Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Pat Williams became the 42nd inductee into the Canton Hall of Fame on Sunday.
For his years of dedicated service to the community of Canton, township trustee Pat Williams became the 42nd inductee into the Canton Hall of Fame during a ceremony Sunday at Summit on the Park. From his involvement with the Canton Lions Club, the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage and the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Field of Dreams soccer project, the Observer & Eccentric reports that the 27-year resident was dubbed “Mr. Canton” by township Supervisor Phil LaJoy. “He deserves it very much,” LaJoy said in the report, “and I’m very happy for him.” Read the whole story on hometownlife.com.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Breanna Strange and Susan Paull are both entered into the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association's Life Moving Forward event for National Mobility Awareness Month.
Two families with Plymouth connections are in the running for a chance to win a wheelchair-accessible van. Susan Paull of Plymouth and 11-year-old Breanna Strange from South Lyon, a player for the Miracle League of Plymouth, according to the Observer and Eccentric, are both entered into the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association's Life Moving Forward event for National Mobility Awareness Month. Paull, a veteran of the United States Army, third armored division, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012, according to her voting page, and was nominated by her sister, Aimee Hurst. A single mother of three, Paull’s oldest son is mentally and physically handicapped and requires 24-hour constant care and supervision, according to the …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Car buff and museum benefactor Margaret Dunning celebrated 102nd birthday last June.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on June 29, 2012. This is just one example of the many people making a difference in the Plymouth-Canton area. Read more about those people here, and leave a comment below to tell us about other people are making a difference every day. Classic car enthusiast and philanthropist Margaret Dunning says there's no secret behind her ability to remain younger at heart than her years might reflect. Dunning, a longtime Plymouth resident who often draws attention while cruising in her favorite automobile — a 1930 Packard 740 roadster — turned 102 on Tuesday. "No secret at all," Dunning said, "It's just a nice world to live in." Dunning celebrated her 102nd birthday Thursday with friends at the …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Stephanie Saia, of Plymouth, sells her invention called the Chair-iot, which is a wheeled carrier to solve the problem of carrying chairs to outdoor events.
Stephanie Saia remembers the date when she came up with the idea for the Chair-iot — July 9, 2009. She said she was at a fireworks display show and saw thousands of people carrying their chairs but wheeling their coolers. She made a prototype within the week and the Chair-iot was born. The product design is now patented and the name and logo are trademarked. The Chair-iot can fit two folding chairs with room to spare, has a large back pocket and a smaller one on the side plus pockets for drinks. When not in use, the Chair-iot folds up into a tote bag, which is also how it's packaged. Saia said the Chair-iot is sold with or without the chairs. "Because people use it for other things," she said. It can fit items like easels and sports …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Teresa Irish put together a book using 300 of her father's letters sent home during his time in the war.
Following the death of her father, Aarol W. “Bud” Irish, in 2006, Teresa Irish opened the Army trunk that had resided in the family home her entire life. There, nestled in row after row, were her father’s nearly 1,000 letters from World War II. The letters were postmarked from Nov. 1942 to Dec. 1945. The fragile and yellowed pages were written to Bud’s parents and to the sweetheart who would later become his wife, Elaine Marie Corbat. From lonesome nights listening to the Hit Parade, to the foxholes and front lines in Germany where Bud would receive the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart, to correspondence with the heartbroken mothers whose sons died by his side, the letters told a moving and historic story of life and loss…
Friday, October 12, 2012
Brandon Coats, retail marketing planner for Renewal By Andersen, sponsors runners to participate in local races.
Brandon Coats had a new idea for his boss when he was hired as retail marketing planner for Renewal by Andersen Window Replacement. He wanted to publicize the company by sponsoring runners in area races. His boss was skeptical at first, but agreed anyway. "I don't think anyone else does this kind of stuff," Coats said. Coats, 36, of Livonia, joined the company a year and a half ago. He said he has sponsored runners in 18 races and expects it to be more than 20 by the end of the year. Sponsoring runners is a more interactive way of getting people to notice the company rather than being at a booth, he said. He designed the running shirts with the company's logo, which on the back say "Like my shirt? After the race, I'll let you see the …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Snail Mail for Seniors sends greeting cards to Michigan's senior citizens in nursing or assisted living homes.
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- Aysha Jamali
Friday, September 7, 2012
Seniors in nursing or assisted living homes are pulled away from family, friends and their community. Many do not get regular visitors or see people outside of the homes. Snail Mail for Seniors works to solve that problem. "There is a huge senior citizen population right now," said Cathy Donaldson, founder of Snail Mail for Seniors. Snail Mail for Seniors is a nonprofit organization that sends greeting cards free of charge to senior citizens in nursing or assisted living homes in Michigan. The group focuses on seniors who do not receive mail or many visitors. September marks the five-year anniversary for the organization. She said she sends cards to 35 senior homes and 20 personal homes, and there are about 800 seniors who get cards each …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Run for Ribbons 5K aimed to raise awareness, encourage prevention of child abuse.
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- John McKay
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
With the Run for Ribbons 5K in downtown Plymouth on Sept. 23, race organizer Jasmine Millwood hopes the event’s message of child abuse awareness and prevention resonates long after runners cross the finish line. Millwood, who survived chronic child abuse with her two sisters before being adopted by their uncle, Plymouth Township Supervisor Richard Reaume, said she organized the race to make people comfortable talking about an often-taboo topic. “My main wish is to just get the conversation started,” she said. “We’re trying to make this scary topic not scary.” Millwood chronicled her own abuse and its lasting impact in her memoir, Unbreakable, released earlier this year. She serves as executive director of Lighthouse Family Charities, …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Olympic Gold Medalist signed autographs and posed for photos with fans Wednesday.
Hundreds of fans came out to AT&T in Novi Wednesday to meet Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Jordyn Wieber. Wieber, a Michigan native, spent two hours in Novi greeting fans, signing autographs and posing for photos. Novi Patch sat down with Wieber before the event began, and talked to her about life after the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Wieber, who is from DeWitt, arrived in Michigan last Thursday and said she is planning on relaxing a little before leaving Tuesday to begin rehearsals for the USA Gymnastics Tour of Champions, which will tour for three months and appear at more than 40 venues. The tour will be in Detroit on Nov. 3. She said life after the Olympics, where she won a gold medal with the U.S. women's gymnastics team, has been …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
The Rev. Mark Moore's first gig is Summer Splash.
Canton resident Rev. Mark Moore was still "getting his feet wet" Thursday, when he attended the Washtenaw Christian Academy's Summer Splash, a community carnival to kick off the school year. Moore, the school's new director, has been in Christian education for more than 30 years and pastors a church in Canton. He and his wife of 39 years raised two children who graduated from the same school he oversaw. He is familiar with WCA from playing them in basketball and volleyball. After a two-year break, the opportunity to lead the academy came to him recently and he was hired just a week ago. “I am up to the challenge,” he said. “My concern was we were going to lose another generation. I am tired of going to meetings and I am the youngest one …