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High school and youth baseball to team up to aid player development KATHY KANE

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Jane Reid photo Garret Vandenburg makes a play at second during an April 7-5 home win over Wyandotte. The high school baseball program is joining forces with the city’s youth baseball leagues to help develop player skills.

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The Trenton Baseball Association and the Trenton High School baseball program have joined forces to bring together a new and improved method of skills building for young athletes. “Throughout the years the TBA has always had the fortune to attract great coaches to the association,” President Rick Tanguay said. “We are now enabling our coaches with more direction and tools to

work with to develop skills from ages 7 up to 17.” These tools include involving the Trenton High School varsity baseball program style of training. From mirroring some of the high school rules and regulations for players as young as 12, to scheduling team outings to high school team games, steps are being taken to start young and build the fundamentals of better baseball players. Todd Szalka, THS varsity baseSee Page 18

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Navy Chief Petty Officer Al Sidebottom was stationed with his family in Yokosuka, Japan, when the EarthBY JOE HOSHAW Jr. quake and subsequent Tsunami hit trentontrib.com March 11. He and his wife, Cecelia, and three Some residents will daughters Angelina, 8, Amber, 6, and be voting in different Alice Kay, 8 months, had their “to-go polling locations durbags” packed and were headed on ing the next election, foot to the mountains before they due to some changes to were told the conditions were stable precincts boundaries and they could return to the base. approved recently by For a week and a half they stumCity Council. bled through periodic power loss and The realignment relied on Facebook to see the status resulted in the elimiof the country and Cecelia’s family nation of one precinct, members around the region. See Page 6 Trenton residents Kay and Al Sidebottom also kept updated on Facebook through the ordeal, and as naval families Kathy Kane photo were asked to evacuate, they were eager to offer the family Cecelia Sidebottom and daughters Alice Kay (on lap), Amber and Anrefuge at their Riverside gelina have enjoyed their unexpected visit with Kay and Al SidebotDrive home. tom. Al is holding a picture of his son and Cecelia’s husband, Al SideIt had been three years bottom, who is stationed in Japan with the Navy. since they had seen their grandchildren, Angel and Amber, and they Cecelia Sidebottom said. The aftershocks they rehad only seen the baby Alice on Skype. Their ceived continued every day after March 11 and sleep son had to remain on base to secure the area had been out of the question, especially when also tryand assist with relief efforts. Meanwhile, his ing to calm the girls’ anxiety. bride navigated her way through Traverse On the day I asked to interview the family, another Air Force Base, San Francisco, and then to strong 7.4 earthquake struck Japan. Al Sidebottom Detroit with three small children and was out on duty and continuing with his naval tasks. enough luggage to last through the situaWe were hoping to speak with him too, but since there tion. was a 13-hour time difference, he needed to rest before “As soon as we reached my putting in another long day. This month’s citywide issue of the mother- and father-in-law’s, I felt The girls seemed already at home with a bright Trib includes a listing of The Buzz relieved and it was the first night I pink princess tent and a 4-foot-tall Barbie house that magazine’s advertisers on Page 2. was able to sleep in weeks,” See Page 2

TRENTON TIDBITS Election filing deadline May 10 Residents interested in running for any of the city’s elected offices have until 4 p.m. May 10 to get their petitions filed with the City Clerk’s office. Petitions for Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer, Assessor or City Council need to be signed by 40 people who are registered to vote in Trenton.

Third annual Shred Day set Dispose of old documents and help prevent identity theft at the Community Shred Day May 14. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. a mobile shredding truck will be stationed in the Kennedy Recreation Parking lot to shred documents on site. A donation of $5 for one to two boxes is requested.

Rec program registration starts Parks & Recreation will begin accepting summer program registrations online and at City Hall on May 23.

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covered the otherwise ornate antique collection in the living room. Crayons and schools books cloaked the dining room table and kid snacks lined the kitchen countertop. The scene included a content baby on grandma’s hip and a proud grandpa on the couch watching the girls play as a sweet spouse shared her treasured family pictures. Angelina and Amber both told me how much they missed their Dad. “One night Amber was so distraught when talking with her Dad online (and he needed to sleep

for work), so she insisted he leave on the video camera and she watched him sleep (via Skype) for hours,” Kay said. The girls are able to attend classes at Anderson Elementary while they are here, and they are in third grade and kindergarten. They don’t know how long they will be here. The military has to issue an all-clear for families to come back to base. But for now Kay and Al are counting their blessings. It seems that this disaster has led to a joyful (no matter how less quiet), special time spent with their precious grandchildren and daughter-in-law.

Kathy Kane photo Angel and Amber Sidebottom are enjoying spending time at their grandparents home while dad is on duty in Japan.

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AROUND TOWN REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN

Upcoming Events May 1 — Honk the Musical, 2:30 p.m. at Trenton Village Theatre. Tickets available at www.dypac.com/ tickets, or at the door; call (734) 362-8153; $12 adults, $10 students and seniors. May 4 — Jazz on Jefferson at TV’s Grand Event, 6-9 p.m.; $5 cover. May 5 — Fundraiser at Mr. Nick’s Restaurant to benefit the Special Needs Assessment Program (SNAP); let the wait staff know you are dining for SNAP and a portion of the meal cost will be donated to the summer activities program, which is run by Trenton Parks & Recreation; Mr. Nick’s is located at 1926 West Road; for more information call Parks & Recreation at 675-7300. May 6-7 — Final weekend for Honk the Musical, 7:30 p.m. both evenings at Trenton Village Theatre. Tickets at www.dypac.com/tickets, or at the door; call (734) 362-8153; $12 adults, $10 students and seniors. May 7 — Trenton High School athletics benefit golf outing, Lake Erie Metropark Golf Course; registration begins at 7 a.m.; shotgun start at 8 a.m.; $75 registration fee includes golf, cart, lunch, steak dinner, range balls, team prizes, proximity prizes and door prizes; call Bret Woodley, (734) 363-3689 to register. May 7 — Derby Day-Run for the Roses, a thirdannual fundraiser by Soroptimist International of Trenton Area, will be held at 5 p.m. at Fratello’s, 4051 Fort St.; event benefits the Clinic for the Working Uninsured at the Center for Health Services in Brownstown and other local Soroptimist service projects; tickets $20; sponsorship opportunities available; call Cindy Ames at (734) 775-7172 for details. May 9-14 — Celebrate National Women’s Health Week at West Grange Pharmacy, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 9 -13; meet health experts daily inside the store; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 14; check out the Women’s Expo outside, featuring health screenings, exhibitors, health presentations and much, much more. May 13 — Dancing with … The Seniors! Friendship club dance at the Westfield Activities Center, 5:30 p.m.; light dinner, $5 members, $6 non-members; dancing contest starts after dinner. May 14 — Community Shred Day, Kennedy Recreation Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; sponsored by the Civic Commission and Trenton Rotary Club; recommended donations to help defer cost: one to two boxes, $5; three to four boxes, $10; more than five boxes, $25; call 675-7300 for more info. May 19-21 — The Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s annual Business and Lifestyles Exposition kicks off Thursday, May 19, at Yack Arena in Wyandotte with the festive black-tie preview party, featuring the food of more than 25 Downriver restaurants. The preview is followed by a two-day public show. Check the chamber’s Website, www.swcrc.com, for additional details as they become available. May 21 — “A Little Bit of Broadway Downriver,” benefiting the building expansion of Josephine Ford Cancer Center-Downriver. Presenting sponsors are John “Corky” Hancock and Catherine Teifer and Oak Tree Farm, South Rockwood. For further Information call Jill Nestman at JFCC Downriver, (734) 479-3311. May 21-22 — Student Art Show, Trenton Cultural Center, noon-4 p.m. May 22 — The St. Joseph Catholic Church Mission Music Ministry will present a benefit concert at the Trenton Village Theatre at 6:30 p.m. The concert will benefit St. Joseph Youth Ministry’s Mission Trip to South Dakota. A $10 donation is requested per ticket. Tickets will be available in May at the St. Joseph Parish Center office. For more information call (734) 6769082. May 22 — Children with Hairloss Golf Outing, call (734) 379-4400 for details. May 23 — Summer recreation program registration begins online at www.trentonmi.org, or in person at the Parks and Recreation office inside City Hall; check out the new issue of the Buzz directory for program details. May 28 — Memorial Day Parade and War Monument Dedication Ceremony; the annual parade runs along West Road from Gorno to Westfield beginning at 10 a.m.; the special dedication ceremony follows at the site of the memorials in front of the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library.

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John Craven displays one of the new plaques to be displayed inside the library. He and Jeff Wagar (right in the photo below) are looking forward to the unveiling of their efforts on May 28.

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The Memorial Day war monument dedication ceremony is just around the corner, and the project continues to draw unprecedented support and positive feedback from the community. Organized by Trenton residents John Craven and Jeff Wagar, the event will be held the same day as the city’s annual Memorial Day Parade, Saturday, May 28, at 11:30 a.m. The unveiling of the monument will take place directly in front of The Trenton Veterans Memorial Library, located at the corner of West Road and Westfield. Gary Guichard, nephew of the late James Guichard, a Lancaster Bomber for the Royal Canadian Air Force Navigator, had great things to say about the project. “I think it’s grand what these people have put together to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom,” Guichard said. “This project is the first recognition my uncle has received from the community, and our family feels honored to have Uncle James be a part of this commendable effort to support our victims of war.” Craven, the project chairman, initiated the effort to expand and enhance the city’s war memorials last year with the intent to honor those who gave their lives to fight for the freedoms we have today. Craven, a Vietnam War veteran, said he was inspired to do this after getting to know the families of his fellow platoon mates who fought and lost their lives alongside him while in battle. “The relationships I built with the three families of the men who were killed in my platoon back in 1969 in Vietnam is what really solidified my decision to move forward with the Trenton veteran war monument dedication,” Craven said. Craven has documented his war stories

on his personal Website: www.jecraven.com, and also has published a book detailing his experiences called, “A Legacy of Hope — One Veteran's Journey: Turning My Disadvantage to an Advantage for Others.” The daughter of late veteran, Robert Warden, is also very pleased to have her father honored and recognized for his valiant efforts in Vietnam. “I think it’s a lovely thing what the community is doing for our fallen soldiers,” Kathy Warden said. “These men deserve to be honored for giving their lives.” Wagar, a local historian and Trenton resident, also played a large role in making the war dedication a reality. Wagar said the project is receiving excellent feedback from city residents, and expects a promising turnout for the dedication ceremony. “We have families of the veterans attending the ceremony coming from all over the country,” Wagar said. “People will be traveling from as far as Texas, Florida and the West Coast of the country to be apart of this highly anticipated event.” As many as 200 to 250 family members are expected to be present. Wagar also said U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Ronald Sams, a 1967 Trenton High School graduate, will be grand marshal for the parade and assist with the unveiling at the ceremony. The main addition to the outside memorial will include six Dakota Mahogany granite monuments (three on each side of the

current stone monument) displaying the names of the foreign wars and listing the names of each soldier who was a casualty of that war. The Exchange Club of Trenton also has assisted with the project, by promoting the purchase of commemorative American flags, which will be on display from May 28 through June 4 at the Veterans’ Memorial Flag Field. The temporary flag display will consist of a minimum of 100 3-by-5 -foot American flags atop 8-foot poles in the area of West Road and Westfield. Wagar said he enjoyed taking part in this community project with Craven, as well as the tremendous emotional satisfaction he has received from being able to tell each veteran’s story: “Until now, our war dead have just been names,” he said, “but now with this project, names have become stories full of impact and pride.” “I am honored to bring to life the stories of those who sacrificed themselves for the freedoms and liberty we have today,” he said. The Trenton veterans war monument project can be followed on Facebook.com. Additional information on the project can be found on the city’s Website, www.trentonmi.org.

