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Celani buys into Dick Scott dealerships; duo plan growth

We are excited to announce that casino investor, vineyard owner and motorcycle dealer Tom Celani is broadening his base of businesses to include cars.

The West Bloomfield Township entrepreneur has acquired a 50 percent stake in the Dick Scott Chrysler dealerships in Plymouth and Fowlerville. The new entity, co-owned by Celani and Dick Scott, plans to go into growth mode, expecting to buy one dealership a year.

The new business entity, Luna Dick Scott LLC, will own Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth and Dick Scott Motor Mall in Fowlerville. The deal is to close this week. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The group also hired a CFO, Jim Eagan, a consultant in the automotive dealership practice at Southfield-based Plante & Moran PLLC.

Scott said the dealership is on pace to sell 1,100 cars in Plymouth this year and 700 in Fowlerville. The dealerships have combined projected revenue of $100 million.

Celani owns Farmington Hills-based MotorCity Harley-Davidson and Bloomfield Hills-based MotorCity Power Sports. Through Novi-based Luna Entertainment, he owns casinos in Colorado and Oklahoma. He also owns TC Vineyards Inc., a Napa Valley vineyard and winemaker.

It’s that roster of businesses that Scott said makes him look forward to Celani’s marketing ideas.

“Tom’s got his hands in a lot of businesses; he’s a true entrepreneur,” Scott said.

The dealership was founded by Scott in 1974. Over the years he’s included members of his family as well. His daughter, Nicole Gallagher, and his sons, Judson and Jason, work with the dealerships.

As Scott and Celani look for new investments, they’re going to be in a market that has gone from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market, said Daniell Patterson, a principal specializing in car dealership consulting in the Southfield office of UHY Advisors Inc.

“The dust has settled; the dealers who survived are returning to profitability,” he said. “And the major players are looking to get out there and make investments.”

Daniel Duggan: (313) 446-0414, Twitter: @d_duggan

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Santa will arrive in Kellogg Park TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m.  The Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Santa’s arrival ceremony! Stay for the Grand Tree Lighting when Santa arrives tonight!

Children can visit with Santa from November 25 to December 23. Visiting hours are:

Fri., Nov. 25 – 6:30 (approximate ) until 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 –  noon to 4:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3 –  noon to 5:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 9 –  5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 10 – noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 17 – noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 18 – noon to 5:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 23 – 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

There are lots of great family activities going on in Downtown Plymouth this Holiday Season!

– Walk through the Christmas Tree Display in Kellogg Park going on NOW throught December 31st!

– Gingerbread House Display NOW Through December 23rd.

– “A Red Ryder Christmas Story”  Now through December 31st. at 155 S. Main Street Plymouth

For Complete details on these events and more CLICK HERE!!  You can also call the Chamber of Commerce at 734-453-1540.

We are an official Drop-off location for A Million Thanks!!

is a year-round campaign to show our appreciation for our U.S. Military Men
and Women, past and present, for their sacrifices, dedication, and
service to our country through our letters, emails, cards, and prayers.
We are so excited to be receiving so many letters and holiday cards
this Holiday Season!!If you have letters or Cards that you would like to get to
our troops just drop them off at ANY of our Locations!!
If you don’t live nearby one of our locations, here is the direct address to
 A Million Thanks so your items get to our Troops in time for the Holidays!
A Million Thanks
17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861
Visit to find our closest location to you!

Check out for more information and
drop off locations in other states and to see how wonderful this program really is!

We at Dick Scott Automotive Group are so thankful to all our service men and
women and this is just one of they ways we try to give back
to those fighting for us everyday!

SAVE BIG at Dick Scott Classic Motorcycles Black Friday WEEKEND Sales EVENT!

Dick Scott Classic Motorcycles Black Friday WEEKEND Event! 11-25 thru 11-28
We are STOCKED to the Max and Ready to save you
TONS of money on your Holiday Shopping this year!!

*First 30 People to visit us before 10:30am receive a

*Buy ANY Fulmer Helmet and receive a
FREE pair of Coldweather Riding Gloves
Get EVERYTHING you nee for the Riding Enthusiast
on your Holiday List!

Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles
36534 Plymouth Rd

Livonia, MI 48150


Small Business Saturday is THIS SATURDAY!!

