events history in Trenton. This year’s gathering of the state’s top high school talent marks the 10th year Kennedy Recreation Center has been the host site. For more details, see the article on Page 13.

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Ilene Flanagan photos Kelly Syska, with her husband, Brian, and daughter Kendall, at her side, thanked community members for coming to aid last winter.

The middle weekend in January saw a huge night for big awards — and we’re not talking about the Golden Globe Awards with host Ricky Gervais. We’re talking about the Trenton City Awards Banquet with host Bill LeFevre. Held on the eve of the 68th Golden Globes ceremony in Hollywood, Calif., the City Awards Banquet celebrated its 41 -year tradition with a special night in Trenton, Mich., that paid tribute to an earlier era and accorded numerous honors to many of the community’s Best Supporting Residents. Billed as “A Tribute to the 1940s,” the evening featured entertainment from that era and included a special tribute to Trenton’s own “Rosie

Marylouise Nolan Blanco accepts her award. the Riveter,” Marylouise Nolan Blanco, who was recognized for her service to the country during World War II. The Blanco presentation was just one of several special surprises during an exciting and emotion-charged evening. One of the most See Page 9

Rotary making plans for fourth Winter Beach Blast BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.

The Trenton Rotary Club is gearing up to offer its fourth annual Winter Beach Blast, a “summer fun”-themed fundraiser slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26,

at Crystal Gardens in Southgate. Created as a way to offer area residents a one-night “winter getaway” close to home, the Winter Beach Blast includes dinner, entertainment and wide range of

games, activities and chances to win prizes. The cost to attend is $35 in advance or $40 at the door. The money raised from the Winter Beach Blast is used to support a wide range of charita-

ble endeavors the Rotary Club engages in throughout the year. “This is a great event that helps a lot of worthwhile causes — and we’re proud to be able to offer it at a very affordable price,” said Timber

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Baun-Crooks, a member of Trenton Rotary and the chairperson of this year’s event. Along with planning the evening’s activities, Baun-Crooks’ committee is seeking sponsors from See Page 2

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When do Trenton kids taking a break from playing hockey? When their dog swipes their puck, that’s when — as witnessed in this shot captured by photographer Irene Flanagan on a homemade rink near Hedke School.

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VOLUME 2, ISSUE 6 Founded September 2009 The Trenton Trib in an independent newspaper published monthly by Trenton Trib LLC in Trenton, Mich.

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the business community, and has begun selling tickets to the general public. Businesses have several creative sponsorship options to choose from, ranging from the $1,000 “Big Kahuna” major sponsor offering to a $125 “Lifeguard” event patron sponsorship. Other sponsor levels include “Parrothead” ($250) and “Land Shark” ($500). A special group ticket rate of $30 a ticket also is available for businesses or individuals interested in buying 10 or more tickets. “The nice thing is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a fun time at the Winter Beach Blast,” BaunCrooks said. Along with a full dinner served buffet-style, the ticket price includes premium bar, along with a variety of entertainment offerings, including music by T.J. Monte and performances by members of the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center. The beach theme will be prevalent in the room décor at the banquet hall, and ticket purchasers are being encouraged to dress in Hawaiian or other beach attire. Prizes will be awarded for the

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The Trenton Rotary Winter Beach Blast planning committee assembles for a group photo at a recent meeting. The club relies on the support of businesses and residents throughout Downriver to make the event a success. best beach attire. “And you need to be comfortably dressed — especially if you want to enter the limbo or Hula Hoop contests,” BaunCrooks said. Throughout the evening attendees will have a chance to participate in various prize drawings and raffles, as well as bid on a great assortment of items available through both silent and live auctions. Among the live auction items expected to be available are vacation condos in Florida and Cabo San Lucas, as well as a few surprise items. The silent auction will feature numerous themed gift baskets, sports tickets, artwork and collectibles. Also back by popular demand this year will be the “Coconut Cash” reverse raffle that was introduced at last year’s event and quickly sold out. The $20-a-ticket raffle offers a one-in-200 chance to win up to $2,000. Winter Beach Blast tickets can be obtained by contacting Kyle Stack at (734) 493-3817. Sponsorship details are available from Kathy Kane at (734) 676-9561, or Valerie Dzagulones, (734) 671-2505. Auction items also are being sought. Anyone

who is able to donate to the silent or live auctions can contact Carol Crumpton at (734) 6754721. Trenton Rotary supports as many as 50 different charities or events each year with its donations. Proceeds from last year’s event aided a number of causes, including the Trenton Food Pantry, ChristNet,

local tree planting projects and Turn Off The Violence. A full list of the organizations that Trenton Rotary has provided assistance to in recent years is available on the club’s Website at Comprehensive details on the sponsorship options are available at www.winterbeachblast.c om.

