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SUMMER 2010

Commodity Code #8014-0719

Tecumseh Area Living


Tecumseh Farmers' Market

Classic Car Show Series Free Event July 15 & August 19

Saturday Mornings 9-1

Downtown on West Chicago Blvd. Fresh local produce & herbs, flowers, pies, pottery and more!

In conjuction with "Third Thursday - Light Up The Night." Held in UBT parking lot downtown Tecumseh. No registration fees. Plaques awarded. Food vendor on site.

Thursday Eves 4-7pm

Downtown on East Chicago Blvd. Organic produce & baked goods.

"Third Thursday Light Up The Night" Downtown Shopping

Music in the Park Free Concert Series 6-8 pm July 15 At the Depot Aug 19 & Sept 16

Third Thursday July 15 & August 19 6-8 pm

At Adams Park (Next to City Hall)

Tecumseh Central Business Association's downtown monthly shopping event! There's a new theme each month - great bargains and lots of fun. Come meet the merchants!

Great musicians… catch the sounds! Light refreshments for sale.

summer

fun!

homegrown

517.424.6003 • www.downtowntecumseh.com Annual Sidewalk Sales Art Trail Sidewalk Tecumseh Market Days Free & Pet Parade Outdoor Public

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August 6 & 7

Sculpture Exhibit

Friday & Saturday Shopping! Downtown merchants offer up some of the best bargains of the year! Saturday morning join the fun as pets and owners parade down Chicago Blvd. Prizes will be awarded.

Maps are available for exploring the Art Trail, on your own time, at your own pace. See something you can’t live without? The art is for sale!


thank you advertisers Adams Chiropractic .................................... 30 Adrian Symphony Orchestra ....................... 16 An Angel's Touch ....................................... 32 ASC Prosthetics.......................................... 16 August Company ........................................ 36 Bailey's Water Care .................................... 30 Big Boy...................................................... 44 Boulevard Market ...................................... 15 British Tea Garden ....................................... 7 Brooklyn Ford ............................................ 30 Burdick & Associates ................................. 12 Cambrian Assisted Living............................ 18 Cherry Creek Winery................................... 18 Citizens Gas ............................................... 40 CJ & Company............................................. 32 Classic Cabinets ......................................... 32 Clinton Fall Festival .................................... 41 Coconuts Bar & Grille ................................. 15 Community Arts of Tecumseh ....................... 4 Companion Animal Clinic............................. 16 Conklin Estates .......................................... 42 D & P Communications ............................... 44 Downtown Tecumseh .................................... 2 Dr. John Kelley............................................ 20 Dr. Lawrence Desjarlais.............................. 15 Eggleston Jewelers ...................................... 7 Eva Twosies ................................................. 7 Evans Street Station .................................. 15 Eye Care Center ......................................... 15 Faust Sand & Gravel................................... 42 First Federal Bank ..................................... 40 Golden Acres ............................................. 21 Hacker Jewelers ........................................... 7 Harvest of the Arts.................................... 46 Healthy Smiles Dental Care......................... 39 Hidden Lake Gardens ................................. 32 Hitching Post Antiques ............................... 34 Iott Insurance ............................................ 12 Jazzercise .................................................. 21 J-Bar Hobbies ............................................ 18 Jerry's Pub ................................................ 16 Kent Benham, DDS..................................... 44 Killarney Realty .......................................... 32 Lenawee Conference & Visitors Bureau ...... 26 Lenawee Great Start .................................. 12 Level One .................................................. 37 LISD........................................................... 44 LoMonoco Healthcare ................................ 32 Manchester Chamber of Commerce ............ 39 Manchester Chicken Broil ........................... 38 Manchester Pharmacy................................ 39 Manchester Schools ................................... 39 Martini Art ................................................. 15 Martin's Home Center ................................ 18 Morgan Valley Farms.................................. 40 Nature's Beauty......................................... 32 Naugle Heating & Plumbing........................ 44 Nutrition Choice ......................................... 21 O'Gracie's Studio ....................................... 41 O'Hara Chrysler ......................................... 47 Okey Family Practice .................................. 32 Persnickety ................................................ 11 Pest Patrol................................................. 32 Pheasant Brook Apartments ...................... 37 Promedica ................................................. 48 Purple Pear Tree........................................ 21 Radio Shack............................................... 32 Raisin Valley Golf Club................................ 12 Random Comforts ...................................... 32 Red Mill Pet Supplies.................................. 16 ReMax........................................................ 30 Ribs & Ragtime .......................................... 23 Run Manchester ......................................... 38 Saline Celtic Festival................................... 43 Saline Summer Music ................................. 43 Saline Summerfest ..................................... 43 Schmidt & Sons Pharmacy.......................... 26 Seasons Salon & Spa ................................. 16 St. Joseph Academy ................................... 41 Stirr it Up Consignment .............................. 32 Susie's Swipe the Grime ............................. 32 Tecumseh Camera Shop ............................. 37 Tecumseh Center for the Arts..................... 21 Tecumseh District Library........................... 42 Tecumseh Family Dental ............................. 18 Tecumseh Insurance .................................. 30 Tecumseh Place ......................................... 11 Tecumseh Pool Swim Lessons .................... 32 Tecumseh Trade Center.............................. 36 Tecumseh Veterinary Hospital .................... 32 Theresa's Angels ................................. 16, 34 Two Twelve Arts Center .............................. 43 Underwood Chevrolet ................................. 11 West Maumee Trading Company ................. 45 Wild Iris........................................................ 7 Worth Repeating ........................................ 39

Summer

4 ..... God's little green acres 6 ..... Eat & Drink 8 ..... Reunions 13 ... Tecumseh's Carnegie

F E AT U R E S

17 ... Summer Camps 22 ... River Raisin Ragtime Review 24 ... Summer Photo Essay 26 ... Willow Run

29 ... Objects of our Affection 34 ... Transformation 36 ... Happenings 45 ... Discover your gift

Photo by Suzanne Hayes

homefront 517.423.2174 • 800.832.6443 homefront@tecumsehherald.com www.homefronttecumseh.com

Published seasonally by Herald Publishing Company Mailed free of charge to every home & business in the Tecumseh School District and distributed at the State of Michigan Welcome Centers and at shops & festivals all over S.E. Michigan.

We’ve placed this paper clip in one of our advertisements somewhere in this magazine. Simply tell us which ad you found it in. We’ll draw from all correct entries on July 30, 2010, and give $100 to the lucky winner. To enter, send answers to The Tecumseh Herald, P.O. Box 218, Tecumseh, MI 49286, or submit your entry online at www.homefronttecumseh. com

PAPER CLIP WINNER Mary Pavelka of Tipton found the paperclip on page 35 in the Basil Boys Ad in the 2010 Spring Issue of Homefront. Cover photo by Mickey Alvarado

Publisher: Jim Lincoln • Creative Director: Suzanne Hayes • Production Artist: Hollie Smith Contributors: Mickey Alvarado, Deane Erts, Rebecca Peach, Cristina Trapani-Scott, Deb Wuethrich Sales Staff: Suzanne Hayes, John Beyer, Carla Reed

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little acres

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Story By CRISTINA TRAPANI-SCOTT Photos by HOLLIE SMITH


hile Clinton resident Bill Smith is most known for growing the Clinton United Methodist Church such that a new building was in

order, he’s also spent much of his life growing produce and flowers in the various gardens he and his wife, Jan, have kept throughout the years. The bounty has offered sustenance not only to their three children but to the many friends they’ve made throughout the years. While Jan harvests and cooks, Bill plants and tends the garden. Bill said he first started gardening in 1974 when he and his wife, Jan, moved to Harbor Beach. Gardening is in Smith’s blood. He said his dad was a big gardener and in addition to serving as a minister, he farmed land in Onsted. In 1992, the Smiths moved to Clinton when Bill was assigned to Clinton United Methodist Church. He retired in 2005, and they now live on 10 acres. Bill spends as many as five hours a day tending to his lawn and gardens, which along with a large vegetable garden includes a formidable perennial garden. He plants everything from strawberries to a wide variety of tomatoes to lettuce to grapes for eating and making wine. Much of it he grows from seed. Bill said he begins the process after Christmas of assessing what will go in his garden, evaluating what did or did not work the previous year. Once he’s mapped out what he’d like he orders his seeds by mail. He said cabbage, onion, lettuce and spinach can go in early, but typically he waits until the end of May to plant the bulk of his seedlings. Of all the produce he grows, Bill said potatoes are his favorite.

He said he plants about five varieties and usually has yield in early July. “I always liked growing potatoes,” he said. “I don’t know why. I can take my grandson out there and we take the fork and dig them out. It’s like a surprise every time. Every hill is kind of a surprise how many you have and how many big ones you have.” In addition to potatoes, he grows as many as 78 tomato plants and highly recommends the oxheart variety because of their low acidity. With a quarter acre devoted to his garden the bounty is various and continuous.“Once things start coming in, we virtually eat out of the garden the rest of the summer,” said Bill. Over the years Bill has learned what works and what doesn’t. Even while working as a minister, Jan said Bill was up as early 6:30 a.m. to get hoeing in before he headed off to the church. Bill has since installed water and electricity to his garden and now has a drip irrigation system, which he says is especially good for the grapes. For the winter, he covers his garden plot with rye grass and tills the rye grass in the fall. “It’s really good organic matter and then in the spring it will give the soil a lot of humus,” he said. His advice to those starting out is to start small and seek help from veterans. “I learned if you take a hoe to the garden an hour a day, you stay on top of the weeds,” said Bill. “Some days I can’t tell you what I did, but I was busy. If you don’t like gardening it can be a chore, but I love it,” he said. 5


Eat Drink

_____________________________________ _____________________________________ ____________________________________ BASIL BOYS CITY LIMITS DINER HATHAWAY HOUSE • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • STABLE RESTAURANTS 125 W. Chicago • Tecumseh • 517-423-1875 Mon.-Thurs. 11 am- 114 1/2 W. Logan • Tecumseh • 517-423-9333 • Open 6 am 10 pm, Fri. & Sat., 11 am-11 pm. BBQ chicken and ribs, Chicago style pizza, lasagna, Greek salads, breadstix, wrapsand pocket sandwiches. Banquet room, catering. Now serving beer & wine. www.basilboys.com

_____________________________________ BOULEVARD MARKET

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 102 E. Chicago • Tecumseh • 517-423-6000 Open daily, Thurs til 7:30 pm. A taste sensation destination. Artisanal cheeses, imported and domestic specialty foods, wines, beer, in-house Four Corners Creamery. www.boulevardmarket.com

_____________________________________ BIG BOY

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 2701 E. Monroe • Tecumseh • 517-423-7464 Sun-Thurs 6 am - 11 pm, Fri & Sat 6 am - midnight, Mon - Fri 11 am - 2 pm. $5 Lunch Specials. Mouthwatering desserts. Take home a delicious cheesecake or whole pie. Fabulous breakfasts all day long. Tantalizing tasty salads, sandwich shoppe, dinner classics, pasta bowls & meals to go.

