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TRENTON TIDBITS Pet food pantry opens at shelter A pet food pantry has opened at the Trenton-Woodhaven Animal Shelter, 21860 Van Horn, Woodhaven. It will be open from noon5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Pet owners seeking to use the service must show proof of need as well as the pet’s license and up-to-date inoculation records.
Along with having their say in electing a new governor, Trenton voters going to the polls on Nov. 2 for the general election will have decisions to make on local state Senate and House seats, as well as decide a hotly contested race for 33rd District Court Judge and elect two people to the Trenton Board of Education. With construction still ongoing at Trenton High School and the closure of Taylor School, voters in Precinct 6 and Precinct 7 also need to be wary that they will be casting their ballots at temporary polling locations — just as they did during the primary in August. Trenton High (Precinct 6) voters will be voting at the Westfield Center, 2700 Westfield. Former Taylor School (Precinct 7) voters will again be asked to vote at the Knights of
The festivities surrounding this year’s Homecoming include a special ceremony to dedicate a new memorial to honor legendary football coach Jack Castignola. Many former Castignola players are expected to be on hand for the event, which will take place between the parade and kickoff.
Funds sought for war memorials Donations are being accepted by the city’s Veteran’s Memorial Committee to help expand and enhance the war memorials it maintains at Trenton Veterans Memorial Library on West Road. Brochures are available at the Trenton VFW Post 1888, American Legion Post 426 and at Trenton City Hall. Donations can be sent to Trenton VFW Post 1888, 2763 Veterans Parkway, Trenton, MI 48183. Indicate War Monuments Project on the memo line on your check.
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Seen here in preseason action against Sault Ste. Marie, the Metal Jackets have five home games See Page 2 BY RICK SCHULTE scheduled at Kennedy trentontrib.com during October.
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Craig Ward understands why there is no better place to have a hockey team than in Downriver’s hockey hotbed, Trenton. The 1990 Trenton High graduate played hockey for the Trojans and is now involved wearing many hats for the Motor City Metal Jackets. The team, a member of the North American Hockey League, is now playing in a new home, the Kennedy Recreation Center. The Jackets previously called Yack Arena in Wyandotte their home, but have moved to Kennedy this season. “We know what Trenton is about, how the high school program and the youth program is organized,” Ward said.
“And it gives us a better opportunity to succeed in that kind of environment.” The NAHL consists of players ages 16-20 hoping to play hockey either professionally or collegiately. Other Michigan teams from Alpena, Flint and Traverse City play in the league’s North Division (along with one from Janesville, Wis. The Jackets also step outside of their division to face teams from Alaska, California, Washington and Texas. The Jackets play five games on home ice in October and four in November. Aside from being a true national league, it’s also the oldest Junior-A league in the country. Current Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Howard, Brian Rafalski and Brent Lebda are NAHL See Page 2
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Columbus Hall, 5474 W. Jefferson Ave. Though the relocation of the polling places is just temporary, City Clerk Kyle Stack said other precinct changes might be coming for future elections. “We’re looking seriously at remapping out our precincts,” Stack said. “We’re looking to save money and see what’s more cost effective.” Stack said the city’s Election Commission will meet following this year’s election to discuss the issue. Stack also is evaluating whether or not Precinct 7 will continue to vote at the K of C beyond this November. Two-term state Sen. Bruce Patterson is not eligible for re-election due to term limits. Vying to replace him in the 7th District seat are Republican Patrick Colbeck, Democrat Kathleen Law,
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alumni, as are many others throughout the NHL. The team also has some homegrown flavor, too, with seven players calling Downriver their home. But the rest of the roster includes players from across the country and one (forward Mitsuyoshi Konno) from Japan. Because hockey is so popular locally, and because the Metal Jackets are grateful for the chance to play out of Trenton, they are providing every player from the Trenton and Grosse Ile youth hockey associations free season tickets. “We think that’s the least we can do,” Ward said. “Even Oct. 1 though we’re Janesville Jets, 7:30 p.m. Motor City, we’re Oct. 2 a Downriver Janesville Jets, 7:30 p.m. team. We invite Oct. 22 everyone out to Michigan Warriors, 7:30 p.m. see us, and to Oct. 23 expect a high Michigan Warriors, 7:30 p.m. level of hockey.” Oct. 24 A Japanese Port Huron Fighting Falcons, 4 p.m. businessman who recently relocated to the Detroit area, Yamada is a big hockey enthusiast, having supported the sport internationally for many years. Games can also been seen on the B2 Sports Network, a pay-per view-network offering viewing access to anyone with a computer.
