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Relay for Life Events are Going Strong!

Relay Season is in Full Swing!!

What is Relay for Life?

-Organized, overnight community fundraising walk raising money for the American Cancer Society
-Teams of people camp out around a track during the event to raise awareness and funds for ACS
-Members of each team take turns walking around the track
-Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie
-Family-friendly environment for the entire community
-Much, much More!!

Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. But it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave!

Visit to learn more about this event or find one in your area!


Wishing the following events happening this weekend much success and great weather!

Relay For Life of Capac
Capac High School 

Relay For Life of Livonia
Bentley Field

Relay For Life of Novi-Northville
Novi Middle School

Relay For Life of Plymouth
Central Middle School

Relay For Life of Rochester
Stoney Creek High School Soccer Field

Two communities coming together for ONE FIGHT!
Relay For Life of Yspsilanti

Relay For Life of Ann Arbor

Washtenaw Community College

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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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Come check out the 1st Annual Northville food Truck Rally and Beer Garden! It is going to be the perfect weekend to be outside! Come enjoy great food and some family fun event in beautiful Downtown Northville!

Saturday, August 24
Located on West Cady
(between Wing & 1st Street)

1:00pm     Beer Garden Opens

1-3pm JustPushPlay
Music on the Green

3:00-8pm Food Trucks Ready to Serve!

El Guapo
Kona Ice
Meen Weenie
Ned’s Travel Burger
Rollin’/Stone Wood Fired Pizza
Treat Dreams

Admission to the Food Truck Rally and Beer Garden is free; there will be a fee for all food and beverages.

Sponsored by: Northville Sports Den & Patti Mullen – Remerica Hometown One (

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Buy Michigan Now Festival Returns to Northville This Weekend

Hundreds of vendors will set up shop in downtown Northville Friday to Sunday for the annual Buy Michigan Now Festival.

“The Buy Michigan Now Festival is unique because it’s a fest on a mission. In addition to providing great food, entertainment, and fun, we are dedicated to helping Michigan businesses grow. It’s going to be companies like these, each adding one or two more jobs that brings our economy back on track, and we want to help them do it,” said Lisa Diggs, the festival’s founder.

The free festival highlights Michigan-based businesses and locally-produced merchandise. More than 100 vendors and merchants are scheduled to participate.

1. Family fun
The festival has always been a family-friendly weekend. This year, it will kick off on Friday with a “Family Fun Day,” which is jam-packed with fun and prizes. The “Family Fun Day” features events like:

12 p.m. – Magician Chris Clark in Town Square
1 p.m. – Meet Roary, the Detroit Lions Mascot
2 p.m. – Dancing with the DJ presented by Joe Cornell Entertainment
2:30 p.m. – Magician Chris Clark in Town Square
3 p.m. – Meet Paws, the Detroit Tigers Mascot
3 p.m. – Dancing with the DJ presented by Joe Cornell Entertainment

2. Kids Zone
The Kids Zone, presented by Tubby’s Sub Shops, will be on North Center Street. The Kids Zone is home to games, arts, crafts, contests, mascots, magic and more. Parents and children are invited to enter to win prizes ranging from free ice cream to Tubby’s subs to Fatheads of Detroit sports teams. The Kids Zone is open throughout the weekend:

12-5 p.m. Friday
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

3. Live music
Town Square will fill with music from local artists throughout the weekend, including Friday night concert series headliner Social Bones and Saturday’s festival headliner Mainstreet Soul.

4. Special drinks
The Michigan Wine & Beer Garden, at Town Square, gives adults 21 and over the chance to enjoy Michigan craft beers and wines offered by the Northville Chamber of Commerce during select hours. Admission to the Beer Garden is free and proceeds from beverage sales benefit the Chamber and the Buy Michigan Now campaign. The Beer Garden is open from 5-10 p.m. Friday, 2-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

Also during the festival, Buy Michigan Now volunteers will sell bottled water donated by Absopure. Proceeds will benefit Operation Kid Equip (OKE), a local nonprofit that provides school supplies for underprivileged youth in Metro Detroit. On July 10, a flood struck the OKE offices, destroying tens of thousands of dollars in donated school supplies. Water sales will help restore the losses from the water damage.

5. Street closures
Main and Center streets in downtown Northville will be closed to allow for pedestrian traffic throughout the weekend. The Buy Michigan Now Festival will run from:

12 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

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Not so Spooky Treat of Treat in Northville

Preschool- 3rd Grade

Trick or Treat Trail at Mill Race Village this Year!
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 – 4:40pm-6:40pm (timed admissions)
$8.00/Child, parents are FREE

Trick of Treat around Northville’s own historic Mill Race Village (215 Grisold) and visit the not-so-spooky houses at this annual Holloween treat. Due to the nature of the event, registration is not available at the event. Pre-registration is required.

– Event held rain or shine, so please dress appropriately
– Please arrive at the event entrance a few minutes prior to your time.
– Wear costumes, bring a trick or treat bag
– Parking is available at Ford Field or behind the Planet Fitness Building.