_____________________________________ BRITISH TEA GARDEN

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 112 E. Chicago • Tecumseh • 517-423-7873 Open 7 Days. Soup, sandwiches, porkpies, quiche, cottage pies, ploughmans lunch, kids menu & largest tea selection anywhere. Fabulous desserts. www.britishteagarden. com

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 3 pm Daily. Family friendly atmosphere. Breakfast anytime, Greek and US 223 • Blissfield • 517-486-2141 • We are the special occasion American cuisine. Omelets, Greek salads, gyros, coneys, wraps, pancakes. place - garden patio seating and private parties from 10 - 100. Two great _____________________________________ restaurants. Fine dining & fun casual food and drink. www.hathawayhouse. com COCONUTS GRILLE & BAR • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ____________________________________ 4321 US-12 • Tipton • 517-456-NUTS (6887) • Open at 4 pm Tues JERRYS PUB - Sat. Need a tropical break? Nightly Surf-N-Turf Specials!, Happy Hour 4-5 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • pm, nightly features, full menu, tropical drinks. 650 Egan Hwy • Brooklyn • 517-467-4700 www.jerryspub.com, _____________________________________ Outdoor dining on the south shore of Wamplers Lake. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Crabcakes, stuffed mushrooms, reubens, dusted perch, COWBOYS GRILL • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • pulled BBQ pork, pizza and much more! Thursday, Friday, Saturday 128 W. Chicago • Tecumseh • 517-424-1990 Sun 11-6, Mon - Sat Entertainment. 11-9. Full line of Mexican, speciality salads & sandwiches, 15 oz Cowboy ____________________________________ Fresh...Certified Angus beef steak & burgers, ribs, chicken, fish, hoagies NEW CHINA BUFFET _____________________________________ • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1207 W. Chicago • 517-423-6666 & 517-424-6620 In Tecumseh COUNTRY HOUSE RESTAURANT • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Commons Plaza across from McDonalds. Tue - Thur 10 am - 10 pm, Fri 8495 N. Adrian Hwy (M-52) • Tecumseh • 517-423-3657 Full & Sat 10:30 am - 11 pm, Sun 11 am - 10 pm. Dine-in or take-out. Buffet Bar, daily specials, carry out, broasted chicken, BBQ ribs, peach cobbler. or menu dining. Lunch specials & health dishes. Cantonese & Szechuan Open daily, room for parties specialties. Senior citizen discount.

_____________________________________ ____________________________________ DAILY GRIND SAL’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • & PIZZERIA 139 W. Chicago • Tecumseh • 517-424-7463 Mon - Sat 7-6. Sandwich shoppe & coffeehouse. A light breakfast menu. Hearty lunches. Gourmet &

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1400 W. Chicago Blvd • Tecumseh • 517-423-6688 Authentic _____________________________________ specialty coffees. A warm atmosphere. www.tecumsehdailygrind.com Italian cooking, award winning pizza, family prices, full bar & new banquet _____________________________________ room. Catering for any occasion. BROWNIES HOUSE OF PIZZA • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • EVANS STREET STATION ____________________________________ 1002 W. Chicago • Tecumseh • 517-423-8324 Tues, Wed, Thurs 11 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • am - 10:30 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am - 11:30 pm, Sun 4 pm - 10 pm. Pizza, 110 S. Evans St. • Tecumseh • 517-424-5555 www. VFW - TECUMSEH POST #4187 homemade soups, salads, subs, burgers, dinners. Delivery service.

_____________________________________ CHERRY CREEK VINEYARD & WINERY

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• US-12 at Silver Lake •Brooklyn • 517-592-4663 Award-winning wines, freshly made butter fudge, Michigan cherry preserves, artisan olive oil, balsamic vinegar from Modena Italy, all bottled on site. Michigan products, wine gifts, gift baskets. Saturday fresh baked French baguettes and locally roasted coffee.

FEATURED

RECIPE

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Carribbean Tilapia with Mango Salsa Thirty minutes - one hour Serves 4

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• evansstreetstation.com. Farm-to-table destination restaurant serving 427 N. Evans • Tecumseh • 517-423-2260 • Mon - Sat 10 am - 9 seasonal, modern American fare in a relaxed atmosphere (formerly the pm, Sun Noon- 9 pm. Wednesday - Burger Night, Friday - Taco Night. city's firehouse). Lunch & dinner, outdoor patio, genuine hospitality, full Public welcome. bar, exhibition kitchen, private event space, catering. Happy Hour 3-6 pm.

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 sweet onion, chopped 2 cups peeled mangos, chopped 1/2 cup orange juice 1 teaspoon dried Thyme 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 - 6 oz. Tilapia fillets cooking spray

Combine first 3 ingredients in a food processor, and process until minced. Add the mango and next 5 ingredients (mango through salt); process until smooth. Place mango mixture and fish in a zip-top plastic bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator 20 minutes. Remove fish from bag, reserving marinade. Pour reserved marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Prepare grill or broiler. Place fish on a grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Cook for 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with mango salsa.

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knickers don't get your

in a twist

No passport is required for travel to our quaint tea room. Great lunches and fine teas are served daily and take home a souvenir from our gift shop.

magnetic attraction

www.thebritishpantry.com Downtown Tecumseh 517-423-7873

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Ser endipitous Finds

Out blue of the

...comes fashion and accessories perfect for a day at the beach or a night on the town! Our 3,000 sq ft showroom is bursting with all things summer. Enjoy!

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Each of our custom designed pieces is a handcrafted work of art done in the time-honored methods of master craftsmen.

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Pictured top row, far left and far right are reunion coordinators Jan & Bob Salsberry

Reunions a summer

tradition

By Rebecca Peach

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Local residents Bob and Jan Salsberry have perfected the art of hosting a fun, laughter-filled family reunion. “We have two reunions every year with our families,” Jan stated, “One with Bob’s family and with one on my side, the Newell family.” Bob and Jan’s children and grandchildren unite together with Jan’s three sisters, their brother and each of their families, and spend days together en masse with Jan’s mother, Dorothy Newell of Lebanon, Ohio. Jan explained, “We enjoy spending time together as a family.” In the past the group has rented cottages at the lake together or traveled to different vacation destinations for weekends or longer trips. When planning last year’s August reunion, Jan suggested Tecumseh as the site for the week-long reunion and her family readily agreed.

the 34 family members found to do over the five-day reunion last August. Breakfast and lunch were “on your own” with all coming together for dinner and evening activities at the Salsberry’s home. “We had a theme for each night’s dinner meal.” Jan’s sister, Judy Eaton of South Bend, IN, explained, “Mexican Night, Team Dallas made dinner, another was Men’s Night to cook, and Teens Night. It’s hard to describe the good feeling just being together gives us. We laugh a lot and have fun.” Evenings were a time to relax together and work on arts and crafts, play board games, or compete in the cannonball dive competition in the backyard pool. One evening the ladies learned the art of scrapbooking, making a scrapbook that they gave to Grandma Newell.

EUNION IS DEFINED AS A GATHERING OF THOSE SEPARATED, A REJOINING OF THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN APART, BY DISTANCE OR JUST A LENGTH OF TIME. REUNIONS CAN BE WITH CLASSMATES WHO HAVEN’T BEEN IN TOUCH FOR DECADES, WITH OLD FRIENDS WHO LIVE CLOSE BY BUT RARELY GET TOGETHER BECAUSE OF THE DEMANDS OF DAILY LIFE, OR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS WHO’VE MOVED MILES APART. IT’S ABOUT CATCHING UP WITH EACH OTHER, AND SHARING THE JOYS AND CELEBRATIONS OF YOUR DAILY LIVES. IT’S A WONDERFUL WAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PASSING OF TIME, A CHANCE TO LOOK BACK AND ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER'S DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE. Bob and Jan Salsberry moved to Tecumseh five years ago. Jan’s siblings were eager to explore the area in southeast Michigan that the couple had spoken so highly about. “There’s really so much for people of all ages to see and do in the Tecumseh area,” Jan explained. “We used our home as center or headquarters, split into smaller groups during the day for activities, then we came together for the evening meal." Jan designed a T-shirt printed with Camp Tecumseh and a big mosquito on the front with each person’s hometown printed on the back. The family members came from Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and from southeast Michigan. When Jan’s siblings, their families and even some of family dogs arrived in town, “Camp Tecumseh” officially opened for the week. Visiting family members found accommodations in Tecumseh and a few stayed at the Salsberry home. Having spent past vacations together, the Newell siblings knew not to try to spend every minute in a large group, but to schedule a few diverse activities each day, allowing each to participate in activities of their choice. Horseback riding, Hidden Lake Gardens tours, swimming and boating at the lake, Tecumseh’s Pet Parade, and shopping at Tecumseh’s Market Days are just a few of the activities

Sometimes the hardest group to keep happy on a vacation is the teenagers. This wasn’t an issue at the Newell Reunion. Jan and Bob’s teenaged grandchildren enjoyed the reunion as much as their grandparents. “When the family gets together for just the day, we tend to stick with just the kids who are our age,” said MacKenzie Salsberry, Bob and Jan’s granddaughter from Chicago. “During longer visits, we have time to visit with everyone and you get to know them.” Her cousin Conner Salsberry of Rochester Hills, Michigan, agreed, “We liked the horseback riding and are looking forward to the puttputt competition” he said. “It’s fun doing things together, but it’s also nice just to be with everyone.” One of the activities on the Camp Tecumseh to do list, was assisting with a community service project at Tecumseh’s Brookside Cemetery. Jan Salsberry is a regular volunteer working on a Brookside Cemetery project, the re-plotting and verifying of information on pre-1945 burials in the older sections. Confirmed accurate data is collected from each grave, compared

with the written records, and then entered into the computer system. “My family members truly enjoyed working at Brookside. They felt it was time well spent on a very worthwhile project.” A few of Jan’s family members have returned to Tecumseh since last summer to help Jan with the on-going project at Brookside. “Months later the kids, teenagers and young adults still mention the project and how glad they were to have helped,” Jan said. “They feel it was a very special time spent together. They learned a little Tecumseh history and helped move the project forward.” Playing, working, having fun together, and creating new memories, the Newell Reunion members enjoyed their “Camp Tecumseh” adventure. Dorothy Newell, Jan’s mother is delighted that her family members come together each summer. “It’s wonderful,” the 94-year-old matriarch said while holding her great-grandson on her lap, “to be able to have everyone together. This is the best!” Dorothy said the reunions were her favorite time of year and commented, “It is a very happy time for all of us.” Dorothy was holding little Sam, the youngest member of the family; it was hard to tell which one had the biggest smile.

The long sunlit days of summer seem to give us a few extra hours to enjoy life a little more, affording us time to gather with friends and family. Don’t let this summer pass without enjoying a gathering with your family, classmates, old friends, or neighbors. If you don’t have a reunion scheduled, pick a date, make plans, keep it simple, or make it a grand adventure. Either way, a reunion can be an enjoyable way to spend a summer day.

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Jan Salsberry was searching for a community project for her family to work on during their Tecumseh family reunion. Jan began asking local friends for ideas. One suggested the Brookside Cemetery project. She laughed, thinking it might be an odd family project, but decided to investigate. Jan discovered an important project that was in need of assistance. Jan helped out one time and quickly became a dedicated volunteer at Tecumseh’s Brookside Cemetery.

the cemetery Tecumseh has had two cemeteries since its founding in 1824. The early settlers cemetery was located in what is now Elliott Park. In 1853, Tecumseh’s Brookside Cemetery on N. Union Street was opened. The original 288 graves in the old cemetery were carefully moved to Brookside. Brookside is operated by the City of Tecumseh, with Dan Righter serving as cemetery superintendent. The cemetery is basically divided into what is referred to as the old section and the new section, which opened in 1956. The Brookside Cemetery project is the re-plotting and verifying of information on all pre-1945 graves in the older section. Data is collected on each grave, confirmed and rechecked. Each plot will be reassigned a new number to correspond with current mapping standards. Then the data is entered into the computer system where it can be retrieved easily for those seeking information. Righter explained that information on all interments from 1956 forward and all in the new section are already on computer and he can easily access the data. “Every day we receive requests for information on someone buried or possibly buried in Brookside,” Righter said. “If the information is not in the computer, we have to go back and search the old hand-written books.” The goal is to have accurate detailed information on every grave in the cemetery accessible on the computer system. Each plot in Brookside was originally marked with a lot marker with lot number identifying the plot. Written cemetery records corresponding to that number included who was buried in the lot, their date of death, possibly the cause of death, and other information. This information is contained in ledger books, many of which are becoming brittle and in danger of becoming damaged due to handling. Righter explained why the information from the 10

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books couldn’t just be copied and entered into the computer. “That would make life very easy,” Righter said, “but we have to be 100 percent precise, no room for errors.” He explained that it’s not that information was recorded incorrectly, but the actual recording process has changed from the beginning until now. Prior to 1946, in Brookside and most other cemeteries, section plots were only numbered when they were used for burials. The numbering system did not follow a pattern and a map system was not utilized. Since the new section was opened in 1956, a mapping system of cemetery sections has been used, with each plot having a pre-designated number, thus an orderly grid. The information in the record book is correct, and the grave markers are correct, but by looking at the record book and then an actual map of the cemetery, the numbered plots are out of order, so you would have to actually walk into the cemetery to locate or ID each plot on a map. To be able to record grave plot information in the computer program, each section must be assigned a mapped number. Thus, the old section of Brookside must be mapped to follow the current system of identifying plots on a map. The project entails field work, where volunteers and/or cemetery workers rope off a section of the cemetery and draw on paper everything in the section. Using tappers they begin searching in the ground for each grave marker in the section. When the marker is located, the number is recorded, if there is a headstone the information is recorded to correspond with the grave marker. The information and location is noted on the map. Every inch of a section is covered and recorded. Collected data is then compared to the original written records and verified as accurate. In some cases discrepancies are found, then it’s back to the section to find out what is wrong or what is missing. “It’s truly like putting together a jig saw puzzle” Dan Righter commented. Field work comes to a halt during the winter months, but work continues with record searching and data input into the computer system. All information from the headstone and the original written records book will be entered into the computer system. Military service information or insignias found on the headstone will be included. In the past, military information was not always put in the record books. Righter stated, “It’s a monumental task.” The project has been on-going for four years and is years away from completion. “We are about half way completed with this project,” he said.Jan Salsberry, is often joined by dedicated volunteers John Waltman and Gary Thompson, who also work on the Brookside Cemetery project. Jan said, “It’s a slow process, but we know we will have accurate information.” Contact Dan Righter at 423-3632 if interested in becoming a trained volunteer for Tecumseh Brookside Cemetery.


