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Summer 2012

Life in Tecumseh and Surrounding Areas

Commodity Code #8014-0719

There is more to life than simply increasing its speed. ~ Mahatma Ghandi


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Mahatma Ghandi (one of Downtown Tecumseh's Art Trail sculptures) strolls the Boulevard. Photo by Hollie Smith

6 ...... TASTE OF SUMMER 8 ...... COME TO REST 14 .... ARABIANS
Dine at Evans Street Station Local inns offer variety The Smoke's Mokee Arabians

Swan family along the River Raisin. Photo by Jim Lincoln.


Photographer Dr. John Kelly

Raisin Township's Deb Brousseau Area gardens flourish Stone Mountain Family Fun Center


New Raisin Township winery

What's up with all the twins Eden Food's test kitchen

Floyd Rhadigan wood carvings


517.423.2174 • 800.832.6443 P.O. Box 218, 110 E. Logan, Tecumseh, MI 49286

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Classes at John W. Smith Park
804 N. Evans Street, Tecumseh, MI

We’ve placed this paper clip in one of our advertisements in this magazine. Simply tell us which ad you found it in. We’ll draw from all correct entries on July 27, 2012, and give $100 to the lucky winner. To enter, send answers to The Tecumseh Herald, P.O. Box 218, Tecumseh, MI 49286, or submit online at www.

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Gregory Mattson of Monroe found the paper clip on page 26 in the Great Ideas ad in the 2012 Spring issue of Homefront.

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ne of the reasons for the success of businesses in Tecumseh is because they have become a destination for Lenawee County residents as well as those who live outside of the county. Unique and charming businesses, shops and restaurants give the community a certain panache that can’t be found anywhere else. And Lenawee County residents know how fortunate they are to have these businesses in their own back yard. “All these interesting businesses have their niche. It’s a testament to how vibrant downtown Tecumseh is,” said Evans Street Station General Manager and Co-owner Elizabeth Kennedy. A keystone business itself, Evans Street Station is a fire station-turned restaurant, located at 110 S. Evans St. Along with a relaxing and comfortable dining area, attentive and

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pleasant service, and a distinct, delectable modern Mid-western menu, comes the promise that no corners are cut and everything is fresh – so fresh that a good share of the ingredients are grown or made within a 60-mile radius – some within 50 yards of the restaurant’s doors. This unique restaurant model supports and promotes local farmers and merchants. Whether it’s vegetables from Goetz Greenhouse, Prochaska Farms or Kapnick Orchards, honey from Groeb Farms, eggs from Pawson’s Farms, rabbits, ducks, beef and pork from Back 40 Acres, Karen’s Place peaches or fresh mozzarella from Four Corners Creamery just across the parking lot, their products are featured on the menu. “We buy as much as we can locally,” said Executive Chef Alan Merhar, “and then we supplement with killer ingredients.” Chef Alan meets with Jonathan and Karlene Goetz of Goetz Greenhouse prior to each planting season to peruse seed books and choose vegetables he will feature on the menu. Because Goetz Greenhouse uses hoop houses, they are able to supply Chef Alan with fresh vegetables throughout the year. You may also see Chef Alan stopping at vegetable stands, foraging for ramps (wild leeks) or inquiring about which wild mushroom is in season and how plentiful it is. “I was raised in Michigan so I have a pretty good grasp of what’s available and when,” Chef Alan said. If the US Department of Agriculture and the local health department would allow it (they don’t), he would serve wild game. After all, it is where Chef Alan got a good measure of experience as a chef. He has worked in a kitchen since he was 14 years old. For many years he worked for a private hunt club as its chef. He’s also worked in the kitchen at many fine dining restaurants. Chef Alan is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University College of Culinary Arts, which at the time was located in Charleston, South Carolina. This connection accounts for the award-winning crab cakes on the menu. “We change our menu on a seasonal basis, but it always includes Alan’s crab cakes and bacon wrapped chicken breasts. We may have a riot on our hands if we removed them from the menu,” laughed Kennedy. One of the interesting features of Evans Street Station is its exhibition kitchen where visitors can watch their food being prepared. But behind the scenes Chef Alan creates made-from-scratch spaetzle and pasta and house-made ice cream. The staff shucks fresh peas and peels and blanches asparagus, among many other extraordinary but little known food prep details. For example, when someone orders anything on the menu that includes the cabernet reduction, they will be getting a sauce that takes a week to prepare. Starting with the stock from scratch, the cabernet is added and then reduced naturally. “We cut no corners,” Chef Alan emphasized. “It’s all in the We want details.” Both Kennedy and Chef Alan have noticed that people have people to become much more interested in their food and the details of its come in and preparation. relax. There’s “It’s been so incredible to see how society has changed. They care deeply about how something their food is prepared; they’re much more here for educated,” Kennedy said. With that in mind, everyone. Evans Street Station offers cooking classes with Chef Alan as the instructor. You can check the website at for more information. Whether you are coming from out of town to visit Tecumseh or a local Lenawee County resident, you won’t be alone. “Sixty to seventy percent of our weekend business comes from Toledo, Ann Arbor, and Detroit,” claimed Kennedy. “But we are blessed to have a great local following throughout the week. “We provide a very comfortable environment where there’s no dress code. We want people to come in and relax. There’s something here for everyone.” n


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By Lynn Boughton

Whether you're thinking of a weekend away at the lake or looking for local lodging for relatives, our area has some of the most welcoming, locally-owned and operated inns around. Take a look....

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Street Suite and The Loft

Pat Van Camp and Sue Laurinec are two energetic sisters on a mission. They fill a yearning for morning coffee and baked goods and satisfy lunch needs with sandwiches and soup at The Daily Grind located at 139 East Chicago Blvd. in downtown Tecumseh. Afterwards just step next door and stroll through their unique gift shop stocked with tempting treasures for the home. When some respite from eating and shopping is needed from their stores and other downtown retail establishments, just check into the Chicago Street Suite or The Loft apartment. Both are located right above the coffee and gift shops. Talk about having it all wrapped up in a neat package – offering both historical ambiance and coffee house cool!

A Classic Pat and Sue’s successful coffee house, gift shop and both bed & breakfast spots are all housed in a classical 1800’s brick building. With 10’ high ceilings, original plaster walls and period furnishings, the Chicago Street Suite is spacious yet cozy and comfortable. Enter the large living and dining rooms and be instantly transported back in time. In the den, relax with a book or watch a good movie - then retreat to a restful bedroom. Anyone would thoroughly appreciate this beautiful suite that sleeps up to five. The Loft, which sleeps three, boasts large windows overlooking downtown Tecumseh, a sunny living room, eat-in kitchen and cheerful bedroom. Both apartments are available for nightly, weekly and extended stays. It’s a welcoming place to call home during a visit to Tecumseh. The Perfect Package Once or twice a year, Pat and Sue hold workshops in The Suite, sharing entertainment ideas such as holiday tablescapes. They also provide ideas on how to creatively use many gourmet pantry items from their coffee shop such as artichoke relish and chutneys. Groups of gals reserve both suites for shopping getaways or to participate in Tecumseh “Girls’ Night Out” events. These suites are also great for baby and bridal showers as well as business gatherings. They are the perfect location for business conferences with plenty of room for meetings and presentations. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and beverages or utilize The Daily Grind’s catering service. All guests are provided with complimentary meal certificates to The Daily Grind. What a convenience to descend a flight of stairs and enjoy a delicious breakfast before exploring all the activities that Tecumseh offers. Chicago Street Suite and The Loft – two names that are synonymous with a quality visit and convenient, charming amenities. Stop by The Daily Grind, give Pat and Sue a call at 517-424-8314, or check out their website at ➤

with a fab dessert. Take home fine china, cookbooks, loose teas, childrens tea sets, cards, gifts & British foods.


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n Dewey

Lake Manor

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Inn on Evans

Interested in the opportunity to experience a weekend, week or even a month right in the middle of energetic, downtown Tecumseh? Look no further than The Inn on Evans located just above The Boulevard Market at 102 East Chicago Blvd. Erika and John Aylward are the proprietors and the entrepreneurial spirits behind both the Inn and the Market. The Aylward’s passion is to please their customers’ palettes, as well as create a relaxing respite for their souls. They have succeeded with excellence. Customers are offered high quality specialty food items, wines, cheeses and chocolate at the The Boulevard Market. Just upstairs, dream fulfillment is found in the old world charm of The Inn on Evans. Relax and take it all in! The Inn boasts three, spacious and unique rooms which cover the entire second floor of an 1800’s historical building. High ceilings and oversized windows bring the energy of the city’s sidewalks right up to the room, which overlook the main shopping district allowing visitors to experience the city sights and sounds. Settle into the queen-sized bed and enjoy the fully equipped kitchen and modern amenities of A/C, cable TV and Wi-Fi. However, there is something here that is SO much more than relaxation. It is the unique feeling of nesting in the French Room, the Spanish Room, or the Italian Room – all three emulating a distinct, European panache. It might also be the welcoming basket filled with wine, chips, salsa and some of The Market’s handmade chocolates – all to be enjoyed by guests as they settle in for their stay.

