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Newly-elected Mayor Kyle Stack set a fast pace during her first six weeks on the job. For more about how she has adapted to the new role and some of the new people hired for key positions, see the article on Page 3.

Annual award season set to begin Several hometown organizations are giving out special honors at the City Awards Banquet this month and the State of the City program in early February. The 42nd annual city banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Jefferson, will include the naming of the Trentonite of the Year, the Outstanding Young Man of the Year, the Outstanding Young Woman, as well as the police officer, firefighter and city employee of the year. The Trenton Business Association will utilize that occasion to name its Member of the Year, while the Trenton Veterans of Foreign Wars will name a Trenton student as the winner of its annual Voice of Democracy award. The Trenton Sports Hall of Fame also is expected to get new inductees in a special ceremony that will be held at the

City Awards Banquet as well. The City Awards Banquet is sponsored by the Civic Commission. Tickets, which include a buffet dinner, are $30 and are available at the Mayor’s

Office in City Hall. Created by the Trenton Jaycees in the late 1960s, the City Awards Banquet was taken over by the Civic Commission five years ago. Last year’s gathering saw John and Gail Craven jointly take home the honor of Trentonite of the Year, while Patti Radakovich and Aaron See Page 2

Former Trenton Supt. Larry Leapley is honored to have been called out of retirement to serve as interim superintendent and to mentor three potential candidates for the position. “It is a unique situation,” said Leapley, who accepted the one-year contract at the invitation of the Trenton School Board. “I had some great mentors throughout my career in Trenton, so I couldn’t say no, because the district has meant so much for me.” He referred to the situation as the “perfect storm” because he knows the district, is familiar with the staff, and said it was very comfortable to sit back down in the superintendent’s chair. He now has an added interest in the district’s future — three grandchildren. Leapley, a 34-year veteran of the district, retired in 2004, and was followed by John Savel, who announced his retirement during the 2010-11 school year. As discussions ensued about Savel’s re-

placement, the board decided to look within the district to fill the position. “I was simply enjoying retirement with my wife, Susan, who also retired from teaching,” Leapley said, adding that they divide their time between Trenton and Florida. The school board See Page 14

‘Closet’ gets support from community BY JOHN ROBERT trentontrib.com

Started three years ago as a modest effort to help provide clothing to needy families, “Arthurs Closet” at first comprised just a small, unused classroom on the top floor of Arthurs Middle School. Today, though — thanks to the efforts of the students, teachers and other community members — it occupies two unused offices in a central part of the school that See Page 15

Repeat after me... Taking the official oath of office from City Clerk Trish Gearhart is the city’s newest canine officer, “Truax,” who got some assistance raising his right paw from Officer Michael Hawkins, who will serve as his handler.

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TRENTON TIDBITS Time to vote for city’s top business Ten Trenton businesses have been nominated for the title of Business of the Year, and you can help choose the winner. Vote on Facebook Jan. 9-13 for any of the following nominees: Aberdeen Skilled Nursing, Alterations and Sew Much More, Dan’s Barber Shop, Martenson Funeral Homes, Mom’s Restaurant, Olds’ Flower Shop, Round House BBQ, The Trenton Trib, TV's Deli-Diner and West Grange Pharmacy.

Meet Trenton’s cutest pet for 2011 Thanks to all those who helped select Trenton’s Cutest Pet for 2011 in voting held on our Facebook page last month. To meet the winner, see the article on Page 13.

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Santa’s helpers The Trenton High School Interact Club held its 24-hour “Jingle Drive” last month in the parking lot alongside Martenson Funeral Home. The students’ efforts netted $300 cash that will go to ChristNet (a network of homeless shelters), an entire storage pod full of clothes for St. Vincent de Paul, five shopping carts full of food for the Trenton Food Pantry and about 100 toys for Toys for Tots.

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Segedi were named the Outstanding Young Woman and Young Man. More awards will be handed out on Monday, Feb. 6, the day that newly -elected Mayor Kyle Stack is slated to deliver her first State of the City message in a lunchtime gathering at the Westfield Center. Sponsored jointly by the Trenton Rotary Club and the Trenton Business Association, the State of the City has been held each year since 2003.

Rotary annually utilizes the event to announce the winner of its Service Above Self award, while the TBA traditionally recognizes the Trenton Business of the Year. Jay and Dawn Gulley earned the Rotary honor last year, while Savannah’s restaurant on West Jefferson was the TBA’s top business. Residents have an opportunity to make their choices for Business of the Year by visiting the TBA Website,

www.trentonbiz.com, between Jan. 9-13. There are 10 nominees this year. The choices are Aberdeen Skilled Nursing, Alterations & Sew Much More, Dan’s Barber Shop, Martenson Funeral Homes, Mom’s Restaurant, Round House BBQ, TV’s Deli Diner, Trenton Trib, Olds’ Flower Shop and West

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AROUND TOWN Upcoming Events Jan. 1 — Happy New Year! Jan. 2 — Legal holiday day. Banks and most government offices are closed. Jan. 2-6 — Normal trash pickup schedule this week; carts with green tops may be used for normal trash. Jan. 3 — Sign-up period is open for any of the numerous health and fitness classes offered through the Trenton Parks and Recreation Department; programs include yoga, Zumba, Pilates, Tai Chi, aerobics and more. Register for all programs online at www.trentonmi.org/ parksandrec or at the Recreation office located in Trenton City Hall. For more information call (734) 675-7300. Jan. 9 — It’s back to school for Trenton Public Schools students. Jan. 9 — Regular meeting of City Council, 8 p.m. Jan. 9-13 — Vote on Facebook for Trenton’s Business of the Year, (Facebook.com/TrentonBusiness”) the nominees are Aberdeen Skilled Nursing, Alterations and Sew Much More, Dan’s Barber Shop, Martenson Funeral Homes, Mom’s Restaurant, Olds’ Flower Shop, Round House BBQ, The Trenton Trib, TV’s Deli-Diner and West Grange Pharmacy. Jan. 12 — Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Member Tribute, featuring the annual installation of officers and member awards ceremony; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Downriver Italian American Hall, 646 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided by Jeanne’s Catering; $15 a person; to register call (734) 284-6000 or visit www.swcrc.com. Jan. 16 — Martin Luther King Day Jan. 16 — Registration begins for Daddy Daughter Date Night; call 675-7300. Jan. 18 — Downriver Federal Credit Union’s monthly “Grow Your Business Workshop” at the Downriver Guidance Center; free to members, $5 non-members; includes continental breakfast; Register by calling (734) 362-0411. Jan. 19 — Stroke Prevention Seminar at the Westfield Activities Center; presented by Kathy Franzen, BSN, RN-Oakwood Hospital; no charge but advance registration required at (734) 675-0063. Jan. 21 — Nature Nook Winter Wonders at the Trenton Cultural Center Art Barn, 10 a.m.-noon; demonstrations and crafts for ages 4-12; presented by the Wayne County Parks naturalist staff; $4 residents, $5 non-residents; call 675-7300 for info. Jan. 21 — 42st annual City Awards Banquet at the Trenton Knights of Columbus Hall on West Jefferson; awards presented in numerous categories; doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m.; tickets are $30 and available at City Hall; call 675-1162 for info. Jan. 23 — Regular meeting of City Council, 8 p.m. Jan. 23 — Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber “Legislative Forum” at Crystal Gardens, 16700 Fort St., Southgate; featured speaker is Doug Rothwell, president and chief executive officer of Business Leaders for Michigan; registration opens at 11 a.m., lunch is served at 11:30 and the program runs from 12-1 p.m.; $15 a person; call (734) 284-6000 to register.

Save the Date! Feb. 6 — State of the City program at the Westfield Center. Program features a talk by Mayor Kyle Stack and award presentations by the Trenton Business Association and Trenton Rotary, the co-hosts of the event; call 676-9561 to reserve a seat. $10 admission cost includes buffet lunch.

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Sworn into office just six days after being elected mayor on Nov. 8, Kyle Stack wasted little time putting her stamp on Trenton city government, appointing new leaders in some key departments and realigning and consolidating duties in others. By the time City Council held its final meeting of the year on Dec. 19, the transition was virtually complete and included the appointment of a new city administrator, recreation department director and police chief, as well as significant reorganizations for the Building & Engineering Department, the Department City Administrator of Public Works and the ConJames Wagner troller’s Office. At the Dec. 19 meeting, the council approved administration’s move to consolidate Building and cers from Engineering and DPW into a unified two shifts. Department of Public Services under “He has the leadership of Building and Engithat chaneering head William Hogan. DPW risma to director Eric Witte was not retained make the and the position was eliminated. employees So far all the moves have been feel well-received by council members, wanted.” some of whom openly commended Stack Stack for being innovative and willsaid she ing to implement new approaches. first met “It’s nice to see some reengineerWagner ing,” Councilman Tim Taylor said about 30 following the approval of the new years ago Engineering-DPW realignment. “I when he Police Chief think this really allows for better was mayor James Nardone coordination of services. “ and she was The consolidation may be a key working her link in allowing Stack to carve out first city job in Trenton’s enough money from the budget to Parks & Recreation Departfulfill one of her main campaign ment. Wagner was friends goals: the appointment of a citywide with her then-boss, William director of economic development. Gibbs. Administration and council are exShe said she has gotten pected to discuss that issue this to know him better in remonth and possibly initiate a search cent years through their process. involvement in Rotary InAs the appointments and various ternational government. realignments fell into place over the Both have held key leadercourse of about a five-week postship roles in Rotary District election timeframe, a couple of cen6400, a 50-club region that tral themes emerged in terms of the spans part of southeast approach that the new mayor is tryMichigan and southern ing to establish. Ontario. Stack was Trenton “We will have a people-oriented Rotary Club’s first woman administration,” said Stack, who president a few years ago. served as City Clerk for 27 years Wagner is a longtime memprior to her retirement Sept. 30. “I ber of the Wyandotte Rowant to make sure the employees tary. Both have served as can be the solution instead of the an assistant governor for problem.” the district. And she’s confident that the per“I thought with his exson she has chosen as the new city perience and contacts he’d Parks & Recreation administrator, James Wagner, is the be great for the commuDirector Joann Perna ideal person to help establish that nity,” she said. approach. Wagner, who was the Joe Hoshaw photos Stack said the former mayor of elected leader of Wyandotte Wyandotte is “really in his element” from 1979 through 1987 in the appointed city leadership role. and also had an extensive career in the major corporations with Trenton “Actually, the first day he came in (to business in a variety of salesoperations during his first three work) he brought coffee and doughoriented roles, has been a resident of weeks on the job. nuts and met each employee at the Trenton for several years now. Wagner and Stack appear to be in door as they came in.” He also travStack said Wagner got right to lockstep on another leadership eled to the DPW and Fire Departwork building connections for the theme that has emerged. ments and made multiple stops at community, including making conthe Police Department to meet offitact with the management of most of See Page 7