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Tecumseh's

CARNEGIE Long before he donated more than $40 million to pay for 1,679 new library buildings in communities large and small across America, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie spent his youth in Scotland listening to men read aloud and discuss books borrowed from the Tradesmen’s Subscription Library that his father, a weaver, helped create.

By DEB WUETHRICH


SAVE TECUMSEH’S

CARNEGIE! The stately Carnegie Library has proudly stood watch over Chicago Boulevard since 1904 beckoning countless families through its doors. To ensure this timeless building will witness the next hundred years, innovative individuals have converged to purchase, renovate and reuse the Tecumseh Carnegie Library building as a Welcome Center for the Tecumseh Area. Please help ensure future generations can enjoy the Carnegie building. Contributions should be made to the Lenawee Community Foundation and sent to:

Tecumseh Carnegie Preservation League P.O. Box 8 Tecumseh, MI 49286 For additional information contact: Dick Johnson at 517-403-0113 or djohnson@evansstreetstation.com or visit www.tecumsehcarnegie.org

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When the age of industrialization forced his father out of business, the family immigrated to Allegheny, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and young Andrew quickly went to work in a textile factory, then became a messenger boy for a telegraph company. It was in this capacity he was introduced to Col. James Anderson who opened a personal library on Saturdays to young workers who wished to borrow books. Carnegie used the library, but was later restricted. At that time he resolved that if he ever were to be wealthy, he would make similar opportunities available to other poor workers. Carnegie went on to earn his fortune through holdings with the Pennsylvania Railroad, and later created the Carnegie Steel Company, which he sold in 1901 for $250 million. When he retired, he devoted the rest of his life to philanthropy. Prior to his retirement, Carnegie had written a famous essay entitled, “The Gospel of Wealth,” in which he stated that "wealthy men should live without extravagance, provide moderately for the dependents, and distribute the rest of their riches to benefit the welfare and happiness of the common man — with the consideration to help only those who would help themselves.” His second essay, “The Best Fields for Philanthropy,” listed libraries as being among seven fields to which the wealthy should donate. When Andrew Carnegie died in 1919 at age 84, he had given nearly one-fourth of his life to causes in which he believed, with gifts to charities totaling nearly $350 million, or almost 90 percent of his fortune. When a community applied for grant money to fund a Carnegie library, conditions included the municipality owning the site and maintenance pledges. When some communities submitted expensive designs, control over designs became a component, requiring grant recipients to submit plans first. Carnegie’s Secretary, James Bertram, wrote a book entitled “Notes on Library Buildings,” which reflected the thinking of leading architects of libraries and contained minimum standards and six model floor plans. The most commonly adopted plans called for a main floor with an adult reading area on one side, a children’s area on the other, and the librarian’s desk between the two. Bertram wanted usable, practical libraries, not elaborate “Greek Temples.” Because of the book and its standards, many of the libraries looked similar with high ceilings and second level public areas and spacious interior rooms. A large majority of the existing Carnegie libraries are brick, since they were meant to be permanent public buildings. The state of Michigan received 61 Carnegie libraries. The Tecumseh Library District, which was later housed in the Carnegie structure, has its roots in 1836 when the Tecumseh Lyceum, a group of private citizens, shared a collection of books, according to Waymarking.com, an Internet site. In 1885, a semi-private subscription library was formed. This library later merged with the Tecumseh School Library in 1895 and that is how the library came to be administered by the school district. The school district applied for and received a $10,000 Carnegie grant in 1903, and

the red brick building with sandstone trim was built on land at 304 West Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh, donated by Benjamin Baxter. This library was dedicated on February 10, 1905. The Carnegie building housed the library until the present facility was built in 1962 on Ottawa Street, then held administrative offices for Tecumseh Public Schools until the school moved its offices to the former Tecumseh Middle School. Local attorney Gary Baldwin then purchased the structure in 2002, and it sat vacant for a few years. Early in April, 2010, a newly formed Tecumseh Carnegie Preservation League (TCPL) signed a purchase agreement for the historic building with a land contract for $110,000. A community-driven fundraising campaign is now underway to restore the building. Tecumseh City Manager Kevin Welch, who is heading up the fundraising campaign, said at least half of the $710,000 project would be needed within two years. “This is going to take a lot of work,” he said. “The building needs to be a community entrusted project. We all need to be prepared to support it.” The project start was made possible through a $30,000 grant from the Community Fund Foundation. Tentative plans include using the building as a Tecumseh welcome center, drawing on the structure’s existence as a long-time landmark in the downtown area. The TCPL breaks down estimated costs for restoration to include: $110,000 for purchase; $96,907 to restore and stabilize the building; $244,569 to complete exterior work; and $259,771 for interior work to accommodate tenants, restore architectural details and provide barrier free access. “We want to make it selfsustaining,” said Richard Johnson, who chairs the TCPL and also owns Evans Street Station and serves as a city council member. “We are tremendously excited.”


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After the first flush of

summer vacation

freedom has worn off, the rest of the summer can look like a

long stretch

of boredom for some, that is, those of us who are enough to find the time to be bored—like our kids.

lucky

Not to fear. . .

By Deane Erts

there is a wide range of

summer activitiesthat you

didn’t need to register for in June in order to reserve a place in the fun now. Just in the immediate area there are classes to take that are a short bike ride away for older students.

inexpensive

At Morgan Valley Farms (1300 E. Monroe Rd. M-50, 517.423.7858, e-mail morganvalleylori@aol.com, www. morganvalleyfarm.com), your student may immerse him or herself in horse learning and lore as deeply as he or she cares to go. There is basic instruction from experienced trainers and more advanced classes for the more accomplished riders. One of the biggest attractions at Morgan Valley is the overnight camp program. This camp is available to riders five years old and up. Three brand-new “bunkhouses”(pictured above) have been built close to the camp’s riding arena and in-ground swimming pool. The cabins are well-appointed and may accommodate five, including a camp instructor/counselor, and are furnished with bunks, indoor ¾ bathroom, kitchenette, TV, and screened in porch. All meals are provided for the overnight programs, which run for five days. The next sessions available for five-day overnight camps are July 19-23, Aug. 2-6, and Aug. 9-13. Of course many young riders prefer to come for day camp. Day campers join the classes of the overnighters and also receive the meals and camp T-shirts, but go home when the lessons are over. Day camper classes are 2 ½ hours and do not come with the campfires and evening rides. Cabins are year-round with heat for the chilly months and Morgan Valley welcomes adult groups booked in advance for any season.

Horsin' around

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Wolf (2828 Wolf Creek Hwy., 517.265-2950, www.wolfcreekstables.com) , one of the stables in Lenawee County with approximately 80 acres, offers instruction for riders ages riding styles. One of the most popular programs at Wolf Creek is the Saturday Morning Kids’ Club for age six and up, which meets every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Parents have the option of introducing kids to learning about caring for a horse with hands-on training (no riding) or for an additional fee, horse care plus elementary riding instruction. Parents are invited to drop off their rider anytime after 8 a.m. and pick up before or at noon. For more formal instruction, Wolf Creek conducts five-day sessions through the summer. July’s sessions are the 12th through the 16th and 19th through the 23rd with three more sessions available in August. Riders may opt for full-day lessons or half-day sessions. Sessions, half or full day, are filled with riding instruction, horsemanship classes, demonstrations, game, arts and crafts, and more. Wolf Creek also offers pony birthday parties that include two ponies for two hours for 12 children, plus birthday cake. Helmets are provided and the clubhouse has all the features of home, including a kitchen.

Riding Instruction

One of the biggest drawbacks to three months of summer vacation, as far as teachers and parents are concerned, is what some educators refer to as “academic erosion.” Even the brightest students, whether elementary or secondary, experience some slippage in the skills that they worked so hard to master during the previous school year, if those skills are not used for an extended period. Sylvan Learning Center (3245 N. Adrian Hwy., 517.265.4900, http:// tutoring.sylvanlearning.com/index.cfm) is a place for students to keep their learning momentum going through the summer or to get up to speed in a subject that was proving difficult before school ended. The local Sylvan Learning Center is directed by Connie LaVoy and staffed by about 20 teachers, many of whom were or are in local schools. Just about every subject is offered except physical education and music. LaVoy is quick to point out to parents and students that Sylvan is not a substitute for school, but rather a supplement for students who want to improve their knowledge in a subject. The curriculum is formulated to the needs of each student through a baseline assessment established before class even begins. All teachers are certified and spend one-on-one class time with students. Motivation is the key to learning, LaVoy said, and the teachers take the time to establish a rapport that sets Sylvan classes apart from a harried teacher facing a classroom of 30 students. Summer camps are available on subjects that are emphasized during the school year, namely reading and arithmetic. The camp schedules are set up for the convenience of the student and parent with hours that range from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Reading & Math

Fizz! Pop!

Another good way to keep kids excited about learning through the summer is to focus on what they want to be when they grow up. This is exactly the angle that the Lenawee Intermediate School District’s summer program is built around. There are camps for students of all ages and some of the high school camps can count toward graduation credits. All Lenawee County students are eligible for the camps, which are nominally priced and generally run for five days. Scholarships are available and some camps have already started but most have sessions in July and August. Applicants often exceed enrollment capability, so parents are encouraged to enroll students as soon as possible by going online at www.lisd.us or by obtaining entry and scholarship forms at LISD Tech Center, 1372 N. Main Street, Adrian, 517.265.1625. For the elementary students (2nd and 3rd grades), camps are often named according to subject: Fur, Feathers, and Fins is a good example, or Dirt, Worms, and Frogs. A new camp this year is Fizz! Flash! Pop!, which dabbles in science and chemistry basics. For the fourth and fifth graders, camps get a little more involved (and graphic) with camps like Human Grossology; Robots, Rockets, and Racers; and Skyscrapers, Bridges, and Homes. The subjects fit into what STEM Director Kim Anderson describes as “innovative, inquiry-based programs, which expose students to STEM careers.” STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Organizers tried to cram as many careers into the abbreviation as possible but could not cover all the topics. There are camps for many other career paths from journalism to criminal justice in the middle and high school categories.