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Trenton Mite Kylar Gersky stops to get an autograph from Metal Jacket Aaron Scheppelman from Jackson at a signing session held by the team recently. The autograph session was held in conjunction with a hockey skills session staged by the team.
Library war memorial fundraising drive still ongoing The city’s Veteran’s Memorial Committee is continuing its efforts to raise fund to help pay for plans to expand and enhance the war memorials it maintains both outside and inside of Trenton Veterans Memorial Library on West Road. Two military memorabilia display cases are expected to be added to the inside display, one on each side of the existing memorial plaque. Coordinator John Craven said the group also wants to honor each of the city’s 57 deceased veterans on the ends of the library bookshelves. The display cases also will include an engraved nameplate identifying each veteran. Craven said the committee also will establish an online presence for the information about the project, with many pictures as well as individual military information for each of the 57 veterans. The City of Trenton Website will house the contents of the project with active links to from other Trenton organization Websites. Additions to the outside memorial will include six Dakota mahogany granite monuments (three each side of the center stone monument) displaying the names of the foreign wars and listing the names of each soldier who was a casualty of that war, Craven said. The final enhancement of the exterior of the library memorial will be
the addition of a Carillon system. Carillons are prevalent at National Cemeteries. A dedication is planned for next Memorial Day, May 28, for the outdoor granite monuments as well as the inte-
rior enhancements. The monuments run nearly $2,000 each and the Carillon will be $9,000. The display case will cost $1,000. The 57 flag cases are expected to cost $60 each.
Donations to help pay for the projects can be sent to Trenton VFW Post 1888, 2763 Veterans Parkway, Trenton, MI 48183. Indicate War Monuments Project on your check.
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AROUND TOWN Upcoming Events Oct. 1 — Find out who’s got talent locally at the Scarecrow Idol competition in downtown Trenton and also help kick off the annual Scarecrow Festival, 6 p.m. Oct. 1-3 — Ninth annual Scarecrow Festival, downtown Trenton. Visit www.scarecrowfest.net for more details. Oct. 2 — Frightening fables and ghoulish tales will mesmerize visitors at the 2nd Annual Ghost Stories, held at the Trenton Cultural Center, located at 2427 West Road at the corner of Edsel Drive, from 7-9 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16. Come and witness history illuminated as ghost of the past come alive! The program is free and fun for all ages. Oct. 4 — Last day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election. Register at Trenton City Hall. Oct. 7 — Drop-in Family Fun Zone Night every Thursday through Dec. 2, 7:30-9 at Arthurs Middle School. Sponsored by Trenton Parks and Recreation, 675-7300; resident fee $25 for 20 visits; non-residents $50 for 20 visits. Oct. 8 — Friendship Club Dances every Friday at 4:45 p.m. at the Westfield Center, 2700 Westfield. All those 50 years and up are welcome; live music, dancing and light luncheon; $4 for club members, $6 for non-members. Call Carol Garrison for more information at 675-0063.
Joe Hoshaw photos Dylan Hunter (No. 15 above) eludes Trenton Junior Jeff Jones and several other Trojans on his way to the end zone. Showing the way for Adam Marshall (right) is Cody Perrault. Several girls who were paired with Trenton cheerleaders also had a chance to score a touchdown.
Oct. 9 — Homecoming queen judging, THS auditorium. Oct. 10 — Free breast screenings for uninsured women, 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. An appointment is required and can be made at (734) 246-9601.
Victory with a capital ‘V’ The Trenton High School football field last month was the site of a very special game as the school’s football team hosted about 40 students from the Jo Brighton Work Skills Center in Wyandotte for an event called Victory Day. Patterned after a national program sponsored by Pop Warner youth football, the game was intended to give the full football experience to the guest players, who got to wear team jerseys, run on to the field through a tunnel of cheering fans, be introduced on the public address system and then each get their chance to score a touchdown. The game was followed by an awards ceremony where the participants received medals and special recognition. The boys, who ranged from elementary through high-school age, were each paired with a Trenton football player for the day. The girls were paired with members of the Trenton cheerleading squad. The event was organized THS teacher and football team assistant coach Aaron Segedi as a community service project for the team members. The event was a huge hit not only with the children but also their parents and all the volunteers on hand to help ensure its success. Segedi is hoping to make the game an annual event.