Council election results in a change atop the DDA

Feb. 18 — Trenton Rotary’s Winter Beach Blast at Crystal Gardens, 16700 Fort St., Southgate; 6 p.m.; tickets $40 a person or $350 for a table of 10; all proceeds benefit Rotary charitable projects throughout the coming year; for tickets contact Valerie Dzagulones at (734) 6712531. June 9 — Spend an Evening in Eden, eating food and participating in fun and fundraising for the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center; more details to come. Mark Slagle

The election of Robert Howey to City Council has resulted in a change in leadership for the Trenton Downtown Development Authority. Since council members can’t serve on other city appointed boards or commissions, Howey resigned his DDA chairmanship — a position he has held for the last decade — shortly after the election, which saw him unseat incumbent Dan Gillespie by a narrow margin. The DDA, which already had scheduled its annual election of officers for its Dec. 7 meeting, voted Mark Slagle into the chairman’s spot. Slagle, the former vice chair-

man, is the owner of Mr. Handyman, which as an office in downtown Trenton. Longtime board member Larry Pettinga, owner of the Framery & Gallery, was elected to fill Slagle’s former spot as vice chair. Joyce Brown Gillespie, the wife of Dan and resident of Riverside Drive, was reelected to serve in the role of secretary. Another downtown resident, Jim Schropp, was re-elected treasurer. Newly elected Mayor Kyle Stack, who becomes a member of the DDA herself by virtue of her new position, is expected to appoint someone to fill Howey’s vacated seat this month.


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Motivational Moment

Volunteer’s can-do approach inspires others to help out I have been honored to be part of many different committees for various Trenton and Downriver events or projects. I only join committees if I know I can commit time and energy. But I’m especially willing if the leader of the group can make my volunteer time so fun I just can’t say no. This past year alone I have had the pleasure of seeing a few individuals in action. Mike McCullough sure dazzled me and many other volunteers recently with his efforts on the Signature Event fundraiser for the Trenton Educational Foundation. I’ve also worked with Dr. Noel Jackson on many occasions, but he brought me into the fold for a Josephine Ford Cancer Center-Downriver event where I was part of an experience I will never forget. There are so many awesome volunteer event chairs whose efforts raise so much for those in need, I am in awe of these charismatic and organized people who take charge and produce spectacular events and reach goals no one ever thought possible. As a member of Trenton Rotary Club, I get involved because our leaders don’t make being involved a chore. They make it fun, interactive and see it as a way Kathy Kane photo to build friendships. Which is Laurie Dixon it chairing the why I was equally Winter Beach Blast for Tren- amazed that one of ton Rotary, one of two fund- our busy members, Laurie Dixon, took raisers she is heading this on not only one mayear. jor fundraiser for our club, but also created a brand new event — all within a four-month period. And in the middle of doing all that she even stepped in to oversee the club’s annual Salvation Army bell-ringing drive on short notice when another member had an unexpected conflict and couldn’t do it. I just so appreciate people who take charge, take action, and get the job done all with a happy heart to help someone in need. Laurie had been part of the committee that runs the Winter Beach Blast since the event was created four years ago, and is chairwoman of this year’s event, which will be held Feb 18 at Crystal Gardens in Southgate. I must say it seems as if organization, positive attitude and gratitude are the ingredients for a successful event leader. She has a special zebra-colored file folder filled with agendas and meeting times and said she keeps a notebook by her bed to record ideas she comes up with in the middle of the night. She has goals and budgets for each event and using her financial background skills, she is extremely particular about saving on expenses and maximizing revenues for their charities. She figures that she will put in more than 100 volunteer hours just for the Beach Blast, but it is all worth it if the event raises the funds needed to help Rotary charities in the coming year. She also is spearheading the first “Mom Prom,” slated for April 28 at the Westfield Center. She expects this event to be sold out as the room holds 200. At $25 a ticket, ladies can enjoy an evening of girlfriend fun and help worthy causes in our home town. “I noticed another group in Canton holds a Mom Prom every year and found the information online,” said Dixon, who already has purchased her gown. “It just seemed like a fun idea to don an ugly prom dress and spend the evening eating, dancing and shopping with girlfriends.” I think she must have something here, because she has already sold 10 tables. She is also working with area restaurants to provide Mom Prom dinner specials to encourage groups to dine before the event. As chairman, Laurie is committed, prepared and enthusiast and it helps that her husband Joe is her “go-to guy” when she needs the heavy lifting done. “I’m just not good at saying no. When I say ‘yes,’ good things do happen.” She is also in line to become the Trenton Rotary Club president in a few years. “It may be a big time commitment, but it’s also about sharing experiences and enjoying friendships with everyone who helps in the process.” Kathy Kane is co-publisher and business manager of the Trenton Trib. Contact her by email at info@trentontrib.com.

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trentontrib.com I met Tracy Allen at Taylor Elementary where both of my sons had the good fortune of being placed in her first-grade class. I found her to be so organized, energetic and such a wonderful influence on my kids and their desire to learn. When I met her husband, Scott, a few years later and learned he was very involved with the Trenton Hockey Association, I was again impressed by the dedication and commitment this couple has to their family and community, and figured they would have to have an interesting story. KK: You have three boys, four cats, you both work, are active in the community and have active youngsters — so, what does a normal day look like? Tracy: We are up at 7 a.m. to get everyone out for the day. Hunter is 9 and goes to Hedke, Carter is 6 and Brett is 2. I teach at Hedke now; Scott works at UPS; we get home in the afternoon and it is school work, dinner and hockey; hockey association business (Scott is vice president on the board) or catechism. Also, we need to feed Bear, Blake, Jr. and Bailey, too (the cats).

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KK: Tracy, what do you look forward to with your busy schedules? Tracy: Well we have Wednesday free which is great. We also do quite a bit of tournaments with the boy’s hockey. We have been to Indianapolis and New York so far this season. KK: Hunter, I understand you also have a couple hobbies. Hunter: I like walking in our woods by our house and in the summer I set my critter catchers. There are lots of snakes around here. Scott: I also take the

boys hunting. we do crossbow, which gives Tracy time to catch up on her scrapbooking, and we love going up north to Oscoda with the family. Tracy: Yes, I love scrapbooking, each of our boys has several books and now we’re starting their hockey memoires. I use to love playing golf, too, but now it’s just a special treat until these boys are raised. Have an interesting neighbor you’d like the rest of the town to know about? Please let us know because we are looking for interesting neighbors to profile in this space each month.

Allen family members Scott (left), Brett, Hunter, Carter and Tracy look through one of the scrapbooks assembled by Tracy.

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Readers offer feedback on the businesses they’d like to see Last month I posed the question of what new businesses people would like to see in Trenton. I got a lot of positive response from current and former Trenton residents. I think this is because those of us from Trenton remain fiercely loyal to the city, even if we don’t live there anymore. My husband likes to tease me about being from Trenton, saying that Trenton is like the Eagles song “Hotel California” — “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave,” referring to the fact that many of us choose to stay or move back to Trenton. Even those of us who move away never really seem to leave. I know that I loved growing up in Trenton in the 1970s and 80s, and want the city to be just as memorable for current and future generations. I have included some of the responses I received. I also got a lot of feedback from those who live in other nearby cities, showing that people from other parts of Downriver Our Stories also feel a vested interest in the growth of the area. Curt Cole of Trenton says “Whatever the business may be, it needs to be able to draw people to the downtown area to help bring downtown Trenton back. I would love to see A&W reopen as I have heard it is the oldest A&W in Michigan.” Melvin Wilson of Taylor suggested, “I really do think that A&W could have been viable had they somehow added a drive-through. The people from Trenton engine would frequent it.” The closing of the A&W certainly was sad. I wonder if updating it, including a drive-through or even expanding to “eat-in” seating, could have made it continue to be viable. It would not have to be just a seasonal business, then. I am not a big proponent of adding more fast-food places to the area, but it was a great alternative to the

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usual burger place, and was the perfect food to grab on your way to Elizabeth Park! Wendy Randazzo of Wyandotte would like to see an ice cream parlor downtown. I heard several suggestions for coffee shops. Trenton resident Ruth Galko would like to see a dog park space in one of the city’s many parks. These are some good ideas, if they could be profitable. An ice cream parlor or a coffee shop could be a welcome addition if you are strolling through downtown. Elayne Petrucci of Trenton would like to see, “A bar that is a venue for live music!” Along those same lines, Cheryl Gosselin of Southgate suggested, “A comedy club. Occasional stars, but mostly Downriver talent!” These last few ideas certainly tie in with Joe Hoshaw’s October column, speaking of the potential “synergy” between different businesses. What if you could see a classic movie, live music, or a comedy show at the Trenton Village Theatre, have dinner and drinks nearby, and make a night of it? How about a coffee shop that features local bands? Trenton could even start competing with places like Royal Oak with offerings like that! Jan McSweeney has lived downtown for more than 20 years and has seen a lot changes. She says she would like to see, “something for kids and teens to do. Something like an arcade, pool hall, or dance club for teens.” What if your kids could spend an afternoon downtown, and have fun, safe things to do? I have fond memories of when I was a kid, seeing old horror movies like “The Incredible Shrinking Man” at the Trenton Theatre and then shopping at the “5 and 10” store. I really loved going to “The Disco Kid” in Riverview when I was a young teen, and later the arcade that took its place. There are not many places like that around these days. I’m not saying we should go back in time, but having a space that is inviting to kids and teens will create memories of good times. When those kids are adults, they will be just as enthusiastic as we are to preserve the area. Maybe some of them will be future business owners in Trenton! I know we won’t solve this problem today, or just by talking about it. Trenton doesn’t exist in a vacuum. The

economy and unemployment are huge issues that are going to take time and big changes to get through. Still, the passionate responses and conversations I’ve been having on this subject really give me hope, and lets me know that we — the city, the state, the country — will come back strong, just like we always do. I will be revisiting this subject in future columns, but moving ahead I will be looking at what Trenton businesses are doing right, right now, not just downtown but throughout the city.