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Artistry

Despite deep cuts in state and federal funding caused by the recession, the arts are alive and well in Tecumseh, due to the efforts of dedicated individuals and institutions that are locally based. One of the newest and most among these homegrown institutions is Community Tecumseh,, known by its initials, Tecumseh CAT. CAT incorporates extremely range of activities that are entertaining, educational, and productive for all ages. The base of operations for CAT is Tecumseh’s newest city recreation area: Smith Park on North Evans Street, with its commodious meeting place, the John W. Smith Building. Registration for classes and a catalogue of class offerings are available at the Community Center, Tecumseh District Library, and other locations. Residents who are feeling the pinch of current economic circumstances are reminded that children’s scholarships are available. The range of artistic expression offered through classes at CAT is truly remarkable, and one of the best things about the courses is that the result of enrollment is not only more knowledge and skill than when one started but a personally created work of art, whether wearable, suitable for framing, or worthy of a place on the mantle, when you finish. Classes are now in session, but there are many more scheduled to begin in July and August. There are two convenient ways to enroll: mail the paper application in each course catalogue or enroll online through parks & recreation at www.mytecumseh.org (credit cards accepted). CAT members receive a $5 discount. Membership forms are available in class catalogues. CAT is affiliated with the City of Tecumseh, but it is not the only recreation opportunity offered by the city. The Parks and Recreation Department conducts athletic teams, contests, and lessons (including a July art camp) and these activities are listed in the 2010 Summer Guide published by the department and available at the same locations listed above. (Smith Park, 517.423.0000, mytecumseh.org, cat@verizon.net)

Drama Taking Tecumseh’s claim as Art H(e)aven a notch higher, another city-affiliated summer camp is available. Session II of Tecumseh Center for the Arts’ Summer Drama Camp will be in July featuring Tecumseh resident instructor Michelle Messmer, whose resume includes stage productions in Michigan, Chicago, and New York, as well as film appearances with Hilary Swank in Betty Ann Waters (opening in September) and in a Rob Reiner film, Flipped,, opening in August. There are two age groups, grades 5 to 7 July 12 to 16 and July 19 to 23 and grades 8 to 12 on the same dates. Younger students attend from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and older students attend from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. To register in person, stop by the TCA at 400 N. Maumee St., call TCA at 423.6617 www.thetca.org.

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R4

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iver Raisin Ragtime Review

By Deane Erts

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Nothing would please the River Raisin Ragtime Review more than playing to a sea of faces at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts Thursday, July 22. Not for the money, this Tecumseh-based musical ensemble plays practically at-cost (with reduced-rate tickets for the hometown crowd) but rather for the sheer pleasure of bringing this unique and historical genre of music to a local audience.


Tecumseh residents and band members William and Laura Pemberton, co-founders of R4, as it has been nicknamed by its national audience, along with the rest of the musicians, like to keep ticket prices manageable so that they can introduce as many people as possible to their sound. William and Laura met in class at the University of Michigan School of Music where William studied the tuba and Laura the piccolo. They have been making beautiful music together ever since. The Pembertons are not professional musicians in the strictest sense. Their livelihood does not depend on money earned on stage. In fact, of the 15 to 20 musicians that gather to entertain audiences along with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Smokey Robinson, Harry Connick Jr., Dionne Warwick, and Ann Murray, playing music for a national audience is not the “day job” for any of the R4 members, most of whom hail from the Detroit-Ann Arbor area. “We like to play for big audiences with a broad spectrum of ages, ideally,” William said. “Our mission is as much educational as it is musical. Many people have a misconception about ragtime that we try to dispel — about it being mostly for an older crowd. We discovered long ago that when young people hear it, they are usually impressed with the energy and upbeat tempo. We also include a little history narrative with the program. Not enough to make it a lecture, but enough to provide a little context to the times in which the music was composed.”

The Review has a very wide national and international fan base, as evidenced by glowing reviews in such prestigious music review publications as Fanfare Magazine and Just Jazz (a magazine published in London, England), both of which applauded R4’s second CD, “Ragtime Detroit! Michigan’s Contribution to America’s Original Music.”

“The first ever ‘Ribs and Ragtime in Tecumseh’ concert has been scheduled primarily to bring the ragtime experience here, again. We included a lot of other activities to go along with the concert to make it fun for families. We hope that the event will give us more name recognition in the community and we have kept the ticket prices low in recognition of our economic times and to bring in a new audience, especially kids.” For Tecumseh’s personal performance of R4's Ribs & Ragtime on Thursday, July 22, the fun starts at 6 p.m. at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 North Maumee Street. Randy’s Bar-B-Que will be on hand offering a menu of mouth-watering summertime treats highlighted by Randy’s renowned barbecued ribs, but there will also be an old-time ice cream social for dessert, plus free games with prizes for the kids. For the older folks, there will be horseshoe pits set up for the occasion. And after the concert, which starts at 7 p.m., there will be a genuine cakewalk, where couples can strut their stuff. Visitors may come for the concert only or enjoy the entire evening’s package. To go along with the food theme of the event, R4 has put together a play list that includes “Pork and Beans,” “Dill Pickles,” and “Struttin’ with some Barbecue,” among others. Call the TCA at 517.423.6617 for tickets or log on to www.thetca. org. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults (over 18) and only $5 for youth. Don’t miss your chance to spice up a long, hot summer with some equally hot ragtime.

The band has entertained along with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during the annual “Salute to America” Fourth of July concert that typically draws crowds of 40,000 over the course of the patriotic celebration. They were also the ensemble of choice for the opening of famed photographer Annie Leibovitz’s “American Music Exhibition” at the Detroit Institute of Arts, which has been another frequent venue. R4’s first recording, “The Red Back Book: Standard High Class Rags,” is widely credited with a feat of historic musical preservation by recording, for the first time ever, a collection of 15 rags published by Stark Music, of St. Louis, Mo., one of the primary publishers of original ragtime compositions at the turn of the 20th century. It was the first time that the whole body of work, some of which had been thought lost, was collected in one audio recording. The venue where R4 performs the most is Greenfield Village in Dearborn, which is appropriate. Visitors to the historic Ford complex are there for history and fun and R4 fills the bill for both attractions. The Village, located next to Henry Ford Museum, draws an international audience all summer long, but some of the largest crowds are seen for the “Salute to America,” a four-day extravaganza where R4 will be performing for its sixth consecutive time, along with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. “Ragtime was America’s first indigenous style of music, so it’s perfect for Greenfield Village, where historical preservation is the main attraction,” said William. “We love playing for large audiences because it gives more exposure to our type of music, but we also love playing for smaller gatherings because it is a more personal experience for the audience.

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You must know me well by now. I am the ripple on a lake, the silent eyes of the deer you come upon standing still among the foliage. I am the soft fur on a warm muzzle, the amber field with ribbons of tire tracks Photo by Suzanne Hayes

Photo by Suzanne Hayes

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mapping a day’s work done.


And, on the day of rest certainly earned, I am the music of laughter and the sandy beach dampened by the gentle lapping of fresh water. I am summer, here, the way you remembered me

r e m m u S

returning as I always do to say hello.

By Cristina Trapani-Scott

Photo by Mickey Alvarado

Opposite Top: Late summer on Russell Road

Opposite Bottom: A Milwaukee Road home beckons

Above: Wildlife wades in Red Mill Pond Left: Raisin Township donkey love Right: Splashing at "The Pit" in Tecumseh Photo by Brittany Scarborough


Bomber Plant

By MICKEY ALVARADO

Years ago thousands of people migrated to Southern Michigan in search of new life, and the way many survived was by finding work in factories. A lot of those common folk planted roots in this area with the help of Henry Ford’s inclination to combine industry and agriculture during the early 1940s. A presentation, by historian Dick Esper was hosted by the Tecumseh District Library in early June on B-24 Bombers being mass-produced at Ford’s Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti. The event brought relatives of those workers from miles around to share family stories about the military factory. ichard “Dick” Feight has a home in Tecumseh but he grew up in Belleville, just south of the Willow Run plant. The 84-year-old can still recall hearing the roaring engines of B-24 Liberator Bombers coming from the factory as a boy. The sounds of its guns being tested and fired into an embankment still echo in the back of his mind. His father worked at a plant that supplied Willow Run’s electricity and Dick says his uncle was the one who pulled the last bomber off the Willow Run assembly line. Several others at the meeting had a father, mother, sister or brother who worked at the Ford facility. Charles Pearson came from Adrian, by way of Oklahoma, to see the presentation. His father was recruited as a chemist to relocate to an Adrian plant that made struts for the planes being built at Willow Run. Busloads of people were brought up from out west and the deep, and not so deep, south to work in the Ford factory. Willow Run employed 80,000 people from 1941-

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1945, 61 percent men, 39 percent women. It wasn’t an easy job. Twelve thousand quit in the first 10 days, 34,000 stayed less than three months and 30,000 stayed more than 12 months. They started out at 85 cents an hour and worked 54 hours a week, nine hours a day for six days a week. Norm Campbell of Clinton remembered his sister, Eleanor, telling him of southerners who’d come to the Willow Run plant straight out of the fields and they’d wind up getting their feet cut up because they didn’t have any shoes on when working. Eleanor was a secretary at the Willow Run plant. “They all stayed here,” said Norm of the workers remaining after the B-24s stopped being produced. “So you’d better be careful what you say about people from the south because there’s an awful lot of them around.” Many of the workers who traveled long distances in search of work did remain in Southern Michigan. “Well, my dad worked in Willow Run and he was one of the people who came up from the south,” a female voice called from the back of the room during


the lecture. “He was from Dalton, Georgia, and I don’t remember him ever going to work without his shoes. He did like a lot of others and stayed with Kaiser-Fraser.” After the war the plant was sold to Kaiser-Fraser motors and then to General Motors. In 1942, the federal government built the nation’s second freeway (currently I-94) to move workers and materials in and out of Willow Run. A year later they constructed an entire village where a good number of Willow Run’s workers would call home. The prefab housing project, called Willow Village, was created to house approximately 3,000 people. Eventually, the sprouting village provided housing for more than 15,000. The village grew to include 30 dormitories, six community buildings, rows and rows of small houses, commercial buildings, police and fire stations, and schools. There were so many southerners living in Willow Village the area was dubbed “Ypsi-tuckey” by the locals. When business at a brickyard in Olive Hill, Kentucky, dried up in early ’45, Clifford Williams sought out work so he and his wife Iona brought a truckload of kids to Michigan. He too found employment at the Willow Run plant. Some of his children still remain in the area including Donna “Susie” Balog and her sister Sandy Williams, of Tecumseh.

Clockwise from left B-24 bombers wait on the Willow Run runway for a break in the weather in February of 1944 so they can be flown out. Willow Run Village consisted of over 3,000 units and served as the temporary housing for the bomber plant employees and their families. The last bomber rolled off the line June 25, 1945. The plane was to be christened "The Henry Ford," but Ford asked that his name be taken off and the plane be named after the workers who built it. Here it's being autographed by the last remaining workers at Willow Run.

“I have such fond memories of us growing up at Willow Village,” said Donna. “It was wonderful to live in such a big melting pot with folks from all over.” Donna has a sister, Nancy August, living in Jackson and brothers Claude and Roger Williams and sister Cookie residing in Ypsilanti. Her brother Bert returned back to Olive Hill, Kentucky. Bob Barnsdale came from Saline to attend the library meeting. Bob was born downriver in Trenton and graduated from Dundee High School in 1943. His mother worked at Willow Run, beginning the summer of ‘42, as a tool crib attendant. “I was only 17 and I had a job there one week before I graduated,” said Bob. He worked at Willow Run for five months putting together spare part packages for planes in service before quitting to go to college. One month later he was drafted into the Navy. He ended up in the Philippines and he and a few others had to get from one spot to another so they hitched a ride on, you guessed it, a B-24 bomber. They all climbed through the large plane’s Bombay doors and were treated with a ride to remember. “As we were circling around, someone says, ‘He can’t get the flaps down,’” Bob reflected. “The runway at Tacloban ran one way. There was a mountain at one end and the sea at the other. That’s how I got indoctrinated on a B-24.” As the presentation ended the memories of those huge B-24s faded away as did the memory of the sounds of the bombers flying over the area some 70-plus years ago. Dick Feight could still remember the sound of the planes clearly in his head and looked to the sky as he left the building and pointed to one only he could see. “I enjoy talking about them even though they are gone,” he said. “Those bombers were a big part of my life.” Dick said he actually chatted with Henry Ford while sitting on a running board as a kid. Ford was always interested in agriculture and that’s how Dick came to meet him. He was just a boy tending to a garden. But it wasn’t just any ol’ garden. It was one of a hundred Ford gardens created by school kids and Dick took pride in seeing his was tended to proper. He’d pedal his bike out to the small plot as often as possible when he got out of school and put his hands and tools to work in the dirt. His labor of love paid off and he won a prize for having the best-looking Ford garden in Belleville. “I worked like a dog on my garden,” Dick said with a bit of pride still remaining. “And I got a dollar for having the cleanest garden. I was so proud of that. The only thing I didn’t do, I didn’t save that dollar. That is the sad, sad part of it.” But Dick smiled when telling of how Henry pulled a shoe off during their conversation to get at a pebble and saw a hole in his sock. “He said he was going to have to have his wife darn it. I had to ask my mom what he meant,” said Dick with a grin wide as a B-24.