Oct. 12 — Trenton Business Association Biz Blast at Riverside Financial Planners, 2662 Riverside Drive. Admission is free. Oct. 15 — See the formal dedication of the new Jack Castignola memorial at the entrance to the football field, prior to the kickoff of the Homecoming game. Oct. 15 — Trenton High School Homecoming; catch the queen crowning and catch up with old friends at the football game as the Trojans take on Taylor Truman at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 — Trenton High School Homecoming Dance, 6:30 p.m., at the high school. Oct. 16 — Trenton High School’s Class of 1975 will hold an informal 35th-year class reunion at Mr. Nick’s Restaurant beginning at 7 p.m. Light snacks and cash bar are planned. Oct 19 — Pumpkin carving and craft show at Westfield Activities Center, 5 p.m.; 200 pumpkins needed. Oct. 22 — ChristNet is having a dinner fundraiser at the Grecian Center in Southgate. For more information call Helen and Ed Horvath at 671-1020. Oct. 23 — Participate in the Great Pumpkin Festival at the Westifield Center and help raise money for First Step, a non-profit agency assisting women and children affected by Domestic Abuse. For every pumpkin received, DTE Energy will donate $1. Oct. 23 — Pleasant Hours Craft Sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Westfield Activities Center. Oct. 29 — The sixth annual Scary Skate will be held at the Kennedy Recreation Center from 7:20-9:10 p.m. 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 fees are $2 resident child, $3 non-resident child, $3 resident adult, $4 non-resident adult. Oct. 30 — Check out the Boo Ball, a “Monster Mash Costume Dance Party” for children ages 2 and up from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Westfield Center, featuring a menu of hot “Frank”ensteins, crispy “Boo” Chips and refreshing “Ghoul”ade for lunch. Dancing and a variety of activities are planned. Pre-registration is required at the Recreation Department or online at trentonmi.org/parksandrec. The resident fee is $8 for a child, $3 adult, non-resident fee is $13 child, $8 adult. Adult must accompany child. Nov. 2 — Election Day. Note temporary precinct location changes for High School and Taylor School voters. See article on Page 1 for more details.
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The city of Trenton recently welcomed the Round House to town, as the new barbecue restaurant held its ribboncutting ceremony last month to marks its official opening. Trenton Mayor Gerald Brown and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano were both on hand to perform the honors. The ribbon-cutting event attracted a full room of supporters, as numerous patrons and several city officials filled the room. The dignities also included Riverview Mayor Timothy Durand, who stopped in to check out what the buzz was all about. Round House owner Chris Hancock said he was extremely happy with the results of the ribbon cutting. He explained his expectations were met, as he wished
William Lilienthal photo Mayor Gerald Brown and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano cut the ribbon to formally open the Round House barbecue restaurant as owner Chris Hancock and several other invited dignitaries and guests look on. to gain immediate attention and recognition from the community. “September is typically a poor month for restaurants,” said Hancock, “but we haven’t experienced any slowness so far. It’s been a
great month for us. Our business has been consistent, and we are doing quite well.” “People of the Downriver seem to really connect with us, he said. “We are meat and potatoes kind of people; our
menu serves food that caters to the community.” A former construction worker, Hancock says “real estate” brought him to open the Round House. His inspiration See Page 8
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Here’s a little bit different twist on the ‘Bucket List’ Instead of the “Bucket list…” Sure, I loved the Bucket List. But to me that story was really about doing things rather than accomplishing things. So I put together a list of things that I thought would be great if they came true — hopefully long before the bucket is kicked! Wouldn’t It Be Great If… 1. Because of a newspaper, someone decided to move their family or business to town? 2. Your child made someone’s day? 3. You built it and they came? 4. Something you said, did or wrote positively motivated someone? 5. You inspired someone’s belief in God? 6. Your kids felt it was their duty to help others? 7. You shared an idea that helped someone else succeed? 8. Your friends were happier because you listened? 9. Your laughter was infectious? 10. You moved someone by your art, talent or craft? 11. Your words healed someone? 12. Every day you could enjoy your job? Sure I’d still like to get to Australia, and maybe the Czech Republic one day, but for now, wouldn’t it be great if I got 100 percent on my WIBG list? I’d love to hear what might be on your list! www.facebook.com/ trentontrib . Kathy Kane is co-publisher and business manager for the Trenton Trib. Email her at email@example.com.