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COMMUNITY Kathy Kane Motivational Moment

Time to smell the roses comes with a variety of other aromas My Dad always signs off his email with a word of wisdom as he thinks I am doing too much and I need to enjoy a slower pace as he does in Florida. I try to explain how hard it would be for me to sit still while my two boys are in school, when we have catechism and sports and when we both work and are active in various groups. I realize my kids will only be young once and I want to do as many things as we can together, since I know soon it will all be a distant memory. In reality, I really do take pleasure in the busyness of it all, especially if I also remember to fully enjoy that moment. I did, however, take his advice this week and took some time to “smell the roses,” as well as some other things. I know I need to take more time for lunch rather than eating over the sink in a rush, but I did take time this week to watch the doves necking outside on the sill. I know I need to take time to exercise. I scheduled it, it didn’t happen, but I did take time to stretch while writing this article. I know I need to answer my phone, but I did silence it and gave my full attention to the present commotion instead of shushing the perpetrator. I know I need to get all my appointments done by 3:30 p.m., but I did stop in between and treated myself to a Slurpee. I know making dinner is important, but sometimes junk food and a good conversation are just as good. I know that pile on my desk needs to be done, but it can wait until tomorrow if there is someone who wants to order a movie and snuggle. I know the emails need to be answered, but I enjoyed a fresh ground coffee and read a book instead. I know I have a deadline, but I did stop for an hour and got my nails done anyway. I did stop to smell the roses in my living room, they were wilted — but my kids and husband were happy. Then I realized I smelled something else, which meant hockey equipment needed to be washed. And then I realized it is now also baseball season. Kathy Kane is co-publisher and business manager of the Trenton Trib. Contact her by email at info@trentontrib.com. If you would like to keep tabs on Trenton news and events online, please sign up to follow us on Facebook or bookmark www.trentontrib.com and visit frequently for regular news updates.

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an Exchange member. The Club’s primary mission is the prevention of child abuse and since drugs and alcohol are too frequently a contributor of child endangerment it seemed like a logical partnership. In the Exchange Club I am chair of the raffles at our spring and fall Exchange spaghetti dinners. I have been Trenton Club president, division director, Michigan district president in 2009-2010, and currently a volunteer field representative for the national organization. I am also an advocate of a bullying program and I consider myself a lifelong learner. KK: What do you enjoy doing when not

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volunteering? Sharlow: Yoga is also a passion. It seems to be misunderstood Downriver, since in the last three years, three yoga venues have closed or are closing. Yoga is building strength and balance while focusing your attention on the practice. You use “you” instead of machines. I am looking forward to the opening of Taylor Yoga’s (with Connie Fedel) new studio on Telegraph. I have one son who lives in Colorado and he has helped me learn how to ski at

an altitude of 11,000 feet this year. Some of my more interesting trips were a castle tour in the United Kingdom, hiking in the Alps, riding an elephant in Africa and watching whales in Alaska. Currently I am taking watercolor lessons at the Downriver Council for the Arts with Shirley Ciungan and had two of my pictures in a student art show. KK: What is your life philosophy? Sharlow: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing,” by Helen Keller.

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Trenton manufacturer forges leadership role in energy conservation Trenton Forging Company has gone green — literally! A greenhouse was built atop the forging plant located at 5523 Hoover Road in Trenton back in November of 2009, and it has been operating year-round for the most part since then — and energyefficiently as well. Owner David Moxlow said that the company captures unused energy, a byproduct of the forging process, to heat water used to support the greenhouse, making it an extremely energy-efficient place to grow produce, as well as space efficient by going vertical to build on top of the forging plant’s roof. Moxlow and his family tend to the greenhouse, monitoring plant growth and harvesting the produce. They grow a variety of plants Our Stories from seed throughout the year fit for a healthy diet such as cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, green beans, rosemary, lettuce blends, radishes, squash and carrots. They also grow colorful flowers such as snapdragons and sunflowers suitable for cut arrangements, and potted poinsettias during the holiday season. What do they do with all of their harvest? Employees and customers receive the fruits of their labor. Moxlow said it’s personally rewarding to be able to give healthy, fresh produce to employees as an added benefit, and to customers who do business with them as a personal way to show appreciation. This unique Trenton manufacturing company is branching out in other ways as well. Now showing at www.trentonforging.com is “How a Forging is Made” online. Spend two minutes watching the video and then take the quiz to learn what Trenton Forging does and how they do it, and receive some free popcorn. Trenton Forging is able to make anywhere from just one custom impression U.S. manufactured die forging up to 1 million die forgings for companies of

Trenton Forging owner David Moxlow has found an energy efficient way to grow produce — in a greenhouse atop his Trenton business.

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Kelly Self photo any size across industries, and they consistently exceed customer expectations. Trenton Forging is also a proud U.S. manufacturer supporting the U.S. Military right here from Trenton. Their defense and military division’s goal is “to provide defense and military companies the quality forged parts for large defense equipment or any other defense and military needs.” To learn more about Trenton Forging, their quality formed solutions, and their capability, visit www.trentonforging.com, or call them at (734) 6751620. If you’re on Facebook, “Like” Trenton Forging Company to get the latest company updates and to view many more pictures from their greenhouse album to see what’s cooking.

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MORE NEWS Precinct shifts will have some voters on the move in the next election reducing the total number of voter districts within the city to seven. City Clerk Kyle Stack said the changes were initiated to streamline operations and save some of the costs incurred by the city when holding elections. The elimination of a precinct is a continuation of a trend that began back in the 1980s. “In 1985 there were 16 precincts, so we’ve eliminated nine precincts since that time,” Stack said. “That’s cut down our cost.” There are limits to how few precincts can be provided under state election law, which requires that no precinct have more than 2,999 registered voters. That requirement factors into any boundary shifts. The most significant change, Stack said, was the merging of the former Precinct 8 into Precinct 1, both of which are located east of Fort Street. Precinct 8 serviced voters in a small residential section near Sibley Road on the far north end of town. Those voters, who up until now have voted at the Haas Park building, will now have to travel

to City Hall to vote. Stack said the area had 376 registered voters during the last election in November and 176 of them cast ballots. Residents in that section of town are members of the Riverview school district. Consequently, they use a different ballot than the rest of the Trenton during elections that include either school board elections or school district ballot questions. In the future, there will be two different ballots available in Precinct 1 when there is a school district election, Stack said. Another boundary change will affect residents living in the southeast corner of town, south of Van Horn and east of Fort Street. Previously part of Precinct 1, this area will join Precinct 7, which extends west of Fort Street. Precinct 7 voters formerly cast ballots at Taylor School but have been voting at the Knights of Columbus Hall on West Jefferson since the school closed last June. Precinct 1 also will lose a small area east of Fort Street to the railroad tracks between Marian Drive south to

the east-west section of railway near Van Horn. Those voters will now become part of Precinct 5 and vote at Hedke School instead of City Hall. The next election also will mark the end of the use of the word “temporary” when referring to the polling places

for residents in Precinct 7 and Precinct 6. Stack said the K of C will now become the permanent location for Precinct 7 voters. Precinct 6 voters north of West Road, who have traditionally voted at Trenton High School, were relocated to the Westfield Activities Center last

year on a temporary basis due to construction at the school. Even though the construction has been completed, the Council has opted to keep Precinct 6 voters at Westfield permanently. Westfield is a city-owned

building. Stack said all Trenton registered voters will receive new voter registration cards in May or June, which will reflect any changes in their precinct number or their polling location.