Thank you to the Ypsilanti Historical Society for photographs. Visit them at www.ypsilantihistoricalsociety.org for a great collection of Willow Run memorabilia.

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She deserves home after all she's been through...

Bluebell

Female Retriever/Boxer 6 years 4 months Bluebell was abandoned by her owner in a home without heat, food or water. Neighbors notified police officials because of the smell coming from the home and Bluebell was found inside along with another dog. Although she is a mature dog, Bluebell does still have a high energy level so she would do best in an active home with an owner willing to take her on long walks. She is housebroken and gets along with most other dogs, and she could adjust nicely to a home with dogfriendly cats.

Adopt me!

Charlie Male

Retriever,Labrador Siberian Husky 7 years 1 month Our staff here at LHS quickly became attached to him because he's such a lovebug and behaves so nicely. He responds easily to basic commands, walks nicely on a leash, and he's even housebroken. Charlie would be a good choice for a family with older children but does not interact well with other animals, and will do best as the only pet in your household.

Oreo

Border Collie/ Newfoundland 3 years 4 months

Little Bit is a 9 year old, 14lb, neutered, sweet as can be kitty that has recently lost both of his parents. He has been a patient here at Companion Animal Clinic and is up to date on all of his shots. He's content to stay inside or to wander out occasionally. He still has his claws. If you have room for him in your heart and in your home... call us!

Little Bit

This is one great cat!

Oreo is an energetic guy who looks like a smaller version of a Newfoundland. He will need regular brushing, long walks and play with him so he doesn't become bored and destructive. Good with school-aged children and other dogs. He responded well to cats here at the shelter, but has never lived with them. Oreo is housebroken and previously was kept inside the home most of the time.

Your NEW best friend is waiting for you. Lenawee Humane Society

www.lenhumanesoc.org • 705 W. Beecher • Adrian • 517. 263.9111

Misha

Maya

Misha was surrendered to LHS after she was found as a stray by a woman who couldn't keep her. She's a mature cat but she has great manners and loves any kind of attention she can get. We think she'd adjust easily to other pets and children, and to top it off she's even spayed and housebroken. She'd love to live out the rest of her years cuddled on your lap!

Maya and her kittens were confiscated from a home with poor conditions along with a number of other cats. You would never know this sweet cat was infested with fleas and in terrible condition if you look at her now! Maya is litter trained and previously lived indoors. She does well with other cats and would be a great choice for a family pet.

Female Domestic Shorthair/Mix 10 years 1 month

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Female Domestic Shorthair/Mix 2 years 4 months

Miles

Male Domestic Longhair/Mix 5 years 3 months Miles was recently returned to LHS when his new owners developed allergies to him. He has been outdoors for the last few months but we think he could easily adjust to living inside again. This guy is already housebroken and neutered, however he will need frequent brushing to keep his long hair free of mats. Miles never lived with other pets so he may do best in a home where he is the only animal. He did live with children and we were told he does great with them.

Companion Animal Clinic 114 N. Pearl • Tecumseh 517.423.6609 www.caccares.com


photos Cristina Trapani-Scott

T O O T H P I C K

Walk into just about any home and there is bound to be a collection of something. Whether it’s figurines, books, old toys or teapots, people collect things for all kinds of reasons. Some have strong memories associated with the items they collect or are fascinated with the history in the collections. Others find beauty in certain items. Then there are those who collect things for practical use or to buy and sell items. Whatever the reason for collecting, there is no doubt people are doing a lot of it. Some local people shared their reasons for collecting the things they do.

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ommunities have grown up around collections, some more well-known than others. One little known community that has sprung up around a not often thought of functional, yet decorative, collectible is the National Toothpick Holders Society. Lorraine Holt, who is most closely associated with Tecumseh Insurance Agency in these parts, is an avid toothpick holder collector. She doesn’t just collect any toothpick holder, however. She collects Victorian silverplated figural toothpick holders. Holt’s collecting bug started after a friend gave her a little china toothpick holder that had belonged to that friend’s grandmother. “I thought that was something little that I could fill a cabinet with. That’s how it started,” said Holt. Her transition from collecting china to metal came more from practicality than from preference. “I’m like a bull in a China shop,” she said. Not long after she began collecting the toothpick holders, a friend found an article in the newspaper about a toothpick holder collectors club. That was her introduction to the National Toothpick Holders Society and their national convention. “So, I went to a convention. Once you meet people who collect what you do, it gets you hooked,” said Holt. She currently has 900 toothpick holders that fill four cabinets in her home. Each are highly detailed figures with various shaped holders. She purchases them in varying conditions and has many of them restored. A large number of Holt’s pieces have appeared in books published for the conventions, which change location each year. She hosted the 1997 national convention held in Toledo. “The thing I love best about collecting is the friends I meet,” she said.

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ocal resident and contractor Jeff Lee has upwards of 250 trains. He primarily collects old Marx tinplate trains as well as some others, but Marx trains are what drew him to the hobby. Marx acquired the rights to the Joy Line train sets made by Girard Model Works in 1934 when it purchased Girard Model Works. The company was committed to making affordable model trains. It was his father Don’s boyhood set that got Lee started in train collecting. He said his father was given a Marx train in 1938 when he was 11 years old. His father passed away from cancer in his 60s, so the train remains a sentimental piece for Lee. “To a collector it’s not worth a lot because it’s used and there’s rust, but to me it’s priceless because it was my father’s,” he said, adding that it still runs and he pulls it out at Christmas time. In addition to the start his father gave him, another key figure in

his life kept the train momentum going. Lee’s dear friend Earl Shaffer enjoyed Lee’s train collecting and Lee said they bonded immediately over toy trains. Lee has been collecting trains now for more than 20 years and he does regularly attend shows. He said what draws him most to the trains he buys are the stories behind many of them. “They are all tied to memories,” he said. “I find that most train people are really great people and I love being around them.”

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or Chuck Gehrke, collecting postcards came out of following his wife to antique stores. “I’d go with her and I’m not interested in the furniture or clothes in antique stores,” he said, but he noticed entire sections of old post cards. A Detroit native and University of Michigan Medical School graduate, he noticed vast collections of old postcards of familiar Detroit and Ann Arbor haunts. His collection includes the original brick buildings that stood where the expansive University of Michigan Health System stands. He has early postcards of Ferry Field, the precursor to Michigan Stadium. In addition, he’s got various Detroit hospitals and churches as well as Belle Isle in more vibrant days. Many of the postcards date back to the 1910s. Not only do the postcards give a pictorial history of Michigan and places he and his wife have traveled, but the handwritten notes on many of the cards add a personal touch. Also among his collection is a postcard of the Tuller Hotel with an itinerary for U.S. President William Howard Taft’s visit to Detroit. He’s catalogued his cards and keeps them in archival envelopes in photo albums. Each page is a crisp portal into the history of Southeast Michigan, which seems like a natural fit for a man who is getting a master’s degree in history. He doesn’t keep duplicates, so each postcard depicts unique places or unique angles of some of the same places. “When I started it was easy. Now it means going through a couple hundred cards to find one that I don’t have. It’s challenging. You have to be a collector at heart,” Gerhke said. 31


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ecumseh resident Lisa Hand’s collection of lapel pins has become somewhat of a unique journal of the places she’s been and the places family and friends have been. Each colorful coin-sized work of art triggers a memory of some sort for her. She’s collected pins from as far away as Germany to as close to home as the Tecumseh Products where her father worked for many years. Hand said she tries to get pins that have the city and state named so she knows where they came from. For many, she can tell you exactly where they came from and why she got the pin. “I always try to find something when I go somewhere. You can only have so many T-shirts. I figure these don’t take up much room,” Hand said. She has pins from bands she saw in concert, some who are no longer in existence. During a visit to New York she got pins from

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the Today Show and Dateline, though she’d only gone to New York because she’d receive free tickets to the Rosie O’Donnell Show. She visited the Eisenhower Farm in Gettysburg, Penn., and picked up a pin there. She tries to get one from each Olympic games. She has one from a riverboat in New Orleans that no longer is there. Hand has pins from the seven Relay For Life events she participated in. She even has pins from various racecar drivers and a classic ABC Wide World of Sports pin. She’s been collecting the pins since she was 18 years old when she moved to Florida. “There they had all these flea markets,” said Hand. “That's when I started collecting pins from all 50 states and it escalated from there.” She has since amassed 776 pins that she keeps in two frames specially designed with soft backing for collections like hers. She’s working on filling a third frame.

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ou could say that friends, family and entertaining are all reasons for retired teacher and Tecumseh author Charmaine Stangl’s collection of antique white ironstone dinnerware that fills her cabinet in her dining room. As beautiful as the pieces look in the hutches in her home, they are even more beautiful accenting a good meal. “I try to find pieces that are useful,” Stangl said. “I love the idea that something is beautiful and useful.” She began collecting blue and white Willow Pattern pieces nearly 30 years ago. She has since set aside that collection and now looks for the white ironstone. For her, it’s about finding pieces in unexpected places, though she

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said it’s getting more difficult to find white ironstone because of its popularity. Stangl, however, knows how to spot the stamping and the sheen. While the pieces are collectibles now, they were common everyday dishes back in the 1700 and 1800s. Stangl said that they were made to be extremely durable and usable. “Then much more delicate fine china became what people wanted to use and white ironstone went out of fashion. Now if you want to collect really beautiful pieces it’s really expensive,” she said. Stangl prefers to find good deals on pieces and she doesn’t mind finding pieces that have flaws in them. She finds character in those pieces.

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The Herrick Garden The through a number of contributions from community

Even in winter, it provides a picturesque winter scene.

By Deb Wuethrich

Tecumseh District Library's “The times they are a changin,’ as singer-songwriter Bob Dylan first sang in the 1960s, and people — and organizations — need to change with the times in order to be responsive and useful. Tecumseh District Library (TDL) officials recently decided that their facility needed to become more current to better meet the needs of its patrons and in January launched an $800,000 renovation project. The project is being funded with interest earned from the library’s endowment fund and by donations. TDL Director Gayle Hazelbaker said the strategic plan and the community survey are providing the impetus for the upgrade. While using voter-approved millage to pay bills and keep the library operating, the TDL board put money aside toward future upgrades and renovations. “I liken this to owning a house,” board treasurer Nancy Smith said. “When we inherited the building in 2003, we knew we would need to do some things, so we did like prudent homeowners would do.” The building housing the library was constructed, with generous support from the Herrick family, in 1962 — long before anyone knew that patrons would be seeking out computers to help them find

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jobs, Wi-Fi connections to check Internet sites, and before places like the library would become like mini-cafes where people would want to gather to plug-in, power-up and network. Making the Tecumseh District Library a modern place where the community can meet and interact was a key component of the library’s 2008-13 strategic plan, and one of the motivations for the library board’s decision to renovate the facility. Hazelbaker said the renovations would result in more public-access computers and more room for people to use their personal laptop computers. Once the work is completed, 14 computer stations will be available in the adult services area. Four more will be in the area set aside for teenagers. There will be sofas and easy chairs in a cozy room near a fireplace fronted by limestone and slate. “I think it’s neat that they were able to use the limestone that repeats from the top of our building, bringing the architecture from the outside to the inside,” said Hazelbaker, who recently marked her sixth anniversary as TDL director, having been hired just after the facility became a district library following a period when many feared it would close after the school district relinquished control.

