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Momentum builds for first-time event to support schools

TRENTON TIDBITS Great Pumpkins! Halloween is near The Trenton Halloween season kicks off Oct. 22 with the Great Pumpkin Festival, slated for the Trenton Cultural Center; pumpkin lighting starts at dusk. Official Trick-or-Treat hours on Halloween are 6-8 p.m. For more information on special Halloweenrelated activities ongoing throughout the city this month, see Page 7.


Find out who will be Queen Catch the parade, football game and the crowning of the queen Oct. 14 when Trenton High School kicks off its Homecoming weekend.

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Victor hailed Marco Kolcheff, one of the guest players in the Trenton High School Victory Day football game last month, accepts his participation award from former University of Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr. Carr was on hand throughout the event to talk to the crowd and mingle with the players and their parents, pausing on several occasions to have his photo taken or sign autographs. For more photos see Page 3.

The suspense appears to be building for the “Signature Event,” a first-time fundraiser for the Trenton Educational Foundation that will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Fratello’s Restaurant. The reasons for all the suspense may be tied to several “surprises” being promised by the committee planning the event. One of the biggest is expected to be the announcement of the first people to be honored on a new education “Wall of Fame” that will be created at Trenton High School. At the recent Board of Education meeting, the TEF received approval to establish a committee to initiate the Wall of Fame. “Candidates can be an educator, administrator or Trenton graduate,” said Mike McCullough, a member of the TEF and the committee. “Other criteria and number of inductees will be determined later.” The TEF was founded three years ago by a group of residents who wanted to help raise money to fund special projects and programs not covered by traditional school funding. The Signature Event is seen as a way to enhance those efforts, perhaps on an annual basis. “The TEF Signature Event will be a fun-filled evening with people from all different backgrounds coming together for one purpose — to support education in Trenton,” said David French, the TEF’s chairman. “This is one of the finest groups of people I have been privileged to See Page 2

Trib, Goodfellows partner on holiday paper In addition to our regular November issue, the Trenton Trib is partnering with the Trenton Goodfellows this year to produce the annual Goodfellows Newspaper. It will be distributed door-to-door in midNovember. The newspa-

The deadline for our regular November issue is Oct. 15. The deadline for the Goodfellows Edition is Nov. 1

per is a key element of the group’s fund drive to help Trenton families in need at the holidays. The special edition will feature Goodfellow stories as well as holiday entertainment and events. All proceeds collected in the citywide door-todoor delivery will help the cause. The Trib also has pledged to donate 5 percent of gross advertising sales from this special issue to the Goodfellows. It is our intention to help the group save on production cost and provide opportunity for addi-

tional contributions to their campaign. Just like with our May citywide Issue, we will print 10,000 copies. The Goodfellows will deliver 8,000 of those copies directly to Trenton households as well as sell additional copies at various businesses. All current 6X advertisers are entitled to add this issue to their fall promotional plans at half price. It will be a perfect issue to advertise holiday specials to the entire city and a great way to also assist families in need.

Fresh hope for downtown? New downtown Trenton business owners such Chris Hancock, owner of the Round House BBQ, are infusing a new energy into the city’s historic business district. Recent developments in the plan to revitalize the vacant Riverside Hospital site have produced cause for optimism as well. For more, see the Downtown Development Authority newsletter inside this issue.

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work with. Mike McCullough and his team of dedicated committee members are preparing to take this event over the top.” Tickets are $30 a person and can be obtained at Trenton City Hall, the Board of Education office, M&M Printing Inc. and Fratello’s, or by contacting Sue Yee at The committee also is looking for sponsors and donations of items that can be put up for bid in the silent or live auctions that are planned. Call McCullough at (734) 6710100 for sponsorship information or to donate auction items. Along with auctions, the evening will include food, entertainment, prize drawings and other activities, some of which are still being development. McCullough said it will be an exciting evening where people “can have a great time and support a great cause.” And, as far as some of the other “surprises” that are planned, what would a Signature Event be without a Signature Drink? “Committee member Laurie Dixon is in charge of creating and naming the Signature Drink in honor of an educator who has made a significant contribution to educating Trenton youth. McCullough said the identity of the honoree is classified “Top Secret” and will be revealed at the Event. Original art, handcrafted by Trenton students and teachers, will be featured auction items among other donations by area businesses. Board of Education member and event committee member Marie Conflitti is encouraging all artists to consider donating to the Sig-

nature Event. “The Signature Event is a wonderful way to showcase the work of our talented, local artists,” she said. The event’s tagline is “Expect the Unexpected” and McCullough promises even more surprises. “Our goal is to raise some funds to help raise the bar of educational excellence here in Trenton,” said Significant Event Chair Mike McCullough. “Bottom line: we’re establishing a coalition of caring citizens, who want to make a difference and have some fun at the same time.” Established in 2008 by a coalition of community leaders from various organizations, the TEF is now known as a source of “mini-grants” that teachers can seek to help fund special projects and activities not within the budget. All levels of Trenton public education are helped by the TEF. For instance, one mini-grant last year was used for the creation of take-home bags that can be used to improve reading and writing skills. Similar to the concept of checking out materials from the library, these bags offered lower-elementary students a chance to do some extra learning. Some elementary students were also provided cameras to

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The Trenton Trib has again expanded its office hours and now has regular hours two days each week. The office is located at 2363 West Jefferson Ave., Suite 213 (second floor), between Atwood and Harrison. For the month of October regular office hours will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays. Please feel free to drop by. Other office hours during the week are by appointment only at this time. Call 676-0850 if you need to set up a time to meet with someone from the Trib staff. Visitors can place ads or provide information for stories. Readers and advertisers also may mail news and other information to P.O. Box 213, Trenton, MI 48183, or send it to us by email at Don’t forget that the Trenton Trib also is online at, and past issues of the print edition are available at trentontrib.

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borrow for class projects. At Boyd Arthurs Middle School, a method of using blocks to help create a learning tool for algebra received TEF funds. And at Trenton High School, the annual Challenge Day (which gives students and adults a chance to assess how they accept others) is a moving experience that isn’t funded from the general budget, but with help from the TEF. To be eligible for a grant (of up to $750), ap-

plicants must be able to provide a well-stated case for why their request is unique and will be affective. The Foundation funds six integral areas of education — cultural enrichment, scholastic enrichment, arts and education, technology and learning, continuing education and professional development. “The Trenton Educational Foundation is committed to support innovative and fresh ideas in education,” French said. “Our primary focus is to support that area of teaching that the traditional funding methods do not support. This can bring a broader experience of learning to the students in Trenton schools.”


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AROUND TOWN Upcoming Events Sept. 30-Oct. 2 — Tenth annual downtown Scarecrow Festival; held along West Jefferson Avenue; craft booths, entertainment, food and games; Scarecrow Idol finals Friday; fourth annual Battle of the Bands Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.; Dog Costume Contest at 1 p.m. Sunday; volunteers needed; for information call 734-675-7325 or email

Former U of M Coach Lloyd Carr repeated this scene several times throughout the morning.

Oct. 1 — Ghost stories at the Trenton Cultural Center, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 6 — The Information Center will celebrate 36 years of community service that evening with a VIP reception, dinner, photo booth and silent auction featuring Jay Towers of Fox 2 News. Funds raised from sponsorships, advertisements and the silent auction support The Information Center’s program and services. Major sponsors include Meijer Inc. and Heritage Newspapers. This year's gala celebration will be held at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, Southgate. Tickets are on sale now ($75 each) and may be purchased by phone until Oct. 6. Sponsorship packages are still available. For ticket or sponsorship information, please contact Lori Stevenson at (734) 282-7171.

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Oct. 7 — Pink Pazzazz, a fundraiser for Josephine Ford Cancer Center-Downriver; Crystal Gardens, Southgate. Oct. 8 — Ghost stories at the Trenton Cultural Center, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 9 — Out of the Darkness Walk (for depression) at Brownstown’s Lake Erie Metropark Oct. 10 — Columbus Day

This year’s Dog Swim is set for Saturday, Sept. 10

Oct. 11 — TBA Business Blast and open house at the Trenton Trib office, 2363 W. Jefferson Ave., Suite 213; 5:30-7 p.m.; residents and business owners are welcome to stop in for refreshments; we’d love to meet you! Oct. 14 —Trenton Quilt Guild meets the second Friday of the month at the Westfield Center; demonstrations, workshops and quilt shows; monies raised going to charity; call 782-4379 Oct. 14 — Homecoming weekend begins with a parade down West Road followed by a Trenton football game vs. Woodhaven. Oct. 15 — Ghost stories at the Trenton Cultural Center, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 15 — Refuge Bike & Hike, 9 a.m. Lake Erie Metropark (eight-mile trip)10 a.m. Gibraltar Community Center (four-mile trip); call or email Jamie Lanier, (734) 692-7649, Oct. 18 — Facebook for Business by Kathy Kane at the Romulus Chamber of Commerce, noon-1:30 p.m.; Hilton Garden Inn; (734) 893-0694 for reservations; $18 includes lunch.