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Election season off to an interesting start Mayoral elections have months ago. Even in anbeen pretty ho-hum in nouncing his initial decision Trenton the past decade. In not to run, Brown expressed fact, ever since first wina reluctance to give up inning the job in 2001, Mayor volvement on a number of Gerald Brown has run unefforts initiated by his adopposed in re-election bids ministration. Now he’s hopin 2003 and 2007. ing he won’t have to. Trib Notes From all appearances so So, the way things are far, this year might be a difshaping up right now, we ferent story. At the very have a 10-year incumbent least we’ve certainly had mayor and a popular longmore intrigue than usual in trying to learn who the time clerk with an intertwined network of friends and candidates are going to be. supporters set to square off in a campaign for the One way or another we should know the answer to city’s top elected office. that this month, since potential office-seekers have until I suppose it’s redundant at this point to say things 4 p.m. May 10 to file a petition with the required 40 sigcould get interesting. Stay tuned.… natures of registered voter to be eligible to have their The mayor’s race isn’t the only race that might pronames on the election ballot — and a three-day window vide a little more interest than the last few city elec(until May 13) to change their minds and opt out. tions, which have been largely uneventful. City Clerk Kyle Stack has been expressing her inWhile City Assessor John Dahlquist is expected to terest in running for mayor since last year, and was seek re-election, Treasurer Randy Schoen is not. The ready to put the process in motion earlier this year. treasurer’s office is getting some major changes this But her potential candidacy was thrown into question year as well, with the role of treasurer being converted when she learned that a 2010 change in the rules govfrom a full-time $72,000-a-year job to a part-time erning state pensioners might make it difficult if not $7,000-a-year job. The day-to-day activities of the Treasurer’s Office will be handled by an appointed impossible for her to serve in the position. deputy treasurer instead. Former Councilman Michael Brown said in February that he would not run for McCullough has filed petitions to run for part-time office — but with the caveat that he might reconsider treasurer. that decision if no viable candidates step forward to With Stack stepping aside as clerk, longtime Depseek the job. uty Clerk Trish Gearhart has filed petitions to run for Stack said she’s running, and she could very well fit the post. the mayor’s definition of “viable ” in terms of qualificaAll three incumbent council members whose terms tions, but her ability to serve in the job may not be expire this year – Dan Gillespie, Bill LeFevre and totally clear by the time the filing deadline passes. Mary Ellen McLeod – have obtained petitions from the That element of doubt, combined with his concern that City Clerk’s office, but none had turned them in as of some potentially unqualified candidate could file at press time. the last minute and end up not having any opposition, All of the city elected positions are four-year terms. was enough to convince Brown to rescind his earlier One other bit of trivia to emerge from this still decision and run for a fourth term. fledgling campaign season: Stack last month became Stack, who has served as clerk since 1985, is planthe first mayoral candidate in the city’s history to anning to retire when her current term expires in Nonounce their candidacy via an online social media vember. She was forming plans to launch a mayoral post, putting the word out to her Facebook friends on bid in January when she learned that new rules imApril 22. plemented by the Municipal Employees Retirement Joe Hoshaw Jr. is editor and co-publisher of the System, which sanctions her pension, might preclude Trenton Trib. Email him at info@trentontrib.com. her from collecting that pension if she were to take on another governmental job in Trenton within two years of leaving her current post. She believes there is uncertainty over the intent of the new rule and whether or not it should come into play for a part-time elected position that pays what is perceived by many as token compensation for meeting attendance. And while the new rule was put into place as a way to thwart double-dipping by state employees, she doesn’t believe the intent was to create financial hardship for people wanting to serve in low-paying elected positions — which, by the way, are decided publicly by a vote of the people. The pension board, which has sought and received a legal opinion on the matter from an administrative law judge, is expected to review Stack’s request and perhaps provide clarity at its monthly meeting May 10 -11. And, yes, also note that those dates coincide with the election filing deadline, further complicating matters from Brown’s perspective, since he likely wouldn’t know what the pension board’s stance was prior to having to turn in petitions to seek re-election. And he’s not convinced the matter will be fully resolved by the pension board’s decision. Both Stack and Brown have filed their petitions to run for the office, and both say they are in it for the long haul. Stack, though optimistic that the pension board will rule in her favor, has said she likely would not be able to serve in the position, which pays a maximum of $12,500 annually, if she is not able to begin collecting her state pension. She said she would, however, be willing to forego the mayoral compensation if that were an option. She has indicated that a legal challenge might be a possibility also, should the pension board’s decision not clear the way for her to collect her pension if she’s elected mayor. Brown, meanwhile, said he has no trepidation about serving as mayor for another four years, even though he was willing to forego that opportunity just a few

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BUSINESS Main Mans store getting brand new look

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BY CHRISTINA GURTOWSKY NA Mans & Sons, which has been part of the Trenton business community for well over a century now, is looking forward to the completion of its brand new kitchen and bath showroom. The new showroom will be inside the company’s main store at 3300 West Jefferson Ave. and replace the current location near the corner of West Road and West Jefferson, and next door to the Police Station. The project was started in January and a grand opening is anticipated by July 1. Construction is ongoing but both stores remain open to serve customers. Store Manager Jim Mans was enthusiastic about the potential positive impact the consolidation of the two stores will have. “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 when everyone is working in the same facility.” “We are looking forward to the new kitchen and bath showroom. Everything is running smoothly.” Mans also said the current kitchen and bath

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Work continued last month on an expansion and renovation to the original Mans store on West Jefferson, with completion expected by late spring. showroom, located on 2836 W. Jefferson, will be available for lease. Mans inside sales representative David Gentner, who has been with the family-owned business for 33 years, also is looking forward to the new showroom. Gentner said that many customers have asked several questions about the construction and status of the store, and he wants to reassure the public that the company is still open for business during the store’s remodeling process. “As a result of the

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WHERE WE WORSHIP St. Joseph mission first established in town in 1849 trentontrib.com St. Joseph Mission in Trenton was first founded and established by Rev. Charles de Preiter in 1849 to minister to the needs of the Downriver Catholic population, but visiting missionaries were present as far back as the 1820s. In 1873, ground was broken to build a 230seat board-and-batten church for $2,500 at its present location at 2565 Third St. in Trenton as a formal place of worship. Years later, it was Rev. Timothy Bourke who first had a vision and the intent to build a Catholic school in the early 1900s, but by then the original 1873 church building had fallen into disrepair and the priority became to build a new church. The cornerstone for the beautiful presentday Gothic structure was laid in 1930, with the official dedication of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish in Trenton on July 10, 1931.