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renovation nears completion “Looking back, everybody says we’re making great strides,” said Hazelbaker. Improvements also include a completed children’s room, with brightly painted walls and a unique window that lets in a lot of light. It is now where Children’s Librarian Mary Beth Reasoner conducts story times and special events. A new historical room is flanked with two large columns, drawing on the city’s historical influences. Hazelbaker said she likes the contrast and noted that the stately entryway reflects an appreciation for the old and new, a lot like the historical flavor of the community. Patrons also will be able to obtain coffee and other beverages from a small vending area. The new Herrick Memorial Garden, also has been landscaped in front of the library with benches for outdoor seating and some attractive lampposts providing decorative lighting. Kriegoff-Lenawee Construction Management has handled the construction, with Library Design Associates, Inc., managing the interior furnishings. Hazelbaker said that the companies have made the project “as painless as possible,” and library staff cannot thank them enough. The Tecumseh District Library will be announcing a public open house or special event to celebrate the completion of the project toward the end of the summer.


hap pen ings IN AND AROUND TOWN

ONGOING EVENTS ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Tecumseh Farmers' Market Saturday Mornings 9-1 Downtown on West Chicago Blvd. Fresh local produce & herbs, flowers, pies, pottery and more! Thursday Eves 4-7pm. Downtown on East Chicago Blvd. Organic produce & baked goods. 517.424.6003, www.downtowntecumseh.com ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• "Third Thursday Light Up The Night" Downtown Shopping Third Thursday July 15 & August 19 6-8 pm. Tecumseh Central Business Association's downtown monthly shopping event! There's a new theme each month - great bargains and lots of fun. Come meet the merchants! Classic Car Show Series Free Event. July 15 & August 19. In conjuction with "Third Thursday - Light Up The Night." Held in UBT parking lot downtown Tecumseh. No registration fees. Plaques awarded. Food vendor on site. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Music in the Park Afterglows 3rd Thurs of the month. Join us after the show for Happy Hour specials to meet the musicians! Evans Street Station, 110 S. Evans St., Tecumseh, Info 517.424.5555 www.evansstreetstation.com. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Gazebo Concerts Wurster Park, Manchester. Thursday evenings, 7:30 pm, June 17 – August 12. If it rains, the concert will be in the Emanuel Church Hall. 734.428.0159.www.48158.com ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Canoe and Kayak Rentals Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Department. Cost varies with length of rental time plus $50 damage deposit. Info 517.423.5602. 36

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Murder Mystery Dinner Train Every Saturday Night, 7-10 pm. Train Boards 60 minutes prior to departure! A madcap Murder Mystery unfolds table side while you enjoy a 5-course meal! Reservations. 301 E. Adrian St., (US-223), Blissfield, MI. 1-888467-2451 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Tecumseh Trade Center & Flea Market Open every weekend 9 am – 5 pm, rain or shine through the last weekend in October. Truck-loads of furniture, jewelry, coins, antiques, crystal, glass-ware, Toys, Avon, Tools, Guns, Knives, Hand Made Candles, Arts & Crafts and much, much more. Food available.

JUNE June 30 ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Eclipse Movie Premiere Opening A Girl’s Night Out Cocktail Party - Team Edward or Team Jacob? Join us for drinks and nibbles before or after the show on opening night. Vote for your team with the cocktail you order. Evans Street Station, 110 S. Evans St, Tecumseh, 517.424.5555, www.evansstreetstation.com

J U LY July 1 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• For Love of Country 7:30-8:30 pm Adrian City Band - Tunes by the Trestle! Bring your family & friends, lawn chairs or blankets, a picnic basket, and enjoy listening to the tunes at Trestle Park. Trestle Park Amphitheatre, Adrian located at the end of Hunt St., off M-52, next to Subway July 2 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Jack Tripper Experience 7 - 10 pm Music on the Patio. Kick back and celebrate summer with friends in the great outdoors with terrific music, food, and drink! Evans Street Station, 110 S. Evans St., Tecumseh, Info 517.424.5555 www.evansstreetstation.com.

July 2 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Jesse Palter, Jazz 7 pm Free Saline Summer Music Series. On South Ann Arbor St. Info 734.429.4494, www.besaline.com July 2, 3, 4 ••••••••••••••••••••••• Weekend Family Celebration! Fireworks, motorcycle rally, flat track racing, wrestling, children’s activities, inflatables, BBQ & more!! Lenawee County Fair & Event Grounds 602 N. Dean St., Adrian 517-263-3007

July 3 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Independence Celebration Celebration FIREWORKS! Flea Market! Motorcycle Rally! $3 admission. Lenawee County Fair & Event Grounds, 517.263.3007, www.lenfair.com July 3 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Kenya Dig It? 8:30 am 5K, 10K and 2 mile Family Fun Walk. All proceeds go directly toward the Living Water Mission Fund. Begins and ends at Tecumseh High School. www.kenyadigit.org. July 3 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Manchester Fireworks Carr Park at dusk. Sponsored by Manchester Men's Club,734.428.8572, www.manchestermensclub.com July 3 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Air Tight 1 pm - 5 pm Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards... Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, www.cherrycreekwine.com, 517.592.4663, US 12 at Silver Lake, Brooklyn July 7 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Work & Play on the Pioneer Farm 1-3 pm Bring the kids and enjoy special programming designed to share! Pre-Registration required $6 per person Walker Tavern Historic Complex, in the Irish Hills of Lenawee County Corner US12 & M-50, Cambridge Junction 517.467.4401 July 7-10 •••••••••••••••••••••••• Manchester Community Fair Alumni Memorial Field. Fair Parade Tuesday, July 6 at 6:30 pm. 734.428.8283 (fair week only), www.manchesterfair.org July 8 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Notes from the Mayor’s Office 7:30-8:30 pm. Adrian City Band - Tunes by the Trestle! Bring your family & friends, lawn chairs or blankets, a picnic basket, and enjoy listening to the tunes at Trestle Park. Trestle Park Amphitheatre, Adrian located at the end of Hunt St., off M-52, next to Subway July 8 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• In Memory of Jill LaRocque 11 am-6:45 pm. American Red Cross Blood Drive, held at Tecumseh Church of the Nazarene, 1001 N. Union Street. Appointments 517.605.0116. Also donations for the Lenawee Humane Society and Operation Christmas Child.


July 9•••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Rattlebox, Beatles/60s 7 pm Free Saline Summer Music Series. On South Ann Arbor St. Info 734.429.4494, www.besaline.com July 9-11 & 16-18• •••••••••••••••••• A Chorus Line A song & Dance Sensation (adult content, may not be appropriate for all audiences) Fri & Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 3 pm. The Croswell, 517.263.6868, www. croswell.org July 9, 10, 11• ••••••••••••••••••••• River Raisin Festival Rockin’ on the River, Ellis & Bachmayer Parks, Blissfield, MI. Free fun for everyone. July 10••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Root Doctor Band 1 pm - 5 pm Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards...Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, www.cherrycreekwine.com, 517.592.4663,US 12 at Silver Lake, Brooklyn July 10••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Children’s Garden Day 10 am - 4 pm This annual event is full of fun-filled ativities that teach children about nature and gardening. Hands on activities and demonstrations. Hidden Lake Gardens. Preregistration required 517.431.2060 July 10••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Parking Lot Garage Sale/Bake Sale 8 am – 2 pm. Clinton United Methodist Church, 10990 Tecumseh-Clinton Rd, Clinton July 12••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Eclipse Movie Field Trip 4 pm Teens Only! Registration and Permission Slip Required! Tecumseh District Library, 215 North Ottawa, 517.423.2238, www.tecumsehlibrary. org July 12-23••••••••••••••••••••••••• Summer Art Camp The camps are for students in grades 2-6. The cost is $65 for a resident and $73 for a non resident. You can contact Parks and Rec at 517.423.5602 for more information July 13••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Ride the Reading Wave Story Time 6:45 pm. Designed for 3-year olds through 2nd graders. Bring your favorite beach towel. Registration required. Tecumseh District Library, 215 North Ottawa, 517.423.2238, www.tecumsehlibrary.org July 14••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Michigan's Young Children in the Balance 5-8 pm.Breslin Center, Lansing. Transportation provided. Call 517.424.1000 or email info@lenaweegreatstart.org for info July 14••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Hoffenheimer Sisters: Singing Sisters Comedy Duo 2:30 pm At Cambrian Assisted Living. Hear the music duo sing their songs, something for everyone! Tecumseh District Library, 215 North Ottawa, 517.423.2238, www.tecumsehlibrary.org July 15••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 57th Annual Manchester Chicken Broil 4 - 8 pm. Delicious chicken dinner complete with ½ chicken, roll with butter, fresh made cole slaw with secret local recipe, radishes, chips and beverage. Alumni Memorial Field, 734.428.7722, manchesterchickenbroil.org

July 15••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bull Halsey 6-8 pm Tecumseh’s Music in the Park. This event is FREE, but don't forget a chair or blanket to relax on. This special event will happen on Ottawa Street, Downtown Tecumseh. Info: 517.423.5602 July 15••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Staff Development that is Noteworthy 7:30-8:30 pm, Adrian City Band - Tunes by the Trestle! Bring your family & friends, lawn chairs or blankets, a picnic basket, and enjoy listening to the tunes at Trestle Park. Trestle Park Amphitheatre, Adrian located at the end of Hunt St., off M-52, next to Subway July 15 • ••••••••••••••••••••••••• "Third Thursday Light Up The Night" 6-8 pm. Tecumseh Central Business Association's downtown monthly shopping event! There's a new theme each month great bargains and lots of fun. Come meet the merchants. 517.424.6003, www.downtowntecumseh.com July 15••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Classic Car Show Series 6-8 pm Tecumseh “Light Up the Night” Fun! Lots of Cars, Live Music, Vendors, Food & Family Fun! Downtown stores and restaurants open late for shopping & dining, too! United Bank & Trust Financial Center Lot, 205 E. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh. Info/Registration: 517.424.6555 July 16••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Charlene Jacobsen and Pat Clubine Artists’ Reception: 7-9 pm. Intention and Intuition: Two Sisters, Two Perspectives Two Twelve Arts Center, 212 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. M-F 9 -3 Sat 9 -12 or by appointment, www.twotwelvearts.org, 734.944.ARTS (2787) Free to public July 16••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Retrospectives 7 pm Free Saline Summer Music Series. On South Ann Arbor St. Info 734.429.4494, www.besaline.com July 16••••••••••••••••••••••••••• NY Strip Steak Dinner 5 pm-7 pm $10/person Includes: Steak cooked to order, Baked Potato, Salad, Roll, Drink & Dessert!! (TAKEOUTS AVAILABLE) (Hot Dog, Chips, Cookie & Drink for children-$2) Clinton United Methodist Church, 10990 Tecumseh-Clinton Rd, Clinton July 16-17••••••••••••••••••••••••• Saline Celtic Festival A Celebration Of Celtic Culture. Music & Dance on 3 Stages, Textile Arts Tent, Living History, Highland Athletics, Wee Folks Island. Mill Pond Park, 734.944.2814, salineceltic.org. July 17••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Kelly Carter Scholarship Run-Walk 9 am Dollars for Scholors, for information contact Carter Rehabilitation Center at 517.423.7722 or tecumseh@carterrehabcenter.com July 17••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Downtown Summer Splash 10 am – 4 pm Downtown Adrian - merchants will be running special promotions, “Tons of Trucks” event in the Church St. parking, street art & children’s games. The Boys and Girls Club will be the recipient of special donations from participating merchants. 37


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Thursdays 7:30 PM • Now thru August If it rains, the concert will be in the Emanuel Church Hall. www.48158.com • 734.428.0159

FIREWORKS at Carr Park

Saturday, July 3, dusk. Sponsored by Manchester Men's Club. ub.com 734.428.8572 • www.manchestermenscl

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at Alumni Memorial Field Fair Parade Tues • July 6 • 6:30 PM Fair July 7-10 734.428.8283 (fair week only) www.manchesterfair.org

L 57TH ANNUAL MANCHESTER CHICKEN BROI Alumni Memorial Field 4-8 PM, Thursday, July 15 734.428.7722 www.manchesterchickenbroil.org

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Main Street, downtown Manchester Saturday, September 18, 10 AM – 4 PM games, Kids Corner, music, farmers’ market, cars sic clas , bed races, rubber duckie race m 8.co 4815 www. • 4565 476. 734.

