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Motormen Breeze-Out Event Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for our 1st Annual Motormen Breeze-out event to benefit the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Unit led by Sgt. Lee Smith! More than 100 motorcycles hit the road with us yesterday morning to raise money for a good cause.

The money raised will go to helping the unit continue its community service and keep the units motorcycles running when they are in need of repair.

We are happy to have had the opportunity to be a part of this great event and to give back to such a great cause! The Sheriff’s Department does a lot for our community. We appreciate everything the Wayne Counties Sheriff Department does and are proud to help them! We are looking forward to a continued partnership for future events!

On behalf of Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Sgt Smith took part in the fundraiser along with other law enforcement including Border Patrol, as well as biker clubs.

The group started here at Dick Scott Motorcycles in Livonia. The ride traveled for 55 miles through several municipalities and ended at Merriman Hollow in Hines Park in Westland. Those who took part in the event were amazed at all of the support from drivers riding by.

Wayne County Parks maple-sugaring program offers sweet time

March is maple-sugaring month in Michigan and Wayne County Parks has a sweet Saturday program available for the entire family March 15 and 22.

Bundle up and join park naturalists for the annual maple-sugaring program at the Cass Benton Park picnic shelter in Northville, where a historic “sugar bush” still exists.

Learn the history of maple sugaring and take a short hike into the woods for an actual tree-tapping demonstration. In celebration of this early spring ritual, the group will enjoy pancakes with the “real thing” afterward.

“The maple-sugaring program is another example of the diversity of activities available to the public through Wayne County Parks,” Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said. “I encourage everyone to see, taste and experience the maple-sugaring program first-hand.”

The practice of maple sugaring dates back to when Native Americans taught early settlers how to collect and boil sap during this time of year. The freezing nights and warm sunny days create pressure and force sap out of the maple tree.

The duration of the program is approximately 90 minutes. Register for either March 15 or March 22 and choose a start time of 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or noon.

Dress accordingly, as this is an outdoor program and the trail may be muddy.

All ages are welcome. The program fee is $6 per child and $2 per adult for Wayne County residents. Add $1 per person for non-Wayne County residents.

Advance registration and prepayment is required at the Wayne County Parks office, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, or by phone at 734-261-1990. Cash, credit card or check payable to Wayne County Parks is accepted.

For more information, call 734-261-1990 or visit

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Wayne County Parks, Northville Parks and Recreation and Vietnam Veterans of America Plymouth/Canton Chapter 528 Proudly present the 16th Annual FISHING DERBY

Saturday, September 24
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Hines Park
Waterford Bend Area
(Northville Road, North of Six Mile in Northville)

– The Middle Rouge River will be stocked with 10”- 12” rainbow trout.
**Prizes will be given away in a variety of categories. Some fish will be tagged for prizes.**
– All anglers need to bring their own equipment and bait.
– There is a three fish limit.
– Pre-registration is NOT required.
– No fishing license is required for this event.

Schedule of Events
7:30-8:00 a.m. Registration on site
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Children 12 years old and younger can
fish and participate in the casting contest
10:30 a.m. Presentation of prizes to children
10:00 a.m. – Noon Fishing for all ages

For more info, call (734) 261-1990 or visit
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Crowds expected for inaugural Hines Drive cruise

Don Nicholson has done his share of car shows and cruises, but he has to admit that he’s “blown away by the day” by the response to next Sunday’s inaugural Cruisin’ Hines Drive.

“I’ve been told that this will be the Dream Cruise of Wayne County,” the Westland resident said of the Aug. 28 event. “I’ve had more hits to print the registration form on the website that there should be 5,000 cars bumper to bumper from Ann Arbor Trail to Outer Drive.”

Hines Park will be closed Sunday, Aug. 28 to “normal” traffic from Westland to Dearborn, and that section of roadway will be limited to classic cars and hot rods. A classic is any car that is 25 years and older, while a hot rod is anything that is modified, said Nicholson, the cruise organizer.

The event is drawing interest from in and around the metropolitan area as well as outstate and out of state. Inquires have come from Lansing, London, Ontario and Ohio.
“People seem to really like it because it’s the only cruise where you’ll see just classic cars and hot rods,” Nicholson said.

Nicholson is asking cruisers to download the registration form at and fill it out in advance to make registration move faster at the Nankin Mills pavilion on cruise day. All cars will have to enter and register at the Ann Arbor Trail entrance. There is no charge for registration.

Spectators will enter at Merriman, Telegraph and Warrendale. All three of the pavilions in those areas will be free to spectators during the cruise. Vendors will set up in those areas, and several car clubs have rented locations “to do their thing,” said Nicholson.

“The bike path will be open so people can still ride their bikes,” said Nicholson. “There will be cars along the route so we ask people to be kinds to the cars, if they’re on their bikes.”

There will be parades of one brand or model of car in single file on the hour and Henry’s Field in the Nankin Mills area is reserved for all pre-1931 vehicles. The Motorsports Hall of Fame will have Kenny Bernstein’s top fuel funny car on display and the original Monkeemobile and Ghostbuster car will also be there.

The Six Foot Poles will perform from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the band stand in the Nankin Mills area. It’s sponsored by Gordon Chevrolet. WOMC will be doing live remote feeds from the same stage from 2 to 6 p.m.

“Six Foot Poles was the cruise band for Cruisin’ Michigan Avenue and for my Wayne Skills Center car show,” said Nicholson. “I think they’ve become the official car show and cruise band.”

Mixed in with the vendors will be charitable groups like the Wayne Rotary Club, which will be doing fundraising for Fallen Soldiers. They’re being sponsored by Tennyson Chevrolet.

Nicholson wants to see the public come down and watch what he says will be a “moving car show.” He would love to see 15,000 cars come for the cruise, While he doesn’t think he’ll see that for the inaugural event, he “would like to make Hines Drive into one big traffic jam.”

“The park lends itself to this; it’s so natural,” he said. “I wish I had done this sooner.”

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