By March of 1944, then Rev. John Eppenbrock of the St. Joseph Parish was finally able to fulfill the vision of building the St. Joseph School and watched as ground was broken March 19, with the formal dedication of the school the following October. Currently, this kindergarten through eighth-grade school serves 210 students from throughout the Downriver are, and St. Joseph Church has more than 300 children attending non-school educational and athletic programs as well. The present-day Parish Center building located across Elm from the church at Third Street was originally a convent built in 1954. It was converted to the current parish office facility during the latest renovation and expansion of the church which took place in 1999 to coincide with St. Joseph’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. Cornerstones from 1873, 1930, and 1999 are easily visi-

ble on the front of the church. Today, St. Joseph Church has about 1200 households registered as members with the Rev. Bradley Forintos (Father Brad) presiding over the Parish. Their mission states: “While bringing forth the Catholic faith since 1849, St. Joseph Parish continues to live and share the teachings and ministry of Jesus Christ. Through worship, education and service, we strive to build a stronger sense of community among ourselves and others,” and this is evidenced in their extensive mission involvement and community outreach programs. “Faith is more than just something personal,” Forintos said. “It also has to be something that enriches the lives of others, to serve others. A great tradition in this was established long before my arrival, and I'm very proud to continue it.” He encourages all to come and experience and explore St. Joseph

The Rev. Bradley Forintos is pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The current church was built in 1931, though the parish’s ties with the community stretch back to the 1820s.

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Concert to benefit youth mission trip The St. Joseph Catholic Church Mission Music Ministry will present a benefit concert at the Trenton Village Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22. The theme of the concert is “Love Has Come — and So We Go!” Proceeds from the concert

will benefit St. Joseph Youth Ministry’s Mission Trip to Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota, scheduled for July. The concert provides an opportunity for attendees to “experience how Christ’s love can ignite a passion in each of us to go forth and serve

through inspirational music, testimonial story and captivating dance.” Mission Ministry comprises talented musicians from the metropolitan Detroit area whose mission is to share their love of God through music. The band members

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Arthurs Middle School students who participated in the eighth-grade class trip to Washington, D.C., had the opportunity to see many of the key landmarks, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the World War II memorial statue depicting the flag-raising following the battle of Iwo Jima.

The Middle Man monuments such as GetEditor’s Note: Our tysburg, the place where thanks to Arthurs MidFlight 93 crashed, Ardle School seventhlington Cemetery, The grader Griffin Sawyer, Smithsonian, The memofor updating us on some rial mall, Capital Buildof the latest happenings ing, Supreme Court, Balat the school. timore, and best of all, Many events lately The White House. The have been a big deal for kids arrived some students back home on at Arthurs MidSaturday, dle School, such April 9, early as Washington in the mornD.C., The Stuing. The kids dent of The said they had Month, Field a blast and it Day, and The was a great All “A's” acaexperience. demics mornSome kids aling. All stuready want to dents look forgo back. Washward and ington, D.C., is would like to be a great time a part of all Griffin and is now a these events. The 8th Sawyer great memory. Student of graders reThe Month is a really cently took their annual popular thing. Every Washington, D.C., trip. teacher chooses a stuAt 3 a.m. Tuesday, April dent who has done some 5, all 8th graders (who outstanding things indecided to go) met up at side and out of the classthe school and started room. The kids who get their journey to D.C. picked meet up with They took many buses their parents in the foaveraging 30 kids a bus. rum and get called up You suggest a friend and one by one, and get sit by them on the bus many little novelties, and they are your roomsuch as a piece of paper mate for the days you signed by both principals are there. The kids get to that has your picture on see many historical

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it, a bookmark, some candy, and pencils. After everyone gets called up you go to the cafeteria, and have some cookies and fruit punch. A different tradition you do on student of the month, is everyone sits on the stairs together, and take a picture that they post in the lobby. So you get some novelties, cookies, some punch, but best of all, you get to be The Student of The Month. One day nobody misses is field day. It is a whole day where all kids get to hang out and play some fun activities. Every kid gets a ticket which gets you a lot of pizza and pop. There are some real fun things to do at Arthur’s field day, such as inflatable obstacle courses, board games, jump houses, mini hockey, table tennis and even just sitting around with your friends. Usually the main two events are the Oobleck Run, and The Student vs. Staff Game. The oobleck run is where you mix water and cornstarch and it is like walking on water. When you’re at field day, you

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have to do the Oobleck run. The student vs. staff game is where the students get to play the teachers in a softball game. Twelve teachers and 12 students get picked in this fun, intense softball game. If you would like to chaperone or help out at field day contact Arthurs. It will be on May 27. Hopefully this year’s game along with the rest of field day will be as awesome, as it has been. One of the favorite events at Arthurs is the all “A’s” academics morning. If you get all “A’s” in a quarter, you get invited to the breakfast. Before one of the school days you go to the cafeteria and get to have refreshments and doughnuts. Then you all go to the gym and take a picture of all the students together. That photo gets hung up in lobby so everyone can see who got all “A’s”. It is pretty fun there because you deserve it and got invited to the all A’s academic breakfast.Arthur’s Middle School is a great place to go to school. Many cool and exciting events happen there everyday. You should come here and find out how awesome it is yourself!