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July 23••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Justine Blazer, Country/Rock 7 pm Free Saline Summer Music Series. On South Ann Arbor St. Info 734.429.4494, www.besaline.com July 23-25 & 30-Aug 1• ••••••••••••••• tick, tick … Boom! From the same composer of Rent. Intimate, on-stage seating – limited capacity (adult content, may not be appropriate for all audiences) Fri & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 3pm The Croswell, 517.263.6868, www. croswell.org July 24-25••••••••••••••••••••••••• Girls weekend at Skydive Tecumseh 517-423-7720,www.skydivetecumseh.com July 24••••••••••••••••••••••••••• John Voelz Band 1 pm - 5 pm Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards...Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, www.cherrycreekwine.com, 517.592.4663, US 12 at Silver Lake, Brooklyn July 25-31••••••••••••••••••••••••• Lenawee County Fair Week “The Grand Champion of Summer!” A week full of family fun...including fair food, carnival rides, 4-H animals & displays, entertainment, music & midway Fun! 602 N. Dean St., Adrian, MI, 517.263.3007, County Fair & Event Grounds, www.lenfair.com July 27••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Summer Celebration: Fish Tank Follies 7 pm. For preschoolers through sixth graders who complete the SRP. The Acting Up Company will entertain and delight you! Tecumseh District Library, 215 North Ottawa, 517.423.2238, www.tecumsehlibrary.org July 28••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Pack Your Wagon 1-3 pm Bring your children and enjoy special programming designed to share! Pre-Registration Required - $6 per person. Walker Tavern Historic Complex, in the Irish Hills of Lenawee County Corner US-12 & M-50, Cambridge Junction 517.467.4401 July 29••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Sangria-Off Patio Party 6-8 pm Enjoy some of the best recipes in our stockpile and vote for your favorite! $25 pp includes festive apps and good company. Evans Street Station, 110 S. Evans St, Tecumseh, 517.424.5555, www.evansstreetstation.com July 29••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I Love Your Accent 7:30-8:30 pm Adrian City Band - Tunes by the Trestle! Bring your family & friends, lawn chairs or blankets, a picnic basket, and enjoy listening to the tunes at Trestle Park. Trestle Park Amphitheatre, Adrian located at the end of Hunt St., off M-52, next to Subway July 30••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Dan Rafferty, R&B/Variety 7 pm Free Saline Summer Music Series. On South Ann Arbor St. Info 734.429.4494, www.besaline.com July 30 • ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bixby Medical Center Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament Lenawee Country Club. For more information: 517.265.0171 40

July 30••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Star Gazing 9 pm – 11 pm The gardens’ location, away from city lights, provides a wonderful setting for night-time star gazing. Telescopes will be set up and knowledgeable members will guide you in observation of the summer sky. Hidden Lake Gardens. Preregistration required call 517.431.2060

AUGUST August 1•••••••••••••••••••••••••• Annual Family Celebration Day! Low cost and no cost family fun! Inside & Out! Come enjoy all the Family Centre has to offer... Christian Family Centre 1800 Wolf Creek Hwy., Adrian 517.263.6232 August 2•••••••••••••••••••••••••• Video Game Swap 6:30 pm In the Teen Area. Bring your video games to trade with other teens! Tecumseh District Library, 215 North Ottawa, 517.423.2238, www.tecumsehlibrary.org August 2-5•••••••••••••••••••••••• Soccer Camp THS soccer coaches are holding a soccer camp for kids K-6. The camp runs, grades K-2 from 5-6:30 and 3-6 from 5-8 pm. The cost is for the K-2 is $30 for a resident $38 for non resident. Grades 3-6 the cost is $60 for a resident $68 for a non resident. Tecumseh Parks and Rec 517.423.5602 August 5•••••••••••••••••••••••••• Here Comes Treble 7:30-8:30 pm Adrian City Band - Tunes by the Trestle! Bring your family & friends, lawn chairs or blankets, a picnic basket, and enjoy listening to the tunes at Trestle Park. Trestle Park Amphitheatre, Adrian located at the end of Hunt St., off M-52, next to Subway August 6 & 7••••••••••••••••••••••• Sidewalk Market Days & Pet Parade Friday & Saturday Shopping! Downtown merchants offer up some of the best bargains of the year! Saturday morning join the fun as pets and owners parade down Chicago Blvd. Prizes will be awarded. 517.424.6003, www.downtown tecumseh.com August 6 & 7••••••••••••••••••••••• Saline’s Summerfest Live entertainment, arts & crafts show, limbo contest, kids fishing contest, 5k run/walk, saline street machines car show, kids games, volleyball. www. salinesummerfest.com. August 6 & 7••••••••••••••••••••••• Riverfolk Music & Arts Festival Carr Park, Manchester, 877.748.3655, www.riverfolkfestival.org August 7•••••••••••••••••••••••••• Tecumseh Dance Theatre Company 4th Annual Golf Scramble
2pm. Raisin Valley Golf Course; $60/person; $240/team
Contact Brenda at Raisin Valley 517.423.2050. August 7•••••••••••••••••••••••••• Lost arts, Antique Appraisals & Flower Show 9 am - 4 pm. And tour the museum during Hudson City-wide garage sales. Thompson Museum, 101 Summit St. Hudson, www.thompsonmuseum.org, 517-448-8125


August 7•••••••••••••••••••••••••• Jill Jack 1 pm - 5 pm Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards...Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, www.cherrycreekwine.com, 517.592.4663, US 12 at Silver Lake, Brooklyn August 7•••••••••••••••••••••••••• Run Manchester 8:30 am 10K, 5K, Fun Run or Walk, Downtown Manchester, 734.428.9680, www.48158.com August 10••••••••••••••••••••••••• An Evening of Tecumseh Fire Department History 7 pm Fire Chief Joseph Tuckey will share the history of the Tecumseh Fire Department. Tecumseh District Library, 215 North Ottawa, 517.423.2238, www.tecumsehlibrary.org August 12••••••••••••••••••••••••• Hopelessly Lost a “C” 7:30-8:30 pm Adrian City Band - Tunes by the Trestle! Bring family & friends, lawn chairs or blankets. Trestle Park Amphitheatre, Adrian located at the end of Hunt St., off M-52, next to Subway August 13••••••••••••••••••••••••• Children’s Art Show Artists’ Reception 7-9 pm. Two Twelve Arts Center, 212 W. Michigan Ave., Saline M-F 9 -3 Sat 9 -12 Or by appointment, www.twotwelvearts.org, 734-944-ARTS (2787) Free to public August 13••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Macpodz, Funk 7 pm Free Saline Summer Music Series. On South Ann Arbor St. Info 734-429-4494, www.besaline.com August 13-15• ••••••••••••••••••••• 8th Annual Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale Garage sale fun along the US-12 Heritage Trail! US-12 in Lenawee County, runs from just outside Clinton, through the heart of the Irish Hills, past Walker Tavern and MIS, enjoy the fun! www.us12heritagetrail.org. Contact: 517-269-925-1137 x18 or 800-536-2933. August 18••••••••••••••••••••••••• Book Bingo 1 pm Play bingo to win books and prizes. Adults Tecumseh District Library, 215 North Ottawa, 517.423.2238, www.tecumsehlibrary.org August 19••••••••••••••••••••••••• "Third Thursday Light Up The Night" 6-8 pm. Tecumseh Central Business Association's downtown monthly shopping event! There's a new theme each month - great bargains and lots of fun. Come meet the merchants. 517.424.6003, www.downtowntecumseh.com August 19 •••••••••••••••••••••••• Laith Al-Saadi 6-8 pm Tecumseh’s Music in the Park. This event is FREE, but don't forget a chair or blanket to relax on. Adams Park, located on Chicago Blvd. (M-50), Tecumseh (right next to City Hall) Info: 517-423-5602 August 22••••••••••••••••••••••••• Grillin’ & Chillin’ Cooking Class on the Patio 5 pm. Fantastic cooking class with Chef Alan! Sit back and relax in the great outdoors as you enjoy the show, cold adult beverages and, of course the food! $50/pp includes recipes, food, wine/beer, and good company!
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August 24••••••••••••••••••••••••• Owl Prowl 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Twilight walk in search of screech owls. Learn about the life and habitats of these incredible nocturnal birds of prey, and see how screech owls respond to calls. Bring a flashlight and insect repellant. Hidden Lake Gardens. Preregistration required call 517.431.2060 August 28••••••••••••••••••••••••• Annual Garden Wine Dinner 7pm Featuring local produce and special family estate wines with a different theme every year. Hathaway House & Stable 517.486.2141 August 28-29• ••••••••••••••••••••• Annual Native American Celebration Pow Wow & Fireworks Come and experience the hospitality of the Leh-Nah-Weh tribe. Drumming, dancing, stories, and Native American arts & crafts are just some of the activities to fill your spirit during the weekend. Fireworks display at dusk on Saturday night! Lenawee County Fairgrounds, Adrian, MI Contact Person: Abel Cooper, 517.263.3233 August 31••••••••••••••••••••••••• Art Affair 7-9 pm Communities In Schools of Tecumseh and Community Arts of Tecumseh present an "Art Affair" 2010 - 7-9 pm at the Tecumseh Country Club. Coming together to celebrate two important missions - info call 517.423.7574

SEPTEMBER September 5••••••••••••••••••••••• Scoot Magoo 1 pm - 5 pm Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards...Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, www.cherrycreekwine.com, 517.592.4663, US 12 at Silver Lake, Brooklyn September10• ••••••••••••••••••••• NY Strip Steak Dinner 5 pm-7 pm $10/person includes: steak cooked to order, baked potato, salad, roll, drink & dessert!! (Takeouts available) (hot dog, chips, cookie & drink for children-$2) Clinton United Methodist Church, 10990 Tecumseh-Clinton Rd, Clinton September 10 - 12••••••••••••••••••• Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, of Ariel Ministries, will share his knowledge of the End Times and how it affects us September 10th 12th. All meetings will be held at Grace Point Evangelical Free Church located at 4612 N. Adrian Hwy (M52). Fri 7 - 9 pm, Sat 10 am - 3 pm and 6 - 8 pm, Sun 12, 5 - 7 pm September 11•••••••••••••••••••••• Parking Lot Garage Sale-Bake Sale 8 am - 2 pm. Clinton United Methodist Church, 10990 Tecumseh-Clinton Rd, Clinton September 11 & 12 •••••••••••••••••• Art at your feet 9 am – 5 pm 2nd annual street painting event downtown Blissfield. Info: 517.486.4308 or email artatyourfeet@gmail.com

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September 16•••••••••••••••••••••• “Live by Request” 8pm Kickin’ off Art-A-licous with Jazz Artist Kathy Kosins. Join us for a unique and unforgettable performance with the critically acclaimed voice and Eclectic musical palette of jazz artist Kathy Kosins. The Croswell, 517.263.6868, www.croswell.org


