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By Christina Gurtowsky
During his more than three decades in business Downriver, Keith Haddix has earned the respect and loyalty of the community by providing traditional pharmacy services along with chemical compounding, a service that not a lot of pharmacies are able to provide.
Haddix runs and operates Riverside Professional Pharmacy in downtown Trenton. He also owns another pharmacy on West Jefferson just a few miles south in Gibraltar.
“We wanted to develop a niche that separates us from the larger pharmacy chains,” Haddix said.
Our Athlete of the Month. Julia Suyak-February 2011 Student Athlete of the Month
The Trenton Rotary Club is gearing up to offer its fourth annual Winter Beach Blast, a “summer fun”-themed fundraiser slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Crystal Gardens in Southgate.
Created as a way to offer area residents a one-night “winter getaway” close to home, the Winter Beach Blast includes dinner, entertainment and wide range of games, activities and chances to win prizes.
The cost to attend is $35 in advance or $40 at the door.
Attention Pet Owners!!
Do you or someone you know have Trenton’s Cutest Pet? The Trenton Trib is looking to publish one cute pet picture each month, so please send your cute pet photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, the pet’s name and tell us — in 100 words or less — why you think he or she is Trenton’s Cutest Pet. At the end of the year, we will let our readers choose Trenton’s Cutest Pet for 2011.
To the Editor: My name is Maryann Robideau but Snickers the guinea pig and Scooter the cat are both my son Kyle’s pets that he chose and takes care of. Kyle, who is 10 years old, also has a beta fish that he picked out and he has had the beta fish for over three years now, and Sharkbait the beta fish is really awesome, too. We (my husband Dale and I) think Kyle has a definite “gift” for choosing pets! (We also have Sally the cat and Sierra the Jack Russell dog … quite the farm we have, lol).
In your busy daily business, customers come first, naturally. This leaves many important planning items often in the state of flux. Procrastination is sometimes responsible for our best ideas and busiest hours. Used effectively, procrastination is a powerful motivator and source of inspiration. Often, the busier the schedule the easier to procrastinate the tough jobs. Why not try to create success with some other jobs?
Productive procrastination falls into two categories, purposeful and inattentive. With purposeful procrastination you use the desire to avoid an important task as motivation to crank out dozens of others. Anything to postpone what you really need to do, right?
Since the very first State of the City program in 2003, Mayor Gerald Brown has tried to make a point of not spending too much time dwelling on “negative” news.
Due to the harsh economic realities of the past three years, though, Brown has been having a difficult time coming up with enough good news to offset the bad.
The net result has been speeches that are a little shorter than they were in better times.
The ninth-annual State of the City, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at Westfield Center, figures to follow the pattern set in recent years. Between the talk of more cuts coming from Lansing and an expected continuation in the decline of tax dollars being collected locally on residential, commercial and industrial real estate, operating revenues are likely to continue shrinking this year.
“Unfortunately, I have to talk about some of the economic negatives that we endured in 2010 and some of the same for 2011, but I will try not to dwell on them,” the mayor said. “When we are treading water financially, it’s very difficult to talk about new projects and any new programs, because they are just not occurring.”
First elected in November 2001, Brown’s tenure in office has occurred during an era of municipal austerity that seemed to grow more pronounced with each passing year. He believes the “constant review of staff needs and operational changes” his administration has undertaken yearly for the past nine years has allowed the city government to weather the recession of the past three years, and he expects his speech to offer at least a glimmer of optimism for next year.
“After one more year of expected reductions in our taxable values of the housing, commercial and industrial properties, we should see a stabilization beginning in 2012,” he said.
But the upcoming budget talks for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2012, “will be very similar to what we experienced during the last budget talks,” he said.
The mayor said the city will continue to seek out grants to see if it “can hit the jackpot again” as it did the recently when it secured federal funds to pay most of the costs of a new 101-foot ladder truck for the Fire Department.
“The grant was for $750,000 and our net match had to be only $17,000 to take possession of it,” he said.
The State of the City again will be sponsored jointly by the Trenton Rotary Club and the Trenton Business Association. Rotary Club President Lynn Nolan and TBA President Krishelle Kohler will team up to conduct the session, which is open to the public. The $10 admission cost includes a buffet luncheon. Advance registration is requested by calling (734) 676-9561, Ext. 3.
Attendees also will get to set some special awards presented following the mayor’s talk. Rotary will bestow its annual Service Above Self Award and TBA will recognize its 2011 Business of the Year.