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With February just around the corner, Valentines are in the air! The Trenton Parks and Recreation Department is making plans for the next Daddy-Daughter Date Night. Daddys (brothers, uncles, grandfathers) can escort their little sweethearts to the Annual Valentine Dance on Monday or Tuesday, February 13 and 14. The dances will be held at the Westfield Activities Center from 7-8:15 p.m. Daughters will receive a beautiful corsage and a unique gift to remember this special night. Of course, there will be plenty of dancing and cookies and punch will be served. All daddys (or substitutes) and daughters, ages 3 and up, are invited to join in the fun. To take part in DaddyDaughter Date night, you must register in advance at the Trenton Recreation Department. No phone reservations will be accepted. Trenton resident admission is $4 per person and non-resident admission is $5 per person. Each night is limited to

the first 175 participants. Register beginning Jan. 16 at the Recreation office located in Trenton City Hall or online at www.trentonmi.org/ parksandrec. Register early to attend this special valentine

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From the Christmas Parade and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus (above) to the various attraction and activities available at the Trenton Cultural Cener (right), there was no shortage of things to do around time during December.

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Calendar sales help preserve city’s past Interested in helping to preserve the city’s past? The Trenton Historical Society might have exactly what you are looking for. The organization, which oversees the city’s Historical Museum based out of the John and Sarah Moore homestead on Third Street, has an annual tradition of publishing a calendar with historic Trenton photos. The photos run the gamut from early historical sites and wellknown people from the city’s past to interesting historical documents and old advertisements. Funds raised from the calendar sales help the society in its efforts to preserve the city’s past.

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The Historical Society has been producing the calendar for several years and it has become more than just a calendar, it’s a historical anthology that itself becomes a part of the city’s history over time. The 2012 edition of the calendar is available

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“We’re going to be very transparent and very open,” Wagner said. “This is a very large company with a lot of shareholders – about 19,000.” Much like Wagner, new Police Chief James Nardone said transparency is something the Police Department will be taking very seriously. Nardone, a 22-year department veteran who has spent the last four years as deputy chief, is enthusiastic about improving rapport and expanding interaction with residents, the business community and the media. “We’re looking forward to meeting the needs of the public,” he said. “We know why we’re here… We’re here to serve the public and as long as we keep that in mind we’ll be fine.” The new chief, who succeeds William Lilienthal, said the department is going to be more proactive in trying to combat “quality of life” crimes such as vandalism, burglary and home invasion, which have been trending upward both locally and nationally in recent years. Stack said picking the new police chief was her toughest decision to date. “I had a difficult time,” she said. “I had four great candidates who had all the credentials and experience.” In the end, though, Stack said she had a strong feeling that Nardone was the right person to ensure that “our citizens would be taken care of,” and her initial assessment of his efforts during the first few weeks on the job — a stretch that included responding to a variety of local flooding problems — left her feeling confident she had made the right call. Nardone said becoming the chief is something he’s always wanted to do. He has devoted much effort in recent years to enhancing his credentials to prepare for such an opportunity, including obtaining his bachelor’s degree in management in 2007 and completing training at the

FBI National Academy in 2008. “I’m pleased and happy to be leading this group,” he said. Another familiar city face now in a larger role is longtime Parks & Recreation Assistant Director Joann Perna, who has been appointed to fill the job of director. Former Director Pat Hawkins announced his retirement a few weeks prior to the election and his last day was Nov. 13. Stack described Perna’s impact on weekly staff meetings she has been part of thus far as “electric.” “Her creativity is just pouring out,” beamed Stack. One of the initial outcomes of Perna joining the management team was the creation of a new monthly staff newsletter she is now producing in conjunction with Assistant City Administrator/ DDA Liaison Scott Church. Perna said she was very honored to be considered for this position and thankful for the confidence Stack has shown in her. “The city of Trenton and its residents have always been so supportive of Parks and Recreation programs and services over the years,” she said. “I am looking forward to continuing the great tradition of excellence our residents have come to appreciate and enjoy.” Perna’s initial priorities include a reorganization necessitated at least in part by the elimination of her former position. Instead of having an assistant director, the department will have a business operations manager whose primary duties will include overseeing the

operation of the Kennedy Recreation Center, the Aquatic Center and the Elizabeth Park Marina, which the city agreed to operate for Wayne County last year. New hire Tim Beaker was expected to fill that role beginning Dec 27. Perna also was in the process of trying to fill a clerical opening to complete her office staff. One of the cost-saving moves enacted last year by the Council and former Mayor Gerald Brown was to make the City Treasurer’s position part time, which resulted in the movement of Karen Sall from the Controller’s office to the job of Assistant City Treasurer, Now Stack also has taken the Controller’s Office realignment a step further by moving department employee Theresa Monthei into a new position as head of IT. Monthei formerly had managed IT issues along with other duties in the Controller’s office. “We want her to concentrate on keeping the system up and running,” Stack said, noting that IT support needs have grown and now require having someone available to respond immediately when issues arise. “She’ll be in charge of computers, phones, cell phones — so if there’s a problem she can handle it,” Stack said. Stack does plan to continue a theme initiated by Brown, by looking for additional ways to share and consolidate services, and she’s encouraging employees and residents to contribute their ideas. “No matter how small or how large, bring it to the table,” she said.

Tea time It was tea time throughout much of November and December at the Trenton Cultural Center, where several groups and families took advantage of the festive atmosphere to hold small get-togethers. Pictured at top are Judith Corns, Suzanna Bintinger, JoAnn Barror, Agnes Borkowski, Patricia Ford. At right are Elizabeth Miklos and Andrea Manthei.

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Comedian honed his act on walks by the Harrison boat dock BY KATHY KANE

trentontrib.com 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 Tim Slagle? Comedian Tim Slagle lived in Trenton from the time he was born until he took his act on the road in the early 1980s. He went to the former Owen Elementary School for kindergarten, St. Timothy School, Monguagon Middle School was in its first eighthgrade graduating class in 1972. He also is a 1976 THS grad. He attended University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for a couple years, but realized he was better at hanging out in nightclubs than getting up for class. He started doing comedy in 1979. Slagle lived out of a suitcase for a few years, before moving to Chicago in 1986. He had been on the road for four years, and had eaten more meals off the passenger seat of his car than at his kitchen table. “At the time comedy was exploding in and

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around the city, and there were around 30 full-time clubs within a two-hour drive of the city, so I moved there to get off the road, and live like a human,” Slagle said. “I've seen a lot of my friends become really famous people. When I started doing comedy, Tim Allen was just one of the guys who would hang out at open mic night. “When I moved to Chicago, Chris Farley was just a guy who lived down the street, and Mike Myers and Steve Carell were guys that would hang out at the bar after the show.” One thing that stands out for Slagle is that he really wanted to be on MTV. “I was never one of the cool kids in high school. I think every geeky kid holds that resentment into their adulthood,” Slagle said. In the late 1980s, MTV was the coolest thing going, so he thought if he could get on MTV that would prove he was the coolest, because he knew that no one he went to school with was ever on MTV. In 1991, as part of the MTV half hour Comedy Hour, he did appear on MTV.

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“Unfortunately, by then all the people I had graduated with were watching VH1,” Slagle said with a sigh. The funnyman reminisces about his love for the waterfront. “Back when I was still honing my act, I would take long walks down to the Harrison boat dock after all the clubs closed, and watch the sun rise over Grosse Ile,” he said. “A lot of times I would spend the walk rehashing my routine, and working on new lines. There is a very good chance that if you lived along my route

in the early ‘80s, you heard a little of my routine, and wondered about the crazy guy talking to himself in the middle of the night.” Slagle just happens to be in town this month at the Comedy Room at Portofino with Trenton's own Julie Lyons, for two shows only, January 27-28, at 9 p.m. For reservations call (734) 734-624-5561. Portofino is located at 3455 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte www.thecomedyroom.com. He also welcome friends from his home town to Like his page on Facebook.

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Time to see how closely you were paying attention last year “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…” Apologies to Charles Dickens, but that’s kind of the general feeling I get watching those year-end news recaps we’ve all grown so accustomed to seeing. The only difference nowadays is that it seems as if there are many more of them because all the leading cable channels and Websites have their own versions. Many of them are well done and take a lot of effort to put together. But, as someone who is constantly watching and reading the news on a daily basis, it tends to get a little annoying after a few days of hearing the same thing over and over again...and over and over again….and...well, you get the idea. It almost seems as if there should be a quiz of some sort so you can at least feel as if you are making good use of all that information getting recycled through your brain. Here at the Trenton Trib, we didn’t do any big fancyschmancy year-end recap. Maybe some day, but not this year. It wasn’t in the budget. What I thought we’d do, though, just for a little fun, is skip right to the quiz, so you can test your knowledge of what’s happened in Trenton over the last year without having to sit through the review. Just a few caveats before we get started: First, you have to grade your own quiz. I do not check papers. Just ask my wife, the world’s best second-grade teacher. Second, there are no prizes. I repeat, THERE ARE NO PRIZES. If you score high, your only reward will be in the self satisfaction of knowing that you are well-informed about the goings-on in your community. On the plus side, though, if you do really poorly, no one ever has to know. It’s not like Facebook where your quiz or game results get posted to your status without your permission. But if you still want prizes, see the “Mystery Location” feature on Page 16 or the new “Dine on Us” promotion on Page 19. Final caveat: Feel free to Google the answers, but just understand that that means you really didn’t know the answer. One clue: While all of the questions were derived from articles in last year’s Trib issues, you will find a few of the answers contained in this issue …. but that’s all the help you get. OK, let’s get started…. 1. What was the name of the winner of the Trentonite of the Year award at last year’s City Award’s Banquet? 2. How many years total did Jerry Brown serve as Trenton’s mayor? 3. What was the name of the signature event that was organized by the Trenton Educational Foundation to help raise funds for its efforts to provide grants to Trenton schools? 4. Last Memorial Day new monuments were added at Trenton Veterans Memorial library. What people were the organizers trying to located in the months leading up to the dedication ceremony? 5. What Trenton restaurant earned honors as the Trenton Business Association’s Business of the Year? 6. How many different Trenton mayors did Janet Miller serve as secretary to before her retirement last winter? 6a. Extra credit. Name them. 7. How many Trenton High graduates are now pitching for Major League Baseball teams?