It’s ALMOST HERE!!! One of the biggest shopping weekends of the YEAR!!!
This year think SMALL to make a BIG DIFFERENCE!!!

Small Business Saturday is NEXT SATURDAY, November 26, 2011!! This time of the year
shopping SMALL can make a HUGE difference to a Small Business Owner. We are
pledging to Shop Small and we hope all of you will too!

Visit ANY Dick Scott Automotive Group Location during this years Shop Small,
Small Business Saturday Event, and when you use your American Express
you may qualify for a $25.00 statement credit!!

More than 200 organizations have already joined American Express OPEN, the company’s small business unit, in declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday. Join us in making this “Small” event “BIG”!!

We hope you will shop “Small” this Saturday because in this economy a few purchases
from our local businesses is going to make a HUGE Difference in A LOT of peoples lives!!

See you Next Saturday!

 Visit for more information.

if you are a Small Business to get your FREE Tools, from Small Business Saturday, to promote your Small Biz!

We are giving AWAY $5,000 CASH!!!

There is still time left to have a chance at WINNING $5,000!!!

Take delivery of ANY vehicle, New or Pre-Owned by November 30th, 2011 and
be eligible to WIN $5,000 CASH!! We’ve done it before and we are doing it again!!
Who couldn’t use an extra $5,000 CASH this time of year?!?
Visit Dick Scott Motormall
3030 Fowlerville Rd
Fowlerville, MI 48836
BEFORE November 30th for your chance at $5,000 CASH!!!
Limited to the first 100 customers!!!
(we haven’t hit 100 yet so HURRY on over!!!)

Dick Scott Collision & Auto Glass Sponsors 2011 Buck Pole

The fourth annual Williamston Buck Pole kicks off Monday, Nov. 15, from 4-9 p.m., with additional scoring Nov. 20 from 4-9 p.m., and during the Grand Finale on Sunday, Nov. 27 from 4-9 p.m.

All events take place at Merindorf Meats, 500 Williamston Center Road in Williamston. Additional sponsors are still welcome.

The cost to enter the contest is $10 per deer. Scoring will be in line with Boone & Crockett “gross” standards. All deer scored will only be scored once. Hunters must obey all local ordinances regarding possession of weapons in city limits. All entries must be legally tagged and completely field-dressed. All deer must have been harvested in the legal 2011 hunting season.

Hunters must provide information about the area, time and person who harvested the deer.

Deer brought in must be hung on the pole for the remainder of the contest time that day, weather permitting.

Hunters must register their deer by 8 p.m. on Nov. 27, to be considered for judging. Awards for men, women, and youth in: overall score typical; overall score non-typical; heaviest antlered; heaviest non-antlered; antlers only. Every youth hunter will receive a prize.

This year’s sponsors include: Mathews Bows; The Artisan Circle; Bill’s Wrecker; Hunt Wiser; ATSKO; Wilderness Dreams; Breath-Taker; Whitetail Adrenaline; Joey’s Pet Outfitters; Tina Brookhouse Studio; Brookshire Inn; Carquest; Fifth Third Bank; J&B Shoes; Darex Work Sharp; Edward Jones, Benjamin Eichler; Citizens Bank; Kiwanis Club of Williamston; Sun Theatre; True Value Hardware; Williamston Masonic Lodge; GLS Heating; Greenstone Farm Credit; John Donohoe; Lakota Electric; Grand Rental; Wood & Sons; RW Firearms; The Ammo Dump; Retroduck; Dick Scott Collision; and Wrangler Jeans.

For more information, contact the Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce, (517) 655-1549,

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Ford Road/I-275 interchange condition progress

As many of you know, a Senate Transportation Hearing was held at Summit on the Park on November 1st. The Senate Transportation Committee conducted the hearing to learn about the condition of the Ford Road/I-275 interchange. The focus was on the need for improvement in that area, and to obtain support for a grant available through the United States Department of Transportation. The grant dollars would fund a solution to the congestion in that area. The result of the hearing was that the committee passed a resolution to memorialize Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation to approve a grant for a project at the I-275 and Ford Road interchange under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Discretionary Grant program. The concurrent Resolution passed the full Senate on Tuesday, 11/8/11. It will now move on to the House of Representatives. We will keep you informed on the progress of the Resolution.

