A two-time Most Valuable Cheerleader for Trenton High School, senior Sydney Baker has proven herself to be more than capable both as an athlete and as a student. Sporting a 3.65 grade-point average, Baker has been one of the key pieces in the Trojans re-emergence as one of the top cheerleading teams in the area and has been able to have a positive impact on her teammates throughout the years. In addition to her taking home Most Valuable Cheerleader twice, Baker was also able to nab the Ms. Trenton Cheer Award. In addition to her efforts as an athlete, Baker is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. While she does not plan to continue her career at the college level, she does intend to continue giving back to the program that she has performed so well for. Throughout the summer she will be working as a tumbling coach and next year she plans on returning to the Trenton program to assist in coaching the Junior Varsity team. She will continue her academics at Madonna University, where she will be majoring in nursing. She was drawn to the career path by a drive to help others, as well as an overall interest in science. Her parents, Dan and Dawn, are eager to see all that their daughter can achieve throughout college and in her eventual professional career. — Brian Rzeppa
BY VON LOZON
“Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
That quote is something that inspires Downriver dentist and Trenton Rotarian Dr. Noel Jackson to do his best every day, whether that be through his profession or through the Rotary Club.
It all depends on what your definition of “extraordinary” is, but what Jackson and his wife, Debbie, did this past Thanksgiving would certainly seem to fit. [Read more…]
Do you know where this is?
The business location above can be found somewhere within the boundaries of Trenton or Grosse Ile. Do you think you know what it is? If you do, please email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will receive a $20 Round House BBQ gift card. The entry deadline is 9 a.m., Feb. 13. Last month’s Mystery Location was Bovitz CPA, 1651 Kingsway Ct., Trenton. The winner of the gift card was Marvin Petre of Grosse Ile.
submitted by Angela Claxton of Woodhaven
To the Editor: Meet Peyton Manning — the kitty. Peyton enjoys playing tackle football with his mice all while keeping his gentle personality off the field. Peyton will win your heart and maybe someday he will win a Super Bowl collar in the kitty bowl.
I have been to probably a dozen or so master planning, feasibilities and development sessions for the City of Trenton, its Downtown Development Authority, the Trenton Business Association and the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber over the past few years.
There have been walkability studies, place making sessions, branding initiatives and study sessions analyzing what we have and what we would like to have in our city. [Read more…]
BY MELANIE YOUNG
Grosse Ile residents have plenty of social media options to keep up with what’s going on in the island community. One particular Facebook group goes above and beyond to provide an interactive experience.
The Grosse Ile Civic Issues Facebook page is a publication of the group, the Grosse Ile Civic Association, which originally was established in 2008. The group was inactive for a few years until 2011, when member Craig Pilkington created the Facebook page.
According to the page, the Grosse Ile Civic Association describes itself as a community organization with the intent to provide balanced information to the citizens of Grosse Ile. The group may also advocate on issues of significant importance to the Grosse Ile community. [Read more…]
While many shy away from areas of responsibilities and leadership, senior bowling team Captain Kendall Schram has been able to step into any role both in athletics and in the classroom and have a positive impact on others. In addition to her placement as the team’s captain this year, Schram was the CEO of the business department’s VEI program that won salesmanship and marketing awards at their most recent competition and it was that experience that guided her eventual collegiate pursuits. With a 3.6 grade-point average and All-Academic Downriver League placements for the bowling team each of the past two years on top of her leadership qualities, Schram stood out to colleges around the country but eventually landed on the University of Tennessee. While she won’t continue her athletic pursuits with the Volunteers, she plans on majoring in accounting with the ultimate goal of running a business later in her professional career. With a positive experience in her freshman year accounting class and her ultimate interest in seeing how all facets of businesses work, Schram believes that the accounting focus will help prepare her best for the different challenges that she may face in the business world. Her mother, Jamie Collins, and her father, Mark Schram, look forward to seeing the heights that their daughter can lead both herself and others in the future. — Brian Rzeppa
BY BRIAN RZEPPA
Coming on the heels of a season in which they reached the District Finals, the Trenton High School Boys Basketball team had reason for optimism coming into this season, though that optimism also had to contend with a few challenges. [Read more…]
I know you should never begin an article with a quote, but this is one from the work of Carolyn McKanders, “Thinking takes time and high-level thinking takes even longer.” [Read more…]
(BPT) Spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their quality of life.
But while older generations are more likely to turn to medication for pain relief, millennials’ preferred method is lifestyle changes such as exercising, eating right, quitting smoking and losing weight, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).
The survey found that millennials were half as likely as baby boomers to have turned to opioids to manage pain, and 1 in 5 millennials regret that they used the highly addictive painkillers.
But while the results reflect a positive trend, they also reveal a knowledge gap. The survey found many millennials were:
More likely to obtain opioids inappropriately. Ten percent of millennials (ages 18-36) obtained opioids through another household member’s prescription, compared to three percent of Gen Xers (37-52), one percent of baby boomers (53-71) and none of the silent generation (72-92).
More likely to think it’s OK to take an opioid without a prescription. Nearly 30 percent of millennials thought it was OK to take an opioid without a prescription, compared to 20 percent of Gen Xers, 12 percent of baby boomers and 3 percent of the silent generation.
Less likely to dispose of leftover opioids safely. In fact, 1 in 5 millennials said they “did not know” the best way to safely dispose of opioids, and only 37 percent were aware that a collection center at a local police station, hospital pharmacy or drug store was the best method of disposal.
“It’s encouraging that millennials see the value of opting for safer and often more effective methods of managing pain,” said ASA President Dr. Jeffrey Plagenhoef. “But clearly they are in need of further education because using opioids initially to treat pain can turn into a lifelong struggle with addiction.”
Learning how to manage pain is vital: 75 percent of millennials say they have had acute pain (which comes on suddenly and lasts less than three months) and nearly 60 percent have experienced chronic pain (which lasts longer than three months). The source of that pain is reflective of millennials’ lifestyle, including technology use, migraines and sports injuries.
People in severe pain who don’t find relief through lifestyle changes can see a physician who specializes in pain management, such as a physician anesthesiologist, to address pain before it interferes with quality of life.
To help all generations cope with pain, ASA offers the following tips:
Take a break from devices and gaming. To avoid aches from smartphone, tablet and gaming overuse, use devices at eye level instead of looking down for long periods of time, which puts strain on your neck and back. To avoid digital eye strain, look away from the screen every 20 seconds and don’t sit too close.
Don’t be a weekend warrior. Whether you plan to hit the basketball court after many years away or do CrossFit weekly, ease into it. Warm up your muscles and stretch to avoid pain and injury. If you think you’ve been injured, see a pain management specialist right away.
Remember to move. Whether you’re in the library studying or at a desk job, get up and move at least once an hour, if not more.
Get healthy. Take charge of your health now and engage in healthy lifestyle changes before chronic pain sets in. Maintain a healthy weight and eat a balanced diet. Quit smoking.
Take and dispose of opioids the right way. If prescribed opioids, ask questions about taking them appropriately. If you have leftover opioids, dispose of them at a collection center at a local police station, hospital pharmacy or drugstore. This will ensure that others who have not been prescribed the opioids do not have access to them.
For more information about pain treatment, visit the ASA’s pain management page at www.asahq.org/whensecondscount.