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7a. Extra Credit. Name them. 8. Name the three inaugural inductees to the Trenton Educational Foundation’s Wall of Fame at Trenton High. 9. What local coaching legend was the special guest at last year’s Victory Day at Trenton High School? 10. What did New Jersey Devil defenseman and Trenton native Andy Greene do last summer when he visited his home town? 11. What major Detroit sports team mascot was sighted at a Trenton elementary school in November? 12. Who was named the 2011 Homecoming Queen? 13. How many years did Kyle Stack serve as City Clerk prior to her retirement from the job last September? 14. What is the oldest church in Trenton? 15. What new service opened at Elizabeth Park? 16. What Trenton organization celebrated the centennial of its international organization during 2011?

deceased servicemen who are listed on the new memorials. 5. Savannah’s. 6. Six. 6a. Bob Bovitz, George Mans, Tom Boritzki, Wayne Sieloff, Patricia Hartig and Jerry Brown. 7. Two. 7a. J.J. Putz and Anthony Bass. 8. Boyd Arthurs, Neil Van Riper and Randy Wiseman. 9. Former U of M coach and Riverview native Lloyd Carr. 10. Held a four-day hockey camp for Trenton kids. 11. Roary, the mascot of the Detroit Lions, visited Hedke school. 12. Makenzie Trowbridge. 13. Twenty-seven. 14. First United Methodist, built in 1845. 15. A kayak rental service. 16. The Trenton Exchange Club. Congratulations if you got 16 or more correct. You earn the distinguished ranking of Supreme Trenton News Hound. If you got 12 or more you are still on our honor role. If you scored lower than that, though, you really need to read your Trib more closely this year. You just never know when there might be a quiz! Best wishes for a great 2012. Joe Hoshaw Jr. is editor and co-publisher of the Trenton Trib. Contact him by email at info@trentontrib.com or by phone at 676-0850.

OK, had enough? Here are the answers. 1. This was a bit of trick question because last year’s award actually was won by a couple, John and Gail Craven, who are active in a number things but most recently spearheaded the improvements to the memorials at the library. 2. Ten years, which ties him as the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history with first mayor, Robert Teifer. 3. OK, another trick question. Sorry. The name of the TEF’s signature event actually was the Signature Event. 4. The living relatives of all the

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BUSINESS Mans’ new kitchen and bath store makes festive debut

Joe Hoshaw photo Celebrating the grand opening of the new Mans Kitchen and bath store are owners Doug Mans (left), Jim Mans, Anna Mans and Pete Mans.

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The all-new Mans Kitchen and Bath store made a festive debut during a pre-holiday grand opening celebration last month. The opening completed the move of the store from its previous location near the corner of West Jefferson Avenue and West Road to the company’s main store location at 3300 West Jefferson Ave. “It’s been going good so far, “ said Jim Mans, one of the owners of the longtime family business with Trenton roots dating back to the early 1900s. “We’ve had a lot of people stopping by to check it out.” The store held an “official” grand opening party on Dec. 1, playing host to elected city leaders, vendors, longtime customers and other invited guests. More than 150 people dropped by for the early-evening event, which was catered by Sandina Polgar, owner of Dinner with the Mrs. The guests had the opportunity to be among the first people to check out the expansive kitchen and bath showroom that has been created on the south end of the building. The creation of the kitchen and bath section

in the existing store was the result of a major renovation project that spanned much of last year and also resulted in the modernization of the rest of the store as well. The bulk of the work was overseen by Chuck Falcioni Jr., owner of Wood-Chucks Home Improvement Inc. “We’re really pleased with how it turned out,” Mans said. “The entire store has a much more modern appearance.” Efficiency and cost savings were other key goals in the company’s decision to move the kitchen and bath operation inside the main store. “Having all of our products under one roof will help us better serve our customers,” Mans said. “It will also improve communication within the business with everyone is

working in the same facility.” Jackie Wagoner remains the store’s manager, and will continue to oversee a full-service kitchen and bath business that prides itself on serving all segments of the kitchen and bathroom renovation market. Wagoner said the store features the gamut of the most popular cabinetry and accessories, and services customers who are budget-conscious as well as those seeking high-end

materials and customized designs. The store caters to doit-yourselfers, but also provides full installation services performed by experienced installers. “They do excellent work,” said longtime customer Alice Shenton, who has had multiple projects done by the store and is eyeing a re-do on another bathroom. She offered high praise for Chris Frazier, a kitchen and bath installer for the store. “They come up with designs and ideas that make your kitchen more efficient,” Shenton said. “And their ideas help you use your space better.” Before completing the design on her kitchen, Shenton said, the designer actually spent some time with her in the kitchen, observing how she operated in the work area in order to be able find ways to help her utilize the space better. The store offers cabinetry from several popular manufacturers, including Merrilat, Wood-Mode, Pioneer and DuraSupreme. Samples of each are available for inspection among the various new displays that have been constructed in the showroom. Founded in 1900, N.A. Mans is one of southeast

Michigan’s longestoperating businesses. The company also operates a store at 47255 Michigan Ave. in Canton. The store is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and on Saturdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wagoner also noted that the store is open until 6

p.m. on Thursdays and free in-store kitchen and bathroom planning and design consultations also are available by appointment at other times. Additional information about the store can be obtained by calling (734) 692-0072, or by visiting the Website, www.namans.com.

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Longtime business has new name, location

Kathy Kane photo Suzanne Turgeon (second from right) gets some help from Mayor Kyle Stack cutting the ribbon to mark the opening of the new location for Alterations & Sew Much More, which used to be know as Jan’s Sewing.

Memo Pad Dr. Noel Jackson, who operate at dental practice on West Road at Third Street, recently completed all coursework for his Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry. The new designation will be officially bestowed upon him at a ceremony in early 2012! Mastership is one of the few post-graduate designations available to general dentists. It requires the dentist to complete more than 1,100 hours of continuing education in various disciplines. Jackson will be among the elite group of only 2,217 (as of 2011) AGD Masters throughout the Unites States and Canada. Maplegrove Program has changed its name. It is now Downriver Children’s Programs. Daily Five/Cafe Workshop is rolling out in February at Academic Avenue. This workshop is for teachers who want their questions answered about how to actually get this great literacy program working in their classrooms. Annette Fracassa and Lynn Jiminez will be bringing answers and props. Be sure to contact Kim so you can get on

the notification list. She can be reached by email at academicavenue@sbcglobal.net. Wednesday is Senior Day at West Grange Pharmacy. Every Wednesday seniors save 15 purchase on their purchase. Round House BBQ is now on Facebook! Like them to get special updates and more! Downriver Federal Federal Credit Union’s next Grow your Business Workshop is set for Jan. 18. The featured presenter is Greg Peters of Networking for

the Long-term. The workshops are held at the Guidance Center’s Center for Excellence in Southgate. Call Mark Tremper to register at (734) 362-0411. Words of wisdom spotted at Splashers Car Wash on Fort Street: Success comes in cans. I can, you can, we can! Bronni Vision Boutique in Brownstown accepts City of Trenton vision insurance and can provide considerable cost savings. Local government officials, police officers and fire fighters also get 10 percent off.

A longtime Trenton business held a special gathering last month to celebrate its 25th anniversary, its “grand reopening” in a new location as well as its brand new name. The business formerly known as Jan’s Sewing that used to be located in Trafford Square on Van Horn now has new digs at 2142 West Road. It also is now known as “Alterations & Sew Much More.” Suzanne Turgeon remains owner and head seamstress, and still employs the same talented and friendly staff. Mayor Kyle Stack was on hand to officiate as a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new store. “Thank you to all my

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wonderful customers who have allowed me to work on their items, but who have helped me reach my goals and successes,” Turgeon said. “I am truly honored, thankful and blessed.” The ribbon-cutting was followed by an open house that included giveaways

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Students lead 2 recycling projects

Mom and daughter Mandy Bordine and Olivia Fradenburgh and Michelle Karoly and Lauren Trela.

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trentontrib.com When Jenny Welsch took over the family business from her mom, Barb Harrison, a few months ago, she was looking for ways to improve their popular child-care facility in downtown Trenton. But being busy getting acclimated to her new role with Animal Crackers Daycare Learning Center and with a busy family of her own, she was pleasantly surprised when two of her high school-aged employees stepped up with ideas and even implemented a couple new

programs for her. “I am so fortunate to have such great caregivers at our center,” Welsch said. “Michelle Karoly and Lauren Trela were very excited about a few projects they were doing at school and asked if they could implement them for me … of course I said, ‘Go for it!’” The first program they brought to the day care center was the Santa’s Cause, a program started by Trenton High teachers Rebecca Lowe and Lori Simmons to collect new toys, books and monetary donations for Mott Children’s Hospital.

The girls had a box of items collected at the time of this interview and hoped more was dropped off at the high school because of their promotion. No other business in town as far as they knew participated in this program and they hope it expands to other businesses next year. Lowe also got the girls pumped up about recycling in an AP environmental class. Michelle, who works the 4-year-old class and Lauren, who is in the infant room, spoke after class one day and said “Why don’t we do this at work?” They added recycle boxes (which they made with their students) in all the classrooms. They also conducted several “kid friendly” programs on recycling and parents were made aware that they could bring in glass, aluminum, cardboard, plastic and paper. Even though the day care has made recycled artwork creations from Capri Sun pouches, yogurt containers and applesauce jars for years, Welsch said: “The girls have made an Earth Day event into a year-round program for our school along with so many new ideas. Along with their excellent child-care practices, I am so grateful and proud of what they bring to our business.” www.trentontrib.com

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Group is raising funds to restore battle marker The area chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is seeking help to restore the battle marker at the comfort station at Elizabeth Park. A team of dedicated individuals is hoping to have a new sign and rededication in time for the group’s 200th anniversary Aug. 9. To find out more about the organization, visit monc.michdar.net. Donations can be sent to Monguagon Chapter NSDAR P.O. Box 34, Allen Park, MI 48101. Help is needed by Jan. 27. The battle marker memorializes the following series of events:

Kathy Kane photo Reason proudly wears the crown as the Trenton Trib’s Cutest Pet of the Year for 2010. Patti Radakovich accepted the $100 prizes on behalf of Basil’s Buddies.