Concierge service at its finest Arriving this weekend with no time to coordinate the special amenities that will take a visit “over the top?” No worries – another of Erika’s passions is to be the perfect concierge. She has partnered with local businesses, allowing her to arrange any service imaginable. From spa packages at a tranquil salon to champagne and a scrumptious meal delivered to the door, an atmosphere will be created which is perfectly tailored to any celebration. Describing the community’s reaction when they opened the Inn a few years ago, Erika comments, “This is what I love about Tecumseh. When local residents and business owners learned about The Inn on Evans, they told their friends and families where to stay when visiting Tecumseh and surrounding areas.” She and John are very grateful for this type of hometown support. The Inn at Evans – it truly IS “the place to stay” when planning the ultimate getaway – from anniversaries to birthdays to honeymoons. To make reservations contact Erika and John at 517-423-6000 or visit http:/

Perched high on a hill overlooking picturesque Dewey Lake is a majestic homestead whose history is steeped in Irish Hills’ legend. In the mid-1800’s a New York surveyor, named Francis Albert Dewey, traveled to Michigan in search of the infamous Devils Lake. Prior to reaching his intended destination he came upon another body of water – a serene lake surrounded by green hills and rich farmland. Dewey proclaimed, “This is where I will build my home.” He settled along the shoreline and gave the lake his name. Many years later Dewey’s son, Albert, built Dewey Lake Manor. The Manor still stands proudly on the hill just as it did 150 years ago when Albert raised his family and farmed this fertile land. Today, however, the Dewey home is a welcoming bed & breakfast owned by Barb and Joe Phillips, who, 22 years ago, discovered the magic of the Irish Hills and fell in love with this magnificent home along the way. And the Manor’s story continues. . . When Barb and Joe found the six-bedroom Manor and made it their own, they decided that it would have to help pay for itself. The couple proceeded to renovate, maximizing every inch of space. They tucked showers into former closets and even added a Jacuzzi tub in one room – discreetly hidden behind a vintage screen. In keeping with the home’s age and grandeur, these innkeepers were careful to preserve the integrity of the Manor. They graced the interior, filling it with period furnishings such as brass beds and beautiful wood pieces. Embellished with such a unique history and picture-perfect setting, it is no wonder that guests return year after year to this cozy, “homeaway-from-home.” Staying at the Manor Each of the six bedrooms boasts a full bath, cable TV and some are equipped with refrigerators. There is a full-service kitchen in➤


Baking pies with Kaitlin.

After open-heart surgery, simple things mean more.
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which to prepare beverages or heat up a snack. Visitors are warned not to stuff themselves during the evening, though, because Barb and Joe prepare a scrumptious breakfast each morning. Coffee is enjoyed at 8 a.m. in the spacious parlor where guests relax and appreciate the lakefront view from a large bay window. Then, usually around 9 a.m., delicious frittatas or waffles with sides of sausage and fresh fruit are served in the Victorian dining room. After the morning meal, visitors are encouraged to linger on the cozy glassenclosed porch which overlooks the hills and peaceful lake. They are invited to use the many amenities including two paddleboats, a canoe, grills, picnic tables, horseshoes and croquet sets. Wandering the 18 acres, guests may experience an aura of yesteryear – a time of picnics by the shoreline, love songs and beautiful sunsets.

The Guests Dewey Lake Manor is the ideal location for weddings with its sprawling acreage, many bedrooms and lake amenities. Families gathering for reunions choose this location for the same reasons. Couples come for honeymoons and return on their anniversaries each year – the guest list is endless and varied for this majestic Manor in the hills. The vista from the porches is breathtaking and tends to beckon and say, “Sit - stay awhile – leave cares and worries at the door and step back in time.” Come to Dewey Lake Manor located at 11811 Laird Rd. in Brooklyn. Give Barb and Joe a call at 517-467-7122 or check their website at These two creative proprietors even share some of their favorite B&B recipes on this website – Enjoy! n



ll the talk in the equestrian world now is about “I’ll Have Another” and his failed Triple Crown bid, but his misfortune underscores a flaw in thoroughbreds – they are superb runners but they are fragile animals. They are bred to run and that’s what they love to do. They don’t love anything else, including humans. Arabian horses on the other hand are a breed apart, especially regarding the bond between horse and rider. It’s a little-known fact that there is a race horse farm of international renown on a bucolic stretch of Sutton Road between Tecumseh and Britton. The only clue to the casual passerby is a stately brick home dating from 1865 enclosed by wrought-iron fencing that gives way to the more practical fencing of their eight paddocks where the Smokes, as they say, “raise a few horses.” But ask anyone who is associated with the horseracing scene and the name Mokee Arabians will elicit knowing smiles and nods. Kathy and Paul Smoke, the owners of the estate, have been breeding some of the finest racing steeds seen in the Arabian circuit for

Story by Deane Erts Photos by Hollie Smith

I love Arabians because they are so much friendlier than thoroughbreds

the past 25 years. Coveted by sheiks and kings, winners on the track and trail, the horses of Mokee Arabians are among the elite of equine athletes. The entrance to the Smoke’s estate, though they prefer the term “farm,” is easily recognized by the wooden sculpture of a rearing horse beside the driveway. “It was carved by a Romanian immigrant entirely by chain saw,” said Kathy. “It used to be a beautiful old tree, but it died, and we had it turned into art. When the guy was carving it, there were cars lined up down the road to get a glimpse.” The Smokes travel the world escorting their entries in various international races but were most recently at the Pimlico Special in Baltimore, an American thoroughbred horse race of 1mile and 2/16 or 9.5 furlongs in racing parlance. The accompanying race for Arabian horses included the Smoke’s entry “Spin Doctor,” who finished sixth in a race that drew 123,000 spectators. “I love Arabians because they are so much friendlier than thoroughbreds,” said Kathy. “The horses were developed by the Arabs to love humans because they were often kept in their tents, so they had to be in close quarters with humans all of the time.” “We could have done better,” said Paul of Spin Doctor’s finish in the Pimlico race, “but I attribute the poor showing to operator error,” referring to the jockey who rode the horse. “His stable mate won, and we had beaten him before.” Kathy is president of the Arabian Jockey Club (, an organization dedicated to the promotion of the breed that is famed for its stamina, speed, heart, and intelligence. She explained that Arabians are the base stock from which thoroughbreds were developed and the rangier and more famous cousins ➤


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still retain a Y chromosome that they acquired from their Arabian ancestors. She said that there is not only a bond between Arabian owners and their horses, there is also a bond between Arabian owners, even competitors. The Smoke’s enthusiasm for their horses shows in the hard physical labor they both perform on their farm. Paul grows hay for the horses and helps maintain the seven pastures. That’s when he is not working at his “day job” as owner of the Grosse Ile Toll Bridge, an occupation that, needless to say, requires a lot of commuting and supervisory hours. Besides the local farm, the Smokes own and maintain a farm with five more pastures in Florida. The Smokes have an equally dedicated partner in the care of the horses in Samantha Jones of Adrian, who is the farm and barn manager. Jones’ enthusiasm for horses began in the local 4-H Club All-Around Equestrians. She owns a “paint” that she stables locally and has been around horses all of her life. The 81-acre farm did not come in its current immaculate condition. “When we moved here it was basically corn stubble and brush,” said Paul. Now, the landscaping is as well-manicured as the horses are well groomed. The main barn is luxurious by farm standards, with fresh hay and numerous stalls. It even contains a birthing area that is monitored by a television link with the house. “We keep a close eye on the pregnant mothers, especially when they get close to their time,” said Kathy. Currently, they are expecting a new foal from a brood mare that has an excellent blood line. The foal is due at the end of June. The most recent addition is a four-week old filly, who is as yet unnamed. Her mother is nicknamed “Hilaritie.” “Right now I’m leaning toward naming the foal “Lady Ha Ha. That would be appropriate, I think,” said Kathy. Mokee Arabians awards and accolades have been impressive: • A Mokee gelding, “Mr. Wright On,” was chosen by the Office of the Racing Commissioner as the 2004 Michigan Bred Race Horse of the Year • Darley Award nominee and Darley champion (“Remarkable Man”) four-year-old Colt of the Year in the USA • Darley nominee Horse of the Year, again for “Remarkable Man” • AJC Special Achievement Award to Kathy • The Smokes were ranked tenth in the U.S. in earnings with 25 percent wins and 63 percent in-themoney first through fourth place, six runners in 27 races with seven wins, one second, three thirds, and sixth fourths. In all, Mokee’s win percentage was 25 percent and finishes in-the-money was 63 percent “If you want to get into horses and horse racing, there’s no better choice than an Arabian,” said Kathy. “They’re 1/32 the cost of a Thoroughbred and a hundred times more affectionate.” Mokee Arabians may be reached at 517.423.3609 or www. n

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n Tecumseh's Doctor Kelly has a love affair with photography
nyone entering John Kelly, MD, MPH’s waiting room on South Evans Street in Tecumseh cannot fail to notice the numerous photographs of animals, some exotic and some more commonplace, that grace the walls of his waiting room and halls. Not all of them have been taken by Dr. Kelly, but you won’t be able to distinguish which were taken by him and which were taken by a “professional.” Neither the quality nor the locale will be a cue, as he has taken photographs in at least six foreign countries and several continents, so, the African veldt in the background does not necessarily signify a pro on a paid photo safari. The pictures on the walls serve as more than decoration, though. The tranquility of the animals portrayed cannot help but reassure an anxious patient waiting for an appointment. “I love to capture images of animals in loving moments,” said Dr. Kelly, “like when a mother cheetah is caring for her baby or a pair of giraffes are nuzzling.” Dr. Kelly said that his interest in photography began long before his interest in medicine. He was president of his high school photography club when he was growing up in the Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods area. “We had a Crown Graphic 4x5 for club use that was a real hoot to use,” he recalled of his high school experience, indirectly betraying his approximate age – Crown Graphics were as common as cell phones among the photographic aficionados of the first half of the 20th

By Deane Erts


Century. They were highly regarded by newspaper photographers for the clarity and resolution of the images they produced. The 4x5 designation referred to the size of the negatives that the cameras used. Unlike the film cameras that later photographers would favor that used roll film, 4x5 cameras used sheet film, and the numbers indicated the size of the negative in inches. Also, unlike more modern counterparts, the Crown Graphics could be loaded with only two negatives. “They were a little awkward to use by today’s standards,” Dr. Kelly admitted. “You pulled the curtain, took a shot, replaced the curtain, flipped the film holder and repeated. But, boy, did they take sharp photos. You could enlarge them forever.” Dr. Kelly eventually succumbed to the ease and film capacity of a Nikon F Photomic and a Leica M4, two other classic instruments, which he said, unfortunately, were stolen when he was a medical student at Michigan State University. In the course of his love affair with photography, Dr. Kelly has had numerous photo-related jobs, including fashion assignments for such high-end stores as Jacobsens and Kay Baum. As with most avid photographers in the film era, Kelly began developing and printing photos in his own darkroom soon after he picked up his first camera. “I still have a complete darkroom in my basement at home, but I haven’t used it in years,” he said. “I might get back into it when I have more time. Now it’s quicker and easier to use Photoshop.” He was one of the first to embrace digital imagery, after the bugs were ➤



