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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011 Weave the Web:
What do you hope to accomplish (or what have you accomplished if you are running for re-election) if you are elected? Board service is not about individual accomplishments; rather it is about learning to collaborate with six other individuals to act in the best interest of students and the community. The success of the Saline Area Schools reflect the combined efforts of the total community. actions taken by the state Legislature, the vast majority of which have nothing to do with improving the quality of education for our students.


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VOL. 61, NO. 42

Four candidates vying for two spots on Saline school board
By Lori Maranville
Special Writer

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If (re) elected, how will you accomplish your Holden Zimmer Tanner goals? Only the Saline Board needs of both regular and education, while providing of Education can enact special-needs students. a service to the greater goals based upon informaAffiliations: Saline Saline community. tion provided by the adminArea Board of Education; istration and other creditWhat expertise or expeWashtenaw Association of able resources. As an indiSchool Boards; Michigan rience do you bring to the vidual, my only goal can be job? Association of School to act in the best interest of What do you think are As the incumbent, fourBoards; Saline Rotary; the main issues facing the all students and community Saline FFA Alumni plus years of on-the-job members. school board and what Name: David Allen training, learning to work Chapter. is your position on those Friese Family: Wife, Diane; with six other individuWhy do you think peoissues? Age: 68 son, Michael, 2002 als with divergent views. ple should vote for you? As with all districts Occupation: Retired pro- Saline graduate, alumni Accumulated over 245 hours I am known to many fessional educator of the University of of credit from the Michigan in the state of Michigan, people in the community. our No. 1 issue is funding. Education: Bachelor’s Association of School Michigan and Pace University Law School. Boards, the vast majority Deep cuts in the foundation Through a variety of vendegree and two master’s derived from class work. grand, coupled with declin- ues, my community service degrees, Eastern Michigan Why do you want to be Thirty-eight years in public ing enrollment, has greatly dates to the 1980s. I have no University education, greatly enhances reduced our operating reve- personal agenda but wish to Background: Saline-area on the Saline Board of serve the district to the best a deep understanding of Education? nue, which has led to layoffs, resident for more than 32 of my ability. Being on the board allows educational issues involvincreased class sizes etc. years; retiree of the Wayneme to continue my lifeing students, educators, and Another issue is the loss of Westland Community long commitment to public parents. PLEASE SEE CANDIDATES/3-A local control as a result of Schools having served the

Four Saline-area residents are seeking two available spots on the Saline Board of Education in the Nov. 8 general election. Incumbent David Allen Friese will run alongside candidates David Holden, Patti Tanner and David Zimmer. The candidates were asked the same questions about their run for election. Here is how each responded in their own words.

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Education key to preventing home fires
By Jim Pruitt
Special Writer


Criminals scoring with state pot law, cops say
By Michael P. McConnell
Journal Register News Service

Preventing fires is a fulltime job for local fire departments, but Oct. 9 through 15 was special because it marked National Fire Prevention Week. Some departments hosted an open house, while others were out in the schools educating students on fire safety. Some steps are as easy as changing the battery in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks, while others involve having a professional come and check up on your home’s heating sources. Fire is nothing to ignore. According the National Fire Protection Association website, a house fire was reported every 87 seconds in 2009. About seven people die every day in house fire and people age 65 and older face the highest risk of fire death. In 2009, fire departments nationwide responded to 362,000 house fires, which caused more than 12,000 civilian injuries and 2,200 deaths. Damage estimates are at $7.8 billion. In Pittsfield Township, Fire Chief Sean Gleason urges local residents with fireplaces to have their chimneys regularly cleaned.


law enforcement would be lax and it would be easy for them to do business.” Oakland County NET agents have olice investigations show busted and dismantled more than 150 Michigan’s medical marijuana marijuana growing operations since law is attracting a cast of crim- the state medical marijuana law was inals, from low-level thieves passed nearly three years ago. More and armed robbers to convict- than a dozen people connected ed drug traffickers. with marijuana dispensaries in With illegal pot sales a multibillion- Ferndale and Waterford were dollar industry in the U.S., states that arrested and charged last year. allow limited cultivation and use of Michigan thus far has seen marijuana for patients are magnets for relatively few violent mariblack market operators, law enforcejuana related crimes. In other ment officials say. states with similar laws — such Pot advocates argue the solution is as California and Washington to make marijuana legal nationwide — patients, growers and clinic and end a fruitless war on drugs, but operators have been robbed, police say they have to enforce existing shot and even murdered. laws that protect the public against Burglaries and armed criminals. robberies have been Federal narcotics agents learned reported in Michigan in March that several illegal Cuban at dispensaries in Barbara Agro, 70, of Lake immigrants who had done time for Lansing, Ann Orion talked on her cellphone cocaine trafficking were looking to buy Arbor and outside the Clinical Relief houses in northern Oakland County to marijuana dispensary in PLEASE SEE set up marijuana growing operations. Ferndale Aug. 26, 2010, a day LAW/7-A The Cubans were linked previously to after Oakland County narcotic a Columbian cocaine cartel, said one agents raided the facility. investigator. Agro, a medical marijuana “The Cubans couldn’t get medical patient, was a receptionist at marijuana cards for themselves so the dispensary and is one of they recruited people and paid them eight people con— to get the cards,” said Oakland County nected to Clinic Sheriff ’s Lt. Joseph Quisenberry, head Relief to face of the county’s Narcotics Enforcement charges. She Team. “With the medical marijuana is appealing law in Michigan, the perception is that a conviction for manufacture and delivery of See related “Behind the marijuana in Smoke” coverage on Oakland County Circuit Court. Pages 10-A and 15-A.

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plies needed for the class will be provided. Students will have time to eat their treats and bring home their crafty creations. Classes are available the week of Oct. 25 at each elementary building. The fee is $15. For more information, visit or call the Saline Community Education office at 429-8020.

■ Business awards dinner to be held: Business Enterprise Awards Gala will honor Businesses of the Year Cobblestone Rose and Kyocera Unimerco Thursday. A reception starts at 6 p.m., and dinner and awards follow at 7 p.m. at Stonebridge Golf Club in

Ann Arbor. For reservations and information, contact Saline Area Chamber of Commerce at 429-4494 or ■ Halloween activities set: “Spooky Halloween Fun” is being offered for children in kindergarten through third grade Oct. 25 through Saline Community Education. All of the sup-