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AROUND TOWN Upcoming Events Feb. 1 — Online registration begins for Trenton Baseball & Softball Association players and runs through March 1. Cost is $95 a player if registered by March 7. Visit for all the details. Feb. 7 — State of the City program at the Westfield Center. Program features a talk by Mayor Gerald Brown and award presentations by the Trenton Business Association and Trenton Rotary, the co-hosts of the event; call 676-9561 by Feb. 4 to reserve a seat; $10 admission cost includes buffet lunch. Feb. 7-8 — Auditions for Honk, The Musical, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 West Jefferson Ave.; ages 5-19 are welcome to try out for this Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center production; contact Debbie Jackson at 671-2202 or by email at Feb. 8 or 9 — Daddy Daughter Date Night, 7-8:15 p.m. at the Westfield; $4 residents, $5 non-residents. Fee includes a corsage for your daughter, DJ, dancing, cookies and punch and a photo card as a special remembrance; call 675-7300 Feb 10 — Small business seminar, “4 Steps to Build, Start, Re-Start or Relocate a Business;” 8 to 10 a.m., Trenton Village Theatre; $5 a person for Trenton Business Association and Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber members; $10 non-members; RSVP by emailing Feb. 10-12 — MIHL Hockey Showcase at the Kennedy Recreation Center. Forty high school hockey teams square off in the biggest invitational tournament of the season. For additional details see the article on Page 13. Feb 12 — Family movie time at the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library; free admission. Feb. 13 — Pinkalicious Cupcake Social, 1-3 p.m. at Trenton Village Theatre. Bring your cameras and get your picture taken with Pinkalicious. Frost and decorate a cupcake and get a signed autograph with Pinkalicious or another cast member. Help DYPAC gear up for the stage production of Pinkalicious. 19 — Trenton Rotary’s Turn off the Violence family fun fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Westfield Center. A great day of family fun, games and free food, all compliments of Trenton Rotary, Trenton organizations and businesses. This event aims to help strengthen families with an alternative to electronics and encouraging family play time. Feb. 19-20 — Pinkalicious, The Musical, at Trenton Village Theatre, presented by the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center. Based on the book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann; music by John Gregor; show times 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20; open seating; all seats $7; Feb. 22 — Downriver Linked Greenways, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow; 3 to 7 p.m., Flat Rock Community Center. An open house to celebrate all the region’s accomplishments during the last 11 years. For more information, email or Feb. 23-24 — Tea Party at the Cultural Center Feb. 24 — After Business, Ours, presented by the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber and hosted by Village Green Apartments, 16700 Quarry Road, Southgate; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; $5 member, $15 non-member. Tables for mini-expo $45 each (members only). To reserve a table contact Kelly Kwiatkowski at (734) 284-6000, Ext. 25, or email Feb. 26 — Electronics Recycling at Riverview Land Preserve, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; drop off your old electronics items such as televisions, computers, microwaves and cell phones at no charge at this event sponsored by Wayne County Department of Public Services, the Riverview Land Preserve and Vintage Tech Recyclers; call (734) 326-3936 for more information. Feb. 26 — Trenton Rotary’s fourth annual Winter Beach Blast at Crystal Gardens in Southgate; 6 p.m.midnight; fundraiser for Trenton Rotary charities; chairperson is Timber Baun-Crooks; co-chair is Laurie Stanley. For additional details, see the article on the front page or visit

Good ‘natured’ activities

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Jennifer Zaenglein (top, left) of the Wayne County Parks naturalist staff at Crosswinds Marsh, leads a craft activity at the Winter Wonders Nature Nook program held last month at the Trenton Cultural Center Art Barn. The program, which included both inside activities and a little fun playing outside as well, had participation from an active and inquisitive bunch of youngsters ranging in age from 6-12.


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Mayor expects tax revenues to stabilize in ’12 BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.

Since the very first State of the City program in 2003, Mayor Gerald Brown has tried to make a point of not spending too much time dwelling on “negative” news. Due to the harsh economic realities of the past three years, though, Brown has been having a difficult time coming up with enough good news to offset the bad. The net result has been speeches that are a little shorter than they were in better times. The ninth-annual State of the City, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at Westfield Center, figures to follow the pattern set in recent years. Between the talk of more cuts coming from

Lansing and an expected continuation in the decline of tax dollars being collected locally on residential, commercial and industrial real estate, operating revenues are likely to continue shrinking this year. “Unfortunately, I have to talk about some

of the economic negatives that we endured in 2010 and some of the same for 2011, but I will try not to dwell on them,” the mayor said. “When we are treading water financially, it’s very difficult to talk about new projects and any new programs, be-

cause they are just not occurring.” First elected in November 2001, Brown’s tenure in office has occurred during an era of municipal austerity that seemed to grow more pronounced with each passing year. He believes See Page 6

2011 State of the City

Gerald Brown

When: Monday, Feb. 7 Where: Westfield Activities Center What: The mayor’s annual recap of the past year and outlook for the coming year. Cost: $10 (includes buffet lunch) RSVP: Call 676-9561, Ext. 3

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COMMUNITY Motivational Moment