Capturing the Image continued ... worked out. “When they first came out, the images were pixelated and grainy, so I waited for the image quality to improve before I made the plunge.” Now he shoots with a Pentax digital camera and appreciates the almost unlimited image capacity and ability to quickly review and delete images he is not satisfied with. “With digital images it’s very important to have them stored in a backup system,” he said. “With film, you have built in storage security. With digital you don’t, so you need to have them stored in more than one place.” Dr. Kelly said that his photo safari “trophies” bring him a sense of peace when he pauses to enjoy his own work on the walls of his office. “I had so much fun taking all of them,” he said. “Many of them were taken from an open Land Rover, which was a little unnerving at first, but in many places in South Africa, for instance, the cars have become such a regular sight for the animals that they just stroll past almost without a glance, so taking pictures of them in natural situations is easier.” Not all of Dr. Kelly’s photos are of exotic animals; he enjoys forays to northern Michigan and looks forward to shooting at Shanty Creek during an upcoming medical convention, an excursion that he expects will include his two constant companions: his whippets Fiona and Fergus, who not only travel with him, but also go to work with him and add to the relaxed atmosphere of his medical office. “I feel very lucky to have been able to go to all the places that I have been and capture the images I have,” he said. “I’m privileged to have seen and photographed these rare animals. But I’m also worried about their future. It is my fondest hope that future photographers will have the same opportunities that I’ve had.” n


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Raisin Township trustee Deb Brousseau takes her many roles in stride
By Deb Wuethrich


Although Raisin Township Trustee Debra (Debbie) Brousseau didn’t always live around here, she fell in love with her community and has taken on so many tasks within it that people sometimes ask, “Which hat are you wearing today?” Besides concluding a second term on the board in the charter township, Debbie is also Park Administrator at Mitchell Park and works with a six-member board. But to understand her versatility, one would have to back up a few years. Originally from the Bay City area, Debbie transferred to the GM plant in Adrian more than 30 years ago. At first, she lived on Bailey Drive in Raisin Township, then lived in Tecumseh for a couple of years. Before long, she was back in Raisin Township because she found that she really enjoyed living there. “When I was living in Tecumseh, I took an EMT class,” she recalls. “I still remember the day I called Carl

Wagner, who was Raisin Township Fire Chief then [he’s the Township Supervisor now], and I’d just received my license as an EMT. He said, ‘Come on down and we’ll let you ride with us.’” Debbie got a bonus through that experience — she met her husband, Alan, who was her captain. She worked as an EMT, then added to her skills and became an EMT specialist, working with the advanced ambulance service. “From there, I became interested in the fire department side of things because I had this sense that I was useless at certain types of calls,” Debbie said. Again, she talked to her friend, Carl Wagner, and they discussed the fact that there were no certified full-time female firefighters at that time. “But he and the department were very encouraging, very supportive, and I took more classes and ended up being the first female certified firefighter in the department,” she said. “Later on, I had the distinct honor of becoming the first female captain they ever

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had on the fire department. There have been a couple others since then.” Debbie took some time off her many activities around the time her boys were getting ready to graduate from high school, but soon, she realized she still wanted to do something for the community. She was then appointed to the Raisin Township Planning Commission and served as Secretary of that board. After doing that for a couple years, there was an opening for a Trustee on the Raisin Township Board. “I pursued that along with another candidate, and lost it by the flip of a coin that time,” she said, laughing as she remembered it. “But the next time, I became a Trustee.” As a trustee, Debbie put on an extra hat and served as the board’s representative to the park board where she learned about the various tasks to be done there. She forged fullsteam ahead with her various duties, and then some. "I was retired with time on my hands and had the time to get back into it, and I’m just a firm believer you should be a part of where you live. You should know your neighbors and do things together and be excited about where you live,” she said. She takes part in the township’s Dump Day and has spent time with Kitty Wagner, Carl’s wife, picking up trash long the county’s roadways. “I live here; I don’t want it to be trashy,” she said. When there was an unexpected opening as park administrator after Harry Withrow left, Debbie stepped in as interim. She was later selected from approximately eight candidates to continue the position full-time. “They gave me a great opportunity because I love doing what I do here,” she said. “I love being outside, especially with the gardening and the flowers.” Debbie is an avid gardener and the Adrian Garden Club named her home yard Garden of the Month last year, and she has brought transplants from home to Mitchell Park. Along with part-time employees Sandy LaVeck and Barry Hall, and workers performing community service, Debbie is not afraid to get her hands dirty and tends gardens, helps weed whack, picks up tree branches, and keeps the shelters and bathrooms clean, donning a few more hats as the occasion warrants. Another one was required when she

accepted the park administrator post. “The township had made some changes to the position, and Cemetery Sexton came with the territory,” Debbie said. “That’s definitely been a learning experience.” The township maintains four cemeteries, most of them older. One on Sutton Road is now closed except to individuals who still have burial plots purchased there, but all require maintenance and upkeep, which she oversees, along with working with professionals when burial arrangements are required. In her primary role as park administrator at Mitchell Park, one can see how Debbie puts an extra element of care into her work. Even as she drives around on her Gator, she’ll stop and pick up branches or debris. “I just saw this park as a diamond in the rough out here,” said Debbie, who was the driving force behind such events as the annual Day in the Park Festival. The park is also host to Tecumseh sporting events such as Tecumseh Area Little League and Tecumseh Area Soccer. One thing she does point out, however, is that Mitchell Park is a Raisin Township entity. “Someone asked me why we didn’t paint the park orange and black,” she said. “It’s because the park belongs to Raisin Township, it’s not a Tecumseh park. While I’m glad to have the Tecumseh teams here, I also want this to be a clean, fun place for residents to bring their families for a picnic. It’s Raisin Township taxpayers that support this park and make it nice for everybody.” Visitors will note that Raisin Township is also listed on the park’s signs now. As to the future, Debbie still has her eye on other possibilities. It is her opinion that the Raisin Township Community Center is underutilized. In her dreams, it could be another diamond in the rough, a place for kids to go for fun activities. “When I was a kid I remember going to a park and paying a dollar and doing all kinds of activities,” she said. “Kids should be able to do that now. What it would take, though, is extra manpower. We’d need volunteers. Maybe someday.” n


water gardens
By Rebecca Peach
hen approaching David and Helen Squires’ Macon home, Helen’s flower garden beckons visitors to enter and discover what lies along the brick pathways beyond the rose arbor. The gentle sound of cascading water welcomes visitors into the garden. A small pond and fountain surrounded by flora captures the eye, with a pathway crossing over the pond. It is truly a welcoming sight, and one of the highlights of the flower garden. Five years ago, Helen decided it was time to build her long time dream garden, “I waited 50 years for this garden,” she explained. “Grandma had a fountain. It made the garden seem peaceful.” Helen said she wasn’t sure a pond would be possible because they have a well for a water source. For guidance Helen turned to Smith Nursery & Landscaping, where they often purchased their plants and shrubs. Eric Smith of Smith Nursery & Landscaping assured Helen a water feature could be installed as a focal point easier then she had imagined. Smith Nursery provided layout design and assisted Helen in the selection of plants and took on the massive job of creating the garden. Helen praises Smith Nursery’s work making the garden, “It wouldn’t be the same without their input and help.” The family enjoys the pond, fountain and garden area on a daily basis. Helen described the maintenance of the pond as minimal once it is set up in the spring. “The fountain and pond are a little more work, but the enjoyment is worth the effort. The pond and fountain bring a whole different level of peace to the garden,” she said. Jan Smith, owner of Smith Nursery & Landscaping commented, “Water features are always a special feature to add to any landscape. They add so much, from a simple fountain to a large pond.” Jan explained that no two water features are truly identical. Just use your imagination, and they can help make it happen. “We work with you to make sure it fits your life-style and level of commitment.” Bill and Cathy Rutz of Tecumseh would agree that a water feature adds peace and so much more to home landscaping. While the Rutz’s were living in Louisville, KY, they looked for a large pot to make a water garden. At the time the couple was contemplating a move to Tecumseh, to be closer to family. “When we found that pot, I knew it would look best planted in Michigan. The water vessel means a great deal to me, that pot brought us home,” Cathy said. The Rutz’s settled into their home and soon approached Hampshire Farm Landscaping of Tecumseh to help them install the water feature. Cathy said, “That simple water feature does so much, gives us peace and tranquility.” Entering the Rutz side yard, a welcome comes from the small fountain gently bubbling and spilling over the sides of the vessel. Cathy said, “Listening to water is a great healer, both mentally and emotionally. It is refreshing, and gives you peace.” Kevin Graves, owner of Hampshire Farm Landscaping, assisted Cathy in location and set up of the fountain and also designed a huge vegetable-flower garden. “A

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Top right; The Rutz fountain Left: Hampshire Farms water vessel Bottom: Smith Landscaping fountain Photos by Rebecca Peach

water feature truly becomes a focal part of your yard, from a simple fountain to a large ornamental pond,” Kevin explained. “When you add water, you open up a whole new type of gardening, new plants and even koi or goldfish.” Hampshire Farm Landscaping offers an extensive water garden selection of vessels, pots, fountains and fountain kits, also plants, fish and supplies for the do-it-yourselfer or for those seeking professional installation. They also carry Airmax for pond management. Kevin and Hampshire Farm horticulturist, designer Peter White, have designed and installed water features from a single pot-fountain, pond-less waterfalls to working with two-acre ponds. Recently Hampshire Farm worked on a large project at Michigan International Speedway. Along with F & S Landscaping and Slusarski Excavating, they created a 40-foot waterfall with extensive landscaping for the new RV area around turns three and four at the racetrack. In the beginning, water features, especially ponds, are a bit of work. The reason, according to Kevin, is because whether setting up a small fountain or a larger pond, an eco-system must be created. Kevin said, “Once you establish the eco-system, the maintenance drops and it’s easy to maintain, less time consuming.” Aeration is one of the key elements of any water feature. With proper movement, there is no need to worry about mosquitoes. Incorporating koi or goldfish also takes care of those issues. In many ponds, the fish can stay in the water year round. Hampshire Farm Landscaping can assist with existing pond issues, whether spring fed or man-made ponds. Hampshire Farm Landscaping also carries a complete line of do-it-yourself kits for building a fountain, pond or waterfall. “Water features are not limited to what you see in a kit,” Graves said. “Water features truly are an artistic form, from your dream or vision to the complete project.” From simple fountains to extensive lighted waterfalls and streams, water gardening can bring peace and tranquility to any time spent within hearing distance of the bubbling, flowing waters. It’s like having a bit of paradise in your own backyard. n