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are Barbara RadeckiKelley, Linda Korowin and Joann Perna from Trenton, Tom Clark from Monroe, Matt Aluia of Brownstown Township, Mike and Chris Duffy from Roseville, Rick Clark from Fraser and Sandy Weinrauch from Walled Lake. A $10 donation is requested per ticket. Tickets for the concert will be available in May at the St. Joseph Parish Center office. For more information call (734) 676-9082. “Here at St. Joseph in Trenton our Youth Ministry program takes very serious our annual mission to Lower Brule, S.D., where we have the opportunity to serve the Native American people on the Lower Brule reservation,” Tom Clark said. “This is our fourth Mission Trip to the Lower Brule reservation and each year our group seems to multiply in great numbers.” Clark said there were four young people who made the trek the first year. “Within two years we had 19 Trenton youth take the trip and this year we potentially have 30-plus teens wanting to make this year’s trip,” he said. “With such a larger group all of the teens are Trenton residents though not all from the St. Joseph Parish.” That is because the youth ministry program

Mission Music Ministry members will perform May 22 at Trenton Village Theatre. Proceeds from the show will aid a youth mission trip. is meant to reach out to all youth who want “something more in life, and part of this youth experience is within this trip to Lower Brule, which surely is a life changing experience,” he said. Clark said the youth help out in a variety of ways. “We cut grass, clear fields of weeds and debris, paint houses,” he said. “Within our duties is the work of interaction with the Native American people when we get the chance to work with the young children, teens and elders of the reservation. “This is the favorite type of work for all of us because we get to fully connect with the people. Eventually one of the elders steps out to talk and then we become sponges as he/she begin to teach us of the Lakota

way of life. The group typically also takes a few side trips, such a visiting the Badlands National Park or the Lakota Museum. On the reservation they have been introduced to the Wildlife Conservation Program, which not only teaches about the area but the rangers take the group out to get close and personal with the buffalo herds. “These side trips are few but they are the cement that makes our young people ‘get it,’” Clark said. “It is within these trips that we are able to take our elders’ teachings and experience them within our own selves.” SAY YOU “SAW IT ON THE TRIB BULLETIN BOARD — Sell it local, and buy it local. Call 734-6760850 and say goodbye to unwanted items.

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Shout Outs To the new board of directors of the Trenton Hockey Association and their new president, Jim Bazner. To Jonathon Becker for your straight A’s and being featured in the News-Herald’s Ac-kid-emic Spotlight! To Anderson Elementary third-grade teacher Michelle Tascoff, who was given the Golden Apple Award at a recent School Board meeting. To Hanniel Lesada, a Trenton High school student honored at a recent Daughters of the American Revolution ceremony for her honorable mention in the essay contest. To Steven Rzeppa, for making the Dean's List at Grand Valley State University and for being accepted at the University of Michigan, where he will be starting classes in the fall. To Jim and Caroline Leedy for 55 years of wedded bliss! To the Trenton swimming team (again!) and seniors Dillon Dossey, Connor Kuehn and Mac O’Donnell for heading up the all-area Swim team. And to Jon Appruzzesse-Welke,

David O’Donnell, Leif Wolsek, Ian Ferguson and Adam Friedman, who helped make this season a true team effort. To the 2011-2012 Trenton High School National Honor Society Officers: President Lauren McClellan, Vice President Tim Reeber, Secretary Madelyn Stover-Sash, Treasurer Ashley McNabb, Historian Tori Hart, and representatives Charles DeBono and Megan Wilson. To the Lady Trojans softball team for its big 18-0 win versus Melvindale. Nine players got at least one hit in the game, with Kalli Bates getting her first home run of the season to go with her four RBI. To Lori Bonham who is taking our “3/50 Project” challenge to shop local seriously, telling us that this past month she said she did spend more than $150 with these local businesses: A&M Auto Body, Colors By Kim Salon, Arthur J. Plonka CPA and B&D Vacuum.Let us know how you spend your $150 in Trenton this month!

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Pharmacy celebrates Women’s Health Week West Grange has partnered up with area health care facilities to provide information, health screenings and interactive exhibits to help area ladies of all ages to obtain information, all in one location, to make good care choices. On Monday, May 9, West Grange welcomes the staff of The Southgate Surgery Center to educate on vision care, gastrointestinal health and other surgeries. Tuesday, May 10, The Downriver YMCA staff

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Dr. Noel Jackson once again has found an innovative way to give back and help promote charitable work Downriver with his Downriver Desirable Dozen. In 2011 he is donating $1,000 to a charitable organization each month of the year. Jackson was working with a marketing company to promote his business, and the idea came to him to do something different this year. “The marketing people wanted me to do radio and TV,” Jackson said. “I looked at the budget and said I’d rather put the money to use back in the community where it would do more direct good as opposed to throwing money in the airwaves.” In March he donated to Fish & Loaves, a Taylor-based food pantry with some innovative approaches of its own. He met with manager Charles Vella, who explained that beneficiaries are treated with respect and dignity by being allowed to shop for items their family would like in a grocery store. Jackson was so impressed with the low administrative costs and the unheard-of 25-cent-

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FEATURES Horticulture therapy is specialty of ’88 THS grad 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 Lisa Schrader? We found Lisa Schrader-Schactman after noticing an interesting program she was giving at Michigan State University. The Michigan Horticultural Therapy Association held its 33rd annual conference and Lisa spoke about practical applications of horticulture and its proven therapeutic elements for those with mental conditions. Schrader-Schactman is the niece of Trenton resident Rick Williams, the owner of Comfort Keepers and also a member of the city’s Park and Recreation Commission. Williams said he is very proud of her accomplish-

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Lansing. SchraderSchactman now lives in Tryon, N.C., in the Western Carolina Mountains. She moved there from Atlanta to take a job as a horticulLisa Schradertural therapist at Schactman CooperRiis, a with her two healing commuchildren, Louis nity for individu(left), 3, and als with mental Lily, 6. The health conditions. family lives in She and her famNorth Caroily moved to lina. North Carolina to have a quieter life after living in downtown Atsummer program and lanta for eight years. the participants may get She said the most involved with the harinteresting thing she has vesting this year as well. done since leaving TrenWhile horticultural therton is that she swam apy is especially helpful with dolphins when she for children with special was in Mexico on her needs, gardening really honeymoon. She said she is therapeutic for everywas totally captivated by one. Happy digging this the experience. spring! Her favorite Trenton Schrader-Schactman memories were sledding lived in Trenton on Groh in Elizabeth Park as a Street from the time she child and watching the was 2 until she graduice float down the river ated from Trenton High each spring. School in 1988. She came home for one summer when she was at MSU, then moved to East

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SPORTS Marketing students promote golf outing to the community BY JOE HOSHAW Jr. trentontrib.com

An effort to organize a spring golf outing as a fundraiser for Trenton High School athletics has gotten a significant boost from a group of students who have pitched in to help with marketing and promotion. As part of a class project, students in Chris Crews’ Marketing I class have been spreading the word about the golf outing to the community in an attempt to get sponsors and golfers to support the first-time event, planned for Saturday, May 7, at Lake Erie Metropark Golf Course. And the results thus far have been pretty impressive, according to Athletic Director Bret Woodley, who conceived the idea of holding the golf outing as perhaps the first step in a larger effort to raise private funds to help support school sports. Woodley said the students have been doing a great job and have been wellreceived in their efforts by the Trenton business community. Within the first few weeks the student team had found takers for 12 of 18 available hole sponsorships and assisted with efforts to find golfers. Woodley also is reaching out to Trenton alumni for support of the event, and is also getting assistance from Trenton golf coaches James Trush and Denise Setser, members of the boys golf team and Marketing II students who operate the school store, Trojan Trends.