‘Productive’ procrastination turns obstacles into an assets In your busy daily business, customers come first, naturally. This leaves many important planning items often in the state of flux. Procrastination is sometimes responsible for our best ideas and busiest hours. Used effectively, procrastination is a powerful motivator and source of inspiration. Often, the busier the schedule the easier to procrastinate the tough jobs. Why not try to create success with some other jobs? Productive procrastination falls into two categories, purposeful and inattentive. With purposeful procrastination you use the desire to avoid an important task as motivation to crank out dozens of others. Anything to postpone what you really need to do, right? Purposeful Procrastination Some purposeful things you can turn to when you want to put something else off can include: • Network — Have a bunch of contacts you should really touch base with but don’t have the time? Procrastination is a great opportunity to politely reply to nonessential email. Taking the time to stay in touch with people pays dividends in the long-run. •Get Organized — There’s no better way to feel productive while avoiding the inevitable than organizing your home or work space. Without procrastination my desk would be perpetually cluttered and the dishes would never get done. •Plan Ahead — The only thing better than actually doing something is thinking/talking about doing something. Take the time to identify, record, and schedule all your tasks, obviously leaving the most important for last. •Odds and Ends — Procrastination is the best time to find closure for everything that’s on your mind. Use it as an excuse to investigate and resolve issues that have been nagging you. •Meetings — If you’re not going to be productive, you might as well take other people down with you. •Errands — Need to schedule a hair appointment? How about that doctor appointment? Procrastination is capable of making the most tedious and trivial errands appealing. •Get Up To Date — Have a bunch of dull emails you should probably read? They’re starting to look a lot more interesting. •Assist Others — If you’re not going to do your own work, you can at least deliver on the help you promised your friends last week. Inattentive Procrastination Inattentive procrastination is a great way to keep busy. It might seem like laziness, but what’s wrong with that? (I am planning to do at least one of these in the new year!) Here are some ways to avoid work completely: •Go to Lunch — You need to eat, right? So you might as well do it now so you can’t use it as an excuse later. •Exercise — Same as lunch, with the added benefit of increased alertness. •Take a Walk — A casual walk is a great way to unburden your mind and allow great ideas to come to you. •Take A Nap — If you feel a strong desire to procrastinate, there’s probably a reason behind it. Relaxation is important for a healthy productive lifestyle, why not do it now when you can’t get anything else done? Sometimes taking a break helps stimulate what you should be doing. •Come Up With a Great Idea — This one can’t exactly be completed on demand, but studies have shown that entrepreneurs and other creative people tend to get their best ideas during down time. •Read a Good Book — If you’d rather not think for yourself, you might as well absorb the great ideas someone else took the trouble to record. Procrastinate or just get it done — whatever works for you to deliver that personal, quality care and keep your sanity! Kathy Kane is co-publisher and business manager of the Trenton Trib. Contact her by email at If you would like to keep tabs on Trenton news and events online, please sign up to follow us on Facebook or bookmark and visit frequently for regular news updates.

Registered nurse/administrator maintains a fast pace BY KATHY KANE

Interesting Neighbors I met Linda Dickey Philips when doing some work for her at Southgate Surgery Center, an outpatient surgical center she has been a part of since it opened in 1996. A few years after doing the work for the center, I found out Philips lived around the corner from me — and that she had been there since 1986. She’s a dynamic person and real gogetter, so I thought we’d get to know her better. KK: So, what got you motivated to live in Trenton? Philips: Well, that is actually funny. We are friends with the previous owners. I just happened to have dated their son, but the real sell was that it had four bedrooms and a swimming pool, which I love in the summer. KK: Tell us about your family Philips: My husband, Raymond, works in the commercial department for Sears, and my daughter Danielle graduated from Trenton in 2007. I am so proud of her. She is studying at Grand Valley to be a Spanish teacher and was president of her sorority, Phi Mu. We have a Yorkie Poo named Armani, who is our child when Danielle is away. KK: I know you work a lot, but do you have any other interests? Philips: I love shopping and scrapbooking. I also love traveling. My

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Linda Philips has worked for Southgate Surgery Center since 1996. favorite place is Hawaii. I get to go there soon for business and a little R and R. I also redecorate my home at least once a year and help my friends decorate, too. I also decorated the entire Surgery Center. KK: At the center you are the administrator and a registered nurse. It seems to have grown quite a bit since I have known you. Philips: Yes it has. When we first opened we only offered eye surgeries. Now we have eye, pain management, colon,

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February Events Feb. 19 — Turn off the Violence Family Fun Fair, Westfield Center Feb. 26 — Winter Beach Blast, Crystal Gardens. Visit for details

vein and hemorrhoid surgeries. We used to have only one operating room and now we have four. I am really proud that I have helped coordinate the growth at this center and I love it here because it is physicianowned and no corporate red tape. Wisecracks aside, I love that I am part of a team that helps alleviate pain. Have an “Interesting Neighbor” you’d like to see profiled in the Trenton Trib? Send us an email with the person’s name and phone number and tell us what you think makes them so darn interesting!

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Hedke Elementary’s environmental award has everyone seeing green

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money for the PTO. The largest recycling program at Hedke is the Abitibi paper recycling program. Each classroom has paper recycling bins, and the fourth graders go to each classroom to collect the bins and empty them into the large “Paper Retriever” bins located in the parking lot. Porreca said this results in keeping hundreds of tons of paper out of the landfill and a few hundred dollars per year for the PTO. Other recycling efforts also earn money for the school and sometimes benefit charities, such as recycling old cell phones to benefit a local women’s shelter, and Little Dresses for Africa through the recycling of used sheets and pillow cases. Hedke Elementary also recycles water bottles, batteries, juice pouches, Sydney Smith (left) Reece Culverhouse and Blake Smith from Ms. Sitek's class printer ink cartridges, and at Hedke make another contribution to the recycling bin outside the school. tabs from soda cans, and they utilize things such as magazines and used CDs/ mean that Hedke is now Energy Star Certified. DVDs for classroom lessons and projects. Hedke also set a goal of reducing its energy usage by 5 Energy-efficient upgrades to Hedke that earned percent as part of an energy cost reduction program them a Green School Point include a new heating and district wide. Porreca noted that Hedke has helped the cooling system, new windows, energy management of district to avoid more than $700,000 in energy costs computers, and sensor lights. These upgrades also since the implementation of that program three years ago. To learn more about the Michigan Green Schools program, visit the group’s Website at