The second Trenton High School “Victory Day” was again a huge success, as THS football players, cheerleaders and other community members teamed up to help about 50 local special needs students enjoy a memorable morning playing football on the high school field. The highlight of the day was a special visit by former U of M Coach Lloyd Carr, who mingled and had his photo taken with the participants and presented the players with their awards.

Oct. 20 — Challenge Day at Trenton High School. Oct. 22 — Pleasant Hours Craft Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Westfield Center. Oct. 22 — Great Pumpkin Festival, Trenton Cultural Center; pumpkin lighting starts at dusk. Oct. 27 — Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber After Business Hours, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Crystal Gardens, Southgate.

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Oct. 28 — Scary Skate, Kennedy Recreation Center. Oct. 29 — Animal Architects is the Nature Nook program at the Trenton Cultural Center, 10 a.m.-noon.

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Oct. 31 — Trick or treat! Hours are 6-8 p.m. Nov. 2 — Trenton Educational Foundation Signature Event, a new fundraiser to support the efforts of the foundation, which provides funding support for creative learning programs outside the traditional school curriculum; Fratello’s Restaurant; food, entertainment, numerous auction items and prize drawings. Call Mike McCullough at (734) 671-0100 for sponsorship information or to donate auction items. Nov. 8 — Election Day; Trenton voters will go to the polls to vote for city officeholders, include mayor, assessor, treasurer, clerk and City Council; polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Save the Date!

Every Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. — Queen of Heart raffle at Jerzey’s on Fort Street, a fundraiser for Trenton Rotary community projects; progressive raffle; tickets $1 each. June 9, 2012 — Spend an Evening in Eden, eating food and participating in fun and fundraising for the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center; more details to come.

Escorted by a football team member or cheerleader, the guest players got to enter the field to a cheering crowd through a human tunnel, just like the real games.

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Motivational Moment

Notes from vacation provide another chance for ‘escape’ Ah, if we could live vicariously through our vacation memories, I think life might be a little less stressful… Yeah, mon, think reggae and sounds of waves crashing on a beach — some type of drink with an umbrella and, OK, it might almost work. Even though I preach to my kids work hard but play harder, there wasn’t much time last year for play. So when we were able to get away on a family cruise that my mom and dad planned for the whole family, I had to jot down some notes to refer to when I want to “escape” at home — at least in my mind. Random vacation thoughts … •Do you know the less you look at your email, the less spam you get? •Did you know that the monopoly game was based on Atlantic City, N.J. (this was noted by our captain on a layover.) •A word of advice: no sparkly tops at the airport. That is now grounds for getting pulled over, frisked and your hands swiped. •For you bargain hunters, take a trip to Tampa for great seats and prices at the Rays games with just as many Tigers fans in the crowd as Rays fans. And if you get there two hours before, take advantage of the free parking up front. •Four cans of sunscreen in 10 days on four bodies equal no burns. •Buying 100 Internet minutes on board and using only 90 minutes is a proud “let-go” moment. •Best part of a vacation is definitely the naps! Most excellent memory … playing ping-pong at the pool and taking time to talk about nothing. Most impressionable moment …Stopping in Roatan, Hondurus, to go snorkeling and having to ride through a village littered with poverty and protected by security. On our way back the entire bus was still as we rode past the dirt-floor homes with no windows and school with barbed wire. The bright spot on this island were the well-dressed children coming home from school with backpacks with the Rotary International emblem emblazed in bright gold. I had once heard at a conference that Rotary had built a school in Hondurus. So it was such an inspiring moment to realize that in some small way my own Trenton Rotary Club and Rotary district were instrumental in bringing this much needed help to this area of the world. It’s also a great reflection on how many blessings I have and how thankful I am to be living in our little part of Hometown, U.S.A. So, for now, it’s back to work and start saving for another adventure — and hoping I don’t get too cranky without being able to take an afternoon nap.

Resident clues us in on the Hoe truth about name Interesting Neighbors

BY KATHY KANE Let’s face it, if you’ve seen the “Dirty Hoe” truck around town, you did a double take (just like me) and wanted to find out more information. I verified that Sandi Munson happens to be a Trenton resident, and thought she would be really interesting neighbor! KK: So it is on the minds of all your neighbors: Why did you choose the “Dirty Hoe” for the name of your landscaping business? Munson: I am a master gardener and hold a degree from MSU. My husband and I researched and brainstormed names and the “Garden Maiden” (for example) just wouldn’t have gotten the same great response as we have received the past three seasons in business. It was the smartest decision we made. KK: In marketing your business you definitely want to be catchy, but I am positive you have some good stories along with your busy landscaping schedule. Munson: Definitely we have had some very disgusting calls, but we really do have more positive comments than anything. I was asked for my autograph at the Wyandotte Street Art Fair and I had a lady call me one time laughing so hard she cried to let me know my truck was so funny it made her day. One man called to see if we could come out in Daisy Dukes and bikini tops as a gift for a bachelor party. We do offer gift certificates,

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but I am the only woman on the team, so I don’t think my Hoe Crew (yes, that is what they call their manly crew), would like that. KK: Has anyone ever been offended? Munson: Ninety-nine percent of our feedback is positive, but we did have two calls (from ladies) who were offended, until I explained the business and asked them to look up the word HOE. We are a hard working, dedicated and professional business. We are currently having a big run on our lawn signs though; it seems guys are putting them in their “Man Caves.” So we sell them on line http:// www.thedirtyhoelandscap!contact and we are copyrighted now, too. KK: Your husband works for DTE, but does any of your family work with you? Munson: Of our four

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plowing and I also volunteer at the local college mentoring and as a teacher aid in horticulture in the winter. The biggest challenge is making time for my own lawn, but I’ll sure take care of my neighbors.

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kids, Zack, 19, and Nick, 23, help with the business. KK: Even though it’s seasonal business, it seems you are busy year round. Munson: Yes, if we’re not mulching or landscaping, we are raking or snow

The name Sandy Munson chose for her business has elicited a wide range of feedback.


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Acting workshops a confidence builder for budding performers The Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center began its latest session of its popular acting workshops Sept.10. The classes are held three times a year — September, January and March — in the beautifully remodeled Trenton Village Theatre on West Jefferson Avenue. This is the sixth year of the workshops. Led by director Mary Zaleski and DYPAC Business Manager Debbie Jackson, the classes are held on Saturdays for six weeks. The early session, held from 10 a.m. to noon, is for kids ages 5-8. The session for older kids ages 9-14 is held 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Each class holds 30 children and is first-come, firstenrolled. No auditions are necessary. The workshop culminates in an evening recital. The younger class will be performing a musical, “Welcome to the Jungle.” Everyone gets a turn in the spotlight, and each child gets a line in the show, Jackson said. Zaleski describes the first day of the workshop as a “get-to-know-you day,” but the enthusiastic new actors already were doing exercises using large mirrors to practice seeing what they look like as they acted like monkeys, giraffes and hippos while singing some of the show’s songs. ZaleOur Stories ski’s daughter Molly, who is one of the workshop’s choreographers, had their full attention. Teens who are involved with DYPAC volunteer their time to help teach the workshops, while earning volunteer hours and credits for school and the National Honor Society. Jackson says that this fall’s class has some workshop veterans who have taken the class before, but that about two-thirds are newcomers. “Kids gain confidence here to audition for shows,” Jackson said. “While holding auditions for our big shows, we noticed that not all kids who tried out were ready. We wanted something that could prepare them for a performance.” Acting skills are not the only thing the kids gain from

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the workshops, however. “DYPAC is about the positive impact that the arts have on children,” Jackson said. “It’s a great confidence builder. To be on the stage, a real stage in a real theater, and realize that their parents and others are there supporting them is a powerful feeling. Acting also enhances reading skills, listening and following directions, building motor skills, body awareness, and respect and cooperation.” “I was a preschool teacher, and when I took continuing education classes, I realized that some of the adults there were still afraid of public speaking,” Zaleski said. “I realized that if I could start teaching kids this skill at this young age, it would stay with them throughout their lives.” “The kids make friendships with other like-minded kids, and meet kids from other cities.” Jackson said. “Being part of a show is a bonding experience for the whole family. It also gives older kids a chance to be mentors, and the younger kids someone to look up to. We have a great group of parents who work together. In the cases where parents may be absent or unable to be as involved, we have parents that step in and act as surrogate parents for the show.” Jennifer Sayger of Allen Park brought her daughter Jacklyn to the workshop. It is Jacklyn’s second time taking the classes. “She always had an artistic personality,” she said of her daughter. “She didn’t really like sports or dance classes, but always seemed interested in theater. I found the DYPAC class online and decided to give it a try. I really like this workshop because it really helps build confidence in the kids, and there is no pressure. Everyone is here to support the kids.” Although Jacklyn hasn’t auditioned for a DYPAC show yet, her mom says that she did try out for a play at her school after attending the last session. Elayne Petrucci, Trenton resident and local drama teacher, has had her daughter Emylia attend the workshops several times over the past few years. “I appreciate that this is something the kids don’t always get in

schools. With arts funding always in danger of being cut, we need something like this to be available locally.” DYPAC relies on memberships and donations for much of its funding. The city of Trenton owns the building but DYPAC pays for utilities and upkeep. They have already remodeled the bathrooms, façade, drapes and marquee. Their current projects include replacing the lighting and sound system in the theater. The lighting needs to be replaced to be made dependable and safe. The next fundraiser will be held June 9, 2012, at the Taylor Conservatory. The theme is “The Garden of Eden.” More information will be available on the Website soon. The next DYPAC show is Cinderella, Nov. 11-19. Among the cast of 72 are some graduates and current students of the workshop. DYPAC is also holding a “Princess Tea” Oct 16 at 1 p.m. at the theater. Participants can decorate cookies and have tea and photos with their favorite Disney princess. Tickets are available online or at the door while they last. DYPAC is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1998. DYPAC’s goal is the positive development of young people through experiences in the arts. For more information visit its Website at, or contact Jackson at (734) 671-2202.