• • • come first at Stone Mountain Family Fun Center
By Deb Wuethrich

Playing a round of miniature golf at The Stone Mountain Family Fun Center can feel like a getaway, even if you only have a couple hours available.
“It’s so peaceful out there on the course that I like to be out there, even if I’m weeding,” said Amy DeJonghe, who owns and operates the facility, along with her husband, Mike. She said the sound of the waterfalls, the old-fashioned waterwheel and being in the natural setting among the landscaped plants is soothing. “As soon as you cross that bridge, it’s like stepping into another world or in the wilderness somewhere.” People have even asked them if they pipe in the croaking of the frogs and other nature sounds. “We don’t,” said Amy. “That sound comes from little tiny frogs that live in our ponds.” There are also sounds of crickets and other elements of nature one would find in a natural outdoor setting. The course is kept clean, however, with regular maintenance and upkeep, including draining the ponds periodically and scrubbing sides where algae builds up. The DeJonghe’s first opened their Family Frosty ice cream shop at 3171 W. Russell Road in Tecumseh 12 years ago. They built the Stone Mountain golf course in 2006, largely on their own, with the help of their children and extended family members. “I’ll never forget how everyone in our family was out there helping us build it, and we were so blessed to have them,” said Amy. A company installed the mountain and carpeted the greens, but Amy said Mike built most everything else and poured the concrete. “And we did the landscaping as well and much of that has grown up so nicely that we’ve had to transplant some of it.” Three years ago, the family took ownership of the restaurant on-site and opened the Stone Mountain Pizzeria. “We are a family fun complex, and a lot of people who come here will come to play a round of golf and also stay for pizza or ice cream afterward,” said Amy. “We can accommodate groups on the course with a continuous flow

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of play, and get summer camp groups, school groups and even company groups when they’re having a teambuilding day.” The course is also handicapped accessible on its lower level so people with wheelchairs can play,” said Amy. “Everybody is entitled to have some fun.” Last year, the DeJonghes took part in a “groupon” deal (coupons for groups) and offered special deals that drew people to the community from places such as Stockbridge, Canton, Ann Arbor and Toledo. “People would say things like, ‘We never knew this was here,’ and say that they were going to tell their friends,” said Amy. “We sold over 300 groupons.” This year Stone Mountain is offering a VIP card when a patron comes to play, and subsequent visits are $5 for the rest of the season. Prices currently are $7.50 for adults to play golf, $6.50 for seniors; $5.50 for age 12 and under, and kids age three and under are free. “This is very much a family atmosphere and all our employees know that and treat people very professionally,” said Amy. “I love working with people every day and I love seeing little kids smile. When you put ice cream and golf together, people are happy and I love seeing that. We like to say ‘the family that plays together, stays together.’” Stone Mountain summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. n



Flying Otter
Story and Photos by Deane Erts
ucked away on 55 rural acres on Chase Road between Tecumseh and Adrian is one of Michigan’s newest vineyard/winery combinations. Flying Otter Vineyard and Winery officially opened last November, but the young operation has already made a splash among oenophiles. Flying Otter recently garnered three medals from the prestigious Tasters Guild – a silver medal for its Noiret and bronzes for its Northern Lights and Starboard. Starboard captured another bronze at the Great Lakes Great Wine competition, along with bronzes for the Riesling and a variety the Flying Otter vintner calls Cherry Pie. At first, the name of the operation sounds utterly whimsical, but Bob Utter, who owns the vineyard/winery with wife Linda and son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Sarah, chose the name based on family heritage. “Utter is

Swedish for otter,” Bob explained, “and the other part of the name comes from the fact that I love to fly.” The Utters have been producing wine from their vineyard since 2005, but decided to go “public” only recently. It is truly a family operation with Bob managing the vineyard and Linda, Jeff, and Sarah managing the winery. The division of labor is not that distinct, however. “We help each other out in whatever area or whatever season,” Linda said. “It’s a labor of love, so it’s a lot of work but it’s something we wanted to do and still enjoy doing it.” The Utters moved here from Texas in 1996 when Bob accepted a position as vice president of engineering for Tecumseh Products, where he worked until 1999. Currently, he runs his own engineering consulting service with clients worldwide, who often demand his expertise on-site which requires a good deal of travel. “I’m basically working two full-time jobs between consulting and the vineyard,” said Bob. “Fortunately, I find the work in the vineyard and the winery relaxing, so I can handle them both.” Bob and Linda do more than dabble in winemaking: this is no basement-andgarage operation. There is a building separate from the house for the winery/tasting room/laboratory. “A lot of people are surprised to find out that there is a lot of lab work required in winemaking,” said Bob. “We need to adhere to all health and safety regulations and we have to maintain quality and consistency, so it’s more than a matter of subjective taste of the final product, although that is the primary concern of the customer.” The marketing is equally sophisticated with a website, blogs on winemaking by Bob, and YouTube clips. The Utters have planted a total of 2,000 vines, so far, of a variety of grape known commonly as cold-hardy hybrids, a species that was developed for climates like Michigan’s. Last year Flying Otter produced 10,000 bottles of wine and each of those bottles was handled several times by one or more of the family members. The bottles are beginning to appear in local stores and markets, but much of the sales are online to customers in Michigan. Since shipping expenses decrease with quantity, the Utters recommend ordering more than one bottle and purchases may be made by phone

or on-line (see below). For those wishing to stop by in person, hours are flexible, so an advance phone call is recommended. Business has been good for small vineyard/wineries in general and Flying Otter in particular, so the Utters have added more vines this spring, but, like other area farmers, they are holding their breath to see what the unusual weather that we have been experiencing will do to this year’s crop. “We had days of 80-degree weather in March, and the vines responded like it was spring,” said Bob, “and then the temperature plummeted, so we’re crossing our fingers that the grapes will be as good as last season.” The vineyard is divided between red grapes and white grapes and the neatly spaced rows stretching north to south make for a very lovely vista, a fact that is not overlooked by the Utters. “Some day we hope to build a pavilion overlooking the vineyard where our customers can enjoy a taste of wine while they are looking at the vines where it came from,” said Linda. “But for the short term, we are hoping to have our daughter’s wedding in the vineyard this summer.” The Utters have landed a spot on the popular southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail, which is a seasonal trek taken by participants that wends its way from vineyard to vineyard for tastes It’s a labor of from the fruit of the vine and from love, so it’s a local participating lot of work but restaurants. it’s something Tickets are available at www. we wanted to pioneerwinetrail. com and do and still local wineries enjoy doing it on the tour, besides Flying Otter, include Tecumseh’s Pentamere Winery, Blissfield’s J. Trees Cellars, and Brooklyn’s Cherry Creek Cellars. The vintners at Flying Otter like to think that their business converts sunshine into grapes and they, in turn, distill their grapes into sunshine in a bottle to be enjoyed with good food and good friends. Flying Otter Vineyard and Winery is open Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment and is located at 3402 Chase Rd., 877.876.5580 x101,, or n


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f it seems there are more twins among us than in earlier days, that’s because it’s true. Statistics show one in every 30 babies now born in the U.S. is a twin compared with one in every 53 in 1980. One of the reasons given for the increasing number of multiple births is the wider use of fertility enhancing therapies including assisted reproductive technologies and ovulation stimulation medications. The other is older maternal age, especially mothers over 30, when the chance of having twins increases. Several sets of twins are, or have been, Tecumseh residents over the years and Homefront caught up with a few to talk about the experience, the challenges and the joys of raising or being a twin. One thing that stood out with respondents was that having twins doesn’t translate to duplicate personalities. In fact, while most twins will share a special bond and protectiveness toward one another, personalities are likely to be totally different.

Casey and Chelsea Harvey
The Harvey girls, fraternal twins who still share a close resemblance, are now 22 years old and their faces may be familiar to patrons of The Daily Grind, owned by their mother, Sue Harvey-Laurinec and her sister, Pat Van Camp. Their father is George Harvey. Sue said she was over 30 and rearing two older daughters, Stacy, 14, and Shaun, 10, when she learned she was pregnant again. “I was just getting over the shock of having another baby when an ultrasound showed two heartbeats,” Sue said. Though her dad was a twin, she said it was a complete surprise. Casey and Chelsea were preemies, born six weeks early and did experience some complications such as underdeveloped lungs and one had some kidney issues. When they came home, Sue said the hardest part was the age difference with the older girls at an age where activities were increasing. “They were in sports and competing in gymnastics and we were hauling two preemie

babies to events,” she said. The family also went from two incomes and two children to one income with four children so Sue could take care of the babies. “I’m glad the twins came after the others and not first because that gave me a little preparation.” While Casey and Chelsea are protective of each other, personality traits are quite different. “Casey is very take-charge, and Chelsea is more laid-back, more of a follower,” said Sue. Pat said her niece Casey tends to be more competitive and tells a story of how Chelsea is taller than Casey, and when they were little girls visiting her in North Carolina, Pat told Casey that Chelsea slept more and that’s when people grow. “Later I found Casey crying because Chelsea was already asleep,” Pat said. She said, ‘Chelsea is growing again and she’ll be even taller than me!” Sue recalls another “twin challenge” when an older sister took the girls for a walk in the wagon. “They each had squishy bears and one dumped out somewhere and we couldn’t find it,” Sue recalled. “That was a real issue. I had to go get another bear from a Northville gift shop to settle that issue because those girls slept with those bears and took them everywhere.” At Tecumseh High School in 2008, the Harvey twins were one set of four twins on the girls cross-country team during their senior year. They were pretty close with then freshmen Janessa and Erica Steuwe, sophomores Bailey and Annie Dunn, and juniors Jordan and Samantha Harrison. The twins are facing new challenges with the separation that adult lives can bring. Casey is attending Grand Valley State studying occupational therapy and Chelsea recently moved to St. Louis, Missouri, to become a massage therapist. Sue said she thinks it’s hitting Casey especially hard that her sister has moved so far away. “I think there’s definitely some twin separation going on there,” Sue said. ➤