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Hedke Elementary School is getting ready to renew its application for “Michigan Green School” designation for the 2010-2011 school year, after having earned this same designation last year through their recycling efforts and energy-efficient upgrades. As an added benefit, this status has the entire district seeing green in cost reductions and added funds for the school. Schools can apply for this award by implementing and documenting energy savings and environmental activities in which they participate as outlined in the application. Each activity receives one point; a minimum of 10 points is required to achieve Green School status, and Hedke earned 17 out of the maximum 20 points last year, with those Our Stories programs remaining in effect for this year’s application. Hedke earns Green School Points by participating in environmental activities such as recycling, Earth Day, learning about and promoting the health of the Great Lakes watershed, and alternative energy studies, to name a few. The hope is that the lessons learned in the classroom and with hands-on participation will last a lifetime. Hedke’s Principal Vince Porreca said that some lessons, like recycling, can quickly become a habit. “Once you start recycling, you see how much you’re keeping out of the landfill,” he said, noting that getting kids involved at an early age could encourage them to continue recycling as adults. “Everyone pitches in,” said Porreca, adding that staff, parents, and students actively participate, and some of the recycling efforts pay off in a big way with

Cutest Pets in Town

To the Editor: My name is Maryann Robideau but Snickers the guinea pig and Scooter the cat are both my son Kyle’s pets that he chose and takes care of. Kyle, who is 10 years old, also has a beta fish that he picked out and he has had the beta fish for over three years now, and Sharkbait the beta fish is really awesome, too. We (my husband Dale and I) think Kyle has a definite “gift” for choosing pets! (We also have Sally the cat and Sierra the Jack Russell dog … quite the farm we have, lol).

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MORE NEWS Business growth is focus of seminar

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The Trenton Fire Department last month took delivery of its new 101foot aerial ladder truck. City Council members and others had a chance to check out the vehicle prior to the Jan. 10 regular Council meeting. Fire Chief Bruce Vick thanked Mayor Gerald Brown, the Trenton City Council, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, and Trenton Parks and Recreation Department program coordinator Barb Olsen during the Council meeting. The purchase of the new truck was made possible with a $750,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city matched 5 percent of the cost. The new truck was built in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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of ideas and resources intended to help them succeed. Called “Four Steps To Build, Start, Re-Start or Relocate a Business in 2011,” the session will bring together several experts from the Metropolitan Growth & Development Corp., the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the Wayne County Edge Program, the Small Business and Technology Development Center and the City of Southgate. Slated for 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, the program is being presented jointly by the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber and the Trenton Business Association and is sponsored by the Trenton Trib. SWCRC President Sandy Mull said the program is designed for owners, entrepreneurs, managers and residents who want to see their community grow. “Our panel of economic development, loan and capital financiers as well as business consultants can help you get a handle on the right initiatives and programs available for your new, aging or relocating business,” she said. Those who are being encouraged to attend include downtown development authority board members, city planning staffs, business owners, business association members, area mayors and council members, city commission members, as well as any resident who has an interest in seeing their community grow. The cost to attend is $5 for chamber and TBA members and $10 for non-members. Reservations are requested by Feb. 7 by calling (734) 284-6000, Ext. 29. Additional information can be found at Trenton Village Theatre is located at 2447 West Jefferson Ave.

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the “constant review of staff needs and operational changes” his administration has undertaken yearly for the past nine years has allowed the city government to weather the recession of the past three years, and he expects his speech to offer at least a glimmer of optimism for next year. “After one more year of expected reductions in our taxable values of the housing, commercial and industrial properties, we should see a stabilization beginning in 2012,” he said. But the upcoming budget talks for the 2011 -2012 fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through

June 30, 2012, “will be very similar to what we experienced during the last budget talks,” he said. The mayor said the city will continue to seek out grants to see if it “can hit the jackpot again” as it did the recently when it secured federal funds to pay most of the costs of a new 101-foot ladder truck for the Fire Department. “The grant was for $750,000 and our net match had to be only $17,000 to take possession of it,” he said. The State of the City again will be sponsored jointly by the Trenton Rotary Club and the Trenton Business Association. Rotary Club