Our new trustee, Greg Demopoulos, was sworn in at the October 28th board meeting. Greg comes to us with an abundance of community service experience, including the Merit Commission, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Canton Soccer Club Board of Directors. We are excited to welcome Greg to the Board of Trustees.

We are making good progress with the budget. All of the cuts and concessions that were made in the last year have put us on track to weather the decline in taxable value and loss of state shared revenue. We will continue with our furlough days for 2012, and our budget is currently being prepared through 2014.

We have finished compiling our focus group data related to our measurables (tangible data that gives the community a clear snapshot of how tax dollars are spent, how services are maintained, and where we stand in comparison to other communities). The information is now available online at on the Supervisor’s page. If you have any questions about the information, feel free to email or call the Supervisor’s office at 734-394-5188.

Make sure to take advantage of the Harvest Market on November 20th from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at Preservation Park. Pick up items for your Thanksgiving meal along with all your Market favorites. Also, don’t forget to kick off the holiday season on November 30th with the annual Township Tree Lighting Event! The “official” tree will be lit in front of the Summit on the Park at 6:30 p.m. The event runs from 6 8:30 p.m.

There is nothing like the holiday season in Canton. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to visit one of our many wonderful restaurants for a warm bowl of soup, get your Christmas shopping done within our great selection of stores, or take in a show at the beautiful Village Theater. Happy Holidays!

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2011 Toys for Tots Drive is going on NOW!

Dick Scott Automotive Group is Hosting our
4th Annual Toys for Tots Drive!
 Our last three years have been a huge success and we have been able to
donate TRUCK LOADS of Toys to kids in need!
We will be collecting NEW, UNWRAPPED toys
NOW thru MONDAY, December 12th, 2011.
(Please no stuffed animals as they can no longer be distributed because they can harbor germs.)

As our economy contunes to change we are finding more and more families each year struggling to make ends meet not to mention all the added expenses the holiday’s bring. This generous cause is making HUGE Differences in so many local families lives!! We have the most generous Employee’s, Customer’s, AND Community Members around! Thanks to all of you who continue to make our Toys for Tots Drive so successful year after year!!! We are looking forward to another amazing season thanks to all of you!!

” A BIG Thanks to all of you for Helping us make a difference!!!

PLEASE NOTE: Toys for Tots is always in need of gifts for 9 to 12 year olds, both boys and girls. Craft or hobby kits, makeup kits, electronics and CD’s, are always great choices!
Visit any Dick Scott Location:
Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
684 W Ann Arbor Rd
Plymouth, MI 48170
(734) 451-2121
Dick Scott Nissan
42175 Michigan Avenue
Canton, MI 48188
(734) 495-1000
Dick Scott Motormall
3030 Fowlerville Rd
Fowlerville, MI 48836
(517) 223-3721
Dick Scott Classic Motorcycles
36534 Plymouth Rd
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 542-8000

2012 Ram 1500 Special Service Reports for Duty

Chrysler has spent much of 2011 releasing special-purpose versions of the Ram and its latest creation, the 2012 Ram 1500 Special Purpose serves a special purpose indeed. Among other things, this beefed up police-spec truck features an upgraded 220-amp alternator and an extra door support that allows departments to install ballistic material inside the doors.

Powering the Ram 1500 Special Purpose is the standard-issue 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that makes the same 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque as in the civilian version and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A 3.92 ratio axle is the only one offered and four-wheel drive is standard as well. The four-door crew cab is the only cab offered, though the RamBox storage system is available for departments that find it useful.

Along with the stronger alternator, Chrysler fitted this ram with what it calls the Power Distribution Center, which is gets power directly by the battery through two 100-amp fuses. The PDC is designed specifically to power camera, computer, modem, and printer systems. Additionally, the Ram Special Purpose’s wiring harness is pre-designed to handle the usual variety of police accessories such as light bars, sirens, and radar.

Inside the cabin is a modified instrument cluster that includes a certified speedometer, an engine hour and idle hour meter, plus a 110-volt inverter. The center column is removed to add space, while the shifter moves to the steering column. As is typical in police vehicles, the rear bench seat is covered in vinyl while the front seats receive stain-resistant cloth upholstery.

Though few police departments need the 10,000-pound towing capability or 1455-pound payload capacity the Ram offers, rural outfits will appreciate the trucks durability and off-road capability and some will surely plan on allocating their purchasing budgets when the Special Service becomes available later this month.

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