“The great thing here is if we can just have a community-wide effort we can offset some of the cost that might be passed on to parents and not limit (sports) opportunities for the kids,” Woodley said. “We want to be proactive.” And Crews’ marketing class “team” has been leading the charge, headed by “project managers” Alysha Kubala, Megan Wilson, Natalie Dumais and Rosalie Stackpole. Crews said the marketing class is ideal for putting students into projects that will give them experience dealing with “real-world” problems and situations, and the golf outing seemed like another great opportunity for a learning experience. “I have good kids,” Crews said. “They are just constantly exceeding my expectations with projects like this.” Crews said he gets a wide array of students in the marketing class, and most enjoy doing this kind of “school work.” “I truly enjoy teaching this subject matter because you can see exactly how that impacts a young person,” he said. The class members put together their own sales literature, which outlined the sponsorship opportunities, as well as pricing for golf, and then dropped it off at numerous businesses around town. Crews said there was no direct solicitation during that initial visit, but the students told the business owners and See Page 18

Kris Wilson A third-year member of the varsity baseball team, senior Kris Wilson’s season has gotten off to a great start this year. After the first eight games he was batting an impressive .385 with 10 hits, including a solo home run against Melvindale in the final game before spring break. The Student solid start is an exciting reversal of fortune from last spring, when a staph inAthlete fection in his knee resulted in two surof the geries on consecutive days, keeping him in the hospital for two weeks and sidelining him from all sports for Month six months. His dad, Jim Wilson, said there were concerns that he might not be able to play sports again. “Through his hard work and dedication, he built his strength and endurance to exceed the expectations of everyone,” he said. Voted “Most Athletic” this year by his senior classmates, Kris also played on the varsity hockey team for three years, including two state championship teams. He also played varsity tennis for one season. In the classroom, Kris has worked hard to consistently bring his grade-point average up, reaching 3.0 this year. THS varsity baseball Coach Todd Szalka said Kris brings great enthusiasm to everything he does. “Kris plays third base and he’s also our backup catcher,” the coach said. “He’s very high-energy….he’s a great kid.” Although sports activities have taken up much of his free time, Kris still has found time to be active in the community by participating in a local adopt-a-family program during the holidays, and his dad and mom, Sue Wilson, have appreciated the way he has helped them care for his grandparents the past few years. His parents said they were amazed by his determination in battling back from his knee surgeries last year. “Words cannot describe how proud we are of Kris. He challenged himself without ever complaining,” Jim Wilson said. His parents are also grateful for Szalka’s support and guidance. “Todd has always nurtured Kris’s abilities and continued to believe in him as a ballplayer. He has been more than a coach, but also a mentor, and Kris has always looked up to him.” Kris is planning to attend college in the fall, but has not yet decided where. His dad says he has a couple offers to play baseball and currently is looking at all of his options. Kris is considering a career in teaching or radiology. Sponsored by:

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Road. Szalka feels this game is the first step to creating a bridge beball coach, is a board tween prior players and member on the TBA and current athletes that helps the general manrepresent their alma agers of the various age mater. groups with ideas on “We also hope it is an skills that players avenue to create should be masconnections and tering. build new hisObviously tory with Trenhis hopes are to ton baseball,” help create a he said. training ground So far players to build the varfrom the THS sity program. classes of 83, 89 “Trenton and 90 have Hockey Associasigned up to tion does a play this in the great job cultifirst annual vating players Todd Szalka game. Tanguay to feed into the challenges past players THS Hockey program; to sign up and “show we hope to do the same your stuff.” There is a with our new plan,” Trenton Baseball assoSzalka said. “I know we ciation page on Facebook are referred to as hockey and www.trentontrotown, but our aspirations janbaseball.com/ with an with this are that we area to sign up for the could one day be known alumni game along with as the ultimate sports the High school schedcity.” ule. A baseball alumni The new Bullpen Club game is planned for May was created to expand 28 right after the Memothe baseball program by rial Day Parade on West

bringing back tradition and providing an association to get the community excited about Trenton baseball. Whatever proceeds are made from the alumni game and other fundraising efforts will go right back into improving fields at the high school, equipment, fencing and other

managers than they would follow up later. But when following up, the students found the business generally very supportive and encouraging. Woodley is hoping to use the golf outing to build momentum for future fundraising ventures. He also is working on an online auction that is planned for June. “We’re trying to find a way to raise $50,000 a year to support athletics,” he said. Those dollars would be used to help pay costs for equipment, transportation, uniforms and other items, and at the same time help offset potential increases in pay-to-play costs that might be passed along to families as a result of funding cutbacks. Woodley hopes to see the fundraising effort evolve into formalized

district-wide booster club in the coming year, but plans to move cautiously in response to concerns that the new club might hamper the efforts of existing fundraising arms, such as the Trenton Touchdown Club, the Band Boosters or the newly formed Bullpen Club for baseball, plus a variety of smaller fundraisers held by various sports teams throughout the year. He also has procedural issues to address, such as forming a 501(c)3 charitable organization, which will give donors the advantage of tax deductibility on whatever funds they donate to the club’s efforts. Among the sponsors that had been secured as this issue was going to press were Concepts in Travel, Jersey Giant Subs, M&M Camping Center, Lucid Agency, Martenson Funeral

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“The 3/50 Project” encourages people to choose three hometown businesses they would hate to see disappear and commit to spending $50 at them each month. The Trenton Trib has signed on as a supporter of The 3/50 Project and, as part of that effort, will offer these monthly 3/50 Profiles to help make residents aware of some of the options available among the retail and service businesses located in Trenton. Businesses interested in joining The 3/50 Project can find out more at www.the350project.net.

