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By Sheila McAfee
Home health care offers a growing geriatric population a wide range of choices.
According to local providers, their care is sought for an expansive list of assistance, whether it be an hour or two of companionship, post-hospital care or hospice care.
Because there are so many different needs and so many different kinds of care, it is important to ask a lot of questions when faced with the decision of choosing home health care, said Krishelle Kohler of Eldercare Home Group, in Trenton. [Read more…]
As family legend has it, following VJ day in 1945, John V. Ghindia hitchhiked his way all the way from Los Angeles to the University of Michigan.
Ghindia made the transition from being an Army Air Corp B-24 Bomdardier to the U of M football gridiron very nicely.
He was a key contributor as a quarterback and linebacker on two University of Michigan undefeated national championship football teams (1947-48), and three conference champion teams (1947-49), playing for legendary coaches Fritz Crisler and Bennie Oosterbaan.
Ghindia, who later settled in the Downriver area, where he became a community leader, a highly respected educator and a hall of fame coach, [Read more…]
By John Robert
When Andy Greene played hockey for Trenton High School, it was impossible to predict he would make it to the National Hockey League.
“You can’t predict that,” said his former coach Mike Turner, still the Trenton Varsity hockey coach, “but he had tremendous vision. In the State Championship, he scored a big goal for us.”
So, while few make it to the top level of competition, Andy Greene has possessed the skill and the good fortune to have made the New Jersey Devils, playing his sixth year on defense for the team as they make another run at the Stanley Cup.
Before his time in the NHL, Greene attended Miami of Ohio University, earning his degree in teaching while he played the sport he loves. Now, he is trying to give back to the community through the Andy Greene Hockey School, which is returning to Trenton this summer after a highly successful inaugural run last year.
Youth players who attend the camp will get a chance to interact both with Greene and several college coaches who help run it.
The school runs from July 30-August 3. Age brackets range from Mite (6-8) to Bantam (13-14), but the program hopes to draw more players from the Bantam age bracket this year, since so many 12-year-old kids were looking forward to coming back to the school for another year. Last year, the school drew 80 participants, and this year organizers were hoping to register 120 by the May 1 deadline.
The program was launched thanks to efforts by Greene, his agent, and his mother all wanting to give back to Trenton.
“It’s a quality interaction and the kids have fun,” said Andy’s mother, Linda Greene, who still resides here. “He’s proud of Trenton, and he goes beyond putting on the school to show it, giving back the profits from the school to local youth sports.
“He gives to a local Peewee AA team, the Silver Sticks, the Trenton Hockey Association, varsity baseball,” and even helps to sponsor scholarships for students, showing his dedication to education.
The school is held at the Kennedy Recreation Center, and coaches attending also include former head coach of the Saginaw Spirit Todd Watson, current associate coach for the Saginaw Spirit John Kisil, professional skating coach Ken Muir, head coach at Miami of Ohio University Enrico Blasi, and head coach of Bowling Green University Chris Bergeron.
As Coach Turner said, the school “gets kids invested in hockey young, to help them carry it through life as they grow.
Just like Andy Greene.
By John Robert
One might expect the economy to affect youth sports, but not every sport experiences the impact in the same way.
“Baseball is a relatively inexpensive sport, so we’ve seen our registration numbers rise since the economy has dropped,” said Rick Tanguay, president of the Trenton Baseball Association, “But we also lose fields, and have less money to maintain them.”
This is the predicament the TBA has been placed in leading up to this summer. Nearly 500 kids are involved in the association, forming 42 teams of boys or girls ranging from 7 to 18 years old.
To handle this workload, Trenton has 8-10 fields, only half of which can be used for games, and some of which aren’t fit to even practice upon. Three of these parks are in flood zones, making it difficult to count on their availability for games, especially in the spring. Only Teifer Park has lighting, and at night its primary designation is for adult softball games, instead of letting the kids experience playing under the lights. [Read more…]
The Art Club and Trenton High School art teacher James Trush recently were approved for a grant to purchase a Raku kiln by the Trenton Educational Foundation.
Trush and fellow art teacher Richard Frye have been able to use it twice now thanks to the wonderful weather this spring. Typically it is used on a day with low wind and temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees. Temperatures that are either too cold or too hot will result in misfired works, Trush said.
This type of kiln enables a special clay firing technique (Raku) that can only be achieved with the supplies they asked for. Raku firing is done outside, and is a low-firing technique that is cooled quickly.
Once the ceramic piece is fired to a certain temperature (usually 1,600-1,800 degrees) the piece is then removed from the kiln and added to a metal container filled with combustible materials such as newspaper and sawdust. [Read more…]
By John Robert
In their first year competing in the event, students from Trenton High School managed to earn an honorable mention in the regional competition of the 2012 Mock Trial Tournament.
The competition is put on by the Michigan Center for Civic Education, and involves two teams of students taking opposing roles in a case, ranging from the prosecutors or defendants to the witnesses. The sides are randomly drawn, and though the roles are partially scripted, the case itself does not invoke clear guilt. [Read more…]
The Friends of the Detroit River, which has an office in downtown Trenton, held its annual Detroit Riverkeeper fundraiser event at the Wyandotte Boat Club March 31.
Funds that are raised at this event go to support the work that the Riverkeeper and the Friends of the Detroit River do to help improve the Detroit River. The main focus of the Riverkeeper program is to patrol the Detroit River looking for and reporting on water-quality issues using the Riverkeeper boat.
Thanks to all of the hard work by members of the FDR board, FDR membership and all of those who contributed to the Keep-the-Boat-Afloat fundraiser made this year’s event once again a great success. [Read more…]
Green Fire, the award-winning documentary made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, will be shown at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 West Jefferson Ave., at 7 p.m. May 17.
The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the 20th century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today.
This special Trenton screening is being presented jointly by the City of Trenton, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance, and the U.S. Forest Service. [Read more…]