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Cutest Pets in Town To the Editor: Our princess Calico cat, Callie Lyn Milantoni, has been part of the family for the past 12 years. Although pretty set in her ways, we have discovered that she enjoys traveling and spending time with us when we spend time in Northern Michigan. When she sees us packing suitcases and such, she will patiently wait — hoping that she will be included in the packing. She seems to enjoy the lengthy ride by snuggling in our laps — one of the few times that she can be called an actual "lap cat." The different environment, sights, smells and places to explore seem to invigorate her into kitten-like behavior again.

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Volunteer gardeners have harvested more than 800 pounds of produce at the community garden located at the Trenton Cultural Center. Much of the bounty is donated to seniors living at Trenton Towers. The “seek and find” garden is also a great adventure for children.


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Garden’s bounty helps those in need Gardeners ages 3 and up help weed and harvest every weekend in the summer at the Cultural Center. Debbie Barnes heads up the team of volunteers who has plucked bushels of vegetables for those in need in our community. They are especially proud to deliver to the Senior Towers once a week to provide the elderly some fresh produce.

“It’s a real joy to see such a crowd when we arrive” Barnes said. “We always have enough for everyone, but we are still amazed that every bit we bring is gone within the hour.” Over 800 pounds have been harvested at this print date and the tomatoes have not even come in yet. Jean Pendell another volunteer developed a

“Seek and Find” garden area for children this year. “I saw the concept on Mackinac Island and thought it was a great way to teach children about the plants in the garden while searching for trinkets and animals.” Pendell said. “In the spring, it was much easier to find the bunny, the hamster, the dog, the duck and many other items.

Quilt Guild meets Oct. 14 at Westfield Trenton Quilt Guild meets the second Friday of the month. The next meeting is Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at West-

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Trick or Treat! Ghost Stories, Pumpkins and Costumed Kids Highlight the Halloween Season in Trenton p.m. Come join the celebration and see if the goal was met! For every pumpkin received, DTE Energy will donate $1 to benefit “First Step,” a non-profit agency assisting women and children affected by Domestic Abuse. Carve your pumpkin and bring it, including a three-hour votive candle, to the Cultural Center Oct. 22 beginning at 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Trenton Parks and Recreation in cooperation with DTE Energy and Trenton Firefighters Charities with assistance from Trenton Exchange Club and Trenton Seniors. One additional Halloween events will top off the month’s celebrations. Skate over to the Kennedy Recreation Center on Friday, Oct. 28 from 7:20-9:10 p.m. for the seventh Annual Scary Skate. Spend an evening with other ghosts and goblins wearing your favorite Halloween costume and enjoy a night of music, games and treats. The fee is $1 for each costumed skater. Non-costumed skater’s fee is $2 resident child, $3 non-resident child, $3 resident adult, $4 non-resident adult. For addition information on any of the October events, contact Trenton Parks and Recreation at (734) 675-7300 or visit

Trenton is the place to enjoy the fabulous fall season this year with a variety of autumnal activities planned throughout the month of October. Frightening fables and ghoulish tales will mesmerize visitors at the third annual Ghost Stories, held at the Trenton Cultural Center, located at 2427 West Road at the corner of Edsel Drive, on Saturdays, Oct. 1, 8 & 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come and witness history illuminated as ghost of the past come alive! You’re sure to be entertained by our seasoned story-tellers as haunting stories are shared by firelight. The program is $2 a person and fun for all ages. Fall fun doesn’t stop there! On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Trenton Cultural Center will be rolling in pumpkins once again at The Great Pumpkin Festival! This sixth annual autumn event challenges the community to set a Trenton record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place! Last year, more than 1,200 pumpkins were on site at the event. The goal for 2011 is to exceed last year’s total of lit jack-o-lanterns on display at the DTE Energy Community Nite Lite. The official pumpkin count and lighting of the “tower of pumpkins” at the Trenton Cultural Center will begin at 7


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Investing Guidelines For Changing Times Joe Hoshaw photo Apex owner and Trenton resident Jeff Jones alongside one of the six athletic fields on Grosse Ile that his company converted from city water irrigation to river water.

‘Green’ approach helps keep sports fields green without tapping city water supplies BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.

A Trenton company is taking on a leadership role in a fast-growing segment of the irrigation business, converting schools and businesses from city water systems to self-sustaining systems run from river water or retaining ponds. Apex Systems Inc. just this summer converted the six athletic fields and other property near Grosse Ile Middle School to a system that pumps water directly from the Detroit River. “This irrigation improvement will save the school district tens of thousands of dollars per year on water costs by disconnecting all of their currently irrigated athletic fields from the municipal water supply and re-supplying these systems with water from the

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Detroit River,” said Jeff Jones, the company’s owner. The $160,000 project included the addition of irrigation systems for four baseball/softball fields, two practice football/ soccer fields, high school frontage and administration building frontage. Jones said the system includes a state-of-the-art variable speed 40horsepower pump station capable of delivering up to 600 gallons per minute at 115 psi. The pump was brought in by barge by Hurst Marine Contractors & Salvage Inc. and permanently stationed along the shoreline just east of the school. It’s a growing trend — and a growth avenue that Apex has wholeheartedly pursued. “This is the fastest growing segment of our business,” Jones said. The company also is participating in a fiveyear project that eventually will move the expansive Michigan Memorial Park cemetery from citywater irrigation to a sys-

tem that will draw all its water from retention ponds. “Water costs have gone up nearly double in the last 10 years and there’s no sign they’re not going to do that again in the next 10 years,” Jones said. “There is a lot of expense to get water for drinking that’s not required for irrigation; and the nice thing is that these are not projects that take 20 years to pay back. Most of our projects like that are one to five years. “So, most of the green conversion projects pay off really quickly.” The Grosse Ile system, which includes about seven miles of new piping — including a 6-inch diameter main supply to feed existing and newly irrigated athletic fields — was designed by Geoff Graber of Graber and Associates, one of the country’s leading irrigation designers. It is extremely high-tech and includes 20 miles of control and communications wire and a sophisticated weather-monitor system

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One thing remains certain when investing: uncertainty. It’s what makes investing so difficult emotionally. While the long-term performance of equity markets has historically been a steady up trend, short-term direction is always unpredictable. Amid all of this misgiving about the market’s course, what should investors do? Here are some suggestions: Stay balanced Build a well-diversified portfolio where different sectors will complement each other and may not always move in the same direction at the same time. It should comprise cash equivalents, bonds, equities, and real estate and tangibles. Your Financial Advisor will help determine how much weighting to give each category and how to sub-allocate within each given an individual’s time horizon and risk tolerance. Reassess risk tolerance Amid market turmoil, investors may realize that they don’t quite have the stomach for stock market volatility they thought. Upon discovering risk tolerance is much lower than imagined, move incrementally toward a more appropriate investment mix. Not everyone can withstand extreme stock market volatility, and shouldn’t have to. A well-diversified portfolio generally helps to offset instability and can put investors on the path toward achieving financial goals. Count cash – liquidity is key In the event of a market downturn, investors should determine how long they could go without selling stocks, considering income, pension, Social Security and cash and bond holdings. This exercise can help bring the market’s short-

term swings back into perspective and help refocus long-term goals. Keep a diary Consider keeping an investing diary. Investors some- Contact Lawrence J. times suffer Kearney Jr. at from selective memory. They the Raymond may remember James Trenton office on thoughts of Riverside, selling stocks 676-3807. right before a market downturn, but forget that they had that same thought many other times prior to the market’s rise. By keeping a diary, investors can see how often their instincts may be wrong. Take advice from a financial coach People have advisors for various aspects of their life, whether religion, athletics, tax or legal, among others. However, investing is one of the most difficult activities many ever undertake. Seek the advice of a qualified Financial Advisor for coaching through the ups and downs of the emotional investing roller coaster and remain focused on long-term goals. This material was prepared by Raymond James for use by the financial advisor noted above. Riverside Financial Advisors, Inc. An Independent Firm Lawrence J. Kearney, Jr., CRPC® Financial Advisor 2662 Riverside Drive Trenton MI 48183 734-676-3807 Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC

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Downtown building on core group of savvy entrepreneurs Downtown Trenton will mark a major milestone next summer. But don’t expect any parades or special proclamations from the mayor on this one. When late June rolls around it will have been 25 years since the Mulias & Ellias department store was destroyed by fire. I remember writing a newspaper column a short time after the fire stating that it would take Trenton a “long time” to recover from the blow … “perhaps as long as five to seven years,” I think is roughly what I wrote. I’ll be the first to admit I was a little off on that. It sounds pretty odd to even say that now. The weirder thing is that, at the time I thought I was being pretty conservative in making such a projection. I mean, you tear down the burned-out remains and then you figure out what to replace it with, right? How much simpler could it be? The tear-down part wasn’t too difficult, but the whole process of trying to replace it was a different story altogether. Once cleared of debris and backfilled, downtown’s largest contiguous parcel of land produced an abundance of angst for business owners and city officials alike. The controversial diner that former owner Isadore Mulias eventually built covered roughly two-thirds of the store’s former footprint and had a layout that was very much contrary to the wishes of the Downtown Development Authority, which was hoping to see the site rebuilt with a more traditional downtown “zero-setback,” meaning the building should come all the way to the sidewalk to be consistent with the rest of the structures on the block. For the longest time “the diner” was looking like a potentially endless boondoggle as a progression of operators came and went, with none able to make site draw enough people to pay their overhead, much less make a profit. After nearly 25 years, though, the site seems to have finally turned the corner, thanks to the vision and passion of new owner Chris Hancock. Hancock steadily has been turning the location into a regional destination as the Round House BBQ in the 13 months or so since its grand opening. Round House is drawing rave reviews — and customers from as far away as Monroe, Oakland and Washtenaw counties, and even northwest Ohio. That’s because Hancock saw a need for a true “authentic” barbecue restaurant in the area and proceeded to put together a plan to create an outstanding one that could compete with the best the metro Detroit area has to offer. And ever since the opening he and his staff have been working their tails off to make sure it all results in a pleasant experience for all those who make the effort to get there. As a result, he has become part of a core group of hearty downtown Trenton business owners who have managed to find ways to survive and at times even prosper in spite of the new dynamics of a downtown that no longer automatically brings a steady flow of customers to their doors. For the most part, those people (and you know who you are) have done it on their own through hard work and then by taking it upon themselves to market their products and services and build a customer base. It’s a “destination” mentality that needs to continue to grow if the downtown is ever going to obtain the vitality that so many well-wishers would like to see. And with the recent news about the $13 million redevelopment of the Riverside Hospital site and the possibility of up to 200 jobs coming with it, there may be a legitimate opportunity to create some sustainable momentum. When used as a marketing or business development term, a “destination” is an enterprise that customers seek out on their own because, in most cases, it provides something that no one else nearby does — or is noted for providing that product or service in a manner viewed as better than the shop or restaurant right down the street. Thus, the shopper is willing to travel a little farther to be the beneficiary of those products or services. Destinations can be created as individual businesses or as sectors comprising multiple businesses. In recent years the downtown has evolved a core nucleus for at least two potential destination sectors. One is restaurants. The other, even more recent to emerge, is boutique

Why shop local? Community Well-Being — Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes. Local Decision-Making — Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions. Local Character and Prosperity — In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.

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-style shopping for both new and resale apparel. Downtown’s “wild card” asset is the Trenton Village Theatre, home of the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center, which continues to evolve as the region’s most active and dynamic outlet for cultivating young talent. Now, you might think that since it’s a “youth” theater it really doesn’t generate any spendable dollars for the rest of downtown. But those youths usually have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or other adult relatives who come to performances, rehearsal or even just to drop off and pick up the kids for any of the theaters numerous other activities. I like to look at the theater as a wild card because it has great potential to keep growing. The theater also has great potential to serve other uses that could draw large crowds downtown. And all this grew out of what was once just a very small performing arts group that didn’t have a true home it could call its own. Hmmm. The tiny 350-seat Trenton Village Theatre a regional destination? You bet. Many of its members are from throughout the Downriver area, not just Trenton. “It’s kind of a force that’s unstoppable,” said Trenton dentist Noel Jackson, one of DYPAC’s founders and its current president. “You’ve always got these kids that are involved with the program and then associated with that are all these support adults — families, people who are helping with costuming, all of that sort of thing. So, that has its energy to it and I don’t see that ending.” Along with “energy,” one of the other words you hear Jackson use frequently is “synergy,” which, in my mind at least, is kind like energy on steroids — or at least after a couple cans of Red Bull. More accurately, synergy is what occurs when “two or more agents join forces to produce a combined effect that is greater than the sum of their individual effects.” DYPAC has a synergistic element within itself, but Jackson said the group’s activities also have the potential to create synergy with downtown businesses. He already has experimented with that by teaming up with some of

the restaurants to create “dinner and theater” packages that provide discounts to theatergoers. He’d like to do more promotions like that, but the options are sometimes limited. Hancock, who said he would love to be a part of the rebirth of the downtown, sees that same lack of business density as a big hurdle to overcome. “Downtown Trenton needs a lot, unfortunately,” he said. The hospital project, if it materializes as everyone is hoping, would be a major step in the right direction. But maximizing the impact will likely take more than a wait-and-see attitude from the business community in general. “All of us business owners need to stand together,” Hancock said. And, to paraphrase Ben Franklin, standing together sure beats the alternative. Joe Hoshaw Jr. is editor and co-publisher of the Trenton Trib. Email him at

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Oakwood Southshore Medical Center is celebrating 50 years this year. The hospital, located at 5450 Fort St., opened as Seaway Hospital in 1961 and Oakwood bought it in 1989. As part of a $64 million restoration in 2004 it added a new surgery center, a five-story tower in 2008 and expanded the imaging department in 2009. It currently holds the only Level II certification Downriver in the trauma center.

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Kathy Kane photo Krishelle Kohler and her husband, Jason, in front of Coach Stop Manor on West Jefferson. worked with us — all because of her personal experience at the Manor. “Her dad was being cared for by Eldercare and then eventually resided at Coach Stop,” Kohler said. “She loved what we did to help him and she wanted to help others, too.” Over the years the group has cared for many families and the families use the home as their own. “We have hosted baby showers and birthday parties for the families so

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News that the vacant Riverside Hospital site is finally slated for revival has provided some long-awaited encouragement for downtown business owners — many of whom are anticipating brighter days ahead for the city’s original business district. Despite the recent losses of some longtime businesses such as A&W and Trenton Lanes, the downtown has been buoyed by the drawing-power of some of its newer restaurants, the slow but steady growth of the Trenton Village Theatre and the emergence several new boutique-style shops. “The Riverside project will be a tremendous shot in the arm for all of us,” said Chris Hancock, whose Round House BBQ already has earned a reputation as one of the metro Detroit area’s best barbecue restaurants in just one year. “I love being in the (downtown) environment and Trenton fits that bill. I’d love to see this be like a Wyandotte, although we’re light years away from that.” But some of the key building blocks appear to be taking shape. Dr. Noel Jackson, a dentist who operates a practice on West Road, right across the alley from Hancock’s restaurant, invested nearly $1 million in renovating his building nearly a decade ago and has remained one of downtown’s biggest advocates. Jackson’s pet passion has been the theater, which he has helped reinvent as the home the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center, which he also heads as president. Jackson, who also is a member of the Downtown Development Authority, said the Riverside project will add to the “synergy” that is forming. “I’m really looking forward to what’s going on at Riverside Hospital here and the traffic it will bring,” he said. “That means that those people are going to need stuff — lunch, breakfast, dinner — they’ll have to run out to buy things, maybe to the pharmacy… so those types of things will just build on each other.” Jackson has worked with downtown restaurants in the past to create “dinner and theater” packages, and hopes to see more efforts like that in the future. “Those have really been very, very successful for us.” The clothing boutique sector gained another arrival over the summer, when Mom’s Little Secret opened on Jefferson between West and St. Joseph. It joined a couple of other shops that have opened within the last year or so – Diva on a Dime and The Perfect Dress. The business mix also was