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Grant and Lillian (Lily) Gnodtke
Brent and Kelly Gnodtke’s twins, a boy, Grant, and a girl, Lillian (Lily), came into the world in a less conventional way, but one that is helping couples have children. After several attempts with various fertility treatments, Kelly was medically unable to conceive and carry a baby. “I never imagined my life not being a mother, but with more health complications, I wasn’t able to carry,” said Kelly, a Tecumseh Middle School teacher. “We’d considered adopting at first. I’d never heard of surrogacy, but we learned more about it and ultimately went to a reputable clinic in Denver, Colorado.” Using Brent’s sperm and Kelly’s eggs, two embryos were planted and carried by a surrogate mother. The babies, who will be five in December, were three weeks early and spent a little time in a neo-natal intensive care unit. Brent recalls that he and Kelly had some “catch-up” to do with bonding with the babies since that was not possible during the pregnancy. “That time was a big whirlwind,” he said, and remembers Kelly’s aunt, a midwife, came to help. “There were definitely some sleepless nights. It was pretty much a learn as you go experience.” Now divorced, the Gnodke’s co-parent the children 50-50. Both describe Lily as “girly girl” and Grant as “all boy.” “Lily loves to dress up, play Barbies and go to dance class, and Grant likes outdoor things like fishing, riding bike, and he just finished his first season of T-ball,” said their dad. “They play well and entertain each other, but there are also brothersister challenges of not wanting to share sometimes, but overall they listen well.” Both parents say Lily has a mothering instinct, with Brent calling her his little “Mother Hubbard,” and Kelly a “momma bird.” Both attend preschool in the St. Joseph Montessori program. Brent admits there are sometimes single-parent challenges when the twins are with him. “There’s just one of me and two of them,” he said. Kelly sees the same thing. “Having two kids the same age, they can still go different directions and just managing that can be difficult at times.” Kelly sees the twin bond sometimes when the children have been apart. “With having a boy and a girl I wondered if they’d share such a bond, but if one has been at Grandma’s or one stayed home sick from preschool, they’ll come running through the door and hug each other with ‘Oh, I missed you.’ They definitely take care of each other.” Kelly says in rearing twins, as with any parenting, structure is really important. “Some nights when they were babies, we’d go through 18 bottles so being organized is very important,” she said. “I think generally just being patient and fair with them is something else that works.”

“The most important thing is to find what works best within your own family dynamic,” said Brent. “You just run with that and you can always adjust.” Kim said now that the twins are getting older, new challenges include juggling their different activities and supporting them both. “Grant and Lily bring me so many smiles and laughs,” she said. “I am so thankful for those little miracles.”

Kathryn (Katy) and Claire Schmidt
Katy and Claire Schmidt, daughters of Kim and Alan Schmidt, are fraternal twins who will turn five on July 25. Kim said there were twins in the family, and she’d also undergone some fertility treatments. The Schmidts also have a daughter Evelyn (Evie) who will be seven in October. “Because we were going through fertility treatments, we’d had more frequent ultrasounds. So when they heard two heartbeats, we were shocked but in the back of our minds we’d known there was that possibility,” Kim said. She remembers oddly enough, thinking about the fact that their house was only 720 square feet and being a little nervous about that. “I also remember my husband squeezing my hand a little harder that day each time he saw a heartbeat on the monitor,” she said. Born three weeks early due to Mom’s high blood pressure, the girls have dressed alike “for as long as I can get away with it,” Kim said. Sometimes people stop and ask if the girls are triplets because Evie is a little small for her age. One piece of advice on having twins that Kim remembers and found to be true was to get the babies on a similar feeding schedule. “Otherwise you’ll never get any sleep, which can be hard enough with one baby,” she said. “I was pretty lucky that we were able to do that and also to have help from a supportive husband and both our parents who live nearby.” Kim recalls, especially with twins, the little planned celebrations. “We said we were going to have a party when we reached milestones like no more bottles and no more diapers. It was hard with three in diapers because Evie was still in them since they were only 21 months apart. Katy and Claire just graduated from preschool, another milestone. “It’s sad to see my babies going on to start their school careers but they are a lot of fun and it’s fun to watch them grow and see their personalities develop,” she said. “People ask if they have a twin language, and they really don’t but they do play well together and look out for each other.” Claire is more strong-willed but more shy and Katy is more easygoing and outgoing. They participate in gymnastics, dance and soccer each taking to her own interests. “Both their laughs are infectious and we love to get them laughing,” Kim said. Kim’s off-the-cuff advice to other parents of twins would be to allow for individual personalities to develop, even if they do dress alike for a time. “My best advice to any parent is to enjoy every minute! Every moment with them is a blessing,” she said. “It’s a joy to see them interact and a joy to watch them. They are so much fun.” ➤

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Ter ry and Sherri Hand

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Sherri Tuckey and Terry Hand
Sherri Tuckey, part of the family-owned Big Boy Restaurant team, is also a twin. She and her brother, Terry, who lives in Lohja, Finland, with his wife, Heidi, will turn 50 July 10. “We haven’t really celebrated a birthday together since we were 23,” Sherri said. Terry served in the military for 20 years and met his Finnish wife when he was on duty at the Russian Embassy. Four years ago, he retired and moved to Finland. Later this summer, Sherri and her husband, Tecumseh Fire Chief Joe Tuckey, are planning a trip to Finland to celebrate the twins’ 50th birthday, Joe and Sherri’s 30th wedding anniversary, and Terry and Heidi’s 20th anniversary. Both are graduates of Tecumseh High School, and Sherri said Terry is the creative one. “He can build anything, like he’s building his own house in Finland,” she said. “I’m the more responsible one,” Sherri added. “He grew into it, but it took longer than me. Maybe it’s because I married 10 years earlier than he did, or maybe it’s just one way we’re different, but I helped him a lot with school work and was more like a second mom to him.” She said similarities include both being laid back but hardworking. “And I always knew he had my back if I needed him,” Sherri said. While they didn’t necessarily hang out with the same kids while growing up, there’s definitely a connection between them — a twin bond. “Even if we’ve been apart, like now, when we haven’t seen each other in seven years,” Sherri said, “when we get together, it will be like we just saw each other yesterday. We don’t feel like strangers. Ever. We’ve just always gotten along that way.”

Mayor Richard Johnson. “We found out we were having twins pretty early in the pregnancy, and it took a couple months for the shock to wear off,” said Beth. She said everything is looking good and the twins are measuring at where they should be. “I’m no expert, but I’m told twins come on an average at 36 weeks,” she said, adding that parents expecting twins are advised to prepare things in advance as much as possible. “We had a baby shower early, and both cribs are assembled,” she said. “Clothes are washed and put away, so the nursery is coming together.” Beth said she thinks the twins are doing some pre-prep work in advance of their birth since she now wakes up at odd hours. “It’s been pretty neat listening to people who’ve come out of the woodwork to offer me advice for raising twins,” she said. A friend connected her to a mother Beth had never met who has twin girls. “We’re connected on Facebook and we’ve private messaged. She’s sent quite a few tips that make a lot of sense. At least in theory,” Beth said, in an information age, people can also use the Internet to find out what they need to know including parenting advice. There is one thing from Beth’s perspective that other parents of twins might agree on — even as they face the challenges of double everything from diapers to bottles. “We like to think we’re efficient,” Beth said. “One eightmonth pregnancy, two babies — done!” n

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Tecumseh appears to be continuing its tradition of bringing twins into the community, keeping up with the increasing statistics. Steve and Beth Kennedy are expecting twins, a girl and a boy, their first children, at the end of July. Beth is co-owner of Evans Street Station and daughter of Tecumseh




den Foods, Inc. is committed to providing not only quality natural and organic food to consumers, but also to making food preparation simple and easy. Wendy Esko, Marketing Assistant in Research and Development, is responsible for the creation of healthy recipes using Eden’s natural food products. With her 40-plus years of experience, Esko creates meal ideas for Eden Foods customers. On the website Esko walks customers through recipes from start to finish. “I get my ideas from my experience,” said Esko. “I’ve been cooking natural foods for almost 42 years.” Inspiration comes to Esko in a variety of ways including coworkers, magazines, cookbooks and online sources. Esko then crafts ideas she finds into something new and different. Although Esko pays attention to food trends, she prefers to come up with unique finds for Eden Foods. “We change it up all the time,” Esko said. “Right now quinoa is very popular, so we have a lot of recipes online that we’ve just been adding to constantly.” Quinoa (prounounced keen-wah) is a whole grain as well as a complete protein. The red quinoa

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is a personal favorite of Esko’s, who appreciates the versatility of quinoa, whether it is red or white. Currently, Eden Foods offers quinoa as a whole grain, in flour form, as part of pasta, and in the black bean chili. The website has 48 different recipes that feature this healthy and good tasting food. A recent ad campaign for Eden Foods focuses on whole grains, so Esko created two recipes: sushi using quinoa instead of rice, and a burger using red quinoa mixed with brown rice. Designers and a photographer work with Esko during the food preparation to photograph the process and finished product so the photos can be placed online, on Twitter and in the iPhone app. “We do a cooking session here once a week,” Esko said. “It usually lasts the entire day.” Although cooking is a hands-on process, there is also a high-tech quality for Esko as well. After a recipe is perfected in the kitchen, she works with a computer program to enter the ingredients and the cooking process, and the program then automatically provides the nutritional information for the recipe. “Then I transfer the recipe to another database our IT department built, and that recipe is launched live on the website,” said Esko. “We have over 1,100 recipes currently on the web.” “When I first came here there were less than 200, and none of them had photographs,” she added. The mix of cooking and technology was not something Esko would have ever imagined when she started working with whole foods 40 years ago. Before working with Eden Foods,


Esko’s experience with computers was only to type up information, like the two cookbooks she had published. “I still don’t have really good skills,” she said with a laugh “but I’m a lot better than I was when I started 12 years ago.” With the immediate access of new recipes on Twitter and the Eden Foods website, feedback from fans and followers of Eden Foods happens quickly. The current popularity of Pinterest, a social media bulletin board has also had a positive effect on Eden Foods. “A lot of our recipes are getting repinned on there. We’re getting a lot of exposure,” said Jonathan Wilson, Media Manager for Eden Foods. The increased interest in eating and preparing natural foods has increased since Esko first started eating that way herself in 1970. Esko laughed as she remembered how people perceived those interested in natural foods as “hippies.” “It really has blossomed,” she said. “You mention brown rice now and people know what it is. They’re much more accepting of natural foods.” Esko sees the internet, word of mouth discussions about food, and the interest people have in eating a healthier diet are reasons for the increased acceptance and excitement about natural foods. Esko said 90% of the Eden Food recipes meet the criteria for vegan cooking. For summertime meals Esko, who doesn’t eat meat, likes grilled vegetables, tofu and tempe hot off the grill. Salads are also perfect for the summer as well, including bean salads. In addition to her creative cooking and recipe creation, Esko also develops prepared food product lines for Eden Foods. The four varieties of chili with whole grains and 11 varieties of rice and beans are two product lines she developed from start to finish. It generally takes two years for a food to go from an idea in Esko’s mind to rolling off the production line in Eden Foods BPA-free cans. Once she comes up with a recipe and prepares it in the kitchen, Esko pressurecooks the food to test how it will taste after a canning process. Although her kitchen canning method is slightly different than the method used by the Eden Foods canning factory, it gives her an idea of what works in the recipe and what needs to be changed.