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September 16••••••••••••••••••••••• Fat Mouth Charlie and the Biscuit Rollers 6-8 pm. Tecumseh’s Music in the Park. This event is FREE, but don't forget a chair or blanket to relax on. Adams Park, located on Chicago Street (M-50), Tecumseh (right next to City Hall) Info: 517.423.5602 September 17 & 18• •••••••••••••••••• Art-A-Licious Downtown Adrian Youth activities, demonstrating artists, local artist booths, two stages of live entertainment, wonderful food and drink vendors, and over 1,000 people all fill the street for two days to make this downtown Adrian’s premier event of the year. September 18••••••••••••••••••••••• Oktoberfest 10 am - 4pm Main Street, downtown Manchester Kids Corner, music, farmers’ market, games, bed races, rubber duckie race classic cars 734.476.4565, www.48158.com September 18 ••••••••••••••••••••••• Jack Westbrook 3 pm Discussion on Oil and Gas. Please contact Leaha Michaelson at the Tecumseh Historical Museum 517.423.2374 for more info. September 18-19••••••••••••••••••••• Oh! These Irish Hills Festival Come celebrate the history of the Irish Hills! Annual Green Family Fun! Arts & crafts, music, food and fun! Hidden Lake Gardens, M-50, Tipton, MI September 19••••••••••••••••••••••• Ol’ Blue Eyes 3 pm Pops Concert • Michael Lackey sings Sinatra. Adrian Symphony Orchestra. 110 S. Madison St., Adrian, 517-264-3121, www.aso.org September 23, 24, 25•••••••••••••••••• Fall Rummage Sale Bake Sale Thursday, Sept. 23rd & Friday, Sept. 24th, 8 am - 5 pm. Saturday, Sept. 25th, 8 am-12 noon, Clinton United Methodist Church, 10990 Tecumseh-Clinton Rd, Clinton September 24, 25, 26•••••••••••••••••• Clinton Fall Festival 250+ Arts & crafts booths, delicious food, merchant booths, grand parade, lost & fine arts, free live entertainment, antiques, inflatable fun, 5k run/walk and so much more! 517.456.7396, www.clintonfallfestival.com September 25••••••••••••••••••••••• Jewelry Inspired by Nature 9 am – 12 pm Explore ways to design and make a wonderful unique jewelry piece. Combining silver & natural materials such as wood and stone offers beauty and uniqueness. Hidden Lake Gardens Hidden Lake Gardens
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 September 25••••••••••••••••••••••• Saline Harvest Of The Arts 10 am – 11 pm Juried art show, bier garten & german food, chili challenge, quilt show, puppet fest, volksmarch, live music. Historic Downtown Saline, www.salinedma.org/hoa ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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It was a dash of serendipity that prompted J. William McNeil to put together a musical show... that he now takes to senior residents at places such as Tecumseh Place and Cambrian Assisted Living, along with other area centers. “Bill,” as he is also known, spent most of his working life as a businessman, but he recalls an earlier time when he wanted to be a singer. “My mother was all for it,” said Bill, who said Virginia McNeil had been a professional entertainer herself, playing piano at one time for Sammy Kaye, and the family owned a grand piano. Virginia thought he should follow his dreams. Bill was considering his options as a teenager in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he had a combo in 1958 and entertained at church dances and other events. “My father got wind of it and said he would not approve of that,” said Bill. “That was back when people listened to their parents.” Even though his father had played in a jazz dance band during his own college years, he steered his son toward more business-oriented pursuits. “So I quit and went on to college and did something else,” he said. “But in the back of my mind, I always wanted to be a singer.” However, he put the notion aside — until last year when he went along with his wife to a conference in Toronto. He had once lived in the city. Bill said that the conference was sponsored by Hay House Publishing, and a lot of the author presentations involved a spiritual element, and although he wasn’t that into such things, he decided he would go along because his wife, Lucie, wanted to go. That’s where the serendipity comes in. Bill was at the conference, seated next to a couple of young ladies, when the author prompted an exercise where audience members spent a few moments trying to connect with something in one another’s past. Bill turned to Janet Zuccarini, who made a couple of startling comments to him. “She asked me, ‘does a grand piano mean anything to you?’” Bill said, and told her they’d always had one in their house. “Then she said, ‘Does follow your dreams’ mean anything to you?” Bill said he could almost hear his mother saying the words to him, years ago, as he thought about the dreams of his youth to

be a singer, back when one of his mother’s friends, the manager of the singing group, The Vogues, had told him he had a good voice, just not a distinctive one. Bill’s thought was, “I’m 66 years old. I wish I’d heard this 20 years ago.” Janet, who, it turns out, owned a restaurant in the very neighborhood he’d once lived, encouraged him, by saying, “It’s never too late.” On the way home, Bill was going over the coincidences with his wife, and again, mentioned that if only he’d pursued the dream years ago. “Why don’t you sing in a nursing home,” Lucie said. “Maybe it’s too late for a career, but maybe it’s not too late to sing.” So Bill got busy making contacts to find out what he had to do to put a program together using Karaoke equipment. Soon, he scheduled his first performance.“I was nervous, of course, but I’ve heard the pros saying they still get nervous after 20-30 years until they are on the stage,” said Bill. “And they can only see the first three or four rows because of the lights, but I can see them all.” He said that seniors are a tough audience, and sometimes it’s hard to get them to smile. He likes to sing some Frank Sinatra, Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, and Eddie Cantor, songs from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. He also adds songs from Bobby Darin, Bobby Rydell, Neil Sedaka and others, and said he drags his wife to concerts of those who are still performing. “What amazes me, though, is I didn’t expect anybody to care about my music,” he said. “If this is a gift from God to me, it’s the audience I was dealt (the seniors), and it amazes me how much they care when you reach them.” He tells his audiences the year each song came out so they can reminisce about their own times, and does a special rendition of “Just In Time” at the end to incorporate details from the place where the performance is taking place. Although Bill is modest about his performances, "Billy the Singing Senior" is developing a following. Jill Kiesow, Activities Director at Tecumseh Place, said she and a group of staff have become like his

“I make a few people happy,” he said, “and they will never know what it does for me when they applaud.”

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Continued from previous page... “groupies,” following his music around the county. “He sounds just like Frank Sinatra, too,” Jill said. Bill said if it weren’t for his mom, Virginia, a chance encounter with Janet Zuccarini in Toronto, and his wife, Lucie, he might never have realized that it really is never too late to pursue dreams and to bring a smile to another in the process, even if it is in a small room and not on an arena or theater stage. “I make a few people happy,” he said, “and they will never know what it does for me when they applaud.”

nnie Schiller has always loved dogs. When she was a little girl, she lived in the country outside Tecumseh, and when looking at family photos there were always dogs in the picture. “There were no

kids to play with where I lived, so I had my dogs,” she said. “I played Monopoly with Festus, Shorty and Muttley.”

Around 12 years ago through her church, Annie began making nursing home visits with her dogs, many that were being trained to do various tricks and also to work as therapy dogs through a certified process. “When I saw what it did for the residents, some who would not engage with you otherwise, it blessed my heart so much,” Annie said. She takes her present dogs, including Amos, to area senior centers and also participates in the Read Program at Tecumseh elementary schools. Over the Memorial Day weekend, Annie participated in a big horse show in Onsted where her mule, Oliver, carried an American flag and waved it to the crowd. Her miniature horse, Tinker Belle often accompanies her to events, as does a dog named Preacher, who does tricks. Annie described how a dog like Amos can sometimes get through to a person on a level that another human may not, recalling a visit to an area senior home. “We were throwing a ball around, and there was a new resident there who had Alzheimer’s, and he was very angry and having a hard time,” Annie said. “Amos kept going over to him and wanted to engage 46

him, even after the man said, ‘get that dog out of here,’” Annie said. “At one point we threw the man the ball, and within 45 minutes, he was saying, ‘Come here, boy,’” and Amos was over there. It’s times like that when it’s all my heart could want where I see the animals engaging them where others cannot.” Annie coordinates her activities from her Raisin Township farm, Heavenly Days, with her husband, Jacques and children, including foster children. She said Jacques mostly takes care of the farm. Heavenly Days is a training and boarding facility, and Annie said it’s largely “day care” for the animals. She also helps rehab animals after they have been rescued and works with aggressive animals. “It’s learning who can play well with whom,” she said. Annie pointed out that being a therapy animal or even a performer may not be the right “career choice” for all the animals. She said she has a cattle dog that is great on the farm, but would not like going with her for some of the volunteer gigs. “They must enjoy it as well or it’s not a good choice,” she said. “They have to have that balance in temperament and skill.” In her work through Therapy Dog Incorporated, being a tester and observer and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, among her other pursuits, Annie also is ever on the lookout for others who have a good rapport with their pets and may enjoy volunteer activities such as visiting the schools and nursing homes. In fact, that was how she came to tap Jacqueline Yeary and her dog, Forty, to become a member of a team to do area visits. “Jackie” also serves as Office Manager at Companion Animal Clinic. Annie said she discovered the duo during a Tecumseh Parks and Recreation training program that she was a part of. “I enjoy doing therapy work with my dog, Forty,” said Jackie. “We’re a registered Therapy Dogs, Inc., team and visit the residents at Herrick Manor as often as we can.” Annie said she could be volunteering to do therapy dog work every day, and it helps to discover others with similar interests. “At Herrick Manor, I had a young Lab as a pup, and I pulled some of the residents on board to help train him,” said Annie. “Being a part of this helped them think of the dog as ‘their’ dog and at least two of them, Alice and Myrt, were always right down there waiting for us when it was time to train.” She said that blessed her heart to see them so involved. This summer, Annie and her animals will take part in a special Literacy Camp at Herrick Medical Center for children who have autism, an activity being held through Toledo Children’s Hospitals to teach language through therapy. Though she has a busy life, Annie is happy to be doing what she’s doing, and especially enjoys the looks on the faces of those who interact with her animals. “God gives us gifts for a reason,” she said. “When people are depressed or down, sometimes an animal can break through.” www.heavenlydays.org


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July 17••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Scoot Magoo 1 pm - 5 pm Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards... Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, www.cherrycreekwine.com, 517.592.4663, US 12 at Silver Lake, Brooklyn July 17••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 3 v 3 Adult Sand Volleyball Tournament 10 am. The cost is $40 for a team of 4 adults 16 years and older. Please register at Tecumseh Parks and Rec before July 15. You Info 517.423.5602. July 17••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 6th Annual “Tons of Trucks” Event 10 am - Noon. Family Fun in Adrian. Sit in the driver’s seat of a fire truck, see the inside of a police car, or climb into a giant backhoe! Here’s your chance to check out these amazing vehicles, up close, for FREE! The first 300 children will receive a free toy helmet!! Bohn Pool Upper Parking Lot 631 S. McKenzie St., Adrian, 517.264.4872 July 17••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 15th Annual Golf Tournament & Corporate Cup Challenge $65.00 per person, Raisin Valley Golf Club, 18 holes, cart, lunch & dinner. Registration begins at 7 am, shotgun start at 8 am. Tecumseh Area Chamber of Commerce. Info 517.423.3740 July 17 & 18••••••••••••••••••••••• Family Fun Day and Camp Out Noon Call the church office at 423-4960 for more information! Sunday service at 10:45 am. Tecumseh Church of the Nazarene. July 21••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Play Old-Time Baseball 1-3 pm Bring your children and enjoy special programming designed to share! PreRegistration Required - $6 per person. Walker Tavern Historic Complex, in the Irish Hills of Lenawee County Corner US-12 & M-50, Cambridge Junction. 517.467.4401 July 21••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Book Bingo 1 pm Play bingo to win books and other prizes. All adults are welcome to play! Tecumseh District Library, 215 North Ottawa, 517.423.2238, www.tecumsehlibrary.org July 21••••••••••••••••••••••••••• BBQ & Beer in the Backyard Party 6:30 pm. Outdoor garden party with great BBQ buffet, great beers & 80's and 90's live music of Nine Lives. Hathaway House & Stable 517.486.2141 July 22••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Ribs & Ragtime 6 pm Ragtime music as performed by the River Raisin Ragtime Revue. A summer celebration for the whole family! Enjoy ribs, horseshoes and more at this savory event! $10/Person $5/Youth (under 18). Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee, 517.423.6617, www.thetca.org July 22••••••••••••••••••••••••••• It Would Be Fair To Say 7:30-8:30 pm Adrian City Band - Tunes by the Trestle! Bring your family & friends, lawn chairs or blankets, a picnic basket, and enjoy listening to the tunes at Trestle Park. Trestle Park Amphitheatre, Adrian located at the end of Hunt St., off M-52, next to Subway 38

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