Shout Outs Marie Conflitti served as a Fitness Ambassador in the seventh annual Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run on Sept. 6. She joined nearly 400 other runners leading the way for the traditional Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk. “Despite the drizzle, the turnout was still great,” Conflitti said. “It was awesome to look back at the mass of walkers coming up the bridge. Mackinac Island at sunrise, drizzle or not, was just fabulous.” Since she was 11 years old, running has been a crucial element of Conflitti’s life. Although running is her personal key to fitness, it has not always been an easy journey. She has severe scoliosis so it is a miracle that she can run at all. Her continued running is due to the strength of her back which she feels is maintained by healthy lifestyle choices. As a community activist and school board president, Conflitti continually supports student exercise programs and healthy eating on a daily basis. Her advice to others: “Keep moving if you want to stay healthy.” Congrats to Patti Radacovich for her part in opening Basil’s Buddies Pet Food Pantry at TrentonWoodhaven Animal Shelter at 21860 Van Horn, Woodhaven. The food pantry will offer pet food to needy families in Trenton and Woodhaven and will be open the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 5 p.m. Anyone requesting food will have to fill out paperwork; show proof of need such a Bridge Card or unemployment check stub bring documentation of the pet’s license and inoculations; and show proof that the animal was spayed or neutered. Do you know … Dr. Robert Murray? Even though he is retired, he is still putting in four days a week volunteering his time at food pantries and soup kitchens. He’s also still a fixture along the sidelines at the Trenton High football games, where he has donated his time for more than four decades. “Doc” Murray is an inspiration and blessing to all he helps. For those who aspire to be green … unplug if not in use: curling irons, irons, hair dryers, toasters. What seeming might be innocently plugged on your counter top may be adding to your electric bill.
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Desert Storm vet keeps active on the home front BY KATHY KANE
trentontrib.com On a warm night in September I found Pat Trombley sitting on his porch reading the Trenton Trib (really!), so I was compelled to make him our Interesting Neighbor for this issue. And it didn’t take long to determine that Pat is indeed a pretty interesting guy. KK: You have an active family in Trenton, tell me about them. Trombley: My wife is Judy and we have three kids: Eric (11th grade), Allison (12th) and Chris, who is attending Monroe College. KK: I heard you had been laid off for some time, but you are working again? Trombley: Yes, I worked for Tamico in Riverview for 20 years when I was laid off. I wasn’t sure what to do with my time so I took a class at Henry Ford Community College and a few weeks into it I landed a job at BASF. So then it was really busy with work and school, but I still managed an “A” in the class. That’s one thing that I learned — never stop learning. Now I’m taking my CDL test so I can drive airbrake trucks. KK: What do you do in your spare time now? Trombley: I like to deer hunt and golf, but I’ll say that my kids are my hobby. My main goal in life is keeping them busy and out of trouble. I also like to make sure that I try and bring a smile and share a laugh with whoever I run into. KK: You have been
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Pat Trombley catches up on his Trenton news on his front porch. working on a trailer for a concession at the High School. Tell me about that. Trombley: Yes, through the Touchdown Club, two 19-foot-by-5foot trailers were donated and we are adding wheels and renovating the stands so the teams can use them for fundraising. We would really
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Unique mix of talents makes The Respectables more than just respectable The description on their Facebook page says The Respectables are, “Four guys who write cool songs, complete with catchy hook-filled guitar riffs that stick deep into your brain. “Oh, and they really rock!" And this homegrown Detroit band is getting its fair share of respect as well with its 2008 CD “Sibley Gardens” on five “Best of 2008” lists, with the song “When You Come Back Around” featured on NBC’s hit show “Mercy” last November. The Respectables features the talents of Nick Piunti (vocals, guitar), Joey Gaydos (lead guitar, vocals), Dan Oestrike (bass guitar, vocals) and Donn Deniston (drums, vocals). As Piunti puts it, they’re a local band grounded here in the Detroit area with families and other commitments, and they find that their music offers them a great outlet because they have “something to say” through their music. Though they all come from different backgrounds musically, Piunti stressed that “Everybody brings something to it, and it Our Stories works.” He says that coming together as The Respectables produces a unique powerpop, rock, classic rock sound, combined with their own fresh elements and melodic perspective that they wouldn't otherwise have on their own. They released their self-titled debut album “The Respectables” in 2005, followed by the release “Sibley Gardens” in November of 2008. That album title is named after Trenton's restaurant of the same name, owned by Piunti's family, and suggested by band member Joey Gaydos.