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National campaign touts dollars-and-sense value of supporting locally owned businesses Even though U.S. consumer shopping habits have changed dramatically over the past half century, Trenton is still fortunate to have a nice variety of independently owned stores that can provide products and services that fulfill many of our typical daily needs and wants. But even as I write that sentence, I know the first thing many people living here are going to think is, “Yeah, but we don’t have Mulias & Ellias anymore, or Navarre Shoes or Scot-Viking Gifts or Wrigley’s or Jerry’s Market or Ray’s Prime Meats or…..” You get the idea. We see that type of sentiment on our Facebook fan page as well — each time we post a comment encouraging people to shop in Trenton. It’s understandable. Trenton had some great and very unique hometown stores back in the days when small downtowns ruled retail commerce. Trib But it’s also very frustrating, because we Notes still do have a lot of very good stores with a lot of hard-working people putting more time than ever into making them viable in a time when shoppers have so many more options than they used to have … some of which don’t even require them to get out of their P.J.’s and leave their homes. Yes, times have changed. And while lamenting the demise of our favorite businesses from years past may be briefly therapeutic, it does little to help spare those that are still here from similar fates. Consumer spending habits have been through at least three major revolutions in the last 50 years, beginning with the rapid growth of suburban malls in the late 1960s through the 1970s, then the explosion of big box chains in the 1980s and 1990s, followed by the inception and rapid growth of cyber shopping from the late-1990s until the present. Today, our choices of where to shop and spend are virtually limitless. We can bargain hunt from coast to coast in a matter of minutes and have our “finds” shipped right to our front doors, usually within a couple of days. All the choices and the new conveniences provided have just made it far too simple to forget about — or, at least, overlook — what we have right here at home. It’s a trend that has left our small, hometown retailers — not just in Trenton, but around the country — wondering exactly where they fit into this new economy. And how they fit and whether or not they survive depends largely on whether or not the community leaders and residents in those cities make some kind of a concerted effort to support them. In recent years the Trenton Business Association, has promoted a “Shop Local, Save Local, Support Local” theme, which has done a good job of keeping the issue in the public eye. Nationally, a retail consultant from the Minneapolis area has created a hometown spending campaign called “The 3/50 Project,” which encourages people to choose three hometown businesses they would hate to see go out of business and commit to spending $50 at

them each month. The simplicity of the campaign’s call to action has led to its rapid growth throughout the country, with thousands of businesses and organizations signing on to participate in or promote the campaign. “We’re not telling consumers to stop going to big boxes or to stop going to chain and franchises, because it’s unrealistic,” The 3/50 project’s founder, Cinda Baxter, said during an interview on CNN. “It’s about remembering that not all things have to come from a big box,” When you look at the economies of shopping at an independent local store versus buying from a big box or shopping online, the statistics are pretty telling. According to the non-profit organization Civic Economics, for every $100 spent at a hometown store, $68 stays local in the form or local taxes and payroll. The same $100 spent at a chain store only returns $43 to the local economy. Online spending, as we know, usually sends all $100 out of the community — and often stiffs the state on the 6 percent sales tax that local shops are beholden to collect. The 3/50 Project’s Website,, makes a pretty good case for the impact of spending locally, noting in particular that if only half the U.S. population made a conscious effort to spend $50 in their hometown it would generate $42.6 billion in revenue. Baxter said the reason the campaign has been catching on stems from how easy it is to understand and participate in. “There are many buy-local programs that talk about economies, but that’s not how people talk over the dinner table,” Baxter said. “This concept is much more simple — pick three, spend $50. That’s how we think.” The attention is giving local businesses nationwide an opportunity to put their name in front of potential consumers, strengthening their own bottom line in addition to helping the communities where they’re located. The Trenton Trib has joined The 3/50 Project, and we are encouraging other hometown businesses to visit the Web site and check it out. There are promotional resources that can be easily downloaded for your business’ use, and it also provides the means to network and share ideas with other small businesses. In the process of signing up we learned we weren’t the first Trenton business to join, though. The Lighthouse of Trenton beat us there. It would be great if we had some more company. As part of our commitment to The 3/50 Project, in coming issues we plan to include “3/50 Profiles” of Trenton businesses that will help inform our readers about some of the many hometown shopping options still available in Trenton. But just be sure to change out of those P.J.’s before you head out the door. Joe Hoshaw Jr. is editor and co-publisher of the Trenton Trib. Email him at

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Outstanding Youth Woman Patti Radakovich (left) and Outstanding Youth Marissa Rowland (below).

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Annual awards gathering honors city’s finest residents memorable moments included an appearance on the stage by Kelly Syska, the daughter of Trenton Fire Chief Bruce Vick, who recounted her family’s medical crisis that began the same day as last year’s City Awards ceremony. Syska suffered an amniotic fluid embolism, a rare and dangerous complication of childbirth, while attempting to deliver her daughter, Kendall. The embolism put the lives of both mother and daughter in jeopardy. Kelly initially suffered heart and kidney failure before being stabilized and then spent three days in a coma and seven more days in the hospital before going home. Kendall suffered a seizure as a result of the birth trauma, and was hospitalized for two weeks at Children’s Hospital. But neither suffered any permanent health damage and both are fully recovered — as evidenced by Kelly’s appearance at the podium with her husband, Brian, and a smiling 1-year-old Kendall at her side. Through her tears she told everyone how thankful she was she lived in Trenton and how important the community’s support was to her family during its medical crisis and recovery. Event Chairman Scott Barr, who said about 200 people were in attendance at the Trenton Knights of Columbus Hall for the event, was pleased with how the