Reason is the top vote-getter in Trib’s first ‘Cutest Pet’ contest The votes are in. The results are final. Reason, the Trenton Trib’s Cutest Pet of the Month for December, has been elected as Trenton’s first “Cutest Pet of the Year” from more than 200 votes tallied on the Trib’s Facebook page in midDecember. Each month last year the Trib featured a special pet photo and story sent in by our readers. All of those photos were showcased on Facebook during the voting period, and the Trib’s Facebook fans were asked to chose their favorite. Reason is the treasured family pet of Trenton residents Robin and Rob Brown. The winner had a choice of pet supplies or a $100 ad in the paper. Robin Brown opted to donate the prize to a local animal group. Basil’s Buddies, a Trenton based, non-profit animal rescue organization, provides medical and food assistance to area pets.

The organization holds events throughout the year to raise funds to continue their efforts. “The ad will be put to good use to promote our group and advertise the help that is available for those in need,” said Patti Radakovich, chairman for Basil Buddies. Reason was a great sport and posed politely with his crown as he presented the certificate to Radakovich. Special thanks to all of our readers who contributed entries to the Cutest Pet of the Month over the past year. We again welcome reader submissions of pet photos. Each month one pet will be chosen. See Page 5 of this issue to meet Janie, the Cutest Pet for January. Please email submissions to info@trentontrib.com. Entries should include a high-resolution photo and a maximum 100explanation why your pet should be chosen as the Cutest Pet of the Month.

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On Aug. 9, 1812, a force of about 600 American troops, regulars and militia, moved down the River Road in an attempt to reach Frenchtown (Monroe) and bring back supplies needed desperately by the Americans in Detroit. At a point that cannot now be exactly located, near the Indian village of Monguagon, American scouts ran into a British and Indian force of about 400 hundred men, led by Capt. Adam Muir and

Tecumseh, blocking the road south. Lieutenant Col. James Miller quickly brought up his Americans and, in a running battle, drove the enemy back through present-day Trenton until the British pulled back across the river into Canada. Losses were heavy. Ironically, this the only battle won by the Americans in Michigan during the War of 1812, was followed a week later by Hull’s surrender of Detroit.

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SCHOOLS Leapley at ease back in superintendent’s seat on interim basis

As part of his duties this year, Supt. Larry Leapley is mentoring the three candidates being considered as the permanent superinten-

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opened the position to district administrators and department heads, and three applied: Stephanie O’Connor, principal at Arthurs Middle School; Vince Porreca, principal at Hedke Elementary School; and Rod Wakeham, assistant principal at Trenton High School. The three candidates are making Leapley’s return to the district even more enjoyable because he initially assigned all of them to their jobs. “It is exciting to see how they have advanced in their careers from where they were when I left,” he said. Leapley began his tenure with the district in 1970, but it would be another two years before he taught his first class. Three months after signing a teaching contract, he was drafted for service in Vietnam. After boot camp and training, he served one year as a combat infantryman, and was back for the 1972-73 school year. He was hired by former Supt. Neil Van Riper, and arrived the same year the new addition was built on Trenton High School to accommodate the bursting enrollment of 2,500 students. His career in education

included roles across the district as assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum and superintendent. Thousands of athletes also knew him as Coach Leapley. Each of the jobs provided a bird’s-eye view of the various aspects of the district, and how they were all connected, but Leapley said he particularly liked the position of high school assistant principal because of the interaction with students. “In that position, you see a broader spectrum of students,” he said. “And after you encounter students who made mistakes and watch them turn themselves around and walk across the stage for their diploma, you know you did your job.” He is proud to have been mentored for the role of superintendent by Van Riper, Jack Doyle and Donald Kolcheff, and pleased with Savel’s job in the role. “The superintendent’s job hasn’t really changed over the years, but the parameters have,” said Leapley, noting the district’s $7 million fund balance in 2004 has shrunk to $655,000. No one can be blamed for the decrease, which happened in line with a declining enrollment (the high school enrollment currently stands at 903)

and cuts in state funding, he said. “Trenton Schools has historically upheld high standards to maintain its promise to provide what is best for the students here, and that will mean spending money,” Leapley said. The mentor program Leapley designed for the superintendent candidates is all-encompassing. There were a series of workshops on assigned readings about the role of a superintendent. Since September, the threesome have been job shadowing with Leapley, learning not only the role of superintendent but all staff in the administrative offices. They have attended monthly meetings at Wayne County Regional Educational Service Authority (RESA), and routinely attend the school board meetings. They also have had the chance to take an active role in solving a few issues. When Leapley arrived, there was no teacher contract, busing had been cut and there were concerns about the technology program. All of the issues have been resolved, and the superintendent candidates have been actively involved every step of the way. Leapley said they have taken part in the process of hiring a business man-

ager, as well as a principal at Anderson Elementary School. The trio offered their opinions and recommendations on the busing situation, the budget, and the move to privatize technology. In addition, Porreca and Wakeham have gone before the board with reports and presentations. O’Connor is scheduled to appear before the board in January, Leapley said. When classes resume in January, they will take turns on Fridays serving

as superintendent while Leapley is out of the office. In his place, they will attend meetings and handle any situation that may arise. “They will be in the position to run the district, but I will be just a phone call away,” said Leapley. “Should they need to call, we’ll talk about what they think should be done and what should be considered in their decision.” He is impressed with the candidates’ inquisitiveness and the bond they have developed through the process, which will bode well for their relationship as an administrative team once the board makes its decision. “With this kind of program, we are not just hiring a superintendent, but strengthening our admin-

istrative team, which will be working with the new superintendent,” said Leapley. There are plenty of programs available and companies to oversee such a search, but Leapley said he and the board believed a program had to be specific to the district. After looking over various programs, he tweaked them and added experiences that would enhance the process. “Someone hired from the outside would never have some of these opportunities before they arrived for the first day on the job,” said Leapley. “Any one of these candidates will be well prepared to lead Trenton schools.” The board’s plan is to have a new superintendent in place for the 201213 school year, Leapley said.

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might otherwise have just become storage space. The increased space has allowed Arthurs Closet to serve more families than its founders ever imagined, providing clothing of all sizes and styles to people in need — all free of charge. “It started within the school, and then grew to service the local community — and now we have people come in from all Downriver,” said Trenton teacher Tracey Kersten, the primary organizer of the project. Open from 9-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, or by appointment, families or individuals who need clothing are welcome to make an appointment to come in and browse. Most of the clothing comes from private item received at a donation box located outside St. Paul Lutheran Church on Charlton near Edsel, directly across the street from Trenton High School. “Thanks to St. Paul, we never run out of clothes,” Kersten said. The receptacle was built thanks to the idea of Louis Scola, a former student at Arthurs who now attends the high school. More clothing is brought in by the Be the Change Club of Trenton

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John Robert photo Arthurs Closet offers help for those in need. High School, which does clothing drives this time of year to help provide students with attire that allows them to fit in better with their peers. This year they are looking for teenfitted clothing, following up on last year's very successful Jeans for Teens drive. As Kersten will tell you, “It’s a major community effort.” A significant part of that effort comes from Rhonda Baker. She had volunteered to help out at every grade level while her children were in school, but has now attached herself to this project. She said it started when she “would go in and clean up Arthurs Closet a bit after it had been opened.” Her role quickly grew. “They needed someone to help organize, and I do what I can,” she said. She now sorts the clothing quickly and efficiently, which comes in large enough quantities from the church that the bags sometime reach the ceiling.

Kersten and other organizers greatly appreciate her efforts. “Thanks to her we are able to quickly restock any department,” she said. Baker has been selected to receive a Golden Apple award from the school board for her service to the district. Arthurs Closet, which started to make sure kids were equipped for the school day, has grown to make sure the community is equipped for tragedy and severe economic distress, which has been nearly an epidemic the last few years. “We have people come in after (home) fires,” Kersten said. “Sometimes, they are so grateful they just have tears well up.” Kersten and other volunteers all hope it the closet will continue to grow, and allow them to help as many people as possible. For more information, or if you'd like to donate or make an appointment to obtain items from Arthurs Closet, contact Kersten at (734) 676-8700, Ext. 317 or 318.

Trenton High School senior Warren Markowsky has been accepted for an appointment at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Markowsky was nominated for consideration for admission to the prestigious U.S. military school by U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D -14th District), who described him as a unique Markowsky young man who possesses the academic, athletic and leadership qualities that are required for service to our country. He has been a member of the National Honor Society and participated in the Trenton High School Student Council throughout his academic career. He is captain of the Trenton wrestling team as well as an assistant coach for the Arthurs Middle School wrestling team. Other achievements include being selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine and placing third at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Engineering Experience. Markowsky has generously volunteered his time

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Mystery Location

Hank Russell (left) chats with Jerry Livingston about one of his photos during the recent exhibit featured at the Lighthouse of Trenton on West Road.

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Photographer showcases his work at local store BY ERIC HOSHAW trentontrib.com

Area residents got an up-close look at some fascinating aspects of wildlife when local photographer Hank Russell made a Sunday afternoon appearance at The Lighthouse of Trenton last month to showcase some of his favorite photos. Customers and others who stopped by the West Road store during the two -hour session were given the opportunity to sip hot cider and peruse Russell’s various works, which were displayed in framings placed strategically throughout the store. Russell explained various aspects of the photos, answered questions and offered insight into just what got him hooked on his passion in the first place. A retired science teacher from Carlson High School, Russell has lived Downriver for most of his life and currently resides on Grosse Ile. He said he received his first Kodak Brownie camera at 8 years old. From there he became fascinated with photography and by age 13 he had acquired his first twin-lens reflex camera. He began taking photography lessons from a professional and sold his first photo by age 16. By 1970 he had switched over to 35mm and began using Nikon single-lens reflex cameras. When asked how he felt about the conversion to digital photography

that has occurred over the past decade, Russell says with a laugh that he switched over “kicking and screaming.” Over the years, Russell has had the opportunity to travel to many exotic places to further his craft, including the Galapagos Islands and the Florida Keys. His specialty is evident through the many breathtaking landscape portraits and vibrant close -up still shots of wildlife showcased throughout The Lighthouse. Herons, reptiles, hawks, penguins

… Russell has seen them all, and at a close proximity. “It’s amazing just how close I was able to get to these animals,” he recalled. His works consist of an interesting mix of photographic evidence of his travels and iconic Downriver landmarks, proving that certain aspects of the Downriver area can be a source of stunning photos, much like an exotic island chain on the other side of the globe. Lighthouse owner Sue

Students collect 10,000 cans for Goodfellows and Food Pantry Prior to the holiday season, students at Trenton High School and Arthurs Middle School set a goal of working together to collect 10,000 cans for the Goodfellows and Trenton Food Pantry. By the time the drive was completed the middle school had collected more than 6,000 cans and the high school students had gathered more than 4,000 cans, meaning the two schools reached the goal of obtained 10,000 cans to help needy families in the community. “I truly feel this is a job well done,” said Dr. Michael Doyle, principal at the high school. “Both buildings reached the goal of 10,000 by working together. That says something about the type of kids we have in Trenton.”