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MORE NEWS Mr. Handyman answers the call on National Day of Service In an ongoing effort of giving back to the community, Mr. Handyman of Southeastern Wayne County recently performed repair and maintenance jobs for worthy recipients — all without collecting a single penny in labor costs. As part of President Obama’s request to renew America through volunteerism, Mr. Handyman, a full-service repair and maintenance franchise, performed repair or service on local homes during its second annual National Day of Service Sept. 10. Locally, Mr. Handyman of Trenton donated 24 hours of service. Mr. Handyman has part-
nered with two nonprofits organizations to identify recipients more in need of services. The Senior Alliance works to help older persons and individuals with disabilities in southern and western Wayne County. Their number is (734) 7222830. The Information Center provides information and assistance to bring people and services together (734) 282-7171. “We were thrilled to be working with The Senior Alliance and The Information Center as part of Mr. Handyman’s National Day of Service campaign,” said Mark Slagle, owner of Mr. Handyman of Southeast-
ern Wayne County. “We are always looking for ways to give back to our community and we were excited to be a part of this national event to help others in need.” Lilly Polk, a wheelchair-bound recipient in Ecorse, had her door widened in her home so she can better maneuver in and out of her bedroom. Another person received a sink repair and another had a door knob fixed which was previously nailed shut. More than 100 United States and Canadian locations rallied around the cause and donate their skilled technicians’ time to a local charity of choice. Company execu-
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Libertarian Marlin John Brandys and two other candidates not affiliated with a party, Michael Khelbari and John Stewart. All Senate seats are four-year positions. Democrat Andrew Kandrevas, the incumbent in the 13th District House seat, is being challenged by Republican Cynthia Kallgren and Libertarian Jess Church. State representative seats go up for election every two years. There are three sixyear judge positions at 33rd District Court, and every two years one of the seats is put up to a vote. A large field of candidates in the August primary was reduced to challenger Jennifer Cole-
man Hesson and incumbent Ed Nykiel for the November run-off vote. Voters in Trenton precincts one through seven are part of the Trenton school district and will be asked to elect two School Board members from four people seeking the office. Challengers Rehman Bhatti and Tom Kinney are trying to unseat incumbents Marie Morris Conflitti and Bruce Wyke. Trenton residents in Precinct 8 in the northeast corner are part of the Riverview school district. Voters there also will be filling two seats. Incumbent Catherine Wells and three others are seeking two available seats. The three include Robert Hohlfelder, Cindy
Houdek and Heather Smiley. Trenton’s representative on the Wayne County Commission, Democrat Joseph Palamara, is being challenged for the 14th District seat by Republican C.B. Clark. Four candidates are on the ballot for the 14th District Congressional seat, including longtime incumbent John Conyers. Challenges include Republican Don Ukrainec, Libertarian Richard Secula and U.S. Taxpayers’ Marc Sosnowski. The ballot also includes a countywide quarter-mill renewal question for maintenance and improvements at several county parks, including Elizabeth Park
JFCC offers scheduled and walk-in yoga classes A free workshop called Healthy Body & Mind, which is a weekly seven-session workshop with a certified yoga instructor and therapist at the Josephine Ford Cancer Center, began Wednesday, Sept. 29. It runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is open to ages 18 and up. The center also offers free ongoing walk-in yoga classes that are available to cancer patients and survivors on
Charity group plans November fundraiser Children with Hairloss is planning a Fundraising Ball at Laurel Manor in Livonia for Nov. 6. Call (734) 3794400 or visit the organization’s Website at www. childrenwithhairloss.us to download a flier with full details.
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‘If it bleeds …’ it’s probably on the nightly news — but not in the Trib OK, so it seems everyone’s a little — if not a lot — more stressed these days. We’ll assume that’s a given. We hear it every day on the network and local TV news programs and in newspapers, magazines, on blogs, in chat rooms, on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter…..satellite radio….1.2 billion cable news channels in 38 different languages….you get the picture. The crazy thing is, just HEARING about it — constantly — can make you even MORE stressed. So it’s more critical now than ever before to try and program some intentionally stress-free time into your day to counteract this seemingly constant bombardment while trying to regain some focus and perspective on the things we enjoy and the things that make us feel better about ourselves and those around us. That’s kind of our philosophy on choosing what to include in the Trenton Trib each month. We figure there are already plenty of media outlets for controversy, crime and chaos, and since we only come out
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Former councilman has been around the world, but he still drops by to visit once in a while 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 Andrew Nagorski? Nagorski grew up in Trenton, graduated with the Trenton High School class of 1980, and was elected to the Trenton City Council in 1987, becoming the city’s youngest-ever council person at the time.