City officials and Downtown Development Authority members have high hopes that a vacant collection of buildings that have become eyesores are going to be reincarnated over the next 18 months to two years as an attractive asset that will create as many as 200 new jobs and bring an increased flow of commerce to West Jefferson Avenue. Efforts are edging forward to revitalize what was once Riverside Hospital into a $13 million mixed-used complex that will be anchored by a 78-bed nursing and rehabilitation center, a 40unit assisted living center and office space fronting on West Jefferson. The plan cleared its biggest hurdles to date in August, thanks to a series of critical approvals by the DDA, the city’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and the Michigan Economic Growth Alliance, allowing up to $2.2 million in tax-capture incentives to be directed into preliminary redevelopment steps. The city also has approved special redevelopment status for the 9.68-acre site under the state’s Obsolete Properties Rehabilitation Act, which helps maximize all available incentives. “There are a lot of components to the project, but the biggest is the Brownfield Agreement,” City Administrator Bob Cady said. “The DDA had to concede the tax capture to the Brownfield Authority. It allows the Brownfield to use the DDA tax capture to rehabilitate the site.” “Tax capture” is the common term that is used to refer to the tax dollars DDAs and other similarly chartered tax increment financing authorities are allowed to use for purposes that directly encourage or support redevelopment and rehabilitation in a specifically defined area. The “capture” is essentially the increase in tax revenues that occurs once the district is created. While the DDA will technically forego the tax capture, the funds will still being directed into a site that is considered of vital importance to the success of the DDA district, which makes it consistent with the group’s mission to revitalize downtown. “Otherwise it was just going to sit vacant,” said Scott Church, the Assistant City Administrator and director of the DDA. “Even if we don’t get any (tax benefit) in the short-term … you are adding to the neighborhood instead of allowing it to deteriorate.” The tax capture referred to in regards to this development is the increase in tax dollars generated by the rebirth of the site. There is no cash outlay by the


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enhanced by the opening this summer of Riverside Treasure Shoppe – a combination gift and candy shop and art gallery – in the historic home formerly occupied by Riverside Wedding Chapel (see article on Page 3). Hancock sees the potential but said the downtown still need several additional elements to succeed long-term, including more restaurants and shopping options. “I want to be part of building the downtown,” he said. “I want this to be a destination place for families, but there’s not enough to it.” He looks at the restaurant sectors as one of the key strengths right now. “We’re fortunate in that sense,” he said. “I just wish there was more shopping. We need that foot traffic.” Hancock said the businesses need to find more ways to work together to help revitalize the downtown. “Downtown Trenton needs a lot, unfortunately,” he said. “It needs all of us business owners to stand together.” Jackson remains the downtown’s eternal optimist. “There are so many potential things that can be done.”

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Round House BBQ owner Chris Hancock (top) sees downtown’s restaurant stock as one of its strengths, but sees a need for more retail and regular foot traffic. Noel Jackson (middle) thinks the Trenton Village Theatre will continue to grow and produce spinoff for other businesses. Eric and Dionne Sparks (left), owners of a shop that opened over the summer, are among the local merchants carving out a new market in the consignment boutique business. Trib file photo


city, Brownfield Authority or DDA. Consequently, the developers have to finance the cost up front and then be reimbursed over a period of years as the tax capture grows. The net result to the developer has the same effect See next page...

New theater fundraiser in the works for next spring Last month the members of the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center held their first organizational meeting for a major fundraiser being planned for next June. DYPAC, which occupies and maintains the city-owned Trenton Village Theatre, is looking to use whatever money is raised to do enhancements to the interior of the theater. “I want to get the technicals up to specs in the theater,” said Dr. Noel Jackson, the group’s founder and president. “So, we want to raise a whole bunch of money to improve the lighting and sound systems.” DYPAC has been steadily improving the 350-seat theater since assuming occupancy in 1999, including major renovations to the interior entryway and the façade. Those funds were raised through private donations and previous major fundraisers. “We are currently working with very old and undependable lighting and sound systems,” DYPAC Administrator Debbie Jackson said. “Our wonderful kids deserve to be seen and heard.” The committee is named “Dare to Imagine....Eden” and the Jacksons said they are once again “imagining a great community event,” which is scheduled to be held June 9 at the Taylor Conservatory. As with past theme-based DYPAC fundraisers, See next page...

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY Chairman Robert Howey Vice Chairman Mark Slagle Treasurer James Schropp Secretary Joyce Brown-Gillespie Members Gerald Brown Noel Jackson Larry Pettinga Linda Schulman Mishelle Tracy

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Theater group planning to raise funds to improve technical specs ...From previous page

The artist’s rendering above depicts the view from West Jefferson upon completion. Below are project site plans.

Dare to Imagine will showcase the diverse talents of the Downriver area children involved in its various programs and performances. Part of the object, Debbie Jackson said, is to let the community “know how important an arts program for young people can be.”

The organization is seeking volunteers to help with ideas and planning. Anyone who would like to be part of the committee can email or call (734) 671-2202. The event will also serve as a kick off for DYPAC’s production of Children of Eden, which will be performed November 2012.

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that a tax abatement would for an industrial concern such as Chrysler, but the public money is directed into the revival of the property for new and economically productive uses. Eligible uses for the brownfield funds include asbestos and other hazardous materials removal, demolition and some infrastructures uses, such as necessary access roads, sewers and lighting. “A brownfield is typically what you use to clean up a site and bring it back to nearly as pristine a condition as possible — or bring it up to ‘today’s standards’ would be another way of putting it,” Cady said. The development that is expected to emerge has been named Riverside Commons. The project is the result of nearly two years of effort by a team put together by the site’s ownership, NABA Management LLC. The company is headed by Dr. Iqbal Nasir, who is chief of staff at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center and the owner of Aberdeen Skilled Nursing Center, which is on Fort Street near the hospital. Mayor Gerald Brown credited the vision and determination of Nasir as a key factor in keeping the project moving forward, despite facing personal obstacles due to serious health issues confronted by members of his immediate family. “Dr. Nasir is a very sincere individual,” Mayor Gerald Brown said. “We’re going to be much better off because he chose to do this.” The project is slated to include structural changes that will give the entire property a considerably different look — but perhaps most notably the former Riverside Professional Building that fronts on Jefferson. “One of the things that will be welcome is the professional building,” Church said. “It should be a much more attractive facility all the way around.” Riverside Hospital, which was shuttered in 2002, was exempt from local property taxes. The property reverted to the tax rolls after the hospital closed and will remain on the tax rolls as River-

side Commons. “Trenton definitely took a big hit when the hospital shut down,” Cady said. “Now we’re going to have new traffic coming. You’ve got to give Dr. Nasir a lot of credit for this. He has a lot of support and (City) Council thought we should give him our support. “And it’s going on the tax rolls,” he said. “So, in the end, when it’s all said and done, the city and downtown will benefit greatly.” City Council also asked NABA Management to give Trenton businesses preference as service providers to the project, and they have agreed to do that, Cady said. The first visible signs of progress involved the midSeptember installation of a perimeter fence to secure the entire site, which is a state legal requirement of the abatement and demolition work that needs to be

house on the north side of the property. In one of the final phases of the project, about $115,000 of the brownfield funds will be used to repave Truax and create a new street-end park at the riverfront.


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Trenton Calendar of Events October

1-2 — Scarecrow Festival 14 —Homecoming 22 — Pumpkin Festival, Cultural Center 28 — Scary Skate, Kennedy Recreation Center


Anyone who visited downtown Trenton this summer likely saw the work being done to the former Riverside Wedding Chapel at West Jefferson Avenue and Harrison Road. All of that hard work led to an Aug. 15 opening of The Riverside Treasure Shoppe, owned and operated by Renae and Brian Raboczkay of Taylor. The Victorian home, which is over 100 years old, had been vacant for two years and needed a lot of work, including structural, plumbing and electrical renovation. The Raboczkay’s paid for and completed all the indoor repairs and renovations themselves, and the building now boasts a beautiful mosaic tile foyer, hardwood floor, and new staircases, along with a completely restored exterior. The Riverside Treasure Shoppe is beautiful to look at, and the wonderful aroma welcomes you in. With gourmet chocolates (including delicacies like pumpkin bark and key lime truffles), coffees from Café Britt of Costa Rica brewing (sold by the bag and the cup,) and scented candles, the fragrances combine into a most inviting bouquet. The shop also offers a wide variety of gift baskets, jewelry,

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8 — Election Day 10 — Trenton Business Association networking at TVs Grand Event 17-18 — Goodfellows newspaper sale Joe Hoshaw photo

Renae and Brian Raboczkay opened The Riverside Treasure Shoppe at the corner of West Jefferson and Harrison in August. The two-story store features a candy counter and an eclectic mix other specialty items on the first floor and an art gallery on the second floor.

snacks, and ice cream novelties. There is truly something for everyone. Locally-made products include Doodles Sugar Bush jams and syrups from Blanchard, Mich., and honey from Windmill Hills Farm in Port Huron. There is a section of old-fashioned candies with goodies you will remember from your childhood, and a children’s area offers many locally-made and unique toys and books. Upstairs, you will find an art gallery featuring work by local artists, including paintings, photography, jewelry, wood carvings and pottery that are sold on consignment. Brian himself is an artist, which inspired him to want to showcase local talent. “We have a lot of really talented

artists bringing their work here,” Brian said. “I am always looking for more, and would like to add more pottery work especially.” Renae, who previously worked for the airline industry, and Brian, retired from the City of Taylor, didn’t set out to open a gift shop, but fell in love with the building and the neighborhood, and decided to make an offer. “Trenton is poised to have a great downtown again, and we wanted to be a part of it. It’s a safe, family-oriented place. We think the items we have here fit the personality of the building and the downtown area.” Plans are in the works for an official grand opening and ribbon cutting, where they couple hopes to meet the mayor and other city officials. The Roboczkays also

were excited to be a part of the Scarecrow Festival. The couple hopes to make the Treasure Shoppe a downtown fixture for years to come. They plan to continue to present more local, made-in-Michigan products, adding to the revitalization of our downtown, and helping to make Trenton a destination once again. The Riverside Treasure Shoppe is located at 2305 West Jefferson in Trenton. It is open Mondays through Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays 12-6 p.m. Contact the store by phone at (734) 672-7521 or via the Internet at The shop also can be found on Facebook.