Doyle also noted that the high school students also donated more than 800 toys to Mott's Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor the week before Christmas, while the middle school continues to collect clothing on an ongoing basis through its “Arthurs Closet” project (see related story on Page 1). The hard work netted the students an early release on the last day of school before the Christmas break. The high school students ended their school day at 1:25 p.m., while the middle school students were heading home at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23.

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Wallace said that Russell has been a customer for over 15 years and would stop in to the store quite frequently. “I thought his works were beautiful and wanted to put them on display for other people to see,” she said. “It seemed like a neat thing to start showcasing.” Wallace also said that she would like to bring in more local artists and photographers in the future, and perhaps do a similar showcase once a month. “It’s a great way to get people out to see what’s going on,” she said. “There are a lot of good things happening Downriver.”

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WHERE WE WORSHIP Faith United continues to grow and change with the times BY TEREY DeLISLE trentontrib.com

Faith United Methodist church has been a part of Trenton for more than 50 years. Since the original Fellowship Hall was completed in 1959, the building has had several additions over the years, and the church continues to change and grow with the times. The Rev. George Spencer has been the lead Pastor of the church since July 2010, replacing the former pastor, Mark Spaw, who was promoted to district supervisor. The church has more than 500 members, with approximately 300 in attendance on any Sunday service. “The reason I think we are ‘healthy’ in Trenton is that we have something for every age,” Spencer said. “There is a children’s choir, and a dance class on Monday nights where they are learning Celtic dancing. We have movie nights and pageants for the younger kids.” The junior and senior high school kids do a project every year where they meet the needs of lowincome or senior citizen residents who need house repairs and maintenance in Trenton, and in one other community. This year they are going to Kokomo, Ind. “There is a Children’s Week every year called SHINE (Sharing His Impressive News Everywhere), in which the

younger children get involved in the same kind of project on a lower scale,” Spencer said. The youth group also recently did Christmas caroling at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as visiting Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor. The church is a part of ChristNet, which is an organization that provides shelter and other services to homeless men, women, and children overnight through a network of churches. Each church hosts these guests one week out of the year. Pastor Spencer says the congregation is “heavily committed” and involved in this cause, and that approximately 100 members volunteer each year. “One night out of that week, the youth of the church prepare the evening meal and also eat and interact with our guests,” he said. Because Ash Wednesday will fall during the time the guests are there, he says they will move the evening service to 9 p.m., so that all can worship together. Pastor Spencer said the church also does a “huge ministry” with senior adults and retirees. The group meets Monday mornings and Tuesday nights. One of this group’s biggest projects is the Christmas Bazaar, where the proceeds from all the crafts sold are donated to local organizations such as the Trenton Food Bank, school supplies for

The Rev. George Spencer succeeded longtime Pastor Mark Spaw in July 2010

Joe Hoshaw photo Trenton schools, and to local families in need. A new position was recently created at the church, the director of Web-based ministries. This new director will be revamping the Website to include more live streaming audio and video to reach those who have moved out of the area, but still want to be connected to the church community. “We have people listening to our services online, and wanted to expand to more live streaming to reach out to them,” Spencer said. “We are interacting with a younger crowd in this way and through Facebook

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Heath & fitness

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Variety of winter classes available through parks and recreation With the New Year upon us, there is no better time to get serious about your health and fitness! Start off the New Year on the right track by registering for one of the winter fitness classes offered through the Trenton Parks and Recreation Department. Register for all programs online at www.trentonmi.org/ parksandrec or at the Recreation office located in Trenton City Hall. The following is a description of all classes offered. For more information call (734) 6757300.

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Tai Chi Easy was created by reviewing the most popular and beneficial forms of traditional Tai Chi to come up with a set of practices that are easy to teach and learn. Each 60-minute class includes gentle movement along with breathing exercises, self-applied massage, and relaxation methods. The compilation of practices is the Vitality Enhancement method. Tai Chi Easy helps reduce stress, improve balance, lower blood pressure, improve immune system function and increase mental focus. Classes are held 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Teifer Building or 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Kennedy Recreation Center. The session runs Jan. 10-Feb. 16. The fee is $55 residents and $65 non-residents. Register now at the Recreation office or online at www.trentonmi.org.

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Define and refine your body to look like a celebrity. This total body workout is credited with getting Gwenyth Paltrow in shape after she had her children. Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson’s high reps (cardio-like), and light weights are the basis for this very unique training regimen. Work with a certified trainer to achieve a tiny dancer-like body. Please bring ankle weights (1 to 2.5 pounds each), 1-, 2- or 3-pound hand weights and exercise mat for the abdominal work. The pace of this class is fast and challenging, and the results are phenomenal. Class held Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. at Hedke Elementary School gym Jan. 25-March 14. Register now at the Recreation office or online at www.trentonmi.org. The fee is $50 resident and $60 non-resident.

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six-week session runs Jan. 9-Feb. 15. Register now at the recreation office or online. The fee is $36 one day/week, $60 two days/week for residents; $46 on day/week, $70 to days/week for non-residents.

and flexibility and creates long, lean muscles rather than bulk. Engaging the body and mind, this gentle, low impact exercise will leave you invigorated. No experience necessary. Taught by a certified Stott Pilates instructor, the class will be held Thursdays 7:308:30 p.m. at Kennedy Recreation Center. Wear comfortable, stretchable clothing and bring a mat and 2 - or 3-pound toning balls. The sixweek session runs Jan. 5-Feb. 9. Register now at the recreation office or online. The fee is $50 Resident and $60 Non-resident.

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What can Yoga do for YOU? No need to spend thousands of dollars traveling to India or even spend hundreds to stay at an “Ashram” somewhere in America! Instead, join a seasoned Yoga instructor of 23 years, Patti Nevin, at the Westfield Center on Wednesday evenings. Become more flexible while you develop greater focus, learn how to calm your mind, release tensions and develop a sense of well-being. Each session is appropriate for beginners and will offer challenges for the continuing student. Classes are Wednesdays, 6:15-7:45 p.m. The six-week session runs Jan. 11-Feb. 15. Register now at the recreation office or online. The fee is $36 Resident and $42 Non-Resident.

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Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music-dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. Zumba utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. The class will be held Mondays 7-8 p.m. at Anderson Elementary School gym or Wednesday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Kennedy Recreation Center. The

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January 2012

SPORTS New Midget AAA team takes up residence at Kennedy rink

Tourney makes its mark

Tanner Rook (8, above) takes a shot on goal. Below, James Boyd (left), Connor Howey, Scott Allen, Keith Kloock and Kelly Boyd help pass out Gatorade to Silver Stick tournament teams during last month’s event at Kennedy.

Councilman Bob Howey drops the puck (top). Tournament director Gary Durbin and his wife, Lori (above), kept the event running smoothly.

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Difference in philosophies results in formation of new association BY TEREY DeLISLE trentontrib.com

Hockey has always been a big part of Trenton, and due to some recent developments there is a new alternative to youth hockey in the area. “Hockey Michigan” began its first season in October. Hockey Michigan was formed in response to the state-level organization MAHA (Michigan Amateur Hockey Association) ruling on the American Development Model proposal, which was voted on and implemented this past July. The proposal makes the principles of the model, including increased practice time and less game time, as well as less ice time overall, mandatory for players 8 and under in Michigan. The most controversial issue in this proposal is the mandate of half-ice and cross-ice play for the Mite division (7- to 8-yearolds), essentially outlawing full-ice game play for this age group. Many coaches and parents who are involved in youth hockey disagree with this ruling. From this emerged Hockey Michigan, as an alternative to MAHA. Hockey Michigan was founded by longtime Trenton coach Keith Kloock, and is governed under the Amateur Athletic Union, or AAU. This move necessitated a split from the Trenton Hockey Association, which is governed under MAHA. Kloock stresses that they didn’t want to

want to part from THA but felt was necessary due to this mandate. “We did not have a problem with THA,” he said. “It was the MAHA ruling that we disagreed with, it is a difference in philosophies.” Kloock and other opponents to the new ruling want players with similar skill levels to play together, and for young players to form essential skills. “Scientifically, kids learn skills better, especially speed, at that age,” he said. He doesn’t disagree that playing on smaller ice helps develop stick handing skills, but stresses that learning speed and how to play a whole game is just as important. He says that players who only play half-ice while in the Mite division end up being at a disadvantage when moving onto the next level of play. “We felt that is was a bad idea to mandate this and that it should be up to local associations to decide,” Kloock said. Hockey Michigan focuses on local control, good sportsmanship, and positive parental involvement. Since its inception, Hockey Michigan has grown to more than 23 teams. Kloock says that they hope to move into the Squirt division (9-

and 10-year-olds) starting in the second season. “We are also looking to expand out of Michigan,” he said. Kloock said that there is currently a proposal to reverse the MAHA ruling. He said he is not sure of the impact this would have on Hockey Michigan or the Trenton Hockey Association. He did say that the parents who have moved their kids to Hockey Michigan and the AAU “like the freedom of local control and have no desire to go back to being under the MAHA.” Time will tell if this will be a permanent split, and what effect it will have on local associations. For more information on the AAU, please visit their Website at aausports.org and aauhockey.org

Trenton’s Kennedy Recreation Center is now home ice to the Maksymum AAA Midget Major team. The Maksymum AAA team will compete in the NJPHL for the upcoming season. “We are happy to be part of the NJPHL which is a quality Tier I AAA league with teams across the U.S.A.,” owner Tony Maksymum and hockey director Brian Cronan said in a press release. The Maksymum Hockey Club owns the Rochester Stars of the EJHL and the Maksymum Junior B team of the Empire league. Last year the Rochester Stars advanced eight players to college hockey programs (five to DI and three to DIII programs). Maksymum Hockey has decided to create a AAA program to develop players as a feeder system for its junior hockey programs. In its inaugural season Maksymum AAA will advance at least six players to Junior A hockey.