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Since leaving town in 1990 he’s lived in a wide range of locales, including Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for eight years; Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for five years; Clarkston, Mich., for seven years; and now spends most of his time in Los Angeles. “It was interesting meeting the various presidents (2) and prime ministers (3) that would visit the gentleman I worked for in Abu Dhabi. I've also had the fortunate experience of flying 2 million air miles visiting some very interest-
ing places with my family. I'm focused now on performing stand-up comedy, thrive on the adrenaline of pressure on stage, and am writing a book about growing up in Michigan.” But he still keeps tuned in to Trenton. “Every few weeks I still get into town and take my father out to Sibley Gardens for a Steak Sammy. Great food from a historic restaurant and right in front of McLouth Steel, which was my favorite place to have ever worked. Great people and accomplishments in that mill! Being on the water with so many destinations available within two hours by boat could never be topped as well!”
A member of the Trenton City Council in the late 1980s, Andrew Nagorski now lives in southern California and is focusing his efforts on stand-up comedy.
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Great pumpkins! Yes, Charlie Brown, it’s nearly that time of year again, and Trenton seniors will again hold a pumpkin carving and craft show at Westfield Activities Center at 5 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Westfield Activities Center. Pumpkin donations are being sought. More than 200 are needed for the event.
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BUSINESS The Memo Pad Trenton Federal Credit Union has a new name. On Aug. 1 the 55-year-old financial cooperative became known as Shore to Shore Community Federal Credit Union. Officials for Shore to
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Meridith Shamanski (right) with a group of ballet students at the school.
New owner continues tradition at Trenton School of Dance BY ERIN SHELTON trentontrib.com
Meredith Shamanski took over ownership of the Trenton School of Dance just over a year ago from her aunt, Judy Menna, who had run the studio since 1976. This was a natural transition for Shamanski, 25, who has studied and performed all forms of dance since she was a young girl and majored in dance with a minor in business while at Eastern Michigan University. She is the first of her classmates to own her own dance studio, and is excited to bring new ideas to productions and new learning opportunities to her stu-
dents. If you want to learn dance, Shamanski said, “Ballet is the foundation of all dance. Start with ballet.” Her studio offers ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical (expressive dance based on ballet and jazz), and Hawaiian and Tahitian. Classes start for children as young as three and the studio even offers adult classes when there is interest. While continuing her aunt’s traditions, Shamanski is adding her own flavor to the studio. She has added lyrical dance, and this year, she is forming a dance company. This is an opportunity for dancers to have more places to perform, go to professional productions,
and study dance more seriously. Students must try out to make the dance company. When asked about the benefits of dance beyond fun and exercise, Shamanski said she believes that dance helps build discipline, self-control, and teamwork. In addition, athletes in a wide variety of sports can benefit from the skills learned in ballet. The Trenton School of Dance is located in the heart of downtown Trenton at 2626 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, you can check out the Website at www.trenton schoolofdance.com, or call at (734) 671-0212.