1-3 — Trenton Silverstick Tournament 3 — Christmas Parade 4, 10-11, 17-18 — Weekend Wonderland, Cultural Center 17 — Skating with Santa at KRC 17 — Fire & Ice Carvings at Cultural Center


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8-11 — MIHL Hockey Showcase 22-23 — Friendship Tea


17 — All about Birds- Nature Nook at Cultural Center 22-24 — Jamboree on Ice at Kennedy Recreation Center


6 — Marshmallow Drop at Elizabeth Park 7 — Easter Egg hunt at Westfield Center 21-22 — City-Wide garage sale

(734) 675-6500 May 26 — Memorial Day Parade June 8 — THS Graduation Day TBD — Andy Ross Motorcycle Ride July 4 — Fireworks at Rotary Park 13-15 — Trenton MidSummer Festival 20-23 — PNC/Trenton Rotary Roar on the River August 3-5 — Jazz on the River TBD — City Wide Garage Sale September 8 — Dog Days of Summer 16 — Somewhere in Time/Taste of Trenton

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Despite tight municipal budgets, several project still moving forward BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.

Just like in the majority of other Michigan cities and townships, funding is tight in Trenton for community improvement projects. But the Downtown Development Authority has been able to push ahead with a variety of efforts thanks to receiving some timely grants and taking other creative approaches, including soliciting some hands-on help from residents. A prime example of community involvement was set to take place Sept. 30-Oct. 1, when city employees were to team up with community volunteers to help assemble a new playscape at Slocum-Truax Park. Other improvements that were at least partially or fully funded by grants included the paving of two municipal parking lots and additional shoreline improvements at Ellias Cove. Similar projects on the horizon include street-lighting enhancements throughout the downtown and the creation of a fourth street-end park on the south side of Riverside Commons, the new name for the former Riverside Hospital site. “We continue to make progress,” DDA Chairman Robert Howey said. “It’s definitely slower than we’d like but we’re excited to see some positive things happening.” The creation of a the new

playground at Slocum is the latest effort to come together. The park was used as a temporary staging area for equipment and materials when a major downtown sewer improvement project was conducted around 1999-2000. It was partially restored later, but the restoration was never completed. Bolstered by $50,000 in funds from a community development block grant and the DDA, the city was able to purchase a new playscape. While the grant paid for the playscape, there were minimal additional funds available to assemble and landscape it. The Parks and Recreation Department, which spearheaded a “Community Build” of a new playground at Teifer Park a few years ago, opted to take the same approach at Slocum. While the project had not yet been conducted as this issue was going to press, Joann Perna, the department’s assistant director, said community support appears to be strong. “We are getting a good response from the community,” Perna said. “Local businesses — Round House BBQ, Mom’s Restaurant, West Grange Pharmacy — (and) Trenton Soroptimist are donating food and water. Cash donations (have been sent) by Trenton Kiwanis and Trenton Rotary as well as individual residents. We also have about 20 additional volunteer forms returned with their commitment to

help.” And offers of support were still coming in from other businesses and organizations, including Heffinger Landscaping and the Trenton Masonic Temple. Scott Church, the assistant city administrator and director of the DDA, said additional CDBG funds were directed into the repaving of the city parking lot at the corner of Elm Street and Jefferson, as well as the public lot that services the boat launch at Rotary Park. The total cost to pave both lots was $136,000. Church explained the DDA funds used for the project were from an accrued fund balance that had accumulated from prior years, and not the general fund. “There is so little general fund money available for projects such as this.” Work also recently was completed on a multi-phase shoreline restoration project at Ellias Cove, which was a section of the Detroit River along the shore of MeyerEllias Park. The area used to be referred to as the “Black Lagoon” because many pollutants from the former McLouth Steel operation settled there and made the water in that area look black from above. Clean Michigan Initiative Funds totaling $28,500 were used to plant new vegetation just offshore, in and around the area where the sediments were removed. The planting follows previous phases that included a $9.5 million federally funded effort to

A rendering of the playground that was expected to be constructed at the end of September at Slocum Truax Park. remove the polluted sediments and another $113,000 in shoreline restoration work, which also was paid for with federal money along with a partial DDA match. “One thing we couldn’t do then was the fish plantings, which is needed to try and restore the natural habitat to encourage fish spawning,” City Administrator Bob Cady said. “The goal is to roll back the clock. It think they are trying to recreate what that would have been there before industry.” Looking toward the near future, sometime in the next three to six months the city will be converting all of the antiquestyle downtown street light posts to lower-cost, higher efficiency LED lighting. The majority of the project is expected to be funded with a $76,000 state grant awarded as part of the Advanced Lighting Technology Demonstration project, which is utilizing funds from Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant money awarded through the Michigan

Energy Office. Cady said the project might possibly get additional money from the fund as well. “We were told our project was good enough that if there was any unspent money, we would get it,” he said. “We’ll be converted to LED and will save money on maintenance and energy cost.” The cost-savings that will result will allow the city to recoup its out-of-pocket investment in less than a year. “Long-term it’s one of those projects you can’t afford not to do,” Church said. A little bit further off is a plan to repave Truax from West Jefferson east to the river, and create a small park at the street end. This $115,000 project is actually part of the Brownfield Redevelopment Agreement between Trenton’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and NABA Management LLC, the company that is redeveloping the former Riverside Hospital site

(see related article). Consequently, the cost is factored into the total $2.2 million brownfield agreement and ultimately will be paid by new tax revenues generated by the revitalization and reuse of the site. It is expected to be done near the end of the project, which is estimated to be about two years off. Cady said the city also will be working to improve wireless Internet access through the downtown area by adding more Meraki Repeaters, which are devices that bounce the Internet signal from its source to extend its range. Each device, which is strapped to a light post, has a range of about 500 feet. The source of downtown Trenton’s WiFi originates at the Police Department, which is at the corner of Jefferson and Maple. Currently the signal is available north to about Harrison Road. Cady hopes to see the range extended up to the Riverside site.

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Technology is great — but what’s wrong with using pencil and paper? As and adult, have you ever thought about how much technology has changed from when you were a kid until now? Many, many differences have occurred since the past — new phones, TVs, computers, iPods, and even some new radios. Not only are they different, but the ways you use them are different, too. There are many examples on how technologies purpose has changed. One of the main differences is The cell phones. You used to just be able to talk on phone, but now Middle there are many ways. The size Man has also changed. Old cell phones used to be 12 inches tall and three pounds. Now some phones are not even a pound and 2 inches tall! The new thing to do with cell phones is texting. Adults text, teenagers text, and even some kids under the age of 10 have their own phone and text. People text during work, at home, and just whenever they want and can. Kids even text during school. Some people text while they’re driving! What has this generation come to be? Computers have changed a lot, too. There used to just be Griffin thousands of Websites; now hundreds of thousands. Sawyer there’s Websites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other Websites have millions of users. Did you know that if the Facebook members had their own country they’d be the fourthlargest populated country in the world? There was never a lot of ways to interact with others in the past rather than just talking. Now, on computers you can have a face-to-face conversation with camcorders. Even some real high-tech phones let you have face to face chats, too. Computers also have many other fun things to do. Computer games, and installments like Microsoft and Excel let kids be creative and have fun. Computers have changed a lot in past years. Yes, technology is fun, but do we use it as little too much? Technology is everywhere. Homes, businesses, schools, and much more. When about 30 percent of the

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teaching techniques have to do with technology, you’re a little overboard. Typing something is easier but what’s wrong with a pencil and a sheet of paper? Typing won’t improve your handwriting. Some video games let you do workouts on them and interact. But what’s wrong with taking a walk or run around your neighborhood? I bet any video game won’t get you in as much shape as really walking. If technology keeps growing as fast as it is, will people leave their homes once a day at least in the future? Next time you’re about to send a text or a quick email for something quick, how about you rethink that? Just give

them a call or meet up with them. Probably a lot of these questions really do make you think, “Do we need technology as much as we use it?” Welcome back to Arthurs Middle School eighth-grader Griffin Sawyer, who will again be a regular contributor to the Trenton Trib throughout the school year. Formerly 1897 Smokehouse

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Team DeBiasi raised more than $3,400 at the recent Arthritis Walk. The event included a one-mile and a 5k. More than 130 people came out to support the cause. The event was hosted by Rivergate Terrace and Health Care Center. Breakfast and lunch were provided along with refreshments before and following the walk. Paws, the Tiger's mascot was there, along with SpongeBob. There was a DJ, face painting, balloon twisting, a magician, as well as arts and crafts for the kids. The team photo include Jen McConnell (back row, left), Tara Kurtzhals, Dawn Gloss, Kellee Howey, Kerri DeBiasi, Christina Hinds, Jeannie Sigler, Jack DeBiasi and Hannah Towe. In the front are Ava DeBiasi (left), Laura Howey and Caroline Howey.