This first year they have an 18U team and next year plans to expand to three teams, including 16U and 14U. This is not in competition with High School hockey but an additional opportunity for young talent Downriver. They also are assisting the Trenton Hockey Association with clinics and learn to skate programs around Michigan. The team practices at the rink Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 p.m. Maksymum AAA Hockey will hold tryouts for the Midget Major U18, U16, U14 the weekends of April 6-8 and April 14-16 at

KRC. Skaters do pay tuition for the team program. Cronin said the association’s main goal is player development. “We desire to develop as many players as we can; also to help kids achieve their goals of playing Junior and college hockey,” he said. “This takes a coaching staff that is knowledgeable and passionate. It also requires financial strength and support from the community.” Maksymum is seeking local sponsorships and well as providing opportunities for exposure at games for area businesses. Call or email Cronin at (734) 604-0832 or briancronan@yahoo.com.

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State’s top hockey talent on display here next month The Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League will team up with the City of Trenton and Trenton Public Schools to present the 12th Annual MIHL Prep Hockey Showcase. The Showcase, which will feature 39 top-ranked high school hockey teams and players from Michigan and Ontario, will be held Feb. 9-11 at the Kennedy Recreation Center. The MIHL Prep Hockey Showcase is a continuation of the mission of the MIHL, said league President Andy Weidenbach. “We formed our league to promote high quality high school hockey, strong competition and sportsmanship,” Weidenbach said. “The Showcase was a natural offshoot of that mission. The first 11 Showcases were great successes and we are very optimistic about this year’s event. “High school hockey in Michigan has experienced tremendous growth in the last few years, both in the number of teams participating and in the quality of play. Accordingly, we have expanded the Showcase so that we can continue our mission of providing exposure for the best of high school hockey. There were 12 teams in the first Showcase and now there are 39 teams

competing.” The MIHL is in final negotiations with a business to become the lead sponsor. An announcement was expected at the end of last month. The MIHL Prep Hockey Showcase, clearly the “biggest high school hockey event of the season,” benefits the teams, the players, the fans and the scouts. The competition is at a very high level and the fans can expect to see some very entertaining games. Individual players get exposure to Junior A and college scouts and in turn the scouts will be able to observe the largest accumulation of high school hockey talent in the state. Most of the Top Ten Rated (MHSHCA Poll and USHSHO 2011-2012 Michigan High School Hockey Rankings) teams will be participating in The Showcase. Four years ago the teams for the Showcase were selected in the fall but the game schedule was not completed until early January. This prac-

tice made it possible to schedule very competitive games based on mid-year results. “We were very pleased with the matchups that were scheduled the last three years and decided to do it again this year,” Weidenbach said. Striving to get the best 39 teams has kept the Selection Committee very busy. “Only one team is making their first appearance in the MIHL Prep Hockey Showcase — Kingsford , another welcome addition from the UP. It is getting more competitive and the trend of seeing teams making their first appearance will continue,” said Catholic Central Coach Todd Johnson. Additionally, three teams — Livonia Churchill, Plymouth and Howell — are returning to the MIHL Prep Hockey Showcase. Several college coaches and scouts have comment that they’ve seen some positive developments in Michigan high school hockey. Each year, more and more Michigan high school players are showing up on the rosters of USHL teams and Division I colleges. Brent Brekke, associate hockey coach at Miami University, said the MIHL Prep Hockey See Page 23

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Meet the champs!

Trenton Blades Mite AA celebrated back-to-back tournaments before the holidays.Pictured at right are Luke Miller (back row, left), Hunter Allen, Rory Szczepaniak, Micah Ottenbreit, Dryden Oboza, Gavin Holmes, Aiden Gazdecki, Jonah Weise (front row, left), Dylan Young, Nick Fields, Ryan Herzog, Dawson Durbin and Presley Hubler. In front is goalie Aden Jordan. The team won the Hockeytime Tournament Champions and the Gene Hamilton Tournament. Trenton Spitfires Mite B also was a winner at the Livonia Thanksgiving Tournament. Players included Carson Blake, Damen Boller, Luke Crapanzano, Jack Czarnik, Anthony D'Alfonso, Keegan Harrington, Cainan Harrison, Gabe Livernois, Preston Newsom, Tyler Plassman, Blake Schwartz, Evan Stark, Ashton Stec, Drew Wojtowicz, Devin Stephens and Blake Bender. Coaches were Dave Stark, Jason Stark, Rob Plassman and Jason Czarnik.

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Blake Wojtala Hockey team goalie, Senior As the Trojan hockey team’s backup goalie his freshman year, Blake Wojtala was mostly an onlooker as his team won the state championship and his older brother, Cam, earned the “Mr. Hockey” title as the state’s best player — as well as the attention of numerous college and professional scouts. Upon taking up residence between the pipes as the team’s regular goaltender his sophomore year, Blake immediately began to make his own mark on the school’s vaunted hockey program, becoming an integral part of what would become a third consecutive state championship run. “His sophomore year Student was outstanding,” coach Mike Turner Athlete said. “He made the All-State Dream Team and was part of our ‘three-peat’ of the year.” Turner said Blake is off to another great start this year, and Month has emerged as one of the team’s leaders. “He’s a quiet kid, but a leader by example, and he’s become a more vocal leader.” After the first eight games of the season the Trojans were 6-2 and Blake possessed an impressive 1.94 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. The early season success included impressive victories against defending state champ Wyandotte and an always tough Brother Rice squad. “He’s played well all season long and been very dependable for us,” Turner said. Along with being part of two state championships, Blake’s hard work on the ice has earned him individual honors as team MVP and Goalie of the Year. He is also a standout on the baseball diamond, having received All-Region honors and being part of two Downriver Dream Teams. His work in the classroom has earned him a 3.3 overall grade-point average and he started his senior year off with a 3.6 GPA for the fall semester. He is a member of the Interact Club and works as an assistant coach for youth baseball and hockey. Blake enjoys history, psychology and science, and is eyeing special education and/or physical therapy as possible majors in college. He hopes to follow his brother’s footsteps by playing Junior hockey next year and attempting to earn a scholarship to play hockey in college. “He’s a solid young man and fine representative of Trenton hockey,” Turner said. Blake is the son of Colleen and Wally Wojtala. Sponsored by:

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January 2012

Plans in the works to develop new run

Come back to the

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The Friends of the Detroit River and Total Runner in Southgate have teamed up to try and bring a run back to downtown Trenton and Elizabeth Park. For 27 consecutive years between 1983 and 2009 the city was the site of a Friday evening run and street party in mid June. It began as the brainchild of cardiologist Jody Rodgers as the Downriver Treadmill, and later was taken under the wing of Realtor Jim Zanglin and became the Zanglin Run. Zanglin turned the race over to the Friends of the Detroit River in 2008, which renamed it the River Refuge Run and had hopes of making it a fundraiser for the Downriver International Wildlife Refuge. Rising costs and organizational challenges resulted in little financial or other benefit to the refuge, and the Friends opted out after the 2009 run. Now the organization is eyeing a totally different approach by making the proposed “Detroit River Classic” a Saturday

River Current morning run. And, instead of spending money on a street party, they want to turn the post-run focus into an opportunity to promote both the refuge and the new kayak landing inside the park. David Howell, owner of Southgate-based Total Runner and a member of the Friends of the Detroit River who resides in Riverview, appeared before City Council last month to discuss the plan and to make a pitch for holding the first Detroit River Classis this coming June. Howell said the organizers are eyeing three combined events: a onemile fun run, a 5K and a 10K. The proposed start times are 7 a.m. for the one-mile, and 8 and 8:30 a.m., respectively, for the 5K and 10K. The previous event featured one-mile and 8K runs. Howell told the council that the organizers believe the early Saturday timeframe would result in

In its heyday the run drew more than 1,000 participants to downtown Trenton. less disruption for the park and downtown, and said the fact that they would not need to hire a band or pay for other party elements would help keep costs lower. The Friends of the Detroit would instead use the remainder of the morning to host special activities and tours at both the Refuge and the Kayak rental site. “We’re trying to create an event that promotes the area,” Howell said. “For 27 years the race did promote the area….We’re hoping to bring it back, and we’re hoping you allow us to close the roads for a few hours.” Councilman Bill LeFevre said he wanted to make sure the organizers understood that they would be responsible for

any additional cost the city incurs as a result of providing services to the event. He noted that there was a controversy about the group’s obligation to cover some of the expenses after the 2009 event. Howell said the organizers were willing to do that, but were looking to obtain a clear understanding of what those costs would be. Council voted to refer the request to the appropriate city departments for review, which is their standard procedure. The council likely will consider approving the request once that review is complete. Howell is hoping the approval will come soon so planning and promotional efforts can begin.

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Shout Outs To all those who contributed to Trenton Rotary’s Salvation Army bell -ringing campaign — either as a donor or a bellringing volunteer. And a special shout out to the members of the Salvation Army “band” comprise ng Larry Kearney, Paul Frost and Jim Zanglin and several Trenton High band members. The band traditionally travels around to local restaurants to play Christmas carols and collect donations. This year’s tour started with a warm-up act at Mr. Nick's, where the generosity started. Stops included Sibley Gardens (two times!), the American Legion hall, TV’s Grand Event , Round House BBQ, the Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club, Vitale’s, Jerzey’'s, the Sportsmen’s Den, Lloyd's, Fratello’s and Buster’s. Band members reported back that, “It was a very

musical and magical fund raising night for the Salvation Army — and one of the high school parents even just showed up with a horn and started playing with us.” To Rhonda Baker, who received a Golden Apple award by the Trenton Board of Education for her volunteerism and outstanding professionalism in her years of work within the school district. To the Trenton High School swim team and longtime Coach Jim Lawrence on their quest for a sixth straight league championship. Go Trojans! To the “new” New Horizon Senior Club officers: President Judy Herman, Co-Vice Presidents Ruth Kasenow and Bob Van Vynckt, Co-Second VPs Sharon Hoerle and Joann Fields, Secre-

tary Fran Lloyd and Treasurer Sally Brewer. Board members are Ruth Ann Brewer, Barb Foldi, Amy Mullins, and Pat Van Vynckt. The past president is Larry Bradley. To Yo-Yo champ Chase Baxter, who recently competed in a national competition in Chico, Calif. To Tyler Hamilton, Jacob Schoon, Sean Nowak, Andrew Laws and Keegan Biegalski for being recognized as part of the News-Herald Newspapers’ All Downriver Cross Country Team. To Robert Strauss, an air traffic controller with the 71st Operations Support Squadron at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma, who earned accolades for helping an elderly woman who passed out in a grocery

Major League photo op

Four Trenton High School baseball players who attended the Wayne State University High School Prospects Baseball Camp last month got to have their photo taken with a wellknown Trenton baseball alum: Anthony Bass, who now pitches for the San Diego Padres. Bass, who also played at Wayne, is seen here with juniors Jacob Smith (left), Wesley Sorenson, Garret Vandenberg and Nate Donovan. The boys played together on the Michigan Diamondbacks team (16U) last year and their team won a League Championship.

store. He used his basic training knowledge to assist the woman, who had head and hand injuries, until the EMS team arrived.