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SPORTS One thing remains a constant for THS swimming — Coach Lawrence BY RICK SCHULTE trentontrib.com
Jim Lawrence has been around swimming long enough to understand every season is a long season. The practices are long (an hour in the morning before school, and two hours after school) and the effort is intense. “If you’re swimming the 50 freestyle, you have to be able to swim 5,000 meters,” said Lawrence, entering his 28th season coaching the girls at Trenton High School. “We are so over-trained in this sport. But that’s what you have to do.” Maybe that’s why he understands the sport is difficult. There’s no sitting around between plays or drills. The swimmers are in the
water, working feverishly. And if it sounds tough, well, it is. But the results can be well worth it. All the hard work in the world isn’t enough to scare off Trenton’s swimmers. At the start of the season, there were more than 40 girls participating for the Trojanettes’ swim team. That number is indeed large, considering many local high school teams (even the better ones Downriver) are struggling to get even half as many girls as Trenton. With the boys’ team in the winter — which he also coaches — Trenton also gets similar participation. After finishing second to Allen Park’s girls in the Downriver League
Stage set for Castignola tribute just prior to Homecoming game The evening that many Trenton High School football alumni have long been waiting for is expected to occur Oct. 15, the date for the school’s Homecoming matchup with Taylor Truman. On that night, Trenton’s legendary football Coach Jack Castignola will be honored with the unveiling of a permanent memorial near the entrance to the football field. The Board of Education approved final plans for the memorial in midAugust, and it was originally hoped that the dedication would occur at a game Sept. 24, but the timing was just too tight for construction to occur. The delay was pleasing to many, though, who thought Homecoming evening would be the more appropriate choice anyway. “I can’t think of a better time to do it,” said
Joe Dixon, a 1974 alum who earned all-state honors playing for Castignola. Mark Lybrook, one of the leaders of the campaign to get the memorial built, is hoping large contingents of former THS football players will be on hand to pay tribute to “Coach Jack” that evening. “We are encouraging all former students, players, family, and friends of Coach Jack to attend,” said Lybrook, a 1976 graduate who has been at the forefront of the campaign to permanently honor Castignola since it began about five years ago. Lybrook said the Castignola memorial is considered an initial step in a three-phase plan to create a more extensive alumni-funded entryway that will include a permanent ticket booth and additional space to recognize other people in the future.
meet and in the all-area meet a year ago, the Trojanettes entered this season with what Lawrence described as a young squad. Still, he was confident that “come October and November, we’ll be much better.” So how does Trenton get such strong participation numbers for swimming? First, it doesn’t hurt to have a great tradition. The height of Trenton’s girls’ swimming glory was in the 1990s, when the Trojanettes placed in the top 10 at the state meet five teams, even winning a state title. Starting with the boys in 1983 and the girls in ’85, Trenton has had Lawrence at the helm. He coached the girls with Max Monas for 16 years. Now, Monas is handling Trenton’s middle school program. The presence of Monas at Arthurs Middle School is significant. There, it’s not uncommon to find 100 boys and girls out for swimming. Many have a good deal of experience. Others are relatively new to the sport. But it truly is a
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During the Trojans’ second football game of the season against Taylor Kennedy, the junior running back amassed 262 total rushing yards, the second highest total in at least 20 years if not in school history. Michael, who also played varsity basketball and junior varsity baseball last year, is a standout in the classroom as well, currently Student maintaining a 3.79 GPA. He is on the Student Council Executive Board, a member of the St. Athlete Pius youth group, delivers newspapers for the Newspapers, works as a baseball of the News-Herald umpire and last year worked in the school district’s youth basketball proMonth gram. Michael also has served as an altar server at St. Stan’s and St. Mary’s parishes for nine years. His parents are Jackie and Bob Czarnecki. Bob is the longtime Trenton football coach and, before taking leave to raise her family, Jackie previously worked as an elementary school teacher in Trenton. “Both of us are very proud of the young man that he is becoming,” said Bob, who also added that Michael also is “responding well to the pressure that is put on the son of a coach.” Sponsored by:
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Dogs get their day Cindy Dingell and her dog, Tyler, were among those competing in a pet lookalike contest held during the annual Dog Swim event at the Kennedy Aquatic Center last month. Hundreds of pets and their owners were on hand for this contest as well as several other activities and friendly competitions. Each fall the pets get to take over the pool for a day after it has been closed to the public and the chemicals in the water have been diminished.
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New THS Interact Club president looks forward to chance to help those in need BY CHRISTINA DUDASH trentontrib.com
Making an impact and helping others is something that David Stockard holds close to his heart. Stockard, a Trenton High School senior, has been able to do so by being involved in various organizations at THS, including his new role as president of the Interact Club. Stockard took on the leadership position for the 2010-2011 school year. “I’ve run for president for the past three years, and finally won my senior year,” he said. “My favorite part of being president is that it’s easier to get my opinions and ideas out that I’ve been trying to get organized the past few years. As president I’m able to take charge and control the little things so that the rest of the club can work more efficiently.” As a member of Interact for the past three years, Stockard has been able to help those in need through various annual events such creating scarecrows for the annual Trenton Scarecrow Festival (the scarecrows are sold to make money for charity), the pancake breakfast (profits go to the Trenton Food Pantry), and the jingle drive. “The jingle drive is what I would call our biggest and most fun event,” Stockard said. “We sit outside in December for 24 hours trying to fill up two trailers with food, clothes, and toys for families in need.”