Former service group leader dies at age 87

Arndt Trygstad, a longtime resident, retired Detroit Edison employee and former president of Trenton Rotary, died Sept. 7, 2011. He was 87. He served as president of the local service group

1978-1979. He also was an on-field coordinator of activities for the Detroit Lions. A memorial is planned for 11 a.m. Oct. 22 at Martenson Funeral Home, 3200 West Road.

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WHERE WE WORSHIP St. Philip members focus on meaning of community BY TEREY DeLISLE

You probably often have seen the sign for St. Philip Lutheran Church along the southbound side of Fort Street near Harrison, but may have missed the unassuming place of worship set back from the road. Led by Pastor Heather Holland, (who asks to be simply called Heather), St. Philip is home to a congregation of 150 families that truly embrace the meaning of community. St. Philip was founded in March of 1960. Rev. Holland has been the pastor since 2003, and is the church’s first female pastor. The church is part of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America,) which has been ordaining women for 40 years. Their beliefs center on faith and service to others. Among other programs, St. Philips hosts Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. “This is a won-

derful place for anyone who is in recovery,” Holland said. “AA meetings are held here every morning and they are usually huge.” The church also runs a community food pantry, which is open to any Trenton resident in need. The food pantry is open on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A person requesting help just needs to bring identification and proof of income. The second Wednesday of each month the church is also a drop-off point for government commodities of food. Qualification to receive governmental commodities is incomebased. Please call the church office for details. The church gladly accepts donations for the food pantry. With the holidays approaching they expect a higher need. Monetary donations are preferable, as then the food can be purchased from the Gleaners Food Bank according to what the food pantry needs at

the time. On Wednesdays, volunteers Coy Coon, Pola Coon, and Tim Labadie, all of Trenton, cheerfully pack boxes and arrange inventory in preparation for the food pantry to open for the day. They have all volunteered here for several years. Coy Coon said of his service, “We are serving the community of Trenton’s needy the best we can.” Much of the operation of the church is headed by volunteers from the congregation, including taking care of the church property, youth ministry, and the food pantry. St. Philips church is proud to offer these services to the community. “Above all,” Holland said, “The most important message I want to get out is that everyone is welcome regardless of background — gay, straight, whoever you are, you are welcome here!” St. Philip Lutheran Church is located at 1790 Fort St. in Trenton. Ser-

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HOMETOWN WORSHIP DIRECTORY Beth Isaac Synagogue 2730 Edsel St. 675-0355 Christian Science Society 3029 Van Horn 671-4058 Faith Bible Presbyterian Church 3001 Marian Dr. 676-2344 Faith United Methodist 2530 Charlton 671-5211 First Baptist Church 4094 Longmeadow 676-6262 First Presbyterian Church 2799 West Road 676-1594 First United Methodist Church 2610 West Jefferson 676-2066 Free Community Bible Church 647 Sibley 479-0676

The Rev. Heather Holland above inside St. Philip Lutheran Church and at left with food pantry volunteers and Trenton residents Coy Coon, Pola Coon and Tim Labadie. The food pantry is open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A person requesting help just needs to bring identification and proof of income.

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Election season arrives in Trenton

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Haas Park building farewell Members of the Trenton Co-op Preschool gather recently to say goodbye to their longtime home, the Haas Park building. The city has deemed the property unsafe and is scheduled it for demolition. Those on hand included Hailey Cloutier, Alysse Jones, and the Hoffees (Ron and Kris and Gabriella). Others include former teacher Ann Marie Steins, the Kolodziejczyks (Brenda, Adam, Ben and Caitlin) and Korey and Tanja with Kyle and Kamryn Begeman. Also: Holly, Lucas and Helena Eye, Elaine, Jaret and Dayna Franzel, Don, Rachel, Phoebe, Lanie, Macie Zvoch, Steve and Vicky, Chelsea and Shelby Greenwood.

Shout Outs To David French, the new chair of the Trenton Educational Foundation. French said he is looking forward to a very productive year and hopes to continue the legacy that predecessors Paul Frost and Tom Dickman began as the group’s first two presidents.

Blood Drive: Ed and Debbie Nykiel, who both finished within seven minutes. The slowest dribble award went to Rotary President Tom Dickman, with an 18minute fill up. To Dr. Kristen Parker on her new twin girls, Emily Ann and Kendall Marie Parker.

To Dr. Marvin Sonne, a Trenton dentist on Kingsway Court, To the Trenton High whose fast action is being School tennis team, which credited with helping to broke in the school’s new save the life of 69-year-old tennis courts by defeating Bay City resident Leo the Wyandotte Bears, 6-2. Staudacher at the MichiCongrats to players who gan-Notre Dame football contributed to the win. game in Ann Arbor last Singles: Colin McGauley month. Staudacher’s and Grant Dukus; and in Dr. Marvin Sonne heart stopped beating and doubles, Derek Berger Sonne performed chest compressions that and Ryan Hoshaw, Corey Seychel and Steven Bowers, Brandon Hoffman helped revive him. We congratulate you on your quick action and heroism. and Jeff Boler and Joey Russo and Brett Murray. To Natalie Dumais, a 2011 graduate Catch all the Trenton High School of Trenton High School, who was sports and events on video here! awarded $1,000 from the Burger King Scholars Program, according to a Burger King release. Dumais was one of just 1,258 students nationwide Andrew Vargo Jr. and one of just 114 in Michi- Carpet/Drapes gan to receive the scholarResidential/Commercial Gail Vargo ship. To Pete and Sue Wallace, owners of The Lighthouse of Trenton on West Road, who recently celebrated their anniversary. Congratulations! To the fastest bleeders at a recent Rotary/Red Cross

Campaigns for the offices of Mayor and City Council swing into high gear this month as the field of contenders enter into the final month until Election Day, Nov. 8. The focal point will be the race for mayor, where 10-year incumbent Gerald Brown is facing a challenge from longtime City Clerk Kyle Stack, who retired after 27 years at the end of last month. There also will be a race for City Council, where challenger Robert Howey is seeking to replace one of the three incumbents — Bill LeFevre, Dan Gillespie and MaryEllen McLeod — running for three available spots. The six positions on City Council are set up as staggered four-year terms, with half of the members being up for election every two years. Members Tim Taylor, Timber BaunCrooks and Terry Teifer were all re-elected in 2009 to terms that expire in 2013. The Assessor, Clerk and Treasurer positions also will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, although none of those positions are contested. Incumbent Assessor John Dahlquist is the lone person seeking that seat, while first-timers Trish Gearhart and Michael McCullough are the uncontested candidates for clerk and treasurer, re-

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Trenton band plays host to 14 squads at invitational The Trenton High School Band Boosters late last month served as host for the 21st Annual Trenton Band Invitational at the Trenton High School Farrer Athletic Field. Fourteen bands were on hand to compete in the Scholastic Band Association Competition, including Chippewa Valley, Dearborn Crestwood, Flat Rock, Gibraltar Carlson, Grosse Ile, John Glenn, New Boston Huron, Ortonville Brandon, Redford Thurston, Roseville, Southgate Anderson, Taylor Kennedy, Taylor Truman and Wayne Memorial. The Arthurs Middle School band also participated, performing the National Anthem, The event concluded with an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Just before the awards ceremony and under the direction of Mike Kurilko, the Trenton High School Marching Band — Downriver’s largest with 155 members — performed their show “Imagine It” in exhibi-

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The THS marching band performs its “Imagine It” show in exhibition at the event. tion. As the host band, Trenton does not compete in the event. “Rarely does Trenton see this much musical talent together at a single event,” said John Meiers, president of the Trenton Band Booster Association. “It’s a real treat to see these kids at their best.” The fundraiser includes concessions, a 50 -50 and raffle prize drawings, including gift certificates from several local restaurants and tickets to a Red Wings game. The Trenton Music Program is sponsored by several local organizations, including A&R Music, Gorno Ford, Hilliard Lyons, Sage Photography, St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Timothy Catholic Church, Trenton Laser Center and Drs. Jackson, Snider and Parker.