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License renewal is first step for fishermen BY RYAN HOSHAW trentontrib.com

The first thing fishermen have to do each spring before hitting the water is get their state of Michigan fishing licenses renewed. Michigan fishing licenses expire on March 31 every year, so anyone 17 or older who wants to fish within the state has to get a new license in the spring. This new season brought new laws and regulations to sport fishing all around the state. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources issues a variety of fishing licenses, which includes an “all species” license, a season-long restricted license, a 24-hour all-species license, and a 72-hour all species license. The restricted license allows for the fishing and harvest of all game except lake sturgeon, lake herring, amphibians, reptiles, and crustaceans. The price for any of these fishing licenses has not changed since 2010. A “Restricted” annual license, which allows you to fish for all species EXCEPT trout, salmon, lake

River Current sturgeon, lake herring, amphibians, reptiles or crustaceans, is $15. The fee for the all-species license is $28. The fees are discounted considerably for seniors 65 and older. The limited license is $6 and the allspecies license is $11.20. For more information on fees and regulations, visit the DNR’s pages on the state Website, www.michigan.gov/dnr. Along with new license restrictions for the 2011 season come other new regulations, which include a new possession limit, which allows anglers to possess, in addition to one day's daily possession limit of fish, an additional two daily possession limits of fish taken during previous fishing days provided that the additional limits of fish are frozen, canned, or cured. Also, two restrictions that go into effect May 1 are the change of walleye

limit on Lake Erie from five to six and the maximum size of Lake Trout in Lake Huron was reduced from 27 inches to 24 inches. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources really informs the public with new information on all wildlife aspects of Michigan. • Greg Bliznik and Keith Greear, both of Brownstown, were the winners last month of the weathershortened Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s Detroit River tournament, which was held out of the Elizabeth Park Marina during the Easter break week. The winners recorded

catches totaling 43.49 pounds. Jeff Vereeke of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Joe Lockman of Middleville finished in second with 41.85 pounds. The prize money for the winners totaled $16,350. Total prize money awarded was $58,240. • Local firefighters and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services have arranged scheduled burns in the coastal wetland within the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. So if you see smoke, don’t be alarmed. The fires are an essential tool to improve wetland habitats, Refuge Manager John Hartig said.

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in June for more hometown news and information Available at stores all over town: Baxter’s, The Beach Inc. Tanning & Swimwear, Cada’s Barber Shop, Casa Del Vino, Charly’s Marathon, City Hall, Colors By Kim, CVS (King), CVS (West), Czar’s Sub Shop, Dan’s Barber Shop, 5/3 Bank, The Framery, Fratello’s, Hawaiian Island, Dr. Jackson, Jerzey’s, Jet’s, Josephine Ford Cancer Center (Allen Road), Kennedy Recreation Center, King’s Mobil, Labadie’s, Lighthouse of Trenton, M & M Printing, McDonald’s (West), McDonalds (Van Horn), Mom’s Restaurant, Mr. Nick’s, N.A. Mans, Old’s Flower Shop, PNC (West), Ramsey’s Coney Island, Riverside SavMor, Metro Shores Credit Union, Papa Romano’s, Parkway Lanes, Rehab Connection, Savannah's, Sibley Gardens, Shore to Shore Credit Union, 7-11 (Grange), 7-11 (King), State Farm (West), 3 Coins, Tim Hortons, Trenton Bowling, Timber’s, TVs Deli-Diner, Veteran’s Memorial Library, Walgreen’s, West-Grange Sav-Mor, Westfield Center.

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HELP WANTED — Looking for another team member who is enthusiastic, enjoys meeting new people, is familiar with the Downriver area for new territory and is an organized, effective communicator. Work on own with leads provided weekly. Reliable transportation, computer and phone access needed. Ads include print, classified and web, no design skills necessary, but follow up is a must! http:// www.trentontrib.com.

GARAGE SALE SEASON IS HERE! The Trenton Trib is now accepting Bulletin Board announcements for spring and summer garage and estate sales. Prices start as low as $5.

The community Bulletin Board can provide advertising under any of the following classifications: Announcements Help Wanted For Rent For Sale

Garage Sales Lost & Found Miscellaneous Real Estate Services

FOR SALE — Hanging it Up! 1998-99 Winnebago Itasca Suncruiser 35’ Ford V10, Slide Out. 59,000 miles/ $27,500 PRICE REDUCED to $19,500/OBO, 734-6765819 OFFICE SPACE — Great downtown Trenton location, all utilities, fax & Internet included. $350 a month; call Bob, 734-675 -5000. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Kim Vadasy, owner of Alexander Chase Salon, May 12

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Perfect Snow Bird Condo! Available for weekly or monthly rentals January through March 2012. Call 734-626-2891 or visit www.isladelsolstpetefla.com NEIGHBORS IN NEED — Southgate Surgery Center offer a NO charge cataract surgery for patients who are uninsured and have no means to pay for their procedure. To check for eligibility call 734-281-0100 www.southgatesurgery.com

MANUFACTURING developments welcomed! www.hurontwpldfa.com . Great business incentives available.

FOR SALE — Complete dining room set, including five chairs, large table with leaf and cabinet, good condition, $175 obo; 676-0504

SAY YOU “SAW IT ON THE TRIB BULLENTIN BOARD — Sell it local, and buy it local. Call 734676-0850 and say goodbye to unwanted items.

BARB’S CLEANING SERVICE — Residential & Commercial, 734-7520225

FOR SALE — 2002 Sunseeker Motor Home 29foot Ford Truck, Low Mileage $20,000/OBO, 734-676-0621

KIZANN HOME CARE — Looking for caregivers; www.kizann.com or fax resume, (734) 2839941. Locations Downriver and Southeastern Michigan.

FOR SALE — 1992 Jeep wrangler, $4,000 OBO. Hard top, 2.5L, Man. Trans, runs great, new brakes,, new tires, new clutch. 734-634-1502 FOR SALE — Cemetery Lot. Our Lady of Hope Section No. 19, $900; 734-782-5537

CONGRATULATIONS to Laura Wyatt for winning the “Women Making a Difference” award from Zonta International Club.

Need a speaker for your organization or group? Contact the Trenton Trib! info@trentontrib.com to request a date.

BUYING BASEBALL CARDS — 558-6955 FOR SALE — Nice computer desk for home office; 5-foot long, with credenza; Sauder product; light color; good condition, $45; 676-0504.


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