Friday, August 3, 2012
Josh Morgan of the Plymouth-Canton Cruisers coached Canton's Allison Schmitt before the swimmer earned elite status.
Allison Schmitt's four Olympic medals this year have thrust the Canton native into the international spotlight as a breakout star of this year's Olympic Games in London. Schmitt, 22, was born in Pittsburgh to Ralph and Gail Schmitt, who raised Allison and her siblings in Canton. She graduated Canton High School in 2008 and attends the University of Georgia. Josh Morgan, co-coach of the Plymouth-Canton Cruisers swim club, coached Schmitt between the ages of 11 and 14 when he worked at the Ann Arbor Swim Club and said Schmitt showed some potential — and plenty of personality — early on. Still, Morgan concedes, there was no indication at the time of just how well Schmitt could swim. Since the Olympics began July 27, Schmitt has earned two …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Jasmine Millwood of Plymouth, who with her sisters survived chronic child abuse, has started a local abuse awareness charity and has a 5K charity run planned in September.
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Monday, June 25, 2012
In her novel Unbreakable, A Memoir, Jasmine Millwood of Plymouth details the harrowing effects of child abuse she and her sisters repeatedly sustained at the hands of her biological father and stepmother. Millwood, who was taken in and eventually adopted with her two sisters by her uncle, Plymouth Township Supervisor Richard Reaume, said she began writing the book when she was 10 years old “as a very recent child abuse survivor” as a way of coping with the torment she faced. The book took the form of a journal, she said, and she eventually told herself she needed to make this public in order to help others in similar situations. She now is using her experience to help others, heading a Plymouth chapter of an organization to raise awareness…
Monday, June 11, 2012
Plymouth student helped make difference locally and overseas.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect some inaccuracies that were brought to our attention by two readers after it was published this week. Based on an interview with the story's source in January, the original article stated that the Meliorate Foundation had status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Ahson Hamid said Monday he gave an incorrect statement. At the time, he was still in the process of registering his foundation for non-profit status. Hamid shut down the organization in April. Patch was not aware of the change when the article ran this week. On Sunday, graduates from Plymouth-Canton Educational Park walked the stage at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center. Among them was Ahson Hamid, a recent …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Karmanos to receive Distinguished Achievement award.
The awards continue for Compuware Chairman/CEO and Plymouth Whalers owner Peter Karmanos Jr. Karmanos will receive USA Hockey's Distinguished Achivement Award as part of USA Hockey's 75th Anniversary Gala on Saturday in Colorado Springs, CO. Here's the release from USA Hockey: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - USA Hockey will conclude its diamond jubilee season with a special 75th Anniversary Gala tomorrow (June 8) at the Broadmoor International Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Highlighting the event will be the celebration of five gold-medal winning U.S. teams: 1960 Men's Olympic Team, 1980 Men's Olympic Team, 1996 World Cup Team,1998 Women's Olympic Team and 2010 Paralympic Team. Two players from each of the five teams will take part in an on-…
Robert Barrett, 25, to compete in Meijer State Games of Michigan this month.
While fans count the days to watch the world’s best athletes perform at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Robert Barrett of Canton is training hard for some elite competition of his own. Barrett, 25 and a two-time champion shot putter in his native Oregon’s state games, will be looking to medal at the Meijer State Games of Michigan. The games, which begin June 22 at East Kentwood High School, offer an Olympic-style event with more than 5,000 athletes from around Michigan competing in 31 different sports. This year is Barrett’s first year competing at the Michigan event, after moving to Canton in July 2011 to study in his graduate program at Eastern Michigan University. He also works as a sports performance coach at Dynamic Athlete …