Where to Cheer on 3-Day for the Cure Walkers

Thousands of men and women will come together to trek 60 miles through southeast Michigan this weekend for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

Each walker has raised money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund breast cancer research and community education, screening and treatment programs.

The walk begins in Novi on Friday morning and ends in Dearborn Sunday evening.

Friends and family are highly encouraged to attend the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as cheer on the walkers at designated cheering stations throughout the 60 miles.

Here’s where you can go to support these walkers:

Opening Ceremony

Friday, 6:30 a.m.
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue

Cheering Stations



Mile 6.2
7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Main Street between Center Street and Griswold (south side)
Mile 18.5
11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
33400 W. Seven Mile Road



Mile 4.9
7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Newburgh Road
Between Schoolcraft and Amrhein Roads (west side)
Mile 10.2
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kellogg Park
Ann Arbor Trail and Main Street

Mile 17.4
11:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Newburgh Plaza
16818 Newburgh Road



Mile 6.2
8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Franklin High School
31000 Joy Road
Dearborn Heights
Mile 10.8
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Boy Scout Recreation Area
Hines Drive (east of Telegraph Road)

Closing Ceremony

Sunday, 4:30 p.m.
Ford World Headquarters
1 American Road

You can also follow the walkers on Susan G. Komen’s interactive route map.

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Former Detroit Lion Coaches at Northville High School

Dewayne White has spent a lot of time on football fields in the course of his life.

This year is no different. Well, maybe a little different.

White, who played in the National Football League for seven years, the final three with the Detroit Lions, will be donning a Northville Mustangs hat this fall.

An inside linebackers coach for Northville, White, 31, got his first taste of action during football camp this week.

“They’re full of energy and excitement, to say the least, the kids are, so I think it’s going to be a good year,” White said.

“This is what I love. I love being out here. I’ll pick the pads up and every once in a while I want to hit the bags like I used to. It’s like a habit. I love teaching kids the things that I know. I try to explain it in depth and give them a 360-degree view of the whole game.”

White and his wife, Melissa, settled in Northville when he left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to join the Lions in 2007.

“I have four kids and this is a good family neighborhood and a great school system,” White said. “And there’s a great sense of community also.”

White co-owns a real estate business, Re/Max Dream Properties, in downtown Northville. And Northville High School happens to be about two minutes from White’s house, a convenience that helped make coaching possible.

“With the newborn, I wanted to kind of stay close to the house, so this kind of fit both parameters of coaching and staying close to the house,” White said.

“I’m coming along, learning names and learning each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s a learning process. You have to remember some of the kids have never played football or just have one year. You’ve got to keep your mind on what their knowledge of the game is also.”

Northville head coach Matt Ladach said he got a phone call recently from athletic director Bryan Masi, who said a former NFL player living in the community was interested in joining the program.

“I talked on the phone with Dewayne and we sat down and met and I was very impressed, very impressed just from the onset,” Ladach said. “He’s a tremendous character guy. We’re fortunate to (get him on our staff) and we’re glad he’s diving in head first.”

Ladach said White will be receiving a small stipend for his services and will be working closely with Darrel Schumacher, who is the co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach.

“It’s been fun, he’s really a positive influence and a positive man,” Schumacher said. “He is such a family man and really dedicated to his family and that’s why he’s staying with us. It’s a great place for kids to grow up and that’s why he’s sticking his roots in. He wants to be part of the community and I think that’s great.”

White has made a good impression on the student-athletes as well.

“It’s pretty awesome,” junior David Borthwick said. “He’s a really good coach. He knows what he’s working on and he’s doing a great job so far. I like him a lot.”

“It’s a privilege to work with somebody so experienced,” added junior Grant Miller.

White was drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round in the 2003 NFL draft. He played four seasons with the Buccaneers before signing with the Lions in 2007. White struggled with injuries in 2009 with the Lions and was cut in March of 2010.

“You’ve got to know when your time’s up and be able to move on,” White said. “I love it. I wish I could’ve played another year, but everything happens for a reason, I believe.

“This was the time for me to move on and really help some kids develop as men, help them grow as young men and help them with their football careers.”

White, whose children range in age from 8 years old to six weeks, said he and his wife thought about leaving Michigan when he was released from the Lions.

“The thing was we had already established ourselves within our community,” he said. “To have the kids leave their friends, they have a bunch of friends … I grew up with the same friends all my life and we’d like to give our kids the same opportunity that my wife and I both had growing up in the same area.

“So we just decided to do that. We didn’t feel there were going to be any benefits moving back, starting over, new house, new neighbors, when we’re at a good comfort level already.”

2WordStory Campaign Spreads to Northville

More than 500 interdenominational churches have joined the campaign to uplift Metro Detroit.

Ken Skinner knew he had a story to tell.  He just wasn’t sure people wanted to hear it.

Still, he began sharing it—with friends, with his pastor, with members of his Bible study group.

“I told it to a bunch of people,” said Skinner, 31, of Livonia. “I would tell my story, and then I would try to figure out what word or what idea or concept really came out as I told my story.”