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Fall sports heading toward finish line Senior Jason Barbosa and the Trojan gridders fought on after losing star running back Michael Czarnecki to an injury in the second game of the season. The team was a respectable 3-2 after five games.

Hunter DePalma moves in for the kill, a common sight as the volleyball squad was rolling on unbeaten as of the end of last month

The cross country team was victorious at the Jefferson Invitational, with Tyler Hamilton leading the charge with a fourthplace finish (17:35).

The lady runners placed seventh at the Jefferson Invitational. Senior Becca Myrabo (right) continued her excellent season by leading her team with a 19th place finish (22:37).

No. 1 doubles player Derek Berger and the tennis team were on a mission to capture the league title.

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Swim Team Co-Captain, Senior Senior swim team Captain Kara Stadelman has made a habit of setting her sights high, both as an athlete and student at Trenton High. Now in her fourth year on varsity, Kara has her eye on earning a spot on the record board posted high on the wall at the school pool. “Kara’s goal this year is to break the record for the backstroke,” said Kara’s mom,” Peg Stadelman. The 100 backstroke is Kara’s strongest event. A two-time division state finals qualifier, she needs to shave a tad more than 3 seconds off her best time to top the record set of 59:53 set by MacNicol in 1990. Whether Student Bethany she breaks it or not, Kara already has earned a solid reputation for Athlete accomplishing the goals she sets out to attain — in the pool and in classroom. “Kara is an outstanding person, student and swimof the the mer,” swim team Coach Jim Lawrence said. “She is the type of athMonth lete every coach wants – coachable, highly motivated (and) dedicated.” Kara was part of a group of 10 Trenton High team captains to be chosen to attend the Downriver League’s recent Leadership Conference along with Athletic Director Bret Woodley. Possessing a 3.2 grade-point average, Kara has maintained “All-Academic” status each year. Among her other swimming accomplishments are team awards for Most Improved Swimmer her sophomore year and Most Valuable Team Member last year. Already this year she has earned the Swimmer of the Week distinction two times. Her leadership activities in school include serving as a Student Council member and senior class treasurer. She is a member of the Homecoming Steering Committee and has been nominated for the queen competition. She works in the school store and is a coach for the Trenton Swim Club. Parents Peg and Brian also noted that Kara has been dancing for 13 years, and has been part of all of the high school musicals since she’s been at the high school. Kara is planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year university next fall. She is currently undecided on a career choice, but is interested in the health field.


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Duck hunting season forecast is mixed BY RYAN HOSHAW

When the leaves start to change from a rough green to a burnt orange or bright yellow everyone in Michigan knows it’s time to hunt. On Oct. 8 the duck season begins in Lower Michigan. As most people know, the Mallard duck is the species of choice for most hunters in the region — although continental duck populations have increased 11 percent from 2010 as a result of exceptionally good wetland conditions in most prairie and parkland regions across the Midwest. The problem is that around 75 percent of Michigan’s Mallard harvest is from ducks produced in the Great Lakes region, according to the Great Northern Outdoors. Therefore, despite very good predictions for continental fall duck flights, Michigan duck hunters will likely encounter a slow, steady stream of ducks, with fewer being Mallards than previous years. But fear not — hunters get to enjoy a 60-day season according to the Michigan Department of

River Current Natural Resources, ending on Dec. 4 in our area and then reopening for one more weekend, Dec. 10-11. This season was set by the DNR with help from the expertise of the Citizens Waterfowl Advisory Committee. Details include unchanged bag limits from last year. Hunters may take up to six ducks daily with no more than four Mallards, three wood ducks, two redheads, and one black duck; with a melting pot total of six not exceeding those specific limits per variant of duck. Michigan’s Canada Goose harvest is appreciated from primarily three flocks, including homebound local giant Canada Geese, the Mississippi Valley Population, and the Southern James Bay Population. Giant Canada Geese make up approximately 70 percent of the state’s goose harvest, although this population estimates are down one third from last year. The two flocks not in-

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Longtime nature advocate dies at 82 Longtime Trenton dentist and noted conservationist Dr. Bruce Jones died Sept 13 at the age of 82. The Grosse Ile resident was actively involved in the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, and environmental education and stewardship in schools. Refuge Manager John Hartig said Jones for many years was a key leader and driving force behind the Nature and Land Conservancy, including habitat restoration at the former Grosse Ile Nature Center (now

called the Gibraltar Bay Unit of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge) and an awardwinning soft shoreline engineering project along its shoreline. He was a founding member of the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance and always pushed for environmental education for children. “He so loved his children and grandchildren, and was always encouraging others to think about future generations,” Hartig said. Services were held last month at Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church.

cluding local geese breed largely on Hudson Bay, Ontario, and account for the majority of Michigan’s goose harvest that migrates. From this article, some will take the view that duck and goose hunting will have an off year, but I say there is no reason to be discouraged. Fall is full of surprises, and who says waterfowl hunting can’t have one of its most spectacular years in a long

time. Duck hunting is for all ages, whether you’re new to the sport or not, it sure is something worth experiencing in the beautiful state of Michigan. The closest public game area is a few miles south at Point Mouillee, a state game area that is in Monroe County on Lake Erie marshlands. For more information go to hunting.

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Dogs rule the pool


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One of the more enthusiastic attendees at the annual Dog Swim at Kennedy Pool, Strider enjoys the opportunity to play some fetch while diving in the water. The Border Collie is owned by Cheryl Engle.

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Plastic garbage bags were requisite apparel for contestants in the pieeating contest held at Somewhere in Time at Elizabeth Park. The contest was one of several fun activities held throughout the afternoon, which also featured a Taste of Trenton and Beyond held in a festival tent nearby.

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DYPAC calendar All events held at Trenton Village Theatre unless otherwise indicated. Oct. 16 — Princess Tea Fundraiser; decorate a cookie, tea and punch, decorate a frame, and visit with your favorite Princesses, 1-3 p.m. $5 Oct. 23 — Frosty Follies auditions, 3:30-6 p.m. Oct. 24 — Frosty Follies auditions, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 11-13, 18,19 — Cinderella Kids, ages 519 performing Dec. 9-11 — Frosty Follies; An annual tradition showcasing a large cast and feel-good holiday favorites Feb. 24-26 — Community performances of the Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley; all tickets $10 Feb. 24, March 9, 23 — Field trips to the Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, 9:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.; all tickets $7;

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Howard Stitzel of Southgate offers some advice to Linda Demaggio at the annual Perennial Exchange held last month at the Trenton Cultural Center. In years past Stitzel was known for advising Ernie Harwell on the technical aspects of radio broadcasting. He was the longtime engineer who Harwell frequently mentioned on the air.


MARYELLEN McLEOD Trenton Resident for 30 years ~FAMILY~ •Married to Rick McLeod for 30 years. •Daughter, Laura, 27, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She and her husband, Kaine Torck, reside in Trenton and are expecting my first grandchild. •Son, Eric, 22, is in the Michigan State University College of Nursing. •Daughter, Stephanie, 20, is a Zoology Major in her third year at Michigan State University. •Sister of Don Kolcheff, Elaine Proctor and Pat Radakovich; all long-term residents of Trenton, who have raised their children here. ~EDUCATION~ •B.A., University of Michigan, 1978 (With High Distinction); Political Science/History. •J.D., Wayne State University School of Law, 1981.

~VOCATION~ •Practicing Trial Attorney for nearly 30 years. (Highest skill and ethical rating by MartindaleHubbell.) ~MEMBERSHIPS~ •Michigan Bar Association •Oakland County Bar Association •American Corporate Counsel Association ~COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT~ •Trenton City Council since 2003 •(Former) Chair, Trenton Building Authority •(Former) Member, Trenton Board of Canvassers •(Former) Trenton Public Schools PTO Member •Trenton Touchdown Club (‘03-‘07) •Trenton Hockey Association – years! •Numerous Fundraising Activities for Downriver Residents •(Former) Trenton Soroptimist Scholarship Judge •(Former) Oakland County Circuit Court Mediator •Outstanding Trentonite, 2006

Dear Trenton Resident: Thank you for allowing me to serve as your voice for the past 8 years. I hope that you have been pleased with my leadership on your behalf. If I am re-elected to serve as your City Councilperson, I promise that I will continue to listen to you and that I will continue to obtain the facts necessary to allow me to make decisions to protect and benefit the City as a whole. I cannot promise you that I will always decide each issue as you would, but, by now, you know that I am not afraid to make decisions. I can promise you that I will not be afraid to make decisions going forward. As a litigator for many years and the mother of three children, I have seen my share of conflicts! As a result, I have learned the art of negotiation and consensus-building. I work hard to be a positive force at your Council Table and will continue to do so. We have been through some very rough years, but I believe that the foundation of our City is solid. Trenton is still a wonderful place to live and to raise a family. I am seeking your vote because I believe that this City needs stability in its leadership, to ready it for whatever else the future might bring.

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