Chad Clements, a THS teacher and Interact Club co-advisor, holds David in high regards as he begins his duties as president. “David brings experience and energy to the club,” Clements said. “He wants to bring passion back to Interact so that students gain a positive experience volunteering, while having fun.” Interact is affiliated with Rotary International. The club at THS is sponsored locally by the Rotary Club of Trenton, and sanctioned by Rotary International. Not only is Stockard a member of Interact, but he also serves as the vice president of National Honor Society and as the secretary of Student Council. He is a member of the cross country and track teams at THS. “The clubs I’m in always keep me busy on weekends,” Stockard said. “But in my free time I like to play football and I’ve recently started playing ultimate Frisbee, which is a cool way to make a lot of new friends.” Although Stockard keeps a busy schedule, he still manages to maintain a GPA of 3.95. Stockard plans to attend the University of Michigan next fall, where he will enroll as a pre-med student. “David is a positive leader and one who others can look up to as a positive role model,” Clements said. “He is a gogetter and is willing to take on challenges to complete tasks in order to benefit others.”
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Shipbuilding and shipwrecks played a key role in city’s past BY RYAN HOSHAW trentontrib.com
The fact that the Detroit River has played such a key role in North American shipping for hundreds of years has created a rich legacy of shipping history — and much of that history originated right here in Trenton, where many of those ships were manufactured.
River Current Over the years there have been countless tragedies and mishaps with ships traveling through Lake Erie and on into the Detroit River, including shipwrecks, fires and abandonments.
Some of the ships that sank in that area were built here by a company called by A.A. Turner, which operated a shipyard here from 1866 to 1873. The first Trentonbuilt A.A. Turner vessel to sink was in 1901, and that ship was a steamer called the Swallow. Over the course of many years 13 ships that were manufactured at the Turner shipyard in Trenton were either destroyed, scrapped or sank. Many steamers and schooners sank in the waters of Lake Erie and carried items like corn, potatoes, flour, lumber, wheat — and passengers. Usually schooners were more likely to sink than steamships because they are much smaller in size. One schooner named the Franz Sigel wrecked 4.5 miles off the Monroe Breakwater in 1903. This ship was 28 feet in length and was carrying coal at the time when it sprung a leak during a storm and sank. While shipwrecks aren’t much of an issue
these days, they played a large part in the history of the Detroit River and Lake Erie because they have both been vital waterways for hundreds of years, bringing goods and passengers from around the world. A.A. Turner was just one of several such companies that utilized Trenton as a hub of operations during the 19th and 20th centuries. Trenton, in fact, was one of the leading shipbuilding communities on the Great Lakes during the mid to late 1800s. Although the industry declined here after Turner left in 1873, ship building and pleasure boat building remained part of the city’s economy well into the 20th century. There’s plenty more to discuss about Trenton’s shipbuilding past, so we’ll look into other related topics in future articles about the Detroit River. If you have any questions or comments about this article please email email@example.com.
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...well, sort of Patriotic music and pie on the face were perfect companions on a comfortable sunny day in Elizabeth Park last month for the annual Somewhere in Time and Taste of Trenton & Beyond. The event featured lots of delicious edibles from around Downriver under the Taste of Trenton tent. The cannolis from Fratello’s, Chicken Sonoma from Sibley’s, carmel-drenched apples from TV Deli highlight just a portion of the fantastic cuisine. Somewhere in Time visitors also could enjoy an oldfashioned car show, children’s games and booths filled with nostalgic items from years gone by.
Ed Peltz and his band (left) perform for the Somewhere in Time crowd, which included competitive events such as the annual and very messy pie-eating contest. At right, Josh, Eve and Ellie Salenbien fill up on some of the many tasty offerings at a Taste of Trenton & Beyond, where most of the food ended up in the mouth, and not on the face.
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Annual pumpkin fest returning to Cultural Center On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Trenton Cultural Center will be rolling in pumpkins once again at the Great Pumpkin Festival. This fifth annual autumn event challenges the community to set a Trenton record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place. Last year 1,217 pumpkins were on site at the event. The goal for 2010 is to exceed last year’s total of lit jack-olanterns 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 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 on Oct. 23
beginning at 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Trenton Parks and Recreation in cooperation with DTE Energy
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