2011 State of the City
When: Monday, Feb. 7
Where: Westfield Activities Center
What: The mayor’s annual recap of the past year and outlook for the coming year.
Cost: $10 (includes buffet lunch)
RSVP: Call 676-9561, Ext. 3
By: Kelly Self
Hedke Elementary School is getting ready to renew its application for “Michigan Green School” designation for the 2010-2011 school year, after having earned this same designation last year through their recycling efforts and energy-efficient upgrades.
As an added benefit, this status has the entire district seeing green in cost reductions and added funds for the school.
Schools can apply for this award by implementing and documenting energy savings and environmental activities in which they participate as outlined in the application.
Each activity receives one point; a minimum of 10 points is required to achieve Green School status, and Hedke earned 17 out of the maximum 20 points last year, with those programs remaining in effect for this year’s application.
Hedke earns Green School Points by participating in environmental activities such as recycling, Earth Day, learning about and promoting the health of the Great Lakes watershed, and alternative energy studies, to name a few. The hope is that the lessons learned in the classroom and with hands-on participation will last a lifetime.
Hedke’s Principal Vince Porreca said that some lessons, like recycling, can quickly become a habit.
“Once you start recycling, you see how much you’re keeping out of the landfill,” he said, noting that getting kids involved at an early age could encourage them to continue recycling as adults.
“Everyone pitches in,” said Porreca, adding that staff, parents, and students actively participate, and some of the recycling efforts pay off in a big way with money for the PTO.
The largest recycling program at Hedke is the Abitibi paper recycling program. Each classroom has paper recycling bins, and the fourth graders go to each classroom to collect the bins and empty them into the large “Paper Retriever” bins located in the parking lot.
Porreca said this results in keeping hundreds of tons of paper out of the landfill and a few hundred dollars per year for the PTO.
Other recycling efforts also earn money for the school and sometimes benefit charities, such as recycling old cell phones to benefit a local women’s shelter, and Little Dresses for Africa through the recycling of used sheets and pillow cases.
Hedke Elementary also recycles water bottles, batteries, juice pouches, printer ink cartridges, and tabs from soda cans, and they utilize things such as magazines and used CDs/DVDs for classroom lessons and projects.
Energy-efficient upgrades to Hedke that earned them a Green School Point include a new heating and cooling system, new windows, energy management of computers, and sensor lights. These upgrades also mean that Hedke is now Energy Star Certified.
Hedke also set a goal of reducing its energy usage by 5 percent as part of an energy cost reduction program district wide. Porreca noted that Hedke has helped the district to avoid more than $700,000 in energy costs since the implementation of that program three years ago.
To learn more about the Michigan Green Schools program, visit the group’s Website at www.MichiganGreenSchools.us .
By: Kathy Kane
I met Linda Dickey Philips when doing some work for her at Southgate Surgery Center, an outpatient surgical center she has been a part of since it opened in 1996.
A few years after doing the work for the center, I found out Philips lived around the corner from me — and that she had been there since 1986. She’s a dynamic person and real go-getter, so I thought we’d get to know her better.
KK: So, what got you motivated to live in Trenton?
Philips: Well, that is actually funny. We are friends with the previous owners. I just happened to have dated their son, but the real sell was that it had four bedrooms and a swimming pool, which I love in the summer.
KK: Tell us about your family
Philips: My husband, Raymond, works in the commercial department for Sears, and my daughter Danielle graduated from Trenton in 2007. I am so proud of her. She is studying at Grand Valley to be a Spanish teacher and was president of her sorority, Phi Mu. We have a Yorkie Poo named Armani, who is our child when Danielle is away.
KK: I know you work a lot, but do you have any other interests?
Philips: I love shopping and scrapbooking. I also love traveling. My favorite place is Hawaii. I get to go there soon for business and a little R and R. I also redecorate my home at least once a year and help my friends decorate, too. I also decorated the entire Surgery Center.
KK: At the center you are the administrator and a registered nurse. It seems to have grown quite a bit since I have known you.
Philips: Yes it has. When we first opened we only offered eye surgeries. Now we have eye, pain management, colon, vein and hemorrhoid surgeries. We used to have only one operating room and now we have four. I am really proud that I have helped coordinate the growth at this center and I love it here because it is physician-owned and no corporate red tape. Wisecracks aside, I love that I am part of a team that helps alleviate pain.