With prayer, he said he found it: His story was about confidence—how he lacked it without Jesus, and, he says, how he gained it when he returned to the church four years ago. In two words, his story is: “Confident? Confident.”

Skinner joins 18 other metro Detroiters at who have shared their stories—all the same word repeated, first as a question, and again as an answer—as part of an unprecedented, multidenominational, 530-church campaign aimed at injecting faith and hope into Detroit and its suburbs.

The campaign originated in Novi but quickly expanded: Churches include dozens in Dearborn, Detroit, Livonia, Farmington, Warren and beyond. They span from Flat Rock to Port Huron and from Lake St. Clair to Brighton.

One participating church in Northville is the First Baptist Church on Wing St.

2WordStory has garnered attention for its catchy repetition, meant to symbolize the uncertainty that the storyteller had without Jesus, and how his or her life has changed with Him.

Joy? Joy. Valued? Valued. Empowered? Empowered. Rescued? Rescued.

“The second word isn’t a question anymore,” explained Ron Rischer, 54, of Northville, one of the campaign’s organizers. “The second word is, ‘I’ve come to know Christ, so I have hope, I have purpose.’ There’s no question.”

An Idea Born in Novi
2WordStory was borne of another campaign called EACH, or Everyone a Chance to Hear. That was the brainchild of Pastor Bob Shirock of Oak Pointe Church in Novi, said Rischer, EACH’s executive director.

Shirock got the idea after seeing missionaries at work in the Phillipines and India, said Oak Pointe’s Executive Director Jim Bahbah.

“After interacting with those believers that were having such a great impact in their countries, he came back here and said he was driving from his house to his church, about three miles, looking at the homes and thinking of all the people who didn’t know what’s going on inside the four walls of our church, let alone know anything about Jesus,” said Bahbah, of Novi.

The initial idea was for the church to reach out to residents living in a 12-mile radius to spread the gospel, but that soon blossomed into reaching out to other churches.

Shirock contacted First Baptist Church of Northville, among others, said Keith Bushey, 64, of Redford Township, an elder and a Sunday school teacher there.

“At first we were probably like other people, thinking, ‘What is this? What are they trying to do?’ But when we looked into it and saw it was an outreach program for people in our community, we really enjoyed it,” Bushey said.

Bahbah, also of Novi, said the church had seven other churches on board in January 2010; by April 2011, more than 500 had joined, including many in Detroit.

After all, Rischer said, “We’re all Detroiters.…We believe that Detroit still is the epicenter here. If Detroit can get turned around, so can the rest of the region.”

Giving Back to Detroit
2WordStory has piqued region-wide interest with its stark and enigmatic T-shirts and yard signs, but EACH is about more than one publicity campaign, said volunteer Mark Besh, 55, of West Bloomfield. It’s about reaching out to people in need, especially those hardest hit by the economy’s downswing.

Several churches contacted by Patch said that Time magazine’s recent description of Detroit as a disaster area was one impetus for the campaign.

Pastor Jeremy Gyorke, who founded the Wyandotte Family Church with his wife Julie in September, said he learned about the budding coalition in the fall and was immediately on board.

“It’s always neat to see churches of all different denominations come together,” said Gyorke, 32, of Wyandotte. “What we believe in together far outweighs how we differ.”

Some churches were more leery than others, especially those in Detroit—“probably because of the scars of the past,” Rischer said. “The Detroit reaction was, ‘Who are you, what is this about, what are you trying to get accomplished.’ It took time to get started.”

A steering committee was formed that included members of churches from across the region, a cross-section of denominations, races and geography. EACH began sponsoring job fairs and providing medical treatment. The goals were both micro—such as feeding the homeless for an afternoon—and macro—such as backing Life Remodeled, an endeavor inspired by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that provided a needy family with a new home, as well as financial and psychological counseling.

But it has been 2WordStory that’s had most people talking so far, said Skinner, a member of Ekklesia in Westland. Congregants were asked to wear their two-word story on T-shirts while doing good deeds for a 40-day span beginning on Easter Sunday.

The good deeds were appreciated, and the T-shirts always seemed to spark a conversation, Skinner said.

“2Word lets us be Jesus in our community, really,” he said. “When Jesus walked into a colony, he did good deeds and he shared what he knew to be true.”

Paul Kwasniewski, minister of discipleship at Dearborn Free Methodist Church, said that one congregant likened EACH to a woman in her second trimester of pregnancy: “She will begin to show soon,” he said in an email to Patch. “Our hope and prayer is that God will use the efforts of the 500-plus churches involved in EACH to see our area turn from a dim candle to a beacon of light for our area and the country.”

As for 2WordStory, he said it’s a tool meant to provoke questions. The T-shirts, bus ads and banners are meant to work service projects, such as food distribution and medical assistance.

The ultimate goal, Gyorke said, is to uplift Detroit and the rest of the region. Even though the 40 days after Easter have passed, the campaign seems to be maintaining momentum. As of Tuesday, a Facebook fan page had 3,800 followers and counting.

“Christ is hope and light and healing and salvation and freedom,” Gyorke said. “He’s what a lot of people are looking for right now, and it’s been phenomenal.”

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