To former resident Bill Knopp on his recent appointment as an executive director for the United Way in his new home state of Idaho. Knopp

reports that he loves his new home, but is looking forward to returning to Trenton for his 40-year class reunion later this year.

State’s top hockey talent on display during annual ‘Showcase’ From Page 18

Showcase has become a must stop on the scouting circuit. “It is a great opportunity to see most of the best high school talent in Michigan compete in a highly competitive environment,” Brekke said. “From a scouting standpoint, it is very well organized which allows me to do my job efficiently.

There is a lot of talent assembled in one event and each year the skill level of the players seems to increase.” Johnson said that, in his discussions with other coaches and scouts, both from the junior level and the collegiate level, all have commented on how well the Showcase is organized. “It is very accommodat-

ing to their schedules and it is well run,” Johnson said. “We are proud of that.” The 2001 Showcase attracted only a few scouts from junior hockey teams — there were over 75 scouts in attendance at the 2011 Showcase. Every USHL and NAHL team was represented as were several Division III college hockey teams. Many of the leading Division I

college hockey programs had one or two representatives in attendance and there were 11 NHL teams represented. For this year, there will be online real-time scoring for all games due to the new relationship between the MIHL and Pointstreak. Printed copies of the score sheets also will be available immediately after the game.

“If we look at where we started and where we are today, the MIHL is very proud of what has been accomplished,” Weidenbach said. “We’ve met our goals as a league and as a co-sponsor of the event. All teams, players and coaches of high school hockey in Michigan have benefitted. Ticket prices for the Showcase are $6 a day for

adults, or $10 for a weekend pass; seniors and students tickets are $4 a 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 go to http:// mihl.pointstreaksites.com/ view/mihl/prep-showcase, or call (248) 225-1264.

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January 2012

PAID FOR BY THE TRENTON BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Trenton Business Association 2011 Annual Report Promote Your Business For Only $125 a Year

What is the TBA?

Want to be a part of the Social Online Media Programs Educational and civic events to help revolution and don’t want to manage it? TBA members learn new methods or meet new people to promote themselves tweets and posts daily on our members behalf on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin as one of many Business Blasts Open houses to promote at benefits. Membership also includes: member locations ■Quarterly events postcard, monthly e-mail comE-Blasts Lets members and residents know about member discounts & promotions munications and Web site discount opporNetworking Doing business tunity. locally ■Monthly networking meetings Web Links & On-Line Programs Another source to and city communidrive traffic to member web cations sites ■Press coverage when appropriate Directories Our members are listed on all of our on-line and and promotion of printed business directory in TBA members at the Buzz special events ■Website listing Community We support local events that support local busiand link to your site. ness like the Mid Summer Get more traffic to Festival, Taste of Trenton and your site! more ■Discounts on promotional opporCommunication Our members Trenton Business Association photo tunities available get all the latest Trenton news & are featured in local media. Last year’s Business of the Year Savannah’s is congratulated at the through special Trenton City sponState of the City Luncheon sored events ■Listing in Trenton citywide Buzz directory (Discount for your ad copy in the directory) ■SWCRC affiliate. Your business name at all Jan. 17— Business Blast at Key Concerns. 1545 promoted TBA events, festivals, expos, Santa's Kingsway Ct. Free refreshments & networking 5:30mailbox, etc. 7pm ■One free E-blast to TBA members/TBA public a Feb. 6 — State of the month, based on availability. Must provide high res. jpeg file. City/Trenton Business of ■Collective Business Issues presented at City the Year @ Westfield Council Meetings Center 11:30-1pm ■Business Blast to showcase your facility opporRSVP 676-9561, Ext. 3; tunity $10/lunch Dues are directed right back into TRENTON by May — Lifestyles Expo sponsorship of TRENTON events that promote with SWCRC TRENTON Business! PO Box 4, Trenton, MI. 48183 June — Salute to Education Trenton High School (734) 676-9561, Ext. 3 Scholarship July 13-15—Trenton Mid-Summer Festival TBA booth Vote for the 2012 Trenton Like to host a 2012 Business Blast? Contact Kathy, Business Of The Year! 734-676-9561, Ext. 3

Mark Your Calendar!

2012 Board of Directors President: Joe Hoshaw (HPR Media) Vice President: Mark Slagle (Mr. Handyman) Secretary: Carol Simmons (National City) Treasurer: Rob Bovitz (Bovitz CPA) Directors: Valerie Dzagulones, Greg Genter, Krishelle Kohler, Mike McCullough, Joann Perna, Mark Slagle, Erin Shelton, Rick Williams Ad Hoc– Leanna Bronni, Noel Jackson

at www.Facebook.com/TrentonBusiness Jan. 9-13– 5 p.m. Nominees Are …. Aberdeen Skilled Nursing Alterations & Sew Much More Dan’s Barber Shop Martenson Funeral Homes Mom’s Restaurant Roundhouse BBQ TV’s Deli Diner Trenton Trib Olds’ Flower Shop West Grange Drugs

Annual Report From Rob Bovitz TBA Treasurer 2012 BUDGET $6000 -0$6,000

ACTUAL YEAR ENDED 12/31/11 $5590 $ $5590

2011 BUDGET $6,000 -0$6,000

EXPENSES Donations and Sponsorships Promotion and Membership Costs Office Expenses TOTAL EXPENSES

2,000* 3,500 500 6,000

1925 3,148 242 5,315

1,500 4,000 500 6,000

NET INCOME

$ -0-

$275

$ -0-

INCOME Dues Other TOTAL INCOME

*DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS Trenton Mid-Summer Festival Taste of Trenton Other Trenton Activities TOTAL

$500 $500 $1,000 $2,000

Be A Part of ‘The Buzz!’ The TBA and the Trenton Parks & Recreation Department work cooperatively to produce the annual Buzz calendar and City Directory. It is delivered to ALLTrenton residents. Please consider taking an ad for your business. April 1 is the deadline. Call Joann at 675-7300.

2011 Member Roster Advisors Financial Group Animal Crackers Arbor Hospice Apex Avon/Send Out cards Beverage Express Bovitz CPA PC Bronni Vision Boutique Century 21 Americal City of Trenton Children with Hairloss Colors By Kim Salon Comfort Keepers Counard & Heilmann Coach Stop Manor/Eldercare Creative Montessori Cyberbellum Dixon & Assoc Invest. DTE Energy Downriver & Detroit Business Assoc DYPAC Dollars Inside Dot Com Web Productions Downriver Community Federal CU Elliott's Bakery Embroid Me The Framery Fifth Third Bank Fritz Enterprises Frost Insurance Drs. Hunter & Lupini Harvest Partners Financial Holbrook Roofing Highlite Printers HPR Media & Promotional Services Jackson Snider & Parker Family Dentistry

Jet’s Pizza Josephine Ford Cancer CenterDownriver John McNally Law Office Key Concerns Labadies Casual Furniture Law Office of David Sims, PC Martenson Family of Funeral Homes M & M Camping Center M & M Printing Market Insights, LLC Metro Shores Credit Union Mr. Handyman Mr Nick's MI Home Health Care Paragrafix Partylite/Send Out Cards PC Guru Computers Inc Old's Flower Shop PNC Bank Real Estate One Riverside Financial Advisors Riverside Kayak R.J. Howey Inc Round House BBQ Savannah's Sibley Garden’s ShirteryThe SWCRC Sudden Values Timber's Hair Salon Trenton Christian Pre-School Trenton Rotary Trenton Patch TVs Deli Diner/TVs Grand Event Trenton Trib, LLC West Grange Drugs Inc.

A Note From Joe Hoshaw TBA President 2012 Trenton has a very rich business history. This coming summer many of us will probably be reflecting on the loss of one of city’s best known and most loved businesses. It was the summer of 1987 when the iconic Mulias & Ellias department store was destroyed by a fire. It was a great loss that left a void that, in retrospect 25 years later, could never truly be filled. The one issue I have with reflecting on that event, though, is that the discussion typically devolves into a diatribe on every other “beloved” business that is no longer here. The problem is that those discussions typically end up taking the focus away from what is important to all of us TODAY. Businesses, just like people, have a finite lifespan. That’s an unfortunate reality everywhere, not just in Trenton. But for some reason when we start talking about the businesses that have disappeared from our own hometown it suddenly sounds way too much like a Woe-Is-Us marathon. We need to break that cycle and exert our energy on talking about the many cool businesses (and business owners!) here TODAY — those that have been here a while, as well as those that have just recently started. It’s OK to remember and appreciate the past, but let’s not be shackled by it. The main thing that I’d like to ask our TBA members (and their customers, too!) to do in the coming year is take the lead on redirecting those discussions about the businesses “past” into discussions about businesses PRESENT and FUTURE. What CURRENT businesses do we take for granted that we would miss if they weren’t here next year? What types of NEW businesses would we like to see open here? I think it’s apparent now that those negative discussions only breed more of the same. So, duh, why go there? How does that benefit us?

2011 TBA Board of directors led by Krishelle KohlerCoachstop Manor/Eldercare

Let’s direct our energy where it can do the most good. Let’s support and encourage business growth and success in Trenton. It may sound corny to say our FUTURE depends on it, but it so obviously does — and it needs to be said. Let the discussion begin …

How Do I Join? Visit www.trentonbiz.com for more details!


Trenton Trib-January 2012