The new storefront in Clinton has been very popular and is an easy way for area residents to have immediate access to all of the natural food products created by Eden Foods. There also is a cost savings with buying direct from the store and not online or at another retailer. With Eden’s healthy food and Esko’s creative recipes, cooking natural

foods is simple and delicious. Recipes and information about Eden’s suppliers and facilities can be found online at The Eden Foods store is located at 701 Tecumseh Road in Clinton. For more information call 888 424-EDEN (3336). n

Tempeh Reuben
Serves 4 Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes 1 pound organic tempeh 2 Tbsp Eden Organic Safflower Oil 2 cups water, for cooking tempeh 1 tsp Eden Shoyu Soy Sauce 1/2 cup Eden Organic Sauerkraut 1/4 cup any Eden Organic Mustard 4 whole lettuce leaves 1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts 1 medium organic tomato, sliced 8 slices whole grain bread Directions: Heat oil in a skillet. Add tempeh (do not cut). Brown both sides for 3 to 4 minutes. Add water to cover tempeh. Add shoyu, cover the skillet. Simmer 15 minutes. Remove cover and cook, over a high flame, until all liquid is gone. Remove tempeh and slice into strips. Place several slices of tempeh on each sandwich. Spread equal amounts of mustard on the other bread slices. Place equal amounts of sauerkraut, lettuce, sprouts and tomato on each sandwich. Serve.

Peach Vanilla Smoothie
Serves 2 Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 0 minutes 2 1/2 cups peaches, sliced 2 cups ice cubes, about 10 2 cup Vanilla Edensoy Extra Vanilla Edensoy 1 Tbsp organic maple syrup Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until thick and creamy. Pour into two tall glasses.

Sauerkraut Guacamole
Serves 8 Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 0 minutes 2 avocados, pitted and peeled 1 clove garlic, minced 1 cup Eden Organic Sauerkraut 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 small organic tomato, diced 1 pinch Eden Sea Salt, optional Directions: Place garlic, avocado, lemon juice and sea salt in a small mixing bowl. Mash until smooth with a fork or potato masher. Mix in the sauerkraut and tomato. Place in a serving bowl and serve with any EDEN Chips or Crackers, or with your favorite organic corn chips, crackers or raw vegetables.

Udon with Basil Pine Nut Pesto
Serves 4 Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes 1 package Eden Organic Kamut Udon or any Eden Organic or Traditional Udon Pesto Sauce 2 Tbsp Eden Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Tbsp Eden Organic Shiro Miso or 1/4 teaspoon Eden Sea Salt 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup pine nuts (pignolia), lightly dry pan toasted 2 Tbsp water 1 1/2 cups fresh basil, packed and chopped Directions: Cook udon per package directions and drain when done. While the udon is cooking, place all pesto ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. Serve over udon or mix in before serving.



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JUNE 25 • Magic Workshop for Teens Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St., offers a free appearance by magician Andrew Martin to teach the ancient art form 10:30am to noon. Registration required: 517.423.2238. JUNE 28 • Dragon Wagon Band 7pm. Bluegrass-Folk Rock with a shot of Irish Whiskey. Enjoy beer, wine and tapas. TCA Summer Black Box Series. Tecumseh Center for the Arts. 517.423.6617 or JUNE 28 • Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights. Chelsea hosts comedians, movie, musicians, balloon artists, and magicians on 10 stages downtown from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All shows are free. JUNE 28 • Explore Genealogy Sit in on a genealogy class at the Thompson House Museum Visitors’ Center beginning at 9am. Topics will vary. $5. Info: 517.448.8125. JUNE 28-29 • Morenci Town & Country Festival Battle of the bands, rodeo, carnival, car show, men’s softball tournament, fireworks, and more. Wakefield Park, Morenci. Info: 517.458.6828. JUNE 29 • Friends of TSO Yard Sale Annual Friends of Tecumseh Schools Orchestra yard sale at 301 N. Union St., in Tecumseh from 9am to 5pm and Sat from 9am to 3pm. Proceeds benefit the orchestra. 517.423.4148. JUNE 30 • Vintage Baseball Game See how the game was played in its infancy at Walker Tavern, junction of M-50 and US 12, as the Walker Wheels take on the Bay City Independents at 1pm. JUNE 30 • Zany Umbrella Circus Circus held at Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor to benefit the center with acrobats, trapeze artists story telling. Performances at 11am and 1:30pm. JUNE 30 • Golf Outing Manchester Chamber of Commerce will host a golf outing at Hills Heart of the Lake in Brooklyn beginning at 8am JUNE 30 • Trains, Trucks, and More! Trucks, train cars, tractors and a food trailer for refreshments. Locomotive and motorcar rides. 807 S. Evans St., Tecumseh, from noon to 6pm. JUNE 30 • Faber Palooza 2-6 pm. Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards... Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn www. 517.592.4663

JULY 6 • Music on the Patio Skoobie Snaks. Evans Street Station. 517.424.5555 or www. JULY 6-7 • Summerfest Fun in the sun at the Sandbar, Devils Lake. JULY 7 • Kenya Dig It? 5K, 10K, and two-mile family fun walk begins and ends at Tecumseh High School, 760 Brown St. In memory of Cheyanne Denniss. Registration day of race begins at 6:30am, race at 8am. Preregister at or Info: or 423.3676. JULY 7 • Billy Lewis & the Soul Backs 2-6 pm. Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards. Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn 517.592.4663 JULY 10-15 • 29th Annual River Raisin Festival Entertainment, children’s activities, carnival, Miss River Raisin Pageant, parade, car & bike show, truck pulls, two nights of fireworks, and more. Bachmayer and Ellis Parks, south side of Adrian St. (US 223), downtown Blissfield. JULY 11 • Michigan’s First People Wednesdays at Walker Tavern, junction of M-50 and US 12, from 1pm to 3pm. Registration required by calling 517.467.4401. $6 per person. JULY 12 • Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights Chelsea hosts comedians, movie, musicians, balloon artist, juggler, magician, and more on 10 stages downtown from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All shows are free. JULY 12 • Family Movie Night 6-9pm • Downtown Sylvania, Ohio. JULY 13 • Sylvania's Rockin' BBQ Begins at 4pm. Sylvania Idol - 7pm. Downtown Sylvania, Ohio. JULY 13-15 • Les Miserables, Student Edition The legendary musical has been adapted for young performers at this author-approved edition of just over two hours, while maintaining integrity of famous Broadway production. Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian. 517.264.7469 or JULY 14 • Irish Hills Show Car Nationals Boy Scout pancake breakfast at 7am, more than 100 classic cars on display, arts & crafts, kid’s games, Oh, These Irish Hills history, local authors, and vendors at Michigan International Speedway, 12626 US 12, Brooklyn. Preview in downtown Onsted Friday night 6pm-9pm. JULY 14 • Steve Tucker and Act III 2-6 pm. Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards. Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn 517.592.4663 JULY 14 • Ride the Rails on SMRS Train Southern Michigan Railroad Society will be conducting train tours between Clinton and Tecumseh. Tickets and time info: 517.456.7677 or JULY 14 • Chelsea Outdoor Antique Sale Outdoor antique sale at 1178 S. Main St. in Chelsea from 8am4pm. JULY 14 • Splash & Dash Youth Triathlon Bohn Pool/Riverside park, Adrian. Swim, Bike, and run for fun during the 4th annual youth triathlon that benefits the scholarship funds for the YMCA and Adrian Parks & Rec. Info: JULY 17 • Civil War Narratives & Stories Civil War authors will tell the story of the Michigan 4th Infantry at Franklin Twp. Hall, 3922 Monroe Rd. (M-50), from 7pm-8pm. JULY 18 • Underground Railroad at Walker Wednesday’s at Walker Tavern historic site, junction of M-50 and U.S. 12, 1pm to 3pm. Preregister, $6 per person. JULY 18 • Book Bingo Play Book Bingo at Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St., for books and other prizes at 1pm. JULY 19 • Chicken Broil the 59th Annual Manchester Chicken Broil will be at Alumni Memorial Field from 4pm-8pm. JULY 19 • Sangria Patio Party 6–8pm.Featuring a Sangria-Off with some of our favorite mixologists! Submit your vote for your favorite of the adult beverages. Appetizers. Evans Street Station. 517.424.5555 or

JULY 1 • Vintage Baseball Game The Walker Wheels host the Saginaw Old Golds with rules and equipment of 100 years ago at Walker Tavern, junction of M-50 and US 12 beginning at 2pm. JULY 3 • Manchester Fireworks Manchester will have a free fireworks display after dark at Carr Park sponsored by the Manchester Men’s Club. Donations welcomed. JULY 3 • Manchester Community Fair The fair will be held at Alumni Memorial Field through Saturday, July 7. There will be a fair parade Wednesday, July 4, at 3pm. JULY 4 • Adrian Parade Downtown Adrian. Kids don’t need a group to march with, just decorate your bike in red, white, and blue and join the parade. Info: Debbie DuMars 263.3293. JULY 4 • Fireworks and Truck Show Indian Creek Camp Ground, 9415 Tangent Rd. (between Tecumseh and Britton). $5 per person entrance fee. Fireworks at dusk. JULY 4 • Devils Lake Fireworks 10pm at the Sandbar JULY 5 • Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights Chelsea hosts comedians, movie, musicians, face painting, and magicians on 10 stages downtown from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All shows are free. JULY 6 • Adrian First Fridays: Americana Open mic and art walk featuring approximately 20 works of art with other attractions, most of which are free, beginning at 5pm. Downtown area. 517.264.4804 or AdrianFirstFridays.