entire evening played out. “I think it went really well,” he said. “A lot of people said they loved the singer, and the dancers offered something different than usual; the food was awesome.” The buffet-style meal was prepared by Tim’s Catering and featured a wide range of entrée options. The banquet, which is organized by the Civic Commission, featured numerous traditional awards along with a handful of special presentations. Several other organizations also utilized the opportunity to present their own awards as the invited guests of the commission. Those included the Soroptomists, the Trenton Business Association, the Trenton VFW, the Trenton Sports Hall of Fame and Dr. Noel Jackson. As is the custom, the evening was capped off with the naming of the Outstanding Trentonite, which this year was accorded to a couple, John and Gail Craven. Other Civic Commission traditional awards went to Trenton teacher and coach Aaron Segedi, who was named Outstanding Young Man, and local businesswoman and community activist Patti Radakovich, the Outstanding Young Woman. Other “outstanding” Trenton people included Outstanding Senior Norbert Wegienka and Outstanding Youth Marissa Rowland. And due to an evident abundance of “Outstanding Neighbors”

around town, not just one but three awards were given out in that category. The recipients were Pam and Bruce Mierkowicz, Maria and Frank Toth and Pete Bensky. And, as is also the tradition, the night was filled with a number of special recognition awards for the people who serve the city on a daily basis. Those awards included Police Officer of the Year, which was bestowed on Officer Steven Voss, and Firefighter of the Year, which went to Firefighter/EMS Coordinator Robert Bruley. The AFSME Employee of the Year award went to Michelle Furnier, who works in City Hall in the Engineering Department; and the Municipal Employee of the Year Award went to Theresa Monthei, who works in the City Controller’s office. The Trenton Firefighters also awarded their Andy Mason Award to City Clerk Kyle Stack. Other annual awards presented by the Civic Commission included the Charlie Brown Award, which went to Marino Guidi; and the Duane F. Brannick Award, which went to Fritz Enterprises/Huron Valley Steel. That award was accepted by Randy Fritz on behalf of the Fritz family. The Commission also presented Special Recognition Awards to retiring commission members Bob Baker, Meg Chafin and Carol Mans. Debbie Barnes, Ken Rygwelski and Louann

Shout Outs To Michael Lee, who is photographing businesses all over town to help us expand our current Website business listings with photos and additional information. The Trenton Trib is attempting to help city businesses get the word out about where they are located and what kinds of products and services they provide. Additional information is being added weekly. Please visit and view the listings under the “City Guide” tab. To Krishelle Kohler of Eldercare and Mark Slagle of Mr. Handyman on their elections to the board of directors of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber. To Trenton Rotarian Ronnie Jacek, who was presented with the Community Service Award during the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s Member Tribute last month. To all those who have stepped up or are planning to help the Trenton Food

Jim Jacek photo Pantry, which again is running low on many staples it needs to fulfill a huge local need that has grown to exceed 600 families. The pantry offers public drop-off hour from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. To the THS swim team, which came through with a big win in the annual News -Herald tourney. To Ed Alice, a longtime Trenton resident and hockey coach, who recently came up with an idea to promote the spirit of Trenton hockey by making up

Ronnie Jacek and fiancé Bill Ruelle at the chamber awards banquet held last month in Wyandotte. “Hockeyville Trenton USA” shirts. Shirts are $21.95 and can be attained by calling (313) 320-0438. To Kimberly Pelletier, who lost more than 85 pounds in a year thanks to Weight Watchers and Trenton Athletic Center. To Councilman Dan Gillespie, who recently took part in a trip to Haiti to provide the earthquakedevastated island nation with some assistance with efforts to begin rebuilding its infrastructure. Gillespie, owner of Certified Alarm, is an electrical engineer.

Camin also were recognized for their efforts to create and oversee the Community Garden at the Trenton Cultural Center, which produced more than 2,000 pounds of produce this summer that was donated to a local food pantry. First on the list of the other organizations on hand to present awards was the Trenton VFW, which gave its prestigious Voice of Democracy essay contest award to Arthurs Middle School student Kallie Korndorfer, who got to read her essay to the audience. The Trenton Sports Hall of Fame inducted two new members at the banquet. They were Barb Liddle and Joan Biedenbach. The Soroptomist of the Year award was given to Nada Frost of Frost Insurance and the Great Lakes Symphony, while the Trenton Business Association Member of the Year Award went to Carol Simmons of PNC Bank. Dr. Jackson also kicked off a new series of 12 monthly awards he has created called the Downriver Desirable Dozen, presenting a $1,000 check to the Trenton Police Honor Guard to use toward its uniform fund. While several winners knew about their awards ahead of time, there were at least a handful who did not, including Segedi, Wegienka and the three retiring Civic Commission members. As the lead organizer, Barr especially appreciates the presentations where the

recipient is caught totally by surprise, which he likes to refer to as “blindsides.” While the event is always a lot of work to produce, the result always seems to make it

worth the effort, Barr said. “It just shows there are still some great people in Trenton…..good neighbors….and a lot of people who know how to help others.”

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BUSINESS Pharmacy works to be more than just the corner drug store the customer loyalty I receive from the Trenton community,” said Haddix, who added that he has great passion for compounding. In his free time he also enjoys boating, fishing, skiing, hunting, scuba diving, and spending time with his wife and three children.

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During his more than three decades in business Downriver, Keith Haddix has earned the respect and loyalty of the community by providing traditional pharmacy services along with chemical compounding, a service that not a lot of pharmacies are able to provide. Haddix runs and operates Riverside Professional Pharmacy in downtown Trenton. He also owns another pharmacy on West Jefferson just a few miles south in

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The Henry Ford Self Health Center recently opened at 23400 Allen Road in Woodhaven. (in the location previously occupied by Murray’s Jewelers). Along with a large selection of hard-to-find health items, the staff provides free Self Health Coaching. Whether for chronic conditions or just to stay healthy, the community is welcomed to check out the finely appointed new location for all health and home related needs. Call 676-3813 For more information.

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Golden Glow Salon on Fort Street has gone Holistic. You can now find healthy mind, spirit and body products and services in Trenton; call 676-3118. Congratulations to Comfort Keepers owners Rick and Carol Williams who celebrated three years in business as well as achieving their Dementia Practitioner Certification. SuddenRewards is a new and easy way to raise money for your organization/company or simply earn extra cash for yourself. Find all the details on the company’s Website. The basic premise of the program is to buy local and add a local merchant to your own Website to earn money for your charity and causes. Visit Dr. Noel Jackson, who operates a full-service dental practice at 254 West Road, uses his advertising dollars to benefit area groups. Make sure to contact his office if your group could benefit from this new program. Call 673-7304. Nick Puinti’s band, the Respectables, will be playing at Simons on Allen Road in Allen Park on Saturday, Feb. 12.

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TBA officers for 2011 Newly elected Trenton Business Association President Krishelle Kohler (front) is pictured here with several members of this year’s board of directors, including (clockwise from behind Kohler’s right shoulder) Joann Perna, Erin Shelton, Carol Simmons, Rick Williams, Greg Genter, Mark Slagle, Joe Hoshaw and Val Dzagulones. Not pictured are Dr. Noel Jackson, Rob Bovitz and Mike McCullough.

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FEATURES Care givers need to make some time to take care of themselves BY RICK WILLIAMS Comfort Keepers

Videographer Jackie Hull lived in Trenton both before and after college.

TV production class played role in former resident’s career selection BY KATHY KANE We’re keeping our eye out for former Trenton residents online just to touch base ask them what they’ve been up to since they left town — as well as what they miss about Trenton since leaving. Each month we’ll use this space to share some of our more interesting “finds.” Remember Jackie Hull? A videographer who once had her own talk show on local public access television, Jackie Hull grew up in Trenton and has spent much of her life here. In 2005, however, she purchased a home in nearby Lincoln Park and has lived there since. “I fell in love with it when I was house hunting and it was budget friendly,” Hull said. She also now spends time in West Virginia, where she owns a home that she purchased from relatives in the late 1990s. “It’s been in my family for generations and the surrounding area is beautiful.” Hull was born on Trenton and graduated from Trenton High in 1984. She then lived in Ypsilanti while attend-

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ing Eastern Michigan University, but returned to Trenton in 1989 and remained here until the move in 2005. “Trenton has always seemed like home,” she said. Hull said she has worked as a videographer for more than 20 years and enjoys the opportunity it provides to cover and be involved in local events. I couldn't have hoped for a better way to enjoy Trenton and the entire Downriver Community by meeting people and recording events,” she said. She also said her time in Trenton is the source of many great memories.

“During high school, I was fortunate to work for Trenton Parks and Recreation’s summer program,” Hull said. “I got to work with kids as a park leader and baton instructor. The program encouraged kids to participate in the many activities held at Trenton’s parks.” Hull said the education she received from the Trenton school system was outstanding. “It provided an excellent background for future college classes and life in general,” she said. “I am glad I took four years of Spanish. It was an excellent program. “I was also fortunate to be a part of TPS-TV, which was the video production program at the high school. It helped me decide on a career in that field, which I have truly enjoyed.”

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SPORTS Showcase’s tradition in Trenton set to mark its 10th year MIHL Hockey Showcase When: Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 10-12 Where: Kennedy Recreation Center Ticket: Adults, $6 per day or $10 for a weekend pass; seniors and students, $4 per day or $6 for a weekend pass. Active duty military personnel and their families will receive free admission with uniform or military ID! For additional information: visit, or contact Pat Ronayne, 248-225-1264 or

Your Source For Quality Lighting & Accessories Ilene Flanagan photo The Trojans hockey squad will contend for state bragging rights in the 40-team Hockey Showcase. The theme of the 2011 MIHL Prep Hockey Showcase is “A Perfect Ten,” which is intended to symbolize and celebrate the successful 10year partnership between the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League (MIHL) and the Trenton hockey community. And it would be hard to find a statewide high school tournament that has enjoyed more growth and success than this one. What started out as a modest 12-team, twoday event has grown into a 40-team, three-day extravaganza that has become a true showcase of the state’s best hockey talent under one roof. Just ask any of the more than 60 or so college and professional scouts who are expected to be on hand for this year’s installment, which will be held Thursday, Feb. 10, though Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Kennedy Recreation Center. And it all started rather inauspiciously, with an idea generated by some of the players’ parents who attended the very first Showcase, which was held in Troy. “They came to us and told us what a great event it was for high school, but they thought the Trenton Kennedy Arena would be a better place for it and the Trenton hockey community could do a better job of hosting,” said Pat Hawkins, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. “We had a few organizational meetings, prepared a proposal and contacted (MIHL Showcase Director) Todd Johnson and (MIHL President) Andy Weidenbach to see if they would listen to us. We talked, they listened, we reached an agreement

and the rest is history.” As Johnson recalls, it was an easy decision to make. “We were blown away with their proposal and it was a no-brainer to partner with them for this event,” he said. “Every year both sides

have added new features and improvements that benefit the coaches, the teams, the players, the scouts and the fans. It has become a positive experience for all involved. Together, we work to keep the Showcase the biggest and best high school hockey event of the season.” Mayor Gerald Brown, an avid high school hockey fan himself, said the tournament not only provides a great showcase for hockey talent, but also offers an opportunity to showcase the

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community to the teams and their followers, some of whom come from as far away as Marquette. He also noted that it generates a bump in revenue for several city businesses. “The commercial businesses that operate on West Road and the ones on West Jefferson in our downtown benefit from the influx of people that this event generates,” Brown said. Along with the increased size of the tourSee Page 14

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nament has come several changes over the years that were intended to enhance the fan experience: free off-site parking made parking a less challenging experience and alleviated the congestion in the lots at the rink, online live updates to the scores of each game provided results to outstate fans and the addition of AJM Catering to the food service facilities not only eased the long lines at the concession areas, but added a new line of barbecued items to the food fare. By all accounts the Showcase has been a very successful venture that has done much to promote high school hockey in Michigan, and keeping up with all of the success has been the challenge of the Trenton volunteers. “We are all very proud of this community,” Hawkins said. “Every time we want to improve in some area or add to the event, somebody steps up and we get the job done. They take pride in their work; in fact, if one of the volunteers wants to retire, they can’t until they hire and train their replacement. That’s commitment.” Joann Perna, assistant director of Parks and Recreation, took the 2010 Showcase into the social networking world not just to get more exposure but to add to the excitement for the community. “Fans, players and parents can track the ‘Countdown to the MIHL Prep Hockey Showcase’ through our Facebook campaign,” Perna said. “We started promotions and contests between the schools involved. We have also created more awareness of the event and more exposure for our sponsors. It is also a great way for us to get the schools involved and for us to highlight different aspects of the teams.” Hawkins believes the volunteers take a lot of satisfaction from knowing they did a good job hosting the event and the participating teams had a great experience. “The benefits of the Showcase, which are primarily scholarships, exposure and the recruitment of high school players to the next level are satisfaction enough,” he said. MIHL’s Johnson said the partnership has been

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Even though its quiet out on the water, key plans for the year are taking shape BY RYAN HOSHAW

During the most frigid months of the year activity on the Detroit River slows down. But before the ice has a chance to disappear completely from sight for yet another year, organizations involved in various river projects already will be off and running with planning for some of the year’s major events. Here are just a few to keep an eye out for: In late March, watch out for the annual Riverkeeper Dinner, which is a fundraiser to support the efforts of Detroit Riverkeeper Bob Burns. The Riverkeeper is responsible for patrolling the Detroit River to uncover environmental problems and bring them to the attention of the public. The Riverkeeper plays a key role in maintaining the quality and health of our waterway. The Riverkeeper Dinner is scheduled for March 26 at the Wyandotte Boat Club. Keep an eye on the Website of the

River Current Friends of the Detroit River,, for additional details as they become available. Another important environment project, the annual Detroit River Cleanup, will be held

April 16. This spring cleaning event, organized by the Friends of the Detroit River, is planned to create a large -scale cleanup of the small islands and shores in the lower portion of the Detroit River. The common goal of this event is to pick up and dispose of as much litter as possible during one day. The event typically draws hundreds of vol-

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to share feelings with family, friends and doctors is a big step toward maintaining a healthy balance in caregivers' lives. Asking for and accepting help from others is crucial. Because, in order to give the gift of time, the most important thing caregivers can do is to take care of themselves first. When it comes to choices with health care, it

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unteers. Once the summer months come around, expect the emphasis to be on having a little fun — especially when it comes time for the PNC Roar on the River, which has grown to become a diverse waterfront event that features powerboat racing and a lot of other fun activities, all held in the vicinity of Elizabeth Park. The Roar on the

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River is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 23-25. Planning for this event is pretty much a year-round activity. Organizing committee members from Trenton Rotary and other local groups involved meet at least monthly, even during the winter Check out www.trentonroarontheri for frequently updated information about the event.

Save the Dates! March 4-6 — Dearly Departed, presented at the Trenton Village Theatre by the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center; open seating tickets $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors; call (734) 362-8153 or visit March 30 — Get answers to legal questions about Alzheimer’s during a free program from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Wayne County Community College District, 21000 North Line Road, Taylor. RSVP required at (734) 282-7171. May 19-21 — The Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s annual Busieness and Lifestyles Exposition

kicks off Thursday, May 19, at Yack Arena in Wyandotte with the festive black-tie preview party, featuring the food of more than 25 Downriver restaurants. The preview is followed by a twoday public show. Check the chamber’s Website,, for additional details as they become available. May 21 — “A Little Bit of Broadway Downriver,” benefiting the building expansion of Josephine Ford Cancer Center-Downriver. Presenting sponsors are John “Corky” Hancock and Catherine Teifer and Oak Tree Farm, South Rockwood. For further Information call Jill Nestman at JFCC Downriver, (734) 479 -3311.


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