JULY 19-22 • Les Miserables, Student Edition The legendary musical has been adapted for young performers at this authorapproved edition of just over two hours, while maintaining integrity of famous Broadway production. Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian. 517.264.7469 or JULY 19 • Music in the Park Tecumseh’s monthly free concert in Adams Park next to City Hall on E. Chicago Blvd features a wide variety of bands and music from 6pm to 8pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. JULY 19 • Ride to Dine on SMRS Take Southern Michigan Railroad from Clinton to Tecumseh at 5:30pm for dining and car show. Return to Clinton at 8:30pm. Tickets and info: 517.456.7677 or JULY 19 • Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights Chelsea hosts comedians, movie, musicians, balloon artist, juggler, magician, and more on 10 stages downtown from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All shows are free. JULY 20 • Harry Potter Marathon Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St., 11am-4pm on the big screen. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 JULY 21 • Annual Pet Parade Tecumseh hosts its ninth Annual Pet Parade down Chicago Boulevard beginning at 10am. There is a different theme every year for those wishing to dress their pets accordingly. Info: or 517.424.6003 JULY 21 • Antique Baseball The Walker Tavern historic site will host an antique baseball game, played with old-school rules and equipment, between the Walker Wheels and the visiting Wyandotte Stars beginning at 1 p.m. JULY 21 • Faber Palooza 2-6 pm. Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards. Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn www.cherrycreekwine. com 517.592.4663 JULY 21 • Wild at the Pool Night Safe and enjoyable evening for kids at Bohn Pool in Adrian, 6:30pm-9:30pm ages 6-15 $12.50/$10 Adrian residents. JULY 22-28 • 173rd Lenawee County Fair A week of family fun, including food, carnival rides, 4-H animals & displays, entertainment, music, and midway, 602 N. Dean St., Adrian. 517.263.3007. JULY 22 • Vintage Baseball The Walker Tavern historic site will host an antique baseball game, played with old-school rules and equipment, between the Walker Wheels and the visiting Union BBC of Dexter beginning at 2 p.m. JULY 22 • Grill & Chill Cooking Class on the Patio 5 pm. We’ll provide you with recipes, demonstrate the preparation, and serve up four incredible summer dishes for your feasting pleasure. Evans Street Station. 517.424.5555 or www. JULY 25 • Adrian Chamber Brass Concert Tecumseh Senior Center, 703 E. Chicago Blvd., 12:30pm, free. Works by J.S. Bach, Leroy Anderson, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. ➤ 43

JULY 26 • Bill Bynum & Company 7pm. Folk-rock with a touch of country blue. From time proven country favorites to Bynum’s original songs. Enjoy beer, wine and tapas. TCA Summer Black Box Series. Tecumseh Center for the Arts. 517.423.6617 or JULY 26 • Explore Genealogy Sit in on a genealogy class at the Thompson House Museum Visitors’ Center beginning at 9am. Topics will vary. $5. 517.448.8125. JULY 26 • Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights Chelsea hosts comedians, movie, musicians, balloon artist, juggler, and more on 10 stages downtown from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All shows are free. $5 for social tent. JULY 27 • Chelsea S&S Festival Whitney Morgan and the 78’s and Blue River Band. Music for all ages in the social tent, 7:30pm-11pm. Downtown Chelsea, $5. JULY 28 • Swing at the Community Center Swing your partner with the TCA Big Band & VocalAires. Dance to music of the golden age of swing at the Tecumseh Community Center, 703 E. Chicago Blvd., beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets: $10, $15 at door. 517.423.6617 or JULY 28 • Victor Trachsel Group 2-6 pm. Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards... Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn www. 517.592.4663 JULY 28 • Take the Train between Clinton and Tecumseh Summertime is time to travel. Travel back in time aboard the Southern Michigan Railroad. Depart Clinton at 11am or 2pm or from Tecumseh at 12:30pm. Tickets and time info: 517.456.7677 or www. JULY 28 • Chelsea S&S Festival Billy Mack & The Juke Joint Johnnies, and Fifty Amp Fuse, music for all ages in the social tent, 7:30pm-11pm. Downtown Chelsea, $5. JULY 29 • Special Evening with Jill Jack Band 2-6 pm. Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards. Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn www. 517.592.4663

AUGUST 2 • Faerie Festival Manchester hosts its Faerie Festival at 3:30pm at the Manchester Farmers Market, Main Street at Adrian downtown. AUGUST 2-5 • World’s Longest Yard Sale 675 miles (from Hudson to Gadsden, Ala.) along US 127. AUGUST 2 • Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights Chelsea hosts comedians, movie, musicians, balloon artist, juggler, magician, and more on 10 stages downtown from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All shows are free. AUGUST 3 • Music on the Patio Al Jacquez. Evans Street Station. 517.424.5555 or AUGUST 4 • Lost Arts Festival Thompson Museum. Hudson. 9am - 4pm During the citywide garage sale. Antique appraisals available, $8 per item. Info: 517.448.8125. AUGUST 4 • Christian Family Centre Family Day Family fun at low cost or no cost, inside and out, 1800 Wolf Creek Hwy., Adrian. Info: 263.6232. AUGUST 4 • Walker on Wheels Vintage cars (50 years or older) at the Walker Tavern Historic Complex, US 12 & M 50, participants eligible for door prizes all day. Info: 517.467.4401. ➤


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AUGUST 4 • Vintage Baseball The Walker Tavern historic site will host an antique baseball game, played with old-school rules and equipment, between the Walker Wheels and the visiting Northville Eclipse beginning at 2pm. AUGUST 4 • Wynwood 2-6 pm. Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards.. Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn www. 517.592.4663 AUGUST 4 • Run Manchester The race starts downtown on the Main Street Bridge. Info: AUGUST 7 • Local Authors Night Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St., 7pm, Celebrate the writing of local authors. AUGUST 9 • Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights Chelsea hosts comedians, movie, musicians, balloon artist, juggler, magician, and more on 10 stages downtown from 6:30pm8:30pm. All shows are free. AUGUST 9 • Taking it to the Streets' 5-9 pm. Welcome Jamie Farr Event. Downtown Sylvania, Ohio. AUGUST 10-12 • Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale 212 miles along US 12 all the way through Lenawee County. Sales are clustered and hit-andmiss but always fun. AUGUST 10-12 • 7 Brides for 7 Brothers Stage version of the popular MGM movie, boisterous fun and romance at the Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian. Info: 264.7469 or AUGUST 11-12 • Pioneer Wine Trail Two-day, self-driving tour of the eight wineries of the Pioneer Wine Trail. Each stop has wine sampling and picnic food from local restaurant. Tickets $25. Info: 517.592.4663 or 517.531.3080. AUGUST 11 • 30 Years Aboard SMRS Celebrate the anniversary of Southern Michigan Railroad Society with a ride on the vintage train. Depart Clinton at 11am or 2pm or from Tecumseh at 12:30pm. Tickets: 517.456.7677 or www. AUGUST 11 • Chelsea Outdoor Antique Sale Outdoor antique sale at 1178 S. Main St. in Chelsea from 8am-4pm. AUGUST 11 • John Voelz Band 2-6 pm. Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards... Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn www. 517.592.4663

AUGUST 18-19 • Country Vintage Sale Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, at Creation Station, 4133 Blissfield Hwy. Sponsored by The Junk Wranglers. Info: Connie 417.290.8243 or Cheryl 734.790.6383 AUGUST 18 • Lost Wages 2-6 pm. Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards... Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn 517.592.4663 AUGUST 19 • Tee for Technology Golf Outing Inspired by Jasmynn, an elevenyear-old Autistic girl to raise money for ipads for other non-verbal Autistic children. Info 517.264.5468. 9am Shotgun Start. Woodlawn Golf Course, Madison. AUGUST 19-21 • NASCAR Racing at MIS Michigan International Speedway, US 12 and M 50, Brooklyn. Tickets and info: 1.800.354.1010. AUGUST 21 • Movie at the TDL Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St. On the big screen: The Grace Card, 8:15pm. Witness the power of forgiveness. Free. AUGUST 23 • Chris Shutters Unplugged 7pm. Songwriter, guitarist, and lead vocalist of the band that bears his name. Enjoy beer, wine and tapas. TCA Summer Black Box Series. Tecumseh Center for the Arts. 517.423.6617 or AUGUST 23 • Explore Genealogy Sit in on a genealogy class at the Thompson House Museum Visitors’ Center beginning at 9am. Topics will vary. $5. Info: 517.448.8125. AUGUST 24 • Art in August During the evening downtown Tecumseh merchants display local art and offer extended business hours and refreshments. 6pm to 9pm AUGUST 25 • Vintage Baseball The Walker Tavern historic site will host an antique baseball game, played with old-school rules and equipment, between the Walker Wheels and the visiting Port Huron Welkins beginning at 1 p.m. AUGUST 25 • Ride the Rails on SMRS Train Southern Michigan Railroad Society will be conducting train tours between Clinton and Tecumseh. Depart Clinton at 11am or 2pm or from Tecumseh at 12:30pm. Tickets and info: 517.456.7677 or www. AUGUST 25 • Air Tight 2-6 pm. Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards... Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn 517.592.4663 AUGUST 30 • Classic Cruise Night Cambrian Assisted Living, 333 N. Occidental Hwy., Tecumseh, hosts an evening of classic automobiles, food, fun, and prizes to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Great Lakes Chapter from 6pm-8pm. Registration begins at 5:30pm

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AUGUST 14 • Honor Flight of Michigan Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St. Veterans of the Second World War discuss their wartime experiences as they visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. 7pm-9pm. AUGUST 15 • Book Bingo Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St., Play bingo to win books and other prizes, have fun, and make new friends 1pm AUGUST 16 • Ride to Dine on SMRS Take Southern Michigan Railroad from Clinton to Tecumseh at 5:30pm for dining and car show. Return to Clinton at 8:30pm. Tickets and info: 517.456.7677 or www.southernmichiganrailroad. com. AUGUST 16 • Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights Chelsea hosts comedians, movie, musicians, balloon artist, juggler, magician, and more on 10 stages downtown from 6:30pm8:30pm. All shows are free. AUGUST 17-19 • 7 Brides for 7 Brothers Stage version of the popular MGM movie, boisterous fun and romance at the Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian. Info: 264.7469 or

SEPTEMBER 1 • Stagecoach Days Walker Tavern historic site will host lost arts, old-time music, food, family activities, from 10am to 4pm. Adults $3, children $1, and children under 5, free. SEPTEMBER 2 • Faber Palooza 2-6 pm. Live Entertainment outside at Café at the Creek overlooking the vineyards... Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn 517.592.4663 SEPTEMBER 7 • Music on the Patio Fatmouth Charlie. Evans Street Station. 517.424.5555 or


SEPTEMBER 8 • Ride the Rails on SMRS Train Southern Michigan Railroad Society will be conducting train tours between Clinton and Tecumseh. Tickets and time info: 517.456.7677 or www. SEPTEMBER 11 • Savings-Savvy Coupon Group Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St., 10:30am-11:30am. Bring your coupons and exchage current coupons and discounts with fellow smart shoppers. No charge.


SEPTEMBER 15 • Act 11 Farewell Bash & Harvest Party Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooklyn 517.592.4663 SEPTEMBER 16 • Fossil Fest Historical Village, Downtown Sylvania, Ohio. SEPTEMBER 18 • Thus Fell Tecumseh Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St. 7pm. Author Frank Kuron will review many of the eye-witness testimonies to Chief Tecumseh’s death. Free. SEPTEMBER 18 • Book Bingo Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St. 1pm. Play bingo to win books and other prizes, have fun, and make new friends. No charge. SEPTEMBER 20 • Ride to Dine on SMRS Take Southern Michigan Railroad from Clinton to Tecumseh at 5:30pm for dining and car show. Return to Clinton at 8:30pm. Tickets and info: 517.456.7677 or SEPTEMBER 22-23 • Country Vintage Sale Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am4pm, at Creation Station, 4133 Blissfield Hwy. Sponsored by The Junk Wranglers. Info: Connie 417.290.8243 or Cheryl 734.790.6383. SEPTEMBER 22 • Oktoberfest Manchester hosts its annual Oktoberfest downtown. SEPTEMBER 28-30 • Clinton Fall Festival Three days of arts, crafts, food, vendors, car show, carnival, and Sunday parade. Southern Michigan Railroad offers rides to Tecumseh and parking for the festival. Tickets and info: 517.456.7677 or

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Family Movie Night July 12 • 6-9pm Downtown Sylvania Sylvania's Rockin' BBQ July 13 • 4pm Sylvania Idol - 7pm Taking it to the Streets' August 9 • 5-9 pm Welcome Jamie Farr Event Fossil Fest September 16 Historical Village

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By Mary Kay McCormick


owntown Clinton is not the first place most people would look to find a nationally-renowned artist, but since 2009 it has been the perfect location for Floyd Rhadigan. This busy woodcarver, specifically a caricature carver, divides his time between teaching the craft to others, creating commissioned art pieces, and working with the Caricature Carvers of America to create new designs used by caricature carvers. He owns Floyd’s Wood Carving & Antiques on Michigan Avenue, with its selection of antiques and carved items by himself and other artists. Sheila Tanner runs the antique store so that Floyd can focus on his art and teaching. His studio/classroom is in the back of the store in Clinton, where the walls are lined with his artwork and carving supplies. Floyd’s creative gene was passed down through his father, a freelance artist who ran a sign business in the Detroit area during the Depression as a way to take care of his family. Rhadigan’s father was one of the artists who worked with Diego Rivera on the 27-panel mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Rhadigan said he was inspired to carve by Smokey Joe Breemiller, a man who sometimes worked in his father’s sign shop and was also a carver. “It just amazed me,” Rhadigan said of Smokey Joe’s work. In 1970 after returning from the Vietnam War, Rhadigan spent three weeks in Hamtramack with Smokey Joe immersed in learning the techniques of woodcarving. “It was like a love affair,” said Rhadigan. “It just opened me up to this is what I want to do.” Although it would be 32 years before Rhadigan made carving his full-time job, he worked at it every day, and over 20 years he slowly gained notoriety for his work. He provided for his family by running a sign shop in Saline as well as the Drowsy Parrot coffeehouse while perfecting his carving technique. “Carving was always a part of me but about 10 years ago I decided I’m just going to do this,” he said. “I was told so much I would never make it, but it’s been good.” Beginning in 2001, the Caricature Carvers of America started having carving competitions, and Rhadigan entered the contests regularly. In 2005

“It was like a love affair,” said Rhadigan. “It just opened me up to this is what I want to do.

Rhadigan received a Best in Show award for “The Road to Mirth and Happiness,” gaining the attention of the members in the Caricature Carvers of America. “All my heroes are members,” Rhadigan said about the national organization. This elite group has only 25 members, and rarely admits anyone new. Rhadigan, invited to join and sponsored by member Tom Brown, was voted in unanimously. He is currently finishing his third and last year of the presidency for the Caricature Carvers of America. “It was like I died and went to heaven because this is what I wanted to do,” said Rhadigan about working with his heroes. After admittance to the normally closed ranks, Rhadigan began working with the carvers on specialty projects. The set that members are currently working on is a 1930s street scene, which will debut at the Dayton Carving Show in 2013. There are 11 buildings in the scene along with a variety of characters. Every project the group creates is detailed in a companion book that explains how to replicate the carvings. “Our whole goal is to promote caricature carving and bring people in to caricature carving,” Rhadigan said. “A lot of people call it a hobby and a craft, but it’s not. It’s really an art.” When creating any new caricature piece, Rhadigan starts with a sketch of his idea. Then he carves a block of basswood following his design for the figure, and finishes the piece by adding color with acrylic paint diluted by water. There are many people who love to carve, but do not have the ability to create their own designs. Rhadigan creates detailed plans for many of his pieces, which carvers can use to make their own versions. He also sells roughed out basswood blocks, that allow less experienced carvers to just add the ➤


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details. “If you want to be good you have to practice,” Rhadigan said. He recommends to all his students that they carve at least half an hour a day, every day. In addition to his Tuesday morning class at the store which meets from 9 to noon, Rhadigan travels all over the country to teach classes, which usually last for three days. In addition to classes he teaches around Michigan, Rhadigan regularly travels to Pennsylvania, Florida, and South Texas are all states. A regular contributor to Woodcarving Illustrated, Rhadigan has also published two books on fantasy carving, which includes stepby-step instruction and photos. “I’m usually in at least three issues,” Rhadigan says of the quarterly publication. Carving requires patience and a certain amount of eye-hand coordination. The rest can be learned if a student is willing. “I can teach anybody technique,” Rhadigan said. He shows students how to use the tools, how to paint and how to carve a face. He can even teach students how to take an idea, turn it into a pattern on paper, use a band saw to start the piece that will become a finished carving. Rhadigan also creates commissioned carvings upon request. Every year he creates 200 ornaments and 80 Santa figures for Whittler’s Corner in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. “You have to do what pays,” Rhadigan explained about the variety of ways he earns his living as a full-time carver. “I’m surprised people will pay me to do this, because I love it.” Another outlet for his work besides teaching is being a member of Saline Woodcarvers, which he joined around 1988. The

group meets every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The meetings are relaxed and anyone is welcome to come and watch or join in the carving. Rhadigan said there are also woodcarving groups that meet in Clinton and Tecumseh, and that almost every small community around the country has a woodcarving club. The Michigan Wood Carvers Association supports all 46 woodcarving groups in Michigan. Rhadigan said the woodcarving groups would like to see more young people get interested in this art form. The Saline club started a program to provide tools and tutoring for young people to learn wood carving. Like many traditional art forms, young people are not naturally drawn to wood carving. “It’s hard to compete with video games and television and all the activities at school,” Rhadigan explained. “Even if we make a little bit of an impression on them now, who’s to say in 20 years they may say, ‘Hey, I remember doing that.” Most new students are people in their 30s, 40s and 50s, according to Rhadigan. Even though these students are older, they are still a welcome infusion of youth to balance the aging craftsmen currently creating wood carvings. For those interested in exploring the art form, Rhadigan offers a class at his store on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $15 per class plus the cost of the materials. He recommends students buy tools as they are needed instead of spending the money on a set. Tools and supplies are available for purchase at his store, as well. For more information contact Rhadigan at 734.649.3259 or at n




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10100 Sand Lake Hwy., Onsted. Excellent condition custom log home placed on 8+ rolling acres near dozens of lakes in Pure Michigan’s Irish Hills area! 3236 Sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, finished walkout basement, 30x40 pole barn. $299,900. Contact Jan Hammond.

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1202 Murray Dr, Tecumseh. Pristine Cape Cod House. Spacious bath, first floor master & laundry. Newer windows, furnace, water heater, carpeting, ceramic tile bath and kitchen. Half acre yard with deck. Close to schools, town & parks. $69,900. Contact April Gunder.

2393 Forrest Hill Tecumseh. Great PRICE! Own your business & live there as well. 2 workshops can be combined - 40x30 and 24x30. 12 ft overhead door and 7ft overhead door . Home has 3 br 1 bath, fenced yard, large kitchen, reception area. Contact Kim K. Goldmann.

504 Tecumseh St., Clinton. This very charming, 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath historic home really stands out on Tecumseh St. in Clinton! Many mechanical updates, with the charm of yesteryear. $134,000. Contact Greg Brown.

1314 Partridge Ct., Tecumseh. This Bramblewood sub 2 story offers 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large oak kitchen with custom island, formal dining, roomy master suite and full basement w/daylight windows. Immediate occupancy. Offered at $149,500